Reader’s Links for May 28, 2020

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Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

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  1. Iran Guards Warn US After Receiving New Combat Vessels

    “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as they received 110 new combat vessels.

    The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats, and Taregh submarines, state television reported.

    “We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future,” the Guards’ navy chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said during a ceremony in southern Iran.

    Iran and the United States have appeared to be on the brink of an all-out confrontation twice in the past year. The latest confrontation between the arch-foes came after the United States accused the Guards of harassing its ships in the Gulf in mid-April.

    “Advancing while remaining defensive is the nature of our work,” said Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami. “But this does not equal passivity against the enemy,” he added, noting that Iran “will not bow down to any foe.”

    According to Salami, the Guards’ navy had been instructed to expand Iran’s naval power until it can adequately defend “territorial independence and integrity, protect naval interests and pursue and destroy the enemy.”

    Decades-old acrimony between the two worsened in 2018 when US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

    Tensions escalated further in January when a US airstrike killed Qassem Soleimani, the top Iranian general who headed the Guards’ foreign arm, the Quds Force.”

  2. EU Renews Syria Sanctions

    “The European Union prolonged on Thursday for another year its sanctions against the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar Assad, and other top political officials, military officers and business people over the continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country.

    The European Council, headquarters of the 27 EU countries, said in a statement that the sanctions would be extended until June 1, 2021, more than a decade after the conflict began, “as the repression of the civilian population continues.”

    “The Syrian people have had to draw on extraordinary reserves of resilience,” The Associated Press quoted EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell as saying.

    He added that the bloc “remains committed to use every tool at its disposal to push for a political solution to the conflict that would benefit all Syrians and put an end to the ongoing repression.”

    The Syrian conflict is now in its 10th year. The United Nations says that over half the population has been forced to flee their homes, more than 11 million people — nearly 5 million of them children — need humanitarian assistance, and almost 8 million people don’t have reliable access to food.

    Eight out of 10 Syrians live below the poverty line, making less than $100 a month, and the country is mired in an economic crisis.

    The EU first imposed its sanctions in May 2011. They include travel bans, asset freezes and measures targeting operations like oil imports, certain investments, and the trade in equipment that could be used for any crackdown on civilians.

    The sanctions list now includes 273 people, including members of Assad’s family, close associates and top military brass, and 70 “entities” like organizations and companies.

    The EU says the measures are designed to avoid hindering the delivery of humanitarian aid. No food or medical equipment are targeted.”

  3. Libya: Tripoli government says 30 migrants slain in revenge attack

    “The family of a Libyan smuggler slain by migrants has killed 30 of them in an act of revenge, the country’s UN-recognised government said on Thursday.

    The 30-year-old smuggler’s family killed 26 Bangladeshis and four Africans, according to the Government of National Accord’s Interior Ministry.

    The smuggler was slain earlier by what the ministry referred to as “clandestine migrants”.

    The retaliation killings happened in the town of Mezdah, about 150km (95 miles) south of Libya’s capital Tripoli.

    “We have just learned of this tragedy and are following up to get more details and provide assistance to survivors,” said Safa Msehli, Libya spokeswoman for the International Organisation for Migration.

    The family additionally injured 11 other migrants, whose nationalities the ministry did not specify. They were admitted to hospital in Zentan, 170km southwest of Tripoli.

    The ministry said it will attempt to track down the migrants’ killers and bring them to justice.

    The UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) condemned the killings, saying that the “senseless crime is a bleak reminder of the horrors migrants have to endure at the hands of smugglers and traffickers in Libya”.

    “These criminal groups are taking advantage of the instability and security situation to prey on desperate people and exploit their vulnerabilities,” the body said in a statement.

    Libya has not only been a destination for migrants from other African countries and Asia because of its oil-funded economy, it is also an important way-station for people attempting to cross the Mediterraneanreach to reach Europe.

    After the demise of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 uprising, traffickers have exploited the power vacuum to turn Libya into a key route for illegal migration towards Europe.

    Several thousand migrants from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are currently stranded in Libya in horrifying conditions amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

    Their situation has become even more critical since the self-styled army of renegade eastern commander Khalifa Haftar launched an assault to retake Tripoli last year.

    More than 100,000 migrants tried to cross the Mediterranean last year, with at least 1,200 dying in the attempt, according to the IOM.

    Last month, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee – two French charities that have rescued thousands of migrants from the Mediterranean Sea over the past four years – said they could no longer continue their joint sea-based mission, citing a disagreement related to the handling of coronavirus.”

  4. 844,000 Indians risk deportation, as Kuwait plans to nationalise workforce

    “A proposed law by Kuwaiti MPs has been submitted which seeks to address a long-standing demographic imbalance between expat workers and Kuwaiti nationals. If approved, it could lead to hundreds of thousands of foreign workers being laid off and replaced with locals.

    The proposal includes setting proportional limits by nationality so that the number of citizens from any one country does not exceed the number of Kuwaitis, which according to Al-Khaleej Online, would lead to 844,000 Indians and 0.5 million Egyptians facing deportation.

    The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai reported MP Badr Al-Mulla and others argued that the demographic imbalance has had dangerous implications amid the coronavirus pandemic, including overcrowded areas which has contributed to the spread of the virus. The fall in oil prices may also be a contributing factor for Kuwait to nationalise jobs…”

  5. Islamic scholars, NGOs call for Makkah, Madinah to be placed under international control

    “A non-governmental organisation named the International Commission to Monitor Saudi Administration of the Two Holy Mosques – otherwise known as Al Haramain Watch – has launched an campaign and petition to establish an international administration to manage the affairs of the two holy mosques of Makkah and Madinah.

    The campaign, which has already resulted in the support of around 100 Muslim scholars and human rights activists, aims to target Muslim-majority and Arab countries, as well as Muslim communities in Europe and the United States, in order to raise awareness of the policies recently enacted by Saudi Arabia with regards to the cities’ administration and pilgrimage.

    According to Al Haramain Watch, the kingdom is violating both international law and the morals of its founders by failing to protect the unequivocal rights of Muslims’ access to the holy sites. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has enforced a number of limitations on certain groups and nations in making the Hajj pilgrimage and from visiting the country, with examples being the ongoing ban of Qatari nationals from making the pilgrimage and the ban of Iranian nationals until it was lifted in 2017.

    The petition by the organisation states: “Due to the permanent failure of Saudi Arabia to manage the two holy mosques and the feelings and permanent politicisation and the absence of strategic development, we call on Islamic countries and governments to take the initiative and the media to form an interim framework that sets the first building blocks for a long-term plan for the process of managing the two holy sites.”

    It urged the international Muslim community to establish “an Islamic administration that takes upon itself the administration of the Two Holy Places and the Holy Bekaa, whose membership consists of all Muslim countries.” The way in which this would work, it claims, would be for the states to “choose a high committee to be elected for a period of 4 years and subject to periodic review by a working association supervised by all member states.”

    Al Haramain Watch was established in 2018 for the purpose of ensuring that Saudi Arabia maintains good management of the Islamic holy sites by preserving Islamic historic and preventing the politicisation of the religious pilgrimages.

    A key figure in this petition is the Malaysian scholar Azmi Abdul Hamid, who claimed that he had obtained an important historical document written personally by the kingdom’s founder King Abdulaziz Bin Saud, which reportedly states that all Muslims – both the people of the Hijaz region and the Muslim world – have the right to administer the affairs of the holy mosques.

    Among the other demands made by the petition was the call for the establishment of a sovereign fund managed by Muslim countries, which would consist primarily of the income made from the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.

    The petition released by Al Haramain Watch comes amid similar calls by other figures in recent years, including a Turkish politician in 2014 and a Turkish think-tank’s call for an “Islamic Vatican”.”

  6. Exclusive: US considering wide-ranging strikes, ground operations against Iranian militias in eastern Syria

    “The US may begin wide-ranging airstrikes and ground operations against Iranian militias in eastern Syria, sources from US-supported opposition groups have exclusively told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service.

    Iran has been a key backer of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in its conflict with Syrian rebels, which began after the brutal suppression of pro-democracy protests in 2011.

    Iranian-backed militias, which answer to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have a strong presence in eastern Syria. This is believed to be part of an Iranian strategy aimed at creating a land corridor from Tehran to the shores of the Mediterranean, passing through Iraq and Syria.

    The Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria directly control the area between the towns Mayadeen and Albukamal in Deir az-Zour province and have built military bases including the Imam Ali Base, which is sometimes targeted by airstrikes from the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State group and Israel. Iran-backed militias are also present in Lebanon and Iraq.

    US-backed Syrian opposition factions, which include Jaysh Usud Al-Sharqiya (the Army of the Lions of the East) and Maghaweer al-Thawra (The Revolutionary Commando Army) operate around the Tanf airbase in the Syrian desert on the border where Syria, Iraq, and Jordan meet.

    Sources from these opposition military factions told The New Arab’s Arabic service that last week a meeting took place between US military officers and leaders of the opposition factions. While the declared aim of the meeting was simply for military commanders to get to know each other, the sources said that, “There seemed to be a plan by the international coalition for the factions to open two battle fronts, the first against the remnants of ISIS in the Syrian Desert and the second against Iranian militias in eastern Deirezzor province, south of the Euphrates.”

    The sources said that a ground operation against the Iranian militias could begin after the coronavirus crisis ends. They added that they did not have information about when the operation could begin but said that Washington “would not tolerate a permanent Iranian presence in eastern Syria” and “would not be content in future just to carry out airstrikes against the dozens of Iranian militias occupying Syria”, nor would it allow the creation of a corridor from Iran to the eastern Mediterranean via Iraq and Syria.

    Mudar Hammad Al-As’ad, a journalist and member of the Syrian opposition Council of Tribes and Clans told The New Arab’s Arabic service that the US wanted to create an “Arab army” separate from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US’s main partners in eastern Syria, to confront the Iranian militias in Deir al-Zour province.”

    “The Americans have recently held meetings with sheikhs of Arab tribes, including the Aqidat, Baqqara and Jabbour clans to create an army that will cleanse the area of any Iranian or regime presence”, he said.

    Al-As’ad said that this army would be in charge of administering the area from southern Hassakeh province to eastern Deir al-Zour province, separately from the Kurdish Autonomous Administration which currently controls most of northeastern Syria, adding that “there is almost daily bombing by coalition planes against Iranian militia concentrations, as well as against smuggling routes on the Euphrates between the SDF-held areas and the Iranian militia held areas.”

    Some Syrian opposition sources have said that the US wants to create an alliance between the Kurdish-led SDF and the Syrian opposition groups operating around Tanf in order to fight the Iranian militias but Syrian writer Idris Naasan, who is close to the Kurdish Autonomous Administration told The New Arab’s Arabic service that there was “no need for a joint military operation between the international coalition and the SDF against the Iranian militias at this time.”

    Naasan said that the Iranian militias operate in areas where Russian and regime troops are present, and are targeted by coalition airstrikes whenever they leave these areas and pose a threat to SDF and coalition bases.

    Ever since the defeat of ISIS in eastern Syria in early 2019, the SDF has held most of Syria north and east of the Euphrates River, which separates their area of control from that of the Iranian militias.”

  7. Orange France Opens International Money Transfers to Morocco

    “Orange France customers are now able to send direct financial transfers to accounts in Morocco and Burkina Faso at any time of day through the Orange Money mobile application.

    The two new markets join Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Mali.

    “By introducing international money transfer, we want to offer our customers an alternative to traditional means of receiving money across borders,” said Orange Maroc CEO Yves Gauthier.

    “From now on, their mobile phone allows them to receive money from their relatives living in France at a lower cost, instantaneously and securely,” he added.

    The French telecommunications giant first launched the Orange Money mobile service in 2008 in Côte d’Ivoire. The service quickly spread through the African continent, enabling 45 million customers in 17 countries access to financial services.

    Orange Money reached Morocco on March 10 after the service received approval from Morocco’s central bank, Bank al-Maghrib, in the summer of 2019. Morocco was the 18th country to secure access to the service.

    The Orange Money app allows Moroccans to make payments, pay for phone recharges remotely, and transfer money using their mobile phones.

    Users have access to a mobile Orange Money wallet backed by their phone number and can withdraw money from the wallet at approved points of sale.

    Mobile users from any telecom operator can access the service by simply downloading the mobile application.

    The mobile service aims to increase financial inclusion in Africa, and the need for fintech is greater than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “The health crisis we are going through has shown that mobile-to-mobile money transfer is a key benefit for our customers,” said Christian Bombrun, senior vice president of products and services for Orange France.

    “The opening of two new corridors, in Burkina Faso and Morocco, is an important step in Orange Money’s development strategy worldwide,” he continued.

    Orange Maroc is the second-largest telecommunications company in Morocco after Maroc Telecom, with a market share of 34.06%. Inwi is third with a market share of 23.02% and also launched a mobile money service in Morocco in September 2019.

    With the new link to Orange France, Moroccans can now make use of international money transfers, helping to facilitate the much-needed growth of remittances from Moroccans residing abroad (MREs) amid the COVID-19 crisis.”

  8. Algeria Recalls Ambassador to France Over Hirak Documentary

    “Algeria officially recalled its ambassador to France “for consultation” on Wednesday, May 27, citing a grave insult to Algeria in a documentary about the Hirak.

    In a statement on state-owned media outlet Algeria Press Service (APS), the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the diffusion of a series of documentaries about the Algerian Hirak (protest movement) on a French television channel constitutes an “attack on the Algerian people.”

    France5, one of the European country’s most prominent television stations, aired documentary “Algeria, My Love” directed by Mustapha Kessous on May 26, prompting backlash both from the Twittersphere and the Algerian government.

    French-Algerian journalist Kessous’ popular documentary on the protest movement in Algeria came after the French Parliamentary channel showed a series of programs on the Hirak. “Algeria, My Love” was, for Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune’s government, the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    “The recurrent nature of programs broadcast by French public television channels seemingly spontaneously and under the pretext of freedom of expression, are in fact attacks against the Algerian people and its institutions, including the ANP, the worthy heiress of the National Liberation Army (ALN),” the foreign ministry emphasized.

    Tebboune’s government interpreted the documentaries as an indictment of the unequal relationship between Algeria and the former colonial power and slammed France for a lack of mutual respect.

    The television programs show the “malicious and lasting intentions of certain circles who do not wish the advent of peaceful relations between Algeria and France, after 58 years of independence,” the statement said.

    Many members of the Hirak movement did not take kindly to “Algeria, My Love” either. The documentary, according to Algerian viewers, trivialized the protest movement and focused on the whims of youth and the societal aspects of the Hirak, rather than the serious issues of corruption and silencing of opposition entrenched within the Algerian regime…”

  9. Greece must stop barbaric treatment of asylum seekers: Foreign Ministry

    “Greece should take steps to end its own barbaric acts before accusing the Turkish government of barbarism, said Turkey on May 28.

    Rebuffing remarks by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias accusing Turkey of “barbarism,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy called on Greek authorities to stop treating Turkey like an enemy and urged them to be “reasonable and understanding.”

    Telling how Greece itself violates the basic rights and freedoms of asylum seekers at its door, Aksoy said these violations have been criticized in reports by international human rights groups.

    “It is shameful for those who commit all manner of cruelty against innocent people at the border before the eyes of the world to call Turkey ‘barbaric’,” he added, referring to Greek forces’ documented violence and mistreatment towards asylum seekers.

    “The Greek government must first get rid of its own ‘barbarity’,” said Aksoy, urging Greece to respect the rights of asylum seekers and end its torture, mistreatment, and “pushbacks” to Turkey.

    “Also, those who claim to be the cradle of so-called civilization must respect those who do not share their language and religion,” he added.

    Earlier this year Greece was slammed over firing on asylum seekers at its border using sound, fog, and gas bombs, and rubber and metal bullets.

    Numerous asylum seekers have also sought help on Turkey’s side of the border, saying they were forcibly pushed back by Greek soldiers, many adding that they were also robbed of their clothing and belongings.

    Many other incidents have also been reported where asylum seekers in boats were forcibly pushed back by Greek forces only to be rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard.”

  10. 9 health care workers abducted, killed in Somalia

    “Nine health care workers were killed and their bodies dumped along a highway, officials said Thursday.

    “[Nine] health workers in Gololeey vicinity health clinic were abducted last night by unknown forces. Their bodies have been dumped on the highway near Gololeey. They have been slaughtered all. They were working for Zamzam Humanitarian agency! So tragic indeed,” a Bal’ad district security official told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

    A police officer in middle Shabelle region confirmed the incident to Anadolu Agency.

    “We received this horrific news and we don’t know who is behind this barbaric attack, but our police officials were deployed in the area and an investigation is underway,” Bashir Mohamud Hassan told the Turkish news agency.

    The workers were from Bal’ad, an agricultural town 40 kilometers (24 miles) from the capital, Mogadishu.

    No group has yet claimed responsibility.”

  11. Germans are angry that migrants get more rights and benefits than citizens who worked their whole life: CDU minister

    “The German public is growing resentful that migrants have more rights to benefits than Germans who have worked their whole life, said German Interior Minister for the state of Saaraland Klaus Bouillon in a revealing interview with Die Welt.

    “There is great discontent among the population because everyone who arrives here immediately has many or even more rights along with rights to benefits and medical care than someone who has worked here for their entire life,” said Bouillon.

    In regard to taking in accepting more migrants, Boullion believes Germans have less and less tolerance for new arrivals. Germany has already recorded a record number of foreigners in 2019 and some German state parliaments have voted to stop accepting more migrants in a sign of growing public weariness over the massive demographic changes taking place in the country.

    “The willingness and acceptance in the country to accept people has decreased. We probably would not be able to activate enough volunteers anymore. In addition, our absorption capacity is a big problem,” the interior minister said.

    Boullion, a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), says that the frustrations over the migrant situation in the country have made their way into everyday conversations as well.

    “There is great resentment and frustration, which I hear in conversation every day. Basic amounts of benefits are established by law. Even if someone throws away their passport and does not cooperate with the authorities, their benefits can be reduced only minimally,” he noted.

    Polling seems to support Boullion’s viewpoint as well. For example, last year, a poll of 27 European Union countries found that in Germany, 48 percent of Germans said they were opposed to the country taking in more non-EU migrants while 44 percent continued to support this type of migration.

    ‘We have people who come back four, five, six times after we have deported them’
    The city of Lebach is one of the main destinations for migrants in Saarland, which is located in the Western part of Germany near the French border. Boullion says that over time the countries of origin for migrants have changed, and many of them are no longer entitled to protection status or have already registered as refugees in other European countries, which would make them ineligible to stay in Germany.

    “In addition, half of those arriving at the moment have lost their passport or suddenly forgotten their name and country of origin,” said Boullion.

    The interior minister also said that reception center in Lebach continuously fills up because 50 percent of deportations fail. He noted cases when families are set for deportations, suddenly the child that is meant to be deported with them can no longer be found. In many cases, those who are deported simply come back.

    “We have people who come back four, five, six times after we have deported them to the EU country where they were first registered,” he said. “You simply come back from Belgium with the FlixBus. Then the whole process starts all over again. At least 100,000 people in Germany are finally rejected, but we simply cannot get them back to their home countries.”

    Boullion believes that certain loopholes can be quickly closed in the asylum law. Currently, family members can apply for asylum one after another upon being rejected. For example, a mother can first apply, and if she is rejected, the father can then apply, and then a child, and so on. Under the process, each family member’s case can take months until the next one is started anew.

    In the meantime, the whole migrant family can remain in Germany. The interior minister believes that an application should be made for the whole family at once to hasten the process.

    In Germany, the Green Party is pushing to dissolve the reception center in Lebach and to disperse the migrants across the state of Saarland to individual municipalities. Boullion argues that it is not only against the law, but that Lebach offers a kindergarten, doctors, integration courses, violence prevention, and schools all in one place. Authorities can also process registrations for faster in one centralized location.

    The interior minister accused the Greens of having a lot of “dreamers” in their party who want to invite more migrants to Germany. Many top Green Party politicians have advocated for Germany to accept more migrants, including during the recent migrant crisis this year when Turkey opened its border to the Europe resulting in thousands of migrants trying to enter through Greece.

    There are also currently those in the CDU party who are advocating migrant quotas, such as Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein Daniel Günther. Boullion says that such proposals will only encourage more migration to Germany.”

  12. Mazin Abdul-Adhim, the Canadian head of the Muslim Brotherhood hoods offshoot, Hibz it-Tahrir terrorists group says, “The laws of the creator are not oppressive, where as man made laws are oppressive”.

    “We Muslims owe NOTHING to Canada, we work for an Islamic political system”.

    “If you vote Allah will punish you”. Hmm makes me wonder why the Islamic groups in Canada told the Muslims to vote LIberal, maybe just to re-elect the 10 Muslim MPs in the greater Toronto area and they did, they came out in droves.

    Yes, the Muslims owe nothing to Canada and globalist Justine knows and still stands up for all things Islam.

    I ventured further away from home today to go shopping and I heard from many different people, strangers venting and I did not hear one person say anything good about Justine Trudeau.

    3 separate occasions people, all women, told me he should be charged with treason.

    One woman told me she understands why so many say they would party if he were to be gone permanently from this earth.

    One woman said she did not understand why he has not been removed from office in order to save Canada.

    An older woman and her daughter walked down the wrong aisle in the store and said they refuse to do what the communist dictator who runs Canada tells them they must do.

    I told the young girl at the garden center not to spray my cart and she laughed and said my Dad is really, really angry at the mess this country is in and we can all thank the communist Justine Trudeau.

    Another woman told me Justine is under surveillance by CSIS and that is why he cannot leave his cottage. She hopes he will be locked up soon and remain there for the rest of his life.

    Another woman told me his wife left him because he sick in the head.

    Another woman told me she hates Justine and China and he is all in for China and does not care about us poor Canadians.

    Very interesting day. My poll for the day 32 hate Justine Trudeau —O like him.

  13. Lovely picture of trees on this site

    I think that I shall never see
    A poem as lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain,

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.

    Joyce Kilmer

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