Reader’s links on January 16, 2018

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  1. euronews – ‘Major challenges’ face repatriation of Rohingya Muslims

    The UN warns ‘major challenges’ must be overcome as Myanmar and Bangladesh announce a two-year plan to repatriate Rohingya Muslims

    • UNExit is urgent!

      1500/week to be repatriated – to take 2 years? At the levels they’re reproducing? Hah!

      Meanwhile, their masses in Myanmar are pullulating, filling [temporary] gaps left by those now _visiting_ Bangladesh.

      If the MB, Iran, and their Western tools don’t stop pushing, Myanmar might as well throw itself 100% to China. No-win position.

      Andy Bostom is superb on Burma-Bengal history. His pre-WWII primary source documentation is extensive, with footnotes that lead to more. ONE is his books is worth a semester course in any college.

      • If the MB, Iran, and their Western tools don’t stop pushing, Myanmar might as well throw itself 100% to China. No-win position.

        They were working themselves out of being a client state of China and then the Islamic Conquest was taken out of histories attic, dusted off and started once again. Now they are being forced to make a decision, do they want to live as a Chinese client state with the suppression of Buddhism or do they want to live as an Islamic nation with the eventual destruction of Buddhism.

        There are several problems with the second solution but one of the main ones is the state of the Chinese economy. China can’t afford to let Islam establish another foot hold on one of its borders but will they be able to get enough money from Burma to pay for the occupation forces that will be necessary to help fight off the Islamic Conquest?

        I suppose that Burma could try to become a client state of India but they don’t have a successful history of resisting Islam and like China their economy is in real bad shape.

        • They don’t want money or client-state status. They just need for the UN, et al., to BUTT OUT.

          If China protects them from that – from economic sanctions, or “Bosnia! Bosnia!” – they’ll take care of it themselves. They’ve had to become warriors to remain Buddhists.

          But THROW them to China to placate a pack of insatiable tards and their tools?
          There’s offshore energy reserves, assorted mineral deposits, goodies. Crazy.

          • The Dictators Club (the UN) is dominated by the Islamic world and wants Burma to become part of that world. The rest don’t care what happens as long as the problem either goes away or quits being in the headline. China taking over that region takes it off the front page.

  2. NYT – Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

    Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

    The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle. The special counsel’s office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Mr. Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russia or other foreign governments.[…]

    Mr. Mueller issued the subpoena after Mr. Bannon was quoted in a new book criticizing Mr. Trump, saying that Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russians was “treasonous” and predicting that the special counsel investigation would ultimately center on money laundering.
    […]

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/us/politics/steve-bannon-mueller-russia-subpoena.html

    • Bannon refuses to answer questions on Capitol Hill

      The former White House chief strategist told lawmakers to resolve the impasse with White House lawyers, which frustrated both sides of the aisle;

      Catherine Herridge goes in-depth for ‘Special Report.’

  3. Deutsche Welle – Covering Donald J. Trump

    ( 28 min 25 )

    President Trump’s relationship with the press has been turbulent. DW’s Alexandra von Nahmen spent a year covering the Trump administration to find out more.[…]

    Von Nahmen explores a question that a lot of people in the US and around the world are asking right now: “Does Donald Trump pose a threat to press freedom?” — and by extension, a threat to democracy?

  4. 115,000 Crossing Attempts from Calais in 2017 as Illegals Brawl with Knives, Iron Bars (breitbart, Jan 16, 2018)
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/16/115k-crossing-attempts-calais-brawl/

    “French officials have revealed there were more than 100,000 attempts on Britain’s border last year from Calais, where violence has risen along with the number of illegal immigrants returning to the port town since the ‘Jungle’ camp was cleared…”

  5. Chile: Pope’s visit ignites fresh outbreak of church burning

    Two churches were burnt to the ground overnight in southern Chile, as anger continues to grow over Pope Francis’ visits Chile

    • Chile: Mass protester arrests overshadow Pope Francis’ first ever visit to Chile

      Dozens of protesters were arrested in Santiago on Tuesday, as demonstrations against the visit of Pope Francis to Chile turned violent.

  6. US withholds $65M from UN agency for Palestinians

    The United States sent $60 million to keep the UN relief agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) in operation but withheld a further $65 million while it urges others to pay more, a State Department official says.

    “There is a need to undertake a fundamental re-examination of UNRWA, both in the way it operates and the way it is funded,” the official says.

    US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut funding for the agency after the Palestinians boycotted US officials over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem.

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    Trump administration cuts aid to Palestinians by more than half

    The US will give a United Nations agency $60m in aid for Palestinians but will withhold another $65m “for future consideration.”

    US President Donald Trump had threatened to cut hundreds of millions in aid in order to force Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas into coming to the negotiating table to hash out a peace deal with Isreal.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-palestine-aid-payments-money-cut-half-un-fund-latest-a8162876.html

  7. BBC – The shame of Afghanistan’s virginity tests

    […]After receiving a complaint, Bamiyan authorities suspected that they had engaged in premarital sex on their journey back home. Neda and her friend were taken in for questioning.

    “I was accused of debauchery and sent to the medical centre for a virginity test,” Neda says as she clasps her hands around her tea cup.

    The doctors reported that her hymen was still intact. Her case, however, is still travelling through Afghanistan’s judicial hierarchy.

    Neda has been cleared of the charges by the local prosecutor’s office. But, astonishingly, her case now has to be ruled on by the state Supreme Court. It is yet to make a decision.

    […]Bobani Haidari, a gynaecologist practising in Bamiyan Province, told the BBC that she can be asked to carry out 10 virginity tests in a single day.

    Some women are reported to have undergone multiple tests.

    more :

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42112827

    • Some women are reported to have undergone multiple tests.

      Old Joke:

      A middle-aged woman came into the doctor’s office with her young daughter in tow. After the usual patient induction interview (for her child), the medico asked for an explanation of why this appointment had been scheduled.

      After some protracted hemming and hawing, the older woman haltingly explained how her pretty daughter was engaged to be married with a rather wealthy (and thoroughly besotted) member of the local aristocracy.

      This prompted a more exacting inquiry regarding the need for all of this concern. At which point the woman gradually detailed how the fiancé’s family was rather old-fashioned and expected the blushing bride to be “intact”, as it were.

      As the story slowly unfolded, it became clear that this young girl had—while not quite any sort of chequered past—nonetheless experienced a previous encounter that left her slightly more “experienced” than the prospective groom’s family would have desired (or accepted).

      After giving the daughter a thorough checkup and determining that she wasn’t any sort of promiscuous type, the doctor gave her mother a knowing nod and assured her that a minor procedure would be all that was needed to remedy the situation. He then instructed her to bring the girl back to his office on the day before her wedding and left it at that.

      With great relief, this mother left with her daughter trailing along and made sure to schedule the pre-wedding visit with the front-office receptionist. Upon returning a few weeks later, a mere twenty-minute treatment was all that it took.

      The following day’s wedding reception was a glorious success and, that night, the entire hotel was kept awake into the wee hours by the bride’s agonizing screams. The next morning (according to ancient tradition) there even was a blood-spotted sheet to hang from the balcony.

      Later that week, this ever-so-grateful (newly minted) dame dropped by the doctor’s office to pay her bill and simply could not refrain from asking exactly what it was that he’d done to carry things off so perfectly well.

      The doctor, having served in the Royal Navy and well-enough knew his ropes, replied quite calmly to this now immensely-relieved mother-in-law:

      “I simply knotted the hairs together…”

  8. Yemen asks Saudis for $1B to save currency, prevent ‘famine’ (abcnews, Jan 16, 2018)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/yemen-asks-saudis-2b-save-currency-prevent-famine-52382173

    “Yemen’s prime minister on Tuesday called on the Saudi-led coalition allied with his government to deposit $1 billion in the central bank to save the local currency from “complete collapse.”

    In an emotional letter, Ahmed Obeid bin Daghir called on the coalition to act “now, not tomorrow,” and said saving the rial means “saving Yemenis from inevitable famine.”

    The rial, now trading at 500 to the dollar, has lost half its value since the coalition went to war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels in 2015. Food and fuel prices have soared, pushing many to the brink of famine.

    The U.N. has called Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The war pits the coalition and an internationally recognized government against the Houthis, rebels allied with Iran who control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa. The war, which has been locked in a bloody stalemate for most of the last three years, has killed an estimated 10,000 people and displaced 2 million.

    On Tuesday, protests broke out in the city of Taiz, which has been split between the Houthis and pro-government forces for the past three years. Hundreds of protesters on the government-held side set fire to pictures of Daghir and the governor of the central bank, and chanted against the coalition.

    A senior Yemeni official told The Associated Press that the coalition hasn’t moved to shore up the central bank because of mistrust between the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the alliance, and Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the press.

    The UAE is believed to be at odds with Hadi over his embrace of a local affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood group, and fighters loyal to the two sides have clashed in recent months. Hadi has been prevented from returning to Yemen by the Saudis following his fallout with the UAE.

    Last August, the governor of the central bank, Monasser al-Quaiti, said the coalition had blocked 13 flights bringing cash into the country and was “strangling” its economy.

    The government moved the central bank from Sanaa to the southern port city of Aden last year, saying the Houthis were using it to finance the war. In Houthi-run areas, hundreds of thousands of civil servants have not been paid in more than a year.

    The economic collapse has contributed to the breakdown of basic services, fueling a cholera outbreak that has killed some 2,000 people and infected a million.

    The U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday that more than 5,000 children have been killed or wounded in Yemen’s war, an average of five per day since March 2015. It said nearly every child in Yemen requires humanitarian assistance, and that 1.8 million are acutely malnourished.”

  9. Trump administration report blames immigrants for terrorism (RT, Jan 16, 2018)
    https://www.rt.com/usa/416127-justice-dept-report-blames-immigrants/

    “Three out of four people convicted of international terrorism or terrorism-related offenses were “immigrants,” a new report by the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security has claimed.

    The DOJ broadly defines “immigrants” as both the people extradited to the US for trial and immigrants arrested in US.

    The report, issued Tuesday, is in response to a provision in President Donald Trump’s executive order from March 2017, which allowed the federal government to temporarily suspend all refugee resettlement and ban the issuance of new visas from seven Muslim-majority countries. It coincides with Congress debating a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown, which Democrats insist be tied to immigration legislation.

    “This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality — our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a press statement. “And the information in this report is only the tip of the iceberg: we currently have terrorism-related investigations against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came here as refugees.”

    The Justice Department claims 402 foreign-born persons were convicted of international terrorism-related charges in US federal courts between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2016 ? but only provides descriptions of eight of those cases. Those cases concern eight young men who were all indicted for either trying to travel to fight for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) or offering aid and support to IS, but not actually carrying out a terrorist act.

    Among them is Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, a Sudanese national, who was granted entry into the US in 2012 as a family member of a lawful permanent resident.

    In 2016, he pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS, and in 2017 was subsequently sentenced to 11 years in prison. According to court documents, Elhassan “aided and abetted the attempt of Joseph Hassan Farrokh, 29, to travel from the United States to Syria in order to fight on behalf of ISIS,” states the document…”

  10. Riyadh Says Another Missile From Yemen Intercepted, This One Targeting Jazan (sputniknews, Jan 16, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/military/201801161060803356-saudi-arabia-yemeni-jazan-missile/

    “Saudi Arabia’s air defenses claim they have intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched from Yemen targeting Saudi province of Jazan.

    According to the statement, the attack happened at around 8:20 p.m. local time. Due to the successful interception, daily life in Jazan, located near the westernmost part of the Saudi-Yemeni border, was not disrupted in any way, the Al-Arabiya news channel reports.

    “The attack has not impacted daily life in Jazan, with ground and air traffic being normal throughout the day and night,” the channel reports.

    The attack comes mere days after the Saudis intercepted another missile that targeted the province of Najran, and days after UN experts claimed Iran violated the UN arms embargo imposed on Yemen by directly or indirectly supplying Yemeni militias with missiles and drones.

    “Iran supplied the Houthis with missiles that have targeted Saudi Arabia,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters on Tuesday.”

  11. Turkey: Missiles placed on Turkish border with Syria

    Footage from Tuesday shows how Tomahawk (I-Hawk) missiles have been placed along the Turkish border with Syria.

    The missiles have been deployed to the Kirikhan and Yayladag? provinces of Hatay.

  12. Top #French jihadi Thomas Barnouin has been captured by #YPG

    One of ISIS’ most sought jihadis in connection to the recruitment networks in European countries, IS propaganda and suicide attacks led to many civilian deaths, Thomas Barnouin was captured in a special operation carried out by YPG Anti-Terror Units recently.

    It is known that Barnouin took part in planning and implementation stages of some terrorist attacks targeting civilians. It is believed that he is one of masterminds of 2012 Toulouse attack, which killed seven people, and the 2015 Paris attack which caused 130 people to lose their lives.

  13. Channel 4 – Jordan Peterson debate on the gender pay gap, campus protests and postmodernism

    Channel 4 News’ full, fiery interview with clinical psychologist and professorJordan B Peterson, whose views on gender have amassed great controversy – and a huge online following. He discusses the pay gap, patriarchy and his new book “12 Rules for Life.”

  14. VICE –How Trans Kids And Their Parents Decide When To Start Medical Transition: VICE on HBO, Full Episode

    As the debate continues over which bathroom transgender people should use, a more complex question is emerging about how early the medical transition begins for trans kids.

    Families and doctors are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention before transgender youth hit puberty.

    About 1.7 percent of American youth identify as transgender, and that estimate is conservative since the population is likely underreporting.

    “I feel comfortable saying that any survey of LGBT identity likely underestimates the full population because it only accounts for one part of sexual and gender minority status, ‘identity’,” said Bianca Wilson of the Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA School of Law that advances sexual orientation and gender identity law.

    In addition to fighting for acceptance, transgender children and their families are faced with medical questions that could be life-changing.

    These decisions are even harder for those young trans and gender nonconforming people who don’t have family support. Estimates show that about 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT.

    VICE News explores the emotionally charged and rapidly evolving issues faced by trans youth and their parents in a time of drastic political and societal change.

  15. Freedom House reduces Turkey’s status to ‘not free’ in annual report (hurriyetdailynews, Jan 16, 2018)
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/freedom-house-reduces-turkeys-status-to-not-free-in-annual-report-125803

    “U.S.-based non-governmental organization Freedom House has reduced Turkey’s status from “partly free” to “not free” in its latest annual report.

    The “Freedom in the World” 2018 report, published on Jan. 16, ruled that Turkey’s “political rights rating” had declined from 4 to 5 and its “civil liberties rating” had declined from 5 to 6.

    Specifically referring to the “deeply flawed” April 2017 referendum on shifting to an executive presidential system, the report also blasted the mass dismissals of state employees, “the mass replacement of elected mayors with government appointees, arbitrary prosecutions of rights activists and other perceived enemies of the state.”

    Criticizing the developments since the July 2016 coup attempt and the ongoing state of emergency rule, Freedom House noted that “using emergency powers and vaguely worded terrorism laws, the authorities had suspended or dismissed more than 110,000 people from public-sector positions and arrested more than 60,000 others by year’s end.”

    “Since the attempted coup, at least 1,500 civil society organizations have been summarily closed and their property confiscated,” read Freedom House’s latest report.

    “The prosecution of journalists and closure of media outlets continues. Arrests based on messages shared via social media are common, leading to widespread self-censorship and a general chilling effect on political discourse,” it added, also highlighting the arrest of Osman Kavala, describing him as “perhaps Turkey’s most prominent civil society leader.”

    Businessman and philanthropist Kavala was detained in October and is still in jail on charges of “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order.””

  16. Pakistan embassy in Bangkok accused of issuing passports to foreign nationals (tribune, Jan 16, 2018)
    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1610500/1-pakistan-embassy-bangkok-accused-issuing-passports-foreign-nationals/

    “A former employee of Pakistan embassy in Bangkok has accused the staff of being involved in issuing passports to foreign nationals and resorting to harassment.

    Ayazuddin, who worked as a network engineer at the embassy responsible for issuing machine readable passports, said that he was harassed and forcefully repatriated to Pakistan on fake charges after he attempted to cease the illegal practice.

    Ayazuddin unearthed the malpractice by writing to the Director General Passports in a letter, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune…”

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