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‘Dr Aafia Siddiqui doesn’t want to return to Pakistan’ (tribune, apr 23, 2019)
“… Aafia has been behind bars since 2010 on charges of attempted murder and mounting an assault on US military personnel and is serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Centre, Carswell, Fort Worth in Texas.
Dr Faisal went on to say if the meeting takes place then Aafia’s exchange for Dr Shakeel Afridi could be mulled over.
Dr Afridi has been accused of helping the US in tracking down the then al Qaeda supremo Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Currently, he is in Peshawar prison….”
Bilawal reiterates demand to remove ministers with ‘links to banned outfits’ (tribune, Apr 23, 2019)
“Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reiterated his demand on Tuesday that “those ministers having links with banned outfits should be removed immediately as it in the country’s best interest”.
While addressing the media, the PPP chairman claimed the government has appointed controversial people in the cabinet…”
Turkish FM urges ‘sincerity’ in counter-terrorism (aa, Apr 23, 2019)
“A “sincere” combat against terrorism will prevent all kinds of terrorist attacks regardless of its motivation, Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday.
“If we are sincere in our fight against terrorism, and unite against any kind of terrorism, there will be no similar attacks as in Christchurch [in New Zealand] or Sri Lanka,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said in Ankara, Turkey’s capital.
His remarks came during a joint news conference alongside Didier Reynders, Belgian minister of foreign affairs and European affairs.
On March 15, at least 50 Muslim worshippers were massacred and as many injured in an alleged white supremacist terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, while multiple terror attacks on churches and hotels left at least 310 people dead in different parts of Sri Lanka.
“We are against all the terror groups of FETO, the PKK, the YPG and Daesh, and we are fighting against all,” he added.
Reynders, for his part, said that Turkey and Belgium need to share more information in fighting terrorism.
Turkey and Belgium have been allies for a long time, he added.
Reynders also stressed that Belgium immediately condemned the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, and reiterated that the PKK is considered a terrorist group by the EU.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU. It has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including numerous civilians, in its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey.
– Trilateral ministerial meeting
Cavusoglu said the top diplomats of both countries agreed to hold a trilateral ministerial meeting of Turkey and Belgium after Belgian federal election on May 26.
The third meeting of Turkey-Belgium Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Interior took place in Ankara on March 9, 2016.
The first and second trilateral meetings at ministerial level were held in Istanbul in 2008 and in Brussels in 2013.
“The amount and number of investments are increasing, but we know that we are behind our potential,” Cavusoglu said, stressing the importance of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO).
In addition to encouraging diversity and investment in trade between the two countries, Cavusoglu said that maintaining cooperation between Belgian and Turkish companies in third-party countries, especially in Africa and Iraq, could increase the bilateral trade volume.
– Sanctions on Iranian oil
Cavusoglu said the U.S. move to end sanctions waivers on countries importing oil from Iran would have negative effects on all countries.
“We support an international system and multilateralism established under the rules of law,” Cavusoglu said, adding that putting a pressure on everyone to abide by a single country’s decision is “a move that does not fit the international diplomatic maturity”.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration reimposed sanctions on Iranian oil exports in November after the president pulled out of the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal between Tehran, Washington, and five other countries.
The administration then announced it would give 180-day waivers, called Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs), to eight countries to help them wean off their supply of Iranian oil, including China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. On Monday, the U.S. announced that it would end sanctions waivers on those countries.
Reynders, for his part, said that many companies are experiencing difficulties due to the U.S. sanctions.
He added: “There are some activities at European level to continue business activities with Iran and to avoid these sanctions.”
“We are not a party to the U.S. sanctions and we will, of course, check the correct implementation of the rules with the agreement on Iran,” he added.”
Receive gay migrants if under threat at home-top court (ansa, Apr 23, 2019)
“Italy’s supreme Court of Cassation has ruled that the authorities must verify whether a gay asylum seeker is adequately protected against discrimination in their homeland before rejecting a request for refugee status.
Therefore, the fact that the home country does not have laws that are discriminatory against gays is not sufficient reason to deny the request. The supreme court expressed this position as it upheld an appeal by a gay man from Ivory Coast against the refusal of his request by a committee in the southern city of Crotone.
The committee based its decision on the fact that unlike other African States, homosexuality is not a crime in Ivory Coast and the country was not in a state of armed conflict.
But the court said this is not enough and the authorities also needed to verify whether the applicant came under threats from private individuals.
This was because in this case the appellant could face threats from members of his families.
Indeed, the man said his partner had been killed by his father, a Muslim imam.”
German politicians denounce growing violence against Christians (dw, Apr 23, 2019)
“German politicians across the political spectrum said the persecution of Christians worldwide is growing. Their statements came after a spate of bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday…”
London BLOODBATH: Man repeatedly stabbed in ‘horror gang attack’ in 3rd attack in 8 hours (express, Apr 24, 2019)
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I came across this item as I was researching my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.”
Many Advanced Placement students across the fruited plain will be using an American History textbook that depicts President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as racists.
The textbook, published by Pearson Education, is titled, “By the People: A History of the United States.” It was first exposed by radio host Alex Clark in 2018.
The final section of the book, titled, “The Angry Election of 2016” is especially critical of the president.
“Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not very hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters,” the author wrote.
On Thursday, activist parents with MassResistance unmasked another child sex offender who greeted children at Drag Queen Story Time. According to local MassResistance leader Tracy Shannon, a drag performer with many aliases has sexually assaulted children and publicly recounted his history as a transgender dominatrix and prostitute for hire. His name has been redacted here because he was allegedly convicted for sexual assault against children at age 16, so his record has been sealed.
“We have another big reveal today at our press conference which will take place at 2 PM at the Freed Montrose Library,” Shannon announced in an email. “Due to this individual using multiple aliases and having moved around a lot it was hard to nail down his identity but we finally connected the dots. We found his name a few days ago but trying to find some affirmation and photos was like looking for a needle in a haystack of social media postings.”
Trudeau’s food and booze costs for just 1 flight could feed an average Canadian family for 9 years:
Download and spread this poster about what Islam truly offers (not new, but newly relevant):
Julian Assange’s mother says that Julian has not been allowed any visits in the two weeks since his arrest, not even from his lawyers:
President Trump Met With Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey After Criticizing the Social Media Platform
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino on Jan. 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dorsey met with President Donald Trump at the White House on April 23, 2019after he criticized the social media platform’s policies.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino on Jan. 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dorsey met with President Donald Trump at the White House on April 23, 2019after he criticized the social media platform’s policies. David Becker—Getty Images
BY JUSTIN SINK / BLOOMBERG APRIL 23, 2019
(Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey met with Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, the same day the president tweeted that Congress should “get involved” in a battle against “discriminatory” practices by the social media company.
In a series of tweets, Trump said it was “so true” that he was the best thing to happen to the company, but that Twitter doesn’t “treat me well as a Republican.”
Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel lost his fight Tuesday to have the Florida Supreme Court return him to duty.
Now, in all likelihood, it’s up to the voters of Broward County to return him to office — if they want him back.
The court ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis had the constitutional authority to suspend Israel in January for his agency’s failure to adequately respond to mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland and the Fort Lauderdale airport.
The decision all but ends Israel’s attempt to get his job back before the 2020 election — the Republican-led Florida Senate is able to overrule the governor’s suspension.
“I hope and expect the Senate will look at the merits of the claim,” said Israel’s attorney, Ben Kuehne. “If they do, and do not act politically, then Sheriff Israel will be reinstated.”
Without Senate intervention, the former sheriff’s only chance of returning to his job lies with the voters of Broward County, who elected him in 2012 and re-elected him easily in 2016.
Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel takes his fight to court
That was before the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017 that claimed five lives and the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Doulgas High School in Parkland in 2018 that claimed 17 more.
The failure of the sheriff’s office to implement policy changes after the airport incident was one of the factors that led to the casualty rate at the high school, according to an independent commission that analyzed the response to the Parkland massacre.
DeSantis replaced Israel in January with acting Sheriff Gregory Tony, a veteran of the Coral Springs Police Department.
Israel argued the suspension was politically motivated and usurped the will of voters. The governor’s lawyers said he cited legally acceptable reasons for his action.
Man wearing crucifix stabbed in Rome
Moroccan national accused of attempted homicide, religious hate seen as an ‘aggravating factor’
ANSA) – Rome, April 23 – Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said Tuesday that he has called for security to be beefed up after a Moroccan national stabbed a man wearing a crucifix at Rome’s central Termini train station on Saturday evening.
The victim, a 44-year-old Georgian national, suffered an injury to the throat.
I Fought In The Battle Of Mogadishu. Here’s What Rep. Ilhan Omar Gets Wrong About ‘Black Hawk Down’
Omar enjoys the fruits of American combat deaths, yet she can’t even bring herself to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice that was made on her behalf.
Kyle Lamb By Kyle Lamb
APRIL 23, 2019
Earlier this week, a 2017 tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) surfaced in which she attacked the men who helped defend from starvation and civil war the country she abandoned in the early 1990s. In her tweet, Omar blasted “American forces” for killing “thousands of Somalis” during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993. “#NotTodaySatan,” Omar wrote.
I take special exception to Omar’s disgusting comments because I served in the Battle of Mogadishu, which was later portrayed in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” If you aren’t familiar with the real story behind “Black Hawk Down,” let me set the scene for you.
In late 1992, President George H. W. Bush launched Operation Restore Hope in support of United Nations initiatives to restore some semblance of law and order to Somalia, which was wracked by devastating famine and violent warlords eager to use the chaos and hopelessness to establish corrupt fiefdoms.
The purpose of American involvement in Somalia was to protect the peacekeepers tasked with the near-impossible mission of delivering vital food and medical supplies to the starving, war-torn population. As the aid grew, so did the opportunities for graft from warring clans who saw the humanitarian crisis as a way to cement their power throughout the country.
The Habar Gidir clan, one of the more powerful clans around Mogadishu, was led by the notorious warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid, who made the distribution of international aid to those who needed it nearly impossible. Instead of equitably spreading food and medical supplies, Aidid and his henchmen spread terror and death.
On June 5, 1993, two dozen Pakistani soldiers working for the United Nations peacekeeping effort were attacked and killed by forces loyal to Farah Aidid (three Americans were injured in that attack as well). The next day, the U.N. passed a resolution condemning the attack and calling for the arrest of those responsible and of those inciting and organizing other attacks against U.N. forces. The man most responsible for the violence was Aidid himself, who unilaterally declared himself president (he was never recognized as a legitimate political leader).
Task Force Ranger was the 1993 military effort ordered by President Bill Clinton to capture Aidid and his lieutenants so the U.N. could deliver food and medical aid without fear of being attacked or killed by Aidid’s forces. The American soldiers Omar attacked in her tweet — the men of Task Force Ranger –weren’t sent to Somalia for fame or fortune. They weren’t there because of a deep desire to visit the God-forsaken nation of Somalia. They were deployed to support peacekeepers who were desperate to rescue the country from starvation and the ravages of civil war. To do that, they had to capture the men responsible for it.
Christian Charity: Average of 345 Christians Killed Per Month Globally (breitbart, Apr 23, 2019)
“Christians have become one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world according to figures from charity Open Doors which claims that per month on average around 345 Christians are murdered globally because of their beliefs.
The Christian charity, which is based in the United States, has revealed that per month at least 105 churches or places of worship are vandalised or set on fire and approximately 219 Christians are put on trial or sent to prison for expressing their faith in the Christian Gospels, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports…”