Reader’s Links, Last day of 2018

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153 Replies to “Reader’s Links, Last day of 2018”

  1. Hate preacher’s disciples hide behind phoney names as they plot acts of terror (express, Dec 30, 2018)

    “FOLLOWERS of hate preacher Anjem Choudary remain active in the UK, hiding behind innocuous names such as the Peaceful Society and the Bureau of Islamic Resources as they continue to plot attacks against Britain, new research has claimed.

    Michael Kenney, associate professor of international affairs at Pittsburgh University, has charted the activities of Choudary and his fanatical acolytes for years, and makes his shocking revelations in his new book, The Islamic State in Britain. In it, he says Choudary’s al-Muhajiroun organisation, featured in Channel 4’s 2016 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, has set up 181 front groups since it was banned in 2006, along with 10 offshoots in the eight years which followed. Choudary himself was jailed in the same year the documentary was released for inviting support for ISIS…”

    • Yellow vests protester climbs flag pole and removes the EU flag

      Fortunately, in this age of ubiquitous, high performance camera cell phones, there is no doubt that more than a few high-resolution images were captured of this pivotal event.

      Clearly, the protestors finally have drawn a collective connection between Micron’s utter mismanagement of France’s affairs, especially its internal policies regarding, (Oh, let’s just say…), domestic energy resource management and immigration services, yust for starters.

      Being the trendsetters that their nation is rightfully famous for, France’s Gilets Jaune have once again sparked (so to speak) the latest style to sweep Europe and points beyond. This enduring statement est très significatif, all by itself.

      Still, if only there were some eloquent way of referring to Iwo Jima played in reverse. Perhaps a classic allegorical masterpiece of an enemy’s battle standard being captured might suffice, as this is precisely what’s happened.

      Different but similar to Britain’s slightly calmer Brexit, Continental Europeans are starting to violently reject the EU’s centrally planned command economy. Bridling under the yoke of their ham-fisted immigration mismanagement, commoners are getting fed up with the arbitrary diktats of an ersatz Monarchy—a substitute for Europe’s Ancien Régime that scheming Brusellers have waiting in the wings (and we all damn well know it).

      This take-down of the EU flag could be quite historic. Especially if such conspicuous removal of the EU’s colors acquires international popularity like the yellow vests have.

      For now, I suppose we’ll just have to settle for the image of a pensive Micron, staring out from an Élysée Palace window at riots that presage his ship of state’s dismasting (even as his personal helicopter is kept in continual readiness on the estate’s helipad).

  2. Here is a fantastic example of the Left at work in its blacksmith-wordsmith shop. Before our very eyes, using the heat of sanctimony, and the brawny, determined arms that would make any heroic Soviet statue envious, they pound, twist, hammer and heat language into progressive new shapes and purposes:

    Which begs the question, what will their language sound like when their revolution is completed? What will be the apex of humanity under the Leftist PoMo engineering?

      • Monotone, no-go zone, Newspeak man
        Derivative thought according to plan
        Pat downs, and trans gowns, and all for a fee
        ‘Cause they’re warming the ovens for Baby and Me!

          • Why, thank you pretty lady.

            Of course, milliseconds after I hit, “Post Comment”, I realized the first line should have read:

            Monotone, monochrome, Newspeak man

            How better to make four words describe the entire intellectual-swamp-gas miasma that permeates Orwell’s epic book (and the original B&W film)?

            Oh well, live to filk another day.

            PS: I appreciate you noticing the scan match.That be some darn hard wordification, troost me. Nappy Yew Hear, yucki – NR

            • My brain’s wired for it.
              I don’t write myself, but I’m attuned to it.

              So I always appreciate the effort – and sometimes the product!

              (Except rap and the tardish Hussein! ya Hussein! damage my parrot-brain. I get earworm, something wicked.)

  3. Indian Army Claims to Have Killed 2 Pakistani Intruders in Jammu & Kashmir (sputniknews, Dec 31, 2018)

    “According to Indian Army officials, the intruders wearing combat dresses of Pakistani regulars were assisted by the heavy fire of machine guns, mortars, and rockets from the Pakistani posts. The movement was detected by the army men deployed along the LoC and they fired on the intruders.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Indian Army claims to have successfully foiled an attempt of infiltration by intruders suspected to be from the Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) on New Year’s Eve in the Naugam sector of the Line of Control (de facto border) on Monday morning.

    “Army foiled a major BAT attempt to strike a forward post along the Line of Control in Naugam sector in the early hours of Sunday”, an Army spokesman said.

    The Indian Army suspects the intruders came with the intention of carrying out a major attack on the eve of the new year.

    “From the recovery, it was estimated that BAT team intended to carry out a gruesome attack on the Army forward post in the Naugam sector. The alertness and counter-action of troops foiled such an attempt”, said a report by news agency ANI….”

  4. BREAKING: 39 people arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Hammersmith stabbing (express, Dec 31, 2018)

    “NEARLY 40 people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a “minor argument” in a shop ended in a man being chased down and stabbed in West London this morning.

    A man in his 30s was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following the incident in Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith in the early hours of Monday morning. Officers say the victim had been chased by a number of suspects – both men and women – following an altercation in a shop. 39 suspects were arrested at a property near the scene and taken into custody at several police stations, The Metropolitan Police said.

    The force were called to reports of a stabbing in the street shortly before 1am.

    The victim was treated at the scene by officers and paramedics before being taken to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

    He had been chased by a number of male and female suspects follwing an altercation in a shop, the Met Police said.

    The suspects were seen a short time later entering a nearby residential address which was hosting a party.

    Officers, including the Territorial Support Group, attepted to speak to a large number of people who were inside.

    A Met Police spokesperson said: “As the occupants failed to co-operate with police, a total of 39 people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

    “They have all been taken into custody at various police stations.”

    Two knives were recovered close to the scene.

    Superintendent Mark Lawrence, said: “What appears to have been a minor argument has resulted in a man sustaining life-threatening injuries.

    “Officers were quickly on the scene and provided him with first aid prior to the arrival of our colleagues in the LAS. He has been taken to hospital where he continues to receive treatment for his injuries.

    “Whilst it is unusual for so many people to be arrested in the early stages of an investigation such as this, due to a lack of co-operation and the necessity of securing essential evidence following a serious assault, this action was appropriate.”

    More to follow…”

    • What appears to have been a minor argument has resulted in a man sustaining life-threatening injuries.

      Welcome to the new age (rhymes with “sewage”) litany that will be chanted over numberless corpses until Europe finally pulls the plug.

    • Head of Saudi Arabia’s national TV channel ‘is fired for broadcasting live coverage of a music concert’

      Like the Colonial Puritans, pious Muslims everywhere live in that constant, anxious, nagging and panicky fear that someone, somewhere, somehow is having fun.

    • If that is an original $2,000,000 sounds about right, if it is a reproduction fiberglass body on a frame the cost is $35,000 plus the cost of the rest of the car.

      Does his family have that much money?

    • Justin Trudeau Mercedes 300SL

      It is agonizing testimony about just how de classe our times have become that a vacuous Philistine like Justine is even allowed to set eyes upon such an iconic automotive engineering masterpiece of style and functionality—or even sit inside it, much less actually drive the flipping thing.

      What Fresh Hell* is next? A scandalously overpriced Koons balloon dog in the Chateau de Versailles?

      * Paraphrase (What fresh hell is this?) of Dorothy “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me” Parker. One of the flaming wittiest people ever to have trod the face of this good, green earth.

      Evidently, the foregoing quip seems to have been coined by Alice Roosevelt Longworth (a downright droll dame in her own right – see below)

      He looks as though he’s been weaned on a pickle.
      (On Calvin Coolidge)

      The little man on the wedding cake.
      (Describing Thomas E. Dewey)

      If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
      (TIME magazine of December 1966)

      Variants: (If you haven’t anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.

      If you haven’t something good to say about someone sit right here by me.)

      I have a simple philosophy. Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And scratch where it itches.
      (The Best – 1974 book)

      I’ve always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
      (The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth – 1979 book

      I valued my independence from an early age and was always something of a individualist … Well, a show-off anyway.
      (The Doyenne of the Drawing Room – 1981)

  5. Police install new portable anti-terrorist gates designed to stop 7.5 ton trucks around the Queen’s Sandringham estate
    Special anti-truck-ram barriers are installed at the four roads leading into estate
    Three-foot-high modular barriers can be erected in seconds by police officers
    Gates can stop trucks weighing as much as 7.5 tons travelling at up to 30mph
    The barriers were all on stand-by today as the Queen attended a Sunday service

    Note: as a friend of mine keeps saying: if you do not have a fence securing your borders, you will have to built many, many fences within your borders…

  6. Legal experts say proposed changes to the Criminal Code after a high-profile acquittal in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man are short-sighted.

    Key changes in a federal bill, which has passed third reading, involve peremptory challenges during jury selection and use of preliminary inquiries. Peremptory challenges allow lawyers to remove a potential juror without giving reasons.

    Calgary lawyer Balfour Der, who has worked as both a prosecutor and a defence lawyer for 38 years, said the proposed changes are a knee-jerk reaction in part to the acquittal by an all-white jury of a Saskatchewan farmer in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Cree man.

    “It’s a reaction of the government to satisfy an interest group which may have been complaining after this,” he said in a recent interview.

    “I can’t imagine anything less helpful in jury selection to both sides than to have no peremptory challenges. You’re not just looking for a jury of your peers but you’re looking for an impartial jury.”

  7. DW: Security forces in the Dutch city of Rotterdam and the German city of Mainz have arrested five people suspected of plotting a “terrorist crime.” Rotterdam police are investigating the scale of the terror threat. The Dutch public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Saturday into a suspected terror plot in the Netherlands. The counterterrorism Special Intervention Service (DSI) and police initially arrested four people in Rotterdam who were suspected of plotting a “terrorist crime,” police said.

    Police in the western German city of Mainz later detained a fifth suspect, a 26-year-old Syrian man with no prior criminal record, after searching the apartment where he was found. Police said they sought the suspect’s arrest after receiving an extradition request from Dutch authorities.

    “He is strongly suspected of taking part in the preparation for an attack in the Netherlands,” police said.

    • Dutch police report city’s 2nd alleged terror plot in 2 days (abcnews, Dec 31, 2018)

      “Dutch police have arrested a 24-year-old man in the port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of involvement in a “terrorist crime.”

      Prosecutors said the man was detained Monday and will be questioned in the coming days. They said officers searched his home and seized data storage devices, but didn’t find weapons or explosives.

      The arrest came two days after police in Rotterdam and the German city of Mainz detained five people for allegedly plotting a terrorist crime. Prosecutors said Monday’s case was unrelated.

      The five suspects held Saturday remain in police custody. Prosecutors have not elaborated on the nature of the alleged plot.

      Police said they didn’t see their information from either case as a reason to increase security at a New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Rotterdam.”

  8. Top Iranian Commander Denounces US Presence in the Gulf as Fueling Insecurity (sputniknews, Dec 31, 2018)

    “Earlier, a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) labeled the US decision to send the USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf as “deceiving” regional states by creating a false sense of security for its allies.

    The chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, told reporters on December 30 that the presence of US forces in the Persian Gulf only fuels insecurity, referring to the recent arrival of the USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group…”

    • Top Iranian Commander Denounces US Presence in the Gulf as Fueling Insecurity

      More shopworn Islamic psychological projection. I swear, it’s become like playing the Race Card in its predictability.

      Is it yust me or does inverting the structure of Iranian pressers usually render the truth? As it is, Iran fuels more global insecurity than just about any other nation. Its own feelings of insecurity more likely derive from having an effective moderating force (i.e., the nuclear-capable US military) parked on its doorstep. Pauvre petit!

  9. “Anti-Christian sentiment” is on the rise in Britain, Church of England priests told a survey which has revealed that more than two thirds of members of the clergy have been verbally abused in the past two years.
    During the same period, one in ten CoE priests suffered physical violence, with the same proportion reporting they had noticed an increase in anti-Christian hate crime, according to the study commissioned by National Churchwatch.

    Researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, found that half of the 546 members of the clergy questioned for the government-funded study said that their work had become “more challenging” over the past 24 months.

    Of the one in five priests who said they had been threatened in the last two years, the vast majority said the threat was against them personally, however 20 per cent reported receiving threats against their family while 35 per cent said they had experienced threats against church property, reports the Telegraph.

  10. UK’s ‘No 1 Target’ ‘White Widow’ Reportedly Plotting Terror Attacks in London (sputniknews, Dec 31, 2018)

    “The Western world’s most wanted terrorist suspect is the widow of suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, who took part in a series of coordinated attacks in London on 7 July 2005.

    Samantha Lewthwaite dubbed the White Widow is believed to be hiding in Yemen, British security services believe, The Mirror reported, adding that she might be under the protection of fighters from the militant group al-Shabaab.

    The 35-year-old was married to Germaine Lindsay, who was one of the four terrorists who detonated bombs on London’s public transport system, targeting commuters during the morning rush hour on 7 July 2005.

    Fifty-two people died in the attacks, with Lindsay killing 27 of them on London’s tube.

    Lewthwaite, who is believed to have had plastic surgery to alter her appearance, is reported to have recently visited Dubai, with sources telling The Mirror that she might be up to a new series of terrorist attacks, including in London.

    The intelligence was reportedly gathered after an MI6 officer recruited a source close to the White Widow in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

    “She remains our No1 target and we believe the net is finally closing in. We will get her”, the source told the publication.

    Lewthwaite is understood to have relocated to Yemen “after being linked to atrocities in Kenya and Somalia”, The Mirror wrote.

    “Yemen is a hotbed for al-Shabaab recruitment and its chaotic political situation gives an advantage to on-the-run terrorists like her”, the source added…”

    • UK’s ‘No 1 Target’ ‘White Widow’ Reportedly Plotting Terror Attacks in London

      “White Widow” you say, eh? Well, we’ve got a can of Raid™ laying around here somewhere that has her name on it…

  11. At Least 2 Killed as Bomb Detonates Near Shopping Mall in Philippines – Reports (sputniknews, Dec 31, 2018)

    “A powerful blast detonated outside a shopping mall in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao on Monday, leaving at least two people dead and dozens injured, the Mindanao Examiner newspaper reported.

    The bomb was allegedly planted on a motorcycle taxi parked outside the shopping mall in Cotabato City, where people were buying New Year gifts, according to the newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

    No terrorist group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, Mayor Frances Cynthia Sayadi has reportedly labelled the blast a “terrorist act”…”

  12. During the seventh consecutive weekend of yellow vest protests in Paris, a group of protesters can be seen taking down the EU flag.

    The sources of the video, which surfaced yesterday, say it took place during Act VII (the seventh protest weekend).

    When the flag is taken down people cheer and a French account that posted the video calls it “the flag of shame”.

    Yellow vest protests took place all over France and one of the targets of the protesters was the mainstream media as it “spread fake news” about the size of the movement.

  13. Saudi Aramco completes acquisition of Dutch rubber company (thenational Dec 31, 2018)

    “Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producing company has completed the acquisition of a Dutch rubber joint venture in a transaction valued at €1.5 billion (Dh6.3bn).

    The Saudi state confirmed its purchase of the remaining 50 per cent stake in Netherlands-based Arlanxeo, acquiring the shares of its partner, German specialty chemicals company Lanxess. Aramco and its Dutch partner had formed a specialty chemicals joint venture in 2016.

    All relevant authorities had granted approvals for the transaction first announced in August, Aramco said in a statement.

    “Arlanxeo, now as a 100 per cent owned Saudi Aramco subsidiary, represents an essential component to our global position in the chemicals market,” said Abdulaziz Al Judaimi, Saudi Aramco senior vice president, downstream.

    “Full ownership of Arlanxeo will further diversify Saudi Aramco’s downstream portfolio and strengthen capabilities along the energy and chemicals value chains,” he added…”

  14. Egypt legalizes 80 unlicensed churches countrywide (anadolu, Dec 31, 2018)

    “The Egyptian authorities on Monday legalized 80 Christian churches and church buildings that had previously lacked government licenses.

    The announcement was made following a meeting between Prime Minister Mustapha Medbouli and a committee formed in 2016 to promote the legalization of unlicensed churches.

    In a statement, the government said that the move had brought the total number of churches and affiliated church buildings to have been officially legalized since February to 588.

    According to a report released by a local NGO earlier this year, Egypt’s three main churches — Coptic Orthodox, Evangelical and Catholic — have submitted 3,730 applications to the government for the legalization of unlicensed churches across the country.

    Christians, mainly Coptic Orthodox, account for roughly 15 million of Egypt’s 97-million-strong population, according to 2015 estimates.”

  15. Iraqi Forces Announce 30 Daesh Commanders Eliminated in Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor (sputniknews, Dec 31, 2018)

    “The airstrike comes after RT Arabic reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had granted Iraqi jets general permission to conduct strikes on the Daesh* terrorist group in the country.

    “Today, Iraqi F-16 aircraft have carried out a painful and powerful airstrike on al-Susah in Syrian territory. The target has been completely eliminated — a two-storey house used as a shelter for terrorists and a meeting place”, Iraqi Air Force said in a statement, stressing that “30 top Daesh officers” were holding a meeting in the building at the time…”

  16. Syria regime discloses blacklist of 731 ‘supporters of terrorism’ (memo, Dec 31, 2018)

    “Syria has disclosed a blacklist of 731 people it accuses of supporting and sponsoring terror, Arabi21 reported yesterday.

    The names include scores of academics, former officials from the Gulf States and Muslim preachers from a number of Arab states.

    According to the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, the blacklist is divided in to three classifications: Syrians, Arabs and terror organisations.

    The Lebanese newspaper reported that the Bahraini preacher Hassan Al-Husseini along with a number of Bahraini citizens and MPs were included on the list.

    The ruling family of Qatar is also amongst those including on the list.”


    The world will not end in 2018….it is already 2019 here in OZ and has been for the last 7 minutes.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to EVERYONE at Vladtepes ! And thank you to all for trying to safe the world ! xxxx

  18. Iraq Sentenced 616 Foreigners for ISIS Links in 2018 (aawsat, Dec 31, 2018)

    “Iraq sentenced more than 600 foreigners including many women and dozens of minors in 2018 for belonging to the ISIS terrorist group, the judiciary said on Monday, according to AFP.

    Judicial spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said Monday that “616 men and women accused of belonging to ISIS have been put on trial” in 2018 and sentenced under Iraq’s anti-terrorism law.

    They comprised 466 women, 42 men and 108 minors, he said.

    Bayraqdar did not, however specify the punishments.

    Under Iraq’s anti-terrorism law courts can issue verdicts, including death sentences, against anyone found guilty of belonging to the jihadist group, including non-combatants.

    In April, judicial sources said that more than 300 suspects linked to ISIS had received death sentences and more than 300 others were sentenced to life, which in Iraq is equivalent to 20 years.

    Most of the women sentenced for ISIS links were from Turkey and republics of the former Soviet Union.

    Three French citizens — two women and a man — have been sentenced to life imprisonment while a German woman, a Belgian man and a Russian man have been sentenced to death.

    Many women had traveled to Iraq with their children to join their husbands who fought in the ranks of ISIS, said AFP.

    Some are still waiting to be repatriated to their home countries.

    On Sunday, 30 Russian children whose mothers are in prison in Iraq for links to ISIS were flown from Baghdad to Moscow as part of a repatriation program championed by Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.

    Iraq declared “victory” over ISIS at the end of 2017 after a three-year war against the extremists, who once controlled nearly a third of the country as well as swathes of neighboring Syria.

    Around 20,000 people suspected of links to ISIS have been arrested since 2014.”

  19. “Guest James (Jim) Simpson Journalist, author of The Red-Green Axis for the Center of Security Policy” Debbie Aldrich – December 9, 2018

  20. SDF: ‘We captured 970 Daesh fighters holding 48 nationalities’ (memo, Dec 31, 2018)

    “The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) warned of the possibility that hundreds of Daesh fighters and their families, who were detained in camps in the north of Syria, would escape if the Turkish army decided to continue its military operation in the area.

    The SDF also noted that 970 Daesh soldiers, holding 48 different nationalities, are currently in its custody.

    “2,622 elements affiliated to Daesh, including 584 women and 1,248 children, are being held in heavily guarded camps in northern Syria by the SDF,” it said.

    “If the Turkish army carries out its attack on the northern area, we are afraid that we will lose control and that the detainees will return to the terrorist cells they used to belong to or may escape to other countries,” he added.

    The source, who asked not to be identified, told Germany’s Deutsche Presse–Agentur (DPA): “We have detained 970 armed Daesh fighters who came from 48 countries, including the US, France, Britain, Belgium, and Chechnya, as well as the Russian Federation. Besides, hundreds of these fighters come from different Arab countries, in addition to others who hold dual nationalities. Nonetheless, we have ten captives who have committed crimes in a number of countries and are pursued internationally.”…”

  21. So, after all, car jihad in Recklinghausen, Germany ! Prosecutor assumes intent to kill+++
    The Bosnian, who raced his car into the bus stop on Hertener Street on Thursday last week and killed an 88-year-old woman and seriously injured several people, remains silent about the accusations. According to the Bochum public prosecutor’s office, he has not yet made any statements on the matter.Prosecutor’s assumption now is intent to kill.
    Read more:

  22. Iran National Stadium to Host Women’s Soccer for First Time Since Revolution (breitbart, Dec 31, 2018)

    “Iran’s largest stadium has been given the go-ahead to host the women’s national football team in a match for the first time since the Islamic revolution, however men will be strictly barred from attendance…”

  23. Russia detains U.S. citizen in Moscow for suspected spying

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s FSB state security service said on Monday it had detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow and had opened a criminal case against him.

    The FSB said the American had been detained on December 28 but it gave no details of the nature of his alleged espionage activities.

  24. University Of Virginia Med Student Receives 1-Year Suspension For Exhibiting “Antagonistic And Disrespectful” Behavior During “Microaggressions” Lecture
    A second-year medical student at the University of Virginia was suspended for one year after he apparently offended lecturers and staff by expressing his concerns in a conversation about “social issues in medicine” and “microaggressions.”

    In a letter sent to the student by Chair Jim B. Tucker from the university’s Academic Standards and Achievement Committee (ASAC), Tucker stated the student’s behavior was “thought to be unnecessarily antagonistic and disrespectful.” Tucker also suggested the student should “consider getting counseling in order to work on your skills of being able to express yourself appropriately.”

  25. An American-Palestinian dual national reportedly was sentenced Monday to life in prison with “hard labor” for trying to sell land to Israelis – extending an incarceration that has already drawn the ire of the U.S. ambassador.

    A Palestinian court convicted Issam Akel, who has been held since Oct. 10, of “attempting to sever parts of Palestinian land and annex it to a foreign state,” Reuters reported, citing a judiciary spokesperson.

    Akel was accused of trying to sell a property in East Jerusalem without telling his business partners or Palestinian officials. Under Palestinian law, potential sellers must get the Palestinian Authority to sign off on any land sales in that area before proceeding, according to Reuters.

  26. Meet NYC’s ‘Muslim Community Patrol,’ complete with its own squad cars
    By LU Staff December 31, 2018

    There’s something different about those new police cars patrolling the streets of New York City. They look a lot like your standard NYPD cruisers. They are Ford Tauruses painted white with blue trim. They have the same departmental logo, followed by the same familiar blue lettering.

    But there is something amiss. If you study hard, you notice it. Instead of NYPD spelled out on the front doors, these cars have the letters MCP. And in place of the CPR acronym on the rear doors, standing for “Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect,” these cars again have MCP, this time fleshed out to read “Muslim Community Patrol.”

    • As long as they act like private security guards nothing is wrong with this organization. When they start (and they will start) enforcing Sharia on the Islamic Community and the Kuffers in the areas around the Islamic areas they are going way too far and need to be disbanded.

  27. the guardian – Syrian White Helmets try to rebuild lives in Canadian exile

    Members of rescue organization that saved thousands resettle in Nova Scotia after evacuation via Israel and Jordan

    […]Dozens have arrived in Canada, the country that orchestrated the rescue and pledged to take in most of the White Helmets volunteers who escaped.

    […]Masri and Jihad Mahameed, the head of the White Helmets in southern Syria who is also now in Canada, both confirmed that Ottawa had played a central role in the rescue operation.

    […]According to Mahameed, one Russian general mocked the White Helmets’ foreign support, saying: “Let them go to London.”

    […]Sixteen families have arrived in Canada and now live mostly in Nova Scotia,

    […]Those who have arrived in Canada are trying to build a new life, perhaps helping teach first responders what they learned over years of operating in a war zone.

  28. Germany: ‘This last year was very unsatisfying’ – Merkel gives NYE address

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel wished her fellow citizens a happy New Year, speaking from Berlin on New Year’s Eve on Monday.

    The Chancellor reflected on 2018, touching on the fact that it was a “particularly difficult political year.”

    “The last year was very unsatisfying, but quite frankly thirteen years in the position of Federal Chancellor is reason enough for this,” Merkel said.

    Merkel stressed a message of cooperation and consideration of others’ interests as she looked to challenges ahead, such as climate change, migration and the threat of terrorism.

    “We want to solve all of these questions and we can do that best when we think about the interests of others.”

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