Reader’s Links for January 16, 2021

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

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

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

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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    ITEM 1 –

    Eight years ago, I opened an account on KIJIJI.
    I tried to close it today, impossible. It’s there for life.
    So, I have to use a new email address and maybe even then, it won’t work as I just found Kijiji works with Google and others.

    ITEM 2 – That said, lo and behold, today my current Internet/cable/phone provider called me. Somehow, they knew I was cutting service for another provider.

    Other new provider: no TV, landline phone with free USA/Canada calls and unlimited Internet – for two years – $99.00

    Well, look at that !!!

    After some 45 minutes of waiting on the phone, I get the same package deal for the same price for two years although Cable TV is included also.

    They did all the cancellation work with the new provider also.

    So, I’m back to $100/month for everything, instead of $200 (increased over time) and with more phone features as an extra and unlimited Internet usage. And cable included.

    ME:How long will this competition last?

    • That depends on the Feds will the enforce the anti-trust laws (it will last a long time) if they don’t enforce them it won’t last very long.

    • The only problem I have with this analysis is the way he is ignoring the way China, Turkey and other predator nations are moving to start regional wars. The wars combined with a dollar collapse will collapse the global economy.

      • Richard OT…is it possible to make an accurate sniper rifle from non metal materials ?carbon fibre and plastics for much and ceramics for the barrels and breech/block and using caseless non metal(?ice) bullets?…..yes I did see the Clint Walker movie : )…just curious as the technology should make it possible but the engineering would be hellish.

  2. More about the Dutch government stepping down. The BBC nails it, “the enemy of the people” sounds about right.
    This approach of criminalizing of innocent civilians has been talked and written about by lawyers for years. At least in this case, it was ordered directly by the PM. A kind of stovepiping, what is now called “the Rutte doctrine”.

    Dutch Rutte government resigns over child welfare fraud scandal
    “Innocent people have been criminalised and their lives ruined,”
    Parents were branded fraudsters over minor errors such as missing signatures on paperwork, and erroneously forced to pay back tens of thousands of euros given by the government to offset the cost of childcare, with no means of redress. They were, as one junior minister who resigned in connection with the scandal put it, “steamrolled” by the system.
    Families were left in a state of ruin, by a state apparatus that became “the enemy of the people”.
    Relationships disintegrated under the pressure, homes were lost, mothers have spoken tearfully of the financial and psychological anguish they suffered after being targeted by tax officials.
    the mass resignation could be interpreted as an act of self-preservation by the Rutte government that avoids the prospect of losing a no-confidence vote by MPs next week.

  3. 15,000 Illegals Tried to Cross English Channel in Small Boats in 2020 (breitbart, Jan 16, 2021)

    “Some 15,000 illegal aliens attempted to cross the English Channel from Continental Europe in small boats in 2020, according to the European Union’s law enforcement agency Europol.

    Europol said in figures released on Thursday that from January to mid-December 2020, “law enforcement authorities of concerned countries registered more than 1,300 incidents involving more than 15,000 [illegal aliens] crossing the English Channel in small boats”.

    That figure includes successful crossings, attempted crossing stopped by European authorities, and the discovery of nautical equipment associated with illegal crossings. An estimated 8,500 people landed in the United Kingdom last year, though that does not include those that managed to evade detection by UK Border Force, slipping into the underground economy.

    The document says that the United Kingdom remains “among the preferred destination countries” for illegals, with most departures taking place from the north of France — Calais and Dunkirk — and to a lesser extent the coast of Belgium.

    “A first sharp increase was recorded in October 2018, and since 2019, the number of incidents involving migrant smuggling in small boats (rigid inflatable boats or rigid hull inflatable boats) across the English Channel has been increasing. This trend has continued, and the number of incidents has further significantly increased throughout 2020.

    “In 2020, it was the main modus operandi employed by migrant smuggling networks offering smuggling services from the EU to the UK and more commonly encountered than the facilitation in lorries or other vehicles using the Channel Tunnel,” the report said.

    Europol said that for many years, migrants smuggled in the back of lorries coming from France, Belgium, and the Netherlands had been the “most common” method of illegal migration across the English Channel, with boat landings only occurring “occasionally”.

    The organisation estimates multiple factors had resulted in the shift from illegals and criminal people-smuggling gangs switching from lorry to small boat, including more systematic customs controls being introduced in February 2020 in the Channel Tunnel between Calais and Dover, as well as an extension of the fencing along the roads of Calais to the Chunnel.

    Measures to restrict the movement of people from Continental Europe to the British Isles since March due to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic was also a factor.

    Europol also believes that migrants would rather take a small boat out into the busiest waterway in the world rather than risk suffocating in the back of a lorry, as a recent case had demonstrated.

    Facilitating illegal journeys is coordinated by “several organised crime groups”, according to Europol, which are believed to operate in Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands as well as in Britain, charging €3,000 (£2,664/$3,647) per person. These groups are responsible for some of the “mass departures involving several boats departing simultaneously”.

    In December, a report revealed that French investigators estimate that there are some 100 people-smuggling outfits running illegals across the English Channel, some earning £1 million a month in offering “VIP” travel services for migrants.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel had previously indicated that the British authorities might finally start turning migrant boats back to France instead of bringing them the rest of the way to England after the Brexit “transition” expired at the end of 2020, but so far this has not happened.”

  4. Men Behind Swedish Mink Farm Arson Linked to Terror Groups (breitbart, Jan 16, 2021)

    “Two young men who are accused of setting fire to a disused mink farm are believed to be connected to terrorist groups, according to the Swedish security police and the FBI.

    The two men, aged 18 and 20 at the time, travelled from Stockholm to Sölvesborg on October 2019 intending to release the minks at the farm after discussing their plans on an online forum.

    The pair set up a campsite near the mink farm and later admitted that when they found there were no mink there, they decided to set the farm on fire instead, broadcaster SVT reports.

    Police located the men shortly after the fire was reported. Both have been subject to investigation by the Swedish security police Sapo and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), with one of the men linked to other terror investigations. However, no specific groups were mentioned by the broadcaster.

    During their interrogations, both men initially denied any involvement in the fire, but after being shown photographic evidence and internet chat logs, they eventually confessed, with the 20-year-old stating he hated the mink fur industry.

    Prosecutors also allege that the pair plotted the death of a convicted sex offender and a Swedish judge as the men felt that the judge had given the sex offender too light of a sentence. They also allegedly chatted about bombing an abortion clinic in Stockholm.

    The trial will begin on Friday and is expected to be concluded by Tuesday. While both confessed to vandalism, they have denied the arson charges.

    Over the last several months, the mink industry was the subject of headlines as workers on mink farms began testing positive for the Chinese coronavirus, and some suspected that they had possibly been infected by minks carrying the virus.

    In response to the possible link between coronavirus and mink, Denmark culled as many as 17 million of them after outbreaks on over 200 farms.”

    • Sounds more like PETA but it makes no difference as they will be classified as Right Wing Extremists no matter what. SAPO, leftist dominated, are like the rest of Sweden’s bureaucracy and untouchable. The supposed threats to the judge and sex offender are probably rubbish as many Swedes would silently feel the same way about both. I know I feel angry when someone escapes due punishment because of ideological “mental illness” or leftist delusions. But, of course, punishment of thought crime is now what they are after. John Anderton would be horrified.

  5. Afghan Migrants Accused of Filming Child Sex Abuse for Blackmail (breitbart, Jan 16, 2021)

    “Afghan migrants in their twenties have been accused of filming sex acts with minor girls in Sweden and using the videos to blackmail their victims.

    The first migrant was arrested in September for child rape offences after police received tips that pictures and videos of underage girls were being circulated on social media.

    An investigation revealed that the crimes started in August 2019. The Afghan, who has prior convictions, is believed to have committed at least three counts of raping a minor and sexual assault against a minor, Nyheter Idag reports.

    Prosecutor Andreas Lennartsson has stated that the crimes went on over a long period and took place in both school and home environments.

    A second Afghan migrant was arrested in December on suspicion of a child rape that is believed to have taken place in April.

    According to the prosecutor, the Afghans victimised girls as young as 13 and took photographs and videos of the sex acts.

    “It has since been used to get the young girls to perform more actions that they were not comfortable with. It became a way of pressuring plaintiffs into doing more, but also to make sure that the girls do not tell anyone about what they have been through. They threatened to publish the pictures and films,” Lennartsson said.

    Lennartsson added that there were other suspects in the case, but did not go into the details of any ongoing investigations.

    The case comes less than a year after another Afghan migrant was prosecuted for raping a 15-year-old girl while he was staying as a guest of the child’s family.

    The 20-year-old claimed in May that he did not rape her, but rather rejected her sexual advances and that she reported him to the police as an act of revenge.

    In August, another Afghan in his 20s saw his child rape conviction overturned.

    The man had previously been convicted of raping a 13-year-old but won an appeal when a court ruled he may not have known the girl’s age, despite inputting her actual age when ordering her a child’s bus ticket.”

  6. European powers press Iran to back off latest nuclear move (abcnews, Jan 16, 2021)

    “Germany, France and Britain pressed Iran on Saturday to back off the latest planned violation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, saying that Tehran has “no credible civilian use” for uranium metal.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday Iran had informed it that it had begun installing equipment for the production of uranium metal. It said Tehran maintains its plans to conduct research and development on uranium metal production are part of its “declared aim to design an improved type of fuel.”

    Uranium metal can also be used for a nuclear bomb, however, and research on its production is specifically prohibited under the nuclear deal — the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — that Tehran signed with Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia and the United States in 2015.

    Since the unilateral American withdrawal from the deal in 2018, the other members have been working to preserve the accord. Iran has been using violations of the deal to put pressure on the other signatories to provide more incentives to Iran to offset crippling American sanctions re-imposed after the U.S. pullout.

    A joint statement from the German, French and British foreign ministries said they are “deeply concerned” by the latest Iranian announcement.

    “Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal,” it said. “The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications.”

    “We strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPoA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal,” the statement added.

    The ultimate goal of the deal is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, something Iran insists it does not want to do.

    President-elect Joe Biden, who was vice president when the deal was signed during the Obama administration, has said he hopes to return the U.S. to the deal.”

  7. Official: 2 insider attackers kill 12 Afghan militiamen (abcnews, Jan 16, 2021)

    “At least two members of an Afghan militia opened fire on their fellow militiamen in the western Herat province, killing 12, in what provincial police on Saturday described as an insider attack.

    Herat police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said the attackers fled with the slain militiamen’s weapons and ammunition, adding that Afghan government forces had regained control of the area.

    A Taliban spokesman Yousaf Ahmadi in a tweet claimed responsibility for the insider attack, which took place late Friday.

    Meanwhile, a sticky bomb attached to an armored police Land Cruiser SUV exploded Saturday in the western part of the capital, Kabul, killing two policemen and wounding another, Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.

    Faramarz did not specify the identities of the casualties. However, two members of the Afghan police force, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, said Kabul’s deputy police chief Mawlana Bayan was wounded in the attack.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in Kabul.

    In the southern Helmand province, a suicide car bomber targeted a police compound late Friday, killing one policeman and wounding two others, provincial police spokesman Zaman Hamdard said. The attack took place in Lashkar Gah district on the highway between Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

    Also in Kandahar province, a suicide car bomber and multiple gunmen attacked an auto workshop belonging to the Afghan intelligence agency on Saturday but inflicted no casualties, provincial governor Rohullah Khanzada said. He said at least four attackers were killed and that an operation to clear the workshop compound was ongoing.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in Helmand and Kandahar.

    The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks in the capital in recent months, including on educational institutions that killed 50 people, most of them students. IS has claimed responsibility for rocket attacks in December targeting the major U.S. base in Afghanistan. There were no casualties.

    The violence comes as the representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government earlier this month resumed peace talks in Qatar. However, the negotiations were off to a slow start as the insurgents continue their attacks on Afghan government forces while keeping their promise not to attack U.S. and NATO troops.

    The stop-and-go talks are aimed at ending decades of relentless conflict. Frustration and fear have grown over the recent spike in violence, and both sides blame one another.

    There has also been growing doubt lately over a U.S.-Taliban deal brokered by outgoing President Donald Trump’s administration. That accord was signed last February. Under the deal, an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. troops ordered by Trump means that just 2,500 American soldiers will still be in Afghanistan when President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20.”

  8. This letter

    A Hopeful New Year

    Well, we’ve finally put 2020 behind us. 2021 has arrived with the kind of hope and promise we’ve sure needed. There’s good news ahead – here’s a brief look.

    First, vaccines. Millions of doses to fight the COVID-19 virus will be arriving in the coming weeks – we have taken deliberate steps to be among the first countries to begin receiving vaccines. Our front-line health care workers in hospitals and long-term care homes will be among the first to get their shots, then people who face the greatest health risks.

    Canada has lined up more vaccines per citizen than any other country, and we expect everyone who wants to be vaccinated will get one by the end of summer.

    Support – as long as it takes. We will keep providing financial support to people and businesses until everything is safe again. While there will be a healthy debate with the opposition over the cost of our plan, Canada is still in the best financial position of all the major economies in the world. That’s how we’ve been able to provide the most support.

    Yes, the debt is really, really big. But we have locked in this new debt at historically low interest rates over a very long term. Besides, we believe people come first.

    The ‘real’ Great Reset. Canada has recovered 80 percent of the jobs we lost when the pandemic struck and many of our other economic trends are positive. However, there’s a great opportunity to create a better economy; one with better jobs that offer better futures for workers who will deliver products and services for a better, cleaner world.

    The financial plan our government announced in November shows the way we will fix things that failed us during the pandemic. We aim to have much to celebrate in 2021.

    For now. We need to ‘dig deep’ and protect ourselves for just a few more months. Use masks, stay close to home with only our families. Shop at our local businesses and, if you can, support the volunteers and community services helping our neighbours in need.

    All the very best!

  9. Trump’s end-of-term: Another dead cat bounce in the operational sequence of events – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    18-23 minutes

    Trump’s end-of-term: Another dead cat bounce in the operational sequence of events

    National Guard troops deploy in Washington, January 2021. Fox News video

    Who knew that when the declassifications we’ve been waiting for got rolling they’d seem like a distractor? Not that we should give them short shrift. Long shrifts only, please.

    The ones that are coming out Friday (I’ve seen initial takes pop up in the last couple of hours) are important in their own right, and we’ll all be grateful to whoever has the time to parse them out for us.

    Latest: The perils of rushing

    But in context – the big picture – they make a nice departure point for the main-stage drama that is only beginning to coalesce. They’re a leading element of the “so much, “ or maybe the “too much,” that’s going on.

    We’ll skim over things to get this article up. And we’re going to run this one backward, with the geopol atmospherics up front.

    • This one is well worth reading, and the real interesting parts of the article aren’t what she is saying but what she isn’t saying.

      • Thank you… I would not have read all that without your comment…who was it that said: “may we live in interesting times”?

        • Chinese proverb, I think. And Richard about Peter Schiff’s economic analysis yes, he has huge gaps in his thinking because he’s not taking in the politics of things.

        • She is well worth reading because of here experience in the Navy and she sees something happening but either isn’t sure what it is or doesn’t want to upset any plans that are in motion.

          Of course I may be engaging in wishful thinking.


    Last November Habibullah Ahmadi, 24, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the October 8, 2017, beating of Sara Anne Widholm in Windsor, Ontario. The 75-year-old grandmother did not die until December 17, 2018, but according to Dr. Balraj Jhawar, the beating left her in a “worse state than death.”

    No idea if one of you have already posted this but similar happens all over the west as the left brown noses islam.

  11. WATCH: Poland Unveils Draft Law to Guarantee Free Speech Online (breitbart, Jan 16, 2021)

    “Poland’s government has unveiled a draft law to combat censorship on social media, creating a Freedom of Speech Board with the power to order tech firms to restore online accounts and posts deleted for lawful speech on pain of substantial fines.

    Zbigniew Ziobro, the Minister of Justice, and Sebastian Kaleta, the Deputy Minister of Justice and chief architect of the new law, unveiled the new protections in the wake of the mass banning of the still-sitting President of the United States, Donald Trump, from most major social media platforms, along with some key staffers and campaign accounts.

    This was followed by the removal of Parler, a free speech oriented microblogging platform similar to Twitter, the American leader’s primary online megaphone, from the Apple and Google Play app stores, followed by Amazon, which hosted its servers, wiping it off the internet entirely.

    Similar treatment had been meted out to another Twitter alternative, Gab, earlier in President Trump’s term.

    While most conservative and right-leaning pundits and politicians have expressed displeasure with online censorship, many have refused to support initiatives to combat it on the grounds that “the government getting involved” in the affairs of supposedly “private companies” would be worse — but the Polish government is adopting a different posture, arguing that the state has a duty to, as the country’s constitution puts it, ensure “The freedom to express opinions, to acquire and to disseminate information ” and prohibit “Preventive censorship of the means of social communication”.

    “The freedom of speech and freedom of debate is the essence of democracy; there is no democracy if the state does not guarantee freedom in these two areas,” argued Minister Ziobro.

    “Polish citizens, while carrying out such discussions and debates on the internet… should have a guarantee of their basic rights that ensure the respect for their civil rights and freedoms that the Polish constitution guarantees to them,” he insisted.

    “[I]n order to make [those rights] real, it was necessary for us to create some legal frameworks that will effectively enforce onto the global layers the respect of Polish law and the rights and liberties — with the emphasis on the word ‘liberties’ — of the Polish citizens, users of the internet,” he explained.

    “There aren’t existing effective tools that would enable that. Today, social media decide themselves which content will be deleted and which accounts will be blocked, and even if a citizen can demonstrate within court proceedings that no laws have been broken, that still gives them no guarantee that social media will take such resolutions on board,” he lamented, handing over to Deputy Minister Kaleta to explain how new regulations would prevent

    Mr Kaleta, who told Breitbart London that Poland has been working on these problems since before the current controversy, having been disturbed by the removal of certain Christian pages from Facebook last year, explained that Poland’s key weapon against Big Tech censorship would be a new and independent Free Speech Board, comprised of five individuals appointed by a three-fifths majority of the country’s Sejm (Parliament) to six-year terms.

    The Free Speech Board, Kaleta explained, would be empowered to review appeals from social media users who have their accounts banned or content deleted, if prior appeals to the firms themselves are not resolved to the user’s satisfaction.

    If the Free Speech Board finds that the appellant was censored for lawful speech, it will be able to order the tech firm to restore their accounts or content — and impose fines of up to 50 million z?oty (roughly £9.8m or $13.3m) if they refuse to comply.

    “Whether someone’s content violates the law should not be decided by a foreign, corporate entity,” Kaleta said, comparing the new Free Speech Board’s enforcement tools to powers arrogated to the Minister of Justice in Germany to financially penalise social media platforms — not for censoring free speech, but for failing to censor speech the German government regards as harmful quickly.

    “In Germany, the authorities, namely the Minister of Justice, can act as a censor,” Minister Ziobro explained.

    “[P]eople may be surprised that I don’t want a German solution here in Poland, giving me more power, but actually we don’t want to give more power to the Minister of Justice. I don’t want to do that, even though I am the Minister of Justice — I don’t want my competences to be broader in this respect,” he insisted.

    “That is why there will be an independent body, elected by a three-fifths majority of the parliament,” he continued, stressing that “in Poland, we focus on freedom, and we will not provide the Freedom of Speech Board any tools or instruments to perform censorship, unlike what’s happening with the Minister of Justice in Germany — the only instrument that we give to this board is to prevent censorship by social networks, who sometimes act outside of the Polish law and interfere with the process of freedom of speech by blocking accounts, deleting content, blocking users they disagree with.””

  12. True Agenda of Communism: How society is being taken over by hidden forces | Counterpunch
    Counterpunch With Trevor Loudon – January 15, 2021

  13. Deadly clashes kill 32 in Sudan’s Darfur (abcnews, Jan 16, 2021)

    “Clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur have killed at least 32 people, according to a local medical official, as Sudanese authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the province.

    Darfur remains scarred by war after a rebellion in the early 2000s was brutally suppressed. The most recent violence comes two weeks after the U.N. Security Council ended the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force’s mandate in the Darfur region.

    Salah Saleh, a doctor and former medical director at the main hospital in the provincial capital of Genena, said the clashes wounded at least 79 others.

    “It’s horrible,” he said. “Until now, people cannot reach any hospitals.”

    Salah warned that the casualty toll was likely much higher.

    The violence erupted Friday in Genena, when an Arab man was stabbed to death at a market in the Krinding camp for internally displaced people, aid worker al-Shafei Abdalla told The Associated Press. He said the suspect was arrested.

    On Saturday, the dead man’s family — from the Arab Rizeigat tribe — attacked the Krinding camp, burning most of its houses, said Abdalla.

    Gov. Mohammed Abdalla al-Douma said that the government would impose a curfew beginning Saturday that would include the closure of all markets and a ban on gatherings across the province. Al-Douma granted security forces and soldiers a mandate to use force to control the situation, according to copies of the decree obtained by The Associated Press.

    The prime minister’s office in Khartoum said in a statement a high-ranking delegation led by the country’s top prosecutor would head to Genena “to take necessary measures” to re-establish stability in West Darfur. The statement did not give a casualty toll from the clashes.

    Adam Regal, a spokesman for a local organization that helps run refugee camps in Darfur, shared footage showing the burned homes and property in the Krinding camp following Saturday’s attack. The video included graphic images of wounded people with blood-stained clothes. The footage also showed women and children carrying their belongings, allegedly fleeing clashes in the camp.

    West Darfur was the scene of deadly clashes over a year ago between Arabs and non-Arabs that killed at least 54 people and displaced about 40,000 people, with thousands crossing to neighboring Chad.

    The clashes pose a significant challenge to efforts by Sudan’s transitional government to end decades-long rebellions in some areas. The country is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising led the military to overthrow longtime autocratic Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. A military-civilian government is now in power.”

    • Did you know four out of three have a problem with math?

      Keep on the sunny side

      Don’t be a useful idiot
      Don’t listen to the TV propaganda
      Learn the Qur’an verse 8:12

  14. Self-Avowed ‘Hardcore Leftist’ Arrested for Inciting Violence at Florida Capitol
    By Tom Ozimek
    January 16, 2021 Updated: January 16, 2021
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    Federal agents arrested a self-admitted anarchist and “hardcore leftist” on Friday on suspicion of plotting to violently disrupt planned election-related protests at the Florida state Capitol.

    Prosecutors said they “averted a crisis” at the Capitol by arresting 33-year-old Daniel Baker, taking him into custody on a charge involving making a threat to kidnap or injure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced in a news release.

    “Baker issued a call to arms for like-minded individuals to violently confront protestors gathered at the Florida Capitol this Sunday,” prosecutors said. “He specifically called for others to join him in encircling any protestors and confining them at the Capitol complex using firearms.”

    Protests and rallies are expected at state Capitols across the country ahead of and on inauguration day in opposition to the election results.

    Self-Avowed ‘Hardcore Leftist’ Arrested for Inciting Violence at Florida Capitol
    By Tom Ozimek
    January 16, 2021 Updated: January 16, 2021
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    Federal agents arrested a self-admitted anarchist and “hardcore leftist” on Friday on suspicion of plotting to violently disrupt planned election-related protests at the Florida state Capitol.

    Prosecutors said they “averted a crisis” at the Capitol by arresting 33-year-old Daniel Baker, taking him into custody on a charge involving making a threat to kidnap or injure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced in a news release.

    “Baker issued a call to arms for like-minded individuals to violently confront protestors gathered at the Florida Capitol this Sunday,” prosecutors said. “He specifically called for others to join him in encircling any protestors and confining them at the Capitol complex using firearms.”

    Protests and rallies are expected at state Capitols across the country ahead of and on inauguration day in opposition to the election results.

  15. Parler CEO John Matze, Family Forced Into Hiding Due to Death Threats, Security Breaches: Filing
    By Zachary Stieber
    January 16, 2021 Updated: January 16, 2021
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    Parler’s CEO has gone into hiding with his family after receiving death threats, according to a new court filing.

    CEO John Matze “has had to leave his home and go into hiding with his family after receiving death threats and invasive personal security breaches,” the filing in Parler v. Amazon states.

    Parler sued Amazon Web Services (AWS) after the company refused to continue working with the social media company. Parler went offline on Monday as a result and continues to be offline.

    Amazon asked the court on Tuesday to redact names, job titles, and descriptions from court documents.

    “Redaction of the employee identifying information is necessary to protect their safety and security and to prevent potential harassment,” Amazon said. “These employees’ safety concerns are well-founded in light of significant and repeated threats of physical violence against AWS, its facilities, and its employees in the wake of AWS’s decision to suspend its cloud hosting agreement with Parler.”

  16. Biden Taps Senior Aide Who Quit Obama Admin After Praising Chinese Communist Dictator
    By Ivan Pentchoukov
    January 15, 2021 Updated: January 15, 2021
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    President-elect Joe Biden on Friday named a senior advisor for his incoming administration who had resigned from the Obama White House in 2009 after a clip surfaced showing her praising Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong.

    Anita Dunn resigned from her post as the White House communications director in 2009 after Fox News surfaced a clip of her praising Mao as one of her “favorite political philosophers.”

    “The third lesson and tip actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers: Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa—not often coupled with each other, but the two people I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, you’re going to make choices; you’re going to challenge; you’re going to say, ‘Why not?’; you’re going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before,” Dunn said in an address to the St. Andrew’s Episcopal High School in Washington in 2009, according to CNN.

  17. Biden Officials Reportedly in Talks With Tehran to Return to Nuclear Deal (sputniknews, Jan 16, 2021)

    “During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden said that he would consider returning the United States to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) treaty, if Iran will comply with the conditions of the deal.

    Officials with the incoming Biden administration have began setting the ground for talks with Iran over a possible US return to the nuclear deal, officially known as the JCPOA, as there are only a handful of days left until the Democrat’s inauguration, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Saturday, adding that US officials allegedly updated Tel Aviv on the matter.

    According to the report, people “on his [Biden’s] behalf” have begun to “wrestle with Iran” over a potential JCPOA return.
    Channel 12, however, gave no details about what is actually being discussed.

    Earlier, reports emerged, suggesting that representatives of Arab states and Israel had urged Biden to let them take part in future negotiations regarding the JCPOA nuclear deal.

    According to Channel 12, Israel is interested in “an improved and long-term nuclear deal” that would include restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and alleged terrorism-related Iranian activity.

    While Biden gave hints that a Washington return to the JCPOA is plausible, he also said that his administration, if coming back to the deal, would “tighten and lengthen Iran’s nuclear constraints, as well as address the missile program”.

    The latter was something that Tehran underlined was not subject to negotiation, and Iranian President Rouhani stressed that Biden was “well aware” of that.

    Iran has also demanded that the US lift its harsh sanctions against the country before a mutual return to the JCPOA happens.

    “If the US decides to return to the JCPOA without lifting sanctions, this would amount to extortion, because [Washington would then] put forward a new request for the lifting of every ban,” Kamal Kharrazi, chairman of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said earlier in the week.
    The JCPOA, also known as Iran nuclear deal, including eight other international signatories (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, Germany and the European Union), was signed in 2015, envisaging Tehran scaling back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The outgoing US president, Donald Trump, in 2018 instead withdrew the US from the deal and imposed additional sanctions on Tehran.

    Trump’s unilateral move prompted Iran to step away from its nuclear commitments, announcing in January that the country is ready to return to enriching uranium up to 20-percent purity.”

  18. US Media: ‘Telling China’s Story Well’
    Judith Bergman
    9-11 minutes

    (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images)

    One of the foremost tasks of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Xi Jinping is, at his directive, to “tell stories about China well and spread China’s voice well; enable the world to see a multidimensional and colorful China; present China as a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and an upholder of international order”.

    When the coronavirus pandemic broke out in December 2019 in Wuhan and the Chinese authorities allowed it to spread to the rest of the world, “telling China’s story well” suddenly became an acute concern. It was necessary to save the regime’s face, deflect blame and seek to portray China as heroically battling the pandemic, instead of the reality of having caused it. China went into an even more energetic propaganda mode than usual, seeking to control the narrative about the virus at every turn.

  19. Lindsey Graham Warns Of New Impeachments – If Senate Convicts, It Could Lead To Impeaching Obama Or George Washington
    Adam Casalino
    3 minutes

    Lindsey Graham Warns Of New Impeachments – If Senate Convicts, It Could Lead To Impeaching Obama Or George Washington
    What’s Happening:

    If you believe Democrats are going too far with this second impeachment, you’re not alone.

    They presented no evidence, nor did they even conduct investigations. Many accuse them of weaponizing impeachment. Plenty will agree.

    Americans hope the Senate will be intelligent to shut this charade down.

  20. Yemenis Protest US Blacklisting of Ansarullah

    “Yemeni people took to the streets of Sa’ada to denounce the US decision to designate the Houthi Ansarullah movement as a “terrorist” organization.

    Yemeni people staged several protests in the northwestern province of Sa’ada to denounce the US decision.

    The protesters said the decision of the outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump was prompted by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which is a key party to the Riyadh-led coalition waging war on Yemen, Al-Masirah reported.

    They also described the US as “the mother of terrorism” and the main cause of all sedition and crimes in the world.

    The demonstrators also denounced the continued Saudi aggression against and siege of their country, condemning the silence of the United Nations and rights groups regarding the brutal war…”

  21. UAE, Israel to Take Part in Military Drills in Greece

    “The air forces of Israel and the United Arab Emirates will take part in a joint military drill in Greece, revealed military sources in Tel Aviv.

    Israel’s Maariv daily said the drill is part of an international military exercise.

    This marks the first time that the UAE openly announces its participation with Israel in a military exercise.

    The daily said that the UAE had previously joined Israel in drills, but this is the first time it agrees for the information to be reported.

    The exercise in Greece will also include air forces from the United States, Canada, Slovakia, Spain and Cyprus.”

  22. Rojava Accuses Syrian Regime of Evading Responsibilities, Asserts its Independence

    “The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), also known as Rojava, accused the Syrian regime of evading its responsibilities and directing public attention to issues and matters that lack credibility.

    The Syrian regime continues to use politics to distract the public opinion, read Rojava’s statement, asserting that any talk of a conspiracy is an attempt to evade its duties and postpone the solution.

    The statement was issued after Damascus sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General and the Security Council regarding the airstrikes on Deir Ezzor and Abu Kamal.

    Head of the Office of Rojava’s External Relations Abdulkarim Omar asserted that the administration is independent in its political and military decisions.

    Abdulkarim noted that the regime should abandon the policies and language that impede dialogue and any efforts for reaching a solution, warning that they only deepen the crisis in Syria.

    He indicated that the regime cooperated with Turkey allowing it to take more Syrian lands, further expanding Ankara’s occupation.

    The Autonomous Administration will continue to work within the goals and principles it believes in for a democratic, pluralistic, and decentralized Syria, asserted Abdulkarim

    In a statement issued last Wednesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry reiterated that it continues to reserve the right to respond to Israel’s frequent and escalating attacks on the country which target military positions of Iranian and regime forces.

    It accused the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of “repressing the people of Syria in areas under their control”.

    “Syria confirms that the Israeli aggression on positions in Deir Ezzor province coincides with SDF’s criminal and repressing practices against the Syrian people in al-Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, and al-Raqqah.”

    The US embassy in Damascus issued a statement on its Facebook page announcing its support for the intra-Kurdish talks.

    “The United States supports the ongoing Syrian Intra-Kurdish Dialogue and looks forward to its continued progress. These discussions support and complement the broader political process under UNSCR 2254 toward securing a brighter future for all Syrians.””

  23. France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, urgent to revive 2015 deal

    “Iran is in the process of building up its nuclear weapons capacity and it is urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement, France’s foreign minister was quoted as saying in an interview published on Saturday…”

  24. Egypt extends conflict with Turkey to African Sahel

    “Cairo has made its conflict against Ankara a foreign policy priority, rendering all regions a potential battleground, even the African Sahel region, which has generally been excluded from the focus of the Egyptian state.

    The Intelligence Online website added that after Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt is now doing its best to confront the escalating Turkish influence in the Sahel region.

    Earlier this month, Cairo decided to boost the presence of its peacekeeping unit within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in addition to providing practical training to the forces of the Group of Five for the Sahel Joint Force (G5 Sahel), which includes Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

    In addition to its efforts to contribute to stability in the region, Egypt is openly attempting to counter Turkey’s endeavour to strengthen its presence, particularly at the economic level.

    Accordingly, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent envoys to the Sahel region from the Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding (CCCPA).

    The CCCPA was established in 1994 and aims to promote Egyptian foreign policy interests in Africa and the Middle East. The centre is headed by the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and operates in coordination with the Ministries of Interior and Defence as well as the intelligence services such as the General Intelligence Directorate, headed by Abbas Kamel, which plays a direct role in implementing Egyptian foreign policy priorities.

    In a telephone conversation with the Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani on 14 December, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi discussed Turkey’s presence in Africa.”

  25. Saudi Arabia to open embassy in Doha within days

    “Saudi Arabia will open an embassy in Qatar’s capital city Doha within days, the Kingdom’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Saturday during a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart in Riyadh.

    The reopening of the embassy is a matter of logistics and will happen once the necessary procedures are complete, he added, according to Al Arabiya.

    Restoring ties
    The leaders of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) signed the AlUla declaration at the conclusion of the 41st Gulf summit, ending the dispute with Qatar and restoring full ties with it.

    Saudi Arabia formally reopened its airspace and land and sea borders to Qatar on January 4, with commercial flights resuming between Riyadh and Doha as of January 14.”

  26. Leftist terror groups in rural Turkey on last legs: Interior minister

    “Turkey has been completely purged of far-left terror groups’ structures outside cities, Turkey’s interior minister said on Jan. 15.

    “There are either one or two people or none” in rural areas, Süleyman Soylu told a graduation ceremony for 500 women special forces police officers. “They are also in a hurry to flee to Europe.”

    The leadership of the terrorist PKK in northern Iraq’s Mt. Qandil area is also reeling from the efforts of both the Turkish state and a longstanding protest of the terror group by families in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey.

    Around 5,000 people used to join the terrorist PKK group every year, Soylu said, but now just a small fraction do, with only 52 joining in 2020.

    “We will rescue those 52 people they deceived and kidnapped before it’s too late,” he added.

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

  27. Left-wing ‘agitator’ arrested for US Capitol riot involvement released from jail without bail
    Chris Enloe
    3-4 minutes

    John Earle Sullivan, the left-wing activist who was arrested for allegedly being involved in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, was released from jail without bail by a federal judge on Friday.
    What happened?

    Despite objections from government prosecutors, Sullivan was released from custody.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Daphne Oberg determined that prosecutors had “failed to meet the legal threshold to keep him in custody as he awaits further court proceedings,” Fox News reported.

    However, the judge placed significant restrictions on Sullivan: he is banned from being on social media, he had to forfeit his passport, he is prohibited from possessing firearms, and he must find new work outside of Insurgence USA, a social justice group that he founded.

  28. Facebook Alternative Minds Given 24-Hour Notice By Google – True Daily
    True Daily Staff
    2 minutes

    Facebook Alternative Minds Given 24-Hour Notice By Google

    Minds is a social media site once designated by the left wing media outlet Wired as the “Anti-Facebook“. Minds does not sell user data in the way that Facebook, Google, and Twitter do, additionally Minds is blockchain based and community owned.

    Minds has been the latest alternative social media site to be attacked by a conglomerate of tech companies(Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, and Twitter). The site received a 24 hour notice from Google which threatened to remove the app if content on the platform was not cleaned up. Minds’ developers have quickly moved to remove search, comment, and discovery functionality to comply with Google. These features are extremely important to any social media site and this will likely do irreparable harm to the application.

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