Reader’s Links for November 15, 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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78 Replies to “Reader’s Links for November 15, 2020”

  1. Greek Government Admits Losing Track of over 32,000 Illegal Migrants (breitbart, Nov 15, 2020)

    “Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis has stated that the Greek government has totally lost track of at least 32,000 bogus asylum seekers in the country.

    Minister Mitarakis stated that around 32,574 migrants who had been rejected for asylum were missing and admitted it was very possible that many of them may have left Greece for other European Union member-states.

    He added that the Turkish government has refused to take back any migrants since March 10th of this year, citing the Wuhan virus as the reason for rejecting the return of illegal border crossers, newspaper Kathimerini reports.

    “This is something we have pointed out many times in the European institutions because this is not a bilateral agreement but an EU agreement with Turkey,” he said.

    Greece is not the only country in the European Union to lose track of asylum seekers in recent years. In Sweden, thousands of migrants who came at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 have also been reported as having disappeared.

    Of the 163,000 migrants who came to the Scandinavian country that year, around 24,000 are either missing or living in the country without residency permits, according to a report released in October.

    Other countries have also reported similar cases, such as Canada, which lost track of 34,700 migrants earlier this year, according to the Office of the Auditor-General of Canada, who reported in July that most of the migrants there were failed asylum seekers as well.

    The trend of illegal migrants going missing has become a major issue in the European Union in the wake of the Nice terrorist attack late last month, which involved an illegal migrant who had gone missing from an Italian migrant centre and had went on to murder three people in a Nice church.

    Berlin Christmas market killer Anis Amri was also a failed asylum seeker.”

  2. The “COVID-19” virus is one of the most vicious, destructive, deadly, and expensive hoaxes in human history and the perpetrators of the hoax deserve to be charged, tried, and imprisoned for the rest of their lying rotten lives for their evil self-serving fraud. Do they actually expect me to believe that they are serious about “fighting” the disease when they have banned the only drug that actually works against the virus on the flimsy basis that it isn’t properly “tested” and is ineffective, no matter how many lives it saves?

    They’re lying, folks, and they want as many people to die of the flu as they can cause because they are working for the enemy and want COVID-19 to kill as many people and wreak as much damage as possible to the hated “West”. The people behind the hoax are simply enemies and traitors who deserve to be charged with treason and punished accordingly, starting with the darling little Dr. Fauci. “COVID-19” is 100% psychological warfare and lies. It’s the flu, folks… It’s the flu…

    Do they really expect me to believe that they would have banned hydroxychloroquine during the Medieval plague years if it saved more than half the patients who took it on the basis that it supposedly wasn’t double-blind “properly tested”, no matter how many lives were saved by the drug and how many countries were using it to great effect?

    They don’t want the virus to be “cured”. They want it to kill as many people as possible as it destroys the Western economies and is obviously a tool of the Chinese and the Iranians and the Pakistanis and the communists in their endless war against the much-despised “free West”.

    But you ain’t seen nothing yet. COVID-19 is just a warm-up, folks. Just wait until the effects of the stolen US election really sink in and they start getting serious about so-called “climate change”, which is another of their numerous hoaxes along with “rape culture” and “systemic racism”. Soon they will have us on our hands and knees in our masks chanting, “I hate myself” with every knee-crawl and asking permission for our every action like the prisoners in “Cool Hand Luke”. “Comin’ off here, boss… Puttin’ on here, boss”. And the trooper in the mirror sunglasses cocks his rifle, adjusts his scope, and waits for somebody to step out of line…

    Things are about to get a great deal worse as the enemy tightens its grip and wages all-out psychological warfare against us with the help of our own left-wing traitors as they open up the back gates and take their blood money from George Soros, who now officially cannot be criticized on Fox News…

    Now watch as Biden puts Kieth Elison into some powerful position knowing full-well that the guy is an enemy agent, just like Huma Abedin and John Brennan… They’re winning folks. They’re wiping the floor with us and we don’t even know it. The enemy has taken control of our world and our left-wing is cheering them on, just like the stupid perverse bastards did with Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro, and Chairman Mao…

    • President Trump won the election. There will be no mail in ballot President.

      First typing lesson – – “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party! “

    • The right to [virtual] association takes a big hit:

      The Treehouse is Deplatformed…

      One week after the 2020 presidential election, The Conservative Treehouse received the following notification:

      “…given the incompatibility between your site’s content and our terms, you need to find a new hosting provider and must migrate the site by Wednesday, December 2nd.…”

      The WordPress company is not explaining the reason for deplatforming because there is no justifiable reason for it. At the same time they are bold in their position. Perhaps this is the most alarming part; and everyone should pay attention. They don’t care.

      Truthful assembly is now the risk. CTH is now too big; with a site reach of 500,000 to a million unique readers each day; and with well over 200,000 subscribers; our assembly too large, too influential, and presents a risk… we guard the flickering flame.…

  3. “…The intellectuals are dead. Long live the intellectuals.”

    Whether their altruism is heartfelt or false it does not matter. We see in the political and collectivist billionaire class that it is contrived and driven by self interest. We see in the collectivist teachers at every level that they are victims of their own weak minds and emotions.

    The first interview with Mike Wallace I tried to post but could not. I recommend it. In that interview she discusses the danger of altruism. I can’t help but add the qualifying description of false altruism. This is where predators such as Obama, Gates, Zuckerberg, and Soros elevate what is self-interest into the public arena knowingly disguised as altruism. These men are witch doctors. Teachers who tell us we are on ancient indigenous lands are witch doctors. Medical collectivists and politicians who use force to exert their will have lost their mandate for they, too, are witch doctors acting irrationally.

    I am sure Ayn Rand is turning over in her grave, now. The fruition of her worries took longer to ripen than she thought it would, but the fruit on the collectivist tree is now so sweet and ripe that it falls to the ground on its own to rot.

    I find it quite incredible the ancient impression these old interviews give while being at once incredibly current and relatable. We have forgotten so much. We have no choice but to remember.

  4. We have come far and fast in our understanding–from arguing over the validity of the term “Karen”–to seeing on a wide scale, by millions of people, that pseudoscience (mysticism) in the collectivists’ hands is the greatest threat we now face. USA Watchdog:

  5. Gunmen Attack Passenger Bus in Ethiopia, Kill at Least 34 People, NHR Says (sputniknews, Nov 15, 2020)

    “Earlier this month, the Ethiopian Armed Forces launched an operation in the Tigray region, after the authorities accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the regional governing party, of attacking a local military base.

    The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has stated that at least 34 people were killed in a “gruesome” attack on a passenger bus in the western part of the country. According to the EHRC, the death toll from the attack in the Benishangul-Gumuz region is likely to rise…”

  6. Iraqi Forces Eliminate 15-Member Terrorist Cell in Nineveh Province, Reports Say (sputniknews, Nov 15, 2020)

    “The Iraqi security forces have neutralised a terrorist cell consisting of 15 militants in the northern province of Nineveh, Iraq’s INA news agency reported, citing the National Security Department.

    According to a statement, the security department units have carried out operations in various parts of Nineveh and detained militants from a sleeper cell, who reportedly confessed to planning terror attacks. Their cases were referred to the relevant judicial authorities.

    The detentions were reported several days after a deadly shooting in the capital city of Baghdad claimed at least 11 lives. According to preliminary information, the Daesh* terrorist group was behind the attack…”

  7. Sadiq Khan chaos: Mayor slammed for ‘financial chaos’ as London faces bankruptcy crisis (express, Nov 15, 2020)

    “SADIQ KHAN will yet again be forced to ask Boris Johnson for more money as the London Mayor faces more boroughs going “bankrupt” following the news that Croydon council has gone bust.

    London faces a huge £1billion deficit, amid fears that more boroughs in the UK capital are set to go bust. Earlier this week, the Labour-run Croydon council in south London essentially declared itself bankrupt after running up debts of £1.5billion. Georgia Gould, Chair of London Councils, told BBC London Politics this morning that Croydon “will not be the last”.

    She said: “Across London, boroughs are struggling and are cash-strapped.

    “We have a billion pound gap across London left by the pandemic.

    “If there is no money coming in from Government, Croydon will not be the last borough that faces this.”

    Croydon council issued the section 114 notice earlier this week, claiming they cannot fill a staggering £66million black hole in its budget.

    Rival mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey condemned Mr Khan for mismanaging London’s finances and trying to “hide behind” the pandemic.

    He tweeted: “Whether it’s TfL or Croydon going bust, it’s the same story.

    “Sadiq Khan mismanages money and leaves Londoners with the bill.”

    This comes just weeks after Mr Khan demanded more than £29billion from the Government during its spending review over the next 18 months.

    Mr Bailey pointed out that the London Mayor had spent £100million on his own PR over just four years – at the same time as bankrupting TfL.

    He added: “Over the last four years, Sadiq Khan racked up £9.56billion in waste at TfL. No wonder TfL went bust twice.”

    The Tory candidate also told LBC earlier this week: “It’s not a surprise. Sadiq Khan touted Croydon Council as a hidden gem and now that council is bankrupt.

    “It’s yet another example of Labour’s financial mismanagement. First we have TfL, run bankrupt, now Croydon Council.”…”

  8. Dozens of foreign-born terrorists avoided deportation on release from prison, study finds (telegraph, Nov 14, 2020)

    “Dozens of foreign-born terrorists avoided deportation on release from prison, study finds
    Analysis of convictions has identified 45 foreign nationals allowed to remain in the UK after serving sentences for terror offences…”

  9. Sky News – UK – Ashworth: Anti-vax ‘nonsense’ must be stopped

    Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth says Labour want to work with the government to help build trust in any COVID vaccine.

    + comments on the YT page

  10. CBC – How does a three-layer mask protect you from COVID-19?

    Doctors answer viewer questions about COVID-19 including why three-layer masks are now being recommended to protect against the virus.

  11. Deutsche Pravda – Germany’s imams seen as key in combating radicalization

    Imam training is in the spotlight of this year’s German Islam Conference. In light of recent terror attacks, Germany’s interior minister said a new training program for German-speaking imams was “money well-spent.”

    The latest spate of terror attacks in France and Austria will not hamper the cooperation between the government and Germany’s Muslim community, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday.

    “We won’t let terrorism and extremism derail us,” Seehofer said at the start of this year’s German Islam Conference.

    Seehofer praised an Islamic theology program for German-speaking imams in the city of Osnabrück as a significant contribution towards preventing radicalization.

    The Interior Ministry-funded project is “money well-spent for societal cohesion in our country,” Seehofer said.

    What is on the agenda?

    The focus of this year’s conference, which is taking place digitally due to the coronavirus pandemic, is on imam training in Germany.

    The atmosphere during the talks this year is especially charged following a series of recent deadly attacks in Paris, Nice and Vienna that authorities say were carried out by radical Islamists.

    Conference participants will debate and offer up solutions on a range of topics, including Islamic religion classes in schools and the training that Islamic preachers receive — as well as what language should be used in German mosques.

    Since 2006, the annual meeting has sought to encourage dialogue between the German government and representatives from the country’s Muslim community.

    More support for Germany’s mosques

    With many imams receiving their religious training abroad, very often in Turkey with the contentious state-run Diyanet organization, the German government hopes to boost programs for Islamic religious leaders to be taught in Germany.

    Bülent Ucar, the director of the Institute for Islamic Theology at the University of Osnabrück, said that training would not be enough — the program’s graduates need to get positions in mosques as well.

    In an interview with the German Protestant news agency epd, Ucar urged the German government to provide state support to local mosques to help them become more financially independent.

    The state could fund integration and German language programs at mosques in a similar way it supports social programs in other religious communities.

    “Then the congregation could use the donations from its members to pay for their imams,” Ucar said.

    German-speaking imams can ‘immunize against extremism’

    For the head of the Council of Muslims in Germany, an expansion of programs to train German-speaking imams is long overdue.

    Religious education ultimately can help “immunize against extremism,” council head Aiman Mazyek told public radio RBB ahead of the conference.

    He said that many extremists had turned their backs on mosques and other Islamic institutions, making them harder to reach.

    But Muslim communities could help with religious counseling and prevention — particularly for the families of extremists.

    Providing more support and care for families could help “win back” the people who are closest to those who have been radicalized, he argued.

    Outrage in Muslim community over attacks

    Looking to the recent attacks, Mazyek also claimed that the majority of Muslims in Germany were moderate and that their outrage over the murders was “light years greater than over any caricatures.”

    France has come under fire from the leaders of several Muslim-majority countries over President Emmanuel Macron defending caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed. Last month, a teacher near Paris was decapitated after showing the caricatures to students as part of a free speech lesson. While the caricatures have not courted particular criticism in Europe, elsewhere in the world, not least in parts of Pakistan, protests criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron’s reaction have been widespread.

    Last Monday, a gunman killed four people and wounded dozens more in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Officials said the man had been a supporter of the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

    • Man glaubt es kaum, aber wir leben ja in Deutschland: Ungläubige finanzieren Imamausbildung mit 44 Mio Euro!

      Berlin – Die Islam-Strategen führen unsere leichtgläubigen Politiker am Ring durch die Manege.

      Zwar hat Bundesbildungsministerin Anja Karliczek (CDU) jetzt, also 20 Jahre zu spät, den Druck muslimischer Schüler und deren Eltern auf die Lehrer beklagt, aber die Konsequenzen sind mal wieder typisch für dieses bis auf die Knochen islamisierten Landes.

      Karliczeks Geschwätz ist wirklich unerträglich, weil völlig naiv: „Offenbar sind solche Vorfälle keine Einzelfälle mehr. Hier muss man sehr wachsam sein“, sagte sie der „Welt am Sonntag“.

      Und weiter: „Es geht darum, unsere Werte zu schützen und auch unseren Lehrkräften beizustehen.“ Die Lehrer bräuchte eine stärkere Rückendeckung und Angebote für eine Fortbildung, wie sie sich in solchen Konflikten verhalten sollen. „Man darf dabei nicht ausschließlich auf die Schüler schauen. Kinder spiegeln nur das wider, was in den Elternhäusern gesagt und erlebt wird.“

      Und jetzt kommt der Knaller:

      Für die Imamausbildung werde die Bundesregierung bis 2024 rund 44 Millionen Euro ausgeben (also der überwiegend ungläubige Steuerzahler): „An mittlerweile sieben Hochschulen werden derzeit immerhin weit über 2.000 Studierende unterrichtet. Das ist ein ganz wichtiger Grundstein dafür, dass in Deutschland in der Zukunft möglichst überall ein weltoffener und toleranter Islam verbreitet wird.“

      Unfassbar, oder? Es gibt natürlich keinen Beleg darüber, wie so ein weltoffener und toleranter Islam aussehen sollte. Wird es auch nie geben. Denn dazu müsste Karliczek den Koran umschreiben lassen. Hat sie dafür bereits die Erlaubnis von den Islam-Strategen erhalten?

      Mit solchen Politikern steht einer weiteren Islamisierung Deutschlands nichts mehr im Wege.

  12. HUNGARY TODAY – “Consistent border protection has helped prevent terrorist attacks” – Interview with Georg Spöttle, Security Policy Expert

    After the terrorist attack in Vienna, the Hungarian Anti-Terrorism Unit (TEK) immediately provided administrative assistance and worked together with the police and the military on securing the border. However, according to Georg Spöttle, security policy expert at Nézöpont Intsitute, the terror threat is not higher in Hungary than before the Vienna attack. Spöttle, who is also an ex-member of an anti-terrorist unit, emphasized: “The ideology of ISIS lives on and it tries to spread terror in Europe. Things like the Mohammed cartoons come in handy for the Islamists.” According to him, it is possible that refugees who have legally come to Hungary sympathize with radical Islamists, but “they have no hinterland here.” INTERVIEW.

    “The terror threat level in Hungary has not increased,” according to the executive director of the Hungarian Center for Counter-Terrorism (TEK) after the terrorist attack in Vienna. But how much does the attack on Monday affect Hungarian counter-terrorism? Did the Austrians request help in any way? In such a case, does communication start automatically and do you need increased attention within Hungary after such an attack?

    Partner services such as TEK and COBRA, and also the secret services of both countries have been working closely together for years.

    The wave of migration in 2015 and the constant attempts by migrants and smugglers have shown that these challenges can only be fought together.

    An example for this is the case from a few weeks ago where a German smuggler killed himself with a pistol and a hand grenade during a police check in Hungary. The five Syrians he wanted to bring to Austria fled. Three managed to flee across the border, where they were arrested by Austrian police officers. The joint investigations are still ongoing here, and the German authorities are also involved.

    After the terrorist attack, TEK units immediately provided administrative assistance and worked with the police and the military services to secure the border. The situation was confusing and it was assumed that there were several attackers, and it had to be ensured that fugitive terrorists could not escape across the border into Hungary.

    Fortunately, the threat in Hungary is not as high as in Austria, Germany or France, because we hardly have any immigrants from Islamic countries here.

    It is possible that refugees who came to Hungary legally sympathize with radical Islam. But they have no “hinterland,” they won’t find any helpers here who can get weapons or explosives or offer a hiding place. They would be lost in Hungary.

    The Austrian police, the COBRA (counter-terrorism unit), and the rescue units finished their tasks with incredible speed. To what extent is Hungary prepared for such an event?

    The TEK, the police, and the civil protection services regularly organize counter-terrorism and disaster exercises in which the emergency situations are simulated. The units are also supported by air rescue services. The exercises simulate cases where there are several dozen injuries and fatalities. The participants have been practicing with each other for years, so it is guaranteed that in the event of an emergency, action would be taken quickly and professionally.

    The Hungarian government is consistently continuing its policy against migration. Does this make the threat smaller or larger? Could it be that this is precisely why the country could come under fire?

    It cannot be ruled out. The majority of migrants literally hates Hungary because we keep the borders closed and they cannot go any further.

    But it is precisely this consistent border protection and this migration policy that have so far helped ensure that we have not had a single terrorist attack and thus hardly any crimes committed by migrants.

    Unfortunately, it just came to light that an Afghan national who lived here as a recognized refugee has committed a serious sexual offense. After he committed the crime, he fled to Austria, but was arrested on a train shortly after.

    The number of Muslims, however, amounts to a few hundred in Hungary. A mass number is more problematic. Where there are many millions, there is of course a greater tendency for some to become radicalized. The work of the secret services therefore is much easier here in Hungary.

    The Austrian Minister of the Interior has admitted that before the attack, several errors had occurred in the state system. It was known that the terrorist intended to buy ammunition in Slovakia, and that he had contact with radical Islamists in Vienna who in turn are under surveillance by counter-terrorism. Could it be said that the attack could have been prevented?

    In the past, the secret services in Austria and Germany prevented several terrorist attacks. They all work very, very well. Thousands of pieces of information come in every day, as there are many radicals and terror threats in Austria. Unfortunately, it happens that such important information is lost. It shouldn’t be the case, but it happens. It happened now, and it cost lives. One can and must learn from their mistakes.

    Given the severity of the attack, what is the rule for the future? How long will Austria be on standby? Can one expect, for example, that the armed forces currently called on in Vienna will be reinforced for a longer period of time?

    The standby remains because the danger has not been averted. There are still enough radicals living in Vienna and throughout Austria. The only solution would be to expel these people, or even revoke their Austrian citizenship if necessary.

    Can one tighten up the European counter-terrorism and/or secret service? Is it even necessary?

    Just in France alone, around a million radical Muslims live, most of them young people.

    It is impossible to keep an eye on everyone, either electronically or with agents. Hiring more employees and improving technical conditions cost money, but it is strongly recommended.

    The attacks of the past few weeks have shown that there are still loopholes.

    Could a collective punishment – for example punishing the perpetrator’s family as a deterrent – be a possibility? If not, which strategy could work for the European states?

    Collective deportation could be a conceivable choice; it often happened that the perpetrator radicalized himself within the family.

    Could zero tolerance be the solution? Should they be excluded from society at the slightest sign of radicalization?

    That is the only way in my opinion.

    Anyone who feels comfortable in radical mosques or Koran schools and chats with Islamists or visits the websites of terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State or downloads instructions for the production of explosives, must be deported.
    We can’t tolerate people lying to us. At the hearing, they say that they fled terrorism and war and weeks later they become criminals or are targeted by the secret services.

    Can we expect that the wave of terrorist attacks will continue in Europe after the Vienna and French attacks?

    The question is not if, but when. It will happen again and again.

    Which countries could be affected?

    All countries in Europe, as well as the USA.

    Why and against what is the Islamic State fighting in Europe?

    IS, or as they call themselves, the Caliphate, wants to establish a state of God, similar to the Taliban in Afghanistan back then. At times they succeeded. For years they occupied an area in Syria and parts of Iraq that were as large as England. They wanted all Christians and the few Jews living in the area to convert to Islam. Those who refused, were killed. Shiite Muslims were also seen as enemies.

    The US, the Russians and the Iranians have ended the reign of terror. Many Islamists have fled, and many of them came to Europe. But the ideology of IS lives on and they are trying to spread terror here.

    Therefore, things like the Mohammed cartoons come in handy for Islamists. They swear revenge and mobilize radical young people across Europe. IS is currently very active. They operate websites in almost every language in order to address young people worldwide. As the attacks in Nice, Berlin, and Vienna show, this strategy is successful.

  13. Trump: Biden ‘Only Won in the Eyes of the Fake News Media’
    By Jack Phillips
    November 15, 2020 Updated: November 15, 2020

    President Donald Trump, in a series of Twitter posts, wrote that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is a winner “only in the eyes” of mainstream media outlets, signaling his desire to keep contesting the Nov. 3 election.

    “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!” Trump wrote on Sunday morning. “WE WILL WIN!” he said just minutes before. Both posts were labeled as “disputed” by Twitter.

    Trump has several outstanding legal challenges in key battleground states, while there is speculation that he could invoke provisions in the 12th Amendment—using a relatively obscure measure that would allow the House of Representatives to invalidate some Electoral College votes, resulting in neither Biden nor Trump getting the required majority of 270 votes. Then, a contentious battle in the House and Senate would ensure, echoing the presidential election of 1876.

  14. Trump: Antifa Waited Until Most People Left MAGA Rally to Attack
    By Zachary Stieber
    November 15, 2020 Updated: November 15, 2020

    President Donald Trump said late Saturday that Antifa members waited until most of the Trump rally participants left Washington to attack those still in the city.

    “ANTIFA SCUM ran for the hills today when they tried attacking the people at the Trump Rally, because those people aggressively fought back. Antifa waited until tonight, when 99% were gone, to attack innocent #MAGA People. DC Police, get going—do your job and don’t hold back!!!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

    In another missive, he added, “Radical Left ANTIFA SCUM was easily rebuffed today by the big D.C. MAGA Rally crowd, only to return at night, after 99% of the crowd had left, to assault elderly people and families. Police got there, but late. Mayor is not doing her job!”

  15. California Governor Violated the Constitution With Mail Ballot Order: Judge
    By Zachary Stieber
    November 15, 2020 Updated: November 15, 2020

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom exceeded his authority and violated the state Constitution with an executive order that let all Californians vote by mail if they wanted to.

    Sutter County Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman ruled Friday that the order, N-67-20, “improperly amended existing statutory law, exceeding the governor’s authority and violating the separation of powers.”

    The order stated, citing the COVID-19 pandemic, that “all Californians who are registered to vote in” the Nov. 3 election “must be empowered to vote by mail, as an alternative to in-person voting.”

    Newsom, a Democrat, argued that California’s government code gave him the power to issue orders like the one concerning mail ballots, but the judge was not convinced.

  16. Showdown in the Western Sahara

    by Khaled Abu Toameh
    November 15, 2020 at 7:00 am

    While much of the world was looking the other way, distracted by China’s coronavirus and its economic aftermath, a separatist militia group backed by Algeria, the Polisario Front, have been militarily exploiting the crisis.

    For weeks, the Polisario Front have blocked the only road leading southward from Morocco to Mauritania in the buffer zone of Guerguerat. Currently, around 200 trucks find themselves stranded there, while UN peacekeepers (MINURSO), on whom Morocco relies to enforce the tense 30-year ceasefire, apparently feel overwhelmed.

    Ever since Spain withdrew from its former colony in the Western Sahara in 1975, the Polisario Front have been trying to claim the territory, rich with phosphates and fishing rights, as an independent state for themselves. Since that time, however, Morocco has served as the sole sovereign, offering the Western Sahara autonomy but not independence.

    Last week, on Thursday night, Morocco finally responded to the Polisario Front’s roadblock at Guerguerat by creating a security cordon and promising to “restore free circulation of civilian and commercial traffic” between Morocco and Mauritania — an act that the Polisario Front called a “provocation.”

    The Polisario Front had announced the Monday before that any movement of troops by Morocco to the buffer zone area “will be considered as a flagrant aggression to which the Sahrawi [Polisario] side will respond vigorously in self-defence and to defend its national sovereignty. This will also mean the end of the ceasefire and the beginning of a new war across the region.”

  17. Elderly Trump supporter attacked, protesters shoot fireworks at diners, surround hotel of Million MAGA March attendees

    Some truly sickening videos

    Thousands of Trump supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for the Million MAGA March. The first hours of the rally for President Donald Trump was a peaceful protest. Then counterprotesters entered the area by mid-afternoon. Right before nightfall, there were numerous attacks on Trump supporters, including an assault of a multiracial family and one man was knocked out. The violence against Trump supporters only grew as the massive crowds from the “Stop the Steal” rally diminished and the sun set.

  18. Britain: Two-Stepping Toward Totalitarianism

    by Andrew Ash
    November 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

    There was a time when the British were known for their stoicism, their ability to battle through hardship, no matter the odds. The so called ‘blitz spirit’ of eighty years ago, that saw the nation ‘pull together and carry on’, regardless of the Nazi bombardment of our cities, characterised a generation that had suffered two world wars yet could not be bowed.

    During the Covid pandemic, however, this ‘blitz spirit’ has been noticeably absent. There has been certainly very little in the way of a nation pulling together; in its place, there has been just a lot of bickering, mud-slinging and name calling-among politicians, activists, and the increasingly fragmented populace.

    Predictably, Covid-19 was quickly turned into a divisive political issue by many in the oppositional media. The assertion now — that anyone against face coverings, vaccines, or testing is assumed to be on the extreme right, while those obeying the safety rules, are on the left — is as simplistic as it is loopy. One might have imagined that a deadly pandemic would act as a great uniter, finally bringing an end to the squabbling that has characterised UK (and US) politics for the last few years. Instead, we have been baked in identity politicking, making an already turbulent time more turbulent than ever.

    Some malcontents have taken their vitriol to new levels of malice, publicly hoping, for instance, that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would not recover from the coronavirus. No pulling together there. No blitz spirit. No compassion. Just bitterness, feuding and ever-deepening separation.

  19. The US Elections: An Episode in a Cultural War

    by Amir Taheri
    November 15, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Although we don’t yet know the denouement of last week’s election in the United States, one thing is already clear: this was an exceptional event in America’s more than 200-year-old democracy.

    To start with, this was the first time that the election was not fought within the rules of the traditional two-party system. The Republican Party offered no manifesto or program, allowing the exercise to become a duel between President Donald J Trump and his opponents. That, in turn, gave the election a personal aspect never seen before. The Democratic Party did offer a program, but mostly to furnish the vacuum — a program half of which canceled the other half. The party’s presidential candidate, Joe Biden, claimed he had a secret plan to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic but mostly campaigned as anti-Trump and attracted support from diverse sectors largely on that basis.

    The Republicans suffered a split, with the old establishment and some of the wannabes opting for anti-Trump shenanigans.

    The Democratic Party’s left tried to focus on winning in Congressional elections and, holding its nose, voted for Biden.

  20. Arizonians Call for Recount, Audit of Votes at State Capitol Rally
    By Bowen Xiao
    November 14, 2020 Updated: November 15, 2020

    PHOENIX—Around one thousand Arizonians converged at the state’s capitol on Nov. 14 to peacefully protest against what they believe to be a fraudulent election process. Many called for both a complete audit of the votes in the state as well as a hand recount.

    The “Stop the Steal” rally in Arizona was one of many similar demonstrations happening across the country—the largest taking place at Freedom Plaza in Washington where tens of thousands of people attended.

    Karen Wood, organizer of the “Stop the Steal” rally in Arizona, said the purpose of the gathering was to let Arizonians know everyone has a voice, and to also call for every ballot to be counted.

    “We are not going to tolerate a voting system that has disenfranchised all of the conservative votes,” she told The Epoch Times. “We also believe that there has been fraud in this election and we want a full accounting—whether it’s audits, whether it’s a recount.”

    “We are submitting more and more evidence everyday,” she added. “There have been many sworn affidavits sent to the Trump campaign—and thats not just in Arizona but across America in these swing states.”

  21. Did the US Raid European Software Company Scytl and Seize their Servers in Germany?
    Posted on November 14, 2020 by Thomas K

    Yesterday Rep. Louie Gohmert told Chris Salcedo on Newsmax that people on the ground in Germany report that Scytl, which hosted elections data improperly through Spain, was raided by a large US ARMY force and their servers were seized in Frankfurt.

    Andrea Widburg at American Thinker earlier reported that Scytl is a Barcelona-based company that provides electronic voting systems worldwide, many of which have proven vulnerable to electronic manipulation. Scytl has (or had) Soros and Democrat party connections. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital has invested $40 million in Scytl.

    Tonight we learned from our source that Bill Gates also owns stock in Scytl.

  22. U.N. Agency Warns 2021 Will Be Worse than 2020 (Unless It Gets $15 Billion in Cash) (breitbart, Nov 15, 2020)

    “The head of the World Food Program (WFP) warned Sunday that next year is going to be worse than this year unless $15 billion is handed over to prevent “famines of biblical proportions.”

    The cash injection will be used to top up the elite Rome-based agency’s annual budget of $8 billion, of which the U.S. is already the largest contributor with $3.4 billion annually.

    David Beasley said in an interview with the Associated Press he wants to tell anyone who will listen he has “a message to the world that it’s getting worse out there … (and) that our hardest work is yet to come.”

    Beasley recalled his warning to the U.N. Security Council in April that as the world was dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it was also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action wasn’t taken.

    “We were able to avert it in 2020 … because the world leaders responded with money, stimulus packages, deferral of debt,” he said.

    Beasley said WFP needs $15 billion next year — $5 billion just to avert famine and $10 billion to carry out the agency’s global programs including for malnourished children and school lunches which are often the only meal youngsters get.

    “If I could get that coupled with our normal money, then we avert famine around the world” and minimize destabilization as well as migration, he said.

    According to a joint analysis by WFP and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in October, 20 countries “are likely to face potential spikes in high acute food insecurity” in the next three to six months, “and require urgent attention.”

    The call for a financial increase comes 12 months after an internal survey of the U.N. subsidiary faced detailed, multiple allegations of rape and sexual harassment of its female staffers, as Breitbart News reported.

    It is the second time in a little over a year the agency has been pinpointed as a home for sexual abusers as it takes food and care to the most troubled – and vulnerable – people on the planet.

    Despite the repeated allegations, the agency was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020.”

  23. MIT Announces Mandatory Diversity Training for All Students (breitbart, Nov 15, 2020)

    “Students at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will be required to participate in a diversity training seminar this winter. The university told students recently that they will not be permitted to register for their spring courses until they complete the diversity training program…”

  24. Afghan Migrant Assaults French Hospital Staff, Threatens to Kill Them ‘With a Kalashnikov’ (breitbart, Nov 15, 2020)

    “An Afghan migrant has been given a suspended sentence after he assaulted healthcare workers at a hospital in Rennes, France and threatened to shoot staff.

    The 19-year-old Afghan is said to have physically attacked four healthcare workers at the University Hospital of Rennes late last month after being taken to the hospital’s emergency room while intoxicated by local Gendarmes.

    The teen, who had previously been at a local nightclub, is said to have been immediately aggressive toward the hospital staff, with one nurse testifying in court, “He tried to hit us several times, threatened us with death, spat at us,” Actu reports.

    “He even tried to hit a doctor who was eight months pregnant,” another nurse said, adding that the migrant “threatened to come back and kill us with a Kalashnikov.”

    Witnesses say that it took six to seven people, including security guards, to subdue the Afghan who was then restrained on a stretcher.

    The migrant, who was not present in court earlier this week, admitted to the assaults and threats but claimed he was reacting to being restrained and that staff tried to take his trousers off.

    One of the nurses, named Anthonin, said that such cases of violence have become common in the hospital, saying: “This is beyond the limit of reasonableness. Some people start coming to work with a knot in their stomach for fear of getting hit. Caregivers must be escorted to their car by security guards.”

    Attacks on emergency service workers in France has been a problem for years in many parts of the country, especially attacks on police in no-go zones.

    In 2018, in the city of Toulon, emergency paramedic staff belonging to the Service d’Aide Médicale Urgente (SAMU) donned bulletproof vests after a surge in violence in the city.”

  25. IRGC Shells Hostile Groups’ Positions across Iran’s NW Border

    “The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps launched an artillery attack on the positions of “anti-revolution” groups situated across Iran’s northwestern borders.

    The public relations department of Hamzeh Sayyid al-Shohada Base of the IRGC Ground Force said in a statement that its forces staged an artillery strike on the strongholds of anti-revolution groups on Saturday.

    The attack has inflicted heavy losses on the anti-revolution groups outside the Iranian northwestern border, the statement added.

    It underlined that the Iranian armed forces, specifically the IRGC Ground Force, consider national security and the comfort of the border residents as a red line and would punish terrorists for their criminal actions no matter where they are hidden.

    Earlier this month, the IRGC commander said the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia have been given warnings about the presence of terrorists near the Iranian border amid the escalation of fighting between the two neighbors over Nagorno-Karabakh.”

  26. Al-Jubeir: Kingdom doesn’t need German military equipment

    “After being extended many times, Germany’s ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia will again come up for discussion in the coming weeks as the latest deadline, Dec. 31, draws closer.

    Saudi Arabia has criticized Germany’s arms export ban to the Kingdom as “wrong” and “illogical” and stressed it did not need German military equipment.

    In an interview with DPA, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, while stressing that his country doesn’t need German military equipment, slammed the arms export ban targeting Kingdom as “wrong” and “illogical.”

    Several European countries had halted arms sales to Riyadh after the military campaign in neighboring Yemen. “The idea that arms sales were stopped to Saudi Arabia because of the Yemen war is absurd,” he said.

    “The idea that weapon sales were stopped to Saudi Arabia because of the Yemen war I think is illogical,” said Al-Jubeir.

    “We think it’s wrong because we think the war in Yemen is a legitimate war. It’s a war that we were forced into it,” added the minister.

    Before the ban, Germany doing fast business with an empire with an export volume of 450 million euros ($ 550 million) in the third fiscal quarter of 2017, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

    For more than five years, Saudi Arabia has headed an alliance of Arab states fighting against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    “We can buy weapons from a number of countries, and we do so. Saying we’re not going to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, doesn’t make a difference to us,” said Al-Jubeir,

    He also emphasized that Saudi Arabia did not want to put Germany under pressure in the matter. “I am just saying people need to look at this from a balanced perspective.”

    Germany’s ban on arms exports will once again be discussed before the Dec. 31 deadline. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Coalition agreed in March 2018 to prevent the delivery of arms to any country directly involved in the war in Yemen. — Agencies”

  27. Egypt seizes large amount of amphetamine Captagon shipped from Arab country

    “Egyptian authorities have seized a large shipment of the amphetamine drug Captagon worth over EGP 113 million (around $7 million) in transit via the port city of Damietta, the interior ministry said Sunday.

    According to a ministry statement, over 3.2 million tablets of the drug were smuggled inside a canned corn container, which was in transit at the Egyptian port upon arrival from an Arab country.

    The shipment was set to be delivered to another Arab country, according to the ministry, which did not provide details on the shipment’s country of origin or destination.

    The seizure is part of a crackdown on the trafficking of drugs and illegal substances, the ministry added.”

  28. Morocco’s Armed Forces Respond to Polisario Attacks Along Defense Line

    “Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) have responded to hostile attacks from Polisario militiamen along the Moroccan defense line in Mahbes, a UN-restricted area near the Algerian border.

    State media quoted a report from the FAR-Maroc Forum, which announced on Facebook that Polisario carried out “harassment shots along the defense line.” No FAR personnel were injured, nor was any Moroccan military equipment damaged in the attack.

    FAR-Maroc said the Moroccan army’s response was in line with Rabat’s decision to not “tolerate any provocation of this kind.”

    The statement added that the Royal Armed Forces responded to Polisario’s provocations “with firmness … causing the destruction of a weapon bearing arms to the east of the defense wall at the level of Mahbes.”

    In defiance of all military agreements and UN resolutions, Polisario announced on Saturday the collapse of the 1991 ceasefire with Morocco.

    The separatist Front then claimed on Sunday it was mobilizing “thousands of volunteers” to fight in its alleged war against Morocco…”

  29. ‘Erdogan emerges as a symbol of Islamic renaissance’

    “Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan said that Turkey has emerged as a centre of hope for the Muslim world and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has risen as a symbol of the renaissance of Islam.

    He expressed these views while addressing a send-off ceremony in honour of faculty members and students of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir proceeding to Turkey for higher studies under the Turkish Council of Higher Education International Scholarship Programme 2020.

    The ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Muzaffarabad on Friday was also addressed by the Turkish Ambassador in Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, AJK University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Kalim Abbasi, Prof Dr Naeem Qureshi, representative of Higher Education Commission Dr Hassan Jalil Shah and others.

    Masood thanked the Turkish government and the Turkish Council of Higher Education for facilitating quality higher education to the faculty and students of the AJK University, saying that already excellent relations existed among the peoples of Turkey, Pakistan, and Kashmiri people would further strengthen through this exchange programme at the university level.

    He maintained that Turkey has always helped Pakistan and the Kashmiri people in every difficult hour and it is the first country to reach out to us in the wake of the 2005 earthquake and 2010 flash floods.

    He appreciated the Turkish government for adopting a principled stand on the Kashmir issue and the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people. “The boldness which the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had demonstrated first in his address to parliament of Pakistan and later to the UN General Assembly condemning unlawful actions taken by New Delhi in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir [IIOJK] last year, and the forthright support he had declared to the liberation struggle of Kashmiri people, has no precedence.”

    Speaking about cooperation among Pakistan, Azad Kashmir and Turkey in the education sector, the president said that AJK government would extend full cooperation if Turkey establishes a chain of schools in Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and other areas besides providing facilities of higher education to our boy and girl students in Turkey.

    He also invited Turkish investors to make an investment in agriculture, tourism and education sectors in Azad Kashmir, saying: “We want to utilise the experiences of Turkey in these fields.”

    In his address on the occasion, the Turkish envoy expressed the hope that the students of Azad Jammu and Kashmir who were leaving for Turkey to get a higher education, would enjoy history, culture and the natural beauty of Turkey side-by-side with getting an education. He also assured that Turkey will continue to support AJK student and the government in developing the education sector.

    Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor AJK University Prof Dr Kalim Abbasi said that 27 faculty members and students have been sent to Turkey for the doctorate and undergraduate studies since collaboration between AJK University and the Turkish Council of Higher Education has started in 2016, and now the Turkish government has announced 10 new scholarships, bringing the total number of scholarship to 37.

    There is also “Mevlana Exchange Programme” between the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Turkish government through which faculty members and students are visiting well-reputed universities of Turkey for a short period of one to months. This, he said, the exchange programme is also effective in promoting research collaboration among different departments and faculty members and providing exposure to the students of the UAJK.

    The vice-chancellor appreciated the Turkish government for raising the temporary structure of the city campus of the university which had collapsed in 2005 earthquake besides providing unprecedented humanitarian assistance to victims of the earthquake.”

  30. Taliban Oppress Civilians, Plunder Cash in Badakhshan: Local Authorities

    “The Taliban militants are oppressing civilians in areas under their control for days now, according to local authorities, plundering cash and available foods from the residents in Khadira village of Shaki district.

    While security in Northern provinces of Afghanistan remains critical, local authorities – including residents – fear losing main cities to the militants’ hand.

    “The group has been collecting cash and food from the general public for several days in the village of Khadira in the Shaki district of Badakhshan,” said local authorities in a Facebook post Saturday evening.

    According to the statement, about 100 families are living in the village who are mostly farmers and retailers.”

  31. Germany: Police drag and arrest maskless anti-lockdown protesters in Dusseldorf

    Dozens of demonstrators gathered to protest the German coronavirus lockdown measures in Dusseldorf’s Rheinwiesen park on Sunday. The demonstration was organised by a group of coronavirus sceptics known as ‘Querdenken.’

    There was a large police presence at the rally, and police were seen physically detaining those who were not wearing masks or disobeying the restrictive measures.

    Due to the problems arising from the confrontations with the police, the group swiftly moved the demonstration after some attendees were detained. The group left the park and changed location, making their way to the Marktplatz where protests continued.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel originally announced a series of measures in March in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. The measures have been gradually eased nationwide. However, over the past weeks, the number of new infections has significantly increased?, leading to more restrictive measures coming back into place.

    • Germany: Police use water cannons on protesters in Frankfurt

      Police used water cannons to disperse counter protesters during an anti-lockdown rally in Frankfurt on Saturday.

      The group of activists were counter-protesting a coronavirus sceptic rally organised by the ‘Querdenken’ (‘Lateral Thinkers’) group. The police later used the water cannon on them too.

      Germany broke national records with confirmed cases of coronavirus in October and on November 2 entered a month-long lockdown. Most businesses have been ordered to close and people asked to stay at home whenever possible in order to spread the curb of the virus.

  32. Turkey detains 2 ISIL-linked terror suspects

    “Turkish security forces detained two foreign nationals in the capital Ankara for their suspected links to the ISIL terror group, a security source said on Nov. 15.

    The suspects were detained in a joint operation by counter-terrorism units of the provincial police department and the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (M?T), said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

    Police also seized a number of documents and digital materials in the operation…”

  33. Turkey neutralizes 7 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

    “Turkish security forces neutralized seven PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

    The terrorists were neutralized in two separate air operations in the Zap and Avasin regions, the ministry said on Twitter, sharing footage of the action.

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

    The terrorists, detected through reconnaissance and surveillance, were plotting an attack, the ministry said.

    Operations will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized, it added.

    PKK terrorists often hide out in northern Iraq, across Turkey’s border, to plan attacks in Turkey.

    In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.”

  34. Zemmour: France needs nationwide referendum on immigration and to take back power from unaccountable judges

    “To restore the sovereignty stolen from the French people, it’s imperative that the power of judicial institutions is removed so that referendums on critical issues like immigration can be held, Éric Zemmour, a prominent French intellectual recently argued.

    During comments made on the CNews program Face à Face, Zemmour — the author of The French Suicide — made the case that the only way to stop terror attacks from increasing is to transfer the immense power held by unaccountable judges to the French citizenry, so that they themselves can decide on key policy issues like immigration, Valeurs Actuelles reported.

    Zemmour, a political commentator who garners some of the highest ratings on French television news programs, lambasted the French state for allowing foreigners from alien cultures to wage war against the country’s native population.

    The French polemicist then proposed two ways that French people could regain their sovereignty.

    “First, we must bring down the power of the judges. It is they, the judges, who’ve kidnapped the sovereignty of the people with all the supreme courts that we have: the Constitutional Council, the Council of State, the Court of Cassation, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Court of Justice of the European Communities. These are the people who decide on French policy in the place of the French government, and in place of the people,” Zemmour argued.

    “Secondly, the only way to restore the sovereignty of the people is by way of the referendum, in particular on immigration. There are drastic measures that need to be taken that judges will never allow us to take. It is only the people who can be summoned to say whether they are for or against [immigration].”

    When asked by the reporter about the representation of famed French leader General Charles de Gaulle in the present day, Zemmour argued that President Emmanuel Macron’s policies were diametrically opposed to Gaullism.

    To return to “Gaullian policy today”, it’s of paramount importance that the independence of the French nation, the sovereignty of its people, and the authority of the state be restored entirely. Zemmour then slammed Macron’s devotion to multiallelism and globalism.

    With polls in France showing citizens are overwhelmingly opposed to more immigration, Zemmour isn’t the only high profile figure in the country to express deep concern over the clear links between mass immigration and terrorism.

    On Friday, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed the topic as well during an interview with BFMTV, arguing that the state should “place the right to security over the duty of generosity”.

    “I believe that we must thoroughly renovate our immigration law to adapt to the new context,” he said.

    “It would be wise to think about a short moratorium, to use this time to consult with all the political forces, because it is a subject that concerns everyone, and to send the message to the French that we understand their concern.”

    France, which has the largest population of Muslim migrants in Europe, has experienced rapid demographic change over the last decades that could result in the ethnic French becoming a minority in 40 years. Currently, approximately 400,000 migrants arrive in the country each year.

    Zemmour has increasingly served as a voice channeling unease from the French over mass migration, prompting concern from the French over his growing popularity. For example, his appearance on CNews drew a record of 600,000 viewers on Oct. 5, up from the 80,000 viewers the show was receiving a year before.”

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