Reader’s Links for August 3, 2020

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  1. “A person who knowingly and willfully violates the Order is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, is subject to imprisonment not to exceed one year, a fine not exceeding $5,000, or both. ” Montgomery County[, Maryland] Health Officer Issues Directive to Protect Public Health; Prohibits the Opening of Private Schools For Immediate Release: Friday, July 31, 2020
    —- let me point out that this Friday order took place at a time of the week when Seventh Day Adventist and Jewish parents were least prepared to respond. (The headquarters for the administration of the world-wide organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is located in Maryland.)
    August first statement from Maryland’s Governor disagrees, but doesn’t over-ride.
    A commenter notes that day camps are open this summer, and claims no COVID illness has resulted.

  2. 6 Videos: “Fun moment in Amherst — Buick Lives Matter”
    By Kane – August 3, 2020

    Video #4
    “Queens Park Toronto End the LockDown Peaceful Protest March Saturday August 1st 2020”
    Tommy Rodges 2 – August 1, 2020
    Queens Park Toronto End the LockDown Peaceful Protest March with Dave Corb Saturday August 1st 2020 … Our amazing truth speaking Dave Corb, puts it all out there for mankinds future, and most of all… THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN 🙂 much luv n peace… may God the Most High Creator protect Us All 🙂 fist bumps

  3. Suspended Member of Aam Aadmi Party Admits to Being Delhi Riot Mastermind, Police Sources Claim (sputniknews, Aug 3, 2020)

    “In February, India’s national capital witnessed large-scale violence and arson that claimed over 50 lives and left more than 400 people injured. The clashes are considered to be the worst communal violence the city has witnessed in decades.

    The Delhi police on Monday revealed that Tahir Hussain, a suspended member of Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party, has admitted to being the mastermind behind the northeast Delhi riots.

    Officials investigating the matter said that during questioning Hussain revealed he wanted to teach Hindus a lesson using his political clout and money.

    “Tahir (Hussain) used the support of several people including members of the Popular Front of India (PFI, an Islamic organisation which claims to be working for Muslim empowerment)”, police sources associated with the case told Sputnik.
    “During interrogation, he revealed that he was aggrieved after the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir then the ruling of India’s top court in favour of Ram Temple and later the government passing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and hence decided to take an extreme step”, the sources added.

    The police, in several charge-sheets, also mentioned him as a mastermind. They also found that PFI had funded the riots.

    “We found out that earlier in January, Tahir and former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid met at the PFI office in Delhi. They conspired to launch a war against Hindus to make the central government roll back its decision on CAA. In the meeting, Tahir was told that PFI would provide all the financial assistance needed”, the police sources said.

    It was planned that the riots should be carried out during US President Donald Trump’s first visit to India to ramp up pressure on the Narendra Modi-led central government, the police said.

    “To execute the plan, Tahir had started making petrol bombs at the top of his terrace, storing acid, bricks, stones, diesel, etc. Tahir had also ensured that all the CCTV cameras were damaged so that the police could not get any evidence”, a police officer linked to the investigation revealed while requesting anonymity, adding that to avoid suspicion Tahir kept calling the Delhi police during the riots.

    On 1 August, the Delhi police also questioned former JNU student Khalid about his meeting with Tahir ahead of the three-day riots in northeasr Delhi that soon evolved into communal violence.

    Tensions gripped several parts of northeast Delhi earlier this year after it witnessed clashes between pro-Citizenship Law (CAA) and anti-CAA groups. As clashes later turned communal, over 80 houses were set on fire, more than 50 shops and four mosques were also set ablaze.

    Enacted in December 2019, the CAA, or the Citizenship Law granted Indian citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, and Parsi immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, barring Muslims from attaining the status. The law sparked violent protests across India for allegedly discriminating against Muslims, who form a 200-million-strong minority in the secular country.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, however, clarified on different occasions that no Indian citizen would be affected by the law as it “seeks to grant citizenship, not snatch it”. The law is related to immigrants seeking refuge in India. It is not related to Indian citizens of any religious community, the government has stated.”

  4. Pro-Brexit and Right-Wing Academics Have to Hide Their Opinions, YouGov Poll Suggests (sputniknews, Aug 3, 2020)

    “According to the report, British academia has transformed over the past several decades, shifting to left-wing views that create a harsh environment for conservatives on campus and results in self-censorship.

    Supporters of Brexit and right-wing academics in general are forced to hide their opinions, The Times reported, citing a study by the think tank Policy Exchange, as well as a recent YouGov poll. According to the poll, out of 820 academics, at least 32 percent of those with right-wing views and at least 27 percent of pro-Brexit academics stopped expressing their views in teaching and research for “fear of consequences” to their career.

    At the same time, only 13 percent of left-leaning and centrist academics and 11 percent of Remainers confirmed they have similar fears. The report also suggested that while both sides of the political spectrum tend to discriminate against each other, conservative and pro-Brexit academics suffer the most.

    Some 86 percent of academics said they would be comfortable sitting with a Remainer at lunch, but only 54 percent would have experienced no trouble with a Leave supporter.

    “No one fought for diversity and inclusion in order to create universities staffed by a faculty who may look representative, but are to all intents and purposes, intellectually identical robots”, Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, stated.

    The report called for parliament to create a director for academic freedom with ombudsman powers and suggested that the duty to maintain academic freedom should be established by law.”

  5. Norway’s Largest Encyclopedia Defines ‘Ethnic Norwegian’ as Controversial Term (sputniknews, Aug 3, 2020)

    “According to the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia, the notion of ethnicity implies a community based on common ancestry, which may seem exclusionary to Norway’s immigrant population.

    The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia, which is one of Norway’s most-read sites, with more than 2 million unique visitors per month, defines “ethnic Norwegian” as a controversial and exclusionary term.

    According to the article, the notion of ethnicity implies a community “based on common ancestry”.

    The reason why the term is controversial is that it may seem exclusive to people with an immigrant background in recent generations, the encyclopedia explained.

    “When the term ethnic Norwegian is used about some of the inhabitants of Norway, the majority population is singled out as an ethnic group as opposed to other groups among Norwegian citizens. Who falls within and outside the ethnic Norwegian category is often unclear or debated”, the article penned by professor of social anthropology Jon Schackt at the University of Tromsø said.

    At nearly 190,000 articles, the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia or SNL is the most complete modern encyclopedia in the Norwegian language, bar Norwegian Wikipedia. Before the advent of digital encyclopedias it appeared in print and had several editions.

    In 2018, the publishing company’s revenues were NOK 17.9 million (nearly $2 million), of which 65 percent came from membership fees, mainly from state universities, and 30 percent was given in direct state subsidies.

    In 2006, a similar discussion over the acceptance of the term “ethnic Norwegian” erupted, as the country’s Language Council declared that “Norwegian” basically means “a person of ethnic Norwegian origin”.

    “We believe that there is no need to replace ‘ethnic Norwegians’ with another designation. The term ‘ethnic Norwegians’ has arisen due to large immigration in recent decades. Prior to that, one used only the term ‘Norwegians’, and it means the same thing as what some now call ‘ethnic Norwegians’”, the Language Council wrote.

    Among others, Conservative Party leader and present-day Prime Minister Erna Solberg, suggested that defining “ethnic Norwegian” was no longer important, whereas Labour Party leader and then-Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre stressed the need of “expanding the Norwegian ‘we'” to reflect the country’s population change. According to him, a Norwegian is simply a Norwegian citizen.

    Following the heated discussion, the Language Council later moderated the view, apologised for the statement, and announced that the word “Norwegian” had several meanings.

    In the ensuing years, many have shied away from using the term “ethnic” out of caution. Among others, the music festival Oslo World has ditched the term “ethnic music”, explaining that for many it has become “a code word for the white race”.

    In recent decades, the share of Norway’s immigrant population has risen to 18 percent of the country’s 5.4 million. In its 2017 report, Statistics Norway estimated that 52 percent of the population will have an immigrant background by 2100 in a likely immigration scenario. Among younger age groups, the share of immigrants already exceeds 30 percent.”

  6. Sweden Shaken by 12-Year-Old Girl’s Death in Gang Shootout (sputniknews, Aug 3, 2020)

    “In recent decades, the number of gangland shooting victims in Sweden has dramatically increased, with criminologists describing the situation as the “Wild West”.

    A 12-year-old girl was shot dead by a stray bullet at a gas station in Hallunda, Stockholm in what has been described as a gang shootout.

    After Hallunda residents were awakened by shots late Saturday into Sunday, the body of the girl was found near the gas station.

    “I thought it was rockets or something”, a local man told the newspaper Aftonbladet. Another local said he heard a total of 15-20 bangs. “I thought these were bombs. I don’t think it was ordinary guns”, he said.

    The girl was rushed to a local hospital, but her life could not be saved. On Sunday, the police conducted a crime scene investigation and secured evidence on the spot. The crime is currently being investigated as murder, and no arrests have been made.

    “At the moment, no arrests have been made, but several people have been brought in for questioning and these are people who, on good grounds, may contribute to the investigation”, police chief Carolina Paasikivi said.

    According to the Botkyrka municipality, a memorial site has been established at the gas station.

    Worried locals described the area as generally unsafe, and many pledged not to set foot anywhere near it, let alone allow their children in the area.

    The death of an innocent girl has spurred reactions from high-ranking politicians in Sweden.

    “I am aware that no words are enough for one who has lost a child in this terrible way, but I still want to say that our thoughts go out to you and that we share your grief in this difficult time. On the part of the government, we will continue to vigorously expand society’s ability to fight crime with more police, tougher penalties, and preventive work”, Interior Minister Mikael Damberg said.

    Justice Minister Morgan Johansson called the incident a heinous atrocity.

    “Now all available means are deployed to arrest these perpetrators. Those who know anything about this atrocity should contact the police. If you do not do that, you risk committing a crime yourself, because protecting a criminal is also a very serious crime”, Johansson said.

    “It is endlessly sad that the gross violence in Sweden continues to reap so many victims. The thoughts go mainly to the girl’s relatives. A proper overhaul of legal policy is needed to make Sweden safer”, the Moderate Party’s legal spokesman Johan Forsell tweeted.

    Over the past decade, the number of shootouts in Sweden has gone through the roof. In the early 90s, an average of four people a year were murdered in criminal shootouts, now that average is 40, criminologist Mikael Rying explained, suggesting that the nature of organised crime in Sweden has changed.

    “In the early 90s, there were a lot of drug deals where someone was shot in a garage or an apartment. Then came the motorcycle gangs during the second half of the 90s with special rules for both entry and exit. There was order in these groups. Since the second half of the 00s, it’s begun to be more like the Wild West”, Rying told Aftonbladet.”

  7. IDF Thwarts Attack by Syrian Cell that Entered Israeli Territory to Plant Bomb (breitbart, Aug 3, 2020)

    “A Syrian terror cell that infiltrated Israeli territory Monday to carry out an attack against a military post has been thwarted, the IDF said.

    The four-member cell planted improvised explosive devices inside an unmanned Israel Defense Forces (IDF) outpost along the border with Syria.

    “A short time ago, an IDF force foiled an attempt to place explosive devices along the border with Syria,” the army said in a statement.

    “Special forces that were carrying out an ambush near an IDF post in the southern Golan Heights spotted a cell with a number of terrorists planting explosive devices along the border.”

    Soldiers from the Maglan special forces unit and aircraft opened synchronized fire on the four armed terrorists, killing them all, the army said.

    No Israeli soldiers were injured.

    The army is investigating the origin of the terror cell, IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said. He added it is still unclear whether the incident was connected to a recent infiltration by the Hezbollah terror group…”

  8. Afghan troops retake prison attacked by IS group; 29 killed (abcnews, Aug 3, 2020)

    “Afghan forces said they retook a prison in the country’s east on Monday afternoon, following an hours-long battle a day after the facility was targeted by the Islamic State group in an attack that killed 29 people. The prison is believed to be holding hundreds of IS members.

    The attack highlighted the challenges ahead for Afghanistan, even as U.S. and NATO forces begin to withdraw following America striking a peace deal with the Taliban.

    Defense Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said the prison was taken back in the afternoon. The fighting also left at least 50 wounded.

    Even as Afghan troops seized the prison in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, some 115 kilometers (70 miles) east of Kabul, IS militants continued to fire on Afghan security forces from a nearby neighborhood.

    Sporadic gunfire rang out from nearby residential buildings in central Jalalabad, an area of high security near the provincial governor’s office.

    As security forces swept through the prison, they found the bodies of two Taliban prisoners apparently killed by the Islamic State group, showing the tensions between the two militant factions battling each other in eastern Afghanistan.

    The 29 dead included civilians, prisoners, guards and Afghan security forces, said Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman…”

    • “BLM Leftists Are Extorting Small Businesses, Vandalize Cuban Man’s Restaurant For Not Paying Up” Tim Pool – August 2, 2020

  9. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan caught lying to the public about [email protected]((ines

    Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the W.H.O., addresses the world in a promotional video where she ensures the robust existence of effective [email protected]((ine safety systems and the overall safety of [email protected]((ines.

    Five days later, here is her diametrically different opinion behind closed doors at the Global [email protected]((ine Safety Summit on Dec. 3rd, 2019.

  10. WHO says it has completed groundwork in China for virus origin probe

    World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the WHO’s mission in China laying the groundwork for an investigation into the animal origins of the coronavirus pandemic has concluded.

  11. ‘Do As They Say’: Minneapolis Police Tell Residents To ‘Be Prepared To Give Up’ Personal Belongings To Robbers

    Minneapolis Police informed residents of the city’s embattled 3rd Precinct to prepare for the giving up of their personal belongings to potential robbers, and advised them to do as criminals say for their own safety.

    According to a July 28 email provided to Alpha News MN that was also forwarded to The Daily Wire, the Minneapolis Police Department offered “prevention tips” to residents hoping to avoid being a victim of the skyrocketing cases of robbery and carjacking that have plagued the city since George Floyd’s death in May.

  12. Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak
    The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran’s government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found.

    The government’s own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry.

    The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827.

    The official numbers still make Iran the worst-hit in the Middle East.

    In recent weeks, it has suffered a second steep rise in the number of cases.

    The first death in Iran from Covid-19 was recorded on 22 January, according to lists and medical records that have been passed to the BBC. This was almost a month before the first official case of coronavirus was reported there.
    Since the outbreak of the virus in Iran, many observers have doubted the official numbers.

    There have been irregularities in data between national and regional levels, which some local authorities have spoken out about, and statisticians have tried to give alternative estimates..

    A level of undercounting, largely due to testing capacity, is seen across the world, but the information leaked to the BBC reveals Iranian authorities have reported significantly lower daily numbers despite having a record of all deaths – suggesting they were deliberately suppressed.
    Where did the data come from?

    The data was sent to the BBC by an anonymous source.

    It includes details of daily admissions to hospitals across Iran, including names, age, gender, symptoms, date and length of periods spent in hospital, and underlying conditions patients might have.

    The details on lists correspond to those of some living and deceased patients already known to the BBC.
    The source says they have shared this data with the BBC to “shed light on truth” and to end “political games” over the epidemic.

    The discrepancy between the official figures and the number of deaths on these records also matches the difference between the official figure and calculations of excess mortality until mid-June.

    Excess mortality refers to the number of deaths above and beyond what would be expected under “normal” conditions.
    Tehran, the capital, has the highest number of deaths with 8,120 people who died with Covid-19 or symptoms similar to it.

    The city of Qom, the initial epicentre of the virus in Iran, is worst hit proportionally, with 1,419 deaths – that is one death with Covid-19 for every 1,000 people.

    It is notable that, across the country, 1,916 deaths were non-Iranian nationals. This indicates a disproportionate number of deaths amongst migrants and refugees, who are mostly from neighbouring Afghanistan.

    The overall trend of cases and deaths in the leaked data is similar to official reports, albeit different in size.

    The initial rise of deaths is far steeper than Health Ministry figures and by mid-March it was five times the official figure.

    Lockdown measures were imposed over the Nowruz (Iranian New Year) holidays at the end of the third week in March, and there was a corresponding decline in cases and deaths.
    But as government restrictions were relaxed, the cases and deaths started to rise again after late-May.

    Crucially the first recorded death on the leaked list occurred on 22 January, a month before the first case of coronavirus was officially reported in Iran.

    At the time Health Ministry officials were adamant in acknowledging not a single case of coronavirus in the country, despite reports by journalists inside Iran, and warnings from various medical professionals.

    In 28 days until the first official acknowledgement on 19 February, 52 people had already died.
    Doctors with direct knowledge of the matter have told the BBC that the Iranian health ministry has been under pressure from security and intelligence bodies inside Iran.

    Dr Pouladi (not their real name) told the BBC that the ministry “was in denial”
    “Initially they did not have testing kits and when they got them, they weren’t used widely enough. The position of the security services was not to admit to the existence of coronavirus in Iran,” Dr Pouladi said.

    It was the persistence of two brothers, both doctors from Qom, which forced the health ministry to acknowledge the first official case.

    When Dr Mohammad Molayi and Dr Ali Molayi lost their brother, they insisted he should still be tested for Covid-19, which turned out to be positive.

    In Kamkar hospital, where their brother died, numerous patients were admitted with similar symptoms to Covid-19, and they would not respond to the usual treatments. Nevertheless, none of them were tested for the disease.

    Dr Pouladi says: “They got unlucky. Someone with both decency and influence lost his brother. Dr Molayi had access to these gentlemen [health ministry officials] and did not give up.”

    Dr Molayi released a video of his late brother with a statement. The health ministry then finally acknowledged the first recorded case.

    Nevertheless state TV ran a report criticising him and falsely claiming the video of his brother was months old.
    The start of outbreak coincided both with the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and with parliamentary elections.

    These were major opportunities for the Islamic Republic to demonstrate its popular support and not risk damaging it because of the virus.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, accused some of wanting to use the coronavirus to undermine the election.

    In the event, the election had a very low turnout.
    Before the global coronavirus pandemic hit, Iran was already experiencing a series of its own crises.

    In November 2019, the government increased the price of petrol overnight and cracked down violently on protests which followed. Hundreds of protesters were killed in a few days.

    In January this year, the Iranian response to the US assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, seen as one of the most powerful figures in Iran after its Supreme Leader, created another problem.

    Then Iranian armed forces – on high alert – mistakenly fired missiles at a Ukrainian airliner only minutes after it had taken off from Tehran’s international airport. All 176 people on board were killed.

    The Iranian authorities initially tried to cover up what happened, but after three days they were forced to admit it, resulting in considerable loss of face.
    Dr Nouroldin Pirmoazzen, a former MP who also was an official at the health ministry, told the BBC that in this context, the Iranian government was “anxious and fearful of the truth” when coronavirus hit Iran.

    He said: “The government was afraid that the poor and the unemployed would take to the streets.”

    Dr Pirmoazzen points to the fact that Iran stopped international health organisation Médecins Sans Frontières from treating coronavirus cases in the central province of Isfahan as evidence of how security-conscious its approach towards the pandemic is.

    Iran was going through tough times even before the military showdown with the US and coronavirus hit.

    The sanctions which followed Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal in May 2018 hit the economy hard.

    Dr Pouladi says: “Those who brought the country to this point don’t pay the price. It is the poor people of the country and my poor patients who pay the price with their lives.”

    “In the confrontation between the governments of the US and Iran we are getting crushed with pressures from both sides.”

    The health ministry has said that the country’s reports to the World Health Organization regarding the number of coronavirus cases and deaths are “transparent” and “far from any deviations”.

  13. Barack Obama’s half-brother rips ‘cold and ruthless’ ex-president

    A “cold and ruthless” President Obama abandoned his Kenyan family in their greatest hours of need, according to a new tell-all by estranged half brother Malik Obama.

    “He got rich and became a snob,” Malik, 62, told The Post via Skype from his home in the Kenyan village of Nyang’oma Kogelo. “What I saw was he was the kind of person that wants people to worship him. He needs to be worshiped and I don’t do that. I am his older brother so I don’t do that.”

    The book, “Big Bad Brother From Kenya,” a self-published memoir which Malik Obama spent 22 years writing, hit Amazon with little fanfare on July 11. In its 435 pages, Malik covers the long and gradual falling out between him and the former President, which culminated in Malik publicly endorsing Donald Trump for president in 2016.

    Both Malik and Barack Obama share the same father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan economist who died in a car accident in 1982. Malik first met his half brother in 1985 when Barack was a 24-year-old Chicago community organizer, and they enjoyed warm relations for more than a decade. Malik spent years working in the United States, where he has dual citizenship, and frequently traveled between the US and his homeland. Malik was the best man at Barack Obama’s wedding in 1992. When Barack became president, Malik was a regular visitor to the Oval Office.

  14. Former Border Force Boss: Illegal Migration to Hit ‘Crisis’ Levels If Boris Won’t Turn Boats Back (breitbart, Aug 3, 2020)

    “The former chief of the British Border Force has warned the country will face a “crisis” level of illegal migrant crossings of the English Channel if Britain and France fail to come to an agreement to have boat migrants immediately returned to France.

    The former head of UK Border Force, Tony Smith, said asylum seekers attempting to come to the United Kingdom from France must apply for asylum on the French side of the English Channel, and that the two governments need to sign a treaty that would see boat migrants brought back to France rather than onto British shores.

    “What I’m advocating is that we need to try as best we can to replicate the juxtaposed controls for legitimate applicants in the same way as for illegitimate applicants,” Smith told the Daily Mail.

    “If they want to come to the UK they need to make their case on the French side, and if they are found in the waterways or even make it as far as Dover we say ‘I’m sorry but you go back there and that’s where you will be interviewed and processed, on the French side’,” he added.

    Mr Smith said that he was unsure if Priti Patel’s Home Office will be able to “make the breakthrough” with France, but did note that the British government has come to agreements with the French in the past.

    “I think there are potentially opportunities but there will have to be some kind of a quid pro quo which would satisfy the French that this was a measure that was designed to help both parties, not just a one-way street where the UK essentially is able to blockade anybody coming over from France,” the former Border Force chief said.

    The London-based think tank Migration Watch UK projected that if the current trend continues an estimated 7,500 illegal boat migrants will reach Britain by Christmas…”

  15. Defund the Media: A Poem

    You are being conditioned, enticed, and deceived – you’re being controlled by the news you received.
    August 3, 2020
    Elen Krut

    Defund the Media

    The urgent press tune
    Comes from news channel one
    It shows and tells
    How wrong things are done

    The station is changed
    To news channel two
    Again and again
    They’re targeting you

    The channels compete
    To deliver the best
    They promise pure truth
    But they are a pest

    Polluting your mind,
    Spreading fear and madness
    Is what media does
    With an utmost gladness

    The channels then jump
    To some more “breaking news”
    They work overtime
    Attracting the views

    They keep you in fear
    They scare to control
    Completely forgetting
    Their primary role

    The new breaking news
    Is the scare of today
    What happened to the story
    You told yesterday?

    What happened to facts
    And to research, lack of bias?
    What happened to journalism
    We used to admire?

    With every new story
    Our attention is grabbed
    And it’s further consumed
    By some farce and facade

    And when our attention
    Is consumed with deceit
    We miss out on what matters
    Our minds will never meet

    It’s time to wake up
    And notice a trend
    To open your mind and understand
    You are being conditioned,
    Enticed, and deceived
    You’re being controlled
    By the news you received

    And the urgent press tune
    Comes from news channel three
    It’s your common sense calling
    To set you free

    Editor’s note: The poem below is written by Elen Krut, an attorney, author and poetess. It is from her new recent collection of poems, Poems, Untold.

  16. After Flynn unmaskings, U.S. intel won’t answer whether agencies spy on Congress

    ODNI recently refused to answer if U.S. spy agencies monitor lawmakers, saying any admission could reveal methods.

    The dramatic disclosure earlier this year that the Obama administration sought to unmask ex-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s conversations intercepted overseas is reviving a long-unanswered question: Do U.S. spy agencies also monitor members of Congress?

    That question has lingered at least since May 2017, when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) demanded to know whether his conversations overseas while running for president in 2016 were umasked by the Obama administration.

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  17. Shakedown: BLM Demands Cut of Louisville Business Profits for Protection

    Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters issued “social justice” and “black liberation” demands regarding “diversity” to a restaurant owner in Louisville, KY, including a directive for “donations” to organizations run by non-whites.

    Listed demands from a BLM affiliate in Louisville include racial quotas for staff and ownership of business suppliers, donations to organizations run by non-whites, and adjustment to dress codes. The posters used the acronym “BIPOC” (“black or indigenous persons of color”) as a euphemism for non-white persons:

  18. London bloodbath: Five injured in three separate shootings in seven-hour wave of violence
    LONDON has been rocked by violence overnight after five people were left injured following stabbings and shootings in the capital.

    Two men were injured after a stabbing and shooting in London’s Hackney, while two men were shot in a second shooting in Brixton and a fifth man sustained gunshot wounds in Croydon. The first incident took place in Brixton on Friday evening.

    • Remember the Chinese people are very suspicious and a summer snow is suppose to be a warning of government wrong doing and possible collapse.

  19. Japan Eyes Option for Pre-Emptive Strikes Against Chinese Missiles

    After scrapping the deployment of the U.S.-made ‘Aegis Ashore’ missile defense systems last week, Japanese leaders are proposing pre-emptive strike options to deter North Korea – and China (RELATED: China Rushing to Double Its Nuclear Forces by 2030). This would be a major new test of Japan’s pacifist constitution which precludes offensive military capabilities.

    However, the dramatically growing threat from a reckless North Korea, and increasingly from an ascendant and belligerent China, is changing the calculus in Tokyo – and Washington. Japan is saying that the new security environment requires new thinking.

    “New efforts are needed to improve deterrence, including the possession of the ability to defeat ballistic missiles and other weapons, even in the territory of an opponent,” said the just-released proposal by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) defense policy committee, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). This clearly entails an offensive strike option.

    Japan’s National Security Council is set to consider the proposal in August. But what would this new strike capability look like?

    Asian Review reported that “There is already a plan for acquiring hardware capable of preemptive strikes. The defense ministry decided to introduce long-range cruise missiles to the arsenal in 2017.”

  20. Reality Check | ‘Masks Make Us Slaves’: Massive Protests in Germany Over Lockdown

    Massive protests in Berlin, Germany over the weekend as reports of tens of thousands up to possibly a million or more people took to the streets to protests COVID lockdowns.

    What are the people truly asking for? Some say, a return to Democracy.

  21. SPAIN – Former king Juan Carlos leaves Spain amid financial scandal

    […] alleged role in a scandal over a multi-billion-dollar contract with Saudi Arabia.

    […]In March, the Swiss daily Tribune de Geneve alleged that in 2008 he had received 100 million dollars from Saudi king Abdallah via an offshore account.
    King Juan Carlos Of Spain Created Foundation To Hide Saudi Money

    […] lawyer Dante Canónica, revealed in a statement to the Swiss prosecutor, that Juan Carlos ordered the creation of a foundation in order to conceal a “significant donation” he was going to receive from the Saudi king.

    […]Yves Bertossa, the prosecutor, estimates the “donation” to have been around 100 million dollars

    […]Canonica explained to the prosecutor that they finally met with the Saudi ambassador to the United States, who told him and Fasana that the money was a “pure gift” and advanced a range of between 20 and 100 million dollars.

    […]The statement comes after the news yesterday that the retired king had “gifted” his former lover Corinna Larsen millions of dollars to purchase properties.


    Former king Juan Carlos to leave Spain amid probe over financial scandal

  22. Democratic congressman faces accusations of Islamophobia over anti-BDS flyer

    “Congressman William Lacy Clay, a Missouri Democrat, is facing accusations of Islamophobia after his campaign sent a flyer featuring the photo of Muslim-American activist Linda Sarsour to attack his progressive challenger over her support for the right to boycott Israel.

    The campaign literature calls out Clay’s progressive challenger Cori Bush over being endorsed by Sarsour, describing the Muslim organiser – who is a frequent target of right-wing attacks – as “an anti-Israel activist and a leader of the BDS movement in the United States.”

    Bush, who entered public life as a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter protests after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, has expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in the past, but foreign policy has not been a major issue in the race…”

  23. ‘An insult to Muslims’: Rights group denounces Trump’s pick for top Pentagon post

    “A leading Muslim rights group has called for the dismissal of a senior Pentagon official who reportedly has a history of making and promoting anti-Muslim comments on social media.

    The Senate Armed Services Committee abruptly cancelled a hearing on Anthony Tata’s nomination to be undersecretary of defence for policy at the Pentagon on Thursday, after senators and civil rights groups raised serious questions about his past record of anti-Muslim and anti-Black comments.

    On Sunday, however, US President Donald Trump installed Tata into the position on a temporary basis without congressional approval.

    Senator Jack Reed, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat, criticised the appointment, calling it “an insult to our troops, professionals at the Pentagon, the Senate, and the American people”.

    “If President Trump’s goal is to hollow out, politicise and undermine the Pentagon the way he has the State Department and intelligence community, then mission accomplished. This is an offensive, destabilising move,” he said.

    Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, also slammed the decision, accusing Trump of evading congressional scrutiny.

    “If an appointee cannot gain the support of the Senate, as is clearly the case with Tata, then the president should not put that person into an identical temporary role,” Smith said in a statement.

    Tata has been widely criticised for his past comments, including remarks directed at former President Barack Obama – whom he accused of secretly being Muslim and a “terrorist leader”.

    Rights groups had strongly opposed his nomination, with a coalition of more than 50 civil rights, faith, education and labour groups coming out in June against “his long record of bigotry”.

    In terms of anti-Muslim rhetoric, Tata, a retired army brigadier general, had also said that Islam was the “most oppressive violent religion” he knows of, and has written books invoking “Islamic gang rape” of white women, the groups noted.

    Tata has repeatedly attacked Black public figures with racial and religious epithets, such as calling Congresswoman Maxine Waters a “race-baiting racist” for her defence of Rodney King, who was severely beaten by police in 1991, sparking massive nationwide protests.

    As Wake County superintendent, Tata pushed for schools to be resegregated, with rights groups during his tenure accusing him of discrimination against Latino and disabled students.

    “Anthony Tata must resign,” Muslim Advocates’ Public Advocacy Director Scott Simpson said in a news release on Monday. “A position of leadership for him is an insult to Muslims, to Black people, to Latinos, to the military and to us all. He risks turning the Pentagon into a nest of dangerous conspiracy theories and partisan witch hunts.

    “He should have no place in government, whether as ‘the official performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defence for policy’ or in any other position,” Simpson continued. “No less than the credibility and safety of the military and the nation are at stake.”

    Trump’s string of anti-Muslim hires
    The Trump administration has on several occasions hired or attempted to hire officials who have made wildly anti-Muslim statements in the past.

    In May, Mark Kevin Lloyd was appointed as USAID’s religious freedom adviser, despite having a history of making and promoting anti-Muslim comments on social media.

    Lloyd in two different tweets, made weeks apart in 2016, called Islam “a barbaric cult” and said that the religion was “violent in its doctrine and practice”.

    He also shared a meme on Facebook suggesting that people should be forced to eat bacon before being allowed to buy guns and said “those who understand Islam for what it is are gearing up for the fight”.

    Despite outrage by rights groups, Lloyd has kept his position at the agency.

    Kayleigh McEnany, who became Trump’s latest press secretary in April, also has a history of defending anti-Muslim rhetoric.

    In 2014, McEnany sat on a Fox Business panel next to Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of the white nationalist group Proud Boys, appearing to support his claims that Muslims are “totally irrational” and genetically inferior because of “inbreeding”.

    “Obama endlessly preaches tolerance of Islam but never mentions this – ‘Genocide: Christian Population in Iraq Drops 80% in a Decade’,” she wrote on Twitter in 2016, not mentioning that the Iraqi Christian population had dwindled largely due to sectarian violence and civil unrest ushered in by former President George W Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    “US foreign policy has done a lot of good for the Muslim people. I think Bush liberated 15 million Muslims from the hands of dictators,” she said in 2014.

    At the time, Robert McCaw, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) government affairs director, told Middle East Eye that Trump’s vetting process turns “a blind eye when it comes to bigotry, particularly anti-Muslim hatred”.

    “Anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant hatred is not a disqualifier to serve in the Trump administration. In fact, it represents its twisted values,” he said.”

  24. Libya: 55 irregular migrants caught in Mediterranean

    “At least 55 irregular migrants of different nationalities were held on the Mediterranean coast of Libya, said the country’s Interior Ministry on Sunday.

    Libyan coast guards raided a warehouse in coastal Zliten city and caught 55 irregular immigrants, including four women and six children, the ministry said in a statement.

    It added that irregular migrants were preparing to migrate to Europe through the Mediterranean.

    One human trafficker was also arrested…”

  25. Morocco Foils Irregular Migration Attempt in Tarfaya, Recovers Bodies

    “Moroccan security services thwarted on Monday an irregular migration attempt from the castle strip under the territorial jurisdiction of the province of the coastal city of Tarfaya, southwestern Morocco.

    Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) quoted authorities in the province as saying that security services arrested 40 irregular migrants, including 12 women from sub-Saharan African countries, on August 3.

    Moroccan authorities put the would-be migrants in quarantine. They will undergo COVID-19 screening tests to identify potential virus carriers.

    The source added that the bodies of seven African nationals, including five women, “were washed up by the sea.”

    Security services transferred the remains of the seven migrants to the morgue of the provincial hospital of Laayoune.

    Morocco has opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the case and arrest additional suspects potentially involved in the irregular migration attempt…”

  26. Former German envoy urges EU to continue negotiations with Turkey

    “Martin Erdmann, the former German ambassador to Ankara, has urged the European Union to continue the membership negotiations with Turkey, recalling that the Turkish people are a democratic society as a whole with free elections.

    “Negotiations with Turkey should not be ended. We cannot re-activate them a few years later, it would not be possible,” Erdmann told Germany’s radio channel Deutschlandfunk, daily Hürriyet reported on Aug 3.

    Erdmann served in Ankara as the ambassador of Germany between the years of 2015 and 2020. He retired from the diplomatic service as of June 2020.

    The veteran diplomat called on the EU not to end the accession process with Turkey despite developments in recent years, which raised concerns about the quality of democracy in the candidate country.

    “The democratic reflexes function in Turkey. Turkish society is a democratic one as a whole. I have observed many elections in the last five years, and they were all free elections,” he stated.

    Turkey began negotiations in 2005 but could open only around half of 35 chapters. Erdmann recalled that the European Council has already suspended the opening of the chapters in a 2018 decision.

    The former diplomat said he believed that the EU should wait for the right time to resume talks with Turkey once the “complicated” situation would be left behind.

    “Turkey is a resilient country, and it recovers quickly,” he said.”

  27. Wanted PKK terrorist among ‘neutralized’ in Turkey

    “Among terrorists “neutralized” last month in eastern Turkey was a wanted PKK member, Turkish authorities said on Aug. 3.

    The terrorist Seyithan Acay – codenamed Brusk Israel – was “neutralized” in the eastern Sirnak province on July 30 along with three others.

    Acay, who joined the PKK in 2006 and stayed in Israel for five years, was on the gray category of the Interior Ministry’s wanted terrorists list with up to 500,000 Turkish Liras (about$ 71,600) bounty on his head.

    The wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange, and gray.

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

    123 terrorists surrendered in 2020 so far

    Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry said on Aug. 3 that a total of 123 terrorists have turned themselves in to Turkish security forces in 2020 thus far.

    One more terrorist surrendered in the southeastern Mardin province, the ministry said in a statement.

    The terrorist surrendered to the security forces following the persuasion efforts by the Interior Ministry and Gendarmerie Command in the eastern Mu? province, the statement added.

    The terrorist who joined the separatist terrorist group in 2014 and operated in Syria surrendered to the security forces in Mardin with the support of the family.

    No affiliation was given for the terrorist, but Turkey’s southeast has long seen terrorist PKK activity while in Syria YPG/PKK, the PKK’s Syrian offshoot, is seen. Police and gendarmerie continue their efforts to convince terrorists
    to turn themselves in.

    In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.”

  28. Albanian president approves military deal with Turkey

    “Albanian President Ilir Meta on Monday approved an implementation protocol for a military cooperation agreement with Turkey.

    “With this agreement, financial contributions are made for the purchase of services and goods for military purposes. Thus, the increase in the interoperability of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Albania is affected,” said a statement by the presidency.

    The agreement is being carried out within the framework of existing cooperation with Turkey and friendship as well as stable relations to further strengthen military cooperation, the statement added.

    The cooperation agreement aims to determine the principles of financial assistance for Albania to buy products that are 100% indigenously made in Turkey and services for military purposes.

    The agreement in question was signed by the two countries on Jan. 24 and Feb. 24 this year. The Albanian parliament passed the agreement on July 23.

    After the president’s approval, the agreement will enter into force 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

    The two NATO allies also signed in February a Defense Cooperation Plan.”

  29. Conte promises tough line on migrants

    “Premier Giuseppe Conte on Monday promised that his government will adopt a tough stance after an upsurge in the arrival of asylum seekers from North Africa.
    The rise in the number of migrant-boat landings has put facilities under strain, especially given the need for arrivals to go into quarantine due to the coronavirus emergency.
    Several cases of large groups of migrants under quarantine running away from the facilities hosting them has caused widespread concern.
    “You cannot enter Italy in this way, especially in this acute phase (of the COVID-19 emergency,)” Conte said during a visit to Cerignola in Puglia.
    “We cannot allow the international community to be exposed to additional uncontrollable dangers.
    “There are migrants who try to flee from health surveillance.
    “We cannot allow it. We must be tough and inflexible.
    “We cannot tolerate people entering Italy in an illegal way.
    “We cannot allow the sacrifices the country made due to the COVID-19 crisis to be rendered in vain.
    “We must intensify repatriations”.
    Around 200 asylum seekers landed on eight different boats on Lampedusa overnight, further complicating the already difficult situation on the southern Italian island.
    The asylum seekers were taken to the island’s migrant hotspot, taking the number present at the facility up to 910. In theory the structure has a capacity of 95.”

  30. Migrants: Tunisia won’t tolerate traffickers, says president

    “Tunisian President Kais Saied on Sunday said ”organizers of illegal maritime crossings, human traffickers, commit crimes that the State can’t tolerate”, during a visit to the port of Sfax and Mahdia. The highest number of crossings towards Italy’s coasts have departed from this region, where the president visited the headquarters of the regional coast guard. In a statement issued by the Tunisian presidency, Saied stressed the importance of the role undertaken by the coast guards in fighting irregular migration and reiterated his pledge to boost efforts to monitor the coast.

    However, according to the president, it is necessary to shed light on the real reasons behind the phenomenon, stressing the need for boosted cooperation between various countries to find new solutions to the problem of irregular migration, offering would-be migrants conditions that can convince them to remain in their home country.

    On a strictly operational level, the presidency of the government has recently given to the center of coordination of the coast guard of Mahdia, Sfax and Kerkennah a new aircraft to monitor the coast at night.”

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