Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Burkina Faso church attack sees Priest and sons SLAUGHTERED as six killed by terrorists
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Not just Nigeria - Central Africa as well this week. From the Express and the BBC

Jihadis entered the church in the town of Silgadji near Djibo, located in the West African province of Soum and shot dead the six people towards the end of the Sunday service. Priest Pierre Ouedraogo was killed in the horror attack, as well as his two sons, BBC Africa reports.

A church member said: “The attack happened around 1pm, just as the faithful were leaving the church at the end of the service. The attackers were on motorbikes. They fired in the air before aiming at the members of the congregation.”

Islamist groups have been blamed for a number of attacks in the country in recent years, BBC Afrique's Simon Gongo reports.

On Friday, five teachers were killed in the east of the country in another incident attributed to jihadists, our correspondent adds.

Meanwhile, the fate of a Catholic priest kidnapped a month ago remains unclear.

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Posted on 04/30/2019 2:09 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Blaming the Synagogue Attacks on President Trump
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by Gary Fouse

We have seen two tragic attacks on synagogues recently, in Pittsburgh last October, and now Poway near San Diego, which occurred on Saturday. In the aftermath of both, people on the left have rushed to blame President Trump for the violence, claiming that he has established a climate of hate in this country. The charge is absurd.

Say what you will about Donald Trump. He may not be a saint, but an anti-Semite (or a racist) he is not. Say what you will about his tweets and many of his public statements, but to accuse him of fostering Jew hatred and attacks on synagogues is silly on its face.

First of all, President Trump (who is the strongest ally Israel has had in the White House in recent memory and whose own daughter is a Jewish convert) has reached out to the affected synagogues in both cases. He visited the Pittsburgh synagogue (Tree of Life) and has called Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was wounded in the attack. Rabbi Goldstein was effusive in his gratitude for the President's call.

That has not stopped the rush to attach the attacks to Trump. Naturally, that includes the universities. 

It is true that in both of the above attacks, the perpetrators are white nationalist, racist anti-Semites. I will readily admit there is a rise in white nationalism in the country, and many of these people also include Jews in their hate list. I condemn it just as much as I condemn Islamic Jew hatred, which is also a big problem, especially in Europe.

But here's the catch, which refutes the charges of Democrats, leftists, and academics that Trump is to blame: Neither of the two perpetrators under discussion here are Trump supporters. Quite the opposite. Robert Bowers, the accused Pittsburgh shooter, has written that Trump is a "globalist" who is controlled by Jews." Similarly, the accused Poway shooter, John Earnest, reportedly produced a "manifesto" in which he condemned Trump as a "Jew-lover."

So much for that argument.

We should all mourn and be outraged at the synagogue attacks. We need to focus our anger at those who carry out such attacks and those who encourage them. Using them to blame President Trump-even indirectly- is unfair and is just more political noise.

 

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Posted on 04/30/2019 1:57 PM by Gary Fouse
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Nigeria: Funeral Held for Eight Christians, Including Children, Killed in Easter Procession in Nigeria
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From The Gospel Herald and the Daily Trust

Hundreds of family members and sympathizers on Saturday (April 27) attended a funeral in northeastern Nigeria for eight young Christians, six of them minors, who were killed when an off-duty security officer drove his vehicle into their Easter procession on April 21, sources said.

The officer, identified as Adamu Abubakar of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), reportedly had angry words with leaders of the Christian procession that delayed him and a passenger, off-duty police officer Murtala Hassan, from proceeding at a junction in Gombe, capital of Gombe state.

The Christian leaders of the Boys and Girls Brigade, an international, interdenominational Christian youth organization, let the two Muslim men pass through, but a survivor told Nigerian news outlet The Daily Trust that the driver warned them he would return, made a U-turn, switched off his headlights and rammed the procession from behind.

Joel Nanyak, 15, said the incident happened around 11:30pm when the NSCDC officer and his friend met their procession and had argument with their leaders. “After arguing with the leaders of the procession, he was allowed to pass; however, he told us that he would come back and he made a u-turn, switched off his car’s light and rammed into the procession from behind. “I was busy with the big bass drum. I only woke up to find myself on the road and was later told what had happened. My younger brother was killed”, he said. He said the survivors got angry and “chased the civil defence officer and his friend, caught up with them and mobbed them to death.”

This was said to have doused tension and prevented a possible inter-religious crisis in the state. 

The chairman of the Gombe State Battalion Brigade of the Boys Brigade, Isaac Kwadang, told Morning Star News. "This incident, no doubt, is motivated by terrorist acts, as the driver deliberately crashed into the procession . . .The driver of the vehicle is a Muslim and an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), while his passenger is a Muslim police officer."

Killed were Ruth Samson Samanja, 13; Keziah Amos Kwatam, 13; and Polina Yusuf Samanja, 11 of the Girls Brigade company in Gombe, Kwadang said. From the Boys Brigade, those killed were Sunday Samuel Gurnet, 19; Irimiya Amos Ibrahim, 14; Joseph Daniel, 21; Joseph Danjuma Paul Gavan, 15; and Jesse Markus Baka, 15, he said.

The vehicle assault also sent 12 Christians to the hospital for treatment of injuries, Kwadang said.

Also, findings at the state NSCDC command revealed that late officer was an “unofficial” aide of the commandant, Hajiya Altine Sani Umar. Those who knew him said he was a hot-tempered person. He was alleged to have attempted to kill his girlfriend over a misunderstanding.

Maybe it wasn't jihad, in the sense of a planned raid under the aegis of ISIS or Al Quaida. But it suggests an arrogance in his superiority, coupled with a contempt for Christians and our festivals. I'd rely on the local people to know how Muslim officials really feel about them; if the leader of the Boys Brigade sees this as a terrorist attack I'm not going to pour scorn on his opinion. 

Garba Shehu, spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, said in a press statement that the president was saddened by the killing of the youths.

"My heart is filled with the pain that the families of the victims were facing as they buried these promising youngsters," he said. "The entire nation is with you as experience this sad, indescribable loss. May the Almighty God comfort you at this difficult time."

The Punch has more details of the promise lost of the young people murdered. 

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Posted on 04/30/2019 1:35 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Mohamad Tawhidi Prepares a Useful List
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by Hugh Fitzgerald

Mohamad Tawhidi, the well-known “Imam of Peace” who smites the Islamist enemy hip and thigh, has compiled a useful list of Islamic groups engaged in terrorism. It’s a list to keep with you, so that you can pull it out, and read it aloud, the next time you are in a discussion where someone insists that it’s only a matter of a “tiny handful of extremists,” or in the alternative, “fewer than 1/10th of 1%, of the world’s Muslims have any involvement with  terrorism.” It can be especially useful to read from at an Open-Mosque night, or Ask-A-Muslim anything event. I have added, at the very end, CAIR, which was unaccountably left out of the original list.

Al-Shabab (Africa)
Al Murabitun (Africa)
Al-Qeada (Afghanistan)
Al-Qaeda (Islamic Maghreb)
Al-Qaeda (Indian Subcontinent)
Al-Qaeda (Arab Peninsula)
Hamas (Gaza)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Palestine)
Popular Front for the Liberation of (Palestine)
Hezbollah (Lebanon)
Ansar al-Sharia-Benghazi (Lebanon)
Asbat Al-Ansar (Lebanon)
ISIS (Iraq)
ISIS (Syria)
ISIS (Cauacus)
ISIS (Libya)
ISIS (Yemen)
ISIS (Algeria)
ISIS (Philippines)
Jund al-Sham (Syria/Afganistan)
Al-Mourabitoun (Lebanon)
Abdullah Azzam Brigades (Lebanon)
Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (Somalia)
Al-Haramain Foundation (Saudi Arabia)
Ansar-Al-Sharia (Moroccon)
Moroccon Mudjadine (Morocco)
Salafia Jihadia (Morocco)
Boko Haram (Africa)
Islamic movement of (Uzbekistan)
Islamic Jihad Union (Uzbekistan)
Islamic Jihad Union (Germany)
DRW True-Religion (Germany)
Fajar Nusantara Movement (Germany)
DIK Hildesheim (Germany)
Jaish-e-Mohammed (Kashmir)
Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Syria)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Syria)
Jamaat al Dawa al Quran (Afghanistan)
Jundallah (Iran)
Quds Force (Iran)
Kata’ib Hezbollah (Iraq)
Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (Somalia)
Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Egypt)
Jund al-Sham (Jordan)
Fajar Nusantara Movement (Australia)
Society of the Revival of Islamic
Heritage (Terror funding, worldwide)
Taliban (Afghanistan)
Taliban (Pakistan)
Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistan)
Army of Islam (Syria)
Islamic Movement (Israel)
Ansar Al Sharia (Tunisia)
Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of (Jerusalem)
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (Libya)
Oneness and Jihad in (West Africa)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Palestine)
Tevhid-Selam (Al-Quds Army)
Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (Morocco)
Caucasus Emirate (Russia)
Dukhtaran-e-Millat Feminist Islamists (India)
Indian Mujahideen (India)
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (India)
Ansar al-Islam (India)
Students Islamic Movement of (India)
Harakat Mujahideen (India)
Hizbul Mujhaideen (India)
Lashkar e Islam (India)
Jund al-Khilafah (Algeria)
Turkistan Islamic Party
Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Egypt)
Great Eastern Islamic Raiders’ Front (Turkey)
Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Pakistan)
Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (Pakistan)
Lashkar e Toyiba(Pakistan), Lashkar e Jhangvi (Pakistan) Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (Pakistan)
Jamaat ul-Ahrar (Pakistan)
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (Pakistan)
Jamaat Ul-Furquan (Pakistan)
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (Syria)
Ansar al-Din Front (Syria)
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Syria)
Jamaah Anshorut Daulah (Syria)
Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement (Syria)
Liwa al-Haqq (Syria)
Al-Tawhid Brigade (Syria)
Jund al-Aqsa (Syria)
Al-Tawhid Brigade (Syria)
Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade (Syria)
Khalid ibn al-Walid Army (Syria)
Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (Afganistan)
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (Afghanistan)
Hizb ut-Tahrir (worldwide caliphate)
Hizbul Mujahideen (Kashmir)
Ansar Allah (Yemen)
Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (USA)
Jamaat Mujahideen (India)
Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (Indonesia)
Hizbut Tahrir (Indonesia)
Fajar Nusantara Movement (Indonesia)
Jemaah Islamiyah (Indonesia)
Jemaah Islamiyah (Philippines)
Jemaah Islamiyah (Singapore)
Jemaah Islamiyah (Thailand)
Jemaah Islamiyah (Malaysia)
Ansar Dine (Africa)
Osbat al-Ansar (Palestine)
Hizb ut-Tahrir (group connecting Islamic Caliphates across the world into one world Islamic Caliphate)
Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order (Iraq)
Al Nusra Front (Syria), 111. Al-Badr (Pakistan)
Islam4UK (UK)
Al Ghurabaa (UK)
Call to Submission (UK) [this is global, and accessible online]
Islamic Path (UK)
London School of Sharia (UK)
Muslims Against Crusades (UK)
Need4Khilafah (UK)
The Shariah Project (UK)
The Islamic Dawah Association (UK) [ALSO IN THE U.S.]
The Saviour Sect (UK)
Jamaat Ul-Furquan (UK) [ALSO IN THE U.S]
Minbar Ansar Deen (UK)
Al-Muhajiroun (UK) (Lee Rigby, London 2017 members)
Islamic Council of Britain (UK) (Not to be confused with Official Muslim Council of Britain) [there are also Islamic Councils in the U.S.]
Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah (UK)
Al-Gama’a (Egypt)
Al-Islamiyya (Egypt)
Armed Islamic men of (Algeria)
Salafist Group for Call and Combat (Algeria)
Ansaru (Algeria), 133.Ansar-Al-Sharia (Libya)
Al Ittihad Al Islamia (Somalia), 135.Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia)
Al-Shabab (Africa)
al-Aqsa Foundation (Germany)
al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Palestine)
Abu Sayyaf (Philippines)
Aden-Abyan Islamic Army (Yemen)
Ajnad Misr (Egypt)
Abu Nidal Organization (Palestine)
Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (Indonesia)
CAIR, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, and was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

 

First published in Jihad Watch

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Posted on 04/30/2019 11:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 April 2019
Little girl groomed, raped and abused by multiple men, court told
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From the Huddersfield Examiner

A vulnerable little girl was groomed, raped and abused by multiple men throughout her childhood starting from the age of 11, a jury has heard. 

The victim was targeted in Huddersfield 'by men who wanted to use her for their own sexual purposes', prosecutors told Leeds Crown Court on Monday.

It was said that the girl was 'alone in the world' and had no ability to make decisions about sex when she was groomed.

Opening the trial of Huddersfield men Mohammed Akram and Usman Khalid, Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, told the jury: "We say that both of the men in the dock had sexual contact with her when she was just 12 and they knew how old she was. They each, on separate occasions, took her out of the children's home where she was living without permission and with a sinister, ultimately sexually motivated, purpose."

"This case concerns her childhood when, as you will hear - and it is important that you understand that there is no dispute about this - she was raped and abused by multiple men over several years. That abuse began when she could properly be described as a little girl."

Usman Khalid (LEFT) Mohammed Akram (RIGHT)

Akram and Khalid went on trial on Monday along with two women - Shahnaz Malik, 57, of St Anne's Avenue, Huddersfield, and Naveeda Habeeb, 40, of Prince Wood Lane, Huddersfield - who are both charged with child cruelty.

left Naveeda Habib, right Shahnaz Malik

Akram, 33, of Springdale Street, Huddersfield, denies five counts of rape, sexual assault, abducting a child and trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Khalid, 31, of Brook Street, Huddersfield, denies sexual assault and child abduction.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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Posted on 04/29/2019 3:51 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 29 April 2019
Sri Lanka intelligence warns of attack on Buddhist temples:
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From the the Hindustan Times

Sri Lankan intelligence has received information on an attack targeting Buddhist temples by the National Thowheed Jamaath extremist group, using female bombers, the media reported on Monday.

Intelligence officers have found white pairs of skirts and blouses from the safehouse which was raided on Friday night in Sainthamaradu area, 364 km from Colombo, 

On March 29, Muslim women had spent 29,000 SL rupees to purchase nine sets of such clothing from a textile shop in Giriulla, the officers said. So far, five sets of the white clothing had been found from the house and the intelligence services are continuing their efforts to find the remaining ones. CCTV footage of the shop shows the women who purchased clothes from the shop.

The Friday night raid was part of a nationwide hunt for the perpetrators of the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 253 people and injured hundreds.

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Posted on 04/29/2019 4:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 29 April 2019
Never Again Means Never Again
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by Michael Curtis

On October 27, 2018 antisemitic terrorism raised its ugly head in Pittsburgh when a gunman named Robert Bowers using a semi-automatic rifle killed eleven worshippers and injured seven others at the Sabbath morning service at the conservative Tree of Life synagogue. Bowers declared he wanted all Jews to die, and also that Jews were committing genocide against his people. These declarations were posted on the social network Gab, reportedly friendly to Nazi and the far right. Six months later, on April 27, 2019 as news came of a new antisemitic atrocity, a vigil was held outside the Tree of Life synagogue, declaring that enough is enough, and that these acts of violence and prejudice must end. The participants promised to meet again until “we drive hate speech and acts of hate out of our city.”

Another act of hate had occurred on that day. The latest outrage took place on April 27, 2019 when a 19 year old student named John Earnest also using a semiautomatic gun killed one and injured three at the synagogue Chabah of Poway, suburb of San Diego, California, where a hundred Jews were celebrating the last day of Passover. The Chabah is associated with the Lubavitch, a branch within the Orthodox Hasidic movement. The rabbi of the congregation was shot in the hand but continued with his sermon.

Earnest, a student at Cal State University, San Marcos, identified himself as a “nursing student,” but his action and the document, a Manifesto, attributed to him, show a totally different kind of interest in two main ways: use of violence and antisemitism, as well as his political feelings. He referred to President Donald Trump as a Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-white traitor. Earnest, a formal member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, acknowledged he was influenced not only by Pittsburgh but also by the events on March 25, 2019 at Christchurch, New Zealand, a suburb of Riccarton, when a terrorist attack, also using semiautomatic weapons, on two mosques by accused shooter Brenton Tarrant resulted in the death of fifty people. Earnest appeared to confess he was responsible on March 24, 2019 for arson, using gasoline to blacken the walls of the Islamic Center in Esconcido, California, and spraying hate messages.

Hate messages of antisemitism were central to the attack at Poway. Earnest committed the act for “the sake of my people.” The Manifesto found in his residence indicates the enemy and asks the question: “Is it worth it for me to live a comfortable life at the cost of international Jews sealing the doom of my race?”  Earnest issued warnings, of the “bread and circus that Jewry has used to pacify my people, and that every Jew is responsible for the meticulously planned genocide of the European race.” 

At least he was open about the supposed villains and their conspiracy to rule the world. Now a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) told us enigmatically that the perpetrators of 9/11 could be explained by the fact that “some people did something.” However, more succinctly, in November 2012, she  revealed her true prejudice when she tweeted “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” She also suggested that some American Jews had dual loyalty, to Israel as well as to the U.S.

For some time, even before the appearance of Omar, infighting between the parties in Congress over the Jewish issue has been frequent. Evidence, partly the result of attitudes towards proposed legislation on antisemitism, has indicated that punishment of antisemitism, words and action, and criticism of the Palestinian organized BDS movement is more likely among Republicans than among Democrats. Republicans have usually been more concerned that antisemitism in the U.S. rose 57% in 2017, the deadliest year for antisemitic attacks. 

In Britain, there has been a similar rise in antisemitism and, as in the U.S., the social media has been used for campaigns of antisemitic harassment and threats. Britain has lagged behind other countries in dealing with the disease of antisemitism. The political world has long been troubled by the overt antisemitism of a considerable number of members of the Labour Party and toleration of it by Jerome Corbyn, leader of the Party. Perhaps the most persistent advocate of this state of mind is Ken Livingston, Labour Party politician and former mayor of London who among other witless remarks, declared in April 2016 that Adolf Hitler had supported Zionism before he went mad and killed six million Jews. The party has unlawfully discriminated against people based on ethnic and religious affiliation. It is unwelcome news that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (Dem-NY) spoke, in a long telephone conversation with Corbyn, perhaps persuading her to adopt his neutral tone on antisemitic utterances. 

Everyone knows how difficult it is to minimize, let alone eradicate, the virulent disease of antisemitism because it has no logical basis. As former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sachs wrote, “Jews were hated because they were poor and because they were rich, because they were communists, and because they were capitalists.” The senseless affliction remains, and has worsened as tropes about Jews have changed to those about Zionism.

Nevertheless, it is incumbent on British and American politicians and media to take the issue of antisemitism more seriously. It is shameful, for example, that The New York Times veiled its information of the attack at Powey by placing it on page 24. Moreover, punishment in the English-speaking countries should be as severe as it has been recently in France and in Belgium. 

In France the far-right activist, writer and film maker Alain Soral, who had already been punished and fined 4,000 euros for antisemitic agitation and allegations about Jewish and Zionist conspiracies, was sentenced on April 15, 2019 to one year in prison for Holocaust denial, a crime under the Gayssot Act.

Belgium was equally serious. A case concerned Mehdi Nemmouche, French born to a family of Algerian origin, a former ISIS adherent who fought in Syria a year on its behalf. A brutal and sadistic person, he killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. His absurd defense was that he had planned a targeted execution of Mossad agents. The court in Brussels on March 7, 2019, found him guilty of murder and sentenced him to a life term.

Another case in Brussels concerned a far-right politician, a constant Holocaust denier, Laurent Louis, who was preoccupied with statements that Nazi atrocities were overstated as was the number of Jews killed in Nazi gas chambers. Indeed, he argued the Holocaust was set up and financed by “the pioneers of Zionism.” For him, Zionism was worse than Nazism. The Court of Appeals in 2017 ordered him to visit and write about Nazi camps. Louis is not a central figure in Belgium politics, but he is illustrative of the increasing willingness of public figures to express or condone antisemitism. 

The unwillingness to punish acts or expressions of antisemitism must not stand, not in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. Congress, nor elsewhere in the world.

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Posted on 04/29/2019 4:49 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 29 April 2019
Four arrested in France over planned 'extremely violent' attack on security forces
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From the French edition of The Local

Three adults and a teenager have been arrested over a planned attack on the country's security forces in the coming days, French prosecutors said Monday, which a minister described as "extremely violent".

All four were arrested on Friday as part of an investigation into a terrorist conspiracy, but there were no immediate details on the nature of the planned attack. It is believed that French security forces were the intended target of the attack. 

One of the suspects is a minor serving a probationary sentence at an educational facility after being sentenced to three years, two suspended, for trying to travel to Syria, the Paris prosecutor's office said. The other three are known for common law offences, 

 

 

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Posted on 04/29/2019 4:29 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 28 April 2019
Police enter mosque of Easter attacks-tied group
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From Associated Press via Yahoo News and Sky News

Sri Lankan police have entered the main mosque of National Towheed Jamaat, just a day after authorities declared it and another organization terror groups over the Easter suicide bombings.

Police entered the mosque, located in Kattankudy in eastern Sri Lanka, on Sunday afternoon and stopped an interview with foreign journalists and officials at the mosque. Later, a senior police officer dispersed journalists waiting outside, saying authorities were conducting a "cordon and search operation." Police then left, locking up the mosque just before afternoon prayers were to start.

Authorities banned National Towheed Jamaat over its ties to Mohammed Zahran, the alleged mastermind of the attacks that killed over 250 people a week ago.

Meanwhile, four sources told Reuters Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim and their father Mohamed Hashim, were among 15 killed in a fierce gun battle about 23 miles (37km) away on Sri Lanka's east coast on Friday night.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Zahran, the suspected ringleader of the bombings that killed over 250 people on Easter Sunday, remains at large. The three dead men were in a video circulating for some time on social media in which they urged their followers to kill all non believers, police sources said.

Islamic State's Amaq news agency gave the names of three who died in the shootout as Abu Hammad, Abu Sufyan and Abu al Qa'qa. The claim carried a photograph of two men before an IS flag, one carrying a Chinese variant of the Kalashnikov rifle like the one found at the scene, another smiling.

 

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Posted on 04/28/2019 8:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 28 April 2019
Donald Trump's nationalism is of all colours
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Irresponsible journalists are trying to tar Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with the same 'white supremacist' brush used on the president

by Conrad Black

With some regret, I must take rather strenuous issue with an opinion piece posted on the CBC website on April 16 by my cordial cyber-acquaintance Neil Macdonald, entitled “Why Is Conservative Politics Such a Natural Home for White Supremacists?” Neil sets out to answer the question with a completely spurious sequence of assertions and deductions. Inevitably, Donald Trump is the principal offender. “He proudly calls himself a nationalist, without specifying what kind; ‘Use that word,’ he tells his angry, overwhelmingly white base, ‘Use that word.’ ” It’s a 70-per-cent white country, and the president has very extensive non-white support, especially among Latin and Asian Americans. His base is angry at the 20 years of misgovernment that preceded Trump: the endless fruitless Middle East wars and humanitarian disaster, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a flat-lined economy and a shrinking work force and a foreign policy that oscillated from George W. Bush’s trigger-happy interventionism to Obama’s pacifism and appeasement of Iran and North Korea.

Macdonald completely misses the point

Macdonald completely misses the point. U.S. GDP growth per capita declined from 4.5 per cent annually under Reagan to 3.9 per cent under Clinton to two per cent under the second Bush, to one per cent under Obama, while the national debt under Obama increased by 125 per cent in eight years. That is the reason Trump’s voters were angry and the answer to the spurious rhetorical question “What kind” (of nationalism) is American nationalism, no colour and all colours. Yet he’s continually accused of being a bigot, despite being prouder of nothing than the fact that unemployment rates for all groups of non-white Americans are lower now and incomes higher than they have ever been.

Brad Parscale, right, campaign manager for U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, speaks with supporters during a campaign rally in Estero, Fla., on Oct. 31, 2018. Saul Loeb

Macdonald pretends, in effect, that all nationalists are white nationalists, and that white nationalists are white supremacists. This is bunk. The half of America that supports Trump is not composed in any significant measure of racists of any kind; they are of all races and they are all nationalists, in the sense of being patriotic Americans who do not want their country swindled in trade deals by the Chinese or Mexicans, or to be swamped by 100,000 undocumented and illegal immigrants a month (to cite the figure from March), or to make an ass of itself in the world with Obama’s dissolving “red line” (in Syria). In support of his argument, Macdonald refers to Candace Owens as “a conservative American activist cited by the New Zealand murderer as his greatest influence” and who Macdonald claims, “once said Hitler wasn’t such a bad fellow.” Macdonald doesn’t mention that Ms. Owens is an African-American, whose comments on Hitler were completely misrepresented by a Democratic congressman whom she exposed as a liar and that she in fact said that Hitler was “a megalomaniacal psychopath.” He wrote that Congressman Stephen King “has rhetorically asked what’s wrong with being a white nationalist or white supremacist, (and) remains a proud Republican.” Perhaps, but Macdonald doesn’t mention that King was severely reprimanded by the Republican congressional leadership with the agreement of the president.

Activist Candace Owens speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, Ind., on April 26, 2019. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Neil Macdonald is not to be outdone in vapid rhetorical questions: “Why is it that white supremacists from the neo-Nazis who threw celebratory salutes the night of his election, to former KKK leader David Duke, to the Charlottesville torchbearers, to the New Zealand murderer, or Cesar Sayoc, the Florida body-builder who sent explosives to Trump’s critics in 2018, gravitate right?” People believe what they want to believe, and some extremists imagined Trump shared some of their values, mainly because Macdonald and other irresponsible or dishonest journalists in large numbers incite them to believe that. Does anyone ask why the sniper who almost assassinated the Republican whip in the House of Representatives, Steve Scalise, was a Sanders supporter? Not that I have heard and no sane person would consider Sanders or Trump or any substantial presidential candidate responsible for violence or racist incitements. It is false that Trump takes “comparatively little notice when hate crimes are carried out by white Christians or non-Muslims.” Like any civilized person, he deplores all such acts, as when he and his wife promptly visited the attacked synagogue in Pittsburgh last year. He did not say there were some “very fine people” in the white mob carrying torches in Charlottesville in 2017. He said some of the people who wished to retain the statue of General Robert E. Lee were “very fine people.” Some were; he denounced both sides for the violence that occurred, and which was facilitated by the rabidly anti-Trump mayor and governor of Virginia. Antifa and the kinds of Black Lives Matter protesters that chant about killing white policemen are no prize in civic virtue either.

Like any civilized person, he deplores all such acts

No progress is going to be made in discouraging and shaming racism by deliberately smearing people who are innocent of such sentiments. Macdonald’s attempts to whitewash the extreme left and to portray all nationalists as white supremacists are outrageous; his malice and recklessness just muddy the waters and aggravate the problem. And, lest Canadian nationalists (of every “kind”), feel left out, Macdonald did not forget you. Faith Goldy “an obvious white supremacist (a label she rejects),” rejects it because she is nothing of the kind. She made a serious mistake appearing on an apparently Nazi-sympathetic podcast but what she actually said was completely inoffensive and she spoke warmly of her then-employer, Ezra Levant, a vigorous Zionist. She doesn’t want anti-white militants exercising excessive political influence in Canada and has imprudently taunted the dog-whistling racism-mongers like Neil Macdonald, and sometimes acts recklessly (as I have warned of here before). But she retains the support of many non-whites and many of the smears against her are baseless or exaggerated.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, back centre, sits with former MP Wai Young, right, before speaking at the Khalsa Diwan Society Sikh Temple during Vaisakhi celebrations in Vancouver on April 13, 2019. Darryl Dyck/CP

Andrew Scheer is tarred with the same brush, for addressing, along with Faith Goldy and Maxime Bernier, a Yellow-Vest gathering in Ottawa last year. The Gilets Jaunes aren’t particularly right, and are as much left; they’re just robustly cranky French bourgeois, supplemented by a few non-political hooligans, the usual politically incoherent gang of demonstrators and vandals that have infested the grand boulevards of Paris intermittently for centuries. Most of them have nothing to do with any “kind” of nationalism or any racial views at all; like most French people, they don’t like high taxes.

Andrew Scheer is pilloried in the Macdonald piece for hiring someone from (Ezra Levant’s) Rebel Media as his campaign manager (the completely unexceptionable Hamish Marshall). The whole tone and tenor of this nonsense is McCarthyism: innuendo, guilt by associations, group smears and exploitation of base instincts of paranoia and hostility to other groups, except it is inverted and the hostility is directed at the white majority on the false grounds that the majority is hostile to minorities. Like almost all the Canadian media, Macdonald is just parroting the defeated anti-Trump media of Washington, whose credibility is now barely a quarter of the president’s in public opinion surveys.

The whole tone and tenor of this nonsense is McCarthyism

Trump ran against the entire political class, including the national political media. He was unelectable until he was elected, and was headed for removal from office until the famous walls started closing in on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and the former intelligence and FBI chiefs. Macdonald complains of Trump’s (unspecified) “boorish rantings.” When the perpetrators of the gigantic Trump-Russian collusion fraud go to the grand jury (which in the fascistic American justice system means prison 90 per cent of the time), they will not be singing like happy little elves. But Neil Macdonald will still be inflicting his leftist nonsense on gullible Canadians.

First published in the National Post.

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Posted on 04/28/2019 4:41 AM by Conrad Black
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Sunday, 28 April 2019
China Ratchets Up Its Anti-Islam Campaign in Xinjiang
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by Hugh Fitzgerald

In May 2018, the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, gave a lengthy interview to a Pakistani paper defending the Chinese government’s treatment of the Muslim Uighurs. Among other claims, he insisted that the Chinese government has given full freedom to the Muslims and allowed them to observe fasting during Ramazan [Ramadan]. Muslims in China, he said, have full rights to practice Islam.

Here is the report on his defense of China’s policy (the substandard English in the newspaper article has been left throughout):

In an exclusive interview with ‘The News’ Chinese Ambassador Yao has said that western media is showing totally different picture that Muslims in China don’t have freedom to follow Islam whereas situation on ground is totally different.

He said in China everyone is free to follow his religion in China because law gives them full protection to practice religion no mater one [sic] is Muslim, Christian or follow any other religion. Chinese ambassador said there is no restriction by the government even for government employees. “Muslims are free to follow Islam like in Pakistan,” he added.

Ambassador told that Xinjiang is the Muslims majority region of China and they have around 24,400 mosques and many religious colleges in which number of Muslims are getting Islamic education. Not only this during Eids and traditional festivals, Muslims enjoy holidays here, which shows they are free to practice Islam in China.

Chinese ambassador further told that like other parts of the world a number of religious believers provide free ‘iftar’ to fasting people and the local governments help them to arrange religious activities go in order. [sic]

Every year number of Chinese Muslims performs Haj and Xinjiang government helps them to get medical treatment and other facilities,” Chinese ambassador told. Chinese Ambassador said that China is growing economy in the world and some unhealthy minds are not happy with its development that’s why western media is doing this propaganda that Muslims in China are not allowed to practice Islam.

Xinjiang province has distributed 43 Islamic publications in different languages of minority ethnic groups, totalling over one million copies, including over 230,000 copies of new Koran and over 29,000 copies of Basic Knowledge of Islam, both in the Uygur language. Thousands of books have been translated and published on Quran and Selections from Al-Sahih Muhammad Ibn-Ismail al-Bukhari in different languages, which are available in open market. Every year Xinjiang sent number of Chinese Muslims students to Pakistan, Egypt and other Muslim countries for further studies, and to improve their religious knowledge.

The famous definition of a diplomat as “someone who is sent abroad to lie for his country” fits perfectly here. Far from allowing Muslims to observe Ramadan without hindrance, the Chinese government has made it harder, or in some cases impossible, for the devout to do so. The government in 2017 passed laws requiring all restaurants to stay open during Ramadan. Further, it has forbidden teachers, civil servants, and all those working in the public sector from observing Ramadan, and if any are caught doing so, “they will be dealt with.”

As for the ambassador’s mention of the “new Qur’ans” distributed by the Chinese government, it should be noted that Muslims have been required to hand in their own Qur’ans to the government if those copies were published before 2012. The reason for this is that in 2012, the Chinese government prepared “new” Qur’ans, heavily censored, with the “meaning’’ of the verses that remained annotated by government experts so as to lessen their anti-Infidel message, and the commands to wage Jihad carefully “contextualized.” The only Qur’ans now legal in China are the versions published by the government.

The ambassador claims in his interview that Muslims in China are free to go on the hajj. He fails to note that Muslims in Xinjiang must request government permission to do so, and that they are asked to register their age, job, health, and economic status. Strict guidelines are put in place for applicants, who must be aged between 50 and 70 and have lived in Urumqi, the region’s capital, for at least five years. They are thoroughly investigated by the government for their political views; anyone who has displayed the slightest hint of being politically unreliable is denied permission to go on the hajj.

Furthermore, all those who apply to go on the hajj must also pledge allegiance to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and to national unity (and therefore against Uighur independence).

Indeed, Muslims who travel abroad for any reason, not just for the hajj, upon their return are subject to particular scrutiny, especially if they have spent any time in Muslim countries. More than one million Uighurs have been placed in re-education centers, subject to anti-Muslim propaganda, and forced constantly to express their loyalty to the Communist Party, lest they have been exposed to “subversive” ideas about Islam, especially if they have traveled abroad and met with non-Chinese Muslims, or have been exposed to dangerous Islamic websites online.

As for other restrictions on Islam, in Xinjiang, imams have been subject to public humiliation by being forced to dance en masse in public, and at the same time, have been forced to make an oath to keep children away from religion, and as public servants, paid by the state, the imams were forced to brandish the slogan that “our income comes from the CKP, not from Allah.” Many of the imams were forced to wave Chinese flags during their ordeal. Speeches were made — it’s unclear from the reports if these were by Chinese government officials or by government-approved imams — in which young people were told both to stay away from mosques and that prayer, wherever it was said, was harmful to one’s health. Teachers throughout Xinjiang have been instructed to teach children to stay away from religion; retired teachers have been posted outside mosques during Ramadan to prevent students from entering.

Mosques have been required to push Communist propaganda, swapping inscriptions about Muhammad for red banners that declare, “Love the Party, Love the Country.”

Muslim men have been required to shave “abnormal” or “religious” beards. Punishment is strict; one man was sentenced to six years in jail for refusing to do so. Names given to children must not be “religious.” Twenty-nine names have been banned so far, such as Islam, Saddam, Mecca, Quran, Jihad, Medina; all are now strictly forbidden. Women may not wear any veils that cover the face; even women wearing only the hijab have been prevented in some parts of Xinjiang from using buses. Muslims are required to listen to the official state television (that carries anti-Muslim and pro-Communist propaganda), and cannot prevent their  children from attending state schools, where anti-religion messages are strong.

When the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan offered his preposterously sanitized version of how his government treats Muslims, he had no fear of being cross-examined. For he knew that Pakistan needs China, both as an economic partner, and as a military ally — China supplies 70% of Pakistan’s weaponry — and the Pakistani government is not about to contradict the official Chinese line. The Chinese are, in stark contrast to the fearful and appeasement-minded West, unafraid to come down hard on Islam. And the Pakistanis did not dare to protest. (More recently, a single Pakistani official mildly suggested that the Chinese not end, but merely “soften” their policy in Xinjiang). The reason the ambassador lied is simple: because he could.

Now the world knows that one million Muslim Uighurs have been sent to re-education camps in China, where they are forced to take part in sessions designed to inculcate contempt for religion. These re-education camps have been operating for more than a year. The Uighur inmates are asked to renounce Islam, and are forced to learn Mandarin. A recent report shows there has been no let-up in this anti-Islam campaign:

A city in China’s far-western Xinjiang region has ordered people who are “poisoned by extremism, terrorism and separatism”, in contact with overseas terror groups or act in a conservative Islamic manner, to turn themselves in to authorities.

Those who surrender to judicial organs within 30 days and confess to their crimes will be treated leniently and might avoid punishment, said a notice posted on Sunday on the official social media account of the Hami city government.

Beijing has in recent months faced an outcry from activists, academics and foreign governments over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the Muslim Uighur minority and other ethnic groups that live in Xinjiang.

China rejects the criticism, saying that it protects the religion and culture of minorities in the region and that its security measures are needed to combat the influence of “extremist” groups that incite violence there.

“All individuals involved in terrorist crimes and poisoned by the ‘three evil forces’ are urged to surrender themselves to the judicial organs within 30 days and to confess and hand over the facts of your crime,” said the Hami city notice.

The Chinese government, not content with banning beards, nullifying names, and confiscating Qur’ans, is now asking Uighurs to denounce themselves for the “three evil forces” — extremism, terrorism, and separatism — in the same spirit as the campaigns of public self-denunciation that were such a feature of the Cultural Revolution. If those “involved in terrorist crimes” turn themselves in within 30 days of the announcement just made, and supply useful evidence that might, of course, implicate others in “terrorism,” they can expect “leniency,” although how the ruthless Chinese Communists define “leniency” is unknown.

The notice issued by the municipal “leading small group for stability maintenance” says that actions ranging from being in contact with overseas “terror” groups to conservative Islamic behavior should prompt individuals to turn themselves in.

The kinds of attitudes and acts the Chinese government thinks Uighurs should turn themselves, in for, or report on others about, cover quite a range. The government has decreed that if you have had “contact” with overseas “terror” groups, you should turn yourself in. But what constitutes “contact,” and what qualifies as an overseas “terror” group? Would visiting a half-dozen times the website of a group of French Muslim clerics who are intent on carrying on campaigns of Da’wa in southern France be something for which you must turn yourself in? What about frequently talking on the phone with a Uighur friend now working as an engineer in Saudi Arabia? Would the Chinese government consider this “contact” to be suspect, on the assumption that any Muslim living in Saudi Arabia would necessarily be influenced by the Salafi version of Islam that prevails in that country? If a Uighur’s cousin, now living in Turkey, attends out of curiosity a single meeting in Istanbul of a pan-Turanian group that has, among its goals, independence for Xinjiang, and mentions it in an email to his cousin, noting that he thought pan-Turanianism was an impractical idea, does that email have to be reported to the Chinese government, as “contact” with an “overseas terror group”?

Advocating that people live their entire lives in accordance with the Koran, stopping other people from watching television, or banning alcohol, smoking and dancing at weddings are listed as behaviors that should warrant informing the authorities.

The list also included openly destroying, rejecting or thwarting the government identification system, as well as rejecting government provided housing, subsidies and cigarettes or booze as being “haram” or forbidden.

Uighurs should turn in their fellows, too, for being too observant in their practice of Islam. If a Uighur knows of someone who advocates that Muslims “live their entire lives in accordance with the Qur’an,” he (or she) has a duty to turn that person in. If you find a Muslim who prevents his fellow Muslims from watching television (which broadcasts government anti-Islam propaganda), you have a duty to report him. If a Uighur prevents other Muslims from drinking alcohol, or smoking, or dancing at weddings — all activities that are haram — he is viewed as suspect, and should be reported to the government or ideally, should denounce himself to the authorities.

Those who turn themselves in on time will be treated leniently, and if the information provides a significant clue, then they might avoid all punishment, the notice said.

The “information” that “provides a significant clue” refers to helping the authorities identify others who have exhibited behavior that marks them as “too Muslim.” Turn yourself in, and you “will be treated leniently.” Help the government track down others — in other words, act as an informer — and you may be let off without any punishment.

In August, a United Nations human rights panel said it had received many credible reports that a million or more Uighurs and other minorities are being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” in Xinjiang.

China says it is not enforcing arbitrary detention and political re-education.

Aside from the mass detentions, rights groups also say that the Chinese government has significantly raised limitations on everyday religious observances in the region.

Last month, the region’s capital Urumqi launched a campaign targeting halal products, like food and toothpaste, which are produced according to Islamic law, in order to prevent what it sees as the incursion of Islam into secular life.

Just as the Chinese government forced Uighur restaurants to stay open during Ramadan, it is making it ever more difficult for Muslims to avoid what is haram. The Chinese government is now targeting what it calls “pan-halalization.” This is done by making sure that non-halal foods are present everywhere, including schools, hospitals, and government canteens. Those who are government employees, according to official reports, “should not have any diet problems” — meaning that if you work for the government, you should be willing to eat regular, non-halal foods. And “work canteens will be changed so that officials could try all kinds of cuisine” — which means, of course, trying out foods that are strictly haram.

After more than a year of witnessing the ratcheting up of the campaign to restrict the practice of Islam in Xinjiang — those shorn beards, those confiscated Qur’ans replaced by edited versions, those banned babies’ names, those dancing imams in the public square, those re-education camps, Muslim countries have remained remarkably silent. Some, such as Egypt, have even sent Uighurs back to China, where they undoubtedly faced prosecution. Even when a Pakistani government official finally issued, in late September, a statement about the crackdown in Xinjiang, in late September, it was only to urge that there be a “softening of restrictions” on the Uighurs — with no details given, and that the Chinese government exercise “patience” in dealing with the Uighurs — in other words, the mildest of protests.

The silence is understandable. Chinese are big buyers of oil and gas from Muslim countries. They are also providers of large amounts of both foreign aid and investment, and Pakistan, in particular, economically on the ropes and so reliant on Chinese investment and aid, cannot afford to alienate Beijing.

Finally, at the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva, not Muslim but Western countries spoke out about the re-education camps:

China faced calls on Tuesday [Nov. 6] from Western government to end its mass detention of Uighur Muslims, but brusquely rebuffed the concerns as “not factual” and “politically driven.”

“China is here to seek cooperation,” said its vice foreign minister, Le Yucheng, at the opening of a review by the United Nations Human Rights Council. He pointed to China’s achievements in lifting millions of people from poverty, largely skirting its treatment of ethnic minorities.

The focus and tone changed after North American and European diplomats expressed concern over deteriorating human rights and a crackdown in the western region of Xinjiang that has swept upwards of a million people into indefinite detention in re-education camps. The Muslim detainees are told that they are infected with an “ideological virus,” and are indoctrinated in devotion to the state and the Communist Party.

Representatives of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and other countries called for an end to the detention of Uighurs and members of other minority groups, and urged respect for freedom of religion, expression and association.

Here is something to bring up, whenever Muslim propagandists tell us how aggrieved they feel at the “colonialist” and “anti-Muslim” West and its “islamophobic” peoples. Remind them that it was that West — NATO forces, led by the United States — that rescued the Muslim Bosnians from the Serbs. (Whether that policy was folly is a different question.) Remind them that the Americans have spent 5.6 trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Pakistan. The Americans wanted only to end the despotic rule of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, of the fanatical Taliban in Afghanistan, and also to help Pakistan, which has proven to be a meretricious ally, to fight the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and other terrorists, while remaining economically afloat. At least 5.6 trillion dollars — keep reminding yourself and the world’s Muslims — has been spent since 9/11 to improve the lives of Muslims. Mention, too, the colossal sums — in the tens of billions — the United States has spent since 2001 on economic and security aid to Egypt, to Jordan, to Pakistan, and other Muslim-majority countries. Note, and re-note, that of the six top recipients of American aid, five are Muslim countries.

And then, as a final fillip, point out that it was the West — the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia — that raised with China the issue of the re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs, while the representatives of Muslim countries sat on their hands. That might, if only temporarily, shame the International Islamic Grievance Committee into a chastened silence.

First published in Jihad Watch here, here and here..

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Saturday, 27 April 2019
Twitter quickly suspends Tommy Robinson's MEP campaign account
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I'm sure there used to be laws giving election candidates rights to campaign and spread their message without let or hindrance. From The Daily Mail and Indy 100 the Independent's digest for those with a short attention span. 

Tommy Robinson's campaign to become a Member of European Parliament hasn't got off to the best start. Robinson - whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - has been hit with a fresh setback after Twitter blocked an account representing his MEP campaign within days of his bungled campaign launch.

It is not clear whether Robinson or his team were responsible for running the account, or why the account was blocked. But Robinson has been banned from Twitter since March 2018 for violating its hate speech policy. He was banned from Facebook and Instagram earlier this year.

If you search and then click on the hashtag #tommy robinson mep the first thing I saw was Hope not Hate gloating 

'Tommy Robinson' wants to be an MEP. We want to stop him. If you want to join the campaign to keep Tommy out, commit to campaign here:

Closely followed by failed teacher and professonal anti-fascist MikeStuchbery plugging his article as to why Tommy won't become an MEP. And then the usual suspects, Nick Lowles, the BBC, SUTR and Momentum. 

Britain doesn't need a far-right thug representing it.

There are tweeters in support of Tommy as well. But the bias is evident less than 48 hours after he declared he is standing. I can't even find what was tweeted under the campaign hashtag up to that point but I'll bet a £ to a penny it was unobjectionable of itself. 

Tommy's campaign twitter account wasn't the only one suspended. Carl Benjamin, known as Sargon of Akkad when commenting on political matters is standing as a UKIP candidate. His campaign twitter account @Carl UKIP has also gone. His humour isn't everyone's taste, but this was a serious account. 

UKIP tweeted: "Official UKIP MEP campaign account @CarlUKIP of which Carl Benjamin has no access to has been suspended from Twitter. This is election interference and UKIP will get to the bottom of this."

Later the party tweeted to Twitter's co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey, saying: "This is a gross display of electoral interference. @Jack why is your company interfering in UK elections?"

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Posted on 04/27/2019 11:26 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 27 April 2019
Democrats Court Electoral Disaster With Trump Hearings
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by Conrad Black

The Democrats should be changing the subject, and running away from President Trump’s legal issues as fast as they can.

It is illustrative of how completely invested they were in the hare-brained fraud of Russian collusion, that they are having such a crisis of separation from the subject. They are not the only losers in this fiasco, though they are the biggest losers.

They are left trying to pretend that they have an invitation to impeach from special counsel Robert Mueller, but that is not correct. In his and his Trump-hating investigative staff’s desperation to attack the president, Mueller engaged in the wholly unprofessional practice of acknowledging that he could not claim there was adequate evidence to prosecute or impeach the president, but could not exonerate him, either. It was up to the House of Representatives to determine if there were grounds to impeach.

Ahead of last week’s release of the redacted Mueller report, Attorney General William Barr in his summary explained the criteria for a charge of obstruction. Those criteria include evidence of a corrupt act with corrupt intent in contemplation of a legal proceeding. The attorney general, the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, a favorite of congressional Democrats who was supposedly considering recording Trump two years ago to canvass the cabinet to see if he was mentally unfit to be president, and the special counsel all agreed that none of the necessary ingredients for the president to be guilty of obstruction was present.

The extravagant, knife-edge judgment call the House of Representatives Democrats have been pretending to be considering about whether to impeach or not is bunk—self-improvised therapy to cushion their psychological plunge from confidence they could take down the president, to the grim awakening to the legal vulnerabilities of the Obama Administration and the Clinton campaign in confecting this monstrous fraud of Trump-Russian collusion. It is like a retreating army, led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) insisting that impeachment won’t succeed, then a less defeatist Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying of the president that “he’s not worth it,” (as if there were a chance of impeaching him), followed by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D.-Calif.) intoning that impeachment can’t be done without some Republican support.

Straggling at the back of the dejected column of retreating Democrats is Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), the dog that barks as the caravan passes on. He purports to believe every word of the Steele dossier, which even James Comey effectively dismissed as rubbish as he assured its public circulation, and before it was publicly known to have been commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.

Even as the Democrats, visibly grief-stricken, were forced off the battlements of impeachment by their failed ally Mueller, they are wavering at the false temptation he dangled before them: of trying to aggregate a bunch of acts that do not singly or together constitute an indictable case of obstruction, that the two top law officers in the country and the Justice Department’s counselor have declared do not meet any of the criteria for indictable obstruction, may yet be actionable as obstruction—of justice, as opposed to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s sanity.

Clearly. Only the front of the retreating Democratic column has departed the impeachment fantasy-land. The interim strategy of the itinerant Democrats as they plod backwards is the revenge of endless hearings and subpoenas. This will compound the fiasco from which they are already reeling.

They still do not grasp the point: There was no illegal, or any, collusion with Russia, by Trump, or anyone else.

The notion that there is any possibility of convincing any serious person that the president obstructed justice doesn’t exist. If it did, Mueller would have thankfully seized and alleged it. Instead, he got himself and his rabid bloodhounds off the hook by the thoroughly unprofessional tactic of criticizing someone there is not evidence to charge, as Comey did with Hillary Clinton (though there was plenty of grounds to charge her). But in this case, Mueller salvaged a tiny laurel for himself by describing the president very unflatteringly, and passing the buck. And the Democratic militants in the House, instead of seeing what Mueller’s game is, have taken the bait, and will go down with all hands in absurd hearings that bore the public, where no damaging evidence will be adduced from witnesses who have already been around the track with Mueller; while the headlines and news bulletins are taken over by the investigators of the investigators.

Donald Trump stunned the political class into collective paralysis, disbelief, and snarling lawlessness when he won the presidential election in 2016. They have thrown at him what the attorney general rightfully called an “unprecedented” campaign of (he did not use this expression) dirty tricks and defamation. The defeat he has inflicted on them, furnished by investigators committed to the cause of destroying Trump, is not one that can be cushioned, as the election loss was cushioned by the immense distraction about illegitimacy.

The Democratic guerrilla war has not been conducted without betrayals from the Republican side. The NeverTrumpers, especially former House Speaker Paul Ryan and now departed Senators Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, and John McCain, and a few of the other senators, including Ben Sasse and Lisa Murkowski, gave some aid and comfort to the enemy for the first two years. But at this late stage, only Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) signaled that if the Democrats used their House majority to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, they would have one Republican vote. Romney was pleased that no American had illegally cooperated with Russian election-meddling, but was “sickened” by Mueller’s nasty portrayal of the president’s foibles.

President Trump is what was called in Victorian times “an acquired taste.” Many like him as a public personality and many do not. But the Congress should recall that the American people were not electing someone to lead a cotillion; and in this call for hearings it is in the final stages of confirming his legitimacy, either by letting go of the malicious foolishness about illegal collusion with Russia, or by sending it to the Senate, where it has no chance of being approved, and would probably not even attract the votes of all the Democrats.

Everyone understands that the president and Romney have had their differences. Romney attacked Trump savagely in the primaries, but was happy to be considered as secretary of state. (He never struck me as much of a diplomat—he went to Europe as presumptive Republican nominee in 2012 and told the British they weren’t up to holding the Olympic Games in London, just before one of the most successful Olympiads of all time). Just before he was sworn into the Senate, Romney wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post denouncing Trump. And his “sickened” desertion was a lone voice of Republican treachery masquerading as the moral high ground. There is no shortage of people sickened by Romney as—in the words of his predecessor in the Senate, Orrin Hatch—“a well-oiled weather-vane,” who has faced in all four directions on every issue, and blew a presidential campaign he had largely won in 2012.

Whatever new tedium of partisan muck-raking Nadler and Schiff may yet produce, they will lose their audience to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and others grilling the justice and intelligence and campaign worthies of Obama and Hillary Clinton, including Mueller himself, on the obvious offenses they committed to influence and undo the last presidential election.

It is not the president whose legitimacy is now in any question; it is those who attacked his legitimacy illegally, who will now experience the wheels of justice. The game has turned; the hunted are the hunters. Even Representative Swalwell will figure it out eventually.

First published in American Greatness.

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Posted on 04/27/2019 5:35 AM by Conrad Black
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Friday, 26 April 2019
Sri Lanka attacks: 'Bomb factory' discovered amid gun battle with suspects
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From Sky News, News First, The Telegraph, the Sri Lanka Daily Mirror and Lanka Deepa, a Sinhalese newspaper, but the pictures speak without words. 

A suspected bomb factory has been discovered in Sri Lanka following a gun battle between soldiers and suspects linked to the Easter Sunday bombings.

An explosion was reported during the exchanges in the coastal town of Sammanthurai, 200 miles from the capital, Colombo. A military spokesman said that when troops went to investigate an explosion, they were fired at. 

Among the objects recovered is a banner similar to that of the Islamic State as well as several cans of fuel...a cache of explosives, drones ... and robes used in a propaganda video recorded before the bombers detonated in crowded hotels and restaurants. The bombers filmed themselves swearing allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) before they killed 253 Christians, hotels guests and staff.

Since the suicide bombings at three churches and four hotels on Easter Sunday, in which more than 250 people were killed, police have been carrying out raids across Sri Lanka to find more details about the perpetrators and their supporters.

Police said that 47 swords and military camouflage cloth had been found in a mosque at the Palliyaweediya area in Slave Island.

The illegal stuffs have been found beneath the bed of the chief priest of the mosque. The weaponry and the priest have been brought to the police station and further investigations are being carried out.

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Posted on 04/26/2019 2:42 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 26 April 2019
Tommy Robinson told by police to stop handing out free burgers as 'bribes' during election rally
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From Sky News and the London Evening Standard

At the “Family BBQ” held in Wythenshawe, the former English Defence leader confirmed he will stand in the European elections next month as an independent candidate in the North West of England. Around 300 supporters tuned up to hear the controversial figure speak on the village green on Broadoak Road, Benchill, where the barbecue was served.

Robinson was forced to stop giving away the food after the police informed him that this violated electoral law because it amounted to bribing voters.

Speaking in Wythenshawe after suffering technical hitches with his PA system, Robinson told the crowd he was entering a “David versus Goliath” battle to represent Britain’s “betrayed” working class. 

He said: “Everyone is so disillusioned with the liars in parliament, but that is also our weakness. It is the reason we are being betrayed and will continue being betrayed until they fear us. The only way they will fear us is if we take their seats.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Dave Warnock, the minister of Brownley Green Methodist Church, emerged from his building to distribute leaflets to surrounding homes. They told residents his church was not supporting the event but that a "peace march" would be taking place at 2pm instead. He also offered those who felt intimidated by the event to take refuge in the church.

Above - intimidating local people with babies and pets drive neighbours into refuge in the Methodist church. Not. 

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