Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/23/2014

Construction will begin this summer on the first mosque in the city of Iqaluit (formerly known as Frobisher Bay, the capital of the Canadian province of Nunavut) on Baffin Island. There are no statistics recorded for the number of Muslims in Iqaluit, which has a population of about 6,700. However, the demographics of the city list an Arab population of 0.2%, which would be about thirteen people. Then there are South Asians, which comprise 0.8%, or about 54 people. But some of those are probably Hindus.

In other news, a suicide bomber killed 33 people in Baghdad. The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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“Anchor Babies”, German-Style

We’re used to the phenomenon of “anchor babies” here in the USA, where any expectant mother who can get into the country in time to give birth will have an American citizen for a son or daughter.

But a similar problem now exists in Germany and Austria. If unaccompanied minors get into the country, they can stay, and later bring in their parents for “family reunification”. Those kids tug at the heartstrings — they can’t be thrown out, now, can they?

Och, the puir wee bairns!

How do you say that in German?

Many thanks to JLH for this translation from Zuerst:

“Anchor” Children Become a Problem

Flood of Underage Foreigners Increases

July 19, 2014

BERLIN: A problem is making the rounds: “anchor children” — that is, unaccompanied, underage refugees brought in by people smugglers. After receiving their residence permits, they send for their parents, siblings and other relatives. Their number in Germany is on the rise.

This phenomenon is not confined to Europe, but also exists in the USA. Bypassing Congress in 2012, President Barack Obama defanged the immigration law. From that time on, young immigrants in the USA would not be sent back. Obama mandated that immigrants arriving as children or youths may no longer be deported. Furthermore, they have the right to apply for a job.

The fact cannot be argued away that Obama’s and his administration’s controversial immigration policy has been bearing fruit for a long time, in the form of increasing numbers of illegal border crossings by South- and Central Americans. Last year, new negative records were reached in connection with the problem of the “anchor children.” According to Homeland Security, over 52,000 underage immigrants without parents had been picked up along the Mexican border since October. The children and young people come mostly from Central American and are fleeing poverty or violence.

Homeland Security, which is responsible for protecting the border, has no estimate of unreported cases, and it could be in the tens of thousands, not counting the number of dead and kidnapped.

The “anchor children” who have come to Germany have no settled residence status. They are hoping for a residence permission which will allow their parents, siblings and other relatives to come to Germany without problems. Only a few of these anchor children apply for asylum. There were 2,096 unaccompanied refugee minors in 2012 — three times as many as in 2008. There are no nationwide figures for how many unaccompanied refugee minors are living in Germany now.

Since 2005, youth offices have been obligated to take children and young people into care, if they are in Germany unaccompanied. Most of the support is supplied by branches of Child and Youth Welfare.

In 2012 in Austria, a total of 1,631 unaccompanied children were apprehended by the Ministry of the Interior.

Burka Don’t You Come Around Here Anymore

A couple of years ago a group of doughty Australians (who have more, ahem, manly generative equipment — the women included — than most other Westerners) donned burkas and did a walkabout on the streets of Sydney to make a point.

As you can see from the videos below, these ladies and gents faced “discrimination” whilst in their culturally enriched garb. But it wasn’t the standard kind of WAYCISM that the mainstream media would have you expect — it was the anger of “Australian” youths that these pale-skinned interlopers should be wearing garments reserved for their own chattel womenfolk.

Sydney banks made amends for such maltreatment by allowing the Burka Boys unfettered entry to their premises — which they most assuredly would not have allowed to anyone wearing a ski mask or a visored motorcycle helmet:

These Australian videos came to mind a couple of days ago when a freelance British journalist and producer emailed me about a documentary she intends to produce for the BBC in which young men put on burkas to test the reaction of passersby when they go out on the street.

As it turns out, Vlad Tepes also received a copy of the same email. Now, I hadn’t expected that BBC documentary would have the same “Islamophobic” intentions as those bag-headed Australians. However, I hadn’t thought out the full ramifications of the Beeb’s scam like Vlad has. Below is a cross-post of what he had to say.

The BBC plans to run another burka scam.
By Eeyore for Vlad

To be perfectly fair it is quite possible that Kate Mead, the freelance journalist who is doing this piece for the BBC, may well be sincere and may well not understand this the same way. Its also possible that she is not setting up her social experiment the way I suspect she is. But as pretty much all the other similar articles I have read are designed to deliver the same results I figure it is probably safe to at least speculate that this BBC repetition of it will likely be set up the same, will yield the same results and for the same reasons.

Below, the contents of an email forwarded to me by someone who received it directly from Ms. Mead.

Subject: Documentary

Dear Sir or Madam

I came across your blog while researching for information about a documentary I am developing for BBC Three and I wonder whether you can help. We are in the second stage of our development for this one-off programme which will look at the Burka and whether it should be banned in the UK.

We are currently looking for young men (18-35) to take part in this project who have strong views either in favour of a ban or opposing it. The idea is that they will journey around the country speaking to various women about their experiences – positive and negative – and work with a Muslim social worker who encourages men to experiment with the experience by wearing a Burka themselves for a few days. It is meant to be an accessible look at the issue of Burkas in the UK for a young audience and we hope that our contributors will go on a journey of discovery that might change or intensify their feelings.

As we are looking for potential contributors throughout the UK, we would be really keen to hear from anyone articulate, passionate about the subject and willing to explore the issue directly. I thought that one or several of your writers might be interested in this and would welcome hearing from them. Please do forward my details and invite them to get in touch. I would be most grateful for any help you can give.

We are currently doing screen tests to take back to the channel ahead of commission. This would take about half an hour and we can travel to where they live or pay expenses.

I hope to hear from you soon and thanks in advance.

Kind regards


Kate Mead
(Contact info redacted)

The first problem of course is that it is a setup for tyranny either way. The question is not whether or not to ban a style of clothing. One does not guarantee personal freedom by draconian laws on women’s fashion, even if this is more than just matter of women’s fashion. The solution to the burka problem is giving back people the freedom to discriminate for their own interests and for society to discriminate based on what is in the public interest.

This translates to private store owners having the right to refuse admission to people who are wearing a disguise whether that disguise is a Nixon mask, a pig’s head or a burka and in the public sector, to refuse admittance to people wearing a disguise in public transport, in public buildings and so on. This is more than reasonable, it is actually necessary. While this looks like a nudge nudge style banning of the burka it is not. If women want to wear fundamentalist islamic garb good. Then let them. That way we can know who they are, as the degree of threat they represent to liberal democracy is directly proportional to the degree of religiosity they display. But wearing a disguise in public should be illegal and in many cases already is, and exceptions are made for muslims. So once again, the real solution is not a new law, but to stop making exceptions for the existing ones. Just try and walk into a bank with a motorcycle helmet and a tinted visor and see how long you stay in line.

Now on to what I suspect is a public sympathy scam for the BBC:

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“It’s More Than Worry: It’s Fear”

Sarcelles is a culturally enriched suburb north of Paris. Last weekend, especially on Sunday, Sarcelles was catapulted into the headlines by pro-Palestinian demonstrations that metamorphosed into anti-Jewish riots targeting a synagogue and Jewish businesses. The smoldering shop fronts and smashed display windows were reminiscent of Kristallnacht in 1938, only this time the perpetrators were not blond blue-eyed Europeans wearing uniforms, but culture-enrichers wearing sweatshirts, sneakers, and baseball caps — “youths” exemplifying France’s rich rainbow tapestry of vibrant diversity.

Many thanks to Oz-Rita for translating this French news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. Translator’s note: “Be aware that Chanel 2 — French State TV, probably the French equivalent of the BBC — are dhimmi and Islamophile, so it must be really getting bad over there if even they come out on the side of the Jews.”

Below are excerpts from several news articles about last weekend’s violence in Sarcelles. First, from The Local (hat tip Fjordman):

Pro-Palestinian rally near Paris ends in violence

A Pro-Palestinian demo ended in violence in a Paris suburb on Sunday, just a day after a similar rally to denounce Israel’s attack on Gaza in the centre of the French capital, also descended into a riot as protesters clash with police.

A rally in the Paris suburb town of Sarcelles that had also initially been banned ended in chaos as several cars were burnt or vandalised, shops were looted and young protesters lit firecrackers and smoke bombs.

Early Sunday evening, tensions were still high in the town, with riot police blocking access to the local synagogue, where a group of young vigilantes stood armed with clubs and iron bars — one of them flying an Israeli flag.

The violence echoed similar scenes at a banned pro-Palestinian rally in the cente of Paris on Saturday afternoon.

As the evening wore on in Sarcelles, looters then began raiding shops, wrecking a funeral home and destroying its front window as several protesters shouted: “F*** Israel!”.

Others raided a drugstore which caught fire. Young girls grabbed baby milk inside.

“We’re going to get the cash register,” one person shouted, his voice drowned by the noise of a police helicopter overhead and the alarm of a nearby pizzeria.

Security forces then fired rubber bullets in the direction of the looters as police helicopters buzzed overhead.

At least 13 rioters had been arrested by the early evening, and four policemen had been hospitalised with several others injured. There were also reports of journalists being attacked by the rioters.

Le Figaro newspaper also reported that a molotov cocktail had been thrown at a synagogue in the area, which was being garded by police. The makeshift incendiary device exploded next to the building but did not set it alight, the newspaper reported.

“The atmosphere is very tense, we are waiting for reinforcements from the gendarmes,” one police officer told Le Figaro.

[…]

Organisers have defiantly called for another rally in the French capital on Saturday, starting at 1300 GMT in the central Republic Square.

The Israeli offensive has stoked passions in France, which has the largest Muslim population in western Europe as well as a 500,000-strong Jewish community.

From Al Bawaba (hat tip JP):

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/22/2014

Pro-Palestinian and anti-Semitic demonstrations continued in Canada, France, Belfast, Washington D.C., and other Western cities. Meanwhile, sixteen people were killed in clashes between the Libyan army and Islamic radicals in Benghazi.

In other news, late last night a man doused himself with a flammable liquid and set himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Berlin. It is not yet clear whether his act had a political motive.

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The Mark of the Totalitarian

Our Canadian correspondent Rembrandt Clancy has translated an opinion piece from the Austrian daily Die Presse about the use of the term “populism” to discredit and demonize certain political opinions:

Populism: Pure Hatred in Place of Factual Arguments

The time has come to dispose of the term populism; it is not suitable for serious political and social dialogue.

By Andreas Kirschhofer-Bozenhardt

(Die Presse Print Edition, 1 July 2014)

The results of an Imas poll taken twelve years ago, in June of 2002, showed that 42 percent of Austrians were unable to explain the meaning of the term populism. 36 percent had a vague idea about it and only 16 percent were able to make something of the word. The population has likely learned their lesson by now: populism is that which does not suit the self-righteous champions of political correctness when a reasonable counterargument fails them.

Political ideologues have long been inventive in verbal battle against their adversaries. Above all leftist demagogues have developed a rich fantasy for it. Revolutionary enforcers originally spoke of class enemies or bourgeois exploiters. In more recent times new inflammatory words have come into vogue and it is with these that the religious warriors to the left of centre brand everyone who lingers to the right of it.

Small-calibre word projectiles presently in use are: “neo-feudal”, “economic liberal”, “neo-liberal”, “capitalistic” and “conservative”. Included with the larger ammunition are among other things, “nationalistic”, or word coinages such as “flat-earther” [ewig Gestrige, lit.: one who is eternally of yesterday]. The superlative form which leads to complete political damnation begins with the verdict ‘populism’, mostly used in combination with ‘right-wing radical’ or ‘extreme right’. In the application of this pivotal word, it is only very seldom that the eye drifts from right to left.

The Appeal to Public Opinion

The term populism is used above all against people with a sense of attachment to their homeland, or against those who disapprove of equating homosexual partnerships with traditional marriage, against sceptics of a motley multicultural society, against defenders of their own culture and traditions, against proponents of a rigorous stance against criminals, against defenders of Christian faith; and not least, against critics of the maldevelopments in the EU. However, EU-supporters who oppose the transfer of wealth from northern Europe to southern Europe and the rehabilitation of the indebted countries at the expense of their own wealth must also expect to be classified among the populists.

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Two Norwegian Terrorists Named Anders

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It has been three years since Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people with his July 22 2011 terror attacks in Norway. There have been several articles and stories mentioning me in the Norwegian media the last couple of weeks. This may well happen every July for years to come, with predictable regularity. It’s a bit like strawberry season.

In an essay published at the website of the state broadcaster NRK, three professional “anti-racists” asked for more money from the government to combat Islamophobia and other alleged right-wing extremism that can fuel terrorism.

If you read their essay closely, it names one, and only one, person as representing these supposedly evil forces: myself. So what they are really arguing is that more than three years after Breivik’s attacks, Norway must spend more tax money on combating me, personally. Apparently the public funding that many professional activists have today is inadequate for that purpose. They must regard me as some kind of Godzilla — or Fjordzilla.

The three individuals who authored this essay — Rune Berglund Steen, Shoaib Sultan and Ervin Kohn — were all associated with the state-sponsored Norwegian Centre against Racism. Its leader Berglund Steen has previously suggested that I want to more or less single-handedly start a world war. He didn’t specify exactly how I would be in a position to do so, even if I wanted to.

Shoaib Sultan, a Muslim activist of Pakistani origins, works for the Centre as an advisor on so-called Islamophobia and right-wing extremism. The labor unions (LO), which have intimate ties to the Labour Party, from 2012 onward sponsored this work against Islamophobia with hundreds of thousands of kroner every year.

Sultan is a previous leader of the Islamic Council of Norway. In 2006, during the height of the international Mohammed Cartoons crisis, he published a newspaper essay in Aftenposten claiming that the cartoons had “hurt” him and other Muslims, and that freedom of speech should not be absolute. Shoaib Sultan suggested that Norway should study suggestions made by Abid Q. Raja, a lawyer and politician of Pakistani Muslim background, to strengthen laws against blasphemy so that Muslims would not have their feelings hurt again.

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Ben-Gurion Airport is in a War Zone

There will be no letter from Sderot today by our Israeli correspondent MC. He says he has been losing too much sleep writing all those updates from the border with Gaza.

In the meantime, the continuous rain of rockets from Gaza has impacted international air travel to Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Here’s what The New York Times reported a little while ago:

F.A.A. Bans U.S. Airline Flights to Tel Aviv for 24 Hours

Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours.

All three United States carriers with service to Israel — Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways — said they had temporarily suspended their flights. The move highlighted the impact of the conflict in Gaza on the Israeli economy at the height of the summer tourism season.

It also came at a time when airlines around the globe appeared to be much more sensitive about the risks of flying over conflict areas, following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine last week.

For the moment, European airlines are still operating their flights. British Airways, for instance, said it “continues to operate as normal” and is monitoring the situation closely.

However, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff reports that Lufthansa has also banned flights to Ben-Gurion.

There Is No Fun In Leftism

Ayatollah Khomeini famously remarked, “There is no fun in Islam.” The same might be said of German Progressives in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, who self-righteously forbade any World Cup celebrations involving — yuck! — German national symbols.

JLH has translated an article about the phenomenon, and includes this note:

The author’s attitude toward people who play down nationalism reminds me of what is happening here in the USA, but most forcibly of Tommy Robinson, whose great crime was organizing a group defamed as “soccer hooligans” into an instrument of national pride and the drive for freedom — and had to be punished for it.

The translated article from B.Z.:

Celebrating Soccer is Forbidden in Kreuzberg

The national colors and anthems are forbidden in a bar. Typical for the leftist feeling of superiority, thinks Gunnar Schupelius.

July 14, 2014
by Gunnar Schupelius

Excuse the lack of definition — I took this photo on the way by, with my iPhone [Photo of the blackboard mentioned in the next sentence].

I was standing in front of a bar in Kreuzberg and looking at the board that normally displayed the specialties of the day. Instead of names of dishes, I read the following advice for the guests who were expected to come and watch soccer. It said: “And, as always, no anthems, no banners, no horn-tooting, no silly hats.”

I asked the waiter what that meant. Answer: “We watch soccer because we are interested in the sport and not some stupid nationalist feelings!” Aha, now I got it. I asked if the customers saw it that way too. “Naturally,” he said, “but the board is a reminder, in case anyone forgets.”

I would have loved to ask about the consequences of the instructions on the board. Am I allowed to celebrate German triumphs in this bar, or must I compensate by also cheering goals for the other team? Does the waiter keep watch, to make sure I don’t cheer too much for German goals? Will I be ejected if I forget myself before the game and hum the national anthem?

I try to imagine how the politically correct people in this bar celebrated the World Cup: objectively, judicially, quietly. And they felt good about it — on top of the world. They felt that they were something better — above all the other Berlin soccer fans. Because, right here in Kreuzberg, they had overcome nationalism.

The pride and arrogance that cry out from the soccer rules of that bar remind me of the stickers leftist activists put on the cars of soccer fans. They tear up the black-red-gold banners on the cars and replace them with: “It does no matter what motivated you to use this banner — it always produces nationalism.”

Waving the national flag or singing the national anthem are treated like a crime on the Left.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/21/2014

A suicide bomber who blew himself up in Baghdad last week has been identified as an Australian teenager known as Abu Bakr a-Australi. But another report identifies a suicide bomber who detonated in Baghdad on Saturday as a German. Were these two different shahids? Or did one Abu Bakr al-Alemani perhaps migrate to Australia at some point, and thus earn himself the new cognomen Abu Bakr al-Australi, before going all to pieces in Iraq? The accounts are unclear.

In other news, a Kazakh friend of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for obstructing justice.

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Good Riddance!

Geert Wilders and other Dutch politicians are opposed to any efforts to keep “Dutch” mujahideen from traveling to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad. They’d be glad to see them go — provided that the Dutch government never, ever permits them to return to the Netherlands.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this piece from Politically Incorrect:

Geert Wilders: How We Can Help Our “Migrant Holy Warriors” and Ourselves as Well

Whether they are Hamas, Fatah, Al Qaida, Boko Haram. ISIS, Hizb ut-Tahir, Salafists or other, they are all part of the Islamic ummah, just as the Islamic organizations in Europe belong to the ummah. With every terror attack and death, the jihad activists confirm what they told us in the devastating attacks in Madrid in 2004: “You love life; we love death.” And the local representatives of Islam, in their mosques sponsored and ratified by dhimmi politicians, clergy and media, have not denied that, and they do not demonstrate against Islamic terror. They can’t — it is in accordance with the Koran. So how would it be possible to find agreement with these “wandering holy warriors,” or even find some way of mutually helping each other?

(by Alster)

Almost all the countries or Europe are discussing how to deal with the danger from radicalized Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq. At the same time, according to the chief of state security with the Braunschweig criminal police, Klaus Buhlmann, thirty persons from the region of Braunschweig/Wolfsburg alone are sitting, waiting on packed luggage.

How many are there altogether in Europe? 400 to 500 fighters from Great Britain alone have been taken on by ISIS. Germany shares the problem with other European countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain and Ireland, Belgium, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Now, a video from Aleppo, Syria has turned up in Holland, in which a couple of jihadists from the Netherlands offer a solution. They say it would be better to make it possible for those eager for war to go to jihad. Take their passports from them, as they themselves wish it: “Oh Aqsa, we are on our way! The monotheistic revolution has begun!”

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Day 18: Treachery

In today’s report, MC takes a look at UNWRA, an entire agency of the United Nations that for all practical purposes is devoted to the care, maintenance, and indoctrination of Palestinian “refugees”.

Day 18: Treachery
by MC

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) is a sinecure, an expensive sinecure that pays its executives very well. It is the only organisation in this world that supports the idea of hereditary refugeeship, and thus perpetuates its own role, as paid for by the taxpayers of the USA.

This organisation were caught with their pants down the other day. Some 20 missiles were ‘found’ in one of their schools. Of course they knew nothing about this cache.

They duly handed the missiles back to their owners: HAMAS, a proscribed terrorist organisation specialising in the genocide of Jews. Maybe those were the missiles arrived on our doorstep this morning, Iron Dome took out several; one landed and caused a fire.

It is time for UNRWA to be disbanded. All the refugees from 1948 should now have been absorbed into their host communities. The Jewish ones certainly have, but then they did not get one cent from UNRWA. UNRWA is only for Muslims, and is part of the Middle East problem, perpetuating the hatreds whilst paying proto-terrorists to study their trade and to learn to live at the expense of others.

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