Reader’s Links for October 13, 2019

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  1. Bangladesh indicts 8 for 2015 killing of publisher (abcnews, Oct 13, 2019)

    “A court in Bangladesh’s capital on Sunday indicted eight suspected Islamist militants tied to a banned group over the 2015 killing of a man who published books on secularism and atheism.

    Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Majibur Rahman read out the charges to six of the suspects, who pleaded not guilty. Another two, including a sacked military official, remained fugitives, but the judge issued arrest warrants for them. Police say they belong to the banned domestic militant outfit Ansar al Islam.

    In October 2015, suspected militants hacked Faisal Abedin Deepan of the Jagriti Prokashoni publishing house. On the same day, another publisher, Ahmed Rashid Tutul, survived an attack by suspected militants in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.

    Both victims were publishers of Bangladeshi-American writer and blogger Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death in February 2015.

    Several other atheists, bloggers and foreigners were killed by suspected militants in 2015. A bomb attack on Oct. 24 of that year in Dhaka aimed at Shia Muslims killed a teenager and injured more than 100 other people. Foreigners including Italian aid volunteer and a Japanese agricultural worker were also killed.

    Authorities in Bangladesh say the network of the militant groups has been broken after a massive crackdown following a 2016 attack on a cafe in Dhaka in which 22 people, including 17 foreigners, were killed by five young men who belonged to the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh group, according to police.

    The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the 2016 attack and other attacks, but Bangladesh’s government said that domestic groups were behind them, and that IS has no existence in the country.”

  2. Biden Sends Letter Excoriating New York Times For Unfavorable Coverage. NYT Responds.

    On Wednesday, the Biden campaign sent a letter excoriating The New York Times for daring to provide coverage that is unfavorable to former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. The campaign also sent letters to enormous news disseminators Facebook and Twitter for allowing ads that highlight Biden’s shady dealings with Ukraine.

    • Isreal makes good weapons. I am not a fan of the modular firearms but they do seem to be the wave of the near to medium future.

  3. France: More Death to Free Speech

    by Guy Millière
    October 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

    On September 28, a “Convention of the Right” took place in Paris, organized by Marion Marechal, a former member of French parliament and now director of France’s Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences. The purpose of the convention was to unite France’s right-wing political factions. In a keynote speech, the journalist Éric Zemmour harshly criticized Islam and the Islamization of France. He described the country’s “no-go zones” (Zones Urbaines Sensibles; Sensitive Urban Zones) as “foreign enclaves” in French territory and depicted, as a process of “colonization”, the growing presence in France of Muslims who do not integrate.

    Zemmour quoted the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal, who said that the no-go zones are “small Islamic Republics in the making”. Zemmour said that a few decades ago, the French could talk freely about Islam but that today it is impossible, and he denounced the use of the “hazy concept of Islamophobia to make it impossible to criticize Islam, to reestablish the notion of blasphemy to the benefit of the Muslim religion alone…”

  4. Just when you think Erdogan can’t sink any lower..

    Foreign journalists, civilians reportedly targeted in Turkish airstrike

    Fourteen people are now believed to have been killed when a convoy of journalists and civilians in northern Syria was reportedly shelled by Turkish forces on Sunday afternoon.
    According to Rudaw’s reporter in Rojava, the convoy had been heading to Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) from Tel Tammar when it was struck.

    Staff at the hospital treating the injured said at least ten people were killed in the strike, with anywhere between 40 and 100 injured. Television channel France 2, whose journalists formed part of the convoy, have said 14 people were killed while around 20 others were injured.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also reported 14 people were killed in the strike on the “humanitarian support” convoy. Ten are believed to be civilians, including a woman and a journalist. The death toll is set to rise, the Observatory said, with some convoy passengers, including children, currently in a critical condition.

    In the immediate aftermath of the attack, northern Syria-based North Press Agency (NPA) reported the severe injury of one of its journalists, named by the agency as Delsoz Yousef. Rudaw later spoke to him while he received hospital treatment in Tel Tammar.

    “When the people went to support Sari Kani, the Turks fired a mortar, which fell among the people. We journalists were there,” Delsoz Jousef told Rudaw while he lay in bed.

    Three journalists were injured, he added. He does not know the fate of one other, whose “injuries were severe.”

    Jousef believes five to six were civilians were killed in the attack. He suspects the attack could have been conducted by both mortar and airstrike.

    Another journalist, who had been live streaming in the area when the attack occured, believes the attack was solely by mortar, as he could not hear jets nearby.

    He claimed 10 journalists were part of the convoy.

    “Three of us were hit. Our camera, our phones were burnt,” he said.

  5. Germany: Thousands stand ‘indivisible’ in Berlin’s anti-far right march

    More than 200,000 protesters reportedly took to the streets of Berlin on Sunday, to protest against right-wing violence, anti-Semitism and racism under the slogan ‘indivisible’.

    Footage shows demonstrators gathering at Bebelplatz square, holding signs, banners and Jewish symbols, before making their way towards the New Synagogue located in the neighbourhood of Mitte.

    Attendees also observed a minute of silence for the victims of the Halle attack.

    “We are standing here because we think it is important to do whatever you can for democracy… and against right wing movement, against racism, against any kind of superiority”, said Rita, a member of ‘Grandmothers against the Right’.

    The ‘indivisible’ protest, comes only a few days after a 27-year old man opened fire outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle killing two people, in what has been acknowledged a far-right terror attack by German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht.

  6. ISIS announces its reboot!

    ISIS vows ‘reignited’ battle with Kurdish forces, US-led coalition in Syria

    Islamic State (ISIS) has vowed to intensify its “reignited” fight against Kurdish forces and the US-led coalition in eastern Syria, in a video posted Sunday on its Telegram channel, amid warnings from Kurdish leaders in the country that they are being left vulnerable to the group’s resurgence.

    “The fire of the battle between us and them has been reignited and will intensify,” AFP quoted the jihadist group as saying in the video, addressing what it called “soldiers of Islam” and residents of the caliphate.

    The video includes decapitations and the shooting to death at close range of people presented as kidnapped Kurdish fighters, the press agency said.

    Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Peshmerga Shoresh Ismail told journalists in Diyala on Sunday that ISIS militants are being given a “golden opportunity” to regroup due to security gaps in several parts of Iraq.

    In Syria, the group has been able to recruit from al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, home to thousands of people who fled Baghouz and are living in “apocalyptic” conditions.

  7. Sweden: Anti-Mass Migration MP Considers Moving After Second Vandalism Attack (breitbart, Oct 13, 2019)

    “Swedish Moderate Party MP Hanif Bali, an outspoken critic of mass migration, said he might have to move house after his car was vandalised for the second time this year.

    Mr Bali noticed the damage to his vehicle on Wednesday evening as he was about to take his mother home following a family dinner. He said that the car’s tyres were slashed and the paint scratched off the body, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.

    “I had had dinner with my mum. Then I parked the car at home to leave some stuff. After 30 minutes, I went down to drive my mum home, and then I see that the paint is torn and that there are holes in the tyres, ” he said, noting that the attack was the same as a previous incident earlier this year.

    “I had the car for ten days. I got it back from the last workshop last week, where it had been repainted after last time,” he said. “It’s very frustrating that my stuff can’t be left in peace. I have to change the car — I can’t have this car — and I probably have to move. That’s the reality,” he added.

    Bali garnered support on social media from many followers including Sweden’s leading terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp, who called the incidents “very serious”.

    Car burnings and property damage against conservatives and populists who come out against mass migration have become increasingly common. In Sweden, several members of the populist Sweden Democrats have seen their homes attacked including one attempt of arson in Stockholm.

    In Germany, the Alternative for Germany (AFD) has recorded hundreds of incidents of violence and vandalism against their members and supporters over the years. In 2016, vandals set fire to former party leader Frauke Petry’s car.

    The level of violence — with far-left Antifa extremists taking much of the credit — has dramatically increased in the last few years. Earlier this year, there was an attempted assassination on an AfD politician, and the bombing of an office of Matteo Salvini’s League last August in Italy.”

  8. Khamenei Demands that IRGC Develop More Advanced, Modern Weapons (aawsat, Oct 13, 2019)

    “Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Sunday to develop more advanced and modern weapons, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

    “The Guards should have advanced and modern weapons … Your weapons should be modern and updated. It should be developed at home. You need to develop and produce your weapons,” Khamenei said.

    The Iranian leader’s statement come after months of tension between Washington and Tehran in the wake of sanctions against Iranian oil exports, after US President Donald Trump pulled out in May 2018, from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

    On Thursday, Chief Commander of the IRGC General Hossein Salami also said his naval forces were fully prepared to defend Iran in case an armed conflict with “enemies” breaks out.

    Speaking at conference on “speedboats” in the northern port of Anzali, he further questioned the enemies’ ability to confront Iran’s naval unit if armed maritime conflict erupts.

    According to Reuters, in response to Washington’s “maximum pressure” policy, Iran has gradually reduced its commitments under the nuclear pact and plans further breaches if European parties fail to keep their promises to shield Iran’s economy from US penalties”

  9. People in Akcakale, Turkey Celebrate “Fall” of Tel Abyad in Northeast Syria to Turkish Forces

    Video provided by VOA Turkish service shows people in the southeastern Turkish town of Akcakale celebrating the alleged fall of the Syrian town of Tel Abyad to Turkish forces, aided by Turkish-backed Syrian militia, Sunday, October 13.

    Early Sunday a mortar bullet hit a residential building in Akcakale, a Turkish town on the border with Syria. Reports said that the mortar was fired from northeast Syria.

    Turkey’s official news agency says allied Syrian forces have captured the town of Suluk in the fifth day of the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria.

    Anadolu news agency said Sunday the town’s center, located at a strategic crossroads about 10 km south of the border, was cleared of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.

    Turkey considers the group a threat for links to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency at home.

    A Kurdish official on condition of anonymity said the clashes in Suluk were ongoing.

    Turkey’s Defense Ministry tweeted 480 YPG fighters were “neutralized” since Wednesday. The number couldn’t be independently verified.

    Several shells fired from Syria hit the Turkish border towns Akcakale and Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Anadolu news agency said one person was wounded Sunday in Suruc.

  10. Erdogan says Turkish-led offensive to extend further along Syrian border (memo, Oct 13, 2019)

    “Turkey’s incursion into Syria will stretch from Kobani in the west to Hasaka in the east, going some 30 km (19 miles) into Syrian territory, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, and the town of Ras al Ain was already under Turkish control, Reuters reports.

    Addressing a news conference in Istanbul, Erdogan said the Turkish-led forces had also besieged the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, west of Ras al Ain, in its fight against the YPG Kurdish militia, which Ankara says is a terrorist organisation…”

  11. Russia ‘bombed four hospitals in 12 hours’ during air raids against Syria rebel forces: report (alaraby, Oct 13, 2019)

    “Russia bombed four hospitals in Syria in the space of 12 hours while carrying out raids against Syrian rebel forces, according to a New York Times investigation.

    Using analysis of previously unpublished Russian Air Force radio recordings, plane spotter logs and witness accounts, the report says the evidence points toward Russia being behind strikes on four Syrian hospitals between May 5-6 this year.

    The Russian Air Force radio transmission were reportedly obtained by a network of anonymous observers.

    The report compares records from charities, the testimonies of witnesses and social media posts to provide approximate times for each strike. The logs from the dates in question allegedly place Russian aircraft above each one of the hospitals at the time when the bombings happened…”

  12. As options narrow on Syria, Trump prepares to drop sanctions hammer on Turkey (reuters, Oct 13, 2019)

    “President Donald Trump’s administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey…”

  13. Europe will be diverse, or war! – Frans Timmermans

    Oktober 2015 – EU Fundamental Rights Colloquium 2015 – Frans Timmermans on migration, culture and diversity.

    • Hearing of Frans Timmermans, Executive vice-president for Climate Action

      OCTOBER 2019

      Following today’s hearing with the environment (ENVI), transport (TRAN) and industry, research and energy (ITRE) committees, the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament confirm their strong support for vice-president Frans Timmermans to become the next EU Commissioner for European Green Deal & Climate Action.

      “For his recognized and widely appreciated years of political experience, for his environmental sensitiveness and cross-cutting sectors expertise, Frans Timmermans is certainly the right person to become the next Commissioner responsible for European Green Deal & Climate Action, which is set to become the EU flagship policy. We are confident that as vice-president, Timmermans will be able to make the EU capable of playing a leading role in coping with our citizens’ and young people’s huge expectations over the environmental and climate challenges ahead of us.

      “We commend Timmermans’ strong commitment to ensure climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest, but also to raise the ambition of our 2030 emission reduction target. The public expect to see within the first 100 days in office of this new Commission, a legislative proposal on a EU 55% GHG reduction target by 2030.

      “The S&D Group is ready to cooperate with Timmermans and the whole of the Commission to ensure a just transition to a climate neutral Europe. Only progressive policies can at the same time sufficiently reduce climate emissions while also ensuring the transition to a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable society. No one shall be left behind.”

      S&D vice-president responsible for a Green New Deal, Miriam Dalli, stated:

      “Frans Timmermans has once again demonstrated that he is the right person to be the vice-president responsible for the European Green Deal and Climate Action. We agree with the answers and his commitments. We, together with citizens across the EU and the thousands of young people who took to the streets, expect the EU to take leadership in implementing and enforcing current policies and in coming up with new proposals that can deliver the emission reductions we require to seriously address climate change.

      “We require urgent action to address maritime and aviation emissions. Moreover, we need a vice-president that ensures the enforcement of existing standards for road transport and makes sure that standards will not be watered down but get stronger. Vice-president Frans Timmermans can rest assured that the S&Ds are ready to work swiftly and in a constructive manner on legislative proposals that can concretely increase the EU’s GreenHouse Gas Targets in line with the EU’s aim to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.”

  14. Members of Political Party in France Create Controversy After Asking Hijabi Woman to Remove Veil (mwn, Oct 13, 2019)

    “Julien Odoul, a member of France’s National Rally (RN) is at the center of a controversy after asking a Muslim woman to remove her viel at a plenary meeting of the Regional Council of Burgundy-Franche-Comte on Friday, October 11.

    The Muslim woman was accompanying her son and his class on a school trip to explore the mission of the “democratic assembly.”

    Odoul and his colleagues asked Marie Guite Dufay, the President of the Regional Council, to have the woman either remove her hijab or leave the meeting.

    Dufay, however, replied that she can only intervene when someone exhibits disruptive or offensive behavior, reported Le Bien Public.

    “This is not the case. So there is no reason for this person to leave,” she said.

    She described the RN’s move as a “surge of hatred” and “unworthy of elected officials of the Republic.”

    The Muslim woman left the room with her son after the argument. Photos of the boy crying after the attack on his mother went viral on social media.

    Dufay said that she spoke with the Muslim woman to express support. Dufay plans to visit the boy’s school on Tuesday, October 15 to meet the children, their teachers, and companions.

    It was not enough for Odoul to attack the Muslim woman in the meeting. The elected official took to his Twitter to justify his action.

    The RN member, however, received strong condemnation from public figures and officials.

    “It is by humiliating mothers publicly in front of their children that we create communitarianism,” said Marlene Schiappa, a French politician and Secretary of Equality between women and men.

    Sophie Montel, former member of the European Parliament, also denounced the RN’s action, emphasizing that it is “so disgusting” to attack a woman in front of children.”

  15. Two police officials among three killed in attack on local PTI leader in Faisalabad (tribune, Oct 13, 2019)

    “At least three people, including two police officers, were killed after armed men opened fire at the vehicle of a local PTI leader in Faisalabad on Saturday.

    The incident occurred in the Thana Thekri Wala area.

    “Opponents of former member National Assembly (MNA) Nisar Jatt attacked his vehicle and killed his guards, constable Mehboob and constable Ayyub. Both the policemen were brothers,” said police following the attack.

    The guards of the PTI leader also retaliated and killed one of the attackers. He was identified as Abdur Rehman Bandesha…”

  16. Pakistan must prevent militants from operating on its soil: US (tribune, Oct 13, 2019)

    “The United States has appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to curb militancy but reminded Islamabad that it must do more to prevent militants from operating within its borders.

    The statement from Alice Wells, the acting assistant secretary of the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, came via Twitter early on Sunday morning.

    She said Washington welcomes Pakistan’s recent arrest of four Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leaders and wants them and LeT leader Hafiz Saeed to face prosecution for their “vicious attacks”.

    Wells added that Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to pursue action against all militant groups and that “Pakistan, for its own future, must prevent militant groups from operating on its soil.”

    The reminder from Washington comes on the heels of Thursday’s arrest of four aides of Hafiz Saeed on terrorism financing charges…”

  17. Afghanistan closes consulate in Pakistan in protest (aa, Oct 13, 2019)

    “Afghanistan on Friday closed down its consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, after an alleged police raid on long-disputed Afghan Market in the city.

    According to an official statement by the country’s embassy in Islamabad, the consulate was shut in protest after police raided the Afghan Market in Firdaus neighborhood of the city reportedly claimed by the Afghan authorities as a property of the Afghan government.

    This came after a Peshawar court verdict ordering the possession of the market — housing dozens of shops in the city’s busy commercial district– to handover to a Pakistani citizen named Shaukat Kashmir.

    ”Unfortunately, the provincial police in Pakistan raided the market again last night and took down the Afghanistan flag without coordinating with the Embassy. The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemns this action and considers it against diplomatic principles and good neighborhood terms”, read the statement published in Pashto.

    According to the Express Tribune newspaper of Pakistan, the Peshawar High Court gave its verdict on Wednesday against the Afghan State’s claim of ownership over the market.

    Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Atif Mashal visited the site and hoisted Afghanistan flag on it on Thursday.

    The city authorities have “removed the Afghan flag and proprietorship board” from the market that “had existed for decades”, the report said.

    For its part, Islamabad described the matter as a purely legal issue over the possession of the property claimed by a private citizen.

    “The case for legal possession of the Afghan Market in Peshawar was between a private Pakistani claimant and the Afghan National Bank. The Supreme Court has decided in favor of the private claimant,” Mohammad Faisal, spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry told reporters.

    It is a purely legal matter and action has been taken following court’s order, he added.

    Regarding the action of the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Atif Mashal, who hoisted an Afghanistan flag in the Afghan Market on Wednesday, Faisal said: “As regards to any undiplomatic actions, appropriate steps would be taken.””

  18. ‘Hate speech’: SVP cries censorship after YouTube blocks anti-refugee campaign video (thelocal, Oct 11, 2019)

    “Switzerland’s largest party on Thursday accused Google of censorship after a campaign video, which demonised asylum seekers, was removed from YouTube less than two weeks before national elections.

    The Zurich chapter of the right-wing SVP, which produced the video, gave YouTube’s parent company Google a deadline of Sunday to put it back online and condemned the company for intervening in Swiss politics.

    “We can confirm that this video was blocked by YouTube in Switzerland for reasons of violating YouTube’s hate speech policy,” Google spokeswoman Violeta Torres told AFP in an email.

    But SVP-Zurich spokesman Martin Suter told AFP that “all statements in the film are sourced.”

    Party supporters “do not understand why Google, an American corporation, is intervening in Swiss politics and is censoring a commercial,” he said, referring to messages the party has received on Facebook.

    Backed by a menacing soundtrack, the video features a set of headlines that question the validity of asylum claims made by Eritreans and argues that Eritreans living in Switzerland are a drain on national resources.

    Switzerland for years had an open-door policy for those fleeing Eritrea, where the authoritarian government has been accused of widespread rights violations including open-ended military conscription.

    Previously, to qualify as a refugee upon arrival in Switzerland, Eritreans simply needed to say that they had left their country “illegally”.

    But those rules were tightened following a 2017 court ruling, which found that not all Eritreans seeking asylum in Switzerland faced imminent threat in their home country.

    Suter cited previous court rulings to claim that Eritreans, who currently make up the largest group of asylum seekers in Switzerland, are not “real refugees.”

    Asked what the SVP would do if the video was not restored by Sunday, he told AFP the party would decide how to proceed on Monday.

    “Personally, I assume that Google has made a mistake and that they blocked the video prematurely,” he said.

    Switzerland holds national elections on October 20. The SVP currently holds the most seats in parliament, but recent polls indicate left-of-centre parties could make gains at the polls.”

  19. Turkish Airstrike on Kurdish Convoy in Syria Kills 11, Injures 74, Including Journalists – Reports (sputniknews, Oct 14, 2019)—reports/

    “At least 11 people were killed and 74 injured in a Turkish airstrike on a convoy in northern Syria, Kurdish media reported Sunday.

    According to the ANHA news agency, one of its correspondents was also killed in the Turkish airstrike.

    The France 24 broadcaster said at least one of their journalists was also among the dead, while two French reporters were reportedly injured in the attack. “Our team is fine but some colleagues are dead”, Stephanie Perez, a French journalist, tweeted earlier.

    The attack hit a convoy outside the border town of Ras al-Ain which Turkish forces had seized earlier in the day, according to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
    Earlier reports suggested that at least 9 people had been killed, but the Kurdish-led military, cited by local media, put the death toll at 11. It remains unclear how many killed civilians are dead…”

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