Contributor’s links post for March 22, 2019

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  1. Conservatives face a tough fight as Big Tech’s censorship expands
    By Donald Trump Jr., opinion contributor — 03/17/19 06:00 PM EDT

    As Big Tech’s censorship of conservatives becomes ever more flagrant and overt, the old arguments about protecting the sanctity of the modern public square are now invalid. Our right to freely engage in public discourse through speech is under sustained attack, necessitating a vigorous defense against the major social media and internet platforms.

    From “shadowbans” on Facebook and Twitter, to demonetization of YouTube videos, to pulled ads for Republican candidates at the critical junctures of election campaigns, the list of violations against the online practices and speech of conservatives is long.

    I certainly had my suspicions confirmed when Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, “accidentally” censored a post I made regarding the Jussie Smollett hoax, which consequently led to me hearing from hundreds of my followers about how they’ve been having problems seeing, liking or being able to interact with my posts. Many of them even claimed that they’ve had to repeatedly refollow me, as Instagram keeps unfollowing me on their accounts.

  2. YouTube face-off: Berlin police break up mass brawl (BBC, Mar 22, 2019)

    “More than 100 police officers were deployed to break up a mass brawl reportedly organised by two rival YouTube stars in Berlin.

    The fight broke out on Thursday evening on Alexanderplatz square in the German capital, police said, adding that nine people were arrested.

    More than 400 people had gathered after two social media influencers reportedly urged their fans to join a face-off.

    As tensions escalated, a large melee involving around 50 people erupted.

    Officers used pepper spray and tear gas after attempts to disperse the crowds with loudspeakers failed.

    As police intervened, clashes spilled over in a nearby subway, where rocks picked up from railway lines were reportedly thrown.

    Two officers were injured and six people were treated for eye irritation, Berlin Morgenpost reports.

    The brawl was the result of a “dispute” between two rival YouTube stars from Berlin and Stuttgart, according to local media reports.

    The YouTubers, named as “Thatsbekir” and “Bahar Al Amood” by German media, both denied they were at fault for the brawl in social media posts.

    Norbert Cioma, head of Berlin’s Gewerkschaft der Polizei (GDP) police union, called on social media celebrities with vast followings to be more responsible.

    “We see in the rapper scene, and increasingly also with other influencers, that they are sometimes very negligent with their influence,” he said.”

  3. McCabe, Page texts reveal they mocked Trump, blasted Gowdy

    Fox News obtained texts between former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page revealing that the two shared derogatory blogs about Trump and mocked former Congressman Trey Gowdy;

    Catherine Herridge reports.

    • Remember the video about shadow banking? The bad debt problem in China is starting to hit home with smaller businesses defaulting on their bad debt loans. China is reacting by cracking down on the Shadow Banking system, by doing this they are making it harder for small businesses to get loans. This means their economy will tank faster.

        • Until I searched for the video about Shadow Banking I didn’t realize how many videos on the Chinese economy they have made.

      • Whomever is behind the scenes at China Uncensored truly deserves a prize. If Chris or Shelly assembled this creative rogue’s gallery brain trust of counterevolutionaries, then medals all around are in order.

        Pay close attention to the Rube (mercifully no Whoopie) Goldberg homage (Video Time Point – 00:03:40) to witness, what I hope is, some brilliant kinetic metaphor. Thusly:

        The can gets moved along—by being kicked down the road—just far enough to trigger a domino effect where everything goes over the edge and Communist China’s financial house-of-cards comes tumbling down.

        Sheer brilliance is how I view this … that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

        PS: As to the clip’s typically excellent content, it’s subject matter that Richard and I have been kicking back and forth like the snarling little unvaccinated pit bull that we all know and love. [PG Advisory: No animals were harmed while typing the previous simile]

        If their prop design team could have gusted up a tiny mushroom cloud from beneath the economic shitstorm tumbling cards of Beijing’s pyramid scheme all would have been well with the world.

        Meanwhile, back at the Bar-RG ranch:

        (T = 00:06:09 of hilarity SFAAH – Safe For All Ages)

        • Check out the report from an Indian TV station about China moving troops into Pakistan in the area around the port they now own.

        • As to who is behind this, I don’t know.

          I know that Shelly has a degree in Economics and that I saw her on a different (short lived) channel about China and what was happening over there. The latter factoid says that there is probably someone working hard to damage and help bring down the CCP. From what I am seeing it will happen in the short to medium run.

          • While we totally agree that Islam is a pimple on Red China’s @ss, it’s Islam that’ll likely take a much harder fall.

            So much of Muslim infrastructure relies upon Western technology that, in their various quantum leaps out of the stone age, they could never build or rebuild any of it themselves.

            Which indicates that when the MME gets all Medievaled, if Russia and China are around to pull up Islam’s socks, it’s going to be a long, long time before Muslims ever see daylight.

            The Chicoms? Not so much.

    • … but that’s only according to the Uyghurs who’ve escaped.

      Pure comedy gold disinterred from the CCP’s bottomless open grave dystopic pit of human misery.

      PS: Is it just me or has Chappell’s recent commentary become a lot more sarcastic? Admittedly, it’s hard for even the weirdest screwballs curveballs to miss a barn door the size of Communist China. Also, Taiwan’s reshoring of advanced smart phone production is a not-too-subtle thumb in the eye for Beijing’s Huawei’s 5G Wannabe Matrix. To clarify, the whole shadow banking meghilla is just that, A Shadow of legitimate Banking. As always, smaller clans will take it on the Chins.

      • I think his sarcasm is getting stronger, it may be that he thinks this will hurry the fall. Or it may be something happened to make him madder at the CCP.

  4. In 2016 Gateway Pundit was 4th Ranked Conservative Publisher – Since Then We’ve Been Banned-Censored by Google, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Amazon, Pinterest …STILL Our Numbers Grow!,%202019%20at%2003:06:06%20PM

    In 2019 The Gateway Pundit was more accurate in reporting the top stories than the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and the rest of the liberal mainstream media.

    In the top stories of the year:
    ** The Covington Catholic School Boys Media Assault
    ** The Jussie Smollett fake hate crime
    ** The Trump-Russia Collusion hoax

    In 2016 Gateway Pundit was 4th Ranked Conservative Publisher – Since Then We’ve Been Banned-Censored by Google, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Amazon, Pinterest …STILL Our Numbers Grow!
    Jim Hoft by Jim Hoft March 22, 2019 89 Comments

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    In 2019 The Gateway Pundit was more accurate in reporting the top stories than the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and the rest of the liberal mainstream media.

    In the top stories of the year:
    ** The Covington Catholic School Boys Media Assault
    ** The Jussie Smollett fake hate crime
    ** The Trump-Russia Collusion hoax

    The Gateway Pundit was 100% correct in our instincts and reporting.
    The far left mainstream media fell short with their bias and lies.

    In 2017, following the presidential election in November 2016, both the “Harvard Berkman Klein Center study and the Columbia Journalism Review study ranked The Gateway Pundit as the fourth most influential conservative publisher of the 2016 election.

    • Given the current tension between India and Pakistan as well as internal Pakistani troubles this could be China moving to protect their investment.

      It could be China playing mind games with India.

      Or it could be something else, possibly something dangerous.

  5. Chad: Boko Haram kills 23 soldiers in Dangdala attack (thedefensepost, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Twenty-three soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack in southwestern Chad on Friday, March 22, a military official told AFP.

    “Boko Haram elements attacked the Chadian army position at around 1 a.m., killing 23 troops,” the official said.

    The attack, which took place in Dangdala, on the northeastern bank of Lake Chad, appears to be the deadliest attack on the Chadian military by Boko Haram.

    The assailants crossed over from Niger before launching the raid and “made off with military equipment,” the source said.

    It is unclear which faction of Boko Haram carried out the attack, but Islamic State West Africa province is the dominant insurgent force in the Lake Chad area.

    Civilians killed in Niger
    In the Diffa region of southeastern Niger, meanwhile, eight civilians were killed late Thursday in a Boko Haram attack in Karidi, which is in Gueskerou district, a local official told AFP Friday.

    ActuNiger reported the attack occurred in the village of Dewa Kargueri, around 7 km southwest of Gueskerou commune and began at around 9:30 p.m.

    According to the ActuNiger report, militants attempted to destroy a bridge in the Diffa region on Wednesday.

    Diffa in Niger and neighboring Borno state in Nigeria have seen a number of attacks in recent weeks, as the Multinational Joint Task Force, which comprises troops from Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, conducts Operation Yancin Tafki against Boko Haram around Lake Chad.

    Islamic State has made a slew of claims of attacks on both sides of the Niger-Nigeria border, but many have not been confirmed by official sources and the claims are at times contradictory.

    On March 9, seven police and 38 militants were killed near Gueskerou, according to a government toll. The MNJTF said in a statement that “27 terrorists” were killed.

    Islamic State claimed fighters from its West Africa province affiliate killed 30 soldiers in a March 9 attack on a military base in Toumour in the Diffa region. Toumour is around 30 km (19 miles) northeast of Gueskerou, and it is unclear whether the ISIS statement referred to the Gueskerou incident or to another attack.

    Across the border in Nigeria on March 12, aircraft from Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon supported by MNJTF ground troops killed 33 ISWA militants around Tumbun Rego and Arege, the regional force said.

    ISIS claimed an ISWA militant carried out a suicide car bomb (SVBIED) attack in Arege on March 13, although its al-Naba magazine later said that attack was carried out on March 14.

    ISIS claimed ISWA militants fired three Grad rockets at Diffa airport on March 14. ActuNiger reported that ISIS claimed that an ISWA militant carried out a SVBIED attack in Toumour the same day and that local and security sources confirmed that it occurred. ISIS’s Al-Naba magazine put the Grad attack on March 15 and the SVBIED attack on March 13. ISIS later published images of what it said were the Grad launches.

    ISIS claimed ISWA killed five soldiers attached to the MNJTF during clashes on Thursday in Monguno, in Nigeria’s Borno state. Via its Amaq propaganda agency, ISIS claimed three of the dead were Chadian and two Nigerian. It also claimed that four “mortar shells” were fired at Nigerian army positions in the town on Thursday, and six were fired at positions in Malam Fatori on Wednesday.

    ISIS further claimed via Amaq that 10 soldiers were killed on the Monguno-Gajiram road on Thursday.

    Boko Haram’s bloody insurgency began in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 but has since spread into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military response. Some 27,000 people have been killed and two million others displaced, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the region.

    Boko Haram split into two factions in mid-2016. One led by long-time leader Abubakar Shekau is notorious for suicide bombings and indiscriminate killings of civilians. Shekau pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in March 2015, but ISIS central only gives formal backing to the other faction, which is known as Islamic State West Africa province.

    The ISWA faction, which largely focuses on attacking military and government targets, was led by Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, but earlier this month, audio recordings revealed that ISIS appointed Abu Abdullah Idris bin Umar also known as Ibn Umar al-Barnawi as leader. ISIS has not yet made a public statement confirming the change.”

  6. Turkey Says Will Stand Up against All Hate Speech, Violence, Terror (tasnimnews, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday said his country will stand up against all forms of hate speech, violence and terrorism.

    Mevlut Cavusoglu was speaking at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) gathered in Istanbul to discuss last week’s twin terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques that killed at least 50 Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers.

    He said no religion or belief can be defined by violence and terror, adding that peace is at the core of Islam.

    Also speaking at the meeting, OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen said terror had no language, religion or race, and urged action to stem anti-Muslim hate speech.

    He said the attacks in New Zealand were a “turning point” for Muslims, adding Muslim nations will not be deterred from taking steps to curb violence, Anadolu Agency reported.

    New Zealand’s foreign minister told the OIC meeting that his country attached great importance to freedom of religious belief, adding that the attacks on Muslims “are attacks on all of us”.

    Winston Peters said New Zealand launched the biggest police investigation in the country’s history after the mosque attacks, adding that the perpetrators of the attacks will spend the rest of their lives in jail.

    Friday marks exactly one week since the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch.

    Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged for the massacre and is being held at a maximum-security prison in Auckland.

    Among the victims were four children under the age of 18. Other children are still being treated at local hospitals for injuries they sustained during the attack.”

    • “Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday said his country will stand up against all forms of hate speech, violence and terrorism.

      Remember they think that only violence against Moslems is terrorism.

  7. Turkey Says Trump’s Remarks on Golan Heights Signal New Crisis (tasnimnews, Mar 22, 2019)

    “TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that US President Donald Trump’s “unfortunate remarks” on the Golan Heights could trigger a new crisis in the region.

    “We cannot allow the legitimization of the occupation of the Golan Heights,” Erdogan said at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul over terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch on March 15 that left 50 people dead, Xinhua news agency reported.

    He also said Turkey and the OIC cannot keep silent in the face of such a sensitive issue when the peace and the right to life of Muslims are targeted by some critical incidents and attacks.

    “Each of these attacks is important for both Turkey and the organization,” he stressed, urging the OIC to take more initiative and responsibility than ever during these tense times.

    A day earlier, Trump tweeted that “after 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”

    Israel seized the Golan Heights in a war in 1967 and annexed it in the 1980s, but the international community has never recognized the move.

    “Defending the rights of Palestine in the face of attacks of Israel is a must for us,” said Erdogan.”

  8. Shame on You: Iranian Cleric Tells French FM (tasnimnews, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami deplored French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s “blank check” comments, saying that the European country’s government should be ashamed of its human rights record.

    “Shame on you! You kill and blind your own people and then talk about human rights?” Ayatollah Khatami said, addressing a gathering of worshipers in Tehran on Friday.

    “Do you even understand what human rights are?” the cleric said, adding that the French government should “go to hell” with its blank check.

    Iran does not want any blank check and will resist to defend its national interests, he added.

    In meddlesome comments on Thursday, Le Drian called for the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer charged with spying, and warned Iran that France’s adherence to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not give it “a blank check” on human rights.

    “We have made considerable efforts with Iran to keep the nuclear accord (reached between Tehran and world powers) despite the American withdrawal,” Le Drian said. “(But) our effort to keep the Vienna accord is not a blank check for Iran and certainly not with regard to human rights, and that’s why France will do everything to secure Mrs Sotoudeh’s freedom.”

    In May 2018, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, the nuclear deal that was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

    Following the US withdrawal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.”

  9. Saudi Arabia Criminalizes All Forms of Racial Discrimination (aawsat, mar 22, 2019)

    “Saudi Arabia’s legislation and regulations criminalize all forms of racial discrimination, said Dr. Said Al-Shawaf, member of the Human Rights Council and independent expert of the United Nations.

    Al-Shawaf, who is the Saudi candidate for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2020-2024, emphasized that the Kingdom’s basic system of governance ensured equality for all before the judiciary without discrimination.

    On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which falls on March 21, Dr. Al-Shawaf stressed the keenness of the Human Rights Commission to promote and raise awareness on the human rights culture and to define the regulations, legislation and institutional guarantees that prohibit and criminalize practicing any form of racial discrimination, hatred and intolerance.

    He also highlighted the most important laws, regulations and measures applied by Saudi Arabia to combat discrimination, promote a culture of tolerance and respect for human rights, and preserve national unity.

    Al-Shawaf pointed out that the Kingdom criminalized the dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority, hatred or incitement.

    The regulations of Saudi Arabia prohibit the establishment of organizations and the holding of activities that promote racial intolerance, he affirmed.

    The laws of associations and civil institutions include a ban on the establishment of an association if its basic regulations contain provisions that contradict the provisions of Islamic law, violate public order, public morals, or harm national unity, he added.”

  10. US Sanctions Iran Nuclear Researchers, Scientists (aawsat, Mar 22, 2019)

    “The United States imposed on Friday sanctions on scientists, technicians and companies affiliated with Iran’s Organization for Defense Innovation and Research, which had been at the forefront of the country’s former nuclear weapons program.

    Sanctioning 14 individuals and 17 entities, US officials acknowledged that the nuclear work was in the past but said Washington wanted to make the targeted figures “radioactive.”

    Officials said those targeted continue to work in Iran’s defense sector and form a core of experts who could reconstitute its nuclear program…”

  11. Saudis slam ‘dancing girls’ on Riyadh streets (memo, Mar 22, 2019)

    “A state of anger has prevailed across social media networks after a number of Saudi girls posted videos of them dancing in Riyadh’s streets.

    The video showed footages of 12 prominent male and female dancers who were preparing for a public show, which is reportedly taking place in Riyadh “soon”.

    Social media activists were split into some whom were supporting the dancers and the fact that the Islamic kingdom was becoming an “open-minded country”. Others strongly criticised them.

    Saudi has shaken up its social, cultural, political and economic scenes driven by its 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. This including the reopening of cinemas for the first time in 40 years.”

  12. Jordan rejects Arab League request to ban Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas (memo, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Jordan has rejected the Arab League’s request to ban the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and label them “terrorist movements”, informed sources told the Shehab news agency yesterday.

    The sources said the Arab League’s General Secretariat has sent a secret letter to the Jordanian Ministry of Interior calling for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas to be banned in Jordan.

    The sources added that two Arab countries initiated the secret request ahead of the Arab Interior Ministry conference held in Tunis earlier this month.

    According to the sources, the Jordanian interior ministry has requested the Jordanian General Intelligence Department’s opinion, which in turn replied that “the kingdom has no interest in such action” because it comes in the context of “some countries’ internal escalation” against the Muslim Brotherhood and the Saudi-UAE incitement against the two movements.”

  13. UK Tells British Tourists to Stay ‘Vigilant at All Times’ in Morocco (moroccoworldnews, Mar 22, 2019)

    “The UK has updated its foreign travel advisory for Morocco, advising its citizens to be “vigilant at all times.”

    The UK said that “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Morocco,” recalling the Imlil murders when terrorists decapitated two Scandinavian tourists decapitated near Mount Toubkal.

    Britain also warned that “attacks could be indiscriminate or target foreigners.”…”

  14. Italy Repatriates ‘Radical’ Moroccan Imam for ‘Extremism’ (moroccoworldnews, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Italy deported a Moroccan imam on a direct flight to Casablanca on Monday, March 18, on the grounds of radicalism.

    The Italian la Voce outlet reported that the imam was propagating extremist interpretations of Qur’anic precepts during his sermons.

    The Italian Ministry of the Interior deported Houssam Din Rouzak, 36, “for security reasons,” the Italian Corriere Torino news outlet reported.

    Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini described Din Rouzak in a tweet as “radicalized” and “violent.” There is “zero tolerance for those who, in the name of God, attempt to wage war in our homeland,” he wrote.

    Italian intelligence services have kept a close watch on Din Rouzak since 2012, when he adopted a rigid understanding of the Qur’an and showed an “aggressive attitude” towards colleagues at the Center of Islamic Studies in Novara. .

    A permanent resident in Italy, Din Rouzak recently became an imam at a mosque in Vercelli, a city near Milan. His behavior became more pronounced after he became imam at the Islamic Cultural Association of Vercelli in 2017.

    The Vercelli community relieved Din Rouzak of his duties last summer after he picked violent quarrels with other Muslims, according to la Voce.

    Since his appointment at the Vercelli mosque in 2017, Din Rouzak was “extremely radical and critical of his Muslim compatriots for keeping company with Italians,” reported Italian newspaper II Messagero.

    According to Salvini, Italy has expelled approximately 384 people considered dangerous to the country’s security since 2015: 21 people in 2019, 126 in 2018, 105 in 2017, and 66 in 2016, and 66 in 2015.”

  15. OIC calls on UN to declare March 15 as solidarity day against Islamophobia (hurriyetdailynews, mar 22, 2019)

    ““[The OIC] calls on the U.N. and other international and regional organizations to adopt March 15, the day this horrendous act of terrorism was perpetrated, as the International Day of Solidarity against Islamophobia,” read a joint communiqué released following the emergency meeting of the OIC in Istanbul on March 22.

    The executive-committee of the OIC held an emergency meeting to discuss the brutal attack against the Muslim community in Christchurch city, New Zealand, on March 15. A gunman killed 51 Muslims in attacks against two mosques during Friday prayers.

    The OIC demanded the U.N. secretary-general to accelerate his efforts against anti-Muslim trends in the world as it called the secretary “to convene a special session of the U.N. General Assembly to declare Islamophobia as a form of racism and to assign a special rapporteur for monitoring and combatting Islamophobia.”

    The communiqué also urged the U.N. secretary-general to ensure measures are taken on social media platforms. “OIC requests the secretary-general to engage managements of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in order for them to take institutional and technical measures to filter and ban any content that incites violence and hatred against Muslims,” it said.”

  16. Turks in Germany demand action against racism (hurriyetdailynews, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Germany’s Turkish community has called for urgent action to combat increasing racism, intolerance and discrimination in the country.

    “We are in a worrying situation today with verbal and physical attacks becoming part of everyday life,” Turkish immigrant organization TBB said in a statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

    The organization slammed far-right politicians for spreading hate against immigrants, refugees, Muslims and Jews in the country and called on the government and democratic political parties to step up efforts against racism and xenophobia.

    “We need more effective protection against racism which must be ensured by relevant legislation,” it said.

    Far-right violence

    German police recorded 19,105 far-right crimes in 2018, according to the latest government figures.

    Far-right extremists carried out some 1,072 violent attacks against foreigners, immigrants or political rivals.

    At least 498 people were injured in the attacks inspired by far-right ideologies.

    Anti-Muslim attacks and incidents of abuse remain a serious problem for Germany.

    The police recorded 578 hate crimes against Muslims between January and September last year, according to the most recent official figures.

    At least 40 Muslims were injured in the attacks, which were mostly carried out by far-right extremists.

    Anti-Muslim crimes recorded by the police included insults, threatening letters, physical assaults and attacks against mosques.”

  17. europravda – Brexit will cost the EU €40 billion annually, study founds

    Almost everything about Brexit is still uncertain, but one thing is for sure: it will lead to big losses for everybody.

    A hard Brexit will cost EU countries €40 billion annually, a study on the impact of Brexit on EU incomes from the German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung has found. New tariffs after the UK leaves the EU single market would make trade in goods and services very expensive.

    Only China and USA will benefit from Brexit, the study says.

    The UK would face the biggest income loss: €57 billion per year, or €900 per capita, Germany and France, both export-oriented countries, would lose respectively €10 and €8 billion per year, while Brexit would cost Italians around €4 billion.

    “The regions affected the most are typically those that have strong industry, for example the automotive industry in countries like Germany and parts of Spain and Italy. Also, financial services and IT services trade with the UK would be affected. And generally, we find that highly productive regions (like some Scandinavian hubs) would lose out the most”, the economist Dominic Ponattu of Bertelsmann Stiftung says. He conducted the study with Giordano Mion of the University of Sussex.

    In the UK, the London region alone would be hit hardest by a hard Brexit, with a loss of €5 billion per year, followed by Berkshire and Surrey. “The regions most affected in absolute terms would be southern English regions (like Kent, London and Essex)”, the study found. “The closer to the continent, the stronger the impact of a hard Brexit. Lombardia would also be strongly affected at €800 million per year”, Ponattu told Euronews.

    Smaller and most productive regions are the ones that will suffer more from a hard Brexit.

    Ireland, which has been at the center of the Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK, will suffer in a no-deal scenario: the country could face a welfare loss of €3.5 billion per year with a hard Brexit. In Germany, the cities of Dusseldorf (€650 million) and Cologne (€560 million) would be affected the most.

    A soft Brexit remains the best desirable scenario: It would reduce the income loss in the entire EU to “only” €22 billion per year.

    “Brexit could seriously damage the foundations of the world’s largest economic area”, said Aart de Geus, Chairman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. “Brussels and London must do everything they can to achieve an agreement.”

    Outside Europe, there are countries and continents ready to toast to the UK’s exit from the EU: US incomes could rise by around €13 billion annually in a hard Brexit situation. In China, annual income would rise by around €5 billion, and in Russia such a scenario would lead to a slight increase of around €260 million annually, according to the analysis.

    Brexit, hard or soft, is going to affect key sources of growth as well as competition, causing negative costs on European economies. What is certain is that Brexit will dampen growth potential in the UK and Europe.

  18. NATO deletes photo of Turkish divers unfurling flag in Greek waters (hurriyetdailynews, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Photos of Turkish navy divers holding a Turkish flag under the sea in Greek island Crete’s Souda Bay have stirred reaction in Greece, local media has reported.

    The Turkish Defense Ministry shared four photos of an Underwater Defense (SAS) team deactivating mines and holding a Turkish flag on its official Twitter account on May 19.

    “Our mine hunter vessel TCG Akçakoca visited the Souda Harbor in Crete as part of its attendance to the Ariadne-19 exercise hosted by Greece,” the tweet read.

    “Our SAS teams detected two practice mines and an IED,” it added.

    The tweet was at first retweeted by the U.K.-based NATO Allied Maritime Command’s (MARCOM) Twitter account. However, the retweet was deleted soon.

    “Greece’s Ministry of Defense said the move from Turkey was a ‘blunt’ provocation and demanded the image be removed by NATO, who are currently investigating why the image was retweeted in the first place,” Greek news portal said on March 21.

    “An under-sea photo showing two Turkish frogmen posing with a Turkish flag in a sea area north of the Greek island of Crete was taken down from the Twitter account of the NATO Allied Maritime Command [MARCOM] on March 20 after protests lodged by the Hellenic Navy at the prompting of Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis,” the Greek daily’s website also reported on March 20.

    MARCOM retweeted another tweet by the Turkish Defense Ministry showing a Turkish frigate in a joint action with the French Navy.

    The exercise hosted by Greece was carried out between March 14 and 21.”

  19. Dozens detained in FETÖ probe in judiciary (hurriyetdailynews, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Turkish security forces detained 60 suspects on March 22 for their alleged links to FETÖ, the group behind the defeated coup in 2016 in Turkey.

    An Istanbul prosecutor said that 60 suspects have been detained in a nationwide operation as arrest warrants had been already out for 126 FETÖ suspects over an ongoing probe in the judiciary.

    The 126 suspects- including 108 lawyers- are suspected of hiding at FETÖ safe houses in Istanbul and the capital Ankara.

    The police are looking for the rest of the suspects.

    In a separate police operation in Ankara, eight engineers, who used to work for a major Turkish defense contractor, were detained for using ByLock, an encrypted cellphone application used by FETÖ members.

    Ankara prosecutors previously issued arrest warrants for 18 suspects, former employees of the defense contractor for using the encrypted application.

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

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

  20. Swedes form human shield for Muslims in Friday prayer (aa, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Dozens of Swedes have formed a human shield for Muslims on Friday in a bid to ensure their security during weekly prayer.

    As part of the ongoing protests across the world decrying twin terror attacks by a white supremacist in New Zealand that killed at least 50 and injured dozens, Swedish people demonstrated yet another solidarity with the Muslims.

    Sweden’s Culture and Democracy Minister Amanda Lind told Anadolu Agency that she is very happy to see so many people gathered in Stockholm Mosque to offer a peaceful Friday prayer for Muslims.

    She said that it is not only the terror attacks in New Zealand but the racism and Islamophobia, as well, that brought them all together.

    Activist Dror Feiler, a member of the Ship to Gaza foundation that aims to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip in Palestine by delivering humanitarian aid from Scandinavia to Gaza, also expressed his joy to see a big crowd.

    Activists did not leave until the weekly Friday prayer ended.

    In return for their support, the mosque officials gave out water and dates to the activists.”

  21. Youth worker nabbed for abusing ‘fragile’ minors (ansa, Mar 22, 2019)

    “A youth worker was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually abusing two ‘fragile’ girls aged 17 and 11 at home in and near Vercelli.

    The 36-year-old man, of Somalia origin, was stopped on board a bus heading for Paris with a one-way ticket in his possession.

    The man is accused of abusing his role to take advantage of struggling minors.”

  22. Tunisia announces closure of Medenine migrant centre (ansamed, Mar 22, 2019)

    “Fadhel Mahfoudh, Tunisian minister for relations with constitutional instances, civil society and human rights, announced that the Medenine migrant centre will be closed due to overcrowding and deplorable conditions for those being hosted there. “The conditions in this centre are inhumane, and it will therefore be closed immediately,” Mahfoudh said during a working visit to Medenine. “We have to find solutions to allow migrants and refugees to live with dignity,” he said. He said the centre’s location, situated in a residential neighbourhood between a high school and a foyer for female students, is inappropriate. He said the location creates problems with the neighbourhood’s residents, who have already asked local authorities to find another place to host the migrants…”

  23. europravda – The rise of the Spanish Far-Right

    In Spain, issues like border protection, crime, and unemployment, have propelled far-right Vox party into office in Andalusia’s last regional elections.

  24. London bloodbath: Man knifed in Enfield – Air Ambulance called to scene (express, Mar 22, 2019)

    “A MAN has been air-lifted to a London hospital after he was violently stabbed in Enfield hours after another man was stabbed in the same area.

    The London Metropolitan Police were called to Fothergill Drive at 4.28pm following reports a man in his 20s was knifed. An air ambulance was called to the scene. The man’s condition is currently not known.

    A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 16.28hrs on Friday, 22 March to a report of a male stabbed.

    “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.At this early stage, it is believe that the victim, a man believed to be in his early 20s, was stabbed in Fothergill Drive, N21, and then drove to another location nearby before police were called.

    “He has been taken to a north London hospital – we await an update on his condition. No arrest at this stage – enquiries continue.”…”

  25. zero hedge –First Lawsuit Filed Seeking To Make Mueller Report Public; Congress To See Conclusions This Weekend

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    twitter @ByronYork

    5 things that didn’t happen in Mueller probe: 1) Did not indict Trump Jr, Kushner, or others said to be in jeopardy. 2) Did not charge anyone in Trump campaign/circle with conspiring with Russia to fix 2016 election

    3) Mueller did not subpoena the president. 4) The president did not fire Mueller. 5) The president did not interfere with with Mueller probe. All 5 non-events were the subject of thousands of hours of media speculation.

    CNN – Adam Schiff vows to subpoena Mueller if necessary

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