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Turkish war jets strike 14 PKK militants in N Iraq (hurriyetdailynews, Apr 29, 2019)
“Operation in the Zap region on April 28 neutralized militants who were hiding out in a cave, Col. Tamer Zincir told reporters in the capital Ankara.
Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
A total of 154 militants have been neutralized since April 4 in operations against PKK militants in both Turkey and northern Iraq, Zincir said.
PKK is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.”
Relatives of German IS fighters stage protest in Berlin (thelocal, Apr 29, 2019)
“German parents and relatives of Islamic State militants demonstrated Monday outside the foreign ministry, urging the government to repatriate wives and children of fighters held in Syria.
Some brought posters saying “Children are not responsible”, while others held up banners reading “Innocent German children will die and the state is just watching”.
“I want my grandchildren to leave Syria and come to Hamburg, to live normally, to go to the nursery, to be protected, to be able to hug them, to have food, to be warm, and to love them,” said Intessar Aataba, 51, who is the grandmother of a three-year-old and a year-old toddler born in Syria.
Another protester who identified himself as Shawani, 55, pleaded for his three grandchildren, aged two, three and four, to be repatriated.
“Why blame the grandchildren? What are they guilty of? I don’t understand,” he said.
According to the Interior Ministry, at least 59 children of German jihadists were still in Syria at the end of March…”
Rosenstein slams Obama administration for choosing ‘not to publicize full story’ of Russia hacking
Beleaguered Justice Department No. 2 Rod Rosenstein raised eyebrows Thursday night with a private speech in which he took a swipe at the Obama administration and slammed ex-FBI boss James Comey.
Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general who supervised the Mueller investigation, spoke out publically for the first time since the report was released, criticizing the Obama administration’s real-time reaction to Russian hacking and its decision “not publicize the full story” to the American people.
Rosenstein, who was speaking in New York at the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association, defended his handling of the probe and criticized former officials in the process. He also called out former FBI Director James Comey for alerting Congress about the investigation into Russian collusion at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Refugees in Germany: Legal entry — without asylum (DW, Apr 28, 2019)
“Germany is increasingly making use of humanitarian admissions programs as part of its refugee policy, meaning orderly entry for migrants rather than high-risk journeys. But resettlement is tied to three conditions.
More and more “resettlement refugees” have made their way to Germany over the past five years — vulnerable persons, directly resettled from crisis-stricken regions. These humanitarian admission programs signal a change in German refugee policy.
“Germany has done a lot of catching up over the past few years,” says Norbert Trosien, a registration officer for the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR in Egypt. “Germany is now setting the pace within the EU and around the globe.”
The change, of course, has to do with experience gained by recently dealing with large numbers of refugees, as well as a call from the European Commission in September 2017. It was then that Brussels asked member states across the bloc to accept at least 50,000 people in 2018 and 2019 from an EU-backed resettlement program.
‘Reducing illegal immigration’
Berlin responded positively to the call. The German government told the European Commission that it would be willing to take in 10,200 such people in 2018 and 2019. Steve Alter, a spokesman for the German Interior Ministry, told DW: “Resettlement is an important building block in any coherent approach to immigration policy.”
Alter says the aim is “to destroy the business model of smugglers and reduce illegal immigration, while at the same time providing people in need of special protection a legal path to Germany.” Yet Alter also stresses, “This has no effect whatsoever on territorial asylum.”
According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), which coordinates quota-refugee admissions, “Experience thus far has been extremely positive, especially when it comes to Germany’s international standing.” Moreover, according to a BAMF statement, third countries and states bordering on or close to war- and crisis-ridden nations are also benefiting from the policy, which relieves them of some of their humanitarian burden.
Rising quotas in Germany and Europe are also taking on new significance in view of a growing US unwillingness to take in refugees. “Germany is among the biggest recipient countries we deal with here in Egypt,” according to the UNHCR’s Norbert Trosien.
Still, Trosien bemoans the massive divide between desire and reality. He says the UNHCR has registered 250,000 refugees in Egypt, but there are only 5,000 resettlement slots available.
“Right now, it is extremely difficult to send refugees from Egypt to the USA,” says Trosien. He explains that US resettlement programs were essentially shut down in 2018.
Acceptance into a resettlement program is tied to three conditions: People must be deemed unable to return to their home country or to build a future in the country they fled to. Furthermore, they must show that they are “especially vulnerable” — meaning that they are not able to come to Europe on their own.
Germany does not make resettled refugees apply for asylum; instead, it grants them work/residency visas for one to three years — which can also be renewed. Although Germany started implementing its humanitarian reception program way back in 1956, the number of people it has admitted has been quite low.
EU treaty with Turkey as a template?
For instance, just 300 vulnerable people came to Germany as a result of resettlement programs between 2012 and 2014. It was not until Brussels made its 2017 appeal that Berlin changed its restrictive posture. Germany raised its admission quotas from 1,600 between 2016 and 2017 to 10,200 between 2018 and 2019.
Among those in the current quota group are some 6,000 Syrian refugees who will enter Germany as a result of a 2016 treaty signed by Turkey and the EU. UNHCR’s Norbert Trosien thinks the EU-Turkey deal could even serve as a “blueprint” for future German immigration policy.
‘Don’t threaten asylum rights’
Trosien says, “There is certainly nothing wrong with the basic idea of removing people from crisis regions while at the same time establishing efficient border security.” But he says one would not likely be able to judge the effect of such policies until the number of resettlement refugees was as high as the number of conventional asylum-seekers. Trosien says, “We are a long way off.”
The German Caritas Association, a charity group, warns of the dangers of combining resettlement programs and asylum policy. “Resettlement and other legal forms of admission should in no way replace or threaten the individual right to asylum,” says Vanessa Zehnder, a resettlement adviser at Caritas. “They should be supplementary and not in opposition to our demands for higher numbers of refugee admissions.””
Turkey’s Academics for Peace punished for anti-war protest (DW, Apr 29, 2019)
“”We will not be part of this crime.” That’s the protest call by academics who dared to criticize Turkey’s military offensive against the Kurds. Hundreds of them have lost their jobs — some have been jailed…”
London bloodbath: Man stabbed in Muswell Hill as capital’s knife crime epidemic continues (express, Apr 30, 2019)
“LONDON police raced to the Muswell Hill following reports a man has been stabbed in the latest brutal attack amid the Capital’s knife crime epidemic.
An 18-year-old man, who has not been named, was stabbed near the Broadway in the north London area. He has been rushed to hospital. The Met police have confirmed his condition is not life-threatening.
Residents flocked to social media to share their concerns at seeing two police and two patrol cars and paramedics in the area.
The area appears to have been cordoned off.
Officers are still in the area.
One shocking clip shows a body on a stretcher just when an officer asks the filmer to stop filming.
Scotland Yard said no arrests have been made.
Police were called at 9.20pm and a crime scene remains in place…”
Sky News – Exclusive: What made this bomber attack Sri Lanka?
One of the perpetrators of the most recent Sri Lanka attack, attributed to supporters of Islamic State, was filmed on CCTV – in the hours before the attack.
In pictures released to Sky News, Mohammed Nasar Mohammed Azar is shown arriving in the town – where he exploded his device inside a church – killing 27 people.
European Court of Human Rights: France deports Algerian man convicted on charges of terrorism (memo, Apr 30, 2019)
“The European Court of Human Rights allowed on Monday France to deport an Algerian man serving a prison term on terrorism charges back to his country, saying nothing indicates that he would be “in real danger” of torture there.
“This is the first time the court has allowed the deportation of a convicted person in a terrorism case to Algeria,” a court source said.
The source explained that this was not a matter of change in the Court’s rules which usually has reservations over the expulsion of Algerians back to their country because of the use of torture by counter-terrorism services there. “
The situation in Algeria has changed since 2015 … which makes the deportation procedures possible”, the source added.
In 2015, a French court sentenced the Algerian man to six years in prison for providing night- vision goggles and money to the al- Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb terrorist group.
Last year, in February 2018 the police in the Loire issued a decision to deport the man back to his country. However, he appealed to the European Court claiming he could be tortured in Algeria.
The Court has rejected the appeal, saying the deportation does not violate article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.”
This Satellites-R-Us bullshit is over with. If Trump hasn’t succumbed to special interests yet, then he’d better get Boeing to toe the Red Chinese line (in the sand) before a fucking dime goes their way towards any bailout over the 737 Max 8 redesign malfeasance.
Those who have followed this
trainplane wreck already know that Boeing’s Ivy League MBA execs cut financial corners to avoid complete airframe and pilot recertification mandates. In doing so, these zero-flight-time desk jockeys attempted a software control overlay that didn’t even compare two existing onboard pitch sensors to check for detector malfunction.
This code patch was written to compensate for the jetliner’s engines being relocated forward even as the power plant size was almost doubled to the point of intake nacelles interfering with ground clearance. These same cowlings were sufficiently large and far enough in advance of the wing’s leading edge to act as independent lift surfaces. Ones that the MACS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) pilot control override was meant to cancel out.
More than once, this ham-fisted, corner cutting, management-driven fix (in the veterinarian sense) fought the pilots and their lying eyes all the way (in Ethiopia) to a high-speed impact that left little in the way of recoverable human remains.
This will make the Ford
PiñataPinto case look like a bad cup-holder design. Just like with the Challenger Disaster, this is another avoidable loss of human life that was put at risk by budget-sensitive management for questionable motives.
To date, Trump has exhibited enough savvy to where some hope is merited for Boeing being read the Receivership Riot Act.
Of much greater importance is recognizing the black hand of Financial Capitalism sidetracking yet another great American industrial engine into an oncoming express train. At present, the business world’s gold standard for executive leadership is the Harvard MBA.
These doctoral-level bean counters regularly take functional corporations and either merge them out of existence or “streamline” operations to death by firing well-paid senior staff (thereby losing massive quantities of “tribal lore”, as in: undocumented work flow or practices) which earns the boardroom its fat year-end bonuses for cost-cutting but constantly leaves downsized companies devoid of any work-floor expertise once whatever trough-cycle comes to an end.
This “platinum parachute” syndrome of bailing out—or more recently, being bailed out—for rank incompetence (e.g., GM, AIG–American International Group) is part of a system that rewards questionable ethics and blackballs or co-opts any opposition to such corruption. Slowly corroding America’s industrial base, this segment of the 1% millipede is a much bigger threat than the idle nouveau riche, regardless of their political connections or influence.
Elimination of America’s blue collar and middle class voting base is a key objective for the globalists. The 2016 seismic shift of some labor states swinging to Trump only magnified the urgency of this scheme to hollow out, not only US manufacturing, but also its least cooperative voting blocs.
Were it remotely possible that Boeing did end up going under, that would make Xi Jinping so happy his ears would be clapping loud enough to hear over in the USA.
Worst of all for these Transnational bastards is how Trump’s (so far) successful reshoring efforts represent buckets of sand, a monkey wrench, and some caltrops thrown into their injection-molded, anti-industrial gears. The entire milieu of wealth creation (i.e., a manufacturing economy) is anathema to these
money lenderssix figure loan sharks.
Boeing, Bell Telephone (especially Bell Labs–Western Electric), and too many of America’s greatest 20th century powerhouses were methodically looted and scavenged by these short term gain-obsessed leeches who couldn’t innovate their collective way out of a wet Kleenex®.
At video time point – 00:04:23 Chappell breezes through mention of Boeing, SSL, and the Carlyle Group. Once again, as with previous technology issues, a tiny bit more homework would have gotten Chappell a reportorial JACKPOT.
THE CARLYLE GROUP IS THE BUSH FAMILY IS THE CARLYLE GROUP!
Watch the appended video for background on how either the Carlyle Group profits from wars they have direct foreknowledge (i.e., insider information) about … or start the wars necessary to drive that profiteering (they call it, “win–win”). Bush 2.0’s administration was amazingly, remarkably, almost magically immune to the concept of conflict of interest.
That is … until 0bama came along.
Finally, imagine the combined finesse and grand slam it could be for Trump to simultaneously squeeze MME terrorist shitholes (at the risk of being smeared as “Islamophobic”), even while he preempts such accusations by jamming up Red China over their Uighur abuses.
THE KEY ISSUE being that Trump has ZERO worries about China halting it’s incredibly instructive object lesson about how to deal with
restiveall Muslims. He can winge about Beijing’s Uighur-bashing the day long and all it does is burnish his inclusiveness (i.e., NOT “Islamophobic”) credentials. All the while, this makes the Chicoms look bad and bolsters justifications to keep thwarting other PRC aims whilst jacking the hell up every imaginable tariff on anything that ever even smelled like fried rice.
T = 00:09:54 – TSFW