Reader’s Links, Aug. 17, 2018

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  1. Trump calls DOJ official Bruce Ohr a ‘disgrace’

    Wall Street Journal Board member Kim Strassel on how President Trump slammed DOJ official Bruce Ohr for his role in the Russia probe.

  2. DePaul professor to Tucker: Left has won culture war

    ‘Inside the Issues’: DePaul professor Jason Hill on why it seems the left and others, via Big Tech, seem to be increasingly censoring those whose view they oppose.

    Dr. Hill is a pioneer in the field of strong cosmopolitanism known widely as post-human or species cosmopolitanism. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 He has lectured and taught extensively on the subject in the United States, Europe and Asia.

    His poetry has also been published in sundry literary journals.

    His scholarly articles have been published in anthologies and journals in Germany, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands.

    He is deeply committed to Moral Foundationalism, Moral Universalism and the absolutism of reason.

    https://las.depaul.edu/academics/philosophy/faculty/Pages/jason-hill.aspx

    http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=278521

  3. PBS – Leaving EU without a Brexit deal could cause major disruptions in UK

    Two years ago, British voters decided in a bitter referendum to quit the European Union. Now the country’s imminent departure, possibly without an agreement between the two bodies, could cause chaos. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on how Brexit has divided Britain and how some are preparing for a potentially difficult economic fallout.

  4. BBC – The rise of the extreme far-right in Britain – BBC Newsnight

    The former head of the Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism unit is warning the extreme right-wing is on the rise in Britain and we “haven’t woken up” to it yet.

    • I don’t know if the people they are talking about are really far right or not, I do know that the British Governments refusal to address the legitimate grievances of the ordinary people is what is driving the move to violence. This is probably the desire of the left but I don’t think they can win the coming civil war.

  5. Sir John A. Macdonald Statue in Montreal Vandalized

    The statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister has been vandalized

    An anonymous group of “anti-colonial vandals” has claimed responsibility for spray-painting the Sir John A. Macdonald monument in downtown Montreal.

    The group says it vandalized the statue “in continued opposition to the far-right groups and politicians who actively defend a legacy of white supremacy and racism.”

    “Macdonald statues should be removed from public space and instead placed in archives or museums, where they belong as historical artifacts,” the group said. “Public space should celebrate collective struggles for justice and liberation, not white supremacy and genocide.”

    Montreal police spokesperson Raphaël Bergeron said the police force will investigate the incident.

    https://thenectarine.ca/politics/sir-john-a-macdonald-statue-in-montreal-vandalized/

  6. Kirklees detectives charge 31 people over historic child sex abuse in Huddersfield

    Detectives in Kirklees have charged 31 people with numerous offences including rape and trafficking with intent to engage in sexual exploitation.
    The charges relate to historic sexual offences which took place between 2005 and 2012
    The offences are said to have been committed in the Huddersfield area against five women when they were children. They abuse is alleged to have taken place while the victims were all aged between 12 and 18 years old. The 30 men and one woman will appear at Kirklees Magistrates Court on September 5 and 6.
    Twelve of the men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with numerous offences.

    The remaining defendants are:
    Banaras Hussain, 37, of Shipley, is charged with one count of rape of a female over 16.

    Banaris Hussain, 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with one count of rape of a girl aged 13 – 15.

    Mohammed Suhail Arif, 30, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of girl aged 13-15.

    Iftikar Ali, 37, of Huddersfield, is charged with attempted rape of girl aged 13-15 and three counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Sajjad, 31, of Huddersfield, is charged with four counts of rape of a female age 13-15, one rape of a girl under 13 and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

    Fehreen Rafiq, 38, of Huddersfield, she is charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence

    . Umar Zaman, 30, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.

    Basharat Hussain, 31, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.

    Amin Ali Choli, 36, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female over 16-years-old.

    Shaqeel Hussain, 35, of Dewsbury, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15 and two counts of trafficking.

    Mubasher Hussain, 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15 and sexual assault.

    Abdul Majid, 34, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of female aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Dogar, 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of child sex offence.

    Usman Ali, 32, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Waqas Anwar, 29, of Huddersfield, is charged with five counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.

    Gul Riaz, 42, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Akram, 41, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation of a female and rape of a female aged 14-15.

    Manzoor Akhtar, 29, of Huddersfield, is charged with trafficking and three counts of rape of a female aged 13-15

    . Samuel Fikru, 30, of Camden, has been charged with two counts of rape of female aged 13-15.

    https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/kirklees-detectives-charge-31-people-over-historic-child-sex-abuse-in-huddersfield-1-9301780

  7. UN chief proposes military force to protect Palestinians

    Armed international mission among options floated by Guterres in response to General Assembly request for report on Hamas-led Gaza clashes

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday presented four options aimed at boosting the protection of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, from sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a military or police force under UN mandate.

    The proposals were contained in a report requested by the General Assembly in response to a surge of violence in Gaza, where 171 Palestinians have been killed during Hamas-led clashes with Israeli troops since late March.

    The UN chief stressed that for each of the options, cooperation by Israel and the Palestinians would be necessary. It remained unlikely however that Israel would agree to the proposals.

    In the 14-page report, Guterres proposed:

    – Providing a “more robust UN presence on the ground” with rights monitors and political officers to report on the situation.

    – Pouring in more UN humanitarian and development aid to “ensure the well-being of the population.”

    – Creating a civilian observer mission that would be present in sensitive areas such as checkpoints and near Israeli settlements, with a mandate to report on protection issues.

    – Deploying an armed military or police force, under a UN mandate, to provide physical protection to Palestinian civilians.

    A UN mandate for a protection force would require a decision from the Security Council, where the United States could use its veto power to block a measure opposed by Israel.

    A small European-staffed observer mission was deployed in the West Bank city of Hebron in 1994, but Israel has since rejected calls for an international presence in flashpoint areas.

    In the report, Guterres said the United Nations was already undertaking many protection initiatives but that “these measures fall short” of the concerns raised in a General Assembly resolution adopted in June.

    In that measure, the 193-nation assembly condemned Israel for the deaths in Gaza and tasked Guterres with the drafting of proposals for “an international protection mechanism” for the Palestinians. Many of those killed have been acknowledged as members of Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups.

    Israel maintains soldiers have opened fire in accordance with army regulations and accuses Hamas, the terror group that runs Gaza and is sworn to the Jewish state’s destruction, of using the clashes as cover to attempt to breach the border fence and carry out attacks.

    ‘Unacceptable’ targeting of civilians

    Guterres argued that a political solution to the conflict was needed to address the safety of Palestinians but that “until such a solution is achieved, member-states may further explore all practical and feasible measures that will significantly improve the protection of the Palestinian civilian population.”

    “Such measures would also improve the security of Israeli civilians.”

    There was no immediate response from Israeli officials to the Guterres’ proposals.

    On Friday, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said two Palestinians taking part in clashes along the Gaza border were killed and another 270 Palestinians were wounded.

    The Israel Defense Forces said thousands of Palestinians took part in the riots, hurling improvised bombs and Molotov cocktails at troops. Others launched balloons carrying pictures of so-called “martyrs” who had been killed by Israel. Several attempted to infiltrate the border.

    Hamas leadership had urged the public to participate in Friday’s protests.

    Israel has defended its use of live ammunition in Gaza by invoking its right to self-defense. An Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper in July.

    “The targeting of civilians, particularly children, is unacceptable,” Guterres said in the report, adding that “those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be held accountable.”

    UN efforts to ensure the well-being of Palestinians must be strengthened, he added, singling out the funding crisis at the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA as being “of particular concern.”

    UNRWA is facing a major budget shortfall after US President Donald Trump’s administration decided to withhold its contribution to the agency, with the president linking the decision to the Palestinians’ refusal to speak with his administration after he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and because they were “no longer willing to talk peace.”

    Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, has been pushing to remove the refugee status of millions of Palestinians as part of an apparent effort to shutter UNRWA, according to emails published earlier this month by Foreign Policy magazine.

    Israel has often criticized UNRWA, accusing it of sheltering terrorists and allowing Palestinians to remain refugees even after settling in a new city or country for many generations, thus complicating a possible resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    The report released to all UN member-states comes amid a vacuum in Middle East peace efforts as European and other big powers await a peace plan from the Trump administration that has been under discussion for months.

    UN diplomats have recently begun questioning whether the US peace plan will ever materialize.

    The United Nations has warned that a new war could explode in Gaza, as Israel and Hamas have engaged in a number of brief exchanges of fire in recent months that have included the launching of hundreds of rockets and mortars toward Israeli territory by Palestinian terror groups.

    Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-chief-proposes-military-force-to-protect-palestinians/
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    AUG 17 2018 – Gaza

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