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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 22 September

by The Participator – 24 Sep 2018

Our weekly roundup of news and opinion articles that we thought were important, mostly UK news but foreign news stories of interest to us as well.


BREXIT NEWS – CHEQUERS DEAL HAS BEEN FINALIZED AND IS NOW FINALLY DEAD (UNTIL THE NEXT ANNOUNCEMENT)

Earlier this week the news came that a Brexit deal had been definitely reached, and the details would be announced in November. From The Express:

BREXIT deal HAS been reached – and will be unveiled at special summit in NOVEMBER

Just days later however May’s Brexit negotiations appeared to hit the rocks. We saw this from The Daily Mail:

Furious Theresa May has blazing row with EU’s Tusk and rounds on ‘bullying leaders who hung her out to dry’ over Chequers plan – as snubbed PM edges closer to walking away without a deal

May gave a speech that many found inspiring. Many however were also sceptical and thought that this tough stance was all for show and that secretly the EU are moving towards accepting some sort of modified Chequers deal. Preparations for a “no-deal” are apparently ongoing though, a huge army of civil servants are busy on the plans:

BREXIT BOMBSHELL: May’s NOT kidding EU – Army of 7,000 civil servants working on NO-DEAL

The “no-deal” preparations were dismissed as “waffle” however by some business leaders:

BREXIT OUTRAGE: Business brands Government no-deal preparation ‘WAFFLE’ in scathing attack

From Voice of Europe, apparently a report from some think tanks says that:

Britain’s future is bright: Free Trade Deal with US could ‘rewrite global trade’

(From the Cato Institute and Initiative for Free Trade).

Also a rumour from Breitbart that May’s aides are plotting a general election. So soon after the last one?

Theresa May’s Aides ‘Plotting’ General Election by November to ‘Save Brexit’


BIG TECH THREATENING FREEDOM OF SPEECH

The American Thinker had this:

Internal Google documents reveal discussions of biasing search results against Trump travel ban

Quote:

Yesterday, two media outlets, the Wall Street Journal and Tucker Carlson, revealed that they had seen internal Google emails that seem to confirm that the company openly discussed advancing its own interests in the matter of visas via biasing search results.

Nigel Farage has called for a bill of rights for social media companies:

Future of Political Discourse at Stake: Farage Calls for Social Media ‘Bill of Rights’ to End Bias

But is legislation the answer, will there be unintended consequences of such legislation? We will probably have a debate on this question in the near future as it has become a “hot potato” issue.


NIGEL FARAGE & UKIP CLEARED BY THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

From Breitbart:

Farage and UKIP Cleared by Electoral Commission After Two Years of ‘Agony’


NEW BUDGET FOR BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOMES

From The Express:

Theresa May pledges £2billion for THOUSANDS of affordable new homes

Breitbart says the government is hopelessly underestimating the size of the problem:

Half of New Households Will Be Migrant Families, Govt Growth Report ‘a Hopeless Underestimate’


PENNY MORDAUNT AND THE 4000 % RISE IN CHILDREN WANTING TO CHANGE SEX

From The Daily Mail, back in July, an article informed us that Penny was planning to make it easier to “change gender” despite very little public support for such a move:

Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt vows to press ahead with plans to make changing gender easier despite poll suggesting public is opposed

A few months later we hear from The Telegraph that she is ordering an inquiry into this alarming rise in the number of children wanting to change sex:

Minister orders inquiry into 4,000 per cent rise in children wanting to change sex


MUSLIMS TERRORIZE CHAPLAIN IN PRISON

From the Daily Mail, a Christian prison chaplain tells how he was accused of extremism and driven out when an imam took over as the prison’s head chaplain:

Jihadis hijacked jail bible classes: Prison chaplain tells how he was terrorised by Muslim extremist inmates ‘who backed ISIS and yelled support for the killers of Lee Rigby’

Quote:

inmates who backed ISIS and yelled support for the killers of Lee Rigby’

The Christian chaplain has since been reinstated according to the above article but into what sort of situation we don’t know. More on this story from Breitbart:

Pastor: Muslim Prisoners Storm Christian Prayer, Praise Terrorists


ANJEM CHOUDARY DUE OUT OF PRISON SOON

From The Telegraph:

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary to be freed from jail despite remaining ‘genuinely dangerous’


TOMMY ROBINSON RE-TRIAL

The re-trial is set for next week on the 27th, but Tommy says that the prosecution has added two extra sets of charges:

BREAKING NEW TOMMY ROBINSON UPDATE (20/09/18)

He also says there will be no jury, just a judge as last time, and he expects to be sent back to prison.


LUTON COUNCIL ISLAMIC PRAYERS AT MEETING

Tommy Robinson publicized the fact that Luton Council has begun a council meeting with an Islamic prayer:

The first 5 minutes of the 30-minute meeting were praying in Arabic with statements saying, ‘in Allah alone we worship’

A while ago the same happened in Oldham, some more info. on the Oldham meeting:

Islamic Prayers at Oldham Council Meeting


SPECIAL MODEST DRESS DESIGNED FOR FEMALE MUSLIM POLICE WOMEN

From The Daily Mail:

Police force unveils more modest uniform for female Muslim officers with a looser tunic as part of a drive to recruit more recruits from ethnic minorities


MIGRANT CRISIS – GERMANY

The row about the Chemnitz protests continued and according to some has brought the coalition in Germany to the brink of collapse:

Merkel To Fire Domestic Intelligence Chief Who Questioned Chemnitz ‘Migrant Hunt’ Narrative

From The Express:

MERKEL ON BRINK: Coalition faces COLLAPSE over Germany spy chief scandal


MARINE LE PEN FACES PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION

From Voice of Europe:

French justice wants psychiatric evaluation of Marine Le Pen for posting anti-ISIS tweet


THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

It’s not going well according to the New York Times:

The Death Toll for Afghan Forces Is Secret. Here’s Why.

Also, from abcnews (February):

Why is the US still in Afghanistan?

We were reminded of this quote from Mark Steyn:

In Afghanistan, we’re fighting for something not worth winning, and we’re losing. In Europe, Islam is fighting for something very much worth winning, and they’re advancing. And, according to all the official strategists in Washington and elsewhere, these two things are nothing to do with each other.

From this article:

An Absence of Mind in the Hindu Kush


IS TURKEY TAKING OVER THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD?

According to this article from The American Thinker

ACT for America Declares Culture War

Quote:

“Turkey is taking operational control of the Muslim Brotherhood” worldwide


A WORLD FIRST – HYDROGEN TRAIN LAUNCHED IN GERMANY

Finally a bit of good news, the first hydrogen train has been launched for commercial use in Germany according to Good News Network:

Germany Launches World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Train

The trains are already running according to this article from MIT Technology Review:

World’s first hydrogen-powered trains are now running in Germany

This type of train will have zero emissions. Maybe renewable energy sources will become more useful with the arrival of new energy storage approaches?


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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