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  1. German City Orders 128 Bulletproof Vests for Deportation Officers (breitbart, Aug 5, 2018)

    “The German city of Essen has ordered 128 custom bulletproof vests for immigration officers to keep them safe whilst carrying out deportations.

    Left-wingers in North-Rhine Westphalia have slammed the creation of the Central Immigration Officer (ZAB) with far-left Die Linke politician Marion Wegscheider saying, “such an authority is incompatible with the image that we have of our Essen”, Focus reports.

    However, local citizen group the Essen Citizens’ Alliance (EBB) has welcomed the creation of the agency, saying: “The repatriation of non-resident foreigners must finally be improved. We need more deportations. If rejected asylum seekers are not deported, this undermines the acceptance of the rule of law.”

    From September 1st, the ZAB will be tasked with managing the deportation of some 21,000 failed asylum seekers in the region with over 300 employees expected to work from a new office that was formerly used as an asylum seeker accommodation.

    Police and other authorities have seen a number of attacks on them during deportations following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s promise to increase deportations in September of 2016.

    Earlier this year, a group of police were attacked by a mob of migrants in the southern town of Ellwangen at an asylum home when they attempted to take a 23-year-old failed asylum seeker from Togo who was scheduled to be deported. Police ended up having to raid the asylum shelter where the man was living after four people, including a police officer, were hospitalised during the first attempt.

    Later in June, another migrant, a 30-year-old Nigerian, wrestled a police officer’s pistol from him during his deportation process. The man attempted to shoot the officers but failed and the weapon was removed from him. The Nigerian then stabbed an officer before being subdued with pepper spray.”

  2. EU Report: Money Laundering Through Organized Crime Is Financing Hezbollah (breitbart, Aug 5, 2018)

    “Lebanese nationals worked with organized crime organizations to finance Hezbollah’s terrorist activities, according to a new European Union report on terrorism.

    The European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2018 outlined that last year member states carried out several investigations into financing of terrorism.

    One major investigation focused on a large network of Lebanese nationals offering money laundering services to organized crime groups in the EU and using a share of the profits to finance terrorism-related activities of the Lebanese Hezbollah’s military wing.

    The report stated, “The cooperation of these money-launderers and Hezbollah’s military wing was a clear example of a nexus between organized crime and terrorism.”…”

  3. Judge cautions Mueller team on high bar for Manafort conviction

    The judge in the Paul Manafort trial reminded Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Friday of the high bar for conviction — that they must prove the former Trump campaign chairman knowingly violated tax and bank laws related to his political work overseas.

    On the trial’s fourth day, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III indicated he believes the prosecution has demonstrated Manafort had control of foreign bank accounts despite checking a box on tax returns saying he didn’t have them.

    But Ellis reminded prosecutors, “The government has to prove that [Manafort] knew what the requirement was and that he deliberately violated it.”

  4. Ex-Muslim Woman Warns: “Abdul El-Sayed Is Practicing Taqiya To Become Michigan Governor”

    Farrah Prudence, an Ex-Muslim woman who was raised Muslim but chose to convert to Christianity after she fled her abusive Muslim father in Ohio is speaking out to warn the voters of Michigan about the creeping Sharia that is on their ballots this election cycle.

    According to Prudence, who currently lives under protection due to the fact that she has a Fatwa over her head for being an apostate, Abdul El Sayed, a Sharia compliant Muslim man who is currently campaigning to become the next Governor of Michigan is “practicing Taqiya” in order to convince non-Muslims to vote for him.

  5. Talking to Rouhani: Is Trump Shooting from the Hip or Reading from a Script?

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Message to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv: Not to worry. US President Donald J. Trump has no intention of unconditionally meeting his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. On the contrary: Trump’s surprise announcement that he is willing to talk to Rouhani is likely part of a plan formulated almost a year ago by National Security Advisor John R. Bolton before he returned to government service.

    President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is willing to meet unconditionally with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took many by surprise. It threatened to reinforce the impression, even among America’s closest friends in the Middle East, that Trump is a supportive but unpredictable and unreliable ally.

    His offer to talk to Rouhani appeared to put in doubt his withdrawal in May from the 2015 international agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program and reimposition of harsh economic sanctions aimed at destabilizing, if not toppling, Iran’s government.

    John Bolton’s plan suggests otherwise.

  6. Richard: Rumor Control is busy, this is probably BS but in this day and age who can tell what California is going to do?

    Is Door to Door Gun Confiscation Here? The Truth Behind the Rumors

  7. Migrant rescue ship Aquarius won’t take people back to Libya (reuters, Aug 5, 2018)

    “Rescue ship Aquarius, which has picked up almost 3,000 migrants from the Mediterranean this year, will carry out rescue missions without waiting for orders from coastguards and will not return people to Libya, its search and rescue head said.

    “When we see there is a vessel in distress, with a high likelihood of people dying, we will go and rescue them immediately as per international maritime law,” Nick Romaniuk told Reuters on board the Aquarius.

    Over the last year coordination centers asking rescue vessels to go on standby or wait for clarification on certain things had added to the danger of people needing to be rescued, which is why they would no longer wait, he added.

    The 77-metre vessel, operated by Franco-German charity SOS Mediterranee, set sail from Marseille this week on its tenth mission of the year.

    The ship will be patrolling between 25-30 miles from the Libyan coast, west of Tripoli, an area that is outside Libya’s territorial waters but inside the Libyan search and rescue region.

    International law states the country responsible for operations in an area has primary responsibility for disembarking rescue ships.

    Romaniuk said that while Aquarius would continue to abide by international maritime law, it would not be taking people back to Libya because it was not a safe place, putting it at odds with the wishes of the new Italian government…”

  8. Girls married off, raped and abandoned to lives of misery

    Young Asians in Britain are being let down first by families and then by the Home Office
    British children in Asian communities face huge pressure to marry according to customs that can be abusive and illegal under British law.
    Some may have had their husbands or wives chosen for them from birth or when they were very young. They can be expected to marry cousins, with partners chosen to benefit the wider family and maintain so-called honour in their communities.
    This is a worldwide problem. However, the majority of cases recorded by the government’s forced-marriage unit involve South Asian communities, with 37 per cent linked to Pakistan, 11 per cent linked to Bangladesh and 7 per cent linked to India. About 30 per cent involve victims below the age of 18.
    Victims are typically taken to their parents’ home country during school

    Rest is behind paywall, but Sargon of Akkad covers it here:

  9. CBC – Canadians Twitter users targeted by Russian trolls

    Newly released data sheds further light on how a Russian troll farm sought to sow discord not only among Americans, but Canadians as well.

    + comments on YT page

  10. Saudi Arabia has asked Canada’s ambassador to leave the country within 24 hours, just two days after Canada criticized the arrest of women’s rights and other civil society activists in the Arab kingdom.

    In a statement, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Canada of making “false” statements and interfering with Saudi internal affairs, and said ambassador Dennis Horak was no longer welcome in the country. It added that the Saudi ambassador to Ottawa was summoned back to the kingdom for consultations.

    Saudi Arabia will also freeze all new trade and investment transactions with Canada.

    READ MORE: Raif Badawi’s sister arrested in Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International says

    The move comes two days after Global Affairs Canada issued a statement criticizing the arrest of Samar Badawi, the sister of jailed dissident blogger Raif Badawi. Samar Badawi is the sister-in-law of Raif Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Quebec and recently became a Canadian citizen.

  11. MONROE, N.C. —
    Deputies in North Carolina say they’re seeking a teenager who robbed a 9-year-old’s lemonade stand at gunpoint.

    The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that the stickup happened near a traffic roundabout in Monroe, about 30 miles southeast of Charlotte.

    Deputies say the young drink vendor reported that a male teenager with a camouflage hat and black shirt placed a black handgun to the boy’s stomach Saturday, demanded money and then fled on foot.

  12. AMALIA, N.M. —
    Two Georgia men have been taken into custody after authorities in New Mexico served a search warrant on what they are calling a compound, where they said they found women and children malnourished and living in deplorable conditions.

    Posted: 3:52 a.m. Sunday, August 05, 2018

    AMALIA, N.M. —
    Two Georgia men have been taken into custody after authorities in New Mexico served a search warrant on what they are calling a compound, where they said they found women and children malnourished and living in deplorable conditions.

    >> Watch the news report here

    Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the department swore out a search warrant on the makeshift compound in Amalia, New Mexico, on Thursday.

    Hogrefe said there was a reason to believe that Lucas Morten and others, including Siraj Wahhaj, 39, were living inside the compound.

    >> On Police searching for missing 3-year-old, father

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    Siraj Wahhaj was wanted in connection with the abduction of 3-year-old AG Wahhaj.

    The warrant came after a two-month investigation with Clayton County, Georgia, investigators and the FBI.

  13. A family in Colorado is outraged after two men, who were accused of gang-raping a 13-year-old girl with their brothers and cousins, were only sentenced to probation.

    Tommy Williams, 20, and Clarence Williams, 19, were each sentenced on Tuesday to a minimum of 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation, with a maximum of life on probation, KKTV reported.

    The men are two of six suspects accused of sexually assaulting the young teen in December 2016 inside of the Stonebrook Terrace apartment complex in Colorado Springs.


  14. Christopher Charles Ingvaldson, 42, a long-term close friend of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, has been found guilty of child pornography charges after being caught directing an international pedophile ring.

    Ingvaldson entered guilty pleas in B.C. Provincial Court in Vancouver to accessing child pornography and possession of child porn. He was also initially charged with two counts of importing or distributing child pornography.

    Justin Trudeau and Ingvaldson have been closely linked since their days as room-mates at college, and after completing their teaching degrees they were both accepted to teach at West Point Grey Academy, an elite Vancouver private boarding school.

    After becoming Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau encouraged Ingvaldson to run for political office as a member of the Liberal Party. Ingvaldson announced his desire to be the Liberal MP candidate in the district of Vancouver-Kingsway, and developed a social media pages announcing his plans to run.

  15. Almost 400 migrants rescued off Spanish coast this weekend

    Almost 400 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean this weekend as they attempted to make the crossing from Morocco to Spain, Spanish rescue services said.


    Inmigrantes en Barbate

    Inmigrantes de Marruecos, Bangladesh, Guinea Conakry, Senegal, Camerún, Mauritania… esperan en una nave del puerto de Barbate, en Cádiz, a que la guardia civil los identifique y envíe a un centro de recepción tras haber sido rescatados en aguas del estrecho de Gibraltar.

  16. To the bleeding-heart, guilt-ridden white liberals and leftists who attacked a single protester, I would like to invite you to please pay attention to extracts of this sermon at the mosque on Thorncliffe Park that catered to the Muslim youth where Faisal Hussain lived.

    O Allah! Count their number, slay them [non Muslims] one by one and make them a lesson to their likenesses

    Oh Allah, Defeat them and make the ground shake beneath their feet, and show us in them the wonders of Your Might, for they are weak before You, O Mighty, O Powerful.

    O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims.

  17. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates planned to launch a military operation against Qatar at the beginning of a diplomatic crisis that erupted in June last year but were stopped by former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in an act that may have played a key role in his dismissal.

    According to the investigative news website The Intercept, the plan involved Saudi ground troops crossing the land border into Qatar, and with military support from the UAE, advancing 100km inland and seizing the Qatari capital.

    Based on information it said it received from a current member of the US intelligence community and two former Department of State officials, The Intercept said the coup, which was largely devised by Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s crown princes, “was likely some weeks away from being implemented”.

  18. Stockholm (AFP) – A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab on Friday became the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new controversial law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, media reported.

    Police were called to a shopping centre in Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman had become involved in a scuffle with another woman who had tried to tear her niqab off, police duty officer David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency.

    “During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again,” Borchersen said.

    Police took a photograph of the woman wearing the niqab, and obtained security camera footage from the shopping centre of the incident.

    The woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156, 134 euros) in the post, and was told to either remove her veil or leave the public space.

  19. An Afghan migrant who sexually abused at least seven children in Germany is released after only seven months in prison, the newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine reports.

    The man was sentenced for exposing himself to the children in streetcars in the city of Augsburg. On tram lines he sat down with girls as young as ten and exposed his genitals while masturbating.

    Due to video recordings, a police officer, who was traveling privately, had recognized him in December 2017 at Königsplatz and arrested him The legal charge against him is sexual abuse of children.

    The recognised refugee was released after only seven months in jail after an agreement between his defense lawyer Michael Bauer, the prosecutor Hannah Witzigmann and the court.

  20. Ai Weiwei Responds To Chinese Authorities Destroying His Beijing Studio
    August 4, 20185:13 PM ET

    Authorities in China have demolished the Beijing studio of contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, a dissident and longtime critic of the Chinese government.
    Don Arnold/WireImage
    Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET

    Chinese authorities are razing one of the Beijing studios of dissident artist Ai Weiwei. He said that demolition crews showed up without advance warning, and have begun the process of tearing down the studio.

    Ai has been a longtime critic of the government, and on Saturday, he began posting videos to his Instagram feed of the studio’s destruction. “Farewell,” Ai wrote. “They started to demolish my studio ‘Zuoyuo’ in Beijing with no precaution.”

    “We didn’t receive any advance warning or announcement of the demolition,” Ai told NPR. “We were required to move by a certain date, which we have not yet reached. The demolition came as a surprise.”

    Ai continued:

    “Works were damaged due to the unannounced attack on the studio. There was no caution taken. However, compared to the memories which have been lost, compared to a society which has never established trust in the social order, a trust in the rule of law, or a trust in any kind of unity in defending the rights of its people, what has been lost at my studio is insignificant, and I don’t even care. There are profoundly deeper and wider ruins in this deteriorating society where the human condition has never been respected.”

  21. The owners of Britain’s largest socialist bookshop, Bookmarks, have said the store was attacked by far-right protesters wearing masks who wrecked displays and ripped up books and magazines.

    Posting on Facebook and Twitter, Bookmarks said staff were closing the shop on Bloomsbury Street in central London on Saturday evening when about a dozen people descended on it.

    A Met spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 18:35hrs on Saturday, 4 August to reports of a protest inside a shop on Bloomsbury Street, WC1.

    “No other offences were disclosed at the time. Police received a second call a short time later stating that the group had left the premises after causing some damage inside the shop. There were no injuries. An appointment has been made for officers to speak with the complainant. No arrests have been made.”

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    The campaign group Stand Up To Racism, speaking on behalf of Bookmarks, said some of the attackers carried placards reading “British Bolshevik Cult” and that one of those involved wore a Donald Trump mask.

    Xan: this reads remarkably like a staged false flag operation. Right wingers respect property rights…

  22. So-called Confucius Institutes hosted by American colleges and universities have long drawn concern from both lawmakers and academic groups for promoting Chinese Communist propaganda and squelching academic freedom.

    Since few colleges have acted against this source of free and easy money, the U.S. government is playing its own part.

    Under a massive defense authorization bill expected to be signed by President Trump, authorized funding would be blocked from supporting Chinese-language programs at colleges that host the Chinese government-operated institutes. It also blocks funding for programs at Confucius Institutes outside colleges.

  23. A woman has filed a human rights complaint against a Toronto shelter for female recovering addicts, claiming staff forced her to share a small double room with a pre-operative male-to-female transgender person.

    The formal complaint against the Jean Tweed Centre, which runs Palmerston House, followed Kristi Hanna’s efforts to inquire about her own legal rights in this unusual situation, only to be told by Ontario’s Human Rights Legal Support Centre that, by describing her new roommate as a “man,” Hanna was the one engaged in illegal discrimination.

    Hanna, 37, is a former paramedic who has lately worked in the service industry, and has been struggling with the lingering effects of sexual abuse and resulting problems with addiction to alcohol and cocaine. She described herself as an “active ally in the LGBTQ community,” but said this conflict has left her feeling as if vulnerable women are unable to voice their own gender-based rights for fear of violating someone else’s.

    “It’s affecting everyone in the house. This can completely ruin your recovery, let alone your safety, let alone your life,” Hanna said in an interview.

  24. President Macron’s government has voted against having an age of consent in France, becoming the latest nation to give in to pressure from an international network of liberal activists determined to normalize pedophilia and decriminalize sex with children across the world.

    Federal law in France now has no legal age of consent, meaning adults who have sex with children of any age will not be prosecuted for rape if the child victim is unable to prove “violence, threat, duress, or surprise.”

    The draft bill against sexual and gender-based violence, known as the Schiappa law, was signed into law by the French Parliament on 3 August, sparking outrage in France as parents and childrens’ rights groups accuse Emmanuel Macron’s government of betraying the nation’s children.

    The lack of an age of consent places millions of children in serious danger of sexual abuse in France, according to child protection officials.

    Childrens’ rights groups criticised Emmanuel Macron’s government for failing to provide a legal age of consent to protect children, pointing to the recent decision by French courts to refuse to prosecute two pedophiles for the rape of 11-year-old girls because authorities couldn’t prove the children did not consent.

  25. CBC – Saudi Arabia to freeze new trade with Canada, recalls ambassador

    Ottawa had called for release of jailed civil rights activists Raif and Samar Badawi

    Saudi Arabia will suspend new trade and investment with Ottawa after Canada’s foreign ministry urged Riyadh to release arrested civil rights activists, it said in a statement released to the official Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.

    It also gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country and recalled its own ambassador to Canada, the statement by the Saudi foreign ministry said. Saudi Arabia is one of Canada’s largest export markets in the region.

    “The [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] reserves its right to take further action,” the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement posted in a series of tweets.

    Ottawa Citizen – SORE OVER TWEET: Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador, suspending new trade

    OTTAWA — Saudi Arabia says it is ordering Canada’s ambassador to leave the country and freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada in a spat over human rights.

    Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry tweeted that it considers the Canadian ambassador persona non grata and has ordered him to leave within 24 hours.

    The Saudi foreign ministry calls the use of “immediately release” in Canada’s tweet “unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states.”

    And the ministry says Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador to Canada.

    And it says any other attempt to “interfere with our internal affairs” by Canada will mean Saudi Arabia will be allowed to interfere in Canada’s internal affairs.

  26. In 1942, Benedetto Croce, a leading Italian philosopher of the last century, published a brief essay, entitled, “Perché non possiamo non dirci ‘cristiani,’ or “Why We Cannot Not Call Ourselves ‘Christians.’” Yes, you read that right. The title is odd in Italian as well – but for a reason. The essay is a classic, and should be essential reading for all who speak of the West, yet never define it.

    Croce was very clear, which is why he cast his title in such a convoluted way – in order to emphasize where Western allegiance and loyalty should properly lie. For him, Christianity was the only and absolute religion, because it does not micromanage and allows room for other forms of authority. Thus, Christianity has no interest in telling you what to eat, or how to dress.

    This is because the emphasis is on the individual, who is created in the image of God, and who therefore possesses an innate moral code, an implant of Godliness. In other words, only Christianity provides human beings with a conscience.

  27. The Chinese government has ordered all North Korean companies based in the country to close as a result of UN sanctions over Pyongyang’s latest nuclear missile tests.

    China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday that North Korean firms or joint ventures in China will be shut within 120 days of the UN decision, which was announced on 12 September.

    The move comes amid intense international pressure on China to act to rein-in its neighbour.

    Beijing had previously ordered banks to stop working with the North Korean regime following US concerns the Chinese government wasn’t being tough enough on the North Korean nuclear threat.

  28. BERLIN (Reuters) – A Tunisian detained in Germany on suspicion of planning an Islamist-motivated attack produced ricin and tested the lethal toxin on a hamster, prosecutors said on Friday.

    The 29-year-old man, who was arrested in June, is suspected of building a “biological weapon” with ricin, a poison found in castor beans, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

    The man, named only as Sief Allah H. in line with German legal practise, bought the hamster with his wife at a pet shop in the western city of Cologne, it said, without revealing the rodent’s fate.

    Investigators seized 3,150 grains of ricin – all ordered via the Internet – during a search of the suspect’s home in Cologne in June, along with 84.3 mg of prepared ricin.

  29. ‘Doctor of the Year’, 56, who quit NHS job amid ‘witch hunt’ calling him racist with colleagues warning him to ‘watch his back’ after he raised concerns over Asian medics wins £102,000 for unfair dismissal
    Peter Duffy, 56, won £102,000 payout for an unfair dismissal at his NHS job
    He was falsely accused of racism and that minority doctors were ‘in fear of him’
    It was claimed one of the doctors vowed Mr Duffy would be ‘taught a lesson’
    Mr Duffy resigned from University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Trust in 2016

  30. Is China’s Xi Jinping’s authority over his country diminishing?

    Beijing has been beset with rumors in recent weeks that China’s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, is in trouble.

    The leader’s communist regime is facing a range of challenges — an ongoing trade war with the U.S., a slowing domestic economy and a public health scandal involving thousands of defective vaccines being given to children.

    The Guardian reports that Xi’s name disappeared briefly from the cover of the People’s Daily, replaced with stories about his deputy, Li Keqiang, and portraits of him were said to have been taken down after someone threw ink at his image.

    A cryptic slogan also emerged online, according to the U.K. news site: “No. 1 will rest while Ocean takes over the military,” a reference to a rival politician taking power.

  31. (WLS) — Dozens of people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday, police said.

    One paramedic described Saturday evening into Sunday morning as “a war zone.”

    Since midnight, police said 43 people have been shot, six fatally. Since Friday at 5 p.m., 60 people have been shot, nine fatally, in shootings in Chicago.

    34 of the shootings and five deaths occurred between 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, according to police. During one two-and-a-half hour-hour period, 25 people were shot in five multi-injury shootings.;-at-least-30-shot-in-chicago-sunday/3886976/

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