Contributor’s links for Aug. 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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  1. Epstein Spent Hours Alone with Mystery Woman in Lockup One Day After He Was Taken Off Suicide Watch

    Jeffrey Epstein spent hours alone with a mystery woman in lockup just one day after he was taken off of suicide watch.

    Epstein was taken off of suicide watch on July 29 at the request of his attorneys.

    A lawyer visiting the Metropolitan Correctional Center told Forbes on Thursday that he saw a “young and pretty” woman casually dressed meeting with Epstein in a private room made for visits between inmates and their lawyers.

    The visiting attorney, who wished to remain anonymous, told Forbes the young woman may have been a lawyer, but the “optics were startling.”

    Forbes reported:

  2. US Says it Will Comply with New Iraq Directive on Airspace (aawsat, Aug 16, 2019)

    “The US-led coalition against the ISIS group in Iraq says it will comply with new orders issued by the country’s prime minister regarding unauthorized flights in Iraqi airspace.

    In a statement Friday, it says that as guests of the Iraqi government, the coalition complies with all Iraqi laws and direction from the government.

    The statement came after senior leaders from the coalition met with Iraqi defense officials to discuss Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s guidance regarding airspace usage.

    Abdul Mahdi on Thursday issued a ban on all unauthorized flights throughout the country, including reconnaissance, fighter jets, helicopters and drones of all kinds.

    The ban follows a series of mysterious explosions at military bases in Iraq that some unconfirmed reports said were a result of airstrikes.”

  3. EXCLUSIVE: Newly Uncovered Evidence Confirms Obama’s White House Ran the Weiner Email Investigation – What Was in These Emails?

    Newly uncovered documents show that the Obama White House ran the Weiner email investigation. The corrupt FBI and DOJ worked with them.
    We raised this question in April 2018 – Why would Mueller, Comey, Hillary and the Deep State go all in to remove President Trump from office? Their actions are more like rabid dogs than sore losers. There must be something more.

    The DOJ IG’s report on McCabe released on Friday April 14, 2018 was a bombshell. We discovered hidden in it were pieces of information that when put into context with information released at that time indicate unimaginable corruption!

  4. Iran Must Free Women Held over Veil Protests, Say UN Experts (aawsat, Aug 16, 2019)

    “A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling women to wear veils.

    The trio were charged after a video posted online showed them handing out flowers on Tehran’s metro on March 8, International Women’s Day, according to a statement co-signed by five United Nations special rapporteurs and another expert.

    The women — named in the statement as Mojgan Keshavarz, Yasaman Aryani and Monireh Arabshahi — were not wearing veils.

    They “peacefully protested against Iran’s compulsory veiling laws and advocated for a woman´s right to choose whether or not to wear the hijab,” the statement said, according to AFP.

    According to the experts, who are independent and do not speak for the world body, the women were detained in April, “forcibly disappeared” for up to two weeks, and denied access to a lawyer through the initial investigation.

    “Their legal representatives were also reportedly prohibited from representing them at their trial,” the statement said.

    Keshavarz has been sentenced to 23 and a half years in prison while Aryani and Arabshahi were both given 16-year terms.

    All were convicted of national security violations, spreading anti-state propaganda and “encouraging and providing for [moral] corruption and prostitution,” the UN experts said.

    Keshavarz was convicted of the additional crime of “insulting the sacred”.

    “We call upon the Iranian authorities to quash these convictions and immediately release all human rights defenders who have been arbitrarily detained for their work in advocating women’s rights,” the statement said.

    It was co-signed by Javaid Rehman, special rapporteur on rights in Iran, Dubravka Simonovic, UN expert on violence against women and Michel Forst, rapporteur on human rights defenders.

    David Kaye, the expert on freedom of expression, Meskerem Geset Techane, who heads the UN working group on discrimination against women and girls, and Ahmed Shaheed, rapporteur on religious freedom, also signed the letter.

    The experts said Tehran responded to their concerns by noting that the women “had been arrested on charges relating to morality and national security offences”.

    The rapporteurs also reported that arrests of women’s activists have risen in recent weeks, with Iran’s government having issued an official warning that those who do not wear a veil will face severe punishment.

    They cited unidentified reports that 32 people had been arrested, and at least 10 imprisoned, since January of last year for protesting against ruled mandating that hijabs be worn.”

  5. ‘Iraq pressuring Jordan to extradite Saddam’s daughter’ (memo, Aug 16, 2019)

    “Jordan is facing pressure from Iraq to hand over a number of people who are wanted in the country, including former dictator Saddam Hussein’s daughter Raghad, a Saudi newspaper has reported.

    Okaz reported that Jordan sees attempts to block trade and economic cooperation between the two countries as being a result of official attempts to “blackmail” it into surrendering those wanted by Baghdad.

    “Amman cannot bow to it, especially with the presence of half a million Iraqis in Jordan, including those opposed to the political process,” the paper quoted a Jordanian source as saying.

    The source continued that Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi had previously refused to link the economic and commercial files between the two countries with the political. Connections between the matter would damage relations between Iraq and its neighbours, the source added.”

  6. Exclusive: Shared Afghanistan interests create opening for U.S.-Iran back channel – sources (reuters, Aug 16, 2019)

    “Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts.

    The intermediaries, the sources say, secretly have been relaying messages between Washington and Tehran for months in hopes of getting the sides talking at a time of heightened hostility on a range of issues.

    “Afghanistan is one area where there is common ground,” one source with knowledge of the correspondence told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The White House declined to comment and the U.S. State Department did not respond to requests for comment.

    Iran officially denies any back channel talks with the United States over any topic.

    The United States and Iran share an interest in ensuring that a departure of the more than 20,000 U.S.-led foreign troops does not plunge Afghanistan into a civil war that restores the Taliban’s harsh version of Islamic rule, and does not allow al Qaeda or other Sunni Muslim extremist groups to expand there.

    Moreover, with U.S. sanctions hammering its economy, Tehran wants to avoid Afghans fleeing to neighboring Iran if there was a surge in bloodletting, regional experts said, as has happened over decades of war in the central Asian country.

    Trump and Tehran have another shared interest: Both want U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.

    There are no signs, however, that either Tehran or Washington are ready to put aside disputes over Iran’s nuclear program and U.S. and Iranian activities and alliances in the Mideast to cooperate on Afghanistan.

    One message seen by Reuters and conveyed to Washington outlined Iran’s concerns with the Trump administration’s negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop withdrawal and intra-Afghan talks on a political settlement.

    Afghan-born veteran U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad has erred in taking “over-zealous shortcuts by talking directly to the Taliban,” a senior Iranian official said in the message.

    This approach has given “political supremacy” to the Taliban as they are gaining militarily, the message said. Taliban leaders, it continued, have told their Iranian interlocutors they will not “accept anything less than a Taliban-dominated government” that rules “an Islamic emirate.”

    Shi’ite Muslim-dominated Iran long has been wary of the Sunni Muslim Taliban. It nearly went to war during Taliban rule when the militants killed at least eight Iranian diplomats and an Iranian journalist in 1998.

    Direct contact between Iran and the United States would be a stark contrast to the tensions that took them to the brink of military confrontation after Iran downed an unmanned U.S. drone in the Gulf in June and Trump then halted a retaliatory air strike on Iran’s coast.

    While Iran is open to talks, it wants at the very least a suspension of U.S. sanctions designed to slash its oil exports to zero, Tehran’s main source of income, according to two sources familiar with the U.S. and Iranian positions.

    Iranian officials believe that a new peace process should be devised in which the Afghan government – which has been excluded from the U.S.-Taliban talks in Qatar – played a “dominant” role, the message said.

    Several back-channel efforts, the sources said, are driven by a hope that cooperation on Afghanistan could lead to negotiations to lower the tensions ignited when Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 international agreement designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon in exchange for sanctions relief.

    But one source familiar with the U.S. and Iranian positions said as far as Iran was concerned, if Washington acknowledged common interests in Afghanistan “and is willing to talk to Iran on the basis of equality about those common interests, then Iran will talk to the United States.” Now all Iran is getting from the United States is that they have no common interests, the source added…”

  7. Rape and Slavery: Islam’s True ‘Cultural Exchange’ with the West
    The British Museum tries to counter an ugly truth long captured in Western art.
    August 16, 2019
    Raymond Ibrahim

    The British Museum recently announced a “special exhibition,” opening in October 2019, and titled “Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art.” According to the museum, it is meant to counter “stereotypes” of Muslims and will “highlight just how extensive and enduring the cultural exchange between the west and Islamic world has been.”

    There is of course a less admirable “cultural exchange between the west and the Islamic world” that “influenced” generations of European painters—one which recently made the news, “triggering” many on both sides of the Atlantic, and possibly prompting this new exhibition in response: the sexual enslavement of European women by Muslims.

    Around May, 2019—and to highlight the apparent threat male Muslim migrants pose to German women—Alternative for Germany (AfD), a political party founded in 2013, began using a painting created in France in 1866 titled “Slave Market.” The painting “shows a black, apparently Muslim slave trader displaying a naked young woman with much lighter skin to a group of men for examination,” probably in North Africa. AfD placed images of this painting on posters with the slogan, “So that Europe won’t become Eurabia.”

  8. Clinton IT Aide Who Defied Subpoena Says He Created A Cryptic Gmail Account And Sent It Nearly All Of Hillary’s Emails

    Virtually every single one of Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent, potentially secretly, to a cryptically named Gmail address, according to a new Senate report.

    The finding, which has not been previously reported, means that Clinton’s emails, including classified ones and ones which were later deleted, likely existed on Google’s U.S.-based servers. The FBI said in the report that it knew this — and of the suspicious explanation for it — but did not alert other intelligence agencies or the public, according to the report.

  9. Proud Boys Release Official Statement After Portland Officials Target and ARREST Conservative Pro-Trump Patriots Before Saturday Rally
    Jim Hoft by Jim Hoft August 16, 2019 384 Comments

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    Far left Portland and Multnomah County officials sent out the police on conservative dissidents before a rally on Saturday. Several pro-Trump activists have been arrested over the last week, with warrants out for others, as the state officially files criminal charges stemming from the brawl that took place at antifa clubhouse Cider Riot. None of the antifa people involved in the melee face any charges, despite them throwing beer bottles at the Trump crew, pepper -spraying media, assaulting a student filmmaker and vandalizing his camera, and even wacking one guy with a baton as he was retreating.

  10. EU to ensure peace and stability in South Asia, Spanish FM tells Qureshi (tribune, Aug 16, 2019)

    “Spanish Foreign Minister Joesp Borrell has assured Pakistan that Spain and the European Union (EU) would make every effort to ensure peace and stability in South Asia following New Delhi’s ill-conceived move to strip Occupied Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5.

    In a telephonic conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday, Borrell said that they were closely monitoring the situation and that any further escalation would have severe impact on the peace and security in the region.

    The contact was established the same day the UN Security Council is taking up the precarious situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir which has been turned into a ‘giant prison camp’ by the Modi adiminstration in an attempt to contain the simmering rage in the disputed territory…”

  11. US cuts Pakistan’s aid by $440 million (tribune, Aug 16, 2019)

    “The United States has further cut Pakistan’s aid by $440 million, bringing down its commitments under Kerry Lugar Berman Act to just $4.1 billion, which is slightly over half of the total amount that Washington had promised to give nine years ago.

    The decision to cut Pakistan’s economic assistance, being disbursed under the Kerry Lugar legislation of 2009, was officially conveyed to Islamabad about three weeks before the planned visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the United States, sources in the Ministry of Economic Affairs told The Express Tribune.

    The aid was being disbursed under Pakistan Enhanced Partnership Agreement (PEPA) 2010. PEPA that was going to lapse was extended by Pakistan last week aimed at facilitating the disbursements of the remaining $900 million grant, said the sources in the ministry.

    PEPA was signed in September 2010 to make operational the Kerry Lugar Berman (KLB) Act that was passed by the US Congress in October 2009 to disburse $7.5 billion to Pakistan over a period of 5 years.

    However, soon after PEPA agreement was made effective the relations between Pakistan and the US started deteriorating and reached nearly its lowest ebbs in decades. This also affected the actual commitments and disbursements under the KLB Act.

    The sources said before the fresh cut the commitments under the KLB stood at nearly $4.5 billion that have now come down to $4.1 billion. But the actual disbursements, including off-budget, stood at just $3.2 billion, they added.

    On first of July, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) informed the federal government that as part of the Trump administration’s overall review, the amount of assistance under PEPA was reduced by $440.2 million, said the sources.

    The Economic Affairs Ministry officials said Pakistan is not the only country that has been affected by the recent cuts in aid. They said the reduction in aid is part of President Donald Trump’s strategy to reduce the aid to the developing countries.

    The USAID’s official version could not be immediately obtained due to an official holiday…”

  12. Explosion in Quetta city of Pakistan kills the brother of Taliban chief Mullah Hebatullah (khaama, Aug 16, 2019)

    “An explosion in Quetta city of Pakistan has killed the brother of Mullah Haibatullah, the supreme leader of Taliban group.

    Informed sources have told Reuters that the Hafizullah Ahmadullah, the brother of Mullah Haibatullah was killed in the explosion along with three others.

    A Taliban source has confirmed to Reuters that Ahmadullah was the younger brother of Mullah Haibatullah.

    The Taliban group has not formally commented regarding the incident so far.

    The explosion took place this afternoon inside a Madrassa in Kuchlak area located in the outskirts of Quetta city.

    The Pakistani police officials have confirmed that the explosion also wounded more than 20 other people.”

  13. Human-animal hybrids now legal to grow in Japan
    Ethan Huff, Natural News August 16, 2019

    [Ed. – The name of the website notwithstanding, this sounds like some pretty unnatural news.]

    Human-animal hybrids now legal to grow in Japan… total HELL of GMO biologicals coming soon

    (Natural News) The Japanese government has granted its approval for The University of Tokyo to proceed with a controversial stem-cell research project that aims to develop human-animal “Frankenstein” hybrid creatures, which mad scientists at the school plan to manufacture in labs from embryo to “life.”

    Led by renowned geneticist Dr. Hiromitsu Nakauchi, the work will involve growing human cells in rat and mouse embryos, which will then be brought to term in surrogate animals. Their stated goal is to eventually be able to grow functioning vital organs fit for surgical implantation into transplant patients – but is there more to the story than that?

    Critics of the endeavor say that those involved with it are attempting to “play God,” or at least trying to, by reconstructing animal lifeforms in the same way that genetic scientists are reinventing plants through genetic engineering. There’s really nothing good that can come from this, many of them contend, especially when it comes to the very real potential for uncontrollable genetic drift.

    Should the implanted human cells stray beyond the targeted organs into other areas of the test animals’ bodies, warns Colin Drury writing for The Independent, the end result could be literal half-animal, half-human monsters being unleashed into the population. This is why such experimentation has long been forbidden – until now, that is.

  14. Taliban militants use mosques, residential houses as fighting positions: Thunder Corps (khaama, Aug 16, 2019)

    “The Taliban militants are using the mosques and residential houses as fighting positions, IED making facilities and command and control centers.

    The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the group claims civilians are harmed when their fighters are targeted in such places.

    The Thunder Corps released the statement in reaction to the latest claims of Taliban that civilians were targeted in Jahangir Bazar area of Gilan district in Ghazni.

    However, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the group is lying and the latest claim is Taliban part of the Taliban’s failed campaign to defame the security forces and government.

    The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the fighters of Taliban are also disguising themselves in women’s dress in a bid to safeguard themselves but they can never remain hidden from the eyes of the security forces.”

  15. Islamic countries constitute majority of the world’s battlefields: CHP leader (hdn, Aug 16, 2019)

    “Islamic countries constitute the majority of the world’s battlefields, with most of them also suffering from hunger and poverty, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal K?l?çdaro?lu has said…”

  16. 2 terrorists ‘neutralized’ in southeast Turkey (aa, Aug 16, 2019)

    “Turkish security forces have “neutralized” two terrorists in the country’s southeastern Hakkari province, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

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

    The terrorists were “neutralized” during internal security operations launched by the provincial Gendarmerie Command in Kirikdag district, the ministry said in a Twitter post.

    Operations are ongoing in the region, it added.

    Though the statement did not mention a specific terrorist group, Turkey has long been conducting operations against the PKK terrorist organization 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 European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women, children and infants.”

  17. Libya: 90 dead, 200 wounded in Murzuq (ansamed, Aug 16, 2019)

    “Since the start of the escalation of violence in Murzuq, Libya, at least 90 civilians were killed and some 6,500 were displaced in the city and neighboring areas while many homes and infrastructures were destroyed, the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Libya has tweeted. OCHA tweeted an update on the situation in Murzuq, the capital of Fezzan, which over the past month has been at the center of a complex situation with repeated attacks. The most recent attack was an air raid on August 4 attributed to forces of the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar, which killed at least 42 people.”

  18. Saxony is again top, and Berlin ‘flop’, in new Germany-wide education rankings (thelocal, Aug 16, 2019)

    “Saxony continues to be at the forefront of education in comparison to other German states, according to the newly published “Education Monitor 2019”, presented by the New Social Market Economy Initiative (INSM) in Berlin on Thursday.

    For the 14th year in a row, the east German state snagged first place in the annual ranking, which examined primary and secondary education. It was followed by the southern Bavaria and eastern Thuringia.

    Coming in at the bottom of the ranking was Berlin. The next lowest states on the list, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bremen and Brandenburg, are “only marginally better” than the German capital, according to INSM…”

  19. Woman lost at sea after attempting to cross from France to Britain (thelocal, Aug 16, 2019)

    “British and French campaigners have warned about the dangers of migrant Channel crossings after a woman attempting the journey went missing after falling into the sea last week.

    If confirmed, the woman’s death would be the first casualty in what is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

    Lisa Doyle, director of advocacy at Britain’s Refugee Council, called for “more safe and regular routes of travel” for migrants, warning that the trip through heavy marine traffic was “treacherous”.

    “This border kills, silently,” said Calais Migrant Solidarity, a French non-governmental organisation, protesting against border enforcement policies it says are becoming “more and more violent”.

    British rescuers launched a search last Friday after reports that three people with life jackets had fallen into the sea from a boat carrying migrants across the Channel.

    Two of the missing migrants were found but a woman remained unaccounted for. The search, which also involved Belgian and French coastguards, was suspended on Saturday.

    The UK Home Office interior ministry on Monday said a “thorough and extensive” air and sea search had been carried out and it would pursue an investigation into the incident.

    “Crossing the Channel in a small boat is a huge risk. The criminal gangs who perpetuate this are ruthless and do not care about loss of life,” the ministry said in a statement.

    Dozens of migrants have made the crossing in recent days.

    Two were intercepted by British border guards last week crossing the 33km waterway in a kayak.

    French authorities also last week rescued 11 migrants attempting the crossing after their boat capsized.”

  20. An accusation of assault against CNN host Don Lemon in the Hamptons last summer has been corroborated by a second man.

    Lemon was accused by Dustin Hice, who worked as a bartender at the time, of grabbing his own genitals and making sexually explicit comments to him. Hice filed suit against Lemon last week seeking unspecified damages resulting from the encounter.

    “He put his hands down his pants, inside his board shorts, grabbed his [genitals],” George Gounelas, Hice’s former boss who claims to have seen the whole encounter, told Fox News on Thursday. “[Lemon] then came out with two fingers and, like, clipped Dustin’s nose up and down with two fingers asking, ‘Do you like p—y or d–k?’”

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    He continued describing the July 2018 evening in question, saying, “Dustin worked for me as a bartender [and] we went out after work one night. We were standing there, and he said, ‘Hey, that’s Don Lemon.’ Murf’s is a place you go to drink after you’ve been out drinking. We had just gotten off of work. So that’s why we ended up there, because we worked in the restaurant business. So by the time everything is done, we can only hit a late-night spot.”

    Gounelas recounted that Hice recognized Lemon at the bar and approached him to say “what’s up?” and to offer to buy the CNN newsman a drink. Gounelas said that Lemon declined to chat with Hice and rejected the offer of a drink. He assumed that would be the end of the interaction, but Lemon reappeared a short time later.

    “Don Lemon has now come around the corner and is standing face to face with us,” said Gounelas, who also described Lemon as likely intoxicated. “There is a beam, a pole, in the place. Don’s standing up against the pole, face to face with Dustin, I turn around and I’m standing right there between the two of them. He’s saying, ‘So you like me? Is that why you’re bothering me?'”

  21. Organizers Say Hundreds Expected To Attend Rally To Support Suspect Accused Of Shooting 6 Philadelphia Police Officers
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    Liberals fear Warren, Sanders can’t beat Trump
    Claim: Migrant children molested in US-funded foster care

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A controversial protest is planned Friday night in North Philadelphia to support Maurice Hill, the alleged gunman accused of shooting six Philadelphia police officers. Organizers say they expect 200 to 300 people to rally tonight.
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    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says police will be there too.

    DA Krasner: Suspected Gunman Who Shot 6 Philadelphia Officers ‘Should Not Have Been On The Streets’

    “Sadly, we do have to be there, I don’t understand it. There’s certain marches I do understand, this is definitely not one of them,” Ross said.

    Hill is still in jail right now while he waits to be arraigned.

    Crowd Taunts Philadelphia Police Officers, Laugh At Them In Midst Of Gunfire During Standoff In Nicetown-Tioga

    Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Thursday Hill will most likely face charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault, among others.

  22. QUEBEC – Green candidate forced to resign after criticizing mosque leader

    OTTAWA—A federal Green Party candidate was forced to drop out of the upcoming election campaign as he continues to call on the leader of the Quebec City mosque that was site of a 2017 massacre to denounce a man who allegedly lit his ex-wife on fire.

    Luc Saint-Hilaire, the Green candidate for the Quebec riding of Lévis-Lotbinière, told the Star that the party gave him 24 hours to resign after he shared a post on Facebook following reports that a man accused of trying to kill his ex-wife by setting her on fire is Muslim.

    Earlier this month, 39-year-old Frej Haj Messaoud was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault for allegedly setting his ex-wife on fire in Quebec City, The Canadian Press has reported.

    Saint-Hilaire’s post was first reported by blogging philosophy professor, Xavier Camus. Dated Aug. 13, it shows an image of Boufeldja Benabdallah, co-founder of the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, and reads in French: “It would be a good moment for the president of ‘the Islamic Association’ to condemn the repugnant actions of this ‘Mohamed’ who made his wife a human torch in front of her kids… but no! It’s silence…”

    On Thursday, Saint-Hilaire announced on Facebook that he had withdrawn from the upcoming race and apologized “to anyone who could have been offended.”

    Rosie Emery, a spokesperson for the Green Party, confirmed Saint-Hilaire was asked to withdraw his candidacy this week. “We have no further comment at this time,” she said by email.

    In an interview with the Star, the marketing strategist said he admits it was “maladroit” to share the post without outlining his precise views.He insisted he is not racist or prejudiced against Muslim people, but that he truly believes leaders of the Muslim community in Quebec—including of the mosque that was attacked in 2017—should speak out about the recent attack in the provincial capital.

    In a subsequent email, Saint-Hilaire added that he feels that silence gives members of the “extreme right” the chance to link the attack to Muslims in general.

  23. Clinton IT aide created Gmail address to forward Hillary’s emails: report

    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on a report that a former Hillary Clinton IT aide created a Gmail address and forwarded all of Clinton’s emails to the account.

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