Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/12/2017

Tomorrow the European Union will open a legal case against Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Those three members of the Visegrad Four defied Brussels by rejecting its migrant quotas.

In news from Kosovo, the former KLA commander Ramush Haradinaj has won election to parliament. Mr. Haradinaj is wanted for war crimes in Serbia.

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USA
» Large Anti-Sharia Rallies at San Bernardino Terror Site, LAX
» One Year After Pulse Nightclub Attack, Orlando Sentinel Gaslights Omar Mateen’s Motive
» Puerto Rico Upholds Statehood Demand in Contentious Vote
» Texans Rally for March Against Sharia
» WaPo Writes Islamic Terrorism Out of Pulse Club Shooting
 
Europe and the EU
» 1,600-Year-Old Paintings of Christ Discovered in Roman Catacombs
» Broadcasters Cancel Documentary on Anti-Semitic Attacks by Muslims
» ‘Especially Vulnerable Areas’ Increase in Sweden: Report
» EU Parliament Looks to Build New Brussels Home
» Finland PM Pulls Plug on Coalition in Nationalism Row
» ISIS Calls for More Terror Attacks in US and Europe During Holy Month of Ramadan in Chilling Audio Message
» Nigel Farage: Britain Needs a Prime Minister Who Truly Believes in Brexit
» Norway to Ban Full-Face Veil in Nurseries, Schools and Universities
» PM Sipilä: Govt Collapsed Over Sharper Differences With Finns Party
» Sex Attacks at Swedish Festivals Have Risen 1000 Percent
» Spain is Bracing for Rising Tensions Over Catalonia Independence Drive
» Tensions Set to Rise in Spain Over Catalonia Referendum
» Theresa May’s Miscalculation
» UK: Two Brothers Kept Their Mum and Sister as Slaves for 18 Months
» Youths ‘Stay Out Too Late’: Norwegian Neighbourhood Rep After Arson, Stone Throwing
 
Balkans
» Kosovo’s Ramush Haradinaj, Ex-KLA Commander, Set for Election Win
 
North Africa
» Manchester Bombing Was Planned for Months, Libya Says
» Tunisians Protest for Right Not to Fast During Ramadan
 
Middle East
» Ankara Mayor Again Implies Foreign Powers Behind ‘Artificial Earthquake’ After Aegean Temblor
 
Russia
» Russia Protests: Hundreds Detained at Opposition Rallies
 
South Asia
» Afghanistan Shooting: 3 US Soldiers Killed Are Identified
» Pakistan Confirms Chinese Couple Killed After IS Claim
» Singapore Detains ‘Syria-Bound Radicalised Woman’
 
Far East
» Japan Seeks to Expand Arms Deals With Southeast Asia
» Philippines: Jihad Mass Murderers Had Memorized the Qur’an
» Police Save Over 500 Cats From the Dinner Table in Eastern China
 
Australia — Pacific
» Extreme Plants Thrive at 72°C in New Zealand’s Hot Volcanic Soil
 
Latin America
» Che Guevara Was Sent ‘To Die in Bolivia’ By Cuban Leadership, Retired General Says
» The Fruits of Socialism: Venezuela in 20 Photos
 
Immigration
» 80 Per Cent of Migrants Deported From Berlin Are From the Balkans
» 9th Circuit Rules Against Trump Travel Ban
» EU to Open Case Against Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic Over Migration
» Europe’s “Suspended Communities”
» Germany: Migrant Sex Crimes Double in One Year
» Hungary’s Orban Accuses EU as Bloc Said to Ready Refugee Probes
» Merkel’s G20-Africa Meet Aims to Reduce Poverty, Migrant Influx
» Migrants Torch Roadblocks to Stop UK-Bound Trucks
» Migrant Crisis: European Union to Probe Migration Refusal in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic
» Over 2,500 Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean in 2 Days — UN
» Over 600,000 Nigerians Migrated to Europe in 2016, Former U.N. Envoy Says
» Some 3,000 African Migrants Arrive in Italy, Amid Growing Tensions Between Libya and NGOs
» Trump Travel Ban Suffers New Court Defeat
 
General
» ‘Bake in Space’: Experiment to Test Baking Crumb-Free Bread on Space Station
» Bats Are Global Reservoir for Deadly Coronaviruses
» Ice Age Bacteria May Reveal Where to Look for Life on Mars
 

Large Anti-Sharia Rallies at San Bernardino Terror Site, LAX

On Saturday, hundreds gathered to protest against Islam’s sharia law at the site of the December 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, California, and elsewhere throughout the state.

Protest rallies sponsored by ACT for America — Bridgette Gabriel’s anti-jihadist group — were held nationwide.

As the Los Angeles Times noted, a diverse group of over 500 demonstrators gathered at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino to protest what they described as the spread of sharia law in the United States.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

One Year After Pulse Nightclub Attack, Orlando Sentinel Gaslights Omar Mateen’s Motive

By Patrick Poole

One year ago today, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando became a killing zone and the site of the worst terror attack in the U.S. since 9/11 — 49 patrons killed and 58 more injured.

During the attack, the killer Omar Mateen called 911 three times and also called a local TV station to claim credit, saying he did the attack in support of the Islamic State.

But in a trend I’ve documented here at PJ Media, despite these obvious “investigative clues,” there are media outlets, family members, and law enforcement officials who still puzzle over Mateen’s motive.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Puerto Rico Upholds Statehood Demand in Contentious Vote

Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote’s legitimacy.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S. Congress, which has to approve any changes to the island’s political status.

“The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!” Rossello yelled to a crowd clutching U.S. flags and dancing to a tropical jingle that promoted statehood.

But experts say it is highly unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge Sunday’s results, let alone accept them because Puerto Rico tends to favor Democrats.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Texans Rally for March Against Sharia

DALLAS, Texas — ACT for America, the nation’s largest grassroots organization devoted to promoting national security and defeating terrorism, organized marches “against Sharia and for human rights” in 28 U.S. cities. In Texas, the rallies took place on Saturday in Dallas, Houston, and Austin.

In Texas, only the Austin March Against Sharia got a bit dicey.

The Austin American-Statesman reported a tense situation at the Texas State Capitol where dozens rallied against Sharia law and many more railed against them. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, some in riot gear, others on horseback, maintained positions outside the Capitol to keep the two groups separate and secure the surrounding streets. In total, hundreds came out, officials reported.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

WaPo Writes Islamic Terrorism Out of Pulse Club Shooting

The Washington Post left any mention of Islamic terrorism out of a recounting of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, referring instead to a terrorist shooting 49 people dead in the name of the Islamic State simply as “gun violence.”

“A year ago, 49 people died at Pulse Nightclub,” the bizarrely passive headline on the story reads.

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

1,600-Year-Old Paintings of Christ Discovered in Roman Catacombs

The ancient catacombs of St. Domitilla sprawl for more than 10 miles (17 kilometers) in a labyrinth of tunnels beneath Rome and contain numerous tombs, many belonging to the city’s elite.

Now, using a technique called laser cleaning, in which lasers are used to remove centuries of grime, researchers have uncovered elaborate frescoes in two sections of the catacombs: the burial chamber used by a grain purchaser (sometimes referred to in scholarly literature as a baker) and the “introductio,” which shows a “a personal presentation of the dead to Christ,” said Barbara Mazzei, an archaeologist with the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology, the organization that unveiled the newly visible frescoes at the end of May.

The chambers were first discovered about 400 years ago by an explorer named Antonio Bosio.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Broadcasters Cancel Documentary on Anti-Semitic Attacks by Muslims

Franco-German broadcasters have been accused of censorship after shelving a documentary film about European Jews facing persecution by Muslim migrants, saying it was not “balanced” and the topic was “very sensitive”.

Chosen and Excluded — The Hate for Jews in Europe highlights anti-Semitism on the continent and depicts the violence Jews experience from Muslim communities in cities such as Paris.

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

‘Especially Vulnerable Areas’ Increase in Sweden: Report

Eight new districts in Sweden have been added to a high-profile police list of ‘especially vulnerable areas’, where crime rates and poverty levels are often high, reports Swedish newspaper DN.

In 2015 Sweden’s national police released a report of 53 so-called vulnerable areas, including 15 considered especially vulnerable. Eight new districts have now been added to that list, which has not yet been made public, bringing the latter number up to 23, reports the DN newspaper.

The term “no-go zone” caught on in some international media back in 2015 after it was used by a Swedish newspaper columnist to label these areas, but it has been strongly rejected by police themselves.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

EU Parliament Looks to Build New Brussels Home

The European Parliament’s main building in Brussels is only 24 years old but its management wants to tear it down and build a new one for nearly half a billion euros.

The Parliament’s administration — under Secretary-General Klaus Welle — is weighing options that include refurbishing the building or a total rebuild. Either option is hard to explain to EU taxpayers and will be an easy target for Euroskeptics, who already pillory Parliament for having two seats — in Brussels and Strasbourg.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Finland PM Pulls Plug on Coalition in Nationalism Row

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila says his coalition can no longer go on with the Eurosceptic Finns party, after it elected an anti-immigration hardliner as leader.

Jussi Halla-aho has been convicted of hate speech for anti-Islamic and anti-Somali comments on his blog.

His two partners in the ruling coalition said conditions were not right to work with the nationalists.

Opposition parties want a snap election but that is not expected at this stage.

The three-party coalition came to power in 2015, bringing the Finns into government for the first time as the second biggest party.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

ISIS Calls for More Terror Attacks in US and Europe During Holy Month of Ramadan in Chilling Audio Message

ISIS has called for more terror attacks during the holy month of Ramadan using the secretive messaging app Telegram.

The audio message distributed on Monday was believed to have been issued by Islamic State’s official spokesman Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer.

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

Nigel Farage: Britain Needs a Prime Minister Who Truly Believes in Brexit

Britain needs a Prime Minister who truly believes in Brexit and that person is not Theresa May, Nigel Farage has said in a scathing assessment.

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

Norway to Ban Full-Face Veil in Nurseries, Schools and Universities

Norway is proposing a ban on the Muslim full face veil and other face-covering clothing because it says it hinders communication between pupils and teachers.

The ban, the first in Scandinavia, targets the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks, and would apply in nurseries, schools and universities.

However headscarves, hats and caps could continue to be worn.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

PM Sipilä: Govt Collapsed Over Sharper Differences With Finns Party

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said Monday afternoon that he will ask President Sauli Niinistö to dissolve the government so that he can lead talks to reconstitute a new government. Sipilä said that the coalition ultimately fell apart over doubts that the Centre and National Coalition parties would find sufficient common ground with the Finns Party on future issues.

Speaking at a press conference Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said that governing coalition members would always have differing values. However he noted that with a new chair at the helm of the Finns Party, those differences had grown larger, and would pose a risk to government’s ability to function.

“We’ve already had to stretch our value base to its extreme, and now those value differences are even bigger,” Sipilä said.

Sipilä told journalists that during discussions with new Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho, the trio discussed his intention to function as party chair and member of the government coalition from Brussels, where he is currently serving as a Member of the European Parliament. According to Sipilä, Halla-aho proposed relying on the party’s vice chairs and the party leadership.

The PM said that the coalition partners also reviewed Halla-aho’s potential nominees for ministerial positions following a cabinet reshuffle. Sipilä noted that while Halla-aho did not provide any names, he was able to surmise that potential candidates would not inspire confidence.

“I will therefore go to the President and ask him to dissolve the government,” Sipilä declared. He added that once Parliament is dissolved, he would begin discussions aimed at assembling a new coalition as soon as possible…

           — Hat tip: HP [Return to headlines]
 

Sex Attacks at Swedish Festivals Have Risen 1000 Percent

A new report has revealed that sex attacks at Swedish festivals have increased as much as 1000 percent in 2016, a trend which does not appear to be changing.

Non-profit organisation The Night Shift say they have documented over a hundred cases of sexual molestation, and that the numbers continue to rise Expressen reports. Over the past year, Sweden has seen a dramatic increase in the number of sex attacks at open air festivals and amusement parks across the country.

Grona Lund, an amusement park in Stockholm, was the scene of one sex attack last year, but so far this year there have been at least four according to security manager Fredrik Gemzell. The park, which has only been open since April, is one of the busiest in the country.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Spain is Bracing for Rising Tensions Over Catalonia Independence Drive

Madrid is bracing for rising tensions over Catalonia’s unilateral separatist drive, Spain’s deputy prime minister said Monday, just days after the northeastern region announced an independence referendum for October.

Catalonia’s pro-independence executive has insisted on holding the referendum in a move strongly opposed by the central government which says it is illegal.

On Friday, Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont said his regional government would hold the vote on October 1st in defiance of Madrid.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Tensions Set to Rise in Spain Over Catalonia Referendum

MADRID — The Spanish government is bracing itself for rising tensions over Catalonia’s unilateral separatist drive, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said yesterday, just days after the north-eastern region announced an independence referendum for October.

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

Theresa May’s Miscalculation

by Srdja Trifkovic

Last Thursday the Conservative Party suffered a major blow in the general election in the United Kingdom, the third such race in as many years. It had not been due until May 2020, but Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call a snap election on April 19 and obtain a “stronger mandate.” At that time the governing party seemed likely to increase its slim majority of 5 in the 650-strong House of Commons, and most observers predicted a resounding Tory victory. The Labour Party was considered vulnerable primarily because it was led by Jeremy Corbyn, a tax-and-spend hard-left veteran.

Contrary to the polls, which until the eve of the election gave the governing party a lead of 8 to 12 percentage points over Labour, in the end the gap proved to be much narrower: 43% to 40%. In the greatest electoral upset in recent times the Tories have lost their majority in the House of Commons, dropping from 331 seats to 318. This was the second political gamble by a British prime minister in just two years that went badly wrong, on par with David Cameron’s 2016 referendum on EU membership. May’s declared objective of unifying the country behind “strong and stable leadership” is no longer attainable.

THREE CAUSES OF MAY’S FAILURE—First, the Conservatives conducted a poor campaign, “the worst since the Napoleonic Wars.” She refused to take part in TV debates, and presided over the drafting of a singularly unattractive election manifesto that put off many voters—”a total disaster [which] must go down now as one of the worst in history by a governing party,” according to former Conservative Treasury minister George Osborne. May’s credibility suffered a hit when she was compelled to perform a mid-campaign reversal over elderly care costs, a plan derided as a “dementia tax.”…

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UK: Two Brothers Kept Their Mum and Sister as Slaves for 18 Months

TWO brothers kept their mum and sister as slaves in their own home during an “appalling and disgraceful” 18-month period of abuse.

Faisal Hussein, 25, and Arbaaz Ahmed, 19, admitted keeping the pair captive in Bradford, West Yorks., and launching a violent attack on their sister that the judge said was “almost unimaginable”.

The women were forbidden from turning on taps, allowed only a bucket of water to wash in and were given just one pound a month to spend on essential sanitary products, Bradford Crown Court was told.

Judge Jonathan Rose told the defendants the two women “were essentially your slaves”.

He said: “It culminated in a violent assault upon your own sister which is almost unimaginable to any decent human being.”

The judge said the assault on their sister involved “absolutely appalling violence.”

The brothers used the buckle of a belt, a wooden spoon and a shoe during the brutal sustained attack.

The offence was “so appalling in all its viciousness and all its cruelty” that the court was justified in raising it to the highest category…

           — Hat tip: SH [Return to headlines]
 

Youths ‘Stay Out Too Late’: Norwegian Neighbourhood Rep After Arson, Stone Throwing

A city representative in a troubled neighbourhood in Oslo has said that youths in the area are staying out too late after a string of vandalism and arson incidents.

“It’s a general problem that so many youths are out far too late at night,” Alv Humborstad Sørland, who represents the Stovner neighbourhood in Oslo, told broadcaster NRK.

Recent weeks have seen several incidents of arson and stone throwing in Stovner and the neighbouring Vestli neighbourhood, most recently on Friday last week, when three cars caught fire.

Police believe Friday’s fires to have been started intentionally.

Police chief for the area John Roger Lund told the Aftenposten newspaper last month that the issue “must be talked to death”.

“I don’t fear the conditions becoming as they are in Sweden, where police run away when they are attacked. Here it is the youths that run when they see us. But first and foremost we need dialogue,” Lund said.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Kosovo’s Ramush Haradinaj, Ex-KLA Commander, Set for Election Win

A former rebel commander wanted by Serbia for alleged war crimes has won Kosovo’s parliamentary election, preliminary results suggest.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. It is recognised by the US and most EU countries, but not by Serbia or its ally Russia.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Manchester Bombing Was Planned for Months, Libya Says

The bomb attack in Manchester last month which killed 22 people was being planned since December, security officials in Libya have told the BBC.

Salman Abedi was being watched in Libya more than a month before the attack.

Officials in Tripoli have complained about poor security co-operation with the UK, which they say must be improved to prevent further attacks.

Abedi spent a quiet month with his family in Tripoli before returning to Britain to carry out mass murder.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Tunisians Protest for Right Not to Fast During Ramadan

Dozens of Tunisians demonstrated Sunday to demand the right to eat and drink in public during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and to protest against non-fasters being arrested.

There is no law against eating or drinking in public during Ramadan, but every year the issue comes to the fore in the North African country.

Tunisia’s constitution guarantees “freedom of belief and conscience”, but the state is also the “guardian of religion”.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Ankara Mayor Again Implies Foreign Powers Behind ‘Artificial Earthquake’ After Aegean Temblor

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the Aegean Sea on June 12 might have been caused artificially, Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek has said once again, demanding an investigation of seismic ships belonging to other countries in the area.

“Now I think that this might be an artificial earthquake. I do not say it is certain but it is a very serious possibility,” Gökçek tweeted.

“I say that it should definitely be investigated. Was there any seismic research ship sailing near the epicenter? If so, which country does it belong to?” he said.

It is not the first time that Gökçek has theorized about “artificial earthquakes” triggered by nefarious foreign powers.

In February, he said quakes in the western province of Çanakkale could have been organized by dark external powers to destroy Turkey’s economy.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Russia Protests: Hundreds Detained at Opposition Rallies

Hundreds of people have been detained at anti-corruption rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Riot police in central Moscow were picking protesters out of the crowd at random, a BBC correspondent at the demonstration has said.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at his home ahead of the protests, according to his wife.

Thousands of supporters have heeded his call to take to the streets of Moscow and other Russian cities.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Afghanistan Shooting: 3 US Soldiers Killed Are Identified

The Pentagon on Monday released the names of the three U.S. soldiers killed in an attack by an Afghan army soldier over the weekend.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the act. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says in a statement that a militant loyalist had infiltrated the Afghan army “just to attack foreign forces.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Pakistan Confirms Chinese Couple Killed After IS Claim

Pakistan confirmed Monday that a Chinese couple abducted at gunpoint has been killed, three days after Islamic State militants claimed the killing and sent a video to local journalists purporting to show their bodies.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan confirmed the deaths Monday, without saying who was behind the killings or whether the bodies have been recovered.

Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26, were taken by gunmen from the southwestern city of Quetta last month.

IS claimed it killed the couple last week after Pakistan said it had prevented the group from establishing a stronghold. Pakistan has sought to downplay the group’s presence, saying local militants are merely acting in its name.

Pakistani extremist groups have partnered with IS in a series of attacks in recent months, including a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in February that killed at least 90 people.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Singapore Detains ‘Syria-Bound Radicalised Woman’

Singapore says it has detained a woman intending to travel to Syria to marry a fighter from the so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Child care worker Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, 22, was held under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for detention without trial.

She had been radicalised since 2013 “by online propaganda”, a statement said.

She had a “wide network” of contacts, including IS militants, some who had been killed or arrested for terrorism.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Japan Seeks to Expand Arms Deals With Southeast Asia

A defense official said Monday that Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North Korea.

The move is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to bolster Japan’s military role and its sales of defense equipment, especially in Southeast Asia, where China has expanded its own arms sales.

Hideaki Watanabe, head of the Defense Ministry’s Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency, said Japan will host a meeting Thursday with defense officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss the sharing of equipment and technology.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Philippines: Jihad Mass Murderers Had Memorized the Qur’an

Marawi City, Philippines: On his Facebook profile page Omarkhayam Romato Maute describes himself as a “Walking Time-Bomb”.

When a band of militants led by Omarkhayam and one of his brothers over-ran a town in the southern Philippines on May 23, festooning its alleyways with the black banners of Islamic State, the Facebook description seemed appropriate.

Officials say the video, obtained exclusively by Associated Press, shows one of the world’s most-wanted Islamic militant leaders plotting an assault in the southern Philippines….

Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute grew up with several other brothers and sisters in Marawi, a Muslim-majority town in a country where over 90 percent of the population is Christian.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Police Save Over 500 Cats From the Dinner Table in Eastern China

The authorities have saved more than 500 cats from ending up on the dinner table in eastern China.

Police in the city of Jiujiang in Jiangsu province on Sunday arrested a man suspected of having stolen the cats who allegedly planned to transport and sell them to restaurants in other cities, Chinese news portal 163.com reports.

The man, surnamed Sun, was believed to have been stealing cats and selling them to restaurants for some time, according to the report.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Extreme Plants Thrive at 72°C in New Zealand’s Hot Volcanic Soil

A survey of plants growing in a highly-active volcanic area in New Zealand, where soil temperatures can reach 98.5°C, has revealed several species of vegetation that can survive the extreme conditions.

Geothermal fields, areas where the ground is heated up by molten rock below, are known for their hot springs and geysers. But they contain distinct vegetation, too.

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Che Guevara Was Sent ‘To Die in Bolivia’ By Cuban Leadership, Retired General Says

Retired Bolivian Gen. Gary Prado Salmon, who in October 1967 captured Ernesto “Che” Guevara, said that the leadership of the Cuban communist party sent the iconic Argentine-Cuban guerrilla leader “to die in Bolivia” because they didn’t want to put up with him any longer.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

The Fruits of Socialism: Venezuela in 20 Photos

As Venezuela enters year eighteen of the Bolivarian Socialist Revolution, the international community is finally paying attention, as Venezuelans struggle to find food, medicine, and an outlet for their frustration that will not trigger rampant state violence.

There is no short version of the story of how South America’s wealthiest nation, which boasts the world’s largest known oil reserves, became a nation where 15 percent of people need to scavenge through garbage to eat while the nation’s dictator dances on state television. Venezuela’s decline is the inevitable endgame of socialism, told by the deterioration of its streets, the abuse of its opposition politicians, and the use of the military to maim and kill Venezuelan children as young as 14.

Below, 20 images show the true toll of socialism in Venezuela.

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

80 Per Cent of Migrants Deported From Berlin Are From the Balkans

Despite there being many illegal migrants and failed asylum seekers from North Africa and the Middle East, last year the Berlin government has overwhelmingly deported only migrants from the Balkan states.

In 2016, only 2,028 failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants were deported from the German capital, 80 per cent of which came from the Balkans. This year, migrants from the Balkans still lead in deportations as the Berlin government has largely refused to deport migrants from North Africa and Afghanistan, Berliner Morgenpost reports.

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

9th Circuit Rules Against Trump Travel Ban

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled in part against President Trump’s so-called travel ban, upholding an injunction that prevents the administration from enforcing a suspension on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

“We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress,” the opinion said.

The ruling Monday from a unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deals the administration another legal defeat as the Supreme Court considers a separate case on the issue.

The judges say the president violated U.S. immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality and that Trump failed to show their entry into the country would hurt American interests.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

EU to Open Case Against Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic Over Migration

The European Union’s executive will decide on Tuesday to open legal cases against three eastern members for failing to take in asylum-seekers to relieve states on the front lines of the bloc’s migration crisis, sources said.

The European Commission would agree at a regular meeting to send so-called letters of formal notice to Poland and Hungary, three diplomats and EU officials told Reuters. Two others said the Czech Republic was also on the list.

This would mark a sharp escalation of the internal EU disputes over migration. Such letters are the first step in the so-called infringement procedures the Commission can open against EU states for failing to meet their legal obligations.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Europe’s “Suspended Communities”

by Andrew A. Michta

The imperative of integrating immigrant communities in Europe into their host nation’s cultures has taken on a new urgency.

The intensity of the argument is underscored by a deepening disconnect on immigration policy between Europe’s West, where five decades of Muslim immigration has significantly changed the ethnic make-up of societies, and newer EU members from largely mono-ethnic post-communist Europe, which has all but rejected the idea that EU solidarity should entail “adapting” to the patterns established in Western Europe. Hence, Europe has yet to come to grips with the consequences of accepting millions of immigrants without a policy in place to ensure that they become not just fully integrated in society, but engaged citizens of their adopted nations.

European democracies urgently need a new set of clearly defined guidelines on immigration, ones that ensure the preservation of their nation-states and the transmission of core principles of mutuality and engaged democratic citizenship. New policies must include civic education as a precondition for citizenship, lessons on the nation’s history rather than the group identity politics that currently dominates school curricula, and the insistence that immigrants assimilate into the mainstream national culture.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Migrant Sex Crimes Double in One Year

by Soeren Kern

Germany’s migrant sex-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient legal system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for sex crimes are released after questioning from police. This practice allows criminal suspects to continue committing crimes with virtual impunity.

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Hungary’s Orban Accuses EU as Bloc Said to Ready Refugee Probes

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has battled with the European Union over issues ranging from the sheltering of refugees to the rule of law, accused the bloc of siding with “terrorists.”

Speaking to lawmakers in Budapest on Monday, Orban rejected what he called efforts to turn the EU into a federation and defended an advertising campaign sponsored by his government that has covered the country of 10 million people with billboards reading “Stop Brussels.” Still, he said he’ll refrain from ending his country’s membership.

Orban’s outburst coincided with a report from Reuters on Monday that the European Commission would launch probes into Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic for failing to house asylum seekers under a mandatory quota system agreed EU states in 2015. That issue is pitting those three countries and Slovakia against EU powerhouses France and Germany. With the commission also clashing with Hungary and Poland over whether they’re upholding the rule of law, the disputes highlight divisions that may grow as Berlin and Paris are expected to seek changes that may split the EU into core and peripheral members.

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Merkel’s G20-Africa Meet Aims to Reduce Poverty, Migrant Influx

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe.

The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies.

Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany’s presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later.

Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.

“In Africa, economic development needs to keep pace with the high and accelerating population growth and promise a future for young people, which would also help to ease migratory pressures,” said Merkel’s spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer.

Germany, Europe’s largest economy, has taken in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015 — more than half from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but also many thousands from Ethiopia, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa.

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Migrants Torch Roadblocks to Stop UK-Bound Trucks

VIOLENT gangs of armed migrants set up burning roadblocks to attack British-bound vehicles travelling through Calais, the Daily Express reveals today.

Frightened truckers using the busy port have called for the French army to be drafted in as routes to the ferry are blocked by felled trees which are then set ablaze.

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Migrant Crisis: European Union to Probe Migration Refusal in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic

The European Union’s executive will open legal cases against three Eastern members on Tuesday for failing to take in asylum seekers to relieve states on the front lines of the bloc’s migration crisis, sources said.

The European Commission would agree at a regular meeting on Tuesday to send so-called letters of formal notice to Poland and Hungary, three diplomats and EU officials told Reuters. Two others said the Czech Republic was also on the list.

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Over 2,500 Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean in 2 Days — UN

More than 2,500 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast in the past 48 hours while attempting to cross the Mediterranean in “flimsy dinghies,” the UN refugee agency has said. At least eight people have died and dozens are feared missing.

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Over 600,000 Nigerians Migrated to Europe in 2016, Former U.N. Envoy Says

A former Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations said this week that 602,000 Nigerians migrated to European countries in 2016 — the latest sign that migrants from a broad range of countries are using the European migration crisis as a way to slip into the continent.

Martin Uhomoibhi, who was briefly head of the U.N. Human Rights Council between 2008-09, made the remarks during a visit of the European Union’s Ambassador to Nigeria Michel Arrion, according to Nigeria’s according to Nigeria’s The Guardian. Arrion was visiting Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.

During the remarks, Uhomoibhi said 27,000 of those migrants died on the way into Europe — many of whom he said were graduates. He also remarked that Nigeria is not a country being torn apart by war in the same way as some countries in the Middle East.

“You can imagine that trend! We are not at war like Syria or Iraq. Why are we migrating as if there is war?” he asked.

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Some 3,000 African Migrants Arrive in Italy, Amid Growing Tensions Between Libya and NGOs

Between Saturday and Sunday, some 2,850 African migrants were shuttled to Italy in 23 different rescue operations carried out by the Italian Coast Guard and various NGOs.

Eleven different rescue operations were carried out Saturday, resulting in a total of some 1,200 migrants being brought to Italian shores, while on Sunday another 1.650 more were added to their number in the course of 12 different interventions.

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Trump Travel Ban Suffers New Court Defeat

A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump’s revised “travel ban” on people from six mainly Muslim nations.

A lower court had issued the injunction on the grounds that the ban was discriminatory after a challenge by the state of Hawaii.

It is a further legal setback for the president’s efforts to get the ban he promised his supporters.

The dispute may end up being decided in the US Supreme Court.

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‘Bake in Space’: Experiment to Test Baking Crumb-Free Bread on Space Station

A new space experiment is taking the baking tip “let your bread rise” to the extreme. Slated to launch to the International Space Station in 2018, “Bake In Space” will test a specially-devised dough with a microgravity oven to bake bread in orbit for the first time in history.

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Bats Are Global Reservoir for Deadly Coronaviruses

Finding could help researchers to better predict where these viruses are likely to make the jump from animals to people.

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Ice Age Bacteria May Reveal Where to Look for Life on Mars

Scientists have cracked many evolutionary puzzles of how life on Earth originated under the sea. The results provide clues for where we may find life on Mars.

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/12/2017

  1. Slavic cultures are worth preserving inside the EU. German and French culture no longer exist, proven by the empty Leftist values held by Hollande, Macron and Merkel.

  2. 600,000 Nigerians would form a line at least 170 miles long.

    And they “slipped past” the immigration authorities?

    • Except they don’t queue, they form mobs. Would take a lot less than 170 miles…

      • Anyone that doesn’t believe this should attend a soccer match in one of those countries…assigned seating is more of a suggestion than anything else…

  3. “Migrant Crisis: European Union to Probe Migration Refusal in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic”

    It’s amazing to me that 40+ years of the most brutal economic Marxism could not destroy the cultures of the communist block but about 40 years of soft cultural Marxism seems to be all it takes to do in the West and now there are these attempts to spread it to the former communist block.

    • I tell you why those cultures where not destroyed.
      In communism times we where forced to baptize our children in the dark, so that the godmother and the godfather could come into the church and not be seen by the communists spy that where all over.I was baptized in the night.If you where cought they could have lost their jobs and even freedom.
      With all the hardships, the lack of food,heat,electricity… we where happy with every bit of goodness we had, the Christmas was plenty and the Easter was celebrated in every house with love and song.
      Not with gifts, or to some little gifts;
      At times we had 2 hours of TV per day and you know what? We read, I remember I used to read 4 books at the time, all opened under my pillow , each night another one …and so on.
      Read Soljenitzin “The Gulag Archipelago” and understand what really terror is.Terror makes one smart;
      Being forced to put a false mask every day in order to exist thought us that we do not want to put another mask ever again.
      The soul of a nation was maintain by religion ( inside every home) , real culture and family.
      The eastern europe will never be conquered.The russians could not do it in the most repressive regime of all.
      The [vulgar intensifier] EU will not do it.
      The muslims are in for a fight .We know them for a very long time and we hate them for centuries.

      The west… the west had it nice, America provided, America helped…plenty of food, freedom misunderstood, happy , easy life.Easy life makes weak people;the blade is sharpened by being used.
      A bunch of [epithets].I have no respect anymore for them.They elect nasty and they will have nasty.
      Merkel should be hanged and Germany should be separated forever this time.When germany is united brings only trouble to the whole europe.
      For the third time.

    • More like a century Anonymous in turning the West into the milk sop it has become today – all generally started with the Suffragettes in the early 20th Century as a test bed to public/societal reaction.

  4. I wonder what happened to countries’ rights to their own borders and their own rules. Is this what the EU has done? Kind of sort of taken over all that? Hungary et al have every right (in my opinion) to say NO to immigrants if they want to. Angela has the right to flood the country with immigrants who loot, burn and rape (until the Germans finally stand up and say enough already) so why can’t Hungary et al say No thank you, we don’t want that.

    It reall beats the heck out of me trying to understand all this.

    • It is in the charter of the United Nations. Apparently, it does not apply to Western Europe.

    • Brits/French/Spanish etc don’t believe in their countries anymore. They don’t WANT to enforce the borders. They believe everyone has a human right to live wherever they want. There are no countries, there are only economic zones where people go to work or collect welfare. The population of the average Western City is 30%+ non native ethnicity. How can people say ‘enforce the borders, this land is ours’ when there are already so many foreign born or foreign descended people here already!

      • From the moment the children enter the school, they are indoctrinated into believing that borders are racist, that multiculturalism is wonderful, and that the West needs to repay the world for the evil of previous Empires.

  5. Latest news from Hungary: the Parliament voted on the civilian transparency act (Essentially the light version of the US Foreign Agent Registration Act).
    Now any NGO which has a foreign supporter must register, if the donation more than 7.2 million in Hungarian Forint ($26,000 USD) and the NGO in all publication must display that receive funds from a foreign player…
    The squealing started already… It’s bizarre and kind of funny how NGO’s like Transparency International complaints about having to be transparent…

    • I would love to have seen the look on Soros’ face as he was told this. The ‘I am Hungarian’ criminal and would be god, no longer matters in the country he thought he could control.

      I’d say that was very well deserved!

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