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Israeli strike on T-4 base killed "at least 5, including a Syrian regime soldier
2019-06-03
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The Jerusalem Post adds:
At least five Syrians, including a soldier in the Syrian army, were killed in an alleged Israeli attack on the T4 airbase in the eastern Homs province on Sunday night, one day after limited clashes between the two foes, Kan news reported.

An unnamed military source was quoted by SANA as saying that regime air defenses “confronted an Israeli aggression and destroyed two rockets targeting the T4 airport,” adding that the other Israeli rockets caused the death of one soldier and injured two others.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights later reported that at least five Syrians were killed, including a soldier in the Syrian army, Kan news reported. Kan added that severe injuries were also reported and that the number of fatalities may rise.

An ammunition depot was destroyed in the strike and there was material damage to other buildings. According to reports multiple explosions were heard inside the airbase during the strike.

Iran has been moving its assets from areas repeatedly struck by Israel to locations closer to the border with Iraq, specifically the T4 Airbase strategically located between Homs and Palmyra and just yesterday a Fars Air jumbo jet returned to Iran from a possible arms delivery flight at T4.

With a large presence of Iranian-backed troops in the area, both civilian and cargo airlines are used by the IRGC as a front for military transport flights bringing in soldiers and weaponry to bolster Iran’s military presence in Syria.

The strike came just hours after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would not tolerate missile attacks on its territory and would "respond forcefully to any aggression against it."

“Yesterday, two missiles were fired toward Israel from Syrian territory,” Netanyahu said. “One struck inside Syria and the other hit our territory on the Golan Heights. I held security consultations following the attack, and I ordered the IDF to take strong action, which it did, striking several targets.”

The Israel Air Force struck several Syrian military positions in southwestern Damascus and Quneitra, killing seven “foreign fighters” and three Syrian Armed Force (SAF) soldiers, and injuring seven others, in retaliation for the rockets fired earlier into northern Israel.

The IDF confirmed that jets and attack helicopters struck a number of military targets in Syria in retaliation for the rocket fire, including two artillery batteries, a number of observation posts near the border, and an SA-2 air defense battery, in retaliation for the SAF rocket fire.
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Home Front: Culture Wars
Palantir has no place at Berkeley: they help tear immigrant families apart
2019-06-02
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style='float:right;border:1px solid midnightblue;padding:3px;margin:3px;' />[Guardian] This week, Berkeley Law School is hosting its annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, a gathering of academics, advocates, government officials, lawyers, business people and others dedicated to digital privacy ‐ privacy in the age of the internet and increasing surveillance. This year, as every year since 2011, that conference will be sponsored by Palantir Technologies, a secretive data-mining company that, among other things, has been active in aiding the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families.

We are demanding that the school cut its ties to Palantir, a company deeply embedded in the current administration’s crackdown on immigrants. We are not alone. More than 140 academics yesterday released a letter calling on the conference to reject Palantir as a corporate sponsor. Palantir employees have also "begged" the company’s CEO to cancel its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Tech workers protested against the company’s contracts with immigration agencies two years ago. Immigration activists rallied outside its headquarters last summer, and Stanford students flyered Palantir employees as they went in for breakfast earlier this month, asking them to stop separating families.
OOooooo! 140 Academics!
Standing by to watch any institution associate itself with Palantir is unacceptable. We all become complicit in giving the company credibility that softens its image.

Palantir provides software to Immigration and Customs Enforcement that has been called "mission critical" by the government’s own documents. Earlier this month, documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Palantir software was used by federal agents to investigate family members of children who had crossed the border alone. Agents were explicitly instructed to "arrest the subjects and anybody encountered during the inquiry who is out of status".
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Terror Networks
ISIS bride helping CIA track down Baghdadi
2019-06-02
You go, girl!
[ALMASDARNEWS] The most senior female ISIS prisoner has played a significant role in the CIA’s manhunt for His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...the head of ISIS, or what remains of it, and a veteran of the Abu Graib jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us. So far he has been killed at least four times, though not yet by a stake through the heart...
, it has been revealed by the Guardian.

The ISIS woman, Nisrine Assad Ibrahim, better known by her doom-inducing nom de guerre, Umm Sayyaf, has reportedly helped in joint CIA-Kurdish efforts to track down Mr Baghdadi by providing detailed accounts of his movements over the years, including the locations of safe houses as well as the obscure traveling routes that he takes.

Miss Sayyaf, 29-years-old, and believed to be Iraqi, was captured in a 2015 US Delta Force raid in Syria, in which her husband, ISIS’s then-second in command and the group’s so-called oil minister, Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
, was killed.

Since being detained, Miss Sayyaf has reportedly spent many hours helping American Sherlocks use maps to determine where Baghdadi may be bogged down.

"They were very polite [the American Sherlocks] and wore civilian clothes," she told the Guardian, "I showed them everything I knew."

In February 2016, Miss Sayyaf is said to have provided the location of a house in the northern Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
where she believed Baghdadi was hiding out. Yet, despite being so close to bagging the world’s most wanted man, Kurdish officials told the Guardian that the US did not want to carry out an Arclight airstrike on the home for fear of killing civilians in the tightly packed neighbourhood.

"I told them where the house was," Umm Sayyaf is reported as having said.

"I knew he’d been there because it was one of the houses that was provided for him, and one of the places he liked the most," she told the Guardian.
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Southeast Asia
Dutch hostage killed while trying to escape from militants in Philippines
2019-06-01
[AlAhram] A Dutch photographer held hostage by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
-linked snuffies in the Philippines since 2012 was killed on Friday by his captors when he tried to escape during a firefight on a remote southern island, the military said.

Ewold Horn, a wildlife photographer, was shot by his guards from the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
group when he tried to flee during a clash between government troops and the Death Eaters, said Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, commander of a Joint Task Force on Sulu island.

Horn and a fellow photographer, Lorenzo Vinciguerra from Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
, were taken captive as they were sailing off an island called Tawi Tawi on a bird-watching trip more than seven years ago and later taken to Sulu. Vinciguerra escaped in 2014.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands had informed Horn’s family.

"I am shocked by this terrible outcome", Blok said, "I have been in contact with the family. I will ask my counterpart in the Philippines for further clarification."

Six snuffies were also killed in the firefight in the town of town of Patikul on Sulu, Pabayo said. The circumstances of the firefight were not immediately clear.

Also killed during the clash on Friday was Mingayan Sahiron, the wife of Radullan Sahiron, a big shot of the Abu Sayyaf, the military said.

Radullan Sahiron is on a U.S. State Department wanted list with a $1 million reward for his capture since his involvement in the kidnapping of U.S. tourists in 2001.

He was believed to have escaped the clash, another military front man said.

The Abu Sayyaf, a small but violent group in the Moslem south of the largely Catholic Philippines, has been known for extortion, kidnappings, beheadings and bombings, and has pledged allegiance to Islamic State snuffies in Iraq and Syria.

It earlier pledged allegiance to the al Qaeda Death Eater group.
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Economy
U.S. Tariff Deal with Mexico, Canada Is Also About Cutting Off China's Steel
2019-05-18
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style='float:right;border:1px solid midnightblue;padding:3px;margin:3px;' />[Fortune] The U.S. has reached an agreement to drop steel and aluminum tariffs on the two countries in return for preventing Chinese steel from coming over their borders into the U.S.

In a speech before the National Association of Realtors, President Trump said, "I’m pleased to announce that we’ve just reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico and will be selling our product into those countries without the imposition of tariffs or major tariffs," according to Bloomberg.

This would remove one barrier the new USMCA agreement, the replacement for NAFTA, has faced in getting passage from Congress. Reactions have been relatively positive. "It’s a pretty good agreement," said Usha Haley, a professor of management and director of the Center for International Business Advancement at Wichita State University and co-author of Subsidies to Chinese Industry. "It looks promising and I think it’s a win for Trump."

"One client of mine, who fabricates and sells critical components to the world’s leading airplane manufacturers, has resorted to stockpiling their own supply of internationally sourced steel in their parking lot as trade negotiations play out," Carlos Martinez, a principle with southern California-based accounting firm Haskell & White, wrote in an email to Fortune. "Today’s news comes as a relief as it brings some clarity to metal pricing in North America."

The United Steelworkers sent a statement to Fortune that quoted USW International President Leo W. Gerard as saying, "Today’s agreement will help restore confidence and stability to the North American steel and aluminum markets. From day one, we made it clear that the real problem isn’t Canada or Mexico, but those countries that are undermining the trading system through predatory trade practices and non-market policies that have created massive overcapacity and trade imbalance."

After the Bay Bridge bolt debacle, I'd recheck the metallurgy of any steel products from China
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No, There Isn't Moral Equivalence Between Communist China And The U.S.
2019-05-11
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style='float:right;border:1px solid midnightblue;padding:3px;margin:3px;' />[The Federalist] Just as trade negotiations between China and the United States may be reaching their crescendo, an outspoken ex-conservative has made an assertion about the People’s Republic of China (PRC) likely to warm the hearts of the leaders of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Writing in the Washington Post on his desire for an "unapologetic atheist" to someday ascend to the White House, Max Boot says:
There are too many examples of evil committed in the name of God to assume that people act morally because they are afraid of divine punishment. More likely, people are social animals who develop moral codes so they can live at peace with their neighbors. That’s why almost all societies, whether religious or not, have similar taboos against murder, robbery, rape and other sins.
Most of China’s 1.4 billion people have no religious affiliation, and fewer than 7 percent are monotheists. Is there any reason to believe that China is a less moral place than the United States, where 70.6 percent profess to be Christians? [Emphasis mine]

Boot’s apparent attempt to draw moral equivalence between China and the United States would be news to the 1.4 billion Chinese citizens living in the world’s leading surveillance state‐to the extent they are able to read his article behind the Great Firewall, and not one of the 1 to 2 million Uighurs currently imprisoned in "re-education camps" or countless others held captive for challenging the Party line.

It would be news to members of the dissenting Chinese diaspora being tracked down and targeted by the Communist regime at every corner of the Earth. And it would be news to those peoples whose sovereignty is threatened by the CCP and the People’s Liberation Army that serves it‐"it" being the Party, not the country.

Beyond the Chinese people and those in China’s direct orbit, Boot’s claim would also be news to the more than 20 million U.S. federal government employees or applicants, and their families, friends, and colleagues, who had their most sensitive information stolen by China in the 2014 Office of Personnel Management hack. It would be news to the entrepreneurs who have seen hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of intellectual property and technology pilfered by the Chinese government. And it would be news to those nations who are being crushed under the weight of Chinese debt if not foreclosed upon under the PRC’s loan-to-own Belt and Road strategy.
"Stolen by China" - did you read that, (He)erb?
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Press Concerned After Trump Enters Room Accompanied By Imperial March
2019-04-22
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style='float:right;border:1px solid midnightblue;padding:3px;margin:3px;' />[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐Members of the White House Press Corp reported their terrified concern after the White House Band began playing the Imperial March ahead of a Trump press conference Thursday afternoon, sources confirmed.

The solemn march has historically been associated with the rise of the Galactic Empire.

"Well, this can't be a good sign," one posted on Twitter along with the footage of Trump entering the room accompanied by the tune. "Does the White House understand the significance of this song?!?"

White House musicians then transitioned to the Emperor's Theme, Duel of the Fates, and finally lightened things up a bit with a popular, upbeat Cantina song.

The President issued a public update on the progress of the federal government's latest project, a large battle station the approximate size of a small moon. "Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen," he said.

Trump was flanked by scores of Stormtroopers, Imperial guards, and TIE Fighter pilots, sources also confirmed at publishing time.
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Many producers are alarmed by signs that the administration would accept Chinese purchase target pledges for commodities like soybeans and pork without a promise to lift retaliatory tariffs, said industry representatives, some of whom spoke only on condition of anonymity to avoid consequences for publicly criticizing the administration.

"This is of great concern to producers out here facing another year of tariffs," said Mark Powers, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, which represents cherry, pear and apple growers in the Pacific Northwest. "We’re disappointed. Clearly the priority lies elsewhere."

Farmers are unnerved by Trump’s enthusiasm for tariffs and his tendency to pick industry winners and losers, even as he promises in general terms to put "America first" in negotiations with the U.S.’s largest trading partner.

As China and the U.S. aim to finalize a trade truce within the next month, Beijing is considering a U.S. request to shift some tariffs on key agricultural goods to other products, people familiar with the situation said.
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style='float:right;border:1px solid midnightblue;padding:3px;margin:3px;' />[VOE] In the wake of the Christchurch mosque attack, we come to find out that New Zealand has removed references to Jesus from the parliamentary prayer, sparking outrage among the country’s Christian population.

Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard, made the decision to drop references to Jesus in order to make the prayer "more inclusive" for all parliamentarians.

The Guardian reported: A reference to "almighty god" remains, but it is not a specific reference to a Christian god. The protesters want Jesus’s name reinstated, and held signs reading "Dishonourable Judas Mallard".

Around 1,000 people protested on the steps of parliament house in Wellington, arguing that New Zealand was a Christian nation and Mallard had no authority to axe Jesus’s name.

"He needs a good kick in his pants, and he needs to actually be removed because this is a Christian nation", protester Rieki Teutscher told Radio NZ. "We don’t share his atheism."

Another protester, Carmel Morgan, said Mallard should have consulted with New Zealanders or announced a referendum before changing the prayer.

"This is a land of democracy, this is a land of freedom, you know, we want to be a first world country... he took that choice away from us."
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Bennet's Bar, 8 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LG
2019-03-23
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Forget any sort of hipster pretension: Bennet's has retained its Victorian character since it first opened in 1839, making it a wonderful "old man bar" in the rapidly developing Tollcross. It’s full of antique charm, thanks to gorgeous stained glass windows and old maps under the glass tabletops. But a little modernity has crept in‐gorgeous red banquettes, for example‐making it a welcoming place for any age. Keep an eye out for the snug, Victorian-era space once frequented by those who didn't want to be seen in a public bar‐mostly women, priests, or policemen. You can relive those bygone days by ordering your drink through the hatch.

Cool. Tell us more about the crowd‐it sounds eclectic.
This is a casual place where locals stop in for a pint on their walk home. You won't catch too many tourists here (those who are, are likely heading to the theater next door).

What should we be drinking?
Beer or whisky‐the bar has more than 150 single malts alone.
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2019-03-13
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[American Thinker] Oddly enough, Skripal's poisoning was triggered not by the actions of the Trump administration, but by the indictment put forward by Mueller's team against 13 Russians from the "troll factory" on February 16, 2018.

On this day, the Kremlin realized that the noose is being tightened, and, from the Kremlin's point of view, it does not matter at all whether the Trump team or the Mueller team did it. Under no circumstances would Moscow have allowed the GRU to be called a true source of the "Russian dossier" on Trump. The Kremlin urgently needed to send world public opinion to a false direction.

The Kremlin considered the nonexistent Steele-Miller-Skripal link as a convenient and timely combination of circumstances, an opportunity that it could not pass up. Putin's regime had to prove that it was not Russian intelligence services who composed the "Russian dossier." The Kremlin needed to send the investigation on the wrong track ‐ ostensibly, this Skripal was the very "source close to the Kremlin" of Christopher Steele. Moreover, supposedly, this is precisely why the buyers of the "Russian dossier" decided to eliminate Skripal.

In other words, the Skripal poisoning was a cover-up operation of the Kremlin, the purpose of which was to send the "ObamaGate" investigation in a false direction.

For the Kremlin, killing Skripal looked like a pretty attractive move that would explain much, if not all, to the court of public opinion. It would explain the fact that the "author of the dossier" sufficiently "knew Russian material" and the fact that the linguistic analysis of the "dossier" showed that the text was written grammatically correctly and formatted according to MI6 reporting standards but that the author is not a native English speaker.
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Southeast Asia
Singaporean militant Mohamed Kazali Salleh owned businesses in JB, including massage parlours: Sources
2019-02-23
[AsiaOne] A Singaporean incarcerated
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
recently for turban activities had multiple businesses in Johor Baru, ranging from massage parlours to restaurants.

Sources said the suspect, whom Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs identified as Mohammed Kazali Salleh, 48, also brought in scrap cars from Singapore and Indonesia to Malaysia.

"The authorities are investigating whether the businesses were a front for the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terror group," said a source, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Mohammed Kazali was among six suspected holy warriors detained by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division in anti-terror sweeps between Dec 19 and Jan 28.

The turban, who had given funds and received orders from Malaysian turban leader Akel Zainal, was told to recruit a few others for an attack on a Freemason building in central Johor Baru, another source said.

"He has been in close contact with Akel since 2008. Authorities discovered that in December last year, Akel told him to target a Freemason building in the Nong Chik area," the source said.

The suspect was handed over to the Singaporean authorities on Jan 7 after Bukit Aman completed the investigations.

Mohammed Kazali was detained under the country's Internal Security Act.

"Based on intelligence, the suspect was not leading any terror cell in the island republic," said a source.

Five others detained along with Mohammed Kazali during the operations by Bukit Aman police were two Malaysians and three men from Bangladesh, the Philippines and a south Asian country.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun had said the two local men had been deported from a foreign country for their involvement with ISIS, and were arrested in Sepang.

It is learnt that the duo were working at a farm in Australia before being deported.

A 21-year-old Filipino, who was a member of the Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
Group, was arrested in Kota Kinabalu followed by a 26-year-old south Asian man who was detained in Puchong along with a Bangladeshi cleaner in Klang.

Sources said the south Asian man had been harbouring his fellow countrymen for a month.

"His friend is listed under Interpol's Red Notice for his involvement in terrorist activities," the source said.

The latest arrests bring the total number of holy warriors detained since February 2013 to 459 people.
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