Reader’s Links January 26, 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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  1. “You’re very irritable,” Patience said.
    “Fuck you,” Time spat back.

    The conversation ended there. The patience in everyone was quickly running out. There had always been time to ponder and digest the matters of the day, and those of the days to come. Suddenly there seemed to be less time. The worry dawned that time would soon become the luxury of a bygone era, disposed of by that very future once only pondered, until there was no future, now.

    “Until we can agree that what we see is the consequence of planning,” said Resilience from the bluesmoke corner, “we are nowhere.”

    • “You’re very irritable,” Patience said.
      “Fuck you,” Time spat back.
      Suddenly there seemed to be less time.
      The worry dawned that time would soon become the luxury of a bygone era, until there was no future, now.
      “Excuse me, Sir, but do you know the way to San José?” asked Doesn’t Matter.
      “You mean you’re that lost, pal?
      “Yes. Can you point, please?” asked Hope.
      Doesn’t Matter pointed west.
      Hope was satisfied. It no longer mattered if all that he saw had been planned, or not. The greater danger had become inertia. Acting on the hunch that something was up he began to walk.

      (Condensed version. Copyright Readers Digest and Jonnyyu 2021).

  2. “Excuse me, Sir, but do you know the way to San José?” Hope asked of the stranger. The stranger stopped and looked Hope up and down, sizing him like a tailor eyes his next suit. He tipped his fedora back, slightly, with one hand as he thought.
    “You mean you’re that lost, pal? You’re standing on a corner in New York City asking a stranger for the way to San José?” The stranger’s name was Doesn’t Matter.
    “Yes. Can you point, please?” asked Hope.

    Doesn’t Matter pointed west. What a long way this poor sucker had to go, he thought, then bolted off to his next New York minute. Hope wondered why Doesn’t Matter looked like a character out of a ’40s gangster movie. He was even black and white.

    Hope was satisfied. It no longer mattered if all that he saw had been planned, or not. The greater danger had become inertia. Given all the mysterious goings-on, acting on the hunch that something was up seemed a better plan than staying still. His own long walk would force the truth of the matter to emerge, whether that truth wanted to emerge, or not. No great harm or sacrifice would be incurred by placing one foot ahead of the other. He began to walk.

  3. Riot police called out across the Netherlands as trouble flares for third night
    Riot police were called out to cities across the Netherlands on Monday evening in a third night of rioting following the introduction of a curfew to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. By the time things had quietened down, 151 people had been arrested, police said. Police chief Willem Woelders told current affairs programme Nieuwsuur: ‘Things were relatively quiet until 7.30pm, but then all hell broke loose.’ In Haarlem and Rotterdam police threatened to use tear gas to break up the crowds, and extra riot police were drafted in, Woelders said. In Amersfoort, fireworks were thrown at police and there were also problems in Den Bosch, where a group of up to 150 youngsters had gathered in defiance of the 9pm curfew, and a Jumbo supermarket was plundered.
    In Rotterdam, mayor Achmed Aboutaleb evoked his emergency powers and called in riot police with water cannon after trouble broke out in the south of the city. There were some 60 arrests. RTV Oost reported that gangs of youngsters were running through the centre of Zwolle and there were clashes with police in the north of Helmond. In Zeeland province, six people were arrested in Goes and Kattendijke after calling on people to riot via social media.
    Police in Noord-Holland province said they had arrested five people who had called online for riots in Purmerend, Hoorn and Alkmaar. In Amsterdam, there were at least nine arrests after trouble erupted in the east of the city. In Gouda, the mayor also evoked his emergency powers after several cars were set on fire. There were also arrests in Geelen, in Limburg, including several minors, police said.
    Monday evening’s trouble follows disturbances on Sunday as protestors staged demonstrations against the coronavirus rules in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Up to 300 people were arrested as riot police were drafted in to break up the crowds. In Eindhoven, station shops were looted and police used tear gas in an effort to disperse the demonstrators. On Saturday night, the first day of the 9pm curfew, there were disturbances on the former island of Urk, where protesters set fire the the coronavirus testing centre, and in Stein in Limburg.
    Prime minister Mark Rutte described the violence that accompanied anti-lockdown protests in some Dutch towns and cities on Sunday as ‘unacceptable’. Rutte said 99% of people were complying with the stricter new rules, including the 9pm curfew that came into force on Saturday. He singled out the vandalism in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, as well as Enschede where a hospital building came under attack, for special condemnation. ‘Any normal person will look at this with disgust and ask themselves what possessed these people,’ Rutte said. ‘This has nothing to do with protesting: it is criminal violence and that is how we will treat it.

  4. More on the curfew riots in the Netherlands:

    Some videos, which includes looting, attack on a police van and a police station. That last video was filmed by an attacker himself (he speaks with a caribbean accent):

  5. A compilation of videos of yesterday’s unrest in the Netherlands. At 7m50, a car is set on fire with an explosive device.

    Footage from Rotterdam, where the rioters seem to have been almost exclusively migrants. See 0m27, 1m10.. and pause at 1m18 to admire the crowd. South bank of Rotterdam is an immigrant area, it seems that’s where the riots took place.

    More arson at 0m00, at 0m42 a car is burning out:

    • If people start designating Twitter and Facebook as MALWARE, this might go a long way in tarnishing their platforms.

      IMO, they’ve become Malware. They use software to detect words and freeze your account.

  6. Reports Claim Explosion Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Allegedly Intercepts Ballistic Missile (sputniknews, Jan 26, 2021)

    “The Saudi authorities have not yet confirmed reports about either intercepting a missile in the skies above the capital or about an explosion purportedly heard by its residents.

    Reports of an explosion being heard in the Saudi capital have started circulating on social media. Al Arabiya Editor-in-Chief Mohammed Khalid Alyahya reported that country’s air defences have intercepted a missile over Riyadh.

    The journalist cited an account of a witness living in the capital’s Diplomatic Quarter, who said his house “shook” as a result of a blast.

    Saudi authorities have not yet issued any comments regarding the reports about an explosion allegedly being heard in the capital or about intercepting any missiles over Riyadh. Three days ago, the Saudi media also reported state air defences intercepting either a missile or a drone in the sky above Riyadh, with a video of the reported act later emerging on social media. Riyadh did not comment on the 23 January reports either.

    The country routinely faces drone and missile attacks from the Houthi fighters based in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is engaged in a domestic conflict as part of a larger coalition of several regional powers. The Houthis condemn the actions of the Saudi coalition, claiming they are responsible for the deaths of civilians as a result of their bombings against the fighters’ forces. The Houthis, however, said they didn’t launch any attacks on 23 January. They’ve also not reported about any attacks on 26 January.

    The Riyadh-led coalition intervened in the Yemen conflict back in 2015 after the Houthis rebelled against the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, capturing the country’s capital Sanaa. Saudi Arabia and its allies support Hadi’s government in exile based in the temporary capital of Aden.”

    • China is going after India in the Mountains as a warning not to interfere when China attacks Taiwan, the closer to April and the time when the weather will permit a cross strait invasion the more China will push India and Pakistan will probably start acting up. If India lives up to their (I( don’t think there has been a formal treaty signed) verbal agreement with Taiwan India will be fighting a three front war.

      In one of the videos I have posted this morning India points out that Taiwan has called on India, Japan and Australia for help but is not calling on the US because they don’t trust Biden.

  7. Poor white teenagers in Britain’s ‘left behind’ ex-industrial and coastal towns are least likely group to go to university, watchdog warns (dailymail, Jan 26, 2021)

    “Poor white teenagers in Britain’s industrial and coastal towns are the least likely group to go to university, a watchdog has warned.

    The Office for Students, an independent regulator for higher education said such youngsters – and their home communities – have been ‘left behind’.

    Chris Millward, its director of fair access, suggested that there is more belief in equality of opportunity in big cities, which tend to attract a higher proportion of ethnic minority populations.

    By contrast, in other areas, successive generations have not seen that delivered and are less likely to see education as the way to improve their lives.

    People in ‘left-behind town’ also feel the decline of local institutions and civic engagement, and ‘the propaganda that used to help shape identity and ambitions’, the regulator found via focus groups.

    The research suggests such attitudes are not about low aspirations or parents wanting any less for their children but rather expectations, with many taking a realistic assessment of the barriers to getting on.

    To that end, the rate of progression into higher education for white British students who are eligible for free school meals is only 16 per cent.

    This compares with rates of 47 to 73 per cent for Asian students on free school meals and 32 to 59 per cent for black students in this category.

    The watchdog has tried to identify how a combination of factors including race, poverty, place and gender affects the likelihood of progression into higher education.

    Its new combined measure found white teenagers eligible for free school meals, or from disadvantaged backgrounds, made up 90 per cent of those in the bottom fifth of youngsters likely to go to university.

    The Office for Students also produced data on the areas with the highest proportion of postcodes in neighbourhoods with low higher education participation.

    Nottingham North, Barnsley East and Great Yarmouth topped the list with 100% – meaning every postcode in those communities has very few young people going to university.

    Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough, Kingston upon Hull East, Erdington in Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent North, Boston and Skegness, Ashfield and Clacton also made up the top 10.

    The suggestion that opportunities appear greater in big cities is emphasised by the watchdog’s finding that, for white students who receive free school meals in London, the entry rate has pulled away from that in other parts of the country, and is now nearly eight percentage points higher than any other region.

    In London, less than half of the population is white, compared with 80 per cent across England as a whole, Mr Millward added.

    The findings come as MPs have launched an investigation into low attainment among white working class pupils.

    Robert Halfon, whose select committee is investigating the achievement gap for these ‘left behind’ young people, told the BBC it’s important that it’s no longer ‘swept under the carpet’.”

  8. German police: Man attacks people with knife in Frankfurt (abcnews, Jan 26, 2021)

    “A man with a knife attacked and wounded several people in the city of Frankfurt on Tuesday morning before he was detained by authorities.

    Frankfurt police said that none of the victims had life-threatening injuries. A police spokeswoman said the investigation was still ongoing and they could not release any details about the attacker. She also did not know how many people were injured.

    Local broadcaster Hessenschau reported that the incident took place near the city’s main train station and that the victims were taken to nearby hospitals.”

  9. Tunisians protest arrests; government faces confidence vote (abcnews, Jan 26, 2021)

    “Tunisians are marching on their heavily guarded parliament Tuesday as lawmakers vote on a new government, after a week of youth protests and riots over poverty and lack of jobs that left one young demonstrator dead and hundreds jailed.

    Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi announced a government reshuffle last week in the midst of the unrest. He promised Tuesday that the new team would concentrate on deep reforms to create jobs and improve living conditions in the North African country, which has been mired in economic crisis deepened by the coronavirus pandemic.

    But four of his 11 proposed new Cabinet members are facing investigations or suspicions of corruption, which threatens to further undermine Tunisians’ faith in a leadership accused of failing to live up to the promises of the country’s democratic revolution 10 years ago that unleashed the Arab Spring.

    Security was so tight in the streets around the parliament building Tuesday that several lawmakers were unable to access the grounds, according to independent parliamentary deputy Mabrouk Korchid.

    More than two dozen human rights and other groups called for a march Tuesday afternoon through central Tunis to the parliament building to demand the release of hundreds of people arrested in this month’s unrest and denounce repressive measures by police.

    A protester in his 20s died in a hospital Monday in the first apparent fatality amid the unrest, prompting a new outpouring of anger in his hometown of Sbeitla that the army was sent in to quell. His family said he was hit in the head by a tear gas canister during a protest, according to the state news agency. The Interior Ministry said an investigation has been opened.

    In the parliamentary debate, legislator Ali Hermassi denounced the failure of four successive governments to improve the economy, noting that unemployment has risen, as has inflation, while investment has fallen. He also deplored the handling of the recent protests.

    “The country needs political and social stability to emerge from the crisis,” he said.

    The head of one faction, Souhair Maghzaoui, told the prime minister: “If you intend to return to police repression, you are deluding yourself,” referring to heavy-handed tactics under the authoritarian regime thrown out by Tunisia’s 2010-2011 uprising.

    Meanwhile, President Kais Saied said the government reshuffle is unconstitutional, because the prime minister didn’t follow the procedures for informing the president first.

    “The Presidency of the Republic is not a mail box that signs decrees and organizes oath-taking ceremonies,” Saied told a security council meeting. He also questioned the wisdom of naming the four proposed ministers who are suspected of conflict of interest or embezzlement.

    I-Watch, the Tunisian arm of anti-corruption group Transparency International, sent a letter to lawmakers urging them not to approve the four proposed ministers.

    The president also criticized the reduction of the number of women in the new government from six to four. “Women are not cosmetic powder” but crucial players in the government, he argued.

    The confidence vote is scheduled at the end of the day, with lawmakers voting on the new members of the government one-by-one.”

  10. Italian Courts Engulfed in Thousands of Asylum Appeal Cases (breitbart, Jan 26, 2021)

    “Italian courts are currently overwhelmed with thousands of asylum seeker cases, as migrants appeal their asylum rejections.

    There are at least 140,000 asylum applications submitted by migrants that still have no final response. While the Territorial Commissions initially dismiss many of them, the number of appeals has engulfed the Italian court system.

    According to a report from Italian newspaper Il Giornale, there are over 33,800 asylum applications that still await an initial decision from the Territorial Commissions. The courts in northern areas of the country are the most affected by the number of asylum case appeals.

    In the city of Trieste, close to the border with Slovenia, pending immigration cases account for 50 per cent of the total number of civilian pending cases. In Milan, courthouses are said to be full of immigration appeals, causing an 843 per cent increase in backlogs.

    The President of the Court of Bologna, Francesco Caruso, has stated that other areas of law, such as family, business, and contract law, cannot be allowed to go without staff in order to process the high number of asylum cases.

    In 2020, Italy continued to see a flow of migrants despite travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. More recently, migrant taxi NGOs have once again started operations off the coast of Libya.

    In April of last year, at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, a doctor working for the German migrant taxi NGO Sea-Eye claimed that picking up migrants in the Mediterranean mattered more than concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

    “Facing people who run away from torture, coronavirus takes second place. I think we all accepted the risk,” doctor Caterina Ciufegni said.

    In November, Sea-Eye announced that it would be launching a larger ship than their current vessel the Alan Kurdi and that it would begin operations this year.”

  11. Prison to Terror Pipeline Encouraged by ‘Soft’ Treatment of Convicted Terrorists: Report (breitbart, Jan 26, 2021)

    “Britain’s prison system is facilitating the spread of extremist ideologies by taking a soft approach to convicted terrorists, the government’s independent terrorism watchdog has found.

    Jonathan Hall, QC, the government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said that prisons are not adequately punishing convicted terrorists for attempting to incite violence by radicalising other inmates.

    Mr Hall, who announced an independent inquiry on Monday, also said that prison administrators have handed out weak punishment for possessing extremist propaganda. He went on to claim that there is evidence that terrorist ideologies were being spread throughout British prisons.

    In a recent report, Hall revealed that prisons have merely dealt out disciplinary measures against terrorist offenders found to be in possession of weapons or attempting to radicalise other inmates, rather than prosecuting them under the Terrorism Act, according to The Times.

    “There has been a steady drumbeat over recent years of terrorist attacks against prison officers, and an increasing number of individuals who may well have formed their terrorist intent in prison under the influence of high-status terrorist prisoners,” he told the newspaper.

    “If terrorism exists [in prison] then it ought to be dealt with. We need scrutiny of how prisons operate to either contain or worse encourage, terrorism,” Mr Hall said.

    Hall said that upon entering the prison system, terrorists “automatically achieve a sort of status” and that unlike paedophile inmates, rarely are at risk of violence from other inmates.

    “I find it astonishing that someone should go to prison for plotting a terrorist atrocity and the concern is not that they themselves are at risk of attack, like a paedophile is often at risk of attack because prisoners generally say what they’ve done is terrible,” he said.

    The inquiry, which will report its findings to the government, is set to review how prisons attempt to detect terroristic activity and what remedies should be undertaken to halt the spread of extremism in jails.

    In October, two radical Islamic inmates were found guilty of attempted murder against a prison guard, who they tried to stab to death. One of the inmates, Brusthom Ziamani, 25, was already serving a 22-year-sentence for plotting to behead a soldier.

    Earlier this month, Islamist terrorist Khairi Saadallah received a rare whole life sentence for killing three men with a knife and injuring three others during an attack in Reading last summer.

    During his trial, it was revealed that the 26-year-old Libyan national was further radicalised by a “prominent radical preacher” Omar Brooks — a member of infamous Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary‘s banned al-Muhajiroun organisation — while he was serving time in prison for a non-terror-related crime.

    Former prisoners have also committed terrorist attacks in Streatham and on London Bridge.

    A previous independent review carried out by Professor Ian Acheson in 2016, found that Islamic extremism was a “growing problem” in British prisons. Despite this, there was “widespread reluctance” from prison administrators to enact reforms and crackdown on the extremist behaviour “because of the fear of being labelled racist“, government sources claimed at the time.

    A research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, Eilish O’Gara, who previously served in the prison system as a counterterrorism analyst, said that the most hardened terrorists know they are “untouchable”.

    “They know how to keep their hands clean and they are very smart. They know how to run rings around the prison system,” Ms O’Gara said.

    “You get charismatic, influential and radical people among the most vulnerable, hopeless people. It is the perfect fertile environment.”

    A Ministry of Justice spokesman said that the government has trained 29,000 prison staff to detect extremism and has upped the number of counter-terrorism employees.

    “Our tough measures to stop extremists spreading their poisonous ideologies in prison have been stepped up. We ended the automatic early release of terrorists and our new legislation means they will also face tougher sentences and monitoring on release,” the spokesman said.”

  12. Doesn’t Biden’s newly imposed travel ban make him a xenophobe? – Liberty Unyielding
    LU Staff
    3-4 minutes

    Doesn’t Biden’s newly imposed travel ban make him a xenophobe?

    “Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door,” a headline at the New York Times jubilantly blared on Saturday. “Few foreigners welcomed Mr. Biden’s election victory as enthusiastically as the tens of thousands of Muslims who have been locked out of the United States for the past four years as a result of the Trump-era immigration restrictions popularly known as the ‘Muslim ban,’” the article elaborates.

    It is interesting that the author chose to place the words Muslim ban in quotes, which is almost an admission that the term is a misnomer. The travel ban, passed in Trump’s first year in office, restricted travel from eight predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Morocco, Syria, and Yemen — that had harbored terrorists. The law excluded other predominantly Muslim countries such as Indonesia, which has the highest concentration of Muslims of any country in the world.

    But Democrats had no interest in details. They framed the ban as a “Muslim ban” and called its creator a xeonophobe.” They went so far as to mount a legal challenge, claiming the ban discriminated against Muslims. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2018, where it was rejected.

  13. St. Louis prosecutor Gardner loses second appeal to try Missouri couple who defended home with guns
    By Landon Mion
    2 minutes

    St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner has lost her second appeal to be reinstated as a prosecutor in a case against couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who used firearms to defend their home after Black Lives Matter protesters this summer broke into their gated community.

    The Missouri Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Gardner’s appeal, after being disqualified last month from the case by Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer, according to the Washington Examiner.

    Gardner was taken off the McCloskey case after she was found to have initiated a “criminal prosecution for political purposes” following reports that she used the charges to send out fundraising emails for her reelection bid, Circuit Judge Thomas Clark said.

  14. Dutch mayor warns the country is heading for ‘civil war’ following violent anti-curfew protests as France and Italy admit they’re facing ANOTHER Covid-19 lockdown's battle against coronavirus entered a dangerous new phase this week as politicians pushed to tighten lockdown measures across the continent even after a weekend of rioting brought scenes of chaos to the Netherlands and Denmark amid warnings of ‘civil war’.

    France is due to decide whether to bring in a third national lockdown this week as Prime Minister Jean Castex warned the situation there is ‘worrying’, with Italy’s top medic also calling for a month-long national shutdown.

    That is despite John Jorritsma, mayor of Eindhoven which was hit by its worst riots in almost four decades at the weekend, warning ‘we’re on our way to civil war’ after new nationwide curfew measures sparked public outcry.

  15. (Richard: There are a couple of things wrong here, 1) the Constitution says impeachment is to remove public officials from office, Trump is out of office. 2) the Constitution says the Chief Justice will preside over impeachment trials, they are using a Democrat Senator.)

    Democrat senator To Preside Over Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial; this will be fair, right?

    KPCC | Jan 26, 2021 | News | 11

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will preside over former President Donald Trump’s trial in the Senate, a Senate source tells NPR. Leahy, 80, is the president pro tempore of the Senate, a constitutional role given to the longest-serving lawmaker in the majority party. The president pro tempore is third in the line of presidential succession, after the vice president and House speaker.

    “I have presided over hundreds of hours in my time in the Senate,” Leahy told reporters. “I don’t think anybody has ever suggested I was anything but impartial in those hundreds of hours.”

    Leahy added: “I’m not presenting the evidence. I am making sure that procedures are followed. I don’t think there’s any senator who over the 40-plus years I’ve been here that would say that I am anything but impartial in voting on procedure.”

  16. Gun store says it won’t sell firearms, ammunition to Biden supporters: ‘Sorry for the inconvenience’
    Dave Urbanski
    3-4 minutes

    A Missouri gun store is turning more than a few heads after announcing that it’s not selling guns or ammunition to supporters of Democratic President Joe Biden.

    Oh, and Trigger Firearms and Reloading in Jefferson City posted its Facebook message on Inauguration Day, no less:

    Image source: Facebook

    “We don’t have guns or ammo for Biden supporters,” the post read. “Sorry for the inconvenience.”

  17. Americans still awaiting coronavirus stimulus checks as Biden reportedly offers $4B to Central America
    2-3 minutes

    Guess America is last on his list of priorities.

    According to Fox news

    Americans still waiting on coronavirus relief, including stimulus checks, from the federal government may be surprised to learn that President Biden is reportedly offering $4 billion to Central American countries for development.

    Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday that Biden told him the U.S. would send $4 billion to help development in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — nations whose hardships have spawned tides of migration through Mexico toward the United States.

  18. Iowa Moves Forward With Constitutional Amendment Protecting The Right To Bear Arms
    4 minutes

    According to Firearm Chronicles

    Iowa is one of 6 states which does not have a state constitutional provision protecting the right to keep and bear arms. A constitutional amendment has been working its way through the legislature for eight years.

    The amendment has passed its first hurdle in 2021, an Iowa House subcommittee, with a 2-1 margin.

    Amending the Iowa Constitution is a long and difficult process. The first step is for the legislature to pass the amendment. Second, an election must occur. Third, the legislature has to pass the amendment again. Fourth, the amendment must be passed in a referendum. The referendum is at the next election.

  19. China Has Already Started to Test the Biden Administration
    Lawrence A. Franklin
    6-8 minutes

    President Joe Biden’s team should not misinterpret any Chinese conciliatory rhetoric as being a sign of a less aggressive Chinese Communist Party effort to push US military assets out of the Western Pacific. Pictured: Chinese President Xi Jinping with then US Vice President Joe Biden in Beijing, China on December 4, 2013. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

    Not a week has passed since the inauguration of President Joe Biden — whose son reportedly engaged in business deals with China worth $1.5 billion — and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which illegally seized Hong Kong last summer, has already sent more than two dozen warplanes, including bombers, into Taiwan’s airspace for two days in a row.

  20. Even Europe Is Losing Patience with Iran’s Nuclear Antics
    Con Coughlin
    5-7 minutes

    In recent weeks Iran announced that it had begun work on enriching uranium to 20 percent — just short of the level required to produce nuclear weapons — as well as informing the International Atomic Energy Agency that it was to resume work on producing uranium metal, for which, according to the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, there is “no credible civilian use.” Pictured: The Isfahan uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan, Iran. (Photo by Getty Images)

    When the European Union starts warning the ayatollahs that the Iran nuclear deal is at a “critical juncture”, it is a clear sign that Tehran’s increasingly aggressive conduct in relation to its nuclear activities will make US President Joe Biden’s hopes of reviving the deal almost impossible.

    From the moment the nuclear deal was agreed to between Iran and six of the world’s leading powers — the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — in 2015, the EU has been an enthusiastic champion of the deal.

  21. Trump Creates ‘Office of the Former President’ to Advance US Interests, Carry on Trump Admin Agenda
    By Mimi Nguyen Ly
    January 25, 2021 Updated: January 26, 2021
    biggersmaller Print

    Former President Donald Trump opened an “Office of the Former President” on Monday that seeks to advance the interests of the United States and carry on the agenda of his administration.

    A statement from the office in Palm Beach County, Florida, reads, “Today, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, formally opened the Office of the Former President.”

    “The Office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism.

    “President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People,” it said.

  22. Trump Ends Patriot Party Talk, Will Primary Never-Trumpers
    By Eric Mack |
    2-3 minutes

    Former President Donald Trump has reportedly tabled the idea moving forward with a third party, as he now believes he will not be convicted in the Senate and is instead turning his focus to assisting primary challenges against never-Trump Republicans.

    The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman tweeted Sunday:

  23. Anti-Trump Leader of Group Who Marched With BLM, Claims Group Helped Storm the Capitol
    Nick Arama
    5-6 minutes

    I’ve written about the involvement of folks in addition to Trump supporters in the actions that occurred on January 6 at the United States Capitol.

    We’ve heard a lot about John Sullivan, the left-wing activist who had been involved in organizing BLM protests in Utah and was heard at a D.C. protest in August calling for President Donald Trump to be ripped out of the White House. He was right at the door to the House chamber when Ashli Babbitt was shot and filmed the incident. He was later arrested and police alleged he was involved in inciting action that day that could be heard on video.

    The NY Post also revealed that their law enforcement sources had identified two Antifa members from New York among the people at the Capitol.

  24. Biden to force American taxpayers to foot bill for San Francisco homeless hotels – Geller Report News
    3-4 minutes

    This once beautiful city is unrecognizable, with needles and fecal matter on the ground, rampnat homelessness and crime. This is the catastrophic consequence of Democrat corruption – Pelosi and Harris.

    er. But details as to how its housing program will be funded remain unclear.

    Quick note: Tech giants are snuffing us out. You know this. Facebook, Twitter, Google et al have shadowbanned, suspended and in some cases deleted us from your news feeds. They are disappearing us. But we are here. Subscribe to Geller Report newsletter here— it’s free and it’s critical NOW more than ever.

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  25. News photographer Laurens Bosch was attacked during riots in the Netherlands. He was knocked unconscious by a stone in the back of the head. Looks like the group that attacked him thought he was an undercover cop. Judging by the accents, they were young immigrants (note that they spelled “undercover” wrong).

    Police has already stated that they will use photographic evidence to identify and arrest rioters in the near future, so that’s another incentive to attack photographers.

    Dutch news outlets have taken measures. When they publish photos, they’ll no longer mention the name of the photographer. And photographers will work in pairs when they’re present at riots.

    Related: TV anchorman Tim Hofman was intimidated by “youth” pelted with unspecified projectiles (looks like eggs?) while filming on location in Capelle aan de Ijssel, the Netherlands.

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