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UAE submits official request to open embassy in Tel Aviv
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-War on Police-
Cop shot by Breonna Taylor's boyfriend during raid slams Louisville officials for letting public believe her death was like George Floyd's for months and says their silence was 'excruciating'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly is speaking out for the first time since Breonna Taylor's death on March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky

  • He was one of the three officers who opened fire when they entered her home in an attempted drug raid where she died after she was shot multiple times

  • 'This is not relatable to George Floyd...It’s not a race thing like people want to try to make it to be' he said an interview with ABC News and The Courier Journal

  • Mattingly said her death was a tragedy but denies it is an example of police brutality against black people

  • He said that police officials and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office could have mitigated the outrage if they spoke out saying, 'It's been excruciating'

  • No officers have been charged in Taylor's death, sparking national outrage
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2020 09:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Narcos


#2  wait, she overdosed on fentanyl also?
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 10/21/2020 15:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Had a good write up here a while back.
Her EMT days were over and she was boyfriend's drug sales bookkeeper.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2020 18:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Rule 3: If you didn't bring your own gun, don't stand next to someone having a gunfight.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/21/2020 19:02 Comments || Top||

#5  she was boyfriend's drug sales bookkeeper.

I believe she was her ex-boyfriend’s drug sales bookkeeper, but the current boyfriend is also in the biz.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 20:37 Comments || Top||

#6  The police officers, executing a valid warrant, at the correct address, did not "open fire". They returned fire from the boyfriend.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/21/2020 20:43 Comments || Top||


Minneapolis residents sue city over lack of police
[THEPOSTMILLENNIAL] Cathy Spann, a resident of Minneapolis, MN, is initiating a lawsuit against the city, contending that undue violence and a lack of public safety have been exacerbated by low numbers of coppers patrolling the streets.

According to local news, Spann is arguing that the police force has fallen below the minimum level of protection required by the city's charter which has resulted in the endangerment of its residents.

"Enough is really enough," Spann said. "We want law and order. We want reform." Spann ran for City Council in Minneapolis to represent Ward 5 in 2017, but she did not win that race.

Cathy Spann says she is tired of hearing gunshots every night, and she isn't the only one. So far, eight other citizens have filed similar lawsuits. Spann is the director of the Jordan Area Community Council, and has been advocating for police since July. This was when the "defund the police" movement under BLM was in full swing.

"Whether you agree or disagree with that, that’s OK," Spann said at the time. "But here is the issue I have: There is no plan. We know we need change. But you not going to leave me unprotected in the streets, in the bus, in my house."

Another black resident of the neighbourhood, Jean Loyd, agreed with Spann, saying "How are you going to dismantle something if you don’t have a plan of action? And I think that’s what happens many times — our elected officials are reactionary instead of proactive."

Posted by: Fred || 10/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Newton smiles.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/21/2020 3:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Now if we could get qualified immunity (a judicial fiction) thrown out or forfeited under broader specific conditions, our theater of the absurd posturing by pols would take a fast dive.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/21/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  And I think that’s what happens many times — our elected officials are reactionary instead of proactive."

Absolutely spot-on, Ms. Loyd. Phrase of the week, IMO.

Politicians are reactionary because it gives the appearance they are actually doing something. Throw in a dash of Rahm Emmanuel, then, PRESTO!
Posted by: Clem || 10/21/2020 8:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Saint Paul has cut their forces too. We absolutely have to sue.
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/21/2020 13:24 Comments || Top||

#5  They should go to Church.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2020 18:07 Comments || Top||

#6  "...And I think that’s what happens many times — our elected officials are reactionary anarchists instead of proactive."
FIFY
Posted by: magpie || 10/21/2020 21:48 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Britain to Continue Supporting ‘ANDSF with £70 Million Yearly’
[KhaamaPress[ The British Embassy in Kabul has announced that the country is committed to supporting Afghan cops with 70 million pounds next year.

The British embassy in a press statement on Tuesday said that London pledged its support for the Afghan security and defense forces at the general meeting in Brussels yesterday.

At the meeting, NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
allies and partners reaffirmed their continued financial support for the Afghan cops until 2024.

The British Embassy in Kabul added that, in addition to financial support from other donors, the UK is providing financial, technical, and professional assistance to the Afghan cops and strengthening their core activities to put the country on its sustainable path to stability and peace.

Earlier, in May 2016, during the NATO foreign ministerial in Brussels, at the time Secretary Philip Hammond said UK will continue to support the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

He further added, "In a strong show of the UK’s enduring commitment to Afghanistan, Hammond confirmed that Britannia would provide £210 million to sustain its contribution of £70 million per year until 2020."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 02:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now Afghanistan will have to accept the rejected asylum seekers Britain is sending home, right?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 14:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Is that coming from Andy's allowance?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2020 18:06 Comments || Top||


HR McMaster Calls Trump's Afghan Policy a 'Travesty'
[ToloNews] The Washington Post reports that HR McMaster, a retired general and former national security adviser, has publicly said that Trump’s Afghanistan policy is a "travesty," and that his deal with the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
is similar to Europe’s appeasement of Adolf Hitler
...late Fuehrer of Germany, founder of the Third Reich, currently communing with his pals Himmler and Heydrich. He is reincarnated every few days as a politician somebody doesn't like...
in the Munich agreement of 1938.

McMaster was promoting his new book during an online event hosted Thursday by the Alexander Hamilton Society, a nonprofit foreign policy network, and he told the audience that by making a deal with the Taliban, Trump has now betrayed the mission, undermined US security and undermined the US's Afghan partners, the Washington Post reported.

By dealing with the Taliban, the US had also cancelled out it's motivation for the war, McMaster said, saying Trump’s strategy "renders the war unjust, because we no longer have defined a just end."

"It’s just a travesty," said McMaster. "We will pay the price, and we’ll be back. We’ll have to go back, and at a much higher cost."

"War is a contest of wills. And we have to have the will ourselves to prevail," McMaster said.

Gabriel Scheinmann, executive director of the Alexander Hamilton Society, asked McMaster: "Is this our Munich agreement? Are we pursuing a policy of appeasement with Taliban?"

"Yes, yes, we are," McMaster said
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 02:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The promotion rate absent active military operations is really low, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/21/2020 3:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Since the enemy was really pakistan will McMaster be advocating invading pakland as well?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/21/2020 4:10 Comments || Top||

#3  What IS our end in Afghanistan? As far as I know, it's an open-ended commitment to keep troops in Central Asia where they can harass Chinese lines of communication and stay near Pakistan's nuclear weapons in case we need to attack them.
Posted by: Muggsy Hapsburg5230 || 10/21/2020 4:15 Comments || Top||

#4  McMaster was promoting his new book

Whore.

"War is a contest of wills. And we have to have the will ourselves to prevail," McMaster said.

Yup. Triumph of The Will: that's the ticket.

Any day, er, year, ah decade now. Victory is right around the corner. What's 19 years in the bigger scheme of things?
Posted by: Bigfoot Angetle6961 || 10/21/2020 4:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Globalist. No, the defense of America is not trying to defend everything any place in the world. Fredrick the Great is attributed with the statement - he who defends everything defends nothing. You have limited resources, cause someday someone is going to stop taking the toilet paper the Treasury keeps issuing. There is no 'winning' strategy anymore, only 'avoid losing'.

The promotion rate absent active military operations is really low, eh?

That is part of the problem. They kept the peacetime promotion system during wartime. War is the ultimate test of a leader and it should have been reflected in throwing out bureaucratic boards and reviews and time in command with promotions and selections based upon performance in the field. The HR desk bound types always cry equity and fairness. Combat is not fair or equitable. They'd be picking combat commanders not people who got their institutional card punched towards promotion.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/21/2020 7:35 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm beginning to think the days of merit retention have past. Term limit everyone. Sunset every law and institution. Anything is better than the encrusted mediocrity, log-rolling and self-dealing we have now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/21/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#7  have passed / are passed. I'm off to a slow start...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/21/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#8  McMaster was promoting his new book....

What, not a Sunday morning regular on MSNBS? Not on the board of Lockheed-Martin or Boeing or Rayethon? What a shame.
Posted by: Clem || 10/21/2020 8:18 Comments || Top||

#9  ...similar to Europe’s appeasement of Adolf Hitler

Gee, you'd think he would have used Champ's sellout to Iran as more appropriate...no, wait.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/21/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#10  re: MM

I agree that sunsetting everything could be the way to go. Frustration breeds the knock it all down and build from scratch mindset.

I don't agree that things couldn't get worse.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/21/2020 8:30 Comments || Top||

#11  Yeah... if he keeps it up we might end up not in any wars! That would be a travesty!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/21/2020 8:36 Comments || Top||

#12  H.R. McMaster, H.R. Pufnstuf - just sayin'...
Posted by: Raj || 10/21/2020 9:25 Comments || Top||

#13  McMaster was a good battlefield commander. But he, like all of those officers, were brought up with the US being the world policeman and most of their career from 1991-2014 was with the training and expectation the US had to be the one keeping order and the Bretton Woods agreement would spread wealth and democracy throughout the world.

Reality has proven otherwise. Countries got rich off the US and corrupt businessmen and politicians have let our manufacturing might be almost completely siphoned off. China and other countries became much more authoritarian and are now the US's major adversaries.

He sees the US leaving as a vacuum where terrorists will once again take root and start attacking our allies and the US homeland again.
It may happen, it may not. I see it as more likely it won't now that arabs are normalizing relations with Israel. Where he sees fear and comes at the issue with 20th century thinking, the battlefield has moved past that and I think Trump does understand it. Keeping troops there and dumping trillions of dollars every year isn't going to fix the issue.
War is a contest of wills and you have to hit the centers of power. This can be done at the ideological level and the peace agreement is the start. McMaster is an outdated General still fighting the last war.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/21/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||



#16  He does not understand. We can seal that place off, go in occasionally and kill bad guys, and not waste our national treasures of money and lives in the shithole that has not desire to enter the 19th century. Why spend American treasure on this place, when they spark up, send in the B52s. Mcmasters will never turn that pace into a respectable nation, ever.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/21/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#17  49Pan's Law:
McMaster will never turn that p[l]ace into a respectable nation, ever.

Corollary #1
Nobody will turn that place into a respectable nation, ever.

Corollary #2
Nobody will turn that place into a nation, ever.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/21/2020 12:11 Comments || Top||

#18  First of all the Talibunnies were from other countries. The Afghans told me, "we call them cowboys". Interesting description. They didn't particularly like them.

My 2 cents, HR is correct, to a point. But to what end? In the meantime the CHICOMs are moving in to mine the rare metals.
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/21/2020 13:23 Comments || Top||

#19  The entire idea is for the US to use our wealth to conquer the entire world. We will then involuntarily surrender our sovereignty to a global governance. This new governance will, for the next few centuries, export the wealth of the former territory of the USA for the benefit of hostile peoples. Mcmaster is at the center of this. What other excuse justifies American meddling in Afghanistan?
Posted by: Elmung Hatrack5948 || 10/21/2020 13:46 Comments || Top||

#20  Former top Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid says he voted for Joe Biden 'because black lives matter and climate change is real'

A nice demonstration of the fallacy that a person’s mastery in one area confers his mastery in all others.

First of all the Talibunnies were from other countries. The Afghans told me, "we call them cowboys". Interesting description. They didn't particularly like them.

Fascinating, Woodrow. To be sure, much of the cannon fodder is bussed direction from graduation in a Pakistani madrassah to whichever Talib unit they were (presumably) sold to, with gun instruction presumably given during the bus ride.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 15:03 Comments || Top||

#21  @#11, Hey Raj.
Here's a Pufnstuf factoid for ya.
The Krofft bros, creators of Pufnstuf etc., built a theme park of their characters in Atlanta. All the favorites were there. It closed mid '70s and was abandoned.
It's the block they bulldozed and then built CNN headquarters on.
(I think something seeped into the ground...)
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/21/2020 15:31 Comments || Top||

#22  They didn’t tear the old Omni international Complex, Ted moved CNN in and later bought the building and renamed it.

They did tear down the Omni that was adjacent and that’s State Farm Arena now
Posted by: Beavis || 10/21/2020 16:09 Comments || Top||

#23  bussed direction

...directly. *sigh*
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 16:22 Comments || Top||

#24  I was wondering when the Military Industrial Complex would raise it ugly head and whine about pulling out of Afghanistan a $700+Billion a year war. A war going no where, while playing policeman at the cost if US GI lives.
Posted by: NoBody || 10/21/2020 16:26 Comments || Top||

#25  Pretty much the only scenario where you don't hear lefties whining "if it saves just one life..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/21/2020 17:09 Comments || Top||

#26  A travesty for whom? The banksters?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/21/2020 17:51 Comments || Top||

#27  Remember when the left was screeching about the wars in the middle east while Bush was president? Good times, good times...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/21/2020 18:18 Comments || Top||

#28  I balanced the world on my nose
And saluted the sun as it rose,
Though I rather thought Sol
Should've answered the call
I'd have made were I wearing his clothes...
Dammit, dawn, do not step on my toes!
Posted by: Betty Crimble7900 || 10/21/2020 22:04 Comments || Top||

#29  Delightful, Zenobia F!
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 22:27 Comments || Top||

#30  "we call them cowboys".

Recalling now, it was because of their black turbans.
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/21/2020 23:14 Comments || Top||


Africa North
$1.7 bln pledged in aid to save Sahel from 'breaking point'
[AlAhram] Security had sharply deteriorated, violence was on the rise and internal displacement had increased 20-fold in less than two years, UN Secretary-General António Guterres
...Portuguese politician and diplomat, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. He was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and was the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He served as President of the Socialist International from 1999 to 2005. In both a 2012 and 2014 poll, the Portuguese public ranked him as the best Prime Minister of the previous 30 years...
said


International donors agreed Tuesday to give $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to the central Sahel, after the United Nations
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Home Front: Politix
Left Lends Support to Insurance Industry
[Commdiginews via the Whatfinger Dumpster] "You have been identified as a Trump Supporter," the letter begins. It asks if you have fire insurance, and ends with the statement, "you have been given fair warning." Not an implied threat, but an implicit threat to burn down houses of Trump supporters.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/21/2020 07:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I noticed that Pantifa likes to blame their actions on others. It is not the homeowner's fault that Pantifa feels the need to burn it down.
Posted by: gorb || 10/21/2020 13:41 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Minnesota Islamists Join Progressive Church Alliance to Promote Islamist Agenda
[Spectator] For the first time in decades, Minnesota is at risk of swinging red and electing the Republican presidential contender. Pollsters agree that the state, which has not elected a Republican to any statewide office since 2006, has become gradually more conservative in recent years as Democrats have lost support from rural Greater Minnesota.

But Republican hopes of winning Minnesota stand to be dashed by ISAIAH, a powerful federation of leftist, politically active churches that recently formed an interfaith partnership with some of the state’s most hardline Islamist leaders. Led in part by a radical Egyptian holy man, at least 24 Minnesota mosques established the Moslem Coalition of ISAIAH, and it promises to play a crucial role in the 2020 elections.

ISAIAH describes itself as a "coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota," and for years it has organized local congregations to pursue collective, mostly progressive initiatives aimed at concentrating political power. Although it advocates for racial equality like many left-wing groups, ISAIAH was apparently established to represent religious progressives opposed to supporting Israel and promoting LGBT issues.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 01:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  disease
Posted by: newc || 10/21/2020 2:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Given that Islam is probably the least progressive religion on the planet, one suspects this is more about power than principles.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/21/2020 7:21 Comments || Top||



#5  With our state AG Ellison and coward Twin Cities FBI. Not surprised.
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/21/2020 13:18 Comments || Top||

#6  This is not here I would imagine but,

Trump does what he says’: Muslims abandon Biden, back president
by Paul Bedard, Washington Secrets Columnist | | October 20, 2020 12:17 PM
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/21/2020 13:33 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
Greece Asks EU to Suspend Customs Union with Turkey, Report Says
[AnNahar]
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/21/2020 04:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
UAE submits official request to open embassy in Tel Aviv
[Jpost] The United Arab Emirates officially requested to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, during its first-ever government delegation’s visit to Israel on Tuesday.Members of the delegation gave Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi a letter from his UAE counterpart Abdullah Bin Zayed.

The Emirati Foreign Minister said he "appreciate[s] the efforts you are making to promote cooperation between our countries and I have full faith in your unreserved support for opening diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi as quickly as possible.

"Best wishes to both countries and both friendly nations for advancement and prosperity in the future," Bin Zayed wrote in Arabic.

Earlier, the US, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced the establishment of a joint regional development fund based in Jerusalem.

The Abraham Fund – derived from the Abraham Accords, as the peace between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain is known – will be launched with an office in Jerusalem and a $3 bn. starting trilateral investment to promote economic cooperation and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa.

US International Development Finance Corporation CEO Adam Boehler announced the fund on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport, where a ceremony was held in honor of the first Emirati government delegation to Israel, led by UAE Financial Affairs Minister Obaid Humaid Al Tayer.

Among the agreements Israel and the UAE signed on Tuesday was one allowing for travel between the countries without a visa, the first agreement of its kind between Israel and an Arab state.

The others agreements were on protecting investments, science and technological cooperation, and regular flights between the countries.

“We are making history in a way that will stand for generations,” Netanyahu said. “This meeting shows the region and the entire world the benefit of having friendly, peaceful, normal relations. Ultimately it will be so much better working together as friends.”


Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I guess an embassy in Jerusalem would be asking too much at this time........
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/21/2020 12:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Palestinians are sooo late 20th century...
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/21/2020 15:33 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran massive air defense drill to cover "half the country"
[Jpost] Iran's Tasnim News reported that the operation will take place as if it were a "real battle."
How exciting — all sorts of things for American and Israeli satellites and drones to record for the signals intelligence boys and girls to analyze.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/21/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1 
Posted by: Jiling Gravitch9209 || 10/21/2020 10:14 Comments || Top||



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Wed 2020-10-21
  UAE submits official request to open embassy in Tel Aviv
Tue 2020-10-20
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Mon 2020-10-19
  Israel and Bahrain have signed an agreement on establishing diplomatic ties
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