Reader’s Links for June 1, 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.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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90 Replies to “Reader’s Links for June 1, 2020”

  1. When the pandemic began and we saw China reeling, I said hit those CCP bastards then, and hard, some how and some way. It wasn’t because I lacked empathy for regular Chinese people suffering. All the empathy in the world will not serve you when you’re ultimate goal is to defeat your enemies–in this case communists. You cannot take your eye off that ball.

    In another example, holding off from annexing the West Bank because one should worry about what others think of you, while those whose opinions you cherish are already with you, and your enemies will criticize you no matter what you do? Sorry for the drag-on sentence, but if what you want really matters, go get it.

  2. Saudi-Led Coalition Reportedly Shoots Down Two Drones ‘Launched by Yemen’s Houthis’ Towards Kingdom (sputniknews, June 1, 2020)

    “The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has been waging a war against Yemen’s Houthis for five years now, but with little success, as the group continues to control roughly half of the country and launches drones and missiles to attack Saudi infrastructure, including oil refineries.

    The air defences of the Saudi-led coalition have shot down two drones flying towards Saudi Arabia that were launched by Yemen’s Houthis, the Saudi Press Agency reports, citing a coalition spokesman. The coalition claims the drones were targeting “civilian objects” in the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.

    The statement comes on the same day as the Houthis accused the Saudi-led coalition of conducting 30 intensive air raids in the Yemeni provinces of Marib, Saada, and Hajjah. Earlier, on 30 May, the Houthis reported 111 Saudi air raids over the course of two days…”

  3. Indian Army Destroys Suspected Terror Launch Pads Along Pakistani Border, Kills 10 Militants (sputniknews, June 1, 2020)

    “India has been accusing Pakistan of aiding and abetting infiltration on the Indian side of Kashmir from past several years, however, Islamabad has categorically rejected the allegations. There are at least 15 suspected launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which are full in its capacity as per Indian army sources.

    The Indian army quashed an infiltration bid on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naushera Sector by killing at least 10 armed individuals alleged to have been trained in Pakistan. Indian Army sources said that troops have also destoyed suspected launch pads along the Line of Control that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed nations.

    According to sources, seven purported terrorists alleged to have been trained in Pakistan were killed in the Mendhar Sector of Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir. Three other infiltrators were gunned down in the Nowshera Sector of Rajouri and several suspected terrorist launch pads were destroyed as well.

    The counter-infiltration operation has been going on since 28 May as the Pakistani Army continued to fire from across the LoC and the Indian side retaliated, Indian Army sources confirmed.

    Earlier on Sunday, top Indian military officer Lt. Gen. Raju told the news agency PTI that terrorist camps and around 15 launch pads are running at full capacity on the Pakistani side of Kashmir leading to increased infiltration attempts from across the border to compensate for diminishing terrorist cadres during encounters.

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly stressed that India is trying to divert the world’s attention from the “genocide” in Kashmir and warned that “a false flag operation” by New Delhi was “imminent” in Indian-administered Kashmir. Khan also called India a threat to its neighbours – Bangladesh, China, and Nepal by way of “arrogant, expansionist policies” .

    The tensions between India and Pakistan have increased of late, since Pakistan shot down two Indian drones within a week’s time, with the latest being taken down on 29 May and India holding two Pakistani nationals on suspicion of espionage.

    In 2020, India and Pakistan have engaged in more than 2,500 ceasefire violations from both the sides and the firing escalated in April.

    Both South Asian nations have been fighting over Kashmir since 1947, but relations further deteriorated when India stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status by revoking Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.”

  4. Saudi sheikh who owns £45m London mansion ‘sent 17 bouncing cheques ‘ as casino that appeared in James Bond’s Dr No pursued him for £2m gambling debt (dailymail, Jun 1, 2020)

    “A Saudi Sheik who is embroiled in a £2 million gambling debt with a London casino ‘sent 17 cheques that bounced’ as he tried to settle his alleged feud with the establishment.

    Sheikh Salah Hamdan Albluewi, 52, who is accused of failing to settle the large debts he ran up last September, had said he would pay his bill before returning to Saudi Arabia, the exclusive Les Ambassadeurs Club in Mayfair claimed.

    The Park Lane casino, which featured in the 1962 James Bond film Dr No, went on to claim that the Sheik had an extensive ‘tariff card’ during his 26 years as a member there.

    On Friday, the dispute, which has reached now reached the High Court, saw a judge remove a freezing order on the property tycoon’s global assets which was imposed in February.

    The freezing order was enforced after the casino claimed it had been unable to contact the Sheikh and that he had ‘gone to ground’ after his cheques bounced in September last year, The Evening Standard reported.

    ‘It has also become apparent that Mr Albluewi has run up significant gambling debts with other London casinos and has simply walked away from them,’ court documents from the casino’s lawyers seen by The Times revealed.

    The club added that the Sheikh had gone to Saudi Arabia in October last year ‘where such debts are completely unenforceable.’…”

  5. Germany: Police officers surrounded by hundreds and insulted as racists – The trigger was the 911 call of a dark-skinned man who simulated a crime

    A young man has provoked a large police operation and riots in Stuttgart. The 18-year-old called the 911 last night and said that he had been injured with a stabbing wound, police reported on Sunday. When the first police car crews arrived in the street Büchsenstrasse at 2 a.m., the officers noticed that the young man was uninjured. The 18-year-old pretended his emergency call was a joke. When the officers wanted to record his personal details for simulating a crime, tumultuous scenes had erupted. The young man with dark skin had fought back fiercely, so that police brought him to the ground and put handcuffs on him. In the meantime, several hundred bystanders had appeared and surrounded the officers. Among other things, the policemen had been insulted as racists. A spokesperson for the Stuttgart police said that “these are conditions like in the USA” could often be heard by the crowd. About 30 police car crews had been necessary to get the situation under control. According to initial investigations, the Stuttgart police headquarters assumes that the young man caused the situation intentionally. The criminal investigation department has taken over the investigation and is also evaluating the recordings of the body cams of the officers on duty. Witnesses of the incident are asked to contact the criminal investigation department by calling 0711/8990-5778.

  6. Key western ally accused of dozens of killings, as over 100 men go missing in Niger (telegraph, Jun 1, 2020)

    “More than 100 men are missing and dozens are feared dead after soldiers in Niger allegedly went on a rampage to avenge a spate of deadly jihadist attacks.

    Documents seen by The Telegraph allege that Niger’s security forces took part in a series of massacres, extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances over the last few months in the country’s western Tillabéri region. In total, the documents allege that at least 150 people are dead or missing.

    If true, the allegations mark a dangerous turning point in the battle for the Sahel region raging south of the Sahara desert. Niger is a key Western ally in the fight against jihadism in Africa and up to now, it has refrained from major human rights abuses.

    The Telegraph has been told that multiple humanitarian groups, rights groups and embassies in Niger are scrambling to investigate what has happened. However, many have been struggling to do so because of the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

    According to one document which was compiled by local citizens and human rights activists, at least 52 people were killed or died after being tortured by members of Niger’s security forces in Tillabéri region, which borders both Burkina Faso and Mali, from January 28 to April 12.

    The document says some people died from torture or beatings, others were shot and then crushed by military vehicles. Some of those killed were left dead by the side of the road, while others were buried in several hastily dug mass graves. The 52 deaths allegedly occurred around various villages in the Banibangou, Ayarou, Torodi and Inates rural communes of Tillabéri.

    A second document seen by The Telegraph is a five-page handwritten list of another 102 names of men from different villages in Tillabéri’s rural commune of Inates. The text says the men were arrested by the security forces and taken away from March 27 to April 2. It is stamped by a local mayor. The Telegraph contacted Assalag Ag Alhamadou, Deputy Mayor of Inates commune. He confirmed the list was legitimate and that the families of the men are still looking for them.

    The news follows damning allegations from the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in Mali last month. The UN peacekeeping mission alleged that soldiers from Niger had crossed into Mali and killed at least 34 people in several villages from February 23 to March 5.

    The Telegraph has contacted multiple sources inside Tillabéri over the last month. Several seemed too scared to talk about the issue. However, one source in Ayorou commune alleged that the military had come looking for individuals and threatened to kill people who did not help them.

    One international human rights researcher, who is currently investigating the alleged abuses and asked to remain anonymous, said that people were too scared to speak out publicly because they thought the army would accuse them of supporting jihadists and punish them.

    All the people who have been taken away are “almost certainly dead,” the researcher claimed.

    The head of the United Nation’s in Niger, Khardiata Lo N’Diaye, told The Telegraph that the situation was being taken “very seriously”.

    The governments of both Mali and Burkina Faso are buckling under daily attacks from a myriad of armed groups, some aligned to Al Qaeda and Isil. Thousands were killed and almost one million were forced to flee their homes last year alone.

    Despite sharing porous borders with both countries, Niger had managed to avoid the worst of the violence up until recently. Its military has proven a relatively capable fighting force and receives training from both French and US troops.

    The country also receives hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and development money from the European Union, France, the US and the UK.

    While soldiers in both Mali and Burkina Faso have committed well documented extrajudicial killings, rights groups told The Telegraph that Niger has a much better overall human rights record.

    However, in recent months the Niger has come under massive pressure from jihadist groups flitting across the border from eastern Burkina Faso and central Mali. In December and January, Niger suffered two devastating attacks on army bases in Tillabéri by suspected militants allied to Isil. Hundreds of jihadists surrounded the bases on motorbikes and massacred soldiers.

    At least 160 Nigerien soldiers were killed in the two attacks, leaving the government shaken to its core. Multiple sources have told The Telegraph that the Nigerien military has been out for revenge in western Niger.

    Reacting to the news Corinne Dufka, West Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said: “Allegations of abuse by Sahel’s armies are trending up dangerously. Increasingly lethal jihadist attacks are too-often followed by apparent reprisal attacks. Soldiers – grieving the death and mutilation of their colleagues – avenge their deaths by killing unarmed civilians or suspects.”

    She added: “The dearth of investigations into the mounting incidents and lack of strong public demarches by international partners, have been perceived as a green light by the armies in question, whose leaders appear to feel no fear of being held to account.”

    France has 5,100 troops based across the Sahel on a counter jihadist mission. After 13 French soldiers died in a helicopter crash in Mali, President Emmanuel Macron called a meeting of the leaders of Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania in the southern French city of Pau in January.

    In Pau, Mr Macron publicly threatened to withdraw French troops from the Sahel unless the leaders publicly disavowed rising anti-French feeling in their countries and worked out how to stop the extremists’ rapid advance. Héni Nsaibia from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, an organisation tracking violent incidents, says that even by low estimates there has been a ‘sharp rise’ of Sahelian state forces attacking civilians since the summit took place.

    “There are strong indices that these [154] people have been killed,” Mr Nsaibia said, citing circumstantial evidence, testimonies of mass graves, and multiple documents and reports.

    It is understood that Niger’s National Human Rights Commission is currently trying to gather evidence in Tillabéri.

    The Telegraph contacted Niger’s ministry of defence for a comment on the allegations but did not receive any.”

  7. Former Aussie PM: UK Will Face Own Migrant Crisis Unless Boats Are Turned Back (breitbart, Jun 1, 2020)

    “The former prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, warned the UK might face its own migrant crisis unless it turns the boats back in the English Channel.

    Mr Abbott has become an authority in stopping illegal boat migration, after the successful implementation of his Operation Sovereign Borders seven years ago, which stops illegals from landing in Australia by turning them back at sea.

    Actions by Mr Abbott’s government, and that of conservative Hungary, have proven the likes of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres — who claimed in 2016 that mass migration was “inevitable and will not stop” — completely wrong.

    The UK has seen a rise in illegal boat migrants travel from France across the English Channel and landing on the south-east coast of Great Britain since 2016, with a sudden rise this year. Nigel Farage has turned his hand from Brexiteering to investigative journalist, reporting on the spike in arrivals since the coronavirus lockdown. He revealed not only the French navy escorting migrant boats from French to British territorial waters but that they are coordinating with UK authorities in the handover of the illegals.

    Comparing the migrant crisis of 2015 that saw one million third world migrants pour into Europe, former Prime Minister Abbott warned that the English Channel’s “trickle” could “quickly become a flood”, blaming the signals sent to illegals and smugglers that once you set foot — or boat — on British territory, you can stay.

    “As long as ‘to arrive is to remain’, people smugglers will have a business model and those countries that lack the will to say ‘no’ are at risk of peaceful invasion. This is the prospect that faces Britain, if swift action is not taken to stop people coming illegally by boat,” Mr Abbott wrote for the British Telegraph on Sunday….”

  8. UN forced to cut aid to Yemen, even as virus increases need (abcnews, Jun 1, 2020)

    “Aid organizations are making an urgent plea for funding to shore up their operations in war-torn Yemen, saying they have already been forced to stop some of their work even as the coronavirus rips through the country.

    Some 75% of U.N. programs in Yemen have had to shut their doors or reduce operations. The global body’s World Food Program had to cut rations in half and U.N.-funded health services were reduced in 189 out of 369 hospitals nationwide.

    “It’s almost impossible to look a family in the face, to look them in the eyes and say, ‘I’m sorry but the food that you need in order to survive we have to cut in half,’” Lise Grande, resident U.N. coordinator for Yemen, told The Associated Press…”

  9. Indonesian police shoot militant who fatally slashed officer (abcnews, Jun 1, 2020)

    “Indonesian police fatally shot a suspected Islamic militant who killed an officer at a police station with a samurai-style sword, officials said Monday.

    National Police spokesman Ahmad Ramadhan said the suspect was shot as he tried to attack two other policemen after fatally slashing the first officer. The suspect died on the way to the hospital.

    The attack occurred early Monday at the South Daha police station in South Kalimantan province, he said.

    “One of the police officers died at the crime scene and the suspect was still trying to attack other officers. If the officer did not shoot, he would have killed more,” Ramadhan said. “We are still investigating if the suspect was related to or inspired by the Islamic State group.”

    He said police seized the sword, an Islamic State-style flag and a small Quran.

    South Kalimantan police spokesman Mohammad Rifai said the suspect burned a police car at the station before attacking the officers.

    Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on Islamic militants since bombings on the tourist island of Bali in 2002 killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

    Attacks on foreigners have been largely replaced in recent years by smaller, less deadly strikes targeting the government, police and anti-terrorism forces, inspired by Islamic State group attacks abroad.”

  10. Secy. Pompeo warns China is a growing democracy threat, disruption seen worldwide

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that China may be a growing threat to democracy. In an interview Sunday, he said recent actions from the Chinese Communist Party has led him to believe its officials are “actively seeking U.S. harm.”

    The State Department chief went on to claim China has become more aggressive over time, adding that the disruption is seen worldwide. Pompeo referred to the president’s remarks from the Rose Garden over the weekend, reaffirming he’s ready to respond to China’s aggression.

    “The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with China, but achieving that relationship requires us to vigorously defend our national interests,” stated the president. “The Chinese government has continually violated its promises to us and so many other nations; these plain facts cannot be overlooked or swept aside…the world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government.”

  11. Hong Kong leaders say Trump ‘completely wrong’ for curbing ties

    HONG KONG (Reuters) – Senior Hong Kong government officials lashed out on Saturday at moves by U.S. President Donald Trump to strip the city of its special status in a bid to punish China for imposing national security laws on the global financial hub.

    Speaking hours after Trump said the city no longer warranted economic privileges and some officials could face sanctions, security minister John Lee told reporters that Hong Kong’s government could not be threatened and would push ahead with the new laws.

  12. Yes, the president could invoke the Insurrection Act to stop the madness. But then what?
    By Ben Bowles June 1, 2020

    One would have hoped by now that cooler heads would prevail. But those hopes would have been in vain. Yesterday a new disturbing incident out of Rochester, N.Y. was captured on video. A woman pleading with the masked rioters or agitators destroying the exterior of a store she lived above was pummeled, kicked, and ultimately beaten with a board.

    Other horror stories are emanating from countless other American cities under siege. Anyone who was worried that the coronavirus pandemic wouldn’t ultimately destroy the country can rest easy knowing that the riots will amplify that decline. As J.E. Dyer grimly reminds us, the widespread destruction we are seeing may well put additional hundreds of thousands of people out of the jobs they were hoping to go back to.

    So what can and should be done? Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy is calling on the president to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807. The law extends a provision under Article IV of the Constitution that gives the president unilateral authority to put down insurrection and invasion. If Donald Trump were to invoke the law, national guard troops would be deployed wherever needed

  13. SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA – SPECIAL REPORT: How China covered up the coronavirus crisis

    ( 26 min 22 )

    The Chinese Communist Party’s brutal crackdown on critics during the early days of the coronavirus outbreak led to hundreds of people being taken from their families and held in secret detention indefinitely.

    This Sky News Australia special investigation talks to the families of these victims, including the brother of Chinese journalist Chen Men, who was taken by his government for the crime of reporting on the coronavirus.

    His website was shut down after authorities caught wind of his warnings and he was jailed on April 19.

    Mr Chen’s family say he has disappeared entirely without a trial and fear the man they love is being tortured by the communist regime in an unknown location.

    Their story is eerily and tragically similar to that of hundreds of brave people who raised concerns online and have since vanished.

    Human rights groups fear that number may be as high as 800 and there are concerns that many of the victims will never be reunited with their families.

    This special report investigates these stories and probes other questions which will help shed light on the origins of COVID-19.

    • Virus not less potent, WHO says after Italian doctor claim

      The World Health Organization stresses that the new coronavirus has not suddenly become less pathogenic, following claims by a leading Italian doctor that COVID-19 had lost some of its potency.

      “We need to be exceptionally careful not to create a sense that, all of a sudden, the virus, by its own volition, has now decided to be less pathogenic.

      It is not the case at all,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan tells a virtual press briefing.

    • WHO says it wants to keep working with US

      WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says US involvement with the UN health agency had made a “great difference” over the decades and “it is WHO’s wish for this collaboration to continue”.

  14. jihad watch –Video: Man chants “There is no god but Allah” during violent Leftist Antifa riots in US


  15. Iran: Tehran calls on US to stop violence against protesters – foreign ministry spokesman

    Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi has called on the US government to stop violence against demonstrators protesting police brutality and racial discrimination. Mousavi also commented on the recent shipping of gasoline to Venezuela, strongly opposed by the US.

    Mousavi spoke at a news conference in Tehran on Monday.

    SOT, Abbas Mousavi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman: “To the American people, the world has heard your outcry over this state of oppression. The world is standing with you. The American regime is pressuring violence and bullying at home and abroad. We are greatly regretful to see, along with the people across the world, the violence instances that the U.S police has recently unfolded. We deeply regret to see the American people who peacefully seek respect and no more violence are suppressed indiscriminately and met with the utmost violence. And today, American officials and police, stop violence against your people and let them breathe.”

    SOT, Abbas Mousavi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman (Farsi): “The Islamic Republic of Iran considers what has happened as simply legal and belonging to international trade. It is the privilege of Iran and the government of Venezuela to have free trade rights. But due to the fact that the US is used to bullying and violating international principles, they could not stand it. So, it was not important for Iran and the Venezuelan government, since the Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept the sanctions as valid. What the US does is to impose unilateral and illegal sanctions that governments do not have to follow.”

    SOT, Abbas Mousavi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman (Farsi): “If the Venezuelan government requests to purchase new shipments from Iran, we can send to them, or other countries, which need our raw material energy products, through previous and future arrangements.”

    SOT, Abbas Mousavi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman (Farsi): “As an independent country, which has the right to do any kind of trade, including military trade, either by purchasing or selling, Iran is among the countries which can produce different armaments. We hope that the previous restriction of rights be eased so that we can do commerce in the framework of free trade.”

    SOT, Abbas Mousavi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman (Farsi): “As far as I know, Mr. Asgari’s case is finished. I think he will come back to the country in two or three days if nothing happens and there will be no limitation on the flights. Things are somehow done and Dr. Asgari will return to the country, God willing. The security of the prisoners in the US and even Europe, whom we consider as hostages, is very important for us. The negotiations are going on and, as I said before, we, the officials, are ready to exchange the prisoners and bring them to the country.”

    SOT, Abbas Mousavi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman (Farsi): “What happens to the independent countries, like Iran, China and other countries, is a clear intervention. And the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been against such interventions for any reason and we condemn it. Now, we condemn it again. We consider Hong Kong as a part of mainland China, based on its conditions and historical background.”

  16. BRAZIL – Clashes between Bolsonaro’s supporters, opponents and police in Sao Paulo

    Police in Sao Paulo disperse a demonstration against President Jair Bolsonaro, just hundreds of meters away from a rival rally by his supporters against the State Governor and the Federal Court of Justice.

  17. Mail in vote not a good idea. The apolitical Election office is only as good as the person running it, which in many cases spells trouble. I listened to a woman tell the girls in a returning office she had a friend who died and just before she died she made her promise she would vote for her in the next election. Absolutely amazing the lengths some people will go to and what they will tell you when they are caught CHEATING. Democracy – one person, one vote is NOT always adhered to. Some people never learn what honesty, integrity and truth mean. I have met a lot of politicians but never one I would sell my soul for.

    • Lol. I had a relative with terminal pancreatic cancer and SHE requested an absentee ballot as early as possible so she could vote for Mr. Obama. She was so inspired by him that she wanted her vote to be her last volitional act.

      • I met a minister in Georgia before Obama was elected and he told me he thought Obama was the anti-Christ.

        When I was 17, I worked at a factory for the summer, I met the Premier of Ontario, he was shaking hands at the gate. I jokingly told him I was not old enough to vote but when I could I would vote for him because he had such beautiful eyes, he laughed and said “You won’t be the first one“.

  18. Swedish Woman Charged with Rape of ‘Child’ Refugee Argues He’s Actually an Adult (breitbart, Jun 1, 2020)

    “A middle-aged Swedish woman charged with child rape has argued that her victim, an alleged “unaccompanied minor”, had lied to the government about his true age when he arrived in Sweden.

    A 40-year-old woman who lives in Sala Municipality, central Sweden, will be in court this week charged with the rape of a minor, according to local media.

    Swedish Radio reports that the woman is accused of having sexual intercourse, or performing intercourse-like acts, with a male who was allegedly 17 years old and was housed with her at her family home by the Migration Bureau during the summer of 2017.

    The accused denies the crime, claiming that she had been in a relationship with the male and that the pair were in love.

    She also argued that the alleged victim was, in fact, older than the age he had given to the Migration Board, which grants additional benefits, rights, and protections to migrants who purport to be aged under 18.

    Samhällsnytt, an alternative media outlet with links to the anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats, commented on the case, noting “family homes” like that of the accused woman receive funding from the state “for caring for children”.

    Previously, Breitbart London reported on two migrant centre employees in Denmark, aged 52 and 36, charged with breaking a law which forbids employees of a number of public institutions from having sexual relationships with clients.

    The pair were accused of having sex with 17-year-old migrants living at the now-disused Tullebølle Children’s Centre, which was shut down in October 2016 after a string of serious incidents including rape, brawls, and sexual assault.

    Former staff members of the home revealed management had warned staff to ignore criminal behaviour of the migrant youths, stressing that a police report “could have serious consequences on refugee children’s future”.

    Last year, a 69-year-old activist who “lived for [migrant] integration” and “did everything for unaccompanied minors”, was reportedly murdered by a young migrant with whom she had sexual relations.

    The 20-year-old immigrant was sentenced to 11 years in prison and deportation after he argued in court that he had felt exploited by the much older woman, who was heavily involved in campaigning for ‘refugees’. He arrived during the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 and was initially denied a residence permit.”

  19. At Least 50 Die in Burkina Attacks Blamed on Jihadists

    “Ten people were killed when an aid convoy was ambushed in Burkina Faso, the government said Sunday, bringing to at least 50 the death toll from a string of attacks blamed on jihadists.

    The ambush occurred on Saturday near the northern town of Barsalogho, it said in a statement, adding that an attack on a livestock market in the east of the country earlier in the day had claimed 25 lives, according to a provisional toll.

    The humanitarian convoy was returning from the northern town of Foube after delivering food there, the statement said. At least five civilians and five gendarmes were killed and around 20 people were injured.

    Saturday’s attacks came a day after a convoy of mainly shopkeepers escorted by a local self-defense unit came under fire in the north of the West African country, killing 15 people. That attack, in Loroum province, was also blamed on jihadists.

    The east and north of the former French colony are the hardest hit by attacks by jihadists, who have killed more than 900 people and caused some 860,000 people to flee their homes in the past five years.

    A local governor, Colonel Saidou Sanou, said in a statement that the bloodshed underlined the need for the army and locals to work together to “defeat the terrorist hydra.”

    Increasingly Frequent Attacks
    Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries, has battled a jihadist insurgency since 2015. The conflict has provoked attacks on ethnic Fulani herders whom other communities accuse of supporting the militants. Burkina Faso’s armed forces are leading counter-terror operations with increasing frequency.

    The Sahel country is part of a regional effort to battle an Islamist insurgency along with Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad. But their militaries, under-equipped and poorly trained, are struggling despite help from France, which has 5,000 troops in the region.

    Attacks have in fact intensified in Burkina Faso since last year, becoming practically a daily occurrence.

    A security source said the country had become a haven for jihadists as a result of former President Blaise Compaore‘s role as a mediator, notably to obtain the release of Western hostages. Compaore was overthrown in 2014.

    Numerous foreigners have been kidnapped in Burkina Faso, with six believed held in a Mali camp near the Burkina border. The wife of one of them, elderly Australian doctor Kenneth Elliot, released a video on Friday appealing for him to be freed.

    Unrest in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger killed around 4,000 people last year, according to UN figures.”

  20. Mozambique May Have Killed Jihadist Leaders: President

    “Mozambican security forces may have killed the leaders of the Islamist militants who have terrorized communities in the central and northern districts of Cabo Delgado, President Filipe Nyusi said.

    In an interview late Saturday on state television channel TVM, Nyusi said top officials were still trying to confirm their deaths which appear to have occurred after Thursday’s attack and occupation of the Macomia district headquarters.

    “We have information that senior officers of this force have been slaughtered, which we can consider to be the leadership, but the Defence and Security Forces will confirm this at a proper moment,” President Nyusi said. “We are learning how to deal with that force and we are encouraging the Defence and Security Forces to fight them.”

    Since 2017, a shadowy Islamist group has wreaked havoc among communities in the gas-rich north, burning huts, decapitating villagers, and killing more than 1,100 people, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.

    The jihadists have grown bolder over the past two months, stepping up attacks by destroying more important infrastructure such as government headquarters buildings, bank branches, and looting money. They have now ventured into towns as part of a declared campaign to establish an Islamist caliphate.

    Outnumbering the government troops, the militants launched a fresh attack last Thursday, striking Macomia district in an early morning assault.

    Air force support from private military companies arrived in Macomia from Pemba to repel the attackers but without troops on the ground it was difficult to control the situation, unnamed police source told AFP. Clashes have been raging in the area since. The headquarters of the districts of Mocimboa da Praia, Quissanga, Muidumbe were attacked and assaulted before Macomia.

    Despite President Filipe Nyusi’s promises, neither the police nor the army, recently shored up by foreign private security companies, has succeeded in preventing attacks.

    In all the towns in which they attack, militants hoist a black flag, with white inscriptions in Arabic, the same used by the Islamic State. But after a while they retreat to the woods, leaving behind a trail of destruction.”

  21. US activist sues former Egyptian prime minister over arrest and torture

    “A US activist and former political prisoner has filed a lawsuit against a former Egyptian prime minister who now lives in Washington DC, arguing he was illegally jailed and tortured as part of a brutal crackdown by Cairo in 2013.

    Mohamed Soltan, who spent 643 days in prison, accused former Prime Minister Hazem Abdel Aziz El Beblawi on Monday of direct responsibility for his treatment under the 1991 Torture Victim Protection Act.

    In a 46-page complaint, Soltan asserted that he had been shot, beaten and tortured by Cairo’s military regime.

    “I wanted to help build my country of origin into a place that respected human rights, democratic values and the truth,” Soltan said in a statement sent to Middle East Eye.

    “For that, I was shot, beaten, sleep-deprived, pressured to commit suicide and forced to listen to my father being tortured.

    “The privilege of having US citizenship contributed to my survival of the same fate that more than 60,000 Egyptian political prisoners face today.”

    The lawsuit also named Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Egypt’s intelligence chief Abbas Kamel as “unsued defendants”, along with three other ministers in Sisi’s government.

    “Today’s legal action in US federal court is a demand for justice for Mohamed and for the dignity of political prisoners who have suffered at the hands of Egypt’s brutal authoritarian regime that regularly uses torture to quash free speech and dissent in order to cover up its crimes,” Eric Lewis, Soltan’s lawyer, said in a statement sent to MEE.

    “Hazem El Beblawi’s criminal behavior was systematic, intentional and malicious.

    “We are confident that when the facts of Beblawi’s gruesome crimes are revealed before a judge and jury, Mohamed Soltan will finally receive justice.”

    Torture and beatings
    Soltan, an Ohio State University economics graduate, mediated between foreign media and protest leaders at Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya square in July 2013.

    Thousands of Egyptians had camped in the square to demand the reinstatement of former President Mohamed Morsi who was deposed in a military coup that month by Sisi.

    Soltan was arrested shortly after the protests were stamped out and spent nearly two years in prison, 490 days of which he was on hunger strike. He told MEE in a previous interview that he lost a third of his body weight and nearly died 10 times.

    His hunger strike gained worldwide attention, adding pressure on the US government to ultimately secure his release.

    In the lawsuit, Soltan outlined the multitude of moments in which he was beaten and abused.

    In one instance, when Soltan was pleading for medical assistance, he showed a state prosecutor “the metal nails that held his bones together that had begun to tear out of his elbow and through his skin”.

    While imprisoned at the notorious Tora prison in Cairo, the screws in his arm continued to shift, with the slightest movement causing him “excruciating pain”.

    Egyptian authorities also arrested Soltan’s father, a former minister in Morsi’s government. They then forced the younger Soltan to listen to his father being tortured and beaten.

    “On several occasions, the guards would beat his father within earshot of Plaintiff so that he could hear the cries as the blows rained down upon him,” the suit read.

    One evening, during Soltan’s hunger strike, guards came into his cell and tossed another prisoner, named only as Rida, in with Soltan, telling him he was to care for the prisoner.

    Soon after, Rida died in the cell. Despite Soltan’s banging on the cell door and screams for help, prison guards did not open the door for another 15 hours and then blamed Soltan for the death. Rida was terminally ill with cancer.

    Soltan “was overwhelmed with guilt and continues to have nightmares about that night”.

    The medical negligence by prison authorities was so harsh that two of Soltan’s fellow prisoners, both of whom were doctors, had to operate on his arm without anesthetics or proper medical tools.

    Accountability and justice
    In the lawsuit, Soltan alleges that Beblawi, who is currently an executive director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, “directed and monitored” his mistreatment.

    As a serving president, Sisi’s status grants him diplomatic immunity from legal proceedings, but Kamel and others risk being served should they visit the US.

    “It is my hope that the world does not witness a repeat of the tragic events that happened in Tahrir Square, Maspero and Rabaa and the imprisonment of tens of thousands that followed, and continues today,” Soltan said.

    “This legal action is not about political or ideological victories, it seeks accountability, deterrence and justice.”

    While civil lawsuits cannot usually reach foreign governments and leaders, under a 1991 US law, victims of torture are able to sue for compensation from their tormenters under special circumstances.

    Under the Torture Victim Protection Act, it states that victims can seek damages under two circumstances: the defendants are in the United States and they are no longer a head of state.

    Beblawi, the main defendant in the case, fits under both of those conditions. The ex-prime minister, who was trained as an economist at the Sorbonne, currently lives in Mclean, Virginia and sits on the executive board of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

    Soltan’s lawyer also called on the IMF to hold Beblawi accountable for his crimes.

    “Beblawi’s employment by the International Monetary Fund is a stain on that organisation, and this man should be held accountable for his heinous acts in a US court of law,” he said.”

  22. Killing of Kurdish man in Turkish capital provokes outrage

    “Outrage has spread across social media over the killing of a 20-year-old Kurdish man in the Turkish capital Ankara on Sunday.

    According to Turkish news media, Baris Cakan was sitting in a park in the Etimesgut district of the city when he was attacked by three men, and stabbed in the heart.

    An initial report by the pro-Kuridsh Mezopotamya News Agency quoted a family member saying that he had been attacked for listening to Kurdish music. Three alleged attackers have been detained.

    Burak Gultekin, an adviser to Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, disputed the original account in a tweet, saying a fight had broken out due to loud music being played in a car during the call to prayer, and that the incident had nothing to do with “Kurdishness”….”

  23. Saudi cleric: ‘It is prohibited to protest in Islam’

    “A prominent Saudi cleric, Shaikh Assim Al-Hakeem, has come under fire on Twitter over his response to a question posed to him by a user regarding the permissibility of protesting in Islam, specifically in light of the on-going demonstrations in the US over the murder of an unarmed black suspect by Minneapolis police officers.

    The Jeddah-based cleric, who is a well-known propagator in the English language and who regularly appears on Saudi-owned religious satellite channel Huda TV, which is aimed at English speakers told his 161,500 followers that “It is not permissible to protest in Islam”.

    Al-Hakeem came under criticism by many Muslim users, with many citing Quranic principles of standing up against injustice, even were it to be from one’s own family. Other’s highlighted widely known prophetic narrations, such as: “Whosoever of you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart—and that is the weakest of faith”.

    One user asked how it was then possible for Arabia to revolt against the Ottoman caliphate. However, there were also users who shared Al-Hakeem’s interpretation.

    Such ideas appears to be in line with the pro-authoritarian Madkhali brand of Salafism, named after the Saudi theologian Rabi Al-Madkhali, who teaches an ultra-conservative practise of Islam, fully endorsed by the Saudi state. It is particularly popular in eastern Libya where it was tolerated under late-ruler Muammar Gaddafi, today its adherents form many of the Libyan National Army (LNA) under General Khalifa Haftar.”

  24. (Richard: What a day, first I had to run around paying bills and then Spectrums equipment broke and I had no internet.) (Here is an article and video about the BLM chapter in Oklahoma City making a lot of demands that must be met or they will continue to riot.)

    Black Lives Matter OKC chapter addresses protest, releases list of demands during news conference


    The Oklahoma City chapter of Black Lives Matter held a peaceful demonstration that brought thousands of people together over the weekend on the northeast side.

    On Monday, the group is demanding change and calling out city leaders to take action immediately in light of police violence in the news recently. During a news conference, Black Lives Matter officials said city leaders are responsible for the crisis at hand.

    T. Sheri Dickerson, one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter-Oklahoma City listed about a dozen demands, including the resignation of Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley and apologies from Gourley and Mayor David Holt, who the group said lacked leadership that led to aggressive actions by police toward protesters.

  25. Saudi-led coalition claims intercepting Houthi drones

    “The Saudi-led coalition shot down two drones fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen towards Saudi Arabia, a coalition spokesman said on Monday.

    The two drones were launched towards the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, Col. Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement cited by the Saudi SPA news agency.

    “The Houthi militia continues to violate the customary International Humanitarian Law by launching UAVs and deliberately targeting civilians and densely populated civilian areas,” he said.

    The spokesman said the attacks by Houthi rebels were another “confirmation of rejection of the ceasefire and de-escalation initiative announced by the coalition on April 9”.

    There was no immediate comment from the Houthi group on the coalition’s statement.

    Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

    The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.

    Tens of thousands of Yemenis, including civilians, are believed to have been killed in the conflict, which has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis as millions remain at risk of starvation.”

  26. I am trying to keep up with DJT tweets, and I think this came from them. He walked out to the church in DC. He is matter-of-factly meeting the challenges that come his way. Mr. Trudeau would do well to become his apprentice so he could acquire leadership skills.
    The article outlines how the attorneys’ actions meet domestic the US’s terrorist act criteria .

      • No thank you. Lol. I tried to post it and that is as far as I got. where is PC when I need him. PCCCCCCCC help me.
        I laughed when he was speaking, he kept looking around, he spoke about that Clinton woman, I hope he is still around tomorrow.

  27. American Scholar Underscores Islam’s Innate Anti-Racism Amid US Unrest

    “The teachings of Islam have throughout the years inspired American scholar Craig Considine, who shared with his social media followers how the religion and its ethics condemn racism and racial discrimination.

    On May 31, the scholar took an extract from Malcolm Little, better known as Malcolm X, an American civil rights activist and minister who invited his countrymen to better understand Islam.

    Considine shared a saying from Malcolm X’s writings during his visit to Mecca in 1964, reading: “America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.”

    Considine said the black Muslim activist was encouraging Americans to consider the “farewell sermon of Prophet Muhammad” on racial equality.

    “All mankind is from Adam & Eve an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action,” the passage reads.

    In a tweet on May 29, Considine said: “Rooted in both ignorance & arrogance, racism has plagued civilization since the advent of man. Prophet Muhammad addressed this disease of the heart & [mind] from its root cause.”

    The scholar, who has authored books and articles on Christian-Muslim relations, explained that the prophet actively defended his companion Bilal ibn Rabah, described in Islam as a man of color who was subject to racism.

    Considine recalled that Prophet Muhammad described racists as “people stuck in jahiliya (the state of ignorance).”

    Bilal was one of the most trusted and loyal Sahabah, or companions of Muhammad, and is also considered to have been the first muezzin, the person who summons worshipers to prayer five times a day.

    “[The prophet] even elevated Bilal to the high position of muezzin (…) this is anti-racism in action,” the American scholar said.

    Considine’s sharing of the prophet’s anti-racist vision and actions comes after the brutal and violent murder of George Floyd, a black man whose death beneath the knee of a white police officer sparked outrage and protests across the United States and inspired demonstrations across the Atlantic…”

  28. 3 terrorists ‘neutralized’ in southeastern Turkey

    “Turkish security forces neutralized three terrorists and seized heavy explosives in the southeastern Hakkari province on Monday, according to the Interior Ministry.

    The provincial Gendarmerie Special Public Security Command carried out an air-backed operation against a terrorist organization in rural areas of Hakkari, the ministry said in a statement.

    Rifles, Kalashnikovs, a rocket launcher, anti-tank mines, grenades and improvised explosive devices were among the seized arms and ammunition.

    The neutralized terrorists were allegedly involved in the killings of Turkish soldiers, Ercan Sanca and Sait Baris, in June 2019.

    Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.”

  29. Erdo?an says ‘not a single mosque left in Athens’

    “There is not a single mosque in Athens right now as all of them have been destroyed, the Turkish president said on May 31.

    “Not a single mosque of ours still stands in Athens. They were all razed to the ground. But we did not resort to such ways in a city like Istanbul,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, referring to the 567th anniversary of the conquest of city, which was marked on May 29.

    “Our mosques and symbolic monuments in places where we had to leave a century ago were destroyed in a short time.”

    Speaking during the opening ceremony for Had?mköy Dr. ?smail Niyazi Kurtulmu? Hospital in Istanbul, Erdo?an said that when Sultan Mehmet Han — also known as Mehmet the Conqueror — conquered Istanbul, he was not welcomed as an enemy but like an “expected savior.”

    “Our ancestors regarded conquest as not merely taking more lands but winning over hearts,” he said.

    Erdo?an said his ancestors took care of all that is good, beneficial and favorable for humanity not only during the conquest of Istanbul but also during the conquests of all other places.

    “Hagia Sophia was opened to the service of Muslims as their right of conquest by making it even more beautiful instead of razing it to the ground because of a religious animosity,” he said, adding other places of worship were not touched and were maintained to meet the needs of the community.

    “Only this picture is sufficient to demonstrate the magnanimity of our ancestors,” he added.

    Erdo?an underlined that in the past century, the country has not been “successful enough” in keeping alive the relics of its ancestors.

    He stressed that during the past 18 years, Turkey has protected all the heritage of its geography and not only the heritage of own ancestors.

    “When we came to power, we saw that only 460 buildings had been restored. In the last 18 years, we have restored 5,060 buildings and presented them to the service of our nation and humanity.”

    Turkey on May 30 shot back at an objection from Greece on the reading of passages from the Muslim holy book, the Quran, in the Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), a landmark mosque-converted museum in Istanbul.

    Accusing Athens of making “futile and ineffective statements” on the event, which marked the 567th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of the former Byzantine capital, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Greece’s displeasure illustrated its “intolerant psychology.”

    “The fact that Greece, the only remaining European country without a mosque in its capital, is disturbed by the recital of the Holy Quran in Hagia Sophia is a case in point illustrating the intolerant psychology of this country, especially at a time when calls to prayer can be heard from minarets in Europe and the importance of the principle of mutual respect is increasingly valued,” said the online statement.

    Aksoy’s statement came after earlier remarks from the Greek Foreign Ministry saying the move did not comply with the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.”

  30. Message to Maduro — Special U.S. Army Unit Sent to Colombia-Venezuela Border

    Advocates of stronger U.S. action against the growing Iran-Venezuela ‘oil-for gold’ axis – such as me – were disappointed when the Trump administration allowed Iranian tankers carrying US-sanctioned gasoline to arrive unhindered in Venezuela this week. Since then, however, the U.S. has announced additional sanctions that may curb future Iranian oil shipments. This may be a smarter play.

    We can probably also expect more U.S. “maximum pressure” tactics against Venezuela’s rogue socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro.

    For one, the $15 million US government bounty on Maduro remains in effect.

    Additionally, the Pentagon announced today that it is dispatching one of its recently formed Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) to neighboring Colombia. According to Business Insider (BI), this will mark the first time one of the new units – designed to “train and advise partner forces has been sent to the region.”

    While cocaine production has been increasing again in Colombia, many believe this move is also meant to send a message to Venezuela’s Maduro that U.S. forces are nearby.

  31. China: What We Must Do, What We Must Not Do

    by Gordon G. ChangChina: What We Must Do, What We Must Not Do

    by Gordon G. Chang
    June 1, 2020 at 5:00 am
    June 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

    China has attacked America with coronavirus. At this moment, more than 100,000 Americans have been killed. We brace ourselves for the deaths to come.

    Today, I’ll do two things. First, I’ll talk about the nature of that attack. The second thing, what we must do to protect ourselves.

    First of all, China is not, as many people will tell you, just a competitor. It is an enemy. China is trying to overthrow the international system, and in that process, it is trying to make you subject to modern-day Chinese emperors.

    I know this sounds as if it cannot be true, but we must listen to what Chinese leaders say. When we do that, we realize that to defend the American republic and defend our way of life, we are going to have to decouple from China.

    On May 6, President Donald J. Trump said that China’s attack was worse than Pearl Harbor, worse than the World Trade Center. “There’s never been an attack like this,” he said, and he is right.

    Most critically, Chinese leaders publicly admitted that the novel coronavirus, the pathogen causing COVID-19, could be transmitted from one human to another on January 20.

    Yet doctors in Wuhan, the epicenter, were noticing the contagiousness of this virus no later than the second week in December. Beijing knew a few days after that. If Chinese leaders had said nothing during that five?week period, that would have been grossly irresponsible.

  32. Top Chinese General Says Beijing Will Attack Taiwan to Stop Independence
    By Reuters
    4-6 minutes

    BEIJING—China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country’s most senior generals said on May 29, in a rhetorical escalation from China aimed at the democratic, self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own.

    Speaking at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on the 15th anniversary of the Anti-Secession Law, Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department and member of the Central Military Commission, left the door open to using force.

    The 2005 law gives the country the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or seems about to, making the narrow Taiwan Strait a potential military flashpoint.

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