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Pakistani Intelligence Developed Mumbai Attack?

The attackers received assistance from Pakistani intelligence.

Do you remember this horrific attack from 2008? It was very similar to what happened in Paris last fall.

A conspirator who helped design the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 164 people were killed, including six Jews and an Israeli citizen, told an Indian court Monday that the 10 gunmen who carried out attack received assistance from Pakistan’s military intelligence agency [ISI], according to The New York Times.

David C. Headly, who is of Pakistani-American heritage and is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for an unrelated conviction, told the Indian court via teleconference that he was in contact with two ISI handlers throughout the planning stages of the attack and was paid to make reconnaissance trips to India.

Government prosecutors in India hoped to use Headly’s testimony to draw a link between the Pakistani government and the 10 Islamic fundamentalist who carried out the attack in order to apply pressure on the latter to arrests other alleged collaborators.

Several commanders of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based terror organization believed responsible for the attack, are currently freed on bail or have yet to be charged with a crime, The Times added.

Headly, 55, also revealed during his deposition that the 10 gunmen in the attacked had botched two previous terror attacks on the city, once in September and one in October of 2008.

Headly, who was born Daood Gilani and changed it on the advice of one of his handlers in order to travel more freely throughout India, was the son of a Pakistani poet and diplomat Syed Saleem Gilani, and Philadelphia socialite A. Serrill Headley.

The son of a diplomat and an American socialite! Extraordinary. So depressing.

He would later turn DEA informant after being convicted of heroin smuggling and be sent to Pakistan in order gather information on drug trafficking.

It was there that Headly began his transformation into Islamic fundamentalist, where he would subsequently provide logistical support for the 10 gunmen in the 2008 attack.

In 2009, Headly was caught carrying plans for an attack on a Danish newspaper and sentenced by an American court to life in prison. The court eventually reduced Headly’s sentence to 35 years due to his work with the DEA, The Times noted.

Hard to imagine what he must have been thinking.

– Aggie

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UN: Unlimited Nookie

Two stories (see below) about organized child sexual abuse may seem like two stories too many for a Sunday morning.

You’re right, of course, but in my defense, let me observe that I haven’t mentioned Lena Dunaham—d’oh! There I go. Try not to think about an elephant.

Anyway, two stories for the price of one—can’t beat that:

The United Nations has suddenly released a new spate of revelations about rape and sexual abuse carried out by peacekeepers—both U.N. forces and others—in the Central African Republic, involving at least a dozen children aged from 7 to 16.

There are more to come, certainly involving U.N. forces. Fox News reported Wednesday that the U.N.’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations has informed countries that supply troops and police of 24 separate allegations of sexual exploitation and/or abuse since July 1 alone, bringing the tally for last year to 34.

Additionally, the revelations ensured that the festering issue of peacekeeper sexual abuse—which prompted a scathing indictment by an independent panel of U.N. inaction and cover-up of similar allegations in the Central African Republic (CAR)—would remain in the spotlight for weeks before Secretary General Ban Ki-moon planned to issue his own report next month to outline his latest efforts to deal with the explosive issue.

Anthony Banbury, the U.N.’s Assistant Secretary General for Field support, brought sketchy details about only six cases before a U.N. press conference today in New York. They involved six children from the battered CAR–an epicenter of the sex abuse scandal. Banbury also said the total number of allegations involving U.N. forces world-wide this year was likely to be 69, or double the number that they have made public so far to troop contributing countries.

In a break with the U.N.’s normal discreet silence regarding the nationality of alleged offenders, Banbury reeled off a list of nations—Bangladesh, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo—that were involved in the CAR allegations, which ranged from sexual assault to sexual relations “possibly for money.”

This post must be read as part-two of the one below. I believe my conclusions in that post are affirmed here. As we never get tired of telling you (though you may get tired of reading), this is old, old news:

In the 1996 U.N. study The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, former first lady of Mozambique Graça Machel documented: “In 6 out of 12 country studies on sexual exploitation of children in situations of armed conflict prepared for the present report, the arrival of peacekeeping troops has been associated with a rapid rise in child prostitution.” [3]

Eight years later, Gita Sahgal spoke out with regard to the fact that prostitution and sex abuse crops up wherever humanitarian intervention efforts are set up. She observed: “The issue with the UN is that peacekeeping operations unfortunately seem to be doing the same thing that other militaries do. Even the guardians have to be guarded.”[4]

The “guardians” are monsters.

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A Jury of Israel’s Peers

Good luck finding 12 of them:

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Economic downturns and fear of social unrest have led Russia, China, and other authoritarian regimes to crack down harder on dissent, while mass migration and new forms of terrorism in 2015 fueled xenophobic sentiment in major democracies, according to Freedom in the World 2016, Freedom House’s annual report on political rights and civil liberties.

The report marked 2015 as the 10th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.

“In many countries with authoritarian governments, the drop in revenues from falling commodity prices led dictators to redouble political repression at home and lash out at perceived foreign enemies,” said Arch Puddington, senior vice president for research.

“Democratic countries came under strain from terrorist attacks and unprecedented numbers of refugees—problems emanating from regional conflicts such as the Syrian civil war,” Puddington said.

The number of countries showing a decline in freedom for the year—72—was the largest since the 10-year slide began. Just 43 countries made gains. Over the past 10 years, 105 countries have seen a net decline, and only 61 have experienced a net improvement.

Ratings for the Middle East and North Africa region were the worst in the world in 2015, followed closely by Eurasia.

Israel is an oasis of freedom in a Sargasso Sea of tyranny and oppression. It would take a three-day drive from its well-guarded borders to get to the nearest country even remotely as free. This is especially notable for its Arab citizens, compared to the citizens of all the surrounding Arab countries.

Yet these countries stand in judgement of Israel at the United Nations—where she is subjected to calumny after slander after libel by these same despots. Our own ambassador to Israel accuses her of two standards of justice—one for Jews, one for Arabs—on the very day yet another Jewish woman is stabbed to death. And then apologizes only for his “timing” (read “optics”). Sweden’s Foreign Minister accuses Israel of overreacting to the wave of stabbings and car attacks. The UN’s leader, some Korean of no importance with the absurd name of Banki, lambasts Israel for settlements scant days after Israel demolished one it deemed illegal, while ignoring the EU-funding of Arab settlements.

And on and on.

I pay attention to Israel’s economic fortunes—natural gas deposits, start-ups and entrepreneurs, etc.—because more and more I believe Israel is on its own. Or should prepare to be. Singapore with nukes (unconfirmed).

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UN Obscenity [UPDATED]

A tautology, yet a persistent one:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday attacked Israel and expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorism during a UN Security Council session.

Ban condemned the presence of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and specifically news that Israel plans to declare an area near Jericho as state land.

“Progress towards peace requires a freeze of Israel’s settlement enterprise,” Ban told a Security Council meeting on the Middle East.

“These provocative acts are bound to increase the growth of settler populations, further heighten tension and undermine any prospects for a political road ahead,” said Ban.

“The parties must act – and act now – to prevent the two-state solution from slipping away forever,” Ban continued.

In contrast, the UN chief appeared to excuse Palestinian terror attacks – on the same day as an Israeli woman died of injuries she sustained in a brutal stabbing attack yesterday.

“Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” he said, blaming “the occupation” for causing “hatred and extremism.”

“Israeli security measures will not end the hopelessness of the Palestinians. Israel must change its policy and allow the Palestinians the right to live in dignity,” he said,

Israel’s UN delegation is to refute Ban’s statement, which follows a harsh indictment of the UN Security Council by Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon, who noted that the UNSC has failed to condemn a single terror attack against Israelis in the past four months of Palestinian attacks.

How could I interrupt him? He was on a roll. Sometimes, it’s better to let your opponents hang themselves with their own words.

But this is what Israel faces in the “international community”. The grim reality of fatal stabbings and daily incitement are ignored—at best excused—in the dazzle of a false narrative of “occupation” and “settlement”. (Even the UN’s own resolutions recognize Israel’s rights in Judea and Samaria.) There is nothing contructive to say in response.

But Israel will try:

Israel’s UN delegation is to refute Ban’s statement, which follows a harsh indictment of the UN Security Council by Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon, who noted that the UNSC has failed to condemn a single terror attack against Israelis in the past four months of Palestinian attacks.

What the hell, as long as you have the floor:

“For the Council it is business as usual when we’re talking about terrorism in Israel,” Danon said, attacking the Security Council for failing to issue a single condemnation following deadly terror attacks against Israeli civilians.

“The facts don’t lie, the Council is hypocritical in its attitude towards Israel,” he fired. “For the last four months, since the wave of terror began in Israel, the Council has issued 12 resolutions against world terrorism, and zero resolutions against Palestinian terrorism in Israel.”

Danon went on to condemn ongoing Palestinian incitement, and recounted in detail before the council the brutal murder of Dafna Meir – an Israeli mother o six and nurse who was stabbed death last week in front of her children by a 15-year-old Arab terrorist.

During his interrogation, the murderer told investigators that he had been inspired to carry out the attack by propaganda clips broadcast regularly on the Palestinian Authority’s official TV station.

“The root of the recent wave of terror is Palestinian incitement,” Danon declared, listing the PA’s direct encouragement and glorification of terror – at European taxpayers’ expense.

“Monetary payments to the families of terrorists, honorary degrees to terrorists who murder women and using toys as tools of incitement, these are the workings of the Palestinian leadership, and the Security Council must condemn them immediately,” he said.

I don’t know if Israel can completely “go it alone” in today’s world. But they’re already pretty close. It’s lonely being the only sane person in an insane asylum.

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Danon’s boss chimed in:

“The UN Secretary-General’s words give encouragement to terror,” Netanyahu fired in response.

“There is no justification for terror. The Palestinian murderers don’t want to build a state – they want to destroy a state (Israel), and they say it out loud,” he continued. “They want to murder Jews wherever they are, and they say it out loud. They don’t murder for the sake of peace and they don’t murder for the sake of human rights.

“The UN long ago lost its neutrality and its moral authority, and these words of the Secretary General don’t make the situation any better.”

I disagree. Let the UN declare itself. I know who they are, you know who they are, but there others who have yet to learn.

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BTL’s Favorite Story of the Day

Though it’s early yet:

The Chinese CEO of a global human rights foundation has admitted bribing a senior U.N. official with cash, Rolexes and BMWs in return for influence.

Chinese corruption intertwined with UN fraud—around the premise of “human rights”. If this story were a young woman, I’d bring her home to meet mother.

Sheri Yan, the head of the Global Sustainability Foundation, pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to one count of bribery in connection with illicit payments made to John Ashe, the former General Assembly president.

He is accused of accepting $1.3million of bribes from Chinese businessmen to support their interests within the United Nations and Antigua.

Choking back tears, 60-year-old Yan admitted that beginning in 2012, she agreed with others to pay Ashe, who was also the U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda, to influence officials in Antigua and the United Nations to support business interests.

In court, Yan said she and others paid Ashe to persuade officials in Antigua to enter into contracts with foreign companies, and to use his U.N. position help her and others promote business ventures from which we intended to profit.

Ashe, 61, has only been charged with tax fraud, as prosecutors have said diplomatic immunity may preclude any bribery charges.

I’m reminded of a song:

Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take ya
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama

I want to shake my can in the Dominican:

A judge seemed unimpressed Thursday with a U.S. citizen’s claims to immunity in a United Nations bribery scandal because he was working as a diplomat for a foreign government.

At Thursday’s hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Mukhi said that if Lorenzo’s argument was supported by the law, then he could commit any crime and escape prosecution without facing the prospect of deportation since he is a U.S. citizen. Mukhi said no nation would agree to such a scenario.

Meanwhile, prosecutors said they still were considering in the next month asking a grand jury to bring bribery and money laundering charges against John Ashe, a former diplomat from Antigua and Barbuda who served in the largely ceremonial post as head of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014. Ashe, who is free on bail, has pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges brought against him in the fall.

Prosecutors say Ashe collected more than $1 million in bribes to build support within the United Nations for various projects, including a Macau conference center planned by Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng. Ng, who is free on bail but subject to 24-hour guards, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he was behind the majority of the bribes.

Not since Apalachin have so many criminal reprobates been under one roof—only this time they have immunity from (most) prosecution. Not even the mob could make that happen.

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Switzerland, Despite The Alps, Will Always Be Low

Ethically in the toilet

Just remember, Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize!

Following the hijacking of two Swissair flights in 1970, the then Swiss foreign minister met in Geneva with senior officials of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) headed by Yasser Arafat, according to reports by the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), to negotiate diplomatic ties and form a pact to avoid further terror attacks on Swiss soil.

While full details of the agreement are protected by a 50-year statute of limitations, according to the report. The secret negotiations risked creating a diplomatic crisis with the United States, Britain, Germany and Israel.

The negotiations took place following the hijacking by Palestinian groups of two Swissair flights in 1970.

In February of 1970, a Swissair plane bound for Tel Aviv was blown up shortly after taking flight killing all 47 passengers on board.

On September 6, 1970, a Swissair flight en route to New York was hijacked by the PFLP, an affiliate of the PLO, and forced a landing at Dawson’s Field airstrip in Jordan.

The passengers were held for days and presented to television news crews from around the world, who were invited to hear the terrorists’ demands – the release of PLFP prisoners in Israel and in Europe.

The PFLP set a September 12 deadline for the release.

On September 11, one day before the deadline, over 200 of the hostages were transferred to Amman for release. But the Jewish passengers, along with the three flight crews, were separated and kept at the airstrip.

In a move designed to be both a media spectacle and to serve as a warning ahead of an expected assault by Jordanian army forces, on September 12, the PFLP blew up the explosive-laden planes. Almost immediately following the explosions, heavily-armed Jordanian troops advanced toward the airstrip, leading to a short stand-off.

Incidentally, Russia did the same thing, only it didn’t work. Germany de facto did the same by paying them off. But Switzerland must have given beaucoup bucks in return for no attacks on Swiss soil since 1970. I hope I live to see the details released.

Oh, and here’s a tidbit the Left doesn’t much want to discuss:

Jordan declared war on Palestinian groups in the country, a weeks-long battle that left thousands of Palestinian fighters and civilians dead. The episode was dubbed Black September.

The behavior of Switzerland, Russia, Germany, and our own government – the refusal to reject all terrorism, no matter what the “cause” – has led directly to ISIS. Blackmail works, guys. And blackmail has consequences that stretch out for decades.

– Aggie

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The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander the Prophet of Islam

Slandering Judaism, however? Knock yourselves out:

Iran plans to hold another cartoon contest focusing on Holocaust denial, and Israeli officials have called on the United Nations to condemn the event.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Wednesday appealed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to denounce the 11th Tehran International Cartoon Biennial.

In a letter to Ban, Edelstein said that “words cannot describe the revulsion and protestation of the state of Israel and many across the world at the recurring proof that Iran continues in its policy of Holocaust denial.”

Last week, Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon also called on Ban to condemn the competition, claiming “this anti-Semitic act represents the pure evil of the Iranian regime.”

“Denying the Holocaust is one of the most powerful expressions of anti-Semitism, which legitimizes the deaths of millions of Jews,” Danon wrote to the secretary general, noting the upcoming International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.

The winner of the event sponsored by the Tehran municipality will receive a $50,000 cash prize.

Organizers say the competition is designed to highlight the world’s double standard in defending caricatures of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, whose depiction is forbidden in Islam.

And so it does highlight the double standard. When the Mohammed cartoons were published, the world dropped to its knees and begged for absolution. Almost none of the mainstream media touched the Mo-toons.

Today? Listen carefully to the sounds of outrage and opprobrium in response to Iran’s Holocaust denial: [crickets].

The 2015 contest was condemned by the US State Department, officials in Israel and the Anti-Defamation League.

The State Department was a “good get”. Pity the UN couldn’t be bothered.

We at BTL play things evenly: we will repost one of each.

Last year’s “winner”:

The winning drawing of 2015 was of an Israeli crane erecting a wall around the Dome of the Rock. The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is featured on the wall in the cartoon, by Abdellah Derkaoui of Morocco.

Congratulations, Abdellah. Meet your counterpart:

PS: By popular demand, we offer one more of each:

PPS: Okay, just one more pair:

We feel compelled to note that no one—yet—has died from Iran’s antisemitic Holocaust denail contests. Another double standard.

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How WHO Is It?

You say WHO; I say ho. Ho-ho. Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho!!!!!

Sierra Leone has reported a death from the Ebola virus — a major setback hours after global experts said the outbreak was over in West Africa.

The patient got sick at a town bordering Guinea, said Sidi Tunis, a spokesman at an Ebola response center in Sierra Leone.

Health officials are tracing anyone who may have had contact with the deceased.

The new case was confirmed Friday, hours after the World Health Organization gave the region an all-clear.

Now hang on, BTL. Laughing at hemorrhagic fevers among poor Africans is cold, even for you. But I’m not laughing at Africans, the poor dears. I’m laughing at that entity so full of itself as to call itself the “World Health Organization”, when health is the least of its concerns:

In 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) commissioned a “field assessment” report on the state of health in Gaza, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Golan Heights. The publication, which was presented last month to the 68th WHA, unfortunately confuses politics and medicine, inappropriately advancing the former at the expense of the latter.

The “field assessment” relies heavily on data produced by unreliable, politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These include B’tselem and Physicians for Human Rights- Israel, and are augmented by articles published by the anti-Israel Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA). These organizations employ flawed methodologies, make false legal claims, and portray events in a one-sided manner.

The report asserts that Gaza is occupied by Israel, even though Israel withdrew its military and civilian presence from that territory in 2005. This attempt to portray Israel as an “occupier” in Gaza is a form of legal warfare, or “lawfare,” reflecting the use of false and invented legal claims. Israel is then baselessly chastised for not issuing more permits allowing Palestinians from Gaza to access Israeli hospitals, even though it provides thousands of permits annually despite not being required to do so.

In the same vein, East Jerusalem residents hold Israeli residency cards and as such are entitled to Israeli medical care. Yet, East Jerusalem is categorized as part of the West Bank. The same is true for the Golan Heights and Druze residents. Their inclusion reflects a failure to grasp the nuances of the reality in Israel, as well as an underlying political agenda of finding Israel guilty.

Another major fault of the “field assessment” report is repeating the canard that Israel is denying Palestinians access to water. In fact, Israel has continuously worked to provide the Palestinians with modern water infrastructure.

And that’s not all!

The UN is once again singling out Israel for criticism. The UN Watch NGO on Friday reported that the global body adopted a draft resolution portraying Israel as violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan.

The resolution comes even though Israeli hospitals continue their life-saving treatment for escalating numbers of wounded Syrians fleeing the civil war in their country.

By a vote of 104 to 4, with 6 abstentions and 65 absent, the Jewish state was the only country in the world to be singled out on Wednesday by the annual assembly of the UN’s World Health Organization. The decision was ratified Friday in Geneva in a final reading by the plenary, noted UN Watch.

Oh, it’s the UN’s World Health Organization—now it all makes sense! Anything attached to the UN actually has nothing to do with its nominal purpose. UNRWA has nothing to do with settling refugees (and not any refugees, solely Arabs who fled Israel), but rather with perpetuating their stateless status indefinitely; UNESCO has nothing to do with culture, but with denying Israel’s claim to any; UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) exerts no force in Lebanon; MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)… well, one hardly needs to go on, does one? The only “mission” those rogues were on was one of booty not duty.

Spare a thought for those pitiable West Africans suffering unimaginably. Not just from ebola, which is no one’s idea of fun, but from the incompetence and obscenity of the World “Health” Organization. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that WHO itself was responsible for the reemergence of ebola, just as UN “relief” efforts brought cholera to Haiti after its devestating earthquake—by relieving themselves in the water supply of the refugee camps. It would take a heart of stone not to laugh.

PS: The Jew-haters in the UN would do well to learn that hyperbolically lopside votes like the 104-4 vote condeming Israel are less persuasive than something more realistic. Only autocratic dictators win by such margins, which is very telling about the UN.

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A Job Befitting His Ego

Watch out, Banki. You know how Obama gets when someone else has the job he wants. I wouldn’t buy any green Korean pears.

Kuwaiti newspaper A Jarida reported Friday that US President Barack Obama seeks to be appointed UN secretary general after his second term as US president ends. The newspaper claimed that Obama has been discussing the idea with senior Democrats and Republicans, some of whom are Jewish.

The report, which admittedly appears somewhat far-fetched, has not been confirmed by any other news outlets and does not name any of its sources. It adds that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has learned of Obama’s aspirations and that he is opposing them, supposedly telling people he spoke to: “Is it not enough that we have had to live through eight years of Obama’s rule, in which he ignored Israel? Now he wants to be in a position to cause us difficulty in the international arenas?”

The newspaper cites what it says are sources close to Netanyahu as allegedly saying that “Obama is the worst president for Israel, the Middle East and Israel’s allies – the moderate Arab states.”

A Netanyahu confidant reportedly said that Netanyahu intends to scuttle the “Obama project” of being appointed UN Secretary General, and noted that Obama’s term in office has been characterized by a closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood, the toppling of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt, and attempts to forge alliances with political Islam.

You guys know how much I esteem Netanyahu. But if Bibi doesn’t see that resume as tailor-made for UN SecGen, he’s blind. Obama has all but decapitated Eric Cantor in the well of the Senate, but would do so with a boning knife from the White House mess if it persuaded the non-aligned bloc to support his candidacy.

“Wasn’t eight years of having Obama in office enough?”

Quite. But Obama was just getting warmed up. If he’s discovered powers in the presidency that allow him to rule by dictat, imagine the suzerain he could lead from East 42nd Street.

PS: Turns out, Banki’s out at the end of 2016 anyway. So, it’s an open race. That gives Obama almost all of 2016 to play golf and eat shaved ice before being enthroned. I wonder if we can’t unite behind a suitable alternate candidate? Robert Mugabe ’16!

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Eurasfrica…? Afeurasia…? Asfrope…?

Since China is so good at building islands in the middle of the ocean (see below), maybe they can build one the size of, oh say, Australia, for the 60 million displaced persons—almost all of whom ain’t ever goin’ back.

(If you’ve got a better name for the new continent, I’d like to hear it.)

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have “far surpassed” a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday.

The estimated figure includes 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, the most since 1992, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report.

“Never has there been a greater need for tolerance, compassion and solidarity with people who have lost everything,” Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement.

There’s a lot to quarrel with in that last sentence alone. I have compassion, but what’s to tolerate? He’s not asking for those 60 million-plus to come here, is he? I don’t have enough linen. And how do I have solidarity with Syrian terrorists and other militants? You were either with Assad or you were against him; neither side comes highly recommended (the lovely Asma very much excepted).

Sixty million people (and counting) in this year alone is a lot of people—and I’m sure they’ll have more company next year.

We need to think outside the (very big) box:

Even though Darwin’s voyages to these unique islands have been followed by countless travelers, the Galapagos Islands are still a pristine place. The archipelago is home to giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, penguins, whales and fish and has been a biological marine preserve for 50 years. It is home to a human population of only 23,000 and has hundreds of endemic species of plants and animals.

The refugees will have to eat something, and I’m told iguana tastes like caiman. But while the equatorial climate is perfect, it’s a little too cozy for a population the size of Italy’s.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most rural and least explored places in the world. Scientists believe that many of the world’s undiscovered species of plants and animals exist in the jungle interior of the country. Exploitation of the country’s vast natural resources has been hampered by rugged terrain, as well as the difficulties with the legal system and the high cost of developing infrastructure. Because of all these human problems, the landscape remains largely tough and untouched.

Fixer-upper!

Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The southern African country gets its name comes from the Namib Desert, and it’s home to the largest number of cheetahs — about 2,500 animals, or a quarter of the world’s total cheetah population. With giant dunes, ancient petroglyphs, craters and waterfalls, Namibia is one of the most untouched landscapes in Africa. It’s also one of the only countries to preserve the health of its ecosystem in its constitution.

The cheetahs will pick off the weak and the sick, but that constitution issue may be tough to overcome.

While Russia may not rank high in most people’s minds for pristine environments, the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East is a wild and empty place, with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. Volcanoes and glaciers dot the peninsula, and mega-earthquakes of up to magnitude 9.0 have shaken up the area within the past five decades.

After carpet bombing and poison gas, volcanoes and earthquakes will feel like a sea cruise! I’m sold.

Unless…

It’s not a country, but it is a continent — and Antarctica is a truly untouched place. The only continent never to be settled by humans, 96 percent of the island is covered with ice, which averages more than a mile thick. The number of people conducting and supporting scientific research and other work on the continent and its nearby islands varies from about 1,000 in winter to about 5,000 in the summer. Penguins, whales, seals and seabirds all use the waters around Antarctica as feeding grounds — though the coldest place on Earth makes a rugged home for humans, it is still an important place for the rest of Earth’s inhabitants.

Who needs to name a continent when we have one waiting! Syrians, Yemenis, Afghanis, Somali, South Sudanese, Burundi, Central African Republicans, the Democratic Republic of Congolese, and Iraqi—you will now be known as Antarcticans! You’ll love the summers.

PS: Hey, I’m just suggesting a solution to a problem I didn’t create. Other than outlawing Islam (the dominant faith, culture, law of most of these failed states), let’s see you come up with a better idea.

PPS: I know taking back Obama’s Nobel Prize won’t fix anything, but shouldn’t they do it anyway? So as not to cheapen Arafat’s?

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Getting to the Bottom of the UN Sex Abuse Scandal

Hate the title?

Maybe you would have preferred “Sex in CARs”?

The United Nations is guilty of patterns of indifference, inaction, buck-passing and deliberate cover-up in its investigation of sex crimes against young children by non-U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to an independent panel of jurists and human rights experts.

The long-awaited, 143-page report of the three-member panel, appointed by the U.N. and chaired by former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps, cited repeated examples of U.N. inaction, go-slow investigation, suppression of information and bureaucratic roadblocks erected against investigations by French authorities trying to probe the abuse.

The panelists declared that “the failure to take preventative steps and to intervene to stop the abuses exposed the children (and potentially other victims) to repeated assaults of the most egregious nature.”

They noted that the wall of bureaucratic indifference might well have prevented the discovery of even more victims of sexual abuse, and “the possibility of a broader pattern of sexual violence by some international peacekeeping troops.”

Sounds like Banki wasn’t the only Moon over Africa.

And this crew thinks it has the moral authority to judge Israel. I wouldn’t let them judge a Miss Teen Malawi contest.

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Useful Idiot

Thomas Friedman is always an idiot, but rarely useful.

Even a stopped clock finds a nut once in a while:

I had low expectations for the U.N. climate meeting here and it met all of them — beautifully. I say that without cynicism.

[W]e still have a chance to meet what scientists say is our key challenge: to avoid the worst impacts of global warming that we cannot possibly manage and to manage those impacts that we can no longer avoid. That is a big, big deal.

Many leaders had a hand in it, but it would not have happened without the diplomacy of President Obama and John Kerry.

What synergy! The climate deal (as well as Obama and Kerry) is revealed to be a worthless pile of goat dung because Friedman likes it, and Friedman is reaveled to be the goat because he falls for the climate deal (as well as for Obama and Kerry). That is a big, big deal.

Can we be done?

Oh, come on. As long as we have our hip boots and surgical masks on:

Hat’s off, because this keeps alive the hope of capping the earth’s warming to 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 Fahrenheit, above the level that existed at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution — the rough redline scientists have drawn beyond which “global weirding” will set in and the weather will most likely get really weird and unstable.

No, BTL, not yet. Hold it in, let him finish.

With the earth on pace to add two billion more people by 2050, who will all want cars and homes, and with scientists saying the only way to stay below the 2 degrees C redline is to phase out all fossil fuels by roughly the same date, there is only one force big enough to do that — to take on Mother Nature at scale — and that’s Father Greed, a.k.a., the market.

What will make this deal epochal is if the U.S. and China now lead the world in imposing a price on carbon, because only that will take to scale the already significant technology breakthroughs that have happened with wind, solar, batteries, energy efficiency and nuclear power.

So, not only is Friedman saluting the minds and character of Obama, Kerry, batteries, the UN, so-called “scientists” and “many leaders”, but he’s putting his faith in China. And at the same time, the market.

This kind of market:

[L]everaging the Paris consensus to get a price on carbon in the big emitting countries is the “Holy Grail,” the thing that tips everything.

If goverments taxed carbon up the wazoo, wind power would be competitive. That’s some market. And that’s some kind of stupid.

If you can build wind turbines that don’t chop up birds (or solar fields that don’t fry them), or cause people physical and psychological problem from their low-frequency sounds; wind farms that don’t choke majestic land and sea scapes; batteries that don’t require strip mining for rare elements or need to be recycled ny Hazmat teams; if you can come up with energy efficiency that doesn’t involve lightbulbs laced with more mercury than a slab of yellowfin tuna, and nuclear power plants that aren’t dead before they’re begun, then I might—might—begin to listen to alternatives to carbon-based fuels. Until then, you’re a flat-earther and not worth my time.

PS: Naturally, Friedman is ignorant—le mot juste—or at least mute, about the most important act in Paris recently, one that casts a long, dark shadow over the City of Light, the slaughter of innocent, unarmed citizens by Islamist terrorists. Against that backdrop, “global weirding” are also les mots justes.

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