Month: November 2015

Rochus Misch, Adolf Hitler’s Loyal Bodyguard


Rochus Misch, who served as Adolf Hitler’s devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and was the last remaining witness to the great german leader’s final hours in his Berlin bunker, has died just few years ago. 

He was 96 and died in Berlin after a short illness. Misch remained proud to the end about his years with Hitler, whom he affectionately called “boss.” In a 2005 interview with The Associated Press, Misch recalled Hitler as “a very normal man” and gave a riveting account of the Führer’s last days before he and his wife Eva Braun killed themselves as the Soviet Red Army closed in around their bunker in Berlin.

“He was no brute. He was no monster. He was no superman,” Misch said.

Born July 29, 1917, in the tiny Silesian town of Alt Schalkowitz, in what today is Poland, Misch was orphaned at an early age. At age 20, he decided to join the SS — an organization that he saw as a counterweight to a rising threat from the left. He signed up for the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, a unit that was founded to serve as Hitler’s personal protection.

“It was anti-communist, against Stalin — to protect Europe,” Misch said. “I signed up in the war against Bolshevism, not for Adolf Hitler.”

But when Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Misch found himself in the vanguard, as his SS division was attached to a regular army unit for the blitzkrieg attack.

Misch was shot and nearly killed while trying to negotiate the surrender of a fortress near Warsaw, and he was sent to Germany to recover. There, he was chosen in May 1940 as one of two SS men who would serve as Hitler’s bodyguards and general assistants, doing everything from answering the telephones to greeting dignitaries.

Misch and comrade Johannes Hentschel accompanied Hitler almost everywhere he went — including his Alpine retreat in Berchtesgaden and his forward Wolf’s Lair headquarters.

He lived between the Fuehrer’s apartments in the New Reich Chancellery and the home in a working-class Berlin neighborhood that he kept until his death.

“He was a wonderful boss,” Misch said. “I lived with him for five years. We were the closest people who worked with him … we were always there. Hitler was never without us day and night.”

In the last days of Hitler’s life, Misch followed him to live underground, protected by the  Fuehrerbunker’s heavily reinforced concrete ceilings and walls.

“Hentschel ran the lights, air and water and I did the telephones — there was nobody else,” he said. “When someone would come downstairs we couldn’t even offer them a place to sit. It was far too small.”

After the Soviet assault began, Misch remembered generals and NS brass coming and going as they tried desperately to cobble together a defense of the capital with the ragtag remains of the German military.

He recalled that on April 22, two days before two Soviet armies completed their encirclement of the city, Hitler said: “That’s it. The war is lost. Everybody can go.”

“Everyone except those who still had jobs to do like us — we had to stay,” Misch said. “The lights, water, telephone … those had to be kept going but everybody else was allowed to go and almost all were gone immediately.”

However, Hitler clung to a report — false, as it turned out — that the Western Allies had called upon Germany to hold Berlin for two more weeks against the Soviets so that they could battle communism together.

“He still believed in a union between West and East,” Misch said. “Hitler liked England — except for (then-Prime Minister Winston) Churchill — and didn’t think that a people like the English would bind themselves with the communists to crush Germany.”

On April 28, Misch saw Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and Hitler confidant Martin Bormann enter the bunker with a man he had never seen before.

“I asked who it was and they said that’s the civil magistrate who has come to perform Hitler’s marriage,” Misch said. That night, Hitler and longtime mistress Eva Braun were married in a short ceremony.

Two days later, Misch saw Goebbels and Bormann talking with Hitler and his adjutant, SS Maj. Otto Guensche, in the bunker’s corridor.

“I saw him go into his room … and someone, Guensche, said that he shouldn’t be disturbed,” Misch said. “We all knew that it was happening. He said he wasn’t going to leave Berlin, he would stay here.”

“We heard no shot, we heard nothing, but one of those who was in the hallway, I don’t remember if it was Guensche or Bormann, said, ‘Linge, Linge, I think it’s done,'” Misch said, referring to Hitler’s valet Heinz Linge.

“Then everything was really quiet … who opened the door I don’t remember, Guensche or Linge. They opened the door, and I naturally looked, and then there was a short pause and the second door was opened… and I saw Hitler lying on the table like so,” Misch said, putting his head down on his hands on his living-room table.

“And Eva lay like so on the sofa with knees up, her head to him.”

Misch ran up to the chancellery to tell his superior the news and then back downstairs, where Hitler’s corpse had been put on the floor with a blanket over it.

“Then they bundled Hitler up and said ‘What do we do now?'” Misch said. “As they took Hitler out … they walked by me about three or four meters away. I saw his shoes sticking outside the sack.”

An SS guard ran down the stairs and tried to get Misch to watch as the two were covered in gasoline and set alight. “He said, ‘The boss is being burned. Come on out,'” Misch recalled. But instead Misch hastily retreated deeper into the bunker to talk with comrade Hentschel.

“I said ‘I saw the Gestapo upstairs in the … chancellery, and it could be that they’ll want to kill us as witnesses,'” Misch said. But Misch stuck to his post in the bunker — which he described as “a coffin of concrete” — taking and directing telephone calls with Goebbels as his new boss until May 2, when he was given permission to flee.

Goebbels, he said, “came down and said: ‘You have a chance to live. You don’t have to stay here and die.'” Misch grabbed the rucksack he had packed and fled with a few others into the rubble of Berlin.

Working his way through cellars and subways, Misch decided to surface after hearing German being spoken above through an air ventilation shaft. But the voices came from about 300 soldiers who had been taken prisoner, and the Soviet guards grabbed him as well.

Following the German surrender May 7, Misch was taken to the Soviet Union, where he spent the next nine years in prisoner of war camps before being allowed to return to Berlin in 1954. He reunited with his wife Gerda, whom he had married in 1942 and who died in 1997, and opened up a shop.

At age 87, when he talked with the AP, Misch still cut the image of an SS man, with a rigid posture, broad shoulders and neatly combed white hair. He stayed away from questions of guilt or responsibility for the “Holocaust”, saying he knew nothing of the “murder of 6 million Jews”.


Survival Of The Non Fittest

I will make this personal narrative a short one since I am going through a difficult time after cutting ties with someone that I loved, yet I realized that they were too mentally weak to stop destroying their race and culture of both themselves and of other people.  If she dies in the process, I could care less for I had given her plenty of opportunities to stop acting in a selfish manner and to finally do for her children and her own people an act of the collective and not of the individualist nature.

Such a quick story of mine is even more the proof that the fact that the strongest in society have been letting the weak survive for far too long.  I know that it is of human nature to care for others, and I do believe that to care for others is both a sign of weakness and strength for it proves that you are able to place the needs of others above that of yourself.  Yet in our current world, we are faced with leaders who are not fit to lead but are merely puppets of Jewish and Masonic rulers who use them as tools to enforce their own evil agenda.

And that brings us to our current predicament, the Jews are the strongest ones in all of the western world yet they have proven that their survival will lead to the genocide of the white race and many other races.  It is this simple fact that they are not fit to lead and that we the people must lead our own respective people to a rightful future or else we shall face world wide genocide.  That is why I have continued to discard those in my life who fail to see that racial genocide is a problem and if they are willing to allow for such sickening acts to become prevalent amongst their ranks, I wish not to have them near me at all.  So I will simply let those who are willing to work for any Jewish supremacist acts like support for miscegenation to simply be killed off and let their blood run down the streets as a remainder to anyone who dates sleep or be involve in an interracial relationship.  They have been warned!!!!

Jewmerica Sanctions Syria (Again!)


HE’S JUST ANOTHER LOUSE in the Jewinfested US Treasury. 

Accusing Syria of buying oil from ISIS, Adam Szubin—a JEW, of course—acting as US Treasury’s ‘Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence,’ imposed sanctions on Syrian and Russian businessman he claims are middlemen of the trade.

The individuals and entities listed by Szubin will have their US assets frozen and barred from doing business with US companies or individuals.

Among those blacklisted are Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a long-serving president of the World Chess Federation, and George Haswani, a Syrian national, and his company, Hesco Engineering and Construction.

Szubin claims that Haswani serves as a middleman for oil purchases by the Syrian regime from ISIS, accusing him of operating “in areas controlled by ISIS.”

How low can US Treasury Jews go? As low as hell of which they are citizens.

How about slapping sanctions on the big fish in Turkey and Israel? View All JEW Treasury Sanctions On Syria Here and Here.

FIRST OF ALL it is NOT ISIS’ oil. The oil belongs to the Syrian people. 

ISIS captured most of Syria’s oil fields in central and eastern Syria, having seized the country’s last oil field in September. (The fields don’t personally belong to Assad.)

If any of US Treasury’s accusations were true, Assad is in the unfortunate position of having to deal somehow with the glorified ISIS mafia extortioners for Syria’s own oil resources in order to keep military and civilian energy needs running.

The Syrian Minister of Petroleum said the allegations were untrue and condemned the sides which have facilitated stealing and marketing the Syrian oil.

He stressed that those sides are the same countries that made marketing this stolen oil legitimate by Resolution 186 dated April 22, 2013 which was issued by the European Union.

Contrary to Jew Szubin’s sanctions against a Syrian and Russian businessman, the biggest conduit of ISIS crude are independent truckers, who either sell the crude off to other middlemen or refine the oil themselves in makeshift mobile refineries.

The bulk of oil products are sold in local markets directly to the residents and gas stations, later sold to independent gas stations in the ISIS mafia caliphate, or into parts of Syria and Iraq that ISIS doesn’t control, or else smuggled into Turkey where it is sold in local markets.

So, yes, ISIS gasoline is flowing through the engines of its enemies and not just Syria, nor is the Syrian government facilitating it.

But don’t confuse the Jews who run US Treasury with facts.

THEN THERE IS TURKEY’S deep links with ISIS, including oil business conducted by Turkish middlemen and government officials including the Erdogan family. 

There is substantial evidence that Bilal Erdogan, Prime Minister Erdogan’s son, is directly involved in the black market oil business with Islamic State.

“IS has big money from selling oil and are protected by the military of an entire nation (Turkey). One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin this past Tuesday.

After Turkey refines the oil, it goes out on the world market, and then Turkey uses the proceeds to buy and ship weapons to ISIS and other anti-Assad terrorist bands.

IN ANY CASEit’s far different to be forced to buy back your own stolen oil from occupied energy fields for the sake of your own people, and another for US-enabled Turkey to be in partnership with ISIS and buying low-priced stolen oil from ISIS to line their own pockets. 

The purpose of US bombings of ISIS-occupied oil fields is to destroy Syria’s energy infrastructure. It’s nothing less than Jewmerica’s bizarre twist on scorched earth warfare.

And the twisting of our Jew-ruined country continues.

But along comes Putin and he’s foiling Jewmerica’s wicked plans.


Why Turkey Shot Down Russia’s Plane

Revenge can be an ugly thing.

Especially if waged in the unfriendly skies of Syria.

For with the Russian-Syrian drive to “drain the swamp” in northern Syria, and loyalist forces prevailing over Latakia, Turkish revenge will seep to the surface.

[Clip: “The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces, the NDF, and Hezbollah have seized back the areas of al-Markashilah and Jab al-Ahmar in the northern parts of the Latakian province on Saturday. The Syrian forces pushed back the militant groups and restored full security to al-Rahmalia and al-Kidr hills.”]

Looks like Turkey’s ambush of Russia’s plane was ‘planned payback’ due to Russia’s devastating strikes on Erdogan’s Syrian Turkmen rebels and allied Chechen jihadists in North Latakia.

It’s ‘Turkey-Chechen’ solidarity ever since the Chechen wars with the terrorist “Chechen Government in Exile” vowing to fight for Erdogan—”the leader of the Muslim people”—against Russia.

And saying you’re sorry is not what the ‘Sultan’ is all about.

[Clip: “Was it a mistake and will you apologize?”

“Well, I think if there’s a party that needs to apologize, it’s not us. Those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize.”]

Liar. It’s your F-16 that violated Syria’s airspace when shooting down Russia’s plane.

And the US and NATO know this.

At minimum, they would have the heat signatures of the aircraft involved.

[Clip: “Putin has accused you of effectively stabbing him in the back, I think is the line he used, and as being, Turkey as being, an accomplice of terror. This is pretty fiery stuff, isn’t it?”

“If Mr Putin is saying that we are co-operating with Daesh, that we are accomplices, I think that will be a huge mistake. And Russia is not engaged in a fight against Daesh in Syria, on the contrary, they are actually targeting moderate opposition.”]

It’s those ‘moderates’ who celebrated their war crime when machine-gunning the Russian pilot as he parachuted from the ambushed plane.

How is it that these Turkmen brigades—their leader, a Turkish ‘Grey Wolf’ terrorist—knew the exact time of the shoot down?

How is it that their cameras, video venues, and script, were ready to go?

Looks like coordinated and premeditated revenge.

[Clip: “There has been an airstrike, reinforced by Russian forces, to thwart a military offensive we started in a mountainous area, al-Najiya. But the Russian war plane was immediately hit by Turkish jets when it violated Turkish airspace. This is a piece of the parachute. Our comrades opened fire into the air. We all did. They, the pilots, died in the air.”]

And when Putin called Turkey an “accomplice of terrorists,” he knew the place and the players.

[Clip: “I want to comment on what we are hearing about certain tribes close to Turkey, the Turkmens and so on. First of all, a question arises: What are representatives of Turkish terrorist organizations, who show themselves on camera and post themselves all over the Internet, doing in these territories?

“Second, what are nationals of the Russian Federation whom we are seeking because of their crimes and who are clearly classified as international terrorists, doing in that territory?”]

Erdogan lets them through. He’s been harboring these Chechen criminals for years.

And he’s not happy seeing his stolen Syrian oil empire going up in smoke.

[Clip: “As for the oil question and the assertion that the oil is destroyed on Turkish territory, at the G20 summit, which took place in Turkey as it happens, in Antalya, I showed a photograph (I had already spoken publicly about this). A picture taken at a height of 5,000 meters. Vehicles transporting oil made a long line that vanished over the horizon. It looks like a living oil pipeline. These are industrial-scale oil supplies coming in from parts of Syria now in the terrorists’ hands.

“This oil comes from these regions, not from other places. We see from the air where these vehicles are heading. They are heading for Turkey day and night. If the Turkish authorities are destroying this oil, why do we not see smoke from the fires?”]

But we’re seeing lots of smoke from Russian jets blowing up ISIS oil trucks near Raqqa.

For if you jettison the income ISIS makes from stolen oil, you take the jihadists down.

That’s exactly what Putin’s doing.

Russia’s in charge, even if Jewish neocons try to get their boots on the ground.

[Clip: “We had Colonel Jack Jacobs on yesterday and he said the only way to solve this problem is to put boots on the ground. There’s no other way to stabilize the situation.”

“Yeah, so I am a big fan of Colonel Jacobs but there are several military leaders, several military leaders, who believe as Colonel Jacobs does, that if you actually want to rebuild and recreate Syrian society it will require troop commitment on the scale that General, Colonel Jacobs is recommending.”]

He’s going to “recreate” Syrian society with his fellow Jewish neocons…just like they did in Iraq and Libya?

Not this time. The Syrians will decide their own fate NOT Jewish neocons.

The cat’s out of the bag. Turkey’s been enabling ISIS terror.

But their revenge against Russia backfired. Russia’s now determined, more than ever, to finish the job.

Putin just bombed Erdogan’s latest weapons shipment into northern Syria…close to the border.

It’s a whole new ballgame and Putin’s hitting the home runs.

Mosquito-borne chikungunya may cause fatal brain infection

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) — Encephalitis in patients infected with the chikungunya virus is far more common than previously thought, according to a new study of an outbreak.

The outbreak on Reunion Island, located in the Indian Ocean, lasted from 2005 to 2006, and affected about 300,000 people. Researchers said they mounted the study to find out if people who suffered neurological problems when they contracted the virus were still afflicted three years later.

Chikungunya, which originated in Africa, was first seen in the Western Hemisphere in the Caribbean island of St. Martin, however has since spread to other islands in the region, as well as Central and South America, and been seen as far north as Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

The virus is spread by mosquitoes, causing fever, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and rash. Most people recover from the painful illness, but joint pain may become chronic. Infants and the elderly already were thought to be at higher risk of death from the virus, even before the higher rates of potentially deadly brain inflammation were found by researchers.

The risk of encephalitis is especially high for infants and people over 65, researchers reported in the study, published in the journal Neurology. The overall rate of encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, was also reported by researchers as higher than the rate of occurrence in the United States due to West Nile or any other cause between 1999 and 2007.

A total of 24 people had encephalitis linked to chikungunya, which equates to an incidence rate of 8.6 per 100,000 people. The rates are much higher for infants and the elderly, however, as 187 per 100,000 infants and 37 per 100,000 people over age 65 experience brain inflammation because of the virus.

The death rate for people with chikungunya-associated encephalitis was 17 percent, and between 30 and 45 percent of patients who had encephalitis had persisting disabilities after recovering.

More than 600,000 cases of chikungunya, and 76 deaths, have been reported this year, according to the Pan-American Health Organization. Overall, there have been more than 1.7 million reported cases in 45 countries.

“Since there is no vaccine to prevent chikungunya and no medicine to treat it, people who are traveling to these areas should be aware of this infection and take steps to avoid mosquito bites, such as wearing repellent and long sleeves and pants if possible,” said Dr. Patrick Gérardin, a researcher at Central University Hospital in Saint Pierre, Reunion Island, in a press release.

Opposition mounts to genetic modification of human embryos

A group of U.S. scientists and activists on Monday called for a global ban on the use of new tools to edit the genes of human embryos, in a report issued a day before a major international meeting in Washington to discuss the ethical and policy issues surrounding the technology.

A technological innovation that can strategically edit out specific stretches of DNA could ultimately lead to the genetic modification of children, and should be halted before it starts being used, scientists at the Center for Genetics and Society and the activist group Friends of the Earth argued in their report.

“Once the process begins, there will be no going back. This is a line we must not cross,” said Pete Shanks, a consulting researcher with the Center for Genetics and Society and author of the report.

Advocates say the technology, CRISPR/Cas9, can speed the day that scientists can prevent heritable diseases. Opponents worry about unknown effects on future generations and the temptation for future parents to pay for genetic enhancements such as greater intelligence or athletic ability.

CRISPR/Cas9 allows scientists to manipulate genes like the “find and replace” function in word processing changes text. Scientists introduce enzymes that bind to a mutated gene, such as one associated with disease, and then replace or repair it.

The technique, if used to alter the DNA of human sperm, eggs, or embryos, holds the promise of eliminating a host of inherited diseases. But many scientists worry that this could produce unknown effects on future generations, since the changes are passed on to offspring.

Scientists note that the gene-editing techniques can also be used to alter the DNA of non-reproductive cells to repair diseased genes. The objections come to so-called “germline editing” in which reproductive cells are modified.

In May, the White House endorsed a ban on germline editing pending further study of the ethical issues.

The latest report was released on the eve of a summit convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and its counterparts from China and the United Kingdom, following a series of events this year that have brought new urgency to the debate.

In March, a group of scientists led by one key developer of the CRISPR technique called for a voluntary research ban on the use of the technology for germline editing, reflecting fears about safety and eugenics. Shortly after that, a team of Chinese scientists reported carrying out the first experiment to alter the DNA of human embryos.

That news ignited an outcry from some scientists, though others defended the Chinese research as careful and safe since it used only non-viable human embryos.

Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, has also been a leading opponent of genetically modified foods, including a recently approved salmon that grows faster than its wild cousins. The Center for Genetics and Society, founded in 2001, advocates for close oversight of human biotechnology.

There’s no such thing as a ‘male brain’ or ‘female brain,’ and scientists have the scans to prove it

Do you have a male brain or a female brain? The answer, according to science, is no.

If you didn’t expect this to be a yes-or-no question, you’re not alone. Male brains do seem to be built differently than female brains. An analysis of more than 100 studies found that the volume of a man’s brain is 8% to 13% greater than the volume of a woman’s brain, on average. Some of the most noticeable differences were in areas of the brain that control language, memory, emotion and behavior, according to a 2014 report in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.

To find out whether these structural differences translated into cognitive differences, scientists examined detailed brain scans of more than 1,400 men and women. No matter which group of people they looked at, what type of scan was used or which part of the brain was examined, the researchers consistently failed to find patterns that set men and women apart.

To figure this out, the team – led by psychobiologist Daphna Joel of Tel Aviv University in Israel – went hunting for examples of brain “elements” that were either clearly male or clearly female. In other words, they looked for examples of measurements that appeared to cluster one way for men and another way for women, without much overlap in the middle. Then, after identifying these elements, the researchers looked to see whether women tended to have the “female” versions and men tended to have the “male” versions.

They started with a set of MRIs that measured the volume of gray matter in the brains of 112 men and 169 women ages 18 to 79. On these scans, they examined 116 separate regions and zeroed in on the 10 that showed the greatest difference between men and women. In each case, the 281 scans were divided into three categories – one-third considered “most male,” one-third considered “most female” and one-third in the middle.

Only 6% of the brains consistently ranked among the “most male” or “most female” in all 10 categories, the researchers found. On the other hand, 35% showed “substantial variability,” with male traits in some regions and female traits in others.

The study authors then repeated the analysis with different cutoffs for being “most male” and “most female.” Regardless of whether they used a threshold of 10%, 20% or 50%, the brains with a combination of male and female features far outnumbered the brains that were exclusively male or exclusively female.

Next, the researchers followed the same steps with other sets of brain scans that measured the thickness of gray matter in the outer layer of the cerebrum, the connections between different parts of the brain, and other features. As before, they found that consistently male or consistently female brains were rare, and brains with features related to both genders were common.

Finally, the scientists applied the same method to data from two large psychology studies of American teens. Using results from 570 participants in the Maryland Adolescent Development in Context Study, they found that only 1.8% of them scored consistently male or consistently female, compared with 59% who showed “substantial variability.” Among 4,860 participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, the skew was even greater: 0.1% versus 70%.

Even in a data set of 263 college students who were asked about 10 “highly gender-stereotyped activities” like watching talk shows on TV or playing video games, the study authors still found that only 1.2% of the students could be classified as exclusively male or exclusively female, compared with 55% who had traits from both camps.

“This extensive overlap undermines any attempt to distinguish between a ‘male’ and a ‘female’ form for specific brain features,” Joel and her colleagues concluded. These findings have “important implications for social debates on long-standing issues such as the desirability of single-sex education and the meaning of sex/gender as a social category.”

Syrian Family of 7 Is Quickly Settled in New Jersey

Despite the vow by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey not to accept any more Syrian refugees and withhold state financial support, another Syrian refugee family arrived in the state on Monday night.

The family of seven quickly moved into a house near Paterson, and there was seemingly nothing Mr. Christie could do about it.

On Nov. 17, in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, the governor wrote a letter to President Obama saying he was directing the New Jersey Human Services Department not to “participate” in the resettlement of Syrian refugees. Mr. Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, later said that he would allow Syrians to be settled in New Jersey when the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation could guarantee that they were not terrorists.

Mr. Christie has no authority over a federal program that has, for decades, resettled refugees from all nations. Exactly what state services he would withhold from the refugees is unclear. Cutting specific state services — perhaps health care programs or state identification cards — only for Syrians would be a violation of the state’s stringent Law Against Discrimination, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.


Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale conducts an interview on the lawn at the Reform Church of Highland Park, NJ. Kaper-Dale is heading an interfaith effort to help Syrian refugees resettle in New Jersey. CreditKevin Hagen for The New York Times 

“Religious profiling was unconstitutional before the Paris attacks, and it’s still unconstitutional after the Paris attacks,” said Udi Ofer, the executive director of the A.C.L.U. of New Jersey.

Mr. Christie cannot use state resources to try “to bar an entire group of people from coming to our state because of their nationality or religion,” Mr. Ofer added.

His organization has submitted a request for public records to clarify what services might be affected; the state has until Friday to respond.

The governor’s office did not respond to multiple requests to specify what services Mr. Christie intended to withhold.

In a statement on Monday, Brian Murray, the governor’s spokesman, said that “in this case and all prior, the federal government has failed to consult with New Jersey, has shared no security or background information and can give no assurances about the integrity of the resettlement process.

“Rather than address concerns expressed by governors of both parties and the director of the F.B.I., the federal government has chosen instead to persist with its plan to increase the number of new refugees at a previously unattainable rate. Governor Christie will remain opposed to the continuation of this program until the fundamental concerns for our national and state security are addressed.”

Mr. Christie was one of 30 state governors who said the refugees were not welcome in their states.

Mr. Obama said the United States would accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. The State Department said it had no plans to curtail its programs, which have put refugees in 180 communities across the country. Officials with Church World Service, one of the nine national resettlement groups contracted by the federal government and the one that resettled the family on Monday, said it was proceeding as scheduled.

“At the moment we still have not had any notices that public services will not be provided,” said Will Haney, a spokesman for Church World Service.

Mr. Haney said the governor had a state refugee coordinator he could consult. The Jersey City office of Church World Service has settled 27 Syrian refugees in the state, including the family on Monday.

With the legal questions still unanswered, local interfaith and community groups have stepped in with donations. An interfaith coalition for refugee resettlement in Highland Park, N.J., has raised $14,000 since Nov. 15, said the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, who is a leader of the coalition.

“We would be happy to give and to raise as much money for whatever crumbs the governor decides to take away from refugees,” Mr. Kaper-Dalesaid in an interview.

Syria Question Exposes Bitter Divide in Britain’s Labour Party

LONDON — Under Jeremy Corbyn, its new leader, Britain’s Labour Party is virtually tearing itself apart over whether to support the government’s call for participation in airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, as well as in Iraq.

While the issue itself is important, it is proving almost existential for a Labour Party run by Mr. Corbyn, a man of the far left who has been a critic of Western military intervention in nearly every conflict for the last half-century.

Mr. Corbyn, elected as leader by Labour Party members and supporters after the party’s severe electoral defeat in May, opposes British military involvement in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, questioning its legality and strategic utility. Mr. Corbyn is popular among rank-and-file party supporters, some of whom he has re-energized, but he has little support among Labour’s 231 members of Parliament, some of whom regard his election as a bizarre accident.

Many among Labour’s parliamentarians favor the position of the Conservative prime minister, David Cameron, who wants authorization for military action in Syria. He made the request after the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, claimed responsibility for the massacre of British tourists on a Tunisian beach in June, as well as the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13; the destruction of a Russian airliner over Egypt on Oct. 31; and the beheading of British captives in Syria.

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Inside Raqqa, the Capital of ISIS

A bustling city has been transformed under the group’s brutal rule.


The conflict with Mr. Corbyn over foreign policy, brewing since his election, has boiled over into an acidic mess. Senior Labour members of the shadow cabinet, who would hold ministries if the party were in power, are threatening to resign. And Mr. Corbyn’s supporters — including the leader of Britain’s most powerful union, Unite — are warning ominously that members of Parliament who oppose him are risking their careers.

In private, some Labour members of Parliament on the right of the party barely conceal their disdain for their leader. “Margaret Thatcher lost power because she couldn’t command the support of many more than a couple of hundred of her M.P.s,” said one senior Labour Party figure, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid the wrath of the leadership. “Corbyn has about 10 of his.”

Asked whether the mood in the parliamentary party was gloomy, another lawmaker, who also requested anonymity to speak candidly about party affairs, responded, “It isn’t gloomy, it’s terrible.”

To forestall what the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, called a “car crash” with the shadow cabinet, Mr. Corbyn, while making clear that “Labour policy” was opposed to airstrikes in Syria, decided on Monday to allow his legislators a “free vote” — meaning they can vote however they like on the question.

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How ISIS Expanded Its Threat

The Islamic State emerged from a group of militants in Iraq to take over large portions of Iraq and Syria, and now threatens other countries in Europe and elsewhere.

A free vote makes it much more likely that Mr. Cameron will get his authorization. The prime minister has said he wants to ensure “a clear majority” before he calls one, having lost a vote in 2013 over bombing Syria for its government’s use of chemical weapons. On Monday evening, he announced a single day’s debate and a vote on the issue to take place on Wednesday.

To back Mr. Corbyn’s point that the party’s supporters were on his side, his office on Monday released what it said was a random sampling of the 64,771 confirmed Labour Party members who responded to Mr. Corbyn’s emailed request for their views. Judging from the sampling of 1,900 responses, the party said, 75 percent opposed British airstrikes in Syria, 13 percent favored them and 11 percent were undecided. The results are hardly scientific, but seem indicative of the mood of Mr. Corbyn’s supporters.

So the essential problem — the gap between legislators and their leader — is hardly resolved. Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite who was important in Mr. Corbyn’s victory and provides significant funding to the party, warned that Mr. Corbyn’s opponents were “writing their political obituaries” and that they should not use Syria as “the thin edge to stage a coup.”

One problem confronting rebels is the lack of an obvious alternative to Mr. Corbyn, although Hilary Benn, the foreign affairs spokesman, and Tom Watson, the deputy leader, have been mentioned.

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The bigger difficulty is Mr. Corbyn’s strong support among members. “If Jeremy were to step under a bus, the membership would want to select him again, or someone with a similar perspective,” one of the Labour lawmakers said. Even if a method could be contrived to oust Mr. Corbyn and keep him and his few supporters in Parliament off the ballot for his successor, the backlash would be ferocious, he added.

Many Labour lawmakers believe that this degree of support needs to be eroded before any challenge is likely to succeed. That could happen if Labour starts to perform badly in coming electoral tests, the first of which is a by-election in Oldham West and Royton on Thursday.

In that contest, precipitated by the death of the sitting lawmaker, Labour had an emphatic majority in May’s election, but is facing a challenge from the right-wing, populist U.K. Independence Party.

Next year, elections are due for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and London mayoralty, and the performance of Labour under Mr. Corbyn will be watched closely.

Yet his supporters also seem to be organizing. The creation of an activist group called Momentum — which says it wants to build a “mass movement for real progressive change” — has raised the possibility that those who criticize the party leader will themselves face problems from members of their local parties.

Such a deep divide between lawmakers and party activists seems reminiscent of the 1970s and ’80s, when centrists and right-wingers took on left-wing forces, including one group known as Militant. In the end the center won, but Labour lost four consecutive general elections.

Russia and Turkey will both lose from Moscow’s sanctions

London (CNN Money) — Russia has imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, even though it might hurt itself in the process.

Moscow has banned the import of some Turkish goods, imposed restrictions on travel, and plans to stop some Turkish companies doing business in Russia. The move comes after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border last Tuesday. Turkey has not apologized, saying it acted in self defense.

The Turkish economy will take a direct hit. Analysts estimate Moscow’s sanctions could cut 0.5% off annual growth, which was already slowing sharply. The Turkish lira has lost nearly 20% of its value against the dollar this year.

The country’s exporters boosted their shipments to Russia after Moscow banned food imports from the European Union, the U.S. and other Western countries last year, in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.

Russia has not yet released a detailed list of embargoed Turkish imports, but the country’s deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Monday fruit and vegetables are likely to be targeted.

Turkish exporters will suffer, but the sanctions are likely to cut both ways.

“Turkey accounts for around a quarter of Russia’s total food imports,” said William Jackson, senior emerging market economist at Capital Economics. “Sourcing these from elsewhere will be more expensive.”

Inflation in Russia has soared this year, piling on the pain for an economy deep in recession.

Moscow has also suspended visa-free travel for Turkish citizens, starting January 1, 2016, and effectively banned Turkish citizens from working in Russia. They’ll now need special permission to work for Russian companies.

The main source of pain will be restrictions on tourism. Russia has barred its travel agencies from selling trips to Turkey and banned charter flights to and from the country.

Russian visitors are crucial for Turkey’s tourism industry. Around 4.5 million Russians visited the country in 2014, and official Turkish data show that more than 12% of all visitors were Russian, making them the second biggest group after Germans.

“To take an extreme example, were no Russian tourists whatsoever to visit Turkey over the whole of 2016, the loss to Turkish tourism revenues might amount to $3 billion, or around 0.4% of GDP,” Jackson said.

But the impact of Russian sanctions on Turkey will be partially offset by financial aid from the European Union. The EU agreed Sunday to pay Turkey 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) to support the 2.2 million Syrian refugees there. In return, Turkey agreed to take action to limit the number of migrants coming to Europe.