Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/2/2015

A fifteen-year old Iraqi-Kurdish boy shot a civilian police employee to death outside a police station in a western suburb of Sydney, Australia. When he shot at police emerging from the building, they return fire and killed him. The young offender was said to have been “radicalized” by unspecified means.

In other news, the German city of Hamburg passed a law that allows it to “borrow” commercial real estate to house migrants. In case property owners resist, the law empowers the government to make the transfer of premises compulsory.

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Financial Crisis
» Chinese Cash Flow Shocker: More Than Half of Commodity Companies Can’t Pay the Interest on Their Debt
» Growth Returning, Monetary Union Needed — Draghi
» Investments Drop at a Record Pace: “Frightened Investors Withdrew Near Record $63 Billion”
» Italy: Tax-to-GDP Ratio Edges Down to 43.2% in 2nd Quarter
» Payrolls Disaster: Only 142k Jobs Added in September Zero Wage Growth; August Revised Much Lower
» U.S. Hiring Slackens in Sep
» Armed Air Force Vet Was Prevented From Stopping Oregon Gunman
» California Wine Arsenic Scare Revealed as Yet Another Unscientific Media Hoax!
» How Hillary Clinton’s Lust for Money and Power Led to America’s “Digital Pearl Harbor”
» In 12 Minute Speech to America About Mass Shooting, Obama Refers to Himself 28 Times
» Media Reveals Its Hatred for Donald Trump
» Obama: Never Letting a Good Mass Shooting Go to Waste
» People Have Been Thrown in Prison for the Kinds of Stuff Carly Fiorina Engaged in as Lucent’s CEO
» Reports: UCC Shooter Asked Victims Their Religion, Then Killed the Christians
» Selective Outrage: Obama Hasn’t Said a Damn Word About Routine Mass Shootings in Chicago
» Top U.S. Physicist Claims Global Warming a ‘Scam’
» University Sued for Campus Gun Ban
» Veteran Finds Burned American Flag in Driveway
» 5 Canadian Provinces Raise the Minimum Wage
Europe and the EU
» Co-Founder of Germany’s PEGIDA Charged With Incitement
» Germany: Merkel Tipped Among Nobel Peace Prize Favorites
» Humanitarian Jihad
» Italy: Imam Expelled for Preaching Anti-West Sentiment
» Italy: Unilever Buys Ice-Cream Chain Grom
» Italy Joins EU Single Patent System
» Italy: Two Albanians Arrested for Bus Attack on Disabled Teen
» Italy Denies Asking for Leon to Stay on
» Italy: MPS Gains 4.4% on Merger Rumour
» Italy: Scuffles Between Students and Police in Bologna
» Merkel Has ‘Good Chance’ of Winning Nobel Peace Prize
» UK: Blow for Corbyn After Labour Conference: Poll Reveals He is the Most Unpopular New Party Leader Ever
» UK: Wheelchair-Bound Blind Woman With the Mental Age of a Toddler is Told to Attend a Meeting About Her Work Prospects — Despite Not Being Able to Speak
North Africa
» Tunisia: Italy Grants Another 1.25 Mln Euros to Handicapped
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Israel’s Risk Aversion Problem
» Police Shield Israeli President at Settlers’ Funeral
Middle East
» ‘Avoid New Libya in Syria’ Says Renzi
» Former Obama Arms Control Aide Gary Samore Confirms 2009 Iranian Enrichment Negotiations
» Hillary Clinton Advocates War With Russia
» House of Bribes: How the United States Led the Way to a Nuclear Iran
» ‘Humanitarian’ Propaganda War Against Syria — Led by Avaaz and the White Helmets
» Iraq Would Welcome Russian Strikes Against Islamic State: Abadi
» Russian Jets Strike IS Command Centre in Syria
» Syria: “Not a Proxy War. It’s One Step Closer”
» Syria to be ‘Another Afghanistan for Russia’
» US Complains as Putin Bombs Its Terrorists: “ISIS is an Intentional Creation of U.S.”
South Asia
» Taliban Take 4th Afghan District in 48 Hrs
Australia — Pacific
» Gunman Who Shot Dead NSW Police Employee Was Radicalised Youth
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Five Girl Suicide Bombers Kill 14 in Nigeria
» 30 Syrians Hidden in Refrigerator Truck in Calais
» Asylum Seekers to be Relocated From Italy ‘Within Days’
» Germany: PEGIDA Head Lutz Bachmann Charged for Anti-Migrant Rhetoric
» Germany: Hamburg Refugee Center Keeps the Peace After Clashes
» Germany: Hamburg Passes Law to ‘Borrow’ Buildings to Shelter Refugees
» German Ambassador: EU Political Integration Does Not Work
» Jobs Up Only for Immigrants, +14,000, Down 262,000 for ‘Native-Borns’
» Migrants: Viktor Orban Says ‘Look Like Warriors’
» Record 168,000 People Reached Europe by Sea in September: UN
» The Irony of Sanctuary Cities: Increased Illegal Alien Crimes
Culture Wars
» Australian Court Sides With ‘False Accusations’
» The Effects of Graphic Sex Education on Innocent Minds
» India, China and US Governments All Censor the Internet When They Don’t Want Citizens to Learn the Truth
» Italy: Two Milan Council Staff Arrested for Kickbacks
» Obama, Pope, UN: Con Artists Together

Chinese Cash Flow Shocker: More Than Half of Commodity Companies Can’t Pay the Interest on Their Debt

Earlier today, Macquarie released a must-read report titled “Further deterioration in China’s corporate debt coverage”, in which the Australian bank looks at the Chinese corporate debt bubble (a topic familiar to our readers since 2012) however not in terms of net leverage, or debt/free cash flow, but bottom-up, in terms of corporate interest coverage, or rather the inverse: the ratio of interest expense to operating profit. With good reason, Macquarie focuses on the number of companies with “uncovered debt”, or those which can’t even cover a full year of interest expense with profit.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Growth Returning, Monetary Union Needed — Draghi

Receives Global Citizen Award

(ANSA) — New York, October 2 — European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Thursday night that “the progress reached in the last three years to stabilise and reinforce the euro area are real. Growth is returning. And we won’t stop until monetary union is completed”. He spoke while accepting the Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award. Drgahi has boosted the eurozone’s economy with quantitative easing (QE), a programme of massive bond-buying to inject huge liquidity into the system.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Investments Drop at a Record Pace: “Frightened Investors Withdrew Near Record $63 Billion”

This troubling number underscores what is happening in the markets: $63 billion fleeing mutual funds just in the past three months.

It represents another sign that zero percent interest has screwed over the real economy.

Rather than “growth” in the form of money pouring into investments, we are seeing a flight from markets as stocks don’t operate as investments, but as zero percent “shares” in the confidence that the Federal Reserve will prevail in some mission to restore monetary integrity.

[Comment: This is all by banskster design…it is NOT a cause of “bad” policies. The policies are 100% intentional and planned to drive America and the west down economically.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italy: Tax-to-GDP Ratio Edges Down to 43.2% in 2nd Quarter

Tax burden for first half steady at 41.1%,

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — Italy’s tax revenue-to-GDP ratio edged down to 43.2% in the second quarter of this year, down 0.1 of a percentage point on the same period in 2014, Istat said on Thursday. The national statistics agency said the tax burden for the first six months of 2015 was steady at 41.1%, the same as the equivalent period last year.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Payrolls Disaster: Only 142k Jobs Added in September Zero Wage Growth; August Revised Much Lower

And so the “most important payrolls number” at least until the October FOMC meeting when the Fed will once again do nothing because suddenly the US is staring recession in the face, is in the history books, and as previewed earlier today, at 142K it was a total disaster, 60K below the consensus and below the lowest estimate.

Just as bad, the August print was also revised far lower from 173K to 136K.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

U.S. Hiring Slackens in Sep

Amid broad slowdown in global economy

(ANSA) — Rome, October 2 — US hiring slowed sharply last month and previous job gains were revised lower amid a broad slowdown in the global economy. The Labor Department said employers added just 142,000 jobs in September as manufacturers and oil drillers shed workers. Hiring in July and August was revised lower by 59,000. The unemployment rate remained 5.1 percent, but only because more Americans stopped looking for work. The proportion of Americans working or searching for jobs fell to a new 38-year low.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Armed Air Force Vet Was Prevented From Stopping Oregon Gunman

An Air Force veteran who had a licensed concealed carry gun was prevented by staff from intervening in the shooting yesterday at the Umpqua Community College during which ten people were killed.

John Parker was situated in a building about 200 yards away from where the shooting began.

“There were a few people in the vet center and then when we heard the shooting happened, we got up and we were gonna go out and see what we could do,” Parker told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“Immediately the school staff stopped us and told us to get inside of the building….essentially the staff wouldn’t let us go to assist,” he added.

One courageous man who also tried to apprehend the shooter, Army veteran Chris Mintz, ended up being shot five times. Mintz was unarmed.

In asserting his right to concealed carry, Parker was knowingly violating a rule which declared the college to be a gun free zone.

As we reported yesterday, a post on the college website made it clear that even water pistols were banned on campus…

Meanwhile, as news emerges that the gunman, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, was a potential Islamist sympathizer who dabbled in the occult, expect the left to lose interest in the incident quickly.

The fact that Mercer is mixed race will also make it impossible for progressives to blame the shooting on all white people, as many did in the aftermath of the Dylann Roof shooting.

Mercer reportedly targeted Christians during the shooting, asking victims about their religion and shooting anyone who identified as a Christian in the head.

“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., told CNN.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

California Wine Arsenic Scare Revealed as Yet Another Unscientific Media Hoax!

(NaturalNews) Back in March, the mainstream media began running wild reports warning the public about supposedly dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic in California wines. But the truth is that the levels of arsenic found in California wines were substantially lower than the concentrations of mercury or aluminum found in childhood vaccines, for instance, illustrating once again how the corporate media drums up lies to deceive the public when it suits them, serving up manufactured scare stories while censoring the real truth from viewers.

As it turns out, the highest levels of arsenic found in any of the California wines tested was only 50 parts per billion (ppb), or 0.05 parts per million (ppm) — and this was at the high end of the spectrum, with most of the tested wines coming up with far less arsenic. Meanwhile, multi-dose flu shots injected into children, babies and even pregnant mothers contain an astounding 50,000 ppb, or 50 ppm, of mercury — this is 1,000 times the amount of a much more toxic metal that’s injected directly into the body, as opposed to the minuscule amount of arsenic in California wine.

When it comes to heavy metal toxicity, the “big four” metals of primary concern, or the ones we hear about most often in the media, are lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. Of these four, arsenic is considered to be the least harmful, with lead or mercury typically rounding out the list as the most dangerous. This really puts things into perspective, as the media almost never reports on the dangers of mercury in vaccines but was quick to pounce on California wines, which contain just a mere fraction of a much less harmful metal.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

How Hillary Clinton’s Lust for Money and Power Led to America’s “Digital Pearl Harbor”

It’ s hard to overstate the impact on national security of what is commonly known as “ The OPM Hack” . The secret files of 22 million individuals who have applied for security clearances — maintained by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) — was ripped off as cleanly as Michael Moore stealing cookies from a Girl Scout.

Every person who applies for a security clearance fills out an electronic application called an EQIP or EPSQ, which are questionnaires of applicants.

Those applying for a Top Secret clearance must answer an extremely detailed questionnaire delving into every aspect of their personal life: marital affairs, drug use, criminal activity, and any other bit of information that foreign intelligence services might use to blackmail or compromise a cleared individual.

All of those files were stolen by Red China.

The OPM hack has been so devastating to clandestine operations, including NOCs (agents operating under non-official cover), that the CIA just pulled its agents from Beijing “ for their safety” .

100% Certain that Hillary’ s server was compromised by China

Today the FBI has admitted they are investigating what other cyber security experts had already acknowledged: it is virtually certain that Hillary Clinton’ s bathroom email server had been compromised by foreign entities.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

In 12 Minute Speech to America About Mass Shooting, Obama Refers to Himself 28 Times

‘Each time this happens, I am going to bring this up’.

[Comment: Puppet Obama is following the bankster program to push to eliminate 2nd amendment. Tyranny always follows elimination of right to bear arms.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Media Reveals Its Hatred for Donald Trump

The vast majority of the denizens of American newsrooms, especially the national organizations such as CBS, NBC, CNN and others, have given up all pretense of unbiased reportage. Simply put, they despise Donald Trump. He has no fear of them and in fact when reporters take their potshots at him, he shoots back. His style includes a deep-seeded hatred for political correctness and attacks such as Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly don’t intimidate him to mince words or play word games to avoid negative press.

Because Trump doesn’t fear them or worry about offend their sensibilities, new media figures believe it’s their jobs to punish Trump for being his refusal to kowtow to them. Their vitriol is all the more pronounced because most working in news media are left-of-center therefore they hate his political philosophy and will attempt to hurt him any way they can, according to political strategist Michael Baker.

“I’m always amazed at what former CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg has said: ‘the news media are corrupt.’ And I believe he was holding back. I would personally say the news media are involved in criminal conspiracies with their friends — and co-workers — in the Democratic Party,” said Baker.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Obama: Never Letting a Good Mass Shooting Go to Waste

Obama’s twelve-and-a-half minute oration was the fifteenth time the president has issued a statement on a mass shooting, CBS Radio reporter Mark Knoller wrote on Twitter.

“Somehow this has become routine,” Obama said. “The reporting is routine, my response here at this podium ends up being routine. And what becomes routine is the response from those who oppose any sort of gun control legislation.”

Indeed Obama’s shopworn routine has become all too familiar to Americans. Whenever there is a mass shooting Obama predictably uses it to try to disarm law-abiding gun owners.

Obama refuses to accept that the primary purpose of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has always been to check governmental power. It was designed to empower citizens to fight back against the kind of despotism that Obama has increasingly come to represent.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

People Have Been Thrown in Prison for the Kinds of Stuff Carly Fiorina Engaged in as Lucent’s CEO

Fiorina ran the telecom giant Lucent as it was imploding, a fact that she was able to conceal until after she’ d jumped ship to HP with over $60 million in performance-based pay.

A series of major orders were announced under Fiorina that subsequently turned out to be completely fraudulent. In 1999, for example, Fiorina trumpeted a huge sale of up to $2.1 billion of equipment to a company called PathNet. Problem was, however, that PathNet’ s annual revenue was $1.6 million and it could ill afford such a massive purchase. In other words, Fiorina’ s PathNet deal was as crooked as a corkscrew:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Reports: UCC Shooter Asked Victims Their Religion, Then Killed the Christians

Douglas County’s News Review newspaper reports that the gunman in todays mass shooting in Oregon was asking people their religion before shooting them.

According to at least one unconfirmed account, the shooter then targeted those who had answered Christian by shooting them in the head, shooting those who answered otherwise in the legs.

From the News Review report:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Selective Outrage: Obama Hasn’t Said a Damn Word About Routine Mass Shootings in Chicago

Following the mass shooting in Oregon Thursday, the president delivered a 12 minute tirade about the need for stricter gun control laws, and admitted he was politicizing the incident before the body count was even in.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Top U.S. Physicist Claims Global Warming a ‘Scam’

(Australian National Review) Harold Warren Lewis, a respected physicist who had previously advised both the U.S. Government and the Pentagon on various matters including missile defence and nuclear winter, shocked his peers when he disseminated his letter of resignation from the American Physical Society.

Lewis accused the American Physical Society of supporting “the global warming scam, with the trillions of dollars driving it that has corrupted so many scientists.” The physicist’s letter contained a number of complaints, including the APS’ lack of a response to his endeavours to gather a committee to evaluate evidence for a human link to climate change. Lewis revealed that global warming was “the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud” he has even seen in his career.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

University Sued for Campus Gun Ban

A University of Missouri business and corporate law educator who’ s taught at the facility since 2002 has launched a lawsuit against the Columbia-based campus over its firearms’ ban, saying it’ s unconstitutional and compromises the safety of innocents.

Royce de Barondes, who also teaches a class on firearms law, said he possesses “ extensive knowledge and training on the lawful use and safe handling of a firearm,” and has a concealed carry permit, Fox News reported.

But the school still won’ t let him carry on campus. So he filed a motion to change that policy.

“ [The gun ban makes] law-abiders more vulnerable to attack by law-breakers, [and] unlawfully and unconstitutionally violates plaintiffs’ individual rights to keep and carry a firearm for self-defense,” the suit, filed in late September, states.

Campus officials, contacted for comment Thursday — around the same time Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, was shooting and killing scores at a community college in Oregon, as WND reported — declined to comment on the suit.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Veteran Finds Burned American Flag in Driveway

For 15 years, the flagpole on Loren Vincent’s front yard always had an American flag on it. But on Monday morning, he says it was gone.

“I looked out Monday morning, got my newspaper and saw the flag wasn’t here. I thought maybe it blew away,” he said.

It didn’t. Instead, its remains were left on the ground as the plastic flag was burned and melted into the driveway.

[Comment: The communist indoctrination is complete. See Yuri Bezmenov interview on youtube for how this process is achieved.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

5 Canadian Provinces Raise the Minimum Wage

Beginning this week, officials will implement a policy known as “compulsory unemployment,” otherwise identified as raising the minimum wage.

Effective Oct. 1, the minimum wage will increase in the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Co-Founder of Germany’s PEGIDA Charged With Incitement

Bachmann already stepped down from post

(ANSA-AP) — BERLIN — German prosecutors say they’ve filed incitement charges against the co-founder of PEGIDA for his Facebook posts calling refugees and other asylum-seekers “cattle” and “trash.” Dresden prosecutors said in a statement Friday that with the posts, Lutz Bachmann, who co-founded the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, was trying to incite Germans against refugees.

Bachmann stepped down after the posts and a photo surfaced of him posing to look like Adolf Hitler. He apologized, calling the Facebook postings “ill-considered comments,” and later returned to the group’s senior leadership.

Since his initial departure and other turmoil at the top, PEGIDA’s regular demonstrations in Dresden have drawn far fewer supporters than at its peak in January, when 25,000 people took part in a march.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Germany: Merkel Tipped Among Nobel Peace Prize Favorites

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged among the contenders to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Also in the frame are Pope Francis, a Russian newspaper and the parties involved in this year’s Iran nuclear deal.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Humanitarian Jihad

by Nidra Poller

[This is an excerpt from the last chapter of The Black Flag of Jihad stalks la République, scheduled for release on December 10th]

After the Arab Spring the September 2015 refugee crisis. Once again our media and allied opinion-makers dance to the beat of the Islamic street. Moved to ecstasy by compact masses of Muslim men leavened with a sprinkling of women and children trampling the ground we stand on, they incite the citizens of Europe and beyond to abject surrender in humanitarian guise.

The photo of a child victim triggered a massive onslaught on the West. The doll-like body of Aylan Shenu (a.k.a. Al Kurdi), face down at the water’s edge looking like a peaceful toddler sleeping the dreams of innocence, has produced the al Dura effect: a white flash of emotion, hasty judgment, swift punishment of the guilty, total impunity for the aggrieved party.

Why in fact was this child washed up on the beach? His parents embarked with their two boys on troubled seas in an overloaded inflated boat that would supposedly carry them from the Turkish beach of Bodum to the Greek island of Kos and from there to A New Life. The father survived, his wife and two sons drowned…

           — Hat tip: Nidra Poller [Return to headlines]

Italy: Imam Expelled for Preaching Anti-West Sentiment

Kids near Vicenza refused to take part in music class

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — An imam has been expelled from Italy for preaching anti-Western teachings to young children.

The 36-year-old Algerian allegedly told pupils of an elementary school near Vicenza not to heed Western customs and laws and to look forward to waging jihad when they were older.

The case came to light after several north African-born kids put their hands over their ears during a music lesson, saying they had been taught that playing music was against the teachings of Islam.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Unilever Buys Ice-Cream Chain Grom

‘Will continue to be run by founders’

(ANSA) — Turin, October 1 — Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever on Thursday said it had bought Italian artisanal ice-cream chain Grom. The first Grom gelateria was opened by Turin friends Federico Grom and Guido Martinetti in 2003 and today it has 67 outlets worldwide. Unilever said the Grom business “will remain standalone and will continue to be managed by Federico and Guido from Turin”. Grom has been one of the poster boys for Italian food-industry start-ups over the last few years.

Unilever said the Grom acquisition would strengthen Unilever’s ice cream portfolio and help to further capitalise on the growth of the premium gelato market. Kevin Havelock, President Refreshment Category, Unilever, said: “Unilever and Grom share the same passion for gelato and have aligned values in areas such as the sustainable sourcing of raw materials. Grom consumers will continue to enjoy the same taste and flavours they have always loved, while Unilever’s scale will give access to new markets, helping Grom to fuel growth”.

Angelo Trocchia, General Manager Unilever Italy said: “Unilever has deep roots in Italy, we started our operations here 50 years ago and have a beautiful portfolio of well known and loved brands, as well as four factories and 3,000 employees.

I am sure that such Italian heritage, together with our knowledge of the ice cream category, will help us work with Federico and Guido to unlock new opportunities for Grom.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy Joins EU Single Patent System

Rome had objected to exclusion of Italian language

(ANSA) — Brussels, September 30 — Italy has signed up to enhanced cooperation on the European Union’s unitary patent system, the European Commission announced on Wednesday. Italy had previously contested the new system because the Italian language is not among those to be used for the filing of European Union patents. Spain, which like Italy opposed the system, continues to opt out of the system, while Croatia is also out at the moment as it is a new EU member.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Two Albanians Arrested for Bus Attack on Disabled Teen

Men, 32 and 33, accused of beating victim

(ANSA) — Rome, October 2 — Italian police on Friday arrested two Albanian men for allegedly attacking a disabled Indian teenager on a Rome bus.

The pair, aged 32 and 33, are accused of slapping, punching and hitting the teen with a rolled-up newspaper after pushing him to the back of the bus.

The victim’s schoolmates reportedly came to his defence but one of them was punched too, police said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy Denies Asking for Leon to Stay on

‘Total collaboration with successor’ says foreign ministry

(ANSA) — Rome, October 2 — The Italian foreign ministry on Friday denied press reports that Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni had asked for UN Libya envoy Bernardino Leon to be given a second term.

“The end of Bernardino Leon’s term was always scheduled and the choice of his successor took place over two months ago,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Contrary to what appears in some newspapers, there has not been, nor could there ever have been, any Italian request to confirm Leon and there will obviously be total collaboration with his successor,” it said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: MPS Gains 4.4% on Merger Rumour

Intesa, Unicredit in line with rest of list

(ANSA) — Milan, October 2 — Shares in Tuscan lender Monte dei Paschi Siena rose 4.4% Friday amid rumours — categorically denied — of a future merger with Intesa Sanpaolo and Unicredit, Italy’s two biggest banks. Intesa was up 2.2% and Unicredit 1.7% up, in line with the FTSE Mib, which showed a gain of 1.8%.

Intesa CEO Carlo Messina denied the reports, after all three banks had done the same.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Scuffles Between Students and Police in Bologna

Protesters try to break thru cordon around industrial HQ

(ANSA) — Bologna, October 2 — Scuffles broke out Friday between police and students protesting Premier Matteo Renzi’s ‘Good School’ reforms in Bologna Friday.

The students tried to break through a cordon around the offices of the business group Unindustria Bologna.

The police baton-charged the students, wielding their truncheons.

The Good School reforms, which include the hiring of thousands of teachers, have been contested by teachers and students.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Merkel Has ‘Good Chance’ of Winning Nobel Peace Prize

German Chancellor Angela Merkel could win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the influential Bild newspaper said Friday, as the leader is lauded worldwide for her courage in opening her country’s doors to refugees fleeing war and persecution.

“Chancellor Angela Merkel has a good chance of winning the Nobel Peace Prize,” said the newspaper.

“Reasons: her actions in the Ukraine crisis and the refugee policies,” it added…

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

UK: Blow for Corbyn After Labour Conference: Poll Reveals He is the Most Unpopular New Party Leader Ever

Less than a month into the job, Mr Corbyn has a negative approval rating of minus 8. At the same point in Ed Miliband’s leadership, he had a positive rating with the public of plus 26.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Wheelchair-Bound Blind Woman With the Mental Age of a Toddler is Told to Attend a Meeting About Her Work Prospects — Despite Not Being Able to Speak

Danika Smith, 19, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which left her paralysed, received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions calling for a ‘work-focused interview’.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Tunisia: Italy Grants Another 1.25 Mln Euros to Handicapped

Italian cooperation announces second phase

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS, OCTOBER 2 — Italy’s Cooperation for development has promoted in Tunisia a project to support the social integration of handicapped people worth 1.8 million euros by funding small and medium-sized projects by associations operating in the sector.

The state of advancement of projects was discussed at a conference in Tunis organized by the Tunisian ministry for social affairs during which the new perspectives of Italian-Tunisian cooperation were presented.

Among projects funded by Italian cooperation was the renovation and enlargement of the offices of the regional union for blind people in Gafsa, which was completely redone with larger areas and new material. Italian cooperation also funded training courses for ministerial officials and representatives of associations in Italy and the technical assistance of the University of Bologna to the Tunisian Institute for the promotion of the handicapped for the installation of an infographic laboratory.

Future initiatives announced by the director of Utl in Tunis, Cristina Natoli, will see Italian cooperation engaged in Tunisia with a “Project to support the implementation of the international convention on the rights of handicapped people” worth 1.25 million euros to assist in the drafting of a national action plan in the sector to improve the ability to take care of handicapped people at home and improve data gathering an analysis at a local and central level”. The plan is scheduled to last two years with activities both at a national and regional level, in particular in the governorates in Silana, Gafsa and Sidi Bouzid.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Caroline Glick: Israel’s Risk Aversion Problem

On Wednesday the Obama administration was caught off guard by Russia’s rapid rise in Syria. As the Russians began bombing a US-supported militia along the Damascus-Homs highway, Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, at the UN. Just hours before their meeting Kerry was insisting that Russia’s presence in Syria would likely be a positive development.

Reacting to the administration’s humiliation, Republican Sen. John McCain said, “This administration has confused our friends, encouraged our enemies, mistaken an excess of caution for prudence and replaced the risks of action with the perils of inaction.”

McCain added that Russian President Vladimir Putin had stepped “into the wreckage of this administration’s Middle East policy.”

While directed at the administration, McCain’s general point is universally applicable. Today is no time for an overabundance of caution…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]

Police Shield Israeli President at Settlers’ Funeral

Verbally attacked by far-right extremists

(ANSAmed) — TEL AVIV, OCTOBER 2 — Israeli president Reuven Rivlin (Likud) was verbally attacked on Friday by two far-right extremists after a funeral held for two Israeli settlers killed in an attack in the West Bank. The police shielded him to enable him to reach his car unharmed, reported Radio Jerusalem. The extremists had taken issue with a self-critical statement Rivlin made in July after a case of arson that killed three members of a Palestinian family. Thousands of mostly Israelis living in West Bank settlements had previously gathered in a Jerusalem cemetery for the funeral of the victims, Eitam and Naama Hankin. During the funeral eulogy, Rivlin had said that “we must deal with a cruel terrorist offensive. Terrorism has accompanied us since the first days in which we began to build our national hearth here, without its ever managing to loosen our hold on the ground.” “We will fight terrorism without any uncertainty, without pity and without weakness,” he added. “We will fight, and we will defeat it.” Rivlin said he had received a personal letter months ago from Naama Hankin after an Israeli had been killed in a West Bank attack not far from her home. “I wrote words of comfort to her, but I would never have imagined,” he said, “that I would later have to comfort her orphans in person.” After the burial, two far-right activists — Itamar Ban Gvir and Benzion Gopshtein — threw themselves at Rivlin, yelling about the words of criticism that Rivlin had said after the killing of three members of a Palestinian family, saying that he needed to “apologize to the Jewish people”. The activists were removed from the area by the police.

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‘Avoid New Libya in Syria’ Says Renzi

Syria strategy must end war ‘today and tomorrow’

(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, where a bloody civil war has entered into its fourth year.

“I believe we need an agreement within a wide majority of countries to solve the problems in Syria”, he said.

“The presence of (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad is a major problem, but I believe the priority right now is to find out if each country involved in this terrible dossier can reach a compromise,” he added.

Renzi added that foreign intervention in Libya in 2011 “lacked a strategy for the future” and this has led to “a country that, four years later, is out of control”.

Any initiative in Syria will be only be credible if it solves the problem “for today and for tomorrow as well”, he said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Former Obama Arms Control Aide Gary Samore Confirms 2009 Iranian Enrichment Negotiations

The opaque nature of revelations about the Obama negotiations with Iran over nuclear enrichment just got murkier. Buried in a rambling putative valedictory speech by outgoing Argentine President Cristina Kirchner at the UN General Assembly on September 28th was a stunning revelation. Former Assistant to the President for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Dr. Gary Samore, now Research Director at the Harvard’s Belfer Center, had apparently reached out to Argentina to supply nuclear fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor in Iran.

The eventual proposal was to have Russia convert 1,200 kg. of Iranian stocks of 5.0 % low enriched uranium hexafluoride into 19.5 % enriched uranium to be shipped to France for conversion into reactor rods and then shipped back to Tehran.

The Kirchner speech opened a chapter on how early the Obama White House was in discussions with Iran trying to work a deal during the era of former Iranian President Ahmadinejad. According to Samore, the deal was nixed by Ayatollah Khamenei. This revelation is one more element building a case for why litigation against the deal, whether by Congress and/ or the states,should be pursued to uncover the whole history of negotiations that eventuated in the controversial JCPOA…

           — Hat tip: Jerry Gordon [Return to headlines]

Hillary Clinton Advocates War With Russia

For someone who allegedly has experience in foreign policy, Hillary Clinton is sounding like a bit of a numbskull.

In an apparent break with the Obama White House, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for the creation of a no-fly zone inside Syria Thursday, the day after Russian warplanes started bombing rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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

House of Bribes: How the United States Led the Way to a Nuclear Iran

Executive Summary

The Iranian nuclear deal is a full capitulation to Iran’s terrorist mastermind Mullahs, and the latest in a series of betrayals of the American people and allies by the Obama administration. At the highest level of the administration, Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor, the Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, prioritized rapprochement with the terror state. Throughout the process and negotiations, she had the backing of billionaire investor (and Obama-backer) George Soros, and his multi-headed network of tax-exempt foundations. Their efforts were driven by deep-rooted anti-Semitism and personal greed. Meanwhile, since the mid-1990s, a small but very connected Iranian lobby (funded, in part, by George Soros) has been laying the groundwork for normalizing relations with Tehran. Operating through a variety of non-governmental organizations and political action committees, the lobby courted Democrat and Republican politicians. With the election of (Soros-backed) Obama in 2008, the Iranian lobby had very receptive ears in the White House. International business interests were courted and effectively bribed with access to Iranian markets, until finally the deal was realized, approved, and sealed by a vote of the United Nations Security Council.

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‘Humanitarian’ Propaganda War Against Syria — Led by Avaaz and the White Helmets

The term “moderate rebels” has become one of the most significant misnomers (by now, a running joke in international intelligence circles) of this soon-to-be five year conflict. The hijacking of any semblance of a legitimate opposition to the Syrian Government by NATO, the US and regional allies including Israel in order to achieve their desired regime change — has been well documented.

Who are these elusive “moderate rebels”? You may well ask. Traditionally it is the US-backed “Free Syria Army” (FSA) which has long been marketed as the cuddly, viable alternative to the duly elected government led by President Bashar al Assad — which incidentally is the internationally recognised (outside of Washington and London) official government of Syria, supported by the majority of the Syrian people. Recent polls place Assad’s popularity at around 80%. Unfortunately, we don’t have to dig too deep to reveal the hard-line Islamist, Salafi affiliations of this so-called ‘moderate’ group of brigands.

Journalist Daniel Greenfield puts it most succinctly: “Few media outlets are willing to say that out loud, but it’s quite true. There is no Free Syrian Army. It’s an umbrella for providing Western aid to a front group run by the Muslim Brotherhood.” He deplores the shaky Pentagon math that Obama and Congress have used in an attempt to downplay the reality that even in 2013 Pentagon sources were reluctantly admitting that extremist groups constituted over 50% of Syrian “opposition” and that these numbers were steadily increasing…

It must also be remembered thatthe majority of civilians will flee an area infested by such mercenaries and seek refuge in Syria government-held areas. That fact alone should indicate who the people of Syria really favor. So, 90% of IDPs are in government-held areas. This is another fact conveniently omitted from most mainstream media reports.

[Comment: Recommended reading.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Iraq Would Welcome Russian Strikes Against Islamic State: Abadi

Iraq’s government would welcome Russian air strikes against Islamic State and was receiving information from both Syria and Russia on the militant group, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday.

The United States has led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq for more than a year, but Baghdad has repeatedly bemoaned the lack of engagement and air support for Iraqi forces trying to regain territory against the group.

On Wednesday, Russian warplanes began air strikes in neighboring Syria, saying it would hit Islamic State “and other terrorist groups.”

Abadi, asked by France 24 television whether he had discussed air strikes with Russia in his country, said: ““Not yet” and “it is a possibility. If we get the offer we will consider it and I would welcome it.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference that Moscow was not planning to expand its air strikes to Iraq.

“We were not invited or asked,” Lavrov said. “We are a polite people as you know. We don’t come if we’re not invited.”

Russian warplanes that joined the fight in Syria bombed a camp run by rebels trained by the CIA, the group’s commander said, putting Moscow and Washington on opposing sides in a Middle East conflict for the first time since the Cold War.

“We were expecting the international coalition, Americans to bring massive air power to protect our forces,” Abadi told France 24 on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly.

“We haven’t received that. At the moment we are getting support, but it’s not major, it’s limited. What matters for us is how best to fight Daesh (Islamic State.)”

Iraq’s military joint operations command said on Sept. 27 its military officials were cooperating on intelligence and security in Baghdad with Russia, Iran and Syria to counter the threat from Islamic State.

“It is in our interest to share information with Russia. Russia has a lot of information. The more information we gather the more I can protect the Iraqi people,” Abadi said.

Iraqi officials say the agreement to share intelligence with Russia did not mean the United States would lose influence with the Baghdad government. But diplomats and officials said Abadi may use the growing Russian presence as leverage against the Americans as he seeks more weapons from Washington.

Abadi said Baghdad had also been getting “massive” and “very useful” information on Islamic State from the Syrian government.

Abadi also said that the number of Iranian experts and advisers in his country “did not exceed 110” and “they are giving us expertise, training and know-how.”

“Iran is helping us. They don’t have soldiers or boots on the ground,” Abadi said.

When asked whether he believed that Russia had targeted non-Islamic State targets in Syria, Abadi said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him that it was in Moscow’s interests to hit the group because he feared Russian Islamist fighters could return to Russia carry out attacks.

“I can see a sea change (in the fight against Islamic State), but I hope it is in the right direction,” Abadi said. “Our aim is to bring everybody together to fight Daesh and not fight among themselves.”

(Reporting by John Irish at the United Nations; Editing by David Storey and Grant McCool)

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

Russian Jets Strike IS Command Centre in Syria

Russian warplanes have destroyed an Islamic State command centre in Syria, according to Moscow’s Defence Ministry.

The Sukhoi-34 jets also targeted a training camp — obliterating infrastructure which the ministry claims was being used to prepare “terrorists”.

Moscow claimed it has carried out 18 attacks in Syria since Thursday night, with 12 of them hitting Islamic State targets.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Syria: “Not a Proxy War. It’s One Step Closer”

Given that the the U.S. and its allies are largely responsible for creating ISIS, and that U.S., Turkey and Israel have all been acting as ISIS’ air force — they are not taking too kindly to Russia’s actions.

This Wall Street Journal headline sums up the absurdity of the situation: “Russian Airstrike in Syria Targeted CIA-Backed Rebels, U.S. Officials Say.”

We noted years ago that a proxy war is raging in Syria … but things are getting even more over-heated.

Political risk expert Ian Bremmer sums up the situation:

Russian forces will be striking Assad enemies, some of whom are directly supported by the US and its allies. That’s not a proxy war. It’s one step closer.

What could possibly go wrong?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Syria to be ‘Another Afghanistan for Russia’

Al Qaeda affiliated Sheikh Muhaysini says in video

BEIRUT — Syria will be a “tomb for its invaders”, a Saudi cleric and militant said in a video posted online on Friday. Abdallah Muhammad Al-Muhaysini, a Saudi cleric in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province with links to the local Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al-Nusra, was refering to the Russian armed forces. “I speak to the Russian people and ask them: have you forgotten the Afghan quagmire?” he said. “The people of Sham (Syria, Ed.) will rise up against you.” The cleric enjoys a great deal of support in the neighboring region of Idlib. Russia launched its first airstrikes in Syria on September 30, after the Russian Senate unanimously voted to authorize military intervention by the country’s armed forces.

President Vladimir Putin pledged that the country would not take part in ground operations. Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad had asked for the intervention, Russia said, calling itself the “only country” to intervene against the Islamic State (ISIS) in compliance with international law since — underscored the Kremlin spokesman — military operations abroad are possible only on the basis of a UN Security Council resolution or on the request of the legitimate authorities of the country concerned. The Russian intervention has led to much criticism from the US, which claims that Moscow is using the “fight against terrorism” to hit Western-backed rebels that are fighting against Assad in the Homs and Hama province.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

US Complains as Putin Bombs Its Terrorists: “ISIS is an Intentional Creation of U.S.”

The New York Times in its recent article, “Russians Strike Targets in Syria, but Not ISIS Areas,” attempts to frame Russia’s recent actions in Syria as dishonest and dangerous. It reports:

Russian aircraft carried out a bombing attack against Syrian opposition fighters on Wednesday, including at least one group trained by the C.I.A., eliciting angry protests from American officials and plunging the complex sectarian war there into dangerous new territory.

This of course would only make Russia’s actions dishonest or dangerous if groups trained by the US CIA were in fact the “moderates” the US claims they are. However, they are not, and thus Russia’s actions are duly justified as is the expansion of their current policy. There Are no Moderates, and There Never Were

For months now, after years of headlines confirming the US has been covertly arming militants in Syria for the purpose of overthrowing the government in Damascus, a narrative revolving around tens of thousands of these militants “defecting” to Al Nusra and the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL) has been peddled to the public by the Western media and US politicians to account for the apparent failure of America’s alleged policy of creating an army of “moderates” to both fight ISIS/Al Qaeda and the Syrian government.

In reality, from the beginning, there were never any moderates.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Taliban Take 4th Afghan District in 48 Hrs

In north of country

(ANSA) — Kabul, October 2 — The Taliban on Thursday night took their fourth Afghan district in 48 hours, Warduj in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, the Pajhwok news agency reported Friday.

Previously the insurgents took another three districts in the north: Khawaja Ghar in Takhar, Tala Wa Barfak in Baghlan and Qala Zal in Kunduz.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Gunman Who Shot Dead NSW Police Employee Was Radicalised Youth

The actions of the 15-year-old gunman who shot dead a New South Wales police civilian employee were an act of terrorism, police say.

The radicalised youth of Iraq-Kurdish background killed the employee as he was leaving police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney’s west around 4:30pm yesterday.

The offender then fired several more shots at officers as they emerged from the building to respond to the incident.

He was killed when the officers, who are special constables, returned fire.

Commissioner Andrew Scipione said police were a long way from establishing a full picture of the gunman but could confirm he was of Iraqi-Kurdish background and born in Iran.

“We believe his actions were politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism,” Mr Scipione said.

“We have no information that this individual posed this type of threat but he will investigate thoroughly.”

Mr Scipione confirmed the victim was Curtis Cheng, a 17-year veteran of the police force’s finance department.

“He was a much-loved man, [he had] been with us a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone have a bad word about Curtis and he will be missed,” he said.

Premier Mike Baird said the “chilling crime” would “echo around the world”, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the “cold-blooded murder, targeting the NSW Police Service”…

           — Hat tip: RA [Return to headlines]

Five Girl Suicide Bombers Kill 14 in Nigeria

Near mosque in Maiduguri

(ANSA) — Rome, October 2 — Five little girls wearing explosives belts died Friday in a suicide attack near a mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the BBC reported.

The youngest was nine years old.

The death toll including the child suicide bombers was 14, and 39 people were injured.

Maiduguri is the birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist insurgency.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

30 Syrians Hidden in Refrigerator Truck in Calais

Including 3-year-old, saved by 1-degree temperatures

(ANSAmed) — PARIS, OCTOBER 2 — A reported 31-migrants, including 30 Syrian and one Vietnamese nationals, were discovered on Friday inside a refrigerator truck in a rest area of the A16 highway, in the region of Calais, the northern French port from which thousands attempt to reach Great Britain, radio Europe 1 reports. The refugees included a three-year-old.

Inside the truck the temperature was one degree Celsius but police intervened in time and the 31 migrants are reportedly all safe and sound.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Asylum Seekers to be Relocated From Italy ‘Within Days’

To Estonia, Luxembourg, Sweden, and elsewhere

(ANSA) — Brussels, October 2 — EU sources said Friday the relocation of asylum seekers from Italy to other EU nations including Estonia, Luxembourg and Sweden will begin “within days”. The idea is to get it done before the next EU summit on October 15, the sources said. EU interior ministers agreed in September to resettle 120,000 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy — where most refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean usually make first landfall — to other member States.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Germany: PEGIDA Head Lutz Bachmann Charged for Anti-Migrant Rhetoric

German prosecutors have accused Lutz Bachmann, leader of the controversial anti-immigrant group, with inciting hatred. It is the culmination of an investigation that began months ago.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Germany: Hamburg Refugee Center Keeps the Peace After Clashes

After fighting at a disused DIY store in Hamburg, now home to hundreds, Afghan residents were scared to go back inside. They packed up and prepared to sleep outside, until a solution was found. Mark Hallam reports.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Germany: Hamburg Passes Law to ‘Borrow’ Buildings to Shelter Refugees

Hamburg has decided to borrow vacant commercial buildings over winter to shelter refugees, by compulsion if needed. Liberals have decried the decision, the first of its kind by one of Germany’s 16 states.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

German Ambassador: EU Political Integration Does Not Work

People no longer able to follow the European project

(ANSA) — ROME — The migrants emergency “is a result of the many gaps to be filled in terms of political integration. Economic integration works, the political one no”, Ambassador of Germany, Susanne Marianne Wasum-Rainer, said in an interview with Radio Radicale for the 25th anniversary of German reunification.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Jobs Up Only for Immigrants, +14,000, Down 262,000 for ‘Native-Borns’

For a third month in a row, native-born Americans saw their job numbers tumble while immigrants experience solid gains.

According to the montly Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers just released, “foreign-born” jobs numbers increased by 14,000, while those for “native-born” Americans fell off a cliff, by 262,000.

Over the past three months, the job numbers for native-born have dropped by nearly 1 million, exactly the number of jobs President Obama promised to add when he ran for re-election in 2012.

During that period, jobs for immigrants grew 218,000.

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

Migrants: Viktor Orban Says ‘Look Like Warriors’

Usa, rich Arab state, Israel, Australia don’t accept anyone

(ANSA-AP) — Budapest — Hungary’s prime minister says the refugees and migrants arriving in Europe are mostly young men who “look more like an army than asylum seekers.” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday on state radio that while he did not reject the right of any country to try to solve its demographic problems “with young men from the Arab world who look like warriors,” it was unacceptable “to have this forced upon Hungary.”

Orban, who is advocating for global quotas for receiving migrants, says it is unfair for countries like the United States, the rich Arab states, Israel and Australia to expect Europe to take in the migrants while accepting few or none themselves. He said that if Europe tried to solve the migration crisis and other global problems on its own, “we will crush the lifestyle … values and strengths we have developed in the past several hundreds of years.”

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Record 168,000 People Reached Europe by Sea in September: UN

Some 168,000 migrants and refugees made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in September, marking the highest monthly figure on record, the United Nations said Friday.

“In September, 168,000 crossed the Mediterranean. That’s the highest monthly figure ever, and almost five times the number seen in September 2014,” UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters.

He said the September figure was more than two thirds of the total number of arrivals in 2014, when 219,000 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe…

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

The Irony of Sanctuary Cities: Increased Illegal Alien Crimes

Millions of Americans in the past 40 years experienced illegal alien crimes perpetrated by persons violating America’s borders. Those crimes include burglaries, shoplifting, car theft, bank robberies, murders, rapes, drug trafficking, working with fraudulent papers and birthing children on U.S. soil.

It’s been said, “Illegal aliens’ only car insurance after a crash is to run from the scene.”

Famed economist Edwin Rubenstein researched for three years to come up with a figure for the cost of illegal alien crime, welfare and health care costs of illegal aliens inhabiting America. His final tabulation showed that American taxpayers shell out $346 billion annually across 15 different categories. (Source:

But no matter how much illegal alien crime and the employers who hire them, our U.S. Congress and our last five presidents refuse(d) to secure our borders or enforce internal employment laws to stop employers from hiring illegal aliens, landlords from renting to them and transport companies from moving them about the country.

Ironically, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, researcher Dr. Steve Comarata counted 206 U.S. cities voted for “Sanctuary City” status: no matter how many illegal aliens within their communities, the police cannot ask for, arrest or detain illegal aliens. (Source:

Ten states and the District of Columbia allow illegal aliens to apply for and receive driver’s licenses. All in violation of America’s immigration laws on the books!…

Analyst Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute of Atlanta, Georgia analyzed thousands of cases of illegal alien crime from 1999 to 2006. Her study included serial rapists, serial murders, sexual homicides and child molestation committed by illegal migrants.

She said, “This translates to 93 sex offenders and 12 serial sexual offenders crossing into the U.S. illegally daily. This places the estimate for victimization numbers around 960,000 for the 88 months of the study.” (Source: WND report)

That’s a million American lives affected by illegal alien criminals set free and allowed to roam the cities of America without fear of arrest or deportation.

In Denver, Colorado, police arrested alien Francis Hernandez for drunk driving five times, but released him because of Colorado’s “Sanctuary State” status. He later drove drunk into a Baskin-Robins to kill two older women and a three-year-old child licking his ice cream cone on a stool.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Australian Court Sides With ‘False Accusations’

A court in Australia on Friday sided with the “ false accusations” of a pro-abortion lawmaker and ordered an American pro-life leader invited Down Under for a speaking tour about new American efforts to reveal the money-making baby body parts trade of Planned Parenthood to be sent back to the United States.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Effects of Graphic Sex Education on Innocent Minds

Let us explore what happens to the innocent mind of a young boy or girl when confronted with explicit sexual material.

First, let’s acknowledge an important point: We are all born with a basic, indwelling standard of decency — a knowledge of right and wrong, a conscience — which by its very nature has the power to hold sway over unruly passions. But it is equally true that a child can all too quickly be separated/seduced from that standard through intimidation or shock — the kind of shock a child experiences when exposed to graphic sexual material.

That is why the kind of guidance children receive is so important. It can either confirm the promptings of their conscience and set them firmly on the right track, or it can contradict the child’s conscience and instead become the source of corruption itself. That is exactly what has happened in the nation’s classrooms.

Once the child has been separated from his inner standard by being sexually awakened prematurely, he becomes hopelessly dependent on the seducer for the guidance he can no longer find from within. Under the banner of education, teachers have become seducers — corrupters of innocence who usher young people into forbidden sexual experiences that lead to teen pregnancy, abortion, sexual diseases, and mental and emotional problems.

Consider the effect of a Playboy centrefold on a young boy; or the effect on a female child of seeing her dad’s nakedness; or the shock a young child experiences while hearing his parents groaning in the next room — even a three year old senses the meaning of the sounds without completely understanding them.

A child drawn too early into that adult world of sensuality is faced with two ‘choices’: unhealthy expression of his overpowering impulses, or unhealthy repression. Gone is the hope of incubating a natural discipline to be exercised at an older age. A ten year old who has been shocked by sexually explicit information, finds his mind endlessly fixated to increasingly vivid sexual images, to the point where these images compel expression. One can quickly see the problems this presents to a child: A young boy may develop a desire to molest his younger sister in order to experiment safely on someone weaker than himself who doesn’t have the consciousness to shame him about what he’s doing, and can’t get him into trouble. If he does gratify his ego through sexual activity, he feels greater conflict and emptiness, and, strangely enough, ever stronger waves of uncontrollable sexual desires, accompanied by frustration, dissatisfaction, and rage.

When a child’s sexual nature is awakened too soon, he is simply not able to put the sensuous giant back to sleep, and so lives in a terrible nightmare. Only people who have gone through it and have overcome their problems can really understand the debilitating, paralyzing fixation to sexual fantasy that possesses so many young minds — to the exclusion of work and study. Indeed, children can become so preoccupied with sex that they can no longer function in school — no wonder Johnny can’t read.

Once a child is sexually awakened, he gravitates toward society’s “sexperts” who eagerly assure him that every new impulse is perfectly normal. It’s all approved under the umbrella of self expression.

A child is extremely vulnerable to these ideas — especially when presented by adults in positions of authority — as he has not yet developed the ability to shield himself from dangerous influences.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

India, China and US Governments All Censor the Internet When They Don’t Want Citizens to Learn the Truth

(NaturalNews) A surge of caste-related unrest in India has led the government there to close off the internet in another attempt to silence opposition and control the narrative. This is a tactic that is often used in neighboring China, and it might even be coming to U.S. networks in the future…

Could this kind of internet censorship happen in the United States, the land of the First Amendment? Some people think so, and many believe that is the impetus behind the Obama administration’s so-called “Net Neutrality” rules approved earlier this year by the Federal Communications Commission.

On February 26, a small group of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats — three, to be exact — voted to give the federal government the instant authority to reclassify the internet from a free, uninhibited mode of communication and commerce into a “public utility” just like your old phone company so that it can be “better regulated”. All of this is being done under the phony guise of making everything more “fair.” Now, when Comcast or Verizon provide services to your home, they will have to do so “in the public interest,” whatever that means.

Simply put, the Obama administration wants to be able to do what China and India can do: shut down access so it can control narratives.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italy: Two Milan Council Staff Arrested for Kickbacks

On construction contracts

(ANSA) — Milan, September 29 — Two employees of Milan city council were among four people arrested Tuesday in connection with a probe into suspected kickbacks on construction contracts in the Lombardy capital, police said.

The two municipal staff were named as Giuseppe Amoroso and Angelo Russo, both working in the building maintenance department.

The other two arrested were a former manager on the council, Luigi Mario Grillone, and the boss of a construction company, Marco Volpi.

The staffers and the former manager were said to have been silent partners in the construction company, Professione Edilizia Srl.

After retiring from the council, Grillone was said to have become an agent for the construction business.

Documents were seized at council offices and from Aler, the Lombardy company for residential construction.

Those arrested are suspected of racketeering and corruption, police said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Obama, Pope, UN: Con Artists Together

“In March, Mr. Obama submitted a plan to the United Nations detailing how the United States would meet its target [on reducing global warming]. It said it would do so chiefly through enactment of Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions from cars, trucks and power plants.” (New York Times, “ Global Climate Pact Gains Momentum as China, U.S. and Brazil Detail Plans,” 6/30/15)

Translation of the above quote: Obama will bypass Congress and make global warming decisions for the future of America through executive fiat…

The Pope, Obama, and the UN all support the tenets of Globalism. They want to see more jobs and factories and industrial production flee home countries, causing major suffering, and instead move to distant regions where workers are virtual slaves and flimsy environmental rules can be broken at will.


The migration of populations is another key part of the overall op. For example, in Europe, the plan involves bringing in, quickly, so many people that communities are overwhelmed, and traditions and customs are swamped and lost. In other words, create a single de facto European population that dissolves all borders and differences.

Of course, this outcome is heralded as the triumph of equality, but that is a sham. That is the cover story.

Mass migration has nothing to do with that.

Here is the godfather of Globalism, David Rockefeller, writing in his Memoirs (2003):

“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

Building that structure under our noses involves the destruction of many cultures and traditions and nations, in order to create a homogenized global population.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

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