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At least 18 killed in ISIS suicide attack in Shiite neighborhood in Kabul
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Chelsea Truck Company To Release A Bulletproof Jeep Wrangler ‘Protest Edition’ Following ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protests
[DailyCaller] British automobile company Project Khan and its sister company Chelsea Truck Company are working together to release a 2020 Jeep Wrangler "protest edition" with the option to bulletproof parts of the car, according to the Driving website.

The Jeep Wrangler, called the "Chelsea Truck Company Jeep Wrangler CJ400 protest edition," is described as "the perfect vehicle [in which] to take refuge from an angry mob, or hostile government forces” by Driving.

The CJ400 protest edition will reportedly be a righthand-drive vehicle decked out with sparkling and slotted 3D mesh grille on the front, black ceramic quad crosshair exhaust pipes and LED headlights. The headlights and rear window have the option of being customized with bulletproof glass.

The Jeep’s interior seats are fitted with quilted black leather, the glove box and door armrests are designed to match. The vehicle also contains aluminum foot pedals, sill plates on the doors and custom mud flaps. The CJ400 is slated to be priced at £49,999 or in U.S. currency, about $86,000.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6627 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Flame-thrower option?
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 10/25/2020 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  There is always a flame thrower option, silly Anomalous Sources, though you’ll probably have to go to a specialty repair shop to get it done.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 0:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Is there a cow-catcher in place of a front bumper as well? To clear road-blocks...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/25/2020 1:41 Comments || Top||

#4  In Idaho, some with long night drives on country roads (Hailey to Boise, in this case) attached a length of chain link fence, often just a gate, to their front bumper, reinforced with varying degrees of ingenuity. Details usually depended on their target speed, this for 25mph, and that for 45mph. Typically a 4WD F-250 or something similar. I imagine it would be easy to weave various things into that for low speed adventures. Anti-elk/Cow stuff. This wheel has been invented, but hard to imagine on ritzy urban trucks, that seem half RV and half BMW.
Posted by: Beau || 10/25/2020 2:12 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ We Idahoans are an inventive lot. You have to be when often the only person you can count on is you.
Posted by: Warthog || 10/25/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

#6  better to take the Shoshone route during migration season anyway.....
Posted by: 746 || 10/25/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#7  I've seen more than one gate mounted on the front a pickup. Not intentionally, though. Comes from driving though the gate without opening it first.
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/25/2020 13:52 Comments || Top||

#8  @#7, BTW, that's a Sunday morning kind of thing. That and mailboxes...
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/25/2020 13:54 Comments || Top||

#9  Comes from driving though the gate without opening it first.

I'm pretty sure we left it open on the way to the ice house last night. Mostly pretty sure.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/25/2020 14:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Flame-thrower option?

That's the Winnie Mandela Edition.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/25/2020 18:30 Comments || Top||

#11  What about blades on the wheels, like war chariots?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/25/2020 18:56 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Portland's Catholic Archbishop prays the rite of exorcism over city
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Worth trying.
Posted by: James || 10/25/2020 16:26 Comments || Top||

#2  I think we are dealing with an Old Testament problem found with Sodom and Gomorrah. Act accordingly.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/25/2020 21:19 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
US embassy in Azerbaijan warns of possible terror attacks, kidnappings
[IsraelTimes] American mission in Baku says it received ’credible reports’ of threat, warns citizens to exercise caution.

The United States on Saturday warned that Americans and foreigners could be targeted by kidnappers or attackers in Azerbaijan, where a conflict is roiling the separatist province of Nagorno-Karabakh.

"The US Embassy in Baku has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Baku," the diplomatic mission said on its website in a message shared by the State Department on Twitter.

"US citizens are advised to exercise heightened caution in locations where Americans or foreigners may gather," including major hotels in the capital, the embassy added, without further details on the origin of the threats.

The warning comes in the wake of a similar message in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
, where US diplomats have reported "credible" threats of attacks or kidnappings targeting Americans in Istanbul or other localities.

It was not clear if the warnings were linked.

Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

Armenia is fighting against 3 hostile parties in Karabakh: FM
[ALMASDARNEWS] Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said that Armenians in Karabakh are forced to fight against 3 enemy parties simultaneously, which leads to an exacerbation of the conflict.

On Friday, the minister said in a speech during a video conference for the Atlantic Council: "This conflict is distinguished, in that the aggression is not only on the part of Azerbaijan. In fact, our citizens are fighting in Karabakh against three enemy parties simultaneously. There is direct participation on the part of Azerbaijan, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
, and foreign terrorist holy warriors are also taking part in Azerbaijan’s fight against Armenians.

Mnatsakyanyan stressed that the Armenian side will never give up "the security of the citizens of Karabakh."

According to him, since the beginning of the escalation of the conflict on 27th of September, the villages and cities of Karabakh have been constantly bombed by drones and have been bombed by air strikes, and as a result, about 90,000 refugees lost their homes and properties, and the infrastructure was destroyed.

On Friday, Mnatsakyanyan met in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Assistant President for National Security Affairs Robert O’Brien.

In turn, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jihon Permov held similar talks with U.S. officials.

Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Ottoman Proxies

France recalls its ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan said that Macron needs health mental checks
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

The Grand Turk
Turkey seeks to whitewash Palestinian Islamic Jihad as normal 'group'
[Jpost] The Paleostinian Islamic Jihad is an krazed killer terror group that is widely seen as an Iranian proxy.

As part of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
’s ruling party hosts Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbund millipede, terrorists, it has also begun to try to normalize Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad (Palestian)

Erdogan attacks Macron 'in defense' of Azerbaijan and Islam
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Pakistan Hopes Dashed, Remains On Terror Financing List Till 2021
[KhaamaPress] Pakistain’s hopes were dashed as the global watchdog on terror financing and money laundering FATF ruled against taking Pakistain off the grey list.

The decision was taken on Friday during the virtual plenary meeting of the FATF.

Despite many efforts, Pakistain has not been able to get out of the grey list, according to FATF, Pakistain had not met the conditions for removing the country from the gray list and was once again on the list.

FATF said in a statement, that Pakistain had complied with 21 of its 28 conditions.

Pakistain has long been accused of supporting terrorist groups and has repeatedly denied such allegations. The country has been on the global terrorist grey list since June 2018, this list usually includes countries that support terrorist groups as well as money laundering.

Pakistain is reported to remain in the grey list until February 2021, and upon fulfilling the requirements of FATF. The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to fight money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

To remain in the grey list: When appointing a US based lobbying firm too did not help Pakistan
Even spending lots of money on the right people isn’t always enough to buy your way into success, as Hillary Clinton learnt four years ago.
[OneIndia] It is clear that Pakistain's efforts along with the backing of China to wriggle out of the grey list has not worked. To ensure that it also got the backing of the United States, Pakistain had appointed a lobbying firm Linden Strategies to push its case with the Trump administration.

On its website, Linden Strategies says that it is a government relations and business development firm providing strategic analysis and advisory to domestic and international clients, including sovereign nations. Our team of experts has a vast wealth of experience across government and commercial enterprise and our clients span the globe.We specialise in government relations, strategic communications, business advisory, and political consulting, the firm also says along with the tagline, 'complex issues. Discrete strategies. Winning results.'
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 02:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

UN says nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force in 90 days
[IsraelTimes] Honduras becomes 50th country to ratify TPNW, which major nuclear powers, including US, have rejected; Israel boycotted July 2017 vote, Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
backed it.

The United States had written to treaty signatories saying the Trump administration believes they made "a strategic error" and urging them to rescind their ratification.

The US letter, obtained by The News Agency that Dare Not be Named, said the five original nuclear powers — the US, Russia, China, Britannia and La Belle France — and America’s NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
allies "stand unified in our opposition to the potential repercussions" of the treaty.

It says the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, known as the TPNW, "turns back the clock on verification and disarmament and is dangerous" to the half-century-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, considered the cornerstone of global nonproliferation efforts.

"The TPNW is and will remain divisive
...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...
in the international community and risk further entrenching divisions in existing nonproliferation and disarmament fora that offer the only realistic prospect for consensus-based progress," the letter said. "It would be unfortunate if the TPNW were allowed to derail our ability to work together to address pressing proliferation."

Fihn has stressed that "the nonproliferation Treaty is about preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and eliminating nuclear weapons, and this treaty implements that. There’s no way you can undermine the Nonproliferation Treaty by banning nuclear weapons. It’s the end goal of the Nonproliferation Treaty."

The NPT sought to prevent the spread of nuclear arms beyond the five original weapons powers. It requires non-nuclear signatory nations to not pursue atomic weapons in exchange for a commitment by the five powers to move toward nuclear disarmament and to guarantee non-nuclear states’ access to peaceful nuclear technology for producing energy.

Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good luck enforcing it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/25/2020 21:49 Comments || Top||

Khartoum agreed to accept Sudanese migrants deported from Israel
[Jpost] Sudan’s government has agreed to negotiate the repatriation of large numbers of migrants who illegally entered Israel, following the announced normalization between the countries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting that “an Israeli delegation and its Sudanese counterparts will meet in Sudan soon, to discuss cooperation in many fields, including immigration, which we are discussing.”

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that the countries will discuss agreements on trade and migration issues.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/25/2020 03:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Sudan had refused to discuss it until now. As far as I can tell, this is a population that in general brought Muslim entitlement — thieving, raping, Eve teasing — instead of humble gratitude when they arrived. The usual suspects refused to allow the government to refuse them refuge, but now the usual suspects have turned their attention to noisily marching with black flags for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s resignation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 17:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Part of Trump's delisting of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism deal.
Posted by: jpal || 10/25/2020 19:24 Comments || Top||

IDF begins widescale exercise on northern frontier
[Ynet] The IDF began a widescale exercise called Lethal Arrow on Sunday which will simulate scenarios on a number of fronts, with a focus on the northern front.

Increased air, naval and vehicular activity will be seen around the country.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/25/2020 02:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mostly just practice, possibly cover for other activities?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 18:05 Comments || Top||

#2  We could use some troop exercises on our northern frontier too. You know like Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle.
Posted by: jpal || 10/25/2020 19:28 Comments || Top||

Islamic Jihad in ‘state of alert’ over deteriorating health of security prisoner
[IsraelTimes] Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
’s military wing has announced "a general state of alert" for its fighters in response to the deteriorating health situation of security detainee Maher al-Akhras, who has been on a hunger strike in protest of his detention by Israel for the past 90 days.

"The al-Quds Brigades have announced a state of alert for its fighters following the deteriorating health situation which threatens the life of the hunger-striking prisoner Maher al-Akhras," a commander in the Paleostinian terror group’s military wing says in a statement.

The Brigades uploaded the statement, erased it, and uploaded it again, according to the Kan Public Broadcaster.

Human rights groups warn that al-Akhras is at risk of dying from his protracted hunger strike, in a move which could reignite confrontations along the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...

Al-Akhras has been detained since mid-July by Israel’s security services, who allege that he is a member of Islamic Jihad. al-Akhras denies the accusation. The Paleostinian terror group, which occasionally fires rockets and explosive balloons at Israeli civilian areas, has previously threatened retaliation should al-Akhras die in Israeli custody.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad (Palestian)

Background on the latest Hamas cross-border tunnel destroyed by Israel
Taken from a longer Legal Insurrection article about the discovery of the tunnel reported here a few days ago.
Military sources said the tunnel was detected by sensors in the concrete subterranean barrier that Israel has been building around Hamas-run Gaza...Work on the barrier has been continuing for some four years, and some 60 kilometers of the barrier’s 65-km. length have been completed.
I didn’t realize the Israelis were so close to completion, while simultaneously improving barriers along the borders with Egypt in the south and Syria and Lebanon in the north.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the regime’s military and foreign terrorist wing, issued direct threats to the UAE, Bahrain, and others following the peace deals. Authorities in Bahrain reported the foiling of a major Iranian terror plot last month. IRGC-linked terrorists had planned attacks on diplomats and foreign nationals on Bahrain’s soil, Arab media reported.

Gaza-based Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, both Iran-funded terrorist outfits, have stepped up their operations in the peace agreements’ wake. Last month, Hamas and Hezbollah’s chiefs met in Beirut and pledged a terror alliance against Israel. Both groups agreed that Trump-brokered peace deals are a “strategic threat to Palestinian aspirations” and called for an alliance based on Islamic “brotherhood and Jihad” against the Jewish state.

Both Hamas and Hezbollah are developing their tunnel building capabilities. Legal Insurrection has reported the role played by Iran in these tunnel digging activities. In March 2016, we reported Iran’s hiring of the North Korean mining company “Korean Mining Development Company” to build Hezbollah’s underground terror infrastructure. A sophisticated Hezbollah cross-border tunnel network discovered and destroyed by the IDF in May 2019 included “contained railroads to transport equipment and garbage, and was equipped with lighting equipment, air-conditioning and ladders,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

Hamas alone spends $40 million annually on tunnels,
...which seems an awful lot, even if the annual Gaza economy includes $100 million in donations from Qatar alone...
a 2016 report estimated. Last year, a senior Hamas operative Hamza Abu Shanab admitted getting ‘direct financial aid’ from Iran for tunnel digging operations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Find the tunnel, don't say anything, and fill it with argon
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/25/2020 16:07 Comments || Top||

#2  ^Argon, why argon?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/25/2020 16:32 Comments || Top||

#3  A typo for "acetylene" ?
Posted by: SteveS || 10/25/2020 16:46 Comments || Top||

#4  CO will do fine. Sleepytime
Posted by: Frank G || 10/25/2020 16:54 Comments || Top||

#5  re #2: argon is heavier than air.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/25/2020 17:27 Comments || Top||

#6  So is water.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/25/2020 17:29 Comments || Top||

#7  CO will do fine

Not if you have a flair for the dramatic and a love of the Earth-shattering KaBOOM.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/25/2020 19:13 Comments || Top||

#8  Why not O2 then?
Posted by: gorb || 10/25/2020 21:08 Comments || Top||

Israeli officials- close to a breakthrough in a normalisation agreement with another country- Oman
The Times of Israel adds:
Channel 12: Israel believes Riyadh and Muscat are both likely to await the results of the US presidential elections before deciding on next moves.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh man I love winning
Posted by: Jiggs Clusing8793 || 10/25/2020 3:13 Comments || Top||

EU funding to NGOs: €30m. to antisemitism, terror-tied groups
[Jpost] In 2019, the EU allocated total of €30.1 million split into 32 grants for projects listed under "Paleostine," and an additional 9 grants totalling €3.3 million for projects listed under "Israel."

NGO Monitor released a report on European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
NGO funding in 2019 in which the organization analyzed the European Commission updated details about grants allocated to NGOs in 2019 by the European Union.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
Marawi Militants Regroup Under New Leader, Philippine Commander Says
[BenarNews] Remnants of a Philippine bad boy group which helped carry out a five-month takeover of Marawi city by pro-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....
fighters in 2017 have regrouped under a new leader, a senior military official in the region said Friday.

Faharudin Hadji Satar (alias Abu Bakar) is the de facto commander of the Maute band, said Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, commanding officer of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 01:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

UN Chief Calls for ‘Disarmament’ of Hizbullah
[AnNahar] In his latest report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559, 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...
called for "urgent reforms," an "end to corruption" and a "swift" formation of a government Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
, Asharq el-Awsat daily reported on Saturday.

Guterres warned in his 32nd semi-annual report that Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
’s involvement in the Syrian war "poses risks to the stability of Lebanon and the region." He urged "regional countries," in reference to Iran, to "encourage" the transformation of Hizbullah into a "civil political party, and to disarm it."

"It demonstrates the failure of Hizbullah to disarm and its refusal to be held accountable to the state institutions," he said, calling on Hizbullah and other concerned parties "not to engage in any military activity inside or outside Lebanon.

Guterres also reiterated calls on Israel to "commit to its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions, and ro withdraw its forces from the northern part of Ghajar and an adjacent area north of the Blue Line."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Iran warns Azerbaijan and Armenia: 'We will not tolerate attacks from Karabakh'
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under: Ottoman Proxies

-PC Follies
Jewish Students at U. Illinois File Education Department Complaint Over Campus Anti-Semitism
The rules changes ordered by the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are starting to bear fruit at my baby brother’s alma mater, though it will all be reversed if Donald Trump is not reelected.
[FreeBeacon] Jewish students at the University of Illinois filed a formal complaint with the Department of Education alleging "an unrelenting campaign of anti-Semitic harassment" on campus, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The complaint, filed under the 1964 Civil Rights Act barring discrimination at institutions receiving federal funding, alleges that University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) officials systematically swept multiple instances of campus anti-Semitism under the rug. "Despite repeatedly being placed on notice of the developing hostile environment on UIUC’s campus, the UIUC administration has failed to take the measures necessary to provide Jewish and pro-Israel students with a discrimination-free academic setting," the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, which is helping to handle the case, said in a statement.

During the past several years, Jewish students at UIUC have come under attack from pro-Paleostinian activists, far-left student groups, and white supremacists. Swastikas have been painted across the campus and Jewish ritual items, such as menorahs and mezuzahs, have been vandalized. The campus’s Jewish fraternity houses also have been subject to attacks, including having bricks thrown through their windows. The complaint was filed seven months ago, but made public on Friday due to the school’s alleged refusal to address the matter.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Brandeis Center is deploying EO 13899 here.

The EO allows the loss of Federal funding as possible if the Univ. does not do what it can about antisemitism and defines antisemitism per the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition. This makes clear that Israel hatred that goes beyond ordinary criticism is antisemitism.

This was one of the most significant EOs of the Trump Admin and one that split the leftist alliance, e.g., the ACLU opposes it, the ADL supported it.

Use of the EO resulted in a limited win (change in policy but no formal apology or monetary implication) for Jewish Students at NYU earlier this year. The U of Illinois is the second deployment of the EO by the Brandeis Center
Posted by: Lord Garth || 10/25/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

Who's in the News
6Ottoman Proxies
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Sun 2020-10-25
  At least 18 killed in ISIS suicide attack in Shiite neighborhood in Kabul
Sat 2020-10-24
  'Permanent ceasefire in all areas of Libya'
Fri 2020-10-23
  Tanzania confirms Islamist militants carried out attack near southern gas fields
Thu 2020-10-22
  Rifle-carrying trans Muslim Antifa arrested at riot in Phoenix
Wed 2020-10-21
  UAE submits official request to open embassy in Tel Aviv
Tue 2020-10-20
  First Etihad passenger plane lands in Israel
Mon 2020-10-19
  Israel and Bahrain have signed an agreement on establishing diplomatic ties
Sun 2020-10-18
  Hundreds of Antifa Attack Conservative Free Speech Rally in San Francisco, Punch Organizer’s Teeth Out, Assault Several Others
Sat 2020-10-17
  Millions of $ of farm equipment burned possibly due to Trump Flag in central Nebraska - I-80
Fri 2020-10-16
  Trump Wants US Troops Out Of Somalia: Report
Thu 2020-10-15
  Lavrov: Russia does not consider Turkey a strategic ally, despite the partnership between the two countries
Wed 2020-10-14
  Denver Local News Bodyguard Who Killed Trump Supporter Bragged About Harassing and Confronting Conservatives in the Past
Tue 2020-10-13
  Vatican to open refugee reception centre in Rome
Mon 2020-10-12
  Osama bin Laden's ex-London spokesman is ‘freed early from 25 year US jail term because he is at high risk from Covid due to his obesity' and 'will return to the UK within weeks'
Sun 2020-10-11
  Iraq reshuffles military chiefs amid escalation of ISIS groups

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