Contributor’s links for September 23 , 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. Harvard President Attacks U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    The big difference between being “educated” and being smart.
    September 23, 2019
    Michael Cutler

    On August 28, 2019, New Delhi Television (NDTV) reported on a story that had been previously published by the Washington Post, Harvard Freshman Deported From Airport Over Friends’ Social Media Posts.

    This article began with the following statement:

  2. Democrats promote unionizing entire industries with ‘sectoral bargaining’

    Cory Booker has become the latest Democratic presidential candidate to back unionizing entire industries by supporting a concept called “sectoral bargaining.” The idea dates back to the 1930s and involves the federal government creating union-management committees that would set wages and other work standards.

    The change, if adopted, would radically shift the business landscape across the United States. Under sectoral bargaining, unions would be granted enormous power over industries, while businesses would be strictly limited in the workplace policies they could adopt. All workers in an industry would be represented by the union officials on the committees.

    The New Jersey senator backed the idea in an “opportunity and justice plan” his campaign issued this week. It called for bringing “multiple employers across an industry to the table, including through wage boards, that set wage and other workplace benefits and standards.”

    Several Democratic contenders have backed versions of the idea. Vermont’s Bernie Sanders called in August to “establish a sectoral collective bargaining system” as part of his “workplace democracy plan.”

  3. Evidence that Iran Violated the Nuclear Deal Since Day One?

    by Majid Rafizadeh
    September 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Iranian government is advancing its nuclear program at a faster pace. Recently, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) declared that Tehran took the third step in increasing its nuclear activities by activating advanced centrifuges: 20 IR-4 and 20 IR-6 centrifuges.

    The previous two steps that Tehran took included: increasing the enriched uranium stockpile beyond the 300kg cap, which was set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and enriching uranium to levels beyond the limit of 3.67 percent.

    As part of its rush to a nuclear breakout capability, the Islamic Republic of Iran is also expanding its research and development work beyond the limitations set by the JCPOA. Iranian nuclear agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told a televised news conference, “We have started lifting limitations on our Research and Development imposed by the deal … It will include development of more rapid and advanced centrifuges.”

  4. India: Modi’s Welcome Move on Kashmir

    by Lawrence A. Franklin
    September 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently responded to the heavy criticism he has been receiving — and to violent protests that erupted — over his controversial decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which granted a certain degree of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, by calling for “hugging each Kashmiri” and for the creation of a “new paradise” in the valley.

    Modi accused elements “from across the border” in Pakistan of spurring the protests that have been taking place since August 5, when New Delhi announced the revoking of Article 370 – a move he said “is going to be the medium for fulfilling the aspirations and dreams of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

    Modi insisted that what the “youth, mothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir” want is “development and new job opportunities.”

    The previously autonomous region of Jammu-Kashmir is an 86,000-square-mile Muslim-majority area in the north of India Proper, nearly half of which is controlled by India and the rest is divided between Pakistan and China. Territorial control of the area has been the prime cause of wars in 1947 and 1965, and of many deadly skirmishes between India and Pakistan.

  5. Swedish No-Go Zone Police Say Criminals ‘Laugh at Our Laws’

    hey escape prosecution – I’d laugh, too. It’s to laugh, it’s to cry.

    Swedish police are being attacked as they struggle to cope with crime in “no-go” areas of the country with high migrant populations, a report has reveal

    Swedish No-Go Zone Police Say Criminals ‘Laugh at Our Laws’

    Police working in the notorious no-go Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby have decried the situation in the area, claiming criminals laugh at Swedish laws.

    By Breitbart, September 21, 2019:

    Hanif Azizi, a member of the regional police in Rinkeby, expressed his frustration with the situation in the suburb, which has become notorious for its riots and high levels of crime, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.
    He told the broadcaster: “If you have worked for a long time to prosecute people and see that there are no consequences, that the criminals even laugh at us. It is frustrating.”

  6. Trump gives California a big fat ‘no’ after state calls for more taxpayer cash to perpetrate homelessness
    By Monica Showalter

    To the blue-state satraps running homeless haven California, it was all supposed to be so easy. Shake the feds down for millions in the name of ending homelessness, or else yell loudly to the gullible media about the heartless Trump administration denying them funds. And once the funds rolled in, party hearty and fatten the bureaucracy.

    They tried it one time too many, and this time, they got the mother of all smack-downs:

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  7. Homegrown Muslim Terrorist Training Camp Is Uncovered In Alabama

    Muslim terrorist training facilities are being scoped around the United States. Authorities have recently uncovered a second facility being managed by the son of jihadist Imam, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. The camp was located by the FBI near Tuskegee, Alabama.

    While there aren’t a lot of details being released about the training camp, it does contain what many consider to be a makeshift obstacle course built in a military-style.

  8. SKY NEWS – Hotspots: The fight against Boko Haram

    Sky News has gained rare access to Boko Haram fighters in Cameroon who’ve told us how the terror group wants to create a caliphate in central Africa.

    Cameroon’s military is warning the international community to act now – or face a bigger problem in the future.

    Sky’s special correspondent Alex Crawford travelled to Amchide in the north of Cameroon.

  9. Iran Escalates: The Attack on the Saudi Oilfields

    Iran Escalates: The Attack on the Saudi Oilfields
    By Dr. Doron Itzchakov
    September 23, 2019
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    The Khurais oil processing facility, Saudi Arabia, photo by Planet Labs via Wikipedia

    BESA Center Perspectives No. 1,297, September 23, 2019

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The attack on the Saudi oilfields took the security establishments of both the kingdom and the US completely by surprise. The strike led to a 50% drop in Saudi oil production, which in turn prompted a surge in oil prices in the global market. The attack was a daring and aggressive leap forward on Iran’s part, and it has serious regional and geopolitical implications.

    The latest findings in the investigation of the September 14 attack on the Abqaiq and Khurais oilfields in eastern Saudi Arabia indicate that it was launched from Iranian territory and not by Tehran’s Houthi proxies from Yemen, as was initially alleged. The attack appears to have been conducted by the Revolutionary Guards via cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and was apparently launched from Ahvaz Air Base. According to CBS News, the attack was approved by the Iranian Supreme Leader on condition that Iran’s fingerprints be undetectable. After the strike, Tehran quickly labeled the Houthi rebels as responsible.

    In the first week after the attack, Saudi oil production declined by approximately 50%, leading to a surge in oil prices in the global market. Though this effect was by no means insignificant, the event is not expected to lead to a crisis in the global energy market, as major oil producers should make up for the expected shortage. The rise in oil prices and slowdown in Saudi Arabia’s oil output are secondary to the regional and geopolitical implications of the incident.

    • This article is interesting, it does a very good job of spelling out what the Iranians have been doing and explaining how the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has over the past couple of decades become an experienced professional military force that is scaring all of its neighbors. It looks at what Iran has been doing and says that they will probably increase the pressure on Saudi and the other Islamic States in the Middle East. He also agrees with me that Trumps decision to stop the military strike against Iran has led the Iranian leaders to believe that the US doesn’t want war with Iran.

      What he doesn’t talk about is the economic problems Iran is having because of the sanctions and the internal social problems the Imams are having because a lot of the Iranian people are wanting to live i n a secular nations instead of a theocracy. This is probably why the Iranians are sorry that the US didn’t strike back after the drone was destroyed. They are probably hoping that an attack by the US can be used to get the people to support Iran in a war against the US.

        • That he is, he won’t be able to do what he needs to until he wins in 2020, by then Iran and China will be better armed and in better positions to fight.

          Since 1992 ther have been a dozen or more chances to prevent WWIII, the left has stopped everyone that wanted to take stop our enemies. It is too late to stop WWIII but actions right now would probably lessen the length and lower the number of causalities.

    • These tards are ethnic turks. Why isn’t the filthy Turk standing up for them? He rails against Israel for Pals (who are Arabs and hate Turks). And India on behalf of the Bengali tards who call themselves “Rohingya”.

      Turkey Got a $1 Billion Foreign Cash Boost From China in June

      China’s central bank transferred $1 billion worth of funds to Turkey in June, Beijing’s biggest support package ever for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered at a critical time in an election month.

      The inflow marks the first time Turkey received such a substantial amount under the lira-yuan swap agreement with Beijing that dates back to 2012, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter who asked not to be named because the information isn’t public.

      The cash infusion boosted Turkey’s foreign reserves around the time of Istanbul local elections that had left international investors fretting about the country’s political and financial stability.
      If China’s in such bad shape, why’s it throwing a billion here and a billion there? Investing huge sums in Iran, VERY long-term framework for bargain-hunting.

      China and Iran flesh out strategic partnership
      Staggered 25-year deal could mark seismic shift in the global hydrocarbons sector

      • emIf China’s in such bad shape, why’s it throwing a billion here and a billion there?

        China is gambling big in the hopes of winning big, their economy is in trouble but they are thinking that if they can hold out until PT is our of office the new US President will bail China out once again. The problem with this gamble is that all of people running for the Dem nomination are pushing economic policies that make Obama’s look sane. If the Dems win the entire world is in for a massive economic crash.

    • Tiim slipped up at one point and said that Republicans are appointing Judges who will interrupt the laws the way they are suppose to be interrupted. I wonder how many people caught that?

        • Agreed, the problem is they are trying to turn get their vlogs to generate enough income that they can quit their day jobs. Or in the case of Tim to generate more income.

        • Given a lot of the things Tim says I sometimes wonder how much of his placing himself on the left is real and how much is a con trying to prevent You Tube from dropping his channel.

        • Its also fun to listen for how many times he uses the first person pronoun in any given minute. Especially the first one.

          I, me, mine, my…

  10. Indonesia says at least 20 killed, dozens injured in Papua unrest (france24, Sep 23, 2019)

    “At least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured as fresh unrest erupted in Indonesia’s restive Papua region Monday, with some victims burned to death in buildings set ablaze by protesters, authorities said.

    Papua, on the western half of New Guinea island, has been gripped by weeks of violent protests fuelled by anger over racism, as well as fresh calls for self-rule in the impoverished territory.

    Sixteen people were killed in Wamena city where hundreds demonstrated and burned down a government office and other buildings, authorities said.

    “Most of them died in a fire,” said Papua military spokesman Eko Daryanto.

    “The death toll could go up because many were trapped in burning kiosks,” he added.

    Among the victims, 13 were non-Papuans and three were Papuans, Daryanto said, adding that a soldier and three civilians also died in provincial capital Jayapura, where security forces and stone-throwing protesters clashed Monday.

    The soldier was stabbed to death, while three students died from rubber bullet wounds, authorities said, without elaborating.

    About 300 people were arrested in connection with Monday’s protests, Daryanto said, adding that about 65 people had been injured.

    The clashes in Papua had quietened down in recent days, but flared up again as hundreds took to the streets — and houses and stores went up in flames.

    Monday’s protests in Wamena — mostly involving high-schoolers — were reportedly sparked by racist comments made by a teacher, but police have disputed that account as a “hoax”.

    Indonesia routinely blames separatists for violence in Papua, its easternmost territory, and conflicting accounts are common.

    Demonstrations broke out across the region and in other parts of the Southeast Asian archipelago after the mid-August arrest and tear-gassing of dozens of Papuan students, who were also racially abused, in Indonesia’s second-biggest city, Surabaya.


    A low-level separatist insurgency has simmered for decades in Papua, a former Dutch colony, after Jakarta took over the mineral-rich region in the 1960s. A vote to stay within the archipelago was widely viewed as rigged.

    Earlier Monday, authorities said the situation had been brought under control in Wamena, while an AFP reporter there said Internet service had been cut.

    “Security forces have also taken steps to prevent the riots from spreading,” said National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo.

    The airport in Wamena was shut Monday with some 20 flights cancelled due to the unrest, local media reported, citing an airport official.

    Indonesia has sent thousands of security personnel to Papua to quell the recent unrest, and dozens were arrested for instigating the earlier riots.

    At least five demonstrators and a soldier were killed, but activists say the civilian death toll is higher.

    Last week the military said a toddler and teenager were among three people killed in a gunfight between security forces and independence-seeking rebels.”

  11. Nine reported killed in weekend attacks in northern Burkina Faso (thedefensepost, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Nine people were killed in two attacks in northern Burkina Faso over the weekend, officials said on Monday.

    “Six people were killed by armed men overnight Saturday at Pissélé, near Bourzanga,” a security official said.

    Bourzanga in Bam Province in Centre-Nord Region is around 50 km (30 miles) south of Djibo in Soum, the northern province in the Sahel Region that is hotspot for jihadist attacks.

    Earlier reports said four people were killed, while Infowakat reported three people were killed by men armed with assault rifles and traveling in pairs on motorbikes, placing Pissélé around 8 km from Bouzanga.

    A local administrative official said three people “were shot dead in the village of Bool-Kiiba,” and their bodies were found after the assailants left.

    Others were unaccounted for, the official said, adding that the attackers also looted possessions, including motorbikes…”

  12. Roadside bomb ‘placed by PKK’ kills 2 Turkish soldiers in northern Iraq (thedefensepost, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Two Turkish soldiers were killed on Monday, September 23 in northern Iraq by a roadside bomb that Turkey’s defense ministry blamed on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

    The soldiers died after an improvised explosive device “placed by PKK separatist terrorists exploded as a supply convoy was passing,” the ministry said.

    Turkey launched a cross-border ground offensive and bombing campaign, known as Operation Claw, into northern Iraq in May, the latest offensive against PKK militants outside Turkey.

    Three Turkish soldiers were killed in skirmishes with the PKK in August in northern Iraq, and seven others were wounded, the Associated Press reported…”

  13. Iran Rejects European Parliament’s ‘Biased’ Human Rights Resolution (tasnimnews, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Iran’s Foreign Ministry dismissed allegations of human rights violation raised in a recent “biased, one-sided and unrealistic” resolution the European Parliament has adopted against the Islamic Republic.

    In a statement on Monday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi rejected the resolution that the European Parliament adopted on September 19 on Iran’s human rights record.

    The European Parliament’s resolution, endorsed by 608 votes in favor, seven against and 46 abstentions, has condemned what it calls “suppression of women” in Iran.

    In his statement, Mousavi said the European Parliament has put a “biased, one-sided, unrealistic, and disappointing” resolution against Iran to the vote, while the MEPs have turned a blind eye to the US economic terrorism against Iran, which he said has violated the rights of 80 million people.

    The resolution reveals that the new MEPs are unfamiliar with the ongoing developments in Iran, the spokesman deplored, adding that it has leveled accusations against Iran on the basis of “incorrect and inauthentic information and of targeted media campaigns.”

    “Although there is no need for a comparison with regional countries, the status of women’s rights, and human rights in general, in the Islamic Republic of Iran is by far (better than others in the region and beyond) in many areas,” Mousavi added.

    He also noted that in many cases, the situation of women in Iran has even outdone the condition of women in the countries that claim to be advocates of human rights.

    Iran would not deny a series of shortcomings in the human rights field, the spokesman added, stressing that efforts are underway to overcome the challenges on the basis of Islamic and national tenets and values.

    “For the Islamic Republic of Iran, observing human rights is a religious and legal obligation and a subject in line with the national interests and security,” the spokesman said, stressing that there is no need for “spiteful and opportunistic emphases” from others to respect the human rights.

    Mousavi also denounced the use of double-standards when it comes to human rights or instrumental employment of human rights against other countries, saying, “Adoption of such resolutions and measures runs counter to the interaction with the European Union and would definitely not be constructive.””

  14. Libya: clashes in southern areas of Tripoli after hours of cautious calm (memo, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Clashes resumed on Sunday between the forces of the Government of National Accord and forces of the retired brigade Khalifa Haftar in southern areas of the Libyan capital Tripoli, after hours of cautious calm.

    According to Anadolu Agency’s correspondent, the clashes resumed after Haftar’s forces tried to advance towards Al-?Az?z?yah District of Bir Alleg area.

    The source explained that the clashes also resumed in the areas of El-Sbeaa and Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel…”

  15. Egypt military calls for Sisi to be ousted (memo, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Officers in Egypt’s military called on citizens to take to the streets and bring an end to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s regime, Al-Khaleej Online reported yesterday.

    The Egypt Officers Front, which said it is loyal to former chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Sami Anan, said it would protect the demonstrators.

    On Facebook, the group said the army would protect the demonstrators exactly as happened on 25 January 2011, when the regime of Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

    It named Dr Mahmoud Refaat as the official spokesman for Sami Anan and called for everyone to contact him for information.

    Refaat approved the reports and said he would release the names of the officers who would protect demonstrators, calling them “the honourable officers of the Egyptian army.””

  16. Sudan requests $2 billion from World Bank to fund economic rescue plan (alaraby, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Sudan will start a nine-month economic rescue plan next month and is asking the World Bank for $2 billion to help fund it, the country’s finance minister said on Monday.

    The reform plan will see fuel and bread subsidies remain for the next nine months, while Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s government ultimately aims to scrap them at the end of the programme.

    Cuts to Sudan’s bread and fuel subsidies last year were one of the main economic triggers behind the eruption in December of protests that led to the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir in April and the subsequent formation of Hamdok’s transitional government this month.

    The subsidies will be replaced with direct cash transfers to poor families, Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi told Reuters on Monday.

    The new prime minister, a former United Nations economist, has earlier stated that fixing Sudan’s economy is one of his key priorities in government…”

    video – 27 minutes 3 seconds
    In the second episode of Close Encounters, Rupert Darwall and Ben Weingarten discuss Darwall’s new book ‘Green Tyranny: Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex’ and a series of topics including the Nazi roots of the modern environmentalist movement, Sweden’s environmentalist power grab, the anti-capitalist underpinnings of the environmentalist movement, the links between the acid rain fraud and today’s global warming movement, why the Paris climate accord represent a battle for America’s soul and much more.

    video – 33 minutes 16 seconds
    Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), provides critical information and perspective on national vaccine policy and criticizes the public private relationship between government, medical trade associations and vaccine makers and their efforts to narrow the medical exemption to vaccination in medical practice and public health lawmaking.

    video – 12 minutes 34 seconds
    Who or what defines human rights? In this episode of Behind the Deep State, host Alex Newman compares how human rights are defined within the United States vs. how they are defined with the UN “Human Rights” Council. Newman also highlights several contradictory and concerning elements to the council that should have people alarmed and outraged.

    Western countries pride themselves on defending human rights and upholding order across the globe, yet their actions undermine trust and peace and create more chaos and suffering, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The rhetoric of liberalism, democracy and human rights “goes hand in hand with the policies of inequality, injustice, selfishness and a belief in their own exceptionalism,” Lavrov wrote in an essay published in the ‘Russia in Global Affairs’ magazine. While maintaining diplomatic decorum, the essay is a scathing condemnation of unipolar hypocrisy that the Russian FM argued represents a betrayal of principles laid down by the victorious allies at the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations. Individual rights and freedoms are incompatible with sanctions, economic blockades, and “overt military threats” to states like Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Iran and Syria, the minister said. Bombing and regime change campaigns in places like Libya and Iraq have destroyed their statehood and killed tens of thousands. By contrast, Russia is proposing that the world move on from the imperial mindset of the 19th and 20th centuries, when the world was dominated by a handful of powers. Today’s world is polycentric, meaning all states must consider “the approaches and concerns of all those taking part in the international relations without an exception.” Only this will guarantee a stable and secure future, Lavrov argued.

  21. Facebook, other tech giants beef up industry body to fight extremist content

    World leaders pose for a family photo with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg ahead of a meeting at the UN aimed at ramping up an industry body to weed out extremist content online.

  22. Should Justin Trudeau Resign Over Blackface Pictures? | Good Morning Britain

    Justin Trudeau has been in the centre of a scandal recently after pictures have emerged of him wearing blackface makeup.

    The Canadian PM is known for being a progressive and liberal world leader but should these images mean he has to resign? Dr Kehinde Andrews and Femi Oluwole debate.

  23. Moroccan Police Arrest 11-Member Gang for Robbery, Sextortion (mwn, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Judiciary police of Fez and Meknes arrested on Saturday, September 21, a gang of 11 individuals, including eight women. The group is allegedly involved in robbery, sextortion, and robbery with violence, according to a release from Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).

    The criminal group operated in a planified way. One of the arrested women would act as a prostitute letting the victim take her to his apartment. She would then let the rest of the gang in to steal the victim’s possessions, in addition to taking indecent photos of him for extortion.

    The search operations led the police to find videos and recordings of crimes performed in the same way. The suspects are believed to have operated mostly in the cities of Fez, Meknes, and Casablanca.

    Some of the arrested members were already subject to national arrest warrants for fraud and physical aggression.

    Police in Fez and Meknes have launched an investigation to shed further light on the group’s crimes.”

  24. 3 NATO service members wounded in an apparent failed ‘Green on Blue Attack’ in Afghanistan (khaama, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Three NATO service members sustained non-life-threatening injuries in an apparent failed ‘Green on Blue Attack’ in South of Afghanistan on Monday.

    “This afternoon a Resolute Support convoy was fired on in Kandahar province by a member of the Afghan Civil Order Police,” the alliance said in a statement.

    The statement further added “Three Resolute Support service members in the convoy sustained non-life-threatening injuries.”

    The alliance also added that the Resolute Support forces killed the attacker in return fire.

    “We are reviewing the incident with our Afghan security partners,” the statement said, adding that “Resolute Support continuously assesses force protection measures and we adapt and adjust based on the environment.””

  25. Turkey:Ex-terrorist reveals PKK, opposition party nexus (aa, Sep 23, 2019)

    “A PKK terrorist who surrendered to the Turkish government has confessed that the terror group and the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) communicated using code words.

    The terrorist identified only by his initials M.K. had been affiliated with the PKK for the past four years. He surrendered in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir and revealed the secret nexus of the political party, long accused by the government of terror links, and the PKK.

    His confession comes at a time when scores of families have staged a protest outside the HDP office in Diyarbakir demanding that the party officials bring back their sons, who were forcibly recruited by the PKK.

    M.K said he met a person at an HDP rally he attended in the eastern province of Mus. He said he ran into him again at the provincial office of HDP in Diyarbakir where he was lured into joining the terror group.

    He was taken to a group of 20 armed terrorists in Diyarbakir, he said, and then to an HDP office along with four other civilians in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa.

    “Those who sent us there told us to meet a terrorist code-named ‘Baran’ in the HDP office and tell him: ‘We are looking for Huseyin the window-maker, we need windows’,” M.K. said.

    “[..] Terrorist Baran took us to a village near the Syrian border, where YPG [PKK’s Syrian branch] terrorists greeted us,” he added.

    After receiving 15 days of terrorist training, M.K. said he was injured in clash. He had to get his spleen removed and suffered paralysis in his right leg.

    Another civilian, identified by the initials B.B. said he escaped the terror group.

    He said he was lured into joining the terrorists by two people he met at an HDP office in Turkey’s eastern province of Bingol.

    He was taken to Syria’s border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Al-Arab.

    “We spent the night on the fields. I told the 10 people with me and the group leader that I regretted coming.

    “When I said I wanted to return, we quarreled. The group leader said: ‘Go to hell, see what you have done, you have been revealed, they will catch you’.

    “So, I escaped quickly.”

    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.”

  26. Turkish jets ‘neutralize’ 5 PKK terrorists in N.Iraq (aa, Sep 23, 2019)

    “Turkish fighter jets “neutralized” five PKK terrorists in airstrikes on terror targets in northern Iraq, according to an official statement Monday.

    The airstrikes in the Avasin region were conducted in coordination with Turkey’s ongoing counter-terror offensive Operation Claw in northern Iraq, said a National Defense Ministry statement.

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

    The counter-terrorism operations were supported by the Turkish Armed Forces, police, gendarmerie, and the National Intelligence Service (MIT).

    PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq to plan cross-border terrorist attacks in Turkey.

    On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, followed by the operation’s second and third phases in July and late August.

    Over 400 PKK terrorists have been “neutralized” in northern Iraq over the past four months, according to the ministry.

    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.”

  27. Open Arms captain calls new Italian govt ‘more respectful’ (ansamed, Sep 23, 2019)

    “The captain of the Open Arms migrant rescue ship, currently off Naples, has said that the new Italian government has shown higher levels of respectfulness. ”It is too soon to say whether there has been a change in the climate in Italy with the new government. For now we have seen a higher level of ethical respect in the discussions, compared with the vulgar insults of the previous government,” Open Arms captain Riccardo Gatti said on Monday. The captain was in the city to take part in an event on migration and asylum policies organised by the Naples Orientale university. ”Institutional representatives,” Gatti said, ”seem more respectful after months in which vulgar, abusive speech was used without any problems. I cannot yet say whether the government’s approach is more focused on dialogue towards us. We will see.

    Today, meanwhile, there is a summit on Malta but we are still being the shameful wait at sea of the Ocean Viking. I have been doing this job for years and I have seen the level of degradation grow worse. Unfortunately I am a bit hesitant to say that I am confident.” The Open Arms ship is in Naples and ”we will dock soon”, Gatti said, ”to organise a new mission in a city that welcomes us and represents us in the attitude it has towards human dignity. Naples is an example – as are other European cities including Barcelona, Berlin, and Palermo – of respect for human dignity. Even though hate speech over the past two years seems to have got the upper hand in public opinion, we have proof that this is not the case. In fact, we operate solely on private donations and we know that there are many that perhaps don’t make much noise but that support our missions”. Gatti underscored the importance of the day in Naples.

    ”Over the past few years,” he said, ”we have been under an indiscriminate attack of fake news, we have seen an entirely misleading narration of reality, but meanwhile some universities have begun analysing both migration and the position of NGOs, since it has long been said that we foster migration. Instead it has been found that there is no connection between us and the departures (of migrants, Ed.). Universities are a platform from which capillary and scientific data emerge that can lead to political attention, though often it is difficult to get attention to what emerges. It has been set aside by the policies of recent years but it brings to light how the panorama has nothing to do with the emergency.” (ANSAmed).”

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