Contributor’s Links post for February 5th, 2019

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Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We muse use it while we can.

About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

165 Replies to “Contributor’s Links post for February 5th, 2019”

  1. A former refugee judge who once wrote that most refugees are liars was recently rehired by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to decide asylum claims, Global News has learned.

    Lubomyr Luciuk — who once said he “had no choice but to become ‘Dr. No’” because he denied so many refugee claims — gained notoriety for his views on Canada’s asylum system, including when he said Canada had become a haven for “assorted terrorists, drug peddlers and war criminals.”

    READ MORE: Ontario teens fled their allegedly abusive father in Hungary. Now they could be deported back

    “If the IRB continues to operate as it has, then just about anyone and everyone who wants to get into Canada will,” Luciuk said in a 2001 opinion piece published in at least four major Canadian newspapers and an online blog.

  2. ABC News AUSTRALIA – What’s next for all the refugees on Manus Island?

    ( 32 min 55 )

    Follow two young men as they escape the misery of Manus Island to forge new lives in North America.

  3. QUEBEC – La ministre Charest pourfend le hijab

    La nouvelle ministre de la Condition féminine du gouvernement Legault, Isabelle Charest, juge que le hijab est un symbole d’oppression des femmes.

    À peine nommée par le premier ministre François Legault mardi après-midi, Mme Charest n’a pas mis de temps à se positionner dans le débat sur le port de signes religieux.

    Au cours de la conférence de presse suivant sa nomination, elle a fait savoir que le port du hijab ne correspondait pas à ses valeurs et que ce n’était pas une façon pour une femme de s’épanouir.

    En anglais, elle a ajouté que cela signifiait en quelque sorte l’oppression de la femme.

    M. Legault a confié la responsabilité de la Condition féminine à Isabelle Charest, pour alléger les tâches de la ministre Sonia Lebel, qui est déjà accaparée par le portefeuille de la Justice et des Relations canadiennes.

    • QUEBEC- Newly minted minister for status of women calls hijab oppressive

      The newly minted minister of the status of women wasted no time in stating publicly she believes the hijab is a symbol of female oppression.

      QUEBEC CITY— The newly minted minister for the status of women wasted no time in stating publicly she believes the hijab is a symbol of female oppression.

      In the news conference that announced her appointment, to go along with her portfolio of junior education minister, Isabelle Charest was asked to wade in about the head scarf worn by some Muslim women.

      She responded that the garb did not correspond to her values and it was not a way for a woman to prosper in society. She added that it signified a form of oppression toward women.

      “The hijab is not something that women should wear,” she said. “It symbolizes a form of oppression toward women, the fact they have to cover themselves up. It is not in my values and I think women should be free to wear what they want.”

  4. SKY NEWS – IS suspects say they are desperate to return to their former lives in UK

    SKY NEWS – Exclusive: UK and Irish IS suspects in Syria ask for government help

    Sky News has been given rare access to British and Irish people being held in Syria who are accused of fighting for so-called Islamic State.

    None of the three have been interviewed by a UK TV channel since they were arrested by the US-led coalition forces last year.

    Two are British medics, and the third is an Irish citizen who encouraged his wife and baby son to join him with the extremists, east of Raqqa.

    • We do not want this scum back,it was their choice to fight against us,now they want to crawl back ,straight into social benefits and a new house and all the trimmings,you made your bed,go and lay on it.We took you in once and rather than gratitude you have shown us contempt and hatred,and one can only assume that you would give us more of the same,changing your country does not change your character,you are still the same murdering violent primitive animals that you always were,so fuck off.

  5. Richard: Substitute the name of your local leftist political party for Democrat.

    If The Democrats Will Kill Unborn Babies, They’ll Kill Us, Too.

    The Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam supported a law that would allow a woman to kill her unborn baby up until his or her (not “its”) birth and thereafter if the result of that birth did not meet the personhood guidelines of the mother.

    Leftists have been trying to defend the third-trimester abortion law as a woman’s fundamental right. The claim is being made that such abortions should be permitted if (1) the mother’s physical life is in danger, (2) the unborn baby has some physical abnormality, (3) the mother’s “mental health” is in jeopardy.

    Considering number 1: there is almost no example of a woman’s physical health being in danger that would necessitate killing the unborn baby. The goal of the doctor and his or her medical staff should do everything to save both mother and child. A doctor should not kill one to save the other.

    Considering number 2: this is a slippery slope argument. Where is the line drawn on physical abnormality? What if a debilitating physical abnormality occurs well after a child’s birth? Should parents have the right to kill the child? Will DNA testing of an unborn baby be used to determine if there is some physical or mental abnormality that could be used to permit a late-term abortion

    • “Those that can make you believe absurdities ,can make you commit atrocities”if a childs life means nothing,then neither do ours,and it can only be a matter of time before they can “legally” kill us under some equally spurious claim,again how many brilliant minds have been robbed of their potential during this holocaust of fourty million murders since the sixties,the jews do not even come close,this is something to whine about instead of the holohoax,instead of world wars they now try to cull us through abortion but only in western European countries where women seem to have lost all maternal feelings and only seek to satisfy their degraded lusts,the only ambition of mankind it seems is to prod any smelly beaver that comes within reach,and screw the consequences which turn out to be,murder,death and misery.

      • As I said on a different thread never forget that Planned Parenthood started as the opening move in a eugenics program. Following this out to the logical end will be death re-education camps for adults, government permission needed to get pregnant and government geneticists sorting through your and your wife’s genes to create the Supermen that the Nazi’s wanted.

  6. Era of US Hegemony in Middle East Over: Iraqi Politician (tasnimnews, Feb 5, 2019)

    “Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Humam Hamoudi highlighted the Washington government’s failed policies in the Middle East and said the US hegemony has come to an end in the region after victories over the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group…”

  7. US, Regional Stooges Annually Spend Billions of Dollars to Hit Iran: Top General (tasnimnews, Feb 5, 2019)

    “Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri highlighted Washington’s endless hostilities toward the Iranian nation and said the US and its regional stooges annually spend “hundreds of billions of dollars” to hit the Islamic Republic…”

  8. Yemen Army Kills Dozens of Saudi-Backed Militants in Najran (tasnimnews, Feb 5, 2019)

    “The positions of the militants were targeted in the district of Reshaha Gharbia in Najran, a military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Saba news agency.

    In addition, Yemeni soldiers fired a number of Katyusha rockets at a gathering of Saudi-backed mercenaries in the area of Sawh in the same region.

    The source added dozens of the militants lost their lives during the raids.

    The attacks against the Saudi-led forces came in retaliation for the continued massacre of civilians and destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure by the coalition led by the Riyadh regime.

    Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far…”

    • That is the “arab league of Europe”the organisation that procured the “right” of mozlems,to live in their communities without interference from any indigenous laws,police etc,to fully express their religion,even if it is contrary to our laws,and ignore our laws on slaughtering animals,the royal society for the prevention of cruelty to animals decided to look the other way.This is a dangerous quango that does not have our interests at heart,rather mozlem rights is all that matters.

  9. Egypt, Germany Sign Protocol to Boost Economic Partnership (aawsat, Feb 5, 2019)

    “A joint protocol to boost economic partnership in the fields of industry, trade policies, investment, energy, environment, transport, infrastructure and tourism was signed Monday between Egypt and Germany.

    The protocol was signed by Egypt’s Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar and German Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Thomas Bareis during the fifth meeting of the joint economic committee.

    It states enhancing bilateral cooperation through exchanging information pertaining to investment with the aim of increasing German investments in Egypt and making use of Germany’s expertise, Nassar said.

    The two sides will also upgrade investments at the Suez Canal Corridor and in vocational training and technical education, improve the investment atmosphere and logistics, establish harbors and manage industrial zones, Nassar added.

    According to a press statement by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, both sides agreed to strengthen joint cooperation in the fields of customs, training, rules of origin, information technology, market control mechanisms, foodstuffs and agriculture.

    The two sides will also promote cooperation in botanical crops research, animal production, protection of plants and research related to agricultural engineering, food technology, veterinary health, soil, water and the environment, the statement explained.

    The protocol, according to Nassar, also included cooperation in energy and low carbon emissions through collaboration in renewable energy fields, environment protection, climate change, and energy-related infrastructure as well as oil and gas exploration, petroleum refining, petrochemicals, and mineral resources.

    Notably, Nassar and Germany’s Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier chaired the fifth session of the Joint Economic Committee between Egypt and Germany.

    It was attended by Bareis and German Ambassador to Cairo Julius Georg Luy in addition to a number of representatives for leading German companies that are currently visiting Egypt.

    The Minister asserted the importance of enhancing joint action between Egypt and Germany at the economic, trade and investment levels not only at the bilateral level but also in third markets, especially that of Africa.”

  10. Kyrgyz Authorities Arrest Suspect for Sending Fighters to Syria (aawsat, Feb 5, 2019)

    “Kyrgyz authorities announced the arrest of a citizen suspected of organizing an “international channel” to send fighters to Syria.

    The move came as part of measures aimed at countering dangers threatening the country against reports of the return of hundreds of terrorists from Syria and Iraq. These included thousands citizens from Central Asian republics, who over the past years have joined ISIS and fought in Syria.

    Kyrgyz intelligence said in a statement that within the framework of measures to address terrorism and reduce the infiltration of international terrorists transferred from areas of conflict in Syria, the National Security Authority of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan arrested citizen H.T. who had left to fight in Syria.

    Data available confirms that the suspect left Kyrgyzstan to Syria in 2014 using a forged passport. Within a short period of time, he became one of the best commanders of ISIS and participated in combat against the Syrian regime forces.

    He proved his worth to the terrorist leaders, which prompted them to assign him to additional tasks and was subsequently sent to Turkey, where he was in charge of a large international channel to send fighters to Syria.

    The defendant is currently being held under interrogation, as the National Security continues investigating the case.

    According to the Kyrgyz security services, more than 500 Kyrgyz citizens, including children and minors, have so far remained members of international terrorist organizations on Syrian and Iraqi soil.

    Up until recently, recruitment of new fighters in Kyrgyzstan continued, based on Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior data. The numbers confirm that in 2017 more than 200 cases of recruitment of ISIS fighters were foiled.

    As ISIS loses control over various areas in Syria and Iraq, the return of ISIS citizens to their countries is a major concern for the authorities of Central Asian Republics, including Kyrgyzstan.”

  11. FIFA, Qatar set up joint venture to deliver 2022 World Cup (memo, Feb 5, 2019)

    “Global soccer body FIFA has set up a joint venture with 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar as part of its effort to streamline organisation of the tournament, it said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

    The global soccer body said in a statement that it would hold a 51 per cent share of the venture while the Qatar organising committee would hold 49 per cent.

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in 2016 that the federation would take more control over ticketing and organisation at the World Cup, adding that the decision was driven by efficiency and not a lack of trust in local organisers…”

  12. Saudi Arabia Makes App to Stop Women from Traveling Without Consent (moroccoworldnews, Feb 5, 2019)

    “The Saudi National Information Center has developed a mobile application called “Absher” (Arabic for “Enjoy”) that allows male guardians, usually husbands and fathers, to monitor women’s movements.

    The app, available on iOS and Android, is designed to help guardians with tasks like renewing a driver’s license or paying fines, but also to monitor women and stop them from leaving the country without their consent.

    The app sends a notification when a woman presents her passport at border control. Border police will deny the woman travel if her guardian says so…”

  13. Wearing hijab, niqab in court makes one more credible: study (tribune, Feb 3, 2019)

    “A study has revealed that sexual assault victims wearing the hijab or niqab, when testifying in court, are viewed more positively than uncovered women. The research was aimed to investigate the importance of being able to see the face to judge credibility among witnesses, along with the importance of religious garments, reported Business Standard.

    Contrary to expectations, the study led by researchers from UK’s Lancaster University and Canada’s Memorial University of Newfoundland, found that “positive biases” are created when women testify in court with either their hair covered (the hijab) or their face and hair covered (the niqab). The reason for the bias could be because the religious garments may signal that the wearer is more honest because of a positive view of religion.

    The Muslim garment may dispel the common rape myth that the sexual assault victim was “asking for it” because it represents sexually conservative attitudes that are thought to disapprove of pre-marital or casual sexual encounters, the researchers explained…”

    • This is a prelude to wearing the bag in court,it is the middle finger to our laws.Over 90% of communication is non verbal,despite the ravings of these two “universities”we can not judge if we can see no face,and further I have every right to face my accuser,to see my accuser,it is a corner stone of our law,try it amongst yourselves conversing while one party is wearing a bag over their head,it is deeply uncomfortable not to mention dangerous to any accused.

  14. Man involved in kidnapping of young school girls in Jhang arrested (tribune, Feb 5, 2019)

    “Punjab police arrested a man on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of young school girls.

    DSP Hashim Gujar said Muhammad Ali, the accused, had been arrested from the neighbourhood of Jhang district.

    On Monday, the accused abducted a girl of first grade from outside the school and kept her in rented house, according to police officials.

    He also demanded Rs2.5 million from the parents of the pupil against her release, they added.

    The accused was arrested with the help of CCTV footage which led to the release of girl.

    It has been revealed during the investigation that the accused had remained involved in the abduction of school girls in the past..”

  15. Swedish Muslim convert faces threats, insults (aa, Feb 5, 2019)

    “A Swedish teen has been exposed to numerous heavy threats and insults over the past seven months after her conversion to Islam.

    Ronja Andersson, the goalkeeper of Sweden U19 Women National Team, appeared on a TV show called Troll Hunter on Monday night.

    During the show was identified a person who sent Andersson’s house a hate letter. The identified person also attended the show to apologize to Andersson.

    On her story of becoming a Muslim on the show, Andersson, 19, said: “I had a Turkish boyfriend when I was 15, and I learned about Islam from his family.

    When I went to Turkey with his family, I was so much impressed by the mosques.”

    She added that she tried to practice the duties of Islam together with the Turkish family and decided to become a Muslim.

    Stating that she had a peaceful life after becoming a Muslim, Andersson added: “I read the Holy Quran, I pray and fast […]

    “I am proud and happy to be a Muslim.”

    Ronja Andersson was also a hot topic in Sweden when she converted to Islam on May 2018.”

  16. UN report says Daesh evolving into covert network (aa, Feb 5, 2019)

    “Daesh continues to be a threat to the international community even as it transforms its operations following military defeats in Iraq and Syria, according to an advance copy of a UN report obtained by Anadolu Agency.

    “ISIL has substantially evolved into a covert network in Iraq, where it prioritizes local operations. It is in a phase of transition, adaptation and consolidation. It is organizing cells at the provincial level, replicating the key leadership functions,” Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ report said, using another name for Daesh.

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains in control of the terror group, the report said, despite multiple reports of his death.

    Some of Daesh’s fighters are leaving Syria for Iraq, but the report said some countries expect its Syrian branch to morph into a covert network, reflecting the one operating in Iraq.

    “One document obtained by a Member State describes ISIL’s objectives for the post-caliphate period: to undermine stabilization and reconstruction activities, target infrastructure rebuilding efforts and in general thwart economic progress,” it said. “Its center of gravity is expected to remain in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic.”

    The report estimates that the Daesh terror group continues to control between 14,000 to 18,000 militants in Iraq and Syria. In Iraq alone, it said there are 3,000 active Daesh fighters, and the terror group is estimated to still have control of between $50 million and $300 million.

    It also warned that women who have been radicalized as well as “traumatized minors” who lived under Daesh’s rule “pose a serious threat”.”

  17. Spain police smash jihadi recruiting network operating in prisons (thelocal, Feb 5, 2019)

    “Spain police have dismantled a jihadist group which was trying to radicalise prisoners to carry out attacks when they left jail.
    Eight inmates were arrested, including five Moroccans imprisoned since 2013, a prison worker and two other people, the interior ministry said.

    The eight had “proposed directly to other inmates to carry out attacks. In order to convince them, they promised them large sums of money,” the ministry said in a statement.

    “They also said that they had a contact with Daesh (Islamic State) who would sent money to their families in compensation,” it added.

    The ministry did not say when the arrests were made but the Moroccas, aged between 25 and 68, were in two prisons, one in the Madrid region and the other in northwest Spain.

    Spain has suffered a series of terror attacks in the past, from the Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people in 2004 to 2017’s assault in Barcelona and nearby Cambrils which left 16 dead.”

  18. Number of inmates in Swiss prisons rises 50 per cent in 30 years (thelocal, Feb 5, 2019)

    “The number of inmates in Swiss prisons has ballooned in recent years.

    While the number of prisons has fallen by 37 per cent since 1988, the number of prisoners has risen by more than 50 per cent since the late 1980s, according to data released on February 5th by Switzerland’s Federal Statistics Office (FSO).

    The number of inmates in Swiss prisons has risen sharply in the last three decades from 4,621 in 1988 to 6,907 in 2017. This translates as 82 people in prison for each 100,000, compared with 70 in 1988.

    Despite the increase in prisoners, the number of correctional facilities has fallen sharply since 1988 from 152 to 106. This is mainly because smaller prisons have been closed and prisoners are increasingly incarcerated in larger correctional facilities.

    Prisons have become exponentially larger in the last 30 years. In 1988, only 9 per cent of incarceration centres could hold more than 100 prisoners. Today, 25 per cent of all prisons have more than 100 inmates.

    Nearly a third of all prisoners in 2017 were awaiting trial. Swiss nationals represent 24 per cent of all prisoners, a sharp decline in the last 30 years. Foreign nationals resident in Switzerland constitute 31 per cent of the total prison population. The majority, 45 per cent, is made up of foreign nationals who are not resident in Switzerland.

    The number of foreign nationals imprisoned in Switzerland has risen sharply in the last 30 years.

    Conditions in Swiss prisons vary, although one Swiss pensioner said he “really enjoyed the week” in one early last year. The pensioner opted for a brief period of imprisonment rather than a fine for a traffic offence.

    “I am retired and had time to go to the slammer. My family were against the idea, but I wanted to enjoy the luxury,” he told regional daily the Frauenfelder Nachrichten, which used a false name for the prisoner.

    “I really enjoyed the week. The meals always came on time and the service was super,” he said, complaining only that the facility had been a little “stingy” with the coffee.”

  19. Muslims say Germany should provide Bundeswehr with imams (DW, Feb 5, 2019)

    “The Bundeswehr provides Catholic and Protestant clergy for soldiers, but no spiritual counsel for Muslims. According to the government, key questions must be answered before the Bundeswehr’s religious ranks are expanded.

    Nariman Reinke, a naval petty officer, is one of about 1,500 Muslim soldiers who serve in the Bundeswehr.

    Born to Moroccarn parents in 1979, Reinke has been in the military since 2005 and has twice deployed to Afghanistan. But being a Muslim woman in the German military is not always easy, she told DW.

    Reinke is deputy chair of Deutscher.Soldat (German.Soldier), which works to integrate people of color and members of recent immigrant groups or religious minorities into the military.

    The Bundeswehr provides priests for Catholic and Protestant soldiers, but no spiritual counsel for Muslims. Reinke said she had attempted to bring this disparity up more than once, even taking the matter up with Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, but there has been no progress over several years. It is frustrating for her and her Muslim colleagues that, so far, nobody has responded to her demands, she said…”

  20. London BLOODBATH: Teenager knifed to death in horrific Battersea attack (express, Feb 5, 2019)

    “A TEENAGER has been stabbed to death in Battersea, south west London, sparking a murder investigation by police.

    London Metropolitan Police were called to the scene at 7.52pm following reports a 19-year-old had been knifed. The victim died immediately. He is yet to be idenified. Scotland Yard said in a statement next of kin have been informed.

    The incident happened on Wolsey Court located just off Westbridge Road, officers said.

    It happened close to Prince George’s primary school.

    A police spokesman said: “Police were called to Wolsey Court, off Westbridge Road, Battersea, at 19.52hrs to reports of a stabbing.

    “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service. A male, believed to be 19 years old, was found with stab injuries. Despite the efforts of paramedics, he died at the scene at 8.36pm.

    “His next of kin have been informed. A crime scene remains in place. The Homicide and Major Crime team has been informed.

    “A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. Formal identification awaits.”

    No arrests have been made.

    Any witnesses and anyone with information concerning this stabbing is urged to call police on 101 quoting CAD 6767/5 Feb or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111…”

    • A lot of people will donate fo pay for the wall/fence/barrier, the Dems on the other hand are getting ready to sue to stop the citizens from paying for the wall.

  21. EU: Going Full Orwell

    by Judith Bergman
    February 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The EU has launched a comprehensive Action Plan against Disinformation. Its purpose, according to a recent press release from the European Commission, is apparently to “protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020”.

    In June 2018, leaders of EU member states had met in the European Council and invited the European Commission “to present… an action plan by December 2018 with specific proposals for a coordinated EU response to the challenge of disinformation…” It is this action plan that the Commission presented to the public on December 5.

    The Action Plan focuses on four areas:

  22. Philippines: Christians Slaughtered, Churches Bombed

    by Raymond Ibrahim
    February 5, 2019 at 4:00 am

    On Sunday, January 27, extremist Muslims bombed a Catholic cathedral during Mass in the Philippines. At least 20 people were killed and 111 wounded.

    At 8:45 am, two explosives were detonated about a minute apart in or near the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo. According to the Associated Press:

    “The initial explosion scattered the wooden pews inside the main hall and blasted window glass panels, and the second bomb hurled human remains and debris across a town square fronting the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, witnesses said.”

    Photographs on social media showed human bodies and remains strewn on the street just outside the cathedral. Last heard, the officiating priest, Fr. Ricky Bacolcol, “was still in shock and could not speak about what happened,” said a colleague.

    After the first bomb detonated, army troops and police posted outside the cathedral rushed in, at which point the second bomb went off. Fifteen of the slain were civilians, five were military men; 90 of the wounded were civilians.

    The cathedral, located in a Muslim-majority area, was heavily guarded; it had been hit before. In 1997, Catholic Bishop, Benjamin de Jesus, was gunned down just outside the cathedral; in 2010, grenades were hurled at it twice, damaging the building.

  23. Office of Inspector General Releases Findings of Misconduct by FBI Agent Who Violated Federal Law – PROSECUTION DECLINED

    The Office of Inspector General released its findings of misconduct of an FBI Supervisory Special Agent on Tuesday.

    According to the OIG, the Supervisory Special Agent, who was not named, was found making false representations, working for an FBI contractor, accepting gifts from an FBI applicant, assisting the FBI applicant in the employment selection process and misusing a government vehicle and cell phone.

    The Inspector General said the SSA resigned during the course of the investigation after the OIG sought to interview the SSA.

  24. Cue Dem Meltdown: Look At What Happens To Presidential Polls When You Add Howard Schultz Into Mix

    With Democrats already boiling about former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announcing a likely independent presidential run, new polling data is sure to trigger a full meltdown.

    A new Emerson College poll of Iowa voters shows that when Schultz is added to the mix, Trump’s chances of beating his top Democratic rivals jumps up significantly. Despite being underwater in approval by 2 points in the poll, 46-48%, the survey of 831 registered Iowa voters found Trump edging out 7 of 8 of his potential Democratic contenders (and blowing away potential primary challenger former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 90-10%), but mostly within the margin of error. When Schultz is listed as an Independent option, however, Trump’s lead expands dramatically.

    • In Support of the Syrian People?

      Qatari Fund Provides White Helmets With $2 Mln

      The Qatar Fund for Development explained that the grant to the White Helmets is earmarked for the purchase of seven fire engines and the training of volunteers in Syria, as well as road repairs.

      The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has provided a two-million dollar grant to the controversial White Helmets group, in line with directives issued by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the QFFD’s press service told Sputnik.

      The agreement on allocating the grant “in support to the Syrian people” was signed by the fund’s deputy director-general, Misfer Hamad Al-Shahwani, and the head of the White Helmets, Raed Al Saleh.

      Even though the White Helmets positions itself as a Syrian humanitarian organisation, which, as they claim, has saved tens of thousands of lives, the group’s head has been accused by Moscow of collaborating with terrorists — allegations he vehemently denies.

      Moreover, the Russian Foreign Ministry describes the White Helmets as a structure which “worked exclusively on territories not controlled by the government and hasn’t avoided contacts with terrorists and extremists”.

      The ministry also singles out “a lot of evidence proving that the White Helmets is virtually a branch of the terrorist organization al-Nusra, which is included in the UN Security Council’s sanctions list”.

      Damascus and Moscow have repeatedly accused the White Helmets of staging several provocations involving the use of chemical weapons to draw in and justify foreign military intervention in Syria. Back in April 2018, a staged chemical attack prompted the US and its allies to launch a large-scale attack, involving over 100 missiles, against Syrian government forces.

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