Sunday, December 10, 2017

The First Miracle by Jeffrey Archer (1980)

Tomorrow it would be A.D. 1, but nobody had told him. If anyone had, he wouldn’t have understood, because he thought it was the forty-third year of the reign of the emperor. And in any case, he had more important things on his mind.

His mother was still angry with him, and he had to admit that he’d been naughty that day, even by the standards of a normal thirteen-year-old. He hadn’t meant to drop the pitcher when she had sent him to the well for water. He had tried to explain to her that it wasn’t his fault he had tripped over a stone—that bit at least was true. What he hadn’t told her was that he had been chasing a stray dog at the time. And then there was that pomegranate: How was he to know that it was the last one, and that his father had taken a liking to them?

The young Roman was now dreading his father’s return and the possibility that he might be given another leathering. He could still recall the last one: He hadn’t been able to sit down for two days without being reminded of the pain, and the thin red scars hadn’t completely disappeared for three weeks.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Resettle The Rohingya & Seal Burma-Bangladesh Border


ARSA is latest phase of Bengali-Mujahid Insurgency since 1948.
Resettle the Rohingya refugees where they can have a real future: International humanitarian and rights groups and the Muslim diaspora have been in high dither over Burma’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

The counterinsurgency operation, which was precipitated by Rohingya insurgent attacks in August, has so far sent 626,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh. International players in the drama are acting perfectly in character.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which conducted the attacks, called itself a garden-variety ethnic insurgent group out to protect the Rohingya people against state repression. Burma declared ARSA a terrorist group, and initiated what it calls a legitimate counterinsurgency campaign against extremist Bengali terrorists. Rakhine Buddhist nationalists actively supported the army, and took their own vigilante action.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

California: Physical Collapse Of A Failed Social State


Welcome to California.  It is a state of a perfect set of laws – at least in the minds of those wedded to the legislative pursuit of social justice.  Under the one-party Democrat rules, spending on fairness tops $100 billion every year. Meanwhile, the basic infrastructure of the state, so necessary for the economy long and short term, is collapsing.

The California legislature has been busy making the news these days.  They are determined to fight President Trump tooth and nail – and they are putting the taxpayers’ money where the legislature’s mouth is.

California Democrat after Democrat has decried President Trump. The day after the election, a “Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election,” issued in part by California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (formerly Kevin Leon), stated:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump Declares Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital


Angry Palestinians burning US flag in Gaza Strip.
Furious Palestinians burn American flags and promise more 'days of rage' after Trump says Jerusalem IS Israel's capital and claims his move will HELP bring peace to the Middle East - despite worldwide condemnation.

President Trump announced he's recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital city, and starting the process of moving the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. 'Today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,' he said.

Palestinians said it would be 'a kiss of death to the two-state solution' and Trump is 'declaring war in the Middle East'. The terror group Hamas said Trump has opened 'the gates of hell'.  Pope Francis said he was 'profoundly concerned' and appealed that 'everyone respects the status quo of the city'.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Svetlana Alexievich: Portrait Of Author As Historian


‘Communism had an insane plan’, Svetlana Alexievich has claimed: to remake not just society, but humanity itself. ‘And it really worked’. After many years in the ‘Marxist-Leninist laboratory’, a new type of man had emerged: homo sovieticus.

Although he might speak any one of a dozen languages, he was easy to pick out. Tragedy was etched in his face. Born in ‘the land of the Gulag and the harrowing war’, he had suckled on the horrors of ‘dekulakisation, and …deportations’. Hemmed in by conflict, he had developed his own ‘conceptions of good and evil’, his own ‘heroes and martyrs’. His speech was peppered with ‘jarring terms’ such as ‘liquidate’ and ‘eliminate’. And his heart was full of ‘hatred and superstition’.

But the real tragedy of homo sovieticus was that he was blind to his condition. Under Stalin and Khrushchev, the party had ensured that the present was obscured by fantasy. A steady stream of propaganda hammered home the message that factories always exceeded their quotas, farms produced bumper harvests and shops were filled with goods.

Erdogan’s Islamic Turkey Rejects “Moderate Islam”


At a conference on women's entrepreneurship, held in Ankara on November 9 and hosted by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rejected the concept of "moderate Islam".

Referring to the vow by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- during the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on Oct. 25 -- to turn his country into a bastion of "moderate Islam," Erdoğan said, "Islam cannot be either 'moderate' or 'not moderate.' Islam can only be one thing." He also claimed that the "patent of this concept originated in the West," which "really want[s] to weaken Islam."

Erdoğan has consistently communicated his thoughts about the term "moderate Islam" often used in the West to describe his Justice and Development Party (AKP). As early as 2007, he said: "These epithets of 'moderate Islam' are very ugly, it is disrespectful and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that's it."

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pro-Muslim Pope Francis Visiting Burma & Bangladesh


The pro-Islamic, subdued Pope in modern history.
Pope's High-Risk Visit to South Asia: Opposition in Catholic Hierarchy: The Pope's trip to Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh is occurring against a backdrop of political turmoil and criticism by some Vatican watchers. The visit may also present personal danger for the Holy Father.

Although no one, of course, condones violence and mass expulsion, there has been been indignation, expressed by the spokesperson for Myanmar's Bishop Conference, as to the Pope's concern for the human rights of Muslims while failing to comment on the regime's persecution of Christian minorities in Myanmar. Although the Pope's schedule is filled with pastoral events with the Catholic faithful, the international media appears to be focusing on Myanmar's volatile religious and ethnic issues.

Pope Francis's visit has been opposed by some in the country's Buddhist majority, in light of the Pontiff's August 27 comments in St. Peter's Square: "Sad news has reached us of the persecution of our Rohingya brothers and sisters, a religious minority. I would like to express my full closeness to them – and let all of us ask the Lord to save them, and to raise up men and women of good will to help them, who shall give them their full rights."

Muslim Child-Rapists Frequently Acquitted In Finland


Ruling in child sexual abuse case goes against public sense of justice: The Turku Court of Appeal has generated intense debate on social media by acquitting a 23-year-old man of the charge of aggravated rape, despite his having had intercourse with a ten-year-old girl.

The Turku Court of Appeal has generated intense debate on social media by acquitting a 23-year-old man of the charge of aggravated rape, despite his having had intercourse with a ten-year-old girl. Finns have widely expressed their outrage and bafflement with a recent ruling in a case against a 23-year-old man who had intercourse with a ten-year-old girl.

The Turku Court of Appeal ruled last week that the defendant was guilty of aggravated child sexual abuse but not of aggravated rape and sentenced him to three years in prison, thus upholding a ruling issued in March by the District Court of Pirkanmaa.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Progressive Capitalism And Population Movement


Paul Kersey recently had a post on why Dayton was looking for Hispanics to move in. Foseti reviews a book on the economics of immigration. People seem to be moving about a lot in the modern world, but why?

As I have said before, capitalism demands cheap labor. Mass movement of populations has been a feature of progressive capitalism since its invention at the advent of global trade. The New World tropics provided an excellent environment for growing sugar cane, making cheap sugar- a highly desirable product- available to be sold in Europe.

But growing sugar cane was a highly labor intensive process, so huge number of Africans were forcibly moved to South America and the Caribbean. (Without knowing the actual numbers, I suspect the economic significance of slavery to sugar far outweighs its significance to cotton.) Cotton of course was another highly desired industrial commodity, becoming more significant with the advent of the cotton gin and then the steam loom.

Northern European overpopulation provided a push as well as a pull factor, and steam power for riverboats and then railroads made trade, and thus the profitable population, of the North American interior on a large scale possible. Steam power also made mining and manufacturing on a large scale possible. In Europe this occurred with farm to city movement, but some of the obsolete farmers moved to North America.

Londonistan: Capital Of Islamic Republic Of England


NYC-based Salman Rushdie doesn't dare to live in London no more.
(Muslims there would chop his head off without hesitation.)
On Monday, the harried horny heretic Salman Rushdie told the BBC, “A book which was critical of Islam would be difficult to be published now.” Rushdie was talking about his controversial 1988 tome The Satanic Verses, which led to the Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a fatwa against him.

Rushdie knows Muslim rage intimately but he does not approve of the West’s reaction to the Middle East’s reaction to that weird YouTube movie that was kind of like The Satanic Verses for retards. “We’re in a difficult place because there’s a lot of fear and nervousness around,” Rushdie said of the West’s ethnomasochism.

“The fact a documentary about Islam can be pulled because someone is worried about the consequences is an indication of that.” These comments are particularly poignant because Rushdie hails from the epicenter of Islamic rage: Britain.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

In Sivas Turkey Islamists Burned Intellectuals Alive


Erdogan's Interesting New Top Mayors: Istanbul's new mayor had been one of the lawyers defending Islamist arsonists in what is known as the "Sivas Case" where the Islamist killers set the Sivas hotel alight, while policemen allegedly stood by and watched as 37 people were killed.

The city's Islamist mayor refused to send firefighters to put out the blaze. The Islamist assault took eight hours, without any intervention from the police, military or fire department.

Ankara, Turkey's capital, has a population of about five million. Istanbul, the country's biggest city and commercial capital, has more than 15 million inhabitants. Turkey's top two cities have since 1994 been uninterruptedly run by elected mayors who feature various blends of religious conservatism, nationalism and Islamism.

Monday, November 27, 2017

China & Russia Protecting Myanmar From UNSC Assault


S.G. Min Aung Hlaing Thanking President Xi in Beijing.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council urged the Myanmar government on Monday to “ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state,” where violence has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the Buddhist-majority Asian country.

To appease council veto powers Russia and China, Britain and France dropped a push for the Security Council to adopt a resolution on the situation and the 15-member body instead unanimously agreed on a formal statement.

(From New York Times: Last month, those two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council shielded Myanmar from an attempt by other nations to condemn the Myanmar military for its so-called clearing operations in Rakhine.)

The United Nations Security Council expressed deep concern on Wednesday about violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to Bangladesh.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

American Teachers In Burma: Peace Corps Volunteers


US Peace Corps Volunteers in Myanmar teach English at public middle and high schools in small cities and towns. They co-teach with Myanmar English teachers in the classroom and focus on the capacity building of the co-teacher in the areas of teaching methodologies, lesson planning, classroom management and assessment.

Volunteers also work with students in the classroom on their English language acquisition, particularly on speaking and listening skills. In addition, Volunteers may teach English at the community level and get involved in community activities. Miss Abbey Hester (above) is one of the Peace Corp volunteer teachers and she is teaching TEFL English at a High School in the town of Tha-nat-pin in Pegu Division.

The whole Peace Corps volunteer teachers thing started soon after US President Barack Obama’s visit to Burma in 2012. Right now more than 200 young Americans are in Burma teaching English at basic level to middle and high school students. Followings are the personal stories told by three American volunteer teachers now working in Burma, from US Peace Corps WWW site.

German Far-Right Relishes Its Power As Merkel Struggles


Potsdam (Germany) (AFP) - The far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) sees Chancellor Angela Merkel's struggle to form a new government as proof of its growing power to upend the country's political order, a top party official told AFP.

Parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland said in an interview that the current turmoil showed that the four-year-old AfD had succeeded in its primary goal in September's general election. "It's all downhill for Merkel now and that is partly our achievement," Gauland said, sipping a glass of rose wine at a lakeside Italian restaurant in the eastern city of Potsdam.

"Her time is up -- we want her to leave the political stage." The AfD campaigned on the slogan "Merkel must go", railing against her decision to let in more than one million mainly Muslim asylum seekers since 2015.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

General Min Aung Hlaing In China To Thank The Chinese


SG MAH inspecting Chinese Honour Guard in Bejing.
A Myanmar Tatmadaw goodwill delegation led by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing this morning left Nay Pyi Taw Airport for China at the invitation of Member of the Central Military Commission and Chief of the Joint Staff Department Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Republic of China.

The Myanmar Tatmadaw goodwill delegation led by the Senior General was seen off at the airport by Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Khin Aung Myint, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), the commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Mr. Hong Liang and officials.

The Senior General was accompanied by senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army). During the trip, the Senior General will meet with leaders of Chinese government and chiefs from the People’s Liberation Army of China, and visit military training schools in China, factories and significant places.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Angela “Mutti” Merkel Fighting For Her Political Life


Merkel fights for her political future: The breaking down of ‘Jamaica’-coalition talks last night brings unprecedented political uncertainty to Germany. Parliamentary prevent a swift move to new elections; first talking with the SPD will be tried before thinking about a minority government.

The political initiative and control is moving away from Merkel towards the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who can ultimately trigger new elections In any case, Merkel will be severely weakened from here on onwards. Macron will be looked at as the new de facto leader of Europe.

(Blogger's notes: Merkel's sudden downfall is definitely the direct result of her mad open-door policy letting more than a million of stone-aged Muslims from all over the world into Germany and also letting them freely rape and murder young Germany women and girls like that 19-yr-old medical student Maria Ladenberger allover the country.)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Indian Army Crossed Into Burma & Killed Naga Rebels


NEW DELHI: Army sources said on Tuesday that at least 20 militants were killed in the operations across the border in Myanmar and conceded that retaliatory attacks were a possibility in the coming days. "We would keep up pressure on them," one senior officer said, indicating the possibility of more such cross-border operations.

And unlike what has been reported in the media, an Army source said: "There was no heli-drop. It was a one-night, ground operation. We couldn't have carried out a heli-drop because that would have alerted the militants." The SF troops were moved close to the border in advance by helicopters.

On Monday night, about 20-25 commandos trekked across the porous frontier into Myanmar. For some stretch of the approach to the camps, the commandos crawled to move in undetected. About 25 commandos of the 21 Para Special Forces (SF) battalion were involved in the 45-minute-long raids on two militant camps across the India-Myanmar border. An SF battalion usually comprises four teams, each of about 100 commandos. These are further divided into groups and then into squads.

Rohingya Refugees Behaving Badly In US: Child Rapists


Rohingya rapist of a 7-yr-old girl.
Nashua, New Hampshire: Muslim refugee charged with inappropriate sexual contact with several young girls. The Rohingya Muslim refugee, Mohammod Rafique , is described as a man who arrived from Myanmar two years ago.

That would make him one of the 19,000 plus Rohingya refugees we have admitted from Burma (aka Myanmar) in the last ten years. Nashua Mayor Jim “We love diversity” Donchess proposed a resolution last year to make Nashua a “welcoming city for Muslim refugees.”

Prosecutors wanted a $50,000 bond but the judge set bail at $15,000.  If he gets out, will he return to court or disappear into the woodwork of America like so many other Muslim refugees charged in a variety of assault cases in recent years?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tillerson Refusing To Use “Ethnic Cleansing” Term


What ethnic cleansing? The Rohingyas just want to go to USA.
When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first official trip to Myanmar on Wednesday, he did not describe the country’s brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing, as other diplomats have done.

Security forces have conducted or allowed what critics call systematic rape and murder against the Rohingya minority, leading more than half a million to flee to squalid camps in neighboring Bangladesh since August.

But speaking in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital, Tillerson declined to call for sanctions or other censure, saying more investigation is needed. "If we have credible information that we believe to be very reliable that certain individuals were responsible for certain acts that we find unacceptable," Tillerson said, "then targeted sanctions on individuals very well may be appropriate."

Mutti Merkel Fails To Form Govt: Elections Coming Again?


BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged early Monday to maintain stability after the Free Democratic Party pulled out of talks on forming a new government with her conservative bloc and the left-leaning Greens, raising the possibility of new elections.

Merkel told reporters that the parties had been close to reaching a consensus on how to proceed with formal coalition talks but that the Free Democrats decided abruptly to pull out just before midnight Sunday — a move she said she respected, but found “regrettable.” She said she would consult with Germany’s president later in the day to brief him on the negotiations and discuss what comes next.

Without bringing the Free Democrats back to the table, Merkel will be forced to try to continue her current governing coalition with the Social Democrats, although that center-left party has said it will not do so, or she could try to form a minority government, which was seen as unlikely. Otherwise Germany will have to hold new elections.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

China Wants Australia To Stop Seeking US Protection


A Chinese cartoon from the Global Times.
Fictitious ‘China threat’ underlines Australia’s fear of being abandoned by US: In Australian Strategic Policy Institute's new paper - "Australia's management of strategic risk in the new era" - authors Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith blast China over its military build-up and use of military coercion, and regard the country as Australia's top would-be aggressor.

The report might not represent the views of the Australian government, but given the two authors' background as former senior defense officials, it indeed moves Canberra's increasing misgivings about China to the forefront.

Australia never lacks such reports, which disregard China's reputation and enhanced economic cooperation. Thanks to Australian strategists, the "China threat" is now a household term in Australia. An article in The Australian commented, a "big contribution of the two old strategists is to counter the hysterical pre-emptive kowtowing of Australia's China lobby." Let's look at its underlying rationale.

China Behind Zimbabwe Coup & Mugabe’s Downfall?


General Chiwenga was in China just four days before his coup.
Suspicion falls on China as a key player behind the Zimbabwe coup and overthrow of Robert Mugabe: THERE appears to be a shadowy hand behind the coup unfolding in Zimbabwe. And, for once, it’s not the CIA. This time Beijing may be pulling the strings.

CHINA has been quietly building up its presence in Africa now for decades. Recently, this culminated in the completion of its first overseas military base in Djibouti. But one of its earliest ventures was Zimbabwe. And that interest has only grown.

Now, the online news service Zimbabwe Independent is drawing attention to how this week’s military takeover appears to be benefiting one particular vested interest: Beijing.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Rex Tillerson Met General MAH First Then Suu Kyi


US Secretary of State meeting Burmese General.
NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Wednesday for a credible investigation into reports of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims committed by Myanmar’s security forces after a meeting with its civilian and military leaders.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State. A top U.N. official has described the military’s actions as a textbook case of “ethnic cleansing”.

“We’re deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces during the recent violence in Rakhine State,” Tillerson told a joint news conference with Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a civilian administration that is less than two years old and shares power with the military.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nine-year-old Girls In Iraq Are Forced To Marry By Law


Mohammad had sex with 9-yr old.
Nine-year-old girls in Iraq could be forced to marry under new Muslim laws: The bill includes provisions that would legalise marital rape and child marriage and ban Muslims from marrying non-Muslims.

Human rights activists are warning that a new Iraqi law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine and set women's rights back 50 years. They are calling on Iraqi ministers to withdraw a draft of the Jafaari Personal Status Law which would allow Muslim clerics to have control over marriage contracts.

The legislation is based on the Shia principles of the Jaafari school of jurisprudence, which was founded by the sixth Shia Imam, Jaafar al-Sadiq. The 2014 version of the bill, which was approved by Iraq's Council of Ministers, includes provisions that would legalise marital rape, ban Muslims from marrying non-Muslims and allow nine-year-old children to marry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coup In Zimbabwe: Mugabe & Wife Grace Detained


HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s military seized power early on Wednesday targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.

Soldiers and armored vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby, a Reuters witness said.

“We are only targeting criminals around him (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,” Zimbabwe Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, said on television. “As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Half America Have Hypertension: Phermas’ Gold Mine


(Reuters) - Tighter blood pressure guidelines from U.S. heart organizations mean millions more people need to make lifestyle changes, or start taking medication, in order to avoid cardiovascular problems.

Americans with blood pressure of 130/80 or higher should be treated, down from the previous trigger of 140/90, according to new guidelines announced on Monday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The guidelines do not change the definition of normal blood pressure as 120/80 or lower.

At the new cutoff, around 46 percent, or more than 103 million, of American adults are considered to have high blood pressure, compared with an estimated 72 million under the previous guidelines in place since 2003. High blood pressure accounts for the second-largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths in the United States, second only to smoking.

France Hunting Down ISIS French Jihadis In Iraq


Rachid Kassim: one of tops targeted by French special forces.
France is ‘hunting down its citizens who joined Isis’ without trial in Iraq: Up to 30 French nationals allegedly targeted by Iraqi troops after identification from French special forces to ensure they ‘don’t return home’.

France is allegedly providing crucial intelligence information to Iraqi ground forces fighting Isis in order to target and exterminate French nationals who have joined the jihadist organisation, it has emerged.

An investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that French special forces have allegedly enlisted the help of Iraqi units to ensure that French nationals fighting in the country do not escape to pose a terror threat on their return home. Photographs, alibis and location coordinates gathered from surveillance drones and radio interception intel have been provided to assist in the hunt, the WSJ reported.

Monday, November 13, 2017

What Rohingya Cleansing? Burmese Politically Incorrect



The Burmese government is engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing that has displaced more than 600,000 Rohingya civilians from their homes. Burmese military forces have burned dozens of Rohingya villages, raped women and girls, and murdered scores of people, according to an October report from Amnesty International.

The government’s brutality against the predominantly Muslim ethnic minority has drawn condemnation from the United Nations, the international human rights community, and the U.S. State Department. But in US far-right media, it’s a different story. Some of the most influential figures of the far right have helped amplify voices that incite violence, and have even suggested that the Rohingya had it coming.

On Sept. 6, Ann Coulter retweeted a video from Voice of Europe, a right-wing account. “Monk: Muslims want to make Myanmar an Islamic country and they are destroying Buddhism. They breed rapidly,” the tweet read.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Crude Oil Flowing Through New China-Burma Pipeline


New Myanmar Oil Pipeline Seen to Reduce China’s Reliance on US-Influenced Oil Supply: The opening of the new Myanmar oil pipeline, which stretches 770 kilometers from Kyaukpyu in western Myanmar to China's border, is expected to reduce China's reliance on oil supplies that pass through U.S.-influenced sea lanes, giving the country greater energy security.

A report by asia.nikkei.com said that the Myanmar pipeline can carry up to 22 million tons of crude oil a year, which is nearly equal to 6 percent of China's total oil imports last year. The crude oil that will be transported through the pipeline will be processed in refineries in Chongqing and Kunming.

The pipeline was a joint venture between state-owned China National Petroleum and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, with the Chinese partner having the majority stake. China National Petroleum said that the 140,000 tons of oil unloaded from Azerbaijan from the first tanker began on the same day that the pipeline opened.

Soros, NED, & USAID Ruining Myanmar’s Stability


Ongoing US Operation "Remove Military From Myanmar".
George Soros, NED, USAID, & US State Department and many others are ruining Myanmar's stability to hinder China's rise.

Billionaire George Soros continues to pull the strings in Myanmar, along with American non-government entities, geopolitical researcher and author Anthony Cartalucci has told Sputnik, suggesting that the Rohingya crisis is a pretext to beef up the US’ political and military presence in the region to contain China's rise.

"Soros' foundation along with the US State Department, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID and many others have for decades and will continue indefinitely undermining stability in Myanmar and across Southeast Asia to hinder China's rise and delay America's decline in the region for as long as possible," Anthony Cartalucci, a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and author, says.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Qatar Funded Tariq Ramadan’s Chair At Oxford


An Oxford quad falls silent amid Tariq Ramadan rape allegations: In the city of dreaming spires, a new £11 million building offers clues as to why the prestigious university waited over two weeks to act on accusations of rape and sexual assault against one of its professors.

At St Antony’s college, everyone is running scared, heads down and refusing to talk. Inside, on the college quad - usually the epicentre of student life - there is a marked reluctance to engage. The gleaming new building is home to the university’s Middle East Centre, where Tariq Ramadan usually tutors and supervises students.

After the first of a string of damning rape and sexual assault allegations made against the Islamic scholar, students at Oxford were told they would continue to be tutored by him – although they were allowed to request another faculty member to be in the room if they wished.

Eugene Rogan, the director of the Middle East Centre, also defended Mr Ramadan, telling students that the accusations were “just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual”.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Trump In China: Nothing Like Obama The Weakling


A military honor guard and flag-waving schoolchildren greeted Trump when he arrived Wednesday afternoon in China, the third country in his 12-day Asia tour. U.S. ambassador to China Terry Branstad met Trump and his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, after Air Force One stopped on the tarmac in Beijing.

Trump deplaned from Air Force One without incident, avoiding the embarrassment Barack Obama suffered a year ago as he landed in China during the annual Group of 20 summit. Obama was humiliated when he had to exit from the belly of the aircraft because authorities didn't approve a staircase tall enough for him to walk out of the front exit of the plane.

Chinese officials rolled a large set of stairs to the aircraft's door on Wednesday for the Trumps, avoiding any appearance of the kind of insult that greeted former president Barack Obama in 2016. Obama was denied use of an airport staircase when he deplaned Air Force One last September as he arrived in China for the annual Group of 20 summit – a move that was seen globally as a major snub.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tariq Ramadan: Oxford Professor & Serial Rapist


Tariq Ramadan: I'm the Sixth Pillar of Islam.
‘Perverted Guru’ Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan to Be Investigated Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations: French authorities have opened an investigation into controversial Swiss-born Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan after a French feminist accused him of sexual misconduct and sending her death threats.

Former Salafist Henda Ayari, 40, who now identifies as a secular feminist, filed a complaint with French authorities in Rouen accusing Ramadan of sexually harassing her, raping her, and issuing death threats towards her. The feminist activist also revealed that she had written about her experience in a book, but had been too fearful to print Ramadan’s name, L’Express reports.

On Friday, Ayari posted on her Facebook account about the situation saying: “I have been silent for several years because of fear, because by threatening to press charges for the rape I was a victim of, he did not hesitate to threaten me and to tell me also that he could go after my children. I got scared and kept quiet all this time. I really hope that other women victims, like me, dare to speak, and denounce this perverted guru who uses religion to manipulate women!” she wrote.

Saudi Arabia In Royal-Purge Turmoil: Mass Arrests


Prince bin Talal is now being held in Riyadh Hilton.
RIYADH (Reuters) – A campaign of mass arrests of Saudi Arabian royals, ministers and businessmen expanded on Monday after a top entrepreneur was reportedly detained in the biggest anti-corruption purge of the kingdom’s affluent elite in its modern history.

The reported arrest of Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar followed the detention of dozens of top Saudis including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in a crackdown that the attorney general described as “phase one”. The purge is the latest in a series of dramatic steps by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to assert Saudi influence internationally and amass more power for himself at home.

The campaign lengthens an already daunting list of challenges undertaken by the 32-year-old since his father, King Salman, ascended the throne in 2015, including going to war in Yemen, cranking up Riyadh’s confrontation with arch-foe Iran and reforming the economy to lessen its reliance on oil.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Shocking Counter-Coup Purge In Saudi Arabia


Saudi counter-coup purge by Crown Prince bin Salman.
LONDON — Saudi Arabia announced the arrest on Saturday night of the prominent billionaire investor Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, plus at least 10 other princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers.

The announcement of the arrests was made over Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned satellite network whose broadcasts are officially approved. The sweeping campaign of arrests appears to be the latest move to consolidate the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son and top adviser of King Salman.

The king had decreed the creation of a powerful new anticorruption committee, headed by the crown prince, only hours before the committee ordered the arrests. Al Arabiya said that the anticorruption committee has the right to investigate, arrest, ban from travel or freeze the assets of anyone it deems corrupt.

Bangladesh: US State Department Report On Terrorism


Aftermaths of a terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Bangladesh experienced a significant increase in terrorist activity in 2016. The Government of Bangladesh has articulated a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism, made numerous arrests of terrorist suspects, and continued its counterterrorism cooperation with the international community.

The Government of Bangladesh often attributed extremist violence to the political opposition and local militants. Both al-Qa’ida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and ISIS claimed responsibility for a significant number of the attacks that took place in Bangladesh.

Terrorist organizations used social media to spread their radical ideologies and solicit followers from Bangladesh. Bangladesh was featured in multiple publications, videos, and websites associated with ISIS and AQIS.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Allahu-Akbar-itis: America’s Deadly & Debilitating Disease


"Shout 'Allahu Akbar,' because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers." Who knew hijacker Mohammed Atta's parting words, discovered in his journal after the 9/11 attacks, would become a national punchline?

The louder and more frequently jihadists around the globe shriek their signature battle cry, the more fervently multicultural apologists deny its meaning. They've transformed the Islamic supremacists' obvious and explicit call for violence into a bland utterance of peace as indiscernible and nonsensical as "Aloha Snackbar."

With blood still fresh on the pavement in Manhattan after Monday's outbreak of Allahu Akbar-itis that took at least eight innocent lives, Palestinian-American propagandist and Hamas cheerleader Linda Sarsour tweeted: "Every believing Muslim says Allahu Akbar every day during prayers. We cannot criminalize 'God is great.'"

New Jersey Has An Enemy Population: Radical Muslims


Mosque where NYC truck-ramming terrorist worshipped was target of controversial NYPD surveillance effort: NYC MUSLIM TERRORIST attended NJ mosque that NYPD had under surveillance until Bill deBlasio ended the Muslim surveillance program.

The NYPD Muslim surveillance program initiated under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, was very effective at rooting out potential Muslim terrorists and terrorist plots, as evidenced by the fact that there were no successful Islamic terrorist attacks during that time, but countless averted plots.

Unconscionably, the surveillance program was shut down when Bill deBlasio became Mayor in 2013. Now we are beginning to see the effects of deBlasio’s relentless Muslim pandering. The Masjid Omar Mosque, the mosque attended regularly by Uzbek terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, was probed by a program that drew criticism from civil liberties advocates and was the subject of two federal lawsuits.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Uzbek Muslim Killed 8 In NYC Truck Ramming Attack


A Muslim terrorist in a rental truck sped for nearly a mile down a popular, bike-only path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday — killing eight people in the shadow of the World Trade Center and then shouting: “Allahu Akbar.”

“This was an act of terror,” Mayor de Blasio declared at an evening press conference. “A particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at innocent people going about their lives.”

Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Muslim immigrant from Uzbekistan, was shot by a cop after getting out of his car at Chambers and West streets with two realistic-looking guns while screaming “Allahu Akbar” — Arabic for God is good, police sources said.

“He was running around Chambers and somebody started to chase him,” said a 14-year-old student at the nearby Stuyvesant HS, which was just letting out for the day. “Everybody starts running.”

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bangladesh Arrested Yakhaing Buddhist Leader


Famous wife of arrested Shit Maung.
Bangladesh arrests prominent Buddhist charity chief: Bangladesh has arrested on terrorism charges a prominent Buddhist whose charity operates in Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine state, police said Wednesday.

Police said U Shit Maung, 67, was detained as he tried to board a flight to Myanmar at Dhaka's international airport last week. Police only revealed Wednesday that Maung, who heads the Rakhaing Development Foundation, had been detained after allegedly suspicious images were found on his laptop.

"The RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) arrested him over anti-terrorism charges last week from the airport and handed him to us," airport police chief Noor-e-Azam Mia told AFP, without elaborating on the charges.

Violence in Rakhine, likened by the United Nations to ethnic cleansing, has driven more than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya from Buddhist-majority Myanmar into Bangladesh since August. Many displaced Muslims in Bangladesh say the army and Buddhist mobs massacred or raped civilians and razed villages.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Taking No Prisoners In Raqqa: Kill Every IS Fighter


A captured Ughur Fighter in Raqqa.
Are They Taking No Prisoners in Raqqa? This Fox News report (below) strongly implies that coalition forces fighting ISIS in Syria (and perhaps Iraq as well) are taking no prisoners when it comes to foreign fighters. I hope it is true.

Obviously, ISIS is no signatory to the Geneva Convention, but it still raises the question of morality. I would argue, however, that this is a war unlike any other. The ISIS fighters, aside from the fact that they wear no national uniforms, do not represent any country, and do not adhere to any civilized rules of warfare to begin with, are vastly different from normal enemy soldiers.

Even in World War II, notwithstanding the fact that many German and Japanese soldiers committed gross war crimes, many did not. Many were merely sent into battle and fought honorably. The Allies had a system of war tribunals that dealt with those who committed war crimes. (Of course, many escaped justice altogether.)

Those who fought honorably were entitled to humane treatment when captured until the cessation of hostilities. We maintained that principle during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

In my view, no ISIS fighter are fighting honorably, no matter how much they might think so due to their twisted Islamic ideology. They have conducted themselves like vicious animals. As to the foreign fighters, no sensible country should want them back - not even to clog up their courts and prisons.