[Reuters] - Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has "utterly failed," Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam polarizing her conservative camp.
Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel said allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked in a country that is home to some four million Muslims. KEY WORDS: "without integrating"
"This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed," Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, south of Berlin.
Merkel faces pressure from within her CDU to take a tougher line on immigrants who don’t show a willingness to adapt to German society and her comments appeared intended to pacify her critics. More Kabuki?
[ALMASDARNEWS] Ottoman Turkish President 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... will focus on presence of Syrian forces in northern Syria at talks with 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... in Sochi, Erdogan said in the city of Kayseri on Saturday, with his speech aired by the NTV channel.
"Yesterday, I held talks with US President Donald Trump ...Oh, noze! Not him!... . On Tuesday we will be continuing talks with Mr. Putin. In the area of the operation are forces of the regime [of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Trampler of Homs... ] under Russia’s protection. We will be tackling the issue with Mr. Putin," he stressed.
Moreover, Erdogan vowed that in case he fails to "reach agreements on that issue [with Russia], The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor... will be implementing its own plans".
Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring will be continued in Syria in case Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units fail to withdraw from the area in Syria that Ankara has designated as ’a safe area’, Erdogan saidl.
"Today is the second day [since the operation was suspended]. The process will end on Tuesday night," Erdogan said. "In case the promises to Turkey are not fulfilled, we won’t be waiting as before. We will be going ahead with the operation and will keep on destroying terrorists," he promised.
[JPost]-Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump's decision to move US troops out of northeastern Syria, said on Sunday he now believed "historic solutions" were possible. CinC Graham forgot his place and priorities
In an interview with Fox News Channel, Graham said a conversation he had with Trump over the weekend had fueled his optimism that a solution could be reached where the security of Turkey and the Kurds was guaranteed and fighters from Islamic State contained.
"I am increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions in Syria that have eluded us for years if we play our cards right," Graham said.
[Dawn] A communications blackout in the powderkeg region of Indian-Indian 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.... e is fuelling a fake news war between internet users in India and Pakistain, as both sides unleash a deluge of disinformation to fill the vacuum and shape opinion.
India cut access to occupied Kashmir's internet and phone lines in August as it sought to contain the fallout of its decision to revoke the region's autonomy.
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[AlAhram] Thousands of Iraqis chanted anti-corruption slogans during the Shiite Arbaeen pilgrimage to the holy city of Karbala Saturday, responding to firebrand ...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments... holy manMoqtada Tater al-Sadr ... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah... 's call to keep up anti-government protests.
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[Rudaw] Dutch military trainers and advisors will stay in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region until the end of 2021, the Netherlands government announced in a statement on Friday.
As a member of the global coalition against 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 ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... ), the Dutch military has been training Iraqi and Peshmerga soldiers. The two-year extension of the mission will focus "training Iraqi military aimed at the long term stability of Iraq," tweeted Geoffrey van Leeuwen, director of Middle East affairs at the Netherlands foreign ministry.
About 60 Dutch soldiers will provide the training, in addition to commitments to the NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... mission in Iraq.
[ALMASDARNEWS] An unnamed Kurdish politician appealed to the Israeli government for assistance against the Ottoman Turkish forces in northern Syria, the publication UAWire reported.
Citing the unnamed politician’s interview with Israeli Army Radio this week, the latter asked the Israeli government for help, pointing out if they do not, "the whole region will suffer" if no one stops the Ottoman Turkish operation in Syria.
He also warned of severe consequences not only for the Middle East but for the whole world if former bully boyz of 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.... group, who fled because of the Ottoman Turkish invasion, will get out of Syria.
Earlier in the week, the Israeli Chief Rabbi David Lau called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to support the Syrian Kurds in their opposition to Ottoman Turkish aggression. "These days, our hearts are with the Kurds, who are facing mass destruction," said Lau.
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