Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/1/2015

A young mixed-race conservative Republican man entered a community college in Oregon and shot at least ten people dead (some reports say thirteen, others fifteen) before being killed himself. The shooter asked his victims what religion they were, and then killed them if they said they were Christians. The school is a gun-free zone, so it is not known how he managed to get the murder weapon into the building.

In migration news, a brawl broke out between Syrians and Afghans in a refugee center in Hamburg. At least 200 people were involved in the riot, the third such incident in a week.

Meanwhile, Iraqi asylum seekers in Finland went on a hunger strike to protest the tightening of asylum rules. And an Eritrean migrant was hit by a train and killed at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel near Calais.

In other news, Russian aircraft struck Syrian “rebel” targets for a second day, and Iran mobilized ground troops to assist the Assad regime’s ground campaign.

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Financial Crisis
» Italian Households’ Purchasing Power Up 1.1%
» Italy: Mediobanca Scales Back Shareholders’ Pact
» Tunisia: IMF Unfreezes Last Tranche of 301 Mil Dollars
 
USA
» 14 People Shot in 15 Hours: Rahm Emanuel Calls for More Gun Legislation
» Al Gore Training Army of Organizers to Spread ‘Climate Gospel’
» At Least 13 Killed in College Shooting in Oregon
» Ben Carson and Islam
» Bill Cosby Accused of Three More Sexual Assaults as Deposition Looms
» Community College Where 10 Shot Dead Was a Gun Free Zone
» Fiat-Chrysler U.S. Sales Up 14% in September
» Gunman, 20, Killed After Mass Shooting at Oregon College That Left Up to 13 Dead and 20 Injured
» Invincible Saudi Prince: Kidnapped, Beat, Raped 3 Women in Beverly Hills Compound, US Lets Him Go. Won’t Even Release His Picture.
» Italy: Pope ‘Furious’ About Marino ‘Crashing’ Philadelphia Event
» Missouri Law Professor Sues School Over Campus Gun Ban
» Monsanto ‘Deliberately Covered Up Data’ Proving Glyphosate is Cancerous for 4 Decades
» Multiple People Reportedly Dead in Shooting at Oregon College
» NASA Eyeing Venus, Asteroids for Next Low-Cost Robotic Mission
» Obama Demands Action on Guns, Says Washington Responsible for ‘Routine’ Mass Shootings
» Obama Visits UN… Gets Quickly Schooled by World Leaders
» Pluto’s Big Moon Charon Reveals a Colorful and Violent History
» Police Starve Mentally Ill Man to Death for Stealing $5 in Snacks
» Private Moon Landing Set for 2017
» Report: Dozens of Americans Have Reentered U.S. After Joining ISIS
» Secret Service Broke Privacy Law to Embarrass Critic Rep. Chaffetz
» State Makes it Legal to Shoot Cops in Self-Defense if They Violate Your Rights
» Up to 13 Killed by Shooter at Ore. Community College
» What Separation of Church and State?
» Woman Who Dreamed of Being Blind Had Drain Cleaner Poured in Her Eyes by a Sympathetic Psychologist to Fulfil Her Lifelong Wish — and is Happier Than Ever
 
Canada
» ‘Good Bacteria’ Key to Stopping Asthma
 
Europe and the EU
» Civil Servant Job Perks Trigger French Socialist Row
» EU Opens Procedure Agaist Italy on Banking Deposits
» Italian Beer Exports Rise 3.5% in 2014, Milan Expo 2015 Told
» Italy: Popolare Di Vicenza Cutting 575 Jobs
» Italy Jumps to 43 in Global Competitiveness Report
» Italy: Govt to Mull ‘Reconsidering Messina Bridge Project’
» Italy’s Mazzuccato on Corbyn’s Economic Panel
» Italy Notifies EC of Call for GMO Ban
» Italy: ‘As Pope I Wouldn’t Have Answered on Marino Invite’ Says Rome Mayor
» New Train Route Links Neighbors Romania and Moldova
» Romania Joining Euro in 2019 ‘No Longer Feasible’: Central Bank
» Rosetta Reveals Comet’s Water-Ice Cycle
» Sinkhole Opens Up in UK, Residents ‘Trapped’
» Sweden: Åkesson’s Mother-in-Law Leaves the Party
» Swedish Businesses Shifting to Six-Hour Workday
» Thriving Italian Nautical Sector Has 10-Bn-Euro Turnover
» UK: Cereal Killer: Hipster Cafe Attacked by Masked Anti-Gentrification Mob
» UK: Mexican Restaurant Banned From Handing Out Sombreros as University Brands Them Racist
» UK: Mother Needs Hospital Treatment After She Was ‘Bitten’ At London Zoo Attraction Which Allows Visitors to Go Inside Spider Enclosure
» UK: Plymouth Boy is Banned From School Playground for Having Shaved Hair
» Vicenza Imam Expelled After Banning Kids From Listening to Music
» Watch: PEGIDA March Sees Thousands of Anti-Islam Protesters Take to German Streets
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israeli Intel Thwarts First Known ISIS Plot Inside Jewish State
» Parents Murdered in West Bank Terror Attack Thursday Night
 
Middle East
» 464 Iran Pilgrims Dead in Saudi Hajj Disaster, State Media Says
» Assad Preps for Russian Airstrike-Aided Ground Operations
» ‘Avoid New Libya in Syria’ Says Renzi
» Bahrain Expels Iranian Diplomat, Alleges Link to Militants
» Final Countdown to World War III
» Info on Civilian Casualties Appeared Before Russian Jets in Syrian Airspace
» Iran, Hezbollah, Syrian Army Prepare to Launch Offensive Against CIA Proxies
» Iranian Troops Prepare to Aid Russia With Syrian Ground Assault, Officials Say
» Israel Backs Russia’s Plan to Fight Islamic State Under UN Auspices
» McCain: Arm Syrian Rebels to Shoot Down Russian Planes
» Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic
» Mother of First Briton Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria Says She is Never Far From Grief But is Proud of Her Son for ‘Supporting British Values’
» Obama Threatens Veto of National Defense Bill denying Restitution for Victims of Iran Terrorism
» Overheard at the Pentagon: “Right Now, We Are Putin’s Prison B*tch”
» Russia Gave U.S. One Hour Advance Notice on Bombing in Syria
» Syria Conflict: US Says Russian Air Strikes ‘Indiscriminate’
» This is How Russia Handles Terrorists: Moscow Releases Video of Syria Strikes
» Turkey’s President is Destabilizing the Nation in His Quest for More Power
» U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford Criticizes Russia’s Effort to Eliminate ISIS in Syria
» U.S. Spins Russian Airstrike Targets in Syria: “Big Risk of Further Misunderstandings”
» Why is Washington Against Russia Bombing ISIS and Al-Qaeda?
» WikiLeaks Exposes Secret Deal to Get Saudi Arabia on UN Human Rights Council
 
South Asia
» 4-Year-Old Indian Boy Reportedly Beheaded in Human Sacrifice
» India: Man Beaten to Death by Mob, Who “Suspected” Him of Having Eaten Beef
» Italy: ‘Utmost Prudence’ In Bangladesh, Foreign Ministry Warns
» Pakistan: Gujrat: Imprisoned for Blasphemy, Four Christians Risk Their Lives. Government: No Protection
 
Far East
» Documentary Asks: What’s So Hard to Believe About China Harvesting the Organs of Living People?
 
Australia — Pacific
» British Blackburn Terrorist, 14, Who Plotted to Kill Police at ANZAC Day Parade Threatened to Behead Teacher
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Islamic State Ties Widen Reach of Boko Haram
» South Africa ‘A Country at War’ As Murder Rate Soars to Nearly 49 a Day
» Zimbabwe to Ban Electric Water Heaters to Save Power
 
Latin America
» ENI to Exploit Three Mexico Oil Fields
» Missing Students: Mexico’s Violent Reality
 
Immigration
» 200 Syrians, Afghans Clash in German Refugee Centre Riot
» ‘Asylum in Germany’ Tops Syrian Google Searches
» Austria: Tensions in Government as Refugee Crisis Bites
» Bavarian Politician Launches Debate on Barriers for Migrants
» De Maiziere: Necessary Tough Decisions on Migrants
» EU Court OKs Jail for Expelled Foreigners Who Return
» EU Threatens Action Against Hungary as Refugee Crisis Intensifies
» Finland is Too Boring for Refugees
» Finland: Iraqi Refugees on Hunger Strike to Protest Stricter Asylum Guidelines
» Germany Prints Its Constitution in Arabic for Refugees
» Germany’s Sharia Refugee Shelters
» Germany: Foraging Refugees Eat Deadly Mushrooms
» Germany: Mass Violence Erupts at Hamburg Refugee Home
» Germany: Clash Breaks Out Among Refugees in Hamburg
» Italy: Ventimiglia Bishop Helps End Refugee Standoff
» Libya’s Refugee Crisis is Europe’s Biggest Challenge; Is Partition the Only Answer?
» Merkel’s Popularity Slides to Four-Year Low Amid Refugee Crisis
» Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065
» More Migrants Arrived in Germany Last Month Than in 2014
» Pope Blasts ‘Unwarranted Fears, Speculations’ On Refugees
» Refugee Dies on Channel Tunnel Tracks in France
» Refugees at Tent Camp in Lecco Object of Racist Attacks
» Rise of Austrian Right Lengthens Shadow of Nazi Era
» Rising Racism Worries Council of Europe
» Slovakia Filing Case Against EU Migrant Relocation
» Sweden: Prison to be Turned Into Refugee Reception Centre
» The War on America Turns 50
» Timmermans: No Limits for Asylum Seekers
» To the Leaders of the Western Countries: Stop the Muslim Invasion
» UNHCR Plans for 1.4 Million Mediterranean Refugees in 2015-6
» What’s the Plan B if You Get Deported? A Generational Divide
» You Can’t Do This to the Culture
 
Culture Wars
» House Report: Planned Parenthood Spent Millions on ‘Blowout’ Parties, Travel, Salaries
» Pelosi Stumped When Asked Whether Babies Are Humans
» Pope Pushes Malthusian Elite Agenda in Historic Call for New Global Order
 
General
» Intelligent People’s Brains Wired Differently to Those With Fewer Intellectual Abilities, Says Study
 

Italian Households’ Purchasing Power Up 1.1%

Spending power also up 0.2% in Q2 compared to previous 3 months

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — Italian households’ purchasing power increased 0.2% in the second quarter of 2015 with respect to the previous three months and 1.1% compared to the same period last year, Istat said on Thursday. The national statistics agency said there was a 0.5% increase in income compared to the first quarter and 1.3% increase compared to the April-June period in 2014.

The value of Italian households’ consumer spending increased by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the previous three months and by 0.8% with respect to the same period in 2014, Istat added. The national statistics agency also said that Italians’ propensity to save fell by 0.2 of a percentage point in the second quarter with respect to the first, taking it to 8.7%. This, however, was 0.5 of a percentage point higher than the same period last year.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Mediobanca Scales Back Shareholders’ Pact

‘We don’t abandon firms in trouble,’ Nagel says on RCS Libri

(ANSA) — Milan, October 1 — Italy’s Mediobanca said on Thursday the shareholder pact that controls it had been scaled back to 31%, a move that could increase investor appetite for the influential investment bank.

Candy sold its 0.13% stake and Italmobiliare took is share down from 1.5% to 1%.

Asked about a possible capital hike for RCS Libri, Mediobanca CEO Alberto Nagel said: “We don’t abandon companies that are in trouble”.

Mediobanca, for years at the crossroads of Italian capitalism via a complex web of interlocking shareholdings, has been rethinking corporate governance as it focuses on more banking and fewer equity holdings.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Tunisia: IMF Unfreezes Last Tranche of 301 Mil Dollars

Recommendations to speed up structural reform

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS — The IMF Executive Board carried out its latest evaluation of the Stand-by programme with Tunisia, which began in June 2013, approving the unfreezing of approximately 301 million dollars in the north-African country, the last of the three tranche of the programme worth 1,75 million Dollars).

An IMF statement said that “despite the fact all criteria for quantity performance have been met, progress in terms of structural reform, including the banking and fiscal sector, have proven difficult”, therefore the IMF Executive Board recommends their implementation in order to strenghten both the business environment and labour market and thereby increase growth and employment.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

14 People Shot in 15 Hours: Rahm Emanuel Calls for More Gun Legislation

Editor’s Note: It is sad, but also ironic that Chicago remains the unofficial “murder capital of the world,” and yet there is nothing but calls for more gun control, and tougher punishment for crimes using guns.

Obviously, the problems are not being abated, and seem to be worsening. Violence has been cultured in inner-city Chicago, and gun control policies are making it worse. Is there any point at which a liberal will simply admit that gun control isn’t working?

14 People Shot in 15 Hours: Rahm Emanuel Calls for More Gun Legislation

The City of Chicago witnessed a shocking slew of shootings earlier this week, most of which were caused by two separate incidents.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Al Gore Training Army of Organizers to Spread ‘Climate Gospel’

Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore is busily training an army of organizers to go out and spread his environmental gospel ahead of key climate talks in Paris later this year.

The modern world is collapsing around us and we must change our ways, according to the former US vice president, who has led the training of more than 5,000 people in the last 18 months.

[Comment: Doesn’t he own a significant part of “carbon credit” trading company? Now he’s looking to brainwash the young with lies disguised as truth. This is child abuse. Youngsters are not sufficientyl mature to understand they are being deceived as part of a lorger scheme on the road to an evil new world order. They want to indoctrinate the kids while their young so their thought partterns are frozen into believing the lie.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

At Least 13 Killed in College Shooting in Oregon

At least 13 people have been killed in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in the US state of Oregon.

The 20-year-old gunman died after exchanging fire with police officers inside a classroom about 10:30 local time (18:30 BST), officials said.

Oregon State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said that at least 20 people were wounded.

A former president of the school, Joe Olson, said the school has no formal security staff, and that there was debate over whether to have armed security guards on campus last year.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Ben Carson and Islam

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Hard on the manufactured controversy over what Donald Trump did not say about President Obama and Islam, we now have a controversy over what Ben Carson clearly did say about Islam — namely, that he does not believe it is consistent with the U.S. Constitution and that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” These assertions would not be nearly as hotly debated if the political class and the media had not sought for decades to suppress all discussion of Islam — other than mindless blather about its being a “religion of peace.” If we had been having the adult discussion we should have been having, it would be well understood by now that Islam is not merely a religion but a comprehensive societal framework with its own legal system.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Bill Cosby Accused of Three More Sexual Assaults as Deposition Looms

Three more women came forward on Wednesday to accuse veteran comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them decades ago, charges that come a week before Cosby is scheduled to give a sworn deposition in a separate sexual assault lawsuit.

Sharon Van Ert, Pamela Abeyta and Lisa Christie appeared at a Los Angeles news conference and alleged that Cosby assaulted them. They were teary-eyed as they gave their accounts.

Allred said that while the statute of limitations prevents the three women at Wednesday’s news conference from taking legal action, they wanted to add their voices to the more than 50 women who already have come forward with similar allegations.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Community College Where 10 Shot Dead Was a Gun Free Zone

The scene at the Oregon’s Umpqua Community College where at least ten people were shot dead earlier today was a gun-free zone, ensuring that the victims were left defenseless against the killer.

10 people were killed and 20 injured after the gunman opened fire at the Roseburg college campus. According to authorities, the shooter is now in police custody.

A post on the Umpqua Community College website (which is currently down) outlines the fact that the campus was a gun free zone where even water pistols were banned…

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the usual suspects have rushed to call for gun control, again proving themselves unable to wait until the bodies are even cold before exploiting the tragedy to push their political agenda.

Piers Morgan waited barely minutes after news of the shooting broke to begin advocating for restrictions on the Second Amendment.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Fiat-Chrysler U.S. Sales Up 14% in September

Jeep brand sales soar 40 %

(ANSA) — Turin, October 1 — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on Thursday reported a 14% increase in U.S. car sales in September, marking its best September performance since 2000, boosted mainly by strong sales of Jeeps. FCA said it had shifted 193,019 units last month, up 14% since the same period last year, representing its 66th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.

U.S. sales of the Jeep brand rose 40%, marking the brand’s third best sales month of all-time.

Sales of the Ram Truck brand were up 4% while sales of the Fiat brand were up 1%.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Gunman, 20, Killed After Mass Shooting at Oregon College That Left Up to 13 Dead and 20 Injured

The gunman who opened fire on students at Umpqua Community College Thursday morning, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20 others, has been confirmed as dead.

Students at the scene described how the shooter asked people to stand and state their religions before he began firing, according to local reports.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Invincible Saudi Prince: Kidnapped, Beat, Raped 3 Women in Beverly Hills Compound, US Lets Him Go. Won’t Even Release His Picture.

On the 23rd of September, a servant employed at a Beverly Hills mansion compound saw a woman screaming for help while desperately trying to climb the tall wall surrounding the $37 million estate.

She was bleeding and had just been raped by 28 year old Saudi prince; Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud, the Times reported. She was only the latest of his several victims, who have now come forward. The servant who came to the brutalized woman’s rescue lived and worked within the compound. The police were called and the prince, who had been renting the mansion, was arrested.

The accused prince, a lower-ranking member of the House of Saud, does not have diplomatic immunity and can thus be legally tried for his crimes. He was set to appear in court on October 19th. Yet, despite his status as a non-national and being the very definition of a high flight risk, he was quickly released by the Beverly Hills, California police on a $300,000 bail; a paltry sum for a prince.

He has apparently now fled and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. No photographs of him have been released, and none exist in the public space. In similar fugitive cases, the police have released mugshots to help identify the suspects. Neighbor, Eric Stiskin offered his take on the prince’s whereabouts, “I am sure he has taken off on his private jet by now. I don’t think he even needs a passport to get out of here.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Pope ‘Furious’ About Marino ‘Crashing’ Philadelphia Event

Msgr Paglia tricked into admitting pontiff angered by mayor

(ANSA) — Rome, September 30 — Pope Francis was “furious” about how Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino tried to “crash” his party in Philadelphia on his US trip last week, a senior cleric was tricked into saying by a fake Premier Matteo Renzi on a satirical radio show.

“Yes, of course, Marino crashed it. He tried it on. He tried to exploit this situation, and that enrages the Number One….The mayor is a decent person. But no one invited him. The pope was furious”, Msgr Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told the bogus Renzi on La Zanzara (The Mosquito) Tuesday.

Marino has faced widespread criticism for flying to Philadelphia to attend the World Meeting of Families without being invited by Pope Francis.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Missouri Law Professor Sues School Over Campus Gun Ban

One of the University of Missouri’s very own legal eagles is suing the school over its policy banning firearms on campus.

Royce de R. Barondes, who has taught business and corporate law at the school in Columbia since 2002, is looking to give his employers a lesson in constitutional law by challenging a policy he said violates his federal and state rights. Barondes, who also teaches a course on firearms law, has “extensive knowledge and training on the lawful use and safe handling of a firearm,” according to his legal case, filed in state court, and believes carrying a firearm helps ensure his safety on the 35,000-student campus.

“[The gun ban makes] law-abiders more vulnerable to attack by law-breakers — [and] unlawfully and unconstitutionally violates plaintiff’s individual rights to keep and carry a firearm for self-defense,” reads the lawsuit, filed late last month.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Monsanto ‘Deliberately Covered Up Data’ Proving Glyphosate is Cancerous for 4 Decades

The EPA continually colludes with Monsanto to present glyphosate as ‘safe’ to the public, but during an exclusive interview on the Progressive Radio Network on September 4, Anthony Samsel stated that Monsanto used an industry trick to dismiss evidence about glyphosate’s risks in its own research. “Monsanto misrepresented the data,” says Samsel, “and deliberately covered up data to bring the product [glyphosate] to market.”

Samsel, an independent research scientist and a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, explains, along with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, that in order to minimize and cancel out its adverse findings:

“Monsanto had relied upon earlier historical animal control data, toxicological research with lab animals afflicted with cancer and organ failures, and completely unrelated to glyphosate. In some cases the control animals displayed kidney, liver and pancreatic diseases.

Many of Monsanto’s own studies required the inclusion of extraneous studies in order to cancel out damaging results. This is not an uncommon industry habit, particularly in toxicological science. It enables corporations to mask undesirable outcomes and make claims that observable illnesses and disease are spontaneous occurrences without known causal factors.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Multiple People Reportedly Dead in Shooting at Oregon College

Oregon police confirm the gunman in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg is dead, but cannot confirm reports of the number of fatalities. Local media and authorities have been reporting 10-15 dead.

Kortney Moore, 18, told the News-Review she was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when a shot came through the window. Moore said she saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter then reportedly told the students to get on the ground before asking people to stand up and state their religion. He then began firing. Moore said she was lying on the ground with people who had been shot.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

NASA Eyeing Venus, Asteroids for Next Low-Cost Robotic Mission

NASA is zeroing in on Venus and asteroids as potential targets for its next low-cost robotic exploration mission or missions, which will launch by the end of 2021.

The space agency has chosen five finalists for the next launch opportunity in its Discovery Program, which funds highly focused missions to destinations throughout the solar system. Two of the selected concepts would visit Venus, while asteroids are the objects of interest for the other three.

“The selected investigations have the potential to reveal much about the formation of our solar system and its dynamic processes,” former astronaut John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said in a statement Wednesday (Sept. 30).

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Obama Demands Action on Guns, Says Washington Responsible for ‘Routine’ Mass Shootings

A visibly shaken and angry President Obama on Thursday attacked the American gun lobby, scolded the media and demanded that Congress take concrete action to stop the rash of recent mass shootings, which he said have “become routine” and are the pure result of inaction by lawmakers in Washington.

Speaking in the briefing room at the White House, the president — who offered his 15th statement in the wake of a mass shooting — said the federal government must explain to grieving families why it has virtually nothing to stop tragedies like the one seen on the campus of Oregon’s Umpqua Community College Thursday.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Obama Visits UN… Gets Quickly Schooled by World Leaders

It’s embarrassing.

Nothing says “leader of the free world” quite like a quivering, petulant child. Because America, that’s what we’ve got.

President Obama went to the UN earlier this week, where he gave a weak, ineffective, and highly un-notable speech.

First off, the President opted not to use the term “Islamic” when referencing extremists, and instead pointed out that every religion has their wack jobs… then, cherry on the top, he says “ISIL is targeting Muslim communities around the world.”

Come again? Targeting muslim communities? Technically, that’s a true statement, but that persecution pales in comparison to what ISIS is doing to Christians in the Middle East. Let me simplify it. The region is predominantly Muslim, the most viciously targeted are Christians. Even The New York Times has asked if ISIS means the complete and total end of Christianity in the region. So can anyone give one good reason why Obama wouldn’t mention the Christians targeted by ISIS? (Paging Donald Trump.) Not to mention that the entire purpose of these “extremists” (of whose religion shan’t be spoken) is to wipe Israel and America off the face of the earth. That context… kind of a biggie, no? Let’s just focus on the fact that a random group of religious fanatics are attacking Muslims.

Your President looks ridiculous, people. Thank God for British Prime Minister David Cameron, who called him out on this lunacy. Take a look:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pluto’s Big Moon Charon Reveals a Colorful and Violent History

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has returned the best color and the highest resolution images yet of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon — and these pictures show a surprisingly complex and violent history.

At half the diameter of Pluto, Charon is the largest satellite relative to its planet in the solar system. Many New Horizons scientists expected Charon to be a monotonous, crater-battered world; instead, they’re finding a landscape covered with mountains, canyons, landslides, surface-color variations and more.

“We thought the probability of seeing such interesting features on this satellite of a world at the far edge of our solar system was low,” said Ross Beyer, an affiliate of the New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team from the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, “but I couldn’t be more delighted with what we see.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Police Starve Mentally Ill Man to Death for Stealing $5 in Snacks

Diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder for a decade, 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell starved to death in his jail cell after being arrested for stealing $5 in snacks. Although jail officials claim that Mitchell was fed regularly, several inmates have gone on record asserting that guards withheld meals even though Mitchell routinely begged for food in the weeks before his death.

After failing to take his schizophrenia medication for months, Mitchell was arrested on April 22 at a local 7-Eleven for allegedly stealing a Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar, and a Zebra Cake totaling $5.05. Unable to pay his $3,000 bail, Mitchell spent the next four months in Portsmouth jails. At the time of his arrest, Mitchell’s weight was listed at 180lbs.

According to court records, Mitchell appeared “confused” during an interview and waived his right to an attorney. On May 20, a psychologist who evaluated Mitchell wrote that he was manic and psychotic. The next day, Mitchell was declared unfit to stand trial in Virginia.

Although Judge Morgan Whitlow had ordered Mitchell to be transferred to Eastern State Hospital, Mitchell’s aunt, who called Eastern State, asserted, “people there said they didn’t know anything about the request or not having bed availability.”

According to Mitchell’s aunt, Roxanne Adams, she called Hampton Roads Regional Jail roughly 40 times over the past few months, but prison officials refused to allow her contact with her mentally ill nephew. Prison officials claim that they regularly fed Mitchell and monitored his health, but several inmates have gone on record asserting that guards allowed Mitchell to starve to death.

Justin Dillon, an inmate who delivered food and worked in Mitchell’s cellblock, told The Washington Post that jail staff often withheld food from Mitchell because he failed to return his tray after meals. In a letter to Mitchell’s family, Dominique Vaughan, another inmate on Mitchell’s block, wrote that Mitchell regularly asked for extra food, but most of the staff ignored his requests.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Private Moon Landing Set for 2017

The first private moon landing could be just two years away.

California-based company Moon Express, which aims to fly commercial missions to the moon and help unlock its resources, has signed a five-launch deal with Rocket Lab, with the first two robotic liftoffs scheduled to take place in 2017.

These uncrewed launches — three of which are firmly on the books, with the other two optional at the moment — will blast Moon Express’ MX-1 lander into space aboard Rocket Lab’s 52.5-foot-tall (16 meters) Electron rocket. The goal is to test out the MX-1 and its systems, making sure the spacecraft can land softly on the moon, move about the lunar surface, grab samples and return them to Earth.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Report: Dozens of Americans Have Reentered U.S. After Joining ISIS

Many of the estimated 250 Americans who have traveled overseas since 2011 to join or try to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) have been able to reenter the United States without being arrested or monitored, reveals a report issued by the House Homeland Security Committee.

The report does not provide any additional information on the “several dozen” Americans who have snuck back into the U.S.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Secret Service Broke Privacy Law to Embarrass Critic Rep. Chaffetz

The Secret Service apologized Wednesday to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a prominent critic of the agency, for violating federal privacy law by improperly accessing sensitive personal information about him dozens of times in little more than a single week.

Chaffetz, R-Utah — who has aggressively pursued allegations of Secret Service misconduct as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — called the unauthorized retrieval of his unsuccessful application to join the Secret Service in 2003 “a tactic designed to intimidate and embarrass me.”

“It’s scary to think about all the possible dangers in having your personal information exposed,” Chaffetz said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon. “The work of the committee, however, will continue. I remain undeterred in conducting proper and rigorous oversight.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

State Makes it Legal to Shoot Cops in Self-Defense if They Violate Your Rights

Is it ever legal to shoot cops? A growing number of states are passing laws that say that yes, in fact, sometimes it is well within a citizen’s rights to shoot a police officer.

Other states have already ruled in favor of citizens shooting police officers in self-defense, (even hip-hop legend Tupac walked after shooting two cops in self-defense) now, in the state of Indiana, if a police officer initiates aggression without cause in someone’s home, violence can be used against them in self-defense — including using lethal force.

The new law was drafted to “recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant.”

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Up to 13 Killed by Shooter at Ore. Community College

As many as 13 people were killed and 20 injured Thursday when a lone, 20-year-old gunman opened fire in a classroom at a community college in southern Oregon, according to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said the gunman was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with officers at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Ore. State police said in a statement there was only one shooter.

The shooting — the first of the 2015-16 academic year — prompted a visibly angry President Obama to note that the USA is “the only advanced country on earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.”

Speaking from the White House, Obama said the unnamed gunman was clearly troubled, but said, “It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.”

Obama vowed to continue pushing new gun policies that he said would prevent further mass shootings.

“Each time this happens, I’m going to bring this up,” he said.

Shortly after the shooting, one student, Kortney Moore, 18, told News Review-Today that she was in her writing class in Snyder Hall when a single shot came through a window.

Moore said she saw her teacher get shot in the head, apparently after the gunman came into the classroom. At that point, Moore told the newspaper, the shooter ordered everyone to get on the ground. The shooter then asked people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing, Moore said..

Rob Thomas, radio host with KQEN in Roseburg, OR. recounts the story of a friend who tried to warn others of the shooter.

Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg said on its Facebook page that it received a total of 10 patients from the shooting. The conditions of patients weren’t disclosed. PeaceHeart Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, about an hour north, said on its Facebook page that it received three patients and could get more. Both hospitals were holding blood drives on Friday.

Roseburg Police Sgt. Aaron Dunbar told USA TODAY that the incident was contained to one classroom on the sprawling campus.

Six agencies—the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Oregon State Police, Bureau of Land Management officers as well as police officers from Roseburg, Sutherlin, and Winston — responded to the scene after getting a rush of 911 calls reporting the mass casualty shooting…

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What Separation of Church and State?

For the first time in U.S. history, the leader of a major religion was invited to speak before a joint session of Congress. (No. Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t count.) Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals — along with the national news media — are all praising the pontiff’s congressional appearance.

But wait just a doggone minute! How is the pope’s speech before Congress NOT a violation of the separation of church and state? Everything he talked about was both political and religious based. His left-wing theology permeated what can only be regarded as a blatantly political sermon. Where are all of the folks who demand that Christian pastors not get involved in politics? Furthermore, why is no one threatening the Catholic Church with the loss of its 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization status? The Internal Revenue Code is pretty plain about pastors of 501c3 churches (of which, the Catholic Church is the largest) being forbidden from engaging in political activity during their official duties. And when Pope Francis spoke before Congress, did he appear in the attire of a private person? No! He spoke in full papal regalia — meaning, he appeared before Congress in the official capacity as a religious head.

“The Vatican is a state,” you say. In that case, the hypocrisy of Pope Francis to lecture the United States about tearing down our borders and allowing illegal aliens to pour in at will is as obvious and odious as it can possibly be. Before he lectures us about how we should accept any and all illegals into our country, he should set the example and tear down the forty-foot wall surrounding the Vatican City State.

Then there is his pet socialist (yes, Pope Francis is a longtime socialist and Marxist) talking point regarding how rotten America is because of our material success. BARF! Why is no one willing to point out to the pontiff that the Roman Catholic Church is the richest corporation in the entire world? As if he needs any reminder. No corporation is even a close second. Without a doubt, the Catholic Church is the biggest hoarder of wealth on the planet.

But not only is Pope Francis a Marxist/socialist, he is also a globalist. His remarks regarding globalism could have been written by Henry Kissinger. Who knows? Maybe they were.

The history of this pope is one of a lifetime of involvement in Marxist, globalist activities. I strongly recommend readers to take a look at this report [url].

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Woman Who Dreamed of Being Blind Had Drain Cleaner Poured in Her Eyes by a Sympathetic Psychologist to Fulfil Her Lifelong Wish — and is Happier Than Ever

A woman who dreamed of being blind arranged to have drain cleaner poured in her eyes to fulfil her wishes.

Jewel Shuping, 30, from North Carolina has Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled.

Her desire to lose her sight was so strong that she decided to blind herself — by having a sympathetic psychologist pour drain cleaner into her eyes.

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‘Good Bacteria’ Key to Stopping Asthma

Being exposed to “good bacteria” early in life could prevent asthma developing, say Canadian scientists.

The team, reporting in Science Translational Medicine, were analysing the billions of bugs that naturally call the human body home.

Their analysis of 319 children showed they were at higher risk of asthma if four types of bacteria were missing.

Experts said the “right bugs at the right time” could be the best way of preventing allergies and asthma.

In the body, bacteria, fungi and viruses outnumber human cells 10 to one, and this “microbiome” is thought to have a huge impact on health.

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Civil Servant Job Perks Trigger French Socialist Row

What should have been a consensual reform to grant France’s civil servants their first pay rise in years turned into a bitter feud after the country’s free-speaking economy minister challenged their privileged status.

It was an all-too-familiar scene for observers of France’s Socialist government: a maverick minister blasting a symbol of the left, the French president implicitly disavowing him, and a second minister complaining bitterly that her colleague had trespassed on her domain — and stirred upheaval in the process.

The maverick was Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, a former investment banker who has infuriated many in the Socialist camp with his business-friendly rhetoric and repeated digs at left-wing symbols, chief among them the 35-hour week. Last week he had a go at another taboo: reforming France’s gargantuan civil service…

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EU Opens Procedure Agaist Italy on Banking Deposits

PLus another 17 countries

(ANSA) — Brussels, October 1 — The European Commission has opened a procedure against Italy for failing to adopt a directive on Deposit Guarantee Systems (DGS), EU sources said Thursday.

The letter was sent last month, the sources said.

Another 17 countries have also failed to apply the directive.

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Italian Beer Exports Rise 3.5% in 2014, Milan Expo 2015 Told

Europe biggest market at 76.2%, lion’s share goes to Britain

(ANSA) — Milan, October 1 — Italian beer exports rose 3.5% in 2014 over the previous year, according to a report by the national beer producers’ association Assobirra presented at Milan Expo Thursday. Europe represented the largest market for Italian beer exports, at 1.67 million hectolitres, or 76.2% of the total.

Within Europe, the lion’s share went to Britain, with over one million hectolitres exported, followed by the Netherlands with 115,000 hectolitres, France with 90,000 and Germany with 33,000. Outside Europe, the United States market imported 162,000 hectolitres of Italian beer and Australia over 40,000.

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Italy: Popolare Di Vicenza Cutting 575 Jobs

Shutting down 150 branches

(ANSA) — Milan, September 30 — The Banca Popolare di Vicenza bank confirmed it is shutting down 150 branches and cutting 575 jobs, union sources said after meeting with bank management Wednesday.

The bank forecast a return to profit in 2016 with gains of 200 million euros in 2018 and a 0.4% reduction in labor costs by 2020.

The bank is trying to obtain a capital increase of 1.5 billion euros, union sources said.

“Recapitalization will be difficult but not impossible,” the sources cited CEO Francesco Iorio as saying during the meeting. President Giovanni Zonin was placed under investigation earlier this month over alleged stock manipulation and obstruction of regulatory authorities at the medium-sized Italian lender.

The bank’s former general manager, Samuele Sorato, is also being probed.

Finance police searched Banca Popolare di Vicenza offices in Milan, Rome and Palermo in relation to the probe by prosecutors in the northern city of Vicenza.

In recent weeks some account holders filed complaints to prosecutors, sources said.

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Italy Jumps to 43 in Global Competitiveness Report

But World Economic Forum warns there’s still much to do

(ANSA) — Rome, September 30 — Italy jumped six positions in one year to reach 43rd place out of the 140 countries analysed in the 2015-2016 Global Competitiveness Report produced by the World Economic Forum and released on Wednesday.

The report said that the Jobs Act labour reform together with an overall package of government reforms are “the driving force of a strong overall improvement in economic competitiveness in Italy”, but also said “there’s still much to do”.

Labour market efficiency is “still very low” at 126 out of the 140 countries evaluated, even though that number represents a jump of 10 places over last year.

The World Economic Forum said “the macroeconomic context in Italy, worrisome, drops three places to 111, slowed by high public debt (136 out of 140)”.

An improvement in innovation also boosted the competitiveness of the Italian economy, the report said, as Italy rose three spots to 32 in the research and development category, but it was reforms in the labour market that gave a “strong general improvement”.

Despite positive gains, the report said “much work remains: more improvements in the labour market are needed, especially in effect of taxation on incentives to work (137 out of 140), in order to increase pay and productivity (131), and in hiring and firing practices (132)”.

The report said that the sector of small and medium businesses is “another area of interest”, as the country’s ranking for the high specialisations of its companies rose one place to reach 24, while the state of cluster development — the concentration of companies that are highly complementary — drops to 4 after holding the number one spot in 2014.

Moving from Italy to the global scene, the report said there are still worrisome signs facing a “new normality” as a product of slow growth and high unemployment that is “damaging the ability for recovery and leaving the world vulnerable to another prolonged collapse”.

In this light, “emerging markets represent the principle cause of unemployment”, also due to unimplemented reforms.

“India is a notable exception, registering a ‘stellar’ jump of 16 places, even though it started from a low level,” the report said.

In Europe, the report said that there were improvements in many southern economies, which help to bridge the north-south gap, but said that access to financing remains the key challenge in the region.

In Asia, three economies — Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong — appear in the top 10 overall, and the bloc of nations known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) “continue to work well and China is stable in 28th place”.

Italy has therefore gained position in the overall competitiveness ranking, and although it remains far from the top, the country has jumped others including Panama, Malta, Turkey, Mauritius and Oman. The top ten countries are comprised of: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States remaining stable in the top three; followed by Germany and the Netherlands which both gained position; Japan and Hong Kong which both stayed at sixth and seventh place respectively; Finland in eighth place after holding the fourth place spot last year; Sweden jumping one place this year to ninth overall; and the United Kingdom which switched places with Sweden falling to tenth from ninth last year. photo: Premier Matteo Renzi with Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan

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Italy: Govt to Mull ‘Reconsidering Messina Bridge Project’

‘No portfolio on my desk’ says Delrio

(ANSA) — Rome, September 29 — The government is willing to mull whether to reconsider the long-moribund Messina Straits bridge project from the standpoint of rail infrastructure, Transport and Infrastructure Undersecretary Umberto Del Basso De Caro told parliament Tuesday.

He said the government might “weigh the usefulness of reconsidering the Strait Bridge project as a piece of rail infrastructure via an assessment and rigorous analysis of the cost-benefit ratio, as a possible element of a strategy of bolstering southern Italy’s infrastructure system”.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio said he was not yet aware of the possible revival of the hugely ambitious and expensive project.

“There is no portfolio about the bridge on my desk but we will weigh proposals if they come,” he said.

There has been barely any talk of reviving the project for more than two years.

In May 2013 Italy’s highway system chief said European plans for the Helsinki-Valletta corridor required the resuscitation of the nearly dead mega-project.

“The Helsinki-Valletta corridor appears little plausible without a road connection from Naples onward,” wrote Pietro Ciucci, CEO of Italy’s state-controlled highway infrastructure firm ANAS.

Ciucci observed that the European Union does not specify “how to connect Calabria to Sicily, and thus remains the necessity of a bridge across the Strait: rail, but also road”.

At the time, then industry minister Flavio Zanonato said building a bridge across the Strait of Messina to connect mainland Italy to Sicily, an erstwhile dream of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, was not a priority for Enrico Letta’s new government given the current economic climate.

Zanonato said that while the bridge was an interesting project, it “is absolutely not a priority for Italy”.

The idea of building a bridge to link the island of Sicily to the Italian peninsula goes back to Roman times, but modern engineering and planning took shape in the 1950s and 1960s.

But it was Berlusconi who championed actually undertaking the massively ambitious 8.5-billion-euro suspension bridge.

In 2012 the technocrat government of former premier Mario Monti, who replaced Berlusconi during a peak in the euro crisis in November 2011, decided not to cancel the controversial bridge project but to extend feasibility tests for another two years.

Supporters say the bridge would create jobs and boost Italy’s image while bringing Sicily closer to the mainland.

But the bridge has been opposed by environmentalists and dogged by concerns over safety and the potential involvement of the Mafia.

According to the plans, the 3,690-metre-long bridge is designed to handle 4,500 cars and hour and 200 trains a day.

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Italy’s Mazzuccato on Corbyn’s Economic Panel

FT ‘opens’ to Corbynomics

(ANSA) — London, September 29 — The Financial Times opened slightly to the economic policies of new radical Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday, a day after shadow chancellor John McDonnell announced a team of seven internationally renowned economists to develop policy ideas for the party. The panel includes Italy’s Mariana Mazzuccato, author of The Entrepreneurial State and a former adviser to ex Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Other members are David Blanchflower, a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, Anastasia Nesvetailova of City University, Ann Pettifor, former adviser to Ken Livingstone in the 1980s, anti-austerity campaigner Thomas Piketty, winner of the 2001 economics Nobel prize Joseph Stiglitz and Oxford University professor Simon Wren-Lewis.

The FT pointed out that the group “is largely made up of leftwing academics, who have opposed (Conservative Chancellor) George Osborne’s deficit reduction programme since its inception and made the case for more redistributive policies”.

However, the paper also acknowledged that ‘Corbynomics’ — as the new Labour leader’s economic policies are known — are increasingly being debated beyond radical circles as bankers and business economists prepare to face a possible new recession in Britain. These include ‘people’s quantitative easing’ that would see the Bank of England fund a national investment bank to boost capital spending in the UK.

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Italy Notifies EC of Call for GMO Ban

Rome wants exemption from EU-authorised cultivation

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — Italy on Thursday notified the European Commission of its request to ban cultivation in Italy of genetically modified crops (GMOs) authorised by the EU. The note was signed by Farm Minister Maurizio Martina, Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti and Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.

Earlier this year the EC approved 19 genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for trade within the EU — most of them destined for animal feed, and two ornamental flowers.

The Commission said it was assessing proposed legislation allowing member countries to retain the option of limiting or banning the GMOs even if they are EU-approved.

The EU has already approved 58 GMOs — including beetroots, corn, cotton, soy, and rapeseed — with 17 applications still pending after they were approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The EU imports significant quantities of biotech feed, but few food products.

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Italy: ‘As Pope I Wouldn’t Have Answered on Marino Invite’ Says Rome Mayor

Marino defends Philadelphia trip amid ongoing controversy

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said Thursday if he had been the pope he wouldn’t have answered when asked who had invited him to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. “The Holy Father goes to the United States, talks about climate change, oil, the weapons drama, exploitation of the planet, makes historic statements about the role of women in the Church and the Italian journalist asks ‘Did you invite Marino?’ Had it been me, I would have replied: ‘This is not the purpose of the journey and press conference’,” Marino said.

His comment came after Pope Francis told reporters on the papal flight back from the United States that he had not invited him to the event in Philadelphia.

“I asked the organizers and they didn’t invite him either… He says he’s Catholic. He came of his own accord,” the pope said.

Marino’s trip to the United States, a month after he had a vacation in the Caribbean and the US, has stirred controversy in the capital.

Marino also said Thursday his travel expenses and those of a staff member had been covered by Temple University, where he gave a lecture last Thursday. The expenses of two further staff members were paid for by Rome city council, he added. Marino said the account given of his US trip was completely “false”. In April 2015 Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, asked to see him, Marino said.

During their meeting, Msgr Paglia allegedly told the mayor that his counterpart in Philadelphia and the local archbishop wanted to meet with him during a trip to Italy to discuss how to organise a major event.

Marino said the archbishop subsequently wrote to thank him and said he expected to see him in Philadelphia for the occasion. On Wednesday fresh controversy broke after Msgr Paglia was tricked into saying Pope Francis was “furious” about how Marino tried to “crash” his party in Philadelphia by a fake Premier Matteo Renzi on a satirical radio show.

Meanwhile Matteo Orfini, the president of Marino’s Democratic Party (PD) and commissioner of the party’s Rome branch amid the Mafia Capitale scandal involving alleged infiltration by a local crime syndicate into city contracts, said the mayor needed to govern “better”.

“He was elected by Romans to govern Rome, he must govern Rome, he must do it better than it has been done until now and the PD must act as guarantor,” Orfini said.

“The city council must do better but we all need to work together,” he added.

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New Train Route Links Neighbors Romania and Moldova

Removing a symbolic barrier between the neighbors

(ANSA-AP) — BUCHAREST — Officials say a new train will connect Romania to Moldova, shortening the journey by an hour and also removing a symbolic barrier between the neighbors.

Transportation ministries said the first train departed Wednesday from Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, and arrived in the northeastern Romanian city of Iasi three hours later.

Railway engineers have adapted an old goods’ train track in Romania used for trains coming from Moldova.

Until now, train wheels had to be adapted at the border.

Romania has a standard European gauge of 1,435 mm (4 feet 8 1?2 in), while Moldova uses the broad Russian gauge 1,520 mm (4 feet, 11 inches) used in former Soviet states.

The train will make a daily return journey. Moldova was part of Romania until 1940.

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Romania Joining Euro in 2019 ‘No Longer Feasible’: Central Bank

Romania’s plan to join the eurozone in 2019 is “no longer feasible,” said central bank governor Mugur Isarescu, describing the country as not ready to undertake the required steps in time.

“The 2019 objective to adopt the euro is no longer feasible… no longer technically possible even if we’d still politically like to do so,” Isarescu said during a press conference.

“Before setting any new (adoption) date, we must establish a road map that all parties will respect, including the opposition.”…

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Rosetta Reveals Comet’s Water-Ice Cycle

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has provided evidence for a daily water-ice cycle on and near the surface of comets.

Comets are celestial bodies comprising a mixture of dust and ices, which they periodically shed as they swing towards their closest point to the Sun along their highly eccentric orbits.

As sunlight heats the frozen nucleus of a comet, the ice in it — mainly water but also other ‘volatiles’ such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide — turns directly into a gas.

This gas flows away from the comet, carrying dust particles along. Together, gas and dust build up the bright halo and tails that are characteristic of comets.

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Sinkhole Opens Up in UK, Residents ‘Trapped’

A sinkhole has opened up in a St Albans cul-de-sac, forcing the evacuation of nearby houses.

Gas and electricity supplies in the area have been isolated since the hole, which has affected the gardens of three properties in Fontmell Close, grew rapidly overnight.

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Sweden: Åkesson’s Mother-in-Law Leaves the Party

The MP Margareta Larsson has decided to leave the Sweden Democrat party and become an independent MP in parliament. Larsson — who is the mother-in-law of the party leader Jimmie Åkesson — is critical of the party leadership, which she says is affected by a “power disease”.

Larsson tells the tabloid Expressen that the way the leadership is running the party has spread fear among the members.

“This leadership cult that the party has today is unhealthy. If you go against the leadership in terms of opinions and thoughts you can be fired, expelled our bought out. Everybody knows it,” Larsson said.

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Swedish Businesses Shifting to Six-Hour Workday

Businesses across Sweden are introducing shorter, six-hour workdays so workers can enjoy a better work-life balance.

According to the Science Alert website, the aim is to get more done in a shorter period of time as workers will be more focused and productive during the working hours and will have more time left to enjoy their private lives.

The Toyota service centres in the city of Gothenburg switched to a six-hour workday 13 years ago and report happier staff, a lower turnover rate and ease in enticing new employees to join the company. Meanwhile, profits have increased by a quarter.

In April last year, the Gothenburg authorities said that public sector employees would work fewer hours. The experiment which aimed to improve work-life balance, boost productivity, and cut costs is being viewed as a success so far.

A study published in The Lancet magazine last month analysed data from 25 studies that monitored health of over 600,000 people from the US, Europe, and Australia for up to 8.5 years. The study found that people who worked 55 hours a week had a 33% greater risk of having a stroke than people who worked a 35 — 40 hour week, and a 13% increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. A separate study found that working 49-hour weeks was associated with lower mental health, particularly in women.

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Thriving Italian Nautical Sector Has 10-Bn-Euro Turnover

In all 17,000 people employed by production of boats, yachts

(ANSA) — Genoa, September 30 — Italy’s nautical sector is a major development multiplier with overall turnover in the sector of 10 billion euros, according to two new studies published at the opening of the Genoa Boat Show Wednesday.

The boat-building sector counts as many as 3,100 jobs in Italy alone, which becomes 17,000 taking into account sub-supplying, trade, charters and services. For every worker on the production of boats there are 7.4 in the ancillary network.

Each euro of production is said to activate 5.9 euros in spin-offs.

The data emerged at the presentation of two studies on nautical business, one by Ermete Realacci for the Symbola Foundation and the other by the Edison Foundation edited by economist Marco Fortis.

The research studies were presented during a round table meeting attended by Deputy Minister for Economy Carlo Calenda at the inauguration of the Genoa Boat Show.

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UK: Cereal Killer: Hipster Cafe Attacked by Masked Anti-Gentrification Mob

A café which serves only breakfast cereal was targeted by anti-gentrification protesters wielding sticks, stones and flaming torches and wearing pig masks.

Cereal Killer, in Shoreditch, east London, was attacked by a group of around 200 hooded assailants who daubed ‘scum’ on the windows while terrified customers cowered inside.

Police were called to the scene on Brick Lane on Saturday night, which was advertised on social media.

The event, billed as the third “F**k Parade”, was apparently organised by the anarchist group Class War.

A Facebook statement said: “Our communities are being ripped apart — by Russian oligarchs, Saudi Sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers, Texan oil-money t***s and our own home-grown Eton toffs.

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UK: Mexican Restaurant Banned From Handing Out Sombreros as University Brands Them Racist

The student union (SU) at the University of East Anglia ordered staff at Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina in Norwich to stop handing out the free sombreros at a fresher’s fair in a bid to boost business.

Officials at the university believe that it would be “offensive” for anyone who is not Mexican to be wearing the traditional headwear.

They say the restaurant broke an advertising policy that states: “Discriminatory or stereotypical language or imagery aimed towards any group or individual based on characteristics will not be permitted as part of our advertising.”

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UK: Mother Needs Hospital Treatment After She Was ‘Bitten’ At London Zoo Attraction Which Allows Visitors to Go Inside Spider Enclosure

The 33-year-old visited the zoo in Regent’s Park on September 11 with her children and a friend.

They went in the zoo’s new ‘immersive experience’ in which visitors walk alongside spiders with no glass between them and the arachnids.

But Thai boxer Ms Fricker says that, soon after she came out of the exhibit, she felt a pain in her side.

She says the wound became more painful after she went home and later swelled up before bursting.

This week, she was admitted to hospital to remove an abscess that she says was caused by the bite.

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UK: Plymouth Boy is Banned From School Playground for Having Shaved Hair

Ben Anderson has to sit outside the school office at break and lunch times at Tor Bridge High in Plymouth, Devon after he had his hair cut to grade 0.5 on the sides.

A mother has hit out after her son was banned from the playground because of his haircut.

Ben Anderson has to sit outside the school office at break and lunch times at Tor Bridge High in Plymouth, Devon after he had his hair cut to grade 0.5 on the sides.

But his mother insists he needed the trim because his hair grows so quickly and says the school’s move breaches her son’s human rights.

The 11-year-old schoolboy started at the school less than a month ago and says he got the cut so that his sea cadets beret would fit properly.

But the school states that haircuts must be no shorter than grade two and Ben will only be able to rejoin his friends at break when his hair grows to the required length.

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Vicenza Imam Expelled After Banning Kids From Listening to Music

Algerian probed after school kids covered ears during class

(ANSA) — Vicenza, October 1 — A radical imam based at an Islamic community centre in the northern city of Vicenza has been expelled from Italy after it emerged that he had told pupils at a local primary school to cover their ears during music lessons on pain of committing a sin, police said Thursday.

The expulsion order against the 36-year-old Algerian national was executed on Wednesday.

Investigations began in January following the episode at school.

Witness accounts confirmed not only that the imam, a Salafi Muslim, had told children attending his Islamic centre that listening to music and playing musical instruments is a sin, but also suggested that he had induced hostility to western culture and the desire to carry out violent gestures against the West as adults.

Police also allegedly discovered that the imam had close contact with exponents of radical Islam and none whatsoever with Italians who had not converted to Islam. He had been in Italy since 2002.

Police said after being rebuked by their teachers the pupils now participated fully in music lessons.

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Watch: PEGIDA March Sees Thousands of Anti-Islam Protesters Take to German Streets

Around 20,000 marchers took to the streets of Dresden this week to protest against German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plans to settle up to one million migrants in Germany this year.

Somewhat underreported and underplayed by the German media, the PEGIDA march against Islamisation of Germany took place on Monday.

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Israeli Intel Thwarts First Known ISIS Plot Inside Jewish State

An ISIS cell that trained in the forests near Galilee while plotting to attack Israeli police and military facilities — as well as liquor stores — was shattered by the intelligence agents in what experts say is the first known case of the black-clad terrorist army operating within the Jewish state, sources told FoxNews.com Thursday.

Seven Israeli Arabs, including one already serving time in prison, were charged in Nazareth for the alleged roles in the plot, which was foiled by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, in a joint operation with the northern division of the Israeli police.

The Shin Bet report also noted that critical information was recovered from one suspect’s cellphone, including photos of ISIS combatants and weapons and a video demonstration of how to slit a throat.

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Parents Murdered in West Bank Terror Attack Thursday Night

An Israeli couple, Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, were murdered in a terror attack near the settlement of Itamar in the West Bank Thursday evening. The parents of four children were victim to a drive by shooting at their vehicle.

The IDF and Israeli police are searching the area of the shooting for the culprits of the attack. Initial reports confirm that there were at least two gunmen and both a rifle and handgun were used.

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464 Iran Pilgrims Dead in Saudi Hajj Disaster, State Media Says

Iran’s death toll from the Saudi hajj disaster has nearly doubled to 464 pilgrims killed, state media reported Thursday, a development that is likely to further strain ties between the Mideast rivals.

Saudi Arabia’s Healthy Ministry reported Saturday that the crush and stampede killed at least 769 pilgrims and injured 934. Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Iran all have said the toll may be higher.

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Assad Preps for Russian Airstrike-Aided Ground Operations

‘Alongside Iranian fighters and Hezbollah’, Lebanese sources

(ANSAmed) — ROME, OCTOBER 1 — Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad is preparing to launch a ground operation with Russian air support to win back part of the country’s territory in the hands of opposition forces, Reuters quoted Lebanese sources as saying on Thursday. Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have arrived in Syria to work alongside government troops and Hezbollah militias.

Possible targets include the northwestern regions of Idlib and Hama, held by opposition forces that are fighting both the Syrian regime and the Islamic State (ISIS). The opposition forces include the local Al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The Syrian ambassador to Moscow, Riad Haddad, claimed that Russian attacks were hitting only ISIS and Al-Qaeda positions in the country, despite reports to the contrary.

“The Russian air force’s attacks target them and other terrorist groups that support the Islamic State,” he said, brushing off reports that the airstrikes instead were targeting Assad’s political adversaries.

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‘Avoid New Libya in Syria’ Says Renzi

Majority intl accord needed to solve Syria problems

(ANSA) — New York, September 29 — Premier Matteo Renzi told Bloomberg news agency in an interview Tuesday that “we must avoid a new Libya” in Syria. “I believe we need an agreement within a wide majority of countries to solve the problems in Syria”, he said.

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Bahrain Expels Iranian Diplomat, Alleges Link to Militants

Bahrain has ordered the acting Iranian charge d’affaires there to leave within 72 hours and will recall its own ambassador from the Islamic Republic over allegations it supports militant attacks in the tiny island kingdom.

The Sunni kingdom, which has faced four years of unrest from Shiite activists demanding more political freedom on the island, often accuses Iran of meddling in its internal affairs.

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Final Countdown to World War III

It was precisely three years ago when I wrote that World War III will begin in Syria. I wrote that Syria, not Iran, will be the flashpoint between the United States and Russia, based on information given to me by a source within our own intelligence community. I wrote that we were seeing the final acts of a carefully choreographed play being performed on the world stage, where the script was written long ago by the globalist playwrights. (CFP Oct. 8, 2012)

I warned that “if left to proceed as written, the entire geopolitical world and balance of power could, and most likely will, change with this next curtain call. No one will be left untouched by the coming events. We are at the precipice of World War III.” That was in October of 2012. Today, we are now seeing the final curtain call for the next act by the current headline in the corporate controlled mass media:

Russia has begun airstrikes in Syria, the West is disputing their targets, and Putin has told the U.S. and the West to stand down.

For those who have been paying attention to the machinations of the globalists, this headline should come as no surprise. World war is looming and getting closer by the minute.

We are now at the scene where it should all be making much more sense, even to those who continue to cling to their normalcy bias and refuse to see the breadth and depth of the lies we’ve been told. We’ve been gamed by the globalists, lied to by the corporate controlled media — including the pseudo-intellectual pundits who relentlessly push the “coincidence theory” of history while depicting those who understand the script in the most pejorative of terms.

Perhaps now, as global conflict appears inevitable, the mouthpieces of myth, the purveyors of the putrid lies and the architects of the ultimate Hegelian Dialectic and their facilitators will be exposed for who and what they are. They are a group of globalists that include Fabian Socialists, Communists, Marxists, Fascists and Islamic Socialists entrenched within the U.S. and the West.

They are responsible for the imminent confrontation between the U.S., NATO and the West and Russia and their allies in Syria.

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Info on Civilian Casualties Appeared Before Russian Jets in Syrian Airspace

Information on casualties among civilians appeared in Western media before Russian aircraft left ground, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

Media reports about civilians in Syria allegedly being killed by Russian airstrikes appeared before Russian aircraft even left the ground, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

“As for any information in the media on civilians suffering [from Russian airstrikes], we were ready for such information attacks. I draw your attention to the fact that the first reports on civilian casualties emerged before our planes even left the ground,” Putin said at a meeting of the Russian Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.

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Iran, Hezbollah, Syrian Army Prepare to Launch Offensive Against CIA Proxies

Backed by Russian air strikes, the Syrian military, including Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah troops, are preparing to take back the Idlib and Hama countryside from the CIA’s jihadist mercenaries.

“The (Russian) air strikes will in the near future be accompanied by ground advances by the Syrian army and its allies,” a source in Lebanon told Reuters.

“The vanguard of Iranian ground forces began arriving in Syria: soldiers and officers specifically to participate in this battle. They are not advisors … we mean hundreds with equipment and weapons. They will be followed by more,” the source added.

Iraqis will also participate, the source said.

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Iranian Troops Prepare to Aid Russia With Syrian Ground Assault, Officials Say

More Iranian troops have arrived in Syria for an upcoming ground operation to accompany Russian airstrikes, defense officials confirm to Fox News.

“It has always been understood in this building that the Russians would provide the air force, and the Iranians would provide the ground force in Syria,” one official said.

Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters, “We know the Iranians are a part of this. We’ve known that since day one.”

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Israel Backs Russia’s Plan to Fight Islamic State Under UN Auspices

UN — Israel supports Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s initiative to combat the Islamic State under the auspices of the United Nations, Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Sputnik on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov presented a resolution on joining efforts against the Islamic State to the members of the UN Security Council.

“I think if they will fight Daesh [Islamic State], if they will fight al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, all those crazy and lunatic organizations, we are totally in favor,” Shalom stated on Wednesday.

The resolution is based on documents previously adopted by the Security Council with an emphasis on coherent counter-terrorism based on norms and principles of international law, according to Lavrov.

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McCain: Arm Syrian Rebels to Shoot Down Russian Planes

Senator John McCain reacted to Russia’s announcement that it had begun launching air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Syria by calling on the White House to arm Syrian rebels with weapons to shoot down Russian planes.

[Comment: Jackass. He must think the public are stupid. Syrian “rebels” — there are no “rebels” — they are all ISIS.]

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Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic

In short, Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to protect Russian energy interests and preserves the Mediterranean port at Tartus, and ii) support its allies in Tehran and Damascus thus preserving the counterbalance to the US-Saudi-Qatar alliance.

Meanwhile, Iran gets to enjoy the support of the Russian military juggernaut on the way to protecting the delicate regional nexus that is the source of Tehran’s Mid-East influence. It is absolutely critical for Iran to keep Assad in power, as the loss of Syria to the West would effectively cut the supply line between Iran and Hezbollah.

The same dynamic is playing out in Iraq. That is, Iran is fighting ISIS via various Shiite militias just as it’s fighting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen via the Shia Houthis. It is thus extremely significant that Baghdad has agreed to share intelligence with Syria and Russia, as that effectively means the Iran-backed Shiite militias battling for control of Iraq will enjoy the support of the Russian military.

What should be obvious here is that this is a coordinated plan.

The Kremlin has effectively agreed to bring the might of the Russian air force to bear on Assad’s opponents in Syria and on Sunni militants in Iraq in support of Iranian ground troops and because the US and its allies have failed so miserably in terms of fielding anti-Assad rebels who don’t turn out to be extremists, Putin gets to pitch the whole thing as a “war on terror.” It would be difficult to design a more elegant power play.

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Mother of First Briton Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria Says She is Never Far From Grief But is Proud of Her Son for ‘Supporting British Values’

The mother of a Royal Marine who became the first Briton to be killed fighting ISIS has spoken out for the first time about the agony of losing her son and her pride of his determination to ‘support British values’.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, 25, nicknamed Kosta, spent three months on the front line in Syria alongside Kurdish forces but was fatally wounded by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade on March 2.

His grieving mother, Vasiliki Scurfield, 49, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, has praised her son’s brave actions. ‘I’m proud because he faced fear,’ she said. ‘Kosta made his death count.’

Mr Scurfield, who was killed while fighting alongside Kurdish forces in the village of Tel Khuzela, was given a hero’s send-off by members of the Kurdish community in Nottingham later than month.

Mrs Scurfield told how her son could not sit back and watch as horrific stories of ISIS enslaving children and burning innocent civilians alive became public.

But remembering the traumatic months whilst he was away in Syria leading up to his death, she said: ‘Every single day he was there was agony for me.’

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Obama Threatens Veto of National Defense Bill denying Restitution for Victims of Iran Terrorism

Thursday October 1, 2015, Congress is scheduled to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2016. However, President Obama has threatened to veto the NDAA because one of the provisions would bar him from lifting Iranian sanctions under the JCPOA. Among several amendments incorporated in the NDAA that the President objects to is the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism H.R.3457 sponsored by Rep. Pat Meeham (R-PA) as HR and in the Senate by Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill) , S 2086. As Ken Timmerman noted in his Threat Blog, the Act would:

Require the Islamic Republic of Iran to pay an estimated $43 billion to victims of terrorism before the U.S. government would unfreeze Iranian government assets under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.

ranian-backed terrorist groups, for example, have killed more than 700 Americans, including at least 290 in Lebanon over the past several decades. This accounts for the 241 U.S. service members murdered during the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which Iran sponsored.

One of those Americans was US Navy diver Chief Petty Officer Robert Stethem, was murdered by Hezbollah terrorist mastermind Imad Mughniyah during the 1985 hijacking of Trans World Airlines Flight 847. Another was teenager Danny Wultz of Weston, Florida who was mortally wounded in a suicide bombing by an operative of Iranian — sponsored terror group, Palestine Islamic Jihad at a Tel Aviv outdoor café in 2006 while vacationing with his father,Tuly, who survived the blast.

The Office of Management and Budget today issued a statement that it “strongly opposes” making Iran pay the terrorism claims, arguing that “obstructing implementation of the JCPOA would greatly undermine our national security interests.

President Obama will veto the bill if it makes it through to his desk, the OMB promised.

Rep. Meeham is running a Twitter campaign in support of the legislation using the hashtag, ?#?NotOneCent?.

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Overheard at the Pentagon: “Right Now, We Are Putin’s Prison B*tch”

Those who frequent these pages are well aware of what’s happened to Washington’s strategy in Syria over the past several weeks.

Russia’s dramatic move to enter the fray has left the US trapped, as the West attempts to hang on to a narrative that’s no longer convincing even to a largely ignorant public.

Now, the only thing left to do is either stand down and let Moscow do as it pleases in support of the Assad regime, or else get on board and acquiesce to the inevitable.

[Comment: The smart thing would be to stop supplying arms, ammo. information to ISIS and do nothing. ]

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Russia Gave U.S. One Hour Advance Notice on Bombing in Syria

Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, told the media a visit by a Russian General an hour prior to today’s bombing in Syria was “unprofessional.”

The Russian General informed the U.S. the Russian military would begin bombing in an hour.

The Pentagon does not consult with Russia in its bombing campaign in Syria where Russia has a naval base.

Is this unprofessional, too?

It would seem hypocrisy is on parade today.

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Syria Conflict: US Says Russian Air Strikes ‘Indiscriminate’

The White House says Russian air strikes against militants in Syria are “indiscriminate” and threaten to draw Russia more deeply into the crisis.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said Russia was carrying out random air strikes against the Syrian opposition.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia was targeting the same terror groups as the US-led coalition.

He rejected suggestions that Moscow was trying to bolster the Syrian military.

Russia has said it is targeting Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups but the Syrian opposition and others have suggested rebel factions opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — the Kremlin’s ally — are bearing the brunt of the attacks.

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This is How Russia Handles Terrorists: Moscow Releases Video of Syria Strikes

Now that Russia has officially begun conducting airstrikes on anti-regime forces operating in Syria, commentators, pundits, and analysts around the world will be keen to compare and contrast the results of Moscow’s efforts with the year-old US-led air campaign against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.

Clearly, Russia has a very real incentive to ensure that its airstrikes are effective.

Preserving the global balance of power means preserving the Assad regime and, by extension, ensuring that Iran maintains its regional influence.

On the other hand, the US and its regional allies actually have an incentive to ensure that their airstrikes are minimally effective. That is, for the US, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, the idea is not to kill Frankenstein, but rather to ensure that he doesn’t escape the lab.

As we documented earlier today, Russia wasted no time launching strikes against anti-regime targets once the country’s lawmakers gave the official go-ahead and the West wasted no time accusing Russia of breaking protocol by targeting “moderate” Syrian rebels (like al-Qeada) that aren’t aligned with ISIS…

“Russia didn’t even begin its operation against Islamic State… Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov didn’t even utter his first words at the UN Security Council, but numerous reports already emerged in the media that civilians are dying as a result of the Russian operation and that it’s aimed at democratic forces in the country (Syria),” Maria Zakharova, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, told media.

“It’s all an information attack, a war, of which we’ve heard so many times,” she added.

Zakharova also said that she was amazed by the scale and speed of what she called “info injections” into social networks such as “photos of alleged victims” that appeared on the web as soon as the Russian operation began.

“What can I say? We all know perfectly how such pictures are made,” she said, remembering a Hollywood flick ‘Wag the Dog,’ which described the US media reporting on a fake war in Albania.

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Turkey’s President is Destabilizing the Nation in His Quest for More Power

RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKES are not the only complicating factor as the Obama administration continues to search for a Syria strategy. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared ready to join with the United States in a more determined campaign against the Islamic State in July, when he agreed to allow U.S. planes to conduct missions from a Turkish air base. Now that is looking like a feint. In the days after the agreement, the Turkish military launched an all-out assault not on the Islamists but on Kurdish insurgents in Turkey and Iraq, breaking a two-year cease-fire. Rather than help U.S. operations, the campaign is complicating U.S. efforts to support a Kurdish militia inside Syria that has emerged as the strongest anti-Islamic State ground force.

Mr. Erdogan’s objective, it turns out, was not to turn the tide of war in Syria but to reverse his failure to consolidate his power in Turkey. In June the would-be strongman was the big loser of a parliamentary election that he hoped would give his Justice and Development (AK) Party a majority sufficient to rewrite the constitution and grant him Putinesque powers. The ruling party not only failed to meet that threshold but also lost its majority, thanks in large part to the rise of a leftist Kurdish party.

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U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford Criticizes Russia’s Effort to Eliminate ISIS in Syria

The wife of the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Andrea Mitchell, has sent out a tweet quoting former U.S Ambassador Robert Ford, who says Russia is bombing “rebels” and civilians, not the Islamic State.

Ford, as a deep insider, knows there is little to no difference between the “rebels” and ISIS.

The establishment media has gone out of its way to prop up the illusion there is some sort of secular, non-Islamic, non-Wahhabist opposition in Syria.

News reports, even those published by the war propaganda tool The New York Times, admit the jihadists run the proxy war to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.

Ford is a key architect of the current policy in Syria, including support for al-Qaeda.

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U.S. Spins Russian Airstrike Targets in Syria: “Big Risk of Further Misunderstandings”

Editor’s Comment: The United States isn’t quite prepared to deal with the inconvenient truth of who it is funding in Syria. Yet Putin is prepared to call a spade a spade. It no secret that Putin is trying to use the West’s dirty laundry from decades of phony terrorism against them.

It is known that funds and weapons are reaching both ISIS and the Free Syrian Army from the West through the Turkey border. This was illustrated with glorious irony and hypocrisy when ISIS Was Caught Firing American-Made Missiles At Syrian Army (“U.S. Funding, Arming ISIS From the Beginning”). Just as in Libya in the overthrow of Gaddafi, and the Taliban opposition to the Soviets that took place three decades back (crafted by then NSA advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski), extremist Muslim groups were serving an amorphous purpose for the United States in proxy war — providing a reason to send U.S./NATO troops into conflict, and creating a backdoor unit to undermine the real enemy. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, but they are attached to the same body.

Propaganda War Begins: Russia’s Syria Strikes Targeted US-Backed “Moderate” Rebels, West Says

With the U.S. having officially lost control of the narrative in Syria now that The Kremlin has called Washington’s bluff on the battle to eradicate ISIS and eliminate the Sunni extremist elements that threaten to wrest control of Syria from President Bashar al-Assad, the only remaining question after Russian lawmakers officially cleared the way for airstrikes was how long it would be before the Western media began shouting about Russian warplanes bombing targets that aren’t affiliated with ISIS.

As we reported earlier today, Moscow wasted no time in launching its first round of air raids.

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Why is Washington Against Russia Bombing ISIS and Al-Qaeda?

On Wednesday the Russian military became active in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria. Pursuant to a request from the Syrian government, Moscow first began deploying military equipment and trainers as well as humanitarian assistance. Then the Russian parliament approved the use of force, and force was indeed used on Wednesday.

The Obama Administration is not happy about this development.

The US has been bombing Syria for a year without permission from the Syrian government and without a UN Security Council resolution authorizing an attack on a sovereign nation. That means US strikes on Syrian soil are illegal according to international law. However the first US response to the Russian strikes against ISIS in Syria was to condemn the Russian government for not coordinating its strikes with the US.

Unsurprisingly, the US mainstream media once again rushed to carry water for the US administration, with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour pondering whether Russia answering the legitimate Syrian government’s request for assistance would open itself up to war crimes charges! In Amanpour’s world there is no crime in a year of bombing a sovereign state with not even a fig leaf UN resolution to back it up. The only crime is to resist the US empire. No wonder in a world of media austerity, Amanpour is a well-compensated regime propagandist.

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WikiLeaks Exposes Secret Deal to Get Saudi Arabia on UN Human Rights Council

Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia to the U.N. Human Rights Council, leaked diplomatic cables have revealed the U.K. was a key player in the election of the Gulf State — despite the Saudis’ appalling human rights record.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) is tasked with the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world. What’s remarkably under-reported (yet unsurprising) is the claim that notorious human rights abuser, Saudi Arabia, pledged $1 million to UNHRC prior to winning the blood-stained seat.

What is surprising is the next chapter in the farcical saga.

In a classic case of you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours, the leaked cables — translated by U.N. Watch — allege that a secret vote trading deal was made by Britain and Saudi Arabia to ensure both countries were elected to the council.

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4-Year-Old Indian Boy Reportedly Beheaded in Human Sacrifice

A 4-year-old Indian boy was reportedly beheaded Wednesday in a ritual in a southern coastal region of the country in what was believed to be an offering to a deity.

The New Indian Express reported that the boy had been studying when he was kidnapped in the Prakasam district. The family grew alarmed when the boy, named L. Manusagar, failed to return home that afternoon.

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India: Man Beaten to Death by Mob, Who “Suspected” Him of Having Eaten Beef

Rumor spread from a local Hindu temple. The man was at home with his family and now his son, 22, is in hospital in critical condition. Hindutva fundamentalists want to ban beef across the country. The cow is considered sacred to Hinduism. Msgr. Mascarenhas: “But the Hindu majority is tolerant. I appeal to it, in order to condemn the extremist nationalist fringe “.

Lucknow (AsiaNews) — An Indian man of 50, Mohammad Akhlaq, resident in the village of Bisara (in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh), was attacked and beaten to death for allegedly having raised and slaughtered a cow for consumption in his home. His 22 year old son, Danish, is fighting for his life in hospital.

The fury of about 100 people armed with iron bars and sticks, was triggered by an announcement in a local Hindu temple, which stated that the man had consumed beef in his house. Msgr. Theodore Mascarenhas, the auxiliary bishop of Ranchi, has noted: “What is happening in our beloved country is really distressing. Divisive forces seem to be taking the upper hand”. But the majority of Hindus are tolerant, and this is why he is launching “an appeal to Hindu brethren, to speak up against the fundamentalists”.

The incident occurred around 10 pm (local time) on September 28, when the man was attacked by an angry mob. The culprits also tried to harass his 18 year old daughter, Sajida, and his elderly grandmother was hit in the face. On arrival, the police took samples of meat in the refrigerator of the house, and sent them to the forensic department for further examination. Sajida, however, told the press that the meat is mouflon and not cow, as announced in the temple.

Cows are a manifestation of the divine in Hinduism. Killing or eating its flesh is deemed sinful. People from the Brahmin caste avoid either. Only Dalits (outcastes), who are considered impure and “untouchables”, can touch the animal, eat its meat and work the leather.

Recently, the state of Maharashtra, which is also run by a BJP administration, banned the sale of beef, and in recent days a Hindu nationalist leader of the state of Jharkhand has threatened new attacks against minorities, especially Christians, if the local government does not implement the total ban of livestock. Both states are led by Hindu nationalists of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party, in power throughout the Union with Modi).

Kiran S, superintendent of the local police in the district of Gautam Buddh Nagar, says: “The preliminary investigations have established that a group of people took the microphone in the local temple of Bisara and informed that beef was being eaten in Akhlaq house”.

The alleged accusation sparked the anger of those present, six of them were arrested. Among these was the temple priest and his assistant, who were released after questioning. Once the news had spread the protest exploded among about 500 residents, which forced police to open fire. A bullet hit the abdomen a boy of 20, who works in a power plant in the area.

District magistrate NP Singh says that now the situation is back to normal and 800 agents have been deployed. Msgr. Mascarenhas says: “India´s Governance has come down to the lowest ebb. The whole world is laughing at us. There are big issues before the country. Let the Government and so called patriotic organizations work for building the country, not dividing and destroyíng it. this was and is a tolerant and free country. We are proud to be Indians because our Majority Hindu Brothers have been so tolerant. Let not these fringe groups give the wonderful tolerant and accommodating Hindu majority a bad name. I appeal to the Hindu majority brethren to speak up against the fundamentalists. “

(Nirmala Carvalho contributed)

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Italy: ‘Utmost Prudence’ In Bangladesh, Foreign Ministry Warns

Avoid places frequented by foreigners

(ANSA) — Rome, September 29 — The Italian foreign ministry on Tuesday urged Italians in Bangladesh and the capital Dhaka — where aid worker Cesare Tavella was killed Monday — to “maintain a vigilant conduct marked by the utmost prudence, limit movements, especially those on foot” and avoid “places habitually frequented by foreigners”. The warning was posted on the ‘Travel Safe’ part of the ministry’s crisis unit website.

Tavella’s murder was claimed by Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

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Pakistan: Gujrat: Imprisoned for Blasphemy, Four Christians Risk Their Lives. Government: No Protection

The Christian community, Catholic and Protestant, is ready to take to the streets in defense of pastor Aftab Gill and three others. The court has ignored their appeal and there is a strong risk of extrajudicial killing. They are in jail following a new case of abuse of the “black law”. Muslim lawyer: innocent victims of a distorted system

Gujrat (AsiaNews) — The Christian community of Gujrat (Punjab province) is ready to take to the streets in defense of four Christians in prison on charges of blasphemy, and likely to be killed in the context of an extrajudicial killing.

On Sunday, October 4 all the churches of the city, even the Catholic community, are ready to demonstrate for the life of Pastor Aftab Gill, brother Unatan Gill and two other people in jail on charges of violating the “black law” and awaiting trial. At this time the court has set October 16 as the first date of the trial, it rejected the request for extra security measures in prison and has prevented relatives from visiting the men in prison.

According to sources close to the families, the four men have been subjected to threats and risk being killed even before they appear before the judges, to face charges.

Fr. Irfan James, parish priest of a Catholic community of the city, does not hide his disappointment at the judges’ decision, who did not want to take into account that “the lives of the accused are in danger.” The threats are repeated with increasing frequency, and “the system seems reluctant to provide protection and guarantees. I pray for their safety. “

Their story dates back to August. During the funeral of the pastor Fazal Masih, the local community repeatedly spoke of the man’s “sanctity” for his behavior in life and devotion to God. At the funeral a few pamphlets were published and distributed in various parts of the city that contained the word “holiness”, translated in Urdu with “rasool”. However, the term (which also makes the word “messenger”) was considered offensive and blasphemous against Islam and Muhammad.

Asked about the issue, the leader of a mosque in the area accused Christians of Memda of committing blasphemy and demanded the arrest and punishment of the alleged perpetrators. Hence the arrest made by the police of Pastor Aftab Gill and three other people, now on trial and risking their life. Meanwhile local extremist groups have tried to set fire to the homes of Christians and only the intervention of the police averted a massacre.

Speaking to AsiaNews, the Muslim lawyer Imtiaz Shakir, a friend of one of the defendants (Unatan Gill), defines the story as “madness” originated “from a distorted system” that puts innocent people in the dock. “The authorities seek an excuse — he added — to give rise to an extrajudicial killing. The lawyers I work with threatened me, telling me not to take up their defense, even if I am Muslim, innocent victims. However, my faith does not authorize me to give wrong interpretations of Islam or allow injustice. “ I invite the Christian community, he concluded, to “take up the defense of these innocent people, who are in isolation waiting for justice.”

With a population of more than 180 million people (97 per cent Muslim), Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, the second largest Muslim nation after Indonesia.

About 80 per cent of Muslims are Sunni, whilst Shias are 20 per cent. Hindus are 1.85 per cent, followed by Christians (1.6 per cent) and Sikhs (0.04 per cent).

Scores of violent incidents have occurred in recent years, against entire communities (Gojra in 2009, and Joseph Colony, Lahore, in March 2013), places of worship (Peshawar, September last year) and individuals ( Sawan Masih, Asia Bibi, Rimsha Masih and Robert Fanish Masih, who died in prison), often perpetrated under the pretext of the country’s blasphemy laws.

AsiaNews has published a detailed dossier, documenting the most obvious cases of abuse and hoping for the change to prevent abuses and violations.

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Documentary Asks: What’s So Hard to Believe About China Harvesting the Organs of Living People?

It is difficult to secure a human heart for transplantation. The donor is usually brain dead and on life support, and the donor and recipient must share matching blood and tissue types to prevent rejection.

So Jacob Lavee, a heart transplant surgeon at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, found it hard to believe when a patient in his hospital department in Israel said that he was due in China in a fortnight, on a specific date, for a heart transplant.

“I looked at him and I said: ‘Do you listen to yourself? How can they schedule a heart transplant ahead of time two weeks?’“ Dr. Lavee responded.

That was in 2005. Dr. Lavee recounts the episode in the documentary “Hard to Believe,” the first sustained examination of why the Chinese communist regime’s practice of harvesting the organs of prisoners of conscience—what researchers call a mass murder of at least tens of thousands of victims—is not more widely known.

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British Blackburn Terrorist, 14, Who Plotted to Kill Police at ANZAC Day Parade Threatened to Behead Teacher

Manchester Crown Court heard the terror attack in Melbourne, Australia being planned by the boy would ‘in all probability’ have resulted in a number of deaths if it was not thwarted.

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Islamic State Ties Widen Reach of Boko Haram

Nigeria predicts that Boko Haram will soon be defeated, but the militant group’s ties with Islamic State mean that would probably push the fighters further into neighbouring countries, writes BBC Monitoring Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo.

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South Africa ‘A Country at War’ As Murder Rate Soars to Nearly 49 a Day

South Africa’s murder rate has jumped 4.6% in the past year, with almost 49 people killed every day.

A total of 17,805 murders were committed from April 2014 to March 2015, an increase of 782 deaths from the year before in a population of 54 million.

The government admitted authorities were struggling to tackle the problem, but said the 10-year trend showed a decline in overall crime. Opposition parties and analysts criticised the numbers and said there was a lack of clear strategy to bring crime under control.

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Zimbabwe to Ban Electric Water Heaters to Save Power

Zimbabwe is to ban the use of electric water heaters and require all newly built properties to use solar power, as it tries to tackle big power shortages.

Blackouts have dogged Zimbabwe, despite the fact that 60% of the population have no access to electricity.

This has also hampered investment in what is an already fragile economy, the BBC’s Karen Allen reports.

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ENI to Exploit Three Mexico Oil Fields

Won 100% Production Sharing Contract

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — Publicly owned ENI oil and gas giant announced Thursday it has won a 100% share in a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) to appraise, develop and exploit the offshore oil fields of Amoca, Miztón and Tecoalli in Mexico’s Campeche Bay. The three oil fields are located in the so-called Area 1, which is close to the shore, at a depth of 20-40 meters.

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) put potential yields for the three fields at approximately 800 million barrels of oil and 480 billion cubic feet of associated gas.

The Area 1 concession will be operated by a newly formed company called ENI Mexico.

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Missing Students: Mexico’s Violent Reality

But it is hard to get accurate figures of the total number of casualties caught up in Mexico’s drug violence.

Conservative estimates put the number of missing at more than 23,000.

It is thought that about 100,000 have been killed in the past decade.

Earlier this year, the International Institute for Strategic Studies published an armed conflict survey that put Mexico in third place after Syria and Iraq when it came to fatalities.

But how did it get to this?

“Mexico has always been violent,” says Javier Sicilia, a poet and activist whose son was killed in an episode blamed on drugs gangs.

“The revolution in 1910 cost the lives of a million people, many of them sacrificed in a brutal manner.”

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200 Syrians, Afghans Clash in German Refugee Centre Riot

Some 200 Syrian and Afghan refugees clashed in a crowded German refugee centre in Hamburg overnight, leaving several people injured in the third such riot this week, police said Thursday.

Fifty police were called in to contain the mass brawl, which broke out in an argument in a shower block, local newspaper the Morgenpost reported.

The two groups attacked each other with iron bars and furniture and by hurling rocks, reported the daily and DPA news agency, citing emergency personnel in the northern river port city.

Police said several people were wounded, and several arrested, without providing figures…

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‘Asylum in Germany’ Tops Syrian Google Searches

“Asylum in Germany” and “Immigration to Germany” are the two top searches on Google in Syria, according to a Al Jazeera research. “Greece map”, “sea separating Turkey and Greece”, “maps of Europe in Arabic” and “map of Germany” are other searches, showing how refugees prepare their route to Europe.

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Austria: Tensions in Government as Refugee Crisis Bites

Tensions within Austria’s government, stoked by the refugee crisis, burst into the open on Thursday as the head of the conservative People’s Party threatened to scupper the ruling coalition after less than two years in office.

Last month, almost 170,000 people entered Austria, most of whom travelled onwards to Germany and beyond, but the Alpine country still expects a record 80,000 asylum requests this year.

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Bavarian Politician Launches Debate on Barriers for Migrants

Soeder (Csu), ‘we will talk about them in Europe for long time’

(ANSA) — BERLIN — After inviting Viktor Orban in Bavaria, in the German CSU was launched a debate on the strategy of protecting the borders with barriers. “I am convinced that we will discuss again in Europe on security barriers”, the Bavarian delegate for Finance, Markus Soeder, said to the magazine Focus.

“Maybe we should have better invested the 86 billion given to Greece in massive protections for the borders,” he added.

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De Maiziere: Necessary Tough Decisions on Migrants

In September flow not recorded since decades

(ANSA) — BERLIN — In the refugee crisis in Germany, politics must take even “hard decisions”, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in the Bundestag, defending the tightening of rules on the right of asylum in Germany, discussed today in the Parliament.

“In September we got many asylum seekers in a month”, a situation that “had not happened for decades in a single month,” he added.

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EU Court OKs Jail for Expelled Foreigners Who Return

Says Italian law doesn’t contradict EU on repatriations

(ANSA) — Brussels, October 1 — The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that repatriated non-EU citizens can be jailed if they violate a ban on re-entry.

The ECJ ruled on a petition filed by a Florence court in the case of an Albanian man who re-entered Italy in spite of being expelled with a three-year ban.

Prosecutors sought an eight-month sentence under an Italian law which says foreign citizens who violate a ban and enter the country illegally can be punished with one to four years in prison.

The Florence court then asked the ECJ whether that law is in line with EU directives on repatriations.

The EU court replied that there is no conflict between the two laws.

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EU Threatens Action Against Hungary as Refugee Crisis Intensifies

The European Union is threatening to take action against Hungary over its laws limiting the flow of migrants and refugees through its territory.

The laws, introduced on Sept. 21, make it a crime to cross Hungary’s border illegally or damage the country’s new anti-migration razor-wire fence.

The head of the European Commission’s migration and protection wing, Laurent Muschel, told EU lawmakers Thursday that there are “a number of issues that we find problematic in their new legislation and said “we are ready to take any further steps if needed.” He added the Commission would lay out its concerns in a letter to Hungary by the end of this week.

The EU’s border agency says more than 155,000 people have crossed Hungary’s borders this year.

Meantime, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says his country is opposing any large European Union plan for a permanent redistribution of asylum-seekers among EU member states.

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Finland is Too Boring for Refugees

by Steve Sailer

Tornio (Finland) (AFP) — Hundreds of predominantly Iraqi migrants who have travelled through Europe to reach Finland are turning back, saying they don’t want to stay in the sparsely-populated country on Europe’s northern frontier because it’s too cold and boring.

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Finland: Iraqi Refugees on Hunger Strike to Protest Stricter Asylum Guidelines

More than 350 Iraqi asylum seekers lodging at former army barracks in Hennala, Lahti say they plan to go on a hunger strike to protest Finland’s intention to take a harder line on refugees coming from Iraq and Somalia. They are calling on Iraqis in other reception centres to join their protest.

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Germany Prints Its Constitution in Arabic for Refugees

Germany has translated 20 articles of its constitution into Arabic to help migrants integrate. Chancellor Angela Merkel says the arrival of hundreds of thousands of new residents marks a watershed in German politics.

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Germany’s Sharia Refugee Shelters

“Bulk of Migrants Cannot Be Integrated”

by Soeren Kern

Muslim asylum seekers are enforcing Islamic Sharia law in German refugee shelters, according to police, who warn that Christians, Kurds and Yazidis in the shelters are being attacked by Muslims with increasing frequency and ferocity.

Muslim migrants from different sects, clans, ethnicities and nationalities are also attacking each other. Violent brawls — sometimes involving hundreds of migrants — are now a daily occurrence.

Police say the shelters, where thousands of migrants are housed together in cramped spaces for months at a time, are seething cauldrons ready to explode. The police are urgently calling for migrants of different faiths to be housed in separate facilities.

Some politicians counter that such segregation would go against Germany’s multicultural values, while others say that separating hundreds of thousands of migrants by religion and nationality would be a logistical impossibility.

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Germany: Foraging Refugees Eat Deadly Mushrooms

Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned that refugees are mistaking highly poisonous mushrooms for edible ones they are used to back home — with sometimes fatal consequences.

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Germany: Mass Violence Erupts at Hamburg Refugee Home

A mass brawl involving around 200 refugees from Afghanistan and Syria broke out on Wednesday night at an asylum centre in Hamburg which has been beset by problems.

The Max-Bahr Market in Bergedorf in southeast Hamburg has been used as refugee accommodation for less than a week, but has already seen a hunger strike and now a mass brawl.

When 600 refugees moved into the empty market hall on September 27th, there was not a single bed in the building, the Hamburg Morgenpost (MOPO) reported at the time.

Around 100 refugees sat on the footpath outside the building as a mark of protest, with some complaining that the building had not been cleaned.

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Germany: Clash Breaks Out Among Refugees in Hamburg

Police were needed to break up a clash between two large groups of migrants at a Hamburg refugee center. It is one of several incidents suggesting tension among migrants in Germany is rising.

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Italy: Ventimiglia Bishop Helps End Refugee Standoff

No Borders activists, refugees agree to leave seaside rocks

(supersedes previous)(ANSA) — Genoa, September 30 — Asylum seekers and refugee rights protesters on Wednesday agreed to leave coastal rocks near the Italian city of Ventimiglia on the border with France, following mediation by the local bishop and police.

Police had cleared a migrant camp as well as a No Borders camp in a nearby pine wood in a dawn operation, but some 70 refugees and activists held out and decided to occupy the seaside rocks.

No Borders is a grassroots organization set up three months ago to defend the civil and human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The camps with be knocked down with bulldozers, ANSA sources said. Ventimiglia hit international headlines in June when refugees camped out on the rocks there after being refused entry into France. After the camps were cleared, Ventimiglia Bishop Monsignor Antonio Suetta went to the seaside rocks to talk the holdouts into leaving.

The mediation was successful. The refugees were escorted to a migrant reception center and the activists were taken to the police station for identification. “I am confident the situation can be resolved,” Suetta said, adding his job is to remind everyone that “poor, fragile” human lives are at stake.

He added he invited the asylum seekers to come to a meeting Wednesday evening “to promote dialogue and understanding”.

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Libya’s Refugee Crisis is Europe’s Biggest Challenge; Is Partition the Only Answer?

The ongoing crisis of Syrian refugees in the Balkans, Greece, and Hungary in recent weeks has obscured and bumped from the headlines Europe’s greatest immigration challenge — which is coming from Libya.

The problem of people fleeing Syria is bound to subside, both because Russia’s new presence along the Mediterranean coast will bar or discourage departure, and because Germany and the pope have encouraged European countries to welcome the refugees. The “allocation” of immigrants will ebb and the ones already on the old continent will be settled.

But there has been no progress in Libya, the place from which hundreds of millions of poor Africans might want to depart and attempt to land in rich Europe.

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Merkel’s Popularity Slides to Four-Year Low Amid Refugee Crisis

Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen her popularity slump to its lowest level in nearly four years, reflecting growing concern over the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees into Germany, a poll showed on Thursday.

The Deutschlandtrend poll for public broadcaster ARD showed a nine-point plunge in Merkel’s popularity to 54 percent. While some of her European peers might envy that figure, it was her worst rating since December 2011, when the euro zone financial crisis was raging.

The same survey showed that 51 percent of respondents — up 13 percentage points in the past month — now say they are scared by the number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany.

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Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065

Fifty years after passage of the landmark law that rewrote U.S. immigration policy, nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the United States, pushing the country’s foreign-born share to a near record 14%. For the past half-century, these modern-era immigrants and their descendants have accounted for just over half the nation’s population growth and have reshaped its racial and ethnic composition.

Looking ahead, new Pew Research Center U.S. population projections show that if current demographic trends continue, future immigrants and their descendants will be an even bigger source of population growth. Between 2015 and 2065, they are projected to account for 88% of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people, as the nation grows to 441 million.

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More Migrants Arrived in Germany Last Month Than in 2014

One hundred and seventy thousand asylum seekers were registered in Germany in September, interior minister Thomas de Maiziere told MPs, according to Die Welt newspaper. Bavaria’s interior minister Joachim Herrmann said between 270,000 and 280,000 people entered the country in September, compared to around 200,000 for the whole 2014.

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Pope Blasts ‘Unwarranted Fears, Speculations’ On Refugees

Francis saus migrants are our ‘brothers and sisters’

(ANSA) — Vatican City, October 1 — Pope Francis on Thursday blasted fear mongering in his message for the 2016 World Day of Migrants and Refugees. “Public opinion also needs to be correctly formed, not least to prevent unwarranted fears and speculations detrimental to migrants,” the Argentine pontiff said. “Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all”.

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Refugee Dies on Channel Tunnel Tracks in France

An Eritrean man was killed by a freight train near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France on Wednesday, a local official said, making him the 13th migrant killed trying to reach Britain since June.

“A migrant was found dead by a security guard at around 1am. He was hit by a freight train,” said the official.

He said the man killed was an Eritrean in his twenties.

The death comes after that of a young Iraqi on Tuesday who was found dead, crushed by pallets in a truck near the Calais port.

Around 3,000 migrants, mostly from Africa, Afghanistan and Syria, are camped in the French town of Calais near the Channel Tunnel entrance.

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Refugees at Tent Camp in Lecco Object of Racist Attacks

Drivers have hurled insults, thrown bottles of urine

(ANSA) — Lecco, October 1 — Asylum seekers living in a tent camp in the northern city of Lecco have been the object of verbal abuse and attacks, media reported Thursday.

People were reported to have hurled racist insults as they drove past the camp in the Bione neighbourhood at speed.

Bottles containing urine have also been thrown, a representative of the Arca foundation that runs the camp said.

“There are always spiteful people who think that it is right to insult the refugees and those that help them as they drive past,” said camp manager Massimo Chiodini.

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Rise of Austrian Right Lengthens Shadow of Nazi Era

Riding a wave of anxiety over the tens of thousands of migrants entering Austria this month, the Freedom Party finished second, with just over 30 percent of the vote, in regional elections in northern Austria on Sunday.

The Freedom Party’s strident anti-Islam message seems to have struck a chord in a city whose palaces speak of the bygone glory of a multiethnic European empire, and whose public spaces now attest to increasing diversity and a Muslim population of some 12 percent.

“We don’t want an Islamization of Europe,” the party leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, told Austria’s public broadcaster as he began his campaign to be Vienna’s mayor. “We don’t want our Christian-Western culture to perish.”

In Germany, such sentiments exist on the fringe of politics. In Austria, which never underwent denazification programs after 1945, the Freedom Party has morphed from its roots in groups of former Nazis to a xenophobic message that it blends with concern for the little guy.

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Rising Racism Worries Council of Europe

Europe’s top human rights watchdog on Thursday voiced concern at mounting racism in Germany, citing a wave of far-right, anti-Islam demonstrations at odds with the more recent image of a country ready to open its doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees.

“There have been worrying developments as regards public manifestations of racism and xenophobia,” the Council of Europe’s committee on national minorities said in a statement.

“Manifestations of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments are… reported to be rising, as well as attacks against asylum seekers,” the report said.

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Slovakia Filing Case Against EU Migrant Relocation

Slovakia has set the ball rolling on a court case which could overturn the EU plan to relocate 120,000 refugees.

Its government, on Wednesday (30 September), formally tasked lawyers in the justice ministry to file a legal challenge at the EU Court in Luxembourg under article 263 of the EU treaty.

Slovakia was, last week, outvoted on the migrant plan, which obliges it to take in at least 802 refugees from Greece and Italy.

A justice ministry source said its legal argument is still being drafted.

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Sweden: Prison to be Turned Into Refugee Reception Centre

Two prisons are the latest in the line of possible accommodation for newly arrived asylum seekers.

With approximately 1000 people applying for asylum in Sweden every day, the Migration Agency is searching high and low for places where they can stay. The Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson, has called for all public bodies to do an inventory, to see if they have premises that could be used.

On Wednesday, the National Prison and Probation Service called to a press conference at Kirseberg prison in Malmö in southern Sweden to show the premises. The 150 former prison cells will now be filled with bunk beds, and a few more beds will be put in rooms that have been used for administration and education. The plan is that it will be turned into a refugee reception centre that can house 600 people.

“We are now in a situation where this is a task for the society as a whole, and not just for the migration agency. And this is our way to contribute,” said Nils Öberg, general director of the Swedish prison and probation service.

At the moment, the Migration Agency has approximately 60,000 spaces available to house asylum seekers, but the need is growing. Earlier this week, the operations manager at Migration Agency told Radio Sweden they are having to find between 600 and 800 new spaces every day for those who are coming.

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The War on America Turns 50

Half a century ago, Democrats looked at the country and realized they were never going to convince Americans to agree with them. But they noticed that people in most other countries of the world already agreed with them. The solution was obvious.

So in 1965 — 50 years ago this week — Sen. Ted Kennedy passed an immigration law that has brought 59 million foreigners to our shores, who happen to vote 8-2 for the Democrats.

Democrats haven’t won any arguments; they changed the voters…

Republicans should be sweeping the country, but they aren’t, because of Kennedy’s immigration law. Without post-1965 immigrants bloc-voting for the Democrats, Obama never would have been elected president, and Romney would have won a bigger landslide against him in 2012 than Reagan did against Carter in 1980.

This isn’t a guess; it’s a provable fact.

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Timmermans: No Limits for Asylum Seekers

It would be against international law

(ANSA) — BRUSSELS — “Europe is not capable to accept everybody, but it’s not thinkable to set limits for asylum seekers. It would be a violation of international law”, first deputy president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said today, replying to German requests.

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To the Leaders of the Western Countries: Stop the Muslim Invasion

by Ali Sina

We have to keep Muslims from entering the western countries. This is the best for them too. This will allow Muslims to come to their senses and realize what is happening to them is the result of their belief in a false god and a false prophet. Once this realization takes place and Muslims begin leaving Islam there would be nothing to stop them from rebuilding their countries and becoming prosperous nations, like Israelis, who share everything with Muslims except religion. Allowing Muslims to enter the western countries is nothing short of madness.

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UNHCR Plans for 1.4 Million Mediterranean Refugees in 2015-6

The UN refugee agency expects at least 1.4 million refugees to flee to Europe across the Mediterranean this year and next, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday, a sharp rise from initial estimates of 850,000.

“UNHCR is planning for up to 700,000 people seeking safety and international protection in Europe in 2015,” reads the document, a revision to the agency’s existing appeal for funds. “… It is possible that there could be even greater numbers of arrivals in 2016, however, planning is based for the moment on similar figures to 2015.”

UNHCR launched the appeal on Sept. 8 with preliminary plans for 400,000 refugee arrivals in 2015 and 450,000 in 2016. But the 2015 figure was surpassed within days of its publication, and by Sept. 28, 520,957 had arrived.

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What’s the Plan B if You Get Deported? A Generational Divide

If immigration officials catch him some day and he is deported, Angel Estrada, 48, already knows whom he will call, and at what hotel in Mexico he will meet his family before attempting to rebuild his life in his hometown of Cuernavaca.

Estrada’s daughter, Karla, 24, who like her father is in the country illegally, has no plans to leave so easily — or quietly.

“If they are going to deport me, they are going to have a very bad taste in their mouth,” said Karla, who has lived in the United States since she was 5. “I’m going to call this person, this organization, this lawyer. I’ll get on Facebook … Twitter. I’m going to do a media circus. I’m going to stay in this country.”

The debate in the Estrada home showcases a generational divide in many Latino homes in California and elsewhere — driven by a national debate over immigration and a steady move in California toward easing restrictions on people in the country illegally.

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You Can’t Do This to the Culture

Oh, what a week for moral meltdown!

When the culture goes bye-bye, the nation goes with it. Look at Europe. If no more Muslim “refugees” come in, not one, they’re still going to have a hard time getting their act back together—if they can do it at all. That’s because the Muslims brought their culture with them, and it doesn’t mix with Europe’s.

Fleeing their native lands, which have become hell-holes, hordes of Muslims have descended on Europe—bringing with them the very culture that turned their countries into hell-holes in the first place. You can’t run away from what you bring with you. The culture defines the nation.

What a depressing thought.

Here in America we have our own illegal immigration problem, brewed up for us by our idiot rulers. But we don’t need illegal aliens to kill our culture. We’re doing a fine job of that all on our own.

Let’s look at just a very few pieces of the cultural debris flying around America today.

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House Report: Planned Parenthood Spent Millions on ‘Blowout’ Parties, Travel, Salaries

Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have spent millions in recent years on “blowout” parties, first-class travel and “lucrative” salaries, according to a report from the chairman of the House oversight committee.

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Pelosi Stumped When Asked Whether Babies Are Humans

Minority House leader Nancy Pelosi’s latest shill for Planned Parenthood’s abortion industry, in the face of illegal baby organ harvesting and trafficking allegations, came suddenly when asked by a reporter if she regards a baby with a liver and a heart as a “human being.”

WATCH: @NancyPelosi battles reporter over her abortion views: “I think I know more about this subject than you.” https://t.co/Em7uj1lRR9

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 1, 2015

“In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?” a reporter for CNS News asked Pelosi at a press conference today.

After squirming, the Democrat leader, who was apparently unfamiliar with the reporter, answers she would not be taking “ideological questions,” and states the fact that she has five children meant she somehow “know[s] more about this subject than you.”

From CNS News:

Pelosi responded: “Why don’t you take your ideological questions—I don’t, I don’t have—”

CNSNews.com asked: “If it’s not a human being, what species is it?”

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Pope Pushes Malthusian Elite Agenda in Historic Call for New Global Order

Government corruption by lobbyist to silence the voices of the people, staged war on terror, endless illegal wars of aggression, ongoing false flag operations with crisis actors, out of control police state, creation and arming proxy terrorist armies like ISIS, geoengineering ongoing crimes against humanity and the planet, ongoing GMO poisoning of the human race’s DNA, the list goes on and on of all the issues ‘Pope Francis’ did NOT address in his “historic” visit to the U.S. this week. The rote ceremonies, staged political speeches and propaganda have been ongoing particularly after the Pope’s visit and speech to Congress where he officially endorsed the coming “sustainable” new world order.

That’s right. Instead of addressing the problems humanity faces mentioned above, Pope Francis conveniently echoed almost all the key talking points consistent with the desires of the controlling Oligarchs who want to rule the world. The most important message that being to endorse the anthropogenic global warming turned climate change issue by talking about the “environment”. The environment issue as it relates to the original global warming CO2 lie, is the most important issue as without it the global elitists will never be able to force Agenda 21 and thus “sustainability” on humanity. Without it, they will never get their global carbon taxes to fund the global government for which the Pope seems to be speaking on behalf of. And thus they will never get their new world order. This IS the most important issue, and I would argue is possibly the primary reason for this whole Pope staged visit to the U.S. with corresponding national, global 24/7 mainstream media coverage. Summarizing some of the topics covered by the Pope MSN writers stated:

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Intelligent People’s Brains Wired Differently to Those With Fewer Intellectual Abilities, Says Study

The brains of high-achieving individuals are wired up differently to those of people with fewer intellectual or social abilities according to one of the first studies to find a physical link between what goes in the brain and a person’s overall lifestyle.

An analysis of the “connectivity” between different parts of the brain in hundreds of healthy people found a correlation between how well wired-up some individuals were to their cognitive abilities and general success in life, scientists said.

The researchers found that “positive” abilities, such as good vocabulary, memory, life satisfaction, income and years of education, were linked significantly with a greater connectivity between regions of the brain associated with higher cognition.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/1/2015

  1. I saw reports that said the Oregon school was not a “gun free zone” as such. Sorry, but I don’t have time to dig out the reports at the moment.

  2. Shooting outside police headquarters in Parramatta
    Date
    October 2, 2015 – 8:33PM

    Read more: ..Sydney morning herald
    http://tinyurl.com/q5c2yrx

    Protection for me, not for thee. OK I am overstating it, as it can be countered that the police are ready for action.
    Next time could be at a place where it could be hours before the police can arrive and respond.

    A police source said there had been increased “chatter” detected in the past week relating to a possible attack on the Parramatta headquarters.
    The officer, who works at the State Crime Command headquarters, said that every officer had been ordered to wear their guns on them at all times this week, even while at their desks.

    “Increased chatter”, so was it that, or are there actions to take place?

    Gunman behind Sydney police station murder identified as 15-year-old boy
    Read more at 9 news. au
    http://tinyurl.com/omxalws
    The first step of the formula

    “We understand he is of an Iraqi-Kurdish background and he was born in Iran”.

    • Another co-efficient

      The teenager shouted religious slogans before firing one shot in the back of the head of a police finance worker as the employee was heading home on Friday afternoon.

      Read more: http://tinyurl.com/pkqteh6

    • Two maybe 3 more co-efficients

      http://tinyurl.com/ptyh8px The Daily Telegraph Australia

      THE gunman who shot dead a police staffer was a 15-year-old who had visited Parramatta Mosque on his way to commit murder….
      ……Witnesses have told The Saturday Telegraph that after shooting dead the civilian employee, the teenager ran up and down in front of police headquarters waving his handgun in the air and shouting: “Allah. Allah.”….. ……………“He was wearing something that could be mistaken for a priest’s outfit. It was a black robe, but he definitely wasn’t a priest.” Mr Almeida,

      Despite the obsfucation by the iman about people going to mosque in the above paper the papers are pressing the point.
      Herald Sun http://tinyurl.com/o7ll9f8

      Police detectives were his afternoon talking to the boy’s family, as well as leaders at the Parramatta Mosque on Marsden Street, which the shooter visited before the attack.

  3. The line about giving one hour’s notice to America before Russian bombing started – an ironic little reminder of the famous Reagan open mike joke : “We begin bombing in an hour”?

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