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  1. Austria Refuses to Take More Boat Migrants After Ship of 450 Arrives in Europe (breitbart, Jul 17, 2018)

    “Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has made clear his strong stance on unlimited mass migration after he refused to take part in an EU-wide effort to distribute the migrants of a fishing boat that landed on an Italian island Monday.

    Writing in a letter to his Italian opposite number Giuseppe Conte, the leader of Austria’s Conservative-Populist coalition pointed to the already remarkable generosity of his nation in taking in hundreds of thousands of migrant arrivals during the course of the Europe migrant crisis.

    Kurz wrote that Austria had “accepted more than 150,000 asylum applications since 2015, making it one of the highest levels of solidarity in the EU [per capita], while many other EU member states have so far received very few asylum seekers… Austria will therefore not participate in additional redistribution”, reports Kronen Zeitung.

    Calling on the nations of Europe to work harder to prevent illegal migration to the continent, Kurz also pointed to the fact that migrant ships could be sent to countries outside of the European Union to disembark their human cargo…”

  2. Rescue group: Libya left migrants to die in Mediterranean (abcnews, Jul 17, 2018)

    “A migrant aid group has accused Libya’s coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including a woman and a toddler who died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation.

    Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish rescue group, said it found one woman alive Tuesday and another dead, along with the body of a toddler, amid the drifting remains of a destroyed migrant boat some 80 nautical miles from the Libyan coast.

    The organization posted images and videos of the wreckage and the dead bodies on social media, accusing both a merchant ship sailing in international waters and Libya’s coast guard for failing to help the three migrants.

    Libyan Coast Guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim said earlier that a boat carrying 158 passengers including 34 women and nine children had been stopped Monday off the coast of the western town of Khoms. He said the migrants were given humanitarian and medical aid and were taken to a refugee camp in Khoms.

    The head of Proactiva Open Arms, Oscar Camps, on Tuesday blamed the Italian government’s cooperation with Libyan authorities for the death of the woman and the toddler.

    “This is the direct consequence of contracting armed militias to make the rest of Europe believe that Libya is a state, a government and a safe country,” Camps said in a video posted on Twitter.

    Camps said the two women and the toddler had refused to board the Libyan vessels with the rest of the intercepted migrants and were abandoned in the sea after the Libyan coast guard destroyed the migrants’ boat.

    In a later statement about Tuesday’s deaths, Camps said “The blame for this crime falls on Matteo Salvini’s policies,” in a reference to Italy’s hardline interior minister…”

    • Migrants: Salvini says ports closed to NGO Open Arms’ ships

      ANSAmed) – ROME, JULY 17 – Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Tuesday wrote on Twitter that “two ships of Spanish NGOs have returned to the Mediterranean, awaiting their load of human beings. They should save time and money, they will see Italian ports in a postcard”.

      Salvini thus reiterated that he is closing Italy’s ports to the ships of Catalan NGO Proactiva Open Arms which are at the moment in the search-and-rescue area in front of Libya.

      The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, said that “it is not by sending 250 migrants to partners that problems are solved. The government lacks an overall strategy, it is dealing with the issue only from the standpoint of security. Flows are blocked only with an EU strategy, not by taking hostage women and children aboard ships”, Tajani commented.

      On Monday, Salvini told the European Union, in a controversial statement, that Libya should be considered a “safe port” and that everyone leaving from its coasts should be taken back.

      EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, through her spokesperson, responded saying that “no European operation of ship lands in Libya because we do NOT consider Libya a safe port”. The decision of not considering Libya a safe port, added Mogherini, “is of the European court of human rights, therefore it is a purely juridical evaluation”.

      Salvini immediately responded saying that the “European Union wants to continue making the dirty work of smugglers easier”.

  3. France expels high-profile terror convict to Algeria (abcnews, Jul 17, 2018)

    “An Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on terror charges and for years a high-profile figure in the underground world of terrorism has been expelled to stand trial in his homeland.

    Djamel Beghal was expelled by France on Monday, ending years of wrangling over his fate, Algeria’s official APS news agency reported.

    There was no official confirmation by France on his expulsion, including by the Foreign Ministry which reportedly negotiated for weeks with Algeria to take in Beghal once his second prison term had ended. APS then reported that Beghal was back in Algeria to stand trial for a 2003 conviction in absentia there.

    Beghal’s name has emerged in numerous terror cases over the years, linked to top officials of al-Qaida and with an array of European contacts, making him a symbol of globe-spanning terrorism. Stripped of his French nationality a decade ago, Beghal had nowhere to go but Algeria.

    Were he to have remained in France, Beghal, now 52, would likely have to have been placed under house arrest in a town somewhere in the French provinces. He already had been under house arrest between two convictions.

    Beghal was linked to the two men behind the deadly January 2015 attacks on a French newsroom in Paris and a Paris Kosher grocery store. Whether he was the mentor of Cherif Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly, as the French media has widely reported, was unclear. However, he was seen in a photo with a man identified as Coulibaly who visited Beghal when the latter was under house arrest in central France.

    A French court convicted Beghal in 2005 in a U.S. Embassy attack plot allegedly fomented by al-Qaida, and in 2010 for his role in a scheme to help an inmate sentenced to life in prison in a 1995 Paris attack escape. The attack was one of a series by cohorts in France of Algeria’s Armed Islamic Group, the bloodiest group in an insurgency that racked the North African nation throughout the 1990s and beyond.

    An Algerian court convicted Beghal in absentia in 2003 for belonging to a terrorist group and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

    At one point, Algeria had sought to have Beghal retried on those charges in France, but the French didn’t respond to the demand, APS said.”

  4. Iran: Tehran prepares for possible increase of enrichment if deal fails – AEOI

    Iran is ready to boost its uranium enrichment capacity if negotiations with Europe fail to save the nuclear deal, said spokesperson of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi at a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

    “We are of course continuing to carry out and implement our obligations based on the JCPOA,” Kamalvandi noted, adding that “at the same time, taking every scenario into consideration, we are preparing ourselves.”

    “In the Atomic Energy Organisation, too, we believe that it would be better if the JCPOA lives on. But if the other side fails to fulfill its duties, then there will be no justification for us to keep ourselves limited,” Kamalvandi said.

    Speaking at the press event, Kamalvandi also underlined the importance of cooperation between Iran and Russia, saying: “Russia’s stances are good and firm in supporting the Islamic Republic of Iran, supporting the JCPOA, and, well, the country has expressed its criticism of the US more strongly than any other country.”

    JCPOA, known unofficially as the Iranian nuclear deal, is an internationally-agreed-upon settlement which aims to limit Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for the gradual lifting of international sanctions. On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the deal and the reinstatement of sanctions against Tehran.

  5. Louie Gohmert: Lisa Page giving us ‘more insights’ into Russia investigation

    Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Tuesday that former FBI lawyer Lisa Page has been more helpful than FBI agent Peter Strzok when it comes to answering their questions about how the FBI handled the Russia and Hillary Clinton investigations.

    “She has given us more insights to who was involved in what,” Gohmert told Fox News.

    “She’s a more contrite person,” he added. “But make no mistake … she’s a Democrat. She wanted Hillary to win and she did not want Trump to win, and that’s been obvious.”

  6. Scholar Calls Out “Mob Violence” of Media against Trump

    The media reaction is comparable to mob violence, says New York University professor and Russia expert Stephen F. Cohen.

    According to a Russia scholar, the mob violence “reporting” by the media has helped bring us closer to war with Russia than at any point in history. The fantastic Tucker Carlson had Stephen F. Cohen on his show to give his evaluation about what is going on.

    • That’s the guy who writes in The Nation!
      - that commie rag -
      Prof. Stephen Cohen loves Russia, always has. Good and bad, he’ll always find the good. No question, he knows his stuff.

      He gets a little over-exposed. I figure he’s got a public relations agency that puts whatever he writes wherever it’ll be published.

      • – – – My Russki opines:
        Stephen F. Cohen’s been on the Kremlin’s payroll since his student days. Not spying or lying, necessarily. A sorta academic goodwill ambassador.

        – – – I caution:
        Maybe there’s more than one Stephen F. Cohen?

    • TUCKER CARLSON tonight – Scholar: Right now, we are in a new cold war

      NYU Russian studies Professor Emeritus Stephen Cohen says President Trump had no choice but to meet with Putin, blasts ‘pornography passing as analysis’ in the news coverage of Trump.

  7. Page testified for two days behind closed doors about her influence on the FBI’s investigations into Russia and Hillary Clinton’s emails less than one week after Strzok.

    Strozk denied that texts he exchanged with Page — particularly one promising they would “stop” Trump from becoming president — were indicative of bias that affected the investigations. However, Ratcliffe alleged that Page contradicted Strzok in her testimony and even admitted that the texts “mean exactly what they say.”

    Note: Strzok and Paige were not lovers – the fake affair was a cover to bypass proper channels.

  8. Intel Chair: FBI, DOJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hope of Dem Takeover in Congress

    Nunes says DOJ, FBI betting on Dems killing probe

    The chair of the House Intelligence Committee accused the FBI and Department of Justice of stonewalling a sprawling investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia with the hope of running out the clock until the November elections, when they anticipate Democrats will regain control of the House and dissolve an ongoing probe that has uncovered evidence U.S. officials sought to cripple Trump’s campaign.

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), in a wide-ranging audio interview with his House colleague Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of “putting all their chips on the Republicans losing the House” so that their Democratic allies can “shut down” the longstanding Intelligence Committee probe, which has unearthed information disputing claims of collusion in recent months.

    Rep. Duffy interviewed Rep. Nunes for an upcoming episode of Duffy’s podcast, “Plaidcast.”

    Nunes also lashed out at the U.S. media, accusing “90 percent” of reporters covering the Russia probe of being “essentially an arm of the Democratic party,” according to an advance copy of the interview shared with the Washington Free Beacon.

    Nunes has been running the Intelligence Committee’s investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to cement the 2016 election. The committee has unearthed a body of evidence indicating senior officials at the FBI and DOJ worked to take down Trump on behalf of Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

    “One-hundred percent, they [the FBI and DOJ] are putting all their chips on the Republicans losing the House and all these investigations will shut down,” Nunes told Duffy.

    Nunes went on to blast the media for its lack of coverage about Republican findings indicating that senior U.S. officials loyal to the Democratic Party actively worked to open intelligence investigations into the Trump campaign based on a faulty and salacious anti-Trump dossier.

    “The media has been horrible on this whole situation,” Nunes said.” What we’ve seen since the election of President Trump has been what’s been going on for a long time, but now you see what I call the 90-10 split.”

    “You have 90 percent of the media who are essentially an arm of the Democratic Party,” he said. “Then you’ve got five percent of the media that I believe, for lack of a better term, are right or center right. They don’t necessarily follow the establishment of the Republican National Committee or something like that, but they definitely are conservative.”

    “Then you only have five percent of the journalists that are out there that I would say are legitimate,” Nunes said. “That’s a problem in this country when you don’t have a free and fair media.”

    The Intelligence Committee’s investigation has dragged on for months with little support from Democrats, who continue to push claims of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

    “The DOJ and FBI have actively obstructed a congressional investigation,” Nunes said, explaining that top officials continue to withhold documents that could disclose that both bodies intentionally worked to undermine the Trump campaign by opening secret investigations alleging Russia collusion.

    “This is really serious stuff,” Nunes said, criticizing the FBI and DOJ for going to secret U.S. courts with evidence collected in the anti-Trump dossier, originally compiled by Fusion GPS. “They opened up a counter intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.”

    Nunes called the investigation into the Trump campaign unprecedented and an abuse of the American intelligence and security networks.

    “After seven or eight months of stonewalling, we realized they [the FBI and DOJ] had no intelligence in the opening of that investigation,” Nunes told Duffy.

    In a different media environment, these revelations would have been front-page news, but have largely been ignored by the U.S. media, which Nunes views as working to oppose Trump at all costs.

    “If the shoe was on the other foot, and this is what’s so bad and so corrupt about the media, and why I’m so worried about the future of our country, because without a free and fair and open media we have a major problem in this country,” Nunes said. “The media is what we count on to bring the transparency to government. There’s no possible way that if George W. Bush had done this to [former President Brack] Obama this town would have been on fire.”

    “They would have had the FBI and DOJ surrounded by rioting in the street, everyone would have been fired, there would have been people put in jail, and what’s happening now is, you essentially have obstruction by the Department of Justice and the FBI colluding with the Democrats to ensure that these investigations do not properly take place,” he said.

  9. John Brennan Misses Communist Russia

    He calls Trump a dupe, but Brennan actually was one for the Soviets.

    John Brennan’s anti-Trump tweets grow more and more maniacal. His latest tweet holds that Donald Trump’s Russian diplomacy in Helsinki “rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous.”

    That tells people all they need to know about the unseriousness of the left’s impeachment drive, not to mention exposing once again the demented malice behind the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign.

    The unhinged criticism is also hilariously rich, given that John Brennan, who supported the Soviet-controlled American Communist Party, meets the textbook definition of a useful idiot for the Russians. At the height of the Cold War, he was rooting for the Reds, casting his vote in 1976 for Gus Hall, the American Communist Party’s presidential candidate. If anyone is adept at serving as a dupe for the Russians, it is John Brennan. To paraphrase John Kerry, he was for them before he was against them.

    What changed? How could Brennan support the Soviet Union, even to the point of voting for one of its puppets, but then hysterically denounce any diplomacy toward Putin’s Russia? The answer lies in Russia’s shedding of communism. Brennan, who refused to take his oath as CIA director on the Bible, misses the days of atheistic Marxism and fears the revival of a Christian Russia (Brennan, while walking the halls of the CIA festooned with LGBT buttons, would rant to colleagues about Putin’s refusal to allow gay pride parades in Moscow.) Brennan deplored Reagan’s description of the Soviet Union as an evil empire and joined other leftists in demanding that he pursue détente with Marxist thugs who make Putin look like a piker. Were Russia still collectivist, he would be using his Twitter account, which boasts his belief in the “collective future,” to praise, not trash, diplomatic gestures.

    • Read the entire article:

      A lot of the Dems miss the Soviet Union, that is probably whey they are so upset with Putin he was a KGB officer and didn’t take Russia back to communism when he took over. The left in the west will never forgive him for that.

    • My Russki’s oldest brother was one of the first brought out of gulag by Prez Reagan.
      This [redacted] would’ve preferred – indeed, worked to facilitate – the mass slavery and extinction of over a million like him.
      Yet he continues to breathe…

  10. Trump Backs Democrats Into a Far Left Corner

    Going into 2020, it’s back to the past for a party too liberal for its own good.

    President Trump is pushing Democrats further left and greatly enhancing his reelection chances. The Democratic Party’s leftward momentum was already there — Sanders did well in 2016, even before Trump was Republicans’ nominee. However, Trump’s presidency has accelerated the slide and threatens to turn 2020 into a contest of ideology, rather than just on his incumbency.

    Two years ahead of 2020’s presidential election, the two nominees are already set. For Republicans, it will be President Trump, because incumbents seeking renomination get it — neither party has denied it in the last 100 years. For Democrats, it will be someone outside the establishment and to the left — while not as defined as the Republican prediction, the reasons are almost as definitive.

    Historically, it is an easy prediction that Democrats will not nominate an establishment candidate, because their establishment candidates have done abysmally in general elections. Hillary’s defeat as the establishment standard-bearer repeated every establishment Democrat nominee’s result since Johnson in 1964.

  11. Anti-Semitism Creeps Back Under Episcopal Auspices

    A morally confused world is what we inhabit.

    And what to my wondering eyes should appear, at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this month, but a heap of painful evidence that the foreign policy of the United States isn’t in disarray solely because of Donald Trump.

    Practically no substantial number of Americans seems capable these days — in contrast with the Cold War era — of figuring out for long who the good guys are, and aren’t. It used to be so easy. The commies were bad. Then we beat the commies, and… and…

    I intrude mention of the Episcopal Church here because of my presence at the late convention — where what could have been taken for the third, perhaps second, cousin of old-fashioned anti-Semitism prowled like a ramping and roaring lion, snarling at Israel, clapping its paws for the Palestinians.

    Resolution after resolution targeted Israel for its apparently endless failures to bestow full rights on Palestinians in the so-called “occupied” territories. Resolution authors wanted the church, through its investments, to pressure Israeli acquiescence in a pro-Palestinian policy.

  12. Clinton Crony Fantasizes about Beating ‘The Crap’ Out of Rand Paul

    On Sunday, Claude Taylor, a former Clinton White House and presidential campaign staffer, said on Twitter that it would be “tempting to beat the crap out of Rand Paul.”

    I never advocate violence but if I lived in Bowling Green it would be tempting to beat the crap out of Rand Paul.

    — Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) July 15, 2018

    Richard: Why do I doubt the have never sanction violence?

  13. Richard: This makes more sense, the hack and the leaks helped Bernie and hurt Hillary but the information really didn’t do much if anything to help Trump.

    Did the Russians Hack the DNC to Help Bernie Sanders and the Socialist Left?
    The hacks didn’t help Trump, but helped Bernie.

    The Russia conspiracy theory hinges on the single creaky claim that the Democratic National Committee hacks were a Russian plot to elect Trump. The theory and all its illegitimate stepchildren, including Robert Mueller and his infinitely expanding corps of prosecutors, lives or dies by the DNC hacks.

    Trying to elect Trump by releasing damaging insider information from the DNC never made any sense. The DNC was already a dysfunctional organization that was being run by the Clinton campaign. Undermining its leadership had little impact on the election, but a great deal on control of the DNC.

    There has never been any evidence that the DNC hacks swung the election. The vast majority of people never even heard of them. Only a handful of political insiders and watchers, already deeply and unpersuadably committed to one side or another, could name the contents of a single email.

    When you want to understand the motive of a crime, follow the money. See who benefited from it, not casually, but deeply and significantly enough to justify the effort and risk of undertaking it.

    The hacks targeted Clinton allies and sought to undermine their influence within the Democrat Party.

    • Read the entire article, it makes so much sense it is scary combine this theory with the rhetoric about impeaching Trump and either holding a new election or making Hillary President and it has more support. the rhetoric about impeaching Trump shows that a lot of people don’t understand that if the kick Trump out Pence will become President and that if they kick him out the Speaker of the House will become President.

      • Scary’s right.
        Those odious Antifa, the heinous Sanders, Perez. A future Dem Party that looks like Corbyn’s [spit] Labour Party in the UK.

        Like honey for a Bear.
        Such insight, our Daniel is really special.

  14. “Implacable Hatred”
    Mohammed and Islam, as portrayed before the Age of Political Correctness.
    July 17, 2018
    Lloyd Billingsley

    British historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) covered a lot of ground in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, first published in 1776. While holding forth on Diocletian, Constantine, Trajan and all, the author devotes attention to the rise of Islam. Since he wrote before the Era of Political Correctness, his work deserves attention on that theme.

    “The religion of the Arabs, as well as of the Indians,” he writes, “consisted in worship of the sun, the moon and the fixed stars, a primitive and specious mode of superstition.” The use of “human gore” on altars was a “cruel practice long observed among the Arabs.” This was before Mohammed, whose “base and plebeian origin” is an “unskillful calumny of the Christians.”

    Under “the apostle” Mohammed, as Gibbon explains, “the Arab continued to unite the professions of a merchant and a robber.” And “from all sides, the roving Arabs were allured to the standard of religion and plunder: The apostle sanctified the license of embracing female captives as their wives or concubines and the enjoyment of wealth and beauty was a feeble type of the joys of paradise prepared for the valiant martyrs of the faith.” On other themes Gibbon quotes the apostle directly.

    “The sword,” says Mohammed “is the key of heaven and of hell, a drop of blood shed in the cause of God, a night spent in arms, is of more avail than two months of fasting and prayer.”

    Back in the day things could get rowdy, and as the author notes, “the wife of Abu Sophian tasted the entrails of Hamza, the uncle of Mohammed.”

    According to Gibbon, in the early going Mohammed had a “propensity in favor of the Jews and happy it would have been if they had recognized in the Arabian prophet the hope of Israel and the promised Messiah.” For reasons that should be clear, the Jews did not do so and “their obstinacy converted his friendship into implacable hatred, with which he pursued that unfortunate people to the last moment of his life, and in the double character of an apostle and a conqueror, his persecution was extended to both worlds.”

    This is an early example of blaming the victim, but Gibbon is no slouch in coverage of the “implacable hatred,” toward all who failed to recognize the Arabian prophet.

    “They could not be ignorant that fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity,” Gibbon writes. “A venerable elder, to whose judgement they appealed, pronounced the sentence of their death: Seven hundred Jews were dragged in chains to the marketplace of the city; they descended alive into the grave prepared for their execution and burial; and the apostle beheld with an inflexible eye the slaughter of his helpless enemies.”

    The town of Chaibar was “the seat of Jewish power in Arabia,” and in Gibbon’s account “after the reduction of the castles the town of Chaibar submitted to the yoke. The chief of the tribe was tortured, in the presence of Mohammed, to force a confession of the hidden treasure.”

    As Gibbon explains, “in the exercise of political government he was compelled to abate the stern rigor of fanaticism, to comply in some measure with the prejudices and passions of his followers, and to employ even the vices of mankind as the instruments of their salvation. The uses of fraud and perfidy, of cruelty and injustice, were often subservient to the propagation of the faith, and Mohammed commanded or approved the assassination of Jews and idolaters who had escaped the field of battle.” Even so, the historian did not neglect Mohammed’s softer side.

    “Perfumes and women were the two sensual enjoyments which his nature required and his religion did not forbid,” Gibbon explains. “In his private conduct, Mohammed indulged the appetites of a man and abused the claims of a prophet.” So as Richard Grenier said in The Marrakesh One-Two, if Mohammed wants something bad enough, Allah is certain to give it to him.

    Only 100 years after his flight from Mecca “the arms and the reign of his successors extended from India to the Atlantic Ocean.” And the tradition carried on.

    “Fighting for religion is an act of obedience to God,” explains Abubeker in a letter. When they confront those of the “synagogue of Satan. . . be sure you cleave their skulls and give them no quarter until they either turn Mohammedan or pay tribute.”

    In similar style, Chaled announces, “Ye Christian dogs, you know your option. The Koran, the tribute or the sword.” It was an offer they couldn’t refuse.

    In Decline and Fall, Islam never emerges as a “religion of peace” and contrary to current claims, Gibbon does not portray the Quran as the first constitution in history. The historian provides no evidence for the claim that civilization stands in the debt of Islam for algebra, the compass and “our mastery of pens and printing.”

    All told, modern readers will find Gibbon a more reliable guide to Islam than anything from CAIR, Keith Ellison, or the president formerly known as Barry Soetoro, raised in a “predominantly Muslim” school in Indonesia. As president in 2014, he thanked Muslims for their contributions in “building the fabric” of the United States.

  15. Ethiopia’s New Direction
    Can a new prime minister finally offer a better life to his people?
    July 17, 2018
    Joseph Puder

    Ethiopia recently elected Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed: a 42-year-old reformer intent on making Africa’s second-largest country the only true democracy on the continent. Last week, Prime Minister Abiy’s trip to Eritrea’s capital city Asmara was promising, signaling a thawing of relations with its arch-enemy following two decades of conflict.

    During the historic summit, Abiy and Eritrea’s rebel-turned-dictator Isaias Afwerki agreed to jointly open up shared airspace, to rekindle joint communications, and to re-open embassies. Importantly, Eritrea will now permit Ethiopia to use its port, which became landlocked as a result of Eritrea’s secession from Ethiopia 25-years ago. Ethiopia’s trade capital, Addis Ababa, will finally have access to the Red Sea.

    According to Abiy, the two leaders agreed,

  16. Iran sues US in international court over sanctions (mee, Jul 17, 2018)

    “Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States stating that Washington’s decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday.

    A State Department official said the application was without merit and the United States would fight it in the court.

    “While we cannot comment on the specifics, Iran’s application is baseless and we intend to vigorously defend the United States before the ICJ,” a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

    President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran reached by his predecessor Barack Obama and other world powers, and ordered tough US sanctions on Tehran…”

  17. 161 ballistic missiles fired at Saudi Arabia since 2015 (memo, Jul 17, 2018)

    “The Saudi-led coalition against Yemen has announced that 161 ballistic missiles have been fired by Yemeni militias at Saudi Arabia since 2015, Anadolu reported yesterday.

    This came during a press conference held by the spokesperson of the coalition Turki Al-Maliki along with Yemeni tribe leaders in Riyadh.

    He stated that there is “strong cooperation” between the coalition and the Yemeni residents of Saada Province in the northwest of Yemen.

    Meanwhile, Sheikh Fahd Al-Sharafi, one of the tribes’ leaders in the Yemeni province, said: “Saada is one of the most affected provinces by the Houthi militias,” stressing that its residents would continue fighting until liberation…”

  18. UK drone personnel could be liable for war crimes (memo, Jul 17, 2018)

    “A two-year probe by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on drones claims that British military personnel could be prosecuted for murder and complicit in alleged war crimes, a report launched today reveals.

    The inquiry – ‘The UK’s use of Armed Drones: Working with Partners’ – received 17 written evidence submissions and conducted six oral evidence sessions by experts in the field. Some 19 recommendations were put forward to “guarantee a solid foundation for UK drone policy and operations moving forward”.

    The inquiry called upon the British government to immediately publish its “targeted killing” policy, just as the United States and Israel have done previously, but more importantly to establish “an independent scrutiny mechanism responsible to Parliament in the event that any UK drone (armed or unarmed) is used in an operation where lethal force is employed,” the report said.

    Currently, all drone strikes involving civilian casualties and cases where British nationals have been killed go without any transparency or accountability…”

  19. UAE helped ‘cement Islamophobia’ in the UK: report (alaraby, Jul 17, 2018)

    “The United Arab Emirates helped to “cement Islamophobia” in the UK in order to boost its standing in the west, through a range of campaigning techniques, which are similar to those used by pro-Israel lobbyists in the US and Europe, a new report has claimed.

    The 50-page report pubished by “Spinwatch: Public Interest Investigations” alleges that the UAE has influenced UK and US foreign and domestic policy through aggressive and “clandestine” lobbying.

    It alleges that the UAE carried out its campaigning by “promising billions in return for influence in the US, infiltrating the British media to smear rivals, threatening to interfere in parliamentary select committee reports, buying politicians’ loyalty with lavish trips, donating to think tanks and trying to influence them, aiming to deport political opponents, trying to influence BBC coverage and protesting against press freedom”.

    A key effect of this was to steer western governments against the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political group seen by the Gulf state as a threat to its system of autocracy. The report says that the anti-Brotherhood hysteria spurred on by British media outlets worsened attitudes towards Muslims as a whole.

    “Ultimately this is counterproductive because it sours the narrative against Muslims in the West and cements Islamophobia, which ultimately works to erode broader relations between the West and the Muslim world,” the report says.

    Elsewhere, the UAE’s anti-Brotherhood lobbying led to the UK overlooking the atrocities committed by then Egypt’s then-Defence Minister-now-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, following a military coup in 2013.

    “While massacres were taking place in two parts of the capital city, they got instant, full British diplomatic support,” Chris Davidson, reader in Middle East politics at Durham University, is quoted in the report as saying.

    The report also questions the UAE’s credentials as an alleged supporter of “freedom” and “human rights”, given its own detention and torture of activists and deep involvement in the controversial Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

    Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have killed at least 10,000 people – the vast majority civilians – and damaged vital infrastructure.

    “The issue is not whether Qatar or the Muslim Brotherhood have connections to ‘extremism’ – after all both Saudi and the UAE are dictatorships with a very significant ongoing track record in human rights violations,” the report concludes.

    “The issue is, how the UAE has manipulated the British press, won over politicians and bought into think tanks to advance its agenda, which amounts to an implacable opposition to democracy.””

  20. Netherlands: Moroccan Kickboxer Mohamed Jaraya Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison (moroccoworldnews, Jul 17, 2018)

    “The court of Breda in the Netherlands has sentenced Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer Mohamed Jaraya to two months of prison and 140 hours of community service for violent actions.

    The 22-year-old athlete got in a fight in the same court last February during a trial on the murder of a Moroccan-Dutch citizen.

    Jaraya was also sentenced for violently beating three people at a New Year’s Eve party in Breda.

    According to Dutch outlets, Jaraya explained to the judge that he was drinking that day. “I’m a sportsman, I never drink, it was the first and the last time I had a few drinks, but I do not remember having hit so many people, I know what I risk, my career is at stake I understood the lesson well, my career is my life, that’s all I have.”

    Jaraya has made a name for himself in the world of kickboxing, following in the footsteps of his compatriot Badr Hari.

    Jaraya is not the only Moroccan kickboxer who has got in trouble with the Dutch justice. In 2017, Badr Hari was sentenced to six month in prison in a case of aggravated assault of Koen Everink in the skybox at the Amsterdam Arena. He was also sentenced for an attempted assault in the Jimmy Woo nightclub.

    Hari was sentenced on appeal to two years in prison, including ten months of probation in October 2015. He was also required to pay €45,000 in damages.”

  21. Ceuta: Spanish Trade Union Urges Spain to Open New Border Crossing with Morocco (moroccoworldnews, Jul 17, 2018)

    “The largest Spanish trade union, Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) or “Workers Commissions,” has urged Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to boost negotiation with Morocco to open another crossing point in Ceuta to prevent further fatal stampedes…”

      • So after 82 years the Spanish Communist Party finally wins the Civil War.

        BREAKING NEWS: This just in from Spain

        After some 43 years, Generalísimo Francisco Franco is Still Dead.

        Carry on…

  22. Officials express concerns regarding population growth rate in Afghanistan (khaama, Jul 17, 2018)

    “The Afghan officials expressed concerns regarding the growing rate of population in Afghanistan while celebrating the World Population Day 2018.

    Afghanistan’s Minister of Economy Mustafa Mastoor said the population growth rate has been recorded at 2.14 per cent.

    Mastoor further added that the growth rate is a matter of concern for a country like Afghanistan which has less economic growth rate as compared to its population growth rate.

    In the meantime, Mastoor said the Ministry of Economy is working on a plan for the better management of population in Afghanistan.

    The head of the Central Statistics Organization Habibullah Mohid warned that the country could face major problems due to the unjustified management of the population growth.

    According to Mohid, the developed countries face the issues of declining population growth rate while the developing countries face the issues of the increasing population growth rate.

    On the other hand, the deputy public health minister Dr. Ahmad Jan Naeem said the growing population will have negative effects on the environment, education, health, and social opportunities.

    Dr. Naeem said the ministry of public health will introduce modern methods for family planning until 2020.”

  23. => Must Read <=
    (Because part of it encapsulates what I've been saying all along: Russia is all about non-tard demography.)

    Why Russia Needs Israel

    Why has Russia under Putin acknowledged Israel’s need to prevent the buildup of an Iranian military presence in Syria? Putin’s vision is to cement an alliance of minorities against the Sunni majority in the Middle East. Israel could be a valuable participant in making that vision a reality – but only if Moscow works to rid Syria of the Iranian presence, joins forces to topple its Islamist regime, and weans the Alawite regime in Damascus away from Tehran.

  24. Four migrants drown off Linosa (ansamed, Jul 17, 2018)

    “Four out of 30 migrants aboard a vessel off the Sicilian island of Linosa drowned after jumping into the sea when they saw the Protector and Monte Sperone vessels of EU border agency Frontex and Italian finance police, the victims’ relatives and friends confirmed on Tuesday.

    Eleven crew members of the boat carrying the migrants were arrested on Tuesday and charged with their death as a consequence of another crime, prosecutors in Ragusa said.”

  25. Spain overtakes Italy as sea route destination for migrants (thelocal, Jul 17, 2018)

    “The number of migrants arriving in Spain by boat is surging, the UN said Tuesday, and it has now surpassed Italy as the top destination for Mediterranean crossings.

    So far this year, 50,872 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe — less than half the number that made the treacherous journey during the same period of 2017, according to the UN migration agency.

    But while the overall numbers have fallen dramatically, Spain has seen landings on its shores nearly triple, IOM said.

    “As we have predicted for several weeks now, Spain has become the most active route of African migrants and people using Africa as a stepping stone into Europe,” agency spokesman Joel Millman told reporters in Geneva.

    Spain “surpassed Italy this past weekend,” he said.

    In all, 18,061 migrants have arrived in Spain since January, compared to 6,500 during the first half of 2017, with nearly 10,000 of those arrivals registered in June alone.

    At the same time, arrivals in Italy total 17,827 since the beginning of the year — compared to 93,237 during the same period last year.

    The dramatic drop of Italian arrivals came after a controversial deal reached between Rome and the Libyan coastguard a year ago.

    The numbers have fallen further since Italy’s new populist government pushed the issue to the forefront of the EU agenda last month by refusing to open the country’s ports to a number of NGO migrant rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean.

    Spain has opened its ports to several rescue ships run by charities which were turned away from Italy.”

  26. Montpellier: police were shoot at during action
    This afternoon, policemen were the target of (automatic)gunshots at Gély in Montpellier when they searched an apartment following a narcotics transaction. At 7pm, the situation was under control with a hundreds of police on the site.

    By Olivier Le Creurer

    Police officers of the anti-crime brigade intervened in the middle of a narcotics transaction at Gély in Montpellier. A person was arrested and placed in police custody.
    Subsequently, the investigation branch of the departmental security decided to search an apartment. It was then that a man targeted the police with a [automatic]weapon. Miraculously, there was no injury. 16 or 17 shells, an automatic pistol, were found on the site. The shooter(s) is searched for.
    Police officers of the Crime Brigades of Sète and Béziers were sent as reinforcement to Montpellier.
    Area is sealed off

    At 18:10, the national police announced on twitter that the situation was under control and asked to let the police work. But the neighborhood was cordoned off by a hundred of police with the support of the Research and Intervention Brigade [ called anti-gang brigade]. The Deputy Prosecutor of the Republic and the Judicial Police are on site.

  27. Tucker: The main reason Trump’s Russia critics hate him

    Tucker: Trump’s critics hate the idea of rethinking or correcting any of the countless blunders they’ve made over the years. On the big questions, Trump is indisputably right: The Cold War is over. The world has changed. It is time to rethink America’s alliances, and act in our own interests for once.

    • Trump: I’m not pro-Russia, I just want our country safe

      Part 1 of Tucker’s interview with President Trump in Helsinki – Trump discusses ‘very bad people’ former CIA director John Brennan, FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page being ‘exposed,’ the bipartisan call for conflict with Russia in Washington, NATO, Dems and open borders and more

    • Trump: IG report was good except for conclusion of no bias

      Part 2 of Tucker’s interview with President Trump in Helsinki – Trump on new Mueller indictment, Obama ignoring DNC hacking, political bias in FBI, DOJ, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political troubles, European migration, Dem obstruction and more.

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