Continental Breakfast

Turkey’s President, Again, Rejects Western Concept of “Moderate Islam”

At a conference on women’s entrepreneurship, held in Ankara on November 9 and hosted by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rejected the concept of “moderate Islam”. Referring to the vow by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — during the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on Oct. 25 — to turn his country into a bastion of “moderate Islam,” Erdoğan said, “Islam cannot be either ‘moderate’ or ‘not moderate.’ Islam can only be one thing.” He also claimed that the “patent of this concept originated in the West,” which “really want[s] to weaken Islam.”


“Scared To Walk Around Streets”: Acid Attacks On The Rise In London

Delivery rider Jabed Hussain was waiting at a traffic light one night in east London when two attackers sprayed acid in his face and stole his moped.

It was one of hundreds of attacks in the British capital every year that have prompted government intervention and left the city’s police force asking the public for help to tackle the crime wave.


U of T artificial intelligence expert finding new ways for machines to see

Along with two graduate students at the University of Toronto, Hinton, a professor there, built a system that could analyze thousands of photos and teach itself to identify common objects like flowers and cars with an accuracy that didn’t seem possible.

He and his students soon moved to Google, and the mathematical technique that drove their system — called a neural network — spread across the tech world. This is how autonomous cars recognize things like street signs and pedestrians.


Police ‘not recording tens of thousands of crimes’ including rape, slavery and violence

Inspectors raised concerns after assessing the accuracy of crime recording at four forces – Merseyside, Northumbria, Devon and Cornwall, and Avon and Somerset.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) judged Merseyside Police as “inadequate” after finding that it records only around 84 per cent of crimes reported to it.

It estimated that the force fails to record more than 19,200 reported crimes each year.


Your new school curriculum: social justice for all

The social-justice movement has spread across the country, most notably in Alberta and British Columbia. “Equality” is no longer the goal. The new goal is “equity,” a very different concept. According to a sweeping draft plan prepared for the Toronto District School Board, equity is not achieved by treating students fairly. It is achieved by challenging “entrenched systems of power and privilege” and “constantly working to centre the conversation around the effects of inequity, oppression, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of hate and discrimination specifically for racialized students.”




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  • tom_billesley

    Pakistan has surrendered to mob rule. Antifa will have taken note.

    There has hardly been an instance where the state has capitulated so humiliatingly to a group of extremists holding the nation’s capital hostage. The six-point agreement brokered by the military leadership is virtually a document of surrender. A beleaguered civilian administration has signed on the dotted line conceding all the demands of clerics named in what is described as the Fourth Schedule of the police department, or the extremist watch list.

    Not only has the law minister been forced to resign, those involved in attacks on the law-enforcement agencies and engaged in unlawful activities are also to be compensated. While the cases against the rioters are withdrawn the government has agreed to investigate the action taken by the law-enforcement agencies that were following court orders. The cleric leading the protesters claims the administration has promised to do more than what has been stipulated in the agreement.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1373442/surrendering-to-mob-rule

    • Watchman

      All civilised countries should cease issuing visas to Pakistanis immediately and also make it illegal for their citizens to visit Pakistan.

  • tom_billesley

    Pakistan: business as usual
    A loud explosion outside the gate of a Christian Colony in Balochistan’s Chaman city left a 7-year-old child dead and two injured …..an initial investigation suggested this was a grenade attack.
    https://dailytimes.com.pk/150989/chaman-explosion-outside-christian-colony-leaves-child-dead-2-injured/

    • Watchman

      I blame visiting Swedish citizens, based on news from Sweden this year on grenade attacks there.

  • tom_billesley

    Asylum is no longer about basic survival and temporary refuge, it’s about building a new life.
    UK Charities have expressed concern over Home Office guidance to councils housing Syrians as part of the vulnerable persons resettlement scheme. The “vulnerable persons” include “unaccompanied children”.
    The Home Office guidance states that councils should not offer white or brown goods that might be deemed nonessential. Items that appear not to be allowed include fridges, cookers, radios, computers, TVs and DVDs.
    Lisa Doyle, head of advocacy at the Refugee Council, said: “Resettling refugees in Britain shouldn’t just be about basic survival: everyone needs to be given the tools to build a life.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/11/home-office-bans-luxury-goods-for-syrian-refugee

    • Watchman

      Refugees should hold out for 65″ curved screen TVs, houses with a bedroom for every family member including children, within walking distance of the nearest town centre, free car, fridge, toaster, oven, grill, washing machine, clothes dryer, dishwasher, clothes steamer, clothing iron, Playstation 4s, Xbox One Xs, mobile phones with free unlimited plans, laptop computers, furniture, beds, bedding, prayer mats, etc, etc. Just because they are ‘poor refugees’.

  • bob e

    Brilliant ..

  • Watchman

    “Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) judged Merseyside Police as “inadequate” after finding that it records only around 84 per cent of crimes reported to it.”

    Fake News: HMIC demanded that Merseyside should record at least 85%, and also to stop including their numbers of crimes with muslim rape gangs offences because the years of ignoring such crime brings the current police unfairly into disrepute. Crime statistics will have to reflect the demographics of Merseyside in the future, and once the statistics for a minority crime rate have been exceeded, future victims of crime who report any crimes will be officially warned that if they continue to be racist they will be charged and possibly jailed for racist behaviour. /sarc

  • tom_billesley

    German police say that Potsdam Christmas market IED may be part of plot to blackmail parcel shipping company DHL
    http://www.dw.com/en/potsdam-bomb-scare-likely-aimed-at-blackmailing-dhl-says-german-police/a-41632337