The Ottoman Empire Strikes Back

Fly the friendly skies to asylum in Austria!

There’s a new Balkan Route for culture-enrichers who long to wage Asylum Jihad in Europe. They simply buy an air ticket from North Africa to Istanbul, and then board a second flight to Belgrade, where people-smugglers take them across Hungary to asylum paradise in Austria

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Kronen Zeitung:

“Asylum!” — Escape to Europe by plane

Not only is the number of arrests in Burgenland increasing dramatically. More and more migrants are flying to Europe quite legally, and only after landing, with the help of smugglers, make their way to the EU via new refugee routes. The “customers” pay almost €5,000 to their criminal companions. Shocking images are only too well remembered by any political observer as desperate emigrants from North African countries faced a life-threatening struggle to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa across the Mediterranean. At the peak of this wave of refugees, more than 2,000 migrants made it to the island within 24 hours. Many future compatriots no longer take this risk.

Legal with a passport

You buy plane tickets, pack the essentials in a small backpack, and off you go to the airport! “The new refugee route is the airlift from North Africa to Istanbul in Turkey and from there to Belgrade, Serbia,” report Austrian border officials abroad. The refugees travel legally with their passports.

“Once they land in Belgrade, most migrants throw away the passport or send the travel document back to their home address,” police officials say, based on research. From the Serbian-Hungarian border, many migrants are brought to Austria by smugglers: “Asylum!”

8,000 at the Hungarian border

More and more North Africans are using the new refugee route by plane. The numbers alone prove that. From January to April 2021, a total of 2,000 migrants were discovered and registered in Burgenland. More than 200 of them were from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey. In the same period this year, 8,000 migrants have already been reported at the border with Hungary.

More than 1300 of them disembarked from Morocco, Algeria and the other three states mentioned. “More refugees are expected in the weeks leading up to the summer,” insiders say. The total number of asylum seekers has already almost quadrupled. Concerned mayors from the border towns are asking themselves: “What else has to happen before high-level politicians react?”

Afterword from the translator:

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Islam is Peace” — The Anatomy of a Masterly Deception

Michael Copeland looks back to the moment when George W. Bush launched his enduring “Islam is peace” meme.

More than a generation has grown up who never knew 9/11. Very probably they are unacquainted with quite how it was that President George W. Bush came to misinform the nation, and the West, that “Islam is Peace”, the untrue slogan that, all these years on, still banefully blights the West.

“Islam is Peace” — The Anatomy of a Masterly Deception

by Michael Copeland

“Islam is peace”. We know that because Western leaders have told us: Blair, Brown, Cameron, they all said that. And, have you noticed, they all said it in a sort of special hushed reverential tone? What was going on? Why the drop in volume?

Hushed

The hushed voice trail goes back to President George W. Bush. A few days after 9/11 it was he who told us all on television, in a special reverential manner, “Islam is peace”. This is where it comes from. This is where British leaders heard it, later repeating it complete with hushed voice, probably without even realising. We accepted the message. Bush was on television, so it must be true, no?

We are accustomed to the format: a Presidential or Prime Ministerial address from the state office. Everyone pay attention: this is our leader talking directly to us. Yet this broadcast was different. Bush was standing, with other people nearby behind him watching him speak, and watching rather closely. Who were they? Where was he? Why were they there?

Crafty and masterly

Bush was, most unusually, in a mosque. Now we all know that Bush is not a Muslim. Why was he in a mosque? Apparently the White House, already having Islamic sympathisers in place, had requested a meeting with the grandly self-styled “Council on American Islamic Relations”, CAIR. Also apparently this was a replacement for a meeting originally scheduled for 9/11, but which had been overtaken by events. Though the pretentiously named “Council” promote themselves as a civil rights advocacy group, they are a Hamas-linked foreign-funded pressure group for securing Muslim privilege. They make a point of gaining publicity and claiming to speak for America’s Muslims. CAIR is a front group of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is outlawed in its native Egypt for being a terrorist organisation. They invited Bush not to their office in Washington, but to the mosque, a crafty and masterly move. The mosque being their territory, it empowered them with a Gamesmanship psychological advantage. It was a trap.

Obediently shoeless, and most inappropriately referring to the CAIR personnel as “the good folks standing with me,” Bush delivered the “Islam is peace” assurance to the camera. Hold it there for a moment. The camera? Mosques do not normally have cameras on hand. The press was there too, to take pictures. Who was it who arranged for them to be there? The White House with its Islamic sympathisers? CAIR? Perhaps we may never know. Certainly it had all been carefully set up. The broadcast was not live: the footage was recorded. The video can be seen on the internet.

By inference it was the location, a house of worship, that influenced Bush to adopt the hushed tones. Maybe that had been CAIR’s intention all along. The special calm and lowered voice comes across as extra sincere and personal. It is this reverential tone that has been unwittingly duplicated by other Western leaders. In delivering his speech, Bush stumbled on some of the words, and makes small mistakes. The CAIR people looked on critically, as if monitoring his performance. After Bush had spoken the imam made a short deceptive speech stressing peace, thereby sealing the deal.

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Europe’s African Border

For the last few months a wave of thousands of African migrants has been attempting to jump the border fence at the Spanish enclave of Melilla, and more than a thousand have succeeded in gaining access to the European Union. Michael Copeland’s new essay discusses this latest iteration of a longstanding crisis.

Europe’s African Border — A Crisis Inflicted by The EU

by Michael Copeland

Thousands of Mauritanian, Moroccan, and sub-Saharan Africans are seeking to enter Europe illegally through Spain’s territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the north African coast. Many are being trafficked by criminal organizations, the Spanish Interior Minister said back in 2014, qualifying the situation as ‘‘an absolute emergency’’.

These are not immigrants: they are invaders. The “absolute emergency” has not gone away. Invaders crash the gates in vehicles, or swarm over the fence at night, or swim round the sea fence to the beach. It is a crisis, Europe’s crisis as much as Spain’s, a continuous flow from a continent teeming with millions. Africans are, after all, very, very good, extremely good, at making more Africans.

Ceuta and Melilla are the chief location of Europe’s African frontier: another is French Mayotte, near Madagascar. Once inside, invaders are in the European Union, and can gain the reward of asylum. Using the EU’s Free Movement of People they make their way to generous welfare states like Germany. This is the EU’s pernicious nation-breaking at work. It is no “economic benefit” — the usual dishonest bluff — nor is it an accident: it is part of the intended “de-homogenising” of the component nations, as UN Paid Migration Promoter and EU spokesman the late bullying and tainted Peter Sutherland expressed it:

Peter Sutherland, Paid Migration Promoter

“We… ourselves, who still nurse a sense of our homogeneity and difference from others… And that’s precisely what the European Union, in my view, should be doing its best to undermine”.

“We will utilize mass immigration and multiculturalism to destroy the nation states of Europe. Because unless we destroy them we cannot politically control them.”

The anti-democratic EU, promoting the UN’s hostile “Replacement Migration”, announced (without consulting the residents) that “Europe NEEDS 50 million Africans”.

Nigel Farage asked:

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Welcome Aboard the Asylum Express!


Immigrants with hooks assault the fence at Melilla

I’ve posted several times in the last few weeks about the flood of migrants that has assaulted the border defenses of the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the coast of North Africa. Those who have made it over the fence have overwhelmed the government’s asylum reception facilities. Rather than deal with the problem by immediately returning the illegal migrants to Morocco, Spanish immigration authorities have decided to empty the holding centers by implementing an expedited asylum process.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from La Gaceta de la Iberosfera:

Asylum Express in Melilla: The government has processed more than 800 requests since the massive assault at the fence

The recent violent assaults at the Melilla border fence, which occurred at the beginning of March, not only turned the forces and security agencies of the State (FCSE) on their heads; once on Spanish territory, dozens of agents have had to process the more than 800 asylum requests ordered by the current government.

“They have not even respected the quarantine,” point out the agents to La Gaceta de la Iberosfera. The Temporary Stay Centers (CETI) are overwhelmed: With a capacity of 782 spaces, according to a report on the health situation of the center published in the Official Bulletin of the Autonomous City of Melilla (BOME) on 25 August 2020, the occupancy of the Melilla CETI has passed 900 illegal immigrants. This circumstance has motivated the current government to decide to have the agents carry out an “asylum express”.

The Ministry of the Interior could have opted for the “hot return” endorsed by the Constitutional Tribune, as it already did after the invasion of Ceuta in May of last year, but on this occasion, the government has decided to exchange the so-called “hot returns” for an “asylum express”, a measure that is intended to leave the Melilla CETI free of occupancy.

The majority of the illegal immigrants who assaulted the Spanish border — armed with hooks and clubs — come from Sudan, followed by Malians and those of other origins, such as Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, Chad, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and Libya, according to sources of FCSE. The fact that most of them are of Sudanese origin confirms that a change of the migratory flows has occurred: The immigrants who principally ended up in Libya in order to get to Europe across the central Mediterranean are now opting for the Autonomous City of Melilla, given the laxness of the current government in migration matters.

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Trying to Get Home to Ukraine

Refugees are pouring out of Ukraine, but a few people are going in the opposite direction. The following article tells the story of a group of Ukrainians who were on holiday in Egypt when Russia invaded. Flights to Ukraine were cancelled, and they are making their way home by other means. Some were housed briefly in austere German asylum accommodations alongside Syrian culture-enrichers.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of the Epoch Times:

Back to the war zone: Refugee reports “horror” in German asylum home

While millions of people are fleeing the war in Ukraine, others are traveling in the opposite direction: either to fight there or to look for relatives in need.

They are tanned and have their holiday suitcases with them. Now Andrej (42) and Viktoria (40) want to go home with their families. Back to a home where nothing is the same as it was when she left for the sun.

The eight vacationers to Egypt come from the city of Krywyj Rih in central Ukraine. Now they are at the Medyka-Schehyni crossing on Poland’s border with Ukraine. “We flew to Sharm El Sheikh on February 24th. We only found out in Egypt about the outbreak of war,” says construction worker Andrej. Because there were no more flights to Ukraine, the Egyptians initially kept the group there and finally put them on a plane to Stettin. Wouldn’t it be safer to stay in Poland? Andrei shakes his head. Three men from the group were of military age. “We want to fight.” And Viktoria adds: “Then we women carry the ammunition.”

Around 186,000 returnees

Millions of Ukrainians have fled since Russia began attacking their country. Almost 1.8 million refugees arrived in Poland alone during this period. But the Polish border guard counted around 186,000 people who crossed the border towards Ukraine by Monday. 83 percent of them are Ukrainians. Among the citizens of other countries there are many people who transport aid supplies across the border.

“Some women bring their children to safety in Poland and then go back to Ukraine to fight,” says Edyta Dabowska. The 30-year-old mathematician helps people at the Medyka border crossing as a volunteer on the Polish side. “Many Ukrainian women worked in Poland, they left children or elderly parents at home whom they now want to help.”

Other returnees are desperate and shocked about the conditions that await them as refugees in the West. Like Alexandra from Kharkiv. Together with her parents, her four-year-old daughter and her friend Valeria, the 28-year-old made it to Nuremberg. “But then they put us in a prison,” she says. The reception center in Germany seemed like a prison cell to her. She scrolls through photos on her phone. “Containers, bunk beds, dirty mattresses and leaking Dixie toilets — and lattice fences all around. Next to it is a dormitory full of Syrian men. It was horrific.”

“At least your own house, your own street”

The German authorities soon promised her better accommodation, says Alexandra. But the young woman had had enough. She left her parents in Germany and is now on her way back to Kharkiv with her girlfriend and daughter. “You sit there, you hear the impact, it’s not nice,” she said. “But at least it’s your own house, your own street.”

Oleg Kowal also wants to go back. The 27-year-old from Kropywnyzkyj in the central Ukrainian region of Kirowohrad worked as a construction worker in Poland for six months. Now he’s standing at the border crossing with a large bottle of Fanta and a bag with a camouflage look. “Our people are being attacked, I can’t sit there like that.” He served in the Ukrainian army for five years. Now he wants to fight, too.

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Islamic Jew-Hatred


“Khaybar, Khaybar ya yahud, jaysh Muhammad qadimun”

The following Italian article discusses a phenomenon that the media normally shy away from: the increase in Jew-hatred fueled largely the by the growing Muslim population in Western countries.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this piece from Il Giornale:

The new anti-Semitism and the Islamic elephant in the room

March 1, 2022
by Stefano Magni

There is much confusion under Heaven about anti-Semitism. Invoked when it doesn’t exist, used as a propaganda club against one’s enemies, for decades it has been going through a transformation that few analyze, but everyone sees. The principal matrix of Jew-phobia is Islamic, and no longer from the extreme Right.

There is much confusion under Heaven about anti-Semitism. Invoked when it doesn’t exist, used as a propaganda club against one’s enemies (the Russians, for example, accusing the Ukrainians of anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism, even if they elected by a wide majority a Jewish president), anti-Semitism is increasing in Western society in an exponential way, especially after two years of a pandemic. Usually, the blame is placed on that which was the most virulent anti-Semite of the 20th century: the Nazi, the fascist, the authoritarian nationalist in its various forms. The root of anti-Semitism is still traced to the 19th century, in the pogroms conducted by Christians, especially Orthodox. And in the centuries of the modern era, to point the finger at the Catholic Church and the Spanish Inquisition. But even if the TV news services, every time they speak of anti-Semitism, by conditioned reflex, are still showing images of swastikas and shaved heads, are we sure that that is still the principal matrix of hate against the Jews?

At least since the years of the war on terror, of which the most acute phase was between 2001 and 2008, the most liberal intellectuals in France, such as Alain Finkielkraut, pointed to a new enemy: anti-Judaism of an Islamist matrix ( known as political Islam) and its numerous connections with the maximalist Left. In the name of anti-racism, above all, is also associated the rhetoric of Islamic anti-Zionism, which automatically translates into anti-Semitism. The target is not only Israel but the Jew as such, wherever he is. The attacks in France of an anti-Semitic matrix, such as the massacre at the Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012 and that of Hyper Catcher in Paris in 2015 (contemporaneous with the massacre of the editors of the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo), are of an Islamic matrix. Also the individual crimes such as the robbery, torture, and murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006, more recently, the murder of Sarah Halimi in 2017 (whose assassin remains unpunished because he was deemed “not prosecutable”), and of Mireille Knoll in 2018, were all committed by common delinquents. Who, however, were also Muslims, were radicalized, and killed their victims explicitly because they were Jews. Mireille Knoll, stabbed and then burned in her house by a neighbor whom she knew, a victim who suffered the passage from one anti-Semitism to another. The old woman, born in 1932, had miraculously escaped the Nazi roundup in 1942. She found death in the following century, at the hand of a young man who adhered to a different totalitarianism.

The most recent person to reveal the existence of this elephant in the room, which is difficult to see and condemn, is Pierre Andre Teguieff, the French sociologist and historian. As a scholar of the New Right, he doesn’t deny at all the neo-Nazi and nationalist matrices of part of the current anti-Semitic galaxy, but in his new essay, Leaving Anti-Semitism?, in his interview published by Le Figaro, he notes what is now the new universal tendency of anti-Semitism: “The great transformation resides in the growing Islamization of Jew-phobia, across the space occupied since the end of the 1960s by the “Palestinian cause” raised to the “universal cause” of the new anti-Jewish imagery now shared by Muslims and non-Muslims. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the murders of French people of the Jewish faith qua Jews are not committed by extremists of the left or right, but by young Muslim men, often delinquents or ex-delinquents, being either jihadists in mission or not — such as Mohammed Merah (the attacker of Toulouse, editor’s note) or Amedy Coulibaly (perpetrator of the taking of hostages at Hyper Cacher, editor’s note).

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Crashing the Border at Melilla

Ceuta and Melilla are two Spanish enclaves on the North African coast that share a border with Morocco. Both of them experience repeated attempts by large groups of migrants to force the border fence and gain access to Spain, and thus to the European Union.

For the last few days Melilla has seen thousands of migrants attempting to cross the fence, and hundreds of them have succeeded in getting through. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from El Independiente:

Some 1,200 migrants take part in a second day of jumping the fence at Melilla, of whom 350 succeed

Police use anti-riot material to repel the crossing and four officers are injured

Some 350 migrants have succeeded in jumping the fence at Melilla in the early hours of Thursday, one day after 491 persons succeeded in entering the autonomous city in the same manner.

As Efe [news agency] has been able to confirm, this attempt was carried out by a very large group and took place at 7am in the area between the border crossings of Barrio Chino and Beni Enzar.

Several immigrants remained perched on the top of the fence faced with the important deployment of security on both sides of the perimeter.

Those who entered Melilla ran to the Center for Temporary Stay of Immigrants (CETI). According to the Government Delegation in Melilla, at 6am the Civil Guard Command observed a large group of immigrants, some 1,200, who were approaching the fence, so the anti-intrusion mechanism was activated. Around 7:25am, after overcoming the Moroccan security forces, the crossing of the fence in the area between the border crossings of Barrio Chino and Beni Enzar began. The anti-intrusion mechanism, made up of officers of the Civil Guard and National Police, with the collaboration of the local police at roadblocks, neutralized and prevented a significant portion of the group from getting into the city, and it is estimated that some 350 entered the city.

Efe has been able to confirm that on the Moroccan side of the fence, officers of the neighboring country employed anti-riot material to try and repel the crossing of the fence, and that some of the immigrants remained perched at the top due to the strong security deployment.

According to the government delegation, the migrants, “displayed extreme violence, throwing rocks and using hooks and clubs against the security forces.”

As of this time, four officers of the Civil Guard have been injured and are being treated at the Comarcal Hospital.

Thousands of sub-Saharans are at Mount Gurugu waiting to try and jump the fence.

The sub-Saharans ran to the CETI with evident signs of joy and to the cry of “boza” (victory), and upon arrival, entered the center after removing parts of the clothes and shoes they were wearing.

This Thursday’s entry occurred after the historic fence-jumping yesterday in which 2,500 sub-Saharans took part and 491 succeeded in entering.

Quiz VI: Twenty Clues

Quiz VI: Twenty Clues

By Michael Copeland

incompatible with any free society
Viktor Orbán

[Its] world-view is very similar to ours.
— Heinrich Himmler

attracts violent people.
— Ali Sina, quoted by Geert Wilders, Berlin, Oct 2010, www.AtlasShrugs2000.com

attracts the scum of the Earth
Aussie Infidel, comment Dec 25, 2021 at 4:09 pm

light-years removed from the modern world.
Hamed Abdel-Samad, author

dragging everything it pollutes back into the stone age.
— Keith O, comment Dec 25, 2021 at 4:02 pm

an anti-modern, tribalist and sectarian mentality
Rogers Emerson

cannot peacefully coexist with the rest of humanity.
Peter Burrows

what a curse [it] is to all mankind
— Wellington, comment Nov 2, 2021 at 4:57 pm

It has nothing but misery and strife to bring…
— tim gallagher, comment Sep 2, 2021 at 5:21 pm

NO upside whatsoever
— Wellington, comment Dec 15, 2021 at 5:18 pm

a shackle on the stride of mankind
— Hellequin, Gentleman Bastard December 13, 2021 at 7:48 am

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Sea-Watch Lands More Wretched Refuse in Sicily

A boat full of puir wee African bairns has finally been unloaded at a Sicilian port, thanks to the timely arrival of a storm at sea, which raised the tear-jerk quotient high enough to force the Italian authorities to allow the landing.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube:

New “specialists” arrived: Sea-Watch 4 unloads 461 in the Sicilian port

The migrant ferry Sea-Watch 4 had been waiting for a “safe harbor” to be assigned since Monday; Italy and Malta refused several times. Then a storm came up, the ship got caught in a storm off the coast of Sicily and the crew declared a state of emergency. Now finally Italy took pity and gave permission to enter the port of Augusta, where the shuttle ship arrived yesterday his 461 guests on board, mostly young men. 14 guests were evacuated in advance, sick and pregnant women.

SOT, Alberto Mallardo, Sea-Watch spokesman (Italian): “Of the people on board, 149 are unaccompanied minors, 9 are pregnant women and several small children. You all have to disembark now and find a place in our country.”

They are not the only “safe havens” in Europe, especially when those willing to travel are picked up on the Libyan coast. The collected could have been allowed to go ashore in Tripoli, for example, instead of holding them on board for eight days and playing a number of misery and suffering in order to extortionately force entry.

Sea-Watch announced on November 23, 2021 on Twitter: According to international law, we have to bring people rescued from distress at sea to a safe place that can only be in Europe. The authorities must finally allow the landing!

You put your own international law together, the word “next” is simply left out and only “Europe” is added.

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Afterword from the translator:

Libya faces along to the Mediterranean and had been effectively the cork in the bottle of Africa. So all problems, economic problems and civil war in Africa — previously people fleeing those problems didn’t end up in Europe because Libya policed the Mediterranean. That was said explicitly at the time, back in early 2011 by Muammar Gaddafi: ‘What do these Europeans think they’re doing, trying to bomb and destroy the Libyan State? There’s going to be floods of migrants out of Africa and jihadists into Europe, and this is exactly what happened.Julian Assange

Is Islam a Threat?

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this post from the Portuguese blog Inconveniente:

Is Islam a threat?

by Jose do Carmo

A few days ago, someone said to me that in his opinion, Islam is a religion like others, and he casually rejected the idea that it was a threat to the rich, strong, and civilized West.

Are there really no reasons to fear?

Well, beyond the very clear and explicit exhortations to violence and conquest, which can be read in the sacred texts of Islam, it is always history that shows us that since this religion emerged about 1,400 years ago, Muslims have consistently followed the Koranic command to make war on the infidels, on the House of War.

As a result, almost 75% of what was then called “Christendom” was definitively conquered by the House of Islam, including all of North Africa, Anatolia, Syria, etc.

Many European territories were under Muslim occupation, at times for centuries, from Portugal to Russia, passing through Spain, France, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Serbia, Romania, etc. etc, only being liberated by force of arms.

More than 15 million Europeans were captured and enslaved in the name of jihad, in a process that lasted until the 19th century, reaching faraway Iceland. In fact, one of the first external wars waged by the USA (Jefferson and Adams) was precisely against the Muslim slavers, with Portugal as an ally.

All in all, for more than 1,000 years, Islam has been the principal and permanent threat to Western Civilization and has always been on the offensive when the relative potential of combat has been in its favor.

In the 20th century, Europe modernized itself and managed to neutralize jihad, but now seems to have forgotten everything about this old and constant threat.

For many Westerners, Islam is just a religion like others, and some, without knowing anything of history and the texts, even proclaim that it is “a religion of peace”.

No, it is not.

What history tells us is that it is the most formidable and persistent enemy that our civilization has faced up to today, and this has not changed just because circumstantially, we believe that we are on top.

The major problem, still, is not the forgetting of history, but its rewriting, so that it fits into new, politically correct narratives.

And this woke narrative, conveyed in the schools, in the media, and in the cinema, is that Muslims are part of the extensive group of historical victims of the West, that is, of the “heteropatriarchal whites” or by definition, the “oppressor”.

For example, the Crusades, effectively a military reaction to the Islamic conquest of the so-called Christian holy places, is described as a cruel and unjust attack on the poor Muslims, who were peacefully in their lands drinking tea and smoking water pipes. Moreover, the Muslim invasions are not even described as such, rather as innocuous “advances” by Arabs, Moors, Almoravids, Tatars, Mamluks, Ottomans, etc., deliberately hiding their true rational aggregate, jihad against the infidel.

But that is history, the appeasers will say. That time has passed. We have to look to the future and enter into a new era of mutual respect and tolerance, even if to do this, we have to gild history a bit.

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Migrants in France Offer Their Opinions on the Great Replacement

The popular French commentator Eric Zemmour has stirred up a lot of controversy in France by running for president and doing surprisingly well in the opinion polls. Unlike most talking heads in French politics, Mr. Zemmour is unabashed in his discussion of the Great Replacement, the process — which is now well-advanced — by which the autochthonous French are being supplanted by migrants from North Africa and the Middle East.

In the following street interviews, French culture-enrichers volunteer their opinions on Eric Zemmour and the Great Replacement.

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

Video transcript:

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Austria is the Model for Sharia in Algeria

Algeria is using a decision by the European Court of Human Rights to justify sentencing a scholar to three years in prison for the denigration of Islam.

This is, of course, deeply ironic, and I might have made a sardonic joke about the case were it not for the fact that the precedent used by the Algerian court is the case of my good friend Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who was convicted in February of 2011 in an Austrian court for the “denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion”. Elisabeth appealed her conviction for eight long years, until the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights — her highest possible level of appeal — refused to hear her case.

Her “crime” was to ask a rhetorical question about the marriage of Mohammed to 6-year-old Aisha: “What would you call it, if not pedophilia?”

The ruling of the ECtHR came in handy for the court in Algeria. I’m sure the ulama in Algiers were grateful to the grandees of Strasbourg for providing such a useful precedent.

Here’s the story from The Forum For Religious Freedom-Europe:

The European Court of Human Rights: Model For Algeria’s Repression Of Free Speech

by Forefeurope
November 8, 2021

Statement by The Forum For Religious Freedom-Europe, Set My People Free, And Jubilee Campaign

Vienna and Stockholm, 9th Nov 2021 — A 2018 decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upholding the conviction of an Austrian citizen by a Vienna court for “disparaging religious doctrines” has been used by Algeria to defend the sentencing a scholar to three years in prison for “denigrating the dogma and the precepts of Islam.”

“The case illustrates how European jurisprudence criminalizing speech can harm the defense of human rights and freedoms in countries that look to Europe for positive examples,” according to Dr. Aaron Rhodes, President of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe (FOREF).

In April 2021, The Sidi Mohamed Court of First Instance in Algeria sentenced, under Article 144 of the Algerian Penal Code, for the “crime” of arguing that the sacrifice of sheep pre-dated Islam, and that Islamic scriptures do not mandate the marriage of pre-pubescent girls and the use of head coverings. Djabelkhir said these were “academic reflections.”

Local and international human rights groups have denounced the conviction, with a representative of Amnesty International stating, “It is outrageous that Saïd Djabelkhir is facing three years in prison simply for voicing his opinions about religious texts.”

The case drew the attention of United Nations Special Rapporteurs on freedom of religion and belief and freedom of opinion and expression. In a communication addressed to the Government of Algeria the Special Rapporteurs outlined the facts of the case and raised concerns regarding death threats made toward Professor Djabelkhir, which increased after Algerian authorities filed charges against the professor in January 2020. The Special Rapporteurs also emphasized that international human rights law regarding freedom of religion or belief does not protect religions from criticism or “any comments perceived as unfavorable.” The Special Rapporteurs also pointed out that where a religion is recognised as the state religion it should in “no way” affect the enjoyment of the rights protected under the ICCPR.

The Special Rapporteurs then asked specifically how the Government of Algeria justified its anti-blasphemy laws, such as article 144 bis 2 “offense against the Prophet” [and “denigration of dogma or the precepts of Islam”] with regard to its international law obligations.

The Algerian government’s response of 22 September 2021 made reference to the case of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who was convicted in 2011 for “disparaging religious doctrines,” when a local court ruled that her questioning if the Prophet Mohammed’s possible “pedophilia” was not protected as freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights. The ruling was upheld by a 2018 decision of the European Court of Human Rights, which held thatthe domestic courts “carefully balanced the applicant’s right to freedom of expression with the rights of others to have their religious feelings protected, and to have religious peace preserved in Austrian society.” Freedom of speech, the ruling stated, needs to be conditioned on expressions being made in an “objective manner contributing to a debate of public interest.”

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Quiz III: Fourteen Clues

Quiz III: Fourteen Clues

Compiled by Michael Copeland

We have actually allowed a Trojan horse to settle everywhere in our neighbourhoods, which wants to undermine our way of life.
Nadine Romano, French MEP.

[Its] pattern is this: intimidate, humiliate and expropriate until you can annihilate.
— mortimer, comment

a savage subhuman criminal warlord death cult of oppression, murder and mayhem.
— Dan S., comment

a corruptor of good morals, a superstitious paradigm that promotes violence and bigotry as divine truth
— Agostino Armo Pellegrini, comment Dec 15, 2019 at 9:38 am

….inherently hostile—a costly lesson that countless innocents have been paying for nearly 1,400 years.
Raymond Ibrahim

a primitive death cult used to control large populations, illegally accumulate wealth, excuse bad behavior and justify perversions.
— Cheechakos, comment

achieved nothing in 1,400 years, except murdering and enslavement
— Spartacus, comment

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Beware the Mountains of Morocco

A Spanish-speaking reader sends this update on the disposition of a civil case pursued by the family of one of the two Nordic girls who were raped and beheaded in Morocco back in 2018:

Rape and murder of two European tourist girls in Morocco

I believe this should be known by all travelers, especially girls, if they are planning to travel to an Arab country.

This is a reference from the Spanish newspaper Alerta Digital (Video con imágenes muy duras) Marruecos deberá pagar 500.000 euros a las familias de las dos turistas salvajemente asesinadas en 2018 taken from its website today. It concerns the rape and murder of two girls from Norway and Denmark while they were on holiday in Morocco in December of 2018.

The news of the details of the sentence includes a [WARNING: horriby graphic] video with the images of the murder of the two girls who were raped and beheaded by Moroccan men.

The Moroccan State, in its capacity as subsidiary civil servant, will have to pay five million dirhams (equivalent to half a million euros) to the families of the two Nordic tourists murdered and beheaded in a mountainous region of Morocco in December 2018. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, a 24-year-old Dane, and Maren Ueland, a 28-year-old Norwegian, arrived in Morocco on December 9 and were found dead on Monday the 17th in the Imlil region, en route to Mount Toubkal.

The judgment of the Administrative Court of Marrakesh was issued on June 16, but it was made known this Monday through the Medias24 web portal, which recalls that the relatives of the Danish Louisa Vesterager Jespersen filed the lawsuit with the Moroccan State.

At the trial in July of 2019, in a criminal instance for the crime against Vesterager and her Norwegian partner Maren Ueland, the Rabat Court of Appeal sentenced the death penalty for the three main defendants, a sentence that was later confirmed in Court of Cassation.

That court considered unfounded the claim for compensation to the Moroccan State, which the lawyer for the Vesterager family estimated at ten million dirhams (one million euros), but in the face of the refusal of that court, the lawyer went to the Administrative Court, which eventually found in his favor.

The Marrakesh court considers that the responsibility of the State is explained by a principle of national solidarity, and although the State is not guilty of the crime, it does bear responsibility for what happened.