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  1. Hillary and Comey Are the Same Person
    The “public servants” who put themselves first.
    May 1, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    Hillary Clinton is 5’4. Former FBI boss James Comey is 6’8. But they have one important thing in common.

    Both Clinton and Comey put themselves first.

    Hillary launched her spiteful book tour without any regard for what it would do to her party. No amount of frustration from her fellow Democrats would dissuade her from cashing in and lashing out at her enemies. And no amount of frustration from fellow FBI agents, including Comey’s own Bureau confidants, could dissuade him from cashing in and lashing out at Trump across a thousand talk shows.

    Hillary Clinton’s book tour damaged Dem prospects. Comey’s book tour harms the investigation. Its entire existence violates FBI rules. Much as Clinton’s book hurt her likely Dem successors.

    But both bitter book tours are the work of selfish, spiteful and egotistical people who don’t care how much damage they do to the allies who trusted them as long as they make money and settle scores.

    • But both bitter book tours are the work of selfish, spiteful and egotistical people who don’t care how much damage they do to the allies who trusted them as long as they make money and settle scores.

      Is this where I’m supposed to stifle any barely suppressed giggling or hysterical laughter?

      Just checking…

      • Go ahead and laugh I did.

        The attitudes spelled out in the article show why we are going to win, the left is too willing to throw each other under the bus for some quick advantage.

  2. Clinton Coup Clan Continues Attack
    The Democrats’ ongoing quest to topple the president.
    May 1, 2018
    Lloyd Billingsley

    The new House Intelligence Committee report finds no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The former FBI boss tasked with finding the collusion, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, recently announced that President Trump is not his target. This has left many observers puzzled, but one Russian actor may be able to put things in perspective.

    In the 1981 Fort Apache the Bronx, police officers throw a man off a roof. Many American viewers were horrified but Russian actor Yakov Smirnoff had a different take. “This is nothing,” Smirnoff said. “In Russia, KGB throws guy off roof to hit guy they really want.” In similar style, Mueller raids the office of attorney Michael Cohen but Donald Trump is the guy he really wants to topple.

    The coup d’état, also known as a coup in both English and French, is “an illegal and overt seizure of the state by the military or other elites within the state apparatus.” Such overthrows have been common in the Third World but now the duly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump, is the target of a Clinton coup clan. Consider, for example, the judge Mueller tapped for the Cohen raid.

  3. A Tory council candidate has been suspended just days before local elections after posting a picture of bacon hanging on a door handle as a way to ‘protect your house from terrorism’.

    David Boston suggested it was a way to ‘stay safe lads’ but was condemned for Islamophobia after sharing the post on Facebook.

    Mr Boston, the candidate for Enfield Council’s Turkey Street ward, also shared on Facebook a ‘twisted misfits’ post which said: ‘I envy guys for gettin to say ”suck my d***” as sort of a ”f*** you.” If I shouted ”lick my v*****” I’d have like 47 tongues in my pants.’

    The posts were all originally made by other people and shared by the candidate into his feed.

    He has been suspended by the Conservative Party but will still appear on the ballot paper as a Tory on Thursday as the deadline for withdrawing candidates passed last month.

  4. Sanctuary Cities Protect Crooked Employers and Human Traffickers
    Exploitation of the vulnerable is anything but “compassionate.”
    May 1, 2018
    Michael Cutler

    We have all heard the bogus claim that “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” protect the “immigrants” from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents and that the mayors of sanctuary cities are being compassionate.

    There is no compassion to be found in exploitation

    In reality, politicians who create and support sanctuary policies are every bit as disgusting and exploitative of illegal aliens as are human traffickers and unscrupulous employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens and benefit by sanctuary policies and, indeed those human traffickers and employers of illegal aliens are being provided with “sanctuary” and are being shielded from detection by ICE.

    Mayors and governors of “sanctuary” jurisdictions are actually “partners in crime” with human traffickers and exploitive employers.

    Before we go further, however, it is imperative to lay waste to that the false claim that mayors of sanctuary cities protect immigrants from immigration law enforcement agents.

    Lies about sanctuary policies being motivated by “compassion” creates a hostile environment and antipathy for ICE agents and Border Patrol agents that impedes them from locating and arresting aliens who violate our immigration laws, but also makes it far more difficult for ICE and Border Patrol agents to engage with the public to develop actionable intelligence.

  5. Zineb : “Cachez cet antisémitisme musulman que je ne saurais voir”

    Lorsque j’ai entendu le mot « Yhoudi » (juif) pour la première fois, il y a plus de 30 ans au Maroc, il sonnait comme une insulte. C’était dans un large rassemblement familial, le genre de réunions où les adultes profitant des retrouvailles s’irritent de leur marmaille qui court dans tous les sens. Quelqu’un venait de traiter son enfant de « Yhoudi ould lyhoud (juif fils de juifs) pour lui dire qu’il était un vilain garnement. J’allais avoir l’occasion d’entendre cette « insulte » sous différentes formes au cours de ma vie au Maroc, un pays dont j’ai pourtant appris plus tard qu’il était le moins antisémite du monde arabe.
    « Hachak » (sauf votre respect) est un mot que les Marocains, très soucieux de la politesse verbale, accolent à tout terme infamant. Ainsi, un Marocain dira « la poubelle hachak » ou « l’âne hachak ». Mais plus étonnant encore, beaucoup de Marocains diraient « une femme sauf votre respect » ou « un juif sauf votre respect ». D’ailleurs, la légende ne raconte-t-elle pas qu’avant l’extinction des lions de l’Atlas, en des temps immémoriaux, le voyageur qui craignait une attaque des fauves devait s’entourer de Juifs, un gibier si vil que le roi des animaux ne s’abaisserait pas à le chasser ?

    Un peu plus tard à l’école primaire Al-Amani à Casablanca où j’apprenais des rudiments d’arabe, de français, et beaucoup de cours religieux, il se murmura dans la cour que la maison mitoyenne était habitée par des Juifs. Nous-nous crûmes alors autorisés, nous autres petits écoliers d’un établissement privé plutôt bourgeois, à balancer des insultes et des détritus depuis les fenêtres de nos classes. La propriétaire s’en plaignit au directeur, un lauréat de l’université théologique d’Al Azhar au Caire et docteur en littérature arabe, qui, furieux, nous administra une punition exemplaire. Pour la première fois, les antisémites en herbe que nous étions venaient d’apprendre que haïr les Juifs était quelque chose de mal. Ironie du sort, c’était M. Fahmi Shanti, un brillant intellectuel palestinien réfugié au Maroc où il avait fondé notre école, qui nous l’a appris.

    Cette leçon, je n’allais jamais l’oublier. J’en retins que l’antisémitisme -n’en déplaise aux détracteurs de George Bensoussan- est bel et bien un atavisme que l’on a de fortes chances de téter du sein de sa mère pour peu que l’on reçoive une éducation islamique standard. Un atavisme, certes, mais pas une fatalité. J’en retins également que la cause palestinienne ne peut être prétexte à l’antisémitisme, même pour ceux qui ont en personnellement fait les frais comme M. Shanti. J’en retins surtout que tout théologien d’Al Azhar qu’il était, le directeur de l’école tenait avant tout à avoir des relations de bon voisinage. Si lui parvenait à vivre ensemble avec ses voisins juifs, pourquoi en France nous n’y parviendrions pas ?

    L’antisémitisme musulman, le mot est lancé

    Dans un « Manifeste contre le nouvel antisémitisme » publié dimanche 22 avril dans « Le Parisien », 300 personnalités politiques, médiatiques et du monde des arts tirent la sonnette d’alarme quant à l’inquiétante recrudescence des crimes antisémites commis en France par des islamistes. Pour ceux qui les perpètrent, ces actes ont un nom : le Jihad. Afin de faire cesser ces ordalies au rabais qui envoient tout droit leurs auteurs auprès des Houries de l’Éden et qui contraignent les Juifs de France à migrer plus prosaïquement vers des cieux ou des quartiers plus sûrs, les signataires du manifeste exhortent les autorités théologiques islamiques de France à frapper du sceau de l’obsolescence les versets du coran appelant au meurtre des Juifs, des Chrétiens et des incroyants.

    D’aucuns ont d’abord réagi au texte en pointant sa partialité, car le fait même d’évoquer un antisémitisme islamique serait « stigmatisant » pour toute une « communauté ». Les auteurs du manifeste se sont ainsi vus sommés de mentionner tous les antisémitismes ; celui de la fachosphère française et celui qui sévit eu Europe de l’Est, sous peine de se voir accuser de façon à peine voilée d’ »islamophobie ». Cette même dialectique de l’intimidation enjoint à toute personne qui s’exprime sur l’intégrisme islamique de valider d’abord « qu’il y a des intégristes dans toutes les religions ». L’argument en apparence équilibré n’est qu’une technique de réfutation qui permet de diluer le propos sans jamais en discuter le fond.

    Toutefois, ce sont les principaux intéressés eux-mêmes qui mettent fin à ce début de polémique stérile pour amorcer le seul véritable débat qui compte : la part de responsabilité des textes islamiques dans ces crimes antisémites et l’opportunité de procéder à un toilettage du texte coranique pour l’expurger de ses versets violents. « Des Imams au service de la République française », publié dans « Le Monde » du 25 avril, est rédigé par Tareq Oubrou, le recteur de la mosquée de Bordeaux, et signé par 30 imams qui dénoncent « le terrorisme et les crimes antisémites » et les qualifient de « situation intenable ». Si la démarche a le mérite d’entériner à demi-mot l’existence d’un antisémitisme musulman, les imams républicains ne vont pourtant pas jusqu’à accéder à la requête qui leur est faite de revoir leur copie du coran.

    L’ »imam modéré » ? Un mythe médiatique

    L’expression est à la mode. Ou comment un oxymore se ferait presque passer pour un pléonasme. Lors de la polémique sur le burkini qui a empoisonné le débat estival en 2016, les imams français dits modérés ont magistralement raté l’occasion de prouver que « modérés », ils l’étaient vraiment. Quasiment tous ont défendu la « liberté » de ces anti-Mariannes des plages à s’afficher en tenue wahhabite, déplorant pour la plupart cette « islamophobie » si française, à une heure où la France n’avait pas encore fini d’enterrer les victimes des attentats de Nice. S’il y avait, certes, matière à débattre du bienfondé des décrets préfectoraux interdisant le burkini, il aurait suffi qu’un seul de ces imams lève le petit doigt pour dire que l’on peut parfaitement être musulmane et porter le maillot de bain pour qu’il mérite authentiquement son étiquette de « modéré ». Aucun ne l’a fait.

    Le traditionnel ballet des « condamnations » de ces imams fait maintenant partie du décorum post-attentats. Pourtant, il y aurait lieu de se questionner sur l’opportunité de plébisciter des théologiens qui se contentent de condamner des crimes qui le sont déjà par la loi au lieu de condamner les textes qu’ils prêchent dans leurs mosquées et qui justifient ces mêmes crimes.

    Dans le cas précis des attentats visant les citoyens de confession juive, il aura fallu des années depuis le forfait de Merah pour que les imams lâchent le mot « antisémitisme ». Mieux vaut tard que jamais. Toutefois la noblesse de l’intention affichée masque à peine l’affront ressenti par les imams face à ces 300 illustres profanes qui les somment d’amender leur livre saint. Demander à un musulman croyant, imam de surcroît, de changer l’emplacement d’une virgule dans le coran, c’est comme demander au Louvre de repeindre la gorge de la Joconde en noir parce que les islamistes trouvent son décolleté trop affriolant.

    • Maladroite, certes, et même « ignare » comme l’a sous-entendu Tareq Oubrou, l’injonction faite aux responsables musulmans de se justifier sur les versets criminogènes contenus dans le coran a tout de même le mérite de sonner le glas d’une mystification. D’abord, à travers ce manifeste, 300 signataires d’horizons très divers affirment ne pas être dupes. Sauf à faire preuve d’une extrême mauvaise foi, plus personne ne croit à l’antienne répétée en chœur par les Imams de France et de Navarre face au fléau terroriste. Non, la succession des crimes idéologiques perpétrés à coups d’ »Allah Akbar » n’est ni l’œuvre hasardeuse de détraqués mentaux mystérieusement inspirés par le même génie profane, ni le fruit amère d’une civilisation occidentale intrinsèquement raciste et oppressive pour « une communauté musulmane » dont la jeunesse désœuvrée exprimerait ainsi de façon ultime son extrême désespoir. Si tel avait été le cas, on ne compterait pas les victimes du terrorisme islamique par milliers sous les cieux où règne l’Islam.

      Ensuite, la proposition faite par les Imams signataires de l’appel des 30 de remédier au fondamentalisme en enseignant le « bon » islam – le leur – ne résiste pas non plus à l’analyse. En refusant encore une fois toute critique de fond des textes islamiques, parce que l’Islam serait foncièrement vertueux et mal interprété, Tareq Oubrou qui s’est fait connaître pour son projet très louable de régénérer l’islam de France, un islam qui selon lui doit être nourri de l’esprit des Lumières, semble ne pas se donner les moyens de ses ambitions. Comment réformer l’islam sans le critiquer, sans le pousser dans ses retranchements, sans le questionner sur la nature du coran, crée ou incrée, et sur la question du Salut dans la foi musulmane ? En effet, l’imam et ses comparses usent et abusent du postulat éculé de « l’islam religion de paix et d’amour » victime à la fois de « stigmatisation » de l’Occident et de mauvaise interprétation de la part de ceux de plus en plus nombreux qui commettent des crimes de masse en son nom.

      « Citoyens aussi, nous voulons proposer notre expertise théologique aux différents acteurs qui sont confrontés aux phénomènes de la radicalisation dans les prisons, dans les établissements publics, fermés et ouverts, afin de répondre à des aberrations religieuses par un éclairage théologique lorsque les arguments avancés par ces jeunes sont d’ordre religieux. Une expertise que seuls les imams peuvent apporter », écrivent-ils. Autrement dit, à chaque fois que le texte coranique leur est opposé, et bien qu’il soit d’une très grande clarté quant au sort des Juifs, des chrétiens, des incroyants et des femmes, les imams éluderont en évoquant des complexités exégétiques qui ne sont en réalité qu’un écran de fumée. Ils renverront leur interlocuteur à son ignorance supposée du contexte, de la langue arabe ou des subtilités exégétiques pour s’affirmer comme seuls à pouvoir comprendre l’Islam. Les seuls donc à pouvoir sauver la France et le monde d’une menace idéologique pourtant contenue dans la foi qu’ils prêchent. Le tour de passe-passe est remarquable.

      En réalité, s’adjuger le monopole de la compréhension du coran revient à mettre à l’index le corpus textuel islamique pour n’en distiller au public que ce qui en lustre l’image et paraît convenable pour les oreilles de la République. Les imams s’instaurent ainsi en clergé ad hoc, mais ils refuseront de se reconnaître comme tels à chaque fois qu’ils seront sommés de réformer leur dogme. En effet, comment toucher aux textes saints lorsque chacun sait qu’en Islam, il n’y a pas de clergé ?

    • L’antisémitisme, une science islamique ?

      Si les imams reconnaissent à demi-mot l’existence d’un antisémitisme musulman, ils le décrivent volontiers comme une regrettable conséquence de l’ignorance de certains musulmans. Ces « ignares » qui n’ont pas pu profiter des Lumières des imams « modérés » de France se seraient ainsi formés à l’antisémitisme auprès de sombres réseaux anonymes sur Internet. Encore une mystification, pour ne pas dire un pur mensonge. Si n’importe quelle personne sachant lire l’arabe comme moi peut accéder à une riche bibliographie antisémite en effectuant une simple recherche sur Internet ou dans n’importe quelle bibliothèque du monde musulman, nos imams éclairés de France ne peuvent ignorer l’existence de tels « travaux ». Contrairement à ce que prétendent ces imams plus soucieux de lustrer leur image que de dire la vérité, les écrits antisémites ne sont pas toujours l’œuvre des prédicateurs autoproclamés des sous-sols. Citons quelques exemples !

      Abdul Rahim Shareef, Doyen de la faculté de Charia à l’Université de Zarqa en Jordanie, titulaire – entre autres – d’un doctorat en exégèse coranique à l’Université de Damas en 2006, est l’auteur d’une recherche intitulée « Les caractéristiques des Juifs dans le coran ». En s’appuyant sur plus de 13 versets coraniques que sa qualité de docteur en exégèse habilite parfaitement à interpréter, il en sort que les juifs présentent huit caractères majeurs : le non partage de la sagesse, l’avarice, la cupidité, la couardise, la trahison, le mensonge, le vandalisme et le crime (ils assassinent les prophètes).
      Voilà donc à quoi ressemble un travail académique en sciences islamiques dans un pays comme la Jordanie.

      Les imams de France ne peuvent l’ignorer, l’étude des juifs semble même obséder les « savants » de l’Islam. Un autre universitaire, Abdullah Ben Radi Al Shamri, docteur en Charia mention Fiqh, professeur de théologie à l’Université de Hail en Arabie Saoudite, écrit sur le sujet : « Nous ne pourrons comprendre les Juifs que grâce à la description qu’Allah en fait dans le coran. La raison de notre faiblesse face à eux, de l’humiliation qu’ils nous infligent et de notre sang qu’ils font couler, c’est que nous nous sommes éloignés des enseignements coraniques sur notre combat face à eux et que nous les avons substitués par une législation internationale et des considérations politiques (….) Les Juifs que nous voyons aujourd’hui sont les mêmes qu’Allah a maudits depuis le septième ciel, ils ne sont pas différents de leurs ancêtres. Ils combattent même l’islam avec des moyens encore plus pervers (…) ». L’auteur de ces lignes compte à son actif plusieurs conférences en Europe, dont une en France, une à la faculté islamique de Bruxelles, une à Barcelone, et d’autres au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde.

      Pour finir, l’auteure libanaise Salam Al Haj, diplômée en communication et en démographie à l’Université libanaise, ancienne journaliste du quotidien Al-Safîr, dénombre 24 caractéristiques des Juifs dans son étude « Qui sont les Juifs et quelles sont leurs caractéristiques dans le coran ? ».

      Selon elle, aux huit tares citées plus haut, les Juifs se caractériseraient en outre et non exhaustivement par leur cruauté, leur insolence, et par leur idolâtrie de l’argent. Les « études » comme celles-ci sont légion dans les universités islamiques. Nier leur existence soulève la question de la sincérité des Imams de France lorsqu’ils proposent de promouvoir un islam des Lumières, compatible avec les valeurs républicaines.

      De la contextualisation sélective

      La seule posture acceptable de la part de Tareq Oubrou et de ses cosignataires, c’est non seulement la condamnation la plus ferme de ce type de travaux produits par leurs condisciples, mais surtout la réfutation absolue de ces thèses sur le plan intellectuel et théologique. Ils pourraient le faire, si seulement ils sortaient de leur posture identitaire. Non, Messieurs les Imams, vous n’êtes pas des ambassadeurs de l’Islam, vous n’avez pas un rôle de représentation, vous n’êtes pas la voix des musulmans de France, car ces derniers – ne vous en déplaise – ne sont pas une communauté, mais des individus. Des individus qui ne vous ont jamais élus.

      L’Islam en France est-il à ce point devenu l’otage du paradigme identitaire qu’il en est devenu impensable d’en discuter le fond ? Qui oserait parler d’un catholicisme des Lumières devant un concert de rock irlandais, une exposition d’un artiste italien ou un défilé de mode d’un créateur français, simplement parce que les protagonistes sont nés dans des familles catholiques ? Pourquoi leurs congénères nés d’origines tunisienne, algérienne ou marocaine seraient-ils condamnés à être qualifiés et évalués par le spectre d’une identité religieuse monolithique aussi chimérique que dangereuse ?

      Ceux parmi les musulmans éclairés qui s’évertuent à nous expliquer que les Musulmans peuvent être des personnes fréquentables ne nous apprennent rien. Nous autres Français de toutes origines avons suffisamment de sagesse politique et de valeurs humanistes pour nous permettre de critiquer ce fascisme qui se développe au sein de l’Islam sans en faire porter la responsabilité à tout individu né musulman, qu’il soit croyant ou pas, qu’il pratique la religion de ses pères ou qu’il ait choisi de s’y convertir. Ceux qui, par le déni de l’évidence, tentent de nous faire croire que l’Islam ne souffre aucun soupçon d’antisémitisme nous mentent. Nous n’avons pas besoin de leur discours infantilisant pour puiser en la civilisation islamique ce qui nous permettra de vivre avec nos concitoyens juifs.

      Pour ma part, je n’ai jamais oublié la leçon de Fahmi Shanti, et je n’oublie pas non plus qu’il fut un temps où les cieux musulmans de l’Empire ottoman étaient bien plus cléments pour les Juifs que n’importe quel pays chrétien. Et pendant les temps les plus sombres en Europe, il valait bien mieux être juif à Alger, Fès ou Alexandrie qu’à Paris ou Berlin.

      Expurger le coran n’est pas une hérésie, mais un contresens

      Faut-il pour autant faire l’ablation de tout ce qui dans le coran ne correspond pas aux valeurs de la République ? Sans craindre d’offenser les musulmans, je suis en droit de me demander s’il en resterait alors grand-chose. Faire de l’archéologie coranique est nécessaire, mais vouloir l’expurger de ses versets barbares pour le rendre plus adapté à notre époque revient à en reconnaître le caractère législatif. Or, c’est bien parce que le coran est vu comme une constitution par une large partie de musulmans qu’il pose problème. Pas moins de 8 versets coraniques affirment que la terre est plate.
      La science a-t-elle attendu pour autant que M. Oubrou et ses comparses les frappent d’obsolescence pour établir l’évidence ?

      Au pays de Voltaire, à l’épreuve de la raison, l’Islam sacré des prédécesseurs arrive à péremption. Comme le catholicisme avant lui, il faudra que l’inconscient collectif français le désacralise pour le remettre à la seule place que devrait allouer une démocratie moderne en 2018 à un corpus législatif rédigé il y a 15 siècles en Arabie préislamique. Nul besoin d’expurger le coran que la tradition nous a transmis aujourd’hui s’il est tenu pour ce qu’il devrait : un livre ancien renfermant à la fois la sagesse et la barbarie des temps où il fut rédigé. L’Islam peinera à se renouveler tant que ses théologiens et ses fidèles défendront l’idée qu’Allah est éternel, et que le coran est sa parole incréée. L’édifice intellectuel islamique continuera inexorablement à se fissurer jusqu’à effondrement total, tant que les questions fondamentales autour du coran, ses auteurs, sa chronologie, sa fabrication en tant que livre saint, seront soigneusement éludées par les imams.

      Ce qui se joue à travers cette bataille des pétitions, c’est que l’omerta qui a entouré le dogme islamique pendant des siècles, usant de coercition et de violence contre tous les esprits éclairés qui ont osé induire le doute, est en train de céder à l’esprit critique et anticlérical français.* Ce qui a été protégé à coup de lois anti blasphématoires ailleurs ne saura résister longtemps à la liberté du débat en France. Les crimes antisémites ou les attentats de « Charlie Hebdo » doivent être compris pour ce qu’ils sont : une ultime tentative de semer la terreur pour masquer la faillite intellectuel du dogme islamique tel que défendu par ses imams aujourd’hui.

      Zineb El Rhazoui

      • Martin,
        La belle écriture francaise; la langue que chaque mot veut dire quelque chose…once upon time I could write good French. Now I can’t write well in French or English.
        The facts are there are no Jesus Christ, Monet, Louis Pasteur,Da Vinci, Yves Montand , Elvis Presley , Brigitte Bardot , Michael Savage who were Muslims. This fake “religion “ has nothing to show before, now and in the futur.
        God rewards those who spread truth about the gift of life and unconditional love.
        Thanks to all Vlad Tepes ‘s family
        What a family we have
        ???????and all who love and support GOD,
        The real one,

    • French Politicians Shift Blame for Anti-Semitism onto Muslims

      French politicians and celebrities signed a manifesto blaming French Muslims for anti-semitism in France.

      Yasser Louati addresses the hypocrisy in France’s human-rights discourse

      [.....anyway.... Muslims don't call that Anti-Semitism it is merely "JIHAD"...]

    • 99.99999999999999% vote for him.
      Democracy in Cuba : Democrats, illegal are awaiting in lines to leave USA for Cuba ??

  6. TEL AVIV — CNN’s Chris Cuomo conducted a largely belligerent interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his New Day program on Tuesday in which the CNN host repeatedly interrupted and spoke over the Israeli leader, going so far as to confront Netanyahu about Israel’s suspected nuclear arsenal.
    During the interview, Cuomo suggested that the international nuclear accord with Iran is “better than nothing” and charged that Netanyahu’s speech yesterday revealing a secretive Iranian nuclear weapons archive “has been described as an unusually theatrical display for you.”

    Yet Cuomo may have betrayed his own grasp of the subject matter when he tried to state the long form name for the international nuclear watchdog that reports to the United Nations, referring to the agency as “the IAEA, the International era – whatever.”

  7. US border patrol agents found a tiger cub in a bag abandoned by individuals trying to illegally enter the country at the Texas border, officials say.

    The male tiger cub was unconscious inside a black duffel bag, according to a statement from the US Customs and Border Protection.

    When the individuals realised agents were nearby, they fled back to Mexico, leaving the cub behind in their escape.

    The cub, only several months old, is now in the care of a local zoo.

    Brownsville, Texas border officials had been ready to intercept the group, but discovered the young tiger instead.

    “Not an average day in the field,” tweeted Irma Chapa, communications director for Rio Grande Valley border patrol.

  8. More than 160 children have been rescued from a “baby factory” and two unregistered orphanages in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, an official has said.

    Some of the babies and children had been sexually abused, Agboola Dabiri added.

    It is not uncommon for Nigerian authorities to raid “baby factories”.

    In some cases, unmarried pregnant women are promised healthcare, only for their children to be taken away. In others, women are raped and made pregnant.

    The babies can be sold for adoption, used for child labour, trafficked to Europe for prostitution or killed for ritual purposes.

    • In some cases, unmarried pregnant women are promised healthcare, only for their children to be taken away. In others, women are raped and made pregnant.

      The babies can be sold for adoption, used for child labour, trafficked to Europe for prostitution or killed for ritual purposes.

      And people wonder why Africa is such a basket case…

        • Right after they’re done wondering why these Africans and Arabs routinely import their own cultures of corruption, spousal abuse, pedophilia, criminality, and general idiocy with them wherever they go.

  9. Riot police used teargas and water cannon to disperse the protesters. Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said more than 200 demonstrators had been arrested and four people were lightly injured in the clashes, including a police officer.

    “I condemn with absolute firmness the violence that took place today and derailed the May Day processions,” tweeted Macron, who was on a visit to Australia.

    “Everything will be done so that the perpetrators are identified and held responsible for their actions.”

    Authorities said around 1,200 protesters, many garbed in black, had turned up on the sidelines of the annual May Day demonstration. The protesters were from far-left anarchist groups known as Black Blocs, police said.

    Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux criticised the protesters for covering their faces. “When you have sincere convictions, you demonstrate with your face unmasked,” he said. “Those who wear hoods are the enemies of democracy.”

  10. San Francisco’s hidden truth is out. That’s what community organizer Carol Mo calls the realization that Asian residents are being targeted for robberies, burglaries and intimidation by young black men.

    “It is San Francisco’s dirty little secret,” said Mo, a former Safety Network Community organizer in the Sunset District. “It’s not news to us.”

    Hundreds of people marched into Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to express their fear, frustration and outrage. But so far the response has been disappointing, particularly from the San Francisco Police Department. It seems intent on downplaying the role of race and its impact in the community.

    • San Francisco’s hidden truth is out. That’s what community organizer Carol Mo calls the realization that Asian residents are being targeted for robberies, burglaries and intimidation by young black men.

      Yet, young Black men continue to wonder blankly why they are so thoroughly reviled wherever they go. Only active media suppression of Europe’s ongoing rape is preventing an even further deterioration of how young Africans are viewed.

  11. Iran Struggles with Potentially Explosive Environmental Crisis

    Iran Struggles with Potentially Explosive Environmental Crisis
    By Dr. James M. Dorsey
    May 1, 2018
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    Houz Soltan (Salt Lake) in Qom province, 85 km south of Tehran, Iran. Photo by Mostafameraji via Wikimedia Commons

    BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 818, May 1, 2018

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Iranian leaders are struggling, three months after anti-government protests swept the Islamic Republic, to ensure that environmental issues that helped spark a popular uprising in Syria in 2011 leading to a brutal civil war don’t threaten the clergy’s grip on power.

    Like Syria, Iran has been suffering a drought that has affected much of the country for more than a decade, with precipitation dropping to its lowest level in half a century. Environmental concerns have figured prominently in protests in recent years, often in regions populated by ethnic minorities like Azeris and Iranian Arabs.

    Unrest among ethnic minorities, who account for almost half of Iran’s population, have taken on added significance of late. Iran has reason to fear both Saudi Arabia’s activist crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, and US President Donald Trump, whose antipathy towards the Islamic Republic has been bolstered by the appointment of hardliner John Bolton as his national security advisor.

    • Like Syria, Iran has been suffering a drought that has affected much of the country for more than a decade, with precipitation dropping to its lowest level in half a century.

      Here come the Water Wars™!

      Tell ya what, maybe we should keep nukes away from these thirsty, unstable wobbly, beturbaned sorts until they perfect their own affordable reverse osmosis water purification and long distance hydraulic pumping. Eh?

  12. Richard: This is the last thing we need.

    MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on Politico‘s “Off Message” podcast Tuesday that he has heard House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) plans to hand over leadership to Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D., Mass.).

    Matthews brought the question of Democratic House leadership up during a discussion with host Edward-Isaac Dovere about what party will control the House after the November elections.

    “Somebody hit me with the rumor last night that Nancy Pelosi is going to turn it over to Joey the third,” Matthews said. “Have you heard that rumor?”

    The podcast host said he had not heard the rumor, but while Matthews said he previously expected Rep. Joe Crowley (D., N.Y.) to succeed Pelosi, Dovere did not appear surprised by the idea Kennedy might take her place.

  13. Woman shot man who was trying to rob her in downtown Raleigh, police say
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    By Candace Sweat, WRAL reporter, and Alfred Charles, Online Managing Editor

    Raleigh, N.C. — A robbery suspect was shot and wounded when his intended victim fought back and opened fire on him in downtown Raleigh, authorities said Friday.

    Jonathan Tyrone Peace, 28, has been charged with common law robbery in connection with the incident Thursday in the 300 block of South Blount Street around 3 p.m., police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was rushed for medical treatment to WakeMed. Information about his condition was pending. 32

    Police said Morgen Matthews, 23, was walking on South Blount Street when Peace tried to rob her. She fired her weapon to stop him from attacking her, police said. She remained on the scene until police arrived, authorities said.

  14. Former Presidential Candidate Under NEW Investigation

    According to journalist Sarah Carter, the House Intelligence Committee is investigating former Secretary of State John Kerry over his possible role in the unverified anti-Trump dossier at the heart of the FBI’s Russia probe.

    The documents, colloquially known as the Steele Dossier, after Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy behind it – was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign.

    The Committee began quietly digging into Kerry’s connections after a former colleague and friend published and an op-ed in the Washington Post detailing his friendship with Steele.

    Carter explains:

  15. Ukraine: Is Russia Planning A New Invasion?

    by Judith Bergman
    May 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

    This April marks the fourth year of the ongoing war in Ukraine between the Ukrainian military and Russian backed separatists in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine, also known as the Donbas region. Prior to the beginning of the war in eastern Ukraine in April 2014, Russia annexed Crimea.

    Russia’s aggression into Ukraine came in direct violation of its obligations under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. Under the memorandum, in exchange for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons, Russia reaffirmed its “obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine” and promised that none of its weapons would ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

    Now, the question of further Russian or Russian-backed military operations in Ukraine has surfaced. In March, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asserted that Russia has been strengthening its military presence on the border of Ukraine. According to Poroshenko:

  16. U.S. Confirms Authenticity of Secret Iran Nuclear Docs, Officials See Game Over for Deal
    Trump administration officials praise Netanyahu’s ‘powerful presentation’

    U.S. officials and congressional insiders view the disclosure Monday by Israel of Iran’s ongoing efforts to develop a nuclear weapon as game over for the landmark nuclear deal, telling the Washington Free Beacon that new evidence of Iran’s top secret nuclear workings makes it virtually impossible for President Donald Trump to remain in the agreement.

    Senior Trump administration officials confirmed the findings as authentic and praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s for disclosing thousands of secret documents proving Iran lied about its past work on a nuclear warhead, telling the Free Beacon the revelation was a “powerful presentation” by Israel outlining why the Iran deal must be fixed or killed.

    U.S. officials who reviewed the secret documents confirmed their authenticity and said that Israel has shared the information fully with the United States, most likely to help build the case for Trump to abandon the nuclear deal, rather than try to fix what the White House views as a series of insurmountable flaws.

    A State Department official confirmed to the Free Beacon Monday evening that it is “aware of the information just released” by Israel and is “examining it carefully.”

  17. Tariq Ramadan: “In Real Life, He is a Real Barbarian Towards Women” (moroccoworldnews, May 1, 2018)

    “Damning accounts against the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan continue to pile up.

    In a recent interview with the Belgian channel RTL-TVI, Majda Bernoussi, the Belgian-Moroccan woman who claims to have been Ramadan’s mistress for five years, recounts her psychological ordeal for the first time after three years of silence.

    Bernoussi is the first women to denounce Ramadan’s misconduct towards women in a 2014 video, in which she described her relationship with the Islamologist as “destructive,” and referred to Ramadan as “a manipulator.”

    At the time of the video’s release, she promised to lead a “real fight” against the Islamologist and claimed that he had “trapped” several women. In 2015, the woman created multiple online publications, questioning Ramadan’s actions towards women. She also posted many videos explaining her hardship at the hands of the “intellectual” man.

    An investigation between Mediapart and the Belgium website le Vife discovered earlier this month that Bernoussi was given a large sum of money– EUR 27,000–in exchange for her silence. In exchange, she pledged not to defame Ramadan on the internet or to send “insulting and/or threatening messages” to the Islamologist and his relatives.

    The 45-year-old woman has not yet filed a complaint. However, she decided to overcome her fear and recount publicly her relationship with Ramadan, which she describes as “toxic,” claiming she had been a victim of psychological abuse.

    “Tariq Ramadan is an extremely unhealthy predator and manipulator,” Bernoussi says, adding that “in real life, he is a real barbarian, both intellectually and physically.”

    For Bernoussi, behind the camera lies a “pervert man who uses religion to manipulate and abuse women.”

    “His ethics, his morals, his faith, he reserves them to the camera. Out of the public eye, he is just the opposite… He believes in nothing and even less in God. He talks about God only when it comes to manipulating us, apart from that, it’s never mentioned and he does exactly what he wants,” she added.

    The 55-year-old theologian has been detained since February for his alleged sexual misconduct in France, following two accounts of rape filed against him in 2017. Last month, a French woman of Moroccan origin also filed a rape claim against Ramadan.

    Up until now, the Islamologist denied having any relations with the first two women who accused him of rape. When confronted with the third woman’s evidence, he admitted to having consensual sexual relations with her, denying any coercion.”

    • Dan Greenfield is a millennial, poor thing.
      I’d thought he was older, maybe raised in a family active in the movement to free Soviet dissidents. Like Caroline Glick.

  18. US can’t vet migrants from Central America: Former ICE agentUS can’t vet migrants from Central America: Former ICE agent

  19. Poll: Germans, French Value ‘Social Justice’ over Individual Freedom (breitbart, May 1, 2018)

    ““Social justice” is significantly more important to Germans than individual freedom, according to a new study by Ipsos.

    After polling nearly 21,000 people across 28 countries, the global market and opinion research company found that just 38 per cent of Germans prioritised so-called social justice over individual freedom.

    Only in China (37 per cent) and France (36 per cent) did fewer people agree with the statement “individual freedom is more important than social justice” when responding to the survey, which Ipsos carried out to mark the 200th birthday of the Communist Manifesto author Karl Marx on May 5.

    “Our data shows that there is a great yearning for more social justice in Germany,” said Robert Grimm, the pollster’s director of political and social research.

    “There is a great deal of criticism directed at excesses of the neoliberal market economy,” he told newspaper Die Welt.

    The survey also found Germans were reluctant to agree with the assertion that the free market produces “the best in man”, with just under half (49 per cent) endorsing this view.

    Only in France were people less likely to agree with the statement (43 per cent) than in Germany, while the free market enjoyed the highest levels of confidence in India (86 per cent), Malaysia (84 per cent), and China (81 per cent)…”

    • The survey also found Germans were reluctant to agree with the assertion that the free market produces “the best in man”, with just under half (49 per cent) endorsing this view.

      Only in France were people less likely to agree with the statement (43 per cent) than in Germany, while the free market enjoyed the highest levels of confidence in India (86 per cent), Malaysia (84 per cent), and China (81 per cent)…”

      Curious, isn’t it? Those countries with the farthest uphill climb in front of them are more willing to adopt free market economics, but those that are snugly ensconced in their fully-developed First World countries are all fritterpated about “Social Justice”.

      The one disconcerting standout here is China, where only 37 percent of people agree with the statement, “individual freedom is more important than social justice”. At odds with this reluctance to protect human liberties is their profound adoration of free market economics (81 percent). This is a serious and alarming contradiction.

      With somewhere on the order of one quarter of this world’s entire population it should be deeply disturbing that so many people in the Middle Kingdom continue to look towards Big Government™ for management of their daily lives. This overly-cooperative popular attitude does not bode well should Beijing suddenly decide to call up the troops.

      Of equal or greater significance is the way that Red China and India have such a high regard for free market economics despite how the Capitalist system is one of the most fragile of all. Much like with firearms ownership, in free markets, everything depends upon all participants to consistently act in good faith. In this crucial respect, both Capitalism and firearms are amoral tools that depend entirely upon the ethics of those involved.

      Here in America, the 1% has thoroughly violated that Social Contract of good (Capitalist) conduct and fair business practices. Given Communist China’s economic landscape, the outlook isn’t particularly encouraging. Their wildcat combination of free markets and corrupt command economy (along with massive environmental rape) has been nothing less than—the EU notwithstanding—”a candy store with a busted lock” (H/T Fjordman). Toss in all the Sino-Social Engineering and the prospects just get grimmer. Think: One Family One Child.

      This entire “Social Justice” meme needs to be sorted out. The Common People are best qualified to administer justice: It’s why we Americans have juries (and guns!). Continued reliance upon Big Government™ to determine our collective fate is a fool’s errand, at best. Few folks these days seem to recall the old maxim of, “That government is best which governs least.”.

      Just look at the dog’s breakfast of Britain’s National Health Service.

      Would you want to be Charlie Gard (or Count Dankula, for that matter)?

  20. CIA Can ‘Selectively’ Share Secrets With Pet Reporters Without Challenge (sputniknews, May 2, 2018)

    “A US federal judge has ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency may selectively give classified information to reporters at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and withhold the same information from other reporters requesting it, because, though it was shared, the information remains “classified.”

    The judge’s ruling, which came down April 26, said that the CIA’s argument for the practice won’t be contested by the judicial system. The director of the CIA is “free to disclose classified information about CIA sources and methods selectively, if he concludes that it is necessary to do so in order to protect those intelligence sources and methods,” a judge in New York’s southern district wrote.

    “And no court can second guess his decision,” the judge decreed.

    Adam Johnson, a reporter at FAIR Media Watch, sued the CIA under a Freedom of Information Act case, trying to obtain a copy of an email thread between the CIA and reporters at NYT, Washington Post and WSJ.

    According to Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, the ruling threatens to hinder future FOIA cases.

    “The Freedom of Information Act is a tool that can change as it is used, whether for the better or the worse, especially since FOIA case law rests on precedent,” Aftergood said in a Monday report.

    “That means that a FOIA lawsuit that is ill-advised or poorly argued or that simply fails for any reason can alter the legal landscape to the disadvantage of future requesters. In particular, as anticipated a few months ago, ‘a lawsuit that was intended to challenge the practice of selective disclosure could, if unsuccessful, end up ratifying and reinforcing it.’ That is what has now happened,” the FAS Project on Government Secrecy director concluded.”

  21. PM Trudeau to attend dinner for Aga Khan in Ottawa

    OTTAWA – The Aga Khan is in Ottawa this week and is expected to share a meal with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit.

    The Aga Khan is in town over the next four days to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee, according to Global Affairs Canada. On Wednesday, the Aga Khan will attend a dinner at the Governor General’s residence, Rideau Hall, and Trudeau will be in attendance, the Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed.

    Governor General Julie Payette will host the dinner, and according to her office it will “bring together a cross-section of Canadians who, over the last 60 years, have worked with the Aga Khan and his community, both in Canada and abroad.”

    The billionaire spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims became an often-repeated name in the House of Commons last year, as a result of the ethics controversy surrounding a Trudeau family and friends trip to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas in 2016.

    In December 2017, the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner found that Trudeau broke the federal ethics act over accepting the trip, travelling on the Aga Khan’s helicopter, and not arranging his affairs or recusing himself from discussions that could place him in a conflict of interest, as the Aga Khan’s foundation was registered to lobby Trudeau at the time.

    Trudeau apologized, saying he considered the Aga Khan a close family friend and that’s why he didn’t think to run it by the ethics commissioner before going. He has pledged to report any family trips in the future.

    Trudeau’s family is currently residing at Rideau Cottage, which is on the grounds of Rideau Hall.

    In addition to being a spiritual leader, the Aga Khan is the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network; and has received millions of dollars from the Canadian government for international development work.

    “Canada congratulates His Highness the Aga Khan, on his Diamond Jubilee,” the government said in a statement announcing his visit.
    March 22 2018 -Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated the occasion of Navroz on the 21st of March at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto

    • March 21 2018 Trudeau delivers remarks for Navroz at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto

      Trudeau delivers remarks to celebrate Navroz at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

    • MAY 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam to Canada

      Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on 17 May 2016.

    • JUNE 2017 One Jamat Celebration Dance – Diamond Jubilee USA

      Celebrating the auspicious occasion of Diamond Jubilee comes in many forms, including dance.

      Video Courtesy of His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for The United States of America.

  22. The Mueller questions leak: Is a trap being set for Trump?

    The Washington Examiner’s Byron York and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on the implications of the leaked questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller outlined for a possible interview with Trump in his Russia investigation.

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