Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/5/2016

An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by an unidentified “Asian” man in a bakery in Leeds. The unfortunate victim was targeted while her mother was checking out at the cash register.

In other news, migrants who have given up trying to cross over to Britain from Calais are relocating to other ports in Normandy to try their luck there.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to AF, Fjordman, Insubria, JD, Nathalie, Nick, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

Financial Crisis
» Bank of Italy Fines 27 Banca Etruria Members 2.2 Mn
» Italy: Bad Loans a Brake But No Risk of Collapse — Padoan
» Moody’s Says Italy in ‘Momentum Phase’ With Reforms
» A Federal Judge Got it Right for a Chance
» Andrea Tantaros Tears Into Mitt Romney’s Speech — ‘Take it and Shove it’
» Anti-Trump Republicans Call for a Third-Party Option
» Clinton Campaign Sweating it Out Against the Trump Juggernaut
» D.C. Leaders Look to Communist Cuba for “Education Successes”
» Feds Arrest Bundy Supporters in Six States
» GOP Debate: Trump Says No Restrictions on Second Amendment, Let the People Shoot Back
» Monsanto is Suing California for Telling People the Truth About Its Chemicals
» Oklahoma Wesleyan University President to Receive Award at CPAC: ‘This is Not a Daycare. It’s a University!’
» Pay-by-Plate is Really a Nationwide License Tracking System Created by AECOM & DHS
» Phanton Thread of Islam in the Fabric of America
» Romney 2012: Trump Has an ‘Extraordinary Ability’ To Understand Foreign Policy, Economics, And Job Creation
» Romney in Anti-Trump Appeal
» Science is Turning Back to the Dark Ages
» Secret Service Visits the Blaze Studios Following Glenn Beck Stabbing Comments
» Shock Poll: Donald Trump Earns More Muslim Support Than Rest of GOP Field Combined
» The New York Times’ First Article About Hitler’s Rise is Absolutely Stunning: “Hitler’s Anti-Semitism Was Not So Violent or Genuine as it Sounded.”
» Why Cruz and Rubio Lie to Donald Trump and Their Globalist Agenda
» Canada’s Trudeau Complains U.S. Too Self-Centered
» Ontario’s Hocus Pocus Budget
Europe and the EU
» EC to ‘Reform Dublin Regulation by July’
» French Bill Carries 5-Year Jail Sentence for Company Refusals to Decrypt Data for Police
» Germany: Attempts to Ban NPD Faltering
» ISIS Teen Stabbed German Police Officer When She Could’t Reach Syria
» Italy: Renzi Has ‘Blood on His Hands’ Says Salvini
» Italy: Six Arrests for Sending ‘War Material’ To Iran
» Kurdish Terror Suspects Can Not be Extradited From UK in Case of Italian Mistreatment
» Merkel’s Plan for German Hegemony Has Failed
» Netherlands: Dozens of Hate Speech Victims Seek Compensation From Wilders
» Romanian Hacker “Guccifer” That Hacked Clinton’s and Exposed Benghazi is Being Extradited to US
» Swedes Predict ‘Death’ of Cash in Five Years
» The Mask Slips: Pro-EU Camp Admits it Wants US to Stay in Brussels to Keep Your Wages Down
» UK: Eight-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted in Greggs in Leeds
» UK: Murderer Kevan Thakrar’s Petty Prison Claims Cost US £100,000 in Legal Fees
» UK: Manhunt Underway for Escaped Paedophile Who Fled Court as Jury Deliberated
» UK: Parent’s Fury as Dover School’s Newsletter is Translated Into Slovak
» UK: Schoolgirl, Eight, Sexually Assaulted in a Branch of Greggs by an Asian Man in His 30s
» UK: Wanted: Man Sexually Assaults Eight-Year-Old Girl in Greggs as Her Mother Pays at Till
North Africa
» French Aircraft Carrier Passes Suez Canal
» U.S. Amb. Says Italy Could Deploy 5,000 in Libya Mission
Middle East
» Brutal ISIS Releases Footage of Orphaned Children Being Trained to Become Jihadi Fighters
» Exclusive — Jordan Investigates Alleged Islamic State Attempt to Conquer Second-Largest City
» Report: Islamic State Making Millions Playing International Currency Markets
» Ukraine Bans Criticism of the Government
Far East
» China Military Budget Up 7-8% in 2016
Australia — Pacific
» Pell Gives Final Testimony to Australia Sex Abuse Commission
Latin America
» Ex-Brazilian President Lula Questioned in Corruption Probe
» Businesswoman Records Warning After Attacks by ‘Non-Austrians’ In Vienna
» Compulsory Resources for Frontier Guards — Avramopoulos
» EU Figures Reveal People Claiming Asylum in Europe Doubled to 1.25mn Last Year
» EU’s Future in Peril if We Can’t Help Greece Says Sweden PM
» How Sweden Has Stopped Its Citizens Discussing the Refugee Influx
» Invaders Attack Aussie Film Crew in Sweden
» Italy Spearheading Migrant Reception — Mattarella
» Italy: Migrants and Terrorists Two Separate Things — Alfano
» Migrants Head to Normandy Ports Hunting New Way to UK
» Passport Counterfeiting in Athens
» Scared Sweden: Almost Half of Women ‘Afraid’ To be Out After Dark in Europe’s Rape Capital
» Slovak Election: PM Fico Sees Muslim ‘Threat’
» UK: Home Office Minister Admits We Cannot Deport Illegal Immigrants
» UK: Serbian Migrants Gang Rape Schoolgirl, 14, Then Leave Her Near Death Semi-Naked on Street
Culture Wars
» Story of “Amaruk Wilderness” — Religious Discrimination: Update
» Students Accuse College of Suppressing Pro-Life Views
» UK: Transgender Woman Davina Ayrton is Jailed for 8 Years for Raping a 15-Year-Old Girl
» Cheap Oil is Taking Shipping Routes Back to the 1800s

Bank of Italy Fines 27 Banca Etruria Members 2.2 Mn

Central bank had already issued 2.5 mn in sanctions in 2014

(ANSA) — Rome, March 4 — The Bank of Italy has issued sanctions worth a total of 2.2 million euros against 27 former members of the ‘old’ Banca Etruria, the central bank said Friday.

Banca Etruria is one of four failed banks rescued by the government last November.

The 27 including former board members will have to pay fines ranging from 52,000 to 130,000 euros each, according to their level of responsibility and the length of time during which they held their posts.

The sanctions affecting former board members and managers of the ‘old’ Banca Etruria are not the first fines issued by the Bank of Italy against the Arezzo-based lender.

According to the central bank, some of those sanctioned this week had already been fined in September 2014.

The sanctions issued at the time were worth 2.5 million euros and followed an inspection the previous year.

Last month, a bankruptcy court in Arezzo declared the ‘old’ Banca Etruria insolvent, upholding a request by bank commissioner Giuseppe Santoni.

Following the ruling, prosecutors have opened a probe into fraudulent bankruptcy.

Premier Matteo Renzi’s government at the end of November 2015 stepped in to save Banca Marche, Banca Etruria, CariChieti and CariFe, using financing from Italy’s healthier banks.

The rescue saved jobs and protected account holders by setting up four new banks, but rendered shares and bonds in the ‘old’ lenders worthless. The case is sensitive for the government as Reform Minister Maria Elena Boschi’s father was a former vice president of Banca Etruria.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Bad Loans a Brake But No Risk of Collapse — Padoan

Govt ‘radical’ moves to bolster system

(ANSA) — Rome, March 4 — Italian bank’ bad loans can act as a brake on growth but they hardly represent any realistic risk of banks collapsing, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in the City of London Friday, stressing that the problem was the fruit of “three years of recession”. Padoan listed “radical” government moves to bolster the banking system, including reforms of cooperative banks, foundations and local savings banks, as well as a State guarantee on the securitization of non-performing loans (NPLs). Padoan came out in favour of “structural reforms” when quizzed about a possible ‘bad bank’.

The minister also pointed out that the amount of NPLs was a net 89 billion euros, which should be the figure referredto, not the gross figure of 201 billion euros.

The government has repeatedly insisted that the solidity of the Italian banking system is not threatened by its relatively high ratio of NPLs.

Padoan added that recent positive employment data were a big boost to confidence in the economy.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Moody’s Says Italy in ‘Momentum Phase’ With Reforms

Says economy ministry GDP estimates ‘reasonable’

(ANSA) — Milan, March 4 — Thorsten Nestmann, vice president and senior analyst with Moody’s Investors Service, on Friday said that Italy was in a “momentum phase” regarding reforms, and that the government’s estimate that reforms will grow GDP 1.8% between now and 2020 is “reasonable”.

“Instability has been a problem for Italy for many years.

The outlook for potential governments that last longer is, in our view, positive, and heads in the right direction,” Nestmann said.

The government’s new public guarantee on non-performing loans (GACS, in its Italian acronym) will result in a “rather modest” reduction on non-performing loans, which amount to 200 billion euros, but within three years should be reduced by one-fifth, said Carlo Gori, vice president and senior analyst in Moody’s Financial Institutions Group.

Gori called it a “useful but not decisive measure” and said that Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) should find a partner, especially given that it has undergone a process of securitization.

Gori said the market reaction to banks since the beginning of the year has been “excessive” and that banks are “much more solid than in 2008, with capital doubled”.

Gori said the market is less liquid and more volatile because investment banks have left the capital market.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

A Federal Judge Got it Right for a Chance

Here is the report as covered by

“Apple scored a major legal victory in its ongoing battle against the FBI on Monday when a federal magistrate judge in New York rejected the U.S. government’s request as part of a drug case to force the company to help it extract data from a locked iPhone. The ruling from U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein was issued as part of the criminal case against Jun Feng, who pleaded guilty in October to drug charges. It is a significant boost to Apple’s well-publicized campaign to resist the FBI’s similar efforts in the case of the San Bernardino killers.”

The report continued: “Perhaps most devastating to the FBI’s case is Orenstein’s recognition that the purpose of the FBI’s request is not simply to obtain evidence in one particular case, but rather to grant the government broad, precedential authority to force Apple and other tech companies to take affirmative technological steps to cooperate with criminal investigations generally. That the FBI is seeking to establish broad precedent is a key argument made by Apple and its supporters in the San Bernardino case. To accept that the U.S. government has this power, ruled the court, is to vest law enforcement agencies with statutory authority that Congress itself never enacted.”

And again, “The judge also accused the government of trying to manipulate secret judicial proceedings to obtain powers for itself against Apple that public debate and Congress would never permit. It is, Orenstein wrote, ‘clear that the government has made the considered decision that it is better off securing such crypto-legislative authority from the courts (in proceedings that had always been, at the time it filed the instant Application, shielded from public scrutiny) rather than taking the chance that open legislative debate might produce a result less to its liking.’ Because the government wants the courts rather than Congress to grant this power, the ‘government’s interpretation of the breadth of authority the AWA confers on courts of limited jurisdiction … raises serious doubts about how such a statute could withstand constitutional scrutiny under the separation-of-powers doctrine.’“

Continuing: “Finally, the ruling recognized that forcing Apple to compromise its own security systems at the behest of the U.S. government would impose a considerable cost far beyond financial expenses.”

“This cost, Orenstein wrote, is particularly high since — rejecting the FBI’s claim in the public debate that its request is limited to just one phone ‘the record of this case makes clear that the burdens the government seeks to impose on Apple under the authority of the AWA are not nearly so limited.’ To the contrary, ‘it clearly intends to continue seeking assistance that is similarly burdensome — if not far more so — for the foreseeable future.’“

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Andrea Tantaros Tears Into Mitt Romney’s Speech — ‘Take it and Shove it’

As Andrea Tantaros pointed out on Fox:

“It doesn’t make very much sense…

It’s almost like a coach who lost the Super Bowl 42-0, and is now coming out telling the winning coach what plays to call. I mean you look at his record in Massachusetts — and I want to take him to task on this — because he hit Donald Trump in some key areas. Mitt Romney’s a liberal. He used to be pro-choice. Jonathan Gruber, the man that called everyone stupid, wrote Romneycare and Obamacare. That was Mitt Romney’s top aide. I don’t know if he was at the speech today I didn’t see him in the audience. Also, he lectured Donald Trump on foreign policy? Mitt Romney did not want to go after Osama Bin Laden and said that we should attack Pakistan, or ask Pakistan for permission before we attack. I mean Harris, I could go on, and on, and on. Mitt Romney has no business lecturing voters on electability or conservatism. …And I think voters today look at him and tell his brand of conservatism to take it and shove it.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Anti-Trump Republicans Call for a Third-Party Option

By Alexander Burns

Spurred by Donald J. Trump’s mounting victories, a small but influential — and growing — group of conservative leaders are calling for a third-party option to spare voters a wrenching general election choice between a Republican they consider completely unacceptable and Hillary Clinton.

While he has gained intense popularity on the right, Mr. Trump has alienated key blocs in the Republican coalition with his slash-and-burn campaign. For many, his initial refusal last weekend to disavow an endorsement from David Duke, the white supremacist, was a breaking point.

Two top Republicans, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, said this week that they would not vote for Mr. Trump in November.

[Return to headlines]

Clinton Campaign Sweating it Out Against the Trump Juggernaut

A number of news outlets have reported that the FBI secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the private server at her New York home in 2009.

While the Justice Department is being given credit for the immunity deal that’s expected to open the “Clinton closet door,” it’s most probably tough law enforcement officials with expertise in interview and interrogation techniques who managed to encourage Hillary Clinton’s associate, Bryan Pagliano.

“You can bet the farm that had Justice Department officials conducted the interviews or interrogations of Mr. Pagliano they wouldn’t have gotten anything for their efforts. But let real cops conduct interviews and call the shots and you get results,” said former police homicide detective Sidney Franes. “But don’t expect too much since the Clinton gang has a lot of experience and there’s a lot of support for them — crime or no crime — from a large number of news media people and a large number of Democrats who believe they’ll get something for nothing,” Franes noted…

“Pagliano, who installed Hillary Clinton’s private email server told members of Congress’ Select Committee on Benghazi that he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and that made FBI agents wonder what information is the Clinton minion concealing,” said former criminal investigator and intelligence officer Leonard Rooney, Jr.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

D.C. Leaders Look to Communist Cuba for “Education Successes”

D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are looking to a mass-murdering communist dictatorship for help

If you have children in government schools in or around the nation’s capital city, beware. Not only are the D.C. government schools mass producing illiterate graduates, top officials and education bureaucrats from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are looking to a mass-murdering communist dictatorship for help and ideas in reforming those schools. Seriously.

But despite what officials may believe, more communism in U.S. classrooms will do nothing to deal with widespread illiteracy or dumbed-down education in America. Instead, what is actually needed to make students literate and educated is very simple: Proper, systematic, and intensive instruction in phonics.

According to news reports and official statements, the delegation of government officials went on a trip to Communist Cuba last month to seek out ideas on everything from “strong education” to “high-quality teaching” and even healthcare from the murderous Castro regime. At least some of the officials appear to actually believe the dictatorship’s propaganda, too, with the Washington Postreporting that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson “spoke positively about their school visit” in Havana. During the visit, brainwashed Cuban children sang propaganda songs glorifying revolutionary communist gangster Jesús Suárez Gayol and took turns quoting mass-murdering former dictator Fidel Castro.

Incredibly, after being treated to the depressing spectacle of indoctrinated young children praising the tyrant who enslaved and impoverished their nation, D.C. officials spoke in glowing terms about the visit. “Given Cuba’s emphasis on a strong education, I know there’s a lot we can learn from each other,” Mayor Bowser told American journalists on a conference call from Havana, where there is not even a semblance of a free press and critics are routinely thrown into Castro’s prisons. “There’s a focus on teaching here and making sure all citizens have access to high-quality teaching.” By “high-quality teaching,” she presumably meant high-quality brainwashing by teachers who earn less in a month than minimum-wage Americans earn in a few hours.

Cuban students also do not have access to outside information, with the Internet and all independent sources being banned across the open-air prison island known as Cuba. But for schools chief Henderson, that was all overlooked. “There’s a sense of pride and a sense of history that they clearly prioritize,” she claimed about the Cuban schools, as if the regime was actually teaching the students history rather than Castro’s lies. “It is important to give people a sense of belonging and self-confidence, and I think that’s one of the things we’re missing in our education system.” How communist indoctrination would increase self-confidence or a sense of belonging was not immediately clear…

According to a State Education Agency report cited in media accounts, about two thirds of D.C. residents over the age of 15 are functionally illiterate. Yes, the overwhelming majority of D.C.’s residents, victims of its government schools, are barely able to read anything. While that is even worse than America at large, which also has widespread illiteracy at staggering levels, it should not be a surprise. Over one third of D.C. students fail to graduate. The cause, though, is simple and well known among those who care to look.

Teaching children to read English words as if they were Chinese characters — an approach known variously as “look-say,” “whole-word,” “sight-word,” and other terms — leads to life-long reading disabilities, dyslexia, a hatred of reading, physical deficiencies in the brain, and widespread illiteracy. On the other hand, teaching students real phonics leads to the high literacy levels that were once taken for granted across America. With phonics, students understand that written words, rather than symbols to be memorized, are actually a combination of symbols, known as letters, representing different sounds. Mastery of the sound-symbol relationship is essential to real literacy. Yet, despite being discredited by mountains of evidence, variations on the quack “whole-word” method prevail.

[Comment: Read it all. The “whole word” method of teaching reading is all part of “Dumbing Down Amercia”. It is intentionaly foisted on the public. Serfs do not need to know how to read.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Feds Arrest Bundy Supporters in Six States

The federal government took action against supporters of Cliven Bundy on Thursday.

Two of Bundy’s sons, David Harold Bundy and Melvin D. Bundy, were arrested by federal agents. Two other sons, Ammond and Ryan Bundy, were arrested by the feds on January 26 after LaVoy Finicum was killed by the government during the non-violent occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Cliven Bundy was arrested on February 10 in Portland, Oregon.

A federal indictment names the elder Bundy as the leader and beneficiary of the “conspiracy” to prevent the government from seizing cattle near the Bundy ranch in Nevada in April 2014. Bureau of Land Management officials backed down after public backlash.

The arrest of 12 people in six states followed a grand jury indictment in Nevada’s US District Court on Wednesday.

The indictment charges the Bundy supporters with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, extortion to interfere with commerce and interstate travel in aid of extortion.

[Comment: This is the same tactic used by the soviet. Slow roundup of dissidents — fear kept people quiet lest they may be targeted.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

GOP Debate: Trump Says No Restrictions on Second Amendment, Let the People Shoot Back

During the March 3 GOP debate Donald Trump said there should be no restrictions on the Second Amendment and stressed that attacks on innocents can be prevented or curtailed if the people have the ability to shoot back.

Fox News host Bret Baier pointed out that Trump had voiced support for an “assault weapons” ban in 2000, and Trump responded by saying he does not support such a ban.

Baier asked Trump if he thinks there should be any restrictions on the Second Amendment and Trump answered, “No.”

Trump added:

I’m a big defender of the Second Amendment. And if you look at what’s happened, whether it’s in California where you had the 14 people killed [or] whether it’s in Paris which, by the way, has the toughest gun laws in the world, and 130 people [were] killed. Many, many people are in the hospital and will be dying in addition. If we had guns or if they had guns on the other side of the room, with the bullets going in the opposition direction, you would not have had 130 people killed. That I can tell you right now. So I’m a very, very big supporter of the Second Amendment.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Monsanto is Suing California for Telling People the Truth About Its Chemicals

California — Monsanto is suing the State of California for its intent to include glyphosate — the main ingredient in its wildly popular herbicide, Roundup — on its Proposition 65 toxic chemicals list.

California’s decision came after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” in March 2015. Researchers discovered “limited evidence” of a link between the weedkiller and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans, as well as “convincing evidence” of its link to other forms of cancer in rodents. Thus, IARC decided unanimously that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.”

California announced in September it would include glyphosate among the noxious chemicals under Prop 65, which “mandates notification and labeling of all known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, and prohibits their discharge into drinking waters of the state,” Alternet summarized.

Monsanto has pushed back against the classification by the IARC from the beginning. Glyphosate-laden Roundup remains the most heavily used herbicide on the planet — despite an ever-widening list of nations implementing whole or partial bans on the substance.

Indeed, Center for Food Safety believes the addition of glyphosate to the Prop 65 list is so imperative,Alternet reports the organization filed a motion to intervene in the Monsanto lawsuit on Wednesday:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Oklahoma Wesleyan University President to Receive Award at CPAC: ‘This is Not a Daycare. It’s a University!’

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) president Everett Piper will receive the Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom at the Ronald Reagan Banquet at CPAC Friday evening following his strong message to members of the university community that they have come to the Christian school to be exposed to adversarial ideas, not protected from them.

As colleges and universities across the country have experienced upheaval over controversial ideas — some encouraged by groups such as Black Lives Matter — Piper wrote, “This is not a daycare. It’s a university.”

Piper reminded the student body, and the public, that exposure to adversarial ideas is an integral part of higher education…

OKWU “is not a ‘safe place,’ but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others,” he said. “This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up. This is not a day care. This is a university.”

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Pay-by-Plate is Really a Nationwide License Tracking System Created by AECOM & DHS

It was about two years ago, when news broke that DHS was creating a nationwide license plate tracking system and not long after, they claimed to have cancelled the project.

Don’t believe everything you read…

Last month, I warned everyone that DHS was working with states across the country to phase out vehicle registration stickers and use license plate readers to track everyone.

Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Leslie Richards reveals the real reason states are getting rid of registration stickers…

“Law enforcement will be able to do a much wider capture of license plates than they could in the old-fashioned way where they had to physically look at and read them.”

DHS is also using pay-by-plate (PBP) to create a nationwide license plate tracking system.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Phanton Thread of Islam in the Fabric of America

Religious tolerance is rooted deeply in the American psyche. Historically, Constitutional freedom of religion allows free exercise of the Christian faith while, at the same time, giving place to differing persuasions. In his 1791 autobiography, for example, Benjamin Franklin “did not disapprove” of a Pennsylvania meeting place designed to accommodate preachers of all religions. “Even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us,” Franklin opined, “he would find a pulpit at his service.” The subjunctive mood of Franklin’s comment occurs in a counterfactual dependent clause, used to express a state of unreality-i.e., a possibility or action that has not actually occurred. Clearly, Franklin perceived Islamic influence in America to be counterfactual and, therefore, unlikely.

If Muslims and their religious-political system of Islam were intrinsically involved in the founding, growth, and spectacular success of the United States, as some progressives contend, one would expect long term, high visibility to this day. However, even the Executive Director of Michigan’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dawud Walid, admits how unusual it is that Hamtramck boasts a Muslim-majority city council, not to mention more mosques per capita than anywhere else in the country.

By fashioning stories that plant Muslim Americans squarely in the center of our nation’s history and culture, the New Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History seeks to rectify indignities toward post-9/11 Muslim Americans who, we’re led to believe, are misunderstood, unfairly maligned, and marginalized. With this mindset, President Obama commits to “fighting negative stereotypes against Islam wherever they appear.”…

Fact is, there’s no credible documentation for Muslims having arrived in the Americas five centuries ahead of Christopher Columbus. Still, Dr. Youssef Mroueh claims that Muslims preceded European explorers. To prove this, some assign bogus Arabic-Islamic roots to names of places with no known Muslim past. Allakaket in Alaska, for instance, is not derived from “Allah.” It is a Koyukuk Indian name, meaning “mouth of the Alatna River.”

Treaties established with the Barbary Kingdoms called for paying tribute to Muslim pirates in exchange for not raiding U.S. cargo ships. What President Obama identifies as the first iftar dinner in the White House was merely the venue for discussing Tunisia’s piracy against American merchant ships. Thomas Jefferson’s sharing a meal with the Muslim ambassador presumed no Islamic menu.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Romney 2012: Trump Has an ‘Extraordinary Ability’ To Understand Foreign Policy, Economics, And Job Creation

Later today, Mitt Romney will be giving what his people call a “major” 2016 speech. As we discussed yesterday, Romney appears to be emerging as a sort of carnival barker for the GOP establishment — the go to guy when they need someone to get their agenda in front of the cameras. If early reports are correct, he’ll spend most of his airtime attacking the Republican frontrunner — labelling Trump a “phony” and a “fraud.” Pot? Meet kettle. Here’s a clip from 2012, when Mittens gleefully accepted Trump’s endorsement: (See Below)

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Romney in Anti-Trump Appeal

Has neither character nor judgement to be president

(ANSA) — New York, March 3 — Former US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was on Thursday set to launch an appeal to Republican voters not to vote for Donald Trump, calling him a “fake and an impostor” who was bound to lose to likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Speaking at the University of Utah, Romney will say the billionaire real-estate magnate has “neither the character nor the judgement to be president,” according to excerpts of his speech released to the press.

“Make the right choice,” he will appeal to Republican voters on Trump, who has been looking well-nigh unstoppable in his bid to become candidate.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Science is Turning Back to the Dark Ages

The Doctored Science Of Global Warming

Man-made global warming theory has been propped up by studies that many scientists have dismissed as methodologically flawed, ideologically bent or even fraudulent. The problem of scientific integrity, however, goes far wider. Psychology, neuroscience, physics and other scientific areas have been convulsed by revelations of dodgy research. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, has written bleakly: “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.”-Melanie Phillips, The Times, 4 March 2016

Whistleblowers within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) complained last year that a major study by agency researcher Thomas Karl, refuting evidence of a pause in global warming, had been rushed to publication. If documents were to emerge suggesting temperature data was doctored to reach an expedient conclusion in the NOAA study, and if White House officials were part of such a scheme, that would be proof that science had been recruited to serve politics. Trust in government would be further eroded. Science must be free from pressure to validate political goals. If findings and measurements are altered to serve a political agenda, the findings are flawed. It’s called fraud, and should be punished.-Editorial, The Washington Times, 3 March 2016

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Secret Service Visits the Blaze Studios Following Glenn Beck Stabbing Comments

“The stabbing just wouldn’t stop.”

Secret Service Visits The Blaze Studios Following Glenn Beck Stabbing Comments

On Friday talk radio host and Blaze founder Glenn Beck told his radio audience that he would repeatedly stab his radio producer, if given the chance.

It was originally reported that Beck was talking about stabbing Trump. But later it was clarified that Glenn was talking to his producer.

“The stabbing just wouldn’t stop.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Shock Poll: Donald Trump Earns More Muslim Support Than Rest of GOP Field Combined

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial, and a designated terror organization in the United Arab Emirates—conducted a poll of 2000 Muslim voters throughout six Super Tuesday states. The results, released Wednesday, were surprising.

While Democrats Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) earned 46% and 25% support, respectively, Donald Trump has the support of 11% of Muslims, more than the rest of the GOP field combined.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) comes in second with 4%, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wins 2%, John Kasich just 1%.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

The New York Times’ First Article About Hitler’s Rise is Absolutely Stunning: “Hitler’s Anti-Semitism Was Not So Violent or Genuine as it Sounded.”

On November 21, 1922, the New York Times published its very first article about Adolf Hitler. It’s an incredible read — especially its assertion that “Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so violent or genuine as it sounded.” This attitude was, apparently, widespread among Germans at the time; many of them saw Hitler’s anti-Semitism as a ploy for votes among the German masses.

Times correspondent Cyril Brown spends most of the piece documenting the factors behind Hitler’s early rise in Bavaria, Germany, including his oratorical skills, for example: “he exerts an uncanny control over audiences, possessing the remarkable ability to not only rouse his hearers to a fighting pitch of fury, but at will turn right around and reduce the same audience to docile coolness.”

But the really extraordinary part of the article is the three paragraphs on anti-Semitism. Brown acknowledges Hitler’s vicious anti-Semitism as the core of Hitler’s appeal — and notes the terrified Jewish community was fleeing from him — but goes on to dismiss it as a play to satiate the rubes (bolding mine):

He is credibly credited with being actuated by lofty, unselfish patriotism. He probably does not know himself just what he wants to accomplish. The keynote of his propaganda in speaking and writing is violent anti-Semitism. His followers are nicknamed the “Hakenkreuzler.” So violent are Hitler’s fulminations against the Jews that a number of prominent Jewish citizens are reported to have sought safe asylums in the Bavarian highlands, easily reached by fast motor cars, whence they could hurry their women and children when forewarned of an anti-Semitic St. Bartholomew’s night.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Why Cruz and Rubio Lie to Donald Trump and Their Globalist Agenda

Ted Cruz is a puppet for the New World Order’s UN Agenda 21. Yes, Cruz is pushing the Wildlands Project. From The Marshall Report, “He is coming in through a partial truth — that states want their federal confiscated lands returned. He then is on your side. Then he says — states have to maintain these, and if they can’t, they can sell them. So the land will be sold to foreign entities for minerals and logging, etc. We the people lose our resources and our land. This is all part of the Wildlands Project to aggregate the land into NWO globalists’ hands and steal it from the people. Read the article here and Agenda 21 in One Easy Lesson.

Heidi a Cruz sits on the advisory board of the faith based, Living Waters International. It is funded by the United Nations. [Link]

On the CFR website, Ted’s wife, Heidi Cruz, is listed as one of 31 members of the Task Force on the Future of North America. She helped to write the sovereignty destroying North American Union. Ted said she was the lone dissenting author, however on page 33-34 of the Task Force’s report, Heidi writes, “I support the Task Force report and its recommendations aimed at building a safer and more prosperous North America.” [Link]

Politico confirmed with an unnamed CFR official that Heidi Cruz was an active CFR member at the time under a five-year “term membership,” even though Ted Cruz has stated the CFR is a pit of vipers. [Link]


Why is the alleged conservative Cruz in support of TPP, otherwise known as Obamatrade? [Link], [Link]

Cruz supported giving Fast Track to President Obama for Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Here’s the video…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Canada’s Trudeau Complains U.S. Too Self-Centered

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the newly seated leader who’s been compared /to Sen. Bernie Sanders in terms of policy hopes and dreams, said his one wish for the United States would be for Americans to start thinking more globally and to be more aware of how domestic actions affect those in other countries.

[comment: Yeah, America should become a vassal organ of the globalists like Trudeau and his ilk are doing to Canada. Obama and his fellow traveller communists — the Democrat party — have done more for the globalists than ordinary Americans.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Ontario’s Hocus Pocus Budget

Harry Potter was one of the most popular children’s books of all time, because of children’s ability to belief in magic. But as we grow up, most of us lose this belief. We no long believe that mysterious and supernatural forces can influence our lives or events.

But there are a select few who never let go of magic. Those who continue to believe.

Premier Wynne and Finance Minister Sousa remain believers, and last week tabled their 2016 hocus pocus budget.

There’s nothing magical about the ninth consecutive deficit, or the $296 billion in debt the province will have as of March 31. Nor in the nearly one billion per month in interest payments our government has us paying.

But Wynne and Sousa’s commitment that the budget will be balanced next year requires faith in the supernatural.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

EC to ‘Reform Dublin Regulation by July’

May invoke Schengen Article 26 if Greek border issues persist

(ANSA) — Brussels, March 2 — The European Commission intends to reform the Dublin Regulation by July and restore the Schengen Area passport-free zone to normality by November, according to a draft timetable ANSA has seen Wednesday. If “serious deficiencies at external Greek borders persist” by May 12, the draft calls for activation of Schengen Borders Code Article 26.

That article allows one or more States to reintroduce border controls in view of exceptional circumstances that put the functioning or internal security of the Schengen Area at risk.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

French Bill Carries 5-Year Jail Sentence for Company Refusals to Decrypt Data for Police

Employees of companies in France that refuse to decrypt data for police can go to prison for five years under new legislation from conservative legislators, Agence France-Presse reports.

The new proposal echoes a bill from January 2016 that would have mandated “backdoors” into encryption in France. That backdoor bill, championed by Conservatives in the French legislature, was defeated and criticized by the current government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

The new punitive legislation, which is also being criticized by the Valls government, is an amendment to a larger penal reform bill. Like its predecessor, it’s unclear that this amendment will make it through to law.

The punishment for refusing to hand over access to encrypted data is a five year jail sentence and $380,000 fine. Telecom companies would face their own penalties, including up to two years in jail.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Germany: Attempts to Ban NPD Faltering

Several German Constitutional Court judges have expressed their doubts that the German state’s attempt to ban the National Democratic Party of Germany (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands, NPD) will come to pass, as the legal case against the party appeared to falter during the third day of hearings.

Although the judges, sitting in the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, said that the NPD’s policy program contained “anti-constitutional” elements, this alone was insufficient for a ban.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

ISIS Teen Stabbed German Police Officer When She Could’t Reach Syria

The grammar school girl identified only as Safia S told detectives she wanted to strike in Germany because she could not make it to Syria, it has been claimed.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italy: Renzi Has ‘Blood on His Hands’ Says Salvini

‘Frees criminals in Italy, terror accomplice on immigration’

(ANSA) — Rome, March 3 — Northern League leader Matteo Salvini told a House press conference after reports two Italians have been killed in Libya that “(Premier Matteo) Renzi has blood on his hands in Libya as in Italy. In Italy he roots for and frees criminals, he is an accomplice of international terrorism on immigration.” He went on that while the reports of the two slain Italians “are arriving from Libya, (President Sergio) Mattarella boasts Italy is in the vanguard (for welcoming migrants). Let’s hope the news is unfounded”. Reports, which the foreign ministry is verifying, said two Italian prisoners of ISIS were killed while being transferred from one location to another, in an attack by militias.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Six Arrests for Sending ‘War Material’ To Iran

In provinces of Turin, Florence, Padua

(ANSA) — Milan, March 4 — Five Iranians and one Italian were arrested Friday for allegedly trying to sell dual-use material to Iran that might possibly be used to build missile systems.

The steel-tube-making machines could also have been used to make broadband systems and helicopter components and engines, prosecutors said.

The finance-guard warrants were served in the provinces of Turin, Florence and Padua.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Kurdish Terror Suspects Can Not be Extradited From UK in Case of Italian Mistreatment

Awat Wahab Hamasalih (left), 34, Bakr Hamad (right), 39, and Zana Rahim (second from left), 32, were arrested as part of a Europe-wide probe into jihadist network, Rawti-Shax.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Merkel’s Plan for German Hegemony Has Failed

Germany, once again, is revealing its desire for European-wide hegemony. As its economy is large, and relatively functioning when compared to the rest of the EU (sauf the UK), it believes it can translate economic power into an EU-wide political domination that will result in its finally realised dream of a (now fourth) Reich. As many German’s privately reveal, what two World Wars didn’t achieve, the EU and the Euro will.

There’s just one problem. A century of history has made huge parts of Europe ill at ease over such a plan. How can Germany overcome both foreign and domestic suspicion that its vision of a new Reich is morally palatable to the rest of Europe? Simple. Atone for Auschwitz by presenting Germany as an open, free, non-racist European power who has purged its demons and is ready to assume the mantle of leadership which it feels it both deserves and is ready for. Allow millions of non-white north Africans and Albanians to flood the country in a demonstration of Germany’s new-found spirit of toleration and understanding.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Netherlands: Dozens of Hate Speech Victims Seek Compensation From Wilders

Dozens of people filed claims for compensation against PVV leader Geert Wilders over statements he made about “fewer Moroccans” in The Hague in 2014, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday, ANP reports.

The hate speech trial against Wilders is set to start in October, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled form March 18th. He is facing charges of incitement to discrimination and hatred and insulting a group of people. If he is convicted, the court may sentence him to paying compensation.

The Public Prosecutor did not comment on the amount of compensation sought. Lawyer and professor Goran Sluiter stated on Thursday that he is representing two organizations and a number of people seeking compensation in this case.

Wilders called it “really outrages” that people are demanding compensation from him.

The lawsuits revolves around statements Wilders made during campaign visits to The Hague…

[Return to headlines]

Romanian Hacker “Guccifer” That Hacked Clinton’s and Exposed Benghazi is Being Extradited to US

Romania’s top court has approved a request by U.S. authorities to extradite a convicted hacker known as Guccifer, a source within Romania’s DIICOT anti-organized crime and terrorism unit told Reuters on Friday.

“The court approved an 18-month temporary extradition to America for the hacker. This follows a request made by U.S. authorities,” the source said.

A Romanian justice ministry spokeswoman said details of the extradition request had not yet been made public.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Swedes Predict ‘Death’ of Cash in Five Years

Figures from Sweden’s central bank suggest that coins and banknotes could be almost gone from Swedes’ wallets in five years, according to a report by Sweden’s public radio broadcaster.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

The Mask Slips: Pro-EU Camp Admits it Wants US to Stay in Brussels to Keep Your Wages Down

The millionaire baron fronting efforts to keep Britain in the EU dropped a bombshell gaffe today when he admitted big business favours membership of the Brussels club because it is depressing your wages.

Wealthy businessman Lord Stuart Rose, the chairman of the Britain Stronger in Europe group, admitted to a group of MPs that a Brexit would boost the pay of British workers by cutting off the cheap supply of labour from Eastern Europe.

However, he then told the stunned meeting of the Treasury Select Committee that this would not be a “good thing” in a series of remarks likely to enrage ordinary people struggling to make ends meet.

Brexit campaigners said the shocking comments showed the pro-EU campaign’s mask has slipped to reveal a millionaires’ lobby group only concerned with protecting the interests of the super wealthy elite.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]

UK: Eight-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted in Greggs in Leeds

Police want to find this man after an eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a Greggs bakery in Leeds.

The girl was sitting with her brother in The Headrow branch, in Leeds city centre, while her mother paid for goods when the incident happened shortly after 3.30pm on Friday, February 12.

Detective Inspector Steve Greenbank, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “This was clearly a distressing incident for the young girl involved and her mother and we urgently need to speak to the man shown in the CCTV images.

“We would ask that anyone who recognises him or who has any information that could assist the investigation contacts us immediately.”

The man was described as Asian, aged in his late thirties, tall and of large build. He had a shaved head and a beard.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]

UK: Murderer Kevan Thakrar’s Petty Prison Claims Cost US £100,000 in Legal Fees

Triple murderer Kevan Thakrar has cost the UK taxpayer a huge sum with trivial claims and judicial review bids over matters as banal as milk going missing from his cell and shampoo damaging CDs.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Manhunt Underway for Escaped Paedophile Who Fled Court as Jury Deliberated

A convicted paedophile is on the run after bolting from court while the jury deliberated over his guilt.

Tariq Javed, 37, (above) was on trial for eight counts of sexual activity with a child under 13.

He was found guilty of all counts in a verdict delivered after he disappeared on February 29.

He was being tried at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, and despite his disappearance a sentencing date has been set for March 21.

Police think Javed may try to flee the country and have posted warnings at airports and ports.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]

UK: Parent’s Fury as Dover School’s Newsletter is Translated Into Slovak

A row has broken out at Priory Fields Primary School in Dover, Kent, after the school newsletter was translated into Slovak because a quarter of the students are Slovakian.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Schoolgirl, Eight, Sexually Assaulted in a Branch of Greggs by an Asian Man in His 30s

An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she sat waiting for her mother who was queuing at a Greggs bakery.

The girl was waiting with her younger brother when a man, described as Asian and in his late 30s, came over to her.

Police described it as a ‘distressing’ case and urgently want to speak to the man who is seen on CCTV in the bakery in Leeds.

[Comment: Britain should have retained the death penalty.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Wanted: Man Sexually Assaults Eight-Year-Old Girl in Greggs as Her Mother Pays at Till

A MANHUNT launched after an eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a Greggs bakery has led to an arrest.

The little girl was with her mother and younger brother in Greggs on The Headrow, Leeds, when she was assaulted by a man, West Yorkshire Police said.

Police released CCTV images of a man they wanted to trace in connection with the incident.

The investigation has now led to an arrest.

Chief Insp Mark Griffin from the Leeds district policing team said: “A 34-year-old man from the Bradford area has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who shared our appeal for information, and for the public’s support in this matter.”

[This kind of behaviour is very very common amongst moslems. I remember being told over 20/25 years by members of my family who lived there, that in Toulon (in the French Provence) North African Arabs would surround French mothers going to the street markets, holding hands with their children, and they would molest the little girls (touch very inappropriately). That’s what they do; that that kind of behaviour is the norm for them and not a one-off incident. — Nathalie]

           — Hat tip: Nathalie [Return to headlines]

French Aircraft Carrier Passes Suez Canal

On way to sea off Libya

(ANSA) — Cairo, March 3 — France’s flagship aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle passed through the Suez Canal heading for the sea off Libya Thursday, the canal authority said.

According to a French military source Monday, the ship is carrying “fighting groups at the disposal of the French army to gather information on Libya by air and sea”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

U.S. Amb. Says Italy Could Deploy 5,000 in Libya Mission

‘Others’ could carry out air raids, says John R. Phillips

(ANSA) — Rome, March 4 — Incidents in Libya involving criminals and terrorists who abduct for a ransom and use their victims like human shields stress the need for a national unity government to re-establish security and the rule of law in the country, US Ambassador to Italy John R. Phillips told Italian daily Corriere della Sera in an interview published Friday.

Speaking a day after reports that two Italians abducted in Libya last July, Fausto Piano and Salvatore Failla, were killed late Wednesday in a militia raid on an ISIS cell in western Libya, Pillips said Italy could deploy “up to some 5,000” soldiers in the event of military intervention in Libya.

Two other workers from the Parma-based oil-construction firm Bonatti abducted last July, Gino Pollicardo and Filippo Calcagno, have been freed and will soon be moved to a safe zone and taken back to Italy, Italian intelligence sources said Friday.

The diplomat also said Washington would not expect Italy to be involved in air raids.

He said Washington was working closely with Italy on Libya, where a national unity government could ask Italy and other countries, based on a UN resolution, to intervene and contribute to stability.

Phillips called Libya Italy’s “top priority” and a very important dossier for the US as well, adding that it was important for Rome to take the lead in international intervention.

He also said Washington could contribute with intelligence and that the deployment of troops has not been discussed.

Asked whether the NATO-Italian air base at Sigonella in Sicily could be used for operations against ISIS in Libya, the diplomat replied that the base was one of several where Italy and the US were cooperating.

He added that Rome is one of the best partners in Iraq in international efforts against ISIS.

Italy currently has some 750 soldiers in Iraq, mostly involved in training Iraqi soldiers and police in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional capital Erbil.

Italy is also set to deploy 450 troops in Iraq, near the front line with ISIS militants, to protect workers repairing the Mosul hydro-electric dam.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Brutal ISIS Releases Footage of Orphaned Children Being Trained to Become Jihadi Fighters

A sickening video has been released by the Islamic State featuring orphaned children being trained to be the next generation of fighters.

The three-minute clip begins with the innocent children being fed and happily playing with brightly coloured toys.

They are seen sipping on orange juice and chatting with each other as well as dancing and playing on a slide.

The children are even seen waving at the camera in the first part of the disturbing footage.

But the video, dubbed ‘Caring for Orphans within the Islamic State’, then takes a dark twist as a group of children are then shown being put through the their paces in an army-like exercise regime.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]

Exclusive — Jordan Investigates Alleged Islamic State Attempt to Conquer Second-Largest City

TEL AVIV — Jordanian authorities are looking into an alleged plan by Islamic State militants to conquer the Jordanian town of Irbid near the Syrian border, an Arab intelligence source told Breitbart Jerusalem.

Four jihadi militants and a Jordanian security officer were killed early on Wednesday when troops clashed with gunmen in the kingdom’s second-largest city.

The troops were working from intelligence pointing to an IS cell in the city, strategically located near the Syrian and Israeli borders.

Jordanian officials told the news media that the terrorists were part of a series of sleeper cells who planned to detonate explosives at civilian and military targets inside Jordan.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Report: Islamic State Making Millions Playing International Currency Markets

A Foreign Affairs subcommittee of the British Parliament has determined that the Islamic State is making millions of dollars on the international currency markets, using cash looted from banks in the captive Iraqi city of Mosul.

The UK Telegraph calls the Islamic State’s actions an “extraordinary venture into white collar crime” that has become a “major source of income, along with oil smuggling and extortion from people living in ISIL-controlled areas.”

In the Foreign Affairs hearing, it was revealed the Islamic State looted some $429 million in cash from Mosul’s central bank, augmented by money it steals from pension checks the Iraqi central government is still sending to residents of the city.

“The cash that ISIL has looted, along with siphoned off pension payments, is routed into Jordanian banks and brought back into the system via Baghdad,” said subcommittee chair John Baron.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Ukraine Bans Criticism of the Government

Two years ago, Victoria Nuland’s new puppet state, Ukraine, celebrated its freedom from the clutches of its recently deposed president Yanukovich, a coup which U.S. foreign policy experts said would end crony capitalism, government corruption and unleash democracy and prosperity. Two years later, the county is caught in a historic depression, its financial system only exists thanks to the generosity of the IMF, the government is on the verge of daily collapse, radical nationalists run rampant while corruption has never been greater.

Which is perhaps why consummating its transition into a complete banana republic, on Tuesday Ukraine banned government officials from publicly criticizing the work of state institutions and their colleagues, after whatReuters reported was “damaging disclosures last month that highlighted slow progress in fighting corruption.”

What it means is that criticism of any government entity in which mass corruption takes place by a fellow public worker is now a crime.

The move immediately drew criticism from some civil servants who saw it as a blow to freedom of speech at odds with the embattled government’s Western-backed reform drive.

For those who say this can’t be real, we assure you: it is all too real.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

China Military Budget Up 7-8% in 2016

Smallest increase in six years

(ANSA) — Beijing, March 4 — China’s military budget is set to rise 7-8% in 2016 compared to last year, according to Fu Ying, spokesman for the National People’s Congress, the Associated Press reported Friday.

It will be the smallest increase in six years, reflecting slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy and a drawdown of 300,000 troops as Beijing seeks to build a more streamlined, modern military.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Pell Gives Final Testimony to Australia Sex Abuse Commission

Predator priests’ placement in Ballarat ‘disastrous coincidence’

(ANSA) — Rome, March 3 — The head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, George Pell, testified for the fourth and final time late Wednesday to the Australian commission investigating sex abuse of minors in the diocese of Ballarat near Melbourne during the 1970s and 1980s, when the Australian archbishop was a priest there.

Speaking by video link from a Roman hotel, Pell was asked by lawyers acting on behalf of the victims to clarify a statement made during Tuesday’s hearing to the effect that the abuse carried out by predator priest Gerald Ridsdale in various parishes within Ballarat was “a sad story but it was not of great interest to me”. He said that he was “sorry for the choice of words”.

“I was very confused. I answered badly,” Pell said. The archbishop added that he thought it was a “disastrous coincidence” that so many pedophile priests had been assigned to Ballarat in the 1970s. Pell, who advised Bishop Ronald Mulkearns about the placement of priests within the diocese, is not under investigation and has denied knowing about the abuse.

Pell’s lawyer Sam Duggan tried to demonstrate that the archbishop had had only limited contact with Ridsdale during the period in which he abused minors.

Pell was also questionned about another priest, Peter Searson, who died in 2009 and is accused of abusing minors in Ballarat from the 1970s onwards.

The archbishop said he did not remember a meeting during which a list was presented containing allegations of sexual abuse and violent corporal punishment carried out by the priest.

After the hearing Pell said he hoped the last four days “would help towards healing, to improving the situation”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Ex-Brazilian President Lula Questioned in Corruption Probe

Police reportedly search home and Lula Institute

(ANSA) — Rio de Janeiro — Federal police on Friday questioned former Brazilian president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, in connection with an extensive corruption probe.

Police also reportedly searched the former president’s home in Sao Bernardo do Capo and the Lula Institute in Sao Paulo, his non-profit organization.

Prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima on Friday said no arrest warrant has been issued against the former president nor his wife, Marisa Leticia.

Federal prosecutors reportedly suspect that Lula, who served twice as president, from 2003 until 2010, benefited from a bribery scheme involving oil company Petrobas.

Dozens of politicians and managers are under investigation or have been arrested for allegedly overcharging Petrobas contracts, using part of the money for bribes or electoral campaigns.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Businesswoman Records Warning After Attacks by ‘Non-Austrians’ In Vienna

Businesswoman Rosita Kohzina recorded her furious rant just minutes after the final assault in which she said a man tried to force open her car doors at a traffic light on a trip to Vienna.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Compulsory Resources for Frontier Guards — Avramopoulos

Monday summit will be decisive says commissioner

(ANSA) — Brussels, March 4 — The EU’s 28 members are to be asked for a “compulsory” contribution to funding EU frontier guards and coast guards who must be operational from September, Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Friday, presenting the ‘roadmap’ to end internal border controls in the Schengen Area, currently introduced by eight countries, by the end of the year. Avramopoulos said non-documented migrants would be sent back and said Monday’s EU migrant summit with Turkey would be “decisive” in helping solve the migrant and refugee emergency.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

EU Figures Reveal People Claiming Asylum in Europe Doubled to 1.25mn Last Year

The number of people claiming asylum in some EU countries like Finland jumped by as much as 800 per cent last year, according to new figures from the EU’s data agency Eurostat.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

EU’s Future in Peril if We Can’t Help Greece Says Sweden PM

Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, says the EU might not survive if it fails to resolve the ongoing refugee crisis.

“We’re facing a humanitarian catastrophe. The EU needs now to come to Greece’s aid,” the Prime Minister told the Swedish parliament’s EU committee on Friday morning.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

How Sweden Has Stopped Its Citizens Discussing the Refugee Influx

Last year, 163,000 from the war-torn Middle East and poverty-stricken Africa came to this country of 9.8million people. This is the highest per capita ratio in any EU nation — easily topping even Angela Merkel’s Germany. Sweden has accepted about one in seven of all the migrants entering Europe…

Fears of a cover-up have been fuelled by an investigation published by a flourishing online Swedish news outlet Nyheter Idag, showing that Swedish authorities hid from the public sexual assaults by immigrant gangs on scores of teenage girls at a popular Stockholm music festival both last year and in 2014.

The Swedish police and a national newspaper were accused of hiding the truth deliberately because the perpetrators were migrants.

Astonishingly, Stockholm police chief Peter Agren — in charge of the 2014 festival — admitted later: ‘Sometimes we dare not tell how it is because we think it plays into the hands of the Sweden Democrats.’


Sweden’s recent story of migration dates back to 1975 when the national parliament decided that the country should become multi-cultural. At the time, the population stood at eight million — virtually all indigenous Swedes — and they had a proud history of offering help to outsiders.

The immigration policy was pursued relentlessly by the ruling Left-wing Social Democrats for the next four decades.

The Swedish government seized the moral high-ground in Europe by offering shelter to almost anyone who knocked. Those who criticised the radical plan were condemned as racist in what has become the EU’s citadel of political correctness. By last year, 16 per cent of Sweden’s population was foreign-born — many of them from Muslim countries. As the migration crisis has escalated, any citizen who questioned whether the country could afford such largesse and expressed concerns about its changing culture has been accused of bigotry.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Invaders Attack Aussie Film Crew in Sweden

Their plan was to “depict the mass immigration to Sweden,” the Avpixlat service said, and they “wanted some local color” and to interview residents.

When one cameraman got out of their car, another vehicle pulled up next to them. The African driver of the second car then argued and threatened the cameraman, before driving over his foot and leaving him lying on the ground. The incident was captured by the team’s second cameraman.

The injured cameraman then hobbled to his feet, and the police arrived some ten minutes later. Six officers were assigned to protect the crew, which included three photographers, TV host Liz Hayes, and Avpixlats’s Jan Sjunnesson.

After a while, the Australian team decided to go to Rinkeby Torg. The police however asked that they be allowed to stay in the background, because, they said, “We will provoke them if we follow you, so go in and we will watch you.”

The film crew then conducted several interviews with local residents, who all told them that they liked living there. However, as soon as the police moved off, the Australian crew was surrounding by a large group of masked and highly aggressive Africans.

With the police presence no longer acting as a restraint, the Africans now objected to the film crew even being in the area. Two of the photographers were severely beaten, with one losing a tooth and another left bleeding from the mouth.

The film crew quickly fled Rinkeby, but captured a significant amount of coverage of the attack and its aftereffects, Avpixlat reported.

The Australians told their Swedish host, Jan Sjunnesson, that “they had been in Somalia, Syria, and Iraq, but an attack like the one which just took place, had never happened to them anywhere else.”

The 60 Minutes Australia documentary will be broadcast within the next few weeks, along with interviews with Sjunnesson and a review of Islamist hate propaganda on the Internet, the Avpixlat report added.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italy Spearheading Migrant Reception — Mattarella

With humanitarian corridors, cites Lampedusa as ‘example’

(ANSA) — Rome, March 3 — President Sergio Mattarella said Thursday that “our country has been and continues to be in the vanguard of solidarity in these years” in receiving migrants. He said “it continues to be so in these days with humanitarian corridors, welcoming migrants and refugees from war-torn countries”. He was speaking on a visit to the National Institute for the Promotion of the Health of Migrant Populations and the Fight against Poverty-linked Diseases (INMP). Matterall said migrant urgently needed “aid and assistance” and cited the southern Italian island of Lampedusa as an “example” of where that was happening. “Solidarity is a foundation of co-existence,” he said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Migrants and Terrorists Two Separate Things — Alfano

Paris militants weren’t migrants but French

(ANSA) — Rome, March 4 — Migrants and terrorists “are two distinct and separate things which sometimes have points of contact but you can’t forget the terrorists who struck Paris weren’t migrants but French,” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Friday when asked about the risk of terrorists sneaking into Europe with refugees and migrants.

“We have activities of intelligence gathering and prevention that work, although it must be stressed that zero risk does not exist, because prevention serves to reduce the risk coefficient,” Alfano said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Migrants Head to Normandy Ports Hunting New Way to UK

Migrants desperate to get to the UK are giving up on trying to sneak on a boat or cross-Channel train in Calais and are instead heading to other ports and coastal towns across Normandy, according to reports.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Passport Counterfeiting in Athens

Hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking asylum or work in Western Europe. Many have procured false documents to reach their destination. For passport counterfeiters, it’s a business worth millions.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Scared Sweden: Almost Half of Women ‘Afraid’ To be Out After Dark in Europe’s Rape Capital

“Almost every Swedish woman feels very or somewhat unsafe when they exercise alone in the dark”, finds new research by the Aftonbladet newspaper in the wake of the migrant rape crisis.

Combining a wide-ranging study of attitudes of women towards being outside in the evening on their own and personal interviews, the findings show that the statement of 34-year-old Ellinor Andersson that she carried a bunch of keys in her hand at night, ready to strike out, are quite normal.

Talking to Aftonbladet, the woman said: “I would never go running by myself on a Friday or a Saturday night”. Another said she would never go out alone after seven in the evening.

The survey finds that now 46 per cent of women aged 16 or over felt either very or somewhat unsafe when they are alone in the dark, compared to just 20 per cent for men. Even during the daytime many are uncomfortable, the results also show 43 per cent felt insecure while in a city on their own, and around a third were “afraid” of Swedish cities”.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Slovak Election: PM Fico Sees Muslim ‘Threat’

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is defying EU officials in the migrant crisis — and may win re-election on Saturday.

Slovak voters will decide whether to give his Smer-Social Democracy party another four years in office. The BBC’s Rob Cameron witnessed his magnetic effct on a crowd in a packed sports hall in Bratislava.

“Let’s face it ladies and gentlemen, the borders of Schengen are like Emmental cheese — thousands of people are entering Europe unchecked,” he says.

Most border checks were scrapped under Schengen, the EU’s passport-free travel regime covering most of Europe.

Mr Fico says he has just returned from inspecting the Greek-Macedonian border — a pressure point where more than 10,000 migrants are now stuck.

“The Supreme Allied Commander of Nato said yesterday that thousands of terrorists and Islamic State fighters are entering Europe with migrants. So security will remain priority number one,” he says.

The big screens behind him read “Chranime Slovensko” (we’re protecting Slovakia).

“I can tell you we will never — under a quota system — bring one single Muslim to Slovakia,” Mr Fico says, his voice rising.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

UK: Home Office Minister Admits We Cannot Deport Illegal Immigrants

In a stark indictment of the UK’s porous borders, Richard Harrington said many could not be deported because they had ‘no place to go’ with some even burning their passports.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Serbian Migrants Gang Rape Schoolgirl, 14, Then Leave Her Near Death Semi-Naked on Street

A schoolgirl of 14 has allegedly been raped by a Serbian gang, while another girl filmed it before leaving her semi-naked on the street where she suffered near-fatal hypothermia.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]

Story of “Amaruk Wilderness” — Religious Discrimination: Update

It is truly a bizarre story, and it continues to be bizarre.

This week the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal awarded a claim to a woman who had filed a complaint against a company for religious discrimination.

In 2014, Bethany Paquette, a graduate of Trinity Western, a Christian university in British Columbia, applied for a job as a guide with Amaruk Wilderness Company. (Investigation by CBC and others led to speculation that this company and a number of other elabarate online companies/websites associated with its director living in B.C., did not actually exist)

This supposed Norwegian company responded in emails from a representative using the name Olaf Andersen saying she wasn’t qualified, but with additional bizarre and offensive letters to her explaining why she would not be hired.

These stated in part that she was being rejected for her Christian beliefs, and her university’s, (Trinity-Western) stance against same-sex relationships.

Ms Paquette filed a complaint in British Columbia with the Human Rights Tribunal against the company and director Christopher Fragassi-Bjornsen.

Cristophe Fragassi or Cristopher Fragassi-Bjornsen is a native of France but lives near Victoria BC with a male partner according to a report in the National Post.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Students Accuse College of Suppressing Pro-Life Views

(Campus Reform) A conservative student group is accusing Gettysburg College of censorship after an administrator publicly sided with student vandals who ripped down the group’s pro-life flyers.

Alissa Lopez, vice-chair of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter, told The New Guard that the group saw the posters-which contrasted the “#BlackLivesMatter” slogan with African-American abortion statistics — “as an opportunity to talk about abortion and how it affects the African American community” following a town hall meeting on racism that members felt was skewed toward liberal perspectives.

School policy imposes few restrictions on the display of written materials by students and student organizations, allowing flyers to be placed on bulletin boards in most academic and administrative buildings without prior approval, though Jared McCully, a Gettysburg student and a member of the school’s Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter, told Campus Reform that the students were told to remove some of the flyers by school officials.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Transgender Woman Davina Ayrton is Jailed for 8 Years for Raping a 15-Year-Old Girl

Davina Ayrton (pictured), 34, was convicted of the sexual attack in the autumn of 2004, following a week-long trial at Portsmouth Crown Court in January.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Cheap Oil is Taking Shipping Routes Back to the 1800s

The plummeting price of oil on international markets has had many effects — one of which is that it may be cheaper for ships to travel right around Africa than go through the Suez Canal.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/5/2016

  1. The Normans are invaded and occupied both sides of the channel and across the Irish Sea. I bet those ol’ Mohamadans are not forgetting their history and taking careful notes about final solutions to the Christian problem when the time comes – if the pansified West continues current cash Personal Computing. Even in dopey dictator Erdogan’s Turkey world they have a saying, “If you find yourself going down the wrong road – turn back”.

  2. ” . . . pansy West . . . ”

    I am sure when Erdogan meets any western pansy he has no respect for them when he sees and feels how naive, childish, infantile, timid, cowardly they are. He meets them anyway just to milk more jizya from them.

    Democracy was dreamed up because kings and emperors were whimsical: They made illogical, unreasonable big devastating decisions that touched and massacred millions of lives. An example is of Anne Boleyn, who was falsely accused of incest and adultery, just for political reasons.

    Today the funny, the infants, the naive, those who crack vulgar jokes are ready to sacrifice their countries just to get elected. What is strange is that voters don’t like wise, serious, sober candidates with sublime ideas: They wants clowns, who like themselves like vulgar songs, music, drugs, drinking, undisciplined, and irresponsible.

    And why muslims and western traitors don’t like Natenyahu because he is logical, reasonable, sober, assertive, decisive, just and fair and sacrifices his life for his people and preservation of his blessed nation.

    • I love pansies. In fact, I have a flower food designed specifically for them, called (as I remember it) “Pansy Power”. Some of mine didn’t winter over so shall have to fill in the spaces. Don’t denigrate (oops! waaycist word) pansies.

      Btw, I have a gay friend who prefers “poufters”…but then he has the freedom (at the moment at least) to enjoy being outrageous.

  3. Sweden–Death of cash within 5 years….

    Memo to Sweden–Keep the cash; get rid of the moslems!

    • Human Nature . . .

      Get rid of moslems! No yet. They won’t easily dismount from their High Horse! Their arrogance is unmatched. Humanists . . . they misunderstand the meaning, Yes that stupid. They think that humanists means hate everyone else, including yourself, your country, your own people, and voluntarily and out of own volition pay jizya, and turn yourself to an abject dhimmi.

      Isn’t democracy the best “after all other systems of government have been tried”?

      But there are no systems of government: There are rulers, ministers, and dictators who deceive us that we have democracy. So whatever the infant rulers do must be right because we elected them.

  4. Yes, young Trudeau is our globalist puppet here in Canada, so he is pushing the globalist agenda.

    • I’m not against his being young; south of the border Rubio is young, (not that I would vote for him) but Trudeau really is such a vacuous meathead.

      Many Canadians are slowly waking up to what they elected–a bit damned late!

Comments are closed.