I Wanna Hold Your Hand Grenade

A young “British” man named Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary was arrested last week in Spain on terrorism charges. Mr. Bary had been in Syria for several years fighting jihad in the way of Allah before taking up residence in Almeria. He had been one of a crew of lads whom the British police had sardonically nicknamed “The Beatles”.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from El Pais:

The Dubious Intentions of a Self-Sufficient Jihadist

April 23, 2020

Abdel Bary, arrested in Almeria, was part of a group of British combatants nicknamed “The Beatles”

[Photo caption: At left, Abdel Bary. At the right, a photo of the ISIS group he belonged to]

What gave away Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 29-year-old British rapper and one of the most wanted jihadists in Europe, was his ears. The agents of the General Commissariat of Information, of the National Police, observed him up close during the five days he was staying in Spain before being arrested in an apartment in Almeria, early Monday morning: “The shape of his ears was one of the aspects that allowed us to identify him,” the agents reported. He had been staying, together with two other men, in a tourist apartment near Puerta Purchena Square, in the center of the Almerian capital. Since he was forty kilos heavier and wearing a mask in conformance with the confinement imposed by the Corona virus crisis, the agents had to dig deep to ensure it was him. This Wednesday, he was sent to prison together with two other persons with whom he was found, by the judge of Central Court number 3 (National Court) Maria Tardon, accused of “being part of a terrorist organization” in a cause that remains a secret.

Three months ago the agents running the investigation became aware of the possible arrival of Abdel Bary. “We didn’t know where he might try to enter, but the information indicated that he might try at any time.” It is about one of the “somewhat more than 100” Islamist terrorists that the police follow in order to avoid their return to Europe. Since the decline of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the death of its leader and the creator of the caliphate, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in October 2019, “the returnees” are one of the principle threats for the Western societies.

Abdel Bary is the son of an Egyptian, Adel Abdel Bari, jailed in the US for participating in the massacres at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, with more than 200 deaths, and he answered the call of the Islamic State in 2013. He left his budding career as a rapper and his expensive house in a neighborhood in East London, where he had moved with his mother and two brothers from Egypt when he was a child, to fight with ISIS in Syria. “For two years, he was very active as a member of the Beatles (police nickname for a group of five British combatants), but in 2015 we lost track of him in Turkey,” an agent stated.

He combined a shameless exhibitionism with photos, videos and proclamations in social networks, with a great tendency to submerse himself in the dark Internet. “The next that was known of him was that he returned to enter Syria in December 2019. He was located there after many thought that he had died in the bombardments,” related an investigator. “Afterwards, Almeria,” he concluded.

Sources from the so-called Operation Altepa confirmed that he arrived there using the illegal immigration routes from Algeria, where he presumably spent time preparing his trip. He made the crossing allegedly accompanied by the two Algerian citizens who were sharing the apartment with him. One answers to the family name of Ceddiki, is 22, and is the “getter”. The latter had a false European passport and was the one charged with renting the tourist apartment for a month. He is a specialist in credit card fraud, and with connections in North Africa was responsible for the logistics, say the investigators.

The other detained man is as yet unidentified. The agents have sent his fingerprints to be checked in international police data banks and are awaiting the results, though they suspect that “he could be another returnee since recently, he was in Turkey,” they note.

None of them offered even minimum resistance when arrested, nor showed the slightest surprise: “Total coldness,” the agents described. And the three demonstrated absolute secrecy concerning suspected jihadist activities, both before the police and before the judge. None of them said anything, according to police sources.

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The News From Spain

The videos below provide two small snapshots of the cultural enrichment of Spain.

The first is a clip that was put together by the populist anti-immigration party Vox. It compares and contrasts the treatment of Muslims and Christians under the Wuhan Coronavirus restrictions. The former were allowed the pray on the street without enforcement of social distancing. Meanwhile, a mass being celebrated in Granada Cathedral was raided by the police.

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

In the second video, Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska talks about his determination to deport 600 illegal Tunisian immigrants who managed to get into Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa.

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

Video transcript #1:

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Omar

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Fria Tider:

Omar raped girl in HVB [Hem för Vård eller boende, Home for Care or Residence] home hours before he turned 18 — escapes prison

April 27, 2020

Omar claims that he was born on January 1, 2001, and therefore he was only 17 years old when he raped a 14-year-old girl on New Years Eve 2018. Thus he receives a sharply reduced sentence and completely avoids prison for child rape.

“It should be particularly noted that Omar had not turned 18 when he committed the crime of rape on a child,” the high court writes in justifying the rapist’s getting away with custody.

On December 31, 2018, in an HVB home in Gothenburg, a 14-year-old girl was raped anally and vaginally by Omar, who comes from Syria. The rape occurred hours before Omar turned 18, according to the age information he himself had provided to Swedish authorities.

During the rape, personnel at the residence were busy with paperwork, wrote OMNI when the sentence was announced. The girl, who also lived at the home, was therefore left alone with Omar in the HVB shelter on New Year’s Eve.

During a police interview, the girl reported that Omar asked about her age, and she answered that she was 14 years old. They were told that a meeting in the residence was scheduled, and they went into another room to play ping pong. After a few games, they sat on a sofa and talked.

When Omar showed her his room, he suddenly turned off the lights and locked the door, according to the girl, who said that she then understood what was going to happen and said, “No”. Omar lay over her on the bed and took off her clothes. The girl said, “No, I have a boyfriend,” several times, but Omar didn’t care, and instead proceeded to rape her while he banged her head against the wall and tied a string around her throat. He asked if it hurt and tightened it even more after she answered, “Yes,” according to the girl.

Afterward, the 14-year-old girl went crying to her room and told her boyfriend on Facetime that she had been raped and strangled. The boyfriend’s mother also learned about the rape and told the girl to alert personnel. She told the personnel about the abuse and said that she wanted to report it. The police came to the HVB shelter, and the girl was allowed to go the hospital, where an examination was performed.

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What is the Purpose of Writing?

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What is the purpose of writing?

by Fjordman

I was told by a person who has known me for decades and wishes me well that I should apologize publicly and distance myself from much of what I have previously written. Only then will it be possible for me to get a job in Norway.

Since 2011, I have spent years in exile, gone without a job and received a lot of negative publicity. All of this because I have written lawful texts about real problems that were quoted without my consent by a person I have never met. Nevertheless, apparently large sections of Norwegian society expect me to apologize.

My starting point is simple: I am not going to submit in order to gain a more comfortable life. I can be wrong, as all people can be. But if so, I want it to be an honest mistake, not something I say to give in to censorship.

It does not make sense to apologize when many of my predictions have proven to be correct. I warned in 2005 and earlier that continued mass immigration could trigger wars in countries such as Sweden and France. There are now warlike conditions in parts of Sweden. Swedish cities experience bombs on a weekly basis. Despite this, mass immigration continues, while censorship is getting stronger in many Western countries.

I fear that Western societies are heading for some form of collapse, and that texts I or others publish about this subject will not change the outcome. Fifteen years ago, I still thought it might be possible to prevent this outcome by warning against the problems we import or create. Today I no longer believe this.

The big question then becomes the following: If you do not think that what you write can prevent anything, nor that it is possible to warn others, what is then the purpose of writing? I have given this dilemma a lot of thought for several years. Not the least because writing has caused me a lot of harassment.

There are several reasons for writing even if you do not think that your warnings can help prevent anything.

We inherited a country from the generations who came before us. We will pass this country on to those who come after us. For the sake of past and future generations, you should have a duty to protest publicly against the destruction of a society which others fought to build or will inherit.

You can write to document what is happening. This is not unimportant. It can be helpful and valuable for people to read later exactly what was said and done in this age. This is especially important because many powerful individuals will try to avoid any form of responsibility for the Multicultural problems that have been created. The more thoroughly their statements and actions have been documented, the harder it will be in the future for people in positions of power to claim that they did not know. Many of them did know, or should have known.

You can write in an attempt to understand what has gone wrong with our culture, but also to understand what we did right in the past. This has always been important to me personally. Islam is boring and has nothing positive to contribute. I write about Islam because it represents a threat to my country and my continent. It is a duty that does not give me any pleasure.

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Off the Coast of Libya With an ECHR Lawyer on Speed Dial

A recent news feed reported that migrants who are waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean already have the phone numbers of Italian lawyers before they even set foot in a boat.

The following article provides details about the enormous scam being perpetrated by these “refugees” and their European handlers. The two migrants mentioned contacted their lawyer, who filed their case with the European Court of Human Rights while they were still aboard their dinghy at sea.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Il Giornale:

Migrants leave Libya with the phone numbers of Italian lawyers to contact in their pockets

An episode that occurred on Easter Day is emblematic: A lawyer filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights while the applicants were still on board a damaged rubber dinghy.

by Mauro Indelicato
April 21, 2020

Even before touching land, and when their boat was still at the mercy of the Mediterranean, two migrants succeeded in contacting a lawyer to launch an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights.

And when their rescue situation had still not been resolved, in the offices of the court the materials regarding the case had already been filed.

An episode that demonstrated how, even prior to the departure of the boats from Libya, some migrants have the numbers of reference contacts in their pockets. Making note of this situation is an article in La Verita (The Truth), which cited the case of two young men on board a small boat that was damaged during the Easter period in the central Mediterranean.

In particular, the documents filed at Strasbourg contain the names of those who made the appeal: They are: Abdel Wehab Mohamed, 28, Sudanese, and Naseneva Diabi, 21, Ivoirian. It was those two who called the lawyer shortly after their departure from the port of Al Khoms, a town east of Tripoli.

Recorded telephone calls and, according to their lawyer, already filed for the examination of the judges of Strasbourg. The lawyer in question is, as also revealed in La Verita, Lucia Gennari. She is part of the Antartide legal office and is the reference for Lazio dell’ Asgi, Association for Judicial Studies on Immigration.

It is she, therefore, that the two migrants turned to, explaining their situation and that of the boat on which they were on board. “The applicants,” reads the document filed at Strasbourg, “are at the moment on board a white and grey rubber dinghy which left Libya from Al Khoms during the night of 8-9 April, 2020.”

According to the testimonies of the two migrants, at least 47 passengers were on board. On 10 April the first SOS was sent, received by the Alarm Phone network, which, via Twitter, alerted the Maltese and Italian authorities on the position of the naval unit. The next day other information, including more alarming information, was transmitted on the sickness of some migrants on board and the damage that forced the dinghy to remain at the mercy of the waves.

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Migrants Go Missing During Coronavirus Testing in Lisbon

A hostel for migrants in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon recently experienced an outbreak of the Wuhan Coronavirus. While inmates of the facility were being tested for the disease, 19 of them reportedly disappeared and could not be located. However, officials responsible for the care of migrants said that the missing youths hadn’t really disappeared; that they (the officials) knew where they were the whole time.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article published yesterday in the Portuguese daily Público:

Council on Refugees says they know where all the migrants are who were in a hostel in Lisbon

The Portuguese Council on Refugees (CPR) states that in spite of the fact that 19 persons were not in the hostel on the day coronavirus tests were done, “they were immediately located, that some had already been tested, and others were in the process of being tested.” The Defense Ministry says that ASAE inspected the location, and “all indications are that the conditions were not in accordance with the criteria that we established.” The government is reviewing the model of reception of these citizens.

The Portuguese Council on Refugees states that it did not lose track of 19 migrants who were housed in the hostel in Morais Soares, in Lisbon, where it was confirmed that 136 were infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement the CPR states that in spite of the fact that 19 persons were not in the hostel — or pension — on the day the tests were done, that unit and the Aliens and Border Service (SEF) “proceeded to their immediate discovery, having already tested some and being in the process of testing others.”

The applicants for international protection “during the entire proceeding have a regular status in Portugal,” that unit states. “The arrival lists are updated regularly, being that any applicant for international protection has freedom of movement in Portugal. They are not obligated to stay in the same municipality all of the time, but have to keep SEF informed of their whereabouts under the terms of the Law of Asylum.”

In accordance with the Law of Asylum, social and housing support “is assured only to those who are in a situation of economic need, with this support ceasing at any time in which the conditions are no longer verified,” it further explains.

Monica Farinha, the chairwoman of the CPR, told Público that “there are no missing persons in Lisbon; it is known who they are and there is a process going on.” The Correio da Manhã reported this Wednesday that 19 (persons) had fled the hostel, which they had left without justification.

In the CPR facilities, there are 199 asylum-seekers: 99 spontaneous, 73 under the Resettlement Program, and 27 minors. Scattered through different hostels and other residences in Lisbon— the CPR does not disclose how many— there are approximately 800 asylum-seekers. “The authorities— Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI), SEF, Social Security, and Holy House of Mercy— are informed of their whereabouts and the reception is not only focused on support from CPR,” it said.

However, the air base at Ota received 169 of the migrants who were housed in the hostel of Morais Soares Street — the 136 who tested positive, 7 whose results were inconclusive, and 26 whose results from the tests were negative. The Minister of Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, stated in a visit to Ota on Wednesday that within the group were citizens of 29 nationalities, 1 stateless, and that a majority are of African origin. “We have no knowledge of any situation like this,” he stated. The Authority for Alimentary and Economic Security (ASAE) is handling inspection of the hostel, and according to the minister, “everything indicates that the conditions are not in accordance with the criteria that we established.”

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A Minor Problem

‘So where are the young girls?’ ‘There they are.’

The following video is a brief split-screen of recent events in Germany. On the left side you’ll see Michael Kuffer a member of the Bundestag for the CSU, the Bavarian version of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party, the CDU. He is speaking on the floor of the Bundestag in the middle of last month, promising that the thousand “children” Germany agreed to take from the Greek migrant camps will almost all be little girls.

On the right of the screen are clips showing the arrival of the youngsters a month later — nary a chick among them.

Concerning the Junge Freiheit cartoon at the top of this post: The “ACAB” on the shirt of the child at the front of the queue stands for “All cops are bastards”. It’s a reference to a notorious photo of the arrival of the “refugees”, in which one of the little boys is wearing a shirt on which the acronym is prominently displayed.

For further context, see this post by Fred Alan Medforth.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation (and for helping me with the context), and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Culture-Enricher Murders Teenage Boy in Oss

Last weekend a Sudanese asylum seeker launched a knife jihad in the Dutch village of Oss, allegedly stabbing a teenage boy to death when he rode by on his bicycle.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from De Telegraaf:

Rik van de Rakt (18) was attacked without reason

Suspected stabbing killer of bicyclist in Oss is refugee

by Mick van Wely
April 20, 2020

Oss — The 25-year-old man in custody for the stabbing death of Rik van de Rakt (18) from Heesch this weekend in Oss is an asylum-seeker from Sudan. The suspect is a status-holder and lives in Heesch. It is the second refugee arrested this year in Brabant for a fatal crime.

The police confirm the background of the suspect after an inquiry by De Telegraaf to the community of Bernheze, under which Heesch falls. “Today a search took place in his residence in Heesch. The investigation is still in full progress, and we are still looking for witnesses, especially the cyclist who was riding over the Hescheweg in Heesch on Sunday. The suspect will be brought before the examining magistrate tomorrow,” said a spokesperson from the East Brabant police.

Known to police

In the village there is much anger and sadness over the murder of the teenager who, as it now seems, was attacked and stabbed to death for no reason. It quickly became known in Heesch that the suspect was the 25-year-old status-holder. He had previously caused a nuisance in the village and was then also known to police. It was made known on Monday that the suspect was arrested in a confused state shortly after the murder.

In spite of the enormous impact of the deadly stabbing and multiple attempts by De Telegraaf, Mayor Mariecke Moorman did not wish to comment on the incident on Tuesday.

Found next to bike

Rik van de Rakt was found dead Sunday morning next to his bike in Oss at the interdection of Julianasingel and Dr Saal van Zwanenbergsingel in Oss. It later turned out that he was stabbed to death.

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’Arold Decks Enoch

I was going through a box of very old stuff today up here in the Eyrie at Schloss Bodissey, and I found a crumpled political cartoon from the autumn of 1968. I’ve restored it as best I can; it’s a real blast from the past:

It was published in The Manchester Guardian, as it was known then. Now it’s just The Guardian, more popularly known as The Grauniad.

The guy landing the punch is Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The man receiving the knockout blow is Enoch Powell of the Conservative Party. The previous April Mr. Powell had delivered his famous “Rivers of Blood” speech about immigration. At the time the cartoon was published, he was in the process of being shunned and shamed for that speech by everybody — Labour, Conservative, and Liberals alike. The latter party held about two seats in Parliament, if I remember rightly. I don’t know if the cartoon had anything to do with Mr. Powell’s speech, but presumably he had just been lambasted by the prime minister, who had chosen to attack him instead of Edward “Ted” Heath, the leader of the Conservative opposition, who is depicted here sitting gormlessly on his stool while ’Arold decks Enoch.

Ted Heath was popularly known as “Grocer Heath”, due to his supposed bourgeois family background, if I remember rightly. The Conservatives won the general election of June 1970, and Mr. Heath became prime minister a few days after I took my A-levels, just before my family moved back to the USA.

The artist who drew the cartoon was Papas, who was my favorite cartoonist at the time. I entered some sort of caption contest that he and the Guardian held that year. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but I found a note of acknowledgement from him in the same dusty box.

There’s no punch line to this post. It’s just a snapshot from a brief political moment in the distant past, almost fifty-two years ago. Tempus fugit.

Evil Returns to Sweden

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this op-ed from the Swedish daily Nyheter Idag. It was published in December of 2018, and refers to the two young Scandinavian women who had been slaughtered by Islamic terrorists in Morocco the week before:

Ann Heberlein: Evil in Morocco

Today, Sweden is for Islamic State (IS) terrorists what Argentina and Brazil were for Nazis after the Second World War. A sanctuary where they can lick their wounds and start a new life without taking the consequences for all the abuses and crimes they committed. Instead of being locked up, the terrorists receive visits from social workers. It is high time that Sweden changes its attitude, writes Ann Heberlein.

“Evil,” wrote Hannah Arendt in Responsibility and Judgment, “is something that makes us think, ‘This should not have happened.’”

In the middle of preparations for Christmas, evil is brought to mind — first, an act of terror at a Christmas market in Strasbourg. A man senselessly shoots straight into a group of people drinking mulled wine and buying Christmas presents. Five people die and ten are wounded. This should not have happened.

Barely a week after the massacre in Strasbourg, two young women, Norwegian Maren, age 28, and Dane Louisa, age 24, are found brutally murdered in Morocco.

The two friends were to spend the Christmas holidays hiking in the Atlas Mountains. It would be an adventure, a memory of a lifetime; it ended with their deaths. Several men sit in custody, suspected of killing both girls. This shouldn’t have happened.

The common denominator for the acts is spelled Islamism. The perpetrator in Strasbourg, as well as the murderers in Morocco, are reported to be Islamic terrorists. Blinded by religious fanaticism and hatred against our Western lifestyle they consider sinful, they turn on innocent people. We are their enemies.

At the same time, home in Sweden, social services and politicians discuss how we best treat the “returnees” who are now coming back to Sweden as ISIS loses ground in Syria and Iraq.

As the Islamist dream of a caliphate seems increasingly distant, Sweden, with its forgiving attitude and its generous welfare system, is as good as a treat for the terrorists: Because that is precisely what they are, terrorists, with human lives on their consciences and blood on their hands. To call these men “returnees” — as if they studied or worked abroad for a time — is a mockery of their victims.

Since 2012 — so far as we know — about 150 people have returned to Sweden after having fought for jihadist, violent organizations in Syria and Iraq. In Stockholm, people are waiting for them to report to social services to be “de-radicalized”.

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The Ikhwan in Sweden, Part Three

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating the third article in a series on the Muslim Brotherhood in Sweden (previously: Part 1, Part 2):

Muslim Brotherhood established in SIPRI

The Muslim Brotherhood’s network-and aid organizations reach an ever more established position within Swedish foreign policy sphere. As co-organizer with SIDA (Swedish International Development) and the Swedish Peace Research Institute, SIPRI, they are taking a larger place in Swedish foreign and security policies.

On 28 November 2019, SIDA arranged a breakfast seminar together with SIPRI and Islamic Relief on connections between peace-making work and humanitarian aid. The theme of the seminar was: “Implementation of the Humanitarian, Development, Peace Building Nexus”.

Islamic Relief is classified as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, among others. Most of its leading representatives have repeatedly expressed anti-Semitic views and values. The international banks, UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) and HSBC (UK) have closed the organization’s accounts after funding from the terrorist organization, Hamas, was revealed.

Islamic Relief was represented by Dr. Paul Quinn and Dr. Sylvia Brown, who, among others, highlighted Islamic Relief’s activity in the Philippines. Brown pointed out Islamic Relief’s work in the inclusion of children and women, which is based in the Koran.

Islamic Relief is one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s two aid organizations, along with Muslim Aid. Both are found to be represented in Sweden. In the leadership of Islamic Relief is found the Islamic Union in Sweden’s chairman and ex-union rector, Omar Mustafa. Mustafa earlier represented Sweden as a participant in a business delegation to Azerbaijan. Among the leadership of Muslim Aid is found the former housing minister, Mehmet Kaplan (MP).

An active member of Muslim Aid Sweden was earlier sentenced to six months in prison for terror financing. The judgment was appealed to the Supreme Court but was upheld in the autumn of 2019.

Swedish Islamic Relief is currently involved in collaboration with the Swedish Church, which Ledarsidorna.se previously reported on.

That Islamic Relief Philippines is highlighted is interesting. For the US Dept. of Treasury, the American finance department responsible for the USA’s list of terrorist-connected organizations, Islamic Relief is an old acquaintance. In 2006, Islamic Relief Philippines was placed on the USA’s sanction list of terror organizations, in accordance with the US President’s Executive Order 13224, after being caught passing economic resources to two al Qaeda-connected organizations, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Jemaah Islamiyeh (JI).

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Italy is Shut Down — Except for the Trial of Matteo Salvini

Back in 2018, when he was still Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini blocked an NGO migrant-rescue ship from docking at an Italian port to offload its cargo of cultural enrichment. A progressive prosecutor in Sicily took it upon himself to lay a charge of kidnapping against Mr. Salvini for refusing to allow all those puir wee bairns to debark. For the past two years the wheels of Italian “justice” have been grinding ever-so-slowly against the former interior minister (see previous posts Matteo Salvini: I Feel Sorry for the Prosecutor of Agrigento, Matteo Salvini to be Prosecuted, and Giorgia Meloni: “Italy is Treated Like the World’s Laughingstock”).

Now it seems Mr. Salvini’s trial will be coming up shortly, based on what he says in the following video. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Lampedusa Says: No Corona Kids For Us!

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Il Giornale:

Shout of alarm from Lampedusa: “Don’t disembark the Alan Kurdi here”

Lampedusa merchants have written a letter to the President of the Sicily Region, Nello Musumeci: “We are not in condition to receive migrants in the middle of the coronavirus emergency.”

by Mauro Indelicato
April 11, 2020

At Lampedusa, enough is enough: After the news of a migrant testing positive for the coronavirus inside the “hotspot” of Pozzallo, the residents of the largest of the Pelagie (Islands of Italy) have continued to ask, with even more insistence, that the landing of humanitarian barges or ships on the island not be allowed.

In the last few hours, in particular, it has been the merchants of Lampedusa who put their impatience in black and white in a detailed letter to the President of the Region of Sicily, Nello Musumeci. “We are a group of Lampedusa merchants who are writing to you,” the message reads, addressed to the head of the regional council. “But more than merchants, we are parents, people who for some thirty years have passively suffered the flows of migrants who have landed on our small island. We have received them, refreshed them and always taken care of them.”

“Today,” continues the letter, “we see an NGO ship that wants to dock at Lampedusa. On board there are more than 100 migrants, and from what we know, there are thought to be some of them who are sick.” The reference is to the Alan Kurdi, the ship of the German NGO Sea Eye, which, for some days has been sailing the central Mediterranean and has recovered in two separate rescue missions a total of 150 persons.

The fear of the Lampedusa merchants is that now the German ship could land on the island. “Now, Mr. President,” continues the letter, “it is a given that none of us would not want to help these human beings, but we are living a situation at the limit. The coronavirus is an imminent danger. At Lampedusa, we cannot receive anybody, especially people arriving from non-EU countries where the pandemic has arrived.”

The principal fear consists of the knowledge that, in these parts, in case of an epidemic, it would be very difficult to prevent an emergency: adequate infrastructure is lacking; the geographic isolation translates into a very large distance to cover to transport those who are gravely ill. And, in fact, in the letter addressed to Musumeci, the merchants pointed out this aspect specifically: “The conditions are not present, and there could be mass death for all of us if even one of them was positive for the coronavirus,” the text of the message, released in the last hours, reads. “In the reception center there are already migrants in quarantine. We beg you, Mr. President, to help us. To land these people somewhere else in places where it will be possible to give them health and humanitarian assistance. In this phase, Lampedusa is not in a condition to be able to serve them as it always has.”

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Here Come the Corona Kids!

The European Union has been working overtime trying to persuade its member states to agree to take in more migrants. Several countries have refused, but Germany, Luxembourg, and Finland have decided to accept some of the “minors” being exported from camps in Greece.

Och, the puir wee bairns! Those unfortunate “refugee” “children” in the coronavirus-infected camps are now shaving their beards, dyeing the grey out of their hair, and stashing their machetes down their pants in preparation for their relocation to one or another Nordic people’s paradise.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating Fria Tider:

In the middle of the coronavirus crisis: “Refugee” children sent to Europe

April 11, 2020

Next week Germany and Luxembourg will take in 62 so-called refugee children from Greek camps, reports Svenska Yle. Finland also confirms they are taking in 175 immigrants.

At the beginning of April the EU Migration Commissioner, Ylva Johansson (Sweden), reported that the so-called further resettlement of “unaccompanied refugee children” from camps in Greece had begun in spite of the coronavirus crisis.

In the present situation, there are 1,600 immigrants who will be distributed to various EU countries.

According to Svenska Yle, two refugee camps on the Greek mainland have now been placed in quarantine due to Covid-19. Twenty-eight persons in the Ritsona and Malakasa camps have been infected.

At the same time, it is feared that the deadly virus will now reach the large Moria camp, which houses 20,000 asylum-seekers.

“If people in Moria are not permitted to get out of Moria… Yes, then I can see no alternative than that, if and when the coronavirus virus reaches the camp, the infection will spread throughout the whole camp,” says the volunteer doctor Tuuli Lehtivuori to Svenska Yle.

Now the process of sending immigrants from Greek camps to other EU countries is being accelerated. Finland has already said it will take in 175 people. Next week 62 refugee children will be sent to Luxembourg and Germany.