Reader’s Links for January 21, 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.

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About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

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    • At this point in time, ignorance threatens everything we hold dear. We owe the cause of FREEDOM some effort on our part to read up, learn and be prepared for the long COVID battle ahead.

      The History of Public Health by Paul Rosen – Rosen emphasizes how modern public health differs from ancient and medieval theory, in that it is never about chasing only a single pathogen. Rather public health must consider all aspects of health including economic and mental health. so panicking by running away from a germ is completely contrary to modern health, to say nothing of the lockdowns, which have ZERO to do with health.

      I urge people to read what Karry Mullis said about the PCR test and Fauci.

      Today on my outing I spoke with 11 different individuals and all said ENOUGH of this bullshit. Trudeau and Ford should be forced out of office. They are disgraceful ignorant idiots or evil, either or Canadians are tired of this joke the globalists have pulled on us. I agreed.

  1. How Greece is silencing NGOs to hide abuses at refugee camps

    “Greece has introduced a new law criminalising the recording and sharing of information of potentially anything that workers and volunteers observe inside its notorious refugee camps.

    The law, passed on 30 November 2020, has been widely denounced as a cover-up measure for abuses refugees and asylum seekers suffer in reception facilities across the country.

    It extends from social media to communications with any press and remains effective even after their period of work or volunteering ends. The clause is both broad and vague, and states that “in case of doubt all information regarding the camp should be considered as confidential”.

    It is more specific, however, when it comes to human rights abuses against refugees and incidences in which authorities have broken the law. In its final clause, it explicitly criminalises whistleblowing, stating no exemption from the gag order.

    Instead of informing branches of government, civil society or the media, workers and volunteers must “inform the Commander of the centre”.

    Covering up abuses

    Eva Iliadi worked for three years in a refugee camp in mainland Greece. “What we should focus on here is that it’s a joke to say that they are doing this for the sake of protecting refugees’ personal information,” Iliadi tells The New Arab.

    The law has been widely denounced as a cover-up measure for abuses refugees and asylum seekers suffer in camps across the country

    Most major NGOs already employ highly restrictive confidentiality clauses on their workers, who must stay anonymous when leaking accounts of abuse and neglect to the press. The implementation of the confidentiality clause suggests an attempt by the government to further intimidate workers through a climate of fear from speaking out.

    Greece’s refugee camps have remained some of the most densely populated areas on the planet throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Many lack sanitation facilities and basic shelter. For people fleeing war and persecution, the conditions can be retraumatising.

    “The government is using this law to deprive workers of our voices. With journalists barred from the camps, it’s going to be us who will spread the word about what’s going on inside – it’s not going to be the ministers and the camp commanders,” says Iliadi.

    Maintaining a lie

    Manos Moschopoulos works for Open Society, a European non-profit that seeks to educate citizens and encourage democratic debate and has been monitoring the treatment of refugees in Greece.

    “The ruling party, New Democracy, was elected last year on a promise that it would eliminate refugee arrivals in Greece. As we all know, Greece’s location makes this impossible; so this is a false promise, unless you’re willing to break international law by illegally preventing people from seeking asylum,” Moschopoulos tells The New Arab.

    The law comes as part of a wider smear campaign against refugees and NGOs. Moschopoulos notes that after fires burnt Moria camp on Lesbos to the ground in September, media outlets reported being briefed by Ministry of Migration sources to suggest, without evidence, that NGOs had somehow set the fires.

    Even more groups could be shut out through this law – organisations that have been indispensable in supporting refugees and exposing deplorable conditions and human rights violations in the past

    “Deflecting responsibility onto refugees and the groups working with them is a tactic for managing the frustration the governments’ broken migration promise causes,” says Moschopoulos.

    Further restricting services

    Choose Love is a movement-based fundraiser supporting grassroots solidarity work with refugees. They support a number of small NGOs and collectives who work in the Greek camps.

    “By using this new confidentiality law as a tool to further exclude NGOs that critique and expose crimes, the Greek government will end up excluding those who also provide essential services and support,” Advocacy Officer Nick van der Steenhoven tells The New Arab.

    The support available to refugees in the camps is already skeletal. Volunteers from a free kitchen, the only reliable source of food for refugees in Malakasa camp near Athens, are among those whose ability to enter camps has recently been cast into doubt by ambiguous bureaucratic exclusions.

    “Even more groups could be shut out through this law – organisations that have been indispensable in supporting refugees and exposing deplorable conditions and human rights violations in the past,” says van der Steenhoven.

    Unforeseen consequences for Greek democracy

    Greek voters who found New Democracy’s anti-refugee rhetoric compelling last summer may now find that the measures the ruling party is ushering in have undesired consequences for the rest of Greek society.

    “My fellow Greeks must understand that this kind of crackdown on civil society is rarely something that remains limited to the rights of refugees,” Moschopoulos says, noting that in nearby Hungary a recent roll back of civil liberties began by crushing the rights of refugees, migrants and those working to support them.

    My fellow Greeks must understand that this kind of crackdown on civil society is rarely something that remains limited to the rights of refugees
    Striking healthcare workers and university students have found their right to unionise and assemble limited, whilst press freedoms have slid to place Greece amongst the worst rated in Europe.

    By criminalising whistle-blowing and empowering unaccountable bureaucrats to shrink civil society mobilisation, Greece is continuing down an anti-democratic slide from which turning back may prove difficult, Moschopoulos says.

    Ongoing resistance

    Nonetheless, many refugee organisers and members of local solidarity groups have restated their will to continue to expose the human rights abuses in the camps.

    Human rights activist and resident of Ritsona refugee camp, Parwana Amiri, argues that people must use alternative means of getting information out of the camps.

    “The NGOs that are able to do activities don’t have the right to talk or show what they see inside the camp,” but “we are all free to act instead of them,” she said on Twitter, adding that “solidarity is our strongest weapon”.

    Iliadi gave up her position working in a camp at the end of last year and continues her solidarity efforts in Athens. “If we allow the far-right elements to win this battle, they will turn the refugee camps into proper detention centres: no doctors, no teachers, no solidarity organisations, and this will have long lasting effects for all the people,” Iliadi says.

    “We need to show that teachers, doctors and refugees share the same interests, and counter the narratives that try to divide us.””

    • Imagine the reverse: if 100s of thousands of Greeks suddenly invaded Turkey as refugees. Then see what would happen to them (750000 murdered in 1918 along with the 1 million Armenians and they are at th same level of antiwest hatred now)
      I have NO sympathy for any illegal muslim invader.

  2. Turkey arrests 8 foreigners over links to PKK, Daesh

    “At least eight foreigners were arrested in central Turkey over their suspected links to PKK and Daesh/ISIS terror groups, police said on Thursday.

    Anti-terror units of the police conducted an operation in the central Kayseri province and arrested eight suspects, according to the provincial security directorate.

    A number of digital materials were also seized in the operation.

    Five of the arrested suspects were active members of the PKK terror group, while the other three of the Daesh/ISIS terror group.

    Legal procedures are ongoing for the suspects.

    In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

    In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh/ISIS a terrorist group.

    The country has since been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists multiple times, with at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed attacks that killed 315 people and injured hundreds more.

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

  3. Migrants: Bosnia, Blazuj camp transformed into battlefield

    “Wounded people, overturned police cars, and broken windows on the “battlefield” demonstrated the scope of the serious unprecedented incidents that broke out on Wednesday evening in the migrant reception centre of Blazuj, near Sarajevo, where police estimate about 2,000 migrants participated.

    Local media reported that the clashes broke out when officials from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) tried to transfer a migrant they said was responsible for provoking incidents to another camp.

    However, on Thursday a migrant from Bangladesh named Hasan told broadcaster N1 that the clashes erupted after a Shiite Iranian insulted the prophet Muhammad, provoking the reaction of Sunni migrants – Afghan, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi – who were shouting “Tekbir” and “Allahu akbar” (“God is the greatest”).

    The Blazuj centre is the largest in Bosnia, hosting more than 3,000 migrants, and its security is overseen by the police of the Canton of Sarajevo and private agencies employed by IOM.”

  4. Migrants: 120 rescued by Ocean Viking off Libya

    “The Ocean Viking rescued 120 people from an overcrowded, struggling rubber boat about 36 miles off the coast of Libya, said SOS Mediterranee on Thursday.

    It said there were four small children among those on board, including a one-month-old baby.

    The rescued migrants were “visibly shaken and exhausted”, said SOS Mediterranee.”

  5. Central African Republic declares emergency amid surge in rebel attacks

    “The government declared a 15 day state of emergency after rebels attempted to blockade the capital. The country’s UN envoy has also urged for more peacekeepers to be deployed.

    The Central African Republic (CAR) declared a state of emergency on Thursday, amid bids by rebels to try to blockade the capital Bangui.

    “The state of emergency has been proclaimed across the national territory for 15 days, starting from midnight (2300 GMT),” presidential spokesman Albert Yaloke Mokpeme said over national radio.

    Mokpeme told AFP that the state of emergency would allow authorities “to make arrests without going through national prosecutors.”

    The announcement follows a surge in attacks by armed groups seeking to overturn the December 27 presidential election…”

  6. Police take action against migrant smuggler operation on Balkan route

    “The German federal police recently carried out a large-scale raid on an international smuggler gang, the Junge Freiheit reported. Over 400 officers were deployed in several federal states. Seven arrest warrants were executed. Seven arrest warrants were issued during the police action.

    The investigation is directed against 19 suspects who are Syrian, Lebanese, and Libyan nationals between the ages of 21 and 44 years. They are accused of at least 23 cases of smuggling foreigners for commercial purposes or as a gang. They are accused of organizing smuggling operations via the so-called Balkan route since April 2019.

    “In return for the payment of large amounts of money, 140 people, predominantly of Syrian origin, are alleged to have been smuggled in by vans and cars,” said the Munich Federal Police Directorate.

    The perpetrators are described as acting in a professional manner, using scouts to report on police locations and check points. The gang leader is said to have regularly and meticulously coordinated the smugglers via smartphone.

    The arrests were preceded by investigations by the Kempten public prosecutor and the federal police in Munich. In August 2019, investigators from the Federal Police caught a driver on the A7 highway near Füssen.

    Further investigations in cooperation with authorities in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, and Belgium along with the support of Europol led to the arrest of the alleged head of the gang in Austria in December 2019.”

  7. Zemmour: France’s new Muslim charter ‘doesn’t mean anything’

    “French President Emmanuel Macron received on Monday the signatories of the charter of the French Council of Muslim Cults, (CFCM), which he hopes will be instrumental in his offensive against Islamic separatism, but

    But French author and philosopher Eric Zemmour, who is Jewish and well-known for his position against mass immigration, warns that despite whatever their leaders might have signed, Muslims will continue to do whatever they please.

    “The charter that the state is signing with the Muslims is absolutely useless. They will still do what they want,” Zemmour said on CNews television’s evening political talk show.

    France has Europe’s largest Muslim population, but a wave of Islamic terrorist attacks in 2020 has placed incredible pressure on Macron to improve security and halt radicalism or face an electoral threat from his political foe Marine Le Pen, who has consistently pushed for stricter immigration controls and deportations throughout her political career.

    The charter is also supposed to be instrumental in creating a national council of imams in the country,

    “With this charter, which looks very good… there are undeniable advances, I don’t want to deny. But as we are under the law of 1905, we will absolutely not be able to impose this charter on Muslims,” Zemmour said.

    By the law of 1905, Zemmour was referring to the milestone law passed on Dec. 9, 1905 on the separation of churches and the state, which among others ended government funding of religious groups and nationalized all religious buildings.

    “Seventy percent of the Muslims say in the polls that they do not even know the CFCM and that it is not for the CFCM or the French State to tell them that it is theirs. In religion, we start from zero,” Zemmour said. According to him, France is moving “towards the worst of systems”, with on the one hand “the charter which will not be respected”, and on the other which is “secularism but without assimilation”. The columnist finally considers that the “Castex government does not dare to assume or impose the ban on the veil for little girls in public space”.

    The charter contains ten articles. The sixth, probably the most anticipated, is devoted to “the rejection of all forms of interference and the instrumentalization of Islam for political ends”. Places of worship must therefore not be used to disseminate “nationalist speeches defending foreign regimes and supporting foreign policies hostile to France”.

    Zemmour is one of the most popular conservative commentators in France and has been active in stance against continued migration, saying that, “Immigration changes the makeup of a people. It is a crime against the European peoples, it will end in bloodshed.””

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