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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 14 April

by The Participator – 15 Apr 2018


WAR IN SYRIA

Our contributors have very mixed views on the intervention in Syria, that is supposed to be a punishment aimed at deterring Assad from using chemical weapons. Many doubt that he is even using chemical weapons though. Some have argued that he had no reason to use chemical weapons at a point where he seemed to be winning in the conflict.

The UK press announced that the latest strikes successfully hit their targets and that the Syrian air defence system was completely ineffective against the West’s missiles. From the Daily Telegraph:

Syria fired 40 missiles ‘at nothing’ after allied air strikes destroyed three Assad chemical sites

Our contributor Jillian Becker made the case for intervention at her website:

About the mass destruction of populations

We came across this claim from PJ Media that the Islamic State has used chemical weapons quite a number of times:

Analysts Tally at Least 52 Uses of Chemical Weapons by ISIS

The BBC reports that Theresa May is under fire for taking action while MPs were away:

PM faces ‘almighty row’ over Syria strikes

Quote:

But MPs rejected David Cameron’s plan and he didn’t try again to persuade Parliament it was necessary.

This time, she has avoided that particular obstacle by taking action alongside the US and France while MPs are away.

Will Russia now respond in some way and kick off World War III? From the Express:

Russia reveal they are planning ‘MAJOR RETALIATION’ against US as World War 3 fears rise


GERARD BATTEN CONFIRMED PERMANENT LEADER OF UKIP

From Breitbart:

Gerard Batten Confirmed as Permanent UKIP Leader

However almost as soon as that announcement was made, another one came along. From the Express:

UKIP in turmoil after fourth leader in 12 months vows to QUIT MOMENTS after being elected

The headline was a little overly sensationalist however as it turned out that he had announced he would only definitely be the permanent leader for 12 months after which he would call another leadership election. Quote:

"Therefore, I intend to resign on 13th April 2019 so that a full leadership contest may take place. By then I will have decided if I wish to contest that election or not.


VIKTOR ORBAN RE-ELECTED IN HUNGARY

From the Express:

Hungary election 2018 RESULTS Live: Latest news as Viktor Orban ‘DECLARES VICTORY’

The BBC had nothing good to say about Viktor’s victory:

The man who thinks Europe has been invaded

Quote:

Orban was clear from the first moment who to blame. Immigrants.

The troubled family background of the perpetrators, their upbringing in an orphanage, the radicalisation they succumbed to – all these were of no interest to Orban.

Why is the BBC so hostile to Orban? The answer may be found in an article from Breitbart:

Soros Organisations Seeking to ‘Break Hungary’ Ahead of Sunday Election, Says Government

The article quotes Dr. Gyorgy Bakondi, chief adviser for homeland security to Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

“Every characteristic of immigrant countries can be seen in Western Europe: acts of terrorism, and an increase in the number of assaults against women and common law offences. But the people living there did not have the opportunity to vote on admitting migrants ….

A blogger in Hungary writes this:

A week after Hungary’s election


MIGRANT CRISIS

Meanwhile, in faraway Finland an “asylum seeker” is helping to make the Dr.’s point, from Breitbart:

Moroccan Asylum-Seeker Tried in Finland’s First Terror Trial

From Voice of Europe, we have a jihadi expert telling us like it is as well (when are we going to start listening though?):

Jihad expert: Stop accepting refugees - Europe is importing a civil war

Also from Voice of Europe, a claim that the migrant crisis could cost Germany quite a lot (number too big, can’t compute .. ):

The migrant crisis could cost the German taxpayer 1,000,000,000,000 euros


TRIAL OF HOME OFFICE WORKER CONCLUDES

A former home office worker who conspired to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the UK has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, from the Daily Mail:

Home Office official who became ‘lynchpin’ of £6m conspiracy allowing 437 illegal immigrants to stay in Britain is jailed for 11 year


“COUNTER-EXTREMISM” STRATEGY IN SCHOOLS

From Breitbart, of course the govt. doesn’t like homeschooling – it’s not so easy to brainwash children when they’re being taught at home:

Government to Crack Down on Homeschooling over ‘Extremism’ Fears

This article also states that Nicky Morgan brought in new rules which require “promotion of LGBT lifestyles” and has already resulted in schools failing inspections for not teaching positively about homosexuality and gender reassignment.

Meanwhile in Scotland, more insanity in the “education” system there, from the Daily Telegraph:

Ben Wallace attacks ‘shameful’ British values warning to Scottish teachers

Quote:

Scottish Government guidance warning teachers against using the phrase “British values” when discussing terrorism with pupils because it could be offensive.

From the Daily Telegraph:

Teachers: ‘Racist’ parents pull children from RE classes because they don’t want them learning about Islam


WHO YA GONNA CALL? – MOSQUEBUSTERS!

From the Daily Mail (follow them: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook):

The first mosque in the Outer Hebrides will open this year after a crowdfunding campaign raised £56,000 just days after being set up

According to Breitbart, the Christian community were not happy about the new mosque:

Refugee Mosque Plans on Small Scottish Island ‘Threat’ to Liberty, ‘Unwelcome’, Says Christian Community

Muslims in London seem to prefer to pray in the great outdoors in any case. From altnewsmedia.net (by our own contributor Chauncey Tinker):

Praying In The Park - Why It Matters

One of the individuals mentioned in the above post makes another appearance here:

London mayor avoids interesting question with eviction

There will be a demonstration against a new mosque in Reading on 21st April, details here:

DEMO AGAINST THE READING MOSQUE


EU RAIDS OFFICES OF MURDOCH FOR SOME REASON..

From the Daily Telegraph, Nigel Farage reports that EU investigators raided the offices of Rupert Murdoch for some reason.. (premium):

The recklessly provocative Murdoch office raids justify perfectly why Britons voted to quit the EU


FUNERAL TO GO PAST HOUSE WHERE BURGLAR DIED

This story has been rumbling on as the burglar’s relatives repeatedly attempted to put flowers on the fence outside the house he was attempting to burgle, the latest story (from the Mirror):

Dead burglar to get ‘£100,000 funeral including horse-drawn procession past home of pensioner who killed him’

The police had urged residents to stop taking the flowers down, causing many to wonder who’s side they are on. From the Metro:

Police asks public to ‘respect’ people paying tribute to Henry Vincent

We couldn't help noticing that this is happening in Cressida Dick's territory.


MARK ZUCKERBERG FACES SENATORS

Senators are questioning Mark Zuckerberg about data breaches and particularly the Cambridge Analytica story. From the BBC (front page top-billing headline at the website but probably totally fake news):

Zuckerberg: Facebook is in ‘arms race’ with Russia

Quotes:

Dealing with hate speech automatically has “a higher error rate than I am happy with”

He was personally concerned about the possibility of political bias at the company

This has resulted in some funny memes, there’s a Twitter account dedicated to them:

ZuckerbergMemes


JEREMY CORBYN DOESN’T WANT TO BE PRIME MINISTER

This certainly seems like good news on the face of it, from the Spectator:

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘you’d better make f-ing sure I don’t get elected’


Note - Please remember this is not intended to be a comprehensive news round up, these are just the items that particularly caught our eye this week, and (where indicated) they are not always about recent events.

Note - Please note that we are dependent on the veracity of news reports provided by other news sources. It is not our intention to knowingly quote “Fake News” (except where stated as satire), but we do sometimes quote the BBC when other sources are unavailable.

 

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