Pakistan: Express Tribune op-ed on the attack on Pakistan TV headquarters

Pakistan protesters

After the failed attempts on Saturday to storm the president and prime minister houses in Islamabad’s red zone, both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri had been waiting all day on Sunday for the umpire to raise his finger (meaning the dismissal of the batsman on the pitch, Nawaz Sharif). Perhaps both have forgotten that in such situations the umpire usually himself moves forward to establish his own empire — but who is here to learn from history. And then the attack on the headquarters of PTV took place and we know what happened after that.

The PTI president, Javed Hashmi, was brave and sensible enough to warn his party colleagues of possible violence and of the path that Imran Khan was leading them all down on. For his candour, Mr Hashmi was shown the door by Imran Khan, which reflects the dictatorial manner in which the party is run.

Then take the case of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister who has been away from his province for the past 20 days to participate in the Islamabad sit-in. It seems that the Taliban are filling in for him: a C-130 cargo plane was shot at Peshawar airport when it came in to land on Sunday night.

Regardless of these developments, apparently better sense is not prevailing — both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri have not only entered into a blind and blocked alley but are also trying to force the whole nation into that black hole.

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Fresh Clashes Break Out in Pakistan

Pakistani protesters help carry their injured colleague to an ambulance during a clashes near prime minister’s home in Islamabad. (source: AP)

ISLAMABAD—Fresh clashes between antigovernment protesters and police broke out in the Pakistani capital's government quarter on Monday, a day after the military warned the administration of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against "further use of force" to quell the spreading unrest.

Pakistan's military also deployed armed soldiers around government buildings, checking the protesters' advance on the prime minister's official residence as darkness fell in Islamabad.

The police, which had been at the forefront of resisting the protesters over the weekend, retreated to the edge of the government quarter.

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Al-Arabiya op-ed: Punish Saudis who misbehave abroad

Two Kuwaiti lawmakers have called for revoking the passports of any Kuwaiti who harms the country’s reputation abroad amid embarrassing reports about Kuwaiti travelers making a nuisance and a spectacle of themselves in public.

In a news item appearing in a Gulf paper, Nabeel al-Fadl was quoted as saying that the interior minister should look seriously at those Kuwaitis tarnishing the country’s image abroad. Another member of parliament, Abdul Hamid Dashti, also called for a debate on this subject.

Social media has brought to our attention various types of behavior best described as not in harmony with Islamic or Arab traditions. Though only a minority may be involved, their actions grab the attention of the press in foreign countries and cast a blanket accusation against all.

Among the issues brought up in the Kuwaiti case, which by the way are applicable to other Gulf states, are examples of a Kuwaiti female tourist using flip flop sandals to hit her children in public, young people tampering with fountains and people throwing empty plastic bags and cans and other litter everywhere they go...

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Western countries are only now just barely speaking of revoking passports for the head-choppers.  In a globalized world, old concepts of “freedom” may eventually become out of date.

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French court upholds nuclear ban on Muslim engineer

A French court Monday upheld a ban on a Muslim engineer from accessing nuclear sites, citing his links with militant networks but his lawyer said it was a case of Islamophobia.

The 29-year-old working for a firm subcontracted by energy giant EDF had been granted access to nuclear installations as part of his job throughout 2012 and 2013.

But in March 2014 the man, who cannot be named according to French law, had his pass to enter the Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear power station revoked.

Officials said he had links with a jihadist terrorist group and that he was in touch with an imam involved in recruiting youngsters to fight in Iraq.

A court in the north-eastern town of Chalons-en-Champagne upheld the ban saying the management could prevent those “undergoing a process of political and religious radicalisation” from accessing sensitive sites...

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John Wesley Hardin Weeps - If You Can't Kill A Man Who Needed Killing, Then What CAN You Do?

Somehow, I'm beginning to suspect that Justice is carried out differently in Scotland than anywhere else in the civilized world.



"I never killed anyone who didn't need killing."
"A father who was blinded in one eye during a confrontation with a thug who stole his son's iPhone has today been jailed for six years for stabbing him to death during the attack. 
Derek Grant, 38, pleaded guilty to the culpable homicide of Patrick Bradley, 29, a serial offender described in court as 'a man of violence'.
Grant was blinded in one eye during the savage battle when Bradley stabbed him through the left eyeball.
It emerged that the victim, who had a lengthy criminal record, had already been jailed for knifing someone in the eye.
After sentence was passed at The High Court in Livingston a member of Grant's family branded the outcome 'a farce'.
The woman, understood to be Grant's wife added: 'That guy was an animal.' 
Grant and three of his sons were originally charged with murder after Mr Bradley robbed his 19-year-old son Jordan - a politics student - at knifepoint."
 
 
I REALLY Needed Killing!
I find it perversely weird, in what is so obviously an open and shut case of self-defense, could ever have been prosecuted as a murder, and then a knuckle headed judge makes the victim serve six years!
Patrick Bradley most assuredly needed killing.
He really DID! The world is a better place because he's not in it! The sun will shine slightly brighter tomorrow because it's not shining on him.

Maybe England isn't sleeping, but she is instead in a full blown coma?

More at the Daily Mail

The judge's own words: “It's clear you were prepared to be met with violence, or at least the threat of violence, and went armed to meet it."

And so? Your point would be... what... hishonor?

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No future in seeking freedom, China warns residents of Hong Kong

A pro-democracy campainger is detained by police Credit Tyrone Siu / Reuters

Beijing has warned pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong that anyone striving for independence or a deviation from socialist values “will not have a political future”.

Li Fei, secretary-general of the body that sits at the top of China’s parliament, issued the warning after Beijing announced that it, and not Hong Kong islanders, would choose the candidates for the 2017 election of chief executive of the former British colony.

Members of the legislative council and protesters heckled, waved anti-Beijing placards and were eventually removed from the hall where Mr Li was speaking. Despite the dissent, he did not shy away from underlining Beijing’s resistance to loosening its grip. Anyone who aspired to “Hong Kong becoming an independent political entity or [to] change the socialist system will not have a political future”, he said.

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Robert Spencer: UK to force returning jihadis to undergo “de-radicalization” program

This absurd idea is based on the British government’s fundamental and unshakable assumption that Islam is a Religion of Peace, and that jihad terrorists are misunderstanding and misinterpreting it. So all that needs to be done is teach them the true, peaceful Islam, and all will be well, right?

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Asylum seekers or welfare? Swedish election breaks immigration taboo

A sapling stands in front of blocks of flats in the Taby suburb of Stockholm June 10, 2014.

(Reuters) - A Swedish anti-immigration party is likely to score its best ever general election result this month, as a growing number of voters question the cost of the country’s open door asylum policy.

Opinion polls show that a majority in Sweden, where 16% of the population is foreign-born, still backs the liberal regime which over the decades has welcomed refugees from Chile and Yugoslavia to Somalia and Syria.

An absolute political consensus in support of the policy, however, is no more in a nation divided over record numbers of asylum seekers as Sweden’s cradle-to-grave welfare system comes under strain.

A decade ago questioning the policy of granting refuge to those fleeing oppression and war was almost taboo, even though a sizeable number of Swedes have long believed that it is too lenient. Now high unemployment, declining welfare and worsening standards in schools have helped to put the debate center stage in the election campaign.

In August, center-right Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, facing defeat in the Sept. 14 vote, broke an unwritten rule among mainstream parties of supporting the policy unreservedly. The cost of receiving new asylum seekers, he said, would leave little room for more spending on boosting jobs and improving schools.

“The Prime Minister has confirmed it - the election is a choice between mass immigration and welfare. You choose on Sept. 14,” Jimmie Akesson, leader of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, immediately tweeted after Reinfeldt’s speech.

Opinion polls give the Sweden Democrats around 10% support - almost double their showing four years ago - and they could become the third biggest party in parliament behind the favorites, the center-left Social Democrats, and Reinfeldt’s struggling Moderates...

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Netanyahu to UN: Don’t bash Israel, fight Islamists

The United Nations should focus its attention on combating Islamic radicalism instead of “automatic Israel bashing,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting US congressmen on Monday.

“We’re closely following the events on the Golan Heights where al-Nusra [Front] terrorists have kidnapped UN peacekeepers,” Netanyahu told Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), according to a statement released by the Government Press Office.

Al-Nusra Front fighters took control of the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria last week and subsequently took Fijian peacekeepers hostage, and attacked Philippine UNDOF soldiers.

The Filipinos, occupying two UN camps, fought the rebels on Saturday. A first group of 35 peacekeepers was then successfully escorted out of one camp by Irish and Filipino forces in armored vehicles.

The remaining 40 peacekeepers were besieged at the second camp by more than 100 gunmen who rammed the camp’s gates with their trucks and fired mortar rounds. The Filipinos returned fire in self-defense, Philippine military officials said.

“What we see is that al-Nusra, Hamas, Hezbollah — backed by Iran, al-Qaeda and these other terrorists groups are basically defying all international norms, breaking them whether in Lebanon, in Syria or in Gaza,” Netanyahu said...

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Baghdad’s orchestra offers harmony to city crying out for peace

Rehearsals for the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra

From the first notes of the national anthem, it was clear this performance was about something more than music.

In a city besieged by barbarian hordes, who view musical instruments as blasphemy and concerts as profane, listening to Iraq’s National Symphony Orchestra was an act of dignified defiance.

For more than 850 people, who packed the National Theatre in Baghdad, the sounds of Elgar, Liszt and Stravinsky were a chance to forget the daily drumbeat of car bombs and suicide attacks, which have once again become the city’s unwelcome soundtrack.

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Evening photo: Woods in Scotland

Peter Cairns’ photograph of woodlands in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park won the Wild Woods category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014.

(from Photos of the Day at The Financial Times)

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Germany to arm Kurds

Excellent.


via Tammy Bruce

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Iran and its sudden defense of the Kurds

Peshmerga fighters fire cannon towards Islamic State positions during heavy clashes in Duz-Khurmatu, Iraq on August 31. (epa/JM Lopez)

Tehran wants to dominate the area to protect its influence in Baghdad

We must not underestimate the significance of the Iranian government’s initiative to provide military help to Iraq’s Kurds who suddenly found themselves confronting the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Before analyzing the Iranian stance and the motives behind it, we must re-narrate what happened after the Iraqi city of Mosul fell into the hands of ISIS and after alarm bells were sounded following news that it appeared that ISIS forces, not the Baathists, defeated the troops of outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Meanwhile, as Baghdad fortified its defenses in preparation for the battle, ISIS surprised everyone by heading north towards the country’s Kurdistan region! The second surprise was the defeat of the Peshmerga forces, known as a traditionally strong militia.

It turned out that years of Kurdish relaxation, particularly following the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime 10 years ago, affected these Peshmerga forces as they are no longer as competent as they used to be. If it hadn’t been for the U.S. military’s quick air force intervention, terrorists may have succeeded in seizing major Kurdish cities...

Iraqi Shi’ite militia fighters celebrate after breaking a long siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants, September 1, 2014.

Related news: Iranians play role in breaking IS siege of Iraqi town: (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shi’ite militiamen paraded through Amerli on Monday, a day after breaking the two-month siege of the northern town by Sunni Islamist militants.

The scenes in Amerli and the surrounding area of Suleiman Beg offered a window into the teamwork among Kurdish fighters, the Iraqi army and Shi’ite militias and into Iran's role in directly assisting their campaign against Islamic State (IS) forces.

An Iranian adviser to Iraqi police was spotted on the road near Amerli and Kurdish officers spoke of Iranians advising Iraqi fighters on targeting the Islamists...

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Why is Modern Art so Bad?

For two millennia, great artists set the standard for beauty. Now those standards are gone. Modern Art is a competition between the ugly and the twisted; the most shocking wins. What happened? How did the beautiful come to be reviled and bad taste come to be celebrated? Renowned artist Robert Florczak explains the history and the mystery behind this change and how it can be stopped and even reversed.



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With Mexicans Comes Mexican Culture - Like Political Corruption on a Level You Cannot Possibly Imadgine

I know, it's not all just tasty taco recipes and reasonably priced 16-year-old hookers.
Sometimes there is a downside to Mexican immigration.

 
This time it's serious!
Court Docs: Texas Democrats Accused of Using Cocaine to Buy Votes

Over the course of the investigation, agents met with the two women who told the agents that they had received the cocaine from the campaign manager who is only identified on court records as campaign worker 1 and then gave it to the voters. The women also told the agents that they gave cocaine to voters during the school board election in Donna ISD in addition to cash, beer, cigarettes, and marijuana. 
Political corruption primarily by democrats in South Texas has been exposed by federal agencies, shedding light into other cases of vote buying, contract rigging by school boards, bribery money laundering, and other criminal cases. 
Eight months ago, Donna ISD School board president Alfredo Lugo hanged himself after federal agents arrested another group of "politiqueras" for buying votes using cash, beer and cigarettes and the school board was mentioned.
One of the public figures to be  exposed in recent years is former Hidalgo County Sheriff, Lupe Trevino, who is preparing to serve a 5-year-prison term for taking money from a Mexican drug lord and depositing the cash into his campaign funds. 

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A Life Based on ‘Crossing the Street’

Once vibrant and diverse, black culture has devolved into something disturbingly conformist and stunted. Despite criticism from his "brederin," England's Don Letts has always stepped over the artificial racial boundaries drawn around music, film, fashion and taste.

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Saudi suspends labor visas for nations worst-hit by Ebola

Women of the group “Peace Mothers” hold placards to raise awareness for the Ebola in central Monrovia on September 1, 2014. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia has stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst-hit by the deadly Ebola virus, the labour ministry announced Monday.

The “preventive measure” is based on “directives from the foreign and health ministries to avoid” the spread of Ebola to the kingdom, the official news agency SPA reported.

The virus, for which there is no treatment or vaccine, has claimed 1,552 lives out of 3,069 reported cases -- 694 in Liberia, 430 in Guinea, 422 in Sierra Leon and six in Nigeria, according to latest figures from the World Health Organisation.

Saudi Arabia made a similar decision in April when it announced the suspension of visas for Muslim pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia.

The hajj annual pilgrimage, the world's biggest Muslim gathering, draws two million people to Saudi Arabia each year, including many from the West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. This year it falls in October...

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Greenfield: Obama’s Miserable Failure

It was always obvious what Obama’s supporters wanted. They weren’t willing to settle for a Hillary, just another politician who would punch the clock, deliver tepid speeches and push their leftist agenda.

They wanted someone larger than life. A head made for Mount Rushmore and a body that would be cast in statues across the country. Speeches meant to be studied in classrooms for the next hundred years.

They compared him to JFK and Reagan. He was treated as the icon that his backers wanted him to be. His election was supposed to be a watershed moment in American history...

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U.N. to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq -- I am sure the Islamic State is terrified

Smoke billows from the town of Sulaiman Pek during clashes between Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops and Islamic State (IS) militants, August 31, 2014.

(Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale,” with a view to holding perpetrators to account.

"We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told the U.N. Human Rights Council which adopted a resolution tabled by Iraq and France at an emergency sitting of the 47-member state forum in Geneva.

Kurdish peshmerga forces celebrate as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city September 1, 2014.

The Council aims to send 11 investigators, with a total budget of $1.18 million, to report back by March 2015.

Islamic State, which declared a “caliphate” in June in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control, has been cited as a major security threat by Western governments since posting a video in August of the beheading of U.S journalist James Foley.

The Sunni militants have driven more than 1.2 million people from their homes this year, the United Nations says. At least 1,420 people were killed in sectarian violence in Iraq in August alone, U.N. figures showed on Monday.

U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri said there was “strong evidence” Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and allied groups had carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, sexual abuse and torture in Iraq.

“The reports we have received reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale,” she said...

Related: Islamic State poses global threat, Iraqi minister says

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Photo of French pupils draws ‘racist’ backlash

The controversial Education Ministry photo. Photo: Sophie Brändström/Education Ministry

The French government has firmly rebuked scores of “racist” comments left on an education ministry Facebook post which shows a back-to-school scene with mostly non-white children. The image has elicited a furious online debate.

It’s a seemingly innocent enough photo: eight healthy, well-dressed and cute kids stand in a row at school in a Facebook posting with information for parents anxious over the start of the new school year.

But the image, which shows a majority of black children and one clearly visible white child sparked a flood of racist comments - as well as an avalanche of anti-racist responses.

The tone of many of the 1,000-plus comments - not including those deleted by the government - became so harsh the Ministry of Education stepped in and denounced the “abusive and racist” character of some threads.

“This page is a place of positive and constructive dialogue about school and is not a political forum,” the ministry said.

Among the mountain of comments that have accumulated in the post since it went up on Thursday were those from Facebook user Mike Plusultra who tapped into the fear that France is being overrun by immigrants.

“I don’t think this photo is very representative of French schools: What the heck is the white kid still doing there? Oh, I just heard he’s from Kosovo. The future of France, the replacement of the population is well underway,” he said...

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Note: as of Monday, Sept 1, 3:30 pm Pacific Time, the Facebook photo was still there with dozens of comments and over 900 “likes.”

More articles on the topic:
Education Ministry deletes racist posts after school photo goes online

French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

(Getting a lot of media attention for something in French).

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U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia

(Reuters) - U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said.

"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

No further details about the operation in the African country were immediately available.

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Filipino force defied UN commander's order to surrender in Golan crisis

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.

Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down their arms, and they defied the U.N. peacekeeping commander's order. Instead, they staged a daring escape from the Golan camp over the weekend, ending a tense, dayslong standoff.

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Homophobia row as BBC cuts Doctor Who lesbian kiss scene with lizard woman to avoid offending Asian audience

Controversy: Madame Vastra (above - played by Neve McIntosh), shared a lesbian kiss with her wife in the episode but it was later cut for Asian audiences

The BBC cut a controversial lesbian kiss scene from Doctor Who to avoid offending audiences when it was screened in Asia.

Ten million British viewers have now seen the erotically charged encounter between lizard woman Madame Vastra and her human wife Jenny Flint since it was first shown on BBC1 last Saturday.

But Corporation chiefs insisted on cutting the scene from the episode, called Deep Breath, when it was broadcast across Asia the next day...

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I presume this another of case of “Asian” being a euphemism for “Muslim,” not that I personally would care much for the scene myself.

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A fleet of fancy with sails aflutter: Magnificent historical vessels set off along south coast for London in annual Tall Ships Regatta


Story and more photos at the Daily Mail.

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Nigeria records another Ebola case in oil city, 16 cases in total

A female Immigration officer wearing a facemask and gloves checks a passenger's passport at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, August 11, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

(Reuters) - Nigeria has a third confirmed case of Ebola disease in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, bringing the country’s total confirmed infections to 16, with around 200 people under surveillance, the health minister said on Monday.

A doctor in Port Harcourt died last week after treating a contact of the Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa’s most populous country. That raised alarm that Ebola, which looked on the verge of being contained in the commercial capital, Lagos, may flare up again elsewhere.

Patrick Sawyer, the first case, came in from Liberia, then collapsed at Lagos airport on July 20.

The shift to Port Harcourt shows how easily containment efforts can be undermined. Nigeria's government acted quickly at the end of July, setting up an isolation ward and monitoring contacts closely. But one of Sawyer’s contacts in Lagos avoided quarantine and traveled east to Port Harcourt...

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Thousands rally in London against rising anti-Semitism

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis addresses London's anti- anti-Semitism rally Sunday, August 31, 2014.

UK Jewish community pulls together to say religious discrimination is not only a Jewish problem, but a British problem

LONDON – A year after his gala installation as British chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis told a crowd of up to 4,500 that he could not have foreseen needing to rally against anti-Semitism.

In response to the rise of recorded instances of anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, Sunday’s rally was held outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

“We demand zero tolerance of anti-Semitism,” Mirvis said. After the murder of the three yeshiva students in the West Bank, “little did we realize that anti-Semitism would reach high levels around the world and here in the UK as well”...

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They are also calling for an end to Islamophobia, but the only mentioned Islamic organization in attendance is the Quilliam Foundation.

The photos (at least those in the Times of Israel) show no Muslims at all.  I rather suspect the turnout of Muslims was not large.

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Putin Goes Postal

Uncharacteristically, Putin has now made not one but three fatal errors.

First, in an epic miscalculation, he waited much too long to send in his forces. He gave Poroshenko the chance to demonstrate to the world that the pro-Russian rebels could not win on the battlefield without Russian assistance. Had Putin intervened earlier, he could have claimed that the rebels would have won anyway and he was just hastening the result to save lives. Now, he cannot escape the world’s condemnation as an invader and occupier.

Second, Putin has grossly misread the sentiment on the ground in Eastern Ukraine. As the brilliant Russian journalist Anna Nemtsova reported:

“All we really care about is that nobody bombs our homes, our schools and kindergartens,” Lyudmila Zakharenko told The Daily Beast on the central square of Sloviansk, which was once the center of pro-Russian rebel resistance. Most residents there switched their opinion from pro-Russian to pro-Ukrainian once the rebel forces were pushed out of town.

In other words, if Putin does take Eastern Ukraine he’ll face a situation far worse that what he saw in Chechnya at the start of his presidency: the domestic population will not support him, and rather than a ragtag group of terrorists Putin will face a determined nation army with widespread international support. What’s more, he’ll be fighting close to the borders of several NATO member states who will be outraged. Meanwhile, Russians will become more and more alienated from him, just as they did during the worst moments of the war in Chechnya.

And finally, Putin has badly misread his own people. As hundreds of Russian soldiers have started disappearing in Ukraine and numerous secret funerals have been staged in Russia, a backlash against Putin’s cowardly, secret war is starting to emerge. The families who have lost their sons are not remaining conveniently quiet, but rather are speaking out and demanding answers.

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Key corruption probe targeting President Erdoğan’s son dismissed

Former Prime Minister and now President Erdoğan

The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office has ruled that there are no legal grounds for the prosecution of 96 suspects, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal Erdoğan, who were accused by prosecutors of bribery and corruption in the Dec. 25 investigation.

“By naming the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey as the leader of an [illegal] organization and labeling him ‘then-prime minister’ in the summary of proceedings, those who prepared the investigation showed that they attempted to remove the government by force or prevent it from doing its duties completely or partly, under the disguise of a legal probe,” prosecutors İsmail Uçar, İrfan Fidan and Fuzuli Aydoğan said in the non-prosecution verdict on Sept. 1...

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Well, that’s convenient for the new president! I am sure it all completely legitimate, of course.

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Libyan government says it has lost control of most Tripoli ministries

(Reuters) - Libya’s government said it has lost control of most ministries and state institutions located in Tripoli after rival armed groups took over the capital.

Last month, senior officials and the elected parliament moved to the remote eastern city of Tobruk as an alliance of armed factions led by forces from the western city of Misrata took control of Tripoli, having expelled a rival group.

Libya is descending into anarchy as former rebels who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 have turned their guns on each other as they seek to set the country’s political agenda and control its vast oil reserves.

“We announce that most ministries, institutions and state bodies in the capital Tripoli are out of our control,” the government said in a statement late on Sunday. Armed groups had prevented staff from entering some government buildings, it added.

All ministries, the state-oil National Oil Corp (NOC) and central bank are located in the capital.

The persistent violence has not affected oil production but traders have said ownership of the oil might be subject to legal challenges if the Misrata forces take control of the central bank, where crude revenues are booked.

The new forces controlling Tripoli, some with Islamist leanings, have refused to recognize the Tobruk House of Representatives, which has a strong liberal and federalist presence...

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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats:

A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future.

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Marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II

German President Joachim Gauck is to join his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, on the Westerplatte peninsula in Gdansk on Monday, for the main ceremony to mark the beginning of World War II.

The two heads of state are to place candles at the graves of soldiers who lost their lives in the battle that marked the outbreak of the war, before laying a wreath at the memorial to the defenders of the Polish coast at Westerplatte.

In keeping with the spirit of friendship between the two former foes, Gauck and Koromoski are also to take part in discussion session with a group of students.

Fighting breaks out

The fighting began in the early hours of September 1, 1939, when the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein fired on the Polish fort of Westerplatte. The first battle of the Second World War quickly ensued.

The attack on Poland by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime led Britain and France to declare war on Germany two days later...

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Islam did this

‘I don’t feel guilty’: Single surviving Beslan terrorist unrepentant 10 years after tragedy

'You made deal with Devil': Letters to Beslan terrorist



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Media Diversionary Tactics in Ferguson and Gaza

We hear a lot from the media about Israel’s disproportionate response to attacks from Hamas, but it may be time to focus on the media’s own disproportionate response to certain events.
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The media’s current focus on the shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri seems also designed to divert attention away from the big picture.

The story provides an opportunity to shift the spotlight away from a number of other stories that reflect badly on the current administration—the failure of Obama’s Iraq policy, the inability to control the southern border, the IRS scandal, the President’s serial vacations, and the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

One might justifiably conclude that much of the media attention to Ferguson is fueled by ulterior motives...

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Saskatchewan contractor laid off Canadians, retained TFWs

A large electrical contractor in Saskatchewan is being investigated by the federal government over allegations it laid off dozens of Canadian electricians while keeping temporary foreign workers on the job.

Natalie Cranston was one of about 800 electricians working for Alliance Energy on the expansion of the Agrium potash mine in Vanscoy near Saskatoon.

The young woman is one of 58 Canadian workers who were laid off in May.

"It wasn’t a happy day," she told CBC’s iTeam.

She’s upset that she was forced to go job hunting while 30-40 TFW electricians were still employed.

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"Once, there was a boy on the bus and everyone had sex with him"

The bus driver who has raped 12 little boys (and doesn't think he's done anything wrong: Why thousands of Pakistani children are falling prey to paedophiles


'I'm going to look for a good wife who's read the Quran and prays,' he says. 'A good, respectable woman. Religion is very important because I'm Muslim.'

That, however, hasn't stopped him from attacking boys. 'What can we do?,' he whines. 'We know it's totally against Islam. God doesn't like it. But we're helpless against our desire.'


Last I checked Pakistan was No. 3 as a source nation for immigrants. Thanks Mr. Government.

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Pakistan PM: I will neither resign, nor go on leave

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with parliamentary leaders on Moday, September 1, 2014. Check out the garden gnome with the huge white beard and orange turban.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif re-affirmed on Monday that he would neither resign, nor go on leave with pressure mounting as anti-government protests in the capital extended into their 18th day.

Addressing a meeting of parliamentary leaders of all the political parties in the National assembly at the PM House on Monday, the premier assured that he will not let any one set a precedent in the country where a few people hijacked the mandate of millions.

“We have rule of Constitution here and we will no allow any one to abrogate it,” said Nawaz...

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Cherson & Molschky: Europe Should Know: Weakness Does Not Guarantee Safety

The West, Muslims, Israel and “Palestine”: Europe is not doing itself any favors by being weak.

The supposed “Palestinian problem” of how to create a “Palestinian State” is nothing more than a lie which camouflages an entirely separate issue, one that can be formulated as “how to destroy Israel.”

Why do I think so? Because when the Jordanian Army in the 70s winded on the tracks of their tanks the guts of 100,000 of their “Palestinian brothers,” nobody in the Arab world tore out their hair in despair or initiate any UN Security Council “urgent meetings”...

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A CNN host let a Muslim cleric speak freely. What he said about journalism, terrorism and sharia law in America left the host speechless

The “cleric” was Anjem Choudary

British Muslim activist Anjam Choudary appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning, and while host Brian Stelter seemed as if he was working hard to give the cleric a fair shake, the veteran journalist couldn’t help but get exasperated as Choudary steadfastly defended his radical Islamic ideology — and joked about 9/11.

Besides saying that he thought he won his epic shouting match with Fox News’ Sean Hannity earlier in the week, Choudary refused to condemn the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State.

Middle Eastern Muslims don’t see any difference between Western military members and civilians “because the general populace of America have re-voted for people like [President Barack] Obama and [former President George W.] Bush, who continue their policy of tyranny in the area,” Choudary claimed.

Journalists are “the propaganda machine of the Obama administration” in the eyes of Middle Eastern Muslims, Choudary added...

h/t Marvin

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One shot dead and several wounded at New York’s West Indian Day Parade - before it even begins

New York City’s West Indian Day Parade has again been marred by violence - this time before it even started.

Several people were shot Sunday night and Monday morning near the route of the famed Caribbean celebration in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The New York Police Department said a 55-year-old man was shot and killed about 3.30am today. Officers have arrested a suspect.

Several other shootings were reported in the area, as well.

The parade has been scarred in recent years by violence nearby. Police are taking steps to keep the event safe, including keeping tabs on any gang activity...

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Moderate Muslims Bombers Arrested Assembling Moderate Muslim Bombs At Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines

Terrorism seems to strike every country in the world to some extent these days. Thanks to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and a tip, an attempted bombing of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was thwarted before dawn on September 1st, 2014. According to state run Philippine News Agency, four suspects were arrested while in a white Toyota Revo assembling the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in parking area B at NAIA terminal 3. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reported that the suspects were apprehending around 1:45am on September 1st, before they were able to follow through with their planed attack.

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MSNBC Article: Michael Brown Shooting Same as Emmett Till Murder

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland co-authors an MSNBC article pushing the claim that the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 is somehow just like the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and both are part of a “vulgar” 400-year history of the oppression of minorities in America. The piece essentially claims that no progress has been made for African Americans.

Saying that “familiarity breeds contempt,” Strickland and MSNBC see no difference at all between Till’s murder by racists in 1955 and the shooting by a police officer of a young man who had allegedly just perpetrated a strong arm robbery.

Although Strickland never says exactly who is doing the blaming, the article says that “the victim” is being blamed for the Ferguson shooting and subsequent riots and that “instead of trust and healing, the streets of Ferguson were full of tear gas and militarized police”...

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It won’t work--Michael Brown, a huge thug who had just committed a robbery, is never going to be the poster boy you want!  Emmett Till, for those unfamiliar with the case:

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam went to Till's great-uncle's house. They took Till away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32 kg) cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till's body was discovered and retrieved from the river.
Just a few differences between the two cases!

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I was intimidated and branded a racist for bringing Rochdale abuse gang to justice, says prosecutor

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, said he does not care about the race of a child abuser as long as they are stopped and brought to justice

As the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, I led the teams that brought the so-called Rochdale Grooming Gang to justice in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls.

My work saw me go up against not only the offenders, but those who tried to intimidate me for bringing abusers before the courts. They said I had given racists a stick with which to beat minorities – I said our communities should be carrying their own sticks.

Far-Right extremists targeted me, too. I had made these British-Asian men pay for abusing vulnerable girls – but that damaged the racists’ narrative that all minorities are the same. To their hateful demands for me to be “sacked and deported,” I gave the simple response: I was born in Birmingham...

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He wandered off the reservation. We all know such individuals are treated by their co-ethnics.

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‘Pan-Islamist Davutoğlu’ thesis ruffling feathers in Turkey

Former foreign minister and now Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

Is Turkey’s new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu a pan-Islamist ideologue, with imperialist ambitions to reshape the Middle East into a post-national order based on Turkish and Sunni religious supremacy? That is the blockbuster thesis currently turning heads both inside and outside Turkey, thanks to a series of recent articles by Marmara University Assistant Professor Behlül Özkan.

Özkan, a one-time student of Davutoğlu’s from the latter’s time as an international relations professor, bases his provocative conclusion on close study of 300 articles penned by Davutoğlu in the 1980s and 90s. He first made his case in an essay for the August-September edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ journal “Survival,” before introducing it to a wider English audience with pieces on Al-Monitor and in the New York Times...

Click on post title to read the NYT piece...

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Still using Facebook? Tips to make it less irritating

Facebook remains a good place to display and see such things as photos of the grandkids, but it seems to grow ever more irritating

You may have noticed that Facebook has added a bunch of features over the past few years. Some are interesting, but most are either annoying or hurt your privacy.

These features are entirely optional, but Facebook turns them on by default. I'm willing to bet that the company is hoping that you'll never figure out how to turn them off...

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Giant turbans: Sikhs always win - Muslims wear them too but apparently consider turban contests frivolous

Devout Sikh, Avtar Singh Mauni, is the proud owner of the world's largest turban.

The holy man’s impressive headgear weighs a hefty 100lbs and measures in at a staggering 645m when unwrapped - the same length as 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The 60-year-old has been regularly adding to it for the past 16 years and it can take him up to six hours to put it on.

Its size is yet to be officially verified - but if proved correct it would overtake current Guinness World Record Holder, Major Singh, whose turban measured 400m.

Picture: Ajay Verma / Barcroft

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Jihad Watch: UK special forces move into London as government fears ‘Mumbai-style‘ jihad massacres

Welcome to David Cameron’s Britain. The U.K. government worked with Islamic supremacists that it deluded itself into thinking were “moderates,” allowing them to gain immense influence over the government and media.

It funded liars who exaggerated claims of Muslim victimhood, allowing them to propagate throughout the country their narrative that opposing jihad terror amounted to “racism” and “bigotry”...

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Iraq violence killed at least 1,420 in August: UN

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, make tea for breakfast at the Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province, Aug. 23. REUTERS Photo / Youssef Boudlal

At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August, the United Nations said on Sept. 1, as sectarian violence raged in the centre and north of the country.

Another 1,370 Iraqis were wounded and 600,000 people forced to flee, the U.N. added, as Islamic State militants, who have grabbed large areas of territory since June, pushed into land controlled by Kurdish troops and targeted religious minorities.

“Thousands continue to be targeted and killed by ISIL (Islamic State) and associated armed groups simply on account of their ethnic or religious background ... The true cost of this human tragedy is staggering,” said the U.N. representative in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov...

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And yet the streets of Europe are quiet. No demonstrations, no protests.

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The “Rachel Corrie” Terrorist Peers‏

"...What was freaking out the Brits talking was the fact that many Arab terrorists, like those who cheerfully beheaded Foley, are from good, ordinary middle-class British backgrounds, similar to Rachel Corrie in the states. These terrorists are upgraded versions of the international Left wing groupies who are active in all those faux human rights groups NGOs that come to Israel to support the Arab terrorists, yes like Rachel Corrie."

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Scottish universities braced for brain drain if country votes for independence

University of Edinburgh

Senior education figures voice fears about loss of funding and departure of top scientists in the event of a yes vote

Scotland’s top universities are bracing themselves for a brain drain of their most talented scientists if there is a yes vote for independence, with some academics already prepared to relocate.

Senior academics and university executives told the Guardian they believed Scotland’s best-known universities would lose access to billions of pounds in funding and joint projects supported by British research councils if the country voted to leave the UK.

A number of senior research scientists have already been approached by leading English universities because of the referendum, while some candidates are delaying taking up Scottish posts until after the vote, sources have disclosed...

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All those whose ancestors have not already left earlier will leave now.  And many did leave!  How much brain power is left?

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Transgender woman says community faces employment discrimination

"After transitioning I can't get anyone to give me a second interview," she said. "I've even had interviewers make excuses of why they can't conduct the interview once I show up."



Gee, I'm just shocked.

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The Islamic Jihad Terror Ambulance

Those are some funny lookin "nurses".

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Der Spiegel: Several radicalized ex-German soldiers in Iraq

A fighter in northern Iraq during an offensive against the jihadists from the Islamic State.

Germany on Sunday presented the list of weapons it plans to send to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Some of them, though, may end up being used against former German soldiers. SPIEGEL has learned that 20 ex-Bundeswehr troops have joined jihadists in the region.

...According to security sources in Berlin, around 20 former members of Germany’s Bundeswehr, as its military is known, have traveled to Syria and Iraq, apparently with the intention of joining Islamist extremist groups there. They join an estimated 400 other German jihadists who have already traveled to the region. Most of those, however, had no previous military experience, making the 20 trained Bundeswehr soldiers particularly valuable.

MAD, the German military’s intelligence service, sees Islamism as a growing problem within Germany’s military. Just recently, a former Bundeswehr sergeant, who had previously been decommissioned because of his Islamist leanings, was prevented from traveling to the crisis region...

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Vladimir Putin calls on Kiev to enter ‘statehood’ talks for south-east Ukraine

Russian president’s spokesman plays down interview remarks as key port city of Mariupol prepares for possible rebel assault

Vladimir Putin has called on Kiev to enter discussions on “statehood” for the south-east regions of Ukraine a day after the EU gave Russia a week to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine or face further sanctions.

In excerpts of an interview with state television broadcast on Sunday evening, the Russian president said talks between Ukrainian authorities and separatist leaders in the east should begin immediately and be about “not just technical issues but on the political organisation of society and statehood in south-eastern Ukraine.”

His spokesperson later said Putin had not meant the region should gain independence, but that dialogue should begin. Western leaders have accused Russia of fanning the flames of the insurgency in east Ukraine, and in recent weeks of providing direct military assistance, as the armed rebels suffered a number of losses to the Ukrainian army and appeared on the brink of defeat...

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EX-CIA employee admits President Obama is a “radical Islamic” enemy of America

Hell, it's as plausible as any other theory concerning what makes Obama tick.

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Pakistan: Pitched battle: Fear, uncertainty grips city as skirmishes continue

ISLAMABAD: Skirmishes between protesters and security personnel continued on Sunday with police firing teargas canisters and protesters pelting stones in the Red Zone.

The area presented a scene of battleground. Police used heavy teargas and rubber bullets to stop Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers from marching on the Prime Minister’s House and other sensitive buildings.

Sporadic clashes were continuing between police and the protesters till filing of this report late Sunday. Many of the protesters were armed with batons and slingshots.

At least three people were dead and 700 others injured, including at least 118 women and 10 children, according to officials. At least 92 police were among the wounded.

Several vehicles, including police van and shipping containers were set ablaze, and hundreds of tear gas canisters lay strewn on the ground on Islamabad’s normally pristine Constitution Avenue following more than 18 hours of battle...

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Qadri’s getting his revolution: revoke his Canadian passport now!  He is no “refugee” and never has been.

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USA: School Paper Changes its Name From ‘Bullet’ Because it ‘Propagates Violence’

Who knows how many murders have been committed due to this insensitive name?

The Fredericksburg News Desk reported last week that the University of Mary Washington’s student newspaper, an institution at that Virginia campus since 1922, is in the process of changing its name from The Bullet to The Blue & Gray Press. Why? Because the old name “propagated violence” and did not honor the school’s history “in a sensitive manner.”

The Bullet began as a bulletin for campus events at the university, located in Fredericksburg, and gradually morphed into an award-winning platform for student journalism. A name change for the paper was considered as far back as 1971, when Vietnam War opponents resented the “overly militaristic” implications of the paper’s name. The paper name survived that threat, but those were less politically correct times than today...

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Jihad Comes To Europe

Gilles de Kerchove, the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, recently said that there are, in fact, more than 700 French Muslims presently waging jihad in Syria. Available data show that there are also many Belgian Muslims, and many Muslims going to Syria from the rest of Europe. Belgian security services have estimated that the number of European jihadists in Syria may be over 4,000. Entire European fighting units seems to have been created.

The leaders of the French and Belgian do not have any real ways of implementing and managing better security or keeping track of suspects -- even those likely to take action. These leaders do not even try to restore order in prisons. Government leaders currently preside over financially battered countries, mired in sclerosis, stagnation, wretchedly controlled immigration, and the perverse effects of redistributive social welfare systems that only multiply the poor and destroy jobs -- the side effects of multiculturalism. They have neither the will nor the resources to cope with all the costs that would be involved.

They know that if they tried to do something, they would soon be faced with riots in the (mostly Muslim) "no-go zones" scattered throughout the outskirts of most cities.

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Oh? That's News Mr. Cameron. It certainly hasn't been the practice to date: "Adhering to British values is not an option or a choice"

Passports of suspected jihadis will be seized in fresh crackdown by Cameron on terror

Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, the Prime Minister said border officials will no longer have to apply for permission before taking someone’s passport if they believe they are traveling abroad to fight.

He also announced the Government would “work up plans” to stop British jihadists who go abroad to fight for Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq returning to the UK.

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Islamic State: Where does jihadist group get its support?

To understand how the Islamic State economy functions is to delve into a murky world of middlemen and shady business dealings, in which "loyal ideologues" on differing sides spot business opportunities and pounce upon them.

IS exports about 9,000 barrels of oil per day at prices ranging from about $25-$45 (£15-£27).

Some of this goes to Kurdish middlemen up towards Turkey, some goes for domestic IS consumption and some goes to the Assad regime, which in turn sells weapons back to the group.


"It is a traditional war economy," notes Jamestown analyst Wladimir van Wilgenburg.

Indeed, the dodgy dealings and strange alliances are beginning to look very similar to events that occurred during the Lebanese civil war, when feuding war lords would similarly fight and do business with each other.

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ISIS Is Right

ISIS is a pathologically brutal organization trying to make the world a better place. Who can disagree with making the world a better place? You may not agree with their definition of “a better place,” but can you really say their hearts are evil? A restored Caliphate is an ancient Muslim dream, and these hardworking, dedicated psychopaths stand a good chance of making their dream come true.

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Wanted jihadist calls Vienna mosque 'pro Isis' - Aren't they all?

An Austrian jihadist wanted by Interpol has said that he was recruited to the Isis terrorist organisation in the Floridsdorf mosque in Vienna. However, the Islamic Centre denies any connection to Isis.

Of course they would.

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Why NATO will not stop Putin...

David Cameron urges Nato allies to spend more on defence after Vladimir Putin warns the West: 'Don't mess with Russia'

At this week’s Nato summit in Wales, Mr Cameron and the US President will urge members to meet their promises to spend at least two per cent of their GDP on defence.

The UK and US are two of only four Nato members who hit the target and British military chiefs have accused nations who regularly underspend of freeloading.



And they'll continue to "freeload" and NATO will continue to be a Paper-Tiger. Sovereign debt, high unemployment and Germany's reliance on Putin's gas will prevent meaningful intervention. Decades of socialist inspired cultural suicide have left most NATO members without the will or the means to defend themselves.

Sorry Ukraine, consider yourselves this year's Czechoslovakia.

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US giving Syria intelligence on jihadists, say sources

BEIRUT - The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria and is sharing intelligence about jihadist deployments with Damascus through Iraqi and Russian channels, sources told AFP on Tuesday.

"The cooperation has already begun and the United States is giving Damascus information via Baghdad and Moscow," one source close to the issue said on condition of anonymity.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said foreign drones had been seen over the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on Monday.

"Non-Syrian spy planes carried out surveillance of Islamic State positions in Deir Ezzor province on Monday," the Britain-based monitoring group's director, Rami Abdel Rahman, said.

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Video: British man and Saudi wife attacked by religious police in Riyadh

A British man and his Saudi wife were attacked by members of the religious police, officially known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, outside one of the premier malls in Riyadh on Saturday, Al-Hayat daily said.

The members pounced on the car, in which the Briton and his wife had gotten into for protection, rapped on the window glass and asked him to step out of the car.



Statement from British man attacked by Saudi religious police in Riyadh

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Outsourcing Immigration To Corporate Snakeheads: Canadians expose foreign worker 'mess' in oilsands

Canadian tradesmen from a huge oilsands construction project are waving a red flag about safety hazards and near misses, which they blame on the use of foreign workers who aren't qualified and can't speak English.

"When you bring in a bunch of workers who are unqualified to do this job it's only a matter of time before you kill someone," said Les Jennings, who was an ironworker supervisor at the Husky Sunrise plant until a few weeks ago, when he quit in frustration.

"People are angry and upset," said journeyman ironworker Johnny Demosten, who is still working at the site. He said many of the foreign workers don't know crane hand signals and other safety precautions.




It is impossible to have faith in a government that has outsourced immigration to Corporate Snakeheads and considers mass immigration from Muslim failed states to be just dandy.

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Erdoğan appoints aide who denounced ‘murder attempts by telekinesis’ as economic adviser

Yiğit Bulut during an Erdoğan rally. AA Photo

Newly inaugurated Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has appointed his close aide Yiğit Bulut to be his chief economics adviser, his office said on Aug. 30, a move likely to alarm investors already concerned over the management of the country's finances.

Bulut, an influential but divisive figure, was a key voice in the ear of Erdoğan when the latter was still prime minister, hitting international headlines during last summer’s Gezi Park protests when he claimed that foreign powers were trying to kill Erdoğan through telekinesis.

He is a vocal champion of the idea that a shadowy international “interest rate lobby” is working to sabotage Turkey’s economy through higher rates, and declared his devotion to his patron by saying he was “ready to die for Erdoğan if necessary.” His heroic announcement prompted a number of his critics to start referring to him by the English translation of his name, “Brave Cloud.”

Bulut also made headlines earlier this year when he said that in the future Turkey would no longer need to maintain ties with Europe...

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I like that last part about not maintaining ties with Europe: Turkey in the EU would be the final disaster.

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Turks mark 50th anniversary of Netherlands migration -- that cheap foreign labour worked out really well, didn’t it?

Great if you like parts of your country looking like the Middle East, with Turkish ethnics who are far more prone to crime and unemployment than natives

In 2012, the Netherlands were represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by a Rotterdam-born singer, from a Turkish father, Joan Franka.

In the end, Joan, whose birth name is Ayten Kalan, didn’t win the Eurovision competition which gathers artists from various Eurasian countries each year.

Still, she is a prime example of a Turkish community that has immensely contributed to contemporary Dutch society.

As model Deniz Akkoyun before her. Born and raised in the central province of Utrecht in Holland, of Turkish parents, she was elected “Miss Nederland” in 2008.

Or Izmir-born actress Elvan Akyildiz, who had a key role on the children’s show, Sesamstraat, the Dutch co-production of Sesame Street, still a reference to children around the world.

Turkish people have played a crucial role in the cultural and economic development of the Netherlands, according to Dutch Consul General in Istanbul, Robert Schuddeboom as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Turkish migration to one of the European Union’s founding countries...

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Wow! A Eurovision contestant and a TV actor: these are massive contributions--where would the Netherlands be without them?

(The “Miss Netherlands” might have been a political choice and even if she wasn’t, how does this really stack up against all the extra crime and cost of these people on welfare--and now heading to the Middle East to join ISIS?)

All so someone could make a short-term profit fifty years ago.

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Iran president calls US sanctions an ‘invasion’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an “invasion” Saturday after Washington imposed new penalties over the country's contested nuclear program, though he promised negotiations with world powers would go on.

The U.S. imposed sanctions Friday on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals it said it suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program, supporting terrorism and helping the Islamic Republic evade U.S. and international sanctions. The sanctions bar Americans from engaging in transactions with any of the designated parties, freeze their assets and block their property under U.S. jurisdiction.

Speaking to officials Saturday, Rouhani criticized the sanctions...

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