In the following appearance on Figaro Live, the popular French commentator Eric Zemmour discusses the ban on Génération Identitaire and the double standard applied by the government when dealing with left-wing groups.
In the following appearance on Figaro Live, the popular French commentator Eric Zemmour discusses the ban on Génération Identitaire and the double standard applied by the government when dealing with left-wing groups.
Below is David Boyajian’s latest report on the aftermath of the recent conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Artsakh.
Why Azerbaijan is Unfit to Rule Over the Armenians of Artsakh
by David Boyajian
Corrupt, sadistic, and run by a hereditary dictatorship, Azerbaijan is unfit to rule over others, least of all Armenian Christians.
Yet that iniquity could materialize due to the recent 44-day war by Azerbaijan, Turkey, and terrorist jihadis against the Artsakh Republic (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia. The November 9, 2020 armistice could force democratic, Armenian-governed Artsakh (pop. 150,000) into Azerbaijan’s (pop. 10 million) despotic grip. Since the war began, though, mainstream media have rarely pointed out Azerbaijan’s depravity and long-standing abuse of Armenians.
In the 1920s, Stalin transferred the ancient Armenian provinces of Artsakh — 96% Armenian — and Nakhichevan to Turkey’s friend, Azerbaijan. The delusional tyrant mistakenly believed that this would lure Turkey into the USSR’s web. That injustice has brought Artsakh nothing but agony. Even before the transfer, Azerbaijan had been massacring Armenians in Artsakh and Baku.
Unlike 3,000-year-old Armenia, no country named Azerbaijan existed before 1918. Its inhabitants didn’t even call themselves Azeris until the 1930s.
Artsakh’s Long Nightmare
Artsakh was officially autonomous within Soviet Azerbaijan, but the latter held the real power. Artsakh’s Armenians were persecuted due to raw Azeri fanaticism, not the Soviet system.
Artsakh voted to exit Azerbaijan in accordance with Soviet law in 1988 and international law in 1991 as the USSR dissolved. In response, Azerbaijan massacred Armenian civilians in Artsakh, Baku, Ganja, and Sumgait. The ensuing war ended in 1994 in victory for Artsakh’s Armenians. Armenians fled the rest of Azerbaijan, and Azeris fled Armenia.
Artsakh became self-governing, reformist, and widely respected. It maintained representative offices in Washington, D.C., Europe, and elsewhere. Azerbaijan proceeded to gorge on revenue from its gas and oil fields. Yet it still mirrored its Soviet self: repressive, corrupt, violent, and anti-Armenian. Artsakh became doubly determined to never again submit to Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan’s Post-Independence Horrors
The Italian party Italia Viva led by Matteo Renzi, formerly of the Partito Democratico, has pulled out of the governing coalition led by Giuseppe Conte, effectively bringing down the government. Mr. Conte will face a confidence vote in the Italian senate on Tuesday.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube:
Government crisis in Italy — coalition burst
And it went BOOM — the coalition in Italy broke, after all, it lasted longer than expected. The reasons for the end seem somehow familiar: Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ruled alone during the pandemic, did not involve parliament and did not respect democracy.
Could NOW be the hour for the Lega Nord and Matteo Salvini, by far the most popular politician in Italy? After all, the right-wing parties — Fratelli d’Italia, the Lega and Forza Italia — together make up 50% in the current polls.
The coalition government in Italy has collapsed: two ministers from the ranks of the splinter party “Italia Viva” led by ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned on Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova and Family Minister Elena Bonetti are leaving the cabinet of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Renzi announced at a press conference on Wednesday in the Chamber of Deputies. State Secretary Ivan Scalfarotto, who is also a member of “Italia Viva”, submitted his resignation.
Renzi explained that the resignation of the ministers resulted from disagreements with the prime minister over the multi-billion dollar recovery plan that the government passed on Wednesday night. “Democracy has certain forms that have to be respected, which has not happened in the last year,” said Renzi. He accused Conte of running the country on his own during the pandemic, without considering parliament and without consulting with his coalition partners.
See also this Reuters article (hat tip Reader from Chicago):
I’m to old to engage in the kind of kinetic action that lies ahead, even if I had the requisite skill set, which I don’t. My only skills involve writing, editing, and propagating information. Which is what I am doing here with this essay from Western Rifle Shooters Association. Concerned American respectfully requests that this piece be disseminated as widely as possible, so please pass it on.
It wasn’t when the US Army attacked the “Bonus Army”, which was peacefully assembled in DC in 1932 seeking early payment of their WWI service bonds.
It wasn’t during the postwar era, when an activist Supreme Court abolished private property rights in the name of “equality”.
It wasn’t when, via the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, the American people learned that the entire war in Vietnam had been founded on lies — the biggest of which was that the US military, under the geopolitical and operational constraints they faced, could ever have won the war.
It wasn’t over the torrent of governmental power abuses that ensued over the next 20 years, nor was it when the Ruby Ridge and Waco atrocities happened.
It wasn’t over the establishment of a permanent, unconstitutional omnisurveillance state before and especially after 9/11.
It wasn’t over the nearly 20 years of US military foreign entanglements that took a generation of brave young men and women and sent them home in boxes, broken in mind and/or body, or permanently disillusioned about their country and their leaders.
It wasn’t even over the past five years of lies, deceit, and outright treasonous collaboration with enemy actors to drag America and its people from the smoldering remains of its constitutional past into the gulag of global totalitarianism.
But when, between November 3rd and January 6th, the globalist elites stole both a Presidential election and two Senatorial elections to deliver complete control of all branches and levels of American governance into the hands of the techno-tyrannical Kommissars, it was finally time for resistance.
Today, the spokesbots of the global tyranny superstructure are howling for the heads of not only President Trump and his (few) loyalists, but also the heads of anyone who supports him.
The international dictators-in-the-making have declared war, by both the Big Steal itself and the subsequent refusal to allow independent inquiry into those elections, on the traditional American people and their progeny.
So be it.
We will see how the soft-palmed Stalin wannabes deal with a permanently-outraged population of real-world makers (and breakers).
The anti-Trump United States government parasites have eternally destroyed their own legitimacy.
Having sown the wind, they will now reap the whirlwind.
Godspeed to all traditional Americans.
May God empower each with courage, discernment, and zeal.
In the absence of orders to the contrary, find something Communist and destroy it.
Lather, rinse, and repeat.
Santiago Abascal is the leader of the Vox party in Spain and a member of the Congress of Deputies. The following video contains excerpts from a speech given by Mr. Abascal recently, in which he calls out progressives for advocating the mass importation of third-world immigrants who violently oppress some of the Left’s favorite constituencies, such as women and homosexuals. He doesn’t use the words “Islam” or “Muslim”, but his audience is left in no doubt about what he is describing.
For the last few months the European Commission, acting as a puppet for George Soros, has been attempting to force Hungary and Poland to adopt the progressive cultural and political policies as practiced by the western portion of the European Union. The rules imposed by Brussels that Central Europe would be required to abide by are laughably designated the “rule of law”.
Last week the two sides stood eye to eye, and Brussels blinked. The budget process has now been decoupled from the “rule of law”, and the money spigots will open again.
Last month I posted one of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s replies to George Soros. Below is Mr. Orbán’s latest response, as published by the Hungarian news agency MTI (Magyar Távirati Iroda) and translated by CrossWare:
Announcement by the Prime Minister’s Press Office
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Viktor Orbán’s answer to the writing of György Soros
Europe has not surrendered — Samizdat 4.
George Soros sheds crocodile tears. While this does not return the money of millions of people, families, businesses robbed by speculators, it is enough for modest satisfaction. The most corrupt man in the world and his network have good reason to be disappointed. Europe has not surrendered; Soros’ grandiose plan has been suspended at the European Council. The spotlight is on budget money, the recovery fund, and who has access to what and how. After all, we live in a material world. But the money in the Union’s budget has so far been kept under strict and multiple European supervision in all member states. The dog is buried elsewhere…
Who will govern Europe in the future? That was the real bet at last week’s meeting. Will the governments elected by the citizens of the member states and their council govern Europe, or Soros will succeed in building a new power structure? A network of NGOs disseminating liberal, post-national and post-Christian ideas, the mainstream left-wing and right-wing media carrying and reinforcing those ideas, a significant group of MEPs, the so-called Soros envoys brought to the Commission and a mechanism called the “rule of law” linking them — these will stand?
The plan is as simple as it is grandiose. The headquarters of a financial center, George Soros, funds thousands of NGOs, research institutes, analytical workshops and activists who influence the direction of mainstream media. It buys and networks a critical mass of MEPs, putting the people who work for him in key positions such as [Frans] Timmermans and Vera Jourová. Finally, it adopts legislation that sets political preconditions — gender, migration, an open society, liberal democracy — for member states to gain access to EU funds.
Countries that insist on their national sovereignty, Christian roots, and traditional family model, such as Poland and Hungary, must be hanged on this well-considered rope. And those who are reluctant, such as the better-off Central European countries and the renowned Scandinavians, need to be assigned to a public “actus fidei” [Latin, “the act of faith” — medieval judgment by the church] to understand the essence of liberal reasoning.
At the last minute, European governments woke up. They read the “rule of law” country reports written by György Soros and Frans Timmermans with Ms. Jourová. Suddenly, everyone understood that the verdict had already been handed down before the trial, and there would be others after Hungary and Poland.
Silvia Sardone is an Italian MEP for the Lega. Last week I posted a translated article that referred to remarks made by Ms. Sardone in the European Parliament. The following video shows her complete two-minute speech.
The following thoughtful essay by the Hungarian writer Demeter Szilárd was immediately deleted almost everywhere it appeared. After 24 hours of publication the author was forced to delete his Facebook account.
Vadhajtasok.hu has preserved the original article. Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation:
Soros: A Man with a Mission
by Demeter Szilárd
Published on origo.hu, November 28, 2020
“Revoked” on November 29, 2020
I observe quite a few artists and intellectuals nearing to the end of their lives and looking back to their oeuvre, perceiving that they have been judged in the balance and found wanting; just moments after their deaths they would be forgotten — even by their biographers. Somehow, I can understand the frustration of these people. They have made bad choices and are now facing the consequences. Everybody is living their own lives, but — what is more important — as philosophers have said: everybody will die their own deaths.
Presumably George Soros is struggling with the same feelings. Just before the end of his life, he was hit by the truth of the commonplace wisdom: money does not bring happiness. One cannot bring his money with him to the opposite side of the river. The financial security of his family had been established long ago for several generations to come, so only one question remains for him: what will happen to George Soros once he ceases to exist? He is not talented as a writer; his philosophy is troubled and inconsistent. He is, however, smart enough to realize he is not a genius. This might be his greatest grief.
Standing in the doorway of death, George Soros is carving his own statue. He thinks of himself as a man with a mission. His mission: George Soros, the New Messiah. However, this mission is lacking a transcendent dimension. The god of George Soros is George Soros, incarnate and descended to our world in the form of George Soros.
He is moving his chess pieces on a global chessboard. Given that the key to his financial success is playing unfairly, no wonder he also keeps changing the rules in his assumed “world-saving” chess game to his own taste. He is the playmaker, the referee, the striker and the scoreboard clerk in one person.
We have seen enough of this type in the history of mankind. Those with enough money and power made themselves dictators; those lacking it, servants of the dictators. And all of them — without exception — wanted to reach the throne of eternity by climbing a mountain of the corpses of the victims of their own tyranny.
In today’s world, the path to the throne of Soros leads across our very bodies. Europe has became the gas chamber of George Soros. The toxic gas is flowing from the capsule of the “multicultural open society”, lethal to the European way of life, and we, the peoples of Europe are doomed to fight for the last gasps of breathable air treading and climbing over one another’s bodies.
The renowned Hungarian-American “philanthropist” George Soros has aimed another angry salvo at Hungary and Poland, which have so far resisted the diktats of the European Union and thwarted the plans of Mr. Soros and his minions to achieve full political, monetary, social, and cultural uniformity among the former nation-states of Europe.
The great philanthropist has made Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán a particular target in his latest article. Our Hungarian correspondent CrossWare sends these notes about Mr. Soros’ intervention:
I know you are busy with the sham so-called election over there, but in the meantime the globalist George Soros network launched another attack against Poland and Hungary. The latest article by Soros, who is demanding that EU leaders punish Hungary and Poland for not accepting the undefined “rule of law” conditions attached to the next EU budget, was published by a group called “Project Syndicate”.
When Viktor Orbán wrote a response, the same publication refused to publish it (in the name of tolerance and liberal principles, obviously). For now the Hungarian government official site is hosting the letter, which was published in Hungarian, German and English.
Let’s review what is going on: The EU wants to define the budget for the next seven years. They also want to get a huge loan to “help” the southern nations, which are always in financial trouble, but now with the COVID are even more down than usual.
It also does not help that all southern states — Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy — are under the rule of leftist governments, who are busy pampering illegal Muslim migrants instead of helping their own economy. They are desperate for more money, obviously for more migrants.
Just like the Democrats with their rabid leftists in their ranks, the EU is also having the same ideological trouble. They call it the “respect for the rule of law”, which is somehow lacking in two countries that do not want to accept those nice military-age Muslim rocket scientists. The real term has never been defined, and it is always used as a political bludgeon.
Last summer the European Commission decided not to get into a discussion on this highly political topic, and wanted to discuss it separately. However, the European Parliament, where Soros has a comfortable majority, overruled that decision.
Now they are once again attaching conditions to the EU budget. One must understand that the money in the budget does not provide gifts for Hungary and the other member countries. That is the price for opening their market and adjusting regulations. The best analogy would be that Hungary is a landlord that rents out his apartment. The tenant is the EU, which is using the apartment and its facilities. One day the tenant decides that he will not pay any more rent until the landlord proves he is “cool”.
What does coolness mean? Nobody knows, but it is whatever the tenant wants at that moment. One day it means the landlord must hop on one leg, or perhaps he has to let in more people into the apartment for free; perhaps he should let the tenant to grope the landlord’s children…
Actually, the real problems are as follows:
- The northern countries do not want to finance the loser southern states. But they do not want to deny them openly; thus they force the arch-enemy states Hungary and Poland into a situation that they know they will never accept.
- They want both countries to open their borders and accept Muslim migrants. Primarily Germany wants to dump their useless migrant population they have collected over the last few years.
- The leftists also want migrants imported into those countries to increase their voter base and eliminate alternative ideas against their Liberal-Bolshevik Caliphate.
- And of course the LGBTQ… XYZ (soon P for pedophilia) mob wants to enter the kindergartens and prepare the next generation of fresh meat for themselves with sensitivity training.
Below are excerpts from Mr. Soros’ article (the complete original is here):
Europe Must Stand Up to Hungary and Poland
by George Soros
The European Union cannot afford to compromise on the rule-of-law provisions it applies to the funds it allocates to member states. How the EU responds to the challenge to those provisions now posed by Hungary and Poland will determine whether it survives as an open society true to the values upon which it was founded.
NEW YORK — Hungary and Poland have vetoed the European Union’s proposed €1.15 trillion ($1.4 trillion) seven-year budget and the €750 billion European recovery fund. Although the two countries are the budget’s biggest beneficiaries, their governments are adamantly opposed to the rule-of-law conditionality that the EU has adopted at the behest of the European Parliament. They know that they are violating the rule of law in egregious ways, and do not want to pay the consequences.
It is not so much an abstract concept like the rule of law that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and, to a lesser extent, Poland’s de facto ruler, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, oppose. For them, the rule of law represents a practical limit on personal and political corruption. The veto is a desperate gamble by two serial violators.
It was also an unprecedented step, coming at a moment when Europe is suffering from a dangerous surge of COVID-19 cases, and it threw the other EU countries’ representatives into confusion. But when the shock wore off, closer analysis revealed that there is a way around the veto.
The rule-of-law regulations have been adopted. In case there is no agreement on a new budget, the old budget, which expires at the end of 2020, is extended on a yearly basis. Hungary and Poland would not receive any payments under this budget, because their governments are violating the rule of law.
Likewise, the recovery fund, called Next Generation EU, could be implemented by using an enhanced cooperation procedure, as Guy Verhofstadt has proposed. If the EU went down this road, the Orbán-Kaczynski veto could be circumvented. The question is whether the EU, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel perhaps leading the way, can muster the political will.
I am a committed supporter of the EU as a model of an open society built on the rule of law. Being of Hungarian Jewish origin, I am particularly concerned with the situation in Hungary, where I have been active as a philanthropist for more than 30 years.
Hungary’s opposition parties are bravely trying to challenge Orbán by forming a common list of candidates for the 2022 general election. But their chances of success are limited because Orbán can change the rules at short notice, as he has already done several times before. Conveniently, Orbán is planning to introduce the latest changes to the electoral law while the pandemic is raging, Budapest is under curfew, and soldiers are patrolling the streets.
Moreover, Orbán exercises almost total control over the countryside, where the majority of the population lives. He controls the information they receive, and voting in many villages is not secret. There is practically no way the opposition can prevail.
Only the EU can help. EU funds, for example, should be directed to local authorities, where there is still a functioning democracy in Hungary, unlike at the national level.
The EU can’t afford to compromise on the rule-of-law provisions. How it responds to the challenge posed by Orbán and Kaczynski will determine whether it survives as an open society true to the values upon which it was founded.
This is the full text of Viktor Orbán’s response, which Project Syndicate refused to publish:
Europe must not succumb to the Soros network
November 25, 2020
Reply to the article by George Soros
Many believe that the prime minister of a country should not enter into an argument with George Soros. Their reasoning is that Soros is an economic criminal, because he made his money through speculation, ruining the lives of millions of people, and even blackmailing entire national economies. Just as governments must not negotiate with terrorists, they say, prime ministers must likewise not debate with economic criminals.
Yet now I am compelled to do so, because in an article appearing on the Project Syndicate website on 18 November, the Hungarian-born speculator and billionaire George Soros issued open commands to the leaders of the European Union. In his article he instructs them to severely punish those Member States that do not want to become part of a unifying European empire under the banner of a global “open society”.
Last night’s post about French President Emmanuel “Toy Boy” Macron started a conversation in the comments about whether or not Mr. Macron sincerely wants to stop (or slow) the encroachment of Islam in France. The translated article concerned the French President’s requirement that the French Council of Muslim Worship come up with a plan for regulating the training of imams in France and removing foreign influences from the process.
The consensus seems to be that Mr. Macron is trying to poach some support from Marine Le Pen of National Rally, who would probably win the next presidential election if it were held today. With every incident of deadly violence that escapes the banlieues and impacts the lives of ordinary native French people, the more voters turn to Ms. Le Pen.
Emmanuel Macron may have a vestigial sense of French identity and culture, but he is clearly an opportunist. In his lofty position as head of state, he can hardly be unaware of the dire peril that Islamization poses to the French state. In my opinion — which is not based on statistics, since the French government has for many years prohibited the collecting of statistics on ethnicity and religion in France — the country has already passed the point of no return. France will become an Islamic republic within a generation at most.
If Mr. Macron and his handlers are aware of these facts — and one must assume they are — then they are simply maneuvering to give themselves the best possible positions of advantage during the rapidly dwindling time in which non-Muslims retain control of the French government. And, as someone pointed out in the comments, the president may well be keeping an eye on the military, which has its own agenda concerning Islamic violence.
I’ve been watching the careers of Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and British Prime Minister Boris “BoJo” Johnson since long before they achieved daily prominence in the news headlines. Despite their widely differing personalities and styles, they seemed to be cut from the same political cloth: ambitious, unprincipled, unscrupulous men who would do whatever it took to achieve and maintain their positions of power.
Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, recently spoke at a debate in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of the Dutch parliament) about freedom of speech, in the wake of the beheading of Samuel Paty in France. The video below shows excerpts from Mr. Wilders’ remarks.
The accompanying article from the RAIR Foundation:
Geert Wilders Slams Dutch PM: ‘You Have Imported a Monster Called Islam Into Our Country’
The Dutch House of Representatives held a debate on freedom of speech at the request of Party for Freedom (PVV) leader, Geert Wilders after the beheading of the French teacher Samuel Paty. Wilders slammed the open-borders policies of the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte for “importing a monster called Islam into our country, which has put our country in danger.”
Geert Wilders, who is thought of as, “The Donald Trump of The Netherlands”, opened the parliamentary debate with a summary of the islamic attacks and threats in recent weeks. He also addressed the call by Amsterdam’s imam, Yassin Elforkani, who just two weeks after the murder of Samuel Paty, began demanding the criminalization of insulting Mohammed. A petition was even launched by his fellow Imam, Ismail Abou Soumayyah insisting the government to adopt sharia blasphemy laws. The petition has currently been signed more than 125,000 times.
Once again, Wilders told the Dutch legislatures to enact his five point plan to tackle what he deems the biggest danger to their society,
“Islam is the poison of our society. We imported a sample. I’ve been warning about it for twenty years. How many more victims have to fall before the penny falls until we realize that this terrible Islam does not belong in the Netherlands?”
Wilders’ plan asks the government to; “recognize that Islam is a violent ideology”, close the borders, “dismantle institutions of Islam”, lock up and deport all muslims threatening violence — along with their sympathizers, and have schools and media “show Muhammad cartoons”.
The PVV leader sent a clear warning to sharia-adherent Muslims who refuse to assimilate into the Netherlands, leave he demanded — go to an Islamic country,
“for all the Muslims in the Netherlands who do not respect our freedom, our democracy, and our core values, who find the rules of the Quran more important than our secular laws….get out! Leave for an Islamic country. This is our country. Not your country, but our country. This is the Netherlands.”
Philippe de Villiers is a French author, historian, and former MEP. He is an anomaly in today’s France: an intellectual who is also a conservative Catholic. He’s been featured here a number of times in the past.
Philippe de Villiers: “It is the Islamic virus that we must make war against”
FigaroVox/Tribune— Philippe de Villiers deplores the differential treatment between the coronavirus and the Islamic virus. To fight against the first, the government does not hesitate to put in place questionable exceptional measures, while concerning the second, which according to him is an actual invasive aggression, it refuses to take measures of war on the grounds it might kill liberty.
Both are out of control: The Covid and terrorism. Emmanuel Macron is lagging behind. He runs after the words, after the deaths, martial, powerless. The lexical field used since spring, “We are at war,” today seems like an utterance and an inappropriate term: The epidemic is still operating, and the terrorists as well. The idea that the country is not being governed and that the State is in the hands of a bunch of amateurs emerges in the heads of the distraught French people.
Failing to secure the national borders, we reinstitute the domestic border
The ineptitude of the authorities, forced to conduct two wars at the same time, emerges in the differential treatment of the two viruses. There is one that raises health security. To protect the population from this viral enemy, we have chosen to lock ourselves up, to make ourselves stay home. Failing to secure the national borders, we reinstitute the domestic border. We take freedom-killing measures, we flatten the economy, we tear away the connective tissue of industrial France, because we think that health protection is more important than all freedoms: Then we announce, in 15 days, by using the same war-like panoply, first the curfew— which is a nighttime confinement — then the confinement which is a daytime curfew, never used even in the 1940s.
Faced with the other virus, which for once, is a true invasive aggression, we refuse to implement measures of war on the grounds that they might be freedom-killing, and so, to the legal maniacs, subject to legal censure. Thus, we refrain from touching family reunification or the 500 Islamist mosques. We don’t recognize the fatal chain: Immigration is the breeding ground of terrorism. We refuse to respond to war with war, and allow the population to have their throats slit. In other words, on the one hand, without being encumbered by scruples, we take away our freedoms, in the name of health security. On the other hand, we dare not give ourselves the means of guaranteeing ourselves physical safety.
France has become the planetary crossroads of the assassins of civilization
The audacity of the government, when it is a matter of silencing us in the streets and inflicting boundaries on our daily lives, contrasts with the laxity practiced concerning the Islamists. We don’t touch our borders; we safeguard the right of asylum: France has become the planetary crossroads of the assassins of civilization.
Where does this differential treatment come from? Having had serious conversations with Emmanuel Macron on this subject, I can answer this question: The globalist culture of our elites — which permeates Macronia — has blossomed into a hedonism and individualism that have destroyed our immune defenses.
Stéphane Ravier is a senator for the party National Rally (Rassemblement National, formerly Front National) in France. In the following video Mr. Ravier talks about the jihad terror attack in Nice on October 29, when three people were killed at a church by an illegal immigrant from Tunisia.
David Boyajian sends this update to his earlier reports on the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
The Case for Affirming the Independence of the Armenian Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh
by David Boyajian
In recent years, many territories’ declarations of independence have been justifiably affirmed through international agreements. The Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh’s declaration of independence from Azerbaijan three decades ago is as legitimate as any of those. Artsakh is the republic’s ancient Armenian name.
Artsakh and Christian Armenia have been under attack by Azerbaijan, Turkey, jihadist terrorists, and ISIS since September 27. Turkey is using its army, American-built F-16 jets, drones, and other weapons against Armenians. Azerbaijan’s arsenal comes mostly from Israel, including illegal cluster bombs being targeted against civilians. Israel is currently resupplying Azerbaijan.
Artsakh, like Armenia, is thousands of years old. In contrast, no country named Azerbaijan existed before 1918. It was cobbled together out of a diverse population of what were called Muslims or Tartars, as well as Armenians, Persians, Russians, and others. No such identity as ‘Azeri’ had ever existed.
We’ll show that Artsakh justifiably and legitimately voted for self-determination as it separated from Azerbaijan, its previous temporary but brutish overlord.
The Stalinist Giveaway
Turkey and Azerbaijan speak Turkic dialects. Therefore, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin fantasized (incorrectly, as it turned out) that Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) and his incipient Turkish Republic could be lured into the USSR’s web. So in the early 1920s, Stalin transferred Artsakh — then 96% Armenian — and the Armenian territory of Nakhichevan to Azerbaijan. Stalin’s blunder is the root cause of the present impasse over Artsakh.
Shortly before the transfer, Azerbaijan massacred Armenians in Artsakh, Baku (Azerbaijan), and elsewhere. These crimes were part of the Armenian Genocide that Turkey had already been committing from 1915 on.
Stalin also transferred Armenian land to Azerbaijan such that Artsakh became geographically cut off from Armenia. Many majority Armenian areas were also excluded from Artsakh. The latter became a nominally “autonomous” region within Soviet Azerbaijan but, in reality, under the latter’s heavy jackboot.
Artsakh voted for self-determination in accordance with Soviet law in 1988 and international law in 1991. Self-determination and territorial integrity have equal standing under international law. In response, Azerbaijan massacred Armenians in its own cities of Baku, Kirovabad/Ganja, and Sumgait. A war ensued which the outnumbered and outgunned Armenians won in 1994.
Artsakh’s long nightmare through seven decades of Azerbaijani rule was due not to Communism but rather to raw Azeri ethno-racial fanaticism.
Artsakh’s Long Nightmare
Under Azeri rule, Artsakh’s Armenians dropped from 95% to 76% of the population — the product of deportations, exile, murder, theft, oppression, and Azerbaijan’s calculating importation of Azeris to replace the Armenian majority.
The KGB’s Heydar Aliyev — father of current Azeri dictator Ilham Aliyev — admitted to exiling Artsakh’s Armenians and bringing in Azeris. Reported Russia’s REGNUM news agency: “I tried to increase the number of Azeris and to reduce the number of Armenians.”
Armenian historical figures’ titles were crudely Islamized to “Pasha” or “Bey.” The fifth-century Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi became Muhammed al-Khojayi.
References to Armenian history in textbooks were excised. Even the written word Artsakh was banned.