Reader’s Links, February 25, 2018

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      • Dems’ rebuttal to GOP FISA memo is released; Trump deems it a ‘bust’

        President Trump on Saturday dismissed a Democratic rebuttal to the GOP memo outlining government surveillance abuses in the 2016 campaign as a “total political and legal bust,” claiming that it only confirms the ”terrible things” that were done by the nation’s intelligence agencies.

        The rebuttal, written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, concluded that officials at the FBI and Justice Department “did not abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.”

        Democrats sought to counter claims made in a Republican memo released this month that the FBI and DOJ relied on a Democrat-funded anti-Trump dossier to ask the FISA court for a warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page.

        Democrats have vehemently claimed that the Republican memo left out important information.

  1. CNN – Dems release rebuttal memo after FBI redactions

    President Donald Trump on Saturday agreed to release a redacted version of a Democratic memo that seeks to undercut Republican claims of FBI surveillance abuses.

  2. Italy: ‘Italians first’ – Lega Nord leader Salvini rallies in Milan

    Leader of Italian right-wing Lega Nord (Northern League) party Matteo Salvini held a rally in Milan’s main square on Saturday, under the slogan ‘Italians first’ and ahead of the March 4 general elections.

    The rally in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo was the end of a procession that had started in Porta Venezia earlier on Saturday.

  3. “GOP governor leads fight against ending refugee influx from Somalia and other jihadist strongholds” by Leo Hohmann – February 23, 2018


    The average wage in the meatpacking industry back in the 1980s was over $20 an hour. Since then, it’s been cut nearly in half. Benefits have evaporated. The Chamber of Commerce and globalist politicians then complain of “labor shortages” in South Dakota and say they can’t find enough Americans to work for $10 an hour. That’s probably because the Americans in South Dakota don’t want a “job” that requires them to fill in gaping holes in their incomes with food stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized housing. Refugees have no problem signing up for these benefits, compliments of you, the taxpayer.

    I was joined by recently retired Homeland Security officer Philip Haney and economist James Simpson, who worked under three presidents as a budget analyst for federal programs.

    ACT Cleveland – October 25, 2018
    James Simpson, author of “Red-Green Axis.”
    Phil Haney, author of “See Something Say Nothing.”

  4. Propaganda, from a huge selection.

    ‘How I joined the jihadis by mistake’ [Kosovar]

    This is Albert Berisha. He’s 31 years old and five years ago he went to Syria to fight.
    “I know it’s hard to believe, but it happened,” Albert says about his nine days with different extremist groups. Articulate and focused, he says his primary reason for going to Syria was to oppose the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
    To misquote the film Withnail and I, Albert went to fight “by mistake”, ricocheting between uncomfortable and frightening experiences. During this brief but eventful period, he says al-Nusra Front – a group once affiliated to al-Qaeda – tried to enlist him, before letting him go. Then he went to stay with a group of fellow ethnic Albanians – before finding out they were trying to join so-called Islamic State, which he didn’t want to do.
    Albert says he escaped while they were busy fighting Kurds, and went to join Ahrar al-Sham, a coalition of Islamist and Salafist groups that is not classified as a terrorist organisation. He was taught how to take apart, clean and reassemble a Kalashnikov, but maintains that he never fought. After just five days, he realised life in Syria didn’t match the romantic ideas he’d had of joining a revolution to liberate the oppressed.

    “went to join Ahrar al-Sham, a coalition of Islamist and Salafist groups that is not classified as a terrorist organisation.“

    Just “… Islamist and Salafist…”

    There is an awful lot of these thought-shaping propaganda stories on the BBC these days. Infuriating that you can never comment, by design of course. Ties in with the 400+ highly skilled IS brain surgeons they have let back into the UK to wander the streets.

    ‘Oh he’s such a nice handsome young man’, blah blah blah.

    Only painted walls in the local orphanage (with the blood of infidels).

    Just gotta get more of that magic dirt.

    Gaol / jail him forever already, give him a one-way ticket back, or get out the rope. And the EU plans to give Kosovar EU status. Awesome.

    That BBC story about the IS chick who realised she was brainwashed was really hard to swallow too.

    • EU expansion – Macedonia, Kosovo – all Soros initiatives.
      Like southern Europe wasn’t enough of a burden, pile on the most miserable moslem statelets-

  5. China to scrap term limits for president, paving way for Xi to stay at helm

    In a move likely to pave the way for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to stay at the country’s helm beyond his second five-year term, the ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee has proposed to remove term limits for the president and vice president.

    In a short release, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said that the Central Committee had proposed to remove from the country’s constitution the expression that the president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.”

  6. North Korea condemns sanctions, but seen open to talks with U.S.

    SEOUL (Reuters) – Senior officials from Pyongyang visiting South Korea on Sunday said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, hours after it accused Washington of trying to stir up conflict on the peninsula with new sanctions.

    In Pyeongchang for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, the visiting delegation also said developments in relations between the two Koreas and between North Korea and the United States should go hand in hand, the South’s presidency said in a statement.

    The delegation met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at an undisclosed location in the Olympic city.

    Earlier a statement released by North Korean state media accused the United States of provoking confrontation on the Korean peninsula with Friday’s sanctions announcement.

    Sunday’s closing ceremony was attended by Moon, the North Korean delegation, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, among other dignitaries.

  7. Russian mercenaries describe U.S. strikes: ‘They beat our a**es like we were little pieces of sh**’

    The Pickrell article below refers to the strike by U.S. forces near Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria on 7 February. Syrian regime units had crossed the Euphrates and occupied a position on the Coalition (SDF/Kurdish) side of the deconfliction zone. Over the last week, information has been filtering out about the large presence of Russian-sponsored mercenaries with the Syrian regime force. Readers will recall that this whole event – of an unprecedented kind in the Syrian war to date – took place three days before the Iranians in central Syria sent the drone to penetrate Israeli air space, on 10 February.

    Now Ryan Pickrell of the Daily Caller News Foundation reports recordings from Russian fighters describing their very unpleasant experience. This comes at the same time we have gotten confirmation that the Russians have deployed the Su-57 strike-fighter, still in prototype evaluation, to Syria. Two of the fifth-generation aircraft were recorded arriving at Khmeimim Air Base in northwest Syria on 21 February, and imaged at the air base two days later.

    It would be distinctly un-Russian-like to send the not-yet-operationally-fielded Su-57 out to make a fool of itself. Anything else that can be said about the deployment is obvious to the point of banality. However, I’ll note once again that there’s more shooting at certain targets going on than we should be comfortable with, given the formal definition of our mission in Syria. It does no good to rant; this just isn’t how I would be running the show. – J.E.

    The Russian government has downplayed the recent strikes on Russian mercenaries in Syria. However, recordings from fighters on the ground reveal just how hard U.S. forces hit them.

    “One squadron f**king lost 200 people … right away, another one lost 10 people … and I don’t know about the third squadron but it got torn up pretty badly, too … So three squadrons took a beating,” a man believed to be a Russian contract soldier said in the first of three audio recordings obtained from a source close to the Kremlin by, a fact-checking website affiliated with Voice of America.

    • Zakharova Downplays Armed Clash with Americans in Syria, Kremlin-linked Audio Recordings Contradict Her Story

      Opposition leaders inside Russia, as well as Russian and Western media reports, dispute Zakharova’s comments. has obtained audio recordings from a source close to the Kremlin who said the Russian casualties were personnel from a private Russian military company who attempted to capture an oil refinery in Syria.

      “So, one squadron f**** lost 200 people…right away,” said one of three mercenary soldiers. “Another one lost 10 people… and I don’t know about the third squadron but it got torn up pretty badly, too.”

      Most news reports cite similar casualty figures.

      The incident took place on the night of February 7-8, a week before Zakharova’s briefing in Moscow.

      The U.S. said its forces acted in self-defense – in response to an offensive by what were assumed to be pro-Assad forces.

  8. Democrats’ rebuttal memo on FBI FISA application released by House Intel Committee
    By J.E. Dyer February 24, 2018

    With interesting timing, the rebuttal memo from the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee was just released (on Saturday, 24 February).

    The memo can be read in full here. If you’ve been keeping up with this story, you’ll be able to detect all the ways in which the points in it are simply reframed for special pleading. I’ll mention a couple of those in a moment, but basically, that’s what the entire document is: a special-plea brief.

    There are points of fact on which it purports to differ with what we understand to be the public record. A major example is when the FBI first received information from the Steele dossier. The Democrats’ memo asserts at least twice that the FBI didn’t have the Steele dossier until mid-September.

    By contrast, the New York Times and the Guardian have both reported that Christopher Steele met with at least one FBI agent (and reportedly a group of them) as early as 5 July 2016, and provided information from the dossier at that time. The original House memo, written by the Republicans, alluded to that as a possibility, but did not confirm it outright, suggesting that the information actually available to the House from the FBI has not included specific reference to such meetings.

    However, the Democratic memo is also careful to say that it was the investigators preparing the FISA application who didn’t receive the Steele dossier until mid-September. There were others in the FBI who already knew about it. This excerpt is from page 3 of the memo (screen cap below):

  9. Syria: Tens of thousands stand in solidarity against Operation ‘Olive Branch’ in Afrin

    Tens of thousands of protesters from Northern Syrian cities descended on Afrin on Sunday, in a display of solidarity in the face of Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch offensive.

    The protesters denounced the Turkish military offensive as well as criticised the silence from the international community on the campaign.

  10. MEMRI – Cleveland Imam Islam Hassan: Muhammad Was Not Marrying a Child When He Married 9-Year-Old ‘Aisha

    Speaking at the Islamic Center of Cleveland, Ohio, Egyptian-American imam Islam Hassan defended the Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to ‘Aisha, mentioning various Christian personalities, from St. Augustine to the kings of England, who, he claimed, had taken child brides, and saying that the Prophet’s marriage was in line with the customs and traditions of his day.

    Islam Hassan, who served as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Vermont for the past seven years, further said that the age of puberty was between 9-15 years and concluded that ‘Aisha had already reached puberty at the age of nine, when she was married off to the Prophet. “So he did not marry a child,” he said.

    The address was his debut appearance as the imam of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, and it was posted on the center’s YouTube channel on November 3.

  11. Israel set to deport African economic migrants, Canada says wait (they want more)
    by Ann Corcoran

    Canada is apparently the leading country to take off Israel’s hands some of the tens of thousands of Africans who entered Israel illegally. Israel says they are mostly economic migrants and not legitimate refugees.

    Canada wants a bunch, so why they are dragging their feet isn’t clear.

    And, readers, know that the US is taking some too. I just checked data at Wrapsnet and it looks like we have taken 58 during this fiscal year as of January 31.

    Here is the news at The Star:

    Ottawa has reached a last-minute deal with Israel to suspend the deportation of asylum-seekers who currently are waiting for resettlement to Canada.

    Israel refugeesWaiting for a ticket to Canada?

    Israel is set to begin deporting some 37,000 asylum-seekers, the majority of them Sudanese and Eritreans, in April after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government issued them expulsion notices.

    The asylum-seekers, most of them deemed by Israel to be economic migrants rather than refugees in need of protection, can either leave voluntarily for a “safe” African country and receive $3,500 and a plane ticket, or face imprisonment.

    The Canadian government is under the gun to resettle 1,845 of the African refugees whose sponsorship applications are currently in process, some for years.

    “Canada does not support policies of mass deportations of asylum-seekers. The rights of asylum-seekers and refugees are laid out in the Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees, of which Israel is a signatory,” said Adam Austen, press secretary for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

    Joanne BeachWorking on finding more churches willing to sponsor one of Israel’s illegal aliens!

    “As the country that resettles the highest number of African asylum-seekers from Israel, we are in direct contact with the Government of Israel to convey Canada’s concerns about the situation.”

    Full article @

  12. Belgium: Thousands rally for migrant rights in Brussels

    Thousands of people marched in solidarity with migrants and ‘those without papers’ in Brussels on Sunday.

    Demonstrators called for more ‘humane’ asylum policies and chanted “solidarity for those without papers.” The march kicked off at Maximilian Park, where volunteers have been working for months to help refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

  13. Belgium: Turks rally in support of Afrin operation in Brussels

    The Turkish community in Europe held a rally in Brussels on Sunday, in support of the ongoing military operation against Kurdish militia in Afrin.

  14. Pro-Turkish Forces Seize Part of Syrian Territories in Afrin – Source (sputniknews, Feb 25, 2018)

    “Pro-Turkish forces have seized a major part of the Kurdish town of Jindires in Afrin amid Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Syria’s northern region, a source in Syrian pro-government militias told Sputnik Sunday.

    “Armed groups backed by Turkey and supported by the aviation and artillery have seized a major part of the territory of Jindires in Afrin region,” the source said.

    The town of Jindires in Afrin’s southwest is one of the biggest Kurdish settlements in the region…”

  15. Turkey Urges Czech Republic to Extradite Ex-Leader of Syrian Kurds – Deputy PM (sputniknews, Feb 25, 2018)

    “Turkey has called on the Czech Republic to extradite former leader of Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Saleh Muslim after he was arrested in Prague, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday.

    Earlier in the day, Muslim was reportedly arrested in the Czech capital. The decision to detain him was made on February 24 by the Interpol’s office in the Czech Republic on the basis of Ankara’s request. Prague said that the decision on his arrest will be taken by the Czech court, while the Turkish side will be informed about the process. Prague is expecting Ankara to hand over documents demanding Muslim’s extradition.

    “Our Interior Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Justice are working on the issue of his [Muslim’s] extradition,” Bozdag told reporters.

    Ankara considers the PYD, a Kurdish political party in northern Syria, an affiliate of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), listed as a terror organization in Turkey. Turkey has recently launched a military operation in the Syrian region of Afrin against Kurdish militias, including the PYD…”

  16. Five Terrorist Groups Create Joint Command Center in East Ghouta – Russian MoD (sputniknews, Feb 25, 2018)

    “Despite the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, the situation in the embattled East Ghouta suburb east of Damascus is escalating with militant groups continuing attacks on the government forces, according to the Russian military.

    Five terrorist factions, including Jayish al Islam, the Nusra Front have created a joint leadership center in East Ghouta, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

    “The situation in East Guta is worsening. In the enclave, militant groups Jayish al Islam, Jabhat An-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Failak Ar-Rahman and Fajr Al-Umma have created a joint center for coordinating the actions of the groups,” the ministry said.

    The ministry went on to note that the leaders of the militant groups are preparing a provcation with the use of gas in Eastern Ghouta to accuse Damascus and discredit the Syrian government’s anti-terrorist operation in the area.”

    • Despite the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, the situation in the embattled East Ghouta suburb east of Damascus is escalating with militant groups continuing attacks on the government forces, according to the Russian military.

      The demolition has been so thorough that the entire suburb is now referred to as “Smoked Ghouta”.

      • Smoked Ghouda like the Moon, cheese. Moldy.

        It’s a miracle: Bombed to dust for years, resurrects each night so it can be bombed again the next, for your viewing pleasure!

        Infinite supply of fresh babies, witness their rescue by the noble lads wearing White Helmets.

  17. ‘Hungary’s Prime Minister Declared a War on George Soros’ – Researcher (sputniknews, Feb 25, 2018)

    “Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has once again accused US billionaire George Soros of using his funds to buy influence in Brussels and the UN.

    His accusation comes after the so called Stop Soros bill was submitted to the Hungarian Parliament.

    The proposed legislation would enable the Interior Minister to ban non-government organizations that encourage migration and pose a risk to national security.

    Radio Sputnik discussed this with Francesca Totolo, an independent Italian writer and researcher who has revealed the interference of George Soros and his Open Society Foundations in Italian politics…”

  18. Saudi Arabia will now allow women to join its armed forces (RT, Feb 25, 2018)

    “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will now allow women to apply for military service in a historic move. The decision comes as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 social program launched by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

    Women in governorates including Riyadh, Makkah, al-Qusaim, and al Madina can apply for the rank of soldier, Saudi’s General Security division announced in a statement Sunday. Prince Mohammad launched the Vision 2030 initiative to wean the country off its major dependence on oil revenues while also diversifying its economy, which includes expanding economic opportunities for women…”

  19. 2 attacks thwarted & 3 mosques closed in terrorism crackdown – French interior minister (RT, Feb 25, 2018)

    “The French interior minister has revealed that authorities have thwarted two planned terrorist attacks since the start of the year. Several mosques have been also shut down over preaching radical ideas, according to the official.

    The foiled assaults were aimed at the military and sports facilities, Gerard Collomb said in an interview with Europe 1 radio on Sunday.

    The suspect plotting to attack sports facilities was a convert who wanted to make his way to Syria, Le Parisien and AFP reported citing inside sources. In the second case, the 33-year-old suspect from Nimes was planning to attack soldiers taking part in Operation Sentinelle, a military operation launched in January 2015 to guard sensitive targets from terrorist attacks. According to the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI), the man pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in a video, while explosive materials were also found in his home…”

  20. Police Bust ‘Voodoo’ Migrant Sex Slave Ring Which Forced Women ‘To Eat Raw Chicken Hearts’ (breitbart, Feb 25, 2018)

    “Police in Britain and Spain have made 12 arrests in an intercontinental prostitution ring where a criminal gang allegedly used “voodoo rituals” to force African women and girls into sex work.

    Investigators believe the gang used voodoo rituals against women and girls to coerce them into sex slavery and to “break their will”, the Mirror reports.

    As part of the rituals, the women were forced to eat raw chicken hearts and some had their fingernails and pubic hair pulled out, detectives said.

    Police say the women were captured in impoverished parts of Nigeria and the voodoo rituals were used to control them, the women fearing that if they did not comply they or their families would be killed.

    Some women are believed to have been ‘recruited’ for jobs, to be illegally smuggled into Europe using fake travel documents, but upon arrival in Italy, were sent to Spain and forced into prostitution to pay off their ‘debt’ to the traffickers.

    Girls as young as 13 who were told they would be looking after children or working in hairdressers in Europe were forced into sex slavery…”

  21. Austria’s Kurz Slams Merkel for Linking EU Funding to Migrant Quotas (breitbart, Feb 25, 2018)

    “Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has opposed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposal to link European Union funding to migrant quotas, arguing for stronger borders instead of migrant redistribution.

    The Austrian leader slammed Mrs Merkel, saying that while in principle he understands the conditions for European Union aid, “I would just ask, not only to constantly focus on refugees,” Die Welt reports.

    Kurz argued that the main focus of the EU should be to strengthen the external borders of the political bloc to stop illegal mass migration, rather than just look at redistributing migrants once they enter…”

  22. Jobs, immigration and the EU: Italian fury is palpable ahead of the general election (telegraph, Feb 24, 2018)

    “It is a decade since the financial crisis, but Italy is still angry: from the small-town piazzas of northern Italy, to the picket lines of the old industrial heartlands around Turin, it is the smouldering rage of the people that dominates final campaigning for next weekend’s election.

    There is anxiety over uncontrolled migration; dismay over children without prospects; bitterness towards Europe and its common currency and – encompassing all these grievances – fury and frustration at Italy’s political establishment for failing to act…”

  23. Iraqi court sentences 15 Turkish women including four with young children to death for belonging to ISIS (dailymail, Feb 25, 2018)

    “A court in Iraq has sentenced 15 Turkish women to death for being members of ISIS.

    Another Turkish woman accused of joining the jihadist group was given a life sentence, a judicial official said, adding that they had all acknowledged the charges against them.

    Four of the women – all of whom were dressed in black – were accompanied by young children, he said.

    Aged between 20 and 50, the women said they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were heading to fight for the self-proclaimed caliphate straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria, the official added…”

  24. Boko Haram jihadi kidnappers are still holding 110 girls nearly a week after terrifying raid on Nigerian school (dailymail. Feb 25, 2018)

    “Some 110 girls remain unaccounted for nearly a week after an attack on a school in the town of Dapchi, Nigeria, the country’s information ministry said on Sunday.

    Insurgents believed to be from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram invaded the school, with 906 students, in the northeastern state of Yobe on Monday.

    Of the hundreds of students 110 have not been accounted for, information minister Lai Mohammed announced, while parents released a list of the girls they say are missing…”

  25. How do you say, “J’accuse” in Polish?
    This article from the office of Dov Hikind prompted me to look for confirmation of one its claims, and I invite readers to pursue the others.
    p. 6 of
    Jozef Beck, ministre des affaires étrangères polonais proposed deporting Jews to Madagascar.

    December 5, 1937 The Pittsburgh Press from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Page 48
    It was understood that 30,000 Jewish families, or about 120,000 persons, would be sent to Madagascar within the next five or six years.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis, Missouri · Page 19 Tuesday, December 7, 1937
    A Paris Foreign Office spokesman said a Polish committee already had gone to Madagascar, a French island, to study the possibility of establishing a colony for Polish

    Colonel Beck himself is reported to have admitted privately that, with ‘Madagascar’, he intended only to arouse hope among the poor Jews.

  26. BREAKING: Leicester ‘explosion’ – Police declare ‘major incident’ as huge fire breaks out (express, Feb 25, 2018)

    “LEICESTER Police have confirmed they are responding to a “major incident” after a huge explosion ripped apart a shop near the city’s centre.

    The incident is believed to have taken place at roughly 7:03pm at a corner shop amid reports of a huge blast rocking the surrounding area.

    Fire engines, Police and Ambulance crews are all working together in what emergency service officials have branded a “search and rescue” operation.

    Locals have claimed the shop will have been open at the time of the incident – but it is unclear if anyone was caught up in the explosion.

    In a statement Leicestershire Police said: “Emergency services have been called to Hinckley Road, Leicester, after a report that a building had collapsed.

    “Hinckley Road between the junctions of Mostyn Street and Carlisle Street has been closed off while Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service deal with the incident.

    “The ambulance service are also in attendance and we are unable to confirm any injuries at this time.”

    The explosion appears to have decimated the building where the raging inferno began, with footage from the scene showing flames towering above nearby houses.

    One witness told the Mirror: “It’s blown the shop across both sides of lanes and there is carnage everywhere.

    “It rattled doors and windows here.”

    The main-road facing area of the residential district is mostly made up of corner shops and takeaways – with homes on the upper floors.

    Kat Pattison, a nearby resident, claimed her whole house shook as the blast ripped through the shop.

    Speaking to the Guardian, she said: “There was a huge bang and the whole house shook…”

  27. DAILY MAIL -At least four people are critically injured as huge explosion obliterates Londis shop and the flat above in Leicester with passers-by battling to free casualties from the mangled wreckage with their bare hands

    Emergency services to the scene of a ‘major incident’ in Leicester after a convenience store was destroyed
    Photos show aftermath of the explosion at the Londis store, with flames completely engulfing the wreckage
    Four people were admitted to hospital in a critical condition, said a Leicester Royal Infirmary spokesman

  28. “President Trump, Mexican President Nieto shelve White House meeting”
    Fox 5 – February 25, 2018

    “Mexican President Pena Nieto Spends $50 Million To Keep Mexicans out of Mexico…”
    By Sundance – February 12, 2018

  29. CBC – Is Canada safe from Russian-style election hacking on Facebook?

    The CBC’s Wendy Mesley asks Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould what the government is planning to prevent a cyber attack.

  30. India, Pakistan Exchange Artillery Fire (aawsat, Feb 25, 2018)

    “India and Pakistan have traded artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing hundreds of people to flee, police in Indian Kashmir said, raising fresh doubts about a 15-year-old ceasefire between the nuclear-armed rivals in the area.

    It was not clear what triggered the latest fighting on Saturday in the Uri sector on the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the mostly Muslim Himalayan region.

    But tension has been running high since an attack on an Indian army camp in Kashmir this month in which six soldiers were killed.

    India blamed Pakistan for the attack and said it would make its rival pay for the “misadventure,” according to Reuters.

    Police superintendent Imtiaz Hussain said artillery shells fired by the Pakistan army fell in the Uri area and hundreds of villagers had fled from their homes.

    Indian forces returned artillery fire, an Indian officer said, the first time the heavy guns had been used since a 2003 ceasefire along the disputed frontier.

    Pakistan did not comment yet.”

  31. Meet the ‘Westway Warriors’: At least 14 ISIS fighters who were recruited from a few streets in west London (dailymail, Feb 25, 2018)

    “A leader of the British jihadis dubbed the ‘Beatles’ is suspected of radicalising at least 12 men in just over two square miles of the capital.

    The Islamic State fighter could have recruited other fundamentalists in West London to wage religious warfare in Syria and Iraq.

    At least 14 fighters are thought to have been recruited to the terrorist group while living in streets either side of the A40 Westway flyover.

    The suspects include two set of brothers and a hairdresser from Ladbroke Grove in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, according to a Sunday Times investigation.

    The men barber was detained while trying to return to the UK recently. One fighter who posed with a severed head online, along with another jihadi are yet to have their locations pinpointed.

    But Alexanda Kotey from Notting Hill is believed to by US officials to have been central to their radicalisation.

    The 34-year-old is one of two Brits who are part of the so-called Beatles beheading group captured by Kurdish forces last month in Syria.

    Both CIA and MI6 operatives are believed to have had access to Kotey along with fellow West London captive El Shafee Elsheikh.

    The 29-year-old and Kotey are thought to have been interrogated about their Islamic State contacts.

    Muslim convert Kotey has been described as ‘responsible for recruiting several UK nationals to join the terrorist organisation’.

    Experts regard him as ‘a natural leader’ and he is the oldest of the 14 men who lived around the Westway flyover…”

  32. How do you say, “J’accuse” in Polish?
    This article from the office of Dov Hikind prompted me to look for confirmation of one its claims, and I invite readers to pursue the others.
    p. 6 of
    Jozef Beck, ministre des affaires étrangères polonais proposed deporting Jews to Madagascar.

  33. December 5, 1937 The Pittsburgh Press from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Page 48
    It was understood that 30,000 Jewish families, or about 120,000 persons, would be sent to Madagascar within the next five or six years.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis, Missouri · Page 19 Tuesday, December 7, 1937
    A Paris Foreign Office spokesman said a Polish committee already had gone to Madagascar, a French island, to study the possibility of establishing a colony for Polish

    Colonel Beck himself is reported to have admitted privately that, with ‘Madagascar’, he intended only to arouse hope among the poor Jews.

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