Reader’s Links for September 13, 2018

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  1. Bloggers React to New Jersey’s Belated Slavery Apology

    strong>New Jersey is officially sorry for slavery.

    After much emotional debate, the New Jersey Legislature passed a controversial resolution last night to apologize for slavery. The measure passed 59-8 in the Assemby and 29-2 in the Senate.

    New Jersey is the first Northern state to issue an apology, though it comes nearly 160 years after the state banned the ownership of slaves.

    The prospect of New Jersey making an apology about slavery triggered much impassioned debate, including nearly 100 comments here on Jersey Blogs.

    The majority of posters were against any form of an apology, saying it was meaningless or may lead to calls for financial reparations for descendants of slaves. But a fraction argued an apology costs the state nothing– and is long overdue from a state government that once allowed a huge slave economy to flourish in New Jersey.

    The Legislature passed the measure in its final hours, at the end of a long day that marked the end of the legislative session.

    According to the resolution, the apology covers “the wrongs inflicted by slavery and its aftereffects in the United States of America.”

    It also states:

    . . . The vestiges of slavery are ever before African-American citizens, from the overt racism of hate groups to the subtle racism encountered when requesting health care, transacting business, buying a home, seeking quality public education and college admission, and enduring pretextual traffic stops and other indignities.

    Bloggers are still split on whether New Jersey did the right thing.

    NR: What perfect fuel for one of the world’s most finely-tuned grievance industries.

    • Expect the claims to come flooding in now. Such lunacy simply opens the financial floodgates to leftist ambulance chasers. They will not stop until apologizing daily by all whites is routine and mandatory for most jobs.

    • The left wins another one in a state dominated by the Dems, the left is doing so much damage to the US it will take many decades to repair what they are destroying.

  2. We all know that this tidy little lot will be knocked down at some stratospheric price tag. One only can hope that Mountain View’s superb Computer History snaps up this gem.

    Want a Piece of Tech History? An Apple-1 Computer Heads to Auction

    The Apple-1 carries some historical weight, as it was first considered as a bare circuit board to be sold as a kit by Steve Jobs and Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak. Since the kit was meant to be assembled by hobbyists who dabbled in electronics, they initially targeted Palo Alto’s Homebrew Computer Club.

    To expand the market size beyond hobbyists, Jobs spoke with the owner of one of the first personal computer stores in the world—Paul Terrell. He ran The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, and settled to buy 50 Apple-1 computers on the condition they arrived fully assembled.

    According to RR Auction, “The Apple-1 thus became one of the first ‘personal’ computers which did not require soldering by the end user. All together, over a span of about 10 months, Jobs and Wozniak produced about 200 Apple-1 computers and sold 175 of them.”

    After analyzing the device’s discrete components dates, the computer up for auction was assembled and sold by Apple in the fall of 1976 and early 1977 as a later production model. The product hasn’t been modified, and carries the follow mark on its left side reading: “Apple Computer 1, Palo Alto, Ca. Copyright 1976.”

    Pre-bidding opens Thursday, September 13, while live bidding will begin Tuesday, September 25.

    NR: The article’s URL looks a little wonky. Only one way to find out…

  3. NR: Link works yust fine. Enjoy!

    To fully appreciate the significance of Apple’s product requires a thorough reading of Walter Isaacson’s meticulously researched – The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.

    Although a wee bit top-heavy with respect to Bill Gates, overall, this book is one of the finer historical documents on what would become a world-changing technology.

    For those with a keener interest in Apple Computer, consider plowing though the author’s less fast-passed biography of Steven Jobs. This “warts-and-all” account details what some might call a “haunted genius”. For all of his brilliance, none of it redeems Jobs’ almost casual, and sometimes devastating tear-downs of employees in front of entire teams and meetings. Indiscreet Discipline is a categorical management error and has seen the removal of department heads.

    Isaacson’s outstanding documentation makes it easy to forgive any (rare) lapses in style.

  4. The monopoly-busting case against Google, Amazon, Uber, and Facebook
    What tech companies have to fear from antitrust law

    Antitrust crusaders have built up serious momentum in Washington, but so far, it’s all been theory and talk. Groups like Open Markets have made a strong case that big companies (especially big tech companies) are distorting the market to drive out competitors. We need a new standard for monopolies, they argue, one that focuses less on consumer harm and more on the skewed incentives produced by a company the size of Facebook or Google.

    Someday soon, those ideas will be put to the test, probably against one of a handful of companies. For anti-monopolists, it’s a chance to reshape tech into something more democratic and less destructive. It’s just a question of which company makes the best target.

    To that end, here’s the case against four of the movement’s biggest targets, and what they might look like if they came out on the losing end. (Note: Apple was too much of a conventional retailer to make the list, but if you’re wondering what an antitrust lawsuit against Cupertino might look like, this is a pretty good place to start.)

  5. LEAKED VIDEO: Google Leadership’s Dismayed Reaction to Trump Election

    A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe.

    The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai. It can be watched in full above. It can and should be watched in full above in order to get the full context of the meeting and the statements made.

    It was reported earlier this week that Google tried to boost turnout among the Latino population to help Hillary Clinton, only to be dismayed as the usually solid Democratic voting bloc switched to the GOP in record numbers. This video shows a similar level of dismay among Google’s most high-profile figures.

    These individuals, who preside over a company with unrivaled influence over the flow of information, can be seen disparaging the motivations of Trump voters and plotting ways to use their vast resources to thwart the Trump agenda.

  6. Twitter blocks posts that use phrase ‘illegal alien’ as ‘hateful content’

    The federal government, U.S. Supreme Court, and lawyers across the country use the word “illegal alien” to describe immigrants who illegally enter the country, because that’s the definition in the law.

    But Twitter makes its own laws, and the social media giant is now blocking folks from promoting any messages with the phrase, which its moderators apparently consider “hate speech.”

  7. German teenager arrested in gay club bomb attack plan (abcnews, Sep 13, 2018)

    “A German teenager has been arrested on suspicion he was planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack in the Frankfurt area, prosecutors said Thursday.

    Frankfurt prosecutors’ spokesman Sinan Akdogan told The Associated Press the 17-year-old was arrested by Hesse state police Sept. 1 and ordered held by a judge on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence.

    The information leading to the arrest, provided by the United States, indicated the suspect was planning to attack a gay nightclub in Frankfurt and a Catholic church in the city, according to an official with access to intelligence information, who discussed it on condition of anonymity.

    Akdogan would not comment on the target or the source of the information, citing the ongoing investigation, but said state police had been acting on information received through Germany’s domestic intelligence agency.

    At the time of his arrest, the suspect had instructions on how to make explosives known as TATP and was trying to procure chemicals online, Akdogan said.

    It was not clear how advanced the preparations were but Akdogan said small amounts of chemicals were found during a search of the suspect’s home in Florstadt, northeast of Frankfurt.

    The suspect’s name was withheld for privacy reasons and Akdogan said he could not give further details on the planned attack…”

  8. Indonesian court rules militant guilty of terrorism (abcnews, Sep 13, 2018)

    “An Indonesian court has sentenced an Islamic militant to 11 years in prison for conducting training in preparation for a terrorist attack.

    Wawan Kurniawan was arrested by the anti-terror squad last October in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province.

    The West Jakarta District Court ruled Thursday that Wawan was guilty of a terrorist crime.

    Wawan was the local leader of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, an Indonesian militant network affiliated with the Islamic State group that has been implicated in attacks in the country.

    He is accused of having provoked a riot in May at a police detention center near Indonesia’s capital that left five officers and a prisoner dead…”

  9. Turkish central bank raises rates to stem currency crisis (abcnews, Sep 13, 2018)

    “Turkey’s central bank on Thursday raised its key interest rate sharply, from 17.75 percent to 24 percent, to contain inflation and stem a currency crisis.

    The bank raised its one-week repo rate significantly despite President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s renewed and public insistence that interest rates should not be increased.

    The Turkish lira began to recover shortly after the rate hike, strengthening by 3.4 percent to 6.18 against the dollar…”

  10. Denmark: Majority Agree Asylum Should Focus on Repatriation, Not Integration (breitbart, Sep 13, 2018)

    “The majority of Danes have said they back immigration proposals which would shift the focus of asylum policy to repatriating refugees when the conflict ends, rather than their integration into Denmark.

    A Voxmeter poll conducted for news service Ritzau found that 54 percent of respondents agree with the “paradigm shift” in migration policy which has long been advocated by the populist Danish People’s Party (DF), the nation’s second largest electoral force.

    Only 24 percent of people surveyed disagreed with the proposal, which said asylum in Denmark must be a temporary thing and that policy should focus on refugees’ repatriation, once conflict ends, rather than their integration as a permanent citizen.

    The proposal largely has the support of both Denmark’s liberal governing party, Venstre, and the Social Democrats, the nation’s largest party and primary centre-left opposition, with the only difference from DF’s stance being that they believe it is not necessary to block refugees from work or accessing education in order to ensure their repatriation.

    “The idea is that we equip them with skills while they are requiring asylum, and then when their country is safe they can return home and help with the rebuilding effort,” said Venstre immigration spokesman Marcus Knuth.

    Only one-tenth of the 100,000 asylum seekers to have arrived in Denmark over the past decade have so far returned home, according to Berlinske. But the newspaper said that Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen last month promised to draw up new immigration rules this autumn with input from DF.

    The survey results were welcomed by DF immigration spokesman Martin Henriksen, who said he was proud of his party’s role in “putting this issue on the political agenda”.

    With the nation having taken a significantly tough line on third world migration and problems the phenomena brings than its European neighbours, Denmark’s immigration politics bear little resemblance to those in Sweden, with Danish foreign minister Michael Aastrup Jensen saying “it is like [political parties in the two nations] live in different worlds”…”

    • Denmark: Majority Agree Asylum Should Focus on Repatriation, Not Integration

      Somebody grew a brain! There’s ZERO obligation for a tiny nation like Denmark to absorb an absurdly broad spectrum of incompatible (if not completely countercultural) “immigrants” at any point in space or time.

      Silly me!

  11. Unease, anger in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, Iran’s beating heart

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Just one shop among the thousands in Tehran’s sprawling Grand Bazaar can offer a tableau of the darkening mood descending across Iran as American sanctions again take hold.

    A salesman who wants to move to Europe for a better life shows off his pots and pans to a mother now struggling to pay for the gifts she wanted before her daughter’s marriage amid the collapse of Iran’s rial currency. Another salesman loudly blames internal politics and corruption for the country’s woes. Muttered curses and even shouts against the government follow the journalists talking to them.,-anger-in-Tehran's-Grand-Bazaar,-Iran's-beating-heart

    • Unease, anger in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, Iran’s beating heart

      Stop a tick and try to imagine the millions of dollars which change hands in the Grand Bazaar, every single day of the week.

      The ayatollahs and mullahs can prop themselves up in their majlis all they want but, remember, follow the money. Qui bono?, is a distant second, in this particular case.

      • The IRGC have the most assets – by FAR.
        The Grand Bazaar is _peanuts_ in comparison.

        And the IRGC have a near monopoly on serious hardware and tightly organized, vicious internal security forces. Regular army, navy, and police exist, but they’re kept weak and serve mostly on the periphery.

        This will be a tough slog. Don’t count on a quick economic collapse and a unified uprising. We’re doing what we can to help, but MEK isn’t the answer and the Iranian diaspora remains divided.

  12. ECHR Rules British Mass Surveillance Regime Violates European Law (breitbart, Sep 13, 2018)

    “Europe’s human rights court has handed a partial victory to civil rights groups challenging the legality of government surveillance programs.

    The European Court of Human Rights ruled that some aspects of British surveillance regimes violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

    Thursday’s ruling is not final and can be appealed…”

  13. Controversial ‘Anti-Islam’ Book Shoots to Top of German Best Seller List (breitbart, Sep 13, 2018)

    “A new book that is highly critical of Islam is now the number one bestselling non-fiction book in Germany, selling well over 100,000 copies less than two weeks after its initial release.
    The book, entitled Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impedes Progress and Threatens Society, is the latest from former Social Democrat (SPD) politician and former member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Thilo Sarrazin. Hostile Takeover now leads Der Spiegel‘s bestseller list for non-fiction.

    Mr Sarrazin is no stranger to controversy in Germany, having already published a harsh criticism of the country’s multicultural experiment entitled Germany Abolishes Itself in 2010. He has also become a leading thinker in Germany’s new right, which is largely centred around the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD).

    The new work by the former SPD politician has also seen its own share of problems, having originally been picked up by publisher Random House which decided earlier this year they did not want to release the book. The move forced Sarrazin to take Random House to court and publish the book with FinanzBuch Verlag, instead.

    During a press conference on August 30th to announce the sale of the book, Sarrazin said: “Everything has been worse than I predicted eight years ago.” He was joined by SPD politician Heinz Buschkowsky who described one of the main theses of the book which examines the higher on average birthrate of Muslims in Germany.

    Buschkowsky also described Sarrazin’s proposal to reform the asylum laws in which he recommends asylum seekers be kept in transfer zones and that a decision on their claim should come no later than 30 days after their application saying the current asylum law had “degenerated into a gateway to illegal migration”.

    Reactions to the book on Amazon have been overwhelmingly positive but divided with 78 percent of reviews giving the book five stars while 17 percent gave it one star.

    German media opinion has also been mixed, with right-wing newspaper Junge Freiheit giving the book a glowing review, while most other mainstream media outlets have criticised the book, claiming it not to be entirely factual, or having taken facts out of context.

    In one review, for broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Islam expert Ulrich von Schwerin slammed Sarrazin saying: “His whole book shows that he is not concerned with the peaceful formation of coexistence, but rather with speaking the strict separation of peoples and stopping the immigration of Muslims.””

  14. Chechen Minor Arrested in France After Pledging Loyalty to Islamic State (breitbart, Sep 13, 2018)

    “An underage Chechen migrant boy was arrested this week by French authorities after he had pledged on social media to join Islamic State.

    The Chechen migrant, who attended Ingres College in Montauban, was arrested earlier this week and placed into custody at a police station in Toulouse. In the city of Beziers, another Chechen man, whose age has yet to be made public, was also arrested charges of conspiracy to join a terrorist organisation, La Dépêche reports.

    Officers of the DGSI, the Directorate General of Internal Security, France’s domestic intelligence agency, raided the family apartment of the younger Chechen who has Russian nationality and seized various electronic devices including computers.

    According to investigators, the Chechen filmed himself dressed up as a jihadist fighter swearing allegiance to the Islamic State terror group and posting the video on an unnamed social media platform.

    According to historian Christian Osthold, Chechens in neighbouring Germany who also had links to Islamic State were starting to dominate the Islamist scene in the region of Brandenburg late last year.

    A report from the Brandenburg State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the state’s domestic spy agency went as far to claim jihadists from Chechnya were using Germany, “as a rest and retreat area.”

    Underage jihadists and radicalised children have also been noted as a serious threat by some like Wolfgang Trusheim, head of the Frankfurt state police, who, in 2016 warned that children to radical Salafist parents posed a future terror risk.

    There have also been claims that the Islamic State leadership have considered sending radicalised children to Europe posing as asylum seekers in order to carry out attacks.

    Captured French jihadist Jonathan Geffroy spent time with the most senior French members of the terror group, Jean-Michel and Fabien Clain, and said the pair spoke of such a tactic.

    “I know that future external operations will be committed by children who grew up in the area and who, after adolescence, will be sent to the West,” Geffroy said.”

  15. Imran Awan allegedly tried to ‘hide his money’ while in negotiations with DOJ
    By Daily Caller News Foundation September 12, 2018

    Embattled former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan has as recently as weeks ago attempted to get someone to create an LLC to hide the ownership of real estate, and two people to buy a $40,000 gold bar for him, sources told The Daily Caller News Foundation. This while his lawyer has told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran “doesn’t have a pot to piss in.”

    “He is totally unable to work and does not have a pot to piss in,” Imran attorney Chris Gowen wrote in a Feb. 27 email to TheDCNF.

    Imran, who along with wife Hina Alvi worked as a server administrator for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has been the target of an FBI investigation since the House Inspector General alleged in September 2016 that he made “unauthorized access” to House servers and systematically falsified congressional financial records. Prosecutors have charged Imran and Alvi with bank fraud related to a House retirement account and a mortgage after the FBI said Imran impersonated his wife and initiated a $300,000 wire transfer to Pakistan, claiming it was for a funeral.

    Investigators say the alleged congressional fraud may extend to millions of dollars. The FBI is in possession of hundreds of “Suspicious Activity Reports” detailing unusual transfers from Imran’s bank accounts, officials said.

  16. Trump Derangement Syndrome reaches new heights: Professor shoots himself to protest Trump
    By Ben Bowles September 12, 2018

    All I can say is “He missed.”

    According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mark J. Bird, an emeritus professor at the College of Southern Nevada, is facing charges for discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, all felonies. The charges, which have yet to be filed, are all “in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes.” The victim? Himself.

    • The victim? Himself.

      As a sufficiently skilled joke-writer myself, I can see the bent axle humor Ben Bowles is seeking to transmit. However, regardless of any self-inflicted injury or not of M. Bird, the REAL VICTIM was American society to experience one more Lowering-of-the-Bar for the criteria which defines genuine Civility.

  17. Being Spat at, Punched: Jail Time Doubled for Assaults on UK Emergency Workers (sputniknews, Sep 13, 2018)

    “For the first time, legislation protecting police officers against assault in the UK will be extended to anyone carrying out the work of an emergency service.

    The UK Ministry of Justice has announced the maximum sentence for assault against emergency workers in Britain will double from 6 to 12 months in prison.

    As a new law backed by government received the Royal Assent on Thursday, it will provide legal protection for police, prison officers, custody officers, fire service personnel, search and rescue services and paramedics.

    “Unfortunately I hear about cowardly attacks on police officers and firefighters all too often — they serve as a constant reminder of the threats that these public servants have to face, and this government will always stand with our emergency services,” Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said in a statement.

    The politician added that the new legislation will “ensure judges can properly punish those despicable individuals who think it’s acceptable to assault these hard-working men and women.”.

    In 2017, over 26,000 assaults on police officers and over 17,000 on NHS staff have been committed in the UK.

    In the last several years, assaults on prison officers rose by 70%, with an 18% increase experienced by firefighters in the past 2 years.

    Chris Bryant MP, who lobbied the new bill, called the increase in the “tide of attacks on emergency workers” a national scandal.

    “All too often attackers get away with little more than a slap on the wrist. I hope this new law will help put a stop to that attitude. An attack on an emergency worker is an attack on all of us and attackers should face the full force of the law. Now it is for the prosecuting authorities and the courts to play their part in putting a stop to the violence, so that emergency workers can get on doing their job in peace,” the politician said…”

  18. Turkey’s Diyanet spends $1.6 million to repair mosques in northern Syria (turkishminute, Sep 13, 2018)

    “Turkey’s top religious authority has spent over 10 million Turkish lira ($1.6 million) to repair mosques and religious buildings damaged in northern Syria, the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

    In a new report titled “Syria Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch Activity Report,” the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) provided details on its activities in the fields of humanitarian aid, religion and education in northern Syria.

    The directorate repaired 108 mosques damaged during armed conflict in Jarabulus, Azaz, Al-Bab, Rai, Mare, Turkman Bareh, Ihtimlat and Ahterin, according to the report.

    It spent over 10 million Turkish lira ($1.6 million) on restoration and renovation.

    The Diyanet released 30 videos in Arabic on social media in order to counteract the religious views of Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL]) terrorist group, the report said.

    The foundation also delivered leaflets to locals in the fight against the exploitation of religion and violence. In order to fill the gap in religion caused by the conflict, Qurans in Kurdish were also supplied, it added…”

  19. DAILY MAIL – Bullies told young boy ‘Get on your knees and pray to Allah’ as they beat him up as he lay helpless on the ground

    Bullies beat up a young boy in a park and told him ‘get on your knees and pray’
    Thugs thugs kicked and punched the boy while he lay helpless on the ground
    Mobile phone footage shows them savagely attacking in Feltham, Middlesex

  20. France – Biggest Newspapers Refuse To Identify Paris Stabber Who Attacked 7

    To show you the extent of political correctness in France under President Macron, we invite you to surf to the websites of Le Figaro and Le Monde, the two biggest newspapers in France and do a research for the name Shafiullah Mir Zaman Noorzada, named in the British press as the illegal migrant from Afghanistan who stabbed 7 people in Paris on Sunday.

    According to the French press, there are ‘0’ articles available for anyone with that name.

    This is surprising given that the British press had no issue releasing the name of the man who also stabbed 2 British tourists in their fifties who are still in critical condition in hospital.

    […]The picture of Mr. Noorzada, taken by one of the 20 men who overpowered him during the chase on Sunday (see our related coverage) could be seen on a mobile phone readily available on social media.

    […]This Sunday he attacked seven strangers using a 15-inch kitchen knife and an iron bar near a cinema in the north of the French capital Paris.

    […]An unnamed Paris police source said to the British press: “He has mental problems, and relied on cocaine he could smoke.

    “At present he denies all knowledge of what happened on Sunday, saying he can’t remember where he was or what he was doing.”

    Toxicology tests, however, released by the Paris prosecutor’s office have established that Mr. Noorzada was not on drugs at the time of the attack.

    Terrorism is however still being ruled out in the Noorzada case, with violence caused by drug use currently seen as the motive.

    more :


    DIALY MAIL – Revealed: Knifeman who stabbed two British tourists and five other people in Paris is a homeless crack addict illegal migrant from Afghanistan

    Man arrested over Paris stabbing was carrying papers identifying him as 31-year-old Afghani Shafiullah Mir Zaman Noorzada, investigating source says
    He was born close to Pakistan and came to France last year without permission
    Noorzada had mental health issues and is known as a crack addict, source added
    He allegedly stabbed seven people including two Britons who remain in hospital

  21. US Open Umpire Carlos Ramos Breaks Silence After Serena Williams Debacle; Officials Reportedly Considering Boycott Of Williams’ Matches

    The US Open’s women’s finals on Saturday took a political turn when second place finisher Serena Williams went apoplectic over controversial calls against her by umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she absurdly smeared as a sexist.

    While Williams was immediately backed by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and hailed as a hero by countless feminists and the establishment media, Ramos kept quiet, as International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules bar umpires from commenting on their matches.

  22. Hungary Defiant in the Face of EU Censure

    by Soeren Kern
    September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

    The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the European Union’s “fundamental values.” The EU has accused the Hungarian government of attacks against the media, minorities and the rule of law.

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has denied the charges, and said they are a retaliation for his government’s refusal to take in migrants from the Muslim world.

    The censure represents another salvo in a showdown between pro- and anti-EU forces over populism and nationalism ahead of European Parliament elections in May 2019.

    During a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on September 12, MEPs voted 448-to-197 — by a margin of more than two-thirds — to trigger Article 7 against Hungary. It was the first time that such parliamentary action has been taken against an EU member state; the move can ultimately lead to Hungary losing its voting rights in EU institutions.

  23. Turkey bans use of foreign currency in property market (BBC, Sep 13, 2018)

    “Turkey is banning the use of foreign currencies in the country’s property market as it looks to stem the dramatic fall of its own currency, the lira.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree on Thursday announcing that contracts for sales, rent and leasing must in future be made in lira.

    Mr Erdogan has previously urged Turks to sell their dollars and euros.

    The move came as Turkey’s central bank increased interest rates sharply in an attempt to curb the tumbling lira.

    The currency has lost almost a third of its value against the dollar since January.

    Thursday’s decree, which was published in the government’s official gazette, said all current agreements in the property sector made in foreign currencies must be changed within 30 days.

    Rental and sale agreements in Turkey are often offered in euros and dollars to foreigners living in the country.

    However, the property and construction market has become a concern for investors worried that Turkish companies that borrowed heavily to profit from a boom may struggle to repay loans in foreign currencies, as the weakened lira means there is now more to pay back.

    In a speech to a traders’ confederation in the capital, Ankara, Mr Erdogan said on Thursday that nobody should carry out business in foreign currency apart from exporters and importers.

    He also criticised Turkey’s central bank, accusing it of failing to control inflation and urging it to cut interest rates just hours ahead of its announcement that it was raising rates to 24%.

    “As of today I have not seen the central bank fix inflation rates as they promised,” Mr Erdogan said.

    “Interest rates are the cause, inflation is the result. If you say ‘inflation is cause, the rate is the result’, you do not know this business, friend,” he added.

    Turkey’s lira jumped sharply following news of the rate increase…”

        • Far too bad is to know whichever rugged “individuals” have been needed to secure such a “stretch” or ever will need again such vital coverage.

          Get me some Proud Boys to please purchase a clue and, maybe, ALL of Us can “Make the Change”™.

          Whatever “Change” we’re discussing had best not be involving causing parts of Europe to spill its blood one time too many.

          Already, we are too late and a dollar short (with no offensive intended). Please give us your typically amazing.


  24. Nigeria gunmen kill cinema-goers in Zamfara (BBC, Sep 13, 2018)

    “Gunmen have attacked a cinema in Nigeria’s north-western Zamfara State, killing 11 people and injuring more than 20, witnesses and hospital sources told the BBC.

    The suspected armed bandits opened fire at a village hall, where residents gather at night to watch films.

    The cinema-goers panicked, many escaped with multiple gunshot wounds or broken bones, according to witnesses.

    Amnesty International has warned about the escalating violence in the area.

    It is not clear why the cinema was targeted, but villages in Zamfara State have come under heavy attack from armed bandits in recent months.

    Witnesses say the attackers arrived in the village of Badarawa on foot on 12 September before heading to the hall, known as a viewing centre.

    Hospital sources says some of the victims’ injuries are life-threatening, while the dead have already been buried.

    The police say security personnel have been deployed to track down the assailants.

    Nearly 400 people have been killed in the state this year amid an increase in robbery, killings, and kidnappings for ransom, according to the rights group Amnesty.”

  25. Number of terrorists brought to justice reaches 10-year high as police reveal they are currently investigating a record 650 live cases (dailymail, Sep 13, 2018)

    “The number of terrorists being brought to trial has reached a 10 year high as police announced they have 650 live investigations into ‘dangerous individuals’.

    A total of 100 suspects were brought before the courts on terror charges between the end of June 2017 and June 2018, up nearly 40% on the previous year.

    Scotland Yard chiefs say the 650 ongoing terror probes is the highest ever – with 13 plots foiled in the past year.

    The number of arrests for terrorism-related activity was more than 350, although that was down by a fifth on the previous year, Met Police statistics reveal.

    The drop in arrest stats is partly explained by the fact that four of the five large terror attacks which hit Britain in 2017 – Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park – happened before the end of June and resulted in a wave of arrests.

    Counter-terror police senior national co-ordinator, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, said: ‘We may have seen a reduction in the number of arrests in the last 12 months, but we should put that in context by saying that we prevented 13 Islamist-related and four extreme right-wing plots since March 2017, so it certainly doesn’t indicate a reduction in the threat we all face from terrorism.

    ‘The step-change in terrorist activity is matched only by an increased effort from police and security services, and our officers are working incredibly hard to protect the public and to bring people to justice, which is evidenced by the impressive conviction rate achieved in the last year.’

    White suspects accounted for 38 per cent of terror related arrests, followed by those of Asian appearance on 37 per cent and black suspects on 9 per cent.

    A number of chilling terror plots have come before the courts in the last year, including Naa’imur Rahman’s plans to bomb the gates of Downing Street and assassinate Theresa May in the ensuing chaos.

    Parsons Green bomber Ahmed Hassan handed him a life sentence with a minimum term of 34 years.

    Earlier this year, self-styled teacher Umar Haque was jailed for attempting to radicalise children and train them to carry out terrorist attacks.

    And in July, a court heard how National Action, a far-right group, planned to murder a Labour MP.”

  26. LEAKED VIDEO: Google Leadership’s Dismayed Reaction to Trump Election (breitbart, Sep 13, 2018)

    “A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe.

    The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai. It can be watched in full above. It can and should be watched in full above in order to get the full context of the meeting and the statements made.

    It was reported earlier this week that Google tried to boost turnout among the Latino population to help Hillary Clinton, only to be dismayed as the usually solid Democratic voting bloc switched to the GOP in record numbers. This video shows a similar level of dismay among Google’s most high-profile figures.

    These individuals, who preside over a company with unrivaled influence over the flow of information, can be seen disparaging the motivations of Trump voters and plotting ways to use their vast resources to thwart the Trump agenda.

    Co-founder Sergey Brin can be heard comparing Trump supporters to fascists and extremists. Brin argues that like other extremists, Trump voters were motivated by “boredom,” which he says in the past led to fascism and communism.

    The Google co-founder then asks his company to consider what it can do to ensure a “better quality of governance and decision-making.”

    VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker argues that supporters of populist causes like the Trump campaign are motivated by “fear, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.”

    Later, Walker says that Google should fight to ensure the populist movement – not just in the U.S. but around the world – is merely a “blip” and a “hiccup” in a historical arc that “bends toward progress.”

    CEO Sundar Pichai states that the company will develop machine learning and A.I. to combat what an employee described as “misinformation” shared by “low-information voters.”

    Key moments from the video can be found at the following timestamps:…..”

  27. Imam: ‘We want the police to have an active role within mosques’ (thetelegraphandargus, Sep 12, 2018)

    “The desire for police to “play an active role” within Bradford’s mosques was discussed at a meeting designed to build stronger relationships between officers and residents.

    The Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team visited the Al-Hikam Institute, in Bull Royd Lane, for a talk and tour with leading Imam, Muhammed Asim.

    The Imam, who has nearly 200,000 followers on Facebook, briefed the officers on certain issues faced by mosques, as well as wanting to make them feel comfortable in this kind of setting. He said: “Mosques need to act actively with the police and vice versa. Visiting churches, synagogues, mosques, it comes under their job description.” He added: “One officer said before this, he didn’t feel comfortable coming into a mosque, but now he does. That’s my job.”

    Imam Asim has spoken out in the past about dangerous driving and the “gangster lifestyle” within the Muslim community and feels police can help support tackling these issues.

    He said: “With everything going on, the mosque and police need to play an active role, there needs to be strategies in place which can work effectively and comfortably.”

    The officers, fully clad in police uniform, were invited to interact with children who were taking part in a sermon at the mosque that evening.

    Police Sergeant, Jodie Scatchard, tweeted about the event saying: “Great evening tonight, building stronger relationships within the community we work.” Such relationships are important for the general safety of mosques, as well as safety during annual events such as Bonfire Night, according to Imam Asim. He said: “You never know when a mosque will be targeted.”

    The hope is that police will be able to help protect the mosques, as well as feeling comfortable to enter a mosque in order to deal with an incident.

    In this sense, the Imam mentioned that the evening was useful for tackling potential taboos. He said: “We want the police to have an active role within mosques, checking up while keeping the sanctity. We spoke of issues of walking past people who are praying – if needs be, [police] may need to wear shoes to defuse a situation. We gave a perspective from the mosque and how to deal with that.”

    The event was also good for dispelling distrust of the police, according to the Imam. He said: “Absolutely, it’s a positive event, especially for Bradford. Police are working with mosques within Bradford – we’re building a bridge and breaking barriers between police and mosques.”

    According to the Imam, some of these barriers include a lack of police presence around mosques, or advertisement of such activity. But, he hopes this successful “team-bonding” session will be the beginning of a widespread dialogue between police and the mosques of Bradford.

    West Yorkshire Police – Bradford West tweeted their thanks to the mosque and Imam. The tweet said: “Was great to take the team to meet @ImamAsimH this evening, and we are looking forward to continuing to work together.””

  28. Mark Zuckerberg Declares War On Free Thought

    September 11, 2018 By Conn Williamson

    What else is new? The undeniable and unchallenged lord of the F***book empire continues to carelessly brandish an arrogant and childish world view along with the majority of the tech industry, because, well, he can. His recent open letter to society cements a snarky claim that he is holier than thou. As for the rest us ingrates, we are just plain stoopid and still can’t wrap our head around this whole internets thing.

    From the heavily fortified catacombs of his Hawaiian estate and operations center, surrounded by a controversial 6? foot high Medieval-style wall in an underwhelming tribute to Game of Thrones, the $70 billion dollar social network tycoon continues to employ subversive measures and aggressive disinformation campaigns in a lame attempt to detach the company from an array of serious transgressions, ranging from enacting horrendous corporate policy to the illegal handling of personal data.

  29. Khan’s London: Stabbings, Shootings Now Biggest Share of Air Ambulance Emergencies (breitbart, Sep 13, 2018)

    “As Mayor Sadiq Khan’s popularity plunged this week amidst an epidemic of violence in the capital, new figures from London’s Air Ambulance revealed gun and knife casualties now make up the largest share of emergency callouts.

    Data published Thursday showed that 263 of the 822 patients, or 32 percent, treated by airborne trauma specialists and paramedics in the first six months of 2018 were victims of stabbings or shootings…”

  30. Turkey Court Rejects Muslim Demand to Open Hagia Sophia for Islamic Prayer (breitbart, Sep 13, 2018)

    “Turkey’s top court on Thursday turned down a plea to open the Hagia Sofia, an Istanbul landmark that is now a museum after serving as both a church and a mosque over its long history, for Muslim worshipping.

    The Constitutional Court rejected an association’s demand that the Hagia Sophia be opened for Muslim prayers on “non-competence” grounds, indicating it was not the proper instance to allow any change, the official Anadolu news agency reported.

    In its plea, the association had claimed that barring prayers at Hagia Sophia was breaching the right to freedom of expression and conscience.

    The Haberturk website said that the demand had come from an independent Turkish heritage association.

    The Hagia Sophia was turned into a museum accessible to all by the secular founders of modern Turkey in the 1930s. Secular Turks are wary of any moves to re-Islamise the building or have it reconsecrated as a mosque.

    There has in recent years under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan been an increase in Muslim activity inside the museum, with Koran readings taking place on occasion…”

  31. Over 150 irregular migrants held across Turkey (AA, Sep 13, 2018)

    “At least 168 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, security sources said on Thursday.

    In the northwestern province of Canakkale, gendarmerie units held 98 irregular migrants, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

    The migrants, including women and children, were from Afghanistan, the sources added.

    Separately, Turkish Coast Guard units held 56 people who were attempting to cross to Greek Islands via a rubber boat in the Aegean province of Mugla’s Bodrum district.

    Among the migrants were Iraqi, Palestinian, Yemeni, Somali, and Syrian nationals…”

  32. Trans Activists Demand Political Opponents Be Sent To Gulags
    Jessica Cambridge –
    Sep 12, 2018

    Pro-trans activists at a top London university are calling for their conservative political enemies to be sent to Soviet-style gulags for refusing to support “trans rights.”

    The “Goldsmiths LGBTQ” club last Goldsmith University made the bizarre threat on Twitter, after they were criticized by special ed teacher, Claire Graham, for the club’s plan to threaten feminist academics who the club claimed were prejudiced against transgenders.

    Goldsmiths LGBTQ said that the ideas of “anti-trans bigots” must be “eradicated through re-education.”

    Graham responded, “I said that I thought their choice of language, in talking about lists and purging people was intended to shut down debate about trans people and the law. I then received unpleasant and dehumanising threats about being sent to the Gulag. I feel bad for other trans people because this kind of response by some makes them seem so extreme and intolerant.”

    Which is when Goldsmiths LGBTQ when on a full-throated defense of shipping political prisoners to “gulags,” claiming that shipping political opponents off to work camps is actually a “compassionate, nonviolent course of action.”

  33. California High School Tells Students to Stop ‘Racist’ Chants of ‘USA, USA’
    1 day ago

    An Orange County High School told students to stop chanting “USA, USA” because it is “racist.”

    Along with the prohibition on the chants, the school moved to block student posters reading “Build the Wall,” and We Love White.”

    The move was sparked by the signs allegedly seen at the Aliso Niguel High School football game against Santa Ana High, where Santa Ana principal Jeff Bishop claimed he saw the “racist” displays.

  34. Argentina Currency Crisis Continues
    The peso is still languishing as citizens seek to exchange for dollars fueling further declines.

    Once upon a time Argentina was riding high economically. That is especially so relative to the myriad crises the South American nation had endured. In the last year or so, however, one negative development after another has resulted in a spiraling currency, a bail out loan from the International Monetary Fund and 60 percent interest rates.

    From Fox News:

    “First, a severe drought damaged crop yields in the world’s third-largest exporter of soybean and corn. The situation worsened beginning in the first quarter of 2018 as world oil prices increased and then interest rate rises in the United States led investors to pull dollars out of Argentina.

    That caused jitters among Argentines, who have stashed away dollars as a cushion since the 2001 economic implosion, and a rush to buy scarcer dollars pushed the peso’s value down. Despite several interest rate hikes by the Argentine Central Bank, the peso has lost more than half its value in less than a year.

    President Mauricio Macri had to seek a $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. Last week, he announced a series of austerity measures, including new taxes on exports and the elimination of several government ministries. He said he would allocate more economic aid and strengthen food plans for poor Argentines.

  35. Brazil’s Economic Recovery Under Threat
    External financial pressures and internal political uncertainty make for a very fragile situation as explained in this take from Global Risk Insights…

    Internal political uncertainty and US rising interest rates have caused a two and a half year high of the dollar to real exchange rate. The dollar’s appreciation, in turn, has caused concern regarding Brazil’s economic recovery – which has been driven by its internal market – given its pressure on inflation and the possible decrease in consumption as products become more expensive.

    On September 5, the dollar hit a two and a half year high against the real closing at R$ 4,14 – the highest level since January 2016. Throughout the past few months, the dollar continued to rise and exchange offices were selling the tourism dollar – dollars sold directly to consumers – at R$ 4,32. Since January 2018 the dollar has appreciated 25% against the real.

  36. BOMBSHELL: Leftists Busted Trying To Bribe GOP Senator With $1.3 Million To Vote Against Kavanaugh
    September 12, 2018 Martin
    Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine fired back at far-left groups on Monday who have raised roughly $1 million dollars to go against her if she doesn’t vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    During an interview with Newsmax, Collins spoke about efforts from Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership to literally bribe her with $1.3 million. The two progressive groups launched a joint crowdfunding effort to give Collins’ political opponent the money if she votes for Kavanaugh.

    Collins made it clear she was not going to be intimidated by efforts to bribe and sway her decision.

  37. Turkey gives Fethullah Gulen’s foster son 30-year jail term (presstv, Sep 13, 2018)

    “A court in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa has handed down a 30-year jail term to the foster son of the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    On Thursday, the Sixth Heavy Criminal Court in the province passed the verdict against Ferhat Kucuk, who allegedly led the activities of the Gulen’s movement, branded by the Ankara government as the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), within Turkish Armed Forces in Sanliurfa.

    Kucuk, better known by the alias Vedat, was accused of “managing an armed terror organization, fraud in the public domain and forgery of official documents.”

    He denied his links to the Gulen movement during the hearing, and refuted accusations leveled at him…”

  38. TIME – Why Italy’s Matteo Salvini Is the Most Feared Man in Europe

    As evening fell on the town of Alzano lombardo in northern Italy one Sunday in early September, about 2,000 people crowded into a marquee tent. Anticipation grew as the announcer blared through a loudspeaker over the music, “Il capitano sta arrivando!”—The captain is coming!

    Il capitano was Italy’s Matteo Salvini—the far-right Interior Minister whose rocketing rise over just six months has jolted Europe’s establishment and threatens to finally upturn a political system that has reeled under a populist surge for the past three years. When Salvini finally burst onto the stage after dark in jeans and his trademark green sneakers, the crowd was spellbound. For nearly two hours, a beer in one hand, he told the audience he would seize back control of their lives from the European Union’s faceless bureaucrats. “Italians first!” he shouted, to loud cheers.

    If Salvini has his way, his campaign to reshape Europe might have only just begun. In a rare, far-ranging interview with TIME in Rome on Sept. 4, Salvini laid out a plan that would not just shake the E.U. to its foundations but also might remake it from the inside out. “Changing Europe is a big goal,” he says. “But I think it is at our fingertips.”

    The Italian election in March delivered a humbling defeat to the country’s traditional parties and put Salvini in the position of kingmaker—he chose to ally his far-right party, the League, with the first-place finisher, anti-establishment Five Star Movement. The populist coalition represents a new era in this country’s famously fractious politics. Salvini grabbed the powerful job of Interior Minister, and is now responsible for Italy’s policing, national security and immigration policies. He is not Italy’s head of government—that job is held by the Five Star Movement’s Giuseppe Conte—but he doesn’t need to be. The parade of foreign dignitaries lining up to meet Salvini leaves little doubt about who calls the shots. Salvini is now seen as the closest thing Italy has to a chief executive.

    The right-wing leader’s ambitions extend far beyond his country, however—and that’s what is sending jitters through Europe. Many see him as the leader most capable of piecing together a large group of populist, nationalist parties in Europe, one that crosses national boundaries in the name of nationalism. On Sept. 7, former White House chief strategist and proto-nationalist godfather Stephen Bannon met Salvini in Rome to discuss creating a hard-line coalition across Europe for crucial E.U. elections next May, capable of crushing the neoliberal and centrist parties that have led Brussels for decades.

    Bannon told TIME by phone on Sept. 8, after meeting Salvini in Rome, that his new Brussels-based organization, called “The Movement,” aims to capture enough seats for right-wing populists in the European Parliament in next year’s elections to allow them—at the very least—to block any further efforts at E.U. integration; he calls it “command by negation.” To Salvini, it’s more elemental. “We are working to re-establish the European spirit that has been betrayed by those who govern this union,” he says. Slipping into the first-person pronoun, he adds: “It is clear I have to change the European dynamics.”

    The populist wave in Europe has been building steadily over the past several years. Some believed it had crested with Britain’s vote to leave the E.U. in June 2016, especially after the globalist, pro-E.U. Emmanuel Macron defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen last year to become President of France. But Europe’s right-wing nationalists have not vanished into obscurity. In Hungary, Denmark, Poland and more, they have quietly slipped into parliaments or won significant numbers of votes. In Germany, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the official opposition party. Austria’s Freedom Party is now part of a coalition government. Even one of Europe’s most liberal countries, Sweden, isn’t immune—the far-right Sweden Democrats won a record 17.6% of votes on Sept. 9. In each case, the message is the same: stronger borders, drastically fewer migrants and a desire to take back control from the elites.

    These politicians are not—for now—advocating following the U.K. out of the E.U.’s door. In fact, for Europe’s leaders, they are arguing for something perhaps more hazardous to integrated Europe—a radical ideological remake, including reining in open markets and open borders, and snatching back control from Brussels over key decisions like public spending. If they succeed, they will remake a continent. Few voices are louder in the movement than that of Matteo Salvini. “I choose to change things from within,” Salvini says. “That is more difficult and longer and more complicated. But it is a more concrete solution.”

    Two days after his packed Alzano Lombardo rally, Salvini sinks into an armchair in his office inside the ornate Viminale Palace, which houses the Interior Ministry buildings in Rome. Tall, with a round face and scraggly beard, his boyish looks make him seem younger than his 45 years. He wears a red rubber wristband for his beloved AC Milan soccer team. But the green sneakers and beer are gone, replaced with the dark suit and crisp shirt of a politician in command.

    When Salvini took over the party, then titled the Northern League, in 2013, it was virtually extinct and mired in financial corruption. Its popularity was confined to only a tiny minority of northern pro-autonomy supporters. As Europe began dealing with an unprecedented influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, Salvini sensed an opportunity, broadening the League’s message to encompass a trenchant nationalism (and in the process dropping the Northern from its name). He seized on Italians’ frustrations over their debt-laden economy, sluggish growth and a more than one-third youth unemployment rate, and minted a new slogan with Trumpian echoes: “Italians first.”

    His message was impeccably timed. Years of government ineptitude had left both the mainstream right-wing, under Silvio Berlusconi, and the center-left, under Matteo Renzi, struggling for credibility. The rebels stormed into the vacuum. Although the bigger Five Star Movement finished first in elections in March, the League captured an unprecedented 17.4% share of the vote. In the six months since, polls suggest the party’s support has grown to almost a third of the electorate.

    The driving force behind the League’s explosive growth has been immigration, still a hot-button issue in Europe after the collapse of Syria precipitated the biggest exodus since WW II. Ahead of the March election, Salvini put it at the center of his campaign. He made the wildly impracticable promise to deport 500,000 undocumented immigrants from Italy—roughly the total that have landed on Italian shores since 2015. The message for migrants lining up on the other side of the Mediterranean, Salvini said, was la pacchia è finita (“the party’s over”). That resonated with many Italians in the wake of the crisis. “We don’t have jobs for Italians, so it is difficult to give jobs to these people,” says Simona Pergreffi, a League -senator from Bergamo, who then makes clear her racial objection: “Not to mention, they want to impose their religion,” she says.

    As is often the case with migration, the perception doesn’t reflect the reality. The flow of migrants across the Mediterranean has ebbed significantly since the peak of the crisis; from 1 million in 2015 to just 89,000 so far this year. A little over 18,000 arrived by sea to Italy, an 80% drop since the same period in 2017. In that context, experts say Salvini’s obsessional focus on migration doesn’t make a lot of sense. “He is a one-trick pony,” says Daniel Gros, director of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. “Yet the hysteria has increased.”

    • As Italy’s Interior Minister, Salvini now wants to suspend asylum procedures completely until the E.U. agrees on fair distribution of refugees, an issue that has deadlocked leaders in Brussels for years. He has incensed E.U. leaders by blocking NGO rescue boats from Italian ports—in August, he blocked a German-registered charity boat, the Aquarius, from disembarking 629 migrants it had rescued at sea; the vessel finally rerouted to Spain. strong>Macron called Salvini’s action “nauseating.” Weeks later, Salvini refused to allow 144 migrants, mostly Africans, to disembark from an Italian coast-guard vessel in the Sicilian port of Catania. Only after a few days of furor did he allow women and children to leave the boat.

      Salvini welcomes the outrage. Under E.U. law, migrants are obliged to settle in the first E.U. country in which they land. Salvini says that is particularly unfair for Italy, the closest point in Europe to the migrant-smuggling centers in strife-riven Libya. He says he regards the blockade as a major success, even though it violated international maritime law, as well as migration conventions to which Italy is a signatory. “If it happens again, we will behave in exactly the same way,” he says.

      Europe’s battle lines are now sharply drawn: Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel on one side; Salvini and his allies on the other. In early September, the Italian hosted Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban in his hometown of Milan. There, Orban called Salvini his “comrade in destiny,” in which the two would command one of the “two camps in Europe”—their anti–immigration side, and the liberal, global-minded one, led by their nemesis Macron. The French President returned fire: “If they want to see me as their main opponent,” he said, “they are right to do so.”

      Few would argue that the E.U’s immigration policies are working as they should. But there are strong raw racial overtones in Salvini’s promise to wall off Italy from migrants—the majority of whom are now from Africa. “History will entrust us with the role of saving European values,” he tells TIME, listing among those values, “the Judeo-Christian roots, the right to work, the right to life.” He also links migrants to crime—a charge his detractors say is a racist lie. Again, he brushes off the criticism. “If I can reduce the number of these crimes, and the presence of illegal immigrants, they can call me racist all they want.”

      If all this sounds familiar, it is probably because Salvini has drawn some crucial inspiration from another disruptive Western leader: President Donald Trump. In 2016, Salvini flew to Philadelphia to see Trump during the presidential campaign, gushing over the candidate and snapping a photo with him. Salvini tells TIME that both before and after the March elections, he met Bannon to discuss his options. The former White House policy adviser, now apparently out of favor with Trump, urged Salvini to form a coalition with the Five Star Movement to show that populism was “the new organizing principle” in Europe.

      That new “organizing principle” could, if it came to pass, result in changes that might sound familiar in the age of Trump. Salvini, for example, favors dropping Russian sanctions, which the E.U. imposed after President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea in 2014. Salvini signed a “co-operation agreement” with Putin’s United Russia Party before the March elections. “I only have an idea of having a good partnership between Russia and Europe,” Salvini says, echoing the U.S. President’s oft-repeated statement that better U.S.-Russia relations would be a “good thing.” He finds the allegations of Russian interference in elections in the U.S. and Europe “ridiculous,” he adds. “Like Trump, I would say that fake news is distributed 24 hours a day.”

      Also like Trump, Salvini often bypasses major media in favor of social media—although Facebook, and not Twitter, is his preferred means of communication. During the controversy over the migrant boats Salvini eschewed talking to the press, and instead posted a tough anti-immigration message on Facebook to his 3 million followers. It reached a total of 8 million people, he says. “That is far bigger than traditional media.”

      But there are some events Salvini cannot control. On the day TIME met him in his office in Rome, the large-screen TV screens behind him splashed the headline Chaos in Libya, as rival factions battled in the country’s capital, Tripoli. With Italy as Libya’s closest neighbor and economic partner, Salvini darted anxious looks at the screen, concerned that the fighting would send thousands more across the sea to Italy’s coast. When I ask Salvini if it had been a mistake for NATO to order bombing strikes against slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, he exclaims, “Certamenti si!… Exporting this Western model of democracy in countries that don’t want it or are not ready creates disasters,” he says. At one point, an aide shows Salvini a report blaming him for Libya’s upheaval because he has shut -Italy’s doors to migrants. Salvini shakes his head. “What the f-ck do I have to do with the chaos in Libya?” he mutters.

      In truth, not a whole lot. But the chaos in Libya and Syria, and the deep poverty elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa, has in many ways been the making of Salvini. It has propelled him and other like-minded nationalists into positions of authority across Europe. Now, they have set their sights on something potentially far more radical than even the Brexiteers have managed: the remaking of the E.U. from within, drastically changing it after decades. Closing the borders to migrants is just the start. Far-right leaders like Salvini chafe against other dictates from Brussels, like central financial regulations, and a 3% public-deficit limit. “We have had three hours of meetings on the Italian economy,” he says, referring to a cabinet meeting immediately before the interview, “always with the shadow of Brussels in the background, the European constraints, the European rules, the European numbers.”

      Elections next year for the E.U. parliament, which decides the direction of the political and social bloc, will test whether Salvini, Orban and other nationalists can build a coalition to rival the Merkel-Macron axis. The latter shows signs of fracturing; the German Chancellor is already being forced to make concessions to right-wing coalition partners. What was a battle for votes looks like a tie. Now, the battle of ideas has begun—and those who shout the loudest may be in the best position to win. “History goes in cycles,” Salvini says. “This is more than a confrontation between right and left. It is the confrontation between the elite and the people.”

      Outside the Alzano Lombardo rally on Sept. 2, Salvini’s supporters were all ears. “All our problems began with the E.U.,” says Francesca Bertocchi, 55, a furniture sales rep, as she sat waiting for Salvini to arrive. “He is the only one who says things that give us hope for the future.”


      BARI – Sept 13 2018

      • Only racists are leftwing politicians – Salvini (ansa, Sep 13, 2018)

        “Rome, September 13 – Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini on Thursday returned to the controversy caused by an announcement by Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations’ new human rights chief, that the UN wants to send a team to Italy over reports of migrants increasingly facing attacks and racism.

        “The only racists that I know are some leftwing politicians who have transformed Bari and Italy into a refugee camp,” Salvini said during a visit to the southern city of Bari.

        “They are racist against Italian people”. The leader of the rightwing League party also commented on the case after meeting Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the interior ministry in Rome.

        “We cooperate to solve problems, the total opposite of the racism alarm denounced by some ignorant people who don’t know Italy and its splendid people,” Salvini said.”

      • He seems to be bargaining with the peoples desire to end the invasion,and the fascists in Brussels will take full advantage of it to subvert the peoples will and return them to the gulag.

    • euronews – Is Salvini right to claim tuberculosis is spreading in Italy and blame immigration?

      To attack Salvini the euronews propagandist deliberately omits to mention that the article in the Italian newspaper is in fact about an illegal migrant having tuberculosis who went awol.

      …. and not like she says about a national outbreak of the infection but about the concerns of the local authorities for the risks of contagion of Italian citizens or more likely of other illegal migrants ….

      in fact she debunked her own ridiculous false assertions ….
      ( article in Italian )
      Allarme Tbc, Ciambetti: «Un immigrato malato è fuggito dalla struttura»

  39. Germany: Nazi-saluting wolf statues unveiled in Chemnitz

    An exhibition of bronze wolf statues performing the Nazi salute was unveiled in the German city of Chemnitz on Thursday, shortly after the Saxony city had been shaken by a wave of violent incidents.

    Created by artist Rainer Opolka and titled ‘The Wolves Are Back?,’ the travelling exhibition features 10 large, aggressive-looking bronze wolves, many of them doing the salute that typified the German Nazi party during the Third Reich. Some of the statues are also blindfolded.

  40. Germany: Spy chief Maassen under pressure after AfD, Amri revelations

    Germany’s domestic intelligence agency came under fire for its alleged role in the 2016 Berlin terror attack, as well as claims that its president released unpublished information to far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) during an investigative committee meeting at the Bundestag in Berlin on Thursday.

    The head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) Hans-Georg Maassen was the subject of scrutiny as he had previously maintained that the agency had no prior information regarding the attack, however, internal documents reveal that a source was placed at the mosque the suspect frequented.

  41. US Destroyer Enters Mediterranean As Syria Tensions Build; Carrier On Standby

    An American battleship, the USS Bulkeley destroyer, has reportedly entered the Mediterranean and is headed for Syria, equipped with over 50 Tomahawk missiles. This deployment comes after previous reports of the attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN-750) arriving in the Mediterranean, and after the arrival Tuesday of A U.S. Marine Corps small attack carrier full of F-35B stealth jets, the USS Essex, in the Middle East region as detailed by the military website, Task and Purpose.

    The Russian news agency Interfax now reports that American forces in the region possess up to 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles available to strike targets in Syria if ordered to do so.

    And the USS Essex, part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), has rapid deployment forces of Marine units designed for immediate amphibious landing in coastal areas, along with a advanced stealth fighter aircraft.

    Gerald Olin, commander of Amphibious Squadron of which the Essex is part, has defined the deployment’s mission as follows: “The embarked Marines of 13th MEU allow us the flexibility to rapidly respond to crises and set conditions that promote security in the region.”

    The build-up in and near the Mediterranean comes amidst a massive Russian navy presence along Syria’s coast and after two weeks of threats from US officials that America will react “swiftly and appropriately” should Assad launch a chemical weapons attack.

    Though Russian bombing over Idlib began days ago, it appears a full Syrian Army and Russian assault has been delayed partly over the objections of Turkey.

    According to Task and Purpose the agile Essex small carrier is designed for quick military action and response:

    Until recently, the U.S. had no capital ships and just one or two destroyers in the Mediterranean, but the USS Essex, a small, flat-deck aircraft carrier used to launch U.S. Marine Corps F-35B stealth jets that can take off almost vertically, just arrived off the horn of Africa, USNI News reports.

    Though the Essex remains on the opposite side of the Suez Canal from Russia’s ships in the Mediterranean, it’s a quick-moving ship. Additionally, the F-35Bs can fly about 550 miles out from the ship in stealth configurations that make them hard to detect for enemy defenses.

    Last week Russia conducted major military drills along Syria’s coast as a show of force. On Saturday footage released by Russia’s Defense Ministry showed marine special forces equipped with the latest Russian gear landing on the shores of the Syrian Latakia province.

    As part of the staged invasion, the Russian Marines used helicopters, fast attack craft and armored vehicles while landing from major amphibious ships under cover of dozens of Russian combat aircraft.

    Meanwhile, Pentagon officials have said that the US “does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing support to Syria.”

    However, the US responded to the Russian drills by its own drill involving over 100 Marines flown to southeast Syria for “snap live-fire exercises” in order to send a “strong message” to Russia after earlier last week Moscow warned its forces could attack in the area near US-occupied At Tanf.

  42. Moon of Alabama – Syria – Turkish Tantrum Delays Liberation Of Idleb

    Turkey is again turning to the U.S. to achieve its aim of controlling and annexing north Syria.

    At the Tehran summit of the Russian, Iranian and Turkish presidents, Turkey presented a (likely U.S. induced plan) for Idleb governorate:

    It included:
    prolongation of the deescalation ceasefire
    12 armed groups, including Hayat Tahrir al Sham to be disbanded
    Turkey will train a new rebel force to control Idleb under Turkish command
    Groups who resist will be targeted in counter terrorism operations

    Russia and Iran rejected the plan. Idleb is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS) (vid) which is an internationally banned terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaeda. Turkey had over a year to solve the HTS problem under the existing de-escaltion agreement and failed.

    […]But the concern over a new refugee wave is exaggerated and likely a diversion. The real plan seems to be much larger. Turkey wants to annex Idleb.

    more :
    reuters Exclusive: Turkey boosts arms to Syrian rebels as Idlib attack looms – rebel sources

    AMMAN (Reuters) – Turkey has stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help them stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies in the northwest near the Turkish frontier, rebel sources told Reuters.

    Senior rebel officials said Turkey had sent more military aid to rebels in and around the Idlib region since a summit meeting with Iran and Russia last week failed to agree a deal to avert a government offensive into the area.

    Turkey, which is already hosting 3.5 million Syrian refugees, is warning against such an attack, fearing it could force more Syrians over the border. President Tayyip Erdogan has warned of a humanitarian disaster and security risks for Turkey.

    “They pledged complete Turkish military support for a long, protracted battle,” a senior FSA commander who was privy to talks in recent days with senior Turkish officials said, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to speak publicly.

    The weapons, which have entered Syria in large quantities in recent days, include ammunition and GRAD rockets.

    “These arms supplies and munitions will allow the battle to extend and ensure our supplies are not drained in a war of attrition,” the commander added.

    A second rebel commander said: “They are getting new shipments of munitions — they don’t need more than munitions.”

    “The Turks are making sure they have enough munitions that keep them going for a long while,” he added.

    Turkish officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

    The Idlib area forms part of an arc of territory in the northwest representing the last big area held by the opposition.

    Some three million people are living in Idlib, half of them Syrians who have fled from other parts of the country.

    Russian and Syrian warplanes have stepped up air strikes on southern Idlib and adjacent areas of Hama province in an apparent prelude to a ground offensive. The Syrian army is building up troops near frontlines.

    Turkey has backed an array of Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels during the war that spiraled out of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011. With decisive Iranian and Russian help, Assad has now recovered most of Syria.

    Idlib’s main towns and cities are under the sway of jihadists linked to al Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, though they are outnumbered by Turkey-backed FSA fighters grouped under “The National Front for Liberation”.

    The Turkish army has also deployed in the last week more troops and heavy weaponary to 12 positions in the Idlib region that observe a “de-escalation zone” agreed with Iran and Russia. The Turkish army has also sent troops into Syrian rebel-held territory further east, in an area north of Aleppo city.

    With extensive Turkish support, efforts have been underway to organize FSA groups north of Aleppo into a unified force known as the “National Army” numbering some 30,000 fighters.

    Two rebel commanders said Turkey had ordered the bulk of this force to move toward the Idlib frontlines.

    At the summit in Tehran, Erdogan, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani agreed in a statement that there could be no military solution to the conflict and it could only end through a negotiated political process.

    But while Erdogan had also called for a truce, Putin said this would be pointless as it would not involve the Islamist militant groups that Russia deems terrorists, and Rouhani said Syria must regain control over all its territory.

    Russia has said Turkey has the job of separating Islamist militants from the moderate opposition in Idlib.

    Rebel sources said Turkey had pledged to take strong measures against the jihadists once Russia holds back the Syrian army from waging a major assault.

    The jihadists have so far resisted calls by Ankara to dissolve themselves or take an offer that allows fighters to join FSA factions after breaking all ties to al Qaeda.

      • Revolting.
        The Ottoman blowhard can count on a handful of Anatolian Turkmen savages, mangy Grey Wolves. He’s NOT using his Turkish army regulars.

        Neither the “moderate jihadi” hodgepodge FSA (now called Jaish al-Watani [National Army – what nation?]), nor Hayat Tahrir al-Sham [HTS, aka al-Q] could exist _at all_ without the Turk.

        He controls all the roads in and out; he’s their gatekeeper. He supplies arms and goods (subsidized by the EU, the MB, our “friends” in the Gulf), charging a toll to those he doesn’t control directly. And that control is more illusory than real.

        The rest are dangerous playmates, and he knows it. But they enhance his prestige and serve as a personal goldmine for him and a select few associates.

        Jihadis (and their entourages – “humanitarian” NGOs and QUANGOs, brood mares, PR-flaks) make up for the drop in Western tourist revenue. They do R&R in Turkish resorts, get private medical treatment, shop for diapers and smartphones.

        The regular Turkish economy might be tanking, but the Sultan continues to make out like the bandit he is. The black market flourishes, criminal industries are becoming ever more sophisticated. Their reach into Europe is expansive. Maybe even exceeding that of the USSR in its heyday.

        His real hold isn’t in the Syrian highlands, or even the Euphrates littoral. He may feel nostalgic regret watching the eventual mop-up in Syria, but that’s just vestigial. His future is the Turkish diaspora in Germany, the Netherlands, the Balkans, and beyond.

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