Reader’s Links for September 20, 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.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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105 Replies to “Reader’s Links for September 20, 2020”

  1. ‘Boomerang’ Migrants Given Asylum in UK Despite Being Deported Previously (breitbart, Sep 20, 2020)

    “At least 50 “boomerang” migrants have been granted asylum in Britain, despite having been previously rejected as fraudulent and deported.

    The number of known boomerang migrants is more than double the figure for 2018, when 19 migrants were given asylum after being removed and coming back again.

    According to the Home Office, the migrants who returned after being removed came from Somalia, Uganda, Iraq, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, and Ethiopia, The Sun reported.

    Many of the asylum seekers are believed to have gamed the system by filing new asylum claims shortly after their initial requests were rejected…”

  2. Majority of Germans Fear Taking Migrants from Greece Will Trigger New Migrant Wave (breitbart, Sep 20, 2020)

    “A majority of Germans have expressed concern that the German government taking in large numbers of migrants from Greece after the Moria migrant camp fire could trigger a new wave of migration.

    The German government, under Chancellor Angela Merkel, pledged to take in 1,500 migrants following the Moria fire, seemingly started by migrant arsonists, that left around 13,000 of them homeless on the island of Lesbos.

    According to a poll released this week by German broadcaster ZDF, 62 per cent of Germans think that if the government takes a large portion of migrants from Moria it could lead to a significant wave of mass migration into Europe.

    Across the political spectrum, only a majority of supporters of the far-left Green party did not believe that letting in migrants from Moria would trigger a large movement of migrants to Europe…”

  3. ‘British FBI’ Arrests Another Two Men Connected to Alleged Grooming Gang Abuse (breitbart, Sep 20, 2020)

    “Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has made another two arrests connected to the abuse of nine girls in the grooming gang hotspot of Rotherham.

    The NCA, roughly equivalent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States, executed the arrests of two 36-year-old men in South Yorkshire as part of Operation Stovewood, which is seeking to bring justice to victims of grooming gangs whose abuse was ignored by the authorities for many years.

    According to the NCA, this means that fully “13 suspects, five of whom have been arrested in the last four weeks” have been arrested in connection with the abuse of these particular girls, aged 14-15 at the time, with roughly 150 people arrested as part of Operation Stovewood as a whole.

    “The pace at which we are investigating previous sexual violence and abuse of children in Rotherham is not abating. We are continuing to make arrests of further suspects as our investigations move forward,” commented Philip Marshall, the senior investigating officer for Operation Stovewood.

    “Victims and survivors can be reassured that we are here to listen to you and to support you. You will be taken seriously, and we will seek justice for you,” Marshall added.”

  4. ‘White Privilege’? Working-Class White Kids Most Disadvantaged in UK Schools as System Prioritises Minorities (breitbart, Sep 20, 2020)

    “White working-class children have been systematically disadvantaged in the United Kingdom as educational institutions prioritise children from minority backgrounds, a report submitted to the House of Commons Education Select Committee found.

    The research revealed that working-class white students are 50 per cent less likely than their minority counterparts to score strong passes in the eight General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams used by colleges and universities to determine an individual’s academic level.

    In 2019, the progress score in the GCSEs for white pupils fell, while almost every minority group improved.

    A don at Oxford University, Professor Peter Edwards, told the Mail on Sunday that the reason for the discrepancy was that issues facing white working-class students are seen as “unfashionable” and “not worthy”. He went on to suggest that amongst academics, just discussing the issues is seen as “taboo” because educators link it with “hard-Right political thinking”.

    He went on to say that “the plight of white young disadvantaged children is being largely ignored” and that the mere fact of them having white skin leads many to think they have “inherent advantage or privilege” and as a result are often not seen as a priority in education.

    Professor Edwards said that there will be “grave socio-economic and socio-political consequences if this large cohort of young people in the United Kingdom see that they are not afforded the sort of ‘positive actions’ and obvious advantages that other groups have in the name of inclusion, diversity and equality.”

    “This will lead to a disturbing narrative and a vicious spiral downwards. I believe this is an utterly critical point; not only to utilise the huge untapped potential there surely must be, but also the real threat of the destabilisation of the very fabric of the country,” he warned.

    The research found that working-class white students are more likely to attend a failing school, and often live in economically deprived communities in the North and Midlands.

    In the United Kingdom, Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) youngsters are much more likely to receive paid “internships” from which white applicants, or sometimes just straight white males, banned from applying, in order to boost diversity in business and public institutions.

    Under Britain’s equality legislation, whites can also be rejected for jobs if a minority candidate is seen as having equal merit, which has been abused by at least one police force to reject highly-qualified white applicants.

    Researchers at Plymouth University said that the government’s tuition scheme that targets large cities with large populations of ethnic minorities, and charity rules that require a percentage of the money be directed to minority communities, may be a contributing factor in the discrepancy.

    They argued that the programmes directed money away from white communities, particularly poorer coastal towns.

    The parliamentary committee was set up earlier this year by Conservative MP Robert Halfon to look into the “worrying trend of white pupils from poorer backgrounds underperforming compared with their peers.”

    Following the announcement of the committee, Halfon reported that he was accused of being racist by people on the left, for endeavouring to research the reasons why working-class white boys are falling behind other groups.

    “I have been accused of racism, which I find really hard to fathom. Other ethnic groups are outperforming white, so I can’t see why this is racist,” he said in April.

    In an interview with Breitbart London, mixed race educator and political and social commentator Calvin Robinson said: “I saw first hand that black children of African descent excel throughout their time in school, and are far more likely to go to university.”

    “On the flip side of that coin, working-class white boys are the most disadvantaged and very few people seem brave enough to address the problem. The evidence suggests that if the UK is racist, it’s not in the way the hard-left would accept,” he added.”

  5. Thousands March in Berlin in Support of Refugees in Greece

    “Thousands of people marched in Berlin on Sunday demanding that the government do more to help migrants stuck in Greece, many of whom have been made homeless since fires ravaged the country’s largest refugee camp.

    The crowd marched through the capital to the landmark Victory Column carrying signs with slogans like “we have space” and “Seehofer, be a Christian” — a reference to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

    A little girl held a sign saying “let the people in” while a woman waved a placard saying “People are suffering, Fortress Europe looks on — and cuddles up to the right.”

    More than 12,000 migrants and refugees fled the fires, which the Greek government says were deliberately set by a small group of Afghan migrants to protest a virus lockdown at the Moria camp.

    Thousands have slept outdoors on a nearby roadside in the nights since the blazes.

    Germany’s government said last week it would take in 1,553 migrants — 408 families with children — from various Greek islands who already have been granted protected status in Greece. The move came on top of a decision to take in up to 150 unaccompanied children as part of a European effort.

    The weekend demonstrators demanded that Germany do more, and that the government not block independent state or municipal efforts to take in refugees themselves.

    About 3,000 people had registered to take part in the march, but police told the dpa news agency the crowd numbered in the “mid four-digit range.””

  6. Russian Jets Strike Syrian Opposition-Held Bastion in Heaviest Strikes since Ceasefire

    “Syrian opposition sources said Russian jets bombed northwestern Syria on Sunday in the most extensive strikes since a Turkish-Russian deal halted major fighting with a ceasefire nearly six months ago.

    Witnesses said the warplanes struck the western outskirts of Idlib city and that there was heavy artillery shelling in the mountainous Jabal al Zawya region in southern Idlib from nearby Syrian army outposts. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

    “These 30 raids are by far the heaviest strikes so far since the ceasefire deal,” said Mohammed Rasheed, a former opposition official and a volunteer plane spotter whose network covers the

    Russian air base in the western coastal province of Latakia.

    Other tracking centers said Russian Sukhoi jets hit the Horsh area and Arab Said town, west of the city of Idlib.

    Unidentified drones also hit two opposition-held towns in the Sahel al-Ghab plain, west of Hama province.

    There has been no wide-scale aerial bombing since a March agreement ended a Russian-backed bombing campaign that displaced over a million people in the region which borders Turkey after months of fighting.”

  7. US to Slap Sanctions on Over Two Dozen Iran-Linked Targets

    “The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior US official said.

    Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Iran could have enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of the year and that Tehran has resumed long-range missile cooperation with nuclear-armed North Korea. He did not provide detailed evidence regarding either assertion.

    A major part of the new US push is an executive order targeting those who buy or sell Iran conventional arms that was previously reported by Reuters and will also be unveiled by the Trump administration on Monday, the official said.

    “Iran is clearly doing everything it can to keep in existence a virtual turnkey capability to get back into the weaponization business at a moment’s notice should it choose to do so,” the US official told Reuters…”

  8. Joint opposition demands ‘immediate’ resignation of PM Imran

    “Opposition parties have demanded of Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign immediately and hold free and fair elections in the country, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced on Sunday night.

    He was addressing a joint press conference to announce future action plan and a 26-point resolution which was passed during an all-parties conference (APC) held in Islamabad earlier in the day to devise a joint strategy to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.

    PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other leaders were also present in the media briefing…”

  9. 8 YPG/PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ in N.Syria

    “Turkish security forces in the past 24 hours neutralized eight terrorists attempting to infiltrate into the area of Turkey’s anti-terror Peace Spring Operation in northern Syria, an official statement said on Saturday.

    The National Defense Ministry said in a Twitter statement that commando units eliminated the infiltration attempt, and a total of eight YPG/PKK terrorists were neutralized.

    The statement said the Turkish army would not allow terrorists to disrupt the peace and security atmosphere of the region.

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

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

  10. EU to push for radical changes to existing migration rules for all nations

    “The European Union is working to repeal the Dublin Regulation, which regulates asylum cases within the EU, and replace it with a system that will see migrants shared across Europe, suggested the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

    “We will abolish the Dublin rules and replace them with a new European migration management system,” said von der Leyen.

    The current Dublin Regulation stipulates that asylum seekers must have their application processed in the country where they first arrive, but that could soon change.

    If the European Commission chooses to force migration quotas on member states, it is likely to face substantial pushback from countries opposed to illegal migration like Hungary and Poland, which recently joined five other European countries in a letter to the Commission voicing their opposition to migrant quotas.

    Previously, von der Leyen has been tight-lipped about what will be included when new asylum and migration plans are likely to be presented by Swedish Commissioner Ylva Johansson this week.

    Now, however, a completely new system is promised instead of the so-called Dublin rules. Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council, had already signaled its desire to radically alter Europe’s migration system before it to the helm of the Council.

    “It will have common structures for asylum and relocations, and it will also include a new strong solidarity mechanism,” von der Leyen added in her keynote speech on Wednesday.

    “I am very much looking forward to the debate. Let’s discuss. There will be things where we will agree and places where we will not. So I look forward to the next few days and weeks,“ she stated.

    According to SVT’s EU reporter, Christoffer Wendick, what von der Leyen presented is not entirely unexpected.

    “This is the first sign of what will come out on Wednesday in the asylum package that the EU Commission will present,” commented SVT’s EU correspondent Christoffer Wendick.

    The proposal is expected to be received positively from some countries but also meet opposition from others.

    “The proposal is something that Italy and Greece will be happy about. They think it is unreasonable that almost everyone who comes to the Union gets in that way. They do not think it is reasonable that they should be responsible,” he explained.

    “There are still countries that do not accept the option of receiving any asylum seekers, but then this proposal could probably contain something else, for example, how they can pay or show solidarity in another way,” he continued.

    Distribute asylum seekers
    The exact design of the proposal is not yet publically known. According to Christoffer Wendick, the solidarity mechanism mentioned by Ursula von der Leyen aims to find a way to distribute asylum seekers across European countries. But the big question has been what solidarity is and also finding something that everyone can stand up for.

    “It is also natural for the proposal to be presented. If you find a way to distribute asylum seekers to other countries that feel fair, these Dublin rules are not needed. However, this will be very difficult,” he concluded.”

  11. Italian police arrest 11 members of Pakistani ‘AK-47 gang’ in connection with two violent attacks

    “Police in Bologna, Italy, have executed search warrants and arrested 11 members of a Pakistani gang that police say are responsible for two violent episodes in the last year.

    Police say the members of the self-declared “AK-47 gang” are young Pakistanis, including minors, who are accused of having planned and carried out at least two attacks, one of which featured the gang using knives and brass knuckles against three individuals, according to Italian news outlet il Giornale.

    The first episode dates back to August 2019, when a young Romanian man was attacked and stabbed in the back. Although he survived the attack, it took him a month in the hospital to recover.

    The gang, however, carried out at least one more violent attack. This time, the victims were three fellow Pakistanis.

    In December 2019, a 20-year-old male was contacted on Facebook by individuals who warned him to end his relationship with another Pakistani girl. To resolve the issue, they all agreed to meet at the Corticella Gardens in the outskirts of Bologna.

    The young man targeted on Facebook showed up with two friends when they were suddenly ambushed by 15 individuals armed with brass knuckles, chains, and knives. The three men were surrounded, severely beaten, stabbed, and then robbed. Two of them were seriously injured while the third one managed to hide in a bar.

    The police station and the postal police immediately set out on the gang’s trail. By scanning TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram, the agents managed to trace 10 profiles connected with the attacks.

    In an effort to identify the gang members, police officers reviewed a TikTok video in which some of the suspects were seen celebrating in a car with background music and the words “AK-47-gang” and “Italy-Bologna” embossed on the video. Once police determined the name of the gang, they were able to connect different social media profiles and trace members of the group.

    The photos and videos that emerged on social media helped identify the suspects thanks to descriptions from the victims and the use of software for facial recognition.

    The police identified and arrested the two perpetrators of the first attack, which involved two Pakistani adults, along with nine individuals also involved in the second attack.

    Once arrests were made, authorities noticed that the AK-47 rifle, a symbol of the group, was also tattooed on the forearm of some members.

    Faced with the findings, the prosecutor’s office of Bologna and the juvenile prosecutor’s office thus issued search warrants against 11 people, all Pakistanis, including five minors. They have all been charged in connection with both violent episodes and are under investigation for the crimes of aggravated assault, robbery, as well as unlawful possession of weapons.

    During the searches, the agents of the Canine and Crime Prevention Department found evidence in support of their investigation. Among the objects seized were, for example, a pair of brass knuckles and illegal knives. Further investigations were carried out on the cell phones of the suspects, where group chats emerged on social platforms with gang members exchanging messages in Pakistani.”

  12. Suspect Detained After Letter Addressed To President Trump Tested Positive For Deadly Poison Ricin

    A suspect who allegedly sent a poison-laced letter to President Donald Trump was taken into custody while trying to enter the United States from Canada.

    The identity of the individual was not revealed, but it was reported the suspect is a Canadian woman.

    This past week, federal officials intercepted the package addressed to the White House that contained the deadly poison ricin. The envelope, addressed to to President Trump, never made it to The White House.

    The FBI said in a statement, “The FBI and our US Secret Service and US Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a US government mail facility. At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.”

    • CBC – Woman suspected of mailing ricin to White House arrested at U.S.-Canada border

      RCMP says ‘initial information … suggests that the letter originated in Canada’

      Three U.S. law enforcement officials say a woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House and President Donald Trump, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border.

      The officials say the woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and is expected to face federal charges. The officials were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

      The arrest was also reported by multiple U.S. media outlets. CBC News has not independently verified the arrest.

      An RCMP spokesperson told CBC News on Saturday that it was assisting the FBI in the investigation and that “initial information from the investigation suggests that the letter originated in Canada.”


      DAILY MAIL – Suspect is taken into custody for ‘sending letter containing the deadly poison RICIN to Donald Trump in a package addressed to the White House’

      The unidentified individual was arrested by CBP agents trying to enter the US from Canada, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News Sunday
      The FBI said Saturday a poison package addressed to Trump was intercepted by screeners this week before it reached White House
      Packages were also sent to a sheriff’s office and detention facility in Texas
      No further details about the suspect have been confirmed at this time
      Officials said Saturday they believed it had been mailed from Canada and were seeking a Canadian woman in connection to the packages
      Ricin is a deadly poison that can kill in the amount of a few grains of salt

      […]The suspect also allegedly sent other poison packages to a detention facility and a sheriff’s office in Texas.

      Only one package was said to be aimed at a political figure.

      It is not clear when any of the packages were sent or who the recipients of the other packages were.

      There is also no indication yet that the poison packages are linked to any international terrorist organizations.

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