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Non-French Speaker Nigel Richards New French Scrabble Champion

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Nigel Richards

New Zealand native Nigel Richards is the new French Scrabble Champion.  Richards won the world title despite the fact that he can’t speak french, he memorized the French Scrabble dictionary in nine weeks.  Fantastic memory!

Nigel Richards, considered one of the world’s greatest players of the word-based board game, beat opponents from France, Canada, Belgium and Francophone Africa on his way to claiming the title at the 44th World Championships of French Scrabble in the Belgian town of Louvain.

But unlike his competitors who all grew up speaking French as their mother tongue, Richards cannot even string a sentence together in the language.

He claims to have memorized the entire French dictionary in just nine weeks before the tournament began, without learning how to pronounce the words or their meanings.  France24

3 Arrested In UK Suspected Of Plot Against US Air Force

United_States_Air_Force3 men have been arrested in England and charged for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on U.S. military personnel in the U.K.

British police have arrested three people in connection with a possible terrorist plot that may have involved U.S. Air Force facilities, a local newspaper reported

Two men were arrested on July 14 at different addresses in the area of Luton, Bedfordshire, and a third was apprehended in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, the London Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The Eastern Daily Press, a local newspaper, reported that the arrests were connected to a possible attack on a U.S. Air Force base about July 4. U.S. officials canceled July 4 festivities because of changes to the local threat assessment. On Monday, a spokeswoman for RAF Lakenheath confirmed to Stars and Stripes the report was accurate.

“The arrests … are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist-related terrorism,” the police said. Stripes

Junead Khan, 24, and his uncle Shazib Khan, 22, were arrested July 14 under the Terrorism Act. Both are also accused of plotting to join ISIS in Syria,  DailyNews724 reported.

French Security Forces Prevented An Attack On French Military Installations This Week

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France Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve

Four people with links to jailed jihadists were arrested in France this week. The four had been planning to film the decapitation of a member of the military in the south of France.  Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the group’s leader had been under surveillance after his online activities raised investigators’ suspicions.

The news of the arrests followed a statement from French President François Hollande, who said terrorist attacks had been foiled in recent days.

“This week, we stopped terrorist attacks which could have taken place,” Hollande said on a visit to theFrench coastal city of Marseille.

The four suspects were aged between 16 and 23 and arrested in different places around France, Cazeneuve said. One was a former member of the navy.

A source close to the investigation into the thwarted attack, who asked to remain anonymous, said the four people arrested had been planning to film the decapitation of a member of the military in the south of France.

One of the four suspects, who was identified as the mastermind, had been planning to travel to jihadist-controlled areas of war-torn Syria, Cazeneuve added in his statement.

He said their leader was in contact with known French jihadists who are currently in prison.

The arrests were made at dawn on Monday, the day before Bastille Day, France’s national public holiday.  France24

 

Vanity Fair: The Troubling Question In The French Jewish Community: Is It Time to Leave?

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France Marianne Place De La République

Is It Time to Leave?  Yes.

Marie Brenner reports on an incendiary wave of anti-Semitism in France and speaks firsthand to one of the hostages from the siege on the Hyper Cacher kosher market. LIRE EN FRANÇAIS.

How can anyone be allowed to paint a swastika on the statue of Marianne, the goddess of French liberty, in the very center of the Place de la République?”

That was what the chairman of one of France’s most celebrated luxury brands was thinking last July, when a tall man in a black shirt and a kaffiyeh leapt to the ledge of Marianne’s pedestal and scrawled a black swastika. All around him, thousands of angry demonstrators were swarming the square with fake rockets, Palestinian and Hamas flags, even the black-and-white banners of ISIS. Here, barely a mile and a half from the Galeries Lafayette, the heart of bourgeois Paris, the chants: “MORT AUX JUIFS! MORT AUX JUIFS!” Death to the Jews. It was Saturday, July 26, 2014, and a pro-Palestinian demonstration turned into a day of terror in one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the city.

“Do something! Do you see what is happening here?” the chairman said to a line of police officers watching the demonstration build to a frenzy. “What do you expect us to do?” one officer said, then looked away. Read more at Vanity Fair.

U.S. Air Force Cancels 4th Of July Events On UK Bases

RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall hosts United States Air Force units and personnel.
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Image from RAF Lakenheath facebook page.

RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall have cancelled the 4th of July events scheduled for July 3-4 at RAF Feltwell, England.

The decision was made due to the most current local threat assessments. The base continually surveys the security environment alongside host nation counterparts and must take appropriate measures based on those assessments.

“While we were certainly looking forward to this year’s celebration and hosting the US and UK communities at RAF Feltwell, we have to put public safety first and foremost,” said Col. David Eaglin, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander. “We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused, and we will continue to work with our UK counterparts – both military and civilian – to make sure we keep our Airmen and the local communities safe.”  Royal Air Force Mildenhall

State Department Won’t Enforce Anti-BDS Amendment In New Trade Bill

BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT FROM, AND SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL.—The term “boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel” means actions by states, non-member states of the United Nations, international organizations, or affiliated agencies of international organizations that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with Israel or persons doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories.

To discourage politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and to seek the elimination of politically motivated non-tariff barriers on Israeli goods, services, or other commerce imposed on the State of Israel. H.R.1907 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

AntiBDSThe Trans-Pacific Partnership bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President includes amendments  against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The new Trade Bill calls the BDS effort in Europe “commercial discrimination.”  This was necessary to ensure that laws apply in 1949 Armistice Lines areas in Jerusalem, to protect a democratic ally of the U.S. from foreign governments unfair destructive economic efforts, and to protect  American businesses operating in Israel. Another provision states the the boycott, divestment, and sanctioning of Israel by governments is contrary to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade principle of non-discrimination, the cornerstone of international trade law

The movement, Congressman Peter J. Roskam told The Jerusalem Post, is “a form of economic warfare aimed to cripple Israel’s economy and demonize its very existence.”

“These attacks not only threaten Israel, but commercial relations across the globe,” Roskam continued, asserting that his bill ensures “that American free trade partners never engage in this harmful and illegitimate political protest against Israel, while also protecting US companies from foreign lawsuits targeting their associations with Israel.”

The White House continues it view of law enforcement as optional by ignoring the anti-bds amendments in the TPP bill. “The U.S. government has never defended or supported Israeli settlements and activity associated with them and, by extension, does not pursue policies or activities that would legitimize them,” said State Dept. spokesperson John Kirby. Continue reading State Department Won’t Enforce Anti-BDS Amendment In New Trade Bill

Terror Attack On US Owned French Factory

airproductsfranceA decapitated head, along with a flag in Arabic, has been found following a terror attack on American-owned Air Products gas factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier located in southeast France.

Here are the main developments so far:

  • A person rammed a car into the premises of a factory owned by US company Air Products in the town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, triggering an explosion

  • Police have said a decapitated head was found at the site, along with a flag bearing Arabic writing, although there was uncertainty about how the man was decapitated and where. The head was also covered in Arabic writing, according to authorities and media reports.

  • French Interior Minister Bernard said one suspect, named as Yassin Sahli, had been arrested, and police were holding other suspected accomplices.

  • AFP reported that the decapitated man was the attacker’s employer.

  • Police said it was unclear whether the attacker was acting alone or had accomplices.

  • Sahli had been under surveillance from 2006 to 2008 on suspicion of having become radicalised, but had no criminal record, said Cazeneuve

  • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ordered tightened security measures on all “sensitive sites” in the region.

  • French President François Hollande, speaking in Brussels, described it as a “terrorist attack”.

  • Hollande said in an address from the Elysée later on Friday that France’s “Vigipirate” anti-terrorism alert system will be raised to its highest level for the next three days in the Rhône-Alpes region.  France24

Diplomats: EU Ready To Launch a Diplomatic Attack Against Israel In September

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European Union Flag

Israel is opposing the Iran nuclear deal due to the danger it poses, it is also doing so because of the EU plans of a diplomatic offensive targeting Israel after the Iran deal is reached.  The diplomatic assault is to force Israel to make dangerous concession to the Palestinian Authority.  Reportedly the EU has already prepared a list of sanctions “in the fields of trade, agriculture, science and culture” to levy against Israel.  It is estimated that the EU time of waiting will end in September as the UN General Assembly opens.

America’s veto power that in the past favored Israel is disappearing as they current White House administration slowly takes off its masks of Israel hatred,

Israel wishes to delay the signing of a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, but not solely because such an agreement would be dangerous to the Jewish State.

The concern is that immediately following such an agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will become the UN Security Council’s and European Union’s top priority, and the international community will be freed up to deal with the party it sees as responsible for the stagnation in the peace process – Israel.

This is the widely-held assumption in off-the-record conversations among diplomatic sources in New York and in Washington. “A diplomatic attack against Israel is expected soon that will surprise even the pessimists in Jerusalem,” a senior Western diplomat told The Jerusalem Post‘s Hebrew-language sister publication, Ma’ariv. “In the Security Council, in western capitals and at EU headquarters, they are just waiting for the Iran deal to be signed and for it to be approved by the American Congress.”

The estimate is that the forced period of waiting will end in September. Then, as the UN General Assembly opens, the signal will be given to start the diplomatic attack against Israel.

Diplomatic sources involved in the western European capitals’ handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict say that the EU has already prepared documents which list a number of sanctions that will be levied against Israel in the fields of trade, agriculture, science and culture if Jerusalem does not soon present a diplomatic initiative that leads to a meaningful breakthrough toward a solution to the conflict.

“S‭enior officials in Jerusalem are aware of the existence of sanctions documents at EU headquarters, some of which have even fallen into their hands,” a source told Ma’ariv. When US President Barack Obama said on numerous occasions recently that the US will have a difficult time defending Israel in international forums, he is referring especially to “the sanctions file” against Israel, which is waiting at EU headquarters.

The Americans are facing a difficult dilemma. JPost

Anti-Islamophobic French Muslim Group Charged With Plotting Terrorist Attacks

MohamedAchamlaneForsaneAlizzaFourteen members of Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride),  a French group that said it was formed to combat Islamophobia went on trial in Paris on Monday accused of plotting terrorist attacks against Jewish targets in France.

Forsane Alizza or the Proud Knights was founded to fight Islamophobia in France by a nice fellow named Mohammed.

And it was very serious about fighting Islamophobia.

First it protested outside a McDonald’s by shouting slogans against Israel and the Jews because it had decided that the two were connected…

Fourteen members of a banned Islamic group stood trial in Paris on Monday on terror charges after police found a “hit list” of Jewish stores marked “targets” in files belonging to its leader. FrontPageMag

Isis And Al Nusra Militants Found Among UN Refugees Bound For Norway From Syria

isisflagmansyriaAt least Norway is smart enough to check the background of refugees before allowing them into Norway. How rigorous is the security screening on middle eastern refugees being resettled in the U.S.?

Several Middle Eastern refugees set to be granted asylum in Norway under a UN scheme were found to have ties to the jihadist groups Islamic State (Isis) and Al Nusra Front.

“Unfortunately, there are people who try to exploit and abuse the refugee system. We have uncovered some quota refugees with links to the Nusra Front and the ISIL,” police superintendent Svein Erik Molstad told Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper.

On two trips to the Middle East to vet refugees bound for Norway, Norway’s PST police intelligence unit uncovered that 10 of those on the list had links to the jihadist groups.

Both Isis and the al-Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front are designated terrorist organisations by the United Nations (UN).

The migrants were part of the “quota” refugees cleared by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for resettlement in Norway.

The PST did not reveal the methods it employs to conduct background checks, or how it discovered the group’s terror links. It said it could not rule out if other people with terror links had managed to secure residence in Norway. IBTimes

Greek City Demands Star Of David Be Removed From Holocaust Memorial

Star_of_DavidIn northern Greece, the mayor of Kavala is refusing to unveil a Holocaust memorial commemorating 1,484 Jews from the city who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II because the memorial features a Star of David.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Greek news outlet Ekathimerini says “Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka’s decision was supported by the majority of the city’s municipal council.  The Greek Education Ministry’s general secretary Giorgos Kalatzis said Friday that Kavala risked being the first Greek city to turn down a monument raised for its own citizens.”

“How can it be that the eternal symbol of the Jewish people – the very symbol that the Nazis required Jews to wear in the death camps and ghettos of Europe during the Second World War – is deemed unfit for public display in Kavala? What gall for the Jewish community to be asked to remove the Star of David as a condition for allowing the monument to be displayed!”

“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Greek Jewish community, and indeed with all Greeks who are as outraged as we are, by this brazen insult to the memory of Greek citizens who were arrested, deported, and murdered simply because they were Jews. In this respect, we applaud the Greek Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, Education, and Religious Affairs, Giorgos Kalantzis, who said in response to the news from Kavala: ‘As an Orthodox Christian, I feel deeply insulted by this issue, because it would be as if someone asked us to erase or modify for ‘aesthetic reasons’ the symbol of the cross on the tombs of our grandfathers executed by the Germans.’

“Let us hope that reason quickly prevails,” Harris concluded, “and that Kavala’s city officials reconsider and reverse their appalling decision.” American Jewish Committee Statement

Former Soviet Spy: KGB Created Liberation Theology

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Ion Mihai Pacepa

Ion Mihai Pacepa is a former general in the  secret police of Communist Romania, who defected to the United States in 1970s. He spoke to the Catholic News Agency (CNA) recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation Theology in Latin America.

The movement was born in the KGB, and it had a KGB-invented name: Liberation Theology. During those years, the KGB had a penchant for “liberation” movements. The National Liberation Army of Columbia (FARC), created by the KGB with help from Fidel Castro; the “National Liberation Army of Bolivia, created by the KGB with help from “Che” Guevara; and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), created by the KGB with help from Yasser Arafat are just a few additional “liberation” movements born at the Lubyanka — the headquarters of the KGB.

The birth of Liberation Theology was the intent of a 1960 super-secret “Party-State Dezinformatsiya Program” approved by Aleksandr Shelepin, the chairman of the KGB, and by Politburo member Aleksey Kirichenko, who coordinated the Communist Party’s international policies. This program demanded that the KGB take secret control of the World Council of Churches (WCC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and use it as cover for converting Liberation Theology into a South American revolutionary tool. The WCC was the largest international ecumenical organization after the Vatican, representing some 550 million Christians of various denominations throughout 120 countries. Full interview at CNA

Recommended Resource:

Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism by Ronald Rychlak and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is available at Amazon.