Yemen urges Arab League to discuss health situation urgently

Yemen called yesterday for an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Health Ministers of the Arab League to discuss ways to tackle the humanitarian and health situation in the war-torn country, Anadolu has reported. More specifically, there is a need to fight the cholera epidemic. According to Yemen’s official news agency, Saba, its ambassador to the Arab League, Riyadh Al-Akbari, handed over a letter from the Minister of Public Health and Population, Nasser Baoum, to his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Emad Eddin Radhi, who is also the head of the Executive Office of the council. The ambassador and minister discussed “ways to strengthen and expand the support of the member states of the Arab League to confront the cholera epidemic, […]

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America is angry, but what at?

Suddenly, without any warning, the US administration has reduced its level of aid to Egypt and frozen part of it. This aid has been sent to Egypt every year since the peace treaty was signed with Israel in 1979, stopping only when Obama froze it for a few months following the 2013 military coup; payments then resumed fairly quickly. However, the aid has never been cut, as it has this time. The justification is that Egypt is continuing to violate the human rights of the Egyptian people. The US also said that the aid was cut because Egypt has not committed to the international conventions regarding human rights, which were signed by the Egyptian government. It also noted that Cairo […]

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Zero Tolerance – Venice Mayor Orders Cops To Shoot Anyone Who Shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’

Venice’s right-wing mayor has ordered cops to shoot anyone who shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ – rather than risk a terror attack.

The Times reports that Italian mayor Luigi Brugnaro claimed that his city Venice was safer than Barcelona – where 14 people died being run down by a van last week.

“In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up.”

Speaking at a conference in Rimini, north east Italy, he further revealed the extraordinary order he has given to armed police at one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe.

“If anyone runs into St Mark’s Square shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’, we will take him down.

 

“A year ago I said within four paces, now within three. I will say it in Venetian: ‘Ghe Sparemo’ (We will shoot him).

The Mirror additionally reports that he went on to recall the arrest in March of four suspected jihadists who allegedly planned to kill hundreds of tourist by blowing up the world famous Rialto bridge.

“They wanted to go to Allah. But we’ll send them straight to Allah before they can do any damage.”

Last night Brugnaro stirred the pot even more:

“I have never been politically correct, in fact I am politically correct and that’s why we also need a naval blockade against people coming into Italy from north Africa.

Nobody from the Venice police department has commented.

We can only imagine the uproar this would have created in America – does Italy have CNN?

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Palestine is no country for old men

Millions of us around the world have supported the Palestinian cause for decades. In our calls for justice for the people of Palestine we have stood alongside some political giants. I can’t think of any other piece of land — we are talking about a tiny scrap hardly the size of an African safari park — which has been at the centre of so much political angst, bloodshed and hardship for its people. The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and its ongoing ethnic cleansing and colonisation of Palestine has seen to that. The finger of blame for the current Palestinian plight can be pointed in many directions, but the first to carry the can must be Britain. […]

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Kuwait’s <b>crude oil</b> exports to China unchanged at 321000 bpd

TOKYO, Aug 25 (KUNA) — Kuwait’s crude oil exports to China in the first seven months of this year remain unchanged from the same period of 2016 at …

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“It Is Our Very Existence That Is Unbearable To Jihadists”

Authored by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The Islamist attacks against Spain, Finland and Germany unmasked the central problem: Pacifism will not protect Europe from either Islamization or terror attacks. Spain and Germany were, in fact, among the most reluctant countries in Europe to take an active role in the anti-ISIS coalition.
  • The Spanish press did not participate in a discussion of the Mohammed cartoons; no Spanish writer was accused of “Islamophobia” and no Spanish personality was put under police protection for “criticizing Islam”. It seemed as if Spain were not even interested in what was at stake in Islamist attacks on Europe’s very existence. No Spanish city made headlines for having multicultural ghettos, as in France and Britain. The attack in Barcelona should have ended this illusion. Terrorists do not need an excuse to butcher “infidels”.
  • The sad conclusion seems to be that that jihadists do not need a “reason” to kill Westerners. They attack equally France, which conducts military operations in the Middle East and North Africa, and countries such as Spain and Germany, which are neutral.

In 24 hours, Spain suffered two major terror attacks. A jihadist cell killed 15 people in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils. In the past year, Germany was the other European country hit hard by armed Islamists. First, a jihadist plowed a large truck through a Christmas market in central Berlin and murdered 12 people. Then a man wielding a knife murdered one person during an attack at a supermarket in Hamburg.

One day after the carnage in Barcelona, another terror attack took place in Turku, Finland. Two women were murdered in the market square of the country’s oldest city. Jihad — in Finland?

Jihad — in Finland? Terrorists do not need an excuse to butcher “infidels”. On August 18, an Islamic terrorist murdered two women in in Turku, Finland, during a stabbing spree in the city’s market square. Pictured: The Aura River in Turku. (Image source: Arthur Kho Caayon/Wikimedia Commons)

The Islamist attacks against Spain, Germany and Finland unmasked the central problem: Pacifism will not protect Europe from either Islamization or terror attacks. Spain and Germany were, in fact, among the most reluctant countries in Europe to take an active role in the anti-ISIS coalition.

John Vinocur of the Wall Street Journal recently defined Germany as “a country where the army and air force basically do not fight”. And Spanish politicians, since the 2004 train bombings, have not backed U.S. and NATO operations in countries such as Libya and Mali. Spain has been described as a “reluctant partner” in the anti-ISIS coalition.

Spain and Germany contribute less than others to NATO’s efforts. US President Donald Trump has made clear that the existence of NATO is contingent on members meeting their agreed-upon obligations of spending 2% of GDP on defense. Spain spends less than half of that — 0.91 percent. Germany does only a little better — at 1.19 percent. Finland never even joined NATO.

The surprise of the Finnish élite over the Turku attack was noted by The Financial Times:

“The Nordic country of 5m people does not feature prominently in jihadi invective against the west. Despite Finland’s armed forces having occasionally supported Nato missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the country’s longstanding nonaligned and peaceable military status has insulated it from most blowback from crises in the Middle East.”

In 2004, al-Qaeda, for the first time, was able to effect a regime change in Europe after committing terror atrocities on Madrid’s trains. Shortly after those bombings, Spain’s election turned into a referendum on its involvement in the Iraq War. The Socialist Party’s dramatic upset victory was followed by a withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq. Since then, Spain has been almost non-existent in the international arena. Probably assuming that pacifism shielded it from further attacks, Spain was regarded as “the forgotten front in Europe’s ISIS war“.

The Spanish press was diligently indifferent to any debate on freedom of expression, then, as now, under attack by Islamists in Europe. The Spanish press did not participate in a discussion of the Mohammed cartoons; no Spanish writer was accused of “Islamophobia”, and no Spanish personality was put under police protection for “criticizing Islam”. It seemed as if Spain were not even interested in what was at stake in Islamist attacks on Europe’s very existence. No Spanish city made headlines for having multicultural ghettos, as in France and Britain. The attack in Barcelona should have ended this illusion. Terrorists do not need an excuse to butcher “infidels”.

Germany, the most generous country in Europe in welcoming Muslims, followed the same fate as Spain. The German government struck a cozy deal with Turkey about the migrants; and when a comedian, Jan Böhmermann, made a joke about a Muslim politician, the German government allowed its legal system to put the comedian on trial.

The sad conclusion seems to be that that jihadists do not need a “reason” to kill Westerners. They attack equally France, which conducts military operations in the Middle East and North Africa, and countries such as Spain and Germany, which are neutral. It is enough for them to state, that, according to Islamic doctrine, land once under Muslim rule is forever under Islamic rule. As Spain (“Al Andalus” for Islamists) was under Islamic rule until the Christian Reconquista (which began in 722), and then Muslims were expelled in 1492, the country, according to Muslim extremists, permanently belongs to Islam and therefore must be taken back.

About the massacre in Barcelona, the French philosopher Pascal Bruckner commented:

“no one is immune…. The picture that comes to me is that of The Plague of Albert Camus: a scourge that falls on an innocent city. The extension of the field of jihadist struggle is universal. The terrorists charge the whole world for their failure. They knock where they can hit. Trying to please them is vain, it is our very existence that is unbearable to them”.

To paraphrase Trotsky, you may not be interested in fighting jihadism, but jihadism is interested in fighting you.

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Man charged after car pulls into St. Louis rally, hurting 3

Author: 
JIM SALTER | AP
Fri, 2017-08-25 13:20
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ST. LOUIS, US: A man was charged Thursday for pulling his car into a group of demonstrators protesting a police shooting in St. Louis, injuring three people.
Mark Colao, 59, faces a felony count of resisting arrest by fleeing and misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.
Police said the three people suffered minor injuries Wednesday night during a candlelight vigil and protest in honor of Kenny “Kiwi” Herring, who was fatally shot by officers Tuesday after allegedly stabbing one of them. Relatives and friends have said Herring was a transgender woman.
Police and witnesses offered differing accounts of what happened.
The vigil began at a community garden that honors transgender people. Activist Heather De Mian said Thursday that after the vigil, 40 to 50 people marched to an intersection and blocked it to protest Herring’s death.
Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said in a news release Thursday that a car pulled up, stopped, honked and attempted to drive around the protesters before some of them surrounded the car and began hitting it with their hands and a flag pole.
The injured protesters — two women and a man — had jumped onto the car and fell off when the driver pulled away, Jackson said. None of the injured requested treatment, Jackson said.
De Mian, who uses a wheelchair, was shooting video of the protest. She gave a different account.
“I looked up and saw the car pushing through protesters,” De Mian said. “I could see this car was being aggressive so other protesters were running up to try to stop it.”
The car drove away but was stopped by police about a block from where the protesters were struck.
Police were initially called to Herring’s apartment building because a stabbing was reported. In a probable cause statement, Detective Jamie Simpher said a fire broke out around 2 a.m. Tuesday on the balcony above Herring’s apartment. He said Herring and her partner, Kristy Lynn Thompson, went upstairs and accused the man living there of starting the fire.
Simpher said that as the argument turned physical, Thompson handed Herring a butcher knife and Herring stabbed the neighbor, who finally managed to push the two out the door and lock it.
The neighbor was hospitalized with a collapsed lung and cuts to his face, hand and body, Simpher wrote.
Thompson was charged with assault and armed criminal action.

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