Contributor’s Links post for February 24, 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. ‘2019 is going to be the most vitriolic year in American politics since the Civil War’: Steve Bannon issues a stark warning for the nation and claims the Democrats could ‘weaponize the Mueller Report’

    Former White House counselor Steve Bannon predicted this year will be ‘the most vitriolic year in American politics since the Civil War’ because of the investigations into President Donald Trump.

    Bannon cited the upcoming release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the investigation of Trump’s businesses from the Southern District of New York attorney’s office, and House Democrats’ plans for probes of the administration as the reason for the forthcoming chaos.

    ‘I think that 2019 is going to be the most vitriolic year in American politics since before the Civil War,’ Bannon told CBS News in an interview that aired Sunday. ‘And I include Vietnam in that. I think we’re in, I think we’re in for a very nasty 2019.’

  2. EU training mission comes under attack in Mali (abcnews, Feb 24, 2019)

    “The European Union training mission that is working to boost the Malian military says one of its centers has come under attack.

    In a tweet Sunday, the mission known as EUTM said that no members of its team were wounded in the attack on the Koulikoro training center. It did, however, make reference to “injured Malian armed forces personnel.”

    The attack marks the latest assault on international forces in Mali, where a French-led military operation first began fighting jihadists six years ago.

    The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali has been a frequent target of attacks as well. On Saturday, the U.N. said that three Guinean peacekeepers had been killed during an attack on their vehicles in Siby near the capital of Bamako.”

  3. US says 4 airstrikes in Somalia kill 2 al-Shabab fighters (abcnews, Feb 24, 2019)

    “The United States military says it has killed two al-Shabab extremists in four airstrikes in Somalia.

    The attacks eliminated checkpoints and facilities used by al-Shabaab to collect taxes to fund their violent campaign in Somalia, said a statement Sunday from the U.S. Africa command.

    “In addition to creating enhanced security, airstrikes help to disrupt al-Shabaab operations and the network while preventing future attacks by this terrorist group,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, U.S. Africa Command director of operations.

    According to the statement, two airstrikes on Saturday hit the Kunyow Barrow area, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of the capital, Mogadishu. Another strike was in the Awdeegle area, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Mogadishu and a fourth was near Janaale, about 75 kilometers (46 miles) southwest of Mogadishu.

    No civilians were injured or killed in the attacks, said the statement…”

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    Christian preacher arrested in London N14 for preaching about Jesus. He was reported for ‘being islamophobic’.

    Well done to @CConcern and @AntisemitismEye for supporting this gentleman.

    Keep preaching, sir. Stand tall. Our country needs you

    Katie Hopkins reporting on Christian preacher being arrested and accused of Islamophobia after Muslim verbally abused him and said his bible was “shit’

  5. From my Friend Living in China: Trump CRUSHING China in Trade War

    A friend of mine moved to China a couple of years ago. He’s an amazing martial artist and is in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He moved to China to teach Hapkido, which should tell a lot about his expertise.

    He and I keep in touch, and I’m planning on visiting him while he’s there teaching. But his latest report I found fascinating and thus I’m sharing it.

    I now have been back in China for two years. I will be here for another two years, at least until October of 2020. After that I return to Florida.

    I want to give you some updated news from inside China.

    First, The Donald is winning the trade war…BIG TIME. As you know, I have been visiting or living in China for over 25 years. And based on that extensive knowledge, I can see the effects on the economy.

    For example, Chinese New Year just ended. Normally it lasts at most 2 to 3 weeks tops. Because everybody must return to work. However, this New Year started the last week of January, but it continues as the whole month of February everything has been shut down. There are NO FACTORY ORDERS. Layoffs!!

    Also the Chinese Government has just revised the requirement for a WOFE, an acronym for a Wholly-Owned Foreign Enterprise. The gist of the WOFE makes it easier for companies outside of China to set up shop inside China.

    On that point, remember when President Trump announced that America is open for business? Obviously, companies took him up on it.

    This article suggest 7 companies who kept their manufacturing in America. However, the real proof lies in the 500,000+ manufacturing jobs in the recent tally.

    Read the rest of the article at

    • Read the entire article, if is interesting and a Chinese melt down that will cause a recession. Given the communist nature of their ruling class I doubt if they will cut taxes, government spending and the government payroll. If they refuse to do the above they stand a very good chance of tripping over into a full fledged depression.

      Xi is strong minded enough to hang on to power through brutality, the question is does he have a firm enough hold on the military to force them to open fire on the civilian population. If the man quoted in the article is correct their military will have a hard time winning against an unarmed population.

      Interesting times ahead.

  6. Saudi Ministry of Hajj Signs Cooperation Deal with Huawei (aawsat, Feb 24, 2019)

    “The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and Huawei signed a cooperation deal in the field of Information Technology and Communication, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

    The deal was signed in Beijing on Friday during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to China, which he concluded later in the day.

    The memorandum of cooperation is set to promote digitally administered services accorded to pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors of the Two Holy Mosques…”

  7. Saudi King Urges Int’l Community to Unify Against Iran (aawsat, Feb 24, 2019)

    “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, called on Sunday for a unified international stance to stop Iran from supporting militias and meddling in the affairs of other states.

    In his speech at the first EU-Arab League summit held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, King Salman said that Iran’s support for Yemen’s Houthi insurgents and other militias in the region, as well as its aggressive practices and blatant interference in the affairs of other countries, require a unified international stance to force it into abiding by international law and ending its nuclear and ballistic weapons program…”

  8. Erdogan: Will not meet Sisi until inmates are released (memo, Feb 24, 2019)

    “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will never meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi unless the latter releases prisoners.

    “I will never meet with such a person. First of all, he [al-Sisi] needs to release all prisoners with a general amnesty. As long as he does not release those people, we cannot meet with al-Sisi,” Erdogan said in a televised interview on late Saturday.

    The Turkish president said that there was an “authoritarian, totalitarian” regime in Egypt. “I am responding to those who are asking me why I am not meeting with al-Sisi,” he added.

    Erdogan asked: “Why our relations with Egypt were cut? Or why we, as high-level leaders, are not talking?”, adding, “This should be checked on”.

    Noting that he likes to speak clearly, Erdogan said that people who claimed that they are against coup plotters are greeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi – who ousted Mohammed Morsi – on red carpets and did not take up a position against al-Sisi.

    “These countries were behind the July 15 coup attempt. Morsi received 52 percent of the votes, and he was ousted,” he said, adding:

    Those who are in contact with al-Sisi should know this that they will be evaluated in the history in a different way

    Erdogan described the people of Egypt as “our dearest friends” and underlined that al-Sisi will never be.

    “At the moment, Morsi is still in prison along with his friends. For years, I have always said that al Sisi is a coup plotter […] Unfortunately, the Western countries are still determined to support coup plotters,” he said.

    “This is a crime against humanity,” Erdogan said, adding: “When you look at the figures, at least 42 people were executed since Al-Sisi took power and lately nine young people were executed.”

    The Turkish president said that the exactions were “unacceptable” for his country. “The Amnesty International called for stopping executions. But did they get any result? They did not,” he added.

    “Nine young people were executed. Where is the West? Do you hear the voice of the West?” Erdogan questioned.

    Erdogan remarks came after the Egyptian authorities executed nine people on Wednesday for alleged involvement in the 2015 assassination of Attorney-General Hisham Barakat.

    Egypt was roiled by turmoil when the military deposed Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, in a 2013 coup.”

  9. Germany fails to deport nearly every second asylum seeker (reuters, Feb 24, 2019)

    “Germany failed to deport 27,000 rejected asylum seekers last year, nearly half of the total 57,000 cases, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Sunday, adding that the government would step up efforts to get those migrants out of the country…”

  10. Terrorism spreading like ‘cursed plague’, Sisi tells Arab League, EU leaders (ahram, Feb 24, 2019),-Sisi-tells.aspx

    “Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that the danger of terrorism is spreading like a “cursed plague,” urging leaders attending the EU-Arab League summit to stand together against it.

    “This plague, with its reasons, can never be justified. Terrorism is different from opposing something, which we all accept as a healthy phenomenon and a fundamental pillar of any sound political life,” El-Sisi said on Sunday during the opening session of a two-day EU-Arab League summit.

    El-Sisi said that terrorism “was used by some states to spread chaos in neighbouring countries.”

    “Egypt has put forward a comprehensive vision to eliminate the threat of terrorism and its negative effects, in particular the right to life and other entrenched rights, and has enabled dialogue and cooperation to link this vision with the European position based on the importance of respect for human rights in the fight against terrorism,” he said.

    El-Sisi said that these shared challenges have also been embodied in the hotbeds of conflict in the region, foremost among them the Palestinian cause, which is the central and primary cause of the Arabs, and one of the main roots of these conflicts, as it continues to deprive the Palestinian people of their legitimate rights.

    “I cannot but warn of the repercussions of the continuation of this conflict on all our countries,” he said.

    Speaking about conflicts in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and other areas where there is armed conflict without a political settlement El-Sisi said that such conflict will only lead to more humanitarian catastrophes.

    In his recommendations, El-Sisi suggested that “the cooperation between our countries must be strengthened in order to strengthen the institutions of the state to meet the difficult challenges, while respecting the principle of citizenship in the face of calls for sectarianism and extremism.”

    He also suggested ” a comprehensive approach to combating terrorism.”

    “Thirdly, it is absolutely necessary that the Middle East be transformed from a ‘conflict’ area to a ‘success’ area, which requires genuine cooperation between our two regions most affected by these conflicts,” El-Sisi said.

    He also stressed the importance of economic cooperation which will lead to prosperity on both sides of the Mediterranean.

    He also spoke about migration and the migration crisis in several countries in the region.

    He noted that the high level of attendance at the summit was proof that what brings the two regions, Arab and European, together.

    He added that it reflects the mutual interest and concern of the Arab and European parties to enhance dialogue and coordination…”

  11. Irregular Migration: Spain to Increase Height of Border Fence in Ceuta (moroccoworldnews, Feb 24, 2019)

    “Spain is set to increase the height of the double border fences between Spain and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

    The Spanish Ministry of Interior said that the barbed wire in the fences would be replaced by other non-injurious items, according to AFP.

    “The height of the fence will be increased by 30 percent, reaching ten meters, where most of the entries occurred,” Minister of Interior Fernando Grande Marlaska said.

    The statement of the ministry said that “all the barbed wire will be replaced by an element” which will guarantee security “without hurting”migrants all along the fence.

    The statement added that the works will begin in about a “month and a half.”…”

  12. Turkey: 224 soldiers arrested over suspected FETO links (aa, Feb 24, 2019)

    “At least 224 on-duty soldiers were arrested across Turkey for their suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in the country, judicial sources said on Sunday.

    The arrests came after Turkish prosecutors issued warrants for 295 soldiers, who are accused of communicating with FETO members through pay phones and landline phones, as part of a probe into FETO’s structure in the Turkish Armed Forces.

    Turkish police continued operations to arrest remaining 71 suspects, according to the sources.

    FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

    Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.”

  13. Sweden debates fate of returned foreign fighters (thelocal, Feb 24, 2019)

    “None of the 150 Swedish citizens who have returned home after joining the terror group Islamic State have been convicted of crimes committed while abroad. While some European countries are investigating all returning foreign fighters, Sweden is not.

    But the country’s leading terrorism expert, Magnus Ranstorp, said investigations are the only way to “bring these people to justice.”

    In an interview with news agency TT, Ranstorp, who is the head of research on terrorism and countering violent extremism at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish Defence University, said the idea of investigating all returning fighters should at least be discussed.

    “There is very little opportunity to bring these people to justice unless there are preliminary investigations of them. And it is necessary if you are to have access to go through, for example, their phones and social media accounts,” he said.

    There are different views within the EU on how to deal with suspected Isis terrorists returning from Syria and Iraq. Some countries presume that anyone who spent extended periods in areas controlled by Isis has likely committed crimes, according to Hans Ihrman of the Swedish Prosecution Authority’s National Security Unit (Riksenheten för säkerhetsmål).

    “In principle, there is a presumption that one has been involved in either some form of a war crime or terror crime,” Ihrman said.

    Foreign fighters found by chance

    In Sweden, however, suspicion of a specific crime is required in order to initiate a preliminary investigation. If there is no concrete information to work off, the police’s ability to access any digital evidence, for example in returning foreign fighters’ phones, decreases drastically.

    In one case, police accidentally found evidence of terror crimes while conducting a drug investigation. As a result, two men in western Sweden who were not affiliated with Isis were convicted of terror offences in Syria for having participated in an execution after police found video evidence of the murder on a USB stick.

    If the police were given the ability to investigate anyone returning from Isis, more Swedish citizens would likely face charges, Ranstorp said.

    “Of course it would make things easier. Then police would have found much, much more,” he said.

    But Ihrman said he does not want to see special regulations for returning Isis supporters.

    “Absolutely not. An absolute minimum requirement for initiating a legal procedure is that there is some form of evidence or circumstances that can actually constitute a criminal offence. Just simply being present in an area where horrors have occurred should never be a sufficient basis for suspicion,” he said.

    Ihrman would not divulge how many of the 150 Isis supporters who have returned to Sweden have been the subject of preliminary investigations. But only one has been prosecuted and no one has been convicted of crimes committed in overseas conflict zones.

    No consular help

    One consequence for Swedes who travel to Syria is that they are cut off from receiving any consular assistance from the state.

    “You were advised not to travel there already in 2012, maybe 2011. If you still go there, you cannot count on any consular assistance from the Swedish state. That’s a no,” Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said.

    But the PM avoided giving a straight answer to the question of whether it would be appropriate to revoke the Swedish citizenship of Isis supporters who took part in the fighting in Syria.

    “That is something that the relevant ministry can comment on. But we have to show very clearly that we have advised against travelling to Syria and therefore one cannot count on receiving any consular support in Syria,” Löfven said.

    Gothenburg police chief Erik Nord, on the other hand, was more direct about calling for the revocation of foreign fighters’ citizenship.

    “Revoking Isis terrorists’ Swedish citizenship is a part of the solution. Simpler, cheaper and more effective than prosecuting them in Swedish court,” he wrote on Twitter.

    In an interview with Göteborg Posten, he said Swedes would be deterred from leaving for Syria and Iraq if they knew it would cost them their citizenship.

    “We are too soft with these terrorists,” he said.

    Legislation coming too late

    According to Sweden’s security police agency Säpo, about 100 suspected Swedish Isis terrorists remain in the conflict zone. Ranstorp said the authorities should consider investigating those who return to Sweden.

    “It is actually quite reasonable because they have been down in a war zone,” he said.

    In neighbouring Norway, which criminalized co-operation with terrorist organizations in 2013, a significantly higher number of returning jihadists have been investigated and prosecuted. The Swedish government is aiming to pass similar legislation later this year, but many feel like the move comes far too late, and Ihrman said he does not have high hopes for the outcome.

    “The objection will of course be that these people belonged to the organization at a time when doing so was not formally criminalized. Then we would have to prove that they were still part of the terror organization after the legislation came into effect. That will be quite difficult because Isis as a group today is basically eliminated,” Ihrman said.

    It is estimated that around 300 people have left Sweden to join terror groups in Syria and Iraq since 2012. Roughly half of them are believed to have returned to Sweden, while around 50 are thought to have been killed and another 100 remain in the region.”

  14. Germany’s east ten times more unsafe for asylum seekers (DW, Feb 24, 2019)

    “Asylum applicants in Germany’s eastern states are far more likely to be the victims of hate crime than those in the west, according to a study. Researchers have a theory as to why that might be the case.

    Asylum seekers in eastern Germany are 10 times more likely to be hate crime victims as those who live in the west, a study published on Sunday found.

    Researchers from the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) looked at 1,155 incidents that took place between 2013 and 2015.

    The Mannheim-based center found that they were most frequent in the Saxon Switzerland Osterzgebirge administrative district near the Czech border, with 9.76 attacks per 100 people over the three-year period.

    Next-worst, when it came to hate crime against asylum seekers, was the northeastern district of Uckermark , in the state of Brandenburg on the Polish border. In third place was the district of Saalekreis in the state of Saxony Anhalt, near Leipzig.

    Less familiarity with new faces

    All three areas are in the part of Germany that was once part of the country’s Soviet-controlled East, and which traditionally fewer immigrants than the West.

    According to the study, there were 118 districts across Germany in which not a single attack was reported. Of those, only four lay in the eastern states.

    The study’s authors said that the number of immigrants in a particular district is not the decisive factor in the level of hate crime. More important, they say, is the amount of experience that residents have with immigration.

    In western parts of Germany, residents have long had more experience with foreigners, such as the Turkish guest workers who arrived in the country in the 1960s.

    Economic issues

    Economic conditions in the region also play only a minor role, the authors said. Hate crimes against foreigners had “primarily no economic motive,” they stressed.

    Read more: Opinion: Abandoning asylum rights means forgetting German history

    Instead of focusing on economic improvements, the researchers said, there was a need to increase awareness and compassion of locals when it came to the plight of asylum seekers.

    The authors also said hate crimes were more likely in areas where comparable offenses have already been committed in the past and where “xenophobic views appear to be hardened.”

    According to the study, hate crimes included hate speech, offensive graffiti, physical assault, and arson attacks.”

  15. French minister tackles daunting task of purging online hate (thelocal, Feb 24, 2019)

    “Having initially welcomed the “yellow vest” movement as giving a voice to France’s voiceless, Digital Affairs Minister Mounir Mahjoubi is now trying to purge social media of the racist bile and other hate speech spewed by often faceless users.

    The 34-year-old web entrepreneur was one of the first in President Emmanuel Macron’s government to establish a rapport with the demonstrators at a time when most of the political class was running scared.

    He has since been trying to take the heat out of French public debate in the street and on the internet as France battles an outpouring of anti-Semitism unseen since World War 2. With swastikas being scrawled in areas around Paris — often discovered after yellow vest demonstrations — and a Jewish academic mobbed by hostile protesters in the street, Mahjoubi has found himself on the frontlines.

    He has called out Twitter especially for ignoring calls to work with French regulators on establishing filters for hate speech.

    “I am very angry with them,” the minister told AFP in an interview last week, reading aloud some of the endless stream of racist and homophobic messages he has received, especially since going public about his homosexuality last year.

    Mahjoubi has vowed heavy fines for online platforms that fail to remove hate speech in the 24 hours after it has been reported by users. He has also used his social media savvy and humble origins in a poor immigrant family — his father was a house painter and his mother a cleaner — to try and bridge the divide between Macron’s little-loved government and disaffected voters.

    Capital ambitions

    But even as he tackles the enormous task of curbing incendiary hate speech, the self-made minister is eyeing his next challenge.

    In the interview, he made no secret of his ambition to became the French capital’s first mayor of Arab origin. Macron’s Republic on the Move party has yet to pick a candidate to try to unseat Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo in next year’s elections. But Mahjoubi, who was elected to parliament in the city’s multi-ethnic 19th district in 2017, has his pitch ready, even if he has yet to declare his candidacy.

    “My parents came from Morocco with nothing in the 70s and their son became a minister, purely thanks to Paris,” he said. “I want the city to do that for everybody.”

    The self-described geek, who began working at 16 in the call centre of an internet service provider, has extensive experience working on internet safety. During Macron’s election campaign he helped limit the damage caused by an intense hacking attack which was blamed on a Russian-affiliated group.

    Mahjoubi was one of several high-achieving technocrats appointed to the new government, and in the follow-up parliamentary elections, he toppled Socialist Party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, one of several heavyweights ousted by Macron’s centrist insurgents.

    In the eyes of many voters, however, the newcomers turned out no better. Distrust of politicians hit a new low as the new ministers adopted the lofty language and big-spending ways of their predecessors — and the president himself let rip with a series of remarks seen as disparaging the poor.

    “Yes, it’s true, we continued talking in a way which was sometimes unintelligible… and made people feel humiliated by this top-down language,” admitted Mahjoubi, who studied at the prestigious Sorbonne and Sciences Po universities while launching an array of tech start-ups.

    Debate salesman

    Faced with the worst crisis of Macron’s presidency the affable young minister remained glued to social media and attempted to foster dialogue.

    In one of his first forays into yellow vest territory, he popped up among the viewers of a Facebook Live broadcast to ask if the host Maxime Nicolle, a radical protest leader, would “agree to talk”.

    Nicolle eventually agreed and the pair later faced off on a TV debate, one of several encounters between protesters and Mahjoubi, who also spent a day shadowing a 48-year-old caregiver and struggling single mother in the southern town of Frejus.

    At these and other such meetings, Mahjoubi plays salesman for the “grand national debate” launched by Macron in January to garner feedback on the government’s policies.

    The judo enthusiast, who worked on the failed 2007 presidential bid of Segolene Royal and victorious 2012 campaign of Francois Hollande, is all too aware of the expectations generated by the debate.

    “If we come back with nothing, what will happen? We won’t be able to do anything for the last two years of (Macron’s) term. You can’t lie to the French, it kills your political capital,” he said. “Trust us. We will come up with proposals.””

  16. Arab League SG Accuses Iran, Turkey of Meddling in Middle East Conflicts (sputniknews, Feb 25, 2019)

    “Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit accused on Sunday Turkey and Iran of meddling in the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen.

    “We [together with the European Union] are sharing concerns over the ongoing military conflicts in Yemen, Libya and Syria as well as foreign interference in them, both Iranian and Turkish ones,” Gheit said on the sidelines of the first EU-Arab League summit in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh.

    He pointed out that there is no military solution to the conflicts in Yemen, Libya and Syria as well as pointed out the need for preserving territorial integrity of these states.
    The EU-Arab League summit kicked off on Sunday and will conclude on Monday.

    The summit welcomes nearly 50 countries, with almost all of them represented at the highest level. The agenda of the meeting includes multilateralism, trade and investment, migration, security and the situation in the region. The preparatory ministerial meeting in Brussels on February 4, however, failed to produce a common declaration, reportedly due to the lack of consensus on certain issues and the ongoing Middle Eastern conflicts.”

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