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2019-12-08 Africa North
Hattip to badanov. Long, with map and video, so get a large cup of coffee or your favourite equivalent, dear Reader, and enjoy some Sunday reading.
[SouthFront] The situation in the Sahel region is rapidly deteriorating and the region is about to turn into the zone of chaos and terrorism. According to the US, EU and the UN, it is becoming the new global frontline in the fight against terror, but the current news of the region are discouraging, at best.

The Sahel region is an area situated between North African countries and those of sub-Saharan Africa.

The countries that are most afflicted by violence from armed jihadist groups are Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso, for example, has recorded more than 700 deaths and 500,000 internally displaced persons and refugees as a result of incursions by armed groups since 2015.
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2019-12-06 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
[Russia Insider]

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A dress rehearsal to see what would happen when/if China does the same?

Last month we showed that as Trade Wars began in April, the world’s central banks and other official institutions dumped more Treasuries than in any month since January 2016, some $48.3BN, perhaps over concerns of others selling first, and precipitating a sharp move higher in yields. Fast forward one month later to May, when according to the latest just released Treasury International Capital (TIC) update, in May the selling of Treasurys by official entities continued, with another $24BN sold in the month of May, when yields continued to rise and eventually hit the 2018 highs of 3.11%.

But while the selling of Treasuries was to be expected – after all someone had to sell aggressively to push yields sharply higher in April and May – the question was who.

What we showed last month, is that contrary to some speculation, it wasn’t Beijing, because after shedding a modest $6BN in April, China actually bought $1.2BN in Treasurys in May, leaving its holdings largely unchanged over the past month.

And while Japan did sell $12BN in TSYs in April, it more than made up for its in May when it purchased $17.5BN, bringing its total to $1048.8BN in May, which means that over the past two month, Japan was a net buyer of US paper.

Meanwhile, the third most prominent holder, hedge funds, aka “Cayman Islands”, bought for a second consecutive month, adding another $5BN.

So if the usual suspects were buying, who was selling?

Here is the answer.
Readers may recall that last month we first reported that for all the confusion about sharply higher yields in April, the explanation was simple: it was Vladimir Putin who liquidated a whopping half of Russia’s Treasury holdings, which declined by $47.4BN to just $48.7BN – the lowest since 2008 – from $96BN in March.

But wait, it gets better, because as Trump continued to jawbone about more sanctions targeting Russia, Putin did not stop and in May he continued what was an outright liquidation of Russia’s TSY holdings, which plunged by another $40BN, or 82%, from $48.7BN to just $9BN in May. Keep in mind this was over $100BN at the start of the year.

It appears that When Putin warned he would diversify Russia’s state reserves -out of Treasurys – he was serious.
In other words, in just two months, Russia sold a whopping $81BN in treasurys, a liquidation flow that was likely responsible for much if not all the blow out in rates over the period. Because what else happened as Russia was liquidating 85% of its Treasury holdings in 2 months?
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2019-12-06 Home Front: WoT
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2019-12-06 Europe
Someone tell me why we're allied with these assholes again?
Spain will press ahead with the creation of a tax on certain digital services as soon as a government is formed, according to sources from the caretaker executive. This so-called "Google tax" could, however, raise the ire of the United States, which has already threatened France with reprisals over a similar levy.

Sources close to the caretaker finance minister pointed out that the planned Spanish legislation does not target companies according to their country of origin, and argued that the ideal approach would be for such measures to be approved on a joint basis across either European Union (EU) or OECD countries. But there are no plans for this to happen before the end of 2020 at the earliest. That is why countries such as France have already come up with their own regulations, which has in turn prompted a response from Washington. After US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs of up to 100% on French products, on Monday the EU closed ranks, announcing that it would respond "united" to a measure of this kind.
Russia resurgent, yawn. China enlisting European countries in B&R, snooze. Huawei installing equipment all over Europe, zzz. Americans retaliating against unfair European protectionism? THAT'S WHERE WE DRAW THE LINE, FUCKERS! That's where Europeans get angry and start passing legislation. I swear, we can't get out of NATO fast enough.
The levy designed by Spain included a tax rate of 3%, which would be applied to certain digital services from tech giants whose global revenues exceed €750 million and whose earnings in Spain are greater than €3 million. The decree defined three taxable factors in which the participation of end users is decisive for the creation of value: advertising aimed at the users of a digital interface (webpage, technological platform, software or social network); the supply of a platform that allows users to locate other users to trade with them (such as online retailer Amazon); and finally, the sale or transfer of data collected from the users of a website or platform.
Custom-crafted law just for American companies. Fuck you assholes. Make your own fucking companies - oh, but you can't. All you pricks can do is sit and watch while we innovate and then get angry about it.
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2019-12-06 Home Front: Politix
[Philly Inquirer] HARRISBURG ‐ State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a West Philadelphia Democrat, said Wednesday that she would resign after prosecutors charged her with stealing more than $500,000 from her own nonprofit and spending it on family vacations, designer clothing, furs, personal bills ‐ and her bid for the legislature.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Johnson-Harrell engaged in "brazen corruption" and systematically tried to cover up her crimes by falsifying records and financial statements.
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2019-12-06 Iraq
[AnNahar] Chants demanding complete regime change have echoed across Iraq for weeks, but what first brought demonstrators onto the street was the profound poverty of one of the world's most oil-rich countries.

Iraq is ranked the 12th most corrupt country in the world. A recent government probe found over $450 billion in public funds were lost to embezzlement, fake contracts or salaries for so-called ghost employees since 2003.
And that is what has kept them there, with protesters brushing off the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi as failing to root out the rampant corruption that denies them jobs and public services.

In the southern protest hotspot of Diwaniyah, one of the poorest agricultural areas in the country, Umm Salah has joined rallies every day outside the provincial council.

"I've suffered in my country, even though it's a rich country," she told AFP, carrying an Iraqi tricolour.

The 57-year-old widow has been protesting every day since October with her seven children, none of whom are employed.

They walk four kilometres (nearly three miles) to reach the protest camp as they cannot afford a taxi from the worn-down informal shelter where they live.

"My husband died four years ago because we are poor and couldn't afford medical treatment in private clinics or hospitals abroad," Umm Salah says.

Iraq suffers from an extremely dilapidated health care system, with hospitals severely under-equipped and doctors often threatened on the basis of political or tribal disputes.

- A BLEAK FUTURE -
Despite Iraq being OPEC's second-largest crude producer, one in five of its people live in poverty and youth unemployment stands at one quarter, the World Bank says.

The government has been the largest employer by far for decades but has recently struggled to provide jobs for a growing number of graduates.

Already, youths make up 60 percent of the 40 million-strong population, which is set to grow by 10 million more before 2030.

The future looks even bleaker given predictions that heavy crude exports -- which fund more than 90 percent of Iraq's state budget -- will become less profitable as the world shifts to other energy sources.

For now, protesters blame the staggering joblessness rates on a patronage system that hands out work based on bribes, family connections or party affiliation instead of merit.

Muhannad Fadel, 30, dreamt of a government post when he graduated years ago with a degree in physical education, but his diploma opened few doors for him.

After a brief stint as a university lecturer, Fadel sought other work but his monthly income didn't rise above $100.

"I started to drive a taxi but I was afraid some of my students would recognise me," he told AFP.

"Then I opened a little confectionary store on the ground floor of our home and I make around 5,000 dinars a day," or just $3, he added.

Scraping together some savings, Fadel could marry but not buy a house, so his new wife moved in with his family.

"Our whole family together earns $150 per month. How is that possible in one of the countries with the most oil in the world?" he said.

For him and many protesters, the root of the problem is a political class more interested in earning money and paying homage to regional backers than in improving Iraqi infrastructure, or people's lives.

"They're corrupt and steal the people's money to give to 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 other parties," Fadel said bitterly.

Iraq is ranked the 12th most corrupt country in the world by watchdog group Transparency International.

A recent government probe found over $450 billion in public funds were lost to embezzlement, fake contracts or salaries for so-called ghost employees since 2003.

- 'THEY STOLE OUR OIL' -
"The deterioration of the economic conditions of Iraqis is the main reason for protests, as eight million Iraqis live under the poverty line," said Moussa Khalaf, an economic history professor in Diwaniyah.

A series of flare-ups before the major wave of protests erupted in October had hinted at the conflagration that was to come.

In September, local authorities began demolishing unauthorised houses in the shrine city of Karbala, in Basra in the south and in the central city of Kut.

The settlements are home to three million Iraqis, many of them the poorest of the poor.

That same month, a young man in Kut died after desperately setting himself alight when authorities seized his mobile kiosk.

"You need an economic policy that makes use of resources based on scientific and economic facts, not on privileges or political gains," says Khalaf.

Protesters have clung on in the streets and public squares even days after Abdel Mahdi stepped down.

"Of course that's not enough," one young demonstrator in Baghdad's Tahrir Square told AFP about bringing down the head of government.

"We won't leave our barricades until the regime falls, until we get jobs, water, electricity," he said.

Another protester, 45-year-old Hussein Maneh, slammed the government for its years of failure.

"Since 2003, they've done nothing but increased poverty, destroyed agriculture and industry, impoverished schools and hospitals, created confessionalism, and stole our oil," he fumed.
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2019-12-06 Africa North
[DW] At least 57 people have died after a boat carrying migrants colonists was shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Mauritania, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

It was one of the deadliest disasters this year among people making the dangerous attempt to reach Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
The IOM said a further 83 migrants colonists who were on board swam to shore.

The vessel, carrying at least 150 people including women and kiddies, had been low on fuel as it approached Mauritania, the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
migration agency said in a statement.

Survivors are being helped by the Mauritanian authorities in the northern city of Nouadhibou, said the IOM.

Fleeing Gambia
... The Gambia is actually surrounded by The Senegal on all sides but its west coast. It has a population of about 1.7 million. The difference between the two is that in colonial days Senegal was ruled by La Belle France and The Gambia (so-called because there's only one of it, unlike Guinea, of which there are the Republic of Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, New Guinea, the English coin in circulation between 1663 and 1813, and Guyana, which sounds like it should be another one) was ruled by Britain...
Survivors reported that the boat had left Gambia on November 27. An unknown number of injured people were brought to hospital.

"The Mauritanian authorities are very efficiently coordinating the response with the agencies currently present in Nouadhibou,'' said Laura Lungarotti, Mauritania's chief of mission with the migration agency.

More than 35,000 Gambian migrants colonists left the small country of just over 2 million and arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2018, the IOM reports.

A 22-year stint ofthen-President Yahya Jammeh's oppressive rule impacted the country's economy, contributing to the high number of people trying to migrate to Europe. Many ended up stranded in Libya and Niger. However,
the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
after Jammeh was forced to cede power in 2017, some Gambians have started to return.
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2019-12-06 -Short Attention Span Theater-
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2019-12-06 Home Front: Culture Wars
apart from gratuitous anti Trump inserts and some PC stuff about how hoax hate crimes hurt minorities (it is the WaPo after all), it is a pretty good report -- it covers how the cop figured out it was a hoax and how he got the perp to confess
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2019-12-06 Africa North
[Aljazeera] Libyan and US officials accuse Moscow of deploying private contractors to key battleground areas for General Haftar.

Officials in Libya's UN-recognised government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries to fight alongside their opponents in the country's civil war.

Libyan and US officials accused Russia of deploying fighters through a private security contractor, the Wagner Group, to key battleground areas in Libya in recent months.

They say the Russian fighters are backing renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have been trying for months to capture the capital, Tripoli, where the UN-recognised Government of National Accord is based.

The GNA has documented between 600 and 800 Russian mercenaries in Libya and is collecting their names on a list to present to the Russian government, according to Khaled al-Meshri, head of the GNA's Supreme Council of State.

"We are going to visit Russia after we collect all evidence and present to the authorities and see what they say," al-Meshri told The Associated Press last week.

He did not say when the visit would take place. Moscow has repeatedly denied playing any role in Libya's war.
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2019-12-05 Britain
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The leader of Britannia’s pro-Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Liberal Democrats has suggested she could work with the opposition Labour party to stop Brexit if it removed its leader in the event of a hung parliament after next week’s election.

Jo Swinson repeated her pledge not to put either the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn or Prime Minister Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. BoJo is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
into power if neither wins a majority in parliament.

"I will vote for legislation to pass a people’s vote, of course I will, and I would have done that under the previous Conservative government, just as I would do under any other government," she told the BBC, referring to a second referendum on membership of the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
(EU) proposed by Labour.

Asked if she would support Labour in an effort to stop Britannia leaving the EU if there was a hung parliament, she said she would, provided that Corbyn was no longer its leader.

"I have said that Liberal Democrat votes won’t put Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10," she said.

"Liberal Democrats will work to stop Brexit, we will support legislation that puts in place a people’s vote and we will work across parties."

She also pledged not to resign if her party loses seats in the election.

The Liberal Democrats, who cast themselves as the only ’Stop Brexit’ party, trail the Conservatives and Labour in opinion polls and are expected to fall a long way short of winning the election outright. But they could have an important role if neither the Conservatives nor Labour win a majority and have to find a partner in order to form a government.

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2019-12-05 -Land of the Free


"Don't mess with me" James Rosen, you, you, you, you. I love everyone. I'm Catholic."
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2019-12-05 Home Front: WoT
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The Daily Mail has more, plus photos here.
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2019-12-05 -Land of the Free
[CNN] A Texas judge has temporarily halted the construction of a private wall along the US-Mexico border, delivering a blow to the group that has ardently supported the President Donald Trump's push for additional border barriers.

We Build the Wall, a group founded by an Air Force veteran, kicked off new construction on the Texas border last month in an attempt to showcase its barrier designs and shore up support for Trump's signature issue.

The National Butterfly Center, a 100-acre wild butterfly habitat near the project's location, argued the new construction was "illegal," and asked the court to intervene.

On Tuesday, State District Judge Keno Vasquez, of Hidalgo County, issued a temporary restraining order, halting construction of the wall for the time being.

In the order, Vasquez ruled the National Butterfly Center could face "imminent and irreparable harm" if construction were to proceed.

Javier Peña, a lawyer for the center, said the center felt compelled to take legal action because of the "hateful rhetoric" used by We Build the Wall and the destruction the barriers could cause.

We Build the Wall and the center have been at odds since the group arrived in the region. Brian Kolfage, the founder of We Build the Wall, has posted videos on Twitter calling out the center.

When asked about the order, Kolfage told CNN Tuesday, "More fake news. We haven't heard anything. We have not been served."
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2019-12-05 Arabia
[Haaretz] A Navy warship has seized a "significant cache" of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, U.S. officials said Wednesday, marking the first time that such sophisticated components have been taken en route to the war there.

The seizure from a small boat by the U.S. Navy and a U.S. Coast Guard boarding team happened last Wednesday in the northern Arabian Sea, and the weapons have been linked to Iran.

Officials said the incident illustrates the continuing illegal smuggling of weapons to Houthi rebels and comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were meeting, with Iran as the main topic.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a sensitive military mission.

The U.S. has consistently accused Iran of illegally smuggling arms to Houthi rebels battling the Yemeni government and has seized smaller and less sophisticated weapons in transit.

According to officials, the USS Forrest Sherman was conducting routine maritime operations when sailors noticed a small wooden boat that was not displaying a country flag. The Navy and Coast Guard personnel stopped, boarded the boat for inspection and found the weapons.

Officials did not provide the exact number of missiles or parts but did describe it as a significant cache. They said the small boat was towed into port, and the people on the boat were transferred to the Yemeni Coast Guard. The weapons are still on board the U.S. ship.
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2019-12-05 Africa North
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The corruption trial for two former Algerian prime ministers, prominent politicians, and automotive industry tycoons started Wednesday in Algiers, with defense lawyers boycotting the proceedings.

The trial is the first resulting from sweeping investigations into graft allegations launched after the resignation of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika
...10th president-for-life of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and served on his third or four terms. When he announced for the fifth, or maybe it was the sixth, visibly doddering, a grateful nation rose up in its wrath and threw him out...
in the face of mass protests in April.

The accused face charges ranging from money laundering to abuse of office and granting undue privileges in the vehicle assembly industry.

The trial had been adjourned on Monday and the defense vowed to boycott further hearings, criticizing the case as "politicized" and marred by a climate of "settling accounts."

Lawyer Mohammed Madjdoub, speaking on behalf of the defense, told the judge that "conditions... do not allow for lawyers to accomplish their mission and therefore, I inform you that the defense has decided to boycott the trial."

The judge asked the lawyers to leave the small, crowded courtroom and said the proceedings would continue.

The nascent Algerian automotive sector got its start in 2014, via partnerships between foreign groups and large Algerian corporations, often owned by businessmen linked to Bouteflika’s entourage.

Two former prime ministers who served under Bouteflika appeared as defendants on Wednesday: Ahmed Ouyahia, an unpopular four-time former government head, and Abdelmalik Sellal, who was premier from 2014 to 2017.

It is the first time since Algeria’s independence from La Belle France in 1962 that former prime ministers have been put on trial.

The two men argued that the court was not competent to try them, the constitution stipulating that crimes and infractions committed by prime ministers while in office fell under a "High Court of State."

But the organic law to establish this court was not passed and the prosecutor responded that they had to answer for their actions before the ordinary court.

Called first to the stand, Ouyahia was accused of "misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office, granting undue privileges, conflict of interest, corruption, money laundering, and false statements."

He was charged with favoring certain manufacturers in the automotive sector ‐ even if they did not fulfill brief specifications ‐ to the detriment of competitors.

"There is no misappropriation (of public funds) and the choice... was based on the market. These manufacturers were already present and we wanted to keep them", the former prime minister said in his defense.

Former ministers Bedda Mahdjoub (industry and mines), Youcef Yousfi, who succeeded him in the post, and Abdelghani Zaalane (public works and transport) are other defendants in the case.

Also standing trial was Ali Haddad, former head of the main Algerian employer organization, the Forum of Business Leaders (FCE).

The 54-year-old businessman is also the founder and CEO of private construction firm ETRHB.

Among the other businessmen being tried is former FCE vice president Mohammed Bairi, CEO of the Ival group, which owns industrial vehicle plant Iveco.

Ahmed Mazouz, president of the eponymous group that assembles and distributes Chinese-brand vehicles in Algeria, and Hassane Arbaoui, head of Global Group which runs an Algerian factory for South Korean company Kia, are also defendants.

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2019-12-05 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Washington Examiner] The Justice Department watchdog found omissions in renewal applications the FBI submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking warrants to monitor onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

A draft of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, due out next week, shows the FBI failed to convey to the court that not all of the information it used from British ex-spy Christopher Steele was entirely reliable, according to the Washington Post.

Steele was an FBI informant enlisted to research then-presidential candidate Donald Trump by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that had been hired by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign. Steele's Democratic funding, his strong desire for Trump to lose, and the possible flaws with his dossier were not revealed to the court governed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

His dossier on alleged ties between Trump and Russia was used by the FBI to obtain the authority to wiretap Page, an American who had suspicious connections to the Russians. The first warrant application was submitted in October 2016, after which there were three renewals at three-month intervals, including ones in January, April, and June 2017. Page was never charged with wrongdoing, and special counsel Robert Mueller determined in his investigation there was insufficient evidence to establish criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

FBI agents interviewed one of Steele's subsources and found that Steele's raw intelligence, in need of further verification, was not completely reliable. Horowitz's investigators found the FBI failed to convey this information in the later applications, but according to sources familiar with a draft of the report, the omissions were "apparently" not sufficient enough for the watchdog to conclude the applications should have been rejected.
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐In an effort to prove that impeachment is constitutionally sound and definitely not a politically motivated circus performance, Rep. Jerrold Nadler called on his final witness of the day: renowned legal scholar Hillga Clintonheimmer.

Dr. Clintonheimmer teaches at Lund University in Sweden. The legal scholar was flown out by the Judiciary Committee to give her expert testimony this morning as impeachment hearings resumed.

"This Donald Trump of yours, yah, he is very corrupt, yah, and you should impeach him, yah?" she began, drawing applause from the Democrats on the panel. "He is, how you Americans say, very bad man, ya?"

"I think we've heard enough. It's clear from the testimony of this legal expert that we should impeach. All in favor?" Nadler said. But just then, Clintonheimmer stood up to go, and her vaguely European-looking scarf fell from her head, revealing that the woman was actually Hillary Clinton in disguise.

"You'll never take me alive!" she cried, pulling a revolver from her purse and pointing it frantically out of the room as she backed away slowly. She broke into a run and dove into a waiting SUV, which narrowly escaped congressional security staff.

Clinton previously found herself in hot water after posing as White House janitor Hillarita Clintonez.

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2019-12-05 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-12-05 International-UN-NGOs
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2019-12-05 Africa North
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ‐ At least 58 people are dead after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday. It said 83 people swam to shore.

It was one of the deadliest disasters this year among migrants trying to make the perilous journey to Europe.

The boat carrying at least 150 people had been low on fuel while approaching Mauritania, the International Organization for Migration said in a statement. Survivors were being helped by Mauritanian authorities in the northern city of Nouadhibou, the U.N. agency said.
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2019-12-05 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[FOXNEWS] Three people have been arrested in Kentucky after their alleged involvement in the selling and purchase of a baby for $2,000, police said on Tuesday.Police said they made the arrests after receiving a tip from officials at a Bowling Green elementary school on Monday that a woman had given away a child.

Authorities spoke with the mother, Maria Domingo Perez (right), who first gave a conflicting statement to police but eventually told officers that she gave her baby to a man and a woman, a news release said.

Authorities spoke with the mother, Maria Domingo Perez, who first gave a conflicting statement to police but eventually told officers she gave her baby to a man and a woman, according to a blurb.

Bowling Green Police said Pascual Jose Manuel and Catarina Felipe Jose told detectives that they gave Domingo Perez $2,000 for the baby.

Social services has taken custody of the baby and Domingo Perez’s four other children, the blurb said.

All three people believed to be involved in the transaction have been charged with the selling and purchasing of a child for adoption, which is a felony.



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2019-12-05 Great White North
[DAILYCALLER] President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
called out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday after Trudeau was caught on video making fun of the president for being constantly late to meetings.

Trump said Trudeau is "two-faced" during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists...
at the 2019 NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
Summit. Trump also accused the prime minister of lashing out because he was unhappy that Trump was pressuring Canada to meet their full financial obligations to NATO.

"Well, he’s two-faced. And with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy. I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2%, and I guess he’s not very happy about it. I mean, you were there. A couple of you were there," Trump said after being asked about Trudeau’s unflattering comments.

The president continued, "It’s Canada. They have money. And they should be paying 2%. So I called him out on that, and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about that, but that’s the way it is. Look, I’m representing the U.S. and he should be paying more than he’s paying. And he understands it. So I can imagine he’s not that happy. But that’s the way it is."
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2019-12-05 International-UN-NGOs
[DAWN] The International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a three-day hearing on Wednesday at which prosecutors and victims aim to overturn a decision scrapping a proposed investigation into alleged crimes in Afghanistan's brutal conflict.

Fergal Gaynor, a lawyer representing 82 Afghani victims, called it a historic day for accountability in Afghanistan.

In April, judges rejected a request by the court's prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to open an investigation into crimes allegedly committed by the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
, Afghan cops and American military and intelligence agencies.

In the ruling, which was condemned by victim's and right's groups, the judges said that an investigation "would not serve the interests of justice" because it would likely fail due to lack of cooperation.

The decision came a month after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo banned visas for ICC staff seeking to investigate allegations of war crimes and other abuses by US forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's request to open an investigation said there is information that members of the US military and intelligence agencies "committed acts of torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, rape and sexual violence against conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan and other locations, principally in the 2003-2004 period."

She also said that the Taliban and other bad boy groups have killed more than 17,000 civilians since 2009, including some 7,000 assassinations.

She alleged that Afghan cops have tortured prisoners at government detention centres.

Even as they rejected the request for an investigation, judges in April acknowledged that Bensoudas November 2017 request to open a probe established a reasonable basis to consider that crimes within the ICC jurisdiction have been committed in Afghanistan and that potential cases would be admissible before the court.
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2019-12-05 Terror Networks
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2019-12-05 Europe
[NBCNews] "Tornike K." was making his way to a terror hq mosque when he was shot twice in the head in Berlin's Tiergarten park shortly before midday Aug. 23, prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday.

There were "enough indications" that the killing was "either contracted by government offices of the Russian Federation or the autonomous Chechen republic as a part of the Russian Federation," spokesman Markus Schmitt said.

Prosecutors said Tornike K., who had previously fought alongside jihad anti-Moscow separatists in Chechnya, "was classified and sought by Russian authorities as a terrorist."

The Kremlin had accused the 40-year-old of being a member of a terror organisation called "Caucasian Emirate."
The Boston bombers were members, so thank you, Vadim.
The Tsarnaev boys? The Caucasian Emirate was first nominally attached to Al Qaeda, then to ISIS, when they called themselves Caucasus Province, but all the while the Russians were hunting them down. Those who made their way to the Syrian civil war via Turkey became known as good fighters, but their organizations frequently splintered, a good way to get killed. It looks like Russia is still hunting them.


Police said they arrested Vadim K., a 48-year-old Russian national, shortly after the murder. Prosecutors say facial recognition technology was used to track and identify him.
Deutsche Welle adds:
Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was an asylum-seeker of Chechen descent from Georgia who fought against the Russians as a separatist during the Second Chechen War from 1999 - 2009. He was also known by a second identity "Tornike K." which was the one used by German prosecutors. After the war, he reportedly worked in both Ukraine and Georgia against Russian interests.

He applied for asylum in Germany in 2016 following multiple attempts on his life in Georgia. His asylum application, however, was denied and he was slated for deportation. Khangoshvili's ex-wife, Manana Tsatieva, previously told DW: "We were warned that this would happen eventually."

A senior Russian lawmaker, Leonid Slutsky, said on Wednesday Germany should expect to have two of its diplomats expelled from Russia as a "symmetrical" measure.

However, as Mark Galeotti, a British historian and expert on Russian intelligence, pointed out in an interview with DW, "It personally suits the Russians that they are thought to be behind this."

"Part of the Russian calculus is to present themselves as being so unpredictable and dangerous that the West really needs to make a deal with Moscow," such as over Ukraine, Galeotti added.
Related:
Caucasian Emirate: 2010-11-25 Three men suspected of planning terrorist attacks remanded in custody in Amsterdam
Caucasian Emirate: 2008-11-22 Dagestani Jamaat Expands Operations into Azerbaijan
Related:
Tsarnaev: 2019-08-07 The Real Cause of the Shootings.
Tsarnaev: 2018-12-28 Boston Bomber wants death sentence thrown out because 'lying jurors' and dozens of other issues made it 'impossible for him to get a fair trial'
Tsarnaev: 2018-07-25 Lawyers for convicted Boston Marathon bomber say they will address THIRTY legal reasons why his death penalty should be chucked out
Related:
Caucasus Province: 2016-12-16 Russia's FSB foils ISIS Moskva bomb plot
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
As Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, valiantly defends President Trump against the deep state coup trying to unseat this duly elected President of the United States, the mind ponders the now lost possibility of a Sen. Collins from Georgia defending President Trump and being an impeachment juror in any Senate trial. Instead we are getting a big business donor whom we are assured has all the boxes checked and an "R" next to their name. You know, someone like a Mitt Romney or a Jeff Flake.

With Collins we would have been assured of a passionate conservative loyal to the Trump vision of draining the swamp. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, whom President Trump campaigned for and helped to victory over Stacey Abrams in a contested election, has paid back Trump with the appointment of Kelly Loeffler, not Collins as Trump preferred, to fill the seat of Sen. Johnny Issakson, who is leaving the Senate for medical reasons:

n August 2018 Intercontinental Exchange announced it was forming the new company Bakkt,[43] which is intended to leverage Microsoft online servers to manage digital assets. Bakkt was said to be working with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Microsoft, Starbucks, and others to create a software platform. The Bakkt ecosystem is expected to include federally regulated markets and warehousing along with merchant and consumer applications. Its first use cases will be for trading and conversion of Bitcoin (BTC) versus fiat currencies. Kelly Loeffler is Bakkt's CEO.
And when Bitcoin scam blows up?
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2019-12-05 Iraq
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
h/t Instapundit
The Senate confirmed four trial court nominees to the federal bench Wednesday, among them a public interest lawyer Democrats say will trim abortion rights.

The package passed as the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from constitutional scholars pursuant to its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
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2019-12-05 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[FOX] A Marine stationed in Southern California was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempting to smuggle two Chinese women in the trunk of a car across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The unidentified junior-enlisted Marine was taken into custody at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego around 1:30 p.m., Marine spokesman Lt. Cameron Edinburgh said in a statement to Fox News.

The 20-year-old is assigned to the 1st Marine Division’s headquarters battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Customs officials found the two women in the trunk of a 2007 Ford Mustang when the Marine was pulled aside for additional screening. Customs and Border Patrol officials are investigating the incident.

"The Marine is currently being held in civilian custody.," Edinburgh said."The determination as to the adjudicating authority has not yet been made."

The Marine is expected to face federal charges, a CBP spokesperson said.

Edinburgh said the Marine has not served in the Southwest Border Support Mission, where U.S. troops are assisting border agents on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Monday's arrest comes as several other Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton are facing human trafficking charges. Six out of two dozen Marines recently pled guilty to human trafficking and drug charges at military court-martials.
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2019-12-05 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] PLO official claims project, funded by pro-Israel evangelical donors, serving ’military, intelligence and security’ purposes, but terror group brushes off concerns.

A field hospital being built by a US Evangelical Christian aid group in the northern Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip has become a source of controversy for the already feuding Ramallah-based Paleostinian leadership and the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terrorist group that controls the coastal enclave.
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2019-12-05 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[Jpost] Large explosions were reported at an Iranian base in al-Bukamal in eastern Syria after unidentified aircraft targeted a weapons depot at the site, according to the Step news agency.

A correspondent for Step reported that Iranian militias fired anti-aircraft fire at a reconnaissance aircraft that was spotted shortly before the attack. Shortly afterwards, unidentified aircraft attacked the weapons depot and large explosions were heard and fire could be seen from a distance.

No information about the extent of the damage or any casualties has been reported.
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
It's Kurt
Well, the gibbering, babbling left wanted an impeachment, and now they’re getting it good and hard. To the surprise of no one who isn’t a blue city pol, a media hack, or an insufferable Fredocon sissy, the American people are not particularly impressed by the genius idea of replacing our president a year before an election because he allegedly expressed curiosity about why the coke-sniffing, stripper-impregnating, dead brother’s wife-trifling, Navy-rejected loser son of Vice President Gropey O’Definitelynotsenile scored a $50K+ a month gig on a Ukrainian gas board. And it’s just dawning on some of them they maybe this impeachment brainstorm was not the bestest idea there ever was.

They think the optics of the Schiff hearings were great. They weren’t great. Yeah, let’s get a bunch of Deep State suits to come in and explain how the guy we elected to shake up the foreign policy elite’s decades of utter failure is bad because he is shaking up the foreign policy elite’s decades of utter failure. And then you have That’s Lieutenant Colonel Bratwurst ‐ if you’ve been in uniform, you know there’s one of those guys in every unit, and the wise commander has him off inventorying combat boots at the CIF, where he can’t provoke the troops to hang him by his skivvies from the flag pole out in front of Division HQ. You look at this parade of smug, over-credentialed bureaucrats with delusions of competence and a track record of screw-ups and, to cite the popular meme, you realize that Trump was elected to fire people like them.

Maybe you hear it in the Beltway, but you don’t hear normal people out in America demanding, "Let these people rule over us unimpeded by our electoral choices!" After all, these are the same people who think your kid ought to die defending the Turkish-Syrian border but tell you it’s a crime against humanity to defend our own border with Cartelistan.

...Let’s leave aside the fact that simple math makes this entire exercise as futile as a Weekly Standard writer staffer’s Valentine’s Day. Their eventual humiliation is assured in the Senate unless and until they get 20 Republicans to commit ritual suicide over Trump pointing out the manifest corruption of Touchy J and Lil’ Crackpipe.

And they aren’t getting 20 GOP votes in the Senate. Igloo Maverick Lisa Murkowski, maybe, but they probably won’t even get Mitt Romney. At the end of the day, he’ll submit. He wet himself when Candy Crowley rebuked him. Do you think he’d dare stand up to the Murder Turtle?

...This is going to end badly, hilariously badly, and everyone seems to know it except the Democratic leaders like Schiff and now the Nadd, who are driving full speed into the brick wall (Pelosi knows, which is why she’s right behind them, every step of the way). It’s like the proverbial dog who chases the car and then wonders what to do when he finally catches it ‐ just before the car backs up and runs him over.
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2019-12-05 Europe
[Summit News] Dozens of elderly residents were forced to leave their apartments in an area of Stockholm after the block was closed, only to be re-opened again for migrants to replace them.

Residents at Dianagården were told they would have to leave because the toilets in the facility were 5cm too small to comply with regulations.

However, soon after the 48 apartments were emptied, they were filled with newly arrived migrants.

"It was later revealed that politicians planned that immigrants would instead move into the premises," reports Fria Tider.

In 2015, Sweden accepted more refugees per capita than any other country, and despite worsening problems with sexual assaults, grenade attacks and violent crime, the inflow shows no sign of being seriously restricted.

A recent opinion poll found that the anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats are now the most popular party in Sweden. The Sweden Democrats would get 24.2% of the votes if an election was held today, beating the ruling Social Democrats.

Back in October, Leif Östling, former CEO of trucking company Scania, warned that Sweden is heading towards civil war due to uncontrolled mass immigration.

"We’ve taken in far too many people from outside. And we have. Those who come from the Middle East and Africa live in a society that we left almost a hundred years ago," he said.
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[AMERICANTHINKER] Days before Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...
was to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Representative The Ageless and Downright Brilliant Comrade Maxine Impeach 45! Waters
...U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, serving since 1991, a total of 28.01006 years. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the most senior of the twelve black women currently serving in the United States Congress, and a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California Assembly, to which she was first elected back when Disco was in flower, in 1976, which would make it 43.00801 years. She has been a politician for virtually all her adult life. If she was a little brighter she'd be a Communist...
called for him to be impeached for dubbing his opponent, "Crooked Hillary" during his campaign. Since name-calling doesn't qualify as high crimes or misdemeanors, the impeachment call fizzled, seen as another crazy Maxine rant. That was a mistake.

Just 19 minutes after President Trump was sworn in, the Washington Post announced, "The Campaign to Impeach President Trump Has Begun," this time for being rich. Every day since, networks breathlessly report new impeachment calls for tweeting, for unspoken words, for being an "inciter" of "hatred." There are 98 reasons to date. In fact, the term "impeach" has been so overused that it's losing its authority. It is seen no longer as a pivotal event in our country's history, but rather just as another political battle.

The Left has effectively recast impeachment as a recall. In a recall, a public official may be removed from office before his term expires, often for any reason or no reason at all.

Conversely, the Constitution specifies that impeachment is only for treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Now, I know the Constitution wasn't written for uneducated rubes like me. One needs a law degree, political office, or a spot on cable TV to be qualified to interpret the "real" meaning of the Constitution. Nevertheless, I'll weigh in.

Note the wording: impeachment for "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." Thus, evidence of one of the aforementioned conditions (legal jargon inserted for credentialing) must exist to trigger impeachment ‐ in other words, evidence of a crime before, not after the impeachment process.

But lack of cause is not an issue because, as Gerald Ford posited, "an impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history."

No, Gerald, impeachment is a constitutional tool to remove a president who behaves in a manner deleterious to public welfare, not to remove a political enemy.

Related:
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Maxine Waters: 2019-12-02 Julian Castro: Republicans ‘Get Off’ on Trump’s Cruelty
Maxine Waters: 2019-11-26 Here comes the circus: Raucous judiciary panel set to reclaim impeachment
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Crooked Hillary: 2019-11-13 Hillary Clinton: I’m Facing ‘Enormous Pressure’ to Enter 2020 Race — I Want to ‘Retire’ Trump
Crooked Hillary: 2019-11-07 Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely with Anti-Trump Dossier Hoaxer
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Washington Post: 2019-12-03 AG Bill Barr Disputes IG Horowitz's Findings On the Trump-Russia Investigation
Washington Post: 2019-12-02 Court Filing: Obama Holdover Heading Office Under Investigation for ‘Illegally Leaked' Classified Document
Washington Post: 2019-12-02 Terrorist in London knife attack had been lecturing woke university leftists all about criminal justice 'reform'
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Gerald Ford: 2019-11-14 A Nobel Prize for Trump?
Gerald Ford: 2019-09-14 Felicity Huffman wants to serve her sentence at one of ‘America’s cushiest prisons’
Gerald Ford: 2019-07-05 'The US has no obligation': Biden fought to keep Vietnamese refugees out of the US
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2019-12-05 -Land of the Free
[OUTLINE] George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, is suing Martin's family and Florida prosecutors, claiming that they engineered false evidence in the homicide trial.The lawsuit to be filed Wednesday in Polk County Circuit Court seeks $100million in civil damages for defamation, abuse of civil process and conspiracy.

It alleges that the prosecution's key witness in Zimmerman's 2013 murder trial, Rachel Jeantel, was an imposter coached by the family and their lawyers.

The lead defendant in the suit is Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother. Fulton gained national notoriety as an advocate for social justice and reducing gun violence in the wake of her son's death.

The family's attorney, Ben Crump, is also named as a defendant. He is accused of defamation and attempting to 'deprive Zimmerman of his constitutional and other legal rights'.

Zimmerman is being represented by high-profile conservative legal crusader Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch and a former US Department of Justice prosecutor.



Related:
George Zimmerman: 2019-10-03 The Trayvon Hoax - Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America
George Zimmerman: 2019-09-12 The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America
George Zimmerman: 2019-05-20 Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton is running for office
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Trayvon Martin: 2019-10-03 The Trayvon Hoax - Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America
Trayvon Martin: 2019-09-12 The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America
Trayvon Martin: 2019-05-20 Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton is running for office
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Polk County: 2019-08-10 Florida Woman Says Large Alligator Ate Her 100-Pound Dog
Polk County: 2019-01-24 Judge Strikes Down Iowa ‘Heartbeat' Abortion Law
Polk County: 2018-03-30 Miami man has sex with Polk girl, 10, he met online
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Rachel Jeantel: 2019-10-03 The Trayvon Hoax - Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America
Rachel Jeantel: 2019-09-12 The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America
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Sybrina Fulton: 2019-10-03 The Trayvon Hoax - Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America
Sybrina Fulton: 2019-05-20 Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton is running for office
Sybrina Fulton: 2017-06-21 Nascent Scam Alert: Don't Bank Black? You're Funding White Supremacy, Professor Says
Related:
Larry Klayman: 2017-06-04 Clinton, Obama, Sharpton and BLM Named in Lawsuits for Inciting ‘War on Police'
Larry Klayman: 2017-03-24 Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team
Larry Klayman: 2016-09-23 HRC tries to evade Benghazi lawsuit liability
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2019-12-05 International-UN-NGOs
[AMERICANTHINKER] What's the carbon footprint of a military invasion? And where's the army that the U.N. would use to invade a country that emits the CO2 that makes the world greener and greener?

This guy makes me even happier that I ditched academia after getting my Ph.D. and teaching at Harvard. Simon Kent reports for Breitbart:

The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
may resort to military action against states that defy its mandates on global climate action, according to Ole Wæver, a prominent international relations professor at the University of Copenhagen.

In an interview with ABC News in Australia, Professor Wæver cautions that what he sees as "climate inaction" might draw the U.N. into considering other means to ensure its goals are met, even if that leads to global armed conflict.

The totalitarian impulse lurking behind the warmist agenda is clearly visible:

"If there was something that was decided internationally by some more centralised procedure and every country was told 'this is your emission target, it's not negotiable, we can actually take military measures if you don't fulfil it', then you would basically have to get that down the throat of your population, whether they like it or not," he says.

Global dictatorship, justified by a climate hoax. Does it get any more sinister?

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2019-12-05 India-Pakistan
...the alleged stoning to death of a 10-year-old girl [Gul Sama Rind] in the name of honour...
[DAWN] DADU: Hyderabad DIG Naeem Ahmed Shaikh on Tuesday said that an investigation into the alleged stoning to death of a 10-year-old girl [Gul Sama Rind] in the name of honour in the Wahi Pandhi area was under way and it was too early to say whether such an incident had actually taken place or not. The fact that could be known and confirmed so far was that the girl had died and was buried more than a week ago at the specified place, he said.
So it should be a simple matter of checking to see if she's buried under rocks.
The DIG was speaking at a press conference along with Hyderabad Commissioner Abbas Baloch and some senior police officers at Dadu SSP’s office after visiting the Wahi Pandhi police station and ascertaining details about the girl’s death from under custody cleric Maulvi Mumtaz Leghari, who had performed her funeral prayers, notables of the area and the people who had some information about the matter.
Did Maulvi Mumtaz perform the funeral prayers before or after she was dead?
While most of the people interviewed by the police officers expressed their unawareness about any jirga having been held to pass a death decree against the girl or even her stoning to death, some others appeared sure that no incident of stoning any girl to death in this area had occurred.

DIG Shaikh said that police had received information about the incident, having taken place in an area known as Shahi Makan, from the media. Such reports suggested that the girl was stoned to death under the decree of a jirga, he said. The senior police officer recalled that police took swift action by arresting Maulvi Leghari, and taking parents of the girl into custody for interrogation.

While continuing an investigation into the alleged honour killing, police requested the district and sessions judge of Dadu to allow exhumation of the body to ascertain cause of her death, he said, adding that at the same time, efforts were being made to verify the claim that she was stoned to death.
What kind of country is Pakistain that it can even be suspected that a 10-year-old was stoned to death?
In reply to a question, DIG Shaikh said fairness of the investigation was out of question as police could not let go the matter of stoning to death of any person if such an incident had actually taken place. He held out the assurance that the investigation would be absolutely transparent.
If it did take place, shoot every person over ten in the village.
“At this stage, it is too early to say about what actually happened to the girl because a post-mortem of the body has not been performed,” he said. Stressing on exhumation of the body to reach a conclusion, the DIG said it was going to take place on Wednesday and in the light of the chemical examination of the body afterwards, an investigation could be held in the right direction, if needed.

Earlier, a team of Dadu police headed by DSP Pir Bakhsh Chandio visited the specified place in Karo Kot village near Shahi Makan where the incident was reported to have taken place. Some police personnel were deployed at the girl’s grave to ensure that no one tried to destroy evidence. A special medical board has already been constituted by Hyderabad police surgeon Dr Bansidhar for the exhumation and post-mortem examination of the deceased girl.

The medical board is to exhume the body under the supervision of Johi’s judicial magistrate Agha Imran Pathan at 11am in Lali Lak graveyard.

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Jirga: 2019-09-13 Wana hospital official kidnapped
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2019-12-05 Europe
[DAWN] Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne resig­ned on Tuesday after losing the support of the coalition partner Centre Party, thou­­gh the governing alliance is expected to stay in power to avoid a snap election.

A Social Democrat who has headed the centre-left five-party government since June, Rinne handed his resignation to President Sauli Niinisto, who asked the government to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new go­vernment has been appoi­nted, the presidency said.

"All of the governing parties have confidence in me, except the Centre Party. When I was told why they no longer have confidence in me, I made the decision to resign," Rinne said.

The Centre Party was angered after the prime mi­­n­­­­­­­ister was accused of lying by the head of Finland Post ‐ the culmination of a long-running dispute over re­­fo­rms to the pay and conditions for some postal workers.

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2019-12-05 Iraq
[Jpost] The Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group has joined Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Qassem Soleimani
in negotiations to select Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's replacement, according to the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.

"Soleimani is in Baghdad to push for a particular candidate to succeed Abdul Mahdi," said an informed Iraqi source to Agence La Belle France Press. Hezbollah official Mohammad Kawtharani, who is responsible for the terrorist group's Iraqi file, has joined Soleimani and "is also playing a large role in persuading Shi'ite and Sunni political forces in this," according to the source.

Kawtharani was sanctioned by the United States in August 2013 for working "on behalf of Hezbollah's leadership to promote the group's interests in Iraq, including Hezbollah efforts to provide training, funding, political, and logistical support to Iraqi Shi'a Death Eater groups," according to the US Department of Treasury's website. The Hezbollah official also helped recruit fighters for the Assad regime in Syria.

According to Al Arabiya, Soleimani came to Iraq last weekend as Abdul Mahdi tendered his resignation to the Iraqi parliament. The Quds Force commander also visited Baghdad in October to help advise the government on the crackdown on anti-government protests. During the October visit, Soleimani met with the militias of the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and told them to support Mahdi.

On Tuesday, the Iranian consulate in Najaf was torched for the third time. Iranian consulates in the cities of Karbala and Najaf have been torched and Iraqi flags have been raised over both during the protests, which began in October.

Mahdi's decision to resign was made after Shi'ite Moslem holy man Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for a change of leadership on Friday, according to Al Arabiya.

Sistani said attacks on peaceful protesters were "forbidden," but also urged demonstrators to reject violence. Protesters "must not allow peaceful demonstrations to be turned into attacks on property or people," he said.

Mahdi called on the government to "act in the interests of Iraq and preserve the blood of its people, and avoid slipping into a cycle of violence, chaos and devastation."

The Iraqi prime minister's resignation came exactly a month after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
...Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too....
announced his resignation in the face of anti-government protests that spread throughout Leb due to a troubled economy. In both countries, talks are ongoing about the formation of new governments.

In both Leb and Iraq, protesters spoke out against Iranian influence in their countries. In Leb, Hezbollah supporters have clashed multiple times with protesters and in Iraq protesters have claimed that Iranian forces and pro-Iranian militias have attacked demonstrators. On Thursday in the city of Najaf in Iraq, festivities between security forces and protesters broke out as protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the city.

Over 400 people have been killed in the protests that have spread throughout Iraq against the deterioration of living conditions and health services, government corruption, unemployment and Iranian interference in the country.
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2019-12-05 Europe
[IsraelTimes] The French government is creating a national anti-hate crime office, following the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in eastern La Belle France.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner makes the announcement today in the town of Westhoffen, where vandals scrawled swastikas and other anti-Semitic inscriptions on 107 tombs yesterday.

Speaking alongside Jewish leaders, Castaner condemns the graffiti as a sign that "hate is on our national territory."

"We must respect the right to believe," he says.

A special police unit has begun investigating the incident, Castaner says, and the new national office will seek to fight hate crimes.

The graffiti marked the latest in a string of anti-Semitic acts in the Bas-Rhin region. Anti-Semitic graffiti was also discovered yesterday in the eastern French village of Schaffhouse-sur-Zorn, authorities say.
One hopes the office will also address anti-Christian hate crimes, and do something about the population most engaged in it.
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2019-12-05 China-Japan-Koreas
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[EpochTimes] Consequences. Only slightly delayed.
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2019-12-05 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jpost] The IDF, Shin Bet, Border Police and Israeli Police forces arrested 15 wanted suspects for involvement in terrorist activities and violent disruptions against civilians and security forces in the West Bank overnight, the IDF said on Wednesday. The suspects were brought in for interrogation.
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2019-12-05 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jpost] Sources in the Arabic media claim efforts are being made to persuade Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and the PIJ to accept a long-term ceasefire proposal that is planned last for five years.
A hudna may last no longer than ten years, but war must be resumed as soon as the Lions of Islam are rested and re-equipped, and therefore able to fight effectively.
Senior officials from the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, and the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, are taking part in Egypt's strategic talks, which included offers of a five-year ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Paleostinian newspaper al-Quds reported on Wednesday.

Sources in the Arabic media said that military officials were part of a Hamas and Islamic Jihad delegation that took part in a meeting in Cairo yesterday to discuss new coordination plans following the latest round of fighting.

According to those same sources, efforts are being made to persuade the parties to accept a long-term ceasefire proposal that will last for five years. The sources pointed to international pressure exerted on the heads of the organizations to restore stability and reach a deal.

A source close to Hamas noted that the organization had not been updated on the "artificial island" project by mediators. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
he did not deny that proposals were made regarding infrastructure-related projects in the Strip.

In late October, the London-based al-Arab al-Jadeed newspaper reported on the understandings that allowed the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Islamic Jihad, after four hours of negotiations. The Islamic Jihad leadership agreed to the final version in which Egypt offered that Israel agree to three demands - halting live fire towards young people participating in the march of return, halting liquidations and assassinations and receiving a commitment from Israel to end the blockade and uphold the terms of the ceasefire.
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] Attorney General William Barr reportedly disagrees with a finding by the forthcoming Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) report that the FBI had sufficient reason to monitor the Trump campaign in 2016.

The FBI conducted surveillance on Trump campaign associates, including foreign policy aide Carter Page, on the basis of suspicions that the campaign might have been colluding with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election.

No evidence of collusion was ever found, though the surveillance continued well after the election, and the fact that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign over Russia was leaked to Democrats and to the mainstream media.

The IG report is expected to criticize the FBI for the way in which it approached the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to obtain a warrant for that surveillance. The FBI partly relied upon the so-called "dossier" prepared by former British spy Remington Christopher Steele for Fusion GPS, an opposition research company being paid by the Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Republicans have claimed that the FBI failed to corroborate the unproven allegations in the dossier, and hid its political origins from the FISA court.

But there have been conflicting leaks about what the report, which is set to be released next Monday, will say about misconduct at the FBI. Several individuals have already seen drafts of the report, as they are mentioned in it.

The Washington Post reported Monday evening that IG Michael Horowitz, an B.O. regime appointee, had concluded that there was, in fact, sufficient evidence to justify what Barr earlier called "spying" on the campaign.

Barr reportedly disagreed, though a spokesperson for the DOJ dismissed reports of a dispute between Barr and Horowitz: "Rather than speculating, people should read the report for themselves next week," she said.

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2019-12-05 Africa Horn
[DW] The relative stability Somaliland has seen for years is now at risk of coming undone. What ought to have been the first parliamentary elections in this autonomous region of Somalia since 2005 have been put off once more.

The postponement of a vote set for mid-December to 2022 and increasing crackdowns on free speech pose a risk to Somaliland, an internationally endorsed autonomous region of Somalia that straddles the borders of Æthiopia and Djibouti.

Some analysts see Somaliland as East Africa's strongest democracy, located at a strategic intersection and key to the development of the Horn of Africa .
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[WASHINGTONTIMES] The White House Wednesday slammed a constitutional scholar for referencing 13-year-old Barron Trump during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing.

Pamela Karlan, a Stanford law professor, was asked how the powers of a president differ from that of a British king.

Ms. Karlan said kings had virtually unlimited authority while the Constitution limits presidential powers. To illustrate her point, she referenced President Trump’s son, Barron.

"The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron," Ms. Karlan said to laughter and applause in the hearing room.

But the White House wasn’t amused. The Trump campaign questioned why the president’s son was fodder for the hearing, but not Hunter Biden. President Trump pressing the Ukraine president to probe Hunter Biden’s ties to a Ukrainian gas company has been at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham also criticized the comment.

"Classless move by a Democratic ’witness," she said via Twitter. Prof Karlan uses a teenage boy who has nothing to do with this joke of a hearing (and deserves privacy) as a punchline. And what’s worse, it’s met by laughter in the hearing room. What is being done to this country is no laughing matter."

Later in the hearing, Rep. Matt Gaetz scolded Ms. Karlan for her comment.

"When you make a little joke about the president’s 13-year-old son, it does not make you look credible, it makes you look mean," the Florida Republican said.

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2019-12-05 Home Front: Culture Wars
[Federalist] This Friday, the top four NCAA Division III women’s soccer teams face off in the national semifinals. One of the final four teams’ goalkeepers, Isa Berardo, is a male transgender playing as a female for Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.

Not surprisingly, the male goalie has dominated the field against opposing female players, giving his own a chance to win the national championship thanks to his physical advantages in a key position. This is increasingly happening throughout women’s sports, at all levels from elementary school through professional competitions. It’s creating not equality, but inequality.

In 2016, Therese Johaug, a Norwegian three-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion, received an 18-month suspension from the sport she loved after it was discovered that the team-approved lip balm she was using to treat her badly sunburned lips contained a performance-enhancing steroid.

A devastated Johaug lamented, "I feel I did everything right. I went to an expert who gave me the ointment, and I asked him if the cream was on a doping list. The answer I got was ’no.’"

But the powers that be were undeterred from their well-established hard line of fairness, and Johaug was forced to watch the 2018 winter Olympics from the sidelines.

It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances that raises the question: If chemicals from a necessary, medicated lip balm can be construed as such an unjust physical advantage, how on Earth can athletic authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the litany of physical advantages the transgender men increasingly competing in women’s sports so obviously possess in their male bodies?
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
h/t Instapundit
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Wednesday that an investigation by his office has uncovered hundreds of illegally registered non-citizen voters, 77 of whom cast ballots in the November 2018 election.

In a letter to Attorney Dave Yost on December 4, LaRose, a Republican, explained, "As a result of our review, my office has identified 277 individuals who registered to vote in Ohio and 77 individuals who cast a ballot in an Ohio election and who appear to be legally present, noncitizens."
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2019-12-05 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[Free Beacon] Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Wednesday said attacks on President Donald Trump have been ineffective and may ultimately increase his reelection chances.

"It seems like all we can do is throw ineffective rocks at Donald Trump, and then it ends up leading unfortunately toward his reelection," Yang said during an interview on Rolling Stone’s podcast "Useful Idiots."

As the impeachment inquiry continues in the House of Representatives, Yang has staked out a different position from many in his party.

"I’m pro-impeachment, but this is going to be a loser," Yang said.

"You need literally dozens of Republican senators to switch sides when the trial starts, which we’ve gotten zero indication is going to happen," he said.

Yang argued the media's focus on Trump only helps the president and that Democrats are wasting time when they should be focused on "creating a positive vision" that will excite Americans.

"If all that happens is all of the Democrats are talking about impeachment that fails, then it seems like there is no vision," Yang said.
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2019-12-05 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[MAIL] A 79-year-old air hostess employed by Delta since 1962 is suing the airline after she was fired over a missing carton of milk.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Ida Gomez Llanos claims she was the victim of a smear campaign by colleagues envious of her salary and perks, encouraged by managers who wanted to replace her with cheaper, younger staff.

After receiving annual pay rises over her 57-year career, Llanos was earning around $250,000 when she was fired - more than four times the average flight attendant salary of $56,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Huntington Beach-based flight attendant filed her lawsuit against Delta Airlines this month in a Los Angeles court, claiming she was ’harassed’, ’bullied’ by colleagues ‐ and that instead of protecting her, bosses wrote her up and eventually fired her.

The 79-year-old told DailyMailTV that after 57 years working for the company, which saw her rise to become the number one flight attendant in LA and rank fifth in the country, her bosses dismissed her for taking a carton of milk off a plane after her line manager gave her permission.

’I couldn’t believe it,’ Llanos said. ’I’ve been accused of so many things and none were true.

’I try not to take it personally, but when you get mean about me and start lying, that is a problem.’
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2019-12-05 Down Under
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2019-12-05 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] The federal cabinet on Tuesday held a threadbare discussion on recovery of 190 million pounds by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) from real estate tycoon Malik Riaz’s family and handing it over to Pakistain.

A source, who attended the meeting, told Dawn on condition of anonymity that the prime minister discussed the matter with some cabinet members when officials of Prime Minister Secretariat and other ministries had left the meeting hall.

According to a blurb issued by the PM Office, the Assets Recovery Unit (ARU) facilitated the repatriation of 190 million pounds (approximately $250m) through a settlement.

The UK’s National Crime Agency has agreed to an out-of-court settlement in a pending investigation with a Pak family that owns large property developments in Pakistain and elsewhere. The NCA also agreed on immediate repatriation of funds to the state of Pakistain, it added.

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2019-12-05 Africa Subsaharan
[France24] Pirates have kidnapped 19 crew members from a crude oil tanker off Nigeria, an official with the ship’s operator said on Thursday.

The loaded vessel was attacked 77 nautical miles off Bonny island late on Dec. 3 and the crew - 18 Indians and one Turk - were seized, the official said.

Another seven crew members remain on board the vessel. Neither the vessel nor the cargo were damaged, the official said.

The Hong Kong-flagged supertanker Nave Constellation, capable of carrying up to 2 million barrels of oil, is operated by Greek shipping company Navios Tankers Management.

"We are doing everything necessary to make sure that the 19 crew members will return safe," the official at Navios said, adding that their families have been informed.

The shipping industry has warned in recent months about the increasing dangers faced by seafarers sailing through West Africa, particularly around Nigeria, with a greater focus on kidnappings by pirate gangs.
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2019-12-05 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-12-05 Afghanistan
[al-Emarah] At least 17 puppets were killed and 7 more were maimed when Mujahideen seized 2 of the enemy posts in Dashti Archi district of northern Kunduz province last night.

Two Arbaki commanders, Ahmad Shah and Zabit Khalil were among those killed in the operation.

Similarly, Mujahideen seized 5 machine guns from the enemy in the operation.

In another report, 4 coppers were maimed when Mujahideen ambushed the enemy vehicle in the placid provincial capital of Kunduz province last night.

Two of the enemy vehicles were also seized by Mujahideen during the attack.
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2019-12-05 Olde Tyme Religion
[Aljazeera] An Indian guru facing rape and sexual abuse charges has made headlines after he emerged from hiding and announced the birth of a new cosmic country with its own cabinet and golden passports.
California ?
Swami Nithyananda, a controversial self-styled "godman" with thousands of followers in southern India's Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states, posted a video on his YouTube channel on Wednesday announcing the special project to his followers.

The 41-year-old guru announced that his country is called Kailaasa and is the biggest Hindu nation without boundaries.

"The Hindu nation exists in cosmos," he said in the now-viral video.

Local media reports cited a website allegedly created by the guru with details about his plans for Kailaasa, even as the police and other authorities investigating him for various criminal charges still do not know his whereabouts.

The website shares details of different government departments and agencies in his "country", including homeland security, commerce, treasury, housing, technology and one for enlightened civilisation.
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[DAILYCALLER] One of the mysteries looming over the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation is whether dossier author Remington Christopher Steele lied to the bureau regarding his contacts with journalists.

Two GOP senators, Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham
...soft-spoken senator from South Carolina, former best buddy of John Maverick McCain. Since McCain's demise, Graham has become more outspoken, more Republican and more of a supporter of President Trump. The speech he gave in support of Brett Kavanaugh was downright manly and really cheesed off the Dems...
, referred Steele for investigation in January 2018, but there have been no updates about the status of the probe.

That could change Monday when the Justice Department’s inspector general releases a report that will detail the FBI’s relationship with Steele.
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[American Thinker] Who would have ever thought the United States could lose its way and find itself on a slippery slope to becoming a banana republic in which political power is typically determined by coups rather than elections? But it appears that many in the Democrat Party are willing to go down this road and risk the nation’s continuity and stability in a desperate effort to regain power and control.

Since there is simply no greater crime against the United States, its Constitution and its people than subverting the government that is duly elected by the people, Americans need to clearly remind Washington that the legitimacy of our government comes exclusively from the people.

Think about it... why should Democrats in Congress be ignoring their legislative responsibilities, and wasting their time and the nation’s scarce resources with impeachment proceedings less than a year away from the next presidential election on November 3, 2020? And why would Democrats think impeachment a wise course to follow, particularly after putting the country through nearly two years of the Mueller investigation -- which proved to be a hoax?

What many are now realizing is that Democrat Party leadership has lost its bearings by surrendering control to the extreme left -- an amalgam of pro-Islamic and Marxist views as represented by the so-called "squad." The impeachment effort is not just an attack against Donald Trump; it’s also meant to dishearten and disenfranchise nearly half the country who voted for him.

The American Republic established by the Constitution provided for a more stable system of government based on honoring the results of scheduled elections than the parliamentary form of democracy, where politics and a no-confidence vote could bring a government down and require a new one to be formed on an unscheduled basis. Relative political stability and continuity of the American Republic has been the chief contributing factor to the nation’s civility, as well as its meteoric economic rise over the last 240 years.
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2019-12-05 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[PJMEDIA] On Monday, the dipshit transgender activist who goes by the name of Jessica Yaniv angrily informed its his Twitter followers that a gynecologist refused to treat him or any other "transgender patients." This shocked Jessica. "Are they allowed to do that, legally?" he wondered out loud.

"So a gynaecologist office that I got referred to literally told me today that 'we don't serve transgender patients,'" Yaniv writes on Twitter. "And me, being me, I'm shocked.. and confused... and hurt. Are they allowed to do that, legally? Isn't that against the college practices?"

So a gynaecologist office that I got referred to literally told me today that "we don't serve transgender patients."

And me, being me, I'm shocked.. and confused... and hurt.

Are they allowed to do that, legally? Isn't that against the college practices? @cpsbc_ca

‐ Jessica Yaniv (@trustednerd) December 3, 2019
In a follow-up tweet, the biological male who identifies as a woman, adds that "gynaecologists form a part of the multidisciplinary team who engage with transgender and non‐binary patients, either as part of the transition stage performing surgery or managing pre‐ or post‐transition gynaecological problems."

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Jessica Yaniv: 2019-07-23 Woman Forced To Close Business After Refusing To Wax Male Genitals Of Pudgy Transgender Person
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2019-12-05 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
[BBC] A man has been arrested in Russia for erecting fake border posts to trick four migrant workers into thinking they had entered Finland.

After reaching the posts, the man left the group to wander alone in what they believed was the EU country - but was actually a swampy forest in Vyborg.

After a while the four South Asian men were stopped by real border guards, who told them they were still in Russia.

The "smuggler" had reportedly made them pay over €10,000 ($11,000) each.

All five men were reportedly detained on 28 November.

The fake smuggler is facing the more serious charge of fraud. He has been detained, pending trial.

Officials did not specify which country the men were originally from.

Footage posted on Russian social media appears to show the men being arrested. They are seen standing in the darkness among fir trees, holding their hands up as FSB border agents shine torches on them.
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2019-12-05 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[USATODAY] The United States is again the eighth-most-spammed nation in the world and the annoying calls are on the rise, according to a new report.

Americans received 7% more spam calls in 2019 compared to the year before, said Truecaller, a Swedish company that tracks spam calls, but hung on to their ranking from the last annual report.

The report Tuesday comes after efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to crackdown on robocalls, which are the No.1 complaint consumers make to the agency.

Truecaller found robocalls in the U.S. increased by 35% in the last year, despite the four major service providers offering tools to block unwanted calls and identify potential scams.

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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] A transcript of Constitutional Law professor Johnathan Turley’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on impeachment was released ahead of his Wednesday morning appearance.

Turley, slated to be the sole Republican witness, will testify that removing President Trump over allegations of wrongdoing related to Ukraine would a grave mistake.

"If the House proceeds solely on the Ukrainian allegations, this impeachment would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president," Turley, who teaches at George Washington University Law School, will tell the panel, headed up by chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

"That does not bode well for future presidents who are working in a country often sharply and, at times, bitterly divided," the professor is slated to add.

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2019-12-05 Economy
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors (GM.N) and South Korea’s LG Chem (051910.KS) are set to announce on Thursday a 50:50 joint venture in Ohio to make electric vehicle batteries, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The facility, expected to be located in the Lordstown area, will see investment of more than $2 billion with GM and LG Chem expected to invest more than $1 billion each, one of the sources said. The venture is likely to be signed on Thursday, the sources said.

A GM spokeswoman declined to comment on a venture with LG.

"Talks occur on a regular basis in the auto industry between a variety of partners on different topics, but as a matter of policy we don’t discuss who, where or when those discussions might occur," she said.
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[RedState] A fascinating article, written by Judicial Watch's Chris Farrell, a former counterintelligence case officer, recently appeared on the Gatestone Institute's website. Just when we thought we could recite every text message ever exchanged between Page and Strzok, along comes a new one. In December 2015, Page wrote to Strzok, "You get all our oconus lures approved? ;)."

Because, believe it or not, the FBI is prohibited from such activities as investigating a major political party's candidate for the presidency, they needed to find an alternative. Farrell explains that their alternative was to "manufacture a foreign counterintelligence (FCI) "threat" that could then be "imported" back into the United States." He writes:

Plausible deniability, the Holy Grail of covert activities, was in reach for the plotters if they could develop an FCI operation outside the continental United States (OCONUS) involving FBI confidential human sources (Halper, Mifsud, others?) that would act as "lures" (intelligence jargon associated with double agent operations) to ensnare Trump associates.

We have evidence of these machinations from December 2015 when FBI lawyer Lisa Page texts to her boyfriend, the now infamous FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, "You get all our oconus lures approved? ;)."

The coup plot failed, but the chief coup conspirators are free, crisscrossing the country on book tours and appearing as paid contributors to CNN and MSNBC.
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2019-12-05 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[Jpost] Israel is working to stop Iranian belligerence throughout the Middle East, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in Lisbon, at the start of his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Portuguese capital.

Netanyahu made the statement hours after Arab news outlets reported an explosion in an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) weapons depot at an airport near al-Bukamal on the Syria-Iraq border, but declined to answer questions on the matter.
“We’ve been fortunate that [US President Donald Trump] has a consistent policy of pressure against Iran,” Netanyahu said.

Pointing to Iranian activity in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Gaza and Yemen, Netanyahu said Israel is “actively engaged in countering that aggression.”

Pompeo made brief comments in support of protesters against Iran.

“I flew in from being with the president in London, where... one of the central topics was how to create stability in the Middle East, with anti-Iran protests in Baghdad, Beirut and Iran itself,” Pompeo said. "These are people seeking freedom and a reasonable way to live."
“We’ll do everything we can to create opportunity for these people who want freedom,” he stated.

Netanyahu told Pompeo: “You took the words out of my mouth. The Iranian empire is tottering; let’s make it totter further.”

The prime minister said he “excoriated” the six European countries “trying to sidestep the sanctions the US under President Trump placed. That’s the wrong thing.”

Netanyahu also said he will talk to Pompeo about “the ability to strengthen our mutual defenses even further,” a reference to a possible defense pact between the US and Israel.

He also expressed gratitude to Pompeo for his statement that the US no longer sees settlements as illegitimate.

“Advancing peace has to be based on truth, not lies,” he stated.

Though earlier in the day Netanyahu said he would discuss applying Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley in his meeting with Pompeo, the two refused to answer questions on the matter.

“It’s a very good place,” is all Netanyahu would say.

On the plane to Lisbon, Netanyahu said the US policy or pressure on Iran is successfully weakening the regime.

“Their economic resources are stressed. The economic problems are creating political problems,” he said.

Netanyahu said that Trump has taken his advice on his Iran policy and took credit for preventing the meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that French President Emmanuel Macron tried to organize.

The prime minister pointed to protests in Tehran, Beirut and Iraq as results of sanctions on Iran.

“There’s no reason to help [Iran],” Netanyahu said, referring to European countries trying to circumvent sanctions. “Instead, we should increase pressure.”

Netanyahu referred to a defense pact between Israel and the US with Pompeo on the flight.

“This is a great thing for Israel. I know there are disagreements... but I think it’s the right thing that will address what we need,” he stated.

Netanyahu plans to meet with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva on Thursday.

While Netanyahu was in Portugal, the country became the 34th full member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, after the Luxembourg-based organization voted to upgrade it from observer status.
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2019-12-05 India-Pakistan
[Theprint.in] Satellite images show construction work on a site close to two military bases; significant expansion also on at a nuclear storage site in Sindh.

When the Taliban was creeping closer to Islamabad in 2008-2009, Pakistan’s security dilemma was compounded by the discussion in the United States of a “Plan B” – to seize control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons should the US deem fit. The Indian intelligence community was rife with stories of how the Pakistanis had started shifting their nuclear strike assets – from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to Sindh and Balochistan. Today, satellite images more or less confirm it.

Satellite imagery provided by Shadowbreak & detected by @detresfa reveals significant expansion of two high-security bases. One is Samungli, on the outskirts of Quetta in Balochistan; and the other is Manjhand, a few kilometres outside Hyderabad in Sindh. There is significant evidence to show that these are also storage sites for Pakistani nuclear weapons.
lots of images and discussion at link
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2019-12-05 Home Front: Politix
[Daily Mail - Where the U.S. Gets its ACCURATE news]
* Hunter Biden will have to turn over five years of financial records in his paternity battle against his baby mama Lunden Roberts, DailyMail.com can disclose

* The son of former VP Joe Biden will have to tell an Arkansas judge exactly how much he made by controversially sitting on the board of a Ukrainian oil company

* Roberts will also have to disclose her financial records, including how much she made in tips as a stripper at the Mpire Club in D.C. where the two met

* Originally Judge Don McSpadden presiding over the court in Batesville, Arkansas, had only asked for three years' records

* On Tuesday, McSpadden sent out a blunt letter to attorneys in the case ‐ including the one that Biden fired minutes before a hearing on Monday

* He gave both Biden, 49, and Roberts, 28, just 10 days to come up with their financial details

* Roberts is demanding Biden pay child support for their 16-month-old child and at least $11k in her attorney fees

Hunter Biden will have to tell the judge in his paternity case exactly how many hundreds of thousands of dollars he made by controversially sitting on the board of an Ukrainian oil company, DailyMail.com can disclose.

And Lunden Roberts, the woman who claims the son of former vice-president Joe Biden is the father of her 16-month-old child will have to reveal how much she made in tips as a stripper at the Mpire Club in Washington, D.C., where the two met.

Originally Judge Don McSpadden, who is presiding over the court in Batesville, Arkansas, had only asked for three years' records.

But now he says he needs five years of records before making a decision on how much the former vice-president's son should pay to support his child.

On Tuesday, McSpadden sent out a blunt letter to attorneys in the case - including the one that Biden fired minutes before a hearing on Monday.
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2019-12-04 International-UN-NGOs
[IsraelTimes] States led by Germany change their voting pattern in favor of Israel, opposing Division of Paleostinian Rights, although motion still passes by wide margin.

Over a dozen countries on Thursday abruptly changed their voting pattern at the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
in Israel’s favor, opposing an annual resolution expressing support for a pro-Paleostinian UN agency traditionally critical of the Jewish state.
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2019-12-04 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A bald eagle has made an unexpected appearance at a Virginia tax preparation office, slamming into a window and then apparently flying off without serious injuries.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the mature bald eagle struck a window Monday at an H&R Block office in Norfolk, leaving a hole nearly three feet (one meter wide) and scattering glass shards over the office floor.

Harry Patterson Jr., who runs a neighboring insurance office, says he was on the phone when he saw what he thought looked like a stuffed animal. Patterson says the office is closed until tax season.

A spokesman for H&R Block acknowledged the incident.
Good symbolism, birdy!
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2019-12-04 Fifth Column
[National Review] Eight people, including major Hillary Clinton donors and a witness in the Mueller investigation, have been charged in a massive campaign-finance scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

The individuals conspired to “make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions” valued around $3.5 million in the 2016 election campaign and beyond, according to the announcement. Although the indictment does not specifically name the recipient of the donations, it is clear that the contributions went to groups allied with Clinton’s presidential campaign.

One of those charged, George Nader, is a Lebanese American businessman who was a witness in the Mueller report. Nader was also caught in 2018 in possession of child pornography, but received partial immunity in exchange for testimony in the Mueller investigation. He faces between 15 to 40 years in prison if convicted on child-pornography charges.

Also indicted on campaign-finance charges was Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, who hosted a fundraiser for Clinton in Los Angeles in 2016 and who conspired to conceal campaign donations from 2016 to 2018. Khawaja owns an online-payments company used by, among others, debt collectors, offshore gamblers, and pornographers. The company has made numerous campaign donations to both Democrats and Republicans.

Nader also gained access to the Trump administration, meeting with the president on several occasions. Nader has experience in international diplomacy, has served as a diplomatic conduit to the Middle East and Russia, and was an informal adviser to the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates.
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George Nader: 2019-07-20 CNBC: Mueller witness George Nader charged with transporting boy for sex, child porn
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2019-12-04 China-Japan-Koreas
[Kyodo News] Tokyo - The government said Monday it has agreed to buy an uninhabited island in Japan's southwest with an eye to using it as a U.S. military takeoff and landing training site.

The 16 billion yen ($146 million) acquisition of the 8-square-kilometer Mage Island in Kagoshima Prefecture will pave the way for the relocation of the practice site for U.S. carrier-borne fighters from Iwoto Island in the Pacific, some 1,200 km south of Tokyo.

"It's important to secure the site for field carrier landing practice from the viewpoint of security so we will continue to try to build a permanent facility at an early date," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference. The agreement was reached Friday.

The U.S. military used to conduct takeoff and landing practice at its Atsugi base near Tokyo but the training site was moved to Iwoto Island in the 1990s on a temporary basis due to complaints about noise.

The fighters were all transferred from Atsugi to another U.S. military base in Iwakuni, western Japan, last year, making the flight to the island even longer. As a result the United States asked Japan to prepare a more convenient and permanent location for the drill.

Mage Island is located about 400 km from Iwakuni while Iwoto is 1,400 km away.
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Culture Wars
h/t Instapundit
Remember the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary? It feels kind of quaint now, because congressional Democrats have so completely outdone their hysterics in the time since.

For the first time, a vice president had to break the tie in favor of confirmation, all because liberals didn’t like that DeVos was wealthy and unlikely to devote her energy as secretary to ensuring that the department worked for teachers unions rather than students.

If Democrats and the national media weren’t in a sticky mess right now over impeachment, they might notice that DeVos has done some things that might concern them. And she still has at least a year left to do more.

The Washington Examiner's editorial board recently checked in with DeVos for her thoughts on her tenure as secretary.

She said in an interview that she’s most proud of introducing a major bill that would make $5 billion available to parents of K-12 students so that they can choose where their child attends school.

She also noted her rollback of the Obama-era guidelines on adjudicating sexual misconduct claims in higher education. DeVos’s new regulations on the subject are set to go into effect soon and ensure all students have the right to due process ‐ a nice change from the current standard, which basically offers prayer as the only defense for male students accused of sexual misconduct.

But something DeVos has consistently said since the start was that her primary goal is to shrink the department all around, reducing its power as much as possible.

She’s had some success there. Under her watch, the department has eliminated 600 staff positions, bringing the total from 4,300 to 3,700.
I wonder how that compares to how much President Obama expanded it...
Related:
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Betsy DeVos: 2019-01-08 Erik Prince was Interviewed by Mueller and Compares the Interview to ‘a proctology exam'
Betsy DeVos: 2018-09-04 Due process returns to campus
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2019-12-04 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] A few dozen unidentified people on Monday staged a protest outside Dawn offices over publication of a news report regarding the ethnicity of the London Bridge attacker who stabbed two persons to death last week.

The charged mob, carrying banners and chanting slogans against the newspaper, remained outside the office building for nearly three hours, besieging the premises and making the staffers hostage.

They prevented the employees from entering or leaving the building and demanded a written apology. Some of the protesters also misbehaved with the newspaper as well as Dawn TV employees when they arrived at the office.

Security guards at the media house had to lock the gates to prevent the protesters from entering the premises before police and officers of the capital administration arrived.

After lengthy negotiations with the newspaper management in the presence of an assistant commissioner, the protesters finally agreed to disperse after hurling warnings.

Meanwhile, the incident was widely condemned by leaders of various political parties, parliamentarians and journalist bodies.

Chairman of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights Mustafa Nawaz Kokhar has also taken notice of the besieging of Dawn offices by the unidentified persons and directed the inspector general of police Islamabad to submit a report on the issue to the committee by December 6. He had also sought details of the action taken by the police against those who had besieged the media house.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in a statement condemned the incident, saying that “no one should be allowed to attack media outlets in the name of protest”.

Mr Bhutto-Zardari demanded “action against the crowd which attacked the newspaper office and vowed to side with the journalist fraternity”.

PML-N Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb called for a high-level investigation into the incident to identify and punish the perpetrators.

In a statement, Ms Aurangzeb said it was imperative to set a precedent by awarding strict punishment to those who attacked the newspaper office so that it should act as a deterrent in future.

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London Bridge attacker: 2019-12-02 London Bridge attacker had no link with Pakistan. Really.
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2019-12-04 -War on Police-
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2019-12-04 Arabia
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2019-12-04 Afghanistan
A sign of an improving economy, one hopes.
[ToloNews] By international standards, air quality in Kabul has recently been rated "hazardous."
How does this compare to the worst cities in China, Istanbul during the winter, and Los Angeles before we started cleaning up our air in the 1970s?
The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday said that air pollution-related diseases have increased by 5 percent this year, and it called on relevant organizations to take the necessary measures before pollution impacts more lives.

"The statistics which we have from the hospitals indicate that it has increased by 5 percent compared to the past year," said Nizamuddin Jalil, a front man for the Ministry of Public Health.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
a number of residents in Kabul have said that the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) has failed to take solid steps towards reducing air pollution in the country.

"They are burning rubber, it creates smoke and this also impacts the agriculture in our area," said Abdul Mateen, a resident of Deh Sabz district of Kabul, referring to the kilns operating in the districts.

With the onset of winter, the vast majority of people in Afghanistan have turned to burning coal and wood to heat their homes ‐ a move that seriously impacts the quality of air.

Assessment by Air Visual, a US and Swiss-based software company measuring air pollution, indicates that the air quality in Kabul has reached a "hazardous" level, and this has put the city at the top of the world’s "most polluted cities" list.

Based on NEPA standards, air pollution shouldn’t exceed 75 micrograms in one cubic meter, but in the past few days the level of air pollution has been at least three times as much as this.

According to Air Visual, air pollution levels in some parts of the city have risen to a standard of 247 micrograms per cubic meter.
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2019-12-04 Afghanistan
[ToloNews] The visiting German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
...Angela Merkel’s new pick for successor...
at a news conference in Kabul said she hopes the Afghan election results are announced in the near future, and she hopes results will be accepted by all stakeholders.

She also said that Berlin will help Afghanistan to achieve peace.

"We hope that the results of the free elections which have been held, are announced soon and all stakeholders accept the results so that a strong government is formed which could strengthen peace negotiations," said Karrenbauer.

She also talked about Germany’s readiness to extend the mission of almost 1,000 German troops in Afghanistan.

"We have a shared goal and it is that the people of Afghanistan should live in a secure environment and join hands and cooperate," she said.

President Ghani meanwhile welcomed Germany’s assistance to Afghanistan and said it has had a constructive role in the Afghan grinding of the peace processor.

"We discussed Afghanistan’s future from different perspectives," Ghani said. "Germany has hosted three big conferences on Afghanistan at a higher level and in all of them it has insisted on a stable, democratic and dignified Afghanistan."
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2019-12-04 Science & Technology
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
[USA Today] Edward Gallagher has brought shame to a community our father helped found. Now he is being emboldened to tear down our nation’s premier fighting force by a president who does not understand the consequences of his actions.

Our father, Rear Adm. Draper Kauffman, was the founder of the training school for the Navy underwater demolition teams (UDTs) that became the Navy SEALs. His heroic bomb-disposal actions at Pearl Harbor led to the creation of ‐ and be among the first to survive ‐ "Hell Week," the grueling five-day test of SEAL candidates that continues to challenge the strongest men our country has to offer and is still described as among the most difficult military training in the world.

We can say unequivocally: Dad would have been horrified by the actions of Gallagher and would never have allowed him to remain a part of the Navy SEALs.

GALLAGHER'S SHAMEFUL CASE
Gallagher was accused of heinous war crimes by his peers after a 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq. Soon after these allegations came to light, Gallagher allegedly began to sow discord among his team of brothers, attacking their sense of loyalty while remaining blind to his own misdeeds.

His subsequent trial, after which he was acquitted of all but one charge, again left the SEAL community deeply divided, but at least the ordeal was seemingly behind them.

Until last month, when President Donald Trump reversed Gallagher's demotion and ordered that he remain a SEAL, preventing the commander of Naval Special Warfare, Rear Adm. Collin Green, from even starting the formal process of expelling Gallagher from the SEALs: an action that drove an even larger wedge into this politically exhausted group of warriors.

Learn from Gallagher, don't punish him: Navy SEALs have a problem, but it's not my client Edward Gallagher

Dad believed deeply in the chain of command and in honorable service to one’s nation without reward or recognition. We have no doubt that he would have acknowledged Trump’s authority to maintain Gallagher as a SEAL. We also have no doubt that he would have resigned in protest of this debasement of the high standards that elite teams like the UDTs and SEALs must uphold.

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Edward Gallagher: 2019-11-25 I Am Backing Warfighters, says Trump on Gallagher Case
Edward Gallagher: 2019-11-25 Pentagon fires Navy Secretary Richard Spencer after controversy over Navy SEAL case
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
h/t Instapundit
The husband of Democrat Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, reportedly took $700,000 from firms connected to a Ukrainian oligarch who has allegedly been "accused of ordering contract killings."

The Miami Herald reported last year:
    Public records show that Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s husband, Robert Powell, spent much of the last 10 years as general counsel for companies owned at least in part by Igor Kolomoisky, a wealthy Ukrainian businessman involved in banking and mining. In federal financial disclosures, Mucarsel-Powell reported that her husband of 15 years earned most of their household income during the previous two years ‐ at least $695,000 ‐ from a ferroalloys trading corporation associated with Kolomoisky.


The connections between Robert Powell and Kolomoisky were first reported by Daily Beast reporter Betsy Swan last year ‐ who also highlighted some of the allegations that have been made against the Ukrainian oligarch.

Swan reported in April 2018 that the FBI was "investigating" Kolomoisky over "potential financial crimes, including money laundering, according to the sources, who say the probe is wide-ranging and has been under way for quite some time. Kolomoisky has not been charged with any crime, and a lawyer representing him said he denies any wrongdoing."
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2019-12-04 The Grand Turk
[ALMASDARNEWS] French President Emmanuel Macron went on the attack against his Ottoman Turkish counterpart His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
on Tuesday, as he claimed the latter’s country was working with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) terrorist group.

"When I look at The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
, they are fighting against those who fought with us, shoulder to shoulder, against ISIS. Sometimes they were with ISIS proxies,’’ Macron said, making reference to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who Ankara considers a terrorist group.

While Macron went on the attack, U.S. President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
pointed out that Turkey and America currently have "good relations", despite Washington’s agitation over Ankara’s S-400 acquisition.

"We have a very good relations with Turkey and with President Erdogan... I can’t speak for the president of La Belle France. We pulled our soldiers out, we said you can patrol your own borders now,’’ Trump said.
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Emmanuel Macron: 2019-11-30 Cyprus, Greece decry Turkey-Libya maritime border deal
Emmanuel Macron: 2019-11-29 French police start moving migrants from northern Paris site
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 2019-11-26 Ilhan Omar 'Qatari Asset,' Florida Court hears
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 2019-11-25 Erdogan to visit Qatar Monday
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Syrian Democratic Forces: 2019-11-30 Syrian Army shoots down Turkish military drone in Qamishli
Syrian Democratic Forces: 2019-11-30 Turkey has given militants 2 German-made Leopard tanks
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2019-12-04 Europe
Following in Germany’s footsteps — the next step for both would be to make it legally binding, so it will be interesting to see if they take that step.
[IsraelTimes] The lower house of La Belle France’s parliament approves a draft resolution that calls hate of Israel a form of anti-Semitism.

The 577 members of the National Assembly voted on the draft, which also calls on the government to join other Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an nations in adopting the definition of anti-Semitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

154 politicians back the resolution while 74 oppose it.
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2019-12-04 Iraq
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2019-12-04 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Police on Tuesday said they suspect a criminal gang is behind the kidnapping of Dua Mangi, a girl who was kidnapped from Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's DHA neighbourhood late Saturday night and is still missing.

A senior police official, who wished not to be named, told Dawn that a preliminary probe had revealed that a criminal gang had intercepted the 20-year-old girl and her friend as they were walking on the road. They shot at the boy and injured him and kidnapping Dua for ransom. He said that her family, however, had so far not received any ransom call.

Police also said they made progress in the case today, citing the recovery of the car used by the abductors. The car was found abandoned in Gulshan, within the limits of Sharea Faisal.

The official, who is familiar with the case, said that the car had been snatched from Ferozabad on November 27.

The officer said the family had initially suspected involvement of a student in the case as reportedly some quarrel had taken place between the girl and the student but "no concrete evidence had emerged". The officer clarified that no one has so far been arrested in the case.

DIG South Sharjeel Kharal said different investigation teams were working on the case and that police were in touch with the family and making concerted efforts "to recover the girl safely".

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DHA neighbourhood: 2019-09-19 Civil society continues protest in Karachi against Sindh govt's 'failure to ensure rights of minorities'
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DHA neighbourhood: 2018-12-27 Former MQM leader Ali Raza Abidi shot dead in Karachi
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Gulshan: 2019-11-13 ‘PSP man’ among five held for over 100 house robberies
Gulshan: 2019-10-10 Suspect allegedly involved in murder of Hamdard University student arrested
Gulshan: 2019-10-07 Missing boy found raped, tortured to death
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Ferozabad: 2019-08-19 Karachi police view killing of 16-year-old alleged thief by mob as act of terror, arrest 5
Ferozabad: 2018-12-12 Leader of 'rickshaw gang' targeting Karachi women arrested, say police
Ferozabad: 2017-01-05 Kop shot to death in Karachi
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2019-12-04 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Breitbart] Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous "pee dossier" on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, was first hired by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to obtain damaging information on Paul Manafort ‐ weeks before the firm hired him to produce his now-discredited, conspiracy-weaving dossier.

The explosive admission was made by Fusion GSP co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch in the pair’s recently-released book ‐ Crime in Progress ‐ and highlighted in a Monday report by American Greatness.

"Weeks before Trump tapped Manafort to run his campaign, Christopher Steele had hired Fusion for help investigating Manafort," write Fritsch and Simpson. "The matter had nothing to do with politics and was a typical commercial assignment."

The Fusion GPS co-founders say their firm cut a nominal agreement to "research Manafort’s finances" for a client of Steele, now infamous for authoring a dossier alleging collusion between President Trump and the Kremlin.

Fritsch and Simpson contend that the retired Secret Intelligence Service MI6 agent’s client was Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch and close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deripaska sought to determine whether Manafort had stolen money from him, according to the book.

"[Christopher Steele] did not disclose the ultimate client for the job, and Fusion didn’t press the issue," claim the Fusion GSP co-founders.

American Greatness notes of the Fusion GPS-Steele deal: "That means Glenn Simpson represented not one but two Russian tycoons in 2016: At the same time Fusion was helping Steele on behalf of Deripaska, Simpson also was representing Prevezon, another company owned by a Putin-tied Russian also under investigation by the Justice Department for money laundering."

Notably, a timeline of events shows Fusion GPS’s investigation into Manafort occurred while they sought dirt on the 2016 Trump campaign.
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Fusion GPS: 2019-11-07 Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely with Anti-Trump Dossier Hoaxer
Fusion GPS: 2019-10-26 Who will be the first to flip in spygate criminal investigation?
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Christopher Steele: 2019-11-29 Johnson’s Conservatives break fundraising record, unions donate to Labour
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-25 UK's Johnson promises Brexit for Christmas in election manifesto
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-23 CNN Bombshell: FBI Lawyer Altered FISA Court Warrant Application
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Oleg Deripaska: 2019-07-07 Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller (Opens to Video)
Oleg Deripaska: 2019-02-01 SPLC Hires High-Powered Defamation Lawyer to Defend Tax-Exempt Status in RICO Lawsuit
Oleg Deripaska: 2019-01-31 Model Admits She Made Up Russian Collusion Story about POTUS To Get Out Of Jail
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2019-12-04 Africa North
[TWITTER]
Fulfilling secret desires?

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2019-12-04 -Lurid Crime Tales-
And now that he has, perhaps, rendered his own sentence, all his stuff can be gone through by investigators with much less fussing.
[True Pundit] Jeffrey Epstein’s private wealth banker, who brokered and signed off on untold multiple millions of dollars in controversial Deutsche Bank and Citibank loans spanning two decades for the convicted pedophile, has died from a reported suicide.

The news of yet another mysterious Epstein-linked death comes shortly after the FBI was seeking to interview the bank executive about loans he approved for Epstein and the indicted child trafficker’s labyrinth of US-based and offshore companies.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner confirmed Thomas Bowers died by an apparent suicide by hanging at his home before Thanksgiving.

Epstein likewise died from a reported suicide by hanging, according to the New York City Medical Examiner.

Bowers headed the private wealth banking division for Deutsche Bank and signed off on millions in loans to Epstein. Bowers, prior to taking over the private banking arm at Deutsche Bank, served in the same top position at Citibank, as the head of the bank’s private wealth arm. Citigroup also made massive loans to Epstein, according to records and banking sources who spoke to True Pundit.

True Pundit founder Mike “Thomas Paine” Moore previously headed anti-money laundering for a major Citigroup division during the time frame Citi commenced large loans to Epstein.

“The loans to Epstein were personal and commercial,” Paine confirmed. “The Citi loans I can confirm were for more than $25 million. Some were secured, some were not.”

Did Citi bend its lending rules for Epstein? Paine said that appears “quite likely,” with Bowers and other Citi executives he later recruited to work for him at Deutsche all working to secure the approvals regardless of compliance-related red flags.

And sources said Citi loaned Epstein much more money, eclipsing $100 million and also allowed Epstein to use the bank to send thousands of wire transfers from his accounts. Bowers, who turned up dead just days ago, brokered the loans for Epstein, sources said.
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Jeffrey Epstein: 2019-12-01 Trump to buy Epstein's Pedophile Island to improve media coverage
Jeffrey Epstein: 2019-11-29 British police defend decision to not pursue Prince Andrew sex trafficking claims
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2019-12-04 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The U.S. coalition denied reports that they recently carried out the dronezap in northern Idlib that killed one of the commanders of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
The U.S. Coalition front man Colonel Miles Kajins told Sputnik on Tuesday: "The coalition has not conducted any recent air strikes in northwestern Syria," confirming that it was not their forces that carried out the liquidation of Abu Ahmad al-Muhajer.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Syrian media reported that a dronezap near the border crossing in Atmeh killed Abu Ahmad al-Muhajer and some of his associates.

No further details were released after the alleged the dronezap; however, some local Death Eater activists accused the U.S. Coalition of carrying out this attack.

The activists said the suspected drone struck this van as it was traveling along the Ottoman Turkish border, but did not specify who was in the vehicle until the pro-government media said it was Abu Ahmad al-Muhajer.
Related:
Hay’at Tahrir: 2019-12-02 Syrian Army retakes all lost areas after launching big counter-offensive in SE Idlib on Sunday, 69 dead
Hay’at Tahrir: 2019-11-23 Syrian Army unleashes heavy attack on west Aleppo
Hay’at Tahrir: 2019-09-28 Syria says Pompeo’s chemical weapons allegation is a ‘big lie’
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2019-12-04 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Victims Organization for of Human Rights said on Monday that a pro-Haftar militia headed by Idris al-Farsi raided the home of the activist Nadine al-Farsi, an opponent to Haftar, in Benghazi.

The organization said that the militia terrified women and kiddies at the house despite the absence of Nadine and her father, who fled the city because of Haftar's pursuit of them.

In mid-July, a militia loyal to Haftar attacked the house of MP, Siham Sergewa in Benghazi, and took her to an unknown destination. Her fate remains unknown amid reports confirming her death.
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2019-12-04 Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ‐ A Japanese physician and aid worker in eastern Afghanistan died of his wounds after an attack Wednesday that also killed five Afghans, including the doctor’s bodyguards, the driver and a passenger, a hospital spokesman said.

The attack in Nangarhar province targeted Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura as he was heading to the provincial capital, Jalalabad, according to the provincial governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani.

Nakamura was seriously wounded and was reported to be in critical condition immediately after the attack. He underwent surgery at a local hospital but died of his wounds shortly after, while being airlifted to the Bagram airfield hospital in the capital, Kabul, said Gulzada Sanger, the hospital spokesman.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed shock at the brutal killing. "As a doctor, Mr. Nakamura made great contributions in areas of medical care in Afghanistan," Abe told reporters in Tokyo, stressing that Nakamura risked his life daily "in a dangerous and intense region."

Nakamura had headed the Japanese charity, Peace Medical Service, in Nangarhar since 2008. He came to Afghanistan after a Japanese colleague, Kazuya Ito, was abducted and killed.
Tolo News adds:
The Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted that the Taliban has “no connection” with the attack, and no other group has so far claimed responsibility.

Palace spokesman Sediq Sediqqi on twitter strongly condemned the attack on Afghanistan’s “greatest friend,” and said that Dr. Nakamura “dedicated all his life to change the lives of Afghans, working on water management, dams and improving traditional agriculture in Afghanistan.”

TOLOnews reporter Abdulhaq Omeri said that Dr. Nakamura worked more than a decade in the province and was recently awarded an honorary Afghan citizenship by President Ghani.
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h/t Instapundit
[AmericanThinker] The Chicoms have a problem.

Seems the Hong Kong protests they are so desperate to tamp down have started to ignite elsewhere, deep into China's cities.

Here's one the Chicoms really didn't want:

Protesters in southern Guangdong province, China, took to the streets last week to demand the communist government not build a polluting crematorium near their town, adopting slogans common to the Hong Kong protest movement, Time magazine noted on Monday.

The Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, which openly supports the anti-communist movement, reported the use of slogans such as "revolution of our times," which China considers seditious hate speech, and "just like you, Hong Kong!" in Guangdong. As China heavily censors coverage of the Hong Kong protests and bans all statements of support from the few permitted social media sites in the country, the adoption of the Hong Kong movement's slogans and tactics is a sign that people within Communist China are informing themselves regarding the protests through unapproved means.
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2019-12-04 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] The High Commission for the Marches of Return names this week’s protest ‘The March is Ongoing’; expert predicts Hamas will keep protesters from approaching the fence

The committee responsible for organizing protests in the border region between Israel and the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip announced on Monday that demonstrations would take place Friday following a significant hiatus.
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2019-12-04 Africa North
[AlAhram] This brings the number of churches and service buildings approved by the committee to 1,222 during the past year and a half

At a Tuesday meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the committee tasked with rectifying the status of unlicensed Christian places of worship approved the legalisation of the status of 87 churches and service buildings.

This brings the number of churches and service buildings approved by the committee to 1,222 during the past year and a half, according to a cabinet statement

During the meeting, the committee went over the reviewal of applications submitted by churches and service buildings during the past month and a half since the committee's last meeting on 22 October.

The meeting was attended by the ministers of justice, parliamentary affairs, local development, and housing.

Representatives of Christian denominations and other stakeholders also attended the meeting.

Egyptian cabinet front man Nader Saad said that the committee has also reviewed the progress of the previously approved churches and service buildings in fulfilling their civil protection requirements, in order to protect lives and preserve properties.

Saad said that the code for the requirements has been recently amended in order to facilitate the process for churches.

Reverend Mikhail Anton, representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, said that Pope Tawadros always stresses the importance of all churches and buildings meeting civil protection requirements.

There are, however, some exceptional cases that face difficulties in fully implementing the requirements, thus there should be alternative measures, he said.

The cabinet said in its statement that the prime minister had called for the situation of these churches to be studied to find the best alternative solutions to achieve the required protection.

Madbouly also stressed during the meeting that any churches built on state-owned land should reconcile with the state.

Representatives of Christian denominations at the meeting assured their full commitment to the state the required dues.
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2019-12-04 -Short Attention Span Theater-
Fresh, hot memes right out of the chans.
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Culture Wars
RedState
Here’s something you don’t come across every day. A couple in Texas is going to prison for smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S.

30-year-old Brianna Branch and 32-year-old Kevin Barr were hit with time behind bars by U.S. District Judge Janis Jack for smuggling over 100 people into the country during a three-month period.

According to the DoJ, the pair led a conspiracy to sneak adults and minors past South Texas Border Patrol checkpoints. They recruited drivers in Houston to truck it over to the border and put the pilgrims into utility trailers.

That constituted, in the eyes of the Justice Department, "unnecessary and harsh conditions."

The couple’s soon to be transferred to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.

...For his role, Kevin’s gettin’ contained for 85 months. Brianna’s being breadboxed for 70.
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2019-12-04 Africa North
[TWITTER]

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2019-12-04 Africa Subsaharan
[TWITTER]
We’ve been accustomed to spelling the second gentleman’s name as Abubakar Shekau. The article below from 8/8/2018 describes the two factions as follows:
A faction loyal to Abubakar Shekau is notorious for indiscriminate killings of civilians while the Abu Mus'ab al-Barnawi faction -- which is affiliated to the so-called Islamic State -- largely focuses on attacking the military.
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2019-12-04 Down Under
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the Democrats’ report Tuesday on the impeachment inquiry, concluding that President Donald Trump “solicit[ed] foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.”

The report presents itself as the core fact-finding effort, though that function has traditionally been handled by the House Judiciary Committee, which will begin its own hearings on Wednesday.
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
[OUTLINE] With just a week remaining before the deadline to run for office in Texas next year, some Democrats are still hoping to see Beto O’Rourke;
...Kennedyeque businessman, musician, skateboard artiste, and politician who represented Texas' 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. Beto is a Latino nickname for people whose names end in "erto," like "Roberto" or "Alberto." He is seeking the Dem nomination for President in 2020 because he has nice hair and lots of teeth. He was born into a local political family in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of a prep school and Columbia University, which is not in Texas. In 2005, he was elected to the El Paso City Council. He was elected to Congress in 2012 after defeating eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary. He declined to seek re-election in 2018, instead running for the Senate against Republican Ted Cruz, running a campaign that drew national attention because of his skateboarding skills. A few months after he lost, he announced his campaign for President...
jump into the race to unseat Sen. John Cornyn.

Poll after poll shows Cornyn would trounce the dozen or so contenders for the Democratic nomination at this point. None can touch the near-universal name recognition O’Rourke enjoys among Texas Democrats after his near-miss against Sen. Ted Cruz last year.

And a new poll commissioned by backers worried that the current crop of candidates would fall short shows that O’Rourke is by far the top choice of Democratic voters in Texas at 58%, with the runner-up, state Sen. Royce West of Dallas at 13%.

The poll also shows him in a near-tie, trailing Cornyn 46-42 at this point, which is far stronger than others already seeking the nomination.

O’Rourke’s campaign operation has gone dormant. He didn’t respond to messages on Monday and hasn’t said lately whether he’s interested.

"I know there are a lot of folks in Texas who want to see him do it and who have indeed been encouraging him to do it,” said freshman Rep. Veronica Escobar, the El Paso Democrat who replaced him in Congress. “If he runs, I’d support him.”

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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
[DAILYWIRE] President Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...
trolled Sen. Kámala Harris
Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, now a senatrix from California and 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, indistinguishable from the others...
(D-CA) on Tuesday after she announced that she was dropping out of the Democratic presidential nomination race, saying, "We will miss you Kamala!"

Trump’s tweet came in response to a tweet from Corey Lewandowski, who wrote on Twitter: "’One of the hardest decisions of my life’: Kamala Harris ends once-promising campaign. Another one bites the dust. Guess it’s not as easy as everyone thought. ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ connected with people that’s why he won 38 Primaries and Caucuses."

Trump responded, "Too bad. We will miss you Kamala!"
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2019-12-04 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[BREITBART] Teenage climate scold Greta "Pippi" Thunberg
...an autistic sixteen year old Swedish expert on climate change...
issued another warning Tuesday to adults who allow global warming to continue, suggesting they fail to grasp the power of the young.

"People are underestimating the force of angry kids," the 16-year-old Swedish activist told crowds in Lisbon, Portugal. "They’re angry and frustrated."

Ms. Thunberg arrived into a Lisbon port around lunchtime and was greeted by city mayor Fernando Medina and a crowd of well-wishers after spending more than two weeks crossing the Atlantic in a 45-foot catamaran to avoid burning fossil fuels.

Together with British navigator Nikki Henderson and an Australian family, Thunberg set sail back to Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
from New York on La Vagabonde catamaran on November 13.

Thunberg said she will spend a few days in Lisbon before heading for Madrid, where the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
COP25 climate summit is already underway.
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2019-12-04 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on Tuesday said that the world's leading financial institutions had given Pakistain their vote of confidence and acknowledged the improvement over the past five months in its economic indicators.

"The World Bank president came and appreciated Pakistain's performance and instructed that better ties with Pakistain be formed.

"The Asian Development Bank, the foremost entity with whom we are linked to economically right now, also recognised the improvement in the performance of Pakistain's economy and declared a $3 billion increase in its programme," said Sheikh as he held a presser in Islamabad alongside Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar Zaidi, and special finance secretary Umar Hameed.

"Similarly, IMF (International Monetary Fund), viewed as the world's largest financial lender and whose fundamental task is to form an opinion regarding the various economies across the world, after viewing our economic performance, declared that all of Pakistain's agreements made with the IMF had been befittingly achieved," he continued.

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2019-12-04 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday admitted for hearing an application submitted by former president Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
...husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in...
, seeking bail on medical grounds in two cases filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The petition will be heard by an IHC special bench tomorrow.

Zardari is under detention on charges of money laundering and presently undergoing treatment at the Pakistain Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad. He was arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his pre-arrest bail by the IHC in the fake bank accounts case on June 10.

In his petition, filed earlier today, he maintained that he is suffering from a heart condition and has had three stents placed in his body. He said that he also suffers from diabetes which means that he has to constantly monitor his blood sugar levels.

The PPP co-chairperson's medical reports were also submitted along with the application to the IHC so that bail may be granted.

The high court also admitted for hearing a bail petition filed by Zardari's sister Faryal Talpur. In her appeal, Talpur maintained that she is the mother of a differently-abled child. In order to care for her child, she asked the court to grant bail until the completion of the trail. Her petition will also be heard tomorrow.

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2019-12-04 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[OUTLINE] A research scientist believes the US is in the middle of a 'Pig Bomb' - where feral hogs are increasing in huge numbers.

Dr. Jack Mayer, a zoologist whose been researching wild pigs for 40 years, has warned that the population could keep growing unless there is a swine flu epidemic.

His comments come just a week after a caregiver was mauled to death by wild hogs in Texas.

Christine Rollins, 59, was attacked and killed outside the home of the elderly couple she was looking after in what the local sheriff described as 'one of the worst things he has seen'.

It's unclear what provoked the attack by multiple animals, by Mayer claims that deadly wild hog attacks are more common than shark confrontations.

They are responsible for six a year on average, 'but you never read about them' he said.

'It's a crazy situation with everything that's happened in what I call the Pig Bomb, which has went kaboom! in North America,' Jack Mayer told The Daily Beast about the wild population of six million and two million in Texas alone.

Caregiver Christine Rollins, 59, was attacked and killed by feral hogs last month. Now a research scientist has claimed a 'Pig Bomb' has blown up in the US

The attack took place outside a home in Texas where two million of the six million wild hog population lives.

'There's not another animal that can put little feet on the ground quicker than a wild pig.'

Throughout the 20th Century there were about two million wild pigs across 20 states but the tripled figure accounts for 48 states.

Mayer blamed global warming for increasing the survival rate of newborn piglets and producing more acorns, bulbs, roots and tubers for them to eat.

They can start reproducing at three months old and do so twice a year.

Various sized bites on Rollins suggested she was killed by a sow and her young. They can birth as many as 20 little ones which can weigh up to 50 pounds.

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2019-12-04 India-Pakistan

[DAWN] A case was registered against a suspect for sexually assaulting a six-year-old boy in Rohillanwali, Muzaffargarh, it emerged on Tuesday.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at the Rohillanwali cop shoppe on December 1 under Section 377 (unnatural offence) of the Pakistain Penal Code (PPC). Later Section 367-A (kidnapping or abducting in order to subject person to unnatural lust) was also added to the FIR.

According to the complainant Muhammad Ashraf, on the day of the incident, his six-year-old nephew had gone out of the house alone at 3pm to buy something from a shop. When the minor did not return for a long time, the complainant became concerned and went to look for him with others.

According to the FIR, they heard screams and as they approached the sound, they saw the victim being sexually assaulted. When the suspect saw Ashraf and others approaching, he left the victim and escaped.

Ashraf said his nephew was unconscious at the time. Police said the boy was shifted to a hospital where a medical examination was conducted and efforts are underway to arrest the suspect.

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2019-12-04 Britain
Of course. NATO would constrain his government to do things he doesn’t want to do, not do things he desires, and spend money on the military. Here’s hoping Labour gets so few votes they disappear from Parliament.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Jeremy Corbyn, current leader of the UK Labour Party, claimed in a 2014 video that he wished NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
and other Western military alliances did not exist.

The footage has been publicized just in time for the United Kingdom to host a major NATO summit this week, bringing together world leaders, including US President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
.

The footage, reportedly from 2014, shows Corbyn, flanked by Labour candidates Catherine West and David Lammy, saying: "I am no fan of NATO, indeed I wish NATO didn’t exist. I am no fan of Western military alliances, indeed I wish they didn’t exist", The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

Last month, Corbyn reportedly refused to call the NATO alliance a great military success during an interview. Asked if he agreed with the chief of defence staff, Nick Carter, on the latter’s description of NATO as being the "most successful military alliance in history", Corbyn replied: "I’m not sure I’d define it as that", according to the Daily Mail.

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2019-12-04 Home Front: WoT
A fair sentence for a man who married just for citizenship so he could reconnoiter and prep terror attacks on the orders of Hizb’allah and Iran.
[NYPOST] A Hezbollah "sleeper" agent blasted the US government as ethically bankrupt Tuesday ‐ before he was sentenced to 40 years behind bars for his role in the terrorist organization.

Ali Kourani told a Manhattan federal courtroom that prosecutors "violated all ethics" after he appeared on their doorstep volunteering information about Hezbollah ‐ and was then charged for providing material support as a member of the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
Organization.

"I wonder what will be next?" the former Bronx resident hypothetically asked judge Alvin Hellerstein. "Dismembering dissidents in embassies? Turning sanctuary cities into black sites?"

Kourani’s conviction and sentence as a member of IJO is the first of its kind in the country, with a jury finding him guilty of spying on Hezbollah’s behalf between 2002 and 2015.

The 35-year-old, who referred to himself as "the child of a war," was born in Leb but immigrated legally to the US in 2003 before settling in New York City where he surveilled Big Apple airports, federal buildings and military facilities ‐ and sent reports back to higher-ups. Prosecutors claim he fraudulently obtained citizenship in order to participate in IJO attack-planning missions.

During his Tuesday statement, the former counterfeit Ugg salesman failed to express any remorse for his actions or affiliation with Hezbollah ‐ which is considered a terrorism organization by the United States ‐ and instead called it a "political party" as he continued to rail against "government overreach" and America’s "double standards."

Hellerstein eventually intervened, interrupting Kourani’s monologue about his broken family to remind him he’d been convicted by a jury.

"It was not the government, the prosecutors, the CIA... who found you guilty," the judge barked. "You can’t blame the government because you’re estranged from your wife and she divorced you and took the kids to Canada."
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2019-12-04 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Answering a question it never occurred to me to ask:
[IsraelTimes] A fire killed 13 people, including several children, in a farming community along the border with Israel and Syria, Jordanian officials said Monday.

The Jordanian civil defense said in a statement that the fire broke out early Monday in a shack where two Pak families live in the village of al-Shuna al-Janobia.

It said the dead included eight children, four women and a man ‐ all said to be Pak nationals.

Three others were maimed.

The civil defense said an electrical fault caused the fire and an investigation has been launched.

The village sits along the Jordan Valley, south of the confluence of the Yarmouk and Jordan rivers.

The agricultural sector in Jordan employs several thousand Paks, many of whom live in dire conditions.
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
[BIZPACREVIEW] A Biden campaign staffer had the formidable challenge of trying to ignite some level of crowd fervor at one of Sleepy Joe’s campaign rallies in Iowa on Monday. Suffice it to say, generous cups of strong coffee with Red Bull chasers might have been a better tactic.

Democrat candidate Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
is in the midst of an 8-day, 18-county tour in the Corn State as he attempts to revive his flagging presidential campaign there ahead of the state’s all-important February 3 caucuses. Iowa is the first official measure by voters of the Democrat candidates.

"Come on, you can do better than that!" the staffer pleaded before Biden’s appearance.

"Fire it up!" he repeatedly shouted. "Ready to go," the seated gathering insisted.

In other "No Malarkey" tour stops, crowd turnout was similar.

At the risk of stating the all-too-obvious, President Trump’s campaign rallies are drawing overflow crowds of 40,000 roaring supporters ... a pretty clear indicator of why the delusional Dems are all-in on their impeachment coup attempt.
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2019-12-04 Europe
Sudden Jihad Syndrome.
[SummitNews] A 29-year-old man drove a car into a gym in Stockholm during a handball match, with authorities treating the incident as a possible terror attack after they discovered a letter written by the suspect which mentioned the late Osama bin Laden
...... who is now beyond all cares and woe......
The alleged attack occurred on Saturday night during handball match between two teams of 14-year-olds in the Youth Championship.

A video clip shows the handball players running away in fear after a loud bang is heard and the car crashes into the arena.
Video clip in a tweet can be seen at the link.
The man was initially arrested on charges of drunk driving and gross negligence and released, but the investigation took a new turn when authorities discovered a letter he had written which mentioned 9/11 criminal mastermind Bin Laden and stated "people should die."

Special Sherlocks were called in and the incident is now being treated as a possible terror attack.

"The vehicle used by the man in the act must also have been rigged," reports Aftonbladet. "A car battery with cables must have been on the accelerator."

It subsequently emerged that the man was previously convicted for attempted murder but was released from prison after serving just 5 years.
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2019-12-04 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[CNSNews] CNSNews.com) ‐ After an unprecedented month of not a single refugee admission into the United States in October, last month saw a total of 1,488 refugees arrive, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.

The November arrivals were the lowest for the month since 2001, when in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks on America just four refugees were resettled in the U.S.
There’s a cute little bar graph of November arrivals for the oast decade at the link.
Between then and this year, the number of admissions during the second-last month of the calendar year has ranged from a low of 1,858 refugees (also under the Trump administration, in 2017), and a high of 8,355 (under the B.O. regime, in 2016).

President Trump has signed off on a ceiling of 18,000 refugee admissions for fiscal year 2020, the lowest annual cap set by a president since the modern refugee admission program was established in 1980.

Of the 1,488 refugees to have arrived during November, the countries of origin of the largest numbers were the Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
(509 refugees) and Burma (337 refugees). Other sizeable groups included 91 Afghans, 78 Ukrainians, 50 Iraqis, and 37 Syrians.

A total of 1,143 of the refugees admitted in November (77 percent) self-identified as Christians, with larger contingents including 254 Christians (no denomination specified) from Burma, 153 Pentecostalists from DRC, 102 Seventh-Day Adventists from DRC, 74 Catholics from DRC, and 62 Baptists from Moldova.

Two hundred and ninety-nine of the November arrivals (20 percent) were Moslems, including 55 Shi’ites from Afghanistan, and 32 Sunnis from Syria.

Other refugees included 13 Buddhists from Burma, five Yazidis from Iraq, one Hindu from Sri Lanka, and one Zoroastrian from Iran. Twenty-one refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala, self-identified as having "no religion."

October was the first month since the 1980 Refugee Act was enacted that not a single refugee was resettled in the United States.

The first refugees to be admitted in FY 2020 were recorded as having been resettled in the U.S. on November 5. One hundred and ninety-nine refugees arrived that day, among them 63 Christians from DRC, 38 Christians from Ukraine, 25 Syrian Sunnis, and 16 Afghan Sunnis.

One hundred and ninety refugees arrived on November 6, including 82 Christians from DRC, and 13 Iraqis ‐ seven Moslems, three Christians and three Yazidis.

Sixteen Somali Moslems were among the 174 refugees who were admitted on November 7.
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2019-12-04 Africa North
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Culture Wars
[Daily Signal] We all know some individuals who are so obviously good and kind that we are certain if anyone were to dislike them, that’s all we would need to know about the person. We would immediately assume he or she is a bad person. To hate the manifestly good is a sure sign of being bad.

Such is the case regarding the left’s hatred of the Salvation Army. You don’t have to be a Christian‐I am not‐to appreciate the goodness of the people who run and work for the Salvation Army. They devote their lives to helping the poorest, the saddest, the loneliest, and the most troubled among us‐completely irrespective of race, gender, transgender identity, faith or no faith. And they do it for almost no money. They do it because of their Christian faith.

They provide these downtrodden people with not only food and shelter but also human warmth and love. And they offer the people they care for the one thing most likely to get them out of their predicament: meaning. They offer it; they do not coerce it. And while the vehicle for this meaning‐Christian faith‐may not be your faith or mine, so what?

It takes a truly narrow-minded bigot to want to deprive people of meaning just because that meaning is rooted in faith or in a faith other than their own.

Yet, leftists‐most especially LGBTQ groups, which spread a remarkable amount of hate in the name of "love"‐seek to crush The Salvation Army. They threaten and pressure whoever supports the Salvation Army.

"British pop singer Ellie Goulding," The Wall Street Journal recently reported, "threatened to cancel an appearance at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving halftime show, which will celebrate the army’s red-kettle campaign, unless it made a ’pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.’ She backed down after the Salvation Army assured her it serves needy members of that community."

Most depressing of all, Chick-fil-A, a business owned by a Christian and heretofore run according to Christian principles, caved in to LGBTQ organizations’ pressure and stopped funding the Salvation Army, while it has also donated to a left-wing group that hates the good, the Southern Poverty Law Center.

I never thought I’d see the day when the Salvation Army would be hated by a substantial number of Americans or lose the support of a Christian-run business.
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2019-12-04 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-12-04 Iraq
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iraqi security forces announced the arrest of a deputy leader from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) in the Kirkuk Governorate in northern Iraq.

"According to our information, the police forces from Hawijah in the Kirkuk province were able to arrest the terrorist known as ’Abu Khaldoun’ inside an apartment in the Wahad Izhar area. He was assuming the false identity of Sha’alan ’Obeid," the Iraqi security forces said.

"This criminal was a deputy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was formerly the so-called ’emir’ of the Salaheddine Governorate," they added.

On October 27, U.S. President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
announced the death of terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after he detonated his boom jacket inside the Idlib Governorate of Syria.

Trump noted that Baghdadi was "quickly and accurately identified." Trump later thanked The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
, among others, for helping locate Baghdadi .
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2019-12-04 Iraq
[AlAhram] Iraq's politicians gathered in Baghdad on Tuesday to discuss a way out of two months of protests that brought down the previous government, as violence hit two Shiite shrine cities.

In Najaf, seat of Iraq's Shiite religious leadership, anti-government demonstrators gathered late into the night around the tomb of a holy man who founded a Shiite party, an AFP correspondent reported.

Armed men in civilian clothes who were guarding the tomb were seen firing shotguns and tear gas at protesters, but medics could not provide an immediate casualty toll.

It is part of a larger complex that has been surrounded for days by demonstrators denouncing the rule of an entrenched political elite.

Najaf has been a flashpoint since protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the city last Wednesday, accusing Iraq's eastern neighbour of propping up a corrupt government in Baghdad.

Around two dozen protesters have died since, and the governor has called on the central government to put an end to the violence.

Influential tribal dignitaries have also tried to mediate and on Tuesday they called on populist holy man Moqtada Sadr and his Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) to intervene, according to a statement by Sadr's office.

He has yet to respond.

Sadr was a key sponsor of outgoing prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi after having won the lion's share of seats in parliament in a May 2018 general election.

But he backed the protests early on and instructed his fighters to "protect" demonstrators from security forces.

In the shrine city of Karbala, renewed street festivities between protesters and security forces raged late into the night, an AFP correspondent reported.

Riot police fired live rounds and tear gas at the crowds.

Protests also continued in other parts of the south against the central government and Iran, whose pointman for Iraqi affairs Qasem Soleimani is in Iraq for talks.

Political factions were meeting on Tuesday to find a replacement for Abdel Mahdi and to hash out a new electoral law to oversee a snap general election.

The protesters, who have thronged the streets since early October, say they want more than just a premier and new elections.

They have also called for a new constitution and the abolition of the parties that have dominated Iraqi politics for more than a decade.
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2019-12-04 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Red State] How deep and questionable were the contacts between Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the alleged whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella?

We got another piece of the puzzle today, with what has to be the "coincidence" of all time.

Ciaramella, the CIA officer who was on the NSC during the Obama administration and worked on Ukrainian issues with Joe Biden. He was Biden’s guest at a State Department banquet in October 2016.

Ciaramella continued in that NSC position during the Trump administration. He had a good buddy who he worked with on the NSC, Sean Misko. An official spoke to the Washington Examiner and described the two as "bros" who had similarly antagonistic feelings toward the Trump administration.

Prior to working with the NSC, Misko "worked in the Obama administration as a member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff for deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, who became Hillary Clinton’s senior foreign policy adviser during her 2016 presidential campaign." That perhaps explains the antagonistic feeling toward the Trump administration.

While we knew that Misko subsequently went to work for Schiff, prior records had suggested that he started in August. But according to the Washington Examiner, new records indicate his official date of hire was July 26, the day after the Trump-Zelensky phone call. Gee, one has to wonder about the nature of the timing and how that came about, because that’s blinking red flags all over the place.

He isn’t the first NSC Obama-holdover who Schiff hired. Abigail Grace worked for the NSC under Trump until 2018. She was hired by Schiff in February.

Both Misko and Grace are now working on the impeachment proceedings for Schiff. The new report released by Schiff lists Misko as part of the "impeachment inquiry investigative staff" and Grace as part of "oversight staff."

The whistleblower filed his complaint on August 12.
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
[The Hill] Former Deputy Director of National Intelligence Susan Gordon, who resigned in August, said Tuesday that President Trump frequently expressed doubt in response to his intelligence briefings.

Speaking to the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Gordon said Trump had two frequent responses during briefings, CNN reported.

"The one is 'I'm not sure I believe that,'" Gordon said, according to CNN. "And the other is the second-order and third-order effects. 'Why is that true? Why are we there? Why is this what you believe? Why do we do that?' Those sorts of things."

Gordon implied that briefing the president frequently left intelligence officials unsure of where else he was receiving information that may have contributed to his doubt.

"Remember, intelligence is fundamentally a craft of uncertainty and of possibility, so that doesn't put you off. It's trying to catch up to how you adjudicate the sources that led him to believe that and how you respond to it," she said.

Trump, she added, "is probably the first president that arrived with no framework and a world that has massively available information with infinite people offering opinion that ofttimes sound the same but in fact are grittier because they are ‐ they don't have to have the same standard."

Because of the president’s business background, "we were scrambling a bit to try and produce intelligence that was foundationally useful for someone who is interested in making trades and deals," she said.

However, Gordon said that she found the president was "actually kind of a fun brief because he was interactive" and "he would challenge you," CNN reported.
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2019-12-04 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish Army has set up two new military headquarters in the surrounding areas of Ras al-Ayn in northeastern Syria, the Arabic-language media outlets reported.

The Arabic-language al-Ikhbariya TV reported that the Ottoman Turkish Army has built two more military centers in the villages of al-Toulan and al-Kanhir in the countryside of Ras al-Ayn in the al-Hasakah Governorate.

Ras al-Ayn is located in northwestern al-Hasakah and 85 kilometers from the city of Hasakah.

In a relevant development in late October, festivities erupted between the Syrian Army units deployed in the Ras al-Ayn countryside and Ottoman Turkish-backed bully boys, which attacked the area during army’s deployment.

The festivities erupted as the Syrian Army units advanced from the direction of Tal Tamr in the northern countryside of Hasakah towards the Ottoman Turkish border, and deployed in the villages of Um Harmlah, Bab al-Kheir, Um Eshbeh, al-Asdiayah in the southeastern countryside of Ras al-Ayn, reducing the distance to the Ottoman Turkish border to few kilometers.
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Culture Wars
h/t RedState
[Fox News] Fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer’s outburst at President Trump in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday, calling the president’s handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s case a "shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review" is in and of itself shocking and unprecedented in several ways.

Spencer wrote: "The president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices."

In reality, Spencer is the man who bypassed the chain of command by cutting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper out of his scheming and working a backroom deal. Now, after being exposed, Spencer submissively avails himself to an eager mainstream media ready to consume his invective aimed at the president, creating the very chaos he blames on the president.

Spencer aligned himself with the prosecution, adding more weight to the suffocating pressure of a resource-rich bureaucracy bearing down on the defense attorney and his client, Gallagher. Commanders and secretaries with decision-making and appellate authority are meant to be neutral by design, open to evidence, mitigation, and extenuation from both sides of the case.

Those, like Spencer, who lack the requisite experience of leading large numbers of servicemen and women often fall prey to their own emotion-driven predilections. Spencer wanted the Navy to be right, so he followed prosecution guidance in a case that was marred by prosecutorial overreach.

For example:

Navy prosecutor Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak secretly embedded a tracking virus in an image of the scales of justice and the American flag on emails he exchanged with Gallagher’s defense attorneys, affording him an illegal window into the defense strategy.

Czaplak’s prosecution team, which included Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials, tampered with witnesses in efforts to prevent testimony, tainted the jury pool by leaking reports to the media favorable to the prosecution, and then conspired to shield those crimes as the defense brought them to light.

When Gallagher refused to sign a confession, reports indicate the brig commander moved him to solitary confinement, something we in the military recognize as an "enhanced interrogation" technique. Gallagher’s only "misbehavior" was not doing what the prosecution was badgering him to do. Sensory deprivation is solely intended to influence the target. It didn’t work on Gallagher, but they tried.

Spencer argues that the president’s intervention in a "low level" case is counter to the good order and discipline of the military. There is nothing "low level" about a wartime murder trial involving a Navy SEAL where a jury of Gallagher’s combat veteran peers found him not guilty of all crimes with which he was charged save being one of 12 individuals who posed for a picture with a dead combatant. Wrong, yes, but not something that justifies such an aggressive prosecution.

Lastly, Spencer’s quibbling over whether the president’s tweet was a "direct order" or not demonstrates how petty and vengeful he was toward Gallagher. The president was right to intervene to prevent a biased, small-minded person like Spencer from spitefully tilting the weight of the bureaucracy on top of a single sailor. Servicemen and women enjoy the same due process rights as the civilians of the country they serve.

As Spencer and his hashtags fade over the next several days, the president’s support of warfighters over bureaucrats will increase the morale of those in the rank and file. The critics will angrily accuse the president of supporting a war criminal, but the real crimes in this case have been papered over by a secretary of the Navy eager to avoid embarrassment at the expense of a sailor who, on the whole, served honorably.
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2019-12-04 Europe
The times, they are a-changin’.
[IsraelTimes] Spain’s new parliament meets for its opening session Tuesday, with the far-right Vox as the third-largest party following a divisive
...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...
election that failed to resolve years of political deadlock.

Just over three weeks after the vote, politicians are on Tuesday taking the oath of office, although there is little indication of when a government would be formed.

The legislature has been gridlocked since an inconclusive April election which the Socialists won but without a majority ‐ in an outcome repeated on November 10, leaving Pedro Sanchez a winner but weakened.

And this time round, Vox ‐ which only a year ago was just a marginal player ‐ more than doubled its showing, snaring 52 mandates and becoming the third-largest faction within the 350-seat parliament.

Days after the election, Sanchez and the radical left-wing Podemos agreed in principle to form a coalition government.

But such a government would only have 155 seats, leaving it dependent on support from other factions for the 176 mandates to pass an investiture vote.
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2019-12-04 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[NYPOST] A Long Island school bus driver was busted Tuesday for allegedly molesting a 6-year-old and having child porn on his phone, cops said.

State authorities were tipped off to Charles Titone’s alleged behavior, which led local cops to the 46-year-old’s Huntington Station home, where they found kiddie porn on his cell phone, according to police.

Titone was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of sexual abuse and possessing a sexual performance by a child, cops said.

The child was never on Titone’s bus route, police said.

The bus driver worked for Huntington Coach Corporation and had routes in the Northport-East Northport school district, police said.
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2019-12-04 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[IsraelTimes] The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Leb after months of unexplained delay.

That’s according to two congressional staffers and an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly to the matter. The $105 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Forces was released last week. Lawmakers were notified of the step on Monday

The money had languished in limbo at the Office of Management and Budget since September although it had already won congressional approval and overwhelming support from the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council. The White House has yet to offer any explanation for the delay despite repeated queries from Congress and the media.
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[NYPOST] A Kansas man was busted for driving a stolen Chevy SUV to a local jail to bail out his brother ‐ who was being held for driving a stolen Chevy SUV, according to authorities.

The sibling already in the pokey, Eric Dean McCracken, 36, had been arrested in Topeka early Friday for allegedly driving a stolen 2007 Trailblazer with a suspended license, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

A few hours later, his younger brother, Keith Ray McCracken, 32, was also arrested after a short chase with cops tracking the GPS of a stolen 2015 Silverado, the department said.

"It is believed that the younger McCracken was en route to the Jackson County Jail to post bail on his older brother in a stolen vehicle," Sheriff Tim Morse said in the release.

Keith’s arrest led to a family reunion ‐ with both brothers ending up in Jackson County Jail awaiting bond, the release said.

Eric McCracken was booked for driving with a suspended license and possession of stolen property. His brother was held for fleeing and eluding a law-enforcement officer, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and possession of stolen property, the statement said.

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2019-12-04 China-Japan-Koreas
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against CNN for a fake news story the outlet printed about him before Thanksgiving, revealing in the lawsuit that he was never as CNN alleged in Vienna in late 2018 and did not meet with the ousted Ukrainian prosecutor CNN alleged he met with there.

Nunes’s lawsuit includes revelations of key facts that undermine the case CNN made against him, severely harming the news outlet’s credibility. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Virginia, shows Nunes is seeking more than $435 million in damages from CNN over the fake news it printed against him. But more importantly, it demonstrates that Nunes was 100 percent correct when he told Breitbart News before Thanksgiving that CNN’s story was untrue‐and that CNN was completely inaccurate in its reporting and had relied on a compromised source for its piece.

It remains to be seen how successful this lawsuit will be‐it is very difficult for public figures to successfully sue media outlets because of a variety of protections the media are afforded‐but the facts as laid out by Nunes and his attorney in this suit are particularly damning for CNN as Nunes and his team successfully demonstrate that the network engaged in printing and then disseminating demonstrably false information about him.
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2019-12-04 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Leb’s Saad Hariri
...Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too....
on Tuesday backed businessman Samir al-Khatib to head the next government, though he said some details still had to be discussed.

Hariri, who resigned as prime minister in late October under pressure from protests against the ruling elite, told news hounds on Tuesday that he would not take part in the new government.
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2019-12-04 The Grand Turk
[Libya Observer] Spokesman of Ottoman Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy has said that the agreement with Libya on maritime jurisdiction in the eastern Mediterranean was signed in accordance with international law, including the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Aksoy explained in a blurb that his country had called on Greece and Cyprus to negotiate in order to reach what he called a fair understanding, confirming that they are still willing to negotiate.

"These parties chose to take unilateral actions and bring charges against The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
instead of negotiating with it," Aksoy added.
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2019-12-04 Iraq
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2019-12-04 Home Front: Politix
[FOXNEWS] A San Diego doctor who emigrated from South America is pushing to oust Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Gov. Gavin Newsom, arguing the state's left-wing leadership has allowed cities to become "overrun by homelessness."

"I came here legally at age 11. Having grown up in extreme poverty and being homeless to now being one of San Diego's most prominent physicians, that's the American Dream, that's the California dream. And that's what Gov. Newsom and left-wingers in the legislature are progressively destroying," James Veltmeyer said on "Fox & Friends" Monday.

Homelessness is a growing problem in California. For example, the homeless population in the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
has grown to more than 17,000, a 30 percent jump from last year, according to a city database.
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2019-12-04 Iraq
[Rudaw] This is the village of Bawaplawiya in Khanaqin, Diyala province - an area disputed by the governments of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

It was once home to 70 families. But residents say threats from Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
have grown since Kurdish Peshmerga forces were forced out of the area by federal forces in 2017.

Fifty families have since fled.

"Go and film the locked doors. Check and see how many houses are locked out of 70. People are miserable here," villager Mohammed Jabar said.

The same fate has befallen other villages in the area, where six predominantly Kurdish villages have been abandoned in fear of ISIS.

In the past two days alone, ISIS has carried out three separate attacks in Diyala province, killing an Iraqi army soldier, five Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen, and wounding 15 others.

The burst of attacks has put Peshmerga forces in the area on high alert. They say the area is a security vacuum left vulnerable to attack.

"ISIS [Islamic State] has grown from a group to a force," Diler Shkur, a Peshmerga infantry commander said. "They have reorganized themselves thanks to the Iraqi government, because they neither allow us to carry out operations in this huge security zone to protect at least the Kurdish inhabited areas, nor are they capable of protecting them. Across frontlines and observation posts where the Peshmerga are present, we have fortified our bases and made preparations [against ISIS]."

According to intelligence obtained by the Peshmerga, ISIS has deployed 30 well-trained jihadists commanded by a foreign emir to the Khanaqin, Jalawla and Qaratapa regions. Iraqi intelligence estimates 1,500 ISIS Lions of Islam have recently been deployed across the Diyala, Saladin and Kirkuk provinces.
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2019-12-04 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Duncan Hunter finally pleaded guilty to abuse of $250,000 in campaign funds in a plea deal with federal prosecutors in San Diego

  • Republican had fought allegations for more than a year and called it a 'witch hunt' claiming he was being targeted like Donald Trump

  • But after his wife Margaret took a plea deal which would have seen her testify, he changed his tune and admitted to corruption

  • Campaign cash was illegally spent on entertaining string of mistresses, family trips abroad, and even a first class ticket for Eggburt the Hunters' pet rabbit

  • Hunter, 42, is yet to say when he will stand down; he is scion of political dynasty and his father Duncan Hunter Sr. held the 50th CA District before him

  • Outside the court crowd jeered 'lock him up' and held up signs saying 'Trump next'; Hunter was one of first two GOP congressmen to endorse then candidate

  • Other one was Chris Collins, who quit the House in September after pleading guilty to insider trading
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2019-12-04 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Leaders of a group "planning unrest" at universities in Tehran this weekend have been arrested, Iranian authorities said on Tuesday, adding that many of the 2,021 people detained in the area around the capital in unrest last month were released.

The intelligence ministry said the leading members of a group planning disturbances at universities in Tehran and in other parts of 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...
on the country’s annual students’ day on December 7 had been arrested, according to the official IRIB news agency.

During the recent protests, the group had planned to draw students off the campus of Tehran University "to create unrest," a ministry statement said. It gave no further details.

Tehran province governor Anoushiravan Mohseni Bandpay meanwhile said many of the 2,021 people arrested in Tehran province in unrest kicked off by a hike in fuel prices had been released, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

"In the recent unrest 2021 people were arrested, many of whom were arrested for the first time based on (their) ignorance and in an emotional atmosphere and were immediately released," Bandpay said.

In what may have been the biggest anti-government protests in the 40-year history of the Islamic Theocratic Republic, demonstrations began on Nov. 15 after the government announced gasoline price hikes.

But the protests quickly turned political, with demonstrators demanding the removal of the top leaders of the country, one of OPEC’s biggest oil producers.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said last week that up to 200,000 people took part nationwide in the unrest.

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2019-12-04 Iraq
[Rudaw] Iraqi troops have rescued a 17-year-old Yezidi woman who was being held captive in the Anbar desert near the city of Ramadi, according to a Kurdish official.

Preparations are underway to reunite Zhiyan Shamo Khidhir with her family, Hussein Qaidi, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s Yezidi Rescue Office, told Rudaw on Tuesday.

Born in 2002 in the village of Kocho, Shingal, Khidhir was among around 7,000 Yezidi women and girls kidnapped by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) group in the summer of 2014.

No other details about the rescue, Khidhir’s condition, or her current location were provided.

Qaidi said his office is coordinating with the Iraqi Army to help reunite her with her family. He did not say where the family now resides.

Many of those who escaped the ISIS genocide in Shingal fled to displacement camps in the Kurdistan Region province of Duhok. Others emigrated to Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
or further afield ‐ decimating the region’s once vibrant ethnic and religious diversity.

Roughly half of the women and kiddies kidnapped by ISIS have since been brought to safety by the Yezidi Rescue Office.

What happened in Kocho and other villages like it has been highlighted by Yezidi survivor and human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
activist Nadia Murad, who became a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2016 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.

Although Shingal was retaken from ISIS in 2015, the region remains hotly disputed between rival forces. Displaced families are wary of returning amid the insecurity, the lack of infrastructure, and recent Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s targeting the alleged positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Of Iraq’s remaining 550,000 Yezidis, an estimated 360,000 of them live in camps and communities in the Kurdistan Region, according to statistics from the KRG’s Yezidi Rescue Office. Around 40,000 remained or returned to Shingal.
Related:
Yezidi: 2019-11-28 War crimes investigation identifies ISIS members accused of Yazidi atrocities in Iraq
Yezidi: 2019-11-27 EU operation deals 'severe blow' to Islamic State online propaganda
Yezidi: 2019-11-21 Afghanistan’s president claims victory over IS
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2019-12-04 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iranian naval chief Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced the mass production of Jask cruise missiles during his visit to a military exhibit on Saturday, BulgarianMilitary.com reported on Tuesday, quoting Topwar.

According to the report, all Iranian submarines will be equipped with the Jask missiles, which will ’significantly’ increase their navy’s range in case of an attack.

Khanzadi reportedly pointed out that the weapons developed as part of the Jask-2 project would all their navy to hit targets over long distances and "will certainly be a serious surprise for the enemy."

Another project, dubbed "Jask-3," is under development, Hanzhan said. Thanks to him, it will be possible to use a wider range of missiles in submarines.

Last week, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) naval command announced that they were arming their fleet with several new speed boats and armed drones.
Related:
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Hossein Khanzadi: 2019-06-25 Iranian Navy commander warns downing of US drone can be repeated
Hossein Khanzadi: 2019-06-24 Iran: US botched retaliatory cyberattack, faces 'crushing response' to drones
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2019-12-04 Europe
[IsraelTimes] Psychiatric evaluation deems Taha Ewis Bakri Abdel Ghani not responsible for his actions when he injured father and son in March rampage.

A Moslem man charged with trying to kill a Jewish father and son at an Amsterdam market has been found not criminally responsible for his actions and sent for psychological care.

A Dutch judge ruled that Taha Ewis Bakri Abdel Ghani
...known to his fellow vendors at the market as “that damned Egyptian, Tarik the hookah man”...
suffered from delusions, heard voices and experienced psychosis at the time of the March 16 stabbing incident at the Albert Cuyp Market, the NIW Jewish paper reported Monday. The judge based the ruling on a psychiatric report.
But he's okay now, you betcha.
The ruling follows several recent cases in Western Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
involving Moslem men who assaulted Jews and were deemed unfit to stand trial.

Abdel Ghani was charged with manslaughter in the stabbings of Martin Colmans and his son Sharon, who were lightly and moderately injured, respectively. The Colmans and Abdel Ghani owned neighboring stores in the market.

According to the victims, Abdel Ghani assaulted them following weeks in which he would read the Koran at the entrance to his store and leer at them.

During the first hearing in the case, in September, they asked the judge to consider a religious or racist motive, which was not included in the indictment.

NIW editor-in-chief Esther Voet wrote on Twitter that the ruling made her "furious."
Related:
Taha Ewis Bakri Abdel Ghani: 2019-09-14 Dutchman who stabbed Jewish father and son says he forgot why he attacked them
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Tarik: 2019-09-14 Dutchman who stabbed Jewish father and son says he forgot why he attacked them
Tarik: 2019-03-21 Jewish Vendor, Son Stabbed By Egyptian Colleague At Amsterdam Market
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2019-12-04 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[IsraelTimes] Hundreds of Syrian refugees are headed home in the first batch to leave Lebanon since protests broke out in the small Arab country more than a month ago.

Since the early hours of Tuesday, scores of Syrians boarded buses in several locations in Lebanon before heading back to their hometowns in war-torn Syria.

Vanessa Moya of the UN refugee agency known as UNHCR, says some 225 Syrian refugees are scheduled to head back to Syria, raising the number to about 27,000 refugees who have returned to Syria over the past two years.

Thousands of Syrians have returned home from Lebanon since June 2018 as calm returns to parts of Syria.

Lebanon is hosting some 1 million Syrian refugees who fled their country after the war broke out eight years ago.
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2019-12-03 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] A new video posted by Ruptly on Sunday showed the chemical weapons
...have not been used since WWI except for in Iraq, by the late, unlamented Saddam Hussein and in Syria, but really, honest, not by the Syrian government. And in Germany in WWII, but that was against civilians. Lots of them, just one of many reasons Hitler's also late and unlamented...
site inside the town of Douma.

This location is currently at the center of whistleblower allegations surrounding a concealed report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

On 7th of April 2018 murderous Moslems in the area claimed that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical attack in Douma. The allegation of chemical weapon use by the Syrian government prompted Britannia, La Belle France and the United States to bomb targets they said were used as depots for chemical weapons.

Footage shows inside the clinic where the victims of the alleged attack were treated and various battle-scarred parts of the town as well as traffic on its streets.

Russia’s envoy to the OPCW stated in July 2019 that "in Douma, a provocation was thoroughly orchestrated and implemented," in line with Russian and Syrian allegations that the attack was staged to justify Western military intervention.

Syria and Russia allege that the OPCW’s March report was edited to make the evidence of the attack seem more conclusive and justify the Western missile strikes.

Leaked emails from two scientists employed by the OPCW have emerged since the incident to indicate that the organization misrepresented facts and simplified conclusions in its final report, published in March 2019, on the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town near Damascus in April 2018.

OPCW director-general Fernando Arias has however defended the report calling its conclusions "independent and professional."

Related:
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Douma: 2019-11-26 Chemical weapons body defends Syria attack conclusions after leaks
Douma: 2019-10-30 Germany charges two Syrians with crimes against humanity
Related:
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OPCW: 2019-11-26 Chemical weapons body defends Syria attack conclusions after leaks
OPCW: 2019-05-23 US threatens to take action over HTS claim that Syrian Army troops used chemical weapons
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2019-12-03 Europe
[DAWN] Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, under fire over his handling of the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, said on Sunday he would step down after his replacement is chosen in January.

Muscat declined to make a link with Caruana Galizia’s 2017 murder, saying in a televised address that he was resigning "as this is what needs to be done." The announcement came after two weeks of mounting pressure and popular protests calling for Muscat to quit for his handling of the probe into Caruana Galizia’s boom-mobile killing.

Muscat said he would resign after his successor is chosen by January 12.

Earlier Sunday, the Labour leader got the unanimous backing of part MPs at an emergency meeting called a day after tycoon Yorgen Fenech was charged with complicity in the murder. A court has also frozen Fenech’s assets.

The investigation has rocked the southern Mediterranean island, reaching the highest echelons of government.

Critics including members of Caruana Galizia’s family have accused Muscat, 45, of protecting those involved in murdering the popular journalist and blogger who exposed cronyism and sleaze within the tiny country’s political and business elite.
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Caruana Galizia: 2017-10-17 Bomb kills reporter who covered Malta’s ‘Panama Papers’ link
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Joseph Muscat: 2018-07-01 Italy, Malta in fresh stand-off over boat carrying 59 migrants
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[BIZPACREVIEW] Democratic gaffe machine Joe Biden continued his role as the unofficial chair of the Trump reelection campaign by making another epic blunder that underscores that someone should put a fork in him. Because he’s done. This time, Biden — who never met Kim Jong Un — claimed he “spent a lot of time” with the leader of North Korea.

Biden spouted the boldfaced lie during a campaign stop in Iowa on Saturday (Nov. 30). Joe bragged to a tiny roomful of supporters that authoritarian leaders like Kim Jong Un will never fool him because he knows who they are at their core, which is brutal dictators.

“You’re gonna have to assume that position from the moment they are sworn in on January the 20th and know the rest of the world knows that person — in this case, me — and that I know them,” Biden boasted.

Joe continued: “Putin has no illusions about whether I know him or not. Kim Jong Un is another person [who knows] whether I know him or not. The same with Xi Jinping. I’ve spent a lot of time with these folks. They know, they know [me],” Biden said.

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2019-12-03 Caribbean-Latin America
VILLA UNION, Mexico (AP) ‐ When dozens of pickup trucks crowded with armed men and mounted machine guns roared into Villa Union, residents of the small town near the U.S. border began to realize they were the target of a military-style invasion. What followed were hours-long gunbattles between a company-sized unit (estimates of its size range from 70 to 150 men) and state police that left 22 people dead. At least 50 homes and buildings riddled with bullet holes.

In the aftermath, authorities found 25 abandoned vehicles, some with machine-gun turrets and welded armoring; many had professionally printed placards identifying them as drug cartel vehicles. At least four had .50 caliber mounted machine guns. Resident claimed there were at least twice that many pickups, with some escaping.

Residents, most of whom asked that their names not be used for fear of reprisals, described how the day of terror unfolded.

Saturday, Nov. 30, 10:00 a.m.

Residents of the town of 6,000 were still recovering from Thanksgiving, when hundreds of relatives return from the United States to join their families in a border version of the holiday many here refer to as Dia del Pavo, or Turkey Day. Local business owners were enjoying good sales this year. After a period of terror between 2010 and 2013, the old Zetas Cartel that had dominated the town had been weakened, and violence had dropped.

A local roast chicken stand began heating up the rotisserie Saturday for the day’s business.

"Ever since Thursday night we had been having good sales; a lot of people showed up for Turkey Day," said an employee at a food stand in town’s main square.
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2019-12-03 Europe
[DW] A German court has ruled that an election campaign poster saying "Migration kills!" is partly accurate and does not incite racial hatred. The poster was part of the campaign of the extreme-right NPD party.

A German judge ruled that an election campaign poster reading "Migration kills!" was a partly accurate description of reality and does not incite racial hatred.

The decision was made in the city of Giessen near Frankfurt, according to German media outlets the Legal Tribune Online and the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

The election poster was commissioned by the National Democratic Party (NPD), a far-right nationalistic political party often described as "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....
." The NDP has no elected members in any regional parliament, the Bundestag or the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Parliament.

The ruling came after the party sued the state of Hesse earlier this year because the mayor of the small town of Ranstadt blocked the NDP from displaying the posters.

The campaign poster was used ahead of the European parliamentary elections earlier in 2019. In full, it reads: "Stop the invasion: Migration kills!"

JUDGE: IMMIGRATION COULD LEAD TO 'DEATH OF GERMAN CULTURE'
Judge Andreas Hofer, who made the decision, cited "historical movements of people" from 5,000 years ago to the present day that directly led to "death and ruin," including the expulsion of the Israelites from Egypt and the colonization of the Americas. On that basis, he said that the poster "at least partly reflected reality."

Hofer had previously spoken negatively about the state of immigration in Germany, and in 2015, he said that "abstractly, too much migration in the form of immigration to Germany could lead to the death of German culture," according to media reports.

He alone made the court ruling that the poster was at least partly accurate. The August ruling can be appealed.
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2019-12-03 India-Pakistan
[TWITTER]

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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
Brilliant idea. Throw more Progressive money straight into the national economy without stopping to get yet another Democrat elected to anything.
[HOTAIR] It’s not going to happen this election cycle, however, there is speculation Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Congressman Adam Schiff
...Showboating U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001. He currently serves as the chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In a manner reminiscent of Joe McCarthy, on March 22, 2017, in a interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC Schiff claimed there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia." Todd followed up by asking if he had seen direct evidence of collusion and Schiff responded that there was "evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation...
is looking towards higher office. The only question is how high. A new report from The Hill suggests Schiff has his eyes on either the Senate or a future residency in the White House.

Some Democrats see him as the natural heir to 86-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein
...Dem Senator-for-Life from Caliphornica. She has been a politician since about the time she was weaned. Feinstein was the author of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and tried it a second time in 2012. Feinstein has chaired the Select Committee on Intelligence since 2009. At age 80, Feinstein is the oldest currently serving United States Senator....
(D-Calif.); others say the 19-year Southern California congressman is a House guy through and through and could one day run to succeed Speaker Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi
Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of professional politicians. On-again-off-again Speaker of the House. It's not her fault when they lose, but it's her accomplishment when they win. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace and occasional senior... uhhh... moments...
(D-Calif.), his close ally. One of his House colleagues from the Golden State said she saw a president in the making as Schiff led the televised hearings these past two weeks.

"When we look at the characteristics of what we want to see in a president, it is somebody who is not going to lose composure because he’s been poked. And we’re seeing that on display from Adam Schiff every single day," said the California Democratic politician. "He’s not too vanilla. But I kind of want that now after Trump. We need boring; boring is good."

Schiff obviously isn’t boring but someone who appears to be doing his best to be a Very Serious Politician when he’s far from it. He proved it last week in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper where he spoke from both sides of his mouth on the impeachment question. Tapper asked Schiff directly if he believed President Donald Trump should be impeached and the answer was, "I want to discuss this with my constituents and my colleagues before I make a final judgment on it."

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2019-12-03 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[TWITTER]
Thank you, President Trump.
The International Criminal Court on Monday declined to reopen an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes stemming from a 2010 incident in which a Gaza-bound flotilla filled with militant anti-Israel agitators was intercepted by Israeli authorities, leading to a bloody confrontation.

The ICC's lead investigator declined to bow to pressure and reopen an investigation into the nearly decade-old confrontation between Israeli military personnel and activists aboard the Mavi Marmara, a flotilla that attempted to violently penetrate Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip.

This is now the third time ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has declined to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
Related:
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Fatou Bensouda: 2019-07-08 Criminalizing Israel’s right to self-defense in Gaza
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[American Thinker] President Obama, who has yet to endorse anyone for president, has one piece of advice for voters: pick a Democrat, any Democrat, doesn't matter whom.

PJMedia captures the sense of panic in one of Obama's addresses to the barons of Silicon Valley:
"Everybody needs to chill out about the candidates, but gin up about the prospect of rallying behind whoever emerges from this process," Obama told the millionaire techies, according to far-left news channel CNN. "There will be differences" between them, he added, "but I want us to make sure that we keep in mind that, relative to the ultimate goal, which is to defeat a president and a party that has ... taken a sharp turn away from a lot of the core traditions and values and institutional commitments that built this country," those differences are "relatively minor."

"The field will narrow and there's going to be one person, and if that is not your perfect candidate and there are certain aspects of what they say that you don't agree with and you don't find them completely inspiring the way you'd like, I don't care," he went on to say. "Because the choice is so stark and the stakes are so high that you cannot afford to be ambivalent in this race."

This is nuts advice to that audience, given that several of the candidates are all but pledging to put those companies out of business. Should Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, go vote for Elizabeth Warren, who can't stop singling him out as her model bad guy? It's not exactly in tune with what Silicon Valley is up against. How about Bernie Sanders? Should they vote for a guy like that? Some will, but probably not the ones who know that the Sanders idea is annihilation.

What we have here is Obama being Obama, always looking out for himself.
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2019-12-03 India-Pakistan
[ThePrint.in] Modi's new love: Fundamental duties Indira Gandhi inserted in Constitution during Emergency

I purposely chose a totally leftist libtard opinion site, to show the sort of restive distrust for everything Modi in these people. That and loathing, like the American left has for Trump. But in India they have to couch that hatred in clever sounding leftSpeak like 'Right-wing tendencies', and 'ultra-nationalism', or 'totalitarian'.

They mention the word 'fascist' irresponsibly and they're toast. The Govt won't do much, no. The public themselves shall torch their offices, smash their cars and kidnap their cats. And the police will be called to save them from the people. Observe the polite circumlocution around something they are totally uncomfortable with, just can't openly say it. An acceptable level of public accountability wouldn't you say ?

I just posted this so people could see what some countries are doing to transform their social landscapes from hair-triggered, freebie loving, perpetually whining mobs into responsible citizens conscious of the value of their citizenships. The onslaught of faux-liberal globalist corruption of cultures must be met with a standard of nationalist fervor and responsible civic life. That's the idea anyway.

It's notable that at least some leaders are trying. In Poland, Italy, Hungary, India, Thailand, Japan, USA, Brazil... so many Govts that are being termed 'populist' by globalist lackeys. But they're not globalists, they're nationalist leaders. Of course, this wave began with Japan, just as the sun rises there.
Soon after his spectacular victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament that there was a need for a 'paradigm shift' in India - from the centrality of fundamental rights to the fundamental duties. Many in media, Parliament, and among the common public saw the statement in a positive light and found nothing controversial: Modi was most likely rendering a version of John F. Kennedy's 'ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country'.

Then it was reported that the Ministry of Human Resource Development has sent a letter to all institutes of higher education, laying out the guidelines on how to celebrate Constitution Day. What is striking about the letter is its repeated focus on fundamental duties for this year's celebration. But this is not a one-off incident. There was a letter sent out in 2016 too wherein fundamental duties were similarly given special attention. It is quite clear that Modi and the state apparatus under him seem to believe that the thrust of constitutional education and constitutional discourse must be centred around fundamental duties.

I'll skip a bit.

Modi's citation of M.K. Gandhi in The New York Times article to support his emphasis on 'duties' is indeed correct. However, Gandhian thinking on rights and duties represents only a sliver of India's constitutional tradition. Most of Indian constitutional thinking, forged in the crucible of our freedom movement, emphasized rights and not duties.

Apart from one or two instances where members of the Constituent Assembly echoed Gandhi's idea on rights and duties, we find no evidence that remotely suggests that the framers of our Constitution seriously considered adopting something that resembled fundamental duties. While they might have had moral and political convictions about the links between rights and duties, they did not find it appropriate for these to be encoded into the Indian Constitution. Fundamental rights were given the most emphasis.

And here it is...
Authoritarian regimes emphasize duties over rights

This is not to say the idea that citizens must perform certain duties towards their fellow citizens and society is not important. A lot of what we have in our fundamental duties chapter is laudable and must be aspired to. However, when political leaders and the state equate duties with rights, or worse, elevate the former over the latter, alarms bells should ring, especially when this happens in a political ambience flush with majoritarianism and under an authoritarian leader.

But why would the Modi government want us to pay less focus on rights to freedom, equality, non-discrimination, minority welfare, etc and instead obsess over our fundamental duties inserted during Indira Gandhi's Emergency? Well, authoritarian regimes know that they can profit immensely from such a 'paradigm shift'.

First, this shift allows the state to erect a mask over violations of citizen's rights. When citizens are exclusively concerned about the performance of duties, issues of rights are relegated to the fringes of their attention. We would focus on state-assigned homework to ensure our streets are swachh (clean) and remain oblivious to the rights of manual scavengers.

By using the language of 'duties', any call for accountability of state action that violates rights can be dismissed as a form of selfishness: 'You keep talking of rights but what about your duties' was something that was heard during the JNU-Kanhaiya Kumar episode.
Kanhaiya Kumar is a Marxist activist.
The students' claims to right of free expression and protection against state violence were responded with some form of 'you are a student. It is your duty to study, not protest'.
But God forbid ! A student... study ?!
A republic that is brainwashed into thinking that fundamental duties are the crème of the Constitution, can slowly begin to worship the very concept of duty itself - even if this duty has nothing to do with the actual content in the chapter on fundamental duties in the Constitution.

The BJP government is stellar at handpicking certain fringes of India's constitutional tradition that it finds agreeable and dressing them up as the Constitution's core. It performs fancy footwork around India's constitutional and political history to dazzle the citizenry into confusion about the republic's founding ideals.
The citizenry, according to Marxists being dolts who are meant to be dazzled, seduced, entrapped, and 'managed' to death. They cannot have their own convictions, surely ? They haven't even read the Manifesto or smoked pot !
The author is the senior associate editor for Constitutional and Civic Citizenship at the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bengaluru ...
An incosequential dweeb really.
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[HOTAIR] Are we really still referring to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
...the testicleless mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard College and, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from Pembroke College, Oxford. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm. From 2009 to 2017 Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. During his second term, he announced he was gay. Buttigieg also campaigned for Indiana state treasurer in 2010 and for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017, losing both elections. He is running for the Dem nomination in 2020 on the theory that being mayor of a nondescript medium sized city is qualification to run the country...
as one of the "moderate" candidates in the Democratic primary? Because if so, he’s really doing his level best to shed that title and move into the socialist lane. Yesterday he was having a discussion with the Reverend William Barber when the subject of illegal immigration came up. Barber tossed out some seriously open borders style propositions and found a willing ear with Buttigieg.

First Barber asked if we shouldn’t stop "demonizing" illegal aliens. Mayor Pete didn’t just agree with him. He went one step further, saying "Yeah, I mean the uncomfortable reality is that undocumented folks are in many ways, like Social Security, subsidizing everybody else."
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2019-12-03 Fifth Column
[NewYorkTimes] Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative ‘Hot List’: A shadowy hacker claimed to have the financier’s sex tapes. Two top lawyers wondered: What would the men in those videos pay to keep them secret?
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2019-12-03 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] An improvised explosive device has gone off in front of a Russian armoured police vehicle in Syria, Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Monday.

According to the ministry’s statement, the incident occurred as a Russian-Turkish joint patrol conducted route reconnaissance some 1.5 kilometres to the west of a town in the Kobane district of Aleppo Governorate in northern Syria.

The three servicemen who were in the vehicle at the moment of the explosion sustained minor non-life-threatening injuries, the ministry added. There was some damage to the vehicle as well.

On 22 October, Turkey and Russia concluded a memorandum that detailed conditions for a peaceful withdrawal of Kurdish forces to a distance of 18.6 miles from the Turkish border. The 10-point document envisions regular joint patrol missions to ensure the implementation of the deal.

The adoption of the memorandum comes after a week-long military operation launched by Turkey on 9 October that sought to rid the region of the SDF, viewed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey due to its ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
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2019-12-03 Afghanistan
[Khaama] General Scott Millar, the commander of US and Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, together with Assadullah Khalid, the acting Defense Minister of Afghanistan travelled to the northern Jawzjan province on Monday to meet Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, the first deputy of National Unity Government and the head of Junbish political party and have discussed the security and election issues, sources confirmed.

Controversial statements about this visit have been reported by the news wire services and some political experts believe the government had specific messages to Gen. Dostum through this security delegation.

Assadullah Khalid had a message from the government to General Abdul Rashid Dostum saying to help in stopping the demonstrations and to reopening IEC offices in the northern provinces, a source told Khaama Press.

Bashir Ahmad Tayanj, the ex-parliamentarian speaking with Khaama Press confirmed that election issues have been discussed at the margin of the meeting.

"The main purpose of this visit was to discuss the security issues of northern provinces, however, the elections issues have also been discussed at the margin, Tayanj told Khaama Press.
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2019-12-03 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] One Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
(FC) soldier was martyred and two others were maimed on Sunday in an exchange of fire with murderous Moslems after they raided an FC checkpost in North Wazoo, a statement by the military's media wing said.

According to a statement by Director General Inter Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, "murderous Moslems raided an FC post in North Waziristan district near the Pak-Afghan border".

"During the exchange of fire, two bad boyz were potted," said Maj Gen Ghafoor.


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2019-12-03 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Libyan Army Spokesman, Mohammed Gunouno has disclosed that their forces had destroyed an operation room run by "a gang of mercenaries" -according to him- in Qasr bin Ghashir town on Saturday.

Gunouno added in a press briefing Sunday that Haftar's forces kept tight-lipped about their casualties, "but our sources confirmed that the bodies of nine mercenaries had arrived at their field hospital," he said.

"The multinational gangs tried to advance towards Aziziyah in an attempt to cut off the roads between Gharyan city and Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, but our forces were ready for them," he added.

He also pointed to the attack conducted by UAE-backed drones of Haftar on a neighbourhood in Swani district, which left dead and maimed.
Related:
Mercenaries: 2019-11-27 US delegation meets Haftar, warns him of Russia's intervention in Libya
Mercenaries: 2019-11-25 How mercenaries are reshaping the battlefield
Mercenaries: 2019-11-25 Iran’s Guards call for ‘maximum punishment’ of fuel unrest leaders
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Gharyan: 2019-11-25 Man found dead with his face skinned in Abyar, east of Benghazi
Gharyan: 2019-11-10 UAE provided Haftar's forces with warship, drones and Sudan sent 1000 fighters
Gharyan: 2019-10-24 Libya's Coast Guard intercepts 150 illegal immigrants off the Libyan coast
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2019-12-03 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
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2019-12-03 -Lurid Crime Tales-
MIAMI (Tribune News Service) ‐ An active-duty U.S. Marine was arrested last month when investigators say he landed in Haiti with boxes filled with guns, ammunition and body armor.

Federal prosecutors indicted Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau, a native of Haiti, in North Carolina last week on gun-smuggling charges. Duroseau, described in the indictment as a military firearms instructor, reportedly told investigators he brought the eight guns to the Caribbean country to teach marksmanship to the Haitian army.

Investigators say Duroseau bought some of the guns in Jacksonville, near Camp Lejeune in Eastern North Carolina.

An unidentified "known individual" told federal investigators that Duroseau "wanted to help Haiti and wants to become President of Haiti," according to the indictment filed Wednesday.

The unidentified person helped Duroseau check in to fly to Haiti from an airport in New Bern, N.C., according to the indictment. Duroseau had three boxes with five handguns and three military-style rifles and ammunition, which he declared when he checked the luggage, according to the indictment.

Haitian officials told the Miami Herald "that they became suspicious when they saw the three black cases, two of which were long. Most often the cases mean guns are inside."

Haitian police arrested Duroseau when he landed in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Nov. 12, according to U.S. court filings.
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[Doug Ross@Journal] After his firing, disgraced former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok filed a complaint with the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) asserting that his proposed termination was unwarranted.

In a recently released response dated August 8, 2018, OPR assistant director Candice M. Will outlined all of the facts underpinning Strzok's termination. Among the findings, Strzok was found to have:

• Engaged in "unprofessional conduct";
• Committed security violations related to the use of personal email for FBI business;
• Committed misconduct regarding a judical proceeding by failing to investigate obvious leads in the Clinton email scandal

The OPR's 27-page response contains several interesting revelations, few of which have been publicized thanks to our Democrat Party media, which has spent three solid years trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

Strzok and Hillary Clinton's never-before-seen emails
One of the most egregious activities Strzok appears to have engaged in is trying to sit on all of the missing Clinton emails, three months of which had never been seen before by government investigators. The Weiner/Abedin laptop seems to have contained most of the missing emails, which Hillary aide Huma Abedin had forwarded to the laptop she shared with ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner.
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2019-12-03 Iraq
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Culture Wars
h/t Instapundit
[AmericanConservative] Don't be misled: elected officials are subjugated to the national security firmament. Trump is just exposing it.

What American constitutional government most urgently needs at present is for our Madisonian institutions‐the presidency, the Congress, and the courts‐to wrest back control of national security policy from an unelected and increasingly rogue national security establishment.

That ominous challenge to constitutionalism was on full display with the recent op-ed piece in the New York Times by retired Admiral William McRaven, in which he brashly warned that unless Trump jumped aboard the Forever War bandwagon, he must be removed, and "the sooner the better." The U.S. must have a policy, McRaven said, that protects "the Kurds, the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Syrians, the Rohingyas, the South Sudanese and the millions of people under the boot of tyranny."

How did we get to the point where a former senior military officer calls for the removal of a duly elected president because he doesn’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Rohingyas? McRaven’s op-ed represents something new in American politics: the assertion that an elected president is illegitimate unless he works to spread our "ideals of universal freedom and equality" through military action and alliances. McRaven also argued that it is "the American military...the intelligence and law enforcement community, the State Department and the press," all unelected institutions, that now embody the true American civic religion and protect its "ideals."
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[BIZPACREVIEW] Among the reasons Democrats and their media sympathizers offer to show President Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
’s alleged "racism" is that he called Rep. The Ageless and Downright Brilliant Comrade Maxine Impeach 45! Waters
...U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, serving since 1991, a total of 28.00464 years. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the most senior of the twelve black women currently serving in the United States Congress, and a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California Assembly, to which she was first elected back when Disco was in flower, in 1976, which would make it 43.00259 years. She has been a politician for virtually all her adult life. If she was a little brighter she'd be a Communist...
, D-Calif., a "low IQ individual."

At a July 2018 rally in Montana, Trump said: "She is a low I.Q. individual, Comrade Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. I mean, honestly, she’s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that." And in June 2018, Trump tweeted: "Congresswoman Comrade Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi
Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of professional politicians. On-again-off-again Speaker of the House. It's not her fault when they lose, but it's her accomplishment when they win. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace and occasional senior... uhhh... moments...
, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!"

Trump’s tweet was in response to a fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
Water’s speech in which she urged a campaign of harassment against members of Trump’s cabinet: "Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere."

Now, Trump, of course, frequently calls people, politicians, policies, Democrats and many Republicans of all stripes and colors "dumb" or "stupid." A recent example occurred last month at a Minnesota campaign rally when Trump slammed (white) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "She’s either got one of two problems: she’s either really stupid or she’s really lost it, or maybe there’s a certain dishonesty there." In July, Trump called the (white) British Ambassador to the United States "a very stupid guy" for criticizing Trump in diplomatic cables published in a British newspaper.

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2019-12-03 Iraq
[Rudaw] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) bully boyz launched two attacks in Iraq’s Diyala province on Sunday night, killing an Iraqi soldier and two Death Eaters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), known in Arabic as Hashd al-Shaabi.

In one attack the bully boyz launched a three-pronged mortar attack on an Iraqi army observation post in the village of Subaidi in Jalawla, killing one soldier and wounding two others, according to a Peshmerga official in the region.

"After the mortars were fired, festivities erupted between the attacking bully boyz and the Iraqi army," Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Mustafa of the Peshmerga intelligence unit told Rudaw. "A [mortar] targeted the Iraqi army killing a soldier and wounding two others."

ISIS also attacked a PMF base in the town of Naftkhana, eastern Diyala province, killing two Death Eaters and wounding five more.

The PMF media office tweeted a 30-second video of the ensuing shootout, saying its fighters defeated a "massive ISIS attack".

Sunday night’s duel assault come just two days after ISIS bully boyz launched similar surprise attacks in Diyala’s Kolajo sub-district, killing a Peshmerga commander and two of his soldiers.

Located in Kifri, south of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
Kolajo has been attacked by ISIS sleeper cells multiple times. It is regarded as a disputed area between both Erbil and Baghdad.

The disputed territories have become a hotspot for ISIS activity amid a security vacuum.

A number of suspected ISIS fighters were arrested at the Iraq-Syria border last month, prompting the deployment of additional Iraqi troops to boost security.

The latest Pentagon inspector general report covering July 1 to Oct 25 said ISIS has continued to cement and expand its command and control structure in Iraq, enabling the group to stage more attacks.

"ISIS in Iraq conducted both attacks of opportunity, such as improvised bombs and hit-and-run attacks, and attacks designed to intimidate or gain influence, such as liquidations, kidnappings, and sniper attacks," the report read, citing the Combined Joint Task Force‐OIR (CJTF-OIR) which leads the fights against ISIS.

According to CJTF-OIR, 124 clearance operations were conducted against ISIS during the reporting period, in which Iraqi forces killed approximately 13 ISIS fighters and captured 123.

"Diyala province and areas of southeastern Nineveh province, in particular, experienced increased ISIS activity, while ISIS activity in Anbar, Kirkuk, and Salah ad Din provinces had subsided," the report said.
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2019-12-03 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
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2019-12-03 Economy
[Forbes] George Pedersen cofounded his firm ManTech International back in 1968 with a single contract with the U.S. Navy, reportedly to build war-gaming models for the submarining community. Now the defense and intelligence contractor has 8,700 employees and nearly $2 billion in annual revenue. After a recent run-up in the stock, Pedersen is now a billionaire thanks to his stake in the Nasdaq-listed company. The 84-year-old owns a third of the firm, which has a market capitalization of $3.1 billion.

ManTech’s nine-figure contracts run the gamut from cybersecurity solutions for the Department of Homeland Security to IT systems engineering for the U.S. Army. ManTech declined to comment for this article.

The share price of the Fairfax, Virginia-based company has risen nearly 30% since the beginning of 2019. Some of that is the result of posting better-than-expected third quarter earnings on October 30. ManTech reported earnings per share of $0.69, beating analyst expectations of $0.60, and revenue of $579 million, exceeding the consensus by $20 million. ManTech’s acquisition this spring of Kforce Government Solutions, which provides IT staffing services to federal agencies such as the Department of Veteran Affairs, has boosted earnings.
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2019-12-03 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
sent a letter to Sadqi al-Maqat, a Syrian prisoner in an Israeli jail, after the latter refused to release him on condition that he did not return to the occupied Golan Heights.

The text of the letter reads begins: "To the heroic prisoner Sadqi al-Maqat."
In nice script
"Your latest position, which came after unremitting attempts to release you, and ended up with a question and your choice between staying in Damascus and not returning to the Golan, which is closest to, or continuing your suffering in the occupation prisons and preferring detention than not returning to the Syrian Golan. The struggle that does not fade in the same instinct to fathers and pride and dignity, and the spirit of a great fighter pass the days do not get tired," the Syrian President said.

"As much as we were waiting for you to leave the prison and as much as we stood in respect of your refusal to go out on the terms of the occupier," Assad said.

"Your struggle, along with the sacrifices and epics that the heroes of the Syrian Arab Army have laid in the trenches of honor against the genuine enemy and against the proxy has become a light that guides the path for this and future generations," he continued.
and a smiley emoji
Assad completed his message by promising to retake the occupied Golan Heights.
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Bashar al-Assad: 2019-11-30 Iran on the Brink
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Bashar al-Assad: 2019-10-31 US secrecy on Baghdadi raid exposes distrust of NATO ally Turkey
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2019-12-03 Africa Subsaharan
[SkyNews] The area has come under attack over the past year from suspected jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
At least 14 people including teenagers have been rubbed out at a church in Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
during Sunday mass.

Several other people were maimed in the attack which took place in the village of Foutouri in the Est region of the country.

The identity of the button men is not yet clear but the area has come under attack over the past year from suspected jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore tweeted: "I condemn the barbaric attack against the Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in the department of Foutouri, which left 14 dead and several maimed.

"I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the maimed."

An Islamist insurgency in Burkina Faso this year has ignited ethnic and religious tensions, leaving large parts of the country ungovernable, especially in northern areas bordering Mali.

Last month, button men opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying mine workers in the Est region, killing 39 people.

MORE FROM BURKINA FASO
The timing of Sunday's incident, during hours of worship, mirrors other attacks on Christians this year - a new phenomenon in a West African country that has long prided itself on its religious tolerance.

Burkina Faso was once a pocket of calm in the region, but the past year's violence has killed hundreds and forced nearly a million people from their homes.
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Burkina Faso: 2019-10-23 Days of attacks in Burkina Faso kill at least 19 civilians
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[Washington Examiner] Supporters of President Trump say they are eager for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to take the helm of impeachment proceedings this week, predicting he will harm the Democratic case against Trump.

Republicans close to and within the White House say the New York Democrat is vulnerable to claims of hypocrisy and is prone to lash out in an unbecoming manner. The inaugural Nadler-led impeachment hearing on Wednesday, they said, will feature law professors unlikely to reveal new facts about Trump pushing Ukraine to investigate Democrats.

"We’ve been anxiously awaiting the moment that Nadler takes over the impeachment inquiry," said a Republican close to Trump. "After [House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam] Schiff, he’s the most incompetent and unlikable Democrat member. [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi was unhappy with Schiff’s performance. Wait until she sees Nadler in action."

Nadler has clashed with Trump since the 1980s and '90s, when Trump nicknamed a then-overweight Nadler "fat Jerry." The men fought particularly over Trump’s efforts to develop land on the West Side of Manhattan along the Hudson River.

Republicans say Nadler’s liabilities were on display this year when he repeatedly referred to former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks as "Ms. Lewandowski" in a closed-door hearing, in what they consider a deliberate sexual smear against Hicks and Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager.

And Republicans are dusting off Nadler’s words during the 1998 Bill Clinton impeachment. He said at the time "an impeachment of a president is an undoing of a national election," expressed concern about due process rights for Clinton, and opposed the release of Starr report material, despite now calling for the release of Mueller report redactions.
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2019-12-03 Economy
The announcement from the Office of the United States Trade Representative ended a monthslong investigation into the French tax, which hits companies like Facebook and Google even though they have little physical presence in France. The investigation concluded that the tax "discriminates against U.S. companies, is inconsistent with prevailing principles of international tax policy and is unusually burdensome for affected U.S. companies."

It recommended tariffs as high as 100 percent on certain French imports valued at $2.4 billion, including cheese, wine and handbags.

President Trump, in London on Tuesday for a NATO summit meeting, said the finding was justified. "They’re starting to tax other people’s products," he said, according to a pool report. "So therefore we go and tax them."

France’s economy and finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, on Tuesday denounced the tariff threat as "unacceptable" and said that Europe would come ahead with a "strong response," without elaborating on possible retaliatory measures.
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2019-12-03 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[[Jpost] The IDF, Shin Bet, Border Police and Israeli Police forces arrested 11 wanted suspects for involvement in terrorist activities and violent disruptions against civilians and security forces in the West Bank overnight, the IDF said on Monday. The suspects were brought in for interrogation.
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2019-12-03 India-Pakistan
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[Babylon Bee] CAMBRIDGE, MA ‐ After Lisa Page finally spoke out against President Trump, masterfully painting herself as the target of Trump's oppression and misogyny, Harvard University quickly hired the former FBI lawyer to teach an upper-level course on how to turn yourself into the victim in any situation.

The course will cover various situations, from getting caught having an affair with a co-worker to conspiring to overthrow a republic, and teach students how to make themselves out to be the victim in any of these scenarios.
"I feel disenfranchised!"
"The way Page had an affair and then conspired with her lover to sabotage a democratic election and THEN made herself out to be the victim -- that's the kind of expertise we look for here at our prestigious university," said a spokesperson. "This is the sort of 4D chess we need to teach our students."

Harvard staff praised Page for harnessing the left's hate against Trump and using it to generate sympathy for herself.

"See how she didn't take any responsibility for her wrongdoings, but instead managed to blame patriarchy, misogyny, and President Trump for everything? She's clearly a pro."

Disgraced congresswoman Katie Hill will co-teach the class.
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Culture Wars
h/t Gates of Vienna
[BREITBART] Since 2016, there have been over 100 acts of reported violence and harassment perpetrated against conservatives on college campuses. Within the last few months, scores of additional instances of violence and harassment have been reported bringing the current total to 117 incidents.

Whether perpetrated by students or school faculty, instances of violence or threats against conservative students ‐ and sometimes even conservative professors ‐ are becoming commonplace on America’s college campuses. This trend is also expanding to the high school level.

Here is a list of incidents of violence and threats made against conservatives on campus, or made by leftists in academia, that have been reported within just the last few months.
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2019-12-03 Iraq
[DAWN] The government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi ended on Sunday after two months of violent unrest that has left more than 420 people dead and thousands mourning them in nationwide marches.

As anti-government demonstrators across the strife-torn country massed to honour the fallen activists, parliament met to accept the resignation which the 77-year-old had offered two days before.

While Abdel Mahdi stays on initially to lead a caretaker government, President Barham Saleh will now be asked to name a successor to face the challenge of resolving the political chaos that has engulfed the nation.

The protest movement is Iraq’s biggest since the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein and installed a democratic system in the oil-rich but poverty-plagued nation.

Tens of thousands have vented their anger at a governing class they despise as inept, corrupt and beholden to foreign powers, especially Iran, whose consulate in the city of Najaf was torched last Wednesday.

Some protesters cautiously welcomed the departure of the premier, who came to power just a year ago based on a shaky alliance between rival parties, but they demanded far more deep-rooted change. "Abdel Mahdi should go ‐ and so should parliament and the political parties and Iran!" said one young demonstrator in the capital.

Observers said Iraq’s fractured political scene will struggle to reach a consensus on a new premier.

With the parliament’s main Shia blocs "fragmented, no largest faction exists", wrote Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, president of the Arbil-based Middle East Research Institute.

Even if they agreed on a candidate, he or she would also need the backing of the emboldened street. "Demonstrators are hard to please," said Ala’Aldeen. "The carnival goes on and, meanwhile, violence continues." Just before the parliamentary session began, another protester was rubbed out in the capital, medical sources said.

But, in a victory for the movement, an Iraqi court sentenced a police officer to death after convicting him of killing demonstrators, the first such sentence in the two months of deadly civil unrest. The Kut criminal court sentenced the police major to be hanged and it jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a police lieutenant colonel for seven years over the deaths of seven protesters in the southern city on Nov 2, judicial sources said.

Iraq’s constitution has no provision for the resignation of a premier, and politician Sarkawt Shamsaddin said on Sunday that the body did not actually hold a vote.

"The speaker said that the Federal Court was consulted and the understanding is that [there is] no need to vote," he said. The speaker had then asked if any politician was against the resignation and "nobody objected".

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2019-12-03 Science & Technology
[USA Today] When James DeLine became a rural doctor, he had no experience treating the Amish, and no idea he'd be at the cutting edge of genetic medicine.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. ‐ It is 5 degrees below zero and a light powdering of snow swirls across the roads of Vernon County. A few horses and buggies clop through the chill morning air, but Perry Hochstetler leaves his buggy at the family farm and has a driver take him to his doctor’s appointment.

The Hochstetlers are Amish. With no health insurance and a modest income, they cannot afford most doctors.

They can afford James DeLine, once the lone doctor in the western Wisconsin village of La Farge. Population 750.

When he became the village doctor in 1983, DeLine had no experience treating the Amish and no idea the crucial role they would play in his work. Today, about 20% of the doctor’s patients are Amish or Old Order Mennonite, part of a Christian population called Plain People. They are known for their separation from the modern world and adherence to a simple lifestyle and unadorned dress.

Something of a throwback himself, DeLine, 65, is a short, bespectacled man with a walrus mustache, a doctor who carries a brown medical bag to house calls. For years, he carried his equipment in a fishing tackle box.

He knows the families on every local farm and their medical histories. He knows who’s been born, and calls on the mothers and infants to make sure they are healthy. He knows who’s dying, and looks in on them in their final days, sitting by their bedside, talking in a gentle voice, making sure they have what they need for pain.
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2019-12-03 Home Front: WoT
[10 News] The San Diego FBI and prosecutors Monday announced a $5 million reward for a wanted terrorist.
According to the agency, Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 37, is a U.S citizen.
Fix that, NOW
The FBI says Mostafa grew up in San Diego and, at some point, moved to Somalia and became a member of the al-Shabaab terrorist organization.
Al-Awlaki recruit?
Al-Shabaab has committed several bombings and attacks in the Horn of Africa, killing hundreds, the FBI says.

The FBI’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to Mostafa's arrest or conviction in any country.

Mostafa is described as six feet, one inch tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds with blue eyes and a large scar on his right hand. He is also left-handed, the FBI says.

Anyone with information is asked to call the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI or tips.fbi.gov .
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2019-12-03 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reopened a humanitarian crossing with the Ottoman Turkish-backed gunnies in eastern Aleppo after the violence in the town of al-Bab subsided this week.

According to a military report, the Syrian Army reopened the Abu al-Zandin crossing for all civilians to leave and enter the bad boy-held al-Bab District of eastern Aleppo.

Previously, the crossing was closed due to the recent infighting between the Ottoman Turkish-backed gunnies inside al-Bab; however, it appears that the situation has calmed after a tense week.
Related:
Turkish-backed militants: 2019-11-26 Syrian Army scores new advance in southeast Idlib after launching overnight attack
Turkish-backed militants: 2019-11-18 Perpetrator identity of al-Bab bombing revealed, locals demanding his execution
Turkish-backed militants: 2019-11-17 Massive blast rocks militant-held town in northern Syria, 13 killed
Related:
Al-Bab: 2019-11-18 Perpetrator identity of al-Bab bombing revealed, locals demanding his execution
Al-Bab: 2019-11-17 Massive blast rocks militant-held town in northern Syria, 13 killed
Al-Bab: 2019-11-05 Turkey captures slain ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's older sister
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2019-12-03 Africa North
[Libya Observer] al-Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi has reported that one of its doctors was hit by a random bullet in al-Kish area.

The hospital's media office said Sunday that Dr. Azza al-Jarari suffered a minor head injury as a result of a random shooting in the area.

In recent months, the hospital has recorded an increase in the number of casualties as a result of indiscriminate bullets and violent quarrels in Benghazi that sometimes they reach dozens of cases per day.
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, Warren have qualified.

Yang and Gabbard need one more poll.

Steyer needs to reach donor number threshold.

Booker needs 4 more polls and thus doesn't look like he'll make it.

Deval Patrick only announced recently and won't qualify.

Mike Bloomberg won't be accepting ANY donations and so will not be in any of the Dem Debates. He has, however, used his decline of donations as a talking point in ads and is already past Kamala Harris in some polls.

Details at the link.
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2019-12-03 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Murzuq General Hospital has confirmed that it had received the bodies of nine children and two women, of Umm Al Aranib massacre carried out by Haftar's forces on Friday.

"The children were aged between a year and a half and 13 and one of the women was pregnant," the hospital stated.

The bodies were transferred Sunday morning to Sabha
...After the Libyan Civil War, Sabha grew in importance as a slave auctioning town. However, an investigation by the National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) revealed that while there was illegal slavery, reports were exaggerated, as slave auctions were rare and not made public. This was a great comfort to everyone but the slaves peddled in secret. The city was later seized by forces loyal to the Libyan National Army (LNA) and its leader Khalifa Haftar in January 2019, probably for its collection of MiG-25 aircraft....
Medical Center in preparation to refer the case to the relevant authorities in the city, according to the hospital.

The aircraft supporting Haftar struck a neighbourhood in Umm Al Aranib area last Friday, adding a new heinous crime to Haftar's record.
Related:
Murzuq: 2019-11-04 Security sources confirm clashes in Sabha
Murzuq: 2019-11-04 US identifies GNA as a trusted partner
Murzuq: 2019-10-27 ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Killed or Captured in Raid, According to Report
Related:
Sabha: 2019-11-30 Clashes rage on in south Tripoli as Libyan Army captures pro-Haftar commander
Sabha: 2019-11-28 Air strikes shut production at Libya's al-Feel oilfield
Sabha: 2019-11-21 Sabha military commander slams southern Libyan fighters who support Haftar's Tripoli offensive
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
Sen. Kamala Harris is ending her presidential campaign.

Harris, D-Calif., informed her staff Tuesday that she is suspending her campaign, an aide told CNBC.

Earlier Tuesday, CNBC reported that Harris canceled a fundraising event in New York amid reports of turmoil within her campaign.
Tulsi Gabbard says: "Kiss my @ss"
Harris, 55, was the only black candidate whose polling numbers and national media attention had placed her in the top tier of the 2020 contest, if only for a short while.

She made waves with her announcement in January, nailing a campaign rollout that earned praise from Democrats ‐ and even a compliment from President Donald Trump.

"I would say, the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris," Trump said at the time.

In the months following her positive first impression, Harris and her campaign showed the makings of a contender who might be in it for the long haul.

She landed perhaps the hardest and clearest punch of the early primary debate cycle, when she tore into the frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, over his comments about working with segregationist lawmakers and his past views on busing.

The attack gave her a spotlight on that stage, as well as a clear bump in the polls and a hefty fundraising boost.

But her rise in popularity appeared to evaporate soon after, and her performance in the second debate was widely viewed as subpar. Harris’ fundraising numbers consistently trailed her leading competitors, and some of her donors reportedly considered dropping her if she failed to impress going forward.

Asked about Harris’ exit from the 2020 race, Biden said Tuesday that he had "mixed emotions," though he added that Harris was a first-rate intellect and a strong competitor, NBC News reported.

A spokesman for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the latest departure from the Democratic primary.

Harris also faced criticism on her policy platform. In her breakout first debate performance in June, Harris had raised her hand when a moderator asked which of the candidates supported abolishing private insurance in favor of a government-run single-payer alternative.

A day later, she appeared to reverse herself, saying a Harris administration would preserve supplemental private insurance.

As the Iowa caucuses neared, Harris’ campaign further suffered from a lack of a clear strategy and a fractured and disgruntled campaign staff, according to multiple media reports.

By the end of November, the RealClearPolitics aggregate of candidate polls showed Harris sliding into the low single digits, while the nearest candidate above her, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, appeared to be surging higher.
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2019-12-03 Africa North
[Libya Observer] The Libyan Presidential Council has condemned the Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
on al-Swani in southern Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
on Sunday and the airstrikes prior to that on Um al-Aranib in southern Libya, which both caused civilian casualties.

In a statement on Monday, the Presidential Council said "those terrorist attacks are committed by war criminal 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...
's warplanes that are backed by foreign countries" and are part of the series of attacks on civilian residential neighborhoods and private as well as public properties in Tripoli, leading to civilian deaths and injuries.

The Presidential Council said Haftar forces' crimes violate all international laws and yet there are no deterrent actions by the international community against them.

"The lack of action against Haftar's forces by the international community has encouraged them to carry out such atrocities that amount to war crimes." It added, saying UNSMIL bears the blame for those continuing attacks as its verbal statements are of no use.

Haftar's warplanes struck a house in al-Sawani on Sunday, killing five and injuring 13, according to the Health Ministry.

Prior to this attack, Haftar's warplanes carried out airstrikes on a residential area in Um al-Aranib in southern Libya, killing 11 people from one family - nine children and two women - and two other people; foreign nationals.

Related:
Swani: 2019-10-29 Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous: Haftar's Tripoli offensive is no less dangerous than ISIS
Swani: 2019-10-28 Libyan Army captures eight fighters from Haftar's forces in southern Tripoli
Swani: 2019-10-24 Haftar’s UAE-backed air force militia strikes a civilian’s house in Ramlah area of Swani region in south #Tripoli
Related:
Khalifa Haftar: 2019-11-30 Clashes rage on in south Tripoli as Libyan Army captures pro-Haftar commander
Khalifa Haftar: 2019-11-28 Air strikes shut production at Libya's al-Feel oilfield
Khalifa Haftar: 2019-11-27 US delegation meets Haftar, warns him of Russia's intervention in Libya
Related:
Presidential Council: 2019-11-30 Clashes rage on in south Tripoli as Libyan Army captures pro-Haftar commander
Presidential Council: 2019-11-21 Sabha military commander slams southern Libyan fighters who support Haftar's Tripoli offensive
Presidential Council: 2019-11-21 Libya's Interior Minister: Russians arrested in Tripoli linked to Wagner Group
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2019-12-03 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
A long very good essay.
[American Interest] Only five years ago, the general consensus among U.S. and European policy wonks was that, notwithstanding occasional glitches, the so-called liberal international order would remain the dominant global paradigm. For decades, the cognoscenti had assumed that export-driven modernization would eventually transform the likes of communist China into a mega-scale Japan, and that Russia, though authoritarian, would nonetheless adhere—at least in Europe—to the rules-based order. In hindsight it doesn’t really matter whether we fell victim to our own wishful thinking or refused to admit what was in front of us all the time—namely, a brief pause in great power competition followed by two great powers intent on revising the international order, in terms of both its principles and its geostrategic fault lines. We finally awoke to the geostrategic dimension of the ongoing rivalry when Russia seized Crimea and stoked a war in eastern Ukraine, and when China militarized the South China Sea by deploying military assets on its artificial islands. But the West has yet to fully grasp the realities of the system’s overall transformation, and especially its emerging axiology. The reason for the latter is not a lack of data points, but rather our inability to own up to the ideological shift underway within our own culture.

At the geostrategic level, the state of global affairs today is defined by two principal trends: the growing assertiveness of Russia and China, the two principal revisionist states; and the accelerating realignment of states worldwide in response to this rising pressure. More importantly, this challenge to the West runs in parallel with the apparent determination on the part of China to supplant democratic governance with a system built around authoritarianism, framed around a party elite. And for the first time the West seems too divided to launch a coherent response to this ideological pressure from abroad.
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2019-12-03 China-Japan-Koreas
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2019-12-03 -Land of the Free
Remember assholes, you voted for this
[Spectator] Next year, Democrats will control both houses of Virginia's state Legislature as well as its governorship. On November 18, State Sen. Dick Saslaw introduced a bill that he will sponsor in the 2020 legislative session. That bill will outlaw not only the sale or transfer but also the possession of certain firearms.

Saslaw's bill - SB 16 - provides that "It is unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, purchase, possess or transport an assault firearm" and makes such actions a Class 6 felony. (In Virginia, Class 6 felonies are punishable by imprisonment for between one and five years.)

SB 16 provides that a wide range of center-fire rifles, pistols, and shotguns are included in the definition of to-be illegal firearms:

1. A semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material with a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds;

2. A semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the rifle; (iii) a thumbhole stock; (iv) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (v) a bayonet mount; (vi) a grenade launcher; (vii) a flare launcher; (viii) a silencer; (ix) a flash suppressor; (x) a muzzle brake; (xi) a muzzle compensator; (xii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer, (b) a flash suppressor, (c) a muzzle brake, or (d) a muzzle compensator; or (xiii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (xii);

3. A semi-automatic center-fire pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material with a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds;

4. A semi-automatic center-fire pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a thumbhole stock; (iii) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (iv) the capacity to accept a magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip; (v) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the pistol with the non-trigger hand without being burned; (vi) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; (vii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer, (b) a flash suppressor, (c) a barrel extender, or (d) a forward handgrip; or (viii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (vii);

5. A shotgun with a revolving cylinder that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material; or

6. A semi-automatic shotgun that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock, (ii) a thumbhole stock, (iii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the shotgun, (iv) the ability to accept a detachable magazine, (v) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of seven rounds, or (vi) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (v).
There is no way in hell this will survive a court challenge, but it shows you what the fascist/socialist party is "gunning" for. Your complete disarmament and dependency on them.
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2019-12-03 Afghanistan
[ToloNews] A security source said the vehicle attacked belonged to NDS, but officials have not confirmed this.

Gunmen attacked an Afghan cops vehicle in Pul-e-Charkhi area in PD9 of Kabul, killing two security forces and wounding three others, Nasrat Rahimi, a front man for the Interior Ministry, confirmed.

The incident happened in the Yakatoot area in PD9 of Kabul city after button men opened fire on a security vehicle and then fled the area, Rahimi said.

The police are investigating the incident.
No group has grabbed credit for the attack.
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2019-12-03 India-Pakistan
[DAWN] In what appears to be an audacious kidnapping of 20-year-old female student in a busy commercial area of DHA, some five gunnies in a car intercepted her and her young friend, who were strolling along the road, fired multiple shots, left him maimed and took away the girl early on Sunday morning, officials and witnesses said.

The authorities are still clueless about the motive for and suspects involved in the act. The incident triggered fear and panic in the neighbourhood.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and IG Dr Syed Kaleem Imam ordered fast-paced investigations into the alleged kidnapping, asking the authorities to use every possible channel and technology to arrest the culprits and recover the girl safely.

They assured the families of the two victims of their full support and cooperation.

"It was in the early hours of the day when a car intercepted the maiden of tender years who was walking on the island along the main road in DHA Bukhari Commercial area with a young man in his 20s," said an official at the Darakhshan cop shoppe.

"The two put up some resistance initially, but it did not last for long as one of the car occupants pulled out a pistol and fired multiple shots. The firing left the young man maimed who fell to the ground and the girl was whisked away by the men in the car. Some witnesses said there were five men and they noticed at least two gunnies among them."

The incident sparked panic and fear in the area, where a large number of people were present at the roadside eateries, most of them with families, enjoying the weekend.

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2019-12-03 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
More on this report from yesterday.
[TWITTER]
Number of dead Qaeda given as between 40 and 60, 30 dead Heroic Syrian military.
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Culture Wars
[News with Views] The plain, unvarnished truth is that public education is a shoddy, fraudulent piece of goods sold to the public at an astronomical price. It’s time the American consumer knew the extent of the fraud which is victimizing millions of children each year. ‐Samuel Blumenfeld

Orwell was dealing with communism and his disillusionment with communism in Russia and what he saw the communists do in Spain. His novel, 1984, was a response to those political situations. Whereas I was interested in more things than the political atmosphere. I was considering the whole social atmosphere: the impact of TV and radio and the lack of education. I could see the coming event of schoolteachers not teaching reading anymore. The less they taught, the more you wouldn’t need books. ‐Ray Bradbury

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. ‐Socrates

Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world. ‐Vladimir Lenin

My maternal grandparents graduated from 8th grade in 1911. Their framed diplomas hang on our library wall. Each diploma states, "Having passed a credible examination in Orthography (the spelling system of a language), Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, English Grammar, Physiology, United States History, and Music, and having sustained a correct deportment is granted this certificate of proficiency." Oh, to have these subjects in today’s grammar schools.

I highly doubt any of today’s college graduates could pass the tests my grandparents passed to graduate from 8th grade. Most cannot read at a proficient level. Why? Because phonics has been eliminated, and yet it’s so easy to teach. If America’s children can’t read, they cannot gain knowledge, they cannot read their Bibles, and they cannot read America’s Declaration of Independence or Constitution.

The best approach for the majority of children is systematic phonics, the simple concept of teaching the 26 letters of the alphabet, the 44 sounds they make, and the 70 most common ways to spell those sounds. For most children, learning this basic code unlocks 85 percent of the words in the English language by the end of the first grade. Children of all levels of intelligence can learn to read most words simply by learning the correspondence between sounds and letters.

Parents say their toddlers are so bright, but once they are put into the government education system, which totally lacks phonics and academic training, they become bored little socialists who have been thoroughly brainwashed with leftist ideology. They are victims as education expert Samuel Blumenfeld has so rightly stated, and it was the Unitarians at Harvard University who promoted public education, removing it from the family, churches/synagogues and private institutions so long ago.

Countless books have been written regarding the damaging effects of what American education has become along with the Outcome Based Education Skinnerian International Curriculum and how it destroys our children. For a full overview of the continued damage to America’s children, I would suggest purchasing Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children, by Samuel Blumenfeld and Alex Newman. Pdf Link

Blumenfeld puts the blame squarely on the shoulders of the educational leaders who decided early in the last century to change the purpose of education from its traditional academic function to a radical social one. High literacy was an obstacle to their progressive agenda, so the teaching of reading had to be changed to produce a more socially desirable result. The results for the nation have been disastrous.
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2019-12-03 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force has conducted dozens of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s over the Idlib Governorate these past 24 hours, as their warplanes continue to target areas controlled by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and their jihadist allies.

According to a field report from nearby Hama, the Russian Air Force began the day by targeting the jihadist positions inside the southern part of Idlib.

These strikes would result in several powerful explosions around the towns of Kafr Nabl, Ma’arat al-Nu’man, and Kafr Sijnah.

More Russian airstrikes were reported inside the villages of al-Haraki, Farwan, al-Sayyadi, al-Kinays, Tal Kursiyan, al-Barsah, Hish, Halbah, and Rakaya.

This latest wave of airstrikes by the Russian Air Force comes just two days after the jihadist rebels launched an offensive to capture the town of ’Aajaz and its surroundings in southeastern Idlib.

While the jihadist rebels were initially successful, the Syrian Army was able to reverse these gains on Sunday when they launched a big counter-offensive.
Related:
Idlib Governorate: 2019-11-30 Jihadist rebels position heavy weapons near Turkish base in Idlib
Idlib Governorate: 2019-11-08 Syrian Army’s main objective in 2020 is Jisr Al-Shughour
Idlib Governorate: 2019-11-07 ISIS fighters in southern Syria pledge allegiance to new leader
Related:
Russian Air Force: 2019-11-30 Jihadist rebels position heavy weapons near Turkish base in Idlib
Russian Air Force: 2019-11-30 Russian warplanes kill several foreign jihadists as Syrian troops attempt to advance to Kabani
Russian Air Force: 2019-11-23 Jihadist rebels and Syrian Army troops suffer heavy casualties in fierce northern Latakia battle
Related:
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham: 2019-09-28 Syria says Pompeo’s chemical weapons allegation is a ‘big lie’
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham: 2019-04-23 Russian Air Force pounds Nusra in Idlib, 4 Nusra turbans mysteriously toes up
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham: 2019-04-23 Russia Air Force now target positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Southwest of #Aleppo
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2019-12-03 Terror Networks
[Twitter]
Related:
Naval drill: 2019-03-15 50 Iranian Drones Conduct Massive 'Way To Jerusalem' Excercise
Naval drill: 2019-03-15 50 Iranian drones conduct massive 'way to Jerusalem' exercise - report
Naval drill: 2018-09-23 Trump will suffer same fate as Saddam: Iran's Rouhani
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2019-12-03 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[WSJ] As satisfying as it may be to see some of the sanctimonious elitists knocked off their lofty perches and forced to live among the peasants, it is probably better to keep the disease clustered in one place rather than spread it throughout the country where it might take root and grow. The government always grows; it never shrinks. Although I can see some potential benefits such as weakening the D.C. inbred culture and forcing some of the bureaucrats to see how the people live and the impacts their agencies have on the people.

Progressives dream of making the District of Columbia into a state, but now a pair of Republican senators have the same vision reflected through a funhouse mirror. The Helping Infrastructure Restore the Economy Act would effectively transform 10 states into D.C. by moving at least 90% of jobs from 10 executive departments out of Washington and into "economically distressed regions" across the country.

The bill's sponsors, Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, would send the Agriculture and Education departments to their respective states. Eight other federal departments and most nondepartment agencies would also be dispersed throughout the land, often to places intended to suit their functions - for example, the Transportation Department would be sent to Michigan to be near the auto industry.
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2019-12-03 Arabia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The official media wing of the Ansarallah forces released a new photo on Monday that showed the large spy plane that was shot down over Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
this past weekend.

According to the Ansarallah forces, the Chinese-made spy drone was fly over their positions in the Huran area before their troops shot down the reconnaissance aircraft.

The scenes showed the wreckage of the enemy plane after it crashed and the impact of the strike that forced it to fall into a strong scene of the Yemeni air defenses in confronting any kind of hostile flight in Yemeni airspace.

In footage released by the Ansarallah media wing, their forces can be seen dismantling the parts of the plane to take advantage of them.

The plane, manufactured by a Chinese company in 2012, is nine meters long and weighs 360 kg ‐ carrying 200 kg of weapons and sensors and can fly in the sky for 20 hours continuously, according to al-Masirah TV.

The Ansarallah forces announced on Saturday the downing of a reconnaissance aircraft from the Saudi-led Coalition in the Hajjah Governorate near the Saudi border.

"The Yemeni air defenses managed to shoot down a Chinese-made Caig Wing Loong reconnaissance aircraft in the Huran District of the Hajjah Governorate," Brigadier Yahya Serai, a front man for the Yemeni armed forces loyal to Ansarallah, said in a brief statement on his Twitter account .

He explained that "the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile and will be revealed later."
Related:
Ansarallah: 2019-11-30 Houthi forces claim they shot down a Saudi Apache Helicopter
Ansarallah: 2019-11-26 Yemeni Army launches large-scale offensive along Saudi border
Ansarallah: 2019-11-06 WWE Stars 'Held Hostage' On Saudi Arabia Plane By MbS
Related:
Spy drone: 2019-11-26 Yemeni Army launches large-scale offensive along Saudi border
Spy drone: 2019-11-06 Yemen govt, southern separatists sign power-sharing deal
Spy drone: 2019-11-02 Houthi forces shoot down US-made spy drone in southwest Saudi Arabia
Related:
Yemeni air defenses: 2015-04-04 Saudi airstrikes against Yemen a historic first
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Hajjah Governorate: 2019-12-01 Houthi Rebels Say 2nd Aircraft Shot Down Over Yemen in 2 Days
Hajjah Governorate: 2019-11-30 Houthi forces claim they shot down a Saudi Apache Helicopter
Hajjah Governorate: 2019-11-26 Houthis claim massive losses for Saudi-backed forces in Yemen: spox
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[Politico] Kamala Harris is dropping out of the presidential race, she told staff on a call Tuesday. She will release a video momentarily announcing her plans.

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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
[TheFederalist] The ACLU recently awarded Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford. It is unclear why politicians and pundits still claim to believe Ford, given the lack of evidence in support of her serious accusations.
Related:
Christine Blasey Ford: 2019-10-09 Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0
Christine Blasey Ford: 2019-09-26 Kavanaugh Accuser Flew on Private Plane of Tech Boss Linked to Disinformation Campaign
Christine Blasey Ford: 2019-09-26 The Transcript Reaction that Ann C. Wants to See
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ACLU: 2019-08-17 U.S. Attorney Blasts Soros-Backed Philly D.A. For Putting Police in Danger With ‘Culture of Disrespect’
ACLU: 2019-08-07 The Real Cause of the Shootings.
ACLU: 2019-07-11 Harmeet Dhillon Launches ‘Publius Lex’ Legal Fund to Fight Antifa and Big Tech
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2019-12-03 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Red State] Well, this is interesting.

Attorney General Bill Barr is pushing back on IG Horowitz’s coming findings on the Trump-Russia investigation. Recent reports have said that Horowitz will find no political bias in the investigation despite ample evidence numerous high level officials had it out for Trump. As with the IG’s findings on the Hillary investigation, Horowitz’s standard is apparently an admission under oath and sealed in blood, as he found dozens of pieces of evidence of bias there but still concluded there was nothing conclusive.

Now, The Washington Post is saying Barr doesn’t agree with his coming characterizations.
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2019-12-03 Southeast Asia
[DAWN] Arakan-Rohingya Salvation Army stages vicious attacks in the name of Islam, Burma kicks Islam out. My sympathy meter appears to be stuck on zero. Moslems aren't stabbing people to death on bridges in Rangoon, are they?
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2019-12-03 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[Mil.com] West Point Cadet Daine Van de Wall, the son of immigrants from the Netherlands and "First Captain" of the Corps of Cadets, has been chosen for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford.
Statue of Cecil Rhodes in the garden of the Kimberley Club, Kimberley, SA.
Last year, two members of the Air Force Academy were selected as Rhodes Scholars. But Van de Wall, who intends to become an infantry officer, was the only one from a service academy to be chosen for the coveted award earlier this month.

"Service means a lot to me, specifically having parents who are immigrants coming over here and just being welcomed into the United States of America," Van de Wall, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, said in an academy news release.

"My parents had the privilege to become naturalized citizens here a few years ago. Now, what it means to me to serve is really just to give back and have the opportunity to thank America for everything it's done for me," he added.

Related: McSally to Service Academies: Stop Putting 19-Year-Olds in Charge of 18-Year-Olds

Van de Wall, of West Friendship, Maryland, was among nearly half of this year's 32 recipients of Rhodes Scholarships who are first-generation Americans, according to the Rhodes Trust.

For the third consecutive year, the majority of the recipients were minorities, and for the first time those selected included a transgender woman.

This year's recipients "once again reflect the extraordinary diversity that characterizes and strengthens the United States," Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, said in a statement. "They will go to Oxford in September 2020 to study in fields broadly across the social, biological and physical sciences, and in the humanities."

The Rhodes Trust pays all college and university fees, and provides a stipend to cover expenses while in residence in Oxford.

The scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, the controversial diamond mine magnate and British imperialist who was prime minister of the Cape Colony in southern Africa in the 1890s.

Van de Wall, a systems and decisions science major, said he intends to pursue a Master of Philosophy in international relations at Oxford.
A Dutchman, Rhodes must be pleased.
As first captain and brigade commander for 4,400 cadets, Van de Wall will have the honor of leading the Corps of Cadets onto the field Dec. 14 at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field for the 120th Army-Navy football game.

"The role of the First Captain is to lead the course," Van de Wall said in the academy release. "I'm ultimately responsible for the performance of the Corps of Cadets. My job is to come up with the objectives we're trying to reach and come up with a vision for how we're going to get there."
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2019-12-03 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[Book Intro] Historical Research all to often resembles diamond mining. Great effort is needed to sift through vast amounts of material to find a few gems. Happily, the source of this book was a rich vein lying just under the surfact of the Library of Congress Newspapers and Periodicals Reading Room among the microfilm rolls of newspapers and records.

The National Tribune lay there quietly, not much disturbed by other miners of history, all but forgotten. This weekly publication was the ancestor of the Stars and Stripes, the service newspaper of the United States Armed Forces, founded in 1877 "to secure to soldiers and sailors their rights...."

Later the Tribune become known for its regular feature. "Fighting Them Over: What Our Veterans Have to Say About Their Old Campaigns," which solicited memoirs from veterans of all ranks and backgrounds. This column established the National Tribune as a forum for discussion, debate, and reminiscence for veterans around the country, eventually becoming the official paper of the Grand Army of the Republic."

This feature is a practically unknown treasure trove of firsthand accounts of America's bloodiest war, the struggle that defined the United States as a nation. Within this trove are the serialized reminiscences of the Chief Scout of the Army of the Potomac, Judson Knight, the the "Fighting Them Over Again" feature, which this book presents for the first time.

The brilliant Col. George H. Sharpe, 120th New York Volunteers created American all-source military intelligence as Chief of the Bureau of Military Information (BMI) for the Army of the Potomac. He became one of Grant's favored family of generals. Judson Knight always referred to him with respect.
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2019-12-03 Home Front: Politix
h/t Gates of Vienna
[Daily Mail] The lawyer representing Hunter Biden in his paternity case abruptly withdrew on Monday while his client blew off the hearing, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

Biden, 49, was not in the second-floor courtroom in Batesville, Arkansas, when his attorney former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel quit.

...In the hearing, Judge Don McSpadden said he would need at least three years of Biden's tax returns before he could reach a decision on monetary support for the child, whose sex has not been revealed.

Earlier this week, DailyMail.com revealed Biden filed a request to seal all financial records to spare himself public 'embarrassment' amid claims of 'significant debts'.

...In his motion to withdraw, McDaniel ‐ a former Arkansas Attorney General ‐ said Biden's personal lawyer had 'advised' him that he was being discharged.

'(C)ounsel will take all steps reasonably practical to protect defendant's interests and make every effort to ensure an efficient and judicious transition for new counsel.' McDaniel wrote.

Judge McSpadden also ordered Biden's team to provide Roberts with a valid address and phone number for him so papers can be properly served.
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2019-12-03 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian combat robot, the Uranus-9, was recently photographed inside Syria, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Monday.

According to the publication, the Uranus-9 was seen near the front-lines in the northern region of Syria.

"Information about the appearance in Russia of the Russian combat robot ’Uranus-9’, capable of easily destroying enemy armored vehicles and gutting military aircraft, appeared long ago. However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
it is reported that a unique robotic complex has been spotted in northern Syria. Judging by the photograph presented, the combat robot took an active part in military operations together with the Russian and Syrian military, including in repelling numerous attacks by bully boys," they said.

"At the moment, neither the place nor the date of the picture was made public, however, a number of sources say that the photo could have been taken in northern Syria, where this combat unit is used against holy warriors supported by the Ottoman Turkish army. Nevertheless, a number of other sources claim that we are talking about the testing period of the Russian combat robotic complex.

As pointed out by Avia.Pro, it is not clear when the photo was actually taken; however, it is believed to have been fairly recent, given the increased violence in the Idlib Governorate over the last two weeks.

"It should be noted that the Russian combat robotic complex Uranus-9 has in its arsenal a 30-mm automatic cannon 2A72, perfectly suitable for hitting unarmored and lightly armored vehicles, as well as air targets, and a set of four anti-tank guided missiles, which makes it formidable the adversary," Avia.Pro added.

Related:
Combat robot: 2010-07-14 Skors deploy robot along border
Combat robot: 2010-07-13 S Korea deploys sentry robot on border
Combat robot: 2006-05-01 Why Transformation is Old News
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2019-12-03 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) carried out a new attack on Monday against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops deployed to the eastern countryside the Homs Governorate, a source from the military told al-Masdar News this evening.

According to the source, the Islamic State began their attacks on Sunday when their bully boyz stormed the Syrian Army’s positions near the T-3 Pumping Station.

The source said while the Syrian Army was able to defeat the Islamic State attack, they suffered some casualties as a result of the fierce festivities.

On Monday, the Islamic State once again reemerged near the T-3 Pumping Station as they attacked the Syrian Army and NDF troops in this part of the Badiya al-Sham region of eastern Homs.

More festivities were reported at the Arwad Dam in northeastern Homs by the military source. The Islamic State reportedly tried to ambush the Syrian Army troops were deployed in the Arwad Dam area; however, the attack was foiled before the bully boyz could inflict any casualties within the military’s ranks.

In response to these latest attacks by the Islamic State, the Syrian Air Force has carried out several Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s over the Badiya al-Sham region, with a large number of their strikes concentrating on the terrorist group’s suspected positions in the mountains near al-Sukhnah.

Related:
Islamic State: 2019-12-01 Danish court: 3 men guilty for buying drones for Islamic State
Islamic State: 2019-11-30 Russian warplanes kill several foreign jihadists as Syrian troops attempt to advance to Kabani
Islamic State: 2019-11-30 Twenty suspects face trial for deadly 2015 Paris attacks
Related:
Syrian Arab Army: 2019-11-30 Syrian Army shoots down Turkish military drone in Qamishli
Syrian Arab Army: 2019-11-30 Jihadist rebels position heavy weapons near Turkish base in Idlib
Syrian Arab Army: 2019-11-30 Russian warplanes kill several foreign jihadists as Syrian troops attempt to advance to Kabani
Related:
Homs Governorate: 2019-09-20 Syrian Army begins new operation against ISIS near Palmyra
Homs Governorate: 2019-09-18 Several Syrian soldiers killed in ISIS ambush southeast of Palmyra
Homs Governorate: 2019-08-09 Syrian Army inflicts heavy losses in ISIS ranks in central Syria
Related:
Arwad Dam: 2019-11-08 Several ISIS terrorists killed in clashes with Syrian troops in eastern Homs
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2019-12-03 Africa North
[Libya Observer] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
has summoned the Speaker of House Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh to inform him of a new plot that aims to withdraw the Arab, African and Islamic World recognition of the UN-backed Presidential Council, according to Libya al-Ahrar TV Channel.
At least it’s not a secret plot. Those are the worst.
The channel reported reliable sources as saying that the plot includes asking Tobruk-based HoR to withdraw confidence from the Presidential Council, then asking the Arab League
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2019-12-02 India-Pakistan
[TWITTER]

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2019-12-02 Economy
Terrifying. I worry about what we will leave the trailing daughters and their generation. I hope and pray President Trump’s innovations will have a positive impact even before the next budget is — hopefully! — reduced.
[Twitter]
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2019-12-02 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US President Donald Trump spoke on Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran and other issues, the White House said in a brief statement.

"The leaders discussed the threat from Iran, as well as other critical bilateral and regional issues," the statement read.

(a) Both are saying "we'll bomb them, and you take the credit"?
(b) How long until Trump/Bibi conspiracy is mentioned in Congress?
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2019-12-02 Africa North
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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2019-12-02 Iraq
[AnNahar] An Iraqi court sentenced a police officer to death on Sunday after convicting him of killing demonstrators, in the first such sentence in two months of deadly civil unrest.

The Kut criminal court sentenced the police major to be hanged and incarcerated
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a police lieutenant colonel for seven years for their roles in the deaths of seven protesters in the southern city on November 2, judicial sources said.
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2019-12-02 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Defense minister green-lights new Jewish neighborhood in Hebron

[IsraelTimes] Naftali Bennett praised by right, slammed by left over move to double number of Jews living in flashpoint West Bank city.

Work begins to triple size of Jewish enclave in East Jerusalem Arab neighborhood

[IsraelTimes] Project will add 176 homes to Nof Zion, located in Jabel Mukaber; Housing Ministry said to revive another plan for up to 11,000 units on site of Atarot Airport.
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2019-12-02 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Washington Examiner] Narly a dozen people were shot in New Orleans early Sunday morning in the bustling French Quarter, according to police.

The shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. hours after the conclusion of the Bayou Bowl, a football game between Grambling State and Southern University that was played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Authorities originally believed only 10 were injured in the shooting but adjusted the count to 11 after an additional victim brought themselves to the hospital. Two of the victims were reported to have critical injuries.

No arrests have been made for the shooting, but authorities do have one person of interest in custody. It is unclear how many gunmen participated in the shooting or what motivated the violence. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said authorities were quick to get to the scene because of the increased security at the stadium.

This is the second mass shooting to take place on the weekend of the Bayou Bowl in recent years. A fight between two men in 2016 ended in gunfire that injured nine and killed one.

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2019-12-02 India-Pakistan
[The News (Pak)] KARACHI: A maiden of tender years was kidnapped at gunpoint in the posh locality of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's District South allegedly by armed kidnappers on a car who also shot and seriously maimed her male friend.

This was the second major incident of kidnapping of a girl in Defence Housing Authority as earlier another maiden of tender years, B* was kidnapped in the same manner in May this year and was later released after her family paid a handsome ransom to the kidnappers. The tragic incident took place at Bukhari Commercial, also known as Bara Bukhari in DHA within the limits of Darakhshan Police Station on early hours of Sunday.

The victim's friend namely Haris Soomro who was maimed in the incident was initially taken to the National Medical Center on Korangi Road but later moved to the Aga Khan University Hospital.

Senior police officials, including district South Operations and Investigations SSPs, also reached the scene of the crime to investigate about the kidnapping.

The District South police chief SSP Sheraz Nazeer told The News that the police have only one witness in this case and they are also trying to obtain the CCTV footage of the scene to trace and arrest the suspected kidnappers.

The injured person in his initial statement told the police that they were on their way to Bara Bukhari when four men in a car kidnapped his friend, D* and fled after shooting him. SSP Nazeer said the boy was shot in the neck which penetrated into the chest.

The doctors were trying to save his life while the parents of both the youngsters have been informed about the incident. The police were also looking for recording the statements of the families and friends for any possible clue about the abductors.

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2019-12-02 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[MSN] If you thought Thanksgiving Day was unusually cold this year in the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
, you were correct. In fact, it tied a century-old record.

The high temperature in the city on Thursday was forty-eight degrees. That tied a record high temperature for the coldest date for San Francisco in the month of November. That record had stood unchallenged since November 27th, 1896, when it last happened.

According to the National Weather Service, the coldest high-temperature day ever in San Francisco was a freezing thirty-five degrees on December 11th, 1932. That day also holds the distinction for the coldest record low temperature ever recorded in the city, which is twenty-seven degrees.

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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[WashingtonExaminer] Joe Biden left many Twitter users queasy after a clip from the campaign trail showed him discussing children playing with his leg hair.

During the campaign speech, Biden, 77, described how little kids used to play with his blond leg hairs in the swimming pool while telling a story about his time working as a lifeguard.

"By the way, you know I sit on the stand and it’d get hot. I got a lot of ‐ I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun," Biden said. "And the kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and then watch the hair come back up again."

He concluded his tale by saying, "I love kids jumping on my lap."
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2019-12-02 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
[Twitter-Medium]


1). How would you describe the relationship between China and Russia? Some say strategic alliance; some say marriage of convenience… What would you call it and how did you coin the term Dragonbear?

2). At what point do you feel the Chinese and Russian relationship shifted from competition to “friendship”? Have they overcome their historical hostilities?

3). Many analysts characterize Russia as the junior partner in this partnership, others say it’s symbiotic in that Moscow brings the muscle and Beijing brings the money, how would you address the dynamics?

4). To what extent does pushing back against what both Russia and China have described as a US-led world order and motivation for a multipolar scene motivate their relationship? Can they succeed in challenging Washington’s global hegemony?

5) Do you foresee this relationship blossoming in the near future? Will economic agreements match their military cooperation? Could there ever be a defensive alliance between these two powers, are they doomed to compete or is the status quo acceptable on both ends?

6). Europe is in a difficult spot, facing internal crises and a US that doesn’t necessarily share the same values. Do you see the Belt and Road Initiative and Eurasian Economic Union developing into an enticing alternative? Can the US undermine this and how?
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2019-12-02 Caribbean-Latin America
[FoxNews] Four police officers were among nearly two dozen people killed after security forces engaged in an hour-long gunbattle with suspected cartel members Saturday in a Mexican town near the U.S. border, days after President Trump said he was moving to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror organizations.

The shootout happened around noon in the small town of Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state located about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas.

Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme told local media that four of the dead were police officers killed in the initial confrontation and that several municipal workers were missing. On Sunday, the Coahuila state government said that security forces killed seven additional members of the gang, bringing the death toll to at least 21.
Related:
Villa Union: 2019-12-01 At least 14 killed in bloody gunfight in northern Mexico
Villa Union: 2019-12-01 Five Suspected Cartel Gunmen Killed in Mexican Town Near US Border
Villa Union: 2017-07-02 Mexico: 19 gang members killed in overnight clashes
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[NYP] BET founder Bob Johnson is putting his money on Donald Trump to spend another four years in the White House.

Johnson, America’s first black billionaire, thinks there’s no Democrat who can take down the president in 2020.

"If you take a snapshot today, I don’t think that group is capable of beating Trump despite what the polls say," Johnson, 73, told CNBC. "I think the president has always been in a position where it’s his to lose based on his bringing a sort of disruptive force into what would be called political norms."

Though the president remains rock solid with GOP voters, he has struggled with African Americans. He received just 8 percent of the black vote in 2016, has made many overtures to African Americans, including speaking at the Black Leadership Summit in Washington and his public bromance with Kanye West.

"What the hell do you have to lose?" Trump famously told black voters in August 2016, urging them to vote for him and arguing that Hillary Clinton and Democratic policies had failed their community.
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2019-12-02 Caribbean-Latin America
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Heavily armed with rifles, the seven masked assailants - believed to be members of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel - stormed the General Hospital of Salvatierra in Guanajuato, southern Mexico, on November 21

  • Holding a security guard hostage and forcing him to help them find their target, the men move quickly down the hall before hauling out a patient on a stretcher

  • Just hours later, police were summoned to a roundabout on Torress Landa where the dismembered body of a man was found placed on white sheet

  • Accompanied by a message written on a cardboard sign, the body was confirmed to be the man who was taken from the hospital

  • The patient, who has not been identified publicly, had been brutally butchered with many of his limbs found scattered along the roadside
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2019-12-02 Europe
The first responses to yesterday's announcement are coming in.
[Twitter]



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2019-12-02 Home Front: Culture Wars
h/t Instapundit
Evanston aldermen on Monday approved directing all sales tax revenue collected from recreational marijuana purchases to a fund that will establish a local reparations program.

Officials say the program will help the city’s black population stay in Evanston while also providing training for jobs and other benefits.

"We can implement funding to directly invest in black Evanston," said Ald. Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, who proposed the reparations bill.

While Evanston officials have voted to permit, tax and appropriate money from recreational marijuana sales, many other suburbs have voted not to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries to open when the businesses become legal next year under state law.
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[PJMEDIA] Until today, Jessica Kwong was a political news hound for Newsweek. More specifically, it was her job to keep an eye on the Trump administration, the Trump family, and the 2020 race for president. This week, however, she was fired. The reason? On Thanksgiving Day, she published an article in which she claimed that the president and first lady planned to spend the holiday golfing, tweeting, "and more" some such. Sadly for her, President Trump secretly flew to Afghanistan, where he met the troops (and served them turkey).

After President Trump had landed, pro-Trump Twitter users rightfully went after her. One of her fiercest critics was First Son Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
Jr. "The President spends his Thanksgiving with American troops deployed in Afghanistan, including serving them lunch," he wrote on Twitter. "Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, another bullet hole appeared in Butch's hat......
over at the Fake News..."
Related:
Newsweek: 2019-12-01 Ick! Malia Obama Interned For Harvey Weinstein's Company
Newsweek: 2019-11-30 Trump blasts Newsweek over story on his Thanksgiving plans
Newsweek: 2019-11-28 President Trump Scoring with Black Voters, and Dems Are Terrified
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2019-12-02 Britain
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2019-12-02 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[FOX40] A church in Michigan denied Holy Communion to a state district court judge because she is married to a woman.

Judge Sara Smolenski, the chief judge of Michigan’s 63rd District Court, received a call from the priest at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, requesting she not attend communion.

"This is not about me against the priest, and it’s not really me against the church," Smolenski told CNN. "This feels like selective discrimination. Why choose gay people, and why now?"

Smolenski, 62, said that the Rev. Scott Nolan, the priest at St. Stephen for approximately three years, called her on November 23 and told her, "’It was good to see you in church on Sunday. Because you and Linda are married in the state of Michigan, I’d like you to respect the church and not come to communion.'"

Smolenski was baptized at St. Stephen. She and her nine siblings attended the church’s school from first through eighth grade. Her parents were married in the church in the 1940s.

Communion is a significant and sacred act in Catholicism. Through this sacrament, Catholics unite with Christ and symbolically form a single body, according to Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Vatican’s website. To be denied communion is essentially to be denied one’s right to the holiness of Catholicism.
Bets on the Argentine PC Pope reversing it?

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2019-12-02 -Lurid Crime Tales-
[Twitter-Wretchard-Daily Wire]

Ghislane Maxwell:
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2019-12-02 Europe
[IsraelTimes] Dutch police say on Sunday they have found no indications of a terrorist motive after arresting a homeless man for stabbing three teenagers in The Hague.
Left unanswered is whether he was a native Dutch homeless man or a homeless colonist, Moslem or otherwise.
The 35-year-old man was detained on Saturday after the assault, which happened as shoppers hunted Black Friday bargains in the city’s main commercial street.

"The precise circumstances of the stabbing incident are still unclear. No indications have yet been found to show that there was a terrorist motive," police say on Twitter.

"The motive for the stabbing incident is still being investigated."

Police say the suspect had no fixed abode and was "arrested at a homeless shelter in the center of The Hague" before being taken to a cop shoppe for questioning.

They had previously said they were investigating "several scenarios."
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s "Meet the Press," Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
was "as rigged as a carnival ring toss."

Kennedy said, "Rounds one and two by Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Adam Schiff
...Showboating U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001. He currently serves as the chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In a manner reminiscent of Joe McCarthy, on March 22, 2017, in a interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC Schiff claimed there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia." Todd followed up by asking if he had seen direct evidence of collusion and Schiff responded that there was "evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation...
are as rigged as a carnival ring toss, and we both know that."

He added, "Have they allowed the president to call his own witnesses? No. Have they allowed him to have his lawyer present? No. Have they allowed him to offer rebuttal evidence? No. Have they allowed him to cross-examine the witnesses that were hand-picked by Speaker Pelosi? No. Whether you like the president or don’t, we both I know agree with due process. Nobody is above the law, but nobody is beneath the law. The Bill of Rights is not an a la carte menu."

Related:
John Kennedy: 2019-09-15 Sen. Kennedy: Trusting Russia, North Korea, Iran like trusting 'a Jussie Smollett police report'
John Kennedy: 2019-07-20 From Chappaquiddick to Tranquility Base in One Weekend
John Kennedy: 2019-01-25 Schumer Shoots Down Bill to Pay Coast Guard
Related:
Adam Schiff: 2019-11-29 Second Schiff staffer tied to Burisma-backed think tank (video)
Adam Schiff: 2019-11-28 I Am Thankful For Many Things, Especially The Things That Make Stupid People Sad
Adam Schiff: 2019-11-28 US Justice Department asks court to block ex-White House lawyer ruling
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2019-12-02 Africa North
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Haftar's air force raid densely populated area way down upon the Swani River
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] The end of Pete Buttigieg
...the testicleless mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard College and, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from Pembroke College, Oxford. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm. From 2009 to 2017 Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. During his second term, he announced he was gay. Buttigieg also campaigned for Indiana state treasurer in 2010 and for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017, losing both elections. He is running for the Dem nomination in 2020 on the theory that being mayor of a nondescript medium sized city is qualification to run the country...
’s term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, on Dec. 31 comes at a fortuitous time for him in the Democratic presidential race, freeing him from mayoral obligations a full month before the first state nominating contests begin while his competitors tend to Washington obligations.

Buttigieg, 37, will become a full-time candidate as most of his primary competitors are due to be pulled away from Iowa and New Hampshire so they can sit in the Senate observing impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
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2019-12-02 Afghanistan
“Look at us suffer! Now pay us the big moneys, O America.”
[ToloNews] In April 2017 the US Air Force dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb onto a ISIS stronghold in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
Almost two and a half years after the United States dropped the "mother of all bombs" onto a ISIS hideout in eastern Afghanistan, locals say they have been afflicted by "many diseases" and agricultural lands are not yielding crops.
Would you rather have ISIS still lording over you, guys, taking your daughters as wives and your sons as soldiers, not to mention all your stuff, and forced you to live by their stupid rules?
TOLOnews news hound Abdulhaq Omeri interviewed residents of Mohmand Dara village, in the Achin district in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
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2019-12-02 -Lurid Crime Tales-
From November 27th, but still very interesting.
[EpochTimes] The Obama holdover heading the Pentagon office reportedly under investigation by the U.S. attorney who is conducting the criminal probe of the Trump–Russia investigation was accused of leaking a classified document, in a recent court filing for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

According to a Nov. 21 report by independent journalist Sara Carter, U.S. Attorney John Durham is questioning personnel in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA). ONA awarded about $1 million in contracts to FBI informant Stefan Halper, who appears to have played a key role in alleged U.S. intelligence agency spying on 2016 Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

In addition, however, a court filing indicates that ONA’s director, James H. Baker, “is believed to be the person who illegally leaked the transcript of Mr. Flynn’s calls” to The Washington Post. Specifically, the filing states, “ONA Director Baker regularly lunched with Washington Post Reporter David Ignatius.”

The filing adds that Baker “was Halper’s ‘handler’” at ONA. Moreover, according to the court filing, the tasks assigned to “known long-time operative for the CIA/FBI” Halper “seem to have included slandering Mr. Flynn with accusations of having an affair with a young professor (a British national of Russian descent).”

Baker didn’t respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times as of press time.

The filing notes that Flynn’s defense team has requested phone records for then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, likewise in order to confirm contacts with Ignatius. The filing singles out records for Jan. 10, 2017, when, according to the filing, “Clapper told Ignatius in words to the effect of ‘take the kill shot on Flynn.’”

Clapper didn’t respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times as of press time.

The Pentagon’s current inspector general has already found that Baker’s office “did not maintain documentation of the work performed by Professor Halper or any communication that ONA personnel had with Professor Halper.” As a result, according to the inspector general, ONA staff “could not provide sufficient documentation that Professor Halper conducted all of his work in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.”

Acting Pentagon Inspector General Glenn A. Fine in November 2017 started an investigation into charges that Baker retaliated against a whistleblower who red-flagged “rigged” contracts, including Halper’s. Another $11 million in contracts under scrutiny went to the Long Term Strategy Group (LTSG), which is run by a schoolmate of Chelsea Clinton, whom she has referred to as her “best friend.”
Related:
Michael Flynn: 2019-11-29 The Real Reason the Dems Want Trump Gone
Michael Flynn: 2019-11-28 Why Federal Prosecutors Now Want To Delay Michael Flynn's Sentencing
Michael Flynn: 2019-11-15 Mueller's Ethically-Challenged ‘Pit Bull' Andrew Weissmann Joins NBC as ‘Legal Analyst'
Related:
Stefan Halper: 2019-11-28 Whitewash update: Horowitz FBI Didn't Spy On Trump's Campaign
Stefan Halper: 2019-11-04 CIA, FBI Informant Was Washington Post Source For Russiagate Smears
Stefan Halper: 2019-09-22 The DS and Brennan scheme to destroy Mike Flynn may be falling apart
Related:
David Ignatius: 2019-11-04 CIA, FBI Informant Was Washington Post Source For Russiagate Smears
David Ignatius: 2019-10-31 Why Is Vindman a War Hero but Flynn a Traitor?
David Ignatius: 2019-03-31 Members of Saudi team that killed Khashoggi received training in US: report
Related:
James Clapper: 2019-11-18 VDH: The Wages of Trump Fixation
James Clapper: 2019-11-04 CIA, FBI Informant Was Washington Post Source For Russiagate Smears
James Clapper: 2019-10-31 Why Is Vindman a War Hero but Flynn a Traitor?
Related:
Chelsea Clinton: 2019-10-30 'Y'all were running from us': Michelle Obama claims 'white folks' are 'afraid' of living in black neighborhoods
Chelsea Clinton: 2019-10-22 Chelsea Clinton calls America 'not the country I want my kids to grow up in'
Chelsea Clinton: 2019-10-17 Pope Announces Any Time Spent Watching 'The View' Counts As Time Served In Purgatory
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] Florida Rep. Val Demings maintained that President Trump should be impeached even if the alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine never took place.

Demings, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, was asked during an interview on This Week whether it was relevant to the impeachment proceedings that Trump’s request for an investigation into Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020...
never came to fruition. Host Martha Raddatz noted that no investigation into the Bidens ever happened and Ukraine received its military aid anyway, but Demings maintained that it was irrelevant.

"You’re going to make me go back to my law enforcement experience. I had an opportunity in 27 years to deal with a lot of people who attempted to rob a bank, attempted to burglarize a house, attempted to carjack an individual," Demings said. "We didn’t say, ’Well, since you weren’t successful, we caught you, you weren’t successful so let’s just let you go and forget it."
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2019-12-02 Europe
It’s important to be clear on what is important to you.
[IsraelTimes] The Belgian city of Aalst near the capital Brussels has pulled its annual carnival from the UNESCO world heritage list, after an uproar from Jewish groups and the EU, the mayor said on Sunday.

The row erupted in March after Mayor Christoph D’Haese defended a deliberately anti-Semitic carnival float depicting puppets of hook-nosed Orthodox Jews with rats sitting on money bags.

The carnival attracts tens of thousands of people over the three days leading to the Catholic holiday of Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. It takes pride in its no-holds barred sense of humor and provocation.

D’Haese on Sunday said he made the decision as he expected UNESCO to strip his city of the designation later this month after both sides failed to find a compromise.

"The citizens of Aalst have suffered grotesque accusations," the mayor said in a blurb sent to TV Oost Nieuws, according to Belga news agency.

"We are neither anti-Semitic nor racist. All those who support this are acting in bad faith. Aalst will always remain the capital of mockery and satire," he said.

Since 2010, the carnival has been inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage list, but the Gay Paree-based UN agency said organizers had gone too far.

The head of the Brussels-based Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Jewish Association said Aalst officials were "jumping before they were pushed," according to a statement.

"Despite the widespread criticism, despite the clear grotesque anti-Semitic imagery, despite the opportunity to at least acknowledge the wrong and hurt caused, the Mayor of Aalst has consistently remained defiant and mocking," said EJA president Rabbi Menachem Margolin.

UNESCO said in March it would be "vigilant and uncompromising regarding such occurrences" and expectations were high that the carnival was to be pulled from the list at a meeting on December 12.
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2019-12-02 China-Japan-Koreas
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
link is to the Bullock drop out which was a story today

Sestak dropped out yesterday and the link to that is here.
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2019-12-02 China-Japan-Koreas
h/t Instapundit
You see it in the maps. In 2015, 1.4 million Hong Kongers voted in elections in which pro-Beijing candidates swept the city's 18 district councils. Last week, 2.9 million Hong Kongers voted and pro-democracy candidates won every district but one. That is an increase in turnout of more than 100 percent and a stunning rebuke both of Beijing and of chief executive Carrie Lam, who has failed to respond adequately to the demands of the pro-democracy movement that has disrupted Hong Kong for the past six months. Maps of the city once shaded pro-mainland blue are now pro-liberty yellow.

...What is happening in Hong Kong is not isolated. The China model of authoritarian development is damaged and scarred. What seemed as sturdy and invulnerable as a Borg Cube looks more like a fragile and wobbly mobile by Alexander Calder. The regime of Xi Jinping is under economic and political and diplomatic pressure that it is not handling well. This beleaguered combatant in an era of great power competition is more dangerous to the United States than before.

What legitimacy the Communist Party possessed was based on the decades of economic growth inaugurated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. But growth has slowed to its lowest level in decades as the Chinese workforce ages, low-hanging investment opportunities disappear, and the trade war with the United States reduces manufacturing output and sends supply lines to Vietnam and Mexico. Capital is fleeing China at a record pace as the bourgeoisie hedge against stagnation and turmoil.

...The resistance to Beijing is both domestic and foreign. Lost in all the predictions of Chinese dominance were the voices of China's neighbors in the Pacific. Neither Japan, nor Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, nor Australia want to live in a Chinese lake. Most extraordinary has been the response of the United States. Within four years, the American elite has swapped its belief in China's "peaceful rise" for the recognition that it may be in the opening phase of a Second Cold War whose outcome will determine the ideological character of the 21st century. While Tariff Man wages his trade war, opposing Chinese theft of intellectual property and arguing for structural changes to China's state owned enterprises, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speak of the political and security challenges presented by Chinese authoritarians who become more willing to lash out as they lose their grip.
Ever wondered how much of the "resistance" is funded with Chinese money?
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2019-12-02 Arabia
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
forces announced on Saturday that they have shot down an unmanned drone over northern Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
just a day after claiming to bring down a Saudi Apache helicopter, Yahya Sarea, the group’s military front man, said on Saturday.

"Yemeni air defenses were able to shoot down a Chinese-made Wing Loong fighter reconnaissance aircraft in the Hiran district of Hajjah province this evening during hostilities", Sarea said in a post in Twitter.

Sarea added that the operation was caught on tape and that footage will be published shortly.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni news outlet Almasirah released footage it said showed the Saudi Apache military helicopter shot down on Friday. Sarea on Friday said that two crew members on board the helicopter died.

The purported spike in hostilities comes after a week which saw peace overtures from the Saudi-led coalition. A statement by the Saudi defence ministry on Tuesday announced the release of 200 Houthi captives from its prisons and the reopening of the airport in Yemen’s capital Sanaa for medical patients.

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2019-12-02 Britain
[AMERICANTHINKER] Friday's London Bridge terror attack by a fanatic Islamist with knives -- and not the first one on that bridge -- was a case study in all kinds of things that have gone wrong as blue-city politics and leftist reform agendas take over.

Who let this beast into the country at all?
He was born there, just like Anjem Chaudary.
Why, even after one terror attack attempt, was he let out of the can on parole, with only an ankle bracelet to monitor him? It was obviously a waste of time.

Why was he not booted back to his hellhole of origin, first plane out?
Britain was his hellhole of origin.
Why were the cops, that everyone's supposed to rely on in lieu of guns, not around?

Why did it take bystanders, one "armed" with a whale tusk taken from a decorative display on a chowhouse wall, and another wielding a fire extinguisher, to knock the beast down?

Why don't bystanders in London have access to guns?

So many things wrong with this picture just to start.

The worst though was the fact that the terrorist was not just let out on a much undeserved parole, he was busy lecturing the leftists at Cambridge University at a conference, participating in "workshops" on his supposed prison rehabilitation, the leftists eating it up and calling for more such "reform." He was one of their leaders and they were taking it from him.

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2019-12-02 China-Japan-Koreas
[The Gold Institute for International Strategy] With our Mid-East policy in disarray, China and Russia have not missed a beat and are stepping in to fill the gaps. It is clear the intention of their advances in technological research and development (R&D), military and otherwise, is to surpass the U.S.’s global distribution and ultimately become the dominant player in this area. As recently as May 2019, it has been reported that U.S. allies in the region have been meeting with the Chinese to become a Cyber hub for their Belt and Road Initiative.

While President Trump has been engaging China on trade talks, Xi Jinping has continued the largest military buildup of the last hundred years. On October 1st China’s military exhibited to the public much of their high-tech weaponry, of which about half have never been seen before, leading many to question what they are not showing.

With Russia's hypersonic weapons and China’s cyber and space capabilities, it is no longer enough to keep up with the Jinpings, but rather is the time for the U.S. to step up and leave these questionable characters in our technological rearview mirrors. One such opportunity for the U.S. to take a significant step forward is with the upcoming merger of Raytheon Co (RTN) and United Technologies Corp (UTX). The mergers of such companies would create innovation powerhouses that would not only place the U.S. on track but give the necessary bandwidth to surpass competing nations in relatively short form.

In 1889 the commissioner of the U.S. patent office, Charles H. Duell, was widely quoted as saying, "Everything that can be invented has been invented," something that in 2019 we know is farthest from the truth. The race for technological advances within the defense sector has a far greater impact than in any other sector. In an age where there is a renewed weapons race between the U.S. and its adversaries, mergers like this one between Raytheon and United Technologies become ever more significant.

Just recently, a Saudi oil field was attacked by 18 drones allegedly from Iran. No longer are attacks of this precision that have global ramifications only able to come from superpowers like the U.S. or Russia or China, but also now by rather small countries like Iran.

China has emerged as a global science and technology leader, with strong funding in research and development (R&D), which from 2000 ‐ 2016 has risen to almost 25.1% in global R&D. Russia is leading the race in hypersonic technologies, something that the United States has yet to be able to defend against, and Iran has placed a great deal of their efforts in weaponizing Cyber and EMP. The U.S. is currently in catch up mode.

With every passing day, month and year, our weapon systems and those of our adversaries become more and more advanced and our systems more antiquated. Just recently, it was reported that Strategic Automated Command and Control Systems (CACCS), the communications system that controls the U.S. nuclear program would no longer use 8inch floppy disks. Arguably our most important weapons program is using a system that was created 50 years ago when the Oldsmobile Cutlass was the bestselling American car.

With the 21st century weapons race well underway and insufficient to keep up with the Jinpings technologically, we must also surpass the Jinpings in research and development (R&D).
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2019-12-02 Africa Subsaharan
[Guardian] Gideon Mendel’s powerful, water-damaged image from 1980s Johannesburg speaks to the deterioration of memory.

In 1990, when the photographer Gideon Mendel left his native South Africa for London, he deposited a number of boxes in his friend’s garage in Johannesburg for safekeeping. These boxes contained, among other things, negatives and transparencies from Mendel’s harrowing first few years as a photojournalist during the struggle against apartheid in the mid-80s.

Over the next three decades, Mendel became renowned for his intimate, socially engaged photography, documenting the effects of the HIV/Aids crisis and climate breakdown. For one project, from his Drowning World series, he has gathered nearly 2,000 water-damaged family photographs picked up on his journeys through flooded communities in the US, India and elsewhere.
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
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2019-12-02 -Land of the Free
[Mil.com] JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Glenn Pitts lived a quiet life after World War II, but a friend's tip led to the 94-year-old receiving the Legion of Honor for his part in liberating France.

Glenn Pitts has been a laundry manager, a building contractor and a Jacksonville landlord.

On Nov. 22, the French government named him a knight of the Legion of Honor, its highest distinction, for his part in liberating France from Nazi occupation 75 years ago.

"We know what we owe you and your brothers," Laurent Gallissot, France's consul general in Miami, told the 94-year-old Army veteran during a ceremony at Jacksonville City Hall.

Pitts, the diplomat said, was "a true hero and a great soldier."

The 40-person audience filled less than half of the City Council chambers, but praise for the veteran was heartfelt.

"I think we should all be forever grateful," Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri told Pitts, who lives in the Westside's Woodstock Park area.

France decided in 2004 -- the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landing -- to award the medal to any U.S. veteran who had fought on French soil and requested the honor.
France decided in 2004 -- the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landing -- to award the medal to any U.S. veteran who had fought on French soil and requested the honor.

Gallissot said his office has presented maybe 2,000 since then, some to men whose own families know very little about their experiences in the war.

Combat veterans all experienced some trauma, Gallissot said, and some just prefer not to share those memories. Like Pitts.

"We lost a lot of people, so I don't talk about it that much," Pitts told an audience that included people dressed to represent veterans’ groups.

The broad strokes of his war service were interesting enough.

Drafted when he was 18, the Eastman, Georgia, native learned to operate a water-cooled .30-cal. machine gun that could fire hundreds of rounds per minute. He was a private in the Army's 63rd Infantry Division when he was deployed to the French Mediterranean port of Marseilles in December 1944.

Of the five months that followed, he said Thursday, 120 days were spent "on the line," in combat zones that by February 1945 had advanced to the German border at the Saar River.

By the time troops crossed the river on a rope bridge, he was a 19-year-old squad leader. He would have still been a private, but his squad leader had been wounded and he became the replacement, jumping the ranks to sergeant in one step.

He was still in Germany when the Nazi government surrendered in May 1945 and was reassigned to a Signal Corps unit where he finished out his service.

Back in civilian life, he got a job, raised a family and built houses. He still rents some of his houses, one of them to the friend who helped him apply for the award after reading about another Legion of Honor recipient. He and Pitts' family clapped hard to see the quiet man being honored.

"I'm so overjoyed to see him getting this," said his daughter, Susan Wallace. "He did what he had to, he kept his head down and he got back home."
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2019-12-02 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] Terse statement from White House says leaders also talk about ‘other critical bilateral and regional issues,’ but gives no details.

The two last spoke on November 19, when Netanyahu thanked the president for Washington’s decision to repudiate a State Department legal opinion that said West Bank settlements were illegal.
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2019-12-02 Caribbean-Latin America
Here's Kurt
Donald Trump is talking about labeling the Mexican drug cartels that own our failed state neighbor as "terrorist groups," and this is yet another step toward what is increasingly looking to be an inevitable confrontation. They just butchered several American citizens, including kids, which cannot go unanswered. They murder thousands of Americans a year here with their poison, which cannot go unanswered. But are we Americans even able to answer a bunch of pipsqueak thugs anymore? Let’s put aside the question of if we should use our military against Mexico (I discussed it here in 2018, to the consternation of liberals and Fredocon sissies) and look at what might happen if we did escalate.

None of it is good.

It’s not a matter of the prowess of our warriors. Our warriors, unleashed, would lay waste to anything we point them at. But the question is, "Would we ever unleash them? Would we let them do what it takes to achieve the goal of eliminating the cartels?"

Of course not. We haven’t decisively won a real war since World War II (except the Gulf War, unless you accept the arguable premise that it was an early campaign in a still-continuing Iraq conflict). And there’s a reason we don’t win. We don’t truly want to, as demonstrated by our unwillingness to do the hard things required to win. Could you imagine the Democrats siding with America in a war on Mexican drug cartels? If you can, you’re higher than Hoover Biden at a strip club on a Saturday night.

Again, this is not to say whether a war on the Mexican drug cartels is a good or bad idea. Nor is it to say we do not have the combat power to do it ‐ we do. It’s just to say that America is culturally and politically unwilling to do what it takes to win, or to accept the losses that would come with a military campaign against the drug cartels.

...A massive U.S. invasion is unlikely for many reasons, but there would be a temptation to use special ops types to target key cartel personnel and locations. This can be effective in a counterinsurgency, where you are trying to stamp out rebels trying to overthrow the government. But here, the cartels are infiltrated into the government. You can’t kill a few leaders and go home. Mexican society is infected with the gangrene of corruption. A few SEALs smoking some sicarios is a boon to humanity but it doesn’t win the war. More just take over. To cure corruption, you would have to tear down and rebuild Mexican society a la Japan and Germany after World War II. Anybody up for that quagmire? Anyone? Hello?

...The sad fact is that our establishment does not really want to take on the cartels. The failed state next door is a distraction from their real priorities: Ukrainian/Russia tiffs and getting sideways with NATO allies over communist Kurds. Nor do they want to gin up public pressure to take the only action that would devastate the cartels: seriously defending our own border. They want the new voters, they want the cheap labor, and they don’t care how many Mexicans and Americans die to keep them both flowing.
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2019-12-02 Britain
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] Prime Minister Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. BoJo is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
announced that 74 additional criminals with terrorist ties were released from prison under the system that freed the man responsible for the attack on London Bridge.

Usman Khan, the 28-year-old terrorist who killed two people before being thwarted by bystanders with a narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher, had been in prison prior to the attack for terror-related offenses. He had been released from prison "on license" as part of an early release program. Khan had plotted an attack on the London Stock Exchange in 2012 when he was imprisoned the first time. He was only halfway through his prison sentence and was not referred to a parole board.

Johnson claimed that Khan’s release was the fault of the left-leaning Labour Party because they had overhauled a statute, the Extended Sentence for Public Protection, allowing murderous Moslems to be held for an extended sentence until a parole board reviewed the case and agreed to release the individual. The Labour Party had overturned part of the EPP that required a parole board review, meaning Khan was freed after 8 years without any type of formal review by the board.

Six of London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan's fellow Stock Exhange bomb plotters have also been freed from prison since 2012 - and another was freed only to be re-jailed after plotting another attack

[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • The nine jihadists who were jailed in 2012 were part of an al-Qaeda-inspired cell

  • Members of the Al Qaeda-inspired gang who plotted to blow up the London Stock Exchange and kill Boris Johnson and several rabbis: Mohammed Moksudur Chowdhury, Mohammed Shahjahan, Shah Mohammed Rahman, Mohibur Rahman, Gurukanth Desai, Abdul Malik Miah, Nazam Hussain, Usman Khan, Omar Sharif Latif

  • One is still in prison (Choudhury) and another (Mohibur Rahman) was convicted over a further Lee Rigby-style terror plot in 2017

  • Khan is dead, meaning six of the plotters are believed to be still on the streets

  • They were sentenced under 2003 law, which required those given extended sentences be released at the midway point.


Terror Checks Intensified as London Attack Enters Election Fray

[AnNahar] Britannia's Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. BoJo is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
said Sunday the security services were stepping up monitoring of convicted faceless myrmidons released early from prison, as the London Bridge attack became embroiled in the election campaign.

The prime minister revealed around 74 people with terrorist convictions had been released early from prison in a similar way to Usman Kan, who left jail last December and went on to stab two people to death in Friday's rampage.

"They are being properly invigilated to make sure there is no threat," Johnson told the BBC in an interview.

"We've taken a lot of action as you can imagine in the last 48 hours," he said, adding he would not provide "operation details."
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2019-12-02 -Short Attention Span Theater-
Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are.
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2019-12-02 Africa North
[Jpost] Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, leader Ismail Haniyeh
...became Prime Minister of Gaza after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank...
is expected to leave the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip on Monday amid reports of progress in mediation efforts to consolidate ceasefire understandings reached earlier this year with Israel.
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2019-12-02 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syrian state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
reported on Saturday that several U.S. military vehicles had entered northeastern Syria from Iraq’s northwestern border.

According to Syrian TV, the U.S. military convoy consisted of more than 20 trucks that first entered Syria’s al-Hasakah Governorate from Iraq’s Nineveh (var. Ninawa) Governorate.

They pointed out that the U.S. military convoy was transporting new equipment to the coalition troops that were deployed to the oil rich region of Syria’s Deir Ezzor Governorate.

Earlier in the week, some 60 military vehicles belonging to U.S. forces arrived at the ​​Rmeilan Oil Fields in the al-Hasakah Governorate; they have reportedly remained there to ’protect’ the site.

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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] On Sunday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s "AM Joy," 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Housing Secretary Julian Castro complained that Republicans "get off" on President Donald Trump’s
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
"cruelty."

Host Joy Reid said, "You mentioned Ben Carson.
... a neurosurgeon who was under the delusion that being brilliant qualifies him to be president....
We were going to mention the back and forth between himself and Congresswoman Comrade The Ageless and Downright Brilliant Maxine Impeach 45! Waters
...U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, serving since 1991, a total of 28.002 years. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the most senior of the twelve black women currently serving in the United States Congress, and a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California Assembly, to which she was first elected back when Disco was in flower, in 1976, which would make it 43.000 years. She has been a politician for virtually all her adult life. If she was any brighter she'd be a Communist...
where he’s got a plan to essentially drive people out of the public ‐or drive homeless people out of where they’re trying to take shelter, and he went after Congresswoman Waters and called her shameless and a hypocrite on the issue. She was saying what you’re trying to do is cruelty. The cruelty aspect is a big deal. As a presidential candidate‐"

Castro interjected, "I think, for whatever reason, on the other side of the aisle, on the Republican side of the aisle, people get off on that. They like ‐ I mean, look at Trump at the debates in 2016. There’s a certain element within that base that seems to love it when people are cruel to one another. And I don’t know why that is. You know, I don’t think that that’s the ‐ all of the people in that party or that side of the aisle by any means but, clearly, Trump has built up his political record and reputation, and this administration has continued a record of cruelty toward migrants colonists, toward people who are poor, and there’s a certain amount of that base that seems to love it."

"And, you know, I don’t understand it," he continued. "But I can say that we’re going to move in a completely different direction where we build an America that’s not based on cruelty. That’s based on compassion and common sense. That’s the kind of country that we need."

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2019-12-02 Britain
[The News (Pak)] Indian media has published fake news to link the London Bridge attacker Usman Khan with Pakistain but the fact is Usman Khan had no connection with Pakistain as far as his Death Eater radicalisation, terror conviction and his abhorrent acts are concerned.

Indian media outlets have said that Usman Khan, the terror suspect rubbed out in the November 30, 2019 terror attack near London Bridge, was born in Pakistain but that is a lie and an attempt to malign Pakistain.

This correspondent has attended some parts of Usman Khan’s terror trial at the Woolwich Crown Court in 2012 when he was convicted of terrorism charges with eight others for planning to bomb London Stock Exchange.

Unlike false reports published in Indian media, it became evident during the trial at Woolwich Crown Court that Usman Khan had no relation of any kind with Pakistain or Azad Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
, birthplace of his parents. The trial had heard from the counter-terrorism police experts that while Usman Khan discussed setting up a training camp for Jihadi training in Azad Kashmir, that plan never materialised. The evidence submitted before the court had established that there was no involvement of anyone from Pakistain in the nefarious plans that Usman Khan and his terrorism associates were making.

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2019-12-02 Fifth Column
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2019-12-02 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
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2019-12-02 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] Minutes ago, local journalists reported a new attack on the Hama Military Airport by enemy assault drones.

According to the report, the holy warrior drones attempted to bomb the Hama Military Airport from its northern flank, prompting the Syrian military to activate their air defenses.

No casualties have been reported.

This latest attack by the holy warrior forces comes just hours after they lost all the territories they captured over past 24 hours from the Syrian Arab Army.
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
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2019-12-02 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-12-02 The Grand Turk
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This is closely related to his attempt to claim the Greek Islands and the natural gas near Cyprus. This agreement splits the Eastern Med between Libya and the New Ottoman Empire.
Neo-Ottoman sultans gotta sultan, donchaknow.


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2019-12-02 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hizb’allah boys playing with their toys again.
[ALMASDARNEWS] An unidentified drone briefly entered the Upper Galilee region from southern Leb on Saturday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said.

According to the IDF statement, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) entered northern Israel for a brief time before making its way back to Leb.

The IDF statement did not state who the drone belonged to, nor did they specify if the UAV was a military or civilian aircraft.

The Lebanese Ministry of Defense has not commented on these claims from the Israeli Defense Forces.

While Lebanese aircrafts rarely enter Israeli territory, the IDF warplanes enter Lebanese airspace on a daily basis.

These constant airspace violations has resulted in several complaints from the Lebanese military to the UNIFIL personnel along the country’s southern border.

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2019-12-02 Israel-Palestine-Jordan
[IsraelTimes] The men, both residents of East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, attempted to join jihadist group’s Sinai branch earlier this year.

Two Paleostinian men were indicted Sunday for planning a terror attack targeting Israeli revelers during the nation’s upcoming Independence Day in April.

The two, 21-year-old Ahmad Ja’abis and 19-year-old Basel Abidat, are residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

According to the indictment filed by Jerusalem prosecutors, they became interested in the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terror group in 2016, studied bomb-making and rocket construction online, and tried to join the organization’s "Sinai Province" branch in Egypt earlier this year.

Abidat attempted to cross into Sinai through Jordan in June, but was stopped by Jordanian border police, the indictment said.

Ja’abis, meanwhile, raised NIS 2,000 ($576) for IS and sent it to the group through an unnamed third party.

In September, with their attempts to join IS in Sinai stymied, the two discussed ways to carry out terror attacks against Israelis instead.

They considered shooting attacks at popular public venues on Independence Day, such as Jerusalem’s Safra Square and Sultan’s Pool, or more limited stabbing attacks if they failed to obtain firearms. They also discussed a shooting attack against a military base in the Jordan Valley. Independence Day 2020 begins on the evening of April 28.

The attacks, the indictment charges, were intended "to kill as many Jews as possible in the name of ISIS [IS]."

The two are charged with membership in a terror organization and planning terror attacks.

Only a few dozen of Israel’s roughly 1.56 million Arab citizens and permanent residents have joined the ranks of Islamic State since it declared its self-styled "caliphate" in 2014, according to the Shin Bet security service. Most were either killed in action or have since returned to Israel and been arrested.

On July 31, one Arab Israeli, Sayyaf Sharif Daoud, was interviewed on Al Arabiya asking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to work to repatriate him from a Syrian prison.

In April, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri moved to strip another IS fighter of his Israeli citizenship for traveling to Syria to join the group six years earlier. Deri instructed ministry officials to take action in absentia against Abdallah Hajleh at the recommendation of the Shin Bet.
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2019-12-02 Africa Subsaharan
[BREITBART] Jihadists from the Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
terror group hacked to death a 12-year-old boy with machetes for his refusal to become a "child soldier" of the group.

Although news of the slaughter has only just reached the west, the holy warriors are believed to have kidnapped the Christian schoolboy in a raid on the northern Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
district of Tourou on or around November 19.

The boy and his mother reportedly beat feet from their home as the holy warriors began their raid on the village, going door to door looting homes of anything of value, including clothes and bedding. The jihadists eventually caught up with the boy, killing him after hearing of his unwillingness to join their army. Members of the jihadist group frequently abduct male children and oblige them to train as soldiers.

Boko Haram has been intensifying assaults on Christian villages in the far north of Cameroon in an effort to extend a west African Islamic caliphate from north-eastern Nigeria all the way to northern Cameroon.

In early November, Boko Haram holy warriors killed retired Christian pastor David Mokoni along with a hearing-impaired Christian boy during an attack on a church in Moskota, in northern Cameroon. A few days earlier, Islamic holy warriors split the skull of a 15-year-old Christian boy with an axe as he slept in Kotserehé village.

A member of the village’s vigilance committee said the attackers came to the village on October 31 "armed with machetes, axes, knives, and clubs, and cut out anyone they met on their way," adding that "they were literally chopped up by their executioners."

According to United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
estimates, more than 170,000 Cameroonians, mostly Christians, have been driven from their homes by Boko Haram.
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Boko Haram: 2019-11-30 Airforce jet destroys Boko Haram gun trucks
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Cameroon: 2019-10-13 Iran will not leave 'banditry' in intl. waters unanswered
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United Nations: 2019-11-29 Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi says he will resign
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2019-12-02 India-Pakistan
[The News (Pak)] Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry said former president General (retired) Pervez Perv Musharraf
...former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date...
was the nation's benefactor.

"Pervez Musharraf has rid us of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif
...served two three non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts...
in 1999 that's why, he is our benefactor," said the federal minister, addressing a ceremony in Jhelum.

Responding to a question about the PML-N chief's return to Pakistain, the minister was of the view, "Even Nawaz Sharif's family has no hope of his homecoming."

"When Pervez Musharraf was in power, a lot of people used to stand queuing up to light his cigar," he pointed out.

Chaudhry said all the political parties are unanimous on extension to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure, hoping the relevant legislation would be completed in the next parliamentary session.

On November 19, an Islamabad special court reserved the order in high treason case against the former president to be announced on November 28. Musharraf and the federal interior ministry filed an application against the reservation of the verdict.

The Lahore High Court had declared the petition of the former president as maintainable on Tuesday while overruling the LHC registrar's objections. Musharraf in his petition said that the Special Court has reserved judgment in the case on November 19 without hearing his stance.

He also questioned formation of the Special Court, saying that the then prime minister alone granted approval for the constitution of the Special Court and the cabinet's sanction was not sought.

A three-judge IHC bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah had set aside the November 19 order of the Special Court and instructed it to hear all sides before deciding the case.

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Qamar Javed Bajwa: 2019-11-26 Pakistan hangs brigadier for spying
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Athar Minallah: 2019-10-30 IHC suspends decision to cancel JUI-F leader Hafiz Hamdullah's citizenship
Athar Minallah: 2019-09-18 UK agrees to hand over Imran Farooq murder case evidence to Pakistan
Athar Minallah: 2019-04-12 Ghotki sisters not forcibly converted, allowed to live with husbands: IHC
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] On this week’s broadcast of "Fox News Sunday," panelist Juan Williams said President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
’s Thanksgiving trip to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan looked like a "photo-op."
Sure did. And Bush's turkey when he visited the troops in Iraq was plastic. You could look it up.
Williams said, “The other part of the political spin is that with Trump, it seemed —and I think this is why you had the thought, I certainly had it, it looks like a photo op. Remember, he hadn't gone to visit any war zone until last year. He was criticized for it. This is his first visit to Afghanistan, our longest war, 2,000 plus Americans dead. He had no preparation. He e talked about a cease-fire, but his military people said we know nothing about any cease-fire with the Taliban, and the Taliban said they know nothing about a cease-fire.”

“He then talked about negotiations with the Taliban, and again, his own diplomats said we know nothing about any ongoing talks with the Taliban,” he added. “The president canceled talks with the Taliban last September if you’ll recall after they were engaged in a violent incident.”

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2019-12-02 Britain
[Daily Mail via Weasel Zippers] Six of the eight terrorist plotters who were jailed along with London Bridge attacker Usman Khan in 2012 have also been freed from prison, it has emerged.

The nine jihadists were members of an al-Qaeda-inspired cell which plotted to blow up the London Stock Exchange and kill Boris Johnson.

One is still in prison, another was convicted for a further terror plot and Khan is dead ‐ leaving six back on the streets, it is believed.

Three of the nine ‐ Khan, Mohammad Shahjahan and Nazam Hussein ‐ were initially handed indefinite prison terms, but the trio won an appeal in 2013 which changed them to fixed sentences.

Allowing their appeal, former press inquiry chair Lord Justice Leveson found they had been ’wrongly characterised’ as more dangerous than the others.

Khan was released in December 2018 after serving half of his fixed sentence ‐ and the other two have also been freed, The Sun on Sunday reported.
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
[BREITBART] On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s "Meet the Press," 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Senatrix from Minnesota, candidate for the Dem presidential 2020 nomination. You can tell the kind of husband a boy will make by the way he treats his mother. You can tell the kind of leader a politician will make by the way he treats his staff. Klobuchar is reportedly overbearing, snide, and dictatorial with her people. She see this as merely getting the best from them. Her name spelled backward in the Russian alphabet would be "Rachubolk," which sounds pretty daggone suspicious...
(D-MN) argued voters will not want to watch President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
on television throughout possible impeachment proceedings.

When asked if impeachment will hurt Democrats at the polls, Klobuchar said, "My evidence is what just happened when we took back the Virginia State House and State Senate in the middle of all of this because the voters were looking at that, yes, this is a patriotism check. This is a values check. There are people that don’t even want to have to watch the president on TV anymore."

"They have to turn the volume down on their TV," she continued. "It is also an economic check. So, when I went on that ’Blue Wall’ tour to places like Michigan and Pennsylvania and to Wisconsin and talked to citizens who may be voted for him before, they said enough, he hasn’t come through for us. Our prescription drug costs are skyrocketing. What has he done? He’s whining on TV all the time."

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Amy Klobuchar: 2019-11-01 ‘There's no model for this': Impeachment timeline crashes into Democratic primary
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2019-12-02 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[IsraelTimes] Allahnoor Noorollahi declares the Islamic Theocratic Republic prepared to fight its ’greatest enemy,’ recalls Khamenei’s vow to ’raze’ Tel Aviv.

An Iranian general has warned that Iran’s missile arsenals are aimed at 21 American military bases in the Middle East and the country is prepared for "the greatest war against the greatest enemy."

In a November 29 speech, at an event in the southern city of Bushehr commemorating 40 years since the establishment of the Basij paramilitary force, Gen. Allahnoor Noorollahi also said 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...
had the ability to raze Haifa and Tel Aviv to the ground.

Noorollahi serves as a top adviser to the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Officers College. His speech was broadcast on Bushehr TV, and was reported on and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

"Iran is the world’s fourth [strongest] missile power after the US, Russia, and China," he boasted in his comments, which were translated Sunday by the MEMRI watchdog group.

Noorollahi claimed the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
military alliance had purportedly warned that Iran could launch as many as 20,000 missiles per day, but that the number could actually be higher in a future conflict with the United States.

"Unfortunately, some Gulf countries have become a military camp for our enemy. I must say this, 21 of their bases constitute targets for our missiles. NATO itself announced that Iran’s 110 missile bases and launching sites are capable of launching 20,000 missiles per day. This is what the enemy says. They only acknowledge part [of our capability]. When a country reveals not only its underground missile bases but also its missile ’cities’ to the enemy ‐ this reflects readiness and capabilities.

"It means that we have capability to confront the greatest enemy," he added, a reference to the US, which the regime has long characterized as its arch-foe and calls the "Great Satan™."

He said America’s regional allies were not Iran’s enemies, and reiterated the claim by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
...the actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
that the Islamic Theocratic Republic was capable of "razing" Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.

"Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and the region’s countries are neither on our level nor are they our enemies. Our enemy is the [country] that came to Kuwait and built six large bases there. This enemy knows that if it transgresses... We do not want to cause harm to our neighbors unless we are forced to," he said.
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2019-12-02 Home Front: Politix
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday denied the Justice Department’s request to overturn a lower court decision that temporarily stalled plans by President Donald Trump’s administration to resume executions of prisoners convicted of certain federal crimes after a 16-year hiatus.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the administration had "not satisfied the stringent requirements" to stay the lower court’s ruling. The administration had planned to resume executions of federal death row inmates starting on Dec. 9.

The ruling follows a Nov. 21 decision by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan
A Jamaican, not American, appointed by O
to stay the planned executions of four federal death row inmates until a long-running legal challenge to the Justice Department's lethal injection protocol can be resolved.

The lawsuits, the first of which was filed in 2005, challenged the protocol on the grounds that it violated the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment by carrying a risk of severe pain. The suits also said the protocol violated a federal law called the Administrative Procedure Act because it was written in secret without public input.
I don't understand this fascination with the pain involved. You're gonna kill somebody bad enough to warrant killing him. 'Ya, but killing him shouldn't hurt him.' If you're that concerned, how about a shot to the head ? You ain't running out of those downers any time soon.
The case fell dormant during President Barack Obama's tenure after the federal government was forced to halt executions and abandon its previous three-drug protocol due to a shortage of one of the drugs, an anesthetic called sodium thiopental.

But the case was revived in July, after U.S. Attorney General William Barr, appointed by Trump earlier in the year, scheduled the execution of five federal death row inmates and unveiled a new protocol that calls for using a single drug, pentobarbital, for the lethal injection.
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2019-12-02 Europe
[Jpost] The Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah uses a center in Berlin as well as other locations across Germany to recruit members and raise funds for terrorism and weapons purchases, according to a report by the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Hezbollah’s main routes now move from South America to Africa into the EU. Cocaine reaches Germany mainly via the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg.
Tagesspiegel on Saturday published a detailed exposé on how the Lebanese terrorist organization uses Germany for "money generated" illicit activities and those funds are "used for arms purchases and for financing attacks."

According to the article, Hezbollah members "use Germany as a place for drug trafficking, trade in stolen cars and money laundering. The implications of the group for the drug business are well documented."
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2019-12-02 Afghanistan
[ToloNews] Globally, the number of HIV-infected people steadily rises, but the number of newly-affected people has decreased by 40% since 1998.

Approximately 7,200 people in Afghanistan are estimated to be HIV positive, according to numbers by the World Health Organization (WHO), published on Sunday to mark World AIDS Day.

The WHO called for a broader public awareness campaign in Afghanistan to deal with the issue.

But the Afghan Ministry of Public Health said that it registered only 2,883 cases of HIV in the country.

"According to our statistics, there are 2,883 cases of HIV registered in the country. The 7,200 cases reported by the World Health Organization are only an estimate," said Fida Mohammad Paikan, deputy minister of public health.

Referring to factors behind the spread of the virus, Paikan said: "Last year the Ministry of Public Health registered 183 cases of HIV, and the figure has decreased to 150 new cases this year. But we need to undertake a comprehensive study to determine the exact number of those suffering from the disease."

Victims complain of social discrimination:

Mohammad Idris, who contracted the disease from an infected needle during a drug injection, said:

"We are facing a lot of problems because we cannot share about our illness with others," said Idris.

Omar, who is also infected by HIV, said: "If we go to hospitals and tell them that we have HIV Aids, they don’t treat us."

According to global health institutions, the number of people newly infected with HIV each year has decreased 40% since 1998. Nearly 3 million people were newly infected in 1998. In 2018, new infections stood at 1.7 million, which corresponds to around 5,000 per day. Roughly 61% of these new infections were in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The number of people living with HIV worldwide has risen steadily from 7.9 million in 1990, to 37.9 million today. However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
thanks to increased HIV treatment coverage, deaths have decreased from 1.7 million in 2005, to 770,000 in 2018. About 23 million people (61% of people living with HIV) accessed HIV treatment in 2018, according to the World Health Organization.

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2019-12-02 Afghanistan
[ToloNews] The district was surrounded by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
for nearly four years, according to officials.

Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
’s Marjah district has been cleared of bully boyz after security forces launched a military operation two weeks ago, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement on Saturday night.

"At least 37 Taliban, including their military commander Mullah Abdul Bari, have been killed and dozens of others have been maimed," the statement said, adding that "The district has been completely cleared of Death Eaters."

"The forces also cleared three roadside mines on the highways, destroyed two weapons caches and destroyed six Taliban recruiting centers during the operation," the statement said.

The Taliban have not yet commented over the operation.

Local officials confirmed that the district has been surrounded by the Taliban over the past four years and "all the highways were blocked to military convoys."

The Afghan forces were also supported by Afghan air forces during the operation, officials added.
Related:
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2019-12-02 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have agreed to allow Russian forces operating in Syria to deploy their troops in more areas in the al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa governorates, weeks after a Russian agreement with the SDF on the deployment of their troops along the border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
The commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, published on Twitter, "We were honored today to host the commander of the Russian forces operating in Syria, General Alexander Tshaiko. It was a very productive meeting, and we agreed to the deployment of Russian forces in both Amuda and Tal Tamr. We look forward to further joint efforts in the interest of our two countries."

On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
and his Ottoman Turkish counterpart signed a memorandum of understanding to end a very tense situation along the Syrian-Ottoman Turkish border.

The two sides agreed on several points in Syria, most notably the withdrawal of the YPG to a depth of 30 kilometers from the border.

The agreement included joint Russian-Ottoman Turkish patrols in northern Syria within 10 km of the border and the deployment of Syrian border guards and Russian military police on the border with Turkey.

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Hasakah: 2019-11-23 Turkish Army, allies kill several Syrian soldiers in northeast Syria
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Raqqa: 2019-11-27 EU operation deals 'severe blow' to Islamic State online propaganda
Raqqa: 2019-11-25 Machetes in Birmingham UK!
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Mazloum Abdi: 2019-11-18 Mazloum Abdi: Erdogan extorts the world with ISIS prisoners and they must be tried in an international court
Mazloum Abdi: 2019-11-10 Regime troops pull back after intense clashes near NE Syria’s Tel Tamr: monitor
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Tal Tamr: 2019-11-20 Ongoing Turkish shelling on Tal Tamr villages, northeastern Syria
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Vladimir Putin: 2019-11-28 Putin ready for another Cuban Missile Crisis !
Vladimir Putin: 2019-11-15 The Brennan Dossier: All About a Prime Mover of Russiagate
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2019-12-02 -Short Attention Span Theater-
[Guardian] A man in Maine died on Thanksgiving after being shot by his own booby trap at home, authorities said.

Ronald Cyr, 65, called 911 early Thursday evening, telling operators that he had been shot, the Van Buren Police Department said on Facebook.

Police and medics went to the scene and gave Cyr medical assistance. "Regretfully, Mr. Cyr succumbed to the injuries he sustained from the gunshot," authorities said.

Officers learned that the front door of Cyr’s home was "outfitted with a device designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter the door."

They discovered "other unknown devices" and subsequently called Maine state police bomb squad.

The agencies investigated Cyr’s home into the early morning hours of 29 November; authorities determined that he was shot "as the result of the unintentional discharge of one of his homemade devices".

Two people reached by the Guardian, who said they were family members, claimed their brother’s home had long been targeted by burglars and voiced frustration toward authorities.

Mark and Lorraine, who identified themselves as two of Ronald’s siblings, said Ronald had long complained that items such as tools and car painting supplies had gone missing. They alleged that Ronald Cyr complained to authorities, but police treated him "like he was senile", Mark claimed.

The police department could not be reached for additional comment.

He was afraid," Mark said. "The cops wouldn’t do nothing so he took matters [into his own hands.]"

The pair said Ronald had tried using fences and security cameras to protect his home, but he eventually turned to traps a few years ago.

"We were not in favor of him doing that because he wasn’t used to guns ‐ really, that was not his forte ‐ but he was so frustrated," Lorraine said.

Van Buren, population 2,171, is situated across from Saint-Leonard, New Brunswick, Canada. The town is approximately 320 miles from Portland, Maine.

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2019-12-02 Britain
[The News (Pak)] The threat of terrorism and extremism has been "fuelled" by the United Kingdom's foreign policy, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
...Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2015. Germy has been the Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983, which is 36.420906677282176 years or thereabouts. Ideologically, he identifies as a democratic socialist, but his words whisper commie. He is believed to be descended from weasels...
said Sunday, saying it supported foreign invasions and had led to the Iraq war under his own party's government - then headed by Tony Blair.

Speaking in York in the wake of terrorist attack on London Bridge by the British-born convict Usman Khan, Corbyn accused UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. BoJo is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
of being "the world's leading sycophant" towards US President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
and said it was time for Britannia to stop bring tied to the Republican head-of-state's coattails.

Britannia's repeated military interventions have "exacerbated rather than resolved" the problem of terrorism, the Labour leader warned. He said the so-called "war on terror has manifestly failed" and the world was "living with the consequences" of the botched invasion of Iraq, which he opposed.

Corbyn said the UK risked being "tied to Donald Trump's coattails" and the United States' foreign policy under Johnson but praised the public's "extraordinary bravery" in confronting and tackling the assailant. The police were right to use lethal force, he said, with lives at stake and the attacker wearing a fake boom jacket.

While the responsibility for terror acts lied with "the terrorists, their funders and recruiters", UK leaders "have made the wrong calls on our security", he added. "The threat of terrorism cannot and should not be reduced to questions of foreign policy alone.

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2019-12-02 Science & Technology
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2019-12-02 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big counter-offensive to retake the areas they lost to the jihadist rebels over the last 24 hours in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army began the counter-offensive by storming the areas they recently lost to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and their allies at two axes.

Following a fierce confrontation on Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army managed to retake all of the areas they lost to the jihadists, including the key town of ’Aajaz, which was one of the primary targets for Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and the Ottoman Turkish-backed National Liberation Front
...the Turkic paramilitaries intended to replace with their native jihadi ferocity all the highly trained Turkish soldiers Sultan Erdogan I the much beloved has jailed in the last few years for not worshipping the ground he walks upon. The Uighurs and so forth who did not join Al Nusra or ISIS seem to have ended up here...
According to a military source in the nearby Hama Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army attempted to take advantage of the chaotic bully boy retreat by seizing more ground near ’Aajaz; however, the attack was ultimately stifled after the enemy forces regrouped.

Jihadist rebels score big advance in southeast Idlib after launching new offensive

[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels launched a new offensive in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Saturday in a bid to capture several sites near the Abu Dhuhour Airport.

According to a field report from southeastern Idlib, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and their allies captured four towns from the Syrian Army after catching them off guard at the ’Aajaz front.

HTS and their allies managed to capture the town of ’Aajaz, along with Istablat, Rasm al-Ward, and Sourouj.

This latest advance by the jihadist rebels comes just a day after they attempted to capture ’Aajaz from the Syrian Army.

Nearly 70 Dead in Syria Regime Clashes with Idlib Militants

[AnNahar] Two days of festivities between regime forces and gangs in Syria's last major opposition bastion have killed nearly 70 on both sides, a war monitoring group said Sunday.

The battles in the northwestern province of Idlib are the most violent there since a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement went into effect in late August, said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

On Sunday morning, clouds of smoke rose over the Maaret al-Numan region as warplanes pounded jihadists and allied rebels in positions they had recently recaptured from regime forces, said an AFP correspondent.

Residents of affected villages fled north to escape the fighting, adding to the tens of thousands who have already flooded out of the province's violence-plagued south since an escalation started earlier this year.

The Observatory on Sunday put the corpse count from fighting at 69 combatants since battles started the previous day.

At least 36 regime forces were among those killed.

It said an attack led by Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate on several regime positions had initially sparked the fighting.

Overnight, the Syrian army backed by Russian warplanes launched a counter-push to reclaim territory it had lost in the battles, according to the Britannia-based war monitor.

Regime forces have since regained lost ground but violent festivities are ongoing, the war monitor and an AFP correspondent said.

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2019-12-02 India-Pakistan
[The News (Pak)] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
...Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty...
on Sunday reiterated the demand for new elections and warned the government that if it turned down his demands, it would have to deal with harsh circumstances.

Fazl was addressing a presser where he lashed out at the government.

"Our economy is in its worst condition," he said. "Unemployment is on the rise and people have lost the power to spend."

Fazl said that institutions had lost their ability to produce. He said that the business community was concerned while hundreds of thousands were becoming unemployed.

The JUI-F chief said that elections were the only way forward for the country.

"New elections must be held across the country," he said. "Our protests in certain areas of the country is going on."

Fazl criticised Prime Minister Imran and said that the government was a mafia.

"He [Prime Minister Imran] refers to others as a mafia whereas he and others are a mafia themselves," he said.

He said that the Azadi March had united the entire country and brought it on one common platform. Fazl was of the view that the incumbent government was an inept one and that Pakistain needed a strong political system.

"The Azadi March was a historic event. Its effects are still being felt in Pak politics," said Fazl.

The JUI-F chief said that his party had decided to be the spokesperson of the poor in the country.

Fazl said that Pakistain's foreign policy had performed poorly and as a result, Pakistain stood alone in the world.

"Our friends are even not willing to stand with us," he said.

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2019-12-02 Science & Technology
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2019-12-02 Britain
[The News (Pak)] British media said Sunday the London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, was a known krazed killer who preached hate with ISIS and al-Muhajiroun
...formerly Omar Bakri Muhammad's spin off group from Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain, where the detestable lunatic Anjem Chaudry got his start. More recently the name adopted by al-Qaeda in East Africa for operations in Kenya and Tanzania. It is subordinate to al-Shabaab but will probably be strong enough to fly on its own, given an uninterrupted flow of petrodollars, should the Shaboobs collapse....
flags on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent.

UK media also highlighted that Khan had come to the British security services' attention at the age of 15 but that no action had been taken by the authorities to discourage his hate-preaching.

In further confirmation of the fact that Usman Khan had no relation of any kind with Pakistain as far his extremism is concerned, British media and commentators have condemned UK’s counter-terrorism approach and jail system.

It has been now confirmed that Khan was a close friend and student of Anjem Chaudary, a convicted krazed killer preacher. After the London Bridge attacker was arrested with his Bangladeshi and Indian terror associates in 2010 in relation to the gang’s London bombings, Anjum Chaudhary described him as his "student" and "friend".

Media further wrote that Khan was bullied at school over his facial hair and suffered exclusion and racism when he was a child. The son of a hard-working taxi driver, he attended Haywood High School in Burslem, Stoke, but dropped out without any qualifications.

Local media also added that Khan desperately tried to fit in by wearing designer clothes and be liked at school by keeping up with the latest fashion but had no confidence and would never speak up. He had started growing beard at an early age.

Investigators believe that his parents, who came to the UK from Azad Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
, were moderate people and had no relation with either terrorism or the krazed killer views of their oddball son.

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2019-12-02 Iraq
[ALMASDARNEWS] Iraqi protesters have set fire to the Iranian consulate in the city of Najaf, marking the second time in a week that this has happened at this diplomatic mission.

The Directorate of Civil Defense in the province of Najaf confirmed in a statement on Sunday that the consulate was on fire and that firefighting units were attempting to extinguish the flames.

First reports about this incident were spread on social networking sites, as they circulated photos and videos showing a group of protesters set alight the consulate for the second time in a week.

The Iranian consulate in neighboring Karbala was burned earlier this month by angry protesters who called for curbing Iran’s growing influence in Iraq.

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2019-12-01 Home Front: Politix
[Townhall] There must’ve been something in the water back in 2012, because everyone on the top of the ballot turned out to be even worse than we originally thought. Barack Obama’s legacy is shot, being destroyed by President Trump and the radical left who now view him (laughably) as a conservative. Joe Biden doesn’t know where he is half the time, the other half has his campaign staff wishing he were somewhere else. Paul Ryan was a feckless Speaker of the House who cut bait and ran once he was free to push all the things he’d sworn for years were his deeply held beliefs. But worst of all was Mitt Romney ‐ the nicest-seeming of them all who ended up becoming the nagging, nannying squish we all secretly knew he was but pretended he wasn’t because he was the GOP nominee. And he keeps getting worse.

If there’s one Republican in the Senate who’d vote to remove President Trump, it’s Mitt Romney. He’d be happy to, though only after a long, boring press conference where he talked, earnestly and tearfully, about how difficult the decision was for him to reach.

After every decision or tweet Trump makes, reporters beat a path to Romney in the hope he’ll morph into John McCain and scold the president. They’re rarely disappointed.

Mitt Romney does not approve.
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2019-12-01 Africa North
[Twitter]

The Jerusalem Post adds:
Rabbi Pinto used to live in Ashdod, but moved to Morocco in 2017 and became the country's chief rabbi in 2019. He is the first chief rabbi in 100 years to be appointed by the King of Morocco.

Levy, along with hundreds of Israelis close to the rabbi – including former MK Oren Hazan – came to Casablanca for a memorial ceremony for Pinto's great-grandfather, Rabbi Haim Pinto, who was once the chief rabbi of Essaouria, Morocco. His grave is used as a pilgrimage site by Jews across the world for his yardzeit on 26 Elul.
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2019-12-01 Iraq
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2019-12-01 The Grand Turk
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Greece’s foreign minister will hold talks in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart on Sunday about agreement between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
and Libya’s UN-recognized government to delineate the maritime boundaries between the two countries.

Greece, Egypt and Cyprus have strongly criticized the agreement, describing it as a serious breach of international law that disregards the lawful rights of other eastern Mediterranean countries.

On Friday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias asked the Libyan ambassador to Athens to present the deal with Turkey by December 5 or face expulsion.

The Turkey-Libya deal announced this week added tension to an ongoing dispute with Greece, Cyprus and Egypt over oil-and-gas drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

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2019-12-01 Iraq
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2019-12-01 Europe
[DW] Thousands of asylum-seekers in Germany have returned multiple times after deportation, according to a report in German media. Those with entry bans often serve a few months in jail or are not arrested at all.

Thousands of migrants colonists in Germany have applied for asylum multiple times and return to the country after having been deported, according to a report by German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag published on Sunday.

There are nearly 5,000 asylum-seekers who have reapplied for asylum after being deported from Germany since 2012, according to the report, which cites official government figures. Some of the asylum-seekers willingly left Germany, knowing deportation was imminent. The then returned to German to make another application for asylum, according to the report.

ASYLUM-SEEKERS WITH ENTRY BANS 'RARELY PLACED IN DURANCE VILE
The numbers cited in the report indicate that for 1,023 asylum-seekers currently in Germany this is the fourth time they have applied for asylum. For 294 it is their fifth, sixth or seventh time.

Asylum-seekers who have been deported and have entry bans are placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
for a few months for re-entering the country, according to the report. Arrests and longer sentences are rare.

Germany receives hundreds of thousands of applications for asylum every year. Some 1.78 million people entered Germany to request asylum between 2010 and 2018, according to the German Office of Federal Statistics.

Authorities said earlier in November that they expected the number of applicants for asylum in 2019 to have been lower than in previous years.
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2019-12-01 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russia’s MiG-31K interceptor jet carried out a test of the Kinjal (Dagger) hypersonic missile in Russia’s part of Arctic earlier this month, TASS news agency reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.

The report came a day after Danish intelligence service warned of intensifying geopolitical rivalry in the Earth’s freezing North, and said that China’s military was increasingly using scientific research in the Arctic as a way into the region.

"The tests took place in mid-November," TASS quoted one of its sources as saying.

The MiG-31K interceptor took off from the Olenegorsk airfield in the northern Murmansk region and fired the missile against a ground target at the Pemboi training ground in Russia’s Arctic Komi region, TASS reported. It did not provide any further detail.

The Danish Defense Intelligence Service said in its annual risk assessment report on Friday that "a great power play is shaping up" between Russia, the United States and China, which is increasing the level of tension in the Arctic region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
disclosed the Kinjal’s existence in March 2018 along with other missile systems he touted as unbeatable, describing how it could evade any enemy defenses.

Russian media have said the Kinjal can hit targets up to 2,000 km (1,250 miles) distant with nuclear or conventional warheads and that the missiles have already been deployed in Russia’s southern military district.

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2019-12-01 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
[American Thinker] Uprisings in Iran have become routine occurrences, albeit without much success. Why? Because Iran is ruled by a totalitarian Islamic ideology like Nazism and communism. In Iran, there is no sovereignty of the people. Instead, there is a perception of the Ummah in Shia theology "rule of Mahdi", guardianship over the people. In other words, Iran belongs to "Imam Zaman" (the Hidden Imam) and in his absence, a supreme leader is in charge. In this case, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Any revolt against the State is considered a direct attack against the upcoming "Lord of the Age."

Hence, at the slightest signs of protests, the regime unleashes its wild dogs (soldiers of Mahdi) on a killing spree. Iranians partook in many protests across the country amidst a failing economic situation, systematic government corruption, and widespread frustration over the lack of political and social freedoms. As always, the regime’s security apparatus reacted to these protests with mass arrests and severe due process abuses. Pundits and experts believe "Khamenei’s tough response could just invite more anger."

Since the Islamic invasion of 1979, the Mullahs have ruled over the unarmed Iranian people with an iron fist and absolute power while draining the nation’s treasury. As a result, millions of Iranians had no choice but to flee their homes to the four corners of the globe. In these recent protests, Iran’s rulers once again revealed their real identity to the world that they don’t value human life. They are simply vicious killers.
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2019-12-01 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
The poor old dear is so distressed..
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2019-12-01 Science & Technology
h/t Instapundit
Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an incredibly useful property that defies our current understanding of how conductors work.

The metal, found in 2017, contradicts something called the Wiedemann-Franz Law, which basically states that good conductors of electricity will also be proportionally good conductors of heat, which is why things like motors and appliances get so hot when you use them regularly.

But a team in the US showed this isn't the case for metallic vanadium dioxide (VO2) - a material that's already well known for its strange ability to switch from a see-through insulator to a conductive metal at the temperature of 67 degrees Celsius (152 degrees Fahrenheit).

"This was a totally unexpected finding," said lead researcher Junqiao Wu from Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division back in January 2017.

"It shows a drastic breakdown of a textbook law that has been known to be robust for conventional conductors. This discovery is of fundamental importance for understanding the basic electronic behaviour of novel conductors."
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2019-12-01 Home Front: Culture Wars
[PJMedia] In 2015,
...that would be on President Obama’s watch...
the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency set up a sting operation at a fake university in Michigan. The plan was to catch foreigners trying to game the immigration system by falsely claiming they were attending school.

In reality, the "school" only existed on paper and students were well aware of that. This past week, ICE arrested 90 more students for immigration violations. That brings the total number of students arrested to 250.

Needless to say, some students were not pleased with being caught cheating.

Fox News:

The U.S. "trapped vulnerable people who just wanted to maintain (legal immigration) status," Rahul Reddy, a Texas attorney who represented some of the students who were arrested, told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday.

Many of the arrested students have been deported, but some are contesting their removals.

The students had reportedly arrived legally in the U.S. on student visas and later lost their immigration status after the school was shut down in January, according to the Free Press.

What a crock. These "vulnerable people" knew full well that the school was bogus. Why did they think it was anything else when there were no classes to attend?

Meanwhile, seven of the eight recruiters who were criminally charged with trying to recruit students have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in Detroit. The final defendant will be sentenced in January.

Attorneys for ICE and the Department of Justice said the students should have known it was not a legitimate university because it did not have classes in any sort of physical location, the Free Press reported.

I don't think those "students" have much chance of resisting deportation, do you?

"Their true intent could not be clearer," Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Helms wrote in a memo, per the publication. "While 'enrolled' at the university, [100] percent of the foreign citizen students never spent a single second in a classroom."

"If it were truly about obtaining an education, the university would not have been able to attract anyone, because it had no teachers, classes or educational services," he added.

Taking down the "recruiters" was a bonus. It's people like these individuals who enable illegal immigrants. Along with shady businessmen who knowingly hire illegals, the "recruiters" assist those wanting to deliberately circumvent the law.

It's always a gamble when law enforcement uses techniques like this because it's relatively easy to be accused of entrapment. But this should be a slam dunk case as the students knowingly gamed the system by claiming to attend a university with no physical plant, no teachers, no classes, and no degrees.

Maybe Harvard should try that.
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ICE: 2019-11-29 Racist Horde of Thugs Beat Actress Bloody in New York City
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2019-12-01 Afghanistan
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Afghan official said a roadside bomb in the southern Helmand province has killed two security personnel, including a senior border commander.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said on Saturday that the blast in the Marjah district wounded two other security officials and a local TV reporter when it struck a passing convoy.

The spokesman said the attack likely targeted Gen. Zahir Gul Muqbil, the army border unit commander who was killed in the explosion.

He added that a reporter with the Shamshad TV network, Sardar Mohammad Sarwary, was among the wounded, and had been accompanying security forces on an operation in Marjah.

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack. The militant group controls most districts in Helmand.
Tolo News adds:
Brig. Gen. Zahirgul Muqbil, an army regiment commander of Afghan border forces, was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Marjah district, Helmand province on Saturday morning, the provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak said.

Zwak said three security force members and a local journalist were wounded in the attack.

The forces were heading to a military operation in Marjah district when their humvee hit a roadside bomb, he said.
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2019-12-01 Economy
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. solidified its status as an energy producer by posting the first full month as a net exporter of crude and petroleum products since government records began in 1949.

The nation exported 89,000 barrels a day more than it imported in September, according to data from the Energy Information Administration Friday. While the U.S. has previously reported net exports on a weekly basis, today’s figures mark a key milestone that few would have predicted just a decade ago, before the onset of the shale boom.

In its Short-Term Energy Outlook earlier this month, the EIA flagged the turnaround and forecast total net exports of crude and products of 750,000 barrels a day in 2020, compared with average net imports of 520,000 barrels a day this year.

Analysts at Rystad Energy said this week the U.S. is only months away from achieving energy independence, citing surging oil and gas output as well as the growth of renewables. "Going forward, the United States will be energy independent on a monthly basis, and by 2030 total primary energy production will outpace primary energy demand by about 30%," said Sindre Knutsson, vice president of Rystad Energy's gas markets team.
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2019-12-01 Africa Subsaharan
[AFRICANEWS] Zim-bob-we state doctors who were fired for going on strike have rejected a government offer to return to work, their union said on Friday.

The doctors went on strike on September 3 to protest against poor wages, in some cases less than US$100 a month.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which responded to the job boycott by firing 448 doctors and pursuing disciplinary action against more than 1,000 others, on Thursday offered to reinstate them if they returned to work within 48 hours.

According to the Zim-bob-we Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), the last wage offer by the government would see the doctors earning a total package, including allowances, of Z$3,900 (about US$240) per month.

In the capital Harare, Parirenyatwa Hospital was deserted, with only a handful of desperate patients being attended to by nurses.

Several patients who were turned away told Rooters that they were extremely disappointed and stressed about not getting any medical attention especially because they cannot afford to pay for private doctors.

Speaking to Rooters, state doctor Tawanda Zvakade said the doctors’ grievances were not just related to remuneration, but also advocacy over lack of resources in the hospitals.

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2019-12-01 Home Front: Politix
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2019-12-01 -Short Attention Span Theater-
NEW YORK (AP) ‐ A blocked sewer main flooded basements Saturday with brown filth and left residents in the neighborhood near New York City’s Kennedy Airport feeling sickened by the stench.

A water condition caused the backup, pushing human waste into about 300 homes in Jamaica, Queens, officials said.

Cynthia McKenzie said she woke up around 3 a.m. to an odor she thought was a gas leak, only to realize that sewage water was rushing into her basement.

As the water level rose, McKenzie said she raced to move furniture and other belongings ‐ but some electronics couldn’t be saved. After a few hours, she said, her whole neighborhood was awash in fetid fluid.

"It’s messy," said McKenzie, who posted photos showing murky water covering the floor of a basement bedroom and the bottom of a staircase.

"When you open it, it just smells," she said. "It makes you want to vomit. We have to pack up all the clothes."

Mayor Bill de Blasio said crews were making repairs and bringing in pumping equipment to clear up the mess.

The city’s water agency says drinking water is safe and unaffected, but de Blasio advised residents to reduce usage to cut down on water going into the blocked main.
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2019-12-01 Europe
[Jpost] US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Friday savaged the Norwegian ambassador to 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...
Lars Nordrum for lauding a Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an system to circumvent American sanctions targeting Tehran for its illicit nuclear activities and terrorism.

"Terrible timing ‐ why fund the Iranian regime while it’s killing the Iranian people and shutting off the Internet?" tweeted Grenell, the most high-profile US ambassador in Europe. "You should be standing for human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
not funding the abusers."

The UK-based human rights watchdog Amnesia Amnesty International said in November that at least 143 protesters were killed in Iran during demonstrations against the regime due to gas price increases and opposition to the holy manal regime system.

Nordrum tweeted that "We join INSTEX with the E3 to facilitate trade with Iran and preserve the JCPOA."

The JCPOA is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name for the Iran nuclear deal that is supposed to curb Tehran’s nuclear weapons ambitions in exchange for sanctions release.

Six European countries join Iran sanctions-busting mechanism

[IsraelTimes] La Belle France, Germany and UK welcome Belgium, Netherlands and others to INSTEX, mean to allow Iran to continue selling oil despite US restrictions.

Gay Paree, London and Berlin on Saturday welcomed six new European countries to the INSTEX barter mechanism, which is designed to circumvent US sanctions against trade with Iran by avoiding use of the dollar.

"As founding shareholders of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), La Belle France, Germany and the United Kingdom warmly welcome the decision taken by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, to join INSTEX as shareholders," the three said in a joint statement.

The Gay Paree-based INSTEX functions as a clearing house allowing Iran to continue to sell oil and import other products or services in exchange.

The system has not yet enabled any transactions.
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2019-12-01 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
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2019-12-01 Britain
[Red State] As RedState reported when it happened, an Islamic terrorist killed two people on the London Bridge via a knife attack earlier in the week. The attacker was eventually taken down by some self-less civilians who risked their lives to physically bring the man to the pavement. You can see video of that here. Police would eventually kill Usman Khan.

But if anyone was wondering whether there was forewarning of this possibly happening, it turns out Khan was already a convicted terrorist and inexplicably was allowed to walk free after pledging his transgressions were just "immaturity."

Khan would be let go by a judge, taking in his declaration of being a changed man as evidence enough of his rehabilitation into society.

This is insanity and naivete on a grand scale. Khan was literally convicted of helping plan a major terrorist attack. There was no question he was involved and intended to be part of it. Yet, many European nations (and in America) continue to hold the ridiculous view that these are just misunderstood human being who would otherwise be fine if they just had a better job or something. Islamist ideology is not easily defeated, and when you have droves of people coming in who hold it, it should be no surprise that their barbarism comes with them.

The decision to release Khan didn’t come from the lower levels either. It was signed off by the Ministry of Justice and the terrorist was released after serving just half his sentence. Now, two people are dead because of that decision.

And just in case you wanted another example of how bonkers the UK justice system is, one of the people who helped tackle Khan was a convicted murderer himself, out on day release.
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2019-12-01 Government
It Ain't Just MN
[AlphaNewsMN] It’s highly likely that the $75 million is only just the beginning of the wrongful billings at Minnesota’s DHS.

Obamacare came along and intended to expand Medicaid to poor able-bodied adults who didn’t have children under their care, but who didn’t receive employer-provided insurance. But the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare couldn’t force Medicaid expansion on states. Instead, to get states to sign up for Medicaid expansion, the ACA said that feds would cover 100 percent of the cost of new enrollees, for a time, and would cover 90 percent of the cost starting in 2020 and beyond.

BAD INCENTIVES
The first problem was that while some expansion beneficiaries truly were unable to work, or unable to work at a job that offered employer-provided coverage, others were opting for shiftlessness.
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2019-12-01 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
[Breitbart] Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday announced the launch "World War Zero," a star-studded coalition of former heads of state and Hollywood figures dedicated to advocating for solutions to climate change.

The forthcoming organization’s website states their chief objective is to mobilize resources to tackle global warming in a way akin to the Western allies in World War II.

The New York Times reports that John Kerry, who served as a senator in Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, has recruited former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and former Republican governors John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A-listers such as actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher, and rocker Sting are also on board. Over 60 figures are said to have signed up for the coalition.

"We’re going to try to reach millions of people, Americans and people in other parts of the world, in order to mobilize an army of people who are going to demand action now on climate change sufficient to meet the challenge," Kerry said in an interview with the Times.

Kerry has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration’s environmental policies, calling them "profoundly dangerous" for the planet, and has repeatedly criticized the president’s removal of the U.S. from the 2016 Paris Agreement.

Future generations will measure us by whether we acted on facts, not just debated or denied them. The verdict will hang on whether we put in place policies that will drive the development and deployment of clean technologies, re-energize our economies, and tackle global climate change," the Obama-era official wrote in an opinion-editorial for the Times last year. "Every day that goes by that we’re paralyzed by the Luddite in the White House is a day in the future that our grandchildren will suffer."
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2019-12-01 Afghanistan
[ToloNews] Provincial council members said the attack killed a family of six, including children.

At least six members of a family were killed in a "drone attack" in Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
, members of the Khost provincial council said Saturday.
According to the provincial council, the six people were killed in a village in Alisher district and the drone targeted a civilian’s home.

Children are also among the victims, the council members claimed.

A front man for US forces in Afghanistan confirmed an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Khost in Terazai district that "targeted three Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters." The front man added "we are aware of the allegations of civilian casualties" and said they are "working with local authorities to determine the veracity of these claims."
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2019-12-01 Britain
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
...that’d be Usman Khan’s brief adventure.
A reminder:
Last guy who was stabbed on London Bridge forced to take "deradicalization" classes to prevent anti-Islamic thought.
[Twitter]

A A man famously lauded as a “hero” in 2017 for fighting off terrorists on the London Bridge has been forced by British authorities to attend “de-radicalization” classes “over fears he may become extremist” after being stabbed eight times, British papers reported.

Forty-nine-year-old Roy Larner became known as the “Lion of London Bridge” after three Jihadis in a van plowed into a crowd of people on London Bridge before stalking from building to building, killing seven people and eventually reaching the Black and Blue pub where Larner was drinking with friends.
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The Jerusalem Post has more on Usman Khan:
Khan, a British man whose family hails from Pakistain-controlled Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
, was radicalized by internet propaganda spread by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
, and in particular by turban Anwar al-Awlaki
... Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, zapped in Yemen, al-Awlaki was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen. He was an Islamic holy man who was a trainer for al-Qaeda and its franchises. His sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, by Fort Hood murderer Nidal Malik Hussein, and Undieboomer Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He was the first U.S. citizen ever placed on a CIA target list...
Awlaki, identified by U.S. intelligence as "chief of external operations" for al-Qaeda’s Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
i branch and a Web-savvy publicist for the Islamist cause, was killed in a CIA dronezap in 2011.

Khan was part of a group of faceless myrmidons from the English city of Stoke
...that’s Stoke-on-Trent, for those of us who were uncertain...
which forged close links with faceless myrmidons from London and the Welsh capital Cardiff.

The London and Welsh parts of the conspiracy had ambitions to place a bomb in a toilet at the London Stock Exchange.

While Khan knew and supported the bomb plans, and had discussed bombing local pubs, he and his Stoke group had hatched a potentially more sinister plan: a camp beside a mosque in Kashmir to train jihadist turbans.

"The Stoke group was, and was considered to be, pre-eminent," British judge Alan Wilkie said when he sentenced Khan in 2012. "They regarded themselves as more serious jihadis than the others."

Khan had been intending to travel to the camp to perfect his skills, including firearms training and to carry out attacks in Kashmir.

"It was envisaged by them all that ultimately they, and the other recruits, may return to the UK as trained and experienced snuffies available to perform terrorist attacks in this country," Wilkie said.

DANGER TO THE PUBLIC?
Quite possibly, yes...
When sentencing Khan in 2012, Wilkie said that he was so dangerous that he was imposing a so-called imprisonment for public protection (IPP) indeterminate sentence of 8 years.

"The long, monitored, discussions of Usman Khan about the madrassa (training camp) and his attitudes towards it and terrorism are highly eloquent of the seriousness of their purpose," Wilkie said.

In effect, it meant he would remain incarcerated as long as he was considered to be a danger to the public and that the parole board should assess whether he should be released.

But in 2011, then-Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron
...Empty suit Brit pol, former PM, has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel...
announced a review of the IPP sentencing. The IPP was abolished in 2012.

After Khan appealed his sentence, appeal court judges in 2013 quashed the indeterminate period of incarceration, and he was given a determinate sentence of 16 years - meaning he could be released after serving just half of his term.

Court of Appeal judges said at the time that the Parole Board should consider whether those convicted were safe enough to be released. The Parole Board said on Saturday that it had not been involved in deciding Khan's release.

"The Parole Board can confirm it had no involvement with the release of the individual identified as the attacker," the board said, adding that Khan "appears to have been released automatically on license (as required by law), without ever being referred to the Board."

About that Parole Board, the Daily Mail has this: 'I want to be a good British citizen': London Bridge terrorist's grovelling prison letter - before he was AUTOMATICALLY freed early after seven years for Mumbai-style plot despite his trial judge saying he should NEVER be released
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2019-12-01 -Short Attention Span Theater-
It's not a very big annoyance and it's somewhat nostalgic...
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2019-12-01 Arabia
[SPUTNIKNEWS] Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
Rebels said they have shot down an unmanned drone over northern Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
just a day after claiming to bring down a Saudi Apache helicopter, Yahya Sarea, the group's military front man, said on Saturday.

"Yemeni air defences were able to shoot down a Chinese-made Wing Loong fighter reconnaissance aircraft in the Hiran district of Hajjah province this evening during hostilities", Sarea said in a post in Twitter.

Sarea added that the operation was caught on tape and that footage will be published shortly.
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2019-12-01 Home Front: Politix
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2019-12-01 Home Front: Politix