Reader’s Links January 24, 2021

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  1. Seattle Interim Police Chief Announces Tougher Policy on Protest Vandalism
    By Janita Kan
    January 24, 2021 Updated: January 24, 2021
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    Seattle Police will get tougher on people who vandalize and destroy property during protests, the department interim police chief announced on Saturday ahead of a scheduled demonstration.

    Seattle Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz’s announcement comes after a protest during which buildings were damaged and vandalized in downtown Seattle, including the city’s federal courthouse, on the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

    On Jan. 20, people dressed in black were seen marching into the iconic Pike Place Market, with video from the aftermath showing broken windows at a Starbucks. A group of black-clad activists marched along the street carrying a tattered American flag upside down with the anarchy sign spray-painted on it and kicking over garbage containers.

    Seattle Police posted photos of the aftermath of the riots that shows multiple vandalized shops and buildings. The department said at the time that police had arrested one person for property damage, a woman for assault, and a man for burglary and property damage.

  2. US State Department Criticizes China After Latest Military Incursion Against Taiwan
    By Frank Fang
    January 24, 2021 Updated: January 24, 2021
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    TAIPEI, Taiwan—The U.S State Department has voiced concerns about China’s continued military aggression against Taiwan, after China breached the island’s air defense zone with 13 military aircraft.

    “We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement on Jan. 23.

    He added: “We will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability. Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region.”

    Beijing’s coercion against Taiwan is nothing new, as the Chinese communist regime claims the self-ruled island as a part of its territory and has repeatedly threatened to use military force to bring the island under its fold. However, the coercion intensified under the Trump administration, which elevated engagement with Taiwan through more arms sales and the lifting of

  3. Thousands of National Guard Troops to Remain in DC Through March
    By Zachary Stieber
    January 23, 2021 Updated: January 23, 2021
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    At least 5,000 National Guard members will remain in Washington through mid-March, a spokesman for the agency confirmed to The Epoch Times.

    “As we continue to work to meet the final post-inauguration requirements, the National Guard has been requested to continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies with 7,000 members and will draw down to 5,000 through mid-March,” Maj. Matt Murphy told The Epoch Times via email.

    “We are providing assistance such as security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety support to state, district, and federal agencies,” he added.

    The U.S. Army didn’t respond to a request for comment.

    Tens of thousands of National Guard personnel poured into the nation’s capital for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Over 26,000 were on duty on Jan. 20, as part of a heavy militarization of Washington.

    Guardsmen experienced no security incidents and only three people were arrested in Washington on Inauguration Day, agencies said.

  4. Andy Ngo: Twitter Did Nothing to Stop Antifa Planning, Promoting Riots in Portland, Seattle
    By Katabella Roberts and Jan Jekielek
    January 23, 2021 Updated: January 23, 2021
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    Twitter did nothing to stop Antifa planning and promoting riots in Portland and Seattle weeks in advance, according to Journalist Andy Ngo, an expert on the anarcho-communist group.

    At least 150 people gathered and participated in events punctuated by violence and destruction in the two states just hours after Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20.

    Wednesday’s riots saw agitators in Portland smashing windows and vandalizing the offices of the state’s Democratic Party, while in Seattle, the activists marched into the iconic Pike Place Market to smash up property, spray-paint buildings with an anarchist symbol, and smash windows, including at the William Kenzo Nakamura Courthouse, a federal building, according to KOMO.

    “In Seattle and Portland, there were simultaneous riots that were pre-planned and organized, and also advertised weeks ahead of time on Twitter,” Ngo said in an interview with The Epoch Times’ American Thought Leaders program, ahead of the Feb. 2 publication of his book, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.”

  5. ‘Dark Money’ Helped Pave Joe Biden’s Path to the White House
    Bill Allison
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    President Joe Biden benefited from a record-breaking amount of donations from anonymous donors to outside groups backing him, meaning the public will never have a full accounting of who helped him win the White House.

    Biden’s winning campaign was backed by $145 million in so-called dark money donations, a type of fundraising Democrats have decried for years. Those fundraising streams augmented Biden’s $1.5 billion haul, in itself a record for a challenger to an incumbent president.

    That amount of dark money dwarfs the $28.4 million spent on behalf of his rival, former President Donald Trump. And it tops the previous record of $113 million in anonymous donations backing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

  6. Minor (?) riot against the COVID curfew just broke out in the Hague, the Netherlands, in the mostly muslim area Schilderswijk. Arson, blocking traffic, police react with tear gas. Videos:
    Explosion (fuel tank?) at 0:30

    Videos of the riots in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.

    Eindhoven train station vandalized with stones, arson of a railway company car, looting of a supermarket, etc:

    The mayor spoke out and called this “simply criminal behavior”.

  7. Another video of riots in Amsterdam and Eindhoven:
    0:30 random escaped horse
    1:16 man in bear(?) suit
    11:06 supermarket looted
    11:32 pavement broken up to use as projectiles

    According to the mayor, the police was pelted with stones, traffic poles, golf balls, fireworks and even knives. About 1500 people participated in the protests, 100 arrested. Article in Dutch:

    PS Eindhoven is somehwat notorious for its soccer hooligans.who call themselves “the craziest”. I suspect the rioters are mostly from this demographic.

  8. Germans who repeatedly refuse to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 will be held in detention centers — and even under police guard, according to reports.

    Officials in the state of Saxony — which is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks in the European nation — have already approved plans to hold quarantine-breakers in a fenced-off section of a refugee camp, the Telegraph said.

    Another state, Brandenburg, also plans to use a section of a refugee camp.

    In Schleswig-Holstein, repeat offenders will be kept in a special area in a juvenile detention center, the report said, citing Germany’s Welt newspaper.

  9. Greece Increases Military Spending by Five Times

    “Greece intends to increase its military spending to EUR5.5 billion this year, five times the amount spent in 2020, according to the French press.

    Athens decided to purchase 18 Rafale aircraft from France, amid the ongoing tension with Turkey over energy resources in the southeastern Mediterranean.

    Under the contract, six new Rafale aircraft will be purchased from the manufacturer, “Dassault Aviation,” whose deliveries are to begin in 2022.

    Athens, which wants to obtain without delay aircraft that guarantee its air superiority in the Aegean Sea, has also bought 12 used aircraft from Paris and will receive them from the stock of the French Air Force.

    The contract, worth EUR 2.5 billion, includes 12 used aircraft and six new aircraft with their weapons. Negotiations on the contract took a record time between the two governments, and the Greek parliament approved it in mid-January.

    French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly will travel to Athens on Monday to sign the contract to sell the 18 Rafale fighter jets to Greece.

    In addition to purchasing the Rafale fighters, Athens plans to purchase frigates, helicopters and drones, modernize its fleet of F-16s and recruit an additional 15,000 soldiers.

    In the summer, France and Greece held joint military exercises in the Mediterranean.

    Greece has announced its intention to strengthen its military capabilities in 2021, despite its economy shrinking by more than ten percent in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country continues to recover from a decade-long debt crisis.

    Greece has also announced the extension of the mandatory military service from nine to 12 months.”

  10. US Vows to Help Saudi Arabia Defend Against Attacks on its Territory

    “The US State Department pledged on Sunday to help Saudi Arabia defend against attacks on its territory as it condemned a failed attack on Riyadh.

    “We are gathering more information, but it appears to have been an attempt to target civilians,” the State Department said about the failed attack.

    “Such attacks contravene international law and undermine all efforts to promote peace and stability,” it said in a statement.

    It pledged to “help our partner Saudi Arabia defend against attacks on its territory and hold those who attempt to undermine stability to account.””

  11. Biden administration vows to consult with Israel on ‘all’ regional issues

    “In the first official contact between the new US administration and the Israeli government, President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan vowed to his Israeli counterpart that Washington will “closely consult with Israel on all matters of regional security”.

    In a statement released early on Sunday, the US National Security Council (NSC) said Sullivan had also welcomed normalisation agreements between Israel and Arab states on Saturday’s call with Israel’s Meir Ben Shabbat…”

  12. France: Commission approves bill targeting Muslims

    “A special commission in the French National Assembly approved the “charter of republican values” which was announced earlier by the nation’s president as the fight against Islamist separatism, Anadolu reports.

    The bill was introduced Oct. 2 by Emmanuel Macron to fight so-called “Islamist separatism.”

    Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter that the draft law, which advocates consolidating principles of the republic, was widely accepted by the special commission.

    Darmanin said that France is making a law for the future, not only to resist today’s difficulties but to defend the values ??of the republic.

    He also said that rising far-right and leftist structures in the country are also a threat.

    Three organizations of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) unilaterally denounced the “charter of principles” of Islam on Thursday that reaffirms the compatibility of the faith with France.

    The bill putting Muslims under ‘blockade’
    The bill is expected to be submitted to the National Assembly in February. The draft law is being criticized because it targets the Muslim community and imposes restrictions on almost every aspect of their lives.

    It provides for intervening in mosques and the associations responsible for the administration of mosques, as well as controlling the finances of associations and non-governmental organizations belonging to Muslims.

    A 2004 law prohibits the wearing or open display of religious symbols in French schools, but it does not apply to universities.

    It also restricts education choices of the Muslim community by preventing families from giving children home education.

    The bill, which prohibits patients from choosing doctors based on gender for religious or other reasons, paves the way for the evaluation and suppression of dissenting views under the name of “posts that incite hatred” with a new mechanism. The bill also requires “secularism education” for all public officials.”

  13. Pakistan not surprised by Biden’s intent to review US-Taliban deal

    “Pakistan is not surprised by announcement of the new US administration that it would review the peace deal with the Afghan Taliban but officials say Washington has a little room to manoeuvre.

    The newly-appointed US national security adviser and secretary of state have announced that the President Joe Biden administration would review the landmark deal signed between the US and Taliban on February 29 last year.

    The deal facilitated and brokered by Pakistan envisages a road map for the US troops’ withdrawal in return for Taliban agreeing not to let Afghan soil to be used again by terrorist groups.

    Under the deal, US would withdraw all their troops by May this year.

    But the White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan now told his Afghan counterpart in a telephone call last Friday that the new administration intends to revisit the accord with the Taliban.

    According to the White House Statement, the NSA “made clear the United States’ intention to review the February 2020 US-Taliban agreement, including an assessment of whether the Taliban was living up to its commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders.”

    The new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said the same earlier this week.

    “We have to look carefully at what has actually been negotiated. I haven’t been privy to it yet,” Blinken told a Senate confirmation hearing.

    “We want to end this so-called forever war. We want to bring our forces home. We want to retain some capacity to deal with any resurgence of terrorism, which is what brought us there in the first place,” he added.

    Pakistan, which has played a key role in facilitating the US-Taliban deal and intra-Afghan dialogue, is waiting for clarity from the US on its intention to review the peace deal.

    “We knew the Biden administration would review the peace deal but there is no clarity yet what does that review mean,” said a senior official, who is dealing with the matter.

    Officials feel the US is giving mixed signals. On one hand Biden administration intends to review the deal but at the same time retains Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the architect of the February 29 deal.

    Khalilzad, according to officials, will stay as chief US negotiator at least until May, the month during which US has to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan under the deal with Taliban.

    Retaining Khalilzad means that the new US administration may not seek any drastic changes in the peace deal.

    Officials said a lot of progress had been made in the peace efforts and given the current situation the new US administration may not have enough room to make changes to the agreement.

    “Let’s see if the review may just be a cosmetic,” remarked another official.

    Afghan Taliban have not yet officially responded to the Biden administration’s intention to revisit deal with the insurgent group.

    Pakistan believes that all sides have a rare and historic opportunity to put an end to the long running unrest in Afghanistan.

    There has been no formal contact yet between the Biden administration and Pakistan, although both sides are in touch through informal channels.

    It is believed that Pakistan would suggest the new US government to stick to the current peace efforts.”

  14. Commanders among five terrorists killed in North Waziristan IBOs

    “Five terrorists including two commanders were killed during two intelligence-based operations (IBOs) of the security forces in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district on Sunday, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

    The military’s media wing said Syed Raheem AKA Abid of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) AKK group and Saifullah Noor of TTP Gohar group were killed during the operations in Mir Ali and Khaisur areas of North Waziristan.

    Syed Raheem was involved in 17 terrorist activities against the security forces since 2007. He was in-charge of two suicide bombings in Wana and Mir Ali areas.

    “He was tasked by hostile agencies for target killing, recruiting new terrorists and organising them,” ISPR said. He was also involved in several terrorist activities between November 2020 and January 2021, it added.

    The terrorist commander had also killed four Maliks (tribal elders) in Mir Ali, three engineers working in a company in North Waziristan and had carried out several improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

    Commander Saifullah Noor, the ISPR said, was directly involved in different IED attacks on security forces in Khaisur.

    On January 18, at least two terrorists were killed by security forces during an IBO in Nargosa area of South Waziristan district.

    “During intense fire, two terrorists Usman Ali and Waheed Lashtai were killed and one was injured and apprehended,” the military’s media wing added.

    The ISPR further added that the killed terrorists were active members of the TTP Sajna group and were experts in IEDs. They were also terrorist trainers, motivators and were involved in attacks on security forces.

    On January 10, it was reported that Sepoy Naseer embraced martyrdom during an IBO on a terrorist hideout in Kani Roga, Doga Macha, North Waziristan district.

    Two terrorists were also killed in the operation, the ISPR revealed.”

  15. Taliban Preparing for War, Not Committed to Peace: Hamdullah Mohib

    “National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib on Sunday accused the Taliban of not showing any commitment to peace and said the group’s negotiating team has no authority to make decisions.

    Hamdullah Mohib, National Security Adviser, claimed that the Taliban are not being committed to the Peace process.

    He added, that the other side negotiating team does not have the authority to make decisions.

    At a security meeting in Kabul, Mohib indicated that the Taliban peace delegation leaders are not authorized to make their own decisions and therefore wasting the time.

    Based on the intelligence sources, Mohib indicated this spring Taliban are preparing for war…”

  16. 6 foreign nationals with ISIL links nabbed

    “At least six foreign nationals have been arrested for suspected links to the ISIL terror group, a security source said early on Jan. 24.

    Police conducted an operation in Kastamonu’s city center as part of an anti-ISIL probe launched by prosecutors in the Black Sea province, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

    Turkey was one of the first countries to declare ISIL a terror group in 2013.

    It has since been attacked by ISIL terrorists multiple times. The extremist group carried out at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bombings and four armed attacks, which killed 315 people and injured hundreds of others.

    In response, Turkey launched military and police operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.”

  17. Turkish mosque in Denmark attacked

    “A Turkish mosque near the Denmark-Germany border suffered an Islamophobic attack when someone wrote insulting articles on its walls, an official at the facility said on Jan. 23.

    Hur?it Tokay, the president of the mosque association, told Anadolu Agency that he left the Aabenraa Mosque on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.

    When he arrived around 11 a.m. on Jan. 23, he noticed insulting writings about the holy book of Islam on the wall.

    The mosque, which operates under the umbrella of the Danish Turkish Islamic Foundation, was partially closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    He said mosque officials reported the incident to police and authorities opened an investigation and would examine surveillance cameras in the area.

    Tokay condemned the attack and said the writings were erased and no other damage was detected to the mosque.”

  18. Turkey trains refugees in agriculture, husbandry

    “With support of international organizations, Turkish authorities have been providing training in agriculture and husbandry for refugees in the eastern Van province.

    The training is funded by the EU, with contributions of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Turkey’s Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, and Family, Labor, and Social Services Ministry.

    It is conducted under the supervision of the provincial agriculture directorate, aiming to support refugees’ integration to the Turkish society and their contribution to the economy.

    The training is currently provided for 50 refugees in farms and greenhouses on agriculture and poultry techniques and use of machinery and equipment…”

  19. Ugandan forces in Somalia kill 189 al-Shabaab fighters

    “The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Friday claimed killing 189 al-Shabaab fighters in an operation in Somalia.

    Talking to Anadolu Agency by phone, army’s deputy spokesman Lt. Col. Deo Akiki said: “Today morning, a UPDF contingent under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has killed at least 189 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia.”

    “This is the biggest number of al-Shabaab fighters killed in a day,” he added.

    Earlier, the UPDF issued a statement, saying Ugandan troops have raided al-Shabaab hideouts in Sigaale village, approximately 99 kilometers (61 miles) southwest of Mogadishu.

    A large number of military hardware and items used by the terrorist were also destroyed, the statement said, adding the UPDF also disrupted an al-Shabaab meeting, injuring several terrorists in Doncadaafeedow which is seven km (4 mi) away from the Janaale town.

    For over 10 years, the UPDF has been keeping peace in Somalia and it has lost over 20 soldiers ever since it went there. Uganda was the first country to send peacekeeping forces to Somalia.

    In recent days, al-Shabaab militants intensified attacks on security forces as the Africa Union Mission Forces and the Somali National Army soldiers continue pushing the group from strongholds in successive military operations.”

  20. Outpouring of shock, anger over brutal attack on 15-year-old in Paris

    “A 15-year-old boy was beaten up and left in a coma in an upscale area of Paris on January 15, prompting a wave of outrage across France and abroad, with famous figures including footballer Antoine Griezmann and actor Omar Sy expressing their revulsion at the attack and concern for the victim.

    A video shared on social media shows the boy, identified only as Yuriy, being attacked by a mob of hooded men, who hit him repeatedly with a bat and then kicked him as he lay on the ground, in the Javel area in Paris’s 15th arrondissement (district), a middle-class residential neighbourhood along the river Seine…”

  21. France’s demographic policy should follow Hungary’s pro-family example, says French philosopher Zemmour

    “Last year, the majority of France’s natural population growth occurred due to migration rather than births in the country. In order to reverse this trend, the country should follow the Hungarian example, said popular philosopher and author Eric Zemmour on the evening political talk show of CNews television channel.

    “The number of births has never been so low in France. The reasons are the economic and social conditions, family policy and the decision of the socialists to abolish family allowances for better-off people … And the dominant ideology,” Zemmour said, adding that the prevalent social trends since the 1990s also played a major part in the natural population growth.

    “Since the 90s and 2000s people have been praising the individual, feminism, and gender theory. The dominant ideology destabilizes traditional benchmarks. And the lengthening of abortion periods is a problem and all of this leads to a drop in the birth rate,” he said.

    He referred to statistics which showed that in 2006, the natural population growth was 306,000, half of which consisted of immigrants. In contrast, by 2019, the natural growth dropped to 163,000, while the number of immigrants entering the country rose by 191,000.

    Other statistics point to even higher rates of immigration into France, with National Rally MEP and party deputy Nicholas Bay pointing to numbers that showed a net of 400,000 migrants entering France every year, a figure which does not even represent illegal migrants.

    Answering the moderator’s interjection that these immigrants are also French, Zemmour said, “I know that at the border these immigrants get a French identity card, but that does not solve the problem. From the moment they assimilate, the are French, but if they don’t, they still have a French identity card, and it causes a demographic problem that cannot be denied.”

    “One sees in Europe policies like those of [Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor] Orbán, who have the same problem. They have established a fairly vigorous demographic policy, with plenty of [state] money distributed, dissuading people from divorce, and this is a strong policy of persuasion.”

    Hungary began a strong demographic policy based on increasing birth rates instead of immigration in 2016, offering tax breaks, housing support and early pensions for families with more children. The country now spends €6.8 billion a year on its pro-family policies, which has delivered steady progress.

    Zemmour, who is Jewish, is a strong opponent of mass migration, and has said in the past that it is a “crime against the European people that will end in bloodshed”.”

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