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Why Does Barr Let Wray Lie and Flout the Law?

by Chris Farrell  •  October 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • The Wray FBI is acting in a disgracefully dishonest manner, and the attorneys of the Barr Justice Department are the advocates peddling this nonsense in federal courts. Here is what your government says it can do: Delete and keep secret all text messages – including those by the dirty cops running an illicit coup against President Trump.... AG Barr accepts it all and takes no action.

  • Ask yourself why AG Barr fights Judicial Watch in virtually every FOIA lawsuit seeking records over the Obamagate coup plot. Why does he permit the FBI to claim in court that their agents' text messages on their government phones are not government records? That's insultingly preposterous – but it is the Justice Department's position. Your tax dollars in action.

  • The past Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Rick Grenell, seemed to make some headway. Now DNI John Ratcliffe has moved the ball down the field a few more yards. Should President Trump be re-elected, the time will have come to break some china and flip over some tables at the FBI and Justice. Hopefully, President Trump will then show people what a "disruptor" truly looks like.

Pictured: U.S. Attorney General William Barr (left) and FBI Director Christopher Wray on December 18, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

One is supposed to believe that Attorney General William Barr is in charge of the Department of Justice, and that FBI Director Christopher Wray works for Barr. Both men purportedly work for President Donald J. Trump. President Trump has been very clear about his desire and directives to declassify and release all materials related to the "Russia!" hoax. The President is consistently ignored by his staff.

Judicial Watch submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on February 16, 2018, to the FBI. It sought text messages sent from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015, between FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI attorney Lisa Page, FBI Special Agent Jennifer Leonard, FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, and/or Obama administration Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco. In response, the FBI denied the request, asserting (incredibly) that text messages are not subject to FOIA.

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Iran's Mullah, the Master of Terror Cells in the World

by Majid Rafizadeh  •  October 26, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • Iranian terrorist "sleeper cells" are reportedly continuing to operate in the US, according to intelligence officials and security experts. The Iranian regime is also continuing to target Latin American countries, where it dispatches its agents (specifically from Hezbollah), creates terror cells, and trains militias.

  • By turning a blind eye to the Iranian regime's terror activities in foreign countries and by refusing to open investigations or even condemn the mullahs, the United Nations is complicit in Iran's malign behavior across the globe. Perhaps it is time for the US to "pay for what it wants" from the UN, rather than automatically handing it billions, more than a fifth if its budget, every year -- and to make sure America gets what it pays for?

The Iranian regime has been setting up terror cells in Africa to attack Western targets. In June 2019, the Daily Telegraph reported that a "new terror network has been established on the orders of Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the elite section of Iran's Republican Guard Corps that has responsibility for overseas operations." Six months later, Qassem Soleimani was killed under a direct order from US President Donald J. Trump. Pictured: A charred and pockmarked wall in Baghdad, Iraq marks the site where Soleimani was killed in a drone strike. (Photo by Ali Choukeir/AFP via Getty Images)

Some of the main objectives of the Iranian regime's terror cells and proxies are to create fear in other nations through terrorism, subvert foreign governments and ultimately impose on the world an Islamist and Sharia system that mirrors that of Tehran. As Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah previously acknowledged:

"Our goal, which we have no choice but to adopt due to our ideological beliefs, is the project of the Islamic State of Lebanon... Not as a separate Islamic Republic but as a part of a 'Great Islamic Republic,' ruled by (former Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah) Khomeini."

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Palestinians: What Needs to Be Done

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  October 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • The question is: Will Iran step in to influence the Palestinian Authority? Will Iran manage to convince the Palestinian Authority to become part of an axis that includes Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, and all the Iranian‑backed militias in Iraq? Where is Mahmoud Abbas taking the Palestinian Authority? No one knows. Most people I speak to they say he doesn't really have a strategy to deal with the with the Middle East conflict. His only strategy, they say, is just to remain in power forever.

  • The Palestinians.... are further isolating themselves by alienating the entire Arab world by going against countries such as Egypt, Jordan and all these Gulf states that once used to give them a lot of money.... Those who were inciting against Israel all those years are now inciting against the Arab world. Those who were demonizing Israel are now trying to demonize their own Arab and Muslim brothers.... The gap between the Palestinians and the Arab world is growing.

  • One of the reasons why mainstream media does not want to report about many stories over here, is that these stories do not have an anti‑Israel angle.

  • This whole conflict, whether we like it or not, is not about a settlement, a checkpoint, a wall, and a fence or a settlement. This conflict is really about Israel's very existence....

  • They [Palestinian leaders] do not want Arabs and Muslims to be exposed to the wonderful things that are happening in Israel. They do not want them to see that Israel has been a story of success. They do not want these wonderful things to be seen in the Arab and Muslim world because then the Arabs and Muslims might go to their leaders and say, "Excuse me. We want something like what these Jews have. Why can't we have democracy? Why can't we have a functioning parliament?"

  • The question we need to ask ourselves is not who is going to succeed Mahmoud Abbas. The question is will anyone who succeeds Mahmoud Abbas, will he be different? Will he be able to bring about any changes? I'm sorry to tell you that the answer is no.... We are talking about the same ideology, the same mentality, and the same people running the show.

  • Do not expect many changes in the post‑Abbas era. What needs to change is the mindset. What needs to stop is the incitement, the daily delegitimization of Israel. It is very bad, and it is very widespread. If you do not change that, then you will not see any changes. In addition, the Palestinians need to change their education system. They need to start preparing their people for peace with Israel.

Will Iran step in to influence the Palestinian Authority? Will Iran manage to convince the Palestinian Authority to become part of an axis that includes Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, and all the Iranian‑backed militias in Iraq? Where is Mahmoud Abbas taking the Palestinian Authority? Pictured: Abbas on September 3, 2020, in Ramallah. (Photo by Alaa Badarneh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

There is now an agreement, the Abraham Accords, between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, but how do the Palestinians see it? Where do they think it could lead?

The Palestinians were caught by surprise. I remember when it was announced, I was calling Palestinian officials in Ramallah trying to get their reaction to this agreement. They were in disbelief. They were in shock. Many of these officials even asked me if I was sure it was true.

Shortly afterwards, they issued a strongly‑worded statement lashing out at the United Arab Emirates: "Oh, the Gulf States have betrayed us. This is a stab in the back. This is a violation of all agreements."

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"Why Are You Killing Christians?" Trump Asks Nigeria's President

by Raymond Ibrahim  •  October 25, 2020 at 4:30 am

  • In just the first four months of 2020, Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists "hacked to death ... no fewer than 620 defenseless Christians," and engaged in the "wanton burning or destruction of their centers of worship and learning."

  • How have formerly simple and unarmed Fulani herdsmen managed to kill, since 2015, nearly twice as many Christians as the "professional" terrorists of Boko Haram....?

  • "Since the government and its apologists are claiming the killings have no religious undertones, why are the terrorists and herdsmen targeting the predominantly Christian communities and Christian leaders?" -- The Christian Association of Nigeria, International Centre for Investigative Reporting, January 21, 2020.

"Why are you killing Christians?" US President Donald J. Trump apparently shocked his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, by asking this question the first time they met in the White House in April 2018. He should not have been shocked. Several international observers characterize what Nigerian Christians experience not just as "persecution" but as a "pure genocide." Pictured: Trump and Buhari on April 30, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

"Why are you killing Christians?" US President Donald J. Trump apparently shocked his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, by asking this question the first time they met in the White House in April 2018. The Nigerian president admitted this, according to a September 8, 2020 report, toward the end of a recent talk with his cabinet members:

"[W]hen I was in his office, only myself and himself, with Allah as my witness, he looked at me in the face and said 'why are you killing Christians?' I wonder, if you were the person how you would react? I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion..."

He should not have been shocked. Several international observers characterize what Nigerian Christians experience not just as "persecution" but as a "pure genocide."

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American Election: Endgame for Party System?

by Amir Taheri  •  October 25, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • The American two-party system resembles cartel arrangements in business: it restricts access to power to two gigantic machines that, like big business driving out little business, prevent diversity and competition on a large scale. As a result, small radial groups are forced to infiltrate the two parties and push them in directions not necessarily wanted by the mass of their followers.

  • The two-party system offers unusual political stability.

  • The reverse side, however, is that it narrows policy options to two and the role of elections to deciding the exercise of power rather than its substance.

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Does the current presidential campaign in the United States have an ideological content?

Having covered six of the last nine campaigns as a reporter and followed the other three from the sidelines my answer is "yes and no".

Let's start with the no side of my equivocal answer first.

The current campaign is focused on two themes that leave little room for the broader questions the US faces with dramatic demographic, cultural and societal changes at home and the crumbling structure of world order.

The first theme of the campaign has been the personality of Donald J Trump. No leader in American history has been the subject of such vilification as Trump.

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The US: An Inspirational Leader in the Middle East

by Con Coughlin  •  October 24, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • By taking a robust approach to some of the region's more intractable issues... such as relocating the American embassy to Jerusalem, the US has produced a number of profound changes to the regional landscape, the consequences of which are likely to be felt for many years to come.

  • The breakthrough in the peace process, moreover, has resulted in the region being clearly divided between moderate, peace-loving countries that are prepared to engage in the peace process, and rejectionist regimes, such as Turkey and Iran, that are only interested in causing further bloodshed.

  • It is these countries, as well as China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela that have most to fear in next month's presidential election if a strong and successful America returns again.

When it comes to confronting the many challenges that face the modern Middle East, the United States has proved itself to be truly inspirational at leading during the last four years. Pictured from left to right: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords at the White House on September 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

When it comes to confronting the many challenges that face the modern Middle East, the United States has proved itself to be truly inspirational at leading during the last four years.

From achieving a remarkable breakthrough in the Israeli-Arab peace process to curbing the malign activities of Iran's Islamic revolution in the region, the US has already succeeded in establishing a legacy that is the envy of many of its previous administrations.

A succession of American presidents, from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, have attempted -- and failed -- to break the endless cycle of violence that has come to characterise the region. It has only been the current distinctive style of US leadership that has made a decisive impact on the landscape of the Middle East.

The US has managed to achieve these profound changes, moreover, at a time when the omens were less than auspicious than when the current term began in 2017.

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How to Steal an Election - Part III

by Chris Farrell  •  October 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Here comes the offensive information campaign. Election night results indicate a Trump victory. The Left wants to keep counting and counting and counting ballots until they get the number that lets them claim victory -- they want election "season."

  • Trump and his campaign have sufficient state election returns and polling data to claim victory. Trump tweets: "VICTORY!" Twitter takes it down and locks his account, and those of his campaign. He goes out to the campaign hotel ballroom for a victory speech and only OneAmerica News Network carries the speech. Trump's proclamations are branded "fake news." Zero coverage. Networks and other news media outlets show poll workers and election officials counting and counting and counting "contested" ballots. The news media and the social media giants will not let Trump win. That is not the headline they will allow. Efforts by the Trump campaign to claim victory and certify election results are subjected to endless lawsuits -- all of which are reported on by media outlets, because Trump has (supposedly) been caught cheating, of course.

  • You see how this plays out. When the truth cannot be reported, it is worse than being lied to about what is truly happening. The insidious plot of the Left can irretrievably twist the constitution and the nation in just a very few days. Fight for the truth.

The social media tech titans are doing their best to make sure the story of the Hunter Biden laptops, and the damning records contained therein, does not spread. Twitter has suspended the New York Post's account because of the story and locked the Trump campaign's account over a Hunter Biden-related video. (Photo of logos by Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images)

We are less than two weeks from election day, so here is your final installment to help you understand the theft of the upcoming presidential election. We previously established the Left's documented plan to disrupt the 2020 presidential election, and then examined some of the information operations techniques deployed against the American public to persuade and influence the election "season" ahead.

In the past few days, we have been treated to an information suppression operation by the Left and their public relations arm (the "journalists" of the news media and social media tech giants) -- that perfectly demonstrates the countermeasures that can be deployed to actively deny the truth. This important defensive technique -- swarming and shutting down reporting on a subject by furiously ignoring it, or reporting it as "debunked," "discredited," or "foreign intervention." The offensive application is discussed below, but first, some context.

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Palestinians: What Failure Looks Like

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  October 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • The leaders did not travel to Syria to find ways to help the Palestinians living there.

  • It is one thing to fail your people by stealing the money that the international community sends to them. But it is another level of unacceptable indifference to turn a blind eye to atrocities committed against your own people by an Arab country.

  • By praising the Syrian government for "achieving security and stability," the Fatah leaders are actually sending the message to Assad that he can continue to kill, imprison and torture Palestinians by the thousands.

  • By holding meetings in Damascus without discussing how to help their beleaguered people in Syria, Palestinian leaders are sending the message that thwarting peace plans and condemning Arabs for making peace with Israel take precedence over the safety of their people. In short, this visit marks another star "failure" of the Palestinian leadership.

A delegation was dispatched to Syria this month by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as part of his effort to unify the Palestinians against Israel and the US. The delegation, headed by Jibril Rajoub, Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee, completely ignored the plight of Palestinians in Syria during its stay in Damascus. Pictured: Rajoub on July 2, 2020, in Ramallah. (Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images)

When Arabs such as Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz denounce Palestinian leaders as "failures," they are specifically referring to financial corruption, divisions among the Palestinians, ingratitude toward Arab countries that supported them financially and politically, and the many missed opportunities to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Recently, however, Palestinian leaders displayed another of their ongoing "failures" when they visited Syria, where, for the past nine years, thousands of Palestinians have been killed, wounded, displaced, arrested and forced out of their homes. The leaders did not travel to Syria to find ways to help the Palestinians living there.

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FBI Director Wray is Worse than Comey

by Chris Farrell  •  October 22, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • We must now come to grips with the likelihood that Wray is worse for the country than Comey.

  • Wray has an affirmative obligation to come forward with credible derogatory information and conduct appropriate investigations when presented with evidence. Even Comey did that. It now appears he stood on the sidelines and watched President Trump go through impeachment unjustly, while having credible reason to believe that Vice President Biden had actually done all of the very things Trump was falsely accused of doing. Wray had a legal obligation to tell the Attorney General, the President and the Congress. He had a moral obligation to tell the American people.

  • Wray's record of non-performance was bad enough. Wray could not see the gross political bias in the FBI. He does not see voter fraud. Wray covers-up for corrupt FBI agents. He claims the violent domestic terrorist group Antifa is more of an ideology. These are astounding denials of documented facts.

  • Here is the bigger question concerning FBI Director Wray: What is going on within the FBI about which we have no idea? One is left to imagine the once vaunted Bureau as nothing but a rat's nest of corruption populated by either political schemers or careerist ostriches obsessed with their pensions and post-retirement, FBI-referred jobs.

FBI Director Christopher Wray. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Christopher Wray assumed office as the eighth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 2, 2017. He was preceded by the odious coup-plotter James Comey. We must now come to grips with the likelihood that Wray is worse for the country than Comey.

The old adage that "the cover-up is worse than the crime" is applicable here. Comey's plot was seditious. Wray's conspiracy runs deeper. He adopted the wrongdoing of Comey and talked it away in Washingtonian passive voice: "mistakes were made." Wray engaged in a program of damage control and institutional preservation for the disgraced FBI. He did not clean house and reform. Wray is acting as a legal obstructionist, fighting tooth and nail to keep the full story of the corrupt "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation of President Trump and his associates from the American people. FISA warrants are phonied-up and courts lied to repeatedly? Oh, that's a "training" problem.

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China Is Killing Americans with Fentanyl - Deliberately

by Gordon G. Chang  •  October 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • For one thing, the Communist Party, through its cells, controls every business of any consequence.... Beijing tightly controls the banking system and knows of money transfers instantaneously.... Furthermore, fentanyl cannot leave the country undetected, as virtually all shipped items are examined before departing Chinese soil.

  • Chinese gangs are large and far-flung. In China's near-totalitarian state, it is not possible for them to operate without the Communist Party's knowledge. And if the Party somehow does not know of a particular gang, it is because it has decided not to.

  • China's postal service has to know that it has become, among other things, the world's busiest drug mule.

  • The regime has adopted the doctrine of "Unrestricted Warfare," explained in a 1999 book of the same name by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui. The thesis of the authors, both Chinese Air Force colonels, is that China should not be bound by any rules or agreements in its attempt to take down the United States.... The regime, consequently, is using criminality as an instrument of state policy.... China's officials will stop at nothing to increase the power of their regime.

Fentanyl is often sent to the U.S. by mail, which means the Chinese state, through the National Postal Service of China, is the distributor. U.S. Customs and Border Protection learned that 13% of packages from China contain some form of contraband, including fentanyl and other deadly substances. Pictured: An officer from Customs and Border Protection works with a dog to check parcels at John F. Kennedy Airport's US Postal Service facility on June 24, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images)

"I'm not alleging any kind of conspiracy, I suppose, but just the plain facts of it: fentanyl and Covid both came from China, China's our main rival, they're benefitting from the deaths of many thousands of Americans," Tucker Carlson noted on his October 16 show.

China's regime has been pushing fentanyl into the United States for years.

Fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. last year hit a record 70,980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those deaths, 36,500, were from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Cocaine and methamphetamine fatalities were also up, largely because these substances were mixed with fentanyl.

It is, as Vanda Felbab-Brown of the Brookings Institution states in a July paper, "the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history."

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Vatican Fails to Condemn China's Religious Persecution

by Lawrence A. Franklin  •  October 21, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • Perhaps the most stinging criticism in Pompeo's article was his having pointed out the marked contrast in the Vatican's current position on Communist China with the Holy See's moral witness which helped liberate Central and Eastern Europe from communism in the late 20th century.

  • The pope, according to Cardinal Zen, is being manipulated by his advisors. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo... is another outspoken opponent of the Vatican's "opening" to China. Cardinal Bo, who has vilified the Communist Party of China for its "moral culpability for the COVID Virus pandemic," also has declared that "the CCP is a threat to the whole world".... U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke... no doubt added to the Holy See's indigestion.

  • Possibly the most abrasively received comment came at the close of Pompeo's article in First Things where he reminded the Vatican of the Apostle John's counsel that "the truth will set you free."

  • In the 1980s, the uncompromising condemnation by the sainted Pope John Paul II and President Reagan of the USSR's "Evil Empire" helped tear down Moscow's "Iron Curtain." Maybe the victory of the Americans in the Cold War is not to the liking of Pope Francis. Is it really his intention to "undo all of the good work that the great John Paul II did in pursuit of human freedom and dignity?"

The most respected voice of opposition to the Vatican's policy of granting the Communist Party of China a role in the appointment of Catholic bishops is Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the former Archbishop of Hong Kong. The pope, according to Cardinal Zen, is being manipulated by his advisors. (Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's September 30 - October 1 visit to the Vatican was a diplomatic profile in courage. Despite the Pope's refusal to meet the U.S. Secretary of State, Pompeo repeated his warning to the Holy See that if it goes ahead with plans to renew the 2018 Sino-Vatican Agreement, it will compromise the Catholic Church's moral authority. Pompeo also urged the Vatican to live up to its mission of defending human rights in China, where Catholics churches and shrines are being destroyed and priests imprisoned, and also urged the Pope to reconsider renewing the secret agreement with Beijing, which permits the Communist Party of China (CCP) to have a key role in appointing Catholic Bishops in China.

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Western Lives Matter: Teacher Beheaded in Paris

by Giulio Meotti  •  October 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • "This is not an act of 'separatism', it is a declaration of war that must be dealt with accordingly". — Pascal Bruckner, French author.

  • France's elites... fail to understand the ideological war that the enemies of open societies have declared on them. You can see it from the targets of the attacks by extremists: Jews, a priest, cartoonists, tourists, ordinary people, policemen, now a teacher.

  • An entire community of immigrants, who enjoyed all the freedoms we had granted them, ambushed him.... It is a racism condoned by imams who had called [the beheaded teacher] Paty "delinquent".

  • "[T]here is the continuity of our submission. I am convinced that if we had known how to say no, we would not be here. They all bowed their heads out of fear of appearing racist or out of patronage." — Élisabeth Badinter, author, Le Point, October 16, 2020.

  • If the French authorities do not take the many warnings to heart, even after a school teacher was beheaded in broad daylight by a terrorist shouting "Allahu Akbar", it means that the fight is over and they might as well raise a white flag over the Eiffel Tower.

Samuel Paty, the French school teacher beheaded in a Paris suburb by a Chechen migrant, was the victim of the most ferocious racism that circulates today in Western democracies, that of fundamentalist beliefs against "infidels". Paty was murdered for having carried out his work with conscience and courage, educating his students to respect the founding values ​​of our societies and the words mounted over the doors of his school: Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Pictured: Bois-d'Aulne College in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, where Samuel Paty was murdered on October 16. (Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images)

Western Lives Matter. We should ask all the journalists, the politicians, the clerics, the people of the street, to kneel for Samuel Paty. This French school teacher was the victim of the most ferocious racism that circulates today in Western democracies, that of fundamentalist beliefs against "infidels". The Chechen terrorist, after beheading Paty, called him a "dog". "In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful...," the terrorist wrote after the attack, "Macron, the leader of the infidels, I executed one of your dogs who dared to belittle Muhammad...".

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Turkey: The Dark Side of Religious Sects

by Burak Bekdil  •  October 20, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • The school curriculum teaches boys that the female sex is inferior and second-class, while it teaches girls to be a slave to a man. — Professor Esergül Balcı, Report from Izmir September 9th University, September 5, 2020.

  • In 2010 a scandal in Siirt in southeast Turkey revealed serial rapes in this conservative little town, including cases of adults raping minors and minors raping toddlers, even killing one.... "This is a small town," the mayor said... "Almost everyone is related to everyone.".... No one was prosecuted.

What in the modern world is widely viewed as sexual abuse of minors is standard social behavior for Turkish Islamists. For instance, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's one-time staunchest ally and his choice for president (when Erdoğan was prime minister), Abdullah Gül, married his wife, Hayrunisa, when she was 15 years old and he was 30. Pictured: Abdullah and Hayrunisa Gül on May 13, 2008 in Ankara, Turkey. (Photo by Getty Images)

When, in 1925, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, banned all Islamic sects, dervishes, lodges and other religious cults dating from the Ottoman times, he publicly said, "The Turkish Republic cannot be a republic of sheiks, dervishes and their disciples. The only right sect is the sect of civilization." Almost a century after the birth of a modern nation, nevertheless, the Turkish Republic has indeed become a republic of sheiks, dervishes and their millions of disciples.

The findings of an academic from Izmir's September 9th University are worse than scary. The following is from Professor Esergül Balcı's alarming report:

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Who Is Responsible for the 'Crisis' in Islam?

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  October 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • Other Arabs said that Muslims have only themselves to blame for the "crisis" in their religion. They are referring to the use of Islam, by many Muslims, to carry out terrorist attacks and other atrocities against Muslims and non-Muslims.

  • The message these Arabs and Muslims are sending is: We created the crisis in our religion by allowing terrorists and extremists to use Islam as a pretext for their crimes.

  • The views expressed by these Arabs and Muslims are reminiscent of those by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi. In 2014, he called for a "religious revolution" in Islam and appealed to leading Muslim groups to "confront the misleading ideologies harming Islam and Muslims worldwide."

  • "The fact is that the biggest conspirators against Islam are the Muslims themselves, specifically those who reproduce the discourse of closed-mindedness and hatred. In this context, there is no difference between those who create, finance or carry out terrorism and those who are silent about it or justify it." — Mohammad Maghouti, Moroccan writer, Hespress, October 13, 2020.

  • "[W]e have to call on France to place the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations." — Nervana Mahmoud, prominent Egyptian commentator and blogger, Al Hurrah, October 11, 2020.

  • "The crisis that Islam is suffering from was made by Muslims with their own hands when they allowed a handful of them to adopt violence as a language for dialogue with the other. Macron was right in everything he said. His message should be considered a wake-up call. Muslims have greatly offended Islam when they showed it to be a religion that incites violence and spreads chaos in stable societies that received them as refugees and provided them with protection. Muslims made a mistake when they used their religion as a justification for attacking others. This does not give us the right to condemn others and accuse them of being hostile to Islam. Islam is in crisis because it has been distorted, mutilated, and destroyed from within. We should have said thank you to Macron rather than curse him." — Farouk Yousef, Egyptian writer, Middle East Online, October 13, 2020.

In 2014, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for a "religious revolution" in Islam and appealed to leading Muslim groups to "confront the misleading ideologies harming Islam and Muslims worldwide." (Image source: MEMRI)

While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several Islamists have condemned French President Emmanuel Macron over his recent "Islam is in a crisis" statement, other Arabs and Muslims are saying that they appreciate where such remarks are coming from.

Erdogan and the Islamists are angry because Macron said in an October 2 speech that he plans to "free Islam in France from foreign influences," and that a minority of France's estimated six million Muslims were in danger of forming a "counter-society" because they hold their own laws above all others.

This sentiment means that Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood could find it harder to influence the Muslims in France.

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Belarus: More Human Rights Violations

by Judith Bergman  •  October 19, 2020 at 4:00 am

  • Belarusians want an end to Lukashenko's 26-year long rule of Soviet-style authoritarianism with unfree elections, a censored media and widespread repression of political dissent. Both the US and the EU have described the recent election as neither free nor fair.

  • Lukashenko, however, clinging onto power, has framed the protests as "foreign interference". The claim serves both as an excuse to crack down on the protests and to ensure the support of Russia.

  • Since the election [on August 9], more than 10,000 people have been detained and at least 244 people have been implicated in criminal cases on various charges related to the protests, according to Viasna human rights center leader Ales Bialiatski.

  • Now that Lukashenko is being pressured both internationally and at home, he is completely beholden to Putin, who is likely to take full advantage of this position by conditioning his help and support on Lukashenko's acceptance of further "integration" with Russia. Ultimately, this could lead to a "soft" power grab by Putin – no need for military invasions -- in which Putin could finally bring about the close "integration" from Belarus -- "coming closer together" socially and economically -- that Putin has previously sought.

Pictured: Opposition supporters protest against the August 9 presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus on October 18, 2020. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

For two months, Belarusians have turned out in force every Sunday, drawing up to 200,000 protesters against the August 9 presidential election, which gave President Alexander Lukashenko, a crushing if highly dubious victory.

Belarusians want an end to Lukashenko's 26-year long rule of Soviet-style authoritarianism with unfree elections, a censored media and widespread repression of political dissent. Both the US and the EU have described the recent election as neither free nor fair.

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