Invitation to a Beheading

The following video is a composite of two clips about the murder and beheading of a teenage girl by a “Swedish” youngster named Tishko Ahmed Shabaz. The incident occurred last year, but the videos only recently became available.

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

The following article about the murder of Wilma — in which the suspect is actually named, which is unusual in Swedish media — was published last December, and has also been translated by FouseSquawk:

Tishko Ahmed Shabaz arrested for murder of Wilma Andersson

22-year-old Tishko Ahmed Shabaz has been arrested on reasonable cause suspected of murder of the disappeared Wilma Andersson. According to the theory of the police, Wilma was murdered November 11, 2019, the same day she disappeared.

About a week later, Tishko Ahmed Shabaz was arrested on suspicion of murder based on circumstances arising from technical investigation. It seems that, among other things, the boyfriend was interviewed over the telephone for three minutes on November 17, two days before he was taken into custody.

He was then interrogated two more times. On the morning of November 19, a 15-minute hearing was held in the Uddevalla police station, and the same evening, a longer hearing was held, about 40 minutes, at the arrest. Police have made several discoveries during the search for Wilma. Among other things, a pair of burned shoes, eyeglasses, body parts, and a jacket, similar to what Wilma was believed to be wearing at her disappearance. According to the police, it is not certain if all the discoveries have any connection to Wilma, but there is enough evidence that she is dead.

Tishko Ahmed Shabaz came to Sweden as a child from Iraq, obtained Swedish citizenship in 2014, and was Wilma Andersson’s boyfriend.

Tishko went to elementary school and secondary school in Western Sweden.

After studying, he has held a wide range of jobs. Among other things, he has worked as a salesman and in the restaurant industry.

Tishko is suspected of murdering Wilma in his apartment in Uddevalla and has been placed in legal psychiatric examination pending trial.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/22/2020

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that next week his government will relinquish the emergency powers granted it by parliament due to the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that all restrictions on youth activities in the state are to be lifted, effective immediately. Also, a Michigan judge ruled in favor of the 77-year-old barber who reopened his shop in violation of the lockdown rules. However, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that her stay-at-home executive order will be extended through July 12.

In other news, in local elections in the Valley of Virginia, control of the city councils of Staunton and Waynesboro flipped from Democrat to Republican, due to a high turnout of Republican voters in response to Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam’s gun control measures.

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Islam is Incompatible With Democracy

The following essay by Michael Copeland was originally published at LibertyGB, and has been updated by the author since then.

Islam is Incompatible With Democracy

by Michael Copeland

Sharia law, the European Court ruled,

“is incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy”.

What is Sharia law? It is the body of rules which together define Islam. Fouad Belkacem, “Abu Imran” of Sharia4Belgium, helpfully explains:

“Sharia is Islam, to be clear: there is no difference between Islam and Sharia.”

Pause for a moment to take in the weighty import of these two statements. It is a serious one: Islam is incompatible with democracy. “Incompatible”, as we know, means “does not go together, will not mix, is at variance with”, and so on, as fox is to henhouse. The well-informed observant Muslim Anjem Choudary makes it clear:

“Democracy, liberalism, freedom, and so on need to be destroyed. … So be part of the project … of calling for the Sharia.”

What have Western leaders been doing giving room to a system that will not mix with Western freedoms, is at variance with domestic law and seeks to destroy it? It is a dire failure by them to uphold the constitution — our rules for how we are governed.

We in the West have grown accustomed to relying on the fundamental principles of democracy. Many of us who have never really thought it through erroneously assume that these are cast in concrete, and there is no need to be concerned about them or for them. This assumption is dangerously wrong. Democracy’s fundamental principles are not made of rock. Fought over, gathered together, discussed and agreed, they are written on paper in laws, and are expressed by being upheld. A wise lady wrote, “Love does not sit there like a stone. It has to be made anew, like bread.” Likewise, fundamental principles do not sit there like stones: they have to be upheld and defended.

Now a strange malaise has afflicted Western administrations. Curious to observe, some laws are not being upheld. In the UK the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression were not upheld in Walthamstow in 2012 when the English Defence League’s demonstration, all properly arranged with the authorities beforehand, was left unprotected by the police who were present. The demonstrators’ rights were overridden. Further, and far more culpably, no action was taken against violent law-breakers — Muslims and Antifa — who threw missiles and prevented any speeches from being made.

Democracy died on September 1st”,

Paul Weston perceptively and prophetically declared to the demonstrators. Watching it die were those paid to keep it in good order. They have failed. These are failures of government. Paul Weston afterwards delivered the epitaph:

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Jihad in the Time of Corona

There has been another terror bust in Spain. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from El Mundo:

Terrorism — Anti-Jihadist Operation

Police strike against jihadism in Ciudad Real after detaining two persons who were finalizing a cell for a strike

National Police carry out several searches after checking the intensity of the radicalization of the arrestees on Internet

National Police are carrying out an anti-jihadist operation this Wednesday in Ciudad Real, specifically in Bolaños de Calatrava — being the second such operation carried out in recent days after the Civil Guard detained a presumed jihadist in Barcelona [background here] who intended to perpetrate terrorist acts.

There have been at least two arrests in the operation by the General Commissariat of Information, according to sources in the fight against terrorism, who advise that one of the arrested men was trying to create a jihadist cell with which to carry out attacks. The agents, who are in full action, are carrying out several searches in the area.

The information that precipitated the capture was detected through networks habitually used on the Internet by radicals. The case is in the planning phase and is being coordinated by the National Court.

The agents decided to act after checking the intensity of the radicalization of the now-arrested men. At least one of them was bypassing the rules of confinement decreed by the state as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis, which increased the tension of the counter-jihad specialists.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/21/2020

Early this morning a man drove up to an entrance gate at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, and opened fire with a gun, wounding one sailor. The FBI said the incident was terror-related. A second suspect may possibly be at large.

In Coronanews, Catholic bishops in Minnesota will open up their churches to corporate worship on May 26, in violation of Governor Tim Walz’s executive order. Meanwhile, a federal lawsuit is challenging Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order.

In other news, after the EU Court of Justice ruling, Hungary closed down its “transit zones”, and will require asylum-seekers to make their applications at Hungarian consulates and embassies in their home countries.

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Elderly People Are Pawns in the Manufactured Coronacrisis

We’ve seen what happens to old people in nursing homes in the USA during the coronavirus epidemic — they are locked in while the disease runs like a wildfire through the facilities. In the case of New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered patients infected with the virus to be sent to nursing homes, effectively passing a death sentence on thousands of residents already in those long-term care institutions.

The following videos are snapshots of what’s happening in nursing homes in Europe during the ChiCom flu. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. The first video is from Germany, the second from France. The French one was subtitled in German, and MissPiggy translated the German to get the English subtitling.

Video 1: Elderly man separated from his wife by Corona

Video 2: Torturing the elderly

Video transcript #1:

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The Corona Paper Scandal Discussed in the Bundestag

The following video shows Armin Hampel of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) on the floor of the Bundestag talking about the scandal surrounding the Corona Paper from the Ministry of the Interior. Mr. Hampel is now in politics, but his former career was as a television journalist and producer, so when he discusses the, ahem, working girls of the Fourth Estate, he knows all too well the people he’s talking about.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. From Wikipedia (also translated by MissPiggy):

Armin Paul Hampel is the Foreign Policy Spokesman for the AfD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag and former State Chairman of the Alternative for Germany Lower Saxony. He is known for his journalistic career as a parliamentary correspondent for RTL [commercial media company] and Sat.1 [private television channel] in Bonn before moving to the newly founded MDR [Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, public broadcaster] as chief reporter in 1991. From 1999 Hampel was parliamentary correspondent in the founding team of the new ARD [state broadcaster] capital city studio in Berlin and from 2003 to 2008 he was head of the ARD South Asia studio in New Delhi as foreign correspondent.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/20/2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott will allow bars in the state to reopen this Friday. Meanwhile, State Police in Illinois announced that they will not enforce any coronavirus-related executive orders issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Also, a man in Aurora, Colorado shot a Waffle House cook who refused to serve him because he wasn’t wearing a mask.

In other news, the Hungarian parliament has passed a law that bans the changing of the sex listed on a birth certificate to accommodate transgender people.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/19/2020

A French judge has ruled that churches must be allowed to reopen and hold services. Meanwhile, Germany has decided to reopen its borders on June 15. Also, Japan’s economy has fallen into recession due to the Wuhan Coronavirus.

In other news, two Islamic festivals will become state holidays in Ukraine.

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Spain: “A Unique, Dictatorial Mandate”

The two videos below show popular resistance to the coronavirus lockdown in Spain. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

The first video features remarks by Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the president of the (Autonomous) Community of Madrid, which has the city of Madrid as its capital:

The second video shows footage of anti-lockdown protests in Madrid, and includes a snippet from Isabel Diaz Ayuso’s remarks as featured in the first video:

Video transcript #1:

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Béla Go Home!

Our Hungarian correspondent CrossWare sends this compilation of material about the European Union’s attempts to force Hungary to abandon its sovereignty and embrace mass immigration.

Béla Go Home!

by CrossWare

Béla is a Hungarian given name, made famous in the USA by Béla Lugosi, the actor who portrayed Dracula. (As a matter of interest, Béla Lugosi was born in Hungary, but his hometown is now part of Romania.)

A direct translation of the meme shown at the top of this post:

This is Béla.

If Béla wants to enter my apartment, but I do not want to let him in, and I say to him: “Hey, you, Béla, why don’t you go home to your stinkin’ whore of a mother?!”, then the European Court says I arrested Béla.

Please do not be a “Béla” or a “European Court”!

Prelude:

A long-standing grudge is held by EU bureaucrats against the ingenious solution implemented by the Hungarian government, which erected a border fence and built “transit zones” along the southern border of Hungary.

The transit zone is built inside Hungarian territory, just like the fence, which was built three meters into Hungarian territory to avoid international incidents. The transit zones consist of some buildings along the fence, where the migrants may request asylum. While their papers are being processed they can stay, they are fed, and if they become bored, they can return to Serbia without a second thought.

Of course, most asylum applications are rejected, mostly because Hungary is not the first European country the migrants have entered. These “people” (we just lovingly call them: “invading horde”) waltzed through multiple countries before arriving at our borders. Obviously this solution hurts the EU leadership, because they would like nothing more than to replace the original population as soon as possible.

Now the European Court has come out with a verdict stating exactly what the meme phrased rather elegantly. The transit zone, which the nomadic invaders may enter and leave at will, is a “terrible prison”, where there is no escape… Run, people, run! And somebody please think of the children (Helen Lovejoy, The Simpsons):

From the TutiBlog, part of the pestisracok.hu conservative portal:

Big changes, of course, never happen overnight. Nor did the age of discovery and European exodus begin when Columbus stumbled upon the American continent in 1492; it was preceded by the establishment of African ports, the boom in Indian trade bypassing the Middle East conquered by the Turks, and thus the development of European shipping in general. Yet the descendants of Europe may be tied to today’s descendants when they analyze how they managed to create a frustrated, poor madman from the most developed and happiest continent.

The European Court of Justice has ruled according to the logic of the opening image. Reality doesn’t matter, just ideology. Decades of active undermining by the crazed social engineers, the occupation of universities, culture, and the courts have matured into this madness. Just as it doesn’t matter who has what between her legs, even if she has a [manly appendage], it doesn’t matter to members of the European Court of Justice that a fence cannot be a prison for someone who is outside it.

According to the European Court of Justice, if we do not allow someone into the country, but he crouches in the corner and does not go anywhere, it is considered detention.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/18/2020

A gym in New Jersey has reopened in defiance of Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order. Meanwhile, a judge in Oregon voided Governor Kate Brown’s coronavirus restrictions.

Also, Hungary and Slovenia will reopen their mutual border by June 1, while Italy plans to reopen for tourism on June 3, and Spain will do the same by the end of June.

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José Ortega y Gasset on Self-Satisfaction and Specialization

Thomas Bertonneau’s latest essay discusses José Ortega y Gasset’s most well-known work.

José Ortega y Gasset on Self-Satisfaction and Specialization

by Thomas F. Bertonneau

The Revolt of the Masses (1930) by the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), like many books openly critical of modern trends, was once celebrated and judged to be something of a contemporary classic, but it has gradually, over the last four or five decades, vanished from awareness even among the supposedly educated. I read it for the first time in the early 1970s when I pursued (rather fitfully, I confess) my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. The College Library possessed two copies, an indication of how widely the book circulated in the middle of the Twentieth Century. Were one to canvass today’s English or History faculties, familiarity with Ortega’s book would likely be non-existent; it would be a rare incident even if so much as the name Ortega registered with humanities professors in their thirties and early forties.

The Revolt nevertheless speaks to the present moment with increasing pertinence, as do many similar books of its day, such as Oswald Spengler’s Hour of Decision (1934) and Eric Voegelin’s New Science of Politics (1952), which likewise have lost all currency. The Revolt also describes those who know not of it and who think that knowledge is circumscribed by the syllabus of their graduate studies. The Revolt illuminates a remark made by Alain de Benoist and Charles Champetier in their Manifesto for a European Renaissance (2012): “Modernity has given birth to the most empty civilization mankind has ever known.” Two chapters of The Revolt offer themselves as especially relevant to the situation of the West in the second decade of the Twenty-First Century — “The Self-Satisfied Age” and “The Barbarism of Specialization.” First, however, a brief summary of Ortega’s general argument is in order.

The late Nineteenth Century, according to Ortega, saw the sudden rise in Europe of economies of abundance. This mounting wealth resulted, in the first part of the Twentieth Century, in mass man, a social and cultural phenomenon that adapted itself, but in no positive way, to the advent of material ease and comfort. Mass man reaped the benefits of a civilization to which he had in no way contributed, which he failed to understand, and which he took entirely for granted, identifying it as the natural background to his existence. By the power number alone, mass man, in Ortega’s phrase, intervenes everywhere, breaking down the hierarchical aspects of society and culture, while assimilating to himself — that is, to his limitation and incapacity — every institution. Mass man undertakes no projects, but contents himself with diversion. If he were to labor, it would be reluctantly, without commitment, and for the sake of diversion. Ortega defines mass man as “he whose life lacks any purpose, and simply goes drifting along.” This Homo novus has proliferated with such celerity that he overwhelmed any possibility of education. Thus, in Ortega’s words, “heap after heap of human beings have been dumped onto the historical scene at such an accelerated state, that it has been difficult to saturate them with traditional culture.” Mass man experiences a privative consciousness bereft of history, ignorant of the ancestors, and by tendency self-centered. He is egocentric in the extreme, in fact, but with the codicil that his ego remains at an infantile level of development.

A key to grasping mass man, Ortega argues, lies in the discovery of his most fundamental assumption concerning himself, namely that he is “exempt from restrictions.” Mass man also takes a stance of “radical ingratitude towards all that has made possible his existence,” a disposition related to his lack of any historical perspective or knowledge. Whereas “the ordinary man of past times was daily taught… elemental wisdom by the world about him,” because instability continually unbalanced that world; yet, “the new masses find themselves in the presence of a prospect full of possibilities, and furthermore, quite secure, with everything ready to their hands, independent of any previous efforts on their part.” This almost automatic proffering of goods and services in response to mere whim provokes in mass man “the psychology of the spoilt child.” The child of indulgence confidently presumes his priority over everyone else, and his superiority to anyone who thwarts, or attempts to thwart, him in his desires. He “makes no demands on himself, but contents himself with what he is, and is delighted with himself.” Ortega’s phrase — “full of possibilities” — requires qualification. The range of “possibilities” that interests mass man remains quite narrow. What one specimen of mass man wants, every other specimen of mass man also wants. Mass man brings an unprecedented conformity and homogeneity to his milieu.

These trends, including the abrupt dominance of this new, vague variety of human being, have expressed themselves, as Ortega puts it in one of his chapter titles, in “A Self-Satisfied Age.” Let it be said that the label that applied justly to the civilizational scene of Europe in 1930 applies no less justly, but with greater justice than ever, to the civilizational scene of North America ninety years later. Ortega could be sketching a portrait, for example, of the typical college freshman of 2020 in one of the state systems of (so-called) higher education, or of a self-declared “expert” prattling about this, that, or another thing on one of the cable news channels. The current chapter of modernity — or of “post-modernity,” as it preeningly calls itself — is undoubtedly ten times as self-satisfied, as entitled and narcissistic, as its precursor-chapter. What, then, are the basic characteristics of a “Self-Satisfied Age” or, rather, of the constituent personality of that Age? Ortega draws from his previous analysis three chief traits: “An inborn, root-impression that life is easy, plentiful, [and] without any grave limitations”; “contentment with himself [as he is that] leads [mass man] to shut himself off from any external court of appeal”; and a tendency “[to] intervene in all matters, imposing [his] vulgar views without respect or regard for others.” Ortega unites these traits, while emphasizing the third trait or vulgarity, under the damning etiquette of “spiritual barbarism.” Because “all life is the struggle, the effort to be itself,” and because mass man never struggles, but only revels in diversion, spirit or self has no inward grounds on which it might consolidate or exercise itself. It never appears.

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