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86 Replies to “Reader’s Links, Aug. 18, 2018”

  1. Stadtfest in Beziers, France: Nice music and violent ethnic battles between Africans!

    Send Macron out without a bodyguard.

  2. Extreme right winger arrested for threats after Willie Dille suicide
    https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/08/extreme-right-winger-arrested-for-threats-after-willie-dille-suicide/

    Police have arrested a man who is active in extreme right-wing circles for making threats on Facebook after PVV councillor Willie Dille committed suicide.
    Dille killed herself earlier this month, shortly after placing a film online in which she said she had been raped and threatened by a gang of Muslims. It later transpired she had refused to make a formal police complaint, despite being urged to do so.
    The man, who comes from Schiedam near Rotterdam, said on Facebook: ‘If this does not have drastic consequences, then I will launch an attack. And I am really serious about this. If the state does nothing, my fate is sealed.’
    The man was arrested last week and is being held on suspicion of making threats with a terrorist motive and incitement to commit a terrorist crime.
    The man’s Facebook profile has since been taken offline but according to news agency ANP, he was a fan of Anders Breivik, who shot dead 77 teenagers on a island in Norway in 2011.

    • Government open-door to Islamic conquest
      Build Merkel-walls and call it progess
      Then having the gaul to go and arrest
      When life on all fours is not fit for the best.

  3. WHILE WE´RE BEING DISTRACTED WITH LIBERAL INSANITY AND THE 3RD WORLD INVASION:

    Behold…The Space Kingdom of Asgardia has been established! (not a joke -just get through the anthem then its down hill from there)

  4. Erdogan Administration Accuses NY Times of ‘Whitewashing Terrorism’ (sputniknews, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/world/201808181067295763-erdogan-representative-nyt/

    “Ibrahim Kalin, the Turkish president’s official representative, has accused the US newspaper The New York Times of attempting to justify the activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

    “This is not journalism. This is a blatant attempt by The New York Times to justify and whitewash PKK terrorism. By the same logic, Bin Laden was a ‘hero’ to some?! Would you call Milosevic and Mladic also ‘heros’ to some people?!” Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

    The comment is in reference to a report published on August 16 by The New York Times, saying that “Turkey killed the leader of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party during an air strike in Iraq, but this man was a hero for the Yazidis because he helped them when their lives were threatened by militants of the Daesh* terrorist group.”

    Ankara considers the PKK to be a terrorist group that conducts constant attacks inside the country. According to the Anadolu news agency, the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey had conducted a special operation in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq. As a result of the operation one of the leaders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party Ismael Ozden, also known as “Mam Zeki Shengali”, was killed.

    Ismael Ozden was on the Turkish Ministry of Internal Affairs “red list” of wanted terrorists.

    Ankara’s struggle with the PKK has been ongoing for almost four decades, since the early 1980s. PKK militants are currently seeking autonomy within Turkey for Kurds, who represent the country’s largest ethnic minority, and the recognition of their civil and political rights.”

  5. Trump says ‘too many’ conservative voices ‘some good & some bad’ are being silenced on social media and declares he ‘won’t let that happen’ even though he puts up with the ‘sick behavior’ of the ‘fake news’

    President Donald Trump has accused social media companies of ‘totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.’

    ‘Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen,’ the president tweeted early Saturday morning.

    ‘They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.

    ‘Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6073647/President-Trump-accuses-social-media-companies-totally-discriminating-against-Republicans.html

    Richard: I hope this doesn’t lead to government control, but it could be a way to get people upset and screaming at the technocrats who own the social media platforms. Economic pressure on the technocrats will help a lot,

  6. Muslim Couple Denied Swiss Citizenship Over Refusing a Male-Female Handshake (sputniknews, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/201808181067294171-muslim-couple-swiss-citizenship-bid-denied-hadnshake/

    “According to the local officials, the bid was blocked due to the couple’s “lack of respect for gender equality.” In a similar episode two years ago, two Syrian brothers who refused to shake hands with female teachers sparked a national outrage in Switzerland.

    The authorities of Lausanne, a city in southwest Switzerland, have denied a Muslim couple’s citizenship bid over their refusal to shake hands with people of the opposite sex.

    A three-member commission blocked the application, citing their “lack of respect for gender equality,” Lausanne mayor Gregoire Junod said, as quoted by AFP. The two have also struggled with answering questions asked by members of the opposite gender.

    According to the mayor, freedom of belief and religion, which is enshrined in the laws of the municipality, doesn’t contradict the commission’s decision.

    Vice-mayor of Lausanne, Pierre-Antoine Hildbrand, told AFP that he was “very satisfied with the decision” to block the Muslim couple’s bid. “The constitution and equality between men and women prevails over bigotry,” he said…”

  7. Posted on August 17, 2018 by John Hinderaker in Facebook, First Amendment, Twitter
    How the Left Is Outsourcing Censorship of the Internet

    Liberals control every newspaper in America, as far as I know, except the Manchester Union Leader. They control CBS, ABC, NBC and every cable network except Fox News. They control what is left of the news magazines, and pretty much every other magazine, too. Only talk radio and the pesky internet lie outside their grasp, so that is where they seek to impose censorship.

    But they have a problem: the First Amendment. The government can’t suppress conservative speech on the ground that it is “hate speech,” i.e., something that liberals don’t like. That was recently reaffirmed by a 9-0 decision of the Supreme Court.

    So liberals have outsourced censorship of the internet to the tech titans of Silicon Valley.

    Unfortunately, most political conversation these days occurs not on the “free” internet, where independent sites like Power Line reside, but rather on social media–Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and so on. Other players include Google (in its search capacity), Apple, Pinterest, Spotify, etc. Happily–if you are a leftist–all of these tech companies are run by liberals. And because they are private companies, they are not constrained by the First Amendment. They can restrict or ban conservative communications on the ground that they are “hate speech,” or on no grounds whatsoever, with impunity.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/08/how-the-left-is-outsourcing-censorship-of-the-internet.php

  8. Daesh Attacks US Forces in Deir ez-Zor – Reports (sputniknews, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201808181067298623-syria-daesh-attack-us-forces-deir-ez-zor/

    “Turkish Anadolu news agency reported citing local sources that Daesh* militants have tried to drive a bomb-laden vehicle into the housing facility of US soldiers, but the vehicle was destroyed by US-led coalition planes.

    According to reports, a number of terrorists were killed, along with one civilian. Five civilians were injured in the attack.

    Terrorists also had tried to stage two more attacks in the area during which they engaged in clashes with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants…”

  9. IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, Designated By U.S. Treasury Dept., Is Active On Instagram; Posts Include Image Of White House Exploding

    Gen. Qassem Soleimani,[1] who since 1998 has commanded Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) extra-territorial special forces unit, the Qods Force, was designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in October 2011 for connection to a plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.[2] Earlier, in May 2011, he was also designated under Executive Order 13572, which focuses on human rights abuses in Syria, for his role as IRGC-QF commander,[3] and in July 2005 under E.O. 13382 for his relationship to the IRGC.[4]

    In a July 26, 2018 speech, Gen. Soleimani responded to a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump directed at Iranian President Hassan Rohani, stating that President Trump has the rhetoric of man in a casino or a bar, compared him to a gambler, and warned the U.S. not to threaten Iran. Soleimani declared: “Know that we are near you, in places that don’t come to your mind. We are near you in places that you can’t even imagine. We are a nation of martyrdom… You know that a war would mean the loss of all your capabilities. You may start the war, but we will be the ones to determine its end.”[5]

    Instagram’s Terms and Conditions include a list of Community Guidelines, which state: “Instagram is not a place to support or praise terrorism, organized crime, or hate groups… We can remove any content or information you share on the Service if we believe that it violates these Terms of Use, our policies (including our Instagram Community Guidelines), or we are permitted or required to do so by law.”[6]

    • This should disturb followers of Omniscient Twitterati™.
      Their claim: Soleimani was killed by “GCC” infiltrator commandos two years ago.

      I guess this will be another body-double who doesn’t even look like the REAL Soleimani. [Pix from screen-grabs with red arrows pointed at missing birthmarks. Convinced? /s]

      I found this Wictor thread as an example: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1015454528462712833.html

      This guy – and many other “influencers” get paid for these story lines. Junk that sounds like the state-sponsored drivel I read everyday in translation on MEMRI. Constant repetition of a set of implausible escapades till the reader simply accepts them as legitimate historical context.
      ……
      Here’s an article from 1979 describing our ME oil policies, how we got where we were at the time. From this an excellent piece the current snow-job is even more apparent.

      As our government’s strategic policies changed with respect to the oil powers of the Gulf, the image of our new allies, Iran and Saudi Arabia, had to be adjusted for the American Congress and the public.

      No longer dictatorial and medieval, but a “contemporary Xerxes” and “stern yet benevolent House of Saud”. They used old oil company propaganda in a “rare display of an even rarer unanimity of views…pretending that the Gulf, with each passing year, was becoming more and more like Chesapeake Bay.”

      Why the State Department has persisted in playing Pollyanna over the Gulf defies understanding. It may be simply incomprehension on its part or conscious self-deception, or it may also be deliberate misrepresentation for some obscure purpose.

      Same old manipulative BS.

      J.B. Kelly: Of Valuable Oil & Worthless Policies
      https://www.jihadwatch.org/2008/07/jb-kelly-of-valuable-oil-worthless-policies

  10. Turkey lira latest: Erdogan’s warns those ‘playing games’ as lira nears JUNK STATUS (express, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1005135/Turkey-lira-latest-erdogan-turkish-lira-latest-junk-status

    “TURKISH president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a chilling warning to outside forces “playing games” with his country’s fragile economy.

    The defiant leader hit out a day after ratings agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s downgraded Turkey closer to junk status amid the currency crisis. Mr Erdogan said: “Today some people are trying to threaten us through the economy, through interest rates, foreign exchange, investment and inflation.

    “We are telling them: we’ve seen your games, and we are challenging you.”

    And in a thinly-veiled swipe at Donald Trump and the US he added: “We did not and will not surrender to those who act like a strategic partner but make us a strategic target.”

    Standard & Poor’s downgraded the rating by one notch to B+ from BB-, citing extreme lira volatility and forecast a recession next year.

    It said: “The downgrade reflects our expectation that the extreme volatility of the Turkish lira and the resulting projected sharp balance of payments adjustment will undermine Turkey’s economy. We forecast a recession next year.”

    It also forecast that inflation will peak at 22 percent over the next four months and said the weakening lira was putting pressure on the indebted corporate sector and had considerably increased the funding risk for Turkey’s banks.

    S&P said: “Despite heightened economic risks, we believe the policy response from Turkey’s monetary and fiscal authorities has so far been limited.”

    The lira has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year with investors fearful of Mr Erdogan’s influence over monetary policy…”

  11. Iranian-Backed ‘Sleeper Cell’ Militants Hibernating in U.S., Positioned for Attack
    Iranian militants poised to attack U.S. homeland

    Iranian-backed militants are operating across the United States mostly unfettered, raising concerns in Congress and among regional experts that these “sleeper cell” agents are poised to launch a large-scale attack on the American homeland, according to testimony before lawmakers.

    Iranian agents tied to the terror group Hezbollah have already been discovered in the United States plotting attacks, giving rise to fears that Tehran could order a strike inside America should tensions between the Trump administration and Islamic Republic reach a boiling point.

    Intelligence officials and former White House officials confirmed to Congress on Tuesday that such an attack is not only plausible, but relatively easy for Iran to carry out at a time when the Trump administration is considering abandoning the landmark nuclear deal and reapplying sanctions on Tehran.

    There is mounting evidence that Iran poses “a direct threat to the homeland,” according to Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and chair of its subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence.

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-backed-sleeper-cell-militants-hibernating-u-s-positioned-attack/

    • This has been reported for a long time, reported by conservative outlets and ignored by the Propaganda Media. We know (Texas Ranger reports) that Hezbollah has a training camp in Mexico within 50 miles ot the border with Texas. There are also reliable reports of Hezbollah taking control of the Cocaine production and transport to the Mexican Cartels. Hezbollah then uses the Cocaine and money from the sale of the Cocaine to pay the Cartels to smuggle their people into the US.

      There are reliable reports of the Obama Administration shutting down an operation that was designed to take all of the Hezbollah drug money and leave them broke.

      Pay close attention to these reports as well as the reports of ISIS operations in North America and Europe. The infiltrators from both groups are a major danger to our freedom and must be fought, unfortunately too many of our governments are opposing the efforts to catch the infiltrators and many of the bureaucrats in all western nations are willing to use both groups as weapons to allow them to become the leaders of a neo feudal system.

  12. Denial: UN High Commissioner Says No ‘Real’ Migrant Crisis in Europe (breitbart, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/18/denial-un-high-commissioner-says-no-real-migrant-crisis-in-europe/

    “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has claimed that while Germany saw a migrant crisis in 2015, there is currently no crisis in Europe, and some are over dramatising mass migration.

    Mr Grandi said that despite a continued flow of migrants from North Africa and elsewhere, Europe is not undergoing a “migrant crisis,” saying: “the real refugee crises were and are in Africa, in the Middle East, [and] in Asia,” German newspaper Die Zeit reports.

    “I have just returned from a trip to Bangladesh, where you have one million refugees in the worst of conditions, where you have an emergency — but not in Europe!” he added.

    The UN official also slammed the rhetoric of the leaders of the European populist movement such as Italian leader Matteo Salvini, saying: “to say that there is an invasion of Europe, that we are a continent besieged by people coming to exploit us, is profoundly wrong”. He claimed such rhetoric promoted xenophobia and racism.

    While the number of migrants coming into Europe has declined since the height of the crisis in 2015, nearly two-hundred thousand migrants applied for asylum in Germany last year alone.

    The migrant crisis has also led to a massive demographic shift in Germany and other European countries, with at least one politician telling natives not to be afraid of becoming minorities in their own country, as is the case in many European cities already.

    Multiple experts have also warned that the migrant crisis may not be over, claiming that the future population and economic trends in Africa could lead to millions seeking to come to Europe in the near future…”

  13. Crime Wave Britain: Thugs Attack 93-year-old Woman in Oldham (breitbart, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/18/crime-wave-britain-thugs-attack-93-year-old-woman-oldham/

    “Greater Manchester Police are seeking two men after a 93-year-old woman was attacked in broad daylight.

    Thugs pounced on the frail victim at 11: 55 a.m. at a bus stop on Turf Lane in Chadderton, Oldham, on August 16th.

    The elderly woman was dragged to the ground as they attempted to snatch her handbag, “banging her head and leaving her with multiple injuries to her head, knees and hands.”

    Detective Sergeant Alex Wilkinson from Greater Manchester Police described the shocking incident as “a violent, cowardly attack on an elderly woman.”

    Wilkinson said it was “hard to imagine what kind of individual would target a vulnerable member of the community and leave them with multiple injuries,” observing that the attack “could have had much graver consequences.”

    “It is only due to the remarkable strength of the victim that she has been able to leave hospital and continue her recovery at home,” the officer added…”

  14. Turkish Warships Harass and Intimidate Cypriot Fishermen in International Waters (breitbart, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/18/turkish-warships-harass-and-intimidate-cypriot-fishermen-in-international-waters/

    “Turkish warships are accused of harassing Greek Cypriot fishermen in international waters, threatening to tow boats and take crews prisoner.

    Warships commanded by the Islamist government in Ankara are reported to have approached a Cypriot fishing boat belonging to the ‘Ta Psarokaika’ company at 2 in the morning.

    The boat was in international waters a full 16 nautical miles from the Turkish coast but was ordered to leave the area and push off out to 24 nautical miles, according to the Cyprus Mail.

    Captain Aristos Aristeidou said he was shocked by the command as Cypriots have been fishing in the area for years, but left — under escort — after the warships returned at 4 a.m. and threatened to tow the fishing boat to Turkey and imprison the crew.

    The Turks often attempt to bully Cyprus, a Greek-speaking EU member-state with a population of only around 800,000. They invaded the country in 1974 — opening fire on British soldiers and journalists who were present on the island while doing so — and established the so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ on the territory they illegally occupied.

    The puppet state is not recognised by any country other than Turkey, but Ankara acts aggressively to protect its supposed interests…”

  15. Lack of Integration of Migrant Children Sees German School Standards Decline (breitbart, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/18/lack-of-integration-of-migrant-children-sees-german-school-standards-decline/

    “A new report has revealed that the standards of the German school system are in decline as teachers struggle with many migrant children who speak poor, and sometimes no, German.

    A new study released by the Initiative New Social Market Economy (INSM) claims the quality of German education has decreased across almost every region in the country, citing several key issues from deficiencies in digitization to the problems of integration of migrant-background students, Die Welt reports.

    One major issue raised by the study is the rise in the number of foreign-born pupils who are dropping out before graduation. In 2014 the number was 11.8 percent, but only a year later it had increased to 14.2 percent.

    Heinz-Peter Meidinger, president of the German Teachers Association, said that the quality of learning has declined in schools which have students who do not speak proficient enough German.

    Meidinger warned of “segregation” taking place in the school system and predicted that the problem may only get worse in the future as many teachers are not properly equipped to teach German as a second language.

    A study released by the German Advisory Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) earlier this year echoed Meidliger’s comments, finding that teachers were just not equipped to handle teaching their normal subjects alongside teaching German to migrant children.

    Some schools with a heavy concentration of migration-background pupils have also seen a rise in violence. Schools like Schoeneberg Spreewald Elementary School, which has a 99 percent migration-background student population, have been forced to hire security guards to deal with the increase in violence between pupils and toward teaching staff.

    In 2016, an Austrian teacher warned that the mass influx of migrants had the potential to drag the country’s school system down, saying that there were even children born in Vienna who came into the schooling system not knowing a word of German.

    She claimed that 98 percent of the students she taught who were migrants of came from migration backgrounds did not speak German as a first language.”

  16. Taliban say no peace with ‘occupation,’ want US talks (abcnews, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/taliban-peace-occupation-us-talks-57255507

    “The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign “occupation” continues, reiterating the group’s position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States.

    In a message released in honor of the Eid al-Adha holiday, Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzadah said the group remains committed to “Islamic goals,” the sovereignty of Afghanistan and ending the war.

    The Taliban have had a major resurgence in recent years, seizing districts across the country and regularly carrying out large-scale attacks.

    Earlier this month, the Taliban launched a major assault on the city of Ghazni, just 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the capital, Kabul. Afghan security forces battled the militants inside the city for five days, as the U.S. carried out airstrikes and send advisers to help ground forces.

    The battle for Ghazni killed at least 100 members of the Afghan security forces and 35 civilians, according to Afghan officials.

    A year ago, President Donald Trump announced that he would send additional U.S. forces to confront the Taliban. But since then the insurgents’ profile has risen, both on the battlefield and in the diplomatic sphere.

    The Taliban sent a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet with senior officials earlier this month, and say they recently met with a senior U.S. diplomat in Qatar for what they called “preliminary talks.” The U.S. neither confirmed nor denied the meeting.

    Earlier this week, the Taliban’s top political official, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, led a delegation to Indonesia, where he met Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi as well as Jusuf Kalla, Indonesia’s deputy president, according to a statement the Taliban sent to The Associated Press.

    The three day trip ended on Wednesday. The statement said Stanikzai discussed the presence of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan and the need for them to leave if peace is to return to the country, said Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman based in the group’s Qatar office.

    While in Indonesia, Stanikzai also “exchanged views on bilateral relations,” Shaheen said in the statement, without elaborating.

    From 1996 until 2001, the Taliban ruled in accordance with a harsh interpretation of Islamic law. Women were barred from education and forced to wear the all-encompassing burka whenever they left their homes, and the country hosted Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.

    The Taliban have refused to enter into talks with the Afghan government, which they view as a U.S. puppet, saying they will only negotiate the end of the war directly with Washington. The group has said it is committed to regional security and would not pose a danger to other countries.

    However, it has also demanded the complete withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO forces. Although NATO officially ended its combat mission at the end of 2014, it has repeatedly come to the aid of Afghan forces, and it’s unclear whether the government in Kabul would be able to remain in power without foreign military aid.”

    • Why talk with these forked-tongue devils?

      Bin Laden was protected by the Pakistani ISI for years. The tribes of Afghanistan and Pakistan don’t recognize borders. Taliban and al-Queda have family members in the same government and military we’re supposed to be negotiating with.

      Sept. 2000 – as good as it gets:
      The Lawless Frontier
      The tribal lands of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border reveal the future of conflict in the Subcontinent, along w dark side of globalization

      https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2000/09/the-lawless-frontier/305296/

  17. Richard: Something in the report hit a nerve, makes we wonder just how advanced the Chinese plans are.

    China complains about Pentagon report, says it is ‘pure guesswork’China complains about Pentagon report, says it is ‘pure guesswork’
    BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Defence Ministry has lodged a complaint with the United States about a Pentagon report that said China’s military was likely training for strikes against the United States and its allies, saying it was “pure guesswork”.

    The assessment, at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China’s efforts to increase its global influence, with defense spending that the Pentagon estimated exceeded $190 billion in 2017.

    China’s Defence Ministry said in a statement late on Friday that the Pentagon report misrepresented China’s strategic intentions and exaggerated the “so-called China military threat.”

    “China’s military expresses resolute opposition to this and has lodged stern representations with the U.S. side,” it said.

    China is on the path of peaceful development and pursues a defensive national strategy, and has always been a contributor to world peace and protector of the global order, the ministry said.

    http://www.oann.com/china-complains-about-pentagon-report-says-it-is-pure-guesswork-2/

    • ‘Islam is on the path of peaceful development and pursues a defensive national strategy, and has always been a contributor to world peace and protector of the global order, the ministry said.

      Where being a factual historian is a radical act.

  18. Iran says navy mounts new defense system on warship

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s navy has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, the Iranian navy chief was quoted as saying on Saturday, as tensions mount with the U.S. military in the Gulf.

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed earlier this month it held war games in the Gulf, saying they were aimed at “confronting possible threats” by enemies.

    The U.S. military’s Central Command confirmed it had seen increased Iranian naval activity, extending to the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for oil shipments the Revolutionary Guards have threatened to block.

    Iran has been furious over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and re-impose sanctions on Tehran.

    Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi “reiterated that coastal and sea testing of the short range defense Kamand system were concluded successfully, and said this system was mounted … on a warship and will be mounted on a second ship soon,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported,

    The Kamand has been dubbed the “Iranian Phalanx” after an automated machinegun produced by U.S. firm Raytheon whose heavy bullets shred incoming missiles.

    Unable to import many weapons because of international sanctions and arms embargoes, Iran has developed a large domestic weapons industry to achieve self-sufficiency in producing military equipment, and often reports on its development of arms which it says are comparable with advanced Western systems.

    http://www.oann.com/iran-says-navy-mounts-new-defense-system-on-warship/

  19. In latest attempt to explain his anti-America rhetoric, Cuomo shoots himself in other foot
    By Ben Bowles August 18, 2018

    f anything positive has come out of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gaffe in re America’s greatness last Wednesday, it was his audience’s reaction. Cuomo made the offhand comment at an event announcing the signing of a bill to combat human trafficking. Most of those in attendance were supporters and members of a press that is hostile to Cuomo’s arch-enemy, Donald Trump. It was in fact Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again” that Cuomo was taking aim at in his sidebar. Yet when he spoke the words “America was never that great,” an audible gasp went up from the crowd.

    It is encouraging to see that, at a time the Left’s heroes include migrants violating our national sovereignty and Americans plagued with all manner of mental disorders, there is still a line they will not cross. (There’s the bonus of knowing Cuomo just killed his chance of ever becoming let alone running for president, but that’s a story for another day.)

    Since making that unforced error, Cuomo has been in damage control mode, releasing clarification after clarification, each only adding to the fire he started.

    Shortly after the flub, Cuomo’s press secretary, Dani Lever, issued a statement. “The governor believes America is great,” the statement read, adding that “maximum greatness” was still to be achieved.

    The reaction was predictable:

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2018/08/18/in-latest-attempt-to-explain-his-anti-america-rhetoric-cuomo-shoots-himself-in-other-foot/

  20. Manafort trial judge under federal protection after wave of threats
    By LU Staff August 17, 2018

    Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed in open court Friday that he has received death threats relating to his presiding over Paul Manafort’s trial for bank and tax fraud at a federal court in Alexandria, Va.

    The judge has since retained the protection of the U.S. Marshals Service.

    “I have the marshal’s protection,” Ellis said. “I don’t even go to the hotel alone. I won’t even reveal the name of the hotel.”

    “I had no idea this case excited this emotion in the public,” he added.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2018/08/17/manafort-trial-judge-under-federal-protection-after-wave-of-threats/

  21. Saudi Editor to Arab World: Be Like Europe, Stop Living in Past (breitbart, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2018/08/18/saudi-editor-arab-world-be-like-europe-stop-living-in-past/

    “The editor of a major Arabic-language paper has urged the Arab world to stop clinging to a past that no longer exists and start learning from Europe, which gave up on violence and war in favor of peace and modernity.

    In an article titled “Rescue Your Descendants, Don’t Avenge Your Ancestors” in the Saudi London-based daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, the paper’s editor-in-chief Ghassan Charbel asks why there exists no Arab city with a robust economy, modern infrastructure, and good education.

    Charbel tells young Arabs that army generals are no longer the ones determining the future of a nation. Today, he says, “your fate is in the hands of the generals of Silicon Valley — Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and others,” a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) states.

    He continues by chiding Arabs for not realizing that they too are part of a global village. Refusing to integrate into that village “means that you become a burden to the world.”

    According to Charbel, the Middle East is experiencing what Europe went through following the world wars. Europe made mistakes and learned from them, primarily the futility of trying to redraw borders by erasing other nations.

    Europe saw sights it did not expect to see. It saw Adolph Hitler display his arrogance on the Champs Elysees, after it saw Europeans thronging [to Spain] and dividing themselves among the barricades of the Spanish Civil War. [It] saw convoys of immigrants and displaced people, scorched neighborhoods, and capital cities full of fear and disorder; it saw from up close repression, oppression, and horror, and the tearing asunder of countries and families. The old continent [of Europe] was the arena of the spark of two world wars, but the cannon eventually fell silent, and from the piles of corpses and the rivers of blood the European had to reach a decision about what would help him ensure that there would be no repeat of this tragedy. He had to decide whether to utilize the armistice to prepare for a new war, or to arrange conditions for coexistence. Coexistence does not neutralize the disputes, but it prohibits the use of war as a means of solving them.

    Europe, he says, waged wars for any reason before realizing the future would never be built by bloodshed.

    “Europe was submerged in blood, tears, and piles [of corpses], and was full of widows, orphans, and unemployed. Its cities were badly damaged and its economies had collapsed. The overwhelming sense was that Europe had learned nothing from the first world war, and had again descended into hell,” Charbel writes.

    However, after the Second World War, European leaders denounced violence and “chose stability, rehabilitation, and coexistence, for the continent and within its countries.”

    “[Y]our neighbor was no longer your enemy, but your partner, and together you strove to expand the areas of cooperation. … This is a solution of competition instead of war, cooperation instead of clashes.”

    He concludes with a word of warning to the Arab world: “Joining the future saves your history from oblivion, and makes it into fuel for the train of progress. Do not delay and do not hesitate; this is your battle, and you must rescue your descendants, not avenge your ancestors.””

  22. An Iranian Dream: “Why Can’t I Dance?”

    by Majid Rafizadeh
    August 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12847/iran-dancing-crime

    A Muslim mother in the sharia-ruled country of Iran, was talking about her 10-year-old daughter: “She asked me, ‘Why can’t I dance? We dance because we are happy. How can being happy be wrong? Why is dancing a crime?'” She spoke about the confusion in her daughter’s eyes. “It is a question I don’t know how to answer.”

    Her daughter’s life had changed, she said, when she heard that a 19-year-old woman named Maedeh Hojabri had become the target of the Iran’s Islamist “morality” police. Her crime? Posting video clips of herself dancing on popular worldwide social media sites, like Instagram. The consequences for an act like that are severe. As has happened to other young women who posted video clips of themselves dancing, Hojabri was arrested, jailed without due process and without an opportunity to defend herself, and publicly shamed with a televised confession of her “crime.”

  23. Stabbing Attack in Southern France Kills One, Injures Another Person – Reports (sputniknews, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/201808181067302593-france-stabbing-attack/

    “A knife-stabbing attack in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, France has resulted in the death of one person and another being wounded, France News 24 reported. The incident took place in the parking lot of a supermarket.

    At least one person died as a result of a stabbing attack on Saturday at around 2:30 p.m. local time at a Lidl car parking lot, France News 24 reported. The assault occurred in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux or St-Paul-en-Tricastin, a commune in the Drôme area of southeastern France.

    The 45-year-old victim received nine stab wounds, eight in the back and one in the carotid artery. Another person was wounded and taken to a local hospital. According to the media, he was stabbed three times in the back and chest.

    Possible motives for the attack are not immediately clear. The investigation into the attack is underway. The circumstances of this tragedy and the identity of the victims are unknown at the moment.

    The local authorities have yet to comment on the incident.”

  24. Yemen’s southern separatists attack military academy in Aden (reuters, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://in.reuters.com/article/yemen-security/yemens-southern-separatists-attack-military-academy-in-aden-idINKBN1L30JX?rpc=401&

    “Southern separatists opened fire on a military academy graduation ceremony in Yemen’s port city of Aden on Saturday, killing a cadet and wounding at least two others, witnesses said.

    The incident is the latest in a series of killings and bombings in the southern city, the temporary headquarters of the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was expelled from the capital Sanaa in 2014 by the armed Houthi group…”

  25. the independent – Genoa bridge collapse: Families jeer Italian politicians at state funeral

    Some grieving relatives snubbed the service organised by the government, as death toll rises to 42

    The families of the victims of Genoa’s bridge collapse shouted and jeered at members of Italy’s former government at today’s state funeral.[…]

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/genoa-bridge-collapse-death-toll-italian-government-families-boycott-victims-a8497131.html

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    cnn – State funeral held for Genoa bridge collapse victims as some families voice anger

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/18/europe/italy-genoa-bridge-funeral-intl/index.html

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    video -Vice-premiers Salvini and di Maio welcomed by the families of the victims at the State funeral in Genoa

    • DAILY MAIL – Huge crowds BOO and yell ‘clown’ at officials during state funeral for 18 of 38 Genoa bridge victims after discovery of year-old report warning it could collapse – but they cheer Italy’s new populist rulers

      The state funeral for 18 of the 38 victims of Tuesday’s bridge collapse in Genoa are being held today
      Saturday has been declared a national day of mourning and a state funeral for the victims is taking place
      Italian president Sergio Mattarella has been pictured arriving at the service as well as PM Giuseppe Conte
      Flats and homes with 630 residents under or by the collapsed bridge will now have to be destroyed

      […]But tears have turned to anger as mourners demand to know how the tragedy was allowed to happen after the emergence of a report by motorway operator Autostrade warning about the condition of the bridge just last year.

      Loud boos and jeers were heard as Italy’s former leader Maurizio Martina arrived for the service. His Democratic Party was in charge until last year’s election.

      In contrast, deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini was cheered along with Italian president Sergio Mattarella who arrived earlier along with raft of other dignitaries

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6073543/State-funeral-Genoa-bridge-collapse-disaster.html

  26. Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired ‘nap pods’ for hajj

    Saudi Arabia is introducing capsule rooms for pilgrims as an estimated two million Muslim faithful gather for the six-day hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.

  27. Dem Sen Mark Warner To Introduce Amendment To Block Trump From Stripping Security Clearances

    August 18, 2018 By Kristie McDonald

    Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., said Friday he plans on introducing an amendment next week that will prohibit President Trump from stripping critics of their security clearances.

    “I will be introducing an amendment next week to block the President from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking security clearances,” Warner tweeted. “Stay tuned.”

    http://www.libertybugle.com/dem-sen-mark-warner-to-introduce-amendment-to-block-trump-from-stripping-security-clearances/

    Richard: I wonder if he realizes that any law passed that stripped power from the President would not survive a court challenge?

  28. Broken Britain: As Recorded Crime Hits All-time High, Prosecutions Plunge to All-time Low (breitbart, Aug 18, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/18/broken-britain-as-recorded-crime-all-time-high-prosecutions-plunge-all-time-low/

    “Prosecutions in England and Wales have fallen to a new low even as recorded crime reaches new heights, according to reports.

    The latest statistics show police recorded crime up 11 percent to 5.5 million — with some the increase for some very serious offences significantly greater — but prosecutions and out of court disposals have plunged by 7 percent to the lowest total number since records began in 1970.

    Alternative methods of tackling offending are also falling, with cautions for cannabis abuse down 14 percent and on-the-spot fines — which can be used for cannabis possession, theft of goods worth less than £100, harassment, and public drunkenness and disorderliness — down 27 percent, The Telegraph reports.

    Budget cuts an increase in the workload associated with complex crimes such as child grooming and sexual exploitation have been blamed for the collapse.

    “The system is under so much strain that cases that would have been routinely thought of as being in the interests of justice are now not being followed,” confessed Commons Home Affairs Committee MP John Woodcock.

    “Behind these headline statistics, there is a human side, individuals whose lives have been blighted by crime and who will be feeling badly let down, not only by the absence of justice, but the message it sends to criminals, that the chances are you will get away with it,” added Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove.

    “It is important that we reverse this trend and re-build public trust and confidence. If we don’t, there is a real risk that victims will simply give up reporting the crimes committed against them – thereby creating a real disconnect between the public and our law enforcers.”

    Police Federation boss John Apter has already admitted that “We are moving into an area where some crimes will not be investigated, whereas two to five years ago they were… In those cases we are failing the public… the public are already suffering and they are going to suffer more and more.”

    The Ministry of Justice, led by controversial Theresa May ally David Gauke, claims the apparent crime rise is merely a product of “better recording”, according to The Telegraph.”

  29. Nigel Farage has announced his return to frontline politics with a campaign to defeat Theresa May’s “cowardly” Brexit plans stop a political elite who “think nothing of betraying the citizens of Britain”.
    The eurosceptic pioneer said he is set to tour the United Kingdom with campaign group Leave Means Leave to fight the Prime Minister’s “fraudulent” EU withdrawal plans which critics have branded BRINO, or ‘Brexit In Name Only’.

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Farage recounted that “scores of people” had stopped him in the streets to ask when he would be “coming back” to politics to fight for Brexit.

    “Well now you have your answer: I’m back,” he declared, revealing he would be “back on the road” as part of a battlebus tour of public events to “restore our democracy” against a climate in which the public is subjected to a “daily stream of negative media stories” about Brexit in an attempt to “beat us into submission”.

    https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/18/im-back-farage-returns-to-frontline-to-fight-establishments-brexit-sell-out/

  30. The Trump administration announced a fair housing discrimination complaint against social media giant Facebook on Friday, saying the way the company targets ads can be used to screen out people based on race, sex or other protected categories.

    The complaint goes to the heart of Facebook’s business model, which depends on being able to offer advertisers micro-targeting.

    “Facebook mines extensive user data and classifies its users based on protected characteristics. Facebook’s ad targeting tools then invite advertisers to express unlawful preferences by suggesting discriminatory options,” the Housing and Urban Development Department said in the complaint.

    Among those options are physical disabilities, parents with children and even religious practices — advertisers are allowed to show their ads only to people Facebook deems interested in “Jesus” or the “Christian Church,” for example.

    Those practices could violate the Civil Rights Act, HUD said in the complaint, dated August 13.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/17/feds-accuse-facebook-discrimination-over-ad-target/

  31. Brennan: I Didn’t Mean That Trump Committed Treason

    17 Aug 20189547
    On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” former CIA Director John Brennan stated that he didn’t mean President Trump committed treason when he referred to the president’s performance at the Helsinki summit as “nothing short of treasonous.”

    Host Rachel Maddow said, “After Helsinki, you were stark, and even a little bit scary in your criticism of his behavior. You said it rose to treason.”

    Brennan responded, “I said it was nothing short of treasonous.”

    Maddow then stated, “In this current controversy, that specific comment has been singled out by a number of people as a comment that maybe, by you, crossed the line, that was maybe –.”

    Brennan cut in to respond, “Crossed what line?” He continued that he has a right to free speech

    https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/08/17/brennan-i-didnt-mean-that-trump-committed-treason/

  32. Justin Trudeau, a dictator in Sabrevois

    On Thursday, August 16th, Trudeau insulted this woman for asking a simple question, then, plaincloth officers bullied her.

  33. SEATTLE (AP) — Right-wing demonstrators gathered Saturday in Seattle for a “Liberty or Death” rally that drew counter-protesters from the left while dozens of police kept the two sides separated.

    The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer were holding the rally outside Seattle City Hall to protest an effort to launch a gun-control initiative that would raise the age in Washington state for people buying semi-automatic rifles.

    The left-wing groups Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party were rallying at the same site.

    Hundreds of protesters on each side of the street were separated by Saturday afternoon by metal barriers and police officers as the left-wing protesters yelled and used cow bells and sirens to try to drown out speeches from the right-wing side.

    Police arrested at least two people on the counter-protester side as the demonstrations continued, but it wasn’t immediately clear why. Additional police also arrived, including police in riot gear with batons who took up positions in the street. Bicycle officers lined up their bikes as a type of moving barrier to keep protesters from entering the street, which remained open to traffic.

    https://apnews.com/a05f6e6772c9403f996311771a2f1224/Right-wing,-left-wing-protesters-face-off-in-Seattle

  34. DAILY MAIL – French president Emmanuel Macron wades into Brexit debate with extraordinary letter backing a cross-party coalition of Remainer MPs who plan to thwart both May and Corbyn

    Tory MP George Freeman says the UK could face an economic meltdown
    Britain formally leaves the EU at 11pm UK time on Friday, March 29, 2018
    Macron sent letter of support to a ‘Big Tent’ political rally hosted by Freeman

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    Macron’s letter in English

    The President of the Republic,

    MP George Freeman,

    I have received the correspondence by which you invite me to deliver a speech at the Big Tent Ideas Festival, to be held on the 7th and 8th in Cambridge.

    Sensitive to your approach, I thank you very much.

    Like you, I am determined to take up the great challenges of the planet in order to build a more secure world, which guarantees more growth of justice and ecology. 🙁 🙁 🙁

    Also, although the constraints of my schedule unfortunately do not allow me to respond favorably to your kind request, I would like to welcome your initiative and wish you all the best for the success of the new edition of this event.

    I am convinced that this forum will contribute fully to the reflection on the issues we are jointly facing. In renewing my thanks, I beg you to believe, sir, the assurance of my best feelings.

    Emmanuel Macron

    more :

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6074457/Macron-wades-Brexit-debate-backing-coalition-Remainer-MPs-plan-thwart-Corbyn.html

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