Category Archives: Syrian refugees

Islamist Threat In Your Face

WND EXCLUSIVE: GUN-WAVING ‘ANGRY MUSLIM’ ARRESTED FOR TERRORISTIC THREATS

South Dakota files charges 12 days after livestreamed Facebook video at Christian conference

by LEO HOHMANN 04/22/2017 at 11:45 PM

After a week of growing controversy and public pressure, authorities in South Dakota on Friday arrested a Muslim man who livestreamed a Facebook video in which he made threats against Christians while showing off an arsenal of weapons.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/gun-waving-angry-muslim-arrested-for-terroristic-threats/#DPio5fL4SMBGIttY.99


So let’s get this straight.

This happened in Sioux Falls, SD!!! Not Dearbornistan Michigan! And everybody is okay with this?A muslim walks into a Christian conference with murderous intent, is blocked, then threatens American Christians in a Facebook video, and the police can’t find anything to charge him with?!!! Who are these police? Did they move here from England or Germany?

Finally a week later, after calls for his resignation, the police chief decides to act? He must be an Obama/Clinton voter.

How long will it be before we see scenes like this Yazidi woman for sale for $10 America?


AND THAT’S THE NEWS FROM ASSBAKISTAN

…where all the women wear trash bags, all the goats are good looking, and all the children are more murderous than average.

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Tell President Trump you don’t want a war against Syria

To send a tweet to Pres. Trump @realDonaldTrump, click here.

To leave a message for Trump on the White House phone comment line: 202-456-1111. (Warning: the line evidently is inundated as I keep getting a busy signal)

To email Trump, click here.

UPDATE:

Soon after this post was published yesterday, news came that the Pentagon fired 59 cruise missiles at Syria — without an official investigation into who’d actually deployed sarin gas, and without the consent of Congress. With that act, Donald Trump is fully morphed into a warmongering neo-con.

It’s all the more ironic that in 2013, Trump tweeted that Obama should not attack Syria over alleged Assad government deployment of chemical weapons. Then, Trump warned that the U.S. had everything to lose and nothing to gain.

He should heed his own words.

It’s déjà vu all over again.

Nearly four years ago, FOTM and others fought tooth and nail against Obama’s hellbent efforts to get the U.S. into a war against the Syrian government of Assad. Unlike their persecution by so-called Syrian “rebels,” among whom are ISIS jihadists, Syrian Christians have lived peacefully under the Assad regime.

Although presidential candidate Donald Trump was on our page on Syria, President Trump seems to have succumbed to the neo-con warmongers and is threatening war against Syria. CNN just reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “steps are underway” to get rid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

All this saber-rattling is despite the fact that only yesterday, Congress was told by the vice chiefs-of-staff of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy that their respective services all suffer from a lack of readiness.

Then as now, the pretext is that the Assad government is responsible for the recent sarin gas attack. Then as now, we have more reasons to suspect that it is the jihadists who launched the chemical attack.

See:

Steve Bannon, the fierce American nationalist, is booted from the National Security Council, while Trump’s Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner wields increasing power as a de facto secretary of state (New York Times). And we all know Israel wants Assad out. See:

Here’s the email I sent Trump:

Mr. President:

I voted for you but I do not support your act of war against Syria, without even an investigation into who actually had fired the sarin gas, and without the consent of Congress. Was U.S. national security in jeopardy? What great U.S. national interest(s) was at stake? Removing Assad will lead to utter chaos, making Syria into another Iraq or Libya after the removal of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, respectively, resulting in even more refugees unleashed on Europe and America. This is not a way to Make America Great Again. You used the brutalization of little Syrian children as your pretext to fire 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria (talk about overkill). If you really care about little children, do something about pizzagate in America’s own backyard.

~Eowyn

The Trump Effect: fewer refugees are entering the U.S.

President Trump’s executive orders on a temporary ban on Muslim refugees (on visas to nationals from terrorism-prone countries) haven’t even gone into effect because of obstructionist judges, but the number of refugees entering the U.S. already is down.

After an initial executive order ran into legal roadblocks, Trump issued a revised one on March 6 that once again sought to block all refugees from entering the country for 120 days. The new order again included a ceiling on 50,000 refugees overall to be admitted during FY 2017. Trump declared that allowing more than that “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.” But the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order preventing the administration from implementing the 120-day bar on refugee entry (as well as a 90-day bar on entry of most citizens of six terror-prone countries – Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen). Other parts of the judge’s order, including the 50,000 refugee admission ceiling for FY 2017, were not impacted by the court action and went into effect on March 16. The 50,000 ceiling stands in sharp contrast to the Obama administration’s announcement last fall that the U.S. would resettle 110,000 this fiscal year.

Patrick Goodenough reports for CNSnews.com that the number of refugees admitted to the United States dropped in March to its lowest monthly tally of the current fiscal year 2017, even as the implementation of President Trump’s latest immigration executive order continues to be held up by federal courts.

Here are the numbers, from State Department Refugee Processing Center data:

  • The number has steadily declined in FY 2017, from 9,945 refugees admitted to the U.S. last October, to 8,355 in November, 7,371 in December and 6,777 in January.
  • In March 2017, 2,070 refugees arrived in the U.S., a drop of 54.79% from February‘s 4,579.
  • With the fiscal year now halfway through, 39,098 refugees had arrived as of March 31, of whom 30,122 arrived before the end of the Obama administration and only 8,967 since Trump’s inauguration.
  • Of the 2,070 refugees resettled in March, the largest contingents came from Somalia (335), Syria (282), Burma (278), Iraq (192), Democratic Republic of Congo (184), Ukraine (167) and Iran (101).

Syrian refugees have been in the spotlight especially because of fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) would try to exploit refugee admission programs to infiltrate operatives into the West. The Obama administration insisted that the vetting process for refugees was the most robust of any for those wanting to travel to the U.S., but FBI Director James Comey had admitted that there are limits on U.S. security agencies’ ability to vet refugee applicants from Syria, given the ongoing civil war.

  • The U.S. has admitted 5,839 Syrian refugees during FY 2017, and 1,221 since the start of the Trump administration.
  • Of the 18,135 Syrian refugees the U.S. had admitted since the Nov. 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France, 98.8% were Muslims, 0.9% Christians, and 0.3% Yazidis and others.
  • Of the 1,221 Syrian refugees admitted since the start of the Trump administration, 98.5% were Muslims, 1.2% Christians and 0.2% Yazidis.

A year ago, the Obama administration had determined that Christians and Yazidis were being targeted for genocide in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria. Despite that, Trump’s revised executive order dropped a provision in the original one that called for the prioritizing of refugees from religious minorities. Trump’s revised executive order also dropped the original order’s provision placing an indefinite ban on the admission of refugees from Syria.

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~Eowyn

Merkel: Migrants and Germans can learn from each other

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This womyn is delusional.

From ABC News: Chancellor Angela Merkel says newcomers to Germany must learn the country’s values and customs, but that Germans can also learn from them.

More than 1 million asylum seekers have arrived in the past two years, and Germany’s been working hard on integration.

Speaking in her weekly podcast this Saturday, in a question-and-answer form with a Syrian journalist who arrived as a refugee in 2015, Merkel emphasized migrants need to respect Germany’s values of “tolerance, openness, freedom of religion and freedom of expression” and also “be a little curious about our way of life.”

On the flipside, Merkel says Germans should be open, and “seize upon it as a possibility to learn and experience more.”

Merkel meets with three organizations next week to thank them for their help with migrants.

DCG

Trump Derangement Syndrome: Tech’s SXSW festival takes on Trump

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Hugh Forrest from SXSW: Wants to “ramp it up” against Trump

For those who are unfamiliar with the SXSW festival:

South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.”

In other words, a celebration for like-minded liberals. It’s bound to be a hoot this year with the massive discussions related to Trump Derangement Syndrome.

From USA Today: Russian hackers. Allegations of federal wiretapping. Online leaks of purported CIA documents. There will be no lack of controversial issues to dissect at this year’s SXSW Conference & Festivals, which begins Friday and runs through Mar. 19. And more so than in past years, this year’s massive gathering of tech, film and music enthusiasts – usually equated with tech innovation and startups – will have a stronger-than-ever focus on politics.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and CNN’s Van Jones are scheduled to speak. Panel discussions, reflecting the recent election of President Donald Trump, range from “Startup Investing during the Trump Years” to “The War at Home: Trump and the Mainstream Media” and “Head Fakes and Pivots: Trump Punks Silicon Valley.”

“SXSW is the place for great thinkers and innovators,” said Erin Schrode, 25, activist and social entrepreneur who will lead a discussion on millennials and activism. “At this moment in history, how can SXSW not dive into politics?”

This week, the gathering, now in its 31st year, got another controversial issue to debate: The WikiLeaks release of thousands of documents purportedly detailing how the Central Intelligence Agency hacks into smartphones and Internet-connected televisions.

There will still be healthy servings of startups strategy, robotics and self-driving cars. But, six weeks into the Trump administration – and all the controversies that have swirled around it – SXSW this year will delve deeper than ever into how Washington could impact the tech and media worlds – a departure seemingly embraced by speakers and attendees.

SXSW has long had a political element to it. In 1993, then-Texas Gov. Ann Richards was the sole keynote speaker, and Al Gore, Rand Paul and Chelsea Clinton have all given talks. Last year, then-President Obama spoke at the event, drawing thousands of attendees.

But when Trump won the November election, Hugh Forrest, SXSW’s chief programming officer, knew he needed to ramp up the political programming, he said. He called his staff into a meeting to brainstorm how best to reflect the divisions and debate consuming the country. They came up with a programming track titled “Tech Under Trump” and began filling it with sessions and guest speakers.

“There is definitely a degree of politics or political focus that may not have been there in previous years,” Forrest said. “We hope people walk away with a little better understanding of issues and the players driving the issues.”

Amanda Quraishi, an Austin-based digital consultant and interfaith activist, said she had an early idea for a SXSW panel discussion. But as the number of hate crimes across the country mounted following Trump’s election, she and her fellow panelists switched their focus. On Tuesday, they’ll give a panel discussion titled “From Trump to Trolls: How Muslim Media Fights Back.”

“Right now, politics is on everybody’s minds all the time,” Quraishi said. “America has had an awakening of what it means to live in a democracy and that it requires a lot of ongoing engagement with the process.”

She applauded SXSW organizers for reflecting the mood of the country in their programming. “They manage to be very nimble from year to year and come up with programming that’s very pertinent right now,” Quraishi said.

SXSW briefly became part of the political story earlier this month when a New York musician scheduled to perform at SXSW objected to language in his contract that warned that U.S. immigration agents may be contacted if an international artist violated the performance agreement.

The musician, Felix Walworth, tweeted his concern, which got nearly 4,000 retweets, and drew parallels to the increased immigration raids sweeping the country under Trump’s executive orders. SXSW officials called it a misunderstanding, stressing that no artist in its 30-year history had ever been reported to federal immigration agents. The contract provision was later rescinded.

Politics won’t just play out in panel discussions and speeches. Documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock said he considered other film festivals to premiere his film, Stranger Fruit, which explores the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. He chose SXSW because he hopes the multitude of tech influencers and music execs there will spread the film’s message wider and farther than Cannes or Sundance ever could, he said.

The film premieres at SXSW on Saturday, followed by a panel discussion on Monday with Pollock and Brown’s parents. “We’re going to be able to create a real movement around Michael Brown because of the people who attend that festival,” Pollock said. “At other film festivals, you get film critics, distributors and industry folks. At SXSW, it’s the world.”

Schrode, the millennial activist, said she was initially surprised when SXSW contacted her in December and invited her to give a talk on political activism. But then she realized what a natural pairing SXSW and politics make, she said.

“It’s undeniable that Trump and the Trump administration are having an existentially larger impact than anyone ever thought on all our industries,” said Schrode, who ran for Congress last year in California’s District 2. “Certainly, for SXSW to ignore that would be unnatural and irresponsible. After I wrapped my head around that, I thought, ‘Absolutely!’”

DCG

Trump Derangement Syndrome will continue: ACLU launches nationwide training on protest and resistance

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Gee…I wonder who is financing this?

From ABC News: The American Civil Liberties Union staged a nationwide training event Saturday to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump.

Organizers said the event at a sports arena on the University of Miami campus was livestreamed to locations in all 50 states. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said 200,000 people had signed up to attend one of an estimated 2,000 local events.

The event, staged in town hall style, was aimed at capitalizing on numerous demonstrations since Trump’s election in November and to make sure people know their rights to protest, Romero said. He said priority issues are immigration, the First Amendment free speech and religious freedom rights, civil and reproductive rights and rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people.

“We will bring all the lawsuits necessary to defend these rights,” Romero said. “We’ll do the work in the courts. You do the work in the streets. People are motivated. They want to be engaged.”

The ACLU also launched a new grassroots online organizing platform called PeoplePower.org. It’s billed as a way for people considering a local protest or rally to connect and coordinate with others around the country with similar intentions, and to provide details of ACLU initiatives.

Another plan is creation of “freedom cities” around the country that would encourage local officials to pass laws resisting Trump policies such as stepped-up deportations of people living in the country illegally, said Faiz Shakir, ACLU national political director.

Other parts of Saturday’s event detailed the rules for demonstrations on streets, sidewalks and in public parks, and the rights people have when arrested such as the right to remain silent. ACLU attorney Lee Rowland said large demonstrations generally require a local permit, but government can’t typically shut down protesters in public places without good reason. “The government can’t censor you just because it disagrees with your opinion,” Rowland said.

Also speaking at the event was Padma Lakshmi, an Indian-born cookbook author, actress, model and television host. She said she emigrated to the U.S. at age four and said the nation appears to be retreating from its welcoming ways. “Lately I’ve started to feel like an outsider,” she said. “What makes America great is our culture of inclusion. We must not tolerate the intolerance.

DCG

‘Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed Says Lack of Diversity on TV Can Push People Towards ISIS

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Who knew that this 34-year-old actor and rapper had the solution to fighting radical Islamic terrorism? I’m sure Mad Dog Mattis will be all over this fascinating solution.

From Hollywood Reporter: Riz Ahmed, who saw his international star soar in 2016 thanks to major roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Bourne and HBO’s The Night Of, has warned that a lack of diverse voices and stories on British TV screens could push those from minority backgrounds towards fringe groups and even extremism.

Delivering the annual diversity lecture from U.K. network Channel 4 in British Parliament, the actor – who has used his growing celebrity status to eloquently highlight issues concerning race and racial profiling – said that U.K. TV had so far “failed” to ensure groups felt represented.

“If we fail to represent, we are in danger of losing people to extremism,” he said, adding it would lead those from minority backgrounds to “switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria.”

Echoing the lecture given by Idris Elba last year, Ahmed said that actors from diverse backgrounds were forced to head across the Atlantic to find decent roles. “We end up going to America to find work. I meet with producers and directors here, and they say ‘we don’t have anything for you, all our stories are set in Cornwall in the 1600s’.”

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter last year, the actor expressed his own desire to directly address the situation, saying he was planning a series about three generations of a British-Pakistani family, which he would direct himself.

“If we don’t step up and tell a representative story … we are going to start losing British teenagers to the story that the next chapter in their lives is written with ISIS in Syria,” he told Parliament. “We are going to see the murder of more [members of parliament] like Jo Cox because we’ve been mis-sold a story that is so narrow about who we are and who we should be.”

Ahmed’s lecture came the same day the BBC revealed the results of a staff census into diversity, showing that 14.5 percent of its workforce was from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds. The public broadcaster is aiming for this figure to reach 15 percent by 2020.

DCG