OSCE Warsaw: Dealing With “Fake News” Without Censorship

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Freedom of the Media, Session 3

Intervention read by Henrik Clausen, representing Wiener Akademikerbund

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Below is the prepared text for Mr. Clausen’s intervention:

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The OSCE Itself Violates Civil Society Participants’ Fundamental Freedoms

Below is the prepared text for an intervention read yesterday afternoon by Christopher Hull of the Center for Security Policy (Secure Freedom) at OSCE Warsaw. The video of the intervention will be along in due course.

For more on the OSCE’s Code of Conduct, see “The Successful Subversion of the OSCE”.

Intervention before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
Participating States and Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)

At the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), Warsaw, Poland
Working Session 11: Fundamental Freedoms II

September 17, 2018

How ironic that this organization is itself violating fundamental freedoms.

For instance, at a February meeting this year, a senior official claimed that civil society must adhere to OSCE commitments.[1]

But we are not required to abide by those commitments — you are.

The OSCE Code of Conduct for Staff/Mission Members says you, and I quote, “shall comply with the… commitments of the OSCE.”[2] And what commitments?

1.   First, “respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience…or belief, for all without distinction as to…belief, political or other opinion.”[3]
2.   Second, taking only “measures which do not endanger freedom of information and expression” in this space[4]; and
3.   Third, that civil society members, “specifically those with relevant experience, are particularly encouraged to participate in the discussion of the selected topics and to provide their suggestions and recommendations.”[5]
 

But in spite of such requirements, ODIHR has now gone further.

For this meeting, you required us to acknowledge a new “Code of Conduct.” It says, “[p]articipants shall refrain from presenting…any slogans that might be provoking,… likely to give rise to violence, [or] discriminating [against] other persons on the basis of…religion or belief, political or other opinion.”

But that is what you are doing.

That’s why Secure Freedom joined 28 civil society representatives from 14 countries in speaking out against your repeated attempts to shut down our fundamental freedoms.[6]

That’s also why the U.S. Opening Statement objected “to content-based restrictions on the participation of civil society.”[7]

And yet last week, ODIHR used its power to interrupt Civitas Christiana Foundation for expressing concern about threats, repression and intolerance by those who hold radical views of sexuality.[8]

The truth? OSCE’s own Code of Conduct says:

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Will Hans-Georg Maaßen be Fired for Contradicting His Chancellor?

Hans-Georg Maaßen is the president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV), Germany’s domestic intelligence agency. During the recent controversy over anti-migrant street demonstrations in Chemnitz, Mr. Maaßen determined that media reports about “neo-Nazis” and “manhunts” of migrants in Chemnitz were utterly without foundation. Law enforcement agencies plus the political leadership of Saxony agreed with him.

The only source for the spurious assertion of a “manhunt” was an Antifa propaganda video. On the basis of this video — and without consulting her security services — Chancellor Angela Merkel made her own assertions about “manhunts” by “xenophobes” in Chemnitz.

Mrs. Merkel’s coalition partners in the SPD (Social Democratic Party, specifically Martin Schulz, if I am not mistaken) have said that the chancellor will soon fire Mr. Maaßen from his position as head of the BfV, for contradicting his chancellor about the “manhunts”. If she really does give him the boot, it will set a devastating precedent, and signal the complete politicization of the German intelligence services.

Just think about the ramifications: Mrs. Merkel’s intelligence chief gives her an accurate assessment of the domestic situation, so she fires him. Such an action makes certain that whoever succeeds him will NEVER tell the chancelloress anything she doesn’t want to hear.

It reminds me of the way Stalin handled his underlings in the USSR (except, of course, that Mr. Maaßen is unlikely to end up neckshot in the basement of the Bundeskanzleramt). No commissar would dare tell the General Secretary that only 300 tanks had actually been produced by the factory in Novosibirsk, rather than the 5,000 listed in the Defense Ministry’s report*. Comrade Stalin did not want to hear such facts, and telling them to him could end one’s career, and most likely one’s life. As a result, Stalin made important strategic decisions using bad intel, sometimes with disastrous consequences.

Bad intel was one of the things that helped bring down the USSR. Mrs. Merkel would be wise to remember that fact.

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The following video discusses remarks by Alice Weidel, the leader of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) about the possible firing of Hans-Georg Maaßen.

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

For those who read German, more information is available at Politically Incorrect.

Video transcript:

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A Missed Opportunity to Save Sweden

A Missed Opportunity to Save Sweden

by Fjordman

Some Swedish patriots and sympathizers abroad had hoped that the 2018 general elections would mark a breakthrough for more nationally-oriented parties and restrictive immigration policies. This did not happen.

The elections were held on September 9, 2018. The final election results were not ready until September 16, a full week later. For a technologically sophisticated nation, it should be possible to count votes faster than this.[1] This is yet another reminder that Sweden is no longer the efficient and well-functioning country it once was.

The right-wing Sweden Democrats (SD) did gain 13 seats in Parliament compared to the previous election, now holding 62 seats in total. Virtually all opinion polls had predicted that they would grow. Yet SD did not grow as much as some opinion polls had indicated. Many polls had suggested that the Sweden Democrats could surpass the Moderate Party to become the second-largest party. Several opinion polls from 2018 had SD receive about 21-26% support.[2] One opinion poll published a couple of months prior to the election gave them as much as 28.5% support.[3] This would have made them larger than the Social Democrats.

The Swedish Social Democrats have been the biggest party in Sweden continuously since the early 1900s. If they had been dethroned from this position, this would have had a significant psychological impact on Swedish society. While the Social Democrats had their worst election since 1911, they remained the largest party.

The Sweden Democrats didn’t even become the second-largest party. SD retained their spot as number three at 17.5%, behind the Social Democrats at 28.3% and the Moderates at 19.8%.[4] Alternative for Sweden (AfS), a new party that wants even more restrictive immigration policies than the SD, came nowhere near receiving the 4% of the votes needed to enter the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag).

It is interesting to notice that the two largest parties, the Social Democrats and the Moderates, in 2014 combined received 54.34% of the votes and 197 mandates in Parliament. In theory, the two major parties could thus have formed a majority coalition government together. This would be similar to the way the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) have ruled Germany together since 2013.

However, in 2018, the Social Democrats and the Moderates together got 48.1% of the votes. This earned them 170 seats in combination, less than the 175 needed to form a majority in the Swedish Parliament.

Establishing the next government in Sweden will be complicated. Especially if all the other parties keep treating the Sweden Democrats as evil racists that they do not want to cooperate with.

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The Mysterious Disappearance of the Diciotti Migrants

There was a lot of controversy last month both inside and outside of Italy about a boatload of “rescued” refugees that was impounded in a Sicilian port. Now that they were allowed to disembark, it turns out that a large number of migrants on the Diciotti have simply vanished — surprise, surprise!

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

Diciotti: 50 migrants entrusted to CEI [Italian Episcopal Conference] disappeared into thin air

In making it known, the undersecretaries of interior: They were so desperate, they preferred to forego guaranteed food and lodging.”

1170 migrants on board the ship Diciotti, all disembarked at the port of Catania last 25 August

After a long (period) of wrestling with the EU which, unfortunately, resulted in nothing, the immigrants were redistributed among Albania, the Italian Church and Ireland. But the Diciotti case, which has caused so much discussion in recent weeks and which has led to not a few troubles for Matteo Salvini, now turns to discussing. The motive? Some of these migrants have escaped from the centers in which they were entrusted. They have disappeared into thin air. Disappeared.

“There are already 40 of the 144 adult immigrants who disembarked from the Diciotti and entrusted to the CEI or to the center at Messina,” say the undersecretaries of interior, Stefano Candiani and Nicola Molteni. “We recall that, per the law, these people have freedom of movement and therefore, are not subject to state surveillance. They were so desperate that they preferred to forego guaranteed food and lodging in order to go who knows where. It’s the umpteenth proof that those who disembark in Italy are not always escaping from hunger or from war, notwithstanding the lies of the Left and of those who use the immigrants to “do business”.

To be precise, of the forty migrants missing, six left on the first day of transfer. While two Eritreans destined for the Diocese of Florence escaped on 2 September, nineteen others (who left) were found on 3 September. Another thirteen disappeared yesterday. The forty migrants who left were limited to showing an interest in formalizing the application of political asylum. As confirmed by Viminale (Ministry of Interior) sources were identified with photos/prints and inserted into a European computer system. Also according to Viminale sources, it is made known that there are other verifications on the exact number of untraceable persons, and it is possible that the group could be more substantial.

According to Viminale sources, there are at least fifty migrants on board the ship Diciotti who have left the reception center. However, referring to the Viminale sources, “The data are being updated”. They are “all adults. Six of them disappeared on the first day of transfer, Friday; two Eritreans destined for the Diocese of Florence disappeared on September 2; for nineteen others, their departure was verified on September 3; another thirteen finally disappeared yesterday. They were destined for various dioceses.” Within this group of persons, “four left when they were still in Messina. Other verifications are in progress. The people who left were limited to showing an interest in formalizing the request for asylum. They were identified by photo/prints and inserted into a European computer system. There are also checks on the nationality of those who left: At least six came from the Comoro Islands (between Mozambique and Madagascar).

“More than 50 of the immigrants disembarked from the Diciotti were so much in need of having protection, food and lodging, that they decided to leave and disappear!

“But why were they not seized? It is yet another confirmation that not all those who arrive in Italy are ‘skeletons’ that escape from war and hunger. I will work even more to change wrong laws and cancel arrivals,” commented Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

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Gottfried Curio: The Chancellor and Her Government Are Making Themselves into the Mouthpiece for Antifa

Dr. Gottfried Curio is a member of the Bundestag for AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). In the following excerpt from a press conference, Dr. Curio names all the authoritative agencies who have definitively stated that the incident in Chemnitz was NOT a “manhunt”: the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the federal police, the Saxon police, Saxon political leaders, and others. All of them agree that what happened in Chemnitz can in no way be construed as a “manhunt”.

Moreover, as Dr. Curio explains, the “manhunt” meme was retailed by the Chancellor’s office, which acquired it directly from Antifa and did not consult with the German security services to authenticate it.

Never has the treason of German leaders at the national level been made so abundantly clear.

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

Video transcript:

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Matteo Salvini Takes on the Foul-Mouthed Minister From Luxembourg

This past week the interior ministers of the member states of the European Union met in Vienna. Jean Asselborn (Socialist Workers’ Party) is the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg, which somehow provides the credentials for his attending the meeting. Matteo Salvini is, of course, the Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for Italy.

In the exchange below you’ll see Mr. Asselborn become nasty and foul-mouthed with Mr. Salvini (actually, since the Luxembourgish minister was speaking French, it may not have been considered foul-mouthed, for all I know). Mr. Salvini, in contrast, retained his composure and responded with cool aplomb.

The Italian press raised a big fuss about the incident, and drew attention to an issue which otherwise would have received no coverage at all: the need for Italians to start making babies again. That was Mr. Salvini’s point, to make more Italians instead of importing what he called “slaves” from Africa.

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

Below is an article from Il Giornale on the same topic, also translated by FouseSquawk:

“That minister was vulgar.” Thus Salvini silences Asselborn

After the clash at the summit of the interior ministers in Vienna, the Northern League destroys his colleague: “He gave visibility to the meeting”

by Claudio Cartaldo
September 14, 2018

A few words were enough for Matteo Salvini to destroy his Luxembourg counterpart, Jean Asselborn.

The interior minister seemed almost amused when answering reporters’ questions at a press conference on the margins of the summit held in Vienna on migration. “I thank the Luxembourg minister who has given visibility to this meeting,” said the deputy prime minister. “His calm tones and the serene debate are spoken of throughout Italy; those who did not know that we were here, thanks to the vulgar minister of Luxembourg now know.”

“Fewer migrants”, “Et merde alors”: Salvini-Asselborn collision in Vienna

The facts. As is well known, while Minister Salvini was explaining his position on immigration to his European colleagues, the Luxembourg European and foreign affairs minister interrupted him by criticizing his position. Salvini first tried to conclude his discourse, but then Asselborn lost patience and, turning on his microphone, blurted out: “In Luxembourg, dear sir, we had thousands of Italians who came to work with us, migrants, so that you in Italy could have the money for your children.” And then he ended the speech with a colorful expression: “Merde, alors (So, s**t).”

At the time Salvini did not seek out the clash: “Good manners is about letting a statement be finished,” he said, trying to remain calm, but then he was harder at the next press conference: “Those who did not know that we were here, thanks to the vulgar minister of Luxembourg now know,” said Salvini, ironically dismissing what happened at the EU interior ministers’ summit.

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Islamophilic Billboards Defaced by Islamophobic Vandal in Quebec

I assume the propaganda posters shown in this video were put up by the municipal government in Quebec City, or by the provincial government, or perhaps by the Federal government. In any case, the vandal who defaced them is obviously not on board with the State’s multiculti program, and needs to get his mind right. When the government catches up with him, it will be re-education time…

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

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Geert Wilders: Viktor Orbán Deserves a Nobel Prize

Earlier this week Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was rebuked by the European Parliament, after which Brussels promised to impose sanctions on Hungary for its “authoritarian rule”. However, the real issue, as correctly pointed out by Geert Wilders in the interview below, is that Mr. Orbán has successfully resisted having migrants forced on his country by the mandarins of the European Union.

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

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Dr. Gottfried Curio: “The Primal Catastrophe of the Twenty-First Century”

The video below is a refreshing change of pace from the AfD-bashing we saw the other day: Dr. Gottfried Curio of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) speaking in the Bundestag about Chancellor Merkel’s immigration policies. If I understand it correctly, this is in fact the speech that got the knickers of the Gutmenschen all in a twist.

Pay particular attention when the video switches to shots of Angela Merkel’s face.

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

Video transcript:

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When Islam Dominates France, So Will the Arabic Language

The government of France has proposed the introduction of official state Arabic-language instruction in the schools. The program is intended to discourage French Muslims from sending their children to mosque schools to learn Arabic, thereby reducing the incidence of “radicalization”.

Uh-huh. Right.

It reminds me of the rationale first put forward under the Bush 43 administration for refraining from criticizing Islam: It would only play into the hands of the “Islamists” by driving the “moderates” into the “radical” camp.

In other words, Muslims lack self-control. They’re always on a hair trigger, ready to “radicalize” the moment an infidel makes an “Islamophobic” remark.

The first of the two videos below contains a discussion of the proposed program of Arabic instruction, followed by a response from Robert Ménard, the outspoken mayor of Béziers in southern France.

The second video features remarks by Marine Le Pen, the leader of Rassemblement National (formerly Front National).

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Video 2:

Note: The transcript for video #1 appears in two parts because it was composited from two separate original clips.

Video transcript #1a:

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Matteo Salvini Makes the Cover of Time Magazine

Here’s the report from ANSA:

Salvini on Time Cover, ‘New Face of Europe’
‘Immigration czar leading mission to undo EU’

(ANSA) Washington, September 13 — Anti-migrant Euroskeptic League leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has earned the front cover of the latest Time magazine with a photo captioned “the new face of Europe”, calling him “Italy’s immigration czar who is leading a mission to undo the EU”.

Inside, Time ran a long interview with Salvini, who is also deputy premier.

The rightwing populist leader has spearheaded a tough new stance on migrants since taking power in May, turning back NGO rescue ships and vowing to deport hundreds of thousands of migrants.

He has also sounded combative notes on EU budget limits.

Salvini tells Time that “we are working to recover the European spirit that has been betrayed by those who lead this union”.

The minister says “it is clear that I must change the European dynamics”.

Time’s Rome correspondent Vivienne Walt speaks of Salvini as “the most feared man in Europe”, “the captain whose rocketing rise over just six months has jolted Europe’s establishment and threatens to finally upturn a political system that has reeled under a populist surge for the past three years”.

Walt says:…

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Viktor Orbán on Brussels and Borders

After Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán returned from being reprimanded and sanctioned in the European Parliament, he went on the radio in Hungary to discuss Brussels’ future plans concerning immigration and the deconstruction of European nation-states.

Many thanks to CrossWare for translating relevant excerpts from the Hungarian daily Magyar Idők:

Viktor Orbán: The Next Battle is About Who Will Protect the Borders of Hungary

September 14, 2018

The prime minister spoke on Kossuth Radio: the new Brussels plan is that if we can not get Hungary to allow in migrants, then we have to get the right to border protection. “They want to take away the gate keys from us,” he said.

They Would Take Away the Border Control From Us!

He also talked about the fact that the next battle is about who defends the boundaries of Hungary, who decides who enters the country.

“Now we’re looking at the cat that has to come out of the bag,” and the “cat” is that Angela Merkel has sent an ultimatum to Europe via French President Macron. The Chancellor said that the European peripheries outside the Schengen area should reassign part of their border protection to Brussels, he recalled.

“The plan is this: if Hungary cannot be tempted to allow in migrants, then it must have its right of border protection take away. They do not want anything less than to send mercenaries here from Brussels, to replace our Hungarian sons: police and soldiers, who are defending the border, and for whom their home country is important. And we should not have illusions: they [the Brussels mercenaries] will let the migrants!” he said, adding that they want to stamp out Hungary, want to weaken Hungarian resistance.

“They simply want to take away our keys to the gates,” the head of government said. The Sargentini Report [pdf], however, is now being removed from the agenda or its priority scaled back, and the significance of the matter will decrease from day to day, he predicted.

Hundreds of Millions to Fake Civilians

He pointed out that, in addition to immigration, there is another serious stake in the next European Union election. It is clear from the EU budget statistics that the EU supports the Soros NGOs with hundreds of millions of euros.

If the next European Parliament and the European Commission have a different composition, these hundreds of millions will not be given to them.

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