1. Heavily-armed officers blast rubber bullets and tear gas at Yellow Vest activists marching through Paris for “victims of police violence” - as protests calling for uprising against Macron reach 12th week in row
Weapons including controversial rubber bullets were used against French Yellow Vests demonstrating on behalf of the “victims of police violence” as they rioted in central Paris today.
Heavily armed officers also used tear gas, baton charges and water cannons against members of the mass anti-government movement, who are named after their high visibility motoring jackets.
They were staging their 12th Saturday in a row of demonstrations aimed at getting President Emmanuel Macron to resign.
“We want him out, but we also want the police to stop wounding us with their Flash Ball weapons,” said Jacques Caron, a 33-year-old Yellow Vest, who was on the street close to Place de la Bastille.
Act 12: Yellow Vests march through Paris honoring injured protesters
Yellow Vest protesters have returned to the streets of Paris to honor those injured in months of demonstrations and to condemn the police for using rubber-ball projectiles.
Police fire teargas as “Yellow Vests” march through Paris
2. Five Saudi Arabian students facing U.S. jail time go missing
Saudi diplomats reportedly spirited the five young Saudis out of the U.S. with forged passports on private planes, according to the Oregonian newspaper.
3. Nigeria: Boko Haram killed at least 60 people in Rann, Amnesty says
Boko Haram militants killed at least 60 people in an attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Rann on Monday, Amnesty International said on Friday, February 1.
One of the deadliest incidents in the insurgency that began in 2009, the attack came two weeks after fighters from the Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau overran the same town and its camp for internally displaced people, diving out the military, and burning homes and other structures.
#Rann: Amnesty International also analyzed satellite imagery which shows hundreds of burned structures in the town. Many of the destroyed structures only date back to 2017, suggesting they were shelters for internally displaced people who came to Rann seeking protection. pic.twitter.com/bl7rh19li2— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) February 1, 2019
4. Amnesty’s Travel Boycott: Unpacking the baggage
Amnesty International has launched a new campaign against Israel, taking to the media to call for a travel industry boycott of Jewish homes and businesses in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Its attack includes a petty, sniping op-ed in The Independent by Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK, specifically calling out the online travel sites TripAdvisor, Booking.com and Expedia.
As would be expected, it’s a hostile screed with excessive baggage that needs unpacking.
5. “Never, ever, ever”: Muslim leaders reject call to denounce “violent” Koran
An Australian judge who said Muslim leaders should publicly denounce “belligerent” verses of the Koran has been warned not to offer Islamic scriptural guidance.
Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed said Muslim leaders would “never, ever, ever” disavow verses of the Koran while president of the Australian Muslim Women’s Association Silma Ihram said that it was not appropriate for a judge to delve into religious scripture interpretations.
Both spoke the day after Justice Desmond Fagan said lethal messages derived from “hostile passages” of the Koran were not effectively countered by suggestions from “various quarters” that the verses had been “cherry picked” or that Islam was an “interpretive religion” of peace.
6. Far-left extremists take credit for firebombing French radio station
Far-left anarchists have taken credit for firebombing an office of France Bleu Isère, denouncing the French radio broadcaster as being part of an “industrial hypnosis collective.”
The offices were attacked Sunday night in the French city of Grenoble, with one office inside being partially destroyed by fire, France Bleu reports.
Credit for the attack was published on Tuesday on a well-known website linked to the far-left anarchist movement in France with a statement that read, “A lot of people leak news about the media to criticise them, they do not leak gasoline in their buildings to set them on fire.” [...]
The firebombing comes only weeks after the bombing of an office of the German populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a later brutal attack on the party’s Bremen chairman Frank Magnitz.
Much like the France Bleu fire, credit for the attack on Magnitz, who sits as an MP in the German parliament, was posted to a well-known web platform linked to far-left extremism called “Indymedia.”
The Bremen police said they were investigating the claim by “Antifaschistischer Frühling Bremen” (“Antifascist Spring Bremen”) to assess the credibility of the post.
7. SPLC hires high-powered defamation lawyer to defend tax-exempt status in RICO lawsuit
On Thursday evening, Baltimore attorney Glen Keith Allen, who is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for racketeering, wire fraud, defamation, and other claims, told PJ Media that the SPLC has hired a high-powered attorney to defend them in the case. Among other things, Allen's suit demands a court judgment against the SPLC's 501c3 tax-exempt status, which could seriously cripple the organization.
"The SPLC Defendants have engaged Chad Bowman of Ballard Spahr, a large and well-regarded D.C. law firm, as their counsel," Allen told PJ Media in an email statement. He also said that he has formally "served" the SPLC, Heidi Beirich, and Mark Potok and that they have acknowledged and received the service. In other words, it's on.
8. UK: Man jailed after raping 11-year-old girl in car
Shamol Miah has been given a short prison sentence after he drove a “very young and vulnerable” girl to a secluded area in his car, and raped her.
Nottingham Crown Court heard the 33-year-old approached his victim, who was aged just 11, in the centre of Mansfield in May last year, and swapped mobile phone numbers with the girl.
Later that evening the pair exchanged messages in which Miah organised to pick her up from her house at 0400, when he drove her to an isolated area and raped her in his car, before dropping her off in the Nottinghamshire market town’s centre.
9. Survey Of European Jews: “Far right” not to blame for most anti-Semitism
This week, on the day following International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Fiamma Nirenstein of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs — a think tank which describes itself as "a leading independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy" — published a post on "Holocaust Denial, Dementia and Israel." Nirenstein referenced two recent surveys of European Jews on the scourge of anti-Semitism — one conducted by CNN and one conducted by the European Union.
As Mosaic highlighted in its summary of Nirenstein's post, perhaps the most interesting tidbit from the surveys is not the deeply depressing — and all too ubiquitous — finding of rapidly increasing ignorance about the Holocaust, but the (perhaps counter-intuitive, to some on the Left) findings on the specific nature of the anti-Semitic threats most frequently faced by current European Jews:
“Almost 90 percent of the European Jews polled declared they had suffered some violence (including threatening and offensive online messages...phone calls, comments, and gestures, along with actual physical assaults). Thirty percent identified the perpetrator as ‘someone with an extremist Muslim view,’ 21 percent as someone with left-wing political views, and 13 percent as someone with right-wing politics. ...Those who...insist upon tying the new racist danger to the new ‘nationalist’ political parties and their ‘populist’ derivatives should inspect whom or what is responsible for this.”
Related video from Nov 2018:
On Kristalnacht, French critic, Guy Milliere, raises alarm in Europe over mainstream Jew-hatred
10. Iran bans dogs from riding in cars and public walks in Tehran
(CNN) Dog-walking has reportedly been banned from public places in Iran's capital.
"Certain people who bring their dogs to public places cause panic and anxiety among the public," Tehran's chief of police Hossein Rahimi told state news agency Young Journalists Club, or YJC. He added that local police have obtained permission from the judiciary to confront dog owners walking their pets in public.
“People who walk their dogs in public places shall be dealt with severely,” he told YJC.
Dogs will also be banned from cars, Rahimi said, underlining that “police will seriously confront dog owners who let their dogs ride in their cars.”
The announcement follows a longstanding effort by clerics and officials to discourage dog ownership in the Islamic country.