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Quebec police investigate anti-Islam pamphlets in Quebec
One pamphlet accuses a local mosque of having ties to Hamas

Police in Sherbrooke, Que., have opened a criminal investigation into recently circulated pamphlets that target the area’s Muslim community.

The pamphlets have appeared in people’s mailboxes and tucked underneath windshield wipers. One of the pamphlets accuses a local mosque of having ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas, and is signed by a group calling itself “Le Réveil,” or the wake-up.

“We are transparent people,” said Hafid Agourram, who heads an Islamic association in the area. “Our doors are open, our reports are available to everyone and are available on the website of the Canadian Revenue Agency.”

Another pamphlet claims “radical Islam” is on the rise and is seeking to impose a system of law that is both homophobic and favours pedophiles.

“Don’t let these abusers turn Quebec into Islamic territory,” the pamphlet reads. It is signed by a group that calls itself “La Meute,” or the pack.

A website that carries the group’s name says it seeks to “unite those who are worried about the invasion of radical Islam that is surreptitiously advancing across our lands and calmly gravitating towards the political sphere.”

Agourram filed a complaint with Sherbrooke police about the first pamphlet. A spokesperson for the department said it is the first time the force has seen pamphlets like these appear in people’s mailboxes.

A similar tract appeared last month in Quebec City. That pamphlet also accused a local mosque of having ties with violent Islamic groups, and sparked a police probe.  

August 21st in 1914, the first Pals battalion began to be raised from the stockbrokers of the City of London. In a matter of days 1,600 men had joined what became the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Lord Derby first coined the phrase ‘battalion of pals’ and recruited enough men to form three battalions of the King’s Liverpool Regiment in only a week.

Pals battalions were a uniquely British phenomenon. Britain was the only major power not to begin the First World War with a mass conscripted army. After the war broke out, it quickly became clear that the small professional British Army was not large enough for a global conflict. In a wave of patriotic fervour, thousands of men volunteered for service in Field Marshal Herbert Kitchener’s New Armies. As part of this, it was realised that local ties could be harnessed for national gain. It was posited that many more men would enlist if they could serve alongside their friends, relatives and workmates.

Pals battalions became synonymous with the towns of northern Britain. Men from cities including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Hull, Glasgow and Edinburgh all enlisted in their thousands in 1914 and 1915. But Pals battalions were also raised from Birmingham to Bristol and from Cambridge to Cardiff.

After training, the first Pals battalions began to arrive on the Western Front from mid-1915. However, many of the Pals battalions were not to see their first major action until the first day of theFirst Day of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Many of these units sustained heavy casualties, which had a significant impact on their communities. Although the British press put a positive spin on the start of the “Big Push”, the casualty lists told a different story.

In the second week of July, lists of the dead and wounded began to appear in the papers. The 11th East Lancashire battalion was known as the Accrington Pals. Of the 720 men who went into action on 1 July, 584 became casualties. Although they were still behind the war effort, people at home wore black arm bands to commemorate those who had lost their lives.

Why did friends fight together in WWI:www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zpw8d2p

With the introduction of conscription in 1916, the close-knit nature of the Pals battalions was never to be replicated.

Photograph: The formation of the 'Pals’ battalions allowed footballers to enlist en masse. Clapton Orient (now Leyton Orient FC) were the first English Football League club to enlist together. Following the example of club captain, Fred Parker, around 40 players and staff volunteered. They joined the 17th (Service) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, which was known as the 'Football Battalion’ and soon went on to attract players from other clubs.
This photograph taken in 1915 depicts several players from the battalion, including Richard McFadden of Orient (seated centre) who was awarded the Military Medal before being mortally wounded during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Standing second right is Frank Bullock of Huddersfield Town and England, who survived the war. Edwin Latheron of Blackburn Rovers and England stands second from the left. He was killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele in October 1917.

Colourised by George Chilvers, from the collections of the National Army Museum.

Hei ciao, sono sempre io. Nel tentativo di non guardarti mentre aspetto il mio panino ho finito tutti i giochi che c'erano qui. Questi fast food diventano sempre meno fast e..dio, sto divagando ancora. Ti ho detto che questi giochi sono labirinti, e che per finirli così rapidamente ho immaginato che ci fossi tu al termine? Ovviamente no, del resto so che non mi crederesti mai, ma ormai lo sai. Tu prendi il pollo o il manzo? No perché sai, c'è un menù che ti fa spendere di meno e che ti dà anche il dessert oppure un caffè, non ricordo. Spero solo che tu non lo scelga, il caffè vorrei offrirlo io, ma non qui perché non mi piace, e poi vorrei portarti in un posto più tranquillo, un bar o un locale. Non fraintendermi ti prego, non voglio farti ubriacare per poi portarti a letto. Cioè si sarebbe fantastico portarti a letto, appoggiartici sopra, rimboccarti le coperte e vederti dormire, per poi sparire. Chissà se quel bel sorriso rimane anche mentre dormi, o se i capelli si spettinano tanto da renderti più bella ancora, o se ti svegli e ti chiedi dove sono andato, e poi la mattina dopo mi scrivi scusandoti, e io dico che non fa niente perché tanto mi hai migliorato la serata..e sto divagando, che novità. Continuo a pensare a ciò che ci siamo detti nella mia immaginazione..e temo proprio che non ce lo diremo mai nella realtà. Vedo che stai mangiando, ma il mio panino non è ancora arrivato. Posso restare a guardarti ancora un po’? Perché vedi, dicono che l'arte ti riempie..e tu devi necessariamente essere arte.

Non so se è un posto in cui potrei stare. È come entrare in un locale di cui ti hanno parlato e una sera che non hai un cazzo da fare vai a buttarci un occhio. Io l'occhio ce lo butto. Magari mi faccio una birra. Magari due.

Biden joins Clinton on the trail as Trump struggles mount

SCRANTON, Pa. — Vice President Joe Biden told voters at a Monday afternoon rally in his blue-collar hometown that Hillary Clinton understands the concerns of the middle class, while Donald Trump is seeking to exploit them.

“He’s trying to say he cares about the middle class,” Biden said. “Give me a break. And to repeat myself, it’s such a bunch of malarkey. He doesn’t have a clue.” The crowd erupted into cheers at Biden’s signature “malarkey” line — which he famously used at the Democratic National Convention last month.

During her brief remarks before Biden spoke, Clinton stressed her own ties to Scranton — her grandfather and father lived there, and she was christened at a local church — and tied it into her economic message. “I always remember that I am the granddaughter of a factory worker and the daughter of a small business owner and I’m so proud,” she said.

Both Clinton and Biden blasted Trump, with Clinton stressing that his economic plan is designed to benefit himself and other wealthy people. Clinton said Trump’s plan to eliminate the estate tax would save him $4 billion if he is as wealthy as he claims.

“Think of what we could do with those $4 billion,” she said. “We could pay for more than 47,000 veterans to get a four-year college education. We could provide health care to nearly 3 million kids.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice President Joe Biden as he disembarks from Air Force Two for a joint campaign event in Scranton, Pa. (Charles Mostoller/Reuters)

Clinton’s recent focus on a populist economic message may be helping her in Pennsylvania, where Trump’s numbers have plunged in recent weeks. The Scranton rally was originally scheduled for early July but was scrambled after the Dallas shooting that left five police officers dead.

At the time, Clinton and Trump were roughly tied in Pennsylvania surveys, and Trump insisted he could be the first Republican since George H.W. Bush to carry it. His focus on opposing free trade deals like NAFTA appeared to be appealing in the state, and the Clinton campaign likely figured it could use Biden’s help in reaching some swing voters.

Now, Clinton is up 9 points over Trump in the RealClearPolitics polling average — giving the rally the air of a celebration and homecoming.

“As Scranton has always had my back, we — all of us — will have your back, Hillary,” Biden said to cheers.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told Yahoo News that he believes Clinton has sharpened her message on trade and economic fairness since the convention, which he thinks has helped her in the state among working-class white voters.

On Thursday, she told a crowd in Warren, Mich., that she would continue to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership deal no matter what, including as a candidate, in the legislative lame-duck session after the November election, and as a potential future president. This was her strongest statement of opposition yet for the deal, which she backed while secretary of state.

Her campaign is also running an ad attacking Trump in Pennsylvania using a clip of the candidate in a 2012 appearance on David Letterman’s show, where the mogul admitted that many of his products are made in foreign factories. (Trump, meanwhile, has not run any political ads in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, and BuzzFeed reported his campaign infrastructure is sparse in the state.)

“The populist economic message and the concrete plans … that’s what the people of Scranton want to hear,” Rendell said, adding that both Biden and Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton’s VP pick, are good “messengers” to blue-collar voters.

Trump also spent the weeks after the conventions in a public feud with the family of a Muslim American soldier who died in Iraq. The soldier’s parents criticized Trump at the Democratic convention, and Trump took a number of swipes back. “I think Trump lost voters with his bad choices and bad words,” Rendell said.

Biden bashed Trump for “slandering” the Gold Star family and argued that the GOP nominee is the most unprepared and unqualified person to run for the presidency on national security matters. Trump gave a foreign policy speech in neighboring Ohio later in the day.

Urging the crowd to listen to him in silence, Biden said Trump had already made the country less safe by his candidacy alone. “I can say that no major-party nominee in the history of the United States of America has known less or been less prepared to deal with national security than Donald Trump,” he said. “And what absolutely amazes me is he doesn’t seem to want to learn it.”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally in Scranton, Pa. (Photo: Mel Evans/AP)

Biden also said Clinton knows what it feels like to be a parent who has to say no to a child’s needs because of money. “She gets it. She understands,” he repeated during the Monday rally.

Some who attended the rally were watching the race closely and had their own theories about why Trump had plunged in the polls. “Trump doesn’t shut up,” said Matt Cordier, a former supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders who now backs Clinton. Cordier drove nearly two hours from Harrisburg, Pa., so his 4-year-old daughter Annika could see Clinton and Biden in Scranton.

Cordier’s father-in-law, William Cole, an independent voter and retired maintenance worker, said trade is an important issue to him and that he is leaning toward voting for Clinton in November.

“It’s a torn issue between letting free trade and having our workforce underbid by other countries,” Cole said. “I don’t have the answer to the middle ground on that.”

Trump is apparently refusing to believe the shift in the polls. On Friday he said that he will lose in Pennsylvania only if there’s “cheating” on Election Day. “The only way we can lose, in my opinion, I really mean this, Pennsylvania, is if cheating goes on. I really believe it,” Trump said Friday at a rally in Altoona, Pa., the Hill reported. “The only way they can beat it, in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, is if in certain sections of the state they cheat.”