Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/29/2016

A TV crew for the Australian program “60 Minutes” was attacked by culture-enrichers in Rinkeby, a suburb of Stockholm. The Australians were visiting Rinkeby to investigate the subject of immigration into Sweden, and the residents of Rinkeby — most of whom have a “migration background” — took exception to what the outsiders were doing, and attacked them. They ran over the foot of a cameraman with a vehicle, but he was not seriously injured.

In other news, a Christian student at Sheffield University in England was expelled for posting a message on Facebook opposing gay marriage.

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Financial Crisis
» Italy: Deflation Returns With 0.3% Drop
» Can Our Ballistic Missile Defense System Shield US From Rogue Regime ICBNs?
» Farrakhan on Hillary: ‘That is a Wicked Woman’
» From Obama to Trump
» Is Donald Trump’s Life in Danger?
» Spotlight Producer Urges Pope to ‘Protect Children’
Europe and the EU
» Asian Hornets Which Slaughter 50 Bees a Day Are Set to Reach Britain
» Austria Nears Decision to Also Prosecute Wilders for Hate Speech
» Czech Rep.: Zeman in Favour of Referendum on Exit From EU
» Italy: Rome Mayor Candidate Says Priority is to Make City Safe
» Italy: M5S ‘Only Alternative’ For ‘Raped’ Rome, Raggi Says
» Italy: ‘Divided Centre-Right Will Lose Rome’, Salvini Says
» Italy: Marchini Wins Unofficial Centre-Right Rome Primaries
» Italy Natl Health Prescriptions Set to Go Digital
» Norway: This Picture Explains the Soldiers of Odin’s Real Mission
» Sharia Courts in the UK Are Run by Extremists Who Back Cutting Off Criminals’ Hands, Says Muslim Scholar
» UK: Islamic Studies Tutor Raped 14-Year-Old Girl and Left Her Pregnant
» Albanian TV Newsreaders Strip Down to Boost Audience
North Africa
» Italy Has Offered Lead Role in Libya Says U.S. Defence Secretary
» The Libya Gamble
Middle East
» Air Force Multiplier: Courageous Warplane Pilots Helped Syria Survive
» ‘Hit, Attacked, Raped by Men High on Drugs,’ 18-Year-Old on Daesh Captivity
» Italian Troops to Mosul Dam ‘In Late Spring’
» Jordan in Talks With World Bank for a Loan Worth USD 500 Mil
» Ukraine: Germany Preparing New ‘Marshall Plan’ For Kiev
» Woman in Moscow Beheads 4-Year-Old-Girl, Parades Severed Head, Chants “Allahu Akbar”
South Asia
» 7 ISIS Fighters Killed by U.S. Drone in Afghanistan
Far East
» 20,000 Sent Fleeing After Deadly Fighting in the Philippines
» IoT Devices Are Secretly Phoning Home
» ‘60 Minutes’ TV Crew Attacked and Beaten in Sweden
» Italy: Syrian Refugees Arrive in Rome Airport From Lebanon
» Nearly 8,000 Migrants Have Reached Italian Shores in 2016
» UK: Tony Blair Accused of Conspiracy Over Mass Immigration
» Warzone: Migrants Riot and Use Battering Ram to Break Through European Border Fence
Culture Wars
» Indian City’s Cinemas Under Pressure Over Homophobia Movie
» Italy: Arrival of Vendola’s Child Fuels Gay Adoption Row
» Romania: 2 Million Signatures Against Gay Marriage
» UK: Christian Student Kicked Out by His University Because He Wrote Facebook Messages Opposing Gay Marriage
» Climate Models Are Not Simulating Earth’s Climate — Part 3

Italy: Deflation Returns With 0.3% Drop

Negative inflation back after nine months

(ANSA) — Rome, February 29 — Price deflation returned to Italy after nine months in February, with an annual inflation rate of -0.3%, according to preliminary data released by Istat on Monday. The national statistics agency added that this was the biggest fall in prices since January 2015. On a month-on-month basis, Italy’s consumer price index was 0.2% down with respect to January. Last month the annual inflation rate was positive, at 0.2%, while the month-on-month rate was -0.2%.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Can Our Ballistic Missile Defense System Shield US From Rogue Regime ICBNs?

February 2016 brought several concerning ICBM threats from both North Korea and Iran amid official government reports that the US and NATO allies lack an effective Ballistic Missile Defense. On February 7, 2016, North Korea successfully placed in a polar orbit a 200kg. satellite using an Unha-3 space vehicle launcher (SLV). That sent alarm bells ringing as a game changer. Ten days later, Iran announced a prospective launch of its version of a satellite launcher, the Smorgh, capable of putting an object into a near earth orbit. This massive multi-stage liquid fuel rocket was built using North Korean technology and clearly aimed at demonstrating ICBM capabilities. Iran had consistently violated UN Resolution 2231 with the launch of Emad ballistic missiles in October and November 2015 violating sanctions against ballistic missile testing.

The US General Accounting Office released a report on February 17th critical of the development and test of a ground-based mid-course interceptor (GMD) that has yet to demonstrate its capability to target and destroy ICBMs. The 16th joint US Israeli missile defense drill concluded on February 24th with 1,700 US and 1,500 Israeli military personnel involved, conducting simulations of an umbrella of six US, Israeli and jointly-developed missile defense systems. Simulations of the interoperability of these systems are one thing. Perfecting them to the point of demonstrating the ability of destroying missiles threatening Israeli, our allies in NATO and the US homeland is quite another. Risky development of components of the missile defense umbrella with multiple defense contractors has seriously delayed tests and ultimate deployment of mid-course ground based interceptors. Only one successful interception test has occurred in the past eight years.

Meanwhile, rogue regimes North Korea and Iran are intent on the development and testing of long-range missile technology in direct violation of UN Resolutions. Sanctions or the threat of sanctions have not deterred them. Both North Korea and Iran have successfully placed satellites in orbit. The question is, what they have done cooperatively to test nuclear warheads to be fitted on long range rockets capable of hitting the US homeland? The bedrock issue is, can our ballistic missile defense shield us from these rogue regimes?

So why is North Korea continuing to scare its neighbors South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the US, by violating both nuclear development and missile testing UN sanctions? The answer, according to Dr. Bryen may be that it wants to have prestige and negotiating leverage from having achieved successful satellite launches, nuclear weapons testing and possible missile technologies breakthroughs. More likely he says North Korea is in the arms business and wants to sell the data and technology to their customers. A prominent customer he suggests may be Iran. North Korea has allegedly sold solid fuel missiles, notably mobile BM25’s to Iran for placement in underground silos. The BM25 Musudan has a range of 3,500 kilometers (approximately 2,180 miles) capable of covering targets in Europe. Iran is also interested in North Korean large booster rocket development.

But more is to come. Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command at an April 7, 2015 Pentagon News Conference stated:…

           — Hat tip: Jerry Gordon [Return to headlines]

Farrakhan on Hillary: ‘That is a Wicked Woman’

Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, told his followers in a recent address to stay away from Hillary Clinton for president — she’ s nothing more than a “ wicked woman” who’ s spinning a web of deceit for the black community.

As Breitbart reported, Farrakhan said: “ How many of you are going to vote for Hillary Clinton? You don’ t have to raise your hands. I do not blame you for wanting a female president, but that is a wicked woman. She can be sweet but so can you. And you know when you are sweet but playing a game. All of a sudden, she knows about Trayvon Martin. All of a sudden — the boy’ s been dead two years now — she talking about him like she met the mother and oh … White people, this is Satan. And you fall for that cr*p?”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

From Obama to Trump

by Ross Douthat

THE spectacle of the Republican Party’s Trumpian meltdown has inspired a mix of glee and fear among liberals — glee over their rivals’ self-immolation, and fear that what arises from the destruction will be worse.

What it hasn’t inspired is much in the way of self-examination, or a recognition of the way that Obama-era trends in liberal politics have helped feed the Trump phenomenon.

Such a recognition wouldn’t require letting the Republican Party off the hook. The Trump uprising is first and foremost a Republican and conservative problem: There would be no Trumpism if George W. Bush’s presidency hadn’t cratered, no Trumpism if the party hadn’t alternated between stoking and ignoring working-class grievances, no Trump as front-runner if the party leadership and his rivals had committed fully to stopping him before now.

But Trumpism is also a creature of the late Obama era, irrupting after eight years when a charismatic liberal president has dominated the cultural landscape and set the agenda for national debates. President Obama didn’t give us Trump in any kind of Machiavellian or deliberate fashion. But it isn’t an accident that this is the way the Obama era ends — with a reality TV demagogue leading a populist, nationalist revolt.

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Is Donald Trump’s Life in Danger?

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. -Harry S. Truman.

A few days ago, NewsWithViews Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri mentioned the possibility that somebody may have already carried out the first assassination attempt on Donald Trump.[1] In his article, Kouri mentions how Trump’s personal Boeing 757, on its way from New York to Little Rock, Arkansas, had to make an emergency detour and landed at Nashville International Airport after the plane’s captain reported he was experiencing problems with one engine. Fortunately, the plane landed safely.

Kouri is not the first to raise the possibility. In a July 2015 article, Dave Hodges mentioned the possibility that Donald Trump would be the victim of an assassination attempt.[2]

I think that the concerns raised by Kouri and Hodges are valid. In the CFR-controlled America, political assassination has become a common occurrence. The CFR conspirators have been very successful in assassinating anybody they see as a potential threat to their globalist designs.

CFR psychopaths inside the U.S. government have actively participated in the assassination of foreign leaders, among them Colombia’s leader Jorge Gaitán, Italy’s oil executive Enrico Mattei and Prime Minister Aldo Moro, the Dominican Republic’s President Rafael Trujillo, Panama’s Omar Torrijos, Chile’s President Salvador Allende, Congo’s Patrice Lumumba, South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem, Sweden’s Olof Palme, Pakistan’s Ali Bhutto and, more recently, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez,[3] and Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski.

They also planned and carried out the assassination of American leaders, such as General George S. Patton, Admiral James Forrestal, U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and probably even FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.[4]

They also carried out the assassinations of people who, for one or another reason, they have considered a potential threat to their plans

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Spotlight Producer Urges Pope to ‘Protect Children’

Pell says Church made enormous mistakes on child sex abuse

(ANSA) — Rome, February 29 — Producer Michael Sugar called on Pope Francis to “protect children and restore the faith” in an Oscar acceptance speech for his movie Spotlight in Los Angeles on Sunday. Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer’s real-life drama traces the Boston Globe’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning investigation by a team of journalists who expose a ring of pedophile priests.

Starring Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, the movie won best picture and best original screenplay.

Accepting the award, Sugar said he hoped the film’s message would “resonate all the way to the Vatican”.

“Pope Francis: it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith,” he said.

“This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice,” said the producer from Open Road Films.

“We have to make sure this never happens again,” said McCarthy, who directed the film.

The head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy George Pell testified late on Sunday to the Australian commission investigating sex abuse of minors and admitted the Church had committed “enormous mistakes” with regards to the abuse.

Speaking via video link from a Roman hotel, Pell said the Church had “disappointed the faithful” and “caused serious damage” but that it is “working to remedy” the mistakes.

The commission is investigating cases of abuse that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, when Pell was a priest in the Ballarat diocese where abuse occurred.

Pell himself is not under investigation and has denied knowing about the abuse.

His testimony is expected to last three or four days total, and takes place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Rome, which is 8 a.m.

to noon in Australia. Fourteen abuse survivors flew to Rome to be present during Pell’s testimony, financed by a fundraiser that collected more than 130,000 euros for the cause.

One of the those victims is David Ridsdale, nephew of Gerald Ridsdale, a priest who is currently in prison for having committed 138 counts of abuse against 53 victims.

Pell worked with Ridsdale in the Ballarat diocese.

Ridsdale’s nephew has said in prior hearings that Pell not only ignored the abuse but also tried to buy his silence.

Also on Monday, Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano wrote that Spotlight is not an anti-Catholic film because “it does not touch on Catholicism per se”.

“It is undeniably a film with the courage to denounce cases that must be condemned without hesitation… the fact that an appeal to Pope Francis to combat this scourge came out of the Oscars ceremony must be seen as a positive signal,” the Vatican daily wrote.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Asian Hornets Which Slaughter 50 Bees a Day Are Set to Reach Britain

Wildlife experts have warned it is ‘just a matter of time’ before Asian hornets appear in Britain to threaten the beleaguered bee population.

More hostile than the native hornet, they can kill 50 bees a day to feed their larvae. Britain’s bees are thought to have fallen by a third since 2007.

The hornets came to France accidentally in pottery 12 years ago, and from one nest spread to Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

The Asian hornet is likely to cross the Channel accidentally via imported pot plants, fruit, cut flowers and timber.

Camilla Keane, chair of the Wildlife and Countryside Link’s group on invasive species, said: ‘Like all invasive non-native species, once established the Asian hornet would be incredibly difficult and hugely costly to tackle.

[Comment: these things are HUGE. I remember watching a documentary about these hornets causing havoc in Japan. Nests all over the place. The camera crew tried to approach a nest in a forest, but they couldn’t get close. The wildlife expert said if you listen you can hear the hornets coming… a couple of hornets were approaching and, I kid you not, it sounded like a small helicopter! These things are VERY aggressive.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Austria Nears Decision to Also Prosecute Wilders for Hate Speech

Austria expects to soon make a decision on whether or not PVV leader Geert Wilders will be prosecuted for hate speech because of statements he made in a speech in Hofburg on March 27th last year, AD reports.

Wilders was the guest of honor at a gathering of sister party FPO. In his speech, he called for the Koran to be banned, said that Islam declared war on Europe and that Islam turns men into terrorists.

Austrian Muslim organization IMO pressed charges against Wilders. “I realized immediately that I had to do something”, Tarafa Baghjati, leader of the IMO, said to the newspaper. “Wilders called Islam an ideology of war that incites violence. Wilders gave the impression that all Muslims are here to wage war against Europeans. It made me think of all the Nazi rhetoric of the 30’s. I decided to report it right away.”

That led to a judicial investigation by the Public Prosecutor in Vienna, which is now nearing its end. According to the newspaper, there’s a good chance that Wilders will be prosecuted in Vienna. “Due to the war past, these cases are more sensitive in Austria than with us. The legislation is stricter: one speaks of “Verhetzung”. That looks like incitement, but the definition is broader than in Dutch law. “, law professor Anton van Kalmthout explained. “It would surprise me if Wilders is not prosecuted, because Austrian politicians have been punished for less. I do not expect Wilders to end up in jail, but a suspended prison sentence is, I think, quite possible.”

If Wilders is prosecuted, then he may well have to appear in two courts on hate speech charges in a short time. The hate speech trial for his statements about “fewer Moroccans” in a cafe in The Hague in 2014, is set to begin on October 31st…

           — Hat tip: Steen [Return to headlines]

Czech Rep.: Zeman in Favour of Referendum on Exit From EU

Opposed to those who want exit, but we must let citizens vote

(ANSA) — PRAGA — The President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, is in favor of a potential referendum on the country’s exit from the EU. Zerman spoke in an interview with the portal “”, APA news agency reported. Zeman replied to Prime Minister Sobotka, who would rather avoid such a referendum. “I am on the side of those who are opposed to an exit from the EU — he said -, but I am opposed to those who want to prevent citizens from voting on the issue”, he stated.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Rome Mayor Candidate Says Priority is to Make City Safe

Anti-degradation bill presented in the Senate

(ANSA) — Rome, February 25 — Rome mayoral candidate Alfio Marchini said on Thursday that restoring security in the Italian capital was crucial, as a bill to fight “degradation” was presented to the Senate.

“We don’t want to be sheriffs but security is the key word.

We have to make Rome safe again,” said the businessman, who is running for mayor on an independent ticket.

The anti-degradation bill, presented by centre-right Senators Andrea Augello and Gaetano Quagliariello, includes measures to strengthen the powers of the mayor in the fight against prostitution, to make rummaging through rubbish bins an environmental offence, and fines for people who buy counterfeit goods.

Marchini was among the first to sign in favour of the bill, which also includes plans to strengthen video surveillance of public areas.

When asked to comment on the upcoming mayoral elections in Rome, Augello praised Marchini on Thursday for staying out of controversy within the disunited centre right.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: M5S ‘Only Alternative’ For ‘Raped’ Rome, Raggi Says

Candidate to run against Bertolaso, Storace, Fassina

(ANSA) — Rome, February 25 — A city council led by the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S) is the only alternative for Rome after years of “rape”, mayor candidate Virginia Raggi said Thursday.

“For years Rome has been raped by bad politics and extremely bad administration, now there are no alternatives but M5S,” the 37-year-old lawyer and former city councillor said.

“We want residents to take their revenge and with us reclaim the city to return it to life at last,” Raggi added. Raggi became the M5S’s candidate in the Rome mayor race after beating out four other potential candidates in an online vote Tuesday.

She will be up against centre-right candidate Guido Bertolaso, the former civil protection chief, ex Lazio regional governor Francesco Storace with The Right and former Democratic Party (PD) member and ex-junior economy minister Stefano Fassina of the Italian Left (SI).

The centre left has still to hold primaries for the June vote, with Lower House Deputy Speaker Roberto Giachetti of the ruling centre-left PD the favourite to get the nomination.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: ‘Divided Centre-Right Will Lose Rome’, Salvini Says

Partial primary results put main candidates neck-and-neck

(ANSA) — Rome, February 29 — A divided centre right is set to lose upcoming municipal elections in Rome, Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League, said Monday, as partial results of unofficial primaries organised by his party over the weekend put the four main candidates essentially neck-and-neck. A partial vote count announced at lunchtime on Monday put Alfio Marchini, a former city councillor running on a civic list, in the lead with 1,400 votes, followed by former ex Lower House speaker Irene Pivetti with 1,300 votes.

Ex Lazio regional governor Francesco Storace of La Destra was in third place with 1,250 votes, followed by former civil protection chief Guido Bertolaso, fielded by ex premier Silvio Berlusconi, and the leader of the small right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) Giorgia Meloni, with 1,050 votes. “In this way the centre-right is set to lose and presents the biggest possible gift to Matteo Renzi,” Salvini said.

The Northern League leader then appealed to Berlusconi and Meloni and to the four main candidates to “sit down and talk”.

“If everyone remains on their tracks those tracks lead to a dead end,” Salvini said, calling on the centre-right to hold official primaries “as a tool for synthesis”. In mid-February Salvini appeared to pull his backing for Bertolaso after initially supporting his candidacy, throwing the centre-right into disarray. The centre-left is to hold its own primaries in Rome on March 6, with deputy Lower House speaker Roberto Giacchetti tipped to win.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Marchini Wins Unofficial Centre-Right Rome Primaries

Coalition in disarray over official Bertolaso candidacy

(ANSA) — Rome, February 29 — Confusion appeared to reign within the centre-right on Monday after the official centre-right mayoral candidate for Rome Guido Bertolaso lost unofficial primaries organised by the right-wing Northern League over the weekend.

The hastily organised poll was won by Alfio Marchini — a former city councillor running on a civic list — with 4,534 votes, followed by surprise new entry Irene Pivetti with 3,495 votes.

Ex-Lazio governor Francesco Storace of La Destra obtained 3,069 votes while the former civil protection chief polled 2,203 votes. “In this way the centre-right is set to lose and presents the biggest possible gift to (center-left Premier) Matteo Renzi,” Salvini said. The Northern League leader then appealed to the four main candidates to “sit down and talk”. “If everyone remains on their paths, those paths will lead to a dead end,” Salvini said, calling on the centre-right to hold official primaries “as a tool for synthesis”.

He was backed by former party secretary Umberto Bossi, who in an interview with La Stampa daily said official centre-right primaries were “the only way forward”.

However, Bossi added that Salvini would now have to talk to ex-premier and center-right Forza Italia (FI) chief Silvio Berlusconi, who fielded Bertolaso earlier this month with support from Giorgia Meloni, leader of the small rightwing Brothers of Italy (FdI) party and, apparently, the Northern League leader himself. For his part, Marchini said in a statement “it is right to continue to seek a synthesis between the different political histories, which are an asset and certainly not a limit”.

However “the elections to be won are in June”, he added. “In order to win them we need to convince all those who no longer believe in the promises of the PD or the Five-Star Movement (M5S) to turn out to vote,” the businessman said.

Meanwhile, the two main candidates in the centre-left primaries on March 6 continued their campaigns. Roberto Giachetti, deputy Lower House speaker and former cabinet chief under Rome mayor Francesco Rutelli, took a swipe at M5S candidate Virginia Raggi who on Sunday described a televised debate between the centre-left candidates as a “second-hand fair”.

“There is a clear opposition between us, for example I think the Olympics should be used as a tool to relaunch the capital. I think she has a defeatist approach,” Giachetti said.

Raggi has said she is opposed to the 2024 Olympics bid on grounds the city has more urgent problems that need to be tackled first.

Former executive city councillor for urban planning Roberto Morassut said the centre-left primaries would “once again” be the only “real democratic popular consultation”.

“On March 6, debate will begin on the number of participants and whether 50,000, 60,000, or 70,000 people can be considered a flop. Let me quietly point out that the M5S has nominated a candidate with 1,700 online votes, while the centre-right candidates subject to the League’s primaries all garnered under 2,000 votes — a regular pantomime,” Morassut said. Morassut made the comment before the final results of the unofficial centre-right primaries had been announced.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy Natl Health Prescriptions Set to Go Digital

‘Can’t rule out inconveniences’ says doctors union chief

(ANSA) — Rome, February 29 — Italian national health service users will no longer see their family doctors filling out traditional red prescription slips, because that part of the service is going digital beginning on Tuesday, March 1.

Starting tomorrow, family doctors will prescribe medication, tests and visits to specialists by accessing an online network, which is also visible to pharmacists, labs and clinics.

However, doctors will still be handing out written versions, in case of a failed Internet connection or system malfunctions at the pharmacy. “We’re ready, but we can’t rule out the possibility of some inconveniences,” said FIMMG family doctors union chief Giacomo Milillo.

The law that eliminated written prescriptions went into effect in December 2015.

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Norway: This Picture Explains the Soldiers of Odin’s Real Mission

It’s the strangest thing about mainstream journalists; they are extremely good at journalism when it comes to digging up anything that can discredit these groups, but the positive aspects are always left out.

Like this. You won’t see this picture in the mainstream media, because that would leave a positive impression on people.

The picture shows two Soldiers of Odin in Tønsberg who are helping and literally supporting two young girls who had a little too much to drink on town.

Now imagine if this was your drunk 18-year-old daughter being helped home by bodyguards who made sure she was safe, wouldn’t you appreciate it too? Personally I would go out and shake their hands in gratitude.

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Sharia Courts in the UK Are Run by Extremists Who Back Cutting Off Criminals’ Hands, Says Muslim Scholar

Sharia courts administering Islamic justice in Britain are run by clerics who believe some offenders should have their hands chopped off, an investigation has found.

[Comment: “Yes, but, more importantly, can we count on them to vote Labour?” /sarcasm]

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UK: Islamic Studies Tutor Raped 14-Year-Old Girl and Left Her Pregnant

An Islamic studies tutor who raped a 14-year-old pupil and left her pregnant during a five-year campaign of abuse has been jailed for 19 years.

Mohammed Islam, 31, from Bethnal Green, started molesting the schoolgirl in 2010 when she was just nine, while teaching the Koran to children at an East End Islamic centre.

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Albanian TV Newsreaders Strip Down to Boost Audience

Faced with tough competition to win over audiences, an Albanian TV channel is taking a literal approach towards giving viewers the “naked” truth — by employing almost-topless newsreaders.

Wearing open jackets and nothing underneath, the young women reading the headlines on Zjarr TV are an unprecedented sight in the conservative Balkan country, where they first appeared on television and Internet screens last year.

The channel’s owner says audiences haven’t stopped growing since…

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

Italy Has Offered Lead Role in Libya Says U.S. Defence Secretary

National-unity govt to be formed ‘as soon as possible’ says Ash Carter

(ANSA) — New York, February 29 — US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Monday that Italy, being “so close” to Libya, had “offered to take the lead” in the North African country and “we have already promised that we will strongly support them”, according to Bloomberg. Carter stressed the international coalition will go into action once a Libyan government of national unity has been formed, “hopefully as soon as possible”.

Rome has agreed to US drones operating from its Sigonella base in Sicily and has pledged to play a key role in the coalition’s action once the government is formed.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

The Libya Gamble

By the time Mahmoud Jibril cleared customs at Le Bourget airport and sped into Paris, the American secretary of state had been waiting for hours. But this was not a meeting Hillary Clinton could cancel. Their encounter could decide whether America was again going to war.

In the throes of the Arab Spring, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was facing a furious revolt by Libyans determined to end his quixotic 42-year rule. The dictator’s forces were approaching Benghazi, the crucible of the rebellion, and threatening a blood bath. France and Britain were urging the United States to join them in a military campaign to halt Colonel Qaddafi’s troops, and now the Arab League, too, was calling for action.

President Obama was deeply wary of another military venture in a Muslim country. Most of his senior advisers were telling him to stay out. Still, he dispatched Mrs. Clinton to sound out Mr. Jibril, a leader of the Libyan opposition. Their late-night meeting on March 14, 2011, would be the first chance for a top American official to get a sense of whom, exactly, the United States was being asked to support.

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Air Force Multiplier: Courageous Warplane Pilots Helped Syria Survive

The Syrian Air Force performed a real feat of arms, helping the country’s government forces fight opposition and terrorist groups such as Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front, in a civil war that has ravaged Syria since 2011, according to Russian defense expert Ilya Kramnik.

In an article published by the Russian news website, defense expert Ilya Kramnik said that the Syrian Air Force accomplished a “real feat of arms” during the ongoing civil war in Syria, where the government forces continue to fight terrorist groups including Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front despite the hope offered by a recent ceasefire with anti-government forces.

Kramnik specifically pointed to the fact that at the beginning of the war, Syrian pilots successfully carried out their missions while suffering from a lack of spare parts, modern ammunition, fuel and warplanes as well as unsufficient professionalism.

Even after the situation changed in 2012, when Russia starting to send spare parts and military advisers to Syria, the heroic deeds of the Syrian pilots continued.

In particular, Kramnik referred to the Syrian Air Force’s MiG-21 fighter jets attacking the terrorists in the besieged city of Deir ez-Zor, where these warplanes had to lift off under enemy mortar fire with the pilots more often than not risking their lives.

The expert said that apart from the Soviet-made MiG-21, the Syrian Air Force includes MiG-29M multi-purpose fighter jets, MiG-23BN and MiG-23ML jets, as well as Su-24 and Su-22M4 fighter bombers.

According to Kramnik, it is the fleet of the Su-24s, supersonic, all-weather attack aircraft with a variable-sweep wing, which remains a core of the Syrian Air Force. These planes reportedly conduct up to 30 sorties per day in Syria, Kramnik said.

He recalled in this regard that adding to the Syrian Air Force’s anti-terror effort is Russia’s ongoing air campaign in Syria which was launched on September 30, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh and Al-Nusra Front targets at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In addition, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed earlier this month that advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multi-role fighters had begun their combat mission in Syria.

Even so, it is too early to speak of the Syrian Army’s full-fledged victory and speculate on how the Syrian war may end, Kramnik said.

But the fact remains that the Syrian Air Force added considerably to the current crackdown of the country’s army on the terrorists, who continue to retreat from strategic areas in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Latakia, the expert concluded.

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

‘Hit, Attacked, Raped by Men High on Drugs,’ 18-Year-Old on Daesh Captivity

A Yazidi girl made a Daesh sex slave revealed cruel suffering from months in captivity in a book written by German journalist Alexandra Cavelius.

Shirin was 17 years old when Daesh (IS, ISIS, ISIL) seized the village in Northern Iraq where she and her family enjoyed living until August 2014, the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.

After the seizure, the terrorist group required “all daughters” to be brought to fighters immediately for abduction, according to the Daily Mail.

“We were so blind. We didn’t recognize the danger. Then at around 4 p.m. ISIS fighters told our village head,’We will not do anything to you as long as all of your daughters are brought to us by 6 p.m.,’“ the teenager said.

“In two hours they wanted all of the girls outside. The news spread like wildfire,” she explained. “Our village head told us all,’Take your daughters and try to flee. Otherwise they will take your daughters and your wives.’“

Her family failed to run away and the teenager was abused as a sex slave for several months. Shirin was first surprised to recognize some of her “husbands” as her former neighbors who were living in peace as “a big family” before Daesh came.

After Daesh took control over the village, Shirin was taken to a hideout with other women where they were “hit, attacked, raped by men high on drugs,” and “left to starve and not given anything to drink,” the teenager wrote.

“Muslim Kurds, Arabs and Yezidis were like a big family for me before all of this,” she wrote, according to Deutsche Welle. “It was only after the terrorists seized power that our neighbors suddenly no longer wanted to even eat with us…. Workers, teachers and doctors — all of our Arab neighbors seemed to have joined the [Islamic State].”

The terrorists captured thousands of people from the Yazidi minority group that are believed to be infidels according to their religion. Yazidi females were taken as “wives” and sex slaves forcibly by Daesh fighters.

A 60-year-old militant and nine others impregnated Shirin and her last “husband” helped her to flee to Germany.

Some abusers didn’t bother to cover their faces during the assault so Shirin easily recognized them.

“When I saw their faces for the first time it was only then that I realized I was looking at the faces of my former neighbors,” the teenager said.

The abuses were “such pain, such humiliation,” she stressed.

Shirin is safe in Germany now, but she wrote that her whole life will never be the same.

“I never thought something so bad could happen,” Shirin wrote. “I was split from my mother, and then I was beaten. I tried to kill myself. I always thought it could not get any worse and then it did.”

Every time she sees any long bearded man approaching her in Germany, she gets “panicked and scared,” according to DW.

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

Italian Troops to Mosul Dam ‘In Late Spring’

Plans at advanced stage say sources

(ANSA) — Rome, February 29 — The arrival of some 500 Italian soldiers to protect the Cesena-based Trevi Group’s restructuring work on the key Mosul Dam in Iraq has been scheduled for late spring, either May or June, officials said Monday.

The contingent could be composed of the Garibaldi Brigade bersaglieri with armoured vehicles, plus special forces, sappers and air support, the sources said.

Reconnaissance and analysis of the area to be secured have already been carried out. Defence ministry plans to deploy the troops are at an advanced stage.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Jordan in Talks With World Bank for a Loan Worth USD 500 Mil

As part of refugees-related aid programme

(ANSAmed) — AMMAN, FEBRUARY 29 — Jordan is in advanced talks with the World Bank for a soft loan worth USD 500 million, as part of refugees related aid programme approved by the international community in London conference, officials said Monday.

Discussions over terms of the loan and payment details are expected to be rubber stamped by both parties in the near future, said minister of planning and international cooperation Emad Fakhouri.

He said that talks with the world bank will be continued in the coming few weeks and an agreement could be reached ‘very soon.’ Officials say the funds will be allocated for infrastructure projects including health and education.

Jordan has been heavily relying on international aid including loans and donations in order to maintain its economy.

Economists warn that over dependency on loans will place a massive pressure on the country’s economy, with foreign debt currently standing at more than 80 percent of the GDP.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Ukraine: Germany Preparing New ‘Marshall Plan’ For Kiev

Wellmann: ‘Ukraine future important for Europe’

(ANSA) — TRIESTE — Germany has been working on a new ‘Marshall plan’ for Ukraine, Karl-Georg Wellmann, head of the Ukraine-Germany parliamentary group said, as reported by Interfax agency. “We are working together with the Ukrainians on a new strategy for stabilisation and development of Ukraine, which envisions much greater political and financial efforts. This is a new programme, complementary with the Association agreement”, Wellmann said in an interview for Segodnya daily. “This is an idea for a solid “Marshall plan” for restructuring economy, management, judiciary system etc”, he added, underlining that, if the plan was to become operative, it would be implemented under Germany’s close monitoring. “The future of Ukraine is of great importance for entire Europe”, he concluded.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Woman in Moscow Beheads 4-Year-Old-Girl, Parades Severed Head, Chants “Allahu Akbar”

[WARNING: * Disturbing Content * ]

A burka-clad babysitter decapitated the little girl in her care before walking through Moscow carrying the child’s severed head, police say.

The woman shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as she appeared near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station in the northwest of the Russian capital and threatened to blow herself up.

It came hours after officers found the headless body of a child when they were called to a fire at a block of flats in the city.

The victim was a girl identified as Nastya M — and the child’s 38-year-old nanny Gyulchehra Bobokulova, from Uzbekistan, has been arrested.

The woman was seen pulling the severed head out of a bag and walking around near the entrance to the metro station as police moved in.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

7 ISIS Fighters Killed by U.S. Drone in Afghanistan

Including two leaders

(ANSA) — Rome, February 29 — At least seven Islamic State (ISIS) militants including two leaders were killed by a US drone in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, officials said Monday.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

20,000 Sent Fleeing After Deadly Fighting in the Philippines

At least six people have been killed and more than 20,000 displaced during a week of fighting between Islamic militants and security forces in the southern Philippines, authorities said Friday.

Three soldiers and three militants were confirmed killed in the clashes, which involved followers of a slain Indonesian leader of a Southeast Asian militant group, the military said.

“There was attack and counter-attack, sniping and counter-sniping, and artillery fire,” military spokesman Colonel Noel Detoyato told AFP, describing the fighting that began on Saturday with an attack on a military post.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

IoT Devices Are Secretly Phoning Home

Last week security blogger Brian Krebs revealed that a popular internet-enabled security camera “secretly and constantly connects into a vast peer-to-peer network run by the Chinese manufacturer of the hardware.”

While the device is not necessarily sharing video from your camera, it is punching through firewalls to connect with other devices. Even if the user discovers it, it’s still extremely hard to turn off. And apparently it’s not the only electronic device that’s secretly phoning home.

The manufacturers may envision this as a service, allowing mobile users to conveniently connect remotely to their collection of devices at home. But in some cases, manufacturers aren’t even publicizing these features to their customers, which is one of the things that’s alarming the former Washington Post cybercrime reporter, who hold the device up as an example of “Why People Fear the ‘Internet of Things’.”

“[T]he problem with so many IoT devices is not necessarily that they’re ill-conceived, it’s that their default settings often ignore security and/or privacy concerns,” Krebs wrote.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

‘60 Minutes’ TV Crew Attacked and Beaten in Sweden

After the visit the journalists said that they have been to Somalia, Syria and Iraq, but they have never experienced conditions similar to those in Sweden.

The TV crew got an insight into the Swedish multicultural society that they are never going to forget.

The TV crew was in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby to depict the mass immigration to Sweden, and do interviews with local residents. The team barely got into Rinkeby before it was attacked for the first time, writes Avpixlat.

When a cameraman from 60 Minutes went out of the car, suddenly a car came up close beside him. The African driver of the car began to argue about why they were filming in Rinkeby. After a few minutes he ran across the foot of the cameraman, who tumbled to the ground and lay in agony. Another cameraman filmed the whole incident.

The camera man was not seriously injured, however, and was able to continue the job, but with significant pain. The police arrived at the site 10 minutes later and six policemen guarded the TV team, which consisted of three camera men and broadcaster Liz Hayes, in addition to Jan Sjunnesson from Avpixlat, who guided them in Rinkeby.

After a while the Australians wanted to go to Rinkeby Square, but the police had to stay behind on the outside not to provoke the residents…

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]

Italy: Syrian Refugees Arrive in Rome Airport From Lebanon

FM calls it ‘message to EU’, ‘on the verge of the abyss’

(by Stefano de Paolis) (ANSAmed) — ROME, FEBRUARY 29 — Wrapped in a peace flag with his son in his arms was how the first Syrian refugee transferred to the Italian capital from Lebanon entered Terminal 5 of Fiumicino airport, as part of a pilot project for ‘humanitarian corridors’ bringing refugees to Italy. Some 93 people including 41 under the age of 18 came after the man (24 families total). Awaiting them was Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who after warning in an interview with Handeslblatt that Europe was “on the verge of the abyss”, said Monday that he was pleased with this initiative — by civil society in coordination with government institutions — that enables the most vulnerable refugees “to arrive without having to suffer violence and blackmailing at the hands of human traffickers”.

He added that it was a “message” to Europe, made possible by a Protocol of Understanding signed by the foreign ministry, interior ministry, the Comunità di Sant’Egidio, the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy and Tavola Valdese. It marks the first step of a project that foresees the arrival of a thousand refugees in two years: 600 from Lebanon, 150 from Morocco, and 250 from Ethiopia, all of whom particularly vulnerable refugees. The 93 Syrian refugees that arrived on Monday left the airport on five coaches: 30 headed for Trento, where local dioceses will provide accommodation for them, and another two groups towards Reggio Emilia and Turin, where parishes from the dioceses will provide accommodation; and 23 towards Aprilia, where the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy will be responsible for them (they will also provide accommodation for those hosted in Florence). Another group will remain in Rome, hosted by the Comunità di Sant’Egidio. Some of the refugees smiled on arrival and others were overcome by tears, as was the case with two parents holding five small children (4 boys and a girl) by hand. Gentiloni said that their arrival sends a “message” to Europe that “large migration flows cannot be handled through unilateral decisions, erecting walls or fences”, which only “pose a risk to Europe”. “To truly deal with the migration issue,” he said, “we need different things.” “Of course we need peace in Syria,” he added, “and a glimmer of hope has been seen with the ceasefire that began on Saturday”, however we “also need to increase cooperation with Africa. We need to support countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, which are at the center of refugee reception. We need joint efforts at the European level.” “Behind this range of initiatives, there are humanitarian corridors, which in this case are financed by the ‘8 per Mille’ (through which Italian taxpayers can elect to donate part of their taxes to specific causes, Ed.) from NGOs supporting the initiative,” the minister noted, adding that he hoped the “message sent today by Rome will prove contagious, and that other European countries will decide to follow the example.”

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Nearly 8,000 Migrants Have Reached Italian Shores in 2016

Palazzotto calls hotspot system in Italy ‘a total failure’

(ANSA) — Palermo, February 29 — In the first two months of 2016, 7,892 migrants have arrived on Italian shores, said Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Erasmo Palazzotto on Monday during a press conference on migrant hotspots.

Although the total number of migrants was nearly identical to that of the first two months of 2015 (7,758), there were 1,588 more irregular migrants in 2016, totaling 5,254 overall.

Of those, the data show that 2,355 have effectively left Italian territory, while the location of 2,897 other irregular migrants who weren’t repatriated is unknown.

Palazzotto said the system of hotspots for migrant registration in Italy, proposed and supported by the European Commission, “is a complete failure”.

“It only responds to the need to show the EU that something is being done,” Palazzotto said at a conference on hotspots in Palermo.

He said only three of five hotspots are currently active: Pozzallo, Lampedusa, and Trapani.

“The hotspot system is creating a system of illegalisation of migrants in Italy,” he said.

“In many cases people are classified as economic migrants only by taking their country of origin and their nationality.

This is a clear violation of the constitutional right to asylum”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

UK: Tony Blair Accused of Conspiracy Over Mass Immigration

Tony Blair is accused of ‘presiding over a silent conspiracy’ that allowed two million migrants to enter Britain during his decade in power.

A new biography of the former prime minister by the celebrated investigative journalist Tom Bower claims Mr Blair ordered his Labour government not to publicly discuss the issue.

The book Broken Vows: Tony Blair — the Tragedy of Power alleges that the minister in charge of border control ruled against deporting failed asylum seekers because it would be too “emotional” to do so.

The book, being serialised in the Daily Mail, is also promising to reveal in the coming days:

a ‘devastating’ dossier on how Mr Blair tricked members of his cabinet into going to war with Iraq

details of how he has earned tens of millions of pounds since leaving Downing Street in 2007 through lucrative deals with autocrats around the world

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Warzone: Migrants Riot and Use Battering Ram to Break Through European Border Fence

Middle Eastern migrants have used a home-made battering ram in an attempt to force their way into Macedonia from Greece today. They also rioted and threw rocks at police, who retaliated with tear gas.

The migrants managed to destroy a gate on the border with the Medieval siege weapon, which they had fashioned from steel poles. It is not clear how many managed to get through the broken gate.

Today’s violence is an escalation of disturbances seen yesterday, when migrants held a demonstration, blocking off train tracks whilst shouting “open the border”.

Macedonia began to close off its border with Greece in January of this year, as the number of migrants entering from Turkey continued to grow, far outstripping the million plus seen last year. According to Reuters, another 110,000 have arrived this year, mostly from Turkey via Greece.

Around 6,500 have built up on the Greek side since the Macedonian authorities said they would only allow Syrians and Iraqis through last week, blocking the passage of those from Afghanistan, North Africa and elsewhere.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Indian City’s Cinemas Under Pressure Over Homophobia Movie

Cinemas in the north Indian city of Aligarh were under mounting pressure Sunday to stop screening a movie set in the metropolis that tackles homophobia, following protests from right wing religious groups.

The movie “Aligarh”, which opened nationally last week, is based on a true story about a university professor suspended from his post after a television news crew filmed him having sex with a rickshaw puller.

Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras was teaching at Aligarh Muslim University in 2010 when his private life made headline news in an undercover sting operation. He briefly fought to be reinstated, but was found dead in his apartment in suspicious circumstances two months later…

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

Italy: Arrival of Vendola’s Child Fuels Gay Adoption Row

SEL leader becomes father thanks to surrogate mother

(ANSA) — Rome, February 29 — The arrival of a child via an American surrogate mother for former Puglia governor and leftwing Left, Ecology and Freedom (SEL) leader Nichi Vendola and his younger partner has fuelled a row in Italy over adoptions for members of the LGBT community.

Tension over the issue of gays adopting children continued on Monday even though a provision that would have allowed homosexuals to adopt their partners’ biological children was stripped from a bill regulating civil unions last week. Part of the reason that the issue has flared again was the birth in California at the weekend of Tobia Antonio, the child of Vendola and his 20-year-younger partner Ed Testa thanks to a surrogate mother. Northern League leader Matteo Salvini blasted Vendola, accusing him of “disgusting selfishness”. Premier Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD) is set to propose new legislation on adoptions, including those by gay parents, after the stepchild adoption provision was dropped to allow the civil unions bill to clear the Senate last week. But Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has said this would breach a pact that his centrist AP group reached with the PD to win its support.

“The pact between us was clear,” said Alfano, whose party is a junior partner in the ruling coalition. “Scrapping adoptions does not just go for this bill, but in general,” added that minister, who last week said his party had stopped the civil unions bill being a “revolution against nature”.

“We would never have voted for the law if we’d been told that dropping stepchild adoption was provisional in view a new law.

“We are absolutely intransigent on this”.

Renzi replied indirectly by saying that “the time of vetoes” to needed reforms — such as the civil unions bill now before the Lower House — is over. “I wish to tell the opposite extremes that the time when someone in Italy had veto rights (over reforms) is over,” the centre-left premier wrote in his e-news.

“We forged ahead with reforms, even when the majority told us to stop… by dint of confidence votes too, when necessary.

We did not stop… in the face of the sacrosanct necessity of recognizing the rights of homosexual couples, because doing the opposite would have been uncivil”.

Vendola also got support from Lower House Speaker Laura Boldrini, also of SEL, who slammed the rightwing attacks, which included Maurizio Gasparri from Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia berating the “the Left’s use of the vile (surrogate motherhood) method”. “I heard coarse, vulgar comments — it’s sordid to stoop so low,” Boldrini said. “I wish (Vendola and Testa) all the best and I hope this attack on their choice will stop. Nobody can express such harsh opinions against a child that has been born”.

But top-selling Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family) also slammed Vendola. “The defender of the poor and the oppressed went abroad like a gentleman of means, orphaned a baby of its mother and eluded the (Italian) Constitution,” the weekly wrote on its website. “Wasn’t he supposed to be a leftist?” Vendola and Testa should be arrested for breaking an Italian law against surrogate motherhood as soon they get back to Italy, a Forza Italia MP said.

“Surrogate motherhood is a crime and it is serious that an Italian politician should fly abroad in contempt of Italian laws, with impunity,” said Basilio Catanoso.

“If I were the interior minister I would immediately order the arrest of the couple on their return,” he said.

Vendola hit back at the furore caused by the boy’s arrival.

“There is no fascist-thug political vulgarity that can disturb the great joy that the birth of a baby causes,” said Vendola, 57.

He denied “hiring a womb” in a mercenary way, saying the woman who gave birth to the child “is an integral part of our family and will continue to be so”.

Vendola’s former spokesman, journalist Vito Marinelli, told ANSA that Vendola “has become a symbol for the so many people who have this strong desire to be parents and find obstacles in their path towards realising their dream.

“It’s as if a gate has opened on an infinite horizon,” Marinelli said.

Tobia Antonio cannot be registered as the couple’s son in Italy — at least until an adoptions law is introduced.

The baby has been registered as the biological son of Testa in Canada, where the Italo-Canadian Testa, 38, has a valid passport. California is one of the few US states that allows surrogate motherhood in monetary as well as purely altruistic forms.

One of the others is Texas.

‘Lucrative’ surrogate motherhood is also legal in India, South Africa, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine, as well as only Belgium in the EU.

The altruistic form alone is legal in the UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Australia as well as Canada and the other US states. The mother of the child was reported to be an American of Indonesian origin.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Romania: 2 Million Signatures Against Gay Marriage

Request to amend Constitution to protect man-woman union

(ANSA) — TRIESTE — The ‘Coalition for family’, composed of 23 Romanian Ngos and associations, gathered more than 2 million signatures in support of the request to amend the Constitution in order to sanction the marriage as a union between a man and a woman, Romania Insider reported citing the data published by the coalition. The number of signatures already exceeds by far the necessary 500,000 prescribed by law, which allows three more months for signature gathering. The organisers had announced earlier that they would gather more supporters than necessary in order to send a strong message to the political representatives.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

UK: Christian Student Kicked Out by His University Because He Wrote Facebook Messages Opposing Gay Marriage

A Christian student has been ejected from his university course for voicing his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook.

Felix Ngole, 38, was expelled from Sheffield University after faculty staff decided he ‘may have caused offence to some individuals’.

The postgraduate father of four, who was studying to become a social worker, has been told his actions affect his fitness to practise and was ordered to hand back his student ID and library card.

Mr Ngole was reported after using his private Facebook account to express support for Kim Davis, a county clerk from Kentucky, who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences after the introduction of same-sex unions there last September.

Mr Ngole argued that homosexual activity is against the teaching of the Bible, quoting a verse from Leviticus describing it as an ‘abomination’.

Yesterday, he said he was appealing the university’s decision because the case had wider consequences for the ‘freedom of religion and freedom of expression’.

Claiming he had been censored, he added: ‘The university claims my views are discriminatory, but I am the one being discriminated against because of my expression of Christian beliefs.

‘I wonder whether the university would have taken any action if a Muslim student who believes in Sharia law, with its teaching about women and homosexuality, had made moderate comments on his Facebook page. I don’t think so.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Climate Models Are Not Simulating Earth’s Climate — Part 3

In the models used by the IPCC for their 5th Assessment Report, many of the modeled oceans are not storing heat close to the (much-adjusted) observed rates, so those models are not simulating global warming as it exists on Earth. But there’s really nothing new about that. We can simply add ocean heat accumulation and top-of-the-atmosphere energy imbalance to the list of things that climate models do not simulate properly: like surface temperatures, like precipitation, like polar sea ice, like polar amplification, like El Niño and La Niña processes, like the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, like the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and so on.

Once again, climate models have shown they are good for one thing and one thing only: to display how poorly they simulate Earth’s climate.

Important Note: As discussed, because of inherent flaws in climate models like model drift, when examining model performance, climate scientists will adjust the outputs of climate models before comparing them to data.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

10 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/29/2016

  1. Rinkeby?
    Ah yes, the Somali suburb of Stockholm.
    “It is the duty of every Muslim to kill those who leave Islam”,
    said a Rinkeby imam on Radio Sweden.
    He was later found not to have committed a crime.

    • What if somebody changed a couple of words, would it then be a crime to incite to killing? Yes!

      It is not a crime if said by a muslim and a muslim only. Because that is what the human rights according to sharia, says, and so Sweden must follow sharia, and leave former elevated thinking and law system behind.

      In short, muslims must never be killed. It is however, ok to kill those who are not muslim, according to sharia, because only muslims are “humans”.

      This is the new sweden.

      • Which of course is a very very sick situation altogether. What kind of mental illness would cause a people to even tolerate Islam? Never mind “choosing”.musl The Muslims may be ummahens but they rightly perceived as non humans in the world of men.

    • Sweden’s politicians, as those throughout the rest of the EU, have quite openly created a de facto ” superior” citizenry, namely Muslims! The word Muslim is the “get out of jail free” card and by definition relegates the indigenous population to second class citizenship, a life of ever more working hours, working years before pensionable, less pension payments, less public facilities and less public safety, greater health risks with less and less health provision! Slovenia has seen demos this week because pensioners get 800 Euros per months whilst a do-nothing, illiterate third world changer gets 1500 Euros per month after NEVER paying anything into the system!
      Wake your politicians up folks, they are blinkered by the likes of the duplicitous Merkel, Hollande and Juncker,they have to be MADE to see reason before Europe dies on your wartch!

  2. So, now it’s official. The Oscars is just another propaganda tool for the lefties!

    How did that happen?

    • Leftism is mostly about moral credentialing and moral licensing. The entertainment industry is just this same process on steroids.

  3. “Farrakhan on Hillary: ‘That is a Wicked Woman’”
    Never thought I’d agree with Farrakhan on anything!

    • Well Farrakhan is a muslim, so any woman is inherently wicked. But for him to say it openly must show that Hillary is a REALLY wicked woman.

      • Farrakhan used to receive a lot of donation money for his “religion” from Khadafi . Since Hillary was one of the folks who had him killed, Farrakhan has some contempt for her I would say.

        Not that I like him AT ALL, but how would it look for him to have praised Khadafi , received money from him and then said he was so sad that leader was murdered by rebels backed by the USA … and then go and praise Hillary, the witch who practically laughed when Khadafi died???

  4. I have to say this. It’s been seething within me for years. NOBODY has a right to not be offended. Seriously.

    Free speech includes the right to offend you, me, and anyone. Grow up already, you stupid people. I don’t mean you, Baron or Dymphna.

    I am just sick and tired of this really stupid PC [ill-smelling bodily waste].

    All around the world, whatever remnants of free speech there are, they are dying. Even here, in the land of the free and the home of the supposed brave. I wish America would grow up and grow a pair and quit whining — free speech is our ultimate right, as is our right to be armed.

    If I hate Islam I have a right to say so. If I hate communism I have a right to say so. Come on, people. Wake up already or you will find yourselves being little trolls beholden to the government and will have forgotten that freedom really does mean freedom of THOUGHT and of SPEECH!!!

    Sorry for shouting there.

    But I really feel passionate about this, as you may have guessed. I see the signs everywhere and you will, too — if you look. How many people write to the paper and actually express their point of view if it is not “politically correct”? Have you been watching? If not, you should. Almost all of it is pabulum. Very sad. There is a lot to criticize in our dearly beloved country, especially if we wish to preserve it. But there is little to be found, except on sites that are labelled “extreme” and I will quote someone who said said extremism in the name of liberty is not wrong — or words to that effect.

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