Sunday, June 16, 2019

Stories For Fathers Day

As we salute all the fathers out there, here are some things going on:

From National Review, will the Democrats figure things out before 2020?

From Townhall, is there anything that the Democrats won't promise voters?

From The Washington Free Beacon, today, be sure to thank your dad for his work.

From the Washington Examiner, the police department of Topeka, Kansas has their own way of observing Fathers Day.

From The Federalist, why America needs the show Law and Order: Hate Crimes Unit.

From American Thinker, contrary to what one leftist might have thought, President Trump did not create border checkpoints.

From LifeZette, the best fathers don't need a solution for every problem.

From NewsBusters, ABC calls congresscritter AOC (D-NY) a possible "kingmaker" in the 2020 Democrat primaries.

From CBC News, Quebec passes immigration reform.

From Global News, eight men are wanted for smashing police cars during celebrations of the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA championship.

From CTV News, the Canadian cabinet is due to render a decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline this coming Tuesday.

From The Conservative Woman, a brief history of U.K. conservatism, before the Tories messed it up.

From the Express, some Tory candidates for prime minister go head-to-head in a debate.

From BBC News, Greenpeace activists try to board an oil rig in the North Sea.

From the Evening Standard, Extinction Rebellion calls off plans to protest at Heathrow Airport.

From the (U.K.) Independent, one would-be prime minister puts forth an analogy about Brexit promises.

From the (Irish) Independent, Ireland's taoiseach won't clarify statements he made in 2010 about his own drug use.

From the Irish Examiner, for €75,000, these two Irish lighthouse cottages, but not the lighthouse itself, can be yours.

From France24, France starts trials of a compulsory civic service program for teenagers.

From RFI, as planned, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris hosts a mass for the first time since the fire.

From VRT NWS, a Flemish nationalist calls the repatriation of ISIS children a "PR stunt".

From Dutch News, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tells corporations to pay higher wages if they want to get tax cuts.

From Deutsche Welle, in the Görlitz, Germany mayoral race, a CDU candidate leads his rival from AfD.

From Radio Poland, Polish President Andrzej Duda visits California.  (I hope he doesn't trip over the homeless people, the illegal aliens, or the gówno in the streets of San Francisco.)

From the Hungary Journal, Hungary's prime minister meets Estonian conservatives.

From Daily News Hungary, Hungarian opposition parties hope for a large turnout at mayoral preselections.

From Sputnik International, about 1,600 protesters march in Moscow in solidarity with freed journalist Ivan Golunov.

From The Moscow Times, Russia "dismisses" allegations of interference in the recent E.U. elections.

From TeleSUR, Guatemalans vote to elect a new president.

From AP News, tens of millions in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are left without electricity.

From Morocco World News, Morocco and Brazil sign seven agreements.

From The Portugal News, Portugal approves additions checks at slaughterhouses to combat swine fever.

From the Malta Independent, U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (D) wants to start a family with his husband, which he hopes could happen in the White House.  (Buttigieg's father was an immigrant from Malta.)

From Total Croatia News, ethnic Croats and Serbs in each other's countries meet for talks and soccer.

From Ekathimerini, according to Greece's prime minister, Turkey's actions around Cyprus are a sign of weakness.

From Novinite, Bulgaria's oldest active mosque is now open to visitors.

From the Sofia Globe, the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party withdraws her resignation.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's Siamese twins take the university entrance exam.

From Rûdaw, crop fires kill at least seven people in northeastern Syria.

From Arutz Sheva, U.S. President Trump thanks Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for "Trump Heights" in Golan.

From The Times Of Israel, more on the inauguration of Trump Heights.

From The Jerusalem Post, an Islamic law judge warns that the world will pay if Muslims don't save the Al-Aqsa mosque.

From YNetNews, when Palestinian Arabs and Jews fought against the Nazis.

From Egypt Today, President al-SISI affirms Egypt's support for the UAE.

From Radio Farda, as more countries blame Iran for attacks on oil tankers, Iran blames the U.S.

From the Qatar Tribune, Qatar becomes an observer of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament.

From Dawn, the first case of polio in Shangla, Pakistan in over 20 years is reported.

From The Express Tribune, the construction of the Kartarpur Corridor hits a snag.

From Pakistan Today, is the Islamic concept of God a "god-of-the-gaps"?

From Khaama Press, Afghan forces repel two Taliban attacks in Kandahar province.

From The Hans India, in cricket, India beats Pakistan by 89 runs.

From the Hindustan Times, the armies of India and Myanmar target terror camps along their common border.

From ANI, the Indian Navy benefits from agreements with the U.S. and France.

From India Today, the Indian city of Lucknow gets a road made from plastic waste.

From the Daily Mirror, a burglar in Horana Town, Sri Lanka finds out the hard way that a toy pistol is no match for the real thing.

From the Colombo Page, Sri Lankan President Sirisena and Russian President Putin meet in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  (I once worked with an Iranian man who told me that dushanbe means "Monday" in Persian, which language is related to Tajik.)

From StepFeed, eight skills that are not taught in Arab schools, but should be.

From Gatestone Institute, how we cover up our culture to avoid giving offense.

From The Jakarta Post, in Indonesia, social media is linked to poor mental health.

From The Straits Times, after dealing with a huge demonstration on Sunday, Hong Kong braces for strikes on Monday.

From the New York Post, a noted fake black person admits swinging both ways.

From Fox News, he's baaaaack, and on social media.

From Twitchy, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper tries to be a non-socialist Democrat.

And from The Daily Caller, the funniest fails for Fathers Day.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday Stuff

As the end of the week and the middle of June arrive, here are some things going on:

From Free West Media, a German ship captain is charged with trafficking illegal migrants by rescuing them from the Mediterranean.  (In my opinion, the real villains in this human smuggling are whoever has been supplying rubber boats to the migrants when they are still in northern Africa.  If you read German, read more at LutherKirsche.)

From Deutsche Welle, in an opinion column, a war in the Persian Gulf "can have no winners".

From the CPH Post, Danish politicians will raise the price of cigarettes, but will that deter young people?  (Have you ever noticed how some people want to legalize marijuana but are trying their darnedest to discourage the consumption of tobacco?)

From Radio Poland, during the E.U. elections, Russia reportedly targeted Poland with disinformation.

From Radio Praha, most Czech MPs want August 21 to be a memorial day for the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

From The Slovak Spectator, read the inauguration speech of new Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová.

From Sputnik International, a Russian beauty queen married to a former Malaysian king is a new mother.

From The Moscow Times, Russia successfully test launches its new "Arctic missile".

From EuroNews, Moldova had two parallel governments, until one of them quit.

From Novinite, Bulgaria deals with a new, but small oil spill.

From Ekathimerini, two robbery suspects with alleged terror links will testify next week.

From the Greek Reporter, beware the highly toxic silver-cheeked toadfish.

From Total Croatia News, the Bosnian justice ministry receives Croatia's request to extradite former soccer team head Zdravko Mamić.

From the Malta Independent, in Valletta, Malta, some people just want to bang on the drum all day.

From SwissInfo, the Pride Parade in Zurich, Switzerland includes the temporary renaming of a bridge.

From The Portugal News, Portugal's population is decreasing.

From France24, according to a spokesman for Notre-Dame Cathedral, only the small donors have sent previously pledged money.

From RFI, "yellow vest" protesters rally again, but with fewer participants.

From VRT NWS, if you're visiting Belgium by car, slow down.

From the NL Times, over 3,000 kilos of cocaine is found in a shipment of rice in Antwerp, Belgium, believed to be headed for the Netherlands.  (This is not the same story as the one I linked yesterday from VRT NWS, even though both discoveries were made in Antwerp.  That stash was only 617 kilos, and was hidden in a shipment of tuna.  I'm surprised that the NLT, which usually hasn't published many stories on weekends, has included a few new ones today.)

From the Express, a finance expert warns Boris Johnson about the exact moment when his fellow Tories could oust him as prime minister.

From BBC News, in 24 hours, three people are murdered in London.

From the Evening Standard, two boats carrying 40 migrants are intercepted in the English Channel.

From the Independent, hundreds of homes are evacuated due to flooding in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, England.

From the Irish Examiner, according to Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, removing the Irish backstop would be as bad as a no-deal Brexit.

From CBC News and speaking of floods, the aftermath of floods can be long-term.

From Global News, a former environment minister urges the Canadian cabinet to reject the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

From CTV News, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service destroyed a file on the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.  (He was the father of the current prime minister.)

From TeleSUR, military police are used against demonstrators protesting against President Jair Bolsonaro's proposal to privatize Brazil's pension system.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey opens its first coffee museum.  (Somehow, I don't think that it will include anything related to King Jan Sobieski of Poland.)

From Turkish Minute, Turkey's red meat imports increased by 233 percent in 2018.

From Rûdaw, fires ravages the countryside near Mosul, Iraq.

From The Times Of Israel, Israel reportedly demands the bodies of two dead soldiers from Hamas.

From The Jerusalem Post, Israel and Lebanon will reportedly begin talks on their maritime border in July.

From YNetNews, "the secret life of the elite Muslim IDF soldier".  (Israel's Arab minority, most of whom are Muslim, are not required to participate in military service, but Israel allows those who wish to serve to do so.)

From Egypt Today, according to Sudan's attorney general, ousted President Omar al-Bashir will go on trial next week.

From Radio Farda, should the world be worried about Iranian chemical weapons?

From INRA, Iran deports 44 illegal immigrants from Pakistan back to Pakistan.  (Some people consider this sort of thing racist when done by the U.S. or other western countries.  The story comes via The Express Tribune.)

From The Express Tribune, the chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party calls the ruling party's proposed budget "amnesty for rich, taxes and inflation for poor".)

From Khaama Press, a resident of Kabul, Afghanistan is arrested for "cooperating" with terrorists.

From the Hindustan Times, 5 million tons of Indian crude oil reserves are uninsured.

From ANI, India is "inching" toward meeting its goals under the Paris Agreement.

From India Today, in the Indian state of Bihar, 73 children have died of encephalitis.

From the Daily Mirror, Sri Lankan opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa calls for "compassion, tolerance and non-violence" in his Poson Day message.  (Poson Day commemorates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.)

From the Colombo Page, Indian and Sri Lankan military personnel and their families visit each other's country.

From Gatestone Institute, Iran's mullahs promise to destroy Israel and American civilization.

From The Jakarta Post, an elderly Buddhist couple are killed in a drive-by shooting in southern Thailand.

From The Straits Times, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspends a controversial extradition bill.

From The Borneo Post, all 48 Malaysians in Sudan are reportedly safe.

From The Conservative Woman, the next leader of the U.K. Tories will not be a messiah, just a mess.

From Snouts in the Trough, a blunder from Boris and political correctness "gone mad".  (Trigger warning: the post concludes with a very non-PC joke.)

From National Review, hypocrisy from Democrats on "foreign interference".

From Townhall, for those who think that President Trump is a homophobe, here's a real homophobe.

From The Washington Free Beacon, the Obama administration tried and failed to prove that air pollution makes children fat.

From the Washington Examiner, about 300 migrants from Africa who entered the U.S. from Mexico pass through San Antonio and keep going.

From American Thinker, the 630-year-old (as of today) reason why Eastern Europeans don't like Islam.

From NewsBusters, a look back at ABC's 2008 prediction that New York City would be flooded by 2015.

From Fox News, Mexico's president vows to help Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence.

From The Daily Caller, College Republican in Puerto Rico try to raise money to build a statue of President Trump.  (Don't they realize that SJWs will try to pull it down?)

From the New York Postwhy young left-wingnuts could help re-elect President Trump.

From Breitbart, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide calls it "a past that is ever present".

From WPVI-TV, according to customers reporting on social media, Target stores have some major technical difficulties.

From ESPN, at an auction, a Babe Ruth jersey sells for a record price.  (via the New York Post)

And from Twitchy, who knew that a ban on plastic straws could cause such a hassle?  (Well, anyone with a brain.)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Flag Day Fuss

As another Friday rolls around, which also brings us Flag Day, here are some things going on:

From National Review, the worry over climate change is not matched by any willingness to pay any price to combat it.

From Townhall, the left will be the left.

From FrontpageMag, the tolerance that is really bigotry.

From The Washington Free Beacon, the battle for 2020 begins.

From CNN, ICE quarantines 5,200 immigrants after they are exposed to chicken pox or mumps.  (via the Washington Examiner)

From the Washington Examiner, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau will visit the White House next week.

From The Federalist, President Trump should take notice of million-person protests in Hong Kong.

From American Thinker, the unbounded hypocrisy of the left.

From CNS News, Trump promises "over 400 miles of wall" before the end of next year.

From LifeZette, Democrat presidential candidate Julian Castro cavalierly dismisses a woman's report of her social security number being stolen by an illegal alien.

From The Conservative Woman, what is the chance of a real conservative leading the U.K. Tories?

From BBC News, the U.S. says that a video shows Iranians removing a mine from an oil tanker.

From the Express, a French supermarket issues a D-Day anniversary bag that omits the contribution by the British.

From the Evening Standard, the U.K. bans ads that feature "harmful gender stereotypes".

From the Independent, U.K. prime minister candidate Boris Johnson is "under fire" for his "unworkable" Brexit plan.

From the Irish Examiner, Gardaí in Dublin, Ireland will march in the city's pride parade.

From CBC News, Canada's federal government picks 11 communities for a pilot immigration program.

From Global News, under proposed legislation, edible cannabis-based products will become legal.

From CTV News, some fans celebrating the Toronto Raptors' victory in the NBA finals go overboard.

From TeleSUR, millions of Brazilians protest President Bolsonaro's pension reforms.

From Morocco World News, the Saudi government tracks women who leave the country through their cell phone ID codes.

From The Portugal News, Europe is experiencing more "she don't lie" than ever.

From El País, the Spanish Supreme Court denies Catalan MEP-elect Oriol Junqueras permission to leave prison and attend his own swearing-in.

From France24, the French government releases €70 million for funding emergency rooms.

From RFI, most of the money pledged to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral has yet to materialize.

From VRT NWS, over 600 kilos of cocaine are seized at the docks in Antwerp.  (It's "she don't lie" indeed.)

From the NL Times, the amount of ketamine seized by Dutch authorities increases massively.

From Deutsche Welle, does the rift between the U.S. and Turkey put NATO's future at risk?

From the CPH Post, Denmark celebrates the 800th anniversary of its flag.

From SwissInfo, a device that produces fuel only from water and atmospheric carbon dioxide is unveiled in Zurich.

From ANSA, Italian Interior Minister Salvini accuses the Sea Watch 3 of "playing" with migrants.

From Ekathimerini, leaders of southern E.U. countries express support for Cyprus.

From the Greek Reporter, Greece needs women - in politics.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, in Bihać, Bosnia and Hercegovina, police find 282 illegal migrants in two family houses.  (Sounds like they were packed in like sardines.  Seriously, how to you pack that many people into two houses?)

From Total Croatia News, integrating the Roma in Croatia will require help from regional and local governments.

From the Hungary Journal, saying what's good for Hungary is for Hungarians, says Prime Minister Orban.

From Daily News Hungary, Hungary and Serbia sign an agreement to build a gas pipeline.

From Hungary Today, Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto calls the fight against terrorism "never unfinished business".

From About Hungary, according to Orban, Hungary "can only support E.U. leaders who respect Central Europe".

From The Slovak Spectator, new Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová will be officially appointed tomorrow.

From Radio Praha, Czechs get to practice archaeology in Syria.

From Radio Poland, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak meets veterans who fought in Afghanistan in Washington.

From Russia Today, how gold and platinum came to earth.

From Sputnik International, was there Russian collusion in the recent E.U. elections?

From The Moscow Times, a Russian runner is suspended for working with a banned coach.

From Romania-Insider, the principal targets of "hate speech" in Romania last year were sexual minorities and ethnic Hungarians.  (I use quotes around "hate speech" because the definition of hate can be very subjective.)

From Novinite, Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov bans martial demonstrations in front of children, after three children are injured by a grenade.

From Hürriyet Daily News, according to President Erdoğan, Turkey will not reduce the number of its troops in Cyprus.

From Turkish Minute, according to North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, Turkey has asked for the extradition of 15 people with suspected Gülen links.

From Rûdaw, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr calls on Turkey tells Turkey to respect Iraqi territory.  (Yes, Mookie is still around.)

From Arutz Sheva, thousands of Arabs riot along the border between Gaza and Israel, again.

From The Times Of Israel, after recent Gaza violence, the IDF reportedly wants a "serious military campaign".

From The Jerusalem Post, more Palestinians are injured, and more fires break out.

From YNetNews, the Israeli Air Force welcomes its first Druze pilot.

From Egypt Today, Egypt's government talks like U.S. President Bush the Elder.

From Radio Farda, the U.S. promises to defend its interests as Iran denies involvement in attacks on oil tankers.

From IranWire, female volleyball fans are allowed to watch the Iranian team play against Canada.

From Dawn, a Pakistani Senate committee is concerned about the country's growing debt to China.  (I don't think Pakistan is alone in that sort of thing.)

From The Express Tribune, India suddenly bans Sikh pilgrims from visiting Pakistan.

From Pakistan Today, Pakistani parliamentcritters travel to London to play cricket.

From The Hans India, India prepares retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.

From the Hindustan Times, suspected Maoist terrorists kill five policemen.

From ANI, India signs 15 agreements with Kyrgyzstan.

From the Daily Mirror, two would-be suicide bombers are arrested in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

From the Colombo Page, five suspects arrested in Dubai in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks are extradited to Sri Lanka.

From The Himalayan Times, a 14-year-old boy has been tied to a rope for 12 years.

From Gatestone Institute, a look at Denmark's recent elections.

From The Jakarta Post, in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, the music stops at 6 p.m.

From The Straits Times, in Singapore, a suspected drug offender scales down 12 stories on the outside of his building in an escape attempt.

From the Borneo Post, the Malaysian cabinet approves the acquisition of drones from the U.S.

From NewsBusters, celebrities tell press secretary Sarah Sanders "good riddance".

From Fox News, migrants complain about "poor conditions" at U.S. holding centers.  (If you don't want to end up in such a place, refraining from coming to the U.S. illegally would help.)

From Reason, do Hatch Act restrictions violate Kellyanne Conway's First Amendment rights?

From the New York Post, a woman who had suffered 13 miscarriages finally gives birth.

And from The Babylon Bee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) promises to cure smallpox.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thursday Things

As I return home from running around, here are some things going on:

From Free West Media, President Trump is such a homophobe.......oh, wait.

From EuroNews, ahead of Mexico's increased security on its southern border, migrants rush in.

From CBC News, according to Canada's parliamentary budget officer, Ottawa needs to increase the country's "carbon tax".  (I use quotes around "carbon tax", because it's really a tax on carbon dioxide, as if taxes are the answer to environmental problems.  The word "dioxide" does not appear in the article, while the formula "CO2" appears only in a comment.)

From Global News, the Canadian federal "carbon tax" will be imposed in Alberta starting next January.  (The article includes neither the word "dioxide" nor the formula "CO2".)

From the Express, the E.U. admits that it can't force the U.K. to cough up £39 billion for Brexit.

From the Evening Standard, former London Mayor Boris Johnson does well in the first round of the Tory leadership contest.

From the Independent, knife crime in England and Wales reaches a new high, despite harsher sentences.

From the Irish Examiner, Irish gardaí have been using more pepper spray.

From France24, the French Senate backtracks from increasing the legal delay for women seeking abortion.

From RFI, France introduces a bill that would extend reproduction assistance to gay couples.

From VRT NWS, due to global warming, Bruges, Belgium discontinues its ice sculpture festival.

From the NL Times, a failed attempt to bomb an ATM leaves an explosive behind.

From Dutch News, Anne Frank's pre-war home can be "visited" on Google Street View.

From Deutsche Welle, Trump's talk about moving more troops into Poland draws "mixed" reactions in Germany.

From Radio Poland, a former head of the Polish prime minister's office is convicted of negligence in planning the 2010 flight which killed the country's president and 95 others.

From Euractiv, why Poland wants to ally with the U.S.  (If you know about General Tadeusz Kościuszko and Kazimierz Pułaski, you might have an idea.)

From Radio Praha, a look at the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

From The Slovak Spectator, Slovakia gets to host its first E.U. institution, the European Labour Authority.

From the Hungary Journal, Hungary wants the E.U. to focus on migration, sovereignty, and protecting Christian culture.

From Daily News Hungary, the captain of the cruise ship which collided with a sightseeing boat posts bail.

From Hungary Today, finding victims of the ship collision proves difficult.

From About Hungary, the Hungarian Army is two-thirds of the way through a joint exercise with the U.S. military.

From Sputnik International, according to President Putin, Russia intends to restore relations with Ukraine.

From The Moscow Times, the leader of Chechnya can't handle criticism.

From Morocco World News, the trial of the men accused of killing two Scandinavian tourists resumes today.

From The Portugal News, the Portuguese party Left Block calls for the country's military police to be "wound up".

From El País, 12 Catalan separatist leaders on trial for their roles in the 2017 secession attempt call for a "political solution" to the conflict.

From SwissInfo, Switzerland approves the planting of genetically modified crops "under controlled conditions".

From ANSA, according to Italian Interior Minister Salvini, the Sea Watch ship should dock in Libya.

From the Malta Independent, a Maltese court rejects an extradition request from Italy.

From Malta Today, Malta is for the birds.

From Total Croatia News, more illegal migrants try to enter Croatian from Bosnia.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, Serbia and Montenegro quarrel over the church.

From Ekathimerini, Albanian police bust a gang which was trafficking migrants through Greece into western Europe.  (As I keep saying, migrants don't just migrate, they get trafficked.)

From the Greek Reporter, in front of the Greek embassy in America's capital, animal rights activists protest donkey rides on the island of Santorini.  (This would support my contention that climate activists protesting against carbon dioxide should have no trouble locating the Chinese embassy in whatever country they're in, and carrying out their protests in front of it.  Full disclosure:  I have been to Santorini, but did not ride any donkeys while I was there.)

From Novinite, Bulgarian and Romanian ships work to clean up oil spills in the black sea.

From The Sofia Globe, an appellate court allows a teenager suspected of a terror plot to remain in the custody of his parents.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey promises to respond to Syrian attacks on its bases in the Syrian region of Idlib.

From Turkish Minute, a Turkish columnist turns himself in to start serving his sentence for insulting President Erdoğan.

From Rûdaw, two years after Mosul, Iraq is liberated from ISIS, the city's children still face challenges.

From Arutz Sheva, the IDF attacks Hamas infrastructure in Gaza.

From The Times Of Israel, why Israel didn't celebrate Moldova's embassy move.

From The Jerusalem Post, legalizing cannabis with bring out "high public health costs", says........a computer?

From YNetNews, some Gaza factions maximize the danger caused by incendiary balloons.

From Egypt Today, Egypt reiterates its calls to eliminate FGM.

From Radio Farda, two oil tankes are hit by explosions, for which the U.S. blames Iran.

From IranWire, the families of the Iranians killed by authorities in a violent crackdown against protests in 2009 have not forgotten.

From Dawn, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has an "informal" talk with Russia President Putin.

From The Express Tribune, renovation of Sikh historic sites in Lahore, Pakistan has been completed.

From Pakistan Today, the U.S. ship Mason arrives in Karachi, Pakistan.

From Khaama Press, Afghan authorities predict a 20 percent increase in wheat production the province of Kunduz.

From The Hans India, India plans its own space station.

From the Hindustan Times, India's HRD ministry proposes developing two Sanskrit-speaking villages.

From ANI, India's National Investigation Agency seize arms and ammo belonging to an insurgent group.

From India Today, India launches a space probe to study the sun.

From the Daily Mirror, India arrest a man in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks in Sir Lanka.

From the Manchester Evening News, a strict Muslim father is accused of making life "hell" for his "rebel" daughters.

From Gatestone Institute, one type of anti-Palestinian persecution that you might not know about.

From The Jakarta Post, 34 suspected terrorists are detained in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan.  (Kalimantan is the Indonesian part of Borneo.)

From National Review, Senator Kamala Harris (D-Cal) "runs for queen".

From Axios, the DNC releases the names of the 20 candidates who qualify for the party's first debates.  (via Townhall)

From Townhall, conservatism does not require rolling over for big tech.

From FrontpageMag, "leftism makes people meaner".

From The Washington Free Beacon, millions of dollars in dark money flows to pro-abortion organizations.

From the Washington Examiner, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders steps down, triggering a scramble to be her successor.  (She is not related, as far as I know, to a certain senator from Vermont, but is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R).)

From The Federalist, an anonymous author tells her experience with Planned Avoidance of Parenthood.

From American Thinker, hiding behind alleged "Islamophobia".

From CNS NewsHouse Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Cal) accuses Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) of double standards on foreign interference.

From LifeZette, a town in Texas tries to become a "sanctuary city for the unborn".

From Fox News, a police officer in Utah is allowed to continue working after pulling his gun on a 10-year-old boy, sparking protests.

From The Daily Caller, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro wants White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to be fired for violating the Hatch Act, although he also violated it.

From Accuracy in Media, media outrage over Trump's comments about accepting dirt on opponents exposes their own short memories.

From the New York Post, Shaft, that mean mother [shut your mouth!] is back.

From NewsHub, someone working for an online swimsuit retailer has a weird sense of humor.

And from Newsweek, smartphone use appears to be producing a strange side effect.  (via HotAir)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday Whatnot

As the middle of the week has arrived, along with some sunny weather, here are some things going on:

From National Review, Coptic Christians are attacked in their homes.

From Townhall, the State Department and a leading Democrat did indeed work on documents provided by British spy Christopher Steele.

From FrontpageMag, the death of the glaciers in Glacier National Park has been greatly exaggerated.

From The Washington Free Beacon, our congresscritters keep on oinking.

From the Washington Examiner, the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. dropped to a 10-year low in 2017.

From The Federalist, the media's attitude toward intelligence agencies depends on who lives in the White House.

From American Thinker, former Watergate figure John Dean admits to opposing Donald Trump even before he was elected president.

From CNS News, a man runs a brothel and sells heroin in Milwaukee - after being deported.

From LifeZette, Senator Kamala Harris (D-Cal) promises to prosecute Trump if she succeeds him.

From The Conservative Woman, the next U.K. prime minister will have to deal with "knife crime and punishment".

From the Express, one candidate for prime minister reportedly admits his one fear.

From the Evening Standard, Health Secretary Matt Hancock calls for the U.K. to be "the world leader in unicorns".  (He's not talking about mythical equines, but start-up businesses.)

From the Independent, the above-mentioned would-be prime minister admits that a no-deal Brexit would be bad for the U.K.

From the Irish Examiner, a dedicated immigration facility will open at the Dublin airport.

From France24, after the oak tree at the White House given by France dies, French President Macron promises to send a new one.

From RFI, French "far-right" politician Marine Le Pen will stand trial for Tweeting violent photos.

From Free West Media, three young Moroccans go on a crime spree in Coulommiers, France.

From VRT NWS, the mayor of Knokke, Belgium has an "interesting" conversation with Trump.

From the NL Times, a Dutch politician, of Kurdish origin, is held in Turkey.

From EuroNews, a trove of her father's letters will be released on Anne Frank's 90th birthday.

From the CPH Post and the "you can't make this up" department, Danish politician Bertel Haarder wants to make getting into the parliament harder.

From Radio Poland, Polish President Andrzej Duda arrives in the United States.  (I could tell him Witamy do Zjednoczonych Stanów.)

From Radio Praha, a brewery in Čížová, Czech Republic produces that country's first wastewater beer.

From The Slovak Spectator, the area around Bratislava braces for mosquitoes.

From the Hungary Journal, the Visegrad 4 countries will meet in Budapest tomorrow.

From Daily News Hungary, a "huge" oil field is found near two Hungarian villages.  (If you read Hungarian read more at G7.)

From Hungary Today, the salvaged wreck of the sightseeing boat Hableány may hold more victims.

From About Hungary, South Korea's president and prime minister thank Hungary for its support over the Hableány tragedy.

From Sputnik International, about 1,200 people attend an unauthorized rally in Moscow in support of journalist Ivan Golunov.

From The Moscow Times, police arrest over 400 people at the pro-Golunov protest.

From CBC News, some residents of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada are worried about the Soldiers of Odin being normalized.

From CTV News, two Canadian woman who had been abducted in Ghana are found safe.

From Morocco World News, Morocco's minister of foreign affairs embarks on a trip to Latin American.

From The Portugal News, a man is arrested after making a bomb hoax on a flight into Porto, Portugal.  (Just as falsely - and I emphasize "falsely" - yelling "fire" in a crowded theater is not free speech, neither is falsely yelling "bomb" on a crowded airplane.)

From El País, at the trial of two Catalan separatist leaders, defense attorneys accuse prosecutors of "twisting" the facts.

From SwissInfo, young jihadists in Switzerland receive welfare benefits.

From ANSA, according to Italian Interior Minister Salvini, new security instruments are ready to be applied to Sea-Watch ships.

From Total Croatia News, the E.U.'s Court of Justice schedules a hearing on Slovenia's border suit against Croatia.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, Montenegro will take over the presidency of the Central European Initiative next year.

From Ekathimerini, two men arrested in connection with a failed holdup have criminal records and are known to anti-terror authorities.

From the Greek Reporter, Greek scientists conduct trials to see if olive oil can cure cancer.

From Novinite, according to Prime Minister Borisov, Bulgaria will protect North Macedonian airspace with new fighter jets.

From The Sofia Globe, Borissov comments on the case of a 16-year-old from Plovdiv suspected of preparing a bomb attack.  (TSG spells the prime minister's name with a double "s", while Novinite uses a single "s".)

From Romania-Insider, archaeologists find 6,000-year-old pottery fragments and evidence of housing near Slatina, Romania.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey reiterates its demand for the extradition of Fetullah Gülen.

From Turkish Minute, detention warrants are issued for 56 people accused of "restructuring" education linked to the Gülen movement.

From Rûdaw, a Yazidi woman recounts her captivity under and escape from ISIS.

From Arutz Sheva, incendiary balloons from Gaza cause six more fires in nearby parts of Israel.  (H/T Gadi Adelman for the Tweet)

From The Times Of Israel, Moldova announces that it will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

From The Jerusalem PostŁódź, Poland holds a Jewish heritage festival.

From YNetNews, Israeli Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay announces his retirement from politics.

From Radio FardaJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

From IranWire, 14 Iranian activists call for Rouhani's resignation.

From Dawn, a special court in Islamabad, Pakistan rejects former dictator Pervez Musharraf's plea to have his case adjourned.

From The Express Tribune, the special court will conclude Musharraf's trail in his absence.

From Pakistan Today, Iraq apologizes for the mistreatment of Pakistani pilgrims by its security forces.

From Khaama Press, Afghan authorities release 30 Taliban members from prison in Nangarhar.

From The Hans India, five Indian military personnel are killed in a terror attack in the Anantnag district of Kashmir.

From the Hindustan Times, the Indian Cabinet approves a bill against the triple talaq, sending it to the Budget Session of Parliament.

From ANI, airline flights in Gujarat are suspended due to the approach of Cyclone Vayu.

From India Today, authorities evacuate people as Vayu closes in.

From the Daily Mirror, India's National Investigation Agency raids seven places over suspected ISIS links to the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka.

From the National Secular Society, four Islamic charities push the death penalty for apostates and for female subjugation.

From Gatestone Institute, attacks on journalists in Turkey are getting more violent.

From The Jakarta Post, a Russian man faces up to five years in prison for trying to smuggle an orangutan out of Indonesia.

From The Straits Times, a man in Singapore is fined $2,000 for setting off fireworks.

From Reason, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) propose new limits on presidential emergency powers.  (According to the article, the U.S. is currently under 32 national emergencies, including one that dates from 1997.  This would mean that President Trump has access to emergency powers that were originally granted to President Clinton.)

From The Daily Caller, Bob O'Rourke says that he probably won't vote for New York's Mr. Bill.

From WPVI-TV, in the Dominican Republic, six people, including the suspected gunman, have been arrested in connection with the shooting of former baseball player David Ortiz.

From NewsBusters, Twitter suspends Project Veritas for exposing censorship against pro-lifers at Pinterest.

From Twitchy, media outlets report how the Trump administration plans to send migrant children to a former internment camp for Japanese Americans, but leave out an important detail.

From the New York Post, Kraft's "Salad Frosting" doesn't go over very well.

From Fox NewsVirginia Democrat Joe Morissey, once accused of having sex with his teenage secretary, wins his primary for State Senator.  (He later married the secretary.  The story comes via Accuracy in Media.)

And from The Peedmont, Morissey promises, if he wins the general election, to lower the voting age to 17.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tuesday Links

Now that I've been back in town, here are some things going on:

From Free West Media, the French prefecture of Loire-Atlantique refuses to evacuate migrants from a gym.

From France24, the cathedral of Notre-Dame schedules its first mass since the fire.

From RFI, French police dismantle a neo-Nazi cell.

From El País, two Spanish left-wing parties agree to negotiate to form a "government of cooperation".

From The Portugal News, the Portuguese government announces plans to build a fuel pipeline to the Lisbon airport.

From Morocco World News, Swedish police discover that most Moroccan "street children" in Sweden aren't children.

From Malta Today, Malta's Armed Forces rescues 97 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea.

From ANSA, two Egyptian teenage boys who helped prevent a massacre on a hijacked bus will be offered Italian citizenship.

From EuroNews, Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte asks the E.U. to listen to his government's economic plans.

From SwissInfo, a Swiss jihadist held by Kurds wants to return home.

From Total Croatia News, Croatian police boost their ability to combat illegal immigration.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, Mr. Bill visits the country that he helped create.

From Ekathimerini, police in Athens, Greece detain two Iraqi men over a knifing incident.

From the Greek Reporter, the Greek Parliament is dissolved.

From Novinite, according to Bulgarian Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov, the official proposal to purchase American F-16s will arrive in one week.

From The Sofia Globe, a stone fragment bearing a Greek inscription is found near Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

From Romania Insider, Romanian opposition parties consider possible candidates for presidential and mayoral campaigns.

From Russia Today, the drug case against a Russian journalist is dropped.

From Sputnik International, a Russian Su-27 intercepts two reconnaissance aircraft, one American and the other Swedish, over the Baltic Sea.

From The Moscow Times, in Grozny, Chechnya, high school students fight police.

From TASS, three members of ISIS are convicted terror-related offenses in a court in Moscow.

From the Hungary Journal, Hungary expects Romania to restore the Valea Uzului cemetery "to its original state".

From Daily News Hungary, a man is charged with trafficking Hungarian girls to Switzerland and Germany.

From Hungary Today, the sightseeing boat which sank after colliding with a cruise ship is lifted out of the Danube River.

From About Hungary, a Hungarian high school student develops an organic weed killer.

From The Slovak Spectator, a former Slovak secret agent who had been kidnapped in Mali is found alive.

From Radio Praha, Prague's less-known (and less clothed) Mona Lisa goes to France.

From Radio Poland, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak goes to Washington.

From Deutsche WelleGerman Health Minister Jens Spahn announces his plan to ban gay conversion therapy.

From the CPH Post, due to a deal involving the Faroe Islands, the British won't have to worry about their post-Brexit supply of fish.

From the NL Times, good dog!

From Dutch News, an American is arrested at Schiphol Airport for having a gun and ammo is his luggage.

From VRT NWS, Belgium is on the alert for tiger mosquitoes.

From the Express, E.U. leader Jean-Claude Juncker complains that the U.K. is more focused on ousting Prime Minister Theresa May than on a Brexit deal.

From the Evening Standard, U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid promises to end May's rules on migrants is he succeeds her as prime minister.

From the (U.K.) Independent, according another Tory who would succeed May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister without an election.

From the (Irish) Independent, a restaurant is ordered to pay a gay bar manager €20,000 because a director kept calling him "queer".

From the Irish Examiner, climate protesters in front of Leinster House douse themselves in fake blood.  (Leinster House is Ireland's parliament building, located in Dublin.  Come to think of it, if there's a Chinese embassy in Ireland, it too would be in Dublin, within reach of these protesters.)

From CBC News, women in Kiselyovsk, Russia ask Prime Minister Trudeau to allow them into Canada as environmental refugees.

From Global News, 9 out of 30 charges against a Blaine, Washington man accused of smuggling people into Canada have been stayed.  (The man owns a bed and breakfast called Smuggler's Inn.  Perhaps he took the name too literally.  Like I keep pointing out, migrants are not merely migrating.  They're being trafficked, in other words, smuggled.)

From CTV News, a cyclist is arrested for allegedly throwing a "corrosive substance" at a couple pushing a stroller.

From TeleSUR, Nicaragua grants amnesty to 50 prisoners.

From Hürriyet Daily News, according to a U.N. agency, 300,000 Syrians have taken refuge near the Turkish border since April.

From Turkish Minute, a Turkish opposition leader had his passport request delayed due to an alleged affiliation with terrorism.

From Rûdaw, the U.S. sanctions a Syrian tycoon for profiting from the policies of the Assad regime.

From Arutz Sheva, former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked promises to "bring the most seats" in the next Israeli election.

From The Times Of Israel, as more arson balloons fly from Gaza, Israel further limits Gaza's fishing area.

From The Jerusalem Post, more on the recent fires in southern Israel.

From YNetNews, the son of Israel's prime minister appears to be a big fan of America's president.

From Egypt Today, an Egyptian officials promises that Egypt will stop the sale of a bust of Tutankhamen.

From Radio Farda, Iran agrees to hand over to Lebanon a Lebanese man convicted of spying.

From IranWire, a Baha'i teenager has been silenced in both Iran and Texas.

From Dawn, according to Pakistani opposition politician Maryam Nawaz, there is a separate law for Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cronies.  (Sounds like what some Americans have said for President Trump....and President Obama....and President Bush the Younger....etc.)

From Pakistan Today, Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau arrests Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz.

From Khaama Press, Afghan Special Forces capture a Taliban strategic site.

From The Hans India, is India's space force ready to take off?

From the Hindustan Times, Indian authorities locate the wreckage of a crashed airplane, with help from some local villagers.

From India Today, Cyclone Vayu heads for the coast of Gujarat.

From the Daily Mirror, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka.

From the Colombo Page, the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, hit by the Easter Sunday attacks, will reopen tomorrow.

From The Himalayan Times, at least 1,400 Nepali workers reportedly died while constructing soccer stadiums in Qatar.

From Gatestone Institute, Turkey's political culture is becoming violent.

From The Conservative Woman, the decline and fall of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

From Snouts in the Trough, Palestinians in Gaza struggle with.......obesity?

From National Review, they just won't leave the cake beaker alone.

From Townhall, Donald Trump the Younger is scheduled to testify for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

From FrontpageMag, a plot to run infidels over in D.C. is averted.

From The Washington Free Beacon, according to a study, medical marijuana does not reduce ODs from opioids.  (Some billboards I saw during my recent road trip alleged the opposite.)

From the Washington Examiner, a man sues to recover his father's frozen head.

From The Federalist, the right needs to do more than yell "stop".

From American Thinker, even with the return of John Dean, the real lesson from Watergate is ignored.

From CNS News, America is divided because of the liberal media.

From the New York Post and the "tell me something I don't already know" department, working in an office might make you fat.

From The Blaze, the magazine Teen Vogue instructs girls how to get abortions without the consent of their parents.  (via LifeNews)

From LifeNews, after a "massive outcry", the movie Unplanned will premier in Canada.

From Fox News, since 1,000 more U.S. troops are heading to Poland, is "Fort Trump" coming soon?

From CNN, congresscritter Steve King (R-Iowa) was reportedly kept off Air Force One when President Trump visited Iowa.  (via The Daily Caller)

And from The Smokeroom, a bar in Miami learns the hard way about offering drinks for goals.