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- Globetrotting green elites are a threat to democracy. A new superclass of eco-globalists is making life miserable for the rest of us.
Jacinda Ardern has been sworn into the highest political caste. She takes her place alongside the likes of John Kerry and Mark Carney as a member of the globe-trotting eco-elite. She's been admitted to that inner circle of eco-globalists who spend their days wringing their hands over the climate apocalypse and wagging their fingers at the polluting throng. By Brendan O'Neill.
- Why capitalism loves transgenderism. Some British communists have finally said it – the trans ideology is neoliberalism in drag. I see more fascists have aligned with the 'TERF' cause. Only their disguise is even more cunning than usual. Now the biology-believing Brownshirts aren't only dressing up as middle-aged women to try to throw everyone off the scent of the fascism that lurks beneath their talk of women's rights. They've gone that extra step and camouflaged themselves as actual communists. Truly there is no end to the cynicism and intrigue of these far-right loons who believe people with penises are men, not women. By Brendan O'Neill.
- The New Ugly Americans. How odd that those on the Left who in the past decried "American imperialism" are now proving the greatest imperialists of all. By Victor Davis Hanson.
- Transgenderism As Transhumanism. At stake? 'The most fundamental aspects of what it means to be human'. By Rod Dreher.
- What should small-c conservatives believe?.
There comes a stage in a man's life when he puts aside childish beliefs and comes to realise that Peter Hitchens was right all along — the Conservative Party needs to die. Ignoring the truth of what the great seer told us, we all just held onto hope against hope that it might actually support, you know, conservative policies, and now I finally see that there's nothing more for it. By Ed West.
- Supreme Court's Decision on Roe v. Wade is a Triumph for Democracy. We've all heard the claim that reversing Roe v. Wade would constitute a fundamental threat to our democracy. That claim and the voices repeating it are going to get louder, more vehement, and more violent in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. And that claim is utterly false. In fact, what has just transpired is far more of a triumph for democracy than for the pro-life cause. It is fair to say that the decision may be the most important victory for the preservation of the democratic process the Supreme Court has ever delivered. How so? By Michael Farris, President and CEO, Alliance Defending Freedom.
- I wanted my son to reject masculine stereotypes. Then he fell in love with tractors. All my life, I've prided myself on blurring gender lines. But when my young son started to gravitate toward the very things I'd shunned, I wasn't sure what to do. By Jay Deitcher.
- The human brain builds structures in 11 dimensions, discover scientists. Groundbreaking research finds that the human brain creates multi-dimensional neural structures.
- Do look back in anger. The lack of fury over the Manchester Arena atrocity is deeply chilling. By Brandan O'Neill.
- How French "Intellectuals" Ruined the West: Postmodernism & Its Impact. By Helen Pluckrose.
- It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times. By Bari Weiss.
- My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit. The more I spoke out against the illiberalism that has swallowed Portland State University, the more retaliation I faced. By Peter Boghossian.
- What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia. Three scholars wrote 20 fake papers using fashionable jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions. By Yascha Mounk.
- Free Speech in the UK?. by Judith Bergman.
- 'A Menace to Public Health': Doctors Demand Spotify Puts an End to Covid Lies on 'Joe Rogan Experience'. Unlike many platforms, Spotify doesn't have a clear policy prohibiting misinformation. 270 physicians and scientists are hoping to change that.
- Imaginary numbers could be needed to describe reality, new studies find. If standard quantum theory holds up, imaginary numbers are critical.
- Astronomers Successfully Map 8,000 Galaxies and Make an Incredible Discovery.
- Horrifying pics show how downtown Los Angeles is turning into a tent city filled with piles of rubbish and rodents. HORRIFIC pictures from downtown Los Angeles show the deepening problems the city faces with litter and rodents — as a typhoid fever outbreak has rattled the metropolis.
- DC museum criticized for saying 'delayed gratification' and 'decision-making' are aspects of 'whiteness'. 'White people still hold most of the institutional power in America,' it states
- Early Islam and the Modern Discourse on Race. By Jonathan Brown.
- Minority professor denied grants because he hires on merit: 'People are afraid to think'. 'I don't care about the colour of your skin. I'm interested in hiring someone who wants to work on the project and is good at it,' Prof. Patanjali Kambhampati says
- In Case With Global Implications, Finland Puts Christians On Trial For Their Faith. [Pastor Juhana Pohjola] is the man who appears to be the first in the post-Soviet Union West to be brought up on criminal charges for preaching the Christian message as it has been established for thousands of years. Also charged in the case that goes to trial on January 24 is Pohjola's fellow Lutheran and a Finnish member of Parliament, Paivi Rasanen.
- The American identity crisis. For a country that is only one bad police interaction away from meltdown, it was inevitable that something would happen again. [...] As the Rittenhouse case was going on I happened to take a brief swing through Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson was the scene of the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 when BLM protestors claimed Brown had his hands in the air and shouted 'Hands up, don't shoot' as he was shot. It later transpired this was untrue. Brown had been robbing a store and lunged for the arresting officer's gun when confronted. But the lie went around the world and the crowds came out in Ferguson. The town they burned has stayed burned, by the way, with huge lots sitting like missing teeth in the areas the rioters moved through. The American media and political activists move on, but the places riddled by the lies they leave behind do not. By Douglas Murray.
- The Wasting of the Evangelical Mind. The peculiarities of how American Christianity took shape help explain believers' vulnerability to conspiratorial thinking and misinformation. By Michael Luo.
- The Historical Adam. What historical claims does the Bible make about Adam and Eve? And is belief in a historical Adam and Eve compatible with the scientific evidence? In order to avoid the pitfalls of reading contemporary science into the biblical texts, it is best to treat these questions separately. Only after having determined what the Bible actually says about the historical Adam shall we be in a position to judge whether those claims are compatible with what we know of human origins from contemporary science. By William Lane Craig.
- Can English Capture the Language of Revelation?. Robert Alter's Torah and Implications for the Translation of the Qur'an. By John Walbridge, Indiana University Bloomington.
- Confronting a Financial Assault on America's Future. By Lawrence Kadish.
- IslamQA: The Problem with Quranism. By Ikram Hawramani.
- Canceling Faithful Priests. Tensions within the Catholic Church. By Barbara J. Farrah.
- Many of the Fastest-Evolving Human Genes Linked to Evolutionary Changes in Brain Development.
Almost half of the identified human accelerated regions of the genome appear to act as neurodevelopment enhancers, researchers say. The findings shed new light on the genetic basis of human evolution. Neuroscience News.
- Many of the fastest-evolving human genes linked to evolutionary changes in brain development.
More than 3,000 regions in the human genome are very different in people from in any other mammals, including our closest primate relatives. Now, a study reported in the journal Neuron on September 2 has evidence to confirm that nearly half of these so-called human accelerated regions (HARs) have played an important role in rewriting the course of human brain development, offering important insight into the genetic basis of human evolution. Science News.
- Is Islam really pluralistic? An Islamic defense of pluralism. If Islamic teachings can be used to defend pluralism, that tells us something very important about the future of Islam. My views are not unique; they are similar to those of the great twentieth century Egyptian scholar Muḥammad ʿAbdallāh Drāz (1894 – 1958 CE), who defended a similar vision in many of his articles and books. By Ikram Hawramani.
- Ibn Taymiyya and His Times. Ibn Taymiyya and His Times is a collection of high-quality scholarly essays on Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328 CE) edited by Yossef Rapoport and Shahab Ahmed. It is highly worth reading for anyone interested in this important and controversial character of Islamic history. By Ikram Hawramani.
- Is Joe Biden's Confusion a Heaven-sent Sign?. By WILLIAM KILPATRICK.
- This is worse than Saigon. America's humiliation in Afghanistan confirms that the woke West is utterly incapable of standing up for itself. By Brendan O'Neill is editor of spiked.
- Knowledge in Its Right Place. Muslims and the Challenge of Modernity. By H.A. Hellyer.
- Spirituality in the Postmodern World. The Reign of the Nafs.
Considering that the epistemological reign of the nafs is inextricably bound to the contingent world (the realm of relative existence or shadows), the current postmodern forms of spirituality are antithetical to several aspects of Islamic metaphysics. Nevertheless, these forms of spirituality may indeed be sincere expressions of a yearning for something beyond the realm of shadows. As the Islamic doctrine of the fiţrah holds, all human beings possess an innate awareness of God; this is itself an immutable truth, even in a secular age when materialism and naturalism are the default. By Esmé L. K. Partridge, a writer on Islamic philosophy, theology, and the dynamics between tradition and modernity in a secular age. Renovatio, August 2021.
- Dr Zelenko in letter to editor answers attack on COVID shot cautiousness.
As a medical researcher who has been fully immersed in studying the COVID-19 vaccine and effective treatments for COVID-19, I wish to respond to Dr. Daniel Berman. I will follow the structure of Dr. Berman's response to Mr. Britz's excellent letter.
- 3 existing drugs fight coronavirus with 'almost 100%' success in Jerusalem lab.
If medicines pass clinical test for COVID, they're also likely to prove effective for new variants, scientists say, as they target proteins that barely change between mutations.
- Israeli scientist says COVID-19 could be treated for under $1/day. Double-blind study shows ivermectin reduces disease's duration and infectiousness • FDA and WHO caution against its use.
- Vaccine inventor questions mandatory shot push, Biden's Covid-19 strategy. Vaccination 'arms race' could prove dangerous to the American public.
- BBC bans white people from applying for £18,000 trainee job on Springwatch and The One Show.
BBC is advertising a one-year trainee production management role in Glasgow. The position is 'only open to black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates'. Positive discrimination is illegal but 'positive action' is allowed for trainee roles.
- A Man In His 30s Explains To Me What's Wrong With Women In Their 30s.
Dating: Those bloody women over 35… They're all tick-tock, tick-tock. By Hannah Furst.
- Tennessee becomes latest state to ban 'divisive' critical race theory in public schools - joining Oklahoma, Idaho and Arkansas.
- Leaked Chinese document reveals a sinister plan to 'unleash' coronaviruses. A leaked 2015 government paper has revealed a discussion by top Chinese scientists who said a virus could be "unleashed in way never seen before".
- If Isaac Newton can be cancelled, no one is safe. A draft 'inclusive' curriculum at Sheffield University dismisses Newton as a beneficiary of colonialism.
- Censorship exists to prevent intellectuals from challenging existing institutions.
Censorship is a hydra that rears a beastly new head in every era. For "corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens," Socrates, Western philosophy's founding moral philosopher, was sentenced to death. The unthinkable crime of translating the Bible into English was punishable by excommunication in Medieval Europe – John Wycliffe escaped by the skin of his teeth. [...] Censorship has existed for as long as man has had opinions and an ability to voice them. It can be aimed at anything and anyone. Censorship threaten those who challenge the status quo, and there is always an authority which seeks to preserve it. [...] The level of censorship in social media and search engines is all-time high. Herland Report.
- HBO Doc Shows Libs Prompting 4-Year-Old Boy to Identify as a Girl. One of many disturbing scenes from the HBO documentary "transhood".
- Supreme Court Might Reverse Chauvin Convictions because of Maxine Waters. The convictions of Derek Chauvin might not mark the end of this racially divisive case. The US Supreme Court might ultimately decide whether to uphold the convictions. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made a statement — while jurors in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin were not yet sequestered — which demanded street confrontations unless Chauvin were found guilty of murder. The trial judge correctly suggested that any conviction in the case might ultimately be thrown out on appeal, based on what Waters said. By Alan M. Dershowitz.
- Physicists Nail Down the 'Magic Number' That Shapes the Universe.
A team in Paris has made the most precise measurement yet of the fine-structure constant, killing hopes for a new force of nature. By Natalie Wolchover.
- A Dangerous Schooling. How Suffering Educates Us for Eternity. By Søren Kierkegaard.
- Muslims Are Not a Race. How you defend yourself will change you. By Caner K. Dagli.
- There's No Such Thing As "Systematic Racism". By James Lindsay.
- Humans Are All More Closely Related Than We Commonly Think. Humanity's most recent common ancestor and so-called genetic isopoint illustrate the surprising connections among our family trees. By Scott Hershberger.
- The controversy over Bret Stephens's Jewish genius column, explained. Inquiries into Jewish genes always seem to lead someplace ugly.
By Matthew Yglesias.
- Defining Racism. By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky.
- New Theory of Everything Unites Quantum Mechanics with Relativity ... and Much More. Stephen Wolfram, a controversial physicist and computer scientist, has united relativity, quantum mechanics and computational complexity in a single theory of everything. But will other physicists be convinced?
- Stephen Wolfram's hypergraph project aims for a fundamental theory of physics. Simple rules generating complicated networks may be how to build the universe.
- The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.
In a way, Trump was right. There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer's massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump's assault on democracy.
- The Lab-Leak Hypothesis. For decades, scientists have been hot-wiring viruses in hopes of preventing a pandemic, not causing one. But what if …? By Nicholson Baker.
- The World Needs a Real Investigation Into the Origins of Covid-19. A team of WHO researchers has arrived in China but won't investigate the possibility that the coronavirus originated in a lab.
- The New National American Elite.
America is now ruled by a single elite class rather than by local patrician smart sets competing with each other for money and power. BY MICHAEL LIND.
- Biden sparks TERF war with gender discrimination order.
WASHINGTON — President Biden set off a heated identity politics debate less than 24 hours into his presidency when he signed a gender discrimination order that has drawn heat from critics who accuse him of erasing women's rights. By Ebony Bowden.
- Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
- Benedict XVI Warned Us Years Ago of Dangers Ahead.
Several times during his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI sounded the alarm about the direction society was taking, and told us what we must do in response. By Joseph Pronechen.
- 'Old Faithful' galaxy has brilliant outbursts every 114 days. An "Old Faithful"-like event in space may shed light on the nature of stars near supermassive black holes embedded in galaxies. Researchers saw repeated outbursts — every 114 days, on average — in a galaxy some 570 million light-years away from Earth. (For perspective, the nearest star system to Earth is roughly 4 light-years away.) The event, known as ASASSN-14ko, is flaring vehemently and in several wavelengths of light. "These are the most predictable and frequent recurring multiwavelength flares we've seen from a galaxy's core, and they give us a unique opportunity to study this extragalactic Old Faithful in detail. We think a supermassive black hole at the galaxy's center creates the bursts as it partially consumes an orbiting giant star," study researcher Anna Payne, a NASA graduate fellow at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, stated in a NASA statement. By Elizabeth Howell.
- Don't exaggerate the threat of the Capitol rioters. This was a nasty anti-democratic mob. But I'm more worried about the anti-democratic elites. By Brendan O'Neill, editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast.
- The cancellation of Parler. Apparently any free-speech alternative to Big Tech can and will be crushed.
Tom Slater is deputy editor at spiked.
- The Two Big Falsehoods of Critical Social Justice. The Critical Social Justice (CSJ) movement relies on a specific conception of the world: it does not understand or interpret reality in the same way as the rest of us—especially liberals—do. Our goal is to help people understand this worldview movement and explain how the movement has gained so much traction, despite the fact that so many of its fundamental tenets are bizarre, blatantly false and cartoonish oversimplifications of reality. The methodology of CSJ is not only incorrect but unfalsifiable, not only ethically dubious but plainly ideologically motivated—so its wide acceptance and social prestige are both bewildering and alarming. But its methodology and cultural prestige are based on two big underlying claims, both of which are false. By Helen Pluckrose & James Lindsay.
- Hevder japansk medisin halverer sykdomsperioden for covid-19.
Medisinen Favipiravir (Avigan) har blitt testet på 340 pasienter. Sykdomsperioden har gått ned fra elleve til fire dager.
- A Signal from Proxima Centauri?.
By Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer.
- Scientists looking for aliens investigate radio beam 'from nearby star'. Tantalising 'signal' appears to have come from Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun.
- Sinister speculation over China's 'bioweapons' plan.
Worrying speculation has emerged China is collecting DNA from the world's population in a gory scheme to wipe out certain ethnic and racial groups. The damning allegations having been levelled at the nation by writer Gordon Chang, the man behind the 2001 book The Coming Collapse of China. China's database of DNA has continued growing throughout the coronavirus pandemic and the country is using its vaccine as leverage for information on US citizens, Mr Chang told Fox News.
- Acting DHS chief Wolf warns Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: 'Your censorship poses a threat to our security'. Wolf slammed the tech giant for suspending CPD Commissioner Mark Morgan for touting the success of the border wall.
- Twitter backs down, lifts New York Post's suspension after lengthy standoff over Hunter Biden report. 'We're baaaaaaack' the paper celebrated on its newly-unlocked account.
- Tucker: Something ominous is happening to men in America.
- Jordan Peterson: Dangerous IQ Debate. YouTube video (20 minutes).
- IQ, explained in 9 charts. Nobody wants to be a number. But there is one number that probably says a lot about you, whether you know it or not: your IQ, or intelligence quotient. (President Donald Trump recently bragged to Forbes that he would "win" if his IQ test score was compared to that of his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.) IQ is often dismissed as antiquated, misguided, or less important than personality traits. But according to Stuart Ritchie, an intelligence researcher at the University of Edinburgh, there's a massive amount of data showing that it's one of the best predictors of someone's longevity, health, and prosperity. And psychologists have been able to replicate these findings over and over. By Brian Resnick.
- 11 Uncomfortable Facts About How IQ Affects Your Life. We'd like to think that IQ isn't the determining factor for success in life. But psychology professors David Hambrick and Elizabeth Meinz recently wrote an Op-Ed for The New York Times, "Sorry Strivers, Talent Matters," where they cite a few scientific studies that point to innate talent — not practice — as what separates the good from the great. This is a bummer for many of us who want to believe that putting in the work will yield successful results. And not to say it doesn't: it just can't compete with outright intelligence. By Eric Goldschein and Kim Bhasin.
- Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters. HOW do people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports? This has long been a topic of intense debate in psychology. By DAVID Z. HAMBRICK and ELIZABETH J. MEINZ.
- Flynn Was Innocent All Along: He Was Pressured to Plead Guilty. The Justice Department has agreed that General Michael Flynn did not, in fact, commit any crime. Let us hear now from the former civil libertarians for whom any violation of law is permissible, as long as it is directed at a Trump associate. By Alan M. Dershowitz.
- Passion, grit and mindset in young adults: Exploring the relationship and gender differences.
The main aim of the study was to explore the associations between passion, grit and mindset in a group of young Icelandic adults. The sample consisted of 146 participants. The eight item Passion Scale was used to assess passion, and the Grit-S scale was used to assess grit. Mindset was measured with the Theories of Intelligence Scale (TIS). The scale has 8-items. The results show significant difference between female and male in the passion factor only, in favor of males. In addition the results indicated a significant correlation between all factors for the group as a whole; passion and grit, r = .435; passion and mindset, r = .260; grit and mindset, r = .274. The results for the gender separate indicate a same pattern for the females, significant correlation between all the factors; passion – grit, r = .382, passion-mindset, r = . 299 and grit-mindset, r = .356. For the males the pattern was different. Significant correlation was between passion-grit, r = .500 and for passion-mindset r =.260. For grit-mindset there was not significant correlation r = .215. The results indicate gender differences in associations between passion, grit and mindset. H.Sigmundsson, M.Hag, F.Hermundsdottir.
- How French "Intellectuals" Ruined the West: Postmodernism and Its Impact, Explained.
Postmodernism presents a threat not only to liberal democracy but to modernity itself. That may sound like a bold or even hyperbolic claim, but the reality is that the cluster of ideas and values at the root of postmodernism have broken the bounds of academia and gained great cultural power in western society. By Helen Pluckrose.
- The Long Hard Road to Decoupling from China. It's by now beyond clear that China is no partner to the United States. A difficult, but necessary, separation lies ahead.
By Andrew A. Michta.
- Why I Left the Far-Right: Joram van Klaveren's Journey to Islam (Video). In an extraordinary personal and political transformation, a former senior member of Geert Wilders's virulently anti-immigrant Freedom Party (PVV) has converted to Islam – saying it was the party's anti-Muslim rhetoric which led him to look more deeply into his new religion. Joram van Klaveren (39) once was the right hand of PVV-leader Geert Wilders. Van Klaveren pleaded for a burqa-ban, a ban on minarets and for the de-islamization of the Netherlands. Now, he has memorized two chapters of the Noble Quran and acknowledges that Muhammad ﷺ is the Last Prophet of Allah. Juan Cole.
- Second serious farm attack in one week in small area in Free State. The latest farm attack on a Free State farmer, Mr Japie van den Berg, on his farm Hillbrow in Vierfontein, highlights the need for more effective rural safety measures. This was the second serious farm attack that took place this week in a relatively small area of the Free State.
- Farm attack: Farmer assaulted, tied up and abducted, Vierfontein. A farm attack took place on 25 February 2020, on the farm Hillbrow, near Vierfontein in the Free State province of South Africa. Japie van den Berg (50), a farmer who stays alone, was overpowered at his farm gate by five male attackers and then forced into his home on the farm. The farmer was assaulted, tied up and abducted in his own bakkie.
- Farm attack, 3 armed attackers open fire, wound 2 men, Mnandi. A farm attack took place on 20 February 2020, in Mnandi, Gauteng province of South Africa. Two male victims were attacked by three armed suspects. One victim was wounded in the hand and other was shot through the knee, the bullet then lodged in other knee.
- Words alone can't describe the brutality of farm attacks.
A farm attack is not an ordinary crime; it is nothing more than an inhumane act of violence against farmers who have over the years become victims of merciless criminals obsessed on killing the minority.
- I've Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You. Until a week ago, I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired. And although I am but one professor at one small college in one small town, I want to persuade you that, if you care about free speech and free inquiry in academia, you should be alarmed by my termination. My troubles began in October 2019 when I was invited to address an evolutionary group at the University of Alabama. I had decided that I would discuss human population variation, the hypothesis that human biological differences are at least partially produced by different environments selecting for different physical and psychological traits in their populations over time. I planned to defend this view as most consistent with a Darwinian understanding of the world. Written by Bo Winegard.
- The Ethnic Predicaments of the Shrinking White Majority.
Review of Eric Kaufmann, Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities (Penguin, 2018). 624 pages. This is the second part of the review, the first having appeared in Australia's Quadrant magazine in September 2019 on pp. 31-37. That first part is also accessible at Quadrant Online. Frank K. Salter.
- Trump's State of the Union.
President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address on Tuesday to a joint session of Congress. The speech came a day before the Senate was scheduled to cast its final votes in the impeachment trial, determining whether to remove Mr. Trump from office. The following is a transcript of his remarks, as released by The White House.
- Ancient Humans Had Sex With More Than Just Neanderthals, Scientists Find.
Neanderthal genes supply between 1 and 4 percent of the genome in people from homelands on several continents, from Britain to Japan to Colombia. DNA from another human-like primate, the Denisovans, lurks in modern genomes, too.
- Science Confirms That the Vagus Nerve Is Key to Well-being. The mysterious nerve network that quiets pain and stress — and may defeat disease. By Markham Heid.
- 'Luxury beliefs' are the latest status symbol for rich Americans. A former classmate from Yale recently told me "monogamy is kind of outdated" and not good for society. So I asked her what her background is and if she planned to marry. She said she comes from an affluent family and works at a well-known technology company. Yes, she personally intends to have a monogamous marriage — but quickly added that marriage shouldn't have to be for everyone. She was raised by a traditional family. She planned on having a traditional family. But she maintained that traditional families are old-fashioned and society should "evolve" beyond them. What could explain this? By Rob Henderson.
- Rigid Catholics who won't change are imbalanced, says Pope Francis in Christmas address.
VATICAN CITY, December 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In his annual Christmas address, Pope Francis advised the Vatican civil service not to allow "rigidity" to get in the way of "epochal change."
- Child of lesbian parents opposes gay marriage. | ABC News (TV interview)
- Physician: American Children 'Immersed in a Culture of Disrespect'.
"Then Kyle replied, 'Shut up, mom. You don't know what you're talking about.' ... Kyle is 10 years old."
- Why the liberal West is a Christian creation. Christianity is dismissed as a fairy tale but its assumptions underpin the modern secular world. By John Gray.
- Leftists Threaten To "Bring Out The Guillotine" If Theaters Show Jordan Peterson Documentary.
Theaters in many locations are terminating their showing of the documentary "The Rise of Jordan Peterson" after receiving threats of violence. According to The Stranger, showings in theaters in Toronto and Brooklyn had all been canceled due to complaints by staff that they were fearful of "getting in trouble." It's the kind of "trouble" that is seen whenever Antifa and violent leftists show up to impose their anti-fascist fascism on everyone present.
- Retire at 55 and live to 80; work till you're 65 and die at 67. Startling new data shows how work pounds older bodies. Here's a very sobering piece from financial planner Alec Riddle, who looks at the relationship between how long you work and how long you're likely to enjoy your retirement. Citing some interesting research, Alec argues that those who continue to work right up to the maximum retirement age tend to have shorter retirements than their peers who retire younger.
- Here Are Five of The Most Common Climate Change Misconceptions, Debunked.
The science of climate change is more than 150 years old and it is probably the most tested area of modern science. However the energy industry, political lobbyists and others have spent the last 30 years sowing doubt about the science where none really exists.
- Norway is in denial about the threat of far-right violence. Far from learning from the Breivik atrocity, politicians have pandered to a view that Islamist terror is the greatest danger. Sindre Bangstad.
- Nolte – MSNBC Host: We're Not Going to 'Play Fair' to Put Trump in Jail.
During a Friday appearance on Morning Joe, MSNBC host Donny Deutsch promised the world, "We're not going to necessarily play fair" to put President Trump "in jail." So what you have here is an anchor for a major cable news outlet assuring everyone that when it comes to putting an individual in prison, "we're not going to … play fair." This is how far gone the media now are… So angry, so bitter, so demoralized, such a sorry gang of sore losers that they are now promising to put a man in prison, a sitting president, a family man — and, if necessary, rig the proceedings to make it happen.
By John Nolte.
- Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ. Podcaster and author Sam Harris is the latest to fall for it.
By Eric Turkheimer, Kathryn Paige Harden, and Richard E. Nisbett.
- How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of 'Race'. In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published "Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race," an influential book that argued that race is a social concept with no genetic basis. A classic example often cited is the inconsistent definition of "black." In the United States, historically, a person is "black" if he has any sub-Saharan African ancestry; in Brazil, a person is not "black" if he is known to have any European ancestry. If "black" refers to different people in different contexts, how can there be any genetic basis to it? By David Reich.
- #73 - FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE. A Conversation with Charles Murray.
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book The Bell Curve, the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics.
- The Burning of Notre Dame and the Destruction of Christian Europe. Barely an hour after the flames began to rise above Notre Dame -- at a time when no explanation could be provided by anyone -- the French authorities rushed to say that the fire was an "accident" and that "arson has been ruled out." The remarks sounded like all the official statements made by the French government after attacks in France during the last decade. The Notre Dame fire also occurred at a time when attacks against churches in France and Europe have been multiplying. More than 800 churches were attacked in France during the year 2018 alone. By Guy Millière.
- Greece: A "No-Go" Zone in Athens?. "[T]he neighborhood has... platoons, companies, battalions, Kalashnikovs. I don't know any more if we, as a police force, have the political mandate to clear the area. This region is a matter for the army now." — Stavros Balaskas, vice president of the Greek Federation of Police Officers, April 6, 2019. "...[T]here are now too many illegal immigrants in Exarchia who are drug traffickers [and] gun traffickers... they have essentially taken over the whole place." — Michalis Chrysochoidis, a former Greek Minister of Citizen Protection, who was responsible for the 2002 dismantling of the "November 17" domestic terrorist organization, April 8, 2019. By Maria Polizoidou.
- Thank God for western values. The debt of the West to Christianity is more deeply rooted than many might presume. By Tom Holland.
- 'As a bishop, it is my duty to warn the West': An interview with Cardinal Sarah.
The Vatican cardinal discusses his hard-hitting new book in this exclusive interview with La Nef. Cardinal Robert Sarah is publishing the third of his book-length interviews with Nicolas Diat: The Day is Far Spent. An unflinching diagnosis, but one full of hope in the midst of the spiritual and moral crisis of the West.
- Proof that girls and boys are born to be different: Controversial study finds that brain differences between the sexes begin in the womb.
- Britain's War on Christianity: Part I. In recent years, dozens of Christians — clergy and non-clergy — in Britain have been arrested or fired from their jobs due to their faith. Much of the harassment is based on three sections of two British laws that are vague and open to subjective interpretations. By Soeren Kern.
- Whites were Slaves in North Africa before Blacks were Slaves in the New World. Regarding white Slaves in Africa, Black Slaves in the New World, it is often overlooked that slaves were enslaved before they were bought and sold by Jews, Arabs, and Gentiles. The unasked question is: Who enslaved them? Things that used to be true before political correctness set in: More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States. Dr. Paul C. Roberts, Herland Report.
- For European renewal.
Citizens of Europe, If I am taking the liberty of addressing you directly, it is not only in the name of the history and values that unite us. It is because time is of the essence. In a few weeks' time, the European elections will be decisive for the future of our continent. Never, since the Second World War, has Europe been as essential. Yet never has Europe been in so much danger. By Emmanuel Macron, President of France.
- Scientists stunned by discovery of 'semi-identical' twins. Boy and girl, now four, are only the second case of 'sesquizygotic' twins recorded. Nicola Davis.
- Former President of Greenpeace Scientifically Rips Climate Change to Shreds.
Should We Celebrate Carbon Dioxide? The following is a lecture delivered by Patrick Moore, formerly President of Greenpeace Int'l, to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London. He is a vocal critic of faulty science that supports climate-change caused by humans. Since he was a legend in the eco-movement, his current assessment is credible and authoritative.
- 'Jaw-dropping moment': Scientists discover mysterious new communication mechanism in the brain. Researchers studying the brain have stumbled upon a mysterious, previously unknown form of neural communication that has stunned the scientific community. Despite major scientific breakthroughs, the brain largely remains a mystery, and the team from Case Western Reserve University have added to it with their latest paper on a self-propagating 'wireless' communication they encountered that can jump across different sections of the brain.
- Why Your Ideological Echo Chamber Isn't Just Bad For You. It's also bad for your kids. By Jay Fielden.
- The Life of an American Boy at 17. Ryan Morgan is a high school senior from West Bend, Wisconsin. Like all seventeen-year-olds, he thinks a lot about what he wants to do with his life, because everyone keeps telling him he's supposed to have it figured out. He'd rather just talk about his girlfriend or cool sneakers or the Packers. But life is never that simple. Part One in a Series on Growing Up in America Today, from the March issue of Esquire. by Jennifer Percy.
- Schools in France to replace 'mother and father' with 'parent 1 and 2' under controversial same sex amendment.
Supporters of the change say it will stop discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue it "dehumanises" parenthood, is "ugly" and could lead to rows over who gets to be "parent 1". The amendment was passed by MPs on Tuesday night as part of a wider so-called law to build "a school of trust", which among other things also makes attendance compulsory for all three-year-olds.
- Poll: Media's All-Out Assault on Trump Only Hurts Trust in Journalists.
Polling proves that public trust in the establishment media has collapsed in every imaginable way during Trump's presidency. There is no doubt anymore that corporate media's ongoing assault against President Trump has backfired in a way that journalists will never recover from. An IBD/TIPP poll asked about "the public's perception of the mainstream news media" and found that "fully half the country says its trust in the media decreased over the past two years," while only eight percent say they have more trust in the media. By John Nolte.
- Ancient Humans Had Sex With More Than Just Neanderthals, Scientists Find.
Neanderthal genes supply between 1 and 4 percent of the genome in people from homelands on several continents, from Britain to Japan to Colombia. DNA from another human-like primate, the Denisovans, lurks in modern genomes, too. A molar and a chip of pinkie bone found in a Siberian cave provide what little information we have about this species. DNA extracted from the fragments previously revealed cross-species breeding. Yet a 2018 study in the journal Cell shows the ancient hanky-panky did not stop in Siberia: Humans who traveled across South Asia mated with a separate group of Denisovans as well.
- The unwelcome revival of 'race science'.
Its defenders claim to be standing up for uncomfortable truths, but race science is still as bogus as ever. By Gavin Evans.
- Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles. The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis.
- I've Worked with Refugees for Decades. Europe's Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling.
In 2014, when waves of refugees began flooding into western Europe, citizens and officials alike responded with generosity and openness. Exhausted refugees spilled out of trains and buses to be met by crowds bearing gifts of clothing and food, and holding up placards that read " Welcome Refugees ." This was a honeymoon that could not last. Some of the upcoming difficulties had been anticipated: that the newcomers did not speak the local languages, might be traumatized, would probably take a long time to find their footing, and had brought their ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts with them, causing them to get into battles with each other. All of these things happened but—as Angela Merkel promised—were manageable. "Wir schaffen das." But there was one development that had not been expected, and was not tolerable: the large and growing incidence of sexual assaults committed by refugees against local women. These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. At first, the incidents were downplayed or hushed up—no one wanted to provide the right wing with fodder for nationalist agitation, and the hope was that these were isolated instances caused by a small problem group of outliers. As the incidents increased, and because many of them took place in public or because the public became involved either in stopping the attack or in aiding the victim afterwards, and because the courts began issuing sentences as the cases came to trial, the matter could no longer be swept under the carpet of political correctness. And with the official acknowledgment and public reporting, a weird and puzzling footnote emerged. Most of the assaults were being committed by refugees of one particular nationality: by Afghans. By Cheryl Benard.
- Reforming Islam. Interview with Imam Tawhidi.
The Rubin Report.
- Germany's Attack on Free Speech. Since the end of the Cold War Europe has been obsessed with the idea of eradicating hate as a shortcut to eternal peace. In short, a world relieved from human conflict. This is an utopia and we know from earlier attempts to turn utopias into reality that one of the first victims of these fantasies is freedom. In this case freedom of expression will be endangered. By FLEMMING ROSE.
- Telford sex abuse victim 'told to take her child to see her rapist or face JAIL'. EXCLUSIVE: The woman, who was just 14 when she was targeted in the grooming scandal, comes days after another brave victim revealed a similarly shocking plight.
A woman preyed on by paedophiles as a schoolgirl today claims she was ordered to let a man who repeatedly raped her have access to her child. The woman was 14 when she says she was targeted by a man in the Telford sex grooming scandal. She fell pregnant twice and says she was warned she faced arrest unless she allowed the man to see the youngster. Her story comes days after Rotherham mum Sammy Woodhouse told how a man who raped her was also offered parental rights over her child.
- Sweden: Women Raped, Authorities Too Busy. According to Mikaela Blixt, after a man attacked her in the street and tried to rape her, the police did nothing, even though she knew where her attacker lived and could easily have identified him. The Swedish mainstream media outlet, Expressen, wanted to interview Blixt, but, according to her, only on condition that she not mention that her attacker was an Afghan migrant. Judith Bergman.
- Rotherham child sexual abuse: Six men jailed.
Six men have been jailed for sexually exploiting young girls in Rotherham who were gang-raped and abused by them.
- Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship. Something has gone wrong in the university—especially in certain fields within the humanities. Scholarship based less upon finding truth and more upon attending to social grievances has become firmly established, if not fully dominant, within these fields, and their scholars increasingly bully students, administrators, and other departments into adhering to their worldview. This worldview is not scientific, and it is not rigorous. For many, this problem has been growing increasingly obvious, but strong evidence has been lacking. For this reason, the three of us just spent a year working inside the scholarship we see as an intrinsic part of this problem. This essay, although hopefully accessible to everyone, is the most thorough breakdown of the study and written for those who are already somewhat familiar with the problems of ideologically-motivated scholarship, radical skepticism and cultural constructivism. By Helen Pluckrose, James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian
- The Slippery Slope of Complicity.
When was the last time centrist talking heads declared, "Donald Trump just became president" (because he bombed someone, or something like that)? I think it's been more than a year. At this point, you have to be a truly fanatical practitioner of bothsidesism not to see that Trump is every bit as terrible a human being, and every bit as much a menace to the republic, as some of us warned when all the cool kids were busy snarking about Clinton's emails. The real news of the past few weeks isn't that Trump is a wannabe Mussolini who can't even make the trains run on time. It's the absence of any meaningful pushback from Congressional Republicans. Indeed, not only are they acquiescing in Trump's corruption, his incitements to violence, and his abuse of power, up to and including using the power of office to punish critics, they're increasingly vocal in cheering him on. Make no mistake: if Republicans hold both houses of Congress this November, Trump will go full authoritarian, abusing institutions like the I.R.S., trying to jail opponents and journalists on, er, trumped-up charges, and more — and he'll do it with full support from his party. By Paul Krugman.
- Norway's hidden scandal.
The UN rates Norway one of the best countries for a child to grow up in. And yet too many children, according to a large number of Norwegian experts, are taken into care without good reason. The conviction of a top psychiatrist in the child protection system for downloading child abuse images is now raising further serious questions.
- Britain Welcomes Radicals - Again and Again. In the past year, the UK has banned a fair number of people from entering the country. It has, for example, barred the Canadian activist and blogger Lauren Southern. It has also banned the Austrian activist and 'identitarian' Martin Sellner. Whatever anyone's thoughts on either of these individuals, it is not possible to claim that either has ever addressed a rally of thousands of people which they have used to extol a murderer. If either of them had done so, a ban from the UK might be explicable. Yet Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman has done these things -- and yet has been allowed into the UK three years in a row. Even in the year after Theresa May pretended that 'enough is enough.' By Douglas Murray.
- Jordan Peterson | The Most Terrifying IQ Statistic.
- EU: How to Stop Mass-migration from Africa? Bring Everyone to Europe!. By Judith Bergman.
- Tommy Robinson Drew Attention to 'Grooming Gangs.' Britain Has Persecuted Him. The latest controversy is maddening for many reasons. By Douglas Murray.
- Swift Injustice: The Case of Tommy Robinson. By: Bruce Bawer.
- NBC News Defames Gatestone Institute. In what has been described as a desperate attempt "to keep the failing Russiagate conspiracy theory alive," NBC News has published a false and defamatory report about Gatestone Institute. The article, originally published on April 23, 2018, has since been has been altered online several times. By Gatestone Institute.
- 220 Airstrikes on Palestinians; World Yawns. Dropping barrels of dynamite on houses and hospitals in a Palestinian refugee camp is apparently of no interest to those who pretend to champion Palestinians around the world. Nor does the issue seem to move the UN Security Council. As for the leaders of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip? They are otherwise occupied. Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority and Hamas are too busy lunging at each other's throats and trying to take down Israel to pay much attention to their people's suffering in Syria. Khaled Abu Toameh.
- Origins and Destinations of the World's Migrants, 1990-2017.
- Turkish Government Official: «Europe Will be Muslim». [...] At the same time, a prominent Turkish government official has been openly and proudly declaring that the demography of Europe is changing in favor of Muslims. Uzay Bulut.
- WATCH: Leftist Students Freak Out When Panel Agrees Men And Women Are Different. "Even the women in there have been brainwashed!".
- France: Migrant Crisis Spirals Out of Control. French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb described the level of violence in Calais as "unprecedented." He attributed the fighting to an escalating turf war between Afghan and Kurdish gangs seeking to gain control over human trafficking between Calais and Britain, which many migrants view as "El Dorado" because of its massive underground economy. Soeren Kern.
- Europe: Making Totalitarianism Great Again. The European Union has programs in place that seek heavily to influence mainstream news outlets and journalists with its own agendas -- such as that of continued mass-migration into Europe from Africa and the Middle East. For this purpose, the European Commission recently funded the publication of a handbook with guidelines for journalists on how to write about migrants and migration. Judith Bergman.
- Helge Lurås: Taking on the MSM in Norway.
Good news media are all alike; every bad news medium is bad in its own way. This is not to say that bad news media do not have certain attributes in common. In these days when the Western political and cultural establishment considers it de rigueur to avoid certain unpleasant truths, for example, bad news media tend to whitewash Islam, big time. But there are different ways of approaching this task. Take Norway. With a couple of exceptions, all of the country's major newspapers are mediocre, mendacious, and [...]. Thank heaven, then, for the first-rate online alternatives to these rancid propaganda mills: Hans Rustad's document.no, Human Rights Service's rights.no, and the new kid on the block, resett.no, edited by Helge Lurås. In a country where a remarkable number of so-called professional journalists exhibit a breathtaking ignorance of history, economics, and general culture – not to mention a surprisingly poor command of their own language – Lurås is head and shoulders above the mob. At age 47, he has degrees in business, sociology, intellectual history, and social anthropology; he's worked in the military, serving in Hungary and Guatemala and running an air base in Bosnia; he's been an advisor at a foreign policy institute and founder of a center for strategic analysis; and he's written a book called Who's Threatening Norway Now? Bruce Bawer.
- Clinton–Obama Emails: The Key to Understanding Why Hillary Wasn't Indicted. New FBI texts highlight a motive to conceal the president's involvement. By Andrew C. McCarthy.
- Letter: It is Not Okay to be White.
On my walk to class the other day, I ran across a plain sign. It was simple black text on a blank sheet of printer paper simply saying, "it's okay to be white." This seemingly simple statement is aggressive and it's false, it's not okay to be white. Maggie DeHart.
- Mass Migration: Uninvited Guests. Refugees and immigrants bring their own cultures, their own assumptions, beliefs, values, fears and hopes from their homelands. One cannot just assume that they wish to integrate or assimilate into the Western culture. Willingness to assimilate might well vary from individual to individual, and from culture to culture. A society can only function smoothly if there is a large degree of agreement and commonality regarding to what language people shall speak, what rules they should follow in dealing with one another, and how government is to be established. Where is it written that all cultures are necessarily compatible with one another? Philip Carl Salzman, professor of anthropology at McGill University.
- Arab Apartheid Targets Palestinians. Iraq has just joined the long list of Arab countries that shamelessly practice apartheid against Palestinians. The number of Arab countries that apply discriminatory measures against Palestinians while pretending to support the Palestinian cause is breathtaking. Arab hypocrisy is once again on display, but who who is looking? Khaled Abu Toameh.
- France's War against Firefighters and Police. A silent war against French police and firefighters is in full swing. "2,280 firefighters were assaulted in 2016... As a result, the police are called to certain areas just to protect the firefighters." Yves Mamou,
- Europe: Journalists Against Free Speech. The European Federation of Journalists (EJF), "the largest organization of journalists in Europe, represents over 320,000 journalists in 71 journalists' organizations across 43 countries," according to its website. The EJF, a powerful player, also leads a Europe-wide campaign called "Media against Hate." Judith Bergman.
- The Paris Statement - a Europe we can believe in. Europe, in all its richness and greatness, is threatened by a false understanding of itself.
Phillipe Bénéton, Rémi Brague, Chantal Delsol, Roman Joch, Lánczi András, Ryszard Legutko, Roger Scruton, Robert Spaemann, Bart Jan Spruyt, Matthias Storme.
- Mass-Migration: The Tiniest Dose of Reality Hits. If you do not have control of your borders, with a meaningful set of immigration laws and the right to keep people out of your country, then you do not really have a country. Douglas Murray.
- Europe: The Great White Death?. What is of concern, is that there is a sub-group of the European population which is in the process of very efficiently wiping itself out of existence. Drieu Godefridi.
- The Fake News Media of Sweden.
In most democratic countries, the media should be critical of those who hold power. In Sweden, however, the media criticize those who criticize the authorities. Criticism is not aimed at the people who hold power, but against private citizens who, according to the journalists, have the "wrong" ideas. Nima Gholam Ali Pour.
- New NGO Racket: Smuggling, Inc.. It may easily be argued, of course, that pro-migration NGOs that are colluding with smuggling gangs and assisting them in their work are "likely to cause loss of life", if not in the Mediterranean then in encouraging thousands of people to give their money to smuggling gangs and encouraging millions more to set out for a new life in a continent which is increasingly less likely to receive them with warmth. A group that seeks to oppose Europe's current self-destructive trajectory can now not even source independent financial support. Groups, however, that continue to push Europe along its current trajectory continue to get all the official support they need. In the difference in reaction to these two groups lies a significant part of the story of the ruin of a continent.
- The Personality of Political Correctness.
The idea of political correctness is central to the culture wars of American politics. Scott Barry Kaufman.
- Hero Imams. More than 60 Islamic leaders and imams -- from France, Belgium, Britain, Tunisia, and of different Islamic faiths -- in a move that may be unprecedented, are touring Europe to denounce Islamic terrorism and to pay homage to the victims of terror in Europe by visiting many of the sites of terror attacks. The idea seems to have shaken extremists to the core. They have been sending these imams death threats. It is therefore high time, as mankind faces a crucial turning point, that people will pull together and support any voices of peace such as those of the marching imams, and restrain any hands that would try to sabotage their noble mission. Khadija Khan
- The Worst Ideological Enemy of the US is Now Europe.
Europe is the worst enemy of the US? You cannot be serious. Islamism, Russia, illegal immigrants... whatever, but surely not Europe! Are we not still together in NATO? Do we not conduct huge amounts of trade every day? Do we not share the same cultural roots, the same civilization, the same vision of the future? Did France not give the US her famous Statue of Liberty – "Liberty Enlightening the World?" Not anymore. In a sense, Europe looks like a continent where American Democrats have been in power for 30 years, not only in the European states, but also at the level of the European Union. In the US, the political spectrum still spans a vast range of views between Democrats and Republicans, globalists and nationalists, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, pro-government control and pro-individuals' control, and pro-whatever. Even today with a president and a Supreme Court clearly on the political "Right" these divisions, and the all-important separation of powers, allow for and encourage vigorous debate. By contrast, in Europe, at the "official" level, such a spectrum of views no longer exists. In Western Europe, politically speaking, in the press and in universities, either you are on the "Left," or you are a pariah. If you are a pariah, you are most likely to be prosecuted for "Islamophobia", "racism", discrimination or some other "trumped up" charge. Drieu Godefridi.
- London paramedic has liquid thrown in face by masked men.
A lone paramedic had a substance thrown on to her face, neck and chest while answering a 999 call.
- Police 'shocked' by violence as youth riot at small town fair.
Authorities in the town of Schorndorf in Baden-Württemberg have expressed shock after police and bystanders were attacked by members of a group of around 1,000 youths.
- Girl, 17, is sexually assaulted by 'three Afghan asylum seekers' and Iraqi migrant is accused of sexual harassment as youths riot at German music festival. The incidents occurred at Volksfest in Schorndorf, Baden-Wuerttemberg state A 20-year-old Iraqi man and three Afghan asylum seekers treated as suspects The Afghan men, aged 18 to 20, said to be accused of groping a 17-year-old girl Crowd of more than 1,000 people reported to have hurled bottles at riot police.
- The Pope's Marxist Head of the Jesuits. Understanding the adage that personnel is policy, Pope Francis has been planting Marxists throughout the Church, including at the top of the troubled religious order to which he belongs. In 2016, the Jesuits, with the blessing of Pope Francis, installed as its general superior a Venezuelan, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, whose communist convictions have long been known. Sosa has written about the "Marxist mediation of the Christian Faith," arguing that the Church should "understand the existence of Christians who simultaneously call themselves Marxists and commit themselves to the transformation of the capitalist society into a socialist society." In 1989, he signed a letter praising Fidel Castro. Turn down any corridor in Francis's Vatican, and you are likely to run into a de facto communist: Francis has a communist running his order, a communist running his Council of Cardinals (the Honduran cardinal, Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga), a communist running the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (Margaret Archer, a British sociologist who has said that she represents the "Marxian left"), and communists such as the renegade Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff and the Canadian socialist Naomi Klein drafting his encyclicals.
- Bill Gates warns that Germany's open door policy to migrants will overwhelm Europe and urges leaders to 'make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via current routes'. Bill Gates has warned that European leaders risk deepening the migrant crisis by being too generous to those arriving on the continent. The Microsoft founder said countries such as Germany will not be able to handle the 'huge' numbers of migrants waiting to leave Africa and find a better life overseas. Instead, the 61-year-old suggested spending more on foreign aid to treat the root causes of migration, while making it more difficult for people to reach the continent.
- Bill Gates: Europe Will Be Overwhelmed Unless It Stems Flow of Migrants.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has warned that Africa's population explosion will overwhelm Europe unless the continent makes it more difficult for migrants to reach its shores.
- Just a third of EU citizens feel they have benefited from membership – a new study finds. The research suggests the EU has left the working public behind.
- An Elite-Public Schism Over the EU. Even as the European establishment breathes a collective sigh of relief over the strength of pro-integration leaders Merkel and Macron (and the hobbling of Britain's Tory-nationalist government), it's important to remember that the wounds tearing at the EU are far from healed.
- Brussels in denial over EU crisis: Out-of-touch Eurocrats failing to tackle rising public anger across the continent, study finds.
- A Replacement of Population is Taking Place in Europe. Giulio Meotti.
- Orthodox Patriarch praises Luther on freedom.
There is a 'deep rift' between the Christian concept of freedom and the modern idea of freedom in the Western world, warned Bartholomew.
- Germany: Surge in Stabbings and Knife Crimes. Not only are knife-related crimes surging, but the perpetrators and victims of such crimes are increasingly younger and increasingly female. Germany's knife-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient judicial system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for knife-related crimes are released after questioning from police. This practice allows criminal suspects to continue committing crimes with virtual impunity. More than 1,600 knife-related crimes were reported in Germany during just the first five months of 2017 — an average of 300 such crimes each month, or ten a day. Soeren Kern.
- Theresa May talks tough, but her track record on tackling Islamism is woeful. It was important that the Prime Minister reacted to Saturday night's terrorist attack not with the usual platitudes but with a determination that "things need to change". As she rightly said: "There is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country." And she was spot-on in pointing out: "We need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out across the public sector and across society." But the question has to be asked: who was Home Secretary for the six years from 2010? Mrs May appears to have had a Damascene conversion on this, because as Home Secretary she acted as the most important blockage in Whitehall against a serious attempt to deal with that precise problem: the hold of Islamism across parts of the public sector and across society.
- "Drip-Drip" Genocide: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February, 2017.
While much of the world acknowledges that the Islamic State is engaged in acts of genocide against religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, in other Muslim states, such as Pakistan, Christians and other non-Muslim minorities are experiencing a "drip-drip genocide", said the noted author, journalist and Pakistani politician Farahnaz Ispahani. Raymond Ibrahim.
- For the sake of life on Earth, we must put a limit on wealth. By George Monbiot.
- Poland critical of EU policy on taking in migrants. WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland's prime minister is citing the attack in Manchester to reinforce her government's opposition to a European Union plan to share migrants.
- Polish PM on Manchester Attack: 'Europe, Rise from Your Knees or You'll Be Crying over Your Children Every Day'.
The prime minister of Poland has launched a blistering attack on the "political elites" of Europe in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, warning the continent must put in place "strong politicians" willing to tackle the threat or risk "crying over your children".
- France: No-Go Zones Now in Heart of Big Cities. In January, 2015, a week after the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the American television channel Fox News created a scandal in France by claiming that Islamic "no-go zones" were established in the heart of Paris. For the French media, the existence of no-go zones -- where non-Muslims are unwelcome and Islamic law, sharia, holds sway -- in the heart of the capital was pure nonsense and horrifying "fake news." Paris's mayor, Anne Hidalgo, said she planned to sue Fox News and that the "honor of Paris" was at stake. By May 2017, however, the tone had changed. The French daily, Le Parisien, disclosed that, in fact, no-go zones are in the heart of the capital. It seems that the district of Chapelle-Pajol, in the east of Paris, has become very much a no-go zone. Yves Mamou.
- Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find. The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years before venturing further afield. But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago. Sarah Knapton.
- Germany: Should Migrants Integrate? "We are an open society. We show our face. We do not wear burkas.". Soeren Kern.
- World's Top Atheist, Richard Dawkins, Says Christianity Best Defense Against Radical Islam.
- The real winner of the French presidential election? François Hollande. In the biggest comeback since Lazarus, French president François Hollande has installed Emmanuel Macron as his certain successor, with the collusion of the media, the magistrates and less than 25 per cent of the voters. Jonathan Miller.
- Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable.
Amid ISIS attacks, faithful response inspires Egyptian society. Jayson Casper.
- Europe: Combating Fake News.
If present demographic trends continue, in a few decades, native Swedes could easily become a minority in their own country. Swedish ambulance personnel want gas masks and bulletproof vests to protect their staff against the escalating attacks, similar to equipment used by staff working in war zones. Most dangerous, however, is our inability to deal forcefully with problems undermining Western societies, because some Western media refuse to admit that the problems exist. Fjordman.
- Europe: "The Era of Liberal Babble". Europe, so many years after the Cold War, is ideologically divided into a new East and a West. This time, the schism is over multiculturalism. What Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has termed "liberal babble" continues to govern Western Europe's response to the challenges that migration and Islamic terrorism have brought, especially to personal security. Judith Bergman.
- France's Death Spiral.
In 1990, the "Gayssot law" was passed, stipulating that "any discrimination based on ethnicity, nation, race or religion is prohibited". Since then, it has been used to criminalize any criticism of Arab and African delinquency, any question on immigration from the Muslim world, any negative analysis of Islam. Many writers have been fined and most "politically incorrect" books on those topics have disappeared from bookshops. Guy Millière.
- SWEDEN ROUNDUP: ANOTHER WEEKEND OF GANG-RAPES AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE, POLICE FORENSICS SO UNDERSTAFFED SUSPECTS WALK FREE.
Several Swedish women and girls have this weekend become the victim of gang rapes, rapes, and other forms of sexual violence. Increasingly, girls and women are publicly questioning the 'normality' of the harassment that for many of them seems to virtually have become a part of daily life. David Frankenhuis.
- SWEDEN: CLASSMATES GANG RAPE 14Y/O GIRL IN SCHOOL, REMAIN ENROLLED BECAUSE "RAPISTS ARE VICTIMS TOO," SAYS PRINCIPAL.
A 14-year-old Swedish girl who was sexually abused in her school by two boys is now receiving her education at another school, while the attackers remain enrolled at their current school. One of them, a 16-year-old carrying the Arab name Ajuub, suffers from an "impaired ability to understand what is right and wrong," the verdict stated. He was therefore punished mildly. Other school kids' parents, as well as the principal, are now unhappy with the situation. The gang rape was committed on the 30th of May last year at the restrooms of a school in Skane, in the south of Sweden. Both boys, Ajuub plus an unnamed 15-year-old, raped the victim vaginally as well as orally. They were sentenced in December, Sydsvenskan reports. Ajuub was convicted to 100 hours of youth service plus 24 meetings with a social worker "in order to learn to make better decisions," while the 15-year-old is considered by Swedish law to be too young to be held criminally responsible and has thus been set free. David Frankenhuis.
- Hungary PM says restricting the number of migrants and protecting 'ethnic homogeneity' is vital for economic success because 'too much mixing causes trouble'.
- The Offer that Turns the Gaza Strip into Singapore. Bassam Tawil.
- Lieberman offers to turn Gaza into "the Singapore of the Middle East". Israel's defence minister yesterday offered to turn Gaza into a prosperous territory by creating jobs and building infrastructure. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman's offer was posted in Arabic on the website of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the body responsible for coordinating Israeli activities in the Palestinian territories, as part of an effort to create pressure on Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas. Lieberman proposed turning Gaza "into the Singapore of the Middle East" by building a seaport and an airport and by creating an industrial zones that would help create 40,000 jobs in the strip, if Hamas agreed to demilitarisation and to dismantling the tunnel and rocket systems it has built up.
- GERMANY: MOB OF 100 AFRICANS THREATENS POLICE.
Up to a hundred black Africans threatened and insulted three police officers in Hamburg's notorious St. Georg district this week. According to the newspaper Die Welt, there were "tumultuous scenes" after the police had arrested a young man from Somalia. The man had refused to leave a betting agency from which he had been barred. Instead, he aggressively threatened the staff. "Even before the arrival of the police, the 18-year-old threatened the two employees with cutting their throats and emphasised this with a gesture", said police spokesman Ulf Wundrack. Subsequently, a mob of a hundred Africans then showed up and turned against the police. It was only after backup arrived that the situation was brought under control. The officers were faced with calls to "piss off". Stefan Frank.
- Welcome to Sweden, Eldorado for Migrants!.
In 2016, Sweden received 28,939 asylum seekers. Sweden is a predominantly Christian country in northern Europe, and yet most asylum seekers to Sweden came from three Muslim countries in the Middle East: Syria (5,459), Afghanistan (2,969) and Iraq (2,758). Why is it that people from these three Muslim countries choose to cross Europe to come to Sweden? What is it that Sweden offers that attracts people from the other side of the world? [...] What Sweden provides is economic and social benefits for all who come. Nima Gholam Ali Pour.
- TONY BLAIR EMBARKS ON MISSION TO STOP BREXIT, 9 MONTHS AFTER REFERENDUM.
Former UK Prime Minister and owner and Executive Director of the Tony Blair Institute, Tony Blair, is a wise man full of wisdom and vision. But Blair also values a penny and therefore is only willing to share his wisdom and vision for the amount of 1 million euros per hour. And today Blair will find the time to share his vision once more, and will call on the remain supporters in the UK to "stop Brexit (…) and to rise up in defence of what we believe." Blair is expected to say this at an event hosted by Open Britain, a cross-party political group campaigning against a "destructive" Brexit.
- A Tale of Two Talks: Free Speech in the U.S. Sometimes the whole tenor of an age can be discerned by comparing two events, one commanding fury and the other, silence. Douglas Murray.
- Germany's Migrant Rape Crisis: January 2017 Tolerating a "rape culture" to sustain a politically correct stance on mass migration.
German authorities are investigating reports that dozens of Arab men sexually assaulted female patrons at bars and restaurants in downtown Frankfurt on New Year's Eve 2016. The attacks, in which mobs of migrants harassed women in a "rape game" known as "taharrush gamea" (Arabic for "collective sexual harassment"), are said to have mirrored the mass sexual assaults of women in Cologne and other German cities on New Year's Eve 2015. Soeren Kern.
- 92% OF GERMAN 'ANTI-FASCIST' PROTESTERS STILL LIVE WITH THEIR MUM.
A new study published by the German tabloid Bild concluded that 92 percent of those suspected of violent crimes at left-wing demonstrations still live with their mum and dad, or as the Germans blissfully say it "(…) wohnen noch bei Mutti." The study, which was carried out with data from Germany, further concluded that the number of politically motivated (left-wing) crimes increased significantly from 2009 to 2013, with a total of 1523 cases. That number was double the amount of 2003 to 2008. Interior Senator Frank Henkel (52, CDU) recognised this and commented by saying that indeed: "most politically motivated violent crimes come from the left-wing scene." Between 2009 and 2013, 80% of the 902 acts of violence were directed against policemen. Benjamin de Wolf.
- HUNGARY STANDS ITS GROUND ON MIGRATION DESPITE TAKING HEAT.
In a Politico article on Hungary's supposedly hardening immigration line, the publication quotes a Human Rights Watch researcher by the name of Lydia Gall, claiming that: "Blanket detention of asylum seekers goes against Hungary's obligations under the Refugee Convention and EU law. Detention should always be a very last resort and there are clear cut criteria where detention may be used. It should always be decided on a case-by-case basis and never as a general measure." In her point of view, detention seems to be everything barring the way of migrants into Europe. On behalf of the Hungarian government, Orbán's spokesman Zoltan Kovacs offers a counter-narrative. Kovacs says that the new policies are directed at making sure that EU citizens are spared the burden of uncontrolled movement of migrants: "we are going to introduce a new measure — no migrants, not even those who have achieved their request for asylum, can move freely until there is a final, legal decision whether they are entitled to political asylum or refugee status. They will not be entitled to move freely in the country." Vincent van den Born.
- SYRIAN IMMIGRANT RAPES TWO UNDERAGE SWEDISH GIRLS, GETS AWAY WITH TWO-MONTH SENTENCE.
Just before Christmas last year, a refugee from Syria forced a 13-year-old girl whom he met through Snapchat into the bathroom of a school in Northern Sweden. He locked the door and, according to the indictment, raped her, both vaginally and anally. After the rape, the man threatened the girl with violent reprisals if she would tell anyone. When apprehended, he stated to the police that the "sex was voluntary." However, the forensic pathologist found that the girl had injuries consistent with her story. Nonetheless, he was acquitted of abuse, as the court said it was unclear what exactly was said. Shortly after this rape went to trial, he was indicted for a separate case, in which he was accused of raping a 14-year-old. He had known her a few days, and according to him, their intercourse was also voluntary. This time, the District Court agreed with him, even though the girl is below Sweden's age of consent, as she would only turn 15 in a few weeks. This was close enough for the judge, however, so he concluded it wasn't rape, just sexual exploitation of a child. Vincent van den Born.
- SWEDISH GOVERNMENT OBSTRUCTS STUDYING RELATION BETWEEN IMMIGRANTS AND CRIME.
An attempt by the Sweden Democrats (SD) to shed more light on the relation between crime and criminals' countries of origin, has been blocked by the government. Justice Minister Morgan Johansson of the Swedish Social Democratic Party, declared he didn't feel like discussing the topic.
- Gangster Islam: the problem Europe ignores. For over a decade, Europe's struggle to successfully integrate its Muslim population has been evident. But throughout the years a new and distinctly European phenomenon arose, which is as significant as it is underreported: Gangster Islam. It entails the conflation of the seemingly a-religious street culture of youths from a Muslim background on the one hand, and elements of the Islamic religion on the other. Timon Dias.
- Rotherham child sex gang shout 'Allahu Akbar' in court as they are jailed for 80 years for abusing girls, including one who became pregnant at just 12, after being groomed with alcohol and drugs. Six members of child sex gang given sentences between 10 years and 20 years. Two of the defendants shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as they were led away from dock. The gang sexually abused two young Rotherham girls between 1999 and 2001. One victim fell pregnant aged 12 after being groomed with alcohol and drugs.
- Why Saint Thomas Aquinas Opposed Open Borders. Every nation has the right to distinguish, by country of origin, who can migrate to it and apply appropriate immigration policies, according to the great medieval scholar and saint Thomas Aquinas. Thomas D. Williams.
- Why whites aren't the most racist people. Jay Fayza uses facts and statistics to show that whites and western nations are the least racist and bigoted people on earth contrary to lies told by liberal media and academia. YouTube video.
- Nine questions those protesting against Donald Trump's immigration ban must answer. I wonder whether there might be any long-term effects from shouting 'racist', 'fascist', 'misogynist' all the time? It is possible that it is hard to think while your fingers are in your ears and you are shouting names at everybody. I just put the thought out there. Douglas Murray.
- Populism as a Backlash against Globalization - Historical Perspectives.
- Women's March Figure Linda Sarsour's Radical Background, Ties.
By all accounts, last Saturday's Women's March protests generated huge crowds in Washington, DC and throughout the country. It also has triggered a heated debate, playing out largely on social media, about one of the march's principal organizers: activist Linda Sarsour. But Sarsour and her defenders are casting this solely as an attack from right-wing elements, ignoring inconvenient criticism from liberal and secular voices who say that she is misrepresenting the American Muslim community and pushing a conservative religious message. Steven Emerson.
- Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize: Reverend Gavin Ashenden.
In a nation much in need of heroes, an Anglican Reverend has stepped forward, putting his sincere and serious beliefs ahead of the unserious and insincere pieties of our time. Everybody -- secular or religious -- has cause to feel enormous gratitude. Douglas Murray.
- Do we have to agree? Accommodating unity in diversity in post-terror Norway. Rojan Tordhol Ezzati, Marta Bivand Erdal.
- UK Pastor: Islam Closer to Christ than Christianity.
LONDON – A Christian pastor has confirmed that Islamic teachings are closer to the Christ than many churches in the west, following a comparative study into both faiths. "I know some emphases in Islamic teaching come closer to the teaching of Christ and the Bible than some teaching in Western churches," Steve Chalke, pastor and founder of the Oasis charity, told Christian Today. "Ultimately the full interpretation of who Allah/God is can be seen through Jesus," he added, confirming that both faiths worship the same God or Allah. "Islam and Christianity are two very different faiths and there are huge differences between the two." Chalke comments followed the release of his new book, Radical, in which he explained how he had come to the conclusion "Muslims and Christians worship the same God".
- This genius map explains how everything in physics is connected. From space time to chaos theory. Fiona MacDonald.
- The Dutch Death Spiral. From Paradise to Bolshevik Thought Police. Giulio Meotti.
- Reaction of Geert Wilders to His Conviction.
The Netherlands have become a sick country. And I have a message for the judges who convicted me: You have restricted the freedom of speech of millions of Dutch and hence convicted everyone. No one trusts you anymore. But fortunately, truth and liberty are stronger than you. And so am I. Geert Wilders.
- France: Decomposing in Front of Our Eyes. Yves Mamou.
- Donald Trump's New World Order. What a Kissinger-inspired strategy might look like. Niall Ferguson.
- France on the Verge of Total Collapse. Guy Millière.
- Donald Trump represents the new normal – on both sides of the Atlantic. He gets how the world has changed. So does Theresa May. Do you? Rod Liddle.
- German Streets Descend Into Lawlessness. The rape of a ten-year-old girl in Leipzig, the largest city in Saxony, has drawn renewed attention to the spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by migrants in cities and towns across Germany — and the lengths to which German officials and the media go to censor information about the perpetrators of those crimes. Soeren Kern.
- The Real Middle East Story. Precisely because he has a colder view of international affairs than Obama, Netanyahu’s leadership has made Israel stronger than ever. Walter Russell Mead.
- Indigenous Australians the most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA testing confirms. Their origins date back more than 50,000 years, according to the research.
- ISIS Sends Parents Video of Daughters Being Raped, Tortured; Bag Carrying Their Body Parts.
US Media Ignored Testimony of Human Rights Activist at UN.
A California-based human rights activist and lawyer, who has been helping minorities and women across the Middle East for over a decade, recently testified at the United Nations, narrating incidents such as parents in Syria being sent a video of their kidnapped daughters being raped and tortured by Islamic State, and the dismembered body parts of their daughters in bags. U.S. media chose not to report on it.
- At least four women 'are sexually assaulted by immigrant men during a rampage at a party in Germany' in a chilling echo of the New Year's Eve attacks. Police said the people who filed complaints could be 'the tip of the iceberg'.
More officers sent to the Essen Original city party in response to attacks.
Women said men approached in groups then harassed and groped them.
- No scientific evidence to support gender ideology, scholars argue. There is no compelling scientific evidence to support the theory that some people may be programmed at birth to identify with the opposite sex, two leading scholars argue in a new journal article. Writing for New Atlantis, Lawrence Mayer and Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins University conclude that the claims put forward by "gender ideology" advocates are without a scientific basis. They find "no compelling biological explanations for human sexual orientation."
- American journalism is collapsing before our eyes. Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it. Michael Goodwin.
- Spanish Marxist Professor Alfredo Serrano Is the Man Behind Venezuela’s Economic Mess. President Nicolás Maduro places confidence in a Spanish Marxist professor he calls 'the Jesus Christ of the Economy'.
- Sweden has died. Do not allow your country to be next.... This video explains what massive immigration has done to Sweden and the bleak future Sweden has over the next few decades.
The swedes far left liberal approach has destroyed their own country.
- The new political divide. Farewell, left versus right. The contest that matters now is open against closed.
- Drawbridges up. The new divide in rich countries is not between left and right but between open and closed.
- IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises for the immolation of Greece. The International Monetary Fund’s top staff misled their own board, made a series of calamitous misjudgments in Greece, became euphoric cheerleaders for the euro project, ignored warning signs of impending crisis, and collectively failed to grasp an elemental concept of currency theory. This is the lacerating verdict of the IMF’s top watchdog on the fund’s tangled political role in the eurozone debt crisis, the most damaging episode in the history of the Bretton Woods institutions.
- Man 'knifes French woman and her three daughters' in Alps resort. A French woman and her three young daughters were severely injured when they were stabbed at a holiday resort on Tuesday by a Moroccan-born man who reportedly shouted that they were too scantily dressed.
- 'Paris is a nightmare now. I lived in a world that no longer exists': Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld decries the French capital and says it now has a 'feeling of danger. Karl Lagerfeld, 82, has been the head of Chanel's fashion house since 1983. He moved to Paris in the 1950s and says the capital is a different world now. 'Paris is a nightmare now. It's not a cliche any more,' said the fashion icon. The German-born designer said the city has gained a feeling of danger.
- It's time for white people to reckon with racism. Feigning ignorance or a lack of complicity is no longer acceptable – we must all work together to counter endemic prejudice in America. Eve Ensler.
- Leaked document says 2,000 men allegedly assaulted 1,200 German women on New Year’s Eve. At first, there was complete silence from officials. As rumors spread on social media, police had nothing to say about allegations of mass sexual assaults and other crimes carried out on New Year's Eve in the German city of Cologne. It was only days later that officials reported that hundreds of women were victims of assault in Cologne, Hamburg and other German cities. But numbers that are now emerging are likely to shock a country still coming to terms with what happened in Cologne more than half a year ago. According to a leaked police document, published by Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and broadcasters NDR and WDR, the previous estimates have to be dramatically revised — upward.
- A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called for a More Liberal Islam. Then the Death Threats Began. For most of his adult life, Ahmed Qassim al-Ghamdi worked among the bearded enforcers of Saudi Arabia. He was a dedicated employee of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice — known abroad as the religious police — serving with the front-line troops protecting the Islamic kingdom from Westernization, secularism and anything but the most conservative Islamic practices.
Some of that resembled ordinary police work: busting drug dealers and bootleggers in a country that bans alcohol. But the men of “the Commission,” as Saudis call it, spent most of their time maintaining the puritanical public norms that set Saudi Arabia apart not only from the West, but from most of the Muslim world.
A key offense was ikhtilat, or unauthorized mixing between men and women. The kingdom’s clerics warn that it could lead to fornication, adultery, broken homes, children born of unmarried couples and full-blown societal collapse.
For years, Mr. Ghamdi stuck with the program and was eventually put in charge of the Commission for the region of Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. Then he had a reckoning and began to question the rules. So he turned to the Quran and the stories of the Prophet Muhammad and his companions, considered the exemplars of Islamic conduct. What he found was striking and life altering: There had been plenty of mixing among the first generation of Muslims, and no one had seemed to mind.
So he spoke out. In articles and television appearances, he argued that much of what Saudis practiced as religion was in fact Arabian cultural practices that had been mixed up with their faith.
- Denial Dies in Dallas. Richard Fernandez.
- Sheriff David Clarke Blasts Obama for Dallas Police Massacre. Never one to mince words, Sheriff David Clarke today blamed President Obama for creating the racial unrest that led to the police massacre in Dallas. During his appearance on Fox Business, Clarke spoke in measured tones, but his extreme dislike of the president and his policies came through loud and clear.
Clarke wasn't impressed by Obama's remarks in Warsaw earlier today, where he condemned the "vicious, calculated and despicable" attack on police officers. "I don't believe there's any sincerity behind the president's words," Clarke began. "Just yesterday he was popping off at the mouth again -- exploiting the situations in Louisiana and Minnesota -- exploiting it on the basis of race. He has no foundation for that. There's no data or research that suggests or proves anything he thinks in terms of disparity."
- 'He grabbed me, then touched my genitals. Girls were crying everywhere': 17-year-old tells of horror after mob of 'foreign youths' sexually assault 35 females as young as 12 at Swedish music festival.
Police say attacks happened during Sweden's 'Party in the Park' festival.
Authorities said that the perpetrators are 'young men, who are foreigners'.
Officers have arrested two boys, both living at a nearby asylum centre.
Victim Alexandra Larsson, 17, has waived anonymity to describe her ordeal.
- Armed Muslim mob in Egypt attacks elderly Christian woman, parades her naked through streets of Cairo. An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital. According to the local Orthodox Coptic church and security officials, the assault in the Minya province village of Karma on Friday began after rumors spread that the elderly woman’s son had an affair with a Muslim woman — a taboo in conservative Egypt. Police have arrested six men suspected of taking part in the violence and are looking for 12 more, the security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
- It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses. The Brexit has laid bare the political schism of our time. It’s not about the left vs. the right; it’s about the sane vs. the mindlessly angry. James Traub.
- The return of the nation. “How quickly the unthinkable became the irreversible” writes The Economist. They are talking about Brexit, of course. The question of today is: Who could have imagined that British people were so tired of being members of The Club? The question of tomorrow is: What country will be next? In France, before the British vote, the weekly JDD conducted an online poll with one question: Do you want France out of the EU? 88% of people answered “YES!” This is not a scientific result, but it is nevertheless an indication. A recent — and more scientific — survey for Pew Research found that in France, a founding member of “Europe,” only 38% of people still hold a favorable view of the EU, six points lower than in Britain. In none of the countries surveyed was there much support for transferring power to Brussels. With Brexit, everybody is discovering that the European project was –implemented by no more than a minority of the population: young urban people, national politicians of each country and bureaucrats in Brussels. All others remain with the same feeling: Europe failed to deliver. Yves Mamou.
- This is democracy in all its beauty and glory.
Consider the magnitude of what has just happened. Against the warnings of experts, the pleas of the vast majority of MPs, the wishes of almost every capitalist, and overtures from Brussels, a majority of British people have said No to the EU. They’ve done the thing almost everyone with power and influence said they shouldn’t: taken a leap into the dark; chased after the devil they don’t know in preference for the one they do; taken a big, exciting risk with the very nature of their nation. They have — let’s just say it — rebelled, and rebelled against virtually every wing of the establishment. You don’t even have to be on the Leave side to admire this (although of course it helps if you are). You just have to be in favour of democracy. You just have to believe it is a good idea to entrust big political decisions to the people. For this is democracy in action, in all its messy, beautiful, order-upsetting glory. Brendan O'Neill.
- Muhammad Ali preaching the preservation of race. BBC Motion Gallery.
- Religious fundamentalism could soon be treated as mental illness. Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness.
- Has The Reintroduction Of Wolves Really Saved Yellowstone?. Recent science suggests that, while important to restoring Yellowstone Park's ecological health, wolves are not the primary solution. Let the fighting commence. Emily Gertz.
- They Released 14 Wolves Into A Park. What Happens Next Is A Miracle And Proves That We Must Take Care Of Our Amazing Planet. In 1995, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Canadian biologists, captured 14 wolves in Canada and placed them in Yellowstone National Park, where they had been extinct since 1926. Over the next few years, the number of wolves rose, but that was the least of the changes that took place in Yellowstone. The effects were more striking than anyone could have expected. The entire ecosystem of the national park transformed and it went so far that even the rivers changed. How could this have happened? Watch the clip and marvel at the amazing way in which nature works.
- Admit that Islam drives Isis, says BBC religion boss. The BBC’s Muslim head of religion and ethics has said it is untrue that Isis has “nothing to do with Islam”. Aaqil Ahmed acknowledged it was an “uncomfortable” truth that the terrorist group is inspired by Islamic doctrine.
Mr Ahmed was speaking at Huddersfield University when he was asked to defend the corporation’s policy of referring to Isis as the “so-called” Islamic State.
- BBC turns down trainees because they are WHITE: Job applicants stunned to be told corporation only wants people from 'ethnic minority backgrounds'. BBC advertised for two 12-month trainee roles with 'allowance' of £25,000
Did not prohibit white people but mentioned ethnic minorities in advert
When people applied they got generic email saying it is closed to whites
Applicant accused BBC of 'racial discrimination' against white people.
- Welcome to Swedenistan…and have a lousy day. MY new neighbor, Dan, is a semi-retired orthodontist, working two days a week in a private clinic. His wife, Karla, was his nurse until her career was cut short by rheumatoid arthritis.
Though still Swedish passport-holders both describe themselves curiously as ‘former Swedes’ and their dearest wish is for their 30-year-old school-teacher daughter to leave Stockholm and join their doctor son in Canada.
And, if not the Maple Leaf nation, then Israel, the USA, Britain or Australia.
Now in their 60s, Dan and Karla – not their real names – came to Mallorca, partly to eke out their silver years in the balmy climes of a laid-back Club Med state, but, effectively, as they say, ‘asylum-seekers.’ Hugh Ash.
- When Europe Loved Islam. Before the continent started banning hijab, European aristocrats used to change their names to Abdullah and Muhammad, and going to the local mosque was the latest trend. Marya Hannun, Sophie Spaan.
- "Democracy and human rights are just hollow words". What are our values and how can we communicate them to the refugees? Markus Mayr interviews the Islam scholar Schirin Amir-Moazami.
- Realism and Islam.
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
- Bright New World.
Intelligence and its Benefits. Ole Martin Moen.
- After Anal Rape, Left Wing Activist Felt ‘Guilt And Responsibility’ His Migrant Attacker Was Deported.
An active member of the Norwegian Socialist Left Party (SV) who described himself as an ardent “feminist and anti-racist” explained the difficulty he experienced accepting that he had been anally raped by a male migrant. He said he didn’t blame the man for the attack, and regretted the fact he had been sent back to his country of origin.
- Scripps Students, Faculty: Protest Madeleine Albright Because She is a ‘White Feminist’.
- 5 insights on the racial tolerance and ethnicity maps, from an ethnic conflict professor.
- Church Fathers: Origen's Theology. Thomas Van.
- The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
Book review by Nikos A. Leverenz.
- Plan White – Redux … now in Rainbow Pantyhose.
Germany’s code name for the strategic plan of its September 1, 1939 invasion of Poland was Fall Weiss—“Plan White.” The plan envisioned a three-month long campaign, with a three-pronged envelopment converging on Warsaw, where the encirclement and destruction of the Polish Army would ensue. The Soviet Army’s attack from the east, just 15 days after the Germans invaded from the west and north, compacted the whole enterprise to five weeks; by 6 October Poland had been conquered, though it would never surrender. Max Denken.
- Why Trump?.
Donald Trump is winning Republican presidential primaries at such a great rate that he seems likely to become the next Republican presidential nominee and perhaps the next president. Democrats have little understanding of why he is winning -- and winning handily; and even many Republicans don't see him as a Republican and are trying to stop him, but don't know how. There are various theories: People are angry and he speaks to their anger. People don't think much of Congress and want a non-politician. Both may be true. But why? What are the details? And why Trump? George Lakoff,
UC Berkeley Professor of Linguistics | Founder of Reframe America.
- Contrary to popular belief: Relativism cannot enlighten; it can only darken the mind. Dr. Jeff Mirus.
- Conman Blair's cynical conspiracy to deceive the British people and let in 2million migrants against the rules: Explosive new biography lays ex-PM's betrayal bare. Tom Bower's new book Broken Vows: Tony Blair - The Tragedy of Power lays bare how PM presided over a silent conspiracy to change face of UK
Book reveals how Blair instructed ministers to wave tens of thousands of asylum seekers into the UK under cover of their being ‘economic migrants’.
- Immigrants? We sent out search parties to get them to come... and made it hard for Britons to get work, says Mandelson. Former minister admits Labour deliberately engineered mass immigration.
Between 1997 and 2010 net migration to Britain totalled 2.2million.
- France: Criticize Islam and Live under Police Protection. "You are sentenced to death. It's just a matter of time." This message, in Arabic, was sent by Islamists to Laurence Marchand-Taillade, National Secretary of the Parti Radical de Gauche (Radical Party of the Left). She now lives under the protection of the French police. Marchand-Taillade forced the Muslim Brotherhood to withdraw, under pressure from France's Interior Ministry, its invitation of three Islamic fundamentalists to a conference in Lille. The Islamists in question were the Syrian Mohamed Rateb al Nabulsi, the Moroccan Abouzaid al Mokrie and the Saudi Abdullah Salah Sana'an, who deem that the penalty for homosexuality is death, that the international coalition against the Islamic State is "infidel," that Jews "destroy the nations" and that only religious music is permitted. Laurence Marchand-Taillade published an article in Le Figaro in which she called for the ban of these Islamists with their "anti-Semitic and pro-jihadist message." Giulio Meotti.
- The Widening Gyre. Europe’s migration crisis is not over. It is spreading. Asle Toje.
- 'We have the same God': A priest helps Syrian refugees. In a Greek village at the heart of the refugee crisis, Father Schuff calls on priests and monasteries to do more.
- Up to 5,000 Isil-trained jihadists could be at large in Europe. We can expect Isil or other terrorist groups to stage an attack in Europe, warns Rob Wainwright, the British head of Europol, the EU’s police agency.
- Trump’s America.
There’s nothing irrational about Donald Trump’s appeal to the white working class, writes Charles Murray: they have every reason to be angry. Charles Murray.
- Gravitational waves, Einstein’s ripples in spacetime, spotted for first time. Long ago, deep in space, two massive black holes—the ultrastrong gravitational fields left behind by gigantic stars that collapsed to infinitesimal points—slowly drew together. The stellar ghosts spiraled ever closer, until, about 1.3 billion years ago, they whirled about each other at half the speed of light and finally merged. The collision sent a shudder through the universe: ripples in the fabric of space and time called gravitational waves. Five months ago, they washed past Earth. And, for the first time, physicists detected the waves, fulfilling a 4-decade quest and opening new eyes on the heavens.
- Gravitational waves: Einstein was right - and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade. A century after Albert Einstein explained his General Theory of Relativity, scientists are expected to announce that they have found gravitational waves - ripples created by the collisions of black hole.
- The Death of the Most Generous Nation on Earth. Little Sweden has taken in far more refugees per capita than any country in Europe. But in doing so, it’s tearing itself apart. Foreign Policy, James Traub.
- Bavarian leader lashes out at Merkel's handling of refugee crisis. Horst Seehofer from sister party of German chancellor’s CDU sparks row by accusing Merkel of pursuing ‘rule of injustice’.
- Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality. Benjamin Grant Purzycki, Coren Apicella, Quentin D. Atkinson, Emma Cohen, Rita Anne McNamara, Aiyana K. Willard, Dimitris Xygalatas, Ara Norenzayan & Joseph Henrich. Nature 10.02.2016.
- What Sex Means for World Peace. The evidence is clear: The best predictor of a state's stability is how its women are treated.
- Facebook's War on Freedom of Speech. Facebook is now removing speech that presumably almost everybody might decide is racist -- along with speech that only someone at Facebook decides is "racist." The sinister reality of a society in which the expression of majority opinion is being turned into a crime has already been seen across Europe. Just last week came reports of Dutch citizens being visited by the police and warned about posting anti-mass-immigration sentiments on social media. Douglas Murray.
- Misguided Compassion Threatens to Become the Downfall of Europe. Europe is like Judas, betraying its Christian tradition with the traitorous kiss of false compassion in order to obliterate the last vestige of Christian civilization in Europe. Iben Thranholm.
- Bled by emigration, abandoned Portuguese villages lose hope of surviving.
LISBON (Reuters) - The villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoes in northern Portugal look little alike - one is a run-down cluster of dilapidated old stone houses, the other has a cosier feel, with a flower-bedecked wayside shrine and chapel.
- Swedish police warn Stockholm's main train station is now overrun by migrant teen gangs 'stealing and groping girls'.
Hundreds of Moroccan children living on the streets in Stockholm
Accused of stealing and assaulting security guards at the main station
Police say they grope girls and 'slap them in the face when they protest'
One in five Moroccan migrant children run away from housing since 2012.
- Revealed: Migrant boy, 15, arrested on suspicion of murdering Swedish social worker is from Somalia - as family blame politicians for her death and police warn they cannot cope with rising violence.
Alexandra Mezher, 22, fatally stabbed at migrant centre where she worked
Her family, who are originally from Lebanon, described her as 'an angel'
They blame 'Swedish politicians' for the attack after record migration
A boy, 15, living at centre, arrested on suspicion of murder is from Somalia
Teenage killer was overpowered by other children living at the centre
Swedish police demand more cash to stem rising violence in the country.
- Darkness: The practical result of our contemporary mythology. Dr. Jeff Mirus.
- Horror as gangs of migrants 'assault female swimmers and masturbate in hot tub'. A GANG of migrant men sexually assaulted German women at a historic swimming bath, it has been claimed.
- TRUE horror of Cologne attacks finally REVEALED: Gang rape among HUNDREDS of assaults. THE horrific extent of the wave of crimes commited by migrant sex attack gangs in Cologne has been laid bare in shocking new revelations.
- No, Polygamy Isn’t the Next Gay Marriage. Group marriage is the past—not the future—of matrimony. Jonathan Rauch.
- It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy. Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism. Fredrik Deboer.
- Immigrants must improve English in two-and-a-half years or face deportation, says David Cameron. Prime Minister also says he feels Muslim women should remove full face veil when going to schools or courts where there is official uniform policy.
- David Cameron prompts backlash by announcing plans to teach Muslim women English.
'We will now say if you don't improve your fluency, that could affect your ability to stay in the UK.'
- MIGRANT SEX ATTACK 'COVER-UP': Welcome party for Cologne refugees turned into mass groping. FURY was growing in Germany tonight over mounting evidence of a cover-up of migrant sex crimes after it emerged a welcome party for refugees held two months before the Cologne rapes descended into a mass groping session.
- MIGRANT SEX ATTACK 'COVER-UP': Welcome party for Cologne refugees turned into mass groping. FURY was growing in Germany tonight over mounting evidence of a cover-up of migrant sex crimes after it emerged a welcome party for refugees held two months before the Cologne rapes descended into a mass groping session.
- The cover-up unravels: Yet ANOTHER migrant sex attack exposed by brave schoolgirl victims. POLICE are tonight probing yet more claims of migrant sex attacks amid growing anger about an apparent cover-up of such crimes by politically correct authorities.
- Migrant sex attacks: Refugees as young as TWELVE arrested over assaults on women. AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after refugees as young as 12 YEARS OLD were arrested in connection with sexual assaults against women on a train.
- Despicable, Yes, but Not Inexplicable. SEXUAL COERCION IN PRIMATES AND HUMANS: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females. Edited by Martin N. Muller and Richard W. Wrangham. xii + 483 pp. Harvard University Press, 2009. Reviewed by Craig Stanford.
- Putin defends Russia's recent aggression, blames US and Europe for rising tensions. Germany's leading newspaper Bild has published an exclusive interview with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.
In partnership with Bild, Business Insider has published an English translation below. Putin discussed the Kremlin's relationship with Germany, tensions with the NATO alliance, and the common threat of terrorism Russia shares with the West.
Putin — currently juggling Russia's intervention in both Syria and eastern Ukraine — defended Moscow's decision to annex Crimea in March of 2014, saying "it is not borders and state territories that matter, but people’s fortunes."
He also spoke about his relationship with German chancellor Angela Merkel, saying he trusts her and calling her "a very open person." And he apologized for bringing his dog to a meeting with Merkel, who dislikes dogs, in 2007.
BILD publisher Kai Diekmann and senior politics editor Nikolaus Blome conducted the interview at Putin's residence in Sochi on January 5th. It was translated from German to English by BILD. This is Part 1...
- Cologne exposes a crisis in our continent, yet parliament is debating Donald Trump. Europe is going through a period of radical change, but it is facing this with a process of radical self-distraction. Unwilling to face up to our problems we obsess over the responses to those problems. There have been some startling recent examples. Douglas Murray.
- Will the sexual assaults in Cologne lead Germany to change its laws on deportation?. If Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution yet, she’d better take a hard look at what happened on New Year’s Eve in the German cities of Cologne and Hamburg. Police reports and eyewitness accounts have described a horrible series of events taking place in the heart of Cologne on the night of December 31. Hundreds of men, later described by the police as “Arab and North African” in appearance, gathered in a rowdy mob on the steps of the Cologne cathedral. The crowd then spread to the nearby city train station, blocking passage for pedestrians, and began to rob and sexually assault female bystanders. The same night, young women partying on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn strip were apparently also surrounded, molested, and robbed by young men whom police later described as “southern and Arab.” On New Year’s Day, the Cologne police issued a press release saying they had dispersed an assembly of revelers in the city center the previous night, but they made no mention of any crimes committed. The same afternoon, a Cologne newspaper published the account of a 22-year-old woman, describing how she had been surrounded and groped in the train station. With that, the floodgates opened, and by January 5, women in Cologne had filed more than 100 criminal complaints, including two of rape. By January 6, women in Hamburg had filed more than 50 complaints of sexual assault and robbery.
- Suspects in Cologne sex attacks 'claimed to be Syrian refugees'. Leaked police report claims senior police officers feared fatalities and that one of those involved in attacks told officers: “I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly. Mrs Merkel invited me".
- Cologne sex attacks: Women describe 'terrible' assaults. More than 100 women and girls have come forward with reports of sexual assault and robbery by gangs of men in the German city of Cologne on New Year's Eve.
- Why We Can’t Stay Silent on Germany’s Mass Sex Assaults. It took several days for the news of hundreds of sexual assaults in Cologne to make headlines. As progressives dither over what to say, the far right has already seized the opportunity. Maajid Nawas.
- 'Cover-up' over Cologne sex assaults blamed on migration sensitivities. Police and media have been accused of silence on wave of New Year's Eve assaults by men 'of north African or Arab appearance' because of fears of stirring social tensions.
- Huge influx of migrant men will lead to more sex attacks like those in Cologne, says analyst, as it's revealed Austrian police have ALSO covered up identical gang assaults. The massive influx into Europe of young, unaccompanied men will lead to a gender imbalance and more sex attacks like those seen in Cologne, a professor has warned. Crimes such as sexual assaults and rape become more common in 'masculinised' societies, while women's ability to travel without fear worsens, Dr Valerie Hudson claims. Her warning comes as police in Germany reveal the 'organised Arab or North African' sex gangs which terrorised more than 100 women in Cologne blocked officers from helping distressed victims. The chilling police report describes women being forced to run through a 'gauntlet' of drunken men while officers themselves were mobbed by victims claiming they had been sexually assaulted. But the problem is now believed to be far more widespread than initially thought. Today it emerged identical sex gangs are operating in neighbouring Austria, while more than 150 woman across five German cities have reported attacks. And in Switzerland, six women reported identical crimes in Zurich on New Year's Eve, while Finnish police intercepted information suggesting similar attacks were planned.
- Police in Germany are covering up the extent of crime committed by migrants, claim Bild. German officials have ordered a cover-up of crimes committed by migrants to prevent causing alarm, a local newspaper has claimed. Asylum seekers are being recruited across the country as cheap drug dealers as well as petty thieves, says German newspaper, Bild - the biggest daily paper in the country. The paper accused the police of covering up the extent of migrant crimes in order to stop concerns among the general population.
- Germany shocked by Cologne New Year gang assaults on women. The mayor of Cologne has summoned police for crisis talks after about 80 women reported sexual assaults and muggings by men on New Year's Eve.
- A 'new dimension' of sexual assault in Cologne. A mob of young men sexually assaulted and harassed dozens of women outside of Cologne's busy main train station on New Year's Eve. The city has said it wants to ensure that it never happens again.
- New Years Eve in Manchester. Party, party, party.
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