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  1. Trump Opens Up Germany to US Gas, Beats Russia
    October 22, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield
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    “Trump accused Germany of becoming ‘totally dependent’ on Russian energy at the U.N. The Germans just smirked.” Washington Post

    Who’s smirking now?

    BERLIN—Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered government support to efforts to open up Germany to U.S. gas, a key concession to President Trump as he tries to loosen Russia’s grip on Europe’s largest energy market.

    Over breakfast this month, the chancellor told a small group of lawmakers her government had decided to co-finance the construction of a €500 million ($576 million) liquefied natural gas shipping terminal in northern Germany, according to people familiar with the meeting, giving a crucial nudge to a project that had failed to get off the ground for years in a country that gets most of its gas cheaply from Russia.

    Mr. Trump has intensively lobbied Europe to buy significant amounts of LNG gas part of his campaign to rewrite the terms of trade relations. German and U.S. officials said Berlin hoped embracing U.S. gas might help solve a protracted trade dispute and possibly even defuse threats by Washington to sanction Nord Stream 2, an unbuilt German-Russian gas pipeline that would double Russia’s existing gas export capacity to Germany.

    That was what Trump was talking about at the UN.

  2. The Migrant Caravan Invasion
    What our president must do to seal the border.
    October 22, 2018
    Joseph Klein
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    A migrant caravan from Central America is currently heading en masse to the United States. Its members, several thousand strong, are intent on pouring into the U.S. in what amounts to an invasion force. President Trump has correctly branded the caravan an “onslaught” and an “assault on our country.” The president has promised to use military troops if necessary to close the southern border with Mexico. He also threatened to cut off all foreign aid to those Central American countries that are not doing enough to stop the migration caravan in its tracks.

    Members of the caravan have already demonstrated their violent streak during an early stage of their trek, as they approached Mexico. They “forced their way through Guatemala’s northwestern border and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico,” AFP reported. These migrants, mainly from Honduras, engaged in violent clashes with Mexican riot police as they tried to surge through police lines and cross the bridge into Mexico. Four Mexican police officers were reportedly injured. “Violent entry into the country not only threatens our sovereignty, but also puts the migrants themselves at risk,” Mexico’s President Pena Nieto said. “Mexico does not permit and will not permit entry into its territory in an irregular fashion, much less in a violent fashion.”

    • While the “Caravan” from Down South is showing discipline and hanging together pretty well they aren’t showing the military discipline that was shown by the Islamic Invasion of Europe. I don’t expect the non military people in the audience to see and understand the difference so you will have to take my word that there is a difference.

    • Mexico does not permit and will not permit entry into its territory in an irregular fashion, much less in a violent fashion.

      Vomit bucket, please, Rita.

      That whirring noise you hear in the background is Cantinflas spinning in his grave.

  3. A New Low in the Persecution of Tommy Robinson
    “Fake news” doesn’t even begin to describe it.
    October 22, 2018
    Bruce Bawer
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    On Friday, the British judiciary lifted reporting restrictions on the three trials of a total of twenty “Asian” men at Leeds County Court, allowing the media to inform the public that the men were sentenced to a total of 221 years in prison for the rapes of fifteen young girls in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield. It was the second of these trials that Tommy Robinson was reporting about online on May 25 when he was arrested outside the Leeds courthouse, rushed through a brief trial conducted by Judge Geoffrey Marson, sentenced to thirteen months behind bars, and immediately confined in Hull Prison.

    On June 13, he was transferred to Onley Prison, which has a higher Muslim population than the institution in Leeds and was thus more dangerous; exactly who ordered this transfer, which seems utterly unjustified except as a malicious attempt to expose Robinson to harm, remains unknown. Through the summer, Tommy’s supporters held rallies around Britain, accusing their nation’s establishment of having illegitimately imprisoned Tommy in order to shut down a major critic of the official appeasement of Islam; meanwhile, the mainstream media and political and cultural elite insisted in unison that Tommy’s trial had been completely on the up-and-up and that he’d gotten precisely what he deserved.

  4. A woman who was subjected to a rape attempt could not get in contact with police, Swedish media report.

    On Thursday, the woman was walking her puppy in the town of Deje, near Karlstad, when she was attacked.

    Police say the woman was called by a man described as: “Someone with a language the woman could not understand.”

    The man followed the woman for a long time and became increasingly intimidating. At a pond, he attacked her and went to attack the dog.

    “He purposefully went towards the puppy and kicked her hard in the belly so the young dog flew through the air,” says the woman.

    The man succeeded in getting the woman to the ground, sat over her and tore her clothes. However, she managed to free herself and beat the man with her mobile phone.

    After the assault, the woman called the police via 114 14 and was placed on hold. Since it took so long she phoned emergency number 112 – but was referred to 114 14 again – and was placed again on hold.

  5. Law enforcement officials have charged an Ohio University student, Anna Ayers, with three counts of making false alarms, according to the Post.

    Ayers, who has pleaded not guilty, made headlines after she claimed to have received three threatening, anti-gay letters. Ayers said she was targeted at the Student Senate office, where she served at the time as the commissioner of the Senate Appropriations Commission, and at her student residence.

    But police now believe Ayers placed the threatening messages herself. Ayers, a senior studying journalism (ahem), resigned from the Student Senate a day after she was arrested and charged.

    Prior to her arrest, the Ohio University student made a big show of her story, going so far as to condemn her supposed tormentors publicly.

  6. New York Times Shocked That Latino Voters Don’t Care About Illegal Aliens
    October 22, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    Every good progressive knows that President Trump is the new Hitler who hates “brown skinned” people and that ICE is the new SS.

    They even made a play about it.

    So infuriated Latino voters should be gearing up to… uh not so much. Ride along with the New York Times into the dark heart of white prog privilege where the aforementioned are forced to realize that the people on their plantation don’t seem to care the way they should.

    • The White Leftists are very much into tribalism, the majority of US voters (of all ethnicity) aren’t into tribalism, a fact that the left is incapable of understanding.

      The left is doing its best to return the entire world to tribalism and may succeed but in the US it will take 5 to 10 years of violence before most of the US Citizens throw away the rule of law for mob/tribalism rule.

  7. WSJ Exposes Qatari Info Op on Khashoggi
    October 22, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    When it comes to the media’s sacred cows, journalism has become rarer than the teeth of common barnyard fowls. The Wall Street Journal is the only US paper doing any Khashoggi coverage that doesn’t consist of 1/3 bile, 1/3 Turkish propaganda and 1/3 calls for a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Saudi Arabia. This is a balanced piece that takes a casual look at info operations.

    It’s a striking contrast to the mainstream media which keeps raving about Saudi bots without ever mentioning the ‘Q’ word.

  8. Trump Slashes Aid to Central America Amid Migrant Crisis

    President Trump declared his intention to spearhead efforts to cut off entirely or reduce foreign aid to Central American countries for failing to stop a growing caravan bound for the United States. (The Daily Caller)


  9. Britain’s Grooming Gangs: Part 2

    by Denis MacEoin
    October 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Men, after a certain age — as nature seems to have intended to preserve the human race — are often sexually attracted to women. Women, similarly, are often sexually attracted to men, even if many cultures try to keep that proclivity a closely-guarded secret.

    Different cultures handle human sexuality in different ways, presumably to avoid the potential social disruption it could create. This control has traditionally been affected by religious doctrines, laws, and patriarchal priests, ministers, rabbis, muftis and other clergy. In the West, women’s dress, behaviour, and rights to autonomy have been freed from religious control only in the 20th and 21st centuries, with the rise of the suffragettes, feminism and the availability of safe contraception.

  10. North Korea’s Toxic Space Program

    by Debalina Ghoshal
    October 22, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Although North Korea, like other countries, claims that its space program is for civilian, rather than military, purposes, there is good reason to suspect that this is not quite what is going on, and that its government will simply use these capabilities to continue developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of carrying nuclear warheads, to continue threatening global security. North Korea, like other countries, is probably planning to use its space program to militarize and weaponize the realm of space itself.

    It is in this context that North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-5 satellite, whose imminent launch was first reported in December 2017, needs to be viewed. The report did not come as a surprise, particularly as two months earlier, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In-Ryong, told the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space about his country’s five-year plan, from 2016 through 2020, to develop “practical satellites that can contribute to the economic development and improvement of the people’s living.” As Fox News reported, however, “…many U.N. members, including the U.S., fear that North Korea’s space program is actually a cover for its weapons program.”

  11. Dean Heller warns of ‘CaliforNevada’ if Jacky Rosen elected

    LAS VEGAS — The Republicans running in Nevada’s hotly contested races for governor and U.S. Senate are taking aim at a common target as they try to maintain GOP control of the seats: California.

    As more Californians have poured across the state line over the past few years, many of them escaping sky-high housing costs, some Nevada Republicans fear a state that already has become a political battleground will begin to resemble its deep blue neighbor.

    GOP candidates are appealing to conservative voters with warnings about life in California: sanctuary cities, crippling business regulations, out-of-control housing prices and a worsening homeless crisis.

    Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who is in a tight re-election battle against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, has highlighted his opponent’s support from California billionaire Tom Steyer and Hollywood celebrities, while warning on Twitter that the state could become “CaliforNevada” if Rosen is elected.

  12. Army of Central Americans pushes into Mexico headed for US border

    The combined efforts of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and the U.S. were not enough to deter thousands of migrants who broke through barricades or swam into Mexico over the weekend, defying their home government’s calls for them to return and America’s warnings that their journey is futile.

    Local leaders say hundreds of people who were part of the migrant caravan have given up their journey and are returning to their homes in Honduras and Guatemala. But perhaps 2,000 others entered Mexico illegally and vowed to cross that country, with the U.S. their goal.

    Saying they weren’t content to wait for authorities to process and admit them in smaller groups, they overcame Mexican police who had been deployed to try to prevent the mass entry.

    “We are going to reach the United States,” Erasmo Duarte, a migrant from Danli, Honduras, told The Associated Press. “We couldn’t wait because we had already waited too long and they only told us lies.”

  13. 100 Terrorists Captured at the Gates of North America

    Why should an announcement by Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales that 100 terrorists captured in Guatemala, including ISIS militants, be concerning to Americans? (At the same time, Morales also revealed over 1,000 gang members were also arrested, including members of MS-13.)

    Guatemala has long been recognized as a funnel for trafficking of illegal immigrants to the U.S. Migrants pass through Guatemala’s porous border with Mexico and on to the United States. Armed with this knowledge, migrants from countries where immigration to the U.S. is difficult, particularly those from the Middle East, have long used the Guatemalan conduit.

    As one investigative journalist who witnessed first-hand human trafficking from Guatemala to the U.S. wrote:

  14. Bosnian Police Block Migrant March at Border (breitbart, Oct 22, 2018)

    “Bosnian police have blocked some 200 migrants from reaching the border with neighbouring Croatia, which is a member of the European Union.

    The migrants marched Monday from the northwestern town of Velika Kladusa toward Croatia in protest that the border remains closed for people trying to reach Western Europe. They turned back after spending a few hours near the Maljevac border crossing.

    Also Monday, another group of 89 migrants, including children, left a camp in the town of Cazin, apparently to march toward another border crossing.

    Thousands of migrants are staying in northwestern Bosnia while trying to reach wealthy EU nations. Local residents held protests last weekend in the town of Bihac over the rising number of migrants in the town.

    Migrants have turned to war-ravaged Bosnia to avoid more heavily guarded routes in the Balkans.”

  15. Bosnian police have blocked some 200 migrants from reaching the border with neighbouring Croatia, which is a member of the European Union.
    The migrants marched Monday from the northwestern town of Velika Kladusa toward Croatia in protest that the border remains closed for people trying to reach Western Europe. They turned back after spending a few hours near the Maljevac border crossing.

    Also Monday, another group of 89 migrants, including children, left a camp in the town of Cazin, apparently to march toward another border crossing.

  16. A new video from the American Association of Evangelicalsreveals how George Soros, through his many funding ventures, has been busily infiltrating the Christian base in America to divide, and ultimately conquer, the religious minded within the Republican Party.

    Truly, with the left, political wars know no bounds. Nothing’s sacred; not when it comes to the leftists’ drive to succeed.

    Here’s what AAE put out in a press release: “Democrat ministers Rev. Jim Wallis and allies are now touring many states on ‘Vote Common Good’ buses to … split the evangelical vote before the mid-term elections. The AAE video features the newly released voice recording of [Jim] Wallis of Sojourners as he publicly denied that he was a recipient of Soros funding.”

    But guess what?

    His denial’s proven a bit — umm, wrong.

    Soros-tied Open Society money and grant dollars have not only flowed by the hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Sojourners, AAE reported. But Soros-tied Open Society money and grant dollars have been flowing to the Sojourners for some time.

    “Soros Funding of Sojourners Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg,” wrote National Review in August of 2010.

  17. Residents of a quiet north London neighbourhood have expressed outrage over notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary being housed next to a primary school in the area.
    The terror convict, 51, was freed from the high-security Belmarsh prison in south-east London on Thursday night, but Prime Minister Theresa May insists authorities are equipped to supervise him.

    He has reportedly not been “de-radicalised” or changed his views behind bars, and served just half of his five-and-a-half-year sentence.

    He was photographed arriving at a probation hostel next to a primary school at about 5 a.m. on Friday, where he will serve the remainder of his sentence on licence.

  18. Bob, Betty and their daughter Dora, 6, live in the rural countryside of southern Sweden. Since they came here, they have worked and paid taxes, never been on welfare and never been a burden to society. But they are not wanted.

    As white South Africans they have no chance of being granted asylum, even though their story is truly blood-curdling. “I think the decision is political,” says Bob.

    Bob and Betty’s story is fascinating. They had no children of their own, so they took in black foster kids and treated them like their own.

    At 46, Betty suddenly started feeling pains in her stomach and went to see the doctor. It turned out she was 7 weeks pregnant with a perfectly healthy child. “No doubt about it, Dora was a gift from God,” Betty says. “A pure miracle.”

    But when this beautiful blond girl with big blue eyes was three months old two black men came and wanted to buy her – for medical purposes.

  19. California company that hires protesters is accused of extortion
    Los Angeles Times
    October 22, 2018 01:00 AM

    Updated 4 hours 10 minutes ago

    Paid protesters are real.

    Crowds on Demand, a Beverly Hills company that’s an outspoken player in the business of hiring protesters, boasts on its website that it provides its clients with “protests, rallies, flash-mobs, paparazzi events and other inventive PR stunts. … We provide everything including the people, the materials and even the ideas.”

    But according to a lawsuit filed by a Czech investor, Crowds on Demand also takes on more sordid assignments. Zdenek Bakala claims the company has been used to run an extortion campaign against him.

    Bakala has accused Prague investment manager Pavol Krupa of hiring Crowds on Demand to pay protesters to march near his home in Hilton Head, S.C., and to call and send emails to the Aspen Institute and Dartmouth College, where Bakala is on advisory boards, urging them to cut ties to him. Bakala alleges that Krupa has threatened to continue and expand the campaign unless Bakala pays him $23 million.

    Crowds on Demand founder Adam Swart and Krupa neither confirmed nor denied that they are working together. They declined to answer specific questions about Bakala’s allegations, though Swart, in an emailed statement, called the claims meritless.

  20. An elderly disabled woman died of her injuries after being robbed by two migrants, German news outlet Journalistenwatch reports.

    The 84-year-old woman from Krefeld was the victim of a violent robbery, and was left for dead at the beginning of this month.

    As she withdrew 600 euros from a cash point on 4 October, two “southern looking” cyclists rode past her and followed her.

    Behind a white van, one of the men tried to snatch the elderly woman’s handbag from her rollator. This failed, however, because the bag was tied.

    The defenceless woman fell to the ground and was badly injured. The migrants fled with the woman’s purse as she lay dying from her injuries.

  21. An Ohio man named Richard Losey was caught on camera assaulting an African-American Trump supporter in Laguna Beach, California.

    The incident was caught on video and helped lead to the arrest of Losey, who is accused of assault and threatening to kill the outspoken Trump supporter.

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    The incident reportedly took place during a rally-type event in the Laguna Beach area. What caught many people off-guard was the way that Losey was identifed and arrested. The way in which he was arrested might also be more bizarre than the attack itself.

    The victim was identified as R.C. Maxwell, and he went on record to speak with Michele Gile of CBS2 about the attack and what transpired that evening.

    “They were calling me a sellout,” said Maxwell. “They were saying I was a Nazi. I said sternly that I was not a Nazi. I tried to explain my kind of standpoint, epistemology as a black conservative.”

  22. Bangladeshis Joined Migrant Caravan In Guatemala, Univision Correspondent Reports

    A Spanish language reporter who has spent weeks embedded with the migrant caravan said in a Friday report that people from Bangladesh had joined the mass of people trying to cross from Guatemala into Mexico.

    Univision correspondent Francisco Santa Anna reported from the bridge separating Guatemala and Mexico. The bridge has been packed with thousands of migrants demanding access to Mexico, with the ultimate goal of crossing the border of the United States illegally. The caravan has now swelled to many thousands.

    The Bangladeshis, he said, were detained in an immigration facility, though it’s not clear what happened to them after their detention. (RELATED:Train Of Central American Migrants Swells In Number Despite Warnings From Trump)

    “The borders in Central American are not as strong as the U.S., which makes it possible for people from Panama and Ecuador to cross easily,” Santa Anna said on Univision. “They cross from Costa Rica, then later go through Guatemala and eventually make it into our country.”

    “Yesterday when we were traveling through Guatemala, we noticed people from El Salvador and even people from Bangladesh,” he continued. “Can you imagine what they had to do to get here? They infiltrated themselves in this caravan and tried to cross with the crowd. That would have benefited them greatly.”

  23. Man shot at Fox affiliate in DC

    A man suspected of attempting to break into a Fox affiliate’s building in Washington, D.C., was shot by police on Monday afternoon.

    Police say the man survived the shooting at WTTG-TV. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to the station. An investigation is underway.

    WTTG has its reporters covering the story, who are providing various updates on-air and on Twitter. One tweet includes video of the man being carried out on a stretcher.

  24. Trump Alerts Border Patrol Of ‘National Emergency’ As Caravan Progresses

    President Donald Trump characterized a descending caravan of would-be Central American migrants making their way to the U.S. as a national emergency, in a Monday morning tweet.

    Donald J. Trump

    Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
    7:37 AM – Oct 22, 2018

  25. DHS Secretary warns of cartels’ role in mob heading for our border

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Sunday that the illegal immigrant caravan heading toward the U.S. could be exploited by cartels that control most of the illegal flow of people through Latin America.

    Ms. Nielsen also praised the efforts of Mexico and Central American governments she said are working with the U.S. to try to contain the caravan, rather than enable it.

  26. Iranian terrorists lurk in embassies

    A report from Iranian dissidents shows how the hard-line Islamic regime places terrorist operatives abroad under the cover of diplomacy.

    From Austria to Albania to Iraq, an expansionist Iran has turned embassies into terrorism planning sites to meddle in host governments and hunt down the opposition, according to the report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The coalition includes the activist chapter known as MEK, which operates far-flung spy networks in Iran.

    The report, “Iran Doubles Down on Terror and Turmoil,” presents a big-picture assessment of Iran’s foreign interventions in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, and its terrorism-sponsored plots in Europe.

    “The mullahs’ regime has funneled billions of dollars to finance its belligerent war agenda in the Middle East while the majority of Iran’s people are living in poverty,” the report states. “As the regime’s officials have conceded, if the regime fails to inflame wars outside Iran’s borders, it would have to fight for survival within Iran’s borders. This is because external conflicts draw attention away from domestic crises.”

  27. NATO Afghanistan mission service member killed in possible insider attack in Herat province (thedefensepost, Oct 22, 2018)

    “A Czech service member with NATO’s mission in Afghanistan was killed in Herat province in a possible insider attack, Resolute Support said on Monday, October 22.

    “Two other Resolute Support service members were wounded in the incident. Initial reports indicate the attack was committed by a member of the Afghan security forces,” Resolute Support said in a statement.”

    The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying an “infiltrator” working at the Shindand airbase in the province opened fire on U.S. troops.

    The Czech Army said one of its personnel was killed and two others wounded when their vehicle came under attack in Herat…”

  28. Algeria Arrests 17 Suspected Terrorists (aawsat, Oct 22, 2018)

    “Algerian army arrested 17 people on suspicion of “supporting terrorist groups” in Tissemsilt, west of the country, which was a stronghold of the Armed Islamic Group, said the defense ministry in a statement on Sunday.

    Armed forces have been following the activity of the terror cell since the beginning of last summer, security sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

    “They were raising money for the extremists and providing them with news and information about the movements of army elements in the area in order to kill them in ambushes,” the sources added.

    The same sources said that members of the extremist group, of which the arrested used to work for, were “elements from the Armed Islamic Group”.

    It is not known exactly how many extremists are still active…”

  29. Spain, Morocco Meet over Migration Challenges (moroccoworldnews, Oct 22, 2018)

    “Morocco and Spain are promising to step up efforts to stop migrants on their borders.

    Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit met with his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska to discuss migration issues on Saturday in Madrid.

    Laftit described the meeting with Marlaska as “very important,” emphasizing the strong bilateral cooperation in common interest.

    Laftit told the press after the meeting, “We also talked about other aspects of Moroccan-Spanish relations that are extremely important for both countries.”

    Marlaska said, “We mainly discussed the issue of migration and how to cope with significant migration flows, the majority of which are motivated by economic reasons.”

    The Spanish official emphasized that his country is a voice for Morocco at the European Union.

    “Morocco is and must remain a privileged partner, and it is in this sense that we are moving forward.”

    He also emphasized that Laftit conveyed King Mohammed VI’s thanks to King Felipe VI of Spain and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez for their efforts to bring Morocco’s migration concerns to the heart of the EU’s priorities.

    Moroccan Ambassador to Spain Karima Benyaich and Morocco’s Director of Immigration and Border Surveillance Khalid Zerwali also attended the meeting.

    During the Summit of EU Heads of State and Government held in Brussels on October 17-18, Sanchez proposed an EU support plan for Morocco to manage migration flows.

    European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker supported the proposal, according to a statement from the Spanish presidency.

    On Thursday, October 19, the Spanish foreign minister called on the EU to increase its support for Morocco for border control.

    Spanish pressure on the EU followed an increasing wave of migrants on its borders in recent months.”

    • Spain Repatriates 30 Migrants to Morocco (moroccoworldnews, Oct 22, 2018)

      “Authorities in Melilla announced the repatriation of 30 migrants to Morocco on Saturday, October 20.

      El Faro de Melilla reported that the migrants will be deported in accordance with the treaty signed between Morocco and Spain in 1992 on migrant deportation.

      The repatriated migrants, who were transferred to Melilla, were rescued from the sea by Spanish authorities on October 19.

      The list of migrants includes asylum seekers and women.

      Last week, Spanish news outlet El Pais reported that 40 Moroccan migrants who arrived in the Spanish port of Motril on October 8 applied for asylum.

      The 40 Moroccans were a group of activists involved in the Al Hoceima protests, which took place in 2016 and 2017 to condemn social disparities in Morocco’s northern Rif region.

      In September, Melilla’s Minister of Social Welfare Daniel Ventura said that 86 minor migrants bypassed border controls and entered Melilla in August alone.

      On October 3, Melilla Mayor-President Juan Jose Imbroda announced that the local government in the enclave will send a list of undocumented Moroccan minors to Morocco’s Ministry of Interior for potential repatriation.

      Spanish Secretary of State for Security Ana Botella announced in a meeting in Essaouira, near Agadir, on September 14 that Moroccan authorities agreed to receive the identified and unaccompanied minors.

      Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit met on Saturday with his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska to discuss migration issues in Madrid.
      The Spanish official emphasized that his government is urging the EU to assist Morocco financially to secure the border.”

    • EU Gives €1.5 Million for Morocco-EU Twinning on Prison Reform (moroccoworldnews, Oct 22, 2018)

      “Morocco and the European Union will conduct an institutional twinning to improve the Moroccan penitentiary system.

      The General Delegation of the Penitentiary Administration (DGAPR) launched a ceremony for the institutional twinning on Thursday, October 18, in Rabat, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press.

      The DGAPR initiative, supported by the EU, aims to improve Moroccan prisons by working in close collaboration with France, Belgium, and Italy on common issues such as overpopulation, rehabilitation, youth delinquency, and women prisoners.

      The EU is currently financing the project with a €1.5 million contribution. It will also send, for a period of 30 months, 50 experts to Morocco in partnership with the French Ministry of Justice, the Belgian Public Federal Service, and the Italian Ministry of Justice.

      The experts will come from various institutions, such as penitentiary administrations, regional directorates, and penitentiary training institutions, to train Moroccan prison staff.

      The general delegate to the penitentiary administration, Salah Tamek, declared the institutional twinning will help DGAPR reinforce its institutional capacity and competencies through a structured and participative quality program.

      The chief ambassador of the EU delegation, Claudia Wiedey, indicated that the EU is satisfied with the strategic Moroccan cooperation as both parties face complex issues related to penitentiary management and will be able to work towards its modernization.

      Moroccan prisons have, indeed, suffered many issues, especially the overpopulation of jails. According to Tamek in a speech he gave last year at the Justice, Legislation, and Human Rights Commission in the House of Councilors, Moroccan prisons no longer have the capacity to sustain the growing number of inmates. Last year, Morocco had more than 80,000 prisoners.

      The penitentiary administration closed 8 prisons in 2015 and 2016 because they did not meet the requirements. The administration built 11 new prisons, which helped ease the overcrowding by 38 percent, and increased the space per prisoner by 0.25 square meters. The prisons remain, however, understaffed.

      According to Tamek, hygiene and security are also slowly improving. Last year, the administration prohibited friends and relatives from bringing food baskets in all Moroccan prisons to fight the spread of drugs. Each prisoner gets six check-ups per year. Prisons have one doctor for every 820 inmates, 1 dentist for every 1,381, and one nurse for every 162.

      Despite the administration’s efforts, the state of Moroccan prisons is still alarming, and Moroccans hope the institutional twinning will alleviate the situation.”

  30. Pakistan has reportedly released Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar from jail (khaama, Oct 22, 2018)

    “Pakistan has reportedly released the former deputy chief of the Taliban group Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from the jail.

    Informed sources have told a local media outlet ‘The News’ that Mullah Baradar has been released from jail on the solicitation of the government of Qatar.

    Recently, high level delegation of Qatar visited Islamabad and met senior leadership of Pakistan, the sources added.

    Mullah Baradar was captured by security agencies in Karachi in 2010.

    This is comes similar reports emerged few years earlier that Mulla Baradar has been released in Pakistan to negotiate with Afghan Taliban.

    The Taliban group in Afghanistan has not commented regarding the release of the group’s former co-founder so far.

    Mullah Baradar was among the four key people who had helped with the formation of the Taliban group in 1994.”

  31. An explosive device was found on Monday near the Westchester County home of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who is a favorite target of right-wing groups, according to a law enforcement official.

    The device did not explode on its own, and bomb squad technicians “proactively detonated” it, the official said.

    Federal and state law enforcement officials responded to the scene in Katonah, N.Y., a hamlet in the upscale town of Bedford in northern Westchester.

    The Bedford Police Department and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety said Monday night that they were investigating at that location. The police declined to answer questions but said that a hazardous device unit had been requested.

    The F.B.I. and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not respond to requests for comment.

  32. How an Ivorian domestic worker escaped captivity in Kuwait (france24, Oct 22, 2018)

    “When 25-year-old Désirée Kouassi left the Ivory Coast for a job as a domestic worker in Kuwait, she hoped to make good money. Instead, she was held against her will by her employer and sexually abused for several months. Throughout her ordeal, she used her smartphone to take photos and videos as evidence. She got in touch with the FRANCE 24 Observers team, an action which triggered a series of events leading to her rescue…”

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