Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/26/2016

The Belgian justice minister Koen Geens told hearing in the European Parliament that Muslims will soon outnumber practicing Christians in Europe. Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon also told the MEPs, “The worst thing we can do is to make an enemy of Islam.”

In other news, the Austrian interior minister announced that beginning next month, his country will establish border controls with Italy in the Brenner Pass.

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Financial Crisis
» Bundesbank Chief Slams Italy, Padoan on Fiscal Union
» Stories of Despair From the Forgotten People That the U.S. Economy Has Left Behind
» Anti-Trump Super PAC #NeverTrump Books Hundreds of Rooms in Cleveland to Bribe-Poach RNC Delegates
» Burglar Sues Homeowner Who Shot Him
» Hillary’s Sunday Rally for Muslims Proof That US Needs Trump
» Muslim Cemeteries Planned Across U.S.
» Roger Stone: What Ted Cruz Really Thinks About the American Worker
» Salvini Meets Donald Trump in Philadelphia
» Why the Left Loathes Western Civilization
Europe and the EU
» Austrian Government in Shock as Far-Right Triumphs
» Domino Effect: ‘Brexit’ May Lead to ‘Denxit’ As Danes May Follow UK’s Move
» Europe ‘To Have More Muslims Than Christians’: Belgian Minister Warns Brussels Attacks Hearing That the Continent Should Not ‘Make an Enemy of Islam’
» Iraq Says ‘ISIS Terrorists Targeting Stockholm’
» Italy: Graziano Suspends Himself as PD Campania Chief
» Norway to Appeal Breivik Human Rights Ruling
» Obama-Merkel Push TTIP, As Support for Transatlantic Union Tanks
» Proposed US-EU TTIP Trade Deal ‘Atomic Bomb’ For French Le Pen
» Richard Littlejohn Argues the Obamas Are Desperate to Provide a Certain Agenda Whenever They Visit Britain
» Swedish Greens Jolted by Claims of Islamist Infiltration
» The Death of Free Speech: The West Veils Itself
» U.S. Official Sounds Alarm on ISIS Threat to Italy
» UK Police Commanders Staring Down the Barrel of 96 Manslaughter Charges
» UK: Activists Expose Illegal ‘Sharia Law’ Court
» UK: Heartbroken Father Who ‘Told Off’ The Bullies Who Made His Children’s Lives Hell for a Year After Their School Failed to Intervene is to be Prosecuted for ‘Intimidation’
» UK: Hillsborough Inquests: Fans Unlawfully Killed, Jury Concludes
» Why a Swede Got Ikea to Ditch a Nuclear Family Sign
» Albania: Tirana Airport to be Managed by Chinese Group
North Africa
» Italy Only Ready to Intervene in Libya if Asked by New Unity Government
Middle East
» How a Small Iraqi Town Turned Into a ‘Notorious Jihadi Breeding Ground’
» Islamic State Demolishes Iconic ‘Clock Church’ In Mosul
» Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Kahraman Demands Islamic Constitution
» Young Saudi Prince Holds Power Beyond His Years
» Chernobyl, 30 Years Later: Some Ukrainians Risk Radiation to Avoid Russian Invasion
Far East
» China to Build on Disputed Scarborough Shoal This Year: Report
» Global Carmakers See Rising Competition in China
» NGO Home: Chinese Legislature Set to OK Law on Non-Gov’t Organizations
Australia — Pacific
» France to Build Australia a New Fleet of Submarines
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Six African Nations Could be Malaria-Free by 2020: WHO
» “Famous Refugees” Back in Iraq
» Austria: Teen Confesses to Gang Rape Attack in Vienna
» Austria to Begin Controls on Italian Border in May
» Brenner Pass Controls ‘Inevitable’ Says Hofer
» Cash Back: Norway Offers Migrants $1,500 to Return Home
» Former US Diplomat: “Suicidal” Migration Policies Will Cause Europeans to Flee Their Countries
» France: Gang of Migrants Demanding ‘Respect’ Smash Way Into Paris School and Refuse to Leave
» Germany: Migrants Leave Blood, Faeces, Semen Smeared on Asylum Home Walls
» Media Ignores Invader Crime
» Swiss Households Employ Half of Country’s Illegal Immigrants
» UK: Free to Walk Our Streets, 1,000 European Criminals Including Rapists and Drugs Dealers We Should Have Deported When They Were Released From Prison
Culture Wars
» AFA Calls Out PayPal Hypocrisy
» Anti-White Racism: The Hate That Dares Not Speak Its Name
» Bathroom Backlash: Over Half a Million Sign Petition to Boycott Target
» Milo Mocks Student Protesters Who Claim His Presence is a ‘Threat to Their Physical Safety’ At Umass

Bundesbank Chief Slams Italy, Padoan on Fiscal Union

EU rules broken more often than not since euro adopted

(supersedes previous)(ANSA) — Rome, April 26 — Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said Tuesday Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan’s ideas on sharing eurozone risks are “too optimistic”.

Fiscal union would fail to create “strong incentives to respect the rules in the absence of a tough common oversight mechanism,” he said in a speech at the German embassy in Rome. Weidmann added he sees “enormous obstacles” to such union and no political will to remove them. “Member States will have to submit to EU fiscal authority…and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has said…Italy will not be dictated to by Brussels bureaucrats,” he said. Weidmann added that the European Commission is always compromising to the detriment of respect for EU rules on balanced budgets. Its tasks, he said, should be handed over to a “European fiscal authority (in order to) solve this problem”. “If one fears giving up national sovereignty, strengthening the existing framework remains the only alternative in order to make monetary union more stable,” the German central bank chief said.

Italy is among EU members who have been violating the EU Stability and Growth Pact since the single currency was adopted in 1995, Weidmann pointed out.

“Some states including Italy have been breaking the rules more often than they have abided by them, ever since monetary union began,” Weidmann said.

“In 2003-2004, Germany also contributed to weakening the binding force of the rules,” he added.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Stories of Despair From the Forgotten People That the U.S. Economy Has Left Behind

There is so much economic despair in our country today, but if you have a good job and if you live in a good neighborhood you might not ever encounter it.

There really are “two Americas” in 2016, and they are getting farther and farther apart with each passing year. On the one hand, you have lots of people smiling in New York City these days because of the stock market boom, and property values have soared to ridiculous levels in San Francisco because of the tech bubble. But in between the two coasts there are vast stretches of forgotten people that the U.S. economy has left behind. In this article I am going to share some of their stories with you.

Because I run a website called The Economic Collapse Blog, I hear from a lot of people that are really struggling in this economy. Just yesterday, I posted an article entitled “In 1 Out Of Every 5 American Families, Nobody Has A Job”, and one of my regular readers left the following comment on that article…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Anti-Trump Super PAC #NeverTrump Books Hundreds of Rooms in Cleveland to Bribe-Poach RNC Delegates

There are at least 8 Super PACs backed by Republican elites who are spending millions to defeat Donald Trump.

The Super PACs are reportedly are calling, texting, emailing, lobbying, and all-out wining and dining the 2,472 delegates who will vote at the 2016 RNC.

The anti-Trump #NeverTrump Super PAC led by former Majority Leader Eric Cantor has reportedly booked hundreds of rooms in Cleveland in order to compromise delegates to the Republican Convention in July.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Burglar Sues Homeowner Who Shot Him

A burglar who broke into a Dunkirk man’s garage has filed a lawsuit against the homeowner for shooting him.

Authorities said David A. Bailey, now 31, of Albany, broke into the garage of Dunkirk resident David McLaughlin on April 21, 2014.

McLaughlin, now 33, fired gunshots at the intruder he saw fleeing from his property, in the 400 block of West Commerce Drive. One of the bullets hit Bailey in the left arm as he ran down an alley.

In September 2014, a Jay Superior Court jury found McLaughlin guilty of criminal recklessness in the shooting. Judge Max Ludy later sentenced the Dunkirk property owner to 60 days in jail, to be followed by four months on home detention.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Hillary’s Sunday Rally for Muslims Proof That US Needs Trump

In the Democrat’s plan for victory in November’s presidential election, they have all but admitted they need to assemble a coalition of a number of voting blocs by pandering to immigrants — illegal or legal — and other so called constituencies, a Washington, D.C. insider stated on Friday.

For example, a Muslim coalition rally for the Democratic Party’s flawed front-runner Hillary Clinton is designed with the help of her news media supporters to remind Muslims and their leftist supporters about the GOP’s Donald Trump and his commonsense proposal for a crackdown on the enormous influx of Islamist immigrants, police adviser and self-defense lobbyist John M. Snyder said on Friday.

According to press reports, the Coalition of American Muslims for Hillary is slated to hold a rally on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. at The Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. Among the people slated to attend the rally are the keynote speakers Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) and longtime Clinton minion John Podesta, who chairs Hillary for America. The organizers claim they’ll attract upwards or 1,200 attendees.

“Rep. Cummings makes no apologies for being involved in a rally for Clinton, even though he is supposed to be investigating her as part of the Benghazi Select Committee. While Rep. Trey Gowdy and others are trying to get to the bottom of the Battle of Benghazi, Cummings has been blocking efforts, denigrating investigators and openly campaigning for the subject of his probe. He should be investigated for a number of questionable actions,” said former police detective, Sid Franes, who is African American.

“When will Americans wake up and see that the entire system has been corrupted by the likes of the Clinton family, President Barack Obama and his crowd, and the majority of Democratic Party bigwigs?” asked Franes.

Sultan Chowdhury is an organizer and member of the Coalition of American Muslims for Hillary and says the event is an opportunity for the Muslim community to engage in the political process. He is noted for his setting up the Islamic Bank of Britain’s Head Office Operations and Branch Network.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Muslim Cemeteries Planned Across U.S.

DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) — On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a local mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families — to the dismay of many residents of this quaint town in central Massachusetts.

In arguments cemetery developers and activists decry as thinly veiled bigotry, neighbors say they fear burial practices could contaminate groundwater because Muslims traditionally do not embalm bodies and bury their dead without coffins. They also cite concerns about noise, vandalism and increased traffic on the narrow road where the cemetery would be built. One resident said he worried he would have to put up with “crazy music” like the Islamic call to prayer.

Similar sentiments have been expressed by people in communities around the country where Muslim cemeteries have been proposed, including Farmervsille, Texas; Walpole, Massachusetts; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and Farmington, Minnesota.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Roger Stone: What Ted Cruz Really Thinks About the American Worker

Despite the old guard and amateur pundits blaming Donald Trump and the majority of GOP voters who support him, much of the rift in the Republican Party has been caused by Texas Senator Ted Cruz conning nationalists into believing he is one of them. Republican voters, many of whom have supported the GOP for decades and been repeatedly taken for granted by the establishment, deserve better. They need to know that Cruz is an establishment globalist who has already sold the American worker down the river by voting for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Cruz is a clever snake oil salesman. He’s a Harvard guy with ties to Wall Street and secret loans from Goldman Sachs and backing from the Bushes, who managed to ride the Tea Party wave into office and trick people into thinking he’s a principled small-government conservative. His campaign accounts are bulging with oil and gas money. And like the Bushes, he wants to kill the American economy with global trade deals that benefit our competitors and erode American sovereignty.

House Bill #2146 became the Trojan horse for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal more than a year ago. HR2146 was originally introduced in the House to remedy problems with law enforcement and firefighter retirement funds.

In April of 2015, Senator Ted Cruz and House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan supported TPA being added to HR2146. In fact, they penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on April 22, 2015, which painted a picture of it as the savior of American labor and commerce.

On June 4th 2015 the Senate passed the House bill with an amendment adding TPA (thanks to Ted Cruz) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA, needed for Elizabeth Warren coalition) by unanimous consent thereby avoiding a roll vote on record. This has allowed Cruz to pretend he didn’t support it, until now.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Salvini Meets Donald Trump in Philadelphia

Tycoon ‘told League leader he hopes he becomes premier’

(ANSA) — New York, April 26 — Matteo Salvini, the leader of the right-wing Northern League party, met Donald Trump in Philadelphia at the fringes of a rally for the tycoon’s Republican primary campaign, ANSA sources said on Tuesday. The meeting in the Wilkes-Barre district lasted around 20 minutes, the sources said. Salvini was accompanied by Amato Berardi, the president of NIA-PAC (National Italian American Political Action Committee), an organization that promotes Italian culture, language and traditions in the United States. Salvini sat among a group of supporters holding a banner reading “Trump. Make America Great Again” and the pair posed for photos at the end of the meeting, sources said. Participants at the meeting told ANSA that Trump said “Matteo, I hope you become prime minister of Italy soon”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Why the Left Loathes Western Civilization

Wherever there is conflict between the West — identified as white, capitalist or of European roots — and the non-West, the left portrays the West as the villain.

I am referring to the left, not to liberals. The latter generally venerates Western civilization. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example, frequently spoke of defending “Christian civilization.” Today, the left would likely revile any Westerner who used such language as xenophobic, racist and fascist.

The left similarly describes any suggestion that anything Western is superior to anything non-Western. Likewise, it dismisses virtually all Western achievements, but regards criticism of anything non-Western as racist, chauvinistic, imperialist, colonialist, xenophobic, etc.

That is why the left is so protective of Islam. America’s left-wing president, Barack Obama, will not use, and does not seem to allow the government to use, the words “Islamic terrorism.” And, criticism of Islam is labeled “Islamophobic,” thereby morally equating any such criticism with racism. It is not that the left is sympathetic to Islam, for it has contempt for all religions. It is that many Muslims loathe the West, and the enemies of my enemy (the West) must be protected.

That is why the left loathes Israel. If the left actually cared about human rights, women’s rights, gay rights, or freedom of speech, religion and press, it would be wildly pro-Israel. But Israel, in the left’s view, is white, European and colonialist, or in other words, Western. And the Palestinians are non-Western.

So, the Big Question is, why? Why is the left hostile toward Western civilization?

[Comment: The world is being separated into sheep and goats. Leftists are goats.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Austrian Government in Shock as Far-Right Triumphs

Austria’s government was licking its wounds Monday after the anti-immigration far-right triumphed in presidential elections, in a debacle of historic proportions for a cosy political establishment seen as out of touch and ineffectual.

According to preliminary results, Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) came a clear first with 36 percent of the vote in the first round of elections for the largely, but not entirely, ceremonial post of head of state.

Candidates from the two ruling centrist parties, which have effectively run Austria since the end of World War II, failed to even make it into a runoff on May 22, coming fourth and fifth with 11 percent each…

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

Domino Effect: ‘Brexit’ May Lead to ‘Denxit’ As Danes May Follow UK’s Move

Denmark’s Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen of the conservative Liberal Party, believes that the EU has chosen to pursue an agenda that inhibits the self-determination of its member states.

The Danish Foreign Minister has been an ardent supporter of the EU, but still recognizes that the EU is “off track” and at worst may shatter.

“There should be less interference in member states’ social systems and cultural situations and more respect for the countries that choose their own path,” he told the newspaper Berlingske.

“We have to ensure that Brussels focuses on the right things…the EU’s core tasks such as cross-border problems,” he told the newspaper.

With Great Britain facing a referendum on whether to split from the EU on June 23, Kristian Jensen nevertheless hopes that the British end up voting yes to remain in the union.

According to him, British EU membership is an important prerequisite for the reforms the EU is in dire need of. Jensen argues that the British government may be a driving force behind the reforms if the country remains in the EU. An EU without Britain would be a catastrophe, as the union would be doomed to go from bad to worse. Moreover, Brexit would tip the balance of power in the EU, and Denmark would find it more difficult to influence Brussels in the future, when it loses its closest allies.

“Should Britain leave the EU, Denmark will lose one of its closest allies in European cooperation. We have not agreed with the UK about everything, but we do agree very, very much,” Jensen told Berlingske.

According to Jensen, Brexit would be a great loss, impairing Denmark’s opportunity to influence the situation in Europe.

Kristian Thulesen Dahl, leader of the oppositional, EU sceptic and right-wing populist Danish People’s Party DF, is very satisfied with the Left finally recognizing that the EU has become too bossy and is seeking to determine too much.

“The Liberal Party’s recent announcement may be a recognition that the EU now enjoys too much power. However, this may also be interpreted that the population in Denmark is basically more skeptical about the EU than the parliament majority, and that it is unsustainable in the long run,” he argued in an interview with Politico.

Regardless of whether Brits vote yes or no to a new EU agreement, Danish People’s Party leader insists that Denmark must follow its perhaps closest ally and distance itself from the European community.

“It is a moment of truth for the whole Europe, including Denmark. We must not twiddle our thumbs as they do in Brussels and think ‘Oh, now there is a vote in Britain.’ Instead, the British referendum may give Denmark possibilities that we do not dream of today, and we must seize them,” Dahl said.

“The discussion about the EU always begins and ends with the same thing, whether we shall take Denmark out of the EU. In my terminology, we should not opt out, but aim at a new type of cooperation instead,” Dahl said.

Recently, DF’s Coordinating Committee was on a political trip to London, where they met with British politicians from both wings of the EU issue and other experts. Besides Dahl, the committee included group leader Peter Skaarup, deputy chairman Søren Espersen, a member of the European Parliament Morten Messerschmidt and press officer Søren Søndergaard.

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

Europe ‘To Have More Muslims Than Christians’: Belgian Minister Warns Brussels Attacks Hearing That the Continent Should Not ‘Make an Enemy of Islam’

Muslims will ‘very soon’ outnumber practising Christians in Europe, a Belgian minister claimed yesterday.

Koen Geens, the justice minister, told the European Parliament the continent ‘does not realise this, but this is the reality’.

At a hearing by MEPs into the Brussels attacks, the Belgian deputy prime minister Jan Jambon added that ‘the worst thing we can do is to make an enemy of Islam’.

The remarks follow claims by Mr Jambon in the wake of the suicide bombings that ‘a significant section of the Muslim community danced when attacks took place’.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Iraq Says ‘ISIS Terrorists Targeting Stockholm’

Iraqi security services claim a group of seven to eight Isis fighters have made their way to Sweden and are planning to strike against civilian targets in Stockholm, Expressen reports.

Sweden’s security service Säpo has not confirmed the newspaper’s report.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Italy: Graziano Suspends Himself as PD Campania Chief

And as regional councilmember

(supersedes previous)(ANSA) — Rome, April 26 — Stefano Graziano on Tuesday suspended himself as the Campania regional chief of Premier Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) and from the regional council, of which he is an elected member.

The politician is under investigation for alleged links to the Camorra mafia.

“While expressing maximum confidence in the work of the judiciary, it is with great pain that I communicate my self-supension from the Democratic Party as I await the chance to clarify my position beyond every possible doubt,” Graziano said in a statement.

He denied any mafia involvement and asked to be interrogated by an investigating magistrate as soon as possible.

Carabinieri police earlier searched Graziano’s homes and office in Rome and in the town of Teverola, near Caserta as part of a probe that led to nine arrests on Tuesday, including that of restaurateur and businessman Alessandro Zagaria.

Investigators are scrutinizing Zagaria’s alleged backing of Graziano’s electoral campaign.

The deputy secretary of the PD said the party wants the case solved as soon as possible.

“We hope light will be shed as soon as possible (and) the position of whoever is involved be made clear,” said Lorenzo Guerini. “Meanwhile, we have total and unconditional trust in the judiciary’s work”.

“ “Ho sempre agito, nel corso della mia carriera politica — aggiunge Graziano — nel pieno rispetto dei principi di trasparenza e legalità, per me imprescindibili regole di vita.

Pertanto — rende noto Graziano — ho conferito mandato al mio legale di attivarsi presso la Procura napoletana perché al più presto venga fissato un interrogatorio nel corso del quale potrò fornire ogni spiegazione sui fatti che l’Autorità giudiziaria riterrà di dover approfondire, confermando la mia totale estraneità a qualsiasi vicenda illecita”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Norway to Appeal Breivik Human Rights Ruling

The Norwegian state will appeal against the Oslo District Court’s ruling that convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik’s prison conditions violate his human rights.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Obama-Merkel Push TTIP, As Support for Transatlantic Union Tanks

President Obama is battling public opinion headwinds as he promotes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on his current tour of Europe.

Thirty-five thousand anti-TTIP demonstrators turned out on Saturday, April 23, in Hanover, Germany, where Obama held meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top executives of international corporations.

But the massive anti-TTIP demonstrations that have dogged the treaty for the past couple years are not the most important indicator that it is facing huge opposition. A new poll by Bertelsmann Stiftung, the German media conglomerate, and the polling firm YouGov shows that public support for “free trade” in general and the TTIP in particular have plunged dramatically in Germany since 2014, while TTIP support in the U.S. has also plummeted.

[Comment: Since whe did these traitorous politicians care about pubic opinion? They’ll try to ram it through despite pubic opinion. TurdTIP should be flushed down the toilet where it belongs.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Proposed US-EU TTIP Trade Deal ‘Atomic Bomb’ For French Le Pen

National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said that said that proposed US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free trade deal would have disastrous consequences for the French economy.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The proposed US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal would have disastrous consequences for the French economy, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said on Monday.

“This transatlantic agreement is an atomic bomb for our country’s economy. The president of the republic must announce his refusal [to take part],” Le Pen said in an interview with the France 2 public broadcaster.

The 13th round of EU-US talks on the TTIP deal started in the United States earlier on Monday, following US President Barack Obama’s trip to Europe. On Sunday, Obama visited Germany and met Chancellor Angela Merkel, where he urged Europe to move forward with the free trade accord and draft the full text of the agreement before the end of the year.

The proposed deal would devastate France’s agricultural sector and endanger the country’s state structures, Le Pen warned.

The TTIP deal has drawn criticism from the public for the lack of transparency in its negotiations and the power it would give to international corporations. It has also been slammed for bypassing the framework of the World Trade Organization and excluding BRICS countries. Leaked details of the deal show that it might undermine environmental, health, safety and labor standards.

A European-wide petition against TTIP has already been signed by three million people. Some 1,400 European municipalities have declared their opposition to the deal, mainly in Germany, France, Austria and the United Kingdom.

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

Richard Littlejohn Argues the Obamas Are Desperate to Provide a Certain Agenda Whenever They Visit Britain

Take another look at the audience at Barack Obama’s ‘town hall’ meeting in London. Is this a portrait of Britain you recognise?

I know we are ordered to celebrate ‘diversity’ at all times, but was it really a genuine representation of our population as a whole? OK, so London is now one of the most multicultural cities on earth, to the extent where some parts of town can feel like a foreign country.

But even so. And before the usual, brain-dead suspects start bouncing up and down, screaming ‘raaay-cist!’, let me make it abundantly clear that I am not criticising any individual in the hand-picked audience.

They were hardly going to turn down an opportunity to be in the same room as the President of the United States, although I suspect they wouldn’t have been quite so keen to get up close and personal with George W. Bush.

What a motley crew, though. It made your average BBC Question Time audience look balanced. Needless to say, there was the obligatory number of women in Islamic headgear, without which no televised gathering can be broadcast.

The President was introduced on Saturday not by the democratically elected Mayor of London, as one might have expected, but by 21-year-old Khadija Najefi, a political science graduate who has recently been working as a volunteer at the Jungle camp in Calais, from where thousands of migrants have been attempting to enter Britain illegally.

No box was left unticked. Other guests included a woman engaged in tackling ‘gender inequalities’, an Iraqi refugee, a disabled domestic violence campaigner and someone described as a ‘non-binary Muslim’, who refuses to define as either male or female…

The audience was specially chosen by the American Embassy. Even to those of us who live in London, it appeared heavily weighted to appease the ‘diversity’ brigade.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Swedish Greens Jolted by Claims of Islamist Infiltration

Green Party leaders said Monday there’s no evidence of Islamists influencing party policies

One refused to shake hands with a female journalist. Another compared Israel to Nazi Germany. A third was seen doing hand signs associated with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the background of a live TV broadcast.

The behavior of some Muslim members of Sweden’s Green Party, which is part of a coalition government since 2014, has sparked concerns that the small environmentalist group may have been infiltrated by Islamists.

[Comment: From TV show “Yes, Minister”: “Never believe anything until it’s been officially denied”. Green party is so small it would be easy for muslim brotherhood to subvert it into an islamist party — saves them time building up an entire party infrastructure.].

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Death of Free Speech: The West Veils Itself

[…] Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, just released an interview with Italy’s largest newspaper, Il Corriere della Sera, where he suggested a kind of grand bargain: We Iranians will discuss with you our human rights situation, if you Europeans suppress freedom of expression on Islam: “Human rights are reason for concern for everyone,” Zarif said. “We are ready to dialogue. We shall make our observations on alienation of the Muslim communities in many European societies, or how freedom of expression is abused to desecrate the symbols of Islam.”

And that is exactly what is happening right now — of course with no mention of how freedom of speech or human rights are abused in “many Muslim societies.” Or how violent repression there “is abused to desecrate the symbols of the free world.”

The Iranian ayatollahs recently added to the bounty on the head of Salman Rushdie. And as it happened with Saudi Arabia’s or Bangladesh’s bloggers, nobody in Europe protested and Mrs. Merkel has been willing to abandon the German comedian to the autocratic Turkish Islamists.

In Pakistan, a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, is now fighting for her life in prison, where, condemned to death for “blasphemy,” she awaits her fate. European public opinion, which is always generous in rallying against “the persecution of minorities,” did not fill the streets and the squares to protest Asia Bibi’s imprisonment.

Further, for Europe’s journalists and writers, it has become increasingly difficult to find publishers. This is true of, for instance, Caroline Fourest, author of the French book Eloge du blasphème. “The treatment of her work by the publishing industry shows how much has been lost” wrote the British journalist, Nick Cohen. “No Anglo-Saxon publisher would touch it, and only fear can explain the rejection letters.”

“No American or British publisher has been willing to publish the book” Mrs. Fourest told this author. “‘There is no market for this book’, I was repeatedly told, to justify their desire not to touch something explosive. It was an important project which Salman Rushdie tried to sponsor with his own publishing houses. It is alarming because more and more I see that my colleagues behave as useful idiots.”

Europe is also suppressing freedom of expression for the very few moderate Islamic voices. On January 31, 2016, an Algerian writer named Kamel Daoud published an article in the French newspaper Le Monde on the events of New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany. What Cologne showed, says Daoud, is how sex is “the greatest misery in the world of Allah.”

A few days later, Le Monde ran a response by sociologists, historians and anthropologists who accused Daoud of being an “Islamophobe,” Jeanne Favret-Saada, an orientalist at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, wrote that Daoud “spoke as the European far-right.” Daoud has been defended only by a few other Arab writers exiled in Europe.

The affair is the mirror of Europe’s forsaking freedom of expression: a great Arab writer expresses precious truths and the mainstream European media and intellectuals, instead of protecting Daoud while Islamists threatened him with death, press the novelist to choose silence.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

U.S. Official Sounds Alarm on ISIS Threat to Italy

But Italian sources say no evidence of concrete plans

(ANSA) — Rome, April 26 — ISIS has sleeper cells that are preparing terrorist attacks in Italy, Germany and Britain, not just in France and Belgium, James Clapper, the United States director of national intelligence, told reporters at an encounter organised on Monday by the Christian Science Monitor. Clapper said the United States was calling for more sharing of information between intelligence agencies as a result and warned that ISIS was exploiting the crisis linked to the arrival of waves of asylum seekers in Europe.

He said there was a “conflict” between EU rules on free movement of people and goods and on privacy and nation states’ responsibility to “protect frontiers and the security of their people”. According to the New York Times, when asked if ISIS was conducting secret operations in Italy, Germany and Britain, Clapper said: “yes, it has done. And, naturally, this worries us and our European allies. We continue to see plots by ISIS in the countries that you have mentioned”.

However, Italian intelligence sources told ANSA on Tuesday that there is no new terror alarm or concrete indicators that ISIS is planning attacks in Italy when asked about Clapper’s comments.

The sources said that Italy was, nevertheless, highly exposed to the risk of attacks, in part because it is the home of the Vatican.

Also on Tuesday, Norbert Hofer of Austria’s far-right and anti-immigrant Freedom Party and winner of the first round of presidential elections said controls at the Brenner Pass on the Italy-Austria border are “inevitable”, because Italy is not doing enough to keep potential terrorists out of the EU. “I am certainly not pleased, but we have no choice,” Hofer said. “The external borders of the Schengen area need to be secured,” he added. “Only 20% of people arriving in Austria are real refugees and they have already passed through safe countries,” Hofer said.

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UK Police Commanders Staring Down the Barrel of 96 Manslaughter Charges

The stadium disaster occurred at a football (soccer) match on April 15th 1989 at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield during an FA Cup Semi Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. As crowd management by the Sheffield police failed to funnel Liverpool fans into the stadium quickly enough and in an evenly distributed enough way before kick-off, police commanders fatefully ordered the opening of additional gates causing a rush resulting in two already full enclosures to be massively and very quickly overfilled, while two more enclosures were largely unused.

The two central terraced enclosures were standing room sections and the overfilling caused those at the front to be crushed up against the fencing separating the supporters from the field of play. As a barrier broke under the strain, 96 died by asphyxiation including the youngest, Jon-Paul Gilhooley , the 10 year old cousin of future Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard. Another 766 were injured, some of whom suffer to this day.

The police quickly told the FA, the games governing body in the UK, that drunken fans were at fault. The media ran with the story and in some cases embellished it. The Sun was the worst—saying on its front page that Liverpool fans “picked the pockets of victims, urinated on cops and beat up another policeman giving the kiss of life”.

But none of it was true! Then ensued an ongoing cover-up spanning years. Based on information by the police to cover their tracks, the original Coroner on the scene blood tested all the dead for alcohol including the children.

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UK: Activists Expose Illegal ‘Sharia Law’ Court

Muslim migrants create their own state within a state

A shocking video shows activists exposing a Sharia Law court operating inside London — and outside British law.

The court, publicly known as the “Islamic Sharia Council,” is one of an estimated 100 Sharia law courts carrying out legal matters in the UK in accordance to Islamic law.

“These Sharia courts are popping up all over Britain and they are usurping our own legal system we have in this country,” activist and mayoral candidate Paul Golding said in the video. “All of these Sharia courts need to be closed down immediately.”…

“I feel betrayed by Britain,” a Muslim woman revealed. “I came here to get away from this and the situation is worse here than in the country I escaped from.”

And Muslims who refuse to participate in a Sharia court are targeted for intimidation or even violence.

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UK: Heartbroken Father Who ‘Told Off’ The Bullies Who Made His Children’s Lives Hell for a Year After Their School Failed to Intervene is to be Prosecuted for ‘Intimidation’

Christopher Cooper, 37, from Barrow in Cumbria, who confronted a group of bullies who broke his son’s arm and repeatedly beat his daughter is to be prosecuted for ‘intimidation’.

A heartbroken father who confronted a group of bullies who broke his son’s arm and repeatedly beat his daughter is to be prosecuted for ‘intimidation’.

Christopher Cooper, 37, said his two youngest children Millie, 11, and Braiden, 9, were physically and mentally tormented by a group of children for a year.

He said he was forced to take action because neither the school or police would intervene to stop the attacks.

As such, he told the children himself in no uncertain terms to ‘leave his kids alone.’

He has now been summoned by police to appear in court on a charge of intimidating a child.

Mr Cooper, a midwife, said: ‘I am just bewildered by the whole thing. It is a crazy world we live in.’

He also claimed a year since he first tried to report the attacks on his children to police, his son and witness have not even been interviewed by police.

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UK: Hillsborough Inquests: Fans Unlawfully Killed, Jury Concludes

Ninety-six football fans who died as a result of a crush in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, the inquests have concluded.

The jury found match commander Ch Supt David Duckenfield was “responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence” due to a breach of his duty of care.

Police errors also added to a dangerous situation at the FA Cup semi-final.

The prime minister said the inquests had provided “official confirmation” fans were “utterly blameless”.

After a 27-year campaign by victims’ families, the behaviour of Liverpool fans was exonerated.

Nine jurors reached unanimous decisions on all but one of the 14 questions at the inquests into Britain’s worst sporting disaster.

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Why a Swede Got Ikea to Ditch a Nuclear Family Sign

A 23-year-old mother got Sweden talking this week when she upbraided Ikea over a sign directed at children.

Beatrice Hurtig was heating baby food at Ikea’s restaurant in Örebro in central Sweden when she saw a sign that agitated her, Expressen reports.

“More room between tables for you and your mum and dad in the family corner,” the sign promised.

Hurtig said she got a knot in her stomach and immediately took a snap of the sign. She sent the photo to Ikea via Facebook and asked them to take the sign down.

“Children are the ones supposed to read this notice. Imagine a child who lives with their grandmother, or has a parent who’s out of the picture, or has parents who simply don’t think they belong in traditional gender categories,” Hurtig told Expressen.

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Albania: Tirana Airport to be Managed by Chinese Group

Concession to China Everbright until 2027

(ANSA) — TIRANA — Chinese company China Everbright signed an agreement with the Albanian authorities for the concession of Tirana international airport until 2027, Top Channel reported without specifying the amount of the transaction. The airport will be managed by Ken Dynamics, a consortium created with the Hong-Kong based Friedman Pacific group. For the investors, Rinas is ‘one of Europe’s airports with the fastest growth’.

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Italy Only Ready to Intervene in Libya if Asked by New Unity Government

Italy will not send troops to Libya unless the recently agreed national unity government asks Rome to intervene, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Monday.

ROME (Sputnik) — On March 31, the long-anticipated UN-backed Government of National Accord started to perform its duties in Libya after more than four years of civil war. The government is headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj.

“We will only intervene if the Sarraj Government appeals to us and to the rest of the international community for support, and [an intervention is possible] with the international community. We are ready for a strong role, but for no adventures,” Renzi told la Repubblica newspaper.

Commenting on the refugee crisis, which has grown out of the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, Renzi urged the European community to “face” the problem and fundamentally revise its approach by changing the present relations with these war-torn countries.

Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011, when a civil war began in the country and long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.

In December, Libya’s rival governments — the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress — agreed to create a Government of National Accord and end the political impasse.

The internal conflict and instability prompted the advance of a cell of the Daesh militant group in Libya. which is outlawed in Russia and many other countries.

Italy, active in the international anti-Daesh coalition in Iraq, has not taken part in military operations against Daesh in Syria. As for Libya, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in March that Rome was not preparing any military operations in the country.

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How a Small Iraqi Town Turned Into a ‘Notorious Jihadi Breeding Ground’

Sectarian rivalry, smuggling, draught and an urban-rural social divide were reportedly significant factors in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar being turned into a crèche for Daesh radicalization.

A “perfect storm” of factors has led the town of Tal Afar to become infamously known as a community that breeds jihadists, freelance journalist Peter Schwartzstein wrote in an article published by the US opinion website Defense One.

Understanding how “an otherwise undistinguished town, previously best known for its opposition to the colonial British, [could] become a notorious jihadi breeding ground” is of paramount importance to perceiving “Daesh’s rise and its appeal,” according to Schwartzstein.

He explained that first and foremost, Tal Afar’s radicalization can be attributed to “its sectarian mix.”

“Ethnically, Afaris are Turkmen, Iraq’s largest group after Arabs and Kurds. Religiously, though, they are split: about one quarter to one third Shia, and the remainder Sunni,” he said.

Schwartzstein quoted Faleh Jabar, Director of the Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies as saying that things really came to a head in 2013, when 300 Sunnis died in clashes with the Iraqi Army in Hawija, a town located about three hours away by car.

According to Jabar, “the heavy-handed policies towards Hawija, which has many family connections to Tal Afar, strengthened the collective Sunni identity in the north.”

Cross-border smuggling became another ingredient that lent to the radicalization of Tal Afar, which Schwartzstein recalled is located near the Syrian frontier.

He said that plenty of criminal networks emerged to facilitate trade in Tal Afar after the US imposed sanctions on Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons programs in the 1990s.This stifled many regular trade routes and business in Tal Afar boomed, Schwartzstein said, referring to Mamdouh Mohammed, a farmer in the border town of Rabia.

“They were the smuggling kings. Drugs, guns, food, tractors: you name it, They took it,” he quoted Mohammed as saying.

Bad weather became the third factor to contribute to Tal Afar’s radicalization, Schwartzstein said, adding that “several bad years of drought since 2005 had turned the area into a dustbowl, unsuitable for serious farming.”

“Afaris often lacked proper education and were deprived of government jobs by Arab bureaucrats who looked down on them as Turkmen. Crime was seemingly one of the few money-spinning opportunities on offer,” he pointed out.

And last but least is the urban-rural divide, which Schwartzstein said had repeatedly been exploited by Daesh, which lures ordinary people into joining the jihadist group and promising “many poor villagers salaries beyond their wildest dreams.”

People being attracted to Daesh cannot only be linked to mere riches, according to Schwartzstein.

“Many villagers and townspeople in the Nineveh governorate, in which Tal Afar [is located], nurse a deep resentment regarding what they see as the condescending attitude of urban elites in Mosul, Nineveh’s provincial capital,” he said.

He also quoted Rasha Al-Aqeedi, a native of Mosul and researcher at the al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai, as saying that “the [people from the countryside] were seen as peasants, and the appeal of groups like al-Qaeda and Daesh is that they kind of offer the destruction of the social hierarchy. They seemingly give other people the chance to be on top.”

With the US-backed coalition winnowing away at the terrorists’ holdings, the question is “what ought to become of Tal Afar when it is finally captured,” Schwartzstein said. In any case, even if destroying the town is in line with moral norms, “Tal Afar is simply too big to stifle and too problematic to ignore,” he concluded.

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Islamic State Demolishes Iconic ‘Clock Church’ In Mosul

In their ongoing rampage against all things Christian, Islamic State jihadists have blown up the historic “Clock Church” in the center of Mosul, one of the most recognizable features of the city which could be seen from miles around.

The distinctive bell tower with the clock had been given to Iraqi Christians by the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. The church, historically known as the “Church of the Miraculous Madonna,” had been under the care of the Dominican Fathers until being devastated Monday morning with the use of explosives.

The Church was inaugurated on August 4, 1873, and the clock tower was added later when Empress Eugenie donated it in appreciation for efforts made by the Dominican Fathers during a typhoid epidemic that started in 1879. The clock tower was completed in 1882.

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Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Kahraman Demands Islamic Constitution

Ismail Kahraman, head of the parliament in Ankara, has said the country needs an Islamic constitution. He said Turkey was a Muslim nation and there was no place for secularism.

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Young Saudi Prince Holds Power Beyond His Years

Saudi Arabia’s hard-charging Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman holds unusual power for a man of just 30, so much so that diplomats have nicknamed him “Mr Everything”.

Set to announce Monday a major programme to restructure the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy, the son of King Salman has risen to among Saudi Arabia’s most influential figures since being named second-in-line to the throne last year.

Prince Mohammed, seen as the standard-bearer for a new generation of Saudi royals, is in charge not only of the country’s economic policy but also the military as defence minister.

The prince has amassed “extraordinary power and influence very quickly” since his father took the throne last year after the death of King Abdullah, said Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington…

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Chernobyl, 30 Years Later: Some Ukrainians Risk Radiation to Avoid Russian Invasion

“At least nobody is shooting here, and I can freely speak the Ukrainian language,” Doctor Oleksandr Sklyarov tells the Kiev Post. Thirty years later, the radioactive outskirts of Chernobyl are seeing a small increase in population as Ukrainians flee Russian invasion and seek cheap rents and natural beauty.

The Post visited the village of Bazar, Ukraine as part of its coverage of the thirtieth anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, a product of Soviet arrogance — the plant’s deputy chief engineer, upon seeing the reactor begin to overheat, ordered staff to increase power levels rather than let it cool down — and disregard for the lives of those living in the affected zone (it took 36 hours for Soviet authorities to decide to make people evacuate due to a “minor accident”). At least one eyewitness, the author Svetlana Alexievich, recalls Soviet troops “running around” the area shouting “What do I shoot?” in response to the disaster. “You can’t shoot physics, or at radiation,” she notes.

The number of people affected by the disaster is still hotly disputed today. Reuters notes that 31 first-responders died of radiation sickness in the immediate aftermath of the meltdown. About 100,000 were evacuated. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 9,000 people have died of cancer in the years following the disaster, most in Ukraine and neighboring Belarus. The worst estimates put that number at around one million.

“We are constantly trying to show the authorities that in reality this problem is not going anywhere,” Liudmyla Zakrevska, president of Children of Chernobyl, tells USA Today. In Ukraine and Belarus, she says, there are “thousands upon thousands of Chernobyl children who have severely compromised immune systems.”

According to the local publication Ukraina Moloda, authorities believe that radiation in the immediate exclusion zone has dropped by 10,000 times since 1986. They estimate the population of the exclusion zone to be about 158 people, averaging 78 years of age. While it is illegal to live within the exclusion zone, the government has not enforced the rule for older people who would rather face the risk of radiation-triggered cancer than the stress of exile. For others, however, experts have estimated it will take another 3,000 years for the exclusion zone to be deemed fully say. The government has put that figure at 24,000 years, based on the half-lives of the radioactive elements found by the plant.

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China to Build on Disputed Scarborough Shoal This Year: Report

Beijing will start construction on a South China Sea islet within the Philippines’ claimed exclusive economic zone this year, as it seeks to project its power in the disputed waters, Hong Kong media reported Monday.

China will establish an outpost on Scarborough Shoal, 230 kilometres (143 miles) off the Philippine coast, the South China Morning Post newspaper cited an unnamed source close to the People’s Liberation Army as saying.

Beijing claims nearly all of the strategically vital sea, despite completing claims from several Southeast Asian neighbours, and in recent months has built contested reefs into artificial islands, some topped with airstrips…

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Global Carmakers See Rising Competition in China

Global carmakers gathered in Beijing on Monday to show off their wares as competition intensifies and growth slows in the world’s biggest auto market, with the key SUV and new energy vehicle sectors the focus of attention.

Total auto sales in China reached 24.6 million last year, making it a crucial market for foreign manufacturers as well as domestic brands, but that represented growth of just 4.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in 2014, data from industry group China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) showed.

“It is slowing down,” Ford China chairman and CEO John Lawler told reporters. “The market is really acting more and more like a mature market rather than an emerging market…

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NGO Home: Chinese Legislature Set to OK Law on Non-Gov’t Organizations

A draft law expanding control over the activities of foreign NGOs in China is submitted to consideration, local media reported.

BEIJING (Sputnik) — A draft law expanding control over the activities of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China is entering its third reading on Monday, local media reported.

According to the Global Times, the draft law was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), which is due to convene to review the draft from Monday to Thursday in Beijing.

According to the Chinese Constitution, if approved at the third reading, the law will be put to a vote before entering into force.

The proposed legislation has raised concerns among Western non-governmental organizations that their activities in the country might be limited.

According to the newspaper, the draft law stipulates that foreign NGOs must be registered, regulated and supervised by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security. If passed, Chinese police would be authorized to conduct searches and to seal the offices of foreign NGOs, to question their employees and check documents.

Currently, there are over 7,000 overseas NGOs active in the country, mainly in the fields of environmental protection, science and technology, education and culture.

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France to Build Australia a New Fleet of Submarines

France has won a contract to build Australia a new fleet of 5,000-ton submarines, sinking bids from rival shipbuilders in Germany and Japan. The deal is one of the world’s most lucrative defense contracts.

Australia is significantly increasing its defense spending as it seeks to protect its interests in the Asia-Pacific region amid the rising power of China. But awarding the bid to a French company had the advantage of not alienating Beijing, which would have bristled at a Japanese victory. China is Australia’s top trading partner.

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Six African Nations Could be Malaria-Free by 2020: WHO

Six countries in Africa, the continent where malaria is most widespread, could be free of the disease by 2020, according to a WHO report published Monday to mark World Malaria Day.

One of the goals of the World Health Organization’s 2016-2030 programme against malaria is to wipe out the disease in at least 10 countries by the end of this decade.

“WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to achieve this goal, including six countries in the African Region, where the burden of the disease is heaviest,” the Geneva-based organisation said in a statement…

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“Famous Refugees” Back in Iraq

Proof that there is no “refugee” crisis-but only a determined, liberal-driven, nonwhite invasion of Europe-has come with the news that the Iraqi “refugee” family made famous in a press photograph have returned to Iraq after only six months in Germany.

The family-Laith Majid; his wife, Nada Adel; their sons Moustafa, aged 18; Ahmed, 17; and Taha, nine; along with seven-year-old daughter Nour-landed on the island of Kos in August 2015, at the height of the Angela Merkel-inspired nonwhite invasion.

A press photographer snapped the now famous picture of Majid weeping as he carried his youngest daughter off the boat. The image was seized upon by the controlled media to portray the “desperation” of the “refugees” who would “give up everything to seek safety in Europe.”…

As a result, the Majids became the “most famous”-and certainly the most-quoted-”refugees” in the world.

Now, however, it appears that the whole farce has collapsed.

The Bild newspaper decided to interview the Majid family once again to find out how they were doing in Germany six months after escaping the “hell” and “death threats” of Baghdad.

Their findings shocked even that pro-invasion newspaper: the Majid family was back in Iraq, safe and sound-even though they had claimed all along that their “lives were in danger.” (“World-famous refugee family is back in Iraq,” Bild, April 23, 2016).

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Austria: Teen Confesses to Gang Rape Attack in Vienna

One of three teenagers arrested last week following an alleged gang rape attack on a 21-year-old student in Vienna has admitted to carrying out the rape.

The attack — which took place shortly before 1am on Friday morning — was carried out in a public toilets in Vienna’s Praterstern station.

The student had been on the way to a night out with her friend when she stopped off to use the public toilet but was followed in to the unlocked toilet by three teenagers, all Afghan asylum seekers aged between 16 and 17-years-old.

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Austria to Begin Controls on Italian Border in May

Austria’s new Interior Minister confirmed over the weekend that continuous border controls will be introduced on the border with Italy at the end of May.

Austrian authorities have been reinforcing the Brenner border point with Italy in recent weeks in preparation for what the government expects will be a new wave of refugees and migrants making their way to central Europe via Italy.

Arrivals in Italy are believed to be on the verge of spiking upwards because of the closing down of the migrant route to central Europe via Greece and the Balkans.

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Brenner Pass Controls ‘Inevitable’ Says Hofer

Far-right presidential candidate says ‘we have no choice”

(ANSA) — Bolzano, April 26 — Controls at the Brenner Pass on the Italy-Austria border are “inevitable”, Norbert Hofer of Austria’s far-right and anti-immigrant Freedom Party and winner of the first round of presidential elections said Tuesday. “I am certainly not pleased, but we have no choice,” Hofer said. “The external borders of the Schengen area need to be secured,” he added.

“Only 20% of people arriving in Austria are real refugees and they have already passed through safe countries,” Hofer said.

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Cash Back: Norway Offers Migrants $1,500 to Return Home

Norway launched a scheme offering 10,000 kroner (over $1,500) to migrants willing to return to their homelands voluntarily.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) launched a scheme on Monday offering 10,000 kroner (over $1,500) to migrants willing to return to their homelands voluntarily.

“UDI increases on Monday, April 25, the financial support of 10,000 kroner for the first 500 applications for assisted return to their homeland. The scheme applies to the first 500 who actually leave within six weeks of applying for assisted return,” the directorate said in a statement.

The initiative applies to migrants who applied for asylum before April 1 and are either awaiting a response from the UDI or the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board, the directorate added.

Somali, Afghan and Ethiopian nationals are not covered by the scheme.

Norwegian Minister of Immigration and Integration Sylvi Listhaug submitted the government’s package of proposals that seeks to toughen the rules for migrants and asylum seekers to parliament on April 5. Senior communications adviser to the Immigration Ministry Andreas Skjold-Lorange told Sputnik that day that Norwegian lawmakers planned to vote on the bill before summer.

Arild Strommen, the spokesperson for the National Police Immigration Service of Norway, told Sputnik earlier this year that the country was ready to deport some 9,000 migrants if appropriate funding was provided.

UDI estimates over 800 of the 31,145 who sought asylum in Norway last year have withdrawn their applications, while 7,825 migrants have been expelled.

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Former US Diplomat: “Suicidal” Migration Policies Will Cause Europeans to Flee Their Countries

Former U.S. diplomat Adam Topolansky warns that Europeans will inevitably flee their own countries as a result of “suicidal” migration policies that have seen millions of Muslim asylum seekers pour into the continent over the last year.

In an article for Hungary Today, Topolansky, who worked for the U.S. State Department between 1984 and 1988, says that European countries like Hungary and Czech Republic that have refused to bow to the migrant influx will become a refuge for European citizens who will become migrants in their own land as a result of mass Muslim immigration.

“Tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of German, Dutch, French, Belgian, and other western European citizens may opt to move to Hungary in the next 20-30 years and settle there in the wake of the migration crisis,” writes Topolansky, adding that “reversed migration” is a “predictable trend,” because European citizens “will want to escape their leaders’ suicidal migration policies and will seek a safer place to retire.”

He goes on to bluntly point out that Europeans will eventually refuse to be “surrounded by radical Muslims in their own countries,” migrants who have destabilized the continent and “altered the way of life, the religious and cultural fabric.”

Topolansky predicts that East-Central Europe will become a safe haven for Christians by 2050 and that Muslim migrants will have virtually taken over western Europe by that point.

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France: Gang of Migrants Demanding ‘Respect’ Smash Way Into Paris School and Refuse to Leave

The 150 migrants have taken over the building of Jean-Jaures school since Friday as they seek shelter, electricity, gas and water.

Authorities have labelled the takeover of the school in Paris’s 19th quarter a “savage occupation”.

The chief constable of the area, Jean-François Carenco, has said: “In this country, it is the law that speaks and not force.

“They are attacking a building that is not empty but is having work done to it.

“It is a disgrace. France is a country of refuge, but not a chaotic country.”

Authorities have asked migrants to leave the school, which needs to welcome students after it has been renovated.

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Germany: Migrants Leave Blood, Faeces, Semen Smeared on Asylum Home Walls

Police called the conditions “catastrophic”

Asylum seekers have left an asylum home and have smeared blood, vomit and faeces all over the walls according to police.

In preparation for the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, riot police in the German town of Hameln needed somewhere for the officers to stay overnight. The police were offered a barracks that previously held migrants but were shocked to discover that the past residents had smeared faeces, vomit and blood all over the walls of the former asylum home reports Junge Freiheit.

North Rhine-Westphalia police refused the accommodation due to the unsanitary conditions the barracks had been left in. The Facebook page of the German police union posted pictures of the former migrant home saying, “semen, blood and faeces on the walls and in the beds. Inside cockroaches were eating.”

The union went on to say that the officers would not sleep in the conditions and preferred to spend the night in their vehicles instead.

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Media Ignores Invader Crime


The heartbroken mother of a child brutally murdered by an illegal nonwhite invader in the US revealed her suffering in emotion-filled testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week-to total silence from the controlled media.

Texan Laura Wilkerson testified in public on Tuesday, April 19, 2016-but the media instead chose to focus on stories designed to evoke sympathy for the illegal aliens and alleged “white racist police.”

Wilkerson told the committee how her son, Josh, was murdered on November 16, 2010, by an illegal immigrant-Hermilo Moralez-who asked for a ride home from Josh’s high school.

Wilkerson said her son’s killer testified at the trial on how he “systematically killed Josh.”

“First a punch in the face, so his vision was off. Next a knee to Josh’s abdomen so that he would go to the ground. Josh went to the ground as his spleen was sliced in half. This killer was aggravated that it was not over,” Wilkerson said in written testimony.

“He grew tired of watching bloody bubbles coming from Josh’s nose as he was trying to breathe. Next he took a closet rod and beat Josh over the head again and again until the rod broke in 4 pieces. Joshua still breathing. Next he strangled him, let him go to see if it was over, nope, so he continued until there were no more bubbles. He waited and watched him die,” Wilkerson added.

“He tied Josh’s body up, stuffed him in the backseat of our truck, bought gas, dumped Josh in a field and set his body on fire. The killer went home took a shower and went to see a movie,” Wilkerson said.

She called on Congress to enforce the existing immigration laws.

“The thing that you can do is enforce laws. How do you pick and choose a law? I don’t understand it, how you pick and choose a law…

Thanks, however, to the Internet, the media moguls’ attempts to censor the news are being undone. Below, Laura Wilkerson’s testimony:

[Comment: Most politicians are traitors to their own country. They really work for the banksters.]

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Swiss Households Employ Half of Country’s Illegal Immigrants

Half of illegal immigrants in Switzerland work in private households, according to a new study.

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UK: Free to Walk Our Streets, 1,000 European Criminals Including Rapists and Drugs Dealers We Should Have Deported When They Were Released From Prison

Home Office data proves the number of criminals from Europe who are still in Britain, having served their time in jail, was 1,167 at the end of last year, while 4,217 are still awaiting deportation.

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AFA Calls Out PayPal Hypocrisy

Paypal recently boycotted the state of North Carolina over that state’s refusal to allow mentally-ill “transgenders” to use opposite sex bathrooms-even though the Internet company runs a global operations center in Malaysia where homosexuals are publicly whipped and jailed.

The American Family Association (AFA) has revealed the blatant hypocrisy of Paypal in a new advertisement taken out in San Jose, CA, Paypal’s hometown.

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Anti-White Racism: The Hate That Dares Not Speak Its Name

Even as white racism has become a phenomenon of the insignificant fringe the left’s accusations of white racism have escalated to the point of terminal absurdity. Thus Black Lives Matter and other progressive voices describe America as a “white supremacist nation.” This accusation is made against a country that outlaws racial discrimination, that has twice elected a black president, has recently had a black four-star general head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, two black secretaries of state, three black national security advisors and two successive black attorneys general along with thousands of black elected officials, mayors, police chiefs and congressmen.

The statement that 2016 America is a “white supremacist” nation is not only the reflection of a deranged hatred for whites, but an act of hostility towards black America, whose opportunities and rights in this country are greater than in any other under the sun, including every African nation and Caribbean country governed by blacks for hundreds and even thousands of years. The characterization of America as “white supremacist” trivializes the historic sufferings of American blacks, seeks to divorce them from their historic contributions to American culture and society, and depreciates the moral struggles of the civil rights movement that achieved their liberation.

Black Lives Matter — a driving force behind the white supremacist meme — is a roving lynch mob whose premise is the claim that a systematic war is being waged on black people. This claim is deployed to justify riots in the streets, the burning of cities and open incitements to kill police. (What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!) There is not a shred of evidence to support the claim that there is a hunting season on blacks. Black Lives’ blood libel is sustained by portraying black street predators like Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, who died resisting arrest, as civil rights martyrs.

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Bathroom Backlash: Over Half a Million Sign Petition to Boycott Target

“Target’s policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims,” petition states

A petition calling for a boycott on Target over the store’s new bathroom policy promoting “gender inclusivity” has reached over half a million signatures.

Featured at the American Family Association website, the petition contends Target’s new policy “means a man can simply say he ‘feels like a woman today’ and enter the women’s restroom…even if young girls or women are already in there.”

Furthermore, the petition asserts, “Target’s policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims.”

The new bathroom policy also disproportionately endangers female bathroom users, according to the petition.

“Clearly, Target’s dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters. We think many customers will agree. And we think the average Target customer is willing to pledge to boycott Target stores until it makes protecting women and children a priority.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Milo Mocks Student Protesters Who Claim His Presence is a ‘Threat to Their Physical Safety’ At Umass

In a packed auditorium at the University of Massachusetts on Monday night, Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, comedian Steven Crowder, and former philosophy professor Christina Hoff Sommers fought off a crowd of student protesters who continuously shouted in an attempt to silence their right to speak.

Crowder reminded the student protesters that the Yiannopoulos’ “Dangerous Faggot Tour” was created in response to the type of behavior they were exhibiting by attempting to stifle free expression: “This monster right here that you’re so afraid of — the face you see in your nightmares, was created by social justice warrior a**holes like you.”

The topic of the event was political correctness. Amongst the panelists, the overarching theme was that political correctness is a device used by regressive leftists to win debates without having to make an argument.

Speaking over the protesters’ shouting, Sommers called political correctness “an effort to impose a political agenda without having to argue.” Yiannopoulos criticized the students who have claimed throughout his tour that his presence on campus “is a threat to their physical safety,” calling them “f**king idiots.” Speaking about the shouting protesters, Crowder said “do you want to know what political correctness is? Look around and listen. These people don’t have arguments. They just yell out ‘racist.’ And they call the [Milo], who has a fetish for black dudes, a racist homophobe.”

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

13 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/26/2016

  1. Memo to Belgian Justice Minister:
    Islam INSTRUCTS that it is the enemy of the West.

    Allah is the ENEMY of the unbelievers. 2:98
    Allah does NOT LOVE the unbelievers. 30:45
    KILL the unbelievers wherever you find them. 9:5
    Between us and you animosity and hatred forever 60:4

    • Yes, because Christians aren’t beheading people and detonating bombs, at least not yet. Perhaps when that happens, or something similarly devastating but less violent like a general nation wide strike somewhere, then suddenly it will become important not to make an enemy of Christianity.

  2. Did the Belgian ‘Deputy Prime Minister’ ever consider the fact that most of Islam has made the Infidel an enemy for 1400 + years?

    • It’s ridiculous that anyone still thinks that anyone has to MAKE themselves an enemy of Islam since all non-Muslims or apostates are explicitly stated as being enemies of Islam by Islam itself.

      Saying “we don’t want to make an enemy of Islam” is equivalent to saying “everyone should convert to Islam”. Even then the foolish converts will still be the enemies of any Muslims who think that the converts are not Muslim enough (takfir). So then the only choice to avoid “making enemies” is for everyone to try to out-Muslim each other.

  3. Europeans need to return to their cathedrals and churches every Sunday, fill them with hymn singing and praise to the God of Love.

    That will be the beginning of the turn-around for Europe.

  4. As it was in those days of the Islamic Spanish slaughter, piling up heads like Paul Bunyon stacks cord wood, muslims simply go up and over with their moorish arches and completely built Mosques atop Christian places of worship, these Christian aka Mosques can be found and toured today. Make enemies of Islam? for good reason and fear? yes plenty of fear for all Christians, that is if they care a wit about the religious faiths and the salvations of their grandchildren.

  5. Belgian deputy PM Jan Jambon? What a good name for a moslem-hugger!
    I wouldn’t have caught this but for the fact we in Canada have French forced down our throats every time we visit the supermarket, read government forms, road signs or a hundred other things in Canada; courtesy of the first Trudeau.

  6. Scary, they are in essence saying leave the Muslims alone or else they’ll kill you. Dhimmitude confirmed..

  7. QUISLING! – Do these politicians ever look back at European history and learn anything? Chamberlain infamously tried to not make an enemy of Hitler and the Nazis and that didn’t turn out to well did it?

    • Quisling is being too kind, I refer to these despicable politicians as lackeys, lapdogs and groveling apologists of Islam.

      • Take your point entirely. However to continue with my reference to WW11, after the Chamberlain debacle the UK turned to Churchill who had been warning the world about the dangers of Hitler and Nazism since the early thirties. Hoping against hope the Belgians can dump this apologist in favour of a braver representative prepared to fight for the interests of Christian citizens for a change

  8. At a hearing by MEPs into the Brussels attacks, the Belgian deputy prime minister Jan Jambon added that ‘the worst thing we can do is to make an enemy of Islam’.

    Stupid man. Islam has already made an enemy of us.

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