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Former Quebec neo-Nazi speaks out about how he learned to hate minorities | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 27, 2017 10:22 AM
"And you remember the Maple Spring, when Quebec students took over the streets in opposition to the government. I was completely in favor of abolition of tuition. But my comrades in the Nazi movement, in the ultra-nationalist movement, they were against the students. And some of them even said that … you know, they were in the army, and they said if we're deployed I'm going to be happy to shoot at the students. ... Everybody remembers the words of "money and the ethnic vote." [Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau blamed the loss of the 1995 referendum on "money and the ethnic vote."] I took it personally when I was a kid, and it just brought me to believe, at some point, that some rich people were actually involved in forcing the government to allow massive immigration to dilute Quebec culture. I believed that."

Boris Johnson says UK was 'over-optimistic' about Libya | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 25, 2017 09:06 AM
"[H]e told the Today programme it was "misleading" to think of Libya as divided into two parties, adding that it is much more divided than that. Though it is six years since the removal of Col Gaddafi, he said: "There's been a complete breakdown of government authority - Libya is not in a state of civil war - it would be more accurate to describe it as in a state of anarchy. ... Shortly after Col Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011, thousands of Libyans turned out to cheer former Prime Minister David Cameron and then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Benghazi - hailing the pair as heroes for their support."

Syria war: Meeting Syria's generals in the desert | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 25, 2017 09:02 AM
"Recent battlefield successes on key fronts against Syrian rebel groups have freed up some of their forces, and those of their friends, to enable this determined push across eastern Syria. Local ceasefires, backed by Moscow's political and military muscle, have brought relative quiet to some remaining rebel enclaves. But every officer we spoke to was adamant that the north-west province of Idlib, the biggest opposition stronghold, would be their next target after the IS caliphate collapses. The territorial defeat of IS may now be only a matter of months."

Israel Wants Seat at Table as Powers Seek End to Syria War | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 23, 2017 01:47 PM
"Complicated alliances in the Syrian war make Netanyahu’s mission a tough one. Israel could escalate the pinpoint strikes against Iran and Hezbollah it has already carried out during the war if it isn’t satisfied that Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump are taking its security concerns into account. Moshe Ya’alon, who served as Israel’s defense minister during part of the war, said Israel may be forced to act militarily if Iran isn’t expelled."
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