Reader’s Links post for November 21, 2020

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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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  1. France: Woman Stabbed in the Back in ‘Random’ Attack (breitbart, Nov 20, 2020)

    “An unknown perpetrator stabbed a 23-year-old woman in the back outside a French railway station in what is being described as a random act of violence.

    The incident took place at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the city of Massy outside of Paris. A man had snuck up to the woman and stabbed her in the back after she had been shopping at the near the Massy-Palaiseau RER station.

    According to the victim, her attacker made “incomprehensible remarks” before fleeing the scene on foot, according to Actu17.

    “She received a single stab in the lumbar area of the spine, in the lower back,” a police source told Le Parisien, confirming that she required hospital treatment.

    The attacker remains at large, and a source close to the investigation said that so far a terrorist motive is not being considered.

    According to the newspaper, the attack comes nearly four years after a similar incident in front of the RER station when a young man was stabbed for refusing to give the perpetrators his mobile phone.

    Random acts of violence, known as “violences gratuites” in France, have become common across France, with a 2018 report claiming that the country sees as many as 777 random acts of violence every day.

    Another similar stabbing attack took place in September at the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris and saw a man randomly attack another man sitting on a bench waiting for a train.

    The man, described as European by some and Asian by others, stabbed the victim in the neck in what also appeared to be a random act of violence.”

  2. Five People Reportedly Dead as Multiple Explosions Rattle Afghan Capital of Kabul – Photo, Video (sputniknews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “Densely populated areas of Kabul have reportedly suffered from a series of explosions on Saturday, the nature of which has not been determined yet.

    Multiple blasts have reportedly rocked the capital of Afghanistan on Saturday, AFP said, citing reports from staff on the ground. Some explosions sounded like rockets being fired, journalists revealed.

    The area of the city that has reportedly been affected is densely populated. Accordng to the 1TVNews broadcaster, citing the Afghan Health Ministry, the death toll from the blasts has so far reached 5, while at least 21 people were injured.

    Alarms have also been heard around the Green Zone area, which hosts dozens of international businesses; many embassies are located nearby.

    Some witnesses say that “more than 10 rockets” have hit different parts of the city, including the Pul-e-Mahmood Khan area. Posted photos have also shown holes from rockets in at least two buildings.

    According to circulating reports from the site, locals have also heard gun shots in the central area of Kabul. A tweet suggesting that shots had been fired at Kabul’s Pule Baghe Omomi was later deleted.

    Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said that two small “sticky bomb” blasts occurred during the morning (21 November), with one reportedly hitting a police car, leading to the death of a policeman and three others being injured, according to AFP.

    No group has taken responsibility for the explosions so far…”

  3. Panama-Flagged Vessel Reportedly Seized by Iran For Alleged Fuel Smuggling (sputniknews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “This is not the first time reports emerge suggesting that Iran has seized foreign oil vessels, as back in 2019 several similar incidents reportedly took place in the waters of the Persian Gulf. The seized vessels supposedly belonged to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Norway, Japan and other countries.

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have intercepted a Panamanian-flagged vessel found to be carrying more than 300,000 liters (79,251 gallons) of smuggled fuel, Fars news agency reported on Friday.

    The report did not specify the nationality of the crew members, only detailing there were 10 people on board.

    Iran, an oil-rich country, has been frequently said to be seizing vessels sailing under different flags and allegedly smuggling fuel, as the Islamic republic is known to carefully police the waters of the Persian Gulf in order to prevent fuel smuggling.

    Among the latest incidents, the IRGC reportedly captured a vessel with 16 Malaysian crew members on board in December 2019, but it was unclear which flag it had been sailing under.

    In July 2019, Tehran seized British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, saying that it had ignored safety regulations, turned off its communications equipment and rammed into an Iranian fishing vessel. The seizure resulted in a diplomatic squabble with London, as both countries accused each other of “piracy” due to the UK earlier capturing an Iranian vessel in Gibraltar. Eventually, both vessels were released.

    Tensions in the Gulf region have been high lately due to the United States tightening sanctions against Iran, with Washington putting the blame on Tehran for capturing several tankers in the Gulf in May and June of 2019 – something that the Islamic Republic denied.

    According to Iranian media assessments, cited by Reuters, an estimated 10 million litres of fuel are smuggled per day.”

  4. New Closed Migrant Centers to Help Stop ‘Propagandizing’ of Migration, Greek Lawmaker Says (sputniknews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “The construction of several new “closed” migrant reception centers on the Greek islands will help preserve human rights and prevent the “propagandizing” of migration to those seeking to enter the EU, Sofia Voultepsi, a member of Greek parliament representing the ruling New Democracy party, told Sputnik.

    The EU and Greek government are currently in negotiations over the construction of new migrant reception centers following the series of blazes that destroyed the Moria camp, which held upwards of 11,000 migrants, on the island of Lesbos back in September. A new temporary camp has been established in its place.

    Speaking at a high-level EU conference on migration and asylum on Thursday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that Brussels and Athens were “close to finalizing” a memorandum of understanding to build a new reception center on Lesbos that would ensure “dignified standards of living.”

    “On this matter, the EU is helping a lot. They give money to Greece in order to have new constructions on the islands. We are going to build new closed centers,” Voultepsi, an ex-minister to the Greek prime minister and former government spokeswoman, said.

    So-called closed camps would see migrants allowed to leave the facility during the day, but would force them to remain within the center’s grounds overnight. According to Voultepsi, housing migrants in closed camps would prevent them from being exploited by those they come into contact with outside the facility’s walls.

    “Closed centers guarantee the protection of human rights so that migrants are not exploited by those who see their drama as a way of making business,” the Greek lawmaker said.

    The new facilities would also play a crucial role in the European Union’s attempts to dissuade migrants from attempting to cross the bloc’s external borders, Voultepsi remarked.

    “The Greek state will secure the preservation of their human rights. Under these legal circumstances nobody will deceive them, propagandizing that they will easily arrive in other European countries. And this is a quite secure way of discouragement to start the trip,” the Greek lawmaker said.

    Voultepsi added that Greece needs “more help” from the European Union to “protect” the bloc’s external borders, particularly amid the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic.

    Since the start of 2020, 14,600 migrants and asylum seekers have arrived in Greece from Turkey, including 4,433 who made landfall on Lesbos, according to the UN Refugee Agency. The current year’s total is projected to be significantly lower than the more than 59,700 arrivals reported in 2019.”

  5. India says Pakistani shelling kills soldier in Kashmir (abcnews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “An Indian soldier was killed and another wounded by Pakistani shelling along the highly militarized frontier dividing Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed rivals, the Indian army said Saturday.

    Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand accused Pakistani troops of firing mortar rounds and other weapons along the Line of Control in southern Rajouri district.

    Anand called the incident “an unprovoked violation” of a 2003 cease-fire accord and said that Indian troops retaliated.

    Pakistan did not comment immediately. In the past, each side has accused the other of starting border skirmishes in the disputed Himalayan region, which both claim in its entirety…”

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  6. ‘Love Jihad’ Law Regulating Interfaith Marriages Close to Reality in Six Indian States, Claims BJP (sputniknews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, warned Muslim men “luring” Hindu women into marriage last moth that they would be forced to conduct their last rites if the practice of ‘Love Jihad’ didn’t end. The remarks by the Hindu monk-turned-BJP leader were made during a state election meeting.

    Six Indian states are contemplating laws that would “punish marriages” which are based on “deceit, intention to cheat or mala fide intention to convert”, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national spokesperson Tom Vadakkan told Sputnik on Friday.

    “Laws must exist to protect women from such marriages,” said Vadakkan, adding that the not only the majority Hindu community, but even the Sikh and Christian communities have objected to such “forcible marriages”.

    He further alleged that in his home state of Kerala, complaints had arisen about certain Islamist organisations funding such Hindu-Muslim marriages. “It is amply evident from widows in Afghanistan who had been forced into marrying their men and converting,” he added.

    The remarks by the BJP spokesperson come as India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, on Friday moved a step closer to enacting a law on regulating interfaith marriages after the state authorities said on Friday that they had made all “necessary preparations” to check the practice of religious conversions in the name of marriage, according to the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI).

    “There has been a rise in such cases in the state, which have caused social disharmony and enmity. These incidents are also bringing a bad name to the state and therefore a strict law is the need of the hour,” the state’s Law Minister Brijesh Pathak said.

    The proposed law, which is backed by India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), targets individuals who only marry Hindu women so that they can “forcefully convert” their partners.

    The term ‘Love Jihad’, popularised by prominent BJP leaders, is specifically seen in context of Hindu-Muslim marriages, wherein a Muslim boy marries a Hindu girl. Many BJP leaders have alleged that the express purpose of Muslim men is to “lure” Hindu women into marriage and effect a demographic change.

    The recent debate on introducing a law to counter “Love-Jihad” gained traction in the wake of the killing of a 21-year-old girl by her Muslim boyfriend’s accomplice in Haryana state. According to reports, the girl had refused to heed her boyfriend’s request to convert to Islam.

    States Mulling Laws on ‘Love-Jihad’
    Besides Uttar Pradesh, several other BJP-ruled states, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Haryana, have also made their intention clear about passing a similar law in the coming days. According to Vadakkan, similar laws are also being mulled in BJP-governed Assam and Telangana, which is ruled by a regional outfit.

    Madhya Pradesh’s home minister Narottam Mishra said last week that the central Indian state would introduce the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020, in the state legislature next month.

    The proposed law calls for five years of rigorous imprisonment and/or non-bailable warrant against individuals “fraudulently luring” their partners into marriage.

    Meanwhile, in the state of Bihar, the BJP has asked its alliance partner to follow in the footsteps of other states and introduce the law. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) state election victory this month in Bihar has been largely credited to the charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which analysts say affords them more political say in the government, led by ally and state chief Nitish Kumar.

    However, several experts and leaders from the main opposition Congress Party have expressed concerns over the passage of such a law, which they say challenges Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. The said constitutional provision affords the Indian citizens the right to marry as they please.

    In scathing remarks against the proposed law, Congress leader and Chief Minister of the state of Rajasthan remarked that “jihad has no place in love.”…:

  7. Tehran Dismisses NYT Report on Contact with Biden Team Over Iran Nuclear Deal as ‘Yellow Journalism’ (sputniknews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “Tehran has brushed off as mere ‘yellow journalism’ a recent report in The New York Times about alleged efforts of Iranian diplomats to hint at the Islamic Republic’s ‘insistence’ that the US ‘unconditionally’ rejoin the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal.

    Some media pursue a common method, particularly under the current circumstances, to resort to ‘yellow journalism’, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday, according to Press TV.

    The paper claimed that Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi had “tried to pass on to Mr. Biden’s advisers through intermediaries Tehran’s insistence that the United States return to the Iran deal unconditionally before any talks resume.”

    The Times noted that the Democratic presidential candidate’s advisers have not confirmed receiving any messages from Iran, and they were resolved to deal with the issue only after Biden’s potential inauguration…”

  8. Squad Member Ilhan Omar Urges Biden to Scrap Trump’s Arab-Israeli ‘Peace Deals’ (sputniknews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has sent the Biden ‘transition team’ some foreign policy advice, encouraging it to scrap the recent peace/recognition deals between Israel, the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan. In a long-telegram style series of tweets on Donald Trump’s Mideast policy, the lawmaker accused the President of disguising arms agreements as ‘peace deals’.

    “He recently inked so-called ‘peace deals’ between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Israel. The only problem? They weren’t peace deals. They’re arms sales to human rights abusers, designed to empower the Gulf States and increase the risk of war with Iran,” Omar wrote.

    “Trump proposed a staggering $23 billion in arms sales to the UAE, which the administration admitted was linked to the deal,” she added, pointing out that she had introduced resolutions in the House to try to stop these arms sales.

    Suggesting that the diplomatic agreements have only “normalised the occupation” of Palestinian territories by Israel, Omar lamented that they’ve “made real peace for Israelis and Palestinians increasingly unlikely.”

    According to the congresswoman, Joe Biden now “has a tremendous opportunity to reverse” Trump’s foreign policy, and to position the US “at an equal distance” from all the Middle Eastern “dictators,” whether it be Iran, or Saudi Arabia, or the Yemeni Saudi puppet government, or the UAE….”

  9. Russian Defen?e Ministry Reports 31 Ceasefire Violations in Syria Over Past 24 Hours (sputniknews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of a ceasefire in Syria has registered 31 truce violations in the Middle Eastern country over the past 24 hours, while Turkey recorded six violations, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

    “The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish joint commission … has registered 31 instances of firing in the [following] provinces: three in Aleppo, six in Latakia, 18 in Idlib, four in Hama. The Turkish side has reported six instances of firing; the Russian part of the representative office confirmed none of them”, according to the ministry.

    The ministry has noted that the Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring in Syria held no humanitarian actions in the last 24 hours.

    The Defence Ministry also reported that more than 140 refugees had returned to Syria from Lebanon.

    “Over the past 24 hours, 145 refugees (including 43 women and 74 children) have returned to the Syrian Arab Republic from the territory of Lebanon through the Jaydet-Yabus and Tell-Kalah checkpoints. No refugees have arrived from Jordan through the Nasib checkpoint”, the ministry said.

    It added that the Syrian engineering troops had cleared of mines 1.6 hectares (4 acres) of the territory in the provinces of Damascus and Daraa. The military personnel discovered and defused 14 explosive devices.”

  10. Ethiopian Military Has Taken Control of Adigrat Town From Tigray Forces, Gov’t Says (sputniknews, Nov 21, 2020)

    “The fighting in Ethiopia’s north erupted in early November, when the federal government accused the ruling party in the rebel Tigray region of attacking a local military base. The government has launched an offensive in the region in response.

    The Ethiopian government has taken control of Adigrat, a town located in the Tigray Region, authorities said on Saturday, as quoted by Reuters.

    Adigrat lies 116 km north from Mekelle, the capital of Tigray Region, and 898 km north of the nation’s capital Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government is currently pushing its military further into the region to topple rebel forces following an eruption of violence on 4 November.

    According to Reuters, it’s hard to verify the current positions of the forces, as internet and phone lines have been down since the conflict began.

    Ongoing Clashes in Ethiopia
    The federal government is accusing the rebel TPLF party (Tigray People’s Liberation Front), which maintains de facto control of the region, of attacking a local military base in early November.

    Addis Ababa has launched a security operation against the forces, calling the TPLF a “military junta”.

    According to Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Russia Alemayehu Tegenu, the operation has been conducted with “maximum care to protect civilians”, in the region, in spite of “fake news and information spread on social media and even in mainstream media” about the conflict.

    The official also said that the TPLF was “trying to escape accountability for the genocidal crime it committed both on the Ethiopian National Defence Force and civilians in May Cadera”…”

  11. Meddling Tony Blair orders Boris Johnson to keep Britain’s £15billion foreign aid budget (exrpess, Nov 21, 2020)

    “MEDDLING Tony Blair has ordered Boris Johnson not to cut the UK’s foreign aid programme that sends billions of pounds to countries every year.

    Boris Johnson’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to axe the £15billion a year spend in the upcoming Budget to help fund the UK’s huge coronavirus crisis bill. The former Labour premier, who served as Prime Minister 13 years ago, has teamed up with David Cameron to warn the Tory leader the move would undermine his presidency of the G7.

    Mr Blair said foreign aid – and the 0.7 target – had been a “great British soft power achievement”, saving millions of lives in Africa by reducing deaths from malaria and HIV, and cutting it would be a “profound strategic mistake”.

    The UK has a legal commitment to spend 0.7 percent of its economy’s GDP on foreign projects and some of the world’s richest countries, including China and India, have benefited from taxpayers’ money.

    The money saved could also be used to fund Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence projects.

    But Mr Blair told the Daily Telegraph: “Over the past 20 years, the British commitment to 0.7 per cent has helped cut deaths from malaria, HIV and others on the continent of Africa, measured literally in millions; raised life expectancy dramatically; educated better many millions more children; created stability and assisted development which has seen investment and living standards rise to levels not experienced before.

    “This has been a great British soft power achievement. It’s enlightened self-interest.

    “Neither the challenge of climate or COVID-19 can be met without Africa. Nor can those of extremism and uncontrolled immigration. To change it is a profound strategic mistake.”

    Chancellor Sunak is widely expected to pare back the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 percent of national income on overseas aid to 0.5 percent in next week’s spending review.

    Mr Cameron oversaw the country meeting the 0.7 percent target for the first time in 2013, and he and Tony Blair have joined a list of those urging a rethink of the plans.

    The spending on aid is related to gross national income which, in 2019, was £2.17 trillion, meaning a drop from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent would account for more than £4 billion.

    Mr Cameron said: “Abandoning the 0.7 target for aid would be a moral, strategic and political mistake.

    “Moral, because we should be keeping our promises to the world’s poorest. A strategic error, because we would be signalling retreat from one of the UK’s vital acts of global leadership.

    “And a political mistake because the UK is about to chair the G7 and important climate change negotiations. I hope the PM will stick to his clear manifesto promise, maintain UK leadership and save lives.”

    Last week, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman drew attention to the fact that the legislation enshrining the 0.7 percent target in UK law might not always be met.

    Meanwhile, coronavirus has led to a strain on the public purse with the Government spending billions keeping the economy ticking over.

    Earlier this week, Mr Johnson was urged to rethink the plan in a letter signed by 185 development and humanitarian charity leaders including Save The Children, Greenpeace UK, and Unicef UK.

    The former prime minister’s added in a joint statement: ”Now is not the time to renege on our promise to spend 0.7% of our gross national income on aid and development.”

    “Stepping back from our international commitments is not the solution and risks damaging the UK’s standing globally as we define our role in the world post-Brexit.

    “A U-turn on your manifesto commitment to maintain the 0.7 percent target would signal we are a nation willing to balance its books on the backs of the world’s most marginalised people, many of whom are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on top of existing hardship.””

  12. ‘Quack’ doctor, 52, who charged British patients up to £20,000 for cancer and heart treatments including blood infusions in Spain is arrested (dailymail, Nov 21, 2020)

    “A ‘quack’ doctor who is said to have charged British patients up to £20,000 a time has been arrested in Spain.

    The 52-year-old Pakistani is accused of using a rented villa near Valencia as an unlicensed clinic to treat people who had flown from the UK for treatments including blood infusions after being diagnosed with arthritis, cancer and heart problems.

    Police say the aides he employed as nursing assistants were in reality ‘exploited’ agricultural workers he paid a pittance for 12-hour days on a farm he owned in the same area.

    The alleged fake medic, arrested in the municipality of Picassent, a 25-minute drive south-west of Valencia, has not been named.

    A spokesman for the Civil Guard in Valencia, which made the arrest said: ‘Officers have dismantled an unlicensed medical clinic and freed eight people who were suffering labour exploitation.

    ‘The detainee is a 52-year-old man from Pakistan and alleged author of a range of offences including crimes against the rights of workers, professional intrusion, fraud and money laundering.

    ‘The workers harvested products the arrested man sold through a UK website.’

    The spokesman continued: ‘Patients who went to the unlicensed clinic had joint pain and even heart problems or cancer.

    ‘They received different types of medical treatment, including blood transfusions.

    ‘Most came from Britain and flew to Spain solely for treatment, paying between £10,000 and £20,000 a time.’…”

  13. Hungarian Prime Minister: ‘Soros Is One of the Most Corrupt People in the World’ (breitbart, Nov 21, 2020)

    “Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán lambasted billionaire plutocrat George Soros as “one of the most corrupt people in the world” after he called on the European Union to make Hungary and Poland submit to “open society” values.

    “George Soros is threatening Hungary and Poland,” Prime Minister Orbán told Kossuth Rádió on Friday, referencing the 90-year-old arch-activist’s public lobbying of the EU deprive the conservative-led central European countries of funding.

    “George Soros is one of the most corrupt people in the world; he has plenty of politicians in his pocket who now want to blackmail Hungary and Poland for access to EU funds,” the Hungarian leader continued, accusing the billionaire spreading “absurd, beyond-the-red-line statements” about his country.

    Soros had claimed, among other things, that “Orbán has constructed in Hungary an elaborate kleptocratic system to rob the country blind. The amount by which he has enriched his family and friends is difficult to estimate but many of them have become exceedingly wealthy” in a recent article — not without a certain level of irony, considering his own vast fortune and past conviction for insider trading.

    Hungary and Poland are clashing with the EU establishment and its globalist allies after their recent decision to veto its proposed seven-year budget, which contained provisions that, in the view of Polish justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro, would have reduced them to “political and institutionalized enslavement“.

    At surface level, the provisions in question where uncontroversial, committing EU member-states to upholding European values and the so-called “rule of law”.

    The Hungarians and Poles, however, saw in them a mechanism to deprive conservative countries of their share of EU funds if they would not submit to the policy agendas of the EU’s dominant states — principally Germany and France — which have been incensed by the persistent refusal of Hungary and Poland to accept their efforts to impose compulsory migrant redistribution quotas.

    The EU also objects to Poland’s efforts to reform its courts. The EU characterises the reforms as an attack on judicial independence, but the Poles insist they are merely an attempt to undo a nepotistic legacy of the former communist regime (and a domestic matter in which foreign officials should not be interfering, in any case).

    “In the 1989 Roundtable Talks between Poland’s Communists and the democratic opposition, then-president General Wojciech Jaruzelski – the man who ran Poland’s martial law government for the Soviets – was allowed to nominate an entirely new bench of Communist-era judges to staff the post-communist courts. These judges dominated our judiciary for the next quarter-century. Some remain in place,” Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki explained in 2017.

    Poland and Hungary do have some reason to believe the rule of law provisions would have been used as a way of forcing compliance, with European Parliament vice president Katarina Barley, of Germany, having suggested they should be “starved financially” before the vote at which they exercised their veto.

    Soros, for his part, attempted to paint the Polish-Hungarian veto as selfish and irresponsible, “coming at a moment when Europe is suffering from a dangerous surge of COVID-19 cases” — although the Polish and Hungarian governments might reasonably retort that it was not their decision to tack punishment clauses for supposed values violations onto a budget which might have restricted its scope to coronavirus relief and economic measures.

    “The EU can’t afford to compromise on the rule-of-law provisions. How it responds to the challenge posed by Orbán and [Polish leader Jaros?aw] Kaczy?ski will determine whether it survives as an open society true to the values upon which it was founded, the billionaire insisted.

    “If you ever wanted to know how the Soros plan works, here it is,” said Hungary’s Secretary of State for International Communication and Relations, Zoltán Kovács, in a direct response.

    “[George Soros] suggested fiscal penalties against those who do not accept migrants back in 2015. Today we see financial blackmailing & political retribution operationalized by EU institutions,” he explained.

    “Make no mistake, the EU’s ‘rule of law debate’ has never really been about actual ‘rule of law’. If we look back at the last five years, we can see clearly how the topic of rule of law has gained momentum every time the EU’s liberal, pro-migration forces fail to impose their will on Member States, like Hungary and Poland, that oppose migration,” he elaborated in an official blog post, providing a timeline of events.”

  14. Man Who Threatened Prime Minister and MPs over Fear Mother Would Fail Immigration Test Jailed (breitbart, Nov 21, 2020)

    “Wajid Shah, 27, was jailed for two years after being found guilty of six counts of sending threatening communications to lawmakers, including a death threat to former Prime Minister Theresa May. The court heard that Shah had sent messages to those connected to British immigration laws over fears his mother would fail her citizenship test.

    The Slough resident was first arrested for sending threatening messages in March 2019 and was rearrested the following month after he continued to send malicious communications. Charged in September 2019, he was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court on October 6th after a six-day trial and was sentenced on Friday.

    Thames Valley Police said that all the communications sent via email had “conveyed a threat with the sole purpose of causing distress or anxiety to the recipient”.

    Shah had sent messages to then-Prime Minister May as well as past and present serving parliamentarians in the Labour and Conservative parties, according to the BBC.

    In an impact statement read on behalf of the former Conservative leader, it was revealed that while Mrs May was used to receiving threatening messages, it was the fact that Shah lived so close to her Maidenhead constituency and the “extremely offensive, threatening and disturbing” nature of the messages that left her “feeling anxious and concerned”.

    Mrs May, who Shah threatened to kill “with a knife or gun”, added that “what made this one different was the explicit and repeated threat to kill me”.

    He had also sent messages to MP Tan Dhesi and former MP and current Member of the House of Lords Mark Lancaster, in which he threatened to cut off their heads. The threats against Mr Dhesi, which included a racist slur, were taken so seriously by police that the Slough Labour MP was advised to leave his constituency office.

    Former Conservative immigration minister Caroline Nokes was also targetted with a message that said: “I’m going to kill you fucking bitchh and I’m going to kill you fucking bitch.”

    Ms Nokes noted that the email she received indicated that Shah had done some research on her constituency, leaving her with the feeling that the threat was reminiscent of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed outside of a library where she was holding a surgery in 2016.

    Shah had also sent former Labour minister Lord David Blunkett abusive messages, calling him a “regarded blind bastard” in two emails.

    Prosecutor Barry McElduff had told jurors that Shah was concerned that his mother Noreen Shah would fail her naturalisation test because she speaks “little or no English”, as he often had to act as her translator.

    “Wajid had considerable anxiety about her necessity should it arise to complete the UK citizenship test.

    “And the UK citizenship test sits alongside the allegations of this case for this reason.

    “Many of the persons that received abusive emails in this case either had a direct link to the UK immigration test or a perceived link to the UK immigration test,” Mr McElduff said, according to the Daily Mail.

    Judge Philip Bartle QC agreed, telling the court that Shah’s “motivation” for threatening and harassing lawmakers was connected to his mother’s “immigration matters” and the “UK citizens’ test”, and that he had “carefully” chosen the recipients over their links to immigration laws.

    Shah was described in court as having a “very low IQ” of 58 and “severe learning difficulties”, but it was found that he did not have mental health issues. The judge also noted that despite his recorded impairments, he was able to carefully plan his abuses against lawmakers based on their connection to immigration and their proximity to him, at times sending the messages using false names.

    Following his sentencing, Thames Valley Police said in a statement that the messages were “too violent and graphic to describe”, with one of such a threatening nature that it triggered the evacuation of a building.”

  15. Man Caught with Sawn-off Shotgun and Machete Plotted to Kill Police (breitbart, Nov 21, 2020)

    “Police have arrested an 18-year-old man near a high school in the commune of Lunéville on suspicion of plotting to murder police officers while armed with a sawn-off shotgun and a machete.

    The arrest came after a man called police on November 12th and claimed to have been attacked near the Boutet de Monvel High School at around 8:50 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a man at the scene with the tip of a firearm protruding from his bag.

    According to a report from Actu, in the pursuit of the arrest, police realised that the armed suspect was also the alleged assault victim, and had made the call to emergency services to lure officers to the area to ambush them. Police arrested the suspect, who was armed with a machete, a knife, and a sawn-off shotgun loaded with one cartridge.

    While in custody, the teen claimed he wanted to ambush police to steal their firearms and sell them on the black market, but decided against the idea after the officers arrived.

    Investigators said the story given does not match the motive indicated by the content of text messages from the suspect’s phone, which revealed that he wanted to kill officers. Two 16-year-olds were identified as the recipients of the communications, and both were also taken into custody.

    One of the teens told prosecutors that the 18-year-old had said he wanted to “kill police officers with a view to taking their weapons and also to kill others”.

    The 18-year-old suspect has since been indicted on charges of weapons offences, while prosecutors have demanded he also be charged with the attempted murder of a public official.

    Attacks on police are no lot rare in France, especially in some of the so-called “sensitive” neighbourhoods across the country that often explode into urban violence and rioting.

    Plots to kill police are, however, less common, and usually involve radical Islamic extremists who have attacked and even killed officers in recent years.

    Far-left Antifa extremists have also plotted to kill police, as well.”

  16. Greek Police Find Alleged Islamic State Jihadist in Migrant Camp (breitbart, Nov 21, 2020)

    “Police in the Greek capital of Athens have arrested a 27-year-old Syrian migrant who they say is an Islamic State jihadist involved in terrorist acts.

    The alleged jihadist was taken into custody by counter-terrorism forces at the Eleonas camp migrant camp where he was living with his wife and five children.

    Said to have entered Greece in March of 2018, the 27-year-old applied for asylum alongside his wife and children and wanted to pass into another western European country, Greek newspaper Proto Thema reports.

    Prosecutors have accused the Syrian of taking part in terrorist activities with the Islamic State and charged him with being a member of a terrorist group and manslaughter.

    The Syrian can allegedly be seen in a 2014 video showing the persecution of the Al-Shi’itat, a group of people native to the Deir ez-Zor area of Syria.

    The arrest of the Syrian comes just weeks after another suspected Islamic State member was arrested in the city of Tripoli. the suspected jihadist, a migrant from Tajikistan, had been living in the city for three years in a house he acquired with the help of a pro-migration NGO.

    Greece has seen a number of Islamic State members come to the country thought illegal migration routes since the migrant crisis began in earnest in 2015, with many travelling through the country to other European Union member-states and Britain.

    Greek Government Admits Losing Track of over 32,000 Illegal Migrants

    Islamic State fighters and other Jihadists have been arrested in Germany, Italy and elsewhere after coming to the European Union illegally, with a recent case involving a Tunisian migrant who killed three people earlier this month in a church in Nice.

    Earlier this month, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis admitted that the country had lost track of over 32,000 failed asylum seekers.”

  17. twitter @AdityaRajKaul

    Look at the crowd at Minar-e-Pakistan which has gathered for the funeral of Islamist radical Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

    Funeral of a man who wanted to kill French and nuke Europeans.

    Indoctrination and Radicalization at its peak in Pakistan.

    No change in sight.


    al jazeera – Hardline Pakistani religious leader Khadim Rizvi dies

    Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who rose to prominence by campaigning on the issue of ‘blasphemy’ against Islam, died in Lahore.

    Islamabad, Pakistan – Hardline Pakistani religious leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who rose to prominence in the South Asian nation by campaigning on the issue of “blasphemy” against Islam, has died in the eastern city of Lahore, his party says.

    Far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party founded by Rizvi was behind the recent protests against France over the Prophet Muhammad’s cartoons.

    […]Rizvi’s funeral will be held at a national monument in Lahore on Saturday and is expected to draw crowds of thousands.

  18. Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri may have died in Afghanistan, says report

    Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has died in Afghanistan, according to a report.

    Ayman al-Zawahiri, the chief of terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, has died in Afghanistan, according to a report. However, Al-Qaeda is yet to confirm the purported death of al-Zawahiri. According to a report by Arab News, al-Zawahiri reportedly died of natural causes.

    Arab News reported that Zawahiri died in Ghazni due to asthma. He had had last appeared in a video message on the anniversary of 9/11 attacks in the US.

    al-Zawahiri had succeeded Osama Bin Laden as Al-Qaeda chief after he was killed in a US raid at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. Known to be a physician, al-Zawahiri was the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ).

    Hassan Hassan, director of the US-based Center for Global Policy (CGP) said that al-Zawahiri had died a month ago of natural causes but it is still not confirmed, as reported by Wion.

    al-Zawahiri is on the US “most wanted” list of terrorists. The US government has charged him of murdering its nationals including conspiracy to murder US nationals outside the United States.

  19. BREITBART – Twitter Will Transfer Official @POTUS Account to Joe Biden in January

    Twitter will transfer control of @POTUS, the official account of the President of the United States, to Joe Biden on January 20, regardless of whether President Donald Trump concedes the election.

    The transfer will reportedly also extend to other official government Twitter accounts, including @whitehouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS.

    Staffers from Twitter will also meet with Joe Biden’s transition team in the coming weeks.

    Via The Hill:

    President-elect Joe Biden will receive the @POTUS Twitter handle as soon as he is inaugurated to the White House in January regardless of whether President Trump concedes before then, Twitter announced Friday.

    A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that the tech giant is “actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” which also includes @whitehouse, @VP, @FLOTUS, and a number of other official accounts. The process is being done in consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Twitter also confirmed that staffers will meet with representatives from the Biden-Harris transition team in the coming months to review how the new administration plans to use its government-related accounts.

    President Trump has not conceded the 2020 race, and continues to file legal challenges in swing states that the media has called for Biden, amid widespread concern about potential voter fraud.

    With the election still disputed, Biden is now crowdfunding money on the internet to fund his transition efforts.

    “Because President Trump refuses to concede and is delaying the transition, we have to fund it ourselves and need your help,” said Biden in a tweet yesterday. “If you’re able, chip in to help fund the Biden-Harris transition.”

  20. As far as the media are concerned, Biden is running on borrowed time
    By LU Staff November 21, 2020

    So far, Joe Biden’s fantasy has been almost everything he hoped it would be. True, Donald Trump still hasn’t turned over the keys to the White House yet, but the nation’s oldest president-elect knows it’s only a matter of time. Then it’s back to his basement bunker — henceforth known as the Basement White House — for three hours of teleconferencing followed by a nap.

    Only the media who will be covering his administration have something else in mind. So far they’ve been willing to play along, providing copies of the questions they will ask to Biden staffers who can then provide him with scripted answers. And the questions have all been the kind he likes: “What flavor of milkshake did you get?”

    But is the intention of the press to paper over his age-related mental lapses indefinitely? Will Biden be permitted to extend the honorary title of “least scrutinized candidate ever” to “least scrutinized president”?

  21. Law Firm Withdraws From Representing Boockvar in Trump Campaign’s Pennsylvania Lawsuit
    By Tom Ozimek
    November 21, 2020 Updated: November 21, 2020

    Law firm Kirkland & Ellis has requested withdrawal from representing Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar in a lawsuit brought forward by the Trump campaign, with Kramer Levin attorney Barry Berke stepping in as a substitute.

    Kirkland & Ellis attorneys made the request in a notice of substitution of counsel filed on Nov. 20 (pdf), noting that Boockvar would be represented by law firm Kramer Levin, Myers Brier & Kelly, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, until the end of legal proceedings.

    This is not the first time Berke is to confront President Donald Trump’s legal team, with the National Law Journal reporting that Berke served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee as it built its impeachment case against Trump.

    The move to switch legal representation comes after Linda Kerns, a lawyer leading the Trump campaign’s efforts to dispute the election results in Pennsylvania, complained to a federal court that she received an abusive voicemail from a Kirkland & Ellis attorney, with Kerns saying the message “by any measure falls afoul of standards of professional conduct.”

    (Richard: If the law firm wants to withdraw the Trump lawyer has them cold on the phone call and they know it.)

  22. Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Leader: Ceasefire with U.S. Is Over (breitbart, Nov 21, 2020)

    “A conditional ceasefire suspending attacks on U.S. interests in Iraq has ended, the leader of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia group declared on Thursday.

    “The truce with the Americans has ended due to its conditions not being met,” Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Iranian-backed Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, said in an interview with Iraqi state media on November 19, Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported on Friday.

    Asaib Ahl Al-Haq is a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization and a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a coalition of militias that worked with the United States to fight the Islamic State. Many are Iran-backed militias that have regularly threatened the United States.

    The announcement followed news on November 17 that four rockets landed in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a heavily fortified area of the Iraqi capital housing foreign embassies, including that of the United States. In a statement, the Iraqi military said the bombing killed one child and injured five other civilians. The rockets that landed in the Green Zone “were launched from a neighborhood in al-Alf Dar district in New Baghdad,” according to the statement.

    Tuesday’s assault took place on the same day that the U.S. announced plans to reduce its number of troops in Iraq from 3,000 to 2,500 by January 15, 2021. Observers said the targeting of an international zone signaled an end to a temporary halt of attacks on U.S. interests in Iraq by Iran-backed militias, established by the largely Shiite militant groups through an informal truce in October.

    “Iraq’s Iranian-backed militia groups escalated attacks on US targets in Iraq, including the embassy in Baghdad and bases housing American troops, after the US killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, on January 3,” Rudaw recalled on Friday. “The militias agreed in October to suspend the attacks on condition that Washington withdraws its troops.”

    In his Thursday interview, Khazali said he does not support targeting the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, as it serves a diplomatic purpose. He claimed that armed operations in Iraq are sometimes necessary to achieve specific goals.

    “A stable future for Iraq depends on building state institutions. It is wrong to carry weapons without any reason, but only when it serves a clear goal,” Khazali said. “Whenever the goal disappears, so do the weapons.”

    Khazali’s militant group, Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, is also considered a political party within Iraq and is represented in the Iraqi parliament. In his interview, the Shiite militia leader also criticized Iraq’s recently reignited relationship with Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia.

    Riyadh announced in mid-October that it planned to increase its investment in Iraq by 10 billion Saudi riyals (about $2.7 billion). The investment will focus on Iraq’s “fields of energy, industry, mineral wealth, and agriculture,” Saudi Investment Minister Khaled bin Abdulaziz al-Falih said at the time.

    “It is going to hurt fertile Iraqi land, and strongly harm our water reserves,” Khazali said of Riyadh’s investment and development plans in Iraq.

    The two countries opened their shared Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in three decades on November 18. Some observers view Saudi Arabia’s recent interest in Iraq as part of its efforts to stem Iran’s growing regional influence.”

  23. GOP Win In PA: Judge Tosses Thousands Of Ballots Without Dates, Reversing Lower Court Ruling

    A Pennsylvania judge sided with the Trump campaign on Thursday, reversing a lower court decision by ruling to toss thousands of ballots without dates.

    “A GOP win in Pennsylvania — Commonwealth Court judge ruled that 2,349 absentee ballots in Allegheny County where the voter didn’t date their declaration are invalid, reversing a lower court judge,” reported BuzzFeed News’ Zoe Tillman, Thursday evening.

  24. Supreme Court Justices Receive Circuit Assignments, Amy Coney Barrett’s Includes Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

    Circuit assignments do indeed matter, as will be explained herein.

    Supreme Court Justices Receive Circuit Assignments, Amy Coney Barrett’s Includes Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

    Circuit assignments do indeed matter, as will be explained herein.

    Published 18 hours ago

    on Nov 20, 2020

    By Evan James

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    Each Supreme Court justice recently received their circuit assignments. Justice Amy Coney Barrett received the Seventh Circuit, which includes the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.

    Justice Barrett was a Seventh Circuit judge for three years, so perhaps it’s not surprising that she has been assigned that circuit as a member of SCOTUS.

    Circuit assignments are not something irrelevant. They matter significantly, especially in a time when the president and his lawyers are contesting the election results in several states. One prime example was when Justice Samuel Alito ordered the separation of mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day in Pennsylvania. Alito was able to do this because the Third Circuit is one of his assignments—the circuit in which Pennsylvania is located. If a liberal justice were overseeing the Third District, he or she might’ve ignored the Pennsylvania GOP’s emergency application on the matter.

  25. US Urgently Needs to Challenge China’s Chokehold on Rare Earth Materials

    by Lawrence A. Franklin
    November 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

    One of China’s most significant advantages in the race to dominate future hi-tech industrial production, among just about everything else, is its chokehold on “rare earth materials” (REM). These are materials — and the raw minerals from which they are extracted and processed — vital to the manufacture, for instance, of advanced weapons, fossil-free alternative energy systems, communication devices, computer products, and microelectronic networks.

    It is an area in which China has already established dominance . The Chinese Communist Party’s near monopoly on most of these 17 rare earth materials is by now a US national security vulnerability of enormous strategic importance. China’s October 13 decision to curtail the export of these vitally needed rare earth materials should serve as an urgent warning to the US to seriously begin developing an independent supply chain of these materials.

    The good news is that the Trump Administration had the foresight in 2017 to issue an Executive Order to begin the process of decoupling the US from its dependency on the Communist Chinese regime for REM. This Executive Order was followed up in early October by a Presidential declaration of a national emergency in mining, in an apparent effort to establish a US domestic REM stockpile for military requirements. China’s announced intent to ban the export of strategic REM to foreign countries could spur the US quickly and fully to implement President Trump’s directive to establish an independent REM supply chain. The Defense Department has not acted with the sense of urgency demanded by the President. In short, the DOD is dragging its feet. Consequently, if US-China relations plummet to the point where conflict appears imminent, America’s military would be disadvantaged should the Chinese decide to sever exports of REM to the US.

    Presently, the US Air Force’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-35, requires about 1,000 pounds of rare earth materials, most of which are presently acquired from China. The US is also dependent on China for REM required for laser guidance missiles, other advanced weapons systems and space satellites.

  26. Williams College Mathematician Flags up to 100,000 Ballots in Pennsylvania
    By Jack Phillips
    November 20, 2020 Updated: November 21, 2020

    A professor of mathematics at Williams College, in a sworn affidavit, flagged nearly 100,000 ballots in Pennsylvania after analyzing election data and phone interviews.

    Steven Miller, who specializes in analytic number theory and sabermetrics, said that one instance of possible fraud involved potential votes that weren’t counted and another instance involved ballots that may have been requested by a person other than the GOP-registered voter.

    “I estimate that the number of ballots that were either requested by someone other than the registered Republican or requested and returned but not counted range from 89,397 to 98,801,” Miller said in the sworn statement (pdf), according to Just The News.

    Elaborating, Miller said that “almost surely, the number of ballots requested by someone other than the registered Republican is between 37,001 and 58,914,” and that “almost surely the number of ballots requested by registered Republicans and returned but not counted is in the range from 38,910 to 56,483.”

  27. “Oregon Governor Encourages People To Call Police On Neighbors Violating COVID Orders” by Brock Simmons – November 21, 2020

    No arrests made as a marauding mob of 50 antifa vandalized and smashed businesses along a busy street in Portland.
    Andy Ngô – November 21, 2020 – Twitter

    The anitfa mob vandalized and smashed businesses and no arrests were made?
    Of course. The Police have a bigger problem to deal with: the dreaded COVID violators.

  28. Watch LIVE: Stop The Steal Protest in Atlanta, GA – LIVE COVERAGE
    Right Side Broadcasting Network – Started streaming 2 hours ago

  29. Exposing Corruption in Washington Politics at the Highest Level
    Valuetainment – November 20, 2020

    Peter Schweizer, American writer and political consultant, has a virtual sit down with Patrick Bet-David to talk about political corruption over the years and the 2020 election.

    About the Guest: Peter Franz Schweizer is an American writer and political consultant. He is the president of the Government Accountability Institute, senior editor-at-large of media organization Breitbart News, and a former William J. Casey Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

  30. BERLIN – Germany: Hundreds of Antifa activists decry coronavirus sceptics at Berlin march

    Hundreds of antifascist activists condemned coronavirus sceptics and anti-lockdown protesters as they marched through Berlin on Friday night.

    Police supervised the peaceful march, where demonstrators could be seen holding banners condemning “corona deniers and Nazi pigs.”

    Thousands of protesters rallied against a proposal to incorporate coronavirus measures into Germany’s existing infection protection law in the German capital on Wednesday, with police deploying water cannons and arresting over 150 demonstrators.

    The law subsequently passed both houses of the German parliament, and will give the German government a legal basis for future coronavirus restrictions.

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