Reader’s Links for August 30, 2020

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. Seth Frantzman

    There is talk of conflict in the eastern Mediterranean, but in reality Ankara enjoys creating these crises every month, whether in Libya or Syria or Iraq or now the Med. the idea that Ankara wants a conflict with Greece is false: it knows Greece is not Afrin, it only attack weak

    Ankara’s goal is the Ata to try to get some compromise. It talks tonight because it got used to always getting what it wants through threats, just as it got US to leave part of Syria in October 2019, it’s drunk on power. But it knows reality of real conflict with major country

    Ankara’s recent military experience is fighting Haftar using Syrian rebels and drones; bragging of fighting the Syrian regime, bombing villages in Iraq, the 2015-2016 PKK conflict in Turkey and attacking innocents like Hevrin Khalaf in 2019. It is wary of major conflict through.

    Of course things could spiral out of control. But it is important to understand Ankara’s rhetoric and actions in light of the last years of endless monthly crises that Turkey creates abroad mostly to distract from issues at home since the coup attempt.

    This crises-threat model of leadership will continue every month until the current regime leaves power, so it could go on for a decade or more.

  2. Video: Protesters Topple Statue of Canadian First PM in Montreal, Call For Police Defunding (sputniknews, Aug 30, 2020)

    “Canada sees rallies for police defunding amid a countrywide wave of protests against police brutality and racism in the United States, activists of which have toppled and vandalised multiple Confederate monuments.

    On Saturday, protesters in Montreal toppled a statue of John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, as the country sees massive marches demanding to cut police funding.

    According to a flyer from the rally obtained by Global News, the movement to remove the statue of Macdonald was organized in solidarity with “all those fighting against colonialism and anti-blackness in the struggle for a better world”.

    “Today, inspired by a summer of rebellion and anti-racist protest, a diverse coalition of young activists take it upon themselves to act where the city has failed,” read the flyer. “We offer this action in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Tio’tia:ke, Turtle Island and across the globe, and all those fighting against colonialism and anti-blackness in the struggle for a better world”.

    The statue toppling drew condemnation from Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante, who rolled out a series of tweets on Saturday, pondering the situation.

    “I strongly condemn the acts of vandalism that took place this afternoon in downtown Montréal, which led to the John A. Macdonald statue being torn down. Such gestures cannot be accepted nor tolerated”, she said, outlining that monuments that are seen as “controversial” by some people should rather be “put in context” than overthrown.

    ?She insisted that actions done “to live in a more just and inclusive society” must be undertaken peacefully and without vandalism.

    BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) movement activists in Canada, however, claim that “without the removal of the laws of colonialism” people of color “will cease to exist”.

    ?The statue of Canada’s first prime minister was the subject of heated discussion for what was seen as celebrating Canada’s colonial past, with some claiming that the statues represent “retrograde values” and should be removed.

    Demonstrations in Canada unfold amid nationwide protests against police brutality and racism in the United States, sparked by the death of a black man George Floyd in police custody, which have already triggered monument toppling in the country. Protesters overthrew and vandalised monuments of George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and, paradoxically, even abolitionist activist Frederick Douglass, claiming that they represent wrong values and promote racism and slavery.”

  3. UK Radical Preacher Abu Hamza Reportedly Sues US Over ‘Inhuman and Degrading’ Prison Conditions (sputniknews, Aug 30, 2020)

    “Since 2012, notorious terrorist and radical Islamic preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri, also known as the Hook Hand, has been serving a life sentence for multiple terrorism-related offences. Incarcerated in the US state of Colorado’s ADX Florence prison, “the Alcatraz of the Rockies”, al-Masri is in one of the highest security complexes in the world.

    Radical Islamic preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri, a UK national of Egyptian origin, is suing US authorities over “inhuman and degrading” conditions and breaching his human rights at Colorado’s ADX Florence prison, where he is serving a life sentence for multiple terrorism-related offences, UK newspaper The Times reported on Saturday.

    In a civil lawsuit filed against US Attorney General Willian Barr, Abu Hamza complains of “cruel and unusual conditions in prolonged, continuous, dangerous solitary confinement since 2012”, the year in which he was extradited from Britain to the US to stand trial for supporting the al-Qaeda* terrorist organization.

    Convicted and sentenced in 2015 to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Abu Hamza also accused the US authorities of violating his human rights via a number of alleged wrongdoings, including disregarding his disabilities.

    Abu Hamza argued that prison authorities removed his hooks, despite the fact that he has no forearms and he is blind in one eye.

    He also claimed that, on one occasion, he had not been able to cut his toenails for at least 14 months, what caused him “severe pain and difficulty walking”. Abu Hamza added that due to the removal of his hooks he also had to open food packages with his mouth, causing him to loose some his teeth.

    “Plaintiff lost three teeth just to the opening of pouches,” he wrote in the court documents, as cited by The Times. “All front teeth are worn out and painful. Some nerves can be seen.”
    The 62-year-old prisoner complained of being “religiously stressful”, as he has been forced to switch from a Muslim halal diet to a “kosher” as the Jewish meals are served on trays, he said are “easier to eat from”.

    In 2004, UK authorities detained Abu Hamza in response to a request by Washington to extradite the radical imam to face terrorism-related charges. In 2006, he was charged in Britain with 16 offences for “inciting violence and racial hatred” and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

    By the end of his imprisonment in the UK, the preacher was extradited to the US and was convicted and sentenced to lifetime prison on 11 counts of terrorism, including hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998, efforts to create a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999 and facilitating violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001, along with supporting al-Qaeda.

    *Al-Qaeda is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other coutries around the world.”

  4. Secret Tunnel Detected Along India-Pakistan Border in Jammu, Officials Say (sputniknews, Aug 29, 2020)—officials/

    “New Delhi (Sputnik): The BSF safeguards the 3,300 km international border along India’s Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat areas. According to officials, there have been multiple incidents that have placed border security forces on a high-alert footing, due to what is claimed to be an infiltration of terrorists into India.

    India’s paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) has detected a tunnel beneath the India-Pakistan international border fence in Jammu, officials said on Saturday.

    BSF officials revealed to the media that the nearest Pakistani border post is about 400 metres from the 50-metre tunnel, discovered by a BSF patrol team in Jammu’s Samba sector.

    Security officials, requesting anonymity, told Sputnik their personnel have launched a major search operation in the area, aiming to find other hidden structures which may be facilitating infiltration. The newly-found tunnel is said to be under close investigation at the present time.

    BSF Director General Rakesh Asthana told the media on Saturday that he has directed frontier commanders to ensure the “anti-infiltration grid is intact and there are no gaps along this front”.

    “The force later examined the tunnel and found plastic sandbags on its mouth that had ‘Pakistani markings’ on them,” Asthana claimed.

    India’s Intelligence Bureau, linked to domestic intelligence, internal security and counter-intelligence, has joined the security operation, as a means of detecting other clandestine structures which could aid those seeking to smuggle arms and narcotics over from Pakistan.

    Recently, Indian security agencies hinted that terrorists were trying to infiltrate India to carry out terror attacks.”

  5. The ground is shaking. Some see dead people, I see seismographs.

    Yesterday on Dystopia’s Parliament Hill there were many citizens protesting in league with other protests, in other cities, against governments using the virus as a Trojan horse to tyranny. There were not many masks or much social distancing in this bunch. I hope no one gets sick. There was the frequent smell of pot. There were many Quebec, Canada and U.S. flags. There were cigarette smokers. There were all colours of people. There seemed to be an even split between the sexes (yes only two). There were all ages except I saw no toddlers. I am quite sure there were even shy people there. Yes, shy. This is important. But my salient observation was that these were people who are simply fed-up with being told what to do and how to think.

    I understand from these pages there was also an anti-racism protest in Toronto. I note from photos that most of those subjects wore masks and socially distanced quite properly as they marched along. Funny, seeing this obedience from the supposed rebels. Goes to show who the real counter-culture is now.

    I cannot know how many shy leftists were doing their thing in Toronto, but I will go out on a limb to say there were more shy people in Ottawa. The left has a much bigger mouth than the right. It’s less afraid to let it all hang out all the time. It mistakenly believes that telling others what to think about various social issues is the same as being sensitive. The opposite it true. False sensitivity inhibits real sensitivity.

    Protest is more within the leftist “comfort zone” so to speak. That’s why they are who they are. When they hang their big rainbow flags from their porches, or paint them on the roads, they are not being at all shy. In fact this is an act of political aggression masquerading as good will to all peoplekind. Hmm. My spell check dislikes the word peoplekind even though Dear Leader used it. He should declare the word valid and mandatory while parliament is still out.

    Again, the difference I see between the groups is that one protests to be left alone, while the other strikes a pose. The poseurs feign sensitivity to tell everyone what to think. Like Trudeau showing off his gay socks. Now, the leftists marching in Toronto are the victorious orthodoxy of our day. They chant sans fear, confident that Dear Leader has their backs. Meanwhile, the people in Ottawa wonder if it was only coincidence that the Parliament Hill cam was shut down for “maintenance” during this protest.

    I see the German doctor video–the one below where he says he never spoke out before because he hadn’t the guts or was shy. Say it again, brother. You just nailed the majority of the people in the world.

    It must be hard to hear what others have to say while you’re telling them what to think. And you’d think it would be hard selling a pandemic when the majority of the “cases” are detected only because of the millions of tests being carried out. Get that? But they need these stats to stoke the fear, which is the real salesman. Without fear they’ve got nothing. So it is that these tests resemble fake ballots at an election. Get that? Not even the doctors and the labs diligently doing their jobs realize their complicity in trying to defeat President Trump. At this stage the authorities could start testing our blood to see whose ancestors came from outer space aliens. Got red hair? Step aside, please.

    Some seismographs are hypersensitive. Not only do they detect the smallest tremors, but they can even differentiate the frequencies between a deep-earth quake and a passing truck. Other seismographs are much less sensitive. Their needles are bent or broken. They believe they are functioning seismographs because they look the part. They assume, outwardly, the affectations of sensitivity by donning fashion and behavior that portrays the required empathy while, in fact, they feel only what they want to feel.

    In between the hypersensitive seismographs such as those that created and contribute to this blog, and those that are fake and broken, are the majority of the seismographs. These are well-functioning machines that only need a bigger bump to get their needles moving.

    I think the majority of seismographs are beginning to register. At least this is what my own clumsy needle says.

    • Your seismograph needle is NOT clumsy!

      It registers the inversion: fake-sensitive posing-as-protesters on the left vs. reticent or shy, thoughtful non-conformists who find themselves wedged into the other-than-left slot.

      Few seismographs are picking up such subtle distinctions. It’s easier to reduce it all to the immediate and tangible.

      It’s not the rag on the mouth anymore than it’s the rag on a female head. Both are freighted with burdens of nonsense that should make even the crudest seismograph shudder.

  6. “UPDATE: We have officially launched a resource to connect patients across the country with physicians & pharmacists who are HCQ knowledgeable!
    To access:
    Go to:
    Click on: HCQ
    Click on: your state of residence
    Scroll down to: Speak to an MD”
    Dr. Simone Gold – August 29, 2020 – Twitter

    “Hydroxychloroquine ‘very safe,’ says Dr. Scott Atlas; blasts ‘garbage’ medical studies – – @washtimes”
    Dr. Zev. Zelenko – August 29, 2020 – Twitter

  7. British Special Forces and RAF heroes leading obliteration of ISIS bases in Iraqi caves (express, Aug 30, 2020)

    “BRITISH Special Forces have been leading secret missions to identify Islamic State bases in Iraqi caves then calling in jets to bomb them.

    The successful operation has been responsible for directing a series of bunker-busting RAF strikes since June, destroying IED factories and routing hundreds of Jihadis intent on rebuilding their terror network after fleeing from Syria.

    Intelligence chiefs had thought IS fighters had fled to Southern Turkey.

    But the secret SAS surveillance operation discovered that many had moved to the underground labyrinth at the heart of the Kurdish community.

    While the majority of US and Coalition troops have pulled out of northern Iraq, US and British Special Forces continue to pursue Islamic State fighters, operating in Toyota pick-up trucks and calling on Iraqi forces to confirm the success of RAF attacks.

    A Special Forces source revealed that, while the Jihadis had attempted to stay hidden, their use of “fixers” to bring in food supplies was to be their undoing.

    “Their biggest problem was food,” said the source.

    “There are natural resources in the mountains, but as always they took a chance and paid local fixers for fresh food.”

    A 20-strong SAS squad deployed with a US-led Coalition Joint Special Operations Task Force monitored the militants in mountains 35 miles north-east of Kirkuk and called in the first of several air strikes to neutralise the position.

    The first strike, on June 3, saw a Reaper drone deploy a bunker-busting GBU-12 laser-guided bomb on militants hiding in a discarded property in the mountains 17 miles west of Tuz Khurmatu in northern Iraq.

    Then, on June 22, the SAS force located another group of Daesh fighters in caves 30 miles north-west of Tikrit. This time they called in RAF Typhoons, with pilots deploying Paveway IV guided bombs to destroy bases and IED factories within the cave network.

    Intensive surveillance by SAS forces discovered a third target in the Makhmur Mountains and another pair of Typhoons, this time supported by a Voyager air-refuelling tanker, were tasked to attack the targets on June 24.

    “RAF Typhoons can deliver their munitions clinically, but they need our people to find the targets and give accurate grid references to ensure they strike the exact positions,” added the source.

    “These operations are very sensitive and take days to plan. A priority is to make sure there are no civilians anywhere near the target.

    “Based on intelligence they gathered and good surveillance these fighters were located and I expect there will be more. It is an ongoing situation.”

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “These strikes are another example of how the UK Armed Forces protect our nation and allies, every single day, from all those who seek to do us harm.””

  8. article =
    A top Democratic operative says voter fraud, especially with mail-in ballots, is no myth. And he knows this because he’s been doing it, on a grand scale, for decades.
    Mail-in ballots have become the latest flashpoint in the 2020 elections. While President Trump and the GOP warn of widespread manipulation of the absentee vote that will swell with COVID polling restrictions, many Democrats and their media allies have dismissed such concerns as unfounded.
    But the political insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears prosecution, said fraud is more the rule than the exception. His dirty work has taken him through the weeds of municipal and federal elections in Paterson, Atlantic City, Camden, Newark, Hoboken and Hudson County and his fingerprints can be found in local legislative, mayoral and congressional races across the Garden State. Some of the biggest names and highest office holders in New Jersey have benefited from his tricks, according to campaign records The Post reviewed.
    “An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes — it can make a difference,” the tipster said. “It could be enough to flip states.”
    The whisteblower — whose identity, rap sheet and long history working as a consultant to various campaigns were confirmed by The Post — says he not only changed ballots himself over the years, but led teams of fraudsters and mentored at least 20 operatives in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania — a critical 2020 swing state.

    • Unfortunately most people who work in election offices are friends of friends of the politically appointed person who runs the office. Apolitical is joke word and words like honesty and integrity do not describe all who work there. There will always be people who cheat, over zealous party workers, who have no moral values, and then there are those who would not sell their soul. I have worked with the best and the worst. Some election offices are like a kindergarten class, you try to teach the little children what is right and what is wrong.

      The COVID “thing” came along at a convent time, but was it not supposed to peak months ago? Anyone who has worked in politics knows mail in voting is a nightmare, so why are the Democrats insisting it is the way to go? Just wear your silly, mask, keep your silly distance and go and vote.

      • The Dems want mass confusion on who won the election, that is why Hillary is telling Biden not to coincide the election no matter what. They know Trump is going to win and want the confusion to 1) let them scream about a stolen election and 2) give them an excuse to turn their militias loose in a full fledged urban guerilla war.

  9. Black Staff Claim BBC ‘Institutionally Racist’, Like Working on ‘Plantation’ (breitbart, Aug 30, 2020)

    “The BBC is “institutionally racist” claim a number of unidentified black employees, who said working for the publicly-funded broadcaster is like “being on a plantation”.

    Speaking to the left-liberal online news outlet The Huffington Post, dozens of current and former black employees of the BBC complained of a hostile work environment and “covert racism” within the organisation — which is seen as “woke” and disproportionately diverse and by most right-leaning Britons.

    “Of course there is an issue with systemic racism in the BBC; look at how many black staff are in leadership roles, how many black producers there are, how many shows that have a BAME perspective yet don’t have BAME producers,” an anonymous source told HuffPost UK.

    “Even when you’re in a senior role with the BBC, as a black person, you’re not trusted with your own judgement. You’re ‘helicopter checked’ by white managers more often than not, who have final say over how stories are told,” the source alleged.

    Another source, identified only as “M”, claimed that BBC newsrooms are unwelcoming environments for black people, saying: “You see the system of racism as soon as you enter the newsroom.”

    “I think the most horrendous form of racism is covert, because you can’t put a finger on it. You can’t say ‘she called me the N-word,’ he said ‘you don’t belong here,’ or ‘she said I’m not having the job because there’s no space for black people in the role.’ It’s the most hurtful kind of bigotry because you know you’re being overlooked, passed over, left out because of the colour of your skin,” the source claimed.

    “Management equate the colour of your skin to having low intelligence,” M concluded.

    The sources claimed that while so-called BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) employees make up some 15.2 per cent of all staff members — more than their share of Britain’s general population, according to the last census — institutional barriers such as nepotism and racism prevent them from climbing the ranks to upper management.

    “If people go to work and apply for roles and don’t get it – one of us might not be very good, 10 of us might not be very good, but when you see scores of people applying for promotions and not getting through, you’ve got to ask questions. Why is that happening?” Source C questioned.

    Black journalists for BBC Africa also accused the left-leaning broadcaster of “producing propaganda” when it comes to stories about Africa, while claiming that reporters for the bureau are treated like second-class journalists.

    “What we’re doing at BBC Africa is producing propaganda – a colonial view of how white people see the continent. Working here is like being on a plantation,” Source L alleged.

    “The BBC is institutionally racist. The institution was never built for us but we were allowed to come in. There’s only a small amount of space we’re allowed to manoeuvre through while saying ‘thank you’, not asking for much. We’re expected to be happy just having a job and being in that space,” the source added.

    In response to the report, a spokesman for the BBC said: “The BBC goes further than any other broadcaster by publishing diversity data annually, including for leadership positions. We have already achieved our 2020 target on 15 per cent Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff across our workforce. We know there is more work to do on improving diversity at leadership levels across the BBC and we are fully committed to achieving this.”

    The spokesman went on to say that the BBC has set a new quota of 20 per cent “diverse off-air talent” across all network commissions by April 2021. The BBC will also devote £100 million of its operating budget — which is funded by the British public — over the next three years towards producing “diverse and inclusive content”.

    “The BBC is not impartial on racism and this is fully consistent with the BBC’s editorial guidelines. In recent weeks we have announced a four-point plan to improve our approach on the use of racially insulting language. We will continue to listen and learn,” the BBC pronounced.”

  10. Hostage Describes Islamist Elements of Armed Bank Robbery (breitbart, Aug 30, 2020)

    “A bank employee who was taken hostage along with five others has revealed that the man who took them prisoner showed signs of Islamic radicalism, preaching and reciting Qur’an verses.

    The hostage-taking incident took place earlier this month on the 6th of August in the French city of Le Havre when a 34-year-old man with a firearm entered a bank and took the six employees working hostage.

    One of the hostages spoke to broadcaster RTL and explained what happened during the ordeal before the hostages were eventually released unharmed.

    “The hostage-taker tells us that we have to sit down and quickly he tells us that if there is one who plays the hero, he’ll kill him,” the witness said, adding: “Then he takes out his knives, his handcraft explosives, the prayer mat and he starts preaching and giving us some Quranic verses.”

    “At that moment I told myself that if a hostage-taking that starts like this, it doesn’t smell good. He tells us about his demands and tells us that all this will end at four o’clock in the morning, after the last prayer,” the witness said.

    According to the bank employee, the radical Muslim told him that he would “finish in style” when killing the final hostage and that hostage would be him…”

  11. Five Years After 2015 Migrant Crisis, Merkel Tells Press: I Would Do It Again (breitbart, Aug 30, 2020)

    “German Chancellor Angela Merkel has boasted that she would repeat her actions in 2015 which opened the gates to Europe and led to the migrant crisis.

    Chancellor Merkel made her statements at an annual summer press conference in Berlin on Friday, saying she would “make essentially the same decisions” after she was asked if she had any sort of regret for opening Germany’s borders in the summer of 2015.

    Merkel argued that asylum seekers stuck at the frontiers of Germany or Austria “have to be treated like human beings,” France24 reports.

    According to the broadcaster, Merkel has seen a surge in support domestically following the coronavirus outbreak and the German federal government’s handling of it.

    But while Merkel may have favourable polling numbers over her handling of the coronavirus, the mass migration of hundreds of thousands of migrants since 2015 has not been a popular policy in Germany among large sections of the German public.

    The opposition to Merkel’s migrant policy has been reflected in the rapid growth of the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which went from having no seats in the German parliament in the 2013 federal election to becoming the official opposition following 2017’s national election.

    Merkel’s decision was also followed by the Berlin terror attack in December of 2016 that saw bogus asylum seeker Anis Amri kill a dozen people and injure over 50 others when he hijacked a truck and drove it through a crowded Christmas market.

    Murders of young women and girls by migrant men has also been a major issue in Germany since 2015, with high profile killings of young women like Maria Ladenburger and Jewish teen Susanna Feldmann making headlines internationally.

    Germany’s mass migration policies have also impacted the country’s demographics, with a report from earlier this year suggested that as many as a quarter of all German residents now come from migrant backgrounds.

    Germany’s Federal Statistical Office stated in July that at least 26 per cent of German residents had one or more parents born outside Germany, with Turkish-background residents being the largest minority at 13 per cent of the overall population.

    Merkel’s open-door policy has also been blamed for the rise in antisemitism across Germany by Hungarian foreign secretary Péter Szijjártó.

    Earlier this week, Szijjártó slammed German insinuations that antisemitism was “rampant ” in Hungary, saying: “Our Jewish compatriots have no reason to be afraid.”

    “Their cultural festivals don’t require the presence of soldiers armed to the teeth, their synagogues and cemeteries were rebuilt with state funding, and we were the proud hosts of the European Maccabi Games last year,” he added, suggesting German politicians should “take a look around [their] own backyard.””

  12. Turkey marks 1922 victory over Greece amid Med tensions (abcnews, Aug 30, 2020)

    “Turkey marked the 98th anniversary of the decisive War of Independence battle against Greek forces Sunday as the threat of a new conflict with Athens looms in the eastern Mediterranean.

    “Turkey’s struggle for independence and future continues today as well,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a message to commemorate Victory Day.

    “It is absolutely not a coincidence that those who seek to exclude us from the eastern Mediterranean are the same invaders as the ones who attempted to invade our homeland a century ago.”

    In recent weeks, Turkish and Greek forces have engaged in a series of cat-and-mouse military exercises in the seas between Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete. The confrontation was sparked when Turkey sent a research vessel accompanied by warships to search for gas and oil reserves…”

    • twitter

      Turkey’s mad man President Erdogan has outdone himself today:

      He declared God’s promised days came, believes Turkish army fights for Ummah, threatened West, Gulf and North African nations, challenged them on military terms, vowed to sacrifice 83 million Turkish nation.

      ” We are not a nation with an army. We are a nation that is itself an army altogether ”

      Erdogan warns Greece and France

  13. UN labor body: Qatar ‘dismantles’ kafala employment system (abcnews, Aug 30, 2020)

    “New labor rules in the energy-rich nation of Qatar “effectively dismantles” the country’s long-criticized “kafala” employment system, a U.N. labor body said Sunday.

    The International Labor Organization said as of now, migrant workers can change jobs before the end of their contracts without obtaining the permission of their current employers.

    Qatar also has adopted a minimum monthly wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals ($275) for workers, which will take affect some six months after the law is published in the country’s official gazette, the ILO said. The minimum wage rule requires employers to pay allowances for housing and food as well if they don’t provide those for their workers.

    Qatar, whose citizens enjoy one of the world’s highest per-capita incomes due to its natural gas reserves, partially ended the “kafala” system in 2018. That system ties workers to their employers, who had say over whether they could leave their jobs or even the country.

    Qatar is being transformed by a building boom fueled by its vast oil and natural gas wealth. Like other energy-rich Gulf nations with relatively small local populations, Qatar relies on well over a million guest workers, many of them drawn from South Asian nations including India and Nepal. Rights activists long have criticized the “kafala” system as allowing abuses of those foreign workers.

    This comes as Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Arabian Peninsula nation. Having the winning bid for the soccer tournament brought renewed attention to laborers’ rights in Qatar.”

  14. BERLIN – Lambrecht: Harte Antwort gegen Demonstranten vor Bundestag

    Bundesjustizministerin Christine Lambrecht (SPD) hat eine harte Antwort des Staates auf die Proteste von Gegnern der Corona-Schutzmaßnahmen vor dem Bundestag gefordert. «Das unerträgliche Bild von Reichsbürgern und Neonazis vor dem Reichstag darf sich nicht wiederholen – nicht vor dem Parlament und niemals im Parlament» , sagte Lambrecht am Sonntag den Zeitungen der Funke-Mediengruppe. «Gegen diese Feinde unserer Demokratie müssen wir uns mit aller Konsequenz zur Wehr setzen.»

    Der demokratische Rechtsstaat garantiere das Recht, friedlich zu demonstrieren, sagte Lambrecht. «Wer aber den Bundestag attackiert und Reichsflaggen schwenkt, zeigt nichts als Hass auf die Demokratie und Verachtung für alles, was unser Land ausmacht.» Demonstranten gegen die staatliche Corona-Politik hatten am Samstagabend eine Absperrung am Reichstagsgebäude in Berlin durchbrochen und waren auf die Treppe des Eingangs zum Bundestag gestürmt.



    Leading German politicians condemn storming of Reichstag at protest

    […]On Saturday evening, demonstrators against Germany’s coronavirus policies broke through a cordon at the Reichstag building, which houses the German parliament in central Berlin, and stormed onto the building’s steps.

    Police officers pushed people back and used pepper spray; there were scuffles.

    Videos posted on the internet show more than 100 people at the top of the steps for several minutes, whooping and shouting, waving German, US and Russian flags.

    “Reichsbuerger flags in front of parliament are a disgrace,” tweeted Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

    Justice Minister Christina Lambrecht called for a tough response to similar actions.

    “The unbearable image of neo-Nazis in front of the Reichstag cannot be repeated – not in front of parliament and never inside of parliament,” Lambrecht said.

    Also Wolfgang Schaeuble, president of the Bundestag, sharply criticized Saturday’s events.

    “It concerns us all when a violent, obviously far-right minority tries to storm the seat of the representation of the people,” Schaeuble said.

    He added that the German constitution protected free speech and also minority opinions seen as devious, but there was a limit. “And it lies there, where people deliberately violate legal measures or attack the monopoly of violence of the state, like at the Reichstag building,” Schaeuble said.

    The parliamentary vice-president, Wolfgang Kubicki, pointed out: “It makes no sense to claim the right to demonstration in court, and then storm parliament, the heart of democracy,” referring to an earlier ban of the demonstration that was overruled in court.

    The organizer of the Saturday protest, Michael Ballweg, meanwhile distanced himself from the demonstrators who stormed parliament.

    “They have nothing to do with our movement,” he said.

    He added that his initiative, Querdenken 711 or Lateral Thinking 711, was peaceful, democratic and did not endorse violence.

    Ballweg also criticized Berlin state Interior Minister Andreas Geisel for not deploying enough police to “defend” the building against the protesters.

    “We can’t always be present everywhere, and exactly this gap was used to break the barrier to climb on the steps,” Berlin police Thilo Cablitz said Saturday.

    Police deployed 3,000 officers and arrested about 300 people, according to Geisel.

    An official police record of Saturday’s events was expected later on Sunday.

    Some 38,000 people participated in a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin on Saturday, with a rally in front of the parliament building, despite police efforts to disperse the crowds due to the risk of coronavirus contagion.


  15. Gunmen kill 9 motorcycle riders in southern Philippines (abcnews, Aug 30, 2020)

    “Gunmen blocked a group of motorcycle riders then opened fire with assault rifles in a busy downtown area in the southern Philippines, killing nine people, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to roil the volatile region.

    Police officials said the attack on the victims, who were mostly farmers, at noon Saturday in Kabacan town in Cotabato province may have been sparked by a local feud and was likely not an act of terrorism.

    Cotabato lies in a poverty-wracked region where a decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency has eased largely due to a 2014 peace deal between the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group and the government, although small armed groups aligned with the Islamic State group still pose a threat.

    Most of the victims in Saturday’s attack apparently did not know each other and were traveling on six motorcycles, some in tandems, when they were blocked by six to eight gunmen and ordered to alight. After getting off their motorcycles in the middle of the road, they were shot at least 39 times with rifles and pistols, police investigator Delir Parcon said by phone.

    Eight of the victims were killed instantly and another died in a hospital, a police report said. The gunmen fled in a van. Police have interviewed witnesses and were looking for possible security camera footage that could help identify the attackers, police officials said.

    “This isn’t likely terrorism,” Parcon said. “We’re looking at the angle of a local feud, a personal grudge.”

    Former Muslim guerrillas who forged an autonomy deal with the government and are now overseeing a nearby Muslim autonomy region said they would help investigate the killings of the men, who were all Muslims.

    “Such senseless violent acts have no place in a progressive society, especially at a time when people are in the grip of a pandemic,” they said in a statement.

    The proliferation of large numbers of unlicensed firearms and other weapons, weak law enforcement in many rural areas and the presence of insurgent groups and powerful clans with private armies have combined to foster violence in the heartland of the southern Philippines and outlying island provinces. The region is the homeland of minority Muslims in the largely Roman Catholic nation.

    Last Monday, two militant women detonated powerful bombs in separate suicide attacks that killed 15 people, including eight soldiers and a police commando, and wounded more than 70 others in southern Jolo town in Sulu province in the worst extremist attack in the country so far this year.

    President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Jolo on Sunday under heavy security to meet the blast victims and their families.

    The military blamed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander, Mundi Sawadjaan, for plotting the midday suicide bombings, which also killed the two attackers. The attackers were local widows of Abu Sayyaf militants, according to the military, in what could be the first known suicide attacks by Filipino women extremists if their identities can be confirmed.

    Army scout rangers battled about 30 Abu Sayyaf militants Saturday in the mountain jungles off Sulu’s Patikul town in clashes that killed a soldier and wounded seven others. Sawadjaan was believed to be with the militants but was not among the two who were killed in the fighting, regional military commander Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan told reporters.”

  16. ITALY – Some 450 migrants land on the Italian island of Lampedusa

    Some 450 migrants aboard an old fishing boat landed early Sunday on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, Italian press reported.

    The migrants, whose nationality has not been disclosed, disembarked in small groups and underwent temperature checks, before being transferred to an already overcrowded center of the island, which is home to more than 1,500 people.

    Since Friday, before this massive landing, some thirty small boats, mostly from the Tunisian coasts, had reached the island with 500 immigrants on board, according to the Italian press.

    The Italian coastguard also transferred 49 people to Lampedusa on Saturday, mostly women and children, who were rescued in the Mediterranean by the boat chartered by the artist Banksy, the « Louise Michel. »

    The rest of the passengers of this ship were transferred on Saturday night to the humanitarian ship « Sea-Watch 4 », which currently has 350 people on board and is looking for a port to disembark.

    « Lampedusa cannot cope with this situation. Either the government makes immediate decisions or the entire island will go on strike. We cannot manage the emergency and the situation is truly unsustainable, » Lampedusa Mayor Toto Martello told the Ansa news agency.

    • Italy: Arrival of hundreds of migrants met with protest in Lampedusa

      Hundreds of migrants from a boat which was rescued by the Italian Coast Guard disembarked on the island of Lampedusa on Saturday night.

      At least 350 migrants who were estimated to be on board joined another 500 people who arrived on the island on nearly 30 small boats in the last 24 hours.

      The latest arrival was met with a protest by a group of local residents led by former Northern League senator Angela Maraventano.

    • CBC – Banksy-funded migrant rescue boat, other vessels need safe harbour: UN

      Two agencies of the United Nations called for the “urgent disembarkation” of the Louise Michel, a rescue boat funded by British street artist Banksy, and two other ships carrying a total of more than 400 migrants in the Mediterranean.

  17. Yemen: Massive rally in Sanaa to commemorate Ashura

    Thousands of Shia worshipers gathered in the former Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday to commemorate the Ashura, the anniversary the death of the third Shia imam, Husayn ibn Ali, also known as Imam Hussein.

    “Today we came here not to cry over Al-Hussein, not to commemorate Al-Hussein but to adopt his path as ours and say we will not accept humiliation,” said one rally goer.

    Yemen has been in the midst of a civil war since 2015.

    Ashura, which takes place on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic Hijri calendar, is a day of mourning which commemorates the killing of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as his family and companions at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram, 61 AH (10 October, 680 AD).

    • Gives an entirely false picture of the IRGC. Soft-focus obscures ambivalence toward Iran. India is close to Russia, Russia is close to Iran. It’s not straightforward. (What is?)

      India, a major client of Iran, secured a concessionary waiver of sanctions from PTrump. “Maximum pressure” discontinued such waivers. Iran’s oil is still reaching India, at much reduced volume.

  18. British Library Boss Claims ‘Racism Is a Creation of White People’, Demands ‘Decolonisation’ (breitbart, Aug 30, 2020)

    “The chief librarian of the British Library said “racism is a creation of white people” while pushing for “decolonisation” of the Library as Black Lives Matter activists continue their long march through British institutions.

    Liz Jolly, the chief librarian, is backing a so-called “Anti-Racism Project” to develop and deliver “major cultural change” within the taxpayer-funded institution in order to reflect the “diversity” of modern Britain.

    In a video recording obtained by The Telegraph, Jolly said called for white staff members to join in on the leftist purge, saying: “I think, as I have said before, that we need to make sure some white colleagues are involved because racism is a creation of white people.”

    The Library has created a “Decolonising Working Group” that has encouraged staff members to support the radical Black Lives Matter movement and to read Marxist literature.

    In the effort to “decolonise” the British Library, an internal report demanded that statues honouring the founders of the library be removed, including Sir Hans Sloane.

    They also called for the bust of Sir Joseph Banks, a British botanist and co-founder of the Library, to be removed, and that even the statue of King George III should be reviewed for possible removal.

    The group said that “colour blindness” is, in fact, a manifestation “covert white supremacy”, and that the Library building itself is a symbol of imperialism because it looks like a battleship.

    “This glorification is hard to miss in the structure of the building itself, designed as it is in the form of a battleship, by far the greatest symbol of British imperialism,” the report claimed.

    The report went on to call for removing “Eurocentric” maps and to review its collection of classical music, deemed to represent an “outdated notion” of Western civilization, saying that busts commemorating Beethoven and Mendelssohn are indicative of “Western civilizational supremacy”.

    The Decolonising Working Group also called for every empty hall in the library to be devoted to the cause of so-called “anti-racism”.

    They went on to say that the Library is tainted by its links to the “ongoing settler-colonisation of Palestine” by Jewish people.

    London Assembly member Peter Whittle responded to the report by saying: “This is utterly chilling and [its] importance cannot be overstated. The British Library is the very spine of British Culture. It is being systematically attacked from within by the people who lead it. They hate our history and call Western civilization ‘outdated’.”

    “They should resign,” Whittle said.

    Iranian Australian columnist Rita Panahi added: “How can the British Library chief be so pig-ignorant? ‘Racism is a creation of white people’?! Say that in Asia or the Middle East and they’ll laugh at you.”

    Conservative Pary MP Ben Bradley said that “there is something fundamentally wrong with the leadership of the British Library.”

    “If the Chief Librarian is so unhappy with British history perhaps they should not be in that job,” he said.

    “The very suggestion that racism only applies in one direction, by white people towards BAME people, is categorically false, inflammatory and divisive,” Bradley concluded.

    The British Library is the largest library in the world by the number of objects housed, which is estimated to be around 200 million. The collection includes two copies of the Magna Carta, the 1215 charter that laid the groundwork for many liberal rights enshrined in throughout Western countries, notably the American Constitution.”

  19. French No-Go Zone Residents Organise to Force Govt to Act Against Violent ‘Youths’ (breitbart, Aug 30, 2020)

    “Residents in so-called “vulnerable” neighbourhoods in French cities are organising to put pressure on the government to act against urban violence and disruption from local “youths”.

    Collectives of local residents have been formed in several cities including Marseilles, where a group took the government to the administrative court over their inaction in dealing with local delinquents and won a €10,000 settlement as a result.

    Centre-Right Les Républicains Senator Pierre Charon studied the growing phenomenon over the summer months, saying: “Perhaps we will see an American-style drift. People are willing to monetize the criminal inefficiency of the state. Everything is reimbursed and finally measured,” according to Le Figaro.

    In the city of Lyon, meanwhile, the Facebook group Presqu’île en colère was set up just over a year ago and boasts 3,800 members who describe themselves as “angry inhabitants of the peninsula” and post testimonials of delinquency in order to present them to local authorities.

    A member of the La Guillotière en colère, another collective based in Lyon, said that the groups have to identify themselves as being left-wing, as “otherwise we are mistaken for fascists and reactionaries.”

    While some residents gain compensation from the state over the lack of effective moves to deal with growing lawlessness, prefect Frédéric Péchenard said the collectives’ victories show an image of a state in “decay”.

    Just weeks ago, residents of another no-go zone were told by police that they too should either deal with matters themselves or consider packing up and moving elsewhere.

    A police officer is said to have referenced the “Corsican method” of handling disputes, a reference to vigilante justice on Napoleon Bonaparte’s home island.

    In July, meanwhile, residents of the La cité Charles-Schmidt apartment complex in Saint-Ouen were obliged to matters into their own hands in a different way.

    A group of residents negotiated a deal with local drug dealers to keep the noise down at night and keep drug dealing away from residences in exchange for the residents not reporting their actions to police.”

  20. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Anti-migrant protest held in Bihac

    An anti-migrant protest was held in Bihac on Saturday, with people outraged by how the migrant situation in the city is being handled.

    Permanic Sefika, one of the locals said, “I am not here today because I hate migrants, they are people as us. But they should go to migrant centres because they bother us in the city and we cannot live in such conditions.”

    According to reports, around 7,000 migrants are currently staying in the city and the nearby area, with Bihac locals demanding their relocation to other parts of the country.

  21. RT – Iraq: Shia Muslims mark Ashura with bloody ritual in Baghdad *GRAPHIC*

    A large number of Shia Muslims celebrated Ashura by slicing open the top of their heads in a bloodletting ritual known as Tatbir, in Baghdad, on Sunday, to mourn over the death of the third Shia imam, Husayn ibn Ali, also known as Imam Hussein.

    Worshippers could be seen cutting themselves with knives and swords as Shia muslims take part in various forms of commemoration of Imam Hussein throughout the world.

    Ashura, which takes place on the tenth day of Muharram in the the Islamic Hijri calendar,

  22. EUROPRAVDA – Provocations islamophobes : heurts à Oslo et Malmö

    Des rassemblements de groupes extrémistes dans la capitale norvégienne et en Suède ont donné lieu à des heurts avec des manifestants antiracistes ce weed-end

  23. Democrats furious as DNI moves to block disinfo efforts swirling around election security intelligence
    By J.E. Dyer August 30, 2020

    This takes some parsing, but it’s worth the dig. There are real events happening, but there’s a big gulf between what they actually are, and how they’re being represented by the mainstream media.

    The whole enterprise is an excellent study in the misuse of classified intelligence as a vehicle for disinformation.

    The convenience of classified intelligence for this purpose is that it’s classified, so someone can always claim there’s something you don’t know about it that only emerged behind closed doors. The public, having no way to judge any original statements that may (or, equally, may not) have been made, has to rely on what partisans are trying to sell us all on instead.

    The latest development in this saga is a complaint by Democrats about the DNI move, conveyed in a letter on 28 August, to brief Congress on election security via written documents, with few if any closed-door, in-person briefings being given on Capitol Hill.

  24. Conservative Patriot Shot Dead During Pro-Trump Rally in Portland; ANTIFA Celebrates

    They murdered a Trump supporter.

    A man demonstrating with a conservative group in Portland, Oregon was shot dead in cold blood on Saturday night, with Portland Police quickly beginning a homicide after finding that he was deceased.

    The man remains unnamed, but he was wearing a thin blue line patch on his pants and wearing a Patriot Prayer hat that identified him as right-of-center demonstrator in the city notorious for its violent and intolerant leftism

  25. US Isolationism Leads to Globalization of Conflicts and Endless Wars

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In recent years, the common refrain that US involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts is costly, counterproductive, and morally and practically indefensible has taken hold in foreign policy circles and reflects the popular mindset that brought Donald Trump to power. However, closer examination of three of the sprawling conflicts plaguing the Middle East region today—Syria, Libya, and Yemen—shows that by abdicating regional responsibilities, the US has contributed to the globalization and perpetuation of “endless wars.”

    Localized conflicts are being globalized following a similar pattern of weakened or divided central government, factionalism, and proliferation of security and humanitarian issues. This trend may have started with Syria, where foreign fighters and terrorist recruits flowed in from all over the world before Iran, Russia, and then Turkey intervened, adding to the ongoing sectarianism. Syria, which is still smoldering, has been joined by two other local-turned-international conflicts in Libya and Yemen, and there is increasing cross-pollination among other Middle Eastern conflicts.

    Turkey is now importing approximately 200 al-Islah (Muslim Brotherhood) fighters from Yemen to Libya, where they will join forces with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), Syrian and other mercenaries, local urban militias, and terrorists. Turkey also established al-Islah training camps in Taiz and other strategic areas that are increasingly falling under Islamist control.

  26. China has built 268 new re-education camps, some large enough to hold 10,000 people

    Buzzfeed has done an extensive investigation using satellite imagery to identify the massive network of re-education camps that have been built in the western province of Xinjiang by the Chinese Communist Party. Some of these camps are truly massive in scale, large enough to hold 10,000 people.

  27. Drug Cartel Now Assassinates Its Enemies With Bomb-Toting Drones
    The tactic has become widespread on battlefields overseas and now appears to be proliferating to organized crime.

    Mexico’s drug cartels are notoriously well armed and equipped, with some possessing very heavy weaponry, including armored gun trucks sporting heavy machine guns. Now at least one of these groups appears to be increasingly making use of small quadcopter-type drones carrying small explosive devices to attack its enemies. This is just the latest example of a trend that has been growing worldwide in recent years, including among non-state actors, such as terrorists and criminals, which underscores the potential threats commercially-available unmanned systems pose on and off the battlefield.

  28. Hmm: Positive COVID-19 tests may vastly over-indicate infection risk; experts suggest vastly more testing
    Apoorva Mandavilli, NYT

    Ed. – I’ve been reading up on the hazards of PCR testing, which has legitimate lab uses but appears likely to greatly overstate the number of test subjects with a significant (i.e,. infectious or incipiently symptomatic) viral load. We’re talking as many as 90% of positive cases being way below a viral load that will ever pose a danger. In other words, in the U.S. alone, where we’ve just passed “6 million cases,” we’ve probably identified millions of positive cases that will never develop symptoms, transmit the virus, or need contact tracing. In yet other words, it’s really questionable whether there are conditions for a “pandemic,” per se. The defining characteristic of a pandemic, above all else, is that people everywhere get sick from it — not “test positive for it,” but get sick from it — in outsize numbers. It’s not clear that’s happening. But I’m skeptical that the big thing we therefore need to do is test a whole lot more people a whole lot more. At any rate, this is a good, accessible read on the topic.]

    Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

    The usual diagnostic tests may simply be too sensitive and too slow to contain the spread of the virus.

  29. The Attempt to Overthrow America

    by Guy Millière
    August 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 might appear, looking back, as a pretext for mayhem. His reported killing by a white police officer was immediately followed by a wave of riots during which neighborhoods in several major cities were devastated. Stores were looted, buildings were burned and people were murdered as mayors and other local public officials chose to let the rioters run wild, whip up racial conflict and protect the criminals rather than the citizens being brutalized. The riots quickly appeared to have nothing to do with Floyd’s death and everything to do with groups seeking to overthrow America.

    In the past, members of the radical organization Antifa had committed acts of violence, but never before had been able to sow terror throughout major cities. This time, they could and they did.

    In addition, the Marxist movement Black Lives Matter (BLM), which seemed to have disappeared since the election of President Donald J. Trump — who, incidentally, did more for the black and Hispanic minority communities in three years than anyone had done for decades — suddenly reappeared, well-funded and well-organized, at the heart of the riots. BLM received further support from the mayors of several major cities and gained even more popularity while attacking first the statues of former slave-owners, such as George Washington, and then those of the escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In Washington, DC and New York City, “Black Lives Matter” was painted on avenues in huge yellow letters – in New York by the mayor himself.

  30. African Migrant Bites Police Officer in Court (breitbart, Aug 30, 2020)

    “An African migrant in court for assaulting a policewoman is said to have assaulted two more police officers while making his court appearance.

    A 21-year-old Sudanese migrant was tried in a court in Nantes earlier this week for assaulting a female police officer at a train station on August 20th.

    The man resisted attempts to make him wear a medical mask to stop the potential spread of the Wuhan virus and is said to have attacked two police officers in the courtroom itself, broadcaster France Info reports.

    The broadcaster noted that the 21-year-old elbowed a female officer in the head while in the police station and after the judge had sentenced the man to eight months in prison for his first assault, he ripped a microphone from the stand, hit one officer and bit another officer in the leg.

    Both of the officers injured by the man in the courtroom had to be taken to a nearby hospital as they required stitches for their wounds.

    Attacks on police have become increasingly common across France in recent months, whether the attacks have come from violent urban youths, radical Islamic militants, or asylum seekers.

    In May, a Chechen migrant in the commune of Montereau-Fault-Yonne dragged a police officer over sixty feet with his vehicle and narrowly missed hitting another officer on the scene.

    The migrant later claimed he did not live in the area and wanted to avoid a coronavirus check.

    During the coronavirus lockdown, many French neighbourhoods saw rioting, provoked by alleged cases of police brutality.

    During multi-night riots in May, for example, police in the commune of Romans-sur-Isère were pelted with rocks and hit with fireworks.

    Around the same time in the city of Lyon, another officer was attacked and suffered a head injury after a rock hit him in the head.”

  31. 24 August 2020 Suspect arrested after assault on Jewish leader in Austria
    Austrian authorities say a Syrian man has been arrested over an assault on the head of the Jewish community in Graz, the country’s second-biggest city
    A Syrian man has been arrested in Austria over an assault on the head of the Jewish community in Graz, the country’s second-biggest city, and is believed to have had an Islamic extremist motive, Austrian authorities said Monday.

    The country’s interior minister ordered that all synagogues be guarded around the clock, the Austria Press Agency reported.

    Community leader Elie Rosen on Saturday saw a man throwing stones into the courtyard of a synagogue. Police say he spoke to the man, who then attacked him with a piece of wood, initially thought to be a baseball bat. Rosen was in his car by that point and wasn’t hurt, and the assailant fled.

    Interior Minister Karl Nehammer tweeted Sunday night that the suspected assailant had been arrested in Graz.

    On Monday, he said the suspect is a 31-year-old refugee from Syria who has been in Austria since 2013. Police found stones in his backpack as well as a chair leg that he allegedly used as a club. Nehammer said the man admitted to the assault in questioning, APA reported.

    “Investigators believe that there was an Islamist motive,” he said at a news conference. “Corresponding evidence was seized at his apartment.”

    The man also is suspected of causing damage at a Catholic church and an LGBT community center, Nehammer said.
    The incident has drawn widespread condemnation. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Saturday that he was “shaken” by the attack, pledging to do everything to bring the perpetrator to account quickly and to ensure the Jewish community’s security. The World Jewish Congress also denounced it.

  32. Tehran at Risk of Explosion That Could Be Deadlier than Beirut Port Blast

    “Millions of people might lose their lives in Iran and the country is at risk of suffering a tragedy that might be even worse than the Beirut explosions due to the oil tankers that are situated in an earthquake zone, an expert warned.

    An oil department in Shahran, which is in the north-west of the city, has the potential of causing a disaster worse than what was seen in Beirut earlier this month.

    The Bierut port blast claimed the lives of 181 people and left around 300,000 people homeless, Tehran City Council Majid Farahani member said as reported by the Daily Star.

    The tragedy took place because of a huge amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of the city.

    In the case of Tehran, 30,000 liters of oil are spread across 300 tankers and an accidental explosion at the Shahran facility can cause widespread disaster.

    “Shahran faces danger 300 times a day and nobody is paying any attention,” Farahani said as reported by the Daily Star while comparing the danger to a hydrogen bomb.

    There are at least three facilities in Tehran. Shahran in the northwest, Sohanak in the northeast, and Rey in the south part of the city.

    “I can say millions. Much more than Beirut,” Human Rights Activist and Iranian journalist Kourosh Sehati stated when asked about the number of people who can get affected.

    The journalist said that there are many large oil facilities around the nation and very little is getting done to tackle this kind of danger.

    “The government’s crisis management is weak. Not enough help to victims in several earthquakes. Buildings are old, and new ones are not standard. Any powerful earthquake is a disaster, and if any happen in Tehran it can take millions of lives,” Sehati added.

    This comes at the time when the country got accused of covering up a suspicious explosion at an underground nuclear site. In June, an explosion in the capital killed 13 people after four gas cylinders blew up beneath a hospital near Tajrish Square.”

  33. German Intelligence Agency Says Iran Seeks to Develop its Nuclear Program

    “Tehran was seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction technology and ballistic missile systems in 2019, a German state intelligence agency has confirmed.

    Saarland’s Department for the Protection of the Constitution said Iran was one of three foreign counties that had sought to advance its weapons of mass destruction program on German soil.

    Several intelligence reports from different states have affirmed Iran’s attempts to purchase components used in the development of nuclear and missile weapons during 2019.

    Each of the 16 German federal states has its own domestic intelligence services, which issues an annual report documenting threats to the state’s democratic system.

    For instance, a 181-page report by Baden-Wurttemberg’s state intelligence agency stated that “countries like Iran, Pakistan and North Korea are making efforts to optimize corresponding technology.”

    “They aim to complete their arsenals, improve range, applicability and effectiveness of their weapons and develop new systems,” the report noted.

    Also, a report on the proliferation of atomic, biological and chemical weapons from Baden-Wurttemberg’s state intelligence agency revealed how these countries continue to make illegal procurement efforts in Germany to perfect the range, deployability and impact of their weapons.

    Previous reports by other state-level domestic intelligence agencies working within Germany’s federal system have, in recent years, reported that Iran has used its spy networks to advance its nuclear weapons program.

    The Jerusalem Post reviewed the 112-page intelligence report, which was released last week and dubbed “Overview of the situation,” addressing security threats faced in 2019 by the small west-German state Saarland.

    “Iran, Pakistan and to a lesser extent Syria, made efforts to procure goods and know-how for the further development of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems,” wrote Saarland’s intelligence officials, in an indication to the capability to launch missiles.

    The US and many Gulf nations believe that the Iranian regime has been seeking for many years now to develop nuclear weapons.

    The Post contacted the Saarland domestic intelligence agency regarding the nature of the illicit proliferation material that Iran sought in 2019.

    Katrin Thomas, the spokeswoman for the domestic intelligence agency, replied by an email on Friday that “the Protection of the Constitution in Saarland does not pass on any information on the activities of groups or individuals.”

    According to the report, the intelligence services of these countries are present with varying staffing levels “at the respective official and semi-official representations in Germany and maintain so-called legal residencies there.””

  34. Biden’s ‘partnership plan’ receives mixed response from Arab-Americans

    “The US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday released a policy plan directed at Arab-Americans that encompasses a wide range of domestic and foreign policy pledges in order to win the community’s support.

    The plan had a strong focus on civil and human rights, promising to combat discrimination and restore the country’s values as “a nation of immigrants”.

    “Anti-Arab bigotry has been used in attempts to exclude, silence, and marginalise an entire community, and Biden believes it must be rejected whenever it surfaces,” the plan read, adding that Arab-Americans would be included across a future Biden administration…”

      • The OIC passed a document to the UN called, The Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam. In it, they define terrorism as opposing Islamic manifest destiny, and specifically exempt Jihad from any definition of terror.

        THIS is why now and again a dozen or a hundred imams sign a document condemning terrorism. Because they know they mean as defined by the Cairo definition and they know we think they mean terrorism as an act of violence against the uninvolved for political or religious reasons.

  35. Three soldiers martyred in South Waziristan operation

    “Three Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred after terrorists opened fire at security forces during a search operation in South Waziristan, a district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

    “Terrorists fire raid at security forces blocking position during a search operation in South Wazirstan,” a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.

    The martyred soldiers are identified as Subedar Nadeem, Sepoy Saleem and Lance Naik Musawar.

    Four other soldiers have also sustained injuries during the incident, the militray’s media wing added…”

  36. Nigerians attack staff at Rome Covid-19 treatment centre

    “Three Nigerian migrants attacked staff in a military hospital in Rome after testing positive for the new coronavirus,the defence ministry said on Saturday.

    The incident at the Celio military hospital, now turned into a Covid-19 treatment centre, occurred when they saw a Bangladeshi migrant walking out after testing negative and then tried to flee but were stopped.

    They are accused of violence, resistance and causing bodily harm.

    “The attacks at the military hospital are serious and unacceptable,” Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini said.

    The incident was seized upon by Italy’s anti-immigration former interior minister Matteo Salvini who said the government was putting “Italy in danger”.

    Migration has for years been a hot-button political issue in Italy, a main EU landing point for people crossing the Mediterranean and arriving in Sicily and sister island Lampedusa…”

  37. ‘Diversity’ and ‘Inclusion’ Come Back to Bite a Minnesota University
    BY ROBERT SPENCER AUG 30, 2020 5:38 PM EST

    In yet another of the seemingly endless string of jihad attacks and plots in the United States that the media almost universally ignores, Tnuza Jamal Hassan pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal terrorism charges. Back in January 2018, the winsome Ms. Hassan set a series of fires on the campus of St. Catherine University in Minnesota, after exhorting Muslim students to “join the jihad in fighting” and join jihad terror groups such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or al-Shabaab. Students at St. Catherine University were shocked: but their school is “diverse!” How could this possibly have happened to them?

    Hassan herself gave numerous indications that she was a hardened, convinced jihad terrorist. She said that she had set the fires in revenge for supposed American atrocities on “Muslim land.” She wrote a letter to her roommates that police said contained “radical ideas about supporting Muslims and bringing back the caliphate.” She told investigators that “she wanted the school to burn to the ground and her intent was to hurt people.” There was a daycare center in one of the buildings where Hassan set fires; eight adults and 33 children were there at the time.

    One student said: “I never expected it. She was a first-year student, too, and that is especially scary.” Why would a first-year student setting a series of fires around campus be scarier than a third-year student setting them? The student did not explain, but if St. Catherine University is as much of a far-left indoctrination center as other universities and colleges are today, maybe the explanation is self-evident: by the third year, students are fully indoctrinated in hatred and violence.

    Another student added: “I definitely never thought that would happen. St. Kate’s is one of the most inclusive, diverse welcoming schools you can think of.” And a third: “We take pride in the safety of our school, so this was very surprising and we have a very diverse school that welcomes everyone. And to have this happen is not really expected.”

    These students seem to assume that jihad terror attacks happen because Muslims find themselves in environments that are not “welcoming” and “diverse.” St. Kate’s was welcoming, inclusive, and diverse, so Tnuza Jamal Hassan should have been happy as a clam, and never thought of turning to jihad, right?

    Why Racial Tensions Are So High in the Least Racist Society on Earth
    This is probably an idea that these students learned from their professors at St. Kate’s. The prevailing view among leftist professors (as well as the foreign policy establishment in Washington) is that jihad violence is the result of the evil deeds of non-Muslim countries, particularly the United States, and non-Muslim individuals who display “racism” and “Islamophobia” toward Muslims. It is a staple of jihadist discourse to retail the supposed atrocities of the U.S. military overseas, as if they were the cause of all the trouble – even Tnuza Hassan did that in her explanations for her fires. This kind of thing leads American leftists and establishment conservatives to think that if we just adopted a more jihad-compliant foreign policy (such as Obama’s scheme of backing the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Arab Spring”), all will be well. And after every supposedly “lone wolf” jihad attack or foiled plot in the U.S., the establishment media publishes weepy stories about how unkind non-Muslims were to the poor jihadi.

    Thus the onus is all on the infidels, and it is their responsibility, not the Muslim community’s or anyone else’s, to stop jihad terror attacks from occurring. If jihad attacks happen anyway, it is because they were not “welcoming” and “diverse” enough. Thus the puzzlement of the St. Kate students: their campus is so diverse, it should have been jihad-proof!

    The idea that Muslims might stage jihad massacres for reasons of their own, stemming from Islamic texts and teachings — why, even to entertain that as a possibility would be “Islamophobic.” On campuses today, that possibility cannot even be considered, and you’re a racist, bigoted hatemonger even for thinking it. Don’t you realize, at this late date, that everything, everything, is the fault of the United States and the world’s worst people, white Americans? Look what they made that poor lamb, Tnuza Jamal Hassan, do!

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