Why are Gilet Jaunes are going after Macron?

French protestors, known as the Gilets Jaunes, have scored concessions from President Emmanuel Macron, proving more effective than political partiesthe group is protesting against Macron

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India – Worst floods in 100 years

At least 324 people have been killed in flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala in what local officials say is the worst flooding in 100 years. India’s monsoon season started in June, but the death toll in Kerala has soared in the past 24 hours. Rescuers are battling torrential rains to save residents, with more than 200,000 people left homeless in camps. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the state to see the devastation for himself.

60% Of California Wildfire Victims Reported To Be Elderly,

Many Found In Or Near Homes

Los Angeles Times: Many Victims Of California’s Worst Wildfire Were Elderly And Died In Or Near Their Homes, New Data Show

Rose Farrell is the oldest victim of the devastating Camp fire to be identified so far. She was 99, and she died inside her home on Herman Road in Paradise. Evva Holt, 85, died inside a pickup truck after she was evacuated from Feather Canyon Gracious Retirement Living. She made it only a mile

Turkey expanding military operation in northern Syria

Turkey said an operation east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria will commence in the coming days.

(we can’t wait…pity the poor syrians)

The operation, announced on Wednesday, could further complicate already strained relations with the United States, which has troops stationed in the area currently controlled by Kurdish forces.

“We will start the operation to clear the east of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a few days. Our target is never US soldiers,” Erdogan said in a speech televised live.

“This step will allow for the path to a political solution to be opened and for healthier cooperation.”READ MORE

Syria’s Kurds hope for ‘new state and system’ via Assad talks

The US is supporting Kurdish forces east of the Euphrates, where People’s Protection Units, or YPG, troops have been fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

But Ankara recently again voiced frustration about what it says are delays in the implementation of a deal with the US to clear the YPG from the town of Manbij, located west of the Euphrates in YPG-controlled areas.

syria who control what infographic

Last month, Turkey said it wanted the agreement on Manbij to be fully carried out by the end of the year, followed by joint patrols by Turkish and US troops in northern Syria.

In January, Turkey and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – an Ankara-backed armed Syrian opposition group – launched what it called Operation Euphrates Shield in the Afrin district in northern Syria in an attempt to remove the Kurdish fighters, who it claims are affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

As the Syrian war progressed, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) umbrella organisation gained significant amounts of territory in eastern and northern Syria in its fight against ISIL.

something unprecedented that took place in Austria almost precisely a year ago

Dear Reader:

The Middle East Forum is hosting a trip to Central Europe on May 21-28, 2019, spending time in Warsaw, Vienna, and Budapest. Following my first notice focused on Poland, this one is about Austria.



wrote in April about something unprecedented that took place in Austria almost precisely a year ago, a development that few outside the country noticed: For the first time in Western Europe, a government took power that advocates anti-immigration and anti-Islamization policies. (I call that a civilizationist government.)

The Austrian People’s Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP) and Freedom Party of Austria (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) together won 58% of the vote. Their coalition agreement, implemented “from the first day” stated:

Austria guarantees freedom of belief and religion but fights political Islam. By political Islam we mean groups and organizations whose ideological foundation is Islam, and which seek to change the basic political and social order by rejecting our constitution and Islamizing society. Political Islam, which can lead to radicalization, antisemitism, violence and terrorism, has no place in our society.

In Austria we will grapple with important questions, like:

  • What are the key issues involving immigration and Islamization?
  • One year later, how is the coalition government faring?
  • Why do we hear so much less from Austria’s civilizationists than from Italy’s?
  • What can these policies teach us about the civilizationist struggle across Europe?

As well as meeting with Austrian decision-makers and opinion-makers, we’ll do some conventional sightseeing of palaces and cathedrals, but what makes the trip unique is the engagement to learn about current circumstances and what these mean for Europe as a whole.

The trip costs US $5,000 per person, with a $1,065 supplement for single occupancy. (MEF donors who contribute $5,000 or more per year enjoy a discounted rate of $4,500) Of this, about $1,800 is a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum to compensate for our time and resources devoted to organizing the trip (we will know the exact figure once the trip is over).

The price includes:

  • Stays in international-class hotels (specifics will be provided to those traveling).
  • Breakfast every day; one lunch and one dinner in each city.
  • All travel: modern air-conditioned buses on land and airfare from Warsaw to Budapest.
  • A tour escort/manager and local guides.
  • Entrance fees, tips, misc. fees.

Space in our group is limited and filling up, but if you’d like to join us or learn more about the trip, please click HERE.

I look forward to you joining us as we attempt to grasp the growing trends which are affecting the world we live in.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Pipes

Dog faithfully guards patch after fire

dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.

Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her burned property in Paradise this week.

Ms Gaylord fled when the November 8 fire broke out and destroyed the town of 27,000. An animal rescuer who responded to Ms Gaylord’s request to check on Madison first spotted the male Anatolian shepherd mix several days later.

Shayla Sullivan said the outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. Ms Sullivan left food and water for him regularly until his owner got back on Wednesday. She also helped locate Madison’s brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd mix that was taken to a shelter 85 miles away in the confusing aftermath of the wildfire.

“If (the evacuees) can’t be there I’m going to be and I’m not going to give up on their animal until they can get back in,” Ms Sullivan said.

The dogs reunited Friday when Gaylord came back to the property with Miguel and brought Madison his favorite treat: a box of Wheat Thin crackers.

Gaylord told news station ABC10 she couldn’t ask for a better animal.

“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” she said.

“Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we’re part of them,” she said about her dogs. “It’s a comforting feeling.”