Send ’Em Back? The ECHR Says No!

The European Court of Human Rights has decided that France may no longer refuse to accept the repatriation of the wives and puir wee bairns of Syrian mujahideen. Relatives who want to come “home” to France will now be guaranteed a hearing before a court or a migrant-loving NGO.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Le Monde:

Repatriation of families of jihadists: The grounds for the condemnation of France by European Court of Human Rights

Paris will now have to justify any refusals to repatriate the wives and children of jihadists detained in Syria. Their next-of-kin will be able to lodge appeals before an independent organization or a court.

by Christophe Ayad
September 14, 2022

The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday, September 14, condemned France for not having justified the non-repatriation of two wives of jihadists and their children, whose next-of-kin had lodged two requests before the European court based in Strasbourg, on May 6, 2019 and October 7, 2020.

This is a setback for the French state, which up to now has repatriated families of jihadists on “a case-by-case basis” at its discretion without any transparency. However, the decision of the ECHR, adopted by a 14-3 vote, does not guarantee a “general right to repatriation” for the wives and children held in the NE Syrian camps.

The two applications had been submitted in the name of H. F. and M.F. as well as J.D. and A.D., two families that had petitioned Paris in vain for the repatriation of their relatives, before resolving to turn to the European court, considering that their girls and small children were exposed to “inhuman and degrading” treatment in the Syrian camps.

The Wayward Bus

As reported in last night’s news feed (see this InfoWars story, hat tip Reader from Chicago), a bus full of illegal migrants deliberately rammed a police car in Bulgaria, killing two policemen.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Salzburg24. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Smuggler bus crashes into police car in Bulgaria: two dead

Bus driver and passenger on the run

In the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas, a man carrying 48 migrants crashed into a police car. Two officers were killed and the bus driver fled.

A bus packed with 47 illegal migrants crashed into a police car in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas early Thursday morning. Two officers aged 31 and 43 were killed. The refugees were unharmed, said Bulgarian Health Minister Assen Mejidiev. The driver of the bus is on the run. He and a passenger are being searched for, the minister said at a press conference on Thursday.

Traffickers with stolen bus on the way

“Initial investigations have shown that it was a deliberate collision with the police car,” said the chief prosecutor in the coastal city of Burgas, Georgy Chinev, about the course of events. The bus was stolen and was traveling with fake license plates. Before the accident, he sped past a traffic check twice without stopping. The passengers are mostly young men, but there were also women and children among them.

Two arrests in Bulgaria

The driver of the bus and another person who fled the scene of the accident were arrested around noon, the police in Burgas announced. Both men are Syrian citizens with refugee status in Bulgaria. Interior Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev told the Bulgarian media that they organized the trip and traveled with them on the bus. At the scene of the accident, he declared that he would take decisive action against the gangs of people-smugglers. “They have declared war on us, and we will respond in the next few days with the full force of the law,” announced the minister. He wants to deport the smugglers by the end of next week and at the same time check all refugee centers in Bulgaria, because there are organized gangs of smugglers there. [No way, really? Now who would’ve thought?]

Interior minister sees problem with border police

Bulgaria’s interior minister sees the problem with the border police for allowing such a large group of illegal migrants to enter the interior of the country. Demerdzhiev did not rule out the possibility that border police officers were involved in the illegal migration business across the Bulgarian-Turkish border south of Burgas on the Black Sea. “We have relevant information,” said the interior minister. He again warned that migratory pressure on Bulgaria had increased “enormously” in recent weeks. He therefore demanded better technical equipment, including drones, for monitoring the border with Turkey. The border fence built in 2013/2014 is currently being renovated. Bulgaria’s border with Turkey is the only land route from the Middle East to Europe. Bulgaria is considered a transit country.

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Jew-Hating Workers of the World Unite!

Jeremy Corbyn helped lead the Labour Party to ruin in the UK before resigning as party leader in 2020. In addition to being a hard-left zealot, Mr. Corbyn was a notorious Jew-hater. Having failed in the UK, he is now taking his act to Belgium.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from React Nieuws:

Labour Party Suspended “Anti-Semitic”* Jeremy Corbyn, main guest at Manifiesta hate festival

August 23, 2022

On September 17 and 18 the extreme left “Manifiesta” will take place in Ostend. This year the extreme leftist Jeremy Corbyn is the featured main speaker. Corbyn was the chairman of the British Labour Party from 2015-2020. He liked being photographed with the Stalin genocide flag a lot.

[Photo caption: Jeremy Corbyn with the Stalin genocide flag. Stalin murdered at least 25 million people.]

It is remarkable, however, that the PvdA [Dutch Labour Party] and other guests at the hate fest, such as, for, example, Tom Lanoye, present themselves as fighters against “anti-Semitism”. But let the latter be the reason why Jeremy Corbyn, after a thorough investigation, had to resign as Labour chairman.

Corbyn first became known through extensive collaboration with the Islamic Palestinian terror organizations, Hamas and Hezbollah. They conduct a political fight against Israel and the Jewish people, but also mix that fight with Muslim fundamentalism and the use of terror, including suicide attacks. The message is clear: All Jews must die. Parades are openly held featuring the Hitler salute. It can’t get any more clearly anti-Semitic.

[Photo caption: Palestinian supporters of Hamas giving the Hitler salute.]

No objection, however, for the Manifiesta guest Jeremy Corbyn. He invited supporters of Hamas to the British Parliament. Among them was a man who, in 2009, expressed full support for Hamas, and a man who, in 2004 declared that blowing yourself up in an Islamic suicide attack was “a noble thing”.

Within the Labour Party, Corbyn supported a culture of anti-Semitism between 2015-2020. People and elected officials of Jewish origin were bullied out of the party. Eventually, an official investigation was initiated by the “Equality and Human Rights Commission”, an independent organ set up by the Equality Act of 2006. After an extensive investigation, the commission determined in 2020 that employees of the Labour Party had, indeed, engaged in unlawful bullying and that 23 cases were proven involving inappropriate behavior in connection with anti-Semitism by Labour employees, including one by Corbyn personally. Based on that, Corbyn was suspended by Labour itself.

Tom Lanoye presents himself this week in HUMO (Belgian tabloid) as a fighter against anti-Semitism. Can we have a hearty laugh?

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The 50th Anniversary of Black September

Next month will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the kidnapping and massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich. The Israelis were taken hostage and murdered by Palestinian terrorists of “Black September”, most of whom were also eventually killed.

The two articles below concern controversy over the commemoration of the massacre, and were translated by Gary Fouse.

Official recognition of the anniversary has been clouded by two recent issues in Germany. First, remarks by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have caused consternation. Mind you, Mr. Abbas was also one of the masterminds of the Black September massacre, but we’re supposed to forget about that niggling little detail.

From the German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle :

Middle East conflict

Palestinian president Abbas causes anger in Berlin with Holocaust comparison

After a meeting with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of a “Holocaust” and with that, unleashed heavy criticism. The term “apartheid” was also mentioned at the press conference.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz sees no “apartheid” in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel. After a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin, Scholz said he didn’t want to use this term. Abbas had previously spoken about “apartheid” and raised serious accusations against Israel. Abbas demanded that the EU and UN fully recognize the Palestinian state.

Currently the Palestinians only have observer status at the UN. However, Scholz rejected Abbas’ demand. Germany continues to support a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, he said. This is “not the time to change anything.”

Abbas expressed disappointment that after the visit of US President Joe Biden, the US had also made no steps towards a new Middle East initiative. “We are still awaiting today the practical steps that follow words,” he said with a view toward Biden, who had also spoken in favor of a two-state solution.

Abbas accuses Israel of “Holocaust”

Abbas caused serious irritation when he accused Israel of a “Holocaust” against the Palestinians. Israel has “committed 50 massacres, 50 Holocausts” against the Palestinians. Scholz followed the statements visibly angered and with a stony expression, and he was prepared to reply. His spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit declared the press conference over immediately after Abbas’ answer. The question to the Palestinian president had already been announced as the last. Hebestreit later reported that Scholz was angered by the Abbas statement.

Deutsche Welle correspondent Nina Haase, who was present at the press conference, analyzed the incident this way: “Scholz didn’t look good here. But it is also unclear whether Abbas did his cause any good by knowingly provoking the German Chancellor in this manner. It could affect the future support readiness of Scholz.”

Scholz: Unbearable and unacceptable

Later, Chancellor Scholz rejected the Holocaust accusation against Israel by the Palestinian president in clear words. “Especially for us Germans, any comparison to the Holocaust is unbearable and unacceptable,” Scholz told Bild-Zeitung. He expressed similar words in a tweet:

Tweet from federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz:

“I am deeply outraged by the unspeakable words of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas. Especially for us Germans, any comparison to the Holocaust is unbearable and unacceptable. I condemn any attempt to deny the crimes of the Holocaust.”

Criticism also came from the Federal Government’s commissioner for anti-Semitism, Felix Klein. “Through his Holocaust comparison, President Abbas has shown a lack of sensitivity towards us, his German hosts,” Klein said to the Germany Editorial Network: “That especially applies in view of the question posed about the Olympics attack that was carried out by PLO-terrorists.”

The new German ambassador to Israel, Steffen Seibert, criticized the Holocaust comparison by Abbas as false and unacceptable. “Germany will never tolerate any attempt to deny the uniqueness of the crimes of the Holocaust,” the former government spokesman wrote on Twitter.

Sharp criticism from the International Auschwitz Committee

The International Auschwitz Committee accused Abbas of deliberately using Berlin’s political stage to defame “German remembrance culture and relations with Israel.” Executive Vice President Christoph Heubner made a corresponding statement: “With his shameful and inappropriate Holocaust comparison, Abbas has again tried to serve anti-Semitic aggression in Germany and Europe.” Heubner also directed criticism at the federal government: “It is astounding and strange that the German side was not prepared, and Abbas’ provocations and statements about the Holocaust in the press conference remained uncontradicted.”

Angry reactions in Israel

Meanwhile, the Israeli government also sharply rejected the Holocaust comparison. That Abbas accused Israel of “committing 50 Holocausts while he was on German soil is not only a moral shame but also a monstrous lie,” explained the Israeli government head Jair Lapid. “History will never forgive him.”

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz condemned the statements of the Palestinian president as well. Whoever wants peace “should not distort the truth and re-write history,” the minister warned. The president of the Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem, Dani Dayan, condemned Abbas’s statements as “terrifying”. “The German government, in the Federal Chancellery, must directly react in appropriate ways to this inexcusable behavior,” Dayna demanded.

The second article, from the Süddeutsche Zeitung, concerns the withdrawal from the event by relatives of the victims, due to what they consider an inadequate level of proposed reparations to be paid by the German government:

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Iranian Media Celebrate the Stabbing of Salman Rushdie

Below are translated excerpts from two Spanish-language newspapers concerning the Iranian reaction to yesterday’s stabbing of Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua, New York. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translations.

The first article is from Excelsior (Mexico), quoting the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is said to represent the views of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran:

On Saturday Kayhan, the principal ultraconservative daily in Iran, congratulated the man in the United States who stabbed Salman Rushdie, the British writer of Indian origin who wrote The Satanic Verses, the work for which the Iranian religious leader, Khomeini, issued a fatwa condemning him to death in 1989.

“Congratulations to this brave and duty-conscious man who attacked the apostate and depraved Salman Rushdie in New York,” declared the newspaper, whose head is appointed by the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“We kiss the hands of him who cut the throat of the enemy of God with a knife,” the article added.

The second article is from the Spanish daily El Pais:

Although New York authorities are declining to comment on the nationality and other information on the perpetrator, and, for the moment, about his motives, the expert on Islamism Romain Caillet stated on Twitter that [the alleged knifeman Hadi] Matar is of Lebanese origin and a follower of the pro-Iran Shiite militia party, Hezbollah. In Iranian media, the news was received with jubilation. “A Lebanese hero,” the website “Iran in Arabic” called the attacker in a tweet that was later removed. From Beirut, a spokesman for Hezbollah stated on Saturday that the group knew nothing about the attack. Caillet explained, nevertheless, that Matar was using a false driver’s license issued in New Jersey in the name of Hassan Mughniyah. Imad Mughniyah was chief of security and one of the most important Hezbollah commanders, eliminated by Israel in Damascus in 2008.

Syrian Mujahideen Arrested in Austria and Spain

Spain and Austria have a historic connection that goes back centuries, dating to when Spanish monarchs were members the Habsburg dynasty, which also ruled the Austrian Empire. Remember the Habsburg Jaw? Several Spanish kings suffered from this unfortunate genetic disorder — caused by inbreeding — as well as the rulers of Austria and other Central European countries.

Two young Moroccan mujahideen seem to demonstrate a modern-day affinity between Austria and Spain: after their return from Syria, one was arrested in Barcelona, and the other in Upper Austria.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from eXXpress:

Terror suspect (36) arrested in Upper Austria: Moroccan arrived via the Balkan route

Double success in the fight against terror. Police were able to arrest a Moroccan terror suspect (36) in Upper Austria upon his return from Syria. One of his accomplices was also arrested in Barcelona.

A 36-year-old Moroccan terror suspect has been arrested in Upper Austria. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry confirmed corresponding media reports on Saturday. The arrest was carried out when the Syria-returnee was trying to leave the federal territory on a train to Germany, the spokesperson stated. There was an EU-wide arrest warrant for the “foreign terrorist fighter” issued in Spain.

Second suspect arrested in Barcelona

The Moroccan, who was arrested in July of 2022, has a residence in Spain and reportedly traveled to Syria in 2014 to join an al-Qaeda-associated group, the Interior Ministry stated Saturday. There was a 29-year-old Moroccan traveling with him, who had no outstanding arrest warrant at that time. Now the second suspect has been arrested near Barcelona, the ministry said. He reportedly traveled to Syria in 2015. Both men are under investigation on suspicion of participation in and support of terrorism.

“Fight against terror cannot rest”

“In the fight against international terror networks, close cooperation with our partners is essential. As the successful operation and both arrests again show, the State Security and Intelligence Service Directorate is in the best position and will continue to proceed against these criminals. Because the fight against terror cannot rest for one second. The police will carry on in the future with all consistency and severity,” stated Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP [Österreichische Volkspartei, Austrian People’s Party]).

Jihad Émilie Returns to France

Sixteen mujahidettes, all of them mothers, have been returned to France from Syria. One of the returning jihadistes is Émilie König, whose three Syrian-born children were sent home ahead of her.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Le Figaro:

Repatriated from Syria, the jihadist Émilie König placed in pre-trial detention after being charged

July 4, 2022

Originally from Brittany, this 37-year-old woman is accused of recruiting for the Islamic State and calling for the commission of attacks in the West

Émilie König, one of the most well-known French jihadists, repatriated Tuesday, July 5 from Syria, has been placed in pre-trial custody after being charged by an anti-terrorist judge, AFP reported during a hearing before a liberty and detention judge (JLD).

This 37-year-old woman, accused of recruiting for the Islamic State group (EI) and calling for the commission of attacks in the West, was the subject of an arrest warrant and was charged upon her arrival in Paris with criminal terrorist association.

Regain a “woman’s life”

“I am very tired,” she whispered in the dock — this brunette with a grey complexion, dressed in a grey fleece top and black pants, after the liberty and detention judge announced the ruling. The magistrate, to whom Émilie König had said she wanted to regain “a woman’s life”, informed her that the investigations would continue to “retrace her activities.”

Originally from Lorient (Morbihan), she left for Syria in 2012. Appearing regularly in propaganda videos, she was placed by the UN on the blacklist of the most dangerous combatants. She is the mother of five children, three of whom were born in Syria, and who were repatriated to France in early 2021. In an interview with AFP in April 2021 at the Roj camp, she stated that she wanted to “return to France”. “She has the intention of fully cooperating with French justice,” stated her lawyer, Emmanuel Daoud.

“She has returned to explain herself and to try and see her children again as soon as possible, according to a period of time that she does not control,” added Attorney Daoud stressing that she was “fully conscious of causing a great deal of suffering to her family.”

Eight persons in custody

Twenty-five minors and sixteen mothers in the camp for jihadist prisoners in Syria since the fall of the Islamic State were repatriated Tuesday, in response to repeated requests from NGOs and families who say they are awaiting the end of the “inhumane case-by-case policy”. Eight mothers were placed in custody “in the execution of an investigative warrant,” and “eight others are the object of arrest warrants,” the national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office explained in a statement.

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Culture-Enrichers Acting as Trusties

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of the Epoch Times. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Pushbacks: Refugees against refugees on behalf of the Greek police

At the EU’s external border, Greek police officers are apparently using refugees as accomplices for illegal pushbacks. This was the result of joint research by Der Spiegel with Lighthouse Reports, the ARD political magazine Report Munich, Le Monde and the Guardian. After months of research, the team of reporters managed to speak to six of these men.

They said independently of one another that they had been urged to force them back to Turkey. In return they had been promised residence permits. According to Der Spiegel, the information provided by the refugees was able to be verified with the help of photos, satellite images and official Greek documents.

Residents of Greek villages near the border also report that it is “an open secret” in the region that refugees carry out pushbacks on behalf of the police. Farmers and fishermen, who are allowed to enter the restricted area on the Evros River, are said to have repeatedly observed refugees at work: migrants are not seen on the Evros, said a resident. ”Except those who work for the police.” Three Greek police officers also confirmed the practice to Der Spiegel and its partners. The police consider the pushbacks to be so dangerous that they are increasingly using refugees in order to protect their own officers. [And those are the “peaceful” refugees that the Greens worship, and want flooding into Europe indefinitely, or until each and every white, native European has been enriched through the cultural culler.]

The Greek Interior Ministry and the police left official media inquiries unanswered as of Tuesday. According to European law, Greece is obliged to open an asylum procedure for asylum seekers who reach Greek territory.

“This approach is a break with all the values that we represent in the European Union,” said the Federal Government’s Human Rights Commissioner, Luise Amtsberg (Greens). “This is abysmal and cannot be surpassed in terms of perfidy.”

Afterword from the translator:

So what? These policemen are fighting for their country and their children against invaders and are using the tools at their disposal, because of those traitorous puppeticians. Also, such a virtue-signalling hit piece could only come from Spiegel and ARD, the saviours of the poor “refugees”. But they are silent, or belittling, when it comes to the victims of their cultural enrichment drive.

Has each of those journalists taken in a “refugee”? Or Luise Amtsberg, or any other of these advocates for cultural genocide? I seriously doubt it.

Chlorine Gas

Here’s an update on yesterday’s post about the deadly explosion of toxic gas at the port in Aqaba. According to today’s news, the death toll has risen to twelve (some accounts say thirteen), with more than 250 people injured.

The toxic material is now specifically named as “chlorine gas”. Elemental chlorine gas is pale yellow-green when isolated, whereas mustard gas (which contains chlorine) is generally described as yellow-brown in appearance. Photos of the latter strongly resemble yesterday’s plume of vapor in Aqaba.

It’s possible that the chlorine gas in the tank was compounded with other elements to make it that color. I don’t know whether such compounding might be done with the express purpose of making the gas clearly visible during accidents such as the one in Jordan.

The container is said to have been destined for Djibouti, which is just down the Red Sea from Aqaba, on the African coast.

Was the chlorine gas manufactured in Jordan? Or was it manufactured elsewhere and transshipped?

The whole story still seems strange to me, but I doubt we’ll ever learn any more than this.

Below are excerpts from a recent Reuters report on the incident:

Chlorine Gas Leak Kills at Least 12, Injures 251 at Jordan Port

The leak came after a tank filled with chlorine gas being exported to Djibouti fell while being transported, officials said.

At least 12 people died and 251 were injured in a chlorine gas leak from a storage tank at Jordan’s Aqaba port, officials and state media reported on Monday.

A video posted on state television’s Twitter page showed a storage tank falling from a winch and slamming into the deck of a ship, followed by yellow-coloured gas rising into the air as people ran away.

Health ministry officials said they expected only a handful of people to remain hospitalised by Tuesday.

Chlorine is a widely used disinfectant and water purification agent, but if inhaled, the gas turns to hydrochloric acid, which can lead to internal burning and drowning through a reactionary release of water in the lungs.

Mustard Gas?

A container of toxic gas exploded today aboard a ship in the port of Aqaba, in Jordan. Ten people were killed and hundreds more were injured by the gas.

A crane seems to have inadvertently dropped the cylinder of gas onto the deck, causing it to explode.

I’d like to tap into the distributed intelligence of Gates of Vienna readers to answer this question: Is there any toxic gas besides mustard gas that would exhibit a bright yellow plume like the one that appeared today in Aqaba?

Here’s CCTV footage of the incident:

That gas may be something totally unremarkable, albeit lethal, for all I know.

Regardless, I’d be interested to find out where the vessel is registered, where it was coming from, and the intended destination of the cylinder.

Here’s a news story about what happened:

Jordan: Toxic Gas Explosion Kills 10, Over 200 Injured in Aqaba Port

Aqaba health director Jamal Obeidat called on residents to “stay in their homes and shut all windows as a precaution”, stating that the chemical substance is very dangerous

Ten people were killed and more than 200 injured Monday in a toxic gas explosion in Jordan’s Aqaba port, authorities said. Footage on state TV showed a large cylinder plunging from a crane on a moored vessel, causing a violent release of a yellow gas.

The force of the blast sent a truck rolling down the harbourside, while port workers could be seen running for their lives. Nearby areas were evacuated and residents told to stay indoors.

The death toll rose to 10, government spokesman Faisal al-Shaboul told AFP, revising an initial toll of five killed. Prime Minister Bishr Khasawneh and interior minister Mazen al-Faraya headed to the site of the accident, state media reported. Civil defence spokesman Amer al-Sartawy earlier reported that 234 people were injured after the tank filled with toxic gas fell.

“Specialists and the hazardous substances team in the civil defence are dealing” with the incident, Sartawy added.

Nancy Faeser Celebrates the Grey Wolves

Recep Tayyip Erdogan displaying the hand sign of the Grey Wolves

Turkish-German police officer making the sign of the Grey Wolves

Nancy Faeser is a Social Democrat who is currently serving as the interior minister of Germany’s new “traffic light” coalition (SDP = red, FDP = yellow, Greens = green) government.

Ms. Faeser is a good socialist, so one of her top goals is to fight right-wing extremism. Unfortunately, the interior ministeress seems to be unaware that she has been buddying up with the Islamic fascists of the Turkish Grey Wolves, among other extremist Islamic organizations.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Tichys Einblick:

Faeser celebrates her “constitutional students” — with some showing fascist wolf salute

Above all, Nancy Faeser wants to fight right-wing extremism. Nevertheless, she does not recognize the signs of the largest right-wing extremist organization in Germany — and happily shares their supporters as examples of integration. Only later did she distance herself.

In her short time in office, Nancy Faeser has drawn attention to one issue in particular: the fight against right-wing extremism. This has the highest priority in her house, as she has repeatedly and unmistakably made clear.

But as Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser also takes care of other projects: one of them is the “Constitution Students” project. This project is intended to offer young people “time and space” to “discover and experience democracy for themselves” — especially young people who have not felt “touched” by democracy up until now, and thus turn them into “constitutional students”. Faeser proudly tweeted a photo of these “constitutional students” today: The project is “very close to her heart. It creates spaces, encounters and role models to experience democracy,” she writes.

It is important that young people get involved in socio-political matters. But young people have to find a way to get involved. That’s why the project of the #constitutional students is very important to me. It creates spaces, encounters and role models to experience #democracy.

Nancy Faeser (@NancyFaeser) June 15, 2022


— Niklas Korber (ikNiklasKorber) June 16, 2022

The problem for Faeser: not everyone wants to “experience democracy”, as the photo shows. The picture quickly became an embarrassing tweet for the minister: in the last row of the photo, several young men are gathered, making various hand gestures into the camera. One of them is the “wolf salute” of Turkish right-wing extremists. The hand sign with two spread fingers symbolizes a wolf and has always been the greeting of the Turkish fascists, the “grey wolves”. Grey Wolves is a generic term for anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist right-wing extremists in Turkey.

To the left of this, another is pointing his finger to the sky — a Muslim sign of commitment to Allah [tawhid, the oneness of Allah], which gained worldwide fame via the Islamic State. To his right (located, maybe also ideological) several boys show the so-called “Rabia hand”, which is considered a sign of the Muslim Brotherhood. A fascist-Islamist hat-trick, one could cynically state — and three huge own goals for the largest “counter-right” fighter in the Federal Republic, who apparently cannot even recognize the hand signal of the largest right-wing extremist group in Germany, the Grey Wolves. Only after numerous Twitter users pointed out the Fascho boys in the last row did she tweet a slight distancing.

The picture clearly shows that some of the “constitutional students” show political extremist gestures. That a constitutional minister might not have known her… #Hmmm … That she’s spreading the picture despite numerous references to it… #Puhhh …

Arnd Diringer (@Arnd_Diringer) June 16, 2022

In 2020, the SPD even wanted to ban the “grey wolves” and approved a corresponding motion in the Bundestag. Faeser probably didn’t get that memo — or even her term right-wing extremism is a dishonest, halved one that only wants to see “white right-wing extremism.” Whatever the reason for this own goal — sloppiness, naivety or willful blindness — it is and remains a big own goal from the greatest “right-wing” fighter of all time.

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Turkey’s Bizarro World

David Boyajian discusses Turkey’s (thus far) successful attempt to veto the attempt by Finland and Sweden to join NATO.

Bizarro World: Mega-Terrorist Turkey Accuses Finland and Sweden of Supporting Terrorists

by David Boyajian

Welcome to bizarro world.

That’s where Turkey, a notorious state sponsor of international terrorism, has the sheer gall to accuse Finland and Sweden of supporting terrorists.

Even more bizarre: Neither Finland, Sweden, the U.S., NATO, EU, nor any other country or leader has, to my knowledge, pointed out Ankara’s glaring hypocrisy.

Turkey claims that Finland and Sweden host members of the PKK, the militant Kurdish organization that the U.S. and EU regard as terrorists. Both Nordic nations deny the charge.

Like many Europeans, however, Finns and Swedes sympathize with Kurds. Turkey has long repressed and ethnically cleansed the latter.

Regardless, Ankara is blocking uber-civilized Finland and Sweden from joining NATO.

Ironically, Turkey — autocratic, infamously violative of human rights, and systemically corrupt — would be unqualified to join NATO today were it not already a member.

The point is: Who is Turkey to accuse others of terrorism?

Mega-Terrorist Turkey

No objective analyst disputes Turkey’s longtime sponsorship of ISIS and other terrorist groups.

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Och! The Puir Wee Syrian Bairns!

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Die Zeit:

Federal government pledges one billion euros for Syria

Millions of Syrians are dependent on humanitarian aid, and the war in Ukraine is worsening the supply situation. The EU countries have pledged billions in aid.

At a Syria donor conference in Brussels, the German Development Ministry and the Federal Foreign Office pledged €1.05 billion in aid for the coming years. “The money is intended to improve the life prospects of the people in Syria and the neighboring countries that have been badly affected by the Syrian war and have taken in millions of refugees,” it said. According to the Federal Development Ministry, the money comes from this year’s federal budget and is to be used in the coming years.

“Even if Europe is naturally looking at Ukraine right now, we are not forgetting the Syrian civil war and the suffering it is causing,” said Development Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) in a statement. Further money for development cooperation is being planned. In Syria alone, almost fifteen million people are dependent on humanitarian aid, and twelve million people are at risk of being fed. The situation is also getting worse in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, where many Syrians live. Not least because of the Ukraine war, which has resulted in rising wheat prices.

At the start of the donor conference, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell drew attention to the effects of the war in Ukraine on Syria. Already, 60 percent of the Syrian population suffers from food insecurity and hardly knows where their next meal will come from, Borrell said. For the EU, he announced aid of €3.16 billion for the period 2022 to 2023.

“Our strong political commitment to Syria must be backed up by an equally strong financial commitment,” said the foreign policy officer. The EU will maintain sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A normalization of relations cannot take place until the Syrian refugees can safely return home, Borrell said. Aid organizations hope that the conference, jointly organized by the EU and the UN, will draw some of the world’s attention back to Syria. The funds are also to be used to help the 5.7 million Syrian refugees who live in neighboring countries.

Afterword from the translator:

It is always remarkable how the government generously distributes German tax money in all directions as if there were no tomorrow, while the local working population can still pull the cart and is burdened with high taxes to cover the endless expenses.

Brandtner from AfD stated that after retiring as chancellor, Schröder has six people who are paid by the taxpayer.

Mutti Merkel gets by with ONLY nine people, at a cost of €100,000 per month! It’s hard to believe that the people are putting up with this.

Send ’Em Back!

The Turkish government is evidently getting tired of hosting all the refugees who are being held in camps along the border between Turkey and Syria. In an attempt to deal with the problem, a million culture-enrichers will be sent back to Syria, according to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Die Welt:

Erdogan plans to return a million refugees to Syria

Turkey is home to around five million refugees — the majority come from Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to send one million of these back to their homeland. The project has a voluntary basis and is “fairly mature”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to send around a million refugees back to their Syrian homeland. The voluntary project, in which local and international organizations and representatives of affected regions are also involved, is already “fairly mature,” said Erdogan on Tuesday in a video message for the inauguration of thousands of log houses for refugees who want to return to Idlib in northwestern Syria.

Turkey is currently hosting around five million refugees.

The majority of them, over 3.6 million, are Syrians who fled their homeland before the 2011 civil war. According to Erdogan, around 500,000 of them have returned to “safe zones” set up by Turkey along its border since 2016.

Erdogan is facing growing public resentment over the presence of the refugees in Turkey. He fears the issue could dominate next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Aid organizations are concerned that the refugees will be used as a scapegoat for the country’s problems in the 2023 election campaign.

Afterword from the translator:

At some point, the long-term stay should come to an end. There have been tensions between Turks and Syrians in Turkey for some time, and dissatisfaction with refugees is growing. And when they leave, I’m pretty sure which direction they’re going to go. Syria’s foreign minister said in an interview in February 2022: “Syria Says: Exiles Should Return Home”. The call has predictably not been answered and died down, one or the other probably knows the reasons for that.