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Gunmen raid Burkina Faso church, kill four
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UN expresses grave concern about accounts of Taliban ill-treatment of detainees
[KhaamaPress] The United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed grave concern about credible accounts of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
subjecting detainees to ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, as well as serious allegations that some detainees were killed.
"Tut tut. This will not do"
UNAMA released its preliminary findings earlier today regarding the ill-treatment of detainees by Taliban.

According to a statement released by UNAMA, the preliminary findings of the mission are based on interviews conducted with 13 prisoners who were released from Taliban prison late last month.

"They provided consistent accounts of the poor conditions in which they were held and credible claims of ill-treatment and torture, as well as the murder of civilians and security personnel. Multiple detainees reported the murder of at least 11 others by the Taliban," UNAMA said.

According to UNAMA, the group of 53 detainees freed from the Taliban-run facility known as Kalatak, located in the village of Shira in the Khas-Uruzgan district of Uruzgan, included 45 members of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces and eight civilians, including three civilian government officials. Most of the detainees had been held since 2018, with three held since 2016.

"All those released reported being shackled permanently. Some had scars on their ankles," UNAMA said, adding that all but one of the detainees interviewed by UNAMA reported being beaten.

UNAMA also added that some detainees reported that during the beatings the Taliban demanded they provide information or confess to specific acts.

The remainder of the detainees said the beatings were punishment for what they were told was supporting the government, working with Americans or fighting the Taliban.

All detainees reported being held incommunicado and underground in five overcrowded rooms. Detainees said that for a minimum of seven hours a day they were forced to labour, including making improvised bombs, contrary to international humanitarian law.

The detainees have also told UNAMA that they were held in sub-zero temperatures during winter and were fed beans and bread twice a day, with no medical aid apart from some painkillers and antiseptics for wounds.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

The Conservative Party has won three seats. With 9% of the vote

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A lesson, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 10:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Brexit party cleaned hous on the "Conservative" pary of May and the other Euro-swamp obstructioninsts.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 05/27/2019 16:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Time to try to sell another do over
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 16:14 Comments || Top||

German business with Iran down sharply as US sanctions bite
[Ynet] A German business group says German companies' trade with Iran has declined sharply as the United States turns up the economic heat on Tehran.

Treier said that, of 120 German companies that were active in Iran, only 60 are still in the country. He said that "the U.S. sanctions affect economic relations like a full embargo because the financial sector is affected."
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Good. Get it down to 0.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 05/27/2019 14:25 Comments || Top||

Afghans deported from Germany face violence, other perils
[DW] Since 2016, Germany has deported about 600 Afghans whose applications for asylum were rejected. When they land, they are given €150 and left to fend for themselves. Observers say this practice is irresponsible.
"Obervers" can eat a Bag 'O Dicks
In May alone, there have been numerous murders, incidents of violence and terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. According to a UN report, 561 non-combatants were killed from January to March 2019. And Germany's Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for Afghanistan, reporting that "staying in most parts of the country remains dangerous."

Despite these facts, Germany recently deported 26 more people to Afghanistan. Since December 2016, almost 600 people have been sent to the country in a total of 24 repatriation flights. Authorities have even used physical force to deport people.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Le Pen beats Macron in France as nationalists gain in EU vote
[REUTERS] Marine Le Pen’s far-right party edged just ahead of the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron in exit polls as French voters led what pollsters expected to be a nationalist surge in an EU parliament election on Sunday.

The defeat was narrow - just one seat - but a bitter one for those who hope the French leader can inspire Europeans to embrace the Union as an answer rather than part of the problem in the face of what for many is nerve-wracking social change.

today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
a first official projection of all 751 seats by the European Parliament indicated that losses for the pro-EU center may have been no worse than expected, with the Greens and liberals also gaining at the expense of the center-right and center-left.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

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Texas Senate approves bill allowing Texans to carry guns for week after natural disasters: report
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2019 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  something tells me that texans don't need your law too allow them too do that
Posted by: chris || 05/27/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  This guy has been a problem lately, so we'll see how far this frankly wise piece of legislation goes...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Every time a tropical disturbance starts spinning up towards the upper Texas coast my first disaster prep is to inventory the ammunition. Haven't had any looting on my block for 36 years.
Posted by: BrujoTejano || 05/27/2019 13:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Like I was waiting for their permission.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/27/2019 14:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Note: these are State declared disasters.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2019 18:43 Comments || Top||

#6  @#2: Bonnen is Joe Straus’s mini me, RINO piece of filth. How he got elected to be Speaker I’ll never know. He needs to be gone.
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Clavith3514 || 05/27/2019 19:09 Comments || Top||

CAIR Report Claims Jewish Funders Supporting 'Islamophobia Network'
The softish jihad of Alinskyite tactics.
[Jpost] The report, "Hijacked by Hate," claims that more than 1,096 mainstream foundations funded 39 groups in what it calls the "Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
Network" between 2014 and 2016.

A new report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  I don't like the word islamaphobia. We're npt scared of you, we just don't like you.
Posted by: chris || 05/27/2019 4:49 Comments || Top||

#2  There's no such thing as islamophobia. Although islamophilia has been witnessed among some pitifully naive people.

You can't fear islam. You can either hate it, like it or be indifferent to it.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/27/2019 8:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Phobia is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of something. Fear of Islam is neither extreme or irrational.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/27/2019 11:06 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 05/27/2019 14:07 Comments || Top||

#5  You don't fear shit, you flush it.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2019 16:16 Comments || Top||

#6  A bright green camellia! The Knights
Protect all Islamophiles' rights,
Distributing passes
From camels and asses
They ride on their heavenward flights!
Posted by: Wholing Bonaparte6194 || 05/27/2019 17:33 Comments || Top||

#7  The Jews aren't conducting terrorist attacks all over the world, so I'm fine with them. You, not so much.
Posted by: Regular joe || 05/27/2019 17:44 Comments || Top||

Ulema pledge support to anti-polio campaign
[DAWN] Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Saturday appealed to holy mans belonging to various schools of thought to provide all-out support to making the anti-polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
campaign successful.

The holy mans, who called on the chief minister at his office, announced their complete cooperation for the anti-polio campaign and resolved to work effectively to eliminate polio.

The chief minister said the presence of polio in Pakistain was a matter of concern and that the whole world had become polio-free, but the disease still existed in Pakistain and Afghanistan.

Stressing the role of holy mans in the anti-polio campaign, he said they had always played an effective role in the protection of social and moral values. Now, he said, children needed the holy mans to make the anti-polio campaign successful and eliminate the fatal disease. A detailed meeting with the holy mans will be held after Eidul Fitr, the chief minister added.

Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Shit.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/27/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Polio suits them nicely. Maybe we could hook them up with some small pox too.
Posted by: jpal || 05/27/2019 13:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like Seattle
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2019 16:12 Comments || Top||

Iraq stands by Iran, will not support US military action: Iraqi FM
[al masdar news] Iraq stands by Iran, will not support US military action: Iraqi FM

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim said that Baghdad rejects the unilateral measures taken by the US.

He said that Iraq stands with its neighbour Iran and will act as an intermediary between both parties, adding that Baghdad does not believe an “economic blockade” is fruitful.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districts
[Rudaw] For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he tells them he can only sell if they pay in Iraqi currency. They often walk out, disappointed.

Hussein and many other shop owners in Baghdad’s northern Shiite holy neighborhood of Kadhimiya have seen sales drop sharply over the past year since President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
began re-imposing sanctions on Iran, home to the largest number of Shiite Moslems around the world.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Arab Report: Ex-IDF Officer Admits 2015 Assassination Of Terrorist Kuntar
Or not, as the case may be. But the gentleman in question is most unquestionably dead, which is what matters.
[Jpost] Was Israel responsible for the liquidation of Samir Kuntar, a Lebanese terrorist who belonged to the Paleostine Liberation Front?
The PLF was a precursor to the secular Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
The London-based Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat claimed Sunday that a former Israeli army officer, Marco Morno, confirmed that Israel assassinated Kuntar in 2015 with "two planes that bombed a building with four long-range missiles after receiving information from ’one of the leaders of the Syrian opposition faction.’"

Kuntar murdered three Israelis in 1979, a 28-year-old man, his 4-year-old daughter, and an Israeli policeman. The man’s 2-year-old daughter suffocated as her mother tried to quiet her crying.

The terrorist spent nearly 30 years in Israeli prisons and was released in exchange for the bodies of two IDF soldiers killed by Hezbollah in 2008. On his release, he returned to Leb and joined Hezbollah, becoming a prominent member.
Did he get religion in Israel’s prisons, or did he, like so many, join the jihad in whichever organization would provide him the greatest latitude to exercise his skillz?
At the time of Kuntar’s death, Israel did not claim responsibility, though according to Asharq al-Awsat , the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has previously said that Kuntar was the target of various failed Israeli liquidation attempts in Syria.

Morno reportedly told an Israeli news site about the liquidation, which he said he could share under military censorship.

The IDF has not responded to the report and it remains unclear if the operation was in fact carried out by Israel or the Syrian opposition.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Yeah, so?

The PLF was a precursor to the secular Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2019 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  The Free Syrian Army has released a video clip claiming responsibility for killing Kuntar and accusing Hezbollah of blaming Israel for propaganda purposes.
Posted by: BernardZ || 05/27/2019 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Did they indeed, BernardZ. How delightful! You wouldn’t possibly have a link to share on the subject?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 15:52 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2019 19:11 Comments || Top||

#6  That works for me — thank you, Skidmark. Also from your second link:

The FSA vowed Monday in its statement to Arab media that it would also target other Hezbollah fighters in future attacks, the Lebanon-based Daily Star reported.

Turkey’s proxy vs Iran’s proxy? Go for it, guys, while we cheer from the sidelines for both sides to lose big.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2019 20:55 Comments || Top||

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  Gunmen raid Burkina Faso church, kill four
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