Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/18/2015

Needless to say, it was no great surprise when the announcement was made today that Anne Marie Waters’ “Draw Mohammed” exhibition has been cancelled, due to — what else? — the likelihood of serious violence at the event. In due course we’ll have more details on what happened.

In other news, the Islamic State has produced a video calling on the Turkish people to rise up and overthrow “Satan”, which is their name for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Fjordman, Insubria, Jerry Gordon, MC, Nick, Seneca III, Srdja Trifkovic, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Brazil’s Political Crisis Puts the Entire Economy on Hold
» British Banks Outpace Euro Rivals in Rush to Sell Off Unwanted Loans
» China’s Richest Traders Are Fleeing Stocks as the Masses Pile in
» Europe Struggles After Chinese Stocks Slide
» Finnish Government Shaken by Greece Bailout
» Greece: Minimum Pension Lowered to 392.7 From 486 Euros
» Italy: Renzi Hails July Drop in Lay-Off Hours
» Moody’s Predicts Italy 2016 GDP Growth ‘Barely Over 1%’
» More Recession Ahead for Greece, Says Moody’s
» SZ: Financing Needs of Greece Growing 6.2 Billion
» World Shipping Slump Deepens as China Retreats
 
USA
» Bob Woodward Compares Hillary Clinton’s Email Server to Nixon Watergate Tapes
» Google’s Atlas Robot Takes a Forest Hike
» Life-Size Humanoid Robot Takes a Walk in the Woods
» Progressive Labor Socialist Rabbis Back Obama on Iran Nuclear Pact
» Sen. Menendez Announces Opposition to Iran Deal With Speech at Seton Hall University
 
Europe and the EU
» Denmark: Copenhagen Airport Kicks Off Use of Body Scanners
» Denmark: Ex-MP Fined for Equating Muslims With Hitler
» East Germany Sees Half of Racist Violent Crime
» Exclusive: ‘Draw Mohammed’ UK Exhibition Cancelled After Security Service Pressure…
» Finland: Police Investigate Vandalism at Home of Finance Minister Stubb
» Hundreds of Troops, Tanks, Aircraft in Polish Army Parade
» Is Spain Going Back to the Stone Age?
» Italy: Salvini Urges Grillo to Join Strike, Help ‘Topple Govt’
» Italy: Child Molester ‘Saved’ By Rimini Police
» Italy: Police Officer Arrested for Alleged Sexual Abuse
» Jewish Groups Protest as Spain Festival Drops US Singer
 
North Africa
» For Catholic Church Spokesman, Egypt is at War, And Anti-Terror Laws Are Necessary
» Libya: Arab League: Anti-ISIS Military Aid Strategy Needed
 
Middle East
» Iran Threatened ‘Harm’ To Top Nuke Inspector to Prevent Disclosure of Secret Deal
» ISIS Video Urges People of Turkey to Rise Up and Overthrow ‘Satan’ President Recep Erdogan
» Islamic Call on Rich Countries to End Fossil Fuel Use
» The Kayla Mueller Case: Rape is Endemic to Islam
» The Site Says ISIS Has Killed Al-Faluji, Nusra Front Leader
 
Russia
» Ukraine Hopes for EU Visa-Free Travel by End-of-Year
 
South Asia
» Bangladesh Arrests Islamists Over Blogger Murders
» British National Arrested in Bangladesh on Suspicion of Being the ‘Main Planner’ Behind the Savage Murders of Two Atheist Bloggers
» Conspiracy of Jihad for Himachal Hindus? Huge Arms and Ammunition Haul From 3 Muslims
» ‘He is the Bomber’: Thai Authorities Release Surveillance Image of Suspect in Bangkok Bombing
» Pakistan: Faisalabad’s Central Prison Denies Christian Prisoners the Right to a Mass
 
Far East
» Chinese Police Arrest 15,000 for Internet Crimes
 
Immigration
» Austria: 200 Migrants Stranded on Road and Rail Tracks
» Berlin in Alarm for Estimate of Asylum Requests
» De Maiziere Says Germany Can Cope With Migrant Wave ‘Challenge’
» EU Migrant Arrivals Pass Record 100,000 in July: Border Agency
» Finland: Amid Local Protests, Officials Rush to Open Asylum Seekers’ Centres
» Germany Expecting 650,000 Refugees This Year: Report
» Germany, Sweden Need Help With Migrants: UN
» Germany Urges EU-Swiss Talks on Immigration
» Germans Opening Their Homes to Refugees
» German Red Cross to Distribute Aid to Migrants in Greece
» Germany to Expect 750,000 Refugees in 2015 — Reports
» Greece’s Lesbos at ‘Breaking Point’ Amid Spike in Migrant Arrivals: IRC
» Greek Isle of Kos Overwhelmed by Migrants
» Hungary Sends Police to Deter Migrants on Serbia Border
» Italy: Northern League Leader Says Only Angry With ‘Red Bishops’
» Italy Arrests Eight Over Asphyxiated Migrants
» Migrants Attempt Sea Crossing From Turkey to Greek Island of Kos, In Pictures
» Migrant Bids to Enter Channel Tunnel Falling
» Nearly 21,000 Migrants Arrived in Greece Last Week: UN
» Record 107,000 Migrant Arrivals in July — Frontex
» Serbia: 83,000 Refugees Registered, 500 Asked for Asylum
» UN Urges Greece to Take Charge of Refugee Crisis
 
Culture Wars
» Italy: Elton John Calls Venice Mayor ‘Bigot’
» UK: My Life as a Gay Muslim Drag Queen
 
General
» 80 Years of the Tape Recorder
» Future Antibiotics for Humans Could Come From Ant Fungus Gardens
» These 10 Countries Will Have the World’s Biggest Populations by 2050
 

Brazil’s Political Crisis Puts the Entire Economy on Hold

In the midst of its deepest economic and political crisis in a generation, Brazil is contending with a business climate so punishing that major projects across numerous sectors are being frozen or shrunk, while small businesses slash prices and shift focus.

“Political instability is enormous, and it’s paralyzing Brazil,” said Eduardo Fischer, co-chief executive officer at homebuilder MRV Engenharia & Participacoes SA, in an Aug. 5 interview. In Brasilia, the nation’s capital, “decisions and actions that need to be taken are being delayed, questioned or defeated, and nothing happens.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

British Banks Outpace Euro Rivals in Rush to Sell Off Unwanted Loans

By Tim Wallace

Britain’s banks are selling off more loans than those of any other country in Europe and will shed €60bn (£42.6bn) of assets this year — up from €21.5bn in 2014.

The institutions are able to sell off assets rapidly because buyers, such as US investment groups, are keen to grab a slice of the British market and see the loans as a good way to cash in on the UK’s relatively strong economic recovery, according to PwC.

By contrast banks in Germany and Italy are only expected to sell loans worth €20bn-€25bn each.

Portfolio sales picked up in the wake of the financial crisis as banks sought to get rid of bad loans on their books and slim down to a healthier structure.

The process has proven to be enormously time consuming, and the more work banks have done in studying their assets, the more they have found that they want to sell off.

As Britain’s economic recovery takes shape, investors are willing to pay increasingly high prices for loan books in the UK — prompting banks to accelerate their plans to sell their portfolios…

           — Hat tip: Seneca III [Return to headlines]
 

China’s Richest Traders Are Fleeing Stocks as the Masses Pile in

The wealthiest investors in China’s equity market are heading for the exits.

The number of traders with more than 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) of shares in their accounts shrank by 28 percent in July, even as those with less than 100,000 yuan rose by 8 percent, according to the nation’s clearing agency. While some of the drop is explained by falling market values, CLSA Ltd. says China’s rich have taken advantage of state buying to cash out after the nation’s record-long bull market peaked in June.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Europe Struggles After Chinese Stocks Slide

A 6 percent fall in Chinese shares on Tuesday hit Asian stocks and left European equities struggling for gains while emerging market currencies and oil prices touched multi-year lows.

A broad measure of Asian stocks fell to its lowest in two years and U.S. stock futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street SPc1.

“The late rout in Chinese stocks appears to have knocked sentiment in Europe this morning. The commodity sell-off is also weighing on sentiment today,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda in London.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Finnish Government Shaken by Greece Bailout

Finns Party leader and FM, Timo Soini, has defended his party’s support for the third Greek bailout package. In an interview with Yle TV on Monday, Soini said the decision was made “reluctantly” but the alternative would have been withdrawl from the governing coalition and possible new Finnish elections.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Greece: Minimum Pension Lowered to 392.7 From 486 Euros

The cuts will come into effect as of the 1st of January 2015

(ANSAmed) — ATHENS, AUGUST 17 — As of January 1st 2015, the minimum pension paid out in Greece has been reduced from the current 486 euros to 392.7 euros per month, as To Vima online reports quoting a circular issued by the Deputy Minister of Social Security Pavlos Haikalis. The circular effectively activates a legal provision that passed through Parliament in 2010 and is one of many changes to the country’s ailing pension system that will gradually be implemented, following the approval of the third bailout in Greek Parliament.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Renzi Hails July Drop in Lay-Off Hours

Down almost 27% on July 2014

(ANSA) — Rome, August 18 — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Tuesday hailed a sharp drop in the number of hours paid out by the government lay-off fund CIG in July.

At 52.4 million hours, the CIG data were 26.9% down on the 71.7 million hours of July 2014, and 8.7% down on June 2015, national pension and social security agency INPS reported.

“The INPS data on lay-offs are a sign that things are finally changing, #Italy is restarting,” Renzi tweeted.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Moody’s Predicts Italy 2016 GDP Growth ‘Barely Over 1%’

Global Macro Outlook for eurozone GDP predicted up 1.5%

(ANSA) — Rome, August 18 — In 2016 economic growth in Italy will increase to just over or around 1%, Moody’s rating agency predicted Tuesday in its Global Macro Outlook.

Growth in France also will be around 1% next year while for the eurozone as a whole GDP will increase by around 1.5% this year and next year, according to Moody’s.

Meanwhile Inps said that in July 52.4 million hours of state-subsidised layoffs were authorised, a drop of 26.9% compared with July 2014 when there were 71.7 million hours.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

More Recession Ahead for Greece, Says Moody’s

Despite a third bailout deal, credit rating agency Moody’s has forecast a “sharp recession” in Greece. Lack of visibility about the political and economic environment has put spending on hold, it said. Growth in the eurozone as a whole will reach 1.5% this year, according to Moody’s latest forecast.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

SZ: Financing Needs of Greece Growing 6.2 Billion

And Moody’s expects serious recession

(ANSA) — BERLIN — Aid for Greece should be further increased, writes the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, stressing that the financial needs of Athens rose further 6.2 billion, for a total of 92 billion euro. The Bavarian newspaper quotes a document of the German Ministry of Finance.

Meanwhile, Moody’s expects for Greece a “severe recession”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

World Shipping Slump Deepens as China Retreats

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

World shipping has fallen into a deep slump over the late summer, dashing hopes of a quick recovery from the global trade recession earlier this year and heightening fears that the six-year economic expansion may be on its last legs.

Freight rates for container shipping from Asia to Europe fell by over 20pc in the second week of August, even though trade volumes should be picking up at this time of the year. The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) for routes to north European ports crashed by 23pc in five trading days.

The storm in the shipping industry comes as the New York state manufacturing index for July plummeted to a recessionary low of minus 14.9, the lowest since the Great Recession and one of the steepest one-month drops ever recorded…

           — Hat tip: Seneca III [Return to headlines]
 

Bob Woodward Compares Hillary Clinton’s Email Server to Nixon Watergate Tapes

As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s legal and ethical problems mount over her use of an unsecured email server to store classified documents, she received a bone-chilling blast from the past. According to a Monday story in the Washington Times, Washington Post editor Bob Woodward opined that the whole affair reminded him of the Nixon tapes.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Google’s Atlas Robot Takes a Forest Hike

Google’s Boston Dynamics division has released footage of its Atlas humanoid robot taking a walk in a forest. The 6ft 2in (1.9m) machine required a power tether to keep it charged, but was able to keep itself balanced despite the unpredictable terrain.

Boston Dynamics has shown off other models tackling similar outside courses in the past, but they had more legs to help them stay upright.

Earlier in the year, other versions of Atlas were entered into the Pentagon’s Darpa Robotics Challenge — a contest that also involved navigating rough terrain — however, another model from South Korea took the top prize.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Life-Size Humanoid Robot Takes a Walk in the Woods

Boston Dynamics, the robot company owned by Google, has released footage of Atlas, its six-foot humanoid robot stomping through woodland.

Like a scene from a sci-fi movie, Atlas is shown making its mechanical way through nature in footage featured in a YouTube video.

Unlike famous movie robots such as C-3PO, Atlas is shown connected to a power tether during its walk in the woods, although Boston Dynamics says that it is working on a untethered version of the bot.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Progressive Labor Socialist Rabbis Back Obama on Iran Nuclear Pact

The International Business Times (IBT), The Hill and the wire services highlighted a letter issued yesterday and signed by American rabbis of Ameinu, the US wing of the extreme leftist Labor Socialist Alliance, supporting the President’s Iran Nuclear Deal: “340 Rabbis Sign Letter Calling on Congress to Endorse Nuclear Accord”. The IBT reported:…

           — Hat tip: Jerry Gordon [Return to headlines]
 

Sen. Menendez Announces Opposition to Iran Deal With Speech at Seton Hall University

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), long term House and Senate Foreign Relations Committee member, gave a speech at Seton Hall University in New Jersey this afternoon announcing his expected opposition to President Obama’s Iran nuclear pact. The venue was Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Sen. Menendez was introduced by Courtney Smith, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor. This follows announcements by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), yesterday, and last week by New York Democrat colleague Senator Charles Schumer. We are also awaiting a decision from Menendez’s succesor as Ranking Member on Senate Foreign Relations, Senator Ben-Cardin (D-MD) co-sponsor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA). At issue is whether the Congress can successfully override an announced veto by President Obama should, as expected the Republican majorities solidly back a resolution to reject the iran nuclear deal. That was sealed by the announcement last weekened by Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake. The ability to override the President’s threatened veto hinges on whether currently wavering Democrat members of both chambers in Congress elect to reject the pact, given intense Administration lobbying and constituent opinons. Recent polls show that the majority of Americans respoinding urge their Senators and Congresssional Representatives to reject the Iran nuclear deal by 2 to 1.

The Elder of Ziyun blog has the full transcript of Senator Menendez’s of his Seton Hall University remarks. Note these remarks:…

           — Hat tip: Jerry Gordon [Return to headlines]
 

Denmark: Copenhagen Airport Kicks Off Use of Body Scanners

They were supposed to be introduced in September, but Copenhagen Airport brought forward the launch date and implemented its new body scanners on Monday.

The airport said it had skipped a planned testing period for its body scanners. However, the hasty implementation is not expected to lead to longer queuing times at security checkpoints.

The airport revealed it will be primarily passengers in wheelchairs who will be searched in the traditional way.

The body scanners require passengers to enter them, lift their arms and turn around while their clothing is scanned.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Denmark: Ex-MP Fined for Equating Muslims With Hitler

Danish People’s Party (DF) member Mogens Camre was convicted of racism on Tuesday for a tweet that compared Muslims to Hitler.

A Glostrup court found Mogens Camre, a 79-year-old former MP and MEP for the Danish People’s Party and current member of the Gladsaxe city council, guilty of racism on Tuesday and slapped him with an 8,000 kroner fine.

The conviction was for a tweet Camre wrote in in July 2014 that compared Muslims to Adolf Hitler.

“Regarding the Jews’ situation in Europe: The Muslims are continuing where Hitler left off. Only the same treatment Hitler received will change the situation.”

Two separate individuals filed racism charges against Camre after his tweet garnered national attention.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

East Germany Sees Half of Racist Violent Crime

Germany’s eastern states played host to almost half of the country’s racist acts of violence last year, as well as a large proportion of right-wing extremist crimes — despite the fact that only a fifth of the population lives in these regions.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Exclusive: ‘Draw Mohammed’ UK Exhibition Cancelled After Security Service Pressure…

Sharia Watch director and former UKIP candidate Anne Marie Waters has announced today that a forthcoming exhibition of Mohammed cartoons to be shown in London has been cancelled after discussions with counter-terror police.

Writing for Breitbart London, Waters revealed the security services believed the event would be attacked, leading to a “very real possibility that people could be hurt or killed — before, during, and after the event”. The organisers of the event had approached over 200 galleries with requests to host the exhibition and were turned down by almost all of them. After the final gallery, which had initially agreed had a change of heart the Draw Mohammad exhibition was left homeless.

Waters regrets that the lack of a single gallery space in the country willing to stand up for the Mohammed cartoons and the pressure from counter terror police to cancel event confirmed her suspicions that Britain had become a “frightened nation”.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Finland: Police Investigate Vandalism at Home of Finance Minister Stubb

Police say that intruders entered the garden of Finance Minister Alexander Stubb and broke windows. Law enforcement officials are investigating the case as malicious damage. PM Juha Sipilä responded almost immediately, condeming the attack on Twitter.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Hundreds of Troops, Tanks, Aircraft in Polish Army Parade

Warsaw wants to strengthen forces because of Ukrainian conflict

(ANSA-AP) — WARSAW — Dozens of fighter jets soared, tanks rumbled and hundreds of troops marched in a Polish military parade, a show of force on the national armed forces’ holiday. Poland’s new President Andrzej Duda received the parade in downtown Warsaw on Saturday, along with Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Defense Minister Tomasza Siemoniak.

Duda, who took office Aug.6, says he wants to strengthen Poland’s armed forces and raise NATO presence as a deterrent in face of a resurgent Russia and an armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine.

“I would like us to have a state that is capable of defending those who are weaker and does not have to be afraid of those who are stronger,” said Duda, a Catholic conservative. He was quoting the words of his political mentor, the late President Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia. The Aug. 15 holiday marks Poland’s victory over Russian Bolsheviks in 1920 near Warsaw.

F-16 and MiG-29 fighters flew overhead, while Rosomak and Stryker armored vehicles and Langusta missile launchers rumbled through downtown Warsaw. U.S. and Canadian troops also participated.

The Aug. 15 holiday marks Poland’s victory over Russian Bolsheviks in 1920 near Warsaw.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Is Spain Going Back to the Stone Age?

Bison will once again roam the Spanish countryside thousands of years after they were immortalized by prehistoric man in cave paintings.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Salvini Urges Grillo to Join Strike, Help ‘Topple Govt’

Anti-immigrant leader looks to anti-establishment chief

(ANSA) — Rome, August 17 — Anti-immigrant Northern League party leader Matteo Salvini on Monday called on the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) led by comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo to join his party in a planned general strike “to topple the government”. “Bring the grillini out on the streets with us,” he told La Repubblica and Il Tempo dailies in an interview. Grillo’s followers are colloquially referred to in Italy as “grillini”, or “little Grillos”. Salvini at the weekend called for a three-day general strike November 6-8 against the center-left government’s immigration policy, which he called a form of “attempted genocide” against Italians. The rightwing leader also blasted the Catholic Church, saying “a bishop acts like a bishop and doesn’t act like a pain in the a*** towards mayors”. His remarks came after Avvenire, the daily newspaper of Italian Bishops Conference CEI, last week took aim at the Northern League’s vociferous opposition to rescuing asylum seekers off unseaworthy boats in the Mediterranean, which the Coast Guard does on an almost daily basis. This came after Salvini said CEI Secretary-General Monsignor Nunzio Galantino was being a “pain in the neck” after he blasted politicians who fuelled anti-immigrant sentiment, calling them “cheap peddlers willing to say extraordinarily inane things just to get a vote”. He added that comments by League politicians such as Salvini and Governor Luca Zaia of Veneto amount to “boastful tavern talk” that could degenerate into violence against newcomers. Salvini, who leads the country’s second-largest party, also said in the interviews that the strike will target “products that finance the State”, such as cigarettes and gambling.

His proposal met with derision on some fronts.

“Salvini calls on Grillo to help topple the Renzi government?” PD Senator Stefano Pedica said. “Populist alchemy should be experimented on Mars…. Salvini plus Grillo would be a lethal cocktail, which the country does not need”. The Senator went on to call such a hypothetical alliance “an Armata Brancaleone” — an Italian expression for an ineffective, ill-assorted motley crew. L’Armata Brancaleone (known in English-speaking countries as For Love and Gold or The Incredible Army of Brancaleone) is a 1966 comedy directed by Mario Monicelli.

Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right Forza Italia (FI) party said the proposed strike is “mission impossible”. “To Matteo Salvini: stopping Italy? Mission impossible! Italy is already at a standstill,” tweeted FI Lower House whip Renato Brunetta. FI and the League were coalition partners in three previous Berlusconi administrations.

An MP from the small centrist Civic Choice (SC) party said opening European markets to African products would go a long way towards solving the ongoing migrant crisis. “Do we really want to help Africa lift itself out of poverty?” MP Gianfranco Librandi said in a statement. “We certainly don’t need another one of Salvini’s trips to Nigeria…but rather a grand European strategy to open Western markets to African trade, especially agricultural products and raw materials”.

Salvini announced in May that he would travel to Nigeria in June to convince Africans to stop migrating to Europe. “The government has already spent too much” on rescuing migrants and resettling them, he said at the time. “First our people, then them”. That trip has been postponed, sources said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Child Molester ‘Saved’ By Rimini Police

Man, 65, ‘assaulted boy on bus’

(ANSA) — Rimini, August 17 — Police on Sunday saved a child molester from being beaten up after he allegedly assaulted a boy on a Rimini bus, police said Monday.

The 65-year-old from Brescia, a known child molester, was spotted by a mother who said he had molested her son that morning.

He was surrounded by angry passengers, some of whom were about to take the law into their own hands, when police arrived to stop them.

The man has been barred from visiting Rimini for three years.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Police Officer Arrested for Alleged Sexual Abuse

Allegedly withheld stay permit and demanded sexual favors

(ANSA) — Lanciano, August 14 — A police officer from the central city of Chieti, identified only as “B,” was placed on house arrest Friday following an investigation into allegations that he withheld a stay permit for a South American woman and demanded sexual favors with the promise of issuing the delayed permit, police said.

The investigation into the events that allegedly took place from March to September 2013 began four months ago, and was opened after the woman, 40, said she was forced to perform sexual acts with the police officer, who worked in the office that issues stay permits for foreigners.

Police said the man purposely delayed issuing the permit in order to demand sex acts from the woman, and they are now investigating whether there are other similar cases involving the arrested man, who is 54 years old.

Attorneys for B., Luca Scaricaciottoli and Giacomo Nicolucci, said: “It’s all hype, the accusations are completely unfounded”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Jewish Groups Protest as Spain Festival Drops US Singer

Jewish groups have criticised a Spanish festival for cancelling an appearance by a Jewish-American singer because he refused to air his political views.

Matisyahu, a reggae singer, had been due to appear at the Rototom Sunsplash near Valencia on 22 August.

But he says he was asked by organisers to state his “positions on Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.

In a post on his Facebook page, Matisyahu said the pressure to air his views was “appalling and offensive”.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

For Catholic Church Spokesman, Egypt is at War, And Anti-Terror Laws Are Necessary

New laws have been approved with tougher penalties for those who finance or support terrorists and those who engage in propaganda. Reporters who do not use official sources will be fined (but not jailed). In Cairo, the most important muftis of the Islamic world meet to discuss a common front against Islamic State fatwas (religious edicts).

Cairo (AsiaNews) — Egypt “is at war with terrorism and these new laws are very good and necessary,” said Fr Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church, who spoke to AsiaNews about new legislation approved yesterday by President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

For the government, the measures will help to fight the growing Jihadi insurgency. For some human rights groups, the authorities will use them to crush dissent.

Under the new laws introduced on Monday, trials for suspected militants will be fast-tracked through special courts, and anyone found guilty of joining a militant group could face ten years in prison.

Financing terrorist groups will carry a penalty of life in prison (25 years). Inciting violence or creating websites deemed to spread terrorist messages will carry sentences of five to seven years.

Journalists can be fined between 200,000 and 500,000 Egyptian pounds (£16,300-£41,000; $25,550-$64,000) for contradicting official accounts of militant attacks.

The original draft of the law was amended following domestic and international outcry after it initially called for a two-year prison sentence for journalists. However, for human rights activists, the new rules are “dangerous” because they constrain media.

Fr Greiche disagrees with the critics. “I think they are exaggerating because when one is at war with terrorism, or when one is at war in general, one has to be careful in reporting the facts and give the news. The media in Egypt were very fast and loose in dealing with certain issues.”

Thanks to President al-Sisi, “Today we feel safer,” the clergyman said. “Not quite safe I would say, because sometimes the Muslim Brotherhood or other terrorist groups put a bomb, and people are tired of these threats. Still, overall we feel safer.”

The Egyptian government is especially concerned about Jihadi militants in the Sinai Peninsula. The most active insurgent group — known now as Sinai Province and before that as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis — has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.

Meanwhile, the highest mufti from various Islamic countries met in Cairo yesterday to find ways of countering IS fatwas (religious edicts).

“The goal of this conference is to unite the message of muftis in light of the challenges faced by the region and world in the shape of extremist fatwas and groups that talk in the name of religion,” said Ibrahim Negm, an adviser to Egypt’s mufti.

“You do not need to be reminded that leniency (in dealing) with fatwas that ex-communicate” Muslims has resulted in “murder and bloodshed,” Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the head of the prestigious Cairo-based Islamic Al-Azhar institution, told the conference.

In February, a video showing the murder of Jordanian Air Force pilot al-Maaz Kasasbeh, who was burnt alive by IS, sparked criticism across the Muslim world.

Reacting to that event, al-Tayyeb lashed out at the killers and expressed his “deep anger over the lowly terrorist act”, adding that the Qur’an prescribes “killing, crucifixion and chopping of the limbs” for those who kill innocent people.

The conference could decide to form a General Secretariat for the region’s muftis, as well as centres to control and reject extremist fatwa, and train aspiring muftis.

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

Libya: Arab League: Anti-ISIS Military Aid Strategy Needed

Support for talks, find agreement for national unity government

(ANSAmed) — CAIRO-BRUSSELS, AUGUST 18 — The Arab League on Tuesday called for an Arab strategy ensuring military aid to Libya against ISIS, in its final declaration following an emergency meeting.

In the document, the Arab League expressed full support for the continuation of negotiations led by Bernardino Leon, and asks the parties to find an agreement for the formation of a national unity government as soon as possible.

The release stated that negligence in dealing with ISIS terrorism in Libya is a threat for neighboring countries and for international security and peace. For this it is urging Arab states — together or each on its own — to apply the UN resolution asking the countries to aid Libya against terrorism and help it to restore security.

The document also appeals to the international community to support Libya in dealing with the massacre committed by ISIS in Sirte, and to put a global plan in place to fight terrorism.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Iran Threatened ‘Harm’ To Top Nuke Inspector to Prevent Disclosure of Secret Deal

Iranian leaders prevented a top International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official from disclosing to U.S. officials the nature of secret side deals with the Islamic Republic by threatening harm to him, according to regional reports.

Yukiya Amano, IAEA director general, purportedly remained silent about the nature of certain side deals during briefings with top U.S. officials because he feared such disclosures would lead to retaliation by Iran, according to the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI).

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

ISIS Video Urges People of Turkey to Rise Up and Overthrow ‘Satan’ President Recep Erdogan

The Isis militant group has called for the people of Turkey to rise up and overthrow “Satan” — a reference to President Recep Erdogan — in its first propaganda video responding to the formation of a US-Turkish military coalition.

Last week, the US bombed Isis for the first time using manned aircraft based on Turkish soil, and Turkey’s foreign minister has said his country will begin a “comprehensive battle” against the militants soon.

In response, Isis’s video shows a fighter speaking to camera in Turkish who declares that President Erdogan has made his country “a slave to the crusaders”.

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Islamic Call on Rich Countries to End Fossil Fuel Use

Islamic environmental and religious leaders have called on rich countries and oil producing nations to end fossil fuel use by 2050.

The Islamic Climate Declaration says that the world’s 1.6bn Muslims have a religious duty to fight climate change.

It urges politicians to agree a new treaty to limit global warming to 2C, “or preferably 1.5 degrees.”

The Declaration asks Muslims, in the words of the Koran, “not to strut arrogantly on the Earth”.

The Declaration is like a trigger — to say, wake up wherever you are, wake up and take care of the EarthFazlun Khalid, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science

Drafted at an international symposium in Istanbul, the Declaration calls for “all people, leaders and businesses …to commit to 100% renewable energy”.

It also argues for increased financial support for communities vulnerable to climate change.

The main focus though is on “well-off nations and oil-producing states,” who are urged to lead the way in phasing out greenhouse gases, no later than the middle of this century.[…]

[Impeccable timing, now that Islam is loosing control of global oil resources]

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The Kayla Mueller Case: Rape is Endemic to Islam

by Srdja Trifkovic

American aid worker Kayla Mueller was regularly raped by the head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the months between her capture by ISIS in August 2013 and her death last February. The Western media have been quick to claim that the 26-year-old’s ordeal was due to a particularly perverted, un-Islamic ideology of al-Baghdadi and his group. According to The New York Times (August 14), “the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.”

There is nothing “narrow or selective” to be read. In the attack against the tribe of Banu-’l-Mustaliq in 626, Muhammad’s followers slaughtered many tribesmen and looted thousands of their camels and sheep; they also kidnapped some of their “excellent women.” The night after the battle, according to the Hadith, Muhammad and his followers staged an orgy of rape. As one Abu Sa’id al-Khadri remembered, a problem needed to be resolved first: In order to obtain ransom from the surviving tribesmen, the Muslims had pledged not to violate their captives.

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The Site Says ISIS Has Killed Al-Faluji, Nusra Front Leader

Damascus says it was their army

(ANSAmed) — ROME, AUGUST 18 — ISIS claimed responsibility for the killing of Fayez “Abu al-Azz” Al-Faluji, head of security for Syrian Al Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front, in a camp hospital on Monday, tweeted Rita Katz, director of The Site, on Tuesday.

Syrian news agency Sana said it was the Syrian Army that killed the Nusra Front leader in Daraa.

The Syrian National Observatory for Human Rights (ONDUS) said “an important Al Nusra security director has been killed by unknown suspects in a Daraa hospital”.

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Ukraine Hopes for EU Visa-Free Travel by End-of-Year

Ukraine president Poroshenko is to visit Brussels by the end of the month amid a flare-up in violence in east Ukraine. He spoke by phone with EU commission president Juncker Tuesday, voicing hope of an EU visa-free deal in December and confirming plans to implement EU-Ukraine free trade in January.

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Bangladesh Arrests Islamists Over Blogger Murders

Bangladesh elite police forces have detained three suspected Islamists, who allegedly masterminded the killings of secular bloggers. The “main planner” of the murders is a British citizen, officials claim.

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British National Arrested in Bangladesh on Suspicion of Being the ‘Main Planner’ Behind the Savage Murders of Two Atheist Bloggers

A British national has been arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of being the ‘main planner’ behind the brutal murders of two prominent atheist bloggers.

Briton Touhidur Rahman, 58, and two other ‘active members’ of a banned Islamist group known as the Ansarullah Bangla Team were detained in the capital city Dhaka earlier this morning.

The three men were arrested on suspicion of hacking to death Bangladeshi-American national Avijit Roy, 42, in Dhaka in February and Ananta Bijoy Das in the northeastern city of Sylhet in May.

Their murders are part of a spate of brutal killing of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh over the past six months. In March Washiqur Rahman Babu, 43, was butchered in Dhaka after voicing anger over the murder of Roy, while Niloy Chatterjee, 40, was killed in the capital earlier this month.

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Conspiracy of Jihad for Himachal Hindus? Huge Arms and Ammunition Haul From 3 Muslims

HENB | Shimla | Aug 18, 2015:: After the terrible haul of a huge quantity highly explosives about 110o Kg in Kolkata by CID, West Bengal just three days ago, now the Himachal Pradesh Police in Nahan stumbled upon a huge cache of ammunition and highly sensitive chemicals, estimated to be enough to run a small bomb factory, from a house in the township. They have arrested three brothers from the house, where the arms stockpile was kept illegally, on Sunday.

It was an accidental blast in a house (like Khagragarh Blast in West Bengal on October 2, 2014), located near Nahan police station on Saturday, which spurred the police to inquire into the matter. A subsequent search led to the recovery of this material and arrest of Imran Sheikh, Shariq Sheikh and Washik Sheikh — sons of arms dealer Sheikh Imtiaz alias Bhaijaan, who died some months back. A case has been registered against the accused under the Arms Act.

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‘He is the Bomber’: Thai Authorities Release Surveillance Image of Suspect in Bangkok Bombing

Authorities in Thailand Tuesday released an image of a man they believe to have carried out Monday’s bombing that killed at least 20 people and injured 140 during Bangkok’s evening rush hour.

The image, apparently taken from closed circuit surveillance video, shows a man in a yellow T-shirt carrying a backpack. Video footage posted on Thai media websites appeared to show the same man sitting on a bench at the crowded Erawan Shrine, then taking off the backpack and leaving it behind as he walked away.

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Pakistan: Faisalabad’s Central Prison Denies Christian Prisoners the Right to a Mass

Christian activists take the case to court, which dismisses the prison’s argument for cancelling Sunday Masses, i.e. security concerns. For critics, the ban on Masses violates Article 20 of Pakistan’s constitution and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The lack of religious freedom increases violence in society.

Faisalabad (AsiaNews) — Hashmat Barkat, a Christian lawyer and director of the Peace for Nation International (PNI) non-governmental organisation, spoke to AsiaNews about the decision taken by Faisalabad’s central prison (Punjab) to end Sunday Mass for Christian prisoners.

“Restricting the right of Christian prisoners to profess freely their own religious faith is a clear violation of Article 20 of the Constitution of Pakistan,” he said.

The latter states that “(a) every citizen shall have the right to profess, practise and propagate his religion; and (b) every religious denomination and every sect thereof shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions.’“

He is not alone in his opposition to the prison’s decision. Indeed, some rights organisations filed a case with the Sessions Court of Faisalabad, demanding that prisons respect the principle of freedom of religion guaranteed by the country’s fundamental charter.

This prison’s decision comes as conditions in penitentiaries become more repressive after the end of a moratorium on the death penalty following a Taliban attack on a military school in Peshawar in December 2014.

The Faisalabad prison superintendent justified the decision citing security concerns and drug smuggling among prisoners. The Sessions judge however rejected his argument.

In view of the situation, prison authorities said they would allow the church service if it is officially authorised by the Inspector General (I.G.) of Prisons or the Home Secretary.

The judge thus directed the parties to approach the two offices for a decision in the matter. As of today, the case is still pending.

For Suneel Malik, an activist and director of the Peace and Human Development (PHD) Foundation, “Pakistan has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of the United Nations.* Therefore, it is under the obligation to protect the religious freedom of its citizens since Article 18 of the Covenant provides that’ Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.’“

Malik added that Pakistan is also a party to the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) since 2013, which guarantees tax exemptions in trade if the country respects its conventions and recommendations. These include the obligation to respect freedom of worship without restrictions or discrimination.

“The PHD Foundation sent a series of letters to Punjab authorities but we have not received any answer. This situation is distressing,” he said.

Fr Khalid Rashid Asi shares that view. “Religious freedom is frequently violated and discrimination based on faith prevents individuals from fully enjoying their human rights,” he explained.

“When the government denies freedom of worship, the most obvious consequence is more complaints from the groups that suffer limitations. The lack of religious freedom can also result in social, economic and residential conditions that contribute to higher levels of violence.”

“The government has to foster a climate of tolerance and respect for minorities and ensure the protection of minority rights through the law. The government must allow Christian prisoners to celebrate their Mass,” he said.

Lastly, “This example of freedom denied to Christian prisoners increases the sense of fear, deprivation, pessimism, and insecurity among minorities, particularly Christians,” said Hashmat Barkat. Hence, “I will fight for the rights of Christian prisoners in Faisalabad’s central prison until justice is done.”

* The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, and in force from 23 March 1976.

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Chinese Police Arrest 15,000 for Internet Crimes

Police in China said on Tuesday they had arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardized Internet security”, as the government moves to tighten controls on the Internet.

Since taking over in 2013, President Xi Jinping has led an increasingly harsh crackdown on China’s Internet, which the Communist Party views with greater importance and acknowledges it needs to control, academics and researchers say.

Police have investigated 7,400 cases of cyber crime, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website. It did not make clear over what period the arrests were made, but referred to a case dating to last December.

China launched a six-month program last month, code-named “Cleaning the Internet”.

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Austria: 200 Migrants Stranded on Road and Rail Tracks

Police in Lower Austria found almost 200 migrants dangerously stranded on a motorway in the district of Mödling early on Thursday, and 12 people walking along a railway line in Melk.

On the A21 Vienna ring road a group of 80 migrants were spotted walking along the road at around 8:00 am and risking their lives by attempting to cross it during heavy traffic.

Police spokesman Johann Baumschlager said that they are likely to have been abandoned by people smugglers.

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Berlin in Alarm for Estimate of Asylum Requests

Hb, expected 750,000, analysts so far foresaw 450,000

(ANSA) — BERLIN — Estimates on asylum seekers for the current year, in Germany, have been far too optimistic, the business daily Handelsblatt reports, citing government sources, and announcing that in 2015 Berlin expects a record increase of requests from refugees, up to a maximum of 750,000. Previous estimates had very underestimated the phenomenon, at 450,000.

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De Maiziere Says Germany Can Cope With Migrant Wave ‘Challenge’

Germany’s interior minister has described attacks on asylum-seeker shelters as “unacceptable” and “unworthy” of Germany. He also expressed confidence that Germany can cope with an unprecedented wave of migrants.

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EU Migrant Arrivals Pass Record 100,000 in July: Border Agency

Nearly 110,000 migrants were tracked entering the EU in July by irregular means, official data showed on Tuesday, setting a record as the influx continues, notably of Syrians reaching Greek islands from Turkey.

The European Union’s border control agency Frontex said that it had detected some 107,500 people arriving outside regular channels in July, a sharp increase on the previous record set in June of over 70,000, and more than three times as many as it registered in the same month last year.

The most active frontiers were those of the Greek islands in the Aegean off Turkey, where nearly 50,000 people were recorded arriving by sea, mainly on Lesbos, Chios, Samos and Kos.

Nearly 340,000 such migrants were seen so far this year arriving in the EU, mainly in Italy, Greece and Hungary. That was a 175 percent rise on the same period last year and much more than the 280,000 registered arrivals in all of 2014.

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Finland: Amid Local Protests, Officials Rush to Open Asylum Seekers’ Centres

With a record number of asylum seekers arriving in Finland this year, the Immigration Service is scrambling to quickly open new reception centres — sometimes sparking local opposition.

Finland — like the rest of Europe — is receiving an unprecedented surge of refugees. More than 5,000 asylum seekers have arrived this year, well over last year’s total. The largest groups arriving in recent weeks have been from Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.

The nation’s 21 reception centres for asylum seekers are packed to the rafters, with all beds full and people sleeping on floors. The Immigration Service is hastily opening temporary shelters plus four or five more permanent facilities by late September. The next to open will be in Harjavalta, near Pori.

While some towns are welcoming the centres as they create jobs, there’s also opposition. More than 1,500 people have joined a Facebook group opposing a planned facility in the Halikko area of Salo. More than 500 have signed a similar petition set up online on Monday.

Immigration and Finnish Red Cross officials say that such resistance is often based on incorrect claims — for instance, that the municipalities have to pay for the centres, when in fact the state covers the costs. There is also no indication that the presence of such facilities has led to an uptick in violence, as some opponents have claimed.

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Germany Expecting 650,000 Refugees This Year: Report

Germany is to raise its prognosis for the number of refugees expected to come to the country this year drastically, a paper says. The UN has called on all European states to do their share in looking after the migrants.

Germany will raise its forecast for the number of refugees expected this year from a previous 450,000 to at least 650,000, a German newspaper said on Tuesday, citing government sources.

The “Handelsblatt” said in its report that Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, who is scheduled to present a new prognosis by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees on Wednesday, will say that the number of asylum-seekers coming to Germany in 2015 could go as high as 750,000.

In view of the growing wave of people seeking shelter in Europe, many of them fleeing from conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, the UN has called on all European countries to do their bit to help.

“We have to spread the responsibility on more shoulders in Europe,” the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, told the German newspaper “Die Welt” in its Tuesday edition.

“In the long term, it is not sustainable for only two EU countries — Germany and Sweden — to take in the majority of refugees with efficient asylum structures,” he said.

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Germany, Sweden Need Help With Migrants: UN

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday that Europe must work out a fairer way of sharing refugees, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the refugee crisis would likely prove a greater political challenge for Europe than Greece.

“We have to spread the responsibility across more shoulders,” António Guterres told Die Welt on Tuesday.

“It is not sustainable in the long term that only two EU countries with capable asylum structures — Germany and Sweden — take up the majority of refugees.”

On Tuesday, business daily Handelsblatt reported that the federal government would release forecasts on Wednesday showing that it expects as many as 750,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year — an increase of two-thirds over the previous official estimate of 450,000.

Sweden may take up to 74,000 asylum seekers this year, and took 13 percent of the European total in 2014 — a massive number proportionate to the size of the country’s population.

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Germany Urges EU-Swiss Talks on Immigration

German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier on a visit to Bern Monday urged Switzerland to negotiate plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc. Switzerland narrowly voted in 2014 to limit immigration from the EU with effect from February 2017. Brussels insists that European citizens have the right to free movement.

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Germans Opening Their Homes to Refugees

Some Germans, including one MP, are hosting migrants in their own homes to relieve overwhelmed official agencies.

Martin Patzelt, from chancellor Angela Merkel’s christian-democrat party (CDU), went against the stream in his political group and opened his home to two Eritrean refugees.

He has been getting death threats ever since, like other Germans who are willing to accommodate refugees. But, according to a survey by polling institute Emnid, a quarter of the German population would share their homes or offer housing to a refugee.

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German Red Cross to Distribute Aid to Migrants in Greece

The German Red Cross said Tuesday it will distribute hygiene kits to migrants to try to prevent disease from spreading as they arrive on the Greek island of Lesvos.

The aid organization said that starting in mid-September it will hand out more than 19,000 kits — each will include a two-month supply of toothpaste, soap, laundry detergent, baby-care products and diapers.

The head of the German Red Cross, Rudolf Seiters, called the situation on Lesvos desolate and said many of the migrants who come to Lesvos on boats crossing the Mediterranean are weakened, have to sleep on the floor and have no access to medical care.

“To prevent the spreading of diseases in this situation, it is extremely important to improve the hygienic conditions,” Seiters said.

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Germany to Expect 750,000 Refugees in 2015 — Reports

The number of refugees seeking asylum in Germany could surge to 750,000 this year, according to reports citing official projections.

The government in Berlin had earlier forecast that 450,000 asylum seekers could arrive in 2015, but is now set to increase that to 650,000 or higher.

Germany has seen a wave of migration from Syria and the Balkans.

More than 240,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean already this year, arriving on the shores of Greece and Italy before travelling on to other destinations.

In the past week alone, 21,000 migrants have arrived in Greece, according to the United Nations.

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Greece’s Lesbos at ‘Breaking Point’ Amid Spike in Migrant Arrivals: IRC

An unprecedented spike in refugee arrivals on Greek shores is pushing the resort island of Lesbos to “breaking point”, with some 2,000 people landing there every day, an aid group warned Tuesday.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) warned that the sheer volume of the arrivals was “overwhelming” the already limited support structure on Lesbos.

In the last week alone, 20,843 migrants — virtually all of them fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq — have arrived in Greece, which has seen around 160,000 migrants land on its shores since January…

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Greek Isle of Kos Overwhelmed by Migrants

The situation on the Greek island of Kos is growing ever more tense. Authorities there have moved hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees aboard a passenger ferry to provide temporary shelter.

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Hungary Sends Police to Deter Migrants on Serbia Border

Hungary says it will send thousands of police officers to its southern border with Serbia in its latest step to stem the flow of migrants.

Prime ministerial spokesman Janos Lazar said “increasingly aggressive” migrants had prompted the move.

Hungary’s right-wing populist government has been criticised by the UN and Serbia for radical steps such as building a fence along the border.

But it says the EU’s failure to act on migration is the real problem.

Hungary’s southern border marks the edge of the EU’s Schengen zone of passport-free travel and is thus a target for migrants seeking to enter the EU.

Hungary has registered more than 100,000 asylum seekers this year — compared with 43,000 in the whole of 2014.

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Italy: Northern League Leader Says Only Angry With ‘Red Bishops’

Anti-immigration firebrand denies he ‘has it in for Church’

(ANSA) — Rome, August 18 — Anti-immigrant Northern League leader Matteo Salvini defended his foul-mouthed outbursts against the Church Tuesday, claiming he is only angry with “two or three bishops who ought to go around with the red flag”.

“Luckily they are only a few,” the rightwing populist leader told Affaritaliani.it, “and luckily the Church does so many positive things — oratories, missions, parishes”.

“I haven’t got it in for the Church, I have it in for two or three bishops who ought to go around with the red flag instead of wearing cassocks”.

“Two or three bishops aren’t enough to ruin 2,000 years of commitment”.

Nevertheless Salvini lashed out at Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) Secretary-General Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, saying “he could have thought of it before,” in a sneer at the prelate’s decision not to take part in a conference on Christian Democrat statesman Alcide De Gaspari being organised Tuesday in the northern city of Trento.

Salvini began his tirade against the Church after the CEI chided the government for not doing more for migrants and Galantino lambasted the Northern League for its allegedly racist stances. Salvini said certain bishops were a “pain in the neck”.

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Italy Arrests Eight Over Asphyxiated Migrants

Italy on Tuesday announced the arrest of eight suspected people smugglers blamed for the death of 49 migrants asphyxiated in the hold of a sinking ship at the weekend.

The alleged traffickers were three Moroccans, including the 20-year-old captain of the ill-fated vessel, four Libyans and a 17-year-old Syrian.

Of the more than 300 migrants who survived the sinking, 116 were Moroccan nationals who are to be repatriated in the next few days. The others, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh and Pakistan, will be moved to reception centres across Italy pending possible asylum requests.

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Migrants Attempt Sea Crossing From Turkey to Greek Island of Kos, In Pictures

Migrants escaping Syria, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere are taking advantage of the calm summer conditions to make daily attempts to cross the Aegean between the Bodrum peninsula and Kos, a distance of only four kilometers (2.5 miles), one of the narrowest waterways between Turkey and the European Union.

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Migrant Bids to Enter Channel Tunnel Falling

Police reinforcements and new security barriers at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Calais have led to falling numbers of entry attempts by migrants trying to reach Britain, officials said on Monday.

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Nearly 21,000 Migrants Arrived in Greece Last Week: UN

Nearly 21,000 refugees and migrants arrived in crisis-hit Greece last week — nearly half the total number in all of 2014 — the United Nations said Tuesday.

“The pace of arrivals has been steadily increasing in recent weeks,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told reporters in Geneva, bringing the number to over 160,000 since the beginning of the year.

Between January 1 and August 14, 158,456 refugees and migrants crossed the Aegean from Turkey to the Greek islands, while another 1,716 came over the land border, the UN refugee agency said.

Last month alone, 50,242 arrived in Greece, outnumbering all arrivals in 2014, Spindler said.

More than eight out of 10 were Syrians fleeing their country’s brutal civil war, he said, adding that Afghans made up 14 percent of the wave and Iraqis three percent.

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Record 107,000 Migrant Arrivals in July — Frontex

Over 100,000 a month for first time

(ANSA) — Brussels, August 18 — A record 107,000 migrants arrived in the EU in July, more than triple the same month last year, EU border agency Frontex said Tuesday.

It was the first time more than 100,000 migrants arrived in a single month.

Some 340,000 migrants arrived between January and July, Frontex said.

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Serbia: 83,000 Refugees Registered, 500 Asked for Asylum

(ANSAmed) — BELGRADE, 18 AUGUST — Serbia has so far registered 83,000 migrants and 500 of them applied for asylum in the country, Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Unhcr) in Serbia Hans Schodder said Tuesday.

Schodder said that around 130,000 refugees had arrived in Greece at the beginning of August, and almost all of them reached Serbia through Macedonia. These people come from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and the majority of them are just transiting through Serbia, he added.

Schodder said he was satisfied with the way the Serbian authorities treated migrants and added that the Serbian government was already making plans for the upcoming winter.

It is difficult to predict what will happen in the coming months, as it also depends on Greece and countries of the Western Europe. There should be a legal way for these people to be able to go Western European countries, to be able to cross the border legally and to obtain certain legal protection, Schodder said.

He said that Serbian citizens had been very tolerant towards refugees so far and he hoped that it would remain so.

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UN Urges Greece to Take Charge of Refugee Crisis

Greece must show “much more leadership” to tackle an escalating crisis in which 160,000 refugees and migrants have reached its shores so far this year, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Clashes erupted last week on the overwhelmed Greek island of Kos between desperate people, mainly fleeing conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, who come on small boats from nearby Turkey only to find dire conditions.

“The pace of arrivals have been steadily increasing in recent weeks. More refugees and migrants arrived in Greece during the month of July — 50,242 — than during the whole of last year,” William Spindler of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a Geneva news briefing.

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Italy: Elton John Calls Venice Mayor ‘Bigot’

‘Extremely silly’ move to ban kids’ ‘gender’ books says singer

(ANSA) — Rome, August 17 — Sir Elton John has attacked the new mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, for banning children’s books about homosexuality from the city’s schools. “Beautiful Venice is indeed sinking, but not as fast as the boorishly bigoted Brugnaro,” he said. Sir Elton, who has two children with his partner David Furnish, used his Instagram page to slam Brugnaro’s “divisive” move alongside a picture of one of the “Furnish-John family’s favourite storybooks”. He continued: “It champions an all-inclusive world where families come in all shapes, sizes and colours. And most importantly, that families are about love. Our boys adore it.

And in the opposing corner we have Luigi Brugnaro, the extremely silly looking mayor of Venice.” Brugnaro, elected at the end of May on an independent centre-right ticket, has banned 49 books he said promoted gender theory and gay marriage.

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UK: My Life as a Gay Muslim Drag Queen

Islam and drag aren’t an obvious pairing. But for Asifa Lahore, whose interest in women’s clothing was sparked by his mother’s glamorous saris, the two sides of his identity are inextricably intertwined. His decision to strip from a burqa on stage isn’t simply an attempt to spark controversy, but an exploration of his cultural heritage.

“Drag is a vehicle that embodies every part of me,” says 32-year-old Lahore, from south London. “I’m proud of being British, having a Pakistani heritage, being Muslim and gay. Ultimately I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t think anyone has all the answers when it comes to being a person of faith and a gay man. All I do know is that I’m gay and I’m Muslim and I live in a country where I have the right to live openly.”

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80 Years of the Tape Recorder

On 16.08.1935, the AEG company launched the world’s first tape recorder, the “Magnetophon K1.” The invention of the tape recorder revolutionized music and brought it closer to the public: for the first time, people could make their own recordings of both music and language.

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Future Antibiotics for Humans Could Come From Ant Fungus Gardens

A unique symbiotic relationship exists between leaf-cutter ants, fungi and bacteria

Finding a new antibiotic takes years, however, because it must pass a series of clinical trials to ensure its safety. But if someday a new antibiotic comes out of this work, it won’t really be that unusual. After all, most of the antibiotics humans use today originally came from soil bacteria. In this case, the ants are just doing some of the groundwork for researchers.

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These 10 Countries Will Have the World’s Biggest Populations by 2050

After America dominated the 20th century, a view formed that Asia would be the next to lead the world in economic and cultural influence. Africa may have something to say about that before the century is out.

The continent will claim three of the world’s 10 most populous countries in 2050, according to projections released Tuesday by the Population Reference Bureau in Washington. The largest of those, Nigeria, will be just 1 million people shy of the U.S.’s size, with Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia entering the list. They replace Russia and Mexico, with the former’s exit leaving Europe with no country on the top 10 list.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/18/2015

  1. On the Italian lothario policeman – this allegation of procuring sexual favors from immigrant women for a free pass is hardly sexual abuse, but more abuse of his office as the statutory official.

    On Egyptian Mufti’s countering Isis fatwa’s – really? How does one Cleric of Islam discredit another Islamic Cleric’s fatwa?

    On the Arab world, specifically the Saudi’s, now posturing to defend themselves against ISIS – Good, about time the Arabs reaped some of their own oats!

    On Erdogan being classed as Satan by ISIS – Mein Gotten Himmel! What does that then make ISIS?

    On Pakistan denying Christians the right to celebrate the Mass – Why am I not surprised by that.

    On that powder puff of a poof Elton John, and his criticizing of the Venice Mayor – now we see what arrogance born of hubris can do to individuals.

    On my life as a gay Muslim – who is he kidding?

    • My guess is that the ulema, or community of intellectuals and scholars would have settled such doctrinal differences, certainly on the local level and in times past. Lord knows how that works now. Every lay Muslim must follow the verdicts of experts per “taqlid” but I don’t know how the experts duke it out. I’m sure the experts of ISIS are vitally interested in the opinions of the Grand Mufti of S.A. or of the doctrinal boffins of Al-Azhar University.

      Just some thoughts from some notes I have taken from time to time.

      • Thanks Colonel. Seems the ‘intellectuals’ within Islam will just keep twisting themselves into knots sorting out their differences.

  2. Maybe the Islamic Climate Declaration could include a call to the 1.6bn muslims to stop procreating at such a rate. Whatever one’s position on climate change population growth is a major factor in the depletion of earth resources and the production of CO2 and water vapour and……….

  3. “In other news, the Islamic State has produced a video calling on the Turkish people to rise up and overthrow “Satan”, which is their name for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    That’s interesting. Erdogan is elected again because he is the pet of islam. He is implementing islam/sharia in Turkey just short of amputating hands and legs. Because he is so passionate about islam he got votes. As is/ was the in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran. Do you remember Hamas and Morsi that were both “elected” by islamist. Hamas … oh ye you never hear about elections again there. Have you ever hear EU, USA ever rebuking them for that? Have you felt the depth of disappointment by USA and Britain when Muslim Brotherhood were deposed by the Lion Heart Albdul fattah Alsisi. Alsisi is reasonable, clear-eyed, and is hated by Britain and USA.

    by their friends ye shall know them.

    How can you take Muslims Brotherhood , I mean snakes as friends ?
    Well unless you are a snake to your own.

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