Reader’s Links, May 21, 2018

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  1. NYT – How a Teenager Survived War and Started Over in Canada

    To all appearances, Ibraheem Sarhan is just another teenager starting the school year in Winnipeg, Manitoba. But listen to him talk for a little while, and you’ll quickly realize that his presence in Canada is part of an extraordinary story of survival and resilience — beginning during wartime in Syria, and continuing to this day.

    Ibraheem tells that story in “We Became Fragments,” the new Op-Doc directed by Luisa Conlon, Hanna Miller and Lacy Jane Roberts. The directors won the student prize in last year’s pitch competition for Op-Docs on international stories, supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Initiative.

    Accompanied by a short written reflection by Samantha Power, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, the film uses Ibraheem’s own writings to explore the experience of trauma, loss and displacement — and the limits, possibly, of healing.

  2. In case you’ve ever been skeptical of the idea that Silicon Valley is at war with conservative voices on the Internet, get ready to cast all of those doubts aside. Newly uncovered emails written by a senior software engineer at Google confirm what most of us had been suspecting all along – that there exists not only an anti-conservative bias at Google, but an all-out effort to suppress content that doesn’t explicitly align with the progressive ideology.

    As reported by Breitbart News, senior software engineer Alon Altman pressured Google to sabotage President Trump’s Android phone, and called on the company to use the “full economic force [of] Google for good” by deleting the Gmail accounts of Trump, his administration and his aides on the grounds of “abuse.”

    Additionally, Altman – who is still employed at Google, mind you, and these emails date back to January of 2017 – also urged the tech giant to blacklist “alt-right” websites on the Google ad network, and to remove all “alt right videos” from the Google-owned video-sharing site YouTube. Altman asked Google to also remove “neo-Nazi sites such as The Daily Stormer from the search index.

    If you type “” into your search bar, you will come to a page where Google touts its commitment to building an online environment that works for everyone. “Google should be a place where people from different backgrounds and experiences come to do their best work – a place where every Googler feels they belong,” the tech giant states, adding that “diversity and inclusion are values critical to our success and future innovation.” It would seem that, at least with regards to Alon Altman, these standards are not being adhered to. (Related: Google insiders warn that outright censorship of the Internet is Google’s top priority.)

  3. Paraguay becomes third country to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
    by Katelyn Caralle
    | May 21, 2018 07:20 AM

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    Paraguay moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday following the historic move by the U.S. last week.

    The South American country is the third to dedicate its embassy in Jerusalem, Guatemala was the second country to do so, just two days after the U.S. move last week.

    President of Paraguay Horacio Cartes dedicated the embassy on Monday.

    • The Dem on the video is doing the normal big like attack on the truth, the regular readers of this blog know that the vast majority of the attacks on people of a differing political thought are carried out by the left.

  4. German ‘asylum fraud’ scandal probe widens to include 10 more migration offices (RT, May 21, 2018)

    “German migration authorities have widened their probe into asylum application fraud and are now investigating 10 additional field offices on suspicion of granting refugees permissions to stay in the country without proper grounds.

    On Friday, the German Federal Office for Migration and Asylum (BAMF) announced that it would review some 18,000 refugee cases in the city of Bremen going back as far as 2000, after the regional office discovered the approval of up to 2,000 asylum stays between 2013 and 2016, which did not match the government’s sanctuary criteria.

    On Sunday, the scandal deepened with 10 more asylum decision offices added to the investigation list. BAMF announced that it will examine those branches where the average quotas of asylum applications accepted or rejected in comparison with other offices deviated by 10 percentage points or more, a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior said, following a request from the DPA news agency. A total of an additional 8,500 cases from 2017 would be reviewed, she added.

    In addition, BAMF will review a complaint from a Rhineland-Palatinate Bingenan office employee, who on February 6 asked the Nuremberg headquarters to evaluate “divergent assessments of asylum procedure” at the office.

    The new development follows a scandal in April, when it was revealed that a former BAMF official at the Bremen office was under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes from at least 1,200 asylum seekers between 2013 and 2016. Five other officials at the workplace are now also being probed for possibly taking part in the scheme. They include an interpreter and three lawyers. Amid the corruption scandal, the Supreme Audit Institution was tasked by Interior Minister Horst Seehofe on Thursday to probe the BAMF and the Interior Ministry.

    In the meantime, BAMF denied claims that the government had been aware of the asylum fraud as early as February 2017. Suddeutsche Zeitung and the NDR reported on Sunday that, back then, authorities received emails asking the migration authorities to look at the Bremen branch, including a refugee lawyer who worked for the Lower Saxony office.

    More than 1.6 million refugees, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, have arrived in Germany since 2014, due to the so-called ‘open door’ policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The influx of migrants has divided the country and significantly boosted support for the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), which secured third place in September’s elections and entered parliament for the first time. The rise of the far-right in Germany came after a number of terrorist attacks involving refugees, as well as sexual harassment incidents across the country.

    In October of last year, Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian CSU sister party eventually agreed to cap Germany’s intake of asylum seekers at 200,000 a year. Over the next two years, Germany plans to spend €78 billion on migration-related issues, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday, citing the Finance Ministry’s document.”

  5. Hungary Warns Europe Losing Its Identity, Islam Penetrating Without Resistance (breitbart, May 21, 2018)

    “Hungarian deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen has warned that Islam is penetrating Europe without resistance as Christianity and national identity fade away.

    Semjen, who leads the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) which partners with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party in the Hungarian parliament, made the comments at a massive pilgrimage gathering in Csiksomlyo (Sumuleu Ciuc) in Transylvania, Romania — home to a large minority of ethnic Hungarians.

    “A great many Hungarians, irrespective of their religious affiliation, gather here year by year to reinforce themselves in their national identity and Christian mission,” he told the assembled crowds.

    “This pilgrimage therefore carries the message that Europe can only survive if it retains Christianity and preserves its identity, if the European nations are proud of their national identity,” he added.

    Prime Minister Orbán has already pledged that his government — returned to power in a landslide super-majority victory in April, to the great consternation of the European political establishment and the network of George Soros-funded ‘civil society’ organisations which oppose his strong border policies — will seek to transform the country into “a 21st Century Christian Democracy”, rather than “try[ing] to fix a ‘liberal’ democracy that has run aground”…”

  6. Grindr Rapist Revealed as Top Gangster in Scotland’s ‘Asian Criminal Underworld’ (breitbart, May 21, 2018)

    “A car mechanic who raped two men he met on Grindr is a notorious figure in Scotland’s ‘Asian gangster underworld’, it has emerged.

    Omar Mohammed Khan was jailed for seven years on Thursday after a jury was told how he and a Slovakian teenage boy attacked men they met on the gay hook-up app “just for a bit of fun”.

    The High Court in Edinburgh heard that the pair, who described themselves as “two discreet lads” on Grindr, kept their sexuality a secret and hoped that victims would be too afraid to report the sexual assaults to authorities…”

  7. ‘National Shame’: Report Slams UK’s Failure to Tackle FGM Abuse, Zero Prosecutions (breitbart, May 21, 2018)

    “A report has slammed the “national scandal” of the UK failing to prosecute a single child abuser committing or enabling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), saying it shows the system is failing to fight the practice, which is associated with some migrant groups.

    The document, produced by the Quilliam Foundation, claims “Britain remains alone in Europe in its inability to prosecute FGM” and examines different explanations, including “a lack of witnesses”, “cultural sensitivity”, and the “existence of legal loopholes”.

    It highlights figures showing that, in 2016-2017 alone, 5,391 new cases of FGM were recorded in the UK, but authorities failed to bring a single perpetrator of FGM to justice.

    Altogether, around 9,000 women sought National Health Service (NHS) help because of the practice in that 12 month period.

    The NHS figure reveals around 14 new cases every day, and that a third of women and girls seeking help were born in Somalia.

    The report mentions several lines of action, including “identifying high-risk communities and vulnerable girls, training key frontline individuals, incorporating FGM awareness into mandatory sex-ed classes, and addressing the cultural root of the problem”.

    Explaining the damaging effect of “political correctness”, the report authors say that in “our misguided attempts to protect the ‘sentiments’ of minority communities, we have failed the vulnerable young girls and women who have suffered years of irreversible damage, and who are perhaps the most well-positioned individuals to bring about real change”.

    Author Muna Adil commented: “The fact that we’ve been collecting detailed FGM data for some years now and still haven’t seen a single case brought to justice is a shame and utter disservice to the thousands of young girls and women who have undergone this horrific practice.

    “Disempowered survivors lack the resources, knowledge, and voice to bring charges on their perpetrators, which makes it our duty as civil society to push for a harder, more active stance on this issue, rather than the passive law currently in place…”

    Cvikas, May 19, 2018:

    Western countries are being urged to intervene in a case where 6 young school girls facing execution for acting indecently at a friends house. Fathima Al Kwaini and her friends that included three male friends have celebrated Kwaini’s birthday at a friends house. A neighbor supposedly an assistant of an Imam of a mosque close by has reported this to Saudi Arabia’s religious police. When the police arrived the girls were dancing with their male friends and they were arrested immediately.

  9. Masked gunmen with Kalashnikovs open fire on a group of youngsters in Marseille leading to shoot-out with French police

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    A group of masked attackers in three cars fired AK-47 assault rifles at young people in the French city of Marseille this evening, local media has reported.

    One man is said to be ‘slightly injured’ after the assault, which began at about 5pm and which included the use of handguns.

    The gunmen began firing at a crowd of young people outside the city’s cultural centre.

  10. No more: last Saturday night, a gang of “youths” in the Groruddalen area of Oslo, the physical descriptions of whom in the media made it clear that they were not ethnic Norwegians, threw rocks at a group of Natteravner. The next night, a youth gang roamed around Tøyen, another Muslim neighborhood of Oslo, and threw rocks at passersby. Minor crimes, perhaps — but, in the Norwegian context, marks of a sea change. I’ve written my share of pieces about the consequences of the Islamization of European cities, Oslo among them; not long ago, in a longish piece for City Journal, I chronicled the decline and fall of Muslim-heavy Groruddalen over the past couple of decades.

    Don’t believe my reports? Fine — listen to what Yuri Snegirev has to say. Snegirov, a reporter for Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the Russian government’s newspaper of record, visited Norway recently and recorded his observations in a three-part series of articles. (Though I was alerted to their existence by an Aftenposten headline, that paper’s summary of Snegirev’s pieces was behind a paywall, so I hunted down the original texts, which, to my surprise, were made almost entirely comprehensible by Google Translate.)

    • Used to go the other way: Russian dissidents would smuggle stories to the West via Norway.
      (Though the “Russian government’s newspaper of record” is exactly that. Just to bear in mind…though they’re really good at alerting foreign intel agencies of specific terrorist threats.)

  11. Pakistanis among 3 held in Kabul, Ammonium Nitrate, C4 explosives seized (khaama, May 21, 2018)

    “At least three suspects including two Pakistani nationals were arrested during a patrol of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in capital Kabul.

    The 111 Division of the Afghan National Army in a statement said the suspects were held from Hot Khel district of Kabul during an operation of the Quick Reaction Forces of the 6th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 111th Division of the Afghan National Army Forces.

    The statement further adds that one of the suspects is the original resident of Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar while two others are the residents of Peshawar city of Pakistan.

    According to the 111th Division, the Afghan forces have also discovered two kilograms of Ammonium Nitrate and C4 potent explosives from the detained individuals.

    The Afghan armed forces have also confiscated 177,790 Afghans, 1230 Pakistani Rupees, 5 mobile sets, 2 Pakistani passports, 6 SIM Cards, and other type of explosives, the statement added.

    According to the 111th division of the Afghan National Army, the detained individuals are in custody of the security forces for further investigations.

    This comes as the anti-government armed militants are attempting to carry out large scale attacks in Kabul city and other key cities and provinces of the country during the recent months.”

  12. Pakistan heatwave kills 65 people in Karachi – welfare organization (reuters, May 21, 2018)

    “ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A heatwave has killed 65 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organization said on Tuesday, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist…”

  13. Teenage suspects arrested after man beaten to death with piece of wood in France (thelocal, May 21, 2018)

    “French police have arrested three people after a man was beaten to death in broad daylight by a gang of teenagers in Pau, a town in southern France.

    A 32-year-old was murdered early on the evening of Friday May 18th in a notorious area of the town by a group, whom witnesses described as being in their early teens and aged 16-17 at most.

    The victim, who had a history of violent crime and drug dealing, was repeatedly kicked and punched by a group of up to 12 teenagers, and was also beaten with a plastic chair leg and a piece of wood in front of horrified witnesses, local media reported.

    Pau prosecutor Cecile Gensac confirmed on Monday May 21st that three people had been arrested over the murder — a French national born in Burkina Faso in west Africa who had moved from Paris to Pau in recent years.

    “The man died Friday in the street in an area of Pau after a group attacked him,” she told AFP.

    The housing estate in Saragosse, where the crime took place, is known for its high crime rate and is typical of many deprived, high-immigration urban neighbourhoods in France.

    But murders committed by minors are rare and man’s death on a grassy public area was widely reported on Monday, with Le Parisien newspaper describing it as a “terrifying lynching.”

    “They’re very young: 12, 13, 14 years old. It’s a gang around here that smokes weed, that causes problems,” one local told La Republique des Pyrenees newspaper.

    Elsewhere in France, 10 people have been arrested in the gang-plagued Seine-Saint-Denis area northeast of Paris after a 41-year-old man was stabbed to death on Sunday night in a shop.”

  14. Arrests after Frenchman ‘lynched’ in front of families in Pau park

    A gang of a dozen teenagers repeatedly kicked and punched the victim, who was also beaten with a piece of wood.

    Three people have been arrested after a man was beaten to death by a gang of teenagers in France.

    The 32-year-old victim was killed early Friday evening in a park on a notorious housing estate as mothers and small children watched.

    Horrified witnesses of the attack in Pau, southern France, said the gang of a dozen teenagers were all aged up to 16 and 17.

    The gang repeatedly kicked and punched the victim, who was also beaten with a plastic chair leg and a piece of wood.

    French media have called the attack a “terrifying lynching”.

    The murdered man has not been named but he is said to be a French national from Burkina Faso, who had moved to Pau from Paris in recent years.

    He is believed to have been known to police for aggravated robbery and drug trafficking, but one official said: “No link has been established between the man’s past and the events of Friday evening in Pau.”

    According to French media, the gang was made up of teenagers who lived on the Saragosse estate.

    Newspaper Sud Ouest quoted a young mother who saw the attack as saying: “There were 12 on him, then he fell to the ground. Four of them carried on beating him and there was one who finished him off.”

    Another witness, who was picnicking on the grass with children when the attack started, said: “I’m still in shock – I cannot believe what I saw.”

    She added: “There were a dozen on him, beating him. It was unbelievable. There was nothing we could do other than alert the emergency services.

  15. Rage Against The Mom: Psychoanalyzing The Link Between Upbringing And Terrorism

    When 20-year-old Khamzat Azimov went on a deadly stabbing spree in Paris this month, a May 12 attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, details about his upbringing caught the attention of psychoanalyst and counterterrorism expert Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin.

    Considering Azimov’s infancy in war-torn Chechnya, and the fact that he continued to live with his mother in a one-room Paris apartment until he was shot dead by police in the midst of his attack, Kobrin saw a pattern reflected in other Islamist terrorists she has studied and written about.

    They include Chechen Islamist separatist leader Shamil Basayev, Jordanian-born Al-Qaeda militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and the Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, also of Chechen descent.

    In a nutshell, Kobrin said all appear to have had relationship issues with their mothers that stemmed from being infants in what anthropologists describe as “shame-honor cultures.”

    “My analysis strips the aberrant violent antisocial behavior down to its naked truth 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 — a problem buried in their souls but arising early in childhood development run amok,” Kobrin tells RFE/RL.

    Reservoir Of Rage

    “The problem is that these terrorists are coming from shame-honor cultures, which are dysfunctional by definition,” Kobrin explains.

    “Their reservoir of rage arises from problems nested in early maternal attachment in shame-honor cultures — the early mother-infant bonding attachment, the first relationship in life,” Kobrin says.

    A shame-honor culture is one where the pursuit of what is considered “honor” can lead to a quest for achieving a sense of “justice” through violence and revenge, anthropologists say.

    In shame-honor cultures — as you would find in Chechnya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arab Middle East — shame is used to discipline infants and children, Kobrin explains.

    Infants in shame-honor cultures, she says, are also often treated like objects and learn to repress their feelings to the point that internal rage can boil within.

    Making matters worse, Kobrin says, women in shame-honor cultures are also often devalued, objectified, or even physically abused.

    “Women who are abused also become full of rage,” Kobrin says, noting that subconscious reactions of young mothers to abuse seriously impact a child’s early development.

    The first four years of a child’s life is a crucial time when most infants develop empathy for other human beings, she says, adding that the lack of empathy and concern for the pain that terrorists cause to others is “almost worse than the terrorist attacks themselves.”

    Kobrin says psychoanalysts should take care not to “diagnose” an entire group of people. [..... and dont even mention the entire group .... ]

    But she makes an exception in the case of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State extremists “because their behavior is so out of bounds” with “destruction, cruelty, sadism, and revenge leading to heinous crimes against humanity.”

    Kobrin also says a better understanding of maternal attachment in shame-honor cultures would help in understanding the roots of terrorist violence.

    She explains that terrorists from shame-honor cultures are torn between an unconscious rage against their mothers and the cultural expectation that they are not permitted to separate from their mothers.

    On one hand, the mother is idealized as a powerful object. But her power is also perceived as something toxic that must be destroyed, she says.

    “Maternal attachment and shame play a significantly traumatizing role since children are shamed into behaving, which causes rage,” she said. “When these children grow up, they treat others as objects” and the cycle perpetuates itself.

    Room For More Research

    But while much has been written about the political, economic, and religious motivations of terrorists, Kobrin says little has been done to “decode the meaning of the terrorists’ aberrant behavior from the perspective of early childhood development and trauma.”

    Ann Masten, a child development professor at the University of Minnesota, agrees.

    Masten’s research focuses on the impact of risk, adversity, and trauma upon child development.

    In a report for the Society for Research in Child Development, Masten said critical gaps in the understanding of child development in relation to terror include “limited evidence on neurobiological processes, cultural influences, strategic preparedness, peace-building interventions, and the roles of social media in mitigating or enhancing risk for trauma or engagement in terror activities.”

    “Developmental scientists, even as they carry out additional and better research, have an important body of knowledge to share with parents, educators, policymakers, first responders, and all those charged with ensuring the safety and resilience of children,” Masten concluded.

    James Garbarino, a child psychologist and founding director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University in Chicago, says a core principle of existing research is that the impact of trauma on “the concrete basics of day-to-day life” matter most in the development of children.

    Garbarino says research suggests risk factors that combine to create “a generation of maladjusted children” include “exceedingly high rates of family violence, divorce, coronary disease, incidence of depression and tension, exposure to trauma, and a high pressure socio-political climate.”

    “Generally, it is the accumulation of risk factors in the absence of developmental assets that does the damage to children in the long run much more so than the presence or absence of any one risk factor,” Gabarino says.

    Kobrin agrees there are “other intervening factors that can tip the scale” in radicalizing a person to the point that they would kill others.

    But she maintains that a “key factor” behind the lack of empathy displayed by IS militants is the use of “shaming” by their parents in early child rearing practices.

    “It’s finally starting to come to the table,” says Kobrin, whose books include The Banality of Suicide Terrorism, The Maternal Drama Of The Chechen Jihadi, and The Jihadi Dictionary.

    “We should not be afraid, due to our notions of political correctness, to expose the unconscious behavior of terrorists who come out of shame-honor cultures,” she maintains.

    “To say that a kid radicalizes at age 17 out of the clear blue sky is to really do that kid and his family and the public a disservice,” Kobrin concludes. ‘There are early indicators that a child is in trouble, and we can use these indicators to identify such cases sooner and do an earlier intervention.”–psychoanalyst-kobrin/29237351.html

  16. Islamist Couple In Iran Attack Man Who’s Walking His Dog Because They Think Dogs Are Against Islam

    Islamists like this couple can get away pretty much any crime which is why they won’t hesitate to attack people for very trivial things such as walking one’s dog. This is what it’s like to live in Iran under Sharia law, people have no personal freedoms and they have to put up with Islamists like this

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