Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/19/2014

The Iraqi government says that its forces have retaken control of the Baiji oil refinery, which had been overrun by the jihadis of ISIS. However, workers inside the installation who were contacted by the media say that ISIS gunmen are still there, and that fighting continues.

In other news, a man in an apartment complex in Texas was told to take down an American flag from his balcony, because it might make his Muslim neighbors feel threatened.

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Financial Crisis
» China Vows to be Long-Term Investor in Greek Economy
» Italy: Banks Already Easing Credit Restrictions, Abi Tells Renzi
» Italy: Govt Tax Bonus to Help Consumer Spending — Business Group
» Portugal: Crisis Increases Emigration, Foreigners Also Leave
 
USA
» $40 Million Settlement Reached in Central Park Jogger Case
» Big Bang Breakthrough Team Back-Pedals on Major Result
» Bratton Promises That NYPD Will Protect Rights of Muslims, Report Says (With Photos)
» Documents Show Obama Administration’s Close Ties to Muslim Brotherhood
» ENI’s Nikaitchuq Alaska Oil Field Hits 25, 000 Bpd Target
» House Republicans Elect California’s McCarthy Majority Leader
» Texas: Man Told to Take Down His US Flag, As it’s “A Threat Towards the Muslim Community”
 
Canada
» Canadian ISIS Member’s Online ‘Wake Up Call’ Urges Muslims to Follow Example of Calgary Suicide Bomber
 
Europe and the EU
» British ISIS Militants ‘Will Target UK’
» Denmark: Police Rejects Anti-Islam Group’s Application to Demonstrate Outside New Mosque
» Denmark’s First ‘Real’ Mosque Opens, Bankrolled by Qatar
» Energy Consumption Falling in Italy
» Finland: Suspected Female Finnish Jihadist Posts Armed Threats on Facebook
» Germany: Cave Researcher Johann Westhauser Rescued From Riesending Cave System
» Italy: Tax Burden Rose ‘34 Billion Euros’ Between 2010 and 2013
» Italy: Berlusconi Blasts Judiciary at Bribes Trial
» Italy: Prison Population at 58,500, Says Justice Minister Orlando
» Italy: Rome Seeks £25 Million to Save Emperor Nero’s Lavish Palace
» Netherlands: Support for PVV Shows Clear Downward Trend: Poll of Polls
» Spain’s King Felipe Vi Begins Reign With Pledge to Deliver ‘Renewed Monarchy’
» Sweden: No Women Are Welcome at This Large Muslim Gathering
» Swede Gets Life in Jail for Rwandan Genocide
» The Geopolitics of New Multipolarity
» UK: ‘I Call Upon Any Brother to Take Up a Knife and Kill as They Did #colchester’: British ISIS Fighter Who Threatens to Come Back to UK Urges British Muslims to Avenge Murder of Saudi Woman in Essex
» UK: David Cameron: Islamic Extremists, Like Fascists, Must Not be Tolerated at Any Level
» UK: Find Out About Islamic Way of Life at Blackburn’s Islamic Lifestyle Exhibition
» UK: Luton Muslims Preachers, Including Ringleader Abu Aziz, Face Jail After Being Found Guilty of Affray at the Old Bailey
» UK: MPs Ban Five Syria-Linked Jihadist Groups in UK
» UK: We Will Use the Courage of Margaret Thatcher to Defeat Militant Islamism, Says George Osborne
» UK: Widnes Swan ‘Badly Injured’ After Crossbow and Air Gun Attack
 
Balkans
» Albania: Village Producing Marijuana Wages War Against Police
» Kosovo: Barricade on Main Bridge of Mitrovica Removed
 
Mediterranean Union
» Tunisia-EU Free Trade Accord Not Imminent, Says Minister
 
North Africa
» 100 Egyptians Taken Hostage in Eastern Libya
» Libyans Welcome Boukhtala Arrest
» Nephew of Libyan Anti-Islamist General Kidnapped
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» IDF Reveals Hamas in Turkey Likely Behind Kidnapping
» Israel Arrests 30 Palestinians as Teen Search Goes on
» Ministers Set to Condemn Decision to Call East Jerusalem ‘Disputed’
» West Bank Clashes Erupt as Israel Hunts for Missing Teens
 
Middle East
» 18 Militants Killed in Battles in Iraq’s Diyala
» A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink
» Airstrike Kills 6 Near Syrian Capital: Activists
» Australia Worries About Nationals Fighting Along With Terrorist Groups in Middle East
» In Helsinki, Iraqis Rally to Support Government
» Iraq Crisis: Britain and US Must Not Meddle in Iraq, Warns Saudi Arabia — Live
» Iraq Crisis: Baiji Oil Refinery Contested
» Iraq: Maliki’s Enemies Are Not Just ISIS
» Iraq: Key Refinery Near Beiji Regained, Claims Baghdad
» Iraqi Factions Jockey to Oust Maliki, With U.S. Support
» ISIS Operating Like a Multinational Company
» Kurdish Commander Warns ISIS Now More Powerful and Better Equipped Than Iraqi Army
» Mystery Solved: Why a Turkish Family Walks on All Fours
» Obama Says U.S. Will Send Up to 300 Military Advisers to Iraq
» Obama Sending Kerry to Middle East, Ready to Send Military Advisers to Iraq
» Oman Mosque Breaks RMD Kwikform Records
» Somali-Americans Leave Homes, Friends in Minnesota to Fight Alongside ISIS Jihadis
 
Russia
» Ukraine: Summer Camp for Muslim Children Opened in Simferopol
» Ukraine to Sign EU Economic Deal Next Week Amid NATO Reports of Russian-Troop Build-Up
 
South Asia
» Afghan Candidate Seeks Halt to Runoff Vote Count
» ISIS Has Designs on India: Experts
» Italy: Exodus From Pakistan Tribal Area After Govt Offensive
» Kazakhstani Woman Donated 600.000$ on Mosque Construction
» Pakistani Forces Kill 23 Local, Uzbek Militants
» Police to Tighten Security in Sri Lanka in Anticipation of Muslim Protests
 
Far East
» America Has Never Faced a Power Like China
» China Scolds Vietnam for “Hyping” South China Sea Oil Rig Row
» China Jails New Citizens Movement Activists for Anti-Corruption Protest
» Japan: Saudi Arabian Vandalizes Temple Statues
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia’s FM Assures Muslim Ambassadors That Australia’s Palestine Policy Remains Unchanged
» Fury Over Bendigo Mosque Approval
» Legal Challenge Looms Over Bendigo Mosque Plan
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» A Glimpse Inside Johannesburg’s Diepsloot Slum
» Kenya: Mpeketoni Killings Are Political — EU Ambassador
» White Man Speaking ‘Fluent English’ Was in Charge of Kenya Al-Shabaab Attacks Which Left More Than 60 Dead
 
Latin America
» Investigators Find 31 Bodies in Clandestine Grave in Mexico
» Next Bond Payment ‘Impossible’, Says Argentina
 
Immigration
» 9,000 Kids Reached Italy in 2014, Many Syrians
» At Least 112 Immigrants Detained in the Aegean
» EU Granted Asylum to Over 135,000 in 2013
» More Than Two Dozen Missing After Boat Carrying Indonesian Migrants Sinks
 

China Vows to be Long-Term Investor in Greek Economy

Greek and Chinese officials on Thursday signed more than a dozen bilateral investment and trade agreements as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang launched a three-day visit to Greece by pledging to be “a long-term, responsible investor” in the country.

Li, who was accompanied on his visit by a large delegation of government officials and entrepreneurs, reaffirmed Beijing’s interest in investing in several sectors of the Greek economy, chiefly infrastructure, transport and energy.

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Italy: Banks Already Easing Credit Restrictions, Abi Tells Renzi

Bankers’ association rebuts premier’s criticism on loans

(see related) (ANSA) Rome, June 17 — Italy’s Abi Bankers’ Association defended its members’ record Tuesday on providing credit for firms after Premier Matteo Renzi lambasted banks for denying capital to recession-hit entrepreneurs.

“In the first four months (of 2014) the banks increased mortgages by more than 26% and are making very significant capital increases that are not just to pass the examinations of the European Central Bank but also to increase capacity for further new loans,” Abi President Antonio Patuelli said.

“Just today Abi is issuing its new monthly report from which one sees that in the first four months banks increased mortgages by more than 26%,” he added.

Patuelli also underlined that “interest rates in these first months of the year are the lowest since 2011 and reach almost the historical record of limited level”.

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Italy: Govt Tax Bonus to Help Consumer Spending — Business Group

Up 3.1 bn in 2014 thanks to 80-euro bonus, Confesercenti says

(ANSA) — Rome, June 17 — The 80-euros tax bonus introduced by the government for low income earners will have a positive effect on consumer spending, small and medium-sized business association Confesercenti said Tuesday.

The tax bonus, available in full to people earning up to 24,000 euros per annum and to those on unemployment benefit and, to a lesser extent, to people earning between 24,000 and 26,000 euros a year, will generate up to 3.1 billion euros in additional spending in 2014 and 5.1 billion euros in 2015, it said.

Consequently, consumer spending “should return to positive growth” in 2014, Confesercenti said.

The tax bonus was introduced by the government of Premier Matteo Renzi with effect from May as part of a tax package aimed at helping to revive the struggling economy as Italy struggles to recover from its longest post-war recession.

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Portugal: Crisis Increases Emigration, Foreigners Also Leave

300,000 in three years, 128,000 in 2013 abroad for work

(ANSAmed) — LISBON — Portuguese nationals are increasingly moving abroad to seek work. Foreigners are also choosing to go back to their home countries to improve their living conditions, according to data by national statistics office INE.

Over the last three years, INE said, 300,000 Portuguese nationals have left out of a population of 10.420,000.

Emigration peaked last year with 128,108 leaving the country, including 53,786 permanently and 74,322 for less than a year.

Figures highlighted an increase from 2012 when Portuguese émigre’s were 121,418 (respectively 51,958 and 69,460), 6,690 less than the subsequent year.

The economic crisis also affected the birth rate. In 2013, births were 82,787, down 7.9% on the previous year. The fertility rate plummeted to an historic 1.21 children per woman from the 1.44 recorded a decade ago.

The country which was the destination of choice of foreigners in the 1960s and 1990s — mostly from South America and the former colonies — since 2011 has seen an inversion in this trend with a decrease in migration totalling 36,232 units in 2013.

Badly affected by the crisis, Portugal received 78 billion euros in emergency assistance from the Troika (EU-IMF-ECB). The country just exited the bailout program but austerity policies passed by the conservative government of Premier Pedro Passos Coelho need to continue, as expressly requested by the Troika. Anti-crisis measures — opposed by opposition parties, unions and associations over salary and pension cuts and an increase in weekly working hours for public employees — produced a drop in unemployment from 17.5% to 15.1% in the first quarter of 2014.

Unemployment, however, remains among the highest in the European Union.

Unemployment peaks to 37.5% among youths under 25 years of age who are also the main emigration candidates.

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$40 Million Settlement Reached in Central Park Jogger Case

The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to resolve a bitterly fought civil rights lawsuit over their arrests and imprisonment for a sensational crime they did not commit.

The agreement, reached between the city’s Law Department and the five plaintiffs, would bring to an end an extraordinary legal battle over a crime that came to symbolize a sense of lawlessness in New York, amid reports of “wilding” youths and a marauding “wolf pack” that set its sights on a 28-year-old investment banker who ran in the park many evenings after work.

The confidential deal, disclosed by a person who is not a party in the lawsuit but was told about the proposed settlement, must still be approved by the city comptroller and then by a federal judge.

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Big Bang Breakthrough Team Back-Pedals on Major Result

It was hailed as the discovery of the century. But now the researchers who earlier this year reported the first detection of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in space time hailing from the early universe — say they are not so sure after all.

“Has my confidence gone down? Yes,” says Clement Pryke of the University of Minnesota, co-leader of the team that reported the original result.

Back in March, the BICEP2 team reported a twisted pattern in the sky, which they attributed to primordial gravitational waves, wrinkles in the fabric of the universe that could have been produced when the baby universe went through an enormous growth spurt. If correct, this would confirm the theory of inflation, which says that the universe expanded exponentially in the first slivers of a second after the big bang — many believe that it continues to expand into an ever-growing multiverse.

Doubts about the announcement soon emerged.

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Bratton Promises That NYPD Will Protect Rights of Muslims, Report Says (With Photos)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In marked contrast to his predecessor, city Police Commissioner William Bratton has promised to protect the constitutional rights of the New York City Muslim community, according to the Daily News.

However, talk must be backed by action, a Staten Island community leader believes. “If applied, it would be a step toward better policy and policing,” said Hesham El-Meligy of New Springville, a Muslim activist, regarding the commissioner’s pledge…

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Documents Show Obama Administration’s Close Ties to Muslim Brotherhood

Through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, thousands of pages of documentation of the US State Department’s dealings with the Muslim Brotherhood are in the process of being declassified and released to the public.

US State Department documents obtained under the FOIA confirm that the Obama administration maintained frequent contact and ties with the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood.

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ENI’s Nikaitchuq Alaska Oil Field Hits 25, 000 Bpd Target

(AGI) Rome, June 19 — Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni has reached its target of 25,000 barrels of oil per day from the Nikaitchuq field in Alaska, for which it is the sole operator. The field, located offshore in the North Slope of Alaska at an average water depth of 3 metres, has estimated reserves of 200 million barrels. Production at Nikaitchuq began in January 2011 and is Eni’s first in the Arctic. The development of Nikaitchuq includes the drilling of wells and construction of facilities on land and on an artificial island the company has built in the Beaufort Sea. Eni is aiming to achieve a new target of 30,000 barrels per day within the next 12 months.

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House Republicans Elect California’s McCarthy Majority Leader

House Republicans elected a new majority leader on Thursday, choosing Kevin McCarthy, a Californian of moderate temperament who is likely to be more of a preserver of the status quo — he is a loyal lieutenant to Speaker John A. Boehner — than the conservative firebrand many from the party’s right flank had hoped to promote.

Mr. McCarthy’s ascension to the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives fills the sudden void in the Republican leadership left by Eric Cantor’s loss of his seat last week in a Republican primary. Mr. Cantor, a Virginian who was the heir apparent to Mr. Boehner, stunned the political establishment when he lost by more than 10 points to a Tea Party upstart and economics professor, David Brat.

Though conservatives and Tea Party groups across the country hailed Mr. Brat’s victory as a populist earthquake that should shake the Republican Party leadership, Mr. McCarthy’s triumph on Thursday afternoon over a more conservative congressman, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, drove home a harsh reality for many on the right: They have been largely unable to crack the inner circle of House Republicans.

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Texas: Man Told to Take Down His US Flag, As it’s “A Threat Towards the Muslim Community”

WEBSTER, Texas — A Webster man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down. But he’s not giving up without a fight.

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Canadian ISIS Member’s Online ‘Wake Up Call’ Urges Muslims to Follow Example of Calgary Suicide Bomber

TORONTO — A Calgary suicide bomber who killed 19 Iraqis has become a propaganda tool for jihadists, who are urging Muslims to follow his “great example” and threatening Canada to change its “oppressive” foreign policies…

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British ISIS Militants ‘Will Target UK’

A senior Kurdish intelligence officer says militants allowed to survive in Iraq will go on to carry out attacks in the West.

By Sherine Tadros, Middle East Correspondent, in Sulamaniyah

A senior Kurdish intelligence officer has warned hundreds of British nationals have joined ISIS extremists in Iraq and could be used to attack the UK.

Lahoor Talabani, director of counter terrorism for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said up to 450 Britons were amongst the ISIS ranks and added that the West should not see the conflict as solely against the Iraqi government…

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Denmark: Police Rejects Anti-Islam Group’s Application to Demonstrate Outside New Mosque

The anti-Islam organisation Stop Islamiseringen af Danmark (SIAD) has been told by police to stay away when Denmark’s first grand mosque opens its doors for the first time today in Copenhagen.

The organisation had asked the police for permission for a non-violent demonstration in front of the mosque — located on Rovsingsgade on the border of the city’s Østerbro and Nørrebro districts — but the police rejected its application.

The police cited that they feared that the demonstration in front of the mosque would lead to personal attacks and vandalism, and that there would be a “considerable risk that public peace would be compromised”, they told SIAD in an email…

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Denmark’s First ‘Real’ Mosque Opens, Bankrolled by Qatar

Danish Islamic Council invites Jewish representatives to inauguration, says it wants to create a platform for dialogue

OPENHAGEN — Denmark’s largest purpose-built mosque, including the country’s first minaret, opens on Thursday in Copenhagen’s gritty northwest district after receiving a 150 million kroner (€20.1 million, $27.2 million) endowment from Qatar…

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Energy Consumption Falling in Italy

Petroleum organization says spending dropping by billions

(ANSA) — Rome, June 18 — Energy consumption has fallen by as much as 4% in 2014 and that could mean Italians will save billions of euros this year, producer association Unione Petrolifera (UP) said Wednesday.

It reported that spending on foreign energy imported into Italy will be between 50 billion euros and 51 billion euros this year, compared with spending of 55.8 billion euros in 2013.

Last year’s figures also reflected a drop of almost 17% over 2012 demand, the group added.

Spending on energy now appears to be in ranges last seen in the 1990s, said UP.

Part of the reason for lower demand and spending is a weaker industrial sector as Italy struggles to recover from its worst recession since the Second World War.

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Finland: Suspected Female Finnish Jihadist Posts Armed Threats on Facebook

The Finnish security service Supo say they know the identity of the burka-clad individual who appears in a photo on the social media site brandishing weapons and making threats against Shia Muslims.

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Germany: Cave Researcher Johann Westhauser Rescued From Riesending Cave System

Rescuers have lifted the cave researcher Johann Westhauser to the surface, nearly two weeks after he was injured underground in Germany’s deepest cave system. He has been airlifted by helicopter to hospital.

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Italy: Tax Burden Rose ‘34 Billion Euros’ Between 2010 and 2013

Increase driven by rise in local taxes, Confesercenti says

(ANSA) — Rome, June 17 — The tax burden on Italians rose by 34 billion euros between 2010 and 2013 according to figures published by small and medium-sized business association Confesercenti Tuesday.

The increase was driven primarily by a rise in local taxes, which accounted for 20 billion euros of the total, Confesercenti said. The remaining 14 billion euros ended up in central government coffers.

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Italy: Berlusconi Blasts Judiciary at Bribes Trial

Risks being forced to serve rest of sentence under house arrest

(ANSA) — Rome, June 19 — Silvio Berlusconi took an unexpected sideswipe at the judiciary while giving evidence at a murky bribery trial, opening himself up to the risk of being forced to spend the remainder of a tax-fraud conviction under house arrest rather than doing community service.

Berlusconi told the Naples court Thursday that the Italian judiciary was “uncontrolled, uncontrollable and irresponsible” and has “full immunity” after being asked a question by the judge. Berlusconi has repeated said that two decades of legal battles that started after he embarked on a political career are part of a plot by left-wing elements in the judiciary to eliminate him from Italy’s public life.

The 77-year-old billionaire has been warned that if he continues to “defame” the judiciary, he will be forced to serve the time on a definitive tax-fraud conviction under house arrest.

Berlusconi is about half way through the year remaining on the sentence, after three years were covered by amnesties.

The centre-right leader is currently serving the sentence by doing community service one day a week at a residential home for sick elderly people.

He has been working mainly with Alzheimer’s patients.

“I don’t understand the reasons behind these questions,” Berlusconi said to the judge.

Judge Giovanna Ceppaluni replied: “you don’t have to understand”.

The trial is one of several involving Berlusconi.

His most serious one, involving sex with an underage prostitute, goes to the appeals stage Friday after he got seven years from a court of first instance.

In Thursday’s evidence Berlusconi tolld the court about his relationship with former associate Valter Lavitola, who is on trial for alleged extortion and bribery against construction company Impregilo on a project in Panama. The centre-right leader told the Naples court he was “proud” to have made a telephone call to former Impregilo president Massimo Ponzellini in August 2011 exhorting the construction company to build a hospital in the central American republic as promised or see the Panamese government issue a statement that would cause it to lose credibility with investors. Berlusconi said Lavitola, a former newspaper editor, had asked him to contact Impregilo on behalf of the government of President Ricardo Martinelli.

Lavitola told him to say that if the company did not build the promised hospital, the government would revoke its contracts for the expansion of the Panama canal, the three-time premier said. In March 2013 Lavitola was convicted of trying to blackmail Berlusconi in exchange for hushing up payments to escorts at the ex-premier’s home.

He was sentenced to two years and eight months in the original trial but subsequently saw his sentence halved on appeal.

The former director of the Avanti! newspaper was also indicted with Berlusconi last October for allegedly acting as a go-between in the case of Senator Sergio De Gregorio, who confessed to switching political sides after receiving two million euros from the centre-right leader during a centre-left government led by ex-European Commission president Romano Prodi, who beat Berlusconi in two general elections.

Prosecutors have alleged that Lavitola tried to bribe other Senators who have not been identified.

Lavitola returned to Italy in 2012 after a self-imposed exile in Panama.

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Italy: Prison Population at 58,500, Says Justice Minister Orlando

(AGI) Rome, June 19 — Justice Minister Andrea Orlando said that releases from Italian prisons were going ahead and that there were 58,500 inmates in the system. Orlando released the information during the signing of a prison Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the region of Sicily. “Even if there is much left to do, both from the point of view of numbers and quality,” the numbers “confirm the prognosis of a detention system that is coming back under control.”

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Italy: Rome Seeks £25 Million to Save Emperor Nero’s Lavish Palace

£25 million appeal to save Emperor Nero’s lavish palace, which sits on a hill opposite the Colosseum, from collapse

Covered in gold leaf, it was once a magnificent symbol of the wealth of ancient Rome, but two thousand years on, cash-strapped Italy has launched an appeal for £25 million to preserve a vast palace built by the Emperor Nero.

The Domus Aurea, loosely translated as the Golden House, is a sprawling complex of interconnecting dining halls, frescoed reception rooms and vaulted hallways perched on a hill opposite the Colosseum…

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Netherlands: Support for PVV Shows Clear Downward Trend: Poll of Polls

Support for the anti-immigration PVV continues to decline and Geert Wilders’ party is now clearly behind the two Liberal parties D66 and the VVD, according to a new poll of polls.

The poll of polls, quoted by Nos television, puts the VVD and D66 on almost 17% support while the PVV is on 13.3%, together with the Socialists and Christian Democrats.

In October 2013, the PVV was the clear leader with almost 21%. In terms of seats in the 150-seat parliament, support has gone down from 31 to 20, Nos television said.

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Spain’s King Felipe Vi Begins Reign With Pledge to Deliver ‘Renewed Monarchy’

Spain’s new king, Felipe VI has begun his reign with a call for national unity and a pledge to serve his country. The king succeeded his father, Juan Carlos, who announced his intention to abdicate several weeks ago.

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Sweden: No Women Are Welcome at This Large Muslim Gathering

Source: Nyheter (translated from Swedish)

In the entrance hall we meet men in long white robes and turbans or small caps. They devote themselves to morning chores. Someone brushes his teeth while others chat or read the Quran. Inside the ice rink prayer mats are rolled out and quite a few are in sleeping bags on the floor…

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Swede Gets Life in Jail for Rwandan Genocide

A Swedish man has been sentenced to lifetime in jail for leading attacks during the Rwanda genocide 20 years ago, attacks in which he shot at people with automatic weapons during several separate massacres.

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The Geopolitics of New Multipolarity

By Srdja Trifkovic

Excerpts from a lecture delivered at the IDC in Paris on May 27, 2014.

During the Cold War, holding on to the continental rimland — from Norway, across central Europe, to Greece and Turkey — was the mainstay of America’s strategy and the rationale behind the creation of NATO in 1949. “Containment” swiftly turned into a massive rollback, however, as soon as the Soviet Union disintegrated. In 1996 Bill Clinton violated a clear commitment against NATO’s expansion made by his predecessor, and the Alliance reached Russia’s Czarist borders. In 2004 it expanded almost to the suburbs of St. Petersburg, with the inclusion of the three Baltic republics. All along, Ukraine had remained the glittering prize, however, the key to limiting Russia’s access to the Black Sea and a potential geostrategic knife in southern Russia’s soft underbelly.

The resulting, U.S.-led Drang nach Osten thus makes thalassocratic sense. From the point of view of the liberal globalist-neoconservative duopoly, there is no better way to ensure U.S. dominance along the European rimland in perpetuity than drawing Europe back into NATO (i.e. U.S.) security orbit in general and subverting the Russo-German telurocratic rapprochement in particular — a new version of the anaconda strategy.

The Washingtonian duopoly’s obsessions have resulted in policies that resonate with Russia’s former clients in Warsaw, Tallinn or Lvov, but they are ultimately detrimental to the security of both Europe and the United States. Further NATO enlargement has ensured that Russian missiles remain targeted on American cities — which may be of no consequence to the denizens of Riga or Bucharest, but should focus the minds in New York, Seattle, and Omaha. Playing geopolitical games in Ukraine resonates with many Eastern Europeans who have their own Russophobic axes to grind, and their Nazi proclivities will be duly overlooked and denied, just as the jihadist character of anti-Assad forces is denied. We can understand, if not approve, why the people in Galicia or Latvia have a vested interest, and an even more acute psychological need, to treat Russia as the enemy; but America and Western Europe now underwrite their obsessions…

Nowhere is this truer than in Ukraine. Western politicians and journalists refer to “the people of Ukraine,” but there is no unified Ukrainian nation. The linguistic divide also reflects a fundamental cultural and emotional division, not merely a difference of opinion on the issue of the EU or NATO. It is a division between two fundamentally incompatible identities. As such, it is comparable to the divide apparent in the electoral map of the 1860 U.S. presidential election.

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UK: ‘I Call Upon Any Brother to Take Up a Knife and Kill as They Did #colchester’: British ISIS Fighter Who Threatens to Come Back to UK Urges British Muslims to Avenge Murder of Saudi Woman in Essex

A British ISIS fighter who has threatened to return home has urged Muslims in the UK to avenge the murder of a Saudi Arabian woman in Essex.

A man using the nom de guerre Abu Rashash Britani has previously claimed that he and other British insurgents have been ordered to return to Britain once they have finished fighting in Iraq and Syria by the fanatical ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Following the murder of 31-year-old PHD student Nahid Almanea in Colchester, Essex on Tuesday, Abu Rashash Britani said: ‘I call upon any brother to take up a knife and kill as they did #colchester’…

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UK: David Cameron: Islamic Extremists, Like Fascists, Must Not be Tolerated at Any Level

The Prime Minister backs his Education Secretary call to ‘drain the swamp’ of extremism in the UK as he said extremists ‘rhetoric’ not just violent action must be stamped

Defeating Islamic extremism in Britain is as “vital” as dealing with the economy David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister has strongly backed the views of Michael Gove, the education secretary as he said the Government must “win” the argument with those who want [to] tolerate all but the most violent extremists. Comparing Islamic extremists to fascists, Mr Cameron said neither could be seen to be tolerated at any level.

Mr Gove has criticised the Home Office for failing to do enough to deal with the roots of extremism. Mr Gove said the Government should “drain the swamp” of extremism instead of “beating back the crocodiles” of terror down the line…

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UK: Find Out About Islamic Way of Life at Blackburn’s Islamic Lifestyle Exhibition

VISITORS to Blackburn’s Islamic Lifestyle Exhibition later this month will be given a strong health and well-being message. Cross-community organisation One Voice is bringing its award winning Baiter Sehat campaign to the event on Sunday June 22, in Jan’s Conference Centre. It is sponsoring the Health and Well Being Zone at the exhibition offering free medical checks.

Health stands include Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership, No Smoking Campaign, Humraaz, Deaf Aware, Refresh Health Check, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Bowel Cancer Screening, Elements Health and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service…

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UK: Luton Muslims Preachers, Including Ringleader Abu Aziz, Face Jail After Being Found Guilty of Affray at the Old Bailey

A gang of devout Luton Muslims who chanted ‘f**k the Queen’ after battering an innocent football fan to the ground and leaving him covered in blood are facing jail.

Andrew White was set upon by ten Asian men as he walked along Oxford Street in London’s West End.He was hit on the back of the head by ringleader Abu Rahin Aziz, 32, of Hazelbury Crescent, Luton, and punched, kicked, and struck with a crutch as he lay prone on the ground…

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UK: MPs Ban Five Syria-Linked Jihadist Groups in UK

Five Syria-linked jihadist groups — including the The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) — have been banned in the UK by MPs.

Security minister James Brokenshire set out the motion, which was passed unopposed in the House of Commons on Thursday. It will now be an offence to be a member of any of the groups in the UK…

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UK: We Will Use the Courage of Margaret Thatcher to Defeat Militant Islamism, Says George Osborne

The Chancellor says Thatcher’s legacy of liberty will inspire a generation to cut taxes, improve education and defend free societies

George Osborne has pledged to lead a Thatcherite generation which will cut taxes, curb benefit cheats and lift education standards. The Chancellor also said he would draw on the courage of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan to defeat radical militant Islamism.

He made the comments in a speech to a conference which celebrated the life and ideas of the late Baroness Thatcher…

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UK: Widnes Swan ‘Badly Injured’ After Crossbow and Air Gun Attack

A swan has been left badly injured after it was shot twice with a crossbow and several further times with an air rifle.

The “distressed” bird was found with crossbow bolts in its neck on Wednesday afternoon at St Helens Canal, Widnes…

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Albania: Village Producing Marijuana Wages War Against Police

Lazarat believed to make 900 tons. Italy also fights plantations

(ANSAmed) — TIRANA, JUNE 16 — Violence was reported in Lazaret, a key village in the cultivation of marijuana in southern Albania, close to the border with Greece, where production last year is believed to have exceeded 900 tons, police said Monday. Anti-tank missiles, mortar and machine gun fire were used against security officers deployed in the operation, according to a police statement released on Monday.

“Armed resistance by some village residents continues from last night”, the statement said.

A group of people firing at security officials are “in the home of Gane Mahmutaj, person with a police record sentenced to 22 years in jail but released from prison following an amnesty”.

A stray bullet reportedly wounded a Lazarat resident. A few hundred security officers including special police units are taking part in the operation in the outskirts of Lazarat, local media report- Two checkpoints have been set up along the village’s two entry points.

Last year, according to data provided by Italy’s finance police, marijuana production in Lazarat exceeded 900 tons for a market value currently estimated at 4.5 billion euros.

Special Italian tax police aircraft will map for the third consecutive year this summer marijuana plantations in Albania so Albanian police will be able to intervene on the ground.

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Kosovo: Barricade on Main Bridge of Mitrovica Removed

For years, it prevented free circulation between two sides

(ANSAmed) — PRISTINA, JUNE 18 — A great barrier erected three years ago in Kosovska Mitrovica on the northern Serbian side of the Ibar river dividing the northern Kosovan city was removed overnight in a further sign of détente in relations between ethnic Albanians and Serbians. The operation to remove the barrier lasted about four hours under the control of an Italian Carabinieri unit with Kfor and Kosovo’s police officers. No incidents were reported. The free circulation of cars along the main bridge on the Ibar river went back to normal at dawn on Wednesday. Over the past few years, it was only possible to cross the bridge on foot.

The removal of the barricade was announced on Tuesday night after a meeting between Kosovo’s Premier Hashim Thaciu and the ambassadors of the US, Italy, France, Britain and Germany.

Great satisfaction was expressed by residents living in the two sectors of Mitrovica — the Albanian sector in the south and Serbian in the north. A small barricade obstructing circulation remains in the Bosnian district of Mitrovica.

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Tunisia-EU Free Trade Accord Not Imminent, Says Minister

(AGI) Tunis, June 19 — Tunisia is “still a long way from signing a free trade agreement with the European Union,” said Tourism Minister, Najli Harush on Thursday. “This agreement is very important for us because it would aim to promote the activities of small- and medium-sized enterprises and would also have implications for Tunisian civil society,” he told Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM.

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100 Egyptians Taken Hostage in Eastern Libya

(ANSAmed) — TRIPOLI, JUNE 19 — One hundred Egyptian lorry drivers were taken hostage on Wednesday in eastern Libya, reported Egyptian authorities in contact with their Libyan counterparts.

According to the Egyptian daily Masry Al-Youm, armed men stopped 50 lorries and told the drivers to contact the tribal leaders of the Egyptian town Matrouh to negotiate their release in exchange for the liberation of a Libyan prisoner serving a life sentence in Egypt. Egyptians are often targeted in Libya. In recent days the foreign ministry in Cairo asked the country’s citizens not to go to Libya and called on those already in the neighboring nation to use extreme caution. The taking of foreign hostages is being used ever more frequently as a tactic by radical groups to secure the release of detainees held abroad.

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Libyans Welcome Boukhtala Arrest

The alleged mastermind of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was caught in a raid in Libya, US officials announced Tuesday (June 17th). Ahmed Boukhtala was apprehended on Sunday in Benghazi. There were no civilian casualties in the operation.

A senior leader of Libyan terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia, Boukhtala is the main suspect in the September 11th, 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya. The 42-year-old is also suspected in the murder of Libyan revolutionary hero Major General Abdel Fattah Younes.

Many Libyans welcomed the news that a violent criminal was off the streets…

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Nephew of Libyan Anti-Islamist General Kidnapped

(AGI) Tunis, June 19 — A group of gunmen kidnapped Ahbil Mahmoud Mustafa, a nephew of the Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, while he was in a service station in Ajdabiya on Wednesday.

Local security sources say his car has been found and there were bullets nearby. The car was in a service station along the desert road from Ajdabiya to Tobruk. The kidnappers have demanded a large ransom for his release.

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IDF Reveals Hamas in Turkey Likely Behind Kidnapping

A senior IDF source said Thursday that the search for the three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists last Thursday suggests that Hamas leadership abroad, and particularly in Turkey, is behind the abduction.

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Israel Arrests 30 Palestinians as Teen Search Goes on

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, June 19 (Xinhua) — Israeli security forces arrested 30 Palestinians in predawn raids in the West Bank as they continued searching for three Jewish youths abducted in the area a week ago, the Israeli military said on Thursday.

Previously, some 280 Palestinians have been rounded up since the manhunt began last Friday. A majority of the detained are affiliated with Islamist militant group Hamas, which Israel has accused of carrying out the abduction. Of those, 53 were once jailed in Israel, and freed in a prisoner swap deal in 2011…

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Ministers Set to Condemn Decision to Call East Jerusalem ‘Disputed’

Foreign ministers of Organisation of Islamic Co-operation to call on their governments to ‘take necessary action’ in response

Foreign ministers from 57 Islamic nations are considering a statement of condemnation over Australia’s apparent decision to refer to East Jerusalem as “disputed” rather than “occupied” and a call to their governments to “take necessary action” in response…

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West Bank Clashes Erupt as Israel Hunts for Missing Teens

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israeli forces looking for an American and two other teens who were abducted in the occupied West Bank clashed with hundreds of Palestinians overnight near where they were last seen…

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18 Militants Killed in Battles in Iraq’s Diyala

BAGHDAD, June 19 (Xinhua) — A total of 18 Sunni militants and a civilian were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces across the country’s eastern province of Diyala on Thursday, security sources said.

Iraqi helicopter gunships bombed posts of Sunni militant groups, including militants linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaida offshoot, around the city of Udheim which located some 60 km north of Diyala’s provincial capital of Baquba, leaving 15 militants killed and dozens others wounded, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir al-Zaidi, Commander of Dijla Operations Command responsible for security of Diyala province, told Xinhua…

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A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

The terror group ISIS has occupied vast portions of Syria and Iraq in the hopes of establishing a caliphate. The jihadists’ success lays bare Iraq’s disintegration and could ignite yet another civil war between Shiites and Sunnis in the country.

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Airstrike Kills 6 Near Syrian Capital: Activists

DAMASCUS, June 18 (Xinhua) — A total of six people were killed and 32 others wounded by an airstrike against a rebel-held area in the eastern countryside of the capital Damascus on Wednesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said…

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Australia Worries About Nationals Fighting Along With Terrorist Groups in Middle East

MELBOURNE, June 19 (Xinhua) — The Australian government is closely observing its nationals who are currently fighting together with some radical terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, worrying they may pose great threat to the national security when they return to the oceanic country…

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In Helsinki, Iraqis Rally to Support Government

At a demonstration in Helsinki on Wednesday, Iraqis living in Finland urged the EU to support the Iraqi government against Sunni Islamist rebels. About 100 people took part in the demonstration in central Helsinki’s Kamppi district, expressing support for the Shia-led government.

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Iraq Crisis: Britain and US Must Not Meddle in Iraq, Warns Saudi Arabia — Live

Latest developments and news from the Iraq crisis, where Isis militants ‘raise black banners over Iraq’s largest oil refinery’

  • Britain & US must not meddle in Iraq, says Saudi ambassador
  • Isis rule over northern Iraq ‘like Nazi occupation of Europe’
  • Jihadists raise black banners over Iraq’s biggest oil refinery
  • Obama ‘does not need Congress to launch air strikes’

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14.49 Isis appears to have a new weapon in its armoury — taxi drivers. Colin Freeman reports:

According to a Baghdad military spokesman who has just popped up on Iraqi television, the Isis militants are using taxi drivers to spread false rumours about the success of their campaign…

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Iraq Crisis: Baiji Oil Refinery Contested

Iraqi government forces are battling Sunni Muslim militants for control of the country’s biggest oil refinery.

Officials insisted security forces were “in full control” of the Baiji refinery, about 200km (130 miles) north of the capital Baghdad. However, trapped workers said militants were still inside the facility and that there continued to be sporadic clashes…

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Iraq: Maliki’s Enemies Are Not Just ISIS

It’s not just ISIS terrorists who oppose Nouri al-Maliki’s government in Iraq. Several groups have been venting their frustrations over his Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad.

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Iraq: Key Refinery Near Beiji Regained, Claims Baghdad

Iraqi government forces claim to have regained “full control” of the Beiji oil refinery, a key fuel installation north of Baghdad. But witnesses say Sunni insurgents remain and fighting is continuing.

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Iraqi Factions Jockey to Oust Maliki, With U.S. Support

Alarmed over the Sunni insurgent mayhem convulsing Iraq, the country’s political leaders are actively jockeying to replace Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, American and Iraqi officials said Thursday.

The political leaders have been encouraged by what they see as newfound American support for replacing Mr. Maliki with someone more acceptable to Iraq’s Sunnis and Kurds, as well as to the Shiite majority.

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ISIS Operating Like a Multinational Company

Terror group is a professional outfit that uses the most sophisticated technology to attract jihadists, experts warns

The terror group Isis is the most sophisticated and professional extremist group which is operating like a multinational company and using the very latest technology to attract would-be jihadists.

Alongside a stream of recruitment videos on social media, the group developed its own smartphone app to spread its messages and turn hundreds of thousands users in to automatic propaganda machines.

Isis even publishes an annual report in which it grimly spells out how many attacks it has carried out and how many people it has killed…

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Kurdish Commander Warns ISIS Now More Powerful and Better Equipped Than Iraqi Army

Polat Talabani, the head of the Kurd forces counterterrorism unit, warned the AFP news agency that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now more powerful and better equipped than the Iraqi army.

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Mystery Solved: Why a Turkish Family Walks on All Fours

A Turkish family suffers from a rare disorder that forces them to walk on all fours. Danish scientists have discovered how the disease works and at the same time solved a long-standing scientific mystery.

In Turkey an entire family walks on all fours because they suffer from a rare syndrome that strikes the centres in the small brain that control balance. Yes, that may sound ludicrous but it is a real thing.

Scientists from Aarhus University, Denmark, have finally found the biological cause of the family’s disorder.

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Obama Says U.S. Will Send Up to 300 Military Advisers to Iraq

President Obama said Thursday that the United States will deploy up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help beleaguered security forces fend off Sunni militants, edging the United States back into a military conflict that Mr. Obama thought he had left behind.

Mr. Obama also said the United States was gathering intelligence on the positions of militant fighters to identify targets, and said, “We will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if we conclude the situation on the ground requires it.”

The president emphasized again that he will not send combat troops to Iraq, but he said the United States would help the Iraqis “take the fight” to the militants, who he said pose a threat to Iraq’s stability and to American interests because Iraq could become a sanctuary for terrorists who could strike the United States or its allies.

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Obama Sending Kerry to Middle East, Ready to Send Military Advisers to Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that he’s dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East in response to the crisis in Iraq, and is preparing to send up to 300 military advisers and set up “joint operation centers” to aid the Iraqi military.

The president addressed the sectarian violence in Iraq and the U.S. response after meeting for hours with his national security team. Speaking in the White House briefing room, he also touched on the controversial topic of whether the U.S. should work with Iran to counter militants next door — saying Iran can play a “constructive role” if they join the U.S. in calling for the Iraqi government to be inclusive, but would worsen the situation if the Shiite regime’s only interest is in shoring up fellow Shiite fighters.

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Oman Mosque Breaks RMD Kwikform Records

RMD Kwikform is setting company records with the shoring towers for the US$64m (£38m) Sultan Qaboos Mosque, which is being built by Carillion Alawi in Nizwa, Oman.

It is the first building in Oman to combine Alshor Plus and Rapidshor equipment and has shoring towers reaching up to 43m tall, to support the casting of the dome, concrete slabs and beams that make up the main areas. The scale of the project required RMD Kwikform to deliver over 1,200t of equipment to the site…

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Somali-Americans Leave Homes, Friends in Minnesota to Fight Alongside ISIS Jihadis

As many as 15 Somali-American men have left their homes in Minnesota in recent months to travel to the Middle East and join up with ISIS, the jihadist army at war with Syria and Iraq, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The fighters appear to have made the decision to go fight with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant while the terror group was fighting to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, but some may now be in Iraq, where the marauding group is seeking to topple Baghdad.

“A Muslim has to stand up for (what’s) right,” Abdirahmaan Muhumed told MPR News through a series of Facebook messages dating back to the beginning of the year. “I give up this worldly life for Allah.”

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Ukraine: Summer Camp for Muslim Children Opened in Simferopol

First summer camp for muslim children opened at the “Ak-Mechet’“ mosque in Simferopol.

The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea together with the Crimean Tatar community and youth organizations are the organizers. The camp has been opened in order to attract children to learn the basics of Islam, correct Quran recitation, the history and traditions of the Crimean Tatars and Crimean Tatar literature…

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Ukraine to Sign EU Economic Deal Next Week Amid NATO Reports of Russian-Troop Build-Up

After over half a year of waiting, Ukraine plans to sign a key economic deal with the EU next week. Meanwhile, NATO has reported a fresh build-up of Russian troops along Ukraine’s a border, a move it calls “regrettable.”

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Afghan Candidate Seeks Halt to Runoff Vote Count

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded Wednesday that Afghan electoral authorities stop counting ballots from a weekend runoff vote, citing new allegations of widespread fraud. The election commission refused and appealed to all sides to await final results…

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ISIS Has Designs on India: Experts

NEW DELHI: The rise of al-Qaida offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may look like a distant problem affecting the Middle East with Indians merely caught in the crossfire. But it’s a danger far closer home than it appears…

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Italy: Exodus From Pakistan Tribal Area After Govt Offensive

Tens of thousands flee North Waziristan

(ANSA) — Rome, June 19 — An exodus is under way from the Pakistan tribal area of North Waziristan after the government launched a fresh offensive against Islamist militants.

As tens of thousands of people fled the region, a camp for displaced people was set up and a curfew was lifted to allow more people out.

Countless others are expected to bid for safety in the upcoming days, officials said.

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Kazakhstani Woman Donated 600.000$ on Mosque Construction

A resident of South Kazakhstan region sponsored the construction of a mosque. In total, the woman (Tuleshova) donated 110 million tenge (600.000$). The mosque was built in the foothills of the Talas Alatau in the village of Kaskasu.

The height of the mosque is 19 meters, the total area is more than 220 square meters. The temple accommodates about a hundred people. There is also a classroom. Construction of the mosque took place in accordance with modern technology…

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Pakistani Forces Kill 23 Local, Uzbek Militants

ISLAMABAD, June 19 (Xinhua) — Pakistani army said Thursday that 23 more foreign and local terrorists were killed in North Waziristan tribal region as the security forces continued their major offensive…

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Police to Tighten Security in Sri Lanka in Anticipation of Muslim Protests

COLOMBO, June 19 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka’s police will tighten security around the country in anticipation of Muslim protests after communal clashes left three dead and resulted in the arrest of 55 people in southern towns, the police chief told media on Thursday.

A special security operation will be put into effect on Friday as most Muslims gather at mosques to pray, Police Chief K. Illangakoon told reporters…

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America Has Never Faced a Power Like China

Bob Hawke

Many Americans seem still to underestimate just how much China’s wealth and power have grown, and how strong China’s ambitions have become. They do not yet take China’s challenges to the status quo in Asia seriously.

China today is a country that is fundamentally more powerful than any that America has ever had to encounter before. It is also a country that has a stronger sense of its place and status than any country in the world except perhaps America itself.

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China Scolds Vietnam for “Hyping” South China Sea Oil Rig Row

HANOI/BEIJING (Reuters)7 — China’s top diplomat scolded Vietnamese officials during talks in Hanoi on Wednesday for “hyping up” a row over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, in tough comments that suggest relations will remain rocky…

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China Jails New Citizens Movement Activists for Anti-Corruption Protest

A Chinese court has sentenced three anti-corruption activists to lengthy jail terms. The three had been urging government officials to publicly disclose their assets.

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Japan: Saudi Arabian Vandalizes Temple Statues

A Saudi Arabian man has been arrested for vandalizing Buddhist statues at a temple in downtown Tokyo.

Police say they questioned a 31-year-old Saudi Arabian graduate school student nearby, and the man admitted that he had destroyed the statues. The vandalism involved 3 stone statues measuring 60 to 100 centimeters tall and a 200-centimeter tall bronze one that was made about 300 years ago.

Police say the man told them that he has conducted similar vandalism at another temple.

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Australia’s FM Assures Muslim Ambassadors That Australia’s Palestine Policy Remains Unchanged

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s foreign minister has assured ambassadors from Arab and Islamic countries at a meeting in her office that her government’s position on the Palestinian territories has not changed, despite the government changing its description of East Jerusalem from “occupied” to “disputed.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop described her meeting on Thursday with envoys of up to 18 countries accredited in Canberra, including Jordon, Iraq, Iran and Egypt, as “constructive.”…

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Fury Over Bendigo Mosque Approval

A Bendigo councillor — who opposes the construction of a mosque in the region — has defended hundreds of locals who stormed a council meeting last night to block the project. While a resident told Tom Elliott the community feels railroaded by the Council.

Council has approved the planning application for the new $3 million mosque, despite the angry protest and more than 40 objections.

Councillor Helen Leach voted against the application, fearing the mosque could have an impact on the social cohesion of the city. In a fiery interview with Neil Mitchell, Councillor Leach said many of her residents have raised concerns about the mosque…

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Legal Challenge Looms Over Bendigo Mosque Plan

Mysterious black balloons have been tied to a sign outside the house of a local councillor as well as to railings outside the local newspaper office as Bendigo confronts a surge of anti-Islamic sentiment following the green light for the city’s first mosque.

And the Muslim community — estimated to be about 200 in a population of 110,000 — have privately expressed safety concerns since a heated council meeting on Wednesday night approved the planning for a mosque…

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A Glimpse Inside Johannesburg’s Diepsloot Slum

Just north of Johannesburg’s flashy suburbs lies Diepsloot. The sprawling township is a congregation of wooden and corrugated iron shacks. Many youths are hoping to improve their lives and the place they call home.

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Kenya: Mpeketoni Killings Are Political — EU Ambassador

THE EU has echoed President Uhuru’s sentiments that the Mpeketoni attacks were politically instigated. European Union Ambassador Briet Lodewijik said the charged political temperatures in the country might have been a finger pointer towards the spate of violence and criminal activities witnessed in parts of the country…

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White Man Speaking ‘Fluent English’ Was in Charge of Kenya Al-Shabaab Attacks Which Left More Than 60 Dead

A white man speaking ‘fluent English’ was in charge of an Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab which gunned down at least 60 people in a Kenyan coastal town on Sunday evening, according to witnesses.

Several residents in Mpeketoni reported that they saw a pale-skinned man who spoke English and Arabic giving orders to the gunmen.

The eyewitness accounts support the theory that the men were sent by al-Shabaab by a seasoned foreign jihadi unit now working with the Somali Islamists…

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Investigators Find 31 Bodies in Clandestine Grave in Mexico

Investigators have found 31 bodies in a clandestine grave in the southern part of the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, military spokesmen said.

The grave was found Tuesday at the El Diamante ranch in the Tres Valles region, which is on the border with Oaxaca state…

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Next Bond Payment ‘Impossible’, Says Argentina

(AGI) Buenos Aires, June 19 — Argentina threatened to default on its debt on Wednesday when the government said it was “impossible” to pay bond service due on June 30. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by Argentina in its battle against the hedge funds which refused to take part in restructurings after the default in 2002. “The lifting of the stay by the Second Circuit makes it impossible to make the next payment on restructured debt in New York, and shows a complete lack of willingness to negotiate under conditions different from those dictated by Judge Griesa,” the Argentine economy ministry said late on Wednesday.

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9,000 Kids Reached Italy in 2014, Many Syrians

New Save the Children report focuses of plight of child refugees

(ANSAmed) — ROME, JUNE 19 — A new report by Save the Children NGO issued ahead of World Refugee Day focuses on the plight of Syrian children refugees fleeing the civil war that has been tearing their country apart for the past three years.

Titled ‘The Last Resort. Fleeing the War from Syria to Europe’, the report gathers stories told by refugees disembarking in Italy’s regions of Sicily and Calabria, and by those who have reached cities such as Rome and Milan. Of the 2,124 accompanied minors who reached Italy between January 1 and May 31 this year, 1,542 are Syrians, according to Save the Children. Their average age is five, and they were driven out of Syria along with their families by the fighting that does not spare civilians in cities and villages throughout the country. Killed, tortured, mutilated, starved, dying of thirst, and exposed to terrible diseases because of the lack of medical care, children are the Syrian war’s most innocent victims.

Some 58,000 migrants have disembarked on Italy’s shores between January 1 and June 17, according to official data and Save the Children. These include 5,300 women and 9,000 minors, of which just 3,160 were accompanied by relatives. They set sail for Italy, whose islands of Lampedusa and Sicily are the first landfall for people coming from North Africa, on unseaworthy boats, all of them carrying children and adolescents as well as adults.

Sometimes, Italian rescuers from the country’s Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) migrant search and rescue operation find vessels carrying mostly children and teenagers.

On May 24, Italy rescued a boat with 488 people on board, 171 of them minors. Of these, 141 were Syrian boys and girls traveling with one or both of their parents, said Save the Children. In order to raise public awareness of the plight of child migrants and refugees, Save the Children Italy has launched a campaign called “Bereket’s Journey”, which is the story of a 15-year-old Eritrean boy trying to reach Germany in hopes of a better life.

On his own, with no money and no documents, day by day, Bereket will tell the world about his perilous voyage. He will do so the same way any Western kid would: on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ilviaggiodibereket).

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At Least 112 Immigrants Detained in the Aegean

At least 112 immigrants were detained Thursday for trying to enter Greece illegally.

A group of 32 immigrants were rescued early Thursday off the northeastern coast of Lesvos, in the eastern Aegean, after their small boat started to take in water. Coast guard officials detected and picked up 28 more undocumented immigrants off the southeastern coast of the island.

All immigrants were transferred to Lesvos.

In a related development, coast guard authorities stopped a boat carrying 52 unregistered immigrants off the southeastern Aegean island of Rhodes. Officials also arrested two Turkish nationals for people smuggling.

There was no report on the nationality of the detained immigrants.

Greece is a major transit point for illegal immigration into the European Union, with many making the journey to Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast in small boats that are often overloaded and unseaworthy.

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EU Granted Asylum to Over 135,000 in 2013

70%+ in 5 countries; Italy in 4th place with 14,500, ahead of UK

(ANSAmed) — BRUSSELS, JUNE 19 — In 2013, EU nations granted protection status to 135,700 asylum seekers, compared with 116,200 the previous year, reported Eurostat on Thursday. Over 70% were granted in five nations: Sweden (26,400), Germany (26,100), France (16,200), Italy (14,500) and the UK (13,400). In the past five years, over 570,000 asylum seekers have been awarded protection status. The major beneficiaries were Syrians (35,800, 26%), Afghans (16,400, 12%) and Somalis (9,700, 7%).

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More Than Two Dozen Missing After Boat Carrying Indonesian Migrants Sinks

A second boat carrying Indonesian migrants has sunk off the coast of Malaysia. This came as rescuers continued to search for more than 20 people missing after a separate vessel sank a day earlier.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/19/2014

  1. @UK: We Will Use the Courage of Margaret Thatcher to Defeat Militant Islamism, Says George Osborne

    Osborne to launch Islamic bond plan

    George Osborne, the chancellor, will on Tuesday announce plans for Britain to issue the first Islamic bond outside the Muslim world, as he seeks to turn the City of London into the “unrivalled western centre for Islamic finance”.

    A simple sharia arithmetic lesson for George Quisling Osborne,

    Islamic finance = Islamic terrorism.

    • It was 1977 when I visited Small Britain. At lunchtime I was walking near Oxford Station when I saw a young man on the pavement raising a hell of smoke from his Kebab hibachi. So I stooped to have some kebab. One thing led to another. He praised highly Thatcher because it was she who decided to import a few thousand Turks into Britain. Under what category was his “exceptional skill” listed? Come one come two come everyone. WE will give you money and food and 1.2 million house, so that you can spit on on us, rape our kids, knife us everywhere, prevent us from walking our dogs in parks, leave the pavement for superior Muslima and bearded creatures, feed us Halal food, slaughter us in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, invent no-go zones for infidels, help the “democratic” countries to promote sharia and render the citizens into unthinking zombies so timid that one muslima will impose her will on 1000 zombies. Zombies have no will power. If they wake up and resist islam “democratic” politicians are there to fire them from work and put them in jail. When your government imports mass invaders, then Your government is your enemy.

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    The terror group Isis is the most sophisticated and professional extremist group which is operating like a multinational company and using the very latest technology to attract would-be jihadists.
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    Good news.
    It means that the asymmetry that has characterized this conflict is, as a result of the Ummah’s actions, fading away. Soon, the Muslims will be forced to face the West on the ground of our choosing, in an environment they know but will never master because they partake of none of its bases.
    We know ourselves better than we do the Ummah.
    Should they face us on our terms, they will be vanquished, they cannot even prevail.
    They’re becoming corporate.
    We must take every advantage they have taken and turn it against them.

    • Like the desire to have the latest iPhone the conspicuous consumption of iReligion for social status and superiority, that is a dangerous notion to let loose on the consumer conditioned West.

      • That’s a great word: iReligion. It expresses so much, including the widely disseminated materiality of modern Christianity – or what remains of it. Thus, the Pope can talk about economics with religious fervor, albeit great ignorance, and no one remarks on the merger between the realms of God and those of Caesar…

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    Police say the man told them that he has conducted similar vandalism at another temple.
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    He conducted the vandalism.
    As if it were a respectable thing, like conducting an orchestra.
    In Japan, just two-hundred years ago, this foreigner would have paid a very high price for “conducting” his vandalism.

    • Today Japan is ready to “conduct” the same price. But Japan can’t because of the western bitter criticism. The west even criticize you if you point out to them the danger of invader Jihadists. Unlimited stupidity.

  4. ” As if it were a respectable thing, like conducting an orchestra.”
    Yes, for muslims it is a respectable thing to destroy kuffars’ fields, burn them, to kill Jews and Christians, Buddhists and Hindus, and animists, any non-muslim. When allah calls each muslim name, allah will check how many kuffars did he kill, how many kuffar women did he rape for Islam, and allah will give him an appropriate place in Janna {paradise). Alla’s paradise has many levels. The more harsh a muslim is to the kuffar here the better place he will be given, ah not only 72 whores but a few ghulman ( boys who are 17 years old). I did not make this up. It is in their peaceful literature. And they will also have a lot of 40% alcohol beverages. ( I made up only the number 40%)

  5. toL goethechosemercy
    ” Should they face us on our terms, they will be vanquished, they cannot even prevail.”
    I pray you turn out to be correct. But with our quisling confused, dhimmi cowards, why should we think or believe that in 10 years western politicians will turn into lions instead of hares, chicken-hearted, milk-blooded pitiful zombies. Are they going to change? Only if they embrace Christianity again. Not denominations to choke each other, as in the past. Yes if they start to know what honor is. Honor is to tell the truth even if that costs one’s job and life.

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