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Kurdish Man Beaten In Sweden For Flying Israeli Flag

Israel flag photoA Kurdish man in Sweden was beaten and seriously injured by a gang of local Muslims for displaying an Israeli flag in his apartment window.  He has displayed an Israeli flag and a Kurdish flag in his window for two years.  Twice this week rocks were thrown through his window.  The second time he went down to the street and was confronted by 10 Muslims youths wielding iron rods and glass bottles; he was severely beaten.

A fellow Kurd living in Sweden reached out to Israel Today, stressing that like Babak, he, too, views Israelis as “my brothers. I regard them as important as my own people.”

Identifying himself as Hajir, this brave young man said it is important for Israelis to know that “we support them. Today, I am going to hang an Israeli flag in my window. I am risking my life in doing so, but it is for a greater cause.”

There is growing speculation that the current unrest across the Middle East could result in the Kurds of northern Syria and Iraq finally establishing a sovereign state of their own. That prospect is very appealing to Israel, as most Kurds, like these two men in Sweden, are friendly toward Israel, and a Kurdish state would certainly be an ally.

Guess Who Is Visiting Cuba and Latin America?

Vladimir PutinPresident Putin will begin his six-day tour July 11 visiting Cuba and Latin American  countries (Argentina and Brazil).

Brazil has close economic ties with China.  Brazil is also a huge source of raw materials.  Putin interest would be the raw materials.

Brazil’s economy is the largest in South America. China is Brazil’s largest trading partner.  A large chunk of the trade growth is driven by the growing Chinese demand for Brazil’s resources.  Brazil also has become a large export market for good manufactured in China.

Moscow (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin will next week begin a major Latin America tour that will take him to Cuba, Argentina and Brazil as he seeks to counter Russia’s growing international isolation over the Ukraine crisis…..

Putin and his Cuban hosts are expected to discuss cooperation in energy, transport, aviation, space and health, the Kremlin said.

Ahead of the visit, Russian parliament voted on Friday to write off 90 percent of Cuba’s Soviet-era debt of more than $35 billion (26 billion euros) and said the rest would be earmarked for investment projects in Cuba.

From Cuba, Putin will travel to Argentina for trade and energy talks with President Cristina Kirchner, before moving on to a summit of the BRICS group of developing countries in Brazil.

On the sidelines of the summit, Putin is expected to meet leaders of China, India and South Africa, the Kremlin said.

The highlight of the trip’s final leg will be a handover ceremony at the end of the World Cup finals, where Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will pass on responsibility for the tournament to Putin.

Online:  Putin to visit Cuba and other LatAm nations

Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza

Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip on Tuesday , stepping up what threatens to become a long-term offensive against Islamist terrorist group Hamas after torrents of rockets being fired from Gaza in the last few days.  A rocket was lauched targeting Tel Aviv (70 km north of the Gaza Strip) today, but was intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defence system.  The rocket attack was the deepest strike yet of rockets since Israel launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip earlier Tuesday.

But the continued rocket fire had become too much by Tuesday morning, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a green light to “Operation Protective Edge.” At least 50 terrorist targets were hit in aerial bombardments during the predawn hours, and Israeli officials warned that a ground invasion of Gaza could follow.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said that while a ground incursion into Gaza is not Israel’s “first choice,” the government will do whatever necessary to provide security to its citizens.

Speaking at the Israel Conference on Peace, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak stated, “We have to respond forcefully, with determination and reason. ”Israel cannot afford to have millions of civilians under rocket threat.”

Netanyahu, meanwhile, ordered the Israeli army to prepare for a major operation and to “see it through to the end.” He did not elaborate.

Online:  Israel: If Gaza Wants to Fight, We’ll Fight
Israel intercepts rocket aimed at Tel Aviv, reports say

Saudi Arabia Barricades Its Borders

Saudi Arabia MapIs Saudi Arabia terrified of its neighbors?

The country with the largest border fence market in the world is Saudi Arabia with a forecasted budget (2009-2018) of $20 billion.

Saudi Arabia first built a separation barrier along its 900km(560 miles) border with Iraq.  After the northern security barriers where finished construction began on a separation barrier along the 1,800km(1,100 mi) border with Yemen.  Then Saudi Arabia tripled the length of its border security barriers to additionally cover Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE; with a final cost estimate close to $40 billion.

In 2011, the Saudis increased their Homeland Security & Public Safety procurement budget by 46%; cumulative cost $70 billion, making them the highest per capital spenders on Homeland Security & Public Safety in the world. Saudi Arabia is almost entirely walled in.

In 2014, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah inaugurated the first phase of the border security project along the northern frontier of the  kingdom, soon after ISIS’s Sunni insurgency swept across Iraq.


The multi-layered barrier, which will eventually stretch across the Saudi-Iraq border from Jordan to Kuwait, includes 78 monitoring towers, eight command centers, 10 mobile surveillance vehicles, 32 rapid-response centers, and three rapid intervention squads, reports The capture of the Mosques at Medina and Mecca is a key ISIS objective.

Security barriers on the Iraq and Yemen borders.

Saudi Arabia’s policy for homeland security spending is: “No Expense Spared.” High-tech border security.  A border security system of fences, watchtowers, radar, day/night cameras, communications with links to command centers, razor-wire fence, sand berm barriers, no-man-land areas, and mines. Continue reading Saudi Arabia Barricades Its Borders

More Than 60 Girls and Women Escape Boko Haram

Nigerian Kidnapped Schoolgirls
Nigerian Kidnapped Schoolgirls

About 63 Nigerian girls and women  abducted last month by Boko Haram have escaped.  However, over 200 other girls who were abducted in April are still captive.



Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) – More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday.

Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had “received an alert from my colleagues … that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home”. A high-level security source in Borno state capital Maiduguri, who requested anonymity, confirmed the escape.



Map Locations Immigrant Children

The U.S. has been invaded by more than 290,000 illegal immigrants from Central America.    About 240,000 consists of many mothers and young children and more than 50,000 unaccompanied  youths.  The feeding and transporting by the government of all those illegal immigrants is very organized.  The move of over 290,000 illegal immigrants from the border into other states seems well planned and organized.  Half of the 50,000 Central American youths were processed and delivered  directly to their parents now living in the United States. DailyCaller

In 2011, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano directed ICE to develop a national-level mass migration plan. Great foresight as the U.S. is experiencing a massive invasion that is not slowing down.

But still this great organization from an amateurish administration that messes up almost everything.  Three years to get the Heathcare web site up and running; botched. Years to fix the VA; botched.  Transport , feed, and open up sites to house hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, find the parents of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant youths and transport them to their parents; very organized and not a hitch.  Amazing!

View Relocations of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors in a larger map
Pushpins=relocation blocked, Yellow=relocation being considered, Red=illegal aliens relocated here

The map is by NumbersUSA from using news articles.

Vassar, Michigan is a small town with a population around 2,697.  The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. General Services Administration are looking at a juvenile facility in Vassar to house illegal immigrant children from Central America. the Detroit News reported.

Online:  Who Knew that Janet Napolitano Is Really Nostradamus Reincarnated?

Celebrating History We Do Not Know

pledge of allegiance child photoThe Common Core State Standards is barren of civics and social studies.  The national civics assessment was last administered in 2010.  Last year the US Education Department canceled the American history and civics tests within the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  The mindset of “not tested, not taught” will diminish over time civics and history education. Civics and social studies is an intergral part of a comprehensive education.

Teaching citizenship has always been a core purpose of public schools, yet government requirements are now focusing achievement goals on math and reading. The importance of civics and US history in the classroom is in fast decline.

New York and 40-plus other states have signed on to the Common Core State Standards, whose content standards focus exclusively on English and math. That means teachers and policymakers will need to take steps to ensure that the teaching of US history and civics doesn’t continue to slide.

A general disregard for our national heritage is trickling down through the system. Measurements by the federal Education Department and private groups have consistently found American students’ basic knowledge of US history to be sorely lacking and getting worse over time.

An important place to start, as many public-school classrooms do, is with the Pledge of Allegiance. Happily, the Pledge prevailed in its latest legal battles in courts when the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled in favor of its use as a patriotic oath.

But while most students recite the Pledge daily, their understanding of their own history and civic engagement fails.

Online:  NYPost Celebrating history we don’t remember

Photo by USDAgov

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim: Baby Daughter Is Disabled After Prison Childbirth In Shackles

4329074615_5c69563794_q_sudanUpdate:  Meriam’s baby girl may not be disabled.  More will be known after test are done, the baby is to undergo an ultrasound soon to confirm that she has full use of her legs.  Meriam’s husband Daniel Wani has muscular dystrophy, a genetic condition that results in muscle wasting, and is confined to a wheelchair.

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian charged with apostasy, gave birth in a Khartoum prison with her legs shackled, said her baby is disabled as a result of her treatment.    The extent of the disability would not be clear until she is older. ” I don’t know in the future whether she’ll need support to walk or not, ” Meriam said.

“I gave birth chained,” she said, in her first description of the May 27 birth.
“Not cuffs – but chains on my legs. I couldn’t open my legs so the women had to lift me off the table. I wasn’t lying on the table.”

Sudan claims that Meriam Ibrahim cannot leave the country using South Sudan travel documents (her husband is from South Sudan). The U.S. State Department said the Christian woman has all the necessary travel documents according to international law.   It is up to Sudan to allow her to exit the country said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

Online:  The Telegraph Meriam Ibrahim: My baby is disabled because I gave birth with my legs chained 

“Ideal Aryan” Nazi Poster Baby Was Jewish

jewishbabynazisPoetic justice.

The “Aryan” baby picture used by Nazi propaganda to illustrate the “perfect race” is Jewish.

According to the DailyMail, in 1935 Hessy’s mother brought her to a Berlin photographer, who latter submitted her image to a Nazi completion.

The picture was chosen the winning entrant by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels according to The Telegraph.  The baby picture of Hessy appeared on magazine covers and postcards.  Hessy’s mother was unaware that the picture had been submitted until she saw her daughter on a magazine cover.

“I can laugh about it now,” Taft told Germany’s Bild. “But if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive.”

In an ironic twist, Prof Taft, who is now a chemistry professor in New York, recently handed the magazine featuring her baby photograph on the cover to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel.