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  1. “Nigel Farage: Immigration & Islam”
    You Kipper Published on August 8, 2017
    “The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences” YT

    • I have a request for the German and French Translation teams…could you please make Vidme copies of the this video with German and French subtitles? Thanks in advance.

      • Please pay close attention at video time point — 05:30.

        Pail Nielsen specifically mentions “demoralization”. For anyone who has watched the video interview of ex-KGB agent, Yuri Besmenov, this should have set off some major alarm bells. Full version >here<

        By dominating the oikos, indigenous inhabitants are (intentionally) disoriented and disconnected from their familiar environment. When their own governments do not respond in any sort of protective manner, this only further depolarizes the ethical and moral compasses of individual citizens.

        In turn, this increases the psychological malleability of people which facilitates shifting popular perception in even the most hideously self-destructive ways. Angela Merkel and the German electorate are a pluperfect example.

        I am equally impressed that this clip then mentions Cognitive Dissonance (at video time point — 07:31). Please consider viewing this excellent five-minute video about Cognitive Dissonance:

        Of particular concern is that European nations are being flooded with Muslims for whom Cognitive Dissonance is, essentially, a way of life. Any internal psychological conflicts are overridden roughshod by ideological dogma. For instance:

        Jews and the CIA plotted the 9-11 attacks … and bin Laden is a Lion of Islam™ for giving America a black eye!

        The Holocaust never happened … and Islam will complete the job that Hitler left unfinished!

        The moral and ethical flexibility required to embrace such flagrantly dichotomous information infects and contaminates any other culture it comes into contact with. This is just one of many reasons why the presence of Muslims in Europe (and the West) is so toxic.

        Where I disagree with Neilsen is that Europe does not have “two or three years” in which to begin turning this around. Any de-Islamization processes need to have started years ago.

  2. Gypsies enslave vulnerable and homeless getting them to work like serfs, judge says (express, Sep 14, 2017)

    “A MILLIONAIRE gypsy family convicted of being Britain’s biggest slavery gang have been jailed for a total of almost 80 YEARS.

    The Rooney clan kept 18 homeless men as slaves for up to 26 years while they were forced to live in squalid caravans, working for little or no money.

    The cruel family made more than £1.5 million which they splashed on a lavish lifestyle – including homes, holidays and flash cars.

    They also spent the cash on other luxury items such as gym memberships, boob jobs and a soccer school at Manchester United.

    Last month the traveller family were convicted of a string of modern slavery offences following one of the largest ever investigations of its kind in Britain.

    On Tuesday ten men and one woman were jailed for a total of 79 years and seven months at Nottingham Crown Court.

    Over the course of three trials between November 2016 and August this year, John, 31, Patrick, 31, Bridget, 55, Martin Snr, 57, Martin, 23, John, 53, Peter, 36, Gerard, 46, and Lawrence Rooney, 47, were all convicted of conspiring to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

    The two defendants who were the “most culpable” were twins Patrick and John Rooney who were jailed for 15-and-a-half and 15 years and nine months respectively.

    Sentencing, Judge Timothy Spencer QC told the family their offences had been “chilling in their mercilessness.”

    He said: “Your victims had reached a position where they were cowed into submission.

    “Any resistance they knew was futile – it would have been met by you recruiting other family members and delivering more violence.

    “You knew they would offer no resistance at all – nor did they.

    “These offences are chilling in their mercilessness.”

    He told Martin Snr he had “brought up sons in this criminal culture and taught them the ropes” while Bridget was the ” “respected matriarch”.

    The judge told them both:”You knew how to manipulate and intimidate – you were well-versed in how to use violence, both directly and the threat of violence to compel compliance.

    “As patriarch and elder statesmen at Drinsey Nook had you ever had a mind to put a stop to what was going on you could have done so in an instant.”

    The court heard the family would beat their victims and make them fear for their lives, sleeping in caravans with carpets, beds and duvets “soaked with urine and faeces”.

    One man was left a “devastated, shattered and broken man” while others said they lived a ‘dog’s life’ and were forced to ‘clear up the blood’ from their beatings.

    The victims – aged between 18 and 63 – were forced to work, tarmacking and paving drives at their gypsy sites in Drinsey Nook and Washingborough, Lincs.

    The judge said: “You prayed on men who, for a variety of reasons, had fallen on hard times – men who had become homeless, alcoholic, men with mental health problems.

    “Men who for a variety of reasons, and to varying degrees, were vulnerable and easy to manipulate.

    “Once located you exploited their natural desire to find useful employment, somewhere to regard as home, some place in society – even the society you offered.

    “Often these men were picked up off the streets – you offered work, promised money, shelter and food.

    “The accommodation provided was at best basic, often squalid – caravans which were broken down, ill-equipped and dirty.

    “Once at the site these men would be put to work in various ways, as and when required, under your direction.

    “Significantly and substantially work involved hard manual labour, laying block-paved or tarmacked drives.””

    • Then why does Muslim slavery of young white girls get buried by the establishment while these “gypsies” (odd names for gypsies btw. Should dig up their true Roma or Hungarian names if they’re true gypsies) get book thrown at them. Seems a little odd.


    (report comes after Tucker Carlson´s interview with an unhinged professor of criminal justice with stupid hair that defends ANTIFA violence in preventing the free speech of others)

  4. Meaty article, a Mosaic pick: “Islamophobia” conflates “the persecution of believers, which is a crime,” with “the critique of religion, which is a right….”
    A leftist “transubstantiation of religion into race”.

    There’s No Such Thing as Islamophobia
    Critique of religion is a fundamental Western right, not an illness.

    …Already in 1994, in Grenoble, France, young Muslims, marching to protest the government ban of the Islamic headscarf, wore armbands featuring a yellow Islamic crescent—an allusion to the yellow star that French Jews were made to wear during the [German] occupation—against a black background and the line: “When will it be our turn?” . . . And it was the fundamentalist preacher Tarik Ramadan, for a time an adviser to the British prime minister Tony Blair, who explained that the situation of Muslims in Europe was like that of Jews in the 1930s. The implication is clear: to criticize Islam is to prepare nothing less than a new Holocaust.

    Why this Islamic desire to be considered Jewish? The answer is clear: to achieve pariah status. But the analogy is doubly false. First, anti-Semitism was never about the Jewish religion as such but rather about the existence of Jews as a people. Even an unbelieving Jew was detested by anti-Semites, due to his family name and his group identity. And second, at the end of the 1940s, there were no groups of extremist Jews slitting the throats of priests in churches, as happened at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in France in July 2016, the deed of two young jihadists; there were no Jews throwing bombs in train stations, shopping malls, or airports, or driving trucks into crowds.

    There is thus a third anti-Semitism that, since 1945, must be added to [anti-Semitism’s] two classic forms, Christian and nationalist: the envy of the Jew as victim, the paragon of the disaster of the Shoah. This Jew thus becomes both model and obstacle for the Islamist; he is seen as usurping a position that by right belongs to Africans, Palestinians, and Muslims. To make oneself the object of a new Holocaust, however imaginary, is to grab hold of the maximal misfortune and to put oneself in the most desirable place—that of the victim who escapes all criticism.

    • A very interesting analysis. Muslims certainly have taken the craft and trade of playing professional victims to a whole new level.

      When will it be our turn?

      This isn’t a question that the Muslims really ought to be asking very loudly (or too often).

      Some people will start taking it as a suggestion … and rightfully so.

      At some point the blinkers will come off in Europe. Woe betide The Continent’s Muslim invaders once that happens.

    • …and I read the Jew as Pariah article. The whole concept of the Islam trying to steal the pariah role for a perverted advantage–a cloaking device to extend jihad before the kufar wakes up too late–spins the head but not in a confused way. It makes sad sense.

      • Islam trying to steal the pariah role for a perverted advantage–a cloaking device to extend jihad before the kufar wakes up too late

        There is no better example of this than the recent trial in Freiburg, Germany of Hussein Khavari for the murder and rape (in that order) of Maria Ladenburger. Efforts by the defense to portray this vicious little cretin as some sort of injured party strains all credulity.

        And it is precisely these mind-warping perversions of justice which will help awaken all Europeans to the double-threat of Islam and its EU facilitators.


    This week police arrested four men between the ages of 18 and 21, all from Eritrea, in the German regions of in Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Wurttemberg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mittledeutsche Zeitung reports.

    According to reports, the 56-year-old woman was gathering bottles in the centre of the city around midnight. The four migrants approached her saying they knew where she could find a lot of bottles. They led her to the former school where they took turns brutally raping her to an extent she was hospitalised for several days afterwards.

    The incident may also be related to the rape of an 89-year-old a day later. The elderly woman was assaulted in her apartment by three men who police also suspect of being from Eritrea.

  6. “A ‘bucket bomb’ has exploded on Tube train at the height of rush hour today sending a ‘wall of fire’ through the carriage injuring at least 20 people including children in a suspected terror attack. Terrified passengers ‘ran for their lives’ and were seen covered in blood with scorched legs, faces and hair after the incident at Parsons Green station in west London at 8.20am. Photographs from the District Line train (inset) show what experts believe is a ‘pretty unsophisticated’ bomb in a flaming white bucket inside a Lidl freezer bag with Christmas lights connected to a battery protruding out of the top (main picture)”

    • London terror attack: Sick ISIS supporters CELEBRATE as 22 injured in Parsons Green (express, Sep 15, 2017)

      “SICK Islamic State (ISIS) supporters have been celebrating after this morning’s London terror attack.

      Jihadis rejoiced on social media after 22 people were injured at Parsons Green tube station shortly before 8.20am.

      Scotland Yard have confirmed the explosion on the District Line train is being treated as a terror attack and have launched a desperate hunt for the bomber.

      While no group has claimed responsibility for the Parsons Green terror attack, some supporters of ISIS’s killer cult have already cheered the atrocity online.

      One said: “Allau Akbar!! Our lions are striking terror into the hearts of the kufr.”

      Another ISIS supporter claimed the attack in south-west London this morning was a success, despite the lack of fatalities, as it displayed holes in British security.

      Security group SITE Intel revealed: “As ISIS supporters celebrate news on ‘London explosion’, one remarked that the incident demonstrates ‘weakness’ in UK security.”

      And others claimed the bucket bomb was a “trial run”, claiming another, even bigger attack was set to “rock London”.

      ISIS supporters regularly take to social media to celebrate jihadi attacks, most recently when 16 people were killed in Barcelona…”

    • Parsons Green terror video: Footage shows ‘device’ in flames inside District Line train (express, Sep 15, 2017)

      “FOOTAGE of a suspect device in flame on a District Line Tube train has emerged following a terrorist incident at Parsons Green that has left 19 people injured.

      Video shows a white, bucket-type container inside a Lidl bag with wires hanging from it after the Parsons Green terror attack, which took place on the packed London tube train just after 8am this morning.

      The photos show the bucket containing something black still burning inside the London Underground tube carriage with passengers’ bags scattered across the carriage after commuters fled in horror.

      Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for CT policing, declared it a terrorist incident, adding: “At present, we are aware of a number of people who have suffered injuries.”

      Chris Wildish, who was on the train, said he saw a “device” in the last carriage.

      He told BBC 5 Live: “It was a white bucket, a builder’s bucket, in a white Aldi bag or Lidl bag.

      Police scrambled terror specialists to Parsons Green and have launched an immediate investigation.

      The Metropolitan Police has since declared the incident a terrorist incident.

      A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 08:20hrs on Friday, 15 September to Parsons Green Underground Station following reports of a fire on the train.

      “Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for CT policing, has declared it a terrorist incident.

      “Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police attended the scene, along with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service.

      “At present we are aware of a number of people who have suffered injuries. It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.”

      London Mayor Sadiq Khan responded to the incident on Facebook.

      He said: “The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the explosion on a train at Parsons Green Station this morning is being treated as terrorism.

      “I am in close contact with the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, Government and other emergency services who are responding at the scene and leading the investigation. I will be attending the emergency COBRA meeting in Whitehall this afternoon with the Prime Minister.

      “My sincere gratitude goes to all our courageous emergency responders and the TfL staff who were first on the scene. I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant, and to check TfL’s website for travel advice.”

      The London Ambulance Service has now reported 19 people were taken to hospital following the blast…”

      • From other reports it seems that the bomb was not made properly. Because of construction error the energy did not go into explosion. If the bomb were constructed properly all these injured would have been dead.

    • DAILY MAIL – Trump vows to call May ‘right now’ after sparking a major diplomatic row with Britain by posting a Twitter rant claiming Scotland Yard had the Parsons Green terror bomber ‘in their sights’ before the attack

      Donald Trump said Friday morning: ‘Another attack in London by a loser terrorist’
      Trump tweeted suspects had been ‘in the sights of Scotland Yard’ ahead of time
      May said it was never helpful for people to be speculating about terror probe
      A crude device set off Friday on London’s Tube could have killed dozens
      The bombing injured at least 22 people, including a ten-year-old boy

      […]Liberal Democrat home affairs Sir Ed Davey told MailOnline Mr Trump could undermine the police investigation

      He said: ‘It is insulting to the victims of this attack that Donald Trump is already using it to try and further his divisive political agenda.

      […]Mr Trump’s tweets could reignite the diplomatic row between the UK and the US over the leaking of sensitive police information.

      DAILY MAIL – Why is Trump telling us things our own police won’t? Furious row after President claims Met knew who Tube bucket-bomber was – while Scotland Yard identify him on CCTV but fail to name him

      Scotland Yard have identified the suspect behind the rush hour blast on District Line train at Parsons Green

      Manhunt underway for bomber amid fears he may have left other devices and could be armed with knives

      IED had timer attached meaning terrorist probably exited at an earlier station but bomb failed to detonate

      Bloodied and burned commuters ‘ran for their lives’ after explosion on London Underground this morning

      Victims described how a ‘wall of fire’ flew through the carriage and crude bucket bomb was seen flaming

      Passengers were left with severe burns to their legs and faces – others were hurt by crush as people fled

      The Parsons Green Tube train bomber has been identified using CCTV, security services have said, as the investigation into the attack was overshadowed by a extraordinary diplomatic row with Donald Trump.

      […]Officers are hunting for the terror suspect across London amid claims he could be armed and may have planted other explosive devices.

    • Soldiers on the streets and extra armed police on patrol as Theresa May raises terror level to CRITICAL after ISIS claim Tube bucket-bomb attack was carried out by a cell of THREE jihadis (dailymail, Sep 15, 2017)

      “Soldiers and extra armed police are being deployed on London’s streets as the terror threat level is raised to critical, Theresa May announced tonight.

      Operation Temperer will see Army personnel and armed police on the capital’s transport network and streets in order to provide ‘reassurance’ to the public.

      ‘The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical – this means their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent,’ the Prime Minister said from within Number 10.

      ‘Military personnel will replace police on guard duty at certain protected sites that are not accessible to the public. The public will see more armed police on our transport network and streets to provide extra protection.’

      Metropolitan Police announced tonight it is making ‘excellent’ progress in hunting the bomber…”

    • Former MI5 chief: Trump’s demonisation of Muslims ‘makes us all less safe’

      NEWPORT, WALES — The former head of Britain’s domestic security service said US President Donald Trump’s “demonisation of Muslims … makes us all less safe.”

      Eliza Manningham-Buller, director general of MI5 between October 2002 and April 2007, made the statement at property conference ResiConf.

      She told the audience: “One of my particular antagonisms with the current president of the United States and his demonisation of Muslims … is that it makes us all less safe.”

      Responding to a question from Business Insider, she said: “Most victims of Islamist terrorism [globally] are Muslims.

      “In order to understand and detect in advance what’s happening you need Muslim sources of information who are in the centre of these groups, in the same way as we had agents and sources in groups like the Provisional IRA.”

      “It’s your professional job to find these people, recruit them, and look after them for the rest of their lives.”

      She said that a BBC Radio 4 Today programme which she guest-edited in 2011 featured a Muslim intelligence agent who was working for MI5.

      “He explained why he was [working for MI5]. He said, to paraphrase: ‘I believe that what has been done in the name of Allah is wicked and wrong. I can look myself in the mirror and know that I am helping to reduce that threat, providing intelligence that may save lives.'”

      “As an intelligence security agency — and America is the same — you are aiming to expand that circle of agents so your chances of detecting things in advance is as good as it can be.

      “If you ban that particular ethnicity and religion wholesale — which he hasn’t quite done, but he’s more or less done — why would you as an American Muslim, or a Muslim somewhere else in the world, offer to an American government with that [President] at the head, intelligence that might be life-saving?”

      An executive order introduced by Trump in January is currently banning of refugees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.

      Efforts to expand the travel ban to more people from those countries have run into legal trouble. On Friday Trump used the terror attack in Parsons Green, London, to call for a more comprehensive ban in the US.

      Writing on Twitter, he said: “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”

      Manningham-Buller also re-stated her warning that leaving the EU could jeopardise Britain’s security and said Britain’s foreign interventions in the Middle East had heightened the risk of domestic terrorism.

      The brother of a Parsons Green passenger has spoken out about the tube attack and says he hopes Islam is not blamed for attack as the faith condemns acts of terrorism and terrorism has no faith

      • Eliza Manningham-Buller, director general of MI5 between October 2002 and April 2007, made the statement at property conference ResiConf.

        She told the audience: “One of my particular antagonisms with the current president of the United States and his demonisation of Muslims … is that it makes us all less safe.”

        Talk about a case of projection!

        Manningham-Buller, as director general of Britain’s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, knows bloody well that the insane immigration policies of fellow government apparatchiks—and her own lack of objection to them—has made it possible for a well-known, historically violent ideology to take root in home soil.

        That criminal negligence, all by itself, has made Britain “less safe” than nearly everything else (e.g., police malfeasance) combined.

        Attempting to place any blame on Trump for Islamic terrorism is like blaming Thomas Jefferson for starting American slavery.

        Incidentally, Muslims need no help when it comes to demonizing themselves. With each and every new terrorist attack, they further condemn Islam to the innermost circles of hell.

  7. Regarding MissPiggy’s post about the rape of an elderly, PC, in you opinion is there a strategic difference behind the tard rape of a very young vs a very old? Is it all the simple terror dynamic or is there something else? The assault of the old seem to be growing.

        • NK/China and Iran, China and many ISlamic groups (as long as they stay out of China).

          If it was an organized group are they working with China? Remember how the Soviet Union funded and even trained so many Islamic terror groups. They did it why can’t China?

  8. BREAKING NEWS: Knifeman shouting ‘Allah’ attacks a soldier on patrol in Paris

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    A knife wielding man has attacked a French soldier outside a Metro station in Paris today while praising Allah.

    The attacker approached the soldier from behind and then lunged at him with the blade at Chatelet metro station at 6.30am this morning.

    The victim managed to wrestle him to the ground and he was arrested by armed police as he shouted ISIS slogans.

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  9. North Korea proves it CAN hit Guam with fresh missile launch: Kim Jong-un brags that he has ‘won a shining victory’ over America after firing missile 2,300 miles – enough to hit US territory

    Kim Jong-un has called Friday’s missile test launch over Japan a ‘shining victory in the standoff with the United States’, claiming that the U.S. is in ‘mortal fear’ of North Korea.

    The missile flew over the northern island of Hokkaido, where thousands were awoken by air-raid sirens for the second time in just three weeks, and landed some 1,240 miles off the cape of Erimo just before 7am local time (10pm Thursday GMT).

    The rocket, believed to be a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 2,300 miles, according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which is 2,100 miles from North Korea.

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  10. North Korea fires missile over Japan in longest-ever fligh

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean on Friday, U.S. and South Korean militaries said, its longest-ever such flight and a clear message of defiance to its rivals.

    Since President Donald Trump threatened the North with “fire and fury” in August, Pyongyang has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, threatened to send missiles into the waters around Guam and launched two missiles of increasing range over U.S. ally Japan. It tested its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

  11. U.N. Security Council to meet after North Korea fires another missile over Japan

    SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea fired a second missile over Japan far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tension after Pyongyang’s recent test of its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb.

    The U.N. Security Council was to meet later in the day to discuss the launch at the request of the United States and Japan, diplomats said.

    The missile flew over Hokkaido in the north and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) to the east, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

    • ‘Missile launch, take cover’: Japan’s terrifying wake-up call

      “Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground.”

      To the accompaniment of blaring sirens and emergency phone alerts, that was the terrifying loudspeaker message that jolted millions of Japanese awake in the early hours as North Korea blasted its second missile over the country in less than a month.

      But for local residents on the flightpath over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, there was no question of this becoming a routine event.

      “I cannot say that we are used to this. I mean, the missile flew right above our town. It’s not a very comforting thing to hear,” said Yoshihiro Saito, who works in the small fishing town of Erimo on Hokkaido.

      • We are going to have to react to Kim and react with massive military force. Despite what many people who live in a dream world think we can’t live with Kim having nukes and the ability to reach the US. Also we can’t make a so called surgical strike to remove the nuclear and missile factories. The only way we can be sure we have removed the threat is to put a large number of boots on the ground, buth US and South Korean boots. We also can’t give China that region and our pulling our forces and stopping protecting South Korea would give that region to China. A whole lot of useful idiots think we can make a surgical strike and give the far east to China.

        If the US is to survive we have to remove North Korea, not just Kim but North Korea and we have to prove to our allies around the world t hat we will spend US lives and treasure to protect them. Once we prove to the bad guys that we are willing to use massive military force in a major way some, not all but some of the bad guys will back off.

          • A few well-placed MOABs near ventilator shafts (which all tunnel systems must have) will suck all of the oxygen out of that entire network so fast, people will have their lungs in their lap.

            • Ah yup. We now have sufficiently accurate guided munitions to do just that.

              In Desert Storm, one cruise missile would blow a hole in a factory’s outer wall, while the next would fly through that breach in order to detonate inside and cause the most damage.

  12. Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are ‘surveillance states’ and risk more regulation

    A woman checks the Facebook Inc. site on her smartphone whilst standing against an illuminated wall bearing the Facebook Inc. logo
    Chamath Palihapitiya: Facebook and Google have become ‘surveillance states’
    15 Hours Ago | 01:55

    Even though he was once an executive at Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings, favors investing in Amazon instead, he told CNBC’s “Fast Money: Halftime Report” on Thursday.

    President Donald Trump has been a critic of Amazon, tweeting his disdain for coverage from The Washington Post, which is a personal holding of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. But Palihapitiya said he thinks that Facebook and Google face more regulatory risk, given the many retailers that compete with Amazon.

    • Former Facebook executive says Google, Facebook are ‘surveillance states’ and risk more regulation

      We can only hope that these Internet behemoths “risk more regulation”. Both of these online giants are totally out of control and need to be dismembered STAT!

      • They have monopolies (for all practical purposes) and are working to take over more. You don’t have to be a politician to become a Dictator, Zukerberg is the one that scares me the most. (at the moment)

  13. Duterte may declare martial law: Philippine defence chief

    MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said on Friday (Sep 15).

    “He said, if the left will try to have a massive protest, start fires on the streets, they will disrupt the country, then I might (declare martial law),” Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters, recounting a conversation with Duterte this week.

    Lorenzana emphasised he thought the chances of Duterte declaring martial law were remote because he doubted the scheduled protests on Thursday next week would be as big as the organisers said they were planning.


  14. Trump, Congress, and the right way to react to heinous speech from the people
    By J.E. Dyer September 15, 2017

    Raheem Kassam had a very important piece at Breitbart on Thursday, warning of the dangers incurred by President Trump’s signature on a joint congressional resolution condemning Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists over the events in Charlottesville on 11 and 12 August.

    Kassam correctly points out that the congressional resolution is a “European-style assault on free speech.”

    This is not because it condemns Nazis or white supremacists, who richly merit condemnation.

    It’s because the government is condemning speech by the people, in a situation in which there is no lawful basis for taking official action against the speech.

    Doing that opens a very dangerous door (this is me speaking now, more explicitly than Kassam put it): a door to vague, open-ended interpretations of what political speech means and leads to. It also sets up specific categories of “evil speakers,” into which anyone can be put these days if you just donate enough (here too) to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    • This one is very important, it is about the implication of and probable real goal of the Congressional Resolution on hate speech. The political establishment in both major parties in the US are opposed to many of the rights that the people have traditionally exercised. They are working to strip them from us by the back door because they know we wouldn’t hold still for amendments that removed these rights from the Constitution. This has always been one of the two goals of the gun control movement. If they can remove one right from the people by reinterpreting on Amendment they have set the precedent that would allow them to do the same and remove all of our rights.

      • “…It’s because the government is condemning speech by the people, in a situation in which there is no lawful basis for taking official action against the speech.”

        A verbal condemnation is also speech. Opening a door? Not unless there are further repercussions against free expression/association.

        “This is not because it condemns Nazis or white supremacists, who richly merit condemnation.”

        The phrasing of this statement leaves it open to subjective instead of objective interpretation. Why are Nazis and White Supremacists meriting of condemnation while Black Panthers, LaRaza, BLM, Antifa, ISIS/IS/ISIL are not?
        There is no clear understanding or pointed definition of what is universally condemn-able. Why are muhammedans permitted to openly condemn all non-believers and act upon that condemnation under the guise of protected ‘religion’?
        The idea of banning certain ‘thoughts’ and ‘beliefs’ because they lead directly to violent actions is one that must be addressed.

  15. How lovely: Berkeley gets $98,000 from National Park Service for Black Panther tribute
    By Ben Bowles September 14, 2017

    Welcome to Bizarro World, where everything is reversed. Up is down, stop means “go,” and violent cults are celebrated.

    Actually, it’s not the Bizarro World but the “real world” in twenty-first-century America. Here, statues of Catholic saints are beheaded while a terrorist group from the 1960s is memorialized.

    According to The Washington Free Beacon:

  16. Police say international troops attacked in Afghanistan (abcnews, Sep 15, 2017)

    “Police say international troops have been attacked in southern Afghanistan, but there are no immediate reports of casualties.

    The U.S. military said only that it was “tracking the incident,” which occurred Friday near the provincial capital of Kandahar province.

    Witnesses reported there were wounded soldiers but police spokesman Zia Durrani said he could only confirm that an attack against a convoy of international troops had occurred.

    The nationalities of the troops involved were not known…”

  17. Paris police: Soldier attacked in subway, no one hurt (abcnews, Sep 15, 2017)

    “A knife-wielding assailant tried to attack a soldier in a big Paris subway interchange Friday in an incident being investigated by counterterrorism authorities. The assailant was quickly arrested and no one was hurt.

    The Paris prosecutor’s office says counterterrorism investigators opened a probe into the incident at the Chatelet station in central Paris, based on preliminary examination of the attacker’s background and the method and target of the attack…”

  18. Clashes between troops and IS intensify in central Syria (abcnews, Sep 15, 2017)

    “Syrian government forces pressed their offensive in the province of Hama on Friday in a weekslong attack aimed at clearing central Syria of Islamic State group fighters, opposition activists and state media said.

    The violence came as a deal was announced in the Kazakh capital of Astana on de-escalation in the nearby, mostly rebel-held province of Idlib.

    Syrian troops have been on the offensive against IS in central Syria for weeks under the cover of Russian airstrikes. In August, troops were able to besiege a wide area controlled by the extremists that has been shrinking ever since…”

  19. Half-million people flee Central African Republic’s violence (abcnews, Sep 15. 2017)

    “The U.N. refugee agency says Central African Republic is seeing the highest number of people fleeing deadly violence since the beginning of the country’s conflict four years ago.

    The agency told reporters in Geneva on Friday that more than half a million people have fled the impoverished country as violence surges to levels similar to those at the height of the fighting in 2014.

    Another 600,000 people are displaced inside the country.

    Hundreds of people have been killed since largely sectarian fighting erupted in May in areas that previously had been spared.

    Thousands of Muslims have been sheltering in churches in some areas, while others in Central African Republic have reported rapes and killings.

    The U.N. says many of the newly displaced people can’t reach badly needed aid.”

  20. 400,000 of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh in recent weeks (abcnews, Sep 15. 2017)

    “Families fleeing with just the clothes on their backs; tearful children baring famished bellies; the able carrying the injured, the weak, the old — these are scenes all too familiar in a world with an unprecedented 65.6 million people forcibly displaced from their homes by war, violence and persecution.

    But the name of one group, facing what the United Nations calls a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” is perhaps not as familiar.

    They are the Rohingya, a mostly Muslim ethnic group fleeing their villages in Myanmar to escape persecution, inter-communal violence and an ongoing conflict between rebels and government forces.


    Myanmar’s retaliation has been brutal — a violent crackdown on all Rohingya with allegations of killings, rape, shelling and widespread arson that the Human Rights Watch said altogether “bear the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing.”

    Since then, up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh, and thousands more arrive each day, according to UNICEF…”

  21. ‘Orwellian censorship’: EU rejects caricatures of EU leaders & policies for Brussels exhibition

    The EU has rejected 12 caricatures by Greek artists for a Brussels exhibition as the “inflammatory” cartoons mocking EU leaders and their policies allegedly go against “European values.” Organizers denounced it as an act of “violent censorship.”

  22. So many rapes, so few police: Swedish authorities ‘can’t cope’ with growth in rape cases

    Swedish police have no resources nor time to ‘cope’ with growing numbers of rape cases. Political party ‘Swedish Democrats’ links the growth of rapes with migration wave.

  23. You can build mosques, but do not build them now ”

    10.09.2016 14:06
    Interior Minister Holger Stahlknecht advises Muslims not to build mosques in Germany at the moment. The population in the East, in particular, needed immigration time to get used to Islam.
    Magdeburg Saxony-Anhalt Interior Minister Holger Stahlknecht (CDU) has appealed to Muslim associations to refrain from constructing mosques in the currently politically heated situation. “My message would be: You can build mosques, but do not build them now,” Stahlknecht said of the “Magdeburger Volksstimme”.
    In this context, the CDU-Landesvize recalled that Muslims were only recently visible in East Germany. “Here we have to accept that the population needs time to get used to Islam, which has only recently been present, in our country.”

    In addition, Stahlknecht urges Muslims living here to adapt to the values ??they are living in Germany. “In the heart, Muslims should remain Muslims, but in their minds they have to become Germans – as far as our notions of right and law are concerned.” He expects Islam to be more enlightened in Germany than it is mainly in Arab countries.

      • SEPTEMBER 14 – Leaked White House Memo Reveals McMaster’s Plan To Crackdown On White House Leaks

        In perhaps the most ironic story of the week (so far), a leaked White House memo to Buzzfeed News reveals that National security advisor H.R. McMaster urged senior government officials to warn agency employees against leaks of both classified and unclassified information.

        “For those with access to classified information, a review of the non-disclosure agreement reminds us of the responsibilities that come with access to, and penalties for unauthorized disclosure of, classified information,” the memo, which BuzzFeed obtained and posted, reads.

        “However, it is equally important to discuss the importance of protecting controlled unclassified and personally identifiable information from unauthorized public disclosure.”

        McMaster in the memo said the disclosing classified and some unclassified information “causes harm to our Nation and shakes the confidence of the American people.”

        “In this era of unprecedented unauthorized disclosures, it is important to take time to review with your workforce their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding United States Government information,” the memo reads.
        Coming just days after a leaked memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested the use of lie detector tests across a wide swathe of staff to root-out leakers, McMasters’ memo leak suggests The White House is still struggling with containment.

  24. QUEBEC CITY – 2 arrested after torching of car belonging to head of Quebec City mosque

    Arson occurred on Aug. 6, just 36 hours after city announced land sale for Muslim cemetery

    Two men have been arrested in connection with several fires, including the torching of a car belonging to the head of a Quebec City mosque.

    One of the men is expected to be charged later today in the provincial capital.

    The incident took place on Aug. 6 outside Mohamed Labidi’s home, about 36 hours after he appeared alongside Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume to celebrate the sale of city-owned land to the Muslim community for the creation of a cemetery.

    Police initially kept the incident from the public, saying it was in the interests of both the Labidi family and the police investigation.

    The mosque went public three weeks later, prompting calls for local police to ramp up their fight against anti-Muslim attacks.

    Quebec City police have arrested two suspects in connection with the torching of a car belonging to the director of a local Muslim community centre, the force announced Friday.

    But while the case may have focused attention on the number of perceived hate crimes taking place in the provincial capital, police spokesperson Jean-François Vézina told reporters Friday morning that the car fire on Aug. 6 was one of five that had been deliberately set over a four-week period. The remaining four had been set in containers near a commercial centre and a local restaurant.

    “The suspect in question is a resident of (the Quebec City borough of ) St-Foy,” said Vézina. “It seems the man has an attraction to fire and isn’t a member of any group.”

    A second man believed to have been the suspect’s accomplice was arrested Friday morning and will be questioned later Friday.

    A car belonging to Mohamed Labidi, the president of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec, was set on fire on Aug. 6. A few days later, excrement was thrown at the doors of the mosque, according to a statement published by the mosque on its Facebook page.

    The incident occurred only days after Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume announced an agreement with the mosque on the creation of a new Muslim cemetery in the city.

  25. BREITBART -Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán Launches New Campaign Against Soros

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has launched a new campaign against left-wing billionaire financier George Soros by distributing a questionnaire to allow Hungarians to give their opinions on Soros’s mass migration plans.

    Hungarian politician and member of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party Lajos Kosa announced the plan for the mass survey on Thursday afternoon, Der Standard reports.

    The “National consultation” is not new for the Orbán government who have repeatedly looked to the average Hungarian citizen for their opinions on various policy issues since 2010.

    The survey will act more as an opinion poll than a referendum on the subject as the result will be non-binding. The Hungarian government has campaigned hard against the influence of the Hungarian-American billionaire and the networks of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) he and his Open Society Foundations fund.

    Prime Minister Orbán said earlier this year that the European Union stance on mass migration was following the “Soros migrant plan”. Orbán said that the plan involved bringing in one million or more migrants to Europe every year and its long term goal was the erosion of the national sovereignty of individual nation states.

    During the summer, the Hungarian government released a poster campaign to raise awareness of Soros’s activities. Some attempted to label the posters as “anti-Semitic” as Mr. Soros comes from a Jewish background, but by his own admission does not practice any religion.

    The accusations were quickly quashed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry who slammed Soros saying he was behind groups that defamed the Jewish state. A member of the right wing Likud party led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went even further proposing a “Soros law” which would curb donations to anti-Israeli organisations.

    Shortly after, during a state visit to Hungary, the Israeli Prime Minister said Hungary was “at the forefront” of fighting anti-Semitism. “I also want to thank you, Prime Minister, for standing up for Israel in international forums. You have done that time and again,” Netanyahu said.

    The influence of Soros and his NGOs has severely waned over the past few years in Central and Eastern Europe. According to a report from Politico, investigations conducted by Breitbart News have been a key factor in the resistance to Soros and his policies.

  26. TORONTO – Bakery Fined $246K After Hijab-Clad Worker Killed by Conveyor

    Toronto, ON-based commercial bakery Fiera Foods Company was sentanced by an Ontario court on Thursday to pay a fine for failing to protect a worker who died after her hijab became caught in a conveyor system, the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced via press release.

    The worker was fatally injured at a Fiera Foods plant in Toronto on Sept. 2, 2016 when their hijab was entrapped under a conveyor’s chain drive guard covering. No emergency stop button was present where the incident occurred, according to the ministry.

    Identified as 23-year-old Guinean refugee Amina Diaby, the temporary worker died as a result of the injuries, the Toronto Star reported. She had only worked at the bakery for two weeks prior to the incident.

    An inspection by provincial authorities found that the firm did not adhere to the Industrial Regulation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by failing to make the worker secure the loose clothing while working in an area with risk of entanglements.

    After the company pleaded guilty, Justice of the Peace Rhonda Roffey ordered Fiera Foods to play a fine totaling CAD$300,000, or about $256,000, and a 25% victim surcharge mandated by the Provincial Offenses Act.

    • So if the company bans hijabs on the line it’s a human rights violation. If they allow hijabs they’re forced to hire someone to monitor hijab-wearing women in case they become loose. If they stop hiring Muslims it’s back to a human rights issue.

  27. Germany: Berliners without German citizenship vote in symbolic general election

    Migrants living in Berlin without German citizenship took part in a symbolic vote across the city, Friday, ahead of the upcoming federal elections.

    Residents have been casting their votes in several ballot boxes across Berlin since last Monday, and will continue to have the opportunity to show their support for their preferred party until the symbolic ballot closes next Monday afternoon.

  28. Joint statement by Iran, Russia and Turkey on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana 14-15 September 2017

    Iran, Russia, Turkey Agree on Idlib De-Esclation Zone (+Full Text)

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran, Russia and Turkey, the guarantors in Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, agreed on the details of a de-escalation area in the war-torn country’s Idlib province.

    The issue was announced on Friday in a joint statement issued after two days of talks in Astana.

    The full text of the statement is as follows:

    Joint statement by Iran, Russia and Turkey

    on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana

    14-15 September 2017

    The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic (hereinafter referred to as “Guarantors”):

    – reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic;

    – guided by the provisions of UNSC resolution 2254 (2015);

    – welcoming the significant reduction of violence on the ground in Syria as a result of measures aimed at maintaining and strengthening the ceasefire regime:

    1. Express their satisfaction with the progress in implementation of the Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic of 4 May 2017;

    2. Announce the creation of the de-escalation areas according to the Memorandum of 4 May 2017 in eastern Ghouta, in certain parts in the north of Homs province, in Idlib province and certain parts of the neighbouring provinces (Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces) and also in certain parts of southern Syria (based on the Russian Federation initiative as a Guarantor of the Astana process, with the aim to ensure the ceasefire regime, territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and continue fight against terrorism).

    3. Emphasize again that the creation of the de-escalation areas and security zones is a temporary measure the duration of which will initially be 6 months and will be automatically extended on the basis of consensus of the Guarantors.

    4. Emphasize that under no circumstances the creation of the above?mentioned de-escalation areas undermine the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic.

    5. Allocate the de-escalation control forces of the three Guarantors on the basis of the maps agreed upon in Ankara on 8 September 2017 and in accordance with the Terms of Reference for deployment of de?escalation control forces prepared by the Joint Working Group on de?escalation on a temporary basis in the security zone in the de-escalation area in Idlib province and certain parts of the neighbouring provinces (Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces) with the aim to prevent incidents and clashes between the conflicting parties (the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the armed opposition groups that have joined and will join the ceasefire regime).

    6. Form Joint Iranian-Russian-Turkish Coordination Center aimed at coordinating activities of de-escalation control forces in the de-escalation areas.

    7. Emphasize progress in the fight against terrorism and elimination of DAESH/ISIL, Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL as a result of the launch of the above-mentioned de-escalation areas and reaffirm their determination to take all necessary measures to continue the fight against them within and outside the de-escalation areas.

    8. Emphasize the need for the conflicting parties to take confidence?building measures, including the release of detainees/abductees and the handover of the bodies as well as identification of missing persons, to create better conditions for political process and lasting ceasefire.

    9. Underscore the need to make use of the de-escalation areas for rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access and recall, in this regard, the relevant provisions of the Memorandum of 4 May 2017.

    10. Call upon the observers of the Astana process and other interested members of the international community to support the process of de-escalation and stabilization in Syria, inter alia by sending additional aid to the Syrian people, facilitating the humanitarian mine action, preserving historical heritage, restoring basic infrastructure assets, including social and economic facilities;

    11. Call upon the conflicting parties, representatives of the Syrian opposition and civil society to use emerging favorable conditions to step up efforts to give impetus to the intra-Syrian dialogue and advance the UN-led political process in Geneva as well as other initiatives, and to do so on an urgent basis;

    12. Reaffirm their determination to continue implementing the provisions of the Memorandum of 4 May 2017 and other decisions adopted earlier within the framework of the Astana process.

    13. Express their sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Kazakh authorities for hosting in Astana the 6th high-level International Meeting on Syria.

    14 .Decide to hold the next high-level International Meeting on Syria in Astana in the end of October 2017.

    Astana, 15 September 2017

    • Russia, Iran & Turkey agree on final de-escalation zone in Idlib, Syria

      Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed on the boundaries of the final de-escalation zone in Idlib, Syria, the parties said in a joint statement. All four de-escalation zones in the war-torn country will remain in force for a period of six months.

      The proposal to establish four de-escalation zones was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, with the approval of the Syrian government having been received in May 2017 in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.

      The de-escalation zones, proposed by Russia, are aimed at separating extremist groups, including Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front), from the moderate opposition.

      The three states “announce the creation of the de-escalation areas … in eastern Ghouta, in certain parts in the north of Homs province, in Idlib province and certain parts of the neighboring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces and also in certain parts of southern Syria,” the statement, read by Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, said, following the Astana-6 peace talks in the Kazakh capital on Friday.

      The de-escalation zones aim to help “maintain the ceasefire, to ensure the territorial integrity of Syria and continue to fight terrorism,” the statement added.

      They are “a temporary measure which will initially last 6 months and will be automatically extended on the basis of guarantors’ consensus,” according to the statement.

      The initiative on the de-escalation zones does not “undermine the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.”

      The guarantor countries have decided to introduce a joint Iranian-Russian-Turkish Coordination Center “to coordinate activities in the de-escalation areas,” according to the statement.

      The armed Syrian opposition taking part in the peace negotiations has welcomed the Russian-Turkish-Iranian initiative. The “de-escalation of tensions in Idlib province with a population of about 3 million, has finally been reached,” delegation member Ayman al-Asymi said, as cited by Interfax.

      “We have finally reached the moment when we can protect civilians,” he said

      The memorandum agreed upon in May provides that any fighting between government forces and armed opposition will cease within the safe zones.

      Checkpoints and observation posts are to be positioned along the de-escalation lines within the safe zones. They will provide free movement of unarmed civilians within, and humanitarian access to, the areas under the guarantor states’ control.

      UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the memorandum at the time, saying that it was “crucial to see this agreement actually improve the lives of Syrians.”

      Russia, Iran and Turkey will also deploy observers around Syria’s Idlib, the Turkish foreign ministry said.“Observers from these three countries will be deployed at check and observation points in safe zones that form the borders of the de-escalation zone,” the ministry said, as cited by Reuters, “The main mission of these observers has been defined as the prevention of clashes between the regime and the opposition forces, and of any violations of the truce.”

      Russia has repeatedly stated that the de-escalation zones are part of a plan to curb violence in Syria. They are a temporary measure intended to pave the way for peace talks and a resolution to the six-year armed conflict in Syria.

      “This is not a permanent measure and nobody among those who supported the creation of those zones has an intention to keep them forever and, in effect, create some kind of enclaves in Syrian territory for years to come,” Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier in September.

      The violence in Syria seems to be toning down as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is losing the last vestiges of its territory. In the latest development, the Syrian Army took control of oilfields and a gas refinery near the city of Deir ez-Zor. Syrian Army troops backed by Russian air support managed to break the three-year-long siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor on September 5, following fierce clashes with IS terrorists on its outskirts.On Tuesday the Russian Defense Ministry said that Syria’s military had liberated around 85 percent of the country’s territory from the control of insurgent terrorists.

  29. Did Susan Rice Spy on Trump Officials for Muslim Brotherhood?
    Imagine if Watergate had been about the White House spying on Democrats for the KGB.
    September 15, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield

    After months of denials, the pretext for Susan Rice’s eavesdropping on Trump officials has finally been made public. It had been widely known that Obama’s former National Security Adviser had contrived to unmask the names of top Trump officials who had been spied on by the administration. And the same media that still treats Watergate as the Great American Scandal had claimed that there was nothing “improper” in an Obama loyalist eavesdropping on members of the opposition party.

    Every time Obama Inc. was caught eavesdropping on opposition politicians, it presented its spin in a carefully packaged “scoop” to a major media outlet. This time was no different.

    When Obama Inc. spied on members of Congress to protect its Iran nuke sellout, it packaged the story to the Wall Street Journal under the headline, “U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress”. The idea was that Obama Inc. was “legitimately” spying on Israel, that it just happened to intercept the conversations of some members of Congress and American Jews, and that the eavesdropping somehow meant that its victims, Jewish and non-Jewish, rather than its White House perpetrators, should be ashamed.

  30. Democrats Play Pak Man With National Security
    Another secret server expands the IT intrigue.
    September 15, 2017
    Lloyd Billingsley

    Back in July, when House Democrats’ mysterious IT man Imran Awan attempted to flee the country, authorities arrested him at Dulles airport on charges of bank fraud. For Andrew McCarthy, who prosecuted the “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman, “this appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security.” Turns out, McCarthy was on to something.

    “A secret server is behind law enforcement’s decision to ban a former IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the House network,” reports Luke Rosiak in the Daily Caller. Law enforcement has indicted Awan, charging that he “routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server.”

    The data came from the House Democratic Caucus, once chaired by California Democrat Xavier Becerra, one of the five Caucus members who hired Awan back in 2004. Becerra and New York Rep. Gregory Meeks also put on the payroll Imran’s wife Alvi and his brother Abid. As Rosiak explains, Becerra, who became chair of the HDC in 2013, was personally responsible for “far more of the payments to the Awan family than any other member.”

    In late January, after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Becerra left Congress to become Jerry Brown’s attorney general in California. As investigators told Rosiak, Becerra “wanted to wipe his server, and we brought to his attention it was under investigation.” When investigators asked for an image of the server, “they deliberately turned over a fake server.”

  31. Saudi school textbooks ‘teach children to hate other religions, minority Muslim sects’ (alaraby, Sep 13, 2017)

    “Saudi Arabia’s school religious curriculum teaches children to hate minority Muslim sects, Christians and Jews, Human Rights Watch has claimed.

    The rights group released a comprehensive review on Wednesday of the conservative kingdom’s religious studies textbooks for primary, middle and secondary schoolchildren.

    “As early as first grade, students in Saudi schools are being taught hatred toward all those perceived to be of a different faith or school of thought,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

    “The lessons in hate are reinforced with each following year.”

    The texts disparage Sufi and Shia Muslim practices and label Jews and Christians “unbelievers” with whom Muslims should not associate.

    In many cases, the curriculum labels practices, such as visiting the graves of prominent religious figures, and the act of intercession, by which Shias and Sufis supplicate to God through intermediaries, as evidence of shirk, or polytheism, that will result in the removal from Islam and eternal damnation.

    The curriculum reserves its harshest criticisms for Jews, Christians, and people of other faiths, often describing them as kuffar, or “unbelievers.”

    In one fifth-grade second semester textbook, the curriculum calls Jews, Christians, and Wathaniyeen, or “idolaters” and declares that it is the duty of Muslims to excommunicate them.

    A recurring and alarming lesson in the curriculum warns against imitating, associating with, or joining the “unbelievers” in their traditions and practices.

    One passage rejects and denounces the Sufi practice of celebrating the birth of the prophet, accusing Sufis of imitating Christians in their celebration of the birth of Jesus in Christmas.

    Saudi Arabia has faced pressure to reform its school religion curriculum since the September 11 attacks, particularly from the US, after it was revealed that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.

    Saudi officials have said repeatedly they will carry out these reforms, although past reviews of the curriculum over the last dozen years have shown these promises to be hollow.

    Saudi Arabia does not allow public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam.”

  32. Saudis Say Arrests Target Foreign-Funded Dissidents (NYT, Sep 15, 2017)

    “A recent wave of arrests in Saudi Arabia targeted citizens who were working at the behest of foreign powers to undermine the monarchy, a Saudi government official said on Friday.

    Saudi Arabia has arrested at least 16 people, and perhaps more than 30, in recent days in a crackdown on people perceived to be critical of the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The detained include prominent clerics, a journalist, a poet, at least two women and a prince, according to their friends, relatives and associates.

    Critics of the arrests have speculated that the government wanted to tamp down dissenting voices in the country’s diplomatic spat with Qatar or that the Saudi monarch, King Salman, is preparing to abdicate in favor of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed.

    The government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said that the arrests were not aimed at consolidating Prince Mohammed’s power, as critics have claimed, but were instead part of a security plan to ensure the kingdom’s stability…”

  33. Pakistani court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy (reuters, Sep 15, 2017)

    “A Christian man has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges by a court in eastern Pakistan after a close friend accused him of sharing anti-Islamic material, the defendant’s lawyer said on Friday.

    Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Pakistan, and insults against the Prophet Mohammad are punishable by death. Most cases are filed against members of minority communities.

    Nadeem James, 35, was arrested in July 2016, accused by a friend of sharing material ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad on the Whatsapp messaging service.

    Lawyer Riaz Anjum said his client intended to appeal against the verdict, passed on Thursday by a sessions court in the town of Gujrat…”

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