April 4, 2019
Qatar Finances the Muslim Brotherhood in Italy. And in Return They Buy Our Arms
The book Qatar Papers, written by the French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, reveals the funding given by Doha in 2014 to mosques and Islamic centers in Europe: €72 million, of which €22 million went to Italy alone. The currency of exchange? The arsenal made in Italy.
The Italian press struggles to make the connections. Either it is not capable, or it is because it is in bad faith. That is demonstrated by the articles in Qatar Papers, the book written by the French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, which reveals the funding from Doha to mosques and Islamic centers in Europe in 2014: €72 million, of which €22 million went to Italy alone. This sounds the alarm of the newspapers on the links of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood. None of them recall our furnishing of arms to the Emir Al Thani: In a little more than a year, €9 billion in ships and helicopters. Perhaps that way explains to us better how things are, right? Qatar, for Italy, is a small Sparta in the Gulf. We are arming the emirate to the teeth, which is under embargo by Saudi Arabia and their allies in the Gulf, who accuse Doha, along with Turkey, of protecting the Muslim Brothers and their leader, Yusuf al Qaradawi, with their political Islam considered a lethal trap for the absolute monarchies of the region.
In little more than one year we have sold Doha 7 Fincantieri warships for €4 billion, 28 NH 90 (formerly Agusta Westland) helicopters for €3 billion; in addition, an agreement has been signed for 24 Typhoon fighters from the Europefighter consortium, of which Leonardo-Finmeccanica has a share of 36%. Planes, more than anything else, have also been sold to Saudi Arabia after a visit to London by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon, who according to the CIA ordered the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Here are some of the many motives: the tensions in the Gulf and Libya, for the emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who for us has a relevant weight. We are a strategic ally. The emirate is a large producer of gas, in partnership with Iran — under American sanctions — and one of the largest foreign investors in Italy, where the Qataris have acquired fashion brands (Valentino), real estate, large hotels, and the Air Italy company, formerly Meridiana, of the Agha Khan.
The Qatar Investment Authority (Qia) is a colossus, whose assets are estimated at €335 billion. Italy certainly cannot be presumed to have treated it badly. Here it wants to proselytize among Muslims at the expense of the Saudis and other monarchies of the Gulf. It cannot shock; therefore, if, in the book by Malbrunot, a colleague and friend, kidnapped in Iraq in 2004 while we were together in Baghdad, a letter from Yusuf al Qaradawi is cited, in which the sheikh praises the Caim (Coordination of Islamic Associations of Milan) Monza and Brianza, and exhorts its recipients to donate generously to their representatives, Yassine Baradei and Davide Piccardo, noted promoters of Islam in Lombardy, to support their project to construct a large new Islamic center in Milan with a mosque and several educational centers.
The following article concerns the Muslim Brotherhood’s use of Luxembourg as a financial hub. It’s from 2018, but still relevant — the situation has not changed in the interim.
Investigation: Luxembourg, the fiscal paradise of the Muslim Brotherhood?
June 14, 2018
If Switzerland is known to have been a rear base of the Muslim Brotherhood, Luxembourg, on the other hand, has long been ignored. However, historically the Grand Duchy has played a central role in the financial strategy of this organization.
Luxembourg has become one of the strongholds of worldwide Islamic finance, and its authorities boast about it: “As the second largest world center for funds and host of the world’s principal stock exchange for stock securities, Luxembourg is today a key center for the development of Islamic finance in Europe,” stated Tom Theobald, Luxembourg’s deputy director general for finance at the end of 2017.
It is true that the publicity and lobbying carried out around this “Islamic finance” lends credence that this “finance” might be cleaner, more ethical because it is religious! In the name of God, is it less neo-liberal or less opaque? Nay. Such affirmations are absurd at best and at worst deceiving.
In reality, however, the valuation of this so-called new market quite simply hides the financial infiltration strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and certain Gulf countries.
A project under construction for over 40 years…
In 2005 the Swiss journalist Sylvain Besson published a remarkable work, “The conquest of the West”, which everyone unfortunately forgot, and would be good to update.
In this book, the investigator-journalist recalls that after the attacks on September 11, the Swiss police conducted a search at the home of Youssef Nada, the chairman of a group named al-Taqwa, which was suspected of having financed al-Qaeda. In Nada’s house, the police seized an exceptional document, which had to do with “Project” of the Muslim Brotherhood, written in 1981. This document established the global strategy of the Brotherhood and more specifically, that which was envisioned for Europe.
During a second search of the offices of al-Taqwa, investigators found another document fascinatingly titled “Financial Strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood”.
This edifying text details the financial structures created by the leaders of the Brotherhood during the 1970s, thanks to funds principally coming from the Gulf countries.
The central position of Luxembourg is clearly exposed in the first pages. “The Islamic International Bank of Luxembourg is the principal entity that directs and controls all other institutions. ARINCO, an affiliated entity, manages the long-term investments.” And here we are!
Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan has the latest on the convoluted political situation in his homeland.
The coming elections
by H. Numan
In the UK the Labour party lost massively. Their biggest loss in nearly a century. In America the Democrat party is going to lose even more. The signs are all there. The most important candidate is Bernie Sanders who isn’t even fit to sit in a clown car. Much less to drive it. The man has absolutely no authority whatsoever. I’ve seen clips where his radical supporters grab the microphone out of his hands and totally humiliate themselves. With comrade clown standing next to it. Seething, and not able to do a darn thing about it.
Don’t be mistaken: The other clowns are almost as bad as he is. That’s pretty good news, I think. Even Bloomberg isn’t going anywhere. He can’t help it, he simply has the wrong credentials. Just like a child abuser has to live with his past, so must he. He was not only a strict Republican, he’s also a billionaire. Apart from the fact that he is simply bribing his way to nomination, and gloating that he can do it. Voting fraud is now completely legal in at least California. You can collect all the ballots in a retirement home or a town, fill them in as desired and present them as valid votes.
Even so, Trump is going to win. He doesn’t have to do a thing himself. The clowns do all the hard work for him. I hope the Milwaukee police department is planning for some huge riots. Antifa is not going to accept anyone else but comrade Sanders. They’re going to be very angry, as Sanders will not be elected.
Now, in Holland we’re also heading for elections. Officially we aren’t. Elections are due in March of 2021. That’s a full year in the future. The government is basically finished governing. Their goals have been achieved, or need a different coalition. I have no idea what will cause the resignation of the cabinet, but all parties are gearing up in election mode. The conservatives (VVD) and Christian Democrats (CDA) especially are making very bold statements about fewer migrants, stronger borders and — don’t laugh — less money to the EU. That’s a sure sign elections are coming.
It’ll be a very interesting election. In the recent past, first the Christian Democrats got trashed, followed by the labor party PvdA. In both cases after a long period of governing and a string of broken promises. This election will be the same, only now it’s the VVD’s turn to get trashed. Like their Christian and Labor compatriots earlier, the VVD has governed for a very long time, nearly 12 years continuously. The broken promises of Mark Rutte are legendary. As before people had high hopes during the first Rutte cabinet, which over time lessened. Currently the government is a minority government. The cabinet had a one-seat majority at the start in parliament. They lost that seat last year. In the senate it’s already a minority cabinet.
We’ve seen a massive shift to the left in nearly all parties. We used to have three large parties: a big conservative party (VVD), an even larger center party of Christian Democrats, and a large labor party. All of them moved far to the left. They want to woo young, hip and progressive voters. Nothing wrong with that, but there is a price to pay. There are lots of young people who are not progressive. Most of the not-so-young voters are anything but progressive. The price the formerly big parties have to pay is far fewer voters. They all shrank from their position of the big three to middle of the road. Or in case of the PvdA: that’s now a small party. In Dutch politics anything under 10 seats is small fry, 10-25 is middle of the road and anything above is a big party.
Progressive parties want to create a united left front. That won’t fly, because the PvdA party knows very well that will cost their party whatever seats they have left. Of course GL (former communists) and the SP (former Maoists) are in favor. They would gain the seats lost by the PvdA. Two birds with one stone!
That big gap on the right is being filled by two parties: The PVV party and the new Forum for Democracy (FvD). The PVV currently holds 19 seats, and FvD 2. It’s highly likely both will gain a lot in the coming elections. I expect both to grow to about 30 seats each. However, that is not enough for a majority. They will need 76 seats. That’ll be a problem as both the PVV and FvD parties are boycotted by the others.
Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna), caused outrage when he appeared on state TV and declared that all of Sweden was a no-go zone.
Åkesson: “All of Sweden Is a Ghetto”
January 28, 2020
There are not only “vulnerable areas” in certain places in Sweden. The whole country is such an area, says Sweden Democrat (SD) leader Jimmie Åkesson on SVT [Swedish Television] Aktuellt on Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday evening, Justice and Migration Minister Morgon Johansson (S) and Sweden Democrat party leader Jimmy Åkesson (SD) met in a debate on SVT Aktuellt 21.
The topic was so-called “quota refugees”.
Johansson wants Sweden to continue filling the country with thousands of people from the Third World. Sweden accepts about 5,000 quota refugees every year, mostly from Africa and the Middle East.
Åkesson held the opposite view.
“Sweden is full,” he explained.
Morgon Johansson believes that Jimmie Åkesson lacks empathy because he doesn’t want quota refugees. We are talking about the “most vulnerable” people imaginable, he [Johansson] argued. The minister went so far as to suggest that the SD leader is racist and really doesn’t want people in the country who don’t look like typical Swedes.
“Don’t talk to me about compassion. You chose to prioritize 9,000 adult Afghan men without asylum. Year after year, you prioritize people who should not be here. Where is the compassion for the elderly people who cannot access the welfare they are entitled to? Where is the compassion for all those who cannot get the care they need? People are dying in health care queues today in Sweden, and you want even more to come here and share the welfare? There isn’t any room for that,” answered Åkesson.
Johansson made a weak effort at a comeback and repeatedly appeared anxious and unsure. He trembled as he spoke.
“My opinion is that all of Sweden is a vulnerable area today,” the SD leader maintained.
That statement made Annika Strandhäll (S) go through the roof. Sweden is the best country in the world. That is a fact, she believes.
“Åkesson stands there in Aktuellt and says that all of Sweden is a vulnerable area today. He should get a counter-question. Thus, Sweden is the land that has the highest reputation in the world. When will the ‘black-painting’ SD and right-wing movements subject themselves to factual examination,” Strandhäll writes on Twitter.
At the end of this month Brexit will become a reality. Or will it somehow yet again be postponed? Our English correspondent Seneca III has some thoughts on the matter.
Brexit: The Cities, the Shires and the Open Sea
by Seneca III
In eight days and eight nights as of this writing I will greet the rising sun on the first day of February 2020 with much the same status as I unknowingly did seventy-eight years ago as I entered into this life as a free-born child of England, but I incline to say “much the same status as”, because my freedom, as tentative now as it was then, will not be complete. Yes, our D-Day does hover on a near horizon — in this case just over a week away — but its success or failure is as unpredictable now as it was in June 1944.
Thanks to over four decades of scheming, surrender-treaty-signing politicians we will at best still face almost a year subject to binding EU controls, restrictions and judgements and to the continued payment of huge membership fees to an organisation of which we will no longer be a member and from which we will receive no benefit (if we ever did), plus, at the end of it all, paying thirty-nine billion pounds of ransom money to finally escape its clutches.*
The terms and conditions of this robbery at legal gunpoint are enabled and enforced by the chains those treaties acceded us to. That the ends of those chains are firmly in the hands of an implacable enemy construct across the Channel to which our groveling governing classes pay obeisance is humiliating and dangerously detrimental to our financial and sovereign future.
And, just to ice the cake of our subservience, the rape and plundering of our fishing grounds by EU Seine Net, Electrification and Beam-Dragging Mega-Trawlers will continue at an accelerating pace to the point where, with their food chains destroyed from the bottom up, those waters will have become near sterile wildernesses by the time we get them back eleven months later.
Yet, on that day of days when we at least partially pull the plug, I will still stand proud to be British, to be one miniscule part of a Union and a people who, despite several decades of subtle deceits and nigh on four years of high treason in the corrupted Mother of Parliaments have, for the umpteenth time since the Norman invasion and the third time in the last hundred years, found the will and the courage to resist and repel yet another attempt at foreign hegemony over the once green and pleasant land that is this small wind-swept archipelago in the North Atlantic. And possibly even saved Europe from itself in the process.
Still, I am foremost minded of the fact that at that at 2300 hours on the 31st we will still have that long, uncertain year’s slog ahead of us, a hopefully beneficial progress we might at least be able to sustain for a short span, but only for a short span because the singular triumph of Brexit which succeeded against all odds over this latest attempt to subordinate us to the beat of different drummers is not the linear and forward looking process it would appear to be. It is in actuality a small length of arc on the circumference of the closed circular course of our political affairs where a precession that, if not recognised or accepted with insouciance and thus immediately rejected, always tends to produce another attempt at dominance by inimical entities either from either within or without. Or both.
Before her fibromyalgia became so severe that she had to quit working, Dymphna’s final job was at a charitable organization that helped mentally ill people, many of them homeless. This week’s edition of Dymphna’s Greatest Hits (from September 2009) draws on that work experience.
Homeless or Not??
Originally published on September 29, 2009
The story below has been on my mind ever since it arrived via email a few weeks ago.
First, I’ll present just the story itself, which my friend thought amusing (as did all the commenters at the site). After you read it and decide for yourself what this situation is about, I’ll give my interpretation of the events. Having saved our email exchange, I’ll also give my friend’s arguments against my interpretation.
Several blogs posted this when it first appeared. Unfortunately, I no longer remember where I ran across their posts, though I do remember they drew the same conclusion as my friend, i.e. that it was simply a weird amusing story from Kansas:
A man and woman decided to give the phrase “Dumpster diving” a new twist over the weekend, crawling inside one on North Waco so they could be alone.
But while they were engaged in what Wichita police described as “an intimate moment,” they were robbed by a man armed with a pocket knife.
It all unfolded shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of North Waco, police said, when the man and woman, both 44, crawled into the trash container for privacy.
A short time later, a 59-year-old man and his 64-year-old companion interrupted the couple inside the trash container.
With the older man encouraging him, the 59-year-old man pulled out a pocket knife and took shoes, jewelry and the 44-year-old man’s wallet.
Police were notified, and officers found the two suspects a short time later. The stolen property was recovered.
Okay, there you have the bare facts. I looked around for more details, but none were to be had. Thus, we’ll have to go with what we’ve got here.
How did you read this story?
Here’s my response to my friend:
Thanks for sending this (I think). It made me immensely sad.
I felt so sorry for all of those people. They were like something out of a Flannery O’Connor short story. Degraded and such casual evil.
The couple must’ve been homeless. And the villains don’t sound any better off.
I’m not sure I’m up to reading the comments about them unless there is some compassion somewhere in them. Is there?
My friend didn’t agree with my interpretation at all. He wrote back:
I doubt that they are homeless.
Remember that the thieves got away with jewelry and a wallet.
And most homeless people don’t call the cops when something happens. If anyone was homeless, I think it was the robbers.
As I read his reply, the time I’d spent working with homeless people came flooding back in full Technicolor. I intuitively knew that these were not only homeless people but likely from that class of homeless known as “the ambulatory mentally ill”.
The fate of these folks is the result of legislation going back to Kennedy’s era, when the enlightened elite decided to open the doors of our mental institutions and send patients back into their communities to be cared for by local folks. Of course this novel legislation, which eventually created “Community Service Boards” who would oversee the mentally ill, was another case of unfunded or underfunded federal do-goodism. If you think ObamaCare is a good idea, just look at federal mandates as they apply to CSBs. It would be funny if it didn’t damage so many people. And if the dedicated staff at your local CSB didn’t have so few resources to help the walking weirdoes (as other homeless people call them).
This report [pdf], by Kaiser, is overly optimistic in my view:
In his latest essay, our Dutch correspondent H. Numan responds to a commenter named Reconquista, who took him to task in the comment thread on his previous post.
There really is a left-wing conspiracy
by H. Numan
A few days ago I wrote an article about massive political losses of the left-wing parties in America and the UK. A reader responded this was nonsense; I was just an old fogey longing for the days where communists were prosecuted. I had to smile when I read it. Yes, I am an old fogey. Yes, I’m also a (C)old war warrior. What the reader doesn’t know, but I proudly say: I was member of the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary or Koninklijke Marechaussee. A unit not exactly known for their love of progressiveness and liberalism. I’m not repudiating or refuting this reader; I’m more than happy to give him the benefit of doubt. Let’s just say he doesn’t know better. Most people don’t know all this. It’s up to me to clarify. That’s why I write for the Gates anyway.
Let’s start by looking at me, way back when I was a kid. My parents were devoutly Roman Catholic. They voted for the KVP (Catholic party), later the CDA (Christian Democrats, after the merger). For one reason only: they were Catholic, and Catholics vote for that party. No other reason. Now, my parents were not rich. Far from it. We never lacked for the bare basics, but no more. A car, for example, we never had. During the holidays we kids had to amuse ourselves; my parents couldn’t afford to go away on a holiday. At best we went on one— or two-day trips. My clothes — as many over the age of 50 will remember — were usually hand-me-downs from elder cousins who had grown out of them. Fortunately, my sense of fashion was and still is non-existent.
You might say that my parents and myself later on were the ideal voters for a labor or social-democrat party. After all, we had a lot to gain and nothing to lose by voting labor. Yet I never felt attracted to socialism in my life. Not as a young boy, not as a young new voter and certainly not now. I think you have to work to achieve something. You can choose something else, but that is your choice. Don’t ask others to pay for your hobbies and daydreams. So you can say I’m a die-hard conservative from the cradle. I never voted conservative (VVD) because I particularly liked that party, but more for want of anything better.
Right now, we have more options. For me there’s the PVV party, which is a conservative party for the common man. There is also FvD (Forum for Democracy), which is another new conservative party. Only this one targets a more affluent audience. The VVD party calls itself a people’s party, but in real life they are anything but. The VVD only works for the people who actually own factories, businesses and banks. Nowadays it’s a wishy-washy party trying to be as progressively liberal as it can get away with. Which is quite a lot, regretfully. The name VVD stands for Volkspartij voor Vrijheid and Democratie, in English: People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy.
Now you have a bit of a background. Let’s look at the conspiracy. The biggest lie of them all is calling national socialism anything other than socialism. Both national socialism and fascism are variants of socialism. Neither Hitler nor Mussolini had a problem with socialism itself. All they did was add nationalism to it. Or get rid of the ‘inter’ prefix, if you prefer. And Hitler was quite enchanted by the extreme racism, the infamous Jim Crow laws of the Democrat Party in the southern USA. That’s what he based his Nuremberg Laws on. Not on muslim dhimmi laws, as I stated in an earlier article. He probably would have, had he known about them. Those laws are even more vile.
But Hitler and Mussolini hated communism, you say. They persecuted communists, locked them up, killed them and conquered (or try to) communist states? Surely you are mistaken! Not at all. True, they most certainly hated communism. Not because they were on opposite sides of the political spectrum but because they are so closely related. That happens a lot in history. We had many wars between Catholics and Protestants, or Shiite and Sunni muslims to mention a few. Both share more than 96% of their opponents’ ideology, differing only on minor points. For which they fought and fight each other to death. Make no mistake: national socialists and fascists are both forms of socialism. They just don’t like the ‘inter’ prefix.
In the following video Pat Condell discusses next week’s general election in the UK. If Britons who want Brexit fail to vote for Brexit Party candidates (in constituencies where that is possible) then they will guarantee that there will be no Brexit, and the UK will be tied to the EU until the entire corrupt edifice collapses. In particular Mr. Condell directs his remarks towards working-class voters who used to be supporters of the Labour Party:
Hat tip: Reader from Chicago.
Our Swedish correspondent LN has translated more material about the long-awaited climate messiah Greta Thunberg, and also includes his own introduction and afterword.
Introduction by LN
ZERO emission activist Greta Thunberg with her entourage is back in Europe. However, ZERO is not always ZERO. How will we achieve ZERO greenhouse gas emissions in the future?
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has calculated the matter and concluded that we in Sweden… will not be able to reach the long-term environmental goal of ZERO net greenhouse gas emissions until 2050.
ZERO net emissions, however, do not necessarily mean that no emissions are allowed. Up to one third of the emissions may still be present in 40 years.
While preparations continue toward reaching the ZERO emission target, more and more perceptive people are seeing through the Greta Thunberg & Coworker-led activism.
Here follows an essay from the Swedish dissident website Svegot Media:
Greta without a mask — the climate was a smokescreen
Many people saw early on what was behind the mask of this hectic “climate movement” attributed to Greta Thunberg and her school strike. But even more people understood nothing at all, and threw themselves into the new movement where they could signal their goodness. Unfortunately, it all turns out to be nothing but the same old left-wing extremism.
It may seem that you are good and stupid when you do not understand what it all was about. When the left-liberal media, left-wing politicians, a “philanthropist” like George Soros and the violent left (which forms the core of the Extinction Rebellion) gather around a common cause, then it’s about another united front — a classic modus operandi by the Reds. Choose one thing that many can agree on (get scared by), whip up the mood using your own old media and ensure that financing is handled with the help of capitalists and/or with tax assets. And over and over again it is the same thing that happens.
Climate change fit like a hand in a glove. Who wants to be the one who is “against” the climate? The question itself is also so big and cumbersome that one can refer to “science” and “ researchers” and entirely renounce one’s own responsibility. “The researchers say…” And so it was with that thing. It doesn’t matter if the “researcher” turns out to do “research” about gender or critical whiteness.
There must also be a sense of acute desperation when the matter is presented. Previously it was nuclear arms, or the arms race, or to rescue all children fleeing across the Mediterranean. This time the destruction of the Earth within 10, 15, 20, 50 years.
For those who are able to be guided by “opinion” and want to fit in (most people do), it is self-evident to be moved in one way or another. Maybe there is a certain amount of doubt, but it is still “for a good thing”. It’s also a great way to kick-start lazy youngsters. Although technology has made many young persons passive in real life, there is still in the young the will to riot. This is natural because part of the process of becoming an adult involves “revolting” and breaking away from mom and dad and learning to stand on one’s own two legs. This is something the Reds always have been good at cynically exploiting.
According to H. Numan, today the Barbary Coast has expanded to encompass the entire Western World.
It’s 1801 all over again
by H. Numan
At this moment the Dutch and other European governments have difficulty getting mohammedan nations to follow signed treaties. They are milked for all they are worth. It’s like going back into time to the 1800s when Barbary states did as they pleased. If you don’t learn from history, you have to do it all over again.
The Dutch government tried — in vain — to negotiate with Morocco to be able to deport Moroccan criminals back to their own country. The Moroccan government didn’t even want to receive a Dutch minister to talk about it. Other treaties are also not honored. For example, many Moroccans live on Dutch benefits for whatever reason. That can be disability, being unemployed, etc. Not a problem, they are entitled to it. However, you do have to declare all your possessions and financial accounts anywhere in the world. That’s what they don’t do. They consider possessions and money in Morocco (or in Turkey, or wherever) to be exempt. To do with whatever they feel like.
There is ample evidence that many Moroccan and Turkish nationals living in The Netherlands who claim benefits own real estate in their home countries. Or even have/run hotels there. Under Dutch law they have to declare those assets. The value would be deducted from their social benefits. Which would mean for them the end of their stay in Luilekkerland (candy land). One may be destitute in one country and claim benefits. Not if they own luxurious properties abroad, of course. That’s not how mohammedans like it. Infidels should pay their jizya humbly and without grumbling.
None of them sees this abuse of our social system as fraudulent. They merely collect their jizya. Nothing wrong with that. Neither do their governments. Both the Turkish and Moroccan authorities refuse to assist investigations into their citizens. Also, both Turkish and Moroccan law forbid their citizens to renounce nationality. It can be done — but it’s very very difficult to do so. Regardless of the fact that their citizens absolutely refuse to renounce their nationality.
We have the weird situation that several members of the Dutch parliament, including the chairman of the house, Khadija Arib, hold dual nationality. Mrs. Arib is both a Dutch and a Moroccan citizen. Likewise Ahmed Aboutaleb is the mayor of Rotterdam, with two nationalities. Dutch and Moroccan. Ahmed Marcouch is the mayor of the city of Arnhem. All of them flatly refuse to give up their original nationality.
It’s even worse than that. For example, Mr. Aboutaleb was interviewed. During the interview he was asked what he would do if his daughters were to come home with Dutch non-muslim boyfriends. He openly said that he would not accept that. His daughters will marry muslims. Period. Those are the words of our enlightened liberal mohammedan mayor of Rotterdam. He’s a moderate muslim. Just imagine a new mayor who’s less moderate … Abou was lucky to be interviewed by a progressive journalist. Image if he had been interviewed by a real journalist: he would have to answer the question ‘what would you do if your daughters came home with a
black very dark-skinned atheist boy from Suriname or the Antilles?’ He’s clever enough to not say: throw both of them off the nearest balcony. But that’s almost certainly what he would have thought.
If you ask me, the study described below is yet another example of the government shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars in research grants to discover what ordinary people already take for granted as true.
Yes, of course lavishing welfare benefits on newly-arrived immigrants will attract even more immigrants to the country. How could it be any other way? Immigrants always communicate with their families and clans back home, especially today in the age of universal cell phones. “Hey, Abdul, you should see what the stupid infidels give us for doing NOTHING! Get over here as soon as you can and climb on the gravy train!”
“Yes, that’s obvious,” you say. “It’s human nature.” Well, it’s not obvious to social scientists at Princeton. They had to study the topic at length to reach the same conclusions.
And check out the last paragraph of the article — there’s a zinger at the end.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
Princeton Study: Social Benefits Attract Immigrants
by Maja Brankovic
November 19, 2019
Until now, scientific studies have shown only a weak causal relationship of receiving social welfare payments on the willingness to immigrate. A team of researchers has now investigated it using Denmark as an example and observed some surprises.
Many refugees only make their way to Europe because they know that they can collect lavish social benefits here. This thesis is particularly persistent in the immigration debate — but this so-called “pull effect” of the welfare state is controversial in research. Many studies to date have at best pointed to a low magnetic effect of generous social welfare payments.
Surveys of people from countries such as Syria or Eritrea, for example, have shown that immigration policy in destination countries is only one factor among many — and not the most important of all.
A group of researchers led by Princeton economist Henrik Kleven now counters this skepticism about the pull of a strong welfare state with hard figures from Denmark: According to the figures, there have been significantly fewer immigrants from countries outside the EU every year since the Danish government cut benefits specifically for migrants from this group.
The researchers selected Denmark for two reasons in order to find out what influence the level of social benefits has on migration decisions: Firstly, the small country, with a population of just over five and a half million, has a welfare state that is even more developed than in other Scandinavian countries — a circumstance that could be particularly tempting for immigrants, as the researchers write in their study, which has just been published as a working paper at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Secondly, there have been several cuts in social policy in recent years: the first in 2002, when the newly elected centre-right government cut social benefits for foreigners from outside the EU by up to 50 per cent; the second in 2012, when the newly elected centre-left government withdrew the law; and the third in 2015, when the centre-right government regained power and reintroduced its 2002 regulation.
In addition, the phases of more restrictive social policy were promoted aggressively: With the 2015 change, for example, the Danish government launched an advertising campaign in Lebanese newspapers explicitly drawing attention to the cuts in benefits for immigrants from non-EU countries, using to the motto: “There will be less money here in the future.”
Piers Corbyn is the brother of Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK. The former Corbyn is a climate physicist, who caused a stir recently when he spoke in the German Bundestag and departed from the Narrative on climate change. As a result of his heresy, he was accused of being an anti-Semite — as if that had anything to do with the issue.
I notice that the unfortunate Mr. Corbyn (Piers, that is) made the mistake of engaging the issue, and denying that he was an anti-Semite. He trotted out the classic defense: he has a lot of Jewish friends. This was a mistake. As I have said in the past, defending oneself against charges of racism is to take part in a mug’s game. You can’t help but lose. The deck is stacked against you. To go on defense is to lose ground.
As for his brother Jeremy not being a Jew-hater: if he isn’t one, he does a darned good imitation. Maybe he’s just pandering to the Jew-haters (especially the Muslim ones) in the Labour Party’s base.
Piers Corbyn gave his presentation and answered questions in English, with a simultaneous voice-over in German. MissPiggy has translated the German parts, and when the English parts were masked by the voice-over, she translated the German translation. I edited and formatted the resulting text, so the English in the subtitles may differ slightly here and there from Mr. Corbyn’s actual words.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Many thanks to JLH for translated this essay by Hans Heckel in the Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung:
How they’re giving us the bird with the electric re-allocation charge, what was left out of the climate packet, and what Merkel wants with Huawei.
by Hans Heckel
October 19, 2019
Well, at least that’s something. So as not to annoy the Germans too much, the despised EEG levy, also called the Clean Energy Assessment, will — just in time for the 2021 Bundestag election — be lowered by 0.25 cents per kilowatt hour. The money will not, of course, be sent to us. It is only intended to balance out a part of the already foreseen CO2 tax, which could lead to undesirable decisions in the voting booth.
The lowering of the EEG levy is a signal that the political establishment also takes seriously the worries of the lower income strata. That is, they are not just paying attention to the climate concerns of those living in mini-mansion neighborhoods and chic historical districts frequented by politicians and leading journalists. It warms the heart and makes skeptical voters mellow.
So, on January 1, 2021, the “lowering” of the levy will see a change from 6.4 cents to 6.5 cents. A reason for hard-pressed electricity consumers to breathe a sigh of… Wait a minute!
Since when is a change from 6.4 cents to 6.5 cents a “lowering”? Is that a typo? No, No. It’s a simple trick. On January 1, 2020, they will raise the price more than 5% to a whopping 6.75 cents, then just a year later offer us a price of 6.5 cents as an epic unburdening of households. Clever, isn’t it?
Will anyone notice? Not likely, or the people responsible for this would stay away from such a ruse. A year is a long time to drive the climate hysteria to never-before-seen heights. Who is going to nit-pick “levies” when the planet is at stake? See?
It doesn’t matter that the world is hardly engaged, and the German uproar over CO2 has no measurable effect worldwide. Germany is, after all, a rich country and obligated to play a leading role in saving the world’s climate. The others will see that we are right, and fall in line. That is what they did with the no-borders intake of asylum seekers, right? No they didn’t. And won’t. Nonetheless, our Interior Minister Seehofer acts as though they were, and sends inviting signals to the potential lands of the wave of future asylum seekers, which, by all accounts, is already forming up. But let’s stay with the climate thing. In this case, there is the ominous possible erosion of a decisive base supporting the construct of the whole climate thing — i.e., that stuff about being a “rich country”.
It has occurred to one attentive writer that nowhere in all of the government’s climate package does the idea of “competitiveness” appear. As the country next to Denmark in the world in highest electric costs and an equivalent percentage of exports, completely ignoring this aspect is quite an accomplishment.
This author suggests, in Cicero, that a “borders compensation system” be concluded swiftly with our trading partners to offset the climate-policy-determined higher German prices. In other words, Berlin should convince the administrations of our competitors to artificially raise the cost of their exports and artificially lower the cost of their imports so that the good Germans do not throw themselves under the wheels of their own runaway policy.
Fredrik Reinfeldt: “I hate the Sweden Democrats”
As a follow-up to Saturday’s post, the essay below about Fredrik Reinfeldt’s policies was published in February of 2013 by the now-dormant Swedish dissident site Bojkotta Aftonbladet. Many thanks to LN for the translation:
Fredrik Reinfeldt is a TOTAL disaster for Sweden
Fredrik Reinfeldt has been prime minister in Sweden since 2006. On the same day he became prime minister he began working to increase immigration to Sweden. Since then, over 600,000 immigrants have come here, which is an average of 100,000 a year.
Reinfeldt’s policy has caused great anger among Swedes, and that anger increases with each passing year. The Swedish Democrats entered the Riksdag in 2010 and now make a strong showing in public opinion polls of about 10%, which would make the party Sweden’s third-largest in the Riksdag if elections were held today.
Those who join SD come from all parties but in recent times many Moderates [Reinfeldt’s party] have woken up and expressed support for SD’s policies. Within the Moderates, every third municipal politician is critical of parts of immigration policy, but the party is deeply divided. The Moderates are entirely governed by ultra-liberals, image-makers and globalists who do not intend to let go of power.
From the very beginning, Fredrik Reinfeldt’s policy was a total disaster for Sweden. He not only greatly increased immigration but also changed the constitution so that Sweden went from being a Swedish country to suddenly become “multicultural” — the constitution was changed without the people being asked. The change was voted through stealthily on November 24, 2010. It managed to happen without a single influential newspaper creating debates about it or informing the Swedish people about what was going on. Neither Swedish State Television nor Swedish Radio informed the Swedes about the constitutional change, and no public debates have taken place about it. That constitutional change should be annulled.
The fact that Fredrik Reinfeldt was able to implement such a satanic amendment to the Constitution is due to his cooperation with three other ultra-liberal parties that also want to destroy Sweden. Sweden’s parliament consists of seven treacherous parties that have been able to retain their power and influence because they have been backed up by state television and radio, by globalist newspaper groups such as the Bonnier Group, Schibsted and Stampen, who work around the clock to break down Swedish identity. In addition, we have the entire LO collective of unions that are fighting for everything and everyone except the Swedes.
The other day, Tobias Billström said he would set up a working group to “look” at the future migration policy. Billström said verbatim:
It is very important in this context to remember that the masses of people who come to Sweden affect both of these areas, and we can see that there is room for a discussion on how to influence the number of those who come to Sweden and at the same time protect the right to asylum. I think that this working group needs to spend a lot of time discussing… The purpose of this working group is to plot a course not only for the 2014 election but for the entire next term of office.
Billström just wanted to send a signal to his voters and really meant: “We should pretend that we do not want to increase immigration more right now because it just means that SD is growing even more.” In fact, the whole argument about “numbers” and the appointment of a working group is just a publicity scam. Nothing would happen, no reduction would happen.