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  1. Iraq Archbishop Wonders Where Protesters Were When Christians Were Dying
    February 3, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield

    Muslim lives matter. Non-Muslim lives don’t matter. That’s how Islam and the left both see it.

    Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil tells Crux that Iraqi refugees see it a lot differently than we do — and wonder where the protesters were in 2014:

    Everyone, including the administration, seems to agree that this should have been implemented with more clarity. There was much confusion about what the order meant and many people were very upset.

    From my perspective in Iraq, I wonder why all of these protesters were not protesting in the streets when ISIS came to kill Christians and Yazidis and other minority groups. They were not protesting when the tens of thousands of displaced Christians my archdiocese has cared for since 2014 received no financial assistance from the U.S. government or the U.N. There were no protests when Syrian Christians were only let in at a rate that was 20 times less than the percentage of their population in Syria.

    I do not understand why some Americans are now upset that the many minority communities that faced a horrible genocide will finally get a degree of priority in some manner.

    The average lefty is convinced that…

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  2. “Kill Christians”: The Real Refugee Protest Agenda
    What they really want is the continuation of Obama’s Christian refugee ban.
    February 3, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield

    The President of the United States announced that refugees fleeing persecution by a totalitarian regime would be deported. It did not matter that they had risked their lives to come here.

    They would be sent back.

    No leftist lawyers crammed airports. No protesters chanted at terminals. No celebrities offered sanctimonious lectures about “who we are”. No one dared to call the lying thug behind it un-American.

    Because his last name was Obama and the refugees were Cubans fleeing socialism.

    Their arrival irritated the leftists gleefully going on tours of Havana while worrying that capitalism would ruin all the poverty, misery and oppression they were showing off on their Instagram pages.

    The same leftists howling over Trump’s refugee pause from Muslim countries cheered loudly for Obama’s Cuban refugee ban. A majority of Cuban Americans had voted for Trump.

    So the left wanted to keep them out of America.

  3. Sanctuary State of California
    Governor Jerry Brown has always protected violent criminals.
    February 3, 2017
    Lloyd Billingsley

    Could California Become a Sanctuary State under Trump?” ran the January 26 headline in the Sacramento Bee. Readers can lose the question mark because governor Jerry Brown has been protecting violent criminals since the 1970s.

    In 1973, American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks was convicted of riot and assault for a 1973 courthouse gun battle in South Dakota. Banks had been having an affair with AIM activist Anna Aquash, who in 1976 was found murdered, shot through the back of the head. That year Banks fled to California, and Governor Jerry Brown refused to extradite him.

    Banks took full advantage of Brown’s protection by studying at UC Davis, teaching at Stanford, and serving as chancellor of Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University (DQU), a ramshackle outfit near Sacramento. Banks fled when Brown left office but it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the fugitive surrendered to authorities in South Dakota and served 18 months on the 1973 charges.

    In 2011, Saul Isidro-Aucencio and Francisco Delgado, Mexican nationals in the United States illegally, gunned down Jamir Miller, 15, Richard Ward, 16, and Robert Corpos, 20, in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento. Isidro-Aucencio used an AK-47 to shoot Miller in the head and Corpos in the back as he sought cover behind a tree. When Jamir Miller’s mother protested that the shooters were in the country illegally, judge Helene Gweon told her the case has “nothing to do with illegal aliens.” Jerry Brown, California Attorney General from 2007-2011, said nothing about the case.

  4. Putting Iran on Notice
    When uncertainty is our friend.
    February 3, 2017
    Kenneth R. Timmerman

    The announcement from National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn on Wednesday that the Trump administration was “putting Iran on notice” after its latest ballistic missile test is bad news for the ruling clerical elite and its Revolutionary Guards, and potentially good news for Iranians who love freedom.

    Pundits in the United States and Europe bemoaned a lack of specificity, although one snarky establishment commentator noted, it sounded like Flynn was saying, “do that again, and we’ll pop you.”

    The Iranians responded with predictable chest-thumping. “Iran is the strongest power in the region and has a lot of political, economic and military power,” said former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, now a top advisor to absolute ruler Ayatollah Khamenei.

    He and other Iranian leaders warned that Iran would act in “self-defense” if the United States struck first, a scarcely-veiled threat to attack U.S. assets, U.S. friends and allies in the region, and possibly to carry out terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

    So what exactly did Flynn mean?

  5. A Patriotic Spring?
    After Brexit and Trump, can Geert Wilders pull it off in the Netherlands?
    February 2, 2017
    Bruce Bawer

    While most politicians across Europe – Nigel Farage excepted – responded to Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy with sneers of condescension and greeted his victory with either grudging congratulations or cries of apocalyptic alarm, Geert Wilders was an outspoken Trump cheerleader all along. The day after the American election, the crusading Dutch politician characterized America’s verdict as “a political revolution” and a “stunning and historic achievement” that “sent a powerful message to the world.” He added: “I never doubted Mr. Trump would win. We are witnessing the same uprising on both sides of the Atlantic. The Patriotic Spring is sweeping the Western world.”

    Well, let’s hope so. So far the only other evidence of any such Patriotic Spring has been Brexit (and even that’s starting to look shaky, thanks to the court ruling that the British Parliament has to ratify the referendum vote). The next major test of the “Patriotic Spring” will come on March 15, when Wilders’s own Freedom Party (PVV) will compete in the elections for the Tweede Kamer, the more powerful lower house of the Dutch Parliament. Things have changed a lot since the last election, in 2012, when the two big vote-getters were the left-wing Labor Party (PvdA) and the conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). Wilders’s PVV came in far behind, more or less tied with three other parties, each of which took about a dozen seats out of 150, the rest being distributed among five even smaller parties. In the wake of the 2012 election, the VVD and PvdA formed a coalition government, with VVD head Mark Rutte staying on as Prime Minister.

  6. Iran-Backed Proxies Stirring Trouble
    Pentagon believes attackers of Saudi frigate intended to strike the U.S.
    February 2, 2017
    Ari Lieberman

    On January 30, a suicide boat packed with explosives plowed into a Saudi frigate on patrol near the Bab al Mandab Strait, a strategic location that connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. At least two Saudi sailors were killed and three wounded in the carnage. The attackers were Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who receive arms, training and logistical support from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

    During the attack, which was video-taped, an unidentified man tasked with narrating the violence was heard shouting the obligatory, “Allahuakbar” as well as the other perfunctory banalities including “death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory for Islam.” The Houthis, who are Shia, share the same belief system as their kinsmen in Iran demonstrating once again that neither Sunni nor Shia possess a monopoly over xenophobia and blind hatred.

    More ominously, the Pentagon now believes that the attackers thought that they were hitting a U.S. Navy warship. The terrorists were hoping to mimic the al-Qaeda orchestrated attack on the USS Cole, the guided missile frigate that was struck by a suicide boat while being refueled in Yemen’s Aden harbor. Seventeen American service members were killed and another 39 were wounded in that act of terrorism.

    This would not be the first time that the Houthis attacked U.S. forces in theater. In October 2016, Houthi forces – likely with IRGC assistance – fired missiles at the USS Mason, which were either intercepted by the warship’s SM-2 point-defense missile system or simply fell short of their target. In retaliation, the USS Nitze destroyed at least three Houthi radar sites with Tomhawk cruise missiles. In August 2016, the Nitze was harried by a number of IRGC speed boats while it was on routine transit near the Strait of Hormuz, forcing the warship to alter course.

    • Wow, I’m trying to decide which team to join——-
      It’s guitars, snowshoes, and short-wave radio (4:31) vs. the twitchy-hands metrosexual academic (14:45).
      So hard to choose……..

      Good job, Vice!

  7. Germans rush to buy illegal firearms and GRENADES to ‘protect themselves from migrants’ (dailymail, Feb 3, 2017)

    “Germans have been arming themselves with illegal guns and grenades to protect themselves from migrants.

    A website calling itself Migrant Fright was discreetly selling what it describes as first-class quality goods so that its customers can avoid ‘annoying bureaucratic hurdles or annoying paperwork’.

    The website has since been closed down, but Germans who have already received the weapons in the post, are practicing firing the guns in their back gardens in preparation for potentially aiming it at a prospective terrorist…”

  8. French camp where migrants wait to get into UK ‘run by Mafia’ claims ‘left-wing softie’ (express, Feb 3, 2017)

    “EXCLUSIVE: A SELF-confessed “left wing softie” who went to northern France on a mercy mission to help female refugees and their children has told of how migrant camps there are being run by criminal gangs of men and the visit made her question her liberal views…”

  9. French would-be jihadists should be put in QUARANTINE, says counter-terrorism expert (express, Feb 3, 2017)

    “THE terrorism threat to France is “more widespread than ever,” , a security expert has warned as the capital came under attack yet again.

    Alain Bauer, a professor of criminology at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Cnam) in Paris, told the French daily Le Figaro people should be put in quarantine if at risk of becoming jihadists in order to “save hundreds of innocent people”.

    He said: “At first, attacks carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS) were incredibly sophisticated. They would set off bombs and fire Kalashnikov-type assault rifles at panicked crowds.

    “But they are scaling back and going back to basics: truck assaults, knife attacks, booby-trapped cars and whatnot.

    “Their entire modus operandi has changed and the threat is more widespread than ever as a result.”

    Mr Bauer was speaking just a day before the Louvre went into lockdown after a man ran into the museum site with a knife.

    He was shot by a soldier and arrested.

    Mr Bauer said: “We are being sucked into a spiral of fear, but we must resist and fight back. Because if we don’t, terrorists will thrive off that fear.”

    The terror expert also believes that would-be jihadists and ISIS returnees should be “put into quarantine” to prevent them from turning their twisted fantasies into a blood-stained reality.

    He said: “I do not think that placing terrorists in preventive detention helps. They should be put into quarantine.

    “They need counselling and medical care. And doing so could help save hundreds of innocent lives.”…”

  10. Sudanese sex attacker jailed for raping tourist after he was granted asylum (express, Feb 3, 2017)

    “A SUDANESE sex attacker has been jailed for raping a tourist outside a train station after he was granted asylum to stay in the UK.

    Salah Koubar, 20, threw the South Korean woman over the railings at West Dulwich Station and dragged her into the bushes to carry out his attack.

    A passer-by later found the woman running along the platform wearing only a T-shirt and knickers in the early hours of the morning…”

  11. The suspect in Ottawa’s first homicide of 2017 is Somali. Big surprise there.

    Also, looking at the websites of The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and National Post, none consider the Louvre attack headline worthy. All four have links to stories about it on their main pages, but they’re all buried, close to the bottom where few will find them unless they’re looking. Even the biased BBC knows that this is headline news.

  12. Man throws homemade explosive device inside crowded California Cheesecake Factory

    A man threw an explosive in the Pasadena Cheesecake Factory on Thursday
    The device landed under an empty dining table and set off a heavy smoke
    Customers fled the restaurant and scrambled for cover but no one was injured
    The suspect was described as a man of ‘Hispanic or Middle Eastern’ background with a beard

  13. ‘Become a suicide bomber’ posters appear across London

    ““The crew of our nuclear submarines are on a suicide mission,” the posters claims. “To launch their missiles means death is certain, not just for them, but for the millions of innocent people those bombs will obliterate, and for the rest of us too.”

    The spoof posters, installed by a ‘subverting organisation’ known as Special Patrol Group, were designed by British artist Darren Cullen, who’s work has previously featured at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition and at the Victoria and Albert Museum.”
    ‘Become a suicide bomber’ posters appear across London

    The Left find it funny that the proles are dying. Islam demands totalitarian obedience and so their targets are exactly the same – to be against free-thinkers. Fear and terror are the only way to make their voices heard to appear rational as a ponzi scheme of theft. Stealing from the traders to create a Detroit and moving on to ‘redistribute’ wealth to their Party/Islamic members. The rich are poorer and the poor are poorer but the Politicians and the Caliphate have become a law unto themselves.

  14. Syria: Russian bombers strike IS arms warehouse in Deir-ez-Zor

    Russian Tupolev Tu-22 M3 bombers struck several militant targets in the Syrian province of Deir-ez-Zor, Friday, destroying ammunition and arms warehouses belonging to the self-proclaimed Islamic State

  15. Greece: Hundreds rally on Lesbos over spate of deaths in refugee camps

    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Mytilene in Lesbos, Friday, over the recent spate of deaths in Greek refugee camps. The protest took place as leader of the opposition New Democracy (ND) Party Kyriakos Mitsotakis was delivering a speech in the municipality theatre. Earlier in the day, Mitsotakis condemned the deteriorating conditions of the Moria refugee camp during his visit to the eastern Aegean island; however, he reportedly chose not to enter the camp for safety reasons, sources say.

  16. Kurdish Soccer Teams Assaulted Several Times by Muslims in Turkey

    Players and managers of the Cizrespor football club from the Kurdish Cizre district of Sirnak province in southeastern Turkey were subjected to racist insults before they were physically attacked by police and officials of their opponent, Bayburt Grup Ozel Idare Genclikspor (Bayburt GOI), on January 22.

    The vice president of Cizrespor, Maruf Sevinc, said:

    At first, the personnel of the opposing team attacked us with racist words and insults. Even though we lost 2-1, four executives of the team started a quarrel with our players in the corridor of the stadium and beat them up.

    When the tension escalated, police intervened — on behalf of the instigators:

    Police attacked us even more harshly with their batons, kicking and punching our footballers and coach.

    Cizrespor, the victim of the racist attacks, was given a fine of 31,000 Turkish liras by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF).

  17. ‘Imperative’ U.S. Lead Global Pushback for Iran Missile Tests, Senators Tell Trump

    WASHINGTON — Twenty senators from both sides of the aisle have asked President Trump to not only stop Iran from developing ballistic missiles in violation of the UN Security Council, but to lead the international community in doing so.

    Today the Treasury Department announced 13 people and 12 companies have been added to the Iran sanctions list. “Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!” Trump tweeted.

    National Security Advisor Mike Flynn said Wednesday that Iran is “on notice” after ballistic missile tests and an attack by Iran-backed Houthi rebels on a Saudi vessel, though the White House did not detail what that notice meant.

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at Thursday’s briefing that Iran “has violated the joint resolution, that Iran’s additional hostile actions that it took against our Navy vessel are ones that we are very clear are not going to sit by and take.”

  18. German comedy tackles refugee crisis – but reviews are mixed

    […]the story of Diallo, a Nigerian asylum seeker who is taken in by a family in a posh district of Munich after mother Angelika, a retired headteacher played by Senta Berger, visits a local refugee shelter.

    The newcomer’s arrival triggers a series of domestic dramas – father Richard’s late-life crisis, daughter Sophie’s failed love life, workaholic son Philip’s burnout and grandson Basti’s poor grades – which are eventually resolved in a rollicking finale involving clashes between Pegida-style “patriotic citizens” and leftwing activists outside the Hartmanns’ home.


  19. “This is Geert Wilders, the 53-year-old of part-Indonesian heritage with peroxide blond hair, who is turning Dutch thinking on its head. He is described by some as a rabid racist and has been convicted for inciting discrimination.”

    You have got to love The Establishment. They are so Politically Correct they wouldn’t mention Islam had antyhing to do even if it killed them.

    But here, they dig up the racial past of Geert Wilders as “part-Indonesian heritage.” So after calling him a racist, (which he isn’t), they are openly racist towards him. Nobody calls each other ‘part herritage’ unless they enjoy being on a plantation with Racial Preferences. No, this was the Left simply telling themselves and all White Supremicists, that he is not pure White. It has absolutely no interest to the majority who are not Rainbow or Blanche.

    The Rebel reveals from the inside why the ‘Right’ Media are simply liberals making a living from poking the dead from the neck up.

  20. Berkely Police told to stand down during riot

    Berkeley Riots Provoked by Freedom Center Campaign
    Berkeley fascists shut down Milo Yiannopoulos’s scheduled anti-sanctuary campus speech.
    February 2, 2017
    Matthew Vadum

    Leftist UC Berkeley students and outsiders rioted last night to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos from delivering a David Horowitz Freedom Center-sponsored speech demanding the end of “sanctuary campuses” that harbor illegal aliens. Milo’s address, which was canceled amid violent mob attacks, fire-setting, and wanton property destruction, had been scheduled to mark the launch of the Freedom Center’s #nosanctuarycampusforcriminals campaign.

    “One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down,” Yiannopoulos, tech editor at Breitbart News, said after being safely evacuated from the campus.

    “This is what tolerance looks like at UC Berkeley,” Mike Wright, a Berkeley College Republicans member told SFGate as smoke bombs exploded nearby. He said paint was thrown on his person. “It’s sad.”

    “The so-called ‘sanctuary movement’ is a concerted effort by left-wing administrations in major cities to thwart the purposes of the Patriot Act, undermine federal immigration law, and cripple the efforts of the Department of Homeland security to protect American citizens from terrorist threats,” David Horowitz, founder and CEO of the Freedom Center, said on Jan. 31.

    “Thanks to the efforts of left-wing activists and administrators, this seditious movement has now spread to our colleges and universities.”

    The Berkeley police had reportedly been given a “stand down” order which allowed rioters to generate mayhem. Later when the police declared the throng of troublemakers an unlawful assembly and ordered those present to leave, the mob chanted “you go first!”

  21. Comrade Bernie Sanders: Dismantle Religious Freedom To End Homophobia, Racism and Sexism

    Amazing how liberals passionately defend Islam all while claiming to be for women, gays, minorities, etc. They are the biggest liars and hypocrites on the planet. Does Sanders want government to replace religion as the only truth? Precisely the reason our Founders came here was to gain religious freedom.

    Daily Wire:
    Confirming the belief that Bernie Sanders and the hard-core American left spend an inordinate amount of time targeting religion, the near-octogenarian socialist loonbag senator from Vermont – who, by the way, would like a pudding cup – tweeted today that religious freedom must take a back seat to the leftist social agenda.

  22. Judge in Seattle halts Trump’s immigration order nationwide

    “The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “No one is above the law — not even the president.”

    In a stunning rebuke, a federal judge in Seattle has ordered a national halt to enforcement of President Trump’s controversial travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

    U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled Friday afternoon in favor of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who sued this week to invalidate key provisions of Trump’s executive order.

    In an oral ruling, Robart granted Ferguson’s request for temporary restraining order “on a nationwide basis,” prohibiting federal employees from enforcing Trump’s order.

    In his ruling, Robart said Washington had met the high burden to justify a restraining order by showing Trump’s order was causing “immediate and irreparable injury,” and that the state had a substantial likelihood of winning its underlying lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the travel ban.

    Robart, who was nominated for the federal bench by Republican President George W. Bush in 2003, disagreed. He ruled that despite respect for the limits of judicial power, “we must intervene” to fulfill the judiciary’s duty to uphold the constitution.

    In a legal filing asking for the restraining order, Ferguson had argued Trump’s travel ban targets Muslims, violating the constitutional rights of immigrants and their families.

    “Federal courts have no more sacred role than protecting marginalized groups against irrational, discriminatory conduct,” said the filing by Ferguson, state Solicitor General Noah Purcell and Colleen Melody, head of the attorney general’s civil-rights unit.

    more :

    CNN – Federal judge temporarily halts Trump travel ban nationwide

    • White House: DOJ to seek emergency stay of court ruling halting Trump’s immigration order

      WASHINGTON — The White House called Friday night’s court order temporarily halting President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration “outrageous,” saying the Justice Department will file an emergency request to stop it.

      Minutes later, they dropped the word “outrageous” in a second statement about the matter.

      “At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

      “The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.

      “As the law states, ‘Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.’ ”

      On Friday, a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order to halt Trump’s immigration order nationwide. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency told major U.S. airlines it would begin re-issuing visas, based on the federal court order.

      White House DOJ will file emergency stay after federal judge halts travel ban

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      President Trump’s travel ban is on hold.

      A federal judge in Seattle blocked the executive order banning travelers from seven predominately Muslim countries.

      “Judge Robart’s decision, effective immediately, effective now, puts a halt to President Trump’s unconstitutional and unlawful executive order,” said Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General.

      Lawyers say the judge’s decision applies across the U.S.

      “What the judge announced today is nationwide, the president’s executive order does not apply,” Ferguson said.

      The White House released a statement Friday night in response saying,

      At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.

      As the law states, “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

      President Trump’s executive order signed one week ago suspended immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen for 90 days and the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.
      Earlier in the day the president signed two executive orders, one to ease financial regulations, including restrictions on Wall Street banks.

      On the foreign policy front, the Trump administration got tough on Iran.

      The administration announced new sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies. The White House says the sanctions are a response to a recent ballistic missile test by Iran.

      The president tweeted, “Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!”

      According to a new CNN poll, 44 percent of Americans approve of the way. Trump is handling his job, while 53 percent disapprove. This is the first time a president has had a net-negative rating this early.

  23. Swedish neo-Nazis held over Gothenburg refugee centre blast (thelocal, Feb 3, 2017)

    “Three suspected neo-Nazis have been arrested in Sweden after a home-made bomb attack on a centre for asylum-seekers last month left one person seriously injured, security services said on Thursday.

    The three suspects “are or were in the past members of the Nordic Resistance Movement”, a neo-Nazi group, said Mats Ljungqvist of the anti-terror prosecutor’s office.

    An enquiry is underway into the blast outside the centre in the southwestern city of Gothenburg on January 5. It left an immigration office staff member seriously injured with wounds to his legs…”

  24. Iran says US expanding medical clearance list ‘inhumane’ (ahram, Feb 3, 2017)

    “Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that the country has called “inhumane” a decision by the Trump administration to expand a list of medical equipment requiring federal authorization for sale to Iran.

    The Friday report cites the director of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration, Rasoul Dinarvand, as saying that extending the list is “inhumane”.

    Dinarvand said the equipment has diagnostic and treatment applications.

    The U.S. Treasury Department recently modified on Iran, expanding a list of medical equipment that needs clearance to be sold to Iranian customers.

    The Obama administration eased sanctions on Iran as part of a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, including a ban on the sale of many medical devices, affecting products used for nuclear medicine purposes with possible uses in an atomic weapons program.”

  25. US sends Navy destroyer to patrol off Yemen amid Iran tensions: Officials (ahram, Feb 3, 2017)

    “The United States has placed a Navy destroyer off the coast of Yemen to protect waterways from Houthi militia aligned with Iran, two U.S. officials said on Friday, amid heightened tension between Washington and Tehran.

    The USS Cole arrived in the vicinity of the Bab al-Mandab Strait off southwestern Yemen where it will carry out patrols including escorting vessels, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Earlier this week the armed Houthi movement attacked a Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen, causing an explosion that killed two crew members.”

  26. Donald Trump and Chief Advisors Put a Dark View of Islam at Heart of Policies (moroccoworldnews, Feb 3, 2017)

    “While speaking at an election rally in August of last year, Donald Trump spelled out the driving force behind what is fast becoming the cornerstone of his presidency; the fight against what he sees as “the hateful ideology of radical Islam.”

    He declared that it “must not be allowed to reside or spread within our own communities.”

    According to an op/ed in the New York Times on February 1, Trump long ago chose to adopt a dark view of Islam, embracing the postulations of American academic Samuel P. Huntington. The political scientist has long been espousing Muslims as “inherently hostile” and an enemy of “Christianity and Judaism, who will conquer through violence or stealthy brainwashing.”

    Administration officials are reporting that talks are currently underway to introduce yet another executive order, this time declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Drafts of the order have been leaked, say the officials, revealing the administration’s desire to “keep out those with hostile attitudes towards it (the United States) and its founding principles” and “those who would place violent ideologies over American law.”

    Critics are seeing this as an overt reference to Shariah and the countless conspiracy theories of which Huntington espouses. Most former presidents rejected this view of Islam. It is a view that has, nonetheless, taken hold in the fringes of American society. Now it appears to Trump’s legion of critics, to be taking centre stage in his policy and decision making, something which has many of America’s approximately three million Muslims feeling alarmed.

    One such critic is Asma Afsaruddin. A professor of Islamic Studies at Indiana University and Chairwoman of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, describes her concerns saying, “They’re tapping into the climate of fear and suspicion since 9/11. It’s a master narrative that pits the Muslim world against the West.”

    Ultimately, says the Times piece, Asfaruddin feels the Trump strategy will backfire and end up creating the very climate Trump professes to be cleansing. According to the professor, Jihadist groups are already using the executive order initiating the immigration and refugee ban as a rallying cry in their recruitment arguments.

    “The White House is a huge soap box,” she says. “The demonization of Muslims and Islam will become even more widespread.”

    Key advisors to Trump are Michael Flynn, Trump’s new national security advisor, and the bombastic Steve Bannon, chief advisor in the president’s inner circle. Both men subscribe to what their critics call the “Islamaphobia industry.”

    During a 2014 meeting at the Vatican, Bannon postulated that “Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a religion of submission.”

    As for Flynn’s opinion of Islam, he has been quoted as saying “Islam is not necessarily a religion but a political system that has a religious doctrine behind it.”

    Frank Gaffney Jr. is Trump’s choice for new Attorney General and chief upholder of the rule of American law. Gaffney is convinced that radical Muslims are permeating every level of American society, engaged in “this stealthy, subversive kind of jihad.”

    Gaffney went on record during one interview saying “They [radical Muslims] essentially, like termites, hollow out the structure of the civil society and other institutions, for the purpose of creating conditions under which the jihad will succeed.”

    This perhaps is why, next to Trump himself, Gaffney is perhaps the man most Trump critics fear most.”

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