Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/26/2014

The town of Rotherham in Yorkshire is the latest to be hit with a major “grooming” scandal. Over a sixteen-year period, more than 1,400 underage girls, some as young as 11, were sexually abused and violated by Muslim gang members, while the city authorities did nothing. The leader of the Rotherham city council was forced to resign when an investigator’s report was made public.

In other news, the Australian government has announced that it will spend $60 million to combat violent extremism, in the wake of increased recruiting by the State-Whose-Adjective-Must-Not-Be-Named.

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Closing the Urban-Rural Divide

In his book “UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos” (see sidebar for the link), Sir Gregory Copley maintains that if urban areas are going to survive, they will have to make friends with the rural areas close by. But this essay in The Federalist explores an alternative, i.e., bringing the country to the city:

We are used to a “country versus city” dichotomy. It’s not just typical to American society—the polarity has created a lot of class, cultural, and political differences throughout the world. There are a variety of disparate mores usually cultivated in the two separate communities: one is usually more liberal, the other more conservative, one more focused on the individual and careerism, the other more focused on the family. Urban folk and agrarians are often at odds with each other, representing different camps in larger political and ideological debates.

But what happens when people bring the country to the city?

Urban entrepreneurs are introducing vertical, rooftop, and indoor farming, as well as “urban homesteading,” to American cities. Each of these ideas, in its own unique way, builds agriculture within a city and turns barren concrete landscapes into something productive and beautiful. But on a more abstract, philosophical level, urban farming could have conservative implications and outworkings—and we should encourage these endeavors as much as possible, in our efforts to bring traditional principles back to urban environments.

Urban Farming Opportunities

First, urban farming presents an interesting opportunity for innovation and creativity amongst American entrepreneurs. Some aspiring urban farmers have built vertical farms and are using methods like hydroponics or aeroponics to cultivate produce with marked efficiency. Rooftop farms are also becoming very successful, and can yield as much as 20 times the produce of a traditional farm. Gotham Greens, a rooftop farm in Brooklyn, uses a computer control system—with sensors, lights, fans, shade curtains, heat blankets, and irrigation pumps—to grow vegetables year-round. Some may find these things strange and foreign, unseemly compared to more traditional forms of farming. But as long as they’re meant to supplement and not replace traditional modes of agrarianism, such efforts present opportunities for people to learn more about food production, and to harness new knowledge in an effort that benefits communities and fosters ingenuity.

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Anti-Semitic Attack in Davos

Many thanks to JLH for translating this article from tachles about an incident earlier this month in Switzerland:

Attack on an Orthodox Jew

August 15, 2014

A Jewish man from Antwerp was attacked in Davos.

At 6:30 Monday evening, A. Wachsstock from Antwerp left the Migros [supermarket] in Davos, carrying a shopping bag. A sixty-year-old man sprang at him, shouting over and over “Out with the Jews!” and similar hateful tirades. He tried to beat up the 26-year-old.tourist, wounding him on the right hand. But Wachsstock was able to take refuge in his car and, despite injury and shock, drive away. His wife and four children — three boys and a girl had had to witness it all from the car. The oldest child is 6 years old and the youngest 6 months.

In a rage, the 60-year-old Swiss hammered on the car doors and windows. Nonetheless, those inside escaped. “He looked awful when he returned,” Wachsstock’s brother-in-law told tachles. “His hand was bleeding heavily. We were able to have it expertly bandaged, or we would have had to take him to the hospital.” In the synagogue, he was asked if someone had wanted to stab him, and so the rumor began that the attacker had gone after the young man with a knife, which Wachsstock denied. When the family had calmed down, Wachsstock called the police.

The family, which has been vacationing in Davos for fifteen years, was not happy with the Davos police, who need a formal complaint to become involved. To that purpose, Wachsstock intends to go to the station today: “Anyone who does something like that and shouts such things as that cannot go unpunished,” he says. He is sure he will recognize his assailant.

There’s no word on the resolution of the follow-up complaint.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/25/2014

According to the latest reports, the recent air attack on Islamist militants at the airport in Tripoli were carried out by fighter jets from the UAE, operating from bases in Egypt. The United States was not consulted prior to the raid, and is said to have been caught by surprise.

In other news, several cases of Ebola have been reported in a remote region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The government of the DRC says that these cases are unrelated to the larger Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, which represents a different strain of the virus.

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What’s the Real Story in Ukraine?

Ivan Winters returns with a guest-essay that takes a look behind the curtain of media hype at the crisis in Ukraine.

What’s the Real Story in Ukraine?
by Ivan Winters

I am writing this article to help interested persons make head or tail of the ongoing shambles that is the situation in Ukraine and to give some (hopefully accurate) information about the main players in the situation. One of the things that has driven me to contacting the team to offer to write this article has been the disgraceful, shallow, ill-informed coverage in much of the UK Press. The coverage on the two main TV News providers, BBC and ITN has been pathetic and has been propagandising an EU version of events (I will give some examples of this in the article).

Most of the print media has been nearly as bad. In fairness, during the past few weeks, since mid-February, the Daily Mail has started to take the situation seriously and provided much more accurate coverage, particularly in some of the op-eds. The best TV news coverage has been from Al-Jazeera (AJ). I suppose AJ is giving unbiased coverage for the simple reason that as an Islamic-funded broadcaster they have no particular brief for any of the parties in the region. There is also a channel for non-EU-tainted coverage on Russia Today (RT). RT is as you would expect: pro-Russian, putting the official ‘Moscow spin’ on all its reporting. It is also on occasions hilariously technically incompetent and some of its presenters speak very strongly accented English (some of the other staff are, however, Western European).

The first thing to get straight about the situation is the claim that the document that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign was a ‘EU Trade Pact’ (or similar names). This was in fact an innocuous and misleading wrapper put around a preliminary agreement for Ukraine to begin accession procedures with the EU, a process that can take decades (for example, Turkey!). Why was this misleading name used?

In the discussion that follows please note the difference between ‘Europe’ and the ‘EU’. Some reporters use the two names interchangeably. They are not the same. Europe is a geographical entity, a continent, consisting of over 40 countries. The EU is a group of 28 countries within Europe that have decided democratically (!) to form a supranational bloc. Reasons for the use of the misleading name for the rejected treaty are numerous and include:

a.   Attempting to hide the real nature of the EU attempt to expand its bloc up to the Russian border. The EU were perfectly aware that if Russia realised what was happening, Putin had two ‘weapons’ at his disposal. The first is that much of the population in Southern and Eastern Ukraine is pro-Russian (Russian-speaking and often Russian Orthodox). These peoples would much prefer Ukraine to increase its links with Russia rather than the EU, and Putin could easily motivate then into vociferously objecting to the proposed treaty.

The other weapon is that Russia supplies Ukraine with its oil and gas, and Ukraine regularly owes Russia for unpaid deliveries. For example, as of 1st March the unpaid balance was approx $1.59 billion (approx £980 million). Russia can (and has in the past) cut off Ukrainian fuel deliveries in mid-winter using the unpaid balance as an excuse. A collateral result of this is that some other EU countries lose some of their oil/gas deliveries as they use the pipelines running through Ukraine.

b.   The EU were well-aware that many Ukrainians, while perfectly happy to see Ukraine increase its links with Western Europe, would not be keen to see accession to the EU. After all, having got out of one supranational bloc in 1992, why would anyone want to join another such bloc? The image many East Europeans have of the EU is that of another expansionist supranational bloc led by a bureaucracy that comes up with the same incompetent decision-making as occurred in the Soviet bloc (see discussion and comment programs on RT to see this stereotype regularly repeated). A further image problem for the EU is that many people around the world see it as a putative ‘Fourth Reich’ dominated by Germany! Accurate or not, most Ukrainians have bad memories of their last involvement with Germany.
c.   Many of the EU’s social and cultural standards expected of accession nations are inimical to the Ukrainian people. As one example out of many, countries acceding to the EU are expected to legitimize same-sex marriage. This has already caused a problem with the latest accessing nation, Croatia, a proudly Catholic country, where a national referendum has rejected same-sex marriage. The Ukrainians are also proudly religious and the majority object to same-sex marriage. In fact most Ukrainians didn’t realise involvement with the EU included support for same-sex marriage until an advertising campaign in the local press — the campaign was paid for by a oligarch who is a friend of Vladimir Putin.
 

Having disposed of the narrative that the Ukrainian President was signing up to a trade pact, there is of course one simple fact that has to be recognised: President Yanukovych was a democratically elected president. If a democratically elected president wishes to change his mind before signing up to a treaty, that is his prerogative in a democracy and that is no reason for his overthrow. To give an obvious example: you are perfectly entitled to walk away from a potential house purchase provided you have not ‘exchanged’ contracts. The worse that can happen is you might have to pay some fees for solicitors/valuer etc.

Who was behind the rioting mob in Kiev that used the non-signature of the Trade Treaty as an excuse for a coup? Two answers actually: the US and the EU. The US has for the past two decades pursued a policy of trying to detach the former Soviet Republics from the Russian economic sphere and move them into the Western sphere, including such little sweeteners as ‘candidate member of NATO’ status. One of the most famous examples of this was Georgia. The Georgian government expected that in the event of a border dispute with Russia, NATO would intervene, all guns blazing. Instead, during the South Ossetia crisis they got French President Sarkozy to negotiate a ceasefire!

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It’s Allah’s Kind of Town, Chicago

The video below is not new, but it’s a real eye-opener. It’s a ten-minute “Chicago Police Department Documentary about Islam and understanding Muslim beliefs and practices”. It provides a combination of da’wa and subtle intimidation of the infidel, courtesy of the Chicago city government.

Creeping Sharia, which posted the video today, had this to say about it:

Stumbled across this video posted in 2009 that should alarm Americans.

The Chicago police department is pimping for Islam in a documentary that shows an unindicted co-conspirator to the 1991 World Trade Center bombing and another Muslim who “officially resigned from the Obama campaign following inquiries from the Wall Street Journal about his ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”

It’s a full-fledged ad for Islam and seemingly seeks to force Chicago police officers to submit to Islamic customs sharia law when dealing with Muslim immigrants.

The Illinois State Police learned their lesson after hiring a Hamas-linked Imam to a Chaplain Post, but as recently as 2012 the Chicago Police Dept. Superintendent speaks at Hamas front CAIR-Chicago’s annual fundraiser.

My favorite line in this grotesque puff-piece: “Islam was basically the first women’s liberation movement.”

Rev. Dean, a chaplain for the Chicago Police Department, informs us that there are 400,000 Muslims in the Chicago area. The city of Chicago is home to 2.7 million people, but the Chicago metropolitan area has a population of about 9.7 million, which means that Muslims comprise just 4.1% of the population. If this is the kind of official publicity they can get now — funded by the taxpayer, I might add — what will the government-issued propaganda for Islam look like when they reach 15%? Or 30%?

I suppose we could look at London or Birmingham to get a rough idea.

Since the “documentary” was paid for by the government, don’t the producers have some sort of obligation to do due diligence? To research the background and history of Islam? To discover its violent ideology, as sanctioned by its scripture? To explain its traditional practices of conquest and destruction?

Apparently not.

Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/24/2014

Israel closed the Erez border crossing into Gaza today after repeated mortar attacks from the Palestinian side. Several people were injured in the attacks on the crossing, including Palestinian patients who were on their way to Israeli hospitals for treatment.

In other news, Boko Haram declared a Caliphate in the town of Gwoza, Nigeria, which is under their control.

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The Jihad Boys Bring it All Back Home

Ann Corcoran does exemplary work.

Today we were sent a link to her latest post on Austria’s PC/MC dhimmified decision to accept Muslim asylum seekers. Actions have consequences: the dhimmis, having grasped this nettle, are now stamping their feet about the pain while Counterjihadists roll their eyes and reply, “Well, duh…what did you think those battles for Vienna were about, anyway?”

Below is today’s post from Refugee Resettlement Watch. Her links to her previous posts about this issue may be found at her URL.

Like Gates of Vienna, Ann keeps a subject archive; it’s linked on the post I’ve mirrored (though I have omitted her links in this mirroring, but you can find them there).

(Reuters) – Authorities suspect around 130 people resident in Austria – most of them foreign nationals – have allied themselves with Islamist militants fighting abroad, officials in Vienna said on Friday, raising their estimate by nearly a third.

Public safety director Konrad Kogler told a news conference the 130 figure included “people actively participating in combat as well as ones who have returned to Austria, because both groups of people are relevant for us”. He thought around two-thirds of them had come back to Austria and one-third were in battle or on the way there. Officials were tracking the target group’s foreign travel and monitoring their activities when they return given the security risk they might pose, he said.

He said 40 of the 130 were Austrian citizens. The others were primarily from Russia, the Balkans and Turkey.

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Kogler did not confirm reports that the nine suspects – one aged just 17 – were Chechens, but said many were Russian citizens.

The suspects had mostly come to Austria as young people and got political asylum that could be revoked should they be convicted of joining a terrorist organization, officials said.

To which Ms. Corcoran adds this exasperated note:

“Big deal! I am sure those budding Jihadists are concerned about the revocation of their political refugee status!”

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I looked for some of our reports on the subject of Austrian jihadists and came up with this series from early 2013, focusing on “The Votive Church” and the harm leftists have done to the Catholic Church and to the citizens of Austria with their naïve calculations and disruptions:

Just in case you think our American Left is any smarter, read this sad tale:

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Islam Rising — In Poland?

The Islamization of Poland seems to be proceeding much faster than I ever expected — and probably to the surprise of most Poles.

Our Polish correspondent Green Infidel sends the following translated report on the latest official oppression of “Islamophobia” in Poland. He includes this introductory note:

It seems that in Poland, Western-style “hate-speech” laws are being rapidly enforced — perhaps helped by a Communist-style mentality still present in much of the police and prosecutors’ offices.

Here’s one victim — the owner of a Jihad Watch-style portal, reposting news articles about the “Islamisation of Europe”, mostly from Western media.

The police promptly took away his computer and laptop for examination, he was questioned about his “attitudes towards believers of Islam”, and even donors to his website received visits from the police!

One wonders whether the commenters, and over 150,000 Facebook users who “liked” his page will also receive visits?

The translated article:

On the 23rd of July [2014], the police carried out a search of my apartment and secured a PC, as well as my mobile phone with its SIM-card. However, this is not the first time when I’ve been the target of political correctness and pseudo-intellectual elites.

My legal problems commenced at the start of September 2013 — when I received a letter from the same prosecutors’ office, which is currently leading the investigation against me. At that time, I was accused of inciting hatred during 2012-2013, and insulting a group due to its faith. This is an charge from article 256§1 of the Polish penal code, and 257§ in relation to article 11§2 of the Polish legal code.

The prosecutors’ justification was as follows: “Damian Kowalski, inciting through the internet to hatred of the followers of Islam, requested donations to support his actions to the bank account number: …”. After a few days, I was forced to present myself at the prosecutors’ office and submit a statement in the presence of my lawyer, I was questioned about everything to do with the functioning of the website [www.ndie.pl].

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ISIS: Guided by the Koran

Two weeks ago we posted about the march in Vienna in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Below is a subtitled video of a speech given by Christian Zeitz on that occasion, concerning the Koranic basis for the actions of ISIS and the nature of Islamic law. In addition to his translation of the video, Rembrandt Clancy has provided us with an explanatory introduction.

Introduction
by Rembrandt Clancy

Below is a video of a demonstration against the “Islamic State” which took place in Vienna on 10 August 2014. The speaker is Christian Zeitz, Scientific Director of the Institute for Applied Political Economy in Austria. According to Internet portal unzensuriert.at, where he has published guest commentaries, Mr. Zeitz studies the theory of democracy, monetary theory, Islamology and the sociology of religion.

Mr. Zeitz raises two subjects in the video for which it is perhaps worthwhile to provide some background: the Ridda wars and the Austrian Islam Act of 1912.

The Ridda Wars

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the current IS leader and self-proclaimed Caliph, takes his name from Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, who according to tradition was an early friend of Mohammed’s. Upon the prophet’s death in 632, Abu Bakr became the prophet’s “rightly-guided” successor and the first Caliph. It was he who sponsored the Ridda or Apostasy Wars until his death in 634. The aim of the wars was to re-establish Muslim hegemony over Bedouin tribes on the Arabian Peninsula after they had fallen away from the faith. Raymond Ibrahim describes these first jihads this way:

Many Arab tribes were still willing to remain Muslim, but had second thoughts about paying zakat money to the first caliph, Abu Bakr. That was enough to declare jihad on them as apostates; tens of thousands of Arabs were burned, beheaded, dismembered, or crucified, according to Islamic history.

Indeed, Qaradawi himself, while discussing the importance of killing any Muslim who apostatizes from Islam on a live Al Jazeera program, correctly declared that “If the penalty for apostasy was ignored, there would not be an Islam today; Islam would have ended on the death of the prophet.”

The Austrian Islam Act of 1912

Christian Zeitz also refers briefly to the Islam Act (Islamgesetz) of 1912 (English, French and German versions), which the Emperor Franz Joseph (1830-1916) promulgated for the purpose of integrating Bosnia-Herzegovina into the Habsburg Monarchy. In a recent article for Gates of Vienna Mr. Zeitz details the background to the Act and outlines what is at stake:

Austria will soon have to decide whether it wants to establish in orderly fashion the primacy of the secular state versus the aspirations for an Islamic divine state, or intends to allow a further embedding of radical variants of Islam.

The Gatestone Institute has an article “Austria: Muslim Brotherhood’s New European Headquarters” (4 June 2014) which analyses why Austria’s Islam Act of 1912 provides attractive, external legal conditions for the Muslim Brotherhood that do not exist in any other European country.

Video Credits

Henrik Ræder Clausen did the technical work on the original footage. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff supplied the German transcript, without which this project could not have gone ahead. She was also responsible for taking the video footage of the demonstration. Translation and subtitling are by Rembrandt Clancy.

Video Transcript

Speech by Christian Zeitz:

… devote a significant part of their free time in the service of this solidarity.

An outward gesture is very important for Austrians and the people of this city.

But it is also very important to speak truthfully about what is behind these massacres occurring right now in Iraq and in Syria and in the entire Near East.

Dear friends, we know that not only Christians, but also Yazidi, Shiites, and Alevi are affected by it; but that does not change the fact that it is inaccurate to label, as so-called “Islamic terrorists”, those who are acting here with tremendous violence, with bloody violence. They are nothing less and nothing more than people very concretely guided by central passages in the Koran. And we should not forget that ladies and gentlemen.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/23/2014

A boatload of illegal migrants capsized off the coast of Libya. It is feared that up to 200 people may have drowned. However, an estimated 100,000 refugees have successfully made it to Italy so far this year.

In other news, civil aviation authorities in Iceland have issued a red alert for air traffic over the country due to the Bardarbunga volcano, which has begun to erupt under the ice sheet of the Vatnajokull glacier.

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A Singular Woman

JLH has translated an article about an Iranian-born woman named Maryam Mirzakhani, who made the headlines earlier this month when she won the International Mathematical Union’s Fields Medal.

The translator includes this note:

While this is not as dramatic as some reports on our life-and-death struggle with Islam, it illustrates what I think of as “the Fjordman Effect.” I think back to the time before the West European purge of dissenters began, before Breivik et al., when I enjoyed reading Fjordman’s well-researched studies of various fields of endeavor — scientific, commercial, philosophical — that detailed the inventiveness and industry of Dar al-Harb, and by contrast exposed the vaunting presumption and willful ignorance of Dar al-Islam.

The translated article from blu-News:

Iranian Is First Woman to Win Mathematics Prize

Every 4 years, the International Mathematical Union awards the Fields Medal, which is regarded as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to receive it.

For the first time, the Fields Medal — awarded every four years since 1936 for outstanding discoveries in mathematics — is being given to a woman — Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani.

At age 17, Maryam was one of the first girls to participate in the Mathematics Olympiad, and she won a gold medal. This specialist in geometry earned her doctorate at Harvard University. She moved to Princeton University in 2004 and was offered a professorial chair at Stanford University in 2008.

In August 2014 the 37-year-old was the first woman, as well as the first person from Islamic Iran, to receive the Fields Medal, which — as the Richard Dawkins Foundation informs us — was awarded for the first time in 1936. Mirzakhani received the distinction for her “outstanding contributions to Geometry and Dynamic Riemannian Surfaces and their Modular Spaces,” in which she combined “methods of diverse fields like Algebraic Geometry, Topology and Probability Theory.”

The Islamic World — Lacking in Scientific Achievement

Maryam Mirzakhani’s achievement is noteworthy because it is an absolute exception in the Islamic world. Besides the fact that as a woman and a scientist she is non-existent in the Muslim world, there is the fact that up until now there have been only two Nobel Prize winners in the “hard” sciences,” i.e., the natural sciences, from the Arabic Muslim world — Abdus Salam (Physics, 1998) and Ahmed Zewall, Chemkstry 1999).

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