Reader’s Links for October 29, 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.

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      • Protest, demand, and jihad = the Religion of peace. Will French people do DEMAND something be done about the three latest murders, one being an older lady beheaded in the cathedral?

      • Protest, demand, and jihad = the Religion of peace. Will French people do DEMAND something be done about the three latest murders, one being an older lady beheaded in the cathedral?

      • From the tazpit article and to create text because the comment filter here seems to reject copy and paste comments. “Thousands of participants were recruited for ithbat vujud, called to take part in funerals from various factions with the aim of showing strength, showing presence, scaring the enemy – we are many. “

    • Iraq: Protesters call for ban on French products following Macron’s comments on Islam in Baghdad

      Thousands of protesters rallied against French President Emmanuel Macron following his comments on Islam in Baghdad on Wednesday as well as marking the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.

      Sheikh of the Abu Hanifa mosque Mustafa Al-Bayati said, “These millions came to celebrate the anniversary of the Prophet’s birth, denounce the abuse that came from Macron, the president of France, and to demand a boycott of French goods.”

    • Arabs and Muslims as scapegoats

      James Zogby , Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

      During the past century, we have witnessed a long and tragic history of US domestic policies that have targeted persons of Arab descent. We’ve been subject to discriminatory treatment by law enforcement, immigration authorities, and by both Democratic and Republican administrations. In addition to these hurtful policies, it is important to note the role played by the scapegoating of Arabs in American politics.

      In the “The Politics of Exclusion,” published in 1990 by the Arab American Institute, we have documented painful experiences of Arab American candidates who were targeted by their opponents for their Arab ancestry or the instances in which candidates for local and federal posts baited their opponents for accepting contributions from Arab Americans or for having an individual of Arab descent on staff. As a result, some candidates became afraid of accepting the support of Arab Americans.

      Examples abound. In 1983, a Democrat running for mayor in Philadelphia was challenged by his Republican opponent for accepting contributions from Arab Americans. He responded by returning the donations. In 1984, Walter Mondale running for president returned money to Arab American donors and in 1988, Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign rejected an Arab American endorsement. In the years that followed, a Republican Congressman running for Senate asked Arab American leaders not to contribute to his campaign as did a Democrat running for mayor in New York City.

      All of these acts of discrimination were motivated by fear of alienating Jewish voters and were prompted by a campaign launched by a number of major American Jewish organisations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and AIPAC, who published “blacklists” warning of the emergence of Arab American leaders and groups who were deemed “anti-Israel” and were therefore to be shunned.

      During the next two decades, especially following the signing of the Oslo Accords, this exclusion somewhat subsided, only to make a disturbing comeback during the 2008 presidential campaign. It resurfaced as an exclusively Republican-led effort and morphed into a largely anti-Muslim phenomenon.

      Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stoked anti-Arab and anti-Muslim fires in framing her opposition to the Democratic nominee Barack Obama. This effort of focusing on Obama’s “otherness” resulted in the encounter Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee, had at a town hall meeting. When accosted by a questioner who insisted that Obama was an Arab, McCain famously responded: “No, he’s not, he’s a decent family man.” While heralded by some in the media as a sign of McCain’s nobility, Arab Americans, many of whom were “decent family men”, were less than impressed.

      In 2010, we witnessed distinct Muslim-baiting used in a national campaign for the first time. It was utilised by former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who latched onto a local New York City controversy involving plans to build an Islamic community centre a short distance from Ground Zero.

      Using the language of anti-Muslim bigots, Gingrich said that Muslims were intending to construct a “Victory Mosque” to mark their conquering America. In that year’s Congressional elections, 17 Republican candidates ran ominous TV ads accusing their Democratic opponents of being “soft” in their opposition to the “Victory Mosque”.

      While only two of the 17 won their races, the die was cast. Fuelled by the nativism and xenophobia Republicans had utilised to build the anti-Obama Tea Party and Birther Movement, they embraced anti-Muslim bigotry as a major theme in their political repertoire. By 2012, during a Republican primary presidential debate, the majority of contenders pledged that they would either refuse to appoint an American Muslim to a post in their administration or, at the very least, would insist they first take a pledge of allegiance to the US before considering them.

      While this view was not shared by the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, Muslim-baiting continued to grow within the Republican Party, setting the stage for Donald Trump in 2016. During that year’s campaign, Muslims were one of candidate Trump’s favoured targets, along with Mexicans, refugees and immigrants in general. In addition to building a wall to keep out Mexicans, he pledged to stop more Muslims from coming into the country and to keep a close eye on those who were here.

      It was, therefore, no surprise that shortly after his inauguration, President Trump issued an executive order suspending and placing restrictions on immigrants or refugees coming from seven mostly Arab and Muslim-majority countries. It was punitive and not justified. Those excluded were mostly students, visiting family members, or businesspeople. Visas were cancelled for between 60,000 to 100,000 innocents who were detained, interrogated and many sent back to their countries of origin.

      In reaction to negative court decisions that he was unfairly singling out Muslims, Trump issued new executive orders increasing the countries covered in his ban. Nevertheless, the list remained largely focused on and adversely affected Arab and Muslim-majority countries.

      In an equally cruel act, Trump reduced the annual number of refugees admitted into the US from Obama era highs of over 110,000 to less than 20,000. And while his administration has made much of its concern for Christians, this severe contraction of refugee slots coupled with the ban on immigration from targeted countries has severely impacted Arabs without regard for their faith.

      The point to note in all of this is that the rhetoric espoused and the policies pursued by the Trump administration, in fact, have their foundation in a decades long effort by the Republican Party to target Arabs and Muslims, and by the failure of Democrats to vigorously confront and defeat these policies. And a by-product of this insidious history has been the role that this bigotry has played in promoting hate crimes against our communities.

      The well has been poisoned and it will not be easy to undo the damage done. The challenge, however, is clear. We must put our immigration policy back on a sound non-discriminatory basis.We must dramatically increase our admission of refugees and asylees to meet the growing world demand. We must close the loopholes that make Arabs and Muslims fair game for Customs and Border Patrol officials. And we must fight xenophobia, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies, and base our relationships with these communities on their being fellow Americans and NOT ON SECURITY CONCERNS .

      *The writer is president of the Arab American Institute.

    • ‘We will slap anyone who insults our prophet’ | Iranian Muslims burn French flags

      Iranian protesters gather outside French embassy in Tehran holding banners mocking Macron and Charlie Hebdo before burning French flags

    • Israel: Anti-Macron protesters rally outside French embassy in Tel Aviv

      Protesters rallied against French President Emmanuel Macron outside Tel Aviv’s French embassy on Thursday, as the backlash against Macron’s recent comments on Islam continued.

      The protesters who attended the event, which took place as the Islamic world marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, were primarily Muslims, with some reportedly belonging to the group known as the Islamic Movement in Israel.

      Masud Ghnaim, an Israeli Arab politician warned that the French president was “playing with fire,” while another protester said that Macron could “criticise the Muslims” but that attacking Islam “as religion, as a faith” was crossing a red line.

      Earlier this month, Macron said that Islam is “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today,” as he announced a bill to “strengthen” a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in France.

      Tensions in France have risen in recent weeks following the killing of French teacher Samuel Paty on October 16, after he showed cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech, while on Thursday three people were killed in a knife attack at a church in Nice, which Macron condemned as an “Islamic terrorist attack.”

  1. global news – US election misinformation: What is QAnon and how much of a threat is it to democracy?

    QAnon followers have been flooding social media with false information about the 2020 U.S. presidential election,

    … spreading misinformation about Covid 19

    At its core, the far-right conspiracy theory claims it is only U.S. President Donald Trump who can get “deep state” leaders arrested in what they call “The great awakening.”

    But with QAnon going mainstream, how detrimental is the far-right conspiracy theory and how much of a threat is it to democracy?

    • Who appointed big tech to be the arbiters of what is and isn’t truth? People didn’t object when they took down the Qanon accounts and not they are taking down everyone that talks against Biden.

    This is a video about CANZUK. I had not heard of it before. It is a free trade agreement between Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zeeland.
    It also allows for the free movement of people from one country to another. Someone in the comments pointed out that it could be a pipeline for “migrants” to get into the UK and then move to any other country in the agreement. I guess that’s the potential downside. The upside is a strong economic and cultural/political union within anglosphere countries. It’s interesting that the US is not involved.

    • Political-cultural similarity with NZ is no longer even superficial. The red-green PM was just re-elected in a landslide. Shocking endorsement of the filthy Turk, they fawn over every MB screed.

      Virulent hatred of Israel is just about universal – has been for a couple decades. Now it’s indistinguishable from jooo-hate.

  3. Red Pill Germany

    Hey guys, today I want to cover the strange allegations of Friedrich Merz from the CDU against his own party.
    Is there really a conspiracy against him in order to keep him from becoming the new chairman and maybe the next chancellor?
    Is he really the German Trump?
    Or is he more like Bernie Sanders?

    Friedrich Merz Complains about Conspiracy of the CDU Elite against his Candidacy!

  4. Heathrow installs biometric gates to improve customer experience while maintaining security standards

    James Moore
    With around 80 million passengers flowing through it each year, Heathrow Airport’s new dormakaba biometric self-boarding gates are reportedly supporting the management of passenger flow, while keeping security standards high.

    With numerous access and entrance control points across its five terminals for customers to contend with, Simon Wilcox, Heathrow Passenger Automation Programme Lead, recognised the need to handle passenger flow in the most efficient way possible – without compromising on security.

    The automation programme specified required implementing biometric gates that would bring facial recognition to each access point of a departing passenger’s journey. The new technology would use facial recognition at check-in, bag drops, security lanes and boarding gates to create a “seamless experience for passengers” walking through the airport. And, with a pandemic highlighting the need for improved health and safety requirements, less physical contact and face to face engagement between staff and passengers would be required

  5. Man Arrested in Jeddah After Stabbing a Guard at French Consulate (sputniknews, Oct 29, 2020)

    “Earlier on Thursday, three people were killed and several others injured in a knife attack in Nice, France.

    A man was arrested in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after stabbing a guard at the French consulate, state media have reported.

    According to Sky News Arabia, the guard was injured with a sharp object. He was hospitalised and his life is not in danger, the French Embassy said.

    The suspected attacker is a Saudi citizen, he was detained by police, the embassy added.

    “The assailant was apprehended by Saudi security forces immediately after the attack. The guard was taken to hospital and his life is not in danger,” a statement by the embassy reads.

    The French consulate in Jeddah has issued a statement condemning the attack…”

  6. Pakistan-Funded NGOs Under Scanner: India’s Anti-Terror Agency Raids Nine Locations in Kashmir (sputniknews, Oct 29, 2020)

    “India’s federal agency NIA gave Jammu and Kashmir a wake-up call on Wednesday with a string of raids as it clamps down on the funding of terrorism. Political parties in Kashmir have been accusing the government of targeting the bodies acting to protect democracy.

    India’s anti-terrorism unit, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Thursday continued raids in Kashmir and national capital Delhi in connection with a case related to non-governmental organisations and trusts which raise funds in India and abroad supposedly for charitable activities. However, the agency suspects these groups are diverting the money to “secessionist and separatist activities” in Jammu and Kashmir.

    According to a statement by the NIA, those whose premises were searched include Falah-e-Aam trust, Charity Alliance in Delhi, Human Welfare foundation, J&K Yateem Foundation, Salvation Movement and JK Voices of Victims.

    “We have seized several incriminating documents and electronic devices from the raided premises,” a senior NIA official said.

    The NIA has claimed that there is evidence that a certain set of individuals are receiving money from Pakistan and recruiting individuals for terror-related activities in the valley.

    The raids are connected with the case registered on 8 October after the NIA received credible information that certain NGOs and trusts are raising funds at home and abroad through so-called donations and business contributions and using them to fund terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.”

  7. Avignon horror: Gunman shot dead by police in street hours after Nice terror attack (express, Oct 29, 2020)

    “POLICE in France have killed a man amid reports he was threatening the public with a weapon, only hours after a similar attack was reported in Nice.

    The man was shot dead in Montfavet, near the city of Avignon in the south of France. He was allegedly shot around 11.15am but it is not being treated as a terrorist incident. After threatening the public with a weapon, police opened fire and killed the assailant according to Europe 1.

    An investigation has now been launched into the incident this morning.

    It has not been confirmed whether the man injured any members of the public before being shot.

    Emmanuel Macron has not yet released a statement on the attack…”

  8. From open door to eviction: Five years ago, Angela Merkel threw open Germany’s borders to more than a million migrants. Today, writes SUE REID, they’re being deported in their thousands – or fleeing overt racism, many for Britain (dailymail, Oct 29, 2020)

    “As the world watched in awe five years ago, new faces were welcomed into Germany with balloons and banners proclaiming ‘We love refugees’.

    More than a million strangers headed there from faraway lands at the height of Europe’s biggest migration crisis since World War II hoping for a new life in the West.

    In a rallying cry to her nation, the German chancellor Angela Merkel declared in the autumn of 2015: ‘We can do this. We are strong and can manage it.’

    Even as Mrs Merkel’s historic speech was broadcast on German TV, reports flashed up on the screen that trainloads of men, women and children were clamouring to be let in at her borders. And they were.

    In astonishing scenes a few days later, thousands of bedraggled, tired migrants turned up at railway stations in German cities to be met by local children blowing soap bubbles and handing over teddy bears as the country threw off its dark, xenophobic past to become the humanitarian face of Europe.

    But today the celebrations for migrants are over in this powerhouse of the European Union.

    Many of the foreigners who entered Germany in those heady days are being forcibly sent home to Africa, south Asia, the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans on secret flights, marshalled by security officers, after being frogmarched to airports from their beds by armed police.

    As a result of this policy, some have disappeared into hiding and live on the streets in a bid to evade deportation orders handed out with alacrity by German courts.

    Others live in fear in migrant camps dotted throughout Germany. They know that any day a police posse could arrive, handcuff them, and drive them straight to a waiting plane destined for their home country.

    The Mail has discovered that hundreds who were afraid of being deported from Germany have fled to Calais where traffickers put them on boats or on lorries on ferries across the Channel.

    Yesterday, relatives of the tragic family of five from Iran, who drowned in a small inflatable off Dunkirk as they were trying to reach the UK on Tuesday morning, said they had initially hoped to claim asylum in Germany, but had changed their minds and headed for the coast of France.

    At Britain’s first migrant camp in a former Army barracks on the Kent coast, we met 14 young men from Africa and the Middle East who have run from Germany this summer. They claim it is a racist nation and Mrs Merkel’s pledge to refugees was a false promise.

    One of them, 33-year-old Issak Michael from Eritrea who slipped into Dover on a ferry a few months ago, told us: ‘I could not walk into the centre of Hamburg, where I lived, without someone putting their middle finger in my face and saying ‘F*** you’ because of the colour of my skin’.

    His Eritrean friend Shden Beyene, 29, also hid on a ferry to Britain after being threatened with deportation from Germany.

    He told us: ‘Germany refused me residency papers. There was no work, no education, no money to survive. The people made me small because I was a refugee.’

    Whatever the truth of these lurid allegations, our investigation raises disturbing questions about Ger-many’s treatment of the foreigners it greeted with a fanfare five years ago.

    We discovered that Germany-based migrants were fleeing to the UK after meeting an Iraqi on a Kent beach who had just got off a boat from France. He spoke no European language apart from the German he had picked up over five years as a ‘refugee’ in Berlin.

    But in order to understand why this phenomenon has come about we must first go back to those euphoric days in 2015 when the frontiers of Europe cracked on the say-so of Mrs Merkel who, rightly, wanted to help those fleeing war-racked Syria.

    The problem was that Syrians were not alone in asking for sanctuary. Many migrants — including jihadists and economic opportunists — pretended to be Syrian refugees. They came in under the radar as the number queuing to get to Germany grew each day.

    I was in Berlin that year and met the first Syrians who had made the journey on trains from the border.

    They said only a third of the arrivals in Germany’s capital were from their country.

    One, 25-year-old Mohammed Al-Abaan, banged his hand loudly on the table as we had a coffee together.

    Three teenage girls were walking past in Islamic robes. ‘Look at them’, he shouted. ‘They pretend to be Syrian refugees like us. But their skin is blacker. They are Arab-speaking Muslims from Africa’s Sudan’.

    The civil engineering graduate from a middle-class family fled Syria to escape military service in President Bashar Al-Assad’s army as it waged a civil war against Islamic State terrorists.

    I thought he had got his figures wrong, but he drew a bar chart in my notebook showing that two-thirds of those he had travelled with into Germany were not his countrymen.

    He explained, as a group of his friends at the table — including a 17-year-old boy called Saleh — nodded in agreement: ‘I can even spot light-skinned Arab men from Morocco or Tunisia who are pretending they are Syrian by how they cut their beards. It is not like us.

    ‘I love Germany and Germany loves us refugees, but this is not right,’ he added as he prepared to spend his first night in Berlin’s multicultural district of Neukolln.

    I kept in touch with Saleh, who now hates Germany. He was sent to live in a homeless hostel, has had a nervous breakdown, self-harmed by cutting his arm, and has taken an overdose of sleeping pills.

    He told me recently: ‘I am depressed. I was taken to hospital and the doctors asked me why I wanted to die? I said I could no longer live in a strange country where they lower their eyes when they see an Arab migrant like me on the bus.’

    This week in Germany, we found that the largesse of 2015 has come back to haunt the country.

    At a camp in Leipzig near the Polish border, a 35-year-old Iranian migrant who has learned German off his own bat by watching the national TV, described the harsh reality.

    He now has a low-level job, arranged through friends, in a giant car factory and said: ‘The Germans have let refugees down. They treat us like cattle. They talk to us like two-year-olds, as though we can never be as intelligent as them because we are not German.

    ‘They are deporting people daily. Eighty per cent of the 2,000 people in Leipzig’s main migrant camp are African. I now have a flat, but I lived in the camp when I came to Germany.

    ‘The Africans there are afraid. They are paid less than a euro a day by the German government to clean the place. That is modern slavery.’

    He added: ‘I watched the police come early one morning. They took an African away to the deportation plane in a police car. They had drugged him to keep him quiet. He was carried off like a corpse and never seen again. I witnessed this with my own eyes.’

    The Iranian’s name is known to the Mail but he wishes to go under the pseudonym Majed for his own safety because he faces persecution in authoritarian Iran if he is returned there.

    After he had been found talking to a girl alone in a car in the capital Tehran, he was taken for questioning by the religious police and afterwards quickly fled the country for Europe.

    He added: ‘The Germans run an asylum system designed to break people because it nearly always ends in deportation, unless you are Syrian who are a protected nationality. Even though I have a job, I could be ordered to leave at any time.’

    Revealingly, Majed explained: ‘I know of plenty who go to Britain. It is so easy now to get from Germany to the French coast and take the boat or lorry across the Channel. Buying a ride from a trafficker is as simple as getting a train ticket.’

    In Leipzig, Majed introduced us to William Osaruyi, a 29-year-old Nigerian who fled Islamic terrorism and is in hiding from the German police.

    He entered Europe just after Mrs Merkel’s welcome speech five years ago and has been is now listed for deportation.

    The German authorities want to send him back to Italy, where he first entered Europe in a traffickers’ boat carrying 150 migrants from Libya to the Italian island of Sardinia. On the boat a woman gave birth to a baby boy and William held the child after it was born. ‘I think I saved a life,’ he says thoughtfully.

    He adds, forlornly, as we sit in a back-alley restaurant in Leipzig, ‘I was sent from Sardinia to the Italian mainland and lived on the streets. There an Italian man I met bought me a train ticket to Dusseldorf in Germany. He said: ‘Try it’. I thought it would be better.

    ‘I went straight to the German police to claim asylum and they put me in the Leipzig camp and left me there.’

    Then his options were shut down. ‘I was handed my deportation papers. I have been given nothing by Germany. All I do is hide. I left the camp so they couldn’t send me back and I sleep on a friend’s floor.’

    Some 200,000 failed asylum seekers, illegal entrants, and foreigners convicted of crimes in their own countries or Germany are estimated to be listed for deportation flights. Many entered in 2015 when Mrs Merkel sent out her welcome message to refugees.

    After a litany of terror attacks, sex assaults, and even murders by some who slipped in, the deportations are, unsurprisingly, popular with many Germans. The authorities operate with ruthless efficiency.

    The migrants on board deportation planes are outnumbered by hand-picked security officers, many drawn from the police, wearing protective gear to stop attacks.

    On a recent flight out of Leipzig carrying 45 Afghans back to their capital, Kabul, 70 officers were on guard throughout. Some of the Afghans were forced to wear ‘body cuffs’ restricting their upper body movement to lessen the threat of violence.

    A German police union chief, Jorg Radek, said recently that many of the deportees — who now number tens of thousands each year — are in an ‘exceptional state emotionally’.

    He added, giving a rare glimpse of the secretive process: ‘The returnees resist with any means: scratching, biting, spitting and kicking. Some police officers have been badly injured on the journeys.’

    Ali Tahmasbi, 43, who lives in a migrant camp of pre-fabricated houses on the outskirts of the picture postcard town of Xanten in western Germany, is one of many fearing deportation.

    A former civil engineer at Iran’s premier nuclear power station, he stands accused by the Islamic regime of spying for the Israelis, of supporting opposition parties, and disrespecting the government. He has been sentenced in his absence to 130 lashes and 15 years imprisonment.

    It is a terrifying prospect, especially as he has a 16-year-old son, Aria, who travelled to Germany with him.

    Ali says he is innocent of trumped up charges against him. He invites us into his home in the camp, shared by two other migrants — one Iranian and the other Turkish — where he and Aria sleep on a bunk bed in one of the two bedrooms.

    He makes us an Iranian breakfast of eggs, flat bread and cream cheese as he chats.

    ‘I thought Germany would be peaceful, a good place for Aria to grow up,’ he says simply. ‘I was wrong. It is full of fake refugees who make the German authorities more hostile to those of us fleeing persecution. I cannot sleep as a thousand times a night, I wish I had never come here.’

    To add to his troubles, this well-mannered man, who stands as I enter the room, had a kidney tumour removed at a German hospital three months ago.

    Yet he travels to an Iranian restaurant two hours away on public transport six days a week to cook meals so he can raise money to flee Germany and pay a trafficker to cross the Channel to the UK.

    He does not seem to realise that he may be sent right back to Germany by the Home Office. In the past two months, deportation flights have returned 39 migrants who arrived from Mrs Merkel’s country, via France, on small boats across the Channel.

    For Ali, life in Germany is a far cry from Iran where he reluctantly left behind his wife, whom he won’t name because of the risk of reprisals.

    His good job at the nuclear power station meant he had a middle-class lifestyle with a large family house, several fast cars and five horses which son Aria was learning to ride. This ‘has all gone now,’ he says.

    He is in an impossible Catch-22 situation. He shows me a sheaf of his German immigration papers.

    One says sternly: ‘You and your son are obliged to leave the country and this is enforceable.’ Another instructs him to go to the Iranian embassy in Frankfurt to get a passport so he can be deported back to Iran with Aria.

    ‘If I go to the embassy, I will be arrested. The Iranians will handcuff me, probably beat me up, and send me home.

    ‘The Germans say that if I don’t go to the embassy, I will lose this little house as a punishment.’

    At his camp live Somalians, Bangladeshis, Ethiopians, Egyptians, Turks, Pakistanis, Russians and Iranians like himself.

    ‘Only a few are Syrians who Mrs Merkel offered to help,’ says Ali.

    Next door, the Bangladeshi family are about to be deported. The Pakistanis down the row of prefabs are on the list too. Since Ali arrived he has seen Chechens and Ukrainians also forcibly taken from the camp to the airport.

    He has been refused asylum twice and his permission to work has been removed as a result.

    ‘I work at the restaurant illegally to save money to get to France and reach England on the traffickers’ boats or lorries. I have two friends, a couple, who were refused asylum here and reached England a few weeks ago. I know others too.’

    One day soon, he will have saved enough to set off. And, not wanting to sound uncharitable to Mrs Merkel, it is very likely the Germans will turn a blind eye when he disappears with his handsome young son.

    Overwhelmed by the migrants whom they welcomed with such gusto, Germany may be relieved to see two Iranians leave for Britain, just like many others before them.”

  9. (Richard: JE Dyer on the missing Tucker Carlson documents, she has a different take on the theft then the others I have read.)

    Tucker Carlson: Docs on Bidens, overnighted from N.Y., stolen from carrier en route L.A.
    By J.E. Dyer October 28, 2020

    The only thing we know about this right now is what Tucker Carlson announced in his Fox News broadcast about an hour ago.

    Carlson says that on Monday, Fox News received “a collection of confidential documents related to the Biden family,” which his Fox team believes is authentic. He didn’t name the source. Carlson was in Los Angeles preparing to interview Tony Bobulinski, the Hunter Biden associate who has sprung the “October surprise” with startling revelations about the Biden family’s dealings with China, and what he alleges to be Joe Biden’s involvement.

    Carlson asked a producer in New York to send the documents to him in L.A. The producer did, consigning them to a well-known delivery carrier (Carlson didn’t give the name). But the documents never made it to L.A. A carrier employee, handling the package, discovered during the shipment that the package had been opened and its contents removed. The employee reported it, and the company immediately started an investigation.

    The documents that were in the package were nowhere to be found.

    (Richard: Her idea that it is China could be right and her idea that it was done by someone who desperately wants to know what was in the documents. It could be China, it could be the Dark Money people and it could be a rouge FBI operation, all of those are possibilities that we can’t dismiss until we get more info.

    Everyone including JE is assuming that the missing documents are the originals, and they may be but what if the people at FOX made copies to send to Tucker and kept the originals in a well protected location? I can see the originals being sent and I can see copies being made and the originals being protected.)

  10. Afghan officials: 8 inmates dead after prison riot in Herat (abcnews, Oct 29, 2020)

    “Rioting at a prison in western Afghanistan has left at least eight inmates dead, provincial officials said Thursday.

    The violence erupted on Wednesday night at the prison in the city of Herat, the capital of western Herat province, according to Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, a spokesman for the provincial health department.

    He said 12 others — eight inmates and four prison guards — were wounded in the outbreak at the facility, which holds around 2,000 prisoners. It wasn’t immediately known if there are any Taliban at the penitentiary.

    The rioting erupted after prison guards began clearing some partitions created by prisoners in the so-called Block 5 of the prison, said Jelani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor. The police tried to collect “unnecessary items in the possession of the prisoners, which the prisoners resisted,” he said.

    One of the eight fatalities had gunshot wounds, Shirzai said, adding that the incident is under investigation.

    According to a provincial official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, the prisoners torched one prison block. Farhad and Shirzai could not confirm that.

    Rundown Afghan prisons have occasionally seen rioting, with inmates seeking better conditions in the notoriously overcrowded facilities, many built with poor construction.

    The country’s largest prison, Pul-e-Charkhi on Kabul’s outskirts, was built in the 1970s to house 5,000 prisoners but now holds 10,500. A riot there in May 2019 killed four inmates and injured dozens, including police officers.”

  11. US official says UN has ‘lack of curiosity’ on Xinjiang (abcnews, Oct 29, 2020)

    “The United Nations is not doing enough to investigate reported abuses in China’s Xinjiang region against members of Muslim minority groups, the U.S. envoy for women’s issues said Thursday.

    Citing reports of forced birth control, home visits and sexual violence in detention centers, Ambassador-at-Large on Women’s Issues Kelley Currie said such practices show a “pervasive pattern of targeting women.”

    “It’s really remarkable to me as someone who used to work at the U.N. the complete lack of curiosity or concern we see from the U.N. on what are really grave allegations and very widespread and quite disturbing human rights abuses,” said Currie, who also serves as the U.S. representative at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

    The U.N. is “failing to speak out about the situation in Xinjiang, failing to demand access in a meaningful way and to investigate these very serious and credible allegations,” Currie told reporters on a media call.

    The Associated Press has previously reported that China has been carrying out a draconian campaign to cut birth rates among its Uighur Muslim population by forced sterilization and compulsory family planning practices…”

  12. French Teen Arrested for Praising Beheading of French Teacher (breitbart, Oct 29, 2020)

    “French police have arrested a 16-year-old in the commune of Lure after he posted messages on social media that praised the actions of the Chechen Islamic terrorist who beheaded teacher Samuel Paty.

    The Vesoul prosecutor’s office announced that the high school pupil had been taken into custody on Sunday after he wrote his support for the terror attack on the 20th of October, just days after the killing of Mr Paty.

    According to a report from newspaper Le Figaro, the teen wrote: “Any disbeliever wishing to smear Islam deserves to suffer the same fate as Mr Paty. Allahu Akbar.”…”

  13. Pakistan Govt Demanded Twitter Take Down Images of Tribute to Beheaded Teacher (breitbart, Oct 29, 2020)

    “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan demanded Twitter take down images of Mohammed projected onto French government buildings in tribute to beheaded schoolteacher Samuel Paty, claims journalist Andy Ngo.

    Ngo had shared a video of the tribute, which was projected in Montpellier and Toulouse, featuring covers from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, some of which included caricatures of the Islamic prophet.

    Paty was publicly beheaded by a Chechen refugee following a class on freedom of expression in which he showed images from the magazine, which was itself targeted by radical Islamic terrorists in 2015.

    “A representative of the Pakistani government made a request to Twitter to remove a video I retweeted recently of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons being projected in a French city,” Ngo reported on social media.

    “Blasphemy against Islam is illegal in Pakistan, punishable by death,” he added.

    Ngo also shared a screenshot of what he said was a screenshot from Twitter Legal, appearing to confirm that “In the interest of transparency, we are writing to inform you that Twitter has received a request from Pakistan regarding your Twitter account… that claims to the following content violates the law(s) of Pakistan.”

    This was followed by a link to the offending tweet, featuring an image of one of the projected Charlie Hebdo images and the message: “Police stand guard as Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammed were projected onto a town hall in Montpellier, France as a tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded by a Muslim refugee. In 2015, 12 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine were killed by jihadists.”

    Twitter added that they had not taken down the tweet “at this time”, claiming that they “strongly [believe] in defending and respecting the voice of our users”, and that “it is our policy to notify our users if we receive a legal request from an authorized entity… to remove content from their account.”

    Pakistan regularly attempts to enforce its laws on the Twitter platform. Breitbart reported on a similar case involving Michelle Malkin, who was warned by the Twitter platform that they had been contacted by the Pakistan government over her allegedly breaking Sharia Law with her posts. Malkin revealed the posts in question were cartoons of Mohammed posted in 2015.

    The tech giant is currently embroiled in a partisan censorship storm of its own, however, centring in particular on its decision to block the New York Post from using its platform until it removes content which casts the Biden family in a negative light.”

  14. U.N. Chief Demands Respect for Muslim World as Protests Erupt over ‘Inflammatory’ Cartoons (breitbart, Oct 29, 2020)

    “The chief of a U.N. anti-extremism body expressed “deep concern” Wednesday as Muslims around the world reacted to cartoons featuring Mohammed, saying “insulting religions and sacred religious symbols provokes hatred and violent extremism.”

    Miguel Angel Moratinos, who heads the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, spoke amid growing anger in the Islamic world over France’s response to the brutal public beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils the images as part of a class on free speech.

    President Emmanuel Macron has vigorously defended the publication of the cartoons depicting the Mohammed on free speech grounds, sparking angry Muslim protests and campaigns to boycott French products.

    The U.N. High Representative “is following with deep concern the growing tensions and instances of intolerance triggered by the publication of the satirical caricatures depicting Prophet Muhammed,” according to the statement.

    “The inflammatory caricatures have also provoked acts of violence against innocent civilians who were attacked for their sheer religion, belief or ethnicity,” Moratinos said in the statement, without explicitly referring to Macron’s defence of the images.

    “Insulting religions and sacred religious symbols provokes hatred and violent extremism leading to polarization and fragmentation of the society,” he warned.

    Within hours of Moratinos’ call for calm and peaceful understanding, French police “neutralised” and arrested a man after a knife attack inside a church in the city of Nice which left at least three dead and several injured, as Breitbart London reported.

    A second, separate incident followed in the French city of Avignon. Police shot dead an “Allah Akbar” shouting gunman during an exchange of fire, but there have been no other reported injuries.

    In a third incident Thursday, a knifeman was arrested outside the French consulate in Saudi Arabia after he attempted to attack a guard there. The guard was stabbed with a “sharp tool” and was taken to hospital.

    France has condemned the attack and has called on Saudi Arabia to “shed light” on the circumstances surrounding the stabbing.”

  15. Scottish Justice Sec Demands ‘Hate Speech’ at Home Be Prosecuted (breitbart, Oct 29, 2020)

    “Humza Yousaf has said that he wants Scotland’s new hate crime bill to criminalise conversations in private homes, if they allegedly stir up hatred.

    Journalists, Christians, secular groups, comedians, writers, academics, and the police have all come out in objection to the proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which would criminalise the perceived stirring up of hatred against a group with ‘protected characteristics’, such as religion, sexual orientation, or race.

    Despite reports last month that the proposed law would be ‘watered down’, so that authorities would still require evidence of intent to offend in order to secure a conviction, Mr Yousaf, of the leftist separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) wants the law to have the power to invade people’s private homes, according to The Times.

    Yousaf said there would not be a “dwelling defence” — such as in the 1986 Public Order Act which outlaws abusive, threatening, or insulting words if uttered in your own home — so that discussions at a dinner table could land a Scotsman in court for hate speech.

    “Are we comfortable giving a defence to somebody whose behaviour is threatening or abusive, which is intentionally stirring up hatred against, for example, Muslims? Are we saying that that is justified because that is in the home?… If your intention was to stir up hatred against Jews… then I think that deserves criminal sanction,” Mr Yousaf told Members of the Scottish Parliament.

    In reaction to Wednesday’s Times report, Mr Yousaf doubled down on his position, saying: “If you invite ten mates round and it can be proven beyond reasonable doubt that you intentionally stirred up hatred against Jews, why should this not be prosecuted? It would if you did so down the pub but not in your house?”

    Head of the Free Speech Union Toby Young warned that this type of censorship might occur south of the border, saying on Wednesday in response the to the report: “The Law Commission of England and Wales is proposing to change the law so exactly the same thing applies here.”

    Concerns have been raised over the effect the Scottish law will have on freedom of speech, including on comedy, with Yousaf saying he wants the rules to be applicable the theatre directors and journalists, too.

    Christians fear that the law could even result in the Bible being at risk of being considered offensive material. The Free Church of Scotland said in July that as “the offence of possessing inflammatory material could lead to books and other materials being confiscated and destroyed”, quoting verses deemed offensive could see “the Bible itself” be taken and disposed of.

    Likewise, Scottish Catholic bishops worry that “possessing inflammatory material could even render material such as the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church … inflammatory”.

    In August, the head of Atheists Scotland Ian Stewart said that he looked forward to the passing of the bill, which could be used to “enable the prosecution of all Scotland’s religions and their Holy Books for spreading hatred”.

    The National Secular Society for its part, however, warned that the proposed law would threaten the freedom to criticise religion, warning in July that the bill “risks capturing a vast array of speech and will create an unreasonable expectation that religious sensibilities are protected by something akin to a blasphemy law”. Even with the recent inclusion of needing to prove intent to offend, the secular group said that that was not enough and that the bill remains “a menace to free and open debate”.

    In July, Markus Meechan, the Scottish Youtuber and free speech advocate known artistically as Count Dankula, warned that the bill was a new form of puritanism which would criminalise jokes and memes, and “restricts the human right of freedom of expression”.

    Mr Meechan told Breitbart London: “It outlaws many forms of expression through mediums ranging from online communications right up to live comedy performances, and it justifies this with the term ‘stirring up hatred’, something completely subjective and the legislation defines this term so poorly, if at all, and the term itself is completely without merit.””

    • Iran got top of the line equipment designed for that sort of tunneling from Germany. Lutheran, Marxist, Nazi jooo-hate is tangled in the bowels. A sickness that’s a killer.

  16. World congratulates Turkey on 97th Republic Day

    Wishes pour in from countries with whom Turkey enjoys close relations

    […]The head of the EU-Turkey Friendship Group in the European Parliament, Ryszard Czarnecki, released a special video message in Turkish language.

    “Dear friends of the EU-Turkey. Happy 29 Oct. Republic Day of Turkey, approaching its centenary. It made the Turkish people equal citizens, Turkish women voters,” said the Polish lawmaker.

    […]NATO also marked the 97th proclamation of the republic, which replaced the Ottoman Empire. “Retweet to join us in celebrating our Ally Turkey on Republic Day,” it wrote on Twitter, with hashtags #Oct 29, #RepublicDay, and #WeareNATO.

  17. India Scolds Muslim World for ‘Unacceptable Personal Attacks’ on France’s Macron (breitbart, Oct 29, 2020)

    “The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Wednesday condemning “personal attacks” against French President Emmanuel Macron for taking measures to curb radical Islamic violence in the face of the beheading of a schoolteacher this month.

    New Delhi also condemned the beheading and terrorism generally, without blaming Macron or the French people for any of the violence – a contrast to statements from leaders of Muslim nations that have nearly universally condemned Macron for asserting that his nation would not censor itself to spare the feelings of radical Muslims…”

  18. Migrants in Cyprus Tear Down French Embassy Flag (breitbart, Oct 29, 2020)

    “A group of around 80 Muslims, mostly comprised of migrants from Egypt and Syria, tore down the French flag at the country’s embassy in Cyprus this week.

    The Muslim group held a demonstration in front of the French embassy in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, on Tuesday night and chanted slogans in response to measures taken by French President Emmanuel Macron in the wake of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty.

    According to a report from newspaper Proto Thema, the group also shouted slogans direct against the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, who has expressed support for the French leader.

    In particular, Anastasiades was critical of the Turkish call to boycott French products and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments that labelled President Macron as being mentally unwell.

    “This attack on the French president by the leader of a country candidate for EU membership is a vulgar affront to the principles and values of the Union,” Anastasiades said. On Wednesday, he went on to condemn the attack on the French embassy.

    Following the incident at the French embassy, Cypriot police arrested five people, four Egyptians and one Syrian aged between 20 and 31. Four were charged in connection to the removal of the French flag, while another was charged with assaulting a police officer.

    The incident in Nicosia is just one of the several protests aginst France and Emmanuel Macron in recent days after the president made it clear his government would be cracking down on Islamists in France.

    The tensions between France and Turkey escalated even further this week when satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo revealed its new cover, which depicts Turkish President Erdogan in his underwear looking at a woman’s bottom.

    Erdogan stated on Wednesday that he would be seeking legal measures against the insulting cartoon, and stated: “I didn’t look at this cartoon (…) There is no need to say anything about these scoundrels.””

  19. RT – Charlie Hebdo strikes again | Erdogan caricature rouses ire of the Muslim world

    French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo adds fuel to the fire of massive protests in the Middle East with its latest front cover of Erdogan caricature

  20. Algeria: Africa’s largest mosque inaugurated in Algiers after COVID delays

    The Great Mosque of Algiers was inaugurated on Wednesday with a prayer ceremony attended by Prime Minister of Algeria Abdelaziz Djerad and several ambassadors.

    Although the mosque was completed last year, it was closed until now because of the pandemic.

    The mosque, also known as Djamaa El-Djazair, is the world’s third-biggest after the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

    It is also Africa’s largest mosque, with capacity to welcome roughly 120,000 worshipers in its prayer hall, and the world’s tallest, with its minaret soaring 267 metres (875 feet) above the ground.

    “This mosque also symbolises the culture of the Algerian people and the religion of the Algerian people,” said Mourad Sabour, a religion teacher who attended the first collective prayer.

    Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune was absent from inauguration, as he is in a hospital in Germany.

  21. Twitter Warns Breitbart Reporter over Violating Pakistani Law with Mohammed Cartoons (breitbart, Oct 29, 2020)

    “Twitter has informed a Breitbart News Network reporter that the social network had received a “request from Pakistan” regarding two tweets related to Charlie Hebdo cartoons which allegedly “violates the law(s) of Pakistan”, advising the journalist to “take appropriate action to protect your interests”.

    Europe Correspondent Chris Tomlinson had received a message addressed from Twitter Legal which alerted him that, “in the interest of transparency, we are writing to inform you that Twitter has received a request from Pakistan regarding your Twitter account” which “claims the following content violates the law(s) of Pakistan”.

    The first tweet was of a video showing Charlie Hebdo cartoons including the Muslim prophet, Mohammed, being projected onto a government building in Montpellier, France. The second was a link to the Breitbart London article from October 21st detailing the incident.

    The projections were made in response to the murder by a Chechen Islamist of French teacher Samuel Paty, who had shown cartoons of Mohammed during a freedom of expression lesson earlier this month. French President Emmanuel Macron’s insistence on defending secular values, including freedom of speech, has resulted in protests around the Islamic world, including Pakistan.

    The social media giant continued in its correspondence with the Breitbart reporter that “we have not taken any action on the reported content at this time as a result of this request.”

    The notice continued: “As Twitter strongly believes in defending and respecting the voice of our users, it is our policy to notify our users if we receive a legal request from an authorized entity (such as law enforcement or a government agency) to remove content from their account. We provide notice whether or not the user lives in the country where the request originated.”

    “We understand that receiving this type of notice can be an unsettling experience. While Twitter is not able to provide legal advice, we want you to have an opportunity to evaluate the request and, if you wish, take appropriate action to protect your interests.

    “This may include seeking legal counsel and challenging the request in court, contacting relevant civil society organizations, voluntarily deleting the content (if applicable), or finding some other resolution,” said the message.

    Others have reportedly received similar notices from Twitter of Pakistan’s request after sharing content related to cartoons of the Islamic prophet, including journalist Andy Ngo and conservative commentator Michelle Malkin.”

  22. CBC – Canada quietly prepares for the possible challenges of a Biden presidency

    Joe Biden’s ties to Canada run deep — but his party’s bent towards protectionism may run deeper

    […]At a dinner party during that same December visit four years ago, Biden said his sons wanted to be Mounties when they grew up.

    […]Canada has been preparing for the possibility of a Democratic sweep.

    the canadian press – A Biden presidency could mean good news for Canadian environment policy: observers

    Experts and observers say even a U.S. outside the Paris agreement may ultimately end up in the same place

    For Canada, having the U.S. back in the Paris pact, and the resulting domestic U.S. policies on the environment that will follow, could both open markets for Canadian clean energy technology,

    If Biden wins, he hasn’t just promised to rejoin Paris, he has pledged to use the power of the United States to influence, or even name and shame, countries that aren’t doing their part to slow climate change.

    […]Gerald Butts, vice-chairman at the political-risk consultancy Eurasia Group and former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Biden’s climate policies are the most aggressive any American presidential candidate has ever proposed.

  23. Car Rams Into Pedestrians in Kempen, Germany: One Dead, Several Injured (sputniknews, Oct 29, 2020)

    “Local police have confirmed that a major accident occurred in the area.

    A car drove into a group of people on a pavement in Kempen, in Germany’s district of North Rhine-Westphalia, killing one person and injuring at least three, Bild reported.

    Local police took to Twitter to inform the public that a road has been closed following a major accident in Kempen.

    According to Bild, for reasons yet unknown, the car driver left the road to the right and rammed a group of people. There are, as yet, no indications that the collision was deliberate, police said.

    The accident occurred at 16:36 local time. The injured were flown to hospital by the helicopter ambulance service.”

  24. ctvnews – Privacy investigation finds 5 million shoppers’ images collected at malls across Canada

    OTTAWA — Without customers’ knowledge, more than five million images of Canadian shoppers’ were collected through facial recognition software used by Cadillac Fairview, a parent company of malls across the country, according to an investigation by privacy officials.

    The federal privacy commissioner reported Thursday that Cadillac Fairview contravened federal and provincial privacy laws by embedding cameras inside digital information kiosks at 12 shopping malls across Canada, and captured users’ images without their consent.

    The facial recognition software installed in Cadillac Fairview’s “wayfinding” directories was called “Anonymous Video Analytics (AVA) and through cameras installed behind protective glass, was used in Canadian malls for a brief testing period in 2017 and then was in-use between May and July of 2018.

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  25. Did Joe Biden Give The Chinese The South China Sea?
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    Exclusive Source Revealed – How Parts Of The Intelligence Community Are Working Against President Trump
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  26. EXCLUSIVE: Devin Nunes: The Man Behind the Explosive Memo | American Thought Leaders Special Edition
    American Thought Leaders – October 28, 2020

  27. the gateway pundit – HUGE BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden Has a PornHub Account Where He Uploaded His Personal Porn – Including with Family Member

    Today we completely destroy any idea that the Biden family and Hunter Biden are All American heroes.

    Hunter Biden not only was involved in depraved activities, he filmed them and took pictures of these events too and today we have evidence that he published and promoted these activities at the porn website PornHub.

    Below you can see an image from Hunter’s profile at Pornhub. Hunter established the user account RHEast where he called himself ‘Harper’.

    We know this is Hunter’s account and one of the reasons is because of the screen shot below where one of his browser pages open is “Joe Biden Smiling”.

    But we also are able to confirm this account with Hunter because the pictures and videos in the account are also on the Hunter Biden laptop that was recently uncovered. There are pictures of two women on top of Hunter on PornHub and these same pictures were located on his laptop.

  28. (Richard: How did he get a firearm it is illegal for drug addicts to own firearms. Why were Feds at tje gim store before any report was filed?)

    Source: Hunter Biden’s gun was taken by Hallie Biden in 2018, thrown into a supermarket garbage can, went missing — and no arrests were made

    The source also said the Secret Service and ATF visited the shop where Hunter Biden purchased the gun prior to any report being filed

    A source with knowledge of the situation has revealed to TheBlaze that in October 2018, Hunter Biden’s handgun was taken from his vehicle without his knowledge by Hallie Biden — the widow of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Beau — and she placed it in a garbage can outside a Delaware supermarket.

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