Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/3/2015

An Australian man has regained his job after being fired for telling his bosses to f*** off and engaging in lewd behavior with female co-workers at a Christmas party. A judge ruled that he had been unfairly dismissed, since alcohol was allowed to flow freely at the party, and he had drunk ten beers. Under those circumstances, he could not be expected to observe the company’s “standards of conduct”.

In other news, the Islamic State fired two Grad rockets from the Sinai into southern Israel, but without causing any significant damage or casualties.

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Financial Crisis
» Economist: Troika Planning to Rig Greek Referendum
» Greece Illustrates 150 Years of Socialist Failure in Europe
» Greece: Vandals Trash ‘Yes’ Campaign Kiosk in Northern Athens
» Here’s Why U.S. Faces Greek-Style Economic Collapse
» How Greece Can Defeat the Banksters
» Ron Paul: It’s All Coming Apart
» Anti-2nd Amendment Gun Smuggler, Democrat Leland Yee, Headed to Prison
» Behind the Curtain: A Look at the Inner Workings of NSA’s XKEYSCORE
» Bill Would Create New Homeland Security Office for ‘Countering Violent Extremism’
» FBI Exploits Baseless 4th of July Terror Threat to Establish “Command Centers”
» General Secretary of Communist Vietnam Invited to White House
» Here’s What Happened to the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
» Is the Clinton Email Coverup Unraveling?
» Jesse Ventura: Mainstream Media Trying to Legalize Defamation
» Obscure White Professor Informs White People They Are All Currently ‘Complicit in’ Slavery
» Professor Blames Whites for Her Menstrual Problems
» Pulling Down the Slaver Flags of Islam and Africa
» Shark Expert: “Something Strange is Going On”
» Soros Helps Pro-Clinton Super Pacs to $20 Million Haul
» The Enemy Within is Now Setting the Narrative
» They Want to Use ‘Hate Speech Laws’ To Destroy Freedom of Speech in America
» Today GMO Mosquitoes, Tomorrow GMO Dogs and GMO People
» Unconstitutional Court Rulings
» University of Wisconsin: Complimenting People of Color is Racist
» Video: Man Gets 8 Months in Federal Prison for Driving Away From Internal Checkpoint
Europe and the EU
» Antidepressants Affect People’s Moral Behaviour, Study Finds
» Italy: Lorenzin Agrees Cuts With Regions
» Italy: Private Guards to Watch Lombardy Trains
» Italy: New Arrests in CPL Concordia Case, Ex-Lawmaker Diana Probed
» Italy: Israeli Expo Milan 2015 Flag Daubed With Red Paint
» Italy: Berlusconi ‘Terrified’ Bunga Girls Would ‘Sing’ Says Businessman
» Italy: Ferrari HQ ‘Will Probably be Moved to Netherlands’
» More Diversity Sought in Swedish Hockey
» Netherlands: Girls in Rotterdam Told How to Avoid Forced Marriages
» Netherlands: Disturbances Continue in the Hague, 100 Arrested
» Spain: Maggie’s Out as Mayor Renames Madrid Square
» UK: The Local Newspaper That Thinks Legitimate Protest is Worse Than Raping Underage Girls
» TAP Gas Pipeline Project Starts in Albania
North Africa
» Clashes as Tunisian Police Close Sousse Mosque
» For Catholic Church, the Egyptian People is United in the Fight Against Jihadist Terrorism
» For Egypt, Avenging Sinai Attack May Include Striking Gaza
» Morocco: Fez Uni to Act as Anti-ISIS Cultural Bulwark
» New Study Finds GMO Corn Makes Rats Infertile
» Tunisia: Almost 2,000 Police Deployed in Resorts, Minister
Israel and the Palestinians
» 2 Rockets From Sinai Hit Israel; Netanyahu Blasts Unhrc Over Vote
» EU Prolongs Police Mission for Palestinian Territories for Another Year
» Imprisoned Swedes From Ship to Gaza to be Sent Home
» ISIS Carries Out Rocket Attacks on Two Grad Missiles Are Fired From Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula Just Days After Jihadis Killed 50 Egyptian Soldiers in Brutal Dawn Raids
» Israel’s Populist Energy Crisis
Middle East
» Islamic State Senior Fighter ‘Killed in US Drone Strike’
» Kuwait Parliament Approves Budget With $27 Billion Deficit
» More Evidence U.S. Aiding and Abetting ISIS
» MH17 Disaster: Malaysia Pushes for Criminal Tribunal
» Russia: The Statue of Cheka Founder Could Return to Central Moscow
South Asia
» India: Maharashtra: Hindu Nationalist Government Cracks Down on Madrassas
» Indonesia: Yogyakarta: Islamists Expel Thousands of Christians From a Scout Camp Because it is Ramadan
» ISIS in Indonesia: 500 Recruits and Counting
» Pakistan: Lahore: Christian NGO Helping Gypsy Women Entrepreneurs
» Thai Crackdown on Rogue Fishing as EU Ban Fears Loom
Far East
» China Criticized Over Ramadan Restrictions
» North Korean Farmers Face Dry Fields Amid Drought
Australia — Pacific
» Man Drinks 10 Beers, Tells Boss to ‘F—- Off’, Wins Claim for Unfair Dismissal
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Italy: Boko Haram Kills 11 ‘Traitors’
» Nigeria Struck by New Wave of Boko Haram Atrocities
Latin America
» Approval Rating for Brazil’s Rousseff at 9%: Poll
» Can Congress Thwart Obama’s Lifeline to the Castros?
» 128 Unaccompanied Alien Children Caught at Mexican Border Per Day in May
» June Record Month for Children Seeking Asylum
Culture Wars
» Christian Bakers Fined $135,000 for Refusing to Make Wedding Cake for Lesbians
» Gays Rights May Open Door for Pedophile Rights
» Oregon State Issues Gag Order Against Opposing Same-Sex Marriage
» Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

Economist: Troika Planning to Rig Greek Referendum

With Greeks preparing to decide on whether to accept a bailout from the EU and the IMF in a crucial referendum on Sunday, economist Martin Armstrong sensationally claims that the troika is planning to rig the vote.

Armstrong quotes Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who accused the EU of forcing Greece to close banks “for the sole purpose of blackmailing” and “Getting a ‘Yes’ vote on a non-sustainable solution that would be bad for Europe.”

Armstrong, who is known for successfully predicting the 1987 Black Monday crash as well as the 1998 Russian financial collapse, asserts that EU leaders are desperate to prevent Greece from leaving the Euro because it could grease the skids for France taking the same course. Such an eventuality would also bolster the chances of Britain leaving the EU altogether and could push Greece into the arms of Russia.

The situation is so dire, that power brokers may even rig the referendum to get the outcome they want, claims Armstrong.

“They refuse to solve the Euro Crisis because they only see their own self-interest and assume they can force their will upon all the people. They are doing everything in their power now to rig the Greek Referendum to make it appear the Greek people want Brussels,” writes Armstrong.

“This appears to be their only way of diverting the crisis with orchestrating a fake YES vote to economic suicide. The Troika will attempt to rig the referendum as they did with the Scottish elections.

Armstrong’s claim isn’t that outlandish given the derision that EU leaders had for the very idea of Greeks getting a vote in the first place.

When it was first discussed last week, the troika reacted with “contempt” and “disdain” to the very notion that Greeks would be given a democratic say in the future of their country, according to Varoufakis, who said EU leaders told him that “common people” couldn’t be expected “to understand such complex issues.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Greece Illustrates 150 Years of Socialist Failure in Europe

Greece cannot pay its debts … ever.

Nor can several other members of the European Union. That’s why Europe’s elite are loath to place Greece in default. If Greece is allowed to abrogate its debts, why should any of the other debtor members of the EU pay up? The financial consequences of massive default by most of the EU members is hard to predict, but it won’t be pretty. Europe has built a financial house of cards, and the slightest loss of confidence will bring it crashing down.

The tragedy of Europe has socialism at its core. Europe has flirted with socialism since the late nineteenth century. Nineteenth century Bismarckian socialism produced two world wars. Leninist socialism slaughtered and enslaved hundreds of millions until it collapsed, mercifully without a third world war. Yet, not to be deterred, in the ashes of World War II, Europe’s socialists embarked on a new socialist dream. If socialism fails in one country, perhaps it will succeed if all of Europe joined a supra-national socialist organization. Oh, they don’t call what has evolved from this dream “socialism,” but it is socialism nonetheless.

Socialism will not work, whether in one country, a multi-state region such as Europe, or the entire world. Ludwig von Mises explained that socialism is not an alternative economic system. It is a program for consumption. It tells us nothing about economic production. Since each man’s production must be distributed to all of mankind, there is no economic incentive to produce anything, although there may be the incentive of coercion and threats of violence.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Greece: Vandals Trash ‘Yes’ Campaign Kiosk in Northern Athens

Vandals on Thursday night used crowbars to smash a campaign kiosk outside the ISAP electric railway station in Maroussi, northern Athens, the state-run Athen-Macedonian News Agency reported on Friday.

The kiosk was part of a campaign to convince Greeks to vote ‘Yes’ to the proposal by the country’s international creditors in a controversial referendum on Sunday.

The attack came as the local municipality was holding an event in support of the same campaign.

Two opposing rallies of supporters from the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps have been scheduled on Friday evening in downtown Athens.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Here’s Why U.S. Faces Greek-Style Economic Collapse

The controlled media tells us that it is a symptom of corporate greed and an accidental occurrence. The truth is that recently released central bank cartel documents show that the entire global financial melt-down in a purposefully engineered consolidation. The following is a transcript of an interview with award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast in which Palast blows the IMF World Bank program of slavery wide open…

GP: Yeah, right. So what we found was this. We found inside these documents that basically they required nations to sign secret agreements, in which they agreed to sell off their key assets, in which they agreed to take economic steps which are really devastating to the nations involved and if they didn’t agree to these steps, there was an average for each nation that signed one-hundred and eleven items that they are required to sign on to. If they didn’t follow those steps they would be cut-off from all international borrowing. You can’t borrow any money in the international marketplace. No one can survive without borrowing, whether you are people or corporations or countries — without borrowing some money and having some credit and …

AJ: Because of the debt inflation pit they’ve created.

GP: Yes, well, see one of the things that happened is that — we’ve got examples from, I’ve got inside documents recently from Argentina, the secret Argentine plan. This is signed by Jim Wolfensen, the president of the World Bank. By the way, just so you know, they are really upset with me that I’ve got the documents, but they have not challenged the authenticity of the documents. First, they did. First they said those documents don’t exist. I actually showed them on television. And cite some on the web, I actually have copies of some…

AJ: Greg Palast dot com?

GP: Yes, So then they backed off and said yea those documents are authentic but we are not going to discuss them with you and we are going to keep you off the air anyway. So, that’s that. But what they were saying is look, you take a country like Argentina, which is, you know, in flames now. And it has had five presidents in five weeks because their economy is completely destroyed…

But they tell these countries you’ve got to cut, and cut, and cut. And why, according to the inside documents, it’s so you can make payments to foreign banks — the foreign banks are collecting 21% to 70% interest. This is loan-sharking. If fact, it was so bad that they required Argentina to get rid of the laws against loan-sharking, because any bank would be a loan-shark under Argentine law.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

How Greece Can Defeat the Banksters

David Knight breaks down how the destruction of Greece was planned for years and what they could do to break free from the grip of the globalist banksters.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Ron Paul: It’s All Coming Apart

The United States will likely suffer a Greek-style economic collapse soon because, like Greece, it’s impossible for the U.S. to pay its debt, according to former congressman Dr. Ron Paul.

Dr. Paul pointed out that the U.S. is currently facing several financial bubbles of the same size and scope as the housing bubble which caused the Great Recession.

“We still have another stock market bubble and another housing bubble going on, but the big bubble I think is in the bond bubble,” he said Thursday on the Alex Jones Show. “It’s been going on for 35 years, taking interest rates from 21% down to actually negative.”

“[Central banks] have been getting away with it, so this means distortion, and not only is there money involved, but it also distorted all the investments made during this time.”

And the biggest distortion this encouraged, Dr. Paul added, is debt.

“It encouraged debt for a lot of people, but in particular government,” he continued. “As long as our government is able to print the reserve currency [the U.S. dollar], it’s going to limp along, even though our economy is limping along, but that will come to an end.”

“Right now we’re starting to see the whole thing coming apart; I mean we look at Detroit as an example, we see what’s happening in Greece, they’re worrying about what’s going to happen after Greece is actually recognized as totally bankrupt and there will be other countries.”

Dr. Paul also warned that the central banks will keep trying to delay the inevitable by printing and spending even more money.

“But that’s coming to an end,” he said. “The day of reckoning is at hand.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Anti-2nd Amendment Gun Smuggler, Democrat Leland Yee, Headed to Prison

Hey, remember Leland Yee? Sure you do. He was a left-wing State Senator who represented California’s 8th district. He also ran for Mayor of San Francisco, and was generally considered a Bay Area political fixture. He spent most of his time trying to do away with guns and violent video games. At least that’s what he did when he wasn’t busy facilitating the sale of firearms and shoulder-launched missiles between Islamic extremists in the Philippines and undercover FBI agents.


As the San Jose Mercury News reported, Yee was busted back in 2014 as part of a massive FBI raid:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Behind the Curtain: A Look at the Inner Workings of NSA’s XKEYSCORE

The sheer quantity of communications that XKEYSCORE processes, filters and queries is stunning. Around the world, when a person gets online to do anything — write an email, post to a social network, browse the web or play a video game — there’s a decent chance that the Internet traffic her device sends and receives is getting collected and processed by one of XKEYSCORE’s hundreds of servers scattered across the globe.

In order to make sense of such a massive and steady flow of information, analysts working for the National Security Agency, as well as partner spy agencies, have written thousands of snippets of code to detect different types of traffic and extract useful information from each type, according to documents dating up to 2013. For example, the system automatically detects if a given piece of traffic is an email. If it is, the system tags if it’s from Yahoo or Gmail, if it contains an airline itinerary, if it’s encrypted with PGP, or if the sender’s language is set to Arabic, along with myriad other details.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Bill Would Create New Homeland Security Office for ‘Countering Violent Extremism’

Remember when the Justice Department announced last year that it would be launching some pilot programs devoted to “countering violent extremism”?

Now Rep. Michael McCaul wants to create a federal Office of Coordination for Countering Violent Extremism and house it at the Department of Homeland Security.

Under the Texas Republican’s Countering Violent Extremism Act, introduced late last week, the new bureau would be responsible for a range of activities, including “identifying risk factors that contribute to violent extremism in communities in the United States,” “assessing the methods used by violent extremists to disseminate propaganda and messaging to communities at risk for radicalization and recruitment,” and “establishing a counter-messaging program” to push back against extremist ideas. The office would receive $10 million a year for the next five years, and a new post—the “assistant secretary for countering violent extremism”—would be created to run it.

[Comment: probably target those groups identified by the SPLC such as patriots and those bitter bibler gun clingers.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

FBI Exploits Baseless 4th of July Terror Threat to Establish “Command Centers”

Although the government admits it has absolutely no credible evidence that ISIS or anybody else plans to attack the United States over the 4th of July holiday, the FBI has moved to establish command centers around the United States.

The command centers will integrate local, state and federal law enforcement agencies “so officials can gauge the threat level and respond quickly,” according to Fox News.

Additionally, the move appears to be an effort to engage in precrime tactics:

Another law enforcement source told Fox the FBI’s strategy has shifted toward getting ISIS supporters off the streets as soon as possible, given that it’s hard to predict when one might go operational. This could include arresting individuals on lesser charges and then building a broader case once that person is in custody.

The FBI is known for grooming patsies through criminal informants and then arresting them and working with the establishment media to create sensationalistic headlines that give the impression the United States is under attack by terrorists.

Moreover, command centers and so-called fusion centers around the country are routinely used to monitor political activists, not supposed terrorists. The centers often work hand-in-hand with the private sector to undermine the Fist Amendment rights of American citizens.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

General Secretary of Communist Vietnam Invited to White House

Next week Obama will meet the general secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party at the White House.

It is said Obama and Nguyen Phu Trong will discuss a number of issues, most importantly the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) globalist trade accord.

Vietnam plays an important role in the emerging globalist economy. Its authoritarian government works closely with transnational corporations to keep labor costs low — even lower than China.

“Seventeen year old women are forced to work 9 to 10 hours a day, even days a week, earning as little as six cents an hour in the Keyhinger factory in Vietnam,” write Mark Alfino, John S. Caputo and Robin Wynyard (McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture). “Located in Da Nang City, Vietnam, the Keyhinge Toys Co Factory employs approximately 1,000 people, 90 percent of whom are young women 17 to 20 years old. Overtime is mandatory… Wage rates average between six cents and eight cents an hour — well below subsistence levels.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Here’s What Happened to the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

Have you ever wondered what happened to some of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence?

Richard Stockton was taken prisoner for signing the Declaration and imprisoned in New York City’s infamous Provost Jail.

John Witherspoon saw his eldest son, James, killed during the Battle of Germantown.

A number of signers saw their homes and property taken, looted, and destroyed by the British.

Philip Livingston sacrificed what was left of his wealth to support the war effort and likely died penniless.

Abraham Clark saw two of his sons captured by the British and incarcerated on the prison ship Jersey, with little hope of surviving.

Francis Lewis’ estate was raided by the British and his wife was taken prisoner.

John Hart’s farm was also raided and he spent time surviving in the woods.

Think about everything you own and your personal relationships and imagine losing most, if not all, of them. That is the sacrifice these men had to take in the defense of liberty.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Is the Clinton Email Coverup Unraveling?

Federal investigators may be closer to seizing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illicit off-site email server as evidence emerges that she transmitted classified information through it and that key Obama White House officials knew about her clandestine email account for years.

On Tuesday the Department of State made available on its website 3,000 pages of Clinton’s emails. Clinton emphatically declared months ago that none of the thousands of emails she sent using her hacker-friendly dedicated server contained classified information.

As it turns out the State Department had to redact 25 of the newly unveiled emails because they contained the very same classified information Hillary said she didn’t send. This is but a fraction of the 55,000 pages of email the former secretary of state gave to the diplomatic agency for processing. Under federal court order, the State Department is conducting monthly Clinton document dumps after screening and redacting the emails…

Clinton’s email account was a virtual open book for hackers from hostile governments and terrorist groups, but anyone who interacted with her through it was also placed at risk. This is because, as one news report stated, whoever created the system “didn’t enable what’s called a Sender Policy Framework, or SPF, a simple setting that would prevent hackers sending e-mails that appear to be from”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Jesse Ventura: Mainstream Media Trying to Legalize Defamation

Thirty-three major media conglomerates are lobbying the government to legalize defamation so they can rake in massive profits from lying and discrediting people without fear of prosecution, Jesse Ventura revealed.

Ventura, who famously won a defamation lawsuit against the late Chris Kyle and his book publisher HarperCollins, said that the media outlets are trying to overturn his victory by attempting to decriminalize defamation.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Obscure White Professor Informs White People They Are All Currently ‘Complicit in’ Slavery

A humanities professor at a private college in Illinois has used his Twitter account and his website to inform America’s white people that they “are complicit in” slavery even if their long-dead ancestors never actually owned any slaves — and despite a 150-year American ban on slavery.

The professor is Adam Kotsko, an assistant professor at Shimer College, a tiny great books bastion on Chicago’s South Side.

Kotsko appears to have deleted the June 25 tweet, but a website called The Social Memo has documented it for posterity. Here is a screenshot:

[Comment: the BS commmunist tactic of ‘white guilt’.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Professor Blames Whites for Her Menstrual Problems

Zandria Robinson, the recently-departed University of Memphis professor who described “whiteness” as synonymous with “terror,” had even more old tweets resurface Thursday, in which she blames whites for every lethal riot in U.S. history, blasts Dick and Jane stories for being “heteropatriarchal,” and even attributes her menstrual disorder to white “microaggressions.” (RELATED: Professor: ‘Whiteness’ Is ‘Terror,’ Confederate Flag Represents ‘Capitalism’)

Robinson’s blistering anti-white statements first drew widespread attention thanks to reporting by the website Campus Reform. On Tuesday, Memphis distanced itself from Robinson, saying she was no long employed there and deleting her profile page. Initially there were rumors Memphis had fired Robinson for her tweets, but it turns out Robinson has simply left the school for a new position over at Rhodes College. (RELATED: ‘Whiteness’ is ‘Terror’ Professor Lands At Fancypants College That’s 77 PERCENT WHITE)

Robinson has belatedly made her Twitter feed private, but Thursday Campus Reform published screenshots of several older tweets on her account that show a persistent pattern of hating whites, Christians, and even other blacks.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Pulling Down the Slaver Flags of Islam and Africa

A few other things to ban besides the Confederate flag

by Daniel Greenfield

The return of the Confederacy was averted in the summer of 2015 when major retailers frantically scoured through their vast offerings to purge any images of a car from the Dukes of Hazzard. If not for their quick thinking, armies of men in gray might have come marching down the streets of New York and San Francisco to stop off for an Iced Mocha Frappucino ™ at a local Starbucks before restoring slavery.

History will little note nor long remember the tired wage slaves making $7.25 an hour while checking Amazon and eBay databases for tin models of an orange car with a Confederate flag on top. During this courageous defense of the homeland from the scourge of a mildly politically incorrect 80s show, Hillary Clinton committed her own unpardonable racist hate crime by saying, “All lives matter”.

The politically correct term is, “Black lives matter.”

Even while our own Boss Hoggs in DC and SF are locking up the Duke boys as a symbol of racism, they are loudly arguing that black lives matter, all lives don’t. The proportion that the weight of a life should be measured by race is the sort of idea that we might have associated with slavery. Today it’s an idea that we associate with racial tolerance as we heal our nation’s racial wounds one race riot at a time.

Romanticizing the South means a whipping from our cultural elite. Instead of romanticizing the culture that bought slaves, they romanticize the Middle Eastern and African cultures that sold them the slaves…

           — Hat tip: K [Return to headlines]

Shark Expert: “Something Strange is Going On”

Andrew Costello was attacked by a shark Wednesday in North Carolina, becoming the eleventh person to be bitten by a shark since mid-May.

Costello, 67, suffered wounds to his rib cage, lower leg and hip. He was waist deep about 30 feet offshore near Ocracoke Island when the 6 to 7 foot shark pulled him under.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Soros Helps Pro-Clinton Super Pacs to $20 Million Haul

A trio of pro-Hillary Clinton groups raised more than $24 million in the first half of the year, including $2 million each from billionaires George Soros and Haim Saban, POLITICO has learned.

Priorities USA Action, a super PAC dedicated to airing ads supporting Clinton and attacking her opponents, revealed Thursday that it raised $15.6 million during the first half of the year, including $2 million from Hollywood mogul Saban and $1 million from financier Soros.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Enemy Within is Now Setting the Narrative

Keep in mind that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated that it was his job to “give voice to the plight of the Muslims.” It’s the same department to which Barack Hussein Obama has appointed Muslims with terrorist ties to oversee the American people (Deuteronomy 28:36; Jeremiah 5:6).

This administration has been involved in funding, training, supplying and even in the entertaining America’s sworn enemies people’s White House.

Don’t forget that Barrack Hussein Obama has sued governors in the United States for upholding border control laws and acted outside of his constitutional authority by opening up the floodgates to illegal’s coming in on the southern border. His administration has released tens of thousands of illegal immigrant felons from American prisons onto the streets only to prey upon the innocent.

Furthermore, he’s granted asylum to Muslims from Syria to colonize by the thousands in American cities while attacking America’s military, America’s Christians and Constitutional Patriots (Deuteronomy 28:52).

He’s even gone so far as to force the US military to submit to the sharia during Ramadan.

We now have over 1,063 documented transgressions concerning this president’s treason, corruption, lies and lawlessness. Article 2, Section 4 of The United States Constitution says that he should have been impeached for one simple misdemeanor.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

They Want to Use ‘Hate Speech Laws’ To Destroy Freedom of Speech in America

Hate speech laws are going in all around the world, and progressive activists in the United States want to use these kinds of laws to destroy free speech in America.

You see, the truth is that these hate speech laws that are being implemented all over the planet are not just about preventing speech that promotes violence or genocide against a particular group of people. Instead, these laws are written in such a way that anyone that says something that “offends” or “insults” someone else is guilty of “hate speech”. Even if you never intended to offend anyone and you had no idea that your words were insulting, in some countries you can be detained without bail and sentenced to years in prison for such speech. Today, there are highly restrictive hate speech laws in Canada, in Mexico and in virtually every single European nation. The United States is still an exception, but the truth is that our liberties and freedoms are being eroded every single day, and it is only a matter of time until “hate speech laws” are used to take away our freedom of speech too.

If you don’t think that this could ever happen in America, you should consider what the American Bar Association has to say on the matter. This is the national organization that represents all of our lawyers, judges, etc. So when the ABA speaks on legal matters, it carries a significant amount of weight. The following is how the American Bar Association defines “hate speech”…

Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insultsgroups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits.

Did you catch that?

If I say something that offends or insults you, there is a very good chance that I have just committed “hate speech” according to the ABA.

And support for these kinds of laws is growing. In fact, one survey found that 51 percent of all Democrats now support hate speech laws. It is only a matter of time before progressives start pushing for them in a big way.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Today GMO Mosquitoes, Tomorrow GMO Dogs and GMO People

Not only does the American public have all kinds of GMO food to navigate around, but now we have GMO mosquitoes to avoid. Especially for those who live in Florida, this will be quite the task. Has anyone ever tried not to get bitten in the Everglades?

As if this headline isn’t concerning enough, there are very good reasons why this plan to introduce genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys is a bad one. For instance, once they’re let loose, there is no stopping them from traveling up the peninsula of Florida and to the other 47 contiguous states…

The story goes that these particular mosquitoes have been bred in such a way so as to die in the absence of tetracycline. In this way, the plan is for them to live only until they mate. However, antibiotics like tetracycline are now found throughout water supplies everywhere because of their overuse. Tetracycline is one of the most common broad-spectrum antibiotics prescribed by physicians because of its effectiveness against a variety of bacterial infections.

Here’s how one commentator put it:

“Tetracycline and other antibiotics are now showing up in the environment, in soil and surface water samples. These GM mosquitoes were designed to die in the absence of tetracycline (which is introduced in the lab in order to keep them alive long enough to breed). They were designed this way assuming they would NOT have access to that drug in the wild. With tetracycline exposure (for example, in a lake) these mutant insects could actually thrive in the wild, potentially creating a nightmarish scenario.” [1]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Unconstitutional Court Rulings

If you look inside the pages of the United States Constitution, among the expressly granted authorities to the federal government, you will never find judicial review. In fact, the judicial branch was originally intended to be the weakest of the three branches of government. Yet, using the power of judicial review, of which the courts granted to themselves largely based on the written opinion of Chief Justice John Marshall regarding the Marbury v. Madison ruling in 1803, the Supreme Court recently set the U.S. Constitution upon the final path towards extinction with rulings regarding marriage, health care, and elections.

In the cases of health care and marriage, the high court sided with federal control over issues that have never constitutionally been authorized to the federal government. In the case of elections, the Supreme Court of the United States determined that States cannot verify citizenship of voters at the time of registering to vote, despite the fact that the manner in which the electoral process is held is largely left to the States, and one must be a citizen in order to vote in the first place.

We the People, through our States, are the authors of the social contract we call the U.S. Constitution. Prior to the writing of the Constitution, the States had original authority over all powers. The States granted some of their powers to the federal government so that the central government may take care of external issues like common defense, trade with other nations, and diplomacy; and issues regarding preserving the union like the postal service, resolving disputes between the States, and securing the national border so as to protect the States from invasion, or imminent danger. Local issues belong with local government, and the central government was established to handle other issues that are not necessarily local. The powers not granted to the federal government, and not prohibited to the States by the Constitution in places like Article I, Section 10, are reserved to the States, or to the people (as per the Tenth Amendment). This concept was established specifically to keep the federal government from intruding upon issues that are best left to local governments, and draws from the concept of “self-governance.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

University of Wisconsin: Complimenting People of Color is Racist

Do you have several black friends, compliment people of color, and think that America is a melting pot?

You’re a racist.

That’s according to the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) “Examples of Racial Microaggressions,” a list of discouraged phrases and behaviors that are being given to new faculty and staff.

I’m not making this up. This isn’t a spoof or a hoax. You can visit the official University of Wisconsin website and see this for yourself.

Here’s an actual list of things that according to the University of Wisconsin are racist…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Video: Man Gets 8 Months in Federal Prison for Driving Away From Internal Checkpoint

A man from Florida has been sentenced to eight months in prison after he calmly refused to answer questions at an internal border patrol checkpoint, and drove away.

The incident, which occurred in October last year, was captured on video, from both CCTV, and a dashcam within Michael Sophin’s car…

The agent is heard yelling “Hey, you’re not free to go!” as Sophin drives away.

Agents drove after Sophin and eventually flagged him down and ordered him out of his vehicle at gunpoint.

Sophin was arrested and taken back to the checkpoint, where his vehicle was searched without a warrant or probable cause.

In addition to Sophin’s legally owned firearms, and shooting accessories, the agents found what they described as “anti-government propaganda”. The two items given this description were a copy of The New American Magazine, a freedom and Constitution oriented publication owned by The John Birch Society, and a copy of a book called “Freedom”, written by journalist and activist Adam Kokesh.

Sophin was thrown in jail in El Paso for a whole 18 DAYS before he was released on bond.

He was first charged with “High speed flight from immigration checkpoint”, a felony which carries a sentence of up to 5 years in prison. However, this charge was dropped as it became clear that Sophin never broke the speed limit, only agents chasing him were guilty of that.

So, with one charge dismissed, the state tried a fresh approach, by charging Sophin with “Assault on a Federal Agent.”

Sophin’s firearms were also confiscated by the BATF, under the agency’s asset forfeiture program.

Eventually, when the case came to trial, Sophin was sentenced to eight months in federal prison with credit for time served. He is currently out on bond pending appeal.

During the trial, a juror explained why the decision was made to convict Sophin, despite the clear evidence that no crime was committed. “He should have to answer questions just like the rest of us,” the juror said. In other words, because he decided to stand up for his Constitutional rights, Sophin had to be made an example of.

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Antidepressants Affect People’s Moral Behaviour, Study Finds

Moral behaviour is usually considered the province of philosophers and ethicists, but a new study suggests the way we treat others is actually tied to our brain chemistry.

Researchers from the University College London have found that commonly prescribed antidepressant medication can affect people’s decision-making when choosing between whether to act selfishly or selflessly.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italy: Lorenzin Agrees Cuts With Regions

Won’t wreck health pact says minister

(ANSA) — Rome, July 2 — Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin on Thursday reached a long-awaited deal with Italy’s regions on how to distribute cuts to regional health funding. She said the 2.35-billion-euro deal “will enable us to make up for the lack of increase in funds without wrecking the structure of the health pact”. The central government and regional ones have been haggling for months over the cuts demanded by the 2015 budget. Regional officials have said the cuts threatened the level of services mandated under the Rome-regions health pact.

Lorenzin hailed the new package for avoiding the kind of across-the-board cuts that have been the norm in the past.

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Italy: Private Guards to Watch Lombardy Trains

Maroni says decision because Rome refuses to send more police

(fixes slug). (ANSA) — Milan, July 3 — As many as 150 private security guards will be deployed in trains and rail stations in Lombardy from September to escort ticket inspectors after a rash of violent attacks, Lombardy governor Roberto Maroni said Friday.

“The aim is prevention and you achieve this by showing that the inspector moves around under escort,” said Maroni.

The deployment funded by the regional government was decided after a series of attacks on ticket inspectors climaxing when two inspectors were attacked by thugs wielding machetes June 11.

Cost to the taxpayer of using the external security guards, who will wear green jackets recalling the colour of Maroni’s Northern League party, will be some 7 million euros for a year.

The 150 will be in addition to 75 security guards who were deployed on the Trenord local network on Monday at a cost of 3 million euros, regional alderman for transport Alessandro Sorte told reporters.

Maroni said the security guards had been hired because an appeal to the central government in Rome to send reinforcements of Carabinieri and police had fallen on deaf ears.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: New Arrests in CPL Concordia Case, Ex-Lawmaker Diana Probed

Investigation concerns alleged links between coop, mafia clan

(ANSA) — Naples, July 3 — Carabinieri police on Friday arrested six people in relation to a probe into alleged relations between the Casalesi clan of Campania’s Camorra mafia and the CPL Concordia coopertive over methane contracts in the province of Caserta, ANSA sources said. Former CPL President Roberto Casari, who was under house arrest, was taken to prison.

Former lawmaker Lorenzo Diana, an ex member of the anti-mafia commission, is under investigation in the probe, the sources said. He is being probed for alleged abuse of office and external participation in mafia association, sources said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Israeli Expo Milan 2015 Flag Daubed With Red Paint

Police examining CCTV footage

(ANSA) — Milan, July 3 — An Israeli flag fluttering in the centre of Milan with flags of other countries taking part in the Expo universal exposition has been daubed with red paint, police said Friday.

The flag already had been moved from the via Mercanti to the via Dante on the other side of the Piazza Cordusio to make it harder for vandals to damage but police said three strokes of red paint had been daubed on the flag on Tuesday.

Police were examining closed circuit television footage of the site to try and identify the person responsible, police said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Berlusconi ‘Terrified’ Bunga Girls Would ‘Sing’ Says Businessman

Magnate feared Iris Berardi would disclose he saw her when minor

(ANSA) — Milan, July 3 — Silvio Berlusconi was “terrified” at what would happen if underage girls who took part in his sex parties “sang” to investigators, a businessman who the media magnate used to provide the girls with free apartments was quoted Friday telling investigators.

Berlusconi “was often worried and even terrified at the consequences of possible declarations” by the girls, especially by Iris Berardi and showgirl Barbara Guerra, “who several times told me they intended to ‘sing’,” said the businessman and architect, Ivo Radaelli, adding that the former prime minister “was especially afraid of what Iris knew”.

Radaelli said he learned that Berardi “began to see Berlusconi when she was still a minor,” and said that he was “constantly involved in the continuous pressure by the girls trying to put on Berlusconi to obtain money and above all to have houses put in their names”.

Guerra and Berardi told Radaelli several times they were ready “to sing” or “to make declarations relative to situations that would have created serious problems for Berlusconi if they did not get what they were asking for”.

Radaelli’s evidence was disclosed after prosecutors completed the so-called Ruby Ter (Ruby Three) case probe into allegations Berlusconi bribed witnesses to perjure themselves during two trials

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Ferrari HQ ‘Will Probably be Moved to Netherlands’

At least 10 bn euros from listing — Marchionne

(ANSA) — Turin, July 3 — Ferrari President and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne said Friday Ferrari’s HQ would “probably” be moved to the Netherlands. He added that he expected “not less than 10 billion euros from the upcoming listing” of the Italian sportcar maker and F1 glamour team.

Marchionne gained headlines in 2014 when he created a Dutch holding company with a tax domicile in the UK.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

More Diversity Sought in Swedish Hockey

There are some 80,000 hockey players in Sweden but their makeup is mostly white and male, something the Swedish Ice Hockey Association wants to change.

Tommy Boustedt, head of Sweden’s Ice Hockey Association, says the sport needs to be open and fun to attract minority players and women.

“It’s important to us as a sport and a sport association to be open for people from everywhere,” he tells Radio Sweden.

The association commissioned a report that looked at local clubs in Sweden

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Netherlands: Girls in Rotterdam Told How to Avoid Forced Marriages

A Dutch organisation which campaigns against forced marriages is on Thursday issuing hundreds of girls in Rotterdam with a special pen containing tips on how to avoid being married off during the summer. The pen contains the contact details of organisations which can help if they fear their parents plan to force them to marry during the summer break. It also contains tips such as concealing a teaspoon in their clothes so they will set of alarms at airport security checks and can then call for help. A similar campaign was carried out in The Hague last year. Femmes voor Freedom founder Shirin Misa told news agency ANP last year’s campaign generated a lot of positive feedback. In particular, the fact the information is disguised in a pen makes it easy to circulate, she said. The most recent figures on forced marriages involving Dutch girls date from 2011 and 2012 in which a total of 181 cases were reported.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Netherlands: Disturbances Continue in the Hague, 100 Arrested

Police arrested 100 people in the Schilderswijk in The Hague on Thursday night after rioting again broke out in protest at the death of an Aruban holidaymaker in police custody. Those arrested, who included bystanders, were taken to the police station in groups in public transport buses and police vans, Dutch media report. However, the situation on the streets was not as violent as the three preceeding nights. ‘There were fireworks thrown and shouting and running youngsters, but nothing compared to previous nights,’ according to NRC reporter Kim Bos.

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Spain: Maggie’s Out as Mayor Renames Madrid Square

Manuela Carmena, the new left-wing mayor of Madrid has proposed changing the name of a Madrid square named after the Iron Lady.

Madrid’s tribute to former conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is under threat, less than a year after its grand opening.

The city’s new left-wing council, headed by mayor Manuela Carmena, is looking to rename the square after pressure from one of her coalition partners, left-wing protest party, Podemos.

Could this be Spain’s own Margaret Thatcher?

Podemos has argued that a public space should not “carry the name of the Iron Lady who enslaved the workers’ movement”, according to Spanish daily El Confidencial.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

UK: The Local Newspaper That Thinks Legitimate Protest is Worse Than Raping Underage Girls

by James Delingpole

Which story do you think is more worthy of attention in a local newspaper:

a) three members of a local Muslim gang in court on charges of grooming and raping children?

b) protestors outside the court condemned by left-wing activists?

Yes, me too. But the rules are different, apparently, if you work for the Chelmsford Weekly News…

           — Hat tip: Gaia [Return to headlines]

TAP Gas Pipeline Project Starts in Albania

First construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges

(ANSA-AP) — TIRANA — The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project, or TAP, has started investing in Albania’s infrastructure to prepare for starting construction of the pipeline next year.

TAP said Friday it started construction and rehabilitation of some 100 kilometers (62 miles) of access roads and bridges along the pipeline’s route in Albania, but gave no figures on the total investment there.

The project, an 870 kilometers (540 miles) long pipeline from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan across Turkey, Greece and Albania and undersea to Italy, plans to “safely deliver Caspian gas to Europe in early 2020,” according to managing director Ian Bradshaw.

Prime Minister Edi Rama called it “one of the biggest investments in Albania’s history.”

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Clashes as Tunisian Police Close Sousse Mosque

Police fire tear gas at rock-hurling demonstrators

(ANSA) — Tunis, July 3 — Tunisian police and demonstrators lashed at Kalaa Kebira near the coastal resort city of Sousse after authorities closed an unauthorised mosque, police said Friday.

The clashes late Thursday evening erupted when a crowd of worshippers hurled rocks at police who responded by firing tear gas at the throng, according to local media reports. A gunman murdered 38 foreign tourists in Sousse a week ago before being killed by security forces.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

For Catholic Church, the Egyptian People is United in the Fight Against Jihadist Terrorism

For Fr Rafic Greiche, “Rather than fear, what dominates is a feeling of anger” over the state prosecutor’s assassination and the Sinai attack. At least 100 people die in the latter. For the spokesman of the Catholic Church, the prosecutor’s death was obviously caused by police letting their guard down. For him external forces are trying to bring “instability” to the country.

Cairo (AsiaNews) — “Although there are different views and divisions with the government and president Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, it is time to be united against terrorists, against those who want to provoke violence and bring the war to the Sinai peninsula,” said Fr Rafic Greiche as he described the Egyptian people’s current mood following days of Islamist violence.

The clergyman, who is the director of the press office of the Catholic Church in Egypt, told AsiaNews that Egyptians are united, Christians as well as Muslims, in the fight for the nation’s future. In his view, “Rather than fear, what dominates is a feeling of anger, following the prosecutor’s assassination and the attack in Sinai”.

“People are not afraid of bombs and are for all-out fight against jihadists . . . together with the president and all those fighting against terrorism.” still, the security in Egypt is deteriorating.

On Monday, State Prosecutor Hisham Barakat was assassinated in a Cairo car bombing. He played a crucial role in the fight against the country’s Islamist groups and was the most senior government official killed by jihadist insurgents.

Likewise, Egyptian authorities said that the army would continue its offensive in the Sinai Peninsula, after clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants left more than 100 dead.

As air strikes continued into the early hours of Thursday, security and medical officials announced that 70 soldiers but also several civilians were killed. Some 38 militants were also killed.

In a statement, the army said that operations in the region would not stop until the area is cleared of all “terrorist concentrations”.

Yesterday’s attack was one of the most far-reaching, coordinated assaults by the Islamic state group in Egypt. “It’s unprecedented in the number of terrorists involved and the type of weapons they are using,” a senior military official explained.

Last October, the government imposed a curfew and state of emergency in the Sinai, following the killing of dozens of soldiers in an attack by militants.

Since 2013, when President Mohammed Morsi was deposed, who was close to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, more than 600 soldiers and policemen were killed in the region.

As part of their ongoing fight against terrorism, police carried out an operation yesterday against a Muslim Brotherhood cell led by Nasser al-Houfi. The head of the Islamist group and eight members were killed during the raid.

Although the prosecutor’s assassination showed the flaws in the country’s anti-terrorism fight, “today the security situation is normal,” Fr Rafic Greiche said.

“It was well known that Hisham Barakat was one of the main targets of terrorists,” he said. However, “It is not easy to explain why security measures around him by the police and the intelligence service were relaxed.” There were flagrant errors. “It is not clear why the guard was dropped.”

For Fr Rafic, the fight against terrorism is “the government’s number one priority”. The authorities have openly referred to it as a “war”.

“At least 200 people” entered the Sinai Peninsula yesterday to carry out the attack. “Most of the fighters come from abroad. They are not Egyptians.”

It is widely believed, he added, that jihadist fighters “are carrying out terrorist actions to promote the Muslim Brotherhood, fight the president and create a climate of instability.”

Right now, “Egypt is like a sandwich,” said the spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, “surrounded by unstable countries threatened by jihadists like Libya, Sudan, the Sinai Peninsula . . . and Syria and Iraq.”

The fight against terrorism must be a “global commitment”; however, “we often feel abandoned”. What is more, “there are international organisations and intelligence services who do not want stability.”

Fortunately, there are examples of collaboration between Christians and Muslims, especially at this time of prayer and fasting [Ramadan], which become “a source of hope for the future”. (DS)

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For Egypt, Avenging Sinai Attack May Include Striking Gaza

Anything that moves in the coming days in Egypt’s Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid, and El-Arish areas will likely become a target of Egypt’s F-16s and Apache helicopters, in part in a bid to protect its ground forces from danger.

Right now, the Islamic State fighters and Muslim Brotherhood fighters are likely rubbing their hands together gleefully, despite the rivalry between them. These two rival organizations found a common enemy in the form of the Egyptian government and its chief, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

But the public wants revenge for the attacks that killed dozens of soldiers, who enjoy a particularly high standing in Egypt.

And this revenge will come.

It began Wednesday when the Egyptian army assassinated nine Muslim Brotherhood officials, including a former parliament member who, Egypt claims, was involved in attacks.

And it will continue with the executions of mid-level members of the organization who have received death sentences. And of course, heavy airstrikes on populated areas in Sinai. It can be said definitively that some of the Bedouin tribes and residents of north Sinai are collaborating with terrorists, and the army will retaliate.

Hamas will also pay a price. Only a few days ago, Egypt opened the Rafah crossing, in part due to the improvement of the security situation in Sinai. This will soon end. The army knows that some senior officials of the Hamas military wing, who operate without the approval of its political wing, are collaborating with the Islamic State in Sinai, mostly for financial renumeration…

           — Hat tip: Diego [Return to headlines]

Morocco: Fez Uni to Act as Anti-ISIS Cultural Bulwark

Royal decree to turn it into center of moderate Islamic training

RABAT — Fez’s Qaraouiyne university is the oldest in the world and is the only Arab university founded by a woman.

Set up in 859 and still fully active, a royal decree will now make it into a hub for studies on contemporary Islam and a cultural bulwark against ISIS. The university acts as a benchmark for moderate-leaning, top-quality education in religious studies, history, jurisprudence and Islamic philosophy. The royal decree, the most recent of a number of measures launched to reassert the Moroccan character of the religion linked to the Malakite school, which includes a ban on imams taking positions on political and union issues, is now focusing on training.

Under royal auspices, the university will remain independent from the economic and academic point of view but will have to draw up a number of reforms to promote Islam, develop research on the text of the Quran and study Moroccan history and doctrine in greater depth, focusing especially on comparative jurisprudence. The step is an attempt to come apace with the contemporary world with further, modern training for religious authorities — from the ulema to mosque preachers. For this reason, the Fez university will be called upon to form a network with such training institutions as Morocco’s Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization and the Royal Institute of History Studies.

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New Study Finds GMO Corn Makes Rats Infertile

Still think GMOs and their non-GMO counterparts are equivalent? Think again. Unlike GM corn, non-GMO corn doesn’t cause sterility. A new study released by Egyptian scientists found that rats fed a GMO diet suffer from infertility, among other health issues.

Researchers from the Food Technology Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Anatomy and Embryology, and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt, have found that several unsavory changes occur when rats were fed GM corn.

The rats’ organs/body weight and serum biochemistry were altered, indicating potential adverse health and toxic effects.

“GM corn or soybeans leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice, particularly in livers and kidneys. In addition they found other organs may be affected too, such as heart and spleen, or blood cells. The kidneys of males fared the worst, with 43.5% of all the changes, the liver of females followed with 30.8%”

Additionally, by day 91, many of the rats fed a GM diet were completely sterile.

[Comment: perhaps this is the real reason GMOs are being pushed…to eliminate all those “useless eaters” as defined by elitists.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Tunisia: Almost 2,000 Police Deployed in Resorts, Minister

Terrorist that inspired Sousse attacker killed, 12 arrests

TUNIS — Tunisia’s minister for relations with civil society, Kamal Jendoubi, said Thursday that the fight against terrorism concerned all countries and not just his own. The comment was made during a press conference.

On the investigations into the recent killings at a Sousse tourist resort, he said that 12 people had been arrested and that eight — including one woman — were still in detention.

He added that there are 1,770 police deployed across the country at hotels and beaches to ensure safety at tourism facilities. Since an attack on Tunis’s Bardo museum, security forces have carried out thousands of searches and questioned 1,000 people, arresting 120 for terrorism-related crimes. On the issue of state control of mosques, Jendoubi said that Béchir Ben Hassan, imam in Msaken, and Ridha Belhaj, spokesman for the Salafi party Hizb Al-Tahrir and imam of the Sidi Abdelhamid mosque, had been ordered to stop using mosques for political ends. “The war against terrorism will be long, but Tunisia will win,” the minister said.

The Tunisian authorities confirmed on Thursday that the leader of the terrorist organization Ansar Al-Sharia, Seifallah Ben Hassine alias Abou Iyadh, was killed in a US drone attack on the Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The Daily Mail reports that he was the one to inspire Seifeddine Rezgui, the attacker in the recent Sousse killings. Ben Hassine, one of the founders of Ansar Al-Sharia, the largest jihadist group in Tunisia, had moved in the late 1990s to the British capital and became a follower of Abu Qatada, a Jordanian preacher who lived in the UK prior to being expelled in 2013. Ben Hassine stayed in London for about 3 years prior to establishing Ansar Al-Sharia in Tunisia in 2011. The group allegedly indoctrinated Rezgui.

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2 Rockets From Sinai Hit Israel; Netanyahu Blasts Unhrc Over Vote

Jerusalem (CNN) Two rockets fired from Sinai landed in southern Israel Friday afternoon, the first such attack since last summer.

The rockets, which hit in the Eshkol Regional Council, caused no injuries and did no damage, according to police, but the strikes come at a time of increased tension along the Israel-Egypt border.

Israel closed Road 12 along the Egyptian border in the wake coordinated attacks — for which ISIS claimed responsibility — against Egyptian military checkpoints in north Sinai. The attacks Wednesday left 17 Egyptian soldiers dead and 30 injured.

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EU Prolongs Police Mission for Palestinian Territories for Another Year

The EU has prolonged its police mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) for another year until 30 June 2016. The mission is part of wider EU efforts in support of Palestinian state-building in the context of working towards a comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution.

EUPOL COPPS has been assisting the Palestinian Authority in the areas of policing and criminal justice since January 2006. Through its contribution to security and justice sectors reform, the mission supports efforts to increase the security of the Palestinian population and to reinforce the rule of law.

A budget of €9.175 million has been allocated for the mission’s activities between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

At the same time, the Council extended the mandate of the EU border assistance mission for the Rafah crossing point (EU BAM Rafah) until 30 June 2016.

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Imprisoned Swedes From Ship to Gaza to be Sent Home

The six Swedes sitting in an Israeli prison, after Ship to Gaza’s boat was commandeered by Israeli military, are going to be released and sent back to Sweden this weekend.

Early Monday morning the Israeli military boarded the ship illegally in international waters and brought it to Israel, something the Swedish Foreign Ministry has protested.

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ISIS Carries Out Rocket Attacks on Two Grad Missiles Are Fired From Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula Just Days After Jihadis Killed 50 Egyptian Soldiers in Brutal Dawn Raids

Two rockets fired from Egypt’s violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula exploded inside Israeli territory on Friday without causing casualties, a military spokesman said.

‘Two rockets fired from Sinai struck southern Israel, but without causing casualties or material damage,’ the spokesman said, without elaborating.

The Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt, ‘Sinai Province’, confirmed it had fired three Grad rockets at Israel, adding that it was in retaliation for Israel supporting Egypt’s armed forces on Wednesday when the jihadis attacked army checkpoints in northern Sinai.

The news comes as security was tightened up at Egypt’s holiday resorts after ISIS killed 50 soldiers in an attack on military bases — just 250 miles from where some 9.5 million tourists go every year…

           — Hat tip: Steen [Return to headlines]

Israel’s Populist Energy Crisis

by Caroline Glick

Direct foreign investment in Israel is in free fall. According to a report published last month by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD), foreign direct investment in Israel in 2014 was 46 percent below levels in 2013, dropping from $11.8 billion to $6.4bn. During the same period worldwide direct foreign investment dropped a mere 16%, meaning the drop in investment in Israel was nearly three times the global average.

Some responded to the report by blaming Operation Protective Edge or the boycott Israel movement for the sudden downturn. And there is probably something, although not much, to that view.

Israel tends to bounce back relatively quickly after wars end. Since 2006, the impact of wars on Israel’s economic growth has been marginal.

As for boycotts, it is hard to enact them. Only 5% of Israeli exports are finished consumer products capable of attracting the ire of Jew-haters. The other 95% are business to business sales with Israeli exports incorporated into products assembled in other countries, and so largely immune to boycotts.

The real cause of the plummet in investments is elsewhere. And to understand it we need to understand recent developments in the natural gas industry…

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Islamic State Senior Fighter ‘Killed in US Drone Strike’

A senior member of the Islamic State (IS) group was killed in an American drone strike in Syria last month, according to the US military.

It says Tariq bin al-Tahar bin al-Falih al-Awni al-Harzi was responsible for co-ordinating suicide bombings in Iraq and moving weapons from Libya to Syria.

The US had offered a $3m (£1.9m) reward for the man it called the “emir of suicide bombers”.

IS has not commented on the reports of his death.

Harzi was allegedly killed in the northern-eastern Syrian town of Shaddadi on 16 June.

The US Treasury Department had placed him on a sanctions list after designating Harzi as a “global terrorist”.

It is thought that he had assisted foreign fighters from the UK, Albania, and Denmark.

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Kuwait Parliament Approves Budget With $27 Billion Deficit

Kuwait’s parliament on Wednesday approved a state budget for the current fiscal year that envisages a budget deficit of 8.18 billion dinars ($27.0 billion) — nearly half total spending — because of low oil prices.

The budget for the year that began on April 1 features spending of 19.17 billion dinars and revenues of 12.2 billion dinars, assuming an average oil price of $45 a barrel during the year. The deficit of 8.18 billion dinars would be reached after the transfer of 10 percent of the revenues to the Future Generations Fund, part of Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund.

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More Evidence U.S. Aiding and Abetting ISIS

High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama of the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by supporters of the Kurdish cause last month.

For months now the government of Iraq and a large number of Iraqis have accused the United States of aiding and abetting the terrorist army.

“We all know that America is providing ISIS with weapons and food, and that it is because of American backing that they have become so strong,” an Iraq told The Wall Street Journal on June 25.

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MH17 Disaster: Malaysia Pushes for Criminal Tribunal

Malaysia has said that it wants to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of having shot down flight MH17.

The Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed in July 2014, with the loss of all 298 people on board.

It had been flying over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine when it was hit.

Separatist leaders have denied accusations they used an anti-aircraft missile to shoot down the plane.

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Russia: The Statue of Cheka Founder Could Return to Central Moscow

The question could be the subject of the first referendum in the Russian capital in its post-Soviet history. Communists behind initiative, but analysts say the Kremlin also has its own interests.

Moscow (AsiaNews) — Moscow could soon hold its first referendum in its post-Soviet history and one of the questions might concern a sensitive matter for Russian public opinion: the return the statue of the founder of the Cheka, the secret police that preceded the KGB, Felix Dzerzhinsky (pictured) to Lubyanka Square, the historic home of the Soviet and Russian intelligence agency.

On 25 June, in fact, the Moscow Duma approved the Communist Party request to hold a referendum that would ask citizens to express themselves on three questions. The first two concern education and health, but the third asks whether the iron statue of Felix, known as the infamous founder of the Cheka, be returned to the city center. It was removed in 1991 to mark the end of the Soviet era .

Now in a month, the Communists must collect at least 146,000 signatures (2% of Muscovites with voting rights) in support of the referendum, which — according to initial estimates — is expected to cost over 450 million rubles. If everything goes smoothly, Moscow will hold its first referendum since the collapse of the USSR in September.

“We tried to organize a referendum in 2011, but the Election Committee in Moscow has always found an excuse not to authorize us to do so — complained communist deputy Andrei Klychkov to the Moscow Times — the last time we appealed against the decision of the committee and after that we got the go ahead from the City Court of Moscow and the Supreme Court, who were forced to vote in favor. “

The iron monument to Felix symbolizes the power of the KGB, created to fight the “enemies of the nation” and that has terrorized the lives of Soviet citizens. Not surprisingly, the question on its future location is causing a lot of debate in view of the possible referendum. “Vladimir Putin is using the rhetoric of the left now that he has run out of nationalist ideas — says political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin — the political and economic situation is not improving, so there must be something to distract attention”. According to Oreshkin, it is unlikely that the controversial monument will return to Lubyanka Square even if the referendum takes place. Amother analyst, closer to the Kremlin, Dmitri Orlov, disagrees according to which the result is not at all obvious. (N.A.)

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India: Maharashtra: Hindu Nationalist Government Cracks Down on Madrassas

State authorities prepare to inspect 1,889 registered madrassas. Those that do not teach English, maths and science will lose their formal status as educational facilities. Critics slam the decision as “unconstitutional”, but the government defends himself by saying that it wants to modernise education. Jesuit theologian and Islam scholar tells AsiaNews that the state should not interfere with schools, that its action “threatens democratic values.”

Mumbai (AsiaNews) — Madrassas (Qur’anic schools) that do not teach English, maths and science will lose their status as “school” and their students will be considered uneducated, the Government of the State of Maharashtra announced today. Tomorrow, the authorities also plan to inspect all of the state’s 1,889 registered Islamic schools.

Taken by the State’s Minority Affairs Department, the decision has been criticised by a number of political parties and Muslim organisations, which deem it as “unconstitutional”.

Maharashtra’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defended the move by saying that it wants to “modernise and standardise” education.

Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Minority Affairs, who kicked off the controversy on Wednesday when he said in Kolhapur that children from madrassas would be deemed uneducated, said the issue was being unnecessarily politicised and that the government’s intention was not to discriminate against any particular community.

In fact, “Not just in madrassas, but children studying in educational institutions run by Gurdwaras (Sikh temples) and Churches that do not offer mainstream subjects will also be deemed as being out of school,” Kamble said.

For Fr Victor Edwin SJ, a theologian and expert on Christian-Muslim relations who heads the Vidyajyoti Institute of Islamic Studies (VIDIS), the decision by the Government of Maharashtra is a problem.

Speaking to AsiaNews, he noted, “Article 26 of the Constitution of India 1949, categorically affirms in no uncertain terms that ‘. . . every religious denomination or any section thereof shall have the right to establish and maintain institutions for religious and charitable purposes; to manage its own affairs in matters of religion; to own and acquire movable and immovable property; and to administer such property in accordance with law’.”

The room provided by the Constitution of India honours and empowers minorities and marginalised groups; it provides them with their rightful place in Indian democracy and safeguards their rights and privileges.

“Madrassas in India are not into indoctrination, nor do they teach intolerance towards other religions,” said the Jesuit, who has visited several Qur’anic schools.

“Some legal texts (used as curriculum) are very ancient. However, it is up to Muslim scholars to decide what is more relevant, and what to upgrade,” he said. “In my humble opinion, change must come from within and from Islamic intellectuals.”

“In my intensive and extensive associations with Muslim scholars, they expressed the need to update the curriculum, and include science and mathematics in the curriculum,” he said.

In fact, 550 of Maharashtra’s 1,889 registered madrassas already do so. However, “many Mawlānā (Islamic teachers), whom I know personally, are opposed to government interference in madrassa administration and management,” the Jesuit clergyman said.

“This kind of interference should be avoided because it threatens democratic values and creates a perception that the future of the poor, minorities and marginalised communities is jeopardised.”

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Indonesia: Yogyakarta: Islamists Expel Thousands of Christians From a Scout Camp Because it is Ramadan

Organised by an Indonesian Protestant group for the period of 1-5 July, the gathering was shut down on its second day following a raid by Muslim fundamentalists. For a radical Muslim leader, Christians were not authorised to organise an event that violates the sacredness of the Islamic month of fasting and prayer.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) — A group of Indonesian Islamic extremists attacked and disrupted a scout camp organised by a Protestant group in Yogyakarta, central Java. The gathering had brought together thousands of young people.

According to the extremists, the Protestant group was not authorised to organise any public activity, especially, they claimed, since Ramadan had begun on 18 June, and public activities that violate the sacred nature of the holy month are not allowed.

Titled ‘Pathfinder Club Camporee’, the meeting was set to take place from 1 to 5 July, at a location in Sleman Regency, just north of Yogyakarta.

However yesterday, on the second day of the event, local Muslim extremists stormed the site bringing everything to a halt. As a result of the Islamist raid, thousands of participants from around the country were forced to leave the area.

A camping manager, named Bambang, said that “organisers said they had official permission [to hold the event], but suddenly scores of radical Muslims arrived ordering everyone to clear off.”

Thousands of Protestant kids from various organisations and churches in the country had registered for the event.

Local police claimed that organisers lacked the necessary permit to hold such an event.

Commenting on the expulsion of Christians, Muhammad Fuad, head of the local branch of the Islamic Community Forum (Forum Umat Islam, or FUI) said he was happy that the gathering was shut down.

“It is good because everyone should understand how to behave towards the Muslim community,” the Islamic leader said.

We are in the holy month of Ramadan, he noted, and people “must ask permission” before promoting “such great events.”

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has often been the scene of attacks or acts of intolerance towards minorities, whether Christians, Ahmadi Muslims or people of other faiths.

In Aceh, Islamic law (Sharia) is enforced, the only Indonesian province to do so. This is the result of a peace agreement between the central government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).

However, more radical and extreme versions of Islam are growing in many other parts of the country, like Bekasi and Bogor, in West Java.

In addition, legal loopholes have been used to prevent Christians from building their places of worship, like the case involving the Yasmin Church in West Java.

Indonesia’s constitution recognises religious freedom, but Christian communities, Catholics included (3 per cent of the population) have been the victims of religious violence and persecution.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

ISIS in Indonesia: 500 Recruits and Counting

by George Phillips

Reports suggest that the number of Islamic State (ISIS) recruits from Indonesia tripled to over 500 by the end of last year.

Home to the world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia’s more than 200 million Muslims make up 13% of the world’s total Muslims. The nation’s history of extremist movements makes it a ripe location for ISIS recruits.

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Pakistan: Lahore: Christian NGO Helping Gypsy Women Entrepreneurs

The AIDS Awareness Society announces an empowerment programme for Gypsy women. It will involve at least 500 craftswomen and artisans, enabling them to improve their skills and marketing capabilities. Supporters also set up a centre for the display and sale of their products.

Lahore (AsiaNews) — The AIDS Awareness Society (AAS) announced a new project yesterday called ‘Socio Economic Empowerment of Gypsy Women’ to promote homeless women entrepreneurs in Lahore.

The Christian NGO plays an important role in supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. its director, Hector Nihal, said that the initiative would allow 500 craftswomen and artisans to improve their skills and trades according to market demands.

“This is the first time an organisation is working for the capacity building of this scattered segment of the society,” he explained. “We shall add value to their products and find markets to launch their own brand called ‘gypsy’.”

USAID and Aurat (Women) Foundation also supports the ‘Gypsy Women Trade and Communication Centre’“ in Punjab capital as a sales point for products like hand fans, straw baskets, rugs, stitched clothes, decoration pieces and toys.

Commonly known as Khana Badosh or Pakhi Was, Pakistan’s Gypsy communities live in makeshift tents and camps. According to a study released last month by AAS, in Lahore alone they are spread out in 250 different locations of 20 up to 800 people.

More than ten million Gypsies live in the country, at least half a million in the capital of Punjab, and are often victims of prejudice, hostility and exploitation.

They have lived this way, peacefully, for centuries in Pakistan, but urban expansion and increasing intolerance is threatening their way of life and further marginalising them as they struggle to integrate. Many once nomadic tribes are forced to settle down.

Most Gypsies are not recognised as citizens. They have no national identity cards, they cannot vote, and their calls for equal treatment and rights protection are met with suspicion.

Speaking to AsiaNews, Dr Noor ul Zaman, a research consultant, said that he interviewed 450 ethnic Gypsies and found that almost all of them were illiterate.

Bear and snake shows were their common trades in the past but now such roadside events have lost public interest.

Today Gypsies survive working as domestic workers, beggars and singers-dancers; the latter profession is viewed immoral in the Islamic country.

Child marriages are common and 69 per cent earn less than 10,000 rupees (US$ 100).

Naghma Niamat, one of the participants from the Gypsy community, took her position at the display table. This was the first time someone from outside her family took a look at her handmade articles.

“Organisers told me they would be selling my rugs for 5,000 rupees each,” she said. “That is the amount my husband, a labourer, earns each month.”

Married at the age of 14 and mother of three children, she has lived for over 20 years without a fixed abode, before the family acquired a small plot of land.

“I just want my children educated in good schools,” she said, “and I hope my dream will be realised now.”

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Thai Crackdown on Rogue Fishing as EU Ban Fears Loom

A belated Thai clampdown on illegal fishing is forcing unlicensed vessels ashore, threatening to paralyse the key industry as the kingdom desperately tries to avoid a European Union ban on exports worth $1 billion a year.

Barrels of fish packed in ice are rolled off boats at a bustling port in Samut Sakhon, a coastal province near Bangkok, by the Myanmar and Cambodia migrant workers who prop up the world’s third largest seafood producer.

But many will sit idle from Wednesday, say their Thai employers, who have failed to obtain necessary fishing permits under a raft of new government rules aimed at cleaning up the shadowy industry…

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

China Criticized Over Ramadan Restrictions

Beijing (CNN) Some schools and local government agencies in China’s restive Xinjiang province have adopted policies that critics, including the Turkish government, say prevent residents from fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The fast — traditionally observed from dawn until dusk — is a central tenet of Islam, the religion practiced by many of the ethnic Uyghurs native to China’s western province of Xinjiang.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry published a statement this week saying that reports of Uyghurs being “banned from fasting and fulfilling other acts of worship have been received with sadness by the Turkish public opinion.”

The ministry said it had conveyed Turkey’s “deep concern” to the Chinese ambassador in Ankara.

Turkey, a majority Muslim country, has close ethnic, religious and linguistic ties to China’s Uyghur minority.

In Malaysia, another country with a large Muslim population, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement on its website that “reports from foreign media regarding the banning of fasting during Ramadan are complete nonsense.”

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North Korean Farmers Face Dry Fields Amid Drought

North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to supply surrounding farmland with water is almost completely dry.

There has been almost no rain in this part of the country, an hour’s drive from the capital Pyongyang and one of the country’s main rice-growing regions, according to farmers and local officials interviewed by The Associated Press. While the situation in this area visited by the AP looks grim, it is unclear how severe the drought is in the rest of the country.

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Man Drinks 10 Beers, Tells Boss to ‘F—- Off’, Wins Claim for Unfair Dismissal

It’s a licence to behave badly at office parties — and keep your job. The bad news for Australians is that such parties are likely to become sober affairs.

An employment tribunal has ruled that a man who sexually harassed female colleagues and told his bosses to “f — k off” at a Christmas function was unfairly dismissed, in part because unlimited quantities of alcohol were served.

The employee has not been named, but he was a team leader with a road building company.

According to Fairfax Media, he was sacked when he returned to work in January. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) ruled, however, that employers cannot insist on standards of conduct being maintained at parties if the alcohol flows freely.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Italy: Boko Haram Kills 11 ‘Traitors’

Nigerian leader calls attacks signs of desperation

(ANSA) — Rome, July 3 — Boko Haram militants on Friday slit the throats of 11 alleged “traitors,” witnesses said in the first news of desertions from the Nigerian Islamic extremist group.

The militants arrived before dawn and went door to door in northeastern Miringa town, said resident Muhammad Kimba.

“They actually dragged out 11 persons to the Eid praying ground outside the town and slaughtered all of them,” said Kimba.

It is the fifth attack in a week that left 173 people killed as Boko Haram Islamic extremists appear to obey an Islamic State group order to step up attacks in the holy month of Ramadan. Boko Haram became the ISIS group’s West Africa franchise earlier this year.

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Nigeria Struck by New Wave of Boko Haram Atrocities

Boko Haram fighters have waged new attacks on a series of towns and villages, killing at least 160 people.

Early on Friday morning, at least 11 men were dragged from their homes in the village of Miringa by Boko Haram and shot for escaping forced conscription by their group, residents said.

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Approval Rating for Brazil’s Rousseff at 9%: Poll

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating has skidded to a record nine percent, according to a poll released Wednesday amid anger over corruption, a stagnant economy and growing unemployment.

It was the worst showing for Rousseff since she came to power in 2011 at the helm of the world’s seventh largest economy, succeeding the wildly popular leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Rousseff began her second term just six months ago after winning re-election by a thin margin, and things are already looking grim…

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Can Congress Thwart Obama’s Lifeline to the Castros?

On Wednesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. and Cuba will reestablish diplomatic ties. “This is what change looks like,” the president declared. It remains to be seen if Congress will embrace the Communist dictatorship with as much gusto.

Congress is the entity that must approve spending millions on building an embassy, confirming an ambassador, and softening the sanctions imposed on a nation with an extensive track record of human rights violations. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is leading the charge against the administration. On Wednesday he made it clear he is opposed to the normalization process, and threatened to delay the nomination of an ambassador. “It is important for the United States to continue being a beacon of freedom for the Cuban people,” Rubio said in a written statement. “I intend to work with my colleagues to block the administration’s efforts to pursue diplomatic relations with Cuba and name an ambassador to Havana until substantive progress is made on these important issues.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) echoed those sentiments, insisting the reestablishment of an embassy “will do nothing to help the Cuban people and is just another trivial attempt for President Obama to go legacy shopping.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

128 Unaccompanied Alien Children Caught at Mexican Border Per Day in May

Data obtained by from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) shows about 128 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) were apprehended at the Southwest U.S. border every day during the month of May. In total, 3,965 children were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally during that month alone.According to the data, May was the month with the most UAC apprehensions since the start of Fiscal Year 2015 on Oct. 1.

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June Record Month for Children Seeking Asylum

In June a record number of unaccompanied children applied for asylum in Sweden and more are expected, according to a press release from the Migration Agency.

There were 1,447 unaccompanied children who applied for asylum in June, which is the highest number ever for a single month in sweden.

Kjell-Terje Torvik, from the Migration Agency, told Radio Sweden that Sweden is the country that receives the most asylum applications from children. One possible explanation is that Sweden grants permanent residency to minors, which is something many other European countries do not do. Torvik said that there are going to be delays processing the large number of applications.

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Christian Bakers Fined $135,000 for Refusing to Make Wedding Cake for Lesbians

The owners of a mom and pop bakery have just learned there is a significant price to pay for following their religious beliefs.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake them a wedding cake in 2013.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) awarded $60,000 to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for “emotional suffering.”

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” the final order read. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

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Gays Rights May Open Door for Pedophile Rights

[WARNING: Disturbing Content.]

A recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage may soon allow pedophiles to argue they are suffering discrimination.

“Using the same tactics used by ‘gay’ rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals,” writes Jack Minor for the Northern Colorado Gazette.

Minor notes that “psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.”

Homosexuality was long considered a mental illness. However, in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association declassified it from a list of mental disorders.

More recently a self-described organization of “minor-attracted people,” B4U-ACT, held a symposium proposing a new definition of pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders of the APA.

B4U-ACT and other pedophile advocacy organizations cite an APA issued a report claiming “that the ‘negative potential’ of adult sex with children was ‘overstated’ and that ‘the vast majority of both men and women reported no negative sexual effects from childhood sexual abuse experiences.”

In 2013 in California Congresswoman Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat, proposed federalizing a state law prohibiting counseling to change a person’s sexual orientation. The bill, according to critics, defines pedophilia as a sexual orientation and would afford the same rights granted to homosexuals.

“This language is so broad and vague, it arguably could include all forms of sexual orientation, including pedophilia,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. “It’s not just the orientation that is protected — the conduct associated with the orientation is protected as well.”

Democrats defeated an amendment by Republicans that stated “pedophilia is not covered as an orientation.” A Florida Democrat, Rep. Alcee Hastings, said all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law…

“In point of fact, all the principle arguments commonly used to normalize homosexuality have been used to normalize pedophilia and pederasty,” writes Michael Brown.

Jerome Corsi, writing for WND, is concerned pedophilia will become the next “sexual rights” revolution. Corsi points to the normalizing of sexual pathology that occurred following research by Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Institute into “sexual variations.”

Corsi cites Judith Reisman and her 2010 book “Sexual Sabotage.”

“Our laws are no longer based on Judeo-Christian morality, but on Kinsey’s immoral ‘morality’: an adulterous, fornicating, aborting, pornography-addicted, masturbating, impotent, sadistic, masochistic, bisexual, homosexual, exhibitionist, voyeuristic, and child-sexual-abusive world,” she wrote.

“These truths are difficult to accept, yet crucial. Americans must come to understand what has gone wrong and how we changed from a family-oriented and flawed but honorable country to a sex-obsessed and violent one.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Oregon State Issues Gag Order Against Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

In a sign of the overt fascism and religious persecution to come in the wake of a Left emboldened by the Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage ruling, a judge in Oregon has issued a gag order denying two Christian bakery owners from speaking out against same sex marriage.

“The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation,” [Administrative Law Judge Alan] Avakian wrote.

The gag order is meant to stop Aaron and Melissa Klein from publicly speaking out about their desire to not bake cakes for same sex weddings. The State’s order came after the Kleins were interviewed by the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, and after the State fined the Kleins $135,000 for “emotional damages” incurred by a lesbian couple after the Kleins refused to bake their wedding cake.

That this kind of fascist oppression was always the endgame in the Left’s push for same sex marriage, was apparent to anyone familiar with the Left’s tactics.

The push for same sex marriage was always nothing more the Left’s sheep’s clothing in a crusade to destroy Christians and the Christian Church.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

Earlier this month, reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.

The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle can’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for herself, especially if using a new method.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

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  1. Deployment to Europe

    “The next big battlefield is Europe”
    Die Welt

    IS jihadists are systematically deployed into the EU, and the wider EU, in other words Western Europe

    – Map showing IS routes into Europe from Tanzania, and Syria
    – Terrorists among boat “refugees”/migrants less likely
    – The IS are everywhere by now
    – Drunk IS to blend in, slip of tongue
    – Bulgarian mafia providing IS travelers with passports

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