[Townhall] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is desperate to translate the British public's June 2016 vote to leave the European Union into a concrete Brexit.
But the real issue is far older and more important than whether 52 percent of Britain finally became understandably aggrieved by the increasingly anti-democratic and German-controlled European Union.
England is an island. Historically, politically and linguistically, it was never permanently or fully integrated into European culture and traditions. IMO, its a good thing for the World that they weren't
US-Canada-UK + ANZ and Commonwealth would cover $26.3 trillion + $2.2T = $28.5T
Add South Korea, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and maybe Hungary and Czech when/if they exit the EU and you get to about $33 Trillion (in today's dollars) covered by the US-led Free Trade Bloc within the next 4 years.
Given the accelerated growth that this bloc will enable for its members, we will get close to producing half the world's GDP in short order.
The United Kingdom (and England) is of course part of the cultural concept of Europe.
Of Europe but not in Europe.
The US is (militarily, economically) everywhere in Europe but increasingly (ethnically and culturally) - unfortunately - no longer of Europe.
If Europe turns away from its elites' obsession with eliminating its nations' various heritages and diluting the concept of national identity in order to create "global citizens", then maybe the US and Europe can make common cause.
Cultural and education policies (here) are set by the Bavarian state, not the EU.
The EU has great European exchange programs (Erasmus etc.) which bring young people of different member states together.
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09/12/2019 17:12 Comments ||
In Munich, an estimated 7% of the population is Muslim (mostly Turks). They haven't changed my identity nor Bavarian identity.
The young Turkish women prefer mini skirts to hijabs.
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09/12/2019 17:24 Comments ||
The Brexiteers were stupid to pursue Brexit without a BATNA.
Recall that Theresa May was anti-Brexit before she was tapped as the replacement Tory prime minister, Lex, and the reasoning suddenly appears.
I looked up BATNA and found the following:
Best alternative to a negotiated agreement
In negotiation theory, the best alternative to a negotiated agreement or BATNA is the most advantageous alternative course of action a party can take if negotiations fail and an agreement cannot be reached.
European Conservative, as I recall Bavaria is much like Texas — it remembers being an independent country and as much as possible still acts that way.
Lex, thank you! I pity everyone who doesn't read Shakespeare.
Bright Pebbles: Very few immigrants who arrived in Germany have actually been relocated to other EU countries. Those who come to the UK are those who wanted to go there in the first place. They were not relocated from Germany.
In 2018 116,400 refugees entered Germany. Only a few thousands went to other countries after that.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
09/12/2019 19:00 Comments ||
Correction: This UNHCR number is for all EU countries.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
09/12/2019 19:07 Comments ||
I remember the totem poles in Bavarian towns. And the traditions.
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09/12/2019 21:54 Comments ||
The prophetic Mark Steyn prefaces his essay as follows:
[SteynOnline] The eighteenth anniversary of 9/11 was marked by the Administration inviting the Taliban to Camp David, and by the resignation and/or firing of John Bolton as National Security Advisor - which two events may not be unconnected. Because really, when the Taliban are running around Camp David, who needs national security?
For the fifteen years after the launch of SteynOnline in 2002, we re-posted every year on this date material of mine from September 11th 2001 and the days we followed. Two years ago, we ceased that policy, for reasons I discussed on Clubland Q&A:
If this is a war, there's no agreement on what we're up against: Terrorism? Islamic terrorism? Islamic extremism? Islam? Whatever it is, a president who, on the campaign trail, mocked his predecessor's inability to use the words "radical Islam" himself eschewed all mention of the I-word today. September 11th 2001 was supposedly "the day everything changed" - if by "everything changed" you mean "the rate of mass Muslim immigration to the west doubled". As that absurd statistic suggests, we are not where I thought we would be 16 years on: We run around fighting for worthless bits of barren sod like Helmand province in Afghanistan, while surrendering day by day some of the most valuable real estate on the planet, such as France and Sweden.
That last point may seem obvious. But, if it is, it's a truth all but entirely unacknowledged by anyone who matters in the western world. I subsequently expanded on it, in a piece we called "The Language of Losing" and which appears to have been succeeded by "The Actions of Losers" - such as inviting the Taliban to Camp David. Hey, why not for the ceremonies in Lower Manhattan? On yet another wretched anniversary I mourn not only the dead of that grim day, but our loss of purpose. All that has changed two years on is that for "sixteenth anniversary" we substitute "eighteenth" - and on and on into the future:
The problem with Steyn's post is that he lumps the west in together as if the US is responsible for French territory. yes the US has botchd the war on terror in many ways but failing to defend France is not one of them. That's the French's job and they are a first world western industrialized nation fully capable of doing so if they so desire.
[ALARABY.CO.UK] As India continues to silence, oppress and infringe upon the human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. of Kashmiris, through startling methods of violence and under the cover of media blackout, the global practice of Moslem repression has now reached new heights.
Alongside China, which has imprisoned perhaps more than 1 million Uighur and other Moslems in its "re-education camps," the world can now bear witness that its two most populous countries - comprising more than a third of the global population - have made the subjugation and repression of Moslems a cruel element of their ongoing nation-building projects.
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09/12/2019 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies
A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.
No-one's too bothered by India shoring up it's sovereignty in Kashmir as pakland earned it by trying to steal it from india with terrorism there (as well as afghanistan and harbouring terrorists like bin laden).
I believe that Kashmir should probably have been part of Pakistan when the Raj divided. When I visited India on work in the late 90s nobody could give me good reason why India needed to fight and provoke to maintain Kashmir, it was all about pride.
I believe Pakistan burned any good will out of me over a decade ago and I'm happy to back India at this point no matter they decide to do.
Thank you, ruprecht. The next step is to re-take the POK and southern Baltistan from them. We won it twice, but the leftist governments decided to give it back at the time. The UN was also yapping over our heads. Today... it's another world.
The article is correct. And I wish this selective dis-empowerment continues until people are forced to consider converting to other, low-risk religions. I'm all for global anti-muslim violence.
Eighteen years after the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the group has evolved and looks much different today than it did nearly two decades ago.
The influence of al-Qaeda core and its senior leadership hiding in Pakistan has been reduced, while franchise groups have grown in prominence.
The story of post-bin-Laden al-Qaeda has primarily been driven by the group’s attempt to remain relevant in Syria and its competition with the Islamic State.
Over the past several years, al-Qaeda leadership has released a steady stream of messages that reiterated the importance of the global struggle and urged its followers to launch strikes against the West.
Does not compute. Either their information is wonky or the Soufan center is a questionable source.
Over 120,000 qaeda are distributed over Pakistain, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, India and Iran. At least 4000 are middling and coordinator ranks. The highest ranks, wannabe emirs, notably called Bin Ladenites by certain idiots who coined the term Bin ladenism, are individuals with red corner notices and wanted 'dead or alive' in most nations.
The real work is done by the middlemen, those with valid passports and relatives or sympathizers in the respective LEOs of the region they operate in.
I think some people may want to drive home the idea that the Al-qaeda is defeated, even Hamza is dead, and the revenge of 9/11 is more or less complete.
In reality, islamic organizations like AQ evolve, splinter, regroup and reorganize almost every week. The decentralized guerilla warfare theme of jihad allows the individuals in the global army to swarm in places it sees convenient. Places that are not attended to by security agencies for long, for corruption or liberal mores or whatever. Places that offer lower structuring costs, lower risks and high connectivity via road, communications etc. Port cities are a plus. Allows movement of major equipment. Black or muslim mayors are a plus, allowing legal protection and support.
Al-Qaeda is known to be the one branch of jihad that was run from the top according to Harvard business checklists, with real MBAs and commerce graduates in the hierarchy managing legal to laundering departments. It gives the impression of being a rag head militia but has rapidly evolved during the rise of the ISIS into a more subtle lawfaring and kingmaking ally for islamist factions in smaller countries, milking them for funds and recruiting unemployed hooligans while helping construct schools and masjids. You will not find a single link tying muslim TV preachers and imams to AQ, or liberal professors, school teachers and actors who advocate freedom of religion to the middle managers of AQ, but if you follow donations to educational foundations, research groups, think tanks; investments and partnerships in the movie and TV business - if you follow the money things become more apparent.
The Ansar al Sharia in Yemen, set up under Nasser Wuhayshi as an aid group is Al-Qaeda. Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr was the AQ leader for Somalia, thankfully vaporized by a drone in 2014. 4000 fighters from that faction joined up with a splinter of Al shabaab to form the Sharia Army of Soomali Liberation. Then there's the Al Nusra Front in Syria, which lost 17,000 fighters from 2014 till date, but is still recruiting and putting out videos of world domination from their shithole. They still boast 15,000-20,000 fighters recruited from all over the world, as far as Chinese Uighurs. As I've said before, the taliban are primarily a mercenary outfit and work for the AQ when called upon, protecting their preachers, offing rivals and moderates or officials, but never directly deal with AQ. The Pak ISI serves as agents for this. Apart from that, the Laskar e jhangvi, Harkat ul Mujaheddin and a half dozen other sasquatch groups are all AQ. They change names everyday to help their protectors and facilitators avoid sanctions and freezes. Since Imran Khan, they seem to have donned a garb of sainthood for a while, distributing blankets, paying for tuitions of orphans etc.
In 2016, we had the lamentable opportunity to sift through the evidence pouring in from all corners. In India, the AQSIS is still a threat and their connections and finances heavily documented and tracked. We found that almost all casualties to the AQ after their massive defeat in 2007, have come from the American SOG teams, with no help from host nations actually despite interference from them and the UN. A few actions by 'Potty Mouth' Duterte in the Philippines and the Chink crackdown on the Uighurs, besides our own raids into POK and the everyday shit in Kashmir, but that's all.
The AQ is very much alive and kicking. Their influence has not reduced, it has in fact diversified to stay relevant. The low profile right now is to help Pakistain recover from the FATF blacklist and the US disappointment in them as a $$ sinkhole 'viable ally in the WOT'.
[AmericanThinker] After a painstaking investigation into the Trayvon Martin shooting, I have produced a film and written a companion book, both called The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America. Only after I started the project did I realize I had stumbled onto the most spectacular case of identity fraud in modern American judicial history. Thanks to the folks at American Thinker for allowing me to reveal it here for the first time.
...By examining Trayvon Martin's 750-page cell phone records which included 3,000 photos and 1,500 contacts, I got to know Trayvon in the last months of his life. I learned he was neither the rocket scientist the media made him out to be, nor was he a thug. Trayvon was a good kid with many friends and family that loved him. "Mama ’Licia" was one person Trayvon loved most. I learned what it was he was "sorry" for.
At the end, Trayvon was a very troubled teenager. I came to see his life as a series of betrayals, one more crushing than the next. His pain played out in reckless behaviors such as fighting, gun dealing, and heavy marijuana use. On the day of his death, Trayvon feared one more betrayal, this from the girl he knew as "Diamond," the girl who had stolen his fragile heart, the girl with whom he was on the phone up to the very minute he died, the girl who would emerge, in various forms, as the "star witness" in the case against George Zimmerman.
Indeed, it was 16-year-old Diamond Eugene’s recorded phone interview with Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump and ABC News that prompted George Zimmerman’s arrest and the subsequent 2013 trial.
...After speaking with Benjamin Crump, for any number of good reasons, Diamond Eugene refused to "follow the script." She refused to speak with the state prosecutors or bear false witness against George Zimmerman under oath.
Instead, the plus-sized 18-year-old Rachel Jeantel was substituted for Diamond, and Jeantel became the key witness in the murder trial of George Zimmerman. Jeantel was a fraud. She was not the "phone witness" speaking to Trayvon Martin in the minutes before he was shot. She barely knew him. This witness fraud resulted in the seminal race hoax of the Obama years. I call it "The Trayvon Hoax." If true, this is YUGE
[Townhall] Leave that poor Swedish kid alone, you climate hoax-mongering ghouls. Stop hiding behind Greta Thunberg’s Pippi Longstocking braids and come out and push your damnable globaloney warming lies yourself, jerks. Free Greta.
There’s no excuse, none, for this shameless and despicable exploitation of a vulnerable girl. What kind of person would do that to a child? The kind that considers other people collateral damage in their quest for a leftist utopia. Everyone else gets to pick up the pieces when our useless elite breaks a few eggs along the way. Big Chief Warren, Totally-Not-Doddering Joe and the rest of the Democrat clown carpool have all signed on to banning fracking, which would literally strip the livelihood from 10 million (non-blue coastal city-dwelling and Democrat-voting) Americans, so you can be sure the left won’t hesitate to sacrifice this terrified Scandinavian child to their meteorological Moloch.
Now, making her the face of the CLIMATE EMERGENCY NO TIME TO THINK HAND OVER YOUR MONEY AND YOUR FREEDOM OR DIE DIE DIE campaign does demonstrate a certain demonic brilliance. When an adult says something ridiculous, you can come back and say, "Hey stupid, that’s ridiculous." But when the climate fraudsters go all Edgar Bergan with their adolescent Charlie McCarthy, that takes off the table the kind of vicious mockery adults pushing this bogus agenda deserve.
...She’s not a visionary. She’s not magical. She’s a kid, a special kid with special needs, and despite the intensity of the feelz the adults around her have forced upon her ‐ her condition likely making her especially vulnerable to their doomsaying ‐ she has nothing of value to say about how we run our country.
Nothing, because she’s a child, and regardless of the intensity of the feelings her puppetmasters have generated within her, her policy prescriptions deserve zero attention. None. Not because she’s a bad kid. Because she’s a kid, period.
It isn't her, its her pimp parents and their pushers, and those fug pickers are taking years of public relations work and good will from the Asberger/Down Syndrome community. They should all be placed in stocks.
In case you missed it; brutally honest in a Pat Condell sort of way so maybe discretion where it is viewed? Worth the 15 minutes.
The whole thing is Smollet Ridiculous and absolutely nothing people can connect to - rich Scandi couple with special needs child have a yacht custom built and equipped with the latest technology take a one month cruise across 1/4 of the planet to be greeted by New York's ultra elite to lecture the people about their lunch choices...by a special needs child.
And if case you have not seen the video, there is the excellent observation that a 16 year old is not a child; a 9 year old is a child a 16 year old is a young adult, and that though she is 16 she is being presented as a child.
People with special needs. I get it they deserve our sympathy and courtesy. But the trend she is selfishly introducing into schools all over the world is not acceptable.
It's the school strike concept - teaching the very young the advantages and perks of activism, earning grades, cred and soon money by refusing to go to school and marching in front of professional lobbyists and mercenary politicians.
She has no right to do this to other people, her activism is not a poor stricken creature's 15 minute run, but a deliberate campaign to further a political career, like that Hogg brat.
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.