Giving Tuesday


According to Wikipedia:
Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States.

It is a movement to create a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

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Meet the Austrian Shepherd Who Sings Yiddish as He Drives Refugees to Safety

Hans Breuer, a Jewish Austrian shepherd, recalls hearing stories about “friends of [his] mother,” who would attempt to escape the Nazis by presenting to be members of the SS. “Friends of my parents, Jewish people, tried to emigrate to Switzerland [before World War II], but the Swiss put them back to the Nazis at the frontier,” he told The Guardian. “Hearing this story all my life is what has prepared me for this situation.”

The present-day situation Breuer speaks of is the plight of refugees–thousands of Syrians, specifically–who seek shelter by crossing over the now-closed Hungarian border, and driving them through dirt-paved roads to his home in Austria, a remote cabin in the woods without running water. Here’s a scene from one recent trip during which Breuer was providing help to a Kurdish family from Syria:

Amid gentle chides from the satnav, the 61-year-old switched off his headlights, so that no one would see where he’d gone. Then he bumped and veered through unmarked farm trails and shepherd paths that led eventually westwards, but away from the main roads. After 20 minutes, he stopped in a field, and turned to a blanket on the backseat. “OK,” said Breuer to the blanket. “You can come out now.” From under the fabric, three heads emerged – a Syrian Kurd, Galbari al-Hussein, and her two children, Hussein and Shahed.


Putin: Turkey SHOT DOWN down Russian plane to DEFEND ISIS oil supplies

Russia has received additional intelligence confirming that oil from deposits controlled by Islamic State is moved through Turkey on an industrial scale, said Vladimir Putin. President Recep Erdogan said he will resign if this is confirmed.

Moscow has grounds to suspect that the Su-24 was downed by Turkish jets on November 24 to secure illegal oil deliveries from Syria to Turkey, he said speaking on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris on Monday.

“At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on industrial scale,” he said.

“We have every reason to believe that the decision to down our plane was guided by a desire to ensure security of this oil’s delivery routes to ports where they are shipped in tankers,” Putin said.


Selective Outrage on Campus

Following the forced resignations of the President and Provost of the University of Missouri, demonstrations against campus administrators has spread across the country. Students — many of whom are Black, gay, transgender and Muslim — claim that they feel “unsafe” as the result of what they call “white privilege” or sometimes simply privilege. “Check your privilege” has become the put-down du jour. Students insist on being protected by campus administrators from “micro-aggressions,” meaning unintended statements inside and outside the classroom that demonstrate subtle insensitivities towards minority students. They insist on being safe from hostile or politically incorrect ideas. They demand “trigger warnings” before sensitive issues are discussed or assigned. They want to own the narrative and keep other points of view from upsetting them or making them feel unsafe.

These current manifestations of a widespread culture of victimization and grievance are only the most recent iterations of a dangerous long-term trend on campuses both in the United States and in Europe. The ultimate victims are freedom of expression, academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. Many faculty members, administrators and students are fearful of the consequences if they express politically incorrect or dissident views that may upset some students. So they engage in self-censorship. They have seen what had happened to those who have expressed unpopular views, and it is not a pretty picture.


Hungary’s Migrant Crisis Ends, Europe’s Has Just Begun

Earlier this year, Hungary’s ferociously articulate Prime Minister Viktor Orbán became the bête noir of European politics. Since then, Orbán has transitioned from being castigated as a threat to European values, into the most recognized defender of his continent’s Christian identity.

In a Europe whose central policy-makers seem in thrall to multiculturalism, Hungarians, after centuries of invasions and attempted invasions, appear unapologetically immune to political correctness. Even in their language, the colloquial phrase for communicating with the bluntest possible candor is magyarul mondva, literally “speaking in Hungarian.”

As over 400,000 predominantly Muslim migrants crossed illegally into Hungary before the completion of a border fence — which ground such incursions to an effective halt by the end of October — there has been a sanctimonious effort in the world’s press either to mischaracterize realities on the ground, or omit them altogether.

The concealment of sobering truths, openly reported in Hungary – ironically a nation whose press freedom has been criticized under Orbán’s leadership – can only have serious long-term consequences, in migrant-friendly countries such as Belgium, Sweden and Germany, especially the scale.


Obama Wants to Defeat America, Not ISIS

Last year at a NATO summit, Obama explicitly disavowed the idea of containing ISIS. “You can’t contain an organization that is running roughshod through that much territory, causing that much havoc, displacing that many people, killing that many innocents, enslaving that many women,” he said.

Instead he argued, “The goal has to be to dismantle them.”

Just before the Paris massacre, Obama shifted back to containment. “From the start, our goal has been first to contain them, and we have contained them,” he said.

Pay no attention to what he said last year. There’s a new message now. Last year Obama was vowing to destroy ISIS. Now he had settled for containing them. And he couldn’t even manage that.

ISIS has expanded into Libya and Yemen. It struck deep into the heart of Europe as one of its refugee suicide bombers appeared to have targeted the President of France and the Foreign Minister of Germany. That’s the opposite of a terrorist organization that had been successfully contained.


Saudi Arabia said planning to execute over 50 people

Saudi Arabia is planning to execute more than 50 people convicted of terrorism, the Guardian reported Friday, in what the paper called a possible “warning to would-be” jihadists.

Local paper Okaz reported that 55 people are awaiting execution for “terrorist crimes” in which more than 100 civilians and 71 members of the security forces in the country were killed. The paper did not give a date for any of the executions.

On Monday another Saudi paper reported that 52 people would be executed, but, the Guardian said, the report was quickly withdrawn from its website.

Among those facing the death penalty are people affiliated with al-Qaeda, while others hail from Awamiya, a town in the kingdom’s Eastern Province with a large Shiite minority.