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-Lurid Crime Tales-
U.S. immigration raids to target teenaged suspected gang members
[REUTERS] U.S. immigration agents are planning nationwide raids next week to arrest, among others, teenagers who entered the country without guardians and are suspected gang members, in a widening of President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's crackdown on illegal immigrants colonists.

The raids are set to begin on Sunday and continue through Wednesday, according to an internal memo seen by Rooters. The teenagers targeted will be 16- and 17-years-old.

The raids represent a sharp departure from practices during the presidency of Barack Obama
I am not a dictator!...
. Under Obama, minors could be targeted for deportation if they had been convicted of crimes, but were not jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
simply for suspected gang activity or membership.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that a person can be identified as a gang member if they meet two or more criteria, including having gang tattoos, frequenting an area notorious for gangs and wearing gang apparel.

The agency said it does not comment on plans for future law enforcement operations, but that it focuses on individuals who pose a threat to national security and public safety.

The memo instructing field offices to prepare for the raids was dated June 30. A Department of Homeland Security official speaking on background confirmed on Friday the raids were still scheduled to take place, though ICE could still change its plans.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under:

#1  gang tattoos. MS-13 are notorious for elaborate ink. Beat their asses on the plane back
Posted by: Frank G || 07/22/2017 7:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Great!
Just a little armed resistance should bring the hammer down.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/22/2017 8:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Leaks from ICE ahead of events? Interesting.

I would expect the miscreants to choose disappearing rather than fighting, now that plans have been reported, with some unknown portion choosing to leave the country, either to the north or back south.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 10:18 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
MP: Somali Parliament will not approve the controversial media law
[SHABELLENEWS] A member of Somali federal parliament Mohamud Abdullahi Ahmed known as "Mohamud Abukate" said the national assembly will not pass the controversial media law passed by the council of ministers last week.

"The Parliament will never pass media bill that threatens press freedom and the rights of the local journalists in Somalia," said Ahmed, during an interview with Radio Shabelle.

The MP said, the the Parliamentary Media and Communications Committee calls for an inclusive full review on the Bill and ensure it is amended in order to comply with international freedom of expression standards.

"The review must meet progressive global practices to ensure the best possible protection for the right to freedom of expression," said Somali politician Mohamud Abukaate.

Some politicians believe that the media bill passed by the Federal cabinet in July 13, is unconstitutional as it fails to ensure that media is free from government, commercial or political control and interference.
Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under:


President calls for ‘immediate end’ to clan fighting in Herale
[SHABELLENEWS] Somali President HE Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo has called for an immediate cessation of the ongoing inter-clan fighting in Harale area in central region of Galgaduud.

According to a statement from Villa Somalia, President Farmajo urged both brotherly warring sides to stop the bloodshed swiftly, and opt for peace talks ending the dispute.

The President stressed the need for immediate intervention in the conflict by the federal government, and subsequent mediation process.

"My government is ready to take any measures to end the hostility and will send a fact-finding team to Harale, to investigate the cause of the inter-clan festivities," said Farmajo.

Finally, Somali President has sent a heartfelt condolences to the family and friends who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate fighting between the two clans in Harale village.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Saudi source gives more detail on crown prince's dismissal
[REUTERS] A source close to 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...
's rulers has given further details of how Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince, was summarily removed from his post last month.

MbN, as he is known, was dismissed by the royal family "in the higher interests of the state" because he was incapacitated by morphine and cocaine addiction, often falling asleep at public events after he became crown prince in 2015, the source told Rooters in an interview.

His addiction was a legacy of an Al Qaeda liquidation attempt in 2009 that left shrapnel in his body.

"MbN has a lot of respect among us as a crown prince and as interior minister but there are higher interests for the state which are more important than social position or status," the source told Rooters.

Rooters was unable to reach MbN for comment. Sources close to him said he would not comment and has remained in his palace in Jeddah since he was removed in June. The sources acknowledged MbN's addiction to morphine but said it was used as a pretext to speed up the elevation of Mohammed bin Salman, the king's 32-year-old son, to be next in line to the throne.

Rooters was unable to confirm independently the specific drugs MbN used to treat his health problems.

The source, who has knowledge of palace thinking, expanded on an account by Rooters earlier this week saying MbN was pushed aside because of his drug addiction.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


Qatar's ruler says time to resolve differences in talks
[REUTERS] Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
's emir called on Friday for dialogue to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks must respect national illusory sovereignty, but the call was unlikely to end the rift.

In his first speech since four Arab countries severed ties with Doha, a defiant Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said life was continuing as normal despite what he described as an unjust "siege".

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...
, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing it of financing turban groups and supporting terrorism, which the emir denied.

"Qatar is fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromise, and the international community recognises this," Sheikh Tamim said in the televised speech.

He spoke hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was satisfied with Qatar's efforts to implement an agreement aimed at combating terror financing, and urged the four states to lift their "land blockade".

It also comes days before Ottoman Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who had supported Qatar in the crisis, was due to visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to try to resolve the rift.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Qatar (MB)


Europe
Berlin freezes arms shipments to Turkey: Report
[AlAhram] Germany has frozen all arms deliveries to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, a newspaper reported Friday, amid a row between 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...
partners that has sharply worsened since Ankara tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
several human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
activists.

Berlin stepped up its travel advisory for Turkey on Thursday and warned it would review state guarantees for foreign investment there -- measures which Ankara labelled "blackmail and threats".

As part of a sweeping overhaul of bilateral ties, Germany is also "freezing all planned and ongoing arms deliveries to Turkey," the top-circulation Bild newspaper reported without citing a source.

Chancellor Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom...
's right-hand man, Peter Altmaier, did not confirm or deny the report in a ZDF television interview but warned that "we will at any time consider whether further measures are necessary".

Relations between Turkey and Germany, home to three million ethnic Turks, have been badly strained, particularly since a failed coup a year ago against President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
In the months after the July 2016 coup attempt, Germany already blocked 11 separate arms export shipments to Turkey, including handguns, ammunition or weapons components, according to media reports.

Relations sharply deteriorated after a Ottoman Turkish court Tuesday ordered six rights activists should remain in jug for allegedly aiding a "terror" group, among them German citizen Peter Steudtner.

In the war of words, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble compared Erdogan's Turkey with the former communist German Democratic Republic (GDR).

"Turkey is arresting people arbitrarily and not respecting even minimal consular standards," said Schaeuble.

"It reminds me of the way it was in the GDR. When you travelled there, you knew, if something happens to you, nobody can help you."

Altmaier also confirmed that Berlin would urge Brussels to freeze 4.45 billion euros ($5.2 billion) in EU funds theoretically earmarked until end-2020 for Turkey, a long-term aspirant for membership to the bloc.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 02:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: WoT
More anti-Trump nonsense by the media
[American Thinker] A suspect [Ali Charaf Damache] in the plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the prophet Mohammed has been extradited from Spain to be tried in US federal court.

More anti-Trump nonsense by the media on this issue. It would have been more trouble to halt extradition of the suspect to federal court and petition the Spanish government to transfer Damache to Guantanamo - with no guarantee Madrid would acquiesce.

Also, Damache is a minor player in AQ and it is likely that most of the evidence against him is not classified. One of the major reasons to try terrorism suspects at Guantanamo is that the highly classified evidence gathered against the suspects would put intelligence sources and methods at risk if the trial took place in a civilian court. The argument that judges and prosecutors would be able to keep that intel secret is unconvincing.

There is also the possibility that terrorists would look to attack venues where suspects were being tried. Even Democrats were extremely reluctant to support civilian trials for terrorists in American cities given the threat.

The Trump administration bowed to logic in this case, not the Obama administration policy of bringing terrorists to the US for trial.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/22/2017 08:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


India-Pakistan
Pentagon blocks $50m Coalition Support Fund payment to Pakistan
[DAWN] The US Defense Department withheld $50 million in Pakistain military payments after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis accused Islamabad of not doing enough to counter the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
-affiliated Haqqani network, an official said Friday.

"Secretary Mattis told congressional defense committees that he was not able to certify that Pakistain took sufficient actions against the Haqqani network to permit full reimbursement of the fiscal year 2016 Coalition Support Funds," Pentagon Spokesman Adam Stump said.

The United States had allotted $900mn in military aid to Pakistain through the special fund. The country has already received $550mn of that, but Mattis's decision means $50mn will be withheld. The remaining $300mn was rescinded by Congress as part of a broader appropriations act.
$350 million here, $350 million there, soon you're talking about real money.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Some Pakistani General's retirement fund just took a beating.
Posted by: magpie || 07/22/2017 2:13 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian President freezes all relations with Israel
[Ynet] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday declared a freeze on all relations with Israel in response to the Temple Mount crisis. "Relations with Israel will be frozen at all levels until Israel commits itself to canceling all its steps against the Palestinian people as a whole and against the city of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and to committing itself to preserving the historical and legal situation in Al-Aqsa," he said in his statement.
Does it means they not taking our money anymore?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/22/2017 04:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the day workers?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/22/2017 7:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Now about that electrical bill...
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/22/2017 8:40 Comments || Top||

#3  And what about the potable water, sustaining life in the Gaza cesspit?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/22/2017 9:22 Comments || Top||

#4  So they're throwing a hissy fit until terrorists can bring guns into Temple Mount again?
Posted by: gorb || 07/22/2017 9:33 Comments || Top||

#5  gorb nailed it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 10:22 Comments || Top||


Abbas asks Jared Kushner to force Israel to remove metal detectors
[IsraelTimes] IDF arrests 10 Fatah leaders overnight in bid to stave off protests

Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
spoke by phone late Thursday with Jared Kushner, senior adviser to US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
, reportedly to ask that the White House pressure Israel to remove metal detectors installed at the Temple Mount following last Friday’s deadly terror attack.

According to Hebrew-language media, Abbas told Kushner that tensions over the holy site were a serious concern, and that they threatened to get out of control if Israel did not back down.

Abbas spoke on Thursday with Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
, asking him to pressure Israel to remove the metal detectors. He reportedly also contacted other regional leaders and a United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
committee in a bid to force Israel’s hand.

Early on Friday morning, Israel Police forces tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
at least 10 Fatah officials in Jerusalem who were suspected of inciting violence in the city, including Hatem Abd al-Qader, who holds Fatah’s Jerusalem portfolio, and Adnan Gaith, the head of Fatah’s Tanzim wing in Jerusalem.

Right-wing Jewish groups also filed a complaint against the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, accusing him of inciting violence. According to the complaint, while Hussein stood at the Lions Gate on Thursday, he exhorted his followers that "Al-Aqsa is worth more than [the Jews’] blood and is more valuable than their souls."

Ofer Golan, a right-wing activist, complained to police that this was "clear incitement to murder Jews."

"The police must arrest the mufti immediately before the next attack on civilians and coppers," he said.
Of course he did, but will it be politically possible to arrest him now?
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 01:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Since when were metal detectors haram?
Posted by: phil_b || 07/22/2017 4:14 Comments || Top||

#2  "How can we worship with this oppression? I need my AK!"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/22/2017 7:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Do you know how difficult it is to get a dozen of these through the metal detectors ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/22/2017 7:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Sure.
Right after we remove your apostate asses from Israel.
Posted by: newc || 07/22/2017 12:18 Comments || Top||


Foggy Bottom Unsure Why Palestinians Terrorists Kill Israelis
[Free Beacon] Officials in the Trump administration’s State Department are standing by a recent report criticized by Congress that blamed Israel for terror attacks and claimed Palestinians rarely incite violence, telling the Washington Free Beacon that it remains unclear why terrorists engage in violent acts.

Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, criticized the State Department Thursday for releasing a report portraying Israel as the culprit in terrorism and downplaying Palestinian incitement of violent acts against the Jewish state, the Free Beacon first reported.

Roskam demanded the State Department alter its report to bring it more in line with what he believes are the facts on the ground--that Palestinian leaders routinely incite violence against Israel, which has been forced to defend itself against a growing wave of terror attacks on Jewish citizens.

A State Department official, speaking on background, defended the report's conclusions and said that it cannot precisely pinpoint the motivations behind Palestinian terror attacks on Israel.

"We recognize that in any community, a combination of risk factors can come together to create a higher risk of radicalization to violence," the official said. "There is no one single pathway to violence--each individual's path to terrorism is personalized, with certain commonalities. Therefore, it is difficult to pinpoint precisely what the sources of radicalization to violence are. What could drive someone to violence in one instance could vary significantly with someone else who is similarly situated."

The State Department's response prompted a fierce backlash among U.S. officials and Trump administration insiders, who said the State Department under the leadership of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has gone rogue and is out of line with the White House's position on a range of sensitive diplomatic issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian impasse.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/22/2017 00:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fat girls gotta eat,
Haters gotta hate.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/22/2017 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  State department is also befuddled about why water is wet and the sky is up.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/22/2017 9:36 Comments || Top||


Remove Jerusalem metal detectors, demands Erdogan
[DAWN] Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
on Thursday urged his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin to swiftly remove metal detectors that have outraged Moslem Paleostinian worshippers at a sensitive holy site in annexed east Jerusalem.

Paleostinians have been refusing to enter the Haram al-Sharif compound in annexed east Jerusalem since Sunday, when Israel began installing metal detectors at entrances to the site following an attack that killed two coppers.

"Within the framework of freedom of religion and worship there can be no impediment for Moslems" entering the holy site, the Anadolu news agency quoted Erdogan as telling Rivlin. "Given the importance that Haram al-Sharif carries for the whole Islamic world, the metal detectors put in place by Israel should be removed in the shortest possible time and an end put to the tension," Erdogan added.

The Ottoman Turkish leader had earlier held telephone talks with Paleostinian leader the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
, telling him the measures imposed by Israel were "unacceptable".

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  ...And the horse you rode in on, Yippee.

The insanity of these demands mirror the insanity of the feminazis, BLMers and eco-freaks.

Blair's law strikes again - 'the ongoing process by which the world's multiple idiocies are becoming one giant, useless force.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/22/2017 7:24 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran accuses US of nuclear deal 'sabotage'
[DAWN] Iran on Friday strongly criticised the US over the fresh sanctions which it says "violate" the terms of a 2015 landmark nuclear deal, raising its concerns at a meeting with major world powers in Vienna.

"We talked in detail about the sanctions and the instances that the Americans had delayed in fulfilling their commitments, the instances where they violated the deal," Tehran's lead nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi told news hounds.

"We showed one by one the instances where the American side in the last year and a half acted without the good will and even acted with ill intention," he said.

Araqchi said the United States was "trying to sabotage the situation, to threaten or scare off foreign companies to invest in Iran". The regular quarterly meeting to review the deal heard, as Washington already confirmed earlier this week, that Iran is sticking to its side of the pact with the United States, Russia, China, Britannia, La Belle France and Germany.

Posted by: Fred || 07/22/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  And so we are, if they mean the deal whereby we (the party of the second part, firmly bound by what were essentially the private actions of President Obama against the clear will of Congress and the nation) allow Iran (the party of the first part, of course, because they are Allah's favouritest believers in the whole, wide world!) to proceed unmolested in their pursuit of nuclear devices while periodically paying hella amounts of jizya and pretending -- not too hard, of course -- to continue to support Israel. We've broken that deal wide open, and are in the process of stomping it into the dust.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/22/2017 10:49 Comments || Top||



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