Reader’s Links for June 22, 2020

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  1. CBC – Family identifies [ Muslim ] man, 62, who was shot and killed by police in Mississauga as SIU investigates

    Ejaz Ahmed Choudry, who family members say suffered from schizophrenia, died in his apartment on Saturday

    […]the man, who was alone in the unit, was in a “state of crisis” and believed to have weapons on him in his residence.

    […]tactical units entering the second-floor unit through the balcony.

    Three officers are seen kicking open the door and yelling into the residence.

    A series of gunshots can be heard before all three officers enter the apartment.

    […]Due to his “extensive medical history” and lack of communication for almost 15 minutes, she said, officers made the decision to enter the residence “to check on his well-being.”

    […]Once police entered the apartment unit, “an interaction occurred which included officers deploying a conducted energy weapon at the man, as well as firing plastic projectiles from an Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield,” the SIU release said.

    “When these had no effect, an officer discharged a firearm and the man was struck.”

    He died at the scene shortly after.

    […]The victim’s eldest daughter initially called a non-emergency ambulance on Saturday evening because her father was having an “episode,” according to Khizar Shahzad, who is also a nephew of the victim.

    Once paramedics arrived, they saw that the victim had a knife and called police, Shahzad said.

    […]He was a very nice guy,” he said. “Everybody respected him.”

    Knife recovered at the scene: SIU

    […]In a release issued Sunday, the Muslim Council of Peel called for an immediate review of the use of force by police, particularly during mental-health calls.

    […]”A disproportionate number of racialized individuals including Black, Indigenous and Muslim are the victims of police shootings across Canada

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/siu-police-shooting-mississauga-1.5621243

    • CBC – Ontario man shot, killed by police during wellness check

      Family members are expressing anger and grief after a police shooting killed 62-year-old Ejaz Ahmed Choudry in his Mississauga, Ont., apartment.

      He’s the third Canadian in a month to be killed after police carried out what’s called a wellness check.

    • toronto sun – Family demands inquiry into police shooting of mentally ill man

      Relatives of a 62-year-old man who died in a police-involved shooting in Mississauga say they don’t trust the province’s Special Investigations Unit to probe the incident.

      The man’s nephew, Hasim Choudry, said the family wants a public inquiry to ensure there’s a fair investigation into Saturday’s police shooting in the Morning Star-Goreway Drs. area. Ontario’s police watchdog — the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) — is now taken over the case.

      The Muslim Council of Peel identified the dead man as Ejaz Choudry and backed up the family’s calls for a public inquiry.

      Family members and supporters protested at the scene of the shooting Sunday, on Father’s Day. They said Choudry was a dad to four children, with the youngest being a seven-year-old girl.

      Peel Regional Police Const. Akhil Mooken said officers received a call around 5 p.m. to attend to a man who was “in a state of crisis” after failing to take his medication.

      Officers believed he had access to weapons.

      “Communication was initiated with the man to try to communicate a peaceful surrender,” said Mooken.

      “But the man had barricaded himself inside the residence. Officers maintained constant communication with the man … about surrendering to police. Just before 8 p.m., the man stopped communicating wtih officers.”

      Mooken said that based on the man’s extensive medical history and lack of communication, police were concerned he might harm himself.

      “A decision was made to enter the residence to ensure his well-being. Inside the residence, an interaction occurred between the officers and the man, at which point, shots were fired by police,” said Mooken.

      “Despite the best efforts of officers and paramedics who were already on scene, the man died as a result of his injuries.”

      The man was pronounced dead shortly after 8:30 p.m.

      A video showing the interaction between three police officers and the man inside the building surfaced on social media Sunday. Mooken said he is aware of the video, but could not comment given the SIU investigation.

      The 18-second clip shows one of the three officers kicking the door in.

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      twitter :

      https://twitter.com/UsmanS721/status/1274516281199415296

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      “Police! Put the gun down,” officers can be heard shouting.

      “Put it down!” they shouted before shots rang out. The video shows officers enter through the door, and again shout: “Get the guns down, put it down!”

      There were two more shots fired.

      The SIU said Sunday the investigation is ongoing.

      A separate video of a group of people who said they are family members of Choudry appeared online Sunday morning.

      “They shot him in the back five times,” said one man. “They’re delusional. They shot him.”

      “He’s a mentally-ill patient; listen, if you come out with guns and Tasers, he’s going to react,” said another man.

      “He’s schizophrenic. They went to the back of the balcony with a ladder and they stood outside, three of them stood outside,” he added. “One of them … shot him when he was sitting inside. What kind of justice is that? Tell me.”

      Ibrahim Hindy, a board member at the Muslim Council of Peel alleged in a post on Facebook that his family did not call police, but the non-emergency line, hoping for paramedics to come and help assist the family in getting him to take his medication.

      “Ejaz did not have a gun, or ‘weapons,’ he was holding a single kitchen knife,” claimed Hindy.

      Meanwhile, police sources told the Toronto Sun‘s Joe Warmington all of the officers involved in the shooting are feeling terrible with the outcome.

      They claim Choudry had a “huge butcher knife” and “just didn’t stop.”

      Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie tweeted her condolences to Choudry’s family.

      “I ask the SIU to act quickly … The 2021 Peel Police budget will be reviewed through a different lens,” she said.

      An autopsy is scheduled Monday.

      The SIU is an arms-length agency which probes incidents involving police that result in death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault.

      https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/siu-to-investigate-fatal-police-shooting-in-mississauga
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  2. China will rewrite the Bible and the Quran to ‘reflect socialist values’ amid crackdown on Muslim Uighur minority
    Beijing said all translated classic religious books should be ‘re-evaluated’
    The new editions must not contain any content that contradicts socialism
    Paragraphs deemed wrong by censors will be amended or re-translated
    Comes as China faces widespread criticism over its policy against Muslims

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7824541/China-rewrite-Bible-Quran-reflect-socialist-values.html

    Note: I think that Islam is a bad ideology, but what is happening to the Muslim minority in China is just wrong.

  3. Michael Korenberg resigns as chair of UBC board of governors after he likes a tweet by Dinesh D’Souza
    by Charlie Smith on June 20th, 2020 at 11:47 PM
    Michael Korenberg liked some tweets that many at UBC found to be objectionable.
    Michael Korenberg liked some tweets that many at UBC found to be objectionable.
    UBC
    A well-known businessman and lawyer has stepped down from one of the most prestigious positions in British Columbia.

    Michael Korenberg was elected chair of the UBC board of governors in February 2018.

    But his term came crashing to an end after it was revealed that he liked tweets supporting Donald Trump and condemning Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    https://www.straight.com/education/michael-korenberg-resigns-as-chair-of-ubc-board-of-governors-after-he-likes-a-tweet-by

  4. The following are the highlights of the conversation between interviewer Michael Tracy and the unnamed ANTIFA member who was dumb enough to expose all of this on camera:

    Michael Tracy:

    A lady asked if there was any paid protesters in the house and of course everybody shouted no and groaned, but you stood up and indicated that you are a paid protester, what did you mean by that?
    ANTIFA member:

    We all get paid.
    Anytime that you are given the opportunity to protest and somebody will pay you to do it that’s like twice as good as just doing it on your own time.
    Michael Tracy:

    So you weren’t kidding around, you actually met that you’ve been paid at some point to protest, how can I get in on that?
    ANTIFA member:

    Go to GeorgeSoros.com and you sign up right there, you put your name in, you put your email address, and there’s an empty box there where you say how many times you’re willing to protest and how much you want to get paid.

    https://www.humorousmathematics.com/post/antifa-protest-organizer-admits-he-get-s-paid-by-globalist-george-soros-to-recruit-to-his-cult

  5. Libyan National Army Introduces No-Fly Zone Around Sirte, LNA Spokesperson Says (sputniknews, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202006221079684709-libyan-national-army-introduces-no-fly-zone-around-sirte-lna-spokesperson-says/

    “The east-based Libyan National Army (LNA) has introduced a no-fly zone around the city of Sirte on Sunday, LNA spokesperson Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mismari said, also welcoming Cairo’s announcement of being prepared to send in its forces.

    “The area from the As Sultan settlement east of Sirte until the al-Heesa village in the west is being declared a no-fly zone where the flights of any aviation, except for LNA aircraft, are prohibited,” Mismari said in a statement obtained by Sputnik.

    According to the LNA spokesperson, the no-fly zone stretches across 200 kilometers (124 miles)…”

  6. Afro-Swedish National Federation Wants to Tear Down Statue of ‘Colonial’ King (sputniknews, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/202006221079684958-afro-swedish-national-federation-wants-to-tear-down-statue-of-colonial-king/

    “In recent weeks, a wave of savage attacks against statues seen as problematic or controversial has swept the US and parts Europe in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and its protests, triggered by the death of an African American man in Minneapolis police custody last month.

    The Afro-Swedish National Federation has urged Sweden to “revise” its cityscape and remove statues that violate today’s “anti-racist” zeitgeist.

    One particular example of such a statue, seen as jarring, is that of King Gustav III in Stockholm.

    “I think it says something like ‘victory lord’ and ‘peace creator’ on the statue and similar sparkling rhetoric. Well, this person was something else too, he was the man who took Sweden back into the transatlantic slave trade. Then we should also have a discussion about the appropriateness of immortalising him in this way in the cityscape,” Afro-Swedish National Federation chairman Kitimbwa Sabuni told national broadcaster SVT.

    According to Sabuni, the series of international protests against statues seen as problematic has infused new life into the debate about public space, a discussion that he believes must be held, even in Sweden.

    “What people need to learn is that statues are not living history books in the room, but convey various ideological projects. It’s never pure history. These projects change over time and if we have an anti-racist project going on today, shouldn’t we change the cityscape accordingly?”, Kitimbwa Sabuni said.

    Catharina Nolin, a professor of art history, questions the wisdom of removing statues.

    “You can see it in different ways. It is clear that Gustav III was involved in the oppression of blacks when he bought the colony of Sankt-Barthélemy in the Caribbean. But he also contributed much else, among others to Swedish language. I’m not that much in favour of removing, rather adding. To try and create more knowledge about the statues, even the difficult kind of knowledge,” Nolin said.
    This approach was in effect shared by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who said he was against removing statues in Sweden. According to Sabuni, however, this ends a discussion that has barely begun.

    “Many of us who are Swedes today have been affected by this. And we are still affected today. These crimes have morally relevant traces in our time. It’s not ancient history. Our prime minister should be open to at least having a conversation,” Sabuni said.

    Burundi-born Kitimbwa Sabuni is the brother of Liberal Party leader Nyamko Sabuni.

    Gustav III (1746-1792) ruled Sweden from 1771 until his assassination. He was a first cousin of Russia’s Catherine the Great, which didn’t stop him from waging a war against Russia in an attempt to recapture the Baltic dominions lost in the Great Northern War, before ultimately siding with it.

    A believer in enlightened despotism and an admirer of Voltaire, Gustav III was a patron of the arts. He spent considerable funds on cultural ventures and put an end to the legal religious persecution of Catholics and Jews in Sweden.

    Gustav III was also the first formally neutral head of state in the world to recognise the United States during its war for independence from Great Britain.

    By acquiring Saint Barthélemy in 1784, Gustav III symbolically restored Sweden’s overseas colonial presence in the Western Hemisphere. The island, which had a population of just 5,000 in 1800, is now controlled by France…”

    • Then those African Kings shouldn’t have offered Slaves or sold Africans to anyone that came along, now shouldn’t they?
      But it’s always the White Man that is the Ultimate Evil and had “introduced” Slavery into Africa as some ideological Retarded want us to believe.

      In the 1840s, King Gezo of Dahomey said:
      “The slave trade is the ruling principle of my people.
      It is the source and the glory of their wealth…the mother lulls the child to sleep with notes of triumph over an enemy reduced to slavery…”

  7. Suspect in Reading Multiple Stabbing Attack Had Reportedly Been on MI5 Radar (sputniknews, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/uk/202006221079685045-suspect-in-reading-multiple-stabbing-attack-had-reportedly-been-on-mi5-radar-earlier/

    “A Libyan refugee is being held as a suspect in a stabbing attack in Reading, England, that left three people dead and injured several others on Saturday in what authorities are treating as a terrorist incident.

    Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan refugee who is being held as a suspect in an alleged terror attack in a Reading park, 65 km to the west of London, UK, was previously known to security services and the authorities, reports The Guardian…”

  8. Swedish Parliament Demands Crackdown Against Gang Crime Amid Shooting Spike (sputniknews, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/202006221079685674-swedish-parliament-demands-crackdown-against-gang-crime-amid-shooting-spike/

    “The huge package of measures against gangland crime presented in autumn, 2019 and dubbed “the largest ever” in Swedish history was condemned by a broad parliamentary majority as insufficient.

    Sweden’s parliament has called for steeper measures against gang crime amid a spike in shootings in Stockholm County.

    The previous programme, developed in autumn, 2019, has failed to address the worsening threat of gangland crime and was condemned as insufficient, as several parties, including allies of the ruling party, argued it didn’t go far enough.

    The opposition parties, the Moderates, the Christian Democrats and the Sweden Democrats, argued that further measures are needed to combat gang crime. The Moderates justified a harsher crackdown, citing the increasing number of shootings and explosions.

    “It is obvious that the government’s policy does not scratch the gangs. Here they have held as many press meetings as possible, they have talked about mustering strength and all the things that should happen. And then the number of shootings and blasts increases. So it goes in the wrong direction. That is completely unreasonable, I believe,” Moderate legal spokesman Johan Forssell told Swedish Radio.
    The previous programme included 34 points, such as crime prevention efforts, and was called “the largest anti-gang crime package ever in Sweden” by the country’s Interior Minister Mikael Damberg. Forsell, by contrast, described the programme as missing a “long line of things”.

    “We have to fill hundreds of vacancies in police training, we need strong penalties for gang crime, new tools to clear up this type of crime, and then a change in the social service,” Forssell said.

    Even Left Party political spokeswoman Linda Westerlund Snecker called on the government to expand the 34-point programme.

    “What is needed now is that we make sure no more people are recruited into gangs,” Snecker said.

    Even the Liberals, the minority Green-Social Democrat government’s own sidekicks, called for further measures.

    “There must be a stronger overall grip and with focus on the long-term rules of the game. Temporary interventions by the police, such as Operation Hoarforst, are not enough. A kind of Permafrost is needed. Then we need to beef up the resources,” the Liberals’ legal spokesman Johan Pehrson said.

    Despite numerous police initiatives such as Hoarfrost, violence and shootings continue in Sweden. Between January and May, at least 53 confirmed shootings took place in Stockholm County alone, leaving seven dead and 23 injured, national broadcaster SVT reported. The same period last year saw “only” 30 shootings.

    According to researchers, some of the organised crime is carried out by groups that are cohesive in common origin or growth, which is a factor of building mutual trust. In particular, they often hail from the Middle East or the Balkans, according to researchers.

    A 2018 report highlighted a total of 15,244 people engaged in extremism, violence and organised crime, national broadcaster SVT reported. A typical individual was found to be 19 years old. 92 percent of them are men and 67 percent are born in Sweden, but a majority have roots in other countries. Furthermore, 45 percent have a psychiatric diagnosis, although few have a serious one.”

  9. Youth With ‘Migrant Background’ Among Violent Mob Who Rioted in Stuttgart, Crying ‘Allahu Akbar’ (sputninknews, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/europe/202006221079687501-youth-with-migrant-background-among-violent-mob-who-rioted-in-stuttgart-crying-allahu-akbar/

    “Stuttgart saw the worst unrest in recent memory after hundreds of rioters confronted police and ransacked stores on Saturday night. A total of 19 police officers were injured during the riots and 24 people were arrested.

    Some of the people arrested during the unprecedented riots in Stuttgart are believed to have a migrant background.

    Police arrested 24 suspects overnight from Saturday to Sunday in the southern German city, which is the state capital of Baden-Wurttemberg. Of those arrested, 12 were Germans (including three with a migrant background), and the others came from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Portugal, Iran, Iraq, and other countries, police deputy Thomas Berger has confirmed.

    “It looks like it was mainly young people with a migrant background who were at the forefront of the rioting,” Hans-Jürgen Kirstein, the head of the state’s police union, told German media.

    The city of 630,000 people saw what authorities called its worst riots in living memory after police stopped a white teenager for a suspected drug offence at around 11:30 p.m.

    ?Some 200 to 300 people immediately confronted officers, throwing stones at police vans and ambulances. The crowd eventually grew to around 500 people, with dozens of small groups wreaking havoc in downtown Stuttgart. Police managed to quell the unrest after several hours after deploying additional forces and helicopters.

    At least 19 cops have been injured and 12 police vehicles damaged; the rioters also attacked dozens of businesses, looting a jewelry store and a mobile phone shop, according to regional broadcaster SWR. Some of them were heard crying “Allahu Akbar” as they ran away from police.

    The state interior minister, Thomas Strobl, said the rioters were from the “party scene” which is linked with drugs and alcohol. He suggested the riot may have been inspired by protests against police brutality in the United States. “It could also be that the images that have reached us from America have led to a certain aggression,” he said.”

  10. BBC announces £100m for inclusive programmes as it sets 20 percent diversity hiring target (express, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1299319/bbc-news-bbc-funding-diversity-inclusivity-content-bbc-licence-fee-tony-hall

    “THE BBC has announced it is committing £100million towards improving diverse and inclusive content following the death of George Floyd in the US.

    The funding of £100m will come from the corparations existing commissioning budget over three years (from 2021/22-2023/24) towards diverse and inclusive content. It will also be supported by a new mandatory 20 percent diverse-talent target in all new network commissions from April 2021.

    With this commitment, the corparation said it was throwing open its doors more widely than ever to diverse stories and diverse storytellers.

    Director-General, Tony Hall, said: “The senseless killing of George Floyd – and what it tells us about the stain of systemic racism – has had a profound impact on all of us.

    “It’s made us question ourselves about what more we can do to help tackle racism – and drive inclusion within our organisation and in society as a whole.

    “This is our response – it’s going to drive change in what we make and who makes it. It’s a big leap forward – and we’ll have more to announce in the coming weeks.”

    The BBC added that the changes are designed to “accelerate the pace of change” in increasing diversity and inclusion both on and off air.

    They stressed that to demonstrate that change was being delivered, the authority said it will report on progress in its Annual Report.

    Bosses said that the move will aim to create content with in line with three priorities which includes diverse stories and portrayal on-screen, diverse production teams and talent and diverse-led production companies.

    The Creative Diversity investment will be further aided by a number of additional commitments pledged by the BBC today. “

  11. Orban Shocked by Disorder in Multicultural West: ‘Statues are Being Toppled, Gang Wars Fought In Streets’ (breitbart, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/06/22/orban-liberal-countries-where-statues-being-toppled-gang-wars-fought-streets-should/

    “Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán says he does not know if he should “laugh or cry” when his national conservative government is attacked by liberals from multicultural countries where “statues are being toppled” and there are “gang wars” in the streets.

    “Liberal imperialism reigns in western Europe, and they are trying to force their worldview on countries that think differently. American Democrats and often international courts are also involved in this,” said the Hungarian leader, in reference to a recent ruling by EU judges that Hungarian regulations requiring NGOs funded by George Soros and other overseas donors to be transparent about their funding are unlawful.

    “There is this international trend in politics which is aimed at weakening and eliminating national governments and nations, and bundling them into some imperial order,” added the conservative leader, who has faced heavy criticism from the global left for his rejection of mass migration and multiculturalism and promotion of policies to support traditional families and child-rearing.

    “This [liberal imperialism] is now pursued not only by states, but also by supranational global organisations, and is operated by business people and money people who finance this scheme and who see themselves as supranational entities,” Orbán warned.

    Recalling the 1980s, when Hungary was still under the communist yoke and he was a young pro-democracy activist, Orbán told Kossuth Radio he could “clearly remember that when someone uttered the word ‘West’ back then, it only had positive connotations.”

    “When we heard the Soviet propaganda that blacks are beaten in America we laughed it off, and the propaganda about young people in the West grovelling in a Coca Cola stupor. This was all that socialism could say about the West as criticism,” he explained.

    Thirty years later, however, he said several Western countries appeared to be heading for “financial ruin” as “sovereign debts are running up to and above 120 per cent” — and, perhaps more importantly, they are suffering problems with widespread disorder and a breakdown of social cohesion.

    “[A] wave of violence is sweeping through these countries. Statues are being toppled,” Orbán said, referencing the vandalisation of war memorials and monuments to historic figures including Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington which has been sweeping Britain, America, and much of Europe since Black Lives Matter protests over the death of George Floyd morphed into a global movement against “systemic racism” and Western identity more generally.

    Moreover, Orbán added, there are now “gang wars being fought in the streets of the beautiful small towns of Western European countries” between different ethnic groups — likely a reference to dramatic footage of Chechen and Algerian gangs battling it out on the streets of Dijon, France, which was much more widely reported in Central and Eastern Europe than in the West.

    “I take a look at the countries which keep sending us messages about how to live our lives correctly, and how to govern and to operate a democracy well, and I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry,” the Hungarian added dryly.”

  12. Calais ‘Jungle’: Armed Albanian Gangs Sending Migrants Across Channel on Surfboards and Kayaks (breitbart, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/06/22/armed-albanian-gangs-migrants-channel-surfboards-kayaks-calais-jungle/

    “Armed Albanian people-smuggling gangs are running a new ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais, France, that is packed with over 1,000 people who buy kayaks and surfboards to attempt to cross the English Channel.

    Amidst an uptick in security checks of lorries entering the United Kingdom, many migrants are increasingly attempting to illegally cross the Channel, with over 2,000 people already reaching British shores this year, compared to 1,890 for the whole of last year.

    The Albanian gangs will meet the migrants at night, providing them with a map to where their vessel is buried along the coast. The current rate for a seat on an inflatable Zodiac boat is between £3,000-£5,000. It costs between £500-£800 to purchase a windsurfing board or a kayak.

    A man from Eritrea told a reporter from The Times: “Be careful. The Albanians control this camp. They have guns and knives. They won’t like you asking questions.”

    French authorities have said that many migrants die in the process, often disappearing after being chopped up by the propellers of large shipping vessels.

    Ramiz Neyazi — an Afghani migrant who claimed to be 17 years old — told the newspaper that the journey is also very dangerous. He said: “Many people from here have died in the sea. They go, and nobody hears from them again.”

    The migrant said that he had crossed through “Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, and France” in an attempt to get to the UK, despite international rules for asylum seekers that mandate refugees remain in the first safe country they reach.

    The president of the Société Nationale Sauvetage en Mer, the French equivalent to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Gérard Barron, said: “It is extremely dangerous to go to sea when you don’t know anything about sailing. The English Channel is the busiest waterway in the world.

    “They are crossing in dinghies and on surfboards, which quite frankly should not be in the water. People traffickers are completely ruthless. There are many more people being lost at sea than we realise. This is because of the strong currents in the Channel and in particular the North Sea.

    “It is difficult to prove how many are dying because in the majority of cases the migrants are chopped up into little pieces by the propellers of the large ships and boats, and nothing of them remains.”

    A senior French Border official noted that the tactics used by the mostly Albanian people-smuggling gangs are increasingly sophisticated, often launching several boats at the same time from different locations along the Calais coast in order to stymie attempts to prevent crossings.

    “The smugglers will organise simultaneous departures along the entire Côte d’Opale, from Boulogne to Dunkirk, sometimes as many as 15 boats at the same time,” the border official said.

    “Vessels which are in a poor condition or equipped with poor outboard motors can get into difficulty in the Channel and require rescue. While the French and English patrol boats are busy with that, the high-paying customers will zoom past on the faster and better-equipped boats. It shows a level of sophistication we haven’t seen before,” he added.

    The border official said that migrants will often take extreme measures to deter the French navy from picking them up, including dousing themselves and their boats with petrol, threatening to set themselves on fire if intercepted. Migrants have also threatened to toss women and children into the sea to keep would-be rescuers at bay until they reach UK waters.

    In 2016, French officials destroyed a previous incarnation of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais. The camp was home to some 10,000 migrants during the height of the European Migrant Crisis.

    The camp was plagued by instances of violence, forcing police to declare some areas of Calais as “no go zones” after dark.

    In October of 2016, three migrants robbed and raped at knifepoint a female reporter while she was serving as a translator for a French film crew that was documenting the rampant child abuse in the camp.

    Drivers attempting to enter the area were frequently attacked with bats and knives by migrant inhabitants of the camp, with some even threatening people with chainsaws.

    Since then, Britain has spent over £150 million in Calais, Dunkirk, and the entrance to the Eurotunnel at Coquelles to deter waves of migrants attempting to reach the UK. The British government has paid for the installation of fences, CCTV security cameras, and the construction of a concrete wall to prevent migrants from clandestinely boarding lorries.

    This, however, has not mitigated the growing crisis. Home Secretary Priti Patel has made pledges to the British public that the government would stop illegal crossings, yet this promise has yet to be fulfilled. As to the exact number of attempted boat crossings of the Channel, the Home Office said that “We don’t publish them.””

  13. Gunmen hit car in Kabul, killing 5, including 2 prosecutors (abcnews, Jun 22, 2020)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/gunmen-hit-car-kabul-killing-including-prosecutors-71380986

    “Gunmen opened fire at a car belonging to the Afghan attorney general’s office on Monday morning in eastern Kabul, killing five people inside, including two prosecutors, an official said.

    The driver of the car and two other employees were among those killed, said Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but recently violence has spiked in Afghanistan, with most of the attacks claimed by the Islamic State group’s affiliate in the country. The IS in Afghanistan is headquartered in eastern Nangarhar province.

    According to a statement from the attorney general’s office, the car was on the way to office when it was targeted. The gunmen fled the scene, the police said. Faramarz said an investigation was underway.

    In early June, IS claimed responsibility of a bomb explosion in a mosque in Kabul that killed two people, including the prayer leader. Eight worshipers were wounded.

    A week later, another prayer leader and three worshipers were killed in a bomb explosion inside another mosque in Kabul. Eight people were wounded in that attack.”

  14. I don’t know how much of this one is real and how much is Indian Propaganda.

    What happened on 15th June 2020 is out now

    • I don’t know but suspect that the Indian Regiment is descended from one of the British Army India regiments, all of them have a very proud history and are known as dangerous people to face in combat.

      • The commentator makes a very important point without dwelling on it, the Indian troops are all battle hardened, blooded (combat experienced on the India – Pakistan border fighting. This is an advantage that is often ignored by the civilians who don’t know much about the military. Blooded troops are always harder to defeat in battle, as the saying goes “Been there, Done that, Seen the Movie, Got the T-shirt” The Chinese troops they fought are now wondering how they can get more training in Close Quarter Combat before they tangle with the Indian Soldiers again.

    • About 9 minutes in he starts talking about all of the places China is currently being aggressive. He also says that there is a significant chance of a major war on my fronts between China and all of the neighbors before the year is out.

  15. Its al-jazerra but I can’t find a better recent explanation of what is going on between China and Japan.

    Japan asserts Senkaku Islands claim in dispute with China, Taiwan

  16. Pakistan: Disabled people buried in sand in superstitious ritual

    People with disabilities were buried chest-deep and up to their heads in sand during an annular solar eclipse at a Karachi beach on Sunday, in a superstitious practice believed to help heal the sick.

    “We heard that children get medication from sun rays during the solar eclipse, so here we are,” said one father of an ill child.

    The annular eclipse is known as a ‘ring of fire’ because of the bright ring of sunlight it draws around the Moon.

    SOT, Mr. Javed, father (Urdu): “We heard that children get medication from sun rays during the solar eclipse, so here we are.”

    SOT, father (Urdu): “One person told me that if we bury our children in sand they will recover from their illnesses.” “LOOSE TRANSLATION*

    SOT, father (Urdu): “We came to Karachi from the Orangi town area. He has had disabilities since birth. We believe that during a solar eclipse these special needs children can be healed by sun rays.”

  17. Tunisia: Protests over unemployment turn into chaos in Tataouine

    Clashes erupted in the streets of ?southern Tunisia’s Tataouine on Sunday, with protesters blocking roads as they demanded employment in the oil and gas sector.

    Footage shows tyres and other objects set ablaze and roads filled with tear gas, with police forces patrolling the area.

    The demonstrations, which reportedly turned violent following the arrest of an activist by the authorities, have been taking place for weeks, with people urging the government to fulfill a 2017 promise to create jobs in the city.

  18. China opposes ‘racist remarks’ after Trump calls coronavirus ‘kung flu’

    The Chinese foreign ministry says that it resolutely opposes the use of the virus origin to stigmatise any country after US president Donald Trump called COVID-19 “kung flu” during a rally.

  19. Coronavirus pandemic still accelerating: WHO chief

    The World Health Organization’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says during an online conference that the novel coronavirus pandemic is still accelerating and its effects will be felt for decades.

  20. CBC – 2nd wave of COVID-19 a ‘statistical certainty:’ infectious disease expert

    World-renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Gabriel Leung was among the first to predict the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic in January and he says the worst is far from over.

  21. china daily – WHO head urges Tsinghua graduates to help build healthier world

    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on fresh university graduates in China to learn lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and build a healthier, safer, fairer and more resilient world, based on the foundation of equity and solidarity.

    While delivering a commencement speech through video to the class of 2020 at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Peking on Sunday, he said: “My hope is that the defining crisis of our age will likewise remind all people that the best way forward – the only way forward – is together.”

    “COVID-19 is teaching us many lessons and chief among them is that health is not a luxury item. It’s the foundation of social and economic development.”

    The pandemic is much more than a health crisis. It has exposed the political divisions and the social and economic inequalities of our world, Ghebreyesus said.

    Millions of jobs have been lost. The global economy is headed for its sharpest contraction since the Great Depression. For all the economic, military and technological might of nations, the world has been thrown into turmoil by a microscopic microbe, he said.

    The world spends trillions of dollars preparing for a terrorist attack, but historically has spent relatively little preparing for the attack of a virus, which as we are now seeing, can be far more deadly and far more damaging economically, politically and socially, Ghebreyesus said.

    “All countries have been affected, rich and poor, large and small. The pandemic will shape the world for decades to come – and it will shape your lives and careers too.”

    Too many countries spend too much of their health budget on managing diseases in hospitals – where the costs are higher and the outcomes are often worse – instead of promoting health and preventing disease at the primary health care level, he said.

    Countries spend billions treating lung cancer instead of stopping the scourge of tobacco; treating obesity, diabetes and heart disease instead of promoting healthy diets; treating injuries instead of making roads safer; treating depression instead of promoting mental health, Ghebreyesus said.

    He called on countries to make a crucial shift – to focus on promoting and protecting health, rather than only treating disease.

    Whatever lessons there are to learn from this pandemic, the greatest failing would be to not learn from them and to leave the world in the same vulnerable state it was before, he said, adding that if there is anything positive to come from this, it must be a healthier, safer, fairer and more resilient world, built on the foundation of equity and solidarity.

    “It’s reminding us that we are one humanity. We share the same planet, the same DNA, the same hopes, dreams and fears. It’s reminding us that none of us are safe until all of us are safe; that a healthier world is a safer world; and that health is not a cost, it’s an investment in our common future.”

    https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202006/22/WS5ef02387a310834817254952.html

  22. Paris, France—In a victory for the free speech rights of French citizens, France’s highest court today struck down core provisions of a bill meant to curb hate speech, holding they would unconstitutionally sweep up legal speech.

    The decision comes as some governments across the globe, in seeking to stop hateful, violent, and extremist speech online, are considering overbroad measures that would silence legitimate speech. The French Supreme Court said the bill’s requirements—that online posts, comments, photos, and other content deemed hateful by potential plaintiffs must be taken down within 24 hours of being reported—would encourage social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, in their haste to avoid hefty fines, to remove perfectly legal speech. The provisions “infringe on freedom of speech, and are not necessary, appropriate and proportionate,” the court said.

    https://www.eff.org/press/releases/victory-french-high-court-rules-most-hate-speech-bill-would-undermine-free-expression

    Sorry if re-post

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