Reader’s Links for December 28, 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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47 Replies to “Reader’s Links for December 28, 2021”

  1. Sneaky
    https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/province-handing-out-take-home-rapid-test-kits-at-manitoba-testing-sites-to-lower-backlog-1.5720445

    When a person visits a testing site, the type of test they receive will now be based on their vaccination status.

    If an individual is symptomatic and vaccinated, they will receive a take-home, self-administered rapid test
    ……

    Additionally, the province said a random number of fully vaccinated people will be selected for a PCR test as a control measure

    Going forward, the province said nearly 400 kits would be provided per month to staff at child and family service agencies for use when visiting vulnerable children and clients.

    Rapid antigen tests are also being distributed to families with students in kindergarten to Grade 6 in provincial schools, as well as schools in First Nations communities.

  2. Germany’s Rostock flooded with COVID restrictions protesters

    Large crowds of demonstrators angry at anti-COVID restrictions and mandatory vaccination have hit the streets of Rostock, in Germany, defying coronavirus measures.

  3. Germany: Tensions as COVID restrix protest met with antifa counter-demo in Potsdam

    …. counter-protesters carried banners stressing the importance of vaccinations.

  4. CBC – Premier League soccer grapples with COVID-19 as hundreds of players, staff test positive

    England’s Premier League soccer association is grappling with how to proceed with the rest of the season as a record number of players and staff test positive for COVID-19.

    • ctv news – Quebec expanding COVID-19 booster shots, asking certain infected health workers to keep working

      INFECTED HEALTH WORKERS TO CONTINUE WORKING UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS
      The news comes as the health minister announced roughly 7,000 health-care workers have been sidelined due to COVID-19. That number is expected to grow to 10,000 “in the next few days,” according to the health minister.

      To avoid a further disruption in health-care services, some health-care workers are being asked to continue working under certain conditions despite testing positive for the coronavirus or being exposed to a positive case.

      On a case-by-case basis, certain workers in hospitals and CHSLDs will be allowed to return to work after a “reduced” isolation period.

      “The Omicron contagion is so exponential that we must remove a lot of staff from the network, as I’ve explained, and that presents a risk on the network capacity to treat Quebecers,” Dubé said.

      “But now currently, we must take very concrete and practical steps. This is risk management and the question of balancing things out.”

      […]

      In Quebec, there are roughly 600,000 people who are still unvaccinated — a segment of the population that continues to be overrepresented in the province’s hospitals, officials say.

      Dubé said it will just be A MATTER OF MONTHS before these people either choose to get the vaccine OR WIND UP CONTRACTING THE VIRUS, “if the trend continues.”

      “If there is one group that can help us right now, it’s the unvaccinated,” he said.

      https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-expanding-covid-19-booster-shots-asking-certain-infected-health-workers-to-keep-working-1.5721049
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      CBC – Quebec to allow some health-care staff who tested positive for COVID-19 to continue working

      …. health-care workers, under certain circumstances, will be allowed to continue to work even if they receive a positive COVID-19 result.

      + comments on the YT page

    • DAILY MAIL – Belgian court suspends Covid lockdown of cinemas and concert halls because officials ‘have not demonstrated they are particularly dangerous for people’s health’

      Under new restrictions from Sunday, cinemas and theatres were locked down

      But Council of State, Belgium’s highest administrative court, reversed the order

      Court called government’s order ‘disproportionate’ as it reversed it on Tuesday

      The decision came after thousands took to the streets of Brussels in protest

      Belgium’s COVID-19 infections have been falling since a late November peak, but Omicron cases are rapidly rising, and now make up over half of all cases

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10350585/Belgian-court-suspends-Covid-lockdown-cinemas-concert-halls.html

  5. DAILY MAIL – Two Afghan brothers are charged in Germany with murdering their sister ‘because of her Western way of life’: Dismembered body ‘was put in a suitcase and taken by train to dumping ground’

    Brothers, identified only as Sayed H., 26, and Seyed H., 22, accused of murder

    They allegedly lured their sister Maryam H, 33, to a meeting in Berlin in July before choking and strangling her and cutting her throat

    Prosecutors charged that the brothers dismembered their sister’s body and put it in a suitcase before travelling to Bavaria via train to bury her

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10349817/Two-Afghan-brothers-charged-Germany-murdering-sister-Western-way-life.html

  6. 28 Dec 2021 Indonesia rejects Rohingya refugees, sends boat to Malaysia
    At least 100 people, mostly women and children, on board a wooden vessel said to be taking on water denied refuge.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/28/indonesia-rejects-rohingya-refugees-sends-boat-to-malaysia
    Dozens of Rohingya refugees who were intercepted after their boat ran into trouble off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province were being sent into Malaysian waters, authorities said.
    At least 100 people, mostly women and children, on board a wooden vessel said to be taking on water were denied refuge in Indonesia and instead pushed into the neighbouring Southeast Asian country.
    Despite calls from non-governmental organisations and the United Nations agency for the refugees to be accepted, Indonesian authorities are attempting to send the group back after providing supplies, clothes and fuel, as well as a technician to fix their damaged boat.
    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, navy official Dian Suryansyah said Rohingya were not Indonesian citizens and the army could not “simply bring them in as refugees”.
    “This is in line with government policy,” he added.
    The wooden boat was first sighted two days ago, stranded about 70 nautical miles (130km) off the Indonesian coast, according to a local navy commander.
    The Rohingya face widespread discrimination in Myanmar.
    A military-backed campaign that the United Nations said amounted to genocide saw hundreds of thousands of Rohingya driven across the border into Bangladesh in 2017, where they have been living in sprawling refugee camps ever since.
    Indonesian authorities have not pushed back Rohingya refugees as strongly as Malaysia or Thailand, instead reluctantly accepting them upon arrival by sea.
    Amnesty International and the UNHCR have called on the government to let the stranded group of Rohingya refugees land.
    Executive director of Amnesty International Indonesia, Usman Hamid, told Al Jazeera that Indonesia was violating its international obligation in turning back refugees.
    “[Indonesia’s] decision to send a stricken boat back to Malaysia is unconscionable … international law clearly imposes obligations on states including Indonesia to protect human rights of refugees arriving on their shores,” he said from Jakarta.
    Hamid said officials at Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had expressed reluctance to help the stranded Rohingya due to the coronavirus pandemic, reasoning Hamid said was wrong.
    “I think Indonesia can still apply strict rules of health protocol in order to prevent the disease or the spread of the disease without pushing them back to the high seas,” he added.
    The UNHCR also called on Jakarta to let the boat’s passengers disembark, pointing to the unseaworthiness of the boat.
    Badruddin Yunus, a leader of the local fishing community, told the AFP news agency that fishermen who had visited the boat reported there were 120 people on board, including 51 children and 60 women.
    He said the engine was broken and the refugees could not communicate with the local fishermen due to the language barrier.
    Last year, hundreds of Rohingya who fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar arrived in Indonesia.
    Many have since escaped to Malaysia, drawn by its substantial population of more than 100,000 Rohingya.

    • Malaysian IQ took a big hit when the country drove out its ethnic Chinese population. (Which became the new state of Singapore.) Letting in Rohingya is going to shave off more IQ points.

  7. Al-Aqsa guard attacked Israeli policeman for saying ‘good morning’

    A guard working for the Waqf[*] on the Temple Mount was arrested in the past week after he attacked an Israeli police officer at the site, according to an indictment issued against him on Tuesday.

    On December 21, the guard, Louay Abu Al-Sa’ad, disrupted Israel Police officers who were arresting a Waqf employee on the Temple Mount. He filmed the officers and stayed close to them in a “threatening manner,” as well as raising his voice. The Waqf guard refused to calm down, even after being warned that he was disrupting the officers’ work.

    On Sunday morning, Al-Sa’ad saw one of the guards who had arrested the Waqf employee while sitting in front of the al-Aqsa Mosque. The officer saw al-Sa’ad looking at him and wished him a “good morning.” The Waqf guard proceeded to run after the officer as he yelled “don’t tell me good morning!” and began punching and kicking him.

    The officer managed to pull out his baton, causing the guard to run away into the mosque and lock the doors. The officer waited for more police to arrive and, half an hour later, the guard exited the mosque and was arrested. According to Palestinian reports, two other Waqf employees were arrested at the site on Sunday as well.

    [*]”The Waqf, an arm of the Jordanian Ministry of Sacred Properties, administers the Temple Mount site.”

    https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-689968

  8. Chile’s new president is a win for Iran – comment

    The Iranian cultural center in Santiago de Chile is hard to spot. Located inside a private home in a residential neighborhood, it bears no obvious sign to mark its presence. There is neither minaret nor dome. Much like Iranian influence operations in other parts of Latin America, it has a low profile. But that is about to change.

    Last Sunday, Chileans elected Gabriel Boric, a young, former social justice student activist, as president. He is the most left-wing politician to run the country since Salvador Allende from 1970-73.

    As markets crashed and Chilean currency devalued, foreign observers worried about his economic vision. In fact, it is foreign policy they should watch. President Boric’s progressive domestic agenda will have to contend with his lack of a parliamentary majority. There will be no similar constraints on foreign policy, where his leftist instincts, backed by a strong anti-Israel domestic constituency, will likely put him in sync with Iranian influence operations in Latin America.

    For Iran, Boric’s election represents an opportunity to raise its profile and protect its assets in this remote corner of Latin America, at a time when a rising tide of left-wing populism is again sweeping into power across the region.

    Iran has two cultural centers in Chile. The one in the capital Santiago is run by a Hezbollah cleric from the Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, with family ties to sanctioned Hezbollah financiers and strong personal connections to Hezbollah’s West Africa fundraising and recruitment operations.

    Yet for years, he and his colleagues have been able to weave themselves into Chile’s public discourse, donning the mantle of religious scholars devoted to inter-religious dialogue and portraying Iran’s Shi’a (Shi’ite) brand of Islam as a moderate bulwark against Salafi extremism and a model of religious coexistence.

    The center has also organized annual al-Quds International Day marches in Santiago, exploiting the opportunity to forge alliances with local Palestinian activists. While preaching tolerance, its proxies have spread pro-Iranian and anti-Israel virulent propaganda.

    https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-689911

  9. Deadly Water Crisis Threatening Iran’s Leadership – Golnar Motevalli

    A long-brewing crisis over water scarcity poses an increasing challenge to Iran’s leaders as the country faces the worst drought in decades.

    State agencies run daily headlines about huge drops in rainfall, dam failures and depletions in ground and surface water stores. Fars News has warned that 300 towns and cities now face acute water stress.

    Government meteorologists estimate 97% of the country is affected by drought, while one academic says 20 million people have been forced to move to cities because the land is too dry for farming.

    Many dams registered record levels of evaporation this year, triggering power outages at the height of one of the hottest summers ever recorded.

    The Zayandeh Rud river started disappearing two decades ago after engineers diverted its flows to support industrial plants outside Esfahan.

    At the same time, public parks in Tehran remain well-watered. It’s common practice to spray pavements to cool them down.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/inside-deadly-water-crisis-threatening-050012778.html

  10. How a Victorious Bashar al-Assad Is Changing Syria

    A new Syria is emerging from the rubble of war, with the government supported by Syria’s victorious minorities – Christians, Shias and Alawites – who banded together against the rebels who are nearly all Sunni. More than half of the country’s population of 22 million has been displaced – 6.5 million inside Syria and over 6 million abroad.

    The authorities seem intent on maintaining the new demography. Four years after the government regained Homs, residents still need a security clearance to return and rebuild their homes. Few Sunnis get one. Portraits of Hassan Nasrallah, the Lebanese Shia leader of Hizbullah, hang from Sunni mosques.

    The regime has neither the money nor the manpower to rebuild. Aleppo’s pre-war population of 3.2 million has shrunk to under 2 million. Men left first, many fleeing the draft and their likely dispatch to the front. As in Europe after the First World War, Syria’s workforce is now dominated by women. There are female plumbers, taxi-drivers and bartenders.

    Assad seems focused less on recovery than rewarding loyalists with property left behind by Sunnis. He has distributed thousands of empty homes to Shia militiamen.

    https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2018/06/28/how-a-victorious-bashar-al-assad-is-changing-syria
    ……
    Iran is bringing in colonists: Afghan and Pak families of it’s shitte militias.

  11. Anna Borshchevskaya:
    Russia Unlikely to Help Syria Break Away from Iranian Influence

    As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reconsolidates control over Syria, many in Israel hope that Russia might push Assad away from Iran. Is this realistic?

    Moscow accepted Israeli airstrikes against Iran-backed targets in Syria not out of sympathy but rather because Russia has a genuine interest to keep Iranian ambitions in check and not let Iran become powerful enough to challenge it.

    However, Russia had neither the ability nor desire to limit Iranian-backed forces in Syria. Russia’s entire Syria intervention depended on Iran doing the heavy lifting, keeping the Russian intervention limited and inexpensive. There is no indication Putin wants to risk a clash with Iran.

    The hope that differences between Russia and Iran will emerge as fighting ends is misplaced and reflects wishful thinking more than reality. Iranian tentacles are entrenched too deep in Syria and Assad owes not only Putin but also Tehran his survival.

    https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/12/would-russia-ever-help-syria-break-away-from-iranian-influence/

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