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Radicalised Uzbeks

Image copyright ST. CHARLES COUNTY POLICE DEPT Image caption US media named Sayfullo Saipov as the main suspect in the New York truck attack Sayfullo Saipov, who killed eight people in a truck attack in New York, did it “in the name of” so-called Islamic State, a police spokesman has said. Mr Saipov is from Uzbekistan, a Central Asian state whose citizens have been involved in several major terror attacks lately. What is behind this? Uzbeks were involved in the following major attacks: These attacks have led many people to view Uzbekistan as a hotbed of radical Islamism. As evidence, they use the example of Uzbek fighters who have joined militants in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan. Indeed, there is a relatively large group of fighters from Uzbekistan in those countries. According to ...

Antifa, students protest Cernovich, reportedly harass female reporter at Columbia University

Antifa protesters block the only entrance to a speech on Columbia University’s campus by speaker Mike Cernovich.  (Columbia University College Republicans) Antifa protesters led a chorus of demonstrators who tried to shout down and disrupt a speech at Columbia University by controversial right-leaning writer Mike Cernovich, marking yet another occasion of campus turmoil surrounding a speaker invited by a school’s Republican club. Cernovich was invited by the Columbia University College Republicans to speak Monday night, however, protesters in the hall succeeded in multiple interruptions before demonstrators outside ratcheted up the tension. “You’re a f—ing Nazi, you piece of s—-! F—-, get the f—- outta here!” shouted one demonstrator who managed to make it inside the venu...

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno faces party revolt

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lenín Moreno was sworn in as president in May 2017 Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno has been removed from his post of leader of the governing Alianza País party by the party’s national leadership committee. Mr Moreno’s position as the country’s president is not affected but the committee said that Alianza País would now be led by the former foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño. Supporters of Mr Moreno said they did not accept the committee’s decision. The move highlights the deep divisions inside the governing party. Alianza Pais’ leadership committee accused Mr Moreno of not following the party’s political line. Who is Lenin Moreno? Image copyright Reuters 64 years old, left-wing, former vice-president Became parapleg...

Realtors, Homebuilders Put Profits Over Middle Class

COMMENTARY X Story Stream recent articles Two powerful lobbying groups that advertise themselves as helping Americans buy homes have announced that they will oppose the Republican tax plan. Their reason? Because it will lower housing costs. Seldom have any denizens of “the Swamp” shown their true colors quite so flagrantly. For years, the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders were strong supporters of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two government-backed mortgage companies, because (they argued) the government subsidies these firms received would create affordable housing for the middle class. That was their stated reason. The real rationale, as they have now made clear, is that Fannie and Freddie’s policies drove up housing prices, thereby increasing t...

Mueller Is Running Amok

After months of getting themselves worked up about hearings featuring a hero once accused of rigging the election for Donald Trump and Don Jr.’s inability to sniff out Nigerian prince emails, spectators of the Russia game have finally gotten what they wanted: indictments. Read Full Article »

Mueller Is Unraveling Russian Meddling. Let Him Finish His Job.

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Has there ever been a covert action that backfired as disastrously as Russia’s attempt to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign? Granted, we know all the reasons Moscow is gloating: Donald Trump is president; America is divided and confused; Russia’s propagandization of “fake news” is now repeated by people around the world as evidence that nothing is believable and all information is (as in Russia) manipulated and mendacious. But against this cynical strategy there now stands a process embodied by special counsel Robert Mueller, which we will call, as a shorthand: “The Truth.” Mueller has mobilized the investigative powers of the U.S. government to document how Russia and its friends sought to ma...

In NY, Terrorists’ Tactic of Choice Strikes Near Scene of 9/11

Peter Bergen says that what was once a rarely used tactic — car and truck attacks — has become the tactic of choice for terrorists living in the West. Fifteen such attacks in the West, including Tuesday’s in New York, have killed 142 people in the past three years Read Full Article »

Jennifer Lopez says relationship with Ben Affleck ‘self-destructed’

Jennifer Lopez has opened up about her relationship and brief engagement to actor Ben Affleck. The pair, which were once coined by the press as “Bennifer,” began dating in 2002. The following year, Affleck and Lopez were panned by the media when they starred in the major box office bomb “Gigli.” The couple called off their engagement in early 2004, just before their highly-publicized wedding. “I was eviscerated,” the 48-year-old singer/actress recalled to Vanity Fair Wednesday. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.” After three failed marriages, Lopez is in love again – this tim...

Police ramping up New York City Marathon security after deadly truck attack

The New York City Marathon is upping its security ahead of Sunday’s race, following the truck ramming attack that killed eight in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon. With over 51,000 runners participating and an expected 2.5 million spectators lining the streets across multiple boroughs, police are assuring the public that the marathon will “be a very safe event.” NYPD Chief Carlos Gomez laid out the enhanced security plans ahead of the race at a press conference on Wednesday. “We’ve added more sand trucks, more blocker vehicles,” Gomez said. “It will be the most ever deployed at this event. We more than doubled our observation teams, our rooftop observation posts, as well as our counter-sniper teams from the emergency services unit throughout th...

US strike would trigger automatic North Korea retaliation, defector says

A North Korean defector told a congressional hearing that any pre-emptive U.S. military strike against the rogue regime would trigger automatic retaliation, with the communist dictatorship unleashing artillery and missiles on South Korea. Thae Yong Ho testified Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He defected in 2016 as deputy chief of mission at the North Korean Embassy in London. Thae said the U.S. and South Korea would win a war after a preventive military strike, but there would be a “human sacrifice.” He said North Korea has tens of thousands of artillery guns and short-range missiles at the military demarcation line, and the North’s officers are trained to open fire on the South in response to any bombing or a U.S. military strike. The Associated Pr...