The Peter Principle in Action

Except she doesn’t have one.

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

Russia’s Defense Ministry confirms: AKK is as incapable as her predecessor

After the incompetent Ursula von der Leyen came the second catastrophic personnel decision and the next slap in the face for the Bundeswehr: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) was assigned the post of Federal Minister of Defense. Just like “Flinten-Uschi” [“Shotgun Ursula”] back then, AKK now shines with a lack of skills and knowledge of defense policy, but the main thing that at least the quota has been met and women are raised into office.

The incompetence of AKK extends as far as Russia, which quite a few citizens thought or suspected in secret, confirms the representative for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

RT Deutsch reports:

On Friday the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reacted to the attitude of the Federal Minister of Defense, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, towards the dialogue with Moscow:

We did not want to rush to an answer, because we expected that sensible politicians in Germany would correct the results themselves, bearing in mind the results of following such appeals. Unfortunately, it was not like that. That is why we do not have to state for the first time that the statements made by individual politicians in the Federal Republic of Germany with regard to building up a dialogue with Russia are reminiscent of the attempts of a primary school pupil to compensate for his ignorance on the subject with the volume of articulated nonsense.

Ms. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been Germany’s Defense Minister for a relatively short time. Like her predecessor, however, she demonstrates her inability to propose anything significant for the real consolidation of security in Europe.

We have to remind Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer that of all things, the “good position of German foreign policy” that she recently proposed in the Bundestag, to conduct the dialogue “from a position of strength,” had tragic consequences for the entire world during the 20th century, several times, for Germany and the German people.

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube about the massive ongoing “refugee” crisis in the Canary Islands:

Daily costs: €300,000! Tourism association issues ultimatum: 6,000 Africans have to leave hotels!

For 6,000 illegal migrants, the paradisiacal accommodation is likely to come to an end soon. The tourism association of the Canary Islands has given the state an ultimatum: the guests have to leave the hotels and be quartered in emergency shelters before December 31st.

The daily costs for the 6,000 illegal migrants amount to €300,000, an incredible €9 million in tax money per month. The accommodation in 16 hotels, partly four-star hotels like the Waikiki, was a temporary stopgap solution, but also a great insanity. The pictures of the front of the hotels, of the well-equipped apartments and hotel rooms, the pools, the buffets, etc. were sent home and so encouraged other illegal migrants to go on the trip and pay for a place in a boat to cross over to the Canaries.

Kanarenmarkt.de reports:

The patience of the tourism industry in the Canary Islands has run out. Fears that the current migration crisis could damage the archipelago’s economic recovery prompted the tourism association and the municipalities of Mogán and San Bartolomé de Tirajana to present the state with an ultimatum: The state is requested to move the 6,000 or so migrants quartered in 16 hotels to other accommodations before December 31, and to use the daily costs of around €300,000 for the announced emergency accommodation.

Afterword from the translator:

Governments and NGOs are always virtue-signaling so quickly with other people’s money. And at the same time those same governments and NGOs push for more draconian laws to battle a “pandemic” that never was and destroy the livelihoods of the same people they force to pay, with their taxes, for the upkeep of the invaders. Something has to give, and when the damn dam breaks it will be ugly, and can be laid fair and square directly at the feet of those advocating for mass immigration, Multiculturalism and Corona measures.

I seriously hope that there will be new Nuremberg Trials, when sanity finally triumphs over the virtue-signaling and immoral preachers of morality.

Why So Many Coups?

In the midst of our great election crisis, here’s the latest news on another crisis — the one in Thailand, as reported by our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan.

Why so many coups?

by H. Numan

I’ve been reporting about Thailand for many years. This year, on the 30th of December, I celebrate 25 years of being an alien. I kind of dislike being called an alien, but there you go. That is what foreigners are called under Thai law. Thailand is not America. You can’t get a green card. Citizenship is possible, but… his majesty the king personally grants you citizenship. As kings usually have more important things to do, you can understand that acquiring Thai nationality is pretty difficult. In those 25 years I witnessed and reported about three successful coups, several failed coup attempts, a siege of Bangkok and more. When I arrived in 1994 the 24th constitution was being written. I’ve lost count, but the current one should be version 26 or 27.

We expats joke about so many constitutions: The new constitution™. Super clean! Now with more Anti-Corruptors© and extra transparency! I calculated how often a coup has been committed since the bloodless coup of 1932 that abolished the absolute monarchy. Should be around 40. On average a coup every four years. One could say, with good reason, the form of Thai government is a coup-o-cracy. We go to the ballot box every four years; Thais have a coup. Why is that?

One big reason is the capital. Bangkok is twenty-six times bigger than the next largest city. It’s quite common for capitals to be bigger than other cities in a country, but 26 times bigger is unique. The Bangkok Metropolitan Area (BMA) is the city of Bangkok with surrounding provinces as an administrative unit. It is the only multi-province city in the country, and that has vast consequences. Effectively Bangkok is a huge city-state with Thailand surrounding it. For Dutch readers: the size of the BMA is equal to the province of Gelderland, the largest Dutch province. With as many inhabitants as The Netherlands has. Imagine everybody living in Gelderland and nowhere else. Makes for a pretty big city, what?

All roads in Thailand lead to Bangkok. Literally and metaphorically. Most companies have their headquarters in Bangkok. If they haven’t, they are not a nationwide or international company. Same goes for education. Of course you can study somewhere else, but most — and the most prestigious — universities are in Bangkok. A civil career means finding a job in administration — which you find in Bangkok. Bangkokians talk about ‘up country’ which means anywhere outside of Bangkok. The legal minimum wage varies per province, but is highest in Bangkok, where the cost of living is the highest. Roughly speaking, about 20 million people live in Bangkok. The remaining +50 million live ‘up country’. Thais have a saying: the government is elected up country, but sent home in Bangkok.

When I arrived in 1994, Thailand had gone through a bloody coup period. Democracy was new, and thriving. Thaksin Shinawatra was a business tycoon who just went into politics. I was there on a meeting when he, as the new minister for telecommunications, announced he would solve the traffic problems of Bangkok in three months. Of course he couldn’t. I think even the mighty Heracles would prefer cleaning the stable of King Augeas rather than solve that problem. Much easier!

That period was the eye in the storm. A temporary calm period. Thaksin was a very capable politician. His traffic promise cost his party, the Palang Dharma party, everything. They disappeared. He walked away scot-free and founded a new party. He used his own marketing team to do the promotion. That’s like Mark Zuckerberg deciding he wants to become PM, and ordering his marketing team to make it happen. Of course, it happened.

Adherents of Thaksin wore red shirts. The color has nothing to do with communism. The communist party is explicitly forbidden in every Thai constitution. Red stands for the blood of the people or for the people itself. It’s a very common mistake made by left-wing intellectuals: Thaksin supporters are predominantly rural and urban poor, and wear red. So they must fight for the proletariat! Don’t laugh. They really think that. I had the experience during the Siege of Bangkok.

Which brings us to Thai nobility. We have our own nobility. They don’t have western titles, like duke or count. But they do have titles, and are hugely powerful. The system is very different from the West. Every generation inherits a lower ranking title, up to three generations. After that they are no longer noble. Though most often still recognizable: when someone has ‘na’ in the family name, they decent from nobility, like ‘von’ in German. “Somchai Na Ayutthaya” would be someone descending from the royal family of Ayutthaya. We expats often joke about that. Patpong is both the name of the famous red light district of Bangkok and a very rich and extremely powerful family. Jimmy Na Patpong would be a joke name for someone visiting the nightlife very often. Na Patpong, by the way, does not exist. The Patpong family is not noble, though they own that plot of Bangkok.

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Rabbi Attacked in Vienna by Nondescript Woman

A Viennese rabbi was attacked last Thursday by a woman who threatened him with a knife. It’s frustrating to watch videos or read articles about the incident, because there is so little information about the perpetratrix. She is said to be about 5’7″ and to have worn a grey coat. OK, that narrows it down. And she shouted “inappropriate slogans”. Such as…?

Did she yell “Allahu Akhbar”? Or, perhaps, “You can take your gefilte fish and stuff it”?

Actually, the lack of a definitive description is a sign that she is probably a culture-enricher. After all, if she had been a blond blue-eyed native Austrian, we would surely have been told all the details.

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

Below is an article from Die Presse about the attack on the rabbi. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation:

Anti-Semitic attack on rabbi

During the attack, woman screamed anti-Semitic words

Vienna: An anti-Semitic attack upon a rabbi occurred on Thursday in Vienna-Landstrasse [a district in Vienna], the Interior Ministry announced Friday. A woman threatened the rabbi at a bus stop with a knife, tore his kippah from his head, and tried to kick him. At the same time, the attacker screamed, “Slaughter all Jews.” The rabbi was uninjured.

Sharp reactions

“Jew-hatred and anti-Semitism have no place in our society. My solidarity is with all Jewesses and Jews living in Austria,” tweeted Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen. Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had already reacted on Thursday night: “I condemn the anti-Semitic attack on a rabbi in Vienna in the sharpest terms. We must fight anti-Semitism with all our determination and do everything to enable Jewish life here in Austria to be safe. Because Europe without Jews is no longer Europe,” declared Kurz. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer added: “In addition to strengthened protection for synagogues, all measures will be taken to quickly clear up this attack that was obviously motivated by anti-Semitism. There is no tolerance for anti-Semitism.” The president of the Vienna Jewish Religious Community, Oskar Deutsch, described the attack as “a disturbing incident that has unsettled many.”

The attacker is about 50 years old and 170 centimeters [5’7″] tall, and wore a grey coat.

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Silvia Sardone: The European Union is Just a Pathetic Concentration of Propaganda

Silvia Sardone is an Italian MEP for the Lega. Last week I posted a translated article that referred to remarks made by Ms. Sardone in the European Parliament. The following video shows her complete two-minute speech.

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

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Soros: A Man with a Mission

The following thoughtful essay by the Hungarian writer Demeter Szilárd was immediately deleted almost everywhere it appeared. After 24 hours of publication the author was forced to delete his Facebook account.

Vadhajtasok.hu has preserved the original article. Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation:

Soros: A Man with a Mission

by Demeter Szilárd

Published on origo.hu, November 28, 2020
“Revoked” on November 29, 2020

I observe quite a few artists and intellectuals nearing to the end of their lives and looking back to their oeuvre, perceiving that they have been judged in the balance and found wanting; just moments after their deaths they would be forgotten — even by their biographers. Somehow, I can understand the frustration of these people. They have made bad choices and are now facing the consequences. Everybody is living their own lives, but — what is more important — as philosophers have said: everybody will die their own deaths.

Presumably George Soros is struggling with the same feelings. Just before the end of his life, he was hit by the truth of the commonplace wisdom: money does not bring happiness. One cannot bring his money with him to the opposite side of the river. The financial security of his family had been established long ago for several generations to come, so only one question remains for him: what will happen to George Soros once he ceases to exist? He is not talented as a writer; his philosophy is troubled and inconsistent. He is, however, smart enough to realize he is not a genius. This might be his greatest grief.

Standing in the doorway of death, George Soros is carving his own statue. He thinks of himself as a man with a mission. His mission: George Soros, the New Messiah. However, this mission is lacking a transcendent dimension. The god of George Soros is George Soros, incarnate and descended to our world in the form of George Soros.

He is moving his chess pieces on a global chessboard. Given that the key to his financial success is playing unfairly, no wonder he also keeps changing the rules in his assumed “world-saving” chess game to his own taste. He is the playmaker, the referee, the striker and the scoreboard clerk in one person.

We have seen enough of this type in the history of mankind. Those with enough money and power made themselves dictators; those lacking it, servants of the dictators. And all of them — without exception — wanted to reach the throne of eternity by climbing a mountain of the corpses of the victims of their own tyranny.

In today’s world, the path to the throne of Soros leads across our very bodies. Europe has became the gas chamber of George Soros. The toxic gas is flowing from the capsule of the “multicultural open society”, lethal to the European way of life, and we, the peoples of Europe are doomed to fight for the last gasps of breathable air treading and climbing over one another’s bodies.

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A Fascination With Decapitation

Below is a follow-up case related to last month’s beheading of Samuel Paty in a Parisian suburb. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Le Figaro:

Nice: Youth sentenced to 18 months in prison for threatening to kill a teacher “like Samuel Paty”

A young man of 19, with no record, sentenced for threatening a teacher with death on social media

by Le Figaro with AFP
November 27, 2020

A young man of 19 has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for threatening to kill a teacher “like Samuel Paty”, in reference to the teacher decapitated in October in Val d’Oise, the prosecutor of Nice reported Saturday.

Judged in an immediate appearance, Friday 27 November, the defendant defended himself, according to an account of the hearing published by the daily Nice-Matin, explaining that it was a “joke”, intended only to show off in front of another young high school student.

This young man, who holds a professional baccalaureate and has completed school, had gotten wind on social media of an incident that had happened in one of the teacher’s classes. The latter, a teacher for some 30 years, had asked for an explanation from certain pupils who were suspected of cheating during a “white” baccalaureate test.

The defendant then succeeded in obtaining the private account address of the teacher on other social media, in order to be able to threaten him with a similar death to that of Samuel Paty, a teacher killed by a young man after showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his pupils during a course on freedom of expression.

“My client has lived through two very difficult weeks,” explains Julien Darras, lawyer for the civil part of the case, representing the victim. This teacher was forced to stop his courses and remove his name from his mailbox, while the police were identifying the author of the threats.

The defendant, with a clean record, faced up to seven years of imprisonment for public support of terrorist acts by electronic means and making a death threat. He has ten days to file an appeal of this judgment accompanied by an immediate custody warrant.

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Shoot the Mask-Rejecters!

The video below shows excerpts from an entertaining piece of Corona street theater in Germany. Oz-Rita, who translated the clip for subtitles, includes these introductory notes:

This is a “Wake-Up Flash Mob” in the German city of Cottbus. The conceit is that the players are addressing prayers of supplication to the German Core Totalitarian team.

“Söder” refers to Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder, whose party (the CSU) is the Bavarian Siamese twin of Angela Merkel’s CDU. Mr. Söder is rumored to have ambitions to become the next Chancellor. His totalitarian COVID measures are the worst in Germany — he wants to out-Nazi the Nazis.

Jens Spahn (CDU) is the gay Federal Health Minister. The recent Ermächtigungsgesetz hustled through the Bundestag the other day faster than they used to drive wild pigs through the villages — a law very like the 1933 Hitler law —gives unlimited powers over the people (including the right to enter homes) to Merkel and those whom she designates — e.g. Spahn. (He and his husband just bought a residence worth several million euros, while people are losing their jobs.)

Christian Drosten is the Chief Virologist who had his hands in the PCR test that is now considered discredited by everyone of even mild intelligence. He was the Angela Merkel’s Poster Boy (having previously been involved in the scandal surrounding the Swine Flu) and his “prestige” is fast disappearing.

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

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Paul Weston on Mass Testing and the New Lockdown in the UK

In his latest video, Paul Weston discusses a new COVID-19 test which has been used to mass-test 100,000 people in Liverpool.

Until I watched this video, I hadn’t heard of the lateral flow test, which is also called a “lateral flow immunochromatographic assay”. According to an article from November 11 on the official website of Oxford University:

Extensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show Lateral Flow Tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community, including for asymptomatic people.

Since then the lateral flow test has been touted by Her Majesty’s Caudillo, Boris “BoJo” Johnson. As Mr. Weston points out, the hoopla surrounding the new test has all but vanished since the tested Liverpudlians yielded such a disappointingly low number of positive “cases”. Thus, if BoJo is going to walk back the lateral flow test, he’ll have to do so over all those glowing recommendations for it. Perhaps the boffins at Oxford will make themselves obligingly prostrate when the boot heels of the Prime Minister go a-wandering their way…

Muslim Brotherhood Would Use a Biden Presidency to Advance “Congressional Jihad”

A Biden presidency, however brief it turns out to be, will be a real gift for Islamic zealots. (It’s not yet clear what President Harris’ policies will be vis-à-vis Islam, but one presumes they will be no less accommodating than those of her predecessor.) In the following guest-essay, Ashraf Ramelah discusses the prospects for the Muslim Brotherhood under a Biden administration.

Muslim Brotherhood would use a Biden presidency to advance “Congressional Jihad”

by Dr. Ashraf Ramelah

The 2020 American presidential election will be historically remembered as a unique election. A contested, undecided race is not new, but the media’s hype, backing and declaration for one candidate is unprecedented. Ultimately, the delay caused by the election investigation will be to expose the use of comprehensive fraud within the voting procedures of American elections, past and present. Statements by individuals witnessing voting poll crimes in the form of affidavits are appearing every day.

Once the final verdict is reached and Americans and the world are informed of who will lead the country for the next four years, Americans can do nothing less than demand a permanent fix of the election process. This seems to be a goal of the current administration. This truly is unique.

If anyone thinks a presidential outcome for Biden could occur without empowerment of Islamic radicals, then think again. Take a look at the current fervor in the Middle East over Biden’s premature presidential declaration. The Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) overwhelming enthusiasm for the media’s Democrat “President-elect” is revealed all across the Arabic-speaking media. Certainly they stand to gain by a Biden win and also the reverse; they have much to lose with a Trump win.

Muslim Americans and the Muslim Brotherhood will thrive under Biden

Some world leaders, including the Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Morshed, have already congratulated Joe Biden, the media’s unverified choice for president. The Arabic media reported that the MB issued a “victory” statement while the Deputy Morshed gave the following official statement, “Biden victory proves that the American people can still impose their will.”

Deputy Morshed no doubt refers to media reports of more than one million Muslim-Americans (highest number ever) voting for the Democrat presidential candidate, and gives credit to them for Biden’s success. According to the Al Jazeera and Anadolu agencies, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) promised to deliver Joe Biden these votes. Since the Sharia sheep always follow the wolf, these votes could actually prove to be legal. Brotherhood members form the majority of CAIR’s board of directors. The pro-MB Arabic media are now highlighting how gratified Muslim-Americans are for the Biden “win.”

The Arabic media go on to express satisfaction felt by Muslim-Americans with Biden’s pre-election promise to lift the ban imposed by Trump on citizens of seven Muslim countries, which now prevents them from entering the United States. According to further reports, Muslim-Americans expect Biden to denounce Islamophobia and racism against Muslims in America and around the world.

Meanwhile, Arabic reports show that the enthusiasm of the Muslim Brotherhood, a designated terrorist organization in Egypt, is an all-time high with Biden — perhaps hopeful for another Obama/Biden experience like the one that elevated the MB to power not so long ago with the striking role played by the former American President and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, during the wave of the infamous Arab Spring.

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Viktor Orbán: “The Soros network is the greatest threat faced by the states of the European Union”

The renowned Hungarian-American “philanthropist” George Soros has aimed another angry salvo at Hungary and Poland, which have so far resisted the diktats of the European Union and thwarted the plans of Mr. Soros and his minions to achieve full political, monetary, social, and cultural uniformity among the former nation-states of Europe.

The great philanthropist has made Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán a particular target in his latest article. Our Hungarian correspondent CrossWare sends these notes about Mr. Soros’ intervention:

I know you are busy with the sham so-called election over there, but in the meantime the globalist George Soros network launched another attack against Poland and Hungary. The latest article by Soros, who is demanding that EU leaders punish Hungary and Poland for not accepting the undefined “rule of law” conditions attached to the next EU budget, was published by a group called “Project Syndicate”.

When Viktor Orbán wrote a response, the same publication refused to publish it (in the name of tolerance and liberal principles, obviously). For now the Hungarian government official site is hosting the letter, which was published in Hungarian, German and English.

Let’s review what is going on: The EU wants to define the budget for the next seven years. They also want to get a huge loan to “help” the southern nations, which are always in financial trouble, but now with the COVID are even more down than usual.

It also does not help that all southern states — Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy — are under the rule of leftist governments, who are busy pampering illegal Muslim migrants instead of helping their own economy. They are desperate for more money, obviously for more migrants.

Just like the Democrats with their rabid leftists in their ranks, the EU is also having the same ideological trouble. They call it the “respect for the rule of law”, which is somehow lacking in two countries that do not want to accept those nice military-age Muslim rocket scientists. The real term has never been defined, and it is always used as a political bludgeon.

Last summer the European Commission decided not to get into a discussion on this highly political topic, and wanted to discuss it separately. However, the European Parliament, where Soros has a comfortable majority, overruled that decision.

Now they are once again attaching conditions to the EU budget. One must understand that the money in the budget does not provide gifts for Hungary and the other member countries. That is the price for opening their market and adjusting regulations. The best analogy would be that Hungary is a landlord that rents out his apartment. The tenant is the EU, which is using the apartment and its facilities. One day the tenant decides that he will not pay any more rent until the landlord proves he is “cool”.

What does coolness mean? Nobody knows, but it is whatever the tenant wants at that moment. One day it means the landlord must hop on one leg, or perhaps he has to let in more people into the apartment for free; perhaps he should let the tenant to grope the landlord’s children…

Actually, the real problems are as follows:

  • The northern countries do not want to finance the loser southern states. But they do not want to deny them openly; thus they force the arch-enemy states Hungary and Poland into a situation that they know they will never accept.
  • They want both countries to open their borders and accept Muslim migrants. Primarily Germany wants to dump their useless migrant population they have collected over the last few years.
  • The leftists also want migrants imported into those countries to increase their voter base and eliminate alternative ideas against their Liberal-Bolshevik Caliphate.
  • And of course the LGBTQ… XYZ (soon P for pedophilia) mob wants to enter the kindergartens and prepare the next generation of fresh meat for themselves with sensitivity training.

Below are excerpts from Mr. Soros’ article (the complete original is here):

Europe Must Stand Up to Hungary and Poland

by George Soros

The European Union cannot afford to compromise on the rule-of-law provisions it applies to the funds it allocates to member states. How the EU responds to the challenge to those provisions now posed by Hungary and Poland will determine whether it survives as an open society true to the values upon which it was founded.

NEW YORK — Hungary and Poland have vetoed the European Union’s proposed €1.15 trillion ($1.4 trillion) seven-year budget and the €750 billion European recovery fund. Although the two countries are the budget’s biggest beneficiaries, their governments are adamantly opposed to the rule-of-law conditionality that the EU has adopted at the behest of the European Parliament. They know that they are violating the rule of law in egregious ways, and do not want to pay the consequences.

It is not so much an abstract concept like the rule of law that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and, to a lesser extent, Poland’s de facto ruler, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, oppose. For them, the rule of law represents a practical limit on personal and political corruption. The veto is a desperate gamble by two serial violators.

It was also an unprecedented step, coming at a moment when Europe is suffering from a dangerous surge of COVID-19 cases, and it threw the other EU countries’ representatives into confusion. But when the shock wore off, closer analysis revealed that there is a way around the veto.

The rule-of-law regulations have been adopted. In case there is no agreement on a new budget, the old budget, which expires at the end of 2020, is extended on a yearly basis. Hungary and Poland would not receive any payments under this budget, because their governments are violating the rule of law.

Likewise, the recovery fund, called Next Generation EU, could be implemented by using an enhanced cooperation procedure, as Guy Verhofstadt has proposed. If the EU went down this road, the Orbán-Kaczynski veto could be circumvented. The question is whether the EU, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel perhaps leading the way, can muster the political will.

I am a committed supporter of the EU as a model of an open society built on the rule of law. Being of Hungarian Jewish origin, I am particularly concerned with the situation in Hungary, where I have been active as a philanthropist for more than 30 years.

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Hungary’s opposition parties are bravely trying to challenge Orbán by forming a common list of candidates for the 2022 general election. But their chances of success are limited because Orbán can change the rules at short notice, as he has already done several times before. Conveniently, Orbán is planning to introduce the latest changes to the electoral law while the pandemic is raging, Budapest is under curfew, and soldiers are patrolling the streets.

Moreover, Orbán exercises almost total control over the countryside, where the majority of the population lives. He controls the information they receive, and voting in many villages is not secret. There is practically no way the opposition can prevail.

Only the EU can help. EU funds, for example, should be directed to local authorities, where there is still a functioning democracy in Hungary, unlike at the national level.

The EU can’t afford to compromise on the rule-of-law provisions. How it responds to the challenge posed by Orbán and Kaczynski will determine whether it survives as an open society true to the values upon which it was founded.

This is the full text of Viktor Orbán’s response, which Project Syndicate refused to publish:

Europe must not succumb to the Soros network

November 25, 2020

Reply to the article by George Soros

Many believe that the prime minister of a country should not enter into an argument with George Soros. Their reasoning is that Soros is an economic criminal, because he made his money through speculation, ruining the lives of millions of people, and even blackmailing entire national economies. Just as governments must not negotiate with terrorists, they say, prime ministers must likewise not debate with economic criminals.

Yet now I am compelled to do so, because in an article appearing on the Project Syndicate website on 18 November, the Hungarian-born speculator and billionaire George Soros issued open commands to the leaders of the European Union. In his article he instructs them to severely punish those Member States that do not want to become part of a unifying European empire under the banner of a global “open society”.

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Everything for the Benefit of the Migrants

The following article from Il Giornale references a speech given in the European Parliament by Silvia Sardone, an Italian MEP for the Lega. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation:

Europe’s priority on migrants: housing and jobs for those who disembark here

The new plan on integration into the EU revealed: Space and social inclusion projects and new housing for migrants. Meanwhile, the report on civil rights arrives in the European Parliament: No mention of terrorism, priority given to the fight against racism and Islamophobia

by Mauro Indelicato
November 24, 2020

Crucial days in Brussels, between sessions in the European Parliament and commission meetings. It was to be expected, given what is happening in all of Europe, between the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

Still, the ongoing arguments have nothing to do with recovery or recovery plans. On the contrary, they talk about migrants and civil rights.

The EU plan on integration

In these days, for example, placed at the top of the work agenda of the European Commission is the new plan for the integration of migrants. These are multi-year projects, with which the EU is trying to give precise directions on the issue. In recent hours, the plan, which will substitute that approved in 2016, and which should last for a period of time including the years between 2021 and 2027, was announced by the European Commission itself.

It is based on four principal pillars: Education, work, access to health care, and adequate housing. The responsible principals of social policies are the member states, but the EU has the possibility to coordinate the policies and give specific directions. And according to the institutions of Brussels, in the coming years, the various governments must always commit themselves to inclusion, with investments and spending relative to more adequate accommodation for the migrants present in EU territory.

The first point concerns inclusion in the world of education: “There is a need to commit to education and training that are inclusive from early infancy to higher education,” the commission plan reads, “concentrating on the facilitation of recognizing qualifications and on continuous learning of languages, with the support of EU funds.” The second point, however, concerns the work world, where all migrants, “and women in particular,” the plan further reads, must receive the support to express “their full potential”.

Then there is the third point, concerning the health sector. “In addition to specific financing of the EU, “the document states, “the action plan looks to guarantee the people are informed as to their rights and recognize the specific challenges faced by women, in particular during and after pregnancy.” Finally, the fourth pillar calls for, “adequate and convenient finances through the European Fund for regional development, the European Social Fund Plus, the Asylum Fund, and Migration and Invest EU,” to find better housing for migrants.

Investments and priorities that could cause — and not a little — those outside EU institutions to wrinkle their noses. Especially because for the moment, in the countries hardest hit by the Corona virus pandemic, there are no clear indications as to funds that the EU will make available to restart the economy. Whose eventual collapse, not so remote through anti-contagion measures, could involve everyone, from citizens to migrants.

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Culture-Enriching Femicide

Mariana Harder-Kühnel is a member of the German Bundestag for the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). In the following video she speaks on the floor of the Bundestag about the abuse and murder of women by migrants, addressing her remarks to feminists who protest about the “patriarchy” without ever mentioning the role that cultural enrichment plays in the increasing violence against women.

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

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“There is no Difference Between Islam and Political Islam”

The following video shows excerpts from Muslim protest at the French embassy in Stockholm last Friday. The man who is interviewed couldn’t be clearer: there is no such thing as “political Islam”. He evidently agrees with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — Islam is Islam, and that’s it.

Gary Fouse, who translated the video for subtitles, provides these background notes:

The name of the speaker is Imam Muhsin Asinger, who is interviewed by Samhällsnytt. He then speaks to his followers in what seems to be a combination of Swedish and Arabic. The interview and the Koranic chants are in Arabic with Swedish subtitles, which I translated into English.

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

Video transcript:

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