Reader’s Links for September 15, 2020

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  1. Transgender persons protest attacks
    PESHAWAR/ Mansehra: Members of the transgender community have expressed serious concern over the increasing incidents of violence on the community people and demanded of the government to take practical steps for their protection.

    During a protest demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club on Monday, the transgender individuals said killing of Shakeel alias Gul Panra and injuring of Tariq alias Chahat had caused serious unrest among the entire community.

    Holding banners and placards the protesters shouted for their protection and demanded punishment to the accused. They said despite tall claims the government was least bothered to provide them protection.

    Counting incidents of violence which took place in different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the protesters said many transgender persons had lost lives and sustained injuries during the past few years.

    They said the influential people were in the habit of keeping the transgender community members hostage for hours and depriving them of cash, mobile phones and other valuables for no fault of theirs.
    They asked for registration of cases against those involved in sending life threats to the transgender persons.

    Meanwhile, transgender persons and women activists of Jamaat-i-Islami took to the streets in Mansehra to condemn the motorway gang rape incident, demand public hanging of the culprits.

    The rally which started from outside the press club ended at the Khatm-i-Nobuwat Chowk.

    Holding banners and placards the protesters demanded of the government to curb such cases.

    “We want public execution of culprits involved in sexual assaults on women and children,” Nadra Khan, the president of transgender association in Hazara, said.

    The protests are about this attack:

    • Argentine trans community celebrates new workplace quota

      Argentina’s transgender community are celebrating a new law which establishes a one percent hiring quota for transgender people in public sector jobs, saying “every little step for our community is enormous.”

  2. Two Katyusha Rockets Fall in Baghdad’s Green Zone, No Casualties Reported (sputniknews, Sep 15, 2020)

    “Two Katyusha rockets fell early on Tuesday in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, targeting the so-called green zone, the Iraqi Security Media Cell, which provides official information on security incidents, said, adding that the US air defence system had repelled the attack.

    “Two Katyusha rockets landed in the green zone when hitting the area at 01:00 a.m. on Tuesday [22:00 GMT on Monday]. The C-RAM air defence system responded to the attack, and no losses or material damage occurred as a result,” the Security Media Cell said in a statement, as quoted by Al Sumaria.

    The rockets were fired from the Ali Saleh district, located in the Iraqi capital, the service added.

    ?Earlier in the day, another Iraqi news agency, Baghdad Today, reported, citing a local security source, that the strike targeted the US embassy.

    The Baghdad green zone, which hosts Iraqi government facilities and foreign diplomatic missions, frequently suffers from rocket attacks.”

  3. US Army Helicopter Crashes in Northern Syria, Reports Say (sputniknews, Sep 15, 2020)

    “According to the SANA news agency, the crash site has been cordoned off with US armoured vehicles. It is not immediately clear what caused the crash.

    A US helicopter has crashed in Syria’s northeastern province Al-Hasakah, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported Tuesday, citing local sources.

    According to the media outlet, the incident occurred in Tel Haddad village near Al-Ya’rubiyah. The type of the helicopter and the cause of the crash were not immediately known.

    The site of the incident has been cordoned off by armoured vehicles of the US forces.

    Since 2014, the US-led coalition has been conducting operations against Daesh* in Syria without either a UN mandate or Damascus’s authorisation. The Syrian government has repeatedly denounced Washington’s military presence in the Middle Eastern country as illegal.”

  4. ‘Greece Was Sacrificed to Migration’: The People of Lesbos Won’t Allow a New Moria, Locals Say (sputniknews, Sep 15, 2020)

    “”Let them leave!” “No new structures!” “Enough!” – these are just a few of the chants by the residents of the Greek island of Lesbos, where the largest migrant camp in Europe was destroyed by a massive fire earlier this month, leaving nearly 13,000 migrants without shelter. Now, a new facility is being built on the island.

    A huge fire destroyed Greece’s largest migrant and refugee reception and accommodation centre, Moria, on Lesbos earlier this month. A new situation is currently unfolding on the island, which has proportionally borne the brunt of a great deal of the migration crisis.

    There’s a feeling on the island that can be expressed by the saying “Now or never!” The island’s residents want nothing else but the final act of the drama.

    At the same time, they feel that the media are one-sided in their coverage of the issue, portraying locals as xenophobes, which they believe to be unfair because it misleads everyone, not focusing on the dramatic changes that the island’s population has faced over the past five years.

    Sputnik took a walk through downtown Mytilene, the capital of Lesbos.

    “We’re isolated on our own island”
    Katerina Korfiati, the owner of a small household store, noted that “we are all victims of circumstances. Last winter they [the government] were going to build a new closed structure [to accommodate migrants] on Mount Karava, while there were already about 20,000 people in Moria. We immediately realised that they planned to build two structures on Lesbos. Eight special police units had been sent to the island because they understood that the local population’s reaction would follow.”

    “Now we feel isolated in our own city. Incidents happen all the time. Currently, some of the residents of the village of Panagiuda (six kilometres away from the city) have to commute 40 kilometres to arrive at work in the city because of the road barriers”, she said.

    “We can no longer accept what others think is best for us. What the media shows is only drama: refugees and immigrants. We’re always presented as racists.”

    As for the future of the island, Katerina Korfiati doesn’t hide her fear of new permanent structures, open or closed, although, as she stressed that the residents are determined to prevent any attempt to lay the foundation of the new structure.

    Speaking of the government’s attitude towards the issue, she believes that with the new government [the ruling New Democracy Party], the migrant flows have decreased due to increased maritime border protection. Moreover, some migrants and refugees have been transferred to the mainland. However, there has never been a real solution to the problem.

    “We are second-class citizens”
    “It will be enough that there is no new centre on the island! I’m a descendant of real refugees; my great-grandfather was stabbed to death by the Turks. We know what it means to be a refugee…”, Dimitris Viras, a bookshop owner from Mytilene, said. Our family owns a small plot of land in the Moria region, which my grandmother, a refugee, got working hard for her dowry to be able to get married. We don’t even know if this plot of land is still there.”

    “The people who are here now are not refugees. The refugees were those who arrived five years ago. At that time, the Greeks accepted them and offered all possible assistance, since we are a hospitable and Christian people… What has changed now, when they call us racists, and special police units come here, beating and calling the Mytilene residents names? Our living standards have dropped dramatically.”

    “Migrants can no longer stay here. They have destroyed our property; there are no more vegetable gardens, there’s nothing left. Three days ago, 50 people set fire to the island. We are second-class citizens. Many of them have been through a lot, but not all of them. There are also many Islamists among them,” he said.

    “Whoever they are, they must leave. We should provide asylum to those who need it so that they have the opportunity to go to any European country they want.”

    According to Mr. Viras, over the past five years, the migrant problem, together with the economic crisis, has led to decreased trade turnover; at the same time, the pilgrim flow has decreased, which has also been an important source of income for Lesbos. All this [has happened] amid fears of neighbours. “We are … in Turkey’s arms,” Mr. Viras said.

    He believes that it is a double parallel drama, which has reached its peak today, and the main culprits are Greek, but above all the European, politicians and their hypocrisy on the issue. Mr. Viras believes that “the island should revolt and stone the politicians. Europe is using us as it pleases. Political games are played behind our backs.”

    His conclusion, however, sums up the tragic irony of the situation: “My God, I tell myself, do everything possible for us and for them. The most amazing thing is that both we and they want the same thing: that they leave.”

    “All politicians are unwanted on the island”
    The moment Sputnik started talking to brothers Sotiris and Fotis Geomilas, family jewellery-shop owners, the phone rang. It was their 85-year-old mother.

    “Look, she calls us in tears, asking what’s going on,” Fotis later explained.
    His brother Sotiris, in turn, said that his children didn’t want to return from Athens to take over the shop, although they are engaged in the same business there. They consider the island “dead”.

    “The politicians have sold us. No one has come back to see what happened to us. For me, they are unwanted right now. They don’t have the courage to bang their fists on the table,” he said with disappointment.

    For him, as for most Lesbos residents, the current situation on the island in no way resembles the 2015 situation.

    “In 2015, our task was to help people and babies fleeing war. And we did that. Then everything changed. They started desecrating our religious symbols, leaving no chapel standing; they insulted the locals, killed and stole livestock, threatened and looted. Those who support them are guided by personal motives since there is a lot of money at stake,” Fotis Geomilas said.

    “Currently, for every 30,000 local residents, there are 30,000 foreigners on the outskirts of the city. Has anyone here asked me how I am doing? Has anyone asked me about my job or my family? They tell us: ‘Wash your hands, keep social distance due to the coronavirus’, while in Moria, there are 14,000 people one on top the other, with one bottle of water for everyone, in terrible conditions.”
    The two brothers compare the situation to a gun ready to fire if the residents are pressured for a new structure or for an indefinitely extended stay of migrants and refugees on the island.

    “The people of Lesbos won’t allow a new Moria,” Sotiris Geomilas said, stressing that this time the whole island would rise up in the face of the possibility of a new closed structure. This won’t be just the matter of Moria or those living by Mount Karava, the whole island will be united by the same goal.

    He summed up the five years of Moria with one sentence: “Greece was sacrificed to migration, Lesbos was sacrificed to Greece.””

  5. Iran warning: Trump vows attack ‘1000 times greater’ if Soleimani revenge takes place (express, Sep 15, 2020)

    “DONALD TRUMP has addressed rumours that Iran was plotting to assassinate a US ambassador and long-time ally of his.

    The President of the United States spoke out on the reported imminent threat to a US diplomat’s life.

    In a series of tweets, he wrote: “According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Soleimani, which was carried out for his planning a future attack, murdering US Troops, and the death & suffering caused over so many years.

    “Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!”

    He issued the warning after reports emerged that Iran had plotted to kill Lana Marks, US ambassador to South Africa and longtime friend of Mr Trump.

    According to political news outlet Politico, Ms Marks has been advised of Iran’s plans.

    The website cited two anonymous sources, one of whom was “familiar with the issue”.

    US officials said Ms Marks ties to the President could have influenced Iran’s decision to target her.

    The reported plot is believed to be a retaliation for the killing of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani.

    In Iran, the leader of the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps was widely seen as an exemplar leader.

    However, to other countries, he was considered a significant threat.

    Western nations, Israel and Arab countries have targeted Mr Soleimani over twenty years with no success.

    He was eventually killed when the United States targeted his convoy close to Baghdad International Airport on January 3.

    His successor, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani has pledged to fight for Iran’s revenge by facing the US “in a manly way”.

    Mr Ghaani said: “They were not man enough to face Haj Qassem on the battlefield.”

  6. French Support For Death Penalty Surges To Over Half of the Population (breitbart, Sep 15, 2020)

    “French public support for the reintroduction of the death penalty has surged in 2020, according to a poll that stated 55 per cent of French residents want to see capital punishment make a return.

    The figures come from the annual Ipsos/Sopra Steria survey for the Jean Jaurès Foundation and the Institut Montaigne, entitled “French Fractures” and shows a massive surge in support for capital punishment across the political spectrum in 2020.

    The highest rate of support for the death penalty comes from supporters of the populist National Rally (RN), led by former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, with 85 per cent of members in support, compared to 82 per cent in 2019.

    The centre-right Les Républicains (LR), saw a much larger increase in support from just 48 per cent in 2019 to 71 per cent in 2020.

    The largest increase in support, however, came from the far-left France Insoumise (FI), led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the Communist Party. In 2019 just eight per cent of the far-left parties’ supporters backed the death penalty, a number that surged to 39 per cent this year.

    The last peak for support for the death penalty took place in 2015 when France saw the deadly Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in January and the Bataclan nightclub attacks later that year in November. Before this year, 2015 and 2018 have been the only ones to see a majority of French want capital punishment reinstated.

    In the UK in 2019, a YouGov poll showed that the majority of Britons were supportive of capital punishment for serious crimes such as multiple murders, murder during an act of terrorism, and the murder of a child.

    While the British public is supportive of the death penalty for terrorists, the judiciary has saved two British terrorists from the death penalty…”

    • It seems to convenient that many countries are in favor of bringing back the death penalty where there isn’t one in effect. It sets up well for the new world order and 1 world gov for the Roman Empire. The death penalty just happens to be the punishment for “heretics” of the Catholic church. “When confronted with heresy, she (Catholic Church) does not content herself with persuasion, arguments of an intellectual and moral order appear to her insufficient, and she has recourse to force, to corporal punishment, to torture.” — The Rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, H.M.A. Baudrillart, quoted in The Catholic Church, The Renassance, and Protestantism,p 182-183.

  7. Hungary Strikes Back Against E.U. ‘Open Borders’ Propaganda (breitbart, Sep 15, 2020)

    “The Hungarian government has rejected new calls for open borders, insisting on the right of sovereign states to control their own borders.

    Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs responded sharply to a Bloomberg op-ed by Andreas Kluth Tuesday, which called Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán a “saboteur” of European Union (E.U.) immigration reform who had failed to open his nation’s borders to waves of migrants in 2015.

    “Perhaps ‘journalism’ like this is to blame for the tragedy at the Moria camp,” Mr. Kovacs responded on Twitter. “Reporting that it’s wrong to require migrants to request asylum in first safe state, claiming PM Orbán ‘blocked’ refugees, pushing the ‘open borders’ position as if it were a human right. It’s not.”

    In his September 11 essay, Mr. Kluth urges the E.U. to “strong-arm” leaders who resist, starting with Orbán, in order to “fix” its migration system, or risk a further series of humanitarian disasters like the recent fires in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

    The E.U. “still makes most decisions by unanimity, and the usual suspects — always led by Orban and his copycats in the nationalist government of Poland, but also including states like Austria — block every step,” Kluth declared. “In effect, they’re sabotaging the E.U.”

    Hungary has stood out for its defense of national sovereignty in opposition to E.U. efforts to coerce member states into taking a certain “quota” of migrants independent of the wishes of their citizens.

    In 2016, Mr. Orbán said that the E.U. was “destroying” the continent by forcing member states to accept quotas of mass Muslim immigration, which creates segregated societies and parallel legal systems.

    “The uncontrolled influx destroys Europe and it doesn’t even help the migrants. It’s better for everyone to stay in their own territory,” he insisted.

    “We are not here to solve the migration problem, but a historical one. We, Europeans, Hungarians, Christians, have to describe our attitude towards immigration,” he said.

    In his speech, Orbán criticized leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel for encouraging more than a million people to come from the Middle East during 2015.

    Allowing this idea to rule “will destroy Europe, and its culture and economic system too,” he said. “And we don’t help those who left their home countries. And those who stay are also losing with this attitude.”

    “I don’t even want to think about the integration of Muslim people in Europe. The most we could hope for is a peaceful life next to each other, which is called a parallel society,” he added.

    In his op-ed, Mr. Kluth also urges an end to the “notorious and cynical ‘Dublin system’ that requires migrants to apply for asylum only in the first E.U. member state they physically enter, a position that Kovacs says translates into a plea for open borders.

    The solution Kluth proposes is for the E.U. to accept migrants “in a humane way” and speedily process their asylum claims, with successful applicants resettled across the whole E.U. “according to a set formula,” regardless of the wishes of member states.

    Mr. Orbán has called such proposed changes to the E.U.’s asylum system an implementation of the “Soros Plan” to flood the continent with an unlimited number of migrants.

    In 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) adopted a report on the amendment of the Dublin Agreement, which would see all member states forced to accept asylum-seekers and for funds to be withheld from nations that refuse to comply.

    “The musket is not only primed but loaded: in Europe in the future a permanent and mandatory migrant relocation quota mechanism will be established, with no upper limit on numbers: the mandatory relocation quota,” Mr. Orbán said in response to the plan.

    “It is true that we are waist-deep in the struggle to protect this slice of our national sovereignty, but so far we have succeeded, because until now we have been the ones who decide who can live on Hungarian territory,” Orbán said, “but the attack on our sovereignty that the European Parliament has now launched is fiercer than any previous one.””

  8. Diplomats: Roadside bombing targets British convoy in Iraq (abcnews, Sep 15, 2020)

    “A roadside bombing targeted British diplomatic vehicles in Baghdad on Tuesday, the British Embassy and Iraqi officials said. There were no injuries but the attack is fueling concerns of armed groups outside of the state’s control.

    The attack targeted an embassy convoy on a Baghdad highway close to the Umm al-Tabool Mosque, the British Embassy and Iraqi security officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

    The roads and the area of the attack, between the airport and the heavily fortified Green Zone, are often used by diplomatic missions, the Iraqi official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media…”

  9. Greece seeks EU help to run migrant camps after major fire (abcnews, Sep 15, 2020)

    “Greece has called on the European Union to jointly run new refugee camps being built on its eastern islands as part of a planned overhaul of the country’s migration policy.

    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the call Tuesday at a meeting in Athens with European Council President Charles Michel as Greece struggles with the aftermath of fires on the island of Lesbos last week that gutted a large refugee camp and left thousands without shelter.

    Just 800 homeless migrants have been moved so far to a site being built by the Greek army, and only tents are available. “We have already stared the new facility, and that is where the flags of Greece and the European Union must fly,? Mitsotakis said. ?In practice, there must be shared responsibility not only for construction but also for the operation of the camp.?

    Some 12,000 people fled the fires at Moria camp last week. The government says the fires were set deliberately by migrants protesting pandemic-related restrictions, and authorities Tuesday announced the arrested of five suspects over their alleged involvement. Most of the displaced migrants remain homeless and many are refusing to leave a nearby road where they have camped out for almost a week, fearing they could be detained at the tent city for months.

    Most of the 5,000 available places at the temporary army-built site remain empty, officials said.

    Greece’s migration minister said the government will use force, if necessary, to move homeless migrants to the new tent city.

    Notis Mitarachi said efforts to relocate migrants on a voluntary basis, with the help of government translators and pamphlets being distributed to asylum-seekers, were continuing.

    But speaking to Greek broadcaster Mega TV, he added: “If this is not possible through discussion, then the police will have to be used. It is their obligation to be moved to the new site.”

    Mitarachi said it would take at least six months to build a permanent structure to replace the Moria camp, acknowledging that migrants and refugees would spend the winter in tents.

    New detention sites for asylum seekers are also planned on four other Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, replacing overcrowded open facilities. European Council President Michel is due to visit Lesbos later Tuesday. The European Commission is expected to present proposals later this month for the overhaul of the union’s migration policy that are expected to include tougher border policing and renewed effort to resettle migrants granted asylum across EU member states. ——— Gatopoulos reported from Athens”

  10. “First @YouTube gave me a Warning for “criticizing the W.H.O.” in a video that never mentions the W.H.O..

    However today I lost streaming until DECEMBER for discussing continuity of government & the 14th Amendment…with a CONSTITUTIONAL ATTORNEY.

    ‘Impersonation’ they call it.”
    Quite Frankly – September 14, 2020 – Twitter

    REPLAY: KrisAnne Hall Kicked Off Twitter, Two-Party Madness, and Convention of States
    Quite Frankly – Premiered September 6, 2020

  11. See The University Report Banned By Big Tech and The U.N.
    Most Banned Videos – September 14, 2020

    The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is one of the most prominent think tanks in America, and its fellows are some the most accomplished in their respective fields. But that doesn’t matter to Big Tech. YouTube recently removed a June 23 interview its senior fellow Dr. Scott Atlas did with Hoover because it goes against the World Health Organization’s position on the Wuhan coronavirus.

  12. 12 suspects arrested in Lahore motorway gang rape: Punjab govt
    Punjab government spokesperson Mussarat Cheema on Thursday said police had arrested 12 men suspected of involvement in the alleged gang-rape of a woman on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway.
    Two “robbers” allegedly raped the woman at gunpoint in Gujjarpura area on Wednesday while she was waiting for help on the motorway after her car developed a fault.
    A police official said as the woman crossed the toll plaza on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway, her car stalled either due to shortage of petrol or some fault.
    Meanwhile, she got a call from a relative in Gujranwala, who asked her to call the police helpline for help while he also left from home to reach her. When he reached the location, he found the woman terrified with her clothes stained with blood.
    The police official said two armed men found the woman alone, took her and her children to a nearby field at gunpoint and gang-raped her, adding that police had formed teams to trace the culprits.
    Cheema said in a tweet today that Punjab Police and related departments were “working in close coordination to capture those involved in [the] painful motorway incident”.
    “So far 12 suspects have been arrested and search is going on,” she said.
    A statement released by the Punjab Police also confirmed the arrests and said that 20 teams of Lahore Police and CIA, headed by the deputy inspector general of police (investigation), had been constituted on the orders of Inspector General Inam Ghani to investigate the case. It said that police were taking all necessary measures, adding that “no stone will be left unturned to provide immediate justice to the victim and her family”.
    The police teams are “working day and night”, the statement said, to identify the accused by gathering DNA evidence, geofencing, examining CCTV footage and Nadra records.
    “More than half of the suspects in the case are being investigated and raids are being carried out to nab dozens of former record holders in such incidents,” IGP Ghani was quoted as saying.
    During a meeting, Ghani said that command officers should consider it as a test case and bring it to a logical conclusion as early as possible, the statement said.
    “Irresponsibility would not be tolerated in arresting the social criminals involved in sexual violence and oppression,” he said.
    Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a statement, condemned the sexual assault of the lady in Lahore as well as that of a five-year-old child, who had been murdered and torched after being raped in Karachi, which surfaced on Sunday. He summoned reports of both incidents from the IGs of the provinces.
    “The protection of women is the government’s foremost priority and responsibility. Such brutality and savagery cannot be allowed in any civilised society. Such incidents are against our social values and an ugly stain on our society,” the statement released by PM Office said.
    The prime minister also stressed on the need to strengthen laws for the protection of women and children.
    Meanwhile, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said that the ministry’s regional office “immediately asked for an action report from the police”.
    The ministry received the report as well as a copy of the first information report (FIR) of the incident, she added.

    • Defending the So. China Sea: I wouldn’t count on anybody but Japan.
      The Philippines – only as long as we’re sitting on top of them.

      Australia seems to have BIG domestic problems. Maybe Victoria province has gone over to the other side. They need delousing at least as much as we do.

      • Japan is the only one I am counting on, I would like to have South Korea but their politicians are going soft on Communism.

        Yup Australia needs to clean out the internal enemy as bad as we do, maybe more. I don’t know enough about their politicians and public attitudes to know if they are going to manage to clean up their own house.

        From what I am seeing New Zealand is in worse shape the Australia.

        Knowing what the Indian Soldiers did in WWII it would be nice to have them on our side but as you said I’m not counting on them.

  13. Iran Warns Against ‘Making Strategic Mistake’ After Trump’s Threats of Revenge for Tehran’s Attacks (sputniknews, Sep 15, 2020)

    “Tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated in early January, when top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani died in a US drone strike on his car at a Baghdad airport, an attack that was authorised by President Donald Trump.

    Tehran has warned Washington not to make a major mistake following US President Donald Trump’s threat to retaliate following the Islamic Republic’s alleged plans to avenge the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

    “We hope that they do not make a new strategic mistake and certainly in the case of any strategic mistake, they will witness Iran’s decisive response”, government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a televised news conference on Tuesday.

    He bemoaned the fact that “the president of a country who has claims to global management and order would make hasty, agenda-fuelled and dubious remarks on such a weak basis”, in an apparent reference to a recent US media report about Iran’s alleged assassination plot against an American envoy.

    Rabiei argued that responding to such reports would “achieve nothing but disruption to the region and to world calm”, urging Trump to “refrain from fresh adventurism […] for the sake of winning a new term as president”.

    The spokesman made the remarks after Trump tweeted earlier on Tuesday that any Iranian attack against the US will be met with a response “that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude”…”

  14. US General on Russian Bounties Story: ‘I Just Haven’t Seen Evidence of it Yet’ (sputniknews, Sep 15, 2020)

    “General Frank McKenzie, the commander who oversees US troops in Afghanistan, has told NBC News that a detailed review of all available intelligence failed to corroborate the allegations of the Russian government paying bounties to Taliban forces to kill American forces in Afghanistan.

    “It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” McKenzie admitted, adding that the US military continues to look for the evidence, which he “just has not seen yet” and that “it’s not a closed issue”.

    “I found what they presented to me very concerning, very worrisome. I just couldn’t see the final connection, so I sent my guys back and said, look, keep digging. So we have continued to dig and look because this involves potential threats to US forces, it’s open. I just haven’t seen anything that closes that gap yet,” he pointed out…”

  15. Trump issues stark warning to Iran after reports country is considering plot to assassinate US ambassador
    Officials have been reportedly aware of threats against the ambassador since the spring

    President Trump took to Twitter late Monday to issue a stern warning to Iran that an assassination attempt or attack against the U.S. in retaliation for the airstrike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani earlier this year would be met with a counterattack that “will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude.”

    Speaking hours later in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning, Trump repeated the warning: “We’re all set,” he said. “They’ll be hit a thousand times harder.”

    Trump cited recent reports that claim Tehran is considering an assassination attempt on Lana Marks, the United States’ ambassador to South Africa. U.S. officials have been aware of threats against the ambassador since the spring, but intelligence suggests those threats have become more specific in recent weeks.

  16. Imam caught attempting rape of minor girl in Jhelum
    An Imam was caught while attempting rape of a minor girl in Jhelum and beaten by angry mob who dragged him on the street for almost two hours.
    According to sources, the victim was a six-year-old girl who visited the mosque to study and learn the Quran when she became the victim of such a heinous crime.
    The accused has been identified as Jamshed Iqbal who served as the Imam of Masjid Qaim Deen at Masheen Mohalla in Jhelum where the rape incident took place.
    According to officials, Imam Jamshed Iqbal has been taken into custody and a First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against him for allegedly attempting to rape a six-year-old girl.
    The accused was reportedly caught by the victim’s parents who informed the locals of the incident after which people gathered on the spot and started beating the Imam later dragging him on the street half naked.
    In another video, the Imam tried to pin the entire incident on the six-year-old saying that when he entered the room, the minor girl started taking off her clothes and that he did not rape her.
    Sexual assault and violence against women and children is increasing day by day and the citizens of the country are outraged over the recent incidents taking to social media demanding strict action against the culprits.
    The recent incident of Lahore motorway gang rape has shocked the nation along with another incident involving a five-year-old girl named Marwah who was raped and murdered in Gujranwala.

  17. French Senator Claims Burqa Ban Not Enforced in Certain Neighbourhoods (breitbart, Sep 15, 2020)

    “French Senator Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, the author of a report on Islamic radicalism in France, has claimed that certain areas of the country do not enforce the ban on Islamic face veils.

    Ms Eustache-Brinio, a member of the centre-right Les Républicains (LR), said that despite figures showing fewer and fewer warnings and citations for wearing the burqa or niqab, the law is not being enforced in many neighbourhoods and suburban towns under the influence of Islamists.

    Adopted a decade ago, the French full-face veil ban, brought into force by former conservative Prime Minister François Fillon under President Nicolas Sarkozy, sees those covering their face in public places subject to a fine of €150.

    From April 2011 to March 2016, police carried out 1,726 checks, 1,644 fines, and 82 warnings for those caught wearing a full-face covering. The French Interior Ministry has claimed that the figures have decreased since the implementation of the law, and cited the trend as a success, La Croix reports.

    The French veil ban sparked a wave of similar legislation in other European countries since 2010, including Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands, but in recent years there have been legal challenges.

    In 2018, a United Nations Human Rights Committee slammed France’s veil ban and claimed that it violated the rights of two women who had been fined for wearing the garment in public.

    “The French law disproportionately harmed the petitioners’ right to manifest their religious beliefs,” the committee said.

    According to a leaked report from the French internal security agency, the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI), at least 150 neighbourhoods across France are now “held” by Islamist radicals including the Paris no-go suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis and suburbs of other major cities.

    French President Emmanuel Macron has made it clear in the past that he recognises the issues of ghettoisation and has made moves to close radical mosques and associations to stop the spread of radical Islam in France.”

    • I wish the number one hashtag in Canada was “Justice for Sara Anne Widholm.

      Canadians should be following this trial, take a good close look at our justice system. The first officer on the scene could not identify the badly beaten person on the ground as a man or a woman, they identified her by the inscription on her wrist watch. Sara Anne Widholm 75, just out for a walk in the park.

      Sara’s son, who also lost his father suddenly, weeks after his mother was beaten stated:

      WE ARE TRUSTING THE CROWN TO DO DUE DILIGENCE in this matter and show the community of Windsor and all of Canada that they are looking out for the best interest of their citizens to be strong and faithful advocates for justice and the protection of the innocent.”

      Habibullah Ahmadi, 21, at the time of the beating is charged with
      2nd-degree murder.

      Justine Trudeau has been silent, not a word about this case.

    • Japan has a kind of “guild” that cultivates top politicians. Fierce competition within, so it’s still a meritocracy.
      They need personal charisma to be elected, and Suga’s lacking it. Unfortunately. Elections next Sept.

  18. Greece arrests five over Lesbos migrant camp blaze (BBC, Sep 15, 2020)

    “Greek police have arrested five migrants over the fire on Lesbos which destroyed an overcrowded migrant camp last week, a Greek minister says.

    The five are young foreign nationals and a sixth is being sought, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisohoidis said.

    About 800 of more than 12,000 migrants and refugees who fled the Moria inferno last week have moved to a new camp.

    But the vast majority are still sleeping rough.

    The Greek authorities say 21 people at the new camp tested positive for coronavirus.
    They are now isolated from other migrants at the temporary Kara Tepe camp, on a former military firing range near the devastated Moria site. It is also near the island’s main town Mytilene.

    The Greek government had accused migrants of starting the blaze at Moria a week ago, because they were angered by isolation measures imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Migrants disputed that, blaming hostile locals for the blaze.

    The German government has now agreed to take in 1,553 migrants from Moria – they are from 408 families who have received refugee status.

    Earlier, Germany also said it would take in up to 150 unaccompanied minors from Moria. Greece flew 400 children to the mainland last week, and EU countries have agreed to receive them, though the details are not yet clear.

    The Greek government’s aim is to shelter the 12,000 plus migrants from Moria in the new temporary camp at present, though it acknowledges that most are reluctant to go there. After the squalor of Moria most migrants want to go elsewhere in Europe.

    But besides Germany, no other EU country has offered to take in hundreds of the migrants.

    Meanwhile off Crete, Greek rescuers saved 56 migrants from a capsized boat but two children and a woman drowned.

    Their bodies were recovered 12 nautical miles (14 miles) off Crete’s eastern coast and it is not yet clear if there were more victims.

    The Greek coastguard service said four vessels and two helicopters took part in the search late on Monday, amid strong winds.

    Most of those who fled Moria have spent six nights sleeping rough, many on a road to Mytilene which is blocked by police, to prevent them reaching the port.
    People from 70 countries had been sheltered at Moria, most from Afghanistan.

    Greece plans to build a permanent reception centre for migrants and refugees on Lesbos. And it says that in most cases migrants can only leave Lesbos once their asylum applications have been processed.

    The UN refugee agency UNHCR is equipping the temporary Kara Tepe camp. So far the conditions are reported to be very basic, with migrants lacking mattresses and showers.

    Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis, quoted by the Greek daily Ekathimerini, said the temporary camp would be able to house all those from the gutted Moria camp.

    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that it was “time for Europe’s support to pass from words into actions, to be expressed in tangible solidarity”. He was speaking on Tuesday after meeting EU Council President Charles Michel in Athens.

    The Moria camp was initially designed to house 3,000 migrants and refugees. However, at the time it was destroyed more than 12,000 were housed there.

    Fires broke out in more than three places at the camp overnight last Tuesday, according to local fire chief Konstantinos Theofilopoulos. Further fires left it almost completely destroyed.

    Since the 2015 migrant crisis the numbers arriving on Greek islands near Turkey have fallen considerably, but Greek camps remain overcrowded, as are those in Italy.

    Greece and Italy have accused wealthier northern nations in the EU of failing to share the burden, as irregular migrants – including refugees from war zones – continue to seek a new life in Europe.

    Central and eastern European members of the EU reject the idea of taking in a quota of migrants, and at the end of this month the EU Commission is expected to present a new plan for tackling the migration crisis.”

  19. europravda – US wildfires: Antifa misinformation continues to spread on social media

    Facebook says they are removing “false claims” that fires in Oregon were started by “certain groups”, but Euronews has found examples of misinformation still circulating.

    • Harris gets a look at California wildfire damage

      Touring wildfire damage Tuesday in her home state, California Sen. Kamala Harris said “ideology should not kick in” when responding to wildfires and the climate crisis, a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump, though she did not say his name.

  20. Burkina Army ‘Dismantles’ Jihadist Base, Says Kills Two

    “Two jihadists were killed during an operation to break up a jihadist base in northern Burkina Faso, the West African state’s army said Tuesday.

    The raid in the Tongomayel area took place last Friday led to the “dismantling of a terrorist base,” the army said in a statement.

    “Result: two neutralized terrorists (and) the seizure of improvised explosive devices and various materiel,” it added.

    The day before, the army had lost four soldiers in a newly-formed regiment on a reconnaissance mission near Mentao, in the same province of Soum.

    On Saturday, a gendarme, or policeman, died in the center-north of the country, the army said.

    Northern Burkina Faso has been badly hit by jihadists who started making incursions from neighboring Mali in 2015.

    More than 1,100 people have lost their lives and over a million have fled their homes.

    The former French colony is one of the world’s poorest countries, and its armed forces are under-equipped and poorly trained.

    Last year, 4,000 died in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger jihadist attacks or ethnic violence fomented by the insurgency, according to the UN.”

  21. Syria Drone Strike Kills Top Tunisian Jihadist Sayyaf al-Tunsi

    “A drone strike believed to have been carried out by the United States in northwestern Syria killed a prominent Tunisian jihadist, a monitor said Tuesday.

    The strike conducted Monday in the rebel-held province of Idlib killed Sayyaf al-Tunsi, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    “The drone targeted the vehicle of the Hurras al-Deen leader in Idlib, killing him,” said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

    Hurras al-Deen is a relatively small but powerful armed group led by Al-Qaeda loyalists…”

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