Reader’s Links for January 15, 2021

 

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  1. Lt General Thomas Mclnerney has very important message that he claims.

    This is a radio interview about a Russian operative in Ukraine

  2. Xi Jinping Signs Order No. 1 ‘To Focus On War Preparedness’ And Refers To The U.S. As ‘Enemy’
    6-7 minutes

    Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping signed Central Military Commission Order No. 1, to “implement Xi Jinping’s thinking on strengthening the military,” “focus on war preparedness,” make better use of advanced technologies in training and weapons systems, and improve joint training and operations among the People’s Liberation Army’s military branches. One of Xi’s greatest concerns is preventing the independence of Taiwan and ensuring that United States support for Taiwan be militarily challenged by constant People’s Liberation Army (PLA) readiness.

    It is worth noting that in the mobilization order for training issued on January 2, 2020, Xi Jinping stressed that the PLA should “keep a close eye on the powerful enemy (i.e. the U.S.), focus on actual combat training, and maintain a high state of alert to ensure that it is ready to assemble at the first call and is capable of fighting and winning.”

    Below is the report of Order No. 1 appeared in Lianhe Zaobao, the oldest Chinese-language newspaper in Singapore, on January 5, 2021:[1]

    https://www.memri.org/reports/xi-jinping-signs-order-no-1-focus-war-preparedness-and-refers-us-enemy

  3. Bangladesh refugee camp fire leaves thousands homeless
    https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2021/01/16/2003750694
    A huge fire on Thursday tore through a Rohingya refugee camp, destroying more than 550 shanty homes. While 3,500 people were left homeless, no casualties were reported, aid agencies said.

    The blaze started when most people in the sprawling Nayapara camp were asleep. Tens of thousands of members of the Muslim minority who in 2017 fled a military crackdown in neighboring Myanmar live in the overcrowded camp.

    International aid agencies said in a joint statement that it took firefighters two hours to bring the “devastating” fire under control.
    “Very fortunately, no deaths or serious injuries have been reported, and the few people with minor injuries have been released after initial treatment,” the Inter-Sector Coordination Group said.

    The agencies estimated that some 3,500 people had been left homeless after more than 550 of the tin and bamboo shelters were destroyed along with a community center and several shops.

    The fire started at about 2:00am and was suspected to have been caused by a cooking cylinder, Bangladeshi Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Rezwan Hayat said.

    About 10 people had been injured, he said.

    Residents quoted by aid workers said that huge flames quickly engulfed the shanties.

    “We have immediately supplied hot food and bamboo and tarpaulins to the affected people to reconstruct their homes,” Hayat said.

    Nayapara is one of a string of camps in the Cox’s Bazar district of southeastern Bangladesh where more than 900,000 Rohingya live. About 700,000 fled across the border in 2017 after the Myanmar crackdown that the UN has said could be genocide.

    Save the Children country director in Bangladesh Onno van Manen said that the fire was “another devastating blow for the Rohingya people who have endured unspeakable hardship for years.”

    The fire was “another ghastly reminder” that children in the camps “face a bleak future with little freedom of movement, inadequate access to education, poverty, serious protection risks and abuse including child marriage,” Van Manen said.

  4. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York.

    The announcement made on the NRA’s website comes months after New York’s attorney general sued the organization over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures.

    The coronavirus pandemic has also upended the NRA, which last year laid off dozens of employees, canceled its national convention and scuttled fundraising. Still, the NRA claimed in announcing the move that the organization was “in its strongest financial condition in years.”

    https://apnews.com/article/new-york-gun-politics-coronavirus-pandemic-texas-cbe5845c17e18eed8679d6daec75ff75

  5. 33-year-old Syrian arrested in Thessaloniki for being an Al-Nusra member
    https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/16/syrian-arrested-thessaloniki-nusra/
    Wanted for being a fighter of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front, a Syrian man was arrested in a migrant camp in Thessaloniki after Dutch law enforcement authorities executed an arrest warrant.

    He is a 33-year-old Syrian man who, according to Dutch prosecution documents, has been linked to terrorism-related acts.

    The 33-year-old allegedly lived in the Netherlands, where he had been granted refugee status.
    His wife lives in Greece, as well as their two minor children.

    After his arrest by the Counter-Terrorism Service, he was taken to the Thessaloniki Appellate Prosecutor’s Office to launch his extradition proceedings to the Netherlands.

    He remains in custody and according to what became known, the 33-year-old consented to his extradition.

    The Al-Nusra Front are the most powerful terrorist group operating in Syria, particularly out of Idlib province on the border with Turkey.

    Turkey has been one of the main backers of the Al-Nusra Front and continue to support them with armaments, medical assistance, intelligence and funds.

  6. Infiltration of MAGA at Capitol…Secret Chat Room Exposed
    Friday January 15, 2021 3:30 PM

    Read Full Article Here

    Screenshots from a Discord chat channel allegedly hosted by John Sullivan – a far-left, anti-Trump activist who appears to have incited violence at the U.S. Capitol while posing as a journalist – reveal he and his followers infiltrated the January 6th Save America March in Washington, D.C.The unearthed screenshots follow Sullivan’s arrest for his role in the Capitol riot, which included calls to violence such as “we gotta get this shit burned” and “it’s our house motherf*ckers,” an affidavit can reveal.

    https://populist.press/extraordinary-chat-logs-reveal-alleged-plan-to-turn-trump-rally-into-violent-riot/

  7. French Troops Kill 15 Jihadists in Mali
    https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/01/15/france-kills-15-jihadists-mali/

    “France’s armed forces said Friday they had killed around 15 jihadists near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso, where an al-Qaeda-linked group is active.

    Two operations took place at the weekend in the Boulikessi sector in central Mali, military headquarters said.

    On Saturday, “French soldiers identified an armed terrorist group on motorbikes and guided an aircraft to carry out a strike,” Frederic Barbry told journalists.

    The commandos spotted another armed group the following day and called in reconnaissance and attack helicopters to provide support.

    “Around 15 jihadists were neutralized and four were arrested in these operations,” while troops seized weapons, motorbikes, and materials used for making roadside bombs, he said.

    So-called improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have killed five French troops and four Ivorian soldiers with the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali since late December.

    The central region is a reputed stronghold of the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM).

    France’s military role there was placed in the spotlight earlier this month when several residents in the village of Bounti said about 20 people in a wedding party had been killed in a strike by a helicopter.

    It occurred on January 3, they said, near where French forces said they carried out an airstrike on jihadists using a fighter jet.

    France’s military has insisted it struck jihadists, ruling out the possibility of any mistake.

    The region is the epicenter of a deadly Islamist offensive that began in northern Mali in 2012 and then advanced into neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger, inflaming ethnic tensions along the way.

    Independent confirmation of reports in this area is difficult, given the remoteness and danger.”

  8. Trump receives Morocco’s highest award for Middle East work: official
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-morocco/trump-receives-moroccos-highest-award-for-middle-east-work-official-idUSKBN29K2GK

    “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday received Morocco’s highest award for his work in advancing a normalization deal between Israel and Morocco, a senior administration official told Reuters.

    In a private Oval Office ceremony, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, who is Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, gave Trump the Order of Muhammad, an award given only to heads of state. It was a gift from Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz received other awards for their work on the Israel-Morocco deal, which was reached in December.

    The United States in the last five months helped broker deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco. The agreements are aimed at normalizing relations and opening economic ties.

    Trump, who leaves office on Wednesday, has drawn some criticism over the Morocco agreement because to seal the deal, he agreed that the United States would recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.

    Western Sahara has been the site of a decades-old territorial dispute between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, a breakaway movement that seeks to establish an independent state in the territory.

    The Kushner team had been working on reaching more agreements between Israel and the Arab world. But time has run out and no more are expected before Trump’s departure.

    Media were not allowed to witness the award ceremony. Trump has been limiting his public appearances since losing the election on Nov. 3.”

  9. Austria drops probe into far-right activists over New Zealand massacre
    https://www.thelocal.at/20210115/austria-drops-probe-into-activists-over-nz-massacre

    “Austrian prosecutors said Friday they had dropped an inquiry into far-right activists over possible links with the perpetrator of a massacre of Muslims in New Zealand in 2019.

    Martin Sellner, the co-founder of the Identitarian Movement of Austria (IBOe), came under investigation together with some of his associates when it emerged that in 2018 he had received a donation of 1,500 euros ($1,800) from Brenton Tarrant.

    White supremacist Tarrant killed 51 Muslim worshippers in attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch in March 2019.

    Sellner admitted to having had contact with Tarrant on several occasions and prosecutors looked into whether charges could be brought against him or those close to him for “participation in a terrorist organisation”.

    But the spokesman for the prosecutors’ department in the city of Graz, Hansjoerg Bacher, confirmed to AFP that the investigation had been “dropped”.

    Sellner’s house was also searched as part of the investigation, but a court ruled in 2019 that the raid was illegal.

    Sellner told AFP on Friday that investigations targeting his wife and the IBOe as an organisation had also been dropped last month.

    Austrian media report that another investigation against Sellner for suspected fraud is however ongoing. The IBOe has been described by Austrian intelligence services as “agents of modern right-wing extremism”.

    Sellner and the Identitarians are proponents of the far-right “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory according to which white Europeans are being deliberately supplanted by non-white immigrants.

    Tarrant’s manifesto was also titled “The Great Replacement”.

    The Identitarians are also known for anti-immigrant stunts such as a 2017 incident in which members gained access to the roof of the Turkish embassy in Vienna, unfurling a banner addressing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reading: “Erdogan, take your Turks home.””

  10. African pushes woman onto railway tracks while fleeing inspectors
    https://rmx.news/article/article/african-pushes-woman-onto-railway-tracks-while-fleeing-inspectors

    “A Nigerian man caught traveling as a fare-dodger in Frankfurt pushed a 60-year-old woman onto the railway tracks and seriously injured her while trying to flee inspectors, the Junge Freiheit reported. The victim survived the attack, as no train was arriving at that moment.

    The 49-year-old African was spotted by two controllers on the S-Bahn traveling from Wiesbaden to Hanau without a valid ticket. They asked him to leave the train at Frankfurt Airport Station. While he was getting off, according to the police, he suddenly pushed one of the controllers aside and fled across the platform.

    There he pushed a woman so hard that she fell headfirst onto the tracks. The victim was unconscious for a while, but, fortunately, the two inspectors managed to quickly lift her up and called an ambulance.

    Perpetrator already known to the police

    Investigators from the federal police managed to arrest the Nigerian, who is now being investigated for bodily harm and fraud. In addition, the African, who is already very well known to the police, is accused of blackmail.

    A year and a half ago, the case of a 40-year-old Eritrean caused consternation across Germany, when he pushed a mother and her 8-year-old son onto the tracks in front of an arriving train at Frankfurt Central Station. While the mother was able to roll over at the last second, the child was run over and died.”

  11. US Imposes Fresh Sanctions on Iran in Final Days of Trump Presidency
    https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2743501/us-imposes-fresh-sanctions-iran-final-days-trump-presidency

    “The United States on Friday sanctioned companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and on three Iranian entities over conventional arms proliferation.

    They are the latest in a series of measures aimed at stepping up pressure on Tehran in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s administration, which ends on Jan. 20.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington had sanctioned seven companies, including Chinese-based Jiangyin Mascot Special Steel Co. and UAE-based Accenture Building Materials, and two people for shipping steel to or from Iran.

    He said Iran’s Marine Industries Organization, Aerospace Industries Organization and the Iran Aviation Industries Organization had also been blacklisted over conventional arms proliferation.

    Iran has been a focus of Trump during his four years in office as he tried to force Tehran back into talks over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its activities in the Middle East. In 2018 Trump quit an Iran nuclear deal that Tehran struck with world powers in 2015 to rein in its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief because it did not go far enough.

    Trump said he was open to negotiating a much wider pact that would seek more extensive constraints on Iran’s nuclear program, as well as limits on its development of ballistic missiles and its sponsorship of militias in regional nations such as Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.

    Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who will succeed Trump on Wednesday, has said he will return to the 2015 nuclear pact if Iran resumes strict compliance with it.”

  12. Arab Coalition destroys 3 armed drones fired by Houthis targeting Saudi Arabia
    https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/602521/SAUDI-ARABIA/Arab-Coalition-destroys-3-armed-drones-fired-by-Houthis-targeting-Saudi-Arabia

    “The Arab Coalition forces have intercepted and destroyed three armed drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militias, targeting Saudi Arabia, the coalition’s spokesperson Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said on Friday.

    In a statement on Friday carried by the Saudi Press Agency, Brig. Gen. Al-Maliki said: “The coalition forces successfully intercepted and destroyed this morning three bomb-laden drones launched toward the Kingdom.”

    “These bomb-laden drones were launched by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia from Yemen’s Hodeida governorate, and were intercepted and destroyed.”

    “The terrorist Houthi militia continues to violate the (Stockholm) Agreement, and use Hodeida Governorate as a launch site for hostile acts and terrorist attacks through launching ballistic missiles, armed drones and boats, which represents a credible threat to regional and international security and undermines the political efforts of the agreement,” the coalition spokesman added.

    He stressed that the coalition will continue to undertake all appropriate procedures to handle these hostile and terrorist acts while continuing to support the political efforts exerted by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen to end the coup and reach a comprehensive political solution.”

  13. Egyptian group Hasm designated ‘terrorist organisation’ by US
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-sanctions-egyptian-group-hasm-terrorist-organisation

    “The United States has designated the Egyptian group Harakat Sawa’d Misr, also known as Hasm, a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO) following a series of attacks against government officials and security personnel.

    In a statement on Friday, the State Department said it was elevating Hasm’s listing from a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) to FTO to “seek to deny [Hasm] and its leadership the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks”.

    Hasm has claimed responsibility for more than a dozen attacks on Egyptian security forces in recent years, including the killing of National Security Agency officer Ibrahim Azzazy.

    The group first announced its existence in July 2016 in an attack that killed two police officers.

    While it has not taken an official ideological position, the Egyptian government has accused Hasm of being an armed entity of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The Brotherhood, which was outlawed by Egyptian authorities in 2013 following the ousting of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, has denied any links with the group.

    “The Brotherhood has no relation with any organisation or individuals who shed blood,” the groups’ spokesman Talaat Fahmi said in 2016.

    In addition to designating Hassm as a FTO, which will both deny the group access to the US financial system and entry to the country, the State Department designated Yahya al-Sayyid Ibrahim Musa, who is based in Turkey, and Alaa Ali Ali Mohammed al-Samahi, as SDGTs.

    Egypt’s counterterrorism operations
    Since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power in 2013, Egypt has pursued a crackdown on dissent, with authorities accused of detaining more than 60,000 political prisoners.

    Cairo’s counterterrorism operation against Hasm and other armed groups has also been criticised by analysts and rights groups, with some individuals allegedly associated with the group being forcibly disappeared and later ending up dead.

    In April 2017, 44-year-old schoolteacher Mohamed Abdelsatar was arrested by police and declared dead a month later in a reported counterterrorism operation against Hasm.

    “These killings come amid a protracted counterterrorism campaign that has swept up thousands across Egypt in large-scale, and at times seemingly indiscriminate, security sweeps,” the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy wrote in 2017.

    The US gives Egypt $1.3bn in annual military aid, which rights groups say gives Sisi a green light to continue grave human rights abuses.

    Thursday’s announcement by the Trump administration is the latest in a series of terrorism designations in the final weeks of his presidency.

    On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced his intention to list the Houthi movement in Yemen as an FTO, and followed up on Monday by placing Cuba on Washington’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.”

  14. Algeria: Five civilians killed in bomb blast in Tebessa region
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/algeria-civilians-killed-bomb-blast-tebessa

    “A homemade bomb killed five people and wounded three others in eastern Algeria on Thursday, the defence ministry said, the deadliest attack targeting civilians in recent years.

    The roadside bomb went off as a car drove by in the region of Tebessa, the ministry said in a statement.

    “Five citizens died and three others were wounded when a homemade bomb exploded as their car drove in Oueid Khenig-Roum, near the district of Telidjane in Tebessa prefecture,” it said.

    It gave no other details on the attack itself…”

  15. France repatriates 7 children of Daesh fighters
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210115-france-repatriates-7-children-of-daesh-fighters/

    “France has repatriated seven children of Daesh fighters from north-east Syria. This is the latest effort by a European country to return its nationals following years of reluctance to do so.

    The children are aged between 2 and 11. They were living in Al-Hol and Roj camps which are run by Kurdish militias such as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG).

    According to the French Foreign Ministry, the children are vulnerable and have been put into the care of social services. This latest repatriation takes the number of such children returned to France to 35, many of whom are orphans…”

  16. Taliban now discouraging fighters from taking multiple wives. The reason may surprise you
    https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/1/15/taliban-now-discouraging-fighters-from-taking-multiple-wives

    “The leader of the Afghan Taliban has told members to avoid taking multiple wives so that the hardline Islamist militant group will not invite “criticism from our enemies”.

    Mullah Hibatullah issued a decree warning Taliban members against the practice so “they won’t need to get involved in corrupt and illegal practices”, the BBC reported.

    The prevelance of polygamy has increased demands upon the Taliban leadership for funds to pay “mahr” – money paid by a man to a woman’s family when he marries her – Taliban sources told the BBC.

    The group’s leadership is concerned over allegations of corruption among members attempting to raise funds to cover multiple households, the sources said.

    The decree does not ban the practice, however.

    Men are permitted to take as many as four wives under Islamic law, and polygamy is legal in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan, where the Taliban are also active.

    The practice is widespread among the Pashtun communities of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Mullah Hibatullah’s decree provided exceptions for men who have no children or no male children from a previous marriage, those with existing family wealth, and those wishing to marry a widow.

    Taliban members should consult their superiors before arranging a second marriage, the decree said.

    Most of the Taliban’s top leaders have married multiple women. Mullah Hibatulah, the movement’s current leader, has two wives.

    That puts the leadership of the Taliban at odds with ther rank-and-file of the group, most of whom live in poverty.

    The new restrictions on polygamy come amid ongoing talks with the Afghan government led by President Ashraf Ghani.

    Reports about Taliban members forcibly marrying women and paying “mahr” sums of between $26,000 and $100,000 have invited unwanted negative press during a sensitive political moment.”

  17. Bahraini man stabs Asian woman to death
    https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/bahrain/bahraini-man-stabs-asian-woman-to-death-1.76508218

    “A 46-year-old Bahraini man stabbed a 38-year-old Asian woman to death over personal disputes, local media reported.

    As soon as it was notified, the Southern Police Directorate launched investigation into the incident and the suspect was arrested immediately.

    Initial investigations revealed that personal disputes were the reason behind the fatal incident. Necessary legal procedures are being taken against the culprit.

    In a separate incident, the Ministry of Interior announced four Asians have been arrested after being found guilty of manufacturing and selling intoxicants…”

  18. Police raid 100 houses, detains 97 suspects
    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2279882/police-raid-100-houses-detains-97-suspects

    “In a late night development, police conducted over 100 raids at the houses of notorious ‘criminals’ and arrested over 97 suspects on Wednesday.

    The raiding teams also recovered arms and ammunition in a large quantity.

    Opposing the action of the police against ‘proclaimed offenders and those harbouring criminals’, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sohail Shaukat Butt said the law enforcement agencies were forcing people to shift their loyalties towards the current government.

    He accused the police of heavy firing at his house which broke several windowpanes. He claimed that the cops also arrested his domestic helpers.

    “My right as a member of the legislative assembly was violated in the action.”

    Members of Punjab Assembly Ghazali Saleem Butt and Khawaja Imran Nazeer also criticized the police operation.

    On the other hand police said the teams had conducted the crackdown against those harbouring proclaimed offenders involved in murder, attempt to murder, etc…”

  19. Turkey: 44 irregular migrants held in SE Turkey
    https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-44-irregular-migrants-held-in-se-turkey/2111225

    “At least 44 irregular migrants were held in Turkey’s southeastern province of Batman on Friday, security sources said.

    The security forces stopped a suspected minibus during traffic checks and held 25 Afghan, 12 Bangladeshi, and seven Pakistani nationals.

    The migrants, who entered Turkey through illegal means, were transferred to the repatriation center after routine procedures.

    The police detained the driver of the vehicle who allegedly organized the illegal crossing.

    Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

    Turkey hosts about 4 million refugees, more than any other country in the world.”

  20. Turkey remands Daesh/ISIS terrorist for aiding bombings
    https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-remands-daesh-isis-terrorist-for-aiding-bombings/2111148

    “Turkey remanded in custody a Daesh/ISIS terrorist accused of providing explosives in two deadly bombings in Istanbul and Sanliurfa, security sources said on Friday.

    Turkish security and intelligence teams worked jointly to arrest Daesh/ISIS terrorist Azzo Halaf Suleyman Al Aggal on Jan. 12 in the southeastern Sanliurfa province, said security sources speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    He was found to be cooperating with another Daesh/ISIS terrorist codenamed Abu Bera – who was in charge of arranging a number of suicide bombings.

    Al Aggal was charged with providing explosives in the 2016 Istanbul bombing at the touristic Sultanahmet Square and in the 2015 blast in Suruc, Sanliurfa.

    On Jan. 12, 2016, a Daesh suicide bomber killed at least 10 German tourists in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, while injuring sixteen people.

    On July 20, 2015, the same terrorist group carried out a suicide bomb attack in Suruc. A total of 34 people were killed and 70 others were seriously injured.

    Turkey was one of the first countries to declare Daesh/ISIS as a terror group in 2013.

    The country has since been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists multiple times. The terror group has carried out at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed attacks, killing 315 people and injuring hundreds more.

    In response, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.”

  21. EU to Bosnia, consequences if crisis at Lipa isn’t resolved
    http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/politics/2021/01/15/migrants-eu-to-bosnia-consequences-if-lipa-isnt-resolved_64afae89-8f17-42a6-887e-b777fdac291d.html

    “European Commission foreign policy spokesperson Peter Stano said Friday if Bosnia-Herzegovina is unable to meet the EU’s requests as well as international obligations to solve the humanitarian crisis at the Lipa migrant camp, “there will be consequences”, including regarding the country’s “aspiration” to become a part of the EU.

    Stano said migrants are “trapped in this situation that is in large part caused by national authorities’ inability to enact the necessary decisions and to respect its own commitments”. He said the “entire situation is negatively influencing Bosnia-Herzegovina’s image” and there may be political “reactions and steps” against Sarajevo by the EU, if the situation isn’t urgently resolved. The issue is “the subject of a very intense discussion in Brussels, in EU capitals and in the field”, Stano said.”

  22. Turkey: 130,000 probed in 6 years for insults to Erdogan
    http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/politics/2021/01/15/turkey-130000-probed-in-6-years-for-insults-to-erdogan_5701fbf1-53fc-48fd-84b4-01d4b8ccf7e7.html

    “Nearly 130,000 investigations have been open in the past six years by the Turkish magistrate for “insults” to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said data from the Turkish Justice Ministry. It said between 2014 and 2019 a total of 128,872 people were placed under investigation, of whom 27,717 were then charged and 9,556 convicted.

    Those investigated included politicians, journalists, writers, and many common citizens, including 903 minors between the ages of 12 and 17.

    The figures released by the ministry were accompanied by summaries of some specific cases, reported by local media.

    Among these was a conviction of a 14-year-old for an Instagram post that was considered “offensive” and that one of his followers reported to the authorities. In 2018, the adolescent was convicted and sentenced to five months and 25 days in prison, which was then converted to a fine of 3,500 Turkish lira (about 400 euros). His attorney Okan Can Ozbalcik said the teen suffered “psychological damage” tied to the fear of ending up in prison.”

    • We’re not that far away from this. If our little friend Alexandria Ocasio Cortez had her way you would get all that and more just for criticizing Black Lives Matter or questioning climate change or any of a number of things she doesn’t like. We’re about one step away from being Turkey, folks. Neat, eh…? Import a few million more Somalis and Syrian “refugees” to elect a few more “Squad” girls and we’ll all be sucking up the Zyklon-B…

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