This has been a messed up strange story from the start. When the family was released from captivity, Joshua Boyle refused to board a US transport plane that American officials had arranged for the family. He refused to relocate to the United States, instead choosing to go to Canada. Boyle is Canada’s problem.
Ex-hostage, Joshua Boyle, who was recently freed from captivity in Afghanistan with his wife and children, has been arrested on 15 charges, including sexual assault.
Boyle, of Canada, his American wife Caitlan, and their three children were rescued last October in Pakistan, five years after the couple was abducted by a Taliban-linked militant group while on a backpacking trip in neighboring Afghanistan…
Authorities said the charges against the 34-year-old include eight counts of assault, two accounts of sexual assault and two counts of unlawful confinement.
Boyle was reportedly charged with one count of causing someone to ‘take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone,’ an antidepressant, court documents indicated Tuesday.
There is also a charge of uttering a death threat and a charge of misleading a police officer.
The purported acts allegedly occurred between October 14 – the day after the family returned to Canada – and December 30.
The misleading the police charge stems from an incident on December 30 where Boyle called police to report someone being suicidal and missing. He allegedly concocted the story to ‘divert suspicion from himself’.
A publication ban bars reporting any information that could identify the alleged victims, of which there are two. DailyMail
A 24-year-old Japanese man studying at Dundalk Institute of Technology was fatally stabbed in the back. The two other men injured in the attack were Irish, one suffered a blow to the head from a fence post.
Gardaí are investigating whether a series of attacks in Dundalk this morning, which left one man dead, are related to terrorism but stress they are still trying to establish a motive.One man, an 18-year-old Egyptian national, is in custody on suspicion of murder. It is understood he came to Ireland from the UK in recent days.
“A terror attack is certainly a line of inquiry we are looking at. We will endeavour to establish the suspect’s background, including who they are, where they have come from and why are they here. Those are very, very important questions we’re trying to ask and answer,” said Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan.
The dead man is a 24-year-old Japanese man who was living in Dundalk. He died almost immediately from stab wounds to the back on Avenue Road shortly after 9am. Gardaí are currently attempting to notify his family.
Two other male victims are in hospital, having been attacked elsewhere in the town. One man suffered stab wounds while the other received a blow from a fence post. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries. Crime scene investigators are currently examining at least five locations around Dundalk Town. The Irish Times
Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan said he believed the victims were selected at random and a potential terror link was being investigated…He said the suspect had come into contact with gardai on January 1 when inquiries about his immigration status were conducted. ITV
The Gardaí (Irish police service) this afternoon confirmed they are investigating terror as a motive for the attack.
They said no motive had yet been established but terror was not being ruled out…
Among the lines being investigated is that the young man had recently been refused asylum in the UK – but is in unclear how he may have subsequently entered Ireland or traveled to Dundalk. Independent
As Baltimore grapples with its highest per capita record for homicides, some resident blame a lack of police presence in their neighborhoods as a reason for the city’s gun violence problem.
One Baltimore, Md., pastor argued that more police need to patrol the city’s neighborhoods in order to better protect the locals, according to an interview with NPR published Sunday…
Baltimore reached 343 homicides last week as city leaders struggle to come up with ways to fix the violence. Mayor Catherine Pugh, a Democrat, released a holistic crime plan, aimed at cracking down on poverty, opening up access to local community colleges to students who might not be able to afford it and working to better train officers, while the city police commissioner touted the recent addition of new hires to the force. DailyCaller
Baltimore is a prime example of what happens when politicians coddle criminals and give them the excuse of racism to justify their crimes. It’s too late to say, “Sorry. We made a mistake.” What’s done is done and the people of the city of Baltimore are going to have to live with it. PJMedia
“Da’as, the Islamic State Organization, was ranked first in the previous ranking of Forbes, it has now dropped to fifth place.
1. Hezbollah: Annual revenues of $ 1.1 billion 2. Taliban: annual revenues of $ 800 million 3. Hamas: annual revenues of $ 700 million 4. Al-Qaeda and its affiliates: annual revenues of $ 300 million 5 . Daa”s: annual revenue of $ 200 million 6. PKK: annual revenue of $ 180 million 7. Ctaa’b Hezbollah annual revenue of $ 150 million 8. Islamic Jihad: annual revenues of approximately $ 100 million 9. Lashkar-e-Taiba: Annual revenues of $ 75 million 10. REAL IRA: Annual revenues of $ 50 million Forbes Israel
“Eight of the ‘Top Ten’ terror groups in terms of income are Muslim, with Hezbollah and Hamas ranked #1 and #3 respectively.”
One of the more far-reaching consequences of former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is on display in Forbes Israel’s latest ranking of the richest terrorist groups in the world, as in 2017 Iran-backed Hezbollah leaped to the top of the list with a whopping $1.1 billion in revenue.
That is not to say that all their income stems from Iran. Terrorist organizations in general also fund their purchase of arms, training and salary payments to their members from such criminal activities as drug smuggling, money laundering, kickbacks, kidnappings, ‘protection’, etc., just as organized crime does.
But the nuclear deal, it should be recalled, allowed for the release of billions of dollars into Iran’s state coffers from the lifting of internationally imposed sanctions, and the unfreezing of its assets abroad. This, in turn, allowed the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism to open the spigots to its proxies, and the results can clearly be seen by comparing this year’s “Top Ten” list with the previous one, made in 2014. Lebanese group Hezbollah, which has been fighting in Syria for years for Iranian ally Bashar al-Assad, was then ranked fourth, with $500 million – only half of what it has today.
Hamas has $700 million
The Gaza Strip’s Hamas, meanwhile, is now in third place, having actually dropped a rung from 2014. (The Taliban now occupy second place, with a revenue of $800 million). Forbes lists them as currently receiving about $700 million a year, vs. a billion dollars three years ago. They have two well-known state sponsors, Qatar and, again, Iran. But in the decade since it took over Gaza, Hamas also became expert in extracting money from its own citizens.
According to Forbes’ 2014 report, Hamas makes most of its money from a sophisticated tax system aimed at, among other things, pocketing large portions of the international aid that flows into Gaza. It also runs hundreds of businesses, controls several banks, and has levies on all consumer goods entering the Gaza Strip. All in all, the report says, about 15% of Gaza’s economy ends up in this organization’s pocket. WorldIsraelNews
“We are following reports of multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country. Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are Iran’s own people.
The United States strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters. We urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.”
Oren listed a number of Iranian provocations ignored by the Obama administration.
US President Barack Obama chose not to support the 2009 Iranian Green Protest Movement, because he hoped to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear weapons that he signed six years later, then-ambassador to the US and current Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) said Monday.
Obama’s failure to help Iranian protesters has been criticized since then by Israeli officials, led by Jewish Agency chairman and former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, who has called it the biggest failure to help human rights in modern history.
Oren said Obama initially claimed he would not support the protesters because the CIA helped overthrow nationalist Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953, and that he wanted to show the Iranian people that he respected their sovereignty.
The Obama administration, Oren said, had told Israel behind the scenes that the protesters themselves did not want an American endorsement, because it could discredit them in the eyes of the Iranian people.
“In retrospect, those explanations are less credible,” Oren told The Jerusalem Post. “The Obama administration’s lack of support for the Green Revolution was part of a pattern in which it did not hold Iran accountable for any provocation. It would seem it was part of a general approach that began in Obama’s first week in office in 2009 of wanting to reach a deal with Iran at pretty much any cost.”
Among the Iranian provocations ignored by the Obama administration, Oren listed the crackdown on the protesters, the kidnapping of Americans, having their missile boats provocatively approach American destroyers, trying to assassinate him and his Saudi counterpart in downtown Washington, the failure to follow through on a red line Obama imposed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s smuggling massive amounts of cocaine into the US.
Oren contrasted Obama seeing Iran as the solution to problems in the Middle East with his successor, Donald Trump, whom Oren said sees Iran as the problem. Asked if Israel deserved credit for Trump’s view, Oren said that Israel did not need to push him, because he knew the Iran deal was bad.
“If the Iranian regime brutally cracks down on its own people peacefully demonstrating, imagine what that regime would do to nations it vows to obliterate,” Oren tweeted. “Under the nuclear deal, the regime could someday produce nuclear weapons. Nix or fix it now.” JPost
Video: Netanyahu wishes the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom
This week, tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to register their anger, not at Donald Trump or the House of Saud, but at the mullahs and their security apparatus. It was economic grievances that initially ignited the protests in the northeastern city of Mashhad. But soon the uprising grew and spread to at least 18 cities nationwide. And the slogans shifted from joblessness and corruption to opposition to the Islamic Republic in toto. These included:
The outcome of the protests is hard to predict. So far, the movement is leaderless and appears to lack serious organization. The protesters face a regime that spends much of its energy and resources on ensuring its own survival and won’t hesitate to crack down viciously, as it did in 1999 and 2009. But whatever comes next, Iranians have already shattered one liberal myth: namely, that Donald Trump has revived the regime’s popularity at home. CommentaryMag
That judge did a lot of twisting to come up with that ruling.
Thousands more could be allowed to stay in the UK, even if they have committed serious crimes. Now it is known that lying makes no difference more will come and do this.
A Supreme Court judgment has revealed a “loophole in the law” that could prevent asylum seekers being deported if they are found to have lied about their real identities to get citizenship.
Two Albanians who pretended to be Kosovan refugees to stay in Britain have won a legal test case to prevent their fraud resulting in them being thrown out of the country. The men’s victory is expected to cost the taxpayer up to £1 million in legal fees.
More than 80,000 refugees from Kosovo fled the war in the Balkans in the 1990’s to claim asylum here. However, thousands of Albanians used that crisis to pretend they were from Kosovo fleeing war to claim Britain citizenship.
Among them was Dinjan Hysaj, who aged 21 pretended to be a child refugee from Kosovo and was given British citizenship. Agron Bakijasi, also from Albania, used a false name, pretended to be from Kosovo and lied about his age to secure citizenship.
However, 40-year-old Hysaj’s lies came to light in 2011 when he was jailed for five years for glassing a man in a Hertfordshire pub. Bakijasi’s fraud emerged after his partner returned to Kosovo, revealing his true identity.
After the Home Office applied to deport them, the men’s lawyers argued that lying to obtain such citizenship was not enough to strip them of it.
In a complex legal judgment, the Supreme Court judges last week concluded that issues surrounding those claiming citizenship using a made up identity of someone who does not exist results in “such uncertainty meaning that the law is difficult to apply in practice”.
The judges add: “It also has a number of illogical and unsatisfactory consequences. Thus it is not clear when the use of a false identity to obtain citizenship by one person will lead to the nullification of the grant of citizenship to those making a derivative claim.”
In effect, because they had not stolen a person’s identity but instead made up a fictional character, “neither appellant pretended to be someone he was not”.
The judges said the judgement was given in “unusual circumstances” because Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary who wants them deported, now accepts that British courts have not properly clarified what types of identify fraud should see such migrants stripped of their citizenship. The judgement was analysing points of law” arising from Mrs. Rudd allow the men’s appeals “by consent”. However, the Home Office is to now pursue other avenues to deport the men.
Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP, said this judgment exposed a loophole that needed new British legislation to ensure criminals could not abuse the British legal system.
“We need to tighten up the law so people who make up identities and lie to get British citizenship can be stripped of it and be deported. These are not the sorts of people we want to have in our country. Telegraph
Three supermoons – we have already had one Supermoon on December 3rd. The other two remaining ones will come on January 1st and then on January 31st. On January 31st the super-blue moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow causing a total lunar eclipse.
This beats the usual Republican way of giving the Democrats what they want in exchange for a vague “take a look” at Republican demands later after the bill is passed and signed.
Check their ages: The DACA program was implemented by the Obamaadministration in 2012. To be eligible for the DACA program a person had to be under 16. That would mean that the oldest of these individuals would be 20 – 21 years old.
President Donald Trump will not sign a bill de-facto legalizing illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children unless it contains provisions for a wall on the southern border, he declared in a tweet Friday.
Trump ended the Obama-era executive action, otherwise known as DACA, in September telling Congress it had six months to codify the program into law before protections expired. Obama’s DACA program issued work permits to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and granted them certain protections from deportation. There are approximately 700,000 DACA recipients in the U.S.
Democrats have been reluctant to give any concessions whatsoever on DACA, saying the program should be passed through both chambers without any concessions on Republican immigration priorities. Trump’s tweet indicates he will not allow a “clean DACA” bill and will insist that provisions to fund his southern border wall and reform the legal immigration system must be included. DailyCaller
Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania should be discouraging Cultural Marxism – destroying all traditions, capitalism, tradition family, Christianity, individuality, liberty… to create a socialist utopia.
One of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges is advancing a “queer theology” agenda with hopes of destabilizing traditional beliefs about what the Bible says about gender and sexuality…
“Queering the Bible” is a one-credit class that surveys “queer and trans readings of biblical texts.”
“By reading the Bible with the methods of queer and trans theoretical approaches, this class destabilizes long held assumptions about what the Bible – and religion – says about gender and sexuality,” the course description reads.
The school’s religion department is also teaching a class that questions the sexuality of the Almighty called, “Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology.”
“The God of the Bible and later Jewish and Christian literature is distinctively masculine, definitely male. Or is He?” the course description reads. “If we can point out places in traditional writings where God is nurturing, forgiving, and loving, does that mean that God is feminine, or female?”
Key themes of that particular class include exploring the “tensions between feminist and queer theology” and examines “feminist and queer writings about God.”
Critics blasted the college’s religion courses and suggested they were meant to undermine Christianity.
“This is about sanitizing and neutralizing the prohibitions on homosexual acts that Scripture unequivocally condemns,” one observer noted online.
The president of Truett-McConnell University, a conservative Christian school in Georgia,accused Swarthmore of prostituting the Bible.
“If there were a list entitled, “Best Snowflake Colleges in America,” I am quite certain that Swarthmore College would be near the top of the list,” Dr. Emir Caner told the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “Keep in mind, this is an institution of higher learning that has produced such ‘accomplished’ politicians as failed presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.”…
Dr. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas and a spiritual advisor to President Trump, warned about the spiritual dangers of twisting God’s word.
“In suggesting that God is ‘queer’ Swarthmore College is guilty of nothing short of modern day idolatry,” Jeffress told the Todd Starnes Radio Show.
“When you read the Bible you will discover that God reserved His harshest condemnation for individuals and nations that practiced idolatry – creating an imaginary god who conformed to a culture’s immorality,” Jeffress said. FoxNews
It is time to bury the Progressive myth that migrants swarming into Europe are going to replace the continent’s shrinking workforce. Hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly fighting-age men from Arab and Muslim countries, are now living off welfare instead of seeking gainful employment, German media reports say.
Municipalities and town councils across Germany face severe financial constraints as an ever-increasing number of young migrants go on welfare. An estimated 600,000 of the newly-arrived ‘refugees’ are currently living on the dole despite being young and apparently employable, German newspaper Die Welt writes.
The number of migrants living on the dole is growing at an alarming rate. In 2017, their figure rose by 70 percent compared to that of last year. Die Weltreported the story:
Municipalities warn of the failing labor market integration of the refugees. Around 600,000 refugees are receiving basic income support payment (the Hartz IV benefits), Gerd Landsberg, the Managing Director of Association of Towns and Municipalities, told the newspapers belonging to Funke Mediengruppe. That is an increase of 250.000 individuals compared to the figure of 2016.
Less than 200,000 refugees have taken up occupations that were subjected to social security deductions. “The numbers show that massive efforts must to be undertaken to successfully integrate refugees into the labor market,” Landsberg added. TruthRevolt
Federal agents discovered four preserved fetuses in the Detroit warehouse of a man who sold human body parts, confidential photographs reviewed by Reuters show.
The fetuses were found during a December 2013 raid of businessman Arthur Rathburn´s warehouse. The fetuses, which appear to have been in their second trimester, were submerged in a liquid that included human brain tissue.
Rathburn, a former body broker, is accused of defrauding customers by sending them diseased body parts. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is set for January.
How Rathburn acquired the fetuses and what he intended to do with them is unclear. Rathburn´s lawyers did not respond to requests for comment, and neither the indictment nor other documents made public in his case mention the fetuses.
The indictment states IBI would get the bodies and then dismember them to rent out for training. Both Arthur and Elizabeth knew the bodies died from infectious disease, and sometimes “obtained diseased remains from their suppliers at a reduced cost,” according to the documents.
The documents also show IBI would sell to its customers, “falsely representing to those customers that the remains were free from certain infectious diseases” because the customers would not accept some infected remains.
“The scheme included (1) directly profiting from infectious remains supplied to unwitting customers in violation of contractual agreements and (2) not disclosing to customers that IBI failed to take industry standard precautions to prevent potential cross-contamination between infections and non-infectious remains,” the indictment read.
IBI is accused of selling the body parts from January 2007 through December 2013.
The company also failed to take industry-standard precautions when it came to dismembering the body parts, according to the indictment.
Arthur “used a chainsaw, band saw, and reciprocating saw to dismember bodies without taking sanitary precautions,” and “stored human heads by stacking them directly on top of each other without any protective barrier.” WXYZ
U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
‘This needs to be reviewed,’ said U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee who recently chaired a special U.S. House committee on the use of fetal tissue.
Blackburn recoiled when a Reuters reporter showed her some of the photographs, taken by government officials involved in the raid.
In four of the photos, a crime scene investigator in a hazmat suit uses forceps to lift a different fetus from the brownish liquid. In three other photos, a marker that includes a government evidence identification number lies beside a fetus.
‘The actions depicted in these photos are an insult to human dignity,’ said U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
A Republican from Virginia, Goodlatte said that if individuals ‘violate federal laws and traffic in body parts of unborn children for monetary gain,’ they should be ‘held accountable.’ DailyMail
Legal and virtually unregulated
Reuters’ report noted that in the United States it is legal to buy and sell cadavers and other body parts except for organs used in transplants and certain fetal tissue. However, the multimillion dollar a year body parts industry operates with minimal regulation, which means that “in most states, including Michigan, public health authorities are not required to regularly inspect body broker facilities.”
For example, a reporter for Reuters was able to purchase two human heads and a cervical spine from Restore Life USA after sending just a couple of emails and paying “$900 plus shipping.” DailyWire