Reader’s links, January 9, 2018

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  1. Man’s 4th wife sets 3rd wife ablaze, arrested (timesofindia, JihadWatch, Jan 8, 2018)

    “For refusing to divorce her husband, a woman in Nishatpura was set ablaze by the fourth wife of her spouse. The accused wanted the victim to divorce her husband so that she could live with him.

    Nishatpura police have registered a case under sections of attempt to murder. Police have identified the accused as Ayesha and her mother Wasima, while the victim has been identified as Shabnam. Police said that Shabnam and Ayesha are the third and fourth wives respectively of Saleem, a security guard in a housing society.

    The incident took place on January 4. Ayesha wanted Shabnam to divorce Saleem; but when she refused, Ayesha and her mother poured kerosene on Shabnam and set her ablaze. Based on Shabnam’s statements, police have registered a case against Ayesha and Wasima. Both of them have been taken into custody. Shabnam suffered 50% burns and was admitted to Hamidia hospital and is said to be in critical condition.”

  2. AMU PhD scholar joins Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir, expelled (wionews, JihadWatch, Jan 8, 2018)

    “Mannan Bashir Wani, a research scholar from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has reportedly joined a terrorist group in Kashmir.

    The research scholar, who hails from Kupwara in Kashmir, was today expelled by the Aligarh Muslim University authorities in the wake of reports alleging that he may have joined a terrorist group. A team of senior AMU officials sealed Mannan Basheer Wani’s room this morning immediately after they received a letter from the Aligarh Superintendent of Police about his alleged “nefarious” activities, university officials said…”

  3. Wolff Didn’t Interview Pence, Cabinet Members For Book

    Michael Wolff admitted Monday that he did not interview Vice President Mike Pence or any Cabinet members, though some of the more incendiary claims in his book “Fire and Fury” are credited to Cabinet members.

    The book is dominating the news cycle and claims to portray life “inside the Trump White House.” He made the admission on “CBS This Morning.”

    As CNBC reporter John Harwood put it, many of President Donald Trump’s top officials are reported to have said particularly nasty things about the president.

  4. Saudi Arabia police arrest men over ‘gay wedding’ video (BBC, Jan 9, 2018)

    “Police in Saudi Arabia say they have arrested several young men who last week appeared in a video of what was described as a “gay wedding scene”.

    In the video, the men are sprayed with confetti as they walk side by side on a carpet at an outdoor venue. One of them seems to be wearing a long bridal veil.

    On Monday night, Mecca Police said they had identified “the cross-dresser and other people involved in the incident”.

    They had been arrested and their case referred to prosecutors, it added.

    The force did not name the men or say what charges they faced…”

  5. Yemen’s Houthis threaten to block Red Sea shipping lane (reuters, Jan 9, 2018)

    “Yemen’s armed Houthi movement threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Saudi-led coalition it is fighting keeps pushing towards the port of Hodeidah it controls, the Houthi-run SABA news agency reported.

    Yemen lies beside the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the most important trade routes in the world for oil tankers, which pass near Yemen’s shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.

    While SABA gave no details on how Houthis could carry out any such move, the Bab al-Mandab strait, where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden in the Arabian Sea, is only 20 km (12 mile) wide, making hundreds of ships potentially an easy target…”

  6. French town’s decision to ban pork-free school meals branded ‘anti-Muslim’ (independent, Jan 9, 2018)

    “A French far right mayor’s decision to scrap substitute meals for students who do not eat pork has been branded “anti-Muslim”.

    Julien Sanchez, the Front National mayor of Beaucaire, ditched his predecessor’s scheme on the first day of the new school term.

    The move means around 150 mainly Muslim pupils have lost their “substitution meals”.

    Marlene Schiappa, France’s minister for sexual equality, told BFM TV the move was a “typical example of someone brandishing secularism as an anti-Muslim political weapon, or anti-Jewish for that matter”.

    Mr Sanchez insisted the introduction of pork-free meals was “anti-Republican” and a “provocation” because it introduced “religion into school”.

    “We are not a four-star restaurant,” he added on

    The 34-year-old, who became mayor in 2014, also designated Monday as a day schools had to offer pork as an option.

    “I am not Islamophobic,” he told radio station France Info. “I am not afraid of anybody and I do not have the desire to exclude anyone. I’m just saying, what’s the problem with pork?

    “If there was a medical problem I could understand it but there is no medical problem.”

    According to Le Figaro, the opposition leader in Beaucaire, Laure Cordelet, said the Front National’s decision was “an attack on the rights of the child”, which “stigmatises the Maghreb [north African] community and can in no way be justified in the name of secularism”.

    Parents will hold “a Republican picnic” on Monday to protest the move.

    “The idea is that we parents, whether Muslim or not, do not put our child in the canteen on Monday since it is the day when there is pork. Instead, we will all eat together in the town hall square,” a parent told the newspaper.”

  7. “Combative” Mohammed Abraar Ali Killed Police Officer Andrew Camilleri
    A Christmas story postscript in sanctuary Criminalfornia.
    January 9, 2018
    Lloyd Billingsley

    On Christmas Eve, California Highway Patrol officers Andrew Camilleri and Jonathan Velasquez were patrolling the Bay Area for drunk drivers when they pulled to the side of Interstate 880. At 11:30 pm, according to Alameda County documents, a red Cadillac CTS-V drove “directly into the path of the patrol vehicle,” at a speed of approximately 120 miles per hour.

    The crash wounded Velasquez and killed Camilleri, 33, whose wife Roseanna and children Elizabeth, Andrew Jr. and Ryder got the bluest Christmas anyone could expect. Camilleri had aspired to join the CHP since high school and was a model officer who loved to help stranded motorists. Information about the driver who had taken Camilleri’s life, on the other hand, was in short supply.

    Initial reports identified him only as a 22-year-old man who had allegedly been intoxicated on alcohol and high on marijuana. A drunk, stoned driver killing a police officer is a serious matter, and many Californians wondered why the CHP had not released the driver’s name, booking photo, and any background information of interest.

    Nothing emerged until more than a week later, on January 2, 2018. The CHP explains the delay as due to hospitalization but Californians could be forgiven for their doubts. As it happened, the state’s new sanctuary legislation kicked in on January 1, and the driver who had taken officer Camilleri’s life was identified as “Hayward man” Mohammed Abraar Ali. The CHP did not inquire about his immigration status.

    • Man’s 4th wife sets 3rd wife ablaze

      Is there anything that rites of succession cannot achieve?!?

      Hiring Marrying a murderer (i.e., “Who will rid me of this troublesome previous spouse?”), seems just a little too convenient.

      Then again, that’s just a fidelitous old dinosaur like me wondering why too many modern women seemingly have so few problems pairing up with wife-beating scumbags that deserve little more than involuntary anal stuffing with a mature porcupine.


  8. How to Beat the Cis-Culture by Making up Progressive Words
    The more new identities you take on, the less likely you will miss the one you have lost.
    January 9, 2018
    Oleg Atbashian

    Technological innovations have brought us many new words. We need new words not only to identify new things, but also to rename some of the old things in order to avoid confusion. For example, people have been playing the guitar for centuries without calling it “acoustic” until the electric guitar entered the stage; that’s when the old guitar was retroactively renamed into acoustic. Traditional clocks with a face and rotating hands were retroactively renamed “analog” to distinguish them from “digital,” along with displays, signals, recordings, and so on. The new words for such retro-naming are called retronyms.

    Innovations in social engineering affect our language in much the same way.

    When Karl Marx laid out his blueprint for communism and socialist ideas began to engulf Europe, the normal way of doing business was retroactively renamed “capitalism.” Rational behavior became “oppressive” and people who preferred normalcy to “isms” became apologists for a reactionary socio-economic ideology. The advent of communist propaganda caused any non-communist discourse (e.g., Adam Smith) to be retroactively known as “capitalist propaganda.”

    In the U.S., the advent of progressivism in the 1930s caused a retroactive renaming of mainstream believers in the American Revolution into “conservatives.” When the progressives decided to call themselves “liberals,” the real liberals renamed themselves “classical liberals.”

  9. Judicial Watch – U.S. Has a National Mango Board With a $6.7 Million Budget

    Even those who follow government closely may not know that the United States has a National Mango Board with a multi-million-dollar budget to help increase consumption of the juicy tropical fruit. This is a serious matter that is handled at the presidential cabinet level. The Mango board is a type of panel that was authorized by Congress decades ago and has 18 members who are appointed by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It operates under a USDA oversight body known as the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

    Based in Orlando, Florida, the National Mango Board has a generous $6.7 million annual budget, according to USDA figures. The board is composed of eight importers, two domestic producers, one first handler and seven foreign producers who serve three-year terms. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently appointed six members to the board, including a mango producer from Jalisco, Mexico and another from Piura, Peru. The others are importers from California and Texas and a producer from Hawaii. “I truly appreciate the time and expertise that these individuals have agreed to give guiding the National Mango Board in its mission to find ways to provide fresh mangos to U.S. consumers and help their industry thrive,” Perdue said in an agency statement.

    Here’s why this obscure government entity exists; to increase the consumption of fresh mangos in the United States, unlikely to be a pressing issue for most Americans. The board accomplishes this with promotion and market development activities that naturally also support a thriving industry. “The board’s vision is to bring the world’s love of mangos to the U.S.,” according to the National Mango Board website, which describes itself as a “promotion and research organization.” The site includes all sorts of interesting information about mangos, including the unique texture and flavors of different varieties, how to ripen, cut and store the fruit and tips on choosing the perfect mango—don’t focus on color because it’s not the best indicator of ripeness. There are also recipes for just about any dish with mango, including tropical mango guacamole, shrimp and mango curry, mango Manchego stuffed with jalapeños and crusted pork with mango relish, among others. Six varieties of mangos are sold in the U.S.; Tommy Atkins, Haden, Kent, Keitt, Honey and Francis.

    The board’s research portion is displayed in several sections that offer information on nutrition, history and “fun facts.” For instance, mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago and mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D. “Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree,” according to the National Mango Board. More serious research includes academic studies on consumer attitudes, bioactive components of mangos and the effect of hot water treatment on a Mexican specie (Tommy Atkins) vulnerable to fruit flies. A separate study on this type of mango, which also comes from Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, focuses on sunken pits on the fruit’s peel caused by pitting or lenticel damage. This can deter consumers at the store level, according to researchers, and most packers do not have a clear understanding if the damage comes from the orchards or the packing process. Tommy Atkins mangos from Oaxaca, Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa are the focal point of that research.

    One of the more recent studies sponsored by the board includes an in-depth analysis on the ideal temperature to deliver the highest quality mangos. The findings are delivered in an exhaustive 38-page report, but the nutshell is that the optimal transit temperature for mangos is around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The problem however, is that mangos are often transported in refrigerated trailers with other food items that require colder temperatures and the mangos get compromised. The experts in “perishable food cold chain” hired to research the matter were left with the objective of finding commercially available pallet covers for the thermal protection of mango pallets transported in a mixed load refrigerated trailer. It’s not clear how much this important research cost the Mango Board. For those wondering, Kent mangos were used in the study and pallet covers were tested with and without a base.

  10. Kuwait sentences 19 Daesh militants to 10 years in prison (gulfnews, Jan 9, 2018)

    “Kuwait’s Criminal Court has sentenced 19 Kuwaitis to 10 years in prison after they were found guilty of fighting alongside the Daesh terror group in Syria.

    None of the defendants was at the court amid reports they were all abroad.

    The public prosecutor in his charges said the defendants carried out an act of hostility against a foreign country (Syria), joined the banned Daesh group, were trained in a Daesh camp in using weapons and ammunition, war and the destruction of military equipment.

    Such actions could expose Kuwait to the risk of war and to the severance of diplomatic ties with a foreign country, he added.

    The defendants also joined forces with a banned group to disseminate principles aimed at the illegal destruction of the basic foundations of Arab states and the forcible assault on their social and economic order, the prosecutor was quoted by Kuwaiti daily Al Seyassah as saying on Tuesday…”

  11. ICRC Chief Says 80% of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Want to Return Home (aawsat, Jan 9, 2018)

    “Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Lebanon Christophe Martin said Monday that the majority of Syrian refugees in Lebanon want to return home.

    According to a statement by the presidential media office, Martin made the remarks during his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun over the standards of ICRC to ensure the refugees’ safe and dignified return.

    Martin pointed that the ICRC’s vision for how it would support refugees in their eventual return to Syria would be discussed with senior Lebanese officials, as well as relevant international bodies and nations.

    He told the president that 80 percent of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon want to go back to Syria once the security situation there improves.

    The United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) announced last month that the number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon had dropped to below 1 million for the first time since 2014.

    The UN agency said that the number of Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon as of the end of November 2017 was 997,905.

    The Red Cross will distribute its roadmap on the return of refugees to senior officials in Lebanon and a number of major countries concerned with the situation of displaced Syrians, including the criteria set by the Commission to secure a dignified return of the displaced, Martin said.

    In the same context, Environment Minister Tariq Khatib described the Syrian displacement as a “time-bomb that can detonate at any place or time”.”

  12. Poverty push Syrian children in Lebanon to marry and work (memo, Jan 9, 2018)

    “Nearly seven years into Syria’s civil war, Syrian refugees in neighbouring Lebanon are becoming poorer, leaving children at risk of child labour and early marriage, aid organisations said on Tuesday.

    A recent survey by the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF, the World Food Programme and refugee agency, UNHCR, showed that Syrian refugees in Lebanon are more vulnerable now than they have been since the beginning of the crisis.

    Struggling to survive, more than three-quarters of the refugees in Lebanon now live on less than $4 per day, according to the survey which was based on data collected last year.

    “The situation for Syrian refugees in Lebanon is actually getting worse – they are getting poorer. They are barely staying afloat,” Scott Craig, UNHCR spokesman in Lebanon, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Around 1.5 million refugees who fled Syria’s violence account for a quarter of Lebanon’s population.

    The Lebanese government has long avoided setting up official refugee camps. So, many Syrians live in tented settlements, languishing in poverty and facing restrictions on legal residence or work.

    “Child labour and early marriage are direct consequences of poverty,” Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF spokeswoman in Lebanon said in a statement to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    “We fear this (poverty) will lead to more children being married away or becoming breadwinners instead of attending school,” she said.

    According to UNICEF, 5 percent of Syrian refugee children between 5-17 are working, and one in five Syrian girls and women aged between 15 and 25 is married.

    Mike Bruce, a spokesman for the Norwegian Refugee Council, said without sufficient humanitarian aid and proper work Syrian families would increasingly fall into debt and more could turn to “negative coping mechanisms” like child labour and marriage.

    Cold winter temperatures in Lebanon would also hurt refugees, he said.

    “Refugees are less and less able to deal with each shock that they face and severe weather could be one of those shocks,” said Bruce.”

  13. Turkey to Finish Iranian Border Wall Next Spring (sputniknews, Jan 11, 2018)

    “Turkey has finished building a wall along more than half of its 144 km border with Iran. The partition, meant to prevent illegal immigration, smuggling and militant infiltration, will be completed next spring, according to Turkish housing developer TOKI…”

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