Contributor’s links for July 28, 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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  1. More than 60 killed in extremist attack on Nigeria villagers (abcnews, Jul 28, 2019)

    “A local official in northeastern Nigeria says suspected Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 60 people during an attack on villagers who were leaving a funeral.

    It is the deadliest extremist attack on civilians in the region so far this year.

    Muhammad Bulama, council chairman of the Nganzai local government area, told reporters that 11 other people were wounded during the midday attack on Saturday.

    Bulama called it a reprisal after villagers fought off a Boko Haram attack in the area two weeks ago.

    Nigerians last week marked the grim 10-year anniversary of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced millions and created one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.”

  2. German police probe fire at far-right politician’s cottage (abcnews, Jul 28, 2019)

    “Police in eastern Germany say they’re investigating if someone tried to kill a far-right politician by setting fire to a cottage in Saxony-Anhalt state where the man was sleeping.

    German news agency dpa reported that the 32-year-old member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, and a 27-year-old woman were inside the cottage in Arendsee municipality when a noise woke the woman early Sunday.

    Dpa says the woman said she saw someone outside a window run away and then noticed a fire burning below the window. The news agency says she and the man put out the flames.

    Dpa says AfD members had a summer celebration at the location of the cottage on Saturday.

    Police say they’re looking for an arson suspect.”

  3. Syria keeps up deadly bombardment of rebel-held town (abcnews, Jul 28, 2019)

    “Syrian government airstrikes on a town in the country’s northwest killed five people, two of whom were from the same family, opposition activists said Sunday.

    The airstrikes on the town of Ariha came as the government continued its deadly air campaign against the last rebel-held region in Syria.

    Another 21 people were wounded in the airstrikes. The causality figures were provided by both the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, and the opposition-affiliated first responders known as the White Helmets.

    The town has been particularly targeted over the past week, as the government looks to regain momentum in its stalled offensive against Idlib province, which began in late April…”

  4. Libyan officials: Airstrike hits field hospital, 5 killed (abcnews, Jul 28, 2019)

    “Libyan health authorities say an airstrike hit a field hospital south of the capital, Tripoli, killing at least four doctors and a paramedic.

    Malek Merset, a spokesman for the health ministry of the U.N.-supported government, says the attack took place late Saturday in the Zawya district.

    Forces based in the country’s east are currently fighting for control of the capital’s southern outskirts against militias allied with the Tripoli-based government.

    Health authorities did not say which side was behind the airstrike, which wounded eight health workers.

    The Tripoli-based government blamed the airstrike on the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by commander Khalifa Hifter. The LNA could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Hifter’s LNA began its offensive on Tripoli in early April. In past weeks, the battle lines have changed little.”

  5. Iran Says Dispatch of European Forces to Persian Gulf ‘Hostile, Menacing’ (tasnimnews, Jul 28, 2019)

    “The spokesman for the Iranian administration slammed the deployment of a European naval mission to the Persian Gulf, saying the “menacing” move would convey a “hostile message” and fuel regional tensions…”

  6. Libya: Haftar Transfers War to Misrata (aawsat, Jul 28, 2019)

    “Chief of Libyan National Army (LNA) Marshal Khalifa transferred the war to liberate Tripoli to the western city of Misrata after his forces targeted military sites in the city for the first time.

    Karama Operations Room media center, of the National Army, said in a statement that the bombing of Misrata came after a drone attack in the city, directed by Turkish officers brought by the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.

    The drone targeted a transport plane allocated by the General Command of the National Army to transport pilgrims from al- Jafra to Benina International Airport.

    The statement explained that orders were issued to strike the source of the drone that committed this crime, pointing out that over ten carefully-selected targets were destroyed on Thursday, including operating rooms, ammunition depots for military sites in Misrata, including airforce academy and Sirte base.

    The Operations Room stressed that the forces are adamant on eliminating the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization and all its “gangs”.

    It denied allegations of targeting al- Jafra base saying they are fake achievements claimed by Brotherhood’s mouthpiece.

    Since the liberation of Tripoli on April 04, LNA has refrained from bombing the Misrata airport, its ports and the steel factory. This was considered by some diplomats as a sign of its desire to reach an agreement with the city, whose fighters are the main force defending Tripoli, where armed groups are less organized and more prone to change allegiance.

    Earlier, LNA media announced that the army’s defenses shot down the drone that was flown by terrorist militias and attempted to target the military in al-Jafra region, some 650 kilometers southeast of the capital.

    Meanwhile, Libyan Red Crescent announced its rescue workers had recovered the bodies of 62 migrants a day after one of the deadliest shipwrecks this year in the Mediterranean.

    Meanwhile, the Libyan Navy said in a statement that one of its patrols rescued 269 immigrants traveling on rubber boats about 100 km north of Garabulli, east of Tripoli.

    The first boat had 182 illegal immigrants, including nine women and two children, according to the statement, which explained that immigrants were of different nationalities.

    The statement added that another patrol of the Coast Guard rescued a rubber boat carrying 87 illegal immigrants, all men, 84 of which were Sudanese and three from Bangladesh. They were transferred to the Tripoli naval base.

    For its part, the Libyan Navy confirmed there were 134 survivors and 115 missing, according to its spokesman Brigadier General Ayoub Kassem.

    “Our teams have recovered 62 bodies of migrants from yesterday evening until this afternoon,” AFP quoted Abdel Moneim Abu Sabia, head of the exhumation team in the Red Crescent.”

  7. Iran Invites Pompeo for Interview with State TV (aawsat, Jul 28, 2019)

    “Iran on Sunday invited Mike Pompeo to be interviewed by a state television anchor who was once detained in America, after the top US diplomat said he was willing to talk to its people.

    Pompeo said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg that he would “happily” go to Tehran and willingly appear on Iranian television to explain US reasoning behind its sanctions against the country.

    “Our reporter Ms. Marzieh Hashemi can go and interview (Pompeo) so that he can say what he intends to say,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, quoted by official news agency IRNA.

    Hashemi, a black Muslim convert who was born in the United States, works as an anchor for Iran’s English-language channel Press TV.

    She was arrested in the US in January under a law allowing the detention of people suspected of being potential witnesses in criminal cases.

    Hashemi, who changed her name from Melanie Franklin after her conversion, was released after being held for 10 days.

    She later travelled to Iran, and has since accused the United States of violence and discrimination against Muslims and black people.

    Tehran has been at loggerheads with Washington since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and reimposed punishing sanctions which Iran calls “economic terrorism.”

    The standoff has recently escalated with drones shot down and tankers mysteriously attacked in sensitive Gulf waters.

    In his remarks on Sunday, Rabiei said Pompeo had been “forced” into saying he was ready to appear on Iranian TV because of his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent round of interviews with US media.

    “We do not shy away from hearing what people say, (even though) what they did to our reporters… is an insult to both the media and discussions,” Rabiei said.”

  8. Deployment of 10,000 fresh troops sparks fear in Indian Kashmir (saudigazette, Jul 28, 2019)

    “ensions in Indian-administered Kashmir rose Sunday over the weekend deployment of at least 10,000 paramilitary troops to the troubled region despite authorities’ assertions the move was routine.

    India maintains a deployment of 500,000 soldiers in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, which has been divided between the South Asian nation and Pakistan since their split in 1947.

    The region has seen a resurgence of hostilities in recent years, while locals are fearful about the loss of special privileges after India’s Supreme Court last year began hearing a case challenging a constitutional provision.

    Officials said the movement of troops — set to rise to 20,000 — was to relieve exhausted personnel deployed since local civic polls last year and now monitoring an annual Hindu pilgrimage.

    “Troops have been working constantly for seven months. Some have to go on leave and some for training outside,” Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh told AFP.

    “We have requisitioned for 200 companies (20,000 troops), more might arrive.”

    A senior security official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the deployment was to guard against possible protests about a decision or event, without giving further details.

    He added that India’s security set-up in Kashmir was “being re-oriented like never before”.

    Locals told AFP they were worried Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government wanted to set aside a constitutional provision — Article 35A — which would allow Indians from outside the disputed territory to buy land there.

    The deployment follows the uproar sparked by US President Donald Trump after he claimed during a meeting with Pakistani PM Imran Khan that Modi asked him to mediate in the Kashmir dispute.

    India has long insisted the issue can only be resolved bilaterally, and strenuously denied Trump’s claims. -AFP”

  9. Nigeria bans local Shi’ite group after protests (reuters, Jul 28, 2019)

    “Nigeria’s government has banned a Shi’ite Muslim group whose followers have been holding protests to demand the release of their detained leader, accusing the group of inciting violence.

    At least 20 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have been killed over the past week during a series of protests that have shown little sign of abating, raising pressure on the government.

    Nigerian police have responded with teargas and gunfire to the protests and a court on Saturday granted the government permission to label the group a terrorist organization.

    The group, Nigeria’s biggest Shi’ite organization, can appeal the ruling. Its members have been marching in the capital Abuja calling for the release of leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015 despite a court order to release him.

    He was arrested after a clash in which the army killed roughly 350 of his followers at his compound and a nearby mosque and burial ground in northern Kaduna state. A court in Kaduna is set to decide on Zakzaky’s bail application on Monday.

    In a statement, a spokesman for the Shi’ite group said it had not seen any formal notice of a ban and accused the government of seeking to block its leader from being released. Kaduna state government declined to comment.

    In a tweet, the Nigerian presidency said it had only outlawed criminal behavior and that Shi’ites were free to observe practices like daily prayers and pilgrimages to Mecca.

    “The proscription of Islamic Movement of Nigeria has nothing to do with banning the larger numbers of peaceful and law abiding Shi’ites in the country from practicing their religion,” the presidency said in a tweet.”

  10. Turkey: 3 FETO suspects held before crossing to Greece (aa, Jul 28, 2019)

    “Three suspects — two former lieutenants and one deputy police director — allegedly having links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), were apprehended in western Turkey while attempting to illegally cross to Greece, security sources said on Sunday.

    Gendarmerie forces nabbed former lieutenants identified only by the initials, O.S. and B.B., and one deputy police director H.S.U. in Edirne province, said the sources who asked not to be named, due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

    Later, Deputy police director was remanded in custody, the sources added.

    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 also 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.”

  11. “Senior democrats are in Italy today after Obama, Putin visited and Salvini was in DC. Lots of activity for little Italy. You know why Italy has all of a sudden become so popular among the great powers? Mifsud was working on behalf of Italian spy agencies and then farmed out.” – George Papadopoulos
    July 27, 2019 – 9:53PM – Twitter

    “Speaker of US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi to lead delegation to Ghana”
    News Africa Now – July 27, 2019

  12. 313 children recruited by YPG/PKK terror group: UN (aa, Jul 28, 2019)

    “The YPG/PKK terrorist group has recruited 313 children and used schools for military purposes, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report to the UN Security Council.

    According to the annual Children in Armed Conflict report, nearly 40% of children recruited by the terrorist group were girls, 20 of them being under 15-year old.

    The report found that these children had received military training and that 119 girls have fought in battles.

    The UN report unveiled that the YPG/PKK terrorist group used 24 schools and hospitals as training grounds and 14 schools as ammunition depots.

    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 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK terrorist organization.

    In 2017, the U.S., which considers the PKK a terrorist group, helped change the YPG’s name to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to dissociate it with the PKK.

    The annual UN report is produced at the request of the UN Security Council.”

  13. 6 terrorists neutralized in southeastern Turkey (aa, Jul 28, 2019)

    “Turkish forces “neutralized” at least six terrorists in the southeast of the country, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

    Provincial gendarmerie forces held anti-terror operations with air support against the armed terrorists on Mount Judi in Sirnak province and Mount Tendurek in Agri province, according to the ministry.

    Four terrorists were “neutralized” on Mount Tendurek and the other two were “neutralized” on Mount Judi, it said, adding operations are ongoing in the region.

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

    Though the statement did not mention of any specific terrorist group, Turkey has long been conducting operations against the PKK in the region.

    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 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.”

  14. Tourists shot dead at French gas station (DW, Jul 29, 2019)

    “At least three people were killed when a shooter opened fired at a gas station in southern France. Two tourists are believed to be among the dead, with local media saying that revenge may have been a possible motive.

    A shooting at a gas station in the southern French town of Ollioules on Sunday night killed three people and wounded one other.

    Two men and one woman were among those killed, regional newspaper Var-Martin reported.

    The incident took place shortly before 8:00 p.m. (1800 GMT/UTC), when a shooter opened fire at the station, near the Mediterranean city of Toulon.

    Two tourists are believed to be among the dead. The nationalities of the victims were not immediately known, but French media said they appeared to have not been the targets of the shooting, and were killed by stray bullets.

    The mayor of Ollioules, Robert Beneventi, confirmed the deadly shooting in a post on Facebook.

    “This drama has touched me terribly,” Beneventi told the Var-Martin.

    French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner wrote on Twitter that “all means are being used to identify and arrest the perpetrators” of the shooting.

    French media reported that revenge was a possible motive in the shooting.”

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