Reader’s Links for February 27, 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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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

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  1. https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2021/02/113_304458.html

    The Iranian assets locked in South Korea will be released after consultations with the United States, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, after Iran claimed it has reached a deal with Seoul on how to transfer and use the frozen money.

    According to Iran’s government website, the agreement was reached Monday (Tehran time) during the meeting between Iran’s Central Bank Gov. Abdolnaser Hemmati and South Korean Ambassador to Iran Ryu Jeong-hyun.

    It said that the two sides agreed on the destinations for the transfer and that the Iranian central bank informed Seoul of the amount of the money it wants to be transferred.

    Tehran has been pressuring Seoul to unblock about US$7 billion of its assets frozen in two South Korean banks due to U.S. sanctions. Seoul has been in talks with Washington on ways to release the money without violating the sanctions, including expanding humanitarian trade with the Middle Eastern country.

  2. https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/02/media-blames-hindus
    JW day today : )
    Hindus in India set to build temple at razed mosque site.” The Associated Press blared this headline as millions of Hindus from several countries joined to celebrate the “Bhumipoojan” ceremony of their long-awaited temple: the Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir. Articles vilifying the “Hindu hardliners” and sympathizing with the “endangered” Muslims of India were published in numerous outlets of the liberal, secular, Muslim-pandering media.

    None of those outlets reported on how the Hindus had waited for over 500 years, in their country, in their land, to gain the right lawfully to rebuild the Ram Mandir on the Janmasthan that was brought down centuries ago by a barbaric Muslim invader.

    In 1529, the Tughlaq-styled Babri Masjid replaced the ancient shrine of the Ram Janmabhoomi on the banks of River Sarayu. This marked the beginning of the Hindus’ five-century-long struggle to reclaim their land. In 2020, the democratically elected Prime Minister of India laid the foundation stone of this historic and lawful reclamation.

    The Ram Jamnabhoomi was not the first Hindu site to be attacked by Islamists. The practice of attacking and demolishing temples, the places where the Kaffir worships, has been a constant in Islamic history. India and its Hindu demography have suffered heavily for it as the list of temples plundered by such Islamist attackers is fairly lengthy.

  3. https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/02/india-muslim-arrested-for-spitting-on-food-while-serving-as-cook-at-hindu-wedding

    More JW always a good source.

    Much more common than you think and not only muslims. A basic rule is NEVER upset the person making or serving your food anywhere even with “friends”.
    BTW they missed the plague of faeces ridden ice cubes found in bars in the UK as the manufacturer used contaminated water.

    India: Muslim arrested for spitting on food while serving as cook at Hindu wedding

    Jihad contamination and poisoning attempts are not new. In India in 2019, Muslims plotted to poison food offered in a Hindu temple that is consumed by at least 40,000 devotees.

    Al-Qaeda has long considered the contamination of food as a jihad mass murder tactic. And in 2017, the Islamic State called on Muslims to poison food in Western supermarkets.

    And it has happened at least twice in Britain:

    UK: Shop-owners sold chocolate cake sprinkled with human feces

    UK: Muslim who sprayed food with feces and urine can’t be deported

    Also:

    Food jihad? Muslim woman puts needles in meat in Canada

    We also know that jihadis have long wanted to poison the water supply. As far back as 2002, the feds arrested two jihadis who were carrying plans about how to poison water supplies. In 2003, al-Qaeda threatened to poison water supplies in Western countries. In 2011, a jihadi in Spain likewise planned to poison water supplies.

    And in May 2013, seven Muslim “chemical engineers” were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir, a key supply of water for Boston, after midnight. Only months later and indirectly did we hear that it was a “criminal matter.” A month later, locks were cut at the aqueduct that supplies water to Greater Boston.

    Also in May 2013, jihadists were caught in Canada who had considered poisoning air and water to murder up to 100,000 people. In October 2013, the FBI was investigating a possible water supply threat in Wichita. In January 2014, a Muslim broke into a water treatment plant in New Jersey.

    • Water poisoning. Pavaz’s wager:
      There are more kufar than muslim drinking and so the reward for killing the enemies of Allah will be placed upon the Believers.

  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcrpsQTw0DA

    Thanks to Wrath of Khan for this:
    I actually find it funny how Asians see lighter skin tones as more beautiful while so many black “celebrities” are now a light brown or a pasty grey colour. It seem that the ones who hate whiteness most are the brainwashed white leftards although the other races do like to see whites fall on their faces and are happy to help.

  5. French Anarchist-Claimed Arson Attack Is Latest in Infrastructure Sabotage Trend (breitbart, Feb 27, 2021)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/02/27/french-anarchist-claimed-arson-attack-is-latest-in-infrastructure-sabotage-trend/

    “Far-left French anarchists have taken credit for two arson attacks on a telecommunications company in the latest act of infrastructure sabotage claimed by far-left militants.

    The two attacks took place last week in the communes of Brézins on Thursday the 18th of February and another in the commune of Sassenage, near the city of Grenoble on the night between Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th.

    Both arson attacks targetted the French telecommunications company Constructel and saw damage to company vehicles as well as fibre optic cables, which are used to deliver high-speed internet, destroyed. In Sassenage, a 300-metre fibre optic tower was also set on fire, according to a report from broadcaster Franceinfo.

    Earlier this week, far-left Antifa anarchist extremists took credit for the attacks on the far-left web platform Indymedia, stating, “We claim the double attack in Isère of the company CONSTRUCTEL. First in Brezins and 48 hours later in Grenoble.”

    The anarchists explained their motive for the attacks saying, “it is not to protest against 5G in particular but in a broader context, fighting against the techno-world.”

    “We want to salute all the arsonists who are acting in the shadows at the moment and repeatedly beating this technological hell,” the anarchists said and expressed support for the far-left militants currently being prosecuted for terrorism after allegedly plotting to murder French police officers and soldiers.

    The attacks are just the latest in a trend of attacks on communications infrastructure by Antifa militants in France and come just two years after anarchists took credit for setting fire to a radio station belonging to broadcaster France Bleu in Isère as well as setting fire to a transmitter located just outside Grenoble.

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an NGO that defends journalists rights and press freedom, reported in 2019 that local prosecutor Eric Vaillant had stated that the same far-left anarchist group had taken credit for at least 12 arson attacks in the Grenoble area since 2017.

    In 2020, anarchists were suspected of being behind several more arson attacks on infrastructure including an attack on a broadcast relay in May of last year that disrupted local radio broadcasts and put many in southern Grenoble without mobile internet or telephone service.

    Prosecutor Eric Vaillant made attempts to refer the cases to the French national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office last year, but the office ultimately rejected taking up an investigation into the anarchist attacks.

    Earlier his year in January, French National Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Laurent Nuñez claimed that far-left militants in France had been behind at least 170 acts of sabotage since March of 2020, with telecommunications infrastructure accounting for nearly 60 per cent of the targets of attacks.

    Arson attacks on telecommunications infrastructure have also been reported in other European countries such as the Netherlands and Italy, according to newspaper Le Parisien that noted: “ultra-left networks are known to maintain close links with their foreign counterparts.”

    One act of sabotage in Italy saw anarchist extremists set fire to a railway electrical hub just outside the city of Florence in 2019, causing hours of delays for passengers of high-speed trains.

    In Canada, similar train sabotage was called for by Antifa extremists in 2020 in support of an anti-pipeline protest and allegedly in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.

    Canadian transport minister Marc Garneau later confirmed that part of the Canadian railway infrastructure had been tampered with.

    In 2018, anarchists in the Canadian French-speaking province of Quebec also took credit for the sabotage of a telecommunications network during the G7 summit that took place earlier that year.

    Like their French counterparts, the Canadian anarchists set fire to a telecommunications pole to disrupt communications in Quebec City and Baie-Saint-Paul.”

  6. 220,000 Brits Sign Petition Against Vaccine Passports, Forcing Debate in Parliament (breitbart, Feb 27, 2021)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/02/27/220000-brits-sign-petition-against-vaccine-passports-forcing-debate-in-parliament/

    “Over 220,000 Britons have signed a petition against the introduction of coronavirus vaccine passports, potentially forcing Parliament to publicly debate the merits of such a scheme.

    The petition warns that vaccine passports would limit the rights of people who haven’t or can’t have, or refused a Covid-19 vaccine. Such government-enabled discrimination would be “unacceptable”, those behind the claim said. At the time of publication, the petition had attracted 222,000 signatures.

    The petitioners demanded, therefore, that the government commits “to not rolling out any e-vaccination status/immunity passport to the British public.”

    Westminster Hall debates on public petitions had been suspended during the lockdown, supposedly to help Members of Parliament social distance. That was reversed this week, however, as Parliament voted Thursday to restore the process for the first time in months.

    Under the terms of the government’s petition system, 10,000 signatures earns a response on the matter from the government. Once the signatures hit 100,000, the matter becomes eligible for a debate in Parliament itself. This petition means Parliament will likely debate vaccine passports for the first time…”

  7. Official: Pakistan security forces kill 2 militants in south (abcnews, Feb 27, 2021)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/official-pakistan-security-forces-kill-militants-south-76151981

    “Pakistani counterterrorism police and secret service officials raided a militant hideout Saturday, killing two militants accused of involvement in attacks on security forces, an official said.

    Shahid Solangi, a counterterrorism officer, said the early morning raid took place in the Patni area of the city of Sukkur in southern Sindh province. He said the militants attempted to escape and opened fire on officers, triggering a shootout. Solangi said two militants belonging to the Noor-e-Islam group of the Pakistani Taliban were killed.

    Solangi said the slain militants were involved in attacks on police and security forces in South Waziristan and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest. He said the two men entered Sindh province in recent days and had been under surveillance of security agencies.

    Pakistani militants have in recent months stepped up attacks on security forces in the former tribal regions in northwest and southwestern Baluchistan province, raising concerns that insurgents are regrouping in various parts of the country.”

  8. Official: 42 abducted from Nigerian school 2 weeks ago freed (abcnews, Feb 27, 2021)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/official-42-abducted-nigerian-school-weeks-ago-freed-76151770

    “An official says 42 people including 27 students who were abducted two weeks ago from a school in northern Nigeria have been freed.

    The chief press secretary for the Niger state governor, Mary Noel-Berje, told The Associated Press on Saturday that those released have arrived in the state capital, Minna. “We have received them,” she said.

    The students, teachers and family members were abducted by gunmen from the Government Science College Kagara.

    Their release was announced a day after police said gunmen had abducted 317 girls from a boarding school elsewhere in northern Nigeria, in Zamfara state. One resident said the gunmen also attacked a nearby military camp and checkpoint, preventing soldiers from interfering with the mass abduction.

    Several large groups of armed men operate in Zamfara state, described by the government as bandits, and are known to kidnap for money and to push for the release of their members from jail…”

  9. Pakistan expert: Religiosity aiding spike in militancy (abcnews, Feb 27, 2021)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pakistan-experts-religiosity-fostering-rise-militancy-76151563

    “Militant attacks are on the rise in Pakistan amid a growing religiosity that has brought greater intolerance, prompting one expert to voice concern the country could be overwhelmed by religious extremism.

    Pakistani authorities are embracing strengthening religious belief among the population to bring the country closer together. But it’s doing just the opposite, creating intolerance and opening up space for a creeping resurgence in militancy, said Mohammad Amir Rana, executive director of the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.

    “Unfortunately, instead of helping to inculcate better ethics and integrity, this phenomenon is encouraging a tunnel vision” that encourages violence, intolerance and hate, he wrote recently in a local newspaper. “Religiosity has begun to define the Pakistani citizenry.”

    Militant violence in Pakistan has spiked: In the past week alone, four vocational school instructors who advocated for women’s rights were traveling together when they were gunned down in a Pakistan border region. A Twitter death threat against Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai attracted an avalanche of trolls. They heaped abuse on the young champion of girls education, who survived a Pakistani Taliban bullet to the head. A couple of men on a motorcycle opened fire on a police check-post not far from the Afghan border killing a young police constable.

    In recent weeks, at least a dozen military and paramilitary men have been killed in ambushes, attacks and operations against militant hideouts, mostly in the western border regions.

    A military spokesman this week said the rising violence is a response to an aggressive military assault on militant hideouts in regions bordering Afghanistan and the reunification of splintered and deeply violent anti-Pakistan terrorist groups, led by the Tehreek-e-Taliban. The group is driven by a radical religious ideology that espouses violence to enforce its extreme views.

    Gen. Babar Ifitkar said the reunified Pakistani Taliban have found a headquarters in eastern Afghanistan. He also accused hostile neighbor India of financing and outfitting a reunified Taliban, providing them with equipment like night vision goggles, improvised explosive devises and small weapons.

    India and Pakistan routinely trade allegations that the other is using militants to undermine stability and security at home.

    Security analyst and fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Asfandyar Mir, said the reunification of a splintered militancy is dangerous news for Pakistan.

    “The reunification of various splinters into the (Tehreek-e-Taliban) central organization is a major development, which makes the group very dangerous,” said Mir.

    The TTP claimed responsibility for the 2012 shooting of Yousafzai. Its former spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, who mysteriously escaped Pakistan military custody to flee to the country, tweeted a promise that the Taliban would kill her if she returned home.

    Iftikar, in a briefing of foreign journalists this week, said Pakistani military personnel aided Ehsan’s escape, without elaborating. He said the soldiers involved had been punished and efforts were being made to return Ehsan to custody.

    The government reached out to Twitter to shut down Ehsan’s account after he threatened Yousafzai, although the military and government at first suggested it was a fake account.

    But Rana, the commentator, said the official silence that greeted the threatening tweet encouraged religious intolerance to echo in Pakistani society unchecked.

    “The problem is religiosity has very negative expression in Pakistan,” he said in an interview late Friday. “It hasn’t been utilized to promote the positive, inclusive tolerant religion.”

    Instead, successive Pakistani governments as well as its security establishments have exploited extreme religious ideologies to garner votes, appease political religious groups, or target enemies, he said.

    The 2018 general elections that brought cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan to power was mired in allegations of support from the powerful military for hard-line religious groups.

    Those groups include the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, whose single-point agenda is maintaining and propagating the country’s deeply controversial blasphemy law. That law calls for the death penalty for anyone insulting Islam and is most often used to settle disputes. It often targets minorities, mostly Shiite Muslims, who makeup up about 15% of mostly Sunni Pakistan’s 220 million people.

    Mir, the analyst, said the rise in militancy has benefited from state policies that have been either supportive or ambivalent toward militancy as well as from sustained exposure of the region to violence. Most notable are the protracted war in neighboring Afghanistan and the simmering tensions between hostile neighbors India and Pakistan, two countries that possess a nuclear weapons’ arsenal.

    “More than extreme religious thought, the sustained exposure of the region to political violence, the power of militant organizations in the region, state policy which is either supportive or ambivalent towards various forms of militancy … and the influence of the politics of Afghanistan incubate militancy in the region,” he said.

    Mir and Rana both pointed to the Pakistani government’s failure to draw radical thinkers away from militant organizations, as groups that seemed at least briefly to eschew a violent path have returned to violence and rejoined the TTP.

    Iftikar said the military has stepped up assaults on the reunited Pakistani Taliban, pushing the militants to respond, but only targets they can manage, which are soft targets.

    But Mir said the reunited militants pose a greater threat.

    “With the addition of these powerful units, the TTP has major strength for operations across the former tribal areas, Swat, Baluchistan, and some in Punjab,” he said. “Taken together, they improve TTP’s ability to mount insurgent and mass-casualty attacks.””

  10. I’ve long wondered why the Hungarian and Israeli leaders would endorse the idea of imposing vaccine passports given that they have histories of marching to their own drummers, that such an imposition is not based on much science, and finally that it subordinates the rights of the individual to that of the collective. Even the EU admits here that the gene therapy device offers little guarantee against forward transmission, so why? The only reason I’ve thought of is that a country will be forbidden from trading if they don’t play the game, and play it well. In Israel’s case anti-Semitism most certainly would hide behind the “vaccine” requirement. In Hungary’s case the EU would make commerce and travel impossible because they already wholely begrudge the Magyars for their obstinate ways.

    https://summit.news/2021/02/26/merkel-eu-leaders-have-all-agreed-that-we-need-vaccine-passports/

  11. Do innocent black lives matter to the media? – Liberty Unyielding
    Hans Bader
    5-7 minutes

    Do innocent black lives matter to the media?

    Signs, shields, mace, baseball bats – when you’ve got to move it all… Daily Caller video (Shelby Talcott) via Twitter

    Do black lives matter to the media when the lives are not those of criminal suspects killed by cops? That’s the disturbing question raised by Rav Arora’s column in the New York Post:

    Last year saw the largest year-to-year increase in homicides ever recorded in US history. The homicide rate in 34 cities was 30 percent higher in 2020 compared to the previous year. … Victims of these homicides are disproportionately African American. At least 8,600 black lives were lost to homicide in 2020, an increase of more than 1,000 compared to 2019 (7,484). Violent crime is concentrated in primarily low-income, marginalized black communities where the police are underresourced and Democratic leadership has abysmally failed. ….

    https://vladtepesblog.com/2021/02/27/readers-links-for-february-27-2021/

    • If you looks at the ideological status of many, if not most, of the council members, you could hardly expect truth or support for anything India could do.

    • What about the mass murder of humans all over the planet caused by the release, accidental or planned, of the CV19 series of rolling virus clones?

      Like the Turks denying the Armenian massacres China will never admit and will never pay unless forced. Communism based its tactics upon those of islam: never admit to any “mistakes”(see genocide or mass murders); never accept a truce unless losing and then use it to resupply and re-arm; never meet halfway on anything; never tell the truth; never keep promises and always aggressively push at the boundaries even in “peacetime”; totally ignore human rights of even their own people and never give up.

      • China’s economy is collapsing, with Biden or his puppet master (Obama) calling the shots the collapse will be slowed but not stopped. Instead of thinking about China paying for the damage they have caused. Think about, after the collapse will China remain on nations or will it split up into several nations ruled by war lords? Will the neighbors seize land from China after the collapse? Will the war lords maintain the dams so they won’t collapse?

    • Kamala didn’t even know about the airstrike on the Iranian facility in Syria. She wasn’t told about it. And the White House published it on their website eight hours after it occurred.

      Other forces are definitely at work in the White House and it ain’t Joe who would sign anything an appointee would put before him.

      • Obama is calling the shots and Susan Rice is in the current administration to ensure his orders are obeyed. Most people don’t know that (yet) and are thinking she is the puppet master. I have seen speculation that she is going to be President for the rest of Biden’s term and then step aside so Michelle Obama becomes President giving Obama a total of 5 terms as President.

        This theory goes that they put Biden in because they knew that Berni wouldn’t step aside after one term and no one would believe that either he or Kamala had beaten Trump.

        People are thinking that things will go back to the old normal during and after the 2022 election. Here is the article by JE Dyer about how things are going back to the old normal, https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/02/10/the-vision-thing-handy-guide-to-the-biggest-earthquake-in-human-affairs-in-2000-years/ we are being forced to live in a nation whose politics have moved in a new direction and we must learn the new normal.

    • Good play by Biden. That way all reporters will always be 3 days late for the presser and won’t be able to see his senile dementia fumbles.

    • Nothing quite as petty as a thwarted demagogue who would desperately love to slap Oz but instead has to ban the products his people want. Maybe Oz should start to nationalize some of the Chinese owned energy companies. that would only be fair and to cease allowing NZ to flood Oz with Chinese food product sold under NZ names.

  12. Tunisia’s main party holds huge rally as government row grows

    TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s biggest political party assembled an immense crowd of supporters in the capital on Saturday in a show of strength that could fuel a dispute between the president and the prime minister.

    In one of the biggest demonstrations since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, tens of thousands of Ennahda supporters marched through central Tunis chanting “The people want to protect institutions!” and “The people want national unity!”.

    The dispute has played out against a grim backdrop of economic anxiety, disillusionment with democracy and competing reform demands from foreign lenders and the UGTT, the powerful main labour union, as debt repayments loom.

    Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party led by Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, has backed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi in a standoff with President Kais Saied over a cabinet reshuffle.

    Banned before the revolution, it has been a member of most governing coalitions since then and, although its share of the vote has fallen in recent years, it still holds the most seats in parliament.

    “Nationalists, Islamists, democrats and communists,” Ghannouchi told the crowd, “we were gathered together during the dictatorship … and we must unite again.”

    The most recent election, in 2019, delivered a fragmented parliament while propelling Saied, an independent, to the presidency.

    When the government collapsed after only five months in office, Saied nominated Mechichi as prime minister.

    But they soon fell out, and Mechichi turned for support to the two biggest parties – Ennahda and jailed media mogul Nabil Karoui’s Heart of Tunisia.

    Last month, Mechichi changed 11 ministers in a reshuffle seen as replacing Saied’s allies with those of Ennahda and Heart of Tunisia. The president has refused to swear four of them in, however.

    Meanwhile, demonstrators protesting last month against inequality and police abuses focused most of their anger on Mechichi and Ennahda.

    Ennahda billed Saturday’s march as “in support of democracy”, but it was widely seen as an effort to mobilise popular opposition to Saied – raising the spectre of competing protest movements.

    “This is a strong message that all the people want dialogue and national unity,” Fethi Ayadi, a senior Ennahda official, told Reuters.

    To add to the tensions, demands by foreign lenders for spending cuts, which could lead to unpopular reductions in state programmes, are opposed by the UGTT.

    Tunisia’s 2021 budget forecasts borrowing needs of 19.5 billion Tunisian dinars ($7.2 billion), including about $5 billion in foreign loans.

    But Tunisia’s credit rating has fallen since the coronavirus pandemic began, and market concerns about its ability to raise funds are reflected in sharp price rises for Tunisian credit default swaps – insurance against default on its debt. ($1 = 2.7 Tunisian dinars)

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/tunisia-s-main-party-holds-huge-rally-as-government-row-grows/46406214

    • global news – Tens of thousands march to support Tunisia’s largest Islamist party

      Tunisia’s biggest political party, Ennahda, rallied in an immense crowd of supporters in the capital on Saturday in a show of strength that could fuel an ongoing dispute between the president and prime minister.

      In one of the biggest demonstrations in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution, tens of thousands marched through central Tunis chanting “the people want national unity.” Protester Soufien Hamouda said the march was a protest against Tunisia “going backwards.”

      Ennahda has backed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi in a standoff with President Kais Saied over a cabinet reshuffle. The most recent election in 2019 delivered a fragmented parliament while propelling Saied, an independent, to the presidency. When the government collapsed after only five months in office, Saied nominated Mechichi as prime minister.

      The head of the Ennahda party in parliament, Imed Khemiri, said the “responsible parties” must meet at the dialogue table to find a solution.

    • (Richard: Here is the portion of the Constitution dealing with this idea.)

      Article IV

      Section 1

      Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

      Section 2

      The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

      A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

      No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.

      Section 3

      New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

      The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

      Section 4

      The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

    • Here is JE Dyer’s article on this subject, if we formally split we invite a foreign invasion of one or more sections of the nations that have split. While in the end the US would win that fight it would be long and nasty. A civil war has the same problem but at a much lower probability, especially if it is an asymmetric civil war.

  13. https://beckernews.com/breaking-news-judge-rules-that-millions-of-ballots-must-be-turned-over-to-arizona-senate-37164/

    Not convinced that this will mean anything BUT it is a start.

    After a long, bitterly contested legal struggle, a Maricopa County judge has ruled that millions of voter ballots must be turned over to the Arizona Senate.

    The stunning news, which comes over a month after the Biden Inauguration, was reported by the Associated Press.

    “A judge has ruled that the Arizona Senate can get access to 2.1 million ballots from Arizona’s most populous county so it can audit results of the 2020 election that saw Democrat Joe Biden win in the state,” the AP reported.

  14. Statement by President Biden on the Anniversary of Russia’s Illegal Invasion of Ukraine

    Seven years ago today, Russia violated international law, the norms by which modern countries engage one another, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor Ukraine when it invaded Crimea.

    The United States continues to stand with Ukraine and its allies and partners today, as it has from the beginning of this conflict. On this somber anniversary, we reaffirm a simple truth: Crimea is Ukraine.

    The United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of the peninsula, and we will stand with Ukraine against Russia’s aggressive acts. We will continue to work to hold Russia accountable for its abuses and aggression in Ukraine. We will also continue to honor the courage and hope of the Revolution of Dignity, in which the Ukrainian people faced down sniper fire and enforcers in riot gear on the Maidan and demanded a new beginning for their country. The United States still believes in the promise of Ukraine and we support all those working towards a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous future for their country.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/02/26/statement-by-president-biden-on-the-anniversary-of-russias-illegal-invasion-of-ukraine/
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    zero hedge – Biden Says US Will “Never” Accept Russia’s Annexation Of Crimea

    […]In 2014, the US-orchestrated a coup in Ukraine.

    The largely ethnic Russian population of Crimea rejected the new nationalist anti-Russian government in Kyiv that even had neo-nazis in its midst. Polls after the annexation show the majority of Crimeans were in favor of joining Russia.

    The Biden family benefited greatly from the coup. Shortly after the change in government, President Biden’s son Hunter landed a high-paying job on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company.

    President Biden tapped an architect of the Ukraine coup for a high-level position in the State Department. Victoria Nuland, the wife of neoconservative Robert Kagan, is the nominee to be the under secretary of state for political affairs.

    A recording of a phone call between Nuland and then-US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt was leaked and released on YouTube on February 4th, 2014. In the call, Nuland and Pyatt discussed who should replace the government of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who was forced to step down on February 22nd, 2014.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/biden-says-us-will-never-accept-russias-annexation-crimea

  15. U.S. and Iran: The view from inside the OODA loop – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    19-24 minutes

    U.S. and Iran: The view from inside the OODA loop

    One of the “facilities” significantly damaged in the 25 February air strike by the USAF. Via local source on Twitter

    Ten days after the rocket attack on U.S. forces in Irbil, Iraq, the Biden administration conducted air strikes on a weapons smuggling way-point at the border of Iraq and Syria.

    In the interim, Iran-backed militias attacked U.S. targets at Balad Air Base in north-central Iraq, and the Green Zone in Baghdad where the U.S. embassy is located.

    A little geographic orientation helps our understanding of what has happened. The map shows where the rocket attacks were, in relation to the border crossing where the 25 February air strikes were conducted.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/02/27/u-s-and-iran-the-view-from-inside-the-ooda-loop/

  16. sky news – IS bride ‘angry, upset and crying’ after court rules she can’t return to UK

    IS bride Shamima Begum is “very angry, upset and crying” after being refused permission to return to the UK to fight a decision to strip her of British citizenship.

    On Friday, five Supreme Court justices unanimously turned down her request to be able to return to the UK to fight for her citizenship to be restored.

    Begum, who is currently living in the Roj camp in northern Syria, refused to talk to journalists on her lawyer’s advice.

    But her friends told Sky News: “She’s very angry. And she’s very upset and crying. She doesn’t want to talk to us.”

  17. yahoo news – DOJ Opens the Door to Seeking New Domestic Terror Powers

    A senior Justice Department official opened the door to seekingnew legislative authorities to pursue domestic terrorism, a step the Biden administration has yet to entertain since the January 6 insurrection and something civil libertarians have warned against.

    The prospect of expanded investigative and prosecutorial tools arose during a Friday briefing with reporters in which multiple Justice Department and FBI officials described an expansive array of authorities already available to them.

    While there is no domestic terrorism statute, and U.S. officials can not designate a domestic group for sanction like they can a foreign one, one senior official acknowledged that statutory definitions of domestic terrorism “expand a lot of authorities we can use,” such nationwide search warrants, expanded law-enforcement access to tax and educational records, and harsher sentencing.

    But on Friday, a senior Justice Department official suggested the administration would consider seeking a domestic-terrorism statute as well.

    “Obviously that’s going to be a policy question for the folks that are coming in” to the administration, said the senior official. “I’m sure we’ll run a data-driven process to see whether we need additional legislative authorities in this area.”

    That has been a step the new administration has yet to take. On Tuesday, Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, told The Daily Beast’s “New Abnormal” podcast that the FBI has not sought additional powers to confront white supremacist or far-right violence. The FBI did not challenge that characterization, telling The Daily Beast: “The FBI defers to the legislative branch to work with leadership at the Department of Justice on whether any additional legislation is required.”

    The prospect of new counterterrorism powers has alarmed civil libertarians and others who fear that such authorities are both unnecessary and rife for abuse to criminalize extreme political views, rather than pursue people who have planned or committed acts of violence. Pointing to the excesses of the FBI during the 20-year War on Terror, they also fear that expanding those law enforcement, intelligence, and prosecutorial powers will permit future presidents to use them against marginalized groups.

    Former President Donald Trump, for instance, slandered Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists.

    “We should not lose sight of our disgust at the double standards employed against white protesters and Black ones, or against Muslims and non-Muslims,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) told The Daily Beast in the week after the Capitol insurrection. “But at the same time, we must resist the very human desire for revenge—to simply see the tools that have oppressed Black and Brown people expanded… The answer is not more laws expanding the surveillance and security state.”

    Three Percenter Truck at Capitol on Jan. 6 Belongs to Hitler-Quoting Rep’s Husband

    On the call, Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin pledged that the Justice Department was “prioritizing the detection, disruption, and deterrence of domestic terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms.” Carlin repeatedly referenced continuities in such prioritization with the post-9/11 pursuit of jihadist terror at home, such as taking an “intelligence-led” approach, “as we have since 9/11.”

    Across the government, and to include Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’ forthcoming “comprehensive threat assessment” of domestic terrorism, Carlin said the administration was looking at expanding information sharing, to prevent radicalization and disrupt “extremist networks.” As many officials have since 9/11, Carlin promised the protection of civil liberties would remain a priority.

    Carlin said the Justice Department would soon issue guidance ensuring its National Security Division “has insight into and can track all cases with a nexus to domestic terrorism” or violent extremism, in the hope of generating leads in cases across jurisdictions.

    “This approach recognizes that success is not the prosecution of a violent extremist or terrorist after the fact when families have lost loved ones and are grieving,” Carlin said. “Success is a disruption before violence occurs and that always has to be the goal of our counterterrorism work.”

    https://news.yahoo.com/doj-opens-door-seeking-domestic-200220154.html

  18. Italian NGO Head Under Investigation For Helping To Smuggle Migrants (breitbart, Feb 27, 2021)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/02/27/italian-ngo-head-under-investigation-for-helping-to-smuggle-migrants/

    “Italian NGO head and activist Gian Andrea Franchi is one of thirty people under investigation by Italian prosecutors for helping Kurdish illegal migrants into Italy from Bosnia.

    Franchi, who founded the pro-migrant NGO Linea d’Ombra (Shadow Line), is under investigation for allegedly aiding Kurdish migrants travelling along the Balkan migrant route through Bosnia in an effort to reach western Europe.

    The Trieste public prosecutor has opened an investigation into the Kurdish migrant smuggling network and has conducted 18 precautionary measures including arrests of suspects, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

    Chief prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo stated that the investigation is still ongoing and that it is being led by the General Investigations and Special Operations Division (Digos) and the Service for the Fight against Extremism and External Terrorism.

    According to Il Giornale, Gian Andrea Franchi and his organisation had published videos on social media showing the NGO activists supplying migrants with food, clothing and other material along the Balkan route.

    Franchi is said to also be linked to far-left Antifa anarchist extremists who came to support his NGO last October in Trieste.

    Linea d’Ombra released a statement earlier this week on their website saying that police had raided Franchi’s home along with the headquarter of the group and had seized mobile phones, books and other materials.

    Franchi also released a personal statement denying any involvement with the trafficking network station that his only link was having taken in an Iranian family in 2019 for a night.

    The case is just the latest to see a pro-migrant NGO suspected of aiding people smugglers and facilitate illegal migration. In 2019, Luca Casarini, the head of migrant transport NGO “Mediterranea Saving Humans” was interrogated by investigators after being accused of helping aid illegal immigration.

    More recently in Greece, over 30 pro-migrant NGO workers were accused of directly helping people smugglers avoid Greek border guards and land migrants in Greece.”

  19. TWITTER new rules:

    Twitter is planning to roll-out a new feature that would allow users to auto-block or mute certain accounts that the platform deems is abusive.

    The new “safety mode” will further the company’s efforts in censoring in a way that is far from transparent under the guise of “protecting users from offensive content.”

    Twitter announced the new feature during its Analyst Day presentation. Documents from the presentation suggest that the feature will be available through “Safety Mode,” a setting the company is yet to roll out.

    Twitter explained that once a user turns on the feature, it “automatically blocks accounts that appear to break the Twitter Rules, and mute accounts that might be using insults, name-calling, strong language, or hateful remarks.”

    That means that Twitter is actually determining what users “might be acting abusive or spammy.”

    The feature might seem a step in the right direction for some, if you ignore the fact that Twitter is choosing for you what accounts are abusive.

    The platform already has features allowing you to unfollow or block accounts you do not want to engage with and so this automatic filtering in an opaque way could be construed as a new way for Twitter to shadowban certain voices on the platform.

    https://reclaimthenet.org/twitter-to-introduce-a-safety-mode-that-involves-algorithm-based-censorship/

  20. GERMANY – BERLIN – The House of One: A Synagogue, a Church and a Mosque Under One Roof

    In the center of Berlin, the House of One arises: an inter-religious house of prayer and learning for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, which also addresses the secular urban communities. Kuehn Malvezzi won the international architectural competition for the House of One in 2012. The competition brief asked for the foreign nature of a building that interrupts our everyday perception of the city. Currently, the House of One is in the process of planning. The first phase of construction is expected to begin in 2019.

    A synagogue, a church and a mosque will be built under one roof. The structure will interrupt everyday urban life in both its form and material. The House of One is a solid brick building, presenting itself as an entity free from religious symbolism in the urban space. The internal organization of the building, however, is detached from the external structure. Here, the three Abrahamic religions claim their respective liturgical autonomy with synagogue, church and mosque as heterogeneous structures, like houses grouped around a central square. This place, a high domed hall in the center, is both an in-between space and a main hall. It forms a space that is also a place of encounter, continuing the urban space of Berlin into the building.

    The very new embodied by this construction project takes its strength from the transformation and activation of the very old at Petriplatz in Berlin. Petriplatz is a religious site in the city center, dating back to the early Middle Ages. A total of five churches were built here in succession. The latest Petriplatz church was damaged in World War II and demolished in 1964. Archaeological excavations between 2006 and 2009 unearthed the foundations of the previous three churches. The House of One transforms the Petriplatz by perpetuating its story in a very literal sense, rather than turning it into a museum: the building will be executed not only ideally on the site of the previous churches, but it also connects seamlessly with the archaeological foundations of the last Petriplatz church, by distributing its load across them. An entirely new structure is created over the old layout.

    more :

    https://urbannext.net/house-of-one/

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    the guardian – Christians, Muslims and Jews to share faith centre in Berlin

    €47m building will feature a church, a mosque and a synagogue all linked to a central meeting space

    On the site of a church torn down by East Germany’s communist rulers, a new place of worship is set to rise that will bring Christians, Jews and Muslims under one roof – and it has already been dubbed a “churmosquagogue”.

    The foundation stone of the House of One in Berlin will be laid at a ceremony on 27 May, marking the end of 10 years of planning and the beginning of an estimated four years of construction, and symbolising a new venture in interfaith cooperation and dialogue. The €47m building, designed by Berlin architects Kuehn Malvezzi, will incorporate a church, a mosque and a synagogue linked to a central meeting space. People of other faiths and denominations, and those of no faith, will be invited to events and discussions in the large hall.

    “The idea is pretty simple,” said Roland Stolte, a Christian theologian who helped start the project. “We wanted to build a house of prayer and learning, where these three religions could co-exist while each retaining their own identity.”

    Andreas Nachama, a rabbi who is turning the vision into reality in partnership with a pastor and imam, said: “There are many different ways to God, and each is a good way.” In the House of One, Christians, Muslims and Jews would worship separately, but would visit each other for religious holidays, commemorations and celebrations, he added.

    “It is more than a symbol. It is the start of a new era where we show there is no hate between us.”

    The House of One will be built on the site of St Peter’s church in Petriplatz, which was damaged during the second world war and demolished in 1964 by the GDR authorities. When the foundations of the church were uncovered more than a decade ago, consideration was given to a memorial or a new church on the site. “But we wanted to create a new kind of sacred building that mirrors Berlin today,” said Stolte. “The initiators are acting as placeholders. This is not a club for monotheistic religions – we want others to join us.” 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    The federal government and the state of Berlin have between them contributed €30m to the cost of the project, with another €9m coming from donations and fundraising. A new drive for contributions, launched in December, is expected to fill the gap of nearly €8m.

    The project has been generally supported by faith communities and the public, said Stolte, although “in the first few years there were some fears that we were mixing religions or trying to create a new religion”.

    The inclusion in the planning of people of no faith was a very important aspect of the House of One project, he said. “East Berlin is a very secular place. Religious institutions have to find new language and ways to be relevant, and to make connections.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/21/christians-muslims-and-jews-to-share-faith-centre-in-berlin

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    Explained: What is Churmosquagogue, the monument being built in Berlin?

    Here’s why the House of One, or, colloquially, Churmosquagogue, is already one of the most significant historical sites in the world.

    more :

    https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/churmosquagogue-berlin-church-mosque-synagogue-7205837/

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  21. Alexandra Henrion-Caude : « Nous ne sommes plus dans une crise sanitaire. »

    Alexandra Henrion-Caude est généticienne, spécialiste de l’ARN, et ancienne directrice de recherche à l’INSERM. Dans cet extrait d’un entretien donné à Nexus en octobre 2020, elle montre que les présentations des courbes de “cas Covid” à la télévision sont généralement biaisées, elle estime que nous ne sommes plus dans une crise sanitaire et que nous avons changé de paradigme : pour elle, détecter des personnes asymptomatiques, ce n’est plus de la médecine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu2ZZIizEsA

  22. OIC Rejects the Undermining of Saudi Sovereignty, Leadership
    https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2831491/oic-rejects-undermining-saudi-sovereignty-leadership

    “Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen stressed on Saturday his support for the statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry regarding the report that was submitted to the US Congress about the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.

    He underscored “categorical rejection of the incorrect deductions cited in the report, which has no decisive proofs, affirming the rejection of prejudice and abuse to the Kingdom leadership, sovereignty and independence of its judiciary.”

    He expressed support to all judicial measures that have been taken against the culprits in the crime, who have been brought to justice and against whom verdicts have been issued.

    Dr. Al-Othaimeen also hailed the pioneering role played by Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, in maintaining regional and international security and peace, combating terrorism and consolidating moderation.”

  23. Algeria: 37 arson attacks ravage forests in February
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210227-algeria-37-arson-attacks-ravage-forests-in-february/

    “Director-General of Forests in Algeria Ali Mahmoudi announced that his country witnessed 37 forest fires this February and expressed his suspicions regarding the unusual occurrences of these fires in the middle of the winter season, describing them as “arson and criminal acts of vandalism”…”

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