Reader’s Links, March 6, 2020

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  1. Forced Islamisation at Swedish School as 9-Year-Olds Confess to Allah in Religious Studies – Reports (sputniknews, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/202003061078489295-forced-islamisation-at-swedish-school-as-9-year-olds-confess-to-allah-in-religious-studies–reports/

    “According to a disturbed parent, the teacher threatened her daughter with detention if she refused to participate in a lesson that included confessing to the Islamic faith in a letter and prayer.

    Söderfors School in Tierp has come under fire for its unorthodox methods of teaching religious studies.

    According to the news portal Katerina Magasin, third-graders were forced to confess to Islam and Allah in a letter during a lesson in religious studies. Among other things, the nine-year-olds had to write “I belong to Islam”.

    Anamaria von Roteliuc, the mother of a nine-year-old girl, told the magazine the pupils also had to participate in a prayer, while a minaret call was played in the classroom. Furthermore, the children had to colour a mosque on a piece of paper.

    When students questioned whether they really had to participate in the activities, the teacher responded that they had to. According to von Roteliuc, who also detailed the ordeal in a Facebook post, the teacher threatened her daughter with detention if she refused to participate in the task. The girl initially refused to pledge allegiance to Allah, but had to to write “I belong to Islam” in the end.

    “My daughter came home and was completely devastated”, Anamaria said. “She said, Mom, we had Islam yesterday and they forced us to say that we are Muslims. She told me that during the lesson, she jumped out of the classroom crying, ran to the toilet and prayed to God. She has been feeling bad since it happened. I myself am so angry that I’m seething. How can you do this? We are Christians and my children should not be subjected to forced Islamisation at school”.

    Söderfors School is not a religious one, and, according to Roteliuc, its teachers do not have a Muslim background. By her own admission, she contacted the headmaster, only to receive a note that the school was working with world religions. According to Roteliuc, this “religious indoctrination” must end.

    “In my eyes, it is unacceptable to carry out such religious abuse against young children. This indoctrination must end”, von Roteliuc said.

    The incident sparked outrage on social media and drew the ire of many Swedes.

    “Welcome to Söderfors nursery school in Tierp, anno 2020, where Swedish children are indoctrinated into Islam already in third grade. Now the school is reported to the police”, blogger Katerina Janouch tweeted.

    ?“Shocked! For starters, the teacher’s credentials should be nulled, it is criminal what she has exposed 9-year-olds to. What we have here is a Swedish non-denominational school, so no religious influence”, a rather typical angry reaction said.

    Following the uproar, Tierp Municipality published a press release stating that there is no Islamisation in schools. Furthermore, the municipality attacked the reports as “dissemination of rumours”, “unsavory claims”, and “baseless criticism”. According to the municipality, the lesson should be seen in context, where students are in different ways inspired to change their perspective, in order to create an understanding of the basics and models of thought in different religions.

    The number of Muslims in Sweden has soared over just a matter of several decades amid mass immigration, exceeding 800,000 and amounting to 8.1 percent of today’s population.

    In recent years, a hot debate on the place and the role of Islam in Swedish society has erupted.

    By contrast, the percentage of Christians has shrunk from over 95 percent in 1972 to close to 60 today. In 2000, the Church of Sweden lost its status as state church.”

  2. The Filthy Turk may not be quite as smart as he thinks he is. What IF he gets stuck with all those “migrants” because Europe stood up to him by helping Greece? This won’t help him domestically. And Putin never took his eye off his Syrian ball, while the FT thought a few bucks would soften Moscow up.

    I remember when this all started a few years ago. Richard and I bantered a bit with me posting maps about possible natural gas lines, and about how it was all about Putin trying to preserve Russia’s European NG market. It’s worth too much to them to not fight for, or to impede any and all competing sources of NG.

    Has the NG issue become irrelevant years on?

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15681/erdogan-blackmail-europe

  3. Precious metals anti-hoarding decrees were easy. They called it a threat to the fiat and that was that. The Feds didn’t waver in their resolve to chase down their targets. Then they devalued fiat vs gold in the name of stabilizing markets.

    Today, I doubt precious metals ownership is nearly as high. It is an arcane subject to today’s average Joe. I do know, however, that in critical times the North American safety deposit box is not a safe place. Just sayin’. (Yes, Yucki, it’s Wiki but it’s i interesting!)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_6102

  4. Covid-19 cases rising quickly now in Dystopia. 40 cases reported on radio this morning. Dear Leader won’t restrict travel because he passed the buck to the WHO, which wants no restrictions, especially from China. Dystopian Iranians express concern over Iranian visitors being infected:

    https://ottawasun.com/news/local-news/ottawas-iranian-community-cancels-celebrations-worries-some-newcomers-not-taking-covi-19-precautions/wcm/2a969c6e-4aa5-4d71-82e8-293da1818fbe

  5. [ the discrimination is not religion-based– there was a community transmission, a parent returning from Miami, per JM in the AM podcast]
    Posted on 03/05/20 News Source Vosizneias.com
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pikesville Cancels Yeshiva University’s Basketball Team Reservation Over Virus Fears; YU’s Coach Claims Discrimination
    By: AP
    BALTIMORE (AP) – A hotel in a Baltimore suburb on Thursday canceled the reservation of the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team over fears of novel coronavirus, the coach of the Maccabees told The Associated Press.
    https://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=1&ARTICLE_ID=128353

    • Oh. I see his point. The coach is wiser than I am.

      “I made it very clear to the hotel that it’s discrimination,” Steinmetz said. “I basically said to them: ‘Do you have checkbox on your website that says have you been in an area with suspected coronavirus?’ And they said no. So I said: ‘Is it just for the guests of Yeshiva University?’ and they said yes. I told them that that’s called discrimination.”

    • [Simikar to during Baltimore riots baseball Ravens gane in an empty stadium.]
      ESPN.com › story › yeshiva-los…
      Johns Hopkins bars fans from tournament over coronavirus fears
      … without spectators in Baltimore. Friday’s games pit Yeshiva University vs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute ..

  6. First Videos of Explosion Aftermath Near US Embassy in Tunis Emerge (sputniknews, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/africa/202003061078493006-first-videos-of-man-allegedly-blowing-himself-up-in-tunis-emerge/

    “An explosion took place earlier on 6 March in the district of the US Embassy in Tunis, the Interior Ministry stated, without specifying the nature of the explosion, while several public media outlets reported that a man blew himself up.

    Social media users have shared numerous photos and videos of the explosion site in the Tunisian capital, showing people running on the streets.

    The attacker detonated an explosive belt targeting security forces on the way to the US Embassy, radio station Mosaique FM reported.

    According to reports, at least five people have been injured in the blast, however, the number of victims may increase.

    In the meantime, Tunisian law enforcement has started an investigation into the matter…”

  7. Tulsi Gabbard Accused of ‘Fascism’ Online After Speaking Out Against Hinduphobia in US (sputniknews, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/us/202003061078494505-tulsi-gabbard-accused-of-fascism-online-after-speaking-out-against-hinduphobia-in-us–/

    “Hindu-American Tulsi Gabbard, the sole remaining female candidate in the ongoing Dem primary battle, was verbally attacked after saying she has first-hand experience of Hinduphobia in the US. Defenders chimed in though, arguing such a reaction proves she’s got a point.

    Hawaii Congresswoman and Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has been implicated in “fascism” and pressured to quit her presidential campaign after sharing a post about anti-Hindus bias at home.

    “Unfortunately, Hinduphobia is very real”, Gabbard tweeted on Thursday, saying she felt it both in her congressional and presidential campaigns, especially at the hands of political grandees and the media.

    Having pointed this out, she gave an example reposting a netizen who quoted a Facebook post about a recent exchange between an Uber driver and a client of Hindu origin about the New Delhi unrest:

    Reactions to the shared post varied a lot, with critics virtually underpinning Gabbard’s rhetoric, as they called it “fascism”; that Gabbard purportedly supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian nationalism, otherwise known as the ideology of Hindutva.

    “I love the Hindi community but this some serious bullshit. You support an ultra-right wing Hindu nationalist fascist and he supports you”, one tweeted, with another wading in with a “bootlicker” comment. Many more echoed the stance, dwelling on Gabbard’s alleged down-the-line support for Modi.

    …while others focused on how the “Hinduphobia may well have been earned”.

    “She is a fascist and needs to drop out”, asserted Molly Crabapple, a self-described Bernie Sanders supporter, with some others likewise attempting to attribute Gabbard’s retweet to the Democratic primary epic.

    BuzzFeed editor Tom Gara, for instance, wrote that the person Gabbard retweeted had earlier complained about “Bernie’s campaign having been infiltrated by Islamists”, as if Gabbard was responsible and agreed with everything the lady had posted.

    The Hindu-American congresswoman’s defenders instantly rushed to point out how the overwhelming criticism below Gabbard’s post is actually proving she is totally right.

    “Sad how you cannot talk about hate against Hindus without someone shouting Islamophobia over you, which is the exact type of bigotry Tulsi is pointing out. So everyone in these replies using whataboutism is just proving her point”, one stated, with others commenting along the same lines:

    “Islamophobia is just made for justifying the terrorist thinking”, another said, with some bringing up how the international media “whitewashed” the Muslim community’s actions in New Delhi:

    According to journalist Lee Fang, it is “ridiculous” to demand that Gabbard speak on behalf of every Hindu and comment on every instance of sectarian violence:

    Fang also pointed out that the current Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden has also “embraced and praised” Modi.

    “Weird how there’s virtually no condemnation of Biden & Modi and so much intense vitriol at a congresswoman from a marginalised background”, he tweeted.

    Gabbard is meanwhile the only female Democrat running for the 2020 presidential nomination since Sen. Elizabeth Warren ended her race on Thursday. However, her race has been poorly covered by mainstream media, with the DNC likewise keeping her away from the debate stage, albeit changing the rules for billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg to partake in the Dem debate.

    That detail didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter either:

    “I’m not quite sure why you’re telling FOX viewers that Elizabeth Warren is the last female candidate in the Dem primary. Is it because you believe a fake indigenous woman of colour is ‘real’ and the real indigenous woman of colour in this race is fake?” Gabbard tweeted in indignation.”

  8. Swedish Feminist Initiative Party Invites ‘Millions’ of Migrants in Controversial Arab-Language Clip (sputniknews, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/202003061078491562-swedish-feminist-initiative-party-invites-millions-of-migrants-in-controversial-arab-language-clip/

    “According to Feminist Initiative leader Farida al-Abani, Sweden needs a repetition of the 2015 migrant crisis, when 163,000 asylum seekers entered the Scandinavian country, challenging its welfare system.

    The Feminist Initiative Party has stirred up emotions with its reply to the new nascent migrant crisis on Europe’s borders.

    In a clip spread virally on social media, Libyan-born party head Farida al-Abani addressed “millions” of migrants in Arabic and invited them to Sweden.

    The video appears to be a reaction to national-conservative Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson, who recently distributed flyers on the Greek border informing migrants that “Sweden is full” and cannot provide them with money or housing. Al-Abani attempted to disprove this statement by calling the Sweden Democrats, Sweden’s largest party, racists.

    “Flights cost money and climate, and flyers also cost money and only reach a few. Luckily, I know Arabic and the fact that the web can reach millions. In short, I say ‘A racist party spreads lies, don’t listen to them, welcome here, we’re not full”, al-Abani tweeted in a prelude to her video.

    ?In a related Facebook post, al-Abani contested that Sweden needed a repetition of the 2015 migrant crisis, when the Scandinavian nation of 10 million led the whole of Europe per capita by taking in 163,000 asylum seekers. The influx challenged Sweden’s welfare system and left its mark on the Swedish economy and society at large. A 2018 study by economist Joakim Ruist estimated lifetime costs associated with a single immigrant at an average of SEK 3 million ($320,000), possibly higher for migrants from Afghanistan and Somalia.

    “What Sweden needs is another 2015, and we need a policy that reflects the humanity we saw then. It’s time for Sweden to return to permanent residence permits and it is time for us to open our borders before these growing barriers fall on us. Let’s show what real responsibility looks like”, al-Albani wrote, using the hashtag “2015 again”.

    On social media, the party’s stance triggered mixed reactions.

    “Capital idea! How many immigrants can you take care of in your apartment in Bromma?” one Twitter user smirked.

    ?“Sweden’s granted 2.5 million residence permits since 1980. (Migration Board statistics). Decade after decade largest reception per inhabitant! There is no longer housing opportunities, jobs, or welfare resources. It is no longer possible. We can’t handle the integration! Who benefits from Sweden being broken?” another one mused.

    ?“Thank you for clearly showing that you are in solidarity with Arabs and other non-Europeans at the expense of Swedes!” another one tweeted.

    Formed by former Left Party leader Gudrun Schyman, Feminist Initiative enjoyed a brief period of media fame and even managed to win a single seat in the European Parliament, but has fallen back into obscurity in recent years, garnering a mere 0.4 percent of the vote in the 2018 election. The party fights for feminism, equality, and LGBT rights, embraces open-borders policy, and sees itself as a force against “institutional racism”. Its current slogan is “The Future is Pink”.

    Thousands of migrants have gathered on the Turkish-Greek border since Turkish President Erdogan’s message on 29 February to open the Turkish border for migrants. At the same time, Greek border police and military have been mobilised against the nascent crisis, which is widely seen as being a repetition of the 2015 disaster.”

  9. 15 MILLION people will die and the global economy will take a $2.3 TRILLION hit from coronavirus in the BEST-CASE scenario, new study predicts (dailymail, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8082327/15-MILLION-people-die-best-case-coronavirus-scenario.html

    “The global death toll from coronavirus could reach as high as 15million even in the best-case pandemic scenario, a new study says.

    The research by the Australian National University also found that global GDP could shrink by as much as $2.3trillion even in what they call a ‘low-end’ pandemic.

    In the most disastrous scenario, the death toll could reach a staggering 68million including hundreds of thousands of deaths in Britain and the United States.

    In that worst-case pandemic, some countries’ economies would shrink by as much as eight per cent in a global meltdown.

    The two researchers who published the paper, Warwick McKibbon and Roshen Fernando, warn that ‘even a contained outbreak could significantly impact the global economy in the short run’.

    In the so-called ‘low-severity’ case, the death rate in China is estimated at around two per cent and adjusted for other countries.

    The global death rate has been drifting higher than that in recent weeks, currently hovering around 3.4 per cent.

    In that ‘low-end’ pandemic, the study estimates that more than 15million people would die within the first year of the outbreak, which started in China last December.

    The estimates suggest that India and China would each lose millions of people, with more than 230,000 people killed in the United States.

    ‘These estimated deaths from COVID-19 can be compared to a regular influenza season in the United States, where around 55,000 people die each year,’ researchers point out.

    Britain – which has only seen one death so far – could expect to see 64,000 fatalities, with 79,000 in Germany and 60,000 in France.

    South Korea and Italy, which have suffered particularly widespread outbreaks in recent weeks, would also be bracing for tens of thousands of deaths, the study says.

    In that scenario, Britain’s GDP would drop by around 1.5 per cent, with America’s economy shrinking by 2.0 per cent.

    The global economy would take a $2.3billion hit, the researchers estimate, with Australia and Germany also forecast to slide into severe recessions.

    In the ‘high-severity’ forecast, the coronavirus outbreak would cause a catastrophic death toll of more than 68million people around the world, researchers say.

    The dead would include more than 12million people in China alone, as well as 1.1million in the United States.

    Britain’s death toll would be a catastrophic 290,000, with Germany and France likewise losing hundreds of thousands of people.

    Russia’s fatality count would also be approaching a million in that scenario, the researchers’ data shows.

    In that disastrous outcome, the global economy would take a $9.2trillion hit with many countries facing very deep recessions.

    The British economy would shrink by 6.0 per cent in 2020 in that scenario – worse than the 4.2 per cent drop it suffered at the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009.

    Meanwhile the U.S. economy would suffer an 8.4 per cent drop in a recession which would reverberate around the world.

    There is also a ‘mid-severity’ estimate, in which the global death toll would be around 38million and the global economic hit around $5.3trillion.

    Researchers say that the probablity of any of their projected outcomes are ‘highly uncertain’.

    ‘The goal is not to be definitive about the virus outbreak but to provide important information about a range of possible economic costs of the disease,’ they say.

    They add: ‘Amidst the slowing down of the Chinese economy with interruptions to production, the functioning of global supply chains has been disrupted.’

    ‘Companies across the world, irrespective of size, dependent upon inputs from China have started experiencing contractions in production.

    ‘Transport being limited and even restricted among countries has further slowed down global economic activities.

    ‘Most importantly, some panic among consumers and firms has distorted usual consumption patterns and created market anomalies.

    ‘Global financial markets have also been responsive to the changes and global stock indices have plunged.

    ‘Amidst the global turbulence, in an initial assessment, the International Monetary Fund expects China to slow down by 0.4 percentage points compared to its initial growth target to 5.6 per cent, also slowing down global growth by 0.1 percentage points.’

    The researchers say that a ‘range of policy responses will be required’ to prevent disaster.

    The current global death toll is 3,383 out of 98,703 confirmed cases.

    Most of them are in China, but the virus has been spreading faster in other hotspots such as Italy, Iran and South Korea in recent weeks.

    Tokyo stocks ended the morning session more than three percent lower on Friday, as worries over the spread of the new coronavirus intensified.

    Some countries have already announced an economic stimulus, with Italy yesterday unveiling plans to loosen its budgetary rules.”

        • Ya know, there’s really, really too much opportunity for disinformation to be disseminated by whoever has an agenda. If my math is right, 15,000,000 is 0.2% of the world’s population. Yes, it’s tragic, but the educated guessers–and I can’t doubt their methods of calculating because I’m not an epidemiologist–didn’t count on the muslim population of Iran infecting so many outside of Iran, or other anomalies such as which world leaders (such as Canada’s) would follow the WHO guidelines straight to pandemic by allowing air travel from China and Iran. The situation is ripe for mischief when people are freaked out and willing to believe almost anything.

      • Cremation isn’t my thing. Becoming worm food is more appealing, life to life.
        And I’d just as soon be pushing up daisies than have cut flowers wilt over my remains.

  10. Barnier: UK Refuses to Stay Bound by European Convention on Human Rights (breitbart, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/03/06/barnier-says-uk-refusing-stay-bound-european-convention-human-rights/

    “The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said that the UK’s refusal to stay governed by the European Court of Human Rights will have an “immediate and concrete effect” on the kind of deal that Brussels is willing to sign with London.

    The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is enforced by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The court is a body of the Council of Europe, and while the Council of Europe is not part of the European Union, it is expected that all EU nations abide by the ECHR.

    The UK’s Human Rights Act ensures the ECHR is enshrined into domestic law, and there has been hope from Brexiteers that leaving the EU would result in an uncoupling of the country’s laws from EU-mandated conventions and the rewriting its own rights protection legislation, as the ECHR has been used by several convicted terrorists to avoid deportation. The European Court of Human Rights blocked the deportation of Islamist cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan in 2012, for example.

    Speaking from Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday after the first round of negotiations, Mr Barnier said “the United Kingdom has informed us that it does not want to make a formal commitment to continue to apply the European Convention on Human Rights… If this position is maintained, this would have an immediate and concrete effect on the ambition of our cooperation, which will remain possible on the basis of international conventions, but which cannot be as ambitious as we wish.”

    The British government said that while it would remain committed to the ECHR after the end of the transition period in December 2020, “we believe this does not require an additional binding international legal commitment”.

    “How the UK gives effect to its long-standing strong human rights protections is a matter for the UK as an autonomous country,” the statement continued. Adding: “In the same way, it’s a matter for the EU and its member states to give effect to their own human rights protections according to their own legal orders.” Effectively: the UK’s laws will be her own business, and Brussels’ remain those of the EU-27.

    Mr Barnier also observed that “Nor does it [the United Kingdom] want the European Court of Justice to play its full role in the interpretation of European law — and this is particularly serious when it comes to the fundamental rights of individuals.”

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ), part of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), is the bloc’s supreme court and enforces EU laws, such as on fishing, employment, and environmental rights.

    On the prospect of remaining bound to the ECJ in 2021, former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said last week: “[W]e do not want to get locked into their regulations or their rules; we do not want to be overseen by the European Court of Justice in any shape or form, that [court] is for them, not for us; we are an independent coastal state; we will make our own decisions.”

    Barnier also reiterated the EU’s unreasonable stance that the UK maintains a “level playing field” and gives European fishermen continued access to British territorial waters: two other red lines for British negotiators.

    “I want to be clear once again: a trade and economic agreement with the United Kingdom will have to include a balanced solution for fishing,” Mr Barnier said.

    Despite the barriers, both sides said that talks have been “constructive”. A government spokesman told The Guardian: “These are going to be tough negotiations — this is just the first round. In some areas, there seems to be a degree of common understanding of how to take the talks forward.

    “In other areas, such as fishing, governance, criminal justice and the so-called ‘level playing field’ issues there are, as expected, significant differences. The UK team made clear that, on 1 January 2021, we would regain our legal and economic independence — and that the future relationship must reflect that fact.”

    Negotiating parties will meet again in London on March 18th.”

  11. U.N. Study: 90% of All People Hold ‘Deeply Ingrained Bias’ Against Women (breitbart, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/06/u-n-study-90-of-all-people-hold-deeply-ingrained-bias-against-women/

    “Nearly 90 percent of the world’s population — of both genders — holds some form of prejudice against women, according to a U.N. study published Friday as a preview to International Women’s Day.

    The “Gender Social Norms” index analysed biases in areas such as politics and education in 75 countries.

    Its release came as twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attributed the shortfalls of failed female presidential candidates — Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and most recently Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — to “unconscious” gender bias.

    Globally, close to 50 percent of men said they had more right to a job than women while almost a third of respondents thought it was acceptable for men to hit their partners, the U.N. report found.

    The percentage of those holding at least one sexist bias was largest in Pakistan — where 99.81 percent of people held similar prejudices — followed by Qatar and Nigeria, both at 99.73 percent.

    The United Nations Development Programme studied 80 percent of the world’s population to reach its conclusions and found that nine in 10 people — including women — hold such beliefs.

    The prejudiced views include: that men are better politicians and business leaders than women; that going to university is more important for men than women; and that men should get preferential treatment in competitive job markets.

    Countries with the lowest population of those with sexist beliefs were Andorra, at 27.01 percent, Sweden with 30.01 percent and the Netherlands, 39.75 percent.

    France, Britain and the United States each came in with similar scores, 56 percent, 54.6 percent and 57.31 percent of people respectively holding at least one sexist belief.

    The numbers show “new clues to the invisible barriers women face in achieving equality” despite “decades of progress,” the U.N. Development Programme said in an accomanying press release.

    “The work that has been so effective in ensuring an end to gaps in health or education must now evolve to address something far more challenging: a deeply ingrained bias — among both men and women — against genuine equality,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said.

    The agency called on governments and institutions to change discriminatory beliefs and practices through education.

    Beyond inequalities in education, health and the economy, the U.N. pointed to one of the report’s most damning findings: 28 percent of people believe it is okay for a man to beat his wife.

    Pedro Conceição, head of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office said: “We have come a long way in recent decades to ensure that women have the same access to life’s basic needs as men.

    “But gender gaps are still all too obvious in other areas, particularly those that challenge power relations and are most influential in actually achieving true equality. Today. the fight about gender equality is a story of bias and prejudices.”

    Supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) echoed some of the report’s talking points Wednesday when they blamed her lackluster Super Tuesday performance, in part, on sexism, contending that she would have been the frontrunner if she were a man.

    Warren has since retired from the race although claims of anti-female prejudice have long resonated in Washington.”

  12. Pro-Migrant NGOs Stop Activity on Greek Island After Attacks from Local ‘Fascists’ (breitbart, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/03/06/pro-migrant-ngos-stop-activity-greek-island-attacks-local-fascists/

    “Several pro-migrant NGOs will be suspending their activities on the Greek island of Lesbos after attacks from locals they have deemed to be far-right extremists.

    One of those halting operations is Douglas Herman, the co-founder of the NGO Refocus, who said that many of the organisations on Lesbos have told volunteers and staff to leave the island due to safety concerns after a rising number of attacks by locals.

    According to Herman, who told his six employees to leave Lesbos, the attacks on NGO workers have been from “fascist gangs” who he said had set up roadblocks across the island and threatened NGO workers and volunteers, Die Zeit reports.

    The NGO vessel Mare Liberum, which claims to monitor the activities of authorities off the Greek coast for potential human rights violations, say they were also attacked by “fascists” on Monday evening.

    “Our crew was attacked by a mob of fascists while the Mare Liberum was docked in Skala Loutron, Lesvos [Lesbos]. They shouted, threatened us & poured gasoline on our deck! Our crew saw themselves forced to leave & is now anchoring offshore. We’ll stay & continue monitoring!” the group said on Twitter.

    Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has also claimed that there have been several attacks on journalists operating on Lesbos, as well.

    The alleged attacks from the island locals came after several riots against the building of new migrant camps to house the migrants already on the island due to the massive overcrowding of the current migrant reception centres on the island.

    Anger among locals has been noted for years, with Moria community leader Nikos Trakellis stating in 2018 that locals could seek to take the law into their own hands due to the rising tensions on the island.

    Tensions have only escalated after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government ordered the opening of the border to Europe for any and all migrants in Turkey, leading to some estimates of 100,000 or more migrants heading for the Greek border since last week.

    Others have accused the Turkish government of shipping migrants to the border area with buses and state-owned trains.”

  13. Asylum-seekers, coronavirus collide with complicated results (abcnews, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/asylum-seekers-coronavirus-collide-complicated-results-69430678

    “No entry, says Hungary. Not all at once, says Greece. Watch out, says Croatia: They might have the coronavirus.

    This week, thousands of asylum-seekers sit at the intersection of a pair of fast-moving news stories — a spike in migration in Europe and uncertainty about the global spread of the new and sometimes deadly virus. They have found themselves trapped between two worlds, at the mercy of political machinations and governments that are telling them in no uncertain terms: We don’t want you here.

    The complex situation, which has commanded the attention of rights advocates across Europe and anti-immigration extremists on the ground in at least one nation, is a product of something that happens ever more frequently in today’s globalized world: a collision of high-profile global events that places the powerless in a situation far beyond their control.

    “The current wave of migrants is not a threat only with the direct risk of terrorism. Most of the illegal migrants are arriving from territories like Iran, which is also a focal point of the coronavirus,” said Istvan Hollik, the communications director of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party.

    “We cannot put at risk the security of the Hungarian people, so we continue to say ‘no’ to immigration and we protect the Hungarian borders,” Hollik said in a video posted Wednesday on Facebook.

    Worries about the potential spread of the new virus by migrants and refugees have also been mentioned as a risk factor by officials in Greece and Croatia. In varying degrees, they have identified migrants as security threats and — also in varying degrees — linked them directly to coronavirus fears.

    Hungary has also suspended admitting asylum-seekers into a pair of transit zones on the Serbian border, where they file their asylum claims, because of the concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Officials said the indefinite suspension was done to protect Hungary and the 321 asylum-seekers already in the transit zones.

    Four cases of the new virus have been identified in Hungary thus far — including a pair of Iranian students who recently visited their homeland.

    Rights advocates in Hungary aren’t happy with the approach. They say the government decision to bar asylum-seekers from the border transit zones was part of a “hate campaign demonizing refugees.”

    “From the point of view of the epidemic risk, this is only an act to keep up appearances,” the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said in a statement. It noted that people applying for asylum at the transit zones have to wait in Serbia for extended periods, even years, before being allowed into the transit zones.

    “No coronavirus testing is carried on travelers arriving from Serbia at the border crossing a few hundreds yards from the transit zone at Roszke,” the group said. As of midday Friday, Serbia had a single confirmed case of the new virus, a 43-year-old man who made several recent trips to Budapest.

    Since asylum applications in Hungary can only be made in the transit zones, preventing migrants from entering the complexes built from shipping containers amounts to “the total denial of access to the asylum procedure,” the group said.

    The World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe did not reply to emailed questions about possible links between migrants and the spread of coronavirus infections.

    In Greece last week, before a migrant crisis on the border with Turkey began, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he planned to step up border security in light of the new virus. He told a cabinet meeting that his approach was informed by the presence of migrants from Afghanistan and particularly Iran, where many cases have been reported. He also outlined plans to build new migrant detention centers on Greece’s eastern islands to replace existing ones that are overcrowded and squalid.

    “Our islands, which already face public health problems, must be doubly protected,” Mitsotakis said. “To put it simply, we must do whatever we can to prevent the coronavirus appearing — especially (on the islands).”

    Iranians make up less than 3% of migrant arrivals in Greece, with Afghans accounting for one in two.

    In Croatia, Health Minister Vili Beros said the migrants represent a “potential” risk of spreading the coronavirus, adding that the European Union will find a solution for the problem. So far, Croatia has recorded 10 confirmed cases.

    And in Serbia, there’s also growing anti-migrant sentiment amid the coronavirus spread and the potential of another wave of migrants coming north from Greece. Extremists have organized evening foot patrols in the capital city, Belgrade, threatening migrants, telling them how to behave, where to go and “not to touch” Serbian women.

    Serbia’s populist president, Aleksandar Vucic, has pledged that he will not allow his country, considered only a transit area for the migrants attempting to reach the EU, to become “a parking lot” for migrants. Far-right parties have even suggested that some 6,000 migrants currently in the Balkan country be kicked out.

    The government of ethnically divided Cyprus last week shut four of nine crossing points along a U.N. controlled buffer zone, saying it wanted to better check for potential carriers of the coronavirus traversing from the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north to the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south.

    Cyprus is beset by its own migrant issues. It says it can no longer cope with a stream of migrants who enter the island mainly from the north to seek asylum in the south. The Cypriot government accuses Turkey of channeling migrants to the south to purposely alter the country’s demographic character.

    Cypriot government officials insist the crossing point closings have nothing to do either with the migration issue or the complex politics of the island nation’s ethnic divide. The 120 mile-long buffer zone is notoriously porous and many migrants cross southward from unguarded areas. They said the measure is a temporary one enacted solely to protect from the possible spread of the virus.

    Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades dismissed criticism of the closures as unjustified, saying the government is obligated to protect all Cypriot citizens.

    Hungarian officials have also noted the rising number of migrants caught at their borders in recent months. The government’s stringent anti-immigration policies led to the construction in 2015 of fences protected with razor wire on the southern border with Serbia. In 2015, over 400,000 migrants passed through Hungary before the fences were erected.

    Orban began expressing increasingly anti-immigration views in early 2015. His 2018 re-election campaign — which saw his Fidesz party win its third consecutive two-thirds majority in parliament — was based on his opposition to immigration, especially by Muslims, whose arrival in large numbers he said would end Europe’s Christian culture.

    Since the 2015 migrant crisis, Hungary has taken repeated measures to reduce the number of asylum-seekers received in the country. Speaking last month in Rome, Orban noted that “there is not a single Muslim migrant in Hungary.””

  14. Migrants, police clash again on Greek-Turkish border (abcnews, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/migrants-police-clash-greek-turkish-border-69429487

    “Clashes between Greek riot police and migrants attempting to cross the border from Turkey erupted anew Friday as European Union foreign ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation on the Turkey-Greece border and in Syria, where Turkish troops are fighting.

    Greek riot-control police used tear gas and a water cannon to drive back people trying to cross the land border in the morning. Turkish police fired volleys of tear gas back toward Greece.

    Thousands of refugees and other migrants have been trying to get into Greece through the country’s eastern land and sea borders in the past week after Turkey declared its previously guarded borders with Europe were open.

    Turkey’s interior minister said Thursday that the government planned to deploy 1,000 special operations police to prevent Greek authorities from forcing back migrants who managed to cross.

    Many asylum-seekers have been camping out on the Turkish side despite Greek insistence that its border is closed. Reporters were kept away from the border area on the Turkish side but saw at least one bus full of people leaving the area Friday morning. It was unclear where the bus was headed.

    Mohammad Omid, an Afghan who has been at the border for five days with his wife, said Turkish police told him to go to there.

    “We don’t know what is happening. We are like toys to them,” he said in the border town of Edirne. “We are like a ball to them. Everyone passes us to this side and the other side. I don’t know what will happen to us.”

    After months of threats, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country will no longer be the gatekeeper for Europe. He has demanded Europe shoulder more of the burden of caring for refugees, although the European Union insists it is abiding by a deal in which it disbursed billions of euros in refugee aide in return for Turkey keeping Europe=bound migrants and refugees on its soil.

    His decision and its aftermath have alarmed EU countries, which are still seeing political fallout from mass migration that started five years ago.

    Erdogan’s move came amid a Syrian government offensive in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, where Turkish troops are fighting. The Russia-backed offensive has killed dozens of Turkish troops and sent nearly a million Syrian civilians toward Turkey’s sealed border.

    Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin brokered a cease-fire for Idlib that took effect at midnight. It was not clear whether the agreement would also affect the situation on the Turkish-Greek border. Greek officials have repeatedly stressed those attempting to cross the border are not refugees from Idlib, and mostly not Syrian.

    Speaking to a group of journalists on his return from Moscow, Erdogan signaled that there would be no change to Turkey’s policy.

    “We don’t have time to discuss with Greece whether the gates which we opened are now closed. That business is over,” Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying. “Our gates are open. The refugees will go as far as they can. We are not forcing them to leave.”

    Erdogan also accused Greece of cruelty in its treatment of the migrants and told reporters he refused to attend a possible meeting in Bulgaria to discuss the migration issue. He said he did not want to appear “in the same frame” as the Greek prime minister.

    EU foreign ministers met in in Zagreb, Croatia to discuss for an emergency meeting on Syria and the immigration pressure at the Greek border.

    EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell welcomed the Syria cease-fire.

    “Let’s see how it works, that is the precondition in order to increase humanitarian help for the people in Idlib,” he said.

    Borrell said the EU needs to improve relations with Turkey and Russia, adding the ministers will discuss more funds for Turkey. He wouldn’t provide details or say how many countries support or oppose the idea.

    “Turkey is having a big burden, 4 million people, we have to understand that,” Borrell said. “But at the same time we cannot accept migrants being used as a source of pressure.”

    Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, however, said he opposed more aid for Turkey, criticizing the “cynical way” Erdogan was using refugees.

    “We should not react to the pressure that Turkey is exerting on us by agreeing to more money under pressure,” he said.

    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz accused Turkey of carrying out an “organized attack on Greece.”

    In an interview with Germany’s Funke media group published Friday, Kurz said: “A week ago we didn’t have a humanitarian crisis in Greece, no crisis on the Turkish-Greek border and also none in Turkey. This is a planned and targeted attack, directed and organized by the state. Europe must not give in to this pressure.”

    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the situation on the borders would also be discussed at the meeting.

    “We are facing a mass movement of migrants towards the borders of Greece and Europe,” he said. “Migrants who have been living in Turkey for years. We have clear proof that this population movement has been created and orchestrated by Turkey.”

    Greek authorities have said Turkish authorities have deliberately fired tear gas at the Greek frontier to disperse border guards and so allow migrants to enter.

    Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the EU should rally around Greece.

    “The European Union needs to act collectively, we cannot allow one member state or two member states to carry an unfair burden,” he said as he arrived for the Zagreb meeting.

    However, he said it was unacceptable for Greek police to fire rubber bullets at migrants.

    “We’ve got to treat people as human beings,” he said. While I accept there are pressures on security forces and police officers on the border there because there has been panic… I think we have to act with restraint.”

    On the Greek side of the border, authorities were using locals with better knowledge of the terrain to apprehend those who manage to cross, either by cutting holes in the border fence or by crossing the Evros river — Meric in Turkish — that runs along most of the border.

    “We were born here, we live here, we work here, we know the crossings better than anyone,” said Panayiotis Ageladarakis, head of the community of the border village of Amorio.

    Hundreds of people have also headed to Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast. A young boy died this week when the dinghy he was in capsized off the island of Lesbos.

    After a one-day surge in arrivals early in the week, bad weather hampered more sea crossings. The Greek coast guard said Friday that 59 people arrived to the islands the previous day, 17 of them rescued off the island of Kos and 42 reaching Lesbos.”

  15. Gunmen kill at least 29 at ceremony in Afghan capital (abcnews, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/gunmen-attack-memorial-afghan-shiite-leader-18-injured-69430162

    “Gunmen opened fire Friday at a ceremony in Afghanistan’s capital attended by prominent political leaders, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens more before the two attackers were slain by police, officials said.

    The Taliban denied they were behind the attack, which came less than a week after the U.S. and the group signed an ambitious peace deal that lays out a path for the withdrawal of American forces from the country.

    While no one has claimed responsibility for the bloodshed, Afghanistan’s upstart Islamic State affiliate has declared war on the country’s minority Shiites. Many of those at the ceremony were Shiites because it was commemorating the 1995 slaying of Abdul Ali Mazari, the leader of Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite.

    There were conflicting accounts of the number of casualties in the attack in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of Kabul. The Health Ministry reported 32 people were killed and 58 were wounded, while the Interior Ministry reported 29 dead and 61 wounded. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy.

    Opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah, who is the country’s chief executive and was a top contender in last year’s presidential election, was among several prominent political officials who attended the ceremony but left before the attack and were unhurt.

    Several TV journalists were covering the ceremony inside an walled compound when the gunmen began shooting, and a reporter and a cameraman for a local broadcaster were among the wounded.

    Karim Khalili, the chief of Afghanistan’s high peace council, was delivering a speech when the gunfire interrupted him. He was not hurt and later went on TV to denounce the violence.

    Several witnesses said that,amid the panic, members of the security forces guarding the event had fired at civilians in the crowd.

    “Individuals with military uniforms who were there targeted people, there were casualties, dead and wounded,” said witness Ghulam Mohammad, according to Associated Press video.

    Another survivor, Noor Mohammad, told AP that: “Everyone was running. Three casualties were on the ground in front of me. I ran out of there to save my life.”

    After opening fire, the two gunmen holed up in a half-finished apartment building, leading to a five-hour standoff with security forces. The gunmen were eventually killed and security forces were clearing the building, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. The area was cordoned off by dozens of security forces.

    All of the casualties were civilians, Rahimi said.

    The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in Kabul last year, when a suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 at a wedding. All were from the Shiite Hazara community.

    Any U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan would be tied in part to promises by the Taliban to fight terrorism and IS. During the withdrawal, the U.S. would retain the right to continue its counterterrorism operations in the country.

    The Taliban have been fighting Islamic State militants in its headquarters in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. military officials have said IS has been degraded because of U.S. and Afghan operations but also by Taliban assaults. A U.S. Defense Department official told the AP that they worried IS was expanding its footprint into Kunar province, where the Taliban knows the terrain and could be an asset in tracking down IS.”

  16. Bloomberg Was ‘Never Prouder’ Than When He Supported the Ground Zero Mosque
    BY ROBERT SPENCER MARCH 5, 2020CHAT COMMENTS

    Mike Bloomberg speaks to the media, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 in Phoenix. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a late entrant in the already crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination, was set Tuesday to file to run in Arizona’s presidential primary. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
    Before he folded his presidential campaign and turned to trolling President Trump on Twitter, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared at AIPAC Monday: “I was never prouder than when I stood in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and argued that Muslims had every right to build a Mosque anywhere in our city, including near the World Trade Center.”

    He may have been proud, but he was not successful. The infamous Ground Zero Mosque was Bloomberg’s pet project and was hailed by all the leftist intelligentsia, including Barack Obama, but the planned 16-story structure was not built during Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor, and may never be built at all. The failure of the project, however, did not stop the establishment media from declaring victory. The New York Post told us in December 2012 that “the Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero…opened with great fanfare a year ago.”

    You missed that? That’s because it didn’t actually happen. The media was hyping a couple of minor events at a tiny, unmarked mosque in a building that had been extensively damaged in the 9/11 attacks so as to save face after Pamela Geller’s rallies — which I helped out on — marshaled public opinion to beat the mega-mosque project. The response to those rallies far exceeded our expectations because Americans, aside from Bloomberg, largely recognize the insult to the memory of the victims of 9/11 that this mosque represented. Seventy percent of the American people opposed the Ground Zero Mosque.

    And with good reason. Bloomberg no doubt had and still has no idea of the fact, but as The History of Jihad shows, the placement of mosques throughout Islamic history has been an expression of conquest and superiority over non-Muslims. Muslims built the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock on the site of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in order to proclaim Islam’s superiority to Judaism. The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus was built over the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople was converted into a mosque, to express the superiority of Islam over Christianity. Historian Sita Ram Goel has estimated that over 2,000 mosques in India were built on the sites of Hindu temples for the same reason.

    Good News: Paterson, N.J., Gets Muslim Police Chief and Islamic Call to Prayer Over Loudspeakers
    But the Ground Zero Mosque wouldn’t have been another example of that Islamic supremacism, would it? After all, the mosque initiative’s initial principal spokesman, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, said that the building of the mosque by the World Trade Center site was intended to make “the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.” The group behind the Mosque claimed that it was “a project to honor those who were harmed on September 11. It is a project to proclaim our patriotism to this country and to stand side-by-side [with] all men and women of peace.”

    And Ground Zero is not a holy site, so the symbolism of Islam conquering and replacing other religions wasn’t there — or was it?

    The Twin Towers, after all, were the symbol of America’s economic power. Placing a mosque by the site of their destruction (at the hands of Islamic jihadists) would have symbolized the taming of that power. Abdul Rauf himself placed the blame for 9/11 not on jihadists at all, but on the U.S. and the West, saying that they “must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end.” Statements like that called into question just who the Ground Zero Mosque organizers had in mind when they said that the Mosque was intended to honor “those who were harmed on September 11.”

    But Bloomberg was and is oblivious to all this and to the staggering inappropriateness of placing a shrine celebrating the motivating ideology of the 9/11 attackers right next to their principal target. If the 9/11 hijackers had been white nationalists, would Bloomberg have supported the construction of a KKK meeting hall right next to Ground Zero, since the organizers of the project were proclaiming that their intentions were peace and reconciliation?

    No, not all Muslims are terrorists or supported 9/11. But all the hijackers on that terrible day were devout Muslims, acting in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings of warfare against unbelievers. It would have been the height of tone-deafness to put a mosque teaching the same doctrines at Ground Zero. Bloomberg wasn’t being wise, or sensitive, or multicultural when he did his best to push the project through to completion. It’s a good thing he won’t be president.

    Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 19 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

    • Contrast Pope John Paul’s response when Jewish organizations objected to a Convent at Auschwitz, he told the nuns to move.

      This was the first time I ever thought well of Donald Trump.
      When all the controversy was raging, he offered to buy the building to put a stop
      to it.
      I know he was a wealthy business man, but there were many others who didn’t get involved, and I thought at the time, he needn’t have done that. He made the offer because he cared about America and Americans.

  17. Locust plague sparks national emergency as insects swarm fields and devastate crops (express, Mar 6, 2020)
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1251871/pakistan-national-emergency-locust-plague-locusts-fields-devastate-crops-farmers-asia-news

    “LOCUSTS are wreaking havoc on Pakistan’s agricultural sector as “unprecedented” breeding rates of the pests have led to the government declaring a national emergency.

    Farmers’ livelihoods have been threatened by the worst locust plague the country has seen in nearly 30 years. The unusually high breeding rates of the insects were caused by heavy rains and multiple cyclones, according to the United Nations. Swarms flew from East Africa to India before making their way to Pakistan.

    The Pakistani government has urgently appealed for outside help to tackle the problem.

    Almost half of all the crops near the port city of Karachi have been wiped out, according to the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture.

    Shebhaz Akhtar, an agricultural official, has been appointed to lead efforts to eradicate the locusts in the village of Pipli Pahar in central Punjab province.

    Mr Akhtar gave a grim outlook on the situation.

    “I have not seen an infestation like this one in my career,” he said.

    A large operation has been launched in the area to clear fields of the insects.

    Early each morning pesticide sprays are spread by tractors across plants as villagers band together to collect the dead locusts.

    A second round of spray is used later in the day.

    But the pesticides used to kill off the swarms contain ingredients which are unsafe for consumption.

    So when crops have been sprayed and the locusts removed, plants must be pulled up and thrown away.

    Some farmers have grown desperate as they await the arrival of pesticides.

    In an effort to deter the insects themselves, they have resorted to shouting loudly and banging pots.

    A team of experts from China has touched down in Pakistan to survey the damage.

    The Chinese government could also offer aerial spraying.

    This is a much faster and more efficient way of controlling the pests. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation has set up meetings between India and Pakistan.

    The international body hopes the talks will lead to ways of preventing the insects from spreading further afield.

    Around 20 percent of Pakistan’s GDP comes from agriculture.

    The country has a population of 197 million.

    President of Pakistan Farmers Bureau, Zafar Hayyat, said the government “had become complacent” because locusts had not attacked crops in the country for years.”

  18. NEW YORK — A 15-year-old girl was brutally beaten by a group of people Thursday afternoon on a Brooklyn sidewalk, video shows.

    The suspects chased the victim, then pummelled her, punching and kicking her multiple times around 4 p.m., WCBS reported.

    Video shows the victim being beaten as more people run up and participate in the assault.

    https://www.kiro7.com/news/trending/gang-brutally-beats-15-year-old-girl-brooklyn-sidewalk/HHX2RHVSCVEKRF647UBYH6X2AI/

    Link contains video

  19. MSNBC Guest May Have Just Made the Dumbest Math Error in the History of Cable News
    By Pluralist | Mar 6, 2020

    A MSNBC guest endorsed the idea behind a tweet that said billionaire former mayor Michael Bloomberg should have taken the $500 million he spent on his failed presidential bid and given $1 million to every American instead.

    New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay discussed the since-deleted Super Tuesday tweet with MSNBC host Brian Williams on Thursday.

    https://pluralist.com/maro-gay-bloomberg-math/49999/?fbclid=IwAR2XS3YcHl2YB9kqFMKVY7pqkiLzVrGTgaJgtXvA6RULTQtxL9ejjRYXxHA

  20. MONTREAL-LAVAL – Agressées par le gars du câble

    La police de Laval a arrêté un employé de Vidéotron qui aurait agressé sexuellement des clientes en se rendant chez elles pour installer des produits ou services dans le cadre de son travail

    Mohamad Mahdi, un technicien résident de Laval-Ouest âgé de 31 ans, a comparu au palais de justice de Laval en décembre. Il fait face à deux chefs d’accusation d’agression sexuelle et un chef d’accusation de séquestration. Les crimes seraient survenus dans le cadre de son travail chez deux clientes.

    « En commençant les travaux, il aurait profité de l’occasion pour poser des questions intimes et faire des attouchements sexuels », précise la police de Laval dans un communiqué.

    Selon l’acte d’accusation, l’accusé serait passé à l’acte à Sainte-Thérèse le 26 juillet et à Laval le 6 septembre. Les enquêteurs ont toutefois des raisons de croire qu’il aurait pu faire d’autres victimes et demandent l’aide du public.

    « Toute personne qui aurait été victime de cet homme est invitée à nous contacter afin de déposer une plainte officielle », a déclaré le service de police.

    Mohamad Mahdi a été remis en liberté sous conditions et doit revenir à la cour la semaine prochaine.

    Pour la suite de l’enquête, la police de Laval collabore avec d’autres corps de police dans le cadre de la structure de gestion des enquêtes sur les crimes en séries, une initiative pilotée par la Sûreté du Québec afin des mettre en commun des ressources à travers le Québec pour retracer des prédateurs récidivistes.

    https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-faits-divers/202003/06/01-5263544-agressees-par-le-gars-du-cable.php

  21. Police are Choosing Not to Investigate Major Recent Rail Disasters, Including Derailments & Deaths

    Canadian News

    Public police forces are choosing not to investigate major accidents at CN and Canadian Pacific Railway, including recent crude oil train crashes and deadly derailments.

    Instead, the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police and other forces routinely defer to little-known federal railway police run by CP and CN, leaving the companies to investigate themselves with no outside police looking into potential criminal negligence.

    https://www.7ummitmagazine.com/latest-news/2020/3/6/police-are-choosing-not-to-investigate-major-recent-rail-disasters-including-derailments-amp-deaths

  22. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen opened fire Friday at a ceremony in Afghanistan’s capital attended by prominent political leaders, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens more before the two attackers were slain by police, officials said.

    The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its website.

    Militants from IS have declared war on Afghanistan’s Shiites, and many of those at the ceremony were from the minority Shiite sect. The ceremony commemorated the 1995 slaying of Abdul Ali Mazari, the leader of Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite Muslims.

    The Taliban said they were not involved in the attack, which came less than a week after the U.S. and the group signed an ambitious peace deal that lays out a path for the withdrawal of American forces from the country.

    https://apnews.com/bb26c1d047bb24308dc5c134f2d8d1ac

  23. Trump campaign sues CNN over ‘false and defamatory’ statements, seeks millions in damages

    EXCLUSIVE: President Trump’s re-election campaign filed a libel lawsuit against CNN on Friday for publishing “false and defamatory” statements about seeking Russia’s help in the 2020 election.

    “The complaint alleges CNN was aware of the falsity at the time it published them but did so for the intentional purpose of hurting the campaign while misleading its own readers in the process… the campaign filed this lawsuit against CNN and the preceding suits against The New York Times and The Washington Post to hold the publishers accountable for their reckless false reporting and also to establish the truth,” Senior Legal Adviser to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Jenna Ellis told Fox News.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/trump-campaign-sues-cnn-false-defamatory-statements-millions-damages

  24. Twitter is facing another lawsuit from a former user, data analyst Geoff Golberg, who alleges that Twitter engages in “deceptive practices” as defined by New York consumer protection laws. Golberg was investigating the problem of “bot” accounts on the social media platform, and had spent $35,000 in advertising before his blacklisting.

    The lawsuit also alleges that Twitter failed to honor its terms of service in good faith, by its consistent failure to provide users with “meaningful appeal rights upon suspension and termination, in spite of the fact that the contract specifically states that such rights will be afforded.”

    The lawsuit also argues that Twitter’s position in its terms of service granting itself the right to ban or suspend users “for any reason at all” renders its broader contract with users unenforceable, particularly in the case of users who have used Twitter’s paid advertising service, which Golberg has — the data analyst says he paid over $35,000 to Twitter for promoted tweets.

    Golberg had his account terminated last year, after calling another Twitter account, which he believed to be a bot, a “moron” several times. The lawsuit notes that many other accounts are allowed to use such language without having their accounts suspended.

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/03/06/lawsuit-twitter-blacklisted-data-analyst-who-researched-fake-accounts/

  25. Quebec moms fight back against Canadian school-enforced Islamic expression
    Barbara Kay, 19 hours ago 5 min read
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    Just about every anglophone pundit in Canada thinks Quebec’s Bill 21, which proscribes religious symbolism in many civil-service jobs, notably in public school teaching, is a terrible, anti-immigrant, even racist law that goes against everything Canada allegedly stands for. I am one of the few who has argued that a commitment not only to secularism, but the appearance of secularism when representing the state, as an expression of the common social vision, is justifiable and even worthy of praise.

    Nobody has ever pretended that any woman wearing a cross around her neck or any man wearing a kippah was the impetus for this bill. Everyone understands that it is the hijab that is the irritant. And many hijab-wearing Muslim women happen to gravitate toward teaching as a profession. One of my arguments in support of the bill was that the hijab was more than “just” a head covering.

    Unlike the cross or the kippah, the hijab is highly politicized and often associated with coercion in the wearing of it and punishment for the refusal to wear it in Islamic countries. In Iran, for example, it is considered a symbol of Islamic triumphalism, and some brave women who publicly reject it have suffered grave retribution for their dissent.

    https://www.thepostmillennial.com/quebec-moms-fight-back-against-canadian-school-enforced-islamic-expression/

  26. Better Left Unsaid – Trailer #1
    This is a documentary about when The Left goes too far. Jordan Peterson retweeted it when it was announced.

    • Based only on this trailer, I think the people speaking know about nothing about whats going on. The Left has not gone nuts. This is a very deliberate and well constructed plan to deconstruct Western thought, perhaps especially by attacking our taxonomy.

      This is part of the dialectic click click to the left via selective enforcement. Its really consistent. And IT IS a left right thing. The left IS Anti West and always has been, as the West is defined by Socratic/Aristotelian thought, which is characterized by the left as “far right wing”. Reason itself, is far right wing.

  27. Former Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Indicted on Theft of Government Property and Scheme to Defraud the United States Government

    A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a 16-count indictment against a former Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a former subordinate for their alleged theft of proprietary software and confidential databases from the U.S. government as part of a scheme to defraud the U.S. government.

    Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Shea for the District of Columbia, DHS Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari and Inspector General Tammy L. Whitcomb for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) made the announcement.

    The indictment charges Charles K. Edwards, 59, of Sandy Spring, Maryland, and Murali Yamazula Venkata, 54, of Aldie, Virginia, with conspiracy to commit theft of government property and to defraud the United States, theft of government property, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The indictment also charges Venkata with destruction of records.

    According to the allegations in the indictment, from October 2014 to April 2017, Edwards, Venkata, and others executed a scheme to defraud the U.S. government by stealing confidential and proprietary software from DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with sensitive government databases containing personal identifying information (PII) of DHS and USPS employees, so that Edwards’s company, Delta Business Solutions, could later sell an enhanced version of DHS-OIG’s software to the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at a profit. Although Edwards had left DHS-OIG in December 2013, he continued to leverage his relationship with Venkata and other DHS-OIG employees to steal the software and the sensitive government databases.

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-acting-inspector-general-us-department-homeland-security-indicted-theft-government

  28. The more I think the more I worry about the economy. So much will change. From another:

    “Supply chain disruptions breed consumer good disruptions, which breed declining sales, which breed disappearing cash flow, which breed layoffs, which breed less Ford F-150 sales, which breed shrinking tax receipts, which breed unserviceable public and private debt, which breed mass bankruptcies, which breed game over.”

  29. Introducing: The Irish Antifa Project
    The Burkean on 06/03/2020

    In December of last year a Twitter account was set-up. Titled “Irish Students Against Fascism”, it described itself as an aspiring antifascist organising hub to physically, socially and professionally harass individuals engaged with conservative or nationalist politics on campuses.

    Very soon the account garnered well over a thousand followers, with retweets from the Union of Students Ireland’s official account among other leftist activist organizations. The account boasted of an impending website dumping incriminating material relating to students on campus, particularly in Young Fine Gael, and invited individuals to contribute over private messaging.

    What has been unknown until today was that, from the very onset, the page was operated by students involved with The Burkean. The account was set up with the intent of performing long term investigative work into antifascism in Ireland, as well as its insidious and often blatant links with civic society, journalism and politics.

    http://www.theburkean.ie/articles/2020/03/06/introducing-the-irish-antifa-project

  30. Egypt, UAE Say No to Meddling in Arab Affairs
    https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2166146/egypt-uae-say-no-meddling-arab-affairs

    “Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have stressed their rejection of interference in the affairs of Arab countries and pledged to prevent such meddling from affecting the region’s security and stability.

    Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said on Thursday that Cairo backs the security and stability of Gulf states.

    He made his remarks during talks in Cairo with UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash.

    A statement said Shoukry and Gargash “discussed ways to enhance bilateral ties, as well as issues of mutual interest.”

    “They also reviewed regional developments, the challenges facing intra-Arab national security and emphasized the mutual keenness on maintaining regional security and stability.”

    The meeting touched on the means of strengthening strategic cooperation between the two countries.

    The Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, said Shoukry and Gargash discussed the wars in Syria and Libya.

    Also Thursday, Shoukry met with the ambassadors of African countries in Cairo, Hafez said.

    The FM stressed Cairo’s commitment to consolidate joint African cooperation, saying such measures would not be limited to Egypt’s African Union presidency in 2019.

    Shoukry told the diplomats that African states are capable of joining hands to overcome challenges facing the continent, said Hafez.

    The Egyptian Foreign Minister briefed the ambassadors on the key achievements during Egypt’s (AU) chairmanship such as regional integration, and economic and social development in African states, the spokesman added.”

  31. 12 Coronavirus Cases Reported on Nile Cruise Ship, Iraq Bans Travellers from France, Spain
    https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2166196/12-coronavirus-cases-reported-nile-cruise-ship-iraq-bans-travellers-france

    “Egypt’s health ministry said it registered 12 people carrying the coronavirus on a Nile cruise ship heading to the southern city of Luxor from Aswan, state television reported on Friday.

    The new cases are all asymptomatic, the ministry and World Health Organization said in a joint statement on Friday. Asymptomatic cases are those who carry the virus but display no symptoms of illness such as fever.

    There were no immediate further details about the cruise ship cases from the WHO.

    It is unclear how many people were on board at the time.

    The 12 cases were diagnosed after a Taiwanese American woman who had been on the cruise tested positive for the coronavirus upon her return home, the statement said.

    The woman is believed to be the individual who spread the virus to the others, according to the statement.

    The 12 new cases will be transferred to the isolation facility and all others who had been in contact with them will be placed under a 14-day quarantine, the ministry said.

    Egypt had until now diagnosed three people with the virus, one of whom it said had fully recovered after receiving treatment.

    WHO epidemiologist Maria van Kerkhove said on Thursday the organization did not believe transmission of the disease by asymptomatic people was a major factor fueling its spread.

    “We know that that is possible but we do not believe that is a major driver of transmission,” she told a Geneva news briefing.

    “…If we look at the actual epidemics and how these epidemics are unfolding, if they were a major driver of transmission it would have caused much larger numbers of cases.”

    Through tracing people exposed to the virus in some countries, people who have not yet developed symptoms are being identified, she said.

    “So these are people who are pre-symptomatic, so it is a few days before they develop symptoms,” she added.

    Iraq, meanwhile, banned travellers coming from France and Spain from entering the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, bringing the total number of countries on its entry ban list to eleven as it tries to stem the spread of coronavirus.

    The ban does not extend to Iraqi citizens and foreign diplomats, a ministry spokesman said in a statement.

    Iraq has so far recorded 38 cases of coronavirus and two deaths.”

  32. Over 20,000 Migrant Deaths on Mediterranean Since 2014- UN
    https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2166356/over-20000-migrant-deaths-mediterranean-2014-un

    “The UN migration agency said Friday that a shipwreck off Libya and other recent maritime incidents have raised its estimated death toll among migrants who tried to cross the Mediterranean past the “grim milestone” of 20,000 deaths since 2014.

    Paul Dillon, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, pointed to incidents including the presumed drowning of 91 people who went missing from a dinghy that left Garabulli, Libya, on Feb. 9, and the disappearance of a ship that set off from Algeria on Feb. 14.

    IOM noted Friday that the yearly death toll has declined each year since 2016, when over 5,000 people lost their lives while attempting Mediterranean crossings.

    The agency reiterated its call for “expanded safe, legal pathways for migrants and refugees” to help reduce the incentive of migrants to choose irregular channels, and “to help prevent the unnecessary and avoidable loss of lives.”

    IOM also lamented cases of “ghost boats” or “invisible shipwrecks” that are often reported by nongovernmental organizations that receive calls from migrants facing trouble at sea, or from relatives searching for lost loved ones.

    “Two-thirds of the fatalities we have recorded are people lost at sea without a trace,” said Frank Laczko, director of IOM´s Global Migration Data Analysis Center.

    “The fact that we have reached this grim new milestone reinforces IOM´s position that there is an urgent need for increased, comprehensive (search and rescue) capacity in the Mediterranean,” he added.”

  33. Migrants are Boon for Poor Roma Villagers on Turkey-Greece Border
    https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2166556/migrants-are-boon-poor-roma-villagers-turkey-greece-border

    “For members of the Roma minority in the Turkish village of Karaagac on the border with Greece, the arrival of thousands of migrants desperately seeking to cross into the European Union could not have been better news.

    Poor and living mainly from cultivating their gardens and collecting cardboard and plastics for recycling, Roma families are now looking to cash in catering to the needs of 4,000 migrants now in a makeshift tent camp at the frontier.

    Farmers set up stands selling everything from tomatoes and cucumbers to quince and pomegranate. Others sold mineral water, bread, yogurt and tinned teapots.

    A few turned their horse-drawn carts into taxis to ferry exhausted migrants and their shopping to the border.

    Among all the Roma scrambling to make more money on the edge of the village overlooking fields and a dirt road running to the Pazarkule border crossing, teenager Sevgi Katirci stood out, reported Reuters.

    She was the only woman riding a horse cart and her clients were solely men. Wearing a green jacket and black jeans, she would gracefully whip her horse and race to the border as her passengers held tight.

    “The migrants are here today, but they could be gone tomorrow,” said her father Mehmet, operating his own cart and watching his hard-working daughter with pride. “So we have to make the best of it.”

    Like many children of Roma in Turkey, Sevgi doesn’t go to school. Her work helps her family earn about 150 Turkish liras ($25) a day, charging 10-15 liras per passenger.

    The Roma and their foreign clients have turned the dirt road to the border into a multicultural market where migrants compare notes on their experiences and discuss what to do next.

    Hassan Tunai, who was selling water bottles, fruit juice and yogurt, said earning money from the migrants left him with a bad feeling.

    “I wish it would not be like this,” he said, wearing sunglasses and hoisting the Turkish flag on his stand. “When we see them (the migrants), the money that we earned loses its meaning. It does not make us happy.””

  34. ‘Temporary suspension of Umrah compliant with Shariah’
    http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/590447/SAUDI-ARABIA/Temporary-suspension-of-Umrah-compliant-with-Shariah

    “The steps taken by the government of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, to temporarily suspend Umrah and Ziyarah is fully compliant with the stipulations of the Shariah, Imam and Khateeb of the Grand Mosque in Makkah Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Al-Jihani has stressed.

    Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended Umrah and Ziyarah as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of this deadly epidemic [coronavirus (COVID-19).

    In his Friday sermon (khutba) at the Grand Mosque Friday, Sheikh Al-Jihani emphasized that protection of lives is one of the great responsibilities of the ruler and he has the power to assess the risks after consulting with knowledgeable religious scholars and experts.

    Sheikh Al-Jihani, in support of his reasoning, gave an example from history — narrating the story of the Caliph Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) when he was traveling to The Levant (Al-Shaam).

    On the way, Caliph Omar met with the commanders of the Muslim troops, Abu Obeidah Bin Al-Jarrah and several of the Prophet’s companions (May Allah be pleased with them).

    They informed Caliph Omar that an epidemic had broken out in the Levant. The Caliph Omar consulted the companions seeking the advice of the oldest among them, but they differed in their opinions.

    Then Abdulrahman Ibn Owf (May Allah be pleased with him) came forward and said: “I have some knowledge on this issue. I heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) saying: “If you hear about the outbreak of an epidemic in some land, do not travel to it. And if it occurs at a place where you are, do not flee from it to another place.”

    Ibn Owf added: “The Caliph Omar thanked Allah Almighty and then left.” This is narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim. This saying is evidence of the necessity to take precautionary measures and prevent the spread of the disease.”

    Meanwhile, the Khateeb of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah Dr. Salah Al-Budair said that the novel coronavirus epidemic has dealt a severe blow to the world as a whole causing great concern for the global population.

    Sheikh Al-Budair praised the precautionary measures taken by the Kingdom to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. This includes temporarily suspending entry into Saudi territories for the purpose of performing Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque.

    He described the decision as wise, having lofty goals and noble intentions and great benefits in protecting people’s health.

    Sheikh Al-Budair also called on all to take precautionary measures against the virus, especially by wearing facemasks and covering the nose and mouth with tissues when sneezing or coughing, as the spray from the mouth and nose can infect people nearby.”

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