The World is What We Make It!

Beyond the Cusp

Our world is at a threshold and a divergence and at this time nobody appears to be driving. Islam desires to tame the developed world and slam it forward to the seventh century which will result in starvation for the majority of the world. Meanwhile the developed world is humming along ignoring every warning sign concentrating on more glitter, better slogans, merchandising, and every distraction they can find to avoid addressing anything real. The world now has a good idea of what the future holds if the United States withdraws within the hard shell of her borders and decides isolationism is preferable to dealing with the problems in Europe and especially in the quicksand of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). President Obama claimed the world was messed up because of the meddling of the United States. He saw the United States as the source of the problems as…

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

Theresa May has to resolve many things as part of the Brexit process, and one of the most emotive has been what happens to 3.3 million EU citizens living in Britain and 1.2 million British expats living in Europe. The Prime Minister has come under fire from the moment she suggested their right to remain had yet to be secured, but indicated repeatedly that she hoped to do so. And now we find that the person stopping a deal being made is Angela Merkel.

The German Chancellor rejected the deal, although more than 20 EU nations had signalled their support, amid concerns that it would hand the UK a significant advantage during Brexit negotiations. “This is an ominous development that does not bode well for the talks to come”, we say in our leader. Why is she playing hardball? German voters tend to want her to be tough on Britain (58 per cent said so in a recent survey) as part of Brexit negotiations. Perhaps she wants to make a point of representing their wishes in order to help her chances of winning a fourth term as Chancellor next year.

The European elite has rallied behind her in the meantime. Donald Tusk, president of the European council, insisted it was  British voters who had created “anxiety and uncertainty” for migrants by voting for Brexit, as well as Mrs May for not immediately triggering Article 50 to kickstart negotiations. His response has infuriated Brexiteers, as Iain Duncan Smith accused Tusk of “playing games with people’s lives”. Might Mrs May face more questions on this, and the Brexit negotiations, at PMQs today?

But another problem could soon crop up for Mrs May as she seeks to thrash out Brexit. And – fittingly for St Andrew’s Day – it could come from Scotland. The SNP remains anti-Brexit, even though it turns out the party spent less fighting to keep the UK in the EU than pub chain JD Wetherspoon did on persuading voters to leave. It may soon have quite the say over the timing of Brexit – in Holyrood and Westminster – if the Supreme Court concludes that Mrs May cannot trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval. “Arguably, if the Scots parliament votes against triggering Article 50 nothing has actually changed: the UK as a whole decided on June 23 to leave the EU while Scotland wants to remain,” writes Philip Johnston in today’s paper. “But that wilfully ignores the toxic politics of all this and the huge symbolism of the two parliaments taking opposing positions on such a momentous matter…Will we eventually have to choose between staying in the EU (or in the single market at any rate) and losing the UK? That is something to ponder on St Andrew’s Day.”

Women in Border Patrol: Deputy Chief Provost Interview

Last month, the Border Patrol — the federal agency tasked with preventing terrorists and undocumented immigrants from entering the country — quietly elevated Carla Provost to deputy chief, making her the first woman to hold that role in the federal agency’s 92-year-history.

The Border Patrol has historically struggled to recruit female agents. The agency was created in 1924, but its first female agent didn’t join the force until 1975. Even today, the numbers are still low: they currently only have 1,026 women out of 23,000 total employees, a spokesperson told Motto. In 2014, the agency received a federal exemption and launched a year-long recruitment effort with the hopes of increasing the number of female agents within its ranks. That effort yielded 175 new female agents, the spokesperson said.

But now, a woman will command the mostly-male force. Motto spoke with Deputy Provost, who’s held a number of roles during her 20+ year tenure in the Patrol, about her new role, what it’s like to be a woman in the male-dominated agency and why she thinks the Border Patrol struggles to attract women.

How does it feel to be the first woman to hold the position of deputy chief in the Border Patrol’s 92-year-history?

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“First They Came for Asia Bibi”

Is Britain becoming a Nazi state? It would seem unlikely, but to listen to some of the critics of the Conservative government in recent days it would appear that we are only moments away from become a racist despotism.

Last week the convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, one Christina McKelvie, pronounced that the Conservative party is displaying “some of the most right-wing reactionary politics that I’ve heard in my lifetime” and claimed that the Conservative party’s recent conference showed what will happen in Britain “if we become bystanders and do not speak out against discrimination.” She said that some recent Conservative proposals were “reminiscent of the rise of Nazism in the 1930s.”

Higher up the Scottish Nationalist Party food-chain, one of their MPs, Mhairi Black last week also compared the recent Conservative party conference to the Nazi party. She wrote without irony that she was vexed by its alleged “nationalism’, all the more “when that “nationalism” is used as a motivation or an excuse for racist, bigoted and small minded policy.” The policies of the Conservative party, she claimed, were increasingly “reminiscent of early 1930s Nazi Germany.” As though to demonstrate how sparse her knowledge of that period is, she concluded her piece by citing — as though no one could possibly have come across the quotation before — Pastor Martin Niemoller. “First they came for the Jews.”

Having sparked some criticism, other nationalists soon came to the aid of Ms Black. Notable among them was Humza Yousaf, one of the ministers of the SNP and himself a member of the Scottish Parliament. While many people on social media criticised Ms Black’s absurd rhetoric, he chose to back her up. “Those criticising, I have friends/family who have applied for dual nationality with Pakistan. Feel UK will be unbearable for Muslims in future.” This gained headlines of its own. But nobody pointed out the twin outrages of this grotesque nonsense.

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