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.
This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.
Egypt’s Sinai Province swears allegiance to new Daesh leader
“Egypt’s Daesh affiliate, Sinai Province, has sworn allegiance to the new leader named by the group following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the affiliate said on Telegram on Saturday, as reported by Reuters.
Sinai Province, which has waged an insurgency against the Egyptian state, posted pictures of around two dozen fighters standing among trees, with a caption saying they were pledging allegiance to Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi.
Quraishi was named on Thursday in an audio message that also confirmed Baghdadi’s death and vowed revenge against the United States. US special forces killed Baghdadi in a raid in northwest Syria.
Daesh has resorted to guerrilla attacks since losing its last significant piece of territory in Syria in March, and has posted dozens of claims of responsibility for attacks in several countries since Baghdadi’s death.
Conflict in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula escalated after President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood was toppled by the military in 2013.
Egyptian ground and air forces launched a major offensive focused on North Sinai early last year. Military operations and militant attacks continue in the area.”
Iran’s Khamenei renews ban on talks with U.S.
“Iran will not lift its ban on talks with the United States, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, describing the two countries as implacable foes on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran…”
Egypt aims to increase industrial growth rate to 10.7% by 2022: PM
“Egypt aims to increase industrial growth rate to 10.7 percent by 2022, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced in a business forum, as the government continues to embark on a 2018 implemented action plan to boost the sector.
Madbouly told Akhbar Al Youm Economic Conference on Saturday that his government is working on increasing the sector’s growth rate from a current 6.3 percent in 2019.
The government has paid great attention to promoting and developing the industrial sector, which currently contributes 16.7 percent of GDP, he added
He said that the industry sector represents a key pillar of sustainable development, as attracting investments, increasing manufacturing capacity and competing in foreign markets remain issues of top priority on the government’s agenda.
Enhancing investment helps drive economic growth along with continuing efforts to improve the business environment, he stressed…”
‘Over 2,400 Pakistani prisoners freed from Saudi Arabia, UAE’
“More than 2,400 Pakistani prisoners have been released from jails in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over the past year due to the efforts of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.
“Pakistan has secured the release of 1,245 prisoners from Saudi Arabia and 1,200 more from UAE during the first year of the PTI-led government, which is an unprecedented figure,” an official of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OPHED) told APP.
When the PTI government came to power, he said, there were 3,300 Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi jails, while 2,521 were imprisoned in the UAE.
“In the one year of this government, around 38 per cent of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia and 48 per cent in UAE have been set free,” he added.
The official said the government had also extended financial and legal assistance to a total of 2,559 Pakistanis imprisoned in Middle Eastern countries for minor crimes.
“Apart from Saudi Arabia and UAE, a total of 55 Pakistani prisoners were released from jails in Oman, 18 in Kuwait, 17 in Bahrain, 14 in Qatar, and 10 in Iraq.”
The ministry, the official added, had also arranged the repatriation of 320 Pakistanis stranded in camps in Malaysia, 1,600 passengers who were stuck in Thailand due to the airspace closure, 28 drivers from Iraq, and more than five children who had been smuggled to the Middle East for immoral purposes.”
Turkey is the last wall between Europe and terrorism: Defense Ministry
“Turkey is the last wall standing between Europe and terrorism, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Nov. 3.
“Turkey is protecting not only its own borders, but also the borders of NATO. Turkey’s security is the security of all of Europe, including NATO,” the ministry said in a statement.
“It should be known that Turkey, as the last wall between Europe and terrorism, is fighting terrorism on the frontline,” it added.
The statement condemned the resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives recognizing Armenian claims about the 1915 events and the French Parliament’s resolution on Turkey’s Syria operation.
“Turkey condemns the U.S. House of Representatives resolution accepting the so-called Armenian genocide without considering the historical facts and the French National Assembly, which declares support for the terrorist organization PKK/YPG, and describe it as an ally and hope these historical mistakes were corrected soon.”
It said that the U.S. resolution on Armenia and a bill backing sanctions on Turkey contradict the Ankara-Washington deal reached on Syria and the spirit of NATO alliance.
The ministry also said the French Parliament resolution on Turkey’s Syria operation is “nothing but an attempt to distort the truth and hide them from the world public opinion, especially French citizens”.”
Somalia needs Turkey’s help: Turkish foreign minister
“The Turkish foreign minister on Sunday said Somalia needs Turkey’s help to ensure political stability, to restructure national security forces and to create an environment that will allow economic development.
Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks came at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Somalia Contact Group meeting in Doha.
“It is primarily the duty of the Ummah to relieve the suffering of Somalia,” Cavusoglu said, adding that a consensus should be built to ensure peace in Somalia leaving differences aside.
Cavusoglu said cooperation was needed to raise Somalia’s position in the world.
“Somalia needs our help to ensure political stability, to restructure national security forces and to create an environment that will allow economic development.”
Cavusoglu said Turkey has participated in all international initiatives in Somalia to support the country.
“We offer a facilitating and mediating role in the negotiations between Somalia and Somaliland,” he said and added that the elections to be held in 2020 would constitute a turning point for the future of Somalia.
Cavusoglu was later received by Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani.
“We thank Qatar for their support to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring,” Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter following their meeting.
Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring on Oct. 9 to eliminate all terrorist groups from northeastern Syria and create a safe zone along the border, thereby paving the way for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees.”
Boris Johnson vs Nigel Farage
French police fight running battles with youths in Paris suburb
“French police fought running battles Saturday night in a poor suburb northwest of Paris with groups of young men who burnt a circus school and wounded two officers, the authorities said Sunday.
The trouble, which is said to be related to the pending demolition of a building block in the disadvantaged neighbourhood of Noe, started with youngsters throwing Molotov cocktails in the evening, according to a police source.
When officers arrived, they were attacked with projectiles and targeted with fireworks.
At the height of the confrontation, police were facing off with a group of about 30 men, said the source.
Two police members sustained light injuries. In the foray, the troublemakers burnt a circus tent, which its operator said had cost about 800,000 euros ($894,000) and where children from deprived backgrounds were being trained in the circus arts. Two suspects were arrested.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner described the acts on Twitter as “cowardly and foolish”, and said he was confident the police would identify and catch those who got away.
Mayor Catherine Arenou said the suburb had been caught for days in the grip of criminal acts by youngsters in the Noe neighbourhood who keep smashing the street lights.
The mayor said a youth information centre in the neighbourhood was also targeted on Saturday night, with petrol found inside and traces of an attempted fire.
A police source said the violence had been sparked by the planned demolition of an apartment building which “threatens the underground economy” run by criminal gangs in the neighbourhood.
The planned demolition is part of an urban reconstruction programme, according to the mayor.
In April last year, a nursery school in the Noe neighbourhood was set ablaze, prompting local authorities to raise concerns about the plight of Paris’ needier suburbs.
A report in June said rising property prices had widened the gap between rich and poor in the Paris region, where the number of people living in poverty has increased.
The Ile de France, with Paris at its centre, accounts for 30 percent of the national economy and is also home to the biggest immigrant population.
Average income fell while unemployment and the foreign-born population grew in 44 areas, mostly far-flung suburbs encircling the French capital, from 2001 to 2015.
The highly qualified and managerial classes mainly occupy central Paris and its wealthy western suburbs.”
Are Rare Earth China’s Real Lethal Weapon Against the US? | Zooming in
The “consensus” is in:
Turkey: 13 injured as driver rams bus into crowded stop in Istanbul
At least 13 people were injured after a bus driver rammed his bus into a crowded bus stop in Istanbul, on Sunday, and attacked people trying to prevent him from fleeing with a knife.
The 33-year-old bus driver was detained by police after running into the crowd to escape.
It is not yet known if the bus crash was an accident or not.