Reader’s Links for November 6, 2019

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  1. France expects new international task force Takuba to deploy in Mali ‘by 2020’

    “France expects a new international special operations task force to deploy in Mali by 2020, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday, November 5.

    Efforts to boost the European security presence in the region come amid protests against international forces in Mali and neighboring Niger, and ongoing questions over the ability of Sahelien militaries to counter insurgency in the region.

    During a visit to the large French base in the northern Mali city of Gao on a trip that also included meetings in Chad and Burkina Faso, Parly acknowledged the security situation was “clearly difficult” but said France was nearing a breakthrough in talks.

    “By 2020, special forces from European countries will be deployed in Mali alongside French special forces to pass on exceptional know-how” to Mali’s army, Parly said.

    She added that around a dozen countries had been approached to join the unit – to be named “Takuba,” which means “sabre” in the Tuareg language.

    France, whose 4,500-strong Operation Barkhane force has been in the region since 2014, has been trying to convince European partners to boost military assistance to the Sahel. The French plans for a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force for the Sahel were first reported in early October.

    Parly said she was “optimistic” and that she had received encouraging replies, but noted that participation is conditional on votes in national parliaments.

    Mali’s army has been struggling to contain the Islamist insurgency despite help from its African neighbors, France, and the United Nations.

    Many armed groups are active in Mali and the wider Sahel region, including Islamic State-affiliated groups. Since May, ISIS has attributed insurgent activities in the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area to its West Africa Province affiliate, rather than to what was previously known as Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

    Islamic State claimed two attacks in Mali over the weekend, saying ISWAP fighters were responsible for an attack on a military base in Indelimane that killed at least 49 people on Friday, and for a roadside bomb blast that killed a French soldier between Gao and Menaka on Saturday. ISIS said that attack was also in the Indelimane area.

    MINUSMA, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, helped the army build the Indelimane base last year, along with French soldiers.

    The majority of attacks in the Sahel are attributed to JNIM, which formed in March 2017 from a merger of several smaller groups including the Sahara branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar Dine and Al-Mourabitoun. JNIM’s leadership has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    JNIM regularly reinforces its opposition to “occupier” France, and in September warned the governments of the G5 Sahel group of states that attacks against their forces would continue while they support the Barkhane force.

    That threat was underscored in late September, when at least 40 Malian soldiers were killed in simultaneous raids claimed by JNIM in Boulkessi and Mondoro, near central Mali’s border with Burkina Faso, one of the deadliest attacks against Mali’s military in recent insurgent violence. The troops were from a battalion under G5 Sahel Joint Force command.

    Parly later said Ali Maychou, a senior figure in the al-Qaeda-linked Group to Support Islam and Muslims (JNIM), had been killed in Mali in early October…”

  2. Tajikistan security forces killed in border clashes blamed on ISIS

    “Tajikistan said on Wednesday, November 6 that fighters from Islamic State who crossed the border from Afghanistan were behind a clash with security forces that left 17 people dead.

    “All [of them] are members of the so-called terrorist group ‘Islamic State,’” the border guard service said in a statement.

    Tajik security forces killed 15 assailants when an armed gang attacked a checkpoint on the border with Uzbekistan, officials said, adding that a soldier and a policeman also died in the clash.

    “As a result of an operation conducted by law enforcement forces, 15 members of an armed criminal group were neutralized and four more attackers detained,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

    Around 3:30 a.m. (2230 GMT), “unidentified masked men, using firearms, attacked the border post,” the ministry said, adding that they captured five firearms. Fifteen of the attackers were killed and their car destroyed, while four others fled, according to the statement.

    The ministry released pictures of several bodies lying next to burnt-out vehicles at the scene of the clash.

    The country’s border guards said separately that five attackers had been detained.

    The clashes outside the capital Dushanbe broke out as the country prepared to celebrate Constitution Day on Wednesday and the country’s long-serving President Emomali Rakhmon was on a visit to Switzerland.

    Rakhmon is expected to visit Paris later this week to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron as part of a rare European visit that will also take in the Czech Republic.

    Tajikistan, a poor mountainous country of nine million people bordering Afghanistan, has been hit by conflicts since it gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    Tens of thousands of people were killed in Tajikistan during a five-year civil war in the 1990s when rebel groups including Islamists rose up against the government.

    The authorities in the majority-Muslim country have said that more than 1,000 Tajiks joined Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq in recent years.

    In May, at least 32 people were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan, including 19 members of the Islamic State jihadist group and several guards.

    The prison in Vakhdat, 17 km (11 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, holds 1,500 inmates.

    In July 2018, an attack on foreign cycling tourists left four dead and two injured.

    The assault was widely attributed to Islamic State.”

  3. FIFA: Iraq Must Relocate Venue

    “Iraq’s upcoming matches against Iran and Bahrain, scheduled to be played at the Basra Sports City Stadium, must be relocated to a “neutral venue outside Iraq.”

    “World football’s governing body, FIFA, has asked Iraq to find a neutral venue to host its upcoming World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

    The anti-government demonstrations in Iraq have gripped the capital, Baghdad, and swept through several other cities in the country’s south.

    In a letter to the Iraqi Football Association (IFA), FIFA said it has been “closely monitoring the safety and security situation in Iraq” for the past few weeks, where anti-government demonstrations are rampant.

    It added that due to the “significant deterioration of the overall security situation,” Iraq’s upcoming matches against Iran and Bahrain, scheduled to be played at the Basra Sports City Stadium, must be relocated to a “neutral venue outside Iraq.”

    The move “will enable all interested parties to focus their attention on delivering both matches successfully within a safe and secure environment,” the FIFA statement read…”

  4. Qatar, Turkey Scale up Cooperation to ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’

    “Qatar and Turkey reaffirmed their desire to scale up bilateral relations and create a “comprehensive strategic partnership,” Doha’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani tweeted following a ministerial meeting with Turkish officials.

    Ankara is considered a major ally of Doha which is dealing with a prolonged boycott by fellow Gulf Arab states.

    After signing a military cooperation agreement, on April 28, 2014 between the Qatari Ministry of Defense and the Turkish Ministry of Defense, Ankara established a military base in Qatar.

    Doha has acted in defiance of the Arab League last month when it voiced support for the Turkish operation against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria.

    Other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, condemned Turkey’s “aggression” as a threat to regional peace and security and a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

    According to AFP, Qatar, which supported the Syrian opposition in the conflict against the Syrian regime, failed to condemn the Turkish attack amid criticism from several Arab countries.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu personally thanked Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad for supporting the operation during a meeting in Doha. In a tweet, he described Qatar as a “brotherly” nation and conveyed the greetings of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Turkey and Qatar have grown closer since Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain launched a boycott of Doha over its links to extremist groups. Ankara boosted its military presence in Qatar and Doha promised support for Turkey’s economy.”

  5. Bangladeshi maids most in demand by Saudi families

    “Housemaids from Bangladesh were the most in demand with recruitment ratio reaching 21 percent during last month, Makkah daily reported on Wednesday quoting the monthly periodic bulletin issued by Musanid electronic gate of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.

    According to Musanid, the demand for housemaids from the Philippines was 20 percent.

    It said about 47 percent of the recruitment requests for housemaids were processed last month.

    Musanid said the requests for recruitment of private drivers was 34 percent and the male house helps was 17 percent.

    It said the cheapest cost of recruitment were from Bangladesh and Uganda at SR7,000 and Kenya SR7,800.

    Musanid will enable Saudi families to demand recruitment of house helps electronically. It provides all the data required from recruitment and enable the employers to know the most reliable recruitment offices.

    It said the recruitment from the Philippines will cost SR14,000 while it is SR18,000 from each of India, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.”

  6. Migrant boat sinks off Spain’s Canary Islands, 5 killed

    “At least five irregular migrants were killed on Wednesday when their boat sank off Spain’s Canary Islands, officials said, Anadolu reports.

    The boat carrying 12 irregular migrants was trying to reach Lanzarote island when it hit the rocks and sank, according to information given to the media by Civil Protection authorities.

    Authorities managed to rescue four migrants, while five bodies were recovered and three migrants are missing.

    In the first 10 months of 2019, Spain received 20,036 irregular migrants and refugees, according to UN migration agency International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    The number of deaths reported on the Western Mediterranean route was at 318, compared to 549 in 2018, the IOM report said.”

  7. 42% of Muslims in France harassed at least once: Report

    “A poll said on Wednesday that 42% of Muslims in France were harassed at least once in their lives, Anadolu reports.

    The survey published by the French Public Opinion Institute (IFOP) said most racial harassment occurred during police controls, job applications and house rentals.

    60% of Muslim women who wear headscarf said they were harassed at least once, while this figure was 44% for non-headscarf-wearing Muslim women.

    24% of Muslims who participated in the survey said they were verbally attacked and this rate was 9% for non-Muslims.

    Also, 37% of the headscarf-wearing Muslim women said they were insulted.

    Last month, French far-right lawmaker Julien Odoul had requested from a Muslim woman to take off her veil in a meeting in eastern Besancon and attacked her verbally.

    After the incident, the issue sparked discussions and statements targeting Muslims.

    Last week, an 84-year-old man was arrested after he shot and wounded two people seriously while they were praying at a mosque in the southern French city of Bayonne.”

  8. Pakistan among worst countries for internet freedom: report

    “The Freedom House has declared Pakistan ‘Not Free’ in terms of internet use for the ninth consecutive year, with the country score decreasing from 27 to 26 out of 100 in 2019.

    The international watchdog on Tuesday released its Freedom on the Net (FoTN) report for the year 2019, titled “The Crisis of Social Media”, recording an overall decline in global internet freedom between June 2018 and May 2019.

    It noted that governments around the world were increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, tilting the technology toward digital authoritarianism…”

  9. Swedish hospital cuts another 600 jobs amid billion-kronor losses

    “One of Sweden’s top hospitals on Wednesday announced plans to lay off 600 medical staff as it attempts to plug a budget deficit of 1.6 billion kronor (approximately $167 million).

    A total of 250 doctor and 350 nursing assistant positions are set to be cut, warned hospital chiefs. The layoffs come in addition to decisions to slash 550 administrative jobs at the hospital, which were announced in May.

    “The notice also includes a small number of hospital service roles. The patients will not be adversely affected, the hospital will implement the changes with continued good patient safety,” read a hospital statement.

    “I understand this causes concerns among many employees, but it is inevitable. We will actively support all employees who may be laid off in finding new jobs,” said Karolinska hospital director Björn Zoëga.

    The news comes as the budget forecast for the year indicates losses of 1.6 billion kronor.

    Karolinska University Hospital has been battling financial troubles for years. Last year the hospital recorded losses of 822 million kronor, despite a funding boost of 725 million kronor from the Stockholm health region.

    As a result it introduced a savings programme including layoffs, a decision not to hire any new staff, and according to the hospital “11 other hospital-wide measures to cut costs for rents, IT, material and medication”.

    Karolinska operates in several locations across the Stockholm region, but its largest hospitals are in Solna just north of Stockholm and in Huddinge south of the capital. It employs in total 15,300 people.

    When it recently moved into its new purpose-built building in Solna it was instructed to take charge of the Stockholm region’s specialist healthcare, transferring more general care to other caregivers in the region.

    “At the same time, the workforce has increased. That has led to a significant financial deficit,” said the hospital.”

  10. Swedish court deports man who threatened to blow up Malmö train station

    “A man who threatened to blow up Malmö central station is to be deported from Sweden after his actions made bystanders fear for their lives, ruled the court on Wednesday.

    The 44-year-old man, an Italian citizen, was shot and apprehended by police on June 10th at Malmö’s main train station, after he claimed to be carrying a bomb, prompting an evacuation of the station. It later turned out his bag did not contain either weapons or explosive material.

    However, the threats were “similar to those terror crimes that have been committed in Sweden and other countries in recent years”, read the court judgment seen by The Local.

    It noted that several of the victims had experienced “death anxiety”, and found the man guilty of making gross illegal threats and violence against a public servant.

    During the trial, the man apologized for what had happened.

    Swedish public broadcaster SVT quoted him as telling the court: “I’ve had a normal life up until this happened. I have been in Sweden for a year. I had a job and never thought this would happen.”

    The court heard that the man had broken up with his girlfriend a few days earlier, and that he was sick with fever at the time.

    He told the trial his memory of the events was “hazy” and that he had become convinced he was being followed by a shadowy group of men.

    A psychiatric examination showed that the man was seriously mentally ill at the time, but that he was no longer suffering from a psychiatric disorder.

    For those reasons, the court said that the crime, despite being described as “serious”, did not warrant a jail sentence, but that there was also no reason to sentence him to psychiatric care.

    It instead handed him a suspended sentence and ruled that the man be deported from Sweden and banned from returning for five years. He was also ordered to pay in total 100,000 kronor ($10,400) in damages to the victims.”

  11. USA: ‘Network of people’ covering up Epstein case – Project Veritas founder to RT

    Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe said ABC and other US media refused to bring out accusations against convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein because of some “kind of network of people” who are covering the situation up while speaking with RT from New York City on Tuesday.

    “I mean CNN has not yet covered these tapes. I mean, this is a big story! This has made the Associated Press in the United States today. And ABC News is on defence. The president of ABC News talked to Project Veritas. None of these networks, there seems to be some type of, and Amy says it, it’s her own words, she said there seems to be some type of network of people that is covering up for this. And she says she had all of it,” O’Keefe said.

    O’Keefe was referring to footage leaked by an ABC news insider, which shows ABC News presenter Amy Robach commenting on reasons why Disney-owned ABC News refused to air her interview with Epstein’s victims, allegedly containing evidence of financier’s guilt. In their statements the main reason for the refusal of airing the interview was lack of evidence and inconsistency with editorial standards.

    According to O’Keefe, the bombshell story was sent to him because “people are not trusting the media anymore in this country, because the media does not cover the news.”

    Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz gave a comment to RT on this case in written form, and explained that he “provided ABC with incontrovertible evidence proving that Giuffre had a long history of lying about Tipper and Al Gore, her age and other matters, and that her credibility could not be counted on.”

    Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 for the forced prostitution and sex trafficking of underage girls, was being held without bail and awaiting trial since his second arrest on 6 July, 2019, for sex trafficking girls as young as 14. A New York coroner formally classified his death as a suicide.

    Federal prosecutors in New York and US attorney general William Barr have vowed to continue the investigation into potential co-conspirators.

  12. France’s 20 measures to ‘take back control’ on immigration

    “France’s Prime Minister has presented to parliament 20 measures for tougher controls on immigration. Here’s a look at what’s on the table – including quotas for economic migrants and restrictions on access to healthcare.

    Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented the “immigration plan” to the French parliament on Wednesday, where they re expected to spark much debate.

    “We want to take back control of our migration policy,” Philippe said at a press conference, unveiling a series of measures which he said aimed to strengthen France’s “sovereignty”.

    It comes after President Emmanuel Macron had signalled a tougher line on immigration in the second half of his mandate, arguing the government must stop voters drifting to the far-right.

    “France cannot host everyone if it wants to host people well,” he said. France received a record 122,743 asylum requests last year, up 22 percent from the year before.

    Among the measures Philippe announced was a toughening up of the rules around how asylum seekers and migrants can access healthcare in France.

    Asylum seekers in France can access vital healthcare via France’s Aide medicale d’Etat (AME). According to AFP some 318,000 benefit from the system each year.

    But Macron himself has said he wants to end cases where foreigners arrive in France on a three month tourist visa but stay in the country and can access healthcare via AME.

    The government also intends to toughen checks on those migrants who claim benefits, with suggestions that some asylum seekers have been able to claim two types on state benefits.

    The government will also impose a three month “waiting period” (delai de carence) before asylum seekers can access the basic PUMa (protection universelle maladie) health cover, which is for accessible to anyone who resides in France.

    Currently asylum seekers can apply to access the PUMa system as soon as they have lodged their application.

    The French PM also announced that the squalid sprawling migrant camps on the northern edge of Paris would be cleared out “before the end of the year.”

    He also reiterated a plan to double the number of foreign students in France to 500,000 by 2027.

    But the measures drawn up by the government don’t just revolve around making France a harder place to be for asylum-seekers.

    The government wants certain sectors, which are most in need of workers, to be able to recruit migrant workers. The PM has already said that the idea of quotas for economic migrants in certain industries should no longer be taboo.

    Philippe confirmed that parliament would in future set annual sectoral “goals or quotas” on skilled migration from non-EU countries, similar to the systems in place in Canada and Australia.

    The quotas will be based on a list of professions in which employers would be exempted from having to prove that the job cannot be filled by a French person.

    But a government statement detailing the reforms made clear that the new caps on economic migration, which accounted for only 33,000 of the 255,956 residence permits awarded in 2018, “will not be restrictive”.

    “The idea is to have quantified targets, or quotas,” the Labour Minister Muriel Pénicaud told BFMTV on Tuesday morning.

    “This is about France hiring based on its needs. It’s a new approach, similar to what is done in Canada or Australia,” Penicaud told BFM television.

    The list of sectors in which companies will be able to recruit migrant workers, will be updated each year in order to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of employers in different regions of France.

    Currently employers have to justify why a French citizen cannot be hired in a complex administrative process, which resulted in around 33,000 economic migrants being granted visas last year.

    Construction, hotels and restaurants, and some retailing sectors have long complained of a shortage of people willing to take what is often low-paying work.

    Information technology and engineering industries, by contrast, say France does not produce enough qualified candidates.

    Penicaud did not say how many foreign workers would be granted visas, nor if an applicant’s nationality would be taken into account.

    France also intends to put more resources into reducing the time it takes for asylum applications to be processed.

    The government passed a law in 2018 aiming to being the average time down from one year to six months, but according to Le Monde newspaper it has failed to have any impact.

    The French government also intends to push for greater European cooperation to secure the EU’s borders.

    Macron has noted France had seen a sharp increase in the numbers of people asking for asylum since the 2017 presidential election and said much tighter European cooperation was needed.

    “There is not enough cooperation in Europe and we need to look at this migratory phenomenon and take decisions,” he said.

    The French president, whose first term expires in 2022, is keenly aware that his biggest political rival remains Marine Le Pen and her far-right National Rally party which has built its popularity on a strong anti-immigration stance.

    “In order to be able to welcome everyone properly, we should not be too attractive a country,” said Macron.

    Family reunification policies – where someone can gain the right to live and work in France on the basis of a spouse or member of their family being here – will not be touched, Philippe added.”

  13. Bill Taylor Cites NYT as Sole Source for His Claim Trump Wanted Ukraine to Launch Probe to Get Dirt on Biden
    WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 22: Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 22, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Taylor was on Capitol Hill to testify to the committees for the ongoing …Alex Wong/Getty Images
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    U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor, during his deposition last month, identified the New York Times as the sole source of his claim that President Donald Trump wanted Ukraine to help him get dirt on Joe Biden, transcripts released Wednesday show.
    Taylor suggested that Trump wanted Ukraine to launch investigations into corruption allegations against the former vice president and his son Hunter and potential U.S. election interference only to get information on his political rival Joe Biden.

    The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Taylor, revealed that the Times was the only source for his reasoning.

    Besides a New York Times article, “I have no other information from what the [U.S.] president was thinking,” he declared under questioning by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) during his October 22 deposition, given behind closed doors.

    The transcripts of his testimony described the Zeldin-Taylor exchange as follow:

    Zeldin: What was the goal of requesting investigations into 2016 election and [Ukrainian company that employed Hunter] Burisma?

    Taylor: As I understand it from one of the maybe the article in the New York Times about [Trump’s private lawyer] Mr. [Rudy] Giuliani’s interest in Burisma, in that article, he describes, and I think he quotes Giuliani at some length, that article indicates that Giuliani was interested in getting some information on Vice President Biden that would be useful to Mr.Giuliani’s client. I think that’s what he says. He says he’s got one client, and he’s useful to the client.

    Zeldin: And then it’s your inference that Mr. Giuliani’s goal would be the President’s goal?

    Taylor: Yes.

    Zeldin: And your source is the New York Times?

    Taylor: Yes.

    Zeldin: So do you have any other source that the President’s goal in making this request was anything other than the New York Times?

    Taylor: I have not talked to the president. I have no other information from what the President was thinking.

  14. LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors in San Francisco charged two former Twitter employees and a Saudi national with a plot to provide the Saudi government with information about Twitter users, including critics of the Saudi government.

    The complaint unsealed Wednesday detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

    Ali Alzabarah, 35, of Saudi Arabia, and Ahmad Abouammo, 41, of Seattle were Twitter employees. According to the complaint, between November 2014 and May 2015, Ahmed Almutairi, 30, of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi officials convinced the two men to use their employee credentials to access nonpublic information about the individuals behind certain Twitter accounts.

    The Saudis sought email addresses, IP addresses, and dates of birth for individuals who had published posts deemed by the kingdom’s royal family to be critical of the regime, according to the complaint.

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