Reader’s links for June 28, 2018

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    • The things that are occurring in Europe are scary not just because of what the are but what the represent. We saw dictators raise and fall in Europe in the 20th Century and now we are seeing a new totalitarian oligarchy working to destroy all that our ancestors build. If the left hadn’t stopped the teaching of the facts of history this could have been prevented but we in the west (most of us anyway) forgot that freedom requires enteral vigilance.

  1. US-Led Coalition Admits Killing About 940 Civilians in Operations in Syria, Iraq (sputniknews, Jun 28, 2018)

    “Strikes carried out by the US-led coalition fighting against the Daesh* terrorist group in Iraq and Syria have claimed the lives of more than 930 civilians since August 2014, Operation Inherent Resolve’s Combined Joint Task Force said in a report on Thursday.

    According to the document, the coalition conducted a total of 29,569 strikes from August 2014-May 2018, unintentionally killing 939 civilians since the start of the operations in Iraq and Syria.

    Previously, the coalition’s statistics claimed that up to 900 civilians had been killed by its strikes since 2014. However, London-based NGO Airwars has estimated the US and its allies are responsible for at least 9,600 civilian deaths in their campaign against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

    The US and its allies have been fighting the Daesh terror group in Syria since 2014 without the approval of Damascus or a mandate from the UN Security Council. At the moment, about 2,000 US troops are deployed in Syria. For its part, the Syrian government has called on Washington to pull its forces out of Syria, considering their presence to be a violation of Syrian sovereignty.”

    • It is starting good, it is telling the truth about what is happening.

      The civil war has already started and the left wing violence we are currently seeing is gong to get much worse before the people start to fight back against the modern Fascists.

      • He is starting to realize that the Dem leaders are trying to start a civil war, they think they can use their control of the propaganda media to push public opinion to let the left win. This man is seeing the future where the left pushes so hard the right starts retaliating and when that starts the opinion of the center isn’t going to matter, it is going to be which side has the most guns and trained people. Another thing that will help our side in the States is that the vast majority of the people no longer trust the propaganda media to tell the truth and that they are starting to internalize the idea that what ever the propaganda media says the truth is the exact opposite.

  2. Woman in Plural Marriage Granted Benefits as Single by Swedish Court (sputniknews, Jun 28, 2018)

    “A woman engaged in “multiple marriage” has been found to be entitled to housing benefits as a single person, because polygamy is not allowed in Sweden.

    The administrative court in Linköping has upheld the decision to grant a 32-year-old woman living in Eskilstuna housing subsidies from the Social Insurance Fund. The woman was recognized as single, because Swedish law doesn’t recognize bigamy, the legal newspaper Dagens Juridik reported. Previously, the decision to grant the polygamist with three children housing allowance was appealed by the social insurance ombudsman.

    According to the woman herself, she is married to a man who happens to have another wife which, according to her is consistent with his religion, as it allows up to four wives. The woman herself said the man alternates between living with her and his other wife, where he is also officially registered. The man is also the father of the “unmarried” polygamist’s children. There is no proof from any foreign authority confirming the multiple marriage.

    While only two people may be considered spouses according to Swedish law, the social insurance ombudsman pointed out that the woman isn’t de facto single, but is in fact engaged in a relationship, even though her cohabiter is registered at another address.

    According to the ombudsman, the housing allowance should be calculated based on her concubinage.

    The administrative court, however, ruled that since polygamy is not recognized by the Swedish legal system, the man’s multiple marriage is not formally registered, which allowed his second wife, formally “single,” to keep the housing benefits.

    “If a man has four ‘wives’ but is married to only one of them, the other three get a ‘benefit bingo,'” a user wrote in Dagens Juridik’s comments section

    Although polygamy is not allowed in Sweden, it still recognizes multiple marriages concluded abroad. Following the influx of asylum seekers predominantly from Muslim countries, where polygamy is fully acceptable, Sweden is currently estimated to have some 300 cases of polygamy, with a potentially higher number of unregistered cases below the authorities’ radar.”

  3. UK complicit in ‘inexcusable’ kidnap and torture of terrorist suspects post-9/11 – official reports (RT, Jun 28, 2018)

    “Two long-awaited parliamentary reports have found that UK intelligence agencies were more involved in the kidnap and torture of terrorist suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks than previously thought.

    Published on Thursday, the findings from the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) reports found that the UK was responsible for some “inexcusable” actions, and “tolerated” others. It revealed that the domestic security agency MI5 and the overseas agency MI6 were far more involved in the torture and rendition of suspects than previously believed.

    Originally commissioned by David Cameron’s government in 2010, the report found that that US security agencies and others were mistreating detainees “beyond doubt,” adding that “the agencies and defense intelligence were aware of this at an early point.”

    The ISC stated that, while they found “no smoking gun” in relation to British agents deliberately overlooking cases of US-administered torture, more could have been done at both agency and ministerial level to influence US behaviors concerning how they dealt with suspects.

    The report found no evidence linking British personnel to individual cases of mistreatment against suspects, but there were two cases where personnel were “party to mistreatment administered by others.”

    MPs identified another 13 incidents “where UK personnel witnessed at first hand a detainee being mistreated by others, 25 where UK personnel were told by detainees that they had been mistreated by others, and 128 incidents recorded where agency officers were told by foreign liaison services about instances of mistreatment. In some cases, these were correctly investigated but this was not consistent.”

    A further 198 cases showed that British spy agencies received intelligence from liaison services “which had been obtained from detainees who knew they had been mistreated – or with no indication as to how the detainee had been treated but where we consider they should have suspected mistreatment.”

    The report also looked to establish the UK’s role in the rendition of terrorist suspects. Here, MPs found that “there was no attempt to identify the risks involved and formulate the UK’s response,” adding that there was no understanding of rendition in government and no clear policy – or even the recognition of the need for one.

    It found that in 22 cases, MI6 or MI5 provided intelligence to enable a rendition operation to take place, while in a further 23, they did nothing to prevent a rendition.

    In three individual cases, the agencies offered financial backing to others in order to carry out a rendition operation on their behalf; and in a further 28 cases, they either suggested targets, helped to plan, or agreed to rendition operations suggested by other parties.”

  4. White Helmets are helping Syrian militants prepare ‘false flag’ chemical attack – Idlib residents (RT, Jun 28, 2018)

    “The notorious White Helmets have brought chemicals, protective gear and cameras to militant-controlled Idlib in Syria, in an apparent preparation of yet another false-flag attack, locals told the Russian Reconciliation Center.

    A convoy of six vehicles, bearing the emblems of the White Helmets, reportedly arrived in the capital of Idlib province over the weekend, the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center, major general Aleksey Tsygankov, told journalists on Wednesday.

    One of the trucks was loaded with missiles and canisters containing unknown substances, as well as protective gear and filming equipment. Local residents reported seeing four persons, wearing hazmat protection gear, filling the warheads with this liquid and some unknown powder. The convoy then reportedly left for the small town of Maarat al-Numaan, south of the city of Idlib.

    White Helmets have on several occasions become the first to provide footage of alleged chemical attack sites in Syria and the aftermath scenes, including the Khan Shaykhun and Douma incidents. Their photos and videos served as solid-enough proof for the US and its allies to immediately conduct ‘retaliatory’ strikes against the Syrian government forces in April 2017 and in April 2018.

    The self-styled volunteer first-responders have also been mired in controversy by their links to al-Qaeda terrorists and other extremist groups in Syria. The group operates exclusively in militant-held areas of Syria, and its members have repeatedly been photographed and filmed fraternizing with jihadists.

    Despite all the controversy, the group is praised as heroic by the mainstream media and receives funding from Western governments. While Washington briefly stopped financing the group, it apparently soon realized their usefulness and released $6.6 million for the “vital, life-saving operations” of the so-called Syrian Civil Defense activists. London also vowed to keep financing the group, while the British Prime Minister Theresa May even pledged to increase their funding.

    Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry repeatedly warned that it had credible intelligence that militants in Syria are involved in orchestrating false flag chemical attacks to justify Western airstrikes on Syrian government forces – and even accused US Special Forces of helping to stage such provocations.”

  5. Italian Five Star Movement Founder Grillo Backs Populist Salvini as a Man Who Gets Things Done (breitbart, Jun 28, 2018)

    “Beppe Grillo, the founder and former leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) has praised the recent anti-mass migration policies of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, marking a shift from his prior stance.

    Previously, Grillo saw Salvini and the League as political opponents but this week at a performance at the Anfiteatro dell’Anima theatre, the comedian and politician expressed admiration for the party leader, saying he was a man who “does things for real”, Il Giornale reports…”

  6. French alleged extreme-right suspects charged in attack plot (abcnews, Jun 28, 2018)

    “A French judicial official said Thursday that ten people linked to France’s extreme far-right movement who are suspected of planning an attack have been handed preliminary charges.

    The source said charges issued Wednesday night include “criminal terrorist conspiracy.” Six were placed in detention and four were released under judicial supervision.

    The official was speaking anonymously because he wasn’t allowed to disclose the information.

    The suspects, aged from 32 to 69 including one woman, were allegedly members of a group whose goal was to “fight the Islamic peril.”

    The prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that an array of weapons and potential bomb-making equipment were found. Authorities feared a violent act but “at this stage” couldn’t determine targets, it added.”

  7. Afghanistan: Attacks kill 29, including elders urging peace (abcnews, Jun 28, 2018)

    “An Afghan official says insurgent attacks in two provinces have killed 29 people, including a bomb that targeted a meeting between the Taliban and village elders urging them to enter peace talks.

    Hasibullah Stanikzai, a provincial council member in the eastern Logar province, says Thursday’s bombing killed 13 elders and an unknown number of Taliban.

    No one immediately claimed the attack, but a local affiliate of the Islamic State group has targeted previous gatherings between the Taliban and those calling for an end to 17 years of war.

    In a separate incident, a Taliban assault on a security post in the northern Takhar province killed 16 border police, according to Sonatullah Timor, a spokesman for the provincial governor.”

    • Economics is the4 third leg in all wars, using economic war against your enemies use to be considered normal. The left trying to hurt the left got a lot of people to stop the West from using economic power to win wars, for some reason the useful idiots seem to think that the fighters or our enemies are some how separated from the “civilians”. To win a war you have to break the will of the people, not just the fighters but the people, you have to make them want peace instead of wanting to resist you and your forces. We in the left have forgotten that and are paying the price for this forced loss of memory.

  8. Pakistan takes radical Sunni leader off terrorist watchlist ahead of election (reuters, Jun 28, 2018)

    “ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has removed the leader of one of the country’s largest Islamist extremist groups from its terrorist watchlist while the Election Commission considers whether his group can field candidates in a general election next month, an official said on Thursday.

    Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi is head of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), a radical Sunni group that has incited violence against Pakistan’s minority Shi’ite Muslims.

    ASWJ shares roots with the more violent Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group based in central Punjab province, which had strong ties to al Qaeda and has waged a deadly campaign against Shi’ites for more than two decades.

    Who authorized the removal of Ludhianvi from the terrorist list is unclear, as a caretaker government is running Pakistan during the two months of campaigning ahead of the July 25 general election…”

  9. British white people set to become a minority in Birmingham, says report (birminghammail, Jun 27, 2018)

    “British white people are soon to become the minority in Birmingham while nearly 50,000 residents in the city cannot speak English, according to a new report.

    There are thought to be residents from nearly 200 countries living in Birmingham which has been described as ‘super diverse’ in the city council’s new cohesion strategy.

    But while there are recognised benefits to a multi-cultural society such as trade links, the city’s varied ethnicity has also been identified as major factor in social segregation and community ‘tension’.

    The draft policy, which is due to be tabled before the council’s cabinet today (Tuesday, June 26), states that 42.1 per cent of people in Birmingham classified themselves as non-white British in the 2011 census.

    That was an increase of 12 per cent from the 2001 survey and if the rate continues by the time of the next census in 2021 more than half of the city’s 1.2 million-plus population will be from an ethnic minority.

    This is already the case for under 18s with 60 per cent coming from a non-white British background in the last poll.

    “Birmingham is soon to become a majority minority city,” the report states.

    One of the main issues is that areas where there is a ‘high concentration’ of ethnic minority groups, particularly black and Asian communities, have become more disadvantaged.

    Another problem is in employment where Birmingham’s rates are languishing way below the national average – 65 pc of working age residents in jobs compared to the national average of 74 pc in 2016.

    This is not helped by the fact that high numbers of Pakistani and Bangladeshi residents have no qualifications, while at least 47,005 citizens are unable to speak English.

    But there are recognised positives to a multi-cultural society.

    The report states: “Ethnic diversity can bring many benefits such as transnational trading links and high levels of cultural resource.

    “Birmingham has benefited from its diverse migrant communities who have settled in the city and successfully contributed to its economic vitality, becoming leaders in education, medicine, sports, arts and business and providing employment opportunities to local people.

    “Our demographic landscape is increasingly becoming ethnically and socially ‘super diverse’, which means a greater understanding of the changes in cultural norms, identities and social shifts in how we live work and learn is needed.”

    The strategy aims at tackling a number of other barriers in the way of community cohesion including economic growth, gender inequality, job security, deprived neighbourhoods, educational attainment, income inequality and an ageing population.

    Equalities chief Cllr Tristan Chatfield said: “Birmingham faces a number of difficult social issues that have an impact on cohesion; whilst these are not unique to our city, we cannot assume that national government policy will address them.

    “These are complex challenges and they are also rapidly evolving.

    “Collectively, Birmingham should lead by example in challenging anything that prevents our citizens from reaching their full potential, including discrimination, poverty, segregation or a lack of ambition.”

    The cabinet is expected to approve the draft strategy goes out to public consultation.”

    • Ethnic diversity can bring many benefits such as transnational trading links and high levels of cultural resource.

      What “trade” are you linking to with Bangladesh and Somalia?
      Dope, weapons, slaves, and germs.
      “Cultural resource” would add up to shrouds for females, pidgin, acid attacks, and FGM.

      Stick a fork in it, Birmingham.

  10. Federal cops move in on ICE protest in SW Portland
    Federal officers in riot gear moved into the protest siege of ICE headquarters in Southwest Portland at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
    Author: KGW
    Published: 5:44 AM PDT June 28, 2018
    Updated: 6:12 AM PDT June 28, 2018

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal officers in riot gear moved into the protest siege of ICE headquarters in Southwest Portland at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

    “At approximately 5:30am today, federal law enforcement officers initiated a law enforcement action to reopen the federal facility at 4310 SW Macadam Avenue in Portland,” Federal Protective Service spokesman Robert Sperling said in a prepared statement.

  11. Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery

    Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car company Nuro to deliver groceries using its autonomous vehicles.

    The partnership comes as the U.S.’s largest grocery players continue to tackle the expensive challenge of “last mile delivery” — the final step in getting a product to a shopper’s home. It is a feat that is particularly perilous when dealing with fragile products like fresh food. It is further complicated by populations that vary wildly across the U.S, with some far less dense that others.

    Walmart recently said it was partnering with Postmates to expand its online grocery delivery program. Amazon announced early Thursday plans to partner with entrepreneurs who run their own local delivery networks of up to 40 delivery vans. It is not clear whether it will use that network for food delivery.

    Kroger, meantime, has made a series of bold steps to further its online grocery and delivery business over the past few months. It announced its investment in British online grocer Ocado, which it will use to build out automated warehouses throughout the U.S. It also bought meal kit company Home Chef.

  12. Netflix Under Investigation for Streaming Disturbing Child Pornography Scenes
    By Megan Fox June 27, 2018

    An Argentinian movie that Netflix offers called Desire is upsetting subscribers because of what looks like illegal content. Viewers on Facebook have shared a clip of the movie and are calling it outright child porn. In the opening scene, two little girls who look to be about seven and nine are playing “horse” on pillows. The older girl begins to obviously masturbate as the younger child watches. The camera even takes this scene into a closeup of the child’s face in slow motion, moving up and down and panting like a porn star. The scene is graphic and includes an orgasm. The film is directed by Diego Kaplan.

    PJ Media reported it to the FBI and the Department of Justice, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has launched an investigation.

  13. Liberal Meltdown Over Justice Kennedy Retirement

    Liberal activists and journalists are melting down over Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

    Kennedy, who has served as the court’s swing vote for decades, has now opened the door for President Donald Trump to finally give conservatives their long-desired court majority. (RELATED: Kennedy Calls It Quits: Longtime Swing Justice Hands Trump The Biggest Gift Of His Presidency)

    Progressives immediately reacted to Kennedy’s retirement with fear, anger, and sadness.

  14. China Meets with ASEAN Officials to Discuss South China Sea

    OAN Newsroom
    UPDATED 8:19 AM PT — Wed. June 27, 2018

    Chinese officials are meeting with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, to discuss new regulations over the South China Sea.

    According to reports, the purpose of the meeting is to negotiate the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

    The declaration was signed in 2002, and outlines rules for handling disputes in the region.

    Officials said increased cooperation is the key to reaching stability in the South China Sea, which is an area that has been at the center of debate due its high volume of trade.

  15. Prosecutors say suspects must have been trained to kill Kim Jong Un’s half-brother

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Two women accused of murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader must have been trained to carry out “an assassination” using deadly VX nerve agent, Malaysian prosecutors said, wrapping up their case on Thursday.

    Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese, were charged with having common intent with four North Korean fugitives to kill Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February 2017.

    Kim’s face was smeared with VX, a banned nerve agent developed as a chemical weapon.

    “You have to be trained for it… there can be no room for error,” prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said, likening the “assassination” to something seen “in a James Bond movie”.

    The women, both in their 20s, are the only suspects in custody and face the death penalty if convicted. They pleaded not guilty, saying they believed they were acting in a prank reality show and did not know they were handling anything lethal.

  16. Nazi comparison: The shoe is on the wrong foot
    By Ed Brodow June 27, 2018

    Everywhere I look lately, Trump is being compared to Hitler. For example, two photos were just posted on Facebook. (See the Snopes link below.) One was Hitler saying that Jews are animals; the second was Trump saying — purportedly — that Mexicans are animals. The message is that Trump is another Hitler. Of course, Trump never said that. He said that violent MS-13 gang members are animals. “The quotation attributed to President Trump,” said Snopes, “was both inaccurate and left out the full context behind his remarks, which referred to undocumented and deported migrants convicted of crimes.” The mainstream media, unfortunately, is all too willing to report Trump’s words incorrectly.

    The photos on Facebook are a classic example of Trump Derangement Syndrome. A seemingly educated professional is pushing a false, vulgar argument to bolster a political view. Did the poster invent the idea? Unlikely. The meme photos merely regurgitate the propaganda retailed by the fake news media. Here are some of the obvious sources to borrow from:

    • euronews – Watch: “We do not have a migration problem in Europe”, Amnesty tells Good Morning Europe

      “We do not have a migration problem in Europe. No European country is in the top number of countries hosting refugees.

      This is a political tactic to divert attention from the real economic and social issues within the EU.” Amnesty International Advocacy Director, Iverna McGowan, talks migration.…

    • Council of Europe – Petra De Sutter ( Belgium Socialists , Democrats and Greens Group ): European states should rescue migrants regardless of their status

      In view of the high numbers of lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea by asylum seekers trying desperately to reach Europe on makeshift boats, member States should respect their international obligations and co-ordinate their efforts in protecting human life at sea, according to rapporteur Petra De Sutter.

      Her report calls on all member States to put the protection of human lives above all other considerations and regardless of the status of the persons concerned.

    • Italy stalls EU summit with block on joint conclusions</strong

      ‘Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,’ says Italian official.

      Italy’s new populist government sabotaged its first EU summit on Thursday, as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte blocked all joint decisions ahead of a controversial dinner discussion on migration, several officials said.

      Conte’s refusal to accept the joint Council conclusions — written statements agreed by all leaders — even on noncontroversial topics prompted EU officials to scrap a planned evening news conference.

      Italy had expressed its dismay over the trajectory of the migration discussion, but Conte’s move to stall the entire summit caught other leaders off-guard.

      According to one official observing the discussions, other leaders urged him not to block the other issues on which there appeared to be consensus — including strengthening defense cooperation, pursuing legislation that promotes digital innovation, and speeding work on the EU’s next long-term budget — by linking them to the divisive migration debate.

      The Italians are deeply angry that the discussion of migration policy has shifted in recent days away from its own concerns over the burden on frontline countries and focused instead on so-called “secondary movements,” which had created a domestic political crisis for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

      The migration discussion was scheduled to be held over dinner — the time leaders traditionally reserve for their most difficult summit debates.

      Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had scheduled a pre-dinner news conference where they planned to announce the agreement on other issues. But with Conte blocking everything, the news conference was cancelled.

      “As one member reserved their position on the entire conclusions, no conclusions have been agreed at this stage,” said a Council spokesperson, “For this reason, the press conference by the EU institutional representatives has been canceled and will instead take place tomorrow after the end of the Euro Summit.”

      Italy stalls EU summit over migration deal

      Rome blocks array of other decisions as tensions escalate

      Italy has stalled an EU leaders’ summit until a deal is reached on migration — a dramatic escalation of tensions at a gathering that could decide German chancellor Angela Merkel’s fate. 

      Rome blocked decisions on the economy, security and digital issues in the meeting’s opening session in Brussels on Thursday as it sought “concrete” help to deal with its own influx of asylum-seekers.

      “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” one bloc diplomat said of the Italian position, as the heads of government headed for what threatened to be a fractious working dinner.

      One senior EU figure attending the meeting described Italy as “holding us hostage”.

      The European Council of leaders cancelled a planned early-evening press conference and a spokesperson issued a terse statement saying that “as one Member reserved their position on the entire conclusions, no conclusions have been agreed at this stage”.

      Italy set the stage for further drama over dinner as it prepared to propose ending a ban on new European Bank for Reconstruction and Development lending to Russia, in a sign of the new government in Rome’s wish for closer ties with Moscow.

      That idea is likely to face opposition from some other EU member states who favour a tough line on Russia, in response to the poisoning in the UK of Sergei Skripal, a double agent, and his daughter Yulia. 

      Rome’s disruptive tactics at the summit further imperil Ms Merkel after she was given an ultimatum  by her conservative coalition allies to come up with a pan-European approach to deal with asylum seekers who reach Germany but who have already been registered elsewhere. 

      But, despite initial indications of support from countries including Greece, France and Spain, the German chancellor’s task has been greatly complicated by Italy’s demands. Rome is seeking a big change in EU asylum rules and practical help from other countries in dealing with migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean.

      “If this time we do not find any willingness from other EU countries, this Council could end without the approval of shared conclusions,” warned Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister. 

      Arriving at the summit, Mr Conte said Italy would need a substantial reorientation of EU migration policy and would not settle for mere “words and statements”.

      He added: “That’s enough. This is the opportunity for all to finally show solidarity in deeds.” 

      Until Italy makes headway on reaching its goals, it has vowed to resist policies sought by Berlin that would involve sending migrants back to Italy who had illegally settled in northern EU countries.


      Ms Merkel, who said on Thursday that the migration issue could “decide the EU’s fate”, also has to contend with a dispute that could bring down her government, stoked by calls from her Bavarian coalition partners for border controls against asylum seekers.

      The chancellor has refused to cede to the Christian Social Union’s demands to give German border police the power to turn away refugees who had already applied for asylum in other EU countries.

      Instead she is aiming to strike up to 10 bilateral deals with other European countries that would make it easier to send back asylum seekers who had registered elsewhere. 

      “There are so many people who arrived in different countries and then made their way to Germany,” Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel said, in an expression of support for Ms Merkel as he arrived at the summit. “I understand Germany says: ‘Why do we have to deal with everything?’”

      Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s new prime minister, added that leaders at the summit should be prepared to show “solidarity” with Germany, “which is now suffering a political crisis”.

      But the tensions over immigration have reopened splits between eastern and western governments that date back to the 2015 refugee crisis while also dividing north and south.

      EU officials have frantically sought ways to reconcile the positions of Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Austria’s Sebastian Kurz, who want to focus on tougher border controls, with those of leaders such as Mr Sánchez who call for more solidarity with frontline countries in southern Europe.

      Fears have grown that the divisions could jeopardise the future of Europe’s passport-free Schengen area, with leaders championing opposing visions for a common asylum policy.

      “It looks like we’re about to see a sea-change in migration policy,” Mr Kurz said. “That’s important because we have been demanding a systemic change for years.”

      Donald Tusk, the EU Council president, is hoping to rally countries around plans to relieve the pressure by building processing centres in northern Africa  for migrants rescued at sea — an idea that has attracted broad support from governments.

      In a sign of how the political winds on migration are shifting,

      Mr Tusk warned that his plans were moderate compared to what was being pushed by some capitals. “Some may think I am too tough in my proposals on migration,” he said. “But trust me, if we don’t agree on them, then we will see some really tough proposals — from some really tough guys.”

      But Ms Merkel played down hopes that Thursday’s summit could deliver significant reform of the European asylum system capable of breaking the deadlock in Berlin. “We are not yet where we want to be,” she said in a speech to the Bundestag before travelling to Brussels.

      Europe is not facing a crisis on anything like the scale of 2015, when thousands of migrants were arriving in the Greek islands on a daily basis. The European Council says the numbers illegally entering the EU have dropped 96 per cent since their peak in October 2015.

    • Los inmigrantes del Aquarius pagaron con billetes de 100 euros los chupitos de whisky que pidieron en un restaurante de Cheste

      Los inmigrantes del Aquarius pagaron con billetes de 100 euros los chupitos de whisky que pidieron en un restaurante de Cheste

      Los inmigrantes del Aquarius cminzan a “huir” de Valencia. Todos ellos tienen un permiso de libre circulación de hasta 45 días para poder regularizar su situación o solicitar el asilo y la gran mayoría ha aprovechado para marcharse de Valencia, contactar con conocidos e incluso con las mafias que los llevarán hasta su destino final.

      En declaraciones a La Razón, miembros de Cruz Roja reconocen que no esperaban que
      huyeran de la residencia en la que se encuentran: “Sabíamos que habían estado todo el día fuera pero creíamos que volverían”.

      Pero lo más sorprendente, es que muchos de ellos se dedicaron a pedir chupitos de whisky y a fumar “exageradamente”, así lo explica una camarera de un restaurante cercano a Cheste: “Me ha llamado mucho la atención que me pagaran con billetes de 100. Había uno que tenía en una bolsa un fajo de billetes de 50 pero se veía que estaban mojados. No sé donde habrán cambiado a euros, los traerían ya antes de coger el barco”.

      La camarera reconoce que se dieron una buena fiesta: “Vaciaron la máquina de tabaco y pidieron numerosos chupitos. Estaban muy contentos”.

      Un cliente que estaba presente en el restaurante cuando los inmigrantes del Aquarius
      entraron, explica: “Van todos vestidos de la misma manera. Con un chándal negro y zapatillas deportivas. Nos sorprendió que nada más entrar pidieran chupitos”.

      Aquarius migrants in Spain throw away towels and clothes donated by the Red Cross

      On June 24th several Facebook users criticised the fact that many migrants from the Aquarius boat had thrown away clothes and towels donated to them by the Red Cross.

      The clothes were found in a dumpster in Cheste’s Educational Complex, where many of the migrants have been housed until they have finalised their asylum applications.

      This, despite the fact that the very first night in Spain, some migrants were spotted at a restaurant in Cheste paying for drinks using €100 bills.

      Even the younger migrants, who were housed in a student residence in Alicante as we previously reported, were spotted going out to party on their first night, despite Liberal Spanish commentators stating that they were in “shock” and “traumatised” due to the crossing from Libya.

      As can be seen in the photo, the containers are overflowing with rejected clothes, towels and blankets distributed by the Red Cross – some care packages are even intact and their contents are listed as “1 track suit, 1 t-shirt, 1 pair of socks, 1 underwear”.

      The local residents are incensed about the absolute lack of gratitude these supposedly “stressed” immigrants demonstrate with the generosity shown by the Red Cross.

      • The local residents are incensed about the absolute lack of gratitude these supposedly “stressed” immigrants demonstrate with the generosity shown by the Red Cross.

        They’ll forget all about those discarded blankets and clothes once the rapes begin. It continues to astonish me that Westerners have yet to learn one of history’s oldest lessons about Muslim and Islamic “gratitude”.

        THERE IS NONE.

      • zero hedge – House Passes Measure To Force DOJ Documents While Rosenstein Grilled In Heated Testimony

        The House passed a resolution on Thursday demanding that the Department of Justice (DOJ) hand over a trove of sensitive documents related to the FBI’s investigations into both Hillary Clinton’s email probe and the Russia investigation.

        The floor vote passed 226-183, representing a further escalation in an ongoing feud between Congressional investigators and the DOJ. The demand sets a July 6 deadline for outstanding materials, which Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said on Wednesday that failure to comply could result in holding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt, or even impeachment.

        Moments before the resolution was passed, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein traded barbs in a fiery exchange during Congressional testimony – with Jordan accusing Rosenstein of keeping information from Congress.

        “I am not keeping any information from Congress,” Rostenstein insisted, before being cut off.

        “In a few minutes, Mr. Rosenstein, I think the House of Representatives is gonna say something different,” Jordan fired back.

        “I don’t agree with you … If they do, they will be mistaken,” replied Rosenstein.

        Rosenstein then launched into Jordan – defending redactions in various documents, and said “the use of this to attack me personally, is deeply wrong,” adding “I’m telling the truth and I’m under oath.”

        The House panels have been feuding with Rosenstein for months over the documents.

        House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in his opening statement in a hearing with Rosenstein on Thursday that his panel’s oversight “has been hampered” by the Justice Department and FBI’s “lack of consistent and vigorous production” of documents. -Washington Examiner

        “[I]t has felt like pulling teeth much of the time to obtain and review revenant documents,” said Goodlatte (R-VA).

        “I understand some people still state concerns about the speed of the production, but those concerns are mistaken,” Rosenstein told Goodlatte. “Most requests have been fulfilled and other document productions are in progress for this committee and other committees.”

        In a Wednesday letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan made public on Thursday, Rosenstein insisted that the House resolution “fails to acknowledge the extraordinary – and unprecedented – efforts that Trump Administration officials and other Department employees are making to comply with a considerable volume of oversight requests.”

        “Movement on this resolution would be contrary to the spirit of accommodation that was present in our productive meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Wray on June 15. Many Department employees are working tirelessly to produce documents to your Members,” wrote Rosenstein.

  17. CNN – Distorting the truth: Russian hacking beyond the election

    In July 2016, millions watched as Philando Castile took his final breaths after being shot by police.

    Within hours, a mysterious group began planning a protest. Black Lives Matter activists suspected a troll job — little did they know it was organized by a Russian government-linked group.

  18. Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world and rank-in-file Democrats by defeating incumbent Joe Crowley in Tuesday’s New York primary. The Ocasio-Cortez win signaled the growing swing leftward for national Democrats, a party undergoing a power struggle and identity crisis after Trump’s election victory in 2016. The platform Ocasio-Cortez ran on was deeply progressive, calling on the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, nationalized health care, universal jobs guarantee and getting America to 100 percent green energy.

    However, footage reveals that Ocasio-Cortez also has associates with regressive views.

    One of Ocasio-Cortez’s most enthusiastic campaigners and a man who stood behind her at her victory party, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, is a known anti-Semite and racist. Lopez-Pierre has regularly used slurs against Jewish and black New Yorkers in public forums and while running for office himself.

    While running for office in 2017, Lopez-Pierre specifically campaigned on “protecting tenants from greedy Jewish landlords.” Lopez-Pierre’s own campaign website shows his rantings agains “Greedy Jewish Landlords.” His campaign website applauds the arrest of “Greedy Jewish Landlords” and says that “Jewish Landlords” are “punishing” black and Hispanic families.

  19. Note: The next story may appear off topic, but it goes to demonstrate the level of corruption in supposedly impartial bodied like the CDC:

    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CrossFit, Inc. announced today that it has uncovered noncompliance with the law at the Foundation for the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Foundation) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) that created conflicts of interest between industry partners and the CDC and NIH. The foundations are required by law to produce a report disclosing the sources and amounts of the donations they received, as well as restrictions on the uses of the donations. To date, each foundation has omitted such information from its published reports. CrossFit, Inc. discovered the foundations’ noncompliance in March while investigating the soda industry’s many attempts to infiltrate the health sciences and unduly influence the scientific record on sugar.

    “CrossFit’s Founder and Chairman Greg Glassman set a goal for CrossFit to drive Big Soda out of sport and health science,” said Russ Greene, CrossFit’s Director of Government Relations and Research. “Under his leadership, we’ve tracked the soda industry’s donations and use of proxy groups. We looked over the CDC Foundation’s and FNIH’s disclosures and found they weren’t even close to following the law. Annually reporting the sources, amounts and restrictions of each grant they receive—transparency—is the first step in making sure there’s no undue influence on government science and policy.”

    The FNIH and CDC Foundation were established by Congress in 1990 and 1992 to facilitate public-private partnerships, serve as a firewall between private resources and the NIH and CDC, and protect scientific integrity. In recently released legislation, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies reprimanded the CDC Foundation and the FNIH for improperly disclosing the donations each entity received and directed them to adhere to the requirements of the Public Health Service Act.

  20. Head of prominent charity that campaigns against child abuse is arrested for ‘trying to arrange to rape multiple children as young as two’
    Joel Davis, 22, was arrested in New York on Tuesday on child sex abuse charges
    Davis is the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict – an organization devoted to ending sexual violence
    He is accused of trying to set up sexual encounters between himself and children as young as two years old
    Davis also allegedly solicited an undercover FBI agent to send sexually explicit videos of young children

  21. Note: not sure if relevant, but, as names had been redacted, thought it ought to be included:

    BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany are investigating the premature deaths of 21 people going back to the year 2000, following the arrest of a man suspected of trying to poison a colleague’s sandwich.

    Bielefeld police said Wednesday the deaths, which occurred at the company the man worked for, included a “remarkably high number of heart attacks and cancers.”

    A 56-year-old man was arrested in May after surveillance video showed him putting a suspicious powder on a colleague’s sandwich.

  22. In a development that could further advantage OPEC members as they step up production to compensate for falling exports out of Venezuela and (potentially) Iran, the Barents Observer is reporting that two of Russia’s largest Arctic out-shipment points for oil and LNG have become “packed with ice” leaving tankers and carriers stranded in the “paralyzed” area, which hasn’t been this packed with ice at midsummer in four years. Experts had expected that ice clogging up the Gulf of Ob would melt with the summer months, allowing Rosatomflots, the state-owned energy company responsible for the region, to avoid relying on their nuclear-powered icebreakers to clear the area.


    According to Rosatomflot, its icebreakers will be working at least through the first week of July to free stranded ships from the ice. Two icebreakers, the Taymyr and the Vaygach, are working overtime. There are also several smaller tugs and icebreakers working in the waters around the Sabetta port.

    One Rosatomflot representative pointed out that the climate change fears which had analysts worried about rapid melting of ice caps in the Arctic have apparently receded.

    The global warming, which there has been so much talk about for such a long time, seems to have receded a little and we are returning to the standards of the 1980s and 1990s, says company representative Andrey Smirnov.

    Note: “The world scientific consensus” had promised me Global Warming. I wants me Global Warming!!! Hate facts be damned!!!

  23. Note: while I think that the current policy is idiotic – I would be a millionaire if I had a nickle for every incident that the modern left faints over – Trudeau is the one who made it happen, so he ought to be judged by his own rules:

    Trudeau has boxed himself in with his own zero-tolerance policy on sexual misconduct: Robyn Urback
    An 18-year-old allegation against Trudeau, originally printed in a community paper, resurfaced this month

  24. Senator Harris On SCOTUS Pick: We’re Looking At Destruction Of The Constitution | Hardball | MSNBC

    • In reality we are looking at saving the Constitution and Freedom, the left wants to kill the Consitution by having Judges rewrite it every session, the Conservatives want to save it by having opinions based on the original intent. The left knows that following the original intent of the laws and the Constitution will mean the end of their using Judges to write illegal laws and to rewrite the Constitution. The more we return to the original intent of both the harder it will be for the left to take over the US.

      • The Supreme Court really is our last resort. We need a good long stretch of strict constructionists to carry us through the re-education phase.

        • Pray Trump gets to appoint 2 more Judges to the Supreme Court, that would give us a conservative court for 30 years or longer.

          While we need a solid constructionist/constitutionalist Supreme Court we still need a Convention of the States, preferably while the Dems are splintered which will help ensure that we get the amendments we need.

  25. ‘Republicans Are Forbidden’: LA Plastered With Nazi-Style Democratic Party Posters

    Sabo and his Unsavory Agents have ratcheted up their politically-charged street art in response to the increasingly extreme action by the #resistance against Republicans, particularly women in lead roles in the Trump administration.

    Sabo’s latest installation: Nazi-style Democratic Party posters declaring in German and English that “Republicans are forbidden” and urging fellow Democrats to “Resist yourself! Do not buy Republican!”

    In an emailed statement to the Daily Wire on Wednesday, Sabo said the project was inspired by the targeting of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which “sent a chill” through him. “I had no plan to do anything on this subject or at least not until Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant where her and some family sat down for dinner,” the artist told the Daily Wire. “It seems the Democrat owners don’t welcome the patronage of Republicans.”

  26. Scott Pruitt rolling back one of EPA’s most arbitrary, expansive regulatory powers
    By Daily Caller News Foundation June 27, 2018

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is rescinding regulations that allow agency officials to veto projects before a permit is applied for or after it is granted, the EPA announced Wednesday.

    A section of the Clean Water Act authorizes the EPA to interfere with the permitting process for waste dumping projects managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. EPA officials can “preemptively veto” projects before a permit is officially applied for or “retroactively veto” a permit any time after its approval, according to the EPA.

    “Today’s memo refocuses EPA on its core mission of protecting public health and the environment in a way that is fair and consistent with due process,” Pruitt said in a statement. “We must ensure that EPA exercises its authority under the Clean Water Act in a careful, predictable, and prudent manner.”

    The power is rarely used but remains one of the most expansive in the EPA’s arsenal. It acts as a fail-safe to catch and discontinue environmentally dangerous projects, supporters say according to The Wall Street Journal.

  27. ‘When you aggressively f*** with people’s lives, you should not be surprised when they decide to f*** with yours’: Left-wing writer warns Trump administration that opponents will carry out 1970s-style domestic BOMB ATTACKS against them

    A left-wing writer warned Trump administration officials this week that the backlash against them will get much worse than being kicked out of restaurants.

    Splinter’s Hamilton Nolan wrote the essay on the progressive news site after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders complained over the weekend about being asked to leave a Virginia restaurant by an owner who was critical of her work for the Trump administration.

    Nolan said these types of incidents are ‘only the beginning’.

    ‘This is all going to get more extreme. And it should. We are living in extreme times,’ he writes.

    Nolan says he does not ‘believe that Trump administration officials should be able to live their lives in peace and affluence while they inflict serious harms on large portions of the American population’.

    ‘Not being able to go to restaurants and attend parties and be celebrated is just the minimum baseline here. These people, who are pushing America merrily down the road to fascism and white nationalism, are delusional if they do not think that the backlash is going to get much worse.

    ‘Wait until the recession comes. Wait until Trump starts a war. Wait until the racism this administration is stoking begins to explode into violence more frequently.

    • Hamilton Nolan has a romanticized history of the 70s, back then the Dems still had adults in charge and the bombers were a fringe movement, that is why the right didn’t retaliate. No the crazys are in charge of the Dems and they are trying to reverse an election, they are the ones aggressively f–king with peoples lives, they are the ones that are inviting massive retaliation. They are going to mess with the wrong group and make someone who is armed think his kids are threatened, then the leftists are going to die. They will react with calls for the shooter to be put in the pen and will riot when he/she is turned loose, that riot will seal their doom, the rest of us will decide we have had enough and start fighting back. Either that or there will be another mass casuality event like Vegas and the Feds and the media won’t be able to hide the leftist prints all over the terror attack. Either way the left discovers they aren’t really that hard and that what can be done to the Conservatives can be done to them.

  28. the gateway pundit – Leftists Vandalize Two Canadian Monuments, Claim They Celebrate White Supremacy

    Far-left activists vandalized the Maisonneuve Monument at Place d’Armes in Old Montreal and the Macdonald Monument at Place du Canada in Downtown West while claiming that they are celebrations of white supremacy

    The vandals published a confession on a popular Antifa website.

    “We chose to deface these monuments between two nationalist holidays – St-Jean-Baptiste and Canada Day – as a rejection of all forms of settler-nationalism .

    […]The leftists also called for other people to keep defacing the monuments until the government is forced to remove them.

  29. When people hate CNN more than MSNBC, you know there’s a problem

    Despite what many denizens of the greenrooms of cable news outlets and editorial staff meetings at the New York Times and Washington Post might believe, the American people aren’t stupid. And the proof is in the amusing “CNN Sucks” chant that accompanies President Trump at his rallies across the nation.

    We saw it again this week in Arizona the moment Trump mentioned the “dishonest media.”

  30. Fear on the Left

    There is no way to overstate this: The replacement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy by anyone on the conservatives’ judicial dream list held by President Trump will fundamentally change America.

    The Supreme Court — with a firm conservative majority that will last most of our lifetimes — can and will change the very complexion of our country for decades, if not a century.

    This is not a drill. The basic constitutional and legal underpinnings of issues that every citizen cares about — things that affect our lives every single day — sit on an active fault line. The earthquake this fall will shift it all to the right. Next comes the tsunami of high court litigation aiming to overrule seminal rulings on reproduction, LGBTQ rights, immigration, policing, criminal sentencing, health care, civil rights and more.

    For much of the last decade, Kennedy sat at the center of an evenly divided court — one of the most powerful people in Washington, literally the decider of pivotal issues of our time: the individual right to bear firearms, states’ ability to ban late-term abortions, the constitutionality of executing minors or mentally disabled people, the strength or weakness of the Voting Rights Act. He gave corporations the ability to funnel unlimited cash into election campaigns. He also gave same-sex couples the right to marry and underscored the importance of their dignity. At least all sides had a chance.

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