Reader’s Links for November 27, 2020

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

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  1. Cuomo Loses In Supreme Court, Dismisses Ruling As Not Having ‘Any Practical Effect’

    On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had the Supreme Court rule against him and in favor of the Archdiocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish congregations in a religious liberty case, dismissed the ruling as not having “any practical effect” because religious groups still have to follow New York City’s rule of limiting religious services to 50 percent.

    “That Supreme Court ruling on the religious gatherings is more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else,” Cuomo said, according to the New York Post. “It’s irrelevant of any practical impact because of the zone they were talking about is moot. It expired last week. It doesn’t have any practical effect. The lawsuit was about the Brooklyn zone. The Brooklyn zone no longer exists as a red zone. That’s muted. So that restriction is no longer in effect. That situation just doesn’t exist because those restrictions are gone.”

  2. German government to spend €1 billion to ‘fight against the right’

    “The German federal government agreed on Wednesday to an enormous package of measures worth €1 billion to “fight against the right”, which will channel millions to pro-migrant organizations, civil society NGOs, left-wing activists, academic institutions, and federal states over the coming years.

    The project aims to “learn to better understand the causes of right-wing extremism and racism, respond to the actions of right-wing extremists as a strong state, and strengthen the support of democratic civil society,” the government announced.

    As Junge Freiheit reported, the funds, an average of €250 million euros per year, will be redistributed between 2021 to 2024.

    “The catalog of measures takes into account the opinions of representatives of civil society, especially those of migrant organizations, and academia and the federal states,” according to the legislation.

    The government committee against right-wing extremism and racism heard arguments in support of the bill before the Wednesday meeting.

    According to the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the committee also decided to appoint a federal commissioner against racism, to replace the term “race” in the German constitution, and to criminalize anti-Semitic and racist insults.

    Federal Minister for Family Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD) announced that the way had also been cleared for adopting a “defensive democracy promotion act”.

    The government justified the initiative by stating that “a greater awareness of racism as a general social phenomenon” is necessary. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) then agreed with the ministers involved that “the fight against right-wing extremism and racism must be stepped up.”

    “Right-wing extremism and racism, anti-Semitism, hostility towards Muslims and all other forms of group-focused enmity have no place in Germany,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said in praise of the agreement.

    “By this, we give strength to everyone who struggles so tirelessly to ensure that right-wing extremism has no place in our democracy,” he wrote on Twitter.

    In the run-up to the committee meeting, around 60 mostly left-wing associations and organizations appealed to the committee. In an open letter, organizations such as the Amadeu Antonio Foundation and the New German Media Professionals (Neuen deutschen Medienmacher) urged continued financial support.

    “Let us make it clear: The previous form of support for civil society democracy work was demotivating, and without a legal basis, the agreed government compromise remains without substance,” the letter states, adding that the “democracy promotion act” has to be implemented as soon as possible.

    At the beginning of the year, several organizations complained about insufficient support from the federal government. The funds for the “Live Democracy” program of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs had not been increased, remaining at €115 million per year, which would have lead to eliminating some jobs, mostly in the left-wing clubs. Subsequently, in the case of Berlin, the state government stepped in to provide more funding.”

  3. ‘Poland was right not to permit the forceful transfer of migrants’ – Top Polish editor says France reveals the dangers of mass migration

    “The crisis in France shows that Poland was right to oppose Brussels’ migrant policy, said Tomasz Sakiewicz, the editor-in-chief of Gazeta Polska, in an interview with TVP Info.

    “We should help migrants but in the places from which they are escaping, encouraging them to stay in their homes. We cannot transfer entire countries,” Sakiewicz said in context of the difficult situation France is facing with migrants from Africa.

    Authorities in Paris cleared a camp of 2,000 illegal migrants from the city this week, which sparked protests. The editor-in-chief told TVP Info that if French authorities had permitted these migrants to remain in their camps in Paris, then in the next two to three years, the city would turn into a “grand Mecca for all Islamic, Arabic migrants.”

    He warned that it would be impossible to live in Paris and its ordinary citizens would have to flee the city.

    Sakiewicz noted that French authorities had now been forced to use drastic measures to deal with issues like crime and terrorism stemming from its migrant communities, whereas Poland had simply said “no” to migration far earlier.

    Poland has also avoided the spate of Islamist terror attacks that have plagued Europe. In fact, the country even previously rejected the asylum application for the Chechen family of the 18-year-old terrorist who eventually went on to behead French history teacher Samuel Paty. Once rejected to Poland, the family was accepted by France for a period of ten years as refugees in a case that has illustrated the vast difference the two countries have towards migration.

    Which country is the ‘heartless’ one?
    Sakiewicz said that the EU exerted enormous pressure on Poland to accept migrants, using a variety of threats and appeals, including that Poland was acting in an unsympathetic manner.

    “There were attempts to convince us that we were defending our national interest at the cost of our heart,” he explained, referring to Poland rejecting EU migrant policy, including migrant quotas.

    “Who is heartless here? First, they let these people in and later they beat them, gas them and kick them out. If you do something mindlessly, then soon after you’ll start doing it heartlessly,” he said.

    The editor is pointing to French authorities’ recent decision to violently remove unauthorized camps of illegal migrants in their territory. Some of these migrants have established camps while awaiting asylum decisions, mainly in northern Paris and in the city’s suburbs. France is dealing with an influx of migrants without residence permits arriving in France through Spain and Italy and sometimes Germany. Many of them wish to travel to the United Kingdom.

    Sakiewicz pointed out that in these circumstances the independence and sovereignty of a state is incredibly important and one must pay attention to the smallest details to not lose that independence.

    “Poland was right not to let itself be walked over and did not permit the forceful transfer of migrants, because it happened in opposition to the will of the people,” Sakiewicz underlined.”

  4. ‘Hot expulsions’ of migrants caught at Spain’s border deemed legal by ECHR and Spanish Constitutional Court

    “The Spanish Constitutional Court ruled last week that forcing migrants straight back to Morocco after they have forced their passage through border fences surrounding Ceuta and Melilla is constitutionally legal.

    This practice of “hot expulsions”, also called “hot returns”, first became official and legal with the Public Safety Law enacted by the center-right Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy and its People’s Party (PP) in 2015. The law was then heavily criticized and brought to the Constitutional Court by NGOs and a group of socialist MPs headed by today’s Prime Minister Pedro S?ánchez.

    In 2018, Sánchez managed to win a vote of no-confidence and replace Mariano Rajoy at the head of a minority government formed by the Socialist Party (PSOE) with support from the far-left Podemos party and its communist allies (which have now become PSOE’s junior partner under the brand Unidas Podemos) as well as from several regional autonomist and separatist parties.

    At that time, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had just issued a ruling making Spain’s hot expulsions illegal. Among other migrant-friendly declarations, Sánchez promised that Spain would withdraw its appeal from the ECHR ruling and put an end to the practice of rejection of migrants at the border.

    In 2018, Spain faced a steep rise of illegal arrivals at its land border with Morocco and through the Straight of Gibraltar as a consequence of having welcomed hundreds of immigrants on board the Aquarius after Matteo Salvini refused access to the ship at an Italian port. While encouraging incoming migrants to continue their trip further north — mainly to France, Germany, and the UK — Sánchez then discreetly reverted to the immigration policies of Mariano Rajoy. Among other things, his government did appeal the ECHR ruling against hot expulsions of immigrants caught just after they have passed the border fence.

    Last February, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights reversed the earlier ruling and decided unanimously that those expulsions are legal after all, as those migrants have “put themselves in an illegal situation by trying to enter Spanish territory in an unauthorized way.” In that specific case brought forward to the ECHR by two illegal immigrants from Subsaharan Africa, the Grand Chamber also mentioned that those migrants had used force and the effect of a mass group to cross the border. The ECHR ruling, which is final, means that Spain does not have to give illegal immigrants caught at the border the possibility to file for asylum and that they can be forced back to Morocco.

    Such a judgment for Spain was in line with a ruling from November 2019 concerning Hungary. The Grand Chamber of the ECHR then refused to consider Hungarian so-called “transit zones” at the border as detention centers since asylum applicants detained there were free to leave the center if they decided to go back to Serbia. However, the EU’s own Court of Justice ruled otherwise, when it decided last May that the Röszke transit zone at the border with Serbia violated EU law.

    A complaint had been filed by the European Commission, which has also consistently criticized in the past the practice of hot expulsions by Hungarian authorities while remaining curiously silent over the same method enforced by Spanish authorities. Hungary having now closed its transit zones because of the ECJ ruling, and it will only accept asylum applications filed at its embassies outside of the EU. The European Commission has now opened new infringement proceedings against Hungary as it considers that this move is also against EU law.

    Because of the February ruling of the ECHR deeming hot expulsions legal, a similar ruling by the Spanish Constitutional Court was foreseeable, particularly after the resignation in October of one of its judges, who favored declaring those expulsions illegal in the light of the Spanish Constitution. His resignation came after the Supreme Court had given the green light to prosecute him on domestic violence charges.

    As per last week’s ruling, expulsions at the border are legal under Spain’s Constitution as long as they are enforced following Spain’s international obligations. Hot returns are allowed in the case of individuals caught just after they have crossed the border and of whole groups in case of mass attempts to force the passage through border fences or border checkpoints.

    Meanwhile, as Sánchez promised in 2018, the Spanish government is currently removing razor wire at the top of its border fences around its Northern African enclaves. According to the opposition PP and Vox, his government’s communication policy on immigration is a major cause of this year’s 10-fold increase in arrivals to the Canary Islands. Such a phenomenon had not been seen since 2006, after Zapatero’s socialist government had conducted mass legalization of immigrants. Migrants sailing to the Canary Islands risk their lives and cannot be easily subjected to hot expulsions, and that route has now become more popular than the one through the land border at Ceuta i Melilla.

    On Wednesday, Sánchez hosted his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, at Palma de Mallorca, and both leaders called for more European solidarity on immigration. After the departure of Salvini’s League and the forming of a fully left-wing coalition government in September 2019, Italy reopened its ports to NGO boats, and last May, Conte’s second government even granted hundreds of illegal immigrants the right to stay. As a consequence, Italy has also been suffering a sharp increase in unwanted arrivals this year.”

  5. Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

    America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

    Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

    Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

    Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.

    Trending: HMM: Michelle Obama was Desperate Not to be Photographed in a Bikini as First Lady

    In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

  6. China: How an Authoritarian Regime Exploited the War on Terror
    China’s agenda was to criminalize the entire Uighur population. It worked

    The war on terror was a blunt instrument that impacted large swathes of Muslim populations, including China’s Uighur population. Like other similarly coined terms including the war on drugs, the war on terror didn’t allow for surgical precision in its implementation.

    In his new book, The War on the Uyghurs, author Sean R. Roberts traces the early days of the war on terror to spotlight how China exploited a small pocket of U.S. counterterrorism initiatives to cover their own agenda of criminalizing the entire Uighur population.

    China had previously viewed their conflict with the Uighurs as a local problem. Those problems surfaced over mass migration of the Han Chinese into Xinjiang, the ancestral Uighur home in northwest China. The Uighurs viewed the migration as China’s attempt to take over the region’s many natural resources. China subsequently refused to honor peaceful Uighur protest over these and other grievances.

    After 9/11, China successfully lobbied the UN for a small group of Uighur militants in Afghanistan, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic movement (ETIM), to be labeled a terrorist organization, using the opportunity to present Uighur violence through the same lens as al-Qaeda terrorism.

  7. Iran Moving Advanced Centrifuges Underground in Violation of Nuclear Deal
    Biden vows to reenter deal that Trump administration left

    In a fresh and deliberate breach of the nuclear deal with the world powers and ahead of the expected inauguration of Joe Biden as U.S. president, Iran is moving advanced centrifuges to an underground site assumed to be built to withstand aerial bombing.

    As reported by Reuters, the move was noted in a U.N. atomic watchdog report that states that the action was taken after Iran’s above-ground centrifuge-building facility at Natanz was burned down last summer.

    The fire, which set back the production of enriched uranium – material necessary for a nuclear bomb, was labeled an act of sabotage by the Islamic Republic.

    According to the nuclear deal, only first-generation machines may be used to enrich uranium, not advanced centrifuges. The latest move is one of the many breaches of the agreement made by Tehran, which entered into the 10-year pact in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

    The deal, which was deemed flawed from its inception, was designed to guarantee that if Iran chose to build a nuclear weapon, the break-out time would be one year, instead of the estimated two to three months without the deal.

  8. the rebel – Barbecue Rebellion Day 3: Owner Adam Skelly ARRESTED at Adamson BBQ

    David Menzies was on the scene once again as Adamson Barbecue owner Adam Skelly opened his restaurant for a third consecutive day in defiance of the City of Toronto’s lockdown orders.

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