I haven’t shared an email digest from Dave Bailey in a while. Last month he changed the name from “Islam Update” to “Freedom Update” to foil the apparent server censorship some have experienced. New followers may be interested in subscribing. His commentary analysis is quite astute and well worth your time.
Here is Dave’s comment on the change:
Thank you again for taking time to keep up on what’s happening in the world with regard to the Islamist threat. Islam Update is being renamed Freedom Update, and I’d like to explain why. There are two reasons…
First, from a practical standpoint, I had been getting numerous reports that emails being kicked back or filtered out as “spam,” even though the subscribers never did anything to identify Islam Update as spam. It turns out that internet services such as Comcast are doing their own filtering of email regardless of whether users asked for it. This is as serious a threat to our freedom of speech as Facebook’s and Google’s filtering, despite Comcast staying out of the spotlight. Having done some testing with one of Islam Update’s subscribers, we discovered that Islam Update was being filtered on the basis of words in its Subject line, and one of the words that appears to be a trigger is “Islam.” By changing “Islam Update” to “Freedom Update,” I hope to reduce the unwanted spam-filtering that subscribers have been complaining of.
Second, the election of Donald Trump has fundamentally changed the nature of our battle. Previously, we had an administration that absolutely refused to admit the existence of Islamic terrorism, and was appointing Islamists to high government posts. The very fact that Barack Hussein Obama was elected twice with solid majorities was a testimony to the ignorance of the American people, and Islam Update’s mission back then was to turn this ignorance around so that people could start making informed decisions regarding the Islamic threat, instead of being duped by sweet-talking Islamists and sympathizers. Fortunately, with the aid of Islam Update, ACT for America, and many others, the American people have woken up enough to elect a President who openly declared that there was a problem with Islam and talked about limiting immigration from Islamic nations. From his very first day, President Trump has been dismantling the Islam-friendly “deep state” that Obama created and Hillary Clinton would have deepened. With Trump in office instead of Hillary, all of the plans of Islamists and globalists have gone sideways, and they are furious about it.
As a result, Islamists, globalists, and assorted useful idiots have come unhinged in a combination of panic and indignant fury. They realize that their entire program for establishing one world government – whether a global caliphate or not – is hanging in the balance with Trump’s hand on the scales. Because they can’t come straight out and tell the American people the truth about what they are trying to do – destroy America as we know it – they are now waging a cold war against President, using anything they can as a club against him. Therefore, in addition to the usual reporting on Islam-related news, I have started reporting on the outrageous conspiracies and machinations of this “vast left-wing conspiracy” to take down the President and derail his pro-American and anti-Islamist mission.
President Trump is fighting to preserve American freedoms and American sovereignty against a vast and wealthy coalition of interests that seeks to ruin the American experiment and replace it with their own oppressive ideologies. Therefore, even though I will be continuing to focus on the Islamist threat, I will also be reporting on the outlandish attacks on our champion in this fight: President Trump.
For these reasons, Islam Update is now Freedom Update.
God bless, and keep spreading the word… the Left’s fury is a sign that we’re winning!
Dave Bailey is a former professional engineer with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business who worked until 1992 as a researcher for IBM. At that time he left IBM to start a nonprofit organization called Education Transfer, whose purpose was to help middle schools and high schools organize Career Days that would typically bring together approximately 100 local professionals representing students’ career interests to speak with hundreds of students, representing an entire grade level.
By 2001 his organization was serving numerous schools from Delaware to New York, including several schools on Long Island – schools with families that were devastated by the 9/11 terrorist attack. Dave felt a compelling need to understand the Islamic ideology behind that attack and, since retiring from Education Transfer in 2010, he devotes his time to helping others comprehend the forces within Islam that threaten the West.
His first book on the subject, “Dare to Speak: Islam vs. Free Democracy and Free Enterprise,” is available on-line at several websites. His second book, “Shock and Alarm: What It was Really Like at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq,” is available for purchase from Amazon.com. He co-wrote this book with Hugh Iwanicki, a friend and former emissary at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.
The following is today’s email. As Dave likes to say, he scours the news so you don’t have to! If you are interested in receiving his his digests just email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom Update, by Dave Bailey, July 4, 2018:
There is strength in numbers… Please forward this to others…
July 4 terror plot thwarted in Cleveland, suspect pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, FBI says: A man who pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda sought to kill members of the military and conducted reconnaissance in downtown Cleveland for a planned attack on July 4 — but the Independence Day plot was foiled after a months-long investigation, federal officials said Monday. FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said Demetrius Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was arrested at 10 a.m.
The fake news from the mainstream media never quits… in fact, it just gets more outrageous…
In this case, Joe Scarborough starts with a false premise, which is that President Trump is Putin’s puppet…
He justifies this claim on no hard evidence whatsoever…
His only “evidence” is his gut feel that Trump is insufficiently tough on Putin…
Strange how Scarborough had no such complaint when…
- Obama told Mitt Romney in a presidential debate that “The ‘1980’s are now calling and they want their foreign policy back”…
… ridiculing Romney’s claim that Russia was our major geopolitical threat…
- On a hot mic, Obama told Russia’s VP, Medvedev, to tell Putin that he could be more flexible after the election…
- When Putin invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula under Obama’s watch in 2014…
- When Putin invaded eastern Ukraine under Obama’s watch in 2014…
- When the Obama Administration, under Hillary’s guidance, effectively sold 20% of America’s uranium reserves to Russia…
Next, Scarborough’s echo chamber of guests offered no such counterpoints…
Instead they ran with Scarborough’s claim and concluded that Trump is destroying American primacy in the world…
This is the exact opposite of the truth…
Scarborough and his guests act as if our growing economy, tiny unemployment…
…energy independence, victory over ISIS, and hammering of Russia’s ally Iran didn’t exist…
None of these are mentioned at all…
Scarborough is trying to continue smearing Trump with the demonstrably false “Russian Dossier” slander…
…which he alludes to in only the vaguest terms because everyone knows it’s a fake…
The disinformation being fed to the public by the mainstream media is truly shocking… Dave
Lance Perriman Independent Journal Review Jul 3, 2018
During Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough accused President Donald Trump of acting as a puppet to Russian president Vladimir Putin and said the evidence is in “plain sight.”
Scarborough made the stunning allegation Tuesday as NATO allies express concerns over Trump’s growing closeness to Putin, and the president floats strategic plans that line up with Russia’s long-term goals.
“There has been this concern, certainly since we interviewed Donald Trump in December 2015 and he refused to criticize Vladimir Putin, said he was a strong leader and we needed that type of leadership in America,” Scarborough said. “There’s been a concern that he would never criticize Vladimir Putin. There’s been a concern obviously through this investigation that Vladimir Putin must have something on Donald Trump.”
The ‘Morning Joe’ host said the president appeared to be compromised by Putin’s blackmail threats, and he said the evidence was plainly obvious.
“I firmly believe he does have something on Donald Trump, and that’s why he’s never criticized Putin,” Scarborough said.
He said Trump was giving away U.S. national security and threatening longstanding alliances, which align with Russian interests.
“Can you imagine any American president in your lifetime that could do things that were more in Vladimir Putin’s benefit than what Donald Trump has been doing over the past two years?” Scarborough said. “Attacking NATO allies, trying to withdraw troops. talking about withdrawing troops from Europe, talking about withdrawing our commitment to NATO, turning every NATO conference into basically a very uncomfortable situation.”
“Then going off and talking secretly to Vladimir Putin at the G20 last year, setting up — I mean, the list is endless,” he added. “If there is a conspiracy, this conspiracy seems to be in plain sight.”…
It’s possible that Putin did want Trump to win, or rather, Hillary to lose…
…though this claim is still being disputed…
The point here is that there is no evidence that candidate Trump had anything to do with this…
Hillary is responsible for destroying and killing one of Russia’s key allies in North Africa, Muammar Kaddafi…
…and also for contributing to the civil unrest in Putin’s ally Assad by shipping Libyan weapons to Syrian rebels who ultimately exploded as ISIS in 2014…
Putin has plenty of reasons for opposing Hillary… but where are the dots connecting Putin to Trump?
The “Russian Dossier” was created to manufacture them, but they turned out to be fake…
Why would someone go through the trouble of inventing false evident if real evidence existed? Dave
Gregg Re Fox News July 3, 2018
Findings by the intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump win were “accurate and on point,” according to an unclassified report and accompanying statement by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released Tuesday.
The committee’s findings came after a lengthy review of the “sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning” a January 2017 intelligence community assessment.
The FBI’s and CIA’s “analytical disagreement” with the NSA over whether Russia sought to bolster the Trump presidential campaign was “reasonable,” the report also said.
While the FBI and CIA had “high confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin aspired to help Trump’s election chances by denigrating opponent Hillary Clinton, the NSA had only “moderate confidence” in that assessment, according to the January 2017 analysis.
The disagreement among agencies “was reasonable, transparent, and openly debated among the agencies and analysts, with analysts, managers and agency heads on both sides of the confidence level articulately justifying their positions,” the Senate intelligence committee’s findings said.
In a statement, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C, said the panel’s review was ongoing.
“The committee has spent the last 16 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning the intelligence community assessment and sees no reason to dispute the conclusions,” Burr said.
“The committee continues its investigation, and I am hopeful that this installment of the committee’s work will soon be followed by additional summaries providing the American people with clarity around Russia’s activities regarding U.S. elections.”
Whether Russian authorities sought to meddle in the 2016 election to help Trump prevail has been a key point of contention between House and Senate intelligence committees.
In May, Senate Intelligence Committee leaders backed the 2017 intel community report that formally accused Russia of trying to interfere in the election to the Trump campaign’s benefit.
“The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton,” top Senate committee Democrat Mark Warner said in a joint statement at the time.
A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018
On Tuesday, Warner said the committee’s review had confirmed those findings.
“As numerous intelligence and national security officials in the Trump administration have since unanimously re-affirmed, the ICA findings were accurate and on point,” Warner said.
But on the other side of Capitol Hill, Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have disputed the conclusion that Putin wanted to help Trump.
GOP members of the House panel have cited “significant intelligence tradecraft failings” in the intelligence community’s findings, saying it is inappropriate to conclude that Russia acted specifically to assist Trump.
“We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump.” – Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas
“The bottom line: The Russians did commit active measures against our election in 2016, and we think they will do that in the future,” Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said in March. “We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump.”
Accusations of political bias at the highest levels of the DOJ and FBI have roiled Washington, with Republicans accusing investigators of targeting the White House for political reasons.
But some key Republicans said that it seemed Russia was, in fact, trying to help Trump win. In a statement earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said it was “clear based on the evidence” that Putin wanted Clinton to lose in November.
Other top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have signaled that they agree that Russian actors wanted Clinton to lose.
Did Mueller prevent 9/11 families from suing Saudi Arabia? 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia. Ever since the attacks, the family members of victims have been pursuing financial compensation from Saudi Arabia’s government. But one of the biggest obstacles to that compensation was FBI director, and now special prosecutor, Robert Mueller.
Julio Rosas Fox News Jul 2, 2018
While discussing how the economy has not taken a nosedive over Donald Trump being president and his higher than predicted approval ratings, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cheered at the thought of a recession hurting Trump’s support among his voters.
“What stuns me is why the markets have not reacted to the lack of stability,” Wallace’s guest, presidential historian Jon Meacham, said. “They’re beginning to on the tariffs. But remember, that’s what everybody said.”
He pointed to how President Richard Nixon lost support: “I continue to believe the reason his approval rating has a four in front of it is what I keep thinking of as the 401(k) Trumpists. Their numbers are up. They don’t pay as much attention to all of this as we do, which is probably healthy for them. Without this prosperity, and a friend of mine pointed out this morning that it wasn’t until Nixon’s recession that the Watergate stuff drove.”
“You think that’s where the bottom falls out?” Wallace asked.
“I think so,” Meacham replied.
“Um … OK. Good,” Wallace said as the panel laughed…
Sam Dorman Independent Journal Review Jul 2, 2018
When Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on others to continue harassing Trump administration officials, she got a sharp rebuke from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). But some in the media apparently agreed with Waters.
While appearing on “AM Joy” on Sunday, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin argued that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others deserved a lifetime of harassment. Her comments came after Sanders announced that a Virginia restaurant asked her to leave because of her support for the Trump administration…
Brian Flood Fox News July 3, 2018
NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell was called out by a former Office of Government Ethics director for citing the wrong law. (2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC)
NBC News star Andrea Mitchell is under fire for citing the wrong law when attempting to attack the White House amid its Twitter feud with Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
On Monday, the White House targeted Harris and Warren individually on Twitter, accusing Harris of “supporting the animals of MS-13” and Warren of “supporting criminals moving weapons, drugs and victims across our nation’s borders.”
Mitchell attempted to defend the Democratic leaders, but it didn’t go so well.
“Re: White House tweets attacking Senators: Section 1352(a) of Title 31: No part of the money appropriated by any enactment of Congress shall … be used directly or indirectly to pay for any … written matter … intended or designed to influence in any manner a Member of Congress,” the NBC star tweeted.
Law & Crime reporter Ronn Blitzer wrote that the statute Mitchell named has “nothing to do” with the situation and “doesn’t even include the language she quoted.”…
Frank Miniter Fox News July 3, 2018
In an incredible sweetheart plea deal, Imran Awan – a former IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and other congressional Democrats – pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of making a false statement on a home equity loan.
I sat flabbergasted in the courtroom in Washington as the plea agreement was entered.
I spent the last year interviewing hundreds of people and chasing leads for my upcoming book –titled “Spies in Congress” – about the alleged spy ring believed led by Awan that may have operated in the offices of more than 40 Democratic members of Congress.
If not for my extensive research on this case, I might have assumed the government just couldn’t find enough evidence to make a solid case against Awan on more serious charges than bank fraud.
When I asked Justice Department prosecutor J.P. Cooney why the government made this odd plea deal he just smiled and waved me away as he told me to ask the Justice Department Office of Public Affairs. The office declined to answer my questions.
Shockingly, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia issued a news release about Awan’s plea agreement that made no mention of his IT work for Democrats in Congress, no mention of Wasserman Schultz, and made his case sound like a minor local criminal matter of little interest to anyone. It was headlined: “Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement on Application for Home Equity Loan.”
Ho-hum, right? Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.
Awan is due to be sentenced Aug. 21 and could get off with no jail sentence, according the plea agreement. Prosecutors said they would not recommend jail time – in effect, giving Awan a get-out-of-jail-free card.
Just like that, the Department of Justice is making an important case go away as if nothing much happened.
Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, is having all charges against her dismissed as part of the agreement.
Awan, as a part of this plea agreement, also “will not be charged” for any other nonviolent crimes he may have committed in Washington prior to the agreement, according to this deal.
The plea deal agreement even exonerates Awan by saying in part that “the Government agrees that the public allegations that your client (Imran Awan) stole U.S. House of Representatives (‘House’) equipment and engaged in unauthorized or illegal conduct involving House computer systems do not form the basis of any conduct relevant to the determination of the sentence in this case.”
But there is so much more to this case. Even on the simple theft of government equipment there is a lot there for prosecutors. One of Awan’s former tenants, a retired U.S. Marine, even found and turned over to authorities several computers and smart phones with government markings on them that he found in Awan’s rental property.
There is also internal U.S. House of Representatives’ paperwork detailing some of what went on in the offices Awan and his associates who did contract IT work for congressional Democrats.
Internal House Inspector General findings have also determined that Awan copied the emails of up to 44 Democratic House members and other personal data and backed them up to a server that reportedly went missing and to a Dropbox account.
Awan, his wife and other relatives and friends were also all paid exorbitant salaries for working as IT contractors for members of Congress for years – even though many of them didn’t have any expertise in IT and even though they didn’t undergo background checks.
It is also likely that a few of Awan’s associates didn’t even show up to earn all the money they were paid. Still, no charges have been filed against Awan or his brothers relating to alleged thefts, possible espionage and for providing false information (an image of the Democratic House Caucus computer server) to Capitol Police.
It is actually very hard to sum-up all that this group of IT aides (who are almost all from Pakistan) did and the crimes they might have committed…
Democrats really do want to disarm us…
Funny how they never mention gun-controlled Chicago, whose plague of shootings is with illegal guns…
Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Suggests Banning AR-15s Is Not Enough After Shooting: We Have to Look at Shotguns. Ben Jealous, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, said banning firearms like the AR-15 may not be enough to stop shootings. He said it’s time to look at shotguns following the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis.
“American ideas or deals that bypass the Palestinian leadership’s position on Jerusalem, statehood and refugees will only lead to a dead end,” Abu Rudeineh said of Trump’s peace plan.
What the Palestinian Authority is really protesting is its being denied the opportunity to…
…make demands and extract concessions without giving an inch…
…make agreements and then refuse to fulfill their side of them…
…berate Israel and the United States at the negotiating table…
…and claim victimhood before a sympathetic global audience for months on end… Dave
United with Israel Jun 24, 2018
A senior Palestinian official rejected the American peace plan even before seeing it.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas, said on Saturday that “American ideas or deals that bypass the Palestinian leadership’s position on Jerusalem, statehood and refugees will only lead to a dead end.”
Reacting to the current tour of the region by US Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and their meetings with Arab and Israeli officials in an effort to advance a comprehensive diplomatic solution, Abu Rudeineh said that “the American delegation should abandon the illusion that creating false facts and falsifying history are going to help it sell those illusions.”
He said that “the right address for achieving a just and lasting peace that cannot be bypassed, neither regionally nor internationally, is the Palestinian decision-maker represented by President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership supported by the legitimate international community and the Arabs, who made this clear to the American delegation.”
“Despite the burden of regional issues, there are things that cannot be weighed with gold and humanitarian aid, or solutions that try to cut from a more-than-100-year-old historical conflict,” he added.
On Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Kushner and Greenblatt in Jerusalem.
“The teams discussed advancing the peace process, regional developments, and the security and humanitarian situation in Gaza,” a statement by Netanyahu’s office said.
After visits to Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, Greenblatt and Kushner were expected to provide details of the US-sponsored peace plan to the Israeli premier, with an eye to jump-starting negotiations with the PA, which has maintained a boycott of the Trump administration since its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the subsequent US embassy move.
While Abbas has repeatedly rejected Washington’s role in the peace process since the Trump Administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Kushner and Greenblatt on Wednesday, declaring that the “US has an important role” in future talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Arab leaders ready to bypass Abbas to push Trump’s peace plan: Arab nations will be ready to back Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative with or without the cooperation of the Palestinian president.
Top Palestinian negotiator accuses Trump team of trying to ‘bring down PA’: Amid ongoing meetings in Jerusalem between the US’ Mideast peace delegation and Israeli leaders, Saeb Erekat promoted the Palestinian boycott of the Trump administration, which he says seeks to undercut PA leadership.
Jerusalem mufti: Trump seeks to ‘liquidate Palestinian cause’. In a holiday sermon on Friday, the grand mufti of Jerusalem took aim at the US administration, leveling serious accusations in the run up to a regional visit by US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.
Abbas seeks unity with Hamas to oppose Trump’s peace deal: Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that unity would foil purported attempts by the US, under the aegis of the Trump administration’s peace initiative, to drive a wedge between Hamas and the PA or separate the Gaza Strip from the Palestinian government based in Ramallah.
Did Facebook banish a moderate Muslim leader from its platform for criticizing the Hamas terror group?
In the court of Facebook, there is no appeal process for the “Imam of Peace”… Dave
United With Israel Jun 13, 2018
Mohammad Tawhidi, a reformist Muslim religious leader and imam from Australia, was banned from Facebook for making a sarcastic remark about the Hamas terror group. Facebook went to great lengths to bar his message of peace by blocking his profile and unpublishing his fan page.
Tawhidi uses his Facebook page to criticize radical Islam and has some 100,000 followers. We must ensure that Tawhidi is heard around the world. Share his words of peace!
There is something to be said for Facebook and Twitter after all…
That is, as long as their gatekeepers don’t tip the scales for Islamists…
Israel foils over 200 terror attacks by monitoring Facebook, Twitter: By patrolling social media, Israel’s law enforcers and security personnel have managed to catch Palestinian terrorists before they could carry out attacks.
Arabs involved in 95% of shootings in Israel: A TV news report based on police data revealed that though Arabs make up just 20% of the population, they are involved in 95% of shootings in Israel.
Turkish PM: Israel cheated in Eurovision contest to fuel religious war: Claimed the Eurovision was rigged in Israel’s favor so that the contest would be held in Jerusalem and trigger a religious war.
Ahead of elections, Turkish president, opponent outdo each other bashing Israel: While Erdogan has become one of the most vocal detractors of Israel in the Muslim world, his main contender claims the Turkish leader is too soft on the Jewish state.
While the points made in this video are true, there is an even larger truth:
Devout Muslims put Islamist ideology above reality in general…
It is their inability to see the world as it is that holds them back…
Everything that does not comply with the worldview of Islam’s unholy scriptures gets tossed…
To Muslims steeped Islamic ideology, it is as if Muhammad vilified the Jews and expelled them from Arabia yesterday…
They adopt his hatred as their own…
And if the Quran says that meteors are lamps being thrown by angels at devils, then that’s what they are!
What’s Holding the Arab World Back? What’s holding the Arab world back? Why, by nearly every measure, are Muslim nations so far behind the West economically, culturally and scientifically? Bret Stephens, Global View columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explains.
Canada’s most populous province bans ‘anti-Semitic’ Quds Day rally: Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a forthcoming ban on the annual Quds Day march, which “calls for the killing of an entire civilian population in Israel.”
Two asylum seekers suspected in rape and murder of Jewish girl in Germany: Two Middle Eastern asylum seekers are the suspects in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Jewish girl in Germany.
Analysis: Jews paying price for Germany’s immigration policy. The brutal murder of a German-Jewish girl reminded Germans that their liberal immigration policy is at odds with the fight against anti-Semitism and the defense of liberal values.
Minister: Death threats caused Argentina to cancel soccer match in Jerusalem. “It’s not Jerusalem or Haifa. It’s not BDS. These are real threats,” Minister of Sports and Culture Miri Regev declared.
UN report: Debris from missiles that hit Saudis came from Iran: The United Nations concluded that debris from ballistic missiles launched from Yemen into Saudi Arabia contained Iranian-manufactured components and bore hallmarks of Iranian missiles.
As Sunni, Shi’ite rift widens, Jordan recalls ambassador from Iran: Jordan will not send a new ambassador to Iran following its “interferences in Arab affairs” and policies “that harm the principle of good neighborliness.”
Belgian authorities arrest couple for bomb plot: Authorities say the married couple that was planning to bomb that Iranian opposition rally in Paris.
David Rising Associated Press July 2, 2018
(BERLIN) — A resolution to Germany’s government crisis proved elusive Sunday after the head of the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union in Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc offered his resignation rather than back down from his stance against the chancellor’s migration policies.
A nearly eight-hour meeting of the CSU in Munich was put on hold after the party’s leader, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, made his offer to resign both from Merkel’s Cabinet and as head of the CSU.
After further talks with a smaller group of CSU officials seeking to change his mind, Seehofer said he had agreed to meet again with Merkel’s party before he made his decision final.
“We’ll have more talks today with the CDU in Berlin with the hope that we can come to an agreement,” Seehofer told reporters just before 2 a.m. Monday. “After that, then we will see.”
Officials of Merkel’s Christian Democrat party broke off their own separate meeting in Berlin about an hour earlier, saying they would resume at 8:30 a.m.
If Seehofer does step down, it is not immediately clear what effect the move would have on a three-week impasse between Merkel and her CSU partners, which has centered on his resolve to turn away some types of asylum-seekers at Germany’s borders.
Merkel has insisted on Europe-wide solutions to handling the waves of foreigners trying to reach the continent and the standoff could spell the end of her fourth government.
Merkel maintained earlier Sunday that a plan to regulate immigration that European Union leaders approved Friday and other agreements she hashed out with several key countries would accomplish what Seehofer seeks.
“The sum total of everything we have agreed upon has the same effect” as what Seehofer has demanded, Merkel said in an interview with ZDF television. “That is my personal opinion. The CSU must naturally decide that for itself.”
But the German news agency dpa reported that Seehofer told the meeting of CSU officials that he thinks the measures do not adequately accomplish his goals. Seehofer did not comment on that during his brief statement to journalists after his party’s meeting…