Reader’s Links for December 3, 2020

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  1. Sweden Struggling to Prosecute Returning Jihadis Due to Burden of Proof (sputniknews, Dec 3, 2020)

    “There are currently about 40 ongoing preliminary investigations against Daesh* returnees over war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. So far, almost none of the Swedish jihadists has faced trial.

    A woman who travelled to Syria and joined Daesh has returned to Sweden. While the woman was arrested upon arrival at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport on suspicion of unlawful separation of children, her future remains unclear, the newspaper Sydsvenskan reported.

    “The woman took her two-and-a-half-year-old child to the Middle East under the pretence that they were going on a holiday trip to Turkey”, chamber prosecutor Claudio Gittermann from the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Helsingborg said, underscoring that the child will be reunited with the father who stayed in Sweden.

    The woman later ended up in a Syrian city under Daesh rule and instead of holiday pictures appeared in photographs holding a Kalashnikov that she called her “best friend”. How she returned to Sweden is also unclear.

    According to Sweden’s leading terrorism researcher Magnus Ranstorp of the National Defence College, there are about 40 ongoing preliminary investigations against various Daesh returnees over war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.

    Terror-related crimes committed by Daesh returnees are notoriously hard to prove, Ranstorp, said, stressing that this also applies to the woman.

    “If you have no digital tracks or testimonies, it is very difficult to get her convicted of anything”, Magnus Ranstorp admitted to national broadcaster SVT.
    At the same time, he admitted that she may be highly dangerous.

    “Everyone who has had contact with Daesh can be classified as dangerous, but exactly how dangerous she is cannot be said without knowing her psychological state or beliefs or what exactly what she has done down there”, Ranstorp underscored.

    The unlawful separation which she is suspected of may yield her four years in prison, if convicted. Ranstorp stressed that she will be of interest to the Security Police (Säpo) even when she walks free.

    “I have a hard time imagining that there will be hidden reconnaissance on her but she will be kept an eye on”, Ranstorp said.

    In recent years, Sweden has produced about 300 “Daesh travellers”, as they are referred to in the country’s media parlance, some of the most per capita in Europe.

    While about half of them have returned, the Scandinavian country is notoriously lax at punishing the returnees. Unlike neighbouring Denmark, which withdraws citizenship from jihadists, almost none of the Swedish “travellers” faced trial for crimes committed in the Middle East due to the burden of proof.

    In recent years, the Swedish Securty Police’s estimate of the number of violent Islamists has risen tenfold from about 200 in 2010 to about 2,000.

    *Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, “Islamic State”) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and elsewhere”

  2. Bangladesh, against objections, set to move Rohingya refugees to remote island
    Bangladesh has begun preparations to move thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island off its coast, officials said on Wednesday, despite opposition from many refugees and human rights groups who have termed it an “island detention center”.
    Bangladesh says transporting refugees to Bhasan Char – a Bay of Bengal island hours from the mainland by boat – will ease chronic overcrowding in its camps at Cox’s Bazar, which are home to more than 1 million Rohingya, members of a Muslim minority who have fled neighboring Myanmar.
    Humanitarian and human rights groups have urged a halt to the move, saying the island, which emerged from the sea 20 years ago and has never been inhabited, is flood prone and vulnerable to frequent cyclones, while the government has not allowed the United Nations to carry out a safety assessment.
    A senior local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters in a message “many families” had been moved out of the camps as of Wednesday night, but declined to state a number.
    More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in 2017 following a military-led crackdown that the U.N has said was executed with genocidal intent. Myanmar denies genocide and says its forces were targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts.

    Rights groups urge Bangladesh to halt Rohingya relocation

    Rights groups oppose Bangladesh move to relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees to flood-prone Bhasan Char island off its coast.
    Human rights groups urged Bangladesh on Thursday to stop its plan to ship thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island as officials said the first group of 400 could leave later in on Thursday.
    Police escorted the refugees in 10 buses from Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar for the journey to Chittagong port and then on to Bhasan Char – a flood-prone Bay of Bengal island that emerged from the sea 20 years ago.
    “Bangladesh should halt this hasty relocation process,” said Ismail Wolff, regional director of Fortify Rights. “Not one refugee should be moved until all human rights and humanitarian concerns have been resolved and genuine informed consent is assured.”
    Bangladesh says transporting refugees to Bhasan Char – a Bay of Bengal island hours from the mainland by boat – will ease chronic overcrowding in its camps at Cox’s Bazar, which are home to more than one million Rohingya, members of a Muslim minority who have fled neighbouring Myanmar.
    Humanitarian and human rights groups have urged a halt to the move, saying the island, which emerged from the sea 20 years ago and has never been inhabited, is flood-prone and vulnerable to frequent cyclones, while the government has not allowed the United Nations to carry out a safety assessment.
    “The authorities should immediately halt relocation of more refugees to Bhashan Char …” said Saad Hammadi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, in a statement.
    “The relocation of so many Rohingya refugees to a remote island, which is still off limits to everyone including rights groups and journalists without prior permission, poses grave concerns about independent human rights monitoring,” he said.
    A senior local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Reuters news agency in a message that “many families” had been moved out of the camps as of Wednesday night, but declined to state a number.

    • In 3 years of detention in Bangladesh, Rohingya – Bengali Muslims – have increased by at least a quarter of million souls. An exceptionally high fertility rate in a place already straining for resources. Not a pretty picture.

    • “When I listened to Howard Marks on the Value Investing Legends podcast he said there are two schools of thought, the “I know” school and the “I don’t know” school.

      As I thought about this, I realized that the distinction between centralization / decentralization and I know vs I don’t know delineate out in a similar fashion.”

      “My suspicion is that if you did the jelly beans in a jar guessing thing with a population comprised solely of Nobel Economics Prize laureates and central bankers, their guess would be further off than a crowd of inbred hillbillies. I don’t know why this is…”

      Dual hemispheres.

      Left Brain: just get the job done, I don’t care how you do it.
      Right Brain: I’ll do it, but I just need someone watching over me.

      Banker: By the average number I can see, I predict 475 jelly beans
      Hick: By the shape and form the whole mass, it come to 503 jelly beans.

      Two eyes.

      Plucking out their other and inserting an external one.
      The Far Left: where Communists and Fascists write everything down and declare they have the true all-knowing Supreme Being. Let The Authority decide.
      The Far Right: Anarchy. Non-conformist. Let Nature decide.

      Centralize or decentralize zealots.

  3. End of Karabakh War Marks Cessation of Azerbaijani Territories’ ‘Occupation’, Turkish FM Says (sputniknews, Dec 3, 2020)

    “Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu onThursday said that the “occupation of Azerbaijani territory” in Nagorno-Karabakh had proved unsustainable, adding that Turkey had always backed resolving the conflict in compliance with international law.

    “Recent developments show that the 30-year-long occupation of Azerbaijani territory was not sustainable. Turkey has always been on the side of international law and legitimacy.

    As a member of the Minsk Group, we are committed to the support of all efforts at finding a lasting settlement to this conflict”, Cavusoglu said at an OSCE Ministerial Council meeting.

    The statement comes hot on the heels of a diplomatic source in Baku, Azerbaijan, saying that Erdogan would arrive in Baku to take part in a military parade on 10 December to celebrate the end of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh…”

    • Half of Sotk Gold Mine Now in Azerbaijan, Says Armenian Military Official

      Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces Tiran Khachatryan denied reports that Azerbaijani military troops had crossed the border into Armenia from their portion of the Sotk gold mine.

      Khachatryan, at a Yerevan press conference late last night, said Azerbaijani troops had, as stipulated by the November 9 truce agreement, entered the Karvatchar region of Artsakh, but had not entered Armenia.

      He said that given the new border, half of the mine is in Armenia and the other half in Azerbaijan.

      GeoProMining Gold LLC, which runs the mine, is 96% owned by Russian billionaire businessman Roman Trotsensko.

      Khachatryan said that Azerbaijani troops had complained about company security guards stationed at the mine and that negotiations are underway to resolve the matter.

      The Armenian military official said he had no information about the future operation of the mine, adding that he did not know what agreements had been reached between the company and Azerbaijan


      Gold deposit on new Armenian-Azerbaijani border – whose mine is it?

      Since the conclusion of the Second Karabakh War, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been trying to divide up a gold mine located in the village of Sotk in Armenia.

      The recently signed trilateral truce agreement on Karabakh hasn’t solved everything: the gold mines near the village of Sotk in Armenia have become a disputed territory.

      Half of the field is located on the territory of Armenia, the other – on the territory of Karvachar (Kalbajar). The border runs right through the mine.

      On November 26 in parliament, MP from the Prosperous Armenia opposition faction Naira Zohrabyan stated that the Azerbaijani military is on the outskirts of the Sotk gold deposit in Vardenis, Gegharkunik region of Armenia.

      “The servicemen of Azerbaijan broke the locks … Recently the employees of Sotk called me, saying that they were terrified trying to get the equipment and people out. We must fix [the fact] that today, we have no power in Armenia,” she said.

      The video, which was shown by Zohrabyan, showed Azerbaijani soldiers in the snow-covered mountainous terrain.

      After that, Harutyun Babayan, an MP from another opposition faction Bright Armenia, said on his Facebook page that according to his information, 80 Azerbaijani soldiers had entered the territory of the Sotk mine.

      The head of the Sotk community Hakob Avetyan confirmed the information.

      “The information is correct. But there is no shooting or attack. [They] came, settled down and demanded we vacate the territory. Negotiations are underway now,”Avetyan said.

      He added that without Russian peacekeepers “the situation will not end well.”

      Reactions in Armenia

      Immediately after Naira Zohrabyan’s statement, the Armenian Ministry of Defense reported that the information about the Azerbaijani servicemen who penetrated the Sotk gold deposit in Armenia ‘did not correspond to reality.’

      This information was also denied by the press secretary of the prime minister and the governor of Gegharkunik region.

      Then, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced that representatives of the Armed Forces of Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan had begun demarcation work on the former Armenian-Karabakh, and now the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Moreover, part of this work is being carried out at the site of the Sotk mine.

      “Full and accurate demarcation of the border on this or that section of the border is extremely important in terms of eliminating disputes over the ownership of this or that part of the border, as well as possible provocations,” the message said.

      Toward night, the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces, Tiran Khachatrian, had to give a press conference and comment on the situation in more detail.

      Khachatryan explained that the state border runs right in the middle of the mine. The Russian company developing it took preliminary measures to ensure safety; a checkpoint was placed on the road. The Azerbaijanis were warned that this is a Russian facility.

      Armenian troops, according to Khachatryan, did not participate in the protection of this area; only Russian troops were in the area. After the Azerbaijanis entered Karvachar, they said that everyone who guards the territory should leave it.

      “The Azerbaijanis demanded we leave, we warned the Azerbaijanis, and also informed the Russians about it. There were negotiations, including with the participation of the Russians. I don’t know what they agreed on, but all the forces left there,” Khachatryan said.

      The Armenian Foreign Ministry also commented on the incident involving the Azerbaijani military:

      “Delimitation and demarcation is a long and complex process, it is carried out between states by interdepartmental commissions and working groups on the basis of interstate negotiations, as a result of which a corresponding international document is signed.”

      Commentary from the Prime Minister of Armenia

      On November 27, Nikol Pashinyan said during a video address that some groups in the country had started a ruckus and had began to talk about the possible cession of a part of the territory of Armenia in the Gegharkunik region to Azerbaijan.

      According to the prime minister, the dissemination of such fictitious information had the goal of: “creating the impression of anarchy in Armenia, spread chaos and transfer the war to the territory of the country.”

      Expert opinion

      Political scientist Vahe Davtyan believes that the possible shutdown of the Sotk mine will lead to many social and economic problems.

      “In addition to the fact that the GeoProMining Gold company, which manages the mine, is one of the largest taxpayers in Armenia, the further work of the Ararat gold recovery plant is also called into question.
      At the same time, the South Caucasian Railway is in danger of being paralyzed, more than 50% of the turnover of which is the transportation of ore from Sotk to Ararat.

      Reports from Azerbaijan

      After the demarcation of the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, part of the Zod (Sotk) field for gold mining passed to the Azerbaijani side.

      According to Azerbaijani MP Tair Mirkishili, Azerbaijan already has signed contracts for conducting geological exploration in this area. These agreements were signed several years ago, but work on them was not carried out for obvious reasons.

      Press secretary of AzerGold CJSC Ariz Tarverdiyev has a different opinion.

      According to him, in 1997 the Azergizil state company signed an agreement on exploration, development and equity participation with the American company RV Investment Group Sevrvices LLS.

      The subjects of this document were three gold mining deposits in the Zangilan and Kelbajar regions. But Azergizil was later abolished. “On the issue of exploration and development of these fields, there have been no appeals to AzerGold,” Tarverdiyev said.

  4. U.N. Chief Guterres Demands the World Reset to Forestall a Climate Apocalypse (breitbart, Dec 3, 2020)

    “Nature is determined to destroy humanity through flood, famine, fire, and pestilence, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared Wednesday, prophesizing the time has come for us to repent and mend our ways through a great climate and economic reset.

    In an address at Columbia University in New York City, Guterres said the global climate has long been “reacting” to man-made changes, but emphasized there’s still time to prevent a total biodiversity collapse if we fall in behind the U.N. and its multiple agencies.

    “Humanity is waging war on nature,” the Portugese socialist said. “This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back — and it is already doing so with growing force and fury.”

    Guterres’ remarks begin a month of U.N.-led climate actions and came 10 days before its climate summit on Dec. 12, which is the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate Accords.

    He declared companies must adjust their business models for a green economy, and that means making carbon-free investments and follow the plans for recovery as laid out by the globalist organization.

    “Biodiversity is collapsing. One million species are at risk of extinction. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes. Deserts are spreading. Wetlands are being lost. Every year, we lose 10 million hectares of forests,” he said.

    “Oceans are overfished — and choking with plastic waste. The carbon dioxide they absorb is acidifying the seas. Coral reefs are bleached and dying. Air and water pollution are killing nine million people annually — more than six times the current toll of the [coronavirus] pandemic.”

    Guterres said instead of looking to a return to “normal,” the world should take advantage of the “pandemic reset” to create “a more equitable and just world.”

    Here’s what Guterres demanded the nations of the world do:

    Put a price on carbon
    Phase out fossil fuel finance and end fossil fuel subsidies
    Shift the tax burden from income to carbon, and from tax payers to polluters
    Integrate the goal of carbon neutrality (a similar concept to net zero) into all economic and fiscal policies and decisions
    Help those around the world who are already facing the dire impacts of climate change
    If we don’t, he said, we’re living on borrowed time, repeating a warning he made earlier this year in demanding changes to the way the world is run.

    “This is a moment of truth for people and planet alike. COVID and climate have brought us to a threshold. We cannot go back to the old normal of inequality, injustice and heedless dominion over the Earth. Instead we must step towards a safer, more sustainable and equitable path.””

  5. MEPs Tell Frontex Head To Quit Claiming Agency Illegally Stopped Migrants (breitbart, Dec 3, 2020)

    “European Union parliamentarians urged the head of Frontex, the EU’s border agency, to quit following allegations the agency was involved in so-called “pushbacks” of migrants in Greece.

    Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri was questioned by several MEPs in Brussels on Tuesday, who cited a report conducted by several media organisations including Germany’s Der Spiegel, that stated Frontex agents had illegally pushed back migrants in the Aegean Sea.

    According to the report, Frontex agents were actively involved in once incident and had been present at least four other alleged pushback incidents since March of this year, reports the Associated Press.

    Kati Piri, a Dutch Labour Party MEP, called on the Frontex chief to resign, saying: “In his handling of these allegations, Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri has completely lost our trust and it is time for him to resign.”

    Tineke Strik, a Green Party Dutch MEP, added that “Migrants and refugees are very vulnerable to pushbacks by border guards.” Strik went on to state: “We must be able to rely on an EU agency which prevents human rights violations from happening and not inflict them. But Frontex seems to be a partner in crime of those who deliberately violate those human rights.”

    Leggeri and Frontex maintain that they have found no evidence of the agency engaging in pushbacks in Greece and said only member states have the authority in situations in their waters.

    A report from Greek newspaper Proto Thema, meanwhile, stated that in the last eight months, migrant arrivals to Greece have decreased by 92 per cent with just 4,334 arrivals compared to 54,306 during the same period in 2019.

    “The sharp decrease in migration flows, at the same time as other countries are recording a significant increase, demonstrates our country’s systematic effort to combat smuggling rings,” Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said.

    Before March, Greece saw tens of thousands of migrant attempt to cross the border after Turkey opened the gates to Europe in February. Due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the Turkish government closed the border, and many migrants also left the area.

    Turkish authorities have stated that migrants will return once the pandemic has ended. But so far Greece has seen few migrants compared to countries like Italy and Spain which have seen thousands arrive on the island of Lampedusa and the Spanish Canary islands in recent months.”

  6. Azerbaijan discloses Nagorno-Karabakh conflict troop toll (abcnews, Dec 3, 2020)

    “Azerbaijani authorities disclosed for the first time Thursday details of the country’s military casualties from recent fighting with Armenian forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a 44-day conflict that a Russia-brokered truce halted last month.

    Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said 2,783 troops were killed during the intense clashes, and 103 of them are yet to be identified. More than 100 servicemen are considered to be unaccounted for, the ministry said, and 1,245 are currently undergoing treatment in medical facilities.

    President Ilham Aliyev said earlier this week that 94 Azerbaijani civilians were also killed in the conflict and over 400 more have been wounded. On Thursday, he signed a decree ordering a moment of silence at 12:00 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Friday to honor the victims of the fighting.

    Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. That war left Nagorno-Karabakh itself and substantial surrounding territory in Armenian hands.

    The heavy fighting that erupted in late September marked the biggest escalation of a long-simmering conflict between the two ex-Soviet nations. Thousands of people on both sides died. Armenia’s Health Minister said last month that at least 2,425 Armenian servicemen were killed in action, and many of them were yet to be identified.

    A Russian-brokered peace deal took effect on Nov. 10, ending the conflict. The agreement stipulated that Armenia hand over control to Azerbaijan of several regions it holds outside Nagorno-Karabakh’s borders. Azerbaijan also retained control over areas of Nagorno-Karabakh it has taken during the conflict.

    The deal was celebrated in Baku as a major victory. Aliyev on Wednesday declared a new national holiday, dubbed Victory Day, to mark the day when the truce entered force.

    On Thursday, Aliyev’s office announced moving the holiday to Nov. 8, when the strategically important city in Nagorno-Karabakh, Shusha, was taken by Azerbaijani forces. Aliyev made the decision as Nov. 10 is Ataturk Memorial Day in Turkey, Azerbaijan’s major ally, a statement by the Azerbaijani presidential administration read.

    In Armenia, the peace deal sparked outrage. Mass protests erupted in the capital Yerevan, with thousands regularly taking to the streets to demand the ouster of the country’s prime minister.”

  7. Unknown man wields a sword in front of a church in Vienna, Austria

    In Vienna’s district of Währing, a ” Heute” magazine reader on Saturday became aware of a man holding a sword in front of the Gersthofer parish.

    On Saturday, a Viennese citizen spotted a man who was apparently wielding a sword directly in front of a church at Bischof-Faber-Platz square in Währing at around 6 pm. It is not clear whether this was a real sword or just a toy.

    Apparently nobody alerted the police, however. As the police press office confirmed to “Heute”, there were no emergency calls and no deployment of police on this incident. What the man with the sword wanted to intend with his action remains open.

  8. Syrian refugee posts videos on Youtube showing the mock killing of German police officers

    He arrived as a refugee from Syria and became a YouTube star with provocative Internet videos. Now the public prosecutor is investigating Fayez Kanfash (26 years old) from Luckenwalde. For glorification of violence.
    In early November, Kanfash became known nationwide: Disguised as a sheikh, he had led a man wearing the mask of French President Emanuel Macron on a rope across Neukölln (Tweet above). Berlin’s Attorney General is still investigating the case: Was that a crime or freedom of speech?But the authorities can’t take a joke with the Syrian’s most recent videos: Kanfash and his co-actors take part in a hunt for men in police uniforms.But the authorities can’t take a joke with the Syrian’s most recent videos: Kanfash and his co-actors take part in a hunt for men in police uniforms. The Arabs overwhelm and “shoot” the “policemen” – with deceptively realistic-looking alarm guns. Then they take away their clothes and equipment.Apparently in order to avoid prosecution, Kanfash displays the “warning” in German and Arabic language at the beginning and end of the video: “Please do not imitate the seriousness of the situation / And please contact the German government and police / With all due respect”.This does not convince the real police officers. “The State Security is investigating because of the videos,” says police spokesman Torsten Herbst of Brandenburg to the newspaper B.Z., “we have reported Mr. Kanfash to the Cottbus Internet public prosecutor’s office for glorification of violence.

    The Potsdam prosecutor is also investigating the Syrian. Police spokesman Herbst: “We have charged him with suspected violation of the weapons law. Other criminal offences are also being considered”.

    This is apparently a case of social fraud. Kanfash had told the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” that he lives off welfare payments under Hartz IV – but earns up to 1000 euros a month with his internet films. The sum seems to be underestimated: On YouTube, the Syrian has more than one million subscribers.

    190,000 people have viewed the ” hunt for the policemen”. Unbelievable: every tenth viewer thought the violent video was “good”. After the newspaper “WamS” request, YouTube removed all commercials from the video.

    Brandenburg’s Ministry of the Interior confirmed to the Potsdam state parliament on Wednesday: “We are checking the video in coordination with the Potsdam and Cottbus public prosecutors’ offices”. The state government of Red-Black-Green wants to introduce the law against hate on the internet into parliament.

  9. Organization Founded by Stacey Abrams and Previously Chaired by Warnock Under Investigation for Voter Fraud

    Georgia’s secretary of state’s office is investigating the New Georgia Project for voter fraud connected to registering dead or out-of-state voters. The organization was founded by Stacey Abrams and chaired previously by Senate Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock.

    In a press conference on Monday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed that his office had received substantiated evidence of the organization’s involvement in voter fraud. Raffensperger’s office confirmed their evidence on the New Georgia Project included the organization soliciting registration for a dead individual, an ineligible voter, and multiple residents of other states.

    “I am announcing an investigation into third-party groups working to register people in other states to vote here in Georgia. We have opened an investigation into a group called ‘America Votes,’ who is sending absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they have not lived since 1994,” the secretary of state said. “‘Vote Forward,’ who attempted to register a dead Alabama voter. ‘The New Georgia Project,’ who sent voter registration applications to New York City. And ‘Operation New Voter Registration Georgia,’ (ONVR) who is telling college students that they can change their residency to Georgia and then change it back after the election. Let me be very clear again: voting in Georgia when you are not a resident in Georgia is a felony.”

  10. U.S. counterintell chief: Beijing targets Biden team with ‘malign foreign influence’ campaign
    By Daily Caller News Foundation December 3, 2020

    The U.S. government’s top counterintelligence official said Wednesday that the Chinese government is waging a “malign foreign influence” campaign directed at incoming Biden administration officials and their associates.

    William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said at a cybersecurity summit that the Chinese government effort was an example of foreign influence “on steroids.”

    “We’ve also seen an uptick, which was planned and we predicted, that China would now re-vector their influence campaigns to the new administration,” Evanina said at the Aspen

  11. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrants blocked at Croatian border amid freezing weather

    Croatian police blocked at least 200 migrants, including women and children, from crossing the border in Bosanska Bojna, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Wednesday, in a standoff that left migrants stranded in freezing temperatures.

    Amid the group of migrants and asylum seekers are whole families from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, some reportedly with members who require medical treatments. According to the UN migration agency, around 3,000 people are currently sleeping rough in Bosnia.

    “For two, three months, families are living in tents. No heater. We lack high hygiene, we lack everything. Today, we all have come to go legally, we request them, to please let in families, to go, to leave this place,” a migrant said.

    “This month is very cold. I have babies, I have woman, I have no house, just tents. It’s a very [big] problem here,” another migrant said.

    Croatian law enforcement officers and Bosnian border police held the situation peacefully.

    As winter temperatures drop, aid workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina increasingly worry about migrant centres being closed down in the area, and about the growing hostility from local authorities and residents towards migrants and asylum seekers in the Western Balkan country.

  12. GERMANY – Trier holds minute of silence two days after driver ran down pedestrians

    Several dozen residents of the German city of Trier gather for a minute of silence in the city centre, two days after a driver drove through a pedestrian zone, killing five people.

  13. United States Imposes Sanctions on Shahid Meisami Group in Iran, Treasury Department Says (sputniknews, Dec 3, 2020)

    “The United States has imposed another round of Iran-related sanctions, a statement released by US Treasury Department said. According to the department, the Office of Foreign Assets Control blacklisted an entity, the Shahid Meisami Group and its director, saying the group is involved in Tehran’s chemical research and is connected with the banned Iranian Organisation of Defensive Innovation and Research, also known as the SNPD.

    “The United States designated SPND in 2014 in connection with the Iranian regime’s proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) or their means of delivery”, read the statement released by the Treasury Department.

    The development comes two weeks after the Treasury announced sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously said that more restrictions will be imposed on the Islamic Republic in the coming weeks and months…”

  14. CBC – Will Canadians be forced to get the vaccine?

    Doctors answer Canadians’ questions about the COVID-19 vaccine including whether they’ll be forced to get it.

    • BBC – Who will get the Covid vaccine first?

      The UK has become the first country in the world to approve mass use of a Covid vaccine for people aged 16 and over.

      Immunisations with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, approved by the British medicines regulator, the MHRA, could start early next week for people in some high-priority groups, with 800,000 doses arriving in the UK in the first delivery.

    • How coronavirus vaccine will go from production line to our arms

      There are “immense logistical challenges” standing in the way of immunising the Britain’s most vulnerable to coronavirus, Boris Johnson has said, but the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine means the UK can be “sure and certain” of a return to normality by spring next year.

    • Obama, Clinton and Bush open to taking COVID-19 vaccine live on camera

      Former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W Bush say they are open to taking a COVID-19 vaccine live-on camera in order to boost public confidence in its safety as the novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc around the world.

    • Michelle Rempel Garner to Derek Sloan: ‘Canadians need this vaccine’

      Conservative Health Critic Michelle Rempel Garner responded to a statement on vaccines released by Tory MP Derek Sloan.

    • ‘We don’t want people to get one dose of a vaccine and a second dose of another’

      An infectious diseases specialist says improvements to the Australian Immunisation Register to make sure all vaccination providers report injections will ensure people don’t take shots from different COVID-19 inoculations.

      “We have an Australian immunisation register already that collects data on kids and adults who are immunised,” Professor Jonathan Carapetis, president of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes, told Sky News.

      “This will be expanded and it will include, obviously, COVID vaccination and will include all providers.

      “Currently, not all vaccine providers upload their data onto that immunisation register, now they all will.

      “That allows us to track, firstly, how many people have been immunised, it allows us to identify people who haven’t had the vaccine and for this one it’s really important because if we get to the point where we’ve got two or three or even more COVID vaccines available, what we do know is that for each of the ones that are going to be available, you need two doses, and at this point you’re going to have to have two doses of the same vaccine.

      “We don’t want people to get one dose of one vaccine and then a second dose of another vaccine and we won’t be able to say whether or not they’re generally protected.”

      + comments on the YT page

    • Americans Should ‘Hang On’ For Vaccine, Not Travel Or Congregate For Holidays

      Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that Covid-19 cases could continue to sharply rise as Americans enter the holiday season and congregate together.

      Fauci also cautioned that people should “hang on” and follow public health measures until there is a widely distributed vaccine.

    • The WHO: Promise of COVID vaccines ‘phenomenal’

      The promise of COVID-19 vaccines is “phenomenal” and “potentially game-changing”, Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, told a briefing on Thursday.

    • Bill Gates: ‘It Looks Like Almost All The Vaccines Are Going To Succeed’

      Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose foundation has contributed $450 million to the global coronavirus response, tells TODAY that although “the next four or five months look pretty grim,” by spring, “we’ll be headed back to normal.”

      And while vaccine distribution is “going to be tricky” because “the federal government has abdicated some of its responsibilities in a public health crisis,” he predicts that “overall I think we will get it all out.”

    • Why There Is Vaccine Distrust Among Black And Latino Communities

      We are closer to a coronavirus vaccine than ever before, but a new poll shows just how difficult it might be to convince people to get it.

      Pediatric and adult general surgeon Dr. Ala Stanford who left her concierge medicine business to focus on low income neighborhoods when she saw the pandemic disproportionately affecting Black communities joins Chris Jansing to explain what’s happening in those communities to improve trust in safety and the science.

    • twitter @CNN

      Here’s the card you’ll get when you eventually get the Covid-19 vaccine.

      Everyone will get a card “they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” says Dr. Kelly Moore of the Immunization Action Coalition.
      CNN – Vaccination cards will be issued to everyone getting Covid-19 vaccine, health officials say

      The Department of Defense released the first images of a Covid-19 vaccination record card and vaccination kits Wednesday.

      Vaccination cards will be used as the “simplest” way to keep track of Covid-19 shots, said Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, which is supporting frontline workers who will administer Covid-19 vaccinations.

      “Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” Moore said. “Let’s do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone’s going to get that.”

      Vaccination clinics will also be reporting to their state immunization registries what vaccine was given, so that, for example, an entity could run a query if it didn’t know where a patient got a first dose.

      Moore said many places are planning to ask patients to voluntarily provide a cell phone number, so they can get a text message telling them when and where their next dose is scheduled to be administered.

      Every dose administered will be reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers.

      The CDC did not immediately respond to CNN’s inquiry about whether such a database would include a record of everyone immunized.

      As far as vaccine kits, the DoD image shows the kits include a card, a needle and syringe, alcohol wipes and a mask. Operation Warp Speed has 100 million vaccine kits ready to go if and when distribution of a coronavirus vaccine starts, Gen. Gustave Perna, Warp Speed’s chief operating officer, said last month.

      The images come as two companies — Pfizer and Moderna — await emergency use authorizations (EUA) in the United States. A panel with the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to discuss whether to authorize the EUAs on December 10 and 17.

      Should Pfizer and Moderna get the authorization, the vaccines’ first shipments could happen December 15 and 22, respectively, according to a document from the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed.

      Initial supplies in the United States will be limited, and the wider population won’t have access to vaccines until months into 2021. A CDC panel recommended Tuesday that heath care and long-term care workers get inoculated first.

      By February, 100 million Americans could be vaccinated against coronavirus, Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said Wednesday.

      The United States has said if both Pfizer and Moderna win FDA emergency use authorization in December, they could distribute 40 million doses of vaccine by the end of the month. Each vaccine requires two doses, so that’s enough to fully vaccinate 20 million people.

    • UN: “Vaccine cannot undo damage” – Guterres on COVID-19

      The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said a COVID-19 vaccine ‘cannot undo damage’ caused by the pandemic, as he was speaking during a UN General Assembly special session in response to the health crisis, in New York City on Thursday.

      “A vaccine cannot undo damage that will stretch across years, even decades to come . Extreme poverty is rising, the threat of famine looms. We face the biggest global recession in eight decades and these inter-generational impacts are not due to COVID-19 alone,”

      Guterres said, highlighting the need to “seize the opportunity for change.”

      The secretary general talked about the need to learn lessons from the pandemic, saying: “We must apply the lessons learned if we are to meet the responsibilities to our children and grandchildren. Social safety nets must work for everyone. Too often, they fail precisely when they are needed most.”

      Guterres also criticised those who did not follow recommendations set by the World Health Organization, stating that “when countries go in their own direction, the virus goes in every direction.”

    • Pfizer chairman: We’re not sure if someone can transmit virus after vaccination

      Pfizer chairman Albert Bourla told Dateline host Lester Holt that the pharmaceutical was “not certain” if the vaccine prevented the coronavirus from being transmitted, saying, “This is something that needs to be examined.”

      In a primetime special titled “Race for a Vaccine” set to air on Thursday, Holt questioned Bourla and other individuals involved in the development and distribution of the medicine.

      In November, Pfizer announced that its vaccine candidate had been shown to be more than 90 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 and has applied for emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


      I a season of despair, there’s reason to hope: Vaccines are coming.

      @LesterHoltNBC looks at what some are calling the pharmaceutical industry’s finest hour, tonight at 10/9c on a special edition of #Dateline.


      The U.K. became the first country to approve Pfizer’s vaccine this week with the first round of immunizations expected to roll out next week.

      In a list of interview highlights released before the special, Holt asked Bourla, “Even though I’ve had the protection, am I still able to transmit it to other people?”

      “I think this is something that needs to be examined. We are not certain about that right now with what we know,” Bourla responded.

      Though Pfizer’s vaccine has shown promising results, challenges have surfaced when it comes to distributing and administering it. The vaccine must be delivered and stored in extreme sub-zero temperatures, which has heightened the demand for dry ice.

      Once the vaccine is kept at normal refrigeration temperatures, it must be used within four or five days or be discarded. The vaccine is administered in two doses spaced a few weeks apart.

      Government health officials have said that if the vaccine is approved, the first round of immunizations could be available for healthcare workers and high-risk individuals before the end of the year.

      Moderna and AstraZeneca have announced their own vaccine candidates to be highly effective at preventing the coronavirus as well with Moderna applying for emergency use authorization from the FDA.

      Pfizer CEO confident vaccine supply will exceed needs by end of 2021

      • Pfizer chairman: We’re not sure if someone can transmit virus after vaccination

        That’s pretty important, right? Seems like something you’d wanr tto know before shooting up a lot of heathcare workers.

      • “President speech at the special session of #UNGA on addressing coronavirus”
        Barham Salih – December 3, 2020

        Iraqi President speaks at UN General Assembly: Access to COVID-19 Vaccines Must be Equal, Affordable and Fast for All, Iraq Will Distribute Vaccines Free to Citizens

        On Thursday, December 3, 2020, the President of the Republic of Iraq, Barham Salih, gave a speech at the special session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • CBC – How Ottawa managed to slow its COVID-19 transmission

      Ottawa’s success at reducing its COVID-19 case count and keeping it relatively low is caused in part by a propensity to follow rules, a physician and epidemiologist at The Ottawa Hospital, says.

    • Sky News – COVID-19: Fauci fears UK anti-vaxxer backlash

      Fauci, America’s top health official, has told Sky News the UK was not as careful as the US in how it approved the Pfizer vaccine.

      He said the US approval mechanism was the global ‘gold standard’ and warned that any doubts over the safety of the vaccine would increase scepticism towards the jab.

  15. CNN TAPES: Cover Up of Joe Bidens $11Million CCP Bribe

    The National Pulse has identified emails from Hunter Biden’s hard drive appearing to reveal him and his business partners coordinating introductions to then-Vice President Joe Biden to solidify a deal involving billion-dollar bonds.

    An email thread entitled “Engagement” from June 2011 reveals a Hunter Biden business associate – Sean Conlon – telling the former Veep’s son: “we need to get these guys to an event or something where they get to just formally meet your Dad. For follow on they can talk to Chief of Staff.”

  16. Sidney Powell Files Suit in Wisconsin to Block State From Certifying Results
    By Mimi Nguyen Ly
    December 3, 2020 Updated: December 3, 2020

    Attorney Sidney Powell filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging an “egregious range of conduct” in Wisconsin at the direction of Wisconsin state election officials.

    Powell is asking the court to block Gov. Tony Evers from transferring currently certified election results in Wisconsin to the Electoral College, and have Evers and the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) reverse the certification, “pending a full investigation and court hearing.” Powell is also asking the court to order an independent audit of the election “to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election.”

    The suit (pdf) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin against the WEC and Evers. It alleges an “egregious range of conduct” in Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee, along with Dane County, La Crosse County, Waukesha County, St. Croix County, Washington County, Bayfield County, Ozaukee County, as well as other counties throughout the Third District and throughout Wisconsin that employ election software and hardware from Dominion Voting Systems.

  17. Witness on Verge of Tears Testifying About Intimidation, Harassment at Detroit Vote Processing Center
    By Melanie Sun
    December 3, 2020 Updated: December 3, 2020

    Detroit local Jessy Jacob was on the verge of tears on Wednesday as she testified during a Lansing, Michigan, hearing about the intimidation and harassment she experienced while working as a ballot processor for Wayne County in the November election.

    “They treated me like a criminal, humiliated me, harassed me,” Jacob said in her witness statement as she appeared alongside Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis. “It was so bad.”

    The public hearing was convened by the state’s Senate Oversight Committee after the state’s Board of Canvassers, made up of two Democrats and two Republicans, “unanimously asked this legislature to look into issues that have arisen in this election and to hear public testimony,” committee chair Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) told those gathered at the proceedings.

  18. Days After Fakhrizadeh Assassination, Biden Reiterates Goal to Reenter Iran Deal
    The Obama-Biden administration knew Iran didn’t comply with the original deal. How would a new deal be different?

    Just days after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, presumed President-elect Joe Biden reiterated his goal of rejoining the flawed nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

    In a CNN article written in September, Biden previously stated, “If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations. With our allies, we will work to strengthen and extend the nuclear deal’s provisions, while also addressing other issues of concern.”

    Those issues include “precision missiles and all range of other things that are destabilizing the region,” Biden said in a December 2 interview with The New York Times.

    If anything, Fakhrizadeh’s assassination highlights the fact that Iran has never complied with the original agreement made by former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2015 – and the fact that it was never forced to, even though its noncompliance was well documented.

    One of the most salient features of any new agreement would have to address that issue and guarantee that any future non-compliance is impossible.

    This needs to be taken into account in light of the consequences of Fakhrizadeh’s death.

    Fakhrizadeh, who was known as the “father of the Iranian nuclear weapons program” was gunned down November 27 outside of Tehran in a reportedly elaborate operation, the details of which are still unclear.

  19. Iran’s Mullahs Want the “Nuclear Deal”, So Does Biden
    Majid Rafizadeh
    6-8 minutes

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has advised presumptive US President-Elect Joe Biden to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran’s mullahs love the nuclear deal because of its fundamental flaws, especially the sunset clauses that remove restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program after the deal expires soon. Pictured: Zarif (center) shares some laughs with his delegation during nuclear deal negotiations with then US State Secretary John Kerry in Vienna, Austria, on June 30, 2015. (Photo credit should read Carlos Barria/AFP via Getty Images)

    Iran’s ruling mullahs, who are celebrating presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden’s possible presidency in 2021, are already calling on him to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal, which, incidentally, Iran never signed.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — already urging the next US administration, which he hopes is the Biden administration — also pointed out, according to the state-run IRNA agency:

  20. 3 Percent of Nevada Mail Ballots in Question After Survey Finds Defrauded Voters
    By Ivan Pentchoukov
    December 2, 2020 Updated: December 3, 2020

    An audit of 1,440 Nevada mail-ballots suggests that 2 percent of the ballots were cast on behalf of voters who never received a ballot in the mail and 1 percent of them were cast on behalf of voters who said did not vote at all.

    Baselice and Associates conducted the audit for the legal team representing the Trump campaign in Nevada. The firm called up the voters identified on each mail ballot. The findings suggest that 3 percent of the ballots were cast by someone other than the person identified on the ballot.

    The legal team presented the findings during a call with reporters on Dec. 2 during which attorneys previewed the outlines of a lawsuit pending in Carson City, Nevada. A court hearing on the case is scheduled for Dec. 3.

    The judge in the case ordered on Dec. 3 that the Trump team be allowed to inspect election machines. The legal team said that while they requested to perform a forensic audit, Clark County officials merely provided “a guided tour.”

  21. GOP Congressman: IT Technician ‘Effectively Wiped’ Election Data From Servers in Fulton County
    Georgia secretary of state spokesman: ‘Nothing to do with servers being wiped’
    By Jack Phillips
    December 2, 2020 Updated: December 2, 2020

    Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) highlighted alleged election irregularities in Georgia’s Fulton County in recent days, saying that a county election employee wiped a server clean.

    Loudermilk told Newsmax that a judge over the weekend “basically impounded certain voting machines” to make sure that data wasn’t wiped.

    But Loudermilk noted that “Fulton County effectively wiped its data because an IT technician which appears to be a county employee used the wrong server for the recount after Dominion told him not to use that server.”

    He appeared to be referring to a server crash during the second recount in Georgia. A spokesperson for Fulton County told The Epoch Times that a “newly purchased Dominion mobile server crashed” on Sunday, referring to a Dominion Voting Systems machine. “Technicians from Dominion have been dispatched to resolve the issue,” the spokesperson said.

    • conservative treehouse – Stunning CCTV Video From Fulton County Georgia Shows Workers Unloading Suitcases of Ballots After Monitors Told To Leave For Night…

      Stunning CCTV video footage of State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, shows that after poll monitors and media were told counting was done, four workers stayed behind to count mystery ballots.

      In the video the workers are seen pulling out suitcases containing ballots from underneath a table set up to hide their appearance.

      The video evidence from Fulton County was played before the Georgia Senate Oversight Committee, members of the Press, and President Trump’s legal team.

    • zero hedge – “This Needs Answers”: CCTV Video Of Georgia Poll Workers Sparks Election Fraud Outrage

      Disturbing election night footage has emerged showing Georgia poll workers waiting for observers and news outlets to leave State Farm Arena in Atlanta after calling an end to counting for the night, before pulling out several large suitcases containing ballots from under a table.

      The footage, presented by an attorney working with Republicans during a Thursday state Senate hearing, is perhaps the strongest direct evidence of potential fraud, and demands serious inquiry. In it, a handful of poll workers can clearly be seen staying behind after GOP observers say they were told to clear out. After the media packs up their belongings, the workers can be seen pulling out the suitcases and opening them at approximately 11 p.m.

      Of note, earlier in the day, counting was paused for approximately 90 minutes due to what officials blamed on a ‘water main break’ – which turned out to be a lie, and was in fact a ‘slow leak,’ according to

      Here are two segments of the clip, which we recommend watching on full screen (as well as watching the full video):

      First, watch the media in the lower-right quadrant at the long table at 10:40 p.m

      Second, watch what happens roughly 20 minutes later:

      And so we ask; if this isn’t election fraud, what is it? We’re sure Snopes will say they were having a midnight snack, but people have questions.

    • comment on Conservative tree house

      Zachary Navarre says:
      December 3, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Reposting since most seem to be having issues accessing previous pages of comments… SD did say to ride it hard… lol

      So I called the GA SoS Elections office today.

      My intent was to discern two things:
      1) The precise procedure used for the audit and recounts performed here in GA.
      2) What assurances GA voters have that the QR code generated on our paper ballots match the actual selections we made while voting.

      First I spoke to a woman at the SoS Elections office. When I asked her the procedure used for the recount and audit her answer was, “I don’t know”. When I asked her why, as a member of the SoS Elections office she didn’t know, she was unable to give any kind of coherent reason.

      I then asked her who I could talk to that would know. She referred me to the elections liason for my county.

      I then asked her if the rules for performing the audits/recounts were different from county to county throughout the state. Her answer was, “no”. My followup question was, “Well if all the rules are the same, and you’re in the overall state elections office, shouldn’t you know the procedure that was uniformly used throughout the state?”. She again referred me to my county elections liason without answering.

      So I called my county elections liason.

      I asked her how the audit and “manual hand recounts” were being performed. Her responses:

      “The audit was performed by feeding the paper ballots into the dominion scanning machines a second time and comparing the resulting vote counts to the originally presented vote counts from election day/night.”

      “The manual hand recount was performed by separating the Biden and Trump ballots into two different stacks, and then…. feeding those ballots back through the dominion scanners.”

      There was NEVER a manual hand tabulation of peoples selections. They just keep re-scanning the same QR codes and saying “See look, the result is the same!!!”

      When I asked her why it was called a hand recount when the ballots were just scanned through the machines again she couldn’t provide any kind of answer.

      So I then asked her what assurance I have, as a GA voter, that the QR code generated by the Dominion voting machines actually matched the printed out selections. She was unable to answer that question. She told me it was “a technical matter that someone else would have to answer since she doesn’t deal with the technical side of things”.

      I gave her my name and number after she offered to get me in touch with someone more familiar with the “technical” side of the QR code generation/reading. I am currently awaiting a call back.

      The voting machines knew, IN REAL TIME, the vote totals for a given candidate. It is entirely feasible that upon reaching a certain threshold, the QR codes generated for ballots were biased towards a certain candidate.

      There appears to be NO WAY for voters to verify that the QR code on their ballots actually matches the selections they’ve made.

      For those unaware, when you vote in person in GA you use a touch screen computer to make your selections. After you finish, the machine prints out a paper ballot. On the ballot you can see all of the people running and who you chose as well as a QR code (the little pixelated square barcode-like things you scan with your phone). Then you take that ballot to a scanner/hopper and insert it. The scanner READS THE QR CODE, NOT THE SELECTIONS NOTED BY FILLED IN CIRCLES.

    • twitter @replouiegohmert

      There’s widespread evidence of fraud because people haven’t done their jobs.

      Durham and Barr will deserve a big notation in history when it’s written about the rise and fall of the U.S. if they don’t clean up this mess.

      Clean up the fraud.

      DO YOUR JOBS & save this country.

      + video


      Gohmert: Incredible Amounts of Fraud Affected National Election

  22. Trump: Democrats Were ‘Acting Like They Already Knew’ Election Outcome
    By Jack Phillips
    December 2, 2020 Updated: December 3, 2020

    President Donald Trump, in a pre-recorded speech, argued that entrenched interests don’t want him to remain president, suggesting that voter fraud was committed across the United States to make sure that he lost.

    “This may be the most important speech I’ve ever made,” he said in the video posted on social media, referring to the “ridiculously long” Nov. 3 election.

    Democrats and former Vice President Joe Biden’s team were both “acting like they already knew what the outcome was going to be,” he said. “It was all very, very strange,” the president added, noting that Biden’s low profile on the campaign trail was unusual.

    Since Election Night in November, Trump has argued that voter fraud occurred in key states that went for Biden, while alleging that corporate media outlets prematurely called the race for the former vice president. The Epoch Times will not call a winner of the presidential election until all legal challenges and other procedures are completed.

  23. French Police Raid Mosques as Part of Gov’t Strategy to Combat Islamist Separatism and Extremism (sputniknews, Dec 3, 2020)

    “The country, which has the largest Muslim minority population in Europe, has suffered from gruesome terrorist attacks in recent years and recently saw a fresh wave of violence following the decapitation of a schoolteacher in a Paris suburb.

    Police in France have started raiding mosques suspected of promoting separatism and extremism. Earlier today, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin posted a statement saying checks will be conducted in almost 76 places of worship in the coming days and if suspicions are confirmed, authorities will close them.

    The minister did not disclose which mosques the authorities suspect of promoting extremism and separatism, but according to a note seen by Agence France-Presse, law enforcement plans to inspect 16 mosques in Paris and another 60 around the country.

    Darmanin noted that the investigated places of worship are a tiny fraction of France’s 2,600 mosques, saying “we are far from a situation of widespread radicalisation”.

    “Nearly all Muslims in France respect the laws of the Republic and are hurt by that [radicalisation]”, he said..:”

  24. ISWAP Jihadists Abduct Aid Worker and Local Officials in Nigeria

    “A humanitarian aid worker and two local officials have been abducted by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in conflict-plagued northeastern Nigeria, two security officials said Wednesday.

    They were kidnapped by the jihadists at a checkpoint in the village of Wakilti in Borno State on Monday, the sources told AFP, in the latest incident in a region that has been in the grip of an Islamist insurgency for more than a decade.

    “The hostages included two local officials and an aid worker but it is not clear which organization he works for,” one of the security sources said.

    The two officials were returning to the regional capital Maiduguri from the town of Mobbar, where they had gone for local elections held on the weekend, the second source said…”

  25. G5 Sahel Chief Cautions Against Early French Troop Cut

    “The head of a five-nation force in the Sahel has warned against any early move by France to scale back its anti-jihadist mission in the troubled region.

    General Oumarou Namata Gazama, a Nigerien who commands the so-called G5 Sahel force, said the recent arrival of European special forces troops was not yet enough to compensate for a reduction in France’s Barkhane mission.

    “At the moment, the contribution of Takuba (the special forces unit) is certainly positive, but Barkhane is a close partner of the joint force — Barkhane helps us to offset the gaps in our national forces,” he said in an interview broadcast Thursday by Radio France Internationale.

    “For us, as a joint force, it would be premature to consider (a reduction in Barkhane) and risky for the G5 Sahel.”

    The G5 Sahel force pools soldiers from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, with the objective of rolling back an eight-year-old jihadist insurgency in the region.

    But the force badly lacks equipment and training and three years after it was established remains short of its goal of 5,000 troops. In the field, it relies heavily on French airpower, communications, and surveillance.

    In France, meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure to scale back the Barkhane mission, which was beefed up earlier this year to combat a surge in jihadist attacks.

    It currently has 5,100 troops after the reinforcement of 600.

    Macron said late last month that he would “take decisions in the coming months” about Barkhane…”

  26. UK Sends 300 Troops to Mali on UN Peacekeeping Mission

    “Britain is deploying 300 troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali to help strengthen security and human rights there, its defense ministry said Thursday.

    The British troops will provide the UN mission with “a highly specialized reconnaissance capability, conducting patrols to gather intelligence and engage with the local population,” the ministry said.

    Mali is struggling with an Islamist insurgency that first erupted in the north but has since spread to the center of the country and spilled over into neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

    British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the deployment was a “demonstration of our firm commitment to peacekeeping and the importance we place on improving security in the Sahel.”

    “Our land forces are the best in the world, and we are one of a small handful of nations able to provide this specialist capability in a challenging environment, which will help prevent the spread of conflict across the region,” he added.

    The UN Mission in Mali is made up of more than 14,000 peacekeepers from 56 different countries.

    Most of Britain’s troops arrived on December 2, flying to the UN camp in Gao in eastern Mali.

    “We bring years of experience on operations, first-class equipment, and exceptional people,” said commanding officer Tom Robinson. “We’re proud to be the first British soldiers to join in this team effort.”

    Jihadists launched an insurgency in northern Mali in 2012 before being routed by French military intervention.

    They then regrouped and advanced into the nation’s ethnically volatile center. Swathes of the country remain outside government control.

    Thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands have had to flee their homes.

    Britain has already deployed three Chinook helicopters and 100 personnel to Mali, providing logistical support for France’s anti-jihadist campaign, but this role is separate from that of the UN mission”

  27. IRGC Smashes Terrorist Team in Northwest Iran

    “The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ troops have caught a team of anti-Revolution terrorists in Iran’s northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, a statement said.

    According to the public relations department of the IRGC’s Hamze Sayyid al-Shohada Base, its servicemen have arrested a 3-strong team of “anti-Revolution terrorist elements and mercenaries of the global arrogance” in West Azarbaijan.

    The anti-Revolution forces had plans to carry out acts of terrorism, the statement said, adding that they have been arrested before having the time to show any reaction.

    A considerable amount of weapons, communication equipment and ammunition have been seized from the terrorists, it added.

    The IRGC is tasked with protecting the country’s northwestern and southeastern borders.”

  28. Lebanon Indicts Ex-Army Commander, 7 Generals

    “Lebanon’s former Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji and seven of his close associates will be interrogated next Thursday after they were indicted under the new law on illicit enrichment.

    The decision to take legal action against the eight retired military figures took Lebanon by surprise given it is unprecedented for an army commander and high-ranking officers to be prosecuted in corruption cases.

    The timing and political circumstances surrounding the case has stirred skepticism among the public. Kahwaji and the officers are known to enjoy significant clout and political coverage.

    Beirut Judge Ziad Abu Haidar filed the charges and transferred the case to Beirut Examining Magistrate Charbel Abu Samra, who was tasked with setting the date for interrogating the former officers.

    Those charged include Kahwaji and ex-intelligence chiefs Edmond Fadl and Camille Daher.

    The five others are the former head of Kahwaji’s office, Mohammad Jaafar al-Husseini, the former head of army intelligence in Beirut, George Khamis, ex-chief of army Intelligence in North Lebanon Amer al-Hosn retired Brigadier General Abdel-Rahman Shhaytli and a former officer in Lebanon’s General Security agency, Ahmad al-Jamal.

    The officers were formally accused of committing the crime of illicit enrichment and exploiting their official positions to accrue vast fortunes and sums, by using their influence and accepting bribes.

    The case was built on statements provided by politicians, reports published by the media, and video footage proving the defendants amassed enormous wealth during their time in power.

    After concluding preliminary investigations, sufficient ground was found to initiate a public lawsuit.”

  29. Pompeo Condemns Turkey’s ‘Provocations’ in Several States

    “A verbal dispute has erupted between outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Turkish foreign minister over Washington’s rejection of Ankara’s interventions and positions in the eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria and the Karabakh region.

    The dispute erupted during a videoconference of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers.

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed willingness to exert efforts to reduce tension between Ankara and Athens while Turkey announced that it was ready for an unconditional dialogue.

    But Pompeo criticized Turkey, accusing it of not adhering to NATO’s principles and undermining its cohesion.

    The US official described Ankara’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria and Karabakh as “provocative.”

    Pompeo said “Turkey’s possession of the S-400 missile system was a gift to Russia, from an ally in the NATO.”

    In his statement during the videoconference meeting held on Tuesday night, the US Secretary of State said the military de-confliction mechanism agreed upon between Athens and Ankara in October is suspended due to Turkey.

    In return, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused his US counterpart of contacting European allies and urging them to align themselves against Turkey, to become blindly biased to Greece in regional conflicts, and refuse to sell US Patriot anti-aircraft weapons to Ankara, which was forced to buy the S-400 system from Russia.

    Cavusoglu said the US supports what he called “Kurdish terrorist organizations” in Syria, referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, while Turkey is fighting ISIS.

    The Turkish official added that the United States and France have contributed to the exacerbation of the conflict in the Karabakh region by supporting Armenia in the war that Azerbaijan won with Turkish military support.

    In response to Cavusoglu’s accusation against Pompeo and the United States on Greece, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias replied: “If the Greek position is extreme, then international law is as well.”

    Meanwhile, the head of the Turkish Presidency’s Communication Department, Fakhruddin Altun, said his country had received unprecedented “hostile” treatment from Washington in recent years, and that Ankara’s view of the US as a NATO ally did not change despite that.

    On the other hand, Cavusoglu praised Germany for playing the role of “honest mediator” in its attempt to mediate in the conflicts in the Mediterranean, but at the same time he accused it of “piracy”, due to the German inspection of a Turkish cargo ship, off the Libyan coast.

    For his part, Stoltenberg avoided commenting on the Pompeo-Cavusoglu exchange of verbal dispute, indicating instead that NATO’s mechanism helped reduce the conflict between Athens and Ankara.

    “We have seen that the de-confliction mechanism helped reduce the risk of accidents between the Greek and Turkish armies,” he said.

    He emphasized that the solution lies on the mediation efforts led by Germany and the political will of Greece and Turkey.”

  30. Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict: Turkey’s military exports to Baku jump 600 percent

    “Turkey’s military exports to its ally Azerbaijan jumped a whopping 610 percent in the first 11 months of this year, during which Baku fought a brutal and successful conflict against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Turkish exports for the time totalled nearly $256m, according to the Turkey Exporters Union’s latest data release.

    During the September-November conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a nominal Azerbaijani territory that had been occupied by Armenian forces since 1994, Ankara provided unprecedented support for Baku.

    Turkey shipped at least six armed Bayraktar type attack drones and supplied smart munitions including precision-guided missiles, while Turkish military staff helped to shape Azerbaijan’s strategy to capture the territory.

    Turkey’s drone blitz against Armenian hardware, which included howitzers, missiles, missile defence systems, tanks and fortifications, weakened Yerevan’s resistance and gave Azerbaijan a huge advantage on the battlefield.

    Turkey and Azerbaijan have conducted joint military drills for years, most recently in August, when Turkish officers shared the experience and expertise they had developed in the Syrian and Libyan conflicts.

    Ankara has also brought in Syrian mercenaries to prop up Azerbaijani defences and deployed Turkish F-16s as a deterrent, even though the warplanes were not used in the actual fighting.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire after six weeks of heavy fighting in November, following the Azerbaijani army’s seizure of the strategic city of Shusha (known as Shushi in Armenian)…”

  31. Yemen shuts exchange firms in Aden as currency collapses

    “The Foreign Exchange Dealers Association in the interim Yemeni capital of Aden announced on Wednesday the closing of all exchange firms, following the significant deterioration of the local currency.

    The Yemeni riyal recorded a historic collapse against the US dollar, as the price of one dollar during the past two days reached 880 riyals, for the first time since the start of the war in the country.

    The association issued a circular, calling on local money transfer networks, owners of exchange firms and all institutions, facilities and networks of the banking sector in Aden to suspend their exchange activities starting from Thursday…”

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