Reader’s Links for September 27, 2018

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  1. The former Capernaum church has been turned into a mosque, Austrian tabloid Wochenblick reports. The “Al-Nour” mosque was opened at 5 PM this afternoon, converted from the former Hamburg church into a mosque.

    The church, which was consecrated in 1961, was re-designed in 2002. A 1.5 million euro renovation overwhelmed the Evangelical Lutheran congregation, thus leaving the building empty for years.

    Muslims bought the church from a private investor around 2012 for 1 million euros. The Islamic Al-Nour centre started the conversion of the church into a mosque and its opening was celebrated today.

    Several representatives from the Hamburg Senate and the chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, along with representatives of the Protestant Church are expected.

    Wochenblick reports the project did not meet with approval from the public at all. Again and again there were protests.

  2. Morocco: Migrants detained and awaiting deportation to their countries of origin
    DETENTION OF MIGRANTS IN TANGIER – MOROCCO: Migrants detained and awaiting deportation to their country of origin. The Moroccan authorities repatriate them to 4 countries (Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast).
    “We stopped for more than 7 days, others went to the airport and told us to bring them to their country, some sent their photos to their arrivals in the country, if you do not say your country. We drop you off in one of the four countries, each day is added and others are sent to Casablanca at the airport. You are made to sign a document with your ambasade and we put you on the plane.

    • HUGE: Blasey Ford Contacted The Media BEFORE The Senate

      In Thursday morning testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the main accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh admitted that she contacted the Washington Post before sending her confidential letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

      “The first [image] is a screenshot of a WhatsApp texting between you and someone at the Washington Post, do you have that in front of you?” asked prosecutor Rachel Mitchell.

      “Yes,” Christine Blasey Ford said.

    • Hmmmm… Two Of Kavanaugh Accusers Have A Common Link: ‘Hell of a coincidence’

      It seems when it comes to those accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, it is indeed a small world.

      According to Rebecca Ballhaus of the Wall Street Journal, Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh’s third accuser, Julie Swetnick have a little more in common than just their allegations.

      Bizpac Review reports,

      Swetnick’s name surfaced Wednesday as Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, announced his new client who claims she was a victim of gang rape at a 1982 party where Brett Kavanaugh was present.

      The Supreme Court nominee denied the new allegations in a statement released by the White House Wednesday.

      “This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” he said. “I don’t know who this is, and this never happened.”

      In a report for The Wall Street Journal published Wednesday, Ballhaus and Aruna Viswanatha found that more than ten years ago, Swetnick received a financial settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit against New York Life Insurance, her former employer.

    Migrant arrested for slaughtering and eating a cat ‘as part of religious ritual’ in Greek refugee camp
    By ILIAS 27 September 2018

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    A shocking incident happened on the Greek island of Chios. According to local news webpage ChiosPress, an African migrant from Togo was arrested yesterday for slaughtering and roasting a cat inside the VIAL refugee camp.

    His disgusting actions were videoed by other African refugees, who were eyewitnesses to the scene.

    The footage shows a group of African migrants, among them youths, watching as the Togolese migrant pulled the bowel out of the roasted cats body. It is assumed that these actions are part of a religious ceremony, according to ChiosPress.

    The migrant was arrested immediately by the police. During his arrest NGO members tried to support him, in order to prevent his arrest.

  4. DAILY MAIL – Dutch police arrest seven men plotting ‘major terror attack with suicide vests, assault rifles and car bombs – masterminded by Iraqi arrested last year for trying to fight with ISIS’

    Suspects arrested by heavily armed police in the towns of Arnhem and Weert
    Followed months-long investigation into a 34-year-old man of Iraqi heritage
    He allegedly wanted to attack an event using bomb vests and assault rifles

    Dutch police have arrested seven men suspected of planning a major terror plot to attack an event with suicide vests and assault rifles before striking another venue with a car bomb.

    The suspects were detained by heavily armed police in the towns of Arnhem, about 62 miles south of Amsterdam, and Weert in the southern Netherlands, close to the borders of Germany and Belgium.

    Dutch intelligence believe the alleged ring leader, a 34-year-old Iraqi who was arrested last year for trying to join ISIS, wanted to carry out an attack at the site of a large event in order to cause multiple casualties.

    Prosecutors said the suspects ranged in age from 21 to 34. Three of them, including the 34-year-old Iraqi, were previously convicted of attempting to travel overseas to join terrorist groups. When the men were arrested they were carrying five guns.

    They were also trying to obtain AK47 assault rifles, handguns, bomb vests, grenades and raw materials for bombs and were looking for opportunities to train with the weapons, according to prosecutors.

    Officials said that the investigation sped up this month because of the suspects’ ‘advanced preparations’.

    The men were to be brought before an investigating judge on Friday at a behind-closed-doors hearing.

    Three of them were from Arnhem, including the alleged ringleader, two from Rotterdam, one from Huissen and another from Vlaardingen, Weertdegekste reported.

    The Dutch anti-terror coordinator’s office said in a tweet that the alleged plot fit the current threat profile for the Netherlands, which is at four on a scale that tops out at five. The office did not raise the level following the arrests.

    ‘Jihad networks are also active in the Netherlands with the intention to plot attacks in Europe,’ the office said. ‘Today’s arrests must be seen in that light.’

  5. A police chief has been stabbed to death in the city of Rodez, in southern France, outside the city hall.

    Pascal Filoé was stabbed three times in the middle of the street by an individual known to police.

    French radio network France Info reports that the suspect’s dog was taken away from him a week ago. This reportedly led him to threaten the mayor and the police chief.

    Mr Filoé died of his injuries in hospital shortly after the incident.

  6. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Somalis Riot at Minnesota Amusement Park, Forcing Evacuation

    On Saturday September 22, 2018 at the ValleyFair amusement park in Shakopee, Minnesota, police and emergency responders had to evacuate all guests after a mob of Somali teenagers and men rushed through security and caused several violent fights to break out inside the park.

    According to eyewitnesses who were at the park to celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, a group of nearly 100 Somali men mob rushed past security and amusement park staffers at the front entrance, and proceeded to run through the park and instigate fights among themselves and with guests.

    As several violent fights broke out, guests began to panic as reports of people being stabbed and shot began to circulate.

  7. The ‘World Atlas of illicit flows’ looks at more than 1,000 smuggling routes of drugs, human trafficking and natural resources, reveals that “incomes to non-state armed groups and terrorist groups are diversifying and increasingly based on organised crime, sustaining conflicts worldwide”.

    Ireland is cited on three occasions, in relation to the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq; as a location where a rhino horn seizure has been made; and to a lesser extent regarding migrant trafficking into and within the European Union.

    It indicates that a relatively small number of people have travelled from Ireland to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, in line with estimates from the Department of Justice.

  8. Hating Men in a Real Life Handmaid’s Tale
    What the latest #Resistance costume really means.
    September 27, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    The official outfit of the #Resistance used to be a black mask or private parts hats. Lately it’s been the pseudo-Amish outfit of an oversized bonnet and long red dress from The Handmaid’s Tale.

    You can find lefty protesters dressed like Amish prison inmates protesting the Kavanaugh hearings by looking firmly at the ground. Alyssa Milano, a has-been child actress, brandished a “Never Kavanaugh, Never Gilead,” sign while dressed in the goofy signature outfit of the Hulu series. Lefties outfitted as, what the show’s costume designer has described as, “walking wombs”, protested Pence’s arrival.

    The silly protest style has also been picked up by pro-abortion protesters in Ireland and Argentina.

    The Handmaid’s Tale cosplay is, like so much of postmodern feminist outrage, a dystopian fantasy in search of a reality. Its imaginary universe, of the book and the show, in which men are innately predatory, validates their conviction that Brett Kavanaugh must be guilty, because he is a conservative white Christian man. And they’re all rapists. Just like the oppressors of Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale.

    The Handmaid’s Tale is to postmodern feminists what Birth of a Nation was to white nationalists. Both are fantasies by which the powerful justify their oppression by imagining themselves to be powerless.

  9. Europeanize America? Not on Your Life

    by David C. Stolinsky
    September 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

    If Europeanize were not a word, we would have to invent it, because that is what many are doing to America. Remember when candidate Obama was asked if he believed America is exceptional? He answered yes, but only in the sense that Britain, Greece, and other nations are exceptional.

    As Gilbert and Sullivan said, “When everyone is somebody, then no one is anybody.”

    If every nation is exceptional, none is.

    It is not that Obama and his friends really think America is unexceptional. They may well believe it is exceptional, but that it should not be. So they do everything they can to end its exceptional nature, and to make it resemble other nations. They are Europeanizing America.

    Do not get me wrong. I love Europe. That is, I love to visit it:

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  11. Turkish Rdio and Television – TRT – Fighting Islamophobia: Toolkit aims to tackle anti-Muslim prejudice

    A new toolkit has been introduced to fight Islamophobia in Europe.

    The project looked at eight countries, including Germany and Britain, to see which biased narratives were being used to spread anti-Muslim hate — and how to counter them.

  12. A total of 20,336 people were murdered in South Africa over one year.

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    South Africa’s murder rate rose again last year, official statistics showed Tuesday, with over 20,000 people killed across the country – about 57 a day – as police admitted they were struggling to keep control.

    A total of 20,336 people were murdered in the 12 months to March this year, a rise of 6.9 per cent over the previous year and one of the sharpest increases since the end of apartheid 24 years ago.

    “Fifty-seven a day – that’s how [many] South Africans are murdered. It borders close to the war zone, while there is a peace. And there is no war in South Africa,” Police Minister Bheki Cele told lawmakers in Cape Town.

  13. Quebec spends $1.6M to edit history textbooks to include proper Indigenous terms

    The Quebec government has just spent $1.6 million to replace the word “Amerindian” and modify other Indigenous content in history textbooks that had been introduced only two years earlier.

    Amid controversy over the price tag, First Nations leaders say the changes were an essential gesture of respect.

    “Indian has been a term being used for decades, if not centuries, and we have to look around us and understand that the world is evolving, and so are the references made to our peoples,’” Ghislain Picard, chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, said in an interview.

    He said “Autochtones” in French or “Indigenous peoples” in English are the accepted terms today.

    “Any notion that we would be ‘Indians of the Americas’ — which is what Amerindian tends to imply — is totally false and needs to be corrected.”

    The province authorized the contentious 2016 print run before the province’s curriculum had been formally approved and is now stuck with the bill for reprinting the textbooks in French and English.

    The books were for a Quebec history course introduced in 2016 for students in Grades 9 and 10. That course, drafted under the previous Parti Québécois government, already had detractors. They said it reflects a rigid nationalist ideology and diminishes the role of non-francophones in Quebec history.

    Education Department spokesman Bryan St-Louis said in an email that in addition to the references to Amerindians or Native Americans being replaced with terms such as “First Nations”, “Inuit” and “Indigenous,” other Indigenous history content was modified.

    For example, images depicting Indigenous people in a stereotypical way were changed, biographies of Indigenous historical figures were added and more attention was paid to the Indigenous role in key historical events.

    St-Louis was unable to say how many books had to be destroyed and reprinted.

    The First Nations Education Council, which took part in the Education Department’s history course consultations, has defended the textbook changes against criticism that the expense was excessive.

    “In this case, the review allows for much more than a debate on semantics; it also allows for a much-needed rectification of proper history instruction,” the council said in a statement. “We believe that mutual understanding and establishing the facts are paramount in a context of reconciliation.”

    Picard said terminology issues should not be taken lightly, noting the francophone majority would not accept being described by the outdated term “French-Canadian” in official materials.

    He acknowledged that language is constantly evolving, even within Indigenous societies. He gave the example of the word “band,” which is increasingly being replaced by “First Nation” to describe the governance system.

    “Many communities still use that term (band), which is really related to the Indian Act itself which has been criticized left and right,” Picard said.

    “But I think we’re just coming up with common terms that would be acceptable to all.”

    History teacher Robert Green called the revisions a good first step, noting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission gave clear guidelines to the provinces for what should be reflected in the high school courses.

    Green, who teaches at Westmount High School and heads a committee seeking changes to the history curriculum, said other minority groups, including English-speaking Quebecers, still receive short shrift.

    “The current curriculum doesn’t reflect the values of an inclusive, democratic society,” Green said.

    “It sends a message that if you are not a member of the francophone majority, you’re a second-class citizen whose history doesn’t count or doesn’t matter.”

  14. Brett Kavanaugh says he’s a target of a ‘revenge’ plot ‘on behalf of the Clintons’

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday of leveraging anti-Trump sentiment following the bruising 2016 presidential election into a smear campaign designed to tarnish his reputation and sink his confirmation.

    “This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election. Fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside, left-wing opposition groups,” Kavanaugh said during opening remarks before the panel.

  15. IF this is true, it is truly the lowest of the low: someone working from a house of Representatives computer is said to have doxxed Senators Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch and perhaps one or two more Senators: this is the fourth or fifth report on it I’ve seen tonight.

    According to these unverified reports, their home addresses and phone numbers have been published on Wikkipedia and their wives bombarded with abusive and/or threatening phone calls….it is also said to be Orrin Hatch’s wive’s birthday, but that is just the icing on the doxxing.

  16. What Iran Hides, Israel Will Find’: Netanyahu Unveils Secret Atomic Warehouse

    “Today, I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran for storing massive amounts of equipment and material from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program,” Netanyahu stated at the UN General Assembly.

    By: Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner

    Addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran’s leaders that the Jewish state would do “whatever it must do” to protect itself from the continuing nuclear threat posed by Tehran.

    During a speech that centered on Netanyahu’s unveiling of what he described as a “secret atomic warehouse” in the Iranian capital, the Israeli leader stressed that Iran had never wavered in its goal of developing a nuclear weapons program. Citing Israel’s revelations last April concerning the Iranian regime’s Project Amad — a covert nuclear program that ran from 1999 to 2003 — Netanyahu stated that the lack of action on the part of the international community had prompted him to make a fresh disclosure on Thursday.

    “What I’m about to say has not been shared publicly before,” Netanyahu said. “Today, I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran for storing massive amounts of equipment and material from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.”

  17. Is Chinese propaganda infiltrating the German media? (DW, Sep 27, 2018)

    “As Chinese global influence to continues to grow, Beijing-sponsored media content is increasingly appearing in US and German news outlets. Experts warn China is instrumentalizing the Western press to promote its image.

    US President Donald Trump said during his speech to the UN Security Council this week that there were signs China was trying to meddle in his country’s upcoming midterm congressional elections.

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi rejected the allegations as “unfounded.” Trump, in an effort to back up his claim, later tweeted a photo of US newspapers which he said were publishing Chinese propaganda disguised as news.

    Germany a target of Chinese propaganda?

    In Germany, too, China has been repeatedly accused of seeking to influence public opinion in a targeted manner.

    A newsletter published in July by the country’s largest news agency, the DPA, announced it was going to carry content from China’s state news service, Xinhua. The aim, according to the newsletter, was to keep DPA customers informed about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a prestige project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, from a Chinese perspective.

    When Chinese media policy expert David Bandurski read the newsletter, alarm bells began to ring. “The DPA is a journalistic institution, and now, with Xinhua, it is involved with an organization whose aim is to promote the BRI and Chinese foreign policy,” he told DW.

    The Xinhua-DPA partnership is also underpinned by the Chinese government’s desire to gain more influence abroad. In May, Xinhua emphasized in a press release that the cooperation will help DPA clients seize the opportunities offered by BRI. Consequently, Xinhua’s influence will also grow as a result — especially in German-speaking countries.

    Beijing’s media offensive

    This is not the first time that China has tried to strengthen its media influence in the West. As a rule, this is done through publication inserts that look like news articles but are, in reality, paid advertisements. Such content is known as an “advertorial” and it has become an increasingly popular source of profit in the media industry, particularly in the ailing world of print journalism.

    In a joint study entitled Authoritarian Advance, the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI) warned of the Western media’s increasing usage of Beijing-sponsored advertorials. Beijing is active in “improving the global perception of China’s political and economic system and positioning itself as a viable alternative to liberal democracy,” the study said. A crucial element of this strategic objective, it went on, is playing with the influence that established media has on public opinion.

    The study, published in February, criticized, among other things, the fact that well-respected Western media instutions regularly published the state-tied newspaper supplement, China Watch. These outlets include The New York Times, Le Figaro, and the German Handelsblatt and Süddeutsche Zeitung newspapers.

    The authors of the study were critical of the fact that while these supplements are clearly listed as paid advertisements, Beijing was nonetheless effectively instrumentalizing these Western media outlets because they “have more credibility among readers than Chinese media.” The Süddeutsche Zeitung has since discontinued the special supplement.

    Are journalistic standards eroding in Germany?

    Responding to an inquiry from DW, the DPA stated that the Xinhua Silk Road Information Service is a “purely commercial product that has no connection to DPA reporting from, or about China, or any other topic.”

    The press agency’s spokesman Jens Petersen stressed that “the DPA functions here purely as a service provider” and that the Xinhau material is not part of its editorial offerings.

    Petersen said that the content is “marked and offered as a separate service and that it is clearly identified as independent from a production perspective. It has no bearing on the DPA’s editorial services.” Separating the content ensures the “high editorial standards of the DPA,” he added.

    The fact that the DPA posits itself merely as a “service provider” is not convincing for Chinese media expert Bandurski. In his opinion, China has been trying for some time to interfere in Western media, through all possible channels. “But the [Western] partners don’t care to take a closer look at what is at play behind it,” Bandurski said, pointing out that in the end, they profit from the advertorial.

    Thorsten Benner, director of the GPPI and co-author of Authoritarian Advance, is somewhat less scathing. In his opinion, journalistic standards in Germany are not yet seriously threatened by such cooperations with Chinese institutions.

    “It is irksome when Handelsblatt and the like allow their brand for to be utilized for the propaganda of the Communist Party of China,” he said. Ultimately, though, he does not see it as having a lasting impairment on media freedom.

    That does not mean that Germany’s media should let their guard down entirely, however, Benner cautioned: “It is about arming oneself against increasing influence and, among other things, ensuring that German media companies do not fall into Chinese hands.””

    • Yes the violence is going to increase, especially since the Repubs have found enough courage to fight back against the left. If the left can’t stop the Constructionist Judges from being appointed they will have lost power for 50 to 100 years, the Constructionist Judges will reverse the illegal, unconstitutional activist decisions that the left have used move the US to the left. Moved them against the wishes of the vast majority of the people.

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