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  1. Iran army penetrates Iraqi territory, controls strategic mountain (memo, Sep 12, 2018)

    “The Iranian army has advanced nearly 20 kilometres into Iraqi Kurdistan region on Monday evening and controlled the strategic Surin mountain, north of Sulaymaniyah province, Kurdish Peshmerga sources said Tuesday.

    A Peshmerga official told The New Arab news site that Iranian military units have penetrated into Iraqi villages and towns in the Kurdistan region under the pretext of chasing Iranian Kurdish armed opposition stationed in the Iraqi border areas with Iran.

    The official said the Iranian forces had controlled the strategic mountain of Surin, which is more than 2,000 meters high and oversees the cities of Sulaymaniyah and Halabja.

    Kurdish political activist, Soran Balani told the news site that the Iranian forces have set up a missile and artillery platform on top of the mountain…”

    • US vows to respond ‘SWIFTLY AND DECISIVELY’ to Iranian-backed attacks in Iraq (express, Sep 12, 2018)

      “THE WHITE House has warned Iran that it will “respond swiftly and decisively” should Iranian allies kill or injure Americans in Iraq, as tensions rise following attacks on US diplomatic compounds.

      Iran was given the powerful warning via a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

      The statement said the US will “respond swiftly and decisively” should any Americans in Iraq get hurt in attacks which are linked to Iran.

      Over the past week there have been attacks on both the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and US Consulate in the southern city of Basra.

      Three mortar shells landed near the US Embassy, situated inside Baghdad’s highly secure Green Zone, on Friday.

      The attack, which did not cause any casualties, was the first to hit the Green Zone for several years.

      On Saturday, rockets were fired at the US Consulate in Basra.

      They did not cause any injuries or damage to the compound.

      The White House statement blamed Iranian allied groups for the attacks.

      It said: “Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training and weapons.”

      The Basra attack followed days of unrest in the city, during which several government buildings and the Iranian consulate were set on fire.

      Following the attack Iran relocated its consulate in the city.

      Protestors, angry at lack of government services and alleging they are too close to Iran, carried out the attacks…”

    • MECRA: Analysis of the WH statement [quoted above]

      …The short statement appears to represent a departure from US rhetoric on the role of Iranian-backed groups in Iraq, including the Hashd al-Shaabi or Shia militias that form the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). It is part of a wider recognition in Washington about the role of Iran in supporting militia groups in Iraq and the threat they pose to US interests in light of the new Iran policy. The administration is in the midst of pressuring Tehran and the tensions over post-ISIS Iraq are key to that pressure. But the White House has not fully explained this policy.

      This statement holds Tehran directly responsible for the acts of its “proxies.” This doesn’t name the PMF as the proxy and doesn’t name any of the groups that make up the PMF as proxies, such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Kata’ib Hezbollah or Badr.

      The US consulate in Basra may have been targeted on September 7 during the unfolding violence when protesters also targeted the Iranian consulate. Different reports said Grad rockets or Katyushas were fired toward the airport where the consulate is. The US put out statements condemning the violence and attacks on diplomats.…

      [T]his represents a direct challenge to Tehran to control its proxies. The key point is “stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons.” Then, “The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States Government facilities.”

      Taken together this is a serious warning to Tehran. It comes amidst the crises in Iraq as coalitions maneuver for power and as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has challenged the PMF, seeking to reduce the role of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis of Kata’ib Hezbollah. After the IRGC fired rockets at Koya on Sept. 8 the US is also looking at what might come next.

      One hurdle Washington faces is that the PMF was incorporated into Iraq’s official security forces since 2016 and that as such they are part of the Interior Ministry. Untangling those that are accused of being proxy forces with those that are officially part of the govt is difficult.

      The US-led Coalition is still supporting Iraq and its army as part of an advise and assist mission, which includes training. The US Congress in its new NDAA mandated that no training or support end up with the IRGC or Iranian-backed militias in an attempt to prevent the PMF benefiting via the Iraqi govt from US support…

  2. Some good news. (I think.)

    Brett McGurk, an 0 hold-over, has been in charge of the fake campaign against ISIS. He’s been working with these Iranian-proxy forces, the IRGC-controlled PMF militias, who are every bit as savage as ISIS.

    McGurk has continued to arm, train, and equip the enemy. Tweeting congratulations as they clear Iran’s dream of a land bridge from Iran across Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon to the Med Sea. Such control over a swath of Mesopotamia and the Levant would represent an existential threat to our allies in Jordan, Israel, and the Gulf States.

    Of course “land-bridge building” has met set-backs. Air strikes have targeted significant Iranian bases and convoys of proxy militias. One notable example: an advanced aerial defense system, a copy of the Russian S300 (the 3rd Khordad), was destroyed just as it was being unpacked. High-ranking Quds Force officers had gathered to celebrate the delivery; they became collateral damage.

    Who dunnit?

    And while Iraq has been dominated by Iran, a take-over is by no means a done deal. There have been protests against the heavy hand, nominally Iraqi, but transparently proxies of the Twisted Ragheads. Oil-rich Basra, the largest city in the south suffered cuts in electricity and water. Protests were met by severe repression, and our diplomatic mission there was attacked.

    PTrump made it clear: I’m no Jimmy Carter.
    Iran, call your dogs off our diplomats in Basra. Off all Americans everywhere else in Iraq.

    The FIRST acknowledgement in so many words that Iraq can’t be held responsible: whatever veneer of democratic elections, its sovereignty is compromised. Too many of our vets from the War in Iraq were killed and maimed by these animals. Time to get real.

    It’s a good start. We’ll see what happens next.

  3. Note: not new, but worth the reminder:

    A day before Sept. 11, 2001, former President Bill Clinton told an audience that he could have had Osama bin Laden killed, but chose not to, because an attack could have endangered innocent women and children in Afghanistan.

    Speaking to businessmen in Australia, Clinton said he had a shot at Bin Laden, whose Al Qaeda organization would launch attacks the next day that left about 3,000 dead at the World Trade Center, Washington, D.C. and in western Pennsylvania.

    “I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden … He’s a very smart guy. I spent a lot of time thinking about him. And I nearly got him once,” Clinton said in the audio recording from the meeting, according to a Sky News Australia report this week.

    “I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him.”

    • There werre several times when we could have killed Osama during the 90s, one time a Green Beret had a clear shot at him but Bill Clinton was in a party and wouldn’t leave the party until it was over. The aids wouldn’t talk about classified infor at the party and Osama left the area before Bill would listen and possibly give the green light for the shot.

      • As I understand it, Clinton and the intel chief at the White house at the time, wanted the guy with the rifle to take the shot AND the responsibility. Clinton, like the CIA head, was afraid of political fall out from the action. So they made it deliberately obtuse and difficult to be heard, hoping that the actual agent with a rifle in his hand would say fuck it and shoot. Then if it goes right, Clinton is a hero and if it goes wrong, they can dump all over the marksman.

        The guy literally perched on a mountain top who had been waiting a very long uncomfortable time to get a clear shot of Bin Laden with no women or children around him, which he usually kept as a shield presumably, was too smart for that and refused to act without direct confirmation of the order.

        I guess he was playing out the possible trial in his head if he took the shot that would almost certainly follow, and decided in advance not to do it.

        There is I think, a 7 part movie/documentary on this somewhere which is spectacularly well done which details this. I wish I could remember the name etc. Was a while ago now. Path to 911 maybe, or that may be another one.

        But I am pretty sure, and this matches the way Bill and Hillary think and operate overall I find, the whole reason 911 happened was Bill Clinton was not willing to take a political risk and order the shot.

        • From what I have heard the man with the rifle was Green Beret Billy Waugh (sp?) who was furious about not getting the green light but he remembered the problems for one Green Beret Commander who killed a VC spy without permission and decided he wanted to stay out of prison.

        • I have heard rumors that there was another time in the Clinton era when they had Osama in the cross hairs and couldn’t get permission but I haven’t been able to get any details.

  4. ‘The Soviet Union was committed to rehabilitation’: Fury as hard-left student group at London university mounts extraordinary defence of notorious GULAG worker camps
    Over 1 million people were murdered in the gulag camps in just 20 years
    The LGBTQ+ Goldsmiths group tweeted a defence of the Communist camps
    Relatives of those murdered in gulags said the claims were utterly shameful

    PUBLISHED: 07:00 EDT, 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 EDT, 11 September 2018


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    A student union group has been roundly condemned after mounting an extraordinary defence of Stalin’s notorious gulags.

    Over one million people died in the infamous worker camps in the Communist Soviet Union, while other critics of the regime were imprisoned there for years and forced to work to the edge of exhaustion.

    But hard-left activists at Goldsmiths university tweeted a defence of the gulags – claiming they helped rehabilitate workers and were nicer than Western prisons.

    They claimed that inmates were actually treated well and allowed to join theatre groups and write for prison newspapers.

    • Perfect! I think that 5 years on Solovetsky should straighten them all out. What? it hasn’t been used for decades? NPs the soviets simply made the new err visitors build it themselves, so setting the example, this lot can do the same.
      It is scary just how supposedly intelligent creatures can believe such utter crap and IMO the IQ droop of mankind is well under way amplified by academia. While everyone is entitled to an opinion, imagine if some non leftist said the same thing about Dachau?

      • I just read an apologia for the Chinese reeducation camps – written yesterday!
        Uighurs perfect their Mandarin language skills, get job training, improve their future prospects_!!_

  5. As FBI Director Mueller Helped Cover Up Fla. 9/11 Probe, Court Docs Show
    JANUARY 23, 2018

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    Court documents recently filed by the government further rock the credibility of Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller because they show that as FBI Director Mueller he worked to cover up the connection between a Florida Saudi family and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The documents reveal that Mueller was likely involved in publicly releasing deceptive official agency statements about a secret investigation of the Saudis, who lived in Sarasota, with ties to the hijackers. A Florida journalism nonprofit uncovered the existence of the secret FBI investigation that was also kept from Congress.

    Under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI tried to discredit the story, publicly countering that agents found no connection between the Sarasota Saudi family and the 2001 terrorist plot. The reality is that the FBI’s own files contained several reports that said the opposite, according to the Ft. Lauderdale-based news group’s ongoing investigation. Files obtained by reporters in the course of their lengthy probe reveal that federal agents found “many connections” between the family and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.” The FBI was forced to release the once-secret reports because the news group sued in federal court when the information wasn’t provided under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    The disingenuous statements were issued by FBI officials in Miami and Tampa in a desperate effort to disparage a 2011 story exposing the agency’s covert investigation of the Sarasota Saudis as well as reporting that it had been concealed from Congress. Mueller is referenced in a document index that was ordered by a federal judge to be created in late November 2017. The south Florida judge, William J. Zloch, a Ronald Reagan appointee, asked the FBI to explain where it had discovered dozens of pages of documents in the public-records case filed six years ago. The index reference to then-FBI Director Mueller appears in an item involving an agency white paper written a week after the publication of a news story about the abrupt departure of Saudis Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji from their Sarasota area home about two weeks before 9/11. The couple left behind their cars, clothes, furniture, jewelry and other personal items. “It was created to brief the FBI Director concerning the FBI’s investigation of 4224 Escondito Circle,” the al-Hijjis’ address, the index says.

  6. Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance
    MAY 18, 2015

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    Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq

    Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked “Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman” (BCOAR), and had been planned at least 10 days in advance. Rahman is known as the Blind Sheikh, and is serving life in prison for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist acts. The new documents also provide the first official confirmation that shows the U.S. government was aware of arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria. The documents also include an August 2012 analysis warning of the rise of ISIS and the predicted failure of the Obama policy of regime change in Syria.

    The documents were released in response to a court order in accordance with a May 15, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against both the DOD and State Department seeking communications between the two agencies and congressional leaders “on matters related to the activities of any agency or department of the U.S. government at the Special Mission Compound and/or classified annex in Benghazi” (Judicial Watch v U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State(No. 1:14-cv-00812)).

    Spelling and punctuation is duplicated in this release without corrections.

    A Defense Department document from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), dated September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attack, details that the attack on the compound had been carefully planned by the BOCAR terrorist group “to kill as many Americans as possible.” The document was sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Obama White House National Security Council. The heavily redacted Defense Department “information report” says that the attack on the Benghazi facility “was planned and executed by The Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR).” The group subscribes to “AQ ideologies:”

  7. ‘Jihad’ module in terrorism class syllabus angers students
    Adam Sabes
    Adam Sabes
    Mississippi Senior Campus Correspondent
    on Sep 10, 2018 at 8:24 AM EDT
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    A “terrorism” class syllabus containing a “Jihad” module upset one student in particular who posted about the syllabus on Facebook, prompting multiple other critical comments.
    The student asserted that she and her classmates should “learn from Palestinians,” not a “Zionist,” when it comes to state-sponsored terrorism.
    The university warned critics against judging a course based solely on the syllabus.

  8. The son of a Boston police captain was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Wednesday for being a “committed soldier” of the Islamic State and helping plan a terror attack.
    Alexander Ciccolo, 26, of, Adams, Massachusetts, was first arrested in 2015 when his father Boston Police Capt. Robert Ciccolo contacted authorities about concerns he had over his son’s behavior. Prosecutors have since praised him for a decision that “likely saved the lives of numerous innocent people.”

    According to a Justice Department statement, Ciccolo pleaded guilty in May on a variety of charges that included counts of “attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization,” “attempting to use weapons of mass destruction,” “being a convicted person in possession of firearms,” and another count of “assaulting a nurse during a jail intake process by use of a deadly weapon causing bodily injury.”

    On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail and a supervised release. Lawyers for Ciccolo had argued that he suffered from mental health issues and the plan was not well planned out. Their client attended all hearings in Islamic dress. They claimed he is no longer loyal to the Islamic State, but to Islam itself.

    Rips Mulim-Americans for not promoting Palestinian cause
    Published: 3 days ago
    (DailyWire) Far-left Islamic activist Linda Sarsour made strong anti-Semitic remarks during a speech this month at the annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Houston, Texas — calling for the dehumanization of Israelis.

    The Algemeiner reported that Sarsour shamed Muslims for not being more politically active and said that if Muslims are not promoting the Palestinian cause then they are part of the problem, saying, “you as an American Muslim are complicit in the occupation of Palestinians, in the murder of Palestinian protesters.”

  10. Vaclav Klaus Jr. wants to prevent Facebook from blocking posts
    Lidove Noviny reports that politician Vaclav Klaus Jr., intends to submit a draft law to parliament later this year that upholds the freedom of expression, and will prevent Facebook from blocking posts that it deems contrarian.

    Speaking at a seminar organised by Tomio Okamura’s SPD party, Klaus stated that the freedom of expression was absolute and Facebook had no right to censor posts and opinions, except in the case of calls for genocide and extreme hate speech.

    Given the fact that European law takes precedence over Czech law in areas like this, it is unclear whether Klaus’ proposal can actually succeed.

  11. Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be released from jail next month despite a chilling warning from the justice minister that he remained “genuinely dangerous”.

    Choudary, 51, is due to be freed within weeks after serving half of a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence for encouraging Muslims to join Islamic State.

    The Government admitted on Tuesday it was powerless to prevent Choudary from being released on licence. Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, said that the preacher was “a deeply pernicious, destabilising influence”.

    Mr Stewart, in an interview, added: “He is… somebody who is a genuinely dangerous person. We will be watching him very carefully.”

    Choudary was leader of the proscribed terrorist group al-Muhajiroun, whose followers included Khuram Butt, part of the London Bridge terror cell who murdered eight innocent bystanders in June last year.

    Other disciples include Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby, murdered outside his barracks in south London in 2013.

  12. The EU plans to send 10,000 more border guards to tackle unlawful immigration by 2020, the European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker said in his annual state of the union address.

    He called for more solidarity, rather than “ad-hoc solutions” for people on migrant ships.

    His speech also tackled the region’s other burning issues – populism, terrorism and Brexit.

    This is Mr Juncker’s last 12 months in the role.

    He also proposed a new Africa-Europe alliance, based on co-operation rather than charity, leading to a continent-to-continent free trade agreement.

  13. Report: Las Vegas professor shot himself in arm to protest Trump
    College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal File)College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal File)

    By Rio Lacanlale / Las Vegas Review-Journal
    September 11, 2018 – 6:21 pm

    A longtime College of Southern Nevada sociology professor is facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes.

    Mark J. Bird was charged last month with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, court records show. He was found bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building.

    Inside the bathroom, campus police found a $100 bill taped to a mirror along with a note that said, “For the janitor,” according to Bird’s arrest report. On the floor of the restroom was a black-and-white, .22-caliber pistol and one spent shell casing.

  14. URGENT!!!!!!!

    We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. On Wednesday, the EU’s Legislative Committee voted to adopt sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped.

    By the time Americans woke up on Wednesday, the Legislative Committee had voted on the final form of the EU Copyright Directive—the first major update to European copyright law since 2001. Much of what’s in the legislation has been met with approval, but Article 11 and Article 13 are considered disastrous by some of the foremost tech experts in the world.

    Explaining what’s wrong with these two points of the legislation in detail is difficult because the articles themselves are so vague. That’s the primary issue for critics. Both articles make unprecedented demands on anyone operating a popular website to monitor copyrighted material and to pay fees to news organizations when linking out to their articles.

    • ITALY – Di Maio blasts EP copyright directive OK

      ‘Disgrace, ready to fight’ says deputy PM

      ANSA) – Rome, September 12 – Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio on Wednesday blasted the European Parliament’s approval of a controversial overhaul of copyright law that could force tech giants to install filters that prevent copyright-protected content from being uploaded.

      “An all-European disgrace,” said the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).

      “The European Parliament has introduced the censorship of content of Internet users. We are officially entering a scenario worthy of Orwell’s Big Brother”.

      He said the M5S would fight “in the negotiations between governments, at the European parliament and on the European Commission” against the controversial directive.

      He vowed that “at the next vote in the assembly the directive will be blocked again”.

      Lawmakers in Strasbourg voted on Wednesday in favor of the European Union’s revamped directive, which is aimed at bringing the bloc’s rules on copyright into the 21st century.

      The copyright reform was passed with 438 votes in favour, 226 against and 39 abstentions.

      Critics say such a law would normalize censorship and restrict Internet freedom, preventing users from being able to post content ranging from memes to links to articles from news outlets.

      The EU copyright battle pits media companies and musicians against tech giants over the widespread availability of their content online. Supporters of the law argue that people and companies in the creative industries are being starved of revenues lost to the sharing of their intellectual property on digital platforms.

      It could particularly impact platforms like Facebook and Google’s YouTube, which rely on user-generated content. Google has been accused of lobbying aggressively to prevent the directive from being passed into law.

      The issue has drawn attention from notable figures in both the tech and media worlds, including internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, former Beatles star Paul McCartney and French DJ David Guetta.


      EU parliament approves copyright law in blow to big tech

  15. Is immigration the end of the Swedish model?

    GAROVOX / INTERVIEW – Long regarded as the social democratic model par excellence, Sweden is today going through a period of uncertainty marked by new challenges. For the Swedish researcher Tino Sanandaji, massive immigration and the integration of new populations must lead this system to reform.

    Tino Sanandaji is a researcher in economic and commercial history at the Research Institute of the Stockholm School of Economics. He has published numerous books and reports on Swedish tax policy and entrepreneurship. It has also just published a note to the Foundation for Political Innovation, the second part of which is titled The Swedes and Immigration, End of the Consensus?

    FIGAROVOX.- Seen from France, the Swedish model is considered as an ideal society, and an example of social democracy. On the contrary, you say that Sweden is going through a break in the democratic consensus, particularly on the issue of immigration. Why?
    Tino SANANDAJI. Sweden is admired all over the world, not least because it has had for decades a period of economic prosperity during which wages were very high and, above all, relatively equitable. However, for some time now, the country has experienced a rise in inequality that goes hand in hand with a deterioration of the social climate and increasing crime. But this crime is largely the result of an immigrant population, which istherefore the object of Swedish anger. The country remains prosperous and calm, but the golden age it has experienced is slowly deteriorating.

    F:In contrast to the French context, following the crisis in the suburbs in 2005, Swedes have long promoted an ambitious model of integration of immigrant populations. Today, does Sweden finally take a slope similar to that of France?
    S:Yes I think. France preceded Sweden in terms of insecurity and tensions of identity: when I was a student, we were presented with the French suburbs as something exotic and very far from our model. But now the situation is practically similar. In the city of Malmö, the homicide rate is even higher than in Marseille! Obviously, both France and Sweden remain prosperous countries where it is still good to live, but this context of growing tensions in urban areas in the face of growing minorities is similar. But we should have learned from what happened in France in the suburbs, but at the time it seemed unimaginable that the same situation can occur at home.
    Because if Sweden is a country deemed liberal and tolerant, its inhabitants in fact submit to many rules of etiquette that are severely sanctioned by the group if they are not respected. In fact, we see that the difficulties associated with the social exclusion of immigrants are reinforced by a façade tolerance that does not translate into social diversity but, on the contrary, by a reinforcement of the opposite. These phenomena call into question the idea of ??a successful integration model in Sweden.

    F:How do you explain the rise, even if it is not an overwhelming victory, populist movements in the elections last Sunday?

    S:Sweden’s Democratic Democrats, led by Jimmie Âkesson, rose from just 1% of the vote in 2002 to nearly 20% in many polling stations on Sunday. This party focuses only on one subject: immigration! This is the proof that this question, which did not exist fifteen years ago, is today one of the main concerns of Swedes – as it is the case in France too, and for years now
    In Sweden, multiculturalism is stated as an ideal, although one rarely has clear ideas about its meaning in practice. Some went further and denied the existence of any Swedish culture or Swedish values. At the same time, integration is not as effective as most people want. A Sifo survey in 2016 showed that for three-quarters of the population, integration into Sweden was not working well. As a result, Sweden is the European country with the highest proportion of those who consider integration as a failure: up to 73% of respondents. Unsurprisingly, the themes of immigration and integration are now predominant in the public debate and are likely to remain so for many years.

    F:In the end, is it the end of the “Swedish model”?

    S: No, or at least not yet. The Swedish welfare state is still the center of our social model, and it is accepted by the whole public, including by the far right, who sees himself as the new champion, and in a way the last guarantor. , of this model. The classic Swedish model, created by post-war social democrats, is explicitly based on restrictive immigration policies, but that is what we tend to forget sometimes today. What is coming to an end, therefore, is a relatively brief era in which this massive influx of refugee populations has been added to this social model; today, however, even traditional parties are forced to recognize that Sweden can not extend access to its system indefinitely, let alone people who are very poor overall. We knew it in 1975: we forgot it until 2015 and we are now starting to remember it.
    The Swedish model will of course have to adapt, and it had to do so in the past, because now the country is no longer homogenous from an ethnic point of view and new type of social problems are emerging. But one thing is certain: if the Swedish model has been around for so long, it is also thanks to its great flexibility that allows it to adapt to each new context. Thus, the system has become more generous in terms of pensions, social protection, old age risk … But for the moment, the fundamentals of the system are safe and the whole system does not threaten to collapse right away.

  16. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said this week that millions of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria have been left undistributed at an airport in Puerto Rico for more than a year.

    CBS News journalist David Begnaud reported on Wednesday that FEMA acknowledged that loads of water bottles were brought to the island in 2017 in the wake of the hurricane and that it turned them over to the “central government.”

    However, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican police agency, Abdiel Santana, noticed that the water was still sitting at the airport runway one year later, according to Begnaud.

    “FEMA says the water, and we’re talking what could be millions of bottles of water were brought to the island by FEMA last year. FEMA tells me the water was turned over to the central government,” Begnaud said in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday night.

  17. The European Union will deploy 10,000 armed border guards to tackle unlawful migration by 2020, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced in a speech on Wednesday.

    The force will have the power to use armed force on the E.U.’s external borders, according to a draft of the document reported Monday by the Financial Times.

    Migration has been a particularly divisive issue within the E.U. since a major influx of refugees in 2015. Voters’ fears and concerns over migration have, in part, led to right wing parties surging in popularity and being elected to government in a number of member states including Italy and Austria.

    The border force proposal marks a significant E.U.-level policy move in a debate that has long been defined by disagreements between individual member states. Most recently, in July, the new anti-immigrant Italian government refused to allow boats carrying hundreds of migrants to dock in its ports, leading to a political deadlock that only defused when Spain agreed to take the migrants in.

  18. “He Was Screaming ‘F-ck Trump’: Republican Candidate Nearly Stabbed By Deranged Democrat
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    by Tyler Durden
    Wed, 09/12/2018 – 08:10
    Episodes of threats and violence perpetuated by angry leftists furious about President Trump’s agenda and policies, are becoming increasingly common in the US, particularly after a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter nearly killed majority whip Steve Scalise after opening fire on a practice session for the Congressional baseball game.

    Another incident unfolded on Tuesday in northern California, where a 35-year-old man was arrested for whipping out a switchblade and attempting to stab Republican Congressional candidate Rudy Peters while the candidate was working a booth at the Castro Valley Fall Festival.

    • BBC -EU parliament votes to punish Hungary over ‘breaches’ of core values

      The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU’s core values.

      Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has been accused of attacks on the media, minorities, and the rule of law – charges which he denies.

      More than two-thirds of MEPs backed the censure motion – the first such vote against a member state under EU rules.

      If also approved by national leaders, Hungary could face punitive measures.

      They include stripping the country of voting rights at European Union level.

      What is Hungary accused of?

      Since coming to power, Mr Orban’s government has taken a hardline stance against immigration. It introduced a law which made it a criminal offence for lawyers and activists to help asylum seekers, under the banner of “facilitating illegal immigration”.

      What sanctions can the EU impose on Hungary?

      In depth – Viktor Orban’s Hungary
      Nationalism in heart of Europe needles EU
      But there have also been reports of pressure being put on the courts and the electoral system, and of widespread corruption.

      After the vote, the European Parliament said it was also concerned about:

      The constitutional and electoral system
      Privacy and data protection
      Freedom of expression and religion
      Academic freedom and freedom of association
      Equal rights, particularly for refugees and minorities such as Roma and Jews
      Mr Orban addressed the parliament on Tuesday in defence of his government, labelling the threat of censure as a form of “blackmail” and an insult to Hungary.

      He claimed a report by Dutch Greens MEP Judith Sargentini was an “abuse of power”, and included “serious factual misrepresentations”.

      Ms Sargentini’s report into Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party alleged such actions were “a clear breach of the values of our union”.

      What could happen now?
      Under an EU rule called Article 7, breaching the union’s founding principles can lead to the suspension of a member state’s rights as a punitive measure.

      However, Hungary is currently facing “preventative” measures, which the parliament says are designed to avoid sanctions entirely.

      The BBC Reality Check team has explained the Article 7 process in detail. Broadly, the decision on Hungary will now be referred to the heads of the 28 EU member states to consider.

      However, because this step has never been taken before, it is not clear what will happen next, or when.

      Suspension of Hungary’s voting rights is the most serious possible consequence – but is considered unlikely.

      Poland is also facing disciplinary proceedings, launched by the European Commission in December last year. The case has yet to reach the European Parliament.

      What has the reaction been?
      Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto reacted angrily to the vote, calling it the “petty revenge” of “pro-immigration” politicians.

      Some politicians from other countries also defended Mr Orban’s government. Britain’s Nigel Farage, a pro-Brexit MEP, wrote that the decision demonstrated “the authoritarian grip of the EU”.

      Anti-Islam Dutch populist Geert Wilders tweeted: “Hungary is the example for all EU countries and Orban is a hero and deserves the Nobel Prize.”

      But Ms Sargentini, who wrote the report on Mr Orban’s government, said the decision sent an important message that the EU would stand up for citizens’ rights.

      “Viktor Orban’s government has been leading the charge against European values by silencing independent media, replacing critical judges, and putting academia on a leash,” she said.

      “Individuals close to the government have been enriching themselves, their friends and family members at the expense of Hungarian and European taxpayers. The Hungarian people deserve better.”

      Amnesty International’s expert on human rights in the EU, Berber Biala-Hettinga, hailed the vote as “historic”.

      “The European Parliament rightly stood up for the Hungarian people and for the EU. They made it clear that human rights, the rule of law and democratic values are not up for negotiation,” she said.

      Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said that he would have voted for the measure if he was an MEP.

      “The European Commission is using the tools we have, launching infringement procedures against countries that don’t respect EU law. [I] am in harmony with today’s decision,” he said through a spokeswoman’s Twitter account.

    • France: Hungary a ‘sore loser’ after Article 7 vote – MEP Sargentini

      Dutch GreenLeft MEP Judith Sargentini held a press conference in Strasbourg on Wednesday, following the European Parliament’s decision to trigger Article 7 against Hungary over accusations of failing to guarantee European values.

      The report drafted by Dutch GreenLeft MEP Judith Sargentini accuses the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of breaching EU values, and calls for the opening of the Article 7 procedure which may ultimately lead to a member state losing its voting rights in the European Council.

    • France: MEPs approve report calling on sanctions against Hungary

      The European Parliament in Strasbourg voted on Wednesday in favour of a report that calls on member states to begin sanction proceedings against Hungary over accusations of failing to guarantee European values.

      The report drafted by Dutch GreenLeft MEP Judith Sargentini accuses the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of breaching EU values, and calls for the opening of the Article 7 procedure which may ultimately lead to a member state losing its voting rights in the European Council.

    • ‘Nuclear option’: EU Parliament triggers Article 7 against Hungary

      The EU Parliament has voted in favor of triggering Article 7, which would allow punitive measures against Hungary over its migration policies and “media suppression.” Budapest fired back, calling the vote “petty revenge.”

  19. The personal belongings of a WikiLeaks associate who has been missing for three weeks have been found at sea.

    Arjen Kamphuis left his hotel in Bodoe, Norway, where he was on holiday, on 20 August and has not been seen since.

    His belongings were found by a fisherman on 11 September, in an area east of the town.

    Police and the Red Cross are now searching the area where the belongings were found with a rescue vessel.

    Norwegian police said: “Due to the ongoing investigation the police do not at this time wish to release any information about which specific items that have been found.”

    Officers have no main theory about his disappearance, and have not determined whether he was the victim of a criminal act.

  20. ‘Threats of Rape and Strangling’ Force D.C. McAllister Into Hiding After Anti-Abortion Tweet

    Last week, PJ Media contributor and Fox News guest Denise McAllister sent out a powerful tweet denouncing the abortion movement. Little did she know, days later she would be in hiding, scared for her life. When she went public about receiving death and rape threats, pro-abortion Twitter users championed the threats against her.

    “At the root of [abortion] hysteria is women’s unhinged desire for irresponsible sex. Sex is their god. Abortion is their sacrament,” McAllister tweeted. “It’s abhorrent as women have flung themselves from the heights of being the world’s civilizing force to the muck and mire of dehumanizing depravity.”

  21. Ken Starr: I have confidence in Mueller, concerns about those around him

    Former independent counsel Ken Starr says that he has faith in Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election, but not necessarily in the officials at the Justice Department that are surrounding the probe.

    Starr, who led the investigation into former President Clinton’s sexual misconduct with Monica Lewinsky, on Monday told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that he was not comfortable with claims that Mueller is “surrounded” by partisan Democrats in the agency.

    “No, I’m not,” Starr tells Carlson when asked if he was comfortable with the career agents surrounding Mueller. “I have great confidence in Bob Mueller as a person, so I’m in the school that Mueller is a good and decent man.”

  22. Young Jackals Rob Convenience Store After Clerk Collapses To The Floor Unconscious

    Police have identified the man and the two teenagers who did not call for help when a clerk collapsed Saturday afternoon inside a Washington convenience store. The youths, however, took the opportunity to raid the cash register and steal merchandise while the stricken man was on the floor.

    A surveillance camera recorded the incident at a Shell gas station in Auburn, a city 25 miles south of Seattle. The video, seen above, prompted multiple members of the public to contact police with the identities of the trio.

    As seen in the video, a clerk named Zarif appears to argue with one of the teens about items consumed in the store. After the clerk came out from behind the counter, he collapsed into a SmartWater display stand (at the 2:20 mark of the video).

  23. Chicago sets up universal income task force as city seeks ways to tackle poverty

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will form a task force that will consider implementing the so-called “universal basic income” program in the city, as the embattled mayor seeks to cement his progressive legacy after promising not to run for another term.

    The idea for the program, which would make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, has been floated around in the city for months now.

    Back in June, Chicago’s North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar introduced a resolution calling upon the mayor to launch the pilot of the program and pay 1,000 families $500 every month.

    The new task force set up by Emanuel, according to the Chicago Tribune, will have a panel that will decide whether such welfare initiative could work in the city.

  24. Germany’s top spy under spotlight amid rise of far-right

    BERLIN (AFP) –

    Secret services typically work away from the limelight, but Germany’s top domestic spy Hans-Georg Maassen has repeatedly crashed into the public eye, with his latest outing pitting him directly against Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    After anti-migrant protests rocked the eastern city of Chemnitz, Merkel firmly condemned a “hunt against foreigners” backed by videos circulating on social media.

    But Maassen, 55, in an interview with Germany’s top-selling daily Bild last week, challenged the authenticity of at least one of the videos, sparking uproar.

  25. The Biohacker Who Experimented on Himself Is Making DIY Mutant Frogs

    Josiah Zayner will sell you a frog biohacking kit for $499.

    In this article

    Josiah Zayner cursed under his breath as blood pooled under the thin skin of his subject’s leg. He checked for vital signs: no breathing. “I think I might have got the vein on that one accidentally.”

    Zayner, who’d just administered an experimental injection, has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of Chicago, but to his patient such credentials were meaningless. The leg in question belonged to a Hyla cinerea, a small green tree frog not more than two inches long. The idea was to inject a genetic cocktail to make the frog’s muscles grow larger. A few hours later, the frog was back to its usually hoppy self, but it was touch-and-go for a while.

  26. I know it is Infowars but I can’t find any well know alternative to them, I am well aware of the irony in using Infowars as a source.

    Fahrenheit 2018: Amazon Begins Banning Controversial Books
    Roosh V’s dating advice books memory holed for unspecified offensive content

    Amazon has officially entered dystopian territory by banning an entire range of dating advice books because they violate unspecified “content guidelines.”

    Controversial author Roosh Valizadeh revealed the ban last night, tweeting, “Amazon has removed 9 of my books from sale, including my newest book Game, which was ranking in the top 1000. They won’t tell me the specific reason. Many of the books were on sale for 5+ years.”

    Valizadeh later received an email from Amazon informing him that “content guidelines” were broken, but was again given no specifics.

    “I feel like I’m in a Franz Kafka novel,” he tweeted.

    According to Amazon’s guidelines, illegal content and porn are banned (none of which appear in Valizadeh’s books), so the only guideline he could be in violation of is “offensive content”.

    “What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect,” states the guideline, a completely vague description which could literally be anything that one person deems offensive.

    “I believe the bannings began because the launch of Game was extremely successful. I sold 2,000 books in the first two days and hit the top 700 on Amazon paperback on the first day. Even before Friday’s launch, Game was already in Amazon’s top 10,000. As far as I know, Amazon didn’t receive a single complaint about the content, but they removed it anyway,” wrote Valizadeh, adding that Amazon sells all kinds of books which contain details of violent rape and sexual abuse.

    “None of my books contain child rape scenes, physical abuse, pornography, or sexual violence, and yet they were banned. Were they banned because they were effective at helping men? Was it because executives at Amazon disagree with my political opinions? Was it an action from a rogue employee? They won’t tell me,” said Valizadeh.

    The author also noted that a 2015 petition lobbying Amazon to ban his books received over 250,000 signatures at the time, suggesting that a similar effort may have been successful this time around given the intense climate of censorship against conservatives that has accelerated over the last month.

    The move has brought comparisons to Nazi book burning or dystopian classics like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, where the state had a unit of firemen dedicated to burning books.

    Back in 2009, Amazon made headlines after it erased digital copies of 1984 from Kindle devices, although that was over a copyright issue. This is much worse.

    “Did anyone reasonably foresee that Amazon of all places would ban books? It’s going to get so bad that you can’t imagine how bad it’s going to get,” tweeted Mike Cernovich.

    Apparently though according to many conservatives, so long as it’s giant corporations and not governments banning everything and removing everyone’s ability to have a platform or engage in commerce, everything’s just fine.

    Valizadeh also posted a YouTube video talking about the ban, which can be viewed below.

    The purge is now being accelerated to the next level – sabotage of commerce. This will begin with the brigading of payment processors, making it impossible for conservatives and free thinkers to sell products, and will end with people being banned from having credit cards and bank accounts altogether, as is already happening.

    Now the Washington Post is lobbying to have Infowars’ ability to engage in basic business shut down. This is not the end, it’s just the begninning.


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    • Brandon Straka, the guy who started the Walk-Away movement had planned an end-of October gathering in D.C.
      Today, Facebook shut down his account.

      I’m reading of so many Conservative FB and Twitter accounts being shut down, accounts with thousands to tens of thousands subscribers. The process has really sped up since Twitter’s Jack Dorsey’s appearance before the Congress.

      It’s quite obvious the Alphabet companies are interfering in U.S. elections by favoring the Democrats at the expense of the Conservatives, and so are the MSM (except FOX).

      • Sassy-
        Looking at a pix of Dorsey, I thought about your comment on certain facial hair and pathology.
        He’s got the strangest configuration of head-to-beard. Doesn’t look natural – or even close to normal.

  27. Italian Official Urges to Revise Rome’s Contribution to UN Budget (sputniknews, Sep 12, 2018)

    “Rome should reconsider how much funding it gives to the United Nations due to the organization’s inefficiency and double standards that were exposed in its latest dispute on migration with Rome, Italian Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Guglielmo Picchi told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    “On funds, well… It should go on, an overall UN funding restructuring. Scales of contribution should be revised. The UN is costly, inefficient and often uses double standards as we see,” Picchi said.

    Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said on Tuesday that he was upset by the “inappropriate” statement made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who criticized the Italian authorities for their tough stance on migration, particularly their refusal to accept rescue vessels with migrants on board in the country’s ports…”

  28. EU Parliament Adopts Motion to Trigger Punitive Procedure Against Hungary (sputniknews, Sep 12, 2018)

    “The procedure has been triggered under Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty; Hungary is accused by the block of impairing its values. This is the first time ever that the European Union has started this kind of procedure against a member state.

    Some 448 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the triggering of the punitive measure against Hungary, with 197 voting against and 48 abstentions. The vote took place in the Strasbourg plenary session.

    The procedure could result in Hungary being deprived of its voting rights in the Council of the European Union. The measure also opens the door for sanctions against the country. Following the EU Parliament’s approval, the motion will pass on to the leaders of the EU’s 28-member states.

    Speaking about the upcoming vote at the EU Parliament the day before, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban called it an act of revenge against the country for its refusal to take in refugees under an EU resettlement quota scheme…”

  29. White House warns Iran amid deadly attacks

    OAN Newsroom
    UPDATED 6:46 AM PT — Wed. Sept. 12, 2018

    The Trump administration sends a stern warning to Iran against any violence that harms American lives, following rocket-fire over the weekend.

    In a statement Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Middle Eastern country did not do enough to prevent recent attacks against the U.S. consulate in Basra as well the American Embassy in Baghdad.

    The violence came just hours after anti-government protesters set fire to the Iranian consulate in Iraq.

    Though there were no reports of any injuries or casualties, Sanders said the U.S. would respond “swiftly and decisively” in defense of American lives.

    Although officials did not confirm the strikes were ordered by Iran, they are believed to have been carried out by Shi’ite militants, which the White House claims are proxies that Iran has armed, trained and financed.

    For years the U.S. and Iran have backed rivaling political parties in Iraq, which have heightened tensions between the two countries.

    The attack was the first one in years to hit the “green zone,” which is an area that is home to several foreign embassies and other government buildings.

  30. It’s never too early to teach kids about ‘gender fluidity’ via ‘transgender’ puppets
    By LU Staff September 12, 2018

    Move over, “Sesame Street.” Or at least get with the program. CTV, the Canadian Television Network, has just introduced a “school-age puppet named Julia feels in her heart she’s a boy and wants to be called Julian.”

    How adorable! How forward-thinking!

    How dare them!

    This is indoctrination, pure and simple, and it is aimed at vulnerable children who are not old enough to have questions about their “gender” and, in any case, don’t exist in numbers that would justify opening a dialogue with them on the subject of “gender fluidity.”

    The article notes that the transgender puppet is is “the brainchild of the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation, a Montreal-based organization dedicated to fighting bullying.” That’s all to the good, but making the leap from bullying to transgederism is misguided, especially in light of new research that suggests that “the ‘transgender’ phenomenon … might be a ‘social contagion — a maladaptive coping technique for troubled teens, spread by peer groups and the Internet.”

  31. A rebuttal of liberal writer who asks why Trump doesn’t get that ‘protest is as American as football’
    By Howard Portnoy September 12, 2018

    Let’s pretend for a moment that Colin Kaepernick is a genuine crusader for oppressed people of color, not a former NFL quarterback whose career was on the skids and who originally sat during the national anthem as a petulant cry for attention. Let’s also pretend that young black men across America are constantly in the cross hairs of police who are just looking for an excuse to gun them down.

    That’s a lot of pretending, but if we accept both conditions, then we can also accept the premise of an article in Monday’s Washington Post by Max Boot, the title of which is “Protest is as American as football. Why doesn’t Trump get it?” In his article, Boot writes:

  32. Papadopoulos tells Hannity what he wants Americans to know

    On ‘Hannity,’ former Trump campaign aide George Papadapoulos and his wife share their experience with the Mueller probe on ‘Hannity’.

  33. Car Bomb Explosion in Iraq Kills 5 People, 32 More Injured – Reports (PHOTO) (sputniknews, Sep 12, 2018)

    “At least five people were killed and 32 more wounded in a car bomb explosion in northern Iraq, local media reported citing the Iraqi Health Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.

    According to the Al-Sumaria broadcaster, the blast hit a restaurant north of the city of Tikrit…”

  34. Germany: Schulz tells AfD leader he belongs on ‘dung heap’ of history

    The former SPD leader Martin Schulz said the co-leader of AfD Alexander Gauland belongs on the “dung heap” of German history, in the German parliament in Berlin on Wednesday.

    He said, “Mr. Gauland that bird shit is a dung heap, and that’s where you belong in German history.”

    Schulz made the comment in response to Gauland’s earlier statement, that the Nazi era was only “a bird shit” in the context of Germany’s long history.

    • Germany: SPD’s Kahrs slams ‘sad’ AfD, causes Bundestag walkout

      AfD Members of the German Bundestag stormed out of the plenary hall after SPD politician Johannes Kahrs took to the podium and condemned the AfD in Berlin on Wednesday.

      “Aside from stupid sayings, they have no content, no solutions, it is embarrassing, it is not civil. One just has to look at these sad ones here to know that there are no solutions to expect from them, but rather only division, hatred, and everything that belongs to them. Hate makes ugly, look in the mirror,” Kahrs said.

      “they fight for the rich, they fight against the pensioners, they fight against everything which holds this country together,” he continued, and added “they are not patriots, they are people who divide our social, strong, and safe state, and do not bring it forward.”

      AfD members began to walk out as Kahrs continued his speech, and returned only after he had finished. Vice President of the Bundestag Hans-Peter Friedrich admonished Kahrs, saying “I do not think it is expedient when we bring such aggressiveness into this high house.”

    • Germany: Schulz accuses AfD leader of fascist tactics in fiery immigration debate

      Former leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz lambasted co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alexander Gauland and denounced Gauland’s views as reminiscent of Nazism during a debate on immigration and far-right violence that took place in the Bundestag on Wednesday.

      “The reduction of complex political situations to one single subject, as a rule about minority groups in the country, is a traditional method of fascism. We heard this again today…

      The immigrants are to blame for everything. We have heard similar words in this house once before,” Schulz said, referring to Hitler speaking in the Reichstag.

  35. Six held in France over vegan attacks on Lille shops (BBC, Sep 12,2018)

    “Six people have been held this week over a string of vegan activist attacks in the city of Lille, officials said.

    Nine businesses, including a butcher, fishmonger, cheese shop and a McDonald’s, have had windows smashed and fake blood thrown on their walls in recent months.

    Activists also spray-painted the slogan “Stop Speciesism”, a term denouncing unethical treatment of other species.

    Five of the six detained people have since been or will now be released.

    However, the Lille prosecutor’s office set a court date in December for a detained 21-year-old woman…”

  36. Should French kids learn Arabic? ‘Halal tax’ & language courses proposed to prevent radicalization

    France’s minister of national education has expressed support for adding Arabic language to the school curriculum for French children, enraging the country’s right-wing that has warned of dire consequences if the plan goes ahead.

  37. Turkish intelligence ‘captures bombing suspect in Syria’ (BBC, Sep 12, 2018)

    “A Turkish intelligence agency has captured in Syria the chief suspect in the 2013 twin bomb attack in the border town of Reyhanli, Turkish media report.

    State-run Anadolu news agency said the National Intelligence Organisation had apprehended Yusuf Nazik, a Turkish citizen, in the port city of Latakia.

    He had confessed to “acting on orders from Syrian intelligence”, it added.

    The Syrian government has denied that it played any role in the Reyhanli attack, which left 53 people dead.

    The Turkish and Syrian governments are fighting on opposing sides in Syria’s civil war, with Ankara backing rebel forces trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad…”

  38. Richard: Calling this article interesting is a massive understatement, Damning is a much better description. It is damning in several ways, 1) it raises grave doubts about all of Bob Woodward’s work and 2) It raises grave questions about why the people who have doubted his accuracy for so long haven’t come out publicly long before this.

    Bob Woodward has a trail of accuracy issues that no one is talking about
    By Daily Caller News Foundation September 11, 2018

    Longtime journalist Bob Woodward’s best-selling new book, “Fear,” presents a scathing depiction of President Donald Trump and his ability to perform his duties as commander-in-chief.

    While senior Trump officials including Secretary of Defense James Mattis have denied quotations attributed to them in the book, media coverage of “Fear” has been largely positive, emphasizing the 75-year-old Woodward’s experience and trustworthiness.

    But that coverage has left out part of the story: repeated, credible charges — including from well-respected fellow journalists — that in previous books Woodward embellished the truth, made dubious bombshell claims, or was otherwise misleading.

    Woodward’s former editor at the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, though publicly complimentary of Woodward, privately doubted some of the more dramatic elements of Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s Watergate-era bestseller, “All The President’s Men.”

  39. Madrid Mayor: Illegal Immigrants Are ‘Heroes’, Better Workers than the Spanish (breitbart, Sep 12, 2018)

    “With Spain now the main entry point for illegal immigration from Africa, the Mayor of Madrid has hailed the influx as “extraordinarily positive” for Europe, describing newcomers as “heroes who follow their dreams”.

    “Europe trembles at the moment, with countries questioning people’s right to lodgings and human beings’ capacity to move and go where they think they should go,” Manuela Carmena told an awards ceremony in Toledo on Friday.

    “Now is the time we have to make an effort to show that our beliefs are the direct opposite when it comes to migration, which is a phenomenon extraordinarily positive for all societies,” she declared, adding: “Without migration, we would not have the world we have.”

    At the event, which marked the end of the First International Forum on Migrations and Citizen Coexistence, Carmena praised the “incredible” forum, and thanked the Socialist Workers Party and far-left Podemos-ruled local government, along with a raft of open borders NGOs for working to make Toledo a city in which “we are committed to saying loud and clear that everybody has a right to peace”.

    In an interview with, the Madrid mayoress said she did not understand why anyone would be opposed to open borders, telling the liberal-left online newspaper that migration objectively enriches the rest of the community.

    “We see that Social Security contributions go up when there are new groups of workers because they do not subtract, they add,” she said, adding that “while it is said [migrants] ‘are coming to take our jobs’”, the reality is that newcomers “often have more skills or are more willing to work” than Spaniards.

    “When people talk with migrants, it is very difficult to not feel drawn to them,” Carmena remarked, stressing her commitment in office to “breaking down stereotypes” about immigrants and encouraging dialogue between groups.

    “How can we despise a group of humans who are of such obvious value as these people, who have struggled so hard to reach countries where they can find a better quality of life?” she asked, declaring illegal immigrants to be “heroes in pursuit of their dreams”.

    Since she became mayor in 2015, the longtime Communist activist created a Diversity Unit within Madrid Police, the “main objectives” of which are reportedly “fighting to ensure equality, and to prosecute hate crimes”.

    “Officers investigate any cases of intolerance and discrimination that occur in the city of Madrid, whether a criminal offence or not,” Spanish broadsheet El Mundo reported last year.

    There has been controversy around its use, however, with the Diversity Unit ordered to allocate resources protecting Madrid mosques from hate crimes while denying protection to churches, despite there being not-infrequent attacks on Christian places of worship, including with the use of Molotov cocktails…”

  40. French Islam Reform Report Claims Radical Salafism Dominates Islamic Intellectual Circles (breitbart, Sep 12, 2018)

    “A new report advising French President Emmanuel Macron on his proposal to reform Islam in France has claimed that radical Salafism has gained a monopoly on French Islamic intellectual thought…”

  41. QUEBEC -CITY – Vandalisme anti-islam sur une exposition de photos à Limoilou

    L’unité des crimes majeurs du Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ) enquête sur un épisode de vandalisme anti-islam commis sur une exposition de photos sur la diversité culturelle à la place éphémère du pont Dorchester, à Limoilou.

    David Poitras, porte-parole du SPVQ, confirme qu’une plainte a été déposée par un citoyen mardi matin. «Dans toute plainte où il y a des soupçons de caractère haineux, c’est l’unité des crimes majeurs qui prend en charge l’enquête», précise-t-il.

    Des policiers se sont rendus sur place mardi matin pour photographier les graffitis.

    Produite par la Ville, l’exposition intitulée «Visages de la diversité» documente l’accueil des réfugiés, leurs premiers pas à Québec et le quotidien des familles immigrantes déjà établies à Québec.

    Mardi matin, plusieurs piétons qui traversaient le pont Dorchester étaient choqués par le vandalisme. «Je trouve ça vraiment dommage», a dit Michèle Jacob, estimant que le vandale était très «étroit d’esprit» et représente un certain discours d’intolérance au Québec. […]

  42. the gateway pundit – Report: THIRTEEN Different Deep State FBI Agents Fed Information to ONE LIBERAL REPORTER (VIDEO)

    Rep. Jim Jordan: Remember Stuart when Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General, did his investigation he talked about the fact that one reporter had 13 different individuals at the FBI who were feeding him information.

    So, there was certainly a leak strategy going on.

    The most troubling aspect of all of this is that, remember Devin Nunes memo about what they took to the FISA Court. They cited media reports to buttress the dossier which we know wasn’t valid, wasn’t corroborated, wasn’t credible. But they used media reports to buttress the dossier.

    They were leaking information to the media that they were then using to buttress the document that they were using to then get the warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.

  43. A Mathematician Says Activists Made His Paper Disappear Because Its Findings Offended Them
    At behest of a feminist professor, an academic journal’s board reportedly threatened to “harass the journal until it died.”
    Robby Soave|Sep. 10, 2018 9:01 am

    Bulat Silvia / Dreamstime
    Theodore Hill, a retired professor of mathematics at Georgia Tech, claims that activists successfully pressured the New York Journal of Mathematics to delete an article he had written for the academic journal because it considered a politically incorrect subject: the achievement gap between men and women at very high levels of human intelligence.

    The Greater Male Variability Hypothesis, first proposed by Charles Darwin, suggests that there are more men than women at both the bottom and the very top of the distribution for intelligence scores. More men than woman are Nobel Prize winners and chess grand champions, and more men than women are homeless, unemployed, and in prison. Men as a group express greater variability in aptitude and ability. This difference, of course, need not be innate—it could be the case that social custom and pressure has punished women for falling anywhere outside the norm.

    Writing for Quillette, Hill says that he and a co-author came up with a theoretical model that would help explain the gap, then attempted to publish a paper about their work in Mathematical Intelligencer. The paper was accepted, though the topic is controversial: Larry Summers resigned as president of Harvard University in part due to criticism he received for broaching the subject of variability at an academic conference.

    As might have been anticipated, the paper was poorly received by feminist scholars. Hill’s co-author, Sergei Tabachnikov, faced strident opposition at Penn State, where he is employed as a professor of mathematics. According to Hill:

    At a faculty meeting the week before, the Department Head had explained that sometimes values such as academic freedom and free speech come into conflict with other values to which Penn State was committed. A female colleague had then instructed Sergei that he needed to admit and fight bias, adding that the belief that “women have a lesser chance to succeed in mathematics at the very top end is bias.” Sergei said he had spent “endless hours” talking to people who explained that the paper was “bad and harmful” and tried to convince him to “withdraw my name to restore peace at the department and to avoid losing whatever political capital I may still have.”…

    The National Science Foundation eventually wrote to Tabachnikov asking him remove from the paper any acknowledgment that the NSF had helped to fund the research. This was done, according to Hill, after two Penn State academics—the chair of the climate and diversity committee, and the associate head for diversity and equity—had warned the NSF that the paper promotes ideas “detrimental to the advancement of women in science, and at odds with the values of the NSF.”

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