Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/26/2015

Of the hundreds of Christians abducted by the Islamic State in recent days, at least fifteen have been executed, including one woman who was beheaded. Meanwhile, kinetic activists for the Islamic State destroyed priceless ancient artifacts in a museum of antiquities in Mosul. Neither incident had anything to do with Islam.

In other news, the “British” activist who became famous as the executioner “Jihadi John” in several ISIS beheading videos has been identified as a young computer expert named Mohamed Emwazi.

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Financial Crisis
» Despite Record Stocks & Surging Wage Inflation, Consumer Comfort Plunges Most in 10 Months
» “Boot Licker”: Wheeler Faces Protests Before FCC Vote
» AR-15 Ammo Not “Armor Piercing” According to Law, But ATF Banning it Anyway
» Arabs: Why is Obama Siding With Supporters of Terrorism?
» DHS Funding Battle Goes Down to the Wire
» Exclusive: FBI Tries to Flip Open Carry Activist After Arrest at Political Rally
» FCC Votes in Favor of Obama’s Net Neutrality — Has the Slippery Slope to Web Censorship Begun?
» FCC Votes ‘Yes’ On Strongest Net Neutrality Rules
» FCC: You Won’t Know What’s in Net Neutrality Until We Force it Upon You
» Finally Cleared, Zimmerman Should Sue the DOJ
» MMR Vaccines Actually Spread Measles and Cause Permanent Immune Damage, Doctor Warns
» NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Releases Images Showing Another Bright Spot on Ceres
» Needed: The Third Continental Congress
» Obama to Ban Bullets by Executive Action, Threatens Top-Selling AR-15 Rifle
» Obama Vetoes Jobs and Energy Independence With Keystone Pipeline Bill
» Obama’s Coming Caliphate Crusade in North America
» Public Comment Period on Government’s Plan to Foment Vaccine Hysteria and Mandate Vaccination Ends May 19
» ROTC Vehicles Torched at Kent State, Reward Offered for Suspect ID
» Saudi Man Convicted of Conspiracy in 1998 Bombings of US Embassies in Africa
» Socialist Architect Behind FCC’s Net Neutrality: Let’s Eliminate “Capitalist Propaganda”
» The End of Freedom in America
» The Net Neutrality Scam
» Two Distinct Electorates
» U.S. Attorney Lays Out Efforts Against Islamic Extremists
Europe and the EU
» ‘As Premier I’d Take Italy Out of Eurozone’ Says Salvini
» Criminals From Abroad and the Despair of a British Hero: After Fighting in Iraq, This Marine Returned Home Only to be Beaten Up by Polish Thugs. What Happened Next is a Terrifying Insight Into Our Inability to Police Our Borders
» Five Years in Swedish Jail for Syrian ‘Torturer’
» Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest in Greece Turns Ugly
» How Did He Slip Through the Net? Police and Security Services Spoke to Jihadi John Three Times in One Year and Put Him on a Terror Watch List Before He Fled to Join ISIS
» How Gun Control is Causing Another European Holocaust
» HSBC Bank Apologises for Tax Avoidance Aid in Swiss Branch
» Islamic Coins Discovered in Viking’s Shield Boss
» Italian Government Selling 5.74% of Enel, Worth 2.2 Bln Euros
» Italy: Real Estate Taxes ‘Up 115% in Four Years’
» Italy: Real Estate Businessman Reported for Tax Evasion
» Italy: NATO Chief ‘Struck’ By Renzi Leadership, Reforms
» New Austrian Law ‘Combats Islamization’
» Norway: Breivik Loses Lawyer Over ‘Unrealistic’ Demands
» Norway: Krekar Sparks More Outrage
» One of us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Åsne Seierstad — Review
» Sweden: Police Raid Woman’s Birthday Party After ‘21’ Balloon Spins Around in Window and Neighbours Think She is a Supporter of ‘Is’ -Islamic State
» Swedish Language Class Teacher in Holocaust Row
» Their Survey of British Muslims Delighted the BBC: In Fact, It Contains Some Profoundly Chilling Findings, Says Stephen Glover
» UK Counter-Terrorism Squad Arrested ‘Jihadi John’ In 2010
» UK: Call GM Food Something Else to Ease Public Fears, Say MPs: Report Says Label is ‘Lightning Rod’ For Fears of Designer Crops
» UK: EU is Being Promoted in Skewed History Lessons, Academics Warn
» UK: Stoke Mandeville Hospital ‘Ignored Complaints About Jimmy Savile’, Says Report
North Africa
» Egypt: Four Blasts in Cairo, One Dead, Three Injured
Middle East
» Ex-Yemen President Saleh Amassed ‘Up to 60 Billion, ‘ UN Reports
» ISIS Kills 15 Christian Hostages in Syria, Beheads Woman
» Islamic State Jihadis Destroy 3,000-Year-Old Artworks in Mosul Museum
» Italy: Pope Prays for Christians Attacked by ISIS in Syria
» Jordan, Israel Sign Deal to Help Save Dead Sea
» New ISIS Video Shows Militants Smashing Ancient Iraq Artifacts
» Number of Christians Kidnapped in ISIS Offensive Up to 220, Syria Monitoring Groups Say
» Ottomans Enter Turkish Elections Race, Stoking Social Media
» The ‘Unmasking’ of an Islamic Terrorist, Mainstream Media Style
» UAE Tells UN to Set Up Anti-ISIS ‘Contact Group’
» Russia and Cyprus Sign Military Deal for Mediterranean Ports
» Top Ukrainian Nazi Visits U.S. Congress, Pentagon, Seeks Weapons for Ukraine
South Asia
» Bangladesh: Writer Avijit Roy Hacked to Death
Far East
» Fukushima Radiation Spikes 7,000% as Contaminated Water Pours Into the Ocean
» Father to Congress: My Son ‘Was Murdered by a DREAMer’
» For Death by ISIS You Have to Go Out; Illegal Aliens Deliver!
» Obama: ‘Consequences’ For ICE Officials Who Don’t Follow Executive Amnesty
» Texas Officials Warn of Immigrants With Terrorist Ties Crossing Southern Border
» Yes, Amnesty Encourages More Illegal Immigration
Culture Wars
» Sharpton: We Must Lower Legal Threshold for Federal Hate Crime
» Sweden Rapped for ‘Too White’ Company Boards
» When Something Hurts
» Scientists Find a Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than the Sun

Despite Record Stocks & Surging Wage Inflation, Consumer Comfort Plunges Most in 10 Months

What do people have to be ‘uncomfortable’ about?!! Stock markets around the world are at record highs… real wages just jumped by the most MoM since 2008… So why oh why did Bloomberg’s Consumer Comfort Index plunge to its lowest of the year, falling by the most since May 2014? Perhaps, just perhaps, the market is a red herring… distracting the plebeians from the reality of the economy?

Not encouraging for The Fed, we suspect…

Furthermore, across every cohort from age to income to sex to political bias, everything got worse…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

“Boot Licker”: Wheeler Faces Protests Before FCC Vote

As the FCC prepares to vote today on reclassifying the Internet as a government utility, signs have appeared around Washington DC and Georgetown featuring the image of Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler next to the words “boot licker”.

The posters also feature the words “Obama’s bitch,” in the background, which is likely a reference to how Wheeler changed course and followed Obama’s directives on net neutrality after the President featured in a YouTube video on the subject, despite the fact that the FCC is supposed to be an independent agency.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

AR-15 Ammo Not “Armor Piercing” According to Law, But ATF Banning it Anyway

The ATF is trying to ban M855 AR-15 ammunition by declaring it “armor piercing,” despite the ammo containing lead which exempts it from the classification according to law.

To be considered “armor piercing” under 18 U.S.C. 921 (a)(17)(B), a bullet must have an entirely metal core or have a jacket weighting more than 25% of its weight, which wouldn’t include M855 rounds because their bullets are partly lead.

The definition in full:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Arabs: Why is Obama Siding With Supporters of Terrorism?

by Khaled Abu Toameh

Many Arabs and Muslims see the meeting between Obama and Qatar’s al-Thani as a gift to Qatar for its continued support of Islamic radical groups across the Middle East, including Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

On the eve of Obama’s meeting, Egyptian sources revealed that Qatar was providing weapons and ammunition to members of the Islamic State in Libya. The sources said that 35 Qatari aircraft were involved in transferring munitions.

Arab political analysts are also concerned about Obama’s ongoing attempts to appease Iran, which continues to expand its presence in Arab countries such as Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon — as well as in Syria, where it is deeply involved in backing Hezbollah and operating along the border with Israel. A Reuters report revealed that Iran also has hundreds of advisors in Iraq.

Qatar is also one of the biggest funders of Hamas, whose leader, Khaled Mashaal, is based in Qatar’s capital, Doha. During the past few years, Qatar has provided Hamas with hundreds of millions of dollars — money used to purchase and develop weapons to attack Israel.

By the time Obama leaves the White House, Iran will most likely be in control of more Arab countries, and Qatari-backed terror groups will be much stronger…

           — Hat tip: RL [Return to headlines]

DHS Funding Battle Goes Down to the Wire

Unless the issue is resolved between now and Friday, there will be a “shutdown” of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) due to the GOP’s determination to withhold funding for President Obama’s dubious immigration agenda. The quotes around the word shutdown reflect the fatuousness behind the hysteria being whipped up by the Obama administration and their media allies.

That’s because 80 percent of the DHS’s 240,000 employees are deemed “essential,” and will continue to work, albeit without receiving paychecks until the dispute is resolved.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Exclusive: FBI Tries to Flip Open Carry Activist After Arrest at Political Rally

An open carry activist and military veteran speaking exclusively with Infowars says federal agents told him to “be quiet” for a year or face federal charges after being arrested by Department of Homeland Security agents at a political rally in Spokane, Washington.

The activist, Anthony Bosworth, was participating in the “Our State, Our Rights” rally near the city’s federal courthouse when members of multiple federal agencies approached and began demanding identification.

While inquiring on the alleged need to provide ID, Bosworth was accused of being in violation of federal gun laws according to a DHS agent on scene.

“It’s against federal law,” the agent claimed. “18 U.S. C 930 says it’s illegal.”

Bosworth, correctly citing the law’s wordage, asserted that the restriction only applied to the inside of federal buildings.

“On federal property,” the DHS agent argued. “You’re on federal property.”

18 U.S. Code 930 in fact never once uses the words “on federal property,” but instead repeatedly refers to the possession of a firearm inside a federally-run building.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (d), whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility (other than a Federal court facility), or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.

After being confronted by a U.S. Marshall, Bosworth was arrested while attempting to locate the end of the federal property line.

“You’re not protesting. You’re violating the law,” the Marshall said.

According to Bosworth, who spoke with Infowars following his release, the same U.S. Marshall later attempted to coerce him into ceasing all political activity while in custody.

Bosworth stated that after receiving a citation, the Marshall said that he could likely avoid federal charges and prison time if he was “quiet for a year.”

“He basically said, ‘Between me and you some friendly advice, if you be quiet for a year there is a good chance this will all go away. Just some friendly advice,’“ Bosworth recalled.

Shortly after, police and an FBI agent reportedly began asking Bosworth about his future plans and political activity, which has made headlines over recent months.

Bosworth was eventually allowed to leave after roughly 3 hours of questioning.

Following his detainment, Bosworth revealed that the same FBI agent, now using a different name, confronted him on the street and asked for a “private meeting.”

The agent reportedly stated that he lacked knowledge on the Second Amendment and wanted to learn Bosworth’s viewpoints, an obvious attempt to lure Bosworth into becoming an informant while gathering further information on his constitutionally-protected First Amendment activity.

Refusing to give the agent his cellphone number, Bosworth was eventually able to leave the area.

Bosworth’s treatment, from the clearly unlawful arrest to the attempt to quell free speech, is standard operating procedure among federal agents tasked with surveying politically active conservative Americans.

A gun store owner in South Carolina was confronted by FBI counterterrorism agents just last year and asked to provide information on “suspicious purchases” made by people talking about “big government.”

Both the FBI and Homeland Security have also taken an interest in war veterans, even claiming that they are the greatest terror threat to the nation.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

FCC Votes in Favor of Obama’s Net Neutrality — Has the Slippery Slope to Web Censorship Begun?

“An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life,” according to President Obama and it appears his perspective on the heavy hand of government regulation inserting itself into the last bastion of freedom and dynamism in the US economy, is how best to achieve “openness.” Having pressured FCC’s Tom Wheeler, the vote just came down: U.S. FCC APPROVES NET NEUTRALITY INTERNET RULES IN 3-2 VOTE. While potentially good for a consumer’s pocketbook, the handing over of “fair-use” decision to the government, as we previously noted, could be the first step on a slippery slope to increased censorship…

The FCC has “pried open the door to heavy-handed government regulation in a space celebrated for its free enterprise,” Michael Powell, president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association trade group that has Comcast among its members, said in an e-mailed statement. “The commission has breathed new life into the decayed telephone regulatory model and applied it to the most dynamic, free-wheeling and innovative platform in history.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

FCC Votes ‘Yes’ On Strongest Net Neutrality Rules

Net neutrality advocates quite literally danced in the snowy streets Thursday outside the Federal Communications Commission in Washington just before the agency voted to approve the strongest ever rules on net neutrality.

The vote marks the culmination of a year long struggle that pitted grassroots Internet advocates and Silicon Valley tech giants against the titans of the telecom industry.

The FCC’s vote is considered an historic victory for so-called Open Internet advocates, and a major blow to big Internet service providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, which will now be subject to stronger regulations.

Crucially, the FCC’s new rules were designed to give the agency explicit legal authority to regulate broadband Internet providers by reclassifying broadband under Title II of the federal Communications Act.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

FCC: You Won’t Know What’s in Net Neutrality Until We Force it Upon You

The power grab is on, and the Obama Executive Branch will keep it all under wraps until it is too late for you to protest against it. Such has been the tendency of the Obama White House for six years, but now the brazen tyranny is being pranced in front of us as if the hard left minions of President Obama are daring us to make a peep about it.

Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has revealed in various media interviews that the regulations against Americans through Net Neutrality are provided in a 332 page internet regulation proposal that he has been disallowed to make available to the public. Pai says the provisions in the regulations being proposed are a “monumental shift toward government control of how the internet works.” According to Pai, the proposed regulations “micromanages virtually every aspect of how the internet operates (through the internet conduct rule), it opens the door in billions of dollars of new taxes (through fees based on the reclassification of the internet as a utility) on broadband that consumers are going to have to pay, it will lead to slower broadband speeds, it opens the door to trial lawyers filing class actions across the country, litigation isn’t usually the best way to ensure innovation, and there are a whole host of harms that are going to happen.”

Tom Wheeler, the Democrat that is the FCC chairman, has not only refused to allow the public to see the 332 pages of proposed regulations, but has now even refused to testify before Congress, claiming the secrecy is necessary because “the future of the Internet is at stake.” The refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCC’s vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality that are planned on Thursday.

The lack of transparency exists for simply one reason: because Wheeler, and the minions of the Obama Executive Branch, know that the provisions are unconstitutional, that they are acting in defiance to a court decision, and that the voting public and Republican members of Congress would disapprove of the tyrannical attack against online free speech.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Finally Cleared, Zimmerman Should Sue the DOJ

By Jack Cashill

“In all criminal prosecutions,” reads the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” In its dangling of George Zimmerman over the pit of judicial hell for the last three years, the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) violated the spirit of that amendment for no better reason than to pacify the Democrats’ increasingly bloodthirsty base.

Finally, on Tuesday of this week, the DOJ announced that it had found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. A White House so seemingly appalled by torture had no qualms about torturing Zimmerman needlessly for nearly three years. Indeed, within months of the February 26, 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, the DOJ knew it had no criminal case against Zimmerman, but it kept dangling him nonetheless.

[Just a bit of “community organization” by this racist, progresso-fascist administration. — PW]

           — Hat tip: Papa Whiskey [Return to headlines]

MMR Vaccines Actually Spread Measles and Cause Permanent Immune Damage, Doctor Warns

(NaturalNews) All the mass hysteria in the mainstream media over Disneyland measles is blinding the public to the fact that MMR, the official vaccine for this generally mild, low-risk disease, actively spreads measles. And like all other vaccines, MMR permanently damages a child’s immune system, warns a prominent medical doctor who says the vaccine “doesn’t work as advertised.”

Dr. Robert Rowen was fortunate enough to have grown up before the advent of MMR, emphasizing that he was “blessed” to have had natural measles, as well as chickenpox, rubella, mumps and various other conditions as a child. He lived, of course, and now no longer has to worry about ever contracting any of these diseases again, thanks to the lifelong immunity he developed.

If Dr. Rowen had been vaccinated with MMR like most children are today, however, he may not have been so fortunate. After the “plastic” immunity, as he calls it, wore off from the vaccine, he would have had a much higher risk of developing and spreading measles and other conditions as an adult, all of which tend to be far more severe later in life. He also would have had to face these diseases with a stunted immune system.

“I wrote long ago that we are setting up the younger generation for a potential calamity,” said Dr. Rowen. “See, vaccines give you plastic immunity. They build up only one line of your immune system, the antibody system, and put the main immune system (cellular immunity) to sleep. You need both for fully developed immunity.” [emphasis added]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Releases Images Showing Another Bright Spot on Ceres

The latest images captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft of the dwarf planet Ceres continues to baffle scientists as the photos reveal another significant bright spot on its surface.

The planet, which lies between Mars and Jupiter, has an average diameter of 590 miles and is the largest body in the main asteroid belt and is believed to contain a large amount of ice.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Needed: The Third Continental Congress

As much as we liberty-loving, Constitution-loving, America-loving patriots hate to admit it, the government in Washington, D.C., is NOT fixable. The elitist power structure in D.C. is too ensconced and too powerful. They will never cede power to folks, such as Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, etc., who truly believe in limited government. Nor will they permit the states to reclaim ANY of their constitutionally recognized powers. And neither party in D.C. has enough Ron Paul-types to thwart the evil machinations of the power-drunk leviathan that is Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, the same forces of darkness that control the political establishment in Washington, D.C., also control the media and financial establishments in New York City. The voters of America have too often rejected the presidential and congressional candidates who had the potential to help lead our ship of state to safer waters (if we even have untainted elections). The warnings of the prophets and porters have fallen on deaf ears. For the most part, Americans refuse to dislodge themselves from their addiction to government handouts. In addition, America’s pastors have largely abandoned their calling to be watchmen on the wall, which has left our ship of state without a moral compass or a spiritual rudder.

As much as I hate to say it, it is becoming more and more clear that Washington, D.C., may not be fixable. If that’s the case, it is only a matter of time before freedomists will be forced to do what freedomists have always been forced to do when facing a tyrannical juggernaut: declare independence.

The closest thing America has had in modern times to Patrick Henry or Thomas Jefferson is former Congressman Ron Paul. In late January, Dr. Paul brought a speech before the Mises Institute. The theme of the event was “Breaking Away: The Case For Secession.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Obama to Ban Bullets by Executive Action, Threatens Top-Selling AR-15 Rifle

By Paul Bedard

It’s starting.

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

Wednesday night, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stepped in with a critical letter to the bureau demanding it explain the surprise and abrupt bullet ban. The letter is shown below.

The National Rifle Association, which is working with Goodlatte to gather co-signers, told Secrets that 30 House members have already co-signed the letter and Goodlatte and the NRA are hoping to get a total of 100 fast.

“The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group’s policy and lobby shop.

[This will affect not only the M855 “green tip,” but also the SS109 62-grain ball round. — PW]

           — Hat tip: Papa Whiskey [Return to headlines]

Obama Vetoes Jobs and Energy Independence With Keystone Pipeline Bill

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday made good on his promise to veto legislation in support of the Keystone XL oil pipeline should it cross his desk.

He vetoed the bill that called for the 1,179-mile pipeline’s construction to transport crude oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

The House of Representatives passed the bill with a vote of 270-152 earlier this month, and the Senate passed it with a vote of 62-36 in January. Neither vote was strong enough to overcome a presidential veto.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Obama’s Coming Caliphate Crusade in North America

The Fundamental Transformation of America is really the tearing apart and utter destruction of America and all for which she has stood for 239 years.

But at the out-start, Obama could hardly say “I’m here to take down your country and hand it over to my brothers in the Islamic State.”

That would have opened the battle lines and he wanted to take us by surprise.

Almost everything Obama has done since announcing his plan has been to weaken America and get her ready for a white flag state of fatigue before the jihadists arrive.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Public Comment Period on Government’s Plan to Foment Vaccine Hysteria and Mandate Vaccination Ends May 19

According to an announcement in the Federal Register, the National Vaccine Program Office, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has developed the draft National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP), which “details background on the immunization landscape and provides a strategic plan for federal and nonfederal stakeholders.”

The goal, as stated in the announcement, is to provide a “final report” to the HHS secretary, Sylvia Burwell, “in the first quarter of 2015” that recommends vaccination for a greater portion of the U.S. adult population.

Now the government wants more adults immunized, too

The report, titled “National Adult Immunization Plan,” provides a “roadmap” for boosting adult immunization rates “for the decade 2010-2020.”

The plan stems from the government’s predetermined position that all vaccines are danger-free and improve public health.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

ROTC Vehicles Torched at Kent State, Reward Offered for Suspect ID

Two ROTC passenger vans parked on the Kent State campus were found burning early Monday morning and investigators believe the fires were intentionally set.

The 15-passenger 2014 Dodge vans were parked in the Terrace Hall lot when firefighters were called about 2:30 a.m., said Emily Vincent, a Kent State spokeswoman. No one was injured.


ROTC Lt. Col. Matthew Fox said there have been no other recent acts against the organization or cadets.

As a precaution, Fox has ordered cadets to wear civilian clothing while on campus.

[Someone’s nostalgiac for 1970, it seems. — PW]

           — Hat tip: Papa Whiskey [Return to headlines]

Saudi Man Convicted of Conspiracy in 1998 Bombings of US Embassies in Africa

A man prosecutors portrayed as one of Al Qaeda’s early leaders was convicted Thursday of conspiracy in the deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa following a trial that showcased the terror group’s early days.

An anonymous jury returned a verdict in Khaled al-Fawwaz’s case after 2 1/2 days of deliberating. The monthlong trial unfolded in a heavily fortified courthouse where federal guards stood outside with machine guns and spectators had to pass through a special metal detector outside the courtroom.

Al-Fawwaz stood expressionless as the verdict was read, pursing his lips briefly. He could face life in prison.

Prosecutors said al-Fawwaz, a 52-year-old Saudi Arabian, was a close confidant of Osama bin Laden and made sure bin Laden’s death threats against Americans were heard and noticed worldwide in 1998.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Socialist Architect Behind FCC’s Net Neutrality: Let’s Eliminate “Capitalist Propaganda”

The following is an exclusive from the Infowars Underground Insider newsletter. This is just a sample of the bombshell, unprecedented reports only our newsletter recipients have access to. Sign up today for the Underground Insider! The FCC’s proposed “Net Neutrality” regulations grew out of the work of a socialist professor who wants to take control of the Internet out of private hands by declaring it a “public utility.”

The professor, Dr. Robert McChesney of the University of Illinois, founded the socialist thinktank Free Press in 2002, which receives funding from billionaire activist George Soros.

“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies, but the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control,” he told the website SocialistProject in 2009.

Here’s some more quotes from McChesney revealing the FCC’s true agenda:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The End of Freedom in America

The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.

That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”

Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”

“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.

The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Net Neutrality Scam

Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.

According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web?

In the past twenty years, access to the internet has only become more widespread and service today is far faster for many people — including “ordinary” people — than it was twenty years ago, or even ten years ago. Today, broadband in Europe, where the internet is more tightly regulated, has less reach than it has in the United States.

The administration’s plan is rather innocuously called “net neutrality,” but in fact it has nothing at all to do with neutrality and is just a scheme to vastly increase the federal government’s control over the internet. What is Net Neutrality?

We don’t know the details of the plan because the FCC refuses to let the taxpayers see the 300-page proposal before the FCC votes on it today. But, we do know a few things.

Currently, ISPs are regulated by the FCC, but as an “information service” under the less restrictive rules of so-called Title I. But now, the FCC wants to regulate ISPs as utilities under the far more restrictive Title II restrictions. For a clue as to how cutting edge this idea is, remember this switch to Title II regulation would put ISPs into the same regulatory regime as Ma Bell under the Communications Act of 1934.

So what does this mean for the FCC in practice? According to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, “It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.” More specifically, Gordon Crovitz at the Wall Street Journal writes:

[With Net Netruality,] bureaucrats can review the fairness of Google’s search results, Facebook’s news feeds and news sites’ links to one another and to advertisers. BlackBerry is already lobbying the FCC to force Apple and Netflix to offer apps for BlackBerry’s unpopular phones. Bureaucrats will oversee peering, content-delivery networks and other parts of the interconnected network that enables everything from Netflix and YouTube to security drones and online surgery.

The administration insists these measures are necessary because — even though there is no evidence that this has actually happened — it is possible that at some point in the future, internet service providers could restrict some content and apps on the internet. Thus, we are told, control of content should be handed over to the federal government to ensure that internet service providers are “neutral” when it comes to deciding what is on the internet and what is not.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Two Distinct Electorates

Liberal Dems that the special presidential electorate has anointed since Nixon did not reflect the political proclivities of the American people — especially since 1994. Their kind can be defeated — as Reagan did

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

U.S. Attorney Lays Out Efforts Against Islamic Extremists

How do you prevent the Islamic State and other violent terrorist groups from operating on American soil? By identifying lone wolves and disaffected youths ripe for recruitment, battling the extremists in cyberspace, and building bridges with local Muslim communities to identify potential threats from within, says one of those involved in the effort, Sacramento U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner.

Last week, Wagner was among a handful of U.S. attorneys invited to join President Obama’s summit on countering violent extremism. Obama told Wagner and 300 other invitees from 60 nations the key to stopping groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State (also known as ISIL and ISIS) is by preventing them “from radicalizing, recruiting or inspiring others to violence.”

Before Obama appointed him U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California — 34 inland counties from the L.A. County line to the Oregon border — Wagner served as the district’s hate crimes and anti-terrorism coordinator.


Q: Are Californians in danger from the Islamic State and al-Qaida?

A: I would say it’s not a very high threat. It’s important that people be alert without being frightened. ISIS has been saying to people online and elsewhere if you can’t come to Syria, take action in your own communities, attack police, government buildings. They’re mostly recruiting people one at a time, and there are limits to how much one person can do to arm people, mobilize and do damage without law enforcement intercepting it.

What I’m more concerned about is some sort of backlash crime here — something gruesome will happen in Syria and someone will take revenge on the local community.

[Amazing — this U.S. attorney is more worried about an imaginary backlash than the genuine menace. Stephen Magagnini, the reporter who wrote this piece, has, according to his bio at UC Davis, “covered race and ethnicity for The Sacramento Bee since 1994, and been honored for Distinguished Diversity Writing by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.” This bespeaks the mindset that buried what should have been the lead graf at the very end of the story. — PW]

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‘As Premier I’d Take Italy Out of Eurozone’ Says Salvini

Northern League leader says the euro is dead

(ANSA) — Rome, February 25 — Northern League leader Roberto Salvini said Wednesday if he became premier, he would take Italy out of the eurozone.

“The euro is dead,” the leader of the anti-immigrant, regionalist party said in a radio interview.

“If I were in (Premier Matteo) Renzi’s place I’d go to Brussels and tell them we must review all the treaties”.

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Criminals From Abroad and the Despair of a British Hero: After Fighting in Iraq, This Marine Returned Home Only to be Beaten Up by Polish Thugs. What Happened Next is a Terrifying Insight Into Our Inability to Police Our Borders

Former Royal Marine commando Nigel Leppington was left fighting for life after being assaulted outside his home in Weymouth, Dorset, by a gang of Polish thugs.

In the case of commando Nigel Leppington and the Eastern Europeans who attacked him, insult has been added to injury. Because even though all his attackers were ordered to be deported, he has discovered that the leader of the gang not only remains in Britain having served his sentence, but actually lives in the Dorset town where Leppington was attacked by him.

Gang leader Arqr Wazny appealed his deportation on the grounds that he has a right to family life in the UK because he has a son here

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Five Years in Swedish Jail for Syrian ‘Torturer’

A 28-year-old Syrian man living in Sweden has been sentenced to five years in jail for violence in Syria in 2012. The former Free Syrian Army fighter is one of just three people convicted in the Nordic nation over the past decade for crimes carried out abroad.

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Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest in Greece Turns Ugly

Athens: first anti-gov’t protest by far-left ANTARSYA turns ugly

The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.

According to latest information, there was no intervention by riot police although squads were standing near by.

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How Did He Slip Through the Net? Police and Security Services Spoke to Jihadi John Three Times in One Year and Put Him on a Terror Watch List Before He Fled to Join ISIS

The Islamic State executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’ was today named as a university graduate from London who was able to flee to Syria despite being on an MI5 terror watch list.

Mohammed Emwazi, of Queen’s Park, west London, was allegedly spoken to three times in one year by police and security services in Tanzania, the Netherlands and Britain.

The 26-year-old, who studied computer programming at the University of Westminster, is said to have travelled to the Middle East three years ago and later joined ISIS.

Jihadi John has featured in the execution videos of British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Japanese reporter Kenji Goto and Syrian soldiers.

His identity was confirmed this afternoon by two U.S. government sources. Whitehall sources meanwhile told MailOnline that Emwazi had been known to security services for at least weeks, probably months, but not made public because the priority was trying to find him.

Arabic speaker Emwazi has one brother and two sisters, and first moved to Britain aged six.

The son of a minicab driver, he was reported to have occasionally prayed at a mosque in Greenwich, south-east London.


Police attended Emwazi’s home in Queen’s Park earlier today.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, described the family as ‘strange people — not like other people around here’.

Another told the London Evening Standard: ‘They do not mix with us or socialise, or talk to us. Ever since they moved in a while ago they do not say anything to us.’

[Maintaining operational security, it seems. Also obeying the Qur’anic injunction against”taking infidels for “friends and allies,” which appears in several verses (3:28, 5:51, et al.). Beaucoup detail and photos in this story. — PW]

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How Gun Control is Causing Another European Holocaust

By Pedro Gonzales

When Adolph Hitler got into power, he confiscated all the guns owned by Jewish people. Then, once they were defenseless, he sent them all to concentration camps. Now, in 2015, Jews are being slaughtered again because of their religion. And because of strict gun control laws in Europe, they are once again defenseless.


It is very much like the 1930s for Jews in Europe: Jewish businesses smashed, synagogues attacked, Jews killed for being Jewish. The main difference is that instead of Nazi gangs doing the killing, it is radical Muslims. Jews are no longer safe in Europe.

They should move to the U.S., Canada, Australia, or Israel. But if they must stay, they should at least get weapons so they have a chance of defending themselves.

Why should this concern you? Because if you’re living in America, you’re next.

[To paraphrase Wordsworth: “Jabotinsky! Thou shouldst be living at this hour: Eurpoe hath need of thee …” — PW]

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HSBC Bank Apologises for Tax Avoidance Aid in Swiss Branch

The CEO of HSBC bank, whose Swiss branch gave its clients advice on how to avoid paying tax, has apologized at a hearing in the UK parliament. “I’d like to put on the record an apology…for the unacceptable events that took place in the mid-2000’s”.

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Islamic Coins Discovered in Viking’s Shield Boss

TRONDHEIM, NORWAY—Last year, a metal detectorist discovered a sword from the Viking Age in a field in central Norway. Archaeologists from the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology excavated the site, and found a grave dating to about A.D. 950 that contained the remains of a Viking and his shield, in addition to the inscribed, high-quality sword. Hidden inside the shield boss they found a leather purse that contained several Islamic coins. Norwegian Vikings arrived in Spain in the 800s, where they may have come in contact with Islamic culture, or perhaps the coins were obtained through trade.

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Italian Government Selling 5.74% of Enel, Worth 2.2 Bln Euros

Reduces public holdings in Energy giant to 25.5%

(ANSA) — Rome, February 26 — The sale of a part of the government’s stake in energy giant Enel has begun in a deal worth about 2.2 billion euros for national coffers, the Treasury department announced Thursday.

About 540 million ordinary shares were put up for sale on Wednesday, the equivalent of about 5.74% of the State’s stake in Enel.

The accelerated share sale will reduce its holdings in Enel to 25.5% from the previous level of 31.24%.

The government has said it intends to sell stakes in several State-owned enterprises, in a form of partial privatization.

Enel is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of energy and gas.

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Italy: Real Estate Taxes ‘Up 115% in Four Years’

Probably won’t decrease in 2015 says Confcommercio

(ANSA) — Rome, February 25 — Real estate taxes rose 115% over the past four years, Confcommercio business association said Wednesday.

Those taxes rose 14.7% last year over 2013, to a total of 31.88 billion euros.

The figure is “not expected to decrease in 2015”, Confcommercio said.

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Italy: Real Estate Businessman Reported for Tax Evasion

Allegedly failed to report income of 4.4mn

(ANSA) — Cuneo, February 5 — Finance police in the northern Piedmont region are investigating a businessman who allegedly failed to declare income of 4.4 million euros at his two real estate firms, sources said Wednesday.

The suspect also allegedly failed to make VAT payments of 430,000 euros.

His two firms, one in the city of Cuneo and the other near Turin, have business ties with other individuals who have been reported for tax evasion, the sources said.

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Italy: NATO Chief ‘Struck’ By Renzi Leadership, Reforms

Strong Italian economy ?good thing? for security, Stoltenberg sa

(ANSA) — Rome, February 26 — NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg praised the reformist agenda of Premier Matteo Renzi on Thursday, adding that a strong Italian economy is positive for the North Atlantic alliance.

“I am struck by Renzi’s leadership and commitment to reform, the economy is picking up and this is a good thing for Italy, the European Union and NATO because a strong economy is also important for the security of NATO,” Stoltenberg said.

The NATO secretary-general also thanked Italy for taking in the “large flow of migrants who cross the Mediterranean”.

“NATO is ready to give its support to incentivise” the conditions for defending Libya, Stoltenberg said. Human traffickers are exploiting a worsening security situation in the former Italian colony including the growing presence of Islamic State militants to expand their activities towards Europe.

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New Austrian Law ‘Combats Islamization’

Austria’s parliament has passed a law banning foreign sources of financing to Muslim organisations and requiring imams to be able to speak German, in a move closely watched by other European nations facing growing problems with radical Islam.

Turkey’s leading Muslim cleric, Mehmet Gormez, has decried the bill as “a 100-year regression,” arguing that no complaints have ever been lodged about the fact that Turkey funds many imams in Austria.

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, meantime, mocked the bill as a “placebo” at a time when estimates suggest around 200 people from Austria — including women and minors — have gone to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist militias like Islamic Front.

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Norway: Breivik Loses Lawyer Over ‘Unrealistic’ Demands

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has broken with his long-standing defence lawyer Geir Lippestad as the law firm was preparing to launch a new law suit aimed at freeing their client from solitary confinement.

Lippestad said that as the case was being prepared, he had judged that the expectations the far-right militant had of what the firm could do for him were becoming increasingly “unrealistic”.

“We have looked at the possibility of bringing a case concerning prison conditions, but we disagree on what makes sense,” Lippestad told Norway’s VG newspaper. “There has been a discrepancy between the expectations Breivik has and what it is prudent for us to offer him.”

Lippestad will be replaced by Øystein Storrvik, the lawyer famous for defending David Toska, the mastermind of Norway’s biggest heist to date, the theft of 57.4m kroner from the Norwegian security company NOKAS in 2004.

Breivik was in 2012 given a 21-year sentence for mass murder and terrorism, after the Oslo court ruled that he was sane.

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Norway: Krekar Sparks More Outrage

Islamic extremist Mullah Krekar continued to provoke Norwegian authorities and the public in general on Wednesday after he unleashed another string of alarming statements in an interview with Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who’s been threatened by Krekar herself, said that Krekar exhibited “extreme attitudes” that aren’t shared by the majority of Muslims.

Mullah Krekar, who came to Norway as a refugee and has been causing trouble and costing taxpayers ever since, claims he’s just interpreting Islamic law as he sees it. Others claim he’s perverting an otherwise peaceful religion. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/Views and News

Krekar claimed, for example, that he was pleased by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, that anyone who draws pictures the Prophet Mohammed deserves to die, and that he would send a gift to anyone who kills one of the Kurds that he earlier was convicted of threatening.

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One of us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Åsne Seierstad — Review

by Ian Buruma

How far can we separate a Breivik from the ideas that inspired him? Muslims like to claim that jihadi terrorists have nothing to do with Islam. It is true that the Islamism promoted by Islamist revolutionaries is not what most Muslims believe in. But it is also true that elements of their faith are used to promote extreme violence. Islam cannot be blamed for this. But those who prod young people into committing murder by preaching hatred can be.

If this is so, then what about the ideas that inspired Breivik? To be sure, the likes of Spencer, Wilders or Bawer do not preach violent revolution. They never told anyone to kill a Muslim, let alone a “cultural Marxist”. But their talk of war, of a Muslim threat to our civilisation, “Eurabia” and of the complicity of cultural elites in our imminent downfall, does create a toxic climate in which fantasists such as Breivik can find a justification for their horrible deeds.

Breivik may or may not be a madman. The court psychiatrists in Oslo differed on this. In the end it was decided that he was not. But that ideas have consequences cannot be denied.

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Sweden: Police Raid Woman’s Birthday Party After ‘21’ Balloon Spins Around in Window and Neighbours Think She is a Supporter of ‘Is’ -Islamic State

A Swedish couple were mistaken for Islamic State supporters when passers by mistook the birthday balloons in the window saying ‘21’ as ‘IS’ — an abbreviation for the terrorist group.

They were in the window for Sarah Ericsson’s birthday party held at her boyfriend’s house last weekend according to Kvalls Posten, who reported the police came knocking on Monday.

Someone then saw the balloons from outside Fabian Akesson’s home in Karlskrona and reported it as Islamic State propaganda.

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Swedish Language Class Teacher in Holocaust Row

A substitute teacher has been told off for challenging a Holocaust denier during a Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) class in southern Sweden.

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Their Survey of British Muslims Delighted the BBC: In Fact, It Contains Some Profoundly Chilling Findings, Says Stephen Glover

Yesterday, I awoke to hear what sounded like very good news on the BBC. A survey commissioned by the Corporation had found that the overwhelming majority of British Muslims oppose violence against people who publish images depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Not only that. According to the same BBC ComRes poll, 95 per cent of Muslims in this country feel a loyalty to Britain — a very reassuring tribute to the incomers’ keenness to support this country’s values.

But statistics, as we all know, can be very misleading — sometimes dangerously so. They can be presented in a way that suits a particular agenda. For the truth is, the survey that so delighted Auntie contains results which most people, I believe, will find alarming.

[Comment: Auntie = BBC.]

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UK Counter-Terrorism Squad Arrested ‘Jihadi John’ In 2010

Was under surveillance, banned from leaving country

(ANSAmed) — LONDON, FEBRUARY 26 — ‘Jihadi John’, the Islamic State (ISIS) executioner whose real name is Mohamed Emwazi, was arrested by the British counter-terrorism units in 2010 on his arrival in London from Kuwait. UK media reported the news on Thursday, saying that the police had fingerprinted him and searched him, inserting his name onto a terror watch list and prohibiting him from leaving the country and going back to Kuwait.

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UK: Call GM Food Something Else to Ease Public Fears, Say MPs: Report Says Label is ‘Lightning Rod’ For Fears of Designer Crops

The term “GM food” should be abandoned, say politicians who are calling for an extraordinary rebranding exercise.

MPs on the science and technology select committee has demanded a “reframing of the public conversation” about genetically modified food.

In an inflammatory report today, it says the GM label has become a “lightning rod” for fears about designer crops.

[Comment: Good idea. A more accurate name would help. How about “De-nutrified food”, “Pseudo-food”, “Fake-food” or even the classic “Franken-food”? Of these alternative names “de-nutrified-food” is the most accurate. Search the internet for studies that show the comparison of nutrients in GM food versus real food. You will be stunned.]

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UK: EU is Being Promoted in Skewed History Lessons, Academics Warn

The history of Europe is being taught to pupils in a ‘distorted’ way in order to promote the EU, Prof David Abulafia has warned in a stinging rebuke of the way the subject is being taught in British classrooms.

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UK: Stoke Mandeville Hospital ‘Ignored Complaints About Jimmy Savile’, Says Report

[Warning: Disturbing Content.]

Jimmy Savile abused eight-year-old cancer victim who had 144 stitches in her lower body — and Stoke Mandeville nurse told her ‘be quiet you silly girl’ when she complained

Horrific details of the woman’s case emerged ahead of damning report today that will reveal the Buckinghamshire hospital received ten complaints about Savile, but victims’ statements were ignored.

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Egypt: Four Blasts in Cairo, One Dead, Three Injured

Four blasts rocked the Cairo residential neighbourhood of Giza, killing one and injuring three, the Egyptian Ministry of Health spokesperson said Thursday.

The first explosion, which caused casualties, took place in a fast food.

Other three blasts occured in stores selling communication-items. These latter explosions demolished the storefronts, but but there were no victims. Bomb disposal experts are on site to establish whether there is more explosive hidden in the buildings.

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Ex-Yemen President Saleh Amassed ‘Up to 60 Billion, ‘ UN Reports

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president of Yemen, allegedly siphoned billions of dollars into his own coffers while in power. The evidence stems from a UN report about the deposed leader.

Yemen has devolved into economic instability and political turmoil in the time since Saleh’s forced resignation in 2012 after Yemen’s Arab Spring uprising. Most recently, Shiite Houthi rebels have solidified their power in Yemen’s north and taken over the capital city, Sanaa. The political crisis resulted in house arrest for President Abd Rabu Mansour, who recently fled to the south and rescinded his resignation.

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ISIS Kills 15 Christian Hostages in Syria, Beheads Woman

Archimandrite says 350 held; mass execution feared

(ANSAmed) — ROME — The Islamic State (ISIS) has killed 15 of the Christians it took hostage in northeastern Syria earlier this week.

The news was given by Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana to the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need on Thursday. “Many of them,” he said, “were defending their villages and their families.” One woman was beheaded in the village Tel Hormidz and two men were shot to death. There is no information at the moment on how the other 12 were killed. Youkhana added that the number of those known to have been taken hostage had risen to about 350. In addition to the hundreds previously reported, some 80 inhabitants from the Tel Jazira village, 21 from Tel Gouran, 5 from Tel Feytha and 3 from Qabir Shamiya have been taken. Almost all are being held in the Sunni Muslim village Um Al-Masamier.

Another 51 families, “with around five members each”, Youkhana said, have been taken hostage in Tel Shamiram, but it is not known where they are being held. “They have probably been taken to the ISIS-controlled Mount Abdul Aziz region,” Youkhana said. One source has said that a mass execution is being planned for Friday, February 27, in the mosque of Bab Alfaraj, a Sunni village in the area. There has been no confirmation of the news.

No inhabitants are left in the 35 Assyrian Christian villages. Those who managed to escape did so towards Hasaka or Qamishli.

“There are 800 displaced families in Hasaka and 175 in Qamishli,” Youkhana said.

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Islamic State Jihadis Destroy 3,000-Year-Old Artworks in Mosul Museum

By Robert Spencer

Besides removing supposed temptations to idolatry, Islamic jihadists want to ruin the artifacts of non-Muslim civilizations because doing so testifies to the truth of Islam, as the Qur’an suggests that ruins are a sign of Allah’s punishment of those who rejected his truth:

Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth. (Qur’an 3:137)

This is one of the foundations of the Islamic idea that pre-Islamic civilizations, and non-Islamic civilizations, are all jahiliyya — the society of unbelievers, which is worthless. Obviously this cuts against the idea of tourism of ancient sites and non-Muslim religious installations such as St. Catherine’s monastery. V. S. Naipaul encountered this attitude in his travels through Muslim countries. For many Muslims, he observed in Among the Believers, “The time before Islam is a time of blackness: that is part of Muslim theology. History has to serve theology.” Naipaul recounted that some Pakistani Muslims, far from valuing the nation’s renowned archaeological site at Mohenjo Daro, saw its ruins as a teaching opportunity for Islam, recommending that Qur’an 3:137 be posted there as a teaching tool.

“ISIS thugs take a hammer to civilisation: Priceless 3,000-year-old artworks smashed to pieces in minutes as militants destroy Mosul museum,” by Julian Robinson, MailOnline, February 26, 2015:

[Same thing the Taliban did to the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001. As Western “leaders” dither, these creatures strive for a new dark age. — PW]

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Italy: Pope Prays for Christians Attacked by ISIS in Syria

Francis on spiritual retreat for Lenten in Ariccia near Rome

(ANSA) — Rome, February 26 — Pope Francis said Thursday that he was praying for the civilian population in Syria and for the Christian minority there.

He spoke while on a Lenten retreat in Ariccia near Rome following reports that Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists had destroyed Christian villages and captured about 220 Christians in the area.

ISIS has particularly targeted Christians and the pope has condemned the violence.

Last week Francis said he was praying for victims of violence at the hands of terrorists.

The apostolic nuncio in Damascus, Msgr. Mario Zenari, said it was “clear that the pope is constantly thinking of us, thinking about Christians and the situation of all people who suffer”.

He added in comments to Vatican Radio that “not only Christians, but all people (in the region) are afraid, afraid and run away if they can”.

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Jordan, Israel Sign Deal to Help Save Dead Sea

Jordan and Israel signed a deal on Thursday to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages.

The official Petra news agency said that the agreement signed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, would set in motion the implementation of the first phase of a long-awaited project.

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New ISIS Video Shows Militants Smashing Ancient Iraq Artifacts

ISIS released a video Thursday purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing them as idols that must be removed.

The destructions are part of a campaign by the ISIS extremists, who have destroyed a number of shrines — including Muslim holy sites — in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.

The five-minute video shows a group of bearded men inside the Mosul Museum using hammers and drills to destroy several large statues, which are then shown in pieces and chipped. The video then shows a black-clad man at a nearby archaeological site inside Mosul drilling through and destroying a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to the 7th century B.C.

The video was posted on social media accounts affiliated with ISIS and though it could not be independently verified it appeared authentic, based on AP’s knowledge of the Mosul Museum.

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Number of Christians Kidnapped in ISIS Offensive Up to 220, Syria Monitoring Groups Say

Activists monitoring the conflict in Syria said Thursday that the number of Christians kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in their most recent offensive has risen to at least 220.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the militant group has captured Assyrian Christians from 11 villages near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province.

The province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, has become the latest battleground in the fight against the ISIS in Syria. It is predominantly Kurdish but also has populations of Arabs and predominantly Christian Assyrians and Armenians.

ISIS began abducting the Assyrians on Monday, when militants attacked a cluster of villages along the Khabur River, sending thousands of people fleeing to safer areas. The Syriac National Council, a Syrian Christian group, told Reuters that hundreds of Christians have fled to the province’s two main cities, Al-Hassakeh and Al-Qamishli, which are held by the Kurds.

Younan Talia, a senior official with the Assyrian Democratic Organization, said IS had raided 33 Assyrian villages, picking up as many as 300 people along the way. It was not possible to reconcile the numbers, and the fate of the hostages remained unclear.

[But it can be surmised, and summed up in one word: “dire.” — PW]

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Ottomans Enter Turkish Elections Race, Stoking Social Media

Weeks after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “16 Turkish warriors” hit international headlines, several candidates have launched Ottoman-themed campaigns to be nominated for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

For his campaign under the motto “All Together, New Turkey,” Osman Yavuz, an AKP electoral candidate nominee in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, wore a börk, a piece headgear worn by Seljuk warriors and the first Ottoman sultans in the 14th century. The börk has recently become familiar to the Turkish public again, thanks to a TV drama about the era.

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The ‘Unmasking’ of an Islamic Terrorist, Mainstream Media Style

Face of ISIS, executioner ‘Jihadi John’, identified as Mohammed Emwazi, still rides the Internet hiding behind his trademark black mask.

‘Jihadi John unmasked: Former Westminster University student was arrested FIVE years ago and put on a terror watch list—but he flew to Syria to join ISIS two years later’, is the headline in today’s British Daily Mail.


There is no picture of ‘Jihadi John’ Mohammed Emwazi unmasked.

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UAE Tells UN to Set Up Anti-ISIS ‘Contact Group’

Consultation with all parties involved, regional organization

(by Alessandra Antonelli) (ANSAmed) — DUBAI — After sending F-16s to Jordanian bases to resume direct operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) following the release of a video showing a pilot being burnt alive, the UAE has now called on the UN to enact a diplomatic initiative. The five-point initiative would aim to coordinate international cooperation around an ‘Anti-Extremism Contact Group’, which would facilitate dialogue with all the parties involved, including the jihadists.

Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE vice president and prime minister, spoke to the press at length in September on the need to win an ‘intellectual battle’ against ISIS as well as the military fight. Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash illustrated during an open debate at the UN Security Council how the ‘contact group’ would be complementary to the anti-ISIS coalition that the UAE is part of. The main pillars of the strategy are greater involvement of the Security Council, with more consultation with the countries interested in order to include all possible prospects, and greater space and support for regional organizations, which play an essential role in the international security situation. Underscoring that the human costs of the current status quo are “unsustainable”, Gargash said that the ultimate goal of the initiative is to show that ISIS “is not, and cannot be, the response to the questions of our time and our region”, shedding light on its political, social and economic inadequacy in the territory under its control. At the same time, he said, it is necessary to close ranks and not let themselves become “distracted by sectarianisms” in the shared fight against ISIS, while ensuring that both freedom of expression and Islam’s “true values” are respected. The intellectual, linguistic and diplomatic struggle against ISIS got underway a few months ago. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as well as the UK and France began replacing the acronyms ISIS/ISIL (which stand for ‘the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’ and ‘the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’) as the common moniker for the group that now calls itself simply ‘the Islamic State’, with the Arabic acronym ‘Daesh’ (‘Dawlat Al-Islamiyah fi Al’Iraq wa Al-Sham’), which means the same thing. The latter avoids a direct reference to both the words ‘Islamic’ and ‘state’, which many say are not appropriate for the group. Ahmad Al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the most prestigious religious and academic institution in Sunni Islam, reiterated in recent days during an anti-terrorism conference in Saudi Arabia that “forms of extremism are generated through a mistaken interpretation of the Quran”, calling on Muslim states to reform their schools and universities to limit the spread of “tainted ideologies”.

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Russia and Cyprus Sign Military Deal for Mediterranean Ports

Cyprus has agreed to a deal allowing Russian ships to use its ports. Cyprus is the next in a line of individual EU nations with which Russia has sought to forge stronger ties.

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Top Ukrainian Nazi Visits U.S. Congress, Pentagon, Seeks Weapons for Ukraine

The Deputy Speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy, who had been the co-founder of the Nazi-inspired Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine, met in Washington on Wednesday, February 25th, with members of the U.S. House and Senate who support his request that the U.S. Government donate weapons to his virtually bankrupt Government. Parubiy also visited with the Pentagon. Weapons are needed by his Government because his Government is engaged in a civil war against the residents in the area of Ukraine that had voted 90% for the former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Parubiy himself (when he was called “the Mayor of Maidan”) led to overthrow in a violent February 2014 coup.

According to a recent report by Gabriel Gatehouse of the BBC, witness testimony and photographic evidence both conflict with Parubiy’s account of how the overthrow a year ago occurred. The United States Government strongly supported Yanukovych’s overthrow, and denies that it was a coup. The Obama Administration calls it an expression of Ukrainian democracy, and says that the replacement Government was “duly elected” (though by whom was left unsaid by Mr. Obama), and that when elections for a new Ukrainian President were held in northwest Ukraine on 25 May 2014, in which no one in the rebelling region participated, the residents in the rebelling region were terrorists if they refused to accept the election’s winner as being their President. The residents still refused to accept the winner of that election as being their leader. The Government, on 2 May 2014, massacred an estimated 100+ peaceful demonstrators against the Government, in Odessa, and sent troops into the southeast to take over their local governments, and so the civil war started. Mr. Parubiy was a member of the small team that planned the Odessa massacre.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Bangladesh: Writer Avijit Roy Hacked to Death

Blogger and writer Avijit Roy has been killed and his wife, blogger Rafida Ahmed Bonna, severely injured when unidentified miscreants hacked them at TSC of Dhaka University on Thursday night.

Avijit, son of former DU teacher Dr Ajay Roy and also the founder of Mukto-mona Blog, and his wife have been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition immediately after the attack.

Later, he died while undergoing treatment around 10:30pm, said Shahbagh police station OC Sirajul Islam.

Bonna told the Dhaka Tribune: “Two miscreants attacked us with cleaver near TSC intersection around 8:45pm.”

Witnesses said some unidentified miscreants swooped on the bloggers and hacked them mercilessly between 8:30pm and 9pm while they were returning from the book fair, leaving them critically injured.


Earlier in 2014, online bookstore stopped selling books by the well-known writer after an Islamic militant issued death threats on Facebook to the website’s owner.

The decision to withdraw his books was prompted by death threats posted to Facebook by Farabi Shafiur Rahman, an Islamist extremist allegedly linked to Jamaat-e-Islami.

Farabi accused Avijit of defaming Islam and the “prophet” Mohammed and accused chairman Mahmudul Hasan Sohag of “promoting atheism” by selling his books.

In his Facebook post, Farabi specified the office address of and called upon his “Islamist friends” in the adjacent locality to attack.

He also told Sohag that he would suffer the same fate as Ahmed Rajib Haider, a popular blogger known by the psuedonym Thaba Baba, who was hacked to death last year by machete-wielding Islamic militants.

[A .45 automatic and a modicum of skill might have stopped this atrocity. “Defaming” Islam is the very thing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation wants to criminalize in the U.S., with the help of Hillary the Haughty Harridan and the execrable “Istanbul Process.” — PW]

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Fukushima Radiation Spikes 7,000% as Contaminated Water Pours Into the Ocean

(NaturalNews) Cleanup crews trying to mitigate Japan’s never-ending radiation crisis at Fukushima ran into more problems recently after sensors monitoring a drainage gutter detected a huge spike in radiation levels from wastewater pouring into the Pacific Ocean.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company says radiation levels were up to 70 times, or 7,000 percent, higher than normal, prompting an immediate shutdown of the drainage instrument. The first readings came around 10 a.m. local time on February 22, setting off alarms not once but twice as radiation levels spiked to extremely high levels…

Fukushima workers build one new storage tank daily, but this can’t go on forever

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Father to Congress: My Son ‘Was Murdered by a DREAMer’

A father whose son was murdered by an illegal alien gave emotional testimony at a House subcommittee hearing yesterday, imploring the Obama administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.

Jamiel Shaw said his son, Jamiel Shaw II, was shot to death walking in his neighborhood one day by “a DREAMer” and “DACA recipient.”

Shaw claimed the illegal that killed his son had just been released from jail after serving a four month term for assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer.

“Why was this violent illegal alien allowed to walk the streets of America instead of being deported? Why was ICE not called to pick up this violent invader?” Shaw asked during the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

The father said the perception that all DREAMers are innocent was a “myth.”

See the full transcript of Mr. Shaw’s testimony below, with key passages highlighted:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

For Death by ISIS You Have to Go Out; Illegal Aliens Deliver!

[WARNING: Disturbing Content.]

ISIS has killed four Americans — in Syria. We’re not exactly talking about another 9/11. Here’s a tip: If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria.

Meanwhile, illegal aliens have killed, raped, and maimed thousands of Americans — in America. If you don’t want to be killed, raped, or maimed by illegal immigrants in your own country, I have no tips for you. There’s nothing you can do. You’re on your own. Good luck.

Our politicians don’t care. They are obsessed with cleaning up the rest of the world, while we’re getting our clock cleaned at home…

On Monday of this week, Jaime Balam, an illegal alien from Mexico, appeared in court in San Francisco to face charges that he shot three American college students, one fatally, because they happened to be wearing the wrong colors. “I would never expect something like this to happen in my life,” the murder victim’s father said. “These guys, they destroyed my life, me and family, for nothing.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Obama: ‘Consequences’ For ICE Officials Who Don’t Follow Executive Amnesty

President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Texas Officials Warn of Immigrants With Terrorist Ties Crossing Southern Border

By Reid Wilson

A top Texas law enforcement agency says border security organizations have apprehended several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations crossing the southern border in recent years, and while a surge of officers to the border has slowed the flow of drugs and undocumented immigrants, it’s costing the state tens of millions of dollars.

In a report to Texas elected officials, the state Department of Public Safety says border security agencies have arrested several Somali immigrants crossing the southern border who are known members of al-Shabab, the terrorist group that launched a deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, another Somalia-based group once funded by Osama bin Laden. Another undocumented immigrant arrested crossing the border was on multiple U.S. terrorism watch lists, the report says.

According to the report, one member of al-Shabab, apprehended in June 2014, told authorities he had been trained for an April 2014 suicide attack in Mogadishu. He said he escaped and reported the planned attack to African Union troops, who were able to stop the attack. The FBI believed another undocumented immigrant was an al-Shabab member who helped smuggle several potentially dangerous terrorists into the U.S.

[And where might they be headed? How about the city with the nation’s largest population of Somali immigrants and the mall al-Shabaab talked up as a target in its recent video? — PW]

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Yes, Amnesty Encourages More Illegal Immigration

To the disappointment of immigration-enforcement advocates, Judge Andrew S. Hanen last week rejected a key argument that Texas raised in its attempt to establish legal standing. Texas tried to show that Obama’s amnesty policies would lead to an increase of illegal aliens in the state and would strain state coffers as a consequence.

To most Americans, amnesty leading to more illegal immigration is simple cause-and-effect logic (much like “increasing the labor supply leads to lower wages”). Our court system, however, doesn’t treat so-called speculative harms very well, no matter how inevitable they seem. Still, the open-borders lobby no doubt breathed a big sigh of relief at Hanen’s rejection, considering the mass of evidence that Texas put forward.

Although it doesn’t take a doctorate to understand that amnesty encourages illegal immigration, Texas had submitted written testimony from Harvard Ph.D. Karl Eschbach, a former demographer for the state and an expert in racial demographic trends, ethnic health disparities, and illegal immigration. With Texas paying out nearly $1.7 billion over the last two years in uncompensated health care linked to illegal aliens, the state needs this kind of expertise.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Sharpton: We Must Lower Legal Threshold for Federal Hate Crime

Wednesday on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” in discussing this week’s Justice Department announcement that there is not sufficient evidence to charge George Zimmerman with intentionally violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin during the 2012 confrontation that tragically resulted in the shooting death of Martin, Al Sharpton said he is now planning to work to “lower the threshold” that legally qualifies who is prosecuted for a federal hate crime.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Sweden Rapped for ‘Too White’ Company Boards

The ten largest listed companies in Sweden are being criticised for failing to display diversity on company boards, with just eleven out of ninety top staff having a non-European background according to the latest figures.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

When Something Hurts

Franklin Graham pulled a “Lincoln” by using an economy of words to take down the actions of President Obama. “I do know that the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriages and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don’t agree.”

Graham continued, “Our nation is ridiculed abroad and morally crumbling within. We are in trouble. We have turned our back on God.”

Franklin is far more outspoken on political issues than Billy ever was—but one can understand that he is hurting deeply when he witnesses what is happening to America. In fact all deeply rooted conservatives are angry, heartbroken, dismayed, and bordering on hopeless when they see the results of the last election being squandered by elected officials who wet their pants when Obama breaks a new law seemingly every day!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Scientists Find a Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than the Sun

Astronomers have discovered the largest and most luminous black hole ever seen — an ancient monster with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun — that dates back to when the universe was less than 1 billion years old.

It remains a mystery how black holes could have grown so huge in such a relatively brief time after the dawn of the universe, researchers say.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

20 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/26/2015

  1. Resistance

    Matthew Van Dyke has decided to build up an army to fight IS. Finally, a Christian world reaction to islamic IS violence. A private initiative, since there is no reaction, or will, from the world leaders at this moment in time, to fight the barbarians.

    What is it we’re actually seeing here? Picking up the crusades now? What next? Soldiers from all over the Western world volonteering to contribute in eliminating The Plague?

    • “Picking up Crusades?”

      In Muslims countries Crusades were all but forgotten. After being invited to the generous, kindly, humanist, multiculti, unique West they discovered that their hatred to Christianity and Crusades was unmatched by the scorn and hate emanating from the west towards the western “roots”.
      Now we see what ISIL, the true islam, doing to Middle East Christians. They have been doing that over the last 1435 years. Just Look at native Christians : Iraq 450 000, Syria 1 m, Egypt 10 m among an ocean of 80 m ( including Napolean in his muslim attire), Turkey 99% muslim. All these countries were 100% Christians.
      Jews don’t accept converts unless his mama is Jew. Christian were told to turn the other cheek and go 2 miles when burdened with forced labour.
      The Perfect Pirate came later, he observed and learnt. He discovered that allah would listen better and prophecies would be fulfilled sooner if jihad was declared and swords were wielded skilfully.

      With your sword you can enslave all the known continent on earth. They will comply with your wishes no matter how whimsical and strange. Swords can render all Traitor Class ball-lessssssssssssssss.
      May God punish those who hate their own people and own countries.
      But died when Nietzsche was born, so he can’t punish. The future must not belong to …………………….. . Oh democracy thou art . . .

  2. The destruction of museum artifacts and shrines in Syria reminds me of the cultural revolution in China. The religions of Islam and Maoism have a lot in common.

  3. RE: the huge “black hole”

    Eventually they’ll figure out that “black holes” explode when they get big enough (that’s what “created” the universe we observe). The big black hole is there so soon after the big bang because it was there before it, as were stars and galaxies.

    Black holes exist in the sense that light cannot escape and there was a big bang, but a black hole does not contain a “singularity” at its core. A singularity is just what comes from projecting our inaccurate models too far back in spacetime.


  4. While I enjoy the GoV news feed, the large number of articles from the “infowars” site is dismaying. That site seems to be a hotbed of lurid and unsupported conspiracy theories and pay to play disinformation.

    • Infowars is a mixed bag. I don’t read it myself (exception: the Bundy Ranch crisis — it was the ONLY major site feeding real reports from the front line), but I see the things that pass through the news feed. There are 4 main types:

      1. News articles republished verbatim from MSM sites or the wire services. They constitute the largest portion of what JD sends.

      2. Editorial content and aggregation with a conspiracist anti-government flavor.

      3. Paranoid speculation, including some material that (to put it mildly) stretches the truth.

      4. Articles and opinion pieces that serve the state interests of Russia.

      Concerning that last category: Zero Hedge and SHTF post very similar things. If these three sites are not in the pay of the Russian government, they might as well be, given the slant of the material they publish.

      • I concur with that analysis. Fair enough to read as long as one is wary of bias. News from the fever swamps is also valuable, not for content but understanding the viewpoint. The NYT, al jazeera, fox, counterpunch and RT all serve a certain purpose given a hefty pinch of salt.

  5. >> But their talk of war, of a Muslim threat to our civilisation, “Eurabia” and of the complicity of cultural elites in our imminent downfall, does create a toxic climate in which fantasists such as Breivik can find a justification for their horrible deeds. <<

    But [the Koran's] talk of war, of [an infidel] threat to our civilisation, “[dar al-Harb]” and of the complicity of [Jews and Crusaders] in our imminent downfall, does create a toxic climate in which fantasists such as [ISIS] can find a justification for their horrible deeds. <<

    • ” … fantasists such as Breivik can find a justification . . . ”
      He jumped the gun one decade early.

      Yeah, now we can understand what is meant by the Traitor Class Creates monsters. analogy : “Criminals are the product of society.”
      A hint for the wise. If we were wise we would not have the raison d’être for Breivik.
      57 countries raped by jihadis, is that not enough to learn a lesson.
      Twin Towers, Madrid, 7-7-05 . . . etc. no lesson learnet? Are our brains fossilized?
      “They” removed shah … disaster. Saddam removed … disaster. Qaddafi removed. . . . . Italy threatened. Disaster.

      “They” are bending over backward to install . . . GUESS who prepare . . . Muslim Satanhood in Egypt.

      Muslim Brotherhood is well and thriving guess WHERE … in Britain and USA their natural habitats.
      If the rulers get insane so do their oppressed subjects.

    • Maybe I misunderstand you? Yes the atmosphere is “toxic” as you say and does create criminals but by inference you seem to be accusing Dymphna and the Baron of “creating this atmosphere”. For Christ’s sake Islam is a clear and present threat. Out so called elite is also part of a problem. Both Islam and the elite show clear intent, as did Breivik to destroy. Please do not accuse those who write to warn of the dangers of helping create monsters like the above culprits. The Left and Islam are looking for any excuse to arrest and abuse those of us who expose them.

      Forgive me if I am wrong but you seem to conflate all as “creating a toxic atmosphere” which is amoral…..Dymphna has threatened nobody, neither do ideas in themselves unless an active agent brings them to life by intent. Your apparent mode of thought or lack of it is very dangerous indeed.

      I would love to arrest and hang my country’s leaders for High Treason but I do not act on it, because it is wrong as I have no legal authority.

      • Dear Bishop, Ian Buruma’s article in the Guardian excerpted above concludes that ideas have consequences and clearly argues that Breivik’s crimes can be laid at the feet of Spencer, Wilders or Bawer. Buruma says it is their ideas that created the “toxic climate” that motivated Breivik to kill, even though they counsel no one to kill. Or, rather, that Breivik could find justification in what they say.

        In short, basic points of the counter jihad create a toxic climate that does have consequences, viz., possibly motivating one sane Westerner to commit an isolated mass killing. Free agency parked somewhere nearby, I suppose.

        However, the basics of Islam don’t lead to mass killing. No, no, no. Those, who preach “hatred” to Muslims are responsible for any extreme violence that young Muslims commit. And ditto as to youthful Islamic free agency when it comes to interpreting the unchangeable words and deeds of The Messenger.

        So Muslims preaching Islamic hate and Spencer, Wilders and Bawer leading the counter jihad are on the same plane, and garden-variety Islam is off the hook.

        The words that Buruma lays at the feet of SW & B and which he argues could be a justification, etc., are interesting to play with. Plug in a few different terms and, voila, you get all kinds of what you hear coming from Muslims all over the world. It pours forth by the train load and always with an alahu akbar en fin. And somewhere nearby is a pile of bodies or a pool of blood. Or an AntiFa lookalike.

        The trouble for Buruma, however, is that SW & B did nothing at all to create anything toxic by making accurate assertions about Islam in Europe. Islam itself is toxic but pointing that out isn’t.

        Buruma finesses the causal connection between SW & B and finds none between Islamic basics and jihadi deeds when the connection is obvious. It is obvious that decent Muslims are decent not because Islamic doctrine is pacific and noble, but because they choose to distance themselves as far as they dare from Islam in its malevolent glory. Proportion of decent to indecent is for another day.

        Buruma’s point is clear however. The counter jihad leads to horrific murder. And SW & B grossly abuse their right of free speech by speaking out against Islam and Muslims. It is the counter jihad that must be regarded with disgust.

        • This Ian Buruma was “kicked” out of the Dutch intellectual debate some years ago. Along with his friend Taqqiya Ramadan.

          Buruma mixed “cause and effect” to many times..We dismissed him as a “scolar”.

  6. FP. I see “Mein Kampf” is being republished in Germany. It’s called free speech, and sometimes we have to grit our teeth and accept it. Only when we are prevented from challenging such ordure is our culture in danger.

    • Yes Mark,
      The west is wallowing in its and jihadis’ ordure.

      You know when our civilization started to die … when in the sixties porn magazine were allowed, by courts, to publish their ordure in the name of “free expression”. The edge of the wedge. Since then many subversive opinions were introduced and propagated in the name of freedom. So when jihadis were invited into the west, and if somebody complained: You could hear: That’s uncanadian, that’s unaustralian, that’s unamerican, that’s unnew zealandan, that’s unbritish, and this rubbish. Jihadis created jobs.

      Those mantras could be hear every day in the eighties and nineties.

      Create jobs: Oh ye, we need more welfare paper pushers and paramedics to collect “pieces” produced by the religion of piece.

      But real freedom …. That’s the freedom to impeach the “un-impeachable” when “they” destroy our countries and culture in the name of multiculti, you are prevented by all means in a manner worse than dictators.

      Why is it bad for us to love our country and society? Why is that perversion? No country can sustain legions of rabbits from FOUR wombs. Saudi FOUR wombs are too many for Saudi the surplus is being sent to the lands of allah: Britain and California. allah’s land is jihadi land. All universe is allah’s.

      • “Sixties porn”, Murad? You mean that when the stuff which had always been available to the wealthy and well-connected*, started to trickle down to the hoi-polloi, who couldn’t possibly be expected to exercise judgement and restraint, civilisation was doomed? You’ll be taking our votes away next.

        *Ever heard of the Marquis de Sade?

      • Madonna should be performing ” like a virgin” in Riyad. Or maybe on that famous Ar-Raqqah stage. Let this crazy [female Canis lupus familiaris] perform in these places and then bother us with her “observations” and “thoughts” on the subject. Any subject..

        @Murad. Hear,hear!

  7. On former Royal Marine Nigel Leppington put in hospital by a gang of Polish criminals, all eventually deported except for the gang leader who resides in the same town as his Royal Marine victim. Perhaps one or two suitable family members or friends, will one day soon ‘bump’ into that gang leader.

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