Reader’s Links for October 7, 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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      Kary Mullis, the genius who discovered the a way to analyze DNA, the man who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry said “ Being a Nobel Laureate is a licence to be an EXPERT in lots of things as long as you do your homework. When everyone treats you like intellectual Royalty, however, it becomes easier to pass off meme opinions as due diligence”.

      He also suggested:
      CDC agenda – money
      Word of God or word of EPA
      Way to get rid of AIDS- stop funding it.
      Beliefs are not fact.
      Don’t say anything you can’t support.
      Academy of Science – no wise men at the top.
      follow the money – just like politics.

  1. Sweden: Nearly Half of Unemployed Migrants Lack High School Education (breitbart, Oct 7, 2020)

    “The Swedish Public Employment Office has revealed that 43 per cent of foreigners without work lack a high school education, compared to 18 per cent of native-born unemployed.

    The agency stated that the current unemployment rate in the country had topped nine per cent. In just one week, 12,790 people signed up as job seekers with the Employment Office.

    According to a press release from Monday, foreign-born migrants have been the hardest hit by the economic impact of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, as many of them are also new to the Swedish labour market.

    The most important factor in long-term unemployment, according to the agency, is a high school education. The agency noted that nearly half, 43 per cent, of foreign-born people who are unemployed and registered with the Employment Service lack secondary education.

    The industry hardest hit in Sweden since March have been the hotel and restaurant services, with more than 19,000 people losing their jobs, followed by manufacturing and the travel and rental industries.

    Swedish unemployment statistics have revealed a huge discrepancy between the rates for native Swedes and migrants for several years. In 2018, the native Swedish rate stood at 3.6 per cent, while the migrant rate was just under 20 per cent.

    The employment service has attempted to get migrants into work using subsidised job programmes in non-profit or government agencies. But the 2019 rate of employment for those new migrants signed up with the Employment Office and not in a subsidised job was as low as 6.1 per cent.

    The high rates of foreign-born unemployment come as little shock, as the employment service predicted in February that migrant unemployment rates would increase to the worst levels since the 1990s.

    The report also cited the lack of high school education for many migrants, particularly foreign-born women.”

  2. Sweden: Thousands of 2015 Crisis Migrants Have Allegedly Disappeared (breitbart, Oct 7, 2020)

    “Around 24,000 migrants who arrived during the height of the 2015 crisis are living in Sweden without permission or have disappeared, according to the migration board.

    Of the 163,000 migrants who arrived in Sweden five years ago, the vast majority, 98,500, have been granted some form of residency. However, only 31,000 of those without a permit have left Sweden since 2015, leaving thousands of migrants unaccounted for.

    Ten thousand migrants remain in the country with no residency permit at all. Another 14,000 have vanished, and Swedish authorities do not know where they are, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports. Another 8,000 are said to be in the process of having their asylum claim decided; many of them have applied more than once.

    Earlier this year, it was reported that at least 18,420 of those given residency in 2015 have now been granted Swedish — and by extension European Union — citizenship, giving them access to free movement across the member states of the EU.

    The vast majority of those granted citizenship are underage migrants, as Sweden allows minors migrants to wait just three years to be eligible for citizenship or two years if the child is regarded as stateless. Adults must wait at least five years before applying for citizenship status or four if they are stateless or have refugee status.

    Over the last decade, Sweden has granted 1.2 million residency permits. Mass migration has been the main driving factor behind the country’s population growth in recent years as well.

    Migrants still have a much higher unemployment rate than native Swedes, however. A report from 2019 claimed that as many as 90 per cent of the migrants who came in 2015 and received residency permits were unable to support themselves independently through working.

    In 2020, largely due to travel restrictions to help stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, Sweden has seen its lowest population growth in 15 years. Coronavirus has also led to the highest death rate as of August in the country since a major famine in 1869.”

  3. Kyrgyzstan annuls parliamentary election results amid unrest (abcnews, Oct 7, 2020)

    “Officials in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday nullified the results of a weekend parliamentary election after mass protests erupted in the capital of Bishkek and other cities, with opposition supporters seizing government buildings overnight and demanding a new vote.

    Hundreds of people were injured, one fatally. Members of several opposition parties announced plans to oust the president and form a new government in the Central Asian country.

    The decision to cancel the results of Sunday’s vote was made to “prevent tension,” Central Election Commission head Nurzhan Shaildabekova told the Interfax news agency.

    Protests broke out in Bishkek and elsewhere after authorities announced early returns in favor of two parties, one of which is said be closely aligned with President Sooronbai Jeenbekov and another linked to a former top customs official, amid reports of vote-buying and other election fraud.

    The country of 6.5 million, one of the poorest to emerge from the former Soviet Union, is strategically located on the border with China and once was home to a U.S. air base that was used for refueling and logistics for the war in Afghanistan. Kyrgyzstan also hosts a Russian air base and maintains close ties with Moscow.

    Supporters of a dozen opposition parties took to the streets Monday, demanding a new election. Police dispersed crowds with water cannons, tear gas and flash grenades. About 590 people were injured and one person was killed, the Interfax news agency reported, citing Kyrgyzstan’s Health Ministry.

    The violent crackdown failed to halt the unrest, however, and protesters broke into the government complex that houses both parliament and the president’s office. A fire broke out in the parliament building but was quickly extinguished, and local media reported some offices were looted.

    Other protesters went to Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee of National Security, demanding to free former President Almazbek Atambayev, who was convicted on corruption charges earlier this year and sentenced to over 11 years in prison. Security officers freed Atambayev after negotiations with the protesters.

    Members of several opposition parties announced plans to oust Jeenbekov and form a new government…”

  4. Greece recalls its ambassador to Azerbaijan (abcnews, Oct 7, 2020)

    “Greece’s Foreign Ministry says it is recalling its ambassador to Azerbaijan following what it says are “completely unfounded and insulting allegations” by the Azerbaijani government that it is tolerating the preparation of terrorist acts.

    In a statement Wednesday, the ministry said the Greek ambassador had been recalled to Athens for consultations. It said the Azerbaijani government had claimed Greece was tolerating the preparation of terrorist acts, attempts to recruit terrorist fighters and cyberattacks against Azerbaijan due to the latter’s conflict with Armenia over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

    The ministry said it had filed a protest over the issue on Tuesday with the Azerbaijani ambassador in Greece.”

  5. Officials: Nigerian migrant burned alive in Libya’s Tripoli (abcnews, Oct 7, 2020)

    “A migrant worker was burned to death in the Libyan capital, U.N. and government officials said Wednesday, the latest in abuses that migrants and refuges face in the conflict-stricken country.

    The interior ministry of the U.N.-supported government said three Libyans on Tuesday stormed a factory in the Tripoli neighborhood of Tajoura, where African migrants were working. The Libyans detained one the workers, a Nigerian, poured gasoline on him and set him on fire, the ministry said in a statement. No motive for the shocking crime was given.

    Three other migrants suffered burns and were being treated in a nearby hospital, the ministry said. The alleged perpetrators, all in their 30s, were arrested and referred to prosecutors for investigation, it said.

    “The young man was burned alive, in yet again another senseless crime against migrants in the country,” tweeted Federico Soda, the chief in Libya for the International Organization for Migration.

    The migrant’s death underscores the perils that migrants face in Libya, which has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe amid years-long chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi…”

  6. 4 Rohingya refugees killed in factional clash in Bangladesh (abcnews, Oct 7, 2020)

    “At least four people died late Tuesday when members of two criminal factions attacked each other in a sprawling camp for Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh police said.

    Twenty other refugees were injured as the two groups opened fire with locally made guns and used sharp weapons at Kutupalong in Cox’s Bazar district, said Rafiqul Islam, an additional police superintendent.

    Security was heightened in the camps in the district, where more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have been sheltered by the government, he said.

    The official said at least seven Rohingya refugees, including those who died Tuesday, have been killed in clashes to establish dominance in the area over the last few days.

    Bangladesh authorities and intelligence officials say some refugees are involved in the illicit drug trade, smuggling, robberies and ransom-seeking.

    Earlier Tuesday, the elite security agency Rapid Action Battalion arrested nine refugees suspected of involvement in various criminal activities. They possessed firearms, bullets and sharp weapons, Islam said.

    Local media reported that the clash Tuesday began after the arrests when one group accused the other of helping the security agency.

    Human rights groups working in the camps acknowledge there are criminals among the refugees…”

  7. 5. Sweden has lost track of migrants.

    The Zoe report of 2017 – – German authorities have lost track of hundreds of migrants who may be infected with TB. Doctors believe the authorities may be downplaying the threat in an effort to avoid fuelling anti-immigration sentiments.

    Why did Justine Trudeau not close Roxham Road and stop planes coming from China and Iran, to prevent a further spread of COVID?

  8. UN agency condemns killing of 25 IDPs in Burkina Faso (aa, Oct 7, 2020)

    “The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday condemned Sunday’s armed attack on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Burkina Faso, which left 25 people dead.

    “Survivors of the attack said that 25 people – all men – were killed, and one seriously injured when their convoy carrying 46 people was ambushed by an armed group near the town of Pissila, in the country’s Sanmatenga province in the Centre-Nord region,” a UNHCR statement said.

    “We are heartbroken by news of this brutal and callous act,” Ioli Kimyaci, UNHCR’s representative in Burkina Faso, said.

    “Innocent civilians are seeking safety but instead are paying with their lives with alarming frequency,” she added.

    The attack took place while the IPDs were returning to their homes from the Pissila town, hoping for an improved security situation there,” said the statement.

    This year, the UNHCR said, hundreds of people have been killed in Burkina Faso in dozens of attacks on civilians.

    “The surviving family members,” have managed to reach Pissila — 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from the attack site, the statement said.

    “Burkina Faso is now the world’s fastest-growing displacement and protection crisis with over 1 million people […] displaced by surging violence inside the country. Many have fled multiple times in Burkina Faso’s north and east,” it added.”

  9. Attempted murder charge over Bradford Harris Street stabbing (telegraphandargus, Oct 7, 2020)

    “DETECTIVES have charged a man for attempted murder following a stabbing on Harris Street earlier this week.

    On Monday, October 5, police were called to reports of a 34-year-old man found with injuries consistent of stab wounds to the chest and legs.

    He remains in hospital being treated for his injuries.

    A 27-year-old man was arrested at the scene and he has now been charged with attempted murder.

    Cameron Hussain, of Greaves Street, Bradford will appear at Bradford Magistrates Court this morning (October 7).

    Earlier this week, Councillor Rizwana Jamil of the Bowling and Barkerend ward – which is where the incident took place – expressed her “shock” at what she said was a “concerning” incident.

    Councillor Jamil said: “It was a shock to hear than a young man has been stabbed, but it is also a relief to know that his injuries are non life-threatening.

    “It is concerning when, unfortunately, we see incidents of serious violence like this one.

    “Residents in the local area will naturally be worried and concerned for their own and their family’s safety.

    “However, the police have reassured everyone that this is an isolated incident, and they have also added that a police presence will remain in the area.

    “I would urge the local community not to panic and continue to assist the police with their enquiries.””

  10. Canada banning plastic bags, straws, cutlery and other single-use items by the end of 2021

    OTTAWA — Under the newly-unveiled list of single-use plastics being banned in Canada, plastic grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and food containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics will be out of use nationwide by the end of 2021.

    Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the federal government’s next steps towards its plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.

    “When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic products,” Wilkinson said, adding that he knows it’s hard to come back from a trip to the grocery store without single-use plastic products, especially food packaging, but that “has to change.”

    As first pledged last year, and re-committed in the Liberal’s September throne speech, the government is moving ahead with banning certain “harmful” single-use plastics that are consistently found in the environment and for which there are readily available alternatives, while finding ways to make sure more plastic is recycled.

    Citing the need to consult, the government will be soliciting feedback on a “discussion paper” until Dec. 9. The finalized new regulations wouldn’t come into effect until the end of 2021.

    In the spring, Wilkinson signalled that the ban on single-use plastics may be delayed because of the pandemic. By the summer, a Canadian report found that public support for a crackdown on certain products was dwindling as the majority of those surveyed said they liked the health and safety protections associated with disposable plastics over reusable alternatives.

    Recognizing the ongoing need for single-use plastic personal protective equipment items like face shields, the federal government says the ban will not impact access to PPE, or other plastics used in medical facilities.

    However, the government has been discussing the pollution impacts of the increased use of many disposable products during the pandemic and says it’s working with the provinces and territories on plans to properly dispose as much of it as possible.

    “We’re also investigating solutions to recycle PPE where it is safe to do so, and options to make some of the PPE biodegradable,” Wilkinson said.

    However, due to the pandemic and ongoing health restrictions, many restaurants have had to pivot to take-out meals and are providing customers with plastic cutlery, and it remains to be seen what kind of financial impact this looming ban will have on these businesses.

    The environment minister said the government selected these items because there are already readily-available and affordable alternatives, and that while many items will have to continue to be single-use, they need to be items that can be recycled.

    “In the context of takeout, the focus is really on polystyrene which is a very difficult substance to recycle and it is one that we find quite widely in the environment. Many, many of the restaurants that do takeout have already transitioned away from polystyrene to other forms, whether it’s cardboard or different forms of paper, which are recyclable,” Wilkinson said.

    “At the end of the day, Canadians expect us as governments to take action on an issue that they know is an important one… and to be honest with you, Canadians are far ahead of their governments on the plastic issue they’ve been demanding this kind of action for a long time,” he said.

    Already, some business groups are voicing concerns about the difference the ban will make and the “significant costs” some small businesses could be facing.

    “Canadian businesses recognize the significant benefits of alternatives to single-use plastics and the importance of bolstering Canada’s circular economy. However, Canada’s approach must go beyond surface issues like bans, to address the critical infrastructure required to deliver on the positive benefits for the environment,” Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Aaron Henry said in a statement.

    “At present, it remains unclear how this policy will address the current fragmented approaches to disposing consumer products,” Henry said, adding that, at this time when many businesses are counting every dollar, any extra costs could make the difference between staying open and closing for good.


    When the ban on single-use plastics was first announced, the federal government said it would be focusing on holding big companies responsible for their plastic production, requiring them to play a part in collecting and recycling their materials.

    Wednesday’s announcement includes a proposal to establish recycled content requirements in products and packaging, which the federal government says will spark investment in recycling infrastructure and innovation in technology to extend the life of plastic materials to keep them in the economy, and out of the environment for longer.

    Wilkinson also pledged $2 million for a zero plastic waste initiative, to go to 14 Canadian-led projects.

    Later this week, the federal government will be publishing a proposed order to add “plastic manufactured items” to the list of regulated products under Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA). Greenhouse gasses is among the items already on that list.

    According to the federal government, Canadians throw away three million tonnes of plastic waste a year, and only nine per cent of that gets recycled, and about one-third of the plastics used in Canada are for single-use or short-lived products and packaging, including up to 15 billion plastic bags used every year and close to 57 million straws used daily.

    • CBC – Canada to ban single-use plastics, including bags, straws, in 2021

      A national ban on single-use plastics coming into effect next year will include plastic grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, cutlery, takeout containers and six-pack rings.

    • Next the geniuses in government will stop the selling of artificial Christmas trees and tell us they have a brainy idea, some people should grow Christmas trees, yes, that will give some people a job. Government growing tree farms, well, for a little while, until we get rid of Christmas because it offends the Muslims.

  11. Pelosi Weighs in on Coronavirus Misinformation from Trump | The View

    The Speaker of the House says that Americans “should be concerned” about the “viciousness” of the coronavirus, but also “of the denial that the president is in.”

    • CBC – White House nearly deserted because of COVID-19 outbreak

      U.S. President Donald Trump is back at the White House, but many staff stayed away as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, something doctors blame on the reliance on testing instead of behavioural changes.

  12. CBC – Canadians confused by advice on Thanksgiving celebrations

    Canadians are trying to decipher confusing advice from public health officials about what kind of gathering, if any, is appropriate and safe for Thanksgiving.

  13. the guardian – Facebook to ban QAnon-themed groups, pages and accounts in crackdown

    Policy update comes after the company’s initial attempt failed to stem misinformation and harm from the conspiracy movement

    Facebook will ban any groups, pages or Instagram accounts that “represent” QAnon, the company announced Tuesday, in a sharp escalation of its attempt to crack down on the antisemitic conspiracy movement that has thrived on its platform.

    The policy will apply to groups, pages or Instagram accounts whose names or descriptions suggest that they are dedicated to the QAnon movement, a Facebook spokesperson explained. It will not apply to individual content, nor to individual Instagram users who post frequently about QAnon but do not explicitly identify themselves as representing the QAnon movement.

    The new, broader ban represents the second update to Facebook’s policy against QAnon in less than two months, and signals that the company’s initial efforts were insufficient to curb the spread of a movement that has been identified as a potential domestic terror threat by the FBI.

    Just two months ago, Facebook had no policy on QAnon, which is a baseless internet conspiracy theory whose followers believe, without evidence, that Donald Trump is waging a secret battle against an elite global cabal of child-traffickers.

    The conspiracy theory began on the niche image boards 4chan and 8chan, but exploded in popularity on Facebook and Instagram in recent months. Facebook’s recommendation algorithms encouraged cross-pollination between QAnon communities and groups dedicated to anti-vaccine or anti-mask activism, Trump, New Age spirituality and wellness, among others.

    The growing movement, which has its roots in antisemitic conspiracy theories such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is increasingly influential among Republican voters and politicians. Trump has praised QAnon followers and refused to debunk its false claims. The movement has co-opted the hashtags #SaveTheChildren and #SaveOurChildren in a highly successful rebranding effort that helped introduce QAnon ideas to new audiences.

    Facebook’s first attempt at a crackdown came on 19 August, when the company announced a host of restrictions on QAnon-promoting accounts that stopped short of an outright ban. Under those rules, in addition to removing QAnon groups from recommendation algorithms, Facebook said it would ban QAnon-themed groups, pages or Instagram accounts if they discussed potential violence. This led to the removal of more than 1,500 Facebook groups and pages, the company said Tuesday.

    “We’ve been vigilant in enforcing our policy and studying its impact on the platform but we’ve seen several issues that led to today’s update,” the company said in a blog post. “For example, while we’ve removed QAnon content that celebrates and supports violence, we’ve seen other QAnon content tied to different forms of real world harm, including recent claims that the west coast wildfires were started by certain groups, which diverted attention of local officials from fighting the fires and protecting the public.”

    The new rules will be enforced by Facebook’s Dangerous Organizations Operations team, the same group that enforces Facebook’s bans on terrorist and hate groups. The team will “proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports”, study the movement, and adjust to changes in terminology or tactics, the company said.

    “QAnon messaging changes very quickly and we see networks of supporters build an audience with one message and then quickly pivot to another,” the company said. “We expect renewed attempts to evade our detection, both in behavior and content shared on our platform, so we will continue to study the impact of our efforts and be ready to update our policy and enforcement as necessary.”

    The new policy against QAnon is not as strict as Facebook’s rules against the terror and hate groups that it designates as “dangerous organizations”. The company is not banning individual users from posting in support of QAnon, for example, and the requirement for Instagram accounts to “represent” themselves as QAnon in order to be banned also leaves a large loophole for influencers who promote QAnon under their own identities. Many popular wellness influencers on Instagram have become major promoters of QAnon conspiracy theories.

    A Facebook spokesperson acknowledged the loophole and said the company was still addressing how to deal with such accounts.

    The QAnon movement has for months been preparing for a crackdown from social media platforms. Many Facebook groups began using codes – for instance, using “17” as a substitute for “Q” – as early as April and May. On 17 September, the anonymous internet poster who goes by “Q” and whose messages QAnon followers believe include clues to the vast conspiracy, warned followers: “Deploy camouflage. Drop all references re: ‘Q’ ‘Qanon’ etc. to avoid ban/termination.”

  14. ITALY – Revolt breaks out at Agrigento migrant centre

    Three police officers hurt

    ROME, OCT 7 – Three police officers were hurt in a revolt late on Tuesday at a migrant centre in the Sicilian city of Agrigento, union sources said on Wednesday.

    Around 65 migrants, mostly Tunisians, threw fire extinguishers, bed structures, broken glass and other objects at police and set light to mattresses.

    Six of the migrants, who were in COVID-19 quarantine at the reception centre, are thought to have managed to flee the facility, sources said.

    Valter Mazzetti, the secretary general of the State police union federation, said this was the “umpteenth revolt” of this kind.

    “These episodes take place with alarming frequency but they are now taken as if they were normal and this is unacceptable,” Mazzetti said.

    “The current situation should force a complete revision of the surveillance systems at these centres, which are ticking bombs, above all on the health level due to the coronavirus emergency, but also in terms of public order”.

  15. Russiagate: POTUS orders fully declassified, unredacted documents. Does he mean it?
    By J.E. Dyer October 7, 2020

    On Tuesday, DNI John Ratcliffe released partially declassified documents that back up his letter to the Senate last week in which he outlined key activities by John Brennan in the Russiagate operation in 2016.

    Brennan, according to Ratcliffe’s letter, had briefed Obama on “Russian intelligence” about Hillary Clinton. The gist of the intelligence was that on 28 July 2016, Clinton approved a campaign operation to create a scandal about Trump being involved with Russia in pilfering Democratic emails.

    Brennan briefed other top officials as well, and in September 2016 sent an investigation referral on Russia and the election to Peter Strzok at the FBI, including the explicit information that Hillary Clinton was running an operation to smear Trump.

  16. Seduction:

    Chinese and Indian descendants can’t yet keep a straight face about demanding reparations, as they are using the freedoms they have and their countries of origin do not:
    “The “coolie trade” refers to the importation of Asian contract laborers (especially Chinese and Indians) under force or deception during the 19th century. It emerged during the “gradual abolition” of slavery in the early 19th century, and coolies were exploited as substitutes for slave labor.”

    “Coolies worked and lived no better than slaves, having insufficient food, lacking promised medical care, working long hours, and suffering physical torture. The merciless coolie trade caused scandal in contemporary international media and was criticized as a new form of slavery. In 1855, England withdrew its ships carrying Chinese coolie laborers to Cuba and Peru. In 1856, Peru followed suit and made the coolie trade illegal. In 1862, the United States banned the coolie trade in a law issued by President Lincoln, while around 1874 the Portuguese also ended the coolie trade via Macao under international pressure.”,as%20substitutes%20for%20slave%20labor.

  17. Indonesia police arrest hundreds as protests continue over new labour law

    “JAKARTA – Police arrested hundreds of protesters and used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds, as thousands continued to demonstrate across Indonesia for the second day running on Wednesday (Oct 7) against a new labour law.

    According to Reuters, nearly 400 people were detained on Wednesday, after protesters rallied outside parliament in Palembang in South Sumatra, and in the capital Jakarta.

    The new law, passed in Parliament on Monday, was touted as necessary to attract foreign investments and create jobs to redress a pandemic-battered economy.

    Indonesia – South-east Asia’s largest economy – has been trying to even the keel with neighbouring countries in terms of how flexible their labour law is when it comes to hiring and firing.

    The new law allows companies to keep workers on contract infinitely, but provides for the first time government-sponsored job security insurance.

    Critics say this disincentivises formal hiring and weakens workers rights. The law has also been slammed for reducing environmental protections.

    Officers in riot gear have been battling protesters since Tuesday, predominantly in the most populous island of Java, where many industry centres are located.

    In Jakarta police spokesman Colonel Yusri Yunus said more than 200 protesters were detained on Wednesday for planning to commit anarchic acts.

    Local media reported students burning tyres and pelting police with stones.

    Meanwhile clashes in Bandung intensified, as police used water cannon and tear gas to push back protesters who tried to break into the local parliament compound.

    Footage from the Javanese city of Semarang showed angry protesters tearing down the fence of the local parliament complex, according to Reuters.

    In downtown Samarinda, the capital of East Kalimantan province, several hundreds of labourers took to the streets on Wednesday morning, carrying flags and banners that read “bring down the job creation law”.

    Industry minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita told employers to have “intense dialogues” with union leaders to remind them of the risk of Covid-19 spread among large crowds of protesters, which could in turn lead to new clusters.

    He also stressed that the industrial sector should run uninterrupted at optimal performance, especially as the country clambers to make an economic recovery following the hit from Covid-19.

    “Employers and employees must promote synergy and hard work is increasingly needed to maintain investors’ and buyers’ confidence,” Mr Agus said in a circular sent to companies.

    Coordinating maritime affairs and investment minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on TVOne on Tuesday night that the new labour law would benefit Indonesian labour force as a whole, as it would attract new foreign investments and provide jobs to the unemployed.

    The government said misinformation about details of the new law had fueled anger and needs to be clarified.

    The economic slump due to Covid-19 pandemic has, according to early estimates, wiped out more than 3.7 million jobs in Indonesia, bringing the estimated total of the unemployed to 10.6 million, or nearly 8 per cent of the 133 million workers in the country.

    “No government would want to disadvantage its own people. I appeal to all labour unions… Please use your heart. During this pandemic, (street protests) could cost lives… and jeopardise the operations of the companies that pay labourers’ wage,” Mr Luhut urged.”

  18. 3 Mali National Guardsmen Killed in Overnight Attack

    “Three national guardsmen were killed in an attack in central Mali on Tuesday night, a security official said, in the latest violence to hit the turbulent region.

    Unidentified gunmen ambushed the guardsmen at around 11 pm in the village of Birga-Peul near the town of Koro, by the border with Burkina Faso, the security official said on Wednesday, killing three.

    The militants also torched two vehicles and made off with another, added the official, who declined to be named.

    Mali has been struggling to quell a jihadist insurgency that emerged in 2012 and has since spread into neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

    Central Mali has become an epicenter of the conflict, which has claimed the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians.”

  19. 90 Dead as Syria Govt Forces Clash With IS: Monitor

    “Clashes in the Syrian Desert between pro-government forces and holdouts of the Islamic State group have killed at least 90 combatants this month, a war monitor said on Wednesday.

    Russian aircraft carried out strikes in support of their Syrian regime ally, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

    The clashes broke out in two separate areas of the vast desert that separates the Orontes valley in the west from the Euphrates valley in the east.

    The government side lost 41 dead, the jihadists 49, the Britain-based war monitor said.

    At least 10 government loyalists and 13 IS jihadists were killed over the past 24 hours alone, Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman said. “IS is trying to prove that it is still strong,” he added.

    Mobile IS units have remained active in the Syrian Desert, known in Arabic as the Badia, since the jihadists lost the last shred of its self-proclaimed caliphate in March last year.

    September clashes killed 13 pro-government fighters and 15 jihadists, while in early July 20 pro-government fighters and 31 jihadists were killed over two days.

    In August, IS claimed an attack, presumably mounted from the desert, that killed a Russian general near the Euphrates valley city of Deir Ezzor.”

  20. Islamic scholar Qaradawi receives Taliban delegation in Qatar

    “Renowned Islamic scholar and former President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMC), Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi, on Monday received the Taliban delegation which is currently visiting the Qatari capital Doha where intra-Afghan talks are taking place.

    Al-Qaradawi posted a photograph of the meeting on Twitter and said: “In my house, the participating delegation of Taliban in the ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations in [Qatar’s capital] Doha […] and talks about the diplomatic efforts to end decades of conflict.”

    Meanwhile, the International Union of Muslim Scholars said in a statement that its President, Ahmed Al-Raissouni, also met with the delegation and discussed the negotiations which are taking place under Qatari auspices.

    On 12 September, Doha witnessed the launching of the first direct negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban movement aimed at reaching an agreement that ends the war and establishes a new political stage.

    The negotiations came after the Taliban and Washington signed in February a historic agreement in Qatar which provided for the gradual withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan and an exchange of prisoners.”

  21. Iraq forms high commission to probe attacks on diplomatic missions

    “Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, yesterday formed a supreme committee headed by National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, and a number of other government officials to investigate the recent attacks on diplomatic missions across the capital Baghdad.

    “Based on the requirements of the public interest, the government has decided to constitute a committee headed by the National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji, the head of the Popular Mobilisation Authority Faleh Al-Fayyad, the head of the National Security Agency Abd Al-Ghani Al-Asadi, and the chief of staff Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah,” the Iraqi presidency said in a statement.

    The committee also includes the Personal Secretary to the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Muhammad Hamid Kazim, Deputy Commander of Joint Operations Abdul Amir Kamel Abdullah, and the Interior Ministry’s Undersecretary for Intelligence and Administrative Investigations Amer Saddam Al-Maliki…”

  22. Yemeni officials say clashes continue in Hodeida, 52 killed,-.aspx

    “Fierce clashes in Yemen’s strategic port city of Hodeida between government forces and Houthi rebels continued for the fifth straight day Wednesday, leaving 52 people dead, including civilians, Yemeni officials said.

    The fighting has raged in the district of Hays and town of Durayhimi, just south of the strategic Hodeida port, which handles about 70% of Yemen’s commercial and humanitarian imports, the officials said.

    The clashes marked the heaviest bout of violence in months between forces of President Abed-Rabu Mansour Hadi’s government and the Iranian-backed Houthis in the contested city, they said.

    Around 70 people, including over two dozen civilians, were also wounded, they said.

    The officials, who are from both sides, said the Houthi rebels have attempted to break a siege on Durayhimi, laid by government-allied force known as the Giants Bridges for over two years…”

  23. Netflix Indicted by Texas Grand Jury Over ‘Lewd’ Depictions of Young Girls

    Streaming giant Netflix was officially indicted by a Texas grand jury over its new documentary ‘Cuties’ which features extremely lewd and exploitive footage of underage children.

    The stunning development is just the latest in a massive wave of backlash the tech giant has received over its decision to air the documentary which many believe is little more than soft pornography for pedophiles.

  24. Turkey Rekindles the Armenian Genocide

    And the U.S. unwittingly aids its NATO ally’s jihad.

    As it has done in other arenas where “extremists” are attacking moderates or Christians—from Syria to Libya to Nigeria—Turkey is spearheading another jihad, this time against Christian Armenia.

    Context: Fighting recently erupted in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which borders Armenia and Azerbaijan. Although it is ethnically Armenian, after the dissolution of the USSR, the territory was allotted to Muslim Azerbaijan. Since then, hostilities and skirmishes have erupted, though the current one, if not quenched—an Azerbaijani drone was shot down above the Armenian capital and Azerbaijan is threatening to bomb Armenia’s unsecure nuclear power plant—can have serious consequences, including internationally.

    By doing what it does best—funding, sponsoring, and transporting terrorists to troubled regions—Turkey has exacerbated if not sparked tensions. Several reports and testimonials, including by an independent French journalist, have confirmed that Turkey is funneling jihadi groups that had been operating in Syria and Libya—including the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Hamza Division, which kept naked, sex slave women in prison—to this latest theater of conflict.

  25. Turkey: Armed forces neutralize 20 PKK/YPG terrorists

    “With the neutralization of 20 terrorists in the last 24 hours, the number of PKK/YPG terrorists neutralized in the last 10 days has climbed to 147, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

    Turkish authorities use the term “neutralize” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

    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 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is PKK’s Syrian offshoot.”

  26. Turkey criticizes EU’s 2020 enlargement report

    “The European Commission’s 2020 Enlargement Package prepared for all candidates and potential candidate countries was criticized by Turkey on Oct. 6 for reflecting a “biased approach” towards it.

    “The 2020 report on Turkey reflects the EU’s biased approach, which is far from being constructive and has double standards,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    “In this report too, the EU criticizes Turkey with baseless arguments while it does not mention its responsibilities and commitments that it has failed to fulfil. In particular, its biased, unfair and disproportionate criticism of Turkey’s foreign, security and economic policies as well as its governmental system, elections, fundamental rights, some judicial and administrative decisions and the legitimate measures taken against terrorism, shows how the EU is far from being objective,” the ministry said.

    Turkey is a candidate country that adopts the negotiation process despite being blocked “by the narrow-minded attitude displayed by some EU parties,” the statement said, stressing that the country is committed to the EU membership process.

    “It was expected of the commission to strongly stress this and not make discrimination in the candidate countries in its enlargement strategy and implementation as ‘Western Balkans’ and Turkey,” it said.

    Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean, Cyprus

    The statement also said the sections of the report on the eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Cyprus issues are entirely based on Greek-Greek Cypriot claims. “This situation tarnishes the commission’s impartiality. We reject this biased and unlawful point of view that contributes neither to the solution of the Cyprus problem nor to the stability of the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean.”

    “Furthermore, the Greek-Greek Cypriot duo’s taking hostage of EU-Turkey relations to that extent estranges the EU from a strategic mind and vision while harming the EU’s interests. With no claim on the right of anyone, Turkey will continue to protect its rights and the rights of Turkish Cypriots,” the statement added.

    Judicial progress

    The statement underlined that the report did not mark the threats Turkey faces by the terror groups such as PKK/PYD/YPG, as well as FETÖ and ISIL.

    “The language used in this section does not serve any other purpose than to please radicals in Europe who are against the EU and Turkey. Turkey acts in line with universal values, fundamental rights, security, democracy and the rule of law,” the statement said.

    “In addition, the fact that the EU, which claims to be a power based on common values, has not opened the 23rd Judiciary and Fundamental Rights and the 24th Justice, Freedom and Security chapters to the negotiations is a serious contrast. Turkey does not expect praise over irregular migration management policy based on humanitarian grounds but the sharing of the burden and the fulfillment of all commitments of Memorandum of March 18,” it added.

    Economic issues

    In the report, Turkey’s economy was highlighted to cope with competitive pressure and market power within the EU, while some policies were criticized in terms of a functioning market economy criterion.
    “Our country is highly integrated with the EU market in terms of both trade and investments and is directly affected by the economic problems in the EU and fluctuations in global markets,” the statement said.

    “But Turkey is taking the necessary measures, coping to get through this difficult situation with the minimum damage, which the EU member countries are deeply affected. On the other hand, it is noteworthy that the EU stated that there was a decline in the areas related to the Customs Union, while it did not start the negotiations for its update,” it added.

    Turkey determined to maintain harmonization with EU acquis

    The statement stressed that the report showed Turkey’s overall harmonization level is good in 21 chapters, while it marks progress at various levels in 17 chapters over the last year.

    “Level of harmonization mentioned in the report, despite the political obstacles Turkey faces during the accession process, is a clear expression of the will to maintain harmonization with the EU acquis,” the statement said.

    “Our sincere desire is that the EU approaches Turkey, a candidate country, in larger and common interests of our continent, not in terms of selfish and parochial interests of certain parties, as well as developing and advancing Turkey-EU relationship in all dimensions in a membership perspective,” it added.

    Political criteria of report

    In the political criteria part of Turkey report, the EU said despite the lifting of the state of emergency in July 2018, the adverse impacts of the two-year-long emergency ruling continued to significantly impact on democracy and fundamental rights.

    “Certain legal provisions granting extraordinary powers to the government authorities and retaining several restrictive elements of the emergency rule have been integrated into law. Key recommendations of the Council of Europe and its bodies are yet to be addressed,” said the report.

    “In the absence of an effective checks and balances mechanism, the democratic accountability of the executive branch remains limited to elections,” said the EU, noting that under these conditions, the serious backsliding of the respect for democratic standards, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms have continued.

    The report said political polarisation has continued to prevent constructive parliamentary dialogue and noted that parliamentary oversight of the executive has remained weak.

    Ankara slams ECHR over interim measures

    Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy on Oct. 7 criticized a decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to take interim measures against the country at the request of Armenia, which is locked in a conflict with Azerbaijan.

    “The ECHR’s move dealt a blow to its credibility and reputation as it lacked a judicial basis, and the court did not even consult with the Turkish government,” Aksoy said in a statement.

    “The ECHR’s decision was based on political, not judicial reasons,” he said, adding that the court was not aware of the realities on the ground.”

  27. The Elements of Revolution Are All in Place

    Including an election from which there could be no turning back.

    In a recent poll, 61 % of Americans said we’re on the verge of civil war. What’s coming is cataclysmic, but there are better ways to describe it. Instead of civil war, think revolution.

    Some believed the proletarian revolution was coming in the 1930s, during the Great Depression – others, during the rise of the New Left in the 1960s.

    But they were only sparks that never ignited.

  28. Libya: migrants shot and killed in Sabratha, eye witnesses

    “Two migrants were shot and killed by guards at a detention camp in Sabratha, Libya, hosting dozens of people in dire living conditions, eye witnesses have said. Trawaria, an 18-year-old migrant from the Ivory Coast, said she witnessed her 26-year-old being shot and killed on October 3.

    Another migrant at the facility, Rukaia, said men, women and children were all detained at the camp for nine days, without clean water. She said men were locked up in part of the camp and started to fight for water when the guards opened fire and fled.

    Rukaia and other migrants were reportedly taken to the center in Sabratha after the Joint Force of the interior ministry announced the detention of 350 African migrants who were about to leave for Europe through Ajilat and Jamil, 100 km west Tripoli.

    ”We asked for water, just water, their answer was ‘wait, wait’ with no action, everybody was very thirsty even me”, Rukaia said. ”That day I went to talk to the guards and I told them we needed to drink water, they promised to give us water but that wasn’t true, I had to drink dirty water as I was dying of thirst.” Rukaia went on to say that men were kept inside part of the facility in very hot weather: ”the temperature was boiling, they were very thirsty and they can’t get outside not even to use toilets so they were doing everything inside. The guards passed over a tube through a little window to let the men drink water from”. She said men inside started to fight over the water: ”women were worried for their husbands inside so they started shouting to open the gate”. When a guard heard the noise ”he faced the gate and started shooting”, she said. ”He knew that there were people behind the door, he aimed at that door with his Kalashnikov and fired three times”. She said three people were shot ”including Trawaria’s husband” and two died.”

  29. Jews in Malmö are fearful of migrants and fleeing the city, says Swedish writer at the UN

    “Jewish institutions and Jews are being attacked and harassed in Sweden, according to Swedish writer Paulina Neuding.

    At the end of September, she spoke at a conference of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where she described the current coexistence issues facing the Jewish community in the Swedish city of Malmö after migrants who came to the Scandinavian country en masse in 2015, according to Czech news outlet Echo24.

    Neuding believes the Swedish government is blind to the issue.

    “I live in Mälmo. It was once a safe haven for Jews, but today only 200 remain and are being harassed,” said Paulina Neuding at the UN.

    According to the writer, Jews in Malmö face recurrent attacks. The city, which is over a third Muslim, is known for its anti-Semitism, with most of them concentrated in the area of Rosengaard, which features 70 percent unemployment rates. In 2015, 137 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in the city, including an attack on a rabbi, leading the Jewish population to shrink by 50 percent from its 2005 levels.

    In a test of the city’s anti-Semitism, an hour-long documentary on Swedish television showcased a Swedish journalist putting on a kippa and sitting outside a café in Rosengaard. He was referred to as a “Jewish Satan” and people threw eggs at him from their apartments, which was all captured on camera.

    In 2020, chants in Arabic about killing Jews were chanted at a protest in Malmö.

    “Anti-Semitism is rampant among left-wing and right-wing extremists. In Malmö, anti-Semitism currently occurs mainly in migrant communities. That is something the Swedish government does not know how to deal with. Let’s call things by their real names: Tolerance of the intolerable. Jewish institutions are under attack. Children in Jewish kindergartens have to play behind bulletproof windows,” Neuding pointed out.

    One of the most notable attacks on Jews in recent years involved a firebombing of a synagogue in Gothenburg. Of the three individuals convicted of the attack, one was a Palestinian migrant whose asylum application was subsequently rejected, while the other two, a Palestinian and a Syrian, both had Swedish residency permits.

    According to Neuding, Jews are afraid of harassment, but the problem does not concern only Jews.

    “Five years ago, a couple of journalists tried to cover a neighborhood where many migrants live. But the inhabitants drove them out. The Swedish government promised improvement of the situation, but nothing has changed,” said Neuding.

    Sweden played a significant role during the migration crisis more than five years ago. At that time, millions of migrants from the Middle East fled en masse to Europe. Sweden was the most popular destination after Germany. Now, after five years, some neighborhoods in Swedish cities are practically uninhabitable for Swedes.

    Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who once said “Europe does not build walls” in protest against anti-migration sentiment, admitted last week that migration poses a threat to the country.

    “If migration levels are so strong that integration is no longer successful, we risk further problems,” said Löfven on the topic of accepting refugees.

    In a radical departure from Sweden’s previous refugee stance, the country has decided to not accept any migrants from Greece’s destroyed Moria Camp, Sweden has been beset with a rise in criminal clan gangs, increased migrant gang shootings and stabbings, and a dramatic rise in sexual assaults that have fueled criticism of the country’s open migration policy. “

  30. Italy: Populist League MEP threatened with murder and rape for opposing mosque construction

    “A female Italian MEP from Senator Matteo Salvini’s populist League party has been hit with a torrent of rape and death threats, many which are said to have come from foreigners, after objecting to the construction of a mosque.

    The deluge of vitriolic abuse directed at Silvia Sardone, aged 37, came after she argued publicly against a plan put forward by the municipality of Milan to build a temporary mosque in the Via Novara area of the city.

    According to a report from the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, a number of messages – most of which came from the social media profiles of foreigners – were sent to Sardone. One sender threatened to set the female populist MEP on fire, while another person attempting to intimidate the Sardone is said to have written: “We foreigners will come into your house and rape you.”

    Responding to the nasty threats made against her, Sardone said that they “highlight, once more, that there is a latent hatred towards those who dare to ask for rules, controls, and security on the issue of mosques.”

    But Sardone isn’t planning to submit to the intimidation tactics utilized by those threatening her.

    “These threats of rape or death will not stop me from denouncing the Democratic Party’s submission to certain Islamic communities and the risks of the city,” she said.

    “I have already given a mandate to my lawyer to denounce this scum. I will continue to stand by the citizens who are demanding the closure of illegal mosques, after having listened to the promises of Mayor Sala for years and then being disappointed,” Sardone added.

    Threats of violence and acts of violence committed against members of Matteo Salvini’s populist League party are nothing new.

    Last month, Salvini was campaigning for his party in Tuscany ahead of regional elections when a 29-year-old female Congolese migrant assaulted the former interior minister, grabbing hold of him, tearing his shirt, and ripping two rosaries from his neck, as previously reported by Remix News.

    Before police could remove the violent migrant, she shouted in Italian, “I curse you.”

    But it’s not only immigrants who’ve attacked and threatened the lives of Salvini and his fellow League party members. Days ago, members of the extreme-left Autonomous University Collective (CUA) put up posters of Matteo Salvini at a university event in Bologna which called for his assassination, Il Giornale reported.

    The posters, which show a picture of Salvini with around his head, bear the words: “Assassin. Take aim at this.””

  31. Left-wing Italian government relaxes Salvini’s tough migration rules even as immigration surges

    “The Italian government has approved the relaxation of migration rules implemented by former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, which he originally introduced to reduce illegal immigration to Italy and remove incentives for human smugglers.

    The new measures, which will also extend the conditions for granting protection to refugees, were approved by the government late Monday evening, according to Czech news portal Echo24. They will come into force after approval by parliament.

    During Salvini’s tenure, he implemented laws that allowed authorities to impose a fine of up to €1 million for unauthorized entry of humanitarian ships with migrants into Italian territorial waters, but now they will only face fines between €10,000 and €50,000.

    The League leader slammed the new rules, saying, “They spend their time destroying rather than building. From what I have read, I would call the new laws ‘clandestine decrees’. We return exactly to where we were on illegal immigration and the law permits [migrant] landings by the thousands.”

    Salvini also posted on social media that the abolishment of his decrees means “the reopening of ports to smugglers and illegal migrants“….”

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