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  1. Drone On Cuomo, Drones On. Right On! Drone On!
    “Speech by Governor Andrew Cuomo at 1199 SEIU re-election endorsement”
    Haitianbeatz Makak – February 21, 2018
    27:24…”…and we are going to “Make America Again!” – Andy Cuomo

  2. A Florida high school student was arrested Monday after law enforcement said he brought a knife to school alongside a list of student names.

    Benjamin Mendoza, 18, was taken into custody after the Collier County Sheriff’s Office discovered questionable items in his backpack at Palmetto Ridge High School, the department said in a news release.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/21/florida-student-brought-knife-to-school-had-list-student-names-cops-say.html

  3. Tough proposals to crack down on immigration and asylum in France have been unveiled by Emmanuel Macron’s government amid complaints from human rights groups and street protests by some public agents in charge of asylum procedures.
    The legislation is aimed at speeding up the process for asylum requests and for expelling migrants who aren unable to claim asylum. It would also double to 90 days the time a person without papers can be kept in a holding centre.
    The bill, which criminalises illegal border crossing, has sparked anger from charities who called it oppressive.

    https://archive.fo/DxLW6#selection-1677.0-1689.112

  4. Muslims burn piles of Pampers nappies and call for a ban because cartoon cat’s whiskers printed on them ‘look like the Arabic spelling of Mohammed’
    Protesters in India are calling for a boycott of Pampers nappies
    They have taken offense with a cartoon cat appearing on the product
    Lines of its face resemble the word Prophet Mohammed in Arabic
    Groups have staged ‘Pampers burnings’, setting fire to nappies in the streets

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5418129/Muslims-burn-Pampers-nappies-cartoon-cat.html

  5. James Damore, the author of the widely-publicized Google memo, was interrupted during his remarks at Portland State University over the weekend. Activists planned a walk out and smashed sound equipment as they exited the event hall.

    A group called the “Free Thinkers” hosted Damore, along with secular free-speech writer Helen Pluckrose and former Evergreen State College professors Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, to discuss the topic of diversity in the workplace. The panel was moderated by Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State, who wrote the parody-style hoax academic journal entry “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct.”

    Leading up to the event, Antifa made threats to the event organizers and posted flyers around campus.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/activists-smash-sound-equipment-at-google-memo-authors-university-talk/article/2649467

  6. After breaking his pelvis, back and arm in a fall in a Central American jungle, a Hamilton man and his wife say they are now stuck in Costa Rica — because there is no hospital bed for him to come back to in Ontario.

    Kristen Ronald says she and her husband David are shocked at the state of the province’s overcrowded health-care system, and just want to go home.

    “I just never imagined the one thing that would keep us here is a bed,” she said on the phone from Costa Rica. “It’s so frustrating.”

    The couple’s ordeal began on Feb. 15, when they were visiting friends who live in Pavones, a small community located along the southern Pacific Coast.

    David and Kristen were sleeping on a large deck at their friend’s home. David woke up at around 2 a.m., and slipped and fell over three-and-a-half metres off the deck, breaking his pelvis, back and arm.

    The situation looked dire — but luckily, the friend they were visiting is a paramedic. He managed to get David stable, and they drove the retired Dofasco employee 50 minutes out of the jungle on a makeshift backboard in the back of a pickup truck to the nearest medical facility.

    Ronald was rushed into emergency surgery to repair his pelvis. Once that was successful, his insurance company planned to fly him home for a second surgery to repair his back.

    There was just one problem — there were no beds available.

    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/critically-injured-man-stuck-costa-175800616.html

  7. Germany deports more rejected Afghan asylum seekers (DW, Feb 21, 2018)
    http://www.dw.com/en/germany-deports-more-rejected-afghan-asylum-seekers/a-42668751

    “Despite protests, 14 Afghans deemed dangerous or with criminal status were flown back to Kabul from Bavaria. The send-off marks the 10th round of deportations in Germany since 2016.

    The authorities in Munich carried out a fresh round of deportations of Afghan nationals on Tuesday night. Although Germany’s Foreign Office has not submitted a new security assessment for Afghanistan, the deportations are allowed to proceed in the meantime.

    The security assessment is at the heart of the controversy over Afghan deportations in Germany, with opponents arguing that the country is still not safe for returnees.

    Criminals targeted

    The Afghans were sent back to their homeland aboard a German plane. Although the original list contained 58 individuals, only 14 ultimately flew back. Among them, according to information released by the Interior Ministry on its website, there were six people who had been deemed criminals, three identity thieves, and one dangerous individual.

    The Bavarian interior minister, Joachim Hermann, said that “dangerous people, criminals, and identity thieves represent clear security problems in our country.” Moreover, authorities are hoping that the deportations send “a signal that the rule of law is being applied.”

    In 2017, Bavaria carried out the deportation of 3,282 people. In particular, of the 121 Afghans that have been deported in Germany, 56 were from Bavaria…”

  8. Ban private schools from teaching Arabic: Danish People’s Party (thelocal, Feb 21, 2018)
    https://www.thelocal.dk/20180221/ban-private-schools-from-teaching-arabic-danish-peoples-party

    “The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DF) wants to ban private schools from teaching the Arabic language.

    The party will on Thursday forward a proposal to parliament that would, in practice forbid many Islamic private schools in Denmark from teaching students in their mother tongues.

    DF has previously proposed scrapping state support for Islamic private schools.

    Now, the party will attempt an alternative approach to restricting the schools, reports Avisen Danmark.

    Should the proposal be passed into law, private schools would lose 75 percent of their income if they fail to comply with a demand to only teach European foreign languages.

    “There are schools that specifically counteract integration, namely Muslim (sic) private schools. We do not want them to receive state subsidies,” DF’s education spokesperson Alex Ahrendtsen said.

    The Ministry of Education has confirmed to Ahrendtsen that the proposal does not contravene Denmark’s constitution, according to Avisen’s report…”

  9. Six Muslim Brotherhood fugitives arrested at ranch owned by Abdel-Moneim Abul-Futouh: Ministry (ahram, Feb 21, 2018)
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/291454/Egypt/Politics-/Six-Muslim-Brotherhood-fugitives-arrested-at-ranch.aspx

    “The Egyptian Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday that six members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested at a ranch in Beheira governorate owned by detained politician and former presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Futouh.

    The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the suspects, who were wanted in several terrorism-related cases, were found in possession of two rifles.

    Security forces are still searching for two other Brotherhood members who gave refuge to the six fugitives at the ranch on Abul-Fotouh’s orders, according to the statement.

    Abul-Fotouh, who is also the head of the Strong Egypt Party, was arrested last week for plotting with members of the Brotherhood to destabilise the country ahead of the upcoming presidential elections.

    On Tuesday, a Cairo criminal court placed Abul-Fotouh on the terrorism list for his connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist group in 2013…”

  10. Egyptian army kills four ‘takfiris,’ continues to destroy terrorism infrastructure: Statement (ahram, Feb 21, 2018)
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/291393/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-army-kills-four-takfiris,-continues-to-de.aspx

    “Four “takfiris” were killed by the Egyptian Armed Forces in northern and central Sinai, army spokesperson Tamer El-Rifay said in a statement on Wednesday, as comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 continues into its second week.

    The military forces also arrested 112 wanted criminal elements and destroyed 13 vehicles, four hideouts and 350 weapons caches.

    The term “takfiri” refers to Sunni Muslims who accuse other Muslims and members of other religions of being infidels, often as a justification for using violence against them.

    “The army targeted and destroyed a communication center used by terrorists,” the statement said.

    The statement also said that army engineers had uncovered and diffused 41 IEDs, which were planted to target security forces during operations.

    “The army’s artillery targeted 179 sites for terrorists during the operations,” the statement added.

    El-Rifai’s statement is the 11th military communiqué on the sweeping counter-terrorism operation since it began on 9 February.

    In previous statements, the army announced it had also located and seized a number of farms used to grow illegal narcotics.

    Since the beginning of the operation, a total of 69 takfiris have been killed and hundreds of criminal suspects have been arrested, according to military statements.

    Operation Sinai 2018 was launched on 9 February involving land, naval and air forces, as well as the police and border guards.

    The operation targets “terrorist and criminal elements and organizations” in northern and central Sinai, as well as parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert.”

  11. UNICEF: Morocco Has Highest Neonatal Deaths in Maghreb (moroccoworldnews, Feb 21, 2018)
    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/241088/unicef-morocco-highest-neonatal-deaths-maghreb/

    “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has unveiled a new report about the troubling issue of newborn deaths around the world on February 20.

    2.6 million babies die before turning one month old, with 2 millions of them dying on the day of their birth. And another 2.6 are stillborn. How did Moroccan babies fare?…

    Morocco ranked fourth in the Maghreb region with a neonatal mortality rate of 17.8 per 1,000 live births. This is especially shocking given the fact that Libya ranked first with mortality rate 7.1 per 1.000 live babies, regardless of the country’s current circumstances. Morocco came one step above Mauritania where the rate is 33.7…”

  12. New Turkish law on adultery on Justice Ministry’s agenda: Presidential spokesperson (hurriyetdailynews, Feb 21, 2018)
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-turkish-law-on-adultery-on-justice-ministrys-agenda-presidential-spokesperson-127679

    “The Justice Ministry is working on a new regulation on outlawing adultery upon the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Presidential Spokesperson ?brahim Kal?n has said.

    “Our president [Recep Tayyip Erdo?an] has spoken to the justice minister and given an instruction to conduct work on this issue [adultery]. Now our friends are working on the issue,” Kal?n said at a press conference on Feb. 21.

    He noted that the issue is being dealt with alongside efforts to take more effective administrative and legal measures against child abuse…”

  13. Turkey’s population expected to exceed 100 million by 2040: TÜ?K (hurriyetdailynews, Feb 21, 2018)
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-population-expected-to-exceed-100-million-by-2040-tuik-127667

    “Turkey’s population is expected to exceed 100 million by 2040, if current demographic trends continue, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜ?K) has announced.

    The population should reach 86.9 million people in 2023 and 100.3 million people in 2040, the country’s statistical authority said on Feb. 21, basing the projections on the results of the state’s address-based population registration system of 2017.

    At the end of 2017, the country’s population stood at 80.8 million, with an annual growth rate of 1.24 percent, TÜ?K had announced on Feb. 1.

    The population will continue to increase until the year 2069, and will reach its highest point with 107.7 million people in that year, according to projections. The population is forecasted to decline after this year and is expected to drop to 107.1 million in 2080.

    While the population of 68 provinces is set to increase, the population of 13 provinces will decrease in 2023 compared to 2017, TÜ?K has said. The order of the most populous five provinces will not change.

    The most populated province is set to be Istanbul again, with 16.3 million in 2023. After Istanbul comes the capital Ankara with 6.1 million, the Aegean province of ?zmir with 4.6 million, the Marmara province of Bursa with 3.2 million and the Mediterranean province of Antalya with 2.7 million in 2023, respectively.

    In Turkey, life expectancy at birth is increasing and the population continues ageing. Median age of population, which is an important indicator of age structure, is expected to be 32 in 2018, 33.5 in 2023, 38.5 in 2040, 42.3 in 2060 and 45 in 2080.

    The proportion of “elderly population,” which covers people of 65 years of age and above, is expected to be 8.7 percent in 2018, 10.2 percent in 2023, 16.3 percent in 2040, 22.6 percent in 2060 and 25.6 percent in 2080.”

  14. BREAKING: US Embassy ‘UNDER ATTACK’ by grenade throwing assailant in Montenegro (express, Feb 22, 2018)
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/922304/us-embassy-montenegro-attack-grenade-explosion-dead

    “THE US Embassy in Montenegro has been viciously blasted with grenades by a group of attackers, it American officials have confirmed.

    One of the attackers has reportedly died in the explosion.

    It is currently unknown if the Embassy is still under attack or how many people are injured.

    In a security alert issued by the office based in the capital Podgorica, people were warned to avoid the area.

    The alert said: “The US Embassy in Podgorica advises US citizens there is an active security situation at the US Embassy in Podgorica.

    “Avoid the Embassy until further notice.”

    Further advice was offered to worried US citizens in the country.

    The Embassy statement said: “Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, and follow the instructions of local authorities.”

    A witness to the incident confirmed: “Someone died outside the Embassy. Car fire or something.

    “Someone was throwing grenades at the Embassy and one blew up and killed himself.”

    The attack occurred at approximately 12.30am.

    The last time a US Embassy was attacked was in 2015 when the American office in Uzbekistan was targeted by an unidentified man.

    The man threw two improvised explosives over the wall of the diplomatic premises but no one was hurt.

    More to follow…”

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