Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mid-Week Post

And the rest of it ...

The US shouldn't just withdraw from the UN human rights council; it should withdraw from the entire thing:

The United States withdrew from a "hypocritical and self-serving" United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared U.S. values and encouraged Washington to remain, but "were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo."

The UN has served as tool for despots and bigots since its inception and has not stopped or prevented a war. It's time to relegate it to the dustbin of history.

The worst terrorist attack in Canada is still unresolved:

Until al-Qaida’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, the Air India bombing was the most savage act of terrorism in aviation history. It was far and away the worst terrorist atrocity in Canadian history. Flight 182 was blown up by Canadians. Of the 329 people murdered that day, 280 were Canadians.

The bomb was hidden in a suitcase that was checked in as luggage at Vancouver International Airport and sent on to Flight 182, bound for New Delhi from Toronto, via London. It was also in Vancouver that a second suitcase bomb, intended to detonate simultaneously, was placed on Air India Flight 301, bound for Bangkok via Narita, Japan. That bomb ended up detonating at Narita Airport, killing two baggage handlers.

The atrocity was conceived, planned and carried out by the terrorist organization Babbar Khalsa, specifically by its leader, Talwinder Singh Parmar, who ended up fleeing Canada and sneaking back into India, where he was killed by Indian police in 1992. In the years leading up to the Air India bombings, from the safety of his mansion in Burnaby, Parmar had been directing a campaign of assassinations in India’s Punjab state. Parmar was wanted in India on murder charges. Ottawa had declined to extradite him.

The outrageous inattention to Sikh separatist extremism in Canada — a gross negligence that implicated timid federal politicians, understaffed RCMP offices and the fledgling Canadian Security Intelligence Service — was the most damning finding of a judicial inquiry headed up by retired Supreme Court Justice John Major, whose 2010 conclusions shook Ottawa.

Only one person was ever convicted for the Air India bombings. The bomb-maker Inderjit Singh Reyat pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter and was later sentenced to perjury for lying about the identity of his accomplices. Two Babbar Khalsa zealots were acquitted. One potential witness, Indo-Canadian Times editor Tara Singh Hayer, was murdered in 1998 before he could give evidence. Others were afraid to testify.

While three hundred and twenty-nine people remain unavenged, their families' wounds are further salted with lies and conspiracy theories.

This is beyond shameful.

By claiming that Islamist terrorists are mentally ill, one not only removes moral agency for their appalling acts but paints the entire religion of Islam as a form of mental instability.

You know what you are doing, water-carriers in the popular press:

Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 20-year-old Canadian, faces a possible life sentence when he appears in a New York courtroom as early as next month for plotting a 2016 bombing at Times Square for the so-called Islamic State.

But his mother insists the case is not what it seems.

“Actually, it’s not a terrorist case, it’s a mental illness problem,” Metwally said in an interview at her home in an Oakville, Ont. suburb.

Meanwhile, the Philippines cares not for the mental health of Islamist terrorists and has elected to vapourise them:

Philippine military airstrikes and ground assaults targeted a group of Islamic State group-linked militants in an offensive that reportedly killed five extremists and forced more than 5,000 villagers to flee to safety in the south, officials said Monday.

Army Col. Romeo Brawner said the offensive Sunday sparked gunbattles between troops and the extremists in Tubaran town in a mountainous region of Lanao del Sur province and the military was verifying reports that at least of five militants had been killed.

Troops captured a jungle camp where they found empty ammunition boxes, and were pursuing the militants, Brawner said.

The offensive targeted about 40 militants led by Owayda Benito Marohombsar, who uses the nom de guerre Abu Dar. He was among those who led a five-month siege of Marawi city, not far from Tubaran, but managed to escape before troops quelled the uprising last October.

More than 5,000 villagers from Tuburan and two other nearby towns fled when they heard the brief airstrikes, regional assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong said. He said more than 700 moved into evacuation centres while others stayed with relatives.

Abu Dar's presence in the hinterlands of Tubaran, where he has many relatives, was confirmed last month when his men killed a village leader who resisted their plan to venture into town. The village leader's relatives notified the military about Abu Dar's presence and helped troops hunt down the militants, Adiong said.

Abu Dar is the only locally prominent leader of the bloody Marawi siege who is confirmed to have escaped from the Islamic city after being wounded in the massive military offensive.

But ... but ... Trump!:

I’ll call her “Nada,” not her real name.

Nada is a Yazidi woman from Sinjar, Iraq, now age 31. On Aug. 3, 2014, ISIL came for her people. The Kurdish Peshmerga, tasked with protecting them, fled, leaving them helpless. Nada and her two children — a boy, eight months and a girl, two — were separated from her husband and father-in-law, whom she never saw again.

The girls and women were taken to Mosul. As a married woman, Nada should not have been grouped with the girls, but she was. Their photographs were taken, overseen by an ISIL sex-slavery organizer (I’ll call him X; as you’ll learn, he remains newsworthy). They were taken to Raqqa in Syria, where Nada and her children were bought by an ISIL emir. For 10 days Nada was enjoyed by his soldiers.

Then she was resold. In all she was passed around to 13 men, including X for some months. Her first owner eventually bought her back. She fell pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl, who was given to her owner’s family. Nada was eventually made “wife” to an Iraqi fighter. He would put a gun to her head or mock “hang” her children to keep her submissive. He would constantly tell her, “You are an infidel,” and “You are dirty.” But all her captors said those things constantly, including their kinswomen.

At one gruesome point, Nada told me through an interpreter during our hour-long interview at an educational meeting on the Yazidi situation this past Sunday, Nada and her children were forced to watch four men being beheaded. Eventually, because Nada speaks fluent Arabic and could pass as Muslim, she was able to escape with her children and contact family members in Kurdistan, who paid for smugglers to take them there.

Canada accepted Nada and her children, but not her father or sister. She has been living in London, Ont., for eight months. Recently, on a bus, she recognized X — the slave-market boss who had owned her and used her for months. They got off at the same stop. X saw her, covered his face and ran off.

Nada went to the refugee centre and told them the man’s real name and his ISIL name. The official there responded that she was too traumatized to be sure of what she saw. And then that person reportedly told her, “Don’t tell anyone.”

But Nada, who doesn’t need to be submissive any more, told me. I will be happy to share this man’s identity with any immigration official who asks for it. Maybe he’s the only ISIL member who slipped through Canada’s vetting net, or maybe he’s one of a hundred. Nada doesn’t care, nor (at the moment) do I. She does not want to spend her life in Canada terrified she will cross his path again, nor should she have to.

Justin Trudeau, Ralph Goodale, Ahmed Hussen and the federal Liberal cabinet are rapist-supporting pieces of sh--.

How the Canadian legal system sees people who protect their property or lives:

Peter Khill says he wasn’t just defending his old pickup truck when he shot and killed Jon Styres on a cold February morning two years ago, rather he was facing an unknown but imminent threat outside his house that he “needed to neutralize.”

But to that, prosecutor Steve O’Brien snapped at the former army reservist Tuesday in the climax of a tough and pointed cross-examination, “There was a guy stealing your truck and you killed him. He was not ‘a threat you needed to neutralize,’ but a human being.”

Just seconds before, O’Brien told Khill, “It could have been some goofy teenage kid from your neighbourhood” trying to steal his truck that morning.

“It was not some armed Taliban insurgent,” O’Brien sneered.

“That (the possibility of the intruder being an innocent teen) wasn’t worth a moment’s pause to call 911?’

Styres wasn’t a teenager, but the 29-year-old from the nearby Six Nations reserve was unarmed when he received two lethal shotgun blasts, one to the chest and another to the back of his arm, which also ended up in his chest. It was about 3 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2016.

Canada also rewards Taliban insurgents (SEE: Khadr, Omar).

People who hide information from parents are creepy, dreadful people:

Alberta's law banning schools from telling parents when their children join a gay-straight alliance faces its first legal challenge.

A Court of Queen's Bench judge in Medicine Hat, Alta., is to hear arguments Wednesday filed on behalf of 25 faith-based schools and others to put the law on hold pending a constitutional challenge.

Education Minister David Eggen says he wants the issue cleared up as soon as possible, because legal wrangling leads to confusion and concern on the part of students.

"Uncertainty created by a court case like this ... seeks to counter a lot of the progress that we've made to create safe and caring environments for kids and I find that pretty disturbing," Eggen said in an interview.

The lawsuit was filed in April in response to a law passed by Premier Rachel Notley's government late last year.

Gay-straight alliances are peer support networks organized by students to help gay kids feel welcome and to prevent bullying or abuse.

Leading the legal challenge is the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The group argues in court documents that keeping parents out of the loop violates multiple charter freedoms, including freedom of religion and expression.

It also says gay-straight alliances are "ideological sex clubs" where graphic information on gay sex is available.

The group also says the law has "stripped parents of the ability to know fully where their children are, who they are involved with, and what they may be encouraged to think or do."

Isn't this a school?

Given that Canada has an aging and potentially sicker population, taxpayer-funded birth control/canned hunts like abortion needn't be on the top of the list of things to train doctors for:

Approximately one in three Canadian women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Only doctors are licensed to provide abortions and family physicians perform the majority of procedures (76 per cent of the 86,824 reported abortions in 2014-15). But the pool of willing providers appears to be shrinking, and new doctors need to be trained to replace them, according to a new study that surveyed family medicine residents in Canada.

Eighty per cent of respondents in Canada received less than one hour of formal education on abortion. Similarly, 79 per cent had never observed or assisted in one.

“The majority of family medicine residents do not feel competent to provide abortion services,” the authors report in the journal BMC Medical Education.

For Phillips, a professor in family medicine and public health sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, the findings are “a bit depressing.”

Well, no, it isn't.

Abortion doesn't cure a condition nor does it relieve any social problem.

Why not train doctors to cure cancer? Surely that would be more worthwhile an effort instead of a politically motivated elective procedure people are forced to pay for?

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