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

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  1. “A Muslim convert who prayed with one of the London Bridge terrorists has today been jailed for six months for having false identity documents.

    Ricardo McFarlane, 30, was arrested after the bogus Spanish ID card was found inside the boot of his blue Nissan Micra when it was seized following a routine stop by police last July.

    He was seen with killer Khuram Butt in the Channel Four documentary ‘Jihadi Next Door’, which got 1.2million viewers when it aired in January last year – and banned from seeing hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

    McFarlane was due to face trial for breaching an ASBO that barred him from approaching members of the public ‘in order to promote sharia law’ in March last year.

    The Muslim convert was also told to stay away from Choudary.

    But he and about 20 other men were accused of setting up a stall on Oxford Street in central London where they called for strict Islamic laws to be imposed across the UK”

    If it walks the path of a dhimmi, talks like a dhimmi and acts like a dhimmi… it is a muhammadan. Where cultural muslims are the target of their hate every day alongside the kufar.

    They torture people to quell their own hell, or go to heaven to live out their hell as slave to houries.

    Don Laird, once expressed it well.

    “I find Vlad and Eeyore rather troublesome from time to time. I find that in that the posts made are thought provoking, and as a result of that provocation I start rambling and befroe I know it a couple of hours and a thousand words have rolled by………oh well…..below is my contribution to Canada Day……..pour a coffee…….its a long one……I got a little carried away…….”

    • A Muslim convert who prayed with one of the London Bridge terrorists has today been jailed for six months for having false identity documents.

      Please let me know when everybody across The Pond makes a transition from “jailed” to “executed”. Until then, the entire EU is merely piddling away its little-time-that’s-left aimlessly swirling around in the proverbial porcelain receptacle.

    • “Its yes, and yes, and yes.

      In a way, it strengthens everything I said in my wandering piece posted above.

      Just start killing, quite simple really, be cold, clinical and with deadly efficiency, just start killing.

      Like I said, its really quite simple, and its the only language the Muslim understands.

      Regards, Don Laird”

      A muhammadan found with an illegal passport…

      It is not hard to know what comes next. The bloodbath of screaming tourists run over and shot, and a martyrdom in a paradise of whores.
      It’s very easy.

      Yet, the UK have rewarded him a retreat at an all-expenses-paid madjid for six months. A prayer retreat at a monastery would have been much a harder life.

      The death penalty for terrorists and traitors is all they understand, so that their Moderates will fear a path made less comfortable than it presently is to be radicalized and proud in the West.

  2. BREAKING: Stabbing at major Berlin station after armed mob storm S Bahn (express, Sep 9, 2017)

    “A TEENAGER is fighting for life and five others left injured after a mob armed with knives and bottles stormed a Berlin train station.

    Alexanderplatz station was on lockdown after the attack on Saturday morning.

    One youth, aged 18, was said to be critically injured with a back wound and has been rushed to hospital.

    A 13-year-old boy was also taken to hospital with a knife injury.

    Violence flared in the German capital after a mass brawl involving up to 30 people.

    Some of the assailants wielded bottles and knives as the fight broke out just after midnight.

    Police said four other people suffered injuries during the melee.

    Officers flooded the area and arrested eight people on suspicion of carrying out the violence.

    Pictures from the scene showed a man being led away.

    Another image showed a huge knife discarded on the ground…”

  3. HAV-UN A BLASTNorth Korea may launch another ballistic missile TOMORROW experts warn as Kim Jong-un plans to celebrate anniversary of his crazy kingdom’s founding

    The hermit state has previously marked key dates with displays of military power

    NORTH Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un might launch another missile TOMORROW to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the brutal regime.

    South Korea fears the dictator may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile when it celebrates the milestone tomorrow.

  4. Official: Denmark doesn’t want UN quota refugees this year (abcnews, Sep 9, 2017)

    “Denmark’s minority center-right government doesn’t want to accept any refugees this year that come into the country under a U.N. quota system, an official said Saturday.

    The U.N. refugee agency has made deals with countries, including Denmark, to take in a number of refugees each year. Since 1989, Denmark has accepted about 500 such refugees every year.

    But now Denmark “doesn’t want to commit ourselves,” said Integration Minister Inger Stoejberg, considered an immigration hardliner. “I don’t believe we have room for quota refugees this year.”

    Stoejberg said Denmark had received about 56,000 spontaneous asylum-seekers since 2012 and many of them are expected to try to bring relatives. She said that those already in Denmark should be integrated first.

    The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party, which backs the government, supports the law proposal.

    Holger K. Nielsen, a senior member of the small opposition Socialist People’s Party, said it was “totally wrong of Stoejberg to close the door to quota refugees,” adding she was letting down “the weakest refugees in the world.”

    No date for a vote in the 179-seat Parliament was set.

    Denmark received about 20,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, a small number compared with its Swedish and German neighbors.

    Last year, Stoejberg said the reception of refugees through the UNHCR program had been postponed, saying Danish municipalities should have “a little breathing room to better take care of those who have already arrived.”…”

  5. The Latest: 217 migrants in Black Sea were aiming for Europe (abcnews, Sep 9, 2017)

    “Coast guard forces from Romania and Bulgaria have intercepted 217 migrants in the Black Sea who are suspected of trying to illegally enter Romania.

    Romanian border police said Saturday they spotted a tourist ship carrying 97 migrants from Iran and Iraq sailing close to Romanian waters late Friday. The ship, carrying 40 men, 21 women and 36 children, was taken to the port of Mangalia.

    Separately, a joint Romanian-Bulgarian effort blocked a fishing vessel carrying 120 migrants in the Black Sea late Friday near the northern Bulgarian town of Shabla. The ship and its passengers were handed over to Turkey.

    Romania and Bulgaria are members of the European Union but are not part of Europe’s visa-free travel zone. Migrants are increasingly using the Black Sea from Turkey to reach Romania…”

  6. US-backed forces launch east Syria campaign against IS (abcnews, Sep 9, 2017)

    “A U.S.-backed Syrian force says it has launched military operations against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, heightening the possibility of conflict with rival, Russian-backed government forces, which are running their own operations in the same area.

    The predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces announced Saturday its Deir el-Zour Military Council has launched operation “Jazeera Storm” to defeat IS militants in the resource-rich Deir el-Zour province.

    Syrian government forces broke an IS siege against the provincial capital, also called Deir el-Zour, last week.

    The SDF remain locked in battle with IS militants over the jihadists’ de-facto capital city, Raqqa, in north Syria. The U.S. military is providing ground and air support.”

    • Syrian army in race with US-armed fighters for eastern Syria (abcnews, Sep 9, 2017)

      “U.S.-backed Syrian fighters launched an offensive against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria along the border with Iraq on Saturday, bringing them into a race with government forces marching in the same direction against the extremists in their last major holdout in the war-torn country.

      The dueling battles for Deir el-Zour highlight the importance of the oil-rich eastern province, which has become the latest epicenter of the international war against the Islamic State group, raising concerns of an eventual clash between the two sides.

      The U.S.-trained Deir el-Zour Military Council said it was calling its operation Jazeera Storm, after the familiar name for northeast Syria. The Military Council is a part of the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, which enjoys broad U.S. military support. SDF are the U.S.’s primary ally in the fight against IS in Syria.

      The race to reach the Iraqi border will shape future regional dynamics, determining whether the United States or Russia and Iran will have more influence in the strategic area once the extremist group is defeated…”

  7. Afghan official: Gunmen kill chief of religious council (abcnews, Sep 9, 2017)

    “An Afghan official says at least two people have been shot and killed by gunmen in eastern Kapisa province, including the provincial chief of a religious council.

    Qais Qaderi, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Saturday the religious council chief, who goes by the name Hanafyar, was the target of the attack. He died from his wounds on the way to a hospital. His security guard was the second victim.

    The Saturday attack was carried out by gunmen riding a motorcycle who shot Hanafyar as he was about to exit his vehicle near his home, said Qaderi.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Kapisa, but Qaderi said as many as eight suspects have been arrested and an investigation is underway.”

  8. READY AND WAITINGUS and Japan stage war drills amid fears North Korea could launch new nuke test as early as TODAY

    The fighters jets flew from the US military base in Guam in a show of force to war-mongering Kim Jong-un

    AMERICAN and Japanese warplanes flew side-by-side as they conducted military drills – just hours before Kim Jong-un is expected to order another nuke test.

    The fighters jets flew from the US military base in Guam in a show of force to war-mongeriing Kim

  9. Tajikistan officials are texting women to tell them what to wear (wapo, Sep 9, 2017)

    “If you have a phone in Tajikistan, odds are you’ve received a text message reminding you what not to wear.

    In: “national” Tajik dress, now required by law at all “traditional” gatherings. Out: the hijab, and other kinds of Muslim dress.

    “Observe Tajik traditional clothes,” one message read. Another advised citizens to “respect traditional clothes.”

    “Let’s make it a tradition to wear traditional clothes,” demanded a third.

    The messages were sent as part of a national effort to publicize a new law. The measure, signed last month, requires people to “stick to traditional and national clothes and culture” at events like weddings and funerals. It also bans “nontraditional dress” and “alien garments.” Activists say those are euphemisms for the hijab, which officials have labeled part of “alien culture and traditions” in the past. The country’s legislators are still figuring out how they might punish those who don’t oblige.

    The government says the new rule, passed by legislators in August, will help combat Islamist radicalism. The country’s Muslims, though, see a more nefarious aim — an effort to regulate their faith. Ninety percent of Tajiks are Muslim, but the government has worked assiduously to stamp out most markers of the faith….”

  10. Turkey kills 99 Kurdish militants in latest operations – military (reuters, Sep 9, 2017)

    “Turkish security forces have killed 99 Kurdish militants, including a high-ranking one, in operations in southeast Turkey over the last two weeks, the armed forces said on Saturday.

    Security forces targeted outposts and caves used by the militants for shelter and storage in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari, near the Iraqi border, the military said in a statement.

    “Ninety-nine terrorists have been neutralised. One is in the so-called leading ranks,” it said.

    The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, Turkey and the European Union, has waged a more than three-decade insurgency against the state…”

  11. Firemen Abandon House Blaze After Being Attacked in Swedish No-Go Zone (breitbart, Sep 9, 2017)

    “Firefighters in the southern Swedish city of Malmö were forced to let a building burn to the ground after they were violently attacked by locals who threw glass bottles at them.

    The fire, which occurred in the city’s suburb of Kroksback, initially started after two cars in a car park were set on fire Thursday at around 9 pm. Police and fire crews were called and arrived on the scene shortly after, whilst another fire started at a nearby building on Sörbäcksgatan street, police said in a press release.

    As the firemen tried to put out the second blaze, glass bottles were thrown at them and at their vehicles. The attack forced the firemen to abandon the blaze which engulfed the building and burned it to the ground.

    Police who arrived on the scene were also attacked with glass bottles though the police report does not specify what damage was done to their vehicles or any injuries sustained by the emergency personnel.

    Authorities also added that they do not know if there is any connection between the two fires, though both are suspected to be arson…”

  12. Austrian Populist Surges in Popularity on Social Media Ahead of Election (breitbart, Sep 9, 2017)

    “The leader of the Austrian anti-mass migration Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache has received a surge of support on social media, gaining over 40,000 supporters on Facebook in a single day and eclipsing his rival, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.

    The FPÖ leader, who has styled himself as the “people’s candidate” for Chancellor of Austria, has raced past current electoral favourite Sebastian Kurz this week gaining 40,500 Facebook supporters on Thursday alone, Heute reports.

    The dramatic rise in support online has made Strache the most popular candidate for Austrian Chancellor on the social media platform with 723,000 supporters compared to Sebastian Kurz with 690,000 and current chancellor and leader of the Social Democrats Christian Kern with only 212,000.

    Some have accused Strache and the FPÖ of buying “fake followers” but the party has denied the claim. FPÖ MEP Harald Vilimsky said: “We do not have fake followers and we do not buy followers…”

  13. FEC Dems renew bid to regulate Internet, Drudge, ‘not done fighting’

    They’ve repeatedly tried and failed to impose regulations on Internet political communications, possibily even media sites like the Drudge Report, but congressional testimony that unnamed Russians spent $100,000 for politically themed ads on Facebook is sparking a new bid by Democrats on the Federal Election Commission.

  14. Japan Preps for N. Korea Nuclear Test Ahead of Pyongyang’s Foundation Day

    Japan prepares for yet another North Korean nuclear test as the regime’s Foundation Day nears.

    North Korea’s recent nuclear and ballistic-missile tests have exacerbated political tensions in the region.

    The rogue-regime conducted its most powerful nuclear test last weekend, saying it tested a hydrogen-bomb which it can mount on a ballistic-missile.

    The Japanese military suggests Pyongyang might stage another test on its national holiday on September 9.

    “North Korea has a history of repeating nuclear and missile tests on its national anniversaries,” said a Japanese Defense Minister, “Last year on September 5th, North Korea’s foundation day, there was a nuclear test for the fifth time, so we’re going to continue our surveillance of North Korea and be on alert.”

    Despite increased sanctions, Pyongyang continues to stage nuclear and ballistic missile-tests in defiance of international condemnation.

    On Thursday Japan’s leader met with the President of Russia to discuss the North Korean threat.

  15. Bomb alert at cathedral hours before religious festival (express, Sep 9, 2017)

    “A BOMB alert was issued at a major cathedral hours before a major religious festival.

    The alert was issued at Tournai Cathedral in western Belgium, sparking a huge police response.

    CCTV cameras captured a man dropping off a suitcase at Tournai Cathedral, which is popular with tourists, before leaving the scene.

    The incident began at around 1.15pm local time (12.15pm BST).

    A security cordon was erected around the historic site in the town of Tournai, west Belgium.

    Mayor Paul-Olivier Delannois said: “I was informed of the incident at about 1.45pm. A surveillance camera placed inside Notre-Dame Cathedral filmed a man who put down a suitcase and then left the premises On the eve of the procession.

    “The police immediately proceeded to evacuate the area and a security perimeter was established in the district. examination of this suitcase.”

    He added “the cathedral is a symbolic high place in the Tournai region”.

    Bomb disposal teams were deployed to the site.

    It comes on the eve of 925th anniversary of the town’s ‘Great Procession’ – a major religious festival.

    The event attracts visitors from across Belgium and Europe and is one of the main events in the town’s calendar.”

  16. Turkey cautions citizens about travel to ‘anti-Turkey’ Germany (reuters, Sep 9, 2017)

    “Turkey cautioned its citizens on Saturday to take care when traveling to Germany, citing what it said was an upswing in anti-Turkish sentiment ahead of a German national election later this month.

    The advisory is likely to further exacerbate tensions between the two NATO allies, whose ties have soured following last year’s failed coup against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his subsequent crackdown on alleged coup supporters…”

  17. German minister urges EU to standardize asylum seeker benefits (reuters, Sep 9, 2017)

    “Social benefits for asylum seekers in Germany are “quite high” and they need to be harmonized across Europe, the country’s interior minister was quoted on Saturday as saying, two weeks before a national election in which immigration is a key issue.

    Thomas de Maiziere belongs to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, who are expected again to emerge as the biggest party after the Sept. 24 election despite losing some support to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD).

    The right-wing AfD, which has tried to tap into public disquiet over Merkel’s 2015 decision to open German borders to more than a million migrants, is expected to win up to 11 percent in the election and enter the federal parliament for the first time.

    In an interview published in the regional newspaper Rheinische Post, de Maiziere appeared to target voters particularly concerned by the migrant influx, saying asylum procedures and benefits for asylum seekers needed to be harmonized across the 28-nation European Union.

    “What we need next is a standardized asylum system in Europe and we’re currently negotiating that in the EU – it can’t be that the standards are so different in Romania, Finland, Portugal and Germany,” he said.

    “Germany is the country that most (asylum seekers) want to live in because the process and conditions for being accepted are relatively generous compared with other European countries and the benefits for refugees are quite high compared with other EU member countries,” he said.

    De Maiziere said a more harmonized system could involve possible subsidies for migrants to help cover higher living costs in countries such as Germany on top of a uniform amount agreed at the level of the EU.

    He also called for common legal standards, saying: “Asylum seekers here can drag out their deportation significantly more than they can elsewhere using various legal paths.””

  18. Iran and North Korea are partner threats to the U.S. and the world

    We the Alliance. | by: Mark S. Kirk | 08/28/2017

    Americans watched anxiously this summer as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un repeatedly threatened to launch a missile attack against the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam — the latest escalation of recent provocations. The proposed attack, and news that U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads, are chilling signs that almost no country is out of range of North Korea’s dangerous capability.

    North Korea may be isolated from most of the world, but unfortunately, it has a few equally dangerous kindred spirits. One reason that North Korea even has a missile program is due to the fact that two years ago, the U.S. released billions of dollars to North Korea’s main missile test partner, Iran, with the signing of a misguided nuclear deal. North Korea’s missile program and technology are identical to that of Iran, and inaction on one sends a powerful signal to the other that is can act with impunity.

    Iran, according to the Congressional Research Service, has provided “significant and meaningful” assistance to North Korea’s ballistic missile program. For instance, in May 2017, Iran conducted a failed cruise missile test launch from a Ghadir-class “midget” submarine in the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian submarine’s design closely mirrored that of North Korea’s Yono-class, prompting speculation that the Tehran-Pyongyang military collaboration remains vibrant. The diesel-electric Yono/Ghadir-class submarines are virtually undetectable and were used by North Korea to sink a South Korean ship in 2010.

    Most alarming, Iran carried out test-launches of a ballistic missile that has a range just under 2,500 miles in July 2016 and January 2017, thus bringing Europe into Iran’s ballistic missile range. Experts believe North Korea sold this particular missile, a variant of the BM-25, to Iran.

  19. Terrorists in Germany’s Parliament?

    by Bruce Bawer
    September 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

    In a remarkable decision taken at the end of August, Germany’s Interior Ministry declined to bar the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) — listed as a terrorist organization by the US, Canada, the European Union, and Australia — “from campaigning as a political party in the September general election to the Bundestag.”

    Yes, the PFLP — on a joint list with the Marxist-Leninist Party — plans to field candidates in this month’s elections in Germany and run for Parliament.

    What is the PFLP? Formed shortly after Israel’s Six-Day War through the merger of three militant groups — The Young Avengers (Palestinian nationalists), The Heroes of the Return (based in Lebanon), and the Palestinian Liberation Front (which operated largely out of Syria and the West Bank) — it is today, after Fatah, the second largest faction in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Described variously as a blend of “Palestinian nationalism with Marxist ideology” and as “a Palestinian nationalist organization with different ideological outlooks at different times (from Arab nationalist, to Maoist, to Leninist),” it has called for Israel’s destruction and international communist revolution.

  20. Half of America Wants the Other Half to Die in a Hurricane

    Hurricane Irma has left death and destruction in her wake and Hurricane Jose is right behind her promising more. Entire islands have been destroyed, families torn apart, and property wiped out. This crippling devastation so close to the last hurricane in Texas, from which people are still reeling, is tough to take. These people require our unceasing prayers and help, not scorn and snark.

    So who would be cold-blooded enough to savage hurricane victims? Rabid sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). These are people who were so blindsided by a Clinton loss that they can’t see past their election night rage and are wishing destruction on all the Trump voters in Florida along with Trump properties. I don’t want to be neighbors with these kinds of people anymore.

    Who raised them?

  21. Alleged US Evacuation of Daesh Field Commanders: ‘We Are Rescuing Our Allies’ (sputniknews, Sep 9, 2017)

    “A source has told Sputnik that US Air Force aircraft had evacuated a group of nearly two dozen Daesh (ISIS) field commanders and militants from Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria last month. Retired US Air Force Lieut Col. Karen Kwiatkowski says this is standard operating procedure for CIA black ops looking to cover their trail after an operation.

    On Thursday, a military and diplomatic source told Sputnik that USAF helicopters had evacuated 22 Daesh field commanders and militants from areas outside the city of Deir ez-Zor in late August, amid a successful operation by Syrian government forces to free the area from terrorist control. The militants were reportedly taken to northern Syria. The US-led coalition’s press office told Sputnik that the allegations were “false.”

    Asked to comment, Karen Kwiatkowski, a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel turned anti-neoconservative activist, told Sputnik that these evacuees were likely people that the US military and intelligence establishment wanted to protect, “particularly people with evidence that could be used against the US [during] negotiations.”

    “It makes a lot of sense that we would either want to kill those people or extract them before the Syrians could interrogate them,” Kwiatkowski said.

    “That’s inconsistent with the top level message from President Trump for sure,” the retired officer added. “This set of relationships that the CIA, parts of the military and the State Department have with Daesh goes [back to before] Trump’s administration. It seems like they’re not following his orders here, but I’m sure there’s a larger agenda at stake.”

    Kwiatkowski recalled that while Trump himself has been “consistent about eliminating these terrorists, the CIA runs its own operations, and they don’t consult with anybody; that would be consistent” from their standpoint.

    The activist explained that CIA black programs don’t require day-to-day approval from the president. If that’s what this evacuation was, “this is standard operating procedure, and they don’t really care what the president says in a speech designed for the consumption of the American people.”

    Kwiatkowski suggested that news of the Deir ez-Zor extraction stood in clear contrast to Washington’s public campaign against Daesh, including its operations against the Daesh convoy that’s currently stranded on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

    “That’s populating our media – that the Americans are killing Daesh, not that the Americans are rescuing Daesh,” the Kwiatkowski said.

    “Certainly, we are rescuing our allies. But to some extent, we are preserving people who have worked with us, people that are dealing with the financial aspects of our aid to Daesh, because that’s what’s going to be looked at in the autopsy of this operation. People are going to be saying: where did the money flow? Who knew about it? What was the American role? Americans will be asking that question too, not just the world.”…”

  22. Deir ez-Zor: Syrian, Russian Forces Inflict Biggest Defeat on Daesh in 3 Years (sputniknews, Sep 9, 2017)

    “The Syrian armed forces supported by Russian aviation have inflicted the excruciating defeat on Daesh terrorists in Deir ez-Zor area, that may be considered the terrorist group’s biggest loss in the past three years, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

    “Syrian government troops, with the support of the Russian Air Force, achieved a serious success, inflicting a devastating defeat on Daesh units in the area of the city of Deir ez Zor, which exceeding in scale all previous victories over the past three years,” the statement read.

    The Syrian military started an operation to retake the airbase on Friday, days after breaking the siege of Deir ez-Zor. A Sputnik correspondent reported earier in the day that fierce fighting was ongoning near the base between Syrian troops and terrorists…”

  23. ‘Clumsily Fabricated Fake’: Russian Envoy Slams UN’s Latest Syria Report (sputniknews, Sep 9, 2017)

    “Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin on Saturday blasted the United Nations for fabricating the facts regarding Moscow’s actions in Syria and Damascus’s use of chemical weapons.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — A part of the report issued by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which contains accusations against Russia and allegations on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, is a “politically biased” fabrication, Borodavkin told reporters.

    The commission accused the Syrian government on Wednesday of using chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun in April in a report. It also accused Damascus and the Russian military of targeting hospitals and medical personnel in the war-torn country. Responding to the report, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that Damascus did not have chemical weapons, had never used them and would never do it.

    “The part of the report concerning Russia and the use of the chemical weapons by the Syrian armed forces is an example of a politically biased fake, which is in addition clumsily fabricated,” Borodavkin told reporters.

    The permanent representative added that Moscow should not pay attention to such accusations.

    “Some time ago, it became fashionable in political and diplomatic circles to spread Russophobic lies. But the situation has been gradually changing. Even in places where such fabrications are still in demand, their political price is rapidly falling,” Borodavkin added.

    On April 4, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces announced that several dozen people had been killed in a suspected chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s province of Idlib. Four days later, the United States fired missiles at a Syrian government airbase in Idlib in response to the alleged attack, which the White House blamed Damascus for, albeit without providing evidence.

    Syrian authorities have refuted any involvement in the incident, saying that the complete elimination of the Syrian government’s stockpile of chemical weapons was confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in January 2016. Russia considers US claims of having evidence that Damascus used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun unfounded.”

  24. Kabul Streets Turn Violent in Annual Reminder of Civil War (nytimes, Sep 9, 2017)

    “In what has become an annual breakdown of law and order, the capital turned into a scene of chaos on Saturday with little visible sign of government control. Young men armed with knives and Kalashnikov rifles sped around Kabul, firing into the air and terrorizing residents, who mostly stayed indoors.

    Sept. 9 is supposed to be a solemn day on the Afghan calendar, the date in 2001 when Ahmad Shah Massoud, an anti-Taliban leader, was killed by Al Qaeda just before the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.

    But year after year, the occasion has turned into a show of force by unruly supporters of Mr. Massoud, largely northerners disenchanted with the government.

    The occasion highlights the Afghan political leadership’s lack of influence with disenfranchised groups in the capital, even at a time when Taliban pressure is increasing in districts and cities around the country.

    The police found themselves both outgunned and outnumbered. The city felt “balkanized,” as one Western official described it; barricades blocked Mr. Massoud’s supporters from entering neighborhoods populated with supporters of rival factions, an effort to prevent the deadly clashes of previous years…”

    • Illiterates hair-trigger to riot anywhere, anytime. Like they know the date?
      A monkey pulls a hijab, a goat gets uppity, a kafir breathes near a mosque.

      Wild mountain tribesmen swoop down to what someone wants to call a "city". This zoo will never get CLOSE to "balkanized" - not in your ahistoric dreams - you idiot.

      I bet the ranch that whoever used the word “balkanized” couldn’t find the Balkans on a map.
      That’s not gambling; that’s a sure thing.

  25. The five most feared buzzwords associated with Islam in the West, and what they really mean (independent, Sep 9, 2017)

    “The post-9/11 era has been rife with Islamophobia, populism and the growing support for the far-right across Europe and the US – most notably in recent years.

    Hostility and discrimination against Muslims in the UK has peaked, resulting in 1,260 hate crimes in the year up to March 2017. A culture of fear, capitalised on by so-called terrorism experts and pundits, has created a vehicle for all types of extremists to target anything associated with Islam. Here are some of the most commonly misused buzzwords.

    1. Islam

    When most people hear the words “Islam” or “Muslim”, their mind conjures up images of brown bearded men, burqa-clad women, Isis, Al-Qaeda, and all manner of other stereotypes. A Google image search will confirm these preconceptions, but there are 1.3 million Muslims in the world: we don’t all look the same or hold the same views.

    The word “Islam” originates from the Arabic root word salaam, which translates as “peace”. For Muslims, Islam is not a political ideology but a way of life which involves adhering to the five tenets of faith: belief in God, fasting during Ramadan, making pilgrimage, giving to charity and praying five times a day.

    Muslims are not a homogenous entity; they come in many forms, including different Islamic philosophies and different levels of observance. Many Muslims believe that prophet Muhammed is a direct descendant of Abraham through Ismail, and that Islam has many parallels with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Islam should not be viewed in isolation, it is as much a part of our society as any other faith.

    2. Burqa

    The Muslim woman’s modest dress has long been under scrutiny. The burqa, a long, loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet, is viewed specifically as a symbol of female oppression. Countries including the UK, France, Germany and Australia have wrestled with the issue of whether or not to ban the burqa, reinforcing the idea that it’s something to be feared.

    Critics of the burqa often argue either that it’s a security concern and a hindrance to integration, but there’s barely any data to support such claims. Although there is no ban on Islamic dress in the UK, remarkably, a 2016 YouGov poll found that 59 per cent of Americans opposed a burqa ban compared to 61 per cent of Britons who supported it.

    One of the most common misconceptions is the idea that the burqa is enforced upon Muslim women, with Saudi Arabia’s oppressive regime cited as an example of this, despite the fact that it’s a political, not a religious, decision to enforce it. But for most Muslim women it is a choice, and wearing a burqa symbolises liberation and freedom to them, as it allows them to be appreciated and judged for their intellect, and not based on physical appearances. Figures show that such a small minority of women in Europe choose to wear a burqa, that banning it would be essentially pointless, and do nothing but take away a woman’s choice.

    3. Jihad

    Last month Linda Sarsour, an American Muslim activist, saw herself in the midst of controversy when she delivered a speech to a predominantly Muslim audience and quoted a line from the prophet Muhammed: “A word of truth in front of a tyrant ruler or leader, that is the best form of jihad.” Sarsour clarified that this meant standing up for those who are oppressed by their leaders locally and globally: that includes the Islamophobes, fascists and white supremacists.

    Nowhere in the Quran are the words “holy war” equated to Jihad, which in fact represents one’s internal struggle to lead a virtuous life. Today, most Muslims use it to describe things like waking up for the early dawn prayers or giving up a bad habit. It does not represent extremism or violence to the vast majority of Muslims.

    4. Allahu Akbar

    These two words have become synonymous with extremism, even though their true meaning are anything but. The phrase literally means “God is greater”, and is used by Muslims whilst praying.

    Just last year, Greater Manchester Police apologised for using the phrase in a terror attack simulation as part of a training exercise, as it reinforcing stereotypes, provoking Islamophobia. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general at the Muslim Council of Britain, said that “by using this word [in the terror training], Muslims around the world are being associated with terrorists”. The phrase has been coopted by terrorists and far-right extremists as a war cry and stripped of its real meaning.

    5. Terrorism

    The term seems to be used exclusively in reference to crimes committed by those who claim to be acting on behalf of the Islamic faith, yet a recent report revealed that “right-wing extremists were behind nearly twice as many incidents” as terror acts associated with those identified as “Islamist domestic terrorism”. Angry white men become radicalised too, but we rarely hear about it referred to as “terrorism”.

    It is time to take a stance against these fallacies and reclaim these concepts from a bigoted society which has played right into the hands of extremists who have instilled fear in our hearts for too long.”

  26. Germany: We want to ‘dispose’ of Merkel govt. – AfD’s Meuthen

    Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) co-leader Jorg Meuthen stated that his party wanted “not only to dissolve the entire Merkel government but to dispose of it without residue,” at an election rally, in Nuremberg. A counterprotest picketed the event.

    • AfD’s Alice Weidel called German government ‘pigs’ in racist email, report says (DW, Sep 10, 2017)

      “Germany has been “overrun by Arabs, Sinti and Roma” states an email reportedly written by the AfD’s Alice Weidel. If real, the email could sully Weidel’s image as her far-right party’s more moderate voice.

      In an article made available Saturday ahead of the paper’s Sunday printing, Welt am Sonntag reported it had a 2013 email containing “racist remarks and democracy scorning theses” sent by the Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) top candidate Alice Weidel.

      The paper reported that the email, dated February 24, 2013, was sent from Weidel to a confidante while she was living in the German city of Frankfurt and working as an asset manager for Allianz.

      “The reason why we are overrun by culturally foreign people such as Arabs, Sinti and Roma is the systematic destruction of civil society as a possible counterweight from the enemies of the constitution by whom we are governed,” the newspaper quoted the email as saying.

      The email described German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government as “pigs” who are nothing more than “puppets of WWII allies.” It continued to say Merkel’s government was given the task of limiting the population of the German “Volk,” or people.

      The email’s original text in German uses several words with strong Nazi-era connotations, including “Überfremdung” which roughly translates to “foreign infiltration” and is used in far-right circles to stir xenophobic sentiment.

      Prior the email’s release, Welt am Sonntag said Weidel tried to stop the report from being published. The paper was contacted by Weidel’s lawyers who said the AfD politician was not the email’s author.

      Her lawyers told the paper that it was incorrect and unlawful to “publically claim that our client wrote this text or to even express that suspicion.”

      Weidel’s populist party also backed her as well. AfD spokesman Christian Lüth told German news agency DPA that Weidel assured him that she did not write the email, calling it “a fake.”

      In their report, however, Welt am Sonntag said it has an affidavit and other statements from people who were part of Weidel’s personal and professional network at the time that prove otherwise…”

  27. German aid to migrants creating ‘pull effect’: minister (thelocal, Sep 10, 2017)

    “German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned Saturday that Berlin’s generous offer of benefits for asylum seekers was a siren call for migrants.

    “The benefits for refugees in Germany are quite high compared to other EU countries. This is part of the pull effect towards Germany,” de Maiziere, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said in an interview with the Rheinische Post regional daily.

    Under Merkel’s impetus, Germany welcomed more than a million asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016, all of them ushered in by Maiziere’s interior ministry.

    His comments on Saturday, two weeks ahead of legislative elections, were roundly criticised by the far-left Die Linke party and the German Greens.

    Aid for refugees “cannot be reduced below the subsistence minimum,” argued Katrin Goering-Eckardt, head of the Greens parliamentary group.

    Merkel’s Christian Democrats “are ready to do anything” for votes, she added.

    Die Linke deputy Jan Korte said that Maiziere was seeking to “disfigure the right to asylum”.

    De Maiziere on Saturday stressed the need to harmonise asylum procedures for European nations, an issue already broached at EU-level.

    The European Union needs “a truly homogenous asylum system,” he said.

    An asylum seeker arriving in Germany has the right to housing and up to €390 euros per month to cover food, clothing and other expenses.”

  28. German NGO resumes migrant rescue ops off Libya (thekocal, Sep 9, 2017)

    “German aid group Sea-Eye said on Saturday that it was resuming its migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean, a month after pulling out when Libya barred foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast.

    “Sea-Eye has decided to resume its rescue missions in the Mediterranean which had been halted for a month,” the NGO said in a statement.

    However, its two ships, the Sea-Eye and the Seefuchs, would now operate in a perimeter of 70 to 90 nautical miles from the Libyan coast, it said, “to take account of the constant threat from the Libyan coastguard and to not compromise the safety of the crews”…”

  29. North Korea nuclear weapon progress ‘down to secret support from Iran’ UK officials fear (express, Sep 10, 2017)

    “BRITISH officials fear that North Korea’s progress in developing nuclear weapons may be down to secret support from Iran, it has been reported.

    Senior Whitehall sources have told The Sunday Telegraph it is not credible that North Korean scientists alone brought about the technological advances.

    One Government minister reportedly said: “North Korean scientists are people of some ability, but clearly they’re not doing it entirely in a vacuum.”

    Another Foreign Office source reportedly added: “For them to have done this entirely on their own stretches the bounds of credulity.”

    Whilst Iran is reportedly top of the list of countries suspected of assisting North Korea in some form, Russia is also suspected of doing so.

    UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also hinted at his department’s concerns last week as he took questions from MPs about the North Korea crisis.

    Mr Johnson said: “There is currently an investigation into exactly how the country has managed to make this leap in technological ability.

    “We are looking at the possible role that may have been played, inadvertently or otherwise, by some current and former nuclear states.”

    It comes amid rising fears of World War 3 after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapon test last week – describing it as an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile…”

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