Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/26/2018

The proposed Italian coalition government under prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte has gained more than an absolute majority of support in the Senate, and an even larger margin in the lower house. Meanwhile, the Lega and the 5-Star Movement have chosen Paolo Savona as economy minister. Mr. Savona is known to be a staunch Euro-skeptic and is very anti-German.

In other news, almost 1,500 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean over the course of just two days by the Italian coast guard and various migrant-rescue NGOs.

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Financial Crisis
» Erdogan Urges Turks to Stick With Collapsing Lira, Warns Financial Speculators “Will Pay a Heavy Price”
 
USA
» “The Democrat Party is Dead” — Beware of Desperate False Flags, Warns Dave Hodges
» ‘A Democratic Watergate is Unfolding Before Our Eyes’
» Congress Directs Immediate Weaponization of Space to Counter Missile Strikes
» Interview With Joschka Fischer ‘The U.S. President is Destroying the American World Order’
» Julian Assange Wants to Meet With Adam Schiff and Show ‘There is No Collusion’
 
Canada
» A “Different” Kind of Antisemitism?
 
Europe and the EU
» [Redacted] Arrested for [Redacted] Outside [Redacted]: Leeds Crown Court Issues Media Ban
» 60 French Pols Appeal to Macron on TAV
» Austrian Facebook Slayer Launches Four New Cases as EU Tightens Data Privacy
» Brexit: Hungary Sides With UK as EU Attempts to Shut British Out of Galileo Space Project
» End of EU Signalled as EU’s Own Survey Shows Majority of Europeans Are Against EU
» Equating Islam to Terrorism is Foolish — Pope
» EU Not Expecting Disappointments From Italy on Banks
» Eurosceptic in Italy’s Government Standoff is ‘Radically Anti-German’
» In the European Appeasement Olympics, Who Wins?
» Italian Anti-EU Chief Salvini Blasts Germany ‘We Won’t Choose a Finance Minister You Like’
» Italy: 10 Yrs Asked for Nigerian Who Raped, Impregnated Girl, 11
» Italy: Lesbian, 23, Attempts Suicide After Mother Rejects Her
» Italy: Priest Cited for Stealing Holy Objects From Parishes
» Italy: Pro-Conte Govt Majority Rises to 171 Senators
» Italy: MPS Measures ‘To Put it Back on Feet’ — Vestager
» Orwell’s Nightmare: Articles About Tommy Robinson’s Arrest Rapidly Scrubbed — From the Internet
» Roman Reality Check Italian Trumpism is No Less Dangerous Than the Original
» Savona for Good of Italy in EU — Salvini
» Swedish Girls Fearing Forced Marriage Told to Hide Spoon in Underwear
» Tommy Robinson Arrested Outside UK Court, Jailed for 13 Months as Judge Orders Orwellian Media Blackout
» UK: Teenager, 18, Is Charged With 10 Terror Offences After He Was Arrested on a North London Street
» Woman Forced Into Abortion in Pakistan Back in Italy
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Heeding Democratic Warnings
 
Middle East
» Caroline Glick: Endgame for U.S.-Turkey Relations
 
Russia
» Putin, Macron Bond Over Shared Unease at Trump’s Actions
 
South Asia
» Myanmar Rohingya Militants Massacred Hindus, Says Amnesty
 
Far East
» Kim Jong-un Holds Surprise Second Summit With South Korea President Moon
 
Australia — Pacific
» USB Containing ISIS Material is Found in the Supermax Jail Cell of One of Australia’s Most Notorious Prisoners Amid Fears He is Radicalising Other Inmates
 
Immigration
» Austria’s Populist Vice-Chancellor Slams EU Border Agency as ‘People-Trafficking Organisation’
» Big Business: 114 NGOs and 7,356 Volunteers Involved in Supporting Refugees on Just One Greek Island
» Caught on Video: Islamist Mob Attacks Refugees in Greece “For Not Observing Ramadan”
» Hungarian Deputy PM: ‘Islamic Invasion’ Will Reduce Europeans to ‘Minority in Our Own Continent’
» Nearly 1,500 Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean in Two Days: Italian Coastguard
» Swedish ‘Culture Critic’ Condemns Marriage Unless it is Used to Keep Asylum Seekers in Sweden
» Vigilant on Africans’ Rights in Italy — Juncker
 

Erdogan Urges Turks to Stick With Collapsing Lira, Warns Financial Speculators “Will Pay a Heavy Price”

Since Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s election to Prime Minister of Turkey in 2002 (and even more so since his ‘election’ to President for life in 2014), the Turkish Lira has been on a one-way street to hyperinflation.

The ailing currency has lost over 20% of its value against the U.S. dollar this year as The FT points out that a volatile mix of electoral populism and a rising dollar have pushed the country to the brink of a currency crisis. At the helm is a leader obsessed with growth, who has long dismissed higher rates as a way to make “the rich richer and the poor poorer” and often feuded with the country’s central bank.

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

“The Democrat Party is Dead” — Beware of Desperate False Flags, Warns Dave Hodges

Of all the mistakes the Democratic party has made in the past ten years, endlessly accusing Donald Trump of colluding with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election has easily been one of their worst. Now, with the 2018 midterms less than six months away, the democrats have absolutely nothing to run on, other than opposing the president of the United States. They have no record. They have no real accomplishments. And as a result, they are getting desperate.

Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show recently made this same argument, and explained that the democrat party is particularly dangerous when it feels as though its being backed against a wall. “A broke Democratic party is a desperate Democratic party that will do almost anything and everything to win an election,” Hodges writes.

He later added, “The Democratic party cannot win back the control of the government. Therefore, their Deep State partners cannot bring down the American government. CALEXIT is failing. The Democrats are broke. Therefore, their only solution is to evoke massive false flag events in this country and pray that the United Nations will militarily assert itself through the Kigali Principles.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘A Democratic Watergate is Unfolding Before Our Eyes’

For months now, Democrats and their media allies have been saying that Trump colluded with Russia and has threatened American democracy. But it’s starting to look like the opposite is true. It looks like the Democrats and the Obama administration are the guilty ones.

Adriana Cohen has a column on the subject that is going viral.

She writes at the Boston Herald:

Democrats’ Russia truth coming out

A Democratic Watergate is unfolding before our eyes.

It’s no wonder Obama’s former CIA chief John Brennan is tweeting like a madman, attacking President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Brennan’s running scared because it’s starting to look like he may have been a co-conspirator in the biggest political scandal since, well, Watergate.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Congress Directs Immediate Weaponization of Space to Counter Missile Strikes

Congress is ordering the Pentagon to immediately begin construction of space-based missile interceptors to counter increasing threats from North Korea, Iran, and other countries with advanced missile technology, according to new legislation viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

           — Hat tip: Charles Low [Return to headlines]
 

Interview With Joschka Fischer ‘The U.S. President is Destroying the American World Order’

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer talks about the danger of war against Iran, the deterioration of trans-Atlantic relations under U.S. President Donald Trump and the serious need for Germany to invest massively in the European Union’s future.

Interview Conducted By Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult

DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Fischer, you were — together with your French and British colleagues — among the first to embark on negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program in 2003. The 2015 agreement was to some extent your legacy. How did Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal affect you?

Fischer: I don’t take this personally, but I am very concerned about the disastrous consequences of Trump’s decision. They will be much more dramatic than portrayed in most of the comments so far. The aim of the agreement was to prevent a second disaster after the Iraq War, namely a large-scale land war in Iran. After the Iraq War, the Iranians tried in vain to divide Europe and the United States. Donald Trump has now managed to do just that.

DER SPIEGEL: Are you afraid that there will now be a war against Iran?…

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

Julian Assange Wants to Meet With Adam Schiff and Show ‘There is No Collusion’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reportedly would like to prove to California Congressman Adam Schiff that his organization didn’t use its platform to release information helpful to the Trump campaign.

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

A “Different” Kind of Antisemitism?

Canadian campuses are home to the organizations Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association which actively campaign against Israel in such events as “Israel Apartheid Week,” and which sponsor boycotts of Israel and a wide array of anti-Israel speakers. Although these anti-Israel advocates, many of them Middle Eastern and Muslim in origin, claim not to be antisemitic even while denying Jews a 3,000 year history in their historical homeland, their animosity toward Jews repeatedly breaks out. For example, a Facebook post celebrating an anti-Israel event at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology asserted that “Jews are rodents.” Other media posts advised Jewish students to “Go back to Palestine.” At Toronto’s Ryerson University, Holocaust education was opposed with a staged walkout.

At McMaster University, numerous incidents have been documented of students writing antisemitic social media posts. Nadera Masad, a member of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, tweeted “hitler should have took you all.”

[Rawan] Qaddoura — a political science and economics major who unsuccessfully ran for the SPHR presidency in 2016 — tweeted in September 2012, “i just don’t like jews lol #sorrynotsorry”

On August 2013, she wrote, “‘@judeZAdude: The whole world is controlled by Zionist Jews and until you understand that, life will never make sense.’“

Qaddoura also repeatedly praised Hitler, tweeting in January 2012, “I honestly wish I was born at the time of the second world war just to see the genius, Hitler, at work.”

She doubled down on these sentiments in June 2013, writing, “everytime I read about Hitler, I fall in love all over again.”

On July 2015, [McMaster student Esra] Bengizi tweeted a photo of Hitler — captioned with heart emojis — alongside the fake quote, “The only Religion I respect is Islam. The only prophet I admire is the Prophet Muhammad.”

A year earlier, she wrote, “‘@KMKurd: Where is hitler when u need one?’ I literally ask this every day.” On the same Twitter thread, she added, “hitler did more than just kill. He was also a great leader & role model to many…”

Bengizi’s admiration of Hitler sometimes accompanied tweets that were explicitly antagonistic towards Jews. ‘I’m actually going to the rule the world and get rid of anyone who doesn’t have basic common sense or if youre yahoodi [Jewish]’ #QueenE, she tweeted on May 2014. Bengizi praised Hitler as ‘so intelligent’ later on the same thread.

Do not worry about Jew-hatred at McMaster, however. The McMaster administration is on the case. Its “Equity and Inclusion” committee is promoting an anti-Islamophobia campaign, seeking out instances of possible hostility toward Muslims, and publicizing them widely.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

[Redacted] Arrested for [Redacted] Outside [Redacted]: Leeds Crown Court Issues Media Ban

The Leeds Crown Court has issued a UK media ban following the arrest of well-known activist and citizen journalist [redacted] outside [redacted].

The reporting restriction, which requires on all publications within the United Kingdom to cease any mention of the details of the arrest or court proceedings of [redacted], was issued Friday afternoon.

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

60 French Pols Appeal to Macron on TAV

‘Amid political uncertainty in Italy’

(ANSA) — Paris, May 23 — More than 60 French politicians including MPs, Senators and regional governors on Wednesday appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron to “guarantee” the Turin-Lyon high-speed rail (TAV) line which the future Italian government has vowed to revise or stop. The appeal called the project “a major work site for the future” and called for it to be saved “in the face of political uncertainties in Italy”. The appeal, contained in a missive sent to the presidential Elysée palace, was coordinated by the Comité pour la Transalpine Lyon-Turin, chaired by Jacques Gounon.

“The Turin-Lyon link,” the 63 signatories said, “contains at the same time a vision of Europe, an international economic ambition for France, a powerful aspiration for ecological transition and a strategy of development of the territory for the whole south of the continent.” They said “we keenly hope that (Macron) will be a guarantor of the dynamic of this great future worksite, in a context of political uncertainties in Italy”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Austrian Facebook Slayer Launches Four New Cases as EU Tightens Data Privacy

As a young Austrian law student, Max Schrems took on Facebook and won, and seven years ago he was already raising the alarm over the flaw Cambridge Analytica allegedly exploited to obtain the data of millions of users for political purposes.

           — Hat tip: Charles Low [Return to headlines]
 

Brexit: Hungary Sides With UK as EU Attempts to Shut British Out of Galileo Space Project

Hungary has sided with the United Kingdom against the EU establishment, as the bloc attempts to freeze the British out of the Galileo satellite programme it helped to design and pay for.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjartó, representing Viktor Orban’s recently re-elected conservative-populist government, said Hungary opposed the “irresponsible” stance of the European Commission, which is reportedly pushing to shut Britain out at the behest of Angela Merkel’s Germany — despite the misgivings of France, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the Baltic states.

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

End of EU Signalled as EU’s Own Survey Shows Majority of Europeans Are Against EU

The EU-funded Eurobarometer poll of 27,600 voters showed 44 percent thought the bloc had taken a wrong turn while just 32 percent said it was going the right way.

More than half of adults said they had no interest in next year’s European Parliament elections and 63 percent of younger voters admitted they were looking for “new political parties and movements”.

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

Equating Islam to Terrorism is Foolish — Pope

‘It’s a lie’ pontiff tells L’Eco di Bergamo

(ANSA) — Milan, May 24 — Pope Francis has said equating Islam to terrorism is “foolish” in an interview with an Italian local newspaper. “It might be coming out of many people’s mouths, but this equation is a lie and it is foolish,” Francis said in the interview published by L’Eco di Bergamo on Thursday, the day the body of Pope John XXIII returns to his northern Italian home city.

“The most important role (of religions) is that of promoting a culture of encounter, together in the promotion of true education for responsible behaviour that takes care of creation”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

EU Not Expecting Disappointments From Italy on Banks

Bulgarian finance minister says decisions made transparently

(ANSA) — Brussels, May 25 — EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) President Vladislav Goranov of Bulgaria said Friday that “we are not expecting disappointments from the new Italian government” after the council approved a new banking package, with Italy and Greece abstaining. “Everything we do at the European Council, all the decisions we make, are made with the maximum transparency and that will be valid for the next legislative proposal on risk sharing”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Eurosceptic in Italy’s Government Standoff is ‘Radically Anti-German’

The standoff between Italy’s president and the populist coalition hoping to form a government centres on their pick for economy minister, the staunch eurosceptic Paolo Savona, who has been described by a former finance minister as “radically anti-German”.

A fierce critic of the Maastricht Treaty and the euro, 81-year-old Savona has a career in finance and economics that stretches back to the 1960s, and was Minister of Trade and Industry during fellow banker Carlo Ciampi’s short-lived technical government in the early 1990s.

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

In the European Appeasement Olympics, Who Wins?

Now Robinson has been arrested again. On Friday, while livestreaming on Facebook from outside a court in Leeds, where yet another trial of Muslim child rapists was underway, he was taken into custody by a phalanx of police officers. The charge? “Breaching the peace.” In fact, anyone who watches the video of his arrest can see quite clearly that he was only doing what any reporter for the BBC would have done — standing in front of a courtroom, talking into a microphone, and being filmed by a camera. The difference is that the BBC and other mainstream media are determined to give as little coverage as possible to the mass Muslim rape of infidel girls. As for the police, they knew about these “grooming gangs” for many years (as did armies of social workers) but did nothing for fear of being labeled racist or sparking Islamic uprisings. These same cops arrested Tommy Robinson on Friday not because he did anything wrong, but because he was drawing attention to Muslim crimes that they would rather see ignored — and drawing attention, too, by extension, to their own genuinely criminal failure to defend innocent children from what was essentially jihadist torture.

It gets worse. Within hours, according to some sources, Robinson was tried and sentenced to thirteen months in prison. To send him to a British prison, where a very high percentage of inmates are likely to be Muslim, is to condemn him to a life of brutal harassment and, very possibly, a violent death. Even in Islam-appeasing Britain, this seems inconceivable. It sounds like Soviet or Nazi “justice,” not like British jurisprudence.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Italian Anti-EU Chief Salvini Blasts Germany ‘We Won’t Choose a Finance Minister You Like’

EUROSCEPTIC Lega leader Matteo Salvini blasted Germany saying Italy won’t “choose a finance minister they like” as he is attempting to create an anti-EU Cabinet that will likely include the economist who theorised Italexit.

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

Italy: 10 Yrs Asked for Nigerian Who Raped, Impregnated Girl, 11

In Turin

(ANSA) — Turin, May 25 — prosecutors on Friday asked for a jail term of 10 years for a Nigerian man who allegedly raped and impregnated an 11-year-old girl in Turin last November.

The sentence is expected next month.

The man was a guest of the girl’s parents, and he was left to look after her and her siblings when they went to work.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Lesbian, 23, Attempts Suicide After Mother Rejects Her

In Milan

(ANSA) — Milan, May 25 — A 23-year-old Colombian woman tried to commit suicide after her mother rejected her when she came out to her as a lesbian Thursday, sources said Friday.

The woman was about to throw herself onto the Milan underground line when two people dissuaded her at around 8:30 Thursday, police said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Priest Cited for Stealing Holy Objects From Parishes

Near Imperia

(ANSA) — Imperia, May 25 — A priest was cited Friday for stealing holy objects from parishes in his diocese near Imperia.

Father Ruggiero Badiale had some 70 objects and works of art in his home, police said.

The cleric was placed under investigation along with an assistant and a shopkeeper from Brescia.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Pro-Conte Govt Majority Rises to 171 Senators

Support from 352 MPs in Lower House

(ANSA) — Rome, May 24 — The number of Senators willing to support a government under prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte has risen to 171 out of 318, ten more than needed for an absolute majority, after four crossed over from the mixed group.

The League-M5S-backed future government has much more leeway in the Lower House, where some 352 out of 630 are expected to support it.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: MPS Measures ‘To Put it Back on Feet’ — Vestager

Preventive recapitalisation to get out of it once waters calm

(ANSA) — Brusseles, May 24 — The measures taken by Italy and approved by the EU to right Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) were aimed at getting it back on its own two feet, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Thursday in reply to a question about the possible nationalisation of Italy’s third-biggest and the world’s oldest bank. The preventive recapitalisation of MPS was based on “the idea of it being a question of a temporary thing,” enabling one to “restructure and make sustainable” the bank, she said.

Therefore, the operation aimed to “get out of it once the situation returned to calm waters” with a bank that “once again was walking on its own legs”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Orwell’s Nightmare: Articles About Tommy Robinson’s Arrest Rapidly Scrubbed — From the Internet

Articles about the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of independent journalist and activist Tommy Robinson are being rapidly scrubbed from the internet after the British government put restrictions in place banning any reporting on the matter.

Robinson, 35, was arrested on Friday for suspicion of ‘breaching the peace’ while livestreaming to report on the trial of a child grooming gang. He will now have to serve a prior 13 month suspended sentence for a similar offense.

Articles from the Daily Record, Birmingham Live, The Mirror, RT and even Breitbart News were all taken offline in the hours following his detention.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Roman Reality Check Italian Trumpism is No Less Dangerous Than the Original

Members of the European Union need to send a clear message to the new Italian government: We will not allow you to destroy the eurozone.

A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Michael Sauga

They view themselves as the executors of the true will of the people. They put their nation first, without any regard for international treaties. But, no, it’s not Donald Trump and his supporters in the United States we’re talking about here. It’s Italy’s new government, which is currently being formed and whose political intent could best be summarized as such: Italy first, reflection second.

For the European Union, though, the Italian version of Trumpism is no less dangerous than the original. The political platforms of the new populist coalition government in Rome are comprised primarily of huge tax cuts while at the same time increasing pensions and social welfare services — which would push an already highly indebted nation even further into debt. It’s an agenda that brings along with it the constant threat of suicide attack on Europe: Either you make concessions, or we’ll blow up our country and the eurozone along with it…

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

Savona for Good of Italy in EU — Salvini

League leader defends economy minister pick

(ANSA) — Rome, May 24 — Anti-migrant Euroskeptic League leader Matteo Salvini said Thursday that former industry minister and anti-euro economist Paolo Savona, his pick for economy minister, “is the figure able to put Italy back at the centre of the debate in Europe”. “It seems that in the past Savona has had doubts on the efficacy of the euro: I ask myself if the free vote of Italians has any meaning, if it should be respected and what the problem is, if someone puts his competence at your disposal to discuss in Europe for the good of Italians” said Salvini.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Swedish Girls Fearing Forced Marriage Told to Hide Spoon in Underwear

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — A Swedish city is advising girls who fear being taken abroad for forced marriage or female genital mutilation (FGM) to tuck a spoon in their underwear before going through airport security.

Airport staff in Gothenburg have been told how to respond in such circumstances, said Katarina Idegard, who is in charge of tackling honor-based violence in Sweden’s second biggest city.

“The spoon will trigger metal detectors when you go through security checks,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “You will be taken aside and you can then talk to staff in private.”

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

Tommy Robinson Arrested Outside UK Court, Jailed for 13 Months as Judge Orders Orwellian Media Blackout

UK activist and English Defence Leage founder Tommy Robinson was arrested on Friday outside of Leeds Crown Court for reporting on a pedophile grooming trial. Within six hours of his arrest, Robinson was handed a 13 month prison term for violating a prior suspended sentence for a similar offense, while media outlets were banned from covering the incident by the court — with several removing reports which had already been published.

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

UK: Teenager, 18, Is Charged With 10 Terror Offences After He Was Arrested on a North London Street

An 18-year-old man has been charged with 10 terror offences after he was arrested on a north London street.

Sudesh Mamoor Faraz Amman, from Harrow, was arrested by officers, who were assisted by armed police, in the early hours of this morning.

The teenager was detained under the Terrorism Act and taken into custody at a south London police station.

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

Woman Forced Into Abortion in Pakistan Back in Italy

‘Farah is in safe place’ says Foreign Minister Alfano

(ANSA) — Milan, May 24 — A young Pakistani woman and Verona resident who was forced by her family into an abortion in Pakistan returned to Italy on Thursday.

“Farah is finally back in Italy and now she is in a safe place,” Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said.

“Thanks to the diplomatic work of the Italian embassy in Islamabad and the cooperation with the Pakistani authorities”.

The 19-year-old was allegedly conned into returning to Pakistan on a false premise and forced into an abortion when she was there. She had reportedly conceived the child with a Pakistani-Italian citizen.

She arrived at Milan’s Malpensa airport on a flight from Abu Dhabi early on Thursday.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Caroline Glick: Heeding Democratic Warnings

Every day Israel is subjected to a torrent of warnings from Democrats.

“You will pay a price for your support of President Donald Trump,” we are told.

“He won’t be president forever, and when he’s gone, watch out!”

The basic notion, repeated over and over again is clear enough. If Israel doesn’t want to be punished by the next Democratic White House — which we are warned will make us long for Barack Obama — then we’d better stop talking about the fact that Trump is the best ally and friend Israel has ever had in the White House.

These warnings are not baseless. The data are unmistakable. Republicans are more supportive of Israel than they ever have been. Democrats are abandoning Israel in droves. In January, Pew reported that liberal Democrats side with the Palestinians over Israel by a margin of nearly two to one. Conservative Republicans support Israel over the Palestinians by a margin of more than 16 to 1.

The yawning gap in support plays out in multiple ways. This week, 70 House Democrats sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding that Israel not destroy illegal Palestinian construction in the south Hebron hills.

Last week, no serving Democratic lawmakers attended the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Democrats also boycotted the Israeli Embassy in Washington’s party celebrating the move.

How is Israel supposed to deal with this wide and growing gap in partisan support? Before taking a stab at the answer, we first must understand what is causing the Democrats to turn against the Jewish state…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Caroline Glick: Endgame for U.S.-Turkey Relations

Last Monday, NATO ally Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Washington. The severe step is meant to punish the U.S. for opening an embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

Also last Monday, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador to Turkey. It had already withdrawn its ambassador from Tel Aviv.

In a speech at Chatham House that day, Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terror state,” and accused Israel of carrying out a “genocide.”

Indicating his view that the U.S. is also responsible for the so-called “genocide,” Erdogan said, “I condemn this humanitarian drama, this genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America.”

Turning his attention to Washington, Erdogan accused the U.S. of violating international law by recognizing Israel’s capital and moving its embassy to Jerusalem. He insisted that following the embassy move, the U.S. can no longer mediate the Palestinian conflict with Israel.

As Erdogan was condemning Israel and the U.S. in London, protesters in Ankara were burning Israeli and American flags at a mass rally. One speaker at the rally referred to the American people as “dogs.” The rally was organized by Turkey’s Islamist IHH group. IHH, which is aligned with Hamas and al Qaeda, has close relations with the Erdogan regime.

Also last Monday, Turkey called an emergency meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Istanbul. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that immediately after the conference, a mass protest against Israel would be held at Istanbul’s central thoroughfare.

It would be easy to dismiss Erdogan’s latest moves as simply another expression of his hatred for Israel and Jews…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Putin, Macron Bond Over Shared Unease at Trump’s Actions

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday found a common cause in their shared unease at U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions on Iran, climate change and international trade.

France is at odds with the Kremlin over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine four years ago, and allegations that Moscow meddled in a French presidential election in support of one of Macron’s opponents.

But there were only fleeting signs of those differences when Macron met Putin at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, an annual showcase for investment in Russia that the Russian leader hosts in his home town.

Instead, the two leaders focused on concerns about the future of a multinational deal on Iran’s nuclear deal programme, now in jeopardy after Trump pulled the United States out of it…

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

Myanmar Rohingya Militants Massacred Hindus, Says Amnesty

Rohingya Jihadi Militants ‘carried out massacre of Hindus in Myanmar’, says Amnesty International.

BBC | Asia News Desk | May 22, 2018:: Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians during attacks last August, according to an investigation by Amnesty International.

The group called Arsa killed up to 99 Hindu civilians in one, or possibly two massacres, said the rights group. Arsa had denied involvement.

The killings came in the first days of an uprising against Burmese forces, who are also accused of atrocities.

Since August nearly 700,000 Rohingyas and others have fled the violence.

The conflict has also displaced members of the majority Buddhist population in Myanmar (also called Burma) as well as members of the Hindu minority.

Amnesty says interviews it conducted with refugees in Bangladesh and in Rakhine state confirmed that mass killings carried out by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) took place in a cluster of villages in northern Maungdaw Township at the time of its attacks on police posts in late August.

The findings also show Arsa was responsible for violence against civilians, on a smaller scale, in other areas.

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]
 

Kim Jong-un Holds Surprise Second Summit With South Korea President Moon

North Korea’s president Kim Jong Un held a surprise two-hour second summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the truce village of Panmunjom on Saturday afternoon to pave way for a summit between North Korea and the United States.

The South Korean presidential office said the two leaders met at the DPRK side of the border village of Panmunjom from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm local time on Saturday, where they “candidly discussed the potential Trump-Kim summit”, and exchanged their opinions on implementing the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration.

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USB Containing ISIS Material is Found in the Supermax Jail Cell of One of Australia’s Most Notorious Prisoners Amid Fears He is Radicalising Other Inmates

A USB with Islamic State material on it was discovered in the cell of Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy. The find has sparked fears that terrorist are radicalising other inmates.

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Austria’s Populist Vice-Chancellor Slams EU Border Agency as ‘People-Trafficking Organisation’

Austrian vice-chancellor and leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache slammed the European Union border agency Frontex, labelling it a “people-trafficking organisation”.

Vice-chancellor Strache, who has been consistently outspoken against mass migration, made the comments following a meeting in Brussels in his role as Austrian Minister for Sport, slamming Frontex and saying the agency was “anything but a border guard”, Kronen Zeitung reports.

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Big Business: 114 NGOs and 7,356 Volunteers Involved in Supporting Refugees on Just One Greek Island

Roughly 114 totally uncontrolled NGOs with an army of 7,356 volunteers have been involved in the refugee crisis, from 2016 until today, on the Greek Island of Lesbos alone, news outlet Protothema reports.

This SHOCKING number came to light only after questions from Greek MP Charalampos Athanassiou were filed to both the competent Minister of Shipping and Minister of Immigration Policy, in the Hellenic Parliament.

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Caught on Video: Islamist Mob Attacks Refugees in Greece “For Not Observing Ramadan”

Graphic video has emerged online showing a mob of baton-wielding Islamists attacking other Muslims in a refugee camp in Greece reportedly for not observing the Ramadan fast. Early unconfirmed Kurdish media reports claim 4 men were killed and many others injured as the group of attackers entered refugee tents with weapons Friday afternoon at a crowded camp in Moria on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos.

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Hungarian Deputy PM: ‘Islamic Invasion’ Will Reduce Europeans to ‘Minority in Our Own Continent’

Hungarian deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen has warned that an “Islamic invasion” is bringing about a demographic transformation which will reduce Europeans to a “minority in our own continent”.

Breitbart London reported some of the Deputy Prime Minister’s remarks to hundreds of thousands of ethnic Hungarians at a pilgrimage gathering in Transylvania, Romania earlier this week, and has now seen a full transcript of his speech.

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Nearly 1,500 Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean in Two Days: Italian Coastguard

Around 1,500 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Thursday and Friday in operations involving the Italian navy and ships chartered by NGOs and the EU border agency Frontex, the Italian coastguard said.

On Friday alone, seven separate operations picked up 1,050 people as they tried to make the crossing to Europe. The operations were coordinated by the Italian coastguard.

[Comment: Article dated May 26, 2018.]

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Swedish ‘Culture Critic’ Condemns Marriage Unless it is Used to Keep Asylum Seekers in Sweden

Swedish journalist and “culture critic” Kristina Lindquist has slammed the institution of marriage, but noted that marriages to asylum seekers to help them stay in Sweden are an “excellent reason” for them.

Ms. Lindquist, who wrote the opinion piece for Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter earlier this week, said that she did not personally believe in the institution of marriage, calling it “one of the most central institutions of the patriarchy”.

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Vigilant on Africans’ Rights in Italy — Juncker

EC judges govts on deeds not words

(ANSA) — Brussels, May 23 — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said after talks with African Union chief Moussa Faki Wednesday that the EC will be “vigilant to safeguard the rights of the Africans who are in Italy”. He said “the Italian government has not yet been formed. As European Commission we judge governments not for what they announce but on what they will do”.” Juncker was answering a question on the future Italian government’s plan to expel 500,000 migrants.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/26/2018

  1. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer talks about… …the serious need for Germany to invest massively in the European Union’s future.

    Seriously, in Czechoslovakia we used to have this official propaganda motto saying: “Forever with the Soviet Union!”

    And today, every day, I can read in the newspapers how the EU is the one and only option for our future, because if it wasn’t for the EU, France, Germany, Britain and Poland will attack us, and then we get destroyed by China and India, and the USA will enslave us, and after all that we will die of hunger and thirst, unemployed, with no roof over our head, killing and destroying one another, because only the EU can guarantee the rule of law in the Czech Republic… We have to stay forever in the EU!!!

    Can doubling down be considered a sign of the end?

    • WWe can only hope the Leftists are losing power. Yet, Tommy Robinson is summarily imprisoned for nothing, Ireland’s ancient civilization just collapsed, Israel is reviled by the likes of Diane Feinstein and the US protects ISIS inside Syria. The anticipated Summer riots by Antifa will alarm the world to the Left’s message of Death.

    • ” because only the EU can guarantee the rule of law in the Czech Republic ”
      Well , the only thing you will be guaranteed is unrest and widespread lawlessness , if you believe or trust anything coming out of Bruxelles . The EU is not about guaranteeing and upholding peace ; it may have been sold as such , but nothing could be farther from truth . You guys , of all , would recognize a totalitarian monster on its rise . Thanks goodness for the resistance from you and your neighbours ; not much fight left in much of the rest of Europe . Your position can but inspire and hopefully act as a much overdue wake-up call .

  2. “In January, Pew reported that liberal Democrats side with the Palestinians over Israel by a margin of nearly two to one. Conservative Republicans support Israel over the Palestinians by a margin of more than 16 to 1.”

    Is it possible that God is not finished with the Jews and just as they demanded Barrabas over Jesus the World will choose Palestinians over Jews?

    “Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him!”

  3. Meanwhile, Sen. Liz Warren, a/k/a Pocahontas, is gathering a few American Indians to say if she “thinks” she’s an Indian then she is one? How sad for these subjugated peoples to be run over by her forked tongue. They’ve sold their own DNA, cheap.

  4. Joschka Fischer is an overrated product of the “revolutionary” student movement of 1968-9. He should be the most average guy in the street. What else do you expect from him?

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