SAN DIEGO (AP) ‐ A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration can make asylum seekers wait in Mexico for immigration court hearings while the policy is challenged in court, handing the president a major victory, even if it only proves temporary.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ‐ a frequent target of the president’s complaints ‐ reversed a decision by a San Francisco judge that would have prevented asylum seekers from being returned to Mexico during the legal challenge.
The case must still be considered on its merits and could end up at the Supreme Court. But allowing the policy to remain in effect in the meantime lets the administration carry out an unprecedented change to U.S. asylum practices.
The administration has said it plans to rapidly expand the policy across the border, which would have far-reaching consequences for asylum seekers and Mexican border cities that host them while their cases wind through clogged U.S. immigration courts. Cases can take several years to decide.
[IsraelTimes] A Jewish advocacy group in London has accused the Labour Party of "endemic anti-Jewish behavior" and asked the government to investigate.
The report by the Labour Against Antisemitism group contains "15,000 screenshots taken from hundreds of Labour members ’and officials’ promoting anti-Semitic views." It was was submitted to the British Equality and Human Rights Commission and seeks a "full-scale antisemitism probe."
Jewish groups have accused the party’s leftist leader, Jeremy Corbyn, of overseeing a massive surge in anti-Semitism within the party once considered the natural home of British Jewry.
Labour Against Antisemitism front man Euan Philipps said in a statement that a team of volunteers over the last two years "has systematically collected and detailed evidence of Labour Party members promoting antisemitic views and tropes across a range of social media platforms."
"This has all been reported to the party’s compliance team, in a format suggested by them and including a significant level of detail," he said.
Philipps said Labour took little effort to deal with the problem.
"Most distressing of all, reports containing the most appalling levels of racism have been given only the lightest reprimand," he contended. "The message again and again has been the same: we don’t care about this issue," Philipps said.
Nine politicians have quit the party over anti-Semitism in its ranks.
According to The Jewish Chronicle, over 85 percent of British Jews believe that Corbyn is an anti-Semite. He has called Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, and Hezbollah his friends, defended an anti-Semitic mural and laid flowers on the graves of Paleostinian terrorists. Corbyn has called to boycott Israel and applauded a speaker who called for its destruction.
[IsraelTimes] A Philadelphia city commission said Monday it’s investigating an event last month at which Moslem children were captured on video speaking in Arabic about beheadings and the liberation of Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site.
The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations launched a probe into the April 17 gathering at the Moslem American Society’s Philadelphia chapter. A video uploaded to the chapter’s Facebook page shows children moving to a revolutionary anthem often used by Islamist groups, with mentions of "deaders," "traitors" and violent rebellion. Two maiden of tender yearss read from a prepared text. One says, "We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted al-Aqsa Mosque."
The Moslem American Society took the video down ‐ calling the video "disturbing" and condemning the words used in it ‐ and said a school that rented space in the building was responsible for the program. It said the person in charge of the event had been dismissed.
The society also called the school, which it did not name, a "separate entity." But old Facebook posts that have since been taken down show that a school called MAS Leaders Academy operates at the Moslem American Society’s Philadelphia location. Moslem American Society officials did not return phone calls and email messages seeking comment Monday on the relationship between the Philadelphia chapter and the school.
"Unfortunately, the video from the school was uploaded to the chapter’s Facebook page without verifying the content of the video for appropriateness and making sure it conforms to our hate-free policy and values. The chapter will take further steps in assuring strict adherence to publishing and posting policies," according to a weekend statement from the society’s national headquarters.
The Moslem American Society also shares space with the al-Hidaya mosque, which serves a large number of Paleostinian immigrants colonists, according to Jacob Bender, executive director of the Council on Islamic American Relations’ Philadelphia chapter.
He said Monday that the mosque has asked the council to hold a "workshop on diversity and religious tolerance" to help "members of the immigrant Moslem community have a better understanding of Jewish sensitivities and anti-Semitism, so that events like this don’t repeat themselves."
Bender, who is Jewish, also said the incident "was not an example of radicalization," noting the mosque has good relations with Philadelphia city officials.
"This was a stupid decision by an untrained pedagogue and volunteer teacher," he said.
The city’s human relations commission, meanwhile, said it is gathering information about the April 17 "Ummah Day" event at the center of the controversy. The commission works to mediate conflict among groups, among other things.
"The city of Philadelphia condemns bigotry in all its forms," Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement Monday. "Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. For this moniker to ring true, all our brothers and sisters ‐ regardless of their background ‐ must feel safe and welcome. We are committed to working together with partners representing all our communities to make this happen."
Posted by: trailing wife ||
05/08/2019 00:00 ||
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Looking to caught and incarcerate the bastard who made it public?
[DAWN] A suspect tossed in the calaboose Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! by the law-enforcement agencies in connection with a recent shootout in Hayatabad Township has disclosed that the alleged Lions of Islam killed in the encounter belonged to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... Pakistain and had also planned to kill provincial ministers Shahram Tarakai and Atif Khan through a jacket wallah.
The disclosure was made by Yasir Shams in the confessional statement recorded with senior civil judge (judicial) Nasrullah Khan on May 4.
The suspect claimed that the alleged terrorists, including Tariq, Murad, Amjad, Irfan, Saeed and Feroze Shah, were known to him and were also involved in the attempt on the life of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. High Court judge Ayub Khan, who was critically injured in an attack in Hayatabad Township on Feb 28.
In the confessional statement, the suspect didn’t say that he was part of the TTP but insisted that he was aware of the activities of terrorists.
The alleged terrorists, including Murad, Tariq, Amjad and Feroze Shah, along with an Afghan citizen,
Imran Mohmand, were killed in the encounter, which began on the night of Apr 15 and ended the next day leaving a police officer and an army man martyred.
Suspect Saeed, who was reportedly arrested after the encounter injured, is in the police’s custody.
The suspect, a computer operator at a local company, claimed that he was present in a gathering a day before attack on Justice Ayub when Tariq, Amjad, Feroze Shah, Irfan and Saeed had finalised the liquidation plan.
He added that Saeed had been working on that plan for many months.
The suspect gave an interesting motive behind the attack on Justice Ayub claiming that the people wanted to kill the judge for acquitting Dr Shakil Afridi, who later went to the US, though the agency surgeon has never been acquitted and he continues to be behind bars.
The suspect said Tariq, Murad and Feroze Shah rode a cycle of violence carrying an automatic gun and pistols, whereas he (Yasir Shams) was in a car with the accused Irfan waiting at a distance from the place of attack.
He claimed that after firing at the vehicle of Justice Ayub, the three attackers approached them and Murad and Feroze Shah also boarded the car.
In the confessional statement, the suspect gave another interesting account of the botched attempt to kill Shahram Tarakai and Atif Khan.
"An event was organised by the ISF (Insaf Students Federation) of the PTI in Baghe Naran, where the PTI’s key leaders were invited. Amjad and Tariq had prepared an Afghan boy as a suicide bomber to target the event," he said.
The suspect said an explosive-laden cycle of violence was to be used by the suicide bomber for the terrorist activity but he met an accident on his way and thus, failing to reach the target.
"I and Saeed were walking around when we saw the suicide bomber with the cycle of violence," he said, adding that the bomber told them that he got scared after the cycle of violence hit a car.
"Those riding that car slapped the bomber after which he started pushing the cycle of violence instead of riding it and approaching the target," he said.
The suspect said the alleged Lions of Islam went to the Hayatabad Phase 7 house, which was destroyed by security forces after the encounter.
He said after reaching the house, the Lions of Islam abused each other.
The suspect said he repented his unlawful activities and sought forgiveness.
[DAWN] A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the counsel of Pir Afzal Qadri ‐ former leader of Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistain (TLP) who is currently facing a treason case ‐ to submit a detailed apology for incendiary remarks made by him during a protest against the Supreme Court's acquittal of Asia Bibi.
The fire brand holy man was booked under sedition and terrorism charges in Gujrat and taken into "protective custody" by the state during a crackdown in November 2018 after the TLP announced it would observe deaders’ day on Nov 25, 2018.
During today's hearing of a bail plea filed by Qadri and TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi ‐ whose earlier applications were rejected by an anti-terrorism court ‐ Justice Qasim Ali Khan directed his counsel, Hafeezur Rehman Chaudhry, to submit the attested apology letter by Wednesday.
On the onset of the hearing, the court rejected the counsel's plea to not highlight the apology letter and directed the counsel to read it out in the court. "He [Qadri] should have thought about it when he was using the mic," Justice Khan added.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/08/2019 00:00 ||
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[DAWN] Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts... ‐ whose six-week bail in the al-Azizia Steel Mills case expired on Tuesday ‐ reached Kot Lakhpat Jail a little after midnight on Wednesday after travelling to the prison as part of a convoy comprising hundreds of PML-N supporters and party leaders.
Nawaz had left his Jati Umra residence in Lahore for the jail with a procession of PML-N workers led by Maryam Nawaz around 8:30pm.
Although the PML-N supremo was meant to reach the prison before midnight, his motorcade progressed slowly due to the traffic jam caused by the supporters. He eventually reached the jail around 12:15am. A heavy contingent of police was deployed on the road adjoining the jail.
"Took us four hours to reach Kotlakhpat from Raiwind which is hardly 30 mins drive [...] Now at the entrance. Thank you Lahore," tweeted Maryam.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/08/2019 00:00 ||
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[Rudaw] Seven Swedish children, whose parents were members of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) and were killed in Syria, are on their way back to Sweden. They are currently in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region and have been united with their grandfather.
A delegation from Sweden traveled to northern Syria on May 7 where they met with the foreign relations department of the Kurdish administration, ANHA news first reported.
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Posted by: trailing wife ||
05/08/2019 00:00 ||
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The Russian S-400s Iraq is said to be negotiating to purchase might be the leading edge of Iran’s defense against Israeli bombers, but surely these things won’t attempt to face Israeli F35s.
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi military said on Tuesday that a new batch of South Korean KAI T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic advanced trainers and light combat aircraft will arrive in Iraq this month.
The Iraqi Air Force, in a statement released on Tuesday, announced that four T-50 trainer jets have been already shipped over from South Korea and will arrive in Iraq later this month.
The Iraqi army received in March 2017 the first batch of the South Korean combat aircraft.
The second shipment was delivered in May 2018.
In December 2013, Iraq signed a contract for 24 South Korean T-50 fighter jets, plus additional equipment and pilot training over the next 20 years.
The contract was initially estimated at $1.1 billion, but the manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) later put the figure beyond $2 billion.The KAI T-50 Golden Eagle’s maiden flight occurred in 2002.
The aircraft entered active service with the Republic of Korea Air Force in 2005.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Tuesday to meet with the Iraqi prime minister and other bigwigs, citing US concern over Iraqi illusory sovereignty due to increasing Iranian activity in the region.
Pompeo had been on his way to Germany where he was due to meet both 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 Moslems .. and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, but suddenly canceled the trip due to "pressing issues," the State Department initially said, without elaborating where he was going.
"I wanted to go to Baghdad to speak with the leadership there, to assure them that we stood ready to continue to ensure that Iraq is a sovereign, independent nation," Pompeo told news hounds.
IRAQ TO PROTECT US INTERESTS
Following the meetings, Pompeo said that Baghdad had promised to protect US interests, the French news agency AFP reported.
"We talked to them about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it's able to adequately protect Americans in their country," Pompeo said of his discussions with President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. "They both provided assurances that they understood that was their responsibility."
Pompeo said he made the trip to Iraq because Iranian forces are "escalating their activity" and the threat of attacks were "very specific."
"These were attacks that were imminent," Pompeo said without discussing the intelligence in detail.
"We wanted to let them know about the increased threat stream that we had seen and give them a little bit more background on that so they could ensure that they were doing all they could to provide protection for our team," he added.
After assuring #Iraq government the US stands ready to protect its sovereignty against #Iran, @SecPompeo departs Baghdad.
Many of the articles today are linked together. This trip links with the reports of Iran wanting to attack US troops in Iraq/Syria and sink the USS Teddy R.
That ties into the missile barrage back and forth between Israel and Gaza as Israel was supposed to be tied down and unable to work with the US. I would not be surprised to find out that NKor misbehavior and Venezuela situations are tied into it with some orchestra direction from the Kremlin.
The game is still in the early stages. Iran has been moving IRBMs to islands in the Persian Gulf and to Yemen in hopes of killing a carrier. The Houthis have also shelled a major southwestern Saudi port (Jazan? - sorry I forget) with IRBMs, and UAVs supplied by Iran.
The ____ is literally hitting the fan with regards to Iran.
Oh and the controlling clergy in Iran can't get the teaching clerics in Qom to agree with them so they are forming their own theological seminary to train the next generations of ruling clerics. (As compared to regular clerics.) Much murkiness is evident.
Besides the TR armada some Barksdale AFB B-52s are now moved to bases somewhere in the Gulf.
Someone needs to be broken into pieces so small they can’t be put back together again.
[IsraelTimes] Organization’s chief Ziad al-Nakhaleh says his group and Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, coordinated latest round of violence while in Egypt for truce talks.
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 Secretary-General Ziad al-Nakhaleh said Tuesday that he expected war with Israel in the coming months, and that his group and Hamas coordinated the outbreak of the most recent round of fighting.
"The last escalation was only a live fire drill in preparation for the major campaign that is coming," Nakhaleh said during an interview with the Hezbollah-linked al-Mayadeen news outlet, according to Hebrew media reports.
Nakhaleh said that Islamic Jihad and Hamas, a jihadist terror organization sworn to Israel’s destruction, decided to spark the last round of fighting with the Israel Defense Forces while the two groups were in Egypt to discuss a truce with Israel. Egypt has long acted as a broker between Israel and Paleostinian terror groups in Gazoo.
"We decided to fire at an IDF officer and a female soldier last Friday in cooperation with Hamas to respond to the killing of protesters at the March of Return," Nakhaleh said, according to Channel 13 news. "This was decided while we were in Cairo. The Egyptians didn’t like the fact that this happened while we were in Cairo. Myself and Yahya Sinwar decided to continue the escalation," he said, referring to Hamas’s Gazoo chief.
Between us and Hamas there is agreement on everything," Nakhaleh said.
Nakhaleh, who was named the Islamic Jihad chief in September 2018, also claimed that if the last outbreak had continued for a few more hours, "it would have been possible to bombard Tel Aviv."
The comments came less than 48 hours after the end of two days of intense fighting between Israel and Gazoo-based snuffies that saw nearly 700 rockets and mortars fired at Israel and four Israeli civilians killed.
In response to the onslaught, the Israel Defense Forces conducted over 300 strikes from the air and land, including a rare liquidation of a terrorist operative whom the IDF said funneled money from Iran to terror groups in the Strip.
Gazoo’s Hamas-run health ministry said 29 Paleostinians were killed by Israeli strikes, including two pregnant women and a baby. Israel said one of the women and the baby were killed in a failed rocket launch inside Gazoo and not as a result of IDF actions.
[Sri Lankan Guardian] The most sophisticated coordinated terror attack in the history of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday kills over 250 unarmed innocents while leaving hundreds more of people with life-changing wounds. This was the first assault on the nation by the Islamic Terrorism. The so-called Islamic State has taken the responsibility of the heinous crimes while local as well as foreign intelligence agencies warned further attack by the members of Islamic extremism.
Lawrence Sellin who is a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel with branch qualifications and assignments in Special Forces, Infantry, Chemical and Medical Services talked with Nilantha Ilangamuwa in an exclusive interview on prevailing threats by the extremists and Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka.
Col. Sellin served in Afghanistan and Iraq and participated in a humanitarian mission to West Africa. Sellin holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and received training in Arabic, Kurdish and French from the Defense Language Institute. He has a distinguished civilian career in medical research and international business after completing a Ph.D. in physiology.
Posted by: Besoeker ||
05/08/2019 01:13 ||
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The headline results from this particular Q and A:
Q. In your recent article about Jihad’s infiltration to South Asia, you have discussed Easter Sunday Bombings in Sri Lanka. That was paradigm shift in the Island nation. Do you think Sri Lanka’s War on Drugs caused this move of Islamic Extremists who are getting large funds out of selling drugs?
A. There is no doubt that Islamic extremists use drug trafficking and other criminal activities to support their violent operations. It is a means to an end. The Easter Sunday attack was ideological, not a response to Sri Lanka’s actions to prevent illicit drug sales. If anything, the bombings should motivate the Sri Lankan authorities to undertake greater efforts to block that source of terrorist financing.
Posted by: 3dc ||
05/08/2019 06:55 ||
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April 2017 report: "The unit responsible for conducting research and building a trigger for a nuclear weapon is called the Center for Research and Expansion of Technologies for Explosion and Impact (Markaz-e Tahghighat va Tose’e Fanavari-e Enfejar va Zarbeh), known by its Farsi acronym as METFAZ.
The director of this unit... has been working at the Defense Ministry since 1986 and is a high-explosive expert. At the same time, he is the chairman of the board of directors of the High-Explosive Society of Malek Ashtar University (affiliated with the Defense Ministry).
In September 2009, the NCRI revealed the existence of METFAZ as well as the location of its tests in the Khojir military district in eastern Tehran. The site is located in the Khojir military road leading to the Parchin military industrial site, and adjacent to Sanjarian Village. However, the most recent investigation reveals that METFAZ conducts its main activities in another location, which has thus far remained a secret and away from the IAEA."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.