Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/9/2013

Firearms sales in Virginia increased last year by 16% to a record 490,000, yet gun crimes decreased by 5% during the same period. Observers were puzzled by the mysterious decrease in crime, what with all those new guns out there in the hands of citizens.

In other news, a devout Muslim man in Britain was delighted when he found the name of Allah on a crisp (potato chip). He was breaking his fast at an iftar meal, and when he pulled the crisp out of the bag, at first he thought it was partially burned. After recognizing the writing on it, he decided to save it as a miraculous keepsake.

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Financial Crisis
» Authorities Plan to Arrest 2 Former JPMorgan
» Nationwide Spot Inspections Find 1 in 2 Greek Businesses Are Cheating the Taxman in Some Way
» Rösler: No More Debt Cuts for Greece
» As Many as 6 May Have Died When Small Plane Crashes Into 2 Connecticut Homes
» Caroline Glick: When Failure Carries No Cost
» Obama Offers Plan Meant to Ease Concerns on Surveillance
» Utah: Miss Riverton Charged With Felony After ‘Homemade Bomb’ Incident
» Virginia Gun Crime Drops, As State’s Firearms Sales Soar
» Woman Fined $219 for Not Paying Bus Fare With Exact Change
Europe and the EU
» British Warships in ‘Routine’ Deployment to Gibraltar
» Cash May be Banned in Norway Restaurants
» Death Map Charts Spain’s North-South Divide
» France: Champagne Production Set to Overflow This Year
» France: Facebook Under Fire Over ‘Adopt a Gypsy’ Page
» France: Video: New Zeppelin Cruises Over Paris
» Italy: Researchers Home in on the Real Mona Lisa
» ‘Made in Germany’ Tag Threatened by EU
» Norway: Police Probe Mullah Krekar Terror Group
» Norway’s Oil Fund to Turn Active: FT
» Royal Baby Sparks Italian Flight Boom to London
» Spain Set to Revise Rail Network Speed Limits
» UK: Asians ‘Behind Most Racial Violence’
» UK: Man Finds Word ‘Allah’ On Crisp
» UK: Racist Attack on Blackburn Police Officer
Middle East
» Camels Prime Suspects in Saudi Virus Outbreak
Far East
» Taiwan Not Likely to Dig China’s Plan for $80b Tunnel Connection, Say Experts
Australia — Pacific
» Two Massive Bombs Found by NSW Police
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Al Shabaab’s Latest Home Grown Terrorist Recruiting Video
» Zimbabwe to Open a ‘Blacks Only’ Stock Exchange
Latin America
» Mexican Court Frees Drugs Baron Rafael Caro Quintero
» Switzerland: Asylum Seekers’ Rights Not Negotiable: Minister

Authorities Plan to Arrest 2 Former JPMorgan

Government authorities are planning to arrest two former JPMorgan Chase employees suspected of masking the size of a multibillion-dollar trading loss, a dramatic turn in a case that tarnished the reputation of the nation’s biggest bank and spotlighted the perils of Wall Street risk-taking.

The arrests are expected to take place in London as soon as next week, according to people briefed on the matter. The action, the people said, would come on the heels of a federal grand jury voting to indict the employees on criminal fraud charges.

The employees — Javier Martin-Artajo, a manager who oversaw the trading strategy from London, and Julien Grout, a low-level trader responsible for recording the value of the soured bets — could ultimately be extradited under an agreement with British authorities.

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Nationwide Spot Inspections Find 1 in 2 Greek Businesses Are Cheating the Taxman in Some Way

ATHENS, Greece — Nationwide spot checks by Greek tax inspectors have found that almost every other business is cheating the taxman in some way, as the debt-hobbled country’s authorities struggle to improve revenue collection amid a crippling recession.

Despite repeated campaigns by successive governments to clamp down on tax fraud, it remains a major problem in Greece, which for the past three years has relied on vast international rescue loans to stave off bankruptcy.

Finance Ministry data released Friday showed that 731 of 1,465 companies — mostly restaurants, bars, coffee shops and clubs — checked from July 25 to Aug. 5 had violated tax laws. The highest rate of non-compliance, some 85 percent of those checked, was on the islands of Evia and Skyros.

The top tourist destinations of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete had rates of over 56 percent of the businesses investigated.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Rösler: No More Debt Cuts for Greece

Germany’s economy minister said on Friday that Greece should not have its huge debts cut any further, in an attempt to hold onto newly won trust in the Eurozone.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

As Many as 6 May Have Died When Small Plane Crashes Into 2 Connecticut Homes

As many as six people may have died when a small plane crashed into two Connecticut homes Friday, engulfing them in flames.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Robert Gretz told a news conference there were reports of two or three people on the plane and two or three victims on the ground in the working-class East Haven neighborhood.

Two bodies were found earlier in one of the homes.

Speaking in East Haven, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy told reporters that emergency workers have “visuals” on two bodies in the basement of one of the houses, according to a Reuters report.

The multi-engine, propeller-driven plane struck the small homes while trying to land in rainy weather at Tweed New Haven Airport.

Firefighters found both homes engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Authorities at the scene initially said there were three missing victims, including one person on the plane and two children in one of the houses, ages 1 and 13.

“We presume there is going to be a very bad outcome,” East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson said.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690B aircraft flew out of Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and crashed as it approached Tweed New Haven at 11:25 a.m. Friday.

Neighbor David Esposito said he heard a loud noise and then a thump. “No engine noise, nothing,” he said.

He also said he heard a woman screaming that her children were inside the burning home. He said he ran into the upstairs of the house, where the woman believed her children were, but they could not find them. They returned downstairs to search, but he dragged the woman out when the flames became too strong.

Frank Diglio, 55, told the Hartford Courant that he was driving nearby and pulled over when he saw people screaming and crying. Diglio said he and another man tried digging through the room to find the children, but were forced to leave after 10 minutes when the fire at the house became intense.

“The plane was burning slow and then it started really burning,” he told the newspaper. “The fire engines arrived in like 10 minutes. They came real quick and they told us all to move. The house got really out of control.”

Police cordoned off the area, and smoke could be seen rising from between the two houses. Parts of the plane’s wing were visible in the wreckage and a portion of the roof of one of the houses had collapsed, Reuters reported.

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Caroline Glick: When Failure Carries No Cost

This week, after a three-and-a-half-year delay, US Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was finally placed on trial for massacring 13 and wounding 32 at Ft. Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.

Hasan was a self-identified jihadist. His paper and electronic trail provided mountains of evidence that he committed the massacre to advance the cause of Islamic supremacy. Islamic supremacists like Hasan, and his early mentor al-Qaida operations chief Anwar al-Awlaki, view as enemies all people who oppose totalitarian Islam’s quest for global domination.

Before, during and following his assault, Hasan made his jihadist motives obvious to the point of caricature in his statements about the US, the US military and the duties of pious Muslims. But rather than believe Hasan, and so do justice to his victims, the Obama administration, with the active collusion of senior US military commanders went to great lengths to cover up Hasan’s ideological motivations and hence the nature of his crime.

On the day of the attack, Lt.-Gen. Robert Cone, then commander of III Corps at Ft. Hood, said preliminary evidence didn’t suggest that the shooting was terrorism. Cone said this even though it was immediately known that before he began shooting Hasan called out “Allahu akhbar.” He called himself a “Soldier of Allah” on his business cards…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]

Obama Offers Plan Meant to Ease Concerns on Surveillance

President Obama on Friday sought to get his administration ahead of the roiling debate over National Security Agency surveillance, releasing new information about spying activities and calling for changes aimed at bolstering public confidence that the programs do not intrude too far into Americans’ privacy.

At a time when leaks by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden have ripped the veil from the agency’s expansive spying both inside the United States and abroad, Mr. Obama held a news conference at which he conceded a need for greater openness and safeguards over vast American surveillance efforts.

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Utah: Miss Riverton Charged With Felony After ‘Homemade Bomb’ Incident

RIVERTON — The woman recently crowned Miss Riverton is facing four felony charges after her arrest last weekend.

Kendra McKenzie Gill, 18, was arrested after police said she and three other 18-year-olds threw homemade “bottle bombs” out of a moving car on the night of Aug. 2.

Gill was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with four counts of possession of an explosive device, all second-degree felonies.

Her three companions — Bryce Christopher Stone, of Riverton; John Patrick Reagh, of Draper; and Shanna Marie Smith, of Bluffdale — face the same charges.

Stone told investigators that the group made and threw the bombs to scare some of their friends, according to court documents.

They each threw a bomb onto the front lawn of one Riverton home, then they waited at a second location for two people to return home from a concert, charges state. When the pair arrived, each of the four people in the car threw a bomb in their direction, Stone told police.

Unified Fire Authority investigators found remnants of four water bottles, aluminum foil and a chemical residue at each location, charges state. Witnesses reported hearing loud pops or bangs and saw the homemade bombs being thrown from a gray car as it sped away.

While the bombs may have been thrown simply to frighten people, Unified Fire Authority Capt. Clint Mecham said at the time that these kinds of homemade explosives can cause real harm.

“They can sever limbs, they can even kill people depending on what the chemical combinations are used,” Mecham said. “This is very, very serious.”

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Virginia Gun Crime Drops, As State’s Firearms Sales Soar

Amid calls nationwide for stricter gun control laws, Virginia is experiencing a unique trend: the state’s gun-related crime is declining but firearms sales are increasing.

Firearms sales rose 16 percent to a record 490,119 guns purchased from licensed gun dealers in 2012, according to sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

During the same period, major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.

“This appears to be additional evidence that more guns don’t necessarily lead to more crime,” said Thomas R. Baker, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs who specializes in research methods and criminology theory.

“It’s a quite interesting trend given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws and the presumed effect it would have on violent crimes,” Baker told the newspaper. “While you can’t conclude from this that tougher laws wouldn’t reduce crime even more, it really makes you question if making it harder for law-abiding people to buy a gun would have any effect on crime.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Woman Fined $219 for Not Paying Bus Fare With Exact Change

Montreal mother and child returning from hospital kicked off bus, fined

When Pauline Tantost was kicked off a Montreal city bus last week for not paying her fare with exact change, she was shocked. And then a transit inspector handed her a ticket with a $219 fine for not paying her fare.

With her two-year-old son, Xavier, in her arms, she had boarded the 108 Bannantyne bus home to Verdun around 10 p.m. after having spent five hours at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She boarded the vehicle near Atwater Avenue and Ste-Catherine Street West.

She searched through her purse for $3 in change for the fare, but only came up with a $5 bill. She said she offered it to the driver, who refused because the fare machine doesn’t accept bills.

He warned her that failure to pay a fare could be bad news if the bus was to get inspected. Then the bus took off with Tantost and her son on board, while she clutched the $5 in her hand.

Two inspectors boarded the bus in Verdun at Bannantyne Street and Fourth Avenue, several stops before Tantost’s home. An employee of the STM later told her that it was purely a coincidence that the bus was inspected.

“I find that suspicious,” Tantost said.

A passenger on the bus, Darlene Cousins-Larsen, said one inspector entered the bus by the front door while another boarded through the back.

“They went right to the woman who was sitting behind the bus driver with the child. She had to get off the bus,” Cousins-Larsen said.

She said another woman on the bus with an invalid ticket was given a warning.

Cousins-Larsen approached the bus driver and offered to pay the woman’s fare, but was shrugged off by the driver and inspectors.

“He said, ‘No no, it’s OK, it’s free.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, OK, they were just giving her a warning,’“ she said.

Instead, Tantost was handed a $219 fine for not paying her fare.

Embarrassed, she got off the bus with her son and stood on the sidewalk in tears. She walked the rest of the way home.

“I think they showed a lack of humanity and a lack of kindness,” she said.

Tantost said she told the inspectors she would contest the fine, words that according to her were met with a laugh and a comment about how the only benefit of that would be the overtime the STM employee treating the file would earn.

The STM declined to comment.

           — Hat tip: McR [Return to headlines]

British Warships in ‘Routine’ Deployment to Gibraltar

Ten Royal Navy vessels including an aircraft carrier, frigates and support ships are heading to the waters off Gibraltar. Relations between the UK and Spain have heated lately over fishing rights, but the UK defence ministry insisted the visit was “long-planned” and part of a “routine deployment,” the BBC reports.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Cash May be Banned in Norway Restaurants

Cash payments will be banned in hotels and restaurants across Norway if the Norwegian Hospitality Association has its way, Aftenposten has reported.

The trade body is lobbying the Ministry of Finance to abolish consumers’ right to pay in cash at all shops and restaurants.

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Death Map Charts Spain’s North-South Divide

A new medical atlas highlights the startling difference in mortality rates between Spain’s rich north and poor south.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

France: Champagne Production Set to Overflow This Year

Champagne-lovers had cause to celebrate on Thursday, as official statistics predicted a massive 56-percent rise in production of bubbly in France this year.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

France: Facebook Under Fire Over ‘Adopt a Gypsy’ Page

A Roma rights group based in southern France filed a police complaint this week against a Facebook page entitled “Adopt a Gypsy,” for what it called the “flood of hatred” brought on by the page on the social networking site.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

France: Video: New Zeppelin Cruises Over Paris

Not happy with the views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower? Well there is a new way to take in the breathtaking vistas of the French capital. On Sunday a new tourist Zeppelin airship took to the skies above Paris for its first commercial flight. (See video)

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Italy: Researchers Home in on the Real Mona Lisa

DNA tests on the family remains of the suspected real-life Mona Lisa will get underway in Florence on Friday morning in a bid to confirm the identity of the woman behind Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous protrait.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

‘Made in Germany’ Tag Threatened by EU

Fears are growing in Germany that new EU rules could herald the demise of the “Made in Germany” merchandise mark — and with it a reputation for quality built up over decades.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Norway: Police Probe Mullah Krekar Terror Group

Mullah Krekar, the Norway-based Islamic extremist, is under investigation by German police for seeking to establish a Europe-wide terror network, Sweden’s Expo magazine has reported.

The Germans have asked Sweden to interrogate a 28-year-old man from Västerås, who was in contact with Krekar in 2010.

“The German police have requested that we interrogate him, and they want it done in a court of law,” Prosecutor Ronnie Jakobsson told the magazine.

Although the man is not suspected of any crime, German police believe that he has information about an Islamist terror network they suspect Krekar and another nine people were seeking to establish.

According to the German investigation, the 28-year-old was in contact with other members of the network via Paltalk, a US-based chat service in 2010.

He also wrote articles for jihadist internet sites administered by Krekar’s group, and had direct contact with Krekar on at least two occasions.

Krekar, born Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, came to Norway in 1991 as a refugee from the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. In 2001, he co-founded Ansar-al-Islam, the extremist Islamist group behind a wave of bombings in Northern Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

Krekar is currently serving a two-year sentence for making death threats against Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg, and against three Kurdish men.

He was acquitted of a more serious charge of “incitement to terrorism” by Norway’s Court of Appeal in December 2012.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Norway’s Oil Fund to Turn Active: FT

Norway’s $760bn oil fund is gearing up to turn active and use its investment might to oust poor managers and influence strategy in companies where it has a shareholding, the Financial Times has reported.

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Royal Baby Sparks Italian Flight Boom to London

London is Europe’s top destination for Italians to spend the upcoming ‘ferragosto’ holiday weekend, according to the flight website, Skyscanner. A travel agent in Rome told The Local the influx in bookings to the UK capital might be something to do with the recent arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s firstborn, Prince George.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Spain Set to Revise Rail Network Speed Limits

Spain’s Minister of Public Works appeared in Parliament on Friday to discuss new rail safety measures for the country.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

UK: Asians ‘Behind Most Racial Violence’

Oldham’s police chief has said Asian youths are responsible for more than half the racist attacks in the town.

Chief Superintendent Eric Hewitt said he was concerned about the increase of racist attacks by gangs of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin.

He said that in the past 12 months there had been 572 racial incidents, 60% of which were committed by Asians against white men.

Mr Hewitt has called an emergency meeting on Friday with community leaders and council representatives to discuss the situation.

The meeting follows an attack last week by a group of Asian men on a white man who was left seriously injured.

The victim, 23-year-old Mark Clayton, was stabbed twice in the leg and lost about five pints of blood when a main artery was severed.

Other recent incidents include one in which a white man was hit on the head by Asian assailants who then set their Rottweiler dog on him.

But an Oldham councillor, Abdul Quayum, criticised Chf Supt Hewitt’s decision to focus on assaults committed by Asian men.

Mr Quayum expressed sympathy with the victim of last week’s attack and called on the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities to come forward if they had any information about the crime.

He said such attacks and those committed by white men against Asians were part of a long running problem in the area.

“ I think that the issue is broader than that. We really need to get to the root of the problem which has been around for a number of years,” he said.

Mr Quayum added that Chief Superintendent Hewitt had singled out Asians for criticism before.

“This is not the first time he’s made statements like this. He has a history of blaming only one part of the community,” he said.

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]

UK: Man Finds Word ‘Allah’ On Crisp

A man has found the word ‘Allah’ in arabic on a crisp.

Ashraf Kagzi, aged 65 was eating a packet of Walkers Crinkles when he made the discovery.

He has shown it to family and friends and says everyone is convinced it is the word ‘Allah’ in Arabic.

Mr Kagzi told us, “It was during Iftari time on the 27th fast.

“I amazed when I saw the crisp. I thought the crisp was burnt but then when I looked closer I saw the word Allah.

“I still have the crisp and packet.”

In the past people have claimed to have seen holy words written in aurbergines, trees, fishes and tomatoes.

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UK: Racist Attack on Blackburn Police Officer

A POLICEMAN dealing with a 13-year-old runaway was surrounded by Asian men and subjected to racist abuse by one of them.

Blackburn magistrates heard Tahir Hussain swore at the officer and told him to go ‘back to where you live’.

But Ian Huggan, defending, said his client had jumped in without knowing the full circumstances. Hussain, 30, of St James Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated disorderly behaviour.

He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £40 costs.

Scott Ainge, prosecuting, said PC Ben Dowling was asked to attend Whalley New Road due to concerns over the girl’s welfare. Her mother feared she might harm herself.

“He managed to find the girl and she became aggressive towards the officer when he spoke to her,” said Mr Ainge.

“At that point a large group of Asian males approached and the officer was subjected to racist comments.”

Mr Huggan said of Hussain: “He saw the officer approach the girl and she became distressed.”

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]

Camels Prime Suspects in Saudi Virus Outbreak

People infected with deadly virus may have caught it from one-humped camels

London: People infected with a deadly virus that emerged in Saudi Arabia last year may have caught it from one-humped camels, used in the region for meat, milk, transport and racing.

In a study into what kind of animal “reservoir” may be fuelling the outbreak in humans, scientists said they had found strong evidence it is widespread among dromedary camels in the Middle East.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV), which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, has been reported in people in the Gulf, France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 46 people have died out of a total 94 confirmed cases, the majority in Saudi Arabia.

“As new human cases of Mers-CoV continue to emerge, without any clues about the sources of infection except for people who caught it from other patients, these new results suggest that dromedary camels may be one reservoir,” said Chantal Reusken of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, the Netherlands, who led the study.

“There are different types of contact of humans with these animals that could lead to transmission of a virus.” Experts not involved in the study hailed its findings as a major step towards solving the mystery of, and ultimately controlling, the Mers virus.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Taiwan Not Likely to Dig China’s Plan for $80b Tunnel Connection, Say Experts

China’s latest plan to link the mainland to Taiwan, either by bridge or via a tunnel that would be triple the size of the one under the English Channel, is sure to heighten long-simmering tensions between the two countries.

China, which has always claimed dominion over Taiwan, recently approved a State Council plan for a highway that would connect Beijing to Taipei, which would stretch 1,200 miles, including a 111-mile span over or under the straits that separate the nations. Such a project has been discussed for at least a decade, but was recently approved as part of China’s National Highway Network Plan for 2013-2030, according to the South China Morning Post.

“Construction of such a bridge would increase the anxiety in Taiwan about the potential for greater pressure from Beijing to engage in political talks about reunification,” Bonnie Glaser, a senior advisor and China Studies Chair for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told

It’s not clear whether the span across the Taiwan Strait would be a bridge or tunnel, but the latter is the more likely option, according to a report from Stratfor. It could cost as much as $80 billion and would be three times the length of the Channel Tunnel connecting the United Kingdom and France.

Taiwan has been estranged from China since the 1950s, and the Taiwan Strait “represents the most physically formidable and symbolically inaccessible barrier to Beijing’s objective of eventual reunification with the island,” according to Stratfor. At times, military tensions between China and the U.S. allied Taiwan have reached the point where fears of war breaking out were legitimate.

But tensions have eased in recent years, with Taiwan taking an “economic first, politics later” approach with the mainland while Beijing has struck a conciliatory tone.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Two Massive Bombs Found by NSW Police

TWO massive bombs both bigger than those used in the Boston Marathon attacks were made and going to be used to a blow up a Sydney hospital and the Macquarie St offices of a leading Sydney eye surgeon according to NSW police.

They said two fully assembled bombs with detonators and packed with 60cm long shrapnel pieces connected to a butane gas bottle were found in a duffel bag under a home in Albion Park on the South Coast in April.

The devices were both set to go off at 1.48pm on a Saturday in April at the two locations but had not been placed.

But just days before the bombs were to detonate the accused, a 42 year-old Illawarra man, fled Australia to Malta.

His ex-wife, who was unaware of the alleged plot, found the bombs two days later and called police.

The NSW bomb squad were called in to examine the devices. Police were preparing to extradite the man from Malta but he was arrested at Sydney Airport on Thursday evening when he attempted to re-enter the country. He was charged with one count of manufacturing an explosive device with intent to injure.

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Al Shabaab’s Latest Home Grown Terrorist Recruiting Video

On Eid al-Fitr, August 7, 2013 the Somali Al Qaida affiliate al Shabaab released a video on the internet seeking to recruit Somali émigré and home grown terrorists to join their jihad and die in war torn Somalia. The video briefly appeared on You Tube, but was taken down because of the violent content. It featured three American recruits, two Somali émigre’s and a native American convert from the twin cities area, Minneapolis and St. Paul, a major center of Somali immigration in the US. These three had been recruited in 2007 traveling to Somalis only to die there in combat by 2009. One of those portrayed in the Al Shabaab had been an engineering student at the University of Minnesota, while another recruit had graduated Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. . . . One final note. Minneapolis FBI special agent Loven’s comment about First Amendment barring the takedown of these Al Shabaab recruitment videos probably reflects the strictures on counterterrorism at the FBI following the purging of training materials. We note that Google/You Tube took down the latest Al Shabaab training video because of violent content. Back in 2008, a colleague, Joseph Shahda and this author worked with former US Senator Joe Lieberman and his US Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs to prod Google/You tube to take down Al Qaeda training videos. See NER article, Is Google An Enabler Of Terrorists? Dr. Schmidt of Google was also concerned about First Amendment issues but saw the wisdom of establishing a means of purging such Jihadist content from You Tube.

           — Hat tip: Jerry Gordon [Return to headlines]

Zimbabwe to Open a ‘Blacks Only’ Stock Exchange

Zimbabwe’s regime has promised to open a new and racially exclusive stock exchange, allowing blacks alone to trade shares seized from foreign companies.

The plan to grab mining companies, most of which are South African-owned, follows President Robert Mugabe’s landslide re-election last week. Saviour Kasukawere, the ‘indigenisation’ minister, said on Tuesday that the government or black Zimbabweans would take 51 per cent of the shares in all major foreign-owned companies, valued at about £4.8 billion. No compensation will be paid.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Mexican Court Frees Drugs Baron Rafael Caro Quintero

Drugs baron Rafael Caro Quintero can be released from prison after serving 28 years for the kidnap and murder of a US agent, a court in Mexico has ruled.

Quintero’s 40-year sentence for the 1985 killing of US drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena was cut short after the court ruled that he should have been tried in a state rather than a federal court.

The murder strained US-Mexico ties and changed the war on drugs trafficking.

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Switzerland: Asylum Seekers’ Rights Not Negotiable: Minister

Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga says there is no legal basis for a ban on asylum seekers using public swimming pools.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/9/2013

  1. I no longer live in the UK and celebrate the fact that I am no longer governed by Cultural marxism.

  2. All the experts agree, gun control works…

    (insert posters here bearing the likenesses of Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and whichever Muslim was in charge of Turkey during the Armenian Genocide)

  3. Quote:
    He said that in the past 12 months there had been 572 racial incidents, 60% of which were committed by Asians against white men.

    Who’d ever think that social science methods would show the corruption and obtuseness of the first advocates of social science?
    When will these statistics affect policy?

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