Reader’s Links May 31, 2018

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  1. UN: ‘Unprecedented’ fighting in Libya city of Derna (memo, May 31, 2018)

    “Fighting in the Libyan city of Derna has reached unprecedented levels, with air raids, shelling of residential areas and heavy ground clashes, the United Nations humanitarian office said in a report quoted by Reuters today.

    There were severe water, food and medicine shortages, and electricity and water were completely cut off for the approximately 125,000 of the city’s residents, it said in a report that described the violence as “unprecedented” there.

    The eastern city has been encircled since July 2017 by the Libyan National Army (LNA), whose commander Khalifa Haftar opposes the internationally recognised government based in the country’s west.

    “The LNA has announced that it now has control over the city’s eastern and western entrances … and surrounding areas where clashes have been taking place,” the UN report said.

    Haftar’s forces are trying to seize the city from a coalition of local fighters known as the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council (DMSC) or Derna Protection Forces (DPF).

    Haftar says he is trying to rid Libya of the threat of militants. Critics accuse him of branding all his opponents as “terrorists” as he seeks to expand his power.

    Egypt, which backs the LNA, has also carried out air strikes in Derna against what it said were training camps sending militants into Egypt to carry out attacks.

    The UN said no aid has entered the city since mid-March, apart from a delivery of kidney dialysis materials and medication earlier this week.”

  2. Egypt to impose monthly tax on Syria refugees (memo, May 31, 2018)

    “The Egyptian government is to impose a monthly tax on Syrian refugees starting this summer which will be increased annually according to Syria Call news agency.

    The tax, which must be paid by all foreigners in Egypt from July, will start at 200 Egyptian pounds ($11) and be increased by a further 100 pounds ($5.6) every year until 2021.

    The law, proposed by MP and Chairman of the Committee on Defence and National Security Kamal Amer, was approved as a form of compensation for “increasing the financial burden” incurred by the state to provide public services such as health, water, sanitation and infrastructure.

    Amer argued that the increase of foreigners in the country has resulted in significant costs to the government, and that the tax would help reduce the budget deficit.

    The 200 pound tax is likely to bring added hardships to foreigners, particularly the five million refugees in the country. The government alleges that half a million Syrians have fled to Egypt since the outbreak of war in 2011, although only around 130,000 have been officially registered…”

    • Egypt to impose monthly tax on Syria refugees

      Is there any other way of accelerating the process whereby Liberals and Islamist loons continuing throwing each other under the bus?

      One could only hope…

  3. Vile ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ returns for the sequel nobody wanted (alaraby, May 31, 2018)

    “A second “Punish a Muslim Day” is being organised in the UK, a former British chief prosecutor has claimed, after another vile letter allegedly emerged encouraging violence against Muslims.

    A photo of the letter was posted on Twitter by Nazir Afzal, now an adviser to the Welsh government, listing a number of violent crimes apparently being promoted by anti-Muslim hate groups in the UK.

    Islamophobes are being encouraged to desecrate Qurans, spit in Muslims’ faces – even to commit murder. Afzal said the letter was being investigated by police.

    “Here we go again Punish a Muslim Day 2 The Sequel nobody wanted July 24th 2018 Police aware & investigation being pursued – this time source will be identified,” he wrote on Twitter.

    The first letter made the rounds in March, also promoting the assault and murder of Muslims, with “points” attributed to each crime.

    The new letter begins by thanking the participants – or those who “thought about” participating – in the first “Punish a Muslim Day” on April 3.

    The letter highlights the lack of notable incidents on the first attempt and blames the media for not sufficiently encouraging the hate-fest.

    “Your commitment was deliberately ignored by the media, but the seed has been planted, and y’all know how big things can grow from the small.”

    The letter reads: “Would you like to teach them a lesson they will never forget, and feel good in the process?”

    There are notable differences, however, between the current letter – which has not yet been verified – and the first which was sent to mosques across the UK.

    The first letter awarded “points” to various crimes in some kind of fantasy competition, with blowing up a mosque securing 1,000 points, while the second asks people to donate to charity.

    “Just choose from the list of punishments below, pop into a charity shop on your local High Street or online, and donate the amount indicated. Then have fun carrying out the act. It’s that simple!”

    It is not clear whether the letter is an actual threat or a parody of the first event, and social media users have widely ridiculed the letter.

    One demand was a call for the assassination of a Muslim politician, actor, comedian, cafe owner or other leading figure and “display the head on a pole”.

    Muslim commentators hit back in style.

    “Also ‘Muslim politician’ and ‘cafe owner’ are both seen as ‘leading figures’. I hope Abdul, who runs my local, has a similar security detail to Sadiq Khan,” tweeted Shehab Khan.

    The first “Punish a Muslim Day” sparked fears of violence against Muslims, with many people who visibly display their faith staying at home and a number of Gulf embassies in London telling their nationals to remain vigilant.

    Anti-racism protests were held in solidarity with Muslims, while police investigated.

    “At this time there is no credible information to suggest there is any criminal activity that will take place. We will be encouraging local faith and community networks to take part in a ‘#WeStandTogether’ campaign,” London’s Metropolitan Police said of April’s incitement.”

  4. Saudi Government Sets Record for Most Expensive D.C. Home (moroccoworldnews, May 31, 2018)

    “The Saudi government set the record for the most expensive home ever purchased in the Washington D.C. region last week, with its acquisition of the Steve Case estate, “Merrywood.”

    Case, co-founder of AOL, sold the “Merrywood” residence to the embassy of Saudi Arabia for USD 43 million, breaking the region’s residence sale records, the buyer’s representative told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

    The final price tag nearly doubled Case’s original purchasing price in 2005, at USD 24.5 million.

    The sprawling 2,100-square meter residence features nine bedrooms, a study, indoor and outdoor pools, changing rooms, a gym, a tennis court, gardens, a wine cellar, a 4-car carriage house, staff rooms, and a security office.

    Situated on 2.8 hectares of land, the expansive estate holds an equally significant place in the American, and indirectly, Saudi history. Built in 1911, the property was purchased mid-century by the heir to the Standard Oil fortune, Hugh D. Auchincloss, before he married the mother of former first lady, Jacqueline “Jackie O” Kennedy Onassis. Kennedy Onassis spent her childhood in the Georgian-style estate.

    Auchincloss’s maternal grandfather, Oliver Burr Jennings, was an original shareholder in Standard Oil, one of the first companies to invest in the exploration of Saudi oil reserves in the 1930s.

    “Merrywood” will now host Saudi government officials and visiting dignitaries on trips to the US, becoming Saudi Arabia’s third multi-million dollar home purchase—the first two occurring in the early 1990s—on the same Chain Bridge Road.

    “The Saudi government understands the historical significance of the Merrywood home and has tremendous respect for its place in American history,” reported a spokesperson of the Saudi government, as reported by the WSJ.

    Accumulating luxury estates in the upscale neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. is not an action exclusive to the Saudi government. In July 2017, the Moroccan government purchased a residence for USD 14 million in Massachusetts Avenue Heights, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the D.C. area.”

  5. Turkish military officer sent to US for F-35 project charged as FETÖ member: Report (hurriyetdailynews, May 31, 2018)

    “A number of Turkish Air Force pilots and non-commissioned officers who were tasked in missions abroad following the July 2016 coup attempt, including the F-35 project in the United States, have been charged as members of the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the pro-government Sabah newspaper reported on May 31.

    Sabah reported that more than 100 pilots and non-commissioned officers of the Turkish Air Force “used” their tasks abroad, as well as their days off, to flee Turkey amid ongoing investigations into suspected members of the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. The Gülen network is a former close ally of the government but is now its enemy and is widely believed to have carried the July 2016 coup attempt.

    The pilots and officers who “fled” Turkey reportedly included those who were tasked in Turkey’s missions in Germany, France, Greece and the U.S. They were given these posts abroad after the coup attempt and the list reportedly includes majors and captains, as well as a non-commissioned officer, who were given tasks in the U.S. as part of the F-35 project.

    The report come as a U.S. Senate panel voted in favor of a bill that calls on Washington to restrict the delivery of Joint Strike Fighters, F-35s, to Turkey in reaction to the continued detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson on terror charges and the procurement of S-400 air defense systems from Russia.

    Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu had voiced confidence on May 30 that the U.S. administration will not block the delivery of the F-35s to Turkey despite measures being discussed in the U.S. Congress.

    Meanwhile, prosecutors in Turkey’s capital Ankara have issued detention warrants for 14 Health Ministry personnel allegedly linked to FETÖ, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on May 31.

    According to the Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office, four of the 14 suspects are currently ministry personnel, while eight are former, and two are retired.

    Seven out of the 14 suspects have been detained, while the search for the others continues.

    The detention warrants were issued over suspected inks to FETÖ, under an investigation being carried out by the Terror Crimes Investigation Bureau.”

  6. Foreign activists on trial in France for helping migrants enter the country (france24, May 31, 2018)

    “Three days after a Malian migrant was acclaimed as a hero for his daring rescue of a child in Paris, three foreign activists went on trial Thursday in southern France on charges for helping migrants enter the country.

    The case of the activists has sparked protests and seen President Emmanuel Macron who lavished praise and a promise of French citizenship on an undocumented migrant who saved a four-year-old boy in a high-rise rescue accused of inconsistency.

    It is the latest in a series of trials involving activists trying to help migrants on the move through Europe as France prepares a new immigration law that would speed up deportations of failed asylum-seekers.

    Two students, Eleonora Laterza, 27, from Italy and Swiss Bastian Stauffer, 26, along with Theo Buckmaster, a 23-year-old Swiss-Belgian, were detained in April for joining a march of 100 activists escorting some 20 migrants over an Alpine pass.

    They were responding to a blockade set up at a nearby mountain pass by several dozen far-right activists from Generation Identitaire (Identity Generation), seeking to keep the migrants out.

    If convicted on charges of assisting illicit entry into the country as part of an “organised gang”, the campaigners could face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to 750,000 euros ($880,000) and be banned from entering France.

    The trial was adjourned Thursday until November 8 to allow the Constitutional Court time to issue a ruling sought by the defence on whether aid to illegal immigrants should be considered a criminal offence.

    Earlier this week, around 120 leading French figures in education, science and politics signed an open letter in Le Monde newspaper supporting the activists, accusing prosecutors of flouting France’s constitutional promise of fraternity and equality for all.

    As the hearing opened, several dozen protesters gathered outside the courthouse in the southeastern city of Gap to stage a “reverse trial” against the government.

    Inside, one of the activists’ lawyers, Henri Leclerc, slammed the law banning assistance to illegal migrants as a violation of French values.”

  7. Five SERIOUSLY INJURED after car crashes into PEDESTRIANS in Manchester (express, Jun 1, 2018)

    “FIVE people are in a serious condition after a car collided into pedestrians in Trafford, Manchester, North West Ambulance Service have confirmed.

    Greater Manchester Police have confirmed in a statement that a car collided with a number of pedestrians on Europa Way in the Trafford Park area of the city at 9:50pm this evening.

    The car left the scene and enquiries are ongoing to identify the vehicle.

    One eyewitness told the Manchester Evening News: “A car hit five or six people.

    “People were flung everywhere.

    “I saw a man in a bush afterwards and a lady with head injuries.”

    A spokesperson for North West Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 9:49pm to reports of a collision between a car and pedestrians.

    “We currently have five patients, all in a serious condition.

    “We have four ambulances, an advanced paramedic, a senior clinician, and three hazardous area response teams at the scene.”

    Five people have been taken to hospital with what police describe as “serious trauma injuries”.

    A statement released by a Greater Manchester Police officer at the scene said: “Today (May 31) at ten to 10pm, we were called to reports of a single vehicle road traffic collision involving multiple casualties.

    “There’s no evidence at this stage to indicate it’s a deliberate act or linked to any form of terrorism.

    “We believe at this stage it was an accident.

    “We can confirm there were five casualties that were taken from this location to a hospital in Greater Manchester.

    “Their injuries are described as serious trauma injuries, however at this stage I can’t go into further details.”

    Police have asked the pubic for their help in locating a blue BMW they believe to be connected to the incident…”

  8. RAMADAN 2018 – Morocco –

    Man and woman beaten up in Morocco for allegedly having sex during Ramadan

    Woman denies and asks for forgiveness


    Maroc : accusée de relations sexuelles pendant le ramadan, elle est lynchée par la foule (vidéo)

    Un groupe d’hommes s’en est pris violemment à une jeune femme soupçonnée d’avoir eu des relations sexuelles pendant le Ramadan.

    La scène se serait passée dans la région de Safi si l’on en croit une vidéo publiée aujourd’hui sur les réseaux sociaux. La jeune femme, qui se trouvait à l’intérieur d’une fourgonnette de transport clandestin, a le visage en sang, suppliant la foule d’arrêter de s’en prendre à elle.

    Elle affirme qu’elle se trouvait en sa compagnie dans le cadre d’un travail de recherche en tant qu’étudiante. Le chauffeur aurait également été agressé par le groupe d’hommes encagoulés et armés de bâtons que l’on aperçoit sur cette vidéo.

    « Mais c’est le ramadan », justifie l’un d’eux …,51893.html

  9. Man left fighting for his LIFE after being GUNNED DOWN in London (express, Jun 1, 2018)

    “A MAN believed to be in his twenties is fighting for his life in hospital after being gunned down on Lawrence Avenue in Brent, London.

    A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 8.34pm to reports of a man with gunshot injuries on Lawrence Avenue in Brent.

    “Officers attended.

    “A man believed to be aged in his 20s has been taken to a central London hospital with life-threatening injuries.”

    Dramatic footage on Twitter shows crowds of people surrounding police cars.

    Police have made no arrests at this stage…”

    • Man left fighting for his LIFE after being GUNNED DOWN in London

      Start your List of Martyrs™. Begin and end it wherever you like.

      Tommy Robinson and every last of his Counterjihadist brethren will be ours.

  10. Did Obama reach out to foreign leaders to go after Trump?

    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton discusses former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes’ new book, “The World As It Is.”

      • Perhaps it has something to do with the policies of and the criticism from the EU and die Fuhrer

        Coming from a half-European family, this willing EU swerve over to ridiculously destructive Totalitarian Socialism cannot possibly amuse me.

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