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Turkey’s President Erdogan wants same powers as Hitler: ‘Are you ready to give them an Ottoman slap?’ Turkey’s Erdogan campaigns/calls on Europe’s Muslims to support him as he delivered a furious address to around 15,000 people in Bosnia
Monday, May 21, 2018 4:04 PM

Turkey’s president says all he wants are the same powers as Hitler.

In a world first, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uses Hitler’s Germany as a positive role model for his constitutional reforms.

It should not be lost on any one of you that the would-be caliph made this address in Bosnia, thanks to President Clinton, who sent our troops in to fight for the jihad against the Christians.

‘Are you ready to give them an Ottoman slap?’ Turkey’s Erdogan calls on Europe’s Muslims to support him as he declares he will protect them in their fight against discrimination

  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gave a fiery address at a rally in Bosnia
  • Urged expat Turks to vote for him and his ruling AK Party next month
  • Announced plans to counter ‘propaganda’ against Muslims in Europe
  • Thousands of Turks came from Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, and from across the Balkans for the rally

By Reuters and MailOnline Reporter, 21 May 2018:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims across Europe to support him as he delivered a fiery address to around 15,000 people in Bosnia on Sunday. 

He announced he will expand Turkey‘s state news agency’s coverage in Europe to hit back at ‘propaganda’ published about Muslims, and urged European Turks to improve their power by gaining places in parliaments across the Bloc.

‘Are you ready to demonstrate to the whole world the strength of European Turks? Are you ready to give the terrorist organisations and their local and foreign henchmen an Ottoman slap?’, he said, while rallying against his critics, including the PKK Kurdish guerrillas.

Erdogan also took a swipe at European countries that refused to let him campaign on their territory, as he urged expatriate Turks to vote for him and his ruling AK Party in elections next month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an election campaign rally of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Sunday

The presidential and parliamentary polls on June 24 will see Turkey switch to a powerful, executive presidential system that was narrowly approved in a referendum last year.

Erdogan sees himself as a ‘protector of Muslims in former Ottoman dominions,’  Janusz Bugajski, a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) told the Stockholm Center for Freedom.

‘As European Turks you have always supported us by a wide margin. Now we need your support again in the elections on June 24,’ Erdogan told a rally in a Sarejevo sports hall, where supporters waved Turkish and Bosnian flags.

Ahead of the 2017 referendum, ministers travelled to countries with big Turkish communities — including Germany and the Netherlands — to urge support for the change, but were stopped from campaigning by authorities citing security fears.

Erdogan nevertheless said last month he was expecting to hold a campaign rally in a European city.

Some 15,000 supporters gathered to attend the AKP’s rally ahead of the 24 June snap elections in Turkey

About three million Turks living abroad are eligible to vote in the election

‘At a time when renowned European countries claiming to be the cradle of civilisation failed, Bosnia and Herzegovina showed by allowing us to gather here that it is a real democracy not a so-called one,’ he told the crowd.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who heads a right-wing coalition opposed to Turkey joining the European Union, said last month Erdogan would be barred from ‘trying to exploit’ Europe’s Turkish communities.

Germany, home to about 3 million people of Turkish origin, says it will not allow foreign politicians to campaign on its territory ahead of elections.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan pledged a multi-billion euro investment in a motorway connecting Belgrade and Sarajevo.

Thousands of Turks came from Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, and from across the Balkans for the rally.

‘Turkey is our mother nation,’ said Coskun Celiloglu, a Macedonian student of Turkish descent. ‘We came to Sarajevo just for one day to support our saviour Erdogan.’

The most popular — and divisive — politician in recent Turkish history, Erdogan has ruled for 15 years, overseeing a period of rapid economic growth. But a widespread crackdown against his opponents has led rights groups and Western allies of the NATO member to voice concerns about Turkey’s record on civil rights and Erdogan’s growing authoritarianism.

On Saturday, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency reported there had been tip-offs about a potential assassination attempt against Erdogan while he visits the Balkans.

Asked about the report, Erdogan said: ‘This news reached me and indeed that is why I am here … Such threats and operations cannot deter us from this path.’

8 Kosovo Muslims jailed on foiled attack on Jewish soccer team
Monday, May 21, 2018 3:04 PM

Enemedia scrubs it from any reportage, but Bill Clinton sent the US army to fight on the side of these jihadists against the Serb Christians. More of those savage chickens coming him to roost.

And the cowed and crippled West continues this suicidal folly by supporting an “independent Kosovo,” a jihad state in the heart of Europe.

The Bosnia Muslim hatred of the Jews is rooted in Islamic antisemitism — it’s in the Quran.

It is increasingly clear that I have been right all along: we were on the wrong side in that war, and the consequences of Clinton’s perfidy will continue to reverberate in that region.

UEFA U21s Football championships in Israel between Israel & Norway Photo By David Katz

8 Kosovo Albanians jailed on foiled attack on Israeli Soccer team

By Sylejman Klloloqi| Associated Press | May 18, 2018

PRISTINA, Kosovo — A Kosovo court has sentenced nine Albanians, eight to jail, for planning a foiled attack against the Israeli soccer team during a 2016 qualifying World Cup match in neighboring Albania.

Pristina court Judge Hamdi Ibrahimi on Friday sentenced the leader of the group, Visar Ibishi, to 10 years in jail. Seven others got between a year-and-a-half in prison to 6 years. One was slapped with a 2,500-euro ($2,950) fine.

“There is no place for extremism on this land,” the judge said. “Such defendants’ acts have aimed to create both in Kosovo and Albania a climate of uncertainty, let the extremist elements get in and destabilize the country with terror acts.”

The planned attack in November 2016 was said to have been coordinated by two Albanians in Syria fighting with the Islamic State group. Kosovo authorities say about 180 citizens are still active with extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Both Kosovo and Albanian authorities claim that no more of their citizens have joined the rebel groups in Syria and Iraq over the past couple of years.

Boston police captain’s son to plead guilty for plotting Islamic State (ISIS) attack
Monday, May 21, 2018 2:30 PM

Police captain.

Police captain’s son to plead guilty for plotting Islamic State (ISIS) attack

New York Post, May 21, 2018:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Boston police captain’s son who is accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group is expected to plead guilty.

A plea hearing for Alexander Ciccolo will be held in federal court in Springfield Monday. It was not immediately clear what he might plead guilty to.

Prosecutors and Ciccolo’s attorney declined to comment last week.

Ciccolo was arrested in July 2015 after receiving guns from a federal informant. Prosecutors say he planned to detonate homemade bombs similar to the pressure cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack.

Ciccolo’s father is Boston Police Capt. Robert Ciccolo. Ciccolo’s mother has said her son “would not hurt a fly.”

Ciccolo was scheduled to go on trial next month.

United Nations Migration Chief Attacks Trump, Claims Mass Migration in ‘National Interest’
Monday, May 21, 2018 2:00 PM

William Lacy Swing, the migration agency director for the United Nations, came out strong against President Donald Trump for his immigration policies, criticizing him for stopping the flow of mass migration.

Swing actually said “mass migration” was a benefit to society.

William Lacy Swing says mass migration is a benefit to society.

As for all that sovereignty nonsense?

Well, everybody already knows where the United Nations stands on that topic.

From Breitbart:

United Nations Migration Agency Director-General William Lacy Swing has issued a barely concealed attack on the U.S. President, claimed mass migration is in the “national interest”, and that concerns about migrants are based on “false stereotypes and unfounded fear”.

“People say … we don’t want any migrants, build a wall and burn the bridge,” Swing sneered. “They identify [migrants] as ‘the other’. That is a big fear,” he claimed.

The former U.S. diplomat issued his thinly veiled attack on President Trump in an interview with the Korea Herald, buttressing it with a sustained assault on populism more generally.

“It is very toxic in nature, built on a lot of false stereotypes that they are coming to take our jobs and bringing in criminal elements, probably bringing in diseases. None of which was proved,” he claimed.

The statement seems incredible, considering the ferocious violence which migration-background organised gangs like MS-13 are known to employ in the United States, or the mass sex attacks by migrants on New Year’s Eve in Germany, among other examples.

In terms of disease, it has also long been established that mass migration from the Global South is worsening public health in the West, with migrants known to have doubled the rate of HIV, trebled the rate of tuberculosis, and increased by twentyfold the rate of hepatitis B in the United Kingdom as long ago as 2003.

Swing attempted to sell his interviewers on the idea that “Migrants are [the] ultimate agents of development,” claiming they should be pushed on prosperous South Korea as an alternative to increasing automation and productivity because “robots don’t pay taxes”.

“[Migration] is inevitable, but also necessary,” he insisted.

“It is in [the] national interest. And it is absolutely desirable if we have the right policies rather than being stuck in the past, he ” he added — suggesting national should use their visa systems more “resourcefully.”

Sweden: Man could be prosecuted for “hate speech” for satirical children’s books mocking sharia punishments
Monday, May 21, 2018 1:00 PM

Sweden, besieged by Muslim migrants, is already living under Islamic law. And it’s not just Sweden — it’s all EU countries. The idea that these satirical children’s book covers constitute “hate speech” is Islamic law, not Western law. And elsewhere it’s the same story: I am banned from the UK, but jihad hate preachers come and go as they please. The West is laying down.

I received this email from Jan Sjunnesson, a human rights activist in Sweden:

I was reported by a self-appointed anti-hate speech group (Näthatsgranskaren), with government funding and interrogated Tuesday May 15 by two young females at the police station.

The case is built on the attached fictional satirical drawings of two children’s books.


“Mustafa wants to join too”

“With Grandpa at work”

My comment says that these titles could be at the next book fair.

For this I am responsible to have incited hate towards Muslims and Arabs. A special female attorney devoted to online hate speech, Ann Lidén, is considering taking to court now.

Australia: Victoria mayor and council fasting for Ramadan on May 25, ask city to join them
Monday, May 21, 2018 12:30 PM

The mayor, Lisa Helps, said: “I think it’s really important for council to be able to be here standing alongside the Muslim community. We do this with the Jewish community at Hanukkah. We do it with the Christian Community at Christmas.” But do they really? Do Helps and her council fast on Yom Kippur? Do they fast for Advent? It’s more likely that they simply extend their good wishes to Jews and Christians on their holy days. They don’t go to the lengths to which they are going here. And why are they doing this? Because Islam, unlike Judaism and Christianity, demands the submission of non-Muslims, and mandates violence against unbelievers. Lisa Helps, like so many other Western leaders, thinks she and her community will be spared from the jihad if they kowtow and show good will. It won’t work.

“Council challenges Victorians to join in Ramadan fast,” by Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist, May 17, 2018 (thanks to Armaros):

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and her council are challenging residents to take part in a community-wide fast on May 25 to mark Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

Helps and city councillors will fast beginning sunrise on the 25th and break the fast with a meal with members of the Muslim community at city hall at sunset.

The month of Ramadan is considered “a blessed month” by Muslims, said Imam Ismail Mohamed Nur of the Masjid Al-Iman mosque, who joined Helps and councillors in the mayor’s office on Wednesday. “It is a month of reflection. It is a month of charity and generosity,” he said….

Helps said the idea of a community fast challenge arose after she was approached by the imam about marking Ramadan.

“I think it’s really important for council to be able to be here standing alongside the Muslim community. We do this with the Jewish community at Hanukkah. We do it with the Christian Community at Christmas,” she said.

“It really, to me, symbolizes the kind of diversity and inclusion and really the richness that is our community here in Victoria.”

Morocco: Over 10,000 Muslims Chanting “Death to Israel” Protest U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem
Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00 PM

These are the “moderates.” Morocco, like Malaysia and Indonesia, is widely touted as a “moderate” Muslim country, where none of the “extremism” that reigns elsewhere can be found. And yet they were able to get 10,000 demonstrators to chant “Death to Israel.” When have we ever seen a Muslim demo in support of Israel? Ever? Muslims, “extremist” or “moderate,” march in lockstep on that issue (and so many others). Why? Islamic Jew-hatred: it’s in the Qur’an.

“Over 10,000 Moroccans Protest U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem,” Reuters, May 20, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

CASABLANCA, Morocco — More than 10,000 Moroccans chanting “death to Israel” took to the streets of Casablanca on Sunday to protest the United States’ decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The marchers carried Palestinian flags and placards that called Jerusalem “Palestine’s eternal capital.” Most appeared to be Islamists, with women wearing head scarves and marching separately from the men….

President Trump to Officially Demand DOJ to Investigate His Campaign
Monday, May 21, 2018 11:30 AM

President Trump said on Twitter and in public statements that he will officially demand the Department of Justice to investigate whether or not his campaign was illegally surveilled for political purposed.

Talk about a long overdue call.

Trump has been saying since early 2017 he had word his campaign had been spied upon by Barack Obama-tied forces — and for that, he was roundly and soundly mocked, by political foe and friend alike.

Fast-forward to today and it seems, once again, Trump is being proven right. His latest is to demand a formal federal investigation that will once and for all put the matter to rest.

Wait for it; wait for it. The left is about to go crazier than even usual.

From Yahoo!:

US President Donald Trump sharpened Sunday his accusations that his presidential campaign was “infiltrated” or spied on for political purposes, saying he would officially “demand” a Justice Department investigation.

The president has repeatedly cast the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by his campaign as a politically driven “witch hunt,” while offering no evidence.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes,” he tweeted, “and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Trump’s angry tweet came amid building pressure from the year-old investigation and reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2016 sent a Britain-based American professor to speak separately with three Trump campaign advisers.

A New York Times report described the professor as “an informant” but not a spy, saying the federal agency was looking into evidence that Carter Page, Sam Clovis and George Papadopoulos had suspicious contacts with Russia.

The Washington Post called him “a longtime US intelligence source,” used by both the FBI and the CIA.

But Trump and his supporters have cast the man as a mole possibly sent by the Obama administration to burrow into his campaign. “If so, this is bigger than Watergate!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.

While Trump allies in Congress have demanded more information about the informant, law enforcement officials have refused, saying the source — not yet officially identified — could be in danger if named.

Democrats say the president’s real objective is to undermine the Mueller inquiry.

Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, a former Justice Department prosecutor and assistant attorney general, told CNN on Friday that it was not clear whether an FBI informant had been embedded in the campaign, while adding that the spy agency “should tell us if there was.”

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman: Liberal Media Sides With Hamas Over Trump
Monday, May 21, 2018 11:00 AM

David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, said the mainstream media in America has picked a side — and it’s Hamas, not President Donald Trump.

He made the comments while reflecting on the media’s response to Trump’s opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

Hamas spent the leadup to the scheduled opening creating as much chaos and turmoil as possible to draw attention to what its members called were the occupiers of lands they don’t rightly own.

And the press response was simply to underscore what Hamas said by presenting the terror outfit in a sympathetic light.

From Fox News:

This past Monday, the United States at long last opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. The opening occurred 70 years to the day that Harry Truman led the United States to be the first nation to recognize Israel as a sovereign nation. The event, authorized and directed by President Trump, was a moving tribute to the enduring and unique friendship between our nation and the State of Israel.

Moving our embassy, however, was not just an act of friendship. It was an act that Congress had endorsed. In 1995, both houses of Congress overwhelming passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act urging exactly this action. As recently as last year, the United States Senate re-affirmed the Jerusalem Embassy Act by a vote of 90-0. While past government leaders have argued, from time to time, that the embassy should only move as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians, Congress said no such thing.

Past Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama all campaigned on the pledge that Jerusalem must always be the capital of Israel. Clinton and Bush also promised to move our embassy to Jerusalem. None of them honored their word. President Trump made a similar promise, but, in contrast to his predecessors, he kept it.

The opening ceremony was a beautiful and uplifting event attended by hundreds and watched by millions. As the ceremony proceeded, there were a few sporadic, peaceful protests from among the hundreds of thousands of Arabs living in Jerusalem. The West Bank remained calm.

The apparent success of the embassy’s opening ceremony enraged the liberal media. Could this be yet another diplomatic triumph by President Trump? The prospect was unbearable.

Hamas to the rescue. These thugs, acknowledged nearly universally as a terrorist organization, had been rioting in Gaza over the past six weeks for purported reasons not connected to the embassy move. They were more than willing to provide the media with a dark side to an otherwise uplifting story.

For weeks, Hamas had been pursuing a direct and unambiguous operation against Israel: On Fridays, after stirring up emotions at weekly prayers, it incited waves of Gaza residents to violently storm the border with Israel, hoping to break through and kill Israeli citizens and kidnap Israeli soldiers. In addition, given the likelihood that these malign efforts would fail, Hamas also created “kite bombs” painted with swastikas that it launched in Israel’s direction when the winds were favorable.

No nation in the world allows foreigners to storm its border. Period. When the declared intention of the aggressors is to kill that nation’s citizens, it is laughable to even suggest that a forceful response would not ensue.

Regrettably, Hamas convinced impressionable young adults that the border had been breached and directed them to run all the way to Jerusalem and murder their enemies. Thousands unfortunately took up the call and entered harm’s way.

Some 60 Gazans, the overwhelming majority of whom were known Hamas terrorists, lost their lives because Hamas turned them into a collective suicide bomb. They were neither heroes nor the peaceful protesters they were advertised to be.

At least not before the liberal media entered the scene. Desperate for a narrative to discredit the president’s decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem, they broadcast the opening ceremony on a split screen simultaneously displaying the Gaza riots, and condemned the insensitivity of the ceremony’s participants to the carnage that seemed next door on TV but which in actuality was occurring 60 miles away!

The next day, the liberal media vilified everyone associated with the embassy move and glorified the poor Hamas terrorists. Failed diplomats who never brought peace or stability to the region were pulled out of mothballs to regurgitate their calcified thinking. And the most deranged even accused the administration of having blood on its hands. Tellingly, not a single pundit offered a less-lethal alternative to protecting Israel from being overrun by killers or its soldiers from being within range of pistols, IEDs or Molotov cocktails.

Let there be no mistake. Every life is equally precious, whether Jewish, Palestinian or other. But no nation should ever be called upon to sacrifice its own citizens to preserve the lives of aggressive infiltrators intent on murder and mayhem.

Ironically, Hamas had recently woken up to the fact that most responsible journalists were on to its game and Hamas was considering ending its suicidal assaults on the Israeli border. But seeing the opportunity to curry the front page or the A Block from reporters willing to shed a negative light on our president, Hamas enthusiastically launched its youth back into the fire. So who really has blood on their hands?

Syria pounds “Palestinian” refugee camp. Not one headline from the MSM.
Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:00 PM

Because it’s all about the Jew-hatred.

Catastrophic destruction as Syrian regime pounds Palestinian refugee camp

By Seth J. Frantzman, J Post, May 20, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

There have been intermittent attempts to get the ISIS fighters to leave, but it’s not entirely clear where they would go.

Smoke rises from the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria April 28, 2018

Amid scenes labeled “apocalyptic” and a “crime against humanity,” the Syrian regime continued its offensive on Sunday to retake the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, a neighborhood in south Damascus.

Most of the area is held by Islamic State and tens of thousands of Palestinian residents fled years ago, but thousands remain under a brutal siege.

The scenes from Yarmouk on Sunday looked like Stalingrad in 1942 or Berlin in 1945, during the Second World War: bombed-out buildings as far as the eye can see; roads turned to rubble; alleyways turned into canyons of destruction, gutted, gray and slumping from air strikes. There doesn’t appear to be anything left of many city blocks that were once a thriving community, the home of more than 200,000 people in 2011 when the Syrian civil war broke out. Now only a few thousand remain. Those who do are reported to be starving under the regime’s siege.

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Since the middle of May, the regime has focused its firepower on the stronghold. It signed agreements with the local rebels so it could focus on destroying ISIS in southern Damascus, in an area held for years by the extremists. With support from Russia, according to numerous online accounts, the regime has sent tanks and planes to root out what remains.

There have been intermittent attempts to get the ISIS fighters to leave, but it’s not entirely clear where they would go. In the other cease-fire deals the regime has signed, the rebel fighters have been bused north to an area of Syria controlled by rebels and the Turkish Army. But no one wants ISIS members.

Nevertheless, busloads have been shown leaving Yarmouk, destination unknown. Rumors say they will be sent to the “Syrian desert,” which would mean the Euphrates Valley.

The last time the regime signed a deal to ship ISIS fighters from the Qalamoun Mountains near Lebanon to the Euphrates in August 2017, the US targeted the convoy in order to stop the fighters from reaching an area near eastern Syria. The US is still carrying out offensive operations against ISIS alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces in the country’s east, so it’s unclear how the coalition will react if the regime seeks to dump the fighters in the “Syrian desert.”

There is a lot of outrage online over what has happened in Yarmouk. There are also accusations that world silence is part of a hypocrisy regarding the Assad regime’s brutalities.

Idrees Ahmad, an academic and frequent commentator on the Syrian conflict, wrote on Thursday that what is happening in Yarmouk requires people to be outraged. He accused people of hypocrisy for saying Israel’s actions in Gaza were crimes while ignoring Yarmouk.

However, activists who support the Syrian regime have accused Israel of being the “spokesperson for ISIS. ISIS took over Yarmouk, and Assad and Palestinian PFLP are fighting against it!”

Syrian President Bashar Assad is “liberating” the area, claim Assad supporters.

The UN for its part calls for allowing civilians safe passage out of what remains of the camp. The area under the control of ISIS now spans several large city blocks, or about 1 square kilometer.

On Sunday, Syrian state media denied a report that insurgents had begun leaving in a withdrawal agreement.
The recovery of the enclave south of Damascus would mark another milestone in Assad’s war effort, crushing the last besieged rebel enclave in western Syria.

Swaths of territory at the borders with Iraq, Turkey and Jordan, however, remain outside state control.
Syrian government forces and their allies have been battling to recover the enclave south of Damascus since defeating rebels in eastern Ghouta, also near the capital, in April.

The area is centered on the al-Hajar al-Aswad district and adjoins the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, the largest in Syria.
The month-long battles have been the toughest fought by the Syrian Army and its allied forces this year against opposition forces in pockets around the capital, defense experts say.

Despite extensive use of air power that has left many parts of the area leveled to the ground, troops and allied militias have sustained heavy losses as they encounter tough resistance from die-hard militants waging a battle to the end.
In a live broadcast, a reporter with Syrian state TV said the Syrian army operations in the Hajar al-Aswad area were nearing their end and insurgent lines were collapsing as columns of smoke rose from the area behind him.
Syrian state news agency SANA said troops were about to close in on militants holed up in a small area of high density buildings north of Hajar al-Aswad.

“The fighting skills of the army are foiling all the efforts by the terrorists to prevent the army from completing the liberation of the area,” SANA said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier said buses had entered the enclave after midnight to take out fighters and their families. They had left toward the Syrian Badia, a sparsely populated expanse of territory east of the capital that extends to the border with Jordan and Iraq, it said.

Islamic State militants had torched their offices in the Yarmouk enclave, the Observatory said.
Negotiated withdrawals have been a common feature of the Syrian war in recent years as the government, aided by the Russian military and Iran-backed forces, has steadily clawed back territory.

The rebels have mostly been given safe passage to northwestern Syria. In the last two months alone, the United Nations says 110,000 people have been evacuated to northwestern Syria and rebel-held areas north of Aleppo.

The opposition has called it a policy of forced displacement amounting to demographic change to drive out Assad’s opponents. The Syrian government has said nobody is forced to leave and those who stay must accept state rule.

While Assad has vowed to win back “every inch” of Syria, the map of the conflict suggests a more complicated time ahead from now on.

The US military is in much of the east and northeast, which is controlled by Kurdish groups that want autonomy from Damascus. It has used force to defend the territory from pro-Assad forces.

Turkey has sent forces into the northwest to counter those same Kurdish groups, carving out a buffer zone where anti-Assad rebels have regrouped.

In the southwest, where rebels hold territory at the Israeli and Jordanian border, Assad faces the risk of conflict with Israel, which wants his Iranian-backed allies kept well away from the frontier and has mounted air strikes in Syria.
Reuters contributed to this report.

Canada’s political parties betray Israel to obtain Muslim voters
Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:45 PM

Last week, Israel was defending itself against the brutal terrorist organization Hamas. Hamas organized a violent demonstration and forced Israel into actions of self-defence. 40,000 Hamas supporters participated in violent demonstrations against Israel. The “Palestinian” demonstrators used Molotov cocktails, bombs, guns, butcher knives, and meat cleavers, in their attempt to breach Israel’s security fence. The demonstrators set hundreds of tires ablaze, knowing that the smoke would obstruct the visibility of the IDF. “Palestinian” terrorists would then enter Israeli territory and indiscriminately butcher Israeli citizens. Hamas admitted their desire to kill Israeli citizens openly. Despite the despicable tactics of Hamas, the civilian casualties were incredibly low. 62 “Palestinians” were killed. Of the 62 who were killed, 50 were members of Hamas, and 2 were members of Islamic Jihad. Israel once again took unprecedented actions to prevent civilian casualties. No other military in the world can come close to matching Israel’s ability to minimize causalities among the civilian population of its enemy.

As Israel expected the anti-Semites at the United Nations and European Union condemned Israel relentlessly. However, one country’s response likely stung deeply. That country is Canada. For close to four decades, Israel could always count on support from Canada’s Prime Ministers, regardless of which political party was in power. In the 1980’s, Conservative Prime Ministers Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney were strong supporters of Israel. In the 90’s and early 2000’s, the Liberal Party Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin had warm relations with Israel as well. Canada-Israel relations reached new heights under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, beginning in 2006. Stephen Harper’s pro-Israel policies have made him beloved in Israel.

In 2015, Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister of Canada. Trudeau received close to 70 percent of the Muslim vote. As a result, Trudeau’s betrayal of Israel this week should not come as a surprise. Canada’s Muslim population (particularly in Ontario and Quebec) is vitally important to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party maintaining their majority. This week, Prime Minister Trudeau instructed his ambassador in Israel to boycott the opening ceremony of the U.S embassy in Jerusalem. Trudeau also called for an independent probe against Israel for what he termed the use of “excessive force” in the Gaza shootings. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was so incensed by Trudeau’s statement that he personally called the Canadian Prime Minister to reject the request.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party was not alone. Canada’s other radical left-wing party is the New Democratic Party, aka the NDP. The leader of the NDP is Jagmeet Singh. Like fellow radical Justin Trudeau, Singh is soft on jihad. Like the Liberal Party, the NDP is aggressively courting Canadian Muslims for votes. The NDP’s courtship of Muslim voters will often result in NDP members slandering Israel and supporting the BDS Movement. Singh’s statement on the Gaza crisis was appalling. Singh stated: “The use of live ammunition against the protestors and resulting deaths are clear violations of international law and human rights.” Singh would later go on to admonish Prime Minister Trudeau for being “shamefully silent on recent developments in Gaza.” In other words, Singh did not believe that Trudeau had trashed Israel vehemently enough.

Canada’s fourth largest political party is the Green Party of Canada. The Green Party of Canada has been vicious to Israel. The party leadership supports economic boycotts of Israel, despite Israel being perhaps the most environmentally conscious country on the planet. The party also supports the “Palestinian” right of return. Predictably, the Green Party came down hard on Israel during the Gaza crisis. In the party’s statement, Israel was blood-libeled, and was accused of “targeting civilian protestors.”

The Conservative Party of Canada remains a strong friend of Israel. Unfortunately, the Conservative Party leader Andrew Sheer will face an uphill challenge in 2019, since he will face three radical left-wing parties.

“Canadian officials react to the violence in Gaza,” by Michael Fraiman, Canadian Jewish News, May 15, 2018:

After Israeli military forces killed dozens of protesters in Gaza on May 14, Canadian Jewish groups and politicians were quick to weigh in.

The violence began when tens of thousands of Palestinians rushed the Gaza border fence, some with flaming kites and explosives. Israel Defence Forces killed more than 50 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, marking the most violent and fatal day for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza war.The hostilities broke out on the same day that the United States government officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a move spearheaded by President Donald Trump to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary.

“Big day for Israel,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations!”

The Canadian government, however, refrained from commenting too strongly on either the protests or the embassy move in the immediate aftermath of the events.

The lone comment came from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who wrote on Twitter that she was “deeply concerned by violence in Gaza Strip,” calling the deaths of children, journalists and civilians “inexcusable.”

“All parties to the conflict have a responsibility to ensure civilians are protected,” she added.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded with a statement on Wednesday, specifically mentioning the Canadian-Palestinian doctor Tarek Loubani, who was shot by Israeli forces in the skirmish.

“Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza Strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people,” the prime minister said.

“We are doing everything we can to assist Dr. Loubani and his family, and to determine how a Canadian citizen came to be injured. We are engaging with Israeli officials to get to the bottom of these events.”

Freeland’s vague response, and Trudeau’s immediate silence, angered many on the political left, including the New Democratic Party.

In a statement, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was adamant in his condemnation of Israel’s handling of the situation and critical of the Canadian government’s muted response.

“The use of live ammunition against protestors and resulting deaths are clear violations of international law and human rights,” he said.

“Our government has been shamefully silent on recent developments in Gaza, and the prime minister should condemn the violence, call on Israel to cease violations of international law and support an independent investigation into these deaths.”…

Iraq: Vicious anti-American jihad-militia chief Muqtada al-Sadr wins Iraq election
Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:30 PM

Muqtada al-Sadr threatens to attack U.S. military trainers in Iraq

Al-Sadr’s aide: keep captured female soldiers as slaves

U.S. forces battled fighters loyal to radical Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in his stronghold of Kufa overnight Sunday

Fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr drove Italian forces from a base in the southern city of Nasiriyah

Sadr is best known in the West for leading mass uprisings against the American occupation of Iraq following the 2003 invasion. His Mahdi Army — which numbered up to 10,000 at one point — carried out the first organized Shiite attacks against U.S. forces. The Sadr-led insurgency was so effective that U.S. troops were ordered to kill or capture him. (DC)

And now….

ANTI-AMERICAN militia chief Muqtada al-Sadr wins Iraq election in DEVASTATING blow to WEST

FORMER Shia militia chief and anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s political coalition has won the Iraqi parliamentary elections and is on the cusp of forming a government, forcing Iraq’s outgoing Prime Minister into third place.

By Matthew Robinson The Express

The political leader led two uprisings against the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2002 and many American officials regard Mr al-Sadr as being responsible for the deaths of many US troops.

Directly following the results, Mr al-Sadr wrote: “Your vote is an honour for us.

“Iraq and reforms have won with your votes.

“We will not disappoint you; the blame, all the blame is on those who failed Iraq.”


EXCLUSIVE Coverage: NYC Flag Ceremony Bowling Green/Wall St, 70th Anniversary Israel Statehood
Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:00 PM

On May 14, 2018 at 5 pm at Wall Street/Bowling Green, the raising of two flags, the original American 13-star flag and the Israeli flag, was done to commemorate 70 years of Israeli statehood.

The Flag Ceremony was hosted by Bnai Zion Foundation and sponsors: New York Board of Rabbis, World Zionist Organization, America-Israel Friendship League, American Zionist Movement, Israel in New York.)

Speakers included Ibrahim Kurtuluş, a Turkish-American community activist, Arthur Piccolo of the Bowling Green Association, and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the New York Board of Rabbis.

Herbert Block of the American Zionist Movement, Dr. Esther Serok of the World Zionist Organization, and Ibrahim Kurtulus helped to raise the Israeli flag.

The New JDL – NY was there, too.

And families (amongst the crowd)

Flickr slide show

Bowling Green Square sign post in the background commemorates “Evacuation Day (1783), November 25,1783, when the last British troops left New York”

Evacuation Day
on November 25 marks the day in 1783 when British troops departed from New York City on Manhattan Island, after the end of the American Revolutionary War. After this British Army evacuation, General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army from his former headquarters, north of the city, across the Harlem River south down Manhattan through the town to The Battery at the foot of Broadway.#cite_note-1" target="_blank">[1]

(Fence is the ORIGINAL 1700’s fence)

The last shot of the war was reportedly fired on this day, as a British gunner fired a cannon at jeering crowds gathered on the shore of Staten Island, as his ship passed through the Narrows at the mouth of New York Harbor. The shot fell well short of the shore.#cite_note-2" target="_blank">[2]

Bowling Green Park  is where Gen. George Washington and his troops waved off the departing British Troops AND dismantled the statue of King George III.

“On July 9, 1776, after the Declaration of Independence was read to Washington‘s troops at the current site of City Hall, local Sons of Liberty rushed down Broadway to Bowling Green, where they ordered their African slaves to topple the statue of King George III. The fence post finials of cast-iron crowns on the protective fence were sawn off, with the saw marks still visible today.#cite_note-nym-5" target="_blank">[5] The event is one of the most enduring images in the city’s history. According to folklore, the statue was chopped up and shipped to a Connecticut foundry under the direction of Oliver Wolcott to be made into 42,088 patriot bullets at 20 bullets per pound (2,104.4 pounds). The statue’s head was to have been paraded about town on pike-staffs, but was recovered by Loyalists and sent to England. Eight pieces of the lead statue are preserved in the New-York Historical Society;#cite_note-7" target="_blank">[7] one in the Museum of the City of New York as well as one in Connecticut #cite_note-8" target="_blank">[8] (estimated total of 260/270 pounds);#cite_note-9" target="_blank">[9] “[wiki]

An historical day in Manhattan, but not too sure the tourists saw anything to write home about — except the modern-day statues of the Bull and the Fearless Little Girl.

What a shame.

[Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]


UK: Jury Hears Police Sergeant Mohammed Perwaze ‘Repeatedly Raped’ 8-Year-Old Girl
Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:12 PM

Mohammed Perwaze is following Islam’s “perfect model” — Muhammad, who married his favorite wife Aisha at the tender age of six. The child rapist’s name is Mohammed — respect it!

Millions of non-Muslim girls have been trafficked, raped, and sold by Muslim gangs in the UK, and the UK authorities are obsessed with islamophobia.

UK: Jury Hears Police Sergeant Mohammed Perwaze ‘Repeatedly Raped’ 8-year-old Girl

By Virginia Hale, Breitbart, May 20, 2018:

Prosecutors say “manipulative” police officer Mohammed Perwaze repeatedly raped an 8-year-old girl, telling his victim: “I can love you more than your puppy ever will.”

Perwaze, who until he was charged in November worked as a police sergeant with Durham Constabulary, denies four counts of rape and 14 other charges relating to the girl — including five of indecent assault and four of sexual assault.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the girl had been “broken down” from constant attacks carried out on her by the 45-year-old after he began abusing her at the age of eight, the Northern Echoreports.

Simon Reevell QC, prosecuting, said: “By the time she was a young adult, she had quite literally been broken down by this man so he could use her for his sexual gratification because of the sexual attraction he had had for her since she was eight years old.

“He was clever and he was manipulative. He was violent towards her,” the prosecutor said, going on to read extracts from emails sent by Perwaze to his alleged victim.

“I can love you more than your puppy ever will,” he told the girl in one email, while in another one he said: “I will be the one person still there for you always.”

The abuse happened in two phases — the first spanning five years starting when his victim was eight, and beginning again when she was in his twenties, the jury heard.

He was also violent towards two boys from when they were each six years old until the age of 16, Reevell said, telling the court that one of the children was punched so hard by Perwaze he was “sent flying”, and beaten with a slipper to the point that he could not sit down.

The defendant, who was arrested after the girl eventually complained to police, also denies two charges of cruelty relating to the boys. He made no comment in interviews but produced four prepared statements which “amounted to absolute denials”, the prosecution said.


NYC school honors Hamas terrorists in Gaza
Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:44 PM

The school’s principal, Ruth Lacey, has been unresponsive to outraged parents who have reached out. In a word (or two) home school. The left is weaponizing our children.

NYC School Holds Moment of Silence for Victims of Israel-Gaza Border Violence

A New York City school’s decision to hold a moment of silence for Palestinian victims of last week’s violence at the Israel-Gaza border has enraged some parents.

The New York Post reported that students at The Beacon School in Manhattan were asked to pause to pay tribute to the more than 60 Palestinians killed.

Numerous outlets painted Israel as the aggressor as its security forces opened fire when mass protests by the Palestinians erupted after the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

A senior official for Hamas said that 50 of the protesters killed were members of the terrorist group.

Ed Henry noted Sunday on “Fox & Friends” that among those killed, some could have been innocent Palestinians.

“Because Hamas told them to go to the front of the line to get shot,” Pete Hegseth replied.

Hegseth argued that if a terrorist sent an innocent person to intentionally get killed, the terrorist is still to blame.

“The innocent blood is on the hands of the terrorist who put the kid out to charge the fence with no prospects of crossing that border,” he said.

The Post reported that the announcement for the moment of silence was made by a student.

“I am extremely upset because I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” one father, who is Jewish, told the paper.

It also said that the school’s principal, Ruth Lacey, has been unresponsive to parents who have reached out.

Notorious Dearborn mosque considers banning certain Jews from entering
Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:29 PM

Proving yet again two salient points: mosques are far more than “places of worship,” they are fortresses, and Islamic Jew-hatred – it’s a central tenet of Islam.

‘The minarets are our bayonets, the mosques are our barracks, the believers are our soldiers’  President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The notorious jihad Islamic Center of America mosque is going public with its hatred, racism and islamic supremacy.

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Dearborn mosque considers banning Israeli military from entering

Detroit Free Press, may 19, 2017:

After protests from some congregants, one of Michigan’s biggest and oldest mosques may ban Israeli military officers from visiting.

The Islamic Center of America (ICA) released a statement on its Facebook page reading in part: “Our Board of Trustees and administration will take the necessary measures to ensure that no Israeli military personnel will be received at the ICA in the future, as we continue our interfaith outreach program.”

Leaders with the mosque told the Free Press Friday that the mosque’s board will later make a final decision on the issue.

For the past decade, the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn has hosted a delegation of military officers from various nations as part of a program through the U.S. State Department and National Defense University, which is supported by the Pentagon.

The purpose of the annual event, usually held in the spring, is to educate the visitors about Islam in the U.S.

‘Put an Empty Space to Better Use’: Irish Urged to House Muslim Migrants in Spare Beds
Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:00 PM

The Irish Red Cross said: “Pledging a vacant property or spare room will play a significant and valuable role in helping Syrian refugees rebuild their lives and settle in Irish communities.” But what will the Irish Red Cross say when one of these “refugees” rapes and murders the daughter of his host family? What will they say when one of them commits a jihad terror attack? Of course, it is “islamofauxbic” to raise such possibilities, but they are very real. The Irish people would have to be utterly mad to take the advice of the Irish Red Cross in this case. But no doubt many of them will.

“‘Put an Empty Space to Better Use’: Irish Urged to House Migrants in Spare Beds,” by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, May 16, 2018:

Homeowners in Ireland have been asked to pledge spare rooms or vacant properties to house migrants for periods of up to a year as part of the government’s Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

In a new national campaign urging people to “put empty space to better use”, the Irish Red Cross said: “Pledging a vacant property or spare room will play a significant and valuable role in helping Syrian refugees rebuild their lives and settle in Irish communities.”

Any asylum seeker or refugee housed through the scheme would be given a caseworker who provides them with education, healthcare, and employment support, explains the Irish Red Cross on its website.

The organisation, which was set up by Dublin nurse Elizabeth O’Herrin in 1939 to provide humanitarian aid, is administering the programme as part of Ireland’s effort to resettle 4,000 asylum seekers from camps in Greece and Italy.

British Red Cross ‘Too White’, Chief Exec Calls Words ‘British’ and ‘Cross’ a ‘Challenge’ http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/09/10/red-cross-chief-charity-white-challenge/

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) 12:32 PM – Sep 10, 2017
While hundreds of free rooms and vacant homes were pledged in response to the organisation’s previous campaign in 2015, only 88 translated into actual accommodation for migrants, with many people withdrawing their offers once they were contacted by the Irish Red Cross.

Despite limited success with regards to the number of people housed, the scheme has been promoted as a win-win situation for both Irish natives and migrants by the organisation as well as in the mainstream media, almost entirely with one example of a Baldoyle woman.

Featured in multiple pieces across several Irish newspapers and on the Red Cross website, Mary O’Reilly’s story has been promoted as a major success as she reported being “enriched” by her decision to welcome a 26-year-old Syrian man into her home looking out onto Dublin Bay.

“I have a house here with a spare room and I heard somebody say — and it was so true — the only difference between them and us is luck and it is, it’s just luck,” she said. “Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s my nature, but lots of people take in an Irish person. What’s the difference, are we not all the same?”…

Pakistani Christian Teen Raped, Then Tied Down and Murdered in Front of Father by Muslim Family
Sunday, May 20, 2018 1:00 PM

Where is the outcry from the UN? The international media? Do you think they would be as indifferent as they are if Christians were raping Muslim girls and then murdering them in front of their families? Neither do I. You’d never hear the end of it in the international media; it would be like the coverage given to the alleged persecution of Muslims in Myanmar and elsewhere. But Christians do not, of course, engage in such behavior. This kind of attack, however, by Muslims on Christians is so commonplace, and Muslim violence is so taken for granted, that this will get no coverage at all. “Journalists” are too busy hunting for incidents of “islamophobia.”

“Pakistani Christian Teen Raped, Then Tied Down and Murdered in Front of Father by Muslim Family,” Black Christian News Network One, May 12, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A 17-year-old Christian girl was murdered in Pakistan after being tied down and strangled to death by a Muslim family before her father’s own eyes, reportedly because she didn’t do the household chores to their satisfaction.

Christians in Pakistan reported on Tuesday that the murder of Kainat Salamat, daughter of Salamat Masih, occurred last week in Kamonki, Gujranwala district.

Masih filed a First Information Report to report the crime on May 6, explaining to police that he arrived to visit his daughter at the home of Muhammad Asif, where she had worked as a domestic helper since age 11.

The father says that he and another relative saw that the Muslim family, Asif, Muhammad Kashif, Muhammad Tariq Pasran, Muhammad Ismael, along with Asif’s wife and another woman, were holding down Kainat’s legs and arms.

The Muslim family had tied a rope around the Christian girl’s neck and were strangling her. Despite her father’s pleas, they killed her in front of his eyes.

The father adds in the report that his daughter, who was buried on Monday, was killed for failing to do the house cleaning properly.

The British Pakistani Christian Association also reported on the girl’s death, revealing that her corpse was take to Civil Hospital Gujranwala for a post-mortem study. There, doctors found evidence that the teenager had suffered rape….

Iranian elementary schoolmaster forcibly cuts schoolgirl’s hair that stuck out of her hijab: “Her hair sticking out could have roused him”
Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00 PM

The hijab is worn in Islam in order to keep men from being tempted, by covering up the supposed source of what tempts them. So by cutting this elementary schoolgirl’s hair, the schoolmaster is is sexualizing  not just the girl whose hair he cut, but all the little prepubescent girls in this school. It’s sick. And no one dares offend Muslims by speaking out against it. Instead, the Western mainstream media vilifies and excoriates foes of jihad terror, while welcoming the proponents of sharia in the name of diversity. Sick indeed.

“Iranian superintendent forcibly cut schoolgirl’s hair that stuck out of her hijab”, Al Arabiya, May 13, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The superintendent of an elementary school in Abadan, southwestern Iran, reportedly cut a girl’s hair for not properly covering it.

The incident took place on May 6, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s women’s committee, at an all-girls elementary school in Abadan’s Golestanshahr district.

The superintendent used scissors and cut the girl’s hair because it had stuck out of her hijab.

The girl, identified only as Narges, then suffered from an asthma attack because of the incident and was taken to hospital.

In response to objections to such offending measure, the superintendent said, “The schoolmaster is a man and her hair sticking out could have roused him.”….

Saturday Night Cinema: Sanctuary
Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00 AM

“Listen, little girl, you don’t know nothing ’bout the Candy Man — he’ll have you crawling on all fours and howling like a dog!”

Tonight’s Saturday night Cinema feature is the 1961 “SANCTUARY” (1961) starring Lee Remick, Yves Montand, Bradford Dillman and Odetta; screenplay by Ruth Ford and James Poe, based on works by William Faulkner; directed by Tony Richardson. Very dated, very strange but like a good train wreck, you can’t look away.

In 1928 Mississippi, the black maid of a white woman kills the latter’s newborn in order to give her employer a way out of a predicament, and then faces the death penalty.

WILLIAM FAULKNER’S novel, “Sanctuary,” and his sequel to it, “Requiem for a Nun,” which together provide quite a lurid introspection of a jazz-age Southern girl, have been combined, cut down and altered….. NY Time

In 1931, William Faulkner decided to write a potboiler that would actually sell copies in the bookstore; the result was this tale of a privileged southern girl named Temple Drake, who is raped by a ruthless bootlegger named Popeye, becomes smitten with him, and lives a life of wild gaiety until the day he dies in a car chase, when she returns home with her tail between her legs. The novel was first filmed the year it came out (in 1931), as The Story of Temple Drake, then remade under its original title by British director Tony Richardson in 1961.

All Movie: Devotees of William Faulkner will take exception to Sanctuary, but those who adore steamy Southern melodramas and/or the extremely talented Lee Remick will find plenty to enjoy. While the screenplay keeps a fair amount of the plots from two Faulkner novels, it omits a great deal of their psychological complexity. As a result, characters whose actions make a great deal of sense and who seem to have a natural inevitability to them come off as a bit unmotivated and/or stiff at times, and as something of enigmas at others. Fortunately, Remick is on hand to help make up for this shortcoming, using her considerable skills to imbue Temple Drake with an inner life that makes the audience accept everything she does; we may not totally understand why she behaves the way she does, but Remick makes us believe that it is natural for her to make the choices she does. Yves Montand and Bradford Dillman are somewhat less successful, although Montand’s innate sensuality goes a long way to filling in some of his blanks; much better is Odette, whose Nancy is solid and strong. Tony Richardson directs at a somewhat leisurely pace at times, but it somehow suits the material, and there’s some very atmospheric camerawork from Ellsworth Fredericks. Sanctuary is certainly flawed and occasionally lurid, but it’s also gripping and often exciting.