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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Britain
UK Labour in turmoil over new anti-Semitism claims in BBC expose
[IsraelTimes] Party condemns documentary in which former staff members recount abuse they experienced; Jewish Labour Movement says it has received testimonies from dozens of others.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 01:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:


Caribbean-Latin America
Argentina To Designate Hezbollah As Terror Group - Report
[Jpost] According to La Nacion, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri asked his government to find the most rapid solution to include the Iranian‐backed group in the list of terror organizations.

Argentina
...a country located on the other side of the Deep South. It is covered with Pampers and inhabited by Grouchos, who dance the Tangle. They used to have some islands called the Malvinas located where the Falklands are now. They're not supposed to cry for Evita...
's government is planning on designating the Lebanese-based Hezbollah group as a terror organization for its role in the terror attacks against the Israeli embassy and the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentinian newspaper La Nacion reported on Tuesday.

"We are evaluating different possibilities. One of them is to pass a decree," sources in the Ministry of Security and the Financial Intelligence Unit told the newspaper. The two entities have been tasked by President Mauricio Macri to find the "most rapid" solution to achieve the goal of including the Iranian-backed group in the list of terror organizations.

"We do not have a majority in Parliament, and it would take too long to pass a law there," highly-placed sources in the Argentinian government explained to La Nacion.

July 18, 2019, will mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in the country's capital. The attack left 85 people killed and 300 injured.

The report added that on that day Macri would pay tribute to the victims with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is scheduled to visit the country next week.

Pompeo will participate in the Western Hemisphere Ministerial anti-terrorism summit that the government of Argentina will host commemorating the bombing on July 19.

The United States and Argentina already held a workshop on countering Hezbollah’s terrorist activities in the western hemisphere in Buenos Aires in June.

La Nacion highlighted that the move by Macri's government appears to be connected to the US official's visit. The paper called it a critical turn in Argentina's foreign politics.

The designation of Hezbollah as a terror group would imply enforcing political and financial restrictions on its members in the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Wow, thirty years after the fact the Argentine govt. makes a move. And you question the intellectual acumen of the Pope?
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 07/12/2019 14:26 Comments || Top||

#2  and in other news, Venezuela designates Hezbollah as Heroes of the Soviet of South America.
Posted by: Maggie Panda1419 || 07/12/2019 21:11 Comments || Top||


Europe
Half of Germans view Islam as a threat, says new study
[Jpost] The Bertelsmann Foundation released a study on Thursday revealing that every second German feels threatened by Islam. Dr. Yasemin El-Menouar, an Islam expert with Bertelsmann, wrote "Overall, about half of the respondents perceive Islam as a threat.

In East Germany, this proportion is even higher at 57% than in West Germany [50%]."

The new study surveyed 1,000 people. It was conducted by the foundation’s Religion Monitor department and the data was collected in the Spring of 2019. Only a third of those surveyed said Islam enriches German society. In contrast, a majority of Germans say Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism serve to enrich Germany.

El-Menouar suspects that the negative result for Islam is influenced by the perception that Islam is more of a political ideology and less of a religion. However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
the study also noted that "Only a minority of citizens show a clearly anti-Islamic view and demand, for example, to prevent the immigration of Moslems."

According to El-Menouar, "Although our study shows a widespread skepticism of Islam, but that is not necessarily synonymous with hostility toward [Moslems]. Many people have reservations about Islam, but that does not lead to political demands or anti-democratic views."
The demand, of course, would cause one to be chided as a racist neo-Nazi and be shunned by all right-thinking people, especially those among one’s friends and employers. But one does not welcome into one’s home those of whom one is afraid.
Deutsche Welle adds:
There are an estimated 5 million Muslims living in Germany, 1.5 million of them in the western and most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 00:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  the other half must be engaged in magical thinking or afraid to say what they think
Posted by: lord garth || 07/12/2019 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  "the hip bone's connected to the leg bone..."

?
Posted by: Lex || 07/12/2019 1:33 Comments || Top||

#3  So 2/3rds think they make the country worse but aren't prepared to say lets not import them into the country?!?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/12/2019 5:53 Comments || Top||

#4  More importantly, how many Germans are willing to vote conservative ?

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/12/2019 7:07 Comments || Top||

#5  What proportion of the survey were Muzzie colonists?

And what do you plan to do about it?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/12/2019 7:52 Comments || Top||

#6  ....meanwhile in Landstuhl.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/12/2019 7:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Nothing. The study was done by soft-islamists, from Washington DC. It was not a review in favor of public will, but for the benefit of muslim colonists.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/12/2019 7:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Ref #6: BERLIN — German authorities have charged three men with an attempted home invasion of a U.S. Army employee’s residence that was foiled by the American.

Zweibruecken prosecutors said Thursday that the three men, whose names weren’t released, were part of a group of four who attempted to force their way into the Landstuhl home in February.

They say the 41-year-old American fought off three robbers and forced them back outside, but a fourth pushed past him, ran upstairs to where his wife and three children were and attacked his wife.

Prosecutors say the man, a civilian employee of the U.S. Army’s Regional Health Command Europe, heard her screams, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the burglar twice in self-defence while fighting with him. The wounded intruder fled and later died.

The Associated Press

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/12/2019 8:00 Comments || Top||

#9  too bad he didn't have a gun, could have killed them all
Posted by: chris || 07/12/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#10  I hope it was the fourth that died gurgling blood. He was so daft he doesn't deserve to live. When all your backup has been pushed back, wtf are you rushing in for ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/12/2019 16:32 Comments || Top||

#11  The dead guy is a German.

2/13/2019 Army civilian in Landstuhl says he 'fought like hell' during home invasion that left one intruder dead

The wounded man died at the scene from blood loss related to puncture wounds, investigators said, citing an autopsy result. His 51-year-old brother was arrested and charged with attempted robbery. Both brothers are German nationals, the police said.
Posted by: Lemuel Ebbaique7959 || 07/12/2019 17:48 Comments || Top||

#12  The dead guy is a German.

German citizenship does not guarantee that the gentlemen in question have absorbed the culture. In fact, the fact that their citizenship was mentioned, but not their names or anything else about them except a few ages strongly suggests they are not native Germans. And also that if we were informed of their background, we would not be surprised by their unlawful actions.

I’m betting on Romanians in the Landstuhl break-in. There apparently had been a rash of break-ins and robberies in Landstuhl back when this attack occurred.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 19:19 Comments || Top||

#13  Landstuhl, Ramstein, and K-Town populations are widely diverse, have been for many years. And yes, many Russians, Turks, and Slavs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/12/2019 19:30 Comments || Top||

#14  Lemuel dear, you accidentally dropped the article title into the link box. You meant https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/army-civilian-in-landstuhl-says-he-fought-like-hell-during-home-invasion-that-left-one-intruder-dead-1.568452, I think.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 19:38 Comments || Top||


EU cites progress on Iran barter system to bypass US sanctions
[IsraelTimes] The Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union says it is making some progress on its controversial barter-type system to trade 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...
and get around US sanctions as part of its efforts to keep the nuclear deal alive.

EU foreign policy secretary general Helga Schmid says today that beyond the 10 EU nations that are already part of the system, "we now have 7 more member states that have announced they will either join the shareholders or use Instex," she says, referring to the barter system.

Schmid adds that "from consultations I had last week, I can share with you that more, also non-EU member states, will join."

Iran has breached the deal’s limitations in an attempt to get other nations to provide economic incentives to offset US sanctions. The Trump administration withdrew from the agreement last year.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  So, fine. Germany wants to be dependent on Putin's gas and Iran's oil, go for it. You cannot help stupid.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/12/2019 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Germany already is. Look who G Schroeder works for.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/12/2019 4:54 Comments || Top||


German Prosecutor: Rule of Law in Berlin ‘No Longer Functional’
[BREITBART] German prosecutor Ralph Knispel has claimed that courts in the German capital are so overburdened, they lack the capacity to carry out litigation against suspects.

In Berlin alone, there are an estimated 8,500 arrest warrants yet to be carried out, according to Knispel who said that the criminal scene in the city is "laughing at the justice system", German news magazine Focus reports.

Knispel made his claims on a German television programme, adding that lack of resources meant that things like DNA tests could take anywhere from two to three years to be analysed due to a lack of trained staff and resources.

Another problem is the number of judges in Berlin who will be retiring in the coming years. Knispel said that many lawyers fail the requirements to become judges and those who pass them often prefer to work in the private sector and earn more money.

The prosecutor highlighted the recent murder of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician Walter Lubcke who was shot to death by a man with alleged neo-Nazi
...adherents of a philosophy that was seen even at the time as pure evil, which makes them either consciously and purely evil, or attention-seeking ratbags. Pick one, or both....
ties, saying the suspect had slipped through the cracks of initial police scrutiny.

Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suspect the vast majority of crimes in Berlin aren't at the hands of those with 'alleged neo-Nazi ties'.
Posted by: Raj || 07/12/2019 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I suspect the criminals were overwhelmingly "danke merkel" gimmigrants.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/12/2019 2:56 Comments || Top||

#3  My guess as well BP, and piss-poor at darts.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/12/2019 2:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Well then, you are no longer legitimate as a government.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/12/2019 16:37 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
On the off chance that anyone still thought NATO meant anything…
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Posted by: 3dc || 07/12/2019 10:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Nope, No one thought that.
Posted by: Punky Whearong9449 || 07/12/2019 12:31 Comments || Top||

#2  NATO needs to be ended.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/12/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Mark Milley reminds me of my drunken uncle who offered to shoot an apple off my head with a foryt-five.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 07/12/2019 14:24 Comments || Top||

#4  " Hic...I'll shoot your uncle off your head with a shot gun slug...Hic. "
Posted by: Snavimble Bucket1794 || 07/12/2019 17:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Turkey needs to be released from NATO, certainly. America needs to seriously consider whether to remain if the other countries do not quickly start supporting the military spending long obligated by treaty — and equally long rudely ignored. After all, if they will not do as they promised, the entire thing is null and void
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 19:55 Comments || Top||


European Union says it will consider more restrictive measures if Turkey continues its ‘illegal’ drilling in the east Mediterranean
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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  A strongly worded letter in the offing.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/12/2019 0:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Turkey can tell the EUSSR to frack off.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/12/2019 4:56 Comments || Top||

#3  "illegal" = "we don't like it"
Posted by: Gruns Phineling2490 || 07/12/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel said to quietly increase Gaza work permits as part of unofficial truce
[IsraelTimes] Gazoo trade chief, Israeli official say quota for business permits increased from 3,000 to 5,000, but PA official and NGO claim that change isn’t recent.

Israel in recent days has nearly doubled the number of permits granted to Paleostinian workers from the Gaza Strip, one of the apparent concessions laid out in an unofficial ceasefire that is maintaining a tenuous calm along the border.

The head of the Gaza Chamber of Commerce Maher Tabaa told the Saudi-owned al-Quds al-Arabi daily last weekend that Israel has increased the quota for "trader" permits from 3,000 to 5,000, and lowered the minimum age for entering Israel from 30 to 25.


He said the move was done quietly by Israel in coordination with Gaza’s Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", rulers in the wake of the truce mediated by Egypt, 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...
and the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
following a two-day flareup in May.

Trader permits are not typical work permits ‐ they are designed for businessmen traveling in and out of the West Bank and Gaza. But Tabaa and others said the majority of the new permits were going to manual laborers. The Haaretz daily reported that hundreds of young men crossed into Israel on Monday in attire that suggest they were laborers.

An Israeli official confirmed the increased quota to The Times of Israel on Wednesday, but insisted the permits were not being granted to laborers.

However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
Saleh al-Ziq, a senior Gaza-based official in the PA Civil Affairs Commission, said that the quota had not recently been changed. He said it has been at 5,000 for the past few years and that Israel started to allow people without "long histories in business" to apply for permits in 2018. Since then, he said the number of permits granted to Paleostinian traders has increased. He said today there are some 4,000 permits in the hands of Gazooks traders.

Similar to the Israeli official, he also denied that workers were entering Gaza with trader permits. But he said Paleostinians in Gaza need tens of thousands of work permits to effectively improve the Paleostinian economy.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli NGO Gisha similarly said the 5,000 permit quota had been introduced after Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and has never been filled. She said that as of today 3,227 Gazooks hold trader permits.

Late last month, Israel and Hamas rulers reached a new ceasefire agreement in which Paleostinian terror groups halted rocket fire into Israel in exchange for Israeli measures to improve living conditions in the blockaded enclave.

Israel has since restored fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant and expanded the permitted fishing zone off the enclave’s coast, easing some recent restrictions.

Since the truce went into effect, there has been a marked drop in the number of violent border protests and airborne arson attacks, though they have not stopped completely.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 01:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Egyptian intelligence officials meet Fatah leaders in Ramallah
[Jpost]
Not even pretending that the PLO or the Palestinian Authority matter, the two sides pointlessly mimed discussing how to end the ongoing dispute between Fatah and Hamas and the financial crisis in the PA.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 00:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Fatah


Southeast Asia
IDF troops Train Philippine Counterparts In Counterterror Tactics
[Jpost] The troops trained by the IDF delegation were in the Philippine’s special units including the Special Forces, First Scout Rangers, and Light Reaction regiments, as well as troops from the 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th Infantry Divisions.

Philippine army chief Lt.-Gen. Macairog Alberto was quoted by local media as saying that the Counter-Terrorism Training was part of a program to hone and improve the anti-terror skills of its troops.

Alberto was quoted by PhilipineStar news site as saying that the collaboration with the IDF and other armies in addressing terror is necessary after the siege of Marawi on the island of Mindanao in 2017.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Mossad Led IAEA To Radioactive Material At Iran Site, Proving It Broke Deal - Report
[Jpost] The IAEA has found signs of radioactive material which would violate the 2015 nuclear deal at an Iranian nuclear site identified to the agency by Israeli intelligence, Channel 13 reported late Thursday.

According to Channel 13, top Israeli sources revealed to it that the IAEA is sitting on the information and has avoided making it public to date.

In April, Rooters reported that the IAEA had finally visited the secret Iranian nuclear site at Turquzabad revealed in a September 2018 UN speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Britain’s claim regarding Tehran’s attempt to detain a British oil tanker is worthless
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Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Zarif talks about exchanging detained oil tanker with jailed dual national
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he has received no proposal to exchange a British-Iranian prisoner in Tehran, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with Iran's detained oil tanker in Gibraltar.

Zarif called the seizure of the oil tanker an act of piracy, while adding that he has received no offer from the UK government to release the oil tanker Grace 1 against freeing Ratcliffe who has been in jail since 2016 no particular reason.

Zarif's comment could be his own way of signalling to Britannia that 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...
would be open to such an exchange. On several occasions in the past Iran has exchanged foreigners it was holding on trumped up charges for recovering money or financial assets.

In recent days, there have been rumors on the Persian social media about such an exchange involving Zagheri-Ratcliffe.

Grace 1 was detained in Gibraltar on July 4 for violating EU sanctions against Syria, while reportedly carrying Iranian oil to a refinery under the control of Bashir al-Assad.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in Iran at the end of a visit to see her family in April 2016. The Iranian Judiciary has accused her of espionage but has not presented evidence for the charge.

Recently, Zaghari's husband staged a sit-in near the Iranian Embassy
...You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy!...
in London while the couple were on hunger strike for two weeks in protest to her unfair detention.

Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran



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  Egyptian Court Convicts Al-Azhar Professor, Others For Spying For Iran
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  Hafiz Multan, Taliban’s deputy Red Unit commander killed in Kandahar
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