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  1. Dutch lawyer seeks Qatari compensation for terror victims (abcnews, Apr 23. 2018)

    “A prominent human rights lawyer demanded Monday that Qatar compensate Dutch-based victims of an al-Qaida-linked Syrian extremist group, saying the Al Nusra group was financed by Qatar-based funding networks.

    In a letter sent to Qatar’s ruling emir that was seen by The Associated Press, lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld accused the wealthy Gulf state of failing to take action against the al-Nusra Front and said: “Qatar is therefore liable for the damages suffered by the victims.”

    Qatar denies funding extremist groups. Qatari authorities did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment on Zegveld’s claims and her demand for compensation.

    In her letter to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Zegveld alleged that one of the victims was taken hostage by members of al-Nusra near Damascus in December 2012…”

  2. Greek police arrest 120 migrants after violence by islanders (abcnews, Apr 23, 2018)

    “Police on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos on Monday arrested 120 asylum-seekers for illegal camping, following overnight violence by local residents trying to end their five-day sit-in protest in the heart of the island capital.

    The clashes in Mytilene left at least 10 people hospitalized. State television, quoting hospital officials, said most of the injured were migrants and none were seriously hurt.

    Police cleared the town’s main square early Monday after the nightlong standoff during which Greek men set fire to trash bins and hurled flares and firecrackers at the migrants and refugees who had set up tents there.

    None of the assailants were arrested, and police issued charges against unknown people for the attack. In addition to the 120 asylum-seekers, police also arrested — also for alleged illegal camping — two Greeks who had been protesting on their side.

    The sit-in protest by asylum-seekers began after a high court ruled last week that migrants arriving on Greek islands from Turkey could travel to the Greek mainland while their asylum applications were being processed. The ruling doesn’t have retroactive effect, meaning that migrants already there won’t be allowed to leave.

    Before the clashes, the island’s mayor, Spyros Galinos, had renewed a plea to the government to reduce high levels of overcrowding at camps on Lesbos and other islands.

    “There are 10,000 asylum-seekers and our (municipality) has a population of 27,000. Our island once again has been held hostage,” the mayor wrote in a letter to the Greek ministers of migration affairs and public order. “Lesbos can’t take this any longer.”

    The governing left-wing Syriza party said extreme right “thugs” had been behind the overnight attacks.

    “This was a well-organized action, with murderous intent, by specific extreme right, criminal and hooligan elements that have nothing to do with the island or its traditions,” the party statement said.”

  3. Michael Cohen raid rattles Trump allies: Did feds seize president’s communications?

    While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told President Trump he is not the target of the investigation into Michael Cohen, the stunning FBI raid on Trump’s personal attorney has spurred mounting speculation about what presidential communications, if any, the feds might have picked up.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York says Cohen has been under investigation for months, and they were behind the raid. But the move has so rattled Trump’s allies that Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Monday plans to send a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking whether he was consulted.

    “We’re not talking about just any lawyer, it’s the lawyer for the president of the United States,” he told “Fox & Friends.”

  4. A North Korean Nuclear ‘Freeze Trap’?
    History’s lessons for the approaching de-nuclearization negotiations.

    North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un announced a unilateral suspension of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile testing. He also said that his regime would close a nuclear test site. “The nuclear test site has done its job,” Kim Jong-un declared. Kim made the announcement days before he is scheduled to meet with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. Kim had previously indicated that he would not insist on the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition to negotiating denuclearization.

    A spokesperson for President Moon’s office said his country views “the North’s decision as a significant step toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula the world has wished for.” President Trump initially welcomed the move, tweeting, “North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit.” On Sunday, however, President Trump struck a more cautious note. “We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things will work out, and maybe they won’t – only time will tell … But the work I am doing now should have been done a long time ago!” President Trump tweeted. The president had previously said that he would be willing to forego his own planned summit with Kim Jong-un in late May or early June, or walk out while it is underway, if he concludes that it is a useless exercise.

  5. The Toronto Attack and Preemptive Politically Correct Shaming
    April 23, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    The Toronto van attack is still a developing story. But big city politicians have an automatic default after an attack that might involve terrorism. (Of the politically correct kind.)

    “I hope that we will, as a city, remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive and for being accepting and understanding and considerate,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said.

    Instead of reacting against the attacker, Mayor Tory engages in the preemptive politically correct shaming of anyone who might think of saying or thinking the wrong thing.

    I don’t know that anyone outside (or especially inside) Toronto goes around admiring it for “being inclusive”. It’s a childish hectoring strategy of the kind you would use on children. And that’s how politicians see people. As children to be nudged, shamed and berated into behaving the way that their betters expect them to.

  6. Deep State or Democrat State?
    Don’t let the Democrats off the hook.
    April 23, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    Michael Cohen, President Trump’s lawyer, was forced to drop his lawsuit against Fusion GPS over the smears peddled in its Clinton-Steele dossier because of the recent raids by the FBI.

    Aside from Trump, Cohen was one of the few people with the standing to sue Fusion GPS and discovery might have pulled back even more of the curtain on the process by which Clinton opposition research was used to justify eavesdropping on Trump officials while manufacturing the Russia conspiracy theory.

    Going after Cohen not only seizes control of materials normally protected by attorney-client confidentiality (at least until Hillary Clinton’s disgraced pick for Attorney General decided they shouldn’t be), but also protects Fusion GPS and suppresses a further line of inquiry into FBI misconduct.

    The government investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have also doubled as cover-ups.

    Taking down Flynn protected a vital weak point at the National Security Council. McMaster sabotaged any investigation of unmasking abuses by Susan Rice, Samantha Power and other Obama associates. Those NSC figures who insisted on looking into them were summarily forced out.

  7. FACT CHECK: Bolton’s “Anti-Muslim Think Tank” Includes Many Muslims
    April 23, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    NBC News rolled out a vicious attack on John Bolton for his work with the respected Gatestone Institute.

    According to NBC’s Heidi Przybyla, “John Bolton chaired anti-Muslim think tank” and “Gatestone advocacy group’s content is part of echo chamber that includes Russian media.”

    The front page article on Gatestone’s site right now is Bassam Tawil’s piece on anti-Semitism in the Palestinian Authority. Tawil’s bio reads, “Bassam Tawil is a Muslim based in the Middle East.”

    Another of Gatestone’s major authors is Khaled Abu Toameh, the most prominent Muslim journalist in Israel.

    A brief look through the names of Gatestone’s authors turns up,

  8. “I Want to Punch the Next Asian”: California Dem on Affirmative Action
    April 23, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield
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    The great multicultural utopia is a hoax.

    It’s based around divisive politics, but internally it’s just as divided. Different ethnic and racial groups want different things. Some want racially privileged college admissions. Others, especially Asians, benefit from merit-based admissions. This is an ongoing fault line that continues deepening every year. And the anger over it has been simmering on both sides.

    There are people who want freebies. And people who want to work for it. And the former really hate the latter.

    Sources familiar with the incident say Garcia’s anti-Asian remarks came during a legislative battle that arose when Asian-American community activists successfully lobbied to defeat a Democratic proposal to overturn California’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions. They argued that such a move could hurt Asian student admission rates.

    Perez in mid-March 2014 announced a move to return the bill to the Senate without any action from the Assembly, effectively blocking its advance.

    Garcia, the sources said, erupted in anger during a tense meeting of the entire Assembly Democratic caucus.

    “This makes me feel like I want to punch the next Asian person I see in the face,” according to sources present at the meeting and other legislative sources who were told about the comments in the immediate aftermath.

  9. New AP History Text Categorizes Trump Supporters as Racist, Questions President’s Mental Fitness
    “His not-very-hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters.”
    April 23, 2018
    Sara Dogan

    It is sadly common for conservative presidents and political leaders to be portrayed in a less-than-flattering light in the left-leaning textbooks used in public school and college classrooms, but a new volume on American history gives a new spin on the term “rush to judgment.” Less than a year-and-a-half after taking office as America’s sitting president, Donald Trump is already being maligned in the pages of an upcoming high school history text which insinuates that he and his supporters are driven by racism and that he is mentally unfit to serve as our Commander-in-Chief.

    Textbooks rarely receive a high profile before their publication, but the new history text “By the People: A History of the United States” written by New York University Professor James W. Fraser and set to be published by the Pearson Education publishing company has already proved controversial for its radical left-leaning and insulting narrative on Donald Trump’s election as president. The book’s one-sided nature was exposed not by an educator but by high school student Tarra Snyder, a junior and AP History student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, who was provided with Fraser’s book as a sample text that might be used for class instruction next year. Snyder was so incensed by the work’s slanted portrayal of history that she shared images of the book with Indianapolis radio show host Alex Clark, who tweeted images of the text along with commentary that quickly went viral:

  10. Richard: As I keep saying the Dems/leftists play the long game, they are planning for 2024 and all of the by elections in between.

    If Dems Win in 2022, Soros Wants Reparations
    April 23, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    A helpful reminder of just where that Overton window will be opening next.

    The reception, “Way to Win: 2022 Victory Party,” was presented as a look forward at what’s possible if Democrats can be effective in coming elections.

    “It’s 2022 and we are celebrating policy victories across the nation: Medicare for All and Free College, and next on the agenda is Reparations,” the group projected, according to an invitation to the event.

    “Because we’re governing with gusto, we’re seeing victories up and down the ballot—including winning a governorship in Texas and putting 38 electoral votes in grasp by 2024,” it says. “Stop in 2020 and 2019 when local power builders turned Arizona and Florida solidly blue and established Virginia as a progressive governance juggernaut.”

    The event was headlined with a speech by Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who the group predicted would “set the course for a new wave of leaders.” She was pictured on the night of the event with McAuliffe, who was also a featured speaker at the conference and is considering a run for president in 2020.>/blockquote>

    Richard: Personally I think the Dems are dreaming about winning that much, their continued insistence on pushing 1) Gun Control, 2) repeal the tax cuts/class warfare, 3) Identity Politics is going to kill them in the next elections. Combine this with the scandals that are breaking about how the entire Democrat leadership and a lot of the members of Congress not only knew about the weaponizing of the US Intelligence services and Federal Law Enforcement to 1) Stop Trump from winning in 2016 and when that failed 2) staging a quiet coup to remove Trump before the evidence of their unconstitutional actions was made public. Between now and November a lot of evidence will be made public and will change a lot of minds. The Democrats have become so radical they are driving all of the non far left radical Marxists away from their party. With a little luck this will be a permanent lose of power which will give the conservatives/classical liberals time to repair all of the damage that the left has done to the United States and the rule of law.

  11. France Now Has Harsher Penalties for Illegal Immigration Than US
    April 23, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    There are all sorts of things wrong with France’s new immigration bill. But it raises the possibility that France will have a tougher punishment for illegal alien border crosses than we do.

    The French bill makes illegally crossing the border a crime punishable by a year in prison. Here it’s a misdemeanor punishable by a $50 to $250 fine and 6 months in prison. Subsequent offenses cap prison time at 2 years.

    We punish immigration fraud much more severely than we do border crossings. And we don’t criminalize visa overstays. It’s a civil offense. Or other gateways for illegal migration. That means if you don’t catch an illegal alien at the border, the argument is that he isn’t a criminal.

    Criminalizing all forms of illegal presence should be a legislative priority. Sadly, I doubt most members of Congress, or especially, the Senate, have any interest in it. But if there does end up being some sort of DACA deal (which hopefully there won’t), it should include total criminalization so that future illegal aliens aren’t being treated as a protected group.

  12. A Murder in the Mountains
    In the West, honor killing isn’t alien anymore.
    April 23, 2018
    Bruce Bawer

    After living for many years in Oslo, I’ve been based for the last few years in Notodden, a town of about 12,000 people that is located in the mountains about two hours’ drive due west from the Norwegian capital. Notodden, Norway’s ninetieth largest municipality, used to be most famous as the headquarters of the energy firm Norsk Hydro; it’s now best known for its annual blues festival, which is held every August and which in recent years has featured a “blues school” run by Steven van Zandt. This year it will feature Bonnie Raitt.

    Blues is big in this town. So are antique American cars. In short, this isn’t exactly a hub of European anti-Americanism. The locals tend to be down-to-earth, unpretentious, hard-working. Many of them take much the same jaundiced view of Oslo that middle Americans take of Washington, New York, and Hollywood. Living here is not all that different, I suspect, from living in the mountains of Kentucky or Tennessee.

    So it’s a measure of the rapidity with which things have changed in Europe that even here in Notodden, there are women in hijab all over the place. The other day I was on a local bus, and the majority of passengers were women in hijab. There was a little girl in a pram – she was in hijab, too.

  13. Randa Jarrar: Bigot of Fresno State
    A professor’s long record of promoting violence and hate unearthed.
    April 23, 2018
    Lloyd Billingsley
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    “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words.”

    Those were the first lines most people had read from Fresno State University professor Randa Jarrar, who turns 40 this year. In a video posted last week, the professor made it clear these were not new themes.

    Around Fresno, she said, “a lot of the farmers now are Trump supporters and just fucking stupid.” As she told the students, “I’m inspired by several things, usually my hatred for the man.” As she explained, “I can’t fucking stand the white hetero-patriarchy.” And she has also boned up on into history.

    “The resistance fighters in the 60s and 70s. They didn’t kill anyone but they scared the shit out of people. They would hijack the plane and say ‘we are not going to hurt anyone on this plane but we are going to fucking hijack this plane.’” In the present, she wonders, “Why is Spencer’s (?) house still standing. I don’t understand. It needs to be like, fucking broken into. People need to fucking throw grenades into it. I don’t give a fuck.”

  14. Corker: Democrats blocking Pompeo nomination to appease base that ‘abhors’ Trump

    Fox News

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker on Sunday dismissed criticism about Republicans “ramming” Mike Pompeo’s nomination as secretary of state through the chamber, saying Senate Democrats have blocked the “highly qualified” Pompeo from getting the post just to appease their anti-Trump base.

    “I don’t think allowing people to vote is called ramming,” Corker, R-Tenn., said in response to the criticism on CNN. “This is a person who is highly qualified. He was first in his class at West Point, did The Harvard Law Review … knows more about what is happening in the world probably than anybody in America because of his post at CIA.”

    Pompeo earlier this month appeared before the committee for a confirmation hearing and could face a vote as early as Monday from the panel’s 21 members who would recommmend, or not, that he get a final Senate floor vote and the State Department post.

  15. Bosnia rejects Turkish extradition request against alleged ‘Gulenists’ (mee, Apr 23, 2018)

    “A Bosnian court has rejected Turkey’s request to extradite a Turkish citizen accused of links to Fethullah Gulen, whose group Turkey blames for the 2016 failed coup.

    Amid increased pressure from Turkey on its allies to turn over citizens linked to schools run by Gulen, a US-based Turkish cleric, the court ruled that Humeyra Gokcen should not be extradited because she had requested asylum from Bosnia before Turkey’s request.

    According to the unpublished decision by the Bosnian state court’s Appeals Chamber, obtained by Reuters, the court also said neither the UN nor the Council of Europe had verified Gulen’s movement was a terrorist organisation, as Turkey has claimed.

    Six Turkish nationals were secretly extradited from Kosovo last month, creating internal rifts that led to Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj dismissing the interior minister and security chief.

    Ankara has dismissed more than 100,000 public workers since the 2016 attempt to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing them of links to Gulen’s movement.

    Since 2013, Erdogan has accused Gulen of attempting to overthrow the Turkish government by creating a “parallel state” within the civil service and military, culminating in the failed coup that killed 250 people.

    Ankara has claimed Gulen extended his influence through Turkish society with his network of schools, which operated in up to 160 countries before Turkey pressured its allies to close them down following the coup.

    Turkey’s parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman reiterated the government’s determination to crack down on the party on Monday.

    “We are holding them accountable, and we will continue to hold them accountable,” he told parliament, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

    Turkey has requested the extradition of several other nationals it claims arrived in Bosnia after the coup attempts, a source close to the matter told Reuters.”

  16. Why Iran Doesn’t Attack

    Or at least not yet — the growing likelihood of an Iranian war with Israel.

    For more than a year, Iran has been building permanent military bases in Syria close to the Israeli border. Since the first reports of this activity were published in November 2017, Israel has made it clear that it would not permit the Iranians to do so because the threat to Israel is far too great.

    From these bases, Iran has been operating drones over Israeli airspace. It has dozens, perhaps hundreds, of its Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps troops operating from those bases.

    On at least four occasions — from February 10 to April 17 — Israel has attacked those bases. Israel’s April 9 strike on the “T-4” base near Homs killed about seven Iranian officials or soldiers, including an IRGC colonel commanding the drone operations.

    Though several Iranian leaders have spoken in terms of an imminent war with Israel, Iran has not even conducted any small attacks in response to Israel’s attacks on its bases. Why?

    • First and foremost is that Iran doesn’t want to give President Trump another reason to cancel Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with the ayatollahs, which he is likely to do around May 12. Our European allies — Britain, France, and Germany — are pressuring Trump to give them more time to push Iran for greater concessions under the deal, which it will never grant. China and Russia, also parties to the deal, are also pressuring Trump to not revoke the deal.

      Second, the Iranians probably haven’t obtained Russian support for any attack on Israel. So far, Russia has turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks on Syrian-Iranian targets despite its alliance with Iran and Turkey to keep Assad in power. Though Russian consent won’t be a sine qua non of any counterattack, Israel’s relations with the Putin regime are generally good and Russia may be telling Iran to hold off on any action until Trump makes his decision on the Obama nuke deal, in which Russia has a great investment.

      Third, as MEMRI reports, it’s entirely unclear that Iran has any popular support for an attack on Israel which clearly would primarily be part of its adventurism in Syria. Credible reports of anti-regime demonstrations in Iran, based principally on its Syria campaign, are becoming public irregularly.

      All of this is not to say that a general war between Israel and Iran won’t erupt at any time. More likely are post-May Iranian counterattacks on Israeli military or civilian targets. Restraint will characterize any Israeli responding attacks unless Iran orders Hizballah to launch its rockets and missiles at Israeli civilians.

      In that event, Israel would be faced with a three-front war in Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

        • Israel won’t try to take out the nuke facilities. Map: Too tough, lots of stuff deep under mountains, loss of fighter planes prohibitive. North Korean topography is similarly complex.

          They’re more likely to go after the regime itself. Together with the Iranian opposition and non-Persian population that’s spoiling for a fight right now.

          Wipe out the fat-cats of the IRGC, who have a mafia stranglehold on the entire economy.

          Iran’s complex of crises catches up with the regime

          The weight of banking, pension and water problems, plus its expensive military adventures, are dragging the country into a deep sense of malaise

          • Decapitation strikes, lets hope they get enough of the high command to spread chaos to all sectors and cause one or more groups to rebel.

            The last I heard the US military thinking is that it would take a month long 24/7 bombing raid using deep penetration bombs to take out the nuclear facilities. I was hoping that Israel had taken one or more of the designs that O stopped the US working on and finished the R&D on them.

  17. Thousands of unregistered children working in Turkey: Report (hurriyetdailynews, Apr 23, 2018)

    “The total number of child workers, aged 15-17, were 708,000 in 2016, slightly lower than the 716,000 in the previous year, according to a report prepared by the Education and Science Workers’ Union (E?itim-Sen) for National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on April 23, the anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Parliament.

    The corresponding figures were 601,000 and 709,000 for 2012 and 2014, respectively.

    The E?itim-Sen report notes that students that receive vocational education and work as interns in the service sectors, particularly in the tourism industry, and students enrolled in apprenticeship training programs, are not counted as “child workers.”

    The report cited the data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜ?K), which shows 78 percent of child workers were unregistered as of 2016.

    According to the E?itim-Sen report, three child workers, who were employed as farm laborers, were killed in 2018.

    Lower schooling rate among females

    The rate for females enrolled in distance learning programs at the secondary education level has increased to 62 percent, the report said, adding that 51.3 percent of all students attending formal education institutions were male and 48.7 percent were female in the 2016-2017 education period.

    The corresponding rates for private schools were 54.3 percent and 48.7 percent, respectively.

    The number of religious vocational schools (imam hatip) in the country increased to 1,408 in 2017 from 450 in 2002.

    According to the report, 97.4 percent of female students dropped out of school because they were married or engaged.

    The report also said there are 850,000 Syrian school-age refugee children in Turkey. Over 490,000 of Syrian children are enrolled in schools across Turkey, while 380,000 of Syrian children are attending school.

    Child abuse cases

    The number of court cases regarding child abuse has tripled in the past decade, while there was a 50 percent increase in cases over the past five years, the E?itim-Sen report also said, citing data from the Justice Ministry.

    On average, 8,000 children are sexually abused each year, while 17,000 child abuse cases are filed in court. Suspects are not convicted in 45 percent of those cases.

    In the last 10 years, the state allowed a total of 482,908 underage females to be married, the report said. Some 142,298 underage females have given birth in the past six years, it added.”

  18. 38 percent of children live in extreme poverty across Turkey: Research (hurriyetdailynews, Apr 23, 2018)

    “Some 38 percent of children in Turkey lived in households suffering from severe material deprivation in 2016, an increase of 1.6 percent compared to the previous year, according to a report from the Bahçe?ehir University Center for Economic and Social Research (BETAM). This rate is the worst in Europe.

    The Istanbul-based BETAM report, published on April 20, revealed that 7.51 million children aged between 0 and 15 suffered from the effects of material deprivation in Turkey in 2016, an increase of 300,000 compared to 2015.

    The European Union defines the criteria for severe material deprivation as a household that cannot afford at least four of the following: Rent payments; mortgage or utility bills; adequate house warming; unexpected expenses; meals involving meat, chicken or fish every second day; a one-week annual holiday away from home; a washing machine, color television, telephone or car.

    Severe material deprivation rates among children are around three to five percent in Denmark, Austria, Germany, and France. They range between zero and three percent in Sweden, Luxembourg, Finland, the Netherlands and Norway, according to the research.”

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