Thursday, March 30, 2017

Palestinians: We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children - Bassam Tawil

by Bassam Tawil

The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East.

  • The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the "liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea," which means the annihilation of Israel. The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East.
  • Along with Hamas, Abbas and his PA plan to continue inculcating Palestinian children with the idea that they should look to terrorists who kill Jews as their role models. It might be illuminating if the conversation between Trump and Abbas were to be informed by these uncomfortable facts.
In an ironic turnaround, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) is now the object of intimidation and threats made by many Palestinians.

UNRWA is reportedly planning to introduce some changes to the curriculum in its schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the Palestinians are rather unhappy about it. They claim that UNRWA has "succumbed" to Israeli pressure to make the changes.

The proposed changes are based on leaks to Palestinians and have not been confirmed by UNRWA. Palestinians claim that they learned about the plans to introduce the changes during meetings with senior UNRWA officials.

According to the Palestinians, the changes are intended to "eradicate" their "national identity" and "history" and distort their "struggle" against Israel.

The Palestinians claim that the new textbooks have replaced the map of "historic Palestine" (including Israel) with pictures of a pumpkin and a bird. Palestinian textbooks often feature maps of "historic Palestine" without Israel. Cities inside Israel, such as Haifa, Jaffa, Tiberias and Ramle, are referred to as "Palestinian cities." The Palestinian Authority (PA) media also refer to these cities as "Palestinian cities inside the 1948 Land."

In one fourth-grade textbook, the Palestinians charge, UNRWA has replaced the map of Palestine with a picture of a traditional Palestinian woman's dress.

The new textbooks make no reference to cities in Israel; they mention only cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, such as Nablus, Jenin, Gaza City, Jericho and Ramallah.

Unsurprisingly, an UNRWA revision of the Palestinian presumption of Jerusalem as the "capital of the State of Palestine" to Jerusalem as a "Holy city for the Abrahamic religions" did not go over well with Palestinians. In addition, they are angry because the UNRWA textbooks make no mention of the Jordan Valley along the border between Israel and Jordan.

The controversial textbooks have also removed photos of Israeli soldiers patrolling near schools and references to Palestinian prisoners held in Israel for terrorism. Moreover, the new textbooks are missing the previous references to "Palestinian Prisoners' Day" -- an annual event marked by Palestinians in solidarity with imprisoned terrorists.

Palestinians are also protesting the removal of words such as "occupation" and "checkpoints" from the new textbooks.

If true, the proposed changes to the Palestinian textbooks should be welcomed as a positive development towards ending anti-Israel incitement in Palestinian schools, including those belonging to UNRWA. In light of the widespread Palestinian protests and threats, however, it is doubtful whether UNRWA will succeed in making the proposed revisions.

A girls' school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. (Image source: UNRWA)

A recent study into schoolbooks used by UNRWA-run schools found that the texts consistently delegitimize and demonize Israel. The schools do not teach Palestinian children to recognize Israel. The research was conducted by Dr. Arnon Gross, who translated the books, and Dr. Roni Shaked, both from the Harry Truman Research Institute at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

In these currently-used books, Zionism is defined as a colonialist movement that was founded by European Jews in order to gather Jews from all around the world and bring them to Palestine. No mention is made of the religious or historical connection of Jews to the Land of Israel or to Jerusalem. Instead, the UNRWA textbooks teach that Jewish holy sites such as the Western Wall, Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs are Muslim holy sites.

Not surprisingly, vicious rivals though they are, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have joined forces to thwart UNRWA's planned changes to the textbooks. This is an issue that these two corrupt regimes can agree on: inciting children against Israel and denying its existence.

Ahmed Bahr, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, warned that any changes to the curriculum would "harm the history and national rights of the Palestinian people, as well as their resistance" against Israel. By "resistance," the Hamas official means terrorism against Israel, including suicide bombings and the launching of rockets at Israel.

According to the Hamas official, UNRWA and the international community need to understand that "the option of resistance is the only and shortest way for restoring Palestine and liberating our land."

In other words, Bahr wants to go on teaching Palestinian children to continue perpetrating terror attacks, in order to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic empire. In fact, Hamas has long been teaching precisely this in its own schools in the Gaza Strip. Yet Hamas is making it manifest that UNRWA is to follow suit in its schools. Children studying in the UN agency's schools are to continue learning that Israel is nothing more than a figment of the imagination.

The past few days have seen Palestinians in the Gaza Strip staging a series of protests against UNRWA. They warned the agency against making the changes, which are designed to "distort the minds of Palestinian children" and which "do not comply with the culture of Palestinian society."

Hamas has refused to allow UNRWA to teach about the Holocaust in its schools. From Hamas's point of view, the UN agency seeks to "poison the minds of our children by taking steps that only serve" Israel. "UNRWA is trying to justify Israeli crimes against the Palestinians by teaching the so-called Holocaust in the context of human rights in UNRWA-run schools," Hamas said. This attitude is far from surprising: Holocaust denial has always been an integral part of Palestinian and Arab narratives.

It is easy to see why Hamas and other extremist Palestinian groups would be opposed to changing textbooks that delegitimize and demonize Israel. More difficult to understand is that the Palestinian Authority, whose president, Mahmoud Abbas, says he is opposed to anti-Israel incitement, also came out against UNRWA's planned changes.

A statement issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Education in Ramallah warned that it would take "punitive measures" against anyone who tries to change or tamper with the curriculum. "Any attempt to change the Palestinian curriculum will be considered an assault on Palestine and an eradication and dilution of our national identity," the ministry cautioned.

The language used by the PA is strikingly similar to that used by Hamas to threaten an organization that has for decades helped millions of Palestinians to survive. In this regard, the Palestinians are once again biting the hand that has fed them. Ask Kuwait and other Gulf countries that used to give Palestinians billions of dollars before the Palestinians supported Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.

In his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington in mid-April, Abbas is expected to renew his commitment to combating anti-Israel incitement, according to senior PA officials in Ramallah. One wonders how Abbas plans to account for the PA's threats against UNRWA regarding the textbooks.

The PA, like Hamas, plans to continue indoctrinating their children through poisonous textbooks that depict Jews as evil occupiers and land-thieves who build "racist walls" and demolish houses for no reason. They also wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the "liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea," which means the annihilation of Israel. The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big "settlement" that has no place in the Middle East.

Moreover, along with Hamas, Abbas and his PA plan to continue inculcating Palestinian children with the idea that they should look to terrorists who kill Jews as their role models. It might be illuminating if the conversation between Trump and Abbas were to be informed by these uncomfortable facts.
Bassam Tawil is an Arab scholar based in the Middle East.

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A different America - Boaz Bismuth

by Boaz Bismuth


Ever since Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States, those same commentators who were wrong about his chances of getting there have been insistent upon explaining to us why he is actually not good for Israel. At first, they said that he is not really pro-Israel; afterward, they accused him of failing to condemn the bomb threats against Jewish institutions, despite the fact that he sharply condemned them, and despite the fact that the prime suspect in the string of threats is an Israeli Jew; and then they claimed that he is not in our favor because he sought coordination on settlement construction and because he has not yet determined a date on which to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. 

But the same camp of accusers decided for some reason to ignore the foreign policy revolution that he managed to carry out with regards to Israel during his first two months in office, after eight years of hostility from Washington. And U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is the embodiment of the administration's pro-Israel line, at least when it comes to declarations at international forums. 

On Monday, she once again proved that the attitude toward Israel and its security under the 44th president has been thrown into the dustbin of history. In an unforgettable performance at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, she silenced the "experts" who claimed that the Trump administration is not as pro-Israel as we thought. The strong kid in class -- the United States -- is once again our best friend, and the rest of the kids in class -- the hypocritical world -- can go explode from jealousy. Not only did we not lose America, friends, America has returned to us in the international arena, and in a big way. 

For years, the United Nations consistently and systematically aimed its poisoned arrows at the only democracy in the region in order to please the tyrants surrounding it, even when the conflict was no longer interesting to the world. But immediately upon taking on her position, Haley made it clear that on her watch, the world will have to get used to a different America. 

Several weeks ago, she said the United Nations could "benefit from a fresh set of eyes" and a new vision. Haley added that the U.S. would "show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies, and make sure that our allies have our back as well." She promised to work to make improve things, "and anything that seems to be obsolete and not necessary, we’re going to do away with." 

A short time has passed and Haley already has results to show: She torpedoed the appointment of former Palestinian Authority President Salam Fayyad as the U.N. envoy to Libya; she successfully pressured to have a U.N. document accusing Israel of apartheid scrapped, leading to the resignation of U.N. Undersecretary General Rima Khalaf, who was responsible for the document. She also boycotted the special (and misguided) standing discussion on Israel and the territories at the Human Rights Council, leading to a fresh new line from Britain as well. 

New winds are prevailing in Washington and the world is quiet. And that's a good thing, for a change. The world is quiet because it is listening, and it understands that Trump is not prepared to trade in Israel to make others like him. 

Former U.S. President Barack Obama did his part, especially with his well-packaged parting gift, which was coordinated with several other capitals around the world -- U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which essentially outlaws all settlements in the territories as well as the Western Wall. This was a present to the Palestinians that will follow us for many years (it is very hard to undo U.N. resolutions). It happened, but, as Haley promised at the AIPAC conference, it will not happen again. "The days of Israel-bashing are over," she told the audience in Washington. 

Haley was the governor of South Carolina until her appointment. She is thought to be a likely and promising candidate in the 2024 presidential race, after the Trump era. Some say she accepted the appointment as a way to develop her talents in the field of foreign policy. She clearly arrived prepared for the job and then some. 

Haley also sent us another message: With Obama, we always felt that we were in overdraft at the U.N., but with her, we always feel like we have a positive balance. Long live the difference. 

Does anyone miss Obama?

Boaz Bismuth


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Europe: Unwilling to Defend Itself - Giulio Meotti

by Giulio Meotti


  • "The problem in Europe is that there are far too many people in uniform, and too few of them able to go into action." — NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson.
  • "A majority of the German public opposes combat missions, and supports the Bundeswehr [German military] only as a quasi-humanitarian organization, a kind of Médecins Sans Frontières with guns". — Konstantin Richter,
  • The relative abundance enjoyed by the Western post-war generations have created a kind of shame instead of pride.
It has been said that when German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed the reconstitution of the military in 1955, he proclaimed: "It is crazy, gentlemen, that I have to create a German army, it is just crazy".

Sixty years have passed, but that sentiment still seems very strong in Germany. A few days ago Sigmar Gabriel, the German foreign minister, said: "We have to be a bit careful here that we don't over-interpret the 2 percent target." Gabriel then became clearer: "Maintain perspective, stay focused on the target, but avoid being consumed by the bliss of a new rearmament spiral!"

A few days earlier, Germany had made an announcement: to raise the number of soldiers from 170,000 to 198,000 by 2024 -- a modest "rearmament".

It is a direct consequence of the Trump Administration's important pressure on European allies, urging them to invest more in defense and security. European armies have become, to quote The Economist, "Potemkin Euro-armies". Germany's views are crucial to understanding Europe's attitude about security and defense. Germany, the world's fourth-largest economy and Europe's financial giant, is a military dwarf, proud of being weak and disarmed.

Take the countries which suffered most of terror attacks in the last two years. Belgium? It spends 0.85% of its gross domestic product on defense. France? 1.78%. Germany? 1.19%. Spain, which in 2004 experienced the most severe attack in Europe's recent history? 0.94%.

Europe is enjoying a big siesta. It is disarmed not only militarly but also mentally. Seventy-five percent of Belgium's military spending goes to pay army pensions. As NATO's Secretary General Lord Robertson put it, "The problem in Europe is that there are far too many people in uniform, and too few of them able to go into action."

Another NATO official, Joseph Ralston, the former supreme commander for Europe, defined European armies as "fat and redundant".

These countries have all embraced the moral vanity of pacifism.

Thanks to it, Germany's military supply depots are now almost completely empty, according to the newspaper, Die Welt. Possibly fearing a "rearmament spiral", Germany in fact ended up with a shy army with no drums.

The German population is unwilling to defend itself. A survey by the research firm TNS Emnid showed that 73% of the Germans remain opposed to higher military spending by NATO countries. Manfred Güllner, head of the Berlin-based pollster, Forsa, said that many Germans "would rather have the military not be operational and stay at home". For most Germans, "history is over". After the reunification of the country, they seem to mean, they have no more enemies or threats; only friends and opportunities to build a better world, all together. According with Der Spiegel, "Germany is experiencing a relapse into pacifism".

Born in the years of a Cold War that could become hot, the Bundeswehr, the German army, was the backbone of NATO forces. Today, it is Europe's military soft underbelly. In contrast to its European neighbors (Belgium, Denmark, France and the Netherlands), Germany refused to deploy its military jets to attack Islamic State positions in Iraq. When, last September, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visited Iraq to talk to the German officers training Kurdish fighters, she assured her troops that they would not be close to the battle zones. She added that for the German army, "Security is the highest priority".

John Vinocur wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Germany, one of the largest manufacturers of weapons in the world, has made it clear again that even facing a barbaric enemy, such as ISIS, it is a non-lethal actor. "Diplomats in uniform" is how German soldiers have been called. In Germany, sending fighting troops abroad looks unthinkable today.

The military no longer figures in the German public's consciousness. If a German chief of staff can be pressured to resign after a raid in Afghanistan did not go as well as planned, it means that he did not have the backing of his society and government.

The German army is now just 20% of what it was in 1990. The country is the economic leader in Europe, but Berlin refuses to invest in security and defense -- even less so than the UK, France and other European nations.

Konstantin Richter wrote:
"In the decades since World War II, Germans have turned into genuine pacifists, enjoying their role on the sidelines of global conflicts. A majority of the German public opposes combat missions, and supports the Bundeswehr only as a quasi-humanitarian organization, a kind of Médecins Sans Frontières with guns.".
In a recent Foreign Policy article, Hans Kundnani found that "a simple comparison between the American and German military budget illustrates the problem". In 2015, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the U.S. defense budget was $597.5 billion. Germany's was $36.7 billion, one-twentieth the size of America's. The same is true for the number of soldiers: Germany army has shrunk to 176,752 active military personnel, a seventh of the 1.3 million of the United States.

Soldiers of the German army on parade in 2009. (Image source: Włodi/Flickr)

That is why Jochen Bittner of Die Zeit wrote: "For the foreseeable future, don't count on us Germans". The late Guido Westerwelle, as Germany's foreign minister from 2009 to 2013, made the withdrawal of American nuclear weapons from Germany one of his top priorities.

According Kundnani, this military dysfunction reflects a cultural one:
"In the first decade after reunification in 1990, Germany seemed to be converging with France and the U.K. on the question of the use of military force. This incremental shift culminated in Germany's participation in the Kosovo War in 1999. 'Never again Auschwitz' seemed to have replaced 'never again war' as a fundamental principle of German foreign policy. But in the 2000s, against the backdrop of the deployment of the Bundeswehr to Afghanistan and the perceived failures of military interventions elsewhere, Germans seemed to revert to the principle of 'never again war.' Germany refused to participate in the military intervention in Libya in 2011 — a decision that many Germans feel has been vindicated. And even the strategic shock of the Ukraine crisis hasn't changed German attitudes about the use of military force."
"Pacifism became the German lifestyle". So a few weeks ago, a German MEP expressed his anger after his 16-year-old daughter received a letter from the army in search of volunteers. "It is outrageous that people so young are being targeted", said Özcan Mutlu to the news website "Young people need protection". And what does a modern Western society need to be protected? Germany and Europe are not able to answer this question. That is why they are all desperate about Trump's request to invest more in defending themselves, as if they hope to continue their siesta forever.

The relative abundance enjoyed by the Western post-war generations have created a kind of shame instead of pride. Being born in Europe after the Second World War meant belonging to the dregs of humanity, an execrable society that, for centuries, oppressed almost all the rest of the planet. Europe's commitment for the Third World and the "wretched of earth" is accompanied by a strange fatalism: Why defend the feeble Western democracies, since the path of history requires their disappearance? We are supposedly at "the end of history". That is the moral arrogance pervading the Europeans today: at the time of twilight, we just have to work to our own downfall. That is the mentality through which "pacifism, sometimes in a self-righteous manner, has become part of the German DNA".

What did Spain do after al-Qaeda bombed Madrid's trains? It withdrew its army from Iraq. What did France do after the carnage at the Bataclan Theater? It played John Lennon's "Imagine". What did Belgium do after the bombings in Brussels? It lit candles. What Germany did after the massacre at the Christmas market in Berlin? It cried, "Je suis Berlin". There is something so tragic and despairing in the Germany's lack of will to hunt down and eradicate the Islamic State.

See Germany, which destroyed Europe with its arms race under the Nazis. It is now putting Europe at risk again -- but this time out of the fear of a supposed "rearmament spiral". It is as if they think that just because you do not have an army, this means there can be no fight. But there is good news: the US Marines have just arrived in Syria to fight the Islamic State!
Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.

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Sanctuary Cities Choose Criminals Over Citizens - Joseph Klein

by Joseph Klein

City governments vow to protect even violent predators in defiance of Trump administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned on Monday that sanctuary jurisdictions risked losing federal grants if they persisted in obstructing the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Billions of dollars in federal law enforcement funding are at stake.  “I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws,” Attorney General Sessions said. "Countless Americans would be alive today and countless loved ones would not be grieving today if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended."

Instead of heeding the Attorney General’s sound advice and taking care of their own citizens, city officials around the country are planning to sabotage federal law enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

“We are going to become this administration's worst nightmare,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. On the same day that Attorney General Sessions issued his warning, she hosted a meeting with like-minded officials from other sanctuary cities, including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia, who prioritize the welfare of illegal immigrants over their own citizens. Ms. Mark-Viverito and her comrades threatened to block access by federal immigration authorities to city property and to city records that could help with the enforcement of the nation's immigration laws. They are acting in the spirit of Alabama’s late Governor George Wallace, who stood in the schoolhouse door to defy federal enforcement of desegregation.

“The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order,” tweeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Spare us the tears, Mr. Mayor. We are not talking about innocent children caught up in vindictive mass deportation sweeps. Rather, President Trump’s so-called “mean-spirited executive order” is intended to rid this country of fiends like Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, a gang member from El Salvador with a criminal record, who was released from Rikers Island this year onto the streets of New York before U.S. officers from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit could pick him up for deportation proceedings. And there is Luis Alejandro Villegas, 31, who was released from local custody on Dec. 31, 2016, despite a detainer request from ICE. Villegas had previously been removed from the United States and has a prior conviction for forcible theft armed with a deadly weapon.

“Villegas is a criminal alien who was released back into our New York communities, posing an increased and unnecessary risk to those who live in this great city,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York.

Fortunately, ICE agents were able to catch up with both Velasquez and Villegas on their own and place them into federal custody. If de Blasio has his way, we may not be so lucky next time. In the New York City suburb of Hempstead, two women and a 2-year old girl ran out of luck. A MS-13 street gang member, who had been deported back to El Salvador from the U.S. four times and had a number of prior arrests, stabbed the women and sexually assaulted the little girl.

Hempstead is in Nassau County, which is a sanctuary jurisdiction. Hempstead’s Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. said last February, "President Trump's recent executive orders go against the moral fiber with which our great nation was built, and I wholeheartedly support New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and countless other Mayors throughout the United States in denouncing these acts. I, Mayor DeBlasio and leaders from many other communities throughout the country will work together to oppose these executive orders and protect the rights of all people." Good going, Mayor Hall. Now you can explain your opposition to rounding up and deporting illegal aliens with prior criminal records to the illegal aliens' victims in your town, whom you should have been more worried about.

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is presiding over a city beset by rampant crime, reiterated his pledge that Chicago will “continue to welcome” immigrants. “Chicago was built on the back of immigrants and our future is hitched to the wagon of immigrants who come to the city,” he added.  Do these include the 45 out of 48 illegal immigrants picked up in a raid last month in the Chicago area who had previously been convicted of crimes, including criminal sexual assault? Twenty of the illegal aliens had returned to the country after have been already deported. In refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officials, Mayor Emanuel is hitching Chicago’s future in part to criminal illegal aliens who remain free to prey on Chicago’s citizens.

Challenging the Trump administration’s intention to put an end to sanctuary cities, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that his city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.” Tell that to the surviving family and friends of the Californian woman killed in a car crash caused by a drunk illegal alien with a long rap sheet,who had been deported previously. Perhaps Mayor Garcetti would do well to listen to the victim’s fiancé, who blamed politicians like himself for the “criminal illegal immigrants that are being harbored here.” Then again, Garcetti, Emanuel, de Blasio and the rest of the sanctuary city crowd are intent on placing their own pro-illegal alien progressive agenda above the safety and welfare of the people they are supposed to serve and protect. 

In Travis County, Texas, Sheriff Sally Hernandez, known as “Sanctuary Sally,” has adopted sanctuary policies for the county in defiance of both federal and Texas state law enforcement. “We can’t have state and elected officials in the state like Sanctuary Sally [Hernandez] down here in Travis County turn a blind eye to releasing illegals that have felony convictions and then wonder what’s going to happen when they get back into general population,” said Texas District 7 Senator Paul Bettencourt. But it may be too late. According to a report issued by ICE on March 20, identifying those sanctuary jurisdictions which released criminal aliens under an immigration detainer, Sanctuary Sally’s county scored the number 1 position. It’s only a matter of time when a released illegal immigrant with felony convictions commits another crime.

Illegal immigrants in the United States make up approximately 3.5% of the nation’s entire population. According to data compiled from the U.S. Sentencing Commission for fiscal year 2015, illegal immigrants were responsible for 30.2 percent of convictions for kidnapping/hostage taking, 17.8 percent of convictions for drug trafficking, 11.6 percent of convictions for fraud, 10.4 percent of convictions for money laundering, 6.1 percent of convictions for assault, and 5.5 percent of convictions for murder. So much for the myth spread by the pro-illegal immigrant crowd that illegal immigrants commit serious crimes at a much lower rate than U.S.-born citizens.

Harboring or shielding from detection any alien who “remains in the United States in violation of law” is itself a violation of federal law. It also has real life consequences for the victims of the crimes committed by illegal aliens who are being shielded in sanctuary jurisdictions. Local and state officials who willfully help illegal immigrants evade detention for possible deportation should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


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Is There Anything Climate Change Can’t Do? - Brian C. Joondeph

by Brian C. Joondeph

Just when you thought the climate change superhero could do it all, it outdid itself by causing Brexit and diabetes.

We are treated daily with news stories of all the things President Trump can do. Trump causes terror attacks. Trump causes nightmares, insomnia, and eating binges. Trump caused Babs Streisand to gain weight. Trump is omnipotent. Yet he has competition. Not Obama. Not the deep state. Instead, global warming, now known as climate change, is the new supervillain on the block.

According to the victim of a real election hack, Bernie Sanders, climate changes causes terrorism. Just like President Trump. Climate change also leads to severe weather -- heat, cold, rain, snow, floods, and droughts -- you name it. How long until sunrise and sunset are blamed on climate change? Or the changing seasons?

Just when you thought the climate change superhero could do it all, it outdid itself by causing Brexit and diabetes.

Global warming oracle Al Gore recently spoke at an event where he announced the long-anticipated sequel to his 2006 blockbuster hit, An Inconvenient Truth. The same movie that predicted environmental apocalypse within ten years, meaning 2016, which as of 2017 has yet to occur. Perhaps his new movie will bump the doomsday clock out a few more years to a more convenient “point of no return”, say 2020 when Trump will be running for reelection. 

The former vice-president told his audience, “Brexit was caused in part by climate change.” He notes that extreme weather is creating political instability “the world will find extremely difficult to deal with”. I suppose “political instability” is a new phenomenon, not a recurrent theme in human civilization since the days when humans began to govern themselves. Or that droughts and civil war in the Middle East, rather than being a regional staple since biblical days, are due to Westerners running their air conditioners and driving gas-guzzling SUVs.

Al Gore links the Syrian drought to a refugee influx into the UK and the recent Brexit vote. Would this drought not affect neighboring countries such as Israel, Jordan, and Turkey? Why aren’t those countries sending refugees to Europe? Could ISIS or Syrian dictator Assad have anything to do with Syrian political instability? Does a Syrian drought cause refugees in Europe to rape or commit acts of terrorism? Mr. Gore’s narrative has a few large holes, but when it comes to climate change, why bother with “inconvenient truths”?

What about diabetes? How has that been linked to climate change? A recent CNN headline screams, “Is there a link between climate change and diabetes?”

“Between 1996 and 2009, as outdoor temperatures rose across the United States, so did the prevalence of diabetes, according to a study published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care on Monday.” That’s it. Settled science. Or is it?

Does an association mean causation? Bingo halls may have more ladies with blue hair and dentures compared to a downtown city dance club, but that doesn’t mean playing bingo leads to a change in hair color or tooth loss.

Buried in the sixth paragraph of the article, after five paragraphs of hype, CNN gets around to mentioning causation. “However, this observational study simply reveals an association between climate and diabetes, not a causation.” Association doesn’t mean causation.

Diabetes is caused by lifestyle factors and genes. Meaning diet, exercise, obesity and family history. Not global warming.

The research cited by CNN claims that, “For every 1-degree Celsius increase in outdoor temperature, there was about a 4% increase of the total diabetes incidence in the United States per year between 1996 and 2009.” Perhaps. What about before 1996 or after 2009? Is it just an interesting association or cause and effect?

Suppose I told you that during a similar time period, the number of people who drowned by falling into a pool correlated with the films Nicolas Cage appeared in? Or that per capita cheese consumption correlated with the number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets? Look at the graphs and see the correlation. Anyone believe these are cause and effect results rather than interesting but spurious associations?

The diabetes-temperature link is hypothesized to involve “brown fat” which humans burn to generate heat. Warmer temperatures mean people need to burn less brown fat, leading to insulin resistance and more diabetes. Then again, they also say, “Brown fat doesn't have that much of an impact on metabolism in humans.” So, which is it?

Most Americans live in a climate-controlled environment, spending time in air-conditioned homes and buildings when it’s hot. A small average temperature increase affects people only for the few minutes they spend outside. This is conveniently overlooked.

Another hypothesis is that, “Climate change threatens the fresh food supply, which may negatively impact the diets of those with diabetes.” Perhaps. On the other hand, if temperatures are indeed warming, more land becomes fertile, meaning plentiful and inexpensive fruits and vegetables, healthier for those prone to or with existing diabetes. So, which is it?

How about other hypotheses, not discussed in the article? When it’s hot outside, people stay indoors enjoying their air conditioning, rather than going for a walk, bike ride or playing a round of golf. This could increase the risk of diabetes. Then again, during normally cooler seasons, warm temperatures get people outside enjoying the warm weather. This was the norm in Denver during March. Hikers, bikers and golfers were out in droves enjoying an unseasonably warm late winter season. Doesn’t exercise reduce the risk of diabetes?

It’s fine to look at interesting associations and see if there is a cause and effect. After all, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by observing an association between bacterial growth and mold, pursuing his observation and establishing cause and effect.

Instead the media agenda is that climate change is caused by man and that urgent government intervention, in the form of new taxes and regulations, is the only way to stop it.

Is the climate changing? Of course. It always has and always will. Is human activity contributing and how much? Unknown. Can corrective human efforts change anything? Doubtful, but also unknown. All worthy of thoughtful research. Not scare mongering by claiming everything from Brexit to diabetes is caused by climate change.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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Hillary's Collusion with Cuba - Humberto Fontova

by Humberto Fontova

Will the FBI be investigating this?

Think Trump would boast about Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet performing at one of his campaign rallies?

Think the mainstream media might trumpet such an event as the Holy Grail, Golden Fleece and Smoking Gun of that ever-elusive “Russian collusion” with his campaign?

Think Comey’s FBI might “look into it?” Especially in view of the following:
“The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly.  It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them.  Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.”
And yet a major “get out the vote for Hillary” rally in Miami on Oct. 30th --and paid for by the Democrat Party-- featured Cuba’s (i.e. Castro’s) captive (literally!) musical duo called Gente De Zona. These Cuban “rappers” essentially function as the totalitarian Castro regime’s new musical ambassadors, much as the Buena Vista Social Club served in the past.

There was a day when most Americans understood what the term “totalitarian” means. The longest reigning totalitarian dictator in modern history himself explained the issue: “Inside the Revolution (regime), everything-- outside, nothing.” (Fidel Castro, July 16, 1961.)  Like with so many others, Castro copped this line from Benito Mussolini

In brief, in Cuba you do not become rich and famous globe-trotting musicians without the Stalinist regime’s express permission. This permission, as you might guess, is bestowed by the Castro family only upon those of its subjects whose lack of scruples and penchant for bootlicking allow them to single-mindedly serve the foreign policy and financial interests of the totalitarian regime.

So this is not a case of naïve “foreign nationals” performing at the Hillary rally. These were not some Birkenstocked Swedish backpackers who got swept up in the hoopla of the Hillary campaign and joined their granola-eating, Enya-listening American friends on a Conga line at a campaign event.

This isn’t even equivalent to today’s Bolshoi Ballet performing at a Trump rally. Russia, after all, no longer qualifies as purely totalitarian. Cuba still does—and with bells on. Something like P*ssy Riot would not last ten seconds in Castro’s Cuba.

Instead, with Gente De Zona we’re talking about full-fledged apparatchiks of a terror-sponsoring communist regime openly campaigning for the Democrat Party at election time

A few days prior to the Miami fundraiser/concert Castro’s captive (literally!) media declared that:
“Hillary Clinton is our only hope of detaining barbarism!...The only hope of defeating Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton…the difference between the two candidates is vast. Barack Obama did not exaggerate when he claimed that she was better prepared to be a U.S. President than even he was—or was her husband Bill Clinton…. In any nation of the world–and even in the U.S. during normal times–Donald Trump would find himself either in prison or in a mental institution!” (Stalinist Cuba’s KGB-founded and mentored media organ Cubadebate, Oct 15, 2016.)
In Miami Gente De Zona were dutifully carrying out their master’s wishes. In brief: a foreign totalitarian and terror-sponsoring regime sent its apparatchiks to openly participate in a U.S. Presidential campaign, by performing for free at an event on U.S. soil funded by the Democratic Party. Their purpose was to drum up votes for the Democratic Presidential candidate.

So apparently it’s not enough that the Castro family endorsed Hillary Clinton from their home base, denouncing Donald Trump as “fit only for prison or a mental institution.” They also actively joined her campaign, and right here on U.S. soil.

And yet, for some reason nobody in the U.S. media (much less the FBI) has called attention to this fascinating item.

This Castroite preference for Democrats is an old story actually. Fascinating datum: Havana’s Museo de la Revolucion has a “Cretin’s Corner” where U.S. presidents are caricatured and vilified. These “Cretins,” however, all turn out to be Republicans. Not a single Democratic President (not even John “Bay of Pigs and Missile Crisis” F. Kennedy is featured.)

Well, nobody ever accused the Castro family of not recognizing their true friends.

“If I were a U.S. citizen I'd vote for Obama for president!" squealed Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela Castro while on a visit to San Francisco in May 2012. Her visa for that visit, as revealed by Wikileaks, was personally pushed through by Hillary Clinton.

What a field day the Fake-Mews Media/Democrat axis could have if only Trump’s collusion with the “Alt-Right,” was even a fraction as patent as Clinton and Obama’s with the racist,  homophobic, misogynistic, mass-murdering, terror-sponsoring Castroite-Left.

Humberto Fontova


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Paradigm Schiff - Lloyd Billingsley

by Lloyd Billingsley

Intelligence committee Democrat denies reality of Hillary Clinton’s “to Russia with love” re-set.

“In 2015, Russian intelligence agencies penetrated the computers of political organizations, think tanks and other U.S. institutions in what looked like a foreign intelligence-gathering operation,” but “this is not the first time we were hacked by Russia.” This particular action was “so extraordinary” because “President Vladimir Putin decided to become an active participant in the U.S. election and attempt to influence its result for Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton.” Further, “this is not idle speculation or the partisan characterization of ambiguous events – it is the consensus conclusion of all our intelligence agencies.”

That is Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, in a March 26 Sacramento Bee commentary headlined, “Independent commission needed to investigate Russian hacking of our democracy.”

Schiff wonders “when did the Russians decide to turn intelligence gathering into data weaponization, and why? What was the U.S. government response and how do we protect ourselves in the future? And did the Russians have the help of U.S. citizens in this compromise of our democracy, including people associated with the campaign they assisted?”

In classic style, the California Democrat provides no evidence for what he assumes up front to be true. On the other hand, he fails to provide any contrast between Democrats and Republicans in recent actions involving Russia, some of them strategic.

Since the days of Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, which Democrats derided as “Star Wars,” Russia had denounced U.S. efforts to shield itself and European allies from missile attack. The Russian protests got particularly loud when the Bush administration worked out a missile defense pact with Poland and the Czech Republic.

One of the first actions of George W. Bush’s successor, the 44th president, was to cancel missile defense for U.S. allies Poland and the Czech Republic. Even the New York Times called it a “security reversal.” Mitt Romney called it a “gift to Russia” and more gifts were on the way in the “re-set” of relations.

“We want to ensure that every question the Russian military or Russian government asks is answered.” That was U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Clinton touted “deep cooperation between our countries” and agreed to the most intrusive arrangement the United States ever accepted.

The most Clinton could claim for the reset policy, noted James Kirchick, was “a collection of atmospheric achievements,” commemorative WWII marches, meetings and such. A week after the departure of Dimitry Medvedev, when the FBI busted 10 Russian spies operating in the United States, the Democrats’ Russian re-set team promptly swept it “under the rug.”

Putin followed Medvedev and the Democrats’ Russian re-set team did nothing to stop the imperialist autocrat from gobbling up part of Ukraine. Likewise, with continual American retreat, the Democrats’ Russian re-set team effectively made Putin the master of the Middle East.

It was all, to paraphrase Ian Fleming, “to Russia with love.” Yet as Nancy Pelosi claims, Putin had a “vendetta” against Hillary Clinton, and as Adam Schiff explains, Putin opted to oppose Hillary Clinton and back Donald Trump in the 2016 election. That narrative emerged only after Trump’s victory last November, with good reason.

The Democrats and their allies in the old-line establishment media are “progressives,” who have somehow escaped the conditioning that affects the masses and know where history is progressing. Therefore, if progressive candidate Hillary Clinton fails to win, the reason must be interference by Russia.

Meanwhile, the administration of President Donald Trump, to counter a surge in missile launches by North Korea, announced the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) in South Korea by the end of 2017. As the Washington Times reported, this move by Trump “angered not only North Korea but also China and Russia, which see the system’s powerful radars as a security threat.”

Chinese, North Korean and Russian anger did not prompt the Trump administration to back down. The Stalinist North Korean regime has been missile-rattling for years, with the ultimate target the United States. No Democrat administration, least of all the Russian re-set team, ever deployed the purely defensive THAAD in South Korea. Instead they opted for “strategic patience,” also known as doing nothing.

Adam Schiff has yet to explain why the all-powerful Russian spooks were unable to produce Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 emails, which she kept on an unsecured server in her house. Revealing those would have killed her candidacy in a second. Many of the emails were doubtless related to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, which Secretary Clinton, the 44th president, and Susan Rice all claimed was part of a video protest.

On these events Adam Schiff can boast experience as a member of the Benghazi Select Committee. In a July 31, 2014 statement Schiff said, “the initial talking points provided by the intelligence community were flawed because of conflicting assessments not an intention to deceive.”

Secretary Clinton not only deceived but after the fact wondered aloud “at this point, what difference does it make” how the four Americans had been killed. For his part, Adam Schiff is unable to consider the reality that Hillary Clinton lost because voters perceived her as shrill, corrupt, untrustworthy, and incompetent. 

So Adam Schiff, the Stanford grad who earned his JD at Harvard Law School, is the ideal mouthpiece for the notion that Vladimir Putin became an “active participant in the U.S. election” and attempted “to influence its result for Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton.”

To be sure, Schiff is a partisan Democrat but there’s more to it. As Saul Bellow explained, “a great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation, and Bill of Writes: Dispatches from the Political Correctness Battlefield.


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California prosecutors charge pro-life activists with 15 felonies - Matt C. Abbott

by Matt C. Abbott

With big money at stake, the abortion lobby plays hardball

Some unfortunate, but not very surprising, news from the pro-life trenches, courtesy of

The state of California charged David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) with 15 crimes [yesterday].
CMP's undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the prices of aborted baby body parts spurred a Congressional investigation and calls for the abortion company to be stripped of its federal tax dollars….
The felonies in California with which Daleiden and Merritt are charged are ‘intentionally and without the consent of all parties’ involved recording ‘confidential’ communications.
With big money at stake, the abortion lobby plays hardball, as Daleiden, Merritt, Troy Newman, Joe Scheidler, Monica Migliorino Miller and other veteran pro-life activists know all too well. Not to mention that pro-life pregnancy resource centers are being targeted by pro-abortion legislators in certain states.

Whether the charges in California will stick remains to be seen. A statement posted at CMP’s website asserts: “The bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies are fake news. They tried the same collusion with corrupt officials in Houston, TX and failed: both the charges and the DA were thrown out.”

Daleiden is also facing civil RICO charges in San Francisco. In short, he’s paying a heavy price for his activism. The anti-life forces are out to crush him and anyone who is effective in exposing the wickedness of the abortion industry.

I admire Daleiden’s dedication, but I wonder if he and his associates could have avoided much of the legal trouble they currently find themselves in if they had listened to the right people in the pro-life movement before going ahead with their undercover investigations.

If you’re going to play hardball with the devil and his henchmen, you better have all your ducks in a row and then some – or else they’re going to make your life a living hell. Heck, they’ll try to make your life a living hell regardless.

Just ask President Trump. 

Matt C. Abbott


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Secret weapons factories uncovered across Judea and Samaria - Arutz Sheva Staff

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Security forces discover three makeshift factories for producing firearms used in terror attacks on Israelis.

Weapons factory raided ovefnight
Weapons factory raided overnight
IDF Spokesperson
Security forces uncovered three secret weapons factories across Judea and Samaria overnight, as part of an ongoing effort to crack down on the production and distribution of weapons used in terror attacks against Israelis.

During raids on the illegal weapons factories early Wednesday morning, Israeli security forces seized equipment used in the production of makeshift firearms, including five lathes, as well as a number of guns and gun parts.

One building which housed an illegal weapons factory was sealed by the IDF following the raids.

The overnight operations were a joint effort of the IDF and Shin Bet internal security agency, who together have shut down 12 such gun factories since the beginning of 2017 and confiscated more than 110 illegal firearms. In 2016, Israeli security forces closed 43 illegal weapons factories and confiscated more than 450 firearms.

In a separate series of operations overnight, the IDF, Border Police, Judea and Samaria District Police, and Shin Bet internal security agency, nabbed six wanted terrorists in Judea and Samaria.

Five of the suspects are wanted for their alleged involvement in terror attacks on Israeli civilians and security forces.

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