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-Land of the Free
New Jersey moves to divest from Ben and Jerry’s, parent firm over settlement ban
[IsraelTimes] State gives Unilever CEO 90 days to change course after review reaches preliminary conclusion company breached anti-BDS laws
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2021 01:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fine, but why just play whack-a-mole? How bout you pass some laws that say "We don't invest in any business that gets away from its knitting." States' pension funds and wealth funds are totally made up of taxpayer dollars and should not be invested in any entity that makes political statements without the approval of all the shareholders.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:33 Comments || Top||

#2 
As we grow closer to the 2022 election...
The BLOM, ANTI-FArt, Democrats and Socialists that make up the Socialcrats. Understand they need the Jewish vote.

Therefore, they are toning down their Anti-Semitic position and even acting like they care again until after the elections.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/15/2021 11:35 Comments || Top||

#3  And the suckers will fall for it bigtime.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 11:39 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
Crime soars in Minneapolis as cops fear being unfairly targeted in woke viral videos
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Proactive policing in Minneapolis plunged dramatically following the murder of George Floyd last year, even as violent mostly peaceful crime soared, a new analysis reveals as the city prepares to vote on a ballot initiative to abolish the police department.

In the year following Floyd's death, traffic stops in Minneapolis plunged 74 percent, patrols of known problem areas were down 76 percent, and stops of suspicious people plunged 75 percent, according to a Rooters investigation.

Confidential police sources said that part of the slowdown was due to a staffing shortage amid an exodus from the department, but that much of the reduction in policing was due to a fear of being caught up in an incident that could go viral in a climate of anti-cop sentiment.

One officer said that some Minneapolis cops even deliberately take a longer route than necessary to respond to 911 calls, in the hope that whatever the emergency is, it will be resolved by the time they arrive.

In April, the average police response time to priority 911 calls was 40 percent longer than it had been a year earlier, Rooters found.

With fewer police stops, cops have fewer chances to recover illegal drugs and guns, and violent mostly peaceful crime has soared, with the murder rate in Minneapolis on pace to hit a 20-year high. Some residents now call the city a 'gangster's paradise'.

Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  The chaos is all part of the plan. The left needs to create human misery in large amounts. Otherwise, who's going to want a revolution? People won't have shitty lives on their own so the left needs to step in and make it happen.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/15/2021 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  ^Why would a ruling class promote revolution?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2021 2:44 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Why would a ruling class promote revolution?

They don't want revolution. They want "revolution" - a pale imitation of the real thing, that leads to Great Society 3.0. Revolution means mass graves. Great Society 3.0 means all kinds of set-asides for tailor-made NGO's their spouses can have a hand in. At the rate this is going, we might have Asians, blacks and Hispanics voting overwhelmingly Republican just to get police protection. White libs don't care - they don't live in places that require police protection. I'm hoping that murder rates get back to where they were in the early 90's. Where this kind of thing is concerned, the worse, the better.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 09/15/2021 3:03 Comments || Top||

#4  #3 ^Why would a ruling class promote revolution?

They don't want revolution. They want "revolution" - a pale imitation of the real thing, that leads to Great Society 3.0.

Correct. This is what's known as a "revolution from above" -- a permanent consolidation of power by a combination of extra-legal and legal means.

"Great Society 3.0" has a distinctly Woke, post-COVID flavor. This time, the focus is not on government spending programs aimed at ghetto recipients but on massive giveaways aimed at creating a permanent, central role for the state in everyone's life:
- UBI
- selective law enforcement / end of equal protection
- the crippling of law enforcement everywhere
- institutionalized voting fraud and manipulation of outcomes via absentee balloting shenanigans that are now standard in every urban area and most blue states
- politicization of the US military at all levels
- maoist "struggle sessions" & political re-education efforts led by race-hucksters
Posted by: Glager Henbane4118 || 09/15/2021 6:01 Comments || Top||

#5  ^The next few years are going to be bad.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2021 6:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Three certainties:

1) This country will fragment into two separate communities with separate cultural and informational realities -- the Woke people (maybe 30-35% of total US) and the normies and their sympathizers (65-70%)

2) Woke US will continue to rule the "commanding heights" of the federal administrative state, top brass in the Pentagon, the intelligence community, Big Tech and the Fortune 500's leadership ranks, the media, entertainment and academe

1) + 2) = the fragmentation / separation is not going to happen peacefully.

There will be bloodshed.

The only Q now is which state will fulfill the Bleeding Kansas role. My money is on a formerly-normal, liberararian-leading mountain state near the border where the Wokesters are trying desperately to take over -- likely AZ or CO
Posted by: Lampedusa Flaiting3493 || 09/15/2021 6:20 Comments || Top||

#7  It's not ruling class, it's elite replacement.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/15/2021 6:49 Comments || Top||

#8 

Sounds like a viable working plan.
Why get blamed for doing the job.
Just let WOKE continue killing the WOKEN until they WAKE-UP to the fact that they are 98% of the problem.

Not the Police.


Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/15/2021 8:13 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Taliban leaders DID have huge ‘hawks v doves' bust-up at the Presidential palace before deputy PM Baradar fled to Kandahar, sources in the group reveal – but insist he was NOT shot dead
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Row erupted between Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani, the minister for refugees and group's co-founder Baradar Akhund

  • The deputy PM was reportedly unhappy about structure of interim government

  • It follows Taliban being forced to deny rumours that the deputy leader is dead in a shootout at the presidential palace

  • The group insisted he is actually in Kandahar, meeting with their supreme leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 05:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  but insist he was NOT shot dead

"...Nah, just winged 'im. Nothin' personal, just business."

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/15/2021 6:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, it's like "Black Lives Only Matter." He made the mistake of saying "Kill them all, but not, you know, all-all..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:58 Comments || Top||


#4  No problem. The Pentagon is counting on being sent back in to prop up the "good Taliban."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 9:25 Comments || Top||


Kabul Airport Employees, Including Women, Return to Work
[ToloNews] Kabul International Airport security employees, including women employees, have returned to their jobs, the employees said on Monday.

The employees said the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
asked them to resume their jobs. They said the operations at the airport are returning to normal.

Lida, one of the 100 female security employees at the airport, said she is happy to return to her job after more than two weeks of staying at home.

"We were about to get a salary but then the Taliban came and we did not receive our salaries. Now we are working for free," she said.

"We are happy that they asked us to resume our work. We want the government to pay us a salary from now on," said Zahra Amiri, an employee at the airport.

The border police who used to guard the airport have also returned to their jobs. They, however, refused to talk on camera.

Some security employees at the airport who used to work for a separate company said the Taliban also asked them to return to their jobs. They said now they belong to the civil aviation authority.

"In fact, we are the employees of the civil aviation authority. The civil aviation authority employees also come here every day," said Noorullah Omarzoy, an employee at the airport.

"Now we do not know to which department we belong. If we say that we belong to the company, we are not. We may belong to the civil authority, and we hope the authority fulfills the promises it has made to us," said Shabir Ahmad Khpolwak, an employee at the airport.

Following the fall of the former government on August 15, most babus government employees have not returned to their jobs.

A number of residents say the Taliban should ask the former babus government employees to return to their jobs and carry on with their duties because they are skilled enough and know the systems.

Amina Haqparast, a civil society activist, pointing to the professionalism and skills of the former babus government employees, said: "The educated and experienced individuals that we had in the former government should be used in this government too and their role should not be ignored," she said.

Despite several attempts, TOLOnews was unable to obtain the Taliban’s comment regarding the return of airport employees.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2021 00:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA


153 Afghan Media Outlets Cease Operating in Less Than 1 Month
[KhaamaPress] Organizations supporting free media in Afghanistan said on Monday that since the fall of the former government in mid-August, 153 media outlets have stopped activity in 20 provinces.

According to officials at the organizations, these outlets include radio, print and TV channels, and both economic problems and restrictions are reportedly the main reasons.

The officials said that if the media’s financial crisis is not solved and restrictions against them are not addressed, more outlets are likely to cease operating in the country.

"If the organizations supporting media do not pay attention to media outlets, soon we will witness the closing of the remaining outlets in the country," said Hujatullah Mujadadi, the deputy head of the Afghanistan Federation of Journalists.

"The continuation of this trend has created concerns. We urge the international organizations to take immediate action to address this problem. Otherwise, soon it will be the end of press freedom and other human and civil liberties," said Masroor Lutfi, representative of the Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union.

Officials from the media outlets that have ceased operating confirmed that due to economic problems and restrictions they were not able to operate anymore.

Milma Radio, stationed in Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
, is one of the outlets that recently stopped its activities. The radio was established in 2011 and covered political, cultural, economic and sports stories.

"Due to an inappropriate working environment and economic problems, we stopped our activities," said Yaqob Khan Manzoor, editor-in-chief of the radio.

According to Manzoor, Milma Radio had 35 employees with an outreach to 13 provinces. Now all of the former employees are jobless.

Jamaluddin Elham, a former news hound at the radio, said: "Unfortunately, due to economic problems our radio station has ceased operating."

"The radio station stopped its activities due to economic shortcomings, and we lost our jobs," said Mohammad Ikram Shahab, a news hound.

The organizations supporting free media in Afghanistan say economic problems are serious, and operating under restrictions creates big challenges for media.

The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, however, has said they will try to create safe environment for media and journalists to continue their jobs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2021 00:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  Can we do that here?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 8:21 Comments || Top||

#2  More like all of those "journalists" will come here and dumb ideas written up really badly will become an even bigger plague on our house.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  beat me to it skid
Posted by: Chris || 09/15/2021 10:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Come on, how many 'outlets' does the UniParty need? Its redundant and wasteful.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/15/2021 13:19 Comments || Top||


Intl Community Pledges $1 Billion for Afghanistan
These people are nuts.
[ToloNews] The international community at the UN meeting in Geneva on Monday, which was attended by more than 90 states, pledged over $1 billion in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, said UN Secretary General António Guterres
...Portuguese politician and diplomat, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. He was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and was the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He served as President of the Socialist International from 1999 to 2005. In both a 2012 and 2014 poll, the Portuguese public ranked him as the best Prime Minister of the previous 30 years...
"This conference has fully met my expectations. There are 156 participants, including 90+ States. This shows how crucial Afghanistan is for the international community. More than 1 billion USD has been pledged," he said.

The meeting was held at the request of Guterres to provide humanitarian aid for the people of Afghanistan.

The meeting was joined by representatives of many countries and international non-governmental organizations, both physically and virtually.

Guterres at the meeting urged the participants to pledge support for the people of Afghanistan. "The people of Afghanistan need a lifeline. After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they face perhaps their most perilous hour. Now is the time for the international community to stand with them." He spoke.

Guterres said the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, traveled to Kabul last week and met with the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
leadership and the Taliban have said they will cooperate in delivering assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

"The de facto authorities pledged — in person and in a follow-up letter to Under-Secretary General Griffiths — that they will cooperate to ensure assistance is delivered to the people of Afghanistan," Guterres said.

Guterres entreated the participants to provide $606 million to provide urgent assistance to 11 million people in need in Afghanistan, saying that the UN is providing $20 million. "Today we are announcing a $20 million allocation from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund to support the humanitarian operation in Afghanistan," he added.

He also said the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) has established an airbridge from Pakistain to Afghanistan and is transporting assistance to Afghanistan.

He also called on the international community to protect the progress made in the last two decades in Afghanistan.

The meeting participants also called for the preservation of the achievements made in the past two decades, especially for the rights of women, girls and minorities, and for women and girls' access to education and work. They also called on the Taliban to respect humanitarian laws.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said "the Taliban has to respect basic human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
," and that his country pledges five million euros to provide humanitarian support to Afghanistan.

Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, meanwhile raised the UK’s concern over regional instability and said his country will provide aid to Afghanistan via aid organizations. "We will not give aid directly to the Taliban," he said.

The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thompson-Greenfield, speaking virtually at the meeting, called on the Taliban to uphold the commitments they have made to the United States and the international community. She said the United States continues to provide aid to the people of Afghanistan. She pledged $64 million in new humanitarian assistance, and will assess the on-the-ground situation and consider future assistance, she said.

Sofía Sprechmann Sineiro, secretary-general of CARE International, meanwhile said NGOs can handle delivering aid in complex situations and called for resources and diversity in aid delivery and the participation of Afghan women in the process.
Other participants also said things, none of which is in the least bit interesting.
Khaama Press adds:
Among the countries, UK pledged over 200 million pounds, the US pledged USD$64 million, Japan USD$200 million, La Belle France 100 million euros, Germany 5 million euros, and UN $20 million.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2021 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  Losers pay tribute.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2021 2:19 Comments || Top||



Qatar warns it will not take responsibility for Kabul airport without “clear” agreements with all involved, including the Taliban
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  An airport is just a big over-paved field if other nations won't let flights from there land at their airports or cross their airspace.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  If Qatar takes operations over at the Kabul airport, it would be a fine place to stay far away from.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/15/2021 20:46 Comments || Top||


Afghan women share images of themselves dressed in Afghanistan's bright and colorful national attire
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

No wonder they wear potato sacks.
Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  I think they look charming. Yes, their mustaches won't come in for a few years yet, but I really do dig girls who dress like girls.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:55 Comments || Top||

#2  What country are they posing in? I'll bet it's not Afghanistan.
Posted by: Tom || 09/15/2021 16:08 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Four people sentenced to death over 2013 police station attack in Upper Egypt
The article does not say that these are final sentences after all appeals and reviews have been exhausted, so I assume this is yet another interim step in the very thorough Hell that is the Egyptian court system.
[AlAhram] A Minya Criminal court has sentenced four people to death by hanging and 22 others to life in prison for raiding and torching a cop shoppe, which resulted in the death of two coppers, in August 2013 in Samalut, Minya.

The criminal court has also sentenced 20 defendants to 15 years in prison and 15 others to 10 years. It also acquitted one defendant in the case.

Ten defendants were dismissed from the trial as they were granted a presidential pardon in June 2018.

The case dates back to August 2013, when a wave of violence was perpetrated by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi across the country.

The violence, which broke out after police dispersed two large pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza, involved attacks on cop shoppes and churches that left 686 dead, including 64 members of the police, according to Egypt’s National Council of Human Rights.

All the defendants in the case have also been ordered to pay over EGP 22 million as compensation for the buildings that were destroyed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2021 00:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Can we do this in Seattle and Portland?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 16:19 Comments || Top||


Haftar-Saleh Meet President El-Sisi in Cairo
[LIBYAREVIEW] On Monday, Egyptian President, Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi received Libyan Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh, and Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal 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. Actually, he is, but slowly...
. They held a meeting attended by the Head of the Egyptian General Intelligence, Major General Abbas Kamel.
Spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency, Bassam Radi said that they discussed the latest developments in Libya. As well as the distinguished relationship between the two neighbours.

The meeting confirmed that the stability of Libya at the political and security levels, is a part of Egypt’s national security.

President El-Sisi welcomed the Libyan leaders, and praised their efforts to restore security and stability, and preserve illusory sovereignty and unity.

He affirmed that Egypt will continue to coordinate with all Libyan parties during the coming period. As well as confirming Egypt’s support to ensure the unity and cohesion of Libya’s national institutions, and that the December general elections take place as scheduled.

The President reiterated his rejection of foreign interference in the country, which "aims to implement its own agendas at the expense of the Libyan people." He stressed the importance of withdrawing all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libyan territory.

In turn, the two Libyan officials expressed their appreciation for Egypt’s role in Libya. They praised the Egyptian contribution to the unification of the LNA, and welcomed Egyptian expertise in benefitting Libya.

Haftar and Saleh confirmed their keenness to strengthen the security track, by having all foreign forces withdraw from Libya. This would "enable security institutions to carry out their responsibilities, and contribute to restoring security and stability throughout the country.


Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


French Foreign Ministry: our military will leave Mali due to the appearance of Russian PMCs
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] France will withdraw its military contingents from Mali if Russian private military companies (PMCs) appear there, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on September 14 during his speech in parliament.

“This is completely incompatible with our military presence,” Le Drian said, commenting on the prospects for an agreement between the Malian authorities and the Russian PMC, known by the unofficial nickname “Wagner”.

"The actions of a group of this kind in Mali would be incompatible with the actions of international partners in Mali," Le Drian said.

In turn, French Defense Minister Florence Parley called the presence of Russian PMCs in Mali "extremely alarming and contradictory."

Recall that the French media claim that the Malian authorities are discussing the terms of an agreement with the Russian PMC, within the framework of which the training and education of Malian military personnel, as well as the protection of the country's leadership, will be carried out.

Posted by: badanov || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seems like an intelligent choice. Laissez-vous et Ivan vous battre.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Gotta protect their racket in their former colony. Like a mafia boss preventing a rival gang from intruding on his turf.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/15/2021 9:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Practically from the moment of its independence Mali has been involved in the trafficking of narcotics. Given there are few ways to make a buck in that misbegotten example of a failed state, it is likely the Ruskies will soon dip their beak.
Posted by: Bertie Crains2651 || 09/15/2021 10:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Behold French common sense and pragmatism. Perhaps they could send a few kilos of common sense and pragmatism along with the next shipment of foie gras to the White House. Afri solutions vir Afri probleme? How innovative.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 10:22 Comments || Top||

#5  There's a lot to look up to about the French. It gets lost in the "Freedom Fries" shuffle.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Balzac and Proust did not publish picture books. That alone gets my admiration.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:33 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ Indeed !
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 10:34 Comments || Top||

#8  Call it a literary victory lap.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:36 Comments || Top||

#9  French Foreign Legion. Grey Poupon. Champagne (with sabery) The Louvre. The Moulin Rouge. I'ma just getting started...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:38 Comments || Top||

#10  Opening a champagne bottle with a saber.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:53 Comments || Top||

#11  And yeah, it's saberage, not sabery. I'm getting old and now firmly in "have forgotten more than I ever knew" territory.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 10:56 Comments || Top||

#12  Hang on, What's the Russian interest in Mali? To get in on the action before the Chinese gobble up the continent? The Malian government wants a much more brutal ROE?

What gives?
I don't see any national interest there for the Russians
Posted by: Tiny Barnsmell3074 || 09/15/2021 11:05 Comments || Top||

#13  Beachead op...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/15/2021 12:40 Comments || Top||

#14  Don't forget the formalization of Canne de Combat.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/15/2021 15:33 Comments || Top||


Arabia
UAE highlights economic achievements of Israel ties after a year of Abraham Accords
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The UAE realized "exceptional growth and significant economic achievements" in its partnership with Israel since year passed after the signing of the Abraham Accords, Emirati Minister of Economy said on Tuesday.

The UAE signed the US-brokered Abraham Accord, agreeing to normalize relations with Israel in September 2020. Since then, the two countries have accelerated establishing trade and investment ties and there has been a marked increase in tourism exchange.

The UAE’s minister Abdullah bin Touq al-Marri highlighted some of the major achievements: non-oil trade exchange rate of nearly $700 million, and nearly 60 major agreements were signed at the government and private sector levels.

"[The agreements] cover a number of important future sectors that play a great important role on the economic agenda of the two countries, such as science and technology, artificial intelligence techniques, tourism, logistics, transportation, healthcare, energy, environment, research and development, modern agriculture, water solutions and irrigation," al-Marri said.

"The next stage will witness more agreements and memoranda of understanding to further expand the scope of economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries and to achieve new levels of progress in the growing relations," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
China's Xi refuses Biden's offer of face-to-face summit
[JPost] "I don't talk to the puppet. I talk at the puppeteers, and quit sending these shitty paintings by the crackhead"
President Joe Biden proposed a first face-to-face summit with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in a call last week, but failed to secure an agreement, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper quoted multiple people briefed on last Thursday's call as saying that Xi did not take Biden up on the offer and instead insisted Washington adopt a less strident tone toward Beijing.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But a source who was among those briefed on the 90-minute Biden-Xi call confirmed the report was accurate.

"Xi apparently intimated that the tone and atmosphere of the relationship needed to be improved first," the source said.

China's embassy in Washington did not immediately respond when asked to comment.

The Financial Times quoted one of its sources as saying Biden had floated the summit as one of several possibilities for follow-on engagement with Xi, and he had not expected an immediate response.

It cited one US official as saying that while Xi did not engage with the idea of a summit, the White House believed that was partly due to concerns about COVID-19.

The G20 summit in Italy in October has been talked about as a possible venue for a face-to-face meeting, but Xi has not left China since the outbreak of the pandemic early last year.

The call between Biden and Xi was their first in seven months and they discussed the need to ensure that competition between the world's two largest economies does not veer into conflict.

A US official briefing before the conversation called it a test of whether direct top-level engagement could end what had become a stalemate in ties, which are at the worst level in decades.

The White House said afterward it was intended to keep channels of communication open, but it has announced no plans for follow-on engagements.

Chinese state media said Xi had told Biden that US policy on China imposed "serious difficulties" on relations, but added that both sides agreed to maintain frequent contact and ask working-level teams to step up communications.
Posted by: Frank G || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Pff. Deep state operatives are so obviously bought off by China it's not even funny.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/15/2021 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Strong Horse, weak horse image so clear to the entire world. Ascendant power tells rapidly disintegrating former superpower to piss off, we own you and everyone knows it. ChiComs know about selling an image and the long game. They just don't have to hide it much anymore.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/15/2021 12:33 Comments || Top||

#3  would have been more interesting to allow Biden to visit and then have him sit waiting for an hour and only get to talk to an assistant flunky
Posted by: Lord Garth || 09/15/2021 16:14 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Bellingham, WA woman convicted of ‘shunt' attack on BNSF Railroad
9 Sept 2021
Seattle — A 28-year-old Bellingham, Washington woman was convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of violence against a railroad carrier, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Ellen Brennan Reiche, was one of two people arrested on the BNSF Railway tracks near Bellingham, near midnight on November 28, 2020. Reiche was convicted of placing a ’shunt’ — a device that interferes with train signals — on the tracks. The jury deliberated about three hours following the two-day trial. Reiche faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez on December 17, 2021.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes agents from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in connection with the BNSF Railway Police.

Ms Reiche is a self-described “radical queer” environmental activist who co-founded the Bellingham Lesbian Collective, which we file under Antifa/BLM, by which we mean all the Black Bloc anarcho-communists. As of two years ago she worked as a mentor for Wild Whatcom, engaging children and families in nature programs year round, but possibly they have reconsidered her employment in light of subsequent events.
Andy Ngo had this to write about Reiche.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  My old college town has gotten very radical.
Posted by: Croque Fliting8030 || 09/15/2021 3:47 Comments || Top||

#2  This is what the real domestic terrorism looks like.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/15/2021 7:40 Comments || Top||

#3  So she's just a shunt.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 16:23 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Karen Olick resigns as department grapples with migrant crisis at southern border and an influx of 100K Afghan refugees
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' chief of staff has submitted her resignation, as DHS works to tackle a migrant crisis at the southern border and a sudden influx of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees.

Karen Olick announced Monday she would be leaving for an undisclosed opportunity, according to Politico.

Jennifer Higgins, the current associate director of Refugee, Asylum and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will step in as temporary chief of staff after Olick leaves at the end of the month.

Mayorkas told DHS officials in an email Olick 'has decided to resign her position and pursue new opportunities. We are grateful to Karen for her service during the critical first nine months of the new Administration.'

DHS is in the midst of not only helping to vet tens of thousands of Afghan refugees who were evacuated out of Kabul last month and handling an unprecedented flow of migrants colonists at the southern border but also taking the lead on responding to the impacts of Hurricane Ida.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1  Le Camp des Saints a l'Americain
Posted by: Unereting Noodleman5994 || 09/15/2021 7:12 Comments || Top||

#2  "What! You really expected me to do something that wasn't under your desk?"

Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 16:26 Comments || Top||


Taliban Looking for Washington, D.C., Lobbyist to Gain Legitimacy from Biden Administration
[Breitbart] Why not place a few IT admins into congress while they are at it?
The Taliban on Monday was reportedly looking for a Washington, D.C., lobbyist to gain legitimacy from President Joe Biden.

"Sign of the times: hearing the Taliban is in the market for a lobbyist in DC, offering a lucrative contract. The narrative around their financial situation, is that they’re broke," a BBC reporter based in Washington, D.C., tweeted:

Biden, however, already may be legitimizing the Taliban by allowing the United Nations to give aid to the Afghan people, which is facilitated by the Taliban terrorists in a type of partnership, similar to the one in which the Taliban secured the outer perimeter of the Kabul airport where 13 U.S. troops were killed.
Posted by: Greager Angeash7687 || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1 
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 5:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Skidmark beat me to it. There is only one obvious choice.
Posted by: Tom || 09/15/2021 16:11 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Rep. Yvette Herrell: After visiting Holloman AFB, where 5,000 Afghans are living, I have a lot of questions
[FOXNEWS] Last week I visited Holloman Air Force Base in the Second Congressional District of New Mexico, which I represent in Congress. The base now hosts an estimated 5,000 Afghan evacuees.

Unfortunately, I left Holloman Air Force Base with more questions than answers. High ranking military brass and officials from Homeland Security and the State Department could not provide facts about the identities of those in the "Village."

They did not know (or would not say) how many were U.S. citizens, how many were Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, or how many were merely people that made it onto our airplanes. Even more importantly, they could not say how many refugees had roles serving alongside U.S. forces.

It is puzzling that the evacuation effort was sold to the American people as a rescue of Afghan interpreters for the U.S. military, yet I was told that the "Village" at Holloman is forced to employ at least 50 outside interpreters to bridge the significant language gap.

There were even fewer answers about the vetting process, which is essential to the safety and security of American citizens.

Government officials could not confirm whether they had access to criminal and security databases in Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries, while still insisting that all refugees had gone through extensive vetting prior to being flown to the United States, contradictory to briefings I have received in Washington. They insisted that even the simplest answers were classified but did not offer to move to a classified setting at the base for further discussion.

The 9/11 Commission Report explicitly named a failed vetting process and lax immigration enforcement as reasons that terrorist hijackers were able carry out their attacks 20 years ago. We cannot risk such failures again.

I am thankful that we were able to save as many allies as we could from Afghanistan following a rushed evacuation of over 120,000 people to our shores. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
it is essential to ascertain who they are.

The 9/11 Commission Report explicitly named a failed vetting process and lax immigration enforcement as reasons that terrorist hijackers were able carry out their attacks 20 years ago. We cannot risk such failures again.

Most alarming, Homeland Security and the Department of State all but admitted they played fast and loose with refugee procedures and immigration law.

They will be condensing an 18-month process into mere weeks for an SIV program already rampant with fraud. They imported asylum seekers to America without visas to then give them work permits and parole, circumventing a process for vetting refugees that usually takes place on foreign soil.

They could not provide the statutory authority for any of it.

In addition, the very notion of third country resettlement in the Middle East seemed to be a particularly controversial idea, as if the suggestion that resettlement in areas with similar culture, language, religion, and geography was offensive.
Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Well, we already know that the overwhelming majority of Afghans who made it here weren't SIV holders or applicants - they were Afghans (and most of them male)who charged the ramp at Kabul and pushed their way on the planes.

This shouldn't surprise anyone. Not one. Little. Bit.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/15/2021 6:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Boy-buggers

Child brides

Genetic defects from a culture where some 40% marry they're first or second cousins

... and who knows how many young Afghan makes whom the Taliban vetted (by checking their mobile phones for evidence of US phone numbers/ contacts) and cleared for passage to the airport

What could possibly go wrong?
Posted by: Spats Throling6664 || 09/15/2021 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Anchor babies:

CNN: Newly Arrived Afghans Begin Having Children on U.S. Military Bases
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 7:53 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought the US military gathered biometrics on everyone they worked with and every bad guy they had in custody at some point. Did they leave the only copies of those databases behind too?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 7:56 Comments || Top||

#5  /\ One must assume those systems and supporting data bases were turned over to the Afghan Army. How could one assume otherwise ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/15/2021 8:00 Comments || Top||

#6  I still have emails from the early 1990s on my NAS. But I am a packrat.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/15/2021 8:43 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Bennett: I don’t see any logic in meeting with Mahmoud Abbas
Finally someone says it out loud.
[IsraelTimes] Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says that he sees no logic or reason for him to meet with Paleostinian Authority leader 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....
.

"I don’t see any logic in meeting someone who is suing IDF soldiers at The Hague and accusing them of war crimes, and at the same time paying salaries to terrorists," Bennett tells the Kan public broadcaster. "I don’t see the logic in meeting him."

Bennett says that he maintains his long-standing position that there should not be a Paleostinian state.

"I oppose a Paleostinian state — I think it would be a terrible mistake," he says. "I won’t do that."

At the same time, Bennett says, he agrees with the approach of Defense Minister Benny Gantz in maintaining ties and connections with Paleostinian officials in order to maintain calm and security coordination.

But, he adds, there is no current possibility of restarting peace talks with the Paleostinians.

"We all understand that at the moment it’s not relevant," he says.

Bennett granted interviews to all three major TV networks as well as multiple newspapers and news sites ahead of Yom Kippur.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/15/2021 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Biden to continue 'seeking progress' on creation of Palestinian state
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/15/2021 6:17 Comments || Top||

#2  It is nice to stop pretending.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/15/2021 12:26 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria is still unsafe for the return of refugees a decade after its conflict began, UN war crimes investigators say
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Of course it is. The rapefugees will never go back.

Of course they don't criticize our "allies" - Al-Nusra and ISIS. The criticism is reserved for Assad's government.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/15/2021 6:01 Comments || Top||

#2  So we gotta keep the Afghans for 10 years?
Who's gonna keep track of that?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/15/2021 16:20 Comments || Top||


Former Lebanon PM leaves for US hours after judge subpoenas him over Beirut blast
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Former Lebanese PM Hassan Diab was on his way to the US on Tuesday, according to media reports and his advisor.

The news surfaced hours after Lebanon’s judge tasked with investigating the 2020 Beirut blast issued a second subpoena over his role in the catastrophic explosion.

Diab’s advisor said he had scheduled this trip before the judge’s decision and that his kids are reportedly studying in the United States.

Diab stepped down days after the Beirut blast in August 2020 but stayed on as caretaker premier until last week.

While a caretaker PM, Diab was subpoenaed by the same judge who issued the order on Tuesday, but he refused to appear for questioning.

Lawmakers said the judge overstepped his limitations and refused to lift parliamentary immunity, which they claim is needed for a judge to question an official.

The date for Diab’s latest subpoena is set for next Monday.

Diab, formerly employed by the American University of Beirut (AUB), sued the university last year, claiming that he was owed severance pay and retirement funds. He was seeking over $1 million in the lawsuit, according to senior AUB officials.
Posted by: Fred || 09/15/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah



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Wed 2021-09-15
  US says nearly 500 Afghan citizens evacuated from Uzbekistan
Tue 2021-09-14
  Taliban seize $6 million and golden bricks from Amrullah Saleh’s residence
Mon 2021-09-13
  Zawahiri, believed dead, appears in video on 9/11 anniversary.
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Sun 2021-09-12
  National Resistance Front of Panjshir province have retaken three areas of the province from the Taliban
Sat 2021-09-11
  Dozens of Afghan evacuees flagged by DHS as potential security threats
Fri 2021-09-10
  Taliban agreed to allow 200 foreigners to leave Afghanistan
Thu 2021-09-09
  Resistance leaders Massoud, Saleh still in Afghanistan's Panjshir, setting up parallel govt
Wed 2021-09-08
  UN Vows Full Support For The Taliban
Tue 2021-09-07
  Four Americans Leave Afghanistan by Land in First Departures Since US Pullout
Mon 2021-09-06
  Pak Taliban claims suicide blast near Afghan border that killed 4
Sun 2021-09-05
  General Milley: ‘What You Saw Unfold' with Afghanistan Evacuation Was One of the Plans'
Sat 2021-09-04
  Egypt pumps toxic gas into Gaza tunnel, three Palestinians dead
Fri 2021-09-03
  British-born ISIS "Beatle'' due to plead guilty
Thu 2021-09-02
  Taliban confirm that the group’s Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada will be top authority
Wed 2021-09-01
  Six Iraqis on death row executed, three for 'terrorism': medic

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