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  1. Michael Sainato of The Observer has done a superb job of accumulating all the scandals currently roiling the Democrat Party. Well, not really roiling, because as we all know our objective, unbiased, and not-at-all-leftwing media is covering up every single one of these jaw-dropping scandals. Smothering them to death. Burying them. In other words, thanks to our media, Democrats, the true Russian colluders (more on this below) are getting away with everything but murder.

    So, with another word of thanks to The Observer for reminding us of these 17 scandals (I added the last two), here they broken down into a handy-dandy list.

    P.S. a few notable scandals are missing, but, as they are not really being covered, that is to be expected.

    For example, how many people know that a former Obama staffer has been convicted not once but twice of sex slavery? Both she and her husband partook…

  2. DENVER — A man in a wheelchair claims he was ticketed because he couldn’t get across the road during the signal’s allotted time and now he’s fighting the citation, according to KDVR.

    Kyle Wolfe said he was passing through 19th and Lawrence streets in downtown Denver. Wolfe said he started to cross the street when the signal indicated it was his turn to cross.

    Wolfe said he couldn’t make it through the intersection in the 20 seconds allotted at the light. He said he was 5 feet from the curb when an SUV struck him from behind.

    Wolfe said the accident left his wheelchair totaled, and left him scraped and bruised. He received a ticket from a Denver police officer for disobeying the traffic signal.

  3. When a fly falls into a cup of coffee:

    The Italian – throws the cup, breaks it, and walks away in a fit of rage.
    The German – carefully washes the cup, sterilizes it and makes a new cup of coffee.
    The Frenchman – takes out the fly, and drinks the coffee.
    The Chinese – eats the fly and throws away the coffee.
    The Russian – Drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was extra with no charge.
    The Israeli – sells the coffee to the Frenchman, sells the fly to the Chinese, sells the cup to the Italian, drinks a cup of tea, and uses the extra money to invent a device that prevents flies from falling into coffee.
    The Palestinian – blames the Israeli for the fly falling into his coffee, protests the act of aggression to the UN, takes a loan from the European Union to buy a new cup of coffee, uses the money to purchase explosives and then blows up the coffee house where the Italian, the Frenchman, the Chinese, the German and the Russian are all trying to explain to the Israeli that he should give away his cup of tea to the Palestinian, so there will be peace.

    Have a good day

  4. Mosque explosion kills 30 and leaves dozens injured – attacker hurled grenades (express, Aug 1, 2017)

    “AN EXPLOSION at a mosque has left as many as 30 people dead and many more wounded.

    At least two attackers detonated bombs and hurled grenades during the horrific attack in the city of Herat, Afghanistan.

    Police said around 15 people had been killed and many injured at the Shi’ite mosque.

    Hospital officials put the death toll at 20, with one local reporter claiming at least 30 have been killed.

    Shocking photographs show one victim covered in blood as he attempts to leave the scene.

    Other images shared on social media show bodies lying outside the mosque…”

  5. The Return of the Old, Bad Times Square
    August 1, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield

    The signature policy of Giuliani was the transformation of Times Square from a loud slum into a showpiece. It was a brute force demonstration that New York City’s decline could be reversed with willpower. Bill de Blasio, the radical leftist destroying Guliani’s legacy, is using Times Square to make a similar point in reverse. That leftist policies can turn Times Square into a horror show.

    Desnudas have gone wild in Times Square

    Meet the des-RUDE-as!

    Costumed characters in Times Square are giving the finger to attempts to rein them in, refusing to stay in designated areas and continuing to curse in front of kiddies and threaten passers-by for dough.
    Modal Trigger
    Robert Miller

    Foul-mouthed desnudas, grabby Hulks and tourist-terrorizing gangs of Minnie Mice are still brazenly holding the Crossroads of the World hostage even amid a heavy presence of NYPD cops, who act oblivious to their disturbing antics.

    At any given moment on two recent afternoons, only half of the two-dozen tip-mooching characters stayed behind the blue lines of Times Square’s “Designated Activity Zones,” or DAZs, the city-mandated areas created last year as their boundary for posing for photos and asking for tips.

  6. The Ideological Path to Submission
    How to handle the Islam problem.
    August 1, 2017
    Mark Tapson

    As the founder of Mantua Books, Howard Rotberg has published works by such important writers as FrontPage Mag’s own editor Jamie Glazov, Giulio Meotti, Diane Weber Bederman, Gustavo Perednik, and David Solway, among others. Rotberg is the author himself of four books, including TOLERism: The Ideology Revealed, and now The Ideological Path to Submission:…and what we can do about it.

    Mr. Rotberg agreed to expound upon his important new book in an email interview with FrontPage Mag.

  7. French Center to Teach Jihadists to be Nice People Shuts Down
    August 1, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield

    Deradicalization centers were a great gimmick. The Saudis used them to retrain Islamic terrorists to join other terrorist groups. That’s deradicalization only in the Islamic lexicon. The various deradicalization efforts, whether it was Obama’s CVE or France’s deradicalization center, continue to fail.

  8. IT Intrigue at the DNC
    What are Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Democrats trying to hide?
    August 1, 2017
    Lloyd Billingsley

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz made a name for herself last year when the Democrats booted her as Democratic National Committee boss. Now she’s back with a vengeance in a tale centering on her top information technology man, Pakistani-born Imran Awan.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation, not limited to issues related to Russia, had been investigating Awan for theft and abuses related to cybersecurity. Awan had been feeling the heat and attempted to flee to Pakistan last week but the FBI arrested him at Dulles airport on a charge of bank fraud.

  9. Israel vs. Jordan
    Why Israel needs to be tougher.
    August 1, 2017
    Mordechai Kedar

    In 1994, Israel signed a peace agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In this agreement, Israel granted “special status” (Article 9) to the Jordanian government on the Temple Mount (‘Muslim Holy Shrines in Jerusalem’). This concession to the Jordanians was totally unnecessary since King Hussein needed peace with Israel more than Israel needed it with Jordan, and a peace agreement was achievable without it. Even ignoring this, what normal country grants another country ‘special status’ in its capital city and in the place most holy to its nation. This special status that recognizes a degree of Jordanian sovereignty on the Temple Mount has been disastrous for Israel and the devastating effects of this blunder have played themselves out once again in the wake of the latest terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, where two Israeli border policeman were killed.

    The biggest mistake Israel has made with regard to Jordan is the ‘insurance policy’ it has given to the Hashemite Kingdom for the past 23 years under the baseless assumption that Jordan can deliver on its part. This insurance policy is that Israel would protect the Hashemite Kingdom if in danger of being overthrown, and in turn, Jordan would serve as a buffer zone protecting Israel from the potential dangers threatening it from the east: Iraq falling apart, Iran and the Ayatollahs, ISIS and Al-Qaeda. As a result, the Hashemite Kingdom, whose origins are in Saudi Arabia, continues to rely on the minority Bedouin population to rule the majority Palestinian population, which thus prevents the natural process of Jordan becoming a country which is ruled by the Palestinian majority, or Jordan being split into a Palestinian and Bedouin state.

  10. “The Battle over Jerusalem Has Just Begun”

    by Bassam Tawil
    August 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

    The Palestinian “victory” celebrations that took place after Israel removed metal detectors and surveillance cameras from the entrances to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem bode badly for the future of stability and peace in the Middle East.

    To the Palestinians and many Arabs and Muslims, the Israeli move is viewed as a sign of weakness. In their eyes, the removal of the security cameras and metal detectors is capitulation, pure and simple.

    How do we know this? Easy: look at the Palestinian response. Rather than acknowledging the conciliatory nature of the Israeli government’s decision, aimed at easing tensions and preventing bloodshed and violence, the Palestinians are demanding more.

    As far as the Palestinians are concerned, the controversy over the Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, which came after three terrorists murdered two Israeli police officers at the holy site on July 14, is part of a larger battle with Israel.

  11. Europe: The Censored Film They Do Not Want You to See

    by Stefan Frank
    August 1, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Translation of the original text: Europa: Der zensierte Film, den Sie nicht sehen sollen

    A Franco-German film that no one in Europe is legally allowed to see has become the source of a major scandal, and its creators the targets of unprecedented smear and hate campaigns from Germany’s public broadcasters.

    At the center of the scandal is one of Europe’s biggest media companies, the Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) — with 4,500 employees and an annual budget of 1.4 billion euros — and the Franco-German culture channel, ARTE.

    The television documentary, “Chosen and Excluded – the Hate for Jews in Europe”, will be shown in the United States for one night only, on August 9. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles announced that it would screen the film after the German and French networks tried “to bury the documentary, before it could contaminate the viewing public with the truth,” according to the Center’s Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, in an interview with Gatestone Institute. “It is a film that needs to be viewed by anyone concerned about anti-Semitism and anyone concerned about the democratic future of Europe. It is a truth-telling, and ‘PC’-busting documentary”, he said.

    The truth is that in today’s Europe, it is becoming more and more difficult to tell the truth.

  12. BREITBART – YouTube Will Censor Non-Rulebreaking Content, Manipulate Search Results, And Work With ADL

    Content creators on YouTube who follow all of the site’s rules may still face censorship by the platform, under new plans announced by Google.

    According to a post on YouTube’s official blog, videos will now be subject to the rule of the mob. If enough users flag a video as “hate speech” or “violent extremism,” YouTube may impose restrictions on the content even if it breaks none of the platform’s rules.

    We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes.

    YouTube has also rolled out a “trusted flagger” program, in which 15 “expert NGOs and institutions” to help them identify hate speech and extremism on their platform.

    Among these organizations are the No Hate Speech Movement, a left-wing project pushed by the Council of Europe, as well as the Anti-Defamation League, an organization whose president has been accused of “manufacturing outrage” by the World Jewish Congress.

    YouTube is also planning to artificially alter its search results so that searches for “sensitive” topics on YouTube no longer return the most popular videos, but a “playlist of curated YouTube videos that directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages.”

    The platform also plans to artificially promote videos created via its “Creators for Change” program, which, in YouTube’s words, features creators who are “using their voices and creativity to speak out against hate speech, xenophobia and extremism.”

    We’ve started rolling out features from Jigsaw’s Redirect Method to YouTube. When people search for sensitive keywords on YouTube, they will be redirected towards a playlist of curated YouTube videos that directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages. We also continue to amplify YouTube voices speaking out against hate and radicalization through our YouTube Creators for Change program. Just last week, the U.K. chapter of Creators for Change, Internet Citizens, hosted a two-day workshop for 13-18 year-olds to help them find a positive sense of belonging online and learn skills on how to participate safely and responsibly on the internet.

    YouTube framed its blog post around fighting “terror content,” yet their announcement also strays into areas that have nothing to do with fighting terrorism, like the company’s diversity efforts. The blog post boasts about YouTube’s involvement with the “Creators for Change workshop” in which “creators teamed up with Indonesia’s Maarif Institute to teach young people about the importance of diversity, pluralism, and tolerance.”

    A final note: YouTube’s “Creators for Change” program is filled with progressives who, in YouTube’s words, are “tackling social issues and promoting awareness, tolerance and empathy on their YouTube channels. ” Yet Laci Green, MTV’s famous feminist sex educator, one of Time Magazine’s 30 most influential people on the internet, and one of the most successful feminists on YouTube is nowhere to be found.

    Really makes you think!

  13. Trump Admin Crafting Policy Plan To Punish China
    Ryan P

    The Trump administration is reportedly considering using financial penalties to punish China, according to U.S. officials.

    The president’s advisers are crafting a plan which could involve trade restrictions and economic sanctions, two administration officials revealed to Politico. President Donald Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with China’s inability to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

    Trump repeatedly criticized China on the campaign trail, attacking Beijing for its trade practices, but when he met Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April, he offered better trade relations in exchange for China’s help with North Korea.

  14. Dallas Area Rapid Transit is investigating an attack after a man was confronted and beaten by a mob on a Green Line train Sunday night.
    DART officials said a group of people were smoking when they boarded the train at the Baylor University Medical Center Station at about 11:25 p.m. Sunday.
    A passenger on the train asked the group to put out the cigarettes, DART said, and quickly found himself under attack as the group began to spit and throw punches in his direction.

  15. I love this guy – he often does excellent analysis.

    Youtube Goes Full 1984, Promises to Hide “Offensive” Content Without Recourse- We Must Oppose This

  16. ‘I’m going to redefine terror’ American accused of aiding ISIS with plot to kill 10,000 (express, Aug 2, 2017)

    “A MAN who claimed he was going to “refine terror” and plotted to kill 10,000 people in horrific ISIS-inspired attacks has been indicted by US police.

    Amer Sinan Alhaggagi, a 22-year-old from Oakland, California is accused of planning mass killings and attempting to provide services and personnel to the terror cult.

    It is alleged that Alhaggagi intended to carry out several attacks, which included bombings, mass poisonings and arson.

    His plans were unearthed by undercover agents working for the FBI, it has been reported.

    In a December 2016 court hearing, prosecutors revealed Alhaggagi talked about plans to sell cocaine laced with strychnine – a common poison used to kill rodents – in Bay Area nightclubs.

    One undercover agent said he was looking for information on the exact mixture of strychnine and cocaine to use in that scheme.

    Alhaggagi showed the agent an ISIS bomb-making manual he downloaded on a computer and sent the uncover officer photographs of guns he said he obtained.

    According to the police officer, Alhaggagi said: “I’m going to redefine terror.”

    Alhaggagi has also been accused of wanting to plant backpack bombs at Cal Berkeley campus dorms.

    He even went along with an undercover agent to set up a storage unit where he would stop supplies for his plans, it is reported.

    Alhaggagi attempted to get a job with the Oakland Police Department, with the aim of using that position to attain weapons he could not make himself.

    However, he was unable to gain any such employment as Oakland police were tipped off about his intentions.”

    • National Review – Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers


      There’s more than bank fraud going on here.

      In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud.

      Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.

      By then, the proceeds of the fraudulent $165,000 loan they’d gotten from the Congressional Federal Credit Union had been sent ahead. It was part of a $283,000 transfer that Awan managed to wire from Capitol Hill. He pulled it off — hilariously, if infuriatingly — by pretending to be his wife in a phone call with the credit union. Told that his proffered reason for the transfer (“funeral arrangements”) wouldn’t fly, “Mrs.” Awan promptly repurposed: Now “she” was “buying property.” Asking no more questions, the credit union wired the money . . . to Pakistan.

      As you let all that sink in, consider this: Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.

      They were fired in February. All except Awan, that is. He continued in the employ of Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat, former DNC chairwoman, and Clinton crony. She kept him in place at the United States Congress right up until he was nabbed at the airport on Monday.

      This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security.

      At the time of his arrest, the 37-year-old Imran Awan had been working for Democrats as an information technologist for 13 years. He started out with Representative Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) in 2004. The next year, he landed on the staff of Wasserman Schultz, who had just been elected to the House.

      Congressional-staff salaries are modest, in the $40,000 range. For some reason, Awan was paid about four times as much. He also managed to get his wife, Alvi, on the House payroll . . . then his brother, Abid Awan . . . then Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova. The youngest of the clan, Awan’s brother Jamal, came on board in 2014 — the then-20-year-old commanding an annual salary of $160,000.

      A few of these arrangements appear to have been sinecures: While some Awans were rarely seen around the office, we now know they were engaged in extensive financial shenanigans away from the Capitol. Nevertheless, the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, who has been all over this story, reports that, for their IT “work,” the Pakistani family has reeled in $4 million from U.S. taxpayers since 2009.

      That’s just the “legit” dough. The family business evidently dabbles in procurement fraud, too. The Capitol Police and FBI are exploring widespread double-billing for computers, other communication devices, and related equipment.

      Why were they paid so much for doing so little? Intriguing as it is, that’s a side issue. A more pressing question is: Why were they given access to highly sensitive government information? Ordinarily, that requires a security clearance, awarded only after a background check that peruses ties to foreign countries, associations with unsavory characters, and vulnerability to blackmail.

      These characters could not possibly have qualified. Never mind access; it’s hard to fathom how they retained their jobs. The Daily Caller has also discovered that the family, which controlled several properties, was involved in various suspicious mortgage transfers. Abid Awan, while working “full-time” in Congress, ran a curious auto-retail business called “Cars International A” (yes, CIA), through which he was accused of stealing money and merchandise. In 2012, he discharged debts in bankruptcy (while scheming to keep his real-estate holdings). Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after. Beyond that, he and Imran both committed sundry vehicular offenses. In civil lawsuits, they are accused of life-insurance fraud.

      Democrats now say that any access to sensitive information was “unauthorized.” But how hard could it have been to get “unauthorized” access when House Intelligence Committee Dems wanted their staffers to have unbounded access? In 2016, they wrote a letter to an appropriations subcommittee seeking funding so their staffers could obtain “Top Secret — Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearances. TS/SCI is the highest-level security classification. Awan family members were working for a number of the letter’s signatories.

      Democratic members, of course, would not make such a request without coordination with leadership. Did I mention that the ranking member on the appropriations subcommittee to whom the letter was addressed was Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

      Why has the investigation taken so long? Why so little enforcement action until this week? Why, most of all, were Wasserman Schultz and her fellow Democrats so indulgent of the Awans?

      The probe began in late 2016. In short order, the Awans clearly knew they were hot numbers. They started arranging the fraudulent credit-union loan in December, and the $283,000 wire transfer occurred on January 18. In early February, House security services informed representatives that the Awans were suspects in a criminal investigation. At some point, investigators found stolen equipment stashed in the Rayburn House Office Building, including a laptop that appears to belong to Wasserman Schultz and that Imran was using. Although the Awans were banned from the Capitol computer network, not only did Wasserman Schultz keep Imran on staff for several additional months, but Meeks retained Alvi until February 28 — five days before she skedaddled to Lahore.

      Strange thing about that: On March 5, the FBI (along with the Capitol Police) got to Dulles Airport in time to stop Alvi before she embarked. It was discovered that she was carrying $12,400 in cash. As I pointed out this week, it is a felony to export more than $10,000 in currency from the U.S. without filing a currency transportation report. It seems certain that Alvi did not file one: In connection with her husband’s arrest this week, the FBI submitted to the court a complaint affidavit that describes Alvi’s flight but makes no mention of a currency transportation report. Yet far from making an arrest, agents permitted her to board the plane and leave the country, notwithstanding their stated belief that she has no intention of returning.

      Many congressional staffers are convinced that they’d long ago have been in handcuffs if they pulled what the Awans are suspected of. Nevertheless, no arrests were made when the scandal became public in February. For months, Imran has been strolling around the Capitol. In the interim, Wasserman Schultz has been battling investigators: demanding the return of her laptop, invoking a constitutional privilege (under the speech-and-debate clause) to impede agents from searching it, and threatening the Capitol Police with “consequences” if they don’t relent. Only last week, according to Fox News, did she finally signal willingness to drop objections to a scan of the laptop by federal investigators. Her stridency in obstructing the investigation has been jarring.

      As evidence has mounted, the scores of Democrats for whom the Awans worked have expressed no alarm. Instead, we’ve heard slanderous suspicions that the investigation is a product of — all together now — “Islamophobia.” But Samina Gilani, the Awan brothers’ stepmother, begs to differ. Gilani complained to Virginia police that the Awans secretly bugged her home and then used the recordings to blackmail her. She averred in court documents that she was pressured to surrender cash she had stored in Pakistan. Imran claimed to be “very powerful” — so powerful he could order her family members kidnapped.

      We don’t know if these allegations are true, but they are disturbing. The Awans have had the opportunity to acquire communications and other information that could prove embarrassing, or worse, especially for the pols who hired them. Did the swindling staffers compromise members of Congress? Does blackmail explain why were they able to go unscathed for so long?

      And as for that sensitive information, did the Awans send American secrets, along with those hundreds of thousands of American dollars, to Pakistan?

      This is no run-of-the-mill bank-fraud case.

  17. Fliers in Westwood announcing launch of Hezbollah-like group has Iranian Jews on edge
    BY Karmel Melamed | PUBLISHED Jul 31, 2017 | Iranian American Jews

    Members of the local Iranian-American community are concerned after the recent distribution of Farsi-language fliers in Westwood’s Persian Square district announcing the inception of a group calling itself the “Army of Hezbollah in America.”

    The flier presents itself as “a forceful warning by ‘Hezbollah in America,’ regarding the evil military and terroristic presence of the United States in the Persian Gulf” and cautions that it will “respond to any acts in the Persian Gulf on American soil.”

    News of the flier first was released by the Los Angeles-based, Farsi-language IranShahr newspaper, whose Iranian-Jewish owner, Bijan Khalili, said he discovered multiple fliers left outside the offices of his bookstore and publishing company, Ketab Corp., on July 26.

  18. Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Hits Far From Border

    Two people connected to a Mexican drug cartel have been arrested in Mebane, North Carolina—after a triple kidnapping last week.

    Briana Lizeth Cardenas and Hector Manuel Lopez Jr. are accused of kidnapping three people at gunpoint last Tuesday. Authorities allege that the kidnapping is connected to Mexican drug trafficking—namely, the dangerous Sinaloa drug cartel.

    Two victims were released on Thursday, but Cardenas and Lopez held a third victim—a 20-year-old male—until Thursday, when he was rescued by police.

    The 20-year-old suffered numerous injuries from being beating during his kidnapping, and is currently being treated in the hospital.

  19. Saudi terrorvision: US-listed al-Qaeda men become stars of Saudi TV (middleeasteye, Aug 1, 2017)

    “What at first perhaps looked like any regular hospital bedside visit between two old friends catching up was anything but.

    In footage aired on an anonymous YouTube channel early in 2016, an elderly Yemeni cleric visited his Saudi peer, Ayeth al-Qarni, in a hospital in Riyadh, and brought good news from the battlefront next door.

    “I’ve got good news for you from Taiz,” says Abdulmajid al-Zindani, who supports the Saudi-led war against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    But Zindani, who is apparently allowed to operate freely in Saudi Arabia, is a veteran al-Qaeda supporter, and in 2004 found himself on the US Treasury’s Specially Designated Global Terrorist List.

    “Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar,” people chant in the background.

    “And soon, God willing, it’ll be Sanaa [Yemen’s capital],” adds Zindani, a former spiritual adviser to Osama bin Laden.

    While Zindani has kept a low profile over the years, he has retained his influence and the respect of his peers of the Wahhabi creed in Yemen and the Gulf.

    But Zindani is far from alone in making such public appearances, and over the last few years Saudi Arabia has become a hub for hosting Islamist radicals.

    Shadowy relationships

    Such public appearances, many on TV, offer a rare window into the kingdom’s shadowy and often harmonious relationship with what some would term “extremists”.

    Two sources in Riyadh suggest that at least five Yemenis designated as terrorists by the US Treasury have advised and coordinated Saudi operations in Yemen with allied forces on the ground, in a Saudi bid to restore president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who was toppled by a Houthi rebellion, at first supported by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists in the military.

    The US terrorist designations themselves back up these claims.

    Yemen’s al-Qaeda branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is regarded by US as the most lethal of its global offshoots…”

  20. Saudi Arabia, France review cooperation in atomic energy (saudigazette, Aug 1, 2017)

    “A Saudi delegation, led by the President of Riyadh-based King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz City for Atomic and Renewable Energy Dr. Hashim Bin Abdullah Yamani, reviewed the Saudi National Atomic Energy Project with the Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Christian Masset.

    The step intended to brief the French side on the developments of the national project and discuss ways of mutual cooperation opportunities as well as how to implement various components of the project.

    During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways of cooperation between the two countries in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy as France is one of the leading countries in this field, and the French technology is one of the global technologies seen appropriate for this project.

    The French side expressed admiration for the modules of the National Atomic Energy Project and France’s readiness to cooperate with the Saudi side.”

  21. New Details on 173-Man Islamic State Terror Team Headed Towards Europe

    A report released two weeks ago by Interpol publicized identifying information of 173 Islamic State operatives suspected to be headed towards — or already in — Europe. The report warns that it’s easier for non-European operatives to slip into the continent than for European citizens of the terror group.

    Today, a new report from Belgian media outlet HLN provides additional details on these ISIS operatives, and on one known Belgian operative in particular:


    Belgian Islamic State terrorist on his way to Europe

    On the list of 173 IS terrorists who would be on their way to Europe to commit suicide bombings there is also a Belgian. He is a 24-year-old with Moroccan roots who is called “Abu Omar Al-Belgiki.” The Belgian with dual nationality remained until recently in Mosul, the Iraqi bulwark where IS has recently been expelled. He never appeared in public before.

    • There are suppose to be over 1000 current terror related investigations in the US. If there are that many in the US there should be close to that number in Europe.

  22. Four Teenage Girls Raped at Swedish Music Festival, Many More Sexually Abused

    Police in the southern Swedish province of Småland say at least four teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 17 were raped at the Emmaboda Festival over the weekend. They also claim hundreds of drug offences also took place at the event.

    The police released a statement on their website totalling the various crimes that occurred at the five-day festival which ended on Saturday. They say that four girls, between the ages of 15 and 17, were raped, 11 women over 18 were sexually abused, 113 people were reported as possessing drugs, and there were a further 251 reports of individuals consuming drugs.

    Ewa-Gun Westford, spokesman for the South Police Region, said: “There are six suspects for sexual attacks and one for rape,” but did not identify any of the suspects or describe their backgrounds.

    Ms. Westford added: “Several people who have worked at the festival have been using or have been dealing drugs.”

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