Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/18/2017

A man name Kori Ali Muhammad shouted “Allahu Akhbar” before shooting three randomly chosen people to death on the streets of Fresno, California. Police say they don’t know the motive for the murders, but that they don’t seem terrorism-related. The incident has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%, but it has nothing to do with Islam. The suspect is now in police custody.

In other random-killing news, the Cleveland “Facebook murderer” Steve Stephens committed suicide after being chased down by police.

In other news, riding a wave of pro-Brexit sentiment, British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election for June 8.

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USA
» 3 People Killed in ‘Random’ Shootings in Downtown Fresno
» A Pen Falls Silent
» Akron Terrorism Suspect Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Serve Between 15 and 20 Years in Prison
» Cleveland Facebook Killer’s Pennsylvania Suicide Brings Closure, Flood of New, Unanswered Questions
» Facebook Killer Steve Stephens Dead, Police Say
» Fresno, California: Muslim Screaming “Allahu Akbar” Murders Three People, Cops Unsure if This Was Terrorism
» Fresno Shooting Spree: 3 People Killed, Suspect in Custody
» Fresno Gunman Who Randomly Killed 3 Men Screamed ‘Allahu Akbar, ‘ Police Say
» Muslim Not Arrested for Showing 3 Pistols & 2 Assault Weapons in Threatening Video From Parking Lot of a Worldview Weekend
» Obama, Comey Relied on Discredited Dossier to Obtain FISA
» Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska; Air Force Scrambles Jets
» Someone Sent Prominent Muslim Group a Quran Page Covered in What Looks Like Feces
» Warnings of Eco-Terrorism, ‘Mass Casualties’ At New Okla-Tenn Oil Pipeline
» Zuckerberg Addresses ‘Facebook Killing’
 
Europe and the EU
» Brexit’s Popularity Leads to Snap British Election
» British Public Shocked as Theresa May Calls Snap Election
» Number of Poor People in Denmark ‘Doubled’ Since 2002: Report
» Terror Attack Foiled in France
» ‘The Swedish Model Can Continue to Deliver’
» The Most Sophisticated People You Never Knew
» Theresa May to Seek General Election on 8 June
» Turks in Switzerland Vote No in Erdogan’s Referendum
» Two Men Held in France Over Terror Plot ‘To Target French Presidential Candidate’
 
North Africa
» Egyptian Writer: “Islam Cannot be Reformed”
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» One Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse as Hamas Rebuilds Terror Infrastructure
 
Middle East
» 6yo ISIS Executioner Grabs Knife, Beheads Captive in Graphic New Footage
» Assad Taunts Trump for Not Retaking ISIS’s Capital Yet
» Life Inside ISIS Capital Raqqa: Impossible to Live, Impossible to Leave
» What Happens Now Following the ‘Yes’ Vote in the Turkish Referendum?
» Why Many Turks in Germany Voted ‘Yes’ In Erdogan’s Referendum
 
Russia
» Russian ‘Jack the Ripper’ Ex-Policeman ‘Carved Satanic Signs Into 19 Sex Workers’ Bodies After Murdering and Mutilating Them’ in Siberia
» Russia’s New Arctic Trefoil Military Base Unveiled With Virtual Tour
» Russia Metro Blast Suspect Admits ‘Involvement’ In Attack
 
South Asia
» Bangkok Plans to Ban All Street Food by Year’s End
» Brutal Punishment for Falling in Love While Living Under Sharia Law: Couple Are Lashed 25 Times With a Cane for Having Sex Before Marriage in Indonesia
» Pakistan: Christian Man Stripped, Burned With Hot Iron Rods for Befriending Muslim Woman
» Pakistan: Christian Man Tortured in Sheikhupura for ‘Befriending’ Muslim Woman
» Pakistan Professor From Minority Ahmadi Sect Fatally Stabbed
» Thai Junta’s Crackdown on Bangkok Street Food Intensifies With Ban Now Taking Effect Across the Entire City
 
Far East
» Trump Warns North Korea as Pyongyang Vows More Missile Tests
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Farm Attacks Over Festive Season EFF Related?
 
Latin America
» Venezuela Lawmakers Ask Wall Street to Stop Aiding Maduro
 
Immigration
» “Abolish Double Nationality for Belgian Nationals of Foreign Descent”
» France’s Marine Le Pen Warns: ‘Behind Mass Immigration, There is Terrorism’
» ‘I Survived Libya’s Slave Markets’ — One Migrant’s Appalling Testimony
» Le Pen Vows to End All Immigration to France
» Meet Germany’s ‘Forgotten’ Foreign Workers
» New Report Highlights Tragedy of Migrant Slave Markets in Libya
» Scotland: Brave Sunderland Woman Speaks Out Following Kidnap, Gang Rape and Brutal Attack
» Update: Record 8,300 Migrants Cross From Africa to Italy Over Easter
 

3 People Killed in ‘Random’ Shootings in Downtown Fresno

Three people have been killed in California after a series of “random” shootings in downtown Fresno, officials say. The suspect — who shouted “Allahu Akbar” while being taken into custody — is also a suspect in an earlier shooting.

The incident began just before 11 a.m. PT on Tuesday when officers received a report from “ShotSpotter” that shots were being fired in downtown Fresno. Soon after, shots were fired at 3 additional scenes in the area.

According to Police Chief Jerry Dyer, the gunman first opened fire at a pickup truck, striking someone inside the vehicle. Another person drove the pickup truck to the Fresno Police Department, but the victim succumbed to his injuries.

Seconds after the first shooting, the suspect fired multiple shots at a pedestrian in the area but missed. He then shot and killed two other people, including someone who was near a bus stop outside the parking lot of Catholic Charities.

A short time later, a police officer spotted the suspect, who “literally dove onto the ground” as soon as he spotted the officer. While being taken into custody, the man — identified as 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad — shouted “Allahu Akbar.”

It was not immediately clear whether Tuesday’s shooting spree was an act of terrorism, but Chief Dyer said Muhammad’s Facebook account indicated that he “does not like white people.” He also expressed anti-government sentiments.

Just hours before the shooting, Fresno police identified Muhammad as the suspect in Thursday’s fatal shooting of security guard Carl Williams at the Motel 6 in Fresno. Muhammad allegedly also tried to shoot a second security guard but was out of bullets, police say…

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

A Pen Falls Silent

by Michael Giere

The inexpressible joy of Easter in my household was broken late Sunday with the news that our friend, fellow conservative warrior, writing colleague and sharp-eyed critic, Susan Freis Falknor, had passed away suddenly at her home in Bluemont, Virginia.

Susan and her husband, Richard Falknor, have been a staple in Virginia and Maryland conservative politics for many years and co-published the Blue Ridge Forum.

They both ran the Maryland Taxpayers Association and the Maryland Center-Right Coalition for many years, worked for conservative candidates throughout Loudoun and Fairfax County, and in 2016 were early organizers for the Trump Campaign in western Loudoun and adjacent counties.

Susan had an extensive career with foundations such as the American Enterprise Institute and for the last number of years ran her own business, Plain Words Copywriter, providing sharp analysis and expertise to businesses and writers alike. In addition, she became a moving force for historic restoration projects in Bluemont.

I first met Susan in the earliest days of the Tea Party movement, where we ended up as tablemates at an event, and we quickly learned that we shared a love for the language and well-turned phrase and the right word used at the right time. She became a frequent sounding board for me in the too few years since, and I would often receive notes from her on something I had written or sent to her.

She tolerated some of my Texas-bred oddities of phrase while I respected the boundaries of her refined sensibilities, sending her only the very best of my country music picks.

In both my first and second novel, Susan, herself a published poet and essayist, was a gracious critic. She would suggest construction changes and politely point out that a particular line sounded like nails on a chalkboard. And she was quick with praise.

The world of words and the world of conservative activism is now less for her passing, yet richer for her time with us.

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Akron Terrorism Suspect Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Serve Between 15 and 20 Years in Prison

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An Akron man has agreed to serve between 15 and 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to federal terrorism-related charges.

Terrence McNeil, 24, is accused of posting files on his social-media pages in 2015that contained the names and addresses of people believed to be members of the military. Included in the files were messages encouraging others to kill those people, according to the FBI.

He did all this to support of the Islamic State, a terrorist group also known as ISIS or ISIL, prosecutors said.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Cleveland Facebook Killer’s Pennsylvania Suicide Brings Closure, Flood of New, Unanswered Questions

CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s over, police said.

A 48-hour, nationwide search for a Cleveland-area man accused of approaching a random 74-year-old, shooting him in the head at near point-blank range and posting a video of it on Facebook ended with the suspect taking his own life as Pennsylvania police closed in on him.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Killer Steve Stephens Dead, Police Say

Steve Stephens, the so-called “Facebook killer” who sparked a multi-state manhunt after he brazenly gunned down a Cleveland man at random, killed himself Tuesday morning in Pennsylvania as cops closed in, authorities said.

Stephens was spotted in a McDonald’s parking lot in Erie County just after 11 a.m. by a member of the public who quickly contacted Pennsylvania State Police. After a 2-mile chase, “troopers attempted a PIT maneuver to disable Stephens’ vehicle…As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head,” a state police Facebook statement said.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Fresno, California: Muslim Screaming “Allahu Akbar” Murders Three People, Cops Unsure if This Was Terrorism

Three people have been killed in California after a series of “random” shootings in downtown Fresno, officials say. The suspect — who shouted “Allahu Akbar” while being taken into custody — is also a suspect in an earlier shooting.

The incident began just before 11 a.m. PT on Tuesday when officers received reports of a shooting in downtown Fresno, followed soon after by 3 additional shootings. A total of 3 people were shot at 3 separate locations.

According to Police Chief Jerry Dyer, the suspect was later spotted by a police officer, after which he “literally dove onto the ground”. While being taken into custody, the man — identified as 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad — shouted “Allahu Akbar.”

It is not yet known whether the shootings are an act of terrorism, Chief Dyer said. Muhammad was already wanted in connection with the murder of a security guard at a motel in Fresno.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Fresno Shooting Spree: 3 People Killed, Suspect in Custody

Three people were killed after a man went on a shooting spree in downtown Fresno, California on Tuesday before he was tackled and taken into custody, police said. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said officers have taken Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, into custody in connection to the shootings.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Fresno Gunman Who Randomly Killed 3 Men Screamed ‘Allahu Akbar, ‘ Police Say

FRESNO, Calif. (KABC) — A gunman who walked through Fresno randomly shooting and killing three men screamed “Allahu Akbar” while being taken into custody, according to authorities.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad first opened fire on a passenger inside a PG&E truck in the 300 block of North Van Ness Boulevard at about 10:45 a.m.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Muslim Not Arrested for Showing 3 Pistols & 2 Assault Weapons in Threatening Video From Parking Lot of a Worldview Weekend

On Sunday night, April 9, 2017, we held our Worldview Weekend rally in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This was the first of five cities in five nights. I founded Worldview Weekend in 1993 and have hosted over 300 such conferences in hundreds of cities throughout America. This evening, however, and the next five conferences would be like nothing I have ever experienced …

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Obama, Comey Relied on Discredited Dossier to Obtain FISA

James Comey, the man who refused to bring charges against Hillary Clinton despite a mountain of concrete evidence that she, and several members of her staff, knowingly violated several federal laws, apparently used the largely discredited “Trump Dossier” to help secure a FISA warrant to secretly monitor Trump’s former campaign aide, Carter Page, according to CNN.

Among other things, the dossier alleged that Page met senior Russian officials as an emissary of the Trump campaign, and discussed quid-pro-quo deals relating to sanctions, business opportunities and Russia’s interference in the election. Page has denied meeting the officials named in the dossier and says he never cut any political deals with the Kremlin.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska; Air Force Scrambles Jets

A pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers flew near Alaska Monday night, two U.S. officials told Fox News, coming as close as 100 miles from Kodiak Island — the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers so close to the U.S.

The two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers flew roughly 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the United States.

The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the Russian bombers.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Someone Sent Prominent Muslim Group a Quran Page Covered in What Looks Like Feces

Washington, D.C., police said Monday they were investigating a disturbing package sent to the office of the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties group that included a soiled page ripped from the Quran.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Warnings of Eco-Terrorism, ‘Mass Casualties’ At New Okla-Tenn Oil Pipeline

Just months removed from the violence and attacks on police by environmental extremists fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, state and federal officials are warning of similar, potentially catastrophic, attacks against another new pipeline between Oklahoma and Tennessee that enters service in the fall.

A report from the Department of Homeland Security, and Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, warns of attacks from eco-terrorists to anti-government militia on the Diamond Pipeline project.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Zuckerberg Addresses ‘Facebook Killing’

Facebook’s chief has paid his respects to the family of a man whose killing was filmed and posted onto its site.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr,” said Mark Zuckerberg near the start of Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference.

His social network had been criticised over the amount of time it had taken to take the clip offline.

About an hour before the event got underway, police had revealed that the murder suspect had killed himself.

Steve Stephens had been the subject of a national manhunt.

He was believed to have uploaded a video to Facebook showing his killing of 74-year-old Mr Godwin in Cleveland on Sunday and then boasting on subsequent Facebook Live streams that he had killed others.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Brexit’s Popularity Leads to Snap British Election

An old English proverb goes, “There will always be an England, and England will always be free, if England means as much to you as England means to me.” Apparently, this desire for a “free” England remains strong enough that support for Brexit — the British leaving the increasingly authoritarian European Union (EU) — has become a political plus in the United Kingdom.

“We need a general election and we need one now,” British Prime Minister Theresa May (shown on left) said in a surprise announcement Tuesday from the steps of 10 Downing Street. She was asking the House of Commons to set an election date for June 8. As recently as last month, May had vehemently insisted that she would not ask for a general election until it became necessary in 2020. But arguing that her narrow 17-seat majority in the House of Commons is causing Brexit opponents to keep her from negotiating a clean break from the EU, May has taken advantage of a large Tory lead in the polls to call for an earlier election.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

British Public Shocked as Theresa May Calls Snap Election

With Britain’s opposition in disarray, many voters feel the election will be a second vote on Brexit. Samira Shackle reports from London.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Number of Poor People in Denmark ‘Doubled’ Since 2002: Report

More and more people are living in poverty in Denmark, according to a new report.

The total number of Danes considered to be living in poverty has more than doubled from 18,650 in 2002 to 44,141 in 2015, according to the analysis by thinktank Economic Council of the Labour Movement (Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd, ECLM).

A ten percent increase was recorded alone from 2014 to 2015, according to the report, which is based on figures from Statistics Denmark.

Head of analysis at ECLM Jonas Schytz Juul told newspaper Information that the increase was primarily due to reductions in social welfare (kontanthjælp) payments and support for immigrants implemented in the early 2000s.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Terror Attack Foiled in France

French police have foiled a terror attack planned for the run-up to Sunday’s presidential election. France has been on high alert for two years since terror attacks starting in January 2015 which killed over 230 people.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

‘The Swedish Model Can Continue to Deliver’

Sweden’s finance minister Magdalena Andersson presented the government’s spring budget proposal on Tuesday as it upgraded growth forecasts for the next couple of years.

The government expects GDP, one of the key indicators used to gauge the health of a country’s economy, to grow by 2.6 percent this year, 2.1 percent next year and 2 percent in 2019.

“By pursuing a responsible fiscal policy since taking office, we have succeeded in bringing the huge public finance deficit we inherited back to surplus each year of this electoral period. This has placed us in an entirely new position and offers us new opportunities to meet social challenges. The Swedish model can continue to deliver,” said a confident finance minister before presenting the budget proposal to parliament.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

The Most Sophisticated People You Never Knew

The people who lived in Orkney, Scotland 5,000 years ago were extremely sophisticated — as John Lewinski discovers first-hand when he tries to learn the skills they used to survive.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Theresa May to Seek General Election on 8 June

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party wanted the election, calling it a chance to get a government that puts “the majority first”.

The prime minister will refuse to take part in televised leader debates ahead of the vote, Number 10 sources said.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Turks in Switzerland Vote No in Erdogan’s Referendum

The Turkish community in Switzerland bucked the trend by voting against a reform to the Turkish constitution in Sunday’s referendum, according to news agencies.

The controversial referendum, which asked voters to approve sweeping new powers for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was narrowly won on Sunday though some votes are still to be counted.

Overall 51.4 percent voted in favour, according to figures from Turkish press agency Anadolu, reported by Swiss media.

Among Turkish voters abroad, 59 percent backed the reform, according to Anadolu.

But not in Switzerland, where only 38 percent voted in favour.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Two Men Held in France Over Terror Plot ‘To Target French Presidential Candidate’

Two men suspected of plotting an “imminent” terror attack in France have been arrested in Marseille. Sources have told French media the plot targeted a candidate in the French presidential election.

The suspects are aged 23 and 29 and are of French nationality, sources have told L’Express newspaper. They were known to police for being radicalized and both come from the north of the country.

One of the suspects was a convert to radical Islam. They have been names as Clement Baur, 23 and Merabet Mahiedine, 29.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Egyptian Writer: “Islam Cannot be Reformed”

Hamed Abdel Samad, a German-Egyptian political scientist and public critic of Islam, expressed in a recent interview with TelQuel his belief in the impossibility of reforming Islam.

“If it had been possible to reform Islam, it would have been done centuries ago,” Abdel Samad told the Moroccan French-language magazine. “Islam is an ultra-sacralized entity. Who would dare to reform Allah’s word? Furthermore, there is no central authority in charge of Islam as it is the case with the Catholic and Orthodox churches.”

The German-Egyptian author claimed that, as Islam goes beyond religious belief, it cannot be reformed. “Islam is basically incompatible with secularism. It is a tradition that mixes religion with economy, and politics with militarism. It complicates the relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims. I don’t believe in general salvation.”

On the other hand, Muslims’ mentality, according to Abdel Samad, can be “reformed.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

One Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse as Hamas Rebuilds Terror Infrastructure

A militant belonging to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas was killed Sunday night in a tunnel collapse underneath Gaza City, Israeli media reported. Three other militants were also injured in the cave-in.

Another member of Hamas died in a tunnel collapse this past February. Hamas, an Islamist terror group openly dedicated to Israel’s destruction, said in January that it lost 22 of its members in tunnel collapses in 2016. Also in February, a Hamas engineer was killed when a rocket he was testing exploded.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

6yo ISIS Executioner Grabs Knife, Beheads Captive in Graphic New Footage

A graphic new video released by the Islamic State gives new meaning to the phrase “starting them young.” In the horrifying footage, a six-year-old executioner in a black headscarf and camouflage clothing brandishes two knives and asks Allah to give peace to his fellow executioners before assisting in the beheading of captives.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Assad Taunts Trump for Not Retaking ISIS’s Capital Yet

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad mocked President Donald Trump for failing to retake ISIS’s capital of Raqqa, Voice of America reports.

Assad claimed he would support any real initiative to retake the city from ISIS but said he saw no real effort on the part of the U.S.

“What we hear is only allegations about liberating Raqqa. We’ve been hearing that for nearly a year now, or less than a year, but nothing happened on the ground,” Assad declared. He continued, “It’s not clear who is going to liberate Raqqa…It’s not clear yet.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Life Inside ISIS Capital Raqqa: Impossible to Live, Impossible to Leave

To be trapped inside the Syrian city of Raqqa four years since ISIS swarmed in and declared it the “caliphate capital,” is to be cut off from every principle designed to protect human existence. Inside, one resident explains, the pariah city is nothing short of a fast-deteriorating, hellish place.

“Here, there is no life. We suffer from everything. There are no services, no hospitals,” one 27-year-old, who can only be referred to as Saleh for safety purposes, told Fox News. “And every day, ISIS is arresting more civilians to push them into joining their group.”

In its early days and dripping with black-market oil money, ISIS mobilized the city by offering a fully operational government and provided all the needed goods and services. But as time has ticked on and coalition bombs rained on the jihadist group’s parade, they have lost fighters, friends and finances.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

What Happens Now Following the ‘Yes’ Vote in the Turkish Referendum?

The referendum to change Turkey into an “executive presidential system” has passed with the narrowest of margins. DW examines the next steps in the transition period as the constitution undergoes an overhaul.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Why Many Turks in Germany Voted ‘Yes’ In Erdogan’s Referendum

Hundreds of thousands of expat Turkish citizens in Germany voted in favor of giving sweeping new powers to the office of the Turkish president. Many Germans, and Turks who voted “no,” are taken aback.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Russian ‘Jack the Ripper’ Ex-Policeman ‘Carved Satanic Signs Into 19 Sex Workers’ Bodies After Murdering and Mutilating Them’ in Siberia

An alleged Russian ‘Jack the Ripper’ has been accused of killing and mutilating 19 women in Siberia.

Former policeman Evgeny Chuplinsky, 52, was reportedly in a happy relationship with an acclaimed dentist as he targeted sex workers in the city of Novosibirsk, masking his butchery by making the murders appear to have a satanic motive, say prosecutors.

[Comment: Oh aye, he was just “pretending” …]

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Russia’s New Arctic Trefoil Military Base Unveiled With Virtual Tour

Visitors to the Russian defence ministry website can now take a “virtual tour” of a new military base in a remote region of the Arctic.

Such media openness contrasts markedly with Russia’s traditional military secrecy. However, the tour does not show any new military hardware.

The Arctic Trefoil permanent base is in Franz Josef Land, a huge ice-covered, desolate archipelago.

The Russian military sees the resource-rich Arctic as a key strategic region.

President Vladimir Putin visited the new base, on Alexandra Land, last month.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Russia Metro Blast Suspect Admits ‘Involvement’ In Attack

Abror Azimov, the main suspect in organizing a suicide bombing on the St Petersburg metro on April 3, has confessed to having played a role in the attack. Azimov stressed, however, that he was an unwitting accomplice.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Bangkok Plans to Ban All Street Food by Year’s End

The Thai capital’s world famous street food scene may soon be a thing of the past. Authorities say they want to impose order and cleanliness, but for many street food is a part of the culture.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Brutal Punishment for Falling in Love While Living Under Sharia Law: Couple Are Lashed 25 Times With a Cane for Having Sex Before Marriage in Indonesia

This is the moment a couple accused of having sex before marriage were given 25 lashes as punishment under strict sharia law in place in Indonesia.

The couple was one of four pairs who were handed between 23 and 25 lashes after being found guilty of having sex outside of wedlock, which is forbidden under sharia.

The sentence was carried out in the city of Banda Aceh, at the tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, the only place in the Muslim-majority country which recognises sharia as part of its official legal system.

Sharia, meaning ‘the way’, lays out guidelines for Muslims on how to live their daily lives.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Pakistan: Christian Man Stripped, Burned With Hot Iron Rods for Befriending Muslim Woman

Ansar Masih, a 21-year-old Christian man, is being treated at a hospital in Pakistan after he was severely burned with hot iron rods for allegedly befriending a young Muslim woman in Sheikhupura district.

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Pakistan: Christian Man Tortured in Sheikhupura for ‘Befriending’ Muslim Woman

A Christian man was reportedly assaulted and burnt with hot iron rods, allegedly by the family of a Muslim woman in Sheikhupura district, for having “friendship” with her, it has been learnt.

The victim had received severe burn wounds and after failing to get proper medical care in Sheikhupura, he was shifted to Mayo Hospital, Lahore, on Sunday for further medical treatment.

The incident happened earlier this month and a police case has also been lodged against the father and brothers of the woman, who were reportedly against the friendship between the two and allegedly tortured 21-year-old Ansar Masih.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Pakistan Professor From Minority Ahmadi Sect Fatally Stabbed

Pakistani police say a university professor from the Ahmadi sect was found stabbed to death in what may be the latest in Islamic militant attack on members of the minority group.

Officer Mohammad Ali says the 61-year-old microbiology professor Tahira Malik was found slain in the eastern city of Lahore, with several stab wounds.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Pakistani Taliban and other Sunni militants consider Ahmadis heretics and have often attacked them in the past.

Ahmadis make a tiny minority of the 180 million Muslim-majority Pakistan. The Ahmadi faith was established in the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who followers believe was a prophet.

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Thai Junta’s Crackdown on Bangkok Street Food Intensifies With Ban Now Taking Effect Across the Entire City

Street food stalls will be banned from all of Bangkok’s main roads under a clean-up crusade, a city hall official said on Tuesday, prompting outcry and anguish in a food-obsessed capital famed for its spicy roadside cuisine.

For months city officials have hemmed in hawkers of all kinds across the metropolis, where hitting the pavement for everything from late-night noodles to fried insects is the closest Thailand has to a national pastime.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Warns North Korea as Pyongyang Vows More Missile Tests

President Trump isn’t spelling out his North Korea strategy, but it sounds like the rogue nation — which just vowed to continue testing missiles on a weekly basis — won’t like it.

Speaking exclusively to “Fox & Friends” Tuesday, the commander-in-chief hinted at his own growing frustration with dictator Kim Jong Un, and indicated he won’t appease the tyrant’s continued saber rattling.

“I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking … we’ll see what happens,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “I hope things work out well. I hope there’s going to be peace. But you know, they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time … everybody’s been outplayed. They’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman and we’ll see what happens.”

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Farm Attacks Over Festive Season EFF Related?

Since the 6th April, there are reports of at least fourteen farm attacks that have occurred.

6 April was the day that was targeted by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for large-scale land invasions.

Although the occupation did not last too long, some observers say that the increased attacks on farms since that date is probably in connection with the EFF’s revolutionary call of land occupation.

Five farm attacks occurred over the Easter weekend so far.

The attacks spread over a wide range of Natal, on the Eastern Transvaal, Northern Transvaal and in the western Transvaal, while an attack near Bloemfontein was also carried out.

In the Cullinan area, east of Pretoria, there were two more attacks. In one incident, a farmer was killed and in another case a couple was tied up, assaulted and robbed. The Cullinan district at one stage suffered some serious farm attacks but then became very quiet. Residents fear that a renewed surge of farm attacks in the region will flare up after the latest incidents.

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Venezuela Lawmakers Ask Wall Street to Stop Aiding Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition is reaching out to Wall Street banks to dissuade them from helping the country monetize its $7.7 billion in gold reserves.

Venezuela is going to try to stave off default by seeking to swap its gold reserves into cash, and any investment bank that helps will be effectively “supporting a government recognized by the international community as dictatorial,” according to a letter the opposition-led congress sent Monday to top banks. Lawmakers also approved a measure today that they say would nullify any government debt issuance, as well as any debt swaps and pledges of gold as collateral, not explicitly approved by congress.

“The national government, through the central bank, is going to try to swap gold held as reserves for dollars to stay in power unconstitutionally,” according to the letter signed by National Assembly President Julio Borges. “I have the obligation to warn you that by supporting such a gold swap you would be taking actions favoring a government that’s been recognized as dictatorial by the international community.”

[Comment: Capitalists assisting socialist regimes has happened before. Anthony Sutton wrote about it in books such as Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution.]

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“Abolish Double Nationality for Belgian Nationals of Foreign Descent”

The Flemish Christian democrat lawmaker Hendrik Bogaert told VRT News that he wants to get rid of the double nationality for people of foreign descent living in Belgium — including Belgian Turks — as it turns out that an overwhelming majority votes “yes” in the Turkish referendum about more powers for President Erdogan.

“In the long run, they are more involved in foreign politics than in Belgian politics.” The State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken of the Flemish nationalist N-VA, seems to agree: “Okay, let’s do it” he tweeted.

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France’s Marine Le Pen Warns: ‘Behind Mass Immigration, There is Terrorism’

Analysis/Opinion:

France’s presidential hopeful, Marine Le Pen, called for a halt to immigration, saying in the lead-up to the first round of elections that all the refugees running across the border are decimating the country’s culture.

It’s a boldness that’s leaving the conservative firebrand wide open to attack — just as President Donald Trump, expressing similar rhetoric, did in recent campaign times.

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‘I Survived Libya’s Slave Markets’ — One Migrant’s Appalling Testimony

Selling migrants from West Africa is becoming a trend among smugglers in Libya.

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Le Pen Vows to End All Immigration to France

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed Monday to suspend all legal immigration to stop “a mad, uncontrolled” situation.

Le Pen is trying to secure a top-two finish in Sunday’s election by sticking to her core issues. If elected, Le Pen pledged to end all immigration and shield the country from “savage globalization.”

“I would decide on a moratorium on all legal immigration to stop this frenzy, this uncontrolled situation that is dragging us down,” Le Pen told a crowd of supporters, according to Reuters. “I will protect you. My first measure as president will be to reinstate France’s borders.”

Le Pen further promised to take France out of the European Union if elected, saying “behind mass immigration, there is terrorism.”

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Meet Germany’s ‘Forgotten’ Foreign Workers

Long overshadowed by the more numerous and vocal Turkish “guest worker” community, Mozambicans who arrived in Germany decades ago still struggle to assert their rights in their adopted homeland.

Faced with huge industrial production problems, pre-unification East Germany relied heavily on labour from communist “brother states” such as Cuba, Hungary, Vietnam and Angola.

But the first from Africa were the Mozambicans, with around 15,000 eventually arriving in a deeply foreign, sometimes bitterly cold and often hostile new place.

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New Report Highlights Tragedy of Migrant Slave Markets in Libya

A shocking report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) tells of migrants who were sold in “slave markets” in Libya. DW spoke with a Mexican photographer who has seen these horrors with his own eyes.

International organizations and media have highlighted the struggle of African refugees in Libya before, but an IOM report released last week gives testimonies of migrants held in “slave markets” in Libya where they are held for ransom, forced to do hard labor without pay and are even sexually exploited.

Mexican photographer Narciso Contreras was one of the first to capture the situations of refugees in Libya and won an award from the Carmignac Foundation for his work on the topic of slavery there.

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Scotland: Brave Sunderland Woman Speaks Out Following Kidnap, Gang Rape and Brutal Attack

A brave mum from Sunderland has spoken out giving up her right to anonymity following alleged kidnap, gang rape, and brutal attack by six immigrants from Syria and Iraq. She simply does not want incidents like this to be pushed under the carpet.

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Update: Record 8,300 Migrants Cross From Africa to Italy Over Easter

Easter weekend saw a record number of sea migrants into Italy from North Africa, with more than 8,300 migrants taking advantage of the good weather and calm seas to make the perilous crossing.

As Breitbart News reported earlier, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) picked up between 1,500 and 1,800 men, women, and children over the weekend, while other search-and-rescue (SAR) assets rescued another 2,074.

The latest figures reveal that literally dozens of rescue operations in the Mediterranean have resulted in the arrival of over 8,300 migrants as vessels continued streaming in to Italian ports throughout the morning on Monday. The majority of the migrants reportedly come from Sahba, a migrant camp in Libya.

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16 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/18/2017

  1. On Islam cannot be reformed. Of course not, it was designed from the very beginning to be a self-contained ideology impervious to common sense and reasonable inroads to reforming it by the very edict that all non-Muslims deserve death.

    First Islam must be discredited as a religion – that viewpoint becomes very obvious once the ideology becomes apparent. Once discredited as a religion then Islam’s demise will be assured by all but the most fanatical – and those fanatics will be easy to deal with by their subsequent actions.

    • Correct. Of course, the first step to discrediting Islam is to recognize it is a FICTION and is thus, FALSE. WE have PROOF Islam is fiction because its claims about its origins do not match the archeology of the region.

      Everyone in the counter-jihad should know and be able to talk about the archeological proof that shows Islam is not “The Religion of Truth” and is merely the fictional ‘Scientology of the Dark Ages’.
      “An Historical Critique of Islam’s Beginnings”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd9lIuUjPs0

      When the World understands the proof that Islam was concocted to advance Arab Imperialism then it will gradually disappear. Few would blow themselves up for a known fiction.

      • Not a coincidence that the first thing any self respecting jihadist do in a new host country is to introduce blasphemy laws.

  2. “Hamas engineer was killed when a rocket he was testing exploded’.

    Really, a hamas moslem engineer? So it could be true then, some of these ‘refugees’ going to Europe actually are doctors, engineers, etc. ? Just being a tad facetious here.

  3. Only in an age of stupidity would the utterance of reducing or eliminating immigration entirely into any country that truly values its own longevity be considered to be ‘bold.’

  4. “Bangkok plans to ban all street food by year’s end.”

    None of my Thai friends recalls having been asked to vote for this. Most customers are Thai. The street vendors sell fast, clean and cheap food to Thai workers and it is these Thai workers who will ultimately suffer.

    I wonder if the Military Junta is planning to open a fast food chain of its own.

  5. Kori Ali Muhammad may or may not fit the definition of a terrorist. But the fact that “Allahu akbar” is in the evidence is good enough to establishe that his crime of murder is linked to both capital blasphemy and capital idolatry, and justifies, under biblical (Noahide) law, the punishment of anyone who paricipated with him in the crime of professing Islamic beliefs.

  6. Elements inside the Brit parliament undermining Brexit rather prove the need for it.

    These are New World Order bribery subjects, I’m guessing.

    • And I’d say your guess would be right. Maybe those whom we elect to office but seem to always go against the good of the country and the people should be asked to explain why they do this – or be investigated on the suspicion of being bribed by outside influences?

  7. Fingered as intellectually challenged early on by unionized “educators” who used summary classification to preserve from dilution the quality of public education offered the offspring of prominent families, I’ve always labored under the suspicion that just maybe they were right and I really am stupid.

    Why else would I suppose that eagerness to welcome scofflaw migration generates that selfsame scofflaw migration?

    Was it not the lesson leaned by Robert Moses that the end result of three decades of constructing redundant multi-lane highway systems in and around New York was a demand for more roadway capacity?

    Over eight thousand on one weekend, because the sailing weather was good? Yet thousands arrived only because of their “rescue” by humanitarians who, by random co-incidence, were standing by with ample water craft?

    If Europe were a woman, she would always be pregnant, as she has lost the power to say no.

  8. Sunderland is in England not Scotland, you may be thinking of Sutherland.

        • If it was after 8:00 p.m. or so, you’re correct. By nine his eyes are crossing. I don’t know how he does it and have given up my gentle wifely hints to take it eas(ier). I’m wasting my breath.

          Good thing his health is so robust…

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