Spengler on Militant Religiosity

“The present can only accomplish its purification by the erasure of its past.”

Below is the third of Thomas Bertonneau’s three-essay sequence on the crisis of modernity.

Spengler on Militant Religiosity

by Thomas F. Bertonneau

Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), the German historian and philosopher, devotes a suite of three chapters (VII, VIII, and IX) in his Decline of the West, Volume II (1922), to what he calls “The Problems of the Arabian Culture.” The third of these chapters, “Pythagoras, Mohammed, Cromwell,” explores the parallelisms that, in Spengler’s view, and in his use of the word, make these figures “contemporary” with one another. The same chapter also contains Spengler’s analysis of Puritanism, but not strictly in the sense of Calvinist doctrine, although he includes Calvinism in his discussion. Spengler views Puritanism as an inevitable phase of religion, one of doctrinal hardening and literalism in which a totalitarian impulse predominates. Puritanism has manifested itself in all the Great Cultures, as Spengler calls them, such as the Chinese, the Classical, and the Gothic. By “The Problems of Arabian Culture” Spengler does not mean to confine himself to a history of Monophysitism or Islam, although these come under his three-chapter remit. Spengler subsumes “Arabian Culture” under the larger category of “Magian Culture,” which embraces both Arabia Felix and Arabia Deserta but reaches far beyond them to aspects of the late Persian and Syriac societies, to the Hellenism of Alexandria, and even to the Iconoclastic centuries of Byzantium. The term Magian also reaches back in time to the late stages of Mesopotamian society. For Spengler, St. Augustine shares rather more with Islamic theology than he does, say, with St. Thomas and the Scholastics. For Spengler, the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople anticipates the mosque. To understand the chapter-sequence on “The Problems of Arabian Culture,” however, requires that Spengler’s often shocking and sometimes counter-intuitive pronouncements, like the ones just mentioned, take their place among the over-arching assumptions of The Decline.

Spengler’s opus impresses the first-time reader as a colossal improvisation. Its erudition and seeming formlessness put off many would-be explorers. Spengler’s basic propositions nevertheless lend themselves to summary. Spengler rejects the idea of a universal history. He recognizes no singular history but a number of histories in the plural, each one peculiar to its own Great Culture. Thus the Classical or Mediterranean Culture begins with the palace kingdoms of Mycenaean Greece and ends with the Severan Dynasty of the Late Second and Early Third Centuries. Indian Culture begins with the Vedas and ends with Buddhism. Western or “Faustian” Culture has its earliest glimmerings in the Eighth Century but really only leaps into being after the year 1000. Western Culture preserves a profound awareness of Classical Culture but this awareness implies, for Spengler, no actual continuity. Each Great Culture constitutes itself hermetically as an organic whole without debt to adjacent or precursor cultures. Borrowings are never essential, but only ornamental. Spengler emphasizes the organic character of culture. He regards each Great Culture as a living entity, whose mortality impends as soon as it comes to birth. Each Great Culture follows the same seasonal life-course — a vivacious and creative spring, a productive summer, a crisis-afflicted fall, and an increasingly inflexible winter. Spengler also makes a distinction between culture, as such, and civilization. Culture flourishes as the vital phase; civilization takes over as the mechanical phase, becoming more and more rigid until the machine stops.

Each Great Culture first expresses itself in a springtime outburst of religion. The Classical pantheon and associated cults already existed in late Mycenaean times; Homer and Hesiod signify a literate transformation of a long existing Apollonian worldview, as Spengler calls it. By the time of Septimius Severus (reigned 193-211), the Classical religion has become a syncretic henotheism, with one god in numerous guises, complete with a church-structure wedded to the state. Whereas the springtime paganism knew nothing of prejudice, the syncretic henotheism has codified itself as a set of compulsory dogmas. Spengler distinguishes between a Magian and a Gothic Christianity, which have little or nothing to do with one another. The latter appears with the building of the Lady Churches and with the blazing out of sacred polyphony. By the time of the Baroque, however, Catholicism has become the counterpart of syncretic henotheism. A living entity no longer, the Church distinguishes itself hardly at all from the array of explicitly secular institutions. As for Magian Christianity, Spengler classifies it as one of many apocalyptic movements that participate in the same mundial vision. These dispensations show themselves initially around the time of Alexander’s campaigns. Spengler writes in Vol. II, Chapter VIII, how “the world, as spread out for the Magian waking-consciousness, possesses a kind of extension that may be called cavern-like.” A “primary dualism” governs the world-cavern of this revelation: “The light shines through the cavern and battles the darkness.” The Magian Culture reaches its final, ossified phase when Mohammed issues his unalterable Koran and commences his coercive mission.

If social, spiritual, and intellectual rigor mortis belonged to the autumnal and hibernal chapters of the cultural life-course, this would not mean that earlier chapters exhibited no forecast of rigidification. Spasms of Puritanism occur in the vernal and estival chapters but show themselves as liable to suppression by the still-vivacious environments where they arise. The first name in the title of Spengler’s third of three chapters on “The Problems of Arabian Culture” is that of Pythagoras, whose person will be familiar to most readers through its association with the theorem of the right triangle. The lifetime of Pythagoras spans most of the Sixth Century BC, with scholarship locating his birth around 570 and his death around 495. The prevailing myth treats Pythagoras in an anodyne way: Philosopher, mystic, mathematician, vegetarian, discoverer of the cosmic harmony, and champion of animals. Pythagoras invited veneration from the Florentine Humanists and again from the French Symbolists as an idealist and altruist. The truth puts Pythagoras in quite a different light. “Pythagoras was not a philosopher,” Spengler writes; but rather, “he was a saint, prophet and founder of a fanatically religious society that forced its truths upon the people around it by every political and military means.” Croton, the Greek colony in Southern Italy where Pythagoras took up residence in middle life, raised an army under his regime that “in the bitter earnest of [its] gospel of duty duly wrecked gay Sybaris and branded it forever a city without morals.” What was that “gospel”? It consists of the “enthusiasms of a sober spirit, cold intensities, dry mysticism, [and] pedantic ecstasy.”

Pythagoreanism belongs under the category of Puritanism. Spengler defines Puritanism as a symptom of dour old-age: “It lacks the smile that had illumined the religion of the Spring… the moments of profound joy in life, the humour of life.” The destruction of Sybaris, around 510 BC, finds affirmation in both history and archaeology; the city suffered such violence that its survivors had to abandon it and take up residence elsewhere, as in Thurii. The wrath unleashed against Sybaris has lodged in the collective memory, Spengler speculates, “because it was the climax of a wild religious war… an explosion of the same hate that saw in Charles I and his gay Cavaliers not merely doctrinal error, but also worldly disposition as something that must be destroyed root and branch.” Furthermore, “A myth purified and conceptually fortified, combined with rigorous ethical precepts, imbued the Pythagoreans with the conviction that they would attain salvation before all other men.” The South-Italian cities that had come under the sway of the collective enthusiasm eventually found the furor too much to bear. Inspired by Spengler, the scholar Kurt von Fritz issued his book Pythagorean Politics in Southern Italy in 1940. Von Fritz pieces together a simultaneous multi-city uprising that in the space of a few days wreaked vengeance on the Pythagorean committees, burned down their lodges, and suppressed the fanatical portion of their following. Spengler notes that the Pythagorean writings, such as the Golden Tablets, make the promise to loyal adherents of elevation to godhood. That degree of self-satisfaction and self-righteousness could only — and soon — draw forth condign reaction.

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“Allahu Akhbar!” in Rimini

Late Thursday night a North African culture-enricher went on a rampage in the Italian resort town of Rimini, terrifying residents and first responders.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating these two brief cell phone clips, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

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Below is an article about the incident, also translated by FouseSquawk, from Il Giornale:

“Italy is a sh**. Allahu Akhbar!” The fury of the immigrant during the night at Rimini

Fear in the night between Thursday and Friday in the Romagna city where a Maghrebian [North African], together with his South American companion, caused chaos, brandishing rods and throwing chairs onto the street that had been taken from a business.

by Giuseppe de Lorenzo, Fabio Franchini
June 13, 2020

“Allahu Akhbar! Allahu Akhbar!” It was tense last night in Rimini, where an immigrant exploded for several minutes, also hitting an ambulance with a rod and railing against the police.

It all lasted about two hours, from 10:30 pm to midnight, in the area along the beach. Together with the agitated 44-year-old Maghrebian was also a Brazilian woman, 37 years of age, the man’s companion. The woman was also was no less agitated; on the contrary, according to what was told to Il Giornale by a resident, the South American woman was yelling continuously and loudly. The couple, in a strong state of intoxication — based on exams conducted subsequently, which showed that they were under the influence of alcohol and drugs — put on a “show”, furiously arguing on the street and blocking automobile traffic passing through. The two, in fact, consumed with anger, were throwing objects of various types on the ground, such as some chairs taken from a business at the intersection, bins, and flower pots. (Watch video)

The apex, in fact, was when the immigrant brandished two pieces of chairs and was banging them together yelling, “Allahu Akhbar! Allahu Akhbar!”, frightening the people inside the blocked vehicles and the witnesses of the scene on the balconies of their houses and hotels.

An ambulance, upon being notified by worried passers-by and residents, arrived at the scene, with two police patrols arriving later, and a third arrived to provide support. Before the officers arrived at the scene, the two agitated persons had time and means to fight with the medical health personnel of 118, literally hitting them with rods. (Watch video).

The arrival of uniformed men brought a bit of calm, but not without difficulty, given that the officers had a lot to do to calm down the North African man and the South American woman, who also resisted getting in the ambulance. Among other things, the Maghrebian at first challenged and provoked the police with words like this: “This is the law of your sh**-country. If you touch me, I will report you. You are just a******s here”.

Once handcuffed and taken to the police headquarters, both were placed under arrested for resisting and injuring public officials, and directly processed. The judge, in validating the arrests, banned the Tunisian man and the Brazilian woman from residing in Rimini. (Watch video).

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The Shadow of the Torturers

When Matteo Salvini was Italian Minister of the Interior, Carola Rackete, the captain of the migrant-ferry vessel Sea-Watch 3, defied Mr. Salvini and the Italian government by ramming a patrol boat and forcing her way into the port at Lampedusa.

It later emerged that three of the “refugees” she carried to Italy were notorious torturers for the people-smuggling gang that arranged the trafficking of migrants across the Mediterranean. The three men have now been convicted in an Italian court and sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

As a matter of interest, the case has a Mohammed Coefficient of 66.7%

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche:

The Code of Silence Around Captain Rackete

One year ago the German rescue ship Sea-Watch 3, of all ships, brought three torturers from the human smuggling mafia from Libya to Italy. The embarrassing news is being systematically concealed.

June 3, 2020
by Alex Baur

Last week, on May 28, a court in Messina, Italy sentenced Mohamed Condé, 27, of Guinea, and two Egyptians, Hameda Ahmed, 26, and Mahmoud Ashuia, 24, to 20 years in prison, each for torture, rape and involvement in a criminal organisation. The three Africans were found guilty of systematically torturing migrants as members of a Libyan smuggling gang in order to extort money transfers.

The prosecutor Maurizio de Lucia explained that the verdict was decided on the basis of the documents provided and delivered with shortened court proceedings hidden from the public gaze. In return, the punishment for those accused (who did not confess) was reduced by one third.

Disclosure of the toxicity at the highest level

The three men were arrested in a refugee shelter in Messina, Italy last August. According to de Lucia, these torturers employed by the smugglers were identified by a dozen migrants who had made the crossing from Libya, including on the rescue ship Alex in July.

According to the Gazzetta del Sud, the Sicilian anti-mafia unit DDA had previously targeted the three. While the two Egyptians abused the victims in a camp in Zawiya controlled by the smugglers, Condé is said to have filmed the scenes. The clips were sent to relatives to reinforce the ransom demands. This brutal method is well-known, and is also used by people smugglers in Mexico.

As the well-known reporter Chiara Giannini reported back in September in the newspaper Il Giornale, citing police sources, the three torturers had arrived in Italy from Libya on June 29, 2019 on the German-Dutch rescue ship Sea-Watch 3. It was a revelation of the highest level of toxicity. At that time, Sea-Watch 3 made headlines worldwide when Captain Carola Rackete, with forty migrants on board, broke through a blockade imposed by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and forced entry into the port of Lampedusa. Some celebrated Rackete as an icon of humanity, but others cursed her as a naïve stooge at best who was used by unscrupulous gangs of traffickers. Criminal investigations were opened against both the hardliner Salvini, who was toppled last September, and the revolutionary Rackete.

Giannini’s revelation was pure dynamite against this backdrop. Even more astonishing, this has been ignored almost uniformly by the established media, both in Italy and internationally. It may have to do with the fact that Il Giornale — the newspaper is owned by Paolo Berlusconi, the brother of the famous Silvio Berlusconi — is seen as right-wing. However, the report was never denied. The police, the prosecutor’s office, the government, and above all Sea-Watch have never denied it. A spokesman for the NGO mentioned once: “We cannot rule it out, but we do not have any reliable information. People come without passports.”

But this is exactly the problem: Nobody knows who these alleged refugees are who are collected off the Libyan coast. Even if one does not accuse Ms. Rackete and similar networks of deliberately bringing criminals to Europe, the nonchalance with which they accept this is astonishing. After all, the self-proclaimed sea rescuers play into the hands of the smugglers’ mafia by taking over the costly journey across the Mediterranean. The three torturers undoubtedly chose the least risky route for their transfer to Italy. The question therefore arises whether they had specifically chosen the Sea-Watch 3 for their transfer, because it was easiest to locate due to GPS tracking.

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The Butchers of Lampedusa

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

They arrived with Carola Rackete: Convicted because they were torturers

by Chiara Giannini
May 30, 2020

They arrived aboard the Sea Watch captained by Carola Rackete, the German commander of the ship who last year rammed a Guardia di Finanza patrol boat, and were recognized as torturers in the Libyan detention centers by some migrants disembarked from the Alex and Co. of Mediterranea Saving Humans.

The Messina Judge of Preliminary Hearing (GUP) has now sentenced each of them to 20 years in prison. They are Mohamed Condè, aka Suarez, 22 from Guinea, Hameda Ahmed, 26, from Egypt and Mahmoud Ashuia, from Egypt, 24. They were arrested on September 16 last year at the Messina hotspot and accused of torture, sexual violence, criminal association, human trafficking, and murder. The detention of the three, adjudicated with the abbreviated rite formula, took place by order of the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Agrigento.

The fact that they arrived on board the Sea Watch captained by Carola Rackete, was kept under wraps both by the Viminale [Ministry of the Interior] and the chiefs of police, but was reported exclusively by Il Giornale.

Meanwhile, the landings of migrants continues uninterrupted. The Lampedusa reception center is full. Within a few hours, numerous boats with 185 people have arrived inside the port. After the arrivals of recent weeks from Tunisia, those from Libya have resumed. All this despite the hard work of the Tripoli Coast Guard, which yesterday took back about 200 migrants. And yesterday the Guardia di Finanza recovered 50 other people off the island, almost all from Bangladesh and Morocco. “They tell us that they are fleeing Covid,” says a law enforcement operator employed at Lampedusa, “and that they are coming to Italy because they have realized that they can now be regularized and that they can find a job,” after the announcement of Minister Teresa Bellanova. And he continues: “Now we’re not even waiting for them to arrive anymore. We have been given orders to go and look for them.” It is questionable why, given that the Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese, in a period of Covid emergency, had spoken of “unsafe Italian ports”.

Youths Gone Wild in Barcelona

Culture-enriching “youths” have been engaging in mischievous hijinks lately on the streets of Barcelona, stealing motorcycles, breaking into ATMs, and indulging in other sorts of youthful fun, while recording it all on their cell phones. The video below is a compilation of their pranks, as recorded by the youngsters themselves.

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

The accompanying article from the Catalan digital news outlet El Nacional (also translated by Pampasnasturtium) describes the antics of those high-spirited youngsters in the video:

Youngsters out of control in Barcelona: They break ATMs, steal motorcycles, and they’re armed

May 13, 2020

Mossos d’Esquadra [Catalan regional police force] and Guàrdia Urbana [municipal police force] in Barcelona are worried due to the appearance, in different social media, of several videos in which groups of young people, all of them of Maghrebi origin, show firearms, stolen motorcycles and large amounts of cash.

In the video, which has circulated during recent days, and which is now in hands of the Mossos d’Esquadra, and which ElCaso.cat has had access to this morning, it can also be seen how the youngsters insult the Mossos and Guàrdia Urbana agents of Barcelona. One of the images shows how one of these youngsters jumps onto a city police van.

Insults towards police, motorbikes against ATMs…

In other video frames it can clearly be seen how the youngsters throw motorbikes, and there’s reason to believe they’re stolen, against the ATM of a branch of ‘LaCaixa’ bank.

Video frames are interspersed with photos where big sums of cash and there’s also a picture where one of the youngsters holds a gun to the head of another person. Small (intentional) fires can also be seen and homophobic insults against Mossos d’Esquadra are heard.

Violence on the streets of Barcelona

The video, which lasts some two minutes and was made out of fragmented clips also published on social media such as Instagram, demonstrates the degree of violence with which these youngsters act against the police and also against other citizens.

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Culture-Enriching Rape of a Jogger in Sardinia

The flag of Sardinia shown above features the severed heads of Moors. Unfortunately, the sentiment that inspired the original design has no place in Modern Multicultural Sardinia.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the local Sardinian news outlet La Nuova Sardegna:

Rape while jogging: 16-year-old arrested

A 16-year-old of Tunisian nationality who resides in a reception center for asylum-seekers in Maddalena has been arrested by the Carabinieri of the local station with the assistance of the mobile radio unit of the territorial department of Olbia. He is accused of raping a 40-year-old woman who was jogging in an isolated area just outside the town. The young man, who was serving detention time in the center, located his victim, came up to her, and attacked from behind. The screams of the woman, who tried to escape the violence with all her might, aroused the attention of two persons who were doing physical exercises a short distance away and who immediately called 112. The trauma quickly put the victim in a severe state of shock. Hearing the shouts of the first responders, the young man escaped and hid himself in the undergrowth. He was hunted until the early hours of the morning when he was arrested and transferred to Sassari.

People Smugglers Cash in on the Spanish Route

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

The shift of the migrant route toward Spain was a €160 million business for the mafias

by Maria Martin
May 8, 2020

Frontex calculates that in 2018 alone, with a historic record number of arrivals, the Moroccan facilitators earned €105 million

The more obstacles, the more money. Border control causes more troubles for migrants, but at the same time, an opportunity to do more business for the human traffickers. The European Agency for Borders (Frontex) calculates that the networks of facilitators [smugglers] in Morocco have pocketed €159 million in the last three years organizing crossings in small boats through the Strait and Sea of Alboran [the westernmost part of the Mediterranean, between Morocco and Spain]. The most profitable year was 2018, when a historic record of more than 57,000 arrivals by sea were recorded, and the traffickers increased their turnover to more than €105 million.

The networks in Morocco recovered a business opportunity at the beginning of 2017, parallel to the increase of migratory pressure in the direction of Europe. Until that time, Libya had been the principal point of departure in the African migratory route to Europe, and their militias combined the armed fight with the business of immigrant traffic. In mid-2018 the policy of closed ports on the part of ex-minister Matteo Salvini and the forces of the EU in financing and forming Libyan militias like the coast guard bore fruit, making the route more expensive, and the flows ended up shifting to the western flank of the Mediterranean.

This shift involved a “significant increase” in the entry of human trafficking networks in Algeria and Morocco, according to Frontex and their recently-published annual report of risk analysis. Specifically, the networks that operate in Morocco, the country of departure for a large part of the migrants who reach Spain, pocketed about €35 million in 2017, and the following year, increased their income to €105 million. Last year, when illegal immigration had already fallen to half that in 2018, the networks’ profits were reduced to €19 million.

The calculation by Frontex takes into consideration the fees reported by those migrants who could be interviewed on landing and the flow of arrivals. It is an approximation, because, as indicated by the agency itself, it becomes more difficult to examine the profits of the Moroccan and Algerian networks due to the quantity of variables which can alter the fees. The agreement with the traffickers can include just the trip in small boat, or also a plane ticket or safe housing where they wait for departure and food. The demand, the means of transport utilized, (toy boats, motorized boats, or zodiac [inflatables]), make the agreement more expensive or cheaper.

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Italy: Is Coronavirus Paving the Way for Dictatorial Powers?

Ashraf Ramelah, the president of Voice of the Copts, sends a coronaskeptic’s view of the situation in Italy and elsewhere in the West.

Italy: Is Coronavirus paving the way for dictatorial powers?

by Ashraf Ramelah

For years I have focused on the cruel and needless suffering of the Christian Copts of Egypt. Religiously inspired laws and the dictates of a regime governing the Islamic state has always been the enemy of the Egyptian Copts. Long ago a barbaric Islamic army invaded and occupied the Pharaoh’s land, for centuries ruling with severity the native Christians. Islam ruled with barbarity and deception.

Is the rest of the world seeing a modern-day version of this right now? There seems to be rule by deception and the top-down dictates that stem from it — the same formula. The World Health Organization (WHO) along with its agents who head nation states and act as official authority over a “new disease” force us into charts and graphs and experts to lock us down under house arrest, distance us from each other and muzzle our mouths with masks. Like the fierce Islamic warriors who cut out the tongues of the native Copts of the mid-7th century, dissent is silenced. Our current warlords are worldwide authorities riding a pandemic high, most likely one they created.

Just like our unfortunate friends across the world in Egypt our sacrifice seems not so much for the health and welfare of mankind as it is to succumb to the control of a certain ruling class. Bio-weapon or not, manmade or natural, the Covid-19 and its vultures have swept down and made the best of very controversial data for a power grab. Like the useful Shariah, the “facts” are given and the solution is provided. Let us be grateful.

By imposing harsh measures that contradict scientific experts and lead to the deterioration of health and limit our God-given rights and freedoms, the Western warlords have gotten us to beg for our punishment so the “curve can be flattened.” We enter their program and wait, watch and listen for the next dreaded word spoken from a podium.

But their death charts are already debunked. Who cares? Just go along. Get through it. But, alas, we won’t ever get done with it. The joke is on us. The good people of the United States know this already from the 9-11 event and its aftermath, receiving the Patriot Act and universal surveillance. Now we are all Copts of Egypt.

Fear and political gain

Only one official source of information exists, which is scripted and distributed over the airwaves via mainstream media just like Egypt’s age-old state-owned broadcasts. It is alarmist and creates fear and panic. This leads to loss of common sense in the citizenry and contributes to irrational beliefs. At the same time there are many highly educated scientists and doctors disagreeing with the official assessment and solutions. We listen but are not able to adopt their sensible course of actions — it’s too late. The forces of the one worldwide alliance own all the science worthy of conveying, and humanity has already paid dearly for it. We now have all we need to know. We are guilty. We are killing our neighbors and even our families.

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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:

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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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Quiz: Who is Being Referred To?

Quiz: Who is Being Referred To?

Compiled by Michael Copeland

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. — Winston Churchill

…utterly incompatible with civilised society. — David Hume

…they beat out each other’s brains from generation to generation. — John Wesley

It is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in [their] world — Alexis de Tocqueville

…undistinguishing and exterminating war… against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature. — John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States

…ferociously intolerant. — George Bernard Shaw

…the most fatal enemies of Civilization, Liberty, and Truth, which the world has yet known. — Sir William Muir

…the enemies of civilization. — Theodore Roosevelt

…unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of the world. —Bertrand Russell

It has always been about hate. It has always been about violence… a militant cult that is based on violence — Amil Imani

[They] refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. — Oriana Fallaci

There never was such scum as these people. — Lord Weidenfeld

…their systematic criminalization of free speech; their suppression of inquiry and creativity; and their unending intertribal fights — are the reasons their people have remained in the seventh century. — Uzay Bulut, Turkish journalist

…a unified message of triumphalism, otherworldliness, and religious hatred — Sam Harris

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More Than Fifty Migrants Break Into Melilla

Despite the fact that Spain, like Italy, is in the throes of a severe coronavirus crisis, culture-enrichers are still attempting to force their way into Melilla, the Spanish enclave in North Africa. The following news report describes a partially successful attempt by a large mob of Africans to break through the border fence.

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

Below is an excerpt from a article about the same incident:

50 Migrants Cross Into Spanish African Enclave; 5 Injured

MADRID (AP) — Some 50 migrants on Monday forced their way into Spain’s Melilla city over the fence that separates the European enclave in northern Africa, authorities there said.

The central government’s delegation in Melilla, which borders Morocco, said that they were part of a group of around 250 migrants who launched a “massive and violent entry” into the city, scaling the fence and ignoring the Spanish law enforcement officers on guard.

Video transcript:

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The Ikhwan in Switzerland, Part Two

This is the second report on the Muslim Brotherhood in Switzerland; the one posted last month was from the Italian-speaking region of the country.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the German-language Swiss news portal Infosperber. It was published last September:

Muslim Brotherhood: Money flows in and through Switzerland

Tobias Tscherria
September 23, 2019

Reliable documents show how political Islam in Europe is strengthened. The clues also lead to Switzerland.

The illegal transport of money over the Swiss border; confusing financial networks and contracts, with which Islamic associations in Europe are awarded money — if they stick to backward conditions. An NGO which, under the cloak of charity, exports the fundamentalist views of the Muslim Brotherhood to Europe; connections to the power structure in Qatar.

The 90-minute “Arte — Documentation Qatar: Millions for European Islam” shows in detail how the Muslim Brotherhood wants to influence European Islam: It also shows that this is only possible because European nations do not provide the means for their Muslim citizens to practice their religion.

Switzerland is also an issue: With the help of leaked documents, Arte shows that the Muslim Brotherhood is not only active in Switzerland, but uses it as a transfer location for financial help.

“Qatar Charity” Doubtful Charity

The central actor of the documentation is the Qatari NGO “Qatar Charity”. Qatar’s largest aid agency was established in 1992 and is active in over 70 countries worldwide. Soon it gained a reputation for being closely tied to the power structure in Qatar — and for exporting the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood into other countries. To do this, it would use the contributions of conservative Muslims, who fulfill their zakat duty: They are obligated to hand over a certain proportion of their assets to the needy and other designated groups of people. Moreover, among the financiers of Qatar Charity are counted powerful and financially strong individuals.

Since 2014 Qatar Charity has been accused of “under-the-cloak humanitarian aid, financing radical Islamic groups” by Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Qatar’s ruling family, the Al-Thani clan, is allegedly involved. The ruling elite of the emirate in fact denies all accusations. Qatar Charity is an independent organization with no direct connections to the State. The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, defended himself against the accusation that Qatar Charity finances jihadism and political Islam. Moreover, Qatar also denies any financial engagement in Europe.

The accusation that Qatar finances Islamist groups, especially from Saudi Arabia, is hypocritical. Although the desert state is fighting the MB and Qatar, it itself supports terrorist jihadists, extreme fundamentalist Wahhabis and their mosques.

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