Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/14/2018

Martin Sellner and sixteen other members of the Austrian chapter of the Identitaire movement have been charged by Austrian prosecutors. Their alleged crimes include hate speech and criminal association.

In other news, the Libyan navy rescued 180 migrants off the coast of North Africa.

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USA
» Dem Muslim Candidate for Michigan Governor Tells GOP Opponent: “Muslims Hate You”
» Open Physics vs. Secret Climate Science
 
Canada
» Man Accused in Military Centre Stabbing Acquitted of Terror Charges, Not Criminally Responsible
 
Europe and the EU
» Austria Charges 17 Far-Right ‘Identitarians’ Over Hate Speech and Criminal Activities
» EU in Crisis: Italy’s Populist Victory is ‘Wake Up Call’ For ‘Sinking Titanic’ of Brussels
» EU’s Timmermans Says Article 7 Procedure to go on Against Poland
» Germany: 14 Cars Damaged in Arson Attack in Wealthy Berlin Neighbourhood
» Germany Charges Al-Shabab Member Somali Migrant Under Terror Laws
» Hardline Separatist Torra Appointed Leader of Catalonia
» Hungary Will ‘Tighten’ Anti-Soros Bill, Submit to Parliament by June — Minister
» New Italian Government Put on Hold as ‘Key Issues’ Remain Unresolved
» Orban in Poland: The West Never Experienced Communism, So Can’t Understand Eastern Europe
» Scotland: Outer Hebrides Gets Its First-Ever Mosque for 50 Worshippers Including Syrian Refugees After Crowdfunding Campaign Raised More Than £90,000
» Soros-Backed Miliband and a Parade of Has-Beens Campaign to Kill Off Brexit
» ‘Years of Not Wanting to Offend Anyone Nurtured Islamic Extremism in the West’
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Donald Trump Officially Opens U.S. Embassy in ‘Historic and Sacred Land of Jerusalem’
» IDF Thwarts Terror Attacks as 40,000 Take Part in Gaza Protests
» Jerusalem Stands on Waqf Land, Belongs to Arabs
» Orban’s Hungary Blocks Macron-Led EU Motion Condemning Trump’s Jerusalem Decision
 
Middle East
» Iran Sentences ISIS Militants to Death for Parliament Attack
» Lebanon: Whoever You Vote for, Hezbollah Wins
 
South Asia
» Experts Now Have Chilling Theory of What Doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
» Family With Kids Bombs Indonesia Churches; 13 Dead
» ‘Stay at Your Own Risk’: Australians in Indonesia Warned of More Terrorist Attacks After ISIS Suicide Bombers Blow Up a Police HQ — A Day After 13 Were Killed in Horror Church Attacks
» Terror as Bombs Explode at Three Indonesian Churches Causing Multiple Fatalities
 
Australia — Pacific
» South Sudanese Military General’s Son, 22, On Welfare Benefits Bought a $1.5M Melbourne Mansion ‘Using Five Unexplained Installments From African Companies’
» Tobacco-Style Restrictions on Baby Formula as Coles Takes it Off the Shelves and Puts it Behind the Counter in a Drastic Move to Stop Chinese Shoppers Buying Up Supplies
 
Latin America
» Is Time Running Out for Julian Assange at the Ecuador Embassy? Foreign Minister Says Her Country and Britain Want the Situation ‘Resolved’ And Are Seeking a ‘Definite Agreement’
 
Immigration
» 93% of Migrant Sex Crimes in Finland Are Committed by Migrants From Islamic Countries — Study
» EU Migrants Sleeping Rough Win Compensation After Deportations
» Libya’s Navy Says 180 Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean
» Sweden-Based Asylum Seeker to Remain in Detention for Copenhagen Terror Plot
» UK: National Crime Agency Warns of Open Border at Small Ports, Airfields as Sophisticated Migrant Smugglers Grow
» While Germany Spends 93 Billion on Asylum Seekers, Its Pensioners Are Increasingly Poor
 

Dem Muslim Candidate for Michigan Governor Tells GOP Opponent: “Muslims Hate You”

Michigan’s first ever Muslim candidate for governor caused controversy when he told his Republican opponent during a debate, “Muslims hate you.”

Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed is running as a Democrat in the August 7 primary. Michigan has the United States’ highest concentration of Muslims and recently had a case involving a potential honor killing. Two metro Detroit doctors were also recently accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on four children.

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

Open Physics vs. Secret Climate Science

Back in 2016, a team in Hungary thought they might have detected a new force of nature. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence — so the Hungarian team published all their data and method, to assist other teams to review and try to reproduce their work.

Physics can be pretty intense at times, but one of the most straightforward aspects is that everything in the Universe is controlled by just four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetic, and strong and weak nuclear forces.

But now physicists in Hungary think they might have found evidence of a mysterious fifth force of nature. And, if verified, it would mean we’d need to rethink our understanding of how the Universe actually works.

Evidence of this fifth force was spotted last year, when a team from the Hungarian Academy of Science reported that they’d fired protons at lithium-7, and in the fall out, had detected a brand new super-light boson that was only 34 times heavier than an electron.

As exciting as that sounds, the paper was mostly overlooked, until a team in the US published their own analysis of the data at the end of last month, on pre-print site arXiv.

The US team, led by Jonathan Feng from the University of California, Irvine, showed that the data didn’t conflict with previous experiments, and calculated that the new boson could indeed be carrying a fifth fundamental force — which is when the science world started to get interested.

Contrast the excitement and openness displayed by the Hungarian physics team, to the culture of secrecy which seems to prevail in the climate and environmental science communities.

“… Scientists’ concerns stem from past calls for transparency that were then used against them. Epidemiologist Colin Soskolne, emeritus professor at the University of Alberta, has been on the receiving end of industry efforts to, in his words, “cast doubt and foment uncertainty.” He said scientists have good reason to be concerned about industry efforts to force publication of their raw data sets.

In the late 1970s, Soskolne found strong associations between oil refinery workers at an Exxon plant in Louisiana and incidence of throat cancer. The key connection: exposure to sulfuric acid. Exxon, which initially underwrote his work, hired a consultant to challenge his data (the consultant’s finding confirmed the cancer link, though with a lower correlation) and sent an executive to critique his work as sloppy before Soskolne’s academic advisers.

“They accused me of not being careful in doing the research,” Soskolne said. In the end, Soskolne received his doctorate, published his work and had his findings independently corroborated. But he offers this lesson to epidemiologists harassed by opponents to release their data: their findings will be twisted by corporate or ideological interests. This is the fear of science groups opposing the HONEST Act.

“The issue of sharing data has enormous implications for the researcher,” Soskolne said, “because anyone with malevolent intent can take your data, without you being party to it, and do with it what it wants.” […]

Outrage at demands data be provided to “scientific competitors” is a regular theme in the climategate emails. For example, from Climategate email 1231257056.txt (Ben Santer speaking):…

1. In my considered opinion, a very dangerous precedent is set if any derived quantity that we have calculated from primary data is subject to FOIA requests. At LLNL’s Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI), we have devoted years of effort to the calculation of derived quantities from climate model output. These derived quantities include synthetic MSU temperatures, ocean heat content changes, and so-called “cloud simulator” products suitable for comparison with actual satellite-based estimates of cloud type, altitude, and frequency. The intellectual investment in such calculations is substantial.

2. Mr. Smith asserts that “there is no valid intellectual property justification for withholding this data”. I believe this argument is incorrect. The synthetic MSU temperatures used in our IJoC paper — and the other examples of derived datasets mentioned above — are integral components of both PCMDI’s ongoing research, and of proposals we have submitted to funding agencies (DOE, NOAA, and NASA). Can any competitor simply request such datasets via the U.S. FOIA, before we have completed full scientific analysis of these datasets?

[A self-promoting argument on behalf of bad “science”. Send in the Hungarians…]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Man Accused in Military Centre Stabbing Acquitted of Terror Charges, Not Criminally Responsible

Ayanle Hassan Ali had attacked soldiers at a military recruitment centre in March 2016

A man with schizophrenia who attacked soldiers at a military recruitment centre in Toronto has been acquitted of terror-related charges and found not criminally responsible for lesser offences due to mental illness.

Judge Ian MacDonnell says Ayanle Hassan Ali’s actions in May 2016 do not fit the intended scope of Canadian terrorism laws.

Ali had pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm and one count of carrying a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence, all for the benefit or at the direction of a terror organization…

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

Austria Charges 17 Far-Right ‘Identitarians’ Over Hate Speech and Criminal Activities

Austrian prosecutors announced criminal charges Monday against 17 members of the far-right “Identitarian Movement” (IBÖ) connected to several of the group’s activities in recent years.

The state prosecutor in the city of Graz said 10 prominent members of the group and seven other “active sympathisers” were being charged with various counts of hate speech, criminal association, damage to property and coercion.

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

EU in Crisis: Italy’s Populist Victory is ‘Wake Up Call’ For ‘Sinking Titanic’ of Brussels

ITALY’S new government is a “wake up call” for the European Union which has been branded a “Titanic that is sinking” by populist forces, who accused the bloc of “suffocating” Rome with its agreements.

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

EU’s Timmermans Says Article 7 Procedure to go on Against Poland

The deputy head of the European Commission on Monday said the EU executive would not withdraw its punitive Article 7 procedure against Poland at this stage.

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

Germany: 14 Cars Damaged in Arson Attack in Wealthy Berlin Neighbourhood

Arsonists set fire to three cars in the upmarket Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg early on Monday morning, causing damage to a total of 14 vehicles.

The arsonists set fire to three cars in Kollwitzplatz, leading to a total of 14 cars either being gutted by flames or being damaged, Berlin police said in a statement.

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

Germany Charges Al-Shabab Member Somali Migrant Under Terror Laws

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have charged a Somali man who allegedly was a member of the foreign extremist group al-Shabab and is accused of attempted murder and assistance to murder.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 20-year-old, identified only as Abduqaadir A., joined the group in 2012 in Mogadishu, and was trained to use pistols and hand grenades. During his training, he accompanied other al-Shabab members to a mosque where they assassinated a person with three shots to the head.

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

Hardline Separatist Torra Appointed Leader of Catalonia

Quim Torra, a newcomer to politics who has campaigned fiercely for Catalonia’s independence, was appointed regional president Monday vowing to keep fighting for a break from Spain.

Torra’s election by the regional parliament paves the way for a new government in Catalonia after months of political limbo.

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

Hungary Will ‘Tighten’ Anti-Soros Bill, Submit to Parliament by June — Minister

Officials from the Hungarian government have long expressed their opposition to the activities of billionaire George Soros and his non-government organizations (NGOs) in the country, with Budapest accusing them of pushing a pro-migrant agenda and attempting to meddle in last month’s parliamentary election.

Antal Rogan, minister for the prime minister’s office, told the parliament that the Hungarian government aims to “tighten” the so-called Stop Soros Act, which will regulate and restrict the activities of NGOs in the country prior to presenting it to parliament in June.

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

New Italian Government Put on Hold as ‘Key Issues’ Remain Unresolved

The leader of Italy’s far-right League party Matteo Salvini said on Monday that there were “key issues” still be settled with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, likely delaying a mooted deal to form a new government.

Salvini said that the League and Five Star had “different visions” on certain “key issues” like infrastructure, immigration and Italy’s relations with the European Union.

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

Orban in Poland: The West Never Experienced Communism, So Can’t Understand Eastern Europe

WARSAW, Poland: Populist leader Viktor Orban arrived in Poland Monday, his first foreign trip since being re-elected as Hungarian Prime Minister, where he spoke with his Polish counterpart on the migrant crisis and European Union funding.

Speaking after the talks with Orban, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hit out at the EU over its plans to force migrant quotas on all member nations, remarking the move “hit the very foundations of national sovereignty… Here, in Poland, it’s we who decide who will come to Poland and who will not.”

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

Scotland: Outer Hebrides Gets Its First-Ever Mosque for 50 Worshippers Including Syrian Refugees After Crowdfunding Campaign Raised More Than £90,000

The first mosque in the Outer Hebrides has opened in time for Ramadan.

A derelict building in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis has been converted into a mosque following a crowdfunding campaign which raised more than £94,000.

The local Muslim community, thought to number more than 50 people including a number of Syrian refugees, now has a dedicated place of worship for the first time.

Aihtsham Rashid, a mosque builder from Leeds, led the construction project.

He said: ‘We’ve got the job done in about four weeks, probably the fastest mosque that has ever been built.

‘We wanted to have it ready in time for Ramadan.

‘It’s been very positive. A lot of people are happy in the community.’…

           — Hat tip: Jo [Return to headlines]
 

Soros-Backed Miliband and a Parade of Has-Beens Campaign to Kill Off Brexit

Pro-EU globalists from Britain’s three major parties have started a campaign to retain the strongest possible ties with the European Union — effectively derailing Brexit and continuing EU membership in all but name.

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

‘Years of Not Wanting to Offend Anyone Nurtured Islamic Extremism in the West’

Constantly prioritizing liberal values over national security in Europe has ultimately given a free hand to Islamic radicals, who sneak into the continent unhindered with little scrutiny, extremism expert Jennifer Breedon told RT.

Breedon, an international criminal law attorney and expert in extremism studies, spoke to RT in the wake of the attack in Paris on Saturday night, when a knife-wielding man randomly stabbed people near the Opera House, killing one of them. The assailant reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he charged at passersby. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the carnage, calling it retribution for France’s role in the anti-terrorist campaign in the Middle East.

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

Donald Trump Officially Opens U.S. Embassy in ‘Historic and Sacred Land of Jerusalem’

President Donald Trump delivered a video address at the ceremony opening the official United States embassy in Jerusalem, recognizing the historic impact of his decision.

“The plain reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem,” Trump said, calling the decision about the location of the embassy “a long time coming.”

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

IDF Thwarts Terror Attacks as 40,000 Take Part in Gaza Protests

“The IDF is determined to prevent massive terror activities constantly being led by the Hamas terror organization.”

An IAF fighter jet struck five terrorist targets in the northern Gaza Strip in response to violent acts by Hamas along the security fence on Monday, according to IDF reports. The targets included military training facilities belonging to Hamas.

Earlier today, two additional Hamas military positions were hit by tank- and aircraft fire, after IDF forces were shot at by Hamas from the northern part of the coastal enclave.

“The IDF is determined to prevent massive terror activities constantly being led by the Hamas terror organization,” an IDF statement emphasized, adding that “Each act of terror will be met with a harsh response…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Jerusalem Stands on Waqf Land, Belongs to Arabs

In response to the US government’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the following points are to be noted:

First: The city of Jerusalem and its environs, including adjacent and neighboring villages, are Islamic waqf areas under official waqfs recorded in the records of the Islamic courts in Jerusalem, and in no case shall such waqfs be revoked, amended or confiscated. These lands were leased to their inhabitants or to those who live on them, while they remained the property of the Islamic waqf which collected lease from them. These conditions remained until the end of the British Mandate in 1948, after which part of Jerusalem’s lands followed the Arab Orthodox Church.

Second: Aside from historical claims, Zionism tried to lay its hands on parts of the city of Jerusalem for more than 100 years; as a result, at the end of the British Mandate in 1948, Zionism could not own more than five percent of the Jerusalem Municipality’s lands, inside or outside the fence, according to the Palestinian Land Department, the British archives of the Land of Jerusalem, as well as the estimates of the International Conciliation Commission and Sami Hadawi, who was the head of the Department of Survey of Jerusalem Lands until the end of the British Mandate, in addition to the “Jerusalem Lands” book and “Jerusalem 1948” book by author Salim Tamari. All of these references agreed that the Jews did not own more than five percent of the land of Jerusalem when it was occupied by Israeli forces in 1948.

Third: The so-called Jewish alleyways in ancient Jerusalem were properties belonging to Arab Jerusalemite families such as Al-Khalidi, Abu Saud, Fatyani, Dajani and Qutina, and these lands were leased to religious Jews for their proximity to the Western Wall (Al-Buraq), and their population in 1948 did not exceed 2,000 including seniors, children and women (see the memoirs of Abdullah Al-Tal and the diaries of Aref Al-Aref).

Fourth: What confirms the above is that the Jews submitted a petition to the Islamic Waqf Department (registered in the register of waqfs) demanding to rent a plot of land to bury their dead, which was approved by the Department of Awqaf, and based on that, the cemetery, also an Islamic waqf land, which is now located between the suburb of Silwan and the suburbs of Jerusalem, was leased to them.

Fifth: The laws issued by Israel to confiscate land and property of Arab Jerusalemites are invalid for several reasons, most importantly:…

           — Hat tip: RR [Return to headlines]
 

Orban’s Hungary Blocks Macron-Led EU Motion Condemning Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Viktor Orban’s Hungary, supported by the Czech Republic and Romania, blocked an EU motion condemning President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, according to Israeli news anchor Barak Ravid. Israeli officials and European diplomats told the Channel 10 News journalist that the three countries — part of the Visegrad group of conservative, pro-sovereignty countries within the European Union — blocked the joint statement led by Emmanuel Macron’s France, which was supposed to “embarrass and isolate” the Trump administration internationally.

Rashid said the defeated statement outlined a common European Union position on Israel and Palestine containing the following three points, according to Axios:

Jerusalem should be the capital of both states — Israel and the future state of Palestine.

The final status of Jerusalem should be negotiated and only determined through negotiations between the parties.

The member states of the EU will not follow the U.S. and will not move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was said to have been embarrassed by the failure, with diplomats complaining to Rashid that the bloc’s leadership was finding it harder to direct member-states…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Iran Sentences ISIS Militants to Death for Parliament Attack

The Iranian government has sentenced eight Islamic State militants to death for the attack executed on Iranian parliament last year. Revolutionary Court head Mosa Xazanfarabadi stated,

The court has made the final decision on the eight Islamist attackers on Iran’s parliament last year sentencing them to the death penalty … The sentence can be sent to Iran’s top court of appeals. The other 28 suspects of this case will put on trial later.”

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

Lebanon: Whoever You Vote for, Hezbollah Wins

The biggest losers were the Future Movement of Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri.

Lebanon’s May 6 elections have resulted in the further consolidation of Hezbollah and its associated movements within the legal frameworks of the state. The movement and its allies won over half of the seats in the 128-seat parliament. At the same time, the 2018 elections do not appear set to usher in any fundamental alterations to the status quo in Lebanon.

The majority achieved was not sufficient as a basis for constitutional change to alter the rules of the game related, for example, to the sectarian power-sharing agreements that underlie Lebanese political life…

           — Hat tip: KS [Return to headlines]
 

Experts Now Have Chilling Theory of What Doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The families and friends of the people involved in one of the grandest mysteries in the history of airline tragedies may be getting some partial closure now. It has been three years since the flight just vanished and all of the 21st century search and rescue capabilities have been frustratingly inadequate.

Now, based on two slight clues, experts have a new theory about what doomed the flight: the pilot was committing suicide.

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

Family With Kids Bombs Indonesia Churches; 13 Dead

SURABAYA, Indonesia: A family of six including two young daughters staged suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches during Sunday services, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. The bombings at three churches in Surabaya were Indonesia’s deadliest for years, as the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country grapples with homegrown militancy and rising intolerance towards religious minorities.

The bombers — a mother and father, two daughters aged nine and 12, and two sons aged 16 and 18 — were linked to local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) which supports IS, said national police chief Tito Karnavian. Local media reports say they may have returned from Syria, where hundreds of Indonesians have flocked in recent years to fight alongside IS in its bid to carve out a caliphate ruled by strict Islamic law.

The mother, identified as Puji Kuswati, and her two daughters were wearing niqab face veils and had bombs strapped to their waists as they entered the grounds of the Kristen Indonesia Diponegoro Church and blew themselves up, Karnavian said. The father, JAD cell leader Dita Priyanto, drove a bomb-laden car into the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church while his sons rode motorcycles into Santa Maria church, where they detonated explosives they were carrying, Karnavian said. “All were suicide attacks but the types of bombs are different,” he said.

The group, led by jailed radical Aman Abdurrahman, has been linked to several deadly incidents, including a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left four attackers and four civilians dead. That was the first assault claimed by IS in Southeast Asia. Police yesterday said four suspected JAD members were killed in a shootout during raids linked to a deadly prison riot this week. Five members of Indonesia’s elite anti-terrorism squad and a prisoner were killed in clashes that saw Islamist inmates take a guard hostage at a high-security jail on the outskirts of Jakarta. IS claimed responsibility…

           — Hat tip: RR [Return to headlines]
 

‘Stay at Your Own Risk’: Australians in Indonesia Warned of More Terrorist Attacks After ISIS Suicide Bombers Blow Up a Police HQ — A Day After 13 Were Killed in Horror Church Attacks

The bomb detonated outside the Surabaya police station, in eastern Java, shortly before noon on Monday, the day after 13 people were killed in suicide bombings on Sunday morning.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Terror as Bombs Explode at Three Indonesian Churches Causing Multiple Fatalities

SUICIDE bombings have caused a number of fatalities at three churches in Indonesia’s Surabaya City, Java. The attacks are believed to have been carried out by the Islamic state-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah.

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

South Sudanese Military General’s Son, 22, On Welfare Benefits Bought a $1.5M Melbourne Mansion ‘Using Five Unexplained Installments From African Companies’

Nguoth Oth Mai in June 2014 purchased the seven-figure home in Narre Warren, in Melbourne’s south-east, using five installments from African companies, police allege.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Tobacco-Style Restrictions on Baby Formula as Coles Takes it Off the Shelves and Puts it Behind the Counter in a Drastic Move to Stop Chinese Shoppers Buying Up Supplies

Coles has limited baby formula to ‘two units per customer’ as it keeps the popular product behind the counter to deter consumers from buying in bulk and selling to Chinese parents for profit.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Is Time Running Out for Julian Assange at the Ecuador Embassy? Foreign Minister Says Her Country and Britain Want the Situation ‘Resolved’ And Are Seeking a ‘Definite Agreement’

Ecuador’s foreign minister has hinted that Julian Assange’s time in the country’s London embassy could be coming to a close.

Maria Fernanda Espinosa said that Ecuador and the United Kingdom both want the situation to be ‘resolved’ and are working together to form a ‘definite agreement’.

Espinosa made the remark as she updated reporters on Assange’s condition last week, saying he is still inside the embassy without access to the internet after it was cut off in March.

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

93% of Migrant Sex Crimes in Finland Are Committed by Migrants From Islamic Countries — Study

An investigation into Finland’s police data by the country’s police academy, shows that 131 Finnish citizens became victims of sex crimes committed by asylum seekers in the year 2016.

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

EU Migrants Sleeping Rough Win Compensation After Deportations

European Union (EU) migrants who were “illegally” detained and deported after sleeping rough on British streets are set to be paid hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation.

Many of the migrants were removed as part of a programme which began in 2015 to target the sharply rising numbers of Eastern European migrants bedding down on London’s streets, which successfully reduced homelessness in the capital.

However, a judge ruled at the end of last year the action was discriminatory and broke EU freedom of movement rules.

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

Libya’s Navy Says 180 Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean

Libya’s navy says it has rescued 180 African and Arab migrants headed to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.

Navy spokesman Ayoub Jassem says the migrants were mostly men form Syria, Egypt and the Comoros Islands who were picked up in waters near Qura, a town near the capital Tripoli.

[Comment: Article dated May 13, 2018.]

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

Sweden-Based Asylum Seeker to Remain in Detention for Copenhagen Terror Plot

A Syrian man seeking asylum in Sweden and accused of planning a terror attack in Denmark will remain in police custody, the Copenhagen City Court ruled on Monday.

The 31-year-old man was arrested shortly before Christmas for his role in a failed terror plot that was hatched with a 21-year-old Syrian man in November 2016.

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

UK: National Crime Agency Warns of Open Border at Small Ports, Airfields as Sophisticated Migrant Smugglers Grow

Illegal immigration is one of the most serious threats facing Britain, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned in a report which revealed gangs are flying migrants into unguarded airfields.

In its annual assessment, the NCA said organised criminal gangs are taking advantage of the lack of security at many of the 950 ports, harbours, and marinas around 11,000 miles of UK coastline, and remote airfields with limited ability to monitor or stop the trafficking of migrants, drugs, and weapons.

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

While Germany Spends 93 Billion on Asylum Seekers, Its Pensioners Are Increasingly Poor

The German taxpayer is paying billions for the 1.5 million asylum seekers that arrived into the country. In 2016 already 93 billion euros were reserved for the years to come.

In the meantime Germany’s pensioners are becoming increasingly poor. Reliable sources say 15% of the country’s pensioners are living at poverty level and the numbers are rapidly increasing.

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

5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/14/2018

  1. “…European Union (EU) migrants who were “illegally” detained and deported after sleeping rough on British streets are set to be paid hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation…” – and this is a fair decision! The “East Europeans” mentioned are in their great majority Gypsies (or Roma people, if you prefer). For decades Rumania, Slovakia, Bulgaria were subject to rather humiliating reproaches from the liberal elites for “failing to integrate Roma people” (who are failing to integrate for over 7-8 centuries already). Gypsies were presented by the media and NGOs as noble savages, cheerful children of nature, victimized by the sullen Eastern barbarians. When a Czech municipality decided to build some sort of a wall demarkating a Gypsy ghetto, the outcry in Western press reached high heavens, comparing this act to genocide, Holocaust and the like.
    But now, when the British, French, German, Italian started to meet in real life the vagrant “Romani”, coming over in extended families to beg on the street, to steal, to cheat, to pickpocket, they don’t seem enthusiastic to “integrate” them and even demolish their makeshift ghettoes (Italy, France) and expel them back to the East?!

    • If we put the press and political grandstanding aside as (probably leftwing) unwelcome overly high opinion making ( which might not occur if it were not for the EU umbrella of responsibility ) , and without saying mistreatment of Roma should be ignored either , the UK acted wrongly because it is treaty to EU law that guarantees right of abode to EU citizens, that simple.

      Now, is it wrong to be party to that EU treaty, or is it wrong to expel non-nationals if not part of that treaty?

      BTW that Breitbart link redirects to a different article.

  2. Pray for the Christians of Eastern Europe, who survived the Soviet, as Muslims press them on one side and Marxists in Brussels seek to cut their financial arteries until they obey the EU’s insane dictates.

  3. “…diplomats complaining to Rashid that the bloc’s leadership was finding it harder to direct member-states.” Enlightening comment. Seems as if member-states truly are perceived as mindless vassal states who exist only to rubberstamp the leaders decisions. Woe unto that country which practices independent thought as it will surely be accused of not supporting one of the ‘core EU values’ of democracy or freedom. No doubt hot coals of retribution will rain down upon its head from that bastion of EU values, Brussels.

    For what it’s worth, Breitbart erred, Romania is not one of the Visegrad group.

    • Lol – I read it firstly as

      “No doubt hot coals of reDIStribution will rain down upon its head from that bastion of EU values, Brussels.”

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