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  1. State Department Spending $592,500 to ‘Explore Gender Identities of Boys and Men in Kenya’

    Taxpayer-funded study blames terrorism on ‘ideals of masculinity’

    The State Department announced a new $600,000 taxpayer-funded study that suggests “ideals of masculinity” in Kenya are contributing to terrorism.

    The department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism is seeking a nonprofit group to “explore gender identities of boys and men in Kenya.” The grant proposal states that men being “tough, heterosexual, aggressive, unemotional, and achieving” can make them vulnerable to joining Islamic extremist groups.

    “Gender is increasingly recognized as an essential aspect to understanding and countering violent extremism throughout the world,” the State Department said. “To date, research and interventions on gender in Kenya have predominantly focused on the role of women and girls in violent extremism. However, men and boys are disproportionately recruited by and join terrorist groups and carry out terrorist operations. In Kenya, there currently exists no CVE [countering violent extremism] programming dedicated to the role of gender of boys and men and vulnerability to violent extremism.”

    To remedy this, the State Department will spend up to $592,500 on the “Masculinity and Violent Extremism” study, which will be awarded to an American nonprofit or nongovernmental organization later this year.

    The study will “determine existing knowledge and gaps on male gender and violent extremism as well as explore gender identities of boys and men in Kenya.”

    The grant proposal blames Kenya’s “patriarchal” society of “tough, heterosexual” men for problems facing the developing country.

    “In Kenya, boys and men are disproportionately recruited by al-Shabaab and more likely to be both operators and victims of terrorist acts,” the State Department said. “Kenyan society, while diverse in its ethnic and cultural composition, is uniformly patriarchal and highly prescriptive of gender expressions and identities.”

    “Kenyan males are expected to head the household as well as provide for, protect, and maintain the family,” the department continued. “Socially, males are expected to be tough, heterosexual, aggressive, unemotional, and achieving. The practical and social pressures to fulfill these expectations can be immense and create vulnerabilities that are exploited by violent extremist groups who appeal to these characteristics and offer the opportunity to fulfil [sic] these roles.”

    The State Department added that the research would involve fathers and community leaders in Kenya in the hopes to “shape existing cultural narratives on masculinity, gender, and violent extremism.”

    “Funds will support male-to-male dialogue and training on issues of gender and encourage stronger social and familial support structures,” the department said.

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/state-department-spending-592500-explore-gender-identities-boys-men-kenya/

    • “The grant proposal states that men being “tough, heterosexual, aggressive, unemotional, and achieving” can make them vulnerable to joining Islamic extremist groups.”

      For $1 I can propose that men being “weak, heterophobic, passive, emotional, and underachieving” will make them vulnerable to joining feminist extremist groups.”

      And for another dollar propose that the first grant proposal was wrong. That men being “macho, hyper-heterosexual, resentful, morribund, and envious” will make them vulnerable to joining Islamic extremist groups.”

  2. GEORGE TOWN: A 30-year-old man who slapped an Indonesian worker for not wearing a headscarf last month was arrested by police last night.

    The man, who was described as mentally unsound, was arrested by officers from the Central Seberang Perai district in Taman Perwira, Bukit Tengah, at 10.30pm.

    District police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the man had admitted to having “shoved the head” of the foreign worker for not wearing a headscarf.
    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/01/22/man-arrested-for-slapping-worker-over-headscarf/

  3. Muslim leaders: Execute LGBTs

    Muslim leaders unashamedly explain how to execute LGBT individuals.

    The American Center for Democracy (ACD) published a video exposing Muslim religious leaders’ stance on the LGBT community.

    In an article on ACD’s website, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote, “Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau touts himself as a leader who grants equality and rights for the LGBTQ community. At the same time, he also embraces and promotes the growing Islamist movement in Canada, which views homosexuality as a crime punishable by lashing and even death.”

    She also noted that “the Islamists make no secret of their views. They promote them in mosques, public lectures, articles and books often distributed free in bookstores and on city street corners.”

    Muslim books sold in Canadian bookstores detail how to execute LGBT individuals, including throwing them from roofs, stoning them, and burning them to death, Dr. Ehrenfeld continued.

    The Islamic State (ISIS) is a recent example. In that Islamist regime, LGBT individuals are executed by pushing them off a high place and then stoning them when they hit the ground

    https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/241005
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    LGBTQ The Canadian Islamic perspective

  4. CBC – Is Donald Trump a threat to democracy?

    Is Donald Trump a threat to democracy? It’s a big question as Trump’s presidency passes the one-year mark. Conservative commentator and editor of the Atlantic magazine tells Rosemary Barton that Trump’s legacy may be his threat to democracy.

    ( 9 min 37 )

    • Turkey: ‘No way to step back’ – Erdogan on Operation Olive Branch

      President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that Turkey “will not take a step back” from the military operation in the Kurdish-dominated Afrin in northern Syria, speaking at a conference in Ankara on Monday.

      Erdogan also claimed that Turkey has the support of Russia at the UN Security Council.

    • Germany: Unable to assess Turkish operation in Syria’s Afrin – FM spokesperson

      German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr stated that Germany is unable to assess Turkey’s unfolding military offensive against Kurdish regions in Syria as their “image of the situation is not complete,” speaking during a Federal Press Conference in Berlin on Monday.

      Adebahr warned that a military confrontation will bring unpredictable risks, adding that the Syrian people have suffered enough and the promotion of a political process is needed.

      The Foreign Ministry spokesperson noted that the alleged death penalty handed to a German woman in Iraq has not yet been officially confirmed, but underlined that the German government is observing the situation in Baghdad closely.

  5. House Republicans are demanding that a second independent special counsel be convened to probe the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server.

    The demands come after new revelations that the agency failed to preserve five months worth of text messages between two FBI agents who have been accused of pro-Clinton and anti-Donald Trump bias during the 2016 presidential race.

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/370097-republicans-demand-new-special-counsel-over-lost-fbi-text-messages

  6. This is a short essay about the situation in Sweden. The essay isn’t anything that Vlad’s readers don’t already know. It is the comments on the author’s Twitter page that are really amazing.
    I happened onto the essay from a Twitter feed of Kurt Schleiter. I don’t know how to direct you there but if you feed the author’s name into Twitter you may come up with it.
    The jist of it is the HUGE push back for what is said in the article. Paraphrasing; I have lived in Sweden for many years and haven’t seen anything the author claims. The author’s statistics are “cherry picked” and my favorite, “the increase in violence is due to domestic violence” (if you mean beating your wife, FGM or honor killings you may have a point), there is no surge in violence in the public realm. These people are really out of their minds… Can you imagine 37 hand grenade attacks in the US or Canada and NOT have the citizens rise up and demand order?
    I know this is redundant to readers here but… how about the violence at the Stockholm central train station that caused a high ranking police officer to say he wouldn’t let the females of his family enter that train station with out an escort?
    Most of you read that.
    The apologists on Twitter want you to think the violence is only in “immigrant” ,read, Muslim communities…
    So, here’s the link to the article. As I said try to move over to the Twitter feed.
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/teens-roam-streets-with-rifles-as-crime-swamps-sweden-q83g055k9

  7. A school pulled an American Indian professor who discriminated against a white student from the classroom, according to a Monday report.

    San Diego State University suspended American Indian lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge from teaching three American Indian writing rhetoric sections after he threatened to lower white student Crystal Sudano’s grade when she expressed support for the school’s Aztec mascot, reported The College Fix.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/22/american-indian-prof-discriminates/

  8. COMMENTS
    Chelsea Manning has been spotted partying with right wingers and is now facing backlash for “hanging out with Nazis.”

    The left always eats its own.

    US Senate candidate and antifa darling Manning has caused controversy by attending a pro-Trump gala where right-wing media personalities such as Gavin McInnes were present. Mike Cernovich hosted the event as a celebration of Trump’s first year in office.

    Manning tweeted on January 20 that she had “crashed the fascist/white supremacist hate brigade party” but, contrary to her tweet, was actually spotted by eyewitnesses socializing and fraternizing with the enemy.

    https://www.dangerous.com/40526/chelsea-manning-hot-seat-attending-pro-trump-rally/

  9. CBC – Quebec City Muslims alarmed by increasingly public displays of racism one year after mosque shooting

    But community remains resilient as it seeks to foster greater understanding

    […]The social harmony promised by Quebec’s leaders after the shooting has failed to materialize.

    In its place are acrimonious political debates over identity and religious accommodation, a surge in activity of far-right groups and a spike in the number of reported hate crimes.

    “Everything that touches Muslims has become explosive. And we are fed up. I am fed up,” said Raffa.

    “I am completely overwhelmed that this tragedy has led to the rise of racist rhetoric in the public sphere, to the complete indifference of Quebec’s elite.”

    A climate of fear

    […]The insecurity felt by many of Quebec City’s roughly 10,000 Muslims is made worse by the growing number of far-right groups active in the area.

    La Meute — whose members circulate Islamophobic comments online — has held three demonstrations in Quebec City since the shooting, each attracting several hundred people.

    […]Sophia LaaBabsi, who owns a daycare in the suburb of Beauport, said her parents urge her to remain inconspicuous in public. They don’t want her answering her cell phone in Arabic.

    “Right now, we have to be careful. It’s the worst feeling I’ve ever [felt].”

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-city-mosque-shooting-public-racism-1.4495692

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    CBC -Events marking Quebec City mosque shooting anniversary to recall acts of solidarity

    ‘It’s a moment that’s important for the whole population,’ organizer says

    […]Boufeldja Benabdallah, the vice-president of the Islamic Cultural Centre, said the activities will be an occasion to “remember the families, to remember the grief, to remember the joy brought by those who came to express empathy.”

    “It’s also to reinforce our solidarity, to ask, ‘What will we do tomorrow?’ Because this hate is eating away at our society.”

    Four days of commemorative events

    The events begin Friday, with a discussion about Islam at the Palais Montcalm. There will also be an opportunity for the families to gather in an intimate setting, closed to the public, at the mosque and pray together that evening.

    […]On Sunday, a spiritual gathering organized by First Nations groups and several religious groups will be held at the Archdiocese of Quebec.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mosque-shooting-anniversary-events-quebec-city-1.4498193

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    National Post – Four days of events planned to commemorate first anniversary of mosque shooting

    QUEBEC — The first anniversary of the tragic Quebec City mosque shooting will be commemorated by a series of events over four days.

    It was on Jan. 29, 2017, that a shooter entered the mosque during prayers, killing six and injuring five others.

    On Friday, a prayer service will be held at the mosque and will be open only to the Muslim community.

    There will be an open house at the place of worship on Saturday where widows and victims will speak publicly.

    On Sunday, a spiritual rally will bring together members of the Muslim, Jewish and First Nations communities.

    The population is invited to bring flowers and candles to a vigil on Monday, the anniversary of the shooting.

    http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/four-days-of-events-planned-to-commemorate-first-anniversary-of-mosque-shooting

  10. Huge brawl involving 180 people breaks out at German airport after Turkish passengers see Kurdish protest about Turkey’s actions in Syria
    The protesters reportedly came under attack from Turkish Airlines passengers
    It was reported police at Hannover airport used pepper spray to restore order
    Turkey launched a military offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia at weekend
    It considers YPG, which is backed by the U.S in battled against ISIS, as terrorists

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5298859/Huge-brawl-Kurds-Turks-Hannover-airport.html

  11. CNN – FBI: Nunes won’t reveal FISA memo alleging surveillance abuse

    Top House Republicans are considering publicly releasing some of the underlying intelligence behind a memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes that alleges FBI abuses of surveillance laws.

    Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, met with Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy while the House was in session during the shutdown this weekend to discuss the prospect of releasing some of the intelligence to support the findings of the classified memo, which was prepared by Nunes and Republican committee staff, multiple Republican lawmakers told CNN.

    Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation, confirmed that the three chairmen were meeting about moving the process forward under House rules.

    Republicans on and off the House Intelligence Committee are pushing for the release of Nunes’ four-page memo alleging abuses of the surveillance law known as FISA related to the opposition research dossier on Donald Trump and Russia. The committee could use an obscure rule to bypass the normal declassification process, with a vote that would put the decision to make the memo public in the President’s hands.

  12. FOX NEWS More than 50,000 texts exchanged between FBI officials Strzok and Page, Sessions says

    More than 50,000 texts were exchanged between two FBI officials who have come under fire for exchanging anti-Trump messages during the 2016 election, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Monday.

    The figure surfaced as lawmakers have been pressing for answers after revelations that the FBI “failed to preserve” five months of texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

    “We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Sessions said in a statement provided to Fox News. “If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.”

    The missing messages from Strzok and Page span a crucial window, between the presidential transition and the launch of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — where both officials previously were assigned.

    “After reviewing the voluminous records on the FBI’s servers, which included over 50,000 texts, the Inspector General discovered the FBI’s system failed to retain text messages for approximately 5 months between December 14, 2017 to May 17, 2017,” Sessions said.

    That number does not include the five months’ worth of texts that are missing.

    Sessions said the Justice Department informed the congressional committees of the missing text messages on Friday.

    “I have spoken to the Inspector General and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way,” Sessions said. “If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

    Earlier Monday, lawmakers pressed the Justice Department to determine how the messages were lost.

    “We need to get to the bottom of it and find out what exactly happened,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Monday on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime.”

    The Justice Department acknowledged the lapse in records in turning over 384 pages of new text messages between Strzok and Page, who were romantically involved, to congressional committees.

    The DOJ blamed a technical glitch for the gap.

    “The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page from December 14, 2016 to approximately May 17, 2017,” Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd wrote to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

    “The FBI has informed [the Department of Justice] that many FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”

    When asked Monday whether the FBI “failed to preserve” text message records on similar “Samsung 5” devices belonging to any other FBI officials during that time period, the FBI told Fox News they had “no comment.”

    A Justice Department spokesperson told Fox News that the Department’s Office of Inspector General also does not have any text messages between the two during that time period.

    An OIG spokesperson declined to comment.

    “The claim that five months of critical evidence went missing due to a technical glitch is really hard to take at face value,” a source from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence told Fox News on Monday, leaving the door open for that committee to also launch a formal inquiry with the FBI.

    During the window of missing text messages, a lot happened.

    President Trump took the oath of office; National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whom Strzok interviewed, was fired; the controversial anti-Trump dossier was published; the president fired FBI Director James Comey; and special counsel Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.

    “The loss of records from this period is concerning because it is apparent from other records that Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page communicated frequently about the investigation,” Johnson wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray over the weekend, requesting more information and questioning whether the FBI had done a thorough search on non-FBI devices belonging to Strzok and Page during that period.

    A source on one committee in receipt of the new text messages told Fox News it was “outrageous” that the FBI had not previously indicated the five-month gap in messages existed. The source said it was incumbent on the FBI to prove that the missing texts do not constitute “obstruction” of congressional oversight or “destruction of evidence.”

    Last month, the Justice Department released hundreds of text messages that Strzok and Page had traded. Both served for a short period of time on Mueller’s team, with Page leaving over the summer and Strzok being reassigned late last year to the FBI’s human resources division after the discovery of the exchanges with Page.

    Many of the texts revealed a clear anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias, and included discussions of the Clinton email investigation.

    Rep. Jordan said Monday that the lapse in documents is reminiscent of the mysterious disappearance of emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner during the Obama-era IRS/Tea Party targeting scandal.

    Lerner’s emails disappeared during congressional investigations.

    “The Lerner thing was huge,” Jordan told The Daily Caller. “My gut tells me this is probably bigger.”

    And Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said the need for a second special counsel was “abundantly clear now.”

    “Unreal. We’ve been asking for the remaining text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents (and former Mueller team members), Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The FBI now says the texts are ‘missing,’” Meadows tweeted on Sunday. “If it wasn’t already clear we need a second special counsel, it’s abundantly clear now.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/22/more-than-50000-texts-exchanged-between-fbi-officials-strzok-and-page-sessions-says.html

  13. Christian Kurds Bombed by Turkey: ‘Many Lives are in Mortal Danger… Please Help Us’

    Christian churches were among the Kurds begging for international assistance to stop Turkey’s assault on a northern Syrian city to clear it of Kurdish forces that have been fighting ISIS.

    Turkish forces began bombing the city of Afrin from the air on Saturday and sent in ground troops on Sunday. President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said Sunday that “Operation Olive Branch” against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) “will be resolved” and “there will be no step back” as he claims the Kurds are terrorists.

    “We have discussed it with the Russians and we have an agreement with them,” Erdo?an said in Ankara.

    “The U.S. is urging that the operation should not last too long and should be conducted within a certain time frame. I ask the U.S.: Does your operation in Afghanistan, which you launched more than 10 years ago, have a certain time frame? When will it be completed? You are also still in Iraq, aren’t you? Do these kind of operations have a certain time frame?” he added.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/christian-kurds-bombed-turkey-many-lives-mortal-danger-please-help-us/?utm_source=PJMCoffeeBreak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=January2018

  14. ‘Deplorable’ Professor Fights Back Against Campus Totalitarians
    An interview with the “Anti-PC NYU Prof.”
    January 22, 2018
    Mark Tapson

    “In the fall of 2016,” New York University professor Michael Rectenwald recently told The Daily Caller, “I was noting an increase of this social justice ideology on campuses, and it started to really alarm me. I saw it coming home to roost here at NYU, with the creation of the bias reporting hotline, and with the cancellation of the Milo Yiannopoulos talk because someone might walk past it and hear something which might ‘trigger’ them.”

    Rectenwald, himself a leftist, created an initially anonymous Twitter account, @antipcnyuprof, to speak out against that ideology and the “absolutely anti-education and anti-intellectual” classroom indoctrination he was witnessing, as well as the collectivist surveillance state that the campus was becoming, as students were urged to report each other for the sin of committing microaggressions.

    In October of that year, he outed himself as the man behind the controversial Twitter account, and “all hell broke loose.” He swiftly found himself the target of shunning and harassment from his colleagues and the NYU administration. In true Cultural Revolution fashion, several colleagues in his department in the Liberal Studies Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group published an open letter declaring him guilty of incorrect thinking. “The thing that is interesting here is that they were saying that because I don’t think like them, I am sick and mentally ill,” Rectenwald said to the Daily Caller.

  15. When Racist Illegals Murder Americans
    “Black lives don’t matter,” shouts Mexican cop-killer Luis Bracamontes.
    January 22, 2018
    Lloyd Billingsley

    In October 2014 in Sacramento, Mexican national Luis Bracamontes, a repeat deportee and career criminal, gunned down police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis. The case reveals the failure of California’s ruling Democrats to recognize the violent racism of false-documented illegals.

    After shooting Danny Oliver in the head with a 9mm handgun, Bracamontes attempted to commandeer the car of Anthony Holmes. When the African American Holmes refused, Bracamontes shot him five times. Holmes survived but Bracamontes also brandished the AR-15 rifle he used to kill Michael Davis, and he wounded another officer before being captured.

    The murder of two police officers is a serious matter but the violent attack prompted no statement from California governor Jerry Brown or attorney general Kamala Harris. Both failed to lament the “gun violence” on display in the case.

    In the early going Bracamontes admitted killing the cops but in his current trial in Sacramento he took it to a new level. “I wish I had killed more of the motherfuckers,” he boasted, adding, that he would “break out soon and I will kill more,” so “there’s no need for a fucking trial.”

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269088/when-racist-illegals-murder-americans-lloyd-billingsley

  16. Fake News But Accurate: Dan Rather to Get YouTube Troll Show
    January 22, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    How the mighty have fallen.

    But it’s only fitting that the mainstream media personality whose oeuvre helped birth, “Fake, but accurate” should continue his comeback. And what a miserable comeback it is. Even Keith Olbermann got to do his YouTube rants for GQ, until something better came along, while Dan Rather has to settle for the Young Turks.

    Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather confirmed Sunday that he will be hosting a news program with the progressive online outlet The Young Turks Network (TYT).

    Rather told CNN that, beginning Monday, he will be hosting “The News with Dan Rather,” a 30-minute program being sold as an “untraditional evening newscast” by the network.

    The show will be available online weekly at 5:30 p.m., according to CNN.

    I hope Rather does it while wearing a trench coat he picked up in a flea market. And bringing along his time traveling computer which can compose Vietnam War documents in Microsoft Word.

  17. Google CEO Regrets That Firing Conservative Engineer for His Views Looked Political
    January 22, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    t’s always unfortunate when a blatantly political act appears political to the people you’re persecuting. If they saw the big picture, they’d realize that there’s nothing political about outlawing their views.

    In response to the recent James Damore lawsuit, a Google engineer fired by the left-wing company because of pressure by activists within the company, the CEO is defending his discriminatory act.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/269091/google-ceo-regrets-firing-conservative-engineer-daniel-greenfield

  18. Erdogan to US: Get out of the way so we can kill Kurds
    Turkey under Erdogan has long ceased to behave like a NATO ally.
    January 22, 2018
    Kenneth R. Timmerma

    Over the weekend, the killing began in earnest.

    Turkey used its U.S.-supplied fighter jets to bomb more than one hundred targets in the predominantly Kurdish province of Afrin in Northern Syria on Saturday, killing civilians and YPG fighters alike.

    On Sunday, Turkish ground troops crossed the border, invading Syria.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made his intentions abundantly clear, vowing repeatedly to crush the Kurdish-led democratic government in Afrin, on Turkey’s southern border.

    But it was Erdogan’s threats last week to U.S. troops serving as advisors to Kurdish fighters in northern Syria that were the real show stopper.

    “This is what we have to say to all our allies: don’t get in between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

    “Either you take off your flags on those terrorist organizations, or we will have to hand those flags over to you, Don’t force us to bury in the ground those who are with terrorists,” he said.

    In other words, Get out of the way, or you die.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269093/erdogan-us-get-out-way-so-we-can-kill-kurds-kenneth-r-timmerman

    • Entertaining style, Burak Bekdil tells it like it is:
      Turkey, the Arab World Is Just Not That into You

      • Sunni Arabs do not wish to revisit their Ottoman colonial past. Still, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists.

      • A poll by Zogby found that 67% of Egyptians, 65% of Saudis, 59% of UAE citizens, and 70% of Iraqis had an unfavorable opinion of Turkey.

      • For the Sunni Saudis, the Turks were allies only if they could be of use in fighting Shiite Iran or its proxies, such as the Iraqi government or the Syrian regime. Meanwhile, as Turkey, together with Qatar, kept on championing and giving logistical support to Hamas, an Iranian satellite, Saudi Arabia and Egypt distanced themselves from the Palestinian cause and consequently from Turkey.

      https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11730/turkey-arab-world

  19. The People’s Cube: Blocked By the Department of Defense
    It’s now the Cube vs. the Pentagon.
    January 22, 2018
    Oleg Atbashian

    Our reader, who is a U.S. Army officer, has sent us the screenshot below showing that The People’s Cube has been blocked by the DoD Enterprise-Level Protection System due to “hate and racism” – a blatantly false label applied by someone on the government payroll, whose salary comes out of our taxes.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269086/peoples-cube-blocked-department-defense-oleg-atbashian

  20. DACA: Trump and Congress Must Look Before They Leap
    800,000 DACA aliens just became 3.6 million.
    January 22, 2018
    Michael Cutler

    There is a bit of sage advice that warns, “Look before you leap.”

    Motorists are also warned to not attempt to drive through a flooded street because it may be impossible to know the depth of the water.

    Those warnings certainly apply to any politician, President Trump included, who may be inclined to reach a compromise on DACA.

    It has been estimated by the DHS that about 800,000 illegal aliens have enrolled in DACA. The media and advocates for legalizing these aliens repeatedly describe them as having been brought here as children who, supposedly, had no control over their situation.

    Most folks are not aware that in order to qualify, these aliens had to claim that they entered the United States prior to their 16th birthdays but could have applied to participate in this program if they did so prior to their 31st birthday. Today those aliens may be as old as 36 years of age.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269095/daca-trump-and-congress-must-look-they-leap-michael-cutler

  21. Greece: Police clash with protesters after antifa-occupied building torched

    Clashes occurred between police and left-wing protesters in Thessaloniki on Monday, after a demonstration in defence of free social spaces.

      • It will look worse when China collapses and the road bed isn’t maintained. People who have never been around railroads don’t understand the amount of maintenance they require.

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