When The New York Times Was Prescient About Donald Trump

A long essay from 1984 on Donald Trump from The New York Times, no less.

There are so many possible things one could extract from the meandering piece, but on this Fourth of July the following [edited for clarity and spelling] snip seemed most appropriate:

…“The football thing is cute, Trump Tower and the piano and all of that, it’s all cute, but what does it mean?” he says, sounding what borders on a note of uncharacteristic despair.

Asked to explain, he adds: “What does it all mean when some wacko over in Syria can end the world with nuclear weapons?”

He says that his concern for [a] nuclear holocaust is not one that popped into his mind during any recent made-of-television movie. He says that it has been troubling him since his uncle, a nuclear physicist, began talking to him about it 15 years ago.

His greatest dream is to personally do something about the problem and, characteristically, Donald Trump thinks he has an answer to nuclear armament: Let him negotiate arms agreements — he who can talk people into selling $100 million properties to him for $13 million. “Negotiation is an art”, he says, “and I have a gift for it.”

The idea that he would ever be allowed to go into a room alone and negotiate for the United States, let alone be successful in disarming the world, seems the naive musing of an optimistic, deluded young man who has never lost at anything he has tried. But he believes that through years of making his views known and through supporting candidates who share his views, it could someday happen.

He is constantly asked about his interest in running for elective office. Absolutely not, he answers. All of the false smiles and the red tape. It is too difficult to really do anything.

He dislikes meetings and paperwork and is in the enviable position of being able to avoid both.

Well, it took more than thirty years before The Donald changed his mind, rolled up his sleeves, and decided it wasn’t too difficult after all. Now it’s “President Trump”, if you don’t mind… and I don’t. As he transformed New York real estate in that period, perhaps he will transform Washington politics, finally beginning the overdue change of the socialist skyline and the swamp begun under FDR. We can only hope he’ll have enough time.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to lead in crucial domestic areas: his executive orders (a practice his predecessor used to move our country leftward) have, for instance, made it easier to fire incompetent civil servants, and harder for immigrants from terrorist countries to gain entrance (not all of those countries are majority-Islam, despite what the news says).

And then there is his appointment of federal judges. You can see from the wiki that many of those appointments languish in the bowels of our legislative branch. Makes you wonder what they will do to his eventual second choice for the Supreme Court. Have no doubt: it will be brutal.

There’s a great deal to ponder in this, the 242nd year of our independence. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin’s harried answer a woman’s inquiry at the time they were hammering out the details: “it’s a republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

Happy Fourth of July, y’all.

Hat tip: Thread by @ThomasWictor

Horst Seehofer and Angela Merkel Went Eyeball to Eyeball — And Mutti Blinked

The following report by Egri Nök was published earlier today at Vlad Tepes in a slightly different form.


Angela Merkel on her way to a crisis meeting this morning

Germany: Agreement Between Merkel and Seehofer

by Egri Nök

This agreement below between Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer was handed to the press moments ago and tweeted out by the CSU MP Dorothee Bär.

Original translation:

In order to better regulate, control and prevent secondary migration, we come to this agreement:

1.   We agree to a new border regime at the German-Austrian border, which ensures that asylum seekers whose asylum procedures are the responsibility of other EU countries, will be refused entry.
2.   To do so, we will establish transit centres, from which the asylum seekers will be directly sent back to the responsible countries (refusing entry on the basis of the legal implication of non-entry). We do not want to act in an uncoordinated fashion, but come to administrative agreements, or establish communication, with the countries concerned.
3.   In those cases where countries refuse administrative agreements, the rejection at the German-Austrian border will be on the basis of an agreement with the Republic of Austria.
 


The original document as it was handed out to the press

Merkel’s part in this agreement is one single sentence: “We do not want to act in an uncoordinated fashion, but come to administrative agreements, or establish communication, with the countries concerned.” This allows her to save face, while still conceding to Seehofer.

The true issue at the core of this was whether Germany has got sovereign national borders and can refuse people entry. Merkel, who ideally would like for Germany to dissolve into a supranational, non-democratic EU superstate, had once again denied national sovereignty two weeks ago (“EU law should always have priority over German law”, on “Anne Will” talk show on Sunday, June 10), which sparked the crisis between her and the new conservative Interior Minister Seehofer. The media onslaught that ensued against Seehofer was so strong that nobody really expected him to come out of this alive.

This is an important day in the fight by Germans for their right to national self-determination, and to even exist as a nation.

Viktor Orbán: Forget the Idea That Islam is Part of Any European Country

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave a speech last Saturday at the conference “Budapest Europe-talk”, which was held in the Hungarian capital. The video below contains excerpts from the prime minister’s remarks. It was translated by Dzsihádfigyelo, and a close-captioned version was originally posted. Vlad Tepes has kindly converted the CC to subtitles:

A brief summary of the speech (in English) was posted at the Hungarian government’s website.

Video transcript:

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Sweden Prepares for War

The following report on the Swedish apocalypse was published by the Danish site NewsPeek. Many thanks to Tania Groth for the translation:

The Swedish authorities are preparing the population for wartime conditions

Sweden is, at this time, preparing the country and its population for a possible war-like disaster. Back in January, 2018, the Swedish state requested that citizens stock up on enough food for a week — including water. A few weeks ago the authorities also published a brochure, “If there is a crisis or war”, and on the 5th and 6th of June, Sweden sent the entire country’s home guard on a nationwide exercise. 22,000 soldiers were called in for the exercise, which was meant to test the country’s preparedness to deal with a national disaster.

According to the Swedish authorities, such a disaster could be triggered by “climate change” or “tensions in the Baltic states” — allegedly caused by the Russians.

The Swedish state’s warning and recommendation for people to prepare themselves comes hand in hand with public reports by the country’s police that they can no longer handle extremely violent immigrant crime. Furthermore, the police warn that thousands of ISIS sympathisers are wandering about the once safe country. On social media many people suspect that the Swedish authorities are using the threats of climate change and Russia as an excuse to prepare citizens for a real collapse of the Swedish society as a result of extreme and uncontrolled immigrant crime and terror. Neither Swedish politicians, the media, nor authorities are known for their openness and honesty about the consequences of Muslim immigration.

Law and order in Sweden can be compared to a banana republic. NewSpeek was able to confirm, earlier in the year, that only 1 of the 114 reported rapes committed at just four music festivals led to a conviction. The risk for being successfully prosecuted for rape at a festival is thus under 1%. Only 22% of all murders and deaths were solved in 2016. Since 2010 the chance of the ultimate crime’s being solved has been between 18% and 29%. In comparison, the rate at which murders and deaths were solved in Denmark was over 90%.

A leader of South Sweden Industry and Chamber of Commerce plus two lawyers said last year to the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that the “the rate of solution for a number of crimes is now so low that we in effect have abandoned numerous laws.” “There is now a definite level of lawlessness in parts of the Stockholm region,” a concerned police inspector says. Another police inspector says that “the justice system, which should be the pillar of a democratic society, is breaking down in Sweden.”

The Danish government has so far not initiated border controls with the ever more destabilized Sweden. This despite the fact that at the same time armed gangs and dangerous Islamists are able to freely travel to Denmark either by bridge or by ferry.

The Swedish border control announced earlier in the year that last year it sent approximately 5,000 criminals and illegals back to Denmark. These were not detected by the Danish authorities because we have no border controls on the Danish side. Criminals and illegal migrants can thus safely return to Denmark and continue their activities here.

Video: The Swedish authorities have published more videos that instruct Swedes about what to pack in order to cope with a “national security crisis”: (the video is surreal — note the happy music)

Too Many Mistakes: The EU is Staggering into the Abyss

The following article from a German news site discusses the warning signs of catastrophe in the European Union. It was translated by Rembrandt Clancy, who includes extensive contextual notes.

Too Many Mistakes: The EU is Staggering into the Abyss

The EU is staggering from one mistake to the next. In this form, a political union hardly has a chance of survival.

by Ronald Barazon

Translated by Rembrandt Clancy

Deutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichten
20 May 2018

The weaknesses of the EU are becoming all too obvious in recent days:

  • the EU is helpless against US policy;
  • Brexit negotiations are proceeding;
  • in Italy, an EU-critical coalition is assuming control of the government;
  • in Hungary and Poland, opponents of the EU are in government;
  • the EU Commission presents an unusable budget draft;
  • with the General Data Protection Regulation, the regulatory delusion produces a total meltdown.

Under these circumstances, it is not surprising that many are already predicting the end of the EU. There is no recognizable initiative that could save the “European Integration” project. The duty of the Community to secure peace in Europe is being pushed into the background. Unreasonable rules and regulations are spreading vexation and dissatisfaction, which trigger anti-EU slogans, ultimately leading to anti-EU governments. The anger over absurd regulations combines with a still deeply rooted nationalism among many citizens. In Europe many gravediggers of the EU are at work. This development is made possible by three decisive factors:

  • The actors see only their actual or supposed interests and do not recognize the harm threatening all Europeans without exception.
  • The EU in its current form is a defective construct, which precludes an effective policy: 750 members of parliament and 28 Commissioners — soon to be 27 — are unable to make useful decisions simply on account of their sheer numbers. That need not even take into account that the Parliament and the Commission can decide nothing without the consent of the 28 governments, 27 in the future. Such a construct is unworkable, inevitably inefficient and therefore also ineffective.
  • Even the EU-friendly parties emphasise nation states and thus differ, in the final analysis, only marginally from the nationalists who reject European integration. Also most pro-European citizens’ initiatives do not call the state into question and they barely strive for a factually integrated Europe.

Hence nothing will change. The problems threaten to become a permanent crisis with a catastrophic outcome. For purposes of illustration, a number of mutually related themes follow.

The punitive tariffs against China, which also affect the EU

The US is collecting punitive tariffs of an additional 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum and still plans to do the same with other goods.

Initially the EU begged for a postponement until May 1st and now it has negotiated a further deferment until June 1st. At present it is being haggled over.

A compelling trade policy would have consisted in the immediate imposition of counter-duties. As a consequence, the EU would have had a position of strength in the current negotiations and would have been able to negotiate a reasonable tariff regimen whilst offering concessions to the USA. Now they have become supplicants and are considering how the World Trade Organization (WTO) can be called in. WTO procedures are generally known to last from years to decades.

One of the reasons for this is that even within the Commission itself, the responsibility for customs is distributed among several Commissioners. This shows the absurdity of appointing 28 Commissioners (after Brexit 27), because each Member State must nominate a Commissioner and for each Commissioner a function is needed. As if that were not enough, each country’s government has a voice in the decisions; hence a US president like Donald Trump can turn the EU into a marionette.

The sanctions against Iran

Europe is incensed that the USA has cancelled its nuclear agreement with Iran. In return for Iran’s assurance not to build atomic weapons, the economic sanctions had been anywhere from relaxed to abolished. The EU absolutely insists on a continuing co-operation with Iran, citing economic interests as justification; they would like to realise projects involving billions of euros.

Since Thursday [17 May] there has been a singularly strange initiative: EU-Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker intends to punish European firms should they comply with US sanctions against Iran. Having been moulded by many sets of regulations, it appears that thinking in the Commission is determined exclusively by punishment categories; except, the United States prohibits companies who violate sanctions from being economically active in the USA or from exporting to the USA, and it imposes penalties as applicable. This is ruinous for many companies who therefore submit to the diktat of the USA. That the EU then still threatens them with a penalty is absurd. The issue has no effect on companies lacking interests in the US market.

For Europe the development taking place in the Near East is clearly irrelevant: Iran will have good opportunities, after the armed conflicts have ended, of becoming a major power whose territory extends to the Mediterranean. A change in the balance of power is also emerging, which would also have to be of interest to Europe, especially as Russia consistently emphasises her friendship with Iran and is active in Syria.

Also the tweets of the “Supreme Leader” of Iran, Khamenei, are obviously not read in Europe. Only hours after the conclusion of the nuclear agreement on 14 July 2015, Khamenei commented on the agreement with a tirade of abuse against the West. This posture led even the Obama administration into putting the brakes on implementation of the “nuclear deal”[1] and they maintained a portion of the sanctions.

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Armenia’s People-Power Revolution, Russia, and the Western Bloc

The Armenian-American writer David Boyajian provides some background for the “color revolution” currently underway in Armenia. See also this translated Bild article.

Armenia’s People-Power Revolution, Russia, and the Western Bloc

by David Boyajian

As we write this, massive peaceful civil actions against Armenia’s establishment have continued under the leadership of Nikol Pashinyan, a National Assembly (N.A.) member who is part of the opposition Yelk (Way Out) Alliance. Though widely unpopular Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has been forced to resign, his Republican Party (RPA) still has a narrow majority (58 of 105) in the N.A. Most observers believe that the RPA members were elected through fraud, bribery, and intimidation.

The RPA’s politicians and oligarchs are also generally blamed for stealing billions of the country’s wealth; violating civil rights; debasing the judiciary and civil service; keeping the talented Armenian Diaspora at arm’s length; and failing to successfully address Armenia’s many problems: corruption, a less-than-robust economy, unemployment, outward migration, and more.

A bright spot: Landlocked Christian Armenia and its brother Artsakh/Karabagh Republic survive, even though blockaded by genocidal Turkey and Turkic/Muslim Azerbaijan who outnumber Armenians by 90 million people. This miracle is due to the tenacity of Armenia’s people and armed forces.

As Armenia is a long-time friend and admirer of our country, we Americans need to understand it.

Why Armenia Matters

The current revolution is home-grown and purely Armenian. Outside powers — whether countries or organizations — neither initiated nor control the revolution. Still, major nations definitely have strong opinions, usually unstated, about the present crisis.

Russia loathes the revolution. Russia wants Armenia to continue to be highly dependent on it for natural gas, the nuclear power plant and energy grid, investments, sophisticated weapons, and the right to travel to Russia to work and sometimes deposit stolen money. Ongoing corruption in Armenia makes it easier for Russia to bribe, intimidate, and blackmail dishonest leaders and oligarchs, represented mainly by the RPA. A Russian base guards Armenia’s border with Turkey.

Why is Russia so intent on controlling its small ally? Because without Armenia, Russia would lose its grip on the Caucasus, Caspian Sea, and probably Central Asia. The US/NATO/EU/Turkey (“Western Bloc”) would then move in. Thus perched along the Russian Bear’s soft underbelly, NATO would slice it open and have his insides for dinner. Therefore Russia needs Armenia far more than it cares to admit.

Georgia was coopted by the Western Bloc years ago. It has invested billions in Georgia, which desires NATO membership as protection against Russia.

Azerbaijan, corrupt and a virtual dictatorship, but flush with oil and gas income, has also expressed interest in joining NATO. Over 27 years, the Western Bloc has invested untold billions in Azerbaijan in such sectors as energy, banking, hotels, aviation, agriculture, and consulting. The Western Bloc has also constructed major oil and gas pipelines from Azerbaijan’s Caspian fields through Georgia and into Turkey and beyond. More such pipelines (to supply Europe) are planned.

Interestingly, Israel receives around 40% of its oil from Azerbaijan and sells it billions in weapons. Major Jewish organizations such as the American Jewish Committee provide Azerbaijan political support while, sadly, a coterie of Jewish writers constantly and unfairly berate Armenia in the US and international media.

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Two Minutes to Midnight

The following essay by Nick McAvelly was published earlier at the Frozen North.

Two Minutes to Midnight

by Nick McAvelly

On the front page of Thursday’s newspapers, under the headline “May’s Great Gamble,” the British public were informed that Theresa May, the current Prime Minister, was about to make a mistake not dissimilar to the one that Neville Chamberlain made in March 1939. Apparently, May was about to set our country on a course that could very well end up in a world war. It was reported that May had ordered British submarines armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles to move within range of Syria, so that Britain can participate in an American-led attack in that country.[1] As we now know, Britain went ahead and participated in those attacks.[2]

On 31st March 1939, Chamberlain stood in the House of Commons and made one of the worst political blunders in British history:

In the event of any action which clearly threatened Polish independence, and which the Polish Government accordingly considered it vital to resist with their national forces, His Majesty’s Government would feel themselves bound at once to lend the Polish Government all support in their power. They have given the Polish Government an assurance to this effect. I may add that the French Government have authorised me to make it plain that they stand in the same position in this matter as do His Majesty’s Government.[3]

At the subsequent debate in the House of Commons, the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George said:

The Prime Minister said to-day that he has spoken plain words. That is not enough. You must make it clear that you have the means of implementing those words. There are two objects you must have in view. One, of course, is that if Herr Hitler does march you will be able to meet him and beat him. The other is even more important, and that is that you should make it quite clear to him that you can do it. Then he will not attack. Is it clear? If war occurred to-morrow, you could not send a single battalion to Poland. Let us speak quite frankly. France could not. She would be confronted with fortifications which are infinitely more formidable than the Hindenburg line, which took us four years to break through, with casualties running into millions. [Interruption.] I am sorry to speak what is unpalatable, but I owe a duty to myself and to the country.

I cannot understand why, before committing ourselves to this tremendous enterprise, we did not secure beforehand the adhesion of Russia. […] I ask the Government to take immediate steps to secure the adhesion of Russia in a fraternity, an alliance, an agreement, a pact, it does not matter what it is called so long as it is an understanding to stand together against the aggressor. Apart from that we have undertaken a frightful gamble, a very risky gamble.[4]

In the years immediately prior to Chamberlain’s unsolicited war guarantee, the first priority in the British government’s military plan had been to create a defensive air force to protect the country from German bombers. The second priority, according to the British government, had been to develop the Navy in order to protect Britain’s trade routes. The third priority had been to maintain an Army for “Imperial Police Duties” overseas. Last on the list of British priorities was “co-operation in the defence of the territories of any allies we may have in war.”[5]

So Britain did not have the military capability to stop the Wehrmacht from invading Poland. As the British Chiefs of Staff had reported as early as 1937, a war with Germany would have to be “a long war”. Britain would have to resist an initial German attack (on Britain, not Poland), then use the industrial and economic power of the Empire to build up British forces, before finally launching a counter-attack. As the Chiefs of Staff stated, the military intervention of Russia, and material assistance from America “would go far towards making the Allied counter-offensive possible.”[6]

After the British government made their unsolicited war guarantee to Poland, they tried to get the Soviet Union onside, but that was never going to happen. In a speech in Moscow on 10th March, Josef Stalin had stated that he would “not allow our country to be drawn into conflicts by warmongers who are accustomed to have others pull the chestnuts out of the fire for them.”[7]

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“Bolton’s appointment is a brilliant ‘America First’ move”

Caroline Glick appears to have a regular gig at Breitbart. Smart of them to feature an outstanding writer.

Here’s part of her essay on John Bolton’s recent appointment [with my emphases —D]:

President Donald Trump’s decision to appoint former UN Ambassador John Bolton to serve as his National Security Advisor is arguably the most significant single step he has taken to date toward implementing his America First foreign policy.

The news hit America’s enemies and competitors — from Pyongyang to Teheran to Moscow to Beijing — like a wall of bricks Thursday night.

Early criticisms on the political right of Bolton’s appointment have centered on two points. First, it is argued that Bolton, who has been involved in U.S. foreign policymaking since the Reagan administration, is a creature of the Washington foreign policy swamp.

While it is true that Bolton is from Washington – or Baltimore, to be precise – and although it is true that he held senior foreign policy positions in both Bush administrations, he has always been a thorn in the side of the establishment rather than a member of that establishment.

For the better part of three decades, Bolton has bravely held positions that fly in the face of the establishment’s innate preference for appeasement. He was a vocal critic, for example, of then-President Bill Clinton’s disastrous nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.

The 1994 “Agreed Framework” that Clinton concluded with Pyongyang was touted as a peaceful resolution of the nuclear crisis with North Korea. In exchange for shuttering – but not destroying — its nuclear installations, North Korea received light water reactors from the U.S. and massive economic relief. As Bolton warned it would, North Korea pocketed the concessions and gifts and continued to develop its nuclear weapons. In other words, far from preventing North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, the Agreed Framework preserved the North Korean nuclear program and enabled the regime to develop it effectively with U.S. assistance.

For his warnings, Bolton has been reviled as a “warmonger” and a “superhawk” by the foreign policy elite, which has gone out of its way to undercut him.

President George W. Bush appointed Bolton to serve as UN ambassador in 2005 in a recess appointment. Three moderate Republicans on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Lincoln Chafee (RI), Chuck Hagel (ND), and George Voinovich (OH), signaled that they would oppose Bolton’s confirmation, blocking it.

At the time, rumors surfaced that then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had quietly undercut Bolton’s confirmation in private conversations with senators. Those rumors were denied, and Rice publicly supported Bolton’s confirmation. But in 2016, Rice, along with her mentor, former secretary of state James Baker, and her deputy and successor as National Security Advisor, Stephen Hadley, openly opposed President Trump’s intention to appoint Bolton Deputy Secretary of State. At the same time, all three lobbied Trump to appoint outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Bolton was a vocal opponent of Rice’s nuclear diplomacy with North Korea, undertaken after Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test in 2006. He also opposed Rice’s pursuit of diplomatic ties with Iran through negotiations in Iraq. In both cases, as events showed, Bolton’s criticisms were all in place.

Rice’s nuclear diplomacy with North Korea emboldened the regime and enabled its continued testing of nuclear weapons and development of ballistic missiles.

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The Neo-Ottoman Empire Stirs in the Eastern Mediterranean

ENF presser
In recent weeks the Turkish military has staged various provocations against its neighbors, in particular Greece and Cyprus. Based on his bellicose actions, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems intent on becoming the Sultan of a revived Ottoman Empire. Not to mention the Caliph of Sunni Islam…

The following press release about Turkish aggression was issued today by Nicolas Bay MEP, co-president of the ENF (Europe of Nations and Freedom) group in the European Parliament.

ENF Group Condemns Turkey’s Aggressive and Provocative Behaviour Against Greece and Cyprus

The Europe of Nations and Freedom group in the European Parliament (ENF) condemns the escalation of border incidents caused by Turkey on land and at sea. After a meeting in Brussels earlier this week between ENF vice-presidents Gerolf Annemans and Marcus Pretzell, and Failos Kranidiotis and Panayiottis Doumas from Nea Dexia (New Right party), the ENF Group condemns the blatant violation of Greece and Cyprus’ sovereign rights by Turkey.

Several serious incidents occurred in less than a month’s time.

On February 9, Turkish warships obstructed a drill rig contracted with by the Italian energy firm ENI from approaching an area to explore for natural gas inside the Republic of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone. Several subsequent attempts to reach the area were equally obstructed.

On February 12 at around midnight, a Turkish patrol boat deliberately rammed a much lighter Greek coast guard vessel that was anchored off the Greek island of Imia in the Aegean.

On March 2, two Greek soldiers were detained by Turkish forces after allegedly having crossed the border into Turkey in a heavily forested frontier region under bad weather conditions. There are doubts whether this really happened on Turkish territory. There are also serious concerns that the Turkish government wants to use the detained officer and private as a bargaining chip for the extradition of the eight Turkish medical officers who fled to Greece after the coup in July 2016. The Supreme Court of Greece ruled that the Turkish officers would not be extradited. Although this court ruling is final and cannot be reversed, the Turkish government still demands their extradition and proves not to understand fundamental European democratic principles like the separation of powers.

The ENF Group stresses that Turkey does not belong in the European Union. The EU must stop the accession negotiations with that country and must stop all pre-accession payments.

Russia’s Hypersonic Missile

A couple of days ago Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country had developed a hypersonic cruise missile that would render any anti-missile systems — including those of the United States — ineffective. The video below shows excerpts from the speech in which Mr. Putin made his announcement.

Many thanks to D@rLin|{ for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Coincidentally, Geert Wilders is currently visiting Russia. He was interviewed today by RT:

Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician and leader of the anti-immigration Party for Freedom, says European nations lack the kind of leadership he sees in the US and Russia, where the interests of their own people are prioritized.

Wilders, who has become a polarizing figure in Europe over his anti-EU and anti-Islam platform, is currently visiting Russia in his capacity as a member of the Dutch Parliament. RT caught up with him for an exclusive interview. Wilder says while he didn’t like a lot of the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he would like to see a nationalist stance like Putin’s in other European nations.

“Vladimir Putin is a leader, whatever you think of him. I criticize a lot of his policies. But I applaud him as I applaud Mr. Trump for being leaders, who are standing there on behalf of the Russian and the American people,” he said. “We lack that kind of leadership in Europe. Europe, being a non-entity, countries combined — almost 30 in our days and still trying to enlarge — where there is a total lack of sense and identity. Therefore I believe Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin are more favorable than our own leaders.”

Visit RT to see the video of the interview.

Transcript of Putin excerpts:

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Viktor Orbán: “The West Will Fall, While Europe Does Not Even Realize it is Being Invaded”

No matter how absurd it is, the danger that threatens us is from the west nowadays. This danger is held over our heads by politicians from Brussels, Berlin and Paris. They want to force us to adopt their policies, the policies that made them migrant-accepting countries, and opened the gates for the decline of Christian culture, and for the expansion of Islam. They want us to accept migrants, too, and also become mixed-race countries.

Yesterday afternoon Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave his annual state-of-the-nation speech in Budapest. As usual, he took a forthright stance against the migration quotas and other ukases emanating from Brussels. In his staunch resistance to Politically Correct Multiculturalism, Mr. Orbán stands head and shoulders above all other leaders of Western countries.

Below are excerpts from his speech that are relevant to non-Hungarians. Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript, without times and paragraphed:

If they say to somebody today, “Hungary”, he will think of Budapest, [Lake] Balaton, the gorgeous Hungarian women, goulash and good wines. If they say “Hungarian politics”, then we can be sure that he thinks of Fidesz [Young Democrats] …the more refined ones think of Fidesz-KDNP [Young Democrats-Christian Democratic Party]; that is understandable, because twice we won with two-thirds, and we were able to govern the country without coalition constraints.

Hungary became well-appreciated. Our recognition and influence is more widespread than could be expected based on our size and economic strength. To what might we owe this result? Primarily to the fact that the Fidesz and KDNP over the last eight years suspended political correctness. We deep-sixed the Euro-blah-blah, the liberal artsy-craftsy, the empty doubletalk. We sent the muzzle back to Brussels and the leash to the IMF.

Look around at the Europe of coalition constraints and liberal dictates. In Budapest, plain speech is in fashion. Unequivocal words and sentences. In Budapest we want to say what we think, and we want to do what we say. This is a great luxury in today’s European politics, and we Hungarians are frolicking in it, but it would be nice if less of the water would splatter onto the bank.

Ladies and gentlemen, concerning Hungarian politics here and abroad, we [Fidesz] bring to mind that it was not free. The Fidesz was established thirty years ago. We have a long road behind us, hard battles, perseverance, fidelity, camaraderie. Fidelity and service toward Hungary, unity and camaraderie for each other. Moreover, every Hungarian knows us, recognizes us. They know we are not blowing smoke. We do not get carried away with the temptation to be hyperbolical. What we say, we think through seriously. What we undertake, we earnestly attempt. But we work hard, and at the end we make it happen; we usually reach our goals. If it had not already been reserved, I could say, “We are the calm force”. [MDF slogan, first government after Communism]

We are ourselves, and we do not sell a pig in a poke. We are anti-Communists and patriots; we passionately love Hungary and we are ready to do anything for her. This is what differentiates us from the other political parties. But it is most absurd that a national party [Jobbik] — which has seen better days — came up with a slogan in these baneful and migrant-cursed times, that “Islam is the last hope of humanity”. Well, the chin drops, and we can’t believe our ears, someone should pinch us — if we are dreaming, we could wake up. But no, all is in vain. That is the present Hungarian reality and today’s selection; these are the ones registered as candidates for governing. In a manly and firm way, I can only say: Hungary deserves better!

No wonder, then, that the mood in the country is not for government-changing, but for opposition-changing. For the strength of a sentence, let’s take them seriously and let’s state it; we are the ones who think: Europe’s last hope is Christianity! Today when… …today when — today when the European PEOPLE talk about Christianity — this distinction is important — they think of their culture and their way of life. That is why in Hungary, based on research and analysis, 78% of people want us to preserve our Christian culture and Christian heritage.

Respected ladies and gentlemen, when we think about the future and the election that lies ahead, it is worth noticing how much it has multiplied the number of analyses, prognoses and prophecies discussing the future of Europe in dark tones. Because of the migration, in the sky of Europe, dark clouds are gathering, say the pundits. Dark prophecies have always existed. That is the usual music accompanying European politics. What is worrisome in the present ones is that in their essence, they are mathematical. They speak of numbers, quantifiable changes, and numbers always have weight, even if they are only estimates. Based on the estimates, the rate of migration will accelerate in European countries to the west of us. About France and the Netherlands I prefer to say nothing, but the birthrate of [native] Germans in most major cities is decreasing. Because the migrants always take over the major cities first. In Bavaria, for example, nowadays they spend more money on migrants, for immigration and integration, than for the economy, environmental protection, and state healthcare budgets combined! When I was in Vienna, I also heard that in this school year, the school data surprised everybody. For those just starting school, the number of Muslim children soared. This is the future that has already become the present there.

Based on NATO reports — it looks like the soldiers have not yet let them be censored — by 2020 around 60 million people will begin their march towards Europe. There is also agreement that Africa will manifest a level of power exceeding all previous expectations. By 2050, their population will double and become more than 2.5 billion. They will have ten times more young people than Europe. Two paths lie ahead for Africa. One of them is to repeat the achievements that China, India, Indonesia or Vietnam have already shown in Asia, to the amazement of the entire world. By other means, perhaps, but they may fight their way out of poverty, set their economies on the path of growth, and slowly take leadership of the world economy. Their success would remind us that it is not history that shapes demography, but demography that shapes history. About this lesson — like a class raconteur — we Hungarians could tell a lot of stories.

The other possibility is that Africa is not capable of setting foot on the path of Asian-style development, and will not be able to create humane circumstances for their young people. If they let these hundreds of millions strong youthful crowd make their way North, then Europe will be soon under terrible pressure. Moreover, most of the immigrants will be arriving from the world of Islam. If everything continues as it is today, Europe’s largest cities will have an unequivocal Muslim majority, and London will not be a cuckoo’s egg, but the first swallow [not an exception, but first of many]. Our culture, our identity and our nations, as we know them today — if everything continues — will cease to exist; our worst nightmares will come true. The West will fall, while Europe does not even realize it is being invaded.

Would they be right, those who say civilizations do not get murdered, but commit suicide? Many believe that if this is to come about, it will happen a long time from now. Those who think in such a fashion, I believe, are mistaken. The analysis looks ahead to 2050, and those who are my age will have arrived in their eighties. So we will be able to see with our own eyes what direction the future of the West took. Not to mention our children and grandchildren.

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After More Than Two Centuries of Peace Sweden Prepares for War

From a Norwegian writer:

According to Aftonbladet, the Swedish government is preparing to reissue the pamphlet “If the war comes” and send it to all 4.7 million households in the country. The director of communication of the Defence Authorities Svante Werger stated that “we are anticipating the possibility of an armed attack by a foreign nation.”

The pamphlet was first issued in 1943 during WWII but was retired after the end of the Cold War. As such, its revival marks a level of fear of conflict not seen for three decades. While the Defence Authorities do not explicitly state which foreign nation they are referring to, given the recent debates in the Swedish parliament, it is widely believed to be Russia.

Yes, Russia again. It seems like they are every leftist’s favorite villain these days.

However, there may be another reason closer to home that they’re concerned about preparing the populace for war. For several decades, Sweden has had a sclerotic immigration policy under which uneducated and often illiterate people from poverty and war-stricken areas would be free to come to the nation.

They have been gathering in ghettos rejecting Swedish culture and civil values while collecting their welfare checks. These ghettos have turned into no-go zones in which ethnic Swedes cannot safely enter.

It is in these places that large groups of young men, mostly Muslims, have been accumulating military grade weapons. Yes, that’s right. They are building a paramilitary army. This has resulted in Sweden having a hand grenade problem. Only countries at war have as many hand grenade attacks per capita, and they are escalating.

[Continue reading here. The author explains why the military will be necessary to return order to Sweden’s neighborhoods.]

Here’s the author and his bio:

ONAR ÅM

International Correspondent at LibertyNation.com Onar is a Norwegian author who has written extensively on politics, technology, and science. He has a mathematics and physics background and has been a technological entrepreneur for twenty years, working in areas ranging from biomass gasification and AI to 3D cameras and 3D TV. He is currently also the Editor of the alternative news site Ekte Nyheter (Authentic News) in Norway.

“Reichsbürger” Planning to Build an Army

A group in Germany seems to have morphed from Hitler fanboys into something more ominous for the Federal Republic. Anton has translated a brief news segment and written a report.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

“Reichsbürger” planning to build an army

by Anton

GERMANY. Tension is growing in Germany, Europe’s largest country, following Angela Merkel’s disastrous abandonment of the German national border. Since September 2015 millions of predominantly illegal immigrants have entered the country, living off German state welfare payments and occupying newly-constructed housing estates the German government has been building for them.

In reaction to the waves of rapes, — especially gang rapes, where the victims have included both men and women — daily stabbings, murders, nail bombings, suicide bombing and attacks using heavy goods vehicles, a right-wing group known as the “Reichsbürger” has grown enormously.

In the last 12 months, this group, which refuses to recognise Angela Merkel’s government, has grown officially from 10,000 to 15,600 in a single year. As violence continues to spread across the continent, new members are being recruited weekly.

The German Federal Homeland Security Agency (Verfassungsschutz) has indications that the “Reichsbürger” (named after Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich) are armed and dangerous.

Many members of the group have military training, having served their national conscription, a six-month term of compulsory national service in the German state army. Forced military conscription was launched in 1956 and abandoned in 2011 under Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Viktor Orbán: Protect the Borders, or Schengen is Dead

Below is the teaser for an interview with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Die Welt am Sonntag:

According to Egri Nök, the teaser under the picture says:

“It is silly to demonize Putin,” says Viktor Orbán. The EU simply doesn’t understand Russia, Hungary’s Prime Minister criticizes in the interview. He demands a determined protection of the borders by Brussels — otherwise, Schengen would be irretrievably dead.

Egri says she has to buy the print edition to see the interview, and hopes she will be able to do so later.