Reader’s Links for September 3rd, 2020

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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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102 Replies to “Reader’s Links for September 3rd, 2020”

  1. (Richard: You can smell the hypocrisy in her actions.)

    Kamala Harris condemns riots after previously supporting fund to bail out protesters

    • I can’t watch her at all.
      (btw, Indian Americans HATE her. She’s getting them to #walkaway even more than exposure of Demonrat connections to the MB.)

        • Hindus would be thrilled with anybody with the slightest touch of India, but she’s never identified with them. Only their enemies. Unlike Nikki Haley (2024).

          Tulsi, on the other hand, would be worshipped like a cow. She wouldn’t have to say a word. They also see her as a bridge to Russia. She got very positive coverage in Russia-funded Indian media.

    • The food and water wars are about to start in earnest, this is one of the reasons I am saying the North American civil wars as bloody as they are going to be are going to be a side show for what is happening over seas.

  2. Turkish defense secretary flies over disputed waters in fighter jet

    The Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has flown in a fighter jet over disputed waters in the Aegean Sea at a time of increased tensions with Greece.

    Akar boarded the F-16 as part of a four-fighter party that flew over the northern Aegean, where Turkey and Greece are embroiled in a war of words over maritime borders and gas drilling rights.

    The trip ostensibly celebrated the start of the Turkish Air Force’s pilot training program.

    It also flew over the Canakkale Martyrs’ Memorial, a statue that honours the 253,000 Turkish soldiers who fought at the Battle of Gallipoli in World War One.

    Whether the Greek government buys the Turkish line remains to be seen.

  3. Get a flu shot to help avoid ‘twindemic’ of flu season and COVID-19, experts warn

    Some are calling it a ‘twindemic’ — an influx of people becoming ill as influenza and the new coronavirus circulate at the same time.

    Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti says getting a flu shot can help avoid it.

  4. ISWAP Fighters Kill Nine Troops in Nigeria’s Borno State: Sources
    https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/09/03/nine-troops-killed-nigeria/

    “At least nine Nigerian troops were killed in an offensive by jihadists in northeast Borno state, two security sources said Wednesday.

    Fighters from the so-called Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in 10 trucks fitted with machine guns overran a military position in the town of Magumeri late on Tuesday, killing nine troops, they said.

    “The terrorists took over the (military) post around 4:00 pm (1500 GMT) and dispersed the troops, killing nine,” the first source told AFP.

    The militants burnt three vehicles at the base, including an armored tank and an excavator used in digging fortifications to stave off jihadist incursions, said the second source who gave the same toll.

    A military reinforcement from the regional capital Maiduguri engaged the retreating attackers in a fight and killed 20 insurgents, the sources said.

    In a statement late Wednesday, ISWAP claimed responsibility for the Magumeri attack where it said 10 soldiers were killed, with weapons and vehicles seized…”

  5. DAVID ELLIS REPORT: SURVEILLANCE
    video – 44 mins 29 secs
    This week, David speaks to retired NSA Technical Director and whistleblower Bill Binney about bulk data collection, Russiagate, Christopher Steele, Richard Dearlove and Donald Trump.

  6. Iran Self-Reliant in Producing over 38,000 Military Gear Parts: Defense Minister
    https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/09/03/2340936/iran-self-reliant-in-producing-over-38-000-military-gear-parts-defense-minister

    “Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the country’s military units are capable of manufacturing more than 38,000 military equipment and hardware parts despite pressures and sanctions.

    The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran have made every effort in the past years to stop Iranian factories from operating, General Hatami said during the opening ceremony of a military exhibit in Tehran on Thursday.

    He said the defense ministry, despite all bans and pressures, has so far managed to make great progress in producing different equipment.

    The country is self-reliant and currently capable of manufacturing over 38,000 military gear parts and equipment without the help of other countries, the minister said.

    Ever since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, the United States and its allies have been taking the country under indiscriminate economic and trade sanctions.

    The US lifted the nuclear-related ones among the bans after the conclusion of a multi-national nuclear accord between Iran and world powers in 2015. In 2018, however, it unilaterally and illegally left the deal and returned the sanctions.

    Over the past years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and hardware despite sanctions and economic pressures imposed on the country.”

  7. Zarif Urges Stopping US’ ‘Unceasing Insanity’ After Sanctions Imposed on ICC
    https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/09/03/2340801/zarif-urges-stopping-us-unceasing-insanity-after-sanctions-imposed-on-icc

    “Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Washington’s move to impose sanctions on two International Criminal Court (ICC) officials, stressing the need to stop the US’ “unceasing insanity”.

    “US is imposing sanctions on ICC’s chief prosecutor. Began w/individuals, escalated to small, medium & major powers; and NOW int’l personalities,” Zarif said in a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

    “The only way to stop this unceasing insanity is to stop complacency. Submitting for fear of US wrath only INCREASES its appetite,” he added.

    The ICC has condemned the “unprecedented” sanctions imposed by the United States on prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and one of her top aides in retaliation for a probe into war crimes in Afghanistan.

    The Hague-based tribunal said the sanctions announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against Bensouda and another senior official, Phakiso Mochochoko, were “serious attacks” against the rule of law.

    Pompeo announced the moves on Wednesday, saying that “the ICC continues to target Americans”.

    The ICC said in a statement the new measures “are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community”.

    The sanctions include a freeze on assets held in the US or subject to US law and target Bensouda and the court’s head of jurisdiction, Mochochoko.

    Pompeo also said individuals and entities that continue to materially support Bensouda and Mochochoko would risk exposure to sanctions as well.

    The war crimes court said it “continues to stand firmly by its personnel and its mission of fighting impunity for the world’s most serious crimes”.”

  8. US Defeats at UNSC Result of Iranian Nation’s Steadfastness: Rouhani
    https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/09/03/2341103/us-defeats-at-unsc-result-of-iranian-nation-s-steadfastness-rouhani

    “President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the recent US failures in its attempts against Iran, saying the unprecedented defeats came thanks to the Iranian nation’s steadfastness and resistance.

    “The Iranian nation knows that Washington has in recent weeks suffered major political defeats that were unprecedented in the history of the US and the UN,” Rouhani said in an address during a Thursday ceremony held via video link to launch four major power and water projects in Iran’s western and northwestern provinces of Kermanshah, Ardabil, East Azarbaijan.

    The US plan for extension of an arms embargo on Iran received only one vote in favor at the UN Security Council (except that of the US itself) and 13 other members of the council opposed it, Rouhani noted.

    Another move by Washington to trigger a snapback mechanism in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was also rejected at the UNSC lately, the president added.

    “Such a defeat is unprecedented in the political history of the United States and this was the outcome of the Iranian nation’s steadfastness and resistance,” he said.

    The UN Security Council on August 14 unanimously rejected a US resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran that is due to expire in October in line with the landmark nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

    The resolution needed support from nine of 15 votes to pass. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while the US and the Dominican Republic were the only “yes” votes.

    Later, on August 22, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo filed an official complaint with UNSC President Dian Triansyah Djani, accusing Iran of violating the JCPOA – from which US President Donald Trump withdrew two years ago.

    He claimed that Washington is still a participant in the JCPOA and therefore retains the right to trigger the snapback mechanism, namely activate a 30-day countdown to a return of all UN sanctions that had been imposed on Tehran before the nuclear agreement.

    However, the remaining signatories to the JCPOA maintained that since the United States left the accord in May 2018, it has no right to act under its provisions.”

  9. More Ailing Children From Greek Camps Flown to Germany
    https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2486351/more-ailing-children-greek-camps-flown-germany

    “Germany has taken in another group of sick children who have been living in migrant camps in Greece, along with their close relatives.

    A flight carrying 31 children and their relatives, a total of 118 people, landed Thursday in Hannover, the interior ministry said. It did not give any details of the children’s nationalities.

    The transfer was part of a wider European effort to get hundreds of vulnerable children out of camps on the Greek islands. Three previous transfers of ailing children to Germany took place in July and August. The government aims to complete them “in the coming weeks.”

    Germany has agreed to take in a total of 243 children from Greece who need medical treatment, as well their closest relatives, 928 people in all. So far, 99 of the children have arrived.

    It also has taken in 53 unaccompanied children evacuated from the overcrowded Greek camps. Children also have been transferred to Luxembourg, Ireland, Portugal, Finland, Belgium, and France, according to the German interior ministry.”

  10. Senegal exports ammonium nitrate to Mali over fears of Beirut blast repeat
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200903-senegal-exports-ammonium-nitrate-to-mali-over-fears-of-beirut-blast-repeat/

    “Senegalese officials have removed 3,050 tonnes of ammonium nitrate from Dakar’s port and exported the dangerous substance to Mali over concerns the stockpile could cause a blast similar to the 4 August explosion in Beirut, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports.

    A statement issued yesterday by the Dakar port authorities confirmed the ammonium nitrate had been exported on Tuesday and was quoted by AFP as saying, “no ammonium nitrate is present at the port of Dakar”.

    Last month’s blast in Beirut was caused when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate ignited and exploded in the port’s warehouse 12. The explosion killed nearly 200 and injured thousands more as well as causing widespread material damage as far as 15 miles from the site of the blast.

    In the aftermath of the disaster in Lebanon’s capital, international governments scrambled to secure and remove stores of dangerous chemicals held in ports and airports, leading to the discovery of an ammonium nitrate stockpile in Dakar two weeks ago.

    At the time, Senegal’s President Macky Sall ordered the substance removed from the port and asked the country’s interior and environment ministers to draw up a nationwide plan to monitor and secure stores of explosive chemicals…”

  11. Turkey slams ‘fake news’ about attack on Greek navy
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200903-turkey-slams-fake-news-about-attack-on-greek-navy/

    “The Turkish Foreign Ministry has described as “fake news” an article published by the German newspaper Die Welt which claimed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had ordered the Turkish Navy to attack and sink a Greek warship. Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy called it a “product of the imagination.”

    Aksoy condemned the paper’s allegations yesterday, as well as the Greek government’s outrage at the reports. He also addressed Greece’s recent actions in the eastern Mediterranean – including the provocative maritime deal with Egypt – stressing that they are against international law and are disconnected from reality…”

  12. Bahrain to announce normalisation deal with Israel ‘very soon’: report
    https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/9/3/bahrain-to-announce-israel-normalisation-deal-very-soon-report

    “Bahrain is set to announce it will normalise relations with Israel “very soon”, according to a report in Hebrew-language outlet Kan 11 News on Wednesday, citing a senior Israeli official.

    The Gulf kingdom is hoping to announce its own deal with Israel following one agreed between the UAE and Israel last month, the official said.

    The UAE-Israel signing ceremony is slated to take place in Washington DC in mid-September…”

  13. Kuwait: Work permits of 68,000 expats will not be extended
    https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/kuwait/kuwait-work-permits-of-68000-expats-will-not-be-extended-1.73604366

    “Kuwait will not extend work permits for over 68,000 foreign employees aged 60 and over as the country is seeking to redress its demographic imbalance, a Kuwaiti newspaper said Wednesday.

    The Kuwaiti Public Authority of Manpower has embarked on compiling a data base on all migrant workers who are 60 or older and hold high school degrees or equivalent educational certificates in line with a law banning renewal of their work permits as of next year, Al Rai newspaper added, citing sources at the state agency.

    The number of those expatriates is estimated at 68,318, an official source at the Public Authority of Manpower said.

    “This important decision comes within the government’s vision to handle imbalances in the population make-up and their impact on the labour market,” the source added.

    Foreigners account for nearly 3.4 million of Kuwait’s 4.8 million population.

    Migrants, who have turned 59 or 60 and whose work permits have expired can now apply for one-year extension only, according to the source. “All related procedures will be halted when the decision comes into effect on January 1,” the source said. “The aim is to give the [expatriate] employee some time to sort out his things in the country. All those to whom the decision applies will have to leave by the end of 2021 at most,” the source added.

    There have been increasing calls in Kuwait over recent months to redress the population imbalance in the country, prompting several government bodies to disclose plans to minimise numbers of their expatriate employees.”

  14. Police Arrest 2 For Irregular Migration in Southern Morocco
    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/09/317229/police-arrest-2-for-irregular-migration-in-southern-morocco/

    “Police have arrested two suspects for their alleged invovlement in facilitating irregular migration and human trafficking in Boujdour, southern Morocco .

    Police arrested the suspects aged 19 and 36 in the A Wahda district in Boujdour on September 2 in coordination with local authorities, said a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).

    The suspects were “caught in the act of attempting to [help] five migrants immigrate, including a minor, via sea route to the coasts of the Canary Islands.”

    Police put the suspects in custody while his accomplice and the candidates for irregular migration were subjected to judicial investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office.

    The investigation seeks to shed light on the case and arrest other accomplices involved with the criminal network, the DGSN said.

    Moroccan security services have arrested hundreds of suspects involved in irregular migration this year as part of their continued fight against international crime networks…”

  15. Cult leader arrested over charges of sexual abuse of 12-year-old girl
    https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cult-leader-arrested-over-charges-of-sexual-abuse-of-12-year-old-girl-157947

    “Turkish authorities formally arrested an Islamic cult leader on charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the northwestern Sakarya province, daily Hürriyet reported.

    Eyüp Fatih ?a?ban (58), a so-called sect leader who was previously a subject of a debate in the media for his desire to be in the control mechanisms of the Turkish state, was arrested with the allegation of abusing a 12-year-old girl.

    The sexual abuse came out to light after the victim told her mother about it…”

  16. Greek radicals target Turkish journalists
    https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/greek-radicals-target-turkish-journalists-157950

    “Turkish reporters working for Anadolu Agency (AA) who recently traveled to the Greek island of Meis to cover recent developments, received threats from an anti-Turkish website that had obtained their passport information from authorities.

    AA’s Athens Representative Tevfik Durul and photojournalist Ayhan Mehmet flew from the Greek capital to Rhodes and reached the island via ship.

    A Greece-based anti-Turkish website called Turkikanea.gr published a provocative editorial a few hours after they arrived.

    “Why do we allow Turkish spies of the National Intelligence Organization [M?T] to go to [Meis]? Why did we let them set foot on the island? Don’t we know what these M?T spies are trying to do? We hope the authorities will do what is necessary!” the website read.

    The website also published a photo of Durul’s passport, a copy of which should only be kept by Greek authorities and not shared with anyone.

    An explanation is expected from Greece on how the site managed to obtain a photo of the pass-port as Durul had not shown the page to anyone besides authorities during his trips to Athens and Kastellorizo.

    The website also acted provocatively by posting information on Mehmet’s birthplace.

    “Targeting the two journalists who went to the island to follow up on the news is a heavy blow to press freedom,” ?enol Kazanc?, the agency’s director-general, said in a statement.

    Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun criticized Greece for releasing confidential information about the journalists to a website.

    “You will pay the price if those Turkish reporters come in harm’s way. Nobody can silence Anadolu Agency, whose staff work in the most hostile environments, through threats, intimidation or the publication of their personal information,” Altun said on Twitter.

    “We condemn the Greek authorities’ efforts to incite violence through a fascist website against AA journalists in [Meis]. The Greek journalists work freely in Turkey, which the EU loves to lecture on press freedom, as Greece, an EU member that acts like a mafia state, is worth noting,” Altun added.”

  17. Young people unhappy, hopeless for future: Study
    https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/young-people-unhappy-hopeless-for-future-study-157916

    “Young people in Turkey are unhappy, indebted and worried about the future shows a research in which participants were asked about their relations with religion, politics, family, society as well as their internet habits.

    The results of the research conducted by Istanbul’s Yeditepe University and MAK Consultancy on young people aged 18-29 between July 13 and Aug. 20 were shared with the public.

    At least half of the young people said that they were not happy in any way, according to the study, which asked about general moods. The rate of those who stated that they are happy or very happy was only 26 percent.

    Some 26 percent of the respondents were of the view that in order to be happy, first of all, it is necessary to have money. This answer was followed by “status”, “spirituality” and “family” respectively.

    While 86 percent of the young people, who participated in the study, stated that they are in debt, the rate of those who owed between 5,000 ($678) and 10,000 ($1,356) liras took the first place with 27 percent.

    About 8 percent of the participants said they do not believe in any religion and 11 percent of them said that they have no belief hereafter, while 8 out of 10 young people noted that they have a religious belief.

    The research showed that 74 percent of the youth follows politics. Around 78 percent of them said that no existing political party is producing enough policies, it just seems to be.

    Almost half of the youth considered unemployment as the most important problem that needs to be solved. The cost of living and fairness are the other two issues to focus on. Some 77 percent of the respondents believed that preferential treatment is more effective than talent when it comes to getting hired for a job.

    More than 75 percent of young people were ready to live in a different country if given a temporary opportunity. If the citizenship of another country was granted permanently, the rate of those ready to leave Turkey was around 64 percent.

    Nearly 43 percent of Turkish youth want to live in European countries, 40 percent in the U.S. or Canada, and 15 percent in Scandinavian countries. The most important reason for the desire to live in another country was the “search for a better future.”

    Almost 90 percent of the youth that participated was of the view that seniors do not understand them.

    The study showed that young people use Instagram the most with 34 percent. The app is followed by Twitter with 30 percent and Facebook with 15 percent as nearly 60 percent of the participants followed the news on social media.”

    • From 2019:
      Spurning Erdogan’s Vision, Turks Leave in Droves, Draining Money and Talent

      …As cronyism and authoritarianism seep deeper into his administration, Turks are voting differently – this time with their feet.

      They are leaving the country in droves and taking talent and capital with them in a way that indicates a broad and alarming loss of confidence in Mr. Erdogan’s vision, according to government statistics and analysts.

      In the last two to three years, not only have students and academics fled the country, but also entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and thousands of wealthy individuals who are selling everything and moving their families and their money abroad.

      More than a quarter of a million Turks emigrated in 2017, according to the Turkish Institute of Statistics, an increase of 42% over 2016, when nearly 178,000 citizens left the country.

      Turkey has seen waves of students and teachers leave before, but this exodus looks like a more permanent reordering of the society and threatens to set Turkey back decades…

      …Students are despairing of change partly because they have grown up with Mr. Erdogan in power for 17 years….
      Families are setting up businesses abroad for the next generation to inherit…

      At least 12,000 of Turkey’s millionaires – around 12% of the country’s wealthy class – moved their assets out of the country in 2016 and 2017, according to the Global Wealth Migration Review, an annual report produced by AfrAsia Bank.

      Most of them moved to Europe or the United Arab Emirates, the report said. Turkey’s largest business center, Istanbul, was listed among the top seven cities worldwide experiencing an exodus of wealthy people.…

      [S]ome of Turkey’s largest companies were divesting in Turkey. Several such companies have made significant transfers of capital abroad, amid fears they would be targeted in the post-coup crackdown or as the economy began to contract.…

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/world/europe/turkey-emigration-erdogan.html

  18. Hungarian police discover three migrant tunnels along the border with Serbia
    https://rmx.news/article/article/hungarian-police-discover-three-migrant-tunnels-along-the-border-with-serbia

    “Hungarian police have found three new tunnels dug by illegal immigrants in their attempt to enter the country from Serbia, the National Police said on its website.

    Police said that in an effort to halt the rising number of illegal border-crossing attempts, their officers and border guards have stepped up their patrols on the Serbian border, and this led to the discovery of the three tunnels on the border with Serbia on Wednesday afternoon.

    National data show that last week alone, Hungarian police prevented the entry attempts of 204 illegal immigrants; another 497 were apprehended on the territory of Hungary and escorted back to their country of entry, while 34 were taken into custody and are under investigation. During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of illegal-entry attempts was minimal in April and May, but it picked up again in June, with weekly numbers oscillating between 500 and 1,000 ever since.

    According to the European Union’s border protection agency Frontex, in the first seven months of the year, the number of illegal entries into the EU fell by 15 percent compared with the same period in 2019; but that number was still 47,250. As indicated by the Italian migration crisis, arrivals via the Central Mediterranean route rose by 155 percent to 13,142, while the Western Balkans route — which crosses Hungary — saw an increase of 80 percent to 11,264.”

    • Mr. Orban refused to go along with EU condemnation of Israel for extending sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. He ruined their scheme, blew a hole through their vaunted consensus.

      Then he acquired cutting-edge technology that wasn’t even for sale yet. Hungary’s already got good stuff, but now it’s immeasurably better.

      (As it turned out, the sovereignty motion was put on hold at the request of the UAE.)

  19. Migrant gangs are taking over the role of the police in Sweden’s Gothenburg, Polish government says it warned of such a scenario
    https://rmx.news/article/article/migrant-gangs-are-taking-over-the-role-of-the-police-in-sweden-s-gothenburg-polish-government-says-it-warned-of-such-a-scenario

    “Swedish media has been devoting much attention to the deteriorating situation in the city of Gothenburg, with press reports admitting that local migrant gangs are taking over the role of the police in many areas and are controlling access to the city’s district. Now, the office of Law and Justice (PiS) Chairman Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski is pointing out to prescient remarks he made in 2015 about Sweden’s no-go zones and the fact that he was ridiculed at the time he made them.

    The situation in Sweden has been viewed with growing concern for the last few years, with murder and shootings becoming commonplace in public spaces, leading to growing fear from the public. Gothenburg’s authorities have even made the decision to attribute special protection to doctors and teachers in some areas, who are now being escorted to work, according to Polish outlet TVP Info.

    Sweden’s top daily, Aftonbladet, writes, “For the past two years [in Gothenburg], murders, shootings and knife attacks have become an everyday occurrence.”

    The Polish Press Agency (PAP) notes that the Swedish police emphasize that the scale of the violence is primarily due to the conflict of two gangs. Gothenburg is not the only Swedish city experiencing a crisis either, with especially tragic killings, such as the shooting death of 12-year-old girl in Stockholm who was caught in the cross-fire of a drive-by shooting, igniting growing debate about the level of gang violence.

    In Sweden overall, killings reached a record high in 2018 only to reach another record high in 2019. In 2019, a record number of people sought medical treatment for knife wounds.

    In a May 2017, a survey conducted by Dagens Nyheter showed that of 100 suspects for murder and attempted murder using firearms, 90 percent of them had one parent born abroad.

    Law and Justice (PiS) Chairman Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski had warned of such a scenario five years ago in the Polish parliament, when Europe was debating the issue of relocating migrants. Kaczy?ski said that the sudden increase of foreigners may turn out to be uncontrollable.

    He pointed out that 54 zones in Sweden were out of the control of the state.

    Kaczy?ski’s words from 2015 caused a massive uproar from the left in Poland and even in some international media outlets. Opposition politicians assured that the scenario he described would be impossible and interviews with foreign affairs experts appeared who claimed that the situation was stable.

    Five years later, it turns out that the situation is even worse than Kaczy?ski described.

    Micha? Moskal, the director of Kaczy?ski’s office, commented that leftist media and opposition politicians must contest anything that the government says, and the same thing happened in 2015.

    “We opposed illegal and uncontrolled migration which was being ignored. It was not about permanently closing Poland’s borders, but to admit only those people who could be verified. Western countries today created a situation in which they have no control over who is in their borders,” he told TVP Info.

    Bomb attacks a symptom of Sweden’s woes
    Sweden has also experienced new attacks that have never been seen in the country before, such as the incredible amount of explosions seen in major cities, with the BBC reporting that 2018 saw 162 explosions alone and another 100 more as of November 2019. The explosions are reportedly related to rival gangs using hand grenades and other explosive devices to intimidate rival gang members and their families. They have become so frequent that they even have led to an entire Wikipedia page devoted to the topic.

    Paulina Neuding, writing on the topic for the Spectator, outlines just how new the attacks are:

    To understand how Sweden arrived at this degree of normalization, consider the statistics: between January and June this year, more than 100 explosions were reported in the country, up from about 70 in the same period last year. A total of more than 160 suspected attacks with explosives were reported last year. There are no comparable figures available for earlier years because it’s such a recent phenomenon. Until recently no one would have thought of adding a column on bombings to the national Swedish crime statistics.

    Wilhelm Agrell, professor of intelligence analysis at Lund University, has warned that the situation has become so dire that the integrity of the Swedish state is in jeopardy. “The state’s monopoly on violence, the actual token of a sovereign government, has been hollowed out bit by bit and no longer exists,” he wrote a few weeks ago. “The armed criminal violence is having effects that are increasingly similar to those of terrorism.”

    A new report from the Swedish Defense University warns that clan structures in some immigrant areas are putting the Swedish justice system under “severe stress.” In these parallel societies, the Swedish state is weak, witness intimidation is systematic and ordinary citizens are pressured to submit to clan rule.

    Poland, up until now, has avoided such a fate. Moskal pointed out that in the name of political correctness, countries such as France, Sweden or Germany has lost the kind of control Poland has over who enters the country.

    He added that while a situation of gang wars is unlikely in Poland, the government must continue to use the mechanisms it has employed to control migration.

    Sweden, known for its historically welcoming policy towards refugees, has soured on more migration, with polling showing that a majority of Swedes want to reduce migration in the country.”

  20. Lebanese army finds four tonnes of ammonium nitrate near Beirut’s port

    Beirut: The Lebanese military discovered more than four tonnes of ammonium nitrate near Beirut’s port on Thursday, a find that’s a chilling reminder of the horrific explosion a month ago that killed 191 people.

    According to the military, army experts were called in for an inspection and found 4.35 tonnes of the dangerous chemical in four containers stored near the port. There were no details on the origin of the chemicals or their owner.

    […]The military statement said that customs officials had called in the army to inspect containers at a facility near the port, where they found 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. It said army experts were “dealing with the material,” an apparent reference that it was being destroyed.

    Days after the August 4 blast, French and Italian chemical experts working amid the remains of the port identified more than 20 containers carrying dangerous chemicals. The army later said that these containers were moved and stored safely in locations away from the port.

    French experts as well as the FBI have taken part in the investigation into the blast, at the request of Lebanese authorities. Their findings have yet to be released.

    So far, authorities have detained 25 people over last month’s explosion, most of them port and customs officials.

    Signs of life detected one month after blast
    Rescue workers had detected signs of life on Thursday in the rubble of a building in a residential area of Beirut that had collapsed after the explosion, a rescue worker said.

    He was speaking after the state news agency reported a team with a rescue dog had detected movement under a destroyed building in the Gemmayze area of Beirut, one of the worst hit by the blast.

    “These (signs of breathing and pulse) along with the temperature sensor means there is a possibility of life,” rescue worker Eddy Bitar said at the scene.

    Rescue workers in bright jackets clambered over the building that had collapsed in the blast.

    The rescue team were setting up flood lights at the site as the sun set. One rescue worker carried a rescue dog onto the mound of smashed masonry.

    Bitar said a civil defence unit had been called in to help with extra equipment to conduct the search.

    Local media said any search and rescue effort, if it became clear that someone was still alive, was likely to take hours.

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/lebanese-army-finds-four-tonnes-of-ammonium-nitrate-near-beirut-s-port-20200904-p55s9n.html

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