Friday, March 31, 2023

Will Nashville Change the Debate on Transgenderism?

This article first appeared in New English Review. 

The school shooting in Nashville has once again horrified the nation and revived the debate over gun laws. President Biden reacted by calling on Congress to pass his assault weapons ban. Republicans are calling for the presence of armed guards in our schools. Others are calling for stronger "red flag laws". But there is also a new ingredient to this particular atrocity in Nashville. The shooter was a 28-year-old woman who self-identified as a male-a transgender person. Instead of your typical disturbed white male, we have a disturbed white transgender-not as victim but as the perpetrator of a horrible crime, the cold-blooded murder of three children, ages 9, and three adults. How do the media and the left handle this narrative?

It should be stated at the outset that we are not expecting a wave of murders committed by transgenders. As far as I know, this is the first mass shooting by a transgender, so I don't want to stamp them all with the same label.

My question is whether this will cause us to put the brakes on "celebrating" people with sexual dysphoria and treat them as people with psychological problems per se. (I am not including gays, lesbians, and bi-sexuals in this discussion.) 

In recent years, there has been a push in our schools and universities not just to demand compassion and respect for transgender people (to include letting them use whatever public restroom they wish and for biological males to compete against women athletes), but also to "celebrate" transgenderism itself. In my view, it is becoming a fad to self-identify with the opposite sex. Transgenders are becoming more open and more visible. Is that because there are many more of them than we imagined and they feel they can now be public about their sexuality and self-identification? Or is it because young, impressionable people are being persuaded that this is a great lifestyle choice, kind of like covering your body with tattoos? I don't know the answer to this question, but I am concerned. Needless to say, I am absolutely against promoting transgenderism to our children, let alone allowing them to undergo gender transformation whether it be surgical, chemical, or both. What I want is for young people who self-identify with the opposite sex to be treated with compassion and counseling. We all know the hormonal changes that teenagers go through. Could this also be playing a role?

But is it unreasonable in the wake of Nashville to at least discuss the possibilities that these people all need counseling-that there are psychological issues at play here? Again, this is not to suggest that all transgenders are walking time bombs just a trigger away from committing mass murder. The Nashville shooter clearly had psychological problems, and I assume she was committing suicide by cop knowing that she was not going to come out of this alive. We already know that the rate of suicides among transgenders is higher than the population at large. 

The problem is that the left and academia, where so much of this lifestyle is fostered, don't want to admit that transgenders in general are in need of treatment-not to change their gender necessarily but to explore why they feel they are of the opposite sex. Obviously, if they are still children, they may well grow out of it, an argument against gender reassignment until they can make an adult decision.

So we are left with trying to close the book on a motive for the heinous crime in Nashville. At first glance, it appears the shooter was a former student at this Christian school (another aspect the left would prefer to downplay) and was angry at having to attend the school in the first place (many years earlier). Was she angry at how she was treated as a transgender? What else was involved? According to her parents' statements, she had many psychological issues. But as former congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Fox News, there is no motive for such an act that we can be comfortable with and say, "OK, now I understand".  The only reason I am interested in the motive is, hopefully, to use the information to prevent future attacks (Call me naive.) The motive could also stimulate the debate over transgenderism itself.  It is clear that many in the media and on the left want to downplay the transgender issue as well as the targeting of a Christian school. But if we bury the transgender identity of the shooter, we ignore what should be part of the whole discussion over how to treat and deal with transgenders in general. We have only been dealing with this issue seriously for a few years now. We are still in largely uncharted territory. The Nashville tragedy must be part of the discussion.

It comes down to this: Do we treat this condition as a psychological disorder, or do we celebrate, promote it, and encourage it?  I vote for the former. Moreover, we should not let ideologies and politics determine how we go forward.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Los Angeles Submits

 Hat tip Counter Jihad Coalition

I am cross-posting an article by the Counter Jihad Coalition. Los Angeles, a city with more problems than I could list here, is marking the start of Ramadan by lighting City Hall green (the color of Islam).

As described in the above article, the driving force behind this is the Muslim Public Affairs Council, whose leader, Salam al-Marayati, is based in Los Angeles. MPAC, like CAIR, is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. I have seen and heard Marayati speak a few times and on one occasion, in December 2012, spoke to him one-on-one for a few minutes in regard to the question of apostate Muslims in the US being free from violence in retaliation for leaving Islam. Marayati (falsely) assured me that there was no death sentence or other punishment in Islam for apostates.

"Lunch was from 3-4. During the break, I approached Marayati and asked him about the subject of apostasy. I also mentioned the Freedom Pledge letter, which he and many other Muslim leaders in the US had received from Former Muslims United asking them to sign a pledge that American apostates not be harmed. He told me he vaguely remembered seeing the letter a couple of months previous but had not signed it. The reason he gave is that Nonie Darwish (the head of FMU) had a political agenda while MPAC had made its views known, that there is no punishment for leaving Islam, and there is nothing about that in the Koran. I asked him specifically if that also pertained to public apostates who spoke out critically against the religion as well as those who quietly left. Marayati reiterated there was no punishment for leaving Islam for either group. I then gave him another copy of the letter addressed to him, thanked him, shook hands and left."

Trump Indicted in New York

 What it means for America

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Terror Roundup in Belgium

Hat tip Gates of Vienna

7 Sur 7 (Be) Archives

Yesterday, Belgian police in Brussels and Antwerp carried out the arrests of 8 persons suspected of planning an Islamic terrorist attack in Belgium. The below article from Nieuwsblad (Be) is translated from Dutch by Fousesquawk. We are working on translating a Belgian video as well

After frustrating two possible attacks: Suspect teenager arrested three years ago for planning terror attack

In two different cases in Antwerp and Brussels, a group of radicalized youths has been arrested, and thus, two attacks have possibly been foiled. Eight people are under arrest. One of the suspects is a 19-year-old Kosovar, who, at the end of 2020 was making plans to carry out an attack on a police station.

Cedric Lagast, Sam Reyntjens and Jarit Taelman Source: Own reportingToday at 18:00
The Antwerp Federal Judicial Police, for some time, had an eye on a group of radicalized youths. According to our information, it concerns a group of adults, among others, a man from Merksem, a man from Duerne, and a girlfriend of one of them. It is reportedly young men who, in a short time, became radicalized within the radical Islamistist environment.
At least one of them, according to the federal prosecutor's office, had concrete, advanced plans to carry out an attack. The group was reportedly searching for weapons. The target was not yet determined, according to the federal prosecutor's office. Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open VLD-Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats party) describes it as "a plot against government entities". Whether weapons have actually been found, the  (justice authorities) do not say.  
On social media, the group was in contact with a  man from Eupen in the Oostkantons (Eastern Kantons-region in E. Belgium). 19-year-old S.B., in October 2020, as a 17-year-old, was arrested together with a 16-year-old friend, on the order of the federal prosecutor's office. The duo were in contact with another radicalized person in Austria. In a video, they had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, in which they made plans to carry out an attack on a police station in Luik. 
The two were then sent to a juvenile institution by a juvenile court judge.
S.B. was currently free under supervision, but he was in a radicalized environment in Verviers. This time, he was reportedly not the key figure in a planned attack, but he possibly inspired the group in Antwerp.
Second group
The Federal Judicial Police in Brussels were also keeping an eye on a group of radicalized youths. This concerns three persons from Molenbeek, Schaarbeck, and Zaventam. Here also, they discovered that one of them was making plans to carry out a terror attack and was looking for weapons.
When the investigators determined that the two groups knew each other and were in contact, it was decided to intervene. On Monday evening, a search of eight addresses was organized, and eight suspects were (arrested).
On Wednesday, the eight were brought before an investigating judge, who must decide on their detention.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Portugal: Afghan Refugee Stabs Two Women to Death in Lisbon Mosque

-Lusa (pt)

I have just returned from three days in Las Vegas, and it was there that we heard the terrible news about the school shooting in Nashville. I will have plenty to write about that as the dust settles.

In the meantime, today, there was a knife attack carried out in Lisbon, Portugal by an Afghan refugee at an Ismaili Shiite mosque in which two Portuguese women who were employed at the mosque were killed and another victim, described as a professor, was injured. The attacker was apparently shot by police and transported to a local hospital.

Various Portuguese sources identify the man as an engineer from Afghanistan, who speaks English. He has three children with him and claims that his wife died in a fire in Greece.

We are working on getting a local news video translated into English. In the meantime, the below article in Correio da Manhã is translated by Fousesquawk.

Mariana and Farana, the two women who died in the attack at the Ismaeli Center in Lisbon

Correio da Manhã-28 March 2023 at 17:24

It was around 11 am when a man entered armed in the Ismaili Center and killed two persons and wounded a professor with a stab wound to the neck.

Caption: Mariana and Farana, the two women who were stabbed to death in the Ismaili Center in Lisbon.

The fatal victims of the knife attack in the Ismaili Center in Lisbon are Mariana (24) and Farana (49). The mother of one of the fatal victims was at the scene early in the morning when she thought that her daughter was merely injured.

One of the victims, Mariana, was a graduate in political and international relations at the New Faculty of Social and Human Sciences in Lisbon.

Around 11 am, an armed man entered the Ismaili Center when there was an English class in progress. The motives of the attack are unknown.

As a result of this attack, a professor was also injured, who was struck by a stab wound in the neck. The victim made it to the Santa Maria Hospital on his own. The attacker, of Afghan nationality, frequented the center, where he was studying Portuguese, and was shot by the PSP (police) and taken to the St. Joseph Hospital. The Correio da Manhã is aware that the attacker had already made threats to people in the center, including the dead victims.    * video

Friday, March 24, 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Massive Riots Hit Paris

"Good news, mein Fuehrer. Paris is burning."

 This is on-going right now. Massive riots are in progress in Paris protesting the government's raising of the retirement age from 62 to 64.

-Paris Match

France: Anti-Asian Racism Examined

France, being a former colonial power in Asia and Africa, is home to millions of people descended from those former colonies. In the case of Asians, we are mostly referring to people from the former Indo-Chinese colonies of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Many of these people are refugees who fled those countries when the communists took over in the late 1970s, as well as their children.

The below article, which appeared a few days ago in France 24 (news), discusses the issue of anti-Asian racism in France even though Asian immigrants in France, including those born in France, are generally considered, in the words of the below article, as a "model minority". That rings a bell because for decades, Asian-Americans have been referred to with the same term. In the US, many Asian-Americans are uncomfortable with the term because they feel that it pits them against other minorities and overlooks the fact that their communities (Asians) also have to deal with societal problems.

In spite of the label in France, Asians do experience discrimination and racism, often subtle, often in the form of "positive stereotypes", more recently a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and often associated with France's colonial past.

This is an issue I have been interested for several years as it pertains to the US, and so I thought it was worth the time to translate it to English. One thing I wish the article had included was racism against Asians from other minorities and immigrants in France, if in fact, it is an issue.

In France, anti-Asian racism is trivialized and rarely denounced

March 17, 2023 12:55

-Text by Pauline Rouquette

Photo: "Tight eyes", "egg skull",  "Hawaiian", "yellow face", "Chinese", "dirty Chinese", "Jackie Chan", "Ping Pong", "spring roll".

Caption: members of the Chinese community in France wave leaflets containing the remarks and insults they receive during a demonstration against racism called by the association, "French from China, Chinese of France" on November 21, 2012, at Saint-Ouen.

A study published Wednesday reveals that people of Asian origin face multi-faceted racism, trivialized and rarely denounced in France. Set up as "model minorities", the Asian populations show a low incidence of recourse against the discrimination of which they are victims, which could be explained by several factors, among them, linguistic insecurity, but also the colonial past.

Minimized, trivialized, and often unperceived because it is automatically justified as "humor". The racism suffered by people originating from Asia, in France, is however quite real, as revealed Wednesday, March 15 in the study, REACTAsia, published by sociologists and supported by the human rights defender, Claire Hedon.

Rarely denounced, discrimination against Asians had never until now been the object of an official report financed by this independent constitutional authority. But the Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to an acceleration of "awareness" of this discrimination, pushing scientific research to mobilize in documenting it.

"Since Covid-19, we have witnessed a global phenomenon in the rise of all this hostility toward this Asian population, often confused with the Chinese population," confirms Ya-Han Chuang, professor of sociology and researcher at the International Science Research Center Po(litical) Paris, who notes that a first awareness occurred in 2016 after the death of fashion designer Chaolin Zhang, 49, who died as a result of a violent attack in Aubervilliers.

As the REACTAsia report states, in France, discrimination manifested most frequently under the cover of "humor", is largely trivialized. Questionable pleasantries that happen especially "on the edge of social and close relations". Colleagues, friends, classmates...."These close connections...,  often found on the edges of public and private life, make the reporting of these phenomena more difficult," the study shows, which notes that they are rarely punished. 

To carry out this inquiry, in-depth biographical interviews were conducted between 2020-2022 of 32 young graduates of higher education, ages 20-40, and natives of 9 counties (first arrivals or descendants of migrants): Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

From data compiled by the researchers, several findings emerge. First of all, "clear specificities" exist in the experiences of anti-Asian racism, among which, the "trivialization" and the "ordinary character" of their manifestations-often expressed "in the form of humor", sums up Simeng Wang, a sociologist who co-wrote the study, head of research at CNRS and member of Cermes3, the two entities who did the investigation. 

At work or in school, some of those questioned testified to have suffered, " social contempt with jokes from their friends" which has fed a "feeling of shame" and could have contributed to forging an attitude of "overcompensation and desire to succeed." 

Furthermore, she notes, racism is not manifested in the same way according to gender. Effectively, "Asian men suffer from stereotypes tied to their masculinity, often devalued," while women whose "feminity is fantasized" have to face the "intertwining of racism and sexism," as much in the working world (sexual harassment) as in public space.

Low levels of recourse for a "model minority"

However, often the racism suffered by people of Asian origin is passed over in silence by the victims of discrimination themselves. A low level of reaction and recourse that the REACTAsia explains by the label of "model minority", which locks  Asian people in positive stereotypes ('workers", "discreet", "strong in math") and prevents them from reporting situations of racism in which they can be confronted.

According to Simeng Wang, the weak command of the French language, "the logic of survival", and the heritage of Confucianism-which cultivates non-conflict relations- among the new arrivals could also explain (why) the Asian populations have less recourse to the law and authoritarian hierarchy.

As to the last aspect, Ya-Han Chuang, author of "A model minority? Chinese in France and anti-Asian racism" (Editor La Decouverte), wants to be "less essentialist", she says. Beyond the values of Confucianism, she prefers to "speak about the vision of the Asian population who are situated between the dominant and the dominated," says (Chuang), who is also a member of Project PolAsia. Analyzed by Djamle Sellah, doctoral student at Bordeaux Po(litical) Sciences, this project aims to analyze the specificity of political participation in France on the part of Asians and French of Asian origin.

"There is French society with, on the one hand, the majority population; on the other, the populations from the former African colonies, often stigmatized; and in the middle, we find the Asians, considered good immigrants, model immigrants who work hard and are silent, but who continue to be looked at through the prism of the  'yellow peril'' (a supposed risk that the peoples of Asia (will) surpass the West and govern the whole world. Editor note).

Other social factors, according to the sociologist, make it possible to explain the relative inertia in the face of discrimination which, more often than not, is not even perceived as such by the victims. "Their mastery of French is less, and for some (especially the Indo-Chinese refugees) they have such gratitude as refugees that this prevents an awareness of the daily racism they are subjected to." Thus, Ya-Han Chuang continues, "they recognize unfavorable treatment but don't necessarily have the intellectual resources that this translates as a manifestation of racism in their consciousness. And even less so that this transforms into a collective action."

However, 80% of the (people) surveyed in the REACTAsia study have a bac+5 (educational) level, and two-thirds were born on French soil. A choice that Simeng Wang justifies by the desire to identify the particularities of racism suffered by people of Asian origin who occupy an elevated social position. The question to which the team of researchers wished to respond, was the following, explains the sociologist. "Does the facility to express oneself increase the chance of being able to report experiences of social injustice?" In reality, she continues,"we have noticed that they are not necessarily spared this phenomenon, but that it takes different forms." 

Not spared because there also exists a linguistic insecurity suffered by the newcomers though (they may be) graduates. People coming to France to pursue higher education may well have graduated and entered into the French job market, however, they do not master the French language, nor the administrative procedures to file a complaint, Simeng Wang continues, citing the linguistic and administrative obstacles that prevent recourse to the law.

A phenomenon also combined with a diversity of attitudes even within the populations of Asian origin, the REACTAsia study reveals.

Colonial past and ethnic-racial power relationships

"This goes back to the colonial past, " explains the researcher (and) author of "Illusions and suffering. The Chinese migrants in Paris" (Ed. Rue d'Ulm).

In effect, she (continues), people of Vietnamese, Cambodian, or Laotian origin (ex-French Indo-China) often have as parents, "boat people" (refugees having fled by sea from the Vietnamese communist regime between 1978-1981) or individuals received in France after the wars with the Khmer Rouge. "They have grown up in a family environment marked by this colonial past," explains Simeng Wang, contrasting them, for example, with people of Japanese origin, who were never colonized by France or by another Asian country.

"There is a different predisposition to these questions in connection with colonialization and the notion of ethnic-racial power relationships, even within Asia itself," the sociologist continues, evoking among others, the colonialization of Taiwan by Japan or the Chinese-Vietnamese war as well. "These events have played a part in leaving a legacy to those surveyed on the question of raising awareness of anti-Asian racism." 

In concrete terms, this is expressed by a tendency to put racism at a distance on the part of individuals of Japanese origin, who feel less concerned than people of Asian origin from the former colonies of France.

Be that as it may, on this subject as well, the word-albeit timidly- is coming out. The Covid-19 pandemic, which was a "time of recurring expression" of this racism, has played a role in "catalyzing awareness," of discrimination, individually or collectively, among the young people surveyed, Simeng Wang reiterates.

For some time, social networks have permitted the emergence of a debate on the issue, Ya-Han Chuang says for her part, evoking the hashtag, # I am not a virus, used on Twitter at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to denounce acts of discrimination... and an epidemic of racist mixtures.

There has been increased media coverage of these phenomena and consideration of a problem in which the public powers are becoming more interested.

Thus, the collaboration with the defender of rights will continue, notes Simeng Wang, who adds that a video mini-series will soon be widely disseminated. "For the 'action' portion, it will be particularly about collaborating with participating actors to promote the mini-series, and to organize screenings (and) debates, particularly in the school environment, to sensitize the population, and particularly, the majority population."

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Stanford Fallout

Last week, we were covering the controversy at Stanford, where a conservative judge who had been invited to speak was heckled by students and dressed down by the Law School's dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tirien Steinbach.

Today, Fox News is reporting that Steinbach is "on leave" currently. The below Fox article also has additional videotape showing Duncan being heckled by students while Steinbach sits quietly in a front row seat. The proper action would have been to stand up as soon as the ruckus started and tell the protesters if they can't sit quietly and listen they need to leave-and bring in campus police if it continues.

I don't know if Steinbach has been suspended or merely taking leave of her own volition. If true as reported in the Fox article, she has received hate mail and threats, I condemn that. At the same time, I would not regret if she is being punished by Stanford. Maybe this is the only way these activists masquerading as professors and university administrators will clean up their act. 

Italy: "You Look What Happened Last Night in Milan's Central Station"

What happened last night in Milan's Central Train Station?

"Gimme a "D", Pat."

Last night at Milan's Central Train Station, a Gambian man, who was illegally in Italy and had a previous arrest record, stabbed a Somali man. The victim is recovering in the hospital while the attacker is "recovering" in jail. This is becoming as regular an event at Milan's Central Station as the trains arriving and departing.

The below article in Affari Italiani is translated by Fousesquawk.

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Milan, attempted homicide in the Central (Train) Station: 29-year-old arrested

A 29-year-old Gambian stabbed a 32-year-old Somali several times with a knife: Arrested by police

Milan, attempted homicide in the Central (Train) Station: 29-year-old arrested

Last night, around 23:30, in Duca D'Aosta Square, in front of the Central Station, police arrested a Gambian citizen, 29, illegally in the country and with previous arrests, for attempted homicide against a Somali citizen, 32, stabbed several times with a small knife. The victim, who tried to defend himself with a bottle shard, was transported in yellow code (mid-level emergency) to Fatebenefratelli (hospital) where he is still recovering, but not in life-threatening condition. The attacker, on the other hand, was taken to San Vittore (prison). 


Monday, March 20, 2023

Sweden: Higher Court Throws out Paludan Ban

Last year, Rasmus Paludan, the anti-Islam activist who holds both Danish and Swedish citizenship, caused several riots in Sweden when he burned Korans in a series of cities. The Swedish police in Norrköping then denied him a demonstration permit. Now a Swedish appeals court has ruled that the police were in error. 

The below article from Samnytt is translated by Fousesquawk.

Paludan had the right to burn Koran- Court overturns police decision

Published 12:30

Last year, police unilaterally decided to refuse a demonstration permit to free speech fighter and Islam critic, Rasmus Paludan, in Norrköping. The decision was made considering that disturbances would likely occur from the Muslim side since Paludan intended to burn a copy of the Koran. The appeals court has now ruled that police who denied permission erred.

During 2022, the Danish-Swedish opinion maker, Rasmus Paludan, burned Korans in a series of demonstrations. The thinking was to test Muslim respect for Western democratic freedom of expression and whether Muslims could handle the provocations. The result was striking-a wave of brutal immigrant violence that subjected police, among others, to extreme strain at its worst and left in its wake ongoing legal proceedings. 

Therefore, police were not especially enthusiastic to grant Paludan permission to hold new demonstrations. In an attempt to stop Paludan, they, therefore, chose to deny him a demonstration permit in Norrköping with reference to the Public Order Law. The argument was that since disturbances were likely, the police could preventively deny the demonstration permit.

Now, however, the police have been reprimanded by the appeals court that tried the case and concluded that the interpretation of the order law was faulty.

"The majority does not all find that the provisions of the Public Order Law give police the possibility to cancel public gatherings as a result of disturbances that have occurred or feared. Instead, it is the provisions on breaking up gatherings that can become relevant."

The appeals court's opinion is that the Public Order Law cannot be used for preventive purposes. On the contrary, it can only be used to break up a demonstration already in the making and which police consider that there is reason to shut it down. Therefore, the appeals court choose to overturn the police decision after the fact.

Authors of text: Editorial staff.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Niger: Secretary of State Blinken's Visit= $$$$$

This past week, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was on a tour of Africa, specifically visiting Ethiopia and Niger. The below article from the Niger news outlet, Actuniger details the financial aid that is involved with Blinken's visit to Niger. The article is translated from French by Fousesquawk.

There is only a brief mention of the (Islamic) terrorist problems that plague Niger and its neighbors. In truth, Africa has become a major battleground in the fight against terrorism on the part of groups affiliated with ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Niger-USA: American Secretary of State Anthony J Blinken visits Niger Thursday, March 16, 2023

Tuesday, March 14, 2023  at 15:34  

As part of the new African tour that he will conduct in Ethiopia and Niger March 14-17, 2023, the American secretary of State, Anthony J Blinken will be in Niamey, Thursday, March 16, 2023. On the menu for this visit, the first of IRS kind for an American secretary of State, are meetings with the President of the Republic, Bazoum Mohamed, and with the diplomatic chief Hassoumi Massouadou, as well as exchanges with young citizens from the conflict zones. 

In a statement published as a prelude to this visit, the spokesperson for the American State Department stated that in this first-ever visit to Niger of an American secretary of State, on March 16, Secretary Blinken will meet with President Mohamed Bazoum and the minister for Foreign Affairs, Hassoumi Massaoudou in Niamey. He will discuss with the highest authorities of the nation, "modalities for the promotion of the American-Nigerien partnership in the areas of diplomacy, democracy, development, and defense."

According to the same source, Secretary Blinken will also dialogue with young people from the conflict zones in Niger who have participated in the program of disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, and reconciliation (DDRR) to be informed about their contributions to peace in Niger. "The Secretary will also deepen the progress of collaboration of the US-African Leaders' Summit concerning global and regional peace, security and governance, as well as the climate crisis," added the press release of the American State Department, equivalent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the USA.

Reinforce the  Niger-USA strategic partnership

The visit of the head of American diplomacy to Niger will permit the reinforcement of the partnership between the two countries. For several years, Niamey has been a strategic ally of Washington in the Sahel, particularly in the domain of the fight against terrorism. The US also uses a drone base at Agadez, in the northern part of the country, along with American special forces that train several elite units of the Nigerien armed forces (FAN) in the struggle against the armed terrorist groups (GAT), particularly in the tri-border zone. Niger also benefits from strategic support from the American army in terms of reinforcing the operational capacities of the army, principally the air forces.

The US is also a leading partner in economics and development for NIger through support from USAID with an annual aid package of 200 million dollars a year in humanitarian aid programs, support for health, food security, agriculture, and education, as well as the promotion of democracy, good governance, and conflict prevention.

Niger also benefits from the support of the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) through the Millenium Challenge Account-Niger (MCA-Niger), since August 2018, responsible for the implementation of Compact Niger, and which covers an agreement for the donation of 435 million dollars over 5 years and signed by the government of Niger and the government of the United States to implement various large scale projects in the regions of Dosso, Tahous, Tillabery, and Maradi. Over 5 years, these funds have served to finance various projects aimed at increasing rural revenues and improving the productive and durable natural resources for agricultural production and improving commercialization as well as access to the agricultural product market. The objective is to directly respond to the underlying causes of two major constraints hindering the economic and investment growth of Niger, that is, weak access to water for agricultural-pastoral production, which hinders agricultural productivity and food security, and the obstacles to commerce due to problems of physical and institutional access, which lead elevated transaction costs and reduce the volume of sales.

In the same context, last December during the US-Africa Leaders' Summit, the governments of the US, Benin, and Niger signed the very first regional scale aid agreement of the MCC and which leads to a donation of 504 million US dollars for the financing of the Regional Transport Program of Benin-Niger.

Ikali Dan Hadiza (

Saturday, March 18, 2023

The Martyrdom of Donald Trump

This article first appeared in New English Review. 

As I write these words, the news is all ablaze that former President Trump will be likely charged Tuesday by a Manhattan grand jury regarding alleged hush money payments to a porn actress named Stormy Daniels (stage name). Allegedly, Trump arranged payments to Daniels through his then-attorney, Michael Cohen, to keep silent about an affair that reportedly occurred prior to his candidacy for the presidency in 2016. Trump denies all charges.

Full disclosure: I voted for Trump twice, I think he did a lot of good for the country, but I would much prefer to see Ron Desantis run for president in 2024. Trump has done much and said much to sour my opinion of him, and frankly, I am sick of the drama. That said, this pending indictment is sickening, not that I believe we should have a two-tiered system of justice, which I don't. If true, the arrest of Trump will convince me that we do have a two-tiered system of justice. For the past several years, we have watched how the FBI scoffed at a mountain of evidence that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton engaged in exchanging classified information on her personal communication devices in clear violation of the law. We have also seen how the FBI has ignored a mountain of evidence that Joe Biden, his son, Hunter, and other family members have used Joe's political positions and status to enrich Hunter and the whole family from curious sources such as China, Ukraine, and Russia. Yet, the FBI and the Manhattan District Attorney are bending over backward to find something-anything- to nail Trump on.

And here it is. Just when we all thought that Stormy Daniels, her sleazy former attorney, Michael Avenatti, and the aforementioned equally sleazy attorney, Michael Cohen, were ancient history, Daniels and Cohen at least are front and center again as Trump accusers. Can Avenatti be far behind?

Then we have New York City DA  Alvin Bragg, under whose tenure, the city has returned to its days of being a dangerous jungle where criminals roam free. Bragg has no interest in locking up the violent elements who prey upon people in the Big Apple, but he sure is dedicated to prosecuting a former conservative Republican president, and to do so, he is willing to put two very questionable characters on the stand as his star witnesses, Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels. You couldn't put a dog in the pound based on their testimonies.

And if the far left and our disgraceful media think this will stop Trump's 2024 presidential campaign, they are mistaken. There will be a wave of protests that will sweep the nation when the arrest becomes official, and I predict his political support will go through the roof. I truly hope it doesn't result in another January 6, if not several.

I do believe there should be peaceful protests, however. If the predictions are true about an indictment. it will be a serious perversion of the law, at least the spirit of the law. Think about it: Is this really a case where a crime has been committed and investigators are tracking down the evidence and those responsible? Or is it a replay of the old Soviet adage, "Show me the man, and I will find the crime"?

I say this as a retired member of the law enforcement community. I am very worried about what is happening to our justice system today. This is not the way our justice system is supposed to work. 

Netherlands: Dutch Farmers Win Big in Elections

 Hat tip Gates of Vienna, Vlad Tepes, and RAIR Foundation USA for subtitling. Translation by Fousesquawk.

Last Saturday, the Hague saw two huge protests against the government. One protest involved farmers who arrived in their tractors and trucks protesting the government's policies regarding nitrogen levels (as found in farm animal droppings). Farmers were being ordered to reduce their livestock, and there has even been talk of government expropriation of farms. This in a country where agriculture is vital.

The other protest involved climate activists protesting the government subsidies to fossil fuel industries. That required the use of water cannons to break up and several hundred were arrested.

Just days later, the country held provincial elections, and the surprise winner was the newly-formed BBB party (Boer-Burger Beveging- Farmer Citizen Movement), which advocated for farmers' rights. Winning at least 15 seats the party is suddenly the largest party in the Senate. You can read more in Gates of Vienna.

This raises serious questions for Premier Mark Rutte and the future of his cabinet. Already under fire, Rutte and his ministers saw this coming-or at least they should have. As usual, Rutte tried to put a happy face on it, congratulating the BBB, but this is not good news for him.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Germany Remembers the Women of Rosenstrasse (Berlin)

Last month Germany commemorated a unique event related to the Holocaust. In February 1943, Nazis rounded up Jewish men who were being used as forced laborers in armaments factories. They were  held in a building on the Rosenstrasse in Berlin pending deportation. These were largely men with non-Jewish wives, considered to be in a special (racial) category under Nazi law. Strange as it seems under the Nazi dictatorship, the non-Jewish wives of these men protested in front of the facility where their men were being held. Within two weeks, their husbands were released.

The below article from the Jewish Forum for Democracy and against anti-Semitism (Germany) is translated by Fousesquawk. It also contains a link at the end to an article by the event's organizers with a video of the commemoration. In addition, there is an excellent German movie on the event called Rosenstrasse. I believe it is available on Netflix with English subtitles.

    • February 28, 2023
    • :  Commemorating the resistance of the women of Rosenstrasse

This year it is 80 years since brave women protested in front of the prison on the Rosenstrasse where their husbands were being held demanding their release. In 1943 in the course of the so-called "Factory Action", thousands of Jews were arrested, who were working as forced laborers in the ornaments industry. About 2,000 of them, who lived in so-called mixed marriages, were brought to the Rosenstrasse in a building (housing) the Jewish community.

The non-Jewish relatives of these Jewish would not accept the separation and deportation, (and) they protested in front of the building and resisted the attempt to remove them. While most other arrested Jews were deported and murdered in the framework of this action, those Jews in the Rosenstrasse transit camp were actually released over the course of the next two weeks. Proof that, even in an inhuman dictatorship, protest can be possible and successful.

On this occasion, a commemoration was held on February 27, the anniversary of the wave of arrests. A prayer for the dead was given by Rabbi Yitzhak Ehrenberg at the memorial on Grossen Hamburgerstrasse. Then followed a silent march to Rosenstrasse to the sculpture by Ingeborg Hunzinger, which was dedicated in 1995. In the presence of the Israeli ambassador, SE Professor Ron Prosor, who also spoke words of commemoration, this unique event was remembered in a ceremony, also, however, remembering the many dead who were murdered by the National Socialists.

Link to the organizer's report:

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Student Thugs Go Crazy at UC Davis

On March 14, conservative activist and leader of Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk, spoke before an audience at the University Of California at Davis (near Sacramento). Predictably, there were problems. Protesting students and other Jacobins engaged in disruptive and violent behavior, breaking windows and trying to shut down the event.

It was hardly unexpected.

Here is how an op-ed writer named Hanna Holzer described Kirk prior to his speech in the Sacramento Bee, the local newspaper of record.

Here is how the chancellor of UC Davis, Gary May, described the upcoming event and speaker to students prior to the event itself. This article is from the UC Davis campus paper, The Aggie.

Here is how the official website of UC Davis described the events in a matter-of-fact manner.

And here is how Turning Point USA describes the event, complete with videos.

First of all, Charlie Kirk is none of the things that Holzer described in the Sacramento Bee. He is not a hate-monger in any way. He is a conservative who is speaking out against the insane leftist, woke bent on university campuses, and everything he has said was borne out true by the actions of students, Antifa-types, and others who engaged in violence and intimidation. 

And this sorry excuse of a chancellor, Gary May, says that nobody should attend Kirk's speech? He should resign. 

I am still waiting to see how the Sacramento Bee and The Aggie report on what happened on campus.

Something is dreadfully wrong on our university campuses, and along with misbehaving students and radical faculty members egging them on, much of the blame lies on the university administrations. They pay lip service to free speech, but in fact, they are weak, they are cowardly, and they actually sympathize with these student thugs.

Stop funding these schools!

* Update: March 16, 2023

The Sacramento Bee has added a correction and apology to the above-linked op-ed by Holzer:

"An earlier version of this column included a statement that Charlie Kirk had “called for the lynching of trans people.” The basis for this accusation is a video clip in which Kirk was upset that a trans woman had won an NCAA swimming championship. In the clip, Kirk said that instead of letting the woman compete, “Someone should have took (sic) care of it the way we used to take care of things in the 1950s and 60s.” Some trans advocates on social media extrapolated from Kirk’s comments that he called for trans people to be lynched - an accusation The Bee repeated. But a review of the video shows that Kirk never advocated for trans people to be lynched. In fact, he strongly denies the accusation. These notes have been added to the column. The Bee regrets its comments and we apologize for any misunderstanding this earlier version may have caused."

In addition, Chancellor May also needs to apologize publically for this video he made on the eve of Kirk's appearance at UC Davis in which he accused Kirk of advocating violence against trans-genders (Hat tip Post Millenial). Previously I wrote that May should resign. He should be fired.