Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/19/2018

People smugglers are now bringing illegal migrants from Turkey into Europe using limousines and luxury cars at up to €3,000 per head. The criminal network running the operation is thought to originate in Georgia.

In other news, a radical atheist in Edinburgh admitted that he set fires in a church and a Sikh temple to make a political statement.

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Thanks to Caroline Glick, Dean, Ivan Winters, JD, Reader from Chicago, Salome, Srdja Trifkovic, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Uzay Bulut: The Persecution of Non-Muslims in Turkey

During last month’s OSCE/ODIHR conference in Warsaw, the Counterjihad Collective organized a side event entitled “Why Does Europe Hate Speech?” The following video from the event shows a talk given by Uzay Bulut about the persecution of non-Muslims by the Turkish government and Muslim Turks, especially the repression of Assyrian Christians, Armenian Christians, and Jews.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for editing and uploading this video:

For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE Archives.

Thank You!

After a long hiatus, Jonathan Hanks returns with a guest-essay on Brett Kavanaugh, Elizabeth Warren, and the carnival freak show that American politics has become.

Thank You!

by Jonathan Hanks

The past few weeks have been a tumultuous time for the nation.

With the extraordinary spectacle of the Kavanaugh hearings we were all brought to the brink: not only of losing our democracy, but our collective sanity, as well.

You, and I, and millions of other decent and concerned citizens from wide-ranging points of view were horrified, and spent many sleepless nights over the Kafka-esque and circus-like atmosphere which commandeered not only the confirmation proceedings, but the life of the nation itself.

Supposedly wise and prudent lawmakers publicly undermined the bedrock of our Constitutional Republic, all while poring over high school yearbook entries from the early 1980s with the gravity one might have expected from a Stalinist tribunal.

And then, when it seemed like we were right at the breaking point, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine stepped onto the senate floor and addressed her colleagues, and her fellow citizens, and the world — and dispassionately, and intelligently, and articulately brought us back to our senses.

She reminded us that the rule of law was vital, and the presumption of innocence was paramount, and just as importantly she reminded us that we, too, believed these things. And we all breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Yes, some of us wept. But for many, and I suspect even most, this was ultimately an insufficient catharsis. The sturm und drang of the preceding weeks required even more serious medicine:

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present, Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In one fell swoop, and in what must be one of the most ill-advised political stunts in recent memory, we were finally free to do exactly what was needed most: Laugh!

Within hours of these solemn and pretentious and supercilious pronouncements that somewhere far in the distant past, somehow one thousandth of a remote ancestor’s DNA had managed to make its way into her genetic makeup (and thereby made her way up the academic ladder a whole lot easier), the well-deserved cacophony of contagious lampooning and old fashioned belly-laughter broke out.

Names like Faux-cahontas, and Liar-watha, and Fake-agawea were freely bandied about in public: we all started cackling like a high school sports team who’d drunk a few too many brewskies after a Friday night game.

But it was OK, because this was just the medicine that the nation needed most.

You see, sometimes the lie is so great that the best and only effective retort is hilarity.

Pure and simple.

And people with a functioning Bill of Rights can afford to laugh.

So thank you, Sen. Collins and Sen. Warren.

Each of you had your part to play in our national healing, by reminding us who we are.

And, who we aren’t.

Previously by Jonathan Hanks: A Picture is Worth…

Noli Me Tangere!

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is a member of the National Assembly for La France Insoumise (“Unsubdued France”, LFI), a left-wing populist and democratic socialist political party. He is a former communist and a former member of the Socialist Party and the Left Party.

Recently the house and offices of Mr. Mélenchon were raided by the police due to alleged financial irregularities. Other prominent French politicians affiliated with LFI were raided at the same time.

During the police action at his house, Mr. Mélenchon live-streamed events with his cell phone in an extended video selfie. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an excerpt from an RT article about the raids on La France Insoumise:

First Le Pen, Now Melenchon? Another Macron Critic Has Headquarters Raided

Former French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon’s home has been raided by police, as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of EU funds that also targeted political firebrand and Macron critic Marine Le Pen.

The leader of France’s left-wing La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) livestreamed the unannounced intrusion on Facebook, vowing to exact revenge on France’s Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet for the raid, which targeted his home as well as his party’s headquarters.

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We Are All Syrians Now

The video below tells the story of a Ukrainian family who became Syrian “refugees” in Germany. It demonstrates that ANYONE who claims to be Syrian can hope to obtain asylum in Germany and gain full benefits for their family.

I can imagine a Monty Pythonesque sketch in which a family of blond blue-eyed Swedes disembarks from a rickety boat at the port in Rostock and approaches the immigration officer on the quay:

“We’re Syrians, and we want to claim asylum”

“That’s funny — you don’t look Syrian.”

“You WAYCIST!”

“Don’t come the raw prawn with me, mate. You’re from Uppsala — I can smell the surströmming on your jodhpurs.”

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

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Philippe de Villiers: “Careful: Europe Will Fall Apart”

Long-time readers will remember Philippe de Villiers, an old-school conservative French entrepreneur, politician and novelist who comments frequently on political issues. In the following television interview, Mr. De Villiers discusses populism, Viktor Orbán, Emmanuel Macron, and the current crisis in Europe.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/18/2018

President Trump threatened to send the military and close the Mexican border to stop the latest migrant caravan from entering the United States. Meanwhile, Mexico mobilized its forces to stop the caravan at its southern border after being pressured by Mr. Trump.

In other news, France is likely to receive a record number of asylum claims this year, and three-quarters of those will want to stay in France.

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Thanks to AF, Andy Bostom, Dora, Insubria, JD, John, Reader from Chicago, Srdja Trifkovic, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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More on the Firebomb Attack at McDonald’s in Cologne

The Cologne police acknowledged that the McDonald’s attacker might have caused significant carnage if his firebomb attack had gone as planned. The alleged perpetrator is a Syrian “refugee” who is said to admire the Islamic State. Yet the last I heard, the authorities deny any connection with “terrorism”.

Presumably that’s because they failed to find an ISIS membership card in the guy’s apartment.

Oh, by the way — he also has “mental problems”.

Miss Piggy, who translated the video and text, sends this snip from an eyewitness account on the news site Express.de:

“I was standing in front of the main train station in the square and talking on my phone and suddenly I heard screams. Several screams, very hysterical screams, “ she said. As she turned around and she saw that McDonald’s behind her was very dark and flames were blazing out. At that moment, two women had run out. They were running for their lives.

“One hat their foot burning and the flames were already high up to the hips. Then a passerby came and tried to help the girl, trying to take off her shoe, take off her socks, because everything was already on fire. At some point he did it. And then someone came out of the nearby pharmacy and provided first aid.”

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Another Freedom of Speech “Issue”

Had you heard about the Atlanta brouhaha? I hadn’t either.

Here’s Dr. Turley’s take on the pushback against leftist activism’s bully pulpit.

The times they are a changin’. One hopes that the coming shift is both rapid and fundamental. While it takes a great deal of ruination to destroy a culture the ever-more-radical left has had two generations now to dismantle things. It was their uglification of everything that drove people away.

The mistake the left makes is believing it can never be wrong.

Well, that’s one of its miscalculations…the learning curve back to Reality is a steep climb. For example, that Atlanta mayor is going to have to run for re-election eventually and he may have a huge municipal insurance premium hanging like an albatross around his neck. Municipal insurance carriers don’t care about politics – for them, it’s all about the bottom line. If Atlanta has to go to the Supreme Court, the fiscal blood will flow as tax rates go up.

Assault by Auto in Dellwig

There’s no mention of ethnicity in this story, but one has one’s suspicions.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this brief article from Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. The events referred to in the text occurred last Friday, October 11:

Several men argue loudly and shouting in the city of Essen. Initially they used words and threats. In a dispute in Essen-Dellwig, a man was injured on Friday. His assailant had deliberately hit him with a car.

In a dispute between two men one of the participants has been hit by a car. He was slightly injured, the police said on Friday afternoon. The crime scene was the Zugstraße in Dellwig. A woman called the police and said that a car driver had obviously targeted a man deliberately. There was also talk of a knife.

“With the arrival of the police, the situation calmed down,” states the law enforcement agency. A man came to the police station; the investigation is underway. The police also secured a Mercedes, which contained a shotgun and a knife. “Perhaps the gun was used in the conflict as a striking tool,” the police currently suspect. Why the dispute arose could not be clarified as yet.

German “Right-Wing” Publisher and his Wife Attacked after Frankfurt Book Fair

Our German readers are probably familiar with the attack on Götz Kubitschek and his wife last Saturday in Frankfurt, but people who don’t follow the German-language news have most likely heard very little about it. Rembrandt Clancy sends this digest of the available information on the incident.


Götz Kubitschek in Chemnitz

German “Right-Wing” Publisher and his Wife Attacked after Frankfurt Book Fair

by Rembrandt Clancy

Götz Kubitschek is a well-known German book publisher and journalist who resolutely places himself to the right of the political spectrum: “Where there is a Left, there must be a Right and if there are intellectuals of the Left there are intellectuals of the Right.” For Kubitschek “Right” is virtually a brand name, even though it is weighted with a negative, “denunciative” or “pejorative” valuation, whilst the Left draws normative descriptors. For the executive editor of Sezession, the only journal for right-of-centre intellectuals in the German-speaking world, being intellectually to the Right is a “metapolitical theme” also for Antaios-Verlag (Antaios Publishing House), which he founded and still manages from the old Schnellroda manor in Saxony-Anhalt. But it is not a question of promoting the word “Right” or “right-wing intellectual” as an end itself; rather, it is a task of Antaios to turn the word “Right” into a positive concept. To be intellectually to the Right in today’s world is clearly more interesting, firstly because its ideas are new; and secondly, because it tackles matters in a different way, hence yielding a more accurate description of reality. (Interview with Kubitschek by RT Deutsch, Der Fehlende Part, 2017).

Writers such as the Austrian Identitarian leader Martin Sellner find a home at Antaios-Verlag. Kubitschek recently published Finis Germania, or “Germania, You are Dying” by the late Rolf Peter Sieferle and thereby called up an hysterical storm among the established press in Germany. Gates of Vienna published a translation of the book’s third chapter entitled “Mythos VB [Vergangenheitsbewältigung]” or “ The Mythos of Overcoming the [National Socialist] Past”.

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung was the first to report the attack by three hooded men on Götz Kubitschek and his wife after the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen on Saturday 13 October. They were dining at about 2200 hours in the outdoor area of the Pizzeria dal Bianco on Darmstädter Landstraße, a situation which placed Kubitschek immediately adjacent to the sidewalk.

Junge Freiheit reports:

Kubitschek sits with his back to the street and cannot see the attackers. “I never do that otherwise. They came out of nowhere… then I felt someone kick me in the back of the head; I fell with my head against the top of the table and was dazed”.

Kubitschek continues to describe how his wife and an acquaintance were injured, saying “The entire affair lasted five to eight seconds at the most.”

Caroline Sommerfeld is an Antaios author and intellectual of the New Right. She was present during the incident and reports that when Kubitschek’s wife, Ellen Kositza, realised that the perpetrators were trying to steal a notebook computer and a satchel which were on the table, she held on tightly to the items. The attackers dragged her from her bench onto the ground causing an injury to her left knee and wounds to her head. A third acquaintance suffered a black eye and a cut to his temple from a flying bottle (unzensuriert.at, 15 October).

The mainstream Frankfurter Allgemeine provided additional detail suggesting the perpetrators knew their victims:

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Christine Williams to the OSCE: We Must Not Discriminate When Applying Rules on Racism, Xenophobia, Intolerance and Discrimination

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Thursday, 20 September 2018

Working Session 17: Combating racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination

Intervention read by Christine Williams, representing Mission Europa

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE Archives.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/17/2018

A high-level Treasury Department employee named Natalie Edwards was arrested and charged with leaking confidential data to a reporter. When she was arrested Ms. Edwards was reportedly holding a flash drive containing documents on the investigation of Donald Trump’s associates in the alleged “Russian influence” probe.

In other news, an 18-year-old student at a community college in the city of Kerch in the Crimea shot 17 of his fellow students to death before killing himself.

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Being Green Means Never Having to Answer a Question

Last weekend Bavarians went to the polls to vote in the state’s regional parliamentary elections. The CSU, who have ruled Bavaria with an absolute majority for decades, were cut down eleven points to 37%, and the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) entered the state parliament for the first time with about 11% of the vote.

The video below is an excerpt from a town hall event from before the election featuring the Green Party candidate Katharina Schulze. In it you’ll hear Ms. Schulze bob and weave even more effectively than Barack Obama to avoid giving any direct answers to questions. The only questions she answered firmly were on completely innocuous topics.

MissPiggy has translated text and video about the event. The précis below is from Bild:

Election Campaign — final spurt in Bavaria!

The Green-top candidate Katharina Schulze (33) was at the BILD talk on the Bavarian election in the brewery Augustiner Klosterwirt on Monday morning [last week] to answer the questions of BILD readers. The question time was moderated by Anna von Bayern and BILD boss Julian Reichelt.

But anyone who hoped for clear answers was disappointed. Schulze, when pressed for a clear message, tried to talk her way out, which increasingly annoyed spectators who wanted clear statements. Just before the end of the program it became too much for a spectator. A man from the audience, according to his own words a Green sympathizer, railed against Schulze: “It reminds me of the student spokeswoman in the Max Planck Gymnasium!” He said, Schulze has “no battle plan”, and he could not understand why she just couldn’t say yes or no.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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