Contributor’s Links post for February 8th, 2019

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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.

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  1. Pennsylvania College Paper Runs Racist Op-Ed Saying White Boys Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Speak During Class

    The Dickinson College student newspaper has published an op-ed saying that white boys should not be allowed to share their opinions during class.

    The incredibly racist article says “should white boys still be allowed to share their “opinions”? Should we be forced to listen? In honor of Black History Month, I’m gonna go with a hell no.”

  2. Saudis sought Vice’s help to build media empire: report (memo, Feb 8, 2019)

    “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sought Vice Media’s assistance to build a sympathetic media empire, according to a report published Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

    Riyadh had already taken on a smaller enterprise through a state-owned company to contract Vice to produce documentaries on hitherto reforms in the puritanical Wahabi kingdom, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    The country, which won accolades for allowing women to drive in 2018 but which still requires them to receive approval from a male relative to carry out many of life’s most basic tasks, sought out a more encompassing joint venture with Vice after contracting it for the documentary series.

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Vice Media Executive Chairman Shane Smith last August on a yacht in the Red Sea to discuss the proposal.

    The meeting was part of a push by bin Salman to develop media companies that can compete with Saudi Arabia’s regional competitors, including Qatar’s Al-Jazeera media company.

    But the effort has been mired in the fallout of the Kingdom’s Oct. 2 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally murdered shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

    The talks about a possible joint venture with Vice have since stalled, and are unlikely to go forward, the Journal reported citing people familiar with the negotiations.

    And Vice told the Journal it is reviewing its agreement with Saudi Research and Marketing Group, or SRMG, to produce documentaries on reform in the kingdom.

    The relationship between the Kingdom and Vice was initiated by Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US and younger brother of the crown prince, who expressed interest in the media company which brands itself to younger audiences as an edgier organization.

    It was that image that attracted Khalid to the company in the hopes it could help SRMG connect with younger Saudis.”

  3. US eyeing Guantanamo for Daesh detainees: report (memo, Feb 8, 2019)

    “US officials are considering the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to house captured suspected Daesh fighters as Washington prepares to withdraw from Syria, according to a report, Anadolu Agency reports.

    U.S. partners who have roughly 1,000 Daesh suspects in custody have warned they may not be able to continue to hold the detainees following the withdrawal.

    The State Department told The Associated Press they could be transferred to Guantanamo “where lawful and appropriate.”

    “The Administration’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism makes very clear that Law of Armed Conflict detention, including at Guantanamo, remains an important and effective counterterrorism tool,” the department told the AP on Thursday.

    US President Donald Trump has taken a much different approach to the detention facility than his predecessor, Barack Obama, who worked to shutter the prison.

    Obama was unable to do so amid fierce congressional pushback and security concerns, but was able to facilitate the transfer to third party countries of hundreds of detainees who were cleared by an interagency review. In all, 41 prisoners were at the site when Obama left office.

    The US has drawn criticism for its use of the prison where inmates are held without charge, and where a well-documented history of torture has been chronicled, most notably by a Senate report whose executive summary was published in redacted form in 2014.

    But Trump has repeatedly spoken positively of the facility, signing an executive order shortly after assuming office in 2017 to keep Guantanamo open after pledging on the campaign trail to “load it up with some bad dudes.”

    Should the Trump administration send Daesh detainees to Guantanamo it would mark the first time the site has received new prisoners in more than a decade.

    The US has repeatedly called on foreign governments to repatriate citizens suspected of fighting on behalf of Daesh, and has done so itself, returning a Texas man accused of fighting for Daesh to the state to stand trial.

    Warren Clark, 34, like many of those who were apprehended, insists he never took up arms on behalf of the terror group.

    There is still widespread opposition amongst most countries who the US has called on to repatriate their citizens, leaving thousands of suspects and their families in limbo.”

  4. Saudi-led coalition in Yemen launches a targeting operation in Sanaa (reuters, Feb 8, 2019)

    “The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen launched a targeting operation in the Houthi-held capital, Sanaa, Saudi state TV reported on Saturday.

    The operation targeted a location for storing and preparing drones and launch vehicles in Sanaa.

    The coalition added that the operation conformed to international law and that measures were taken to protect civilians.”

  5. Sahel Islamist groups’ networking skills growing: security report (reuters, Feb 8, 2019)

    “A surge in violent attacks linked to Islamist groups in West Africa’s Sahel region reflects their growing capabilities and networking abilities, according to an international security conference report.

    Three-quarters of battles with state security forces during 2018 were initiated by the groups, it said, according to extracts from the report, prepared for the annual Munich Security Conference and seen by Reuters on Friday.

    It cited African Center for Strategic Studies data showing fatalities linked to Islamist militant activity more than doubled from 2017 to 1,082.

    There was also a growing “security traffic jam” of military forces in the area including a United Nations mission, France’s Operation Barkhane, four European Union military and police training missions, and the G5 regional partnership established in 2015.

    Security challenges include the area’s vast size, human trafficking, climate change and rapid population growth, the report said.

    The violence in the Sahel region, a semi-arid band below the Sahara, has also alarmed Germany and the United States, who have sent thousands of troops there to counter al Qaeda and Islamic State-linked groups.

    The report is due to be published on Monday. The Conference will bring together more than 600 government leaders and other decision makers from Feb. 15-17.”

  6. ‘My Home Turkey’ real estate fair opens in Germany (hurriyetdailynews, Feb 8, 2019)

    “A major event called “My Home Turkey Real Estate and Investment Fair” opened in the German city of Dusseldorf on Feb. 8 with the participation of more than 70 developers and real estate associations.

    The fair aims at introducing real estate projects and investment opportunities to Turks living in Germany.

    Deputy Interior Minister Tayyip Sabri Erdil, Deputy Environment and Urbanization Minister Fatma Varank, Turkey’s Ambassador to Germany Ali Kemal Ayd?n, Demirören Media Chairman Y?ld?r?m Demirören, Demirören Media Group and Hürriyet Executive Board Chair Mehmet Soysal, Demirören Medya Newspapers Advertising Group Chair Gürcan Korkmaz, Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOK?) President Ömer Bulut, and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (?TO) President ?ekib Avdagiç attended the ceremony marking the launch of the fair.

    Some 76 real estate companies are taking part in the event which will close on Feb. 10. For three days, participant companies will showcase their projects in 15 Turkish provinces on a 4,900-square-meter fair area, targeting different income groups.

    The event is organized in cooperation with Demirören Media Group, ?STExpo Fuarc?l?k and supported by the Turkish Environment and Urbanization Ministry.

    The national flag carrier Turkish Airlines is the official transport sponsor for the fair.

    The Real Estate Investment Partnership Association (GYODER), Housing Developers and Investors’ Association (KONUTDER) and the Istanbul Contractors Association (?NDER) are also participating in the fair.

    Strong interest

    There was already strong interest in the fair from Turks living in Germany on day one.

    “Some 10,000 people are expected to visit the fair. Among the 76 participating developers are eight companies that display their 12 projects under the roof of Emlak Konut. This event is also a clear indication that Turkey is a safe and valuable market to invest in. The fair will have a positive impact on all sectors, particularly the real estate industry,” said Varank.

    She also noted that the government will open land registry and cadaster representative offices in 12 countries, including Germany, the U.K., Greece, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Belgium and Qatar.

    Those representative offices will help Turkish expatriates and foreign citizens with their real estate purchases in Turkey, according to the minister.

    Soysal underlined the crucial role the construction industry plays in Turkey’s economic development.

    “Turkey has been experiencing an urbanization revolution. The concept of ‘quality urbanization’ has spread to the every corner of the country. Turkey has become an investable country in the global real estate market and the construction industry has achieved this success thanks to President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s visionary approach and the support from the Environment and Urbanization Ministry,” Soysal said.

    “This fair not only introduces the real estate projects to Turks living in Germany but also aroused interest among foreigners in the Turkish property market,” he added.

    He added that the target is to hold similar fairs in eight other European cities.

    Erdil stressed the strong business ties and friendly relations between Turkey and Germany.

    “This fair will serve as a platform for new investments. New regulations have reduced red tape and simplified procedures regarding real estate transactions,” he said.

    Ayd?n noted that the Environment and Urbanization Ministry’s participation in the fair with a large delegation shows the government’s support for the construction sector.

    “Turks living in Germany have strong bonds with Turkey. Those ties grow even stronger with their purchases of real estate in their home country. We call on our expatriates to seize the opportunities to buy properties in Turkey,” he said.”

  7. Turkish businessman sanctioned by US for dealing with Iran (hurriyetdailynews, Feb 8, 2019)

    “The United States slapped sanctions on a Turkish businessman on Feb. 7 for violating US sanctions on Iran.

    Evren Kayak?ran, 39, was the managing director from 2013-2015 of a Turkish company that distributes motion control products, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

    It said the Turkish firm, Elsim, had been acquired by a US company Kollmorgen Corp. in 2013, making it subject to US sanctions on Iran.

    Elsim violated US sanctions by sending employees to Iran to service machines under the guise that they were on vacation there, the Treasury Department said.

    Kollmorgen, which reported the violations, reached a $13,381 settlement with the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

    “Treasury is sanctioning Kayak?ran not just for his willful violation of US sanctions on Iran, but also for directing staff to commit and cover up these illegal acts,” said Sigal Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

    US companies and individuals are barred from dealing with Kayak?ran and US financial institutions are not allowed to accept payments involving him.”

  8. US rebukes Germany for deporting Islamic militant to Turkey (hurriyetdailynews, Feb 8, 2019)

    “The United States sharply rebuked Germany on Feb. 7 for deporting a wanted Islamic militant to Turkey instead of extraditing him to New York to stand trial on terror-related charges.

    Adem Y?lmaz, a Turkish citizen, has been charged by a U.S. federal grand jury with conspiring to carry out a 2008 suicide bombing in Afghanistan, which left two U.S. soldiers dead and 11 others injured.

    Y?lmaz, also known as Ebu Talha, was deported to Turkey recently after serving 11 years in a German prison for his role in planning large-scale attacks in Germany.

    The United States had demanded that Y?lmaz be handed over to face the charges against him brought in New York.

    Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said he was “gravely disappointed” by Germany’s decision to deport Y?lmaz to Turkey rather than extradite him to the United States.

    “The German government deliberately helped Y?lmaz escape justice by placing him on a plane to Turkey,” Whitaker said in a sharply worded statement.

    “The German government has refused to take any responsibility for failing to extradite him to the United States, has flouted their treaty obligations and has undermined the rule of law,” the acting attorney general said.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan complained directly to Germany during a meeting in Washington on Feb. 6 with visiting Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Germany’s ambassador to the United States, Emily Haber.

    “Y?lmaz is a convicted terrorist. He’s charged with serious crimes by the U.S.,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters.

    “The U.S. will never relent in its effort to bring Y?lmaz to justice,” he said, adding that Washington had also been in touch with Turkish authorities.

    A German foreign ministry source said the deportation of Y?lmaz to Turkey was a “decision of the independent justice system” and was made “in compliance with the standards of the rule of law.”

    Relations between Germany and the United States have been strained since Donald Trump became president, with the U.S. leader openly criticizing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcome to migrants from war-torn countries and questioning the value of the NATO alliance.

    But Palladino said the United States still considered Germany a close ally, explaining: “Friends must be frank with one another at times when they have concerns.”

    A seven-count indictment seeking Y?lmaz’s arrest was issued several years ago by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

    Y?lmaz, a member of a group called the Islamic Jihad Union, was accused of carrying out attacks on U.S. troops on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2006.

    Y?lmaz also was alleged to have had contacts with the man who carried out the March 3, 2008 suicide bombing in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. soldiers.”

  9. Turkey to foil any attempts against its goals, interest (aa, Feb 8, 2019)

    “Turkey will foil any attempts against its interests and goals, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

    “Our homeland, our flag, our state, our nation and our independence is our honor,” Erdogan told a local election campaign rally in Sivas province.

    Turkey will prevent every threat to its homeland, flag and state. Turkey cleared the southeastern mountains of Cudi, Gabar, and Tendurek of terror, Erdogan said.

    “We gave a response to those who wanted to attack Turkey in the Jarabulus city of northern Syria and Afrin, northwestern Syrian city,” he said referring to Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch which brought improved security, supported coalition forces and eliminated the terror threat in the region.

    “We will give the necessary response to those who want to launch an operation into Turkey at home and abroad,” Erdogan said.

    Erdogan held his first rally for the March 31 elections in Sivas province.

    Turkey is gearing up for the local polls, held every five years, with 13 parties taking part this year. “

  10. ’60 percent of conflicts are in Muslim countries’ (aa, Feb 8, 2019)

    “The Turkish presidential spokesman said Friday that 60 percent of conflicts globally are occurring in Muslim nations.

    “Sixty percent of conflicts in the world today are happening in Muslim countries. This must be a hard lesson for all of us,” Ibrahim Kalin said, speaking at a seminar held at the Statistical, Economic and Social Research Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in Ankara.

    The center is part of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

    Kalin said most of the Muslim countries are becoming a playground for political proxy wars. “Why? Because we lack the unity we need.”

    The presidential aide said there are plans and schemes to divide Muslim countries, however, blaming others for Muslims’ own problems is very easy to do.

    “We really have to address our own issues,” he added.

    Kalin went on to say there is a lot that can be done under the OIC umbrella. “Muslim countries need political leadership… they need unity more than ever.”

    He added that the Muslim world is not as poor as many people think.

    Kalin said Muslims have “enormous” natural resources and the youngest population in the world.

    Compared to Europe and the U.S., the Muslim world is much younger, he added.

    “So we have tremendous human resources that we have to tap into,” Kalin said. “The problem is that we are not dealing with these resources in a smart way.”

    He went on to say the current global order is not giving justice or fair distribution of wealth.

    He said the gap between the rich and the poor was narrower in the past than it is today and that raises the issue of justice.

    “There is no peace without justice. There is no sustainable peace without justice and fairness. Whether you talk about the Palestinian issue or you talk about Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar or poverty in Africa,” Kalin added.

    Director General of SESRIC Ambassador Musa Kulaklikaya, also speaking, hailed the plenteous principles of peace and tolerance the Islamic religion came with.

    “Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, constantly taking the side of world peace and global justice,” he said.

    Kulaklikaya went on to note that the OIC has so far proven itself as one of the most successful projects in the Islamic World, but, “this project has faced difficulties in responding to the increasing security challenges of the 21st century”.

    Regarding the main aim of the seminar, he said, they target to address these difficulties by reflecting on some recent SESRIC research studies focused “on achieving peace and security in OIC countries”.”

  11. MONTREAL GAZETTE – Quebec mosque shooter Bissonnette sentenced to 40 years

    Bissonnette, who has already served two years in prison, will be eligible for parole when he is in his late 60s.

    QUEBEC — Quebec City mosque killer Alexandre Bissonnette will spend at least the next 40 years in prison — a sentence that stunned a Muslim community that expected a harsher punishment.

    The sentence came just over two years after Bissonnette gunned down six Muslim men, some of them execution-style, after storming into a mosque with two guns and 108 rounds of ammunition.

    “Through your hatred and racism, you have destroyed the lives of dozens and dozens of people, and have irretrievably ruined yours and those of your family members,” Superior Court Justice François Huot told Bissonnette, 29, who showed little emotion as his sentence was handed down Friday.

    Huot said he imposed an “exemplary” sentence “so as to discourage those who, sharing your sectarian vision, would aspire to follow in your footsteps. Intolerance and racism decay our social fabric. It is the duty of the courts to repress them firmly when they materialize in criminal acts.”

    But Boufeldja Benabdallah, president of the mosque where the massacre occurred, said Quebec City Muslims were shocked by the punishment. Many expected the harshest sentence possible — six consecutive life sentences, one for each of the six murder victims. That would have added up to 150 years, eliminating any chance Bissonnette would leave prison alive.

    “It’s not anger that is overwhelming us,” Benabdallah told reporters. “It is disappointment.”

    Huot, who read a summary of his 246-page decision over six hours, said Bissonnette, “motivated by a visceral hatred toward Muslim immigrants,” committed a hate crime on Jan. 29, 2017, “a date that will forever be written in blood in this city, this province, this country.”

    Bissonnette, who has already served two years in prison, will be eligible for parole when he is 67. To be released at that point, he would have to convince the Parole Board he no longer poses a risk.

    Several women cried quietly as Huot described, second by second, how the massacre occurred, including detailed descriptions of how Bissonnette killed each of the men in a “professional, measured and hateful” manner. Two women left the courtroom in tears.

    Huot said he concluded that 25 years — the recommendation of Bissonnette’s lawyer — was too lenient. However, he said, consecutive sentences, whether they add up to 50 years or the 150 years the Crown was recommending, are unconstitutional because they contravene the Charter of Rights’ protection against “cruel and unusual” punishment.

    A 150-year sentence would have been the longest sentence in Canadian history and the harshest in modern Canadian judicial history.

    Under the Criminal Code, Huot would normally be obliged to impose a sentence in blocks of 25 years — 25, 50, 75, 100, 125 or 150.

    However, in his ruling, Huot took the unusual step of altering the law to allow him to sentence Bissonnette in a different manner. Under the sentence, Bissonnette must serve five concurrent 25-year sentences onto which is added a 15-year sentence. Huot said he did that to ensure the law conforms with the Constitution.

    Huot said he considered several aggravating factors, including the premeditated nature of the attack, the number of victims, and the fact that it was committed in a place of worship where four children were present.

    But the judge also cited extenuating circumstances, including Bissonnette’s history of mental problems, his remorse, the possibility of rehabilitation, and his decision to give himself up and plead guilty.

    Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques has not decided whether to appeal the sentence.

    “Our first thoughts are for the very many victims of the horrible and senseless crimes committed by Alexandre Bissonnette,” Jacques told reporters. “We’re thinking of the widows, the orphans, the families and the entire (Muslim) community. We salute the courage, resilience, and the great dignity shown by the victims throughout the difficult judicial process.”

    Charles-Olivier Gosselin, Bissonnette’s lawyer, said he would review the judgment before commenting on a possible appeal. It was the same reaction from Quebec’s Justice Department, which argued that consecutive sentences are constitutional.

    Parties have 30 days to appeal.

    Bissonnette’s parents were in court for the sentencing, but did not speak to reporters.

    Wearing a blue sports jacket, white shirt but no tie, Bissonnette, his wrists and ankles shackled, nodded to his parents and stared at them for several minutes as he entered the glass-enclosed prisoner’s dock. Huot ordered him to the witness box, where the killer stared at the judge as the sentence was read, occasionally turning to look at his parents and at members of the Muslim community, including several women wearing hijabs.

    The sentencing took place under tight security. To enter the courtroom gallery, people walked through metal detectors after security guards rifled through their bags and checked coats. Ten security guards watched over those in attendance.

    It’s the Quebec City courthouse’s biggest courtroom, with a capacity of about 225. Every seat was taken. In the gallery were survivors of the rampage, some widows of the dead, and wheelchair-bound Aymen Derbali, left paralyzed from the waist down after being repeatedly shot.

    As his trial was about to start last year, Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder.

    Security camera videos, presented during his four-week sentencing hearing last spring, showed Bissonnette calmly carrying out the two-minute rampage, retreating to a safe area to reload his handgun four times, and returning to some men he had shot to shoot them again. Bissonnette also pulled the trigger on a semi-automatic rifle, but it jammed.

    He killed six men — Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane, Azzeddine Soufiane and Aboubaker Thabti. Five other men were injured by gunfire. Another 35 people, including four children, were in the mosque.

    Evidence from Bissonnette’s computer showed he was fascinated with anti-immigrant alt-right and conservative commentators, mass murderers and U.S. President Donald Trump and worried about an influx of Muslim immigrants in Quebec.

    Ottawa changed the Criminal Code in 2011 to allow consecutive sentences in multiple-murder cases, as opposed to concurrent ones. Whether to apply the provision is left to the discretion of judges, who must consider “the character of the offender, the nature of the offence and the circumstances surrounding its commission.”

    Before 2011, multiple murderers could at maximum receive a life sentence with parole eligibility after 25 years, with the Parole Board of Canada deciding when the killers could be released.

    Since the law was changed, at least four murderers have been sentenced to consecutive life sentences with no parole eligibility for 75 years, the longest sentences in modern Canadian judicial history.

    • CBC – Quebec City mosque shooter gets 40 years without parole eligibility

      ( 29 min 34 )

      Alexandre Bissonnette will serve an automatic life sentence and spend at least 40 years behind bars before he is eligible to apply for parole.

      The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to killing six men at a Quebec City mosque two years ago. He will be 67 years old by the time he gets a chance to go before the Parole Board of Canada.

    • CBC – TORONTO – Bruce McArthur gets life in prison, no parole for 25 years

      Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur gets life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of eight men with ties to the city’s Gay Village.

    • ‘Evil’ Canadian jailed for life in gay village killings: reax

      Victims’ relatives react on Friday as a Canadian landscaper is jailed for life for the murder and sexual mutilation of eight men from Toronto’s gay community whose bodies he dismembered and hid in planters.

    • How many have the wogs killed to date?If the law was working properly the wogs would not have anything to say about it,since it is the state that prosecutes,not organizations.

  12. Denmark’s immigration minister faces new scrutiny over illegal asylum directive (thelocal, Feb 8, 2019)

    “Minister for Immigration and Integration Inger Støjberg has been summoned to an extraordinary parliamentary hearing (hastesamråd) over a directive to separate married asylum seekers under the age of 18 from their partners.

    All opposition parties have called for Støjberg to face questions, after the publication of a 2016 email exchange appeared to shed new light on explanations previously given by the minister over an asylum directive that was later found to be illegal, newspaper Information reports.

    On Thursday, Information published an email exchange in which former Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) director Henrik Grunnet appears to write that the authority was advised to separate all asylum seeker couples whereby one partner was under 18 years of age.

    The authority was not advised of any possible exceptions to that instruction, according to the email exchange.

    “The meeting I attended in the ministry left no doubt as to her [Støjberg, ed.] position on this issue — regardless of the (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child, if the pair have children,” Grunnet wrote in the February 10th, 2016 email.

    Grunnet was writing in response to a previous email in the chain which states that the immigration ministry’s message in an upcoming press statement would be that “no minors under the age of 18 will be allowed to live with their spouse”.

    The subject of the email is “Re: Støjberg: NO child bride may live with spouse”.

    That is in conflict with explanations previously given by Støjberg over the 2016 directive.

    During parliamentary hearings in 2017, Støjberg said that a press statement that did not provide for individual case assessments or consultations with affected parties was mistakenly used as a directive.

    “In relation to individual assessment being undertaken prior to separation of the couple, [the law] was [upheld]. Regarding consultations, it was not. Consultations did not begin until April 28th (2016),” Støjberg said during a parliamentary consultation on June 23rd, 2017.

    The original directive given in early 2016 to separate the relevant couples which was found by parliament’s ombudsman to be illegal, because it did not make clear the requirement for case-by-case assessment.

    Both Danish and international law states that all cases must be assessed individually, and all parties in individual cases must be consulted before couples are forcibly separated.

    Couples were illegally separated in 2016 as a result of the directive.

    “My best assessment is that Inger Støjberg has not told the truth,” Social Democrat immigration spokesperson Mattias Tesfaye told Information on Friday as opposition parties demanded the emergency hearing, which they hope will take place during the week commencing February 18th.

    The new reports relating to the directive have also prompted renewed action from the parliamentary ombudsman, who has asked Støjberg’s ministry to confirm the veracity of the email exchange and to submit a copy for further examination.

    The ombudsman also wants to know why the email exchange was not submitted during the original assessment of the 2016 directive, and whether the ministry has further comment, DR writes.”

  13. Migrant freezes to death after crossing Alps into France from Italy (thelocal, Feb 8, 2019)

    “A young migrant found unconscious on the side of the road in the French Alps after crossing over the border from Italy has died after suffering a heart attack and hypothermia.

    The man, believed to be around 20 years old, was found in a lay-by near the village of Val-des-Près, just a few kilometres from the border, by a truck driver at around 3 am on Thursday morning.

    “He had not been run over by a vehicle,” a police source said.

    The driver was trying to help him when a French border police patrol came across the pair and called in an ambulance. Paramedics found the man suffering from hypothermia and cardiac arrest but were unable to help him and he was declared dead when taken to hospital in the nearby town of Briançon.

    Local prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into “manslaughter and endangering the lives of others” over the death of the young man, whose identity and nationality, if known, have not been made public.

    A similar investigation was opened in May last year when the body of a young black man, presumed to be a migrant, was found by walkers in the nearby Montgenèvre area.

    Several charities, including Amnesty International and the local Tous Migrants group, in December warned threat they feared that migrants crossing the Alps from Italy into France could die if more was not done to help them.

    Thousands of young men, many from French-speaking west Africa, have trudged across the Alps from Italy over the past three years, dreaming of jobs and a new life in France.

    Many have been tricked into paying hundreds of euros to people traffickers based in northern Italy who promise them a comfortable car ride across the border but then dump them in the Alps, leaving them to fend for themselves.”

  14. FRANCE 24 exclusive: The battle-hardened foreign jihadi brides trapped in Syria (france24, Feb 8, 2019)

    “Hundreds of foreign jihadi brides are being held in a Kurdish camp in northern Syria as the war to drive out the Islamic State (IS) group enters its final phase. As the only media group to gain access to the camp, FRANCE 24 spoke with these women.

    Almost all of the women in the Kurdish-controlled al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria are foreign nationals who travelled to Syria at the height of the IS group’s so-called caliphate. They are held in a fenced off area away from the other camp residents.

    These ‘brides’ tell FRANCE 24 that their husbands are either still fighting, dead or in prison…”

  15. Schiff met with Fusion GPS co-founder last July: Report

    John Solomon, opinion contributor for The Hill, discusses how House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson at an Aspen security conference last July.

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