Reader’s links, January 7, 2018

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  1. One dead after explosion outside Stockholm subway station

    A man has died in hospital after he was injured in an explosion near a Stockholm subway station on Sunday.

    The explosion occurred late on Sunday morning outside the Vårby Gård station, injuring a man in his sixties and a 45-year-old woman.

    “There was something on the ground that the man picked up, and then it exploded,” Sven-Erik Olsson of the Stockholm police told the TT news agency.

    The man died in hospital in the early afternoon, the police announced on their website.

    Stockholm’s police force have said the man was unlikely to have been purposely targeted by whoever left the explosive at the station.


    SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — Police say a man in Vermont has used a machete to attack a woman in her 70s as she delivered meals to a motel being used as emergency housing for the homeless.

    WCAX-TV reports 32-year-old Burlington resident Abukar Ibrahim is accused of attacking the 73-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer who was dropping off meals at Harbor Place, which serves as a temporary emergency housing facility. The attack happened Friday in Shelburne.

    The woman was sent to a hospital with multiple injuries and later released.

    Police say Ibrahim barricaded himself in a room for 2½ hours after the attack before coming out. He was being held at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

    It was unclear whether he has an attorney.

  3. Richard: This arrest tells us a lot about the protests, they are arresting the fundamentalist Moslems but are letting the freedom protesters go (as long as they don’t go too far and for the moment). This says that the people are really upset with the government but that the government supporters aren’t going to protest one of their own being arrested. Interesting, this is going to be an interesting time in Iran.

    Report: Ex-Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrested for inciting unrest
    According to Arab paper, former leader’s comments against Rouhani government amid rallies have led authorities to seek to place him under house arrest

    Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested by authorities for allegedly inciting unrest against the government, the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday, citing “reliable sources in Tehran.”

    The newspaper said that Ahmadinejad, during a visit to the western city of Bushehr on December 28, said, “Some of the current leaders live detached from the problems and concerns of the people, and do not know anything about the reality of society.”

    • Nikki Haley Urges Iran Regime To Hear Citizens As Protests Simmer

      January 6, 2018
      OAN Newsroom

      The UN security counsel holds an emergency meeting to address the anti-government protests in Iran.

      UN Ambassador Nikki Haley praised the Iranian people for protesting against what she calls an “oppressive regime”.

      Haley opens an emergency UN Security Council session, by slamming Iran for allegedly providing military funding to Houthi Rebels in Yemen, after the terror group launched two missiles at Saudi Arabia this week.

      She called on the UN to support the protesters, as the Iranian government calls for an end to the demonstrations.

      According to reports, at least one thousand people have been arrested and 21 people have died from the protests which broke out last week.

      Of those arrested, 90 students were detained in the sweeping demonstrations, the largest since the green movement, which was predicated on the outset of an alleged rigged election.

      • Iran Guards say quell unrest fomented by foreign enemies

        DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday the country’s people and security forces had put an end to unrest fomented by foreign enemies, as parliament and security officials met to discuss the boldest challenge to the clerical establishment since 2009.

        There has been more than a week of unrest in Iran in which 22 people have died and more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials. The protests spread to more than 80 cities and rural towns as thousands of young and working-class Iranians expressed their anger at graft, unemployment and a deepening gap between rich and poor.

        Residents contacted by Reuters in various cities have said the protests had subsided after the government intensified a crackdown by dispatching Revolutionary Guards forces to several provinces.

        “Iran’s revolutionary people along with tens of thousands of Basij forces, police and the Intelligence Ministry have broken down the chain (of unrest),” the Guards said in a statement on their Sepahnews website. The Guards said the unrest had been “created … by the United States, Britain, the Zionist regime (Israel), Saudi Arabia, the hypocrites (Mujahideen) and monarchists.”

    • Ahmadinejad’s arrest is peculiar in a few respects. As someone who was an acolyte of Khomeini and participated in the US embassy takeover, it’s difficult to imagine where The Mad Dwarf™ makes any significant departure from the existing mullahocracy’s own ideological perspective.

      The article’s final quote sheds a glimmer of light on this conundrum:

      Some of the current leaders live detached from the problems and concerns of the people, and do not know anything about the reality of society.

      Bemoaning the elitist and aloof attitudes of Tehran’s mullahs certainly is one way of attracting their (unwanted) attention. Yet—with Ahmadinejad’s estimated net worth of $5 million—this, in many ways, still seems like the pot calling the kettle black. I will admit that such a sum pales in comparison to how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls an $81 billion financial empire (exceeding by billions what Shah Reza Pahlavi accumulated). All the same, this remains a fundamentalist brew and continues to be suspect.

      • I find it interesting that his arrest was publicized the way it is, either the rulling Mullahs want to create a false image with the arrest or they were afraid of him and don’t want him to build a following.

        • I find it interesting that his arrest was publicized the way it is, either the ruling Mullahs want to create a false image with the arrest or they were afraid of him and don’t want him to build a following.

          Due to endless Islamic obscurantism, my primary bet is with, “the ruling Mullahs want to create a false image”. After all, even at the best of times, Tehran is one massive ideological kabuki theater.

          None of which rules out that they, “don’t want him to build a following”. It bears consideration that these two goals are not mutually exclusive.

          Then again, it’s not as though Islam is entirely unknown for internecine cannibalism. I sincerely doubt that the protesting Persians would even bother to squeeze out a collective tear should Ahmadinejad’s gnawed bones appear atop Tehran’s kitchen midden.

  4. Venezuela supermarkets besieged after government forces price cuts

    CARACAS (Reuters) – Mobs of Venezuelans gathered outside some Caracas supermarkets on Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro’s government forced shops to slash prices, the latest unrest in the country’s food shortage crisis.

    Authorities on Friday ordered supermarkets to cut prices to levels they were a month ago, a drastic reduction given Venezuela’s hyperinflation.

    At one supermarket in a high-end district of Caracas, hundreds of people including babies, pensioners and children with disabilities gathered in chaotic scenes.

    “We’re hungry! We want food!” they screamed.

      • You are right, like all Marxists they don’t understand supply and demand, that is why they always screw up the eoconomy of the nations they control. Their sttempts to control the economy with its planned inflation ends up helping the rich and hurting the poor and middle Class.

        • Their attempts to control the economy with its planned inflation ends up helping the rich and hurting the poor and middle Class.

          Isn’t that the way it’s always been with commie régimes?

          Can’t allow workers and proles the great unwashed to have any real power (or assured means of survival), eh?

        • work efficiently and supply all the people want, hell I don’t think there is one of them that supplies what the people need. China and Nam are slowly moving from a centrally planned economy to a semi free market one. Rather like the one that was in Czarist Russia, the merchants are allowed to do what they want as long as one of the oligarchs is getting paid off. This was how Imperial China worked until the Western companies came in and used the threat of Western military force to avoid paying the bribes. Western Civilization left this form of economic restrictions a long time ago and the left has cried real tears ever since. They are crying because the bureaucrats that are leftist lost so much bribe money.

  5. Philadelphia’s new Soros-sponsored DA dismisses 31 from staff in first week
    By J.E. Dyer January 7, 2018

    George Soros has been busy since early in the 2016 election cycle, putting millions into state and local contests in a bid to shift local politics against the interests of the law-abiding middle class.

    One of Soros’ signal successes was defeating “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona in 2016. As one of his first actions, the new sheriff, Paul Penzone, announced that his department would no longer be honoring ICE detainer requests. In a county that sees one of the biggest annual influxes of illegal migrants in America, this must certainly count as a policy shift against the interests of the middle class.

    In November 2017, Soros achieved another signature success when he got Larry Krasner, a radical-left defense lawyer, elected as Philadelphia’s district attorney.

    Joe Schoffstall recounts at Washington Free Beacon that Soros’ funding constituted virtually all of Krasner’s campaign money:

    • This move by Soros and his minions is more dangerous then most people think, by putting in law officers who want enforce the law and prosecutors who refuse to prosecute the criminals they are making very nasty attacks on the rule of law. This is the very heart of the communist program, unequal enforcement of the laws so that the protected classes and groups support the government.

      The Western governments at the orders of their leftist masters are trying to return us to a time when the law is different for the rich and powerful (witness the Clinton crime family) then it is for the ordinary people. The western ideal of no one above or equal to the law is being destroyed and too many of our fellow citizens are so uneducated that they don’t recognize the massive danger of this scary move by the left. James Bond villians like Soros and his minions (SPECTER in real life) are taking the dystopian novels and movies of the past as training manuals for how to enslave all of humanity. We are facing a time when our rights depend on who happens to be in power right now. A series of Civil Wars in the Western Nations is a temporary solution to the problem. A better solution to the problem is to restore the educational systems in the west to teach the facts of history instead of indoctronate the kids into hating those who love freedom.

      Make no mistake this is a war of survival, if we lose freedom dies and given the way geneticists are developing the means to genetically engineer the future generations it will be a very long time before freedom once again returns to Earth.

      • This is a move straight out of Communist Russia, if the left keeps this up they will lose a lot of voters who are smart enough to know that if this succeeds in removing Donald Trump it will be used against everyone that disagrees with the far left.

        This move show how arrogant the left is and how they live in an echo chamber. From what I can see they believe that they will be able to pull this coup off without any opposing reaction. You know like a civil war.

  6. Just who are the ‘DREAMers’?
    By Thomas Lifson

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    ased on the Democrat-media propaganda, you might think illegal aliens brought here in childhood by their parents, so-called (by skilled propagandists) “DREAMers,” are all valedictorians and Medal of Honor-level military heroes. But the reality is very different. Trey Sanchez of Truth Revolt cites the Center for Immigration Studies data:

    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) tells us that nearly half of illegal aliens who are eligible for DACA have only a “basic” proficiency of the English language and 24 percent are considered “below basic” or “functionally illiterate.” This blows away the claims of the [l]eft that D[REAM]ers are productive members of our society, when it appears most don’t want to assimilate at all.

    Why on Earth should a young person who can’t be bothered to learn the language of our nation be allowed to stay here permanently? The prospects for getting a good job are practically zero for functional illiterates (unless they are rap stars or athletes), which means that they will be a continuing drain on taxpayers, via food stamps and various welfare programs. These estimates strike me as optimistic

    The Congressional Budget Office reported that 1 in 5 DACA-eligible illegal aliens would be on food stamps in under a decade. Harvard’s Roberto Gonzales told CIS that 73 percent of DACA recipients are living in low-income housing and reap welfare benefits plus more from taxpayers. Breitbart reported that only 4 percent of DACA illegals complete college, “[m]aking the DACA population far less likely than the native American population to finish college with a degree.”

    Why can’t literacy and English language proficiency be required, should any compromise on the budget with Democrats on DACA be discussed? I would love to see Chuck Schumer defending the wisdom of granting legal residence, much less eventual citizenship, to people who have not bothered to learn English during their years of childhood residence in the United States.

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    • Read the entire article, it will remind you of what is happening in Europe only we are importing mainly Spanish speakers from down south instead of Arabic speakers from the middle east. The vast majority of both groups have no desire to assimilate into the base culture of their new home but are instead interesting in how they can game the system to live well of the work of others. Both groups dislike the European race because our cultures have been more successful then their cultures, they feel this has happened through enslavement and theft and are out to correct what they see as past crimes by enslaving the current generations of Europeans and stealing all they have. The Moslems are doing this because the Koran tells them to, the Hispanics are doing this because the left is telling them to.

      • Not as bad as Mohammadans!
        – – Though they do tend to degenerate into the welfare/-gang milieu that seems to seep over borders in the illegal-alien stew. Prime targets for La Raza or dawa.

        I’ve learned curb my reflex sympathy for so-called Spanish-speakers. Many illegals have negligible skill in ANY language: Hispanic just becomes a convenient ethnicity.

        Like black “ghetto youth”, barely above grunts and groans. Synonyms for yo mama, expletives, obscene gestures.

        Verbal incompetence is frustrating, and tolerance for frustration seems to correlate with IQ. Threshold for violence, ditto.

        I prefer birds.

        A Buddhist friend recently suggested that I might’ve been a BIRD in a previous incarnation. That would explain my ailurophobia. It’s a very specific response to the immediate, physical presence of a cat. Almost like an allergy.

        Such a satisfying explanation doesn’t even require belief in the Buddha or Buddhism, he said. It’s a relaxing religion, as long as you avoid commies and tards…

    • “Pop singer Lily Allen has claimed Muslim grooming gang victims could have been “raped or abused by somebody else at some point” if the gangs were not active in the UK.

      Here’s an idea, why doesn’t the brave Lily Allen offer to trade places with a grooming gang sex slave? Instead of mere virtue signalling, she can put her money where her (insert orifice name >here<) is.

        • Just trying to stay within commenting guidelines, ya know?

          An endless succession of grooming gang initiation “ceremonies” would be far more fitting for a poseuse like Lily Allen. Without any distracting drugs to dull the pain (of course).

    • The Dems don’t really want to go to the 25th Amendment in their attempt to over turn the 2016 election, they really don’t but their leaders are so arrogant they will go their because their echo chamber is telling them this is want the people want. Their echo chamber fed arrogance is why Trump was elected and it is why they will attempt to use the 25th Amendment, impeachment and eventually a violent coup to try and reverse the election. All their actions are going to do is make the deplorables more determined to take out government back from the hands of the Marxists who have seized power and are attempting to enslave all of us.

    • BREITBART – Michael Wolff Claims His ‘Fire and Fury’ Will ‘End This Presidency’

      Michael Wolff, author of the bestselling Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, told the BBC on Saturday that his book will “end this presidency” and force President Donald Trump out of office.

      […]Wolff’s comments to the BBC reinforce what he told NBC’s Today show on Friday morning, when he said that his book shows that Trump “cannot do this job.”

      […]Wolff added: “I think he’s intellectually incapable of being President of the United States.” He also described the president as “ineffectual,” incapable of passing legislation, implementing policy, or producing regulations.

    • DAILY MAIL – Amazon deletes reviews of Michael Wolff’s explosive book about the Trump White House to combat trolls

      Amazon is clamping down on internet trolls in the customer review section for a controversial new book about President Donald Trump
      The e-commerce giant is deleting reviews for Michael Wolff’s bombshell book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
      The site appears to have learned its lesson from last September, when it removed hundreds of one-star views for Hillary Clinton’s memoir

      The e-commerce giant is deleting reviews for Michael Wolff’s bombshell book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House that do not comply with company guidelines.

      The company did not reveal how many reviews it deleted, according to Quartz.
      Rep. Schiff on CNN: “We Have a Seriously Flawed Human Being in the Oval Office”

      • Not quite OT/
        This reminds me-
        Stock up on ammo if you live in blue states like California. Just where you’re most likely to require reliable defensive weapons and plenty of ammo, prices are going sky-high.

    • Iranian oil tanker burns, 32 missing after collision off China’s coast

      I’m obliged to guess that the Koran just doesn’t provide the very best set of navigational charts, regardless of how many Muslims vociferously squeal about how it is the only book necessary.

      We’ll discuss airframe maintenance, turbine engine repair, nuclear reactor upkeep, neurosurgery procedures, flight guidance systems calibration, and genetic sequencing at some other time.

  7. ‘There will soon be no Jews in France’ as antisemitism escalates (RT, Jan 7, 2018)

    “The antisemitic sentiment already prevalent among French Jews will intensify in the wake of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last month, locals believe.

    “Every day we have people who are hurt, every day we have people who are insulted,” Ricard Abitbol, President of The Confederation of Jews in France and Friends of Israel told RT. “We can be hurt by words, but we don’t mind, but when we are hurt by a knife, a gun, you can’t say I don’t mind.”

    Attacks against the Jewish community surged dramatically in 2015, when authorities officially registered 808 antisemitic attacks. The actual number of cases, however, can be much higher, as not all the victims filed official complaints. And while attacks against Jews decreased in 2016, according to assessments by Jewish Community Protection Service in France (SPCJ), 335 assaults were registered by French Jews that year. The drop is partly due to enhanced security measures introduced after the November 2015 Paris attacks which killed 130 people and led to the introduction of a two-year state of emergency.

    “One out of four racist acts committed in France in 2016 targeted a Jewish person, while Jews represent less than 1 percent of the population,” the SPCJ said in their annual ‘Report on Antisemitism in France’ released in October.

    Antisemitic acts committed in France are a “home-grown phenomena,” the SPCJ said, saying, that the “number of Jews who leave the country, or think about leaving France for another country, keeps on increasing.”

    The wave of antisemitic attacks began on January 9, 2015, after 29 people were taken hostage in a kosher supermarket. By the end of the terrorist’s siege, four people were executed. The violence sparked a mass exodus of Jews from France. In 2015, almost 8,000 left and another 5,000 fled in 2016. Overall, in the last decade, more than 40,000 have packed their bags. That’s almost ten percent of the around 465,000 Jews that continue to reside in France.

    Apart from the obvious security concerns, French Jews feel they are “misunderstood” within the French society. Others fear the loss of their identity.

    “In a few decades, there will be no Jews in France. And there is also a problem in Europe,” Abitbol told RT. “There are almost no Jews now, they are leaving. So, it’s terrible what I will say, but Europe is continuing in peace what Hitler had done by war.”

    Members of the Jewish community described their experiences and persistent fears to an RT crew who visited the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, the former heart of the Jewish community in France. “I was viciously attacked with an individual by a machete because I’m Jewish,” one of the victims of a recent assault said.

    “Radical Islamists stuck a knife in my chest. I’m very scared for my family and myself,” said another.”Every day we are attacked. They enjoy it,” a female member of the Jewish community lamented.

    “I’m scared of going outside and showing my face. I’m forced to wear a cap every day to hide my kippah [brimless cap],” another Jewish person told RT.

    Last month, France’s PM acknowledged the scale of the problem. “In our country, antisemitism is alive. It is not new, it is ancient. It is not superficial, it is well-rooted and it is alive,” Edouard Philippe noted in December.

    “It hides always behind new masks, attempts to justify itself through diverse reasons. This ideology of hate is here, it’s present and it’s making some French Jews to make ‘aliyah,’ [immigration of Jews to Israel]” Philippe said. “It should be a spiritual choice but it pains all citizens of the republic when it’s a form of self-exile, made out of insecurity and fear.”

    Philippe’s statement came a few days after Donald Trump made the explosive decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – a move that triggered anti-Israel protests across Europe, and laid the ground for more anti-Semitic attacks. A number of anti-Israeli rallies have already unsettled Paris in the wake of Trump’s Jerusalem decision.”

  8. Canadian Liberal MP Labels Anti-Islamic State Protesters ‘White Supremacists’ (breitbart, Jan 7, 2018)

    “An MP of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party slammed protests in his city directed against returning Islamic State fighters, calling the protestors “racists” and “white supremacists.”

    Liberal Party MP for St. Catherines Chris Bittle took to Facebook earlier this week to condemn a protest against Islamic State fighters returning from the Middle East to Canada in front of his office.

    For Mr Bittle, the four or so people who carried signs reading “Jail ISIS Fighters” were, in his words, “white supremacists”, using the issue of Islamic State fighters to “promote their hateful, racist views.”

    Since making the post Bittle has received over two thousand comments, with many asking Mr Bittle to point out the protesters’ links to white supremacist movements or ideologies. While Bittle did link to an post allegedly made by a person who he claimed led the protest which contained anti-Muslim imagery, many were not satisfied.

    When one user asked Bittle to “put Canadians first” and refuse entry for returning Islamic State fighters, Bittle said “returning fighters are Canadians who have not been charged with a crime”. He added that most returnees had come back to Canada under the previous conservative government.

    Returning Islamic State fighters have become a major issue in Canada, with many seeing the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being incredibly weak on the issue.

    Many slammed Mr Trudeau when he insisted that returning fighters would be deradicalised with podcasts and poetry, and that many of the returnees would be “an extraordinarily powerful voice for preventing radicalization.”

    According to official Canadian statistics, around 60 Islamic State fighters have returned to Canada, although the Liberal government refers to them as “extremist travellers.”

    One of the biggest critics of Trudeau has been Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who in November got into a heated exchange in the House of Commons with the Prime Minister, questioning why he is “so focused on reintegration and not putting these people in jail.””

  9. Behind the Latest Protests in Iran

    by Amir Taheri
    January 7, 2018 at 4:00 am

    For more than a week now, Iran has been in something of turmoil with crowds of various sizes holding protests in more than 30 cities, including the capital Tehran. Thanks to scenes not seen in Iran since 2009 when the regime managed to put down a popular uprising in Tehran, many questions have been raised about what is euphemistically referred to as “the events”.

    The first question is: Who are the protesters?

    As always, the regime’s analysis is that the protests are the result of conspiracies by the United States which, with the departure of President Barack Obama, who sought accommodation with the present leadership in Tehran, is now committed to regime change under President Donald Trump.

    The regime’s analysis is too childish to merit detailed rebuttal. Suffice it to say that while the Trump administration might like regime change in Iran it has, so far at least, done absolutely nothing to move in that direction. In any case, if regime change were as easy as merely desiring it, the US would have achieved changes of regime in Cuba and North Korea long ago.

  10. Asylum Seeker on the Run After Attacking Several People with an Axe

  11. BARCELONA (Reuters) – More than 300 people stormed the heavily fortified border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave Melilla in what authorities on Sunday called a mass “violent crossing”.

    Some 209 migrants succeeded in reaching Spain in Saturday’s incident.

    • Note how the government is arming the civilians to fight for their homes. This would never happen in an area that the European or American left controlled.

  12. Syria: Government troops retake key town in rebel province (abcnews, Jan 7, 2018)

    “Syrian television says the country’s military has recaptured a strategically important town in the northwestern province of Idlib in its latest advance into rebel-held territory this year.

    The state-affiliated Al-Ikhbariya TV says government forces took Sinjar on Sunday…”

  13. Battle looms for rebel-held Syrian province after IS defeat (abcnews, Jan 7, 2018)

    “Syrian government forces and allied militiamen are advancing on the largest remaining rebel-held territory in the country’s north, forcing thousands of civilians to flee toward the border with Turkey in freezing winter temperatures.

    The offensive on Idlib — a large province in northwestern Syria packed with civilians and dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants — was expected after the defeat of the Islamic State group late last year. Last week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the main military operations against IS in Syria have ended and signaled that the focus would shift to al-Qaida-linked militants.

    The Idlib offensive carries significant risks…”

  14. Saudi fighter jet crashes, Yemen rebels claim downing it (abcnews, Jan 7, 2018)

    “Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Force said two of its pilots whose fighter jet crashed during an operation in Yemen on Sunday have been rescued.

    An official statement blamed the crash on a “technical failure” but the Yemeni rebel-run al-Masirah television said the British-made Tornado fighter jet was hit while flying in Yemeni airspace over the northern province of Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, said the jet crashed on Saudi soil.

    A statement by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said the pilots were not injured and were evacuated to Saudi Arabia by ground and air forces. The coalition did not say where the crash occurred.

    Multiple Saudi and Emirati fighter jets have crashed over Yemen, killing the pilots on board, in the nearly three years since the kingdom launched a war against the rebels…”

  15. EU accused of broken promises over failing migrant repatriation scheme (express, Jan 8, 2018)

    “THE European Union’s scheme to repatriate African migrants stranded in Libya to their home countries has been heavily criticised, by the very people it is trying it help.

    The European Union’s “assisted voluntary return” scheme is designed to persuade hundreds of thousands of migrants in Libya to return home rather than attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

    But officials administering the scheme have been accused of breaking pledges to provide grants and training packages upon their return home.

    In Banjul, the Gambian capital, police were called to the offices of the International Organisation for Migration, a UN-body that runs the scheme in tandem with the EU, after it was pelted with rocks by angry crowds six weeks ago.

    Migrants claimed that while in Libya, they had been told they would get £2,660 (€3,000) to help them start new businesses.

    Instead, all they received upon their return to Gambia was a 3,000 Gambian dalasi (£50) handout as emergency pocket money.

    That compares to grants of £2,000 available to illegal migrants in the UK who register for similar repatriation schemes, and up to €5,000 (£4,440) for those on schemes from Germany.

    Around 2,300 migrants returning to Gambia since the scheme began there early last year, only 300 have been offered places so far on job training programmes, none of which have yet started.

    The scheme is bankrolled by the £2.84bn (€3.2bn) EU Trust Fund for Africa, set up by member states in 2015 to stem the migrant crisis by encouraging African migrants to return home.

    One charity representing migrants’ rights in Gambia told The Telegraph that the entire programme was now at risk of being discredited…”

  16. SAS hero BEHEADS ISIS fanatic using SPADE after ammo runs out (express, Jan 8, 2018)

    “AN SAS soldier who ran out of ammunition during his six-hour battle with ISIS fanatics used a spade to decapitate a jihadi.

    The battle-hardened captain used the tool as the crazed extremist ran towards a group of British soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, the Star reported.

    Using the implement, he managed to decapitate the terrorist with one lethal blow.

    He then picked up the dead man’s gun and used it to take out even more militants.

    According to the paper, the epic battle took place six weeks ago…”

      • Entrenching tools make fine close quarter battle weapons.

        And dining utensils!

        Skip to audio time point 00:16:00 —

        Now, now, son, don’t eat with your hands. Use your entrenching tool!

        — George Tirebiter

        For those who are unfamiliar with Firesign Theater, regardless of their political affiliations, they were one of the most astonishingly erudite comedy teams in recent American history, bar none.

        This comes from someone who saw Robin Williams live, multiple times.

        Listen in and be amazed at the unprecedented concentration of historical, literary, and cultural references compressed into almost every minute of their work.

        Those in doubt should feel free to inquire with Baron Bodissey.

    • Uncle Vlad likes to tease The Turk and the Twisted-Ragheads. Drives them beyond their usual crazy.

      An enduring threat: an independent Kurdistan, populations merging with Kurds domestic to Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Shaggy borders look ragged. They fear acceleration of an alarming demographic: Kurds in Iran have FIVE times more kids than Persians, THREE times more than Turks.

      Problem is, Kurds are distinct, diverse tribes. They make temporary alliances with outsider-enemies to fight tribal kin. They’ve been losing opportunities for hundreds of years.

      It’s frustrating because they’re so much more likable than all of their neighbors. They’d be great allies – CAN be great allies – if they’d pull together. But they’re also corrupted by generations of shady deals, leaders as venal as they are charismatic.

      Both Russia and Israel would like to have a Kurdish buffer. Americans have also gotten along very well with them: they’re brave and comparatively normal. But their turf is unfortunate: land-locked, they have no choice but to make accommodations with neighbors who detest them.

      It’s next to impossible to get a straight story about them. For Westerners in general [and Israelis], it’s personal. Many Westerners have volunteered to fight with the Peshmerga; business partnerships do well. Diaspora communities in Europe and America have assimilated and flourished.[*]

      But Western politicians (and the think-tanks that feed them) look at the geography and the history and appraise their potential with a colder eye. Their analyses are conditioned by their own relationships with the established nations that surround them – by definition, enemies of the Kurds.

      Here’s a great big, beautiful map:
      [*]Except for the most recent batch. Too many, too fast. Hodgepodge enmities carried with them, Arab and Turk ethnic rivals up close and personal.

  17. Iran Bans English in Primary Schools – Reports (sputniknews, Jan 7, 2018)

    “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has reportedly said that early learning of the English language paves the way for the West’s “cultural invasion” of Iran.

    The head of the state-run High Education Council, Mehdi Navid-Adham, said to local TV on Sunday that English classes in primary schools are “against laws and regulations.” He added that English was no longer part of the educational curriculum. High school students will keep learning English, the official added.

    Accroding to Mehdi Navid-Adham, primary schools will now focus on the Farsi language and classes of Iranian culture…”

    • “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has reportedly said that early learning of the English language paves the way for the West’s “cultural invasion” of Iran.

      It sure as hell does.

      Then again, seeing as how the majority of computer data, banking information, and such trivial international operations like … oh, let’s say, GLOBAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, all happen in English, it might be wise to have young Iranians learning the English language.

      Of course, holding back an entire nation into pre-colonial times is merely a small price to pay for maintaining ideological purity (no matter how impoverishing).

  18. ‘Embrace Islam, Santa’: Club-Wielding Turk Prepares Rooftop Ambush (VIDEO) (sputniknews, Jan 7, 2018)

    “The real St. Nick may have lived and died in Anatolia long before the Byzantine Empire fell, but one fanatical modern Turkish Islamist is armed and ready to take on Kris Kringle.

    A viral video featuring an armed Turkish Muslim lying in wait for Santa’s arrival on the roof of his house has taken Greek and Turkish social media networks by storm.

    “I’m waiting for Santa. When he comes, I’ll tell him to convert to Islam, the true faith,” says the man, Nusret Oktar.

    Despite brandishing a club rather than the traditional milk and cookies combo, Oktar insisted that he has no intention of actually beating up Santa, apparently intending to convert the jolly old fellow through strictly peaceful means…”

    • Despite brandishing a club rather than the traditional milk and cookies combo, Oktar insisted that he has no intention of actually beating up Santa, apparently intending to convert the jolly old fellow through strictly peaceful means…

      Let’s all face it, Nusret Oktar has a special thing for chubby guys that yell, “Ho, ho, ho (i.e., whore)!”

  19. Flow of Migrants From N Europe to Germany Up 35% in Jan-Oct 2017 – Reports (sputnikenws, Jan 7, 2018)

    “The number of entries of undocumented migrants from the Nordic countries to Germany increased 35 percent year-on-year in January-October 2017, local media reported Sunday.

    The German Federal Police has registered 2,269 illegal entries from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark during the first 10 months of 2017 compared to just 1,674 in January-October 2016, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported, citing a response from the Federal Ministry of the Interior to its query.

    Of these, 1,455 came to Germany over the land border to Denmark between January and October 2017, compared to 996 a year earlier. The remaining migrants came from Scandinavia by sea.

    The immigrants are mainly Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian nationals seeking asylum, the newspaper noted. It added that not all entries might have been registered, and the numbers did not include entries recorded by the police of the federal states.

    Many migrants arrive in Germany without being picked up by the federal police and only appear in the statistics when they apply for asylum.

    In recent years, the European Union has been facing acute migration crisis, with thousands of refugees and migrants coming to Europe in the hope to flee poverty and conflict in their home countries.”

    • The German Federal Police has registered 2,269 illegal entries from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark during the first 10 months of 2017 compared to just 1,674 in January-October 2016, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported, citing a response from the Federal Ministry of the Interior to its query.

      Fecking priceless!!!

      Germany is so much more generous in terms of pouring out its taxpayers’ very lifeblood to non-assimilating, predatory, hostile, murdering rapist career criminals that these parasites even flood in from almost identically generous lunatic Scandinavian countries.

      How fortunate for Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

      Take a deep bow, Frau Hitler Merkel.

      • It must be as cold and dark up there in Scandinavistan as it is here. I’d head south myself right now if I were footloose and fancy-free.
        Besides, Sweden’s almost like the hellhole they called home.

  20. UK Intelligence Services Reportedly Rehire Ex-Officers to Curb Terror Threat (sputniknews, Jan 7, 2018)

    “The UK intelligence services rehire its employees, who have been dismissed over staff reduction, in an effort to curb the terror threat in the country, local media reported.

    The UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has employed 200 former workers, while MI5 has rehired its seven ex-officers, The Telegraph said Saturday. MI6 will reportedly re-employ 73 officers, including three of those, who have received six-figure compensation packages.

    The UK intelligence often engages external consultants and contractors, whose salary is estimated at about 144,000 pounds ($195,420) a year, two times higher than that of a staffer, the newspaper added.

    Members of the UK parliament are critical of the recruitment policy, describing it as “a very poor value for money” revealing a lack of adequate management, according to the newspaper.

    In 2017, the United Kingdom faced a wave of terror attacks, including several car-ramming assaults at Finsbury Park, on London Bridge and Westminster Bridge, as well as the blast that occurred at the entrance to Manchester Arena at the end of US singer Ariana Grande’s concert.”

    • The UK intelligence services rehire its employees, who have been dismissed over staff reduction, in an effort to curb the terror threat in the country, local media reported.

      I can only laugh and point.

  21. Austrian Prosecutors Allegedly Indict Teenager on Terror-Related Charges (sputniknews, Jan 7, 2018)

    “Austrian prosecutors have indicted a teenager on several charges related to terrorism, local media reported Sunday.

    Lorenz K., 18, detained in Vienna in January 2017, has been accused of plotting terror attacks in Germany and Austria, as well as inciting a 12-year-old boy to carry out a foiled attack on a Christmas market in the German city of Ludwigshafen in 2016, the Kurier newspaper said.

    The teenager also planned attacks on German military and police facilities, and some targets in Austria, according to the newspaper.

    The 18-year-old, for example, after having pledged his allegiance to IS-terrorism in a pledge of allegiance, is said to have influenced from summer 2016 onwards via WhatsApp, a 12-year-old German with whom he regularly exchanged views that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Ludwigshafen.

    Lorenz K. came from an Albanian family, but was born and raised in Austria, the newspaper specified. He was reportedly radicalized and converted to Islam while serving a sentence in an Austrian prison for robbery in 2015. In November 2016, he pledged allegiance to Daesh…”

    • The more central question is, “what frequency of carjackings happened before the introduction of these hostile, non-assimilating, parasitic, violent predators”?

      That one statistic might reveal some distinctly “inconvenient truths”.

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