The Return of ISIS is a Challenge Biden Must Not Ignore

by Con Coughlin
February 14, 2021 at 5:00 am
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As the Biden administration prepares to implement its new policy on the Middle East, it is vital that its preoccupation with reviving the Iran deal does not result in the White House overlooking the considerable threat the Islamist fanatics of ISIS continue to pose to global security.

Since taking office, the main priorities of President Joe Biden’s newly-appointed foreign policy team, so far as the Middle East is concerned, have been to consider the prospects of reopening negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear programme, and to establish a dialogue with Palestinian leaders, who spent the past three years boycotting President Donald Trump over his decision to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

By taking this somewhat narrow view of the numerous challenges facing the region, there are mounting concerns that the Biden team will not pay sufficient attention to the mounting threat posed by ISIS terrorists.

The most recent manifestation of the Islamist group’s deadly effectiveness was demonstrated last month when it carried out a double suicide bombing at a Baghdad street market that killed 32 people and wounded 75 others.

A communiqué issued by ISIS immediately after the atrocity claimed responsibility for the attack, which Iraqi security officials say was designed to cause maximum casualties and comes at a time when the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi is struggling with numerous security challenges, not least Iran’s continued meddling in his country’s affairs.

Moreover, the attack comes against a backdrop of increased activity by ISIS militants in Iraq. Prior to the suicide bomb attacks, ISIS insurgents were blamed for blowing up electricity towers in Iraq’s Diyala province, an act aimed at crippling Iraq’s already diminished electricity supplies.

ISIS has been waging a low-level campaign of intimidation in Iraq for most of the past year, but the recent increase in activity is evidence of a broader revival in the Islamist group’s fortunes after its attempts to establish its so-called caliphate were destroyed by the Trump administration’s highly effective campaign against ISIS militants, who surrendered their last piece of territory in 2019.

Since then, the organisation has been busy rebuilding its terrorist infrastructure, to the extent that a recent United Nations Security Council report concluded that ISIS currently controls more than 10,000 fighters organized in small cells in Syria and Iraq.

The upsurge in ISIS-sponsored violence prompted an immediate response from the Iraqi government, which authorised the mass execution of hundreds of ISIS militants convicted on charges of terrorism.

In addition, a joint US-Iraqi military strike last month killed the top leader of ISIS in Iraq. Abu Yasir al-Issawi, a veteran of the jihadist terrorist campaign against the US-led coalition in Iraq, was killed in a joint air-and-ground operation near the northern city of Kirkuk. The attack killed a total of 10 ISIS militants, and also destroyed the group’s hideout in a network of caves.

The re-emergence of ISIS as a significant terrorist threat –there have also been reports of increased ISIS terrorist activity in Africa — is certainly a consideration the Biden administration needs to take on board as it rolls out its new Middle East policy.

To date most of the administration’s policy announcements have been aimed at reducing tensions with Iran, such as freezing arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and easing restrictions on the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

By concentrating the new administration’s foreign policy resources on reviving the Iran deal and restoring relations with the Palestinian leadership, however, Mr Biden risks overlooking the extremely significant threat posed by the fanatical supporters of ISIS which, if left unchecked, could once again wreak havoc across the Middle East.

“Everything is affected… Your work, income, social status, identity, mental health, satisfaction with yourself, your life, your place in society, your independence…. And as a woman it’s even harder to remain patient and endure, in a society so opposed to women and femininity, though crying out for them both.” — Iranian Christian convert Fatemeh (Mary) Mohammadi, articleeighteen.com, January 21, 2021; Iran.

Does this sound familiar?

by Daisy Luther
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The current culture of outrage and cancellation is busily trying to shut down dissenting opinions. They’re picking through social media posts from a dozen years ago and “canceling” someone for a meme they posted or an offhand remark they made way back when. It’s obvious that the goal is to silence anyone who might have some small amount of influence over others in order to show the rest of the country, “Look, everyone agrees! We must be right because all the popular people say we are!”

It’s a worrisome fact that most of the people holding the microphones right now have the influence, power, and money to set the tone for our country. They have the platforms, the money, the power, and the ability to silence the rest of us peons who simply want to be left alone with our guns, our gardens, our favorite websites, and our own religious beliefs.

The fact that the United States is even considering a position called the “reality czar” should alert you to the fact that reality will not be judged by what’s happening – you know, actual reality – but by what this “czar” is told the people should believe to be the truth. And yes, there are people who really, truly believe there should be a reality czar like this yahoo at the New York Times.

Several experts I spoke with recommended that the Biden administration put together a cross-agency task force to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism, which would be led by something like a “reality czar.”

It sounds a little dystopian, I’ll grant. But let’s hear them out.

Right now, these experts said, the federal government’s response to disinformation and domestic extremism is haphazard and spread across multiple agencies, and there’s a lot of unnecessary overlap.

Renée DiResta, a disinformation researcher at Stanford’s Internet Observatory, gave the example of two seemingly unrelated problems: misinformation about Covid-19 and misinformation about election fraud.

He even admits it “sounds a little dystopian.” You THINK? Perhaps that is because it is positively and unarguably dystopian. That might be why it sounds that way. And he’s not alone.

Another dude at Wired thinks we need a literal federal Ministry of Truth to monitor deepfakes and disinformation. (Much like the Patriot Act is not patriotic, I’m pretty sure we should not expect a Ministry of Truth to be truthful.)

So, what about a new federal agency? A central body tasked with combating disinformation, parsing fact from fiction and thereby ensuring Americans’ collective sanity when the flood of fakes truly arrives: a Bureau of Information, a Department of Facts, a Ministry of … Truth!

Full circle, and we’re back at dystopia. The idea might sound absurd, unimaginable even: Washington bureaucrats regulating reality itself, dictating to Americans what’s true and what isn’t.

Is it really so crazy? The EPA protects our environment, the FDA protects our bodies, the DHS protects our borders. In the era of indistinguishability, difficult choices will need to be made in order to protect our minds. When the fakes come for you and yours—when, for example, your adolescent child is deepfaked by an internet bully—you might want a Ministry of Truth that actually lives up to the name, that doesn’t falsify but certifies the truth, that assertively stamps its authority atop fake videos: “This content is not real.” American history includes no shortage of necessary (if at first uneasy) interventions, in which citizens trade some degree of individual autonomy for collective peace of mind: “FDA-approved” food and drugs; “MoT-approved” audio and video.

All these people are admitting these ideas are dystopian but they’re absolutely and totally cool with that and they want you to be cool with it too. THEY LITERALLY WANT A F*CKING DYSTOPIA.

A winter storm warning for the region including Olympia, Washington predicted up to nearly a foot of snow into Saturday after that city received more than 6 inches in some places on Thursday.

By ADAM SCHRADER
ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 23:34 EST, 13 February 2021
UPDATED: 03:56 EST, 14 February 2021
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A pair of weekend storms are expected to follow across much of northern Nevada and the Sierra on the heels of one that dropped a foot of snow overnight at Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10pm on Friday to 10am on Saturday for the Tahoe area, where up to 6 inches of snow is expected at lake level and up to 10 inches above 7,000 feet, the National Weather Service said.

Winds gusting up to 65 mph could cause extensive tree damage.

Snow levels could drop below 5,000 feet with winds gusting to 50 mph from Reno as far south as Yerington and east as Lovelock.

The advisory extends until 10pm on Saturday for most of northeast Nevada. One to eight inches of snow is forecast from Austin to Elko. A foot is possible in the Ruby Mountains.

Mammoth Mountain south of Yosemite National Park reported 18 inches of snow early Friday, 16 inches at Alpine Meadows on Tahoe’s west shore and a foot at North Star at Truckee, California and South Lake Tahoe.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency on Friday for all 77 of the state’s counties ahead of a major winter storm expected to push into the state during the weekend.

The declaration suspends requirements for oversized vehicles used for emergency relief and utility restoration. It also activates the state’s Emergency Operations Plan and allows state agencies to make storm-related emergency acquisitions without regard to bidding requirements.

The storm is expected to begin pushing into the state late Saturday night and bring heavy snowfall and high winds that will reduce visibility and make travel difficult.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday declared a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall and the potential for wintry conditions this weekend and into next week.

While the forecast is still uncertain, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness urged Louisiana residents to plan for flash flooding and dangerous winter weather conditions.

The National Weather Service warns an arctic high pressure system is pushing south, bringing the coldest air of the season to parts of the state.

‘Already in Louisiana we have communities that have seen the impacts of flash flooding and water on the roadways, and there is the potential for worse weather and bad conditions as the days go on. Now is the time for people to make a plan for the coming days that could include staying at home during severe weather,’ Edwards said in a news release.

‘Monitor the local news and updates from the National Weather Service and your local leaders, check on your neighbors and stay safe.’

Community sites for COVID testing managed by Louisiana’s National Guard will close on Monday and Tuesday.

Some West Virginia customers could be spending part of Valentine’s Day in the dark as utility crews try to restore power from a midweek winter storm.

Appalachian Power said that nearly 28,000 customers in southern West Virginia remained without electricity Friday. That includes 13,000 customers in Cabell County, 6,200 in Wayne County and 4,900 in Putnam County.

A combination of ice and snow brought down tree limbs on Wednesday night and Thursday. Appalachian Power has nearly 700 workers trying to restore power.

‘Ice continues to weigh down trees and limbs continue to break, which has led to additional damage and new outages through the day,’ the company said in a statement.

The utility said power may not be restored for some customers until Saturday night in Jackson and Mason counties and until Sunday evening in Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam and Wayne counties.

The American Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda

by Daisy Luther
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The concept that they and their platforms might be the modern version of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda has probably never even crossed their mind. In fact, these people think they’re actively fighting Nazis.

In this essay, I’m not even talking about the horrors of the Holocaust itself. I’m explaining about the very idea that media should all be government-mandated, dissent should be silenced, and those who have different opinions should be crushed was at the very heart of the Reich.

Censorship in WWII Germany was the key to controlling the populace and Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels eagerly took control of the news, literature, filmmaking, theatre, music, and all forms of broadcasting in order to present the illusion of a united front that eagerly and vehemently supported Adolph Hitler and all the evils that occurred under his reign.

The Pacific Northwest started seeing more snow and some freezing rain Friday afternoon after snow fell in parts of Washington and Oregon on Thursday.

By ADAM SCHRADER
ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 23:34 EST, 13 February 2021
UPDATED: 03:56 EST, 14 February 2021
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The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning Friday for Oregon’s Central Willamette Valley including Salem and for the southern Portland metro and a winter storm warning for the Portland/Vancouver, Washington areas.

After 5pm freezing rain had started to fall in places around the Portland metro area, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said.

Some roads were closed because of crashes and on southbound Interstate 205 a semi truck jackknifed, leading to a large traffic backup.

Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge between Troutdale and Hood River was closed by 9pm on Friday, state Department of Transportation officials said.

‘Deteriorating weather is making driving too dangerous with high winds and heavy snow. We’ll reopen the interstate only when it is safe to do so,’ the agency said on Twitter.

The National Weather Service said an additional 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall in the Portland area with another foot in the Cascades through Saturday.

Weather Service meteorologist Colby Newman told the Statesman Journal in Salem that ice accumulation expected there would make roads dangerous and weigh heavily on trees and power lines, potentially resulting in widespread power outages.

‘We don’t get this much ice very often, and it’s a difficult situation because it can leave people without power, in the cold, for an extended period,’ Newman said.

‘It’s probably a bigger deal than a snowstorm.’

Travel in the entire region could be impossible and is strongly discouraged, the National Weather Service and city officials in Portland and Salem said.

The weather also prompted school districts in the Portland/Vancouver area, Willamette Valley, and Columbia River Gorge to shut buildings and cancel in-person activities Friday.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccination sites, including those at the Oregon Convention Center and Portland International Airport and a site in southwest Washington’s Clark County are closed for the weekend.

Somali Muslim convict and double rapist allowed to stay in UK after winning deportation battle on ‘human rights’ grounds after judge says he will face ‘degrading’ treatment in Somalia

FEBRUARY 13, 2021
BY BARENAKEDISLAM
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The 49-year-old ‘unidentified’ Muslim rapist arrived in Britain in 2004 and claimed asylum, but the Home Office sought to deport him after he amassed eight convictions in the space of six years for robbery, trying to pervert the course of justice, and raping two different women, among his many offenses.

He used a knife during one rape and had been jailed for more than seven years before being in immigration detention. A tribunal has heard he was ‘aggressive and unacceptable,’ while detained in prison

An immigration tribunal judgment heard: ‘While at HMP Stafford he was not able always to behave appropriately. ‘On several occasions after January 2017 he was placed in segregation, his attitude and behaviour being aggressive and unacceptable.’ He was assessed as posing a ‘high risk of serious harm’ to the public.

An immigration judge accepted mental healthcare was ‘extremely poor’ in Somalia ‘and that those with mental health issues, particularly those who are aggressive, were often stigmatised, considered ‘possessed’, and subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment within both society and families, including stoning and chaining.’ (So…? Couldn’t happen to a more deserving criminal)

If the decision of this idiot judge isn’t bad enough, last month protesters who stormed Stansted Airport to ground a flight deporting 25 Muslim convicted terrorists to Africa saw their convictions overturned by a leftist judge stating they were wrongly charged as terrorists.

‘Lots of winter weather. This is about as busy as you’ll get for weather across the country,’ Chenard said on Friday.

By ADAM SCHRADER
ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 23:34 EST, 13 February 2021
UPDATED: 03:56 EST, 14 February 2021
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Bitter cold gripped the Plains on Friday, just a day after winter weather battered the United States from coast to coast.

Temperatures as low as -45 degrees Fahrenheit gripped Montana and Minnesota as cities such as Bismarck, North Dakota, shivered at -26.

‘North Dakota is all fun and games until you have to be working in negative 40 degree weather,’ @BricFlare wrote in a Twitter post.

The Plains states will see significant snowfalls of 6 or more inches and freezing rain from Sunday into Monday, the weather service’s Chenard said, with the threat of freezing rain as far south as Houston and Louisiana.

By Saturday night, freezing rain was expected in areas around the nation’s capital, including Virginia and Maryland, Chenard said.

A wintry mix was expected to pelt the Northeast, where accumulations were expected to be minimal, although any slickness on roadways heightens travel risks.

‘It shouldn’t account for too much, but if it’s freezing rain, that can cause issues even if it’s light,’ Chenard said.

The US Ministry of Woke Propaganda Wants to Cancel You, Me, Fox, and Anyone Else Who Disagrees

by Daisy Luther
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There’s a saying that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

But I think that there are people who learned from history and want to repeat it.

Don’t get me wrong. If you walked up and asked someone like the little short guy from Facebook who sat on some books at his congressional hearing so he could see over the table or that dude with the dirty looking beard from Twitter or all those so-called journalists frothing at the mouth on CNN whether they wanted to turn our nation into a carbon copy of Hitler’s Germany, they’d be positively aghast at the very notion.

Yet every day on social media, people like me try to share innocuous things, like an article about taco seasoning, I kid you not, and we’re told we aren’t following “community standards.”

For the record, I had waited 15 minutes between posting that article on my personal timeline and was then trying to share it on my frugal living Facebook page. If I’m in trouble for taco seasoning, it probably won’t be long until they kick me off entirely, so if you found this post on social media and want to make sure you see all of our articles, please go here and subscribe – you’ll get a free, full-length copy of The Prepper’s Workbook when you do. You can also find me on Gab, MeWe, and Twitter (for the moment).

If you think this is only happening to conservatives, you’re wrong. I’m an anti-politician, anti-war, lower-case L libertarian who believes that gay married couples should be able protect their legally grown weed with guns.

Snow blankets Washington and Oregon as storms batter both the East and West coasts with 200 million facing bad weather and hundreds of thousands left without power.

By ADAM SCHRADER
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PUBLISHED: 23:34 EST, 13 February 2021
UPDATED: 03:56 EST, 14 February 2021
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► More than 233,000 customers without power across Oregon, according to PowerOutage.us
► A fast-moving thunderstorm tore down trees and damaged homes across the Las Vegas area on Saturday
► More than 33,500 customers in Nevada were left without power from the storm, which reportedly blew a bouncy house onto the roof of a nearby home
► As of Saturday, 40 states home to some 200 million Americans have placed winter weather alerts into effect
► Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency for all 254 counties in the state in preparation for the new storm
► At least six people were injured after icy roads caused an 18-vehicle crash near Nashville on Saturday
► Temperatures this week could fall as low as -30 degrees with ‘life-threatening wind chills’ between -30 to -60 degrees in some parts of the country
► Some of the East Coast saw freezing rain on Saturday as more than 277,000 were reported without power in Virginia and more than 118,600 were reported without power in North Carolina

Dueling winter storms have dumped snow and ice, and caused wind damage across the United States as Americans brace for dangerously cold temperatures through Valentine’s Day weekend.

More than a foot of snow has already blanketed parts of Washington and Oregon as a new storm system hit the West Coast on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The East Coast was hammered with more snow, ice and freezing rain as power outage numbers climbed on Saturday, the Weather Channel reported.

The outlet reported that the new winter storm system ‘could be one of the heavier snow events in at least a few years in Seattle and Portland, Oregon.’

Gusty winds have already left more than 233,000 customers without power across Oregon, according to PowerOutage.us. More than 33,500 customers were left without power in Nevada.

Central Illinois was shaken by a train derailment around 5am on Saturday when 16 Union Pacific cargo cars went off the tracks near the Uptown Normal station, according to The Pantagraph.

Temperatures were near zero at the time of the accident but it was not certain if the weather had caused it, officials told the outlet. No injuries were reported and officials said the train was not carrying hazardous materials.

As of Saturday, 40 states home to some 200 million Americans have placed winter weather alerts into effect as unseasonably cold temperatures are set to migrate as far south as Texas and Louisiana, while snow, sleet, freezing rain, and brutal wind chills will make it hazardous to leave your home in the northern half of the country.