Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/31/2017

The Fitch ratings agency has downgraded Venezuela from CCC to CC. The new rating means that a default on the country’s debt is now considered “probable”.

In other news, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is planning to ask the European Union to finance half the cost of his country’s border fence.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Charles Low, Dean, DV, Insubria, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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

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Was the Burning of the Imam’s Car Really Terrorism?

A politician in Quebec has his doubts. He’s probably heard some of the many reports about Muslims burning or vandalizing their own property so they can claim an attack by Islamophobes.

But then, he’s probably also a WAYCIST!

Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this article from La Presse:

“Rambo” Gauthier doubts the veracity of the Labidi car fire

by Jean-Frédéric Moreau
August 30, 2017

(Quebec) The spokesman for the ruling Citizens Party, Côte-Nord union leader Bernard “Rambo” Gauthier, seemed to publicly question the veracity of the arson on the car belonging to the president of the Islamic Quebec Cultural Center, Mohamed Labidi.

[Gauthier] The one who is running in the 2018 provincial elections has published an unequivocal message Wednesday on his Facebook page.

“It might turn out it was he who burned it, or ordered it done!! Mean Quebecois RACIST. Anything in the name of sensationalism!” Bernard Gauthier wrote in reference to Radio Canada’s report on this subject.

He also accuses the journalist of using the terms “attack” or “terrorist act”.

The spokesman for the ruling Citizens Party recently said that the line of thought of the identity group La Meute was close to his and that he had been part of the Facebook group of La Meute since its formation.

“I read a little about what they do; I can’t say that I agree with everything they say, because I don’t read everything,” Bernard Gauthier told Le Soleil earlier this month.

Bus Attacks in Parma

Bus drivers in the Italian city of Parma are now being subjected to regular attacks by gangs of African migrants. The attacks follow a similar pattern every time, yet the police are apparently unwilling or unable to protect the bus drivers from harm.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translating this article from Il Giornale. The embedded video has no need for translation:

Parma, the fury of immigrants. Bus driver “lynched”

Shocking aggression in Parma. The driver absorbs the insults of the migrant group. Then the break-in of the bus and the stomping with kicks and punches

by Giuseppe De Lorenzo
August 30, 2017

“What are you doing, what are you doing? Call the police.” The driver’s voice is broken because of the pain, slammed to the ground by an immigrant who strikes him with fists in the face. Two more migrants go up to him. They beat him repeatedly: one, two, three blows in the face.

Aggression with kicks and punches

Unheard-of violence. The driver remains on the ground, covered with bruises: seven days to recover from what should have been a normal shift of work.

We are in Parma bus station. Yesterday at 6:32pm on board a (bus) of the Tep, the local transport company. The driver, GP, 51, must begin the turn at that instant. The journey is always the same: from Parma to Mezzani, on an extra-urban road that starts right from the bus station. “When I arrived,” he told Il Giornale, “that group of migrants was sitting in the middle of the square camping out. I honked (the horn) to move them but they did not move, so I started to make zigzags to convince them to let me pass. They became enraged.”

GP parks the vehicle in the square. He had to allow some passengers on, but avoided opening the doors so as not to end up in the hands of the furious migrants. Then a cellphone picks up what happens in those minutes of madness. In the video, seven or eight individuals, including two women, are seen slamming their fists on the vehicle’s glass and screaming at the driver, who was barricaded in the bus. “Piece of shit,” screams one of the guys outside. “You’re a jerk,” echoes a comrade. Another strikes the windshield repeatedly, threatening the driver (with violence). A warning that in a few minutes will become reality (watch the shocking video).

“We’ll beat your face.” So the migrants attacked the bus driver.

“They said everything to me.” GP said. “They were throwing stones against the windows. I was scared.” Pictures are like a stomach hit for those who have been asking for more security on public transport for years. The migrants seem uncontrollable, they wanted to reach the driver to punish him. A controller left outside the bus tries to bring everyone back to calm. To no avail. “Shut up or I’ll break your face,” one of the boys, well-dressed in a white shirt, threatens him. A few moments later the foreigners are able to break through the door. A young man who seems to be little more than twenty years old comes on board. He hits the driver and strikes him with a burst of punches in his face. GP tries to defend himself with two kicks in the aggressor’s direction. Everything is useless. The immigrant pushes him to the floor and continues to beat him without respite. “I was thinking of dying”, said GP, licking his wounds.

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Bad News From Bad Kreuznach

The town of Bad Kreuznach in Rhineland-Palatinate is a friendly, attractive place — or it used to be. Now there are nightly riots in the park by culture-enrichers — Afghans and Turks. And is anybody surprised that the women of Bad Kreuznach are afraid to go out alone these days?

The social worker responsible for migrant welfare is so disturbed by the situation that she is willing to talk about it on camera.

Many thanks to Egri Nök for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Thought Control Instead of Debate

The following op-ed about the retreat of critical discussion under the intensifying pressure of political correctness was published in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:

Thought Control Instead of Debate

Have the Germans Forgotten How to Argue?

By Cora Stephan
August 19, 2017

The country is the middle of the biggest crisis of the post-war era, yet the stillness of a graveyard lies over the land. Anyone who calls the problems by their names is quickly sent to stand in the right(ist) corner.

Oh, it just looks that way from outside. Just because Ralph Giordano and Günter Grass are no longer able to comment on the times, that doesn’t mean “the intellectuals” are remaining silent. They express themselves mostly elsewhere than in the traditional media, i.e., in blogs such as Achse des Guten or Tichys Einblick. At least Maxim Biller (in the Zeit) and Wolfgang Streeck (in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) have raised their voices — one of them is not a leftist and the other is no dummy. Both of them complain that moralizing and banning have taken the place of weighing the options.

The crisis resulting from mass immigration casts doubt on everything that has seemed dependable in recent decades. The Schengen Agreement on which freedom to travel within the EU is founded? Whittled down, like not a few other rules and treaties. Sovereignty, in the sense that a state should be able to determine who belongs to it? Problem resolved. To this day, no one knows who came for what reason and where he is now. Yes, “he”: Because it is mostly not women, and children who need teddy bears and toys, but young men. And often it isn’t Syrians or people with qualifications that would be passable in an industrial country like Germany. To say nothing of cultural differences — not just in terms of how they relate to violence and to women, but also to a work ethic and the rule of law. Meanwhile, realistic estimates suggest that taking care of the immigrants in the coming decades could cost billions of euros. Always assuming that those who have come will stay, even though only temporary asylum and protection are offered.

Relegated to the Rightist Corner

At any rate, we could talk about open borders attracting people who see Islam as an invitation to terrorism. Couldn’t that have been foreseen? Of course. But the people who — in the autumn of their euphoria — dared to pour water into the wine, may not now expect to be honored in retrospect for their vision. From the beginning, critical voices were relegated to that place in Germany that is escape-proof: the rightist fringe.

A recent study by the Hamburg Media School, which evaluated 34,000 press reports on refugee policy in the years 2009-2015, concluded that 82% were positive and only 6% found refugee policy problematic. The leading media ignored the fact that accepting immigrants “in great numbers, as well as the policy of open borders, would create new problems for society.” As Wolfgang Streeck says, they acted “as cheerleaders for a wave of charitable enthusiasm.”

Why? Did, as Maxim Biller thinks, a collective of 68ers[1] and their ‘70s successors vent their “totalitarian, undemocratic idealism” here? Anyone who remembers the 1970s and the time of the communist cults in Germany is acquainted with that ruthlessly prosecuted battle against any deviation from the correct line. Highest priority: Never inspire “the approval of the wrong side.” That is doubly true today. Anyone who says anything that might please the AfD is a class enemy, no matter how pertinent his argument may be. The primary solution here is said to be the “fight against the right” — a rather vague objective which, at any rate, includes white, German men and women. That people from Arab areas tend to have a fanatical hatred for Jews is downplayed as a “cultural idiosyncrasy.” The preference of German leftists for “Palestinians” and their resentment of “Zionism” has, after all, some tradition behind it.

The “battle against the Right” bears strange fruit. One of the glitziest is the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, financed by, among others, the Family Ministry. Government money and government approval support moves against everything that has gone before and is not in line. “Reporting” [to the authorities] is the citizen’s highest duty. Reading the unsavory brochure affords the astonishing revelation that even a conversation among women about children and sexuality can be a rightist recruitment attempt.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/30/2017

The Peruvian transsexual who was raped in the Italian resort town of Rimini has identified his/her attackers without a doubt, according to police. The gang that raped the Peruvian is reportedly the same one that raped a Polish woman and badly beat her husband.

In other news, after seeing what Muslim immigrants have done to Western Europe, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says that the Czech Republic wants no more Muslim migrants.

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Thanks to AC, AF, Charles Low, Insubria, JD, Reader from Chicago, Seneca III, Srdja Trifkovic, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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

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A Vote for Germany’s Future

German Turks are so unhappy with the Bundestag’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide that they have formed their own political party to represent the interests of Muslims in Germany.

The following report by Egri Nök was published earlier at Vlad Tepes in a slightly different form.

ADD: A Vote for Germany’s Future

by Egri Nök

A new party will be on the ballot in the German national elections on September 24, with the promising name ADD, “Allianz Deutscher Demokraten” (“Alliance of German Democrats”).

A Turkish gentleman named Ramzi Aru formed the AD Democrats as a protest in 2016, when the German Bundestag recognized the mass killings of the Armenians by the Turks as a genocide. According to Mr. Aru, this puts all German parties out of the question for Turkish voters.

Wait — Is that Turkish President Erdogan on a German election poster?

Intrigued by the ADD poster for the German Bundestag election, which curiously appears to show the counterfeit of Mr. Erdogan, we went to their website to read their mission statement:

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The AD Democrats champion a communal right to vote for all foreign nationals and people without nationality who are of the necessary voting age, and who have been legally resident in Germany for a period no longer than a communal legislative period; independent of their nationality.

Whoever feels that their opinion matters is already integrated. The communal right to vote must be granted to all people, to enable them to participate in the active forming of their direct environment.

Excluding people from the right to vote is discrimination against their exercising their political rights. Due to demographic developments, a growth of the population that is not politically represented is to be expected in the coming years. Thus, in communities with a high proportion of foreigners, democracy-free areas will form. Foreigner Advisory Boards and Migrant Premiums alone cannot replace the active democratic process. The AD Democrats champion the granting of the full right to vote to every foreigner at the community and national level after ten years of residence.

The AD Democrats also champion to grant families more political weight by giving the parents the right to vote for their underage children. This increased weight will mean that families will move into the center of the political processes, and family policies will automatically become more sustainable. Only someone has the vote can be sure to be acknowledged politically; especially children.

In what appears to be a jingoistic Turkish news portal, we found a report on the ADD’s party convention in Duisburg in November 2016.

ADD Vice Chair Ramazan Akbas and Martin Lejeune (right) at the ADD party convention in Duisburg

Regular readers will recognize two familiar faces at the event: One of them is the German ‘journalist’, former Marxist, and convert to Islam Martin Lejeune (photo right). We covered his unfortunate little mishap at the Berlin Marathon, where he was shilling for Erdogan: Taking One For Team Erdogan (Gates of Vienna, April 8, 2017).

The gentleman on the left, speaking to Mr. Lejeune, is Mr. Ramazan Akbas, vice chair of the ADD. He is new to us, but from another news portal, Turkishnews, we learn that he has lodged a complaint against the aforementioned Armenia resolution in the German Bundestag, arguing that the resolution violates his human rights. His complaint was turned down, so now he is suing at the European Court of Human Rights.

The “famous blogger” Bilgili Üretmen at the ADD party convention

The other familiar face is, we learn, “the popular blogger from the Turkish immigrant community, Bilgili Üretmen”, here seen holding his membership card. We did not know that he was popular or a blogger, we only knew him from what appeared to be a nervous breakdown and a screaming fit directed at the German concert organizer Marek Lieberberg, when Lieberberg’s “Rock am Ring” event was cancelled due to a terror risk, and Lieberberg suggested that terror might have something to do with Islam (full story: Ramadan am Ring, Part 2, Gates of Vienna, June 11, 2017. Turn the volume down should you watch the video).

All in all, we think that with such personnel, and such a programme, this newly-founded party is a welcome contribution to the diversity of the German political landscape. What could possibly go wrong?

(Thank you Gate of Vienna’s Baron Bodissey for suggesting the title of this article — and apologies for stealing it!)

[Note from the Baron: No problem! Plenty more where that came from.]

They’re Here, You’re Kaffir — Get Used To It!

Years ago, before the European “refugee” crisis really exploded, the phrase “deliberate population replacement” seemed a bit over the top. Yes, population replacement is indeed what’s happening — but how do we know it’s deliberate?

Well, that was then, and this is now.

It’s become clear that the “asylum” racket is a complete scam. Now that Chancellor Merkel and her eternal coalition are secure in their seat of permanent power, they’ve given up trying to keep the “refugee” scrim in place in front of what they’re doing. Everybody’s coming in, and no one will be leaving — Europeans just may as well get used to it.

Egri Nök has translated two articles about new migration developments in Europe. Both were originally published at Vlad Tepes in a slightly different form.

The first article concerns the recent announcement that — surprise! — rejected asylum seekers in Germany won’t really have to leave. They’ll get benefits and work permits, just like the actual “refugees”. It makes one wonder why they bother with the charade of an asylum application process — it would save a lot of time and administrative resources just to let them all in and immediately hand them their goodies.

Oh well, now that they are here and we can’t or won’t send them away, we might as well give them work permits and federal funds

An original translation from German daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt:

Merkel and Scholz: Integrate Rejected Asylum Seekers

by Christoph Heinemann and Christian Unger
August 25, 2017

Olaf Scholz, mayor of Hamburg, and Angela Merkel

Abendblatt exclusive: Access to language courses and Federal Funds
Merkel formed task team in response to Scholz’ Motion

Hamburg/Berlin — The lost ones meet every Friday evening in a cafe in the Schanze. Seven young Afghans without the prospect of staying — as their asylum application has either been in process for more than one year, or has been decided upon negatively, they aren’t allowed to work or to attend a proper language course[1].

Several thousand of such people, often merely “tolerated” for years, live in Hamburg.

Mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD, Social Democrats) apparently wants to grant these people extensive assistance measures. As Abendblatt learnt exclusively, back in June a task force was formed upon the decision of chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU, Christian Democrats), which is to develop suggestions. Members of this task force are representatives of the Senate, the Chief of the Federal Agency for Work, Detlef Scheele (SPD), as well as leaders of Saarland, which is led by the CDU. In November the group is expected to present their findings at a meeting of the Federal Presidents.

Scholz wants to give rejected asylum seekers a perspective

Olaf Scholz (SPD) had put the topic on the agenda at a meeting of the minister presidents, according to sources in the Senate. The plan is to assist all those asylum seekers more, who do not have a reliable prospect of staying, but who de facto will be in Germany for a longer period of time. “You need to face reality and give these people a chance, too,” a source close to Scholz said. The chief of the Agency for Work and former Senator for Social issues, Detlef Scheele, allegedly is also among the advocates for better assistance of the affected people.

Possible reforms are politically sensitive

A source close to the mayor says that several concrete steps are possible: the admission of people from countries such as Afghanistan into integration courses of the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and better care by the Federal Agency for Work, and faster issuance of work permits.

According to the source, in the future, foreigners who are merely tolerated[2] might also be able to profit from assistance programmes, for example the Federal Agency for Work might pay for part of their wage, to encourage giving work to refugees. The focus of the efforts is intended to be on people who have already been living in Hamburg and in other federal states for a few years with an insecure prospect of staying.

Speaker of the Senate Jörg Schmoll did not want to comment on the task force and the suggestions upon request. A spokesman for the Federal Agency for Work merely confirmed that Detlef Scheele would deliver a presentation at the next meeting of the minister presidents. The making available of funds for (rejected) asylum seekers is politically sensitive. Normally, a “tolerance” (suspension of deportation) is only issued when a deportation cannot be carried out for concrete reasons, for example illness. But in fact, deportations to Afghanistan are extremely rare, due to the situation in that country. In Hamburg, Afghans make up the largest group of asylum seekers and refugees, even ahead of the Syrians.

Translator’s notes:

1.   aren’t allowed to work or to visit a proper language course“ — Every foreigner in Germany, legal or illegal, may sign up for the many language courses available on the free market. So what is meant by “proper language course” must be public-funded language courses with no tuition fee.
2.   tolerated“, “geduldet”, is a legal term for people who are in Germany illegally, but who are not deported for a variety of reasons.

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The second translation draws attention to the larger implications of this “no one must be sent home” policy — the millions of additional immigrants who will be admitted under the family reunification program:

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An Old Chaos of the Sun

This is my report on the geographical distribution of donors in last week’s fundraiser. I was supposed to post it on Monday, but things kept coming up and it got delayed. Which is a good thing, because a few latecomers straggled in, allowing me to add a locale or two to this list (one of them was Indonesia, I think):

Stateside: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming

Far Abroad: Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, and the UK

Canada: British Columbia, Newfoundland, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan

Australia: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia

[Thank you also to the mystery donor from Illinois. You know who you are, but I don’t.]

[By the way — there were an unusual number of donations from New Zealand this time. I don’t know why — NZ is actually less culturally enriched than most of the rest of the West outside of the Iron Curtain — but something seems to be stirring among the Kiwis.]

Many thanks to everyone who made the tip cup ring last week. There were so many of you — lots of modest donations. That’s a truly distributed source of funding, which is the best kind. I mean, it would be nice if someone dropped ten grand on us (what a dream!), but just think what would happen if we did something that annoyed that particular donor, and he declined any further donations — it would be a painful setback for us.

As it is, we see some variations in the stochastic flow of contributions — when times are tough, the gifts are smaller and/or less frequent — but overall, there is a resilient base that we can generally rely on. It’s still a little nerve-wracking, living from quarter to quarter like this, but not like it was in the early days, before we got used to the process.

We’ll see you next quarter for another week of the same. Sometime after most of the leaves have dropped in the Northern Hemisphere, and when spring is in full bloom Down Under. More jokes, more humor — that’s what Dymphna wants.

Here’s your final exam question:

What does the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akhbar” mean?

A.   “My actions have nothing to do with Islam.”
B.   “I have become alienated due to economic exclusion and the institutional racism of the West.”
C.   “The Holocaust is a myth, and Hitler should have finished the job.”
D.   “Die, infidel!”
E.   All of the above.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/29/2017

The Italian resort town of Rimini on the Adriatic coast has become the “crime capital of Italy”, due to a flourishing drug-trafficking business run by migrants. Rimini is the place where a Polish woman was gang-raped and her husband badly beaten over the weekend.

In other news, the first boatload of asylum seekers in more than 1,000 days has managed to reach the coast of Australia.

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Thanks to Charles Low, JD, Reader from Chicago, Seneca III, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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

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Sharia Law for German Soldiers in Jordan?

The following translation was published yesterday at Vlad Tepes in a slightly different form.

Germany and Jordan in Dispute over Sharia for German Armed Forces

An original translation by Egri Nök from Zeit Online:

German Armed Forces

Germany and Jordan in Dispute over Immunity for Soldiers

Before the German Armed Forces move to Jordan, the German government intends to achieve their immunity under the law. Otherwise, they would be under sharia law.

August 26, 2017

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Jordan

It still remains unclear whether German soldiers in Jordan will be protected from Sharia law. The federal government had made this demand in the negotiations concerning the stationing of German soldiers in Jordan. But according to information from Der Spiegel, Jordan has not yet granted such immunity.

About 250 German Armed Forces soldiers are to be stationed in Jordan from September on, to fly reconnaissance flights against the terror militia “Islamic State” from there. The federal government wants them to be protected from criminal prosecution in Jordan, as it partially still is under the Koran-inspired sharia law which also uses the death penalty. The jurisdiction of the Sharia courts is limited to certain aspects such as family law, however.

After withdrawal from Turkish Incirlik base, the soldiers are to be stationed at the Jordan base Muwaffak Salti near Al-Asrak. The moving was a decision by the federal government early June. The reason for this decision was the conflict with the Turkish government regarding the visiting rights of German representatives to the soldiers in the German Armed Forces.

“We are still negotiating the stationing arrangement,” the defense ministry in Berlin comments. They were not expecting a delay in moving the Tornado reconnaissance jets, which is scheduled for October [“Tornado” is the name of a type of German military jet — translator].

Last year there were similar discussions with Qatar. There, a compromise was achieved, according to which soldiers were flown out to Germany, instead of being held responsible before a Qatari court. In Jordan such a compromise seemed unlikely, due to the size of the mission, Der Spiegel quotes sources in the Federal Armed Forces as saying.

Hogamous, Higamous — Germans Are Polygamous

A higher court in Germany has essentially made polygamy legal for German citizens — provided that said citizens are Muslim males. If Heinz or Franz tried to turn a couple of Fräuleins into Frauen, he probably would get no more than a cursory court hearing before being thrown in the slammer.

The following translation by Egri Nök was posted at Vlad Tepes in a slightly different form.

German Court Rules: Polygamy Not Against the Constitution

An original translation from Stuttgarter Zeitung by Egri Nök:

German Top Court Decides:

German Passport And Two Wives: Both Are Permissible

By Eberhard Wein
August 27, 2017

According to the Koran, a man can marry a second woman; but in Germany, too, this is not against the constitution. At least this is what the two highest administrative law judges say.

A Syrian, who is married to two wives, can still become a German national. The city of Karlsruhe cannot revoke his naturalization, the administrative court says.

Karlsruhe — if you contract a second marriage abroad, you can still be a good and loyal citizen. This is the gist of a verdict of the administrative court (VGH) in Mannheim. The highest administrative law judges of the country repealed a contrarian decision by the Karlsruhe administrative court. The city of Karlsruhe had revoked German citizenship from a native of Syria after it surfaced that he had married a second wife in his old homeland.

The 36-year-old Kurd came to Germany in 1999, studied and became a construction engineer in 2008. He married a German that same year, and applied for German citizenship shortly thereafter. At the naturalization test, he scored 33 out of 33 possible points. He received his naturalization certificate in October 2010.

Shortly after the wedding he married a second wife

In 2010, 2013 and 2015, three children were born. But then the man recognized fatherhood for another child born in Damascus in 2012. What surfaced now led to the revocation of naturalization by the city of Karlsruhe. The man allegedly had married another woman in Syria back in June 2008, only seven weeks after his marriage in Germany. The charge is that he had given incomplete information in his application.

In the verdict, the administrative court leaves open the question of whether the plaintiff gained naturalization by willful deceit. It is true that the application form only asked for “previous marriages” and not “additional marriages”. Still, the judges of the previous instance were not wrong to say that a second marriage should have been stated “all the more”. But at the same time, the senate does not share the administrative court’s opinion that the principle of singular marriage was part of the constitution.

Marriage saved woman from ostracism

The city of Karlsruhe had argued that polygamy violated the dignity of man as guaranteed in article 1 [of the German constitution — translator] — in the judges’ opinion “an absolutely unique legal opinion”. They pointed to a decision by the Regensburg administrative court: Whoever violates the principle of single marriage, is not necessary an “enemy of the constitution”, it said “boldly and correctly”.

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Hug a Muslim!

I find the following article from Barcelona more disturbing than any photos of run-over or blown-up corpses or any other scenes of jihad carnage. Those horrific images represent the death of one, or a dozen, or a hundred people, but the story below represents the death of an entire civilization.

The grieving father interviewed by the newspaper reacted to his little boy’s death with totally orthodox multicultural political correctness. His public response underscores the extent to which a collective suicidal madness has entrenched itself in the West.

Pampasnasturtium, who translated the piece, includes these notes:

Note 1: I don’t know what they mean by “boxes” on the last paragraph — I double-checked the same piece in the Catalan edition, but they use “boxes” the same way. It could be local slang for coffins, I suppose.

Note 2: In my opinion, just as Mark Steyn said: when writing The Time Machine, H.G. Wells misdated it by a mere 800,700 years too many — we’re the Eloi!

The translated article from El Periódico:

Father of Xavi, the 3-year old child dead on the Rambla: “I need to hug a Muslim”

Javier Martínez claims he has no hard feelings after the attack that killed the kid

He had to comfort the weeping deputy-imam of Rubí

[Caption] Javier Martínez, father of Xavi, and Silvia, the mother of the three-year old victim of the attack on the Ramblas, moved with emotion next to imam Driss Sallym in Rubí.

Javier Martínez, the father of Xavi, the 3-year old child who died on the Rambla, receives an El Periódico correspondent with the dignity of those who need to tell their story. He’s with his family: his parents, his sister and his two daughters; one of whom, Marina, was strolling together with her brother Xavi and uncle Paco the day of the terrorist attack.

He wants to make his gratitude very clear: “Thanks to all. I love to see that the Rambla has gone back to being full [of people] again. Let there not be fear.” He received direct messages of support these days: from Rubí’s [female] mayor, from Llimiana’s mayor, where they holiday, and from the Royal House. Today, Thursday, a week after the attacks, is the first day that a psychologist goes to their house to assist them personally.

Javier has recently come to know that an agent of the Guardia Urbana [municipal police force of the city — translator] tried to revive his son with a defibrillator from a pharmacy on the Rambla. When the agent saw no ambulance coming, he got the child into his patrol car and took him to the Peracamps CAP [First Aid/Emergency Public Medical Center]. That’s why Javier is so thankful towards all the security forces, especially towards the Mossos [the police force of Catalonia — translator], who helped speed up the process of moving the child’s body to Rubí from the Ciutat de la Justícia [judiciary district]. “They’re one of the best police forces in the world,” he says.

No hard feelings

On Javier’s face there’s not a single sign of hard feelings, of hate. “I know there’s another kid dead. I couldn’t meet anyone else, but I share the pain with them. With everyone. I also share the pain with the relatives of the terrorists. I share it. We’re persons. We’re truly, truly, truly, truly persons [repeated four times in the original — translator]. I’m not talking as if I were on drugs. I don’t take any kind of pills: I don’t need them. I’m speaking from my heart.”

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