Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/1/2015

Extra police have been assigned to guard a refugee center in the Czech Republic after a number of the detained migrants became violent and attempted to escape. Meanwhile, native Czechs continue to attack immigrants in various locations across the country.

In other news, the deputy mayor of Calais described British Prime Minister David Cameron as “racist” and “extremist”.

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Financial Crisis
» Breaking a Taboo: Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape
» Italy: Treasury Sells 5-Yr: 10-Yr Bonds: Yields Declining
 
USA
» Bulletproof Armadillo Puts Texas Man in Hospital After Shot Bounces Off Hard Shell
» Contrary to What You’ve Heard, TPP Will Undermine US Law — Including Supreme Court Decisions
» Decoding the Symbols on Satan’s Statue
» DNC Chair Can’t Tell Difference Between a Dem and a Socialist
» Edward Snowden Explains Why Apple Should Continue to Fight the Government on Encryption
» Gun Insanity: Activists Call to Ban Gun EMOJI
» It’s Back: FEC Says Regulating Internet, Google, Facebook Under Its ‘Purview’
» Joe Biden Said to be Taking New Look at Presidential Run
» The Most Evil Government in American History
» They Live’s Rowdy Roddy Piper Dead at 61
» Video Proof: Feds Post Letters Identifying Preppers as Potential Terrorists: “Individuals or Groups Making Bulk Purchases…”
 
Europe and the EU
» A Politician in Finland Declared War on Multiculturalism. This is How His Country Responded.
» Britain’s Secret Ties to Governments, Firms, Behind ISIS Oil Sales
» Germany Suspends Treason Probe Against Blog After Protest Storm
» Italy: ‘We’re Not Rubber Stamp for Prosecutors’ Says Renzi
» Italy: Audit Court Sounds Alarm on Services of Provinces
» Italy: Suspended Rome Bus Driver Meets City’s Transport Councillor
» Italy: Ryanair to Boost Flights if Alitalia Quits Fiumicino
» Italy’s Supreme Court Confirms 20-Year Sentence for Rape
» Italy: Five Arrested in L’Aquila Post-Quake Corruption Case
» Italy: States Must Have New Role in Automotive Industry Says Grasso
» Police Warn of No-Go Zones in Germany
» Relatives of Osama Bin Laden Killed in Plane Crash in England: Friend
» Southern Italy Risks Permanent Underdevelopment — Report
» Three Sicilian Doctors Suspended for Negligence in Infant’s Death
 
Balkans
» Serbian Lottery Probed After Winning Number Shown Before Draw
 
North Africa
» New Report Confirms Findings of Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Op-Ed: The Islamic World Sees That Violence Works Against Jews
 
Middle East
» Erdogan’s Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?
» Iraqis Protest Over Baghdad Heatwave Power Cuts
» Islamic State Executes Six People for Leaving Islam
» New Evidence Reveals Turkish Government is Directly Funding ISIS
» The Saudi Cold War With Iran Heats Up
» Turkey’s Demirtas: ‘Erdogan is Capable of Setting Country on Fire’
 
Russia
» Renzi, Putin Discuss Energy, Humanitarian Cooperation
 
South Asia
» India: Tribal Priestesses Help Preserve Millet
» Mullah Omar Biographer: ‘The World’s Most Mysterious Political Leader’
» New Taliban Leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour Calls for Unity
 
Far East
» China’s Crusade to Remove Crosses From Churches ‘Is for Safety Concerns’
» MtGox Bitcoin Chief Mark Karpeles Arrested in Japan
 
Immigration
» Calais Deputy Mayor Calls David Cameron ‘Racist’ And ‘Extremist’
» Calais Migrant Chaos is a Taste of What a Warmer World May Bring
» Czechia: Fear Rises as Racially Motivated Attacks Increase
» Czechia: Police Presence Increases at Refugee Center
» Europe Responsible for Refugees “Drowning in the Sea”: Erdogan
» Feds: 664,607 Illegals Granted Amnesty, Some Linked to Terrorism, Gangs
» Testing the Limits: How Many Refugees Can Germany Handle?
» Thomas Sowell: Both Parties Irresponsible in Dealing With Immigration Issues
 
Culture Wars
» Are We Being Forced Into a “Second American Civil War”… If So, Who Will Win?
» CMP Head: Company Trying to Block Video That Could Prove Aborted Babies Were Born Alive, Then Harvested
 
General
» Cellphone Radiation Can Cause Cancer: Study
» Media Coverage of Terrorism ‘Leads to Further Violence’
 

Breaking a Taboo: Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape

After the Greek bailout disaster, Paris, Berlin and Brussels want to reform the euro zone by creating an economic government and a special tax for the currency area. German Finance Minister Schäuble is in favor, but Chancellor Merkel is skeptical.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Treasury Sells 5-Yr: 10-Yr Bonds: Yields Declining

Sells 4.83 bn euros in paper, auctions 1.75 bn euros in T-bills

(ANSA) — Rome, July 30 — The Italian Treasury on Thursday about 4.8 billion euros in 5-year and 10-year bonds, at declining yields.

The benchmark 10-year BTP in particular sold at a yield of 1.83% compared with 2.35% at the last auction of similar bonds.

The Treasury said it sold 2.48 billion euros of the 10-year paper.

The yield on 5-year BTPs slid to 0.77% compared with 1.25% at the previous operation for 1.9 billion euros sold.

Also placed were 1.75 billion euros in Treasury bonds with a yield of 0.67%.

The falling yield suggest stronger demand for Italian bonds by investors.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Bulletproof Armadillo Puts Texas Man in Hospital After Shot Bounces Off Hard Shell

A Texan man who tried to shoot an armadillo has found himself in hospital after his bullet bounced off the animal and hit him in the face.

Police in Cass County said the unnamed man spotted the small animal “on his property” at around 3am local time on Thursday and decided to kill it.

“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Sheriff Larry Rowe said.

Its hard shell deflected at least one of the bullets, which ricocheted off struck the man’s jaw.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Contrary to What You’ve Heard, TPP Will Undermine US Law — Including Supreme Court Decisions

Do we really want the USTR completely wiping out part of our Constitution via a secretive trade agreement with no public accountability?

One of the key lines of pure unadulterated bullsh*t spread by the USTR concerning the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is that it won’t lead to significant changes in US law. That’s just wrong. As KEI points out, it’s pretty clear that the current text would completely undermine key Supreme Court rulings concerning state sovereign immunity from intellectual property disputes. Zack Struver and Tazio De Tomassi created a short video explaining why:…

The specific issue is that, under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution, state governments are given “sovereign immunity” from most legal issues in federal court. And, when it comes to things like patents, the Supreme Court decided that Congress could not pass a law that takes away such sovereign immunity from the states.

In practice, this means state governments — including things like research universities — are able to infringe on patents in the public interest, claiming sovereign immunity in state courts against such claims. We’ve pointed out in the past how hypocritical it is that state universities frequently use such sovereign immunity claims to avoid lawsuits, while at the same time being some of the most aggressive patent trolls in going after others (with the University of California being a prime example). However, it is the law of the land and in the Constitution that sovereign immunity on things like patents cannot be abridged. Yet, as the video above notes, the TPP appears to get rid of that, and would open up states, at the very least, to these international corporate sovereignty tribunals (also known as Investor State Dispute Settlement, or ISDS, tribunals).

In other words, the USTR may single-handedly undermine the Constitution’s 11th Amendment, overturning Supreme Court precedent on the subject in a deal negotiated entirely in secret, with patent holders (who hate the sovereign immunity protections) as the key advisors. That’s not how our government is supposed to work.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Decoding the Symbols on Satan’s Statue

A controversial statue unveiled by the Satanic Temple at a secret ceremony in Detroit has attracted protests. But who is the goat-headed figure? And what do the elements of the statue symbolise?

The bronze statue is nearly 9ft tall and depicts a winged hermaphrodite known as Baphomet, flanked by two smiling children. It cost $100,000 (£64,000) to make and hundreds of Satanists turned out to see it unveiled.

Long term, the Satanic Temple wants to move the piece 900 miles (1,450km) south-west and erect it opposite a Ten Commandments monument outside Oklahoma City’s Capitol Building.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

DNC Chair Can’t Tell Difference Between a Dem and a Socialist

MSNBC host Chris Matthews did not recieve an answer from Democrat National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), when he asked her to explain the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist.

“What is the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist?” Matthews asked on Thursday’s Hardball program.

Wasserman Schultz chuckled in response.

[Comment: Even the US Socialist party leader of 1950s recognized that the Democrat Party had embraced all the Socialist goals and there was no need to run as a contender for President anymore.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Edward Snowden Explains Why Apple Should Continue to Fight the Government on Encryption

As the Obama administration campaign to stop the commercialization of strong encryption heats up, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is firing back on behalf of the companies like Apple and Google that are finding themselves under attack.

“Technologists and companies working to protect ordinary citizens should be applauded, not sued or prosecuted,” Snowden wrote in an email.

In his email, Snowden explained how law enforcement officials who are demanding that U.S. companies build some sort of window into unbreakable end-to-end encryption — he calls that an “insecurity mandate” — haven’t thought things through.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Gun Insanity: Activists Call to Ban Gun EMOJI

Believe it or not, symbols in text messages are the next target for fervent anti-gun activists in New York.

Under the “Disarm the iPhone” campaign, “New Yorkers Against Gun Violence” is calling on Apple to remove the gun emoji from their iPhone devices.

An accompanying video for the ad campaign, which we assure you is real, tries to sell the idea that getting rid of the emoji would somehow lead to less gun deaths.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

It’s Back: FEC Says Regulating Internet, Google, Facebook Under Its ‘Purview’

After backing down amid concerns she wanted to regulate political speech, and even news sites like the Drudge Report, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission has renewed talk about targeting campaign and political activities on the internet.

Ann M. Ravel, discussing election regulation during a speech in New York, suggested it was time to produce “thoughtful policy” targeting internet political activity. She also expressed frustration that her last bid was met with “threatening misogynist responses to me.”

She was speaking at a day-long conference hosted by the Brennan Center for Justice, the New York City Campaign Finance Board, and the Committee for Economic Development when she was asked about regulating the internet, Google and Facebook.

Ravel said that it would be under the “purview” of the FEC to oversee internet political activities such as fundraising and donations.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Joe Biden Said to be Taking New Look at Presidential Run

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, an entry that would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, say several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers.

Mr. Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Mrs. Clinton or who have grown concerned about what they see as her increasingly visible vulnerabilities as a candidate.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

The Most Evil Government in American History

America is not a great nation, and it hasn’t been for a very long time.

Any government that gives hundreds of millions of dollars each year to an organization that systematically murders babies, harvests their internal organs and ships them off to laboratories where they are used in experiments can hardly be called “great”. Back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as “the evil empire”, but today it is the Russians that are calling us “evil” and “godless”. And you know what? When Vladimir Putin called us “godless” he was 100 percent correct. Someday when history judges us, we will fully deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China and Hitler’s Germany. Our consciences have been so seared that we have absolutely no sense of perspective anymore. We get all bent out of shape over the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, but the trafficking of the body parts and internal organs of millions of our own babies hardly elicits any reaction at all.

Yes, the killing of that lion in Zimbabwe was a horrible crime, and I hope that dentist is held accountable for it. But how can that possibly compare to the absolutely sickening crimes against humanity that are being committed by Planned Parenthood every single day?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

They Live’s Rowdy Roddy Piper Dead at 61

Infowars is sad to announce the passing of wrestling icon and American patriot Roderick George Toombs, AKA Rowdy Roddy Piper.

He brought joy to countless both on and off the television screen and helped awaken millions of people with such works as John Carpenter’s They Live.

According to TMZ, Piper suffered cardiac arrest and died at his home Thursday evening.

[Comment: They Live: classic sci-fi movie becaue of the subtext. Analysis (spoiler alert, read after watching movie) here: vigilantcitizen.com/moviesandtv/they-live-the-weird-movie-with-a-powerful-message/ “They Live can indeed be interpreted as a treatise on the thorough and systematic conditioning of human experience in order for a hidden elite to covertly control, manipulate and exploit the masses…Despite its unimpressive special effects and odd dialogue, They Live manages to describe the world elite’s motives and strategy in a way that can be understood by all.”]

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Video Proof: Feds Post Letters Identifying Preppers as Potential Terrorists: “Individuals or Groups Making Bulk Purchases…”

In 2011 Rand Paul stood on the floor of Congress and delivered a stark warning to Americans. To criticisms of sensationalism and embellishment, Paul noted that Federal laws on the books characterize those who have guns, seven days worth of food or ammunition in their homes as potential terrorists.

Know good and well that some day there could be a government in power that is shipping its citizens off for disagreements… Someone who has guns, someone who has ammunition that is weatherproofed, someone who has more than seven days of food in their house can be considered a potential terrorist. …

If you are suspected by these activities do you want the government to have the ability to send you to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention?

It was a shocking statement and one that was dismissed as the rantings of another right-wing extremist who just so happened to be a Senator.

But footage posted by Washington Weekly News shows that not only was Rand Paul’s assessment accurate, it only brushed the surface of what domestic intelligence agencies consider suspicious or terroristic activity. According to the report, a WWN journalist with camera in hand visited local businesses to acquire video evidence of various government signage. What he found was shocking:

New York’s Division of Homeland Security is posting signs on businesses to encourage people to snitch on fellow citizens who buy such things as MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), ammunition, flash lights, match containers, gas masks and other items deemed to be ‘prepper’ in nature…

Surplus store in Auburn, NY tell us how a state trooper put up a flyer in their window which encourages customers to call the New York State Terrorism Tips Line to report this ‘suspicious activity’ under the as part of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

The sign in question, as well as the accompanying letter to the local business, can be seen in the video below.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

A Politician in Finland Declared War on Multiculturalism. This is How His Country Responded.

By Ishaan Tharoor

Earlier this week, Olli Immonen, a legislator belonging to The Finns, an anti-immigration political party that’s part of Finland’s ruling coalition, published an incendiary post on Facebook.

Written both in English and Finnish, the statement called on Immonen’s countrymen to “defeat this nightmare called multiculturalism,” describing it as “an ugly bubble that our enemies live in.”

“I want to develop Finland as an open, linguistically and culturally international country,” tweeted Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä soon after the post emerged. “I cannot accept Immonen’s remarks.” His finance minister, Alex Stubb, said on Twitter that “Multiculturalism is an asset. That’s all I have to say.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Britain’s Secret Ties to Governments, Firms, Behind ISIS Oil Sales

Key allies in the US and UK led war on Islamic State (ISIS) are covertly financing the terrorist movement according to senior political sources in the region. US and British oil companies are heavily invested in the murky geopolitical triangle sustaining ISIS’ black market oil sales.

The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq and Turkish military intelligence have both supported secret ISIS oil smuggling operations and even supplied arms to the terror group, according to Kurdish, Iraqi and Turkish officials.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Germany Suspends Treason Probe Against Blog After Protest Storm

Germany’s chief prosecutor on Friday suspended a treason probe against Internet security bloggers that had sparked a storm of protest from journalist and politicians.

Harald Range said “in view of the great good of freedom of the press and expression” he would let the investigation rest, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported online.

News of the probe against the blog Netzpolitik.org — Germany’s first treason case against media since the 1960s — had sparked a wave of indignation and expressions of solidarity.

The blog had published documents on plans to step up Internet surveillance by Germany’s domestic security agency, whose chief Hans-Georg Maassen then filed a criminal complaint…

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

Italy: ‘We’re Not Rubber Stamp for Prosecutors’ Says Renzi

After PD Senators vote against Azzollini arrest

(ANSA) — Rome, July 31 — Premier Matteo Renzi said Friday parliament is not “a rubber stamp for Trani prosecutors”. He spoke after the Senate — including MPs from his Democratic Party (PD) — on Wednesday nixed a motion to arrest Senator Antonio Azzollini on a warrant from Trani prosecutors for suspected fraud and racketeering. Azzollini is from the small New Center Right (NCD) party, a junior member of the ruling coalition.

He is under investigation for alleged involvement in the 500-million-euro crack-up of the Divine Providence nursing home chain, employing 1,600 people in the town of Bisceglie in Bari province.

“The PD caucus leader saw the prosecution papers,” said Renzi. “He was convinced…there may be elements of persecution, and he gave the caucus freedom to vote their conscience”.

“I don’t know which way I would have voted, because I haven’t read the papers,” the premier went on.

“But I consider the vote a sign of maturity,” he said.

“I believe in the good faith and the intelligence of the PD Senators”.

The PD has come under fire after many of its members voted to save Azzollini from arrest in Wednesday’s secret vote after the party left Senators free to vote their conscience.

Prosecutors wanted him arrested because of the “well-founded danger the Senator would reiterate crimes” listed as racketeering, inducement to corruption and fraudulent bankruptcy. A Bari court had upheld the pretrial arrest warrant based on significant evidence against Azzollini and another nine people being investigated in the crack-up.

“The PD (saved) Azzollini to save the majority coalition, thus establishing the principle that all are not equal before the law,” Loredana De Petris from the small, leftwing opposition Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) party said after Wednesday’s vote. “The PD is an accomplice of Azzollini…who as budget committee chair for many years must have done a lot of people a lot of favors,” said Senator Mario Michele Giarrusso from the anti-establishment, anti-euro 5-Star Movement (M5S), an opposition party that is the second-largest in Italy after the ruling PD. “Renzi and the PD dropped their pants to save their seats,” Matteo Salvini, chief of the opposition anti-immigrant, anti-euro Northern League party, wrote on Facebook.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Audit Court Sounds Alarm on Services of Provinces

State auditor says ‘services of primary importance’ at risk

(ANSA) — Rome, July 31 — The Audit Court on Friday sounded the alarm about a shortage of funding for the country’s provincial administrations, which central government is in the process of phasing out and giving their powers to other local bodies to save money. The State auditor said in a report that, with the removal of this layer of government not yet complete, the funding given to the provinces may not be enough to “guarantee services of primary importance”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Suspended Rome Bus Driver Meets City’s Transport Councillor

Posted video online complaining about employer ATAC

(ANSA) — Rome, July 30 — A Rome bus driver who was suspended indefinitely after posting an online video complaining about his employer ATAC said he had a chance Thursday to explain himself to the city’s new councillor for transportation.

Driver Christian Rosso said that he sat down with Stefano Esposito on Thursday to discuss the situation at the unpopular public transport company.

In the video posted on Facebook, Rosso described working conditions faced by Rome bus drivers and why service isn’t guaranteed on some lines.

He claimed that he has arrived at work some days to find there was no bus available for him to drive.

“Esposito wanted to understand everything that happened,” said Rosso after the meeting. “As transport councillor, he doesn’t want to get in anyone’s way but he made it clear that he will remain close to me,” the driver said.

Hundreds of bus drivers took part in a protest outside Rome’s city hall on Wednesday against Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino’s plans to look for an outside investor for the struggling ATAC.

Protesters expressed solidarity with the suspended bus driver, chanting “We are all Christian Rosso”.

Marino has warned that the alternative to seeking an outside investor is to shut down ATAC and take its books to court.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Ryanair to Boost Flights if Alitalia Quits Fiumicino

Alitalia threatened to move out after Terminal 3 fire

(ANSA) — Rome, July 30 — Ryanair low-cost airline said Thursday it will increase flights at Rome’s Fiumicino airport if Alitalia moves out. “Ryanair continues to work closely with the airport authority to grow tourism, jobs and traffic,” it said.

Alitalia said Wednesday it suffered 80 million euros in damages since a May 7 fire at Terminal 3. “If Fiumicino continues to focus on low-cost carriers and mediocre service, Alitalia will be forced to shift its growth elsewhere,” Alitalia CEO Silvano Cassano said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy’s Supreme Court Confirms 20-Year Sentence for Rape

Egyptian attacked women while jogging, stole watches, phones

(ANSA) — Rome, July 28 — Italy’s highest appeals court on Tuesday confirmed a 20-year prison sentence handed to an Egyptian man who raped and robbed dozens of young women in Milan.

The Cassation Court rejected Sameh El Megey’s’s lawyers’ request for his sentence to be reduced.

The 31-year-old often attacked the women while they were jogging, and additionally stole their belongings such as mobile phones and watches.

The attacks began in 2010 and continued through 2012.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Five Arrested in L’Aquila Post-Quake Corruption Case

Businessmen, politicians, civil servants probed

(ANSA) — L’Aquila, July 27 — Carabinieri police on Monday arrested five people and placed 13 more under investigation on suspicion of bid-rigging and other crimes in connection with lucrative public reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of a 2009 earthquake that destroyed much of the capital of Abruzzo.

Among the key suspects in the probe is former center-right councillor Pierluigi Tancredi, who currently serves as an official at the local health department.

Prosecutors say he faces extortion charges for allegedly trying to obtain hush money in exchange for his silence on corrupt dealings in post-quake contracts.

The suspects include businessmen, former politicians and civil servants.

The arrests were made in L’Aquila, Chieti, Teramo, and the island of Ponza.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: States Must Have New Role in Automotive Industry Says Grasso

Organisation, investment, innovation among requisites for growth

(ANSA) — Rome, July 28 — States must play a new role in promoting the growth of the automotive industry, Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso said Tuesday.

“The development of global competition between leading car manufacturers creates new prospects for industrial policy intervention,” said Grasso at the presentation of research conducted by Unioncamere chambers of commerce association and business consultant Prometeia into the automotive sector in leading European countries.

“There is a role for the market and a new role for States,” continued Italy’s former anti-mafia chief. The decision by Europe to raise the contribution of manufacturing activities to 20% of GDP means the car industry must have a central role, Grasso said.

“This is all the more true for Italy, where Fiat, after buying Chrysler, has become the seventh largest global car manufacturer,” he continued. “Further, our country boasts one of the most advanced parts production sectors in the world,” Grasso added. The Senate speaker pointed to Germany as an example of how it is possible to develop the sector even in the most advanced countries. “What is needed is organisational wisdom, sensitivity towards new lifestyles, willingness to invest and collaboration between capital, labour and the university sector to ensure constant technological innovation,” Grasso said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Police Warn of No-Go Zones in Germany

by Soeren Kern

“Every police commissioner and interior minister will deny it. But of course we know where we can go with the police car…(O)ur colleagues can no longer feel safe there in twos, and have to fear becoming the victim of a crime themselves. We know that these areas exist. Even worse: in these areas, crimes no longer result in charges. They are left to themselves. Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture.” — Bernhard Witthaut, Chief Police Commissioner of Germany.

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Relatives of Osama Bin Laden Killed in Plane Crash in England: Friend

Two members of the family of Osama bin Laden were reportedly killed in a plane crash in England Friday.

The Phenom 300 jet crashed at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, about 40 miles southwest of London, at around 3:09 p.m. (10:09 a.m. ET) while attempting to land, the airport said in a statement. All four aboard were killed, a Hampshire police spokesman said.

A bin Laden family friend told NBC News that the victims include Rajaa Hashim, stepmother of Osama bin Laden; Sana bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s half-sister; and her husband, Zuhair Hashim.

Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader who masterminded the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was killed in a raid by Navy SEALs in May of 2011.

Osama bin Laden comes from a very large, wealthy family. Mohammed bin Laden, Osama’s father, had nearly two dozen wives and a total of 54 children, journalist Craig Unger, who researched the bin Laden family for his book “House of Bush, House of Saud” told NBC News in 2004.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Southern Italy Risks Permanent Underdevelopment — Report

South’s GDP dropped for 7 years, widening gulf, says Svimez

(By Michelle Ruelle).

(ANSA) — Rome, July 30 — The economic crises affecting southern Italy could turn into permanent underdevelopment due to a “strong risk of industrial desertification,” said industrial development association Svimez in a report on Thursday.

The report said that the lack of human resources, as well as financial and business resources, could hamper the south from achieving economic recovery.

The report highlighted a number of key statistics that reveal challenges in areas such as birthrate and economic growth.

The birthrate in southern Italy is at a 150-year low, with 174,000 births registered in 2014, the report said.

In the south, the birthrate has dropped to 1.31 children per woman, compared to the 2.1 necessary to ensure demographic stability.

“In the next few years the south will be affected by a demographic upheaval, a tsunami with unpredictable consequences,” the report said.

In addition, southern Italy suffered its seventh consecutive year of negative growth in 2014, further increasing the gulf with the wealthier north of the country. “(Italy is) a country divided and unequal, where the south is adrift and sliding further and further behind,” the report read.

“In 2014 southern Italy’s GDP was negative for the seventh consecutive year (-1.3%)”.

Antimafia Commission President Rosy Bindi said the situation is an “emergency” that calls for “clear political will”.

“There isn’t long-term and solid growth for Italy if a relevant part of the country risks underdevelopment, without work for young people and women, without investments in essential infrastructure, without quality services for families,” Bindi said.

Stefano Graziano, Campania’s regional head for the Democratic Party (PD) led by Premier Matteo Renzi, said the report revealed a “catastrophic situation”.

“Campania is the region with the second-highest risk of poverty. We can’t remain indifferent to data that shows 66% of families in our region earn less than 12,000 euros annually compared to an average of 28.5% in central and northern Italy,” Graziano said, adding that business investment is needed in the south.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Three Sicilian Doctors Suspended for Negligence in Infant’s Death

Doctors allegedly covered up failure to carry out Caesarian

(ANSA) — Palermo, July 27 — A Sicilian judge Monday suspended three doctors from practicing for 10 months pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged negligence leading to the death of a newborn infant girl hours after they delivered her at a Catania clinic, judicial officials said.

The three were identified as gynaecologists Maria Ausilia Palermo and Antonio Di Pasquale and anaesthetist Giovanni Alessandro Gibiino, who worked on the birth of little Niccole and allegedly conspired to cover up their negligence in failing to carry out a Caesarian birth on her mother because the Gibiino clinic where they worked did not have the requisite equipment.

A judge ruled the three be suspended from practising pending their trial for manslaughter because of a concrete risk they might carry out similar crimes again.

Prosecutor Michelangelo Patané said investigators based the charges on examination of falsified clinic records and telephone taps of the doctors’ conversations.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Serbian Lottery Probed After Winning Number Shown Before Draw

Eleven people are being questioned by Serbian police after a television graphic appeared to predict a winning lottery number before it was drawn.

The incident happened on live TV, sparking claims of a fix and forcing the head of the lottery to resign.

During the broadcast the number 21 was shown on screen before it became the next ball pulled from the machine.

The Serbian State Lottery (DLS) said it was “pure coincidence”, but prosecutors have launched an investigation.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

New Report Confirms Findings of Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi

Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) member Clare Lopez believes that in 2011 Hillary Clinton’s State Department was orchestrating its own gun running operation to the Libyan rebels—and that arms dealer Marc Turi has been set up to take the fall for these “illicit arms deals.”

“The Justice Department has charged Turi with lying on an export-license application, alleging he hid his intent to ship weapons and ammunition to Libya in direct violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 170,” reports Jerome Corsi for WorldNetDaily.

“Marc Turi was set up and framed for something he didn’t do, while others, who actually did collaborate with Qatar and the UAE to deliver the weapons under U.S. and NATO protection and supervision, are not only not prosecuted like Marc Turi, they’re not even mentioned,” Lopez told Corsi.

“Lopez made it clear she was speaking for herself and not for the commission,” he reports.

Corsi has written several previous articles about the work of the CCB, which was established by Accuracy in Media back in 2013. “The commission has been working behind the scenes for the past two years to ensure Congress uncovers what really happened in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans,” writes Corsi.

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Op-Ed: The Islamic World Sees That Violence Works Against Jews

By Giulio Meotti

But more generally, what we saw in Beit El sent a very clear subliminal message to the Islamic world. When the Arab Muslims see another Jewish capitulation in Beit El, they have great reasons to doubt the entire Zionist project.

Let’s only hope the Jewish people next time will refuse to be subjugated to lies and hate. And the biggest lie is the idea of having stolen the land from the Arabs. Every inch of that land is not part of the Islamic umma, it is Eretz Israel. Period.

Meanwhile, a tragic event happened last night and a Palestinian Arab toddler died after arsonists set his house ablaze. The world, the entire political spectrum and the media immediately condemned the terrible attack. A month ago, Malachi Rosenfeld, a young Jew returning from a basketball game, was murdered by Hamas in the same area. About his killing, there was only silence — or understanding. Another reason the Islamic world sees that violence works against Jews. […]

[Asymmetry in action, we don’t know who the arsonist is yet, but he/she will go to GAOL for a long time, as a plain criminal and baby murderer. He will not be able to hide in the community; the PA would see the killer of a Jewish toddler as a hero and pay a pension… — MC]

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Erdogan’s Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

Turkish President Erdogan claims to be battling the terrorist Islamic State, but in reality he is mainly fighting against the Kurdish PKK militia. By doing so, he has shown that he is willing to derail the peace process in his country for the sake of clinging to power.

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Iraqis Protest Over Baghdad Heatwave Power Cuts

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters have taken to the streets of Baghdad to protest against power shortages as the country experiences a heatwave.

They blamed government corruption for a lack of investment in infrastructure.

On Thursday, the government declared a four-day public holiday after temperatures broke 50C (122F), with appeals for people to save power.

Blackouts are common during the summer as Iraq’s electricity grid struggles to deal with the extreme temperatures.

Analysts say that the country’s grid was severely damaged by US bombing during the 2003 invasion. The infrastructure has also been repeatedly targeted by insurgents.

In some areas of the country it is common to have only a few hours of electricity each day.

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Islamic State Executes Six People for Leaving Islam

A new video purportedly released by the Islamic State shows six men charged with being members of “Apostate Rejectionist Committees” being executed by gunshot. The video was shared by Middle East terrorism watchdog organization Jihadology. According to Apostasy and Islam, “the traditional position of Muslim scholars and jurists has been that apostasy (riddah) is punishable by death.” This is especially the case in Sharia law, which ISIS practices.

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New Evidence Reveals Turkish Government is Directly Funding ISIS

When US special forces raided the compound of an Islamic State leader in eastern Syria in May, they made sure not to tell the neighbours.

The target of that raid, the first of its kind since US jets returned to the skies over Iraq last August, was an Isis official responsible for oil smuggling, named Abu Sayyaf. He was almost unheard of outside the upper echelons of the terror group, but he was well known to Turkey. From mid-2013, the Tunisian fighter had been responsible for smuggling oil from Syria’s eastern fields, which the group had by then commandeered. Black market oil quickly became the main driver of Isis revenues — and Turkish buyers were its main clients.

As a result, the oil trade between the jihadis and the Turks was held up as evidence of an alliance between the two. It led to protests from Washington and Europe — both already wary of Turkey’s 900-mile border with Syria being used as a gateway by would-be jihadis from around the world.

The estimated $1m-$4m per day in oil revenues that was thought to have flowed into Isis coffers over at least six months from late 2013 helped to transform an ambitious force with limited means into a juggernaut that has been steadily drawing western forces back to the region and increasingly testing state borders.

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The Saudi Cold War With Iran Heats Up

While the Obama administration may hope the nuclear deal paves the way for a more peaceful Middle East, it just may convince Riyadh to turn its conflict with Tehran up a notch.

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Turkey’s Demirtas: ‘Erdogan is Capable of Setting Country on Fire’

In a SPIEGEL interview, leading Kurdish opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas calls for a cease-fire between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

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Renzi, Putin Discuss Energy, Humanitarian Cooperation

Two leaders agree in telephone conversation to pursue contact

(ANSA) — Moscow, July 29 — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation Wednesday and discussed cooperation in energy and humanitarian issues, agreeing to pursue their contacts, the Kremlin said.

No other details of the conversation immediately were released by the Kremlin.

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India: Tribal Priestesses Help Preserve Millet

Niyamgiri (Agenzia Fides) — Until 60 years ago millet was grown in 40% of cereal producing land in India. Despite its enormous nutritive value of protein, vitamin B and minerals magnesium, potassium, zinc and copper, production of millet today has dropped to only 11% . According to data collected by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, production started to fall in recent decades with the country’s industrial development A country rich in mineral resources, relegated millet to ordinary grain, destined to serve as fodder for cattle and no longer a basic stable food for human beings. In the hills of Niyamgiri, Rayagada district in the east Indian state of Odissa, where undernourishment is widespread and hunger affects 83% of the population, women of the Dongria Kondh people, who live in the forests and who revere the surrounding mountains, and are firmly convinced of the benefits of millet grown on the slopes of the hills. The women perform ritual dances and songs for the god of the forest to have an abundant harvest. According to the ritual, the tribal priestesses, bejunis in the local dialect, start out from the village of Kadaraguma, at the foot of the Niyamgiri Hills, carrying earthenware jars on their heads, and in their hands a hen and a dove. They walk from door to door, from village to village encouraging and urging the people to return to millet their only heritage. On foot they visit people who grow the earliest varieties of millet, offering the hen and the dove to the local Bejuni and asking in exchange for quantities of seed to be shared equally among the five families of the village of the traveling priestesses. The millet is sown in the month of June. In exchange the priestesses offer the neighbours eight baskets of grain, double the amount of seeds received previously. Thanks to the rainfall, the harvest in the month of December is on average, 50 times the quantity of what was sown. The ritual has spread among other neighbouring communities, making it possible to protect two species of millet in danger of disappearing: khidi janh, similar to sorgo, in the village of Jangojodi, and kanga-arka, in the village Sagadi. India has one of the highest rates of hunger in the world. According to FAO, 195 million Indians are undernourished and the World Health Organization estimates that every year 1,300,000 of India’s children die for this reason. (AP) (28/7/2015 Agenzia Fides)

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Mullah Omar Biographer: ‘The World’s Most Mysterious Political Leader’

Following reports of the death of Mullah Omar, the situation in Afghanistan is chaotic — the peace process is on the fritz and the Taliban is divided. A Dutch journalist writing a biography of the Islamist leader says his role has been exaggerated.

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New Taliban Leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour Calls for Unity

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, has called for unity in an audio message, saying that the group will continue fighting.

Mullah Mansour was named as the new leader on Thursday, after the death of former head Mullah Omar was confirmed.

But a Taliban spokesman told the BBC he had not been appointed “by all Taliban”, going against Sharia law.

The audio message said fighters should unite as “division in our ranks will only please our enemies”.

It also said that the Taliban would “continue our jihad until we bring an Islamic rule in the country”.

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China’s Crusade to Remove Crosses From Churches ‘Is for Safety Concerns’

Government official defends ‘anti-church’ campaign during which 1,200 places of worship have lost their crosses

A Communist party campaign during which crosses have been stripped from the roofs of more than 1,200 Chinese churches is being conducted “for the sake of safety and beauty”, a government official has claimed.

Human rights activists accuse authorities in Zhejiang province in eastern China of using the protracted campaign to slow Christianity’s growth in what is one of the country’s most churchgoing regions.

By some estimates, China is now home to 100 million Christians, compared with the Communist party’s 88 million members.

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MtGox Bitcoin Chief Mark Karpeles Arrested in Japan

Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the failed company MtGox, which was once the world’s biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin.

Mark Karpeles, 30, is being held in connection with the loss of bitcoins worth $387m (£247m, €351m) last February.

He is suspected of having accessed the exchange’s computer system to falsify data on its outstanding balance.

MtGox claimed it was caused by a bug but it later filed for bankruptcy.

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Calais Deputy Mayor Calls David Cameron ‘Racist’ And ‘Extremist’

Omar, 23, a former army Sergeant from Pakistan, spent several hours along with two friends trying to find an opening in the newly reinforced fence surrounding the rail yard close to the Channel Tunnel entrance.

“When they take us they just say don’t stay here, go anywhere. Go to England, any place but here, they say. ‘Try again tomorrow’,” he said.

A spokesman for France’s police union played down the suggestion that officers would encourage arrested migrants seeking to enter Britain illegally to ‘try again’.

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Calais Migrant Chaos is a Taste of What a Warmer World May Bring

The disruption at the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France is one of many migration crises which a warmer world will worsen

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Czechia: Fear Rises as Racially Motivated Attacks Increase

Prague, July 31 (CTK) — The number of racially motivated attacks on immigrants has been rising in the Czech Republic in the past six months, in view of the threatening wave of illegal refuges from Africa and the Middle East, daily Právo writes today, referring to the Police Presidium’s data.

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Czechia: Police Presence Increases at Refugee Center

Belá pod Bezdezem, Central Bohemia, July 31 (CTK) — The Czech Interior Ministry will reinforce the police protection of the detention facility in Belá pod Bezdezem, from which more than 50 refugees attempted to escape on Thursday, minister Milan Chovanec said today.

The police gave the people enough time to leave the walking area and to return to the dormitories.

“They did not obey and started to demolish the equipment, kick out the windows and the like,” Rendlová explained why the police had to act.

Chovanec said the foreigners demand that they be released and they want to continue to Germany. They also strive for their mobile telephones and cash to be returned to them.

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Europe Responsible for Refugees “Drowning in the Sea”: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Europe on Friday of not doing enough to help refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq, suggesting it was responsible for people “drowning in the sea”.

Turkey, which has taken in some 1.8 million Syrian refugees since the conflict started in 2011, has repeatedly said that it has been left to shoulder a disproportionate burden as Western states stand by.

Erdogan has championed an “open-door” policy toward Syrian refugees, despite their increasing presence in major Turkish cities stoking tensions with locals…

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Feds: 664,607 Illegals Granted Amnesty, Some Linked to Terrorism, Gangs

The administration’s program to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program has given the green light to 664,607 since 2012, including several linked to fraud, terrorism and gangs, according to the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.

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Testing the Limits: How Many Refugees Can Germany Handle?

More Germans than ever before are at ease with themselves and their asylum-seekers. But this year the country is expecting to receive around 400,000 new refugees, a figure that raises the painful question: Can Germany’s new welcoming culture handle it?

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Thomas Sowell: Both Parties Irresponsible in Dealing With Immigration Issues

People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues.

Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for years — porous not just for Mexicans but for anybody else, including terrorists from the Middle East.

Two very different issues have gotten jumbled together in the political stew called “comprehensive immigration reform.” The first and most fundamental issue is whether we are going to have an immigration policy at all. The second issue is: Just what should that immigration policy be?

If we do not control our own border, then we do not have any immigration policy. We may have immigration laws on the books, but if anybody can cross the border that wants to, those laws are just words on paper and a bad joke.

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Are We Being Forced Into a “Second American Civil War”… If So, Who Will Win?

The culture war has been stirred up.

Divisions are along predictable lines: racism, police abuse, controversial social issues, and plenty of left vs. right, demographics and regional baggage to clash over as well.

And by all accounts, differences and distinctions between people have been intensifying, not blurring and fading away.According to the Washington Post, many Americans have been relocating themselves in one of the 11 distinct areas of the country to live with like minded people.

The best way to keep us from fighting the real enemy is to keep us fighting amongst ourselves.

But could the culture war ever turn into a real war?

Some people actually think so, and it seems the military has been planning for the scenario, too. The potential for economic and societal breakdown is real.

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CMP Head: Company Trying to Block Video That Could Prove Aborted Babies Were Born Alive, Then Harvested

The leader of the Center for Medical Progress, the organisation exposing Planned Parenthood, told CNN “New Day” this morning that a biomedical company is trying to silence CMP because they are “very scared” of footage coming out that will prove babies were born alive before being “aborted” and having tissue and organs harvested.

California based StemExpress, a company closely allied with Planned Parenthood that provides fetal tissue to researchers, has managed to convince a Superior Court judge to issue a temporary restraining order against CMP.

The order bars the undercover journalists from releasing any more footage of StemExpress officials.

David Daleiden explained why he believes StemExpress is taking such hefty action:

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Cellphone Radiation Can Cause Cancer: Study

The scientists were right — your cell phone can give you cancer.

There have long been whispers of a cancer connection from your cell — and a new study backs up the claims.

“These data are a clear sign of the real risks this kind of radiation poses for human health,” study author Igor Yakymenko said.

Yakymenko’s meta-study — basically a study of hundreds of other studies — reveals many findings of previous researchers into how radiofrequency from your phone can damage DNA.

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Media Coverage of Terrorism ‘Leads to Further Violence’

Clear link claimed between reports of atrocities and follow-up attacks

Violence, so the saying goes, begets violence. Now evidence is emerging that suggests even the reporting of violence can trigger further attacks. Research has found that sensationalist media coverage of acts of terrorism results in more such acts being committed.

The study will prompt further debate about how the international media responds to atrocities. It also raises the possibility that media reports about a terrorist act can be viewed as a “warning” that follow-on attacks will be perpetrated in the near future.

Michael Jetter, a professor at the School of Economics and Finance at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia, and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour in Bonn, Germany, analysed more than 60,000 terrorist attacks between 1970 and 2012 as reported in the New York Times. Jetter notes that over the past 15 years “the world has experienced a terrifying, exponential increase in the number of terrorist attacks”.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/1/2015

  1. After reading all this, I thank God I live in America. At least, we, The People, have “some” control over our politicians. The corruption and despotism in Europe has changed little over the centuries.

    Such articles remind me of a Londoner, John Wilkes, A favorite among our colonial Sons of Liberty, who won election to the House of Commons in 1768 only to have the King’s cabinet seat his rival, in spite an overwhelming number of votes in Wilkes’ favor.

    Fortunately, In America today, we have checks and balances which preclude even our Mahdi in the Oval Office from repeating such an action in our “bicameral” National Legislature – don’t we?

    • We used to have a bicameral National Legislature but it has disappeared under the rivers of ink flowing from the special pen used by the owner of the Executive Branch. His is a pen on steroids, delivering “Executive Orders” that have the force of law. We could save billions by closing our do-less-than-nothing legislature and letting the tenant of the Oval Office together with the chair-holders in the Supreme Court proceed to run the country.

      Let’s make de facto de jure and quit the charade.

      • Such a de facto de jure might very well put to the test the old cliche that the pen is mightier than the sword. Even when transcribed, a condemned man’s last words rarely sway the executioner.

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