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  1. Nearly 300 migrants rescued off Libya: aid group (news24, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/nearly-300-migrants-rescued-off-libya-aid-group-20181222

    “A migrant group said on Friday it had rescued nearly 300 migrants off the coast of Libya over the previous 24 hours.

    “More than 300 people safe on board the #OpenArms,” the Proactiva Open Arms organisation tweeted.

    The organisation added that it had rescued people on board three vessels in difficulty in a single day.

    The vessel started patrolling the Mediterranean with two other boats run by migrant aid groups off the Libyan coast in late November.

    This area of the Mediterranean has been the most deadly for migrants attempting the crossing to Europe.

    More than 1,300 migrants have perished trying to reach Italy or Malta since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration.

    Aid groups have been sending rescue vessels into these waters despite vocal opposition from Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

    Accusing the groups of acting as a “taxi service” for migrants, he has denied them access to the country’s ports. Malta too, has been increasingly unwilling to host rescue vessels.

    Another aid group meanwhile, Sea-Eye from Germany, announced Friday that one of its vessels was setting off from the southern Spanish port of Algeciras.

    The 18-strong crew includes former volunteers who were on board the Aquarius, a rescue boat run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee.

    The two groups said they had to halt activities earlier this month because of obstruction by some European countries.”

  2. Saudi Arabia Doubles Number Of Executions In 2018 – Report (eurasiareview, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://www.eurasiareview.com/22122018-saudi-arabia-doubles-number-of-executions-in-2018-report/

    “… The rate of people put to death spiked during the first eight months after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman came to power in June 2017.

    The human rights charity, Reprieve, said that between then and March 2018 there were 133 executions, compared to just 67 in the eight months preceding him.

    Among them were scores of migrants it claimed are typically forced to smuggle drugs in their stomachs.

    The foreign workers, mostly from South Asia, were among nearly 150 executions in the desert kingdom during 2018.

    Reprieve says there have been nearly 700 executions in Saudi Arabia since 2014….”

    • Saudi Arabia Doubles Number Of Executions In 2018

      It appears as though MbS has discovered how big families take big measures.

      Let’s just say that polygamy inherently tends to increase all of the choppy fun.

  3. French Court Seizes Property of UAE Tycoon in Malaysian 1MDB Fund Case – Reports (sputniknews, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812221070916905-france-malaysia-uae-tycoon-property-arrest/

    “A French court ruled to arrest the property of UAE businessman Khadem Qubaisi after the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) has begun an investigation into him in relation to the corruption scandal around the Malaysian 1MDB fund, local media reported.

    Le Monde reported, citing informed sources, that the probe was launched back in 2017 on suspicions that the billionaire was involved in money laundering and embezzlement…”

  4. https://www.theorganicprepper.com/amazons-facial-recognition-doorbell/

    I find it remarkable that the short story Minority Report was written in 1956. How far-sighted it was.

    Technology is advancing like a shot-gun blast outward, while real, fervent defenders of Western constitutions are huge underdogs. And the advancement is one thing–each pellet of the blast can come from a brilliant individual inventor working from his proverbial garage, or from companies or institutions with big money behind. Regardless, it is the implementation of this technology that must be examined in terms of how it adheres to countries’ constitutions. The tools are there to protect the individual, but they must be used fanatically lest we completely lose our future.

    Inventions or innovations are bought out daily by the biggest companies. What those companies do with it are determined by their owners and corporate cultures. It seems many of these companies now have a very political and politically-connected culture. While it may be impossible and even undesirable to put a hi-tech genie back into its bottle, it is much to the common man’s benefit to zealously enforce laws that keep technology the servant to freedom. It is frightening to witness the world changing so quickly, while younger generations grow up without even understanding the concept of freedom, where it comes from, who fought for it, why it was fought for, and who its real enemies are.

  5. A Christmas Message:

    ” H Q  , “Was Yeshua Jewish?” . The precise genetic breed and correct indoctrination?

    Well, if born from God, then a half breed.
    And Religion? A Follower of John the Baptist. Whereas before, all sins were paid for by the slaughter of animals. Turning over the tables of money-lender and sacrifices. The new insight became: repent, fast, and face your demons. The truth of your entwined love-hate relationships in the world will set you free. A Helenized Jew.

    So on these terms, by the evidence presented inside the Bible, Yeshua was not Jewish but in his mother’s line there were a lot of them.

    Outside the Bible, he did not exist.

    So it appears to me, that the Greeks were fed up with the impending Diaspora upon the violent Jews (muslims of their day), those who had openly celebrated they spied-out land and ordered to murder every man, woman and child in it, and gave them a Greek-Jesus, a civilized Everyman. An embodiment of their philosophy.

    The Romans, thus losing slaves by the thousands, for intimidation no longer worked, gave them Christianity. A Colonial Demoralization Virus. A Death Cult to supercede the book’s living-Jesus’s deeds and examples to be exactly like him – to be reduced to a fetish. Mark, the earliest gospel, had no mention of the Virgin Birth and started with the journey to Yeshua’s discovery of the “repent, for the kingdom of god is near.” He was returning to the Jews, his meassage only for the sick of the House of Israel. A hundred years later, John casts him as the Saviour of The World. As every Superman 1, 2, 3, 4 movie would to reach a wider audience. And its still valid. The Way…. To The Truth (about your piggy tattooed self)…. and The Life (to being set free and having no burden of attachment to the world).

    The problem is, most Worship The Finger and do not see the direction it is pointing.

    You are meant to be perfect as he is perfect.

    Blessed are you who are poor, (repentant)  for yours is the kingdom of God.
    Blessed are you who hunger now, (for why you are compulsive) for you will be satisfied. (To find the truth)
    Blessed are you who weep now, (that your resentment was unjustified)  for you will laugh. (released: for as you judged, God had judged you; and that when you stopped being strong before the weak, you suddenly stopped being weak before the strong)
     Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you (offended you took away their pride and their attachment to consolation prizes given from their masters)
     and reject your name as evil,  because of the Son of Man. (I.e 100% normal and not agreeing to their unsanity)

    Now, that’s a Helenized Jew, and equal to any Helenized human being. I call you friend. That’s our civilization. Not “yes boss” “yes comrade,” or preferred pronoun. No longer chasing The After Life for the engourgement of any would-be Roman Empire as their Privileged Slaves.

    Repent, for the kingdom of god is here, for you will see it too. Take off the denial. The truth will set you free. Forgive seven times seventy time. And live your adventures by every word of god (conscience). Love your god, and love your neighbor as yourself.

    Merry Christmas to family and loved ones. And those nashing their teeth right now. Calling their Masters Good.”

    From a comment under a video:
    https://youtu.be/EzRUyDuR-QY

      • The principles never change. The Buddha and Guru Nanak, the healers for the Hindus and Muslims respectively, were successful at halting the evils in their day.

      • That’s wonderful Richard. I had looked for first-hand accounts – and not found them.

        And the Bible’s Gospels sadly were only accorded by tradition and not first-hand evidence either. Hence, the confusion of who entered the empty tomb first and what they saw and met.

        But this misses my point.

        Like Adam and Eve is fictional, it nevertheless provides us with an insight to our natures, and whatever diabolical cult the Jews came from, they have been discussing and shaping their minds and communities for the better ever since.

        Christianity has not done this. They are stuck with waiting for the Messiah’s Return. A corruption of the Message deployed to serve Rome, whose priests were their Uncle Toms feeding back information on the gullible to those in power.

        This Greek-influenced or createdJesus, sits on the shoulders of giants, the wisdom of the mind, and as a disciple of John The Baptist, (and there is still a religion that follows John), went back and free more minds. A Convert would have gone back and killed them. He went only to heal the sick. There was no change in the religion.

        Likewise, remain in your society, but now being free because you either recognized the simplicity of the teaching, or repented and apologized to your tormenter for hating them and thus giving them permission to do what they coontinue to do. Barring killing, torturing and imprisoning you, they have no power over your life at all.

        This story show you the way.

        The easy path: believe and Jesus will fix it in the End Days.

        The narrow way: the truth sets you free and now go and make a better life now.

    • Dr Who the travels time. Children flock to him. The Pedophiles in the UK lay in wait.

      The same happens to the fictitious Jesus.

      That is, whenever goodness that reveals itself, the hero; the perverts are going to act as the True Gate Keepers.
      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6518307/Catholic-priest-sentenced-25-years-prison-child-pornography.html
      “A Catholic priest who had more than 2,000 photos and videos of child pornography on his computer and phone has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.”

      “A book alleges the show’s longest-serving producer, John Nathan-Turner, and his partner, production manager Gary Downie, preyed on young male fans in the 1980s.”
      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298399/amp/Doctor-Who-staff-used-positions-sexually-exploit-young-male-fans-1980s.html

      These Characters, never saved the children.

      Only you can.

  6. INTERPOL Chief Warns of ISIS 2.0 as Jihadists Released from Prisons (breitbart, Dec 22, 208)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/22/interpol-chief-warns-of-isis-2-0-as-jihadists-released-from-prisons/

    “INTERPOL secretary-general Jürgen Stock has sounded the alarm on a potential new wave of radical Islamic terrorism, saying that Islamists about to be released from prison could pose a new terror threat to Europe.

    Mr Stock said that the threat comes from both jihadists coming home from fighting in the Middle East and from supporters who had been jailed for supporting the Islamic State but were given short prison sentences, Die Welt reports.

    “We could soon be facing a second wave of other ISIS-linked or radicalised individuals that you might call ISIS 2.0,” Stock said, adding: “A lot of these are suspected terrorists or those who are linked to terrorist groups as supporters who are facing maybe two to five years in jail.

    “Because they were not convicted of a concrete terrorist attack but only support for terrorist activities, their sentences are perhaps not so heavy,” he noted.

    “[T]his generation of early supporters will be released in the next couple of years, and they may again be part of a terrorist group or those supporting terrorist activities.”

    The warning follows that of France’s Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet, who said earlier this year that around 450 radical Islamic extremists were set for release from French prisons by the end of next year, with 50 of them considered a terrorist risk.

    Ms Belloubet claimed that the French state would be monitoring the activities of the prisoners upon release and many if not all are likely on the terror watch list, known as the S-File, along with thousands of others.

    However, many of the perpetrators of past terror attacks in France, including the recent terror attack in Strasbourg, were also S-File members — and despite being on the list, the government was unable to thwart their attacks.

    A lack of manpower could be a major obstacle to authorities keeping track of radicals according to Yves Trotignon, a former agent of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), who said intelligence officials simply do not have the resources to keep track of all 25,000 or so S-file members.”

  7. Khan’s London: Man Stabbed in Front of ‘Shaken’ Christmas Shoppers (breitbart, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/22/khans-london-christmas-shoppers-daylight/

    “A man has been stabbed in front of Christmas shoppers on a busy London street in broad daylight, as the capital continues to struggle with rising knife violence.

    Eyewitnesses reported seeing a young man suddenly set on by a group of assailants along Chiswick High Street, west London, on Friday morning, before police and paramedics arrived at the scene to rush the victim to hospital with knife wounds.

    A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at around 11.23am on Friday (December 21) to reports of a stabbing in Chiswick High Road, Turnham Green.

    “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

    “A man, believed to be in his 20s, was at the scene with stab injuries. He has been taken to hospital — we await an update on his condition.”…”

  8. Stockholm, Sweden: Thirty Fatal Shootings, But Just Eight Convictions (breitbart, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/22/stockholm-sweden-thirty-fatal-shootings-but-just-eight-convictions/

    “Over the last two years, Stockholm county has seen a total of thirty fatal shootings, but according to a review of the cases, only eight individuals have been convicted for the crimes.

    The review examined the thirty cases, all of which are believed to be connected to organised gang crime, and found that in the majority of fatal shootings — 18 total cases — no suspects were arrested at all, Sveriges Radio reports.

    In some cases there were suspects who arrested by police but later let go due to a lack of evidence, and the vast majority of the thirty murders are still in the preliminary phase of their investigations.

    The regional police chief of Stockholm, Ulf Johansson, claimed police have made steady progress, but noted the difficulty in solving the cases revolved around getting witnesses to testify, saying police had to rely almost entirely on forensic evidence.

    When asked if hard forensic evidence was always present at crime scenes, Johansson admitted “no, in some cases there is none.”

    To tackle to problem of gangs, Johansson suggested that lawmakers should open up a debate on whether or not to criminalise gang participation entirely.

    “I think we should be open to legislative measures and I think our politicians are now too. But we have to continue this work in order to get the right tools,” he added.

    Deadly violence in Sweden, according to a Swedish Crime Prevention Council (Brå) report released earlier this year, saw a record high level in 2017 with 113 fatal shootings.

    In the city of Helsingborg, the rise in gun violence was even sharper, with the city seeing a 300 percent increase in 2017.

    Local police district manager in Helsingborg Sven Holgersson, blamed criminal elements, saying the shootings were often tired to disputes over money, drugs and weapons.”

  9. Austria to Automatically Reject Smuggled Migrants Under Tough New Plans (breitbart, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/22/austria-block-trafficked-migrants-plan/

    “Austria has announced plans to automatically block asylum for migrants who arrive with the help of smugglers, with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stressing the importance of “smashing the business model of human traffickers”.

    Asylum policy in Austria “must head in this direction” in order to make the system fairer, stated interior minister Herbert Kickl this week, telling Kronen Zeitung that the “existing system” in which migrants who pay criminal smuggling gangs have a significant advantage in reaching Europe “is the most unjust and inhumane one possible”.

    Appearing on Austrian public broadcaster ORF to speak on the issue of third world migrants taking boats to Europe, Chancellor Kurz struck a similar tone, telling the channel’s Report programme: “It is not the poorest who flee, but the ones who can afford to pay [people-smugglers].”

    According to the Chancellor, it was a major problem that Africans and others have been given the impression “people can get through to Europe”, asserting it is this belief that has led to drownings in the Mediterranean and the suffering in Libyan camps, where he said migrants were “enslaved and tortured”.

    In the year since the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) leader and his populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) coalition partners came to power, much tougher immigration policies have been put in place, including the creation of a new border protection unit to ensure there could be no repeat of the mass influx of migrants who stormed the border in 2015.

    Austria surprised and disappointed bureaucrats in Brussels in recent months with the government’s decision to follow the populist-led nations of Hungary and the U.S. in pulling out of the UN’s Global Compact for Migration, citing concerns over the globalist document’s effect on national sovereignty.

    In a speech declaring Europe “must do everything possible” to kill populism on the continent last month, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attacked the leaders withdrawing from the agreement, which declares mass migration to be “inevitable, necessary and desirable”, as ignorant.”

  10. Somalia blast kills at least 6 near presidential palace (abcnews, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/somalia-blast-kills-presidential-palace-59969589

    “An explosives-packed vehicle detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia’s presidential palace, killing at least six people and wounding several others, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Those killed include three staffers from the London-based Universal TV station, including prominent journalist Awil Dahir Salad, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein.

    The bomber targeted the checkpoint near the rear entrance of the heavily fortified palace, Hussein said. A lawmaker and a deputy mayor of Mogadishu were among the more than 20 people wounded, he said…”

  11. 4 stowaways arrested as ship incident resolved in England (abcnews, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/stowaways-arrested-ship-incident-resolved-england-59970020

    “British police say four men have been detained under the Immigration Act after a “complex incident” involving a ship in the Thames Estuary in southeast England was resolved without any injuries.

    Essex Police said Saturday that the vessel was “boarded and secured shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday” and will be brought to a dock.

    The police intervened after receiving reports Friday morning about a possible threat to the safety of the crew.

    Ship operator Grimaldi Lines had said four stowaways had been found on board the Grande Tema cargo ship and were threatening the crew with iron bars.

    The four men have not been named or charged.”

  12. Fresh anti-India protests in Kashmir as troops kill 6 rebels (abcnews, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/fresh-anti-india-protests-kashmir-troops-kill-rebels-59969332

    “A gunbattle between Indian troops and Kashmiri rebels early Saturday left six militants dead and triggered a new round of anti-India protests in the disputed Himalayan region.

    The fighting began after government forces came under fire during a raid on a militant hideout in southern Tral area, police said. Troops retaliated and six militants were killed in the brief exchange of fire, police said.

    As the news of the killings spread, hundreds of civilians took to the streets in Tral town, clashing with government forces at several places. No injuries have been immediately reported.

    In a separate incident, the Indian army accused rival Pakistan of opening fire in Keran sector of Kashmir and killing two Indian army officers on Friday…”

  13. -Since collectivized, communist, centrally-planned China cannot steal technology that does not yet exist, they cannot keep any advantage for long.

    -their gene pool doesn’t support innovation (yes, NR, I say it again)

    -every reserve currency is doomed right from its inception because of the fiat printing required to sustain its world. What happens today is a footnote to the mathematically inevitable.

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/12/18/america-technology-sanctions-war-will-end-by-bifurcating-global-economy.html

    • There is a possibility that you are right, the Communists have been culling the gene pool of those who are innovative so forced evolution may have changed the gene pool inside China. This gives the West a big advantage in the struggle with all communist nations, it also gives us another urgent reason to oppose the leftist politicians who are trying to take over the West.

    • -their gene pool doesn’t support innovation (yes, NR, I say it again)

      Then how did they ever invent paper, gunpowder, the compass, moveable type, silk harvesting and weaving, tea cultivation, plus a host of other brilliant innovations?

      This is not to say that modern Chinese people can innovate. Clearly, they have great difficulty doing so. Richard’s point about “culling the gene pool of those who are innovative” certainly stands, but the process has been going on for much longer than recent times.

      Dynasties of corrupt and decadent emperors and their endless wars stalled China for countless centuries. Imagine one such late seventeenth century Sino-Poobah seeing his first steam locomotive and wondering why he’d ever want such a thing when there always were slaves to carry him everywhere.

      Communist China’s OFOC (One Family One Child) policy was just the opening note of several modern death knells that rang out their innovative capacity and rang in hordes of subservient, unrebellious, ideologically pliable drones.

      Mainland Asians continue to score above average on standard IQ tests. Where they fail miserably is in the realm of GI (General Intelligence) along with such basic intellectual tools as problem solving skills and critical thought. Matters are not improved by a hyper-corrupt centrally planned Command Economy that outrightly penalizes inventiveness whilst richly rewarding those who take the most egregious shortcuts.

      One anecdote recounts how an American professor in Beijing gave a lecture and then gave the students a homework assignment to synthesize and concisely summarize what they had heard. The next day, that same educator saw the class almost uniformly hand in verbatim transcripts of his lecture without any reductive analysis.

      With almost blithe abandon, Red China continues sailing into a perfect storm that’s almost entirely of its own making. While a thoroughly baked in patriarchal social structure has not helped, it’s still as though the whole concept of sustainability is idiomatic to English and simply doesn’t translate into Chinese.

    • Just remember that Strategic Culture, like Unz, Eurasia-blah-blah, and many more, comes to ZH directly from Uncle Vlad’s workshop.

      notthattheresanythingwrongwiththat

  14. Extremist-linked Muslim Group ‘Exerted Decisive Influence’ on Govt ‘Islamophobia’ Report (breitbart, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/22/controversial-muslim-lobby-group-mend-influence-uk-first-islamophobia-report/

    “Controversial Muslim lobby group MEND, which has been accused of promoting extremism, has “exerted decisive intellectual influence” in Britain’s first Islamophobia report, according to a think tank research note.

    Sir John Jenkins, the former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, made the conclusions in a research paper for Policy Exchange after analysing the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG) report Islamophobia Defined: The Inquiry into a Working Definition of Islamophobia, which calls for the Government to establish a working definition of Islamophobia as “rooted in racism” and “a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”

    Sir John found that “despite being mentioned only once in the main body of the report… It is clear that MEND [Muslim Engagement and Development], an organisation with a tarnished reputation in Government circles, has exerted an important intellectual influence on the APPG.”

    Sir John, who co-authored the British Government’s 2015 review of the Muslim Brotherhood which found that the Egypt-founded Islamic supremacist group had links to the influential Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), goes on to outline that “MEND has long been surrounded by controversy.

    “Earlier this year, a senior MEND representative asserted that Muslims in the UK face a situation analogous to that of Jews in Nazi Germany before the Holocaust.

    “Its former director of engagement, Azad Ali, is reported to have said in March 2017 that that month’s attack on Parliament, which killed five people, was ‘not terrorism’.”

    Last year a report by The Henry Jackson Society, an anti-extremism think tank which promotes liberal democracy, stated that the Muslim advocacy group, which has worked with police and politicians, promoted extremism, sharia law, and Muslim grievance narratives.

    Noting that MEND has been working for the same expansion of the definition of Islamophobia as the APPG, Sir John continued: “The connection between the APPG report and the MEND agenda is not simply intellectual,” and outlined the deep connections between the group and those who prepared the report.

    Notably, Dr Antonio Perra, an academic based at King’s College London, “was a senior policy analyst at MEND (until July 2018).”

    “The report states that his ‘considerable support to the secretariat in the preparation of this report has been immensely valuable… [his] personal LinkedIn profile goes further and says he ‘co-edited’ the report.”

    “Dr Perra was, until recently, also a member of MEND but no mention is made of this affiliation,” the research note adds.

    “In a similar vein, the APPG makes reference to evidence it took from the ‘Islamophobia Response Unit’ (IRU). But it fails to mention that the IRU was created in April 2017 by MEND.”

    The research paper also exposed the use of written evidence submitted by Professor David Miller of University of Bristol.

    “He is a conspiracy theorist recorded as having defended the comments which led to Ken Livingstone quitting the Labour Party (about Hitler supporting a Jewish homeland).

    “He also called the concept of Israel a ‘racist endeavour’,” Sir John wrote.

    The former diplomat criticised the APPG’s report for failing to mention Islamism and the manner in which Islamists use the term Islamophobia “to shield themselves from criticism.”

    He also warned of the effect this definition could have on freedom of the press and that those who seek to “weaponise this definition” could use it to undermine the Government’s anti-extremism strategy Prevent.”

    • Extremist-linked Muslim…
      That’s Breitbart cya.
      Islam is Islam. The MB cooked up the “islamofauxbia” scam.
      ‘Moderate jihadis’ like the White Helmets, a branch of the al-Q franchise known as Jabhat al-Nusra. (Till that name became synonymous with head-choppers.)

  15. Islam is not religion of weapons and violence: Iranian Cleric (irna, Dec 22, 2018)
    http://www.irna.ir/en/News/83143393

    “Tehran, Dec 22, IRNA – The president of Iran’s University of Islamic Religions said on Saturday Islam has never been the religion of weapons and violence, but rather the religion of mercy and affection.

    During a meeting with Afghan scholars in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh Province in Afghanistan, Mohammad Hossein Mokhtari said compared to the past, Muslim scholars are now more responsible to lead people on the path toward enlightenment.

    He went on to say, ‘The most important problems of the Islamic world result from division and misconceptions about the teachings of the true religion of Islam.’

    The enemy intends to paint a violent picture of Islam and certain extremist and Takfiri sects have unfortunately fanned the flames of the issue, the president of Iran’s University of Islamic Religions added.

    Mokhtari said that despite enemies’ plots, the inclination towards Islam is on the rise.

    He also said people should follow the footsteps of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in dealing with Muslims and non-Muslims.”

  16. Turkey says nearly 300,000 Syrians return home after military operations (reuters, Dec 22, 2018)
    http://news.trust.org/item/20181222122838-h25pn/

    “ISTANBUL, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Nearly 300,000 Syrians have returned to their country after Turkey’s two cross-border operations in northern Syria, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying on Saturday.

    Turkey has carried out two operations, dubbed “Euphrates Shield” and “Olive Branch”, against Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State in northern Syria. Ankara regards the U.S.-backed YPG as a terrorist organisation.

    Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict in their homeland. Some Turks view them as an economic burden and a threat to jobs.

    “The number of Syrians that returned to their country after the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations is 291,790,” Soylu was quoted by state-owned Anadolu news agency as saying.

    The Turkish military pushed into Syria northwest in two offensives, carving out a de facto buffer zone.

    The first, “Euphrates Shield” in 2016, drove Islamic State from territory along the border. The second, “Olive Branch”, wrestled the nearby Afrin region from the hands of Syrian Kurdish forces this spring.

    Soylu also said that more than 250,000 illegal migrants had been caught in Turkey in 2018, without specifying their nationalities, adding that this showed a jump of more than 50 percent from the previous year.

    He said stepped up efforts by Turkish police and security forces and the coastguard to clamp down on illegal migration had curbed the flow of migrants to countries in Western Europe.

    Turkey became one of the main launch points for more than a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa taking the sea route to European Union territory in 2015.

    The influx of migrants was drastically curtailed by a 2016 accord between Ankara and the EU to close the route after hundreds died crossing to Greek islands.

    President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would postpone a planned military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria as he “cautiously” welcomed Washington’s decision to withdraw its troops in the area.”

  17. Vlad & Friends- I’m sure many of you saw this front page article in the UK Daily Mail regarding the drone terrorism at Gatwick Airport. The article is the longest I have ever read on the site and according to the title, it’s supposedly about the “two people who were arrested” for operating the drones.

    If there is any doubt left in anyone’s mind about the total censorship that is going on in the UK press, then just read this bloody article.

    NOT ONE WORD ABOUT THE NAMES OR IDENTITY OF THE “ALLEGED” PERPETRATORS, the criminals who inconvenienced and terrorized thousands of innocent air travelers.

    NO COMMENTS ALLOWED

    WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU??

    My opinion- they caught two “followers of the Prophet” whose religion begins with an “M”.

    WAKE UP GREAT BRITAIN, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT SLAVES to your Islamic masters.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6522089/Two-people-arrested-criminal-use-drones-Gatwick-Airport.html

      • I dunno, it could be eco freaks. Media’s disinformation tactics evolve and they do so to discredit those who want to inform the public.

        Terms like “Youths” and “Asians” aren’t used anymore because we cracked the code. Now they go to great lengths to make sure we cannot figure out who and what it is so that when we guess based on patterns we are wrong.

        I bet the government-media complex is waiting for a big chorus of muslim bashing on this one so they can do the reveal. It’s a couple of pasty left wing environmental ideologues upset because the US pulled out of the Paris accords.

        And I bet they cover the story as sympathetic to the attackers as well.

        After all, they will attempt to reason, no one was hurt, right?

        Anyway muslims like to hurt and kill people in spectacular ways and they like to spike the ball as much as the most spoiled NFL athlete. SO I tend to think it is not muslims.

        https://youtu.be/cuXPiYw0zYM

        God, South Park used to be SO good.

        • After all, they will attempt to reason, no one was hurt, right?

          Right? Ummmmmm … No.

          This sort of disruption is up there with Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. After all, he didn’t murder anyone, did he? Well, maybe except for that senior couple who lost everything and froze to death sleeping under a bridge one winter night after eating their dinner of canned Friskies. Or that retired veteran who couldn’t make the copay for a critical surgery.

          How about that Gatwick flyer whose delayed departure caused him to miss an incredibly rare available organ transplant window?

          Perish the thought that these $h!tthêäds might have caused hundreds of fatalities by actually crashing a passenger jet.

          By now, it should be abundantly clear that hampering plans made weeks or even months in advance (much less just a few minutes ago) can have worst-case downstream consequences or “ripple effects”.

          I hope the Gatwick perps get hard jail-time no matter what amount of virtue signaling their barrister tries to put on parade. The last British judge knew precisely what to do with one of these morally preening criminal drone deadbeats.

          • I was mocking their reasoning, not making their case for them. Of course much hurt and damage was done. That is why they did it, and as you point out, the potential for more damage was enormous. Costs for this have to be in the millions so far, with more to come.

            • I was mocking their reasoning, not making their case for them.

              Ummmmmm … I knew that.

              It’s why the words “you” or “Eeyore” do not appear anywhere in my entire post and specifically why I closed my reply* with a direct reference to moral preening, which you most certainly are NOT doing.

              * I hope the Gatwick perps get hard jail-time no matter what amount of virtue signaling their barrister tries to put on parade. The last British judge knew precisely what to do with one of these morally preening criminal drone deadbeats.

      • The British military reportedly used an Israeli anti-drone system to ground an unmanned aerial vehicle that shuttered the airfield at London’s Gatwick Airport for over 36 hours beginning Thursday, stranding tens of thousands of passengers.

        Flights resumed Friday at Gatwick, the United Kingdom’s second busiest airport, while police said they were still hunting for the drone operator or operators and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said “military capabilities” were being deployed to safeguard the airport.

        Though Grayling did not give details on what equipment was being deployed, The Daily Mail reported that the British Army used the Israeli-made “Drone Dome” to bring down the UAV after police failed for hours to do so with a commercial anti-drone system.

        Six of the systems, which were developed by Israeli defense firm Rafael, were sold to the UK Ministry of Defense in August in an estimated $20 million deal, according to Israel’s Globes financial daily.

        According to RADA Electronic Industries, which makes the radars used in the Drone Dome, the system can identify drones from 3-5 kilometers (1.8-3 miles) away using 360-degree detection technology.

        https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-army-said-to-use-israeli-made-system-to-end-drone-chaos-at-london-airport/

    • We all know the lack of names means a terror attack, a terror attack that will be copied around the world. The next time the drone may have explosives attached, if you the next time coming soon to an airport close to you.

      This tactic can be adapted to several locations other then airports so be careful when you are out near targets that a small drone with high explosives could do large scale damage.

      • For sure this was terrorism. I think that word, like every other important word has been hijacked by leftists to a specific purpose.

        Terrorism would be an antisocial act, usually violent, for a political purpose, which is what differentiates it from crime, which is for personal gain.

        FARC, a communist group in Columbia, does crime for political purposes. So it is a terrorist group raising money by crime.

        As the purpose is different, the tactics to combat it must be different in order to succeed. Terrorism itself is a tactic of war, and treating it as a law and order issue is begging for failure. And we see that this is what we are achieving in the West. Failure on two levels. Terrorists are willing and those agencies which are alleged to be defending our people and values, are in fact themselves becoming enemies of them.

        A lot of this is because we treat terror like crime.

        • You are right, under the Clintons we started treating each terror attack as a crime that wasn’t connected to any other terror attack. While W took us to war following the 9/11 attack he allowed his advisors to put rules of engagement in place that forced the soldiers on the battlefield to act like cops. This is why we have soldiers in the pen or on trial for acting like soldiers fighting a war.

          This stupidity by the left (in both parties) is making the west lose the war of survival. While I believe that in the near future the citizens of the Western Nations are going to rear up and start forcing their governments to treat the war as a war the arguably treasonous actions of the left are making the war last longer and cost more lives then if we had acted like this is a war from the beginning.

  18. Richard: Get ready for a fight that will make the Kavanaugh hearings seem fair and balanced.

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, undergoes lung procedure to remove cancerous growth

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery Friday to remove two malignant nodules from her left lung, the Supreme Court said.

    It said she was “resting comfortably” after the surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and there was no evidence of any remaining disease.

    “Currently, no further treatment is planned,” the court said in a statement.

    Ginsburg, the eldest member of the court and the senior justice of its liberal wing, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests she received while being treated for rib fractures sustained in a fall last month. Both nodules were found to be malignant during an initial evaluation.

    Sloan Kettering on its website describes a lobectomy as the most common operation for non-small cell lung cancer. It is the best treatment for “isolated lung cancer in an otherwise healthy patient,” according to the hospital.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/21/supreme-court-justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-85-reportedly-undergoes-lung-procedure-.html

    • Richard: video at site says the growths were malignant. A third appointee by PT will change the philosophy of the court for several decades. The libs are going to be out in force and when the Trump appointee is confirmed they will react violently.

      Ginsburg: My health is fine, ribs are ‘almost repaired’
      By Chris Mills Rodrigo – 12/15/18 10:05 PM EST

      Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said her ribs are “almost repaired” Saturday after breaking them in a November fall.

      Ginsburg reassured a crowd gathered at an event in her honor at the Museum of the City of New York, according to CNN.

      “[My health] is fine [and] my ribs are almost repaired,” she said.

      Ginsburg also said that, as of yesterday, she was able to do her whole workout routine with her personal trainer.

      https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/421564-ginsburg-my-health-is-fine-ribs-are-almost-repaired

      • Richard: video at site says the growths were malignant. A third appointee by PT will change the philosophy of the court for several decades. The libs are going to be out in force and when the Trump appointee is confirmed they will react violently.

        Trump getting a third pick would sorta, kinda put a real twist in things

        [Foghorn Leghorn]

        A twist in the Democrat tail, that is.

        Those Leftists are about as sharp as ten pounds of wet leather.

        Gonna hafta show ’em how to play hardball. Hardball, I say.

        Are you paying attention?

        [/Foghorn Leghorn]

  19. Asylum seekers waiting in Tijuana blindsided by U.S.-Mexico agreement

    A couple of hours after the Trump administration announced a new agreement with Mexico that will send asylum seekers back south after they ask the U.S. for protection, migrants and Mexican federal immigration officials in Tijuana were equally surprised by the news.

    In El Chaparral plaza, David Enamorado, 32, stood with people signing up for a place in line among the backlog of asylum seekers that has ballooned under the Trump administration’s policies. He read aloud articles explaining the change to those under the tent from his phone.

    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/migrant-caravan/sd-me-return-to-mexico-tijuana-20181220-story.html

  20. ‘Smart’ uniforms track Chinese students in truancy fight

    Schools in southern China are using chip-powered “smart” school uniforms to track their students in a bid to tackle truancy and boost attendance, according to state media.

    The uniforms use chips to monitor the location of students and can record their exit and entry into school, according to the tech firm behind the tracking devices.

    “When students enter the school, the smart uniforms help take a photo or video of them,” explained principal Ran Ruxiang, whose elementary school in Guizhou province started rolling out smart uniforms last November.

    More than half of the school’s 1,400 students were wearing the smart uniforms, he told AFP.

    At least 10 schools in Guizhou and neighbouring Guangxi have adopted the technology, according to a Thursday report by the Global Times.

    If students walk out of the school without permission, an automatic voice alarm will activate, the report said.

    Paired with facial recognition devices installed on school doors, the smart uniforms can also sense if students swap uniforms.

    “We choose not to check the accurate location of students after school, but when the student is missing and skipping classes, the uniforms help locate them,” Guizhou province school principal Lin Zongwu told the Global Times.

    https://www.france24.com/en/20181221-smart-uniforms-track-chinese-students-truancy-fight

    • The uniforms use chips to monitor the location of students and can record their exit and entry into school, according to the tech firm behind the tracking devices.

      Sewing devices into or onto uniforms for growing bodies can become expensive. Single-time, in vivo RFID implants amortize a lot better over the long run.

      Which is precisely why the Chicoms will eventually turn their awesome surgical resources over to alteration, modification, implantation, genetic editing, and every last damned dubiously ethical (or outright criminal) medical procedure that most people would prefer not to imagine.

      • Yeah they will, sadly we can’t depend on the coming economic collapse and World War to solve the problem of Red China. If they have enough control over their soldiers regimes that think soldiers are fungible products are hard to destroy.

      • They will use their skill at stealing what others are developing to be able to customize their human property. Once the Chinese start doing this I can see the other wanna be world Dictators working to develop their own customized soldiers and complacent lower classes.

  21. Poll: Record polarization, partisanship tops accomplishments

    Modern American politics has reached a new level of partisanship and polarization that judges leaders like President Trump not on their accomplishments but their party, according to a new survey.

    The Democrat-Republican partisan gap, which reached a record 70 points under former President Barack Obama, has now grown to 77 points and appears to overshadow the types of rallies in approval ratings past presidents had, according to a new Gallup analysis.

    “Presidents today may now be judged simply by Americans on shared or divergent partisanship rather than on the president’s accomplishments in office or on the state of the nation,” said the polling service.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/poll-record-polarization-party-hatred-love-tops-accomplishments

  22. The good Judge Sullivan did in the Flynn hearing this week
    By J.E. Dyer December 22, 2018

    There has been a lot of ink expended already on the uncharacteristic outburst from Judge Emmet Sullivan in his hearing in federal court on the sentencing proposals for Michael Flynn. It’s not my plan to rehash it here, except to summarize the main points highlighted by the media.

    Sullivan asked a constructive question about whether Flynn’s behavior in relation to another case – that of his firm’s lobbying for Turkey – was thought by Robert Mueller to have risen to the level of “treason.” And Sullivan suggested that under that condition he would be disgusted by what Flynn had done.

    Not surprisingly, the reporting on this universally described Flynn and his lawyers as “stunned” by the judge’s outburst. The language was arguably prejudicial. Some commentators are even suggesting that Sullivan should be sanctioned.

    That is all a separate argument from the point I want to make here. The media have largely misrepresented the judge’s comments to make them come off, straightforwardly, as if Sullivan in fact thought Flynn had been treasonous and behaved in a disgusting manner, and that appears to be an inaccurate representation. But that’s not the point I want to make either.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2018/12/22/the-good-judge-sullivan-did-in-the-flynn-hearing-this-week/

    Richard: The conclusion she reaches is the same one that Dan Bongino has been telling us about for a long time, the main goal of the Mueller investigation isn’t to get Trump (although they would love to do this). Instead it is to protect Obama, according to him the entire reason for the extraordinary protection being given to Hillary is that if she is charged one of the witnesses (and possibly co-defendant) is Obama. As the first Black President the Dems are going to protect Obama no matter what, they will do what ever it takes to protect him.

    • As the first Black President the Dems are going to protect Obama no matter what, they will do what ever it takes to protect him.

      Except that 0bama isn’t Black, no matter what he and his fans would like to think or believe. 0bama is a Mulatto. Always has been a Mulatto. Always will be a Mulatto until long after our sun implodes.

      0bama’s “Blackness” is as mythical as his intelligence, racial struggle, or honesty. His finessing of the race card makes Al Sharpton look like the three-card-molly huckster that he’s always been.

      • I will grant you that, one of the worst sins of the left is the way they dumb down the languages to try and force their policies on the people.

      • Q- Can we still say “mulatto”?
        A – Probably not on FxxkBk or Twxtter.

        How long before Baby Doc’s Gestapo come for Eeyore and try to murder our VTB?

        • You have ask the question that has been on my mind lately, I hope that all of our Canadian Friends have bug out plans made and some place safe to run to.

          • Boston’s not that far from the border. Sleeping-bags on my tiny livingroom floor, 24/7 samovar serving chai.

            I can’t think of anything I can offer other than shelter. They need secure internet support and lawyers.

            • If I was still living in a house instead of an apartment I could offer the same along with armed protection. Now having anyone stay more then one night and questions are ask.

  23. Bombshell: New study reveals feature of Obamacare has already killed 10,000 patients
    By Howard Portnoy December 22, 2018

    Nancy Pelosi has been wrong so often that it should come as no surprise that she was wrong when she famously said in 2010 of the largely unread 2,800-page Affordable Care Act: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The bill did pass, albeit by the skin of its teeth, and Americans are still not quite up to speed on the many horrors that lurk within the pages of this legislative behemoth.

    One such nightmare is the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which was designed by the government agency in charge of Medicare and Medicaid. According to the Mises Institute:

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2018/12/22/forget-death-panels-a-new-study-reveals-one-feature-of-obamacare-has-already-killed-10000/

  24. Senate’s study on ‘Russian influence’ linked to exec who ran Democratic ‘false-flag’ bot op against Roy Moore
    By Daily Caller News Foundation December 21, 2018

    The head of the firm behind a report on ongoing Russian influence campaigns in the United States was part of a Democratic project to create fake Russian bots during the Alabama special election in October 2017.

    The chief executive of cybersecurity firm New Knowledge, Jonathan Morgan, was one of the operatives on a self-described “false flag” operation meant to link Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to Russian bots in order to boost his Democratic opponent, now-Sen. Doug Jones. The project sought to spread misinformation about foreign interference in an American election.

    Morgan’s firm also recently authored a report on that very topic for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2018/12/21/senates-study-on-russian-influence-linked-to-exec-who-ran-democratic-false-flag-bot-op-against-roy-moore/

    Richard: Start getting ready for massive election fraud during the 2020 Presidential Election. The Dems know that a third Supreme Court (possibly a 4th) pick and 4 more years of Trump fighting to restore our rights will set the Marxist agenda back several decades. If Ginsburg retires or dies and the left doesn’t turn to violence during the confirmation of the 3rd Trump appointment (I think they will turn very violent) the left will resort to levels of violence during the 2020 election that will make the 2016 violence look like a peaceful election.

  25. UK: Protesters outside BBC HQ call for honest coverage of climate change

    Extinction Rebellion activists rallied in front of the BBC London Headquarters, calling for the broadcaster to include the issue of climate change in its coverage, Friday.

  26. French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Chad

    French president Emmanuel Macron arrives in Chad to meet with President Idriss Deby and ‘Barkhane’ soldiers, who have been fighting jihadists in the Sahel since 2014.

  27. Greek, Bulgarian Prime Ministers Urge EU to Clearly Define Migration Policy (sputniknews, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812221070929528-eu-migration-policy-definition/

    “Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov urged the European Union to define more clearly the policy toward migrants and the rules for granting asylum.

    “We talked about the asylum system in the European Union. Unfortunately, the Austrian presidency of the EU has not moved this issue forward. During the Romanian presidency, we will pave the way for the resolution of this issue, because we can no longer face such principles, like the principle of solidarity, according to which the first country that accepts people bears the entire burden”, Tsipras said at a press conference.

    In turn, Borissov also expressed hope that during Romania’s EU presidency, progress would be reached in solving the migration crisis.

    “During the Austrian EU presidency, progress in this regard has not been as significant as I had hoped. We will count on the Romanian presidency to implement this, and this topic should remain on the EU agenda”, Borissov said…”

  28. Global Outreach? Toblerone Goes Halal, Provoking Fear of Europe’s ‘Islamisation’ (sputniknews, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812221070926232-global-outreach-toblerone-halal-fear-europe-islamisation/

    “Since the beginning of the migrant crisis in Europe, the number of refugees, the majority of whom are Muslims, has been steadily growing, leading to divisions within the European Union over issues such as national security, border control, asylum policy, the EU refugee quota system, etc.

    In April of this year, the American company Mondelez that owns Toblerone reportedly decided to certify the world famous Swiss chocolate as halal. It became public only in December after an article in the Swiss newspaper Blick was published, sparking heated public debate.

    “Islamisation does not take place — neither in Germany nor in Europe. It is therefore certainly pure coincidence that the depicted, known chocolate variety is now certified as ‘HALAL'”, Jörg Meuthen, a Federal spokesman for the party Alternative for Germany (AfD) says in a Facebook post.

    After the changes in the policy by the company that produces Toblerone were revealed, it was not only politicians who took note, but social media users as well. The latter started intense discussions on Twitter under the hashtag #BOYCOTTTOBLERONE.

    While the majority of Twitter users were outraged by the decision of Toblerone’s parent company, Mondelez…

    Valérie Moens, a Mondelez spokesperson later explained that the halal certification doesn’t imply that the product itself will change as Toblerone satisfied the halal-criterion before the official certification, according to the Huffington Post.

    The company’s spokesperson noted that the decision was motivated by Mondelez’s “ambition… to make products everyone can enjoy”.

    “That is why it’s important to us to respond to the different preferences and food requirements of our broad range of consumers worldwide”, the Huffington Post cites Valérie Moens as saying.

    The translation of word “halal” is Arabic for “permissible”, and is used by Muslims to verify whether the product satisfies various Islamic requirements. The halal certification procedure in turn reportedly implies that the products produced have to be approved by imams.

    Since the beginning of the European refugee crisis the number of individuals seeking asylum has significantly increased and was estimated at 25.8 million (4.9% of the overall population) of Europe as of mid-2016, according to the Pew Research Center.”

  29. Over 70 percent of legal requests to Twitter in first half of 2018 from Turkey (ahvalnews, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://ahvalnews.com/censorship/over-70-percent-legal-requests-twitter-first-half-2018-turkey

    “In the first six months of 2018, Turkey submitted approximately 73 percent of the worldwide total legal request to Twitter to withhold content, the social media company said in its latest transparency report.

    Turkey also submitted the highest number of removal requests in Twitter’s previous report, with 45 percent of the worldwide total.

    The volume of legal demands from Turkey doubled in the first half of 2018, Twitter said, partly due to Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish rebels in the northwestern Syrian province of Afrin, which started in January and ended after two months.

    In the same period, Twitter received legal demands worldwide for 135 accounts of verified journalists and news outlets, it said

    The majority of these requests originated from Turkey, which specified 90 of these accounts, Twitter said. The company withheld two accounts violating Turkey’s anti-terror law.

    Twitter said it had filed 113 legal objections with Turkish courts in response to 508 court orders on the grounds that they had not complied with the principles of freedom of speech, freedom of press, and/or did not specify the content at issue. Four objections were accepted in full and one was partially granted.

    Twitter also received five court orders asking the company to remove allegedly defamatory Tweets from newspapers and news outlets related to a Turkish imam, which it said was known for his controversial views on women’s rights.

    The company said it had not taken action on the 25 reported Tweets either, because of the political nature of the content or the fact that the users had already deleted the content.

    One of the most popular Turkish soccer clubs and its president submitted 16 court orders for violation of personal rights, Twitter said. The company withheld 114 Tweets in response to these court orders.

    “We received a court order regarding accounts impersonating Professor Ilber Ortayli, one of the most popular Turkish historians. We suspended two accounts for violating our parody, newsfeed, commentary, and fan account policy,” Twitter said.”

  30. Desperate women fleeing Venezuela sell hair, breast milk, sex to get by

    CUCUTA, Colombia – Although the sun has barely risen, this border city with Venezuela is already bursting with chaos.

    Thousands upon thousands of Venezuelans pour into Colombia over the crowd cross-country bridge, their faces gaunt, carrying little more than a backpack. Rail-thin women cradle their tiny babies, and beg along the trash-strewn gutters. Teens hawk everything from cigarettes to sweets and water for small change.

    The young, the old and the disabled cluster around the lone Western Union office – recently established to deal with the Venezuelan influx – in the hopes of receiving or sending a few dollars to send home. Without passports or work permits, the Venezuelans – many with university degrees or decent jobs in what was once the wealthiest nation in Latin America – are now resorting to whatever it takes to survive.

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/venezuelan-women-sell-hair-sex-and-breast-milk-to-survive-as-country-crumbles?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • Desperate women fleeing Venezuela sell hair, breast milk, sex to get by

      This is what happens when you allow the state to treat you as a commodity. Just look at Los Angeles and Hollyweird. Despite supposedly being a First World location, human life is a commodity there as well. Add Communist China, Cuba, North Korea and several more to round out this picture.

  31. Pullout of US Troops From Syria Should Be ‘Catalyst for Peace’ – Iraqi President (sputniknews, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201812221070931965-iraq-president-us-syria-withdrawal/

    “Iraqi President Barham Salih has expressed hope in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria will contribute to the conflict settlement and will not result in a new escalation of violence, Salih’s press service said.

    “His Excellency confirmed that the withdrawal should be a catalyst for peace based on respect for the rights of the Syrians and their independent decision, and not to start a new phase of violence and interventions,” the press service said.

    During the conversation, Salih also stressed that “Iraq should not bear the burden of the international and regional tensions,” and the country’s sovereignty and national interests must be safeguarded.

    Pompeo, in turn, reaffirmed US commitment to continue counterterrorism fight in Iraq.
    The talks come after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday that the United States began the pullout of its forces from Syria. She noted that the troops’ withdrawal did not mean the end of the coalition’s fight against the Daesh terror group. The statement followed President Donald Trump’s remark over Daesh defeat in Syria.”

  32. Is The Fed Actually Trying To Cause A Stock Market Crash?

    All of the economic numbers tell us that the economy is slowing down, and on Wednesday Fed Chair Jerome Powell even admitted that economic conditions are “softening”, but the Federal Reserve raised interest rates anyway. As one top economist put it, raising rates as we head into an economic downturn is “economic malpractice”. They know that higher rates will slow down the economy even more, but it isn’t as if the Fed was divided on this move. In fact, it was a unanimous vote to raise rates. They clearly have an agenda, and that agenda is definitely not about helping the American people.

    Early on Wednesday, Wall Street seemed to believe that the Federal Reserve would do the right thing, and the Dow was up nearly 400 points. But then the announcement came, and the market began sinking dramatically.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 720 points in just two hours, and the Dow ended the day down a total of 351 points. This is the lowest that the Dow has been all year, 60 percent of the stocks listed on the S&P 500 are in bear market territory, and at this point approximately four trillion dollars of stock market wealth has been wiped out.

    We haven’t seen anything like this since the last financial crisis. This is officially the worst quarter for the stock market since the fourth quarter of 2008, and it is the worst December that Wall Street has experienced since 1931.

    It is insanity to raise interest rates when stocks are already crashing, but the Federal Reserve did it anyway.

    They knew what kind of reaction this would cause on Wall Street and in other global markets, but that didn’t stop them. The financial world is in utter turmoil, and this move by the Fed has definitely added fuel to the fire.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-20/fed-actually-trying-cause-stock-market-crash

    Richard: It looks like the FED is trying to cause a market crash, the scary thing is the crash won’t stay in the US it will spread around the world. With the social unrest in almost all nations this is a recipe for civil wars that will probably turn into WWIII. Things aren’t looking good, the left thought they had won and that their one world socialist government was a given. Now their plans are collapsing and they are forced to either turn to violence or surrender. The left isn’t about to give up when they are so close to victory, look for massive violence in all Western Nations. Violence that will continue on and off for several decades.

    Keep your musket clean, your powder dry and watch your backs.

    • This is the twenty-five years cycle,they build us up so that we invest,start our own businesses,accrue mortgages,buy buy buy,and now that we are sufficiently fat the criminal cartel has come to shear us like sheep again ,crashing our finances,and taking all our hard earned resources for pennies on the pound.

  33. Pro-Polygamy Muslim Leader Calls for Islamic Representation in Italy (breitbart, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2018/12/22/pro-polygamy-muslim-leader-calls-for-islamic-representation-in-italy/

    “One of Italy’s most prominent Muslim leaders has challenged interior minister Matteo Salvini to find a way to give Muslims “democratic representation” in government.

    Hamza Piccardo, who famously argued that “polygamy is our civil right,” wrote this week to Mr Salvini asking him to “establish an electoral process leading to the election of a democratic representation of Italian Muslims.”

    As the founder of the Union of Italian Islamic communities (UCOII), Piccardo urged Italians in 2016 not to “undervalue polygamy’s demographic effect,” which would help “rebalance” Italy’s low birthrate and the consequent need for foreign manpower.

    He also argued that although a minority position, polygamy had as much historical claim to being a civil right as gay marriage.

    Now Mr Piccardo is calling on the Italian government to bring Islam into dialogue with Italy’s political establishment.

    “Let the government organize a consultation that can bring order to Italian Islam, we are fed up with this anarchy,” said Piccardo, who has translated the Qu’ran into Italian.

    “Even though the competent party for relations with religious communities is at Palazzo Chigi,” Piccardo wrote, referring to the headquarters of Italy’s Prime Minister, “I want to address the Minister of the Interior [Matteo Salvini], because ever since 2005 this is where communication, albeit sterile, has taken place between the government and the Muslims of Italy.”

    The problem, Piccardo noted, is that “none of the organizations present in the territory significantly represents the soon to be three million Muslims in Italy, one million of whom are Italian citizens.”

    Mr Piccardo has asked the Interior Ministry publicly “to promote and establish an electoral process that leads to the election of a democratic representation of Italian Muslims with whom to dialogue.”

  34. Hungary Hits Back at FT: Soros an ‘Enemy of Democracy’, Not ‘Person of the Year’ (breitbart, Dec 22, 2018)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/22/hungary-ft-soros-enemy-democracy-not-person-year/

    “The Hungarian government has hit out at the Financial Times naming George Soros their “Person of the Year”.

    The famous salmon-coloured newspaper, something of a house magazine for the British establishment and financial elite, praised the billionaire currency speculator and convicted insider trader as “the standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society”.

    Hungary’s conservative-populist government, which shares a mutual antipathy with the 88-year-old plutocrat on the subject of mass migration — opposed by Budapest, encouraged by Soros — has offered an assessment very much to the contrary, observing: “To the Financial Times, he’s Person of the Year, but to many ordinary citizens, Soros is an enemy of their democracy.”

    “To the FT, Soros is a philanthropist, period… the charitable, selfless kind,” wrote government spokesman Dr Zoltán Kovács, describing the financier as the newspaper’s “Achilles’ heel”.

    “The FT and much of the liberal, mainstream media just cannot talk in any depth about Soros as the ambitious political actor that he is, a man with an ideologically-driven agenda who puts money behind people and causes that are highly political in nature. He talks and writes candidly himself about his political schemes, plots for which he has zero political mandate,” the Hungarian observed.

    “The irony here? The ‘standard bearer of liberal democracy’ funds political movements to undermine democratically elected governments and decisions – like Brexit – taken by popular referendum.”

    It is true that Soros, a Hungarian-born American citizen, has indeed ploughed hundreds of thousands of pounds into the movement to overturn Brexit, and facilitated meetings between powerful EU loyalist politicians and party donors from both the governing Tory party and the Labour opposition at his Chelsea mansion.

    Kovács also raised the “tens of millions of [United States Dollars]” which Soros spend “lobbying the U.S. government against Hungary” in 2017, and similar efforts in the EU capital of Brussels.

    “Soros and the NGOs that rely on his funding for survival continue to back a radical, open borders, pro-immigration agenda at a time when the migration crisis is putting difficult strains on states to protect Europe’s borders and posing serious security concerns. That stands in stark opposition to what the citizens of Hungary – and those of many European countries – want,” he warned.

    “I could list many other examples… his ideological zeal to push for an open society that seeks to undermine national sovereignty and run roughshod over the will of the citizens knows no boundaries.””

  35. Norway’s Ambassador Thanks Moroccans for Their Solidarity

    Norway’s ambassador to Morocco said she was “deeply touched” by the outpouring of solidarity Moroccans have expressed following the murder of Louisa and Maren in Morocco’s Imlil near Toubkal Mountain

    Rabat – In the wake of the murder of two Scandinavian tourists, Norwegian Ambassador to Rabat, Merethe Nergaard, called on everyone to stick together and not “give in to fear” emphasizing that Morocco and Norway will remain united in fighting extremism and terrorism.

    In a statement to Morocco’s state-owned agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Saturday, Negaard said that Morocco and Norway worked together following the heinous murder that took the lives of two innocent women.

    The ambassador recalled the two countries’ collaboration in investigating the murder, expressing gratitude on behalf of her country to Morocco’s security services who were “quick” to arrest the suspects.

    “We have full confidence in the ability of the Moroccan authorities to complete the investigation, and we highly appreciate their assistance.”

    Strongly condemning the murders, Nergaard thanked the Moroccan people’s support for and sympathy with the families of the “young, innocent girls who loved to hike in this beautiful country.” [ ... they were not innocents ... they were INFIDELS....]

    “The letters, flowers and messages of condolences and sympathy have deeply touched us. They are a demonstration of the rich values, openness, and hospitality of Moroccan people,” Nergaard said.

    Nergaard’s words of gratitude followed those of the Danish ambassador to Morocco, Nikolaj Harris, who also thanked Moroccans for their empathy toward the victims’ families and acknowledged the efforts of Moroccan authorities.

    “Many people put candles and roses in front of the Danish embassy, and I want to personally express how delighted I am by the various kinds of solidarity toward the Danish people during this tough week,” he noted in a statement on Friday.

    Today, crowds of Moroccans gathered in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies holding banners saying “No to terrorism,” and displaying more solidarity with the victims’ families and friends.

    Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway’s bodies were found with knife wounds 10 kilometers from the village of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains on Monday.

    Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has since arrested 13 suspects.

    Denmark suspected ISIS was behind the murder of the Danish and Norwegian women. A video posted on Twitter on Thursday documented four of the suspects pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    Morocco’s public prosecutor at Rabat’s Court of Appeals said that BCIJ is investigating the case as a terror attack.

    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/12/261301/norways-ambassador-thanks-moroccans-solidarity/

    Merethe Nergaard ( auf Französich )

    • Imlil Murders: Danish Ambassador Grateful for Morocco’s Support

      The Danish embassy in Rabat has received an outpouring of letters and notes of sympathy for the murders of the two Scandinavian tourists.

      Rabat – Denmark’s Ambassador to Morocco Nikolaj Harris has thanked Moroccans for their empathy for the families of the murdered Scandinavian tourists.

      In a statement, Harris wrote that Denmark’s mission in Rabat has received letters from many Moroccans who expressed solidarity and support for the families of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland and the people of Denmark.

      “Many people put candles and roses in front of the Danish embassy, and I want to personally express how delighted I am by the various kind of solidarity toward the Danish people during this tough week,” he noted.

      The ambassador condemned the Imlil tragedy and acknowledged the efforts of the Moroccan authorities.

      He concluded by highlighting the humanitarian principles that ground the mutual relations between the Moroccan and Danish people.

      Louisa’s and Maren’s bodies were found WITH KNIFE WOUNDS 10 kilometers from the village of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains on Monday.

      Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has since arrested 13 suspects.

      Denmark suspected ISIS was behind the murder of the Danish and Norwegian women. A video posted on Twitter on Thursday documented four of the suspects pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

      Morocco’s public prosecutor at Rabat’s Court of Appeals said that BCIJ is investigating the case as a terror attack.

      https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/12/261249/imlil-murders-danish-ambassador-grateful-for-moroccos-support/

    • Morocco and Norway will remain united in fighting extremism and terrorism….

      And united they will remain, yust so long as there aren’t any hiccups in the flow of them thar krona (NKr).

      [Rodney Dangerfield]

      Imlil has a new travel poster. It reads, “Come to a place you’ve never imagined”. Yeah, sure thing I say, like the graveyard!

      During a gig in Imlil, I asked my hotel’s concierge if they had the Cartoon Channel, and people outside started rioting!

      The Islamic youth hostel was full … full of of hostile youth, that is. Go figure!

      In a coffee shop, I asked this cute Muslima for a date and she told me, “Go climb a palm tree!

      Back at the hotel, I asked another pretty Muslim girl out for a bite … we step outside and she bites me!

      Meanwhile, Rabat’s national tourism bureau has come up with a brand new slogan, “You’ll lose your head in Morocco!

      So I go to get a haircut and I sez to the Muslim barber; I sez; “take a little off the top”, and he tries to behead me!

      I’m tellin’ yez, I don’t get no short necks.

      [/Rodney Dangerfield]

    • Time for the bears and candles,again,a typical response from the wilfully blind,until next time,animals will always be animals,but the Swedish administration has much of the blood on their hands for failing to equip their young people with any discrimination at all,or any common sense,human nature is unchanging and the fluffy rainbow world does not exist.

  36. HUGE! GOP Rep Introduces Bill to Remove Liability Protections from Tech Giants — Will Force Social Media to Pay for Political Discrimination

    Rep. Louie Gohmert pushed legislation on Thursday that will remove liability protections from the liberal tech giants. The bill will force the tech giants to pay for their biased campaign against their political opponents.

    Rep. Louie Gohmert: “It is time for social media companies to be liable for any biased and unethical impropriety of their employees as any other media company. If these companies want to continue to act like a biased medium and publish their own agendas to the detriment of others, they need to be held accountable.”

    As The Gateway Pundit reported earlier…
    It’s no secret that the Silicon Valley tech giants discriminate against conservatives and conservative content.

    Facebook has been shutting down traffic to conservative websites since the 2016 election.
    Learn more about RevenueStripe…

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/12/huge-gop-rep-introduces-bill-to-remove-liability-protections-from-tech-giants-will-force-social-media-to-pay-for-political-discrimination/?omhide=true

  37. Moroccan started a petition to apply death penalty to the terrorists who killed the two Scandinavian tourists:
    https://www.change.org/p/apply-the-death-penalty-on-the-authors-of-the-murder-of-the-two-scandinavian-tourists?signed=true

    comment by one Mohamed El berkennii:
    “I agreed that this terrorist must be executed. They must die no discussion possible. The qeustion is in wich way they must die? Look we can hang them but then they will suffer for what? 2 mins? Thats not enough. So my proposal is to kill them in the same way how Khashoggi is murderd. Then they will suffer for few hours.”

  38. Germany: New Law Banning Child Marriage Declared Unconstitutional

    by Soeren Kern
    December 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13444/germany-child-marriage-law

    The Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH), Germany’s highest court of civil and criminal jurisdiction, has ruled that a new law that bans child marriage may be unconstitutional because all marriages, including Sharia-based child marriages, are protected by Germany’s Basic Law (Grundgesetz).

    The ruling, which effectively opens the door to legalizing Sharia-based child marriages in Germany, is one of a growing number of instances in which German courts are — wittingly or unwittingly — promoting the establishment of a parallel Islamic legal system in the country.

    The case involves a Syrian couple — a 14-year-old Syrian girl married to her 21-year-old cousin — who arrived in Germany at the height of the migrant crisis in August 2015. The Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt) refused to recognize their marriage and separated the girl from her husband. When the husband filed a lawsuit, a family court in Aschaffenburg ruled in favor of the Youth Welfare Office, which claimed to be the girl’s legal guardian.

  39. Car Ramming Germany: Car deliberately swerves into crowded bus stop (1 DEAD, 14 WOUNDED)
    By Pamela Geller – on December 21, 2018

    A car deliberately swerved and rammed into a group of waiting people at a bus stop in Recklinghausen on Thursday just before 3 pm, killing an 88-year-old senior citizen and injuring 14 other people, according to police reports. The injured are between 17 and 67 years old. Some media reports are mentioning a possible suicide attempt — typical media and law enforcement whitewash. The driver is fine. Who rams into a crowd of people to “commit suicide”? A wall — yes. A crowd of flesh and bone — that sounds most like jihad.

    https://gellerreport.com/2018/12/carramming-germany.html/

  40. So called “Pope” permanently propagates thirdworld migration into the west at all of our cost, inclusive barbaric muslim invader influx, but Vatican refuses to offer threatened Christian woman from Pakistan Asylum. What disgusting hypocrites, it’s simply a big shame. And this on the holy feast of the birth of Christ!

    https://catholiccitizens.org/news/82616/vatican-refuses-to-offer-asylum-to-asia-bibi/
    https://www.christianpost.com/news/jesus-was-more-like-asia-bibi-or-christians-in-china-not-illegal-migrants-priest.html

    • So called “Pope” permanently propagates third world migration into the west at all of our cost, inclusive barbaric muslim invader influx, but Vatican refuses to offer threatened Christian woman from Pakistan Asylum.

      With a Pope like Francis, who needs the Antichrist?

      Devout Catholics everywhere must be aghast and enraged.

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