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    • WSJ – CIA Intercepts Underpin Assessment Saudi Crown Prince Targeted Khashoggi

      Conclusion that Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘probably ordered’ killing relies in part on 11 messages he sent to adviser who oversaw hit squad around time it killed journalist

      WASHINGTON—Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his closest adviser, who oversaw the team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours before and after the journalist’s death in October, according to a highly classified CIA assessment.

      The Saudi leader also in August 2017 had told associates that if his efforts to persuade Mr. Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia weren’t successful, “we could possibly lure him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements,” according to the assessment, a communication that it states “seems to foreshadow the Saudi operation launched against Khashoggi.”

      Mr. Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom’s leadership who lived in Virginia and wrote columns for the Washington Post, was killed by Saudi operatives on Oct. 2 shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he sought papers needed to marry his Turkish fiancée.

      Excerpts of the Central Intelligence Agency’s assessment, which cites electronic intercepts and other clandestine information, were reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

      The CIA last month concluded that Prince Mohammed had likely ordered Mr. Khashoggi’s killing, and President Trump and leaders in Congress were briefed on intelligence gathered by the spy agency. Mr. Trump afterward questioned the CIA’s conclusion about the prince, saying “maybe he did; and maybe he didn’t.”

      The previously unreported excerpts reviewed by the Journal state that the CIA has “medium-to-high confidence” that Prince Mohammed “personally targeted” Khashoggi and “probably ordered his death.” It added: “To be clear, we lack direct reporting of the Crown Prince issuing a kill order.”

      The electronic messages sent by Prince Mohammed were to Saud al-Qahtani, according to the CIA. Mr. Qahtani supervised the 15-man team that killed Mr. Khashoggi and, during the same period, was also in direct communication with the team’s leader in Istanbul, the assessment says. The content of the messages between Prince Mohammed and Mr. Qahtani isn’t known, the document says. It doesn’t say in what form the messages were sent.

      It is unclear from the excerpts whether the 2017 comments regarding luring Mr. Khashoggi to a third country cited in the assessment are from Prince Mohammed directly, or from someone else describing his remarks.

      Saudi Arabia has acknowledged Mr. Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate. But it has denied Prince Mohammed had any role and blamed the operation on rogue operatives. The Saudi Public Prosecutor’s office last month announced charges against 11 Saudis in connection with Mr. Khashoggi’s death, saying it would seek the death penalty in five cases. The office didn’t release their names.

      The U.S. Treasury Department in mid-November slapped sanctions on 17 Saudis whom it linked to the killing. But Mr. Trump, in a statement days later, said he intended to maintain strong relations with the crown prince because of Saudi Arabia’s opposition to Iran, its investments in the U.S. and its role in the oil market.

      The Trump administration’s posture has angered many in Congress, and the intercepts and intelligence gathered by the CIA may complicate Mr. Trump’s efforts to maintain relations with Prince Mohammed, the de facto leader one of the world’s biggest oil producers. The two are among the world’s leaders meeting this weekend in Buenos Aires for a summit of Group of 20 nations.

      Earlier this week, the Senate voted to begin consideration of a resolution to withdraw U.S. support for a Saudi-led military coalition fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen, with senators venting their frustration over Mr. Trump’s reluctance to hold Prince Mohammed responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s death.

      Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who met with senators Wednesday to try to forestall the resolution, has said that he had read every piece of U.S. intelligence regarding Mr. Khashoggi’s killing and that the agency didn’t find a so-called smoking gun. “There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi,” Mr. Pompeo told reporters.

      The judgment on Prince Mohammed’s likely culpability, the CIA assessment says, is based on the crown prince’s personal focus on Mr. Khashoggi, his tight control over the Saudi operatives sent to Istanbul to kill him, “and his authorizing some of the same operators to violently target other opponents.”

      Mr. Qahtani has led Prince Mohammed’s efforts to crack down on dissent internally and abroad. He is one of the 17 sanctioned by the Treasury.

      After this article’s initial publication online, a Saudi official, responding to an earlier request for comment to the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said, “HRH the Crown Prince communicates regularly with various senior officials within the Royal Court on different matters. At no time did HRH correspond with any Saudi officials in any government entity on harming Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen. We continue to categorically reject any accusations based on speculations.”

      A CIA spokesman declined to comment on the report. A White House official said Friday the White House doesn’t comment on intelligence matters. Mr. Qahtani didn’t respond to a request for comment.

      Mr. Trump last week said the CIA only had “feelings” about Prince Mohammed’s involvement, a statement that irked current and former U.S. intelligence officials. U.S. intelligence assessments are rarely black-and-white, often relying on fragments of information gathered clandestinely.

      The highly classified CIA assessment says that the Saudi team sent to kill Mr. Khashoggi was assembled from Prince Mohammed’s top security units in the Royal Guard and in an organization run by Mr. Qahtani, the Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Royal Court, the Saudi royal court’s media department.

      “We assess it is highly unlikely this team of operators…carried out the operation without Muhammed bin Salman’s authorization,” it says.

      The document says that Mr. Qahtani “explicitly requested the Crown Prince’s permission when he pursued other sensitive operations in 2015, which reflects the Crown Prince’s command and control expectations.”

      Mr. Qahtani was fired by King Salman, the crown prince’s father, in the aftermath of the murder. But Mr. Qahtani informally continued some of his former functions as royal-court adviser, such as issuing directives to local journalists and brokering meetings for the crown prince, according to people familiar with the matter.

      A U.S. official said that the U.S. government has recently developed information that under Mr. Qahtani, personnel from the Center for Studies and Media Affairs have for two years engaged in the kidnapping—sometimes overseas—and detention and harsh interrogation of Saudis whom the monarchy perceives as a threat. The interrogations have led to repeated physical harm to the detainees, the official said.

      The CIA assessment said that since 2015 Prince Salman “has ordered Qahtani and CSMARC to target his opponents domestically and abroad, sometimes violently.”

      Five employees of the center were involved in the Khashoggi operation, the assessment says. All five were also involved in abusive treatment of prominent Saudis detained at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel in the fall of 2017 as part of what the Saudi government described as an anticorruption drive, it says.

  1. Iran urges int’l community to slam Pompeo statement (irna, Dec 1, 2018)

    “New York, Dec 1, IRNA – Iranian diplomatic mission in the United Nations in a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UN Security Council has called on the international community to condemn Mike Pompeo’s provocative statement.

    ‘US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the United States extremist policy of maximum pressure as well as imposition of the most severe sanctions on Iranian people,’ the letter reads.

    The full text of Iran’s letter is as follows:

    With respect to the provocative statement by the Secretary of State of the United States wherein he openly threatened to starve Iranians, I would like to bring to your attention the following:

    In a televised interview on 7 November 2018, the Secretary of State of the United States reiterated the United States extremist policy of maximum pressure as well as imposition of the most severe sanctions on Iranian people, adding that “the Iranian leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat”.

    That statement, accompanied by the persistent wrongful acts of the United States, is an explicit viable threat to use starvation as a means of economic warfare aimed at the collective punishment of a population, thus a gross violation of the basic principles of international law. Given that the illegal unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States adversely and seriously affect the access of the people to medicine, pharmaceutical products and a number of other needs that are vital for their life and well-being, such policies and acts constitute a crime against humanity that is among the most serious crimes of international concern.

    Moreover, for the reasons elaborated in the letters dated 11 May 2018 (A/72/869–S/2018/453) and 5 November 2018 (A/73/490–S/2018/988) by the Islamic Republic of Iran, the re-introduction and re-imposition of the United States sanctions are in contravention of international law, including international human rights law, resolution 2231(2015) of the Security Council as well as a disobedience to the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice on 3 October 2018 (S/2018/899, annex). They just serve the ill-advised political aspirations of the United States administration against Iran, as was also elaborated in the letters dated 19 June 2017 (S/2017/521), 13 October 2017 (S/2017/862) and 3 January 2018 (S/2018/8) by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    That statement is further a clear indication that, in furthering its bullying policies, the United States knows no limits and recognizes no principles to the extent that, in addition to imposing its unlawful sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, it punishes other nations as well.

    Like the past 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not only survive against all United States animosities, unlawful measures as well as overt and covert plots and plans, but also advance its objectives without sacrificing its sovereignty.

    However, the United Nations and its Member States should condemn such outrageous policy statements, resist against such policies that threaten the very foundations of the United Nations and multilateralism, hold the Government of the United States accountable for such irresponsible policies and wrongful acts, and compel it to adhere to purposes and principles of the United Nations as well as the international law.

    I should be grateful if you would have the present letter circulated as a document of the Security Council.”

    • With respect to the provocative statement by the Secretary of State of the United States wherein he openly threatened to starve Iranians…

      And having huge crowds screaming “Death to America!” isn’t “provocative”, eh?

      Iranian-sponsored terrorists leave behind a world of pain as jihad victims recover and grieving family survivors seek closure.

      It’s my understanding that starving to death is one of the more excruciatingly painful ways to go. Pain traded for pain. Tucked away in there, somewhere, is a dollop of reciprocity poetic justice.

      There’s little satisfaction in causing suffering for decent Iranian folk (they do exist). All the same, hungry people tend to topple their tyrannical governments with much greater frequency and alacrity.

      Removing Tehran from the Great Game’s chessboard would be one of the most stabilizing influences imaginable for the MME (Muslim Middle East).

  2. Kurdish youth to protest the PKK ban in Berlin (anfnews, Dec 1, 2018)

    “Tevgera Ciwanên ?ore?ger (Revolutionary Youth Movement) has urged young people to join the march to be held today, Saturday, in Berlin.

    In a written explanation, Tevgera Ciwanên ?ore?ger, said that the youth of Kurdistan will never forget the decision by Germany, 25 years ago, to ban the PKK in the country.

    In the statement the organisation also denounced once more the attitude of the German government towards the attack and invasion of Afrin carried out by Turkey last March.

    The 25th anniversary of Germany’s ban of the PKK is to be protested with a major march in Berlin. The rally has been promoted by tens of civil society organisations and groups under the slogan, “freedom struggle cannot be banned”.

    Tevgera Ciwanên ?ore?ger reminded how the ban on the PKK has been used for years as a weapon against Kurdish people in Germany, who have suffered from repression and isolation.

    The statement also condemned the bounty put on three senior PKK leaders by the US and said “states acting like this are actually Turkey’s partners in crime”.

    The statement ended with a call to all young people to “join the march and prevent Turkish fascism from being implemented in Germany.””

  3. Saudis plotting for sabotage activities in Iran (mehrnews, Dec 1, 2018)

    “The recent media reports regarding the Saudi conspiracy to sabotage the Iranian economy and assassinate Iranian officials by recruited terrorists confirms other relevant available intelligence and data. This should certainly be considered part of the larger plan of Saudi Arabia to destabilize the whole region.”

    • This should certainly be considered part of the larger plan of Saudi Arabia to destabilize the whole region.

      Something that Iran has never sought to do or encourage, even by proxy.

    • Saudis plotting for sabotage activities in Iran

      Iran’s economy is so weak that just farting in their general direction could bring down their entire rotten house (of cards). But seriously, the tipping point for Iranian economic disaster is so close that a simple campaign of stuffing potatoes into tailpipes and jamming slugs into vending machines might crash Tehran’s whole shooting match.

  4. Iran Using Hit Squads to Silence Critics of its Meddling in Iraq (aawsat, Dec 1, 2018)

    “Tehran is using teams of hit squads in Iraq to silence critics of Iranian attempts to meddle in Iraq’s new cabinet, British security officials told The Daily Telegraph.

    The hit squads are said to have been deployed on the orders of Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, with the aim of intimidating Iraqi opponents of Iranian meddling in Iraqi politics, the daily reported.

    The hit squads were deployed after Iraqi general election in May, when Iranian attempts to establish a controlling influence over the new Iraqi government were stymied by the failure of Tehran-backed candidates to win sufficient votes, it said…”

  5. This 150 second clip’s last sentences are totally priceless.

    The Modi – Apu characterization is simply disrespectful in that one does not usually directly compare a head of state with some cartoon character (although it has happened). More to the point: Of course Apu is a stereotype and, as noted in the video, everybody on The Simpsons is a stereotype.

    Pretending that it’s only your own ox that’s getting gored is callow, at best.

    • TLDW?

      The clip’s final seconds details how Macron’s G20 executive jet landed on an empty runway. No brass band, no flag waving schoolchildren, not even a sausage!

      Evidently the Argentine contingency had collectively overslept and only managed to arrive at the airport some time after touchdown.

  6. “Former Pres. Barack Obama says return to civility in politics may be challenge in $5M night for Baker Institute”
    By Tom Abrahams – November 15, 2018


    The former president said the biggest challenge over the next 20 years may be a return to civil conversation.

    While he wasn’t in attendance Tuesday night, former President George H.W. Bush also had some time with Obama this afternoon at his residence, rekindling what spokesman Jim McGrath called an already warm friendship.

    “Barack Obama speaks at Houston gala for Baker Institute”
    ABC13 Houston – Streamed live on Nov 27, 2018

    The 44th president is sharing the stage with former Secretary of State James Baker, in celebration of the Baker Institute’s 25th anniversary at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
    10:51 – BO @ 11:30… visiting buddy ’41

  7. Scientists created a clock so accurate that it measures space-time

    Indeed, they’re so accurate that they show the effect of gravity, as predicted by Einstein’s theory of relativity: The stronger the pull of gravity, the slower the vibrations of atoms and the passing of time. This effectively means that the clocks are showing not simply time, but also their distance from a center of gravity. They’re effectively measuring the space-time continuum.

      • How can I use this information to make my kids get ready for school on time?

        Dear Late on the Tundra,

        Show your children how, due to baked-in, design imprecision, every clock in the house reads a slightly differently time. Explain how this inaccuracy can give them an extra minute or two in the morning.

        Then show them the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) article and threaten to, “Go all atomic” on them.

        Hoping This Helps,

        Dr. Ytterbium

  8. “Young Kim Ahead of Gil Cisneros in California’s 39th District: Poll” by Joel B. Pollak – September 18, 2018

    “Democrats Steal Another Race: California Republican Young Kim Who Led by 3% After Election Is Suddenly Down 941 Votes” by Jim Hoft – November 16, 2018

    • How much more is it going to take!?

      Only the Grim Reaper knows for sure. None of which should deter any of us from furnishing Pale Death with a few suggestions or pointers of our own.

      Soon enough there will be a stabbing, fatal or otherwise, of some little darling at one of these play centers. Then the pearl-clutching, 20-20 hindsight, and blamestorming can begin.

      Once again, we Western Infidels are the key indicator species. When we start to go, almost everything else slides over the event horizon along with us.

      What almost nobody wants to admit is that surrendering Europe to these invading savages is not an option. There is far too much in the way of patrimony, art, ephemera, and architecture that all stand at risk of devastation or simply being turned into a latrine, open-air or otherwise.

      This cannot be allowed to pass and, yet, imagine how well-received it will be by these economic tourists when they learn that the bar is closing and the hotel is defunct.

      Things will heat up and go kinetic in a New York minute. Plus, it is difficult to conceive of anything but scorched earth being left behind by retreating hordes of “immigrants” who’re being chased off of The Continent.

      As a consequence—measures like cordoning off entire ghettos and going door-to-door as part of flushing out all opportunists and criminals guarantees—the process of removal will be very unpopular with any recent arrivals.

      Coming soon to a no-go zone near you…

    • China Creates Genetic Super Babies

      What a curious combination of physiological elements. HIV/AIDS immune (or resistant) twin girls. Will these youngsters draw straws to determine who gets to be the control and who gets exposed to HIV/AIDS?

      Off we go into the land of Hyper-Cynicism. Imagine how useful it might prove to begin cloning HIV/AIDS immune women in female-starved Red China. Especially in light of how scads of Chinese men have been screwing every knothole in sight (and a high percentage will have some form of HIV/AIDS).

      After the world’s largest medically-caused AIDS epidemic in Henan Province (search on: “Henan bloodheads”), many of the unknowingly infected males migrated from this most populous Mainland province to the far more profitable labor markets in large coastal cities.

      Long ago, I speculated that (due to the shortage of marriageable women) that there could be a rise in homosexual activity. When all of these factors are merged, this represents yet one more Communist Chinese tile to fall.

      Speaking of tiles to fall: (150 seconds)

  9. Trump, China’s Xi poised for high-stakes summit over trade war

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will wrap up a global summit on Saturday with high-stakes talks expected to determine whether they can begin defusing a damaging trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

  10. ISS robot accuses crew of being mean

    International Space Station bot CIMON likes Kraftwerk and astronauts who are nice.

    “Be nice, please,” a free-floating robotic face tells ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in a video released by the European Space Agency on Friday.

    CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) is an Alexa-like robot stuffed with IBM Watson artificial intelligence. It arrived on the International Space Station earlier this year.

    The robot is meant to assist the human crew members with tasks, provide some entertainment and boost morale. The ESA video shows Gerst’s first interactions with the machine, and some of them are a little strange.

    • In Video Debut, CIMON the ISS Robot Throws an Unexpected Tantrum

      In terms of glitchy behavior, we’re not quite at HAL 9000 levels just quite yet—but during the debut demonstration of the International Space Station’s new AI-powered robot, CIMON, the free-floating device displayed some rather questionable behavior.

      CIMON, short for Crew Interactive MObile companioN, is the first interactive flight companion to take part in an ISS mission. The $6 million, basketball-sized robot was built by Airbus under a contract awarded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The purpose of the project is to see if an artificially intelligent bot can improve crew efficiency and morale during longer missions, including a possible mission to Mars.

      CIMON has no arms or legs, but he’s got some AI-powered smarts and a natural-language user interface. The 3D-printed robot has 12 internal fans, which allow him to move in multiple directions while floating in the microgravity conditions of space. The bot can display instructions on its screen, capture video, play music, and even search for objects.

  11. French police clash with ‘yellow vest’ protesters in Paris, 129 arrested

    PARIS (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in battles with “yellow vest” protesters around the Champs Elysees in Paris on Saturday and clashes erupted in other cities across France in a third weekend of demonstrations against high living costs.

  12. French police clash with ‘yellow vest’ protesters in Paris, 129 arrested

    PARIS (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in battles with “yellow vest” protesters around the Champs Elysees in Paris on Saturday and clashes erupted in other cities across France in a third weekend of demonstrations against high living costs.

    video at site

  13. A California-based communist group is encouraging migrants to ‘remove’ Trump
    By Daily Caller News Foundation November 30, 2018

    The caravan of migrants that traveled from Honduras to Mexico includes foreign nationals pledging to abolish the U.S. immigration authorities, openly discussing their intent to enter the U.S. illegally, and reading communist literature about overthrowing President Donald Trump, according to an in-depth report by journalists on the ground in Tijuana for the Epoch Times.

    It said a Los Angeles-based group called Al Otro Lado (“To the other side”) is guiding migrants and its litigation director, Erika Pinheiro, is on the scene telling the migrants how to make sure they don’t just get into the U.S., but get as many benefits from its government as possible.

    But she advised that criminals and previous deportees in the group can still get a different status, called “withholding of removal status,” in which “you won’t be deported but it doesn’t have many benefits.”

    • The night many migrants rushed the border, they received a flier by a California-based Communist group known as BAMN — whose slogan is “Trump must go or be removed BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY” — saying, “Open it up or we’ll shut it down! Everyone must be let in!”

      This should remove any doubt about the goals of a large potion of the members of the Caravanand of the far left base of the Democrats.

  14. MSNBC commentator declares whites are ‘always going to vote with their whiteness’
    By LU Staff December 1, 2018

    She identifies herself on Twitter as a “Warrior Princess of the #Resistance,” which is a solid clue about how seriously she should be taken. Nevertheless, Danielle Moodie-Mills was a guest on MSNBC this past Monday where she delivered herself not only of the outrageous claim in the headline (more on which shortly) but also posited that “blacks are the backbone of the Democratic Party.”

    In view of its behavior in recent months, that’s nothing to be proud of, but the assertion is nevertheless remarkable. Blacks, who do register predominantly as Democrat, have been historically notorious for their weak turnout at the polls.

    According to the Census via the Brookings Institution, two notable exceptions were the years 2008 and 2012 when the percentage of blacks who voted jumped up by 5 and 6 percentage points respectively only to drop back down in 2016. The two outlier years were of course the years when Barack Obama ran. According to, 70% of blacks who voted in those elections, moreover, admitted to voting for Obama based on his skin color. So much for Moodie-Mills’s wholesale condemnation of identity politics.

  15. Iranian migrants braving perilous Channel crossing to get to Britain – many are rescued, others are not so lucky (telegraph, Dec 1, 2018)

    “Migrants attempting to cross the English channel under the cover of darkness are being rescued just minutes from death, but at least ten boats are believed to have made it to the UK in the last month.

    Since October, at least 28 vessels attempting to cross the Channel have been intercepted by French authorities, while more than 110 migrants have been picked up by their British counterparts.

    Piecing together accounts from people in Calais and Dunkirk camps, The Sunday Telegraph understands that at least ten boats, carrying a total of 60 people have successfully reached Britain undetected.

    They are the lucky ones.

    Gerard Barron, head of the Boulogne sur Mer lifeboat station, and his crews have helped save 11 men in four separate incidents in the last two months.

    Last weekend, he was out for eight hours, responding to two emergency calls in one night.

    “We picked up two guys who claimed to be Iranians. If we hadn’t have got there, they would have been dead within minutes. Their core temperatures had dropped to 32 degrees Celsius, which you simply cannot survive at.

    “I am convinced that some have died already.”

    Mr Barron, 70, was born in England but has lived in France since 1972 after studying law at Cambridge. In 34 years in the job, he has never seen such recklessness.

    “There was a body picked up in the water recently, and I was told by the Gendarmerie that he definitely wasn’t French.”.

    Pascal Marconville, prosecutor of Boulogne-sur-mer, confirmed that an unidentified body, presumed to be a migrant was picked up in Calais port about a month and a half ago after the man “drowned trying to swim to a ferry”.

    Mr Barron says that his greatest fear is that his crew will be attacked by smugglers.

    “These people are criminals and they are dangerous,” he said.

    “We have heard of them attacking authorities. In one incident, a boat had upturned close to shore and when authorities tried to round up the migrants, one was caught with a gun on him. We are there to save lives, not to be policemen.”

    The Sunday Telegraph visited Calais after several small boats and dinghies carrying migrants made the perilous journey to Dover, prompting Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, to say he was considering deploying a Royal Navy cutter to rescue the increasing numbers crossing the Channel after paying people smugglers.

    Fisherman Pascal Deborgher knows exactly how ruthless smugglers can be, after his boat, L’epervier, was stolen and driven to Dover with 17 Iranian migrants on board.

    Speaking to the Telegraph he said he received a phone call in the middle of the night asking “what the hell” he was doing, and why his boat was full of people.

    “I told them my boat was in the harbour, but when I went down to check, it was gone.

    Having been recovered by British authorities, Mr Deborgher has his boat back, but it is in a repair yard after suffering damage on the trip.

    “They smashed a window, and messed with some electrics but the real problem is that there is water in the engine. It is out of service and I am losing money.”

    After the incident he said that there were cannabis joints inside the cabin.

    “These were skillful sailors. They knew about the currents and how to drive the boat. I am sympathetic to them, I really am. They must have had terrible lives.”

    Inside the new ‘jungle’ camp that has sprung up less than a kilometre from the old infamous site, Ali, a 40-year-old Iranian, says he knows a group of seven men who made it to the UK just two weeks ago.

    “The drivers are like diamonds” he, says.

    “They are all fishermen from the north of Iran, from the Caspian sea. They know how to drive boats.

    “The smugglers let the drivers go for free and everyone else has to pay. Sometimes, people will just buy boats themselves.

    “Between the seven, they bought a boat for €3000 and paid another €1500 for it to be brought to a secret location. They called me last week, and told me they were in Huddersfield and were very happy.”

    Other groups of Iranians are understood to have arrived in Birmingham and Wigan, while some migrants caught by officials are understood to have been transferred to a hostel in Liverpool.

    The smugglers are predominantly Kurdish, and ask for money, generally around €2000 to be transferred electronically to a bank account in England.

    Once they have been paid, and the weather conditions are right, they will give the migrants a tap on the shoulder in the dead of night and tell them it is time to go.

    Hearing that his friends are on the other side of the Channel is bittersweet for Ali, who spent 15 years in England between the ages of 20 and 35.

    “I left Iran and went to Sweden. I wanted a better life. I flew to Heathrow on a fake Swedish passport and got into the country. It was wonderful and I never thought I would leave. I had a girlfriend from Widnes. I moved to Liverpool, spent time in Camden Town and High Street Kensington.”

    Around him now are muddy tracks, makeshift tents and dozens of migrants desperate to make it to England.

    Offering a seat on an upturned plastic box, Ali leans in.

    “I had a good life in England. I was a doorman at nightclubs. I have met Ryan Giggs and stood next to Madonna. This is the English dream, no?” he adds, laughing.

    “I had a driving license and paid taxes. I just never got my passport.

    “But five years ago I got a call from my sister, telling me that my mother had died. My mother was in Iran and I could not go back and I didn’t know what to do, so I left the country on a lorry.”

    Taking a deep breath, he says: “That was the biggest mistake of my life.”

    Ali made it to Sweden to see his sister, but she urged him to go back to England and not relinquish the life he had made for himself.

    He has never made it back.

    Ali says that despite applying for asylum properly, he was rejected after being caught lying about having a British passport.

    “They know I lived here for 15 years, but I told them I had lost my passport. They checked and found I never had one. Then they told me I could not come in.”

    Ali has been in Calais for just a month, but doesn’t think he’ll ever get to England.

    “The lorry security is too strong and the boats are too dangerous. I am thinking of going to Brussels. They speak English there, so that will help.”

    Not everyone is afraid of the dangers of travelling by boat. Shahrokh, a 32-year-old Iranian has tried three times in the last two months, and failed in French waters on each occasion.

    “I will keep trying again. I don’t care,” he says, sipping a cup of tea handed to him by a group of Catholic volunteers.

    “I have two sisters in the UK. I want to join them.”

    Showing me messages on his English-registered mobile, it is apparent that he has already paid a smuggler for the next attempt.

    “I paid €400. The boat was €2000. When the time is right, the smugglers come, usually one, two, three in the morning, and they say ‘It’s time to go.’

    “They bring a van with the boat inside and go to a beach. Then we try and get to England. One day, we will get there.”

    Many migrants fall well short of the English coastline and are picked up, cold and wet and taken to hospital for an assessment.

    At Boulogne sur Mer’s main hospital they received five migrants in one day last month. An insider who treated the men told the Telegraph: “They did not speak any French and they did not speak any English. They were only worried about the authorities, rather than their own condition.

    “They wouldn’t tell us anything about what they were doing. It was clear that they were scared. Of course, we knew what had happened and because they were brought here by the coast guard. We had to hand them over to immigration officials.”

    “I am sure that people have died already,” said the doctor.

    “The conditions that some people present themselves in, particularly in Calais, are appalling. It is only a matter of time until we know for sure that someone has died.”

    Back at the camp, beside a crackling campfire being stoked by thin slats of wood ripped from pallets, Janan, an Iranian in his late 20’s has just got off the phone with a friend. The man on the other end of the line is in Wigan, having left Calais by boat 17 days ago.

    “These people are my friends, but these people are crazy,” he says.

    “They do it because it is cheap. To pay for a fake passport is €8000. To pay a smuggler for a lorry is €5000. For a boat it is €2000.”

    Ingrid Parrot from the French Naval headquarters for the Channel and North Sea is holding the line that the French and British governments do not believe that a migrant has died while attempting to cross the channel on a boat.

    “But it is difficult to say for sure because sometimes the sea does not give the body back, she adds, reluctantly.

    “When someone dies at sea, the body sinks, and after three or four days it is full of oxygen so floats back up to the surface. It usually stays there for a short time, one day maybe, and then it sinks again forever. Sometimes we will never know.”

    There has been a lull in activity as the weather and sea conditions have turned in the past few days, but she knows there a migrants ready and waiting to go.

    “Trying to cross by boat is so dangerous. Please, I ask that they don’t take the risk.””

    • REVEALED: Why there is a spike in Iranian migrants trying to cross the English Channel (express, Dec 1, 2018)

      “IRANIAN migrants risking their lives to cross the English Channel on small boats are travelling to Britain from Serbia because of relaxed visa regulations between Belgrade and Tehran, experts have claimed.

      At least 120 migrants, some of them children and most claiming to be Iranian, have attempted to cross the England Channel in the past few weeks, often in appalling conditions, with some said to have paid up to £12,000 to smuggling gangs. On Tuesday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid spoke out on the growing crisis, and told MPs he was considering redeploying a Mediterranean Border Force cutter to rescue migrants crossing the Channel. And the recent spike in the numbers of Iranians attempting the perilous crossing has sharpened focus on Belgrade, where thousands of migrants assembled after visa-free travel was granted by Serbia in August 2017.

      The scheme was scrapped in October, but an estimated 40,000 Iranians flew to Serbia, with around 12,000 believed to have not returned to their home nation.

      Gordan Paunovic, Director of Info Park, a migration centre in Belgrade, Serbia, believes some of those 12,000 are among those now trying to reach the UK.

      He said: “We published an article in January and said it would be the next big thing.

      “They were coming in serious numbers. From May to September we had 8,000 a month due to the visa-free regime.

      “Three airlines opened direct flights from Iran. We still see some Iranians (at the migration centre), but they are the people who came on the last flights.

      “The Iranians are more middle class people. They would mention Germany, France and England, but England was quite high because your government was giving lots of asylum to Iranians in previous years.”

      Home Office figures shows Iran topped the number of UK asylum applications from 2015 to 2017.


      Figures released this week show that number dropped by 560 in 2018. However, the dip has not deterred wealthier Iranian migrants from paying gangs to take them to the UK after fleeing their country for a number of reasons.

      Mr Paunovic added: “It was always related to human rights and most common was religious freedoms.

      “Most of them were Christian or were converted to Christianity. Sometimes it was LGBT rights. We had some people who were clearly gay.

      “Iran is not undemocratic but there are people who are dissidents. We even had people who claimed they fought in Syria for Assad.

      “But some they just want a better life for their children and their families.”

      According to Miodrag Cakic, Field Coordinator for Refugee Aid Serbia, Iranian migrants pay smugglers from €10,000 to €20,000 euros to reach their intended destination.

      He said: “This is way above what average migrants in Serbia coming from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, or Pakistan can afford.

      “But for most of those arriving by plane from Iran this was affordable, as they arrived in Serbia well prepared both financially and logistically.

      “To those of us working on the field in Belgrade, there was a visible sharp difference in the way we were approached by those who arrived to Serbia after months of perilous journey, of which some were from Iran, and those arriving via aeroplane from Tehran and staying in the hotels.

      “They had the luxury of having legal stay in Serbia for 30 days upon arrival and were able to reside in hotels and hostels.”


      After crossing the Bosnia and Croatia borders, they make their way to up to France.

      François Guenons, from French group L’Auberge des Migrants, a group working in Calais, said there were currently about 500-600 illegal migrants in Calais, with up to 40 of them Iranians.

      He believed smuggler gangs leaving France in recent days on boats loaded with Iranian migrants are charging wealthier Iranians vast amounts to cross the Channel.

      Mr Guenons said: “I was told that to cross the Channel by boat can cost around €15,000.

      “It is not easy to leave the harbour so maybe the success of the crossings last week is because there is maybe complicity. My opinion is smugglers have found French people to help them. It would explain the high price of the crossing.

      “Some Iranians leave because of religious persecution and the economic situation in Iran is not very good. Sometimes you find families with really young children.

      “Some weeks ago I was talking with Iranians trying to find a boat to cross. I told them it is not easy, it is very dangerous.”

      Those dangers have been starkly highlighted recently.

      This week nine people, including a child believed to be 18 months old, were rescued from a three-metre boat off Dover.

      The day before, eight people suffering from hypothermia were plucked from the sea by French authorities.

      The spike in numbers attempting the crossing at such a dangerous time has caused concern with local MPs as well as the government.

      Speaking this week, Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said: “The Home Office say they have stepped up patrols in the South East – yet things are just getting worse.

      “They are clearly failing to properly police our borders and put a stop to this issue. People are still willing to risk crossing the English Channel in the middle of the night in winter – even with such a young child on board.

      “The Home Office urgently needs to set out a detailed plan on how they are going to put a stop to this crisis.

      “Meanwhile, the French cannot just turn a blind eye and say this is a problem for Britain.

      “Lives will be lost if this trafficking network is not stopped in its tracks.”

      Bridget Chapman of Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) said the number of Channel crossings on small boats had spiked recently.

      Her charity helps unaccompanied migrant children once they reach England’s shores.

      She said: “Coming over on small boats is a relatively new development. Almost everyone I work with has done a really dangerous journey across the sea. In some cases they have seen people die.

      “In the past six weeks we have had about 12 boats with about 110 people altogether. We have tightened the border to Calais so it is much more difficult to smuggle people on the old route.

      “We are pretty sure we have worked with some young Iranians who weren’t there and now are there.

      “I am hoping people are not going to risk it. I would imagine people traffickers say it is going to get a a lot more difficult after Brexit. It is getting worse.””

  16. Jews Feel Safer in “Right-Wing” Eastern Europe Than in the “Liberal” West
    NOV. 30 2018

    In a survey published last week, European Jewish leaders and professionals were questioned about their own experiences with anti-Semitism and asked to gauge its extent in their countries. By a margin of about 20 percent, respondents in Western Europe were more likely to feel unsafe than those in the east; the former were also more likely to consider anti-Semitism a threat. Evelyn Gordon comments that this upends current assumptions about the resurgence of right-wing nationalism in Eastern Europe:

  17. CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian actress is facing trial next month charged with public obscenity after she attended the closing ceremony of a film festival in Cairo wearing a see-through embroidered gauze dress that revealed the entirety of her legs.

    Rania Youssef’s trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, follows a complaint to the chief prosecutor by a group of lawyers against the actress.

    Egypt is a mostly conservative country with a Muslim majority. The Arab country of 100 million people has retained vestiges of secularism despite decades of growing religious conservatism, but Youssef’s case serves as a reminder that Islamic fundamentalism still pervades society five years after an Islamist president was ousted by the military.

    Youssef faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

  18. Chain Migration: 60 Percent of ‘Retired’ Migrants In Italy Have Never Worked (breitbart, Dec 1, 2018)

    “According to figures on non-EU citizens in Italy, around 60 percent of “retired” migrants have never worked.

    Approximately 96,000 non-EU migrants currently receive a pension from the Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS), Italy’s social security agency. Of those, an estimated 60,000 do not have their pensions covered by prior contributions because they had not worked and paid taxes, Il Giornale reports.

    Around two million foreigners are enrolled in the INPS system in total, with 1,700,000 of those being employed and making contributions to their retirement.

    The bulk of the migrants living off of Italian taxpayers’ money for their retirement appear to be elderly family members of previous migrants able to come to the country through chain migration — or “family reunification/reunion” — according to Il Giornale.

    The statistics emerge as Italians are expressing a desire to see far fewer migrants — especially illegal migrants — coming into their country. In a poll released in September 2017, 67 percent of Italians said there were already too many migrants in the country.

    On top of the concerns about foreigners claiming Italian pensions, 43 percent of respondents to the 2017 poll said they delt migrants who do work were stealing jobs from Italians — who suffer from incredibly high rates of youth unemployment, thanks in part to EU fiscal “discipline”.

    Populist Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini has vowed to reduce the number of illegal migrants and closed the ports of Italy to migrant rescue NGO ships earlier in the year.

    Salvini also accused billionaire plutocrat and open borders activist George Soros of pushing for more migration into Italy, saying “Soros wants to fill Italy and Europe with migrants,” and adding that he “would like Italy [to become] a giant refugee camp because he likes slaves.””

  19. A 38-year-old man spent an hour and a half hitched to the back of a semi-trailer going through the Parc des Laurentides on Wednesday morning — in the middle of a snowstorm — trying to get all the way to Montreal.

    The man, said to be from Latin America, managed to get on the back of the truck at a service station in the community of St. Bruno, in the Lac St. Jean region, and then hung on to the doors of the container.

    The Journal de Montreal reports he managed to make it 115 kilometres hanging on to the back of the truck before the driver noticed he was there — but not before other motorists tried to catch the driver’s attention by honking at him, and before one of the other motorists posted a photo of what he saw to Facebook.

    All the while, the snow was flying, and when he was found, the truck driver told the paper he was “frozen like a snowball”.

    The man, suffering from a mild case of hypothermia, was taken to hospital. For the moment, he won’t be charged with a crime, but the SQ did hand him a $1,000 ticket for car-surfing.

  20. US military says new airstrike in Somalia kills 9 al-Shabab (abcnews, Dec 1, 2018)

    “The U.S. military says it has killed nine members of the al-Shabab extremist group with a new airstrike in southern Somalia.

    The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred on Friday near Lebede, a community in the Bay region west of the capital, Mogadishu.

    The statement gives no details on those killed and says no civilians were involved.

    The U.S. military has carried out at least 37 airstrikes this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, one of Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist groups, which continues to stage deadly attacks in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and other cities.”

  21. Pakistan clerics in blasphemy case to face treason charges (abcnews, Dec 1, 2018)

    “A Pakistani minister says the detained Islamic clerics who disrupted daily life with rallies across Pakistan following the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case will face treason and terrorism charges.

    Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that Tehreek-e-Labbaik party chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and two other leaders have been booked under treason and terrorism charges.

    They were initially arrested under pre-emptive laws last week.

    Chaudhry said police arrested Rizvi’s and more than 3000 of his supporters who held violent rallies following the Oct. 31 acquittal of Asia Bibi by the Supreme Court.

    Bibi had been on death row since 2010 on charges of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

    Rizvi and other clerics are accused of inciting supporters and making incendiary remarks against the judiciary and military chief.”

  22. Local Taliban commander killed in shootout in Pakistan (abcnews, Dec 1, 2018)

    “Pakistani security forces say they have killed a local Taliban commander who had taken six people hostage in the country’s northwest.

    A military statement Saturday said security forces rescued all the hostages safely in an operation in the Daraban area of Dera Ismail Khan overnight.

    It said four security men were wounded in a shootout that continued till morning.

    The military said the Taliban commander, Hakim Khan, was in possession of an assault rifle, ammunition and grenades.

    Senior police officer Zahoor Afridi said police surrounded the house after receiving information that a wanted man was holed up there.

    Dera Ismail Khan is near the South Waziristan tribal region.”

  23. Two Border Patrol agents were assaulted in separate incidents near Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday, causing one agent to be hospitalized.

    Both suspects were Guatemalan nationals who became violent upon being arrested by agents, according to a Customs and Border Protection statement.

    The first incident took place when agents pursued four male suspects involved in human smuggling. Upon their arrest, one of the suspects became violent toward Border Patrol agents.

  24. DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) —
    Drake University officials say at least four racially charged letters that were reportedly slipped under dormitory room doors were a hoax, written by an unidentified 18-year-old student who will likely be charged.

    The discovery of the source is a new twist in a saga of reported racist incidents on the college campus. About 3,500 students, staffers and others rallied Nov. 14 in protest of the notes, as well as robocalls tied to a white supremacist group. Students also participated in an event to “paint the street black” in protest of racism.

    Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said Friday that two female students reported receiving racist notes under their door on Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, and that the same students reported receiving an additional note on Wednesday. Investigators later determined that an undergraduate student was responsible for creating the racist note she claimed to have received, and it’s likely she is responsible for the “copycat hoaxes.”

  25. Boy, 9, found hanged ‘was bullied for being white’
    Aaron Dugmore, nine, found hanged at Birmingham home by his mother
    Believed to be Britain’s second youngest ‘suicide’ caused by bullying
    The schoolboy was rushed to hospital but died of suspected cardiac arrest
    Family claim Aaron was being tormented by bullies at his new school
    Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Aaron’s death

    PUBLISHED: 11:54 EST, 24 February 2013 | UPDATED: 19:08 EST, 24 February 2013


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    Tragic: The devastated mother of nine-year-old Aaron Dugmore uploaded the last photo she ever took of her son to Facebook last night after she sound him hanging at their Birmingham home
    Tragic: The devastated mother of nine-year-old Aaron Dugmore uploaded the last photo she ever took of her son to Facebook after she sound him hanged at their Birmingham home

    A boy of nine who was found hanged is believed to have killed himself after he was ‘bullied for being white’ by an Asian gang at school.

    Aaron Dugmore – thought to be one of the youngest children in the UK to commit suicide – was discovered in his bedroom after being tormented for months, his parents said.

    They said Aaron was threatened with a plastic knife by one Asian pupil, who warned him: ‘Next time it will be a real one.’

  26. Each time an end-of-the-world prophecy is delivered—whether by a self-deluded preacher, a group of politicians, or scientists—we are told that we must believe. Never mind how many of their prophecies have been wrong in the past, this time they mean it.

    The latest prophecy of doom and planetary extinction comes from a government report authored by people appointed during the Obama administration. This report, and others before it, concluded that Earth is warming, humans are responsible, and that we have only 10 years to fix it.

    But wait, haven’t there been earlier deadlines, which have passed, and aren’t we still here with weather patterns behaving much as they have before, to wit, hot summers, cold winters, fires, floods, and earthquakes?

    Paul Krugman, the notoriously wrong columnist for The New York Times (he predicted “a global recession, with no end in sight,” if Donald Trump became president), has gone beyond science, labeling those who disagree with global warmists “depraved.”

    When you resort to name-calling, you have lost the argument.

    • Paul Krugman, the notoriously wrong columnist for The New York Times (he predicted “a global recession, with no end in sight,” if Donald Trump became president), has gone beyond science, labeling those who disagree with global warmists “depraved”.

      You ain’t seen nothing yet…

      Howsabout calls to execute global warming deniers?

  27. Can the media straight out refuse to report sexual harassment allegations against a public figure they really like?

    If these sexual harassment allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson are real, then they may be the acid test of that theory. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a pompous windbag filled with empty cliches and lefty pieties. He’s the media’s favorite “scientist” because he is to science about what Carl Sagan was to science. Tyson turns science into scientism, a system of self-assured and anti-intellectual beliefs. Are these allegations real? They appear to involve actual people. It’s odd that they aren’t being discussed.

    Two more women, including a fellow astronomer, say Neil deGrasse Tyson is guilty of inappropriate sexual conduct.

    Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Bucknell University, told me that she was “felt up” by Tyson at an after-party following a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2009. AAS didn’t have a mechanism for reporting sexual harassment at the time, but Dr. Allers says she probably would report the incident if it had happened today.

    Dr. Allers appears to have a photo of events surrounding the incident, certainly making it clear that she had met Tyson.

    As if this allegation wasn’t shocking enough, it came within days of my interview with Ashley Watson, a former assistant to Tyson who says she was forced to quit her job due to his inappropriate sexual advances.

  28. The U.S. attorney in Vermont has told Jane Sanders, the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), that the office has completed an investigation related to her stewardship of Burlington College and decided not to bring charges, a top adviser to the senator said Tuesday.

    The investigation centered on a 2010 land purchase that relocated the college Jane Sanders previously ran to a new campus on more than 32 acres along Lake Champlain. While lining up a $6.7 million loan and additional financing, she told college trustees and lenders that the college had commitments for millions of dollars in donations that could be used to repay the loan, according to former trustees and state officials.

    [Federal prosecutors step up probe of land deal pushed by wife of Bernie Sanders]

    Trustees said they later discovered that many of the donors had not agreed to the amounts or the timing of the donations listed on documents Sanders provided to a state bonding agency and a bank. That led to her resignation in 2011 amid complaints from some trustees that she had provided inaccurate information, former college officials said.

    The land deal, the officials said, became a financial albatross for the 160-student school, contributing to its closure in 2016.

    • The U.S. attorney in Vermont has told Jane Sanders, the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), that the office has completed an investigation related to her stewardship of Burlington College and decided not to bring charges, a top adviser to the senator said Tuesday.

      During the interrogation, while on a polygraph, Jane Sanders was posed a random question that could be readily verified later. They asked Jane, “Does your husband wear boxers or briefs?”

      With an odd hesitation in her voice, she replied, “… Depends”.

  29. The FBI raided the home of a whistleblower who was in possession of documents regarding the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, according to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras.
    The whistleblower, Dennis Nathan Cain, had turned the documents over to the Department of Justice’s inspector general and both the House and Senate Intelligence committees, according to the lawyer.
    The FBI rummaged through Cain’s home for six hours, even after the whistleblower handed over the documents, according to Socarras.
    FBI agents raided the home of a recognized Department of Justice whistleblower who privately delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog, according to the whistleblower’s attorney.

    The Justice Department’s inspector general was informed that the documents show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, a document reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation alleges.

  30. Ukraine has blocked Russian men aged between 16 and 60 from entering the country in a sweeping ban that will affect travel for hundreds of thousands of people.

    The move comes amid rising tensions after Russian border guards opened fire on and captured three Ukrainian vessels and 24 crew on Sunday, prompting Ukraine to institute martial law in 10 regions to prevent what it described as a possible land invasion by Russia.

    The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, tweeted that the latest measure was designed to prevent Russia from forming units of “private” armies, “which in reality are representatives of the armed forces of the Russian Federation”, on Ukrainian soil. Russian soldiers were active in Crimea before the peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014.

    Some exceptions would be made, such as in the case of funerals, Ukraine said.

    In a separate development, the three commanders of the Ukrainian vessels captured in the Kerch strait last weekend were being transferred to Moscow, a Russian official said. Russia says the sailors violated its border, while Ukraine says its ships were acting in line with international maritime rules.

  31. Note: this article is not just informative and devastating to Mueller, but also comes fro Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager…

    The pattern and purpose of Mueller’s investigation and the endgame is becoming clear, and yes, it’s clearly get the president at all costs.The team Mueller hired really foretold the story — Andrew Weissmann as the stop-at-nothing pit bull and a group of Democratic-leaning lawyers, including some who have represented the Clintons, had the obstruction of justice charge ready to go on day one.

    Trump’s first team of lawyers with their “don’t worry and cooperate” strategy set the president back, and let the whole thing spiral out of control.

    The investigation, I believe, has come up truly empty on its central charge related to the president — collusion with the Russian government. They are now trying to find someone, anyone who had any contact with Julian Assange with the aim of calling that collusion-lite.

    But mostly what Mueller’s team is doing is bludgeoning witnesses on unrelated charges to piece together a case against the president. They are shaping that case through the indictments — and threats of indictments — that are being used to get guilty pleas to make the president seem like an obstructor or co-conspirator. They are literally creating the crimes.

    Let’s review what Mueller and his team are doing:

  32. All my life I have reminded fellow Jews in America that we are the luckiest Jews to have ever lived in a non-Jewish country.

    I know what I’m talking about. I wrote a book on anti-Semitism, taught Jewish history at Brooklyn College, and fought anti-Semitism since I was 21, when Israel sent me into the Soviet Union to smuggle in Jewish religious items and smuggle out Jewish names.

    Even after the massacre of 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, this assessment remains true.

    But the greatest massacre of Jews in American history is a unique American tragedy.

    It is a tragedy in part because America has finally made the list of countries in which Jews were murdered for being Jews. While this was probably inevitable, given that 330 million people live in America, it is painful—equally for me as an American and as a Jew.

    And second, while there is no difference between the murder of Christians at a church and the murder of Jews in a synagogue with regard to the loss of life and the suffering of loved ones, there is something unique about the murder of Jews for being Jews: Anti-Semitism is exterminationist. Anti-Semites don’t just want to persecute, enslave, or expel Jews; they want to kill them all.

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