Reader’s Links for July 5, 2020

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

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

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

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  1. Arab-Americans tackling anti-Blackness in the Middle East

    “Isra El-Beshir, an Arab-American of African descent, attributes most of her encounters with racism in the United States to people of Middle Eastern backgrounds.

    “I’ve never once experienced any overt racism from white Americans, ever. It was the word ‘abeed’ – that was the first time that I came face-to-face with it – from the mouths of Arabs and Muslims primarily,” she told Middle East Eye.

    “To me, confronting that and realising that my membership was limited, was a wakeup call.”

    For Black Arabs such as El-Beshir, anti-Black racism and colourism are part of reality. “Blackface” is a common sight in Arabic comedy shows and the racial slur “abeed” – or slave – continues to occupy a space in the vocabulary of many non-Black Arabs.

    A group of Arab-Americans now wants to start a conversation on this uncomfortable truth within their community with renewed urgency, given the global movement sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in May.

    Floyd’s brutal treatment at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota sparked outrage and protests around the world – while his death followed a phone call from an Arab-American-owned store to alert the police.

    Instead of tiptoeing around the subject, they want to confront anti-Black racism head on, saying the stakes of doing nothing are too high to be ignored.

    “Black people are dying because we don’t say: ‘What does it actually mean that I’m calling the police every time I perceive that a Black person is making me feel threatened?'” Rana Abdelhamid, a community organiser from Queens, New York, told MEE.

    “There’s no time to wait. The fact that we don’t ask these questions kills people.”

    Arab colour divide
    The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has lifted the veil on the social, political and legal discriminations faced by Black people in the US.

    It has also shone a spotlight on discrimination against Black people globally, including the position Black Arabs hold within predominantly non-Black Arab communities, according to El-Beshir, a cultural anthropologist.

    “Afro-Arabs, Black Arabs within their native 22 Arab countries, are not often recognised and are dealing with their own set of issues of being marginalised, oppressed, racialised and so forth,” El-Beshir told a digital townhall hosted by the Take On Hate campaign.

    In the US, many Arab-Americans find Black Lives Matter a difficult topic to raise within the Arab community, which itself has been on the receiving end of sustained Islamophobia.

    “People tend to think: ‘I’m experiencing oppression and violence. I can’t think of other people because I’m already carrying too much of a load,'” said 27-year-old Abdelhamid, who is a long-time social justice activist.

    When Abdelhamid’s parents lived in Egypt, a multiracial society, they “internalised colourism and anti-Blackness” along with a certain perception of Black people, she said.

    “When they came to the US, there was an added layer, which was the narrative that criminalises Black people, that portrays Black people in a negative light, which has attributed to the way Black people are treated today,” she explained.

    A process of ‘unlearning’
    Abdelhamid encourages Arabs to learn more about anti-Black racism within their own cultures and explore their role in perpetuating it. She and her friend Mafaz Al-Suwaidan created a social media “toolkit” in both English and Arabic offering step-by-step guidance on how to begin the process.

    “There has to be an unlearning of what they learned in the Middle East and North Africa [about Black people], and an unlearning of what they’ve learned here in the United States,” she said, adding that the post had gone viral and that many people had asked for it to be translated into a variety of languages.

    The more conversations people have about anti-Black sentiments, the more apparent it becomes that the problem transcends borders, cultures and ethnicities, say activists. Asian- and Latino-Americans are among other minority groups in the US who have launched similar initiatives to support BLM and confront anti-Black prejudice in their own backyards.

    Lingering remnants of slavery
    In order to comprehend why anti-Blackness is prevalent in Arab societies, one must begin by recognising the region’s own “skeletons in the cupboard”, such as its long history of slavery and colonialism, said historian and author Dele Ogun.

    For more than a millennium, beginning with the Arab conquest, the slave trade across the Sahara desert has been responsible for transporting millions of people from sub-Saharan Africa to North Africa and the Middle East.

    While the trans-Atlantic trade that forcibly uprooted Africans to slavery in the New World was bigger in intensity and much more publicised, the trans-Saharan route was longer-running, and there’s evidence that it has never stopped, according to Ogun.

    “The explanation for this is colonisation, in that the trans-Atlantic [slave trade] was first a response to, and then was fed by, European expansion into new lands,” said Ogun, who’s currently working on a new history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

    “Through this process, new identities were created for the enslaved, as African-Americans, African-Caribbeans etc.

    “The Arab states had no new colonies to fill up and develop with slave labour and simply absorbed those they took.

    “It also meant that they did not have the same fears of losing their territories to the Africans once liberated, as happened in Haiti, which was the mortal fear that white America had, and to a lesser degree the British in Jamaica,” he told MEE.

    Hence, while the trans-Atlantic slave trade was abolished in the early 19th century, it took much longer for many Arab states to outlaw slavery, with Mauritania being the world’s last country to do so in 1981.

    Activists say slavery still thrives in the modern-day Middle East and North Africa, notably manifesting itself in the form of kafala, the sponsorship system which brings migrant workers to the region and ties them to one single employer.

    Kafala has been linked to numerous cases of migrants’ abuse and death in Arab states and activists have been calling for its abolition.

    Then there’s Libya, where Black youths have reportedly been sold at “slave markets”. Critics say the country has long been known as a hotbed for human trafficking, exploiting African migrants who try to cross to Europe seeking a better life, but little has been done to tackle the problem.

    Arab identity and priority
    In the US, Arab-Americans are legally recognised by the US census as white, which has both legal and social implications for Afro-Arabs.

    “When we look at it from the legal perspective, Arab-Americans for various reasons have achieved liminal whiteness, situational whiteness for the most part,” says El-Beshir.

    “Then you have experiences of Afro-Arabs or Black Arabs, or Arabs of darker pigmentation, who might socially be categorised as Black in this country and who have a completely different experience.

    “So that in many ways exacerbates the Arab-American experience for various reasons,” she added.

    “Afro-Arabs bear much of the burden of having to prove their ‘Arabness’ and defend their racial and ethnic alignment and, at the same time, [non-Black] Arab-Americans are navigating their own issues concerning Americanness and liminal whiteness, so we have different priorities,” El-Beshir noted.

    The wide gulf in the treatments of Black and non-Black Arabs is evident starting from a young age, especially through school curricula and educational systems that perpetuate anti-Black stereotypical representations.

    Speeches relating to the image of Black African communities in the Arab world bear witness to the violence of racist prejudice and the extent of the stigma.

    “It is enough to take a quick look at the content of the books recommended in the context of teaching, whether in middle or high school, to realise the damage caused to mentalities,” said Salah Trabelsi, an academic and a member of the International Scientific Committee for Unesco’s Slave Route Project.

    Excluded from the Arab narrative
    While discrimination is felt by most Arabs in various forms, not all sympathise with the plight of Black Arabs in a white-dominated world.

    “Those of us who identify as Arab feel disrupted based on the limited categorisation that exists in the US and also feel erased from the [dominant Arab] narrative. We feel that in many ways we have to defend our identity as Arabs,” El-Beshir told the panel discussion.

    The Black Lives Matter movement addresses systemic issues affecting African-Americans disproportionally, which are also affecting “a group within the Arab-American population who are often unrecognised”, El-Beshir said.

    “With this movement, you see many more Africans in diaspora associating with African-Americans and at the same time calling out Arabs on some of the issues that exist within the culture that is race-based, anti-Blackness, the colourism that exists that may manifest in different ways.

    “So what role does the Arab-American play in perpetuating racist, anti-Black ideas?” she asked.

    ‘We’re all connected’
    Arabs in the US may not always be aware that they are, to a degree, direct beneficiaries of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

    The passing of the seminal Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 – on the heels of other major civil rights legislation – paved the way for a new wave of Arab immigration, including Arab Muslims.

    Up until then, immigration to the US was primarily reserved for Europeans – and mainly Christians.

    Because of the 1965 act, Abdelhamid’s parents and other Arab Muslims were able to move to the US with a chance to build a new life.

    If the Arab community ignores the connections between the liberations of Black and Arab people, there’s a dangerous possibility that “structural issues deeply rooted in anti-Blackness and slavery” may get woven into government legislation, Abdelhamid warned.

    “All of our work is interconnected – I will not solve the problem in the Middle East unless I fight it here [in the US],” she said, adding that right now was a “soul-searching time for anyone who’s not Black”.

    “It’s the medicine I know you don’t want to take, but you have to take it because it’s necessary.””

  2. Pompeo urged by US congressmen to rethink Mauritania policy over human rights abuses

    “Five US congressmen sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the government to reconsider its relationship with Mauritania amid evidence of racism, human trafficking and slavery, prompting a response from the West African nation’s governmental human rights commission that staunchly defended its record…”

  3. Over 150 killed in violent protests in Ethiopia following singer’s murder

    “At least 166 people have died during violent demonstrations that broke out in Ethiopia in the days following the murder of popular singer Hachalu Hundessa, police said Saturday.

    Pop star Hachalu, a member of the Oromo ethnic group, Ethiopia’s largest, was shot dead by unknown attackers in Addis Ababa on Monday night, fuelling ethnic tensions threatening the country’s democratic transition.

    “In the aftermath of Hachalu’s death, 145 civilians and 11 security forces have lost their lives in the unrest in the region,” said Girma Gelam, deputy police commissioner of Oromia region, in a statement on the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate.

    Another 10 are known to have died in the capital Addis Ababa.

    Girma said that a further 167 had “sustained serious injuries” and that 1,084 people had been arrested.

    Officials have attributed the deaths to a combination of lethal force by security officers and inter-ethnic violence.

    Girma added that the violent unrest had now “completely stopped”.

    Hachalu’s music gave voice to Oromos’ widespread sense of economic and political marginalisation during years of anti-government protests that swept Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to power in 2018.”

  4. More than 50 fighters killed in clashes between Syrian regime, IS

    “Clashes between Russia-backed Syrian regime forces and the Islamic State group have killed more than 50 fighters on both sides in two days, a Britain-based war monitor said on Saturday.

    Fighting and Russian air strikes in the deserts of Homs province since late Thursday have claimed the lives of 20 pro-regime fighters and 31 IS militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

    “The fighting started in the night of Thursday to Friday with a jihadist assault on regime positions” near the town of Al-Sukhna, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said…”

  5. UAE police warn ‘gangs luring, robbing dating app users’

    “A recent string of theft and blackmail crimes targeting men using online dating applications has prompted police in Dubai to launch a video campaign warning residents.

    In a video posted on Twitter, the emirate’s police said scammers were using online dating sites, following arrests of gang members allegedly luring men to private settings and mugging them.

    According to Gulf News, the emirate’s police arrested 47 migrants who were allegedly part of 20 gangs blackmailing victims approached through dating apps.

    Using fake accounts with pictures of women, the gang lured men to apartments rented with fake documents for “private massage” services and later robbed them, the Sunday report said.

    Victims reportedly had their mobile phones and credit cards snatched and were forced to pose for nude photos, which allagedly served to deter them from filing police reports.

    A member of the Criminal Investigation Affairs was quoted asking Dubai residents to “be careful” when communicating with strangers over social media…”

  6. Kuwait expat bill: 800,000 Indians could be forced to leave Gulf state

    “The National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee has determined that the draft expat quota bill is constitutional, Kuwait Times reported.

    The bill is to be transferred to the respective committee so that a comprehensive plan is created.

    According to the bill, Indian’s should not exceed 15 percent of the population. This could result in 800,000 Indians leaving Kuwait, as the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in Kuwait, totalling 1.45 million.

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a spike in anti-expat rhetoric as lawmakers and governmental officials call for reducing the number of foreigners in Kuwait.

    Last month, Kuwait’s prime minister, Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, proposed decreasing the number of expats from 70 per cent to 30 per cent of the population.

    The current population of Kuwait is 4.3 million, with Kuwaitis making up 1.3 million of the population, and expats accounting for 3 million.”

    • Turkey tests its first homegrown anti-ship cruise missile

      Turkey’s domestically built anti-ship cruise missile has passed its final test, hitting a target some 200km away, the country’s defense industry has said. It’s expected to be adopted by the military shortly.

      Footage of the ATMACA missile trials has been shared on Twitter by the head of Turkey’s Defense Industries, Ismail Demir.

      The short video shows the missile being launched from a test ground ashore and scoring a hit on a mock target.

  7. Turkey spoiled traps set against it in east Med: Erdo?an

    “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on July 5 said that Ankara spoiled “every trap set in its way” in the eastern Mediterranean, while voicing trust in the government’s energy politics.

    “It is not possible for a country which lacks energy to talk about civilization, development [and] industrialization. We trust ourselves in all matters, from health to economy [and] diplomacy to security,” Erdo?an said during the inauguration ceremony of hydroelectric plants in the Black Sea province of Tokat. The president attended the ceremony via videoconference.

    “The trust atmosphere has been positively reflected in our energy investments. We tore down the traps set against our country in eastern Mediterranean. We will hopefully start up the first reactor of Akkuyu [nuclear power plant] in 2023,” Erdo?an said.

    Erdo?an also voiced trust in Turkey’s energy politics, underlining that the country has broken a record in the republic’s history regarding coal production. The president also added that Turkey plans to start up the first reactor of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in 2023 in the southern province of Mersin.

    “As Turkey grows and develops, its energy needs will increase even more. Some 55.4 percent of 68,000 megawatt of capacity we actualized in the last 18 years consist of national resources,” he added.

    “I am talking about 52 hydroelectric plants. While we are inaugurating these, we also add new investment in this area,” he said. “This is clean energy. We will transform the power of water into electricity.”

    According to the figures Erdo?an provided, Turkey ranks 13th among the world regarding renewable energy and ranks sixth among European nations. He also added that in 2019 Turkey ranked second in Europe on electricity production.

    Erdo?an also said that Turkey’s first indigenous integrated solar panel factory will be opened in August, adding that the government is working “intensely” to unearth its mines.

    The president also criticized some circles over attempting to stall Turkey’s energy investments, being “disguised as” having environmentalist concerns.

    “Every point of increase in indigenous and renewable energy helps us in closing the current account deficit,” he said.”

  8. Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 2 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Syria

    “Turkish security forces “neutralized” at least two YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, near Turkey’s southern border, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

    “With all kinds of measures taken in the region, our heroic commandos have once again foiled the YPG/PKK terrorists’ attempt for attack and neutralized two terrorists,” the ministry said on Twitter.

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

    Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable peaceful settlement by locals: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).

    In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.”

  9. Austria: Two arrested after Chechen dissident shot dead

    “Austria’s counter-terrorism unit is probing the murder of an ethnic Chechen man near the city of Vienna. Speculation is growing that the killing was a political assassination connected to Ramzan Kadyrov’s region.

    Austrian counter-terrorism authorities have begun an investigation after a 43-year-old man believed to be an ethnic Chechen was shot dead near the capital Vienna, police officials said Sunday.

    The attack took place Saturday evening in Gerasdorf near Vienna in the driveway of a construction company.

    Austrian police say they have detained a 47-year-old Russian man following a car chase in the city of Linz, about 180 kilometers east of the capital.

    A second man, who had initially been considered a witness, was arrested later on Sunday and taken in investigative custody, a court spokesman said.

    “The circumstances of the crime are unclear,” police said but added that Austria’s State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism is now handling the investigation.

    Possible political assassination

    Austrian and Russian media reported that the victim came from the Russian republic of Chechnya in the Northern Caucasus. Austrian media reported that the assassination was possibly politically motivated.

    Austrian daily Kurier said the victim was a vocal critic of Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of?Russia’s Chechnya region for more than 10 years.

    Austrian authorities said the victim arrived in the country as a refugee in 2007 and had refused police protection.

    Chechen dissidents threatened abroad

    Saturday’s assassination comes amid growing concern over the safety of Chechen dissidents living in exile.

    In January, Chechen opposition leader Imran Aliev was found stabbed to death 135 times in a hotel room in the northern French city of Lille.

    German prosecutors have accused?Moscow?of being behind the killing of an ethnic Chechen man in Berlin last year.

    In 2009, a Chechen refugee was shot dead in a Vienna street. Investigators concluded that the assassination had been a botched kidnapping, probably with Kadyrov’s knowledge.

    Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim Russian republic. Two wars in the 1990s spurred a wave of emigration, with many Chechens leaving for western Europe.

    More Chechens have escaped into exile in recent years due to disagreements with Kadyrov. Critics have accused the pro-Kremlin Kadyrov of widespread human rights violations and his leadership of corruption.”

  10. SKY NEWS – Former MI6 chief claims coronavirus came from Wuhan lab

    A former spy chief has warned people not to dismiss the idea that the coronavirus was an “engineered escapee” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

    Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, said the virus was released by “accident” and was produced by “game function experiments”.

    It comes as a team of scientists from the World Health Organisation will to fly China this week to begin an investigation into the origin of the novel coronavirus.

  11. SKY NEWS – The Americans refusing to wear masks: ‘It’s against our rights’

    Many Americans are refusing to wear masks and adhere to social distancing rules despite growing coronavirus infection rates in states like Texas.

    Some are even protesting the Texas governor’s decision to make face coverings mandatory in public, calling it an affront to their freedoms.

    Sky’s Alex Crawford was called “stupid” for wearing a mask, accused of “pushing the agenda that is condemning all of us and keeps us living in a state of terror”.

  12. Dr. Nesheiwat on WHO shutting doing hydroxychloroquine trials

    The World Health Organization says hydroxychloroquine trials produced ‘little or no reduction’ in mortality of coronavirus patients;

    Dr. Janette Nesheiwat weighs in on ‘America’s News HQ.’

    • WHO halts malaria drug in Covid-19 trials

      The World Health Organization said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

    • Germany to give WHO $74m for virus response

      Germany announced Thursday it will give the World Health Organization a total of 200 million euros (224m USD) so the group can respond to the new coronavirus pandemic after the US withdrew its funding earlier in the year.

      The German Health Minister Jens Spahn met with his French counterpart Olivier Veran and the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva to discuss the organisation’s future.

      Spahn later announced that his nation’s support for the WHO remains strong and that the country will “provide additional 200 million euros (224m USD) to WHO on top of the 110 million euros (123m USD)” already pledged in May.

      Berlin, which is also taking over the reigns of European Council, will be giving a further 41 million euros (46m USD) to the WHO’s core mandate until 2023.

      A further 25 million euros will come from the German coffers for the implementation of the WHO’s coronavirus response plan.

      Donald Trump’s administration terminated the US relationship with the WHO in late May, withdrawing an average of 400 million dollars yearly funds to the health agency.

    • TRT – Turkish Radio & Television – Studies suggest hydroxychloroquine could be useful against Covid-19

      Was Trump right about the drug hydroxychloroquine in treating Covid-19?

      Some new studies suggest that might be the case.

    • Henry Ford Health study suggests benefit to hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus (COVID-19)

      A study from Henry Ford Health system is suggesting there’s a benefit to hydroxychloroquine in treating the coronavirus

  13. City in China issues a bubonic plague alert

    The warning forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry the plague and will be in effect through 2020

    Health officials from a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia issued a bubonic plague warning on Sunday after a suspected case of the highly infectious disease known as the “Black Death” was revealed.

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    The health committee of the city of Bayannur issued a third-level alert, the second-lowest category in a four-level system. The notice requests citizens to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no apparent causes. It forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry the plague. The alert also instructed the public to report any sick or dead marmots. The warning period will be in effect through the end of the year.

    “There were four reported cases of plague in Inner Mongolia last November, including two of pneumonic plague, a deadlier variant of plague,” according to the Independent. A Mongolian couple died of the bubonic plague after eating raw marmot kidney.

    The bubonic plague is one of three types of plague caused by bacterium Yersinia pestis, a zoonotic bacteria usually found in small mammals and their fleas.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines what people experience when they are infected with the bubonic plague:

    Patients develop sudden onset of fever, headache, chills, and weakness and one or more swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes (called buboes). This form is usually the result of an infected flea bite. The bacteria multiply in the lymph node closest to where the bacteria entered the human body. If the patient is not treated with appropriate antibiotics, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body.

    During the 14th century, the Black Death caused more than 50 million deaths in Europe. Thanks to antibiotics, the CDC says the mortality rate is approximately 16% these days, far less deadly than in the Middle Ages.

    From 2010 to 2015, there were 3,248 bubonic plague cases reported worldwide, including 584 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

    From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths, according to Reuters. The CDC reports that there is an average of seven human plague cases in the U.S. each year.

    This comes a week after researchers in China discovered a new type of swine flu that is able to infect humans. The G4 virus is a strain of the H1N1 swine flu that exhibits “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus.”

    On Friday, the WHO admitted that China did not inform them of the original COVID-19 outbreak.

    Vlad you ask how the mandate from heaven thing is going, in my opinion it is rapidly leaving the CCP behind.

  14. Violence erupts in Chicago: 67 shot, 13 killed, including a 7-year-old girl, over July 4th weekend

    This is the third week in a row that young children have been shot dead in Chicago


    There have already been at least 67 people shot in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. Within four hours, from 11 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, 36 people were shot. There were at least 13 killed during the holiday weekend, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

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