Reader’s links: January 28, 2018

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  1. “Alan Dershowitz Blasts Obama/Farrakhan Picture — ‘I Would Not Have Campaigned for Barack Obama’ (VIDEO)” True Pundit – January 27, 2018

    Let me get this straight, Alan Dershowitz would not have campaigned for Barack Obama because of a Farrakhan photo? These pics were available in 2008.

    So I’m guessing that Dershowitz did not have a problem with, “God Damn America” Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

  2. There’s too much fuss in Canada : /
    “”Sumi Speaks” is a visual poetry book written by a young Canadian Muslim woman where she expresses her journey through poetry and photography in an era of stigma, self-hate, islamophobia, consumerism, 3rd wave feminism, and naturalism.”

    And a poem:

    “I am the modern Muslim woman
    don’t tie me up and try to drag me back in time

    and don’t try to throw me foward in your progressive colonialist mind

    Rebellious to both sides
    because I float in my own skies

    Don’t allow myself to be “placed”
    Won’t allow you to question my brains

    I will hold on to my beliefs
    even if you burn me at the stake

    Sumaiya Tufail”

    • “I am the modern Muslim woman
      don’t tie me up and try to drag me back in time”

      Muhammad – slave to six year olds – soul of this Mammon

      “and don’t try to throw me foward in your progressive colonialist mind”

      The mobile phone and internet call their homing Salmon

      “Rebellious to both sides
      because I float in my own skies

      All returning to the Black Stone: The Vagina Acumen.

      Don’t allow myself to be “placed”
      Won’t allow you to question my brains

      Pilgrim to The Priestess, for a lifetime come.

      I will hold on to my beliefs
      even if you burn me at the stake

      As each and every Musselman is gelded by their Mum.

      Sumaiya Tufail”

      Titled: What has been going on under every veiled woman for centuries.

    • Until Muslimas repudiate doctrinal Islam itself, all of their sound and fury will signify nothing (to paraphrase Old Bill).

      Misogyny is so baked into Islamic canon to where any thought that such blatant discrimination can magically be deleted without significant alteration to the entire ideology is pure rocking horse manure.

      Sumaiya Tufail’s, like most theories, look great on paper. In reality, not so much.

      As the old saying goes:

      In theory, practice and theory are alike.
      In practice, they aren’t.

  3. Turkey ‘using ILLEGAL NAPALM’ against ‘CIVILIANS’ in Syria as fighting intensifies (express, Jan 28, 2018)

    “TURKEY has been accused of breaking international law by using napalm on civilian populations in Syria as the fighting continues to rage in the region between Turkish forces and the US-backed Kurdish militia Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG).

    Last weekend Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province after Turkey launched artillery and air strikes against the YPG – which Ankara considers a terror group.

    Syrian-Kurdish politician Îlham Ehmed, who is co-chairperson of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) – a secular, non-Islamist opposition in Syria – accused Turkey of using the “forbidden” weapon against civilians.

    Writing on Twitter, she said: “The Turkish army uses the forbidden weapon napalm in Afrin against civilians.”

    International law does not specifically prohibit the use of napalm against military targets, but its use against civilian populations is banned, according to the United Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

    The violent clashes continue with heavy artillery and aerial shelling on areas controlled by Kurdish forces in the western and southern countryside of Afrin.

    Turkish forces shelled areas in the Rajo district, the northern countryside of Afrin and Kafri Kar…”

    • Did Turkey sign the protocol that outlawed Napalm? If they didn’t they aren’t bound by that restriction.

      The Soviets introduced a lot of protocols outlawing weapons and tactics and then after most of the European nations signed them refused to. This is one of the reasons the Geneva Convention is a dying treaty, it is ignored by or wasn’t signed by the nations we end up fighting and our left doesn’t bother reading the treaty to know what is legal and what is illegal. When the “International Laws of War” stop the west from defending themselves it will end up being tossed in the trash can.

      Napalm and Land Mines are both weapons that we in the west will need in the coming decades but are outlawed by the Geneva Convention. To the best of my knowledge the US hasn’t signed either protocol.

  4. Madrasa reforms being implemented at a snail’s pace (tribune, Jan 28, 2018)

    “The deadline for implementing madrasa reforms as proposed under the country’s counter terrorism policy – the National Action Plan (NAP) – is approaching, but the federal government has yet to make any significant progress in the context.

    According to a report submitted before the Senate, most of the funds allocated for the reforms in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) have not yet been spent.

    Mainstreaming of the religious seminaries was part of the 20-point NAP, formulated in the wake of the deadly attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS) in December 2014.

    Replying in writing to a question of Senator Ahmed Hassan, Minister for Education Balighur Rehman said the other day that the project titled ‘Mainstreaming of Madrasas’ was for introducing primary education in seminaries in the above areas.

    The project aimed at introducing primary education alongside the curricula of madrasas to bring about ‘qualitative improvement’ in students of seminaries through the provision of quality education in accordance with the National Education Standards finalised by the Ministry of Education.

    The project also aimed at encouraging seminaries to introduce the subjects of science, mathematics, social studies and English in the seminaries’ curricula for grade one to five as primary targets.

    However, the statistics that he gave tell about the exact percentage of performance for the plan for which his ministry and the ministry of religious affairs have been working for the last three years.

    According to the reply, implementation of the reforms in the ICT has been the highest at 40%, followed by 25% in Fata, 15% in G-B and 20% in AJK. Interestingly, the Planning Commission approved the project in 2014 but the government allocated Rs50 million for it for the first time in the ongoing year. `

    The time period of the project is three years from July 2015 to June 2018 but the pace of progress shows the government is racing against time. Of the Rs50 million allocated, only Rs7 million has been released and spent to date…”

  5. Pew Research Center report: The flow of remittances in and out of Pakistan (tribune, Jan 28, 2018)

    “Remittances play a crucial role in Pakistan’s economy, providing a much-needed inflow of dollars to boost foreign exchange reserves.

    But have you ever wondered Pakistan’s top sources of remittances?

    At $19.3 billion, Pakistan ranks fifth in the world that receives the most remittances every year. India is the largest remittance-receiving country, at an estimated $72 billion, followed by China ($64 billion), the Philippines ($30 billion) and Mexico ($26 billion), according to the World Bank report 2015.

    This tells you the importance of immigration and inter-country movements to these countries.

    Globally, an estimated $574 billion was remitted by migrants to home countries in 2016, down 1% from 2015, when the amount was $581 billion, said a Pew Research Center report while quoting World Bank data. This is the second drop in global remittances since the global financial crisis of 2007-08.

    Despite this recent decline, remittances sent by migrants are still about double of what they were a decade ago, before the sharp decline in the global economy during the late 2000s.

    Tracking remittances worldwide is difficult because many countries do not track funds that are sent or received. Moreover, not all funds can be tracked because of the use of illegal channels in money transfer.

    Pakistan receives most of its remittances from the Gulf countries, but, within the region, Saudi Arabia and the UAE stand out.

    According to Pew Research Center, Saudi Arabia was the leading source of remittance for Pakistan with $5.8 billion being remitted in 2016.

    Other leading countries were the UAE ($5.7 billion), the UK ($1.7 billion), the US ($1.33 billion), Kuwait ($1 billion), Canada ($565 million), Singapore ($531 million) Qatar ($483 million), Oman ($403 million), Bahrain ($305 million), Spain ($251 million), Italy ($248 million), Germany ($193 million), Australia ($122 million) and Afghanistan ($119 million), according to the report.

    Globally, the US was the largest remittance source in the world in 2014, at an estimated $56 billion in outward flows, followed by Saudi Arabia ($37 billion), it should not come as surprise for anyone that these countries are also the leading source of remittances for Pakistan. What is perhaps interesting is that Afghanistan features in the top 15 remittance destinations for Pakistan.

    Pakistan is not only a leading country in the world that receives the largest remittances every year, but also a remittance source country in its region. For example, according to Pew Research Center, Bangladesh was the country that received $228 million from Pakistan. Similarly, Afghanistan received $131 million, Myanmar $14 million, Iran more than $1 million, Iraq more than $1 million, and Algeria more than $1 million.

    Pakistan received overall remittances of $19.3 billion in fiscal year ended on June 30, 2017, down 3% compared with $19.91 billion in fiscal year 2015-16. Remittances play a major role in stabilising Pakistan’s external sector, as they make up almost half the import bill and cover the deficit in the trade of goods account. However, in recent times, they have come under pressure due to global economic slowdown on the back of low crude oil prices.”

    • For Western countries, the issue of remittances will become a serious factor. This is an outflow of capital that will never touch American shores again. A sole exception might be additional tourism, but the returns on that will be negligible.

      This entire remittance problem is part and parcel of the H-1B visa program that acts as a magnet for those who (eventually) export a large part of this capital. Along with all that money goes vital American know-how and technology.

      The USA no longer can afford to be this world’s finishing school and high technology training academy. We are dumber than a sackful of hammers to continue this role even as we hemorrhage our intellectual property.

      Basta ya!

      • I made a few extra pennies when I was in school working on an analysis of the remittance issue, specific to Pakistan and Egypt.
        Conclusion: Money sent to the folks at home is essentially burned. They buy taxis and pay for weddings.

        The sending economies suffer from human capital drain. The best teachers, the most qualified medical personnel don’t serve domestic needs, the money is completely wasted.

        I don’t think the patterns are as pronounced in non-Muslim countries, but that’s just a guess. The Muslims have distinctive dowry/wedding customs that distort things.

        Unskilled labor is supplied by contractors, essentially slave labor from East Asia. In the case of China, the government captures most of those monies. North Koreans are “Chinese” for these purposes.

        • Conclusion: Money sent to the folks at home is essentially burned.

          Thank you, dear yucki. This was my same deduction.

          All of this wealth being transshipped overseas does ZERO for the American or other Western economies.

          North Koreans are “Chinese” for these purposes.

          Too flipping right, gel! There is such a degree of inextricable interlinking between Red China and its satellites (like North Korea) to where thinking otherwise is a fool’s errand, at BEST.

        • You have spelled it out in plain english, the money sent overseas is a dead loss for the nation it is sent from. The effect on the nations receiving the money varies from it is helpful to it is vital. The money sent back to Pakistan does nothing for the US but helps the Pakistanis train more terrorists.

          The money sent to Mexico is vital to their economy, which is why the Mexicans are so opposed to the wall and to our cracking down on illegal immigration. Mexico is using the US as a place to dump relocate their surplus population. The illegals then send money home to their families which is spent of various items that keep the Mexican economy working. The fact that the illegals from down south cost the US billions more then they contribute is something Mexico doesn’t care about.

          The “refugees” are the same, they cost the nation more then they contribute.

          For the most part both groups refuse to assimilate into the US culture and spend time trying to force us to assimilate into their cultures.

  6. Separatists clash with government forces in Yemen’s Aden (wapo, Jan 28, 2018)

    “Heavy clashes have erupted between Yemeni government forces and separatists in the southern port city of Aden.

    An Associated Press journalist heard heavy gunfire in the Khor Maksar district Sunday.

    President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s forces, which have been at war with Shiite rebels known as Houthis since March 2015, deployed across the city to prevent protests by southerners who want to bring down his government and separate from the Houthi-dominated north.

    The protests are being led by Aidarous al-Zubaidi, a former Aden governor backed by the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is a key member of the Saudi-led coalition allied with Hadi’s government, but has had tense relations with the president.”

  7. A new campaign has popped up in Germany in an effort to employ the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants by advertising their “soft skills”. Posters are from a company called “Social Bee” that laments:

    […] despite their grand promises, […] 29 DAX companies have just set up four refugees with work by 2016. And although many of them have already proven their abilities.

    The posters speak of their talents and “skills”:

    Zeray from Eritrea: “I’m a team player. I survived with 85 people in a small dinghy. ”

    Naser from Afghanistan: “I am resilient. We did not get any further along the border with Turkey. We had nothing to eat for three days. ”

    Bangalie from Sierra Leone: “I’m goal-oriented. On the run, I was on foot for three months. ”

    Qutayba from Syria: “I am stress-resistant. On the run I was arrested and interrogated for several days. ”

    Website also in English:

    • The “soft skills” of these “immigrants” are equal in worth to 0bama’s “soft power”.

      Both will obtain the same results with similar consequences in terms of causing more problems than they shall ever solve.

      In a high technology culture that relies upon machines to achieve greater productivity, physical endurance, an ability to evade security or official notice, and crowding 85 people into a small dinghy without cannibalizing each other (however dubiously admirable) really doesn’t count for much.

      Rapid assimilation, respect for established cultural norms, keeping your filthy mitts off of the wimmenfolk and children, and getting off of the farcking dole in double time are about all that count. Oh, and learning the fecking language would be a big help, too.

      When the above attributes become commonly held priorities among these predators new arrivials, please let me know.

        • That they would list such dubious accomplishments as qualifications for anything other than pity-dole says it all.

          Again, too right, yucki…

          It’s like putting on your resume (under “Job Skills“): “I successfully stabbed my cousin’s @ss when he came after me for the dime bags of crack that he fronted me.”

  8. In the study, carried out by the Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), responses from over 5,000 immigrants and people with a migrant background across Germany were collected.

    Of those who described their appearance as “typically German,” around 17 percent stated they felt disadvantaged because of their roots. By contrast, 48 percent of participants with a visible immigration background (e.g. those who have dark skin or wear a headscarf) reported having experienced discrimination.

    According to these respondents, discrimination can come in many forms: violence, unfairness with regard to the search for jobs and housing, offensive statements as well as statements that may not necessarily be considered negative by the person saying it – including the often-asked question, “where are you actually from?”

    As a foreigner myself in Germany, a Canadian whose parents are from the Philippines, I can relate to the respondents in the study.

    Since I moved to Deutschland in 2012, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked where I’m from. One thing’s for sure though: now when it happens, I never cease to be annoyed.

    • I cannot believe what I just read. So now showing interest in someone and starting a conversation is unacceptable and annoying?

      Everyone should write her to answer her question: Is it time we stop asking where are you from in Germany?

      Shelley Pascual

      • So here’s my email to her:

        Dear Ms. Pascual,

        I have stumbled across your article with above mentioned title and wanted to share a few thoughts with you in attempting to answer your question.

        Being an expat from the U.S.A and living in Germany for over 28 years, you can imagine that I have heard this question quite a number of times. This question comes from other expats- as well as Germans- who are interested in who I am and where I come from – you know, the basics of introduction conversation. I have never found it insulting, annoying or a reproach of my heritage.

        It is shocking to me that you and others you mentioned in your article misconstrue introduction conversation and the showing of interest in your person with an insult. The fact that you decided to write an article about it, with such an inflammatory title, doesn’t lead me to believe that you are actually trying to do anything more than virtue signal and cause more division. Your attempt to demonise Germans (or anyone) who is simply making conversation is despicable. The fact that you are insulted and annoyed has more to do with your psychological condition than with society at large.

        So, to answer your question: NO. We should NOT muzzle society with any more politically correct/identity conform “right/correct” speak. You do not speak for every expat, foreigner, naturalised citizen or child born of mixed racial background in Germany(or anywhere else for that matter). I do not want my children to grow up in a Orwellian dystopia where everyone is told what to say.

        I will close with a word of advice: Self-acceptance will de-claw
        others´ ability to offend you.

        With kind regards,

      • Too right, Miss Piggy!

        My mother is not from America. Due to my own mixed heritage, I rarely hesitate to ask someone with a foreign accent where they are from. As a pseudo-penance for such an intrusive question, I then rattle off several facts or issues which confront that particular country or region as part of creating a productive dialogue.

        For instance, just the other day while in conversation, a woman’s accent intrigued me and it turned out that she was from Portugal. I then mentioned how tiny Portugal translated into its own native tongue more books each year then the entire mass of Islamic countries.

        Needless to say (then why say it?), she was astonished to realize the cultural depth of her home country compared to one of this world’s supposedly major ideological powers.

        I wonder if Shelley Pascual has a slight awareness that her physical appearance (as a Filipina) is relatively exotic in Germany. I will freely admit that it deeply saddens me how some 90% of indigenous Germans are (likely) totally clueless when it comes to understanding how the Philippines represents a major “canary in the coal mine” for Eastern Asia.

        As that region’s largest Christian population, Europe should be demonstrating profound concern about the ongoing assault by Muslims in the Philippine’s southern provinces. Speaking as someone who has visited there twice and traveled throughout the main island (Luzon), it enrages me that so few Westerners realize exactly what’s at stake for this relatively vulnerable nation.

        Of course, none of this would be likely to come out if—during my various trips to Germany—I had been so unforgivably rude as to have asked Shelley Pascual what sort of accent she had.

        In reality, just from visually assessing her physical appearance and linguistics, I might well have been able to straight-out guess her heritage. As in, I’ve had more than one Filipina girlfriend. Yet, clearly, all of this is an unforgivable affront to this whiner.

        To close, I can only speculate as to how well-informed Ms. Pascual is about the way that many OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) are located in Arabic countries where many are cheated out of their earnings, physically assaulted, and (for women) too often sexually enslaved.

        Were this woman (and her German interlocutors) aware of these facts, maybe she might be slightly more forgiving of their curiosity. Again, I can only wager that both parties involved are sadly ignorant.

        PS: My reason for making this sweeping assertion is that, too often, I end up being more aware of Philippine culture, art, and history than many of the native-born Filipinos that I meet here in America (home to the world’s largest ex-pat Philippine population).

    • Thanks for the link X.
      I don’t see much we can do about this. Everyone that has looked into DACA knows it’s a huge fraud and the stats on who these people actually are is alarming. 40% of them do not speak basic English and only 4-6% have a college degree. The vast majority (80%) live in a household that takes some kind of dole. And yet, we have been pounded with a fantasy narrative about how we need these people in our work force.
      NO WE DON’T
      The entire discussion is toxic and pointing out the fraud and the low skilled nature of these people is taboo. (Sounds like we suffer from the same malady as Europe just a different set of invaders)
      IMO best case scenario is Trump trades a wall, the end of the diversity lottery and a curtailment of chain migration for a re vetted DACA population. It was not lost on me that the last 2 NYC terrorists were here due to chain migration. One of them was a nephew that got in on a chain to a diversity lottery winner!
      This is so out of control that it makes me heart sick but, this is the hill the Dems want to die on.

      • <em(Sounds like we suffer from the same malady as Europe just a different set of invaders)

        Same propaganda different invaders but the goal of the propagandists is the same, the destruction of Western Civilization so they can take over. The neofeudal socialist society they want to create will have the left on the top living the good life while the rest of us are uneducated, living in poverty and have no chance of getting out of the lifestyle the left has delegated us to. Look at Venezuela for what that would be like.

        • Exactly Richard. The left are clever opportunists. They only know they want destruction of borders and countries. Whatever battering ram is handy will do.

          • Whatever battering ram is handy will do.

            Which brings us to, perhaps, the greatest lunacy of all. Far too many Western (i.e., modern) Liberals seem to think that after opening civilization’s gates to the barbarians, once the traditional elements are overwhelmed, there will arrive the magical instant when these selfsame Liberals will deftly snatch the reins of power from the grasp of these marauding hordes and thereby assume the throne.

            The delusional aspect of this expectation transcends all logic and ratiocination. These treacherous Liberals will be trusted by no one and (as Yuri Bezmenov notes) be among the first who will be marched to the walls—by any side involved. (Video to follow—see: time point – 03:36.)

            This calculated deconstruction of Western Civilization (see, Merkel, 0bama, et al) is one of the most enormous crimes against humanity in all world history.

            Not even those astronomic death tolls of Hitler, Stalin or Mao will approach the massive loss-of-life which shall ensue once these ravening Muslim and Third World swarms are completely unleashed—by their ostensible Liberal masters—upon the (relatively) unsuspecting West.

            Having these Liberal termites cannibalized by their barbarian legions will be cryogenically cold consolation.

            • Not even those astronomic death tolls of Hitler, Stalin or Mao will approach the massive loss-of-life which shall ensue once these ravening Muslim and Third World swarms are completely unleashed—by their ostensible Liberal masters—upon the (relatively) unsuspecting West.

              The total number of dead is going to make the worst of the old plagues look small. The war is going to be long and nasty with a few brief pauses for everyone to catch their breath and rearm. At some point in the next 20 years all sides in this war will be doing things that are now considered crimes against humanity.

  9. For more than seven decades, Edith Fox kept her Holocaust story inside.

    She sometimes told friends she wanted the words “Holocaust Survivor” on her tombstone. But she didn’t want to talk about what she had endured. It was simply too painful.

    After surviving four years in Auschwitz as a teen, Fox waited two years before emigrating to the United States. She ended up in Buffalo, where she met her husband, Joseph. They raised three children here.

    Fox now lives in Tucson, Ariz. In recent months, her health began to fail and she decided – at age 90 – she didn’t want her story to die with her. She was concerned people were forgetting about the Holocaust, and was horrified to hear that some deny it ever took place. She wanted to do her part to make sure people never forget.

    Today, as the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we present Fox’s story in her own words. It was told to Nina Trasoff, Fox’s “friendly visitor” through a Jewish Family and Children’s Services program in Tucson designed to keep Holocaust survivors active, and to family friend Sharon Price.

  10. RCMP Intercepted 20,593 Asylum Seekers In 2017
    The RCMP intercepted a grand total of 20,593 asylum seekers crossing into Canada last year between legal border checkpoints, newly released numbers reveal.

    On Saturday, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released its tally for the number of interceptions in December – which came in at 1,978— finally allowing the department to then add up the overall total for the entire year.

    The crossings began to make headlines last winter when a few dozen people made their way across frozen fields in Manitoba, some suffering severe frostbite in the process. By the summer, the number of irregular crossings had soared — particularly in Quebec — where hundreds streamed across each day and were promptly arrested.

    The Safe Third Country Agreement meant that if they had come through a legal border checkpoint between Canada and the U.S., most would have been sent back. The government has faced repeated calls to close what critics call a loophole in the agreement, but it remains unchanged.

    It’s unclear how many of the people who crossed illegally have subsequently received approval to make an asylum claim.

  11. Should Jan. 29 be set aside to combat Islamophobia?

    That day — tomorrow — is the first anniversary of the mass murder at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. Six Muslims were killed in this hate crime.

    Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders in Canada would like to take a stand against intolerance and see Jan. 29th declared a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

    A recent Forum Poll suggests that many Canadians are against this.

    Forum Research polled 1,408 Canadian voters and found half (49%) disapproved of designating such a day. Almost 40% disapproved strongly.

  12. Turkish scrapyards make MILLIONS out of Royal Navy warships (express, Jan 28, 2018)

    “TURKISH scrapyards are making hundreds of millions of pounds from breaking up Royal Navy warships. Britain’s last aircraft carrier, the Illustrious, was decommissioned in 2014 and sold off for £2.1million to Turkish-owned Leyal Ship Recycling.

    However, the former flagship – the subject of a campaign to save her for the nation – generated more than £10million in scrap value for the firm.

    It is the latest of 22 Royal Naval vessels sold to the company, which dismantles vessels at the Aliaga shipyard on Turkey’s north west coast.

    The list features three aircraft carriers, including the Ark Royal and Invincible, three frigates, eleven destroyers, four tankers and the ice ship Endurance.

    The sales have resulted in a £220million bonanza for the company since 2008.

    Ironically, some of the warships were retired as part of financial housekeeping to keep the naval budget down…”

  13. Iranian naval destroyer sinks in Caspian Sea after crash (wapo, Jan 28, 2018)

    “Iranian media say a naval destroyer has sunk in the Caspian Sea after crashing into a breakwater earlier this month.

    Mizan Online showed footage Sunday of the Damavand, which crashed on Jan. 10 during a storm, killing two crew members.

    The 100-meter (yard) long destroyer, which had an onboard helipad, joined the fleet in 2015.”

  14. How Motorways Replace French Calais as Migrant Transit Centers in Belgium (sputniknews, Jan 28, 2018)

    “The president of the Belgian trade union Federation of Transport and Logistics (SECOP-ITSRE) Alain Durant told Sputnik France that Belgian truck stops have become a magnet for migrants and refugees seeking to cross La Manche (the English Channel)…”

  15. Kurdish SDF Report of Turkish Airstrikes on Dam in Afrin (sputniknews, Jan 28, 2018)

    “Since Turkey launched the “Olive Branch” military operation in Syrian Afrin on January 20, the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) vowed to protect Kurdish people. One female YPJ fighter lost her life while blowing up a Turkish tank.

    “Turkish aircraft have struck the Maidanka dam, which raises fears for the lives of civilians,” the media center of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.

    According to the SDF, clashes between Kurdish militia and the Turkish army, as well as pro-Turkish militants, continue in many parts of Afrin. In particular, fierce fighting is taking place on the Kastal Hill, which holds strategic importance.

    The media center also reports that a female Kurdish YPJ fighter took out a Turkish tank.

    “Female militia fighter Zeyluh Hamo, born in 1998, codenamed “Avesta-Habur,” set off an explosive device. The tank blew up, but Hamo also died,” an opposition spokesman said….”

    • Watch the movie “The Dam Busters” and read the Paul Brinkhill book of the same name for the full story including what happened when the Brits blew up 3 German dams more or less at the same time.

      Hint, you don’t want to be within the flood plain down stream.

      • Hint, you don’t want to be within the flood plain down stream.

        Are you talking about Taiwan and its threat to Red China’s Three Gorges Dam or just the Afrin Dam in northwest Syria—which provides drinking water to almost 200,000 people, irrigates about 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of agricultural crops, and supplies 25 MW of hydroelectric power? (Rhetorical, I know…)

        One is tiny, the other … isn’t.

        Of course, you know what I mean, Richard. These pissant Muslim Middle East countries continue to delude themselves about the resilience of their infrastructural resources (hydroelectric, military, petroleum or otherwise): Even as their strategic assets continue to resemble something slightly less solid than a house of fü¢kinq cards.

        Not that supposed political giants like Communist China are somehow immune to nearly the same identical level of self-deluded risk. Nonetheless, there remains the mystery of what drives these minor and MAJOR powers about ignoring the way that they’ve become immensely vulnerable to relatively modest threats like swarms of cruise missiles being launched into a specific dam face. Hellooooo .. Beijing!

        Of even greater irony is how these same adversarial (i.e., anti-Western) entities spend countless billions of dollars on “defensive systems” without ever bothering to consider how their purchases are, essentially, totally worthless when it comes to confronting the capabilities of nations whose technological resources make even the finest equipment they can procure look like something bought on deep discount at a fire-sale of some Five & Dime.

        PS: Much to my disgust, the local library (otherwise quite good, really) doesn’t have access—even through the statewide book network—to Paul Brinkhill’s “Dambusters” book. If you have a copy that could be loaned, I’d be glad to trade hostages with some sort of gem from my own personal collection. And believe me, I’ve got some insane gems, like “Project cancelled: British aircraft that never flew“.

        Regardless, all the best and let’s keep on thinking about how the room temperature IQ (we’re talking centigrade here) of so many Muslim enemies of the West may need to face a serious level of opposition that involves … obliteration, annihilation, decimation, massive contusions, extended comas … you know what I mean.

        • I wish I could loan you a copy, mine was destroyed when the roof stated leaking while I was out of town. I saved a few books but not many. My military history section was especially hard hit.

        • I was thinking of all dams around the world. When the 3 German dams were hit the loss of water grounded the barge fleet in most of Europe for close to a year.

          Thinking about how precious water is in the Middle East the loss of one reservoir will place a massive strain on the remaining war supply. This in turn will create more violence as people start fighting for control of the water sources.

          • The Israelis are crackerjack water experts. That’s their #1 Tech.
            Jooz magic. It’s how they’re making friends in Africa, seducing India, charming the snakes in the Gulf.

  16. Turkish Navy Prevents Greek Def. Chief From Approaching Disputed Islets on Ship (sputniknews, Jan 28, 2018)

    “According to the Turkish military, its navy has managed to stop a Greek coast guard motorboat and a patrol ship from approaching the disputed island of Imia (Kardak) in the Aegean Sea.

    “On the 28th of January at approximately at 11:30 a.m. a Greek coast guard motorboat and a patrol ship attempted to enter the waters near Kardak Island. The Turkish navy prevented their attempt to approach this island,” reports the Turkish military department, according to Sputnik.

    It was also noted in the report that the Turkish Armed Forces will continue “to defend national interests according to international law.”

    Turkish news agency Anadolu, citing Turkish Ministry of Internal Affairs, reports that the Greek Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos was on board the motorboat.

    In 1996, the dispute over the territorial affiliation of the two rocky islets of Imia in the Dodecanese archipelago in the Aegean Sea led to a crisis in relations between Greece and Turkey. The conflict was terminated after the intervention of the international community, NATO and the United States. During the last days of the crisis, on January 31, 1996, a helicopter from the Hellenic Navy crashed in the conflict area, three Greek officers were killed. Technical problems were said to have caused the accident.”

      • Yup, Turkey is forcing the West to face reality, Turkey and Greece along with Turkey and the US are major flash points. Erdogan is going to overplay his hand probably sooner then later.

      • What do Turkey and China have in common?

        One gets served up on a platter of the other every November in America.

        Preferably packed with STUFFING!!!

        Then again, seeing China getting stuffed on a Turkey (carpet) would be another matter entirely. Quite possibly far more enjoyable than the usual American Thanksgiving tradition. If you know what I mean…

  17. Judicial Watch Pres.: I Want To Know Why Some Investigators Are Still At FBI

    As the Mueller probe reaches its home stretch, many people continue to question the motive of those conducting the investigation.

    Tom Fitton, the President of the conservative watch dog group Judicial Watch, took to the air Saturday to point out the bias of the Mueller team.

    His comments come as evidence continues to pour in showing the bias views and negligence of FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.

    Fitton said these officials are unqualified to lead an investigation into President Trump, or to even be members of the agency at all.

    “I want to know why these agents are still at the FBI, Lisa Page worked at the FBI who is still there, Andrew McCabe, and it looks like they’re talking about not using sufficient FBI resources and purposely withholding information and pulling back in order not to get Ms. Clinton angry, Fitton said.”

    The latest batch of text messages between Page and Strzok show they were concerned about being too tough on Clinton for her use of a private server.

    The messages indicate they were wary of backlash from Clinton if she were to win the presidential election.

  18. Trump says he would negotiate Brexit with ‘tougher’ attitude than Theresa May

    LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump would take a “tougher” approach to Brexit negotiations than Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, he said in a television interview to be broadcast later on Sunday.

    In the interview with British channel ITV, Trump said the European Union was “not cracked up to what it’s supposed to be” and claimed he had predicted the result of the June 2016 referendum in which Britons voted to leave the EU. Trump was elected to the U.S. presidency later the same year.

    When asked if May was in a “good position” regarding the ongoing Brexit talks, Trump replied: “Would it be the way I negotiate? No, I wouldn’t negotiate it the way it’s [being] negotiated … I would have had a different attitude.”

    Pressed on how his approach would be different, he said: “I would have said the European Union is not cracked up to what it’s supposed to be. I would have taken a tougher stand in getting out.”

    May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration in January last year and they were filmed emerging from the White House holding hands.

  19. China says hopes to get Japan ties back on track

    BEIJING (Reuters) – China hopes to work with Japan to get relations back onto a normal track, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart on Sunday, amid a series of disputes, some dating back to before World War Two.

    China and Japan have long sparred over their painful history, with Beijing frequently accusing Tokyo of not properly atoning for Japan’s invasion of China before and during the war.

    Ties between China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, have also been plagued by a long-running territorial dispute over a cluster of East China Sea islets and suspicion in China about efforts by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution.

    However the two countries have sought to improve ties, and Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in November on the sidelines of a regional summit in Vietnam.

    Wang told Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono that his trip to Beijing, coming so early in the year, showed Japan’s strong wish to improve relations, and China approves of this as better ties are in both nation’s interests.

    • …suspicion in China about efforts by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution.

      Xi knows why Abe wants to finish the rearming of Japan and opposes it because Xi also knows that when Japan is armed and has the legal right to project force the Chinese have never been able to stop them from doing what they want. The closest they have come to being able to do this was back in the time of Kublai Kahn when the Chinese fleet sent to conquer Japan was sunk by a Typhoon. Xi also knows that given the massive environmental degradation the communist government will fall and that South Korea and Japan are the nations most likely to provide the technical help to repair the damage. Of course both will probably ask for a lot of concessions from China for that help. Taiwan is the third nation with the tech and money to help China repair the damage and they will probably say that they are the government in the regions they reclaim.

  20. Heavy fighting resumes in Syria’s eastern Ghouta

    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Heavy fighting resumed in Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Sunday after a short period of relative calm following reports that a ceasefire had been agreed there late on Friday, a war monitor and pro-government media sources said.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said there was intense fighting accompanied by large blasts, heavy shelling and air raids after an attack by jihadist rebels. It said the Syrian army of President Bashar al-Assad had fired dozens of rockets and shells into eastern Ghouta since the ceasefire was reported to have begun.

    A military media unit run by Assad’s ally Hezbollah said the Syrian army had repulsed an attack by jihadist rebels in eastern Ghouta, detonating an insurgent car bomb. It had then responded to the assault with shelling and air strikes, it said.

    A resident of Damascus said bombardment could be heard coming from eastern Ghouta on Sunday morning and smoke was visible.

    Late on Friday, a rebel official said that Assad’s ally Russia had promised the opposition delegation at peace talks in Vienna that it would put pressure on Damascus to enforce a truce in eastern Ghouta.

    The ceasefire was never publicly confirmed by the Syrian government.

    International concern has been rising over the fate of 400,000 people living in besieged, rebel-held eastern Ghouta as acute food and medicine shortages have contributed to what the United Nations has called the worst malnutrition of the war.

    • A lot of experts on that region have been saying the semi peaceful period that followed the collapse of ISIS was just temporary looks like they are right.

  21. ATM makers warn of ‘jackpotting’ hacks on U.S. machines

    (Reuters) – Diebold Nixdorf Inc and NCR Corp, two of the world’s largest ATM makers, have warned that cyber criminals are targeting U.S. cash machines with tools that force them to spit out cash in hacking schemes known as “jackpotting.”

    The two ATM makers did not identify any victims or say how much money had been lost. Jackpotting has been rising worldwide in recent years, though it is unclear how much cash has been stolen because victims and police often do not disclose details.

    The attacks were reported earlier on Saturday by the security news website Krebs on Security, which said they had begun last year in Mexico.

    The companies confirmed to Reuters on Saturday they had sent out the alerts to clients.

    NCR said in a Friday alert that the cases were the first confirmed “jackpotting” losses in the United States. It said its equipment had not been targeted in the recent attacks, but that it was still a concern for the entire ATM industry.

  22. Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange hacked, losing $530 million: NHK

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Coincheck, a major cryptocurrency trading exchange in Tokyo, has been hacked into and has lost about 58 billion yen ($534 million) worth of virtual money, national broadcaster NHK reported on Friday.

    Coincheck posted on its website on Friday afternoon that it had suspended withdrawals of almost all cryptocurrencies.

    The exchange has already reported the incident to the police and to Japan’s Financial Services Agency, NHK said.

    In 2014, Tokyo-based Mt. Gox, which once handled 80 percent of the world’s bitcoin trades, filed for bankruptcy after losing some 850,000 bitcoins – then worth around half a billion U.S. dollars – and $28 million in cash from its bank accounts.

    • Hacked Tokyo cryptocurrency exchange to repay owners $425 million

      TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc said on Sunday it would return about 46.3 billion yen ($425 million) of the virtual money it lost to hackers two days ago in one of the biggest-ever thefts of digital money.

      That amounts to nearly 90 percent of the 58 billion yen worth of NEM coins the company lost in an attack that forced it to suspend on Friday withdrawals of all cryptocurrencies except bitcoin.

      Coincheck said in a statement it would repay the roughly 260,000 owners of NEM coins in Japanese yen, though it was still working on timing and method.

      The theft underscores security and regulatory concerns about bitcoin and other virtual currencies even as a global boom in them shows little signs of fizzling.

      Two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) sent a notice to the country’s roughly 30 firms that operate virtual currency exchanges to warn of further possible cyber-attacks, urging them to step up security.

      The financial watchdog is also considering administrative punishment for Coincheck under the financial settlements law, one of the sources said.

  23. Richard: Well duh, after all no crime was committed.

    Former Obama DOJ official: Mueller ‘almost certainly won’t indict Trump’
    By LU Staff January 27, 2018

    A former Department of Justice appointee under former Barack Obama said special counsel Robert Mueller “almost certainly won’t indict” Donald Trump at the conclusion of his investigation.

    Eric Columbus, former senior counsel to the deputy attorney general under Obama, explained on Twitter why we should not expect any criminal charges against Trump, despite a growing chorus of pundits and Democratic politicians predicting that Mueller is building an obstruction of justice case.

  24. Report: Trump’s wall is gaining some surprising new fans
    By LU Staff January 28, 2018

    Many of the so-called Dreamers worried about their immigration status are starting to reconsider their opposition to a possible wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a report Friday from the San Francisco Chronicle.

    President Donald Trump’s wall at the border wouldn’t be so bad, some groups are now saying, so long as it means citizenship for the nearly 700,000 people brought into the country through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    “If building a wall leads us to having citizenship, then I’m all for it,” Ana Rodriguez, who works at a daycare center in California, told reporters at the Chronicle. “The U.S. is what I know and that’s where I want to live my life — I want to be a part of it in full.”

    Rodriguez and others like her are arguing about accepting a trade-off — giving Trump his wall in exchange for retaining DACA. The Trump administration proposed a bill earlier this month offering citizenship to 1.8 million illegal immigrants in exchange for $25 billion for a border wall.

    Activist organization have also noted that DACA recipients are making recalculations about their opposition. Marissa Montes, co-director of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic in Los Angeles, noticed in recent weeks that they are sounding more and more likely to back a wall in exchange for citizenship.


    The Wiesenthal Center welcomed a decision by the Finnish government to investigate the participation of Finnish volunteers in Holocaust crimes, in the wake of new research on their service in Ukraine in 1941.

    In a press release published Thursday the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, praised the prompt decision of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö to fund an independent research survey of the operations of the Finnish SS volunteers.

    Note: because WWII veterans (from any side) are the real threat in our world today…

      • Both of you are right, the murders should be brought before the bar of justice but the decision to do so now is to provide a smoke screen for other actions that are going on.

        • No smoke screen, just a number of Jews who continue to fight for justice.
          Jew-hate is alive and thrives. I’d rather see Jews shake off the dust and ashes and leave the Continent, but that’s just me. Let every last Nazi killer be hunted, never let them die in peace.

        • I am not trying to justify what they did but in some ways I feel sorry for them. Russia invaded Finland and then Germany invaded Russia, a bunch of the Finns joined the Germans to get revenge on Russia and then found they were trapped in a force that was committing war crimes.

  26. From the ‘good old days’:

    The Mainstream Media have ignored Hillary Clinton’s obstructions and behavior for decades. Hillary Clinton has a long and shameful history of document tampering and questionable legal maneuverings. Case in point; the Rose Law Firm Billing Records.

    In case you forget or are learning about this for the first time; the subpoenaed Rose Law Firm Billing Records showed up in Hillary’s private quarters at the White House a week after the statute of limitations ran out on some suits concerning Hillary’s part in the failure of Madison Guaranty. Both Hilary’s and Vince Foster’s fingerprints were on the files. The special prosecutor concluded that Hillary had obstructed of justice but apparently the American people were not ready to see the first lady indicted.

  27. The implied comment against PT is uncalled for; the confusion on the lack of judicial role in determining first amendment speech protection supports PT’s dismal view of the FBI.
    FBI rep says, “The FBI will do its job and uphold the Constitution and American core values no matter who is president.”
    FBI Washington Field Office Civil Rights Investigator Special Agent Jennifer Schick, one of three panelists
    Explaining the difference between hate crimes and free speech, Schick said that First Amendment free speech protection does not extend to injury, assaults, vandalism, or direct threats to an individual or institution.

    It’s up to law enforcement to make the distinction, said Schick, along with fellow panelists Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry, and Marc Scheineson, an Anti-Defamation League, Washington, D.C., board member.

    Schick stressed that the FBI has the ethical and legal obligation to uphold the Constitution and will do so. “The FBI will do its job and uphold the Constitution and American core values no matter who is president.” Earlier that day, President Donald Trump had tweeted that the FBI’s “reputation is in tatters.”

    Same agent?
    Battling Crime and Calories at F.B.I. (Fit Bureau of Investigation) – The New York Times
    The New York Times › 2015/04/06 › bat…
    Apr 5, 2015 – “It’s really not that hard,” said Jennifer Schick, a public corruption agent at the F.B.I.’s Washington field office who also oversees fitness training and tests.

  28. Prof. Hans Pistner, council member of the CDU, filed with the prosecutor in Erfurt a criminal complaint against the Children´s Channel KIKA. The cause is the movie “Malvina, Diaa and Love”, where a supposedly 17-year-old Syrian maintains an intimate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

    He states that according to Section 180 of the Criminal Code, the promotion of sexual acts of minors in Germany is punishable by: “Whoever commits sexual acts of a person under sixteen to or against a third party or sexual acts of a third party to a person under the age of six Mediation or 2. by providing or procuring opportunity is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years or a fine. ”

    Prof. Hans Pistner says in “ThüringenJetzt”: “The age of the 14-year-old adolescent girl during the filming is clearly documented.”

    At the start of shooting the age of the young man was stated at 17, but it was obvious that he was older than 30 years. This is medically recognizable on the basis of the extensive chest hair, the strong beard growth and the massive physique in the film.

    • See also Sections
      #176 (in case she is under 14 years, after all)
      #182 Abuse of juveniles
      #236 (1) Whosoever in gross neglect of his duties of care and education leaves his child, ward or foster child under eighteen years of age with another for an indefinite period for material gain or with the intent of enriching himself or a third person
      #180 Section 180
      Causing minors to engage in sexual activity
      (1) Whosoever encourages a person under sixteen years of age to engage in sexual activity with or in the presence of a third person or whosoever encourages sexual acts of a third person on a person under sixteen years of age
      1. by acting as an intermediary; or
      2. by creating an opportunity,
      shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine. The 1st sentence No 2 above shall not apply if the offender is the person responsible for the care of the minor unless the offender, if responsible for the care of the minor, grossly violates his duty of education.
      (2) Whosoever induces a person under eighteen years of age to engage in sexual activity with or in the presence of a third person or to suffer sexual acts by a third person for a financial reward, or whosoever encourages such acts by acting as an intermediary, shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine.
      (3) Whosoever induces a person under eighteen years of age who is entrusted to him for upbringing, education or care or who is his subordinate within an employment or a work relationship, by abusing the dependence associated with the upbringing, educational, care, employment or work relationship to engage in sexual activity with or in the presence of a third person or to suffer sexual acts by a third person shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine.
      (4) In cases under subsections (2) and (3) above the attempt shall be punishable.

  29. Erdogan says Turkey will ‘clean’ entire Syrian border (reuters, Jan 28, 2018);

    “President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey will “clean” its entire border with Syria in a sign that the Turkish offensive on the Syrian Kurdish YPG group in northern Syria’s Afrin region could be extended further…”

  30. USA: Muslims decry Trump travel ban with mass prayer in front of White House

    A group of Muslims held a mass prayer in front of the White House in Washington D.C., Saturday, to protest US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on the one year anniversary of its signing.

    • USA: Protest on anniversary of Trump immigration ban results in clashes

      Demonstrators converged outside Portland Airport to protest the one-year anniversary of US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on majority Muslim countries.

      The event was met with counter-protesters led by “Tiny” from the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, resulting in scuffles breaking out between Antifa activists and Trump supporters.

    • Is there some way to ensure that a herd of jackasses-in-full-rut are released whenever and wherever all of these arse-lifting buggers make such a public display of their posteriors?!?

      It’s ever-so-distressing to see such a complete waste of voluntarily exposed rectal tissue without knowing that there’s a herd of frustrated semi-equine quadrupeds willing-and-able to service every last one of these all-too-deserving Islamic recipients.

  31. Palestinian children’s protest held against Trump aid threat

    A Palestinian children’s protest was held in the West Bank’s Jalazone Refugee Camp Sunday in response to US President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold aid worth hundreds of millions of dollars until Palestinians accede to US-brokered talks.

    • For the moment, Judicial Watch is filing Freedom of Information Act law suits to get those emails, so far Judicial has ended up getting all they have sued for.

      The longer it takes for the info to come out the worse for the FBI and the left. If they would dump everything at once information overload would prevent most of their crimes from coming to light.

  32. In the statement, Abdiraham said he went to the Mall of America to answer the “call for jihad by the Chief of Believer, Abu-bakr Al-baghdadi, may Allah protect him, and by the Mujahiden of the Islamic State.”

    The statement added, “I understand that the two men I stabbed know and have explained the reason for my attack, and I am here reaffirming that it was indeed an act of Jihad in the way of Allah.”

    • TERROR SICKOS Taliban fighters hid a bomb in four-month-old baby’s clothes on the way to foiled terror attack

      Sad to say … this is old news.

      There already has been a case (many years ago) where a vehicle carrying infants in car-seats was used to conceal a car-bomb. Please note the plural case.


      This is the enduring problem that will continually confront Western forces as they seek to defeat Muslim jihadists. As in: “How do you out-stink a skunk?”

      By seeking to obtain some sort of relatively “peaceful” resolution with respect to Islamic jihad, the West has committed itself to using kid gloves where asbestos welder’s gloves are all that will serve.

      Things will change when the West finally learns that only by posing an existential threat to Islam, will there be any meaningful change. Worst of all is that an existential-level of war likely will be the only persuasive way of convincing Islam that its only choices are to sincerely and authentically pacify or disappear from the face of this earth.

      I’ll let you guess which alternative that I’m betting on.

  33. Palestinian Authority terrorists continue to use Islamic places of worship as storage facilities for weapons and ammunition.

    On Friday night, Israeli forces from the Judea regional brigade together with Shin Bet intelligence agents seized a MAG machine gun hidden in a Hebron mosque.

    The weapon found broken down into parts and secreted away in the kitchen of the mosque, located in the Abu Sneineh section of the city.

    “This is the third weapons seizure this week in the city of Hebron,” according to military sources.

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