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U.S. Navy Warship Collides with Oil Tanker near Singapore; 10 Sailors Missing

August 21, 2017

by Breitbart News

20 Aug 2017

Source: U.S. Navy Warship Collides with Oil Tanker near Singapore; 10 Sailors Missing – Breitbart

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Aug. 20 (UPI) — The USS John McCain, a destroyer warship equipped with guided missiles, collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore early Monday morning, the U.S. Navy confirmed.

“Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities,” the Navy said in a statement. “In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant (97), RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance.”

The extent of damage and personal injuries is still being investigated, the Navy added. But 10 sailors have been reported missing and at least five are injured.

The ship the USS John McCain collided with is a 30,000-ton, 600-foot-long oil tanker flying a Liberian flag, reported the Guardian.

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The USS John McCain is 505 feet long and displaces about 9,000 tons, according to CNN.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose the namesake of the warship, acknowledged the incident on Twitter.

“Cindy & I are keeping America’s sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight – appreciate the work of search & rescue crews,” he wrote.

The collision marks the second time in two months a U.S. warship has collided with another ship in the Pacific Ocean near the Asian continent. In June, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship near Japan, killing seven sailors on the ship’s crew.

Formally recognize AntiFa as a terrorist organization,Petition

August 20, 2017

Formally recognize AntiFa as a terrorist organization

Created by M.A. on August 17, 2017

Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit
of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to
declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. AntiFa has
earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and
their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout
the United States. It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its
actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they
must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle,
integrity, morality, and safety.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/formally-recognize-antifa-terrorist-organization-0

Imam recruited Barcelona attackers

August 20, 2017

Imam was radicalizing force behind cell of young men who committed attack in Barcelona and prepared other attack in Cambrils.

Mordechai Sones, 20/08/17 14:30

Source: Imam recruited Barcelona attackers – Israel National News

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A police official in Spain says an imam whose home was searched as part of the investigation into two deadly vehicle attacks is believed to be the radicalizing force behind the cell of young men who committed the attack in Barcelona and prepared the other attack in Cambrils— and is now thought to have died in an explosion linked to the attacks.

The home of the imam, named as Abdelbaki Es Satty, was raided Friday night, with officers reportedly seeking – among other evidence – DNA samples which might link him to a building in the town of Alcanar believed to be where the attack was prepared, reported the Telegraph.

The police official spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal details of the new suspicions surrounding the imam. Officials in Es Satty’s former mosque in the northern town of Ripoll, which he left abruptly in June, on Saturday denounced the attacks in Barcelona and a nearby seaside town.

The mosque president, Ali Yassine, said Es Satty told him he wanted to return to Morocco for three months and hasn’t seen him since. The police official says Es Satty is believed to have died in an explosion Wednesday that destroyed a house south of Barcelona.

Suspects from the attacks are all from the town of Ripoli.

Six people have been arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany accused of links to the Islamist militant group Islamic State, and the indoctrination and radicalization of potential members, the Spanish interior ministry said on Wednesday, reported Reuters.

Since Spain raised the security alert to level 4, the second highest, in June 2015, Spanish police have arrested 178 people accused of links to Islamist militancy, according to Reuters.

When Feminists Join Islamist Terrorists

August 20, 2017

by Majid Rafizadeh
August 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Source: When Feminists Join Islamist Terrorists

  • The fact is that these supposed feminists not only turn a blind eye to those atrocities, but their presence at these events actively endorses and legitimizes the rule of these dictators.
  • When the subject turns to the specific cases of millions of oppressed women around the world — such as Asia Bibi, a Christian mother on death row in Pakistan for seven years for taking a drink of water; or the 19-year-old who, this year, was raped by her cousin at gunpoint and then sentenced to death by stoning for “adultery”; or women who were forced to marry their rapists; or child marriages at 12,000 a day; or women who are beaten by their husbands or who have acid thrown in their faces; or women used as suicide bombers.
  • When Mogherini smiles in her hijab in Iran, she is delivering a strong blow to women rights movements that attempt to remove the compulsion of the obligatory hijab and grant women equal autonomy, education and freedom. She is empowering suppression.

The social democrats and so-called feminists have been raising their voices for all to hear. They boast about advocating gender equality, individual rights, and advancing women’s rights. They argue that these values are universal; that every person, especially every woman, everywhere in the world, is entitled to these “inalienable” rights. Speeches are given, fundraisers are held, and an army of champions charges toward the cause.

Everyone is equal, and everyone deserves these rights. The chants, the inspirational lectures, the determination that echoes through television interviews, and is spread across the pages of magazines, all fill their followers with enthusiasm. But what is the reality?

Alongside other social democrats, Federica Mogherini, the current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, recently visited the Islamist state of Iran to attend the official endorsement and inauguration of the regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani. Instead of enforcing the standards she professes — such as the strong support for women — she folded in with those around her. Others who accepted Iran’s invitation were North Koreans, members of Hezbollah, and leaders of Hamas. All three of these groups are known for cruelty, especially against women, and crimes against humanity.

The presence of such people makes the issue of despotism more complicated than it needs to be. By attending these kinds of events, social democrats such as her repeatedly endorse and give legitimacy to repressive states that implement Islamic law, Sharia. As Mogherini rubs elbows with men who have ordered the deaths of thousands of women (and men), she toes the line of their expectations. Instead of evolving their mindset, she allowed all of the women she claims to represent, to remain oppressed, as they have been for so very long.

Mogherini took the problem even a step even farther. Instead of attempting to appear as if she were working toward progressive thinking among these violent Islamist leaders, she acted as if they were friends. She appeared proud to snap selfies with the representatives of this repressive regime. The story came under the international spotlight. Some of the deputies used their selfies with Mogherini to project their legitimacy to the international community while others created self-promotional posters of themselves with Mogherini wearing the mandatory hijab. Mogherini, a social democrat Italian politician who speaks of women’s rights and was once a member of the Italian Communist Party, delightedly agreed to follow the Islamist rule of wearing a mandatory hijab. This act of compliance sends a brutal and unshakeable message. Women in these Islamist societies are controlled by laws which proclaim they must be hidden, or treated as their husband’s property. The hijab has become a symbol of this. Conversely, when Iranian leaders visit Mogherini’s country, they do not follow Italy’s rules. Instead, Italy follows the regime’s Islamist rules by offering appeasements such as covering up nude statues and not serving wine.

Mogherini — who years ago also agreed to be in controversial picture taken with the late Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat — also played a crucial role in sealing the nuclear agreement for the Iranian regime and lifting the sanctions for those dictators. Instead of seeing these oppressors punished, she enabled them to have fewer limitations, as they still hold their own people beneath their thumbs and continue to be the cause of their suffering.

Mogherini then tweeted about her blog post, which states “It was an opportunity to talk again to Rouhani, to Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and to the Supreme Leader’s foreign policy advisor, Ali Akbar Velayati”.

Is this really an opportunity to be proud of and boast about? And what did she talk to them about?

While Mogherini is joyfully attending events with these Islamist leaders and rejoicing in having taking pictures beside them, does she ever think about the millions of women who are brutally oppressed under these Islamist regimes? Does she consider those women balled up and crying on the floor after being beaten by their husbands? Does she ever think about hundreds of people — men and women — being executed, often after sham trials, every year, and based on the Islamist laws in this country?

During her visit to Iran this month, Federica Mogherini (left), the current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, rubbed elbows with men who have ordered the deaths of thousands of women (and men). Does she ever think about hundreds of people being executed, often after sham trials, every year, and based on the Islamist laws in this country? (Image source: European Commission)

While she shakes the hands of these men, does think of the nine-year-old girls who are “legally” being forced into marriage with the government’s approval?

Where are all the women’s rights, liberal moral values that she and her party stand for? They were not at the celebration, and they were certainly not represented by those selfies.

Women are dehumanized, subjugated and treated as inferior on a daily basis in Islamist state of Iran as well as other Muslim states. Many people in there are struggling every day despite all the dangers they face to obtain the few rights they can. In general, a woman’s testimony in court is worth half of a man’s testimony. Women need approval from their male guardian to leave the country, and in Saudi Arabia, to leave their home. Women cannot obtain a passport without a guardian’s consent. In Iran, a man can marry any woman he desires. Men are allowed to have four wives and an unlimited number of temporary marriages (mut’a), but women can only marry a Muslim man. Honor killings continue while the regime turns a blind eye to them.

Based on the law of tamkin (obedience), women must provide full accessibility and unhampered sexual availability to her husband. Article 1105 of Iran’s Islamist Civil Code states, “In relations between husband and wife, the position of the head of the family exclusively belongs to the husband.” Article 1117 of the Iran’s Islamist Civil Code states that states :

“The husband can prevent his wife from an occupation or technical profession which is incompatible with the family’s interests or the dignity of him or his wife.”

Men can initiate a unilateral divorce. Women receive only half of what men get in inheritance. A wife gets to receive only one-sixth of an inheritance if she has a son when her husband dies. If she has only a daughter, the inheritance would not automatically go to them. The deceased husband’s family — brothers, sibling and parents — would have a call on it as well. Women cannot become judges… and the list goes on.

Of course, people such as Mogherini are fully cognizant of these atrocities and the discrimination which are repeatedly reported by human rights organizations. These are even possibly the same abuses that people such as Mogherini then use to rally funds at their parties and splash in disturbing images across the media. Not one of these European leaders can plead ignorance of the acts that those men commit.

Yet, there we see people like Mogherini shaking the hands that rob women of their freedom and their voices.

The fact is that these supposed feminists not only turn a blind eye to those atrocities, but their presence at these events actively endorses and legitimizes the rule of these dictators.

People like Mogherini may be calling for admission to exclusive clubs and higher salaries for women because that equality is fair. But why, if they claim that they are champions and front-runners of women all around the world, do they contribute to, and facilitate the rule of ruthless dictators against their own people?

When the subject turns to the specific cases of millions of oppressed women around the world — such as Asia Bibi, a Christian mother on death row in Pakistan for seven years for taking a drink of water; or the 19-year-old who, this year, was raped by her cousin at gunpoint and then sentenced to death by stoning for “adultery”; or who were forced to marry their rapists; or child marriages at 12,000 a day; or women who are beaten by their husbands or who have acid thrown in their faces; or women used as suicide bombers — they become totally silent. They disregard these women’s rights.

By demonstrating their support for these regimes and the men that enforce them, people such as Mogherini significantly weaken and undermine the indigenous movements that attempt to advance precisely the human rights that people such as Mogherini claim to advocate.

When Mogherini smiles in her hijab in Iran, she is delivering a strong blow to women rights movements that attempt to remove the compulsion of the obligatory hijab and grant women equal autonomy, education and freedom. She is empowering suppression.

A true advocate of individual rights and democracy might instead have set a brave example. Women such as Mogherini are feeding into the system, not destroying it. Those who continue to give legitimacy to oppressors and Islamists need to be held accountable.

Finally, my message to people such as Mogherini and others like her is simple: Do you have any conscience or sense of decency? Or is it simply all about power, money, narcissism, and manipulations at the cost of the oppressed, including women? Can you hear that little girl’s cry, or are your ears as deaf to it as the men who cause it?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He is a Harvard-educated and Iranian-American political scientist, businessman, and author of “Peaceful Reformation in Iran’s Islam“. He can be reached at Dr.Rafizadeh@Post.Harvard.Edu.

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‘Who are you? Know your limits!’ Erdogan attacks German FM in elections interference row

August 20, 2017

Published time: 20 Aug, 2017 05:16

Source: ‘Who are you? Know your limits!’ Erdogan attacks German FM in elections interference row — RT News

Recep Erdogan has told Germany’s FM to “know his limits” after Sigmar Gabriel accused the Turkish president of interfering in the his country’s upcoming elections. Erdogan once again urged German based Turks not to vote for the ruling coalition.

On Saturday, Erdogan once again urged nearly 3 million German Turks not to cast their vote for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, Martin Schulz’s Social Democrat Party (SDP) or the Green Party in the upcoming German federal election on September 24 because of the alleged anti-Turkish stance of the parties.

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“You should give them the most beautiful lesson by providing your democratic right… You should vote for those who are not hostile to Turkey,” Erdogan said Saturday, the Hurriyet daily news reported.

The message echoed Erdogan’s statement made on Friday to a live television audience when he first called on Turks in Germany not to vote for the “enemies of Turkey.”

Erdogan’s comments sparked a strong reaction from Gabriel who accused Ankara of election interference.

“That is an unprecedented act of interference in the sovereignty of our country,” Gabriel told the RedaktionsNetzwerk media group, adding: “Erdogan’s interference in Germany’s electoral campaign shows that he wants to incite people in Germany against each other.”

Erdogan lashed out against Gabriel Saturday, telling the German diplomat to “know his limits.”

“Now they have a foreign minister who does not know his limits. Who are you to talk to the President of Turkey? Talk to the Foreign Minister of Turkey. Know your limits. He is trying to teach us a lesson. What is your background in politics? How old are you?” Erdogan bellowed at his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) provincial advisory council meeting in the Aegean province of Denizli.

German-Turkish relations have deteriorated steadily during the past year. After the botched 2016 military coup, Ankara accused Berlin of harboring alleged supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkish authorities of masterminding the coup attempt. Erdogan said Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel has failed to extradite some 4,500 suspects in the plot.

“And she wanted one or two people to be sent home by me. Forgive me but you have your legal system and so do we,” Erdogan said, allegedly referring to German journalist Mesale Tolu who was arrested in May, as well as German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, both of whom are accused in Turkey of alleged espionage.

The relations between the two countries have seen other flash-points too, such as the time when Turkey repeatedly denied German MPs the right to visit troops stationed at the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey. The Incirlik row ultimately led to the withdrawal of German troops in June and the contingent’s relocation to Jordan. Another confrontation was when Berlin barred Turkish politicians from campaigning in Germany ahead of Ankara’s April’s referendum to expand presidential powers.

Designated Palestinian terror group to run for German Parliament

August 20, 2017

Source: Designated Palestinian terror group to run for German Parliament | BARE NAKED ISLAM

Designated Palestinian terror group to run for German Parliament

However, unlike the European Union more broadly, Germany has not designated the The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) as a terrorist organization. Of course not, many in Germany still remember what a close relationship the Nazis had with the Muslims during WWII.

i24NEWS  The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is responsible for some of the most horrific attacks on Israeli citizens since the 70s, has reportedly teamed up with Germany’s Marxist-Leninist Party (MLPD), to appear on the ballot come the vote in September.

The German newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine reported Wednesday that the MLPD does not share the EU’s view that its new partner is a terrorist organization. According to the party’s statement, many organizations are wrongly criminalized under the pretext of the fight against terrorism.

“We demand the removal of revolutionary and anti-imperialist organizations from these ‘terror lists’,” read the statement, quoted by the Jüdische Allgemeine.

The party reportedly also plans to continue this partnership after the national vote. In the previous election, the MLPD won 0.1% of the vote, failing to meet the 5% threshold required to enter the German parliament.

The mooted partnership is unlikely to face any obstacles, because in contrast to the EU, Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has no issue with the PFLP, noted the newspaper, because the group has yet to carry out any militant actions on German soil.

it opens the door to the group – responsible for several aircraft hijackings and other deadly attacks on Israeli targets over decades – to receive federal campaign funding after the next election, if the joint list polls more than 0.5%.

German and Israeli politicians recently protested the German policy on the matter, calling German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to ban the activities of the PFLP in Germany, as well as those of Hezbollah.

“It cannot be that terror organizations in Germany advertise events, that such organizations recruit supporters and the responsible authorities do not have the legal possibilities to stop these events. Now it’s time for actions,” read the letter.

“It should not have come to this,” stated German lawmaker Volker Beck, who heads the German-Israeli parliamentary friendship group, following the report. “The Interior Ministry must now act quickly and ban the PFLP,” he added, reminding that the organization was most recently responsible for a knife attack in Jerusalem in June that left one dead and several injured.

“The mistake [to allow the party to register in the election] lies with the Interior Ministry. Even though claiming to have the PFLP in the sights of the security authorities, it avoided instituting a ban. Now there is a new situation. Anyone who gives money to the PFLP, is guilty of supporting terrorism abroad. Now they will receive federal campaign funding.”

Iran: Parliament chants “Death to America” while voting to increase military budget by $800 MILLION

August 20, 2017

By – on August 20, 2017

Source: Iran: Parliament chants “Death to America” while voting to increase military budget by $800 MILLION – Geller Report

They’re using the money Obama gave them to finance jihad and war against the U.S. and the free world in general. This is Obama’s legacy.

“‘Death to America’ Iran ‘more dangerous than North Korea’ after nuclear funding approval,” by Vickiie Oliphant, Express, August 15, 2017:

IRAN could replace North Korea as the biggest threat to the United States as lawmakers overwhelmingly agreed to pump more money into its nuclear programme.

Tehran’s parliament voted to funnel thousands of pounds into the development of its nuclear missile project in a bid to fight US “adventurism” at the weekend.

Chants of “death to America” echoed around the chamber as the bill which will increase the state’s military budget by almost $800million was passed with a huge majority….

Under Iran’s new laws, which still need to be rubber-stamped by the country’s overseeing body, $260million will be pumped into the missile programme alone.

A further £300m will to the country’s Quds force, while the remaining millions will be spent on other intelligence related projects.

The bill charges the government of recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani with confronting the “threats, malicious, hegemonic and divisive activities of America in the region.”

Today President Hassan Rouhani even warned he could ramp up his nuclear missile programme if the US continues with its “threats” of sanctions, agreed by Donald Trump earlier this month.

And he hinted he could pull out of the nuke deal he cut with world leaders in 2015.

He told lawmakers: “In an hour and a day, Iran could return to a more advanced [nuclear] level than at the beginning of the negotiations.”…