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Timeline of Strasbourg shooting, suspect identified

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Police control the border between Germany and France in Kehl, southern Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 the morning after a suspected extremist sprayed gunfire at one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets in the eastern city of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 13.
The Latest on a shooting attack at a Christmas market in France (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Two police officials have identified the suspected Strasbourg gunman as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt.

One police source said Chekatt's criminal record mentions 25 judicial cases, including several serious cases of robbery.

The official said his apartment was searched by police on Tuesday morning - hours before the shooting - in an investigation for attempted murder. He was not at home at the time.

The two officials spoke anonymously because they were not allowed to speak publicly on an ongoing investigation.

Comment: Isn't it odd that right after Macron gives some crumbs to the Yellow Vest's demands, a "terrorist attack" happens; in the home of the European Parliament, no less. Never waste a perfect opportunity to reinforce to the plebes 'why they need us' (and centering the attack in the home of the EU Parliament should be a good signal to the rest of the EU who are thinking about joining the protests, for good measure). While the article above has already branded the suspect a generic "extremist", his past arrests all sound like the only thing he was extreme about was breaking and entering for drugs and money. It remains to be seen if this proves enough of a distraction/threat to affect the momentum of the Yellow Vest movement.

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Bomb threat at Facebook's Silicon Valley campus, police sound 'all clear'

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A bomb threat prompted authorities on Tuesday to evacuate a building at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook Inc (FB.O), police said, but gave the "all clear" after an hours-long search turned up no sign of a device.

The New York Police Department had received an anonymous tip about a bomb threat regarding Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, California, and alerted local authorities at about 4:30 p.m., a spokeswoman for the Menlo Park police said.

Late on Tuesday, police said the building was secure, however.

Comment: Whether this bomb threat was due to a disgruntled Facebook user, an employee who went to extreme lengths to get a day off, or some other cause, it's undeniable that a segment of the population is getting increasingly angry and frustrated with social media platforms. With the attack on YouTube back in April, we saw the extent to which a clearly disturbed individual can go to take vengeance on social media companies for their opaque and constantly shifting rules of service and trigger-happy ban-hammer disposition. One hopes we won't see more of these in the future, but it would hardly be surprising.

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White collar criminologist: Deutsche Bank is largest criminal enterprise in Germany

Deutsche Bank
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has deemed Deutsche Bank as the most systemically dangerous bank in the world. Professor of Economics and Law, William Black, knows why and contends, "Deutsche Bank (DB) poses as what is called a 'National Champion' bank and the largest bank by far in Germany, but it's actually the largest criminal enterprise in Germany. This is quite a statement because VW is such a massive fraud. . . .It is insane that we allow Deutsche Bank to go from fraud to fraud to fraud. . . .They cheat on everything else you can possibly imagine and, typically, they are getting caught, which is also not a very good sign in terms of their competence even as thieves. Even in the United States, there has been reluctance to crack down on Deutsche Bank. . . . When the New York Commissioner tried to crack down, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the premier banking regulator, actually sought to impede that. He disparaged the New York folks and said there really wasn't that big of problems and such, and all of that proved to be lies."

Deutsche Bank was raided by German regulators last week on more allegations of fraud and money laundering.

Comment: And to think that Deutsche Bank is regulated by the same government that would seek to subjugate half of Europe with austerity measures because said countires are 'mismanaging their economies'.


Iraqi people mark one year anniversary of victory over Islamic State

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© AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
In this Monday, April 4, 2016, file photo, smoke rises as people flee their homes during clashes between Iraqi security forces and members of the Islamic State group in Hit, Iraq, 85 miles (140 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks.
Iraq on Monday celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks.

The government declared victory last December after a grueling three-year war in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. Entire towns and neighborhoods were reduced to rubble in the fighting.

The government declared Monday a national holiday, and a moment of silence is planned for later in the day. Checkpoints in the capital were decorated with Iraqi flags and balloons, as security forces patrolled the streets playing patriotic music.

As part of the celebrations, authorities plan to reopen parts of Baghdad's fortified Green Zone - home to key government offices and embassies - to the public. The move is billed as an act of transparency following protests against corruption and poor public services.

Comment: What this article says little about is that not only had the US helped foster the growth of Islamic State in Iraq (and elsewhere), but when it did finally come to attack IS here and there, it quite often killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis while destroying an incredible amount of infrastructure. This is on top of the fact that the US decimated large swathes of Iraq under the banner of lies claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and needed to be brought under heel, of course.

In short, the Iraqis still find themselves digging themselves out of wanton destruction and carnage because of a country whose main export these days is wanton destruction and carnage; the US. Once the threat of that stops, Iraq and the world will really have something to celebrate.


New poll indicates rampant racism in Israel

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A man in the Bedouin village of Abu Nuwar in the occupied West Bank with the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the background
Meanwhile, bill calls for increasing size of villages that can implement 'admission committees' to keep out non-Jewish residents

New poll shows racism rife amongst Israelis

A new poll by Israeli Channel 10 TV revealed that deep prejudice against Palestinians, including Palestinian citizens of Israel, is still the norm amongst Israeli Jews.

Over three-quarters of respondents said they would object to their child forming friendships with Palestinian youth of the opposite sex, and more than half of Israeli Jews in the study said they would be disturbed if their child formed friendships with Palestinian youth of the same sex.

Forty-three percent of respondents said that they were disturbed or very disturbed to hear people conversing in Arabic in a public space, and 42 percent said they believe that Jews should be hired for work over Arabs.


Alan Dershowitz defends Dan Gertler, an Israeli criminal billionaire who's stolen the wealth and well-being of DR Congo

Alan Dershowitz

"Congratulate me - I'm getting paid really well to represent another hopelessly corrupt, malevolent and powerful client!"
Dan Gertler, the criminal Israeli billionaire who is responsible for untold misery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest nations on earth, has an influential new supporter: Alan Dershowitz. In a front page report on today's New York Times, Dershowitz speaks up for Gertler, who was sanctioned last year by the U.S. government, as "a very good person."

In fact, Dan Gertler is too corrupt for even the Trump administration to accept. Here's what the Treasury Department said a year ago about why the U.S. was punishing him under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act:
Gertler is an international businessman and billionaire who has amassed his fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gertler has used his close friendship with DRC President Joseph Kabila to act as a middleman for mining asset sales in the DRC, requiring some multinational companies to go through Gertler to do business with the Congolese state. As a result, between 2010 and 2012 alone, the DRC reportedly lost over $1.36 billion in revenues from the underpricing of mining assets . . .

Comment: None of this should come as any surprise given Dershowitz's long history of defending pathologically-stricken individuals and governments:


Egyptian government prohibits yellow vest sales amid fears of French style uprising

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The step was taken amid fears expressed by Egyptian authorities that opponents might use the yellow vests to copy French protests, as the state is reportedly facing the prospect of an uprising similar to the one which erupted back in 2011.

The sale of yellow reflective vests is now partially banned in Egypt after state officials instructed retailers not to sell the vests to non-commercial buyers.

Furthermore, consumers now require police permission to purchase the vests from retailers throughout the country.

The yellow vests have emerged as a symbol of resistance in France in recent weeks, and are now heavily associated with the wave of protests that have been shaking the country since November.

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Holiday Greetings to Our Readers! Get Your 2019 Sott.net Calendar Here!

Dear readers,

We would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and our very best to you for 2019.

Wait... did we say holiday?!

Yes, we know, world events - like SOTT editors - don't do 'holidays'. Just as there's 'no rest for the wicked', those paying attention to an increasingly crazy world don't catch much of a 'break'. The global descent into chaos, division and polarization taxes us all with feelings of doom and gloom and a sense that there's nothing to be grateful for.

But if we reflect honestly, and refocus our priorities for a moment, we realize that there is always something to be grateful for. Be it close family and friends with whom we can enjoy respite from the lies and corruption, or just the knowledge that, no matter how hard the destructive forces try, they will never erase truth and love from this world as long as we keep it alive in our own hearts.

We at SOTT are proud of what we've been able to accomplish this year, not just on the English-language website Sott.net, but right across our multi-lingual media platform, and we are ever-mindful that it would not be possible without the contributions, feedback and messages of support from our readers and supporters. Without it, frankly, we too would feel without hope!

So as we bid farewell to 2018, here's our annual run-down of SOTT media operations over the past year, followed by information about how you can get your copy of the 2019 SOTT calendar and other SOTT merchandise.


Eleven injured as migrant row erupts into violence at Bamberg, Germany's troubled reception center

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German police had to call in reinforcement, deploying scores of officers to quell mayhem in a reception center in country's south, where a group of migrants faced off with security personnel.

A row between migrants in one of the reception centers escalated into open violence early Tuesday as people living in the shelter attacked local security staff that tried to intervene, police announced. A group of rioters then barricaded themselves in the building, forcing the security workers to call the police.

However, several local police squads that initially arrived at the scene located in the Bavarian town of Bamberg also failed to handle the situation. The officers were pelted with paving stones and had to call for backup.

As "numerous police detachments" from neighboring departments came to rescue, the police force at the scene amassed to some 100 officers. Law enforcement besieged the housing facility, which meanwhile caught fire.

Comment: German police warned years ago that the situations in the refugee centers would lead to violent clashes, and such incidents will likely heighten tensions with the local populations:

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'Cancer is infectious': Uninformed neighbors want cancer suffering kids kicked out of rented flat in Moscow

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Some dwellers of an apartment block in Moscow want cancer-stricken kids and their parents kicked out. The reason? Because "cancer is an infectious disease spread through [the] air," they say.

"Cancer is an infectious disease, 200 types of it have been discovered," a notice at an apartment block in the Konkovo District in south-western Moscow read.

On the weekend, it was reported that local activists have started gathering signatures in order to prevent the building "from becoming a cancer clinic."

They were in a panic because one of the flats in the tenement, located near the Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Centre, was often rented by families of sick children, who underwent cancer treatment at the facility.