Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/4/2015

According to the EU border agency Frontex, 800,000 illegal immigrants have landed in Europe in 2015. Meanwhile, the Greek national Olympic committee has rejected a government proposal to house “refugees” in the velodrome that was used in the 2004 Olympic games.

In other migration news, local media reports say that the Slovenian government has stockpiled many miles of barbed wire in case it has to fence off its border with Croatia.

In other news, the British government has suspended flights to Sharm El-Sheikh in the Sinai because it believes that the Russian jetliner that crashed last weekend was brought down by a bomb.

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Financial Crisis
» $20 Trillion Man: National Debt Nearly Doubles During Obama Presidency
» Italy: Budget Bill Gets More Flak Amid Row With Regions
 
USA
» Putin, Merkel Edge Obama to New Low in Power Ranking
 
Europe and the EU
» Deutsche Bank to Pay $258 Mn for Violating US Sanctions
» Europe is Increasingly ‘Disenchanted’ With Obama Over Russia
» Germany: VW ‘Manipulated’ 100k Petrol Cars: Minister
» Italy: PR Expert in Vatileaks 2 Case Says She is Innocent
» Italy: Niel’s NJJ Says No 3rd Parties in Telecom Operation
» Italy: Renzi Demands New Rules for Centre-Left Primaries
» Swede Wins Damages Over ‘Skeleton Sex’ Case
» U.S. Approves Italy’s Request to Arm Its Drones
» UK: ‘Our Life is Now Empty’: Parents Speak of Torment as Doctor is Found Guilty of Negligent Manslaughter of Their Down’s Syndrome Son, 6, After Confusing Him With Another Patient
» UK: Cities Facing Lockdown as ‘Anonymous’ Protesters Threaten ‘World’s Biggest’ Demo Tomorrow
» UKIP Deputy Leader in Jerusalem: Slams Multiculturalism, Pakistani Rape Gangs, And EU Control
» Vatican Dept Spent Thousands on Flights, Clothes Says Book
 
North Africa
» Russian Plane Crash: Downing Street Suspends Sharm El-Sheikh Flights as Airliner ‘May Well Have Been Brought Down by Bomb’
» Sinai Plane Crash: Bomb Fears Prompt Sharm Flights Suspension
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Polish Security Firm May Help Patrol Jerusalem
» Showdown at the OK Corral
» Why Palestinians Do Not Want Cameras on the Temple Mount
 
Middle East
» Erdogan’s Ballot Stuffing “Victory”
» Erdogan Urges Turkey’s New Parliament to Address Constitution
» Money, Patriotism Drive Russians to Join Syria Mission
» State Department Admits Nusra Front ‘Absorbed’ Part of Moderate Opposition
 
South Asia
» Afghanistan Orders Probe After Young Girl Stoned to Death
» India: Hindu Paramilitary Group Calls for Policy Change to Contain “Harmful” Minorities
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Cops Caught on Camera ‘Executing’ Criminal (Warning: Graphic Content)
 
Immigration
» 800,000 ‘Irregular’ EU Entries in 2015: Frontex
» Germany: Bishop: Refugee Zones Like Concentration Camp
» Germany: Police Swoop on Refugee Smugglers Nationwide
» Germany: Merkel’s Open Door Policy Leading to ‘Civil War’, Says AfD Official
» Greece Rejects Using Olympic Site to Shelter Refugees as Countries Crack Down on Smugglers
» Large Brawl Erupts in Belgian Refugee Center
» Media: Slovenia Bought Many km of Barbed Wire
» Merkel Overwhelmed: Chancellor Plunges Germany Into Chaos
» Migrant EU in Chaos as Member States Fail to Offer Quota Places to Refugees
» Sweden Steps up Push for EU Refugee Sharing
» Sweden: Roma Sleep on Streets After Malmö Eviction
» Swedish News Site Editor: Flood Country With ISIS So Anti-Immigrant Swedes Are Exiled
 

$20 Trillion Man: National Debt Nearly Doubles During Obama Presidency

When President Obama signs into law the new two-year budget deal Monday, his action will bring into sharper focus a part of his legacy that he doesn’t like to talk about: He is the $20 trillion man.

Mr. Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017. Added to the current total national debt of more than $18.15 trillion, the red ink will likely be crowding the $20 trillion mark right around the time Mr. Obama leaves the White House.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Budget Bill Gets More Flak Amid Row With Regions

Keep low cash-transaction limit, says Audit Court

(ANSA) — Rome, November 3 — The government’s 2016 budget bill came under fresh criticism in official reports on Tuesday as a row between Premier Matteo Renzi’s executive and the nation’s regions rumbled on.

On Monday Piedmont Governor Sergio Chiamparino, the outgoing president of the conference of Italian regional governments, said cuts in the bill threatened the very existence of the regions.

Renzi hit back saying he was going to “have fun” in the confrontation with the regions, adding they should stop complaining and find ways to cut spending.

“I’m not going to the meet the government with a spirit of having fun, but in a spirit of work,” Chiamparino replied on Tuesday. “I don’t think that presenting demands is subversive.

Either the figures that we have should be shown to be false, and no one has done that so far, or the regions should get answers.

“It’s not a challenge or a tug of war, the regions just want to give answers to the public”. Meanwhile, after Lower House and Senate experts took issue with the bill and the CGIL, Italy’s largest trade union, said it benefited the “have mores” on Monday, there was fresh criticism on Tuesday from the Audit Court and the Bank of Italy. The State auditor highlighted the temporary nature of some of the provisions.

The bill “suffers for the temporary character of certain coverage and the persistence of safeguard clauses that are postponed to the future”, Court President Raffaele Squitieri said in a hearing before the Senate. Consequently it will be necessary to “make large budget cuts or increase revenue considerably” starting from 2017, he added. The proposed abolition of the local services tax TASI “freezes” the fiscal competence of local councils, to the advantage of those that raised the tax rate has high as possible and penalising those where the TASI tax was lower, Squitieri said. The brunt of the budget adjustment will be borne by local administrations “with negative repercussions on the quality of services”, he said.

The Bank of Italy commented on the raising of the limit on cash transactions from 1,000 to 3,000 euros. “A limit on cash transfers, even a low one, must be maintained,” Bank of Italy director general Luigi Signorini told the Senate. The government has said the move aims to boost consumer spending but critics have said it risks making tax evasion easier. “The existence of macroeconomic effects caused by the ceiling on consumption is not supported by clear empirical evidence,” Signorini said. “It is advisable to maintain a stricter regime for activities that are more exposed to contamination, such as money transfers”. Measures contained in the so-called Stability Law to reduce the tax burden on production “seem better able to increase growth in the medium-term” than do those to relieve taxation on property, he continued. The bill will abolish the IMU property tax on people’s first homes and on farm property.

“From a macroeconomic perspective on the basis of empirical evidence available to date, elimination of property taxes may only impact families subject to restricted liquidity,” Signorini said. The director general also warned that the proposed reduction in taxes “is financed only in part by spending cuts”.

“(The bill) forecasts greater income deriving largely from voluntary disclosure (of assets held abroad unbeknown to the Italian tax authorities)” Signorini said. This income is only of a “temporary” nature, he added.

National statistics agency Istat said that the budget bill will have a modest impact in economic growth in 2016, adding that the effects will be felt more the following year. It said in a report that the positive effect will be manifest “in a slight manner in 2016 (0.1 of a percentage point) and more significant in 2017 (0.3 of a percentage point)”. Istat said the effect in 2017 would largely be due to a fall in business tax IRES.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Putin, Merkel Edge Obama to New Low in Power Ranking

Barack Obama on Wednesday became the first sitting US president to slide out of the top two power rankings as published by Forbes, beaten not just by Vladimir Putin but also Angela Merkel.

The magazine published its seventh annual ranking just weeks after Putin opened a new front in the Syria war by conducting air strikes, then Putin hosted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Moscow.

“As Obama enters the final year of his presidency, it’s clear his influence is shrinking, and it’s a bigger struggle than ever to get things done,” Forbes wrote…

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

Deutsche Bank to Pay $258 Mn for Violating US Sanctions

German banking giant Deutsche Bank will pay $258 million in fines for doing business with US-sanctioned countries like Iran and Syria, US regulators said Wednesday.

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

Europe is Increasingly ‘Disenchanted’ With Obama Over Russia

European leaders and the White House do not exactly see eye to eye on a number of issues, particularly when it comes to Russia, but there is a major change in this dynamic: European officials and media have lately started blaming Barack Obama directly for what they see as bad decision-making on the part of the US president.

“For years, Europe treated Mr. Obama as virtually untouchable, an off-limits symbol of positive change in America,” journalist John Vinocur asserted. In 2008, the Old World was infatuated with a young US senator and his message of change that all could contribute to and should definitely believe in.

Seven years and many unfulfilled promises later this affair is apparently over and “the continent is growing disenchanted with Barack Obama,” Vinocur noted. Moreover, “there is a willingness in Europe to place blame on [the US president] himself.”

Nowadays European “politicians are naming him specifically in their rationalizations for cozying up to Russia. Commentators are mocking what they see as Mr. Obama’s boundless caution,” the journalist added.

This dramatic shift in European rhetoric took place some two weeks ago when Angela Merkel’s former chief of staff Ronald Pofalla chastised the US president for antagonizing Moscow. “It wasn’t clever of Barack Obama to have downgraded Russia, in connection with the Ukraine conflict, to the level of a regional power,” the journalist quoted Pofalla as saying.

The remark could have gone largely unnoticed if other influential European politicians did not make statements echoing this sentiment. Last week, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy underscored that unlike Obama he viewed Russia as a “global power, not a regional one.”

“The US president is getting openly dissed,” Vinocur wrote.

A brief look at European media outlets provides similar picture. For instance, in late October, Berlin-based Tagesspiegel called Obama a man “no longer feared in the Middle East” in an article titled “Indecisive and Half-Hearted.”

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

Germany: VW ‘Manipulated’ 100k Petrol Cars: Minister

Germany: Around 98,000 Volkswagen-produced cars with petrol engines had the results of emissions tests ‘manipulated’, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrint told the Bundestag (German parliament) on Wednesday.

Auto giant Volkswagen had said on Tuesday that an internal probe in the wake of its pollution cheating revelations had found 800,000 more vehicles with “inconsistencies” related to carbon emissions.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: PR Expert in Vatileaks 2 Case Says She is Innocent

Chaouqui says she never leaked documents to anyone

(ANSA) — Rome, November 3 — An Italian public relations expert at the centre of a Vatican document-leaking scandal protested her innocence on Tuesday, saying she had never given away sensitive documents to anyone.

Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui was detained and interrogated by Vatican authorities over the weekend following an investigation into leaked documents to the writers of upcoming books on the Vatican.

“I did not betray the pope,” Chaouqui wrote on Facebook, denying that she was the source of the leaks. “I never gave papers to anyone,” she said.

She said the truth would “emerge soon” and that she had faith in investigators managing the case.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Niel’s NJJ Says No 3rd Parties in Telecom Operation

Consob looking at possible links with Vivendi

(ANSA) — Milan, November 4 — NJJ, the company through which French businessman Xavier Niel recently acquired a 15.14% stake in Telecom Italia, said Wednesday that no third parties were involved in the operation. Niel’s purchase means that over a third of Telecom Italia is in French hands as French media group Vivendi has 20.03%. This prompted Milan stock-market regulator Consob to announce it was looking at possible links between Niel and Vivendi. NJJ “confirms that it is working for itself and is not acting in concert with third parties” a statement said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Renzi Demands New Rules for Centre-Left Primaries

Premier says losers must help winner after defeat

(ANSA) — Rome, November 4 — Premier Matteo Renzi has called for new rules on the way the centre left chooses its candidates to ensure that the losers do not scupper the campaigns of the winners after defeat. He said in an interview for a new book by veteran TV journalist Bruno Vespa that primaries should be staged for candidates for top positions such as “mayors, governors and the party leader-premier candidate”. But he added that “those who lose must help”. “You can either decide to run them (primaries), and in that case they cannot be fake, or you can let the party choose its candidates,” he said.

Renzi’s reflections may have been prompted by the experience of centre-left primaries in Liguria this year.

Former Bologna mayor and CGIL union leader Sergio Cofferati left Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) amid claims of irregularities after losing to Raffaella Paita in regional primaries in January.

Cofferati went on to back an alternative left-wing candidate, Luca Pastorino, in regional elections and the centre left lost, with centre-right candidate Giovanni Toti taking 34.4% of the vote, Paita 27.84% and Pastorino 9.41%.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Swede Wins Damages Over ‘Skeleton Sex’ Case

A 40-year-old Swedish woman has been awarded 70,000 kronor ($8,177) in damages after a long-running case which saw her falsely accused of using human bones as sex toys.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

U.S. Approves Italy’s Request to Arm Its Drones

‘Second country approved after Britain’

(ANSA) — New York, November 4 — The United States government has approved a longstanding request from Italy to arm its two MQ-9 Reaper drones with Hellfire missiles, laser-guided bombs and other munitions, Reuters new agency cited two US State Department officials as saying Wednesday.

Italy would be only the second country to be approved to buy armed drones after Britain, which has been using them since 2007, Reuters reported.

The Pentagon briefed US lawmakers late Tuesday about the possible sale, which is valued at $129.6 million and includes 156 AGM-114R2 Hellfire II missiles built by Lockheed Martin Corp, 20 GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, 30 GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and more, according to Reuters.

Italian military sources confirmed the Reuters report that Italy has been asking the US to add weapons to the two drones since 2012.

A formal announcement of the sale is expected later today, according to Reuters.

Also on Wednesday, defence ministry sources on Wednesday confirmed that the US has approved Italy’s request to arm its two MQ-9 Reaper drones. The authorization does not refer to any specific foreign mission, the sources said. Right now the drones are being used for surveillance missions. It will be months before the armed drones are ready, the sources said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

UK: ‘Our Life is Now Empty’: Parents Speak of Torment as Doctor is Found Guilty of Negligent Manslaughter of Their Down’s Syndrome Son, 6, After Confusing Him With Another Patient

The grieving parents of a six-year-old boy who died due to negligent care said that ‘life is now empty’ after the doctor and nurse responsible were convicted of manslaughter.

Doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba and nurse Isabel Amaro were both found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence for failures that led to the death of Jack Adcock at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The doctor had decided not to resuscitate the boy, who had Down’s Syndrome, because she got him confused with a patient she saw earlier in the day who had a ‘no not resuscitate’ order on them.

After the verdict, his mother Nicola said: ‘Our life now is empty, painful and will never be the same again.’

‘We have always believed that someone needed to be held accountable for what happened to our son. The guilty verdicts will bring us some closure but the void that has been left in our lives will remain.’

Dr Bawa-Garba and nurse Amarov were accused of ‘truly, exceptionally bad’ treatment of the boy, who originally came to the hospital with diarrhea and vomiting and then suffered sepsis due to an infection.

He then suffered septic shock but Dr Bawa-Garba stopped CPR because she mistakenly believed there were instructions not to resuscitate him.

A junior doctor picked up the mistake a minute later but by then it was too late and he later died.

The prosecution claimed Jack, a youngster with Down’s Syndrome and a heart condition, was ‘robbed’ of his chance of survival by the medical team at the hospital…

           — Hat tip: Seneca III [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Cities Facing Lockdown as ‘Anonymous’ Protesters Threaten ‘World’s Biggest’ Demo Tomorrow

To coincide with Guy Fawkes Night “hacktivist” group Anonymous is holding the fourth annual Million Mask March event at cities across the globe, with London expected to be one of the worst affected and the Met Police on standby to cover the whole area.

Anonymous campaigns on a number of issues, including ironically internet snooping despite claiming responsibility for a string of high-profile hack attacks, but the Met Police said it had no idea what the objective of tomorrow’s March was.

But the force has warned busineses and owners of buildings in Westminster they could become “targets” of criminal damage and mass stormings by protesters.

It is also warning commuters and theatre goers they could become caught up in violent outbreaks if the scenes of last year are repeated.

Meanwhile, there are also fears of repeats of the violent clashes between ravers and police that happened in the early hours of Sunday in Lambeth, after the force blocked access to an illegal event being held in a disused building near the South Bank.

Skum Tek, which organises the illegal raves and has previously promoted Anonymous and the Occupy movement on its Facebook page, had also planned a rave on the night of November 5 at an undisclosed location in the capital…

           — Hat tip: Seneca III [Return to headlines]
 

UKIP Deputy Leader in Jerusalem: Slams Multiculturalism, Pakistani Rape Gangs, And EU Control

The UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) deputy leader Paul Nuttall has spoken at the International Leaders’ Summit in Jerusalem, Israel today, highlighting the risks he believes the United Kingdom faces from parallel legal systems applied in the country.

His speech, aimed at Muslims who fail to integrate into British society, began with a claim that the history of the United Kingdom and its legal system were being “sacrificed on the alter of political correctness and indeed multiculturalism”.

“Over half our laws are no longer made… in Westminster by our elected representatives. Half our laws are made in Brussels, and they’re not made by Members of the European Parliament who are elected… they’re made by the European Commission… none of them are elected, none of them are accountable to the people”.

“I feel that many of the hard won victories that my country secured in the 20th century have been given away in the 21st… You would not accept it here in Israel, you would not accept it in the United States and it should not be accepted in Britain”.

“I now want to turn to a thorny issue,” he said, before moving on to speak about Shariah Law.

“In my country, tolerance has led to intolerance. We turn a blind eye to practices we would never condone. There are 85 shariah courts in Britain today. Where the word of a woman is only worth half that of a man. Where a man can simply divorce a woman by simply saying ‘I divorce you..’ on three occasions”.

He revealed that a poll in the Midlands in the UK revealed that two thirds of Muslim women said their husband has more than one wife.

“Polygamy is condoned whereas bigamy is illegal under British law.”

“In some cases women are returned to violent households,” he said. “No matter what religion you practice, you should all sign up to one law,” he asserted.

“There are 170,000 girls walking around in Britain today how have been female genitally mutilated. It has been illegal for over 20 years but there has not been one single prosecution.

“There are 8,000 forced marriages every single year”.

And then Mr. Nuttall turned to the grooming scandals, referring to incidents like that in Rotherham where thousands of young white girls were systematically raped by predominantly Asian, Muslim men…

           — Hat tip: Mithrandir [Return to headlines]
 

Vatican Dept Spent Thousands on Flights, Clothes Says Book

List of expenses sent to Pope Francis in January 2015-book

(ANSA) — Rome, November 3 — Officials in the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy spent hundreds of thousands of euros on business class flights, clothes made to measure, and expensive furniture, according to a new book by Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi.

In “Avarice: Documents Revealing Wealth, Scandals and Secrets of Francis’ Church,” due to be published on November 5, Fittipaldi writes that a list of the secretariat’s expenses was sent to Pope Francis in January 2015, less than a year after he established the dicastery to manage the Vatican’s economic activities.

Extracts from the book show the list included “crazy expenses that reached more than half a million euros after just six months of operations”.

Fittipaldi also writes that the Vatican sold 27 million euros worth of petrol in 2012, 18% of which went to “unknown” clients. Fuel is an important source of income for the Vatican, according to analysis published in the book. There are two petrol pumps in the Vatican and the price for consumers is 20% lower than the price in Italy, the book says.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Russian Plane Crash: Downing Street Suspends Sharm El-Sheikh Flights as Airliner ‘May Well Have Been Brought Down by Bomb’

It is believed there are 20,000 Brits in Sharm El-Sheikh who may have to be evacuated after disaster over Sinai which killed 224 people

With David Cameron set to meet Egyptian President Sisi tomorrow, Con Coughlin, Defence Editor, writes:

When I interviewed Mr al-Sisi in Cairo this week, he was insistent that claims the Russian jet that crashed in Sinai at the weekend was due to an act of terrorism was nothing more than ‘propaganda’.

But Mr Cameron, acting on the advice of his intelligence and security officials, has clearly concluded that the crash was not caused by mechanical failure, and acted swiftly to protect the thousands of British holidaymakers who visit the region each month.

Mr Cameron will argue he had no alternative, but I suspect Mr al-Sisi will see it as an act of betrayal by a country he regards as once having been a loyal ally.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Sinai Plane Crash: Bomb Fears Prompt Sharm Flights Suspension

The Russian plane that crashed in Egypt at the weekend “may well have been brought down by an explosive device”, Downing Street has said.

All flights between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh have been suspended on Wednesday evening as UK experts assess security at the Egyptian airport.

Number 10 said flights had been delayed as a “precautionary measure” after “more information has come to light”.

Russian Airbus 321 crashed on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board.

The Metrojet flight bound for St Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh came down in Egypt’s Sinai desert.

Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, said he was very disappointed by the decision to suspend flights, accusing the UK government of making “a premature and unwarranted statement” on the crash.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Polish Security Firm May Help Patrol Jerusalem

A Polish security firm has offered to send 100 guards to help Israeli forces patrol Jerusalem in the wake of an escalation of violence on the streets of the city.

Beniamin Krasicki, owner of the Warsaw-based firm City Security, hails from a prominent aristocratic family that helped shelter Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland in WWII, and he claims that he wants to help “innocent people who are exposed to terrorist attacks.”

However, the proposal has sparked concerns among experts in Poland.

“Sooner or later, and perhaps for a trivial reason that we cannot predict today, Palestinians or Israelis will be offended by us,” commented Professor Michal Chorosnicki from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Security expert Wojciech Szewko has expressed more forthright opinions, claiming that Poland could become a target for ‘jihadists’ if a Palestinian is killed by a Polish security guard. He likewise said that the security of Polish tourists and diplomats could be threatened

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Showdown at the OK Corral

By Caroline Glick

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Barack Obama next week is likely to look less like a rapprochement than a showdown at the OK Corral.

The flurry of spy stories spinning around in recent weeks makes clear that US-Israel relations remain in crisis.

Two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal published a fairly detailed account of the US’s massive spying operations against Israel between 2010 and 2012.

Their purpose was to prevent Israel from attacking Iran’s nuclear installations. The Journal report, which was based on US sources, also detailed the evasion tactics the Obama administration employed to try to hide its covert nuclear talks with Iran from Israel. According to the report, the administration was infuriated that through its spy operations against Iran, Israel discovered the talks and the government asked the White House to tell it what was going on.

Over the past several days, the Israeli media have reported the Israeli side of the US spying story…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Why Palestinians Do Not Want Cameras on the Temple Mount

by Khaled Abu Toameh

Why is the Palestinian Authority (PA) opposed to Jordan’s proposal to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount), sacred to Christians, Muslims and Jews?

This is the question that many in Jordan have been asking in light of the recent agreement between Israel and Jordan that was reached under the auspices of US Secretary of State John Kerry. The idea was first raised by Jordan’s King Abdullah in a bid to ease tensions at the holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Shortly after Israel accepted the idea, the Palestinian Authority rushed to denounce it as a “new trap.” PA Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki and other officials in Ramallah expressed concern that Israel would use the cameras to “arrest Palestinians under the pretext of incitement.”

During the past two years, the Palestinian Authority and other parties, including Hamas and the Islamic Movement (Northern Branch) in Israel, have been waging a campaign of incitement against Jewish visits to the Haram al-Sharif. The campaign claimed that Jews were planning to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In an attempt to prevent Jews from entering the approximately 37-acre (150,000 m2) site, the Palestinian Authority and the Islamic Movement in Israel hired scores of Muslim men and women to harass the Jewish visitors and the police officers escorting them…

           — Hat tip: K [Return to headlines]
 

Erdogan’s Ballot Stuffing “Victory”

Turkish President Erdogan was handed an electoral defeat on June 1st, losing his AKP super majority in the Ankara parliament offset by seats won by the opposition, notably the 13 percent assumed by the Kurdish led-HDP. The question was what he would do after he stiff armed opposition participation in a possible ruling coalition, opting instead for a care taker government. That and calling for a snap election on November 1st hoping that things would improve. In the interim Erdogan attacked the Kurdish PKK inside Turkey, bombed allied PKK forces in Iraq and Syria and declared virtual martial law in largely Kurdish southeastern Turkey. October 10th witnessed twin blasts at a peace rally in Ankara with HDP leadership killing over 102 and injuring several hundred. A rally notably without the usual heavy security details. PM Davutoglu declared it an act by ISIS; others suggested it may have been the work of Turkish intelligence. The polls taking over the run up to the election showed that the opposition would possible block an AKP resurgence. The answer came on November 1st with what some observed as a ‘surprise victory’ for this Islamist regime seeking to create a neo-Ottoman Caliphate. It was an apparent victory built on evident ballot fraud.

My usually astute European observer of things in Turkey sent me this comment in an email on Sunday, November 1st:…

           — Hat tip: Jerry Gordon [Return to headlines]
 

Erdogan Urges Turkey’s New Parliament to Address Constitution

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey’s parliament should prioritise discussions on a new constitution, following his AK Party’s electoral triumph.

Mr Erdogan said that constitutional change was one of the most important messages of Sunday’s result.

He has long wanted to strengthen the powers of the presidency.

But critics have warned it could strengthen what they see as his authoritarian tendencies.

The AKP regained its parliamentary majority in the snap election on Sunday, but still fell 13 seats short of the number of MPs required to call a referendum on the constitution.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Money, Patriotism Drive Russians to Join Syria Mission

When Oxana’s sailor father left his home in ‘s Black Sea port of in September, he just said he would be going to “the Mediterranean Sea”.

But the family soon realised the true purpose of his mission — ‘s military operation in .

“They sent a bunch of ships from and everyone they could find to make up the crews,” said Oxana, who agreed to speak to AFP on condition her family name not be published to protect her father.

Before he left, Oxana’s father — a retired navy officer — was working on a vessel providing logistic support for ‘s Black Sea fleet…

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

State Department Admits Nusra Front ‘Absorbed’ Part of Moderate Opposition

The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda affiliate in northern Syria, has recruited fighters the United States previously designated as moderate opposition, US Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson said on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States designated the Nusra Front as a terrorist organization. The group has been fighting against Syrian government forces in northern Syria.

“The Nusra Front, which is an al-Qaeda affiliate, has absorbed the various moderate groups…have absorbed a number of what we would previously call the moderate opposition,” Patterson told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Patterson acknowledged that the Nusra Front “will not be part of a political settlement” in Syria.

Militants from the Nusra Front terrorist group have committed a mass massacre of civilians in a northern part of the Syrian Homs province in October.

Russian airstrikes have targeted the Nusra Front in the northern and central Syria, including in the Idlib province and the city of Homs.

Washington has repeatedly accused Russia of hitting US-supported Syrian moderates, but has refused to share information on terrorist targets in Syria.

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

Afghanistan Orders Probe After Young Girl Stoned to Death

Afghanistan’s president Wednesday ordered a probe into the fatal stoning of a young woman in a Taliban-controlled area after she was accused of adultery, a savage punishment that sparked nationwide outrage.

The woman, identified as Rokhsana and believed to be aged between 19 and 21, had been forced to marry and was accused of adultery after she tried eloping with another man, officials said.

“President Ashraf Ghani calls the stoning of a girl in Ghor province extra-judicial, un-Islamic and criminal, condemning it in the strongest terms,” a statement from his office said.

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

India: Hindu Paramilitary Group Calls for Policy Change to Contain “Harmful” Minorities

The Rashtriya Sangh Swyamsevak adopts a motion calling on the Indian government to review national policies on population. In its view, the growing numbers of Muslims and Christians is creating a “demographic imbalance” that is threatening the “country’s integrity, unity and identity”. Census data show that Hindus are 79.8 per cent, Muslims 14.23 per cent, and Christians 2.3 per cent of the population. For Christian activist, extremists “are twisting the data to stir fears among Hindus about Muslims”.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) — The Hindu ultranationalist paramilitary group Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) has called on the Indian government to revise its national population policy to contain and counter the growth of Christians and Muslims, which is creating a “demographic imbalance “against Hindus.

For Sajan K George, president Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), “Raising the Muslim bogey by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is dangerous and divisive”. Extremists “are twisting the data to stir fears among Hindus about Muslims.”

RSS secretary Krishna Gopal spoke to the media after a meeting of his organisation in which a motion was adopted in favour of a change in government policy vis-Ã -vis “growing” religious minorities. This stems from the publication, at the end of August, of census data for 2011.

According to the Office of the Registrar-General and Census Commissioner, India’s population stood at 1,211 billion people in 2011. Overall, Hindus grew to 966.3 million but dipped below 80 per cent (79.8 per cent). By contrast, Muslims grew at a faster pace than Hindus. Between 2001 and 2011, they saw their numbers go from 138 million to 172.2 million, from 13.43 per cent to 14.23 per cent, a net gain of 0.8 per cent. Christians saw their numbers rise by 15.5 per cent, to 27.8 million, or 2.3 per cent of the total population. Sikhs are 1.7 per cent.

Speaking to the media, Gopal said the government has to change its policy and deal with the “problem of the demographic imbalance and the skewed ratio in births between religions.”

In its motion, the RSS claims that “asymmetrical growth among religious groups, infiltration and conversion have led to the unbalance, especially in border regions”. This could “threaten the country’s unity, integrity and identity”.

For Sajan K George, the idea of a “demographic imbalance” by the “pro-Hindutva organisation is harmful”. Its only goal is to “sow divisions and suspicions against religious minorities”.

This latest statement by Hindu radicals comes after years of violent attacks against Muslims and Christians, a situation that has triggered a reaction among many intellectuals who have protested against such intolerance.

Christian clergymen are often arrested on false charges of forced conversions, whereas Hindu fundamentalists undertake Ghar Wapsi (coming home) conversions as one of the pillars of Hindutva, an ideology premised on the notion that “every Indian must be Hindu.”

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Cops Caught on Camera ‘Executing’ Criminal (Warning: Graphic Content)

He runs down the quiet suburban street, two police vans in pursuit. A shot hits his arm and he falls to the ground, dropping his gun.

As he lies writhing on the pavement, injured and trapped between a fence and a delivery van — his firearm out of reach — a policeman puts a bullet through his chest.

Another walks up to him and kicks him as he lies bleeding.

Then the police constable who has just shot him in the chest has a brief word with a colleague.

The constable repositions himself, stretches out his arms, takes aim and finishes him off. Blood runs onto the pavement.

It took no more than a few minutes for Khulekani Mpanza, a suspected criminal, to die on the pavement on Harvey Street in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.

These horrifying scenes, which took place less than a kilometre from Lewisham Primary School a fortnight ago, were captured on CCTV footage in possession of the Sunday Times.

The footage again highlights the explosive relationship between cops and criminals in South Africa, where police are repeatedly accused of acting outside the law — and 58 policemen have been killed so far this year…

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800,000 ‘Irregular’ EU Entries in 2015: Frontex

The head of the European Union’s border agency told Bild on Wednesday that more than 800,000 people had entered the EU illegally since the beginning of 2015.

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Germany: Bishop: Refugee Zones Like Concentration Camp

A German bishop has compared planned ‘transit zones’ for refugees arriving in Europe to concentration camps, prompting a stinging backlash from conservative politicians.

Catholic bishop of Essen Franz-Josef Overbeck made the comments during a discussion on the refugee crisis with vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday.

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Germany: Police Swoop on Refugee Smugglers Nationwide

Police raided properties across the country on Wednesday as they sought to clamp down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Germany.

Prosecutors believe the gang provided refugees with passports and falsified certificates before bringing them to the Federal Republic.

Smugglers demanded up to €10,000 for their services and brought people by air into the country.

According to the Bild newspaper the criminal gangs are run by large Lebanese families.

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Germany: Merkel’s Open Door Policy Leading to ‘Civil War’, Says AfD Official

Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy will lead to “civil war”, a senior member of the anti-mass migration Alternativ for Deutschland (AfD) party has said.

Hansjörg Müller said Germany could end up a “banana republic without any government” if high levels of immigration continue, warning that the country was “sliding towards anarchy”.

Mr Müller was asked by Russia Today for his thoughts on comments by Bavarian official Peter Dreier. Mr Dreier reportedly told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that his small town of Landshut would only take 1,800 migrants no matter how many arrive in Germany. The rest, he said, would be put on buses to Berlin.

His comments come as the anti-Islamisation PEGIDA marches gather pace once more across the country.

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Greece Rejects Using Olympic Site to Shelter Refugees as Countries Crack Down on Smugglers

Greece’s national Olympic committee said Wednesday that using a former velodrome in Athens to temporarily shelter thousands of refugees would cause competitive cycling to “completely wither” in the country.

The committee said Wednesday that all available sporting venues are “absolutely necessary” to help Greek athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It said the velodrome is the only available racing venue in the country.

The government has not confirmed press reports that it wants to house refugees in the velodrome. Several disused former Olympic venues in Athens are being used to temporarily shelter migrants, more than 600,000 of whom have reached Greece this year.

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Large Brawl Erupts in Belgian Refugee Center

A large-scale brawl involving up to 70 people took place in a refugee center in the Belgian province of Antwerp, local media reported Wednesday.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — According to the Belga news agency, a quarrel between asylum seekers turned into a fistfight, and likely was the reason for the incident.

None of those involved in the clash received serious injuries. Six people have been detained for instigating the fight.

In early October, a large brawl occurred in a refugee center in the Belgian region of Wallonia. Participants of the fight caused damage to the premises, and several refugees were injured.

Belgium’s migration authority had received over 22,600 asylum requests this year by late September. The majority of arrivals come from the Middle East and Africa, at an average rate of 4,000 to 5,000 a month. The country’s government intends to increase the number of spaces in its temporary asylum centers to 36,000 from the current 23,000.

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Media: Slovenia Bought Many km of Barbed Wire

Aimed at protecting borders with Croatia

(ANSA) — LJUBLJANA — According to local media reports, Slovenia is likely to have bought “loads” of barbed wire to protect its borders with Croatia in the event that the flow of migrants becomes massive and uncontrolled, or that Austria and Germany decide to close their borders or limit the number of migrants they want to accommodate. In the meantime, Slovenia’s government has refused to comment on reports. Since October 16, after closing the border between Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia has recorded 139,608 migrants and refugees in transit.

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Merkel Overwhelmed: Chancellor Plunges Germany Into Chaos

Merkel’s recent statements about the need to keep German borders open in order to prevent military conflicts in Europe is causing panic and anxiety among the German population, DWN wrote.

According to the newspaper, Merkel’s actions have surprised political observers as well, some of whom say that the German Chancellor is “overwhelmed” and that her era will soon come to an end.

The author argued that Merkel’s statements about the possibility of a military conflict are causing fear and panic among Germans.

“A warning of a war in Europe expressed by the German Chancellor in public is irresponsible,” the article said, adding that in this context Merkel’s statements about the need to keep the borders open sound confusing and ridiculous.

“The reaction of all ordinary people to such a threatening statement would be that they would want the borders to be closed quickly,” the author wrote.

The situation in the country is extremely critical. There is aggression and a tense atmosphere between various groups in refugee camps that may lead to an explosion anytime. Some refugees do not view the German authorities as an obstacle and do not take into account the local legislation when initiating violent clashes.

“Will Merkel send the Bundeswehr to the camps? The police have already called the Bundeswehr during violent clashes because otherwise they would lose control,” the newspaper wrote.

According to the newspaper, the catastrophic situation has its roots in Merkel’s irresponsible policy of open doors towards all refugees and migrants. Now at a time when the influx of newcomers is still increasing and the country’s authorities are completely overwhelmed, the situation may come out of control any time.

Germany and other European countries have been struggling to resolve the refugee crisis for many months, but without much success. Hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants continue to flee their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty.

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Migrant EU in Chaos as Member States Fail to Offer Quota Places to Refugees

Brussels leaders had hoped that a controversial deal to relocate hundreds of thousands of migrants would patch up frosty relations between warring neighbours who cannot agree over who should shoulder the burden of the crisis.

But damning statistics released today show that, if anything, the flaky accord has only served to further highlight the cavernous divisions emerging within the 28-nation bloc.

An astonishing dossier reveals how, in the six weeks since the controversial migrant quotas were agreed, just 116 refugees have been relocated from Greece and Italy to two other member states.

Even more worryingly for Europhiles it also shows how some of the continent’s biggest players — most notably France and Germany — have effectively reneged on the agreement already.

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Sweden Steps up Push for EU Refugee Sharing

As the Nordic nation continues to take in record numbers of refugees, Sweden is sending a formal request to the European Commission asking for some of the arriving asylum seekers to be distributed to other EU countries.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven released a written statement on Wednesday asking the commission to push other EU member states to do more to help tackle the refugee crisis.

“Sweden has long taken an unreasonably large responsibility in comparison with other countries in the EU, and now we are in a very tight position. It is time that other countries now take responsibility and therefore the government requests the redistribution of refugees from Sweden,” he said.

The EU has already launched a refugee relocation programme designed to move refugees from overstretched frontline states.

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Sweden: Roma Sleep on Streets After Malmö Eviction

Around 40 Roma migrants forced to leave a shanty camp for health and safety reasons spent the night outside Malmö city hall and said they planned to continue protesting against the decision.

The migrants were among around 200 people — mostly Roma people from Romania and Bulgaria — who had been staying at a controversial shanty town in an industrial area of Sweden’s third largest city.

The camp was cleared on Tuesday amid concerns that it posed a health risk both to those staying there and neighbouring residents.

Dozens of campaigners joined a group of the migrants in protesting late into the night outside Malmö city hall, with around 40 Roma people subsequently sleeping on mattresses and rugs outside the Building.

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Swedish News Site Editor: Flood Country With ISIS So Anti-Immigrant Swedes Are Exiled

by Nick Hallett

Sweden should be “filled” with Islamist terrorists so that anti-mass immigration, rural, working class Swedes are forced into exile, the opinion editor of a left-wing news site has said.

Teodor Stig-Matz wrote on Nyheter24 that he would “honestly fill the land with IS soldiers” if it meant the sort of people who vote for the Sweden Democrats (SD) disappeared.

He wrote his column as an open letter to Kent Ekeroth, a senior SD MP who has previously said that mass immigration is “Islamising” Sweden.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/4/2015

  1. The last item “Flood country with ISIS” from Swedish news site editor shows just how evil the left can be.

    The objective would be to force the ordinary indigenous Swedes into exile. Considering that ISIS would slaughter the remaining non muslim Swedes and Europe may bomb ISIS then this leftist is clearly unhinged and needs to be taken out.

    A mental institution would seem appropriate but [intemperate suggestion redacted] would be cheaper.

    • The other disturbing aspect of the Swedish editor’s comments is the depth of his self-hatred.

      It is similar to the self-hatred suffered by those who focus their rage on the outcomes stemming from Columbus’ voyages to the New World.

      You would think people who find their own existence so intolerable would cease existing, but they won’t because they are yellow cowards in their heart-of-hearts.

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