Reader’s Links for September 26, 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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91 Replies to “Reader’s Links for September 26, 2020”

  1. I want to thank you here, Perfect Child, for your take on Stephen Coughlin’s brief. I think your explanation deserves prominence because it rings so true to me. The sense of feminization that I sense has nothing to do with anything that is derogatory to women, but has everything to do with the colonization of every independent soul into a soulless worker drone. You put into words the “pheromones” speaking to my intuition about the ghost lurking.

    Understanding the precondition to the formation of our garden collectivist–and to what Stephen Coughlin speaks of–is very interesting to this audience, I am sure. What wonderful, popping lightbulbs it would be to see, however, were the children of Allah and Mao to eat what you serve.

  2. Priti Patel Rebuked for Inciting Racial Hatred After Claiming Travellers ‘Inherently Criminal’ (sputniknews, Sep 26, 2020)

    “Last year the UK government was set to begin consultations on whether to grant police new powers to arrest and seize the property and vehicles of trespassers who set up unauthorised caravan sites, and define such trespassing as a criminal offence.

    UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has been accused of inciting racial hatred after referring to Travellers as “criminal and violent”, with a chorus of voices urging the official to come out with a public apology, reported the Independent.

    The term “traveler” refers to anyone who those leading a nomadic way of life, and may apply to Irish or Romany Gypsies.

    During a Zoom meeting with Jewish leaders, Patel voiced her determination to eradicate the “criminality that takes place and that has happened through Traveller communities and unauthorised encampments”.

    At the end of the online ‘Conversation with the Home Secretary‘ event on Tuesday, hosted by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, chief executive Gillian Merron had questioned Patel on the government’s planned measures to support “marginalised” Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities. Merron had made reference to a Home Office proposal last year to make “unauthorised encampments” a criminal offence.

    Patel responded by saying:

    “We have seen criminality, violence taking place. We saw one particular Traveller criminal – I can’t go into the details of this – but, basically, we saw a police officer that was effectively murdered through a robbery that took place by a Traveller family.”
    The Home Secretary also cited the example of a police officer “effectively murdered by a Traveller family”, in perceived reference to the death of PC Andrew Harper.

    In August 2019 Harper, 28, died after being dragged by a car for a mile along a country lane in Berkshire, west of London, as he tried to prevent a gang of teenagers from stealing a quad bike.

    As for the three teenagers, who were subsequently cleared of murder and convicted of manslaughter, two are said to be from English Romani backgrounds and are not believed to be related.

    The Travellers Times reported that none of the three men are Irish Travellers or have connections to “unauthorised sites”.

    While the killing was condemned by leading members of the Traveller community, it also sparked concerns that it might be wielded to rekindle deeply-rooted prejudices.

    ‘Acceptable Form of Racism’
    Patel’s remarks triggered a torrent of indignation.

    Simon Woolley, a former Downing Street race adviser, slammed the statements by the Home secretary, and was cited by the outlet as claiming the crime rate among Travellers was “lower than the national average”.

    “So to demonise a whole community as the home secretary has done is simply wrong, reckless and at worst dangerous, because this type of language easily stirs up racial hatred. This is a community which, along with the Roma community, is perhaps the most abused and demonised in society and which most needs respect and protection under the law. I hope that, on reflection, the home secretary will see that this potentially stirs up racial hatred and will be humble enough to apologise,” said Lord Woolley.

    Former Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell echoed the sentiments, saying:

    “Abusing Travellers seems to be an in the Conservative Party. Let me make it clear. It isn’t and the home secretary should apologise.”

    ‘Hate Speech’
    The two men’s indignation over Patel’s remarks is shared by over 80 leading academics, race equality organisations, and politicians who have put their signatures under a letter, coordinated by The Traveller Movement, urging the Home secretary to retract her “hate speech”.

    “We consider your comments during this meeting to constitute hate speech as it brands an entire ethnic group as criminal and violent. … We call for an immediate retraction of these comments, and a public apology made directly to all Traveller, Gypsy and Roma people,” reads the protest letter.

    It also suggests the need for the minister to undergo “unconscious bias training”, saying: “Clearly, it is desperately needed.”

    MPs and peers in the all-party group for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma and the groups Travellers Against Racism, Irish in Britain and the Gypsy Roma Traveller Social Work Association are among those who signed the letter.

    There has not yet been an official comment from the Home Office.

    The developments come as Priti Patel is set to unveil new anti-Traveller laws that seek to criminalise unauthorised camps.

    In November 2019 the government launched a consultation on proposals to endow police with new powers to arrest and seize property and vehicles of trespassers who set up unauthorised caravan sites, with such trespassing previously defined in law as a civil matter.

    The Home Office was seeking consulting on making it a criminal offence.

    “Unauthorised encampments can cause misery to those who live nearby, with reports of damage to property, noise, abuse and littering… The public want their communities protected and for the police to crack down on trespassers,” said Home Secretary Priti Patel.

    It was announced in June 2019 that the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) would lead development of a cross-government strategy to improve outcomes for travelers amid the crack down on illegal sites.”

  3. Germany: Muslims insult and threaten a young Israeli woman because she displayed an Israeli flag. Now the police in the Merkel State is going after this courageous woman

    Ana Agre, a young Israeli musician, has lived in Germany for some time to work here.

    On July 1, 2020 she came across an anti-Israel demonstration near her home, organized by the pro-Palestinian organization Samidoun. She went up to her apartment, fetched an Israel flag and stood with it on the square across which the demonstration procession of young Muslims and their German sympathizers passed. As can be seen on the video, which was taken by a friend, it was not even a particularly large flag, about the size of a kitchen towel.Ana Agre did not make any further statements, did not shout, did not speak (if only because she does not speak German, ” solely” English, Hebrew and Russian), yet the protesters obviously felt attacked by her, perhaps even insulted in their “dignity” – “dignity” is, as you can learn from her website, one of the basic demands of the Arab movement Samidoun. Several of the marching groups approached Ana and addressed her with slogans, including “Nazis get out!” In the minds of these young Muslims and like-minded Germans, an Israeli flag is obviously a Nazi symbol.A Frankfurt policeman approached Ana Agre in English, recorded her personal details and advised her to leave the square because her appearance provoked the young Muslims. Ana apparently engaged in an English discussion with the policeman, which the policeman finally concluded with a sending-off. When she wanted to know why she was not allowed to display her Israel flag here in Frankfurt, the officer replied: “Because I don’t like it.(„Weil mir das nicht gefällt.“)

    Ana Agre is thus threatened with ” prosecution”.

    Ana finally decided to withdraw, as ordered by the police, and believed that this was the end of the whole thing. Far from it. A few days later, a letter came to her house, a police subpoena from the Frankfurt Criminal Investigation Department for “insulting behavior according to paragraph 185 of the German Criminal Code” for October 7, 2020. The document with the file number ST 0697601/2020, drawn by Chief Police Commissioner J. Schmidt, concludes with the remark: “If you do not appear for your interrogation/hearing or do not name obstacles in time, it will be assumed that you do not want to make any statements to the police. The case will then be handed over to the responsible prosecuting authority (…)”.

    Ana Agre is thus threatened with “persecution” because she displayed an Israel flag in Frankfurt on the Main. As a matter of course, the police take the side of the Muslim protesters and their leftist German supporters. What would have happened if not them, but right-wing radicals had shouted at and insulted the young Israeli woman? Then the incident would just as obviously have been classified as “anti-Semitic” and recorded in the statistics of “right-wing radical anti-Semitic crimes”.In Ana’s case, the “anti-Semitism” accusation is dropped (although what has happened could certainly be interpreted in this way: a Jewish woman was insulted as a “Nazi”, an Israel flag was called a Nazi symbol) and the crime is blamed on the Jewish woman. Germany in the year of the Lord 2020 under the rule of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  4. 6 civilians dead in Afghanistan landmine blast

    “At least six people were killed in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, an official confirmed on Saturday.

    A tractor trolley carrying civilians hit a landmine planted by the Taliban in the Ramazani area of Ali Abad district, according to Hijratullah Akbari, a spokesperson for the provincial police force.

    The Taliban have yet to comment on the incident.

    Kunduz, which borders Tajikistan, remains one of Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces, with the Taliban having significant clout in several of its districts.

    The provincial capital, Kunduz city, briefly fell to the Taliban twice in the past three years.

    Violence has flared up across Afghanistan since the landmark intra-Afghan talks began in Qatar’s capital Doha earlier this month.

    According to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, at least 19 civilians were killed and 45 more injured in 11 clashes between Sept. 12 and Sept. 19.

    The escalation continues despite President Ashraf Ghani’s repeated calls for a complete cease-fire.

    “The Afghan people have a clear and urgent priority: a cease-fire. An urgent end to the violence will, more than anything else, give us a chance to progress,” he said in his address to the 75th UN General Assembly on Thursday.

    Ghani stressed that a “democratically stable and prosperous Afghanistan will be an example of how the collective will can overcome turmoil and uncertainty.””

  5. France: 7 in custody after stabbing linked to Charlie Hebdo (independent, Sep 26, 2020)

    “…Seven others were detained in the aftermath of Friday’s attack, but one has been released, according to judicial officials. Five of those in custody were detained in the Paris suburb of Pantin in a residence where the suspect is believed to have lived, a police official said…”

    Paris knife attack suspect is of Pakistani origin, French authorities say (CNN, Spe 26, 2020)

    “The main suspect arrested over a knife attack in Paris on Friday near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is of Pakistani origin, French authorities have said…”

  6. Iraq’s foreign minister makes first visit to Iran (apnews, Sep 26, 2020)

    “Iraq’s foreign minister arrived Saturday in Tehran for bilateral talks with senior Iranian officials, according to the state-run news agency.

    IRNA reported that Fuad Hussein planned to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani, in what marked his first visit to the Iranian capital.

    Zarif visited Baghdad in mid-July, when he met with Hussein and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. It was Zarif’s first visit to Iraq since a U.S. airstrike in January killed a top Iranian general, Qassim Soleimani, outside Baghdad’s international airport. The strike catapulted Iraq to the brink of a U.S.-Iran proxy war that could have destabilized the Middle East…”

  7. Black Lives Matter – revolutionary group of thugs – Sudbury, Ontario

    BLM will be appearing before the Greater Sudbury City Council on Tuesday evening. their demands are aimed at producing “meaningful and long-lasting change.

    DEMAND 1.
    Council to provide funding of implementation of appropriate Culturally sensitive programs for Black, indigenous and youth of colour.

    DEMAND 2.
    Arts and Cultural organizations in the community for appropriate level of inclusion of BIPOC representation in public spaces including, but not limited to, murals, galleries, festivals and performance venues.

    DEMAND 3.
    Demand the council to IMMEDIATELY defund and “redirect” 10 percent of the 62 million of taxpayers dollars utilized for the Greater Sudbury Police.

  8. Canada arrests man for prominent hoax ‘ISIS executioner’ claims
    The man was widely interviewed, and featured as a central character in the New York Time’s Caliphate podcast, but police believe he made up his account
    Canadian police have arrested a man featured in numerous media reports as a self-professed ISIS executioner for faking his account of joining the group in Syria.

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Friday that the criminal charge against Shehroze Chaudhry, 25, stems from numerous media interviews in which he described travelling to Syria in 2016 to join the ISIS and committing acts of extremism.

    Canada’s Global News said police confirmed that Mr Chaudhry was Abu Huzayfah, a central character in the award-winning New York Times podcast Caliphate.

    The RCMP said the Burlington, Ontario, man’s interviews in print, on podcasts and a television documentary raised public safety concerns.

    Mr Chaudhry’s interviews sparked a backlash in Canada with Conservative politicians asking the government in parliament why an outspoken self-avowed ISIS member was allowed to walk free.
    RCMP Superintendent Christopher deGale said hoaxes can generate fear by creating the illusion there is a potential threat to Canadians.

    “As a result, the RCMP takes these allegations very seriously, particularly when individuals, by their actions, cause the police to enter into investigations in which human and financial resources are invested and diverted from other ongoing priorities,? said Mr deGale, commander of an RCMP security enforcement team.

    The RCMP said it collaborated with several other agencies during the course of the investigation.

    Mr Chaudhry is charged with a criminal code offence of perpetrating a hoax related to terrorist activity. He is to appear in court on November 16.

    Rukmini Callimachi, the New York Times journalist behind the Caliphate podcast also commented on the development, highlighting how the team had uncovered several lies in Mr Chaudhry’s account during investigations, despite – she says – finding evidence that he had been in Syria. She also said they had struggled to understand from Canadian authorities why he had not previously been arrested.
    “Why haven’t they charged him? His social media alone in an American setting would likely be enough for material support of terrorism charge. I was told Canada is different,” she tweeted. “Did they not charge him because they *couldn’t* gather the information about him (physically, since they apparently can’t go to Syria) or because their laws don’t allow it? Or because they thought he was making it up?”

    Amarnath Amarasingam, a Queen’s University professor who works on terrorism and has been in contact with Chaudhry since 2017, commented on the development on Twitter.

    “I’m not obviously going to comment on whether I think he went to Syria or not. Kind of irrelevant at this point,” he wrote. “But, I do think this charge creates an interesting dilemma for the RCMP and for Huzayfah [Mr Chaudhry]. Does he admit he went to Syria, and face a terrorism offence?”

    He said that the little-used charge against Mr Chaudhry of perpetrating hoax terrorist activity “put the onus” on the Canadian police to prove conclusively that he did not join ISIS and that in spreading his account others believed there was a risk of further terrorist activity in Canada.

    “This is an uphill battle in many ways for the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police], and they may see themselves losing the case,” he wrote.

  9. Lebanon: Acting PM Mustapha Adib steps down before forming government

    Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib announced his resignation, speaking at the Baabda Presidential Palace on Saturday, after his attempts to form a government failed.

    “As the formation [of a government], according to the specifications that I have laid down, is already doomed to failure, and out of my concern for national unity with its constitutionality, and for my credibility, I am stepping down from undertaking the task of forming the government,” he said in his statement.

    Adib was tasked to form the government amid a state of disagreement over allocation of ministerial portfolios to various Lebanese political blocs.


    SOT, Mustapha Adib, Lebanese Prime Minister-designate (Arabic): “As the formation [of a government], according to the specifications that I have laid down, is already doomed to failure, and out of my concern for national unity with its constitutionality, and for my credibility, I am stepping down from undertaking the task of forming the government. Wishing those who will be chosen for the arduous task after me, and for those who will choose him, full success in facing the imminent dangers facing our country, our people and our economy.”

    • ‘We’re heading to hell’ | Lebanese PM resigns

      Adib announced his resignation after meeting with President Michel Aoun on Saturday, saying that he was not able to fulfill the “task of forming the government.”

      He had struggled for more than a month to create a non-partisan cabinet.

      Although he expressed support for political reforms and overhauls urged by French President Emmanuel Macron, Adib ran into innumerable hurdles, including a fierce debate over which party would control the Finance Ministry.

  10. Leftist Italian Govt Set to Dismantle Salvini Anti-Mass Migration Decrees (breitbart, Sep 26, 2020)

    “Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese has sent a draft letter to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte which could dismantle the anti-mass migration decrees enacted by populist Senator Matteo Salvini.

    Prime Minister Conte has previously stated that he wants to reform the security decrees which placed large fines on migrant transport NGOs and greatly restricted their activity to bring in migrants from the Libyan coast.

    While Interior Minister Lamorgese has already reduced the fines to between €10,000 and €15,000, much of the security decrees remain in place such as the ban on residency permits for failed asylum seekers under “humanitarian” grounds.

    According to a report from newspaper Il Giornale, the Conte left-wing coalition government is now looking to reverse the Salvini decrees and open the country back up to mass migration.

    The new decree is expected to contain nine articles in total, one of which could expand the “special protection” that went on to replace the humanitarian protection residency permit.

    For at least the past year, the coalition of the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement has discussed scrapping the anti-mass migration decrees. It has allowed NGOs to operate in a limited capacity, sometimes seizing their vessels after they drop off migrants.

    A ship belonging to one NGO, the German-based Sea-Eye, was initially rejected by Italian authorities for port access and announced this week the vessel would instead travel to Marseille, France, with 125 migrants aboard.

    On Thursday, however, it was revealed that Italian authorities relented, giving the NGO’s vessel Alan Kurdi access to the port of Arbatax in Sardinia.

    The acceptance came after a complaint from the French government, which said: “For two years, we have always stood by Italy in the solidarity mechanism for the management of landings. We, therefore, ask you to respond favourably to the request made by the NGO to dock in the nearest safe harbour.””

  11. Deutsche Pravda – Radical Militias in the US

    Black Lives Matter protests have brought increased tensions to the US. Kenosha, Wisconsin, saw unrest after the police shooting of a Black father. In opposition to the protests, armed militias like “American Wolf” are also on the streets.

    A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with murder after two people were killed. His lawyer claims that his client had acted in self-defence.

    We have closed the comment function for this video, as we do not want the fight from the streets continued in the comment section.

    Peter Diaz is the leader of ‘American Wolf’. He’s also the proud owner of numerous semi-automatic weapons. He and his comrades regularly train at a shooting range. They take their guns to anti-racism protests. Diaz says: “These people are not protesters. [They’re] criminals, actively working to destabilize our government, destroy our way of life.” For three months, the militiamen have patrolled the streets every day. But now their opponents on the left of the political spectrum are forming similar groups, like the “New Black Liberation Militia” in Atlanta. In their words, their mission is to ensure Black survival in the 21st century.

    Is it just a matter of time before right- and left-wing militias come into direct conflict? A report by Oliver Sallet.


    DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines.

  12. Spain: Demonstrators rally against coronavirus restrictions for the second day in Madrid

    Nearly 2,000 people gathered for the second day in a row in front of the Madrid Assembly in the Vallecas district on Friday night, to protest against the restrictions related to COVID-19 and to demand the release of three people arrested during Thursday’s demonstrations.

    Footage shows the demonstrators chanting slogans and marching while some of them insult police officers and try to move containers of rubbish into the street.

    No arrests or major incidents were reported.

    On September 18, the Community of Madrid announced a series of travel restrictions in 37 areas of the region that had seen an increase in the numbers of COVID-19 infections.

  13. Marwan Tabbara, the Liberal member of Parliament that now sits as an independent, was in court yesterday. His lawyer asked that his case be scheduled for October 23, he has not entered plea to the charges of assault, harassment and break and enter charges.

  14. India Slams Pakistan’s Imran Khan at UNGA for ‘Misusing’ UN to Further Nefarious Agenda (sputniknews, Sep 26, 2020)

    “Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called India a state sponsor of Islamophobia in his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday. As Khan also reiterated his demand of mediation in the Kashmir dispute, it provoked a strong reaction from New Delhi.

    India on Friday hit out at Pakistan for raising the abrogation Jammu and Kashmir’s special status at the UN, calling upon Islamabad to stop using the global outfit to advance its “nefarious” agenda against New Delhi.

    Speaking during India’s “Right of Reply” to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at the UNGA, India’s First Secretary Mijito Vinito said: “What should rather be on the agenda of the UN is Pakistan’s deep state and its unrelenting political and financial support to terrorist organisations and mercenaries which are a threat to global peace and security.”

    The Indian official also rejected the Pakistan leader’s demand for an intervention in the Kashmir dispute, calling the recently carved out Union Territory as an “integral and inalienable part of India”.

    Rebuffing Khan’s allegation that Islamophobia (fear of Islam) is state-sponsored in India, Vinito rather highlighted the instances of religious discrimination against minorities in Pakistan.

    “This is the same country that has systematically cleansed its minorities including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and others, through the abuse of blasphemy laws and through forced religious conversions,” Vinito said.
    “The only crowning glory that this country has to show to the world for the 70 years is terrorism, ethnic cleansing, majority fundamentalism and clandestine nuclear trade,” he added.

    The Indian representative also sought to highlight the Pakistan’s role in fomenting terrorism in the region.

    “This is the same country that has the dubious distinction of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the United Nations,” Vinito said.

    The strongly worded statement followed a scathing attack on New Delhi by Khan earlier that day.

    “The one country in the world today where, I am sad to say, the state sponsors Islamophobia, is India. The reason behind this is RSS ideology that unfortunately rules India today,” Khan had said in a pre-recorded address to the 75th UNGA, referring to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – a nationalist parent organisation of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi belongs.

    The Pakistan leader also warned that there could be no peace in the South Asian region until the Kashmir dispute had been properly resolved.

    “The international community must investigate these grave violations and prosecute the Indian civil and military personnel involved in state terrorism and serious crimes against humanity,” Khan demanded in his speech.

    Split between Pakistan and India, the Jammu and Kashmir region is claimed by both the neighbours in its entirety. The two nuclear powers have fought three full-scale wars and conflicts over Jammu and Kashmir since 1947.

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the UN General Assembly virtually on Saturday.”

  15. >e,>(Richard: I don’t know anything about this channel but it is the only video I can find on the earthquake)

    [ China Earthquake ] Sichuan earthquake, one of the largest earthquakes in human history

  16. Birmingham bloodbath: Two shot and one knifed by masked thugs in horror play area attack (express, Sep 26, 2020)

    “BIRMINGHAM saw a horrific attack unfurl after two men were shot and another was stabbed by masked thugs near a children’s play area.

    The callous attack on Denbigh Street, Bordesley Green, took place just before 9pm on Friday. The men were in a car when they were surrounded by the gang armed with a gun and knives.

    Two of the men were shot, both in the arm, and the third was knifed in the arm in the attack.

    Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

    The gang fled in up to three vehicles.

    Pictures show the scene, near a children’s play area, cordoned off today.

    Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

    No arrests have yet been made.

    A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “We’re investigating after three men were injured after being attacked in Denbigh Street, Bordesley Green, at around 8.45pm yesterday (25 September).

    “They were in a car when a group of masked men – armed with a gun and knives – surrounded them.

    “A man in his 30s and another in his 20s suffered gunshot wounds to their arms; while another suffered stab injuries to his arm.

    “Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

    “The attackers fled in up to three vehicles and enquiries are ongoing to identify them.

    “CCTV is being examined and anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat, or by calling 101. Quote 20BW/232481T/20.””

  17. Paris Stabbing Suspect Admits He Was Trying to Target Charlie Hebdo: Report (breitbart, Sep 26, 2020)

    “The 18-year-old Pakistani currently being held by French police for attacking two people with a meat cleaver has reportedly admitted that he had wanted to target those working at Charlie Hebdo in revenge for the satirical magazine republishing cartoons of the Muslim prophet, Mohammed…”

  18. Democrats Refuse To Put Term Limits On Congress – But They Want To Limit Supreme Court Terms To 18 Years

    Democrats Refuse To Put Term Limits On Congress – But They Want To Limit Supreme Court Terms To 18 Years
    By Adam Casalino|September 25, 2020
    Democrats Refuse To Put Term Limits On Congress – But They Want To Limit Supreme Court Terms To 18 Years
    What’s Happening:

    In what’s becoming a common habit on the left, Democrats are trying to change the rules.

    This time, it’s because Trump is poised to change the balance of power in the courts.

  19. (Richard: Murkowski just voted to confirm Trumps SCOTUS pick)

    Sarah Palin Threatens To Primary Lisa Murkowski Over SCOTUS Vote: ‘I Can See 2022 From My House’

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin threatened to run a primary challenge against GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski for refusing to back a nominee to the Supreme Court before the 2020 election.

    Palin posted a video to her Instagram account on Thursday addressed to Murkowski. In it, Palin is standing in front of her home in Alaska and says that she can “see 2022” from her house, a reference to when Murkowski is next up for reelection.

  20. (Richard: The Dems want to use legislation to limit the tenure of Supreme Court Justices, once again the Dems are ignoring the Constitution in their quest for power.)

    The US Constitution on the Supreme Court:

    Section 1.

    The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behaviour, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.
    Section 2.

    The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;–to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;–to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;–to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;–to controversies between two or more states;–between a state and citizens of another state;–between citizens of different states;–between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.

    In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.

    The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury; and such trial shall be held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any state, the trial shall be at such place or places as the Congress may by law have directed.
    Section 3.

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

    The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

    (Richard: You need a Constitutional Amendment to limit the tenure of Federal Judges.

  21. We have to talk about the Brionna Taylor’s family request to have access to Grand Jury transcripts. Why would they want that?

    They won a $12 Million settlement and they are not leaving quietly.

    So, why would they want more? I’m thinking it would create a juris precedence in that they would know the names of the jurors, their individual thoughts re deliberations. It would have a terrible impact on future jurors should a decision not be favorable to the BLM/Antifa crowd. No juror would dare vote against a Black victim, ever again.

    I’m reminded, once again, of the DSA videos where their intent is to change the system. This is a form of psychological warfare at its best.

  22. Bernie : “Trump attempts to stay in office after losing, there will be a number of plans out there to make sure that he is evicted from office.”

  23. US Sanctions Incur $150 bln in Losses on Iran in 3 Years: President

    “Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at the US government for causing Iran to suffer billions of dollars in losses in recent years.

    Speaking in a meeting of the Coronavirus Fight National Headquarters on Saturday, Rouhani said the Americans inflicted at least $150 billion in losses on Iran from 2018 to 2020 with wrong, illegal, unwarranted and inhuman sanctions as well as terrorist operations.

    “They even prevented the transfer of medications and treatment (facilities) and food to Iran, and we have never ever seen people with such savagery at the White House,” he said.

    “They committed the greatest savagery in history, and the man who calls himself the US secretary of state, but, in fact, is the US secretary of crime, proudly says that he blocked some $70 billion of Iranian assets this year; that means, he takes pride in animosity with and dealing a blow to the Iranian nation.”

    The president also blasted Washington for its opposition to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s offering $5 billion in loans to Iran in order to pay for medicines as well as medical and hospital equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to the government’s official website.

    The White House officials are to blame for all the crimes committed against and all the pressure exerted on the Iranian nation, he added.

    “As you see, they are ratcheting up the pressure every day,” Rouhani deplored.”

  24. Turkey to Shoot Down UAE Jets If Turkish Sovereignty Violated: Source

    “Turkey will not hesitate to shoot down any United Arab Emirates (UAE) aircraft if Turkish sovereignty is violated in the eastern Mediterranean, a source said.

    “We will not hesitate to shoot down any UAE aircraft if it approached the Turkish waters or the work area of Oruc Reis near Crete island in the eastern Mediterranean,” the source told Al-Quds Al-Araby, the Middle East Monitor reported.

    Oruc Reis is the Turkish research vessel which is sailing in the eastern Mediterranean for the exploration of fuel.

    According to the source, “The UAE is trying to play a role which is bigger than its size. It is playing with fire. If it violates the redlines or it approaches the Turkish waters, it will receive a harsh lesson.”

    These warnings came following reports that the UAE has sent a number of its F-16 jets and other aircraft to be deployed in Crete, in support for its ally Greece against Turkey…”

  25. Saudi Arabia Has Arrested Famous Quran Reciter, Prisoners of Conscience Confirms

    “Saudi authorities have recently arrested Sheikh Abdullah Basfar, one of the famous Quran reciters across the Islamic world, the Prisoners of Conscience revealed on Twitter.

    The Prisoners of Conscience Twitter account on Friday conveyed that the sheikh was arrested in August, without giving more details on how and where he was arrested.

    “We confirm the detention of Sheikh Dr Abdullah Basfar since August 2020,” the Prisoners of Conscience account posted.

    Basfar is an associate professor at the department of Sharia and Islamic Studies at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. He is also the former Secretary-General of the World Book and Sunnah Organization.

    The reports about the detention of Sheikh Basfar coincided with reports about the detention of Sheikh Saud Al-Funaisan, who was arrested in March.

    Al-Funaisan is a university professor and a former dean of the faculty of Sharia at Al-Imam University in Riyadh.

    Some hailed these detentions as part of the crackdown on extremism in the kingdom, based on the plan of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman to erase the religious identity of Saudi Arabia.

    But a massive number of Saudis expressed their anger over the detention.

    Since 2017, when the crown prince took power, he has been cracking down on clerics, journalists, academics and cyber activists over their critical views on his manner of ruling the country and his plans to secularize it.”

  26. Nigeria Convoy Attack Death Toll Rises to 30

    “The death toll from a militant attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.

    Two sources told AFP fatalities from the attack Friday in restive Borno state had doubled as more bodies were found and now included 12 policemen, five soldiers, four members of a government-backed militia and nine civilians.

    “The tally has increased to 30 as many bodies were picked in the surrounding areas after the attack,” one of the sources said, adding that “many people were injured.”

    Sources had earlier told AFP that a convoy transporting Borno governor Babagana Umara Zulum came under attack from insurgents on Friday near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.

    A second security source gave the same death toll of 30 from the assault and said the militants seized eight vehicles…”

  27. Iran’s Oil Minister Admits Forging Export Documents to Avoid US Sanctions

    “Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh defended last week his efforts to boost crude exports despite US sanctions and admitted that oil documents were forged to hide the origin of Iranian cargoes.

    “What we export is not under Iran’s name. The documents are changed over and over, as well as specifications,” Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying in parliament by the website of the state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

    In September, it was reported that three assessments based on tanker tracking showed that Iranian oil exports have risen sharply.

    Iranian exports have shrunk from over 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) since the US withdrew from a nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions in 2018. Still, Iran has been working to get around the measures and keep exports flowing.

    Data from TankerTrackers and two other firms, who asked not to be named, indicated exports are rising in September, although the figures fall into a wide range of between 400,000 bpd and 1.5 million bpd, reflecting the difficulty in tracking the shipments.

    “Exports are way up right now. We are seeing close to 1.5 million bpd in both crude and condensate so far this month,” Samir Madani, co-founder of TankerTrackers, told Reuters.

    “These are levels we haven’t seen in a year and a half.”

    Data from TankerTrackers, which tracks shipments and oil storage, showed almost half of Iranian exports were picked up by foreign vessels via ship-to-ship transfers, making it difficult to determine final destinations.”

  28. Normalisation deals ‘tool’ to undermine Islam: Scholar

    “A Muslim scholar has linked recent normalization deals between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Israel to a campaign aimed at undermining Islam and monopolising the Islamic countries, Anadolu Agency reports.

    Ali Al-Qaradaghi, the Secretary-General of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said there are many tools being used to “uproot Islam and reoccupy Muslims intellectually, socially, economically and politically”.

    “One of these tools is through creating a new religion under the beautiful name of ‘Abraham’s faith’,” Al-Qaradaghi said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “[This claim] does not have anything to do with the rightful monotheistic religions; rather it undermines its foundation,” he said.

    The UAE and Bahrain signed US-sponsored agreements with Israel earlier this month to normalize their relations. These deals were officially given the name the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement.

    The Palestinians have denounced the normalization agreements as a “betrayal” of their struggle to end the decades-long Israeli occupation of their lands.

    The Palestinian Authority said any deals with Israel should be based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative on the principle of “land for peace” and not “peace for peace” as Israel claims.”

  29. Syria accuses U.S. using sanctions to suffocate Syrians ‘like George Floyd’

    “Syria’s foreign minister accused U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Saturday of attempting to suffocate Syrians with sanctions “just like George Floyd and others were cruelly suffocated in the United States.”

    New U.S. sanctions that took effect in June under the so-called Caesar Act have further crippled the war-torn country’s already crumbling economy by prohibiting foreign companies trading with Damascus.

    Addressing the United Nations General Assembly via a pre-recorded video on Saturday, Syria’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem likened the effect of the sanctions to the death of Floyd, a Black American who died in May after a white police officer knelt on his neck.

    “The real purpose of the Act is to put pressure on Syrians, their livelihoods, and their daily lives. It is an inhumane attempt to suffocate Syrians, just like George Floyd and others were cruelly suffocated in the United States,” Al-Moualem said.

    The U.S. mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment…”

  30. Iran and Iraq commit to boosting border cooperation and trade

    “Iran and Iraq on Saturday pledged to improve border cooperation and boost trade between the two neighbours that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

    “We remain committed to increasing political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries,” President Hassan Rouhani told visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, according to a government website.

    Hussein called for implementing bilateral accords in areas including border cooperation, transportation and trade between the two countries, the website said…”

  31. Jihadists kill 6 civil militia fighters in Burkina: Mayor–civil-militia-fighters-in-Burkina-.aspx

    “Heavily-armed jihadists killed six members of a civilian militia pursuing them after an attack in Burkina Faso’s east, a local mayor said Saturday.

    Burkina Faso has been badly hit by jihadists who started making incursions from neighbouring Mali in 2015. More than 1,100 people have lost their lives and over a million have fled their homes.

    On Friday, dozens of heavily armed jihadists raided the hamlet of Touldeni, located near Fada N’Gourma — a major market town and regional centre about 220 kilometres (140 miles) east of the capital Ouagadougou.

    “After this attack, several units of the Volunteers for the Defence of the Nation (VDP, a civilian militia group) engaged in cleaning up operations,” the mayor of Fada N’Gourma, Jean-Claude Louari, said.

    “Unfortunately one of these teams was ambushed leading to the deaths of six of its members. One of them is missing and two are wounded,” he said.

    No-one was killed in the Touldeni raid, he said.

    The VDP, formed in November, comprises civilian volunteers who help the army in their uphill battle against the various jihadist groups operating in the country.

    They receive 14 days’ training and are then sent out on patrols and surveillance missions, equipped with light arms.

    More than a 100 such volunteers have died since January.

    Burkina Faso’s military claimed to have “neutralised” — a euphemism for having killed — at least 26 “terrorists” between September 11 and 13 in two operations in the country’s north.”

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