Reader’s Links, October 25, 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.

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  1. 30 UK-bound migrants intercepted attempting to cross the Channel in flimsy boats (express, Oct 25, 2019)

    “FRANCE’S border force has intercepted 30 people, including minors, who were trying to cross the English Channel into Britain from the northern French town of Calais, local officials said.

    The UK-bound migrants were travelling in two separate inflatable boats when they were stopped by French authorities on Thursday morning. Emergency services were alerted to the first incident at around 6am on Thursday after a boat carrying 11 men sent out a distress signal issued by the migrants themselves, the maritime prefecture said in a statement. The men were then handed over to French border police.

    Several hours later, at around 9am, a witness called emergency services after spotting a boat in distress. Nineteen migrants – 12 adults and seven minors – were rescued after the boat’s engine failed and were later handed over to immigration officials.

    One person was “suffering from mild hypothermia” but all are now “safe and sound,” the prefecture said.

    Police patrols on France’s northern beaches were intensified earlier this month after the grim discovery of the bodies of two young Iraqis believed to have been washed ashore following a failed bid to cross the Channel into the UK.

    A passerby found the body of a 17-year-old Iraqi Kurd on a beach in Le Touquet, some 40 miles from the port of Calais, a location which has long served as a launch pad for migrants seeking to enter Britain hidden in lorries, trains and ferries.

    Hours later, another passerby spotted the body of a second migrant, a 22-year-old Iraqi, on the same beach.

    The two youths “probably came from the same boat,” which was found next to the body of the younger migrant, the French regional security department said.

    Police found two oars inside the rubber dinghy, and a canister of fuel and a life vest nearby.

    Hours after the two bodies were found, French and British officials announced an “enhanced” action plan, saying French police would deploy 45 officers a day on the beach – double the previous amount – in a bid to intercept migrants attempting to set sail.

    New surveillance equipment including high resolution cameras is also being used while British border officials have been sent to France to warn migrants against undertaking the perilous crossing, explaining that there was no guarantee of asylum once they reached the UK.

    Home Secretary Priti Patel said last month that urgent action was needed to tackle the spike in crossings, adding that the government was ramping up efforts to tackle smuggling gangs through better intelligence sharing with the French.

    The Home Office has also warned anyone crossing the Channel in a small boat was taking a “huge risk with their life and the lives of their children”…”

  2. SHOCK REPORT: FBI Altered Flynn Docs; Clapper Called for ‘Kill Shot

    An explosive new court filing from Michael Flynn’s legal team alleges that FBI agents manipulated official records of the former national security adviser’s 2017 interview that led to him being charged with lying to investigators. It’s Flynn’s lawyers’ latest attempt to get the case thrown out.

    Sidney Powell, Flynn’s attorney, filed a 37-page motion on Thursday, outlining several big allegations, once again requesting the government produce all evidence as it relates to Flynn — urging the court to “dismiss the entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct” and hold the prosecutors in contempt.

    An explosive new court filing from Michael Flynn’s legal team alleges that FBI agents manipulated official records of the former national security adviser’s 2017 interview that led to him being charged with lying to investigators. It’s Flynn’s lawyers’ latest attempt to get the case thrown out.

    Sidney Powell, Flynn’s attorney, filed a 37-page motion on Thursday, outlining several big allegations, once again requesting the government produce all evidence as it relates to Flynn — urging the court to “dismiss the entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct” and hold the prosecutors in contempt.

  3. Ribat: The Truth Behind “Muslim Enclaves”
    An ancient secret reveals what Islamic “No-Go” zones in the West really are

    Last March, 2019, Reuters reported that the “Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria” had fallen. “Its enclave at Baghouz was the last part of the massive territory it suddenly seized in 2014, straddling swathes of Iraq and Syria, where its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a new caliphate.”

    While this was welcome news, it also prompted one to wonder: what of all those other Islamic enclaves, those unassimilated ticking time bombs that proliferate throughout the West, which are packed with ISIS-sympathizers, not to mention ISIS members, and which the West largely fails to recognize as such? I am referring to those many so-called “No-Go Zones”: Western cities and regions that have effectively become Islamic ghettoes. There, Sharia is de facto law; Muslims are openly radicalized to hate infidels; non-Muslims, even police, are afraid to enter lest they get mugged, raped, or killed.

    In short, the ISIS worldview continues to proliferate—and not in some distant theater of war, but right smack in the West itself (an internet search for terms such as “no-go zones” and “Muslim enclaves” demonstrates the prevalence of this phenomenon).

    Although these enclaves are unique to the modern era, they have precedents in history and even a nomenclature within the Islamic consciousness.

  4. BREAKING: Obama-Appointed Judge Sides With House Dems, Granting Access to Secret Grand Jury Info in Mueller Report

    Federal Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee on Friday sided with House Democrats granting them access to the secret grand jury information and underlying intelligence materials in Robert Mueller’s report.

    Robert Mueller’s garbage ‘Trump-Russia’ report was released in the Spring and up until Friday, the grand jury material was redacted.

  5. Network of Chinese Concentration Camps for Uighurs Uncovered
    Open source project finds 124 camps where Uighurs forcibly ‘reeducated’

    hina’s crackdown on ethnic Uighurs in the western part of the country includes a vast network of at least 124 concentration camps along with scores of labor camps and prisons, according to a dissident Uighur group.

    U.S. officials say there are also indications that China is expanding the use of the concentration camps in Xinjiang Province where at least 1 million people are being held, and as many as 3 million are part of a forced “reeducation” program by the Chinese government.

    Researchers with the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement, a relatively new Uighur independence group, discovered the new camps during a nine-month open source intelligence gathering project that utilized commercial satellite images and reports people in the region.

  6. France: The Headscarf Debate is Not about Headscarves

    by Alain Destexhe
    October 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    France’s Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, has reopened the heated debate on the headscarf.

    Since 2004, it is unlawful in France to wear “conspicuously” religious signs or clothing in public schools. The interpretation of the law, as applied by the Ministry of National Education, specifies “the Islamic veil, whatever the name given to it, the [Jewish] kippah or a [Christian] cross of manifestly excessive size” as items that students are prohibited to wear in French state schools.

    However, women who are escorting children during school trips are still allowed to wear a hijab. As an increasing number of Muslim women have been doing so, this has disturbed some teachers and parents. They believe that the spirit of the law — that headscarves should be banned from schools — is not being respected.

    Recently, Blanquer sparked an outcry by saying that “the veil is not desirable” in French society. He added that this was his conception of “women’s empowerment” and “the practice of women wearing a hijab during school trips should not be encouraged.”

  7. Barkhane force ‘neutralizes’ 8 ISIS fighters during 9-day Mali operation

    “Commandos deployed to the France-led Operation Barkhane counter-terrorism mission in the Sahel ‘neutralized’ eight Islamic State-affiliated fighters in Mali, the French Armed Forces Ministry said in a release.

    Barkhane force personnel and Malian soldiers conducted operations in the Liptako area of Mali between October 15 and 23, the Thursday, October 24 release said, noting that as the rainy season ended, the “objective of this operation was to mark Barkhane’s presence and to maintain pressure on armed terrorist groups,” including Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

    Attacks carried out by ISIS-affiliated militants in the Sahel have previously been attributed to ISGS but since May, Islamic State has attributed insurgent activities in the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area to its West Africa Province.

    During the operation the Barkhane force observed a group of what it described as ISGS fighters, and a unit made maneuvers, adapting as intelligence was received.

    “Progressing through several successively detected enemy positions” and supported by Tigre helicopters and Mirage 2000 jets, the French commandos surprised and attacked a “terrorist combat group.”

    A “complete terrorist combat group of eight fighters was neutralized” and many resources, including weapons and seven motorcycles, were seized.

    “This operation demonstrates the capacity and willingness of the Barkhane force to operate in remote areas to improve Mali’s security situation for the benefit of the population,” the release said…”

  8. Cleric Calls Iran’s Defense Power, National Unity Deterrent Factor against US

    “Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi Fard highlighted recent defeats of the US government in the face of Iran and said the Islamic Republic’s defense power and national unity prevent the enemy from mounting any attack…”

  9. Police: Morocco Arrests Six Suspected Militants

    “Moroccan security services have broken up a suspected ISIS cell, arresting six members near Casablanca and in the northern towns of Chefchaouen and Ouazzane, a police spokesman said on Friday.

    Compared with other North African countries, Morocco has been largely insulated from militant attacks.

    Its most recent took place in December 2018, when militants loyal to ISIS killed two Scandinavian tourists.

    Police seized firearms including guns, automatic pistols and hunting rifles in Tamaris, south of Casablanca as well as ammunition and bladed arms, the spokesman, Boubker Sabik, told Reuters.

    They also discovered dangerous chemical material and liquids that could be used to make explosives, along with ISIS flags and a document and video recording showing the cell pledge allegiance to the international extremist group.

    The cell also possessed navigation and swimming material including an inflatable boat, the spokesman added.

    Official Moroccan figures from late 2018 showed that 1,669 Moroccans had travelled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS, Reuters reported.

    However, the only other major attack in the country this decade was the 2011 bombing of a Marrakesh restaurant, killing 17.”

  10. Saudi sheikh arrested as part of ongoing campaign against entertainment policy critics

    “The Saudi authorities have arrested Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Mahmoud, a former faculty member of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, for criticising forms of entertainment.

    Prisoners of conscious twitter account, specialised in following up the cases of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia, stated on Wednesday that Al-Mahmoud was arrested following the distribution of a part of one of the episodes of a program he was presenting in May 2017 by a number of his students.

    The sheikh criticised what he called the “blasphemous,” about the General Authority for Entertainment, and warned of the danger of allowing it to corrupt society, he said.

    The arrest of the Saudi sheikh came after the authorities arrested the leader of the Otaibah tribe, Faisal bin Sultan bin Jahjah bin Humaid.

    The arrest of Sheikh Faisal also came against the backdrop of tweets in which he criticised the General Authority for Entertainment and its president Turki Al-Sheikh, calling for implementing entertainment events logically and acceptably without prejudice to the essence of religion and faith.

    Authorities also summoned the famous poet Safar Al-Dghailbi for questioning, because of a poem that included indirect criticism of Al-Sheikh family.

    The authorities arrested the poet Hamoud bin Qasi Al-Subaie and video designer Consul bin Subaie previously, because of a video criticising the practices of the head of the General Authority for Entertainment.

    The Saudi authorities continue to arrest and prosecute any critic of the activities of the General Authority for Entertainment, which conservatives see as undermining to the country’s conservative customs and traditions, and go after any person who denounces the president of the Authority, Turki Al-Sheikh.

    During more than two years ago, the kingdom witnessed the arrest of hundreds of scholars, activists and jurists, who apparently tried to express their opinion and oppose the changes taking place in Saudi Arabia, amid human rights demands to reveal their fate and grant them justice.”

  11. Turkey: US must extradite Syria Kurdish commander

    “American authorities must extradite the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to Turkey when he enters the United States, Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said today after Ankara slammed Washington for treating him as a “legitimate political figure”.

    On Wednesday, US senators urged the State Department to quickly provide a visa to General Mazloum Kobani so he can visit America to discuss Syria. Ankara says he is a terrorist linked to Kurdish militants waging an insurgency in Turkey.

    Speaking to reporters, Gul said Turkey will demand that US authorities detain Mazloum as soon as he enters the United States. He said the foreign ministry had conveyed the extradition request to the United States.

    Fifty-two-year-old Kobani has been invited to the US to brief senators on the situation which has resulted from Turkey’s recent military campaign in north-east Syria. “To say we are extremely concerned with the situation unfolding in northern Syria is an understatement,” the bipartisan group of senators said.

    Kobani was a high-ranking figure in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Kurdish separatists militia which is classed as a banned terrorist organisation in Turkey, the US and the EU, before he joined the group’s Syria offshoot the SDF.”

  12. Dutch arrest alleged commander of Syrian Islamist group

    “Dutch police this week arrested a 29-year-old Syrian alleged former commander of the Ahrar al-Sham Islamist insurgent group on suspicion of having committed war crimes, the public prosecutor’s office said on Friday, reports Reuters.

    Police arrested the unnamed man on Tuesday in a centre for asylum seekers in the north of the country. He is accused of war crimes for posing with the body of an enemy fighter and kicking at another corpse during fighting in Hama in 2015.

    According to the prosecutor’s office, the suspect was at the time “a commander of the terrorist organization Ahrar al-Sham”.

    The suspect presented himself at the Dutch asylum seekers’ centre earlier this month but had already been flagged by German authorities after briefly registering as an asylum seeker there in 2015. Following his arrest on Tuesday a judge ordered his custody extended by two weeks on Friday.

    According to Dutch prosecutors, the suspect can also be seen in a YouTube video singing to celebrate the deaths of the fighters and “referring to them as dogs”.

    Under Dutch law, his alleged actions are violations of the personal dignity of war victims. Under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, they can be prosecuted in the Netherlands even if they occur in other countries under universal jurisdiction laws. If convicted the suspect could face a life sentence.”

  13. France Strips Moroccan-French National of His French Citizenship

    “French authorities have stripped a 20-year old French-Moroccan national of his French citizenship.

    A French court sentenced 20-year old Faycal Ait Messaoud to four years in prison in March 2018 for attempting to travel to Syria only a few days after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January 2015.

    AFP quoted a judge, who said he gave Ait Messaoud a lighter sentence than the sentences given to the three other people who also attempted to reach Syria after the attacks. The judge cited his “very young age at the time of the events” as justification for the lighter sentence.

    The French Ministry of Interior said that it had stripped 16 people of French nationality since 2002 due to terrorism charges, including five in 2015.

    French authorities have the right to deprive people of citizenship if they are dual nationals for specific reasons including treason and terrorism

    This is not the first time that France has stripped a defendant of Moroccan origin of French nationality.

    In June, French authorities stripped another Moroccan-French national of his French nationality for conspiring to join terrorists in Afghanistan. The dual national was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014.

    In February 2016, the English speaking magazine the Economist reported that France has “undertaken a raft of counter-terrorism measures” after the November 2017 attacks in Paris.

    The website also said that many French citizens deplored French decision to strip dual citizens of French citizenship.

    “Many French citizens with dual citizenship from North African countries sense that they—not Franco-Germans or Franco-Americans, say—are the only dual citizens that lawmakers really have in mind,” said the Economist.”

  14. Man who attacked Canada police officer with truck guilty of attempted murder

    “A Somali immigrant who ran down a Canadian police officer with a truck and then stabbed him repeatedly was found guilty on Friday of attempted murder, the Crown prosecutor’s office said.

    Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 32, had denied the charges in connection with the incident in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sept. 30, 2017, when authorities say he attacked the officer then struck four pedestrians while trying to flee in a U-Haul truck.

    Police said they found a flag of the Islamic State militant group in the truck driven by Sharif, but no charges of terrorism were filed. He is due to be sentenced on 11 offenses, including five counts of attempted murder, on Dec. 12-13.

    All his victims suffered broken bones and head injuries, while the policeman – Constable Mike Chernyk – was also stabbed in the chest and neck, authorities said…”

  15. Turkey holds 120 km on N Syria border east of Euphrates: VP Oktay

    “Turkey controls an area in northern Syria the length of 120 kilometers (74.56 miles) east of the Euphrates River along the border between the two countries, the Turkish vice president said on Oct. 25.

    Speaking at the 21st World Congress of Russian Press in the capital Ankara, Fuat Oktay said his country controls 120 km out of 480 km (298.2 miles) east of the Euphrates River…”

  16. FETÖ ringleader’s niece detained

    “niece of Fetullah Gülen, the U.S.-based ringleader of the FETÖ, was detained on Oct. 25, according to a security source.

    Zeynep Gülen used a fake identity during a regular police patrol, said the source who asked not to be named due to restriction on speaking to media.

    Police, after identifying Zeynep Gülen as Fetullah Gülen’s niece, detained her based on a previous detention warrant for being a member of an armed terrorist organization, the source added.

    FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.

    Ankara accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.”

  17. FETO’s so-called ‘Mexico imam’ remanded on terror charges

    “The so-called “Mexico imam” of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) was remanded in Turkey on Friday after he was arrested by Turkey’s intelligence body in an overseas operation, according to judicial sources.

    Osman Karaca was arrested on Oct. 19 by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization and brought to Turkey.

    He was accused of “establishing and masterminding an armed terrorist organization.”

    FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

    Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.”

  18. Nearly 900 irregular migrants held in NW Turkey

    “Security forces Friday held a total of 893 irregular migrants attempting to cross to Europe through the northwestern Edirne province of Turkey.

    According to local sources, the provincial gendarme forces conducted operations against those seeking to go to Europe, searching for them in border villages and train stations.

    Among the migrants held were people from Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nepal, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Iran, and Afghanistan.

    They were later referred to the provincial migration office for the official process.

    Turkey’s Edirne neighbors Greece and Bulgaria, therefore the irregular migrants who desire a life in Europe use the province as a transit road; however, security forces’ tight monitoring activities significantly prevent their entrance to the continent.”

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