Contributor’s links for June 16, 2019

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Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

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.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

80 Replies to “Contributor’s links for June 16, 2019”

  1. Mothers of ‘radicalised’ children tell how their offspring were rejected by society (mee, Jun 16, 2019)

    “…Saliha Ben Ali, the daughter of Tunisian immigrants in Belgium, also voiced concerns to MEE over issues of “stigmatisation” and “racism”.

    Her son, Sabri Refla, left for Syria at the age of 19. He died in the region of Aleppo a few months later.

    “The problems of racism, discrimination, joblessness and zero opportunities for young people, these are major challenges that need to be addressed along with prevention says,” says Ben Ali…”

  2. Trump in new ‘racist’ Twitter attack on Muslim London mayor Sadiq Khan (alaraby, Jun 16, 2019)

    “US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack Saturday on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, backing a right-wing British columnist who has been widely accused of Islamophobia and once called migrants “cockroaches.”

    Trump attached his latest denunciation of the mayor to a retweet by Katie Hopkins about crime in “Khan’s Londonistan” – using a term widely perceived as a pejorative reference to the British capital’s Muslim population and Khan’s Pakistan ancestry.

    “LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!” Trump wrote in response to Hopkins’ tweet, later adding the mayor was “a national disgrace who is destroying” the city.

    Earlier this month the president’s plane had not even touched down in London for the start of a state visit when he tweeted that Khan was a “stone cold loser.”

    Khan had criticised the red carpet treatment being given Trump for the visit.

    Trump said the mayor should “focus on crime in London, not me,” and made a derisive reference to Khan’s height.

    Mehdi Hasan
    Trump retweets one of Britain’s most discredited and fringe anti-Muslim bigots and endorses her racist ‘Londonistan’ designation in the process. Again, in any ‘normal’ presidency, this would be a huge scandal. But not in the Trump Islamophobia/white nationalism era.

    Donald J. Trump
    LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!

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    Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, had led opposition to Trump’s visit, writing a newspaper article in which he compared the US leader to European dictators from the 1930s and 1940s.

    At that time, the mayor’s spokesman called Trump’s tweets “childish” and “beneath the president of the United States.”

    On a trip to London in July last year, Trump accused Khan of doing “a very bad job on terrorism,” linking immigration to a deadly wave of crime in London.

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    Unsurprisingly, Hopkins attacks our mayor by referring to ‘Londonistan’. Sadiq Khan is from South London, but her not so veiled racism is implying he is really from somewhere else, trying to transform London from within. This sort of discourse is just vile.

    Katie Hopkins
    20 hours in Stab-City UPDATE

    2 stabbed to death
    1 shot dead
    Three stabbed – but not dead.

    Wandsworth & Tower Hamlets

    This is Khan’s Londonistan.

    The feud began when Khan, the son of a bus driver who emigrated from Pakistan in the 1960s, criticised Trump’s travel ban on people from certain Muslim countries.

    Hopkins, who wrote in support of Trump’s election campaign during her time at the Daily Mail, has been dogged by numerous allegations of Islamophobia and hate speech during her career as a columnist.

    Her description of migrants as “cockroaches” in 2015 prompted a rebuke by former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Zeid Ra’ad Al Husein, who said Hopkins had used language similar to that employed by some Rwandan media outlets in the run-up to the 1994 genocide, and by the Nazis in the 1930s.”

  3. Bosnians protest against migrant influx in border town (reuters, Jun 16, 2019)

    “Several hundred Bosnians protested on Sunday against an influx of migrants in the western border town of Bihac, warning of security and health risks from thousands sleeping rough.

    Bosnia, spared the big migrant wave of 2015, is now seeing an influx of people trying to reach wealthier nations via neighboring Croatia, a European Union member.

    About 25,000 people from Asia and North Africa entered the Balkan country from Serbia and Montenegro last year, and about 9,000 have arrived this year.

    Around 6,000 are in Bihac and Velika Kladusa, two towns bordering Croatia, but only about 3,500 have been sheltered in four transit centers there.

    Others sleep in parks and abandoned buildings.

    “I came here to express dissatisfaction with the situation politicians have brought upon both us and migrants,” said Maja Tabakovic, 35, at the peaceful rally in the main square.

    “The whole town is feeling insecure.”

    Town authorities have long called on Bosnia’s national government to lift the burden from the border area and accommodate migrants elsewhere.

    But a government has not been formed eight months after a general election and state institutions in charge of migration and asylum issues are operating in a care-taking capacity.

    Also, the Serb-dominated Serb Republic, an autonomous region that makes up Bosnia along with a federation of Croat and Muslim cantons, has refused to accept any migrants on its territory.

    On Friday, Bihac police raided several private houses in which nearly 300 migrants were accommodated and moved them to tents on a former garbage dump outside the town.

    U.N. agencies have warned authorities against the relocation, saying the site was inadequate and located close to areas with landmines from Bosnia’s war in the 1990s.

    “There are no sanitary facilities available on the site and no access to running water or electricity. Under these circumstances, locating migrants and refugees there is not acceptable,” the agencies said in a joint statement.

    However, an additional 200 people were moved over the weekend to the Vucjak site, where the local Red Cross has supplied tents, water tanks and meals.

    The migrants, in footage on regional television station, complained about poor conditions at the site, showing snakes they had found in surrounding bushes.

    “We are not against the migrants but we want them to be taken care of,” said Husnija Midzic, one of the Bihac protesters. “I fear robberies and problems caused by migrants. We are in fear all the time, watching our homes, ourselves.””

  4. Armed gang kills at least 34 in northwest Nigeria, police say (reuters, Jun 16, 2019)

    “An armed gang killed at least 34 people in attacks on villages in northwest Nigeria, police said on Sunday, part of a wave of violence the government has blamed on bandits.

    Hundreds of people have died in the northwest region this year, adding to security problems in a country already struggling with Islamist insurgencies in the northeast and a brutal conflict between farmers and herders in central states.

    The armed gang came to unprotected villages in the northwestern state of Zamfara on Friday night, killing 34 people, said Muhammed Shehu, police spokesman for the state.

    People from the village told Reuters the attackers escaped.

    “We heard gunshots and saw people running for shelter, chased by men on motorbikes,” said Shehu Shinkafi.

    “We immediately took cover in a house nearby, and after the bandits were done with their killing spree they moved to a nearby village,” he said, adding he counted 12 bodies in his village alone.

    The gang left without any resistance as there were no security agents in the area, and it was only after the massacre that police arrived hours later, Shinkafi and two other witnesses said.”

  5. Turkey neutralizes 76 PKK terrorists in N Iraq operation (hdn, Jun 16, 2019)

    “Turkey has neutralized at least 25 more PKK terrorists in its counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq, adding to a grand total of 76 neutralized under the ongoing operation, an official statement said on June 16.

    As part of the ongoing Operation Claw — which was launched on May 27 by the Turkish Armed Forces against the PKK terror group — a total of 76 terrorists have been neutralized in the Hakurk region over the last three weeks, the National Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

    Authorities often use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

    In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.”

  6. Islamophobia cannot solve problems of Europe or Asia: Kal?n (hdn, Jun 16, 2019)

    “Islamophobia offers no solution for the problems of either Europe or Asia, the continents straddled by Turkey, said the Turkish presidential spokesperson on June 15.

    “Islamophobia will solve neither Europe’s nor Asia’s problems. In the short term, it may serve narrow-minded populist agendas, but it in the long term, it could lead to more victimisation of minorities and ethnic and social upheaval,” ?brahim Kal?n wrote in an op-ed for Al Jazeera English.

    He recalled a June trip meeting between Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

    In a statement after the meeting, calling migration the “greatest challenges” for both countries, the Hungarian government said: “Both regions have seen the emergence of the issue of coexistence with continuously growing Muslim populations.”

    In response, Kal?n wrote that Muslims are not the biggest problem of either country.

    He said it is strange for them to express concern over “growing Muslim populations” as neither of them faces such a “problem.”

    “But presenting them as a threat is a useful strategy to deflect attention from the real problems of social disintegration, economic stagnation, the rise of populism and far-right movements, the erosion of traditional values, the failure of mainstream politics and a host of other issues that have practically nothing to do with Muslim or other minority groups,” he added.

    He noted that the Muslim population in Hungary is just around 5,000 and the government did not allow any refugees moving through the country to stay there.

    Kal?n also told how Myanmar expelled hundreds of thousands of Muslims from its northern Rakhine state, where it had had a “large Muslim community” for centuries.

    “Long lauded as a proponent of human rights and civil liberties, Suu Kyi has stood up in defence of Myanmar’s military which has unleashed an unprecedented campaign of persecution against the Muslim-majority Rohingya,” Kal?n wrote.

    The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

    According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017.

    Kal?n also said the Muslims who stayed in Myanmar still face the threat of violence and violations of their basic rights, but little has been done to stop the persecution.

    Also touching on the civil war in Syria, he added that like the Rohingya issue, the Syrian issue has not been addressed properly.

    “In 2015, eager to placate their angry electorates, European leaders pushed for a deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees into Europe, placing the burden on Turkish shoulders,” he said, noting that Turkey currently hosts 3.5 million Syrians, more than any country in the world.

    “Since then, Syrians have continued to be killed at an alarming rate in the conflict, with hundreds of thousands displaced internally, sometimes multiple times, and many still trying to flee to safety and dying in the cold waters of the Mediterranean Sea,” Kalin wrote, adding that Europeans failed to put an end to the Syrian war as their primary concern is “Muslim” migration.

    “Today there is concerted effort to instrumentalise Muslim communities within old-fashioned identity politics to stoke fear and justify conflict. Islam and Muslims are increasingly treated as the opposite of what both the secular and Judeo-Christian West supposedly stand for; they are the new common ‘enemy’. Thus, right-wing, left-wing, liberal, conservative, evangelical and other groups which normally argue over a thousand different issues on a daily basis, readily agree on this perceived Muslim ‘threat’,” he added.

    “Some 150 years ago, Marx rightly said that the promise of freedom, equality and fraternity in Europe was dependent on the inclusion of Jews. Today, in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere, it is very much dependent on the acceptance of Muslims as equal human beings and fellow citizens.””

  7. 8 PKK terrorists neutralized in southeastern Turkey (aa, Jun 16, 2019)

    “Eight terrorists were “neutralized” in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

    Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

    The statement said gendarmerie forces carried out an operation in Sirnak’s Idil district.

    Later on Sunday, security sources said that Lt. Safak Evran had been martyred in the operation against the PKK terror group.

    Two of the neutralized terrorists was identified as Emine Toy and Yilmaz Begic, both from the Interior Ministry’s most wanted terrorist list, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

    In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.”

  8. France begins trial of compulsory civic service for teens (france24, Jun 16, 2019)

    “Nearly two decades after France phased out conscription for men, some 2,000 teenagers on Sunday began a pilot programme for a new national civic service, a pet project of French President Emmanuel Macron.

    For a fortnight, the 15- and 16-year-olds will leave home for training in first aid and other basic skills, followed later by another two weeks of volunteering.

    Macron caused surprise on the campaign trail in 2017 by promising to introduce a month-long compulsory national service, saying he wanted to give girls and boys “a direct experience of military life”.

    The proposal got a cool response from the army, which baulked at the prospect of having to put millions of teens through their paces, prompting the government to come back with proposals for a compulsory civic service instead.

    Some 2,000 youngsters, including 50 disabled teens, were chosen out of 4,000 volunteers for the first part of the trial, which started Sunday at boarding schools, holiday villages and university campuses around the country.

    The group includes high school students, drop-outs, apprentices and vocational school trainees.

    Each volunteer will leave home for another region for the two weeks, during which time they will be required to wear navy uniforms and sing the “Marseillaise”, France’s national anthem, every morning.

    Described as an “integration phase”, teens will be taught first aid, map reading, emergency response for different scenarios and other skills.

    Imbued with a military ethos, the national service centres, managed by a “chief of brigade”, will each feature five houses of 10 young people, Gabriel Attal, secretary of state to the minister of national education told Le Parisien. Although each house will have an adult supervisor, the teens will be responsible for dividing up tasks and taking care of the houses.

    One of the most important objectives for Attal is getting young people out of their habitual familial, social and regional surroundings, and to open their eyes to new experiences.

    One unwelcome new experience might be the ban on mobile phones, except during a single hour of downtime in the evenings. But it’s all part of the plan to get the youngsters to engage with each other. After dinner each day, they will debate different social issues. “For example, discrimination based on sexual orientation and disability or radicalisation,” said Attal. “On Monday, after the French women’s football match, there will be a discussion of gender equality.”

    The teens will also train to respond to a variety of emergency situations.

    “We want to give youngsters reflexes for defending, protecting and reacting to terrorist attacks or natural disasters, organising search parties for missing people, and so on,” said Attal. At the end of the stint, they will simulate a crisis scenario, like a traffic pileup or a nuclear accident.

    A second two-week phase, later this summer or during the coming school year, involves work on a “collective project”, such as volunteering with a charity or local government.

    Rite of passage

    Macron has billed the service as a way to develop patriotism and social cohesion in a country battling deep divisions between left and right, rich and poor, and religious and non-religious.

    The programme, which will be written into the constitution, will be rolled out over the next seven years, targeting about 800,000 youngsters per year and eventually becoming compulsory.

    Attal, who has been put in charge of the new programme, hopes it will become a rite of passage for French youth.

    The government has yet to announce an official budget for the national programme, but the 12-day live-in part of this year’s pilot programme will cost €2000 per participant. Extrapolated to 800,000 yearly participants, the programme would cost at least €1.6 billion.

    Opponents of the programme, including some student organisations, are critical of the cost, saying the money is needed in the French education system.

    Student groups have also questioned whether a two-week programme will really help “national cohesion”.

    “We share the government’s concerns about the lack of social integration but we think that universal national service is not the right response,” Orlane François, head of the umbrella FAGE student union, told AFP. “Two weeks in barracks would appeal to some segment of the population nostalgic for military service, but not the young people who are our primary concern.”

    France already requires all citizens to participate in a one-day “Defence and Citizenship” course when they turn 18, which includes a presentation of the country’s military forces and a French language test.

    Macron is the first French president not to have been called up to serve, having come of age after the compulsory 10 months of military service for school-leaving men was abolished by ex-president Jacques Chirac in 1997, with the last conscripts discharged in 2001.

    Macron has said his aim is to give young people “causes to defend and battles to fight in the social, environmental and cultural domains”.”

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