Reader’s Links for September 23, 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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  1. “Louisville Black Lives Matter ‘Protesters’ Storm Restaurant and Begin Throwing Tables and Chairs on Outdoor Patio (VIDEO)”
    By Cassandra Fairbanks – September 23, 2020

    “Coordinated: A U-Haul Truck Helps Supply Totally ‘Spontaneous Protest’ Breaking Out In Louisville”
    Tea Partiest – September 23, 2020

  2. BREAKING: One officer charged in Breonna Taylor’s death, mayor implements 72-hour curfew to limit potential riots

    Two other officers were not charged

    Aaron Colen

    One former Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officer was charged Wednesday in the death of Breonna Taylor, with the two other involved officers avoiding charges altogether, USA Today reported.

    POLL: Will Joe Biden find a way to weasel out of next week’s debate?

    Former LMPD Sgt. Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing his gun recklessly into Taylor’s apartment on March 13 during an overnight drug raid. Hankison was fired from the department in June for his actions that night.

    The charges are reportedly not directly related to Taylor’s death; rather, they were tied to the fact that Hankison allegedly shot into surrounding apartments.

  3. BLM Activist Wearing “Justice for Breonna Taylor” T-Shirt Shoots, Kills Three People in Bar Owned by Louisville Ex-Cop

    This hasn’t been reported on at all.

    A man wearing a “Justice for Breonna Taylor” t-shirt allegedly shot and killed three people at a Louisville, Kentucky bar owned by a retired police officer on Friday night.

    33-year old Michael E. Rynes was arrested by Louisville police on Friday after the mass shooting event, in which he allegedly shot three people at random at Bungalow Joe’s Bar and Grill. They all died of their injuries.

    Eyewitness accounts describe Rynes as wearing a ‘Justice for Breonna Taylor’ t-shirt when he entered the establishment and began shooting.

    • They-were serving a warrant on the house that Taylor was living in. Drugs were involved. No-knock warrants are used in cases where drug sellers have been know to protect their stash with guns.

  4. CBC – Head of major Montreal health network compares COVID-19 to the flu, drawing rebuke from government, experts

    Quebec’s health ministers says the comments were ‘not appropriate’

    Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé says his team is looking into “erroneous” comments made by a prominent Montreal health official on a local news station last week.

    Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, head of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest de l’île de Montréal, has come under fire for comparing COVID-19 to the seasonal flu on CTV News.

    “It probably isn’t much more dangerous than the seasonal flu,” he said in an interview with CTV Montreal on Sept. 14.

    “It probably is at least equally as transmissible as seasonal flu, and unlike the seasonal flu, which has a tendency to affect the very old and very young, this seems to have been a virus that affected the very old and those with existing medical conditions.”

    Health experts across the nation and around the world have cautioned against comparing COVID-19 to the flu as the mortality and transmission rate is considerably higher.

    Rosenberg’s comments have been circulated online by conspiracy theorists, who don’t believe the pandemic poses a threat to public health.

    At the same time, his comments have frustrated those who recognize COVID-19 as a potentially fatal disease that can leave survivors with long-term health consequences.

    Since his interview with CTV, several media outlets have given Rosenberg the opportunity to clarify his statement. A spokesperson for the CIUSSS told CBC last week that Rosenberg stands by his comments.

    Speaking during a news conference on Tuesday, Dubé said he hasn’t heard Rosenberg’s full interview yet, but based on what he has learned so far, it “was not appropriate.”

    COVID-19 is more severe than flu, expert says

    Dubé said, with more than 5,000 Quebecers dead after the first wave of COVID-19, Rosenberg’s comments were wrong as far as he can tell.

    But, the minister said, he would like to further understand the full context of the comments.

    “We need to have a discussion with him,” Dubé said.

    Dr. Karl Weiss, chief of infectious diseases at the Jewish General Hospital, said Rosenberg may want to explain the context of his comments as COVID-19 is a new coronavirus with particular characteristics that are much different than the flu.

    “It is clear that COVID-19 is much more severe than the seasonal flu,” he said on Radio-Canada’s Tout un matin Tuesday.

    “It’s not the same illness at all.”

    COVID-19 death rate compared to flu

    The rate of deaths related to COVID-19 in Quebec is 68 per 100,000 residents, according to the latest federal data.

    Though the majority of cases are in Quebec and Ontario, the rate of deaths nationwide is 25 per 100,000 residents. More than 145,000 Canadians have caught the disease and 9,199 have died since March.

    The death rate for influenza in Canada on an annual basis is usually between nine and 13 deaths per 100,000 people, depending on severity of the flu season according to Dr. Allison McGeer.

    McGeer is an infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She spoke to CBC this summer when comparisons to the flu began circulating online in the form of memes.

    According to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which has been tracking the spread of the coronavirus worldwide, the mortality rate in the U.S. is even higher than Canada, at 35.75 deaths per 100,000 people.

    By comparison, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows the age-adjusted death rate in the U.S. for both influenza and pneumonia has varied quarterly over the past few years from around 9 to 16 deaths per 100,000.

    “COVID is unquestionably much worse than a bad flu season,” McGeer said, but noted Canada’s influenza death rate is kept in check by vaccines.

    • ctv news – No apology, but clarification, from doctor who compared COVID-19 to the flu

      MONTREAL — A Montreal doctor who made controversial comments about the novel coronavirusthat leads to COVID-19 during an interview with CTV News is defending himself, saying his comments were taking out of context.

      On Sept. 13, Lawrence Rosenberg, who serves as the president and CEO of the West-Central Montreal health authority, compared COVID-19 to the flu.Since the pandemic began, health authorities around the world have cautioned against such comparisons, noting the mortality rate of COVID-19 is much higher.

      “It is a respiratory virus much like the seasonal flu,” Rosenberg said in the interview. “What we’ve learned is it probably isn’t much more dangerous than seasonal flu. It’s probably equally as transmissible as seasonal flu. And unlike seasonal flu, which has a tendency to affect the very old and the very young, this seems to be a virus that affects the very old and those with pre-existing medical conditions.”

      In a statement issued Wednesday, Rosenberg said he does regret that his comments were embraced online by people skeptical of the impact of COVID-19.

      “My brief comments were subsequently misinterpreted and were embraced by some individuals who mistakenly believe that COVID-19 does not deserve to be prevented or fought with every means at our disposal,” he said.

      But Rosenberg defended the crux of his comments, saying that while there are differences between COVID-19 and the flu, “Since the flu and its dire consequences have been with us for so long and can usually be prevented with a vaccine, many of us have wrongly come to believe that it is not a serious disease.”

      Rosenberg stressed that it’s his belief that without a vaccine, the flu would generate the same strong emotions as COVID-19. No vaccine has yet been made available for the new virus.

      “In all likelihood, if a flu vaccine did not exist, the effects of the disease—in terms of the rates of sickness and death—would be much more severe,” he said.

      The doctor ended his statement with a plea for everyone to continue following the strict guidelines and recommendations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

      “One major benefit has emerged from this incident: It has given me an opportunity to remind the public how important it is for every person—especially those at high risk—to be vaccinated against the seasonal flu. Contracting both the flu and COVID-19 could be devastating, which represents one more reason for wearing masks, social distancing and washing our hands regularly.”

      On Tuesday, Health Minister Christian Dube said he had not watched the interview but that workers from his department would sit down with Rosenberg to discuss the matter with him. Public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda referred to Rosenberg’s comments as “inappropriate,” considering more than 5,000 Quebecers have died from the disease in the last six months.

    • Nepal is a communist client state of China. Her exasperation is contrived. Tibet is a different story.
      Both will be client states of India when the mandate of heaven passes. India will manage them gracefully.

  5. US Economic War on Iran Based on Miscalculations: President

    “The US launched a full-blown economic war on Iran a few years ago based on miscalculations and illusions as did former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.

    Speaking in a weekly cabinet session on Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani noted that Iran will emerge victorious in the economic war.

    “Two and a half years ago, the US began an economic war against Iran based on illusions and wrong miscalculations. Their aim was to block all economic paths to Iran,” said the president.

    He said the US has failed to achieve its objectives like Saddam Hussein, who imposed an eight-year war on Iran, was unable to fulfil his goal of toppling the Iranian Establishment.

    “Like Saddam Hussein, the Americans were of the conviction that they would enter Tehran a few months after launching an economic war, and they were under the delusion that a red carpet would be rolled out for them at Mehrabad and Imam Khomeini airports,” he said, according to the government’s official website.

    “Like Saddam Hussein, the Americans’ first goal was to oust the Islamic Republic of Iran’s system and, at least, tear up and destroy Resolution 2231, but they failed to attain any of those objectives,” he said.

    President Rouhani once again touched upon Washington’s failure to get its anti-Iran plans pass through the UN Security Council.

    “It is unprecedented in the United States’ history that they take a plan to the UN Security Council after months of arrangements, and finally fail,” he said.

    “Indonesia, Niger, Tunisia and 13 UN Security Council members bravely stood up to the US whereby America’s grandeur was shattered,” the president said.”

  6. Freed Taliban Have Returned to Battlefield: Top Afghan Negotiator

    “A number of Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a condition for peace talks have taken up arms again, the government’s lead negotiator Abdullah Abdullah said Tuesday.

    Abdullah, the chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, said discussions with the Taliban in Qatar so far have been positive.

    However, he said some — though not the majority — of the 5,000 Taliban prisoners released by the government as a condition for talks had resumed the fight against Kabul.

    “I do know that some have returned to the battlefield, which is a violation of the agreement that they had made,” Abdullah said during an online conference with the US Council on Foreign Relations.

    Abdullah said talks between the two sides had begun in Doha on a positive note, as the delegations build some familiarity with each other.

    Yet the level of violence inside Afghanistan has not fallen, and he called on the United States, which launched the peace process with its own deal with the Taliban, and Pakistan, which maintains ties to the insurgents, to pressure them to agree to a ceasefire.

    “Unfortunately, so far, the level of violence is very high and to a level that is not acceptable for the people,” Abdullah said.

    “I repeat my call to the Taliban themselves and also to all partners who have any leverage over the Taliban to press on that point.”

    Abdullah said he planned to visit Pakistan in the coming days for the first time since 2008.

    The persistent violence, and the Taliban’s failure to completely cut relations with the ISIS and Al Qaeda militant groups, was singled out as a barrier to success by US officials testifying in Congress Tuesday.

    US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said a drawdown of US troops, under the US-Taliban agreement, would halt at around 4,500 remaining in Afghanistan in November while Washington assesses whether the insurgents were living up to their pledges.

    “Further withdrawals will be determined based on conditions on the ground and delivery by the Taliban on their commitments,” Khalilzad told a hearing of the House oversight committee.

    The US has slashed troop numbers in Afghanistan by more than half from above 12,000.

    Under President Donald Trump’s promise to end US involvement in wars abroad, Washington has pledged to withdraw all forces by May 2021, if the Taliban and the government can achieve a solid peace agreement.

    “By any measure, the current levels of violence are too high. We know that the reductions are possible,” Khalilzad said, noting short ceasefires were respected by the Taliban in the past.”

  7. Houthis Threaten Families of Militants Fleeing Battlefronts

    “Houthi militias have warned the families of soldiers who fled frontlines in Marib and al-Jawf governorates that their children will face harsh punitive measures if they do not return to their battle positions, Yemeni sources reported.

    Houthis said they will consider the fleeing soldiers as traitors and supporters of the government.

    Battleground sources confirmed that hundreds of Houthi militants had abandoned their posts in Marib after being left without cover against attacks launched by government forces and Arab Coalition airstrikes.

    Houthis face a major shortfall in soldiers after having incurred the loss of thousands of fighters in ongoing battles in Marib and al-Jawf, Sanaa-based sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

    This has led to Houthi leaders pressuring tribal chiefs into intensifying recruitment campaigns in order to compensate for government advances in Marib.

    After witnessing the death of hundreds of their comrades on battlefronts, dozens of Houthi militants fled battlefields in Marib and al-Bayda governorates, leading to Houthis losing control over multiple security checkpoints established on highways connecting the two governorates.

    Houthi supervisors in districts where the militants had fled issued strict warnings to the families of escapees, threatening grave punishment for those who do not return to Houthi camps.

    In other news, the head of NUDP, a national union centered on fighting for the rights of marginalized persons, said that Houthi militias are spearheading a mission of ethnic cleansing against persons of African descent.

    “Houthi militias practice a policy of ethnic cleansing against dark-skinned Yemenis by throwing them on the frontlines of battlefronts, taking advantage of their poverty and difficult living conditions,” Noman al-Huthaifi said.

    Huthaifi recounted the case of Ahmed al-Atmi, a 16-year-old child soldier, who was a victim of this ethnic cleansing.

    On several social media platforms, Huthaifi posted about six children having died among Houthi ranks on multiple battlefronts in al-Jawf and Marib.”

  8. Saudi dissidents launch new party calling for democracy in kingdom

    “Exiled Saudi activists have formed a political party calling for democracy and respect for human rights in the kingdom, a move that brings advocates together amid an intensifying crackdown on dissent.

    The new entity, called National Assembly Party or NAAS [people in Arabic], was announced on Wednesday as Riyadh was gearing up to host the G20 summit in November.

    “We announce the founding of the National Assembly Party, which aims to establish a path to democracy as a governing system in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” a statement by the group reads.

    NAAS decried the Saudi authorities’ reliance on “repression and violence” to block the scope of politics amid the security forces’ control of private and public spaces and the absence of an independent judiciary.

    The document was signed by several prominent Saudi activists, including London-based professor Madawi al-Rasheed; Abdullah Alaoudh, a Saudi academic who is also the son of jailed Islamic scholar Salman al-Awda, and Shia activist Ahmed al-Mshikhs.

    ‘Fully elected parliament’
    In its inaugural statement, the party laid out a vision for Saudi Arabia where all citizens are equal under the law without discrimination, stressing that the resources of the kingdom belong to all of its citizens and areas equally.

    “We believe that authority stems from the people, and this means that every adult has the right to run and choose who represents him in a fully elected parliament that has legislative and oversight powers over the state’s executive institutions,” the statement said.

    NAAS also called for separation of powers and establishing an independent judiciary based on a constitution backed by the people. It did not elaborate on how it views the fate of the monarchy or what role the royal family would play under a democratic system.

    The statement also criticised the kingdom’s “aggressive” foreign policy against the countries of the region.

    The new party comes less than two weeks before the anniversary of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    The legacy of the Saudi journalist, who was killed by government agents at the kingdom’s embassy in Istanbul in 2018, has become synonymous with Riyadh’s brutal intolerance towards dissent under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also known as MBS.

    MBS and repression
    Shortly after ousting his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef to become crown prince in 2017, MBS embarked on a massive purge against fellow royals as well as the kingdom’s businessmen.

    The campaign also targeted journalists, dissidents and women’s rights advocates.

    Still, it was the killing of Khashoggi, who lived in Washington and wrote for the Washington Post as well as MEE, that caused outrage in Western capitals.

    Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi dissident with a large social media following who is based in Montreal, said announcing the new party may prove dangerous for activists, but he struck a defiant tone.

    “We believe that being in this party may pose a danger to us, but I know that many have lost their freedom and lives while trying,” he said in a statement conveyed by NAAS’s Twitter account.”

  9. Three Egyptian policemen, four prisoners killed in prison break attempt

    “Three Egyptian policemen were killed while preventing four prisoners on death row fleeing a Cairo prison on Wednesday, the interior ministry said, Reuters reports.

    All four militants were killed in the failed attempt to escape from Tora prison, it added in a statement.

    Three of the prisoners named in the statement were convicted in 2018 with establishing and joining a militant group called Ansar al-Sharia and killing at least 10 policemen in a series of attacks between August 2013 and May 2014.

    The fourth was convicted in 2018 of killing a Christian doctor, local newspapers said.

    The interior ministry statement did not give further details.”

  10. Violence mounts against Iraqi doctors as COVID cases spike

    “Iraqi doctor Tariq Al-Sheibani remembers little else beyond cowering on the ground as a dozen relatives of a patient, who had just died of COVID-19, beat him unconscious, Reuters reports.

    About two hours later the 47-year-old director of Al-Amal Hospital in the southern city of Najaf woke up in a different clinic with bruises all over his body.

    “All the doctors are scared,” said Sheibani, speaking at his home in Kufa a few weeks after the Aug. 28 attack. “Every time a patient dies, we all hold our breath.”

    He is one of many doctors struggling to do their job as COVID-19 cases rise sharply in Iraq…”

  11. UN slashes health care in Yemen due to lack of funding

    “The United Nations said Wednesday that critical aid had been cut at 300 health centres across war-ravaged Yemen due to a lack of funding, with lifesaving food handouts also reduced.

    Between April and August, more than a third of the UN’s major humanitarian programmes in Yemen had been reduced or shut down entirely, the UN said, warning of further drastic cuts “in coming weeks unless additional funding is received”.

    Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said only $1 billion of the $3.2 billion needed had been received.

    “It’s an impossible situation,” Grande said.

    “This is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, yet we don’t have the resources we need to save the people who are suffering and will die if we don’t help.”

    Yemen has been left in ruins by six years of war and tens of thousands of people – mainly civilians – have been killed…”

  12. “The Richie Allen Show Monday September 21st 2020”
    Richie Allen – September 21, 2020
    Guest: Vernon Coleman

    Mark Street’s comment:
    If the Masks work – Why the six feet?
    If the Six Feet works – Why the Masks?
    If Both work – Why the Lockdown?
    If All Three work – Why the Vaccine?
    If the Vaccine is Safe – Why the No Liability Clause?

  13. U.S. ambassador says Turkey ignores pharma debt at its peril

    “The U.S. ambassador to Turkey said on Wednesday companies will consider abandoning its market if it fails to fully meet debt payments to American pharmaceutical firms, and he criticised a new Turkish law clamping down on big social media sites…”

  14. Taliban kill 28 police in southern Afghanistan: officials–police-in-southern-Afghanistan-offic.aspx

    “The Taliban have killed 28 paramilitary policemen in fighting in southern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, the latest losses in an ongoing siege of a government-controlled district that could tip into insurgent hands.

    One local official said the Taliban executed the police after they had surrendered, but the insurgents denied this and AFP was not immediately able to confirm the claim.

    If proven, a mass shooting of dozens of captives would mark a grim new low point in Afghanistan’s recent violence, which has been worsening in recent weeks.

    The incident occurred in the Gizab district of the southern province of Uruzgan, where intense fighting has raged for days as the Taliban besiege outmanned and outgunned Afghan police and army outposts.

    Zelgai Ebadi, a spokesman for the Uruzgan governor, said Taliban fighters offered 28 local and national police a chance to go home if they surrendered Tuesday night.

    “But after taking their guns, the Taliban killed them all,” Ebadi said.

    Provincial council head Amir Mohammad Barekzai confirmed the death toll and said heavy fighting was ongoing.

    Barekzai would not say if the men had been killed before or after surrendering.

    A third local official, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the toll at 28-30 police, adding that three policemen managed to escape.

    The interior ministry declined to comment on the circumstances of the deaths.

    In a statement, the Taliban denied it had slaughtered the policemen after they surrendered.

    “Enemy claims that they were executed after surrender are baseless. Mujahidin (Taliban fighters) repeatedly asked them to lay down arms & end hostility, but they insisted on fighting,” Taliban spokesman Yusuf Ahmadi said on Twitter.

    The 28 deaths come after at least 14 Afghan police and soldiers were killed during the same battle overnight Sunday-Monday.

    Taliban and Afghan government negotiators are meeting in Doha, where they are trying to find a way to end 19 years of war.

    A hopeful start to the peace talks September 12 was immediately marred by fresh violence across Afghanistan.

    Negotiations are moving slowly, with the two sides trying to thrash out various parameters before deciding an agenda.”

  15. ‘Turkey has dealt huge blow to terrorists this year’

    “Turkey has prevented 152 terrorist attacks by Daesh/ISIS so far this year, the country’s interior minister announced Wednesday.

    In an exclusive interview on a Turkish TV program, Suleyman Soylu said 26.8 tons of explosive material belonging to the terror group were seized in anti-terror operations.

    In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh/ISIS a terrorist group.

    The country has since been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists multiple times with at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks and four armed attacks killing 315 people and injuring hundreds more.

    In response, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.”

  16. 11 London police officers injured in ‘acid attack’

    “At least 11 police officers were injured on Wednesday in a suspected acid attack in North London, police said.

    The attack happened in Dale Close, Barnet, where officers stormed a suspected drugs hideout in an industrial estate.

    “As they executed the warrant, officers were injured by a suspected corrosive substance,” according to Metropolitan Police.

    The officers are receiving medical treatment, it said, adding that an assessment of the extent of the injuries is awaited. “However none are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.”

    A number of men on the suspicion of drug offenses were also arrested.

    While police officers remain at the scene and inquiries continue, ambulance and fire brigade services are also in attendance.”

  17. Diana West’s retweet:

    “Twitter suspended @rcohlers PhD within hours of posting this important finding on #HydroxyChloroquine. Would be a shame if it went viral, Digital Warriors.”
    What is Truth – September 23, 2020 – Twitter

    “Effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine was hiding in plain sight”
    By R. Clinton Ohlers – September 21, 2020

  18. After Moria, EU to try closed asylum camps on Greek islands

    “A “closed camp” for displaced people is being set up on Samos as part of the EU’s strategy for fortifying its external borders. Neither residents of the island nor the people who will be held there want the camp.

    The site of what is to be one of the first new EU camps for displaced people is surrounded by a 6-meter (20-foot) barbed-wire fence. The heat of the day gathers in the valley, which is served so far only by a gravel road. The location of the future camp is over 5 kilometers (4 miles) from Samos, the main town on the island of the same name. When the camp is built, residents will be able to enter it through turnstiles at the gates by means of microchipped armbands. At night, the gates will remain locked.

    By the end of 2020, Samos is meant to be the first Greek island to host a “closed camp.” The announcement was made by the Greek migration minister, Notis Mitarachi, when he visited the island at the end of August. The European Commission has given Greece almost €130 million ($152 million) to build multipurpose reception-and-identification centers, which are meant to provide a higher standard of accommodation than previous camps had, with portable cabins, running water, separated areas and, above all, more security.

    The concept of the closed camps is part of a new strategy to better fortify regions at the European Union’s external borders. Overfilled camps in such regions have become a chronic problem since large numbers of displaced people began arriving in Europe from 2015 on. At the start of the year, the Greek islands near the border to Turkey were hosting more than 40,000 asylum applicants. In the town of Samos, the number of asylum applicants exceeded the number of people who lived there permanently. Almost 5,000 people are currently living in the existing camp on the island — although it was first meant to house only 650.

    Residents have built tents made from sleeping bags, sticks and tarpaulins. Water pipes stick out from the ground. The doors of the portable toilet cabins are banging open and shut with the wind. There is a smell of fried fish and urine.

    ‘Send us back’
    Omar, who asked that his real name not be used, was sitting on a pallet, drinking tea with his wife and children near the tent that the family — eight members in all — shares. At night, the rats are so loud that they can’t sleep, the 58-year-old Omar said. After seven months of waiting since the family came from Idlib, Syria, he has had enough. “It’s better to send us back to our country,” he said: It would be better to be in danger in a civil war than to be provided indefinite refuge at this camp.

    Skin infections are proliferating, Omar said, and most people are without showers. Each person receives one bottle of water and two meals a day — which the members of the family take turns standing in line for up to three hours to get.

    A son, Mohammed, who had studied in university back in Syria, fanned out the meal vouchers for the following days. Whereas at the start each person had received about €90 per month, this lump sum has now been reduced to €75. Omar had heard that the money saved was being used to improve the general living conditions. But, he said, nothing has changed for him. On the contrary: Since restrictions were placed on movement, he said, the situation has become even more tense. He said the situation often got worse at night — when there is neither electricity nor light.

    Are NGOs permitted?
    After the first two cases of coronavirus infection were discovered in the camp earlier in September, the Greek authorities imposed a lockdown that is to last until the end of the month. Over the past week — including as recently as Sunday evening — fires broke out in the camp. It remains unclear what caused the fires. But Greek politicians are warning of copycat effects following fires at the Moria camp on Lesbos, and even excusing the camp residents of engaging in arson to escape the miserable conditions.

    In the future, 2,100 will be held at the camp — 900 of them in a closed-off area where they will wait for decisions on their cases, according to Jonathan Vigneron, project coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Samos. The numbers are taken from a map that the migration minister handed out during his visit. Vigneron said the whole thing reminded him of a prison.

    “It’s a very scary thing to see,” Vigneron said. He added that issues that international organizations had asked for clarity on included whether NGOs such as MSF would even be permitted to work in the new camp. The registration procedure for NGOs makes access almost impossible, he said. In an open letter, 68 organizations wrote that conditions in the camp could create “a worrying situation with regard to human dignity.”

    Displaced people might have a better standard of accommodation and more security at the closed camp, Vigneron said, but they would have nothing to do and no freedom of movement. “The camp is 5 kilometers away from any place,” Vigneron said. “It’s not marginalizing people: This is segregation by definition.””

  19. Criticism of George Soros isn’t anti-Semitic, conservative Jewish groups say

    “Hungarian-born American financier George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundation, may be Jewish, but many prominent conservative Jews says that legitimate criticism of Soros is not anti-Semitic and completely warranted due to his power and progressive positions.

    In fact, there is substantial opposition to Soros’s views that are by no means uncommon in centrist and right-wing Jewish circles, with the billionaire’s anti-Israel activities at the forefront, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).

    Prominent Israeli orthodox rabbi Pesach Lerner says that Soros is only “superficially Jewish” and works against the Jewish people.

    “Yes, Soros is part of the Jewish nation, but ideologically he is not merely distant but openly hostile towards Israel and Jewish interests,” Lerner said last December, when when American conservative and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated he was more Jewish than Soros. “It is ridiculous to link an accurate critique of the use of Soros’ wealth to influence certain public officials to hateful, anti-Semitic lies about Jewish communal control over government at large.”

    Famous right-wing pro-Israeli donor Adam Milstein voiced an even harsher criticism, saying Soros was funding the anti-fascist network Antifa, calling him a “self-hating Jew” and even questioning his Holocaust survival. In 2017, Milstein tweeted and then deleted a picture of Soros depicted as an octopus with his tentacles spreading across the globe.

    The American Zionist Organization recently issued a press release calling Soros a “radical anti-Zionist.” The group’s president, Morton Klein also recently tweeted that “condemning anti-Israel extremist George Soros is not anti-Semitic just like condemning racist David Duke is not anti-White.”

    Klein says he is not worried about fueling anti-Semitisim, saying that if he was an artist, he would also depict Soros as an octopus spread out across the globe because Soros “has his tentacles all over the place and has enormous influence.”

    According to the JTA article, “Klein acknowledged that such an image could echo an anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews, money and power, but said that in Soros’ case it is warranted.”

    Despite what Jewish conservatives may believe about Soros, criticism of the progressive billionaire is increasingly frowned upon and even outright censored in some instances in countries such as the US.

    Just last week, Fox News hosts cut off prominent conservative Newt Gingrich when he brought up Soros and his funding of progressive District Attorneys in races across the United States, which Gingrich saying these DAs are against law and order and responsible for releasing violent criminals on the streets of the US. The video of the hosts essentially censoring Gingrich for bringing up Soros went viral across the web and led conservatives to question why Soros’s name cannot be mentioned even when pointing to specific policies and facts surrounding his progressive activities.

    Although the host issued an apology, saying they “don’t censor” on the show, Gingrich complained that criticism of Soros is illegitimately tied to claims of anti-Semitism.

    Former Fox News host and conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly also mentioned that it is increasingly difficult to mention Soros due to claims of anti-Semitism and that it is serving as a restriction on discussing Soros’s political activity.

    The issue of Soros has cause consternation in the Jewish conservative community, with the billionaire becoming the face of progressive movements around world through his massive spending through his Open Society Foundation.

    Some experts believe caution is necessary and special care should be given to criticizing Soros, such as University of Michigan professor Josh Pasek, who studies new media and political communication.

    “It cannot be the case that all criticism of something Jewish is necessarily anti-Semitic,” Pasek said, but added that “the decision that you want to make it about Soros, even if for you it isn’t about his Jewishness, will almost undoubtedly feed into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”

    The Jewish Telegraphic Agency writes that much of the theories about Soros sprung up in reaction to the 2015 migrant crisis and that “conspiracy theories about Soros have been around for a long time, but they gained momentum during the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe. Soros’ charity network, the Open Society Foundations, donated to groups that helped migrants seeking entry into Europe, and anti-Semites accused Soros of trying to replace Europe’s white residents with Muslim refugees.”

    At the time, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán directed criticism at Soros for his pro-migration stance, his support for pro-migration NGOs, and his comments on the crisis, including his belief that Europe should borrow billions of euros to pay for refugees.

    Although left-wing news outlets like the Guardian and even Soros himself have tried to paint Orbán’s criticisms as anti-Semitic, the government has adamantly denied this claim, saying it is not anti-Semitic to point to Soros’s activities undermining democratically-elected governments. It also points to the Hungarian government’s steadfast support for Israel and Hungary’s Jewish community.

    At the same time, comments from Soros such as, “[Europe] has to accept at least a million asylum-seekers annually for the foreseeable future” did lend real worries that Soros was participating in population experiments that would affect the demographic future of Europe.

    Soros has become an increasingly popular target for the right within the US, especially due to his activities over the last years, including his recent decision to donate over $50 million to support presidential candidate Joe Biden, however, much of his activities began in Central European countries like Hungary, which underlines his global reach.

    Emily Tamkin, a Jew and the author of the book “The Influence of Soros” says right-wing Israeli Jews are not hesitant to criticize Soros because funding left-wing Israeli groups could also harm Jewish interests there, including Soros’s funding of pro-Palestinian groups.”

  20. Young Iraqi migrant beats 92-year-old German woman to death: police

    “Police in Marktredwitz in the east of Germany arrested a 17-year-old Iraqi male suspected of a violent attack the 92-year-old female pensioner who has succumbed to her injuries. As announced by the public prosecutor, the young man is in custody on suspicion of manslaughter, according to German police.

    On Sunday morning, the employee of a care service found the elderly woman lifeless in her family home. Since the police could not rule out a homicide, detectives took over the investigation.

    A witness told the police that she saw a man running away from the victim’s home on Saturday evening. Her description of the suspect led the investigators to the Iraqi, who police also found earlier, on the evening when the attack happened, screaming in the residential area.

    It turned out that the 17-year-old, who was born in Germany but has Iraqi citizenship, had damaged several cars while intoxicated with drugs. Because he was also slight injuries, he was taken to a hospital…”

  21. Nearly 80% of refugees lost their jobs during the coronavirus epidemic

    “According to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), 77 percent of refugees lost their job or income during the epidemic. Among other things, the research revealed that refugees have had to cut spending on food and basic needs since March.

    Overall, 1,400 respondents in 14 countries, including Kenya, Libya, Mali, Uganda, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela, and Colombia, attended the survey.

    However, the epidemic did not have the same impact in all countries, according to the report of the Norwegian organization. Among the most affected countries is Lebanon, where about 90 percent of Syrian and 80 percent of Palestinian refugees have lost their jobs or at least part of their income.

    “I worked in a restaurant, but lost the jobs when the pandemic struck,” said Samer, one of the Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

    Since March, refugees have also suffered a drop in income from other sources, such as from relatives.

    Refugees have responded to income cuts by cutting spending. About a third of refugees then tried to make up for the fall in income by getting loans.

    In the survey, 73 percent of respondents also stated they had to limit the amount of food per day. Over 70 percent of refugees then had a problem with payments for rent or housing.

    The NRC has labeled the situation of refugees a downward spiral that threatens to spin out of control. The Norwegian organization, therefore, calls on G20 states and international financial institutions to provide help.”

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    • Democracy is NOT a universal good.
      Trying it out in tardish countries is a Western fetish.

      A survey of Palestinians in the West Bank found that the overwhelming majority would vote for the terrorist tyrants running Hamas. Even though their standard of living is vastly higher than in Islamist Gaza.

      Their favorite leader of all time: Sadaam Hussein.

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