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2019-08-25 Olde Tyme Religion
[Jpost] Yasmine Mohammed has a story that sounds like an adventure novel. The ex-Moslem, as she calls herself, escaped a forced marriage to an Al Qaeda operative, who was bailed out of prison by the late Osama bin Laden
...... who doesn't live anywhere anymore......
himself.

Now, the author of Confessions of an Ex-Moslem is open about her past so she can help others, she told The Jerusalem Post. Mohammed says that she is on a mission to help closeted apostates living in Moslem-majority countries, and to teach the "naive West" about the true nature of Islam.
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2019-08-21 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[PJMEDIA] After years of legal wrangling, a federal judge has given the FBI 60 days to cough up records of their communications with former British spy Remington Christopher Steele after he was terminated as a confidential human source.

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch first sought FBI documents on Steele in May of 2017 through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The court initially sided with the FBI but reopened the case in 2018 when evidence emerged that Steele was an FBI informant. Judicial Watch again asked the FBI to search for their Steele records, but the FBI continued to stonewall, declining to confirm or deny that they even existed.

Now, U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper has put an end to the cat-and-mouse game.

"Those records might either bolster or weaken Steele’s credibility as a source," Judge Cooper said in his ruling. "That information, in turn, could provide a basis on which to evaluate the FBI’s performance of its law-enforcement duties, including its judgment in selecting and relying on confidential sources, especially in connection with such a politically sensitive subject."
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2019-08-21 -Land of the Free
[NATIONALREVIEW] Planned Parenthood
...has received federal funding since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed into law the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act. It is sometimes described as the gynecololgical wing of the Democratic party.

will refuse all Title X funding rather than comply with the Trump administration’s restrictions governing the discussion of child sacrifice abortion at clinics that participate in the program, the group announced Monday.

Planned Parenthood decided to abandon Title X, which accounts for roughly 15 percent of its overall federal funding each year, in response to a Trump administration rule barring clinics that participate in the program from referring women to child sacrifice abortion providers.

"When you have an unethical rule that will limit what providers can tell our patients, it becomes really important that we not agree to be in the program. But to be clear we’re doing that because we’re being forced out," the group said in a Monday statement. "Trump’s administration is trying to force us to keep information from our patients. The gag rule is unethical, dangerous, and we will not subject our patients to it."

Prior to its withdrawal, Planned Parenthood was receiving $60 million of the $286 million allocated annually through Title X. The organization will continue to receive roughly $500 million in annual Medicaid reimbursements from the federal government.

A federal appeals court ruled in July that the Trump administration’s rule change could take effect while a lawsuit, brought by Planned Parenthood and other groups in February, runs its course. The Department of Health and Human Services then gave Planned Parenthood until August 19 to submit a plan demonstrating that it would make "good faith efforts" to comply with the new rule. Planned Parenthood requested a stay from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week that would have delayed the rule-implementation deadline its legal challenge was resolved, but the court rejected that request.

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2019-08-21 Home Front: Politix
[NBCNEWS] Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Monday released a comprehensive animal welfare plan that includes a series of ambitious policy proposals, including making animal abuse a federal crime and cracking down on trophy hunting.
I'm not sure any of this is within the purview of the federal govt, or why he thinks it is.
"Our plan to advance animal welfare is not only the right thing to do, but will improve people’s lives through responsible pet ownership and a more sustainable agricultural system," the former Housing secretary said in a statement unveiling unveiled what he called "The PAW Plan."

Other top proposals in the plan include working to end euthanizing of cats and dogs and expanding protected U.S. lands to 30 percent by 2030, with a goal of 50 percent by 2050. He proposed creating a $40 million grant program to expand spaying, neutering and vaccinations for low-income pet owners, strengthening the Endangered Species Act, banning use of federal land for fossil fuel exploration and ending the import of big-game trophies. Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
Jr., the president's eldest son, is an infamous big-game hunter.

"Protecting these majestic animals must first start with repealing the Trump administration’s NRA loopholes that allow trophy hunting and enforcing strict penalties on the domestic ivory trade," the plan reads.

Castro said in his plan that his hometown, San Antonio, went from a place that killed the most pets per capita in the United States to no-kill status in less than a decade. Castro criticizes President Donald Trump and his administration in his plan, saying their response to climate change and ongoing declines in biodiversity has been to dramatically weaken the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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2019-08-21 -Land of the Free
The Pentagon says it has successfully tested a new ground-launched cruise missile just weeks after the U.S. severed the decades-old Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF. The treaty had prevented such tests.

The Defense Department announced Monday that the flight test of the "conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile" was conducted at San Nicolas Island, California, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
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2019-08-21 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[FOXNEWS] A boy from Ohio donated all his livestock premiums from a county fair, which totaled $15,000, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to a local school district.

Diesel Pippert, a seventh-grade student at Western Reserve Local Schools, in Berlin Center, Ohio, was called a "hero" by the school district after he donated all his profits from the Huron County Fair’s animal sale .
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2019-08-21 Home Front: Politix
[WCIA] A series of pictures posted online after a Friday night political fundraising event for state Senator Martin Sandoval (D-reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
) show an event attendee pointing what appears to be a fake assault weapon at another person wearing a Mexican costume and a mask of President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
.

Donors paid a minimum of $250 to attend Sandoval’s golf outing at the Klein Creek Golf Club in west suburban Winfield. A woman who attended the event posted the photos to her Facebook page on Saturday and tagged Sandoval in them. Sandoval is pictured separately posing with the man who held the fake weapon, but it remains unclear if the Senator knew about the incident when it occurred.

The mock liquidation pose drew quick, bipartisan condemnation from Governor J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Democratic Party, and from the Illinois Republican Party alike.

"As our nation grapples with the epidemic of gun violence, purposely pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong," Pritzker said Saturday night. "I condemn actions like the ones displayed in the pictures because they lack the civility our politics demands."

"The tragedies in El Paso and Gilroy have demonstrated how hate-filled political rhetoric can fuel violence," Maura Possley, a spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Illinois, said. "These images are unacceptable and dangerous. The place to make our voices heard against Trump is at the ballot box."

Sandoval, a powerful state politician who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee and was a driving force behind the recent gas tax increase to fund the ’Rebuild Illinois’ capital plan, issued an apology in an emailed statement.

"The incident that took place is unacceptable," he said. "I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event."

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider called on Sandoval to fire the person in the photo if they were a staffer or volunteer.

"The apology from Sen. Sandoval for the detestable pictures from his event depicting an liquidation of President Trump is too little, too late," Schneider said via a front man. "Dangerous imagery like this will be condemned and seen as inappropriate by people of sound mind; however, a mentally unstable individual who wants to harm President Trump might find them as an inspiration. It’s inexcusable for an elected official to allow the promotion of violence in any way. If the individual pictured is a staffer or volunteer, they should be terminated immediately."

Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Trump, said on Twitter Sunday night that other Democrats should be asked if they support or disavow the images.
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2019-08-21 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[FOXNEWS] A New York man accused of raping a 74-year-old woman was thrown out of court Monday after he picked up the table at which his defense team was sitting and launched it in the direction of prosecutors, capping a series of outbursts that disrupted the jury selection proceedings.

Shamik King, 30, was removed from the Syracuse courtroom at around 11:30 a.m. after he hurled a wooden table at the prosecution team's table, sending splinters flying, according to The Post-Standard.

King, who's accused of raping an elderly woman on Aug. 19, 2018 at the Skyline Apartments, is charged with rape, burglary and assault and was in court as part of jury selection in the case.
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2019-08-20 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
...aka Abu Mazen, a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial. While no Yasser Arafat, he has his own brand of evil, just a little more lowercase....
has fired all of his advisers, his office says today, amid a financial crisis in the West Bank that has prompted deep salary cuts.

Abbas’s office doesn’t provide further details on the number of advisers or the costs involved, pointing only to a brief statement issued through official Paleostinian news agency WAFA.

The move comes amid a spending crunch following Israel’s decision in February to withhold around $10 million a month in tax transfers.

Israel collects some $190 million a month in customs duties levied on goods destined for Paleostinian markets that transit through its ports. It then transfers the money to the Paleostinian government.

The amount it deducted ‐ $138 million for the year ‐ corresponds to what Israel says the Paleostinian Authority paid Death Eaters in Israeli prisons, or their families, in 2018.

Abbas has accused Israel of blackmail and refused to take any of the tax transfers, which account for some 65 percent of PA revenues.

The PA has cut salaries for most its tens of thousands of employees by half to keep the government afloat.
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2019-08-20 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[Mil.com] Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."

The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.

There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.

"The Under Secretary of Defense has authorized the Armed Forces Service Medal to service members who have provided support to CBP, starting from April 7, 2018 [until a date to be determined]," said Army Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Defense Department spokesman at the Pentagon.
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2019-08-20 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
If you're not happy about this, then you're racist.

Diversity!
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2019-08-20 Africa North
[AnNahar] The Libyan navy said Sunday 335 migrants colonists had been rescued and one body recovered in separate operations off the coast, as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
Nine children were among 57 migrants colonists in a wooden boat rescued Saturday about 40 nautical miles from the town of Zuwara, west of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, navy front man General Ayoub Kacem told AFP.

He said they were from Æthiopia and Egypt.

It came days after Libyan navy patrols on Tuesday "rescued 278 migrants colonists on board four inflatable boats northwest and northeast of Tripoli", Kacem added.

The operations took place off the coasts of the cities of Khoms, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Tripoli, and Sabratha, located 70 kilometers west of the capital.

According to the statement, 128 Sudanese were in the boats, in addition to migrants colonists from Chad, Egypt, Niger, Benin and Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
, including 35 women and 11 children.

One body was also recovered by the coastguard.
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2019-08-20 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] Mohammad Maslah, 21, entered the West Bank in June and sneaked into Israel from the Tulkarem area on July 22, tried to assault cop during arrest.

Israeli prosecutors on Monday charged a 21-year-old Jordanian man who attempted to knife a police officer and confessed to planning to stab an IDF soldier last month.

The indictment filed at the Haifa District Court charged Mohammad Maslah with planning to carry out a deadly terror attack, aggravated assault and other charges.

The indictment called him a Jordanian citizen, according to Hebrew media reports.

According to a police statement released after the indictment was filed, two officers patrolling late on July 22 in the northern city of Hadera noticed the suspect sitting alone at a bus stop on Hanasi Street. They approached him and began to question him.

The young man turned out to be a Paleostinian with Jordanian citizenship residing in the West Bank village of Deir al-Ghusun, near Tulkarem, who had entered Israel without an entry permit.

In later questioning, Maslah said he had arrived in the West Bank from Jordan in June, and was living with his sister for a month before sneaking into Israel.

One of the officers informed Maslah he was under arrest, but as he attempted to cuff him, Maslah allegedly resisted, then pulled out a knife with a 17-centimeter (7-inch) blade. According to police, Maslah then attempted to stab one of the cops and expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

The officers gave chase, called in reinforcements, and eventually caught up to Maslah and ordered him at gunpoint to drop his knife.

According to police, Maslah then shouted "holy shit! Allahu akbar," or "God is greater," and lunged at an officer. The officer fired a single shot into the man’s left leg, causing him to collapse to the ground. Maslah was lightly to moderately injured by the gunfire, and taken to the city’s Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.

No police were hurt during the incident.

According to police, Maslah said during questioning that he got the knife from his sister’s home, entered Israel through a gap he found in the security fence around Tulkarem, and jumped on a bus to Hadera.

Once there, he said he spent the day looking for a soldier to stab. That remained his plan later that night as he sat at the bus stop where the officers first encountered him.

The charge sheet also includes illegal entry into Israel, illegal weapon possession, and obstructing a police officer.
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2019-08-20 Home Front: Politix
[Gateway Pundit] Hillary fired back at President Trump Monday afternoon over his allegation that Google manipulated the 2016 election in Crooked’s favor.

President Trump on Monday morning said Google should be sued for manipulating millions of votes in Hillary Clinton’s favor during the 2016 election.

"Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!" Trump said in a tweet Monday morning.

According to the newly released Senate report, Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist, author and professor, Google manipulated at least 2.6 million — and upwards of 10+ million votes in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Dr. Epstein, an admitted liberal and very vociferous supporter of Hillary Clinton, said that Google and other tech billionaires will ramp up in 2020 and make sure all hands are on deck to stop Trump from winning the election.

Hillary responded to Trump on Twitter and said, without offering any evidence, that the study has been “debunked.”

Hillary then bragged about how many people in Trump’s campaign have been indicted — they were all indicted based on a fraudulent dossier that Hillary Clinton paid for.

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2019-08-20 Iraq
[DAWN] Members of rival Iraqi biker gangs, clad in studded leather and black berets, burst out of their semi-circles to break dance, their tattoo-covered arms waving neon glowsticks.

The Mongols Motorcycle Club dance circle was one of several at the Riot Gear Summer Rush event, a car show and concert held at a sports stadium in the heart of Baghdad.

The scene was a far cry from the usual images broadcast from the city of violence and mayhem. But nearly two years since Iraq declared victory over the murderous Moslem Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, the capital has been quietly remaking its image.

Since the blast walls ‐ a feature of the capital since a US-led invasion in 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein ‐ started coming down, a less restrictive way of life has emerged.

"We held this party so people can know that Iraq has this kind of culture, and has these kinds of people who love life and music," said Arshad Haybat, a 30-year-old film director who founded the Riot Gear events company.

Riot Gear has thrown similar parties in Iraq before, but Friday’s was the first open to the public. The day started with young men showing off imported muscle cars and cycle of violences. By nightfall, it had turned into a pulsating electronic dance music (EDM) show.

Iraqi hip-hop collective Tribe of Monsters played a mix of EDM and Trap music as young men, clasping elaborate vape pens, danced through strobe lights and smoke machines, livestreaming their moves on Snapchat and Instagram.

It was a heady mix of Baghdad’s burgeoning subcultures: bikers, gamers, EDM enthusiasts. What most had in common was they’d never been to a party like this in Iraq.

"We have only ever seen this kind of concert on TV and films," said 21-year-old Mustafa Osama. "I can’t describe my feelings to see such a thing in Iraq."
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2019-08-20 Afghanistan
[ToloNews] The surviving groom, Mirwais Alani, says the tragic incident has taken all his happiness and joy forever.
"I never even got the dowry"
He did get the girl, though — that has to count for something.
An Afghan groom whose wedding ceremony was hit by a suicide kaboom in Kabul on Saturday evening says the tragedy has taken happiness from his life forever.

Interior Ministry says 63 people were killed and more than 180 others were maimed in the blast claimed by ISIS.

The blast happened at around 11:40 pm when the elders were attending the Nikah ceremony and female guests were having dinner, eyewitnesses said.

Mirwais Alani, 26, who was engaged with Roeena, 18, seven months ago, worked for months to celebrate his wedding.

"I would have never organized this ceremony if I knew that such an incident happens," Mr. Alani said.

"I was supposed to return happy, but within span of two hours, they devastated my whole life. They devastated my life within seconds," he added.

Mr. Alani said the government has failed to provide security to the people.

"We had done nothing wrong to anyone, but our lives were devastated," the groom added.

His brother, Basir, said described the attack horrific and said he heard a huge blast sound at first and then he saw that three everyone was on the ground.

"People work day and night to make their lives, but the things go like this and their wishes and dreams are ruined," the groom’s relative Mohammad Aref said.

The bride’s 11-year-old brother was also killed in the attack.

Despite that, Mirwais and Roeena have tied the knot and they have to live together with the bitter memories.
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2019-08-20 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] A multiparty conference of the opposition went underway in Islamabad around Monday noon.

The conference, which was called and is being hosted by Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one that was led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spent more time running his madrassah until his secretary rubbed him out in a jealous rage. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
...Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty...
, is being attended by leaders and members of most opposition parties. However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
PPP co-chairmen Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
...husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in...
and Bilawal Baby Bhutto Zardari
...Pak dynastic politician, son of Benazir Bhutto and grandon of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. As far as is known, Bilawal has no particular talents other than being pretty and being able to memorize political slogans, but he had the good luck to be born into the right family and he hasn't been assassinated yet...
, and PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif are not in attendance.

Commenting on the key leaders' absence, Special Adviser to Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan tweeted to say that the PPP and PML-N had yet again 'played' Rehman by not showing up.

The prime minister's adviser said that Rehman's time would be better spent condemning the atrocities in Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
rather than finding common ground the the two leading opposition parties.
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2019-08-20 Africa North
[Libya Observer] The Revolutionary Gathering of Zintan reiterated in a statement on Sunday, its rejection to "the coup attempt" by Abdullah Thini's government against the legitimate bodies, by appointing a steering council to replace the elected municipal council of the city.

The statement described the attempt as a failure and held al-Thini the legal and social responsibility for sowing discord among the people of Zintan.

They also underscored their determination to defend their democratic choice and their right to vote.

Al-Thini issued a decision in late July, in which he replaced the elected councils of several municipalities including Zintan city with other appointed steering councils.
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2019-08-20 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] A mysterious fire erupted on Sunday at a government primary school for girls in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan, police said on Monday.

While the nature of the fire is not clear as yet, a police officer told DawnNewsTV on condition of anonymity that some miscreants had apparently set the furniture and books in the school on fire.

The incident comes a year after 14 schools, several of them girls-only institutions, in Diamer district were torched in a single night by miscreants. A local journalist said that the school where the fire occurred over the weekend was one of those 14 schools.

Police officials said they could not find any clue or indication of a short circuit or some other accident having caused the fire. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
an inquiry was launched to ascertain the cause of the blaze.

Meraj, the chairman of a local schools committee, approached police to file a case against the inferno, however, no case had been filed till Monday evening.

The chairman contended in his application that anti-education elements target schools time and again, so action should be taken against them.

Diamer is the lowest-ranking district in terms of quality of education in GB, and among the 10 lowest-ranking districts in Pakistain.

There are 244 government schools in the district, about 83 per cent of which are primary level, 10.6pc middle schools and 6pc high schools. There are no higher secondary schools in the district. Of the total number of government schools, 156 are boys schools, while 88 are girls-only schools, according to Alif Ailaan.
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Gilgit-Baltistan: 2019-05-16 Steps underway to link seminaries to education ministry
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[The Hill] A former FBI intelligence officer said Thursday that combating right-wing extremism and white nationalism poses a serious challenge for security officials going into 2020.

"If you want intelligence to be good on the current wave of domestic terrorism ‐ what people call right-wing extremism, Neo-Nazi extremism ‐ I don’t think people realize how tough that target is," Philip Mudd, who is now a counterterrorism analyst, told Hill.TV in response to a question about how security officials should prepare for the future.

"It’s dispersed, that’s people in every state, but it’s also a civil liberties issue," he added.

Mudd said the first step towards combating white nationalist-fueled violence is re-evaluating the nation's political rhetoric.

"Either side of the political spectrum, you cannot validate their anger," he said in reference to members who identify as part of the Neo-Nazi movement.

"You can’t even get close to saying it’s appropriate to look at a foreigner in this country or an immigrant or an asylum seeker and say that person is less than you," he added. "It’s not a political statement, it’s what I saw with Al-Qaeda."

Mudd also said lawmakers need to take congressional action against homegrown hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

"That means laws that say, ’hey, groups that committed acts of violence ‐ how about the KKK, you want to go after them? They’ve committed acts of violence for political reasons ‐ that’s terrorism," he said. "The politicians have to provide cover."

The mass shooting in El Paso, Texas has renewed calls to address the rise of domestic terror attacks. Federal authorities believe the suspected shooter, who killed 22 people, was motivated by hatred of Hispanics and immigrants.

Related: CBS - 56 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, including four fatally
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2019-08-20 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] Multiple sustained wounds in back to back explosions in Jalalabad city, the historic provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

The Governor’s Office of Nangarhar said in a statement that six bombs went off in Jalalabad city earlier today.

The statement further added that the earth-shattering kabooms maimed at least 17 people in the 1st and 4th districts of the city.

Furthermore, the Governor’s Office said the security forces had earlier discovered and defused six bombs from various parts of the city.

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Bugs Moroni was holding Slats from behind while his brother Greasy Thumb was pounding his face into paste ...
the statement by Governor’s Office added that the health condition of three people has been reported as critical.

No individual or group including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
has so far grabbed credit for the earth-shattering kabooms.
An Nahar adds:
Afghanistan's independence day was marred by bloodshed Monday when a series of explosions shook the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding dozens of people including children.

As many as 10 blasts were reported in and around the city in Nangarhar province, authorities said, and casualty numbers appeared to be rising.

"The explosions were caused by IEDs in different parts of the city and as groups of people were celebrating independence day," Nangarhar governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, referring to improvised explosive devices.

Jalalabad is the scene of frequent bomb attacks, and the surrounding terrain is home to both Taliban fighters and the Islamic State group's local affiliate.

At least 19 people were wounded, Khogyani said. Zaher Adel, a spokesman for a local hospital, said about 40 wounded people had been brought in with more expected.

This year's August 19 celebrations mark 100 years of Afghan independence from British influence.
Tolo News provides a bit of history:
Although Afghanistan was never part of the British Empire, it gained its independence from Britannia after the signing of the Anglo-Afghan Treaty in 1919 ‐ a treaty that granted complete neutral relations between Afghanistan and Britannia.

And although not having been part of the British Empire, Britannia fought three wars in the country.

The First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842) led to the defeat of the entire British-led Indian invaders by Afghan forces under Abdur Akbar Khan. The Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880) first saw the British defeated in the Battle of Kandahar only for them to emerge victors ‐ which led to Abdur Rahman Khan becoming the new emir.
And from Dawn:
A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 34 people, officials said, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.

The Jalalabad bombs were planted near a market where hundreds of people had congregated after attending Independence Day events. Senior health official Fahim Bashari said at least 34 people were maimed.
Related:
Jalalabad: 2019-08-16 Prominent ISIS group members arrested in East of Afghanistan
Jalalabad: 2019-08-16 Airstrikes kill 3 Taliban militants, destroy captured Humvee and communication node
Jalalabad: 2019-08-11 Special Forces foil suicide attacks planned for Eid days in Kabul and Nangarhar
Related:
Islamic State: 2019-08-18 Explosion Targets Wedding Hall In Kabul; Casualties Feared UPDATE: 63 dead, ISIS claims it
Islamic State: 2019-08-18 Army inflicts heavy losses upon al-Nusra terrorist in Idleb’s southern countryside
Islamic State: 2019-08-18 Syria regime strikes kill mother, 6 of her children: monitor
Related:
Cowardly attacks: 2018-09-17 At least 23 dead in weekend of ethnic violence in Ethiopia
Cowardly attacks: 2018-03-15 Nancy Pelosi smacked down for calling ICE agents 'cowardly'
Cowardly attacks: 2016-12-15 ISIS suicide bombers hit Kurdish positions near Raqqa
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2019-08-20 Home Front: Politix
Rep. Pete King (R-NY) is supporting the Democrats’ "assault weapons" ban in order to get rid of what he refers to as "weapons of mass slaughter."
The Frog
The New York Daily News quoted King saying, "They are weapons of mass slaughter." He added, "I don’t see any need for them in everyday society."

The Democrats’ "assault weapons" ban is sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), and has the support of nearly 200 Democrat Representatives.

On August 14, Breitbart News reported that the "assault weapons" push became central for Democrats after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled his willingness to take up gun control when the Senate reconvenes in September. McConnell said that universal background checks will probably "lead the discussion," but he also said an "assault weapons" ban would be front and center.

King has been focused on background checks but recent events renewed his focus for an "assault weapons" bill. He said, "I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton."
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2019-08-20 The Grand Turk
[Jpost] Ottoman Turkish police have detained 418 people in 29 provinces in an investigation targeting suspects with links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Death Eater group, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry announcement, made on Twitter, followed its earlier announcement that the mayors of three major southeastern cities had been replaced by state officials in terrorism-related investigations.

Turkey Replaces Pro-Kurdish Party Mayors In Southeast Over Terror Probes

[Jpost] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
replaced the pro-Kurdish party mayors of the southeastern cities of Diyarbakir, Van and Mardin on Monday over terrorism-related investigations, appointing the state governors in those provinces in their place, the Interior Ministry said.

The three mayors were accused of various crimes including membership of a terrorist organization and spreading terrorist group propaganda, the ministry said in a statement.

Turkey dismissed dozens of mayors in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast in 2016 over suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Death Eater group, replacing them with state administrators.

Ahead of local elections in March, President Tayyip Erdogan warned that mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) could again be dismissed if they, like their predecessors, are deemed to have ties to Death Eaters.

Erdogan frequently accuses the HDP of links to the PKK, which is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union and United States. The HDP denies such links.
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2019-08-20 Britain
[Breitbart] Britain’s Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are famous climate change advocates but recently pop icon Elton John had to come to their defense over their habitual use of private jets to fly around the world on vacation.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently took heat for flying off to vacation at singer Elton John’s $18 million mansion in Nice, France, on the French Rivera, even though they both regularly speak about climate change. Worse for the critical activists, it was the couple’s fourth private jet flight in only 11 days.

But, on Monday, Sir Elton spoke up for the royal couple saying that he not only paid for the flights out of his own pocket, but he also claims to have made a "carbon neutral" donation to paper over the trip, according to the Daily Mail.

The "Rocketman" singer insisted that when he arranged for the pair to visit his home, he also made sure to donate money to an "appropriate" carbon footprint fund.

In his remarks, Elton John said he is "deeply distressed" over the "distorted and malicious" attacks on Harry and Markle, and he feels the need to defend them "from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death," TMZ reported.

John insisted that he offered the couple a short vacation stay at his mansion because they have had a "hectic" year. He also wanted to reward them for their work for charity.
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2019-08-20 Home Front: Politix
[FoxNews] ...so we can beat Trump.
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2019-08-20 Science & Technology
[Express] DEMENTIA is now the UK’s biggest killer among the elderly with someone developing the condition every three minutes. A person doing a certain activity longer than normal could be a sign of the disease. What is it?
Now where is that Burg link? Do I have to call Fred again ?
Dementia said on their website: "Dementia is usually caused by degeneration in the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for thoughts, memories, actions, and personality.

"Death of brain cells in this region leads to the cognitive impairments that characterise dementia.

"Most disorders associated with dementia are progressive, degenerative, and irreversible. The two major degenerative causes of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia."

Symptoms vary between Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, but there are broad similarities between them all.

Alzheimer’s disease international said: "The most common signs are memory loss and the loss of practical abilities, which can lead to withdrawal form work or social activities.

A person with dementia may become very passive, sitting in front of the television for hours, sleeping more than usual, or appear to lose interest in hobbies."
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[RCP] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told FNC's Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures" that he wants to reveal what happened behind the scenes of the Russia investigation and is looking forward to when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report is made public.

"I believe the Horowitz report will be ugly and damning," Graham said. "Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive."
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Breitbart] Nearly two weeks after the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency raided five food processing plants in Mississippi for their hiring of hundreds of illegal aliens, no employers have yet been charged, federal records reveal.

This month, ICE agents conducted the largest workplace raid in more than a decade across five food processing plants in Mississippi, netting the arrests of 680 illegal aliens. That same day, however, ICE officials said they released about 300 of the illegal workers back into the U.S. on "humanitarian grounds." More than 200 of the illegal workers had prior criminal records. The raids have already resulted in job fairs at some of the plants seeking to hire locals.

Despite federal affidavits alleging widespread exploitation and fraud at the five food processing plants, charges against the employers who are accused of "willfully" hiring the illegal workers have yet to be brought by federal prosecutors, the Clarion Ledger reported.

To date, only 40 of the 680 illegal aliens have had charges brought against them since the ICE raid.

Federal affidavits, as Breitbart News noted, allege that the food processing plant employers were fully aware that hundreds of their employees were illegally in the U.S. and in some cases, illegal workers said they were not asked for work authorization documents.
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2019-08-20 Great White North
[SCMP] Canadian police escorted worshippers out of a Vancouver church on Sunday, after flag-waving pro-China protesters surrounded the building while the Christians attended a prayer meeting for Hong Kong...

Chris Chiu said the incident at the Tenth Church, on a leafy street in the Westside area, had left him shaken and fearing...
The PRC brought its troops to the Hong Kong Border more than 2 weeks ago. This failed to intimidate HK. Now the PRC is fighting a PR war world wide and losing (even if they have Joe Biden and sons and Google to help them). If you are the PRC leadership it is getting very uncomfortable about now.
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2019-08-20 Economy
[BBC] When Roger Klug told his employer he was retiring, there was a shiver of panic among the bosses. Now 70 years old, Mr Klug is in his 47th year at Alexandria Industries, an aluminium company in rural Minnesota.

After almost five decades manufacturing industrial products for such diverse industries as solar power and defence, the company could ill-afford to lose Mr Klug's expertise.

Like a number of US states, Minnesota has a labour shortage - specifically a skills shortage - and seeing his valuable experience disappear overnight would have left Alexandria's management with big shoes to fill.

According to the US Department of Labor, since March 2018 US monthly job vacancies have outnumbered unemployed job seekers. As the baby boomers reach retirement, it seems there are not enough millennials in the jobs pipeline ready to step in.

"We have a labour shortage and it's going to be a problem for the next couple of decades as the boomers leave the workforce," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.

So, one answer for companies struggling to find staff is to ask workers like Mr Klug to put off retirement. He did.
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2019-08-20 Home Front: Politix
[Chicago Trib] Any doubts as to what is being taught indoctrinated in their classrooms? The recent trip to Venezuela by a group calling itself a Chicago Teachers Union delegation has upset some union members and expats who question the point of the tour and take issue with the group's praise of the country's disputed government.

The four travelers, who crowdfunded the July trip under the banner of the CTU, met with Venezuelan government officials and educators, visited a commune and were featured in local media.

They wrote online about wanting to connect with Venezuelan teachers, students and unionists, criticized U.S. economic sanctions against the South American nation and wrote admiringly of its socialism, its communes and high literacy rates.

But critics say the group glossed over Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crises and were excessively complimentary of President Nicolás Maduro, whose administration has been accused in recent United Nations reports of "grave" human rights violations and violence against dissenters.

"I am appalled a delegation representing themselves as CTU went to Venezuela, not to support striking teachers, not to object to human rights violations, but to go on what appears to be a state-chaperoned propaganda tour," said Karen Moody, a teacher and union member.

And though the four travelers regularly called themselves a "CTU delegation" online, the union representing close to 25,000 people has sought to distance itself from the trip, stating the CTU did not endorse, sponsor or fund the trip.

Asked on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" last week about "some controversy" surrounding the excursion, union President Jesse Sharkey said: "Members go all kinds of places in the summer. This was neither an official trip nor something that was funded by the union. This is a group of people who are members of the CTU who decided to go to Venezuela."

Yet, the official CTU Twitter account retweeted some of the group's updates, including a blog post titled "Introduction to CTU Delegation to Venezuela."

CTU also retweeted another post by teacher Sarah Chambers, one of the travelers and a member of the CTU executive board, which read: "While staying in #Venezuela, we didn't see a single homeless person. USA is the richest country in the world; yet, there are homeless people everywhere. Over 17k CPS students are homeless... This is why @CTULocal1 is fighting for fair housing #CTUAgainstVezIntervention."
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2019-08-20 Africa North
[Jpost] Unidentified armed murderous Moslems on Monday killed at least 10 soldiers and maimed many others in an attack on a military unit in northern Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
, the army said in a statement.

Burkina Faso has been overrun by Islamist violence this year in which hundreds have died and more than 150,000 have been forced to flee, as the influence of jihadist groups spreads across the Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...

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2019-08-20 Africa Subsaharan
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Hundreds of police backed by soldiers and army helicopters deployed in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo on Monday to prevent an opposition protest from taking place, a show of force that stopped a demonstration for the second time in four days.

The Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC) had called the Bulawayo event as it looks to rally support against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which it accuses of ruling with an authoritarian streak and blames for the country’s worst economic crisis in a decade.
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Aljazeera] Jeffrey Epstein wrote a will just two days before his suicide, saying he had about $578 million in assets that he placed in a trust, which could complicate efforts by women who say he sexually abused them to collect damages.

Epstein, who died Aug. 10 in a federal jail cell in Manhattan, asked that Darren K. Indyke and Richard D. Kahn be appointed as executors, according to a copyof the will filed Aug. 15 with the court in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All of his assets were transferred to the trust as of Aug. 8, two days before he died, assuring that details on how the proceeds are distributed may remain private. The will was first reported Monday by the New York Post, which also published a document detailing Epstein's fortune in real estate, cash, equities and other assets.

The real estate -- from his New Mexico ranch to his Manhattan mansion and private islands -- is held through various entities laid out in the will. The assets listed are similar to those in Epstein's unsuccessful bail request.

The valuation does not include his art collection, which is subject to appraisal, according to the document.

Indyke had served as an attorney for Epstein, the financier indicted on charges of conspiracy and trafficking, accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls. He pleaded guilty more than a decade ago to state prostitution charges in Florida, admitting to soliciting an underage girl. Epstein's estate is expected to face many lawsuits by women who claim he abused them when they were children.
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2019-08-20 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Air Force conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Pashtun-infested Logar and Ghazni provinces killing at least 9 Talibs.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the Afghan Air Force conducted an airstrike in the vicinity of Pul-e Alam district in Pashtun-infested Logar.

The statement further added that the airstrike killed at least 5 Talibs.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the Afghan Air Force conducted a similar airstrike in Gilan district of Ghazni which killed 4 Talibs.
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2019-08-20 Iraq


Turkish jets neutralize 5 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Ankara (IraqiNews.com) – The Ottoman Turkish Defense Ministry said on Monday that its fighter jets neutralized five PKK bandidos hard boyz during a counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq.

Airstrikes were carried out in Qandil region as part of the ongoing Operation Claw, the ministry said on Twitter.

It added that the operation also destroyed weapon emplacements and shelters used by PKK terrorists.

Huge fire breaks out at US military base in northern Iraq

Erbil (IraqiNews.com) – A huge fire erupted Monday at a US military base in the Makhmour area in northern Iraq, a well-informed source said.

Speaking to Iraqi news website Almaalomah, the source said that smoke plumes were spotted rising from the military base in Makhmour.

According to the source, the cause of the fire is yet to be established.

The military base in Makhmour was built by the US to provide support for Iraqi troops and Peshmerga fighters in their fight against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group in Kirkuk.
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2019-08-20 Iraq


Army aviation destroys car bomb west of Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews) Leader of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Anbar Province, Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i al-Obeidi, announced on Sunday, that Iraqi Army Aviation bombarded a booby-trapped vehicles and killed its occupants, west of Anbar.

Obeidi said in a press statement, "Security forces from Jazeera Forces Command, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi, aerially monitored the area of Wady Huran, west of Baghdadi area in Heet, west of Anbar."

The forces managed to bombard a booby-trapped vehicle, destroying it and killing its occupants, the statement added.

The statement further added, "Security forces have tightened their security measures in all areas of the western sector of the province to prevent any security breach," pointing out that "The army aviation has intensified its raids over the desert areas to thwart any attempt to attack the military troops."

Obeidi also said that shelling the whereabouts of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
snuffies was carried out based on intelligence information that enabled the army aviation to target it directly.

Security forces in Anbar raid 5 desert areas in search of IS cells

Anbar (IraqiNews) Qatari al-Obeidi, Commander al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Anbar province, said on Sunday that security forces raided five desert areas in Anbar in search of IS cells.

In a press statement, Obeidi said that security forces from al-Jazeera Operations Command, backed by paramilitary forces, launched offensives on the areas of Umm al-Waz, al-Madham, J-Wan, Moasher and Wadi Horan in the deep desert of the western regions, in search of the remnants of the Islamic State terrorists and their weapons caches.

“The security forces have cordoned off all the targeted areas while the military aviation provided the necessary security protection to the invading forces,” Obeidi said, while indicated that the offensives came within an operation to clear all desert areas and secure them from the threat of the criminal group.
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2019-08-20 Home Front: Culture Wars
[Washington Examiner] Anchor Bret Baier responded during his Monday show to President Trump's recent attack on Fox News, asserting the network "has not changed."
One picture worth a thousand words.
President Trump leveled a broadside against the network on Sunday, arguing its polls were not fair and some of its pundits were lackluster. "Fox is a lot different than it used to be. I can tell you that," he said, singling out Juan Williams and former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile in particular.

Trump went on to criticize their recent polls: "Fox has changed, and my worst polls have always been from Fox. There’s something going on at Fox. I’ll tell you right now. And I’m not happy with it."

"OK, well, Fox has not changed," Baier said after airing the president's comments. "We have a news side and an opinion side. Opinion folks express their opinions. We do polls. Our latest poll had the Democratic candidates head to head, several of them ahead of President Trump, and this poll tracks exactly what the RealClearPolitics average of polls ‐ even a little the other way ‐ and this poll matches what we are seeing out there."
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2019-08-20 Home Front: Culture Wars
[Babylon Bee]
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[WND] Christopher Steele is known as the author of the infamous, debunked "dossier" that was used by the Obama administration to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.

Soon, the public may know a lot more about the former British spy’s relationship with the FBI.

That’s after a federal judge ordered the bureau to search its records for its communications with Steele after the bureau fired him as a confidential source.

U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper said "the potential for illuminating the FBI’s activities is not too difficult to discern."

"Communications post-dating Steele’s time as an informant might reveal a great deal about why the FBI developed him as a CHS [confidential human source], his performance as a CHS, and why the FBI opted to terminate its relationship with him."

The judge said the records "might either bolster or weaken Steele’s credibility as a source."

"That information, in turn, could provide a basis on which to evaluate the FBI’s performance of its law-enforcement duties, including its judgment in selecting and relying on confidential sources, especially in connection with such a politically sensitive subject," he said.

"Of course, the records Judicial Watch speculates about might not even exist ‐ and even if they do, they may not reveal anything significant about the FBI’s operations. But that they might do so makes them a matter of potential public interest."

Judicial Watch has been investigating the origins of the Obama administration investigation of alleged Trump-Russia collusion.

The ruling came in Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for records of communications and payments between the FBI, Christopher Steele and his private firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.

The court initially had allowed the government to say it couldn’t confirm or deny the records.

But last year, some government records were declassified that revealed Steele’s role as an FBI informant and his firing by the FBI in November 2016. So the Judicial Watch case was reopened.
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[NYP] He’s Florida’s garbage guard.

An Oakland Park man attacked a jogger with a sword in an attempt to protect a plastic dump cart that had been thrown out in the trash, police said Monday.

The big stink started July 15 when the runner stumbled upon a pile of garbage in front of a house, and decided to grab the black heavy-duty wagon, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

That’s when the rabble-rouser got upset ‐ because he wanted the cart.

The two "exchanged words" but the jogger took the item anyway. When he got home, he realized the litter-lover had followed him, cops said.
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Victory Girls] To no one’s surprise, the Antifa violence at the Portland protests is a feature, not a bug. Yesterday Lisa wrote about Mayor Ted Wheeler’s super "tough" words about the planned protests. Did Antifa Listen? Survey says! NO.
"Portland police made arrests around town ‐ 13 by 3:30 p.m. ‐ as people posted video of the confrontations, including black-clad protesters breaking the windows out of a bus that was said to carry Proud Boys supporters. One person arrested on the east side was bleeding from the head.

Elsewhere, a large group of left-wing protesters encircled a man and what appeared to be a young girl in American-flag garb, taunting, threatening and chasing them.”
Four takeaways from that.

A. Antifa was absolutely wrong to use pepper spray and tasers to go after those they don’t agree with.

B. The masks and the get ups of both Antifa and the counter protestors...this isn’t ComicCon

C. WHAT THE HELL was that guy doing bringing his CHILD to these protests?? It wouldn’t surprise me if she spends the next while dealing with nightmares because of what the adult exposed her too!

D. All the cretins who then chased the guy and that little girl onto a highway ramp are why Antifa deserves ZERO consideration.

Elsewhere, a large group of left-wing protesters encircled a man and what appeared to be a young girl in American-flag garb, taunting, threatening and chasing them."

Does that report from Oregon Live sound innocuous? Yes. Police had to close streets and bridges in an effort to keep the various groups of protestors apart. Yet, that didn’t stop the Antifa punks from going after people verbally and physically.
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2019-08-20 China-Japan-Koreas
[AlAhram] The Trump administration is extending a ban on the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea
NO US Hostages
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
for another year.

A State Department notice released Monday says the ban will remain in place until Aug. 31, 2020, unless revoked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The ban was imposed in September 2017 by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and renewed in 2018. Tillerson took the unusual measure following the death of an American student, Otto Warmbier, who were tossed into the calaboose in North Korea.

The State Department says it determined "there continues to be serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention'' for Americans traveling to North Korea, according to the notice that will be published in the Federal Register this week.

The ban allows certain categories of American citizens such as aid workers or journalists to obtain a special validation passport good for one trip to North Korea.

The move comes amid stalled diplomatic efforts to restart nuclear talks between North Korea and the U.S.
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Gateway Pundit] Investigative reporter John Solomon from The Hill joined Lou Dobbs on Monday night to discuss the upcoming release of the Inspector General’s report on the origins of the Trump collusion spying scandal.

John Solomon told Lou Dobbs the report should come out in early to mid-September to early October.

John Solomon: I think where we are going to go next is the emergence of very strong evidence that the FBI knowingly and willfully misled the FISA Court. And the US intelligence agencies may have also been involved in what Bill Barr calls "political surveillance." It’s a term I’ve never heard before. He chooses his words clearly. The term ’political surveillance" could become very popular this fall.
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2019-08-20 Africa North
[TWITTER]

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2019-08-20 Afghanistan
[DAWN] A suicide kaboom at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local affiliate of the Death Eater Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.

The attack came as the Afghan Taliban
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2019-08-20 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jpost] Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i envoy Mohammed al-Emadi will arrive in the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip on Thursday and will distribute cash grants to poor families in Gaza, according to the Paleostinian Sawa news.

Al-Emadi will stay in the Gaza Strip for several days to follow up on projects by the Qatar Committee in the Strip.

In July, the Qatari Committee provided $100 per family to 60,000 families.
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2019-08-20 Iraq
[Rudaw] Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s left two people maimed in a village in the Sangasar town north of Sulaimani Monday.

One local in the village of Bole said residents were at first too scared of the jets to tend to the maimed.

"Fearing constant maneuvers from the warplanes spotted overhead, our people cannot rush to retrieve the maimed and take them to hospital," Abdulrahman Hassan told Rudaw English.

Sangasar mayor Nahro Aabdulla said the bombings, which targeted apparent Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions, took place at around 9:30 in the morning. Another resident told Rudaw the ambulances were finally able to transport the injured to a hospital in Ranya around 12:00 pm.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
Hassan claims there are no PKK bases in the area.

"There is no PKK base near the village of Bole," said Hassan.

One of the villagers is critically maimed and the airstrikes led to fires in orchards and groves in the area, according to Hassan.

The bombings came hours after the Ottoman Turkish government removed three mayors from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) from office in the Kurdish cities of Diyarbakir, Van and Mardin due to alleged PKK ties. They have been replaced by government-appointed officials. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
arrested 418 people in the crackdown.
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2019-08-20 Great White North
More on this story from yesterday.
[NYPOST] Canada is accusing the UK of shirking its responsibilities in counterterrorism by stripping the British citizenship from an ISIS fighter known as Jihadi Jack, who also has Canadian citizenship.

Jack Letts, 24, a Moslem convert who traveled from Oxfordshire to Syria when he was 18 to join ISIS, has begged to be allowed to return to the UK after he was captured by the Kurds in 2017.

He insisted that he had "no intention" of killing Britons, but was declared an "enemy of Britannia" and stripped of his citizenship ‐ meaning he is Canada’s responsibility, according to the Telegraph.

"Canada is disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to off-load their responsibilities," Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, the news outlet reported.

The British Home Office said revoking citizenship was one way the UK counters terror threats.

"Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship are based on substantial advice from officials, lawyers and the intelligence agencies and all available information," the office said in a statement.

Letts, who has been held in a Kurdish prison for two years, told ITV in February that he wanted to return to Britannia because he considered it his home.

In 2015, he posted on Facebook that he would like to perform a "martyrdom operation" on a group of British soldiers.
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Canada: 2019-08-17 Malaysia to question Naik over ‘sensitive remarks’
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Related:
Jack Letts: 2017-06-15 SDF capture former IS member known as Jihadi Jack
Jack Letts: 2016-06-24 Parents of suspected UK jihadist to stand trial
Related:
ISIS: 2019-08-18 Explosion Targets Wedding Hall In Kabul; Casualties Feared UPDATE: 63 dead, ISIS claims it
ISIS: 2019-08-18 Government prisoners tortured, genitals chopped off and then executed by warlord Haftar’s Al-Kaniyat militia
ISIS: 2019-08-16 Prominent ISIS group members arrested in East of Afghanistan
Related:
Jihadi Jack: 2017-11-16 ‘Future of ISIS caliphate’: Son of Sally Jones ‘still alive’ after ‘White Widow’ killed in US drone
Jihadi Jack: 2017-06-15 SDF capture former IS member known as Jihadi Jack
Jihadi Jack: 2016-06-24 Parents of suspected UK jihadist to stand trial
Related:
Ralph Goodale: 2019-05-15 Explosive materials, detonator seized from home in Toronto
Ralph Goodale: 2018-07-25 Family said Toronto killer suffered mental illness – now his TERROR ties are discovered
Ralph Goodale: 2018-06-27 Canadian government welcomes back ISIS militants
Related:
British Home Office: 2019-02-21 British ISIS bride stripped of citizenship after begging to come home, Banglas reject also - maybe Holland?
British Home Office: 2018-12-26 40 migrants rescued from boats in English Channel
British Home Office: 2017-07-18 British Muslims Fund Terror, Says UK Government Report
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2019-08-20 Iraq
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced that three hotbeds of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group were destroyed during a security operation in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

"Federal police forces, acting on intelligence information, destroyed three Islamic State hideouts in Valley Shaybah in Kirkuk province," Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, the ministry front man, said in a press statement.

"The hideouts contained 15 explosive charges, two magazines and foodstuffs," the statement read.

Kirkuk officials previously urged reinforcing military troops in the south and west of the province, as the region still has Islamic State members who escaped during liberation of Hawija to remote areas.
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2019-08-20 Afghanistan


4 Taliban, ISIS militants killed, detained in Special Forces raids, airstrike in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted separate operations in Kabul in the past 24 hours killing or detaining 4 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS murderous Moslems.

The military officials said the Special Forces arrested an ISIS-K murderous Moslem during a patrol in Deh Sabz district of Kabul.

The officials further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons.

Furthermore, the Special Forces arrested a Taliban murderous Moslem during a separate raid in Mussahi district of Kabul.

The military officials also added that an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
killed 2 Talibs in Mussahi district of Kabul.

The anti-government armed elements including Taliban and ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Afghan forces foil Haqqani rocket attack on presidential palace and defense ministry in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces foiled rocket attack on ARG Presidential Palace and Ministry of Defense in Kabul, the National Directorate of Security said Monday.

According to a statement released by National Directorate of Security, the Special Forces arrested two Death Eaters of the Haqqani terrorist network in connection to the attack plot.

The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces conducted operations in various parts of Kabul city and arrested Jamshid alias Sabir and Rahmatullah, the two militants of Mawlavi Ahmad of Haqqani terrorist network.

Furthermore, the National Directorate of Security said the two militants were looking to launch rocket attacks to target the 100th Independence Day ceremonies in ARG Presidential Palace and Ministry of Defense.

The statement by National Directorate of Security also added that the NDS Special Forces arrested the two militants at 9:00 am local time on Monday in Qala-e-Zaman Khan area of Kabul.

The NDS Special Forces also confiscated a mortar launcher with its 16 rockets, 45 kilograms of explosives, 12 magnetic bombs, an Ak-47 assault rifle, remote controls and some other equipment which are used in making suicide bombing vests and bombs.

Notorious Taliban militant eliminated with the support of Chahar Asyab residents in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] The residents of Chahar Asyab district in Kabul helped in elimination of a notorious Taliban
...Arabic for students...
krazed killer in this district.

The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the residents of Chahar Asyab on Sunday helped in eliminating the notorious krazed killer who was armed with firearms.

The statement further added that the krazed killer was conducting destructive activities mainly during the night time and was harassing the residents of the district.

Furthermore, the interior ministry said the security forces also confiscated a weapon and more than 100 rounds of ammunition following the operation.

The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
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2019-08-20 Bangladesh
[AlAhram] Some 3,500 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been cleared to return home to Myanmar beginning this week, a top official said Monday, nearly two years after a military crackdown sparked their exodus.
Some 740,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in August 2017 from a military offensive in Myanmar -- joining 200,000 already there -- but virtually none have volunteered to return despite the countries signing a repatriation deal.

Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam, however, said he was "optimistic" about a new repatriation process scheduled to start on Thursday.

A previous attempt in November 2018 to return 2,260 Rohingya failed after they refused to leave the camp without guarantees for their safety.

"Everything is ready... the land transit point has been prepared," Kalam told news hounds after a meeting with Myanmar officials in Cox's Bazar, southeast Bangladesh, where the refugees live in vast camps.

"Nobody will be forced to return unless they volunteer," he said.

Bangladesh and Myanmar officials plan to repatriate 300 Rohingya each day, with some 3,500 refugees cleared to make the journey home, Kalam said.

The new push follows a visit last month to the camps by high-ranking officials from Myanmar led by Permanent Foreign Secretary Myint Thu.

Sunday will mark the second anniversary of the crackdown that sparked the mass exodus to the Bangladesh camps.

Kalam said Myanmar and United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
officials were meeting with selected refugees on Tuesday to encourage them to return to Rakhine state.

The Rohingya, who are mostly Moslem, are not recognised as an official minority by the Myanmar government which considers them Bengali interlopers despite many families having lived in Rakhine for generations.
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2019-08-20 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jerusalem Post via Right Scoop] The Palestinian Authority has just banned an LGBTQ group and all their activities:

JERUSALEM POST ‐ The Palestinian Authority banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.

The ban came after the grassroots group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society (Arabic for "the bow"), which engages and supports Palestinians who identify as LGBTQ, was planning to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus at the end of the month. The group operates both in the West Bank and among Arab-Israelis.

Explaining the decision to ban the LGBTQ group from operating in PA-controlled areas, Luay Zreikat, spokesperson for the PA Police, said that such activities are "harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society."

Zreikat said that the group’s activities were completely "unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus."

They aren’t just banning the group...
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Washington Examiner] CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas ‐ Smugglers flying small cocaine-packed airplanes toward the United States from South and Central America might make it to Mexico thinking they went undetected by American forces staked out in international waters trying to interdict them.

But once on the ground in Mexico, from where they hope to smuggle their contraband into the United States, those tiny planes will be greeted by a swarm of Mexican law enforcement. What’s more, they will never know a Department of Homeland Security plane was flying within 100 feet of them, quietly tailing them over the Eastern Pacific or Western Caribbean and then tipping off Mexican authorities.

"Even this airplane weighing 100,000 pounds ‐ we can sneak up behind them and they won’t see us. And with the sensors we have on the airplane, a lot of times we don’t even have to get that close," said Dan Jordan, a supervisory air interdiction agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations.

Jordan, who is based out of Corpus Christi, was standing in the cockpit of the Lockheed P-3 Orion as we soared through the air over the Gulf of Mexico on our way to do a few practice "interceptions" of planes flying as fast as 300 miles an hour.

It was terrifying and thrilling as our 117-foot-long plane came within 50 feet of another just like it, all while zooming through the sky.
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2019-08-20 Europe
[AnNahar] The EU on Monday pledged 10 million euros in fresh aid to help Bosnia manage an influx of migrants colonists crossing its territory to reach Western Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
The money will be used to build new reception centers and provide other services including "food and accommodation, access to water sanitation and hygiene" to the roughly 7,400 migrants colonists currently based in the Balkan state, the EU delegation said in a statement.

Since 2018 Bosnia has become a key transit country on a route funneling migrants colonists west to the border with EU member state Croatia.

The migrants colonists, some 36,000 of whom have entered Bosnia in that time, hail mainly from countries in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.

While most eventually manage to continue their journey westward, pushbacks by Croatian police are common, leaving many marooned in Bosnia for long periods.

Poor and paralyzed by a fractured government, Bosnia has struggled to provide adequate support.

The construction of new reception centers is a contentious political issue in the Balkan state, where the influx of migrants colonists has caused tensions with some local communities.

The largest centers are currently based in the northwest, in the towns of Bihac and Velika Kladusa.

Bosnia's Serb-run half, meanwhile, refuses to build any reception centers on its territory.

In June, authorities in Bihac and Red Thingy officials set up a new camp in Vucjak, the site of a former landfill ten kilometers from the city.

The EU refused to finance the center which it criticized for being too close to minefields.

Some 800 migrants colonists are currently staying there in ramshackle tents and with deplorable facilities.

"We are once again confronted with the increased arrival of migrants colonists and refugees, which makes it increasingly difficult to ensure normal conditions for stay in this temporary camp," local Red Thingy official, Selam Midzic, said Monday according to Fena news agency.
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2019-08-20 Home Front: Culture Wars
[Babylon Bee] HARVARD, IL‐With the crisp days of autumn approaching quickly, apple orchards are preparing themselves for the onslaught of families ready to fill their baskets with ripe fruit. Apple picking has become more than just a growing trend, and scientists warn that this year’s influx of visitors is expected to reach dangerous levels.

"Every year it gets worse," says sociologist Ian Andrews. "And without question, the vast majority of visitors come from white suburbia, something like 98.8%. We’re not sure what the draw is, but these folks come out in droves. We’re warning orchards everywhere to get stocked up on wagons, wooden cartoon cutouts, and of course apple cider donuts. If these things aren’t in place, there’s no telling what kind of riots could break out."

Experts note that among their favorite activities, white suburban customers enjoy waiting in long lines, yelling at their tired kids, and pretending to know what the different apple varieties taste like.

Paul Newton, who works at the family-run Oak Royale Orchard in Harvard, Illinois, is no stranger to the horde. "It takes your breath away when you see it for the first time. Minivans and SUVs descend upon us like a swarm of locusts. If you’re not ready, it’ll eat you alive."

Despite the challenges, orchards are grateful for the business and thankful their customers haven’t realized the same apples are available for a lot less hassle in their local grocery stores.

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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[NYPOST] The head of the federal Bureau of Prisons was yanked from his post Monday ‐ a little over a week after the controversial death of wealthy pedophile Jeffrey Want Some Candy, Little Girl? Epstein
...A high class pimp financier who was alleged to maintain a stable of underage whores sex slaves who were paid big bucks to entertain the rich and/or famous. He is a registered sex offender and made att least 17 out-of-court settlements with former members of his stable, with some cases still ongoing. 2011 court docs reveal that 21 email addresses and phone numbers for Bill Clinton and an aide were found in Epstein's electronic black book, and that Clinton frequently flew with Epstein on his private plane between 2002 to 2005. But really, they were probably just discussing finance or politix or something. While getting massaged. Then things got serious, Jeff was tossed in the slammer in New York and then he killed himself. Really. That's what happened...
in a Manhattan jail.

Acting BOP Director Hugh Hurwitz, who had been at the helm of the country’s prison system since last year, has been reassigned, US Attorney General William Barr said.

Barr did not say where Hurwitz will now be working but said the agency’s former director, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, will succeed him at the helm. Sawyer served as the BOP’s director from 1992 to 2003, the AG said in a statement.

Barr has already launched a federal probe into Epstein’s death, which was ruled a suicide by hanging by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office last week.
Related:
Jeffrey Epstein: 2019-08-18 FBI investigators zero in on Jeffrey Epstein's 8,000-acre Zorro Ranch in New Mexico
Jeffrey Epstein: 2019-08-18 Epstein reportedly spent 2 hours locked in a private room with an attractive young woman the day after suicide watch ended
Jeffrey Epstein: 2019-08-17 CBS: We've Confirmed Epstein's Main Facilitator "G-Max" Was Holed Up In New England

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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Babylon Bee] PORTLAND, OR‐In a press release earlier this week, Portland police chief Danielle Outlaw (her actual name), appearing somber and exhausted, said she just wishes there were some kind of group with the firepower and authority to fight back against Antifa.
Our hidden PCE-TC 28 meter indicates all objects in the graphic were stabilized at ambient temperature.
In a candid moment, Outlaw (seriously, her actual name) said there was just nothing the police could do, as they'd need to have some kind of organized, armed force specifically created to protect and serve the people.

"Like, what if we took money from everyone to fund a force that could then defend them in a time of need?" she pondered aloud. "They could have patrol cars, firearms, and attack dogs. Maybe even some tanks. That would be so frickin' rad. They could have a badge to show their authority. Then, when a rogue group like Antifa shows up to take over our city every weekend, they could be repelled using force if necessary."

"I know it sounds crazy, but a girl can dream, right?" she added wistfully.

Sadly, there is no such force in Portland, so citizens have been forced to turn to an even crazier idea: taking responsibility for their own safety and well-being, and maybe even buying a gun to protect themselves.
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2019-08-20 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[IsraelTimes] Bahrain announces it is joining a US-led naval mission in the Persian Gulf to guarantee maritime security following a string of attacks on ships attributed to Iran.

According to the official Bahrain News Agency, King Hamad
...King of Bahrain (since 14 February 2002), having previously been its emir (from 6 March 1999). He is a Sunni, while the rest of Bahrain is predominantly Shiite...
bin Isa al-Khalifa confirmed the kingdom’s participation in the mission during a meeting with US CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain.

With its announcement, Bahrain becomes the first Arab country to join the US mission and second overall after the United Kingdom.

Bahrain, the smallest of the Gulf Arab states, is a close US ally and hostile toward Iran, which it has accused of trying to stir unrest among its majority Shiite population.
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[BREITBART] Twenty-eight individuals were shot, five fatally, over the weekend in Democrat-controlled reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
NBC Chicago reports the first of the weekend’s fatalities was a double murder that occurred in a shooting around 4 pm Friday. The fatality occurred Sunday evening, when a 41-year-old man was shot twice and killed on South Crilly.

Earlier Sunday a 46-year-old woman was shot and killed while "driving southbound in the 5100 block of South Prairie." The other shooting fatality occurred around 4 am Saturday, when a 45-year-old man driving a car was shot by a man who was standing on the sidewalk.

Breitbart News reported that 47 people were shot, four fatality, in Chicago over the weekend of August 9-11, 2019.

Fifty-three individuals were shot, seven killed, in Democrat-controlled Chicago during the first weekend of August and 48 were shot, nine fatally, during the last weekend of July.
Related:
Chicago: 2019-08-17 O'Rourke gun plan calls for mandatory buybacks, universal sale checks
Chicago: 2019-08-16 Guards were ‘asleep’ when Epstein died, says NYT
Chicago: 2019-08-13 4 Killed, 43 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings
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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[WND] A CNN profiler was speaking about the El Paso shooting, on Aug. 6, in which 22 people were murdered by an angry white man.

She blamed the killer’s sense of white privilege. Mass murder carried out by white, young men, the "analyst" was saying, occurs because these young men cannot adjust to a changing society. They cling to the way things were, when the country was predominantly white.

In other words, the oppressor in these young white men wants to continue to oppress.

When whites commit unspeakable acts of violence, it is said to only ever come from a place of power and privilege.

When browns and blacks commit unspeakable acts of violence, it only ever comes from a place of powerlessness and deprivation.

With distressing regularity, we’re lectured that black or brown evil is a consequence of systemic oppression; white evil a result of frustration over having to relinquish the systemic role of oppressor.

For heaven’s sake: Let’s not be insensible to contradictions. Let us apply the same method, irrespective of the perp’s skin color, in uncovering the causation of crime.

It goes without saying that mass shooters all are evil, not ill. No good can come of medicalizing bad behavior. Mass shootings are "a moral-health, not mental-health, problem."

You can’t have a color-coded theory of causation; one for whites, another for blacks and browns.

Ditto for suicide. When a white man offs himself, it’s not because he’s no longer The Boss.

Like the profiler just mentioned, other social scientists implicate a "decline in income and status" in white suicide. It’s discounted and mocked, but, however you slice it, white male misery in America is real.
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2019-08-20 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jpost] Israel is actively encouraging the emigration of Paleostinians from Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
, a senior Israeli official told news hounds accompanying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his current trip to Ukraine.

According to various tweets from news hounds on the trip, the official said that Jerusalem was in contact with other countries -- including in the Mideast -- to see if they would be willing to absorb them. The official noted that more than 35,000 Gazooks left the area last year.

According to the official, Israel is willing to finance flights from an airport in the south for those who are interested in leaving. The official said so far no country has responded positively to taking people in from Gaza..

According to an NPR report last month, between 35,000 to 40,000 people have left Gaza via Egypt since Egypt opened its border with Gaza in May 2018, and allows in a few hundred Gazooks each day.

According to these reports, some of those leaving Gaza via Egypt then fly to the Gulf, others stay in Egypt, while still others fly to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
and then try to smuggle their way into Greece, and from there to other Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an countries such as Belgium and Norway.
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2019-08-20 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[WashingtonExaminer] Tension between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
and Syria spiked dramatically on Monday when Syrian-Russian axis warplanes bombed a Ottoman Turkish army convoy in Syria, killing at least three civilians.

Syrian-Russian axis ground forces are also very close to cutting off Ottoman Turkish access to a highway north of the rebel-held city of Khan Shaykhun. Turkey needs that M-5 highway to resupply a military observation post at the border between Syria's Hama and Idlib governorates.

Alongside the air strikes, the situation around Khan Shaykhun attests to an escalated axis effort to dramatically reduce Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
's influence in Syria. Erdogan's continuing support for Syrian rebel groups, including al Qaeda's Syrian syndicate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
, has infuriated the axis. But the axis isn't simply fighting terrorists. A large number of Syrian rebels are simply protecting their families from the axis annihilation campaign.

The axis hopes that by shutting off Turkey's access to its observation post it can push Turkey out of Hama governate and weaken Erdogan's resolve. That will allow the axis to shape the battlespace for a final offensive on Idlib governate. That matters because Idlib is the remaining key to the axis effort to crush the resistance. Testifying to their malevolent interest, the axis has escalated attacks on civilians (especially medical teams) in rebel-held areas.

As Charles Lister notes, Turkey responded to the air strike on its forces by deploying combat and intelligence aircraft into Russian-controlled Syrian airspace. That's an effort to nudge Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
, to reassess his decision to unleash Assad, or face Ottoman Turkish military countermeasures. But Putin will likely gamble that Erdogan doesn't have the stomach for an escalated fight. The Russians are far weaker in Syria than they pretend, but the same S-400 air defense platform that Erdogan has bought from Putin, is operated by Russian forces in Syria. It would impose heavy costs on the Ottoman Turkish air force in any fight.

That said, weakened at home, Erdogan may see a short escalation as a chance to rally his nationalist-Islamist base, then extract a cease-fire on better terms.

Over the past four years Erdogan has gone back and forth between resisting axis ambitions (in an effort to make himself the father-protector of Syrian Sunnis), and bowing to Putin. Alongside numerous other incidents, Monday's air strike proves that Putin retains the initiative.
Related:
Khan Shaykhun: 2019-07-20 Squadron of warplanes and helicopter carry out tens of airstrikes on areas in the countryside of Hama and Idlib
Khan Shaykhun: 2018-09-05 Trump wanted to ‘f***ing kill’ Assad after alleged 2017 chemical weapons attack
Khan Shaykhun: 2018-08-31 Lavrov warns West ‘don’t play with fire’ in Syria
Related:
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 2019-08-07 Stay out of Syria, US defense chief tells Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 2019-08-06 Turkey informs US, Russia about upcoming military operation in eastern Euphrates region: Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 2019-08-04 Construction of first church ever built in modern Turkey begins
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2019-08-20 Iraq
[Rudaw] More than 100 individuals have been executed in Iraq since January, with a staggering 8,000 more on death row, according to Iraq's UN-approved human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
body.

The execution figures came from Iraqi Ministry of Justice data that was reviewed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, according to one commission member.

"According to the data of the Iraqi Justice Ministry that have been reviewed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, over 100 people have been executed in Iraq," Hemin Bajalan told Rudaw English on Sunday. "There are 8,022 prisoners in Iraq convicted with execution."

Iraq has one of the highest rates of execution in the world, and is ranked in the top four along with Iran, Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and China, according to Human Rights Watch's 2019 report, which documented the year prior.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government has not made public the number of executions it carried out this year, according to the watchdog.

"Iraqi authorities handed down hundreds of death sentence
...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead...
s to those convicted under counterterrorism legislation and carried out executions without publicizing any official numbers or sharing this information with international actors," Human Rights Watch report read.

The trials were also rushed and were sometimes based on a single confession or missing victims' testimonies, according to the report.

The 100 plus figure marks a big increase in Iraqi executions. In 2018, more than 52 recorded executions took place in Iraq, according to a report from Amnesia Amnesty International.

The more than 8,000 people with death sentences is also a striking increase from 2018. At the end of that year, Amnesty reported that there were more than 285 people with death sentence.

There are 26 prisons throughout Iraq that contain at least 37,113 prisoners. Of those, 18,306 are imprisoned on terrorism charges, according to an August report by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights.

Two officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Justice Rudaw spoke to declined to discuss the execution figures.

In the Kurdistan Region, Sulaimani authorities confirmed in May that they executed an ISIS bad boy from Baghdad after he was detained in Kirkuk in May.

'BAD CONDITIONS'
At present, there is not enough room in the Iraqi penal system to accommodate all those locked up, according to Bajalan.

"Due to the bad conditions prisons in Iraq are facing, the prisoners are finding it difficult to fit into one prison," he said. "For that reason, Iraq should deliver more facilities to the prisons."

Other observers have noted poor conditions in Iraqi prisons as well. According to a July report also by Human Rights Watch, prisons in the Nineveh province feature overcrowding and "degrading conditions." Some of the prisons in Nineveh are supposed to house a maximum capacity of 2,500 people, but are holding around 4,500 prisoners and detainees. Women and children are among those in the prisons, according to the organization.

Nineveh police have denied inhumane conditions in the prisons and rejected the Human Rights Watch report, calling it "not true."

Iraqi politicians visited the prisons in July, and described the overcrowding and conditions there as "tragic" and "catastrophic."
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2019-08-20 Europe
[DAWN] Four people have died and nine were maimed after being attacked by a patient in a psychiatric hospital, Romanian press reports said on Sunday.

They said a 38-year-old man who had admitted himself to the hospital in Sapoca, northeast of the capital Bucharest, entered a treatment room and attacked other patients with a transfusion stand.

Three of the patients suffered head injuries and died at the scene while a fourth died later in hospital, the reports said.

Among the nine injured in the attack, two were in a coma, they added.

"Everything happened in less than a minute," hospital director Viorica Mihalascu was quoted as saying.

"This patient was admitted on a normal surveillance level. His symptoms did not give an indication that a tragedy was imminent," she told Antena 3 television station.

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2019-08-20 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[NYPOST] A Florida man who recently lost his job and got dumped by his girlfriend threatened to carry out a mass shooting over the weekend ‐ telling his ex that "a good 100 kills would be nice," according to cops.

"I wanna open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away," Tristan Scott Wix, 25, allegedly said in a text message to his ex.
That seems a tad ambitious...
"I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever," the young man added, according to police. "I need a spotter."
“Help wanted: sniper spotter. Must have five years experience and 20/1 mile uncorrected vision.”
Wix, a resident of Daytona Beach, was arrested Friday in Volusia County and charged with making threats to commit a mass shooting. The local sheriff’s office revealed his text messages in a blurb.

"A school is a weak target," Wix allegedly said. "Id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people...I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?"

At one point, cops said he flat-out acknowledged that he could be arrested for his words.

"Ah well even if you told someone, me saying I wanna do it and think about it is not the same as actually doing it lol," wrote Wix. "Was kinda hoping someone would come into my life worth not doing it for, for the sake of all those people (laughing cry face emoji). I’m not crazy I just wanna die and I wanna have fun doing it, but I’m the most patient person in the world."
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2019-08-20 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[NYPOST] An upstate shopper made a horrifying discovery as she loaded up groceries from a supermarket ‐ a dead body in the back of her pickup truck, according to police.

The unidentified woman was at Tops Market in Lockport, near Rochester, Friday morning when she made the disturbing find, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

"She opened the tailgate of her truck to place groceries and noticed the dear departed male inside the bed," police said.

"She had no idea who it was," Sheriff James Voutour told the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal.

Authorities had not identified the dead man as of Friday and were still investigating whether his death was an accident or crime, the sheriff told the paper.

Fingerprints and facial recognition will be used to try to identify the man, who was described as possibly Hispanic, in his 40s or 50s, about 5 feet 8, 180 pounds, and wearing jeans and a light-colored shirt.
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2019-08-20 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces destroyed a large weapons cache of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
during an operation in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The military officials said the Special Forces discovered the weapons cache during a patrol in Nahr-e Saraj district.

The officials further added that the Special Forces destroyed another small cache of weapons during an operation in Khanabad district of Kunduz.

The Special Forces also arrested a Taliban Death Eater during a patrol in Khwajah Sabz Posh district of Faryab.

The military officials also added that the Special Forces killed 2 Talibs and arrested 5 others during a raid in Tarnek wa Jaldak district of Zabul.
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2019-08-20 Afghanistan
[DAWN] Afghanistan's president on Monday vowed to "eliminate" all safe havens of the bad boy Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.

President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money...
's comments came as Afghanistan mourns at least 63 people, including children, killed in the Kabul bombing at a wedding hall late on Saturday night. Close to 200 others were maimed.

Many outraged Afghans ask whether an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
to end nearly 18 years of fighting America's longest war will bring peace to long-suffering civilians. The bomber detonated his explosives in the middle of a dancing crowd, and the IS affiliate later said he had targeted a gathering of minority Shias, whom it views as apostates deserving of death.

Both the bride and groom survived, and in an emotional interview with local broadcaster Tolo News the distraught groom, Mirwais Alani, said their lives were devastated within seconds.

A sharply worded Taliban statement questioned why the US failed to identify the attackers in advance. Another Taliban statement marking the independence day said to "leave Afghanistan to the Afghans". More than anything in its nearly year-long negotiations with the US, the Taliban want some 20,000 US and allied forces to withdraw from the country.

The US envoy in talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Sunday said the grinding of the peace processor should be accelerated to help Afghanistan defeat the IS affiliate.
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2019-08-20 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jpost] IDF soldiers arrested 23 suspects overnight suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, popular terrorism and violent order violations.

During a search to find weapons in the towns of as-Samu and Dura villages, security forces seized two Carlo-type machine guns and ammunition.

The soldiers also seized makeshift weapons in the village of Beit Rima.
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2019-08-20 Home Front: Politix
[NYPOST] Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren
...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless...
admitted Monday that she had "made mistakes" regarding her claims of Native American ancestry ‐ which led to President Trump dubbing her "Pocahontas."

"Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes," the Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate said at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, without specifying exactly what she was apologizing for.
"That DNA thing, ferinstance"
"I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations we have had together," she said.

Warren was slammed earlier this year when she announced test results that showed she had a fractional amount ‐ between 1/64 and 1/1028 ‐ of Native American ancestry.

She has apologized repeatedly for saying she identified herself as a Native American based on "family lore."

The commander-in-chief has repeatedly bashed her for the claim.

"I did the Pocahontas thing. I hit her really hard and it looked like she was down and out but that was too long ago," Trump said last week at a MAGA rally in New Hampshire.
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2019-08-20 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Security services in Benghazi have found a human head without a body in a building under construction in Qawarsha district, west of Benghazi, local residents said.

The security services handed over the head to al-Jalaa Hospital for Surgery and Accidents to be referred to the forensics, in order to be identified.

The head has started decomposing and the forensics suggested that it has been cut off ten days ago.

Mysterious murders are rife in Benghazi amid unprecedented insecurity.
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2019-08-20 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[DAWN] Tehran said on Monday that it has warned Washington against making another attempt to seize an Iranian tanker that has departed Gibraltar despite a United States bid to have it detained.

"Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has given necessary warnings to American officials through its official channels [...] not to make such a mistake because it would have grave consequences," Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi told a news conference.

Iran had been locked in a high-seas standoff with US ally Britannia since Royal Marines seized the tanker off the coast of UK territory Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion it was shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

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2019-08-20 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[SANA.SY] Syria strongly condemned the passage of Ottoman Turkish vehicles loaded with ammunition, weapons and material equipment through the Syrian-Ottoman Turkish borders and their entrance to Saraqeb City in their way to Khan Sheikhoun town to help the defeated Lions of Islam of "Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
", asserting that this acts affirms again the continued unlimited support provided by the Ottoman Turkish regime to terrorist groups.

An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement to SANA that "Ottoman Turkish vehicles loaded with ammunition, weapons and material equipment passed through the Syrian-Ottoman Turkish borders on Monday morning and they entered Saraqeb City in their way to Khan Sheikhoun to help the defeated Lions of Islam of Jabhat al-Nusra which is on the lists of the Security Council as a terrorist organization, which affirms again the continued unlimited support provided by the Ottoman Turkish regime to the terrorist groups."

The source added "The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns this flagrant Ottoman Turkish violation and it holds the Ottoman Turkish Regime fully responsible for the consequences of this stark violation of the illusory sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic which constitutes an outrageous breach of the international law’s provisions."

"Syria affirms that this aggressive behavior by the Ottoman Turkish regime will not in any way affect the determination of the Syrian Arab Army to continue to hunt down the remnants of Lions of Islam in Khan Sheikhoun and other areas till liberating every inch of the Syrian territories from terrorism," the source concluded.

Related from the Jerusalem Post: Syrian air strikes hit Turkish convoy in Idlib, 16 casualties

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2019-08-19 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] There has been little calm at the mountaintop town of Kabani today, as Russian jets and helicopters continue to hammer the jihadist forces inside this turban stronghold in northeastern Latakia.

According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force repeatedly struck the positions of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
on Saturday.

The source added that these strikes inflicted heavy damage on the jihadist defenses, while also killing and wounding many snuffies in the process.

At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army is preparing to launch another big attack on Kabani to secure the Zuwayqat Mountain region of northeast Latakia.

A source from the 4th Armored Division stated that the army’s attack was only temporarily halted so that the Russian Air Force could weaken the jihadist defenses at Kabani.

The Syrian Army has relied on the Russian Air Force to destroy the caves and tunnels that have been used by the jihadist rebels to carry out ambushes against the military.

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2019-08-19 Home Front: Politix
[TWITTER]

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2019-08-19 Afghanistan
[Federalist] In a startling new paper from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, retired colonel Mark Cancian writes about the Afghanistan War. The United States and the Taliban stand on the brink of a framework that would lead to a peace process charting the path for the American troops to come home.

Cancian asks a simple question. The war in Afghanistan was already won by the end of March 2001. The Taliban was decimated, al-Qaeda scuttled, and a government manned by various warlords in place. Why did the United States not leave immediately?

Cancian’s answer wouldn’t surprise anyone who opposed nation-building even in the early days of 2003. The fault was a lack of study of history‐not just modern history, but any history. He writes that U.S. foreign policy mavens and defense planners thought there was a difference between Soviets’ war in Afghanistan and the Western war in Afghanistan.

The common understanding was that the Soviets were occupiers, and the Anglo-Americans were liberators; the Soviets tried to preach communism, while liberal democracy is a natural universal value waiting for everyone to adopt; and the Russians were violent, while the Westerners made sure that civilians were protected even during the war.

These are of course true, and the Russians were far more brutal than the Americans ever were. But Cancian points out that none of that matters to the average Afghan. In its Afghanistan War Americans learned, according to the report, what the Soviets learned the hard way.
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2019-08-19 China-Japan-Koreas
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2019-08-19 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] At least three people were killed after a bomb went off in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Upper Dir district on Sunday.

The blast, which occurred in the Gumadand area of the Sheringal tehsil, left at least a dozen people injured, said police.

Upper Dir District Police Officer (DPO) Naseeb Jan confirmed the incident saying that three people had been killed while 19 others were maimed, including two coppers.

According to the DPO, an improvised bomb (IED) had been planted on the roadside which exploded as a double-cabin vehicle was passing by.

"The victims have an old enmity with another family who fled the area and reportedly joined Taliban
...Arabic for students...
," the officer told DawnNewsTV, adding that the two families target each other whenever they get a chance.

All the injured were shifted to a hospital, where five were said to be at death's door. Police have started a search operation but no arrests have been made so far.
Al Ahram adds:
Pakistani police say a pro-government tribal elder has been killed by a bomb planted in his vehicle in the country's northwest, near the Afghan border.

Senior officer Mian Naseeb Jan said Sunday's explosion killed four others and wounded six as they were traveling in the Upper Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He said the bomb was likely detonated remotely.

The Pak claimed responsibility for the attack.
“Yessiree bob, it wuz us what dunnit.”
The mountainous border region was once a stronghold for the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other militant groups.

Pakistan claims to have driven out the militants in a series of military operations in recent years, but the region still sees occasional attacks.
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2019-08-19 Home Front: WoT
Democratic Rep. Debra Haaland of New Mexico referred to antifa as a group of "peaceful protesters" who are simply trying to "safeguard their city" during a Saturday evening interview on CNN.

Haaland's comments came the same day that antifa and far-right protesters clashed in Portland, Oregon. The fighting led to 13 arrests in what was just the most recent incidents of violence between the two groups.
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2019-08-19 Europe
[IsraelTimes] A customer shot a waiter dead at an eatery on the outskirts of Gay Paree, apparently enraged at being made to wait for a sandwich, a source close to the investigation said Saturday.

The waiter’s colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder with a handgun in the Noisy-le-Grand suburb east of Gay Paree on Friday night, the source said.

Attempts to revive the 28-year-old failed and he died at the scene.

The gunman, who a witness said lost his temper "as his sandwich wasn’t prepared quickly enough," expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

Police told AFP a murder investigation has been opened.

With the shooter still on the run, shocked residents gathered outside the pizza and sandwich eatery on Saturday.

"It is sad," said a 29-year-old woman. "It’s a quiet restaurant, without any problems. It just opened a few months ago."

But others noted high crime levels in the area, notably drug-dealing and public drunkenness.
A photo of the area at the link suggests this was a plain vanilla Moslem colonist attack.
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2019-08-19 Britain
[VOE] Data reveals at least 235 people affected by homelessness have died over the last six months, ranging from the ages of 16 to 104 years old.

The same figures from last year showed 449 deaths in 12 months ‐ on average one every 20 hours ‐ indicating that the frequency at which homeless people are dying has risen significantly, despite increased awareness of the issue.

Homelessness charities and MPs called on Boris Johnson to address the "sheer lack" of affordable social housing across the country and to increase housing benefit so it covers the true cost of renting, as well as ensuring that all homeless deaths are investigated.

Housing Minister John Healey blames the Conservatives and said "Ministers urgently need to get a grip, back Labour’s plans to end rough sleeping and build thousands of more affordable homes."

Matthew Downie, director of policy and external affairs at Crisis, said it was disgraceful that hundreds of vulnerable people across the country had died without the dignity of a secure home. "We know that homelessness can be ended across the UK, but only by the government tackling the root causes."
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2019-08-19 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[Rudaw] A boom-mobileing outside a school in the northern Syria city of Qamishli on Sunday morning killed a member of the Kurdish Asayesh security forces and maimed another, health officials confirmed.

The incident comes as US and Ottoman Turkish officials continue to thrash out the details of a new ’safe zone’ along The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s shared border with Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.

The maimed Asayesh officers were taken to the city’s Rahma Hospital where one of them departed this vale of tears, health officials told Rudaw’s Vivyan Fatah.

The blast occurred outside al-Sina’a high school in the city’s al-Arbouiya district around 8:30 a.m. during the morning rush hour.

The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (ISIS) has grabbed credit for the attack.

According to a post by the jihadist group’s Amaq News Agency on messaging app Telegram, the blast targeted a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) office, killing six.

Rudaw has been unable to verify the claim.

Qamishli is located in Hasaka province, northern Syria and is under the control of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES). However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
some neighborhoods remain under the control of the Syrian regime.

Early last month, 12 people were maimed when a boom-mobile went kaboom! near a church in a Syrian regime-held neighbourhood of Qamishli.
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An Nahar adds
A car bomb killed a police officer and wounded two other people Sunday in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, police said, the second such attack in just over a month.

Kurdish police spokesman Ali al-Hassan said the car bomb was detonated by "remote control" near a school, "killing a member of our (police) forces."

An AFP correspondent at the scene said the car exploded as a Kurdish police patrol drove by, not far from a Syrian army position.
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2019-08-19 China-Japan-Koreas
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2019-08-19 Europe
[BREITBART] Gibraltar on Sunday rejected a US demand to seize an Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic dispute as it prepared to leave the British overseas territory after weeks of detention.

Gilbraltar’s government said it could not seek a court order to detain the ship because US sanctions against Iran were not applicable in the European Union.

A Gibraltar judge had ordered the Grace 1 tanker released, but the US filed a request to detain the ship alleging it was involved in supporting illicit shipments to Syria by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, listed as a terrorist group by Washington.
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2019-08-19 India-Pakistan
[TWITTER]

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2019-08-19 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[Rudaw] Germany is set to take back over a hundred children born to suspected Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) members as well as "scores of men and women," according to a local monitor in northern Syria, in would be the largest scale repatriation of ISIS-linked nationals by a Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an country to date.

"On Monday, a number of German orphans born to ISIS members will be handed over to the German Foreign Ministry at the Semalka border crossing," read a Sunday tweet from Rojava Information Center (RIC), an organization with ties to the ruling Autonomous Administration of North and East of Syria (NES).

The repatriations will be Germany’s first, with "over 100 ISIS-linked German children, plus scores of men & women" held by the NES set to be returned, RIC added.

Incapable of managing the tens of thousands of ISIS suspects, spouses and children, the NES, often referred to as Rojava, has called on the international community to take back their nationals.

Over 11,000 foreign women and kiddies live in "dire conditions" at al-Hol camp - which holds the families of some ISIS suspects - in northern Syria, according to a report by Human Rights Watch in late July.

Tensions between those detained at the camp and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who control it have reached boiling point, with attacks on camp guards and protests against camp conditions.

French newspaper Le Monde reported in February that 800 Western men, 700 women, and some 1,500 of their children are estimated to be held in SDF camps.

The US government has insisted on European countries’ wide scale repatriation of citizens suspected of ISIS membership, or born of suspected ISIS members.

Some countries, like Belgium, La Belle France and the Netherlands, are repatriating the children of ISIS fighters in Syria on a "case by case basis."

A German court ordered the repatriation of an ISIS wife and their three children in July after the family sued Germany's foreign ministry, who intended to repatriate the children without their mother.

Germany has repatriated several children from facilities in Iraq, controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) security forces, in April.

"The number of minors already brought back to Germany [from Iraq] has reached a high single-digit figure," a source from the Foreign Ministry told AFP.

Monday’s repatriation would make a significant dent in the estimate of 117 children who are likely German nationals being held in detention centers in Syria and Iraq, as reported by German channel WDR in June.

Rudaw English contacted the German Foreign Ministry for a comment on the repatriation, but has yet to receive a response.
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2019-08-19 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[DAILYCALLER] A Florida woman who surprised an officer when she pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop got probation after she pleaded guilty in the case.

The 25-year old woman, Ariel Machan-Le Quire, received the sentence Thursday after she pleaded guilty to four charges stemming from illegally possessing wild animals.

The female passenger and driver of the truck, 22-year-old, Michael Clemons, were stopped by a deputy with the Charlotte County sheriff’s department back in May after they had reportedly run a stop sign.

Clemons, at the time, told the officer the pair were out collecting frogs and snakes under an overpass and he gave deputies permission to search his vehicle.

During the search, the deputy also discovered 41 3-stripe turtles, yes you read that correctly, in a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" backpack.

Then the sheriff’s deputy asked Ariel if the two had anything else hidden, she then pulled out the 1-foot gator from her pants.

Clemons’ case is still pending.

It is still unclear just why the Florida woman had the alligator in her pants.
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Florida woman: 2019-08-10 Florida Woman Says Large Alligator Ate Her 100-Pound Dog
Florida woman: 2019-06-07 Woman Told Cops She Stabbed Herself Three Times Because, "I'm Tired Of Living In Trump's Country"
Florida woman: 2019-05-11 Florida Man's mate
Related:
Alligator: 2019-08-17 Russian-born Florida man, 22, is arrested after he threatened to stab 'as many children as possible'
Alligator: 2019-08-10 Florida Woman Says Large Alligator Ate Her 100-Pound Dog
Alligator: 2019-08-09 Florida man allegedly points gun at late deliverymen: ‘I’ve shot people for less’
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2019-08-19 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[Pensacola News Journal] Two U.S. Navy Blue Angel jets touched midair during a practice at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Navy said Thursday.

The incident happened Wednesday, said Lt. Michelle Tucker, spokeswoman for Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer, chief of naval air training.

"The No. 3 canopy made momentary contact with the underside of No. 1's outer wing during the Diamond 360 maneuver," Tucker said.

She said there were no injuries.

Capt. Eric Doyle, the Blue Angel's commanding officer, flies the No. 1 jet.

Doyle called a safety stand down after the planes made contact.
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2019-08-19 -Short Attention Span Theater-
In keeping with our sometimes aviation theme, an excellent read I am sure most here will enjoy.

The Author's (Call sign 'Pigpen') Video found at this link.
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2019-08-19 Arabia
[BREITBART] Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
’s Iran-linked Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
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have appointed an "ambassador" in Tehran, a step condemned by the internationally recognised government as a breach of international laws.

The Islamic republic made no announcement about accepting the appointment of an ambassador for the Huthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa and much of the north.

The Huthi-run al-Masirah TV said late Saturday that a "presidential decree was issued appointing Ibrahim Mohammed Mohammed al-Dailami as an ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary for the republic of Yemen to the Islamic republic of Iran."

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi severed diplomatic relations with Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
in October 2015, accusing Tehran of providing military aid to the rebels.

Tehran has denied the accusation but publicly offers strong political backing to the Shiite Huthis.

The Yemeni government denounced the naming of an ambassador.

"The exchange of diplomatic relations between Tehran regime and the Huthi militias breaches the international laws and norms and contravenes United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
Security Council resolutions related to the Yemen crisis," the government said in a statement on Twitter.

It said the step has exposed the hidden relationship between the Huthis and Iran.

The announcement comes after Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held talks in Tehran on Tuesday with a Huthi delegation headed by rebel front man Mohammed Abdul Salam.

Khamenei renewed his support for the Huthis and accused Iran’s foes of a "plot" to partition the country.

Related:
Houthi: 2019-08-17 Houthis believe Khamenei is continuing the Prophet’s leadership
Houthi: 2019-08-17 ‘Childbearing is a type of Jihad’ says Khamenei army representative
Houthi: 2019-08-17 Arab Coalition says it has intercepted and downed a Houthi drone launched from Amran province
Related:
Islamic republic: 2019-07-27 British court rules against Iran in tank payment dispute
Islamic republic: 2019-07-27 Iran Guards report clashes, deaths near western border
Islamic republic: 2019-07-08 Ex-IAEA official to 'Post': Iran cutting nuclear breakout time by two months
Related:
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi: 2019-08-09 Two UAE-backed fighters dead in Yemen clashes
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi: 2019-07-10 Yemen Rebel Court Condemns 30 to Death for Spying
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi: 2019-06-20 Saudi-Led Coalition Intercepts New Yemeni Rebel Drone
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2019-08-19 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Ynet] The renewed rocket attacks on Israel's south is Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbund millipede,' attempts to neutralize the internal criticism in Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
, claiming the terror group has been getting too chummy with its mortal enemy, while simultaneously pushing Israeli government into a corner

Every few years, there is an awakening within Hamas' military wing. When the group’s most impassioned and trigger-happy members start feeling there’s not enough adrenaline in the terror groups’ armed wing and begin seeking greener pastures elsewhere.
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2019-08-19 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[SANA.SY] Syrian Arab Army units on Sunday continued operations targeting the positions of murderous Moslems from Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
and groups allied to it in Idleb countryside, expanding the area under its control in the western countryside of Khan Sheikhoun in the province’s southern countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists.

SANA’s news hound said that army operations during the past few hours focused on al-Nusra fortifications and positions in the direction of Kafridon and al-Sabbaghiya in the countryside of Khan Sheikhoun, leaving many murderous Moslems dead or injured while others fled the area.

The news hound said army units carried out artillery and rocket strikes in Kafr Sajneh and al-Naqir, killing a number of terrorists.

To east of Khan Sheikhoun in al-Tamania area in the southern countryside, army units carried out a series of concentrated operaitons targeting terrorists’ positions and supply lines, inflicting heavy losses in personnel and equipment upon them.

Related:
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-17 Air strikes kill 15 civilians in northwest Syria, says monitor
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-16 Syrian Army captures first town located northwest of Khan Sheikhoun
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-16 Turkish forces on the verge of being encircled in northern Hama
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2019-08-19 Iraq


Iraq arrests two IS terrorists implicated in car bomb attack

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi paramilitary force announced on Sunday that two Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
forces of Evil had been arrested for their involvement in a deadly car kaboom in Nineveh province.

The paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces said in a press statement that the two IS Lions of Islam were arrested during a counter-terrorism operation in al Baaj district in Tel Afar.

According to the statement, the pair were involved in a deadly car kaboom in Tel Afar district a few months ago, which left scores of citizens dead and maimed.

Iraqi intelligence arrest three Islamic State terrorists in Nineveh

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Sunday three Islamic State militants during a military operation in Nineveh province.

In a press release carried by Iraqi TV channel Alsumaria News, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said its troops arrested the three terrorists in al Sahaji village, west of Mosul.

The three terrorists, according to the statement, were implicated in several terrorist attacks against Iraqi security forces in Mosul city.

The arrest of the Islamic State militants was based on intelligence information, added the statement.
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2019-08-19 Caribbean-Latin America
We found out a few days ago that he was deported to the U.S. last Friday evening, but it’s nice to find out who he is.
[BREITBART] Mexican authorities arrested a man wanted in the United States by the FBI for his role in supporting Islamic terrorist organizations.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) arrested Mohammed Azharuddin Chip this week at an immigration center in Huehuetan, Chiapas. Authorities detained him on an Interpol blue notice, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by FGR. The wanted runaway is in the process of being extradited to Washington D.C.

Mexican authorities searched for Azharuddin in connection with an FBI investigation into his role in publishing information on online forums connected to radical Islamic terrorism and Jihad. Mexican authorities did not reveal additional information related to the case or his ultimate destination. Mexican immigration authorities held him at their immigration center in Chiapas before they turned him over to the FGR to handle his extradition to Washington. It remains unclear how Azharuddin arrived in Mexico.

As Breitbart Texas reported, Chiapas is one of the areas where Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador deployed thousands of National Guard agents to curtail the number of Central American migrants colonists moving north in route to the U.S. border. The mass deployment of troops came after U.S. President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
threatened Mexico with tariffs over AMLO’s initial soft approach to immigration.

Related:
Chiapas: 2019-08-17 Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'
Chiapas: 2019-06-29 Migrant woman halved in fall from train in Mexico
Chiapas: 2019-06-11 Mexican Authorities Begin Arresting Illegals Riding ‘The Beast’ Train to US
Related:
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: 2019-08-10 122 Mexicans among 680 Detained in US Migration Raids
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: 2019-07-07 Mexican Authorities Rescue 24 Kidnapped Migrants
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: 2019-06-26 Mexico President Says Looking At Information About ISIS Members
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2019-08-19 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[YNET] A report seen exclusively by Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth warns the dire political situation in the West Bank combined with PA leadership's policies have yielded no political gain, while Hamas and its use of violent resistance is perceived as more politically and economically effective

The report was submitted to the PA days before the murder of 18-year-old soldier Dvir Sorek by Palestinian terrorists on August 8 and accurately anticipated the string of terror attacks and attempted attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The report singles out Palestinians in their mid-twenties, enraged by their situation who see no hope for change in the near future and are therefore most dangerous as potential precipitators of violent resistance.
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2019-08-19 Britain
[BREITBART] A migrant who arrived in the country as an asylum seeker four years ago was placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
for murdering a young woman who refused his sexual advances.

Karar Ali Karar, 29, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday after pleading guilty to murdering 21-year-old Jodi Miller in Harehills, Leeds, in February, after she had refused to have sex him. He stabbed Jodi 15 times, and so violently that the knife was broken into three pieces, according to the Metro.

Prosecutor Jason Pitter QC had told Leeds Crown Court that Karar was "so enraged and frustrated by her rejection that he decided, in his mind, to teach her a lesson. To confront her and ultimately kill her," only pausing in his assault to kick his victim and call her a "hooker".

The murder, who took place in the home of a friend of Jodi’s, was witnessed by two others in the room, including a 15-year-old boy, who tried to stop the attack, but Karar threatened to kill them, as well.

The judge ordered he serve a life sentence, serving a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Karar had come to the UK from Sudan in 2015 seeking political asylum, arriving in Newcastle before moving to Leeds.
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2019-08-19 Economy
[The Hill] Foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang predicted on Tuesday that the United States and China won’t reach a comprehensive trade deal before the 2020 U.S. elections.

"The markets consistently have underestimated the political considerations on both sides of the Pacific that argue against a deal," Chang, a columnist and author, told Hill.TV during an interview on "Rising."

"So I don’t see a deal coming anytime ‐ certainly not, at least, a comprehensive deal before the elections in our country," he added.

The White House trade office announced Tuesday morning that it plans to delay tariffs on various Chinese imports -- including cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, toys, computer monitors, footwear and clothing -- until Dec. 15.

The agency also said that it would exempt an unspecified number of items from a list of Chinese products that will be subject to a 10 percent tariff starting Sept. 1.

The Dow Jones industrial average soared 500 points following news of the delay.

The latest move comes amid President Trump’s escalating trade war with China.

Some Wall Street economists in the past week have warned of rising chances of a recession between now and the 2020 elections, saying Trump’s trade policy is partly to blame. These economic concerns could pose a challenge to Trump as he seeks to tout the economy in his bid for reelection.
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2019-08-19 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) carried out a new ambush along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway this week, targeting a Syrian military convoy as it was traveling east from the ancient city.

According to a local report, the Syrian convoy, which was comprised of mostly military personnel from the National Defense Forces (NDF), were traveling along this roadway when a group of Islamic State Lions of Islam ambushed their troops.

The report added that a number of soldiers were killed or maimed as a result of this Islamic State ambush.

Since the start of 2019, the Islamic State has carried out several attacks against the Syrian military and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern and central Syria.

The Islamic State has resorted to ambushes and terrorist attacks to wreak havoc across Syria; this has even stretched as far as the Idlib Governorate, where the terrorist group’s sleeper cells have remained active.

Related:
Islamic State: 2019-08-17 Air strikes kill 15 civilians in northwest Syria, says monitor
Islamic State: 2019-08-16 Prominent ISIS group members arrested in East of Afghanistan
Islamic State: 2019-08-16 Iraq takes security measures following mysterious blasts
Related:
Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway: 2019-04-13 Russian Air Force unleashes heavy airstrikes over eastern Syria
Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway: 2019-03-31 Syrian Army reinforcements sent to Palmyra countryside after string of ISIS ambushes
Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway: 2019-03-28 ISIS abducts several Syrian Army soldiers during ambush in eastern Syria
Related:
Syrian Democratic Forces: 2019-08-17 SDF propose longer, shallower ‘safe zone’ in north Syria
Syrian Democratic Forces: 2019-08-14 ISIS launches powerful attack on Syrian Army troops in Deir Ezzor
Syrian Democratic Forces: 2019-08-13 UN expert urges France to try nationals on death row in Iraq
Related:
Idlib Governorate: 2019-08-16 Jihadists beat back Syrian Army attack at key hilltop in Idlib
Idlib Governorate: 2019-08-14 Jihadist rebels behead 2 Syrian soldiers in northern Syria
Idlib Governorate: 2019-08-14 Syrian Army resumes offensive in southwest Idlib, scores new advance
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2019-08-19 China-Japan-Koreas
[Twitter-SpaceNews]
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2019-08-19 -War on Police-
[NYPOST] The NYPD’s largest union called out Mayor Bill de Blasio
...cryptocommie mayor of New York and for some reason a Dem candidate for president in 2020. Corrupt and incompetent, his qualifications for office seem to consist of being married to a black woman, with whom he honeymooned in Cuba. He has a preppy-looking son named Dante, whose Divine Comedy involved getting his back hair up when a police car drove past him slowly...
on Sunday over a massive melee in Brooklyn that left three officers with minor injuries ‐ and involved gunfire that a law-enforcement source called a " ’F‐k you’ to the cops."

One of the injured cops was head-butted by a teen who was allegedly caught with a canister of pepper spray, the NYPD said.

Bottles and other debris were also hurled at cops from above, but no one was hit by the projectiles that are believed to have been tossed out of windows or rooftops in the sprawling Marcy projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the NYPD said.

"How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment? When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough?" the Police Benevolent Association fumed on Twitter.

"Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous ‐ we’re lucky it wasn’t worse."

Several hours of unrest began around 11 p.m. Saturday when cops responded to complaints of a large group of drunk people, the NYPD said.

Violence erupted when when cops placed one person under arrest and onlookers turned on them, the NYPD said.

Cops used pepper spray against the crowd, and video posted on Instagram showed people using milk from a corner store to flush the irritant from their eyes.

Around 12:15 a.m., someone fired nine shots into the air from a rooftop in the housing project, a law-enforcement source said.

"It was a ’F‐k you’ to the cops," the source said.

Four people were arrested in three incidents, the most serious of which involved Guillermo Lopez, 17, who was charged with assault on a police officer for allegedly head-butting a cop near Marcy and Park Avenues around 12:20 a.m. Sunday, the NYPD said.

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NYPD: 2019-08-14 Judge overseeing key Jeffrey Epstein-related suit dies, Ep’s lawyers get own lawyers, Fibbies get Ep’s computers, jail staff consequences
NYPD: 2019-08-13 Barr rips ‘prancing punks’ who doused cops with water
Related:
Bill de Blasio: 2019-08-13 Eight (at least) Dem Prez Candidates Recyle false Ferguson narrative
Bill de Blasio: 2019-08-12 De Blasio Violated The Rules By Making Cops Help His Daughter Move
Bill de Blasio: 2019-08-12 De Blasio campaign event in Iowa draws roughly 15 attendees
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2019-08-19 Terror Networks
[DAILYCALLER] Al-Qaeda released a video of ISIS militants flubbing their lines while trying to renew their pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The ISIS fighter in the video has been identified as Abu Muhammad al-Adeni, according to the Telegraph. The video, shows a chirping bird repeatedly interrupting al-Adeni, causing him to forget his lines.



Related:
Al-Qaeda: 2019-08-10 Syrian Army storms jihadist mountain stronghold in Latakia
Al-Qaeda: 2019-08-10 Syrian Army tanks enters Idlib after new advance in Hama
Al-Qaeda: 2019-08-09 Syrian Army storms first strategic town inside of southwest Idlib
Related:
ISIS: 2019-08-16 Prominent ISIS group members arrested in East of Afghanistan
ISIS: 2019-08-16 Iraq takes security measures following mysterious blasts
ISIS: 2019-08-16 Terrified by ISIS resurgence, Daquq villagers appeal to Baghdad
Related:
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: 2019-08-08 ISIS ‘resurging’ in Syria as US pulls troops: watchdog
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: 2019-07-23 Iraq arrests Islamic State cell, including Baghdadi aide, in Nineveh
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: 2019-07-15 ISIS oil minister killed in eastern Syria
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2019-08-19 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] Greta Thunberg's two-week trip across Atlantic in 'zero-carbon yacht' may generate more emissions than it saves as two of the crew have to FLY to New York to bring the boat back to Europe...

'We added the trip to New York City at very short notice, and as a result two people will need to fly over to the US in order to bring the boat back,' a Team Malizia spokeswoman told the Times.

She added: 'The world has not yet found a way to make it possible to cross an ocean without a carbon footprint.'

And a further two sailors who are currently on board the Malizia II with Greta may use air travel to get back to Europe.
below is the home page of the yacht - personally, I wouldn’t want to spend more than a few hours on this boat

https://www.yacht-club-monaco.mc/en/regattas-events/20-18/monaco-globes-series/entry-list/malizia-2/
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2019-08-19 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] Sunday on ABC’s "This Week," former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams accused President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
of not just being a racist but also someone who "doesn’t value humanity."

Abrams said, "I have said many times he is racist. More importantly, he does not value Americans and he does not value humanity. That should be more disturbing to everyone than the title we subscribe to him."
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Stacey Abrams: 2019-08-14 Stacey 'Boxcar' Abrams to Start ‘Voter Protection' Program in Key 2020 Election States
Stacey Abrams: 2019-06-04 Moulton: 'If this country wasn't racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor'
Stacey Abrams: 2019-05-16 Georgia Dem Senate Candidate Opposed to Abortion Law Said in 2010 Life Began at Conception
Related:
Racist: 2019-08-17 Rep. Tlaib to Attend Event With Pro-BDS Group Instead of Visiting Israel
Racist: 2019-08-16 East Coast Elitist Cory Booker Says He Will Create Office to Combat White Supremacy if Elected President
Racist: 2019-08-17 Sheila Jackson Lee: ’Racism’ a ‘National Security Threat’--‘Huge Sums of Money’ Needed to Win Over ‘White Minds’
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2019-08-19 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality disorders...
on Sunday expressed concern about the "safety and security of India's nuclear arsenal" and urged the international community to take notice.

In a series of tweets, the premier said that the fact that India's nuclear weapons are in the control of "the fascist
...anybody who's not a leftist...
, racist Hindu supremacist Modi government [...] impacts not just the region but the world".
Related:
Imran Khan: 2019-08-17 India could change No First Use Nuclear Policy - Defence Minister
Imran Khan: 2019-08-16 Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to New Delhi's actions in occupied Kashmir
Imran Khan: 2019-08-15 'Every brick will be countered with a stone,' PM Imran warns Modi against action in AJK
Related:
Modi government: 2019-08-12 After Maryam’s arrest, Shahbaz may lead AJK rally on 15th
Modi government: 2019-07-09 Afghan Officials Reject Reports On JeM Relocation To Afghanistan
Modi government: 2019-06-16 US urges India to contain violence on basis of religion
Related:
Racist: 2019-08-17 Rep. Tlaib to Attend Event With Pro-BDS Group Instead of Visiting Israel
Racist: 2019-08-16 East Coast Elitist Cory Booker Says He Will Create Office to Combat White Supremacy if Elected President
Racist: 2019-08-17 Sheila Jackson Lee: ’Racism’ a ‘National Security Threat’--‘Huge Sums of Money’ Needed to Win Over ‘White Minds’
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2019-08-19 Home Front: Culture Wars
[CaracasChronicles] Given how the KPFA [radio] audience would be, mostly, older folks who had, like me, been active in the Central American solidarity movement some 40 years past, I decided to focus the first flyer ... The headline... "Solidarity with the Venezuelan Government‐Or with the Venezuelan People." I presumed that solidarity activists, long-steeped in Leninism... I pointed out ... one third of the murders in Venezuela, by the government's own account, was carried out by the FAES and how people were denied access to food and had limited access to health, education and other basic necessities....The Berkeley left, and the KPFA radio crowd, is an aging demographic sprinkled with a mix of University of California students... And so it's the greatest irony that these people clinging to outworn institutions sheltering the obsolete and dysfunctional faith of socialism in both its 20th and 21st-century varieties would think of themselves as "progressives."
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2019-08-19 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(TFSA) launched several artillery shells towards the town of Tal Rifa’at in northern Aleppo this evening.

According to local activists, some of the murderous Moslem artillery shells hit a Russian Army post in the Tal Rifa’at area; this attack reportedly maimed one Russian soldier.

The Russian military did not respond to the attack, nor did the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops that are present in this area.

In the past, the Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels have heavily shelled Tal Rifa’at and its surroundings, with these attacks often targeting both the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian Arab Army.

Tal Rifa’at was captured by the YPG during their northern Aleppo offensive against the murderous Moslem forces in 2015.

Related:
Free Syrian Army: 2019-08-14 Heavy clashes breakout between Syrian Army troops and Turkish-backed rebels in east Aleppo
Free Syrian Army: 2019-08-06 Key foreign jihadist commander assassinated in Idlib
Free Syrian Army: 2019-07-21 Russian, Syrian forces launch largest attack of year on jihadist stronghold
Related:
Tal Rifa’at: 2019-07-17 Turkish Army removes border fence in front of northern Raqqa town
Tal Rifa’at: 2019-04-20 Turkish Army, rebels launch simultaneous attack against Syrian Arab Army, YPG troops in northern Aleppo
Tal Rifa’at: 2019-01-09 Turkish-backed rebels issue urgent plea for help from available forces in Idlib
Related:
YPG: 2019-08-17 Philadelphia: Maurice Hill, who wounded six cops in shootout, is devout Muslim who attended jihadi mosque
YPG: 2019-08-13 US, Turkey begin work to create Syria buffer zone
YPG: 2019-08-12 Kurdish forces kill 8 Turkish-backed fighters in east Aleppo raid
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2019-08-19 -Obits-
[Twitter-MSN]
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2019-08-19 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] Lebanese terror operatives seen starting a large brush fire along the border that quickly spreads into Israel.

A fire that raged along Israel’s border with Leb on Friday appears to be the work of Hezbollah bully boyz adopting the arson techniques that Paleostinians in Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
have used repeatedly to attack Israel, according to footage aired Sunday by Channel 12 TV.

In the footage, Hezbollah operatives can be seen setting fires near the border. Strong winds quickly fanned the flames and caused the fire to cross the boundary and spread toward an IDF base and the community of Margaliot.

In the footage, UN peacekeepers can be seen patrolling near the fires, but making no attempt to stop the Hezbollah men from setting fires.

The fires cause several landmines places along the border to explode. Local firefighters took several hours to put out the fire in an effort that was hampered by the inability to use fire-fighting aircraft due to the proximity to the hostile border.

"Everyone knows the Lebanese side is responsible for these provocations," local official Yoram Mahluf told Channel 12. "They are testing us."

The news report said officials believe that Hezbollah would continue to set fires along the border in order to try and keep the IDF distracted and also to clear brush that special forces could use for cover.

Israel has long warned that Hezbollah plans to try and invade northern Israel in any future war and earlier this year uncovered several attack tunnels built deep into Israel that were supposed to allow its fighters to enter into Israel.

The tactic also appears to be in imitation of Paleostinian bully boyz in Gaza who have been sending thousands of arson balloons into Israel with devastating effect.

The tactic of launching balloons carrying explosive and arson devices from Gaza into Israel emerged last year as part of a series of protests and riots along the Strip’s border, known collectively as the March of Return. The simple and cheap method of attack by Paleostinians proved effective against the far more powerful Israel Defense Forces, which despite its technological and military might initially struggled to counter the threat posed by balloons and inflated condoms.

From April to June 2018, Israeli firefighters extinguished 1,954 fires started by arson attacks in the fields, forests and grasslands around the Gaza Strip. They fought 383 blazes over the same period in 2019.

In addition, throughout 2018, approximately 34,000 dunams ‐ 8,400 acres ‐ of Israeli land were burned in arson attacks, according to statistics from Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services, Jewish National Fund and Nature and Parks Authority.

As of June, 1,400 dunams ‐ 345 acres ‐ of land were damaged by incendiary devices from the Strip in 2019.
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2019-08-19 Home Front: Politix
[Free Beacon] Former FBI Director James Comey and his wife have contributed nearly $20,000 to Democrats so far this year, Federal Election Commission filings show.

Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump within four months of him taking over the Oval Office, has been an outspoken critic of the president and has called on Americans to deliver a landslide victory for the Democratic nominee in 2020.

"All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," Comey told a New York City audience last December. The former FBI director added during an MSNBC appearance that Democrats "have to win."

Earlier this year, Comey gave $2,700 to the presidential campaign of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), who was in his class at the University of Chicago Law School. The money to Klobuchar's campaign came on the heels of $2,700 that Comey gave to both Jennifer Wexton (D., Va.) and Abigail Spanberger (D., Va.) during last year's midterm elections. Comey also canvassed for Wexton in her Virginia congressional district on Election Day.

Comey, a former Republican, previously donated to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign before switching his monetary support to Democrats during the 2018 elections, filings show.
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2019-08-19 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] QUETTA: A day after a prayer leader was killed in Kuchlak, another imam was bumped off in the same area on the outskirts of the picturesque provincial capital on Saturday.

Hafiz Hamdullah, the imam who was killed on Friday just before the weekly prayers in a kaboom at his al-Haj mosque, was said to be a brother of Afghan Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
chief Haibatullah Akhun­dzada. A total of four people were killed in the earth-shattering kaboom.

Police said on Saturday that Muhammad Azam, who was the imam of Usman bin Afaan mosque of Kuchlak, was killed in what looked like a assassination.

The prayer leader was sitting in a shop in Kuchlak town when some men opened fire on him, before fleeing from the scene of the crime on their cycle of violence, police said.

Maulvi Azam received multiple bullet injuries and succumbed to his wounds on the spot, they said.

"The 50-year-old man was an Afghan citizen and had been the prayer leader of the Usman bin Afaan mosque for many years," a police officer said, adding that he used to live in a house close to the mosque.

Police said that investigations were under way in the case.

Till the filing of this report no group or individual had grabbed credit for the killing.

The Afghan Taliban, meanwhile, said the killing of their chief’s brother in a kaboom on Friday would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of US troops after 18 years of war, Rooters reported.
Related:
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2019-08-19 Europe
[AlAhram] Fahmy, CEO of The Investigative Journal (TIJ), urged French President Macron to rid La Belle France of political Islamist institutions.

Mohammed Fahmy, a former al-Jazeera English journalist who was tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in Egypt on terrorism charges in 2013, said in a statement on Sunday that political Islamist institutions in La Belle France are now operating like a Trojan horse, moving quickly and seriously to spread radical Islam in French cities, towns, and villages.
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2019-08-19 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press," 2020 presidential hopeful former Rep. Beto O’Rourke;
...Kennedyeque businessman, musician, skateboard artiste, and politician who represented Texas' 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. Beto is a Latino nickname for people whose names end in "erto," like "Roberto" or "Alberto." He is seeking the Dem nomination for President in 2020 because he has nice hair and lots of teeth. He was born into a local political family in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of a prep school and Columbia University, which is not in Texas. In 2005, he was elected to the El Paso City Council. He was elected to Congress in 2012 after defeating eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary. He declined to seek re-election in 2018, instead running for the Senate against Republican Ted Cruz, running a campaign that drew national attention because of his skateboarding skills. A few months after he lost, he announced his campaign for President...
(D-TX) predicted if President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
won a second term, "we’ll lose America."

O’Rourke said, "There is a concerted, organized attack against immigrants colonists, against people of color, against those who do not look like or pray like or love like the majority in this country. And this moment will define us one way or another. And if we do not wake up to it, I am convinced that we’ll lose America, this country, in our sleep. And we cannot allow that to happen."

He added, "Yes, Democrats have to address those issues and deliver on those issues, but we also have to call out the existential threat, to use the word you just employed, that Donald Trump represents right now. Not only are we going to lose more live, I’m confident that we will lose this country and our democracy the longer he says in office. So that is the urgency behind what I’m talking about."
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2019-08-19 -Land of the Free
[SpokesmanReview] If state Rep. Matt Shea’s views on church and state could fit on a bumper sticker, it might say, "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."

That phrase appears repeatedly in a trove of private emails and documents recently obtained by The Spokesman-Review through multiple sources. Shea, R-Spokane Valley, has used it to sign messages to his associates on the far right, including militia members who took part in the 2016 armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

The phrase helps explain how Shea justifies his us-against-them rhetoric. Muslims, journalists and critics of all political stripes are "supporting tyranny" if they don’t support his view that the United States is "a Christian nation." Critics fear that Shea, an Army combat veteran, has begun employing that same principle to justify violence ‐ to "resist tyranny" and "obey God" by any means at his disposal.
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2019-08-19 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union," 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg
...the testicleless mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard College and, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from Pembroke College, Oxford. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm. From 2009 to 2017 Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. During his second term, he announced he was gay. Buttigieg also campaigned for Indiana state treasurer in 2010 and for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017, losing both elections. He is running for the Dem nomination in 2020 on the theory that being mayor of a nondescript medium sized city is qualification to run the country...
said Americans who voted for President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
were "looking the other way on racism."

Tapper asked, "You told me on this show two weeks ago that you believe President Trump is a white nationalist. Given that, do you think that it’s a racist act to cast a vote for President Trump in 2020?"

Buttigieg said, "Well, at best, it means looking the other way on racism. I think a lot of people are wondering what kind of deal even that is supposed to be. You know you look at what he said in that rally. You have no choice but to vote for me. And if you look at the numbers, basically what he’s saying is, ’all right, I want you to look the other way on the racism, tolerate the negativity, accept the instability of my administration because I’m going to deliver for you job growth almost as good as the Obama years.’ That’s what his argument amounts to now. It’s part of the reason why he’s unpopular."
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Racism: 2019-08-17 New York Times chief outlines coverage shift: From Trump-Russia to Trump racism
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2019-08-19 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[Fox News} President Trump spoke out Sunday on reports his administration has been looking into buying Greenland.

Trump addressed the rumors with reporters outside Marine One after he'd landed in Morristown, N.J., saying Denmark has been losing money by keeping Greenland under its control.

"Essentially it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things can be done. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they're losing almost $700 million a year carrying it," he said. "So, they carry it at great loss, and strategically for the United States, it would be nice. And, we're a big ally of Denmark and we help Denmark, and we protect Denmark."

Trump said he may be visiting Greenland in the near future, but claimed the issue was not a top priority for the administration.

"I’m thinking about going there. I’m not necessarily, definitely going there, but I may be going. We're going to Poland and then we may be going to Denmark -- not for this reason at all, but we're looking at it," he said. "It’s not number one on the burner."

"We see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our country and the possibilities we offer," Greenland's government said last week. "Of course, Greenland is not for sale."

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow had confirmed the reports earlier in the day during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" and said it was under consideration.

"It’s an interesting story. It's developing. We're looking at it, we don’t know," Kudlow said. "Years ago, [then-President] Harry Truman wanted to buy Greenland. Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally."

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that President Trump was interested in purchasing Greenland and the White House would seek to capitalize on its "abundant resources and geopolitical importance."

"Greenland is a strategic place up there, and they've got a lot of valuable minerals," Kudlow added.

"I don't want to predict an outcome. I'm just saying the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look."
I looked at a globe and noticed just where Greenland is.It's not a bad idea, based on it's location alone.

A couple videos explaining this deal at link.
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2019-08-19 Afghanistan
More on this story from yesterday.
[NYPOST] ISIS says it was behind the weekend suicide kaboom of an Afghan wedding that left 63 dead ‐ including women and kiddies ‐ and nearly 200 others maimed.

The terrorist group said a Pak ISIS member had carried out the late Saturday attack by detonating a boom-mobile outside the gathering in a Shiite neighborhood in the western part of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.

ISIS has been behind previous attacks on Shiites, who they consider a religious and political enemy.

Ahmad Omid, who survived the blast at a wedding hall known as Dubai City, said about 1,200 guests had been invited for his father’s cousin’s wedding.

"I was with the groom in the other room when we heard the blast, and then I couldn’t find anyone," he said. "Everyone was lying all around the hall."

The bomb detonated near the stage of the celebration, where musicians were playing, and "all the youths, children and all the people who were there were killed," said Gul Mohammad, and eyewitness to the blast.

The deadly explosion followed an earlier bombing in Kabul on Aug. 7, when 14 people were killed and 145 maimed. The previous blast occurred on the same road as the wedding attack and had targeted government security forces.

The latest bombing was condemned by local Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
gunnies as "forbidden and unjustifiable."

Kabul’s huge, brightly lit wedding halls are centers of community life in a city weary of decades of war, with thousands of dollars spent on a single evening.

"Devastated by the news of a suicide kaboom inside a wedding hall in Kabul," presidential front man Sediq Seddiqui said in a Twitter post. "A heinous crime against our people; how is it possible to train a human and ask him to go and blow himself (up) inside a wedding?!!"

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Related:
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2019-08-19 Europe
[DW] Refugees who return to Syria for holidays might lose their refugee status in Germany, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told the Bild newspaper. Some newcomers simultaneously claim to be fleeing persecution there.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced a tough response to Syrian refugees who leave Germany for holidays in their home country.

"If somebody, a Syrian refugee, regularly takes holidays in Syria, he cannot honestly claim to be persecuted in Syria," Seehofer told Bild am Sonntag weekly.

"We would have to strip him of his refugee status," he added.

As soon as German officials learn of such trips, they will launch a probe into the migrants colonists' refugee status, Seehofer added.

The Bavarian conservative did not say how many people would be affected by this policy.

German officials are currently unable to deport people to Syria as the Middle Eastern country is considered unsafe. The ban is set to expire at the end of 2019, although there is an option to prolong it.

Talking to the Sunday edition of the mass-circulation Bild newspaper, Seehofer said German authorities were closely monitoring the situation in Syria.

"When the conditions allow, we will conduct deportations," he said.

Seehofer has repeatedly clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists...
over her refugee policy, which he believes is too liberal.

Some 780,000 Syrians have migrated to Germany in recent years, fleeing the civil war, which started in 2011. The Syrian regime, led by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
, now controls most of Syria. The fighting and Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s continue in the nation's northwest, mostly in the Idlib province, which is still controlled by the rebels. Hundreds of thousands of people have bit the dust in the conflict.

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2019-08-19 Iraq
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Three mortar shells fell Sunday on an agricultural land in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, a local source said.

Speaking to Iraqi website Baghdad Today, the source said that the mortar attack targeted an agricultural land in Khanaqin district, 100 km northeast of Baqubah.

"The attack left no casualties," the source said, adding that a probe was opened to identify perpetrators of the attack.
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2019-08-19 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] At least two persons were killed and one young boy was maimed in two sectors of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
(AJK) in "unprovoked" Indian firing on Sunday, officials said.

The deaths occurred in Battal sector in Poonch district while the boy was maimed in Abbaspur sector of the same district which has been facing cross Line of Control (LoC) shelling for the past several days.

"Today the shelling began at 6:30pm and continued for two hours without any pause. However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
it is intermittent at the moment," a police official based in Battal told Dawn at 10pm, but declined to be identified.

He said one of the shells landed close to the venue of the wedding of one, Muhammad Aqeel, son of Muhammad Siddique Bhatti in Darra Sher Khan village.

Splinters of a shell pierced the groom’s 60-year-old uncle, Hassan Din aka Balochi, who had come all the way from Dadyal tehsil of Mirpur district to attend the ceremony.

Apart from him, 63-year-old Lal Din, son of Muhammad Din, a resident of Darra Sher Khan village, was also hit by the splinters.

Both went titzup, the official said.

In Abbaspur sector of Poonch district, Saddam Noor, a seven-year-old boy, was critically injured after he an Indian sniper hit him in the head from across the nearby LoC.

The boy was rushed to CMH Rawalakot at death's door, an official said.

"Heavy firing is going on and its thunder is making all the residents restless," said local journalist Saira Yousuf Chughtai at 10:40pm

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2019-08-19 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[SANA.SY] Iranian Foreign Ministry front man Abbas Mousavi said that recent statements made by US officials about establishing the so-called "safe zone" are provocative, worrisome, and constitute interference in Syria’s internal affairs.

Mousavi said in statement on Sunday that the US behavior in the northeast of Syria is a blatant aggression against Syria’s illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity, and a violation of the international law principles and the UN Charter.

Syria had expressed categorical rejection of the agreement which was announced by the US and Ottoman Turkish occupations on establishing the so-called "safe zone", affirming that it constitutes a flagrant aggression against Syria’s illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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2019-08-19 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[DAILYCALLER]
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2019-08-19 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Police on Sunday said that they consider the killing of a teenage boy by an angry mob in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, an act of terror and will invoke Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act, 1997 against those involved, as they arrested three more suspects in the case.

On Saturday, a 16-year-old alleged thief was beaten to death by an enraged crowd in Bahadurabad following an alleged attempt at theft.

He was tortured and killed publicly, with the brutal acts recorded on video, triggering fear and anger among the people.

The boy's family has also demanded that a terror case be registered against two suspects that were arrested yesterday and others involved, said Ferozabad SHO Aurangzeb Khattak on Sunday.

On Sunday evening, DIG East Amir Farooqi told Dawn that three more suspects had been arrested, bringing the total up to five.

The senior officer added that the held suspects can be seen in the videos in which the teenager is being tortured.

"We are going after the rest," vowed DIG Farooqi.

The Sherlocks are currently exchanging views with the prosecution about changing the relevant section of the law and adding Section 7-ATA in the case.

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2019-08-19 Europe
Idiots.
[AlAhram] The Spanish government on Sunday offered Algeciras as a port to disembark the more than a hundred migrants colonists on a charity rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italia after the boat had spent more than two weeks waiting for a port to dock.

The migrants colonists, most of whom are African, were picked up by the Open Arms boat off the coast of Libya and have been waiting to disembark on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Italia's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered his officials not to let the migrants colonists disembark, though he made a partial concession on Saturday by allowing 27 minors to leave the boat.
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2019-08-19 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Thousands of people have been detained in Indian-Indian Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
e over fears of unrest since New Delhi stripped the restive region of its autonomy two weeks ago, government sources told AFP.

A magistrate, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said that at least 4,000 people were arrested and held under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.

"Most of them were flown out of Kashmir because prisons here have run out of capacity," the magistrate said, adding that he had used a satellite phone allocated to him to collate the figures from colleagues across the Himalayan territory amid a communications blackout imposed by authorities.

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2019-08-19 India-Pakistan
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2019-08-19 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[NYPOST] Jeffrey Want Some Candy, Little Girl? Epstein
...A high class pimp financier who was alleged to maintain a stable of underage whores sex slaves who were paid big bucks to entertain the rich and/or famous. He is a registered sex offender and made att least 17 out-of-court settlements with former members of his stable, with some cases still ongoing. 2011 court docs reveal that 21 email addresses and phone numbers for Bill Clinton and an aide were found in Epstein's electronic black book, and that Clinton frequently flew with Epstein on his private plane between 2002 to 2005. But really, they were probably just discussing finance or politix or something. While getting massaged. Then things got serious, Jeff was tossed in the slammer in New York and then he killed himself. Really. That's what happened...
’s gal pal Ghislaine Maxwell donated $1,000 to New York-Presbyterian Hospital after the two of them allegedly brought one of his accusers there for treatment following a sexual assault, according to a British news report.

Maxwell also gave $350 to a New York City charity that aids victims of child sex trafficking at the same time Epstein was negotiating a controversial plea deal in Florida amid allegations he abused underage girls, the Telegraph said.

Maxwell’s contributions were made by her Max Foundation TR, which was run by her and one of Epstein’s lawyers, the Telegraph said, citing financial records.

Other beneficiaries of Maxwell’s private charity included the Clinton Foundation, which in 2003 received the foundation’s biggest donation ever of $2,500, the Telegraph said.

The New York-Presbyterian donation was made on May 2, 2007, about six years after Virginia Giuffre has claimed that Maxwell and Epstein took her to the Upper East Side hospital following abuse inflicted by Epstein, the Telegraph said.

The contribution to Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, also known as GEMS, was reportedly made on April 15, 2008, less than two months before Epstein pleaded guilty in Palm Beach to two counts of solicitation of prostitution, one involving a minor.

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Ghislaine Maxwell: 2019-08-16 Guards were ‘asleep’ when Epstein died, says NYT
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2019-08-19 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] Terror group officials have in the past used the term to distance the organization from perpetrators of certain attacks.

The Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, terror group said on Sunday that "rebellious youth" were killed by Israeli forces near the border fence between the Jewish state and the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip on Saturday night.

The Israel Defense Forces said early on Sunday that its soldiers had spotted a group of armed suspects near the fence. The military said that an attack helicopter and a tank fired at the suspects, but did not provide details on casualties.

Later in the day, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said three Paleostinians were killed by the Israeli fire.

Spokesman Abdelatif al-Qanou said on his Facebook page on Sunday that Israel had "killed and injured four rebellious youths, which is a reflection of its brutal behavior against our people and proof of the ugliness of its crimes."

Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, the second largest terror group in Gaza, said in a statement that Israel had targeted a group of "angry youths" and stated that it holds the Jewish state fully responsible for "its ugly crimes at our people’s expense."

Hamas officials have previously attributed attacks to "rebellious" or "angry" youths to distance itself from those actions.

In the past two weeks, Paleostinian bully boyz have attempted to cross into Israel from Gaza on a number of occasions.

On Sunday, funeral processions were held for the three Paleostinians who were killed overnight. Their bodies were wrapped in Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah flags, respectively.
The Jerusalem Post has names for the buried:
The three armed men were identified by Palestinian media as 21 year-old Mohammed Al-Taramsi, 23 year-old Mohammad Abu Namous and 22 year-old Mahmoud Al-Walaydeh. Their bodies were recovered by medical crews Sunday morning and moved to the Indonesian hospital before their burial later in the day.

Islamic Jihad takes credit for latest rockets fired at Israel

[Jpost] The Islamic Jihad took credit for the latest rockets fired at Israel from the Gazoo Strip during the weekend, according to the Army Radio.

The report claimed that the Islamic Jihad is trying to incite the situation between Israel in Gaza, while Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, is trying to maintain the clam as they discuss terms of ceasefire with Israel.
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2019-08-19 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jpost] IDF forces along with Israeli police arrested ten suspects over the weekend for involvement in terrorist activity, civil terror and violent demonstrations aimed towards civilians and law enforcement, according to IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

The suspects are currently detained by the police and taken for further investigations.
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2019-08-19 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] Saturday at the Young Leader’s Conference in Atlanta, 2020 presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders
...The only first openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. He ran for the 2016 nomination for president, to be cheated out of it by Hillary Clinton, then went back to being a socialist, waiting for 2020 to roll around...
(I-VT) pledged to go to war against white nationalism and racism if he wins the presidency.

Sanders said, "I’m Jewish. My family came from Poland. My father’s whole family was wiped out by Hitler and his white nationalism. Too many people have fought over the years. Too many people have died against racism to let it resurface and flourish in America."

He continued, "We will go to war with nationalism and racism in every aspect of our lives."

He added, "When we combat white nationalism, and when we combat racism, we are going to use all the laws in our power."
Related:
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Bernie Sanders: 2019-08-13 Eight (at least) Dem Prez Candidates Recyle false Ferguson narrative
Bernie Sanders: 2019-08-13 Bernie Sanders staffers manhandle press at Iowa State Fair
Related:
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White nationalism: 2019-08-05 'Democrats Blame ‘White Nationalist' Trump for Shootings in Texas, Ohio
Related:
Racism: 2019-08-16 East Coast Elitist Cory Booker Says He Will Create Office to Combat White Supremacy if Elected President
Racism: 2019-08-17 Sheila Jackson Lee: ’Racism’ a ‘National Security Threat’--‘Huge Sums of Money’ Needed to Win Over ‘White Minds’
Racism: 2019-08-17 New York Times chief outlines coverage shift: From Trump-Russia to Trump racism
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2019-08-19 Britain
[IsraelTimes] Britannia has revoked the citizenship of a dual national Moslem convert to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group dubbed "Jihadi Jack" being held in northern Syria, according to reports on Sunday.

The move targeting Jack Letts, 24, who was a dual UK-Canadian national, has prompted a diplomatic row with Ottawa, Britannia’s Mail on Sunday reports.

Former prime minister Theresa May approved the decision ‐ which had been made by then-interior minister Sajid Javid ‐ in one of her last actions before leaving office in early July, the newspaper says.

A spokesperson for Britannia’s interior ministry declined to confirm the report, noting it does not routinely comment on individual cases.

"Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship are based on substantial advice from officials, lawyers and the intelligence agencies and all available information," the spokesperson said. "This power is one way we can counter the terrorist threat posed by some of the most dangerous individuals and keep our country safe."
The Jerusalem Post adds:
Canada said on Sunday that Britain's decision to strip Jack Letts - dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by the media - of his British citizenship was an attempt to shift responsibility for what to do with him onto Canada, where he also has citizenship.

A statement from Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's office confirmed a British media report from Saturday, which said that Letts' UK passport had been torn up.

Letts traveled from Britain to Syria to fight with Islamic State in 2014, according to media reports, and he has been held in a Kurdish prison for two years. In an ITV interview from February, Letts said he wanted to return to Britain because he considered it his home.

Canada also said it was "aware of some Canadian citizens currently detained in Syria," adding that "there is no legal obligation to facilitate their return." Canada would not put its consular officials at "undue" risk in "this dangerous part of the world," it said.
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2019-08-19 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[DAILYCALLER] A series of Saturday festivities between Antifa
...the armed wing of the Democratic Party...
and right-wing groups were caught on video and posted to Twitter by journalists Andy Ngo, Elijah Schaffer and others.

Portland’s Rose City Antifa comprised one of the leftist groups there to oppose right-wing demonstrators from various organizations, including Proud Boys, Oathkeepers, and Three Percenters.

President Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...
tweeted Saturday morning that the city was "being watched very closely" with consideration "being given to naming Antifa" a terrorist organization.
Related:
Antifa: 2019-08-15 Germany: Former 3-star general slams Merkel for pro-mass migration policies
Antifa: 2019-08-15 Leftist attack on ICE office in San Antonio may be a portent of worse to come
Antifa: 2019-08-14 Shots Fired At Ice Offices In San Antonio
Related:
Portland: 2019-08-13 Ilhan Omar Falsely Claims That 'White Men' Are Greater Threat Than Jihadis
Portland: 2019-08-12 Bill Clinton Wanted To Appoint A Lawmaker Caught In The Epstein Scandal To The Supreme Court
Portland: 2019-08-07 Joe Biden compares Donald Trump to the Ku Klux Klan
Related:
Proud Boys: 2019-07-10 D.C. Metro Police Give Antifa What They Deserve
Proud Boys: 2019-04-19 CHASE Bank Shuts Down 'ALT-RIGHT' Accounts
Proud Boys: 2018-12-13 Fears of growing far-right in Australia amid 'Deplorables' tour
Related:
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Oathkeepers: 2018-05-29 Total Gun Confiscation Genie Can’t Be Put Back in Bottle
Oathkeepers: 2018-04-05 It’s Getting Harder for Democrats to Deny They’re the Party of Flat-Out Citizen Disarmament
Related:
Three Percenters: 2017-08-15 Far-right supporter arrested for planning bomb in Oklahoma City
Three Percenters: 2014-08-09 This Week in Guns: August 9th 2014
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2019-08-18 Africa North
[Libya Observer] The UN mission in Libya disclosed in a report Thursday, that it had recorded 37 attacks on health care facilities and practitioners, since the beginning of the aggression on Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
"The attacks included two field hospitals and two ambulances. Four doctors and two paramedics were also killed in these attacks, as well as the injury of at least eight other medical personnel," the mission said.

It also indicated that at least nine ambulances and nineteen hospitals have been damaged by what it described these "shameful attacks", in addition, eleven people have been reported killed and more than 33 others injured, according to the missions' report, noting that the number of casualties might be higher than the figures confirmed so far.
Related:
UN mission in Libya: 2019-08-13 Rocket Fire Hits Libya Airport, Breaking Eid Truce
UN mission in Libya: 2019-08-06 Dozens killed in airstrike on Tabu tribesmen in Murzuk town
UN mission in Libya: 2019-05-11 Chairman of Presidential Council in London to discuss war on Tripoli
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[TWITTER]

Related:
Kashmir: 2019-08-16 Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to New Delhi's actions in occupied Kashmir
Kashmir: 2019-08-15 OIC expresses concern over India's denial of Kashmiris' religious rights
Kashmir: 2019-08-15 'Every brick will be countered with a stone,' PM Imran warns Modi against action in AJK
Related:
UNSC: 2019-08-09 Pakistan to take India's move to annex occupied Kashmir to UN Security Council: Qureshi
UNSC: 2019-08-09 'We will not leave you alone': AJK assembly expresses solidarity with occupied Kashmir
UNSC: 2019-08-06 HCS head holds UN envoy responsible for the ongoing attack on Mitiga Airport
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2019-08-18 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in southern Kandahar province killing at least 8 Talibs.

The informed military sources said Saturday that the security forces conducted the airsytrike in Khakrez district of Kandahar.

The sources further added that the Special Forces also conducted an operation in Nesh district of Kandahar.

Furthermore, the sources said the Special Forces destroyed a small cache of weapons belonging to Taliban
...Arabic for students...
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[TWITTER]

Related:
Rajouri sector: 2019-05-23 Bid to revive militancy in Rajouri; 4 AK rifles, 11 pistols seized
Rajouri sector: 2019-04-01 Pakistani army allegedly violate ceasefire along the LoC
Rajouri sector: 2017-12-24 Three Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir border firing
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2019-08-18 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[SANA.SY] A military source announced that Syrian air defenses intercepted a hostile target coming from north of Leb, and destroyed it before reaching its target in Misyaf area in Hama countryside.

The military source told SANA in a statement that "At 11:06 pm on Thursday evening, our air defenses detected a hostile target coming from northern Leb towards Misyaf city."

The source added that the air defenses immediately intercepted the hostile target before it could reach its target.
Related:
Misyaf: 2016-07-17 Homs: rebels take checkpoints from regime forces
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2019-08-18 Arabia
[TWITTER]

Related:
Shaybah: 2006-02-28 Al-Qaeda Attack on Abqaiq: The Vulnerability of Saudi Oil
Shaybah: 2005-07-01 Saudis protests plan for UAE-Qatar bridge link
Shaybah: 2005-02-23 UAE-Saudi tensions emerge over border row, trade links with US
Related:
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Houthi: 2019-08-16 Saudi-UAE delegation in Yemen's Aden to discuss separatist pullout
Houthi: 2019-08-15 Aden and the battle on Eid’s eve
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2019-08-18 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[TWITTER]
The US Justice Department claimed that it can seize Grace 1, and all of the oil on board, based on alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, bank fraud, money laundering, and terrorism statutes.
Related:
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Grace 1: 2019-08-04 Flags of Inconvenience: Noose Tightens Around Iranian Shipping


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2019-08-18 Home Front: WoT
[Washington Examiner] PORTLAND, Oregon ‐ While the Proud Boys rally to "End Domestic Terrorism" at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park came and went within a short amount of time, members of antifa continued to stay out in the streets of "Rose City."

Scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the "End Domestic Terrorism" rally coordinated by former InfoWars staffer Joe Biggs ended at around noon, with a majority of the group choosing to march across the nearby bridge.

One rallygoer, who did not want to be identified out of fear for his safety, told the Washington Examiner he decided to attend because he wants antifa to be recognized as a domestic terrorist group, saying they have "been committing a lot of violence, and nothing is being done about ... they have rhetoric thinking ICE members are Nazis, and that's just not true."

With the rallygoers gone, antifa and counterprotesters, who vastly outnumbered the right-wing group, stayed in the park and spread out into the downtown area.

Often ignoring police commands to stay on the sidewalks, the antifa members marched around and engaged in small confrontations with individuals who were perceived or proclaimed to be against antifa. One case resulted in police using pepper balls and arresting a man on the counterprotest side who had advocated for fights throughout the day.
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2019-08-18 Afghanistan


Car bomb destroyed; 15 Taliban militants killed in Balkh operations

[KhaamaPress] The security forces destroyed a boom-mobile and killed 15 Talibs during the operations in northern Balkh province.

The informed military sources said Saturday that the security forces killed 15 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
by conducting an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Sholgrah district of Balkh.

The sources further added that the Special Forces destroyed a Taliban boom-mobile during a separate operation in Chimtal district of Balkh.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.

42 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Balkh: Shaheen Corps

[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed or wounded at least 42 Taliban militants during the clashes in northern Balkh province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement the security forces clashed with the Taliban militants in Babar Qala area of Dawlatbad district and Siya Aab area of Sholgara.

The statement further added that the security forces killed 35 Taliban militants and wounded 7 others during the clashes.

Furthermore, the 209th Shaheen Corps said the Air Forces also provided close air support to the ground forces during the clashes.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that the security forces discovered and destroyed a large cache of weapons and munitions during the operations.
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2019-08-18 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Forbes via The American Thinker] Yet another "irregularity" in the handling of Jeffrey Epstein that surely must be on A.G. Barr's radar. Richard Behar reports at Forbes:
The day after he was taken off suicide watch, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein spent at least two hours locked up alone with a young woman, in a private room reserved for inmates and their attorneys, according to an attorney who was visiting the prison that day.

"The optics were startling. Because she was young. And pretty," said the visiting attorney, who asked that his name not be used because he didn't want to create friction with the prison administration. He speculated the woman could be a lawyer ‐ NBC News has reported that Epstein paid members of his team to sit with him in a room for eight hours a day for attorney-client meetings, allowing him to avoid his cell.

The visiting attorney went to the Manhattan Correctional Center on July 30, a day after Epstein was reportedly taken off suicide watch and transferred into the Special Housing Unit (SHU). During the hours the visiting attorney was present, it wasn't Epstein's main lawyer, Reid Weingarten, or other named attorneys who visited him.

The young female has not been identified publicly, but I presume she must have had to show some identification to get into the facility. But then again, there may be another "irregularity" here. Along with these:

Related: SunSentinel - Jeffrey Epstein’s special treatment in (Florida) jail was far more lenient than anyone knew.
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2019-08-18 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[ABC7] ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Dramatic new video shows the heart-stopping moment that those aboard a plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family escaped from the burning wreckage after the aircraft skidded off the runway in Tennessee earlier this week.

The footage, obtained by ABC affiliate WSOC, shows the Cessna Citation's front door popping open as flames and smoke billow from the back of the plane. A man steps out of the plane and then reaches back to pull the NASCAR legend's baby girl through the door. A second man then jumps from the plane, followed by Earnhardt's wife Amy, who briefly trips before running to safety.

The family's dog is also seen running away from the flaming wreckage.

Eyewitnesses watched the family escape just before the plane, which was carrying a thousand gallons of fuel, erupted into a fiery inferno.

Link to Video here.
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2019-08-18 -Short Attention Span Theater-
But INASH.
Police say one of Baltimore’s newest deputy police commissioners and his wife were robbed at gunpoint.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Deputy Commissioner Daniel Murphy and his wife were approached by four men in an SUV at about 9 p.m. Friday near Patterson Park.

Police say the men announced it was a robbery, showed a gun and fled with a wallet, a purse, cash and multiple cellphones.

Police say no one was injured.
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[TWITTER]

Related:
Article 370: 2019-08-14 The case for abrogating Article 370
Article 370: 2019-08-12 JI to mobilise world on Kashmir, says Siraj
Article 370: 2019-08-11 A robust response that’s viable too
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2019-08-18 Olde Tyme Religion
[Jpost] Why does Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
continue to saber-rattle and threaten to massacre Israelis? Why do Iranian religious and military leaders constantly vow to impose terrible violence on their enemies? And why is the ever-escalating aggression carried on by various Iranian proxies across the Middle East?

These days, international commentators assume that threats of violence and warnings of war are Iran’s boastful way of defying US economic sanctions, which presently have a strangle-hold on their leaders and institutions. Meanwhile,
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2019-08-18 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[SANA.SY] Syrian Arab Army units on Saturday continued operations against the gatherings and positions of terrorist organizations in Idleb’s southern countryside, expanding the area under their control in the surroundings of Khan Sheikhoun city after inflicting losses in personnel and equipment upon terrorists.

SANA’s news hound said that over the past two days, army units have been engaged in violent festivities with forces of Evil from Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
in the direction of Madaya village northwest of Khan Sheikhoun in Idleb’s southern countryside after establishing control over the villages of Abdin, Khirbet Abdin and Um Zaitoun west of the city.

The news hound said the festivities resulted in killing and injuring a number of terrorists, while other forces of Evil flood north.

In the surroundings of al-Tamania village, army units carried out artillery and rocket strikes targeting terrorists’ fortified positions and supply routes, which resulted in killing a number of forces of Evil and destroying their vehicles and equipment.

Related:
Idleb: 2017-03-10 Syrian Army Strikes Terrorist Groups in Various Provinces
Idleb: 2017-03-07 Syrian Army Advances in Daraa al-Balad, Targets ISIL and Nusra Terrorists in Other Areas
Idleb: 2017-03-06 Syrian Army Inflicts Heavy Losses upon Nusra Terrorists
Related:
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-16 Syrian Army captures first town located northwest of Khan Sheikhoun
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-16 Turkish forces on the verge of being encircled in northern Hama
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-16 Militants lose several fighters and equipment in southern Idlib town
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2019-08-18 -Lurid Crime Tales-
BLUF:
[RED STATE] The depth of the cover-up involved in Hillary’s email illegality is absolutely breath-taking. The lengths they went to and the amount of people who were working to shift priorities and bury evidence seems almost inconceivable, yet we have the government documentation proving these things happened.

Despite all this, it looks like everyone is going to get away with it. The media still claim Obama had no scandals while the current DOJ is ignoring criminal referrals by the IG for figures like Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and James Comey. In fact, some of these people are so emboldened that they are now suing the government to get their full pensions. Meanwhile, others hide behind blanket immunity that was given for no logical reason whatsoever.

This is why so few people trusts our institutions. It’s also why the many conservatives who spent years insisting we treat the FBI/DOJ as sacrosanct were simply wrong. The corruption is blatantly evident. These were not people just trying to do their job and protect Americans. They were political actors that perverted the system of justice and that deserves the exposition it’s now getting.

Scrolling down to the bottom line:


The depth of the cover-up involved in Hillary’s email illegality is absolutely breath-taking. The lengths they went to and the amount of people who were working to shift priorities and bury evidence seems almost inconceivable, yet we have the government documentation proving these things happened.

Despite all this, it looks like everyone is going to get away with it. The media still claim Obama had no scandals while the current DOJ is ignoring criminal referrals by the IG for figures like Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and James Comey. In fact, some of these people are so emboldened that they are now suing the government to get their full pensions. Meanwhile, others hide behind blanket immunity that was given for no logical reason whatsoever.

This is why so few people trusts our institutions. It’s also why the many conservatives who spent years insisting we treat the FBI/DOJ as sacrosanct were simply wrong. The corruption is blatantly evident. These were not people just trying to do their job and protect Americans. They were political actors that perverted the system of justice and that deserves the exposition it’s now getting.
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2019-08-18 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces killed or maimed 7 Talibs during the operations in western Farah province.

The Farah Police headquarters said in a statement the security forces conducted a clearance operation along the highway between Bala Bolok and lovely provincial capital on Friday.

The statement further added that the security forces also provided escort to a convoy of the security forces travelling on the highway.

Furthermore, the Farah Police said the security forces killed 3 Talibs adn maimed 4 others during the operation.

The security forces also discovered and defused 9 improvised explosives planted by the murderous Moslems along the highway.
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2019-08-18 Home Front: Culture Wars
[NYP] Socialism is taking my generation by storm. But just like a hurricane, socialism didn’t gain traction overnight.

It’s important to look at the typical millennial trajectory, and why unprecedented government intervention into our daily lives is now widely seen as the only solution to the problems that bedevil us as a generation.

Millennials grew up in an age of college-prep academics, where the only choice was to go to a college or university. We took this journey on the faith that a college education would give us the necessary skills to kick-start our careers.

After graduation, we quickly found out that our alma maters did little to prepare us to be job-ready. Millions of young Americans are now trapped in underemployment or unemployment in their industry of choice.

Just as we get our first student-loan bill, we find ourselves navigating unpaid and low-paid internships that are often a dead end professionally.

Moving to a large metro area becomes a necessity; most of the jobs created since the Great Recession are in a handful of urban areas. Trouble is, these areas are wildly unaffordable.

The next predictable step is working a service-industry job that doesn’t require a degree while trying to get set up in a city with job openings in our fields. Yet a booming job market often also means a housing horror show. Misguided housing policies in places like New York, Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco have created such a tight market that it is often financially impossible for a young person to move there.

Still, we persist, often with parental help and significant struggle. Eventually, we get a job that previous generations probably wouldn’t envy. We pay through the nose for health insurance, have zero job security and pray we advance as soon as possible. Most of us, contrary to popular belief, try to fight our latte-obsessed, avocado-toast-addled, entitled-youngster image.
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[ONEINDIA] A thick security blanket has been thrown across major towns and cities of Karnataka following intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack, police sources said.

With heavy deployment of police personnel at every nook and corner of prominent places in the state, extensive checking was carried out using metal detector and sniffer dogs. Representational Image Police sources said the alert was sounded Friday night asking all coppers to be vigilant and directing police to be present everywhere following intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack.

There was intelligence input that a group of hard boyz was planning to create terror and panic in the country, the sources said. Security has been strengthened at all important installations and public places such as bus stands, railway stations, temples, markets, malls and government offices.

Besides Bengaluru, vigil has also been tightened in Hubballi-Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Chitradurga, Mangaluru, Davangere, Udupi, Mysuru and Tumakuru.

Police personnel were seen searching bags and frisking passengers at the railway stations and bus stands on Saturday. Multi-layer security arrangements were witnessed at important temples in the state. Devotees were frisked before being let inside Udupi Krishna, Kukke Subrahmanya and Ranganatha temples at Srirangapatna and Chamundi shrine in Mysuru,

Police said tight security helped them in nabbing an eight-member gang in Mangaluru, which were planning a heist on Friday night.
Related:
Karnataka: 2019-08-13 One million moved into camps, 184 dead in India monsoon floods
Karnataka: 2019-05-23 Bid to revive militancy in Rajouri; 4 AK rifles, 11 pistols seized
Karnataka: 2019-05-02 Three selfie-crazy Indian teens crushed by train
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Four suspected bad boyz were potted during a search operation carried out by security forces in Kulachi tehsil of Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
district on Friday, officials said.

According to a statement issued by the counter-terrorism department (CTD), the operation was launched on a tip-off about the presence of gunnies in the forests near Bacha Abad and its suburbs in the Kulachi tehsil.

Officials said that the security forces came under attack from various locations as they combed the forests for the terrorists. However,
it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
the security personnel remained safe.

At least four bad boyz were potted in the counterattack, they added. Two of them were identified as Javed Malana and Abdur Rehman Ustrana. They were wanted in eight different acts of terrorism, including attacks on the security forces and a police mobile in Parova area.

The security forces also recovered several Kalashnikovs, police wireless sets, hand grenades and material used in the making of the boom jackets.

The sources said that the operation was still under way due to the presence of more gunnies in the forested areas of Kulachi.

Related:
Dera Ismail Khan: 2019-07-22 6 policemen martyred in gun, bomb attack in DI Khan
Dera Ismail Khan: 2019-05-24 Two more polio cases reported from KP
Dera Ismail Khan: 2019-03-31 6 students killed as bus runs over rickshaw in Punjab's Bhakkar district
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2019-08-18 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[BBC] Janne Utriainen, his wife and four daughters are tackling climate change in their own way: they’ve moved to a remote location in northern Lapland where they live off the land: they fish, hunt, pick berries, keep sheep and chickens and grow some vegetables. Janne believes that climate change is caused by over consumption - so in order to save the planet, he believes we should all consume less and waste less.
One hopes they are also raising long-haired horses, to get the materials for horsehair shirts. Under such conditions linen, cotton, and wool — never mind modern artificial fabrics — are much too comfortable for proper mortification of flesh and spirit.
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2019-08-18 -War on Police-
[NYP] Roving, cop-hating mobs erupted in violence, taunts and gunfire in Brooklyn overnight into Sunday, leaving three officers with minor injuries.

At least some of the injuries were caused by "air mail," objects thrown down at cops from rooftops, police at the scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant told The Post.

By early Sunday, eight people had been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

The violence came after a series of water dousing attacks on NYPD officers throughout the city this summer.

"Straight up cowards!" one man in the crowd there shouted at cops at just after midnight. "You don’t know how to do anything you f‐g coward!"One of the cops injured Saturday night had to be hoisted onto a gurney by medics, who rushed him from the sidewalk outside Marcy Houses at around 11:10 p.m.
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2019-08-18 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Heavy gunfire broke out in Tocra town, 70 km east of Benghazi, on Saturday between the town’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the 166th brigade, a militia led by Ayoub Furjani, warlord Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
’s son-in-law.

Local sources said the 166th militia attacked the town early in the day to release a group of button men arrested by the CID for drinking alcohol.

The 166th militia retreated after hours of heavy exchange of fire, according to the sources.

The Criminal Investigation Department also shot down a surveillance drone believed to be operated by the 166th brigade.

"The situations in the town are still tense," the sources added.
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2019-08-18 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Mail] FBI investigators are probing potentially vile crimes at Jeffrey Epstein's remote Zorro Ranch in New Mexico, following his death in federal custody last week.

The seemingly idyllic ranch in the shrub-dotted hills 23 miles south of Santa Fe has gone under the radar following raids on Epstein's private Caribbean island and mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach, but may have played a key role in the depraved pedophile's crimes.

Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts has said she was taken to the ranch as an underage sex slave, sharing photos of herself on the property taken when she was about 17.

As well, Epstein revealed to scientists and close friends that he 'hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women' at the vast New Mexico ranch, according to the New York Times.

On February 22, 1993, Epstein's shell company the Zorro Trust completed a purchase of lands owned by members of the King family, a powerful New Mexico agricultural and political dynasty that included then-Governor Bruce King.

Jeffrey Epstein revealed to scientists and close friends that he 'hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women' at the vast New Mexico ranch. Jeffrey Epstein revealed to scientists and close friends that he 'hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women' at the vast New Mexico ranch

Zorro's deal included rights to the Kings' leases on public lands, a total of 1,159 acres rented for $872.22 a year. The entire ranch, including privately held land, totaled nearly 8,000 acres.

According to county records, Epstein began constructing a stable, detached garages, and homes in 1994, and began building his mansion in 1999. Including porches and patios, the mansion came to 57,420 square feet.

Epstein also inquired about building a private airstrip on the leased public land - but when he was informed state officials would need to inspect the land, he quickly withdrew the permit request and built the airstrip on the privately held portion of the ranch.

The ranch is surrounded on nearly all sides by land owned by the powerful King family, insulating it from prying eyes. Fashion designer Tom Ford, whose name is in Epstein's 'little black book', also maintains a massive 20,000-acre ranch not far to the north.
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2019-08-18 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Libya's coastguards said Saturday they had rescued 278 illegal immigrants colonists on four dinghies off al-Khums, al-Zawiya and Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
's shores.

The coastguards said one other immigrant has been confirmed dead, adding that the immigrants colonists were from African and Arab countries and that they were sent to Tripoli Naval Base, al-Khums and al-Zawiya ports, while some of them were sent to migration centers.

The coastguards added that 128 immigrants colonists were rescued off al-Khums shores and were sent to the city's coastguards' headquarters since the Interior Ministry had closed al-Khums migration center among two others.

The latest interception and rescue operation by the Libyan coastguards was saving 391 immigrants colonists in northeastern Tripoli.
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2019-08-18 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[National Review] Plan A was to exonerate her and get her elected. Plan B, the failsafe, was an ’insurance policy’ meant to destroy Trump.

There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you’ve been told about for nearly three years. It was not "Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia."

Here is the real collusion scheme: In 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic party, and the progressive Beltway establishment. This scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded ‐ which all the smartest people were supremely confident would never, ever happen . . . which is why you could bet the ranch that it would.

Plan A was to get Mrs. Clinton elected president of the United States. This required exonerating her, at least ostensibly, from well-founded allegations of her felonious and politically disqualifying actions.

Plan B was the insurance policy: an investigation that Donald Trump, in the highly unlikely event he was elected, would be powerless to shut down. An investigation that would simultaneously monitor and taint him. An investigation that internalized Clinton-campaign-generated opposition research, limning Trump and his campaign as complicit in Russian espionage. An investigation that would hunt for a crime under the guise of counterintelligence, build an impeachment case under the guise of hunting for a crime, and seek to make Trump un-reelectable under the guise of building an impeachment case.

Upon becoming President Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton improperly set up a private, non-secure system for email communications. It featured her own personal server, stored in her home and, later, maintained by a private contractor. Secretary Clinton used this private email system for all of her official State Department communications, notwithstanding that doing so (a) violated government regulations (which, as the department head, she was responsible for enforcing); (b) violated governmental record-keeping and record-production obligations imposed by federal law; and (c) made it inevitable ‐ due to the nature of her responsibilities ‐ that streams of classified information would flow through and be stored in the non-secure system.
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2019-08-18 Home Front: Politix
[Babylon Bee] U.S.‐Democratic National Committee spokesperson Michael Tyler announced Thursday that all candidates who run in the 2020 presidential election as Democrats will completely forego armed security for the entirety of their campaigns, in a clear and bold stance against gun violence in America.

"We’ve talked to all possible candidates and everyone has agreed. Gun violence is a huge issue in our country, and guns are the problem. So whoever runs for president as a Democrat in 2020‐be it Bernie, Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, and/or whoever else throws their hat in the ring‐they will steadfastly refuse to employ security teams who carry scary firearms."

Tyler further confirmed that if a Democrat wins the White House in 2020, their first order of business will be to disarm the Secret Service. Asked how the president would then be kept safe, Tyler revealed that they plan on introducing a gun-free zone encompassing a 500-yard radius around the president at all times.

"Problem solved," he said.
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[TWITTER]

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2019-08-18 Home Front: Politix
[Free Beacon] A new scientific breakthrough could increase the odds that Hillary Clinton, 71, could enter the Democratic primary in an effort to unite the party behind a tried and tested (albeit twice-failed) candidate in 2020.

Clinton, whose unsuccessful 2016 campaign was plagued by challenges related to likability, balance, mobility, health scares, corruption, incompetence, and hubris, will be thrilled to learn that researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed a piece of technology that could mitigate at least one of those factors in the event she decides to run again.

The "Arque" is an "artificial biomimicry-inspired anthropomorphic tail" that elderly individuals can wear "as an extension of human body to provide active momentum alteration in balancing situations, or as a device to alter body momentum for full-body haptic feedback scenarios." In other words, it could be just the thing Hillary needs to overcome the general distaste with which she is viewed by a majority of the voting public.
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2019-08-18 -Short Attention Span Theater-
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2019-08-18 China-Japan-Koreas
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
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2019-08-18 Southeast Asia
[DAWN] Time is running out for Jakarta. One of the fastest-sinking cities on earth, environmental experts warn that one third of it could be submerged by 2050 if current rates continue.

Decades of uncontrolled and excessive depletion of groundwater reserves, rising sea-levels, and increasingly volatile weather patterns mean swathes of it have already started to disappear.

Existing environmental measures have had little impact, so authorities are taking drastic action: the nation will have a new capital.

Its location could be announced imminently, according to local reports.

"The capital of our country will move to the island of Borneo," Indonesian leader Joko Widodo said on Twitter.

Relocating the country’s administrative and political heart may be an act of national preservation, but it effectively sounds the death-knell for Jakarta where many of the city’s 10 million residents have little means of escape. "When the floods came I used to tremble," food stall owner Rasdi said.

"I nearly drowned back in 2007 ‐ all my belongings were swept away and I had to start over again," said from his home close to Jakarta’s northern port, one of the worst affected by sinking ground.

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2019-08-18 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's warplanes carried out Friday Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on Zuwara Airport for the second day in a row causing one injury of a national safety worker and material damage to the national safety authority's building inside the airport.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck reached for the green sauce...
a delegation from the UNSMIL visited Saturday morning Zuwara Airport and made sure there was no military presence inside it.

The municipality of Zuwara denied also any military presence at the airport and called on the UNSMIL to take measures to secure and protect the civilian facilities and airport workers.

Volcano of Rage Operation said that Haftar's warplanes raided a heavily populated area in Zuwara on Saturday, causing the civilians to panic and damaging several houses.

Haftar's warplanes carried out other airstrikes on Libyan Army forces in eastern and western Gharyan checkpoints killing one fighter and injuring another from Gharyan Security Force.

Observers believe that intensified air attacks by Haftar's forces on Gharyan and Sabea as well as al-Aziziya may signal preparations for a military operation to retake Gharyan after they lost in late June since the city is considered a huge loss for Haftar in his quest to enter Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
and seize power.
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2019-08-18 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[PNJ]
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[TWITTER]

India eases some curbs in occupied Kashmir

[DAWN] Indian authorities eased restrictions on movement and restored landline telephone links in some parts of Indian Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
e on Saturday, the biggest relaxation in a crippling lockdown since New Delhi removed the region's special status on August 5.

The moves came even as there were celebrations and protests by Kashmiris opposed to the Indian policy in Srinagar on Friday night. The celebrations were to mark the first United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
Security Council meeting about the Kashmir issue for about five decades.

Two police officials and a series of eyewitnesses told Rooters that demonstrations and celebrations took place in various parts of Srinagar.

However,
a woman is only as old as she admits...
the number of incidents of local residents pelting security forces with stones were low compared with recent days, said a security official who toured Srinagar in the morning.

A witness said that hundreds marched in the Rajouri Kadal area of Srinagar and they also let off some fire crackers. They shouted pro-Pak and anti-India slogans during the celebrations, two witnesses said.

For the first time since the Indian government revoked occupied Kashmir's rights to set some of its own laws, police vans didn't announce imposition of a virtual curfew in Srinagar.

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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] As part of security measures for Muharramul Haram, the city police have decided to restrict movement of firebrand
...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
s or arrest them under the National Action Plan, a police front man said on Friday.

Furthermore, leaves of all police officials have been cancelled for Muharram, which is likely to start on Aug 30.

The front man said a control room has been set up in the office of the City Police Officer which would monitor security arrangements round the clock.

Giving details of a meeting held at the CPO office to discuss security arrangements during Muharram, the front man said instructions had been issued to restrict the movement of religious scholars who were known for delivering hate speeches and in this regard the National Action Plan would be followed and implemented.

The CPO was informed that last year, a total of 1,766 Majalis were held, 316 processions were taken out during the first ten days of Muharram in the Rawalpindi District.

The CPO directed the police to ensure that no untoward incident happen during the month.

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2019-08-18 Africa North
[Libya Observer] 12 prisoners of war have been executed by Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
’s infamous al-Kaniyat militia group after their detention in different frontlines in southern Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
. Two other civilians were kidnapped by the same group in Qarabulli town, east Tripoli, and had the same fate.

The victims, 12 of them are fighters for the UN-recognized Government of National Accord, were handed over to the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy last week after weeks of disappearance. They were arrested, tortured and humiliated before being killed, according to the Ministry of Health.

In a statement, the ministry said: "Signs of torture and abuses were found on the bodies of the victims."

"The ministry considers such horrific violations, which do not respect humanity, an act of terrorism that does not reflect the morals and customs of the Libyan Moslem people." Read the statement.

The ministry called on the UN Security Council, the UN Mission in Libya and the International Criminal Court to bring the perpetrators to justice so that they receive their just punishment.

A medical source, who preferred not to be named, said some of the victims had their sex organs cut off, in a horrific crime similar to those of ISIS terrorist group, adding that all the victims were brutally tortured and then summarily executed.

Al-Kaniyat is a notorious militia group formed by al-Kani family in Tarhuna city. The group has been fighting alongside warlord Khalifa Haftar’s self-declared army in southern Tripoli since the start of the offensive in April. Last year it conducted two failed attacks on Tripoli.

Khalifa Haftar’s self-declared army is a mix of tribal groups, radical Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
and gangsters.
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2019-08-18 Africa North
[Libya Observer] The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Middle East said that at least 90 civilians have been killed and more than 200 injured in the ongoing festivities in Murzuq since the beginning of this month.

The Office clarified in a statement on Wednesday, that the violence in Murzuq has forced more than 1,285 families to flee their homes, pointing out that some of these families were accommodated in collective shelters in the region, while others refused to leave their neighbourhoods, in fear of acts of retaliation.
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2019-08-18 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Warlord Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's militias have been kidnapping, Abdul Hadi Tughar, the representative of the British Arab Commercial Bank in Libya, an affiliate of the Libyan Foreign Bank, for about a month now.

Sources close to Tughar confirmed that an gang from Haftar's militias took him from his home in Qasr bin Ghashir; an area south of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
that has been under control of Haftar's forces for four months now.

Haftar's militias have continued to detain bloggers, activists, and officials in Qasr bin Ghashir area of Tripoli, the last of them was Abdul Hadi Tughar and before him was the High Council of State (HCS) member, Muhammad Abu Ghumajeh.

Detentions and acts of violence committed by Haftar's forces against Tripoli's residents continue in the light of the absence of any international deterrence towards such incidents.
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2019-08-18 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-08-18 Home Front: WoT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ‐ Police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon.

Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups apart. The city’s mayor said the situation was "potentially dangerous and volatile," and President Donald Trump tweeted "Portland is being watched very closely."

As of early afternoon, most of the right-wing groups had left the area via a downtown bridge. Police used officers on bikes and in riot gear to keep black-clad, helmet- and mask-wearing anti-fascist protesters ‐ known as antifa ‐ from following them.

But hundreds of people remained downtown and on nearby streets, and there were skirmishes throughout the day. Police declared a gathering of mostly left-wing protesters near Pioneer Courthouse Square a "civil disturbance" and told people to leave.

One person was injured and transported via ambulance, and three other people were evaluated by medics, Portland Police spokeswoman Lt. Tina Jones said. The injuries were minor, she said.

Jones said at one point there were about 1,200 on the streets, but that number had fallen to about 400 late in the afternoon.
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2019-08-18 Science & Technology
from Monckton's letter
[WattsUpWithThat] "On 13 August 2019, three UC Merced faculty, AM Peterson, EM Vincent and AL Westerling, published a paper in Nature Communications. The paper refers to climate contrarians, a pejorative term. Your university put out a press release, referring to deniers;, a term referencing those who question the historical validity of the Holocaust.

"I do not doubt that the Holocaust happened. I was one of the first to show that climate change is real and human-made. I have contributed to several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and I have advised climate policy formation and design in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the United States of America.....@
Laws in the UK on libel are different than in the US, so this will be worth watching.
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2019-08-18 Bangladesh
[Dhaka Tribune] A five-year-old girl was reportedly raped in Fatullah upazila of Narayanganj on Friday afternoon.

The girl’s mother filed a case with Fatullah cop shoppe, confirmed Fatullah Model cop shoppe Sub-Inspector Arifur Rahman.

He said: "The girl has been admitted to Narayanganj Victoria General Hospital, and is undergoing treatment. The accused Sohel, 26, is on the run since the incident."

According to the case statement, the girl with her family lived next door to the accused Sohel, and his family. On Friday, Shohel entered the girl’s room, and raped her. When the girl became severely injured, he expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. The girl later described what happened to her mother.

Meanwhile,
...back at the desert island, Irene was indignant at the thought of doing such a thing without benefit of clergy...
police on Saturday arrested a man accused in a case filed for raping a 19-year-old girl under a false pretence of marriage in Dupchanchia upazila.

The arrested Nur Islam, 27, was sent to jail following a court order.

The girl was being raped since July 1, she filed a case on Friday, after Nur consistently avoided any talk of marriage, but wanted to continue the sexual relation with her.

Dupchanchia cop shoppe SI Jakir Hossain said: "The accused has confessed to his crime after primary interrogation."
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2019-08-18 China-Japan-Koreas
[DAWN] North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
on Friday bluntly criticised South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul.

The statement by an unidentified government front man came hours before South Korea’s military detected two projectiles North Korea fired into the sea to extend a torrid streak of weapons display that’s apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over their joint drills and slow nuclear negotiations.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles launched from the North’s eastern coast flew about 230 kilometres on an apogee of 30 kilometres before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The US and South Korean militaries were analysing the launches but didn’t immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.

The North has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as trying to force Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf.

Moon, in a televised speech on Thursday, said a momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of "worrying actions taken by North Korea recently." He called for Pyongyang to choose "economic prosperity over its nuclear program." The spokesperson of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said Moon’s comments would make a "boiled head of a cow (fall into) a side-splitting laughter." "A sure thing is that the (South) Korean chief executive is (such a) funny man as he just reads what was written by his juniors," the statement said, while avoiding calling Moon by his name.

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2019-08-18 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] Infiltration attempt comes hours after three rockets fired at southern Israel from the Strip, one of which struck a home in Sderot.

Israeli forces rubbed out a group of armed Paleostinians along the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip’s security fence late Saturday night, hours after three rockets were fired at southern Israel from the restive coastal enclave.

The exact number of Paleostinians killed during the suspected infiltration was not immediately known. Gaza-based news outlets reported four or five people killed in the strike.

The Israeli military said an attack helicopter and a tank were used to kill the suspected Death Eaters as they approached the fence.

"A short while ago, IDF troops spotted armed suspects near the security fence around the northern Gaza Strip. An IDF attack helicopter and a tank fired at them," the army said in a statement.

Israeli troops also fired flares throughout the area in order to assist in the efforts to locate the suspected terrorists.

An army spokesperson said there were no reports of Israeli casualties.

The Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-linked Paleostinian Information Center said the men had been on the Gaza side of the fence when they were killed, and that some of the bodies had been confiscated by Israel, citing "local sources." The reports could not be confirmed.

Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said that Israel later conducted artillery strikes on its positions east of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, near where the men had approached the fence to enter Israel.

Paleostinian media reported that the men were members of the Iran-backed Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
’s military wing, Saraya al-Quds. This could not be immediately confirmed.

On Saturday night, the cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ofakim, Gan Yavne and Yavne opened their municipal bomb shelters ahead of expected reprisal rocket attacks. The Magen David Adom ambulance service also said it was going on high alert.

Earlier on Saturday night, Paleostinian Death Eaters in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the military said.

Fragments from one of the Gaza rockets struck the yard of a home in the town of Sderot, causing damage. There were no physical injuries caused by the shrapnel in Sderot. Four people received medical treatment after they suffered anxiety attacks, medics said. In addition, two people sustained minor injuries while running to bomb shelters, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

Shrapnel also landed inside a community in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel, northeast of Gaza, causing no injuries, local officials said.

It was the second night in a row that sirens sounded in Sderot. On Friday night, Death Eaters in the Strip fired at least one rocket into Israel, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the IDF said. There were no reports of injury or damage. In response, the Israeli military struck two underground sites belonging to Hamas.

5 reported Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) armed wing militants killed by IDF tanks and helicopters on the northern Gaza border
[TWITTER]
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2019-08-18 Africa Subsaharan
[DAWN] Nine Chinese and eight Ukrainian seamen were kidnapped in attacks on two merchant ships off Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
, in the latest act of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, sources said on Friday.

The attacks took place on Thursday in Cameroonian waters off the port of Douala, located at the apex of a gulf that has become a hotspot of seaborne crime.

A Douala official said on Friday that a total of 17 people had been kidnapped, including "nine Chinese civilian sailors" from one of the ships.

A Cameroonian security official confirmed the account.

The Cameroonian navy and the country’s port service had reported the kidnappings on Thursday but had been unable to give the number or nationality of those taken.

A navy source said the kidnappers "are probably Nigerian pirates," adding that Cameroon’s security forces had launched a search for them.

The Gulf of Guinea, whose coastline stretches in a huge arc from Liberia to Gabon, is notorious for piracy as well as oil theft, illegal fishing and human and drugs trafficking.

In Malaysia, Noel Choong, who heads the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a watchdog agency, said the 17 seamen were seized from two ships that were attacked within hours of each other while they were anchored off Douala.

Choong said one of the ships was a multipurpose German-owned ship that flew the flag of Antigua and Barbuda.

"Eight crew were kidnapped from the ship, consisting of a total of 12 Asian and Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an sailors," he said.

The other vessel was a Liberian-flagged bulk carrier managed in Greece with a Greek owner.

"There were 21 crew on board. All were Asians. Nine crew were taken," Choong told AFP.

"(The) IMB has issued a warning to all ships at Douala. We ask all ships to take additional precaution." Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement quoted by news agencies that three of the kidnapped sailors were Russian nationals. Many Ukrainians also hold Russian citizenship.

In recent years, the seas off West Africa have become "the world’s worst for pirate attacks," according to the IMB.

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2019-08-18 International-UN-NGOs
[Jpost] The Paleostinian leadership is worried that the mandate of the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
Relief and Works Agency for Paleostinian Refugees (UNRWA) may not be renewed this year due to charges of corruption in the agency.

The Paleostinians are also concerned about the recent decision of the Netherlands, Switzerland
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Balochistan National Party-Mengal
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
(BNP-M) leader Amanullah Zehri was rubbed out on in the Khuzdar district of Balochistan early on Saturday.

The BNP-M leader was travelling when his convoy was ambushed by unidentified miscreants, who opened indiscriminate fire.

Zehri and three others, including his minor grandson, Mardan Zehri, bit the dust in the incident.

The deputy commissioner of Khuzdar and other relevant officials reached the site of the incident along with levies personnel. The area was cordoned off so that evidence could be collected from the site.

The bodies were handed over to families after the necessary paperwork was completed at the Civil Hospital.

BNP-M Chief Nawab Akhtar Mengal expressed his grief on the loss of lives.

"Another dark day for BNP and the people of Balochistan," he wrote on Twitter. "This loss has deprived us all. I’m lost of words today. Devastated to learn that Shaheed Amanullah Zehri with his friends and innocent grandson have been brutally killed in the middle of the night. May Allah have mercy."


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2019-08-18 Afghanistan
[DAWN] The Afghan Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
on Saturday said the killing of a brother of their leader in the Quetta mosque kaboom on Friday would not derail talks with the United States.
And the injured son (how badly injured has not been reported) is likewise of no interest whatsoever.
Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada
...Former deputy to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour, now The Big Man Himself...
was not in the mosque near Quetta on Friday when a bomb went off but his younger brother, Hafiz Ahmadullah, was leading Friday prayers and was killed, several Taliban officials have said.

The kaboom inside the mosque just before Friday prayers killed four people, including the prayer leader, and left 25 others injured in the Kuchlak area on the outskirts of the scenic provincial capital.

The explosion was carried out with the help of a time device, which was planted under the wooden chair of the prayer leader, when he started delivering the Friday sermon, according to police and bomb disposal squad officials.

There was no claim of responsibility for the blast that came after both Taliban and US officials reported progress in talks on an agreement centred on a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban security guarantee.

"If someone thinks martyring our leaders would stop us from our goal they're living in a fool's paradise," a Taliban leader said by telephone from an undisclosed location.

"We are close to our goals," he said, referring to the talks with the US. He declined to be identified.
Khaama Press adds:
The former Afghan intelligence chief and running mate of Ashraf Ghani in presidential elections reacted to the killing of the brother of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada in an explosion in Pakistan.

Saleh said in a Twitter post “The name of the Talbn politburo is Quetta Shura. It is located in Quetta of Pakistan.”

Furthermore, Saleh said “One of their senior members was killed today in a blast as the rift is growing over the deal with the US & prospects of peace. Seemingly ultra ISI are killing the less ISI Talibn. Cheap proxies.”
An interesting perspective...
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2019-08-18 Arabia
[DAWN] An attack claimed by Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
i rebels sparked a fire in a Saudi gas plant on Saturday but caused no casualties or disruption to production, state-owned energy company Saudi Aramco said.

"Saudi Aramco's response team controlled a limited fire this morning at the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility," the energy giant said. "There were no injuries and no interruptions to Saudi Aramco's oil operations."

The Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
s
have carried out a spate of cross-border missile and drone attacks targeting Saudi air bases and other facilities in recent months in what it says is retaliation for the Saudi-led air war in Yemen.

Early on Saturday, the Huthis issued a statement claiming a "massive" attack against a Saudi gas installation, which they said was hit by 10 drones.

A rebel front man, cited by the Death Eater television station al-Masirah, also vowed "fiercer and larger attacks" against Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
should it retaliate.

The channel later broadcast a speech by rebel chief Abdelmalik al-Huthi, who said all the group's military operations were "a legitimate response to Saudi aggression".

Al-Huthi added that the Saturday's attack was also "a warning to the United Arab Emirates", the other main pillar in the Saudi-led coalition.

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2019-08-18 Home Front: WoT
Snip. Duplicates article published below. My apologies

— trailing wife at 9:35 a.m. EDT

More from Breitbart found here.
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
on Saturday welcomed the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
Security Council (UNSC) meeting on occupied Jammu and Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
held a day earlier, saying the gathering was a reaffirmation of the council's past resolutions advocating the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people.

Taking to Twitter, the premier noted that it was for the first time in over five decades that the "world’s highest diplomatic forum" had taken up the issue of Indian Kashmire and the serious situation prevailing there.

"There are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self-determination. And the UNSC meeting was a reaffirmation of these resolutions," the prime minister wrote.

He said it was, therefore, the responsibility of the Security Council to address the suffering of the Kashmiri people and ensure the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.


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2019-08-18 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[IsraelTimes] Forough Alaei detained with at least five other activists for sneaking into sports events, which is forbidden for Iranian women.
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2019-08-18 Africa Horn
[DAWN] Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Khartoum on Saturday as Sudan's generals and protest leaders signed a historic deal paving the way for civilian rule.

Thousands of cheering people gathered around the Friendship Hall next to the Nile, where the documents that will govern the country's 39-month transition were signed.

"This is the biggest celebration I have ever seen in my country. We have a new Sudan," said Saba Mohammed, a veiled 37-year-old woman, waving a small plastic flag.

Minutes earlier, the deal had been signed by Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, deputy chief of the military council, and Ahmed al-Rabie, representing the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest umbrella.

Heads of state, prime ministers and dignitaries from several countries ‐ including Æthiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egypt's premier Mustafa Madbuli ‐ attended the ceremony.

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2019-08-18 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[DAWN] Regime air strikes on Saturday killed a woman and six of her children in northwest Syria, a war monitor said, a day after Russian bombardment pummelled a nearby displacement camp.

The air strike hit the family's one-story home in the village of Dayr Sharqi in Idlib province, killing everyone inside, said the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A photographer collaborating with AFP said he saw a man leaving the site of the blast, carrying the bloody corpse of a maiden of tender years, her hair streaked with blood.

A rescue worker carried the dust covered body of a second child, he added.

The photographer said he also saw the charred remains of a third victim trapped underneath the rubble, as rescue workers tried to retrieve it.

Heightened air raids by the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow on the Idlib region ‐ the last major opposition bastion in Syria's northwest ‐ have killed hundreds since the end of April.

The latest air strikes on the village of Dayr Sharqi maimed three other people, the Observatory said.

The attack came a day after Russian air raids killed 15 civilians, including six children in a nearby displacement camp in the town of Hass, according to the war monitor. Two other children were killed by Syrian regime air strikes in different parts of southern Idlib on Friday, it said.

A French foreign ministry statement released after those attacks condemned "indiscriminate air strikes by the regime and its allies in Idlib". It specifically mentioned the air strikes on the displacement camp and called "for an immediate cessation of hostilities".

Over the past week, regime forces have advanced on the southern edges of Idlib province, with the aim of capturing the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which lies on a key highway coveted by the regime.

The highway runs through Idlib, connecting government-held Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, which was retaken by regime forces from rebels in December 2016.

Syria's former Al Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(HTS) has since January controlled most of Idlib province as well as parts of neighbouring Hama, Aleppo and Latakia provinces. Other rebel groups are also present in the area.

A buffer zone deal brokered by Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
last year was supposed to protect the region's three million inhabitants from an all-out regime offensive, but it was never fully implemented.

Regime and Russian air strikes and shelling since late April have killed more than 850 civilians, according to the Observatory.

The United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
says the violence has displaced more than 400,000 people. AFP correspondents have reported seeing dozens of families flee fighting over the past few days, heading north in trucks stacked high with belongings.

Syria's conflict has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions at home and abroad since starting with the brutal repression of anti-regime protests in 2011.
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2019-08-18 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Froces killed 3 Talibs and destroyed two caches of weapons during the operations in Pashtun-infested Logar and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces.

The military officials said Saturday that the Special Forces killed 3 Talibs during an operation in Pul-e Alam district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

The officials further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons during the same raid.

The Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons during a similar operation which they conducted in Garm Ser district of Helmand.
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2019-08-18 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Jhelum police on Saturday arrested a suspect for allegedly molesting and raping a minor girl in Pind Dadan Khan, said a police officer.

The suspect had forcefully taken the second grade student to an empty building on August 15, Pind Dadan Khan Police Station SHO Ghulam Abbas Shah said quoting the victim's father. A case had also been registered on the same day, he added.

The SHO said that police arrested the suspect with the help of CCTV footage as the victim had identified the suspect in the video.

According to the FIR, lodged by the father of the victim, the six-year-old girl went outside from her home to purchase some curd but returned very late. The father told police that the victim, upon her return, told her mother that someone had grabbed her and took her to a nearby deserted house where the suspected tried to rape her.

Later, according to the father, the victim identified the suspect and the house where she had been taken. She identified the suspect in a video footage obtained from a nearby installed CCTV camera, the father said.

The victim had been shifted to a hospital for medico-legal examination, as well as treatment. The report will confirm the nature of the offence, the police said.

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2019-08-18 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed a notorious commander of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group during an operation in south-eastern Ghazni province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps citing informed local sources reported that the notorious commander who was in charge of the Red Unit of Taliban was killed in one of the provinces of Ghazni on Friday.

The sources further added that the security forces also killed 34 other snuffies during the operation.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results...
the provincial government said in a statement that the security forces killed 18 Talibs and maimed 9 others during the operations in this province.

The statement further added that the security forces killed 12 snuffies and maimed 6 others in Qarabagh district.

Furthermore, the provincial government said the U.S. forces conducted an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Deh Yak district on Friday night which killed 6 Talibs and maimed 4 others.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.
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2019-08-18 Afghanistan
[ToloNews] Interior Ministry’s front man said the earth-shattering kaboom has targeted Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall in Kabul.

An explosion happened at a wedding hall in the west of Kabul when dozens of people were celebrating a wedding ceremony of an Afghan couple on Saturday evening.
ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban all disapprove most strongly of people having old fashoned fun. No doubt more information will come out as the day progresses.
A front man for Ministry of Interior, Nusrat Rahimi, said the earth-shattering kaboom happened at around 10:40 pm.

Sources and eyewitnesses said the hall was packed with guests when the earth-shattering kaboom happened.

The Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall is located in police district 6 (PD6) which covers areas like Darul Aman in the west of Kabul.

Footage on social media shows women screaming outside the wedding hall, while they are shocked by the earth-shattering kaboom.

Sources said the casualties might be high. Wedding ceremonies in Afghanistan are often attended by more than 400 guests.
Deutsche Welle adds:
More than 1,000 people had been invited to the wedding, one witness said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told the Associated Press news agency that the attacker set off explosives among the wedding participants.

"Unfortunately, the blast caused civilian casualties," Rahimi said, adding that among them were women and children. Specific information on casualties would be provided later, he wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which went off in the men's reception area of the wedding hall in the western part of the city.
And from the Daily Mail:
Witnesses said members of the minority Shi'ite Muslim community were holding the wedding reception.

Sunni Muslim militants including the Taliban and Islamic State have repeatedly attacked the Shi'ite Hazara minorities in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan over the years.
Update from Al Jazeera at 8:12 a.m. EDT courtesy of Besoeker
At least 63 people have been killed and scores wounded in an explosion targeting a wedding in the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday, the deadliest attack in Kabul this year.

The suicide blast took place on Saturday evening in the men's reception area of the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul, in a minority Shia neighbourhood, packed with people celebrating a marriage.

Women and children were among the casualties, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said on Sunday.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.
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2019-08-18 Africa Horn
[HIIRAAN] Somali Federal Government has declared the election of new Jubbaland state assembly a nullity noting the process violated the Federal Constitution and electoral procedures in what could open a new round of battles between the Ahmed Madobe administration and Mogadishu.

Interior Ministry Abdi Mohammed Sabriye said in a statement Saturday the selection of elders and subsequent election of MPs failed the electoral threshold set by the government. According to the letter, the elders who participated in the just concluded controversial poll were not the legitimate ones in the government register.

"Any election which bypasses the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the electoral procedures set by the Interior Ministry is null and void," the government said.

Coming hot on the heels of the build up to the election of a new president and the ’swearing in’ of a parallel assembly Thursday, the declaration by the Federal Government could further escalate the hotly contested exercise that has seen the intervention of the international community.

Jubbaland Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (JBIEC) reopened the registration process of presidential candidates Friday following pressure from the UN, AU and the regional body IGAD. The UN called for a ’a single, agreed electoral process’ warning unless resolved, the political circus could have a destabilising effect on the southerly state.

The rejection of Jubbaland assembly by Mogadishu is not a new phenomenon. In 2015 following the formation of the Interim Jubbaland Administration, the Federal Parliament declared the Jubbaland Assembly illegally constituted but the move posited no legal effect to bar the assembly conducting its business.

The Jubbaland Assembly approved by the JBIEC Saturday re-elected the former Speaker Sheikh Abdi Mohammed Abdirahman and deputies paving way for the election of a new president. The parallel parliament also ’elected’ Ibrahim Nur Hassan as its speaker.
Related:
Jubbaland: 2019-07-17 Jubaland Leader Holds Meeting With UN Envoy In Kismayo City
Jubbaland: 2019-07-15 Car bomb and all-night hotel siege kill 26 in Somalia's Kismayo
Jubbaland: 2019-07-13 Kismayo attack: 26 dead as gunmen storm Somali hotel
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
[UPI] Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke;
...Kennedyeque businessman, musician, skateboard artiste, and politician who represented Texas' 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. Beto is a Latino nickname for people whose names end in "erto," like "Roberto" or "Alberto." He is seeking the Dem nomination for President in 2020 because he has nice hair and lots of teeth. He was born into a local political family in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of a prep school and Columbia University, which is not in Texas. In 2005, he was elected to the El Paso City Council. He was elected to Congress in 2012 after defeating eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary. He declined to seek re-election in 2018, instead running for the Senate against Republican Ted Cruz, running a campaign that drew national attention because of his skateboarding skills. A few months after he lost, he announced his campaign for President...
, having resumed his campaign, detailed a plan Friday to curb gun violence by imposing a national gun licensing system and registry, and a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons.

O'Rourke took time away from his campaign to aid the community in El Paso, Texas, where a shooting attack two weeks ago killed more than 20 people.

"We must connect these dots. And we must not let these moments define us," O'Rourke said in his plan Friday. "Instead, what will define America from El Paso, Texas, to Baltimore, Md., to reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
, Ill., is the resilience and radical hope that communities have shown in response to these tragedies."

O'Rourke's plan lists a number of reforms, including the buyback program that would remove all banned assault weapons from private ownership -- a proposal that goes further than any presented so far by the Democratic field.

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2019-08-17 -Land of the Free
[Telegraph] Workers in Georgia were spooked Thursday by rumored ICE raids that echoed last week’s roundup in Mississippi, media outlets report.

After the workers reportedly abandoned their posts in anticipation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement never showed up.

"We are aware of rumors that have sparked public concern in our community," Gainesville Police Department said in a Facebook post. "It is important to always be vigilant and rely on credible sources. Rumors of food processing plants and retailers are untrue."
Georgia friends:
ICE is at poultry plants in Gainesville. warn who you need to warn.
know your rights.
this is sad. and disgusting.

‐ brke (@brookeduh) August 15, 2019

Police in Gainesville, Georgia ‐ dubbed the "Poultry Capital of the World" ‐ were tipped off by the media reportedly trespassing at the processing plant Gold Creek Foods around 11 a.m. Thursday, the Gainesville Times reported.

An ICE spokesman confirmed there was "no worksite enforcement action at chicken plants in Georgia today" and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said they had also not received requests for assistance, the newspaper reported.

According to News34 Atlanta, at least 200 people had walked out of plants in Gainesville by 11 a.m. Thursday. The news outlet reported the rumors started at 8 a.m.
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Culture Wars
I can understand her surprise and astonishment. The rules she made weren't for her, they were for us. Obviously the left doesn't have to follow its own rules, that goes witxhout saying. Now the worm has turned and she's squealing about the injustice of the situation. Warms my heart.

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2019-08-17 Europe
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Prosecutors in Germany say they have indicted an army employee with spying for an Iranian intelligence service.

The federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the German-Afghan dual citizen is charged with "a particularly serious case" of treason and of breaching official secrecy laws in 18 cases.

The suspect, identified only as Abdul Hamid S. in line with German privacy rules, had worked as a translator and adviser to the German army for several years. He was arrested Jan. 15 and has been detained since.
Deutsche Welle adds:
German media outlet Spiegel Online reported at the time of the arrest that the man had access to "sensitive information on troops in Afghanistan."

The German government lodged an official complaint with Iran when the 50-year-old was arrested in January. Iran denied the allegations.

The man is expected to go on trial soon.

The Bundeswehr has about 1,300 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led noncombat mission Resolute Support.

According to German intelligence, Iran, Russia, China and Turkey are the main countries engaged in espionage in Germany.
Related:
German-Afghan dual citizen: 2019-01-21 Iran denies allegations of spying on German army
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2019-08-17 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[BREITBART] St Greta of Thunberg has made it into the cover of GQ and is now on her way across the Atlantic in a $4 million yacht to lecture Americans about climate change. Could there be anything more emblematic of the stupidity of our age?
That word you're probably searching for right now is "twit."
My first question would be: what is a 16-year old autistic school drop-out who has done nothing of note in her life other regurgitate climate propaganda doing on the cover of a men’s magazine?

Call me naive but I thought the point of men’s magazines was to write about stuff that men might find interesting: dodging snipers’ bullets in war zones; free-diving with great white sharks; playing Scrabble with the Medellin cartel; where to track down the coolest leather jacket under £1,000; strafing a remote baboon colony in a Mig-25 Foxbat; the quest for the world’s purest MDMA.

Sure, girls have a place in this universe: as decoration and objects of lust. But spooky Greta with her pigtails and thousand-yard stare of disapproval is not only far too young to qualify for that status but far too earnest and grim.

And boring. What kind of man would be remotely interested in buying a mag whose main feature entailed a finger-wagging lecture (one we’ve all heard a gazillion times before) about how, like, totally endangered the planet is and how totally it’s all our fault and how we’ve got to abandon all the things we hold dear ‐ meat; air travel; fast cars; designer threads ‐ in order to stop all the baby polar bears melting?

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2019-08-17 Economy
[American Conservative] AKRON, Ohio‐Rolling Acres Mall in Akron opened in 1975. I was three years old.

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of going to that mall. The mall had only been there for two years, but to a five year old in 1977, it was as permanent and impressive as the pyramids of Egypt.

The mall was huge: two levels, over one million square feet, four anchor department stores, and 140 individual stores. Our family would go to York Steak House for dinner, buy our clothes at O’Neils, buy hardware at Sears, and purchase hi-fidelity stereophonic sound at Radio Shack.

The mall was a center of community and commerce. In the 1970s and 1980s, a family trip, or a 16-year-old’s solo teenage voyage to the mall, was an iconic all-American experience and a rite of passage.

In the mid-1980s, it would have been inconceivable to think that this still practically brand-new mall’s best days were already behind it.

But by the early-1990s, the mall’s fortunes had begun to rapidly fade. And by the mid-2000s, it was nearly empty. The power was turned off in 2008. Soon afterward, the mall went viral on the internet as the ur-example of retail apocalypse and suburban decline.

The hollowed-out husk of what was once a temple to commerce, familial bonding, and teenage freedom rapidly became a post-apocalyptic casualty of late capitalism and a dangerous nuisance. The mall bounced from one absentee-owned LLC to another. The owner(s) stopped paying property taxes.

A man was killed by electrocution trying to steal copper pipe from the mall. An infamous serial killer dumped the body of one of his victims at the site. Photographers, urban explorers, and curiosity seekers descended upon the ruins, drawn by the site’s fall from grace. (Photographer Seph Lawless’ compelling and haunting images of the mall were captured in his book "Autopsy of America.")
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2019-08-17 -War on Police-
[AMGREATNESS] In a blistering statement Thursday, United States Attorney William M. McSwain lashed out at the District Attorney of Philadelphia, saying his "vile rhetoric" and lax law enforcement policies were putting police in danger.

Larry Krasner, the Philly D.A., is a far-left former civil rights defense attorney who has sued police more than 75 times, and has defended far-left Occupy Philly activists and Black Lives Matter agitators. Left-wing hedge fund billionaire George Soros
...either Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Auric Goldfinger come true...
helped put Krasner in office by donating an overwhelming $1.45 million to an independent political action committee backing his campaign in 2017.

After a violent suspect with an extensive criminal history shot and injured six coppers Wednesday, McSwain said he was "fed up" with the culture of disrespect" Krasner has promoted.

Incredibly, according to a local CBS Philly news hound, while police were still dodging bullets on Wednesday, hundreds of residents were laughing and yelling at them from the sidelines. At least once, police had to pepper-spray unruly onlookers.

"There is a new culture of disrespect for law enforcement in this City that is promoted and championed by District Attorney Larry Krasner ‐ and I am fed up with it," McSwain wrote in the strongly worded statement.

It started with chants at the DA’s victory party ‐ chants of "F*** the police" and "No good cops in a racist system."

We’ve now endured over a year and a half of the worst kinds of slander against law enforcement ‐ the DA routinely calls police and prosecutors corrupt and racist, even "war criminals" that he compares to Nazis.

This vile rhetoric puts our police in danger. It disgraces the Office of the District Attorney. And it harms the good people in the City of Philadelphia and rewards the wicked.

The alleged shooter last night, Maurice Hill, is a previously convicted felon with a long rap sheet. We have plenty of criminal laws in this City ‐ but what we don’t have is robust enforcement by the District Attorney. Instead, among other things, we have diversionary programs for gun offenses, the routine downgrading of charges for violent crime, and entire sections of the criminal code that are ignored.

The criminal laws in this City ‐ and especially the existing gun laws and drug laws ‐ should be aggressively enforced in order to protect the public and the police. My Office is doing all that we can. We have prosecuted 70% more violent crime cases this year than we did last year, in response to the District Attorney’s lawlessness. But it is now time for the District Attorney and his enablers to stop making excuses for criminals. It is time for accountability. It is time to support law enforcement and to put the good people of this City first.
Related:
Larry Krasner: 2017-05-24 The ACLU's Ex-Con Army
Related:
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George Soros: 2019-08-02 Democratic megadonor George Soros launches new super PAC
George Soros: 2019-07-17 Obama's Globalist State Department Still Running the Show in Guatemala?
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2019-08-17 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[Rudaw] As US and Ottoman Turkish officials thrash out the terms of the new ’safe zone’ in northern Syria, Mazloum Abdi, commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), outlined his force’s alternative vision for the border.

Since striking a deal last week, Washington and Ankara have both remained tightlipped on the exact terms of the safe zone ‐ how deep into Syrian territory it will reach, how far it will stretch along the border, what forces will patrol it, or how long it will be in place for.

US officials have since met with SDF commanders to discuss the proposals and search for a compromise between Syria’s Kurds and the Ottoman Turkish government. During these meetings, the SDF set out their own vision for the ’safe zone’.
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2019-08-17 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[AMERICANTHINKER] Judicial Watch announced today that a federal court has ordered the State of Maryland to produce voter list data for Montgomery County, the state’s biggest county. The court ruling comes in the Judicial Watch lawsuit filed July 18, 2017, against Montgomery County and the Maryland State Boards of Elections under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division (Judicial Watch vs. Linda H. Lamone, et al. (No. 1:17-cv-02006)). The decision follows NVRA-related Judicial Watch successes in Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, and Kentucky that could lead to removal of up to 1.85 million inactive voters from voter registration lists. The NVRA requires states to take reasonable steps to clean up its voting rolls and to make documents about its voter list maintenance practices available to anyone who asks.

Judicial Watch had sought the Maryland voter list data after discovering that there were more registered voters in Montgomery County than citizens over the age of 18 who could register. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Lipton Hollander rejected Maryland’s objections to providing the voter list information under Section 8(i) of the National Voter Registration Act:

Related:
Judicial Watch: 2019-08-09 With Latest Trump Dossier-DOJ News, How Many Heads Are Going To Roll ?
Judicial Watch: 2019-08-09 JW: Comey Caught With @RealDonaldTrump FBI Files In His House.
Judicial Watch: 2019-08-08 Somalis Welcomed As Refugees by Obama, Charged with Terrorism in Arizona
Related:
Montgomery County: 2019-08-15 Two Illegal Immigrants Arrested for Repeatedly Raping 11-Year-Old Girl
Montgomery County: 2019-08-04 9 dead, 26 injured in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio
Montgomery County: 2019-06-15 Maryland Government Building Replaces POW/MIA Flag With LGBT Flag
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2019-08-17 -Lurid Crime Tales-
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Andrew Ivan Aman, 22, reportedly planned to ’stab as many children as possible’ at the Bellamy Elementary School in Tampa, Florida

  • Aman, with a kitchen knife hidden in a handbag, was also intending on stabbing any adults who got in his way as well

  • He has a history of several mental disorders, apparently decided to target the school because he despises the US and the school’s ’obnoxious pride’ of it

  • His plan was foiled by a chance encounter with his roommate on the way to the school. He was later found with a large kitchen knife hidden in his bag

  • According to his Facebook page, Aman’s is originally from Abakanets, Russia.
    ...which appears to be somewhere in Siberia...
    It’s unclear how long he’s been living in the United States
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2019-08-17 India-Pakistan
(mosque+blast) ~ (cheese+crackers)
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least two people were killed and more than two dozen injured after a blast at a mosque in southwestern Pakistain during Friday prayers, officials said.

Provincial police chief Mohsin Hassan Butt said the earth-shattering kaboom - the latest violence in a string of attacks in restive Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province - was caused by a remotely detonated bomb in the town of Kuchlak.

"Two people including the prayer leader of the mosque have been killed and 25 others were maimed in an IED blast at a mosque," he said.

A second police official, Abdul Razzaq Cheema, confirmed the incident and casualty figures at the mosque, north of bustling provincial capital Quetta.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan, Pakistain’s largest and poorest province bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is rife with holy warrior, separatist and sectarian insurgencies, even as incidents of violence have significantly dropped elsewhere in Pakistain.

Militants still retain the ability to carry out attacks, including on major urban centers and tightly-guarded targets, and analysts have long warned that Pakistain is yet to tackle the root causes of extremism.
Khaama Press adds:
An explosion in Quetta city of Pakistain has killed the brother of Mullah Haibatullah, the supreme leader of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group.

Informed sources have told Rooters that the Hafizullah Ahmadullah, the brother of Mullah Haibatullah was killed in the earth-shattering kaboom along with three others.

A Taliban source has confirmed to Rooters that Ahmadullah was the younger brother of Mullah Haibatullah.

The Taliban group has not formally commented regarding the incident so far.

The explosion took place this afternoon inside a Madrassa in Kuchlak area located in the outskirts of Quetta city.
Update from the Jerusalem Post at 11:00 a.m. EDT:
Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada
...Former deputy to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour, now The Big Man Himself...
was not in the mosque when the bomb went off. The Taliban leader's son was maimed, one of the sources said.

The mosque was known to be visited by members of the Afghan Taliban, the sources said.

"It was a timed device planted under the wooden chair of the prayer leader," said Abdul Razzaq Cheema, chief of police in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province.

One of the sources, who visited the site after the blast, said security at the mosque was always very tight.

Separatist Lions of Islam and Islamist bully boyz are active in Balochistan but many in Pakistan are likely to suspect the Afghan government, which is battling the Taliban over the border in Afghanistan, of the blast.
Related:
Mohsin Hassan Butt: 2019-07-31 5 killed in blast outside police station in Quetta
Mohsin Hassan Butt: 2019-06-27 1 policeman martyred, 4 injured in attack in Police Lines area in Loralai
Related:
Kuchlak: 2018-12-19 A Look Inside The Taliban's Safe Havens in Pakistan
Kuchlak: 2017-09-12 Hazara killings
Kuchlak: 2017-09-11 Three Hazaras among four shot dead in Quetta
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2019-08-17 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] A young married woman fell victim to ’honour killing’ in the Gulberg area, police said on Thursday.

Area SHO Rafay Tanoli said the suspect, Javed, had attacked his wife, Khalida Bibi, 25, with a hard and blunt weapon in Block-13 of FB Area on Tuesday and fled.

She was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where she died during treatment on Thursday.

The SHO said the victim worked as a domestic servant in the area while her husband was jobless.

The murder appeared to be linked with so-called honour, said Mr Tanoli.

The police have started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the suspect on a complaint of the victim’s father.
Related:
Honour killing: 2019-04-09 Father kills daughter, man over 'honour' in Mandi Bahauddin
Honour killing: 2019-03-19 Dutch police arrest Turkish known wolf for killing 3 in tram honour killing,Turkey probing as well
Honour killing: 2019-03-19 Afzal Kohistani's surviving family demands security, return of land occupied by rivals
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2019-08-17 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Childbearing is a type of jihad, said the representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the Iranian army on Thursday, adding that "enemies" seek to reduce the population of Moslem countries, the Iranian semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
"For the love of Gawd, huuummmppp!"
"Childbearing in the current circumstances is considered a type of jihad and it would please the Almighty God," said Abbas Mohammad Hassani.

"Enemies of Shiism are trying to prevent the Shiite population from growing, while they continue to increase their own population," he said, adding that their goal is for Moslems not to have enough "defenders."

"All Shiites must, therefore, take on the jihad of childbearing to counter the goals and conspiracies of the enemies," the representative said.

"Countering conspiracies to overthrow the Islamic Theocratic Republic" is another reason for considering childbearing a type of jihad, according to Hassani. "We need warriors to preserve our existence, identity, and capital."

Moslem women who have children with the intention of stopping the enemies from reaching their goals will "undoubtedly" receive the reward of jihad for the sake of God, said Hassani.

He also compared childbearing with performing the Hajj pilgrimage and fasting during Ramadan, saying that those are also "difficult religious duties," but they are completed despite their difficulty.

"Some" use the state of livelihood in Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
as an "excuse" to oppose an increase in population, said Hassani. "It is a misconception with no religious justification."

The World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report for 2019 forecasted a 4.5 negative percent growth for Iran, making it the worst-ranked economy only ahead of Nicaragua. In 2018, Iran’s GDP per capita was $5,037, less than half of the global average based on World Bank statistics.

According to CEIC Data, Iran’s unemployment rate stands at 12.1 percent, while the official youth unemployment rate is 27 percent.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had also emphasized the importance of a population increase in remarks published by his official website.

"You see, in some Western countries, for example in America, a family has 15 to 20 children ... they are even encouraged, and no one blames them. But when it is our turn, the opposite is encouraged," said Khamenei.

Related:
Ali Khamenei: 2019-08-14 Iran’s Khamenei meets with Houthi spokesman Abdul Salam
Ali Khamenei: 2019-08-13 Iran can seize any ship, any time in the Gulf: Iranian navy commander
Ali Khamenei: 2019-08-01 US sanctions Iranian Foreign Minister
Related:
World Bank: 2019-08-13 Ghani frees 35 Taliban inmates from NDS prison as a peace gesture
World Bank: 2019-08-07 Taliban denounce Afghan election, warn that rallies face attack
World Bank: 2019-08-05 ‘Hidden debts' reveal risks of China's lending spree
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2019-08-17 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[AnNahar] An Israeli reconnaissance drone on Friday caused a fire that blew up several landmines on the Lebanese-Israeli border, Leb’s National News Agency said.

The drone "dropped flammable material over several points on the border, triggering a huge blaze along the border opposite the al-Abbad military post that faces the Marjeyoun town of Houla," NNA said, adding that the flames have spread into Israel.

The fire also detonated 15 landmines left over from the Israeli occupation era, the agency added.
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
......the clownish U.S. Representative-for-life for Texas's 18th congressional district, serving since 1995. The district includes most of inner-city Houston. She is noted for her lack of tact and intellect. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and almost its epitome......
(D-TX) on Tuesday declared that "racism" is "a national security threat" and urged President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
’s administration to invest more federal funds to "get into the lives" and "minds" of young white males who are "drawn to white militia, white supremacy, white nationalism because they have nothing else to do."

"I believe that racism... should be declared a national security threat," Jackson Lee said during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing. "Racism is a national security threat. Before, we would say, ’you have a right to your racist views. You have a right to believe that slavery was right. That segregation was right.’ We live in an era where that can no longer be allowed."

Before insisting again that "racism is a national security threat," Jackson Lee added that she is a "huge believer in civil liberties and the Bill of Rights, and particularly the first amendment of the Constitution."

She said FBI statistics prove "an acceleration" of hate crimes since Trump became president and asked: "Who is the predominant actor? Young, disaffected white males... what is a major factor? Youth."

"We must find a way to invest huge sums of money intervening in these white minds that are drawn to white militia, white supremacy, white nationalism because they have nothing else to do ‐ no intervention, no recreation, no libraries, no training of communities," Jackson Lee insisted.

Jackson Lee warned that without these investments that will enable organizations, like faith-based groups, "to be able to get into the lives of these individuals," America will wind up with more dead parishioners and more people "whose lives are turned upside down" by white supremacists like the El Paso shooter.

Related:
Sheila Jackson Lee: 2019-06-20 Dem. aide who doxxed Republican senators during confirmation hearing for SC Justice Brett Kavanaugh, sentenced to prison Wednesday
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Sheila Jackson Lee: 2019-06-15 House panel to hold hearing on reparations for slavery next week
Related:
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2019-08-17 India-Pakistan
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
[PJMEDIA] According to the latest Fox News poll, former Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'...
continues to enjoy a commanding lead among Democratic primary voters. At this moment, 31 percent of Democrats say they intend to vote for President Barack Obama
My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it...
's former right-hand man.

That's the good news for him. The bad news is that these numbers haven't improved over the course of the months. The Democratic-Media Complex has relentlessly pushed him as the inevitable nominee, but as many as 69 percent of Democratic voters clearly disagree with that assessment. For now.

Some things have changed behind Biden. Senator Bernie Sanders
only first openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. He ran for the 2016 nomination for president, to be cheated out of it by Hillary Clinton, then went back to being a socialist...
, long the darling of the far left, has been overtaken by Senator Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren
...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless...
. And by "overtaken" I mean: "Is completely and utterly destroying" the elderly socialist guy:

Next is Elizabeth Warren at 20 percent, Bernie Sanders at 10 percent, and Kámala Harris
Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, now a senatrix from California and 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, indistinguishable from the others...
at 8 percent. Warren’s move up came in steady steps. From March to May she gained 5 points, then 3 more in July, and 8 more in August -- for a total 16 percentage-point increase. During that same time, Sanders dropped 13 points (from 23 percent in March to 10 percent now).
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

, said recently that, after the Mueller report, the paper has to shift the focus of its coverage from the Trump-Russia affair to the president's alleged racism.

"We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well," Baquet said. "Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story."

Baquet made the remarks at an employee town hall Monday. A recording was leaked to Slate, which published a transcript Thursday.

In the beginning of the Trump administration, the Times geared up to cover the Russia affair, Baquet explained. "Chapter 1 of the story of Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
, not only for our newsroom but, frankly, for our readers, was: Did Donald Trump have untoward relationships with the Russians, and was there obstruction of justice? That was a really hard story, by the way, let's not forget that. We set ourselves up to cover that story. I'm going to say it. We won two Pulitzer Prizes covering that story. And I think we covered that story better than anybody else."

But then came the Mueller report, with special counsel Robert Mueller failing to establish that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to fix the 2016 election. "The day Bob Mueller walked off that witness stand, two things happened," Baquet continued. "Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, 'Holy shit, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.' And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we're talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago. We're a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that's what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years. Right?"

Baquet used the gentlest terms possible ‐ "the story changed" ‐ but the fact is, the conspiracy-coordination allegation the Times had devoted itself to pursuing turned out to be false. Beyond that, Democrats on Capitol Hill struggled to press an obstruction case against the president. The Trump-Russia hole came up dry.

Now, Baquet continued, "I think that we've got to change." The Times must "write more deeply about the country, race, and other divisions."

"I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks?" Baquet said. "How do we cover the world's reaction to him? How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that's become so divided by Donald Trump?"

The town hall was spurred by angry reaction, both inside and outside the Times, to a headline that many on the Left faulted for being insufficiently anti-Trump. After the El Paso shootings, when the president denounced white supremacy, the Times published a page-one story with the heading, "Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism."

Related:
Dean Baquet: 2019-01-02 Former NYT Editor Claims Paper Went ‘Anti-Trump' for Profit
Dean Baquet: 2018-07-04 New York Times Reassigns Reporter Who Had Sexual Relationship With Source
Dean Baquet: 2017-12-22 New York Times will keep reporter accused of sexual misconduct
Related:
Mueller report: 2019-07-28 Mark Levin: ‘There is no Mueller report. It's a Weissmann report'
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Related:
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2019-08-17 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[LI] A chilling act of brutality largely ignored by national media because of racial implications.

On January 7, 2007, Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, were kidnapped, beaten, tortured, raped, and murdered in one of the most heart-wrenching and purely evil crimes in my memory. The fifth person to be tried in relation to these heinous crimes was found guilty Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

The details of what this promising young couple endured are unspeakable and have left a lasting mark not just on their friends and families but on all of us who are familiar with the case. I wrote an extensive post about the case on the 10th Anniversary of the murders, 10 Years Later: The Brutal Murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

Emphasis added.
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2019-08-17 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] Several hundred rioters throwing stones and bombs at IDF soldiers who respond with tear gas and occasional live fire.

The Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-run Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
health ministry said six Paleostinians had been injured.
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2019-08-17 Caribbean-Latin America
[Jpost] Mexican authorities arrested a U.S. citizen suspected of supporting krazed killer Islamists in an example of Mexico's security cooperation with the United States even as the two neighbors grapple with sharp disagreements over trade and migration.

The unidentified American man sought by Interpol was under investigation for supporting terrorist groups and will be deported to the United States later on Friday, the Mexico's attorney general's office said in a statement.

The man was detained at a migrants colonists office near Mexico's border with Guatemala in the town of Huehuetan with the help of officials from Mexico's National Migration Institute.

The statement highlighted information from U.S. security officials stating that "the foreigner has probably expressed support for violent jihad and radical Islam on digital platforms."

Mexican authorities did not disclose when the arrest was made or any other details of the man's activities in the country.

The case comes as tens of thousands of mostly Central American migrants colonists have been crossing through Mexico in an attempt to reach the United States, with President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
pressuring the Mexican government to do more to reduce the flow.
Ynet adds:
Mexican prosecutors have detained and extradited a U.S. citizen suspected of posting on social media platforms in support of radical Islamic and jihadi movements.

The federal prosecutors' office identified the suspect only as Mohammed, without providing his last name, a usual practice under privacy protection rules.

The office said Friday the FBI had issued an alert for the man, who was detained by immigration agents in the southern state of Chiapas near the Guatemala border.

The man was deported Friday on a flight to Washington D.C.
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2019-08-17 -War on Police-
[Clarion Project] Maurice Hill, the criminal who wounded six police officers in a shootout in Philadelphia and was arrested after a seven-hour standoff, attended a radical mosque.

The mosque, called Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar, is known for preaching the Islamist ideology promoted by Saudi Arabia referred to as "Wahhabism."

Clarion Intelligence Network has been aware through its sources that the area where the shootings took place is known for trafficking in guns, drugs and counterfeit items. This criminal market has a strong Islamist element that includes extremist gangs.

Hill’s older sister said he "occasionally attended" an unnamed mosque, confirming initial reports from our sources that Hill is a Muslim. The sources do not yet have first-hand evidence of the shooter being personally involved in Islamist extremism.

Clarion Intel’s sources report that Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar is a Salafi mosque which follows the theocratic teachings of Saudi Arabia’s top Wahhabist scholars.

At this point, there is no indication that Hill’s shooting of police officers was motivated by Islamism or anything other than a desire to resist arrest.

However, Islamism’s inherent hostility towards Western governments and values fuels anti-police bigotry that can justify violence against law enforcement. Clarion’s sources stated that many of the mosque’s attendees view the police as oppressors of Muslims.
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2019-08-17 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Talibs are using the mosques and residential houses as fighting positions, IED making facilities and command and control centers.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the group claims civilians are harmed when their fighters are targeted in such places.

The Thunder Corps released the statement in reaction to the latest claims of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
that civilians were targeted in Jahangir Bazar area of Gilan district in Ghazni.

However,
the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
the 203rd Thunder Corps said the group is lying and the latest claim is Taliban part of the Taliban’s failed campaign to defame the security forces and government.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the fighters of Taliban are also disguising themselves in women’s dress in a bid to safeguard themselves but they can never remain hidden from the eyes of the security forces.
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2019-08-17 Iraq
[Rudaw] Farms and orchards went up in flames today as Ottoman Turkish jets struck apparent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in the Kurdistan Region’s border area.

"Ottoman Turkish warplanes flew over the areas at 9:35 am and bombarded the villages of Qirnata and Pshtashan, as well as Bermta mountain," Nahro Abdullah, administrator of Sangasar sub-district in the Sulaimani province, told Rudaw.

The jets also hit the villages of Sarda, Bermta, Sargali, Qalatukan and Gali Badran about an hour later. There were no casualties in the towns in the northeast Kurdistan Region near the Ottoman Turkish border, according to Abdullah.

The Ottoman Turkish defence ministry confirmed its Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s targeted alleged PKK positions in the Kurdistan Region.

"In coordination with Operation Claw, the PKK terrorists’ weapon caches and shelters were targeted through airstrikes in northern Iraq’s Zap, Gara, Qandil and Asos regions," read a statement from the ministry.

The airstrikes are part of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
’s Operation Claw against PKK fighters in the Kurdistan Region’s border area with Turkey. Turkey launched the second phase of the operation on July 12, and it includes operations in the Khakurk area where the villages hit Friday are.

Thursday marked the 35th anniversary of the first conflict between the PKK and Ottoman Turkish Army. Over 40,000 people from both sides and civilians have died since 1984.

The PKK conducted a number of operations inside Turkey on Thursday in memory of the decades-long festivities, claiming the death of 10 Ottoman Turkish soldiers, according to the PKK-affiliated ANF news outlet. Turkey has not confirmed the casualties.

The PKK also confirmed that Turkey struck targets in the Khakurk and Zap areas.

Turkey claims to have "neutralized" hundreds of PKK fighters in its fresh operations since starting Operation Claw in late May, but the PKK denies this.

Turkey uses the term "neutralized" to denote captured, maimed, or killed.

CALL FOR PEACE
Imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan said Turkey’s operations will not bring about peace.

"The operation means war. This issue is not one that could be resolved through bloodshed," ANF reported Ocalan as saying.

The PKK founder met with his brother Mehmet Ocalan on Monday. In detention for more than 20 years, Ocalan has rarely been allowed to see lawyers or family members. This is his third meeting with Mehmet since 2016.

Ocalan transmitted his comments on issues in the region through his brother. He called for peace in relation to the Turkey-PKK conflict.

Regarding Ottoman Turkish operation in Kurdistan Region, the PKK leader said that this will not resolve issues, calling for peaceful means.

"We are always there for peace. We will always stand against war," Ocalan reportedly told ANF through his brother. "There must be peace against war."
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2019-08-17 Arabia
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2019-08-17 -Short Attention Span Theater-
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) ‐ A New York couple’s luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere.

The Palm Beach Post reports the Casimano family can’t even visit the $702,000 home they purchased earlier this year in the Ibis Golf and Country Club.

Siobhan Casimano described the smell as "like a thousand rotting corpses." The vultures have destroyed screen enclosures and have overtaken the pool and barbecue. The few times the family has visited, they’ve had to park their car in the garage to avoid the birds pecking at them with their beaks.

A neighbor, Cheryl Katz, tells the Post she’s got it even worse because she lives next door to a person who is feeding the vultures and other wildlife. In May, she said vultures tore through her pool enclosure and couldn’t figure out how to get out.

"Imagine 20 vultures trapped, biting each other ‐ and they can bite through bones," she said. "They would bang against my windows running away from a bird that was attacking them. Blood was everywhere. It was a vile, vicious, traumatic event. And it was Memorial Day, so no company I called would come out to help me."
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2019-08-17 Home Front: WoT
[Jpost] A leading Kenyan narco, Baktash Akasha, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a U.S. judge on Friday after he pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to import heroin and methamphetamine and other crimes.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan sentenced Akasha, 42, who U.S. prosecutors have described as the leader of the Akasha organization, a major smuggling operation connecting the poppy fields of Afghanistan to Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an and U.S. cities.

His brother, Ibrahim Akasha, has also pleaded guilty in the case and is scheduled to be sentenced by the same judge in November.

George Goltzer, Akasha's lawyer, said after the sentence that the judge had been "very thoughtful" but declined to comment further.

The case stemmed from a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration probe into the Akasha organization, leading to the extradition of the brothers to the United States from Kenya in January 2017 along with Gulam Hussein, a Pak national charged with heading a drug transportation network, and Vijaygiri Goswami, an Indian businessman accused of managing the organization's drug business.

The four defendants were arrested in Mombasa, Kenya, in November 2014 in a U.S.-led sting operation, in which authorities said the Akasha organization provided 99 kilograms (218 lb) of heroin and two kilograms of methamphetamine to DEA informants posing as narcos.

A fifth defendant accused of working with the Akasha organization, Muhammad Asif Hafeez, was arrested in London in August 2017. The United States has requested his extradition.

The Akasha family has been involved in the drug trade for years, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. The Satao Project, a private company focused on fighting poaching, has said the Akasha network was also linked to around 30 tons of ivory seizures.
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2019-08-17 -Land of the Free
[The Federalist] I am an ethics professor, and I carry a concealed handgun in the classroom. In the event of a mass shooting, I am the first line of defense between my students and an attacker. I refuse to let myself and my students be victims.

I’m sure many of my fellow professors would disagree with my actions. In fact, many would probably brand me as a traitor to academia for admitting such a thing. For them, it is inconceivable that a member of the intelligentsia ‐ an ethics professor, of all people ‐ could support the right to carry a so-called instrument of death.

So in what follows, let me make the moral case for campus carry. Those wanting a more rigorous statement of my argument may be interested in reading one of my academic journal articles on the topic.

THE MORAL CASE FOR CAMPUS CARRY
Campus carry is simply an extension of our natural right of self-defense. Our right to life follows us wherever we go, so the right to defend our lives must also accompany us. Whether I am at home, in my car, at work, or in the classroom, I possess the absolute and unrelenting right to defend myself against unjust aggression. Because firearms enhance that right, there exists a strong presumption in favor of being allowed to own and carry a firearm as I go about my daily business.

That presumption may sometimes be overcome (such as in courthouses, prisons, or airports), but only if the government assumes the special responsibility of protecting those citizens whom it disarms through the coercive power of the law. In other words, if the government is going to tell us we can’t carry guns in a specific area, thus impairing our ability to defend ourselves, it must assume a special responsibility to protect us. It must serve the function our guns would provide had we been allowed to carry them.

An analogy might help illustrate this point. Suppose I push you into deep water as part of a swimming lesson. Because I have intentionally put you into a position of increased vulnerability, I owe it to you to make sure you do not drown. Likewise, if the government requires us to disarm ourselves before entering a specific area, it knowingly puts us in a position of increased vulnerability. It must therefore assume the special responsibility of making up for the gap it has created by increasing protective measures.
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2019-08-17 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Hot Air] By late yesterday, the Daily Mail’s scoop on the whereabouts of Ghislaine Maxwell began looking a bit shaky. This morning, however, CBS News claims to have confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein’s "main facilitator" has hidden herself in a Massachusetts mansion ‐ at least until very recently. They sent a crew to the enclave of Manchester-by-the-Sea, where residents recognize Maxwell as the person haunting a mansion of late:
CBS News has confirmed with a nearby property manager that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was recently living at a secluded mansion in the small New England beach town Manchester-by-the-Sea and going by the names "G" or "G Max." Maxwell is accused of overseeing Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring and has kept a low profile since his death. ...

The nearby property manager we spoke to says Borgerson and Maxwell were a couple, and they saw them running together every morning. Maxwell has not been charged with a crime and previously denied the allegations against her.

As my favorite true-life TV detective often says ... well, my my my. That will make it easy for prosecutors to find "G-Max," I suppose, if she’s still there. That seems pretty doubtful, especially after the events of the last few days. Bloomberg’s also skeptical about the present status of Maxwell, reporting today that her "trail has gone cold":
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2019-08-17 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Hundreds of protesters in Indian-Indian Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
e clashed with police on Friday, even as New Delhi said it would begin restoring phone lines after a 12-day communications blackout.

With the central government fearing protests and unrest, the Moslem-majority region has been under lockdown since the first week of August, when the Indian government stripped the region of its autonomy.

Police fired tear gas and pellet-firing shotguns to disperse residents who tried to march down the main road in the main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers.

Protesters hurled stones and used shop hoardings and tin sheets as improvised shields, as police shot dozens of rounds into the crowd. No injuries were reported.

"We are trying to breach the siege and march to the city centre but police is using force to stop us," one protester told AFP, adding that three people were maimed in Thursday's festivities with coppers and reservists.

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Kashmir: 2019-08-15 Bilawal raises doubts over govt’s sincerity with Kashmir cause
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2019-08-17 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-08-17 Southeast Asia
[DAWN] Malaysian authorities would summon Indian preacher Zakir Naik
Indian Islamic preacher, founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation, which doesn't rely very heavily on the scientific method. He is also the founder of the oxymoronic Peace TV channel through which he reaches 200 million viewers. He has been called an authority on comparative religion and the most influential Salafi ideologue in India, though usually by himself. Before becoming a public speaker, he trained as a physician. His preaching is currently banned in India, Bangladesh, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Antarctica. He is currently holed up in Malaysia, where he's not banned...
for questioning after he allegedly made racially sensitive remarks in the multi-ethnic nation, the government said on Thursday.

The move comes after several ministers demanded Naik’s expulsion on Wednesday after he said Hindus in Malaysia had "100 times more rights" than the Moslem minority in India.

Naik, who has lived in Malaysia for about three years and faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for comments allegedly pitting the country’s ethnic and religious minorities against the ethnic Malay majority, who are predominantly Moslem.

Police would question Naik and several other individuals and groups for making "racially-tinged statements" and for spreading false news that affected public sensitivities, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said.

"I would like to remind all parties, including non-citizens, that enforcement agencies under my ministry will not think twice to take legal action against anyone who attempts to threaten public harmony and peace," Muhyiddin said in a statement.

Asked for comment, a representative for Naik said he would first need to study the minister’s statement.

Race and religion are sensitive issues in Malaysia, where Malay Moslems make up about 60 per cent of a population of 32 million. The rest are mostly ethnic Chinese and Indians, most of whom are Hindus.

Naik, who has repeatedly denied the charges against him in India, has said his detractors were quoting him out of context to malign him.

State news agency Bernama quoted Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as saying this week that Naik could not be sent back to India because of fears for his safety.

"If any (other) country wants to have him, they are welcome," Mahathir added.

India banned Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation in late 2016, accusing him of encouraging and aiding its followers to "promote or attempt to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious communities and groups".

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Zakir Naik: 2018-07-08 Mahathir says Zakir Naik will not be deported to India
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Malaysia: 2019-08-06 UN chief urges restraint over Kashmir after India revokes state's special status
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Islamic Research Foundation: 2016-11-20 NIA books Naik for terror
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2019-08-17 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] Two underground terror structures hit by warplanes in central and northern Strip, army says.

The Israel Defense Forces attacked Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, targets in Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
overnight Friday-Saturday in response to a rocket that was fired by Paleostinian terror groups into Israel earlier Friday, the army said in a statement.

"A short time ago, IDF warplanes and aircraft attacked two underground terror structures of the Hamas terror group in the north and center of the Gaza Strip," the IDF said.

"The attack was carried out in response to the rocket that was launched from Gaza earlier tonight. The IDF will continue to act against attempts to harm Israeli civilians and sees the Hamas terror group as responsible for all that is done in the Gaza strip," the statement said.

The rocket that was fired into Israel earlier was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system and caused no injuries or damage.
The Jerusalem Post adds:
The Palestinians report that the Israeli Air Force attacked a Hamas terrorist force east of Jabalia.

According to the report, there were no casualties.
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2019-08-17 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[NBCNEWS] A Phoenix father is facing second degree murder charges for allegedly killing a man who allegedly harassed his young daughter.

Police say Melvin Harris, 40, admitted to beating Leon Armstrong, 26, to death after he attempted to break into the teenage girl's stall at a QuikTrip convenience store bathroom.

Harris was waiting for his daughter and her two friends in the store’s parking lot when Armstrong approached his car asking for money. Harris gave him change, then Armstrong walked into the convenience store, police said

Soon after, Harris' daughter and her friends came out of the store and said the man had harassed them, according to a police report.

Harris then went to the store and demanded that a security guard take action ‐ or else he’d take matters into his own hands, police said.

Upon leaving the store, witnesses reported seeing Harris approach Armstrong, whom he then punched in the face, police said. Armstrong fell to the ground and Harris proceeded to stomp, kick and punch him until he was unconscious before driving off, police said.

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2019-08-17 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[BREITBART] A new research paper published last week by a staff member of the women’s studies department at SUNY Brockport
..yes, but SUNY Brockport. Lovely people, to be sure, but the school is not known for attracting deep thinkers.
/intra-SUNY snobbery
makes the case that the dairy industry’s production process involves the "rape" and "sexual assault" of cows.

According to a report by Campus Reform, a staff member of the women’s studies department at The College at Brockport, State University of New York argued in a recently published academic journal article that the production of milk on farms is akin to "rape" and "sexual assault.

The research article’s author, Mackenzie April, is in charge of social media for the women’s studies department at the college.

The article makes the case that the milk production process involves both "rape" and "sexual assault," which occur, according to April, during the insemination and milking process, respectively.
JohnQC submitted the same article, commenting,
Just when you thought the left could not get anymore unhinged. Farmers had best be careful about milking their Elsie lest the #MeToMovement goes after them as well as PETA.
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Campus Reform: 2019-04-30 Trinity College defends professor's 'whiteness is terrorism' message
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
[Free Beacon] Tlaib was previously denied entry to Israel in part due to support for BDS.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) will attend an event with a group that supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel one day after being denied entry into Israel in part due to her support of BDS.

Israeli officials later decided to allow Tlaib to enter for humanitarian purposes to see her grandmother, but the congresswoman said she would not travel there because of its "racist treatment" of her. Instead, Tlaib will attend a Shabbat service hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace, a pro-BDS organization, according to The Atlantic’s Emma Green.

"Rashida Tlaib will be spending tonight at a Shabbat gathering w/ Jewish Voices for Peace. It's a notable choice of Jewish ally for this moment: an org that supports BDS, is fairly marginal in the Jewish institutional world, + is widely seen as anti-Israel in that world," Green tweeted.
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2019-08-17 India-Pakistan
[NDTV] New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today underscored that India reserves the right to change its policy of 'No First Use', which has been the cornerstone of India's nuclear weapons policy for decades. The government firmly stands by its 'No First Use' policy but "what happens in the future will depend on the circumstances," the minister said at Pokhran in Rajasthan, the site of two nuclear tests by India.

"Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atalji (former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee's) firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of 'No First Use'. It is true that till now, India has strictly adhered to the 'No First Use' policy. What happens in the future depends on the circumstances," Rajnath Singh told reporters in Pokhran, where he attended the closing ceremony of the Army Scout Master competition in Pokhran.

The ruling BJP's manifesto for the 2014 elections included a promise to "revise and update India's nuclear doctrine". But while campaigning for that election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dismissed a question on scrapping the No First Use policy in an interview to news agency ANI. "No First Use was a great initiative of Atal Bihari Vajpayee - there is no compromise on that. We are very clear. No First Use is a reflection of our cultural inheritance," he had said in April 2014, on the verge of an election in which he stormed to power.
The wording suggests their mind is made up, pretty much.
This is not the first time in the last few years that BJP leaders have said it was time to amend India's position. In November 2016, then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had expressed reservations over India's nuclear posture. More recently, Lieutenant General BS Nagpal, the former commander-in-chief of the Strategic Forces Command, is reported to have said that the No First Use policy was a 'formula for disaster.'
If Imran Khan's panties were in a bunch over Kashmir, watch him freak out on this as he paces outside the UNSC hall.
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2019-08-17 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Rawalpindi police have arrested a married couple on the suspicion of kidnapping, raping and filming a female student of the Allama Iqbal Open University, City Police Officer (CPO) Faisal Rana said on Friday.
Ick.
Rana said that the City cop shoppe had filed a first information report (FIR) against the suspects on August 3 after the student approached the police with her complaint.

According to the victim, she was kidnapped from outside Gordon College ‐ where she had gone to attend a workshop ‐ by a woman who pretended to be a fellow student.

According to the FIR, the woman had said that her 'brother' was coming to pick her up and offered the victim a lift. After a few minutes, a man arrived in a grey car and the woman pushed the victim inside the vehicle and put a knife to her throat to silence her.

The complainant said that her kidnappers took her to a house in Rawalpindi's Gulistan Colony where the man raped her while the woman took pictures and recorded videos. The alleged perpetrators threatened the victim of dire consequences if she decided to approach authorities. According to the FIR, the man dropped her at Tipu Road at night.

The Rawalpindi CPO told DawnNewsTV on Friday that the suspects were later found to be not siblings, but a married couple.

He stated that the two had also admitted to have kidnapped, raped and filmed about 45 other women. They had also admitted to have sold the videos and photos to an international porn website, Rana said. He added that the police had recovered multiple photos and videos of other victims as well.

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2019-08-17 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[Patch] "It was like something out of a horror movie." That's how a Morris County mom described a recent camping trip, where her family was attacked by a wolf.

And it was her husband who used his bare hands and large rocks to fight off the wolf that wanted to attack his family in Canada last week. When the ferocious animal tried to drag him off, a "guardian angel" named Russ arrived and saved everybody.
I see a meeting with special agent Franks in the future of this family
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2019-08-17 -Lurid Crime Tales-
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Police say two suspicious packages found inside a major Lower Manhattan subway station near the One World Trade Center were not explosives

  • They were later confirmed to be rice cookers and had not been modified

  • A third suspicious item was found in Chelsea moments after, but police say it too was an unmodified rice cooker and was not explosive

  • Larry Kenton Griffin II, 26, is the man captured on surveillance footage pushing a shopping cart containing a number of rice cookers, DailyMail.com revealed

  • Griffin has previously been charged for allegedly trying to seduce a juvenile male for sex through social media
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2019-08-17 -Lurid Crime Tales-
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2019-08-17 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Air strikes on Friday by Syria’s regime and its Russian ally killed 15 civilians, most of them in a camp for the displaced in Idlib province, a war monitor said.

Four children where among 13 civilians killed in a Russian air strike on a camp for the displaced near the town of Hass in southern Idlib, said the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Two other children were killed in regime air raids in different parts of the region controlled by Syria’s former al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(HTS), the monitor said.

The strikes came as regime forces battled HTS jihadists and allied rebels in the region, where fierce fighting Friday claimed the lives of 13 loyalists and 18 jihadists and allied rebels, the Observatory said.

Over the past week, pro-regime fighters have advanced on the southern edges of Idlib province, with the aim of capturing the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which lies on a key highway coveted by the regime.

The road in question runs through Idlib, connecting government-held Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, which was retaken by regime forces from rebels in December 2016.

HTS has since January controlled most of Idlib province as well as parts of neighboring Hama, Aleppo and Latakia provinces.

A buffer zone deal brokered by Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
last year was supposed to protect the Idlib region’s inhabitants from an all-out regime offensive, but it was never fully implemented.

Regime and Russian air strikes and shelling since late April have killed more than 820 civilians, according to the Observatory.

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Tahrir al-Sham: 2019-08-14 Clashes kill nearly 60 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor
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Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-07 After failed Idlib truce: Russian air strikes and gov’t vs Nusra fire exchanged, leaving 7 civilians dead
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2019-08-17 -Short Attention Span Theater-
The Belgians are no longer sanguine, it seems.
[Zita.be] After a 'Clap for Climate' campaign on Thursday evening at Pukkelpop, climate activist Anuna De Wever and her friends were harassed by some festivalgoers. In addition, she was bombarded with bottles of urine and received death threats.

Anuna De Wever suddenly appeared in the Boiler Room on Thursday evening. She wanted the audience to participate in 'Clap for Climate', an action to demand more attention for the climate. However, that message - instead of the usual strong beats - turned out not to be the way of a number of festival-goers.

It even went so far that Anuna De Wever and her friends were harassed to the campsite by some festivalgoers. In addition, their party tent and a few other tents were destroyed, so that the security had to come on site.

"PELTED WITH BOTTLES OF URINE"
The daughter of Knack journalist Jeroen de Preter is part of the group of friends at Anuna De Wever. "I just had my daughter on the line, badly affected. After Anuna was spotted at their tent, young men kept them awake with death threats, pelted with bottles full of urine and destroyed their party tent. They now get protection from security, "writes De Preter on Twitter.
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2019-08-17 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Ynet] Three fires broke out in fields surrounding Israeli Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip border communities on Friday, following airborne incendiary devices launched from the Strip.

All fires were put down.
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2019-08-17 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
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2019-08-17 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[Babylon Bee] NUUK, GREENLAND‐There have been rumors that President Trump was considering buying Greenland, and Trump has now confirmed those rumors, revealing that he sees it as a great moneymaking opportunity if the U.S. purchases the world’s largest island, fixes it up, and then sells it at a much higher price.

"Look at it; it’s prime real estate," Trump told the press. "It’s on the very desirable Upper West Side -- you know, of the Prime Meridian -- and if we just modernize it a bit, that’s going to be some valuable property. And I’m going to split the profits from selling it with the American people, 60/40."

Trump says his first plan will be to get rid of the giant glacier in the middle of Greenland. "That used to be popular, but it’s out of style now," he explained. He plans to replace it all with "ultra-fancy" hardwood floors. In addition, he plans to maybe put up some shiplap, add an island, and upgrade the bathrooms. He's looking at opening it up into more of an "open concept" feel with some farmhouse sinks for a more rustic feel. The president has reportedly hired Chip and Joanna Gaines to help with the upgrades. They previously worked with him to put some shiplap up on the southern border wall.

Democrats, however, are opposed, as they are usually against all of Trump’s awesome schemes, like his tax cuts and his Robot Force -- a fighting force made entirely of robots. "I don’t know if I trust the market to not collapse soon," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said. "Plus, with the sheer volume of hardwood floors he’s talking, we’d basically have to deforest all of Brazil."

Trump is undaunted, though, and was last seen at his local credit union applying for a loan pre-approval so he’ll be ready to buy Greenland from "Norway or Finland or whatever."
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2019-08-17 Europe
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
The poor darling.
[BREITBART] Democrat presidential contender Sen. Kámala Harris
Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, now a senatrix from California and 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, indistinguishable from the others...
(D-CA) is collapsing in national polling, including with non-white voters.

After a disastrous six weeks, Harris is once again a third-tier candidate, right along with two other media creations: former Rep. Beto O’Rourke;
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2019-08-17 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] The government has launched a crackdown on sale of Indian movies and banned airing of advertisements for India-made products on television channels in the wake of tensions over the situation in India-held Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
"We have banned Indian advertisements and launched a crackdown on CD shops to confiscate Indian movies," said Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information.

Talking to Dawn on Thursday, she said the interior ministry had already started a crackdown on Indian movies in the federal capital and it would be expanded to other parts of the country soon in collaboration with the provincial governments. "Today the interior ministry raided some compact disc shops in Islamabad and confiscated Indian movies."

Meanwhile,
...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin...
the Pakistain Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has prohibited airing of advertisements for India-made products on television and radio networks.

In a letter circulated to all its television and radio licencees on Wednesday, the authority recalled that it had withdrawn permission for airing Indian channels and content on the Supreme Court’s directive in October last year.

"However,
it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
it has been observed that advertisements of various products of multi-nationals, which are either produced in India or carry Indian characters, are being aired on electronic media," said the letter posted on Pemra’s Twitter account.

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2019-08-17 -Obits-
[LATIMES]
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
[Breitbart] Thursday on his nationally syndicated program, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh warned Wednesday market turmoil was a sign of things to come for the 2020 election.

According to Limbaugh, there could be an effort shortly before the 2020 presidential election to create a sense of fear about the economy and the potential for a recession to prevent President Donald Trump’s reelection.

Partial transcript as follows (courtesy of RushLimbaugh.com):
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2019-08-17 -Land of the Free
[Guns America Digest] Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris launched a new plan this week to combat "violent hate" across America.

At the center of the plan is a red-flag-law-type-scheme called "domestic terrorism prevention orders" that enable authorities to seize firearms from a "suspected terrorist" or an "individual who may imminently perpetrate a hate crime," according to KamalaHarris.org.

"We need to take action to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and stop violent, hate-fueled attacks before they happen," Harris told USA Today. "By focusing on confronting these domestic terror threats, we can save lives."

Authorities, under existing law, already have the capacity to monitor suspected terrorists (they can even put them on an extraconstitutional watchlist) and apprehend or involuntarily commit individuals who are truly a threat to themselves or others. Which means that just like red flag laws, domestic terrorism prevention orders are a redundancy if the intent is to monitor, commit or detain credible threats to public safety.

But that’s not what Harris is actually trying to accomplish. Undermining due process to seize firearms from citizens who reject her progressive agenda is the goal. Basically, Harris wants to disarm her opposition.

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2019-08-17 Iraq
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Oil supply to the al-Haritha electric power station in southern Iraq resumed on Thursday after repairs to a pipeline damaged by a kaboom, the oil ministry said on Friday.

Pumping had stopped on Wednesday, after a kaboom on a dry gas pipeline, the ministry said in a statement.

Oil ministry officials said on Wednesday the earth-shattering kaboom was caused by scorching summer heat.

Most oil exports from Iraq, OPEC’s second-largest producer, come from Basra, in southern Iraq.

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2019-08-17 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
More on this story from yesterday.
[IsraelTimes] Driver rubbed out by security forces; maimed treated at the scene next to the Elazar settlement and evacuated to hospitals; doctors fighting to save life of boy, 17

Two Israelis were hit by a car and injured on Friday while standing at a bus stop outside Elazar in the central West Bank, just south of Jerusalem, in what the military said was a terror attack.

A 17-year-old teenager was very seriously maimed and a woman, 19, was moderately hurt, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

The two were identified as siblings Nahum and Noam Nevis from Elazar.

They were treated at the scene; then the boy was evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and the woman was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, both in Jerusalem.

The director of Hadassah, prof. Yoram Weiss said Nahum was in surgery fighting for his life, with a skull fracture and a brain injury.

Doctors at Shaare Zedek said Noam was conscious, but suffering from injuries to her limbs.

The car rolled over after the attack, and when the suspected attacker tried to emerge from it, he was rubbed out by police at the scene, reports said.

Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Ne’eman said the incident "looks like a terror attack" despite the fact that the car bore Israeli license plates.

Israel Radio said the car appeared to have been a stolen vehicle.

Elazar is a settlement adjacent to Migdal Oz in the Etzion Bloc, where yeshiva student Dvir Sorek was stabbed to death last week in a suspected terror attack. Also nearby is the Etzion Junction, which has seen multiple fatal terror attacks in recent years.
Ynet has photos and adds:
The attacker, 26-year-old Ala Harimi from the Bethlehem region, was a known felon and drug addict associated with the Islamic Jihad and the Fatah movements. He was jailed in Israel for terror offences between 2014-2015.

He was shot dead by an off-duty policeman who was on the scene.
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2019-08-17 Southeast Asia
[DAWN] Myanmar hard boyz killed at least 15 people on Thursday, most of them members of the security forces, in attacks on an elite military college and other government targets in the country’s north, an army front man said.

The Northern Alliance, a collection of gangs in the region, grabbed credit for the unprecedented attack on the Defence Services Technological Academy in Pyin Oo Lwin in western Shan state, where army engineers are trained, and attacks at four other locations.

Army front man Tun Tun Nyi said soldiers were fighting hard boyz in Naung Cho township near the Gokteik viaduct, a towering railway bridge built under British colonial rule and a tourist hot-spot.

Another bridge across the Gok­twin valley had been destroyed by hard boyz who also burned down the township’s narcotics police office, he said.

Fighting was reported at a toll gate on the highway to Lashio, the largest town in Shan state.

"They killed seven military men in Goktwin, two at the toll gate, and coppers and civilians too," Tun Tun Nyi said by phone, saying one civilian staff member at the military academy was killed. Photos published by local media showed damaged buildings and burnt cars riddled with bullet holes. The attacks mark a major escalation in a decades-old conflict in the region, where several groups are fighting for greater autonomy for ethnic minorities.

Pyin Oo Lwin, a military town and former British hill station outside the city of Mandalay, had until Thursday been unaffected by festivities in the region, which have mostly taken place in rural areas.

A months-long ceasefire agreement that ended in June was recently extended until Aug 31.

A front man for the Ta'ang National Liberation Army, one of the groups in the Northern Alliance, said it was responding to recent army action in ethnic areas.

"We aim to change battlefronts, as the Burmese military are increasing their offensives in ethnic areas during these days," front man Mong Aik Kyaw said by phone.

"The Aung San Suu Kyi-led ... government is trying to make peace, but nothing can happen if the military doesn’t participate in it," he added.

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2019-08-17 -Land of the Free
Overton Window moved.
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2019-08-17 Cyber
[Medium] Deepfakes are risky for information warfare, but exciting new capabilities for security.
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2019-08-17 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
[Washington Examiner] CNN host and analyst Chris Cillizza criticized the 1867 purchase of Alaska by the United States in a Friday opinion article detailing the potential problems if the U.S. pursued the purchase of Greenland.

"One of the last times the United States bought land from a foreign country was in 1867, when Seward orchestrated the purchase of Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million," Cillizza wrote. "It didn't work out so well -- and has gone down as 'Seward's Folly' in the history books."

On Friday evening, the language of the article was adjusted to remove the sentence, "It didn't work out so well." The new version stated that the purchase of Alaska was "heavily criticized."
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2019-08-17 Arabia
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
s consider Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s leadership to be the continuation of that of the Prophet Muhammad and his son-in-law Ali, said the front man of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia during a meeting with Khamenei, the Supreme Leader’s official website reported.

Twelver Shias believe that Ali is one of 12 spiritual and political successors to the Prophet, or imams.

Khamenei met with Mohammed Abdul Salam in Tehran on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Abdul Salam gave Khamenei a letter from the leader of the Houthi militia Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.

"The oppressed and mujahid Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
i nation will undoubtedly be victorious," Khamenei told Abdul Salam.

Khamenei offered his condolences for the death of Ibrahim al-Houthi, brother of the group’s leader, who was killed on August 9.

The Arab Coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen said on Sunday that Ibrahim al-Houthi had been killed as part of an "internal operation" because of a dispute between different factions of the group and within its leadership, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Khamenei accused Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and the UAE of "seeking to separate Yemen" and called for a Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue.

Iran’s anti-US and anti-Western stances are "based on facts as well as the West’s and US officials’ actions," said Khamenei, accusing the US and Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an countries of committing "heinous" crimes "while faking a humane, civil, and ethical face and constantly preaching about human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has developed "important abilities" in defensive arms despite sanctions, he said.

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2019-08-17 Arabia
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i state-controlled Doha Bank allowed the transfer of funds to krazed killer al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front in Syria, a lawsuit issued at the UK High Court said.

Eight Syrians, who are now Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
residents and have been granted anonymity by the court, raised the case, saying that they were tortured and displaced by the al-Qaeda affiliate.

In the court document, Doha Bank is accused of failing to stop the transfers of money to the bully boyz by two Qatari businessmen who are originally Syrian.

"The Khayyat brothers financed and/or assisted in financing al-Nusra Front, including through accounts held by them and/or entities associated with them at Doha Bank," the lawsuit alleges.

Moataz and Ramez al-Khayyat own a construction company called Urbacon, among other businesses in Qatar.

British newspaper The Times has seen documents which state the claimants were subject to "severe physical and psychiatric injuries" by the krazed killers.

"The details contained in the recently received claim are limited and Doha Bank Limited is taking legal advice. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
it considers the allegations asserted against it are groundless and without merit," said the bank’s chief representative in London, Richard Whiting.

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2019-08-17 Home Front: Politix
  • [DAILYCALLER] All but four of Crooked Hillary Clinton
    ...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
    ’s 30,000 emails were copied, likely secretly, to a Gmail address called CarterHeavyIndustries@gmail.com,
    ...as I recall, that one was somehow connected to China, right?
    according to a new Senate report.

  • The FBI says that the account was linked to Paul Combetta, an IT aide Clinton hired who used BleachBit to destroy emails after they were subpoenaed and misled FBI agents.

  • Combetta said he sent all of her emails to the Gmail account as part of trying to copy them to a new server. Combetta was copying Clinton’s emails off of an old laptop that he was supposed send back in the mail, but there’s no evidence he returned it, according to the Department of Justice Inspector General.

  • When an intel agent discovered the copying to a third-party account, he said Peter Strzok seemed disinterested. The intel agency feared the email account could be a link to a foreign power, but the FBI refused to explain it to them.
Related:
Peter Strzok: 2019-08-10 Revealing the systemic coup between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele
Peter Strzok: 2019-08-07 Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok files wrongful termination suit
Peter Strzok: 2019-06-25 California's Gov. Gavin Newsom puts out a video for illegals on how to obstruct ICE
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2019-08-17 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] An accountability court in Islamabad on Friday sent PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...
to Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail on judicial remand till August 19 in the fake bank accounts case.

Zardari was presented before accountability judge Mohammad Bashir who sent the former president to jail after NAB prosecutor Muzaffar Abbasi argued that there had been a new development in the case and sought an extension in the PPP leader's physical remand.

Requesting further custody of Zardari, Abbasi said that a suspect had given a statement which they wanted to confront Zardari about.

An official notification issued by the court stated that Zardari's judicial remand had been approved and he was to be kept in jail until his next court appearance on August 19. Prior to this, the PPP co-chairperson was in NAB custody. On July 29, the court had granted a 10-day remand of the former president.

Related:
Adiala Jail: 2019-04-10 Cancellation of Lakhvi’s bail in Mumbai attacks case sought
Adiala Jail: 2018-10-19 ATC sends owner, producer of web channel on judicial remand to Adiala jail for airing anti-judiciary remarks
Adiala Jail: 2018-09-12 Govt allows Nawaz Sharif, Maryam to attend Kulsoom funeral in Lahore on parole
Related:
Asif Ali Zardari: 2019-07-14 Fazl demands Nawaz’s release after video leak
Asif Ali Zardari: 2019-07-11 NAB arrests Sindh Bank chief, two other officials in fake accounts case
Asif Ali Zardari: 2019-07-02 NAB arrests Zardari in Park Lane case as well
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2019-08-16 Home Front: Politix
[The Hill] A federal watchdog alleges that top officials in the State Department's Bureau of International Organization Affairs harassed and mistreated staffers, according to an inspector general report published Thursday.

The report accused officials of engaging in "disrespectful and hostile treatment" of staffers, and alleges that officials harassed some staffers over suspicions that they were "disloyal" to President Trump.

The watchdog found that at least one top career employee was pushed out of her role for inappropriate reasons, while others had their duties stripped from them because of their superiors' political views.

The report claims Kevin Moley, assistant secretary of State for the department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, failed to prevent the alleged mistreatment in spite of multiple complaints. The document also cites numerous examples of alleged inappropriate behavior by Mari Stull, who previously was a senior political appointee in the bureau.

The two were accused of having "frequently berated employees, raised their voices, and generally engaged in unprofessional behavior toward staff," according to the report. The IG report also found that Moley and Stull treated employees in a "harsh and aggressive manner," engaged in "disrespectful and hostile treatment," and created a "negative and 'vindictive' environment."
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2019-08-16 Africa Horn
[PULSE.NG] Officials in Ethiopia's capital are weighing bans on sex work and street begging, the latest in a series of measures intended to clean up the country's image, the mayor's office said Thursday.
Related:
Ethiopia: 2019-08-11 Southern Transitional Council stages an attempted coup, says Yemeni government
Ethiopia: 2019-07-11 Israel air defense system for Ethiopia’s Great Nile dam - Egypt unhappy
Ethiopia: 2019-06-23 Army chief shot dead in coup attempt in Ethiopia
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2019-08-16 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] The Lahore High Court has ruled that an offence against human body is though compoundable but at the same time it is an offence against the State for which the State machinery has to take steps for the prosecution of the offender.

Justice Anwarul Haq Pannun made this observation the other day while dismissing the petition of a man challenging an order to exhume the body of his wife allegedly killed by accidental fire shot. Mother of the dear departed woman had secured the order for the exhumation from a judicial magistrate concerned of Shakargarh.

Petitioner Safarish Ali pleaded that a magisterial court had already dismissed an application for exhumation of the body filed by investigating officer of the local police as none of the legal heirs of the dear departed wanted autopsy.

The judge, in his verdict, dismissed the plea and noted delinquency on the part of the police for not holding an inquiry into the incident independently as required under section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.P.C) despite ordered by the magistrate.

Related:
Lahore High Court: 2019-08-04 LHC hands over minor domestic worker to parents
Lahore High Court: 2019-07-25 Man nominated in attempted murder case killed in successful murder case at Lahore district kachehri
Lahore High Court: 2019-07-19 SC issues notice to TLP chief Khadim Rizvi on Punjab govt's petition for bail cancellation
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2019-08-16 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The security forces have killed two key Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
commanders during a joint operation which they conducted in Faryab province.

The Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces conducted a joint operation with the Air Forces in Aliabad Village of Gurziwan district in Faryab.

The statement further added that the security forces killed Esmatullah and Mahboobullah, two key commanders of Taliban during the operation.

Furthermore, the Special Operations Corps said the security forces also killed 13 other bully boyz and maimed 8 more during the same operation.
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2019-08-16 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[PULSE.NG] Gibraltar's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favour of releasing an Iranian supertanker seized on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of international sanctions, in a blow to the US which had tried to block the vessel's departure.
Related:
Gibraltar: 2019-08-14 Gibraltar government source denies an Iranian report that tanker Grace 1 will be leaving the British overseas territory on Tuesday
Gibraltar: 2019-08-13 British warship sets sail for tanker escort mission in Gulf
Gibraltar: 2019-08-12 ‘Smoke will rise from Tel Aviv’: Iran warns Israel against joining US naval mission
Related:
Iranian supertanker: 2019-07-29 British warship arrives in Gulf to escort UK-flagged vessels
Iranian supertanker: 2019-07-13 Iran cleric says UK will be ‘slapped in the face’ for seizure of its tanker: TV
Iranian supertanker: 2019-07-13 Iranian cleric says Britain will soon be ‘slapped in the face’ for the capture of an Iranian supertanker
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2019-08-16 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed or maimed at least 16 Talibs during the operations in central Pashtun-infested Logar and south-eastern Ghazni provinces.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the Afghan Special Forces killed 11 Talibs during a raid in Charkh district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

The statement further added that the Special Forces also destroyed two caches of the weapons of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
including 40 improvised bombs.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the Afghan Air Force conducted an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Marwardar area of Qarabagh district in Ghazni which killed 2 Talibs.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the airstrike maimed 3 Talibs adn destroyed 3 motorycles of the bully boys.

The Afghan forces also discovered and defused 7 improvised bombs during the operations in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province.
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2019-08-16 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their advance in southern Idlib on Thursday, seizing another town from the jihadist rebels near the key city of Khan Sheikhoun.

According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces captured the town of Madaya after a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
.

Following the capture of Madaya, the Syrian Army worked to secure the town, while clearing several mines and IEDs that were left behind by the jihadists.

As a result of this advance on Thursday, the Syrian Army has established their first presence at the northwestern flank of Khan Sheikhoun.

Related:
Idlib: 2019-08-14 JIhadist counter-offensive in southern Idlib ends in complete disaster
Idlib: 2019-08-14 Jihadist rebels behead 2 Syrian soldiers in northern Syria
Idlib: 2019-08-14 Syrian Army resumes offensive in southwest Idlib, scores new advance
Related:
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-14 Clashes kill nearly 60 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-07 After failed Idlib truce: Russian air strikes and gov’t vs Nusra fire exchanged, leaving 7 civilians dead
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-06 Syrian Air Force resumes attack after 4 day absence
Related:
Tahrir al-Sham: 2019-08-14 Syrian Army resumes offensive in southwest Idlib, scores new advance
Tahrir al-Sham: 2019-08-14 Clashes kill nearly 60 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor
Tahrir al-Sham: 2019-08-12 Syrian Army scores important advance in northeast Latakia after heavy clashes
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2019-08-16 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted a series of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Ghazni, Zabul and Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
provinces in the past 24 hours to suppress the anti-government armed murderous Moslems.

The military officials said Thursday that airstrikes killed 3 Talibs in Nawa district of Ghazni province.

The officials further added that the airstrikes also destroyed a small cache of weapons.

Furthermore, the officials said an airstrike in Shinka district of Zabul destroyed a Humvee armored personnel carrier which was captured by Taliban
...Arabic for students...
The security forces also conducted an airstrike in Hisarak district of Nangarhar which destroyed a communication node used for coordinating attacks.
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2019-08-16 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new offensive last week to capture the key town of Kabani in northeastern Latakia.

Since launching this offensive, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to capture several points from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and the Turkestan Islamic Party.

The Syrian Army is now working to capture the last points under the control of the jihadist rebels south of Kabani.
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2019-08-16 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[Jpost] Syria’s state media SANA reported on Thursday evening that Syrian air defense confronted targets that had infiltrated Syrian air space from the direction of Leb, heading for Masyaf.

As is usual with Syrian reports about air defense confronting air strikes, SANA claimed that they had downed a hostile missile and "destroyed it" in the skies over Masyaf in the countryside of Hama north of Damascus.

Syria says that the attack began just after 11pm. Other media and commentators picked up the Syrian report, particularly RT in Arabic and some Syria watchers. However there was limited information. Iran’s Press TV reported it also.

An explosion was reportedly heard and an image showed air defenses firing at an alleged missile. A Syrian social media account named Qalaat Al Mudiq blamed Israel.

The area of Masyaf was a target of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in April 2019, and July 2018 and September 2017. There are also S-300 sites near Masyaf, given to Syria by Russia in the fall of 2018. The area also allegedly has a chemical weapons facility and military bases as well as Iranian-backed groups.
Continuing with hypotheticals, The Times of Israel adds:
Israel is thought to have shifted to launching missiles from Lebanon into Syria to avoid Syrian air defenses in recent months.
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2019-08-16 Home Front: Culture Wars
Washington DC - After months of growing trade tensions between the US and China leading to an impending global recession, along with mounting strife in China's Hong Kong province prompting dissidents to wave American flags, US President Donald Trump has negotiated quite possibly the biggest deal of his life.

The US will trade the entire state of California for Hong Kong in a flat exchange.

"Basically everyone in California wants to be commies and Hong Kong wants to be American, so we did what we call a win-win-win and traded the two in a tremendous deal," Trump said in a press conference announcing the unprecedented deal.

Markets responded with a complete turnaround from recent declines and posted record numbers.

Californians and Hong Kongers were dancing in their respective streets‐Californians happy about the 1-child-only policy and being run by the Communist Party finally!‐and Hong Kong happy about being part of the free world once again.

"This is an amazing day for everyone involved. Everyone should really be happy about this!"
Note: Genesuis Times is like Babylon Bee
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2019-08-16 Africa Subsaharan
[PULSE.NG] At least six opposition and rights activists were abducted and tortured by unidentified assailants in Zimbabwe ahead of planned protests against worsening economic problems, rights groups charged Thursday.
Related:
Zimbabwe: 2019-07-13 South Africa military set to deploy against Cape Town gangs
Zimbabwe: 2019-05-03 Persecution of Christians is modern-day 'genocide', UK Foreign Secretary blames 'political correctness'
Zimbabwe: 2019-03-04 Zimbabwe's Akashinga Brigade - Anti poachers (interesting video)
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2019-08-16 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Yahoo] JERUSALEM, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian driver they said had carried out a car-ramming attack on Friday that injured two Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank, one of them critically.

Reuters journalists at the scene saw police rolling the body of the driver into a plastic sheet. Palestinian health authorities identified him as a Palestinian national.

An Israeli police spokesman said an officer who had been near the scene opened fire after the attacker rammed his car into people by the roadside near the Israeli settlement of Elazar, close to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.

Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service said one of the Israelis, 17, was unresponsive and "in severe condition with multisystem trauma" and that the other, 19, had sustained moderate injuries.

Dozens of Israeli troops and medics were at the scene. The alleged attacker's vehicle, which bore Israeli license plates which allow greater freedom of movement in both Israel and the West Bank, was overturned by the roadside. Police said the attacker had been driving along a road which weaves past Palestinian towns and Israeli settlements.
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2019-08-16 China-Japan-Koreas
“Pay attention to MEEEE!!!
[Jpost] North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Friday morning, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
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2019-08-16 Arabia
[PULSE.NG] A joint Saudi-Emirati military delegation travelled to Aden on Thursday to discuss demands for a pullout of UAE-backed southern separatists from positions they captured in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
's interim capital, government and separatist sources said.

The visit comes after deadly festivities last week in the southern port city that reflected a rift between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the main partners in a pro-government coalition fighting Iran-aligned Shiite Iran's Houthi sock puppets
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2019-08-16 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) made another push to capture the key hilltop of Tal Tari in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate last night.

According to a military source near the front-lines in Idlib, the Syrian Army failed to advance at Tal Tari after several hours of fighting with the jihadist rebels of Rouse the Believers.

The source added that the Syrian Army suffered more than ten casualties during the battle for Tal Tari.

Since Sunday, the Syrian Army has attempted to capture Tal Tari from the jihadist rebels; however, Rouse the Believers have refused to yield any ground to the military.

For the Syrian Army, capturing Tal Tari is a high priority because of its proximity to the krazed killer stronghold of Ta’manah.

The Syrian Army needs to capture Ta’manah in order to advance to the eastern flank of Khan Sheikhoun.
Related:
Idlib Governorate: 2019-08-14 Jihadist rebels behead 2 Syrian soldiers in northern Syria
Idlib Governorate: 2019-08-14 Syrian Army resumes offensive in southwest Idlib, scores new advance
Idlib Governorate: 2019-08-12 Turkish suicide bomber kicks off jihadist counter-offensive in southern Idlib
Related:
Rouse the Believers: 2019-08-14 JIhadist counter-offensive in southern Idlib ends in complete disaster
Rouse the Believers: 2019-04-16 Syrian Army suffers several casualties after jihadist ambush in southern Aleppo
Related:
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-14 Clashes kill nearly 60 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-07 After failed Idlib truce: Russian air strikes and gov’t vs Nusra fire exchanged, leaving 7 civilians dead
Khan Sheikhoun: 2019-08-06 Syrian Air Force resumes attack after 4 day absence
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2019-08-16 Home Front: Politix
[FoxNews] Coping with a struggling campaign and facing the reality that he wouldn’t make the stage at next month’s third round of Democratic presidential debates, former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
... former governor of Colorado, yet another of 2020's innumerable Dem candidates. His selling points include being less grabby than Biden, less Cherokee than Warren, assuming that's possible, and taller than Gillebrand...
ended his long-shot bid for the White House on Thursday.

"Today, I’m ending my campaign for president. But I will never stop believing that America can only move forward when we work together," Hickenlooper said in a video released on social media and through email.
Related:
John Hickenlooper: 2019-07-15 Hickenlooper refuses to condemn protesters who hoisted Mexican flag at ICE facility
John Hickenlooper: 2019-07-04 Hickenlooper campaign ‘bleeding’ as calls for dropping out intensify
John Hickenlooper: 2019-07-03 Hickenlooper: Hard to Fundraise When You Don't Promise Free Stuff
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2019-08-16 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed or detained at least 16 Talibs during separate operations in Uruzgan province.

The military officials said Wednesday that the Special Force killed 6 Talibs during a patrol in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan.

The officials further added that the Special Forces also arrested 3 Talibs during the same operation.

Furthermore, the Specials Forces arrested 7 Talibs during a separate raid in Tarin Kot district.

The officials also added that the Special Forces destroyed a large cache of weapons during the same raid.
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2019-08-16 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
[PULSE.NG] An unexploded World War II bomb was found in the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow during construction works on Thursday, Russian news agencies reported.
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2019-08-16 Afghanistan
[Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
] The security forces conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s and ground operations against Talibs in Wardak and Pashtun-infested Logar killing at least 7 holy warriors.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the security forces killed 6 Talibs in Nerkh district of Wardak province in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that Mullah Daud alias Ustad and Mullah Saboor alias Zergai were among those killed.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the security forces killed a Taliban commander Mullah Naqib during an operation in Pul-e-Alam district of Pashtun-infested Logar.

The 203rd Thunder Corps also added that the Taliban commanders killed during the operations were involved in destructive activities in other parts of the country as well.
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2019-08-16 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[DAWN] An alleged victim of pedophile financier Jeffrey Want Some Candy, Little Girl? Epstein
...A high class pimp financier who was alleged to maintain a stable of underage whores sex slaves who were paid big bucks to entertain the rich and/or famous. He is a registered sex offender and made att least 17 out-of-court settlements with former members of his stable, with some cases still ongoing. 2011 court docs reveal that 21 email addresses and phone numbers for Bill Clinton and an aide were found in Epstein's electronic black book, and that Clinton frequently flew with Epstein on his private plane between 2002 to 2005. But really, they were probably just discussing finance or politix or something. While getting massaged. Then things got serious, Jeff was tossed in the slammer in New York and then he killed himself. Really. That's what happened...
sued for damages on Wednesday as reports claimed his guards were asleep before the disgraced tycoon died from an apparent suicide in prison.

Two employees of the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York failed to check on Epstein for three hours and then falsified prison logs to cover up their error, the New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

reported.

The staff members were meant to be inspecting Epstein’s cell every 30 minutes but dozed off, several unnamed law enforcement and prison officials familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

The revelations came a day after the warden of the high-security facility was temporarily reassigned and two guards put on administrative leave by the Bureau of Prisons, pending an investigation.

Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning. The FBI and Justice Department are probing how he managed to apparently take his own life just weeks after an earlier reported suicide attempt.

US newspapers reported that he had apparently been taken off suicide watch and left without a cellmate, against protocol, while the guards were working overtime due to major staff shortages at the jail.

The multi-millionaire, who hobnobbed with numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was awaiting trial charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

His death came a day after a court released documents in which one of his alleged victims said Epstein used her as a "sex slave" and that she was forced to have sex with well-known politicians and businessmen.

Another woman, who says she was raped by Epstein as a teenager, sued his estate and former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell under a New York law that came into effect on Wednesday.

Jennifer Araoz wrote a column in the New York Times saying she was filing a lawsuit under the Child Victims Act against Epstein, British-born socialite Maxwell and other accomplices.

Related:
Bill Clinton: 2019-08-14 Judge overseeing key Jeffrey Epstein-related suit dies, Ep’s lawyers get own lawyers, Fibbies get Ep’s computers, jail staff consequences
Bill Clinton: 2019-08-13 Epstein, guard took bribe from Turkish gold dealer, Wikileaks managed shares prison phone
Bill Clinton: 2019-08-13 French ministers seek probe into local links with Epstein
Related:
Metropolitan Correctional Centre: 2016-06-30 How a Czech 'super-spy' infiltrated the CIA
Metropolitan Correctional Centre: 2012-10-07 Abu Hamza Appears In NY Court Without His Hook
Metropolitan Correctional Centre: 2010-04-02 Pak-origin Chicago cab driver indicted for supporting al-Qaeda
Related:
Ghislaine Maxwell: 2019-08-15 Daily Mail sez Ghislaine Maxwell is in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts
Ghislaine Maxwell: 2019-08-13 Jeffrey Epstein kept ‘meticulously detailed’ diaries which could come back to haunt his powerful pals
Ghislaine Maxwell: 2019-08-11 WAPO's Carol Leonnig: ‘People Close to Epstein Fear He Was Murdered'
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2019-08-16 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Quick Reaction Forces of the Afghan National Police repulsed a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province killing or wounding at least 9 Talibs.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement that a group of Talibs were looking to launch attacks on security posts in Garamser district.

The statement further added that the Quick Reaction Forces of the Afghan National Police responded to the attack leaving least 6 bad boys.

Furthermore, the interior ministry said the security forces also maimed 3 Talibs during the clash.

The interior ministry also added that the Talibs left the dead body of one of their comrades in the area along with an Ak-47 assault rifle and its munitions.

According to interior, the security forces did not suffer casualties during the clash.
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2019-08-16 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India’s government moved to strip the Indian-occupied sector of Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Moslem-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the internet.

This muted response is underpinned by more than $100 billion in annual trade with India that makes it one of the Arabian Peninsula’s most prized economic partners.

Regional heavyweight Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
urged restraint and expressed concern over the brewing crisis. Other Gulf countries ‐ Kuwait, Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
, Bahrain and Oman ‐ do not appear to have issued any statements. The United Arab Emirates has gone a step further by apparently siding with India, calling the decision to downgrade occupied Kashmir’s status an internal matter.

Saudi Arabia’s response to the Kashmir situation is complicated by its close ties with both India and Pakistain, which have fought two wars over the disputed Himalayan region, as well as its ideological rivalry with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
and Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
for supremacy in the Islamic world.

Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
has reached out to leaders in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in recent days to discuss India’s actions in Kashmir, but it’s unclear whether he would find Arab backing if he took his concerns to the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
Security Council.

The brief Saudi statement on the Kashmir events said the kingdom "is following up on the current situation" and called for a "peaceful settlement" in line with international resolutions.

Gulf Arab states are home to more than 7 million Indian expatriates who help drive the region’s economy and keep its cities teeming with doctors, engineers, teachers, drivers, construction workers and other laborers.

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2019-08-16 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar reported Thursday they were bewildered that they got banned from Israel, a country they seem to believe shouldn't exist at all.

"It's racism," said Omar in a press conference. "It's all due to racism. Well, that and a Jewish conspiracy. The Jews are behind this, for sure." (The evidence indicates she's correct on this assertion, a first for her accusations against Jews).

Tlaib agreed, saying she wanted to ask Jews about the Holocaust so she could relax and get a "calming feeling" while she was there.

"It just doesn't make much sense for this country that shouldn't even exist to ban us," she said. "What have we ever said against them, besides suggesting they are terrorists who deserve to be pushed into the sea?"

The women said they now had to change their vacation plans from hanging out with people they hate in a country they hate to somewhere less "Jewy."
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2019-08-16 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Irish Times] The Paris prosecutor’s office is co-operating with US authorities in their investigation of accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, who died in an apparent suicide in a New York prison on August 10th.

Epstein was a regular visitor to France at least since 2002, when he purchased a 2,300sq m apartment on the Avenue Foch. His private jets, registered N120JE and N212JE, landed at Le Bourget airport 11 times in the last 18 months of his life.

Epstein was returning from a three-week stay in Paris when he was arrested at New Jersey’s Teterboro airport on July 6th.

The financier behaved in Paris as he did in Manhattan, Palm Beach and on his private Caribbean island. The walls of his Paris apartment were covered with photographs of naked young women, according to a worker cited in 2,024 pages of US court documents released on August 9th.

A former assistant to Epstein told Libération newspaper there were often several young women in the Avenue Foch apartment, fewer than in Palm Beach, where "there were eight or 10 at a time".

Epstein’s contacts book was published by the US website Gawker in 2015. It contained a section titled Paris Massage, with dozens of women’s first names and mobile phone numbers.
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2019-08-16 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Washington Examiner] Jeffrey Epstein’s former bodyguard floated his theory that his old boss probably had help with commiting suicide while in federal custody, but was reluctant to talk at length.

"Somebody helped him to do that," former UFC fighter Igor Zinoviev, who was also Epstein’s driver and trainer, told New York Magazine. When pressed why he believed Epstein had help, Zinoviev said, "Listen, you know, that’s going a little too deep."

"I’m not sad. I mean, I didn’t have anything against him, like a bad thing, you know? I don’t care about his life completely," he continued. "I don’t give a, let’s say, like, crap about how he die, how he live, or how he’s managed."

Zinoviev later warned interviewer M.L. Nestel to not put himself in "trouble" after asking him about his earlier claims that Epstein would get phone calls warning him in advance when police were going to visit.

"You said: 'He always do something wrong. There was some nights in question. There was at home arrest and police, before they come to the house, they call him and tell him they coming in at eight o’clock in the morning. It’s all corruption you know. It’s all bullshit,'" Nestel told Zinoviev.

"Listen, don’t put yourself in trouble. Seriously," Zinoviev replied, adding, "Let that go. Seriously. Let that go." He refused to talk about it over the phone any further.

Epstein was found dead in his prison cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center on Saturday. Attorney General William Barr announced that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will launch an investigation into the circumstances of the accused sex trafficker's alleged suicide.
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2019-08-16 Caribbean-Latin America
[PULSE.NG] Venezuela
...a country in Central America that sits on an enormous pool of oil. Formerly the most prospereous country in the region, it became infested with Commies sniffing almost unlimited wealth. It turned out the wealth wasn't unlimited, the economy collapsed under the clownish Hugo Chavez, the murder rate exceeds places like Honduras and El Salvador, and a significant proportion of the populace as refugeed to Colombia and points south...
's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Thursday the government would meet with Norwegian mediators in an effort to restart talks with the opposition aimed at resolving the country's political crisis.

Arreaza told news hounds in Caracas that the government was seeking changes to the talks mechanism before it would return to the negotiating table.

"There will be contact with the envoys and we will surely be able to reestablish the dialogue with a re-thought mechanism," the foreign minister said.

"We have to have a mechanism that guarantees peace and coexistence," he added, but gave no details of the changes the government were seeking.

On Wednesday, opposition leader Juan Guaidó
...Venezuelan politician, a member of the social-democratic Popular Will party, and serves as a federal deputy to the National Assembly representing the state of Vargas. In 2019 he was appointed by the Popular Will party to become the president of the National Assembly, after which he declared he was acting president of the country, challenging Nicolás Maduro's presidency and starting the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis....
revealed that Norwegian officials were in the country in a bid to restart the talks.

Negotiations to end the political crisis -- sparked when Guaido pronounced himself acting president in January -- began in Oslo in May.

But President Nicolás Maduro
...Commie el presidente para la vida of Venezuela, successor to Hugo Chavez. Nick is his country's attempt at producing a Muammar Qadaffy, except that even though his country's sitting on an enormous puddle of oil, he can't manage to get it out of the ground...
called off the talks a week ago in response to new United States sanctions against his government.

Arreaza insisted that Maduro had merely "implemented a pause" in the talks and that they had not broken down.
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2019-08-16 Cyber
[US News and World Report] ...So far so good, except of course for the mistakes and the delisting problem; one might even say that Google is performing a public service, which is how some people who are familiar with the quarantine list defend it. But I also mentioned that Google somehow blocks people from accessing websites directly through multiple browsers. How on earth could it do that? How could Google block you when you are trying to access a website using Safari, an Apple product, or Firefox, a browser maintained by Mozilla, the self-proclaimed "nonprofit defender of the free and open internet"?

The key here is browsers. No browser maker wants to send you to a malicious website, and because Google has the best blacklist, major browsers such as Safari and Firefox – and Chrome, of course, Google's own browser, as well as browsers that load through Android, Google's mobile operating system – check Google's quarantine list before they send you to a website. (In November 2014, Mozilla announced it will no longer list Google as its default search engine, but it also disclosed that it will continue to rely on Google's quarantine list to screen users' search requests.)

If the site has been quarantined by Google, you see one of those big, scary images that say things like "Get me out of here!" or "Reported attack site!" At this point, given the default security settings on most browsers, most people will find it impossible to visit the site – but who would want to? If the site is not on Google's quarantine list, you are sent on your way.

OK, that explains how Google blocks you even when you're using a non-Google browser, but why do they block you? In other words, how does blocking you feed the ravenous advertising machine – the sine qua non of Google's existence?

Have you figured it out yet? The scam is as simple as it is brilliant: When a browser queries Google's quarantine list, it has just shared information with Google. With Chrome and Android, you are always giving up information to Google, but you are also doing so even if you are using non-Google browsers. That is where the money is – more information about search activity kindly provided by competing browser companies. How much information is shared will depend on the particular deal the browser company has with Google. In a maximum information deal, Google will learn the identity of the user; in a minimum information deal, Google will still learn which websites people want to visit – valuable data when one is in the business of ranking websites. Google can also charge fees for access to its quarantine list, of course, but that's not where the real gold is.
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2019-08-16 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Three soldiers of the Pakistain Army were martyred in firing by Indian forces from across the Line of Control (LoC), Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday.

Two civilians were also killed and another injured in Battal sector of Poonch district due to shelling from across the restive LoC, officials said.

In a tweet from his official account, Maj Gen Ghafoor said that the Pakistain armed forces, in a counter-attack, had killed five Indian soldiers and injured several others while bunkers were also damaged.

"Intermittent exchange of fire continues," he wrote.
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2019-08-16 Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces arrested a key Haqqani terrorist network member during an operation in Kabul city.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement that the Special Forces of the Afghan National Police conducted the raid in the 9th district of Kabul.

The statement further added that the detained Haqqani network
...a branch of the Afghan Taliban, based in Pakistain. The network is a family business founded by the later Jalaluddin Haqqani...
member has been identified as Sardar Mohammad alias Khalifa Daud.

Furthermore, the interior ministry said Sardar was responsible for facilitating the supply of weapons, munitions and military kits to Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and other bully boys.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslems including Taliban and Haqqani network have not commented regarding the report so far.
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2019-08-16 Africa Subsaharan
[PULSE.NG] Asian and Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an seamen were kidnapped Thursday aboard a vessel in the Gulf of Guinea off the southern Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
port of Douala, a senior Cameroonian navy source said.

"(They) were kidnapped this morning," said the source, who gave no details about the number or nationality of the kidnap victims.

"The kidnappers are probably Nigerian pirates," the source said. "Cameroonian forces have launched search operations."

An official at Douala port confirmed the kidnappings, and said the seamen had been taken after their ship came under attack.

"We don't know the number of kidnapped seamen for the time being," the official said.

The Gulf of Guinea, whose coastline stretches in a huge arc from Liberia to Gabon, is notorious for piracy as well as oil theft, illegal fishing and human and drugs trafficking.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) 62 seafarers were taken hostage or kidnapped in the area in the first half of 2019.

The Gulf of Guinea accounted for 73 percent of kidnappings and 92 percent of hostage-takings at sea worldwide, it says.
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2019-08-16 Britain
Yes, that was the plan. Why is anyone surprised?
[DAWN] Britannia’s former top finance official accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conserv­ative government on Wednesday of steering the country toward a damaging no-deal Brexit that isn’t backed by Parliament or British voters.

Johnson, in turn, alleged that anti-Brexit UK politicians were collaborating with the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union to block Britannia’s exit from the bloc.

Philip Hammond, a Conservative politician who stepped down as Treasury chief just before Johnson became prime minister last month, said "leaving the EU without a deal would be just as much a betrayal of the referendum result as not leaving at all." Hammond told the BBC that Johnson had moved from a tough negotiating stance to a "wrecking" one by insisting on changes to the withdrawal agreement between Britannia and the EU that the bloc would not accept.

He said that while he believed Johnson wanted a deal, "there are other people around him whose agenda is different" an apparent reference to advisers such as Dominic Cummings, one of the architects of the country’s 2016 decision to leave the EU.

Johnson has vowed that Britannia will leave the EU on the scheduled date of Oct 31 just 11 weeks away with or without a divorce deal. He is demanding the EU make major changes to the agreement the bloc made with his predecessor, Theresa May. The EU refuses to renegotiate, so a no-deal Brexit appears increasingly likely.

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2019-08-16 Europe
[PULSE.NG] Six EU countries have agreed to take in some of the 147 migrants colonists currently stranded on a rescue ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa, Rome announced Thursday, in a welcome development for embattled far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini.

Both Italia and Malta have refused Open Arms permission to dock and unload its passengers

"La Belle France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg have told me that they are ready to welcome the migrants colonists," Italian premier Giuseppe Conte said in an open letter addressed to Salvini, who has sought to ban the Open Arms rescue vessel from entering Italian waters.

"Once again, my Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an counterparts are offering us a helping hand," Conte wrote, while slamming Salvini who has been calling since last Thursday for the PM to step down.

Salvini has taken a hard line against migrants colonists rescued at sea being brought to Italia, which he says bears an unfair burden in the crisis.

Responding to Conte's announcement, Salvini wrote on Facebook: "It is clear that without (my) resolve, the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
would never have lifted a finger, leaving Italia and the Italians on their own like (previous governments) did for years."

Salvini, head of the anti-immigration League party, broke with his coalition partner the Five Star Movement (M5S) last week, hoping for a no-confidence vote that would topple the 14-month-old government.

But his gamble failed, and his abandoned partner found an unexpected ally in the opposition Democratic Party (PD).

Both M5S and PD on Tuesday voted against Salvini despite his last-minute offer to back a plan to slash the number of the country's politicians.

The fate of the scores of migrants colonists aboard the Open Arms, operated by Spanish charity Proactiva, found itself at the centre of the political crisis in Rome.

Earlier this month Salvini, who is also deputy PM, signed a decree banning the Open Arms from Italian waters, saying it was needed to protect public order.

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2019-08-16 Afghanistan


Afghan Special Forces destroy large depot of Taliban munitions in Logar

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces destroyed a large depot of the munitions of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group during an operation in Pashtun-infested Logar province.

The Special Operations Corps said in a statement that the Special Forces discovered the depot in Charkh district.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operation so far.

The security situation in some districts of Pashtun-infested Logar province has tanked during the recent months.

Talibs are active in some districts of the province and often conduct terrorist related activities.

Special Forces kill Taliban’s chief of terror operations in Logar

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces killed the chief of terror operations of Taliban group during an operation in Logar province.

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the Special Forces conducted the operation in Patkhab Village located in the provincial capital of Logar.

The statement further added that the Special Forces killed Mawlavi Qudratullah, the chief of terror operations of Taliban for Logar.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Defense said Mawlavi Qudratullah was mainly involved in terrorist related activities on Highway No.2 of Logar besides having major role in overall terrorist related activities across Logar.

The Ministry of Defense also added that the Special Forces also destroyed an Improvised Explosive Device making facility during the operation.
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2019-08-16 Arabia
[ALMASDARNEWS] Bahrain has agreed to buy the US-built Patriot anti-aircraft and missile interceptor system, the Raytheon Company said in a blurb.

"Bahrain signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon’s... Patriot air and missile defense system from the US Army", the release said. "This letter of offer and acceptance allows the US government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for... an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles".

The release said that the venerable Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defence System was designed to defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and manned and unmanned aircraft.

"Patriot is continually modernized, enhanced and upgraded, through this 17-nation community, to ensure it outpaces the evolving threats for years to come", Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems President Ralph Acaba said in the release.

Bahrain hosts a US Navy base, US Naval Forces Central Command and the US Fifth Fleet.

In May, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a blurb that Bahrain specifically purchased 60 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, 36 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles with canisters, nine M903 Launching Stations, five Antenna Mast Groups, three Electrical Power Plants, two AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, and two AN/MSQ-132 Engagement Control Stations.

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2019-08-16 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jpost] Israel will not allow US Congresswomen Ilhan Omar
...Somali-American Dem representative from Minnesota. She is apparently married to her brother and may be her own grandmaw on her mother's side...
(D-Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) into the country because of their vocal BDS advocacy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

Netanyahu issued a statement saying that no country in the world respects the US Congress more than Israel, but that Isaeli law prohibits entry to those calling for a boycott of the country. He said that other countries as well ‐ including the US ‐ bar entry to those who are perceived to want to harm them.

He said that Israel is a "vibrant and free democracy" that is open to all criticism, with the exception of a call for boycotts.

"Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting boycott legislation against Israel in the US Congress," Netanyahu said.

He said that Israel received their itinerary only a few days ago, and it became clear that they were "planning a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycott and to undermine Israel's legitimacy."

He pointed out that they referred to the visit as a visit to "Paleostine," and not to Israel, and ‐ as opposed to all other Democratic and Republican representatives in the past ‐ did not request any meeting with official Israeli representatives, either from the government or the opposition.

Netanyahu said that the NGO that is sponsoring the trip ‐ Miftah ‐ is a fervent advocate of BDS and includes members who have supported terrorism against Israel.

The prime minister said that the decision to bar entry was made by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, and that he supports the decision.

Israel has been banning politicians for years — just not Americans

[IsraelTimes] Lawmakers from Spain to Ghana have been kept out by Israeli authorities in recent years, though few garner any major outcry, probably because the EU bans people all the time too.

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2019-08-16 China-Japan-Koreas
[NPR] An epidemic of African Swine Fever is sweeping through China's hog farms, and the effects are rippling across the globe, because China is a superpower of pork. Half of the world's pigs live in China ‐ or at least they did before the epidemic began a year ago.

"Every day, we hear of more outbreaks," says Christine McCracken, a senior analyst at RaboResearch, which is affiliated with the global financial firm Rabobank.

McCracken and her colleagues now estimate that by the end of 2019, China's production of pork could be cut in half. "That's roughly 300 million to 350 million pigs lost in China, which is almost a quarter of the world's pork supply," she says. "It's a massive number." (This measures the reduction in pigs slaughtered annually, which is roughly twice the number of animals in China's swine herd at any one time.)

The estimate, McCracken says, is based on information from her company's clients in China, which include meat packers, companies that sell animal feed, and animal health experts.

African Swine Fever is not the same as "swine flu." This disease is harmless to humans. It can spread through contaminated pork products or the clothes of people working with infected pigs. It does not travel through the air, but it's long-lived and hard to get rid of ‐ which Chinese farmers are learning the hard way.

"They've had a hard time repopulating herds," McCracken says. "It's hard to decontaminate a facility in a short amount of time. Generally, it takes at least six months, sometimes three years, to decontaminate a site."

Up to now, Chinese consumers still are finding enough pork to buy. McCracken says that's mainly because many farmers slaughtered their herds early, out of fear of infection. In the past month or so, however, supplies have started to run short, and pork prices are now rising sharply in China.

In fact, people around the world are now starting to feel the effects.

With fewer pigs, China is importing less soy meal to feed them. That alone has been enough to push down global prices for soybeans, which means less money for farmers in Brazil and the U.S.

The effect on soybean prices may turn out to be modest. According to a preliminary analysis by Amani Elobeid, an economist at Iowa State University, and Miguel Carriquiry, at the University of the Republic in Uruguay, a 30% cut in China's pork production could reduce the price of soy meal by 3 to 5%. In an email to NPR, however, they noted that the analysis "is VERY preliminary and should be used with caution."

The growing Chinese pork shortage is good news, though, for pork producers in the rest of the world: China is now starting to import more pork, driving up prices.

McCracken says the epidemic is still going strong. "It's reall