Reader’s Links, February 23, 2018

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  1. The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring its independence, Trump administration officials said Friday.

    A senior State Department official said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approved a security plan late Thursday for an embassy location to open in Jerusalem.

    “We are excited about taking this historic step, and look forward with anticipation to the May opening,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Friday.

  2. John Robson: Trudeau’s next mind-bogglingly ambitious policy he won’t deliver on
    The federal Liberal administration intends to assess every policy based on how it will affect everything to do with gender. And after lunch, world peace

    Note: now just being an international fool and dancing Bollywood seems not so bad in comparison, heh?

  3. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—the man whose agency failed to prevent the Parkland massacre despite having received a tip last November that Nikolas Cruz was plotting a mass shooting—has been accused of public corruption.

    Asked about the allegations, Israel responded, “What have I done differently than Don Shula or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Ghandi?”

    He also said, “Lions don’t care about the opinions of sheep.” That’s a paraphrase of a quote from the Game of Thrones character Tywin Lannister, a villainous public administrator known for promoting his family’s interests ahead of the government’s or the people’s.

  4. South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country.
    The government plans to accelerate land redistribution through expropriation without compensation.

    “The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans,” said Ramaphosa, who was sworn into office to succeed Jacob Zuma as president last week.

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    The millionaire ex-businessman Ramaphosa promised that land expropriation operations will not be a “smash and grab” exercise and promised to handle the matter properly, adding that people “must see this process as an opportunity.”

    “No-one is saying that land must be taken away from our people,” he said, “Rather, it is how we can make sure that our people have equitable access to land and security of tenure. We must see this process of accelerated land redistribution as an opportunity and not as a threat,” he added during a speech to parliament on Tuesday.

  5. Trigger warning: Trump’s patriarchy is raping Mars!

    It’s certainly something you would expect to come out of an “institute for gender research”: The latest leg in the space race — traveling to, and then eventually colonizing, the planet Mars — is the personification of … patriarchy.

    So says Marci Bianco, the communications manager of Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, whose article titled “The patriarchal race to colonize Mars is just another example of male entitlement” is featured — ironically — on the NBC News website’s “Think” section.

    Bianco derides the efforts of mega-rich Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos (Amazon), and Richard Branson (Virgin) to get into space, and makes an all-too predictable jab at President Trump in the process (because, again, patriarchy!):

  6. Members of the North Korean national cheerleading squad — who have been featured gleefully rooting at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics — are systematically forced to have sex with high-ranking members of Kim Jong Un’s twisted regime, according to a disturbing report.

    Behind the scenes, the troupe — dubbed the “Pleasure Squad” by insiders — are forced to perform sex acts on party leaders during their trip to the Olympics, a defector with knowledge of the sexual slavery told Bloomberg News.

  7. I see the Trudeaus have the patented Lisa MacLeod approach to parenting: bring young children along as political props without any regard to their well being, then ignore their desperate attempts at gaining the parents’ attention…

  8. A woman who complained about loud prayers in her hospital room was told to see a psychologist. The Croatian woman, who lives in Austria for 40 years, was put in a twin room with a Muslim patient in St. Georgen im Attergau.

    The 68-year-old Nadia C. from Vienna was recovering from a stroke and a neck injury in the healthcare facility, when tensions arose about the behaviour of her Muslim roommate.

    Already at 6 a.m. Nadia’s female roommate started loud prayers and made a lot of noise by moving chairs. She was also loudly reading from the Koran and was praying in the shower room as well.

    When Nadia complained about it, she wasn’t taken seriously. At first she wasn’t allowed to take another room and later she was told she could consult a psychologist to resolve the conflict.

    • Note: This is the daughter of the CAIR leader deputized by the Boward County Sheriff to carry out the mosque shooter training:

      Sana Hamze knew it would be controversial when she asked The Citadel, the historic military college in South Carolina, for an exception to the uniform rule: She wanted to wear a hijab because of her faith.

      • The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has its foundation in the terrorist organization Hamas. It has been named as a co-conspirator by the U.S. government for two federal trials dealing with the financing of Hamas, and it is recognized as an international terrorist group by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE). Given this information, how is it possible that one of this group’s leaders, Nezar Hamze, could be considered for a position at one of the most prominent Sheriff’s offices in the United States? However, that is exactly what has happened.

        The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is the largest fully accredited Sheriff’s office in the nation. As such, having the title of Sheriff comes with much fanfare and responsibility. The current Sheriff is Scott Israel; he was elected to office in November 2012. As Sheriff, Israel has made it a point to reach out to diverse crowds, including those who could be considered enemies of the U.S. and her allies.

  9. Donors pledge $510 million for West Africa anti-terror force (abcnews, Feb 23, 2018)

    “International donors on Friday pledged 414 million euros ($510 million) to help five impoverished countries in West Africa’s vast Sahel region set up a new counterterror force as a deadly jihadist threat grows.

    The 5,000-strong G5 Sahel force for Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger was seeking around 400 million euros for its mission along mostly desert borders, including near Libya — the main jumping-off point for thousands of African migrants bound for Italy.

    The amount pledged “goes far beyond our initial expectations,” said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, speaking at a summit in Brussels of 32 leaders and 60 delegations. “It’s a tremendous result that allows us to begin putting the force into operation.”

    Underscoring the security threat, two members of a French counterterrorism force in Mali were killed Wednesday when their armored vehicle struck an explosive device.

    Friday’s summit started with a minute’s silence in their memory, and French President Emmanuel Macron called for greater efforts to help the region…”

  10. Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence (abcnews, Feb 23, 2018)

    “Myanmar’s parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August.

    Lawmaker Myo Zaw Aung said Friday the budget was proposed by the Home Affairs Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Border Affairs Ministry, which are all controlled by the military.

    Deputy Home Affairs Minister Gen. Aung Soe testified Thursday, the day the budget was approved, that fences covering 202 kilometers (126 miles) of the 293-kilometer (182-mile) border have already been completed.

    There is widespread prejudice against the Rohingya because they are seen as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, although they are long-time settlers. Most are stateless and face widespread social and official discrimination…”

  11. Turkish court rules 3 academics committed terror propaganda (abcnews, Feb 23, 2018)

    “Turkey’s official news agency says a court has ruled that three academics who signed a peace petition committed terror propaganda but deferred a final verdict for five years.

    Anadolu news agency said the Istanbul court on Friday originally sentenced the three to 15-month prison terms but revised the sentences to five years of probation because of the defendants’ good behavior and lack of prior records.

    They are part of a group of 1,128 academics who signed a declaration in January 2016 denouncing security operations against Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey. Many of the academics lost their jobs.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the signatories of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. Trials of some 150 academics started in December, and the verdicts handed down Friday were the first.”

  12. German prisons may face ‘wave of extremists’, state justice minister warns (RT, Feb 23, 2018)

    “Detention facilities in Germany are trying to cope with a growing number of radical Islamist extremists. Some 150 are currently being held in prisons across the country, and officials fear a “wave of extremists” in jails.

    Around 150 Islamists are currently being held in prisons across Germany, Die Welt reported on Wednesday, citing the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). They are either serving jail sentences or are in custody on terror-related charges. A number of other inmates being held, the so-called “relevant persons,” are said to be sympathizers or supporters of radical Islam.

    Eva Kuhne-Hormann (CDU), who is minister of justice for the German state of Hessen, painted a bleak picture of the country’s security situation. “Over the next few years, we must expect a wave of extremists in our prisons,” she told the newspaper. She noted that the sheer number of Islamists in German jails “poses great challenges for our deradicalization and prevention work.”

    The Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe initiated around 1,000 terrorism prosecutions last year alone, Die Welt reported. Rene Muller, chairman of the Federal Association of Criminal Investigators, fears that “If more people are arrested, the security risk for the employees will also increase.”

    Muller says it’s important to have special training and education for the staff in the face of dangerous Islamist prisoners…”

  13. Washington DC Police Officer Who Helped Daesh Given 15 Years in Prison (sputniknews, Feb 23, 2018)

    “A police officer in the US capital was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for aiding Daesh and obstructing a grand jury, the Washington Times reported.

    Nicholas Young, a 37-year-old former Metro Transit Police officer who hails from Fairfax, Virginia, managed to dodge the heaviest sentences possible, which would have seen him behind bars for 60 years.

    Originally arrested in August 2016 after having been under FBI surveillance for six years, Young was charged by federal prosecutors with trying to provide material support to Daesh…”

  14. 33-Year Streak of No Female Genital Mutilation Convictions Continues as Case Against Somali Father Dismissed (breitbart, Feb 23, 2018)

    “The latest Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) case to make it to court has been dismissed, with the judge claiming the child had denied harm and medical evidence was inconclusive.

    The Somali origin father, who lives in Bristol, had allegedly admitted to allowing his seven-year-old daughter to be cut on the clitoris, telling a charity worker it would stop her “feeling sexy all the time”.

    However, Judge Julian Lambert described the prosecution’s case against 29-year-old former Uber driver as “deeply troubling” and slammed witnesses as “inconsistent”, the Daily Mail reports.

    He also stressed that the child had denied being harmed and dismissed the medical evidence as “wholly inconclusive at its highest”.

    Not a single person has been found guilty of FGM offences in Britain, despite the practice being illegal for 30 years, thousands of cases being logged annually, and there being hundreds of successful prosecutions in France…”

  15. Not one but four sheriff’s deputies hid behind cars instead of storming Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last week’s school shooting, according to a new report.
    Sources from Coral Springs Police Department tell CNN that when officers arrived on the scene, they were shocked to find three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies behind their cars with their weapons drawn.
    The school’s armed resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson was also outside — he resigned Thursday over his failure to act.

  16. He continued: ‘This law has never been prosecuted in this way and it is safe to say if Eric Greitens wasn’t governor, it wouldn’t have been this time either. We have a progressive anti-law enforcement Democrat wanting to single-handedly oust a law-and-order governor.

    ‘We look forward to a bipartisan committee of legislators elected by people across Missouri to find out what’s really going on – ensuring St. Louis liberals aren’t controlling the future of our state.’

    TL;DR: Soros gives tons of money to a Democrat anti-law-enforcement DA who immediately goes after a pro-law-and-order Republican Governor using a law that has never been applied in this way ever before to drum up a fake charge of ‘invasion of privacy’ by taking a photo of his mistress….

  17. Jubeir: We Will Work with US, Europe to Eliminate ISIS from Libya (aawsat, Feb 23, 2018)

    “Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said his country was working with the United States and Europe to prevent the expansion of ISIS from Libya towards Sahel countries, within the framework of fighting terrorism in the region.

    Jubeir made his remarks on Thursday in Brussels, following a meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini to discuss regional developments and preparations for an international conference on Friday to support the G5 Sahel Force.

    The Saudi foreign minister held separate talks with the European People’s Party member Rachida Dati and Michele Alliot-Marie, chairperson of the Committee on Relations with the Arab Peninsula in the European Parliament.

    Addressing the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Jubeir called on the international community to put more pressure on the Syrian regime to engage seriously in the peace negotiations.

    He also touched on the relations with Iran, expressing Saudi Arabia’s conviction that the nuclear agreement between the international community and Tehran “is not enough to modify [Tehran’s] behavior.” He stressed in this regard the need to prevent Iran from intervening in other countries’ internal affairs.

    Jubeir accused Iran of supporting terrorism and deploying its control in countries such as Iraq and Syria, as well as providing Houthi rebels in Yemen with ballistic missiles, which were used to target Saudi Arabia.

    On the relations with Qatar, the foreign minister said: “Our policy towards Qatar is very simple. We say no to terrorism, no to terror financing, no to spreading hate and extremism and no to interfering in the affairs of other countries.”

    The European Union will announce 50 million euros ($61 million) for the G5 Sahel force at talks with heads of state from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, adding to around 280 million euros already pledged by international donors, AFP reported.

    The conference aims to secure more international funding for the force. Donations so far have been led by Saudi Arabia, which has given 100 million euros.

    In addition to 26 EU leaders and the United Nations, around a dozen other countries will be represented by foreign ministers including Saudi Arabia, Norway, Morocco and Tunisia.”

  18. 530 Moroccans Sought Asylum in Spain in 2017 (moroccoworldnews, Feb 23, 2018)

    “A total of 530 Moroccans sought asylum in Spain last year, many claiming persecution for political, ideological, ethnic or sexual orientation circumstances, according to unofficial data from the Spanish Interior Ministry.

    About 11 percent of the total number of Moroccans who illegally entered Spain last year eventually sought asylum, according to data from the European Frontier Agency.
    The number of asylum seekers reaching Spain from the Maghreb is low compared to other nationalities, such as 10,000 citizens from Venezuela and 4,300 Syrians.

    In 2016, Spanish authorities granted 10 Moroccans asylum, while another 206 were granted “subsidized protection,” a status that provides a travel document, work permit, residency and support for several months.

    According to Frontex’s 2018 report, domestic conditions in Morocco and the kingdom’s place as a main transit route for migrants heading to Spain have created a surge of departures from Morocco’s western coast in the past year. Large capacity boats, often overcrowded, are able to transport significant numbers of migrants, many who pay large sums of money.

    Moroccans accounted for the most nationals that illegally crossed into Spain using the Western Mediterranean Route. Their numbers are steadily increasing: 468 in 2014; 631 in 2015; 722 in 2016, and 809 in 2017. They were followed by Algerians and Ivorians…”

  19. Sweden’s armed forces want to double defence budget by 2035 (thelocal, Feb 23, 2018)

    “Sweden’s Armed Forces want to boost staff numbers from 50,000 people today to around 120,000 people by 2035, the organization says in a new report looking ahead to ensure Sweden’s military is able to meet future challenges two decades from now.

    The report estimates that the total defence budget will have to be increased from today’s 53 billion kronor ($6.5 billion) a year to around 115 billion kronor a year by 2035.

    Formally called the “perspective study”, the report is released every five years and is intended to help guide political decisions and Sweden’s overall defence strategy.

    “There are several reasons to further develop the military defence. The geopolitical global development is unpredictable. Russia has through its actions in Georgia and Ukraine showed that they do not hesitate to use military force. They also plan to increase their military capabilities after 2020. Further reasons are that the society is more vulnerable to strain and warfare targets society as a whole,” an Armed Forces statement reads.

    Sweden has made moves in recent years to boost its defence, including stationing permanent troops on the island of Gotland and reintroducing military conscription.

    The report also states that more army brigades, corvettes, submarines and fighter aircrafts are needed, as well as more resources to step up Sweden’s cyber intelligence capabilities.”

  20. John Brennan faces scrutiny over anti-Trump dossier

    Critics claim former CIA chief John Brennan may have perjured himself over testimony about anti-Trump Steele dossier; former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz shares insight on ‘The Story.’

  21. Far left on the front lines: The Westerners joining the Kurds’ fight in Syria (Part 1 of 2) (france24, Feb 23, 2018)

    “Fighters from France, Britain, Greece and beyond have joined Kurds in their battle against Turkish troops in Syria’s Afrin. Often identifying with the far left, these volunteers have set off to fight, and even die, for a “Kurdish revolution”…”

  22. France to seal off 1,500 radicalized inmates in prisons (thelocal, Feb 23, 2018)

    “The French government said on Friday said it would seal off extremists within prisons and open new centres to reintegrate returning jihadists into society as part of a new plan to halt the spread of radical Islam.

    France is experimenting with various ways of ending the drift towards extremism of young people growing up on the margins of society, in predominantly immigrant suburbs where organisations like the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda recruit.

    The plan unveiled Friday is the third in four years and aims to draw lessons from past failures, after three years marked by a series of attacks that left over 240 people dead.

    “No one has a magic formula for ‘deradicalisation’ as if you might de-install dangerous software,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in the northern city of Lille where he presented his strategy, flanked by a dozen ministers.

    “But in France and elsewhere there are good approaches to prevention and disengagement.”

    France is particularly keen to stop extremism flourishing in its prisons, where some of the jihadists behind attacks in recent years first came under the spell of hardliners.

    A total of 512 people are currently serving time for terrorism offences in France and a further 1,139 prisoners have been flagged up as being radicalised.

    To prevent extremism spreading further, Philippe said he would create 1,500 places in separate prison wings “especially for radicalised inmates”.

    Islamic schools under scrutiny

    He also announced plans for three new centres that will attempt to reintegrate radicals referred by French courts, including jihadists returning from fallen IS strongholds in the Middle East.

    A first de-radicalisation trial ended in failure last July, with a centre in western France that operated on a voluntary basis shutting after less than a year with no improvements to show.

    Other measures announced by Philippe include:

    Investments in psychological care for returning children of jihadists. So far 68 children have been repatriated, most of them under 13.

    Tighter controls on private Islamic schools which have grown rapidly in number in recent years.

    More training for teachers to help them detect early signs of radicalisation and to debunk conspiracy theories.

    More investment in teaching students to separate fact from rumour on the internet.

    Making it easier to reassign public servants that show signs of radicalisation to jobs that do not involve contact with the public.”

  23. Three bombs hit capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state

    Three bombs exploded in different locations around Rakhine’s state capital Sittwe early Saturday morning, including at the home of a high ranking official, Myanmar police told AFP, adding that no deaths were reported.

    It is the latest violence to hit Rakhine, which is festering with ethnic tensions and has been roiled by communal violence in the north against the Rohingya and insurgencies in other parts of the state.

    Bombings in the state capital are rare however.

    “Three bombs exploded and three other unexploded bombs were found. A police officer was injured but not seriously,” a senior officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

    The blasts took place around 4:00am (2130 GMT Friday), the officer said.

    One exploded in the compound of the state government secretary’s home, while the two others hit in front of an office in the city and on a road leading to a beach.

    A local official from the state government also confirmed the explosions.

    The extent of the damage was not immediately clear.

    “Some streets are being blocked by police already because of the bomb blasts,” Zaw Zaw, a local resident of Sittwe, told AFP by phone.

    In recent months unrest in Rakhine has been concentrated in the state’s northern wedge, where a sweeping military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim community last August pushed nearly 700,000 refugees across the border to Bangladesh.

    The state capital Sittwe lies around 100 km south of the epicentre of that conflict.

    The explosions come almost exactly six months to the day since northern Rakhine was plunged into crisis on August 25 when Rohingya rebels raided police posts, killing at least a dozen officials.

    Myanmar’s military responded with a ruthless campaign that the UN says amounts to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population, who are now overwhelmingly based in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

    Myanmar authorities deny committing any atrocities but have blocked UN investigators from investigating the conflict zone, where thousands of Rohingya are believed to have been killed.

    Sittwe was once home to a sizeable Rohingya population but most were forced to abandon their homes by deadly communal violence in 2012.

    Today a small community of Rohingya are confined to a Muslim enclave in the city while more than 100,000 others are still living in squalid displacement camps outside the capital.

    In a separate conflict in Rakhine state last month, seven people were killed and a dozen injured when police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who were trying to seize a government office in the town of Mrauk U.

    The violence prompted an ethnic Rakhine rebel group in the state to promise “serious” retaliation for the deaths of the protesters.

    Around two weeks later the town’s administrator was found murdered on the side of the road.

    • “Archbishop Welby set out his reasons why sharia should not win official status in a book, Reimagining Britain.”

      “This courageous and perceptive call to mobilise for the common good of Britain comes at a crucial time. No other leader has offered such a powerful combination of realism, depth and practical priorities. – David F. Ford OBE, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

      Bigger than politics and broader than religion – a timely and inspiring read that requires response – Paula Vennells, Chief Executive of the Post Office

      An important contribution to understanding how the UK can not only move forward but flourish by reimagining its narrative of hope. – — Bishop Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop-elect of London

      He is the author of Dethroning Mammon: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2017.”

  24. Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws which have Christian values (dailymail, Feb 23, 2018)

    “Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

    Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws, which have developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.

    He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can ‘have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed ages of maturity and sexual activity, and especially on issues of polygamy’.

    Archbishop Welby’s comments follow the release earlier this month of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples marrying in mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil marriage ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia…”

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