Reader’s Links for October 25, 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. europravda – COVID-19 pandemic ‘far from over’, warns WHO chief

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned there will be more pandemics in the future.

  2. the guardian – Compulsory Covid jab for NHS staff could ramp up vaccine uptake, says Javid

    Sajid Javid has said the government is considering making it obligatory for all NHS staff in England to get vaccinated for Covid-19 after a similar move in the care sector, to pass into law on 6 November, led to a surge in vaccines.

    About 93% of NHS staff have received a Covid vaccine, according to the health secretary, who said the continued lack of uptake by a small minority raised concerns about ‘patient safety’

    + comments on the YT page

  3. global news – Ontario, BC lift capacity limits as Saskatchewan struggles

    Although Canada is not out of the pandemic yet, parts of British Columbia and Ontario are lifting their COVID-19 capacity limits as of midnight Monday.

    In B.C., venues in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island will finally return to full capacity. Ontario is also aiming to end all its pandemic restrictions by early next year.

    But the easing of rules for both provinces comes while Saskatchewan’s hospitals are still grappling with the strain of COVID-19 patients.

    As Heather Yourex-West explains, the situation unfolding in that Prairie province could serve as a cautionary tale.

  4. AUTRALIA 7NEWS – Australia set to become second country to give COVID-19 booster vaccine to entire population

    Australia is on track to becoming the second country in the world to roll out COVID booster shots to the entire population.

    Pfizer as a third jab is expected to be approved within weeks with experts agreeing a mix-and-match approach will likely ensure longer protection.

  5. npr – China is removing domes from mosques as part of a push to make them more ‘Chinese’

    XINING, China — The Dongguan Mosque has adopted some very different looks in its nearly 700 years in China’s northwestern city of Xining. Built in the style of a Chinese imperial palace, with tiled roofs and no domes, and adorned with Buddhist symbols, the mosque was nearly destroyed by neglect during political tumult in the early 20th century. In the 1990s, authorities replaced the original ceramic tiles on the roof and minarets with green domes.

    This year, provincial authorities lopped off those domes.

    “The government says they want us to ‘sinify’ our mosques, so they look more like Beijing’s Tiananmen Square,” says Ali, a Muslim farmer selling pomegranates outside the mosque. He requested that NPR use only his first name because residents have been ordered not to speak about the dome removals. “I think the mosque looks good either way, but what say do we have anyways?”

    China is removing the domes and minarets from thousands of mosques across the country. Authorities say the domes are evidence of foreign religious influence and are taking down overtly Islamic architecture as part of a push to sinicize historically Muslim ethnic groups — to make them more traditionally Chinese.

    The campaign comes amid rising Islamophobia in China and growing religious restrictions, touching off a discussion across the country among scholars, ethnic policy regulators and historically Muslim Chinese communities about what exactly should be considered “Chinese” to begin with.

    China’s approach to ethnic minorities has shifted to “sinicization” under Xi Jinping’s rule
    China’s ethnic policy is directly modeled on the Soviet approach, classifying citizens into 55 distinct ethnic minority groups, each of which, in theory, is granted limited cultural autonomy within its territory. But experts say the Communist Party under Xi Jinping’s rule has shifted to a new approach, one that favors integration and assimilation — a process dubbed “sinicization” in official speeches and documents.

    “A very liberal or positive view of all this [sinicization] is just basically to compare it to, say, what’s it like to become an American citizen? You accommodate and people adjust,” says Dru Gladney, an expert on Islam in China at Pomona College.

    After more than 1,300 years of living and intermarrying in China, Hui Muslims — who number about 10.5 million, less than 1% of China’s population — have adjusted by becoming culturally and linguistically Chinese. They even made their version of Islam accessible to Confucians and Daoists — trying to show it as inherently Chinese and not a foreign influence — by adopting spiritual concepts and terms found in ancient Chinese philosophy to explain Islamic precepts.

    Various Hui sects have also incorporated Chinese religious practices into their worship, such as burning incense at religious ceremonies. Hui communities in central Henan province are even known for their female-only and female-led mosques, believed to be a uniquely long tradition in China.

    The problem from Chinese authorities’ perspective, says Gladney, is that the Hui are not Chinese in the way sinicization proponents want: “When people make this one-way argument of sinicization, I think they’re confusing that with Han-isization” — in other words, making Chinese Muslims more like China’s Han ethnic majority.

    Beijing has a much narrower understanding of what being “Chinese” means – adhering to Communist Party values, speaking only Mandarin Chinese and rejecting all foreign influence, say scholars.

    “The Communists nowadays try to culturally rule China,” says Ma Haiyun, an associate history professor at Frostburg University.

    Authorities began taking down mosque domes a few years ago in an effort to remove “Saudi and Arabic influence”

    The streets of Xining city in China’s Qinghai province are redolent with reminders of China’s historically multiethnic and co-religious composition. Many people wear the white cap or scarf favored by Hui Muslims, and visitors are equally likely to hear Mandarin Chinese as the Tibetan spoken by about a fifth of Qinhai’s population. Roughly one-sixth of the province’s population belongs to ethnic groups China classifies as Muslim.

    At the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle is the Dongguan Mosque, Xining’s largest. In restaurants that crowd the alleyways around the mosque, vendors hand-pull halal beef soup noodles. Carts piled with dates and almonds cluster under brick archways.

    But missing are the big green domes that once crowned its minarets and prayer hall. Under the slogan of “removing Saudi and Arabic influence,” authorities have torn down the domes from most mosques across China’s northwest as part of a national removal campaign that began in earnest in 2018.

    Xi first called for sinicization in 2016. In August, he gave a speech saying religious and ethnic groups should “hold high the banner of Chinese unity” — meaning they should put Chinese culture ahead of ethnic differences.

    The dome removal campaign has met with limited public resistance. Xining residents say the Dongguan Mosque’s imam and director were briefly detained and forced to sign in favor of it. Less than a mile away, Xining’s marble Nanguan Mosque is also being prepped for dome removal. A shell of bamboo scaffolding encases its white dome.

    “The local residents are spreading rumors,” said a man who declined to identify himself and tried to prevent NPR from taking pictures outside the mosque. Despite the removal of the Dongguan Mosque’s domes, he insists they are still in place. “Dongguan’s and Nanguan’s domes are preserved. Some might have been taken down for renovation.”

    In other parts of China, sinicization has allowed the state to justify the confiscation of mosque assets, the imprisonment of imams and the closure of religious institutions over the last two years.

    It has also buttressed simultaneous restrictions on the use of non-Chinese languages, such as Tibetan or Uyghur. In the province of Inner Mongolia, peaceful mass protests broke out last September but were quickly stifled after schools reduced the time devoted to teaching the Mongolian language in favor of Mandarin Chinese.

    China’s efforts at cultural control are most heavy-handed in the western region of Xinjiang, where authorities detained hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uyghurs in camps Beijing says are schools that teach the Chinese language and Chinese communist theory. The state has also damaged or outright demolished thousands of Xinjiang mosques and religious sites.

    Hui Muslims continue to adapt
    The dome removal at Xining’s Dongguan Mosque has split China’s already fractious Muslim community, which is prone to sectarian divisions, according to Frostburg’s Ma, who was born in Xining and was raised around the mosque.

    “If you remodel this mosque and create some chaos [among the Muslim community]. You already have different sects starting to rise in Xining … I think the government is trying to divide and rule,” says Ma.

    The state itself is also divided over what Chinese mosques should look like.

    In the 1990s, as China opened up politically, local leaders encouraged Persian Gulf states such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to invest money into massive infrastructure projects aimed at internationalizing the once-closed Communist country. More Chinese Muslim students were able to study abroad in Middle Eastern countries, especially in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and they brought back new ideas about Islamic architecture.

    As part of these modernization efforts, authorities also tore down centuries-old Chinese-style mosque roofs— including the ones which graced the Dongguan Mosque — and built Arabic-style domes.

    In previous conversations Gladney had with local governments intent on adding domes to old Chinese mosques, “I was jumping up and down, saying, ‘don’t do it, don’t do it,'” he says. “You can build your dome and your new mosque next door, but preserve what you have here.”

    The Hui Muslims, for the most part, have accommodated the ever-changing cultural pressures around them.

    Yusuf, the Muslim owner of a store near the Dongguan Mosque selling Muslim head coverings and halal beauty products, says the Hui must continue to adapt, as they have for centuries, to survive. He requested that NPR only use one name because residents may face state retribution for speaking about religious affairs with foreign journalists.

    “Everything changes from one era to another. During Chairman Mao’s time, they tore down all our mosques. Then they built them up. Now they are tearing them down again! Just follow whatever political slogan the country is yelling at the time.”

    For the third time in under a century, the Dongguan Mosque is going through another makeover — and that’s fine with Yusuf.

    “To the average person, Chinese style, Arabic style… we don’t care! Our faith does not exist in our buildings. It lies in our heart,” he says, thumping his chest emphatically.

    <b<Sufi ceremony in China — dancing starts just past the 5:00 mark

    • China’s Massive, Garish Theme Park for the Muslim World

      Beijing is spending gargantuan sums to promote its vision of Islam. The result so far: a sparsely populated eyesore.

      In May 2016, the Emirates airline inaugurated its new direct service to the Chinese city of Yinchuan. Yinchuan joins Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou as destinations served by Emirates, meaning that a passenger who boards a plane in Dubai is now able to fly nonstop to China’s first, second, third, or 71st most-populous urban area.

      Yinchuan, situated on the loess-covered floodplain of the Yellow River in the autonomous region of Ningxia, nearly 600 miles west of Beijing and far from China’s booming coastal cities, is a peculiar destination for international tourists. But that remoteness has not deterred Chinese officials from pouring resources into a quixotic plan to turn the city into a “cultural tourism destination” for wealthy Arabs.

      The centerpiece of Yinchuan’s transformation is a lavish theme park that celebrates the history and culture of China’s largest Muslim ethnicity, the Hui. According to Ningxia’s tourism bureau, the China Hui Culture Park is a “Sino-Arab cultural bridge” that can “promote all aspects of Sino-Arab exchange and cooperation.”

      The park achieves a monumental scale, with its sparkling edifices designed to evoke India’s Taj Mahal and Turkey’s Blue Mosque….

      Unusual for a museum in modern China, the captions on the photographs inside the Aisha Palace were not rendered in English. Aside from plaques in Arabic that proclaimed the theme of each room in the complex, all the text in the museum was written in Chinese. Two of the four Arabic inscriptions bore scribbles in permanent marker, where misspellings in the original text had been quietly corrected….

      The Middle East, where most residents have little familiarity with China, is an intriguing test case for the limits of state-sponsored influence. The grand experiment behind Xi’s new Middle

      East campaign is to test whether global cultural cachet can be achieved by government decree. If this goal continues to prove elusive, there may be no more apt metaphor for this initiative’s shortcomings than the glittering minarets of an empty theme park….

  6. From last year:

    SAVAGE ATTACK Horrifying video shows huge mob sexually assaulting screaming woman during New Years celebrations in Egypt
    HORRIFYING footage shows a crowd of men sexually assaulting a screaming woman during New Year’s celebrations in Egypt.
    The film, shot in the northern city of Mansoura, went viral after being posted on social media, and has brought renewed attention to the sexual harassment faced by women in the country.
    The woman is seen standing alone in what appears to be the atrium of a shopping centre while a mob gathers at the foot of a set of stairs beneath her.
    She is then seen in the centre of a dense crowd, screaming and trying to push her way towards a car as men grab at her.
    Dozens of men are packed in around her while others climb onto the roof of the car holding sticks.
    Some of the men appear to be trying to push others away from the woman and get her to safety in the car.
    She is eventually able to fight her way to the door of the car and clamber inside.
    Local police have confirmed the authenticity of the footage and announced an investigation, saying they would use the film to identify the woman’s attackers, Albawaba reported.
    The video sparked outrage after going viral on social media.
    Posting to twitter in Arabic, one woman wrote: “They are animals, I swear they have no morals.
    “They only think of women as tools of pleasure and seduction.
    “If these animals saw a foreign woman they won’t approach her regardless of what she could be wearing, because they know there will be harsh repercussions.
    “Unfortunately, they know nobody cares about an Egyptian woman and that she’ll be blamed at the end of the day.”
    Surveys have found that many men and women in Egypt, still a conservative country, say that harassment is justified if a woman dresses “provocatively”.
    The woman in the footage is wearing a skirt that ends around her thighs.
    Another user wrote: “I swear this is terrifying.
    “If there were real laws protecting her this would have never happened.”
    Surveys have also found that a significant majority of women in Egypt do not feel secure on the streets.
    In theory, unwanted sexual contact is punishable under Egyptian law with a minimum of one year in prison and a fine of £500 to £950, but questions have been raised about whether those laws are properly enforced.
    Sexual assault has been a particular problem at many of the political protests that have taken place in Egypt in recent years, reportedly used by opponents of the unrest to intimidate female demonstrators.

    I just signed up myself and most of my dependents to the Vaccine Control Group and this is my ID card (each family member gets one). Sign up is easy and filling in the form on line only takes a few minutes.
    It is free unless you want to receive in the post a laminated ID card for each family member in which case I paid 20 quid for the whole family and then will pay about 2 quid per month. Your kids can be included and I imagine it would be very useful for them to be carrying the ID card at school in case any lunatic tries any funny business with so-called vaccines.
    As this is a global initiative cards can be issued in various languages.
    Proceeds fund the costs of the research program which is entirely member-supported and entirely independent of Big Pharma, Government or any other criminal organisations.
    By maintaining such a control group we will enable HONEST scientists to monitor more accurately the long term effects of vaccines upon overall health and longevity.
    From what I’ve read about vaccines historically where such comparisons have been able to be studied, the unvaccinated have shown up as much more healthy overall than the vaccinated.
    However this needs much more thorough study and the huge INDEPENDENT worldwide control group study being featured here will provide a huge stride forward in our understanding.
    So I consider that we unvaccinated have a civic duty to our fellows and to scientific integrity not to be vaccinated and maintain the existence of a large, very necessary control group. And of course we know that in the case of the SARS-COV 2 alleged virus not getting vaccinated is safer than getting vaccinated.
    I recommend to all unvaxed that you sign up for this if you can. Steve Cook
    Volunteers for this study are welcome from around the world, providing they have not yet received any of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations and are not planning to do so.
    Comparing unvaccinated people and those with a vaccination history regarding Covid-19 vaccines long term is important to determine long-term safety, because in many instances in the past some problems only were seen after quite some time. This can happen, if auto-immune processes are triggered, which often occur only in very few people. Hence, it is also important to have a long-term observation period and a large number of people participating. Prof Dr Harald Walach

  8. Just bought a crank radio, powered milk, 15 cords of fire wood ( propane jumped 298% in Ontario)……….time, she is a changing…..

  9. Ontario court issues interim injunction against UHN vaccine mandate

    The Ontario Superior Court has issued an interim injunction against the University Health Network’s (UHN) attempts to terminate a group of unvaccinated employees.

    This comes after six UHN employees — some of them nurses — brought forward an urgent motion to the court on Friday afternoon, the deadline UHN set to terminate those who had not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine.

    The UHN covers Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals, among other facilities.

    “The harm raised by the applicants is potentially serious and cannot be undone,” wrote Ontario Superior Court Justice Sean Dunphy, in a decision issued Friday. “It is alleged that some or all of them may be compelled to take the vaccine against their will because they cannot in their personal and family circumstances take the risk of being left destitute by the policy they are seeking to challenge.”

    This is believed to be the first time a vaccine mandate in Ontario has hit a legal roadblock.

    The document does not outline the reasons why the employees do not wish to be vaccinated nor does it offer UHN’s rationale for the policy.

    The interim injunction doesn’t apply to all of the “approximately 180 … in the camp of (UHN) employees refusing the vaccine” but rather just to the six plaintiffs and 19 others who were in the process of joining the legal action when their lawyer, Ian Perry, launched the motion.

    It is also not a permanent injunction, but rather pauses the effects of the mandate for a week.

    “The affected employees are not scheduled to be working in the first few days of the week,” Justice Dunphy writes. “What danger their presence at work might potentially have posed is not in issue because they will not be working anyway.”

    On Thursday, the court will reconvene for a hearing on whether or not the court even has jurisdiction over the matter — as UHN argues it is a matter of collective bargaining that the court doesn’t have a say over.

    Justice Dunphy stressed that the issuing of the injunction shouldn’t be mistaken for a judgment on the actual mandate.

    “There may be merit to both positions and I need time to be better briefed,” Dunphy adds.

    One lawyer who has clients planning to add their names to the list of plaintiffs says there may be broader implications.

    “While the Court has only issued an interim injunction based on the specific facts of this case, it will give pause to other employers throughout Ontario which have adopted policies to terminate employees who are not vaccinated,” writes Ryan O’Connor, a partner at Zayouna Law Firm, in an email to the Sun . “It may also cause employers to pay greater attention to requests for accommodations or exemptions under workplace vaccination policies.”

    In a statement to the Sun on the matter, UHN wrote: “A small number of individuals sought and received an interim injunction until later this week. UHN has no comment on this matter as it is before the court.”

  10. 45-Year-Old FBI Special Agent Dies Less Than 24 Hours After Receiving The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
    Medical Kidnap – October 25, 2021

    +Link to the website: Circle of Mamas
    circleofmamas – August 31, 2021

  11. This group set up right in front of the kosher grocery store in my neighborhood. Friday afternoon, just as we were rushing to prepare for Sabbath.

    ‘Vax the Jews’ banner hung over bridge near Austin JCC
    An antisemitic banner was hung over a bridge in Austin, Texas last Saturday afternoon. The sign, which read “Vax the Jews,” was placed near the “Shalom Austin” Jewish Community Center in West Austin….

    The antisemitic attack was initiated by Jon Minadeo II of the self-proclaimed “Goyim Defense League,” a neo-nazi group that has been involved in numerous provocations across the United States – most notably in Jewish population hubs such as California, Florida, and New York. They organize prejudiced protests, harass local Jewish groups, and produce social media content filled with antisemitic tropes.

    Among the hateful assaults by Minadeo and his group was a 2019 incident when they dressed as Hasidic Jews and espoused “confessions” and apologies on behalf of the Jewish people, saying they were “sorry” that Jews lied about the Holocaust and were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks….

    “Goyim Defense League” is itself a parody of the Anti-Defamation League’s name, replacing “Anti-Defamation” with “Goyim Defense”, with “Goyim” being a Yiddish and Hebrew term for non-Jews.
    Today’s alt-right uses “goyim” and “talmud” as parody. Ugly as the medieval sculptures on churches in Europe with caricatured Jews fornicating with pigs.
    Let ’em burn.

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