Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Allahu Akbar" Stabbing has Nothing To Do With Religion

 
The media is describing the Muslim terrorist as a French man. Because if it's anything the French are known for, it's shouting "Allahu Akbar". and stabbing random non-Muslims.
A French national allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” during and after a stabbing attack that left a British woman dead and another Briton fighting for his life at a backpackers hostel outside of Townsville last night.
Possible extremist motivations for the attack are now being investigated by Queensland Police and the Australian Federal Police, with the man yet to be questioned by investigators.
Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the 29 -year-old French man shouted the phrase following the attack at the hostel at Home Hill, south of Townsville, but police had not determined whether the incident was terror related.
Who knows. Maybe the "French" stabber was expressing his Francophonic distaste of Brits by shouting Allahu Akbar.
“While this information will be factored into the investigation, we are not ruling out any motivations at this stage, whether they be political or criminal,” he told reporters in Brisbane.
“Investigators will also consider whether mental health or drug misuse factors are involved in this incident.”
 
Yes, no possible excuses will be ruled out here.
Queensland Police Minister Bill Byrne described the stabbing attack as “tragic and disturbing”.
“Right now our thoughts are with the victims’ family and friends and the close knit community of Home Hill,” Mr Byrne said.
“I have been briefed by the Police Commissioner on the incident and I remain in contact with him as the investigation unfolds
“As said by Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski today, the investigation is still in its early stages and more details are expected to become clear as it progresses.
“It is important that the public understand this is not about race or religion. It is individual criminal behaviour.
Absolutely. It has nothing to do with religion. Not a thing. Allahu Akbar is the sort of thing secular people say when stabbing someone in the name of Allah.
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Hillary poised to shut down Breibart

By Carol Brown  

No one in America can afford to think that _______ won’t happen here. Because the unthinkable is happening, with no end in sight. And if Hillary Clinton is elected president, she will take the final steps to destroy this country in ways we can’t even imagine. Not that we have to imagine since Clinton is giving us clues.
The Daily Caller reports on a fundraising email from Christina Reynolds, Clinton’s communications director. The fundraiser notes that while the conservative media may not express ideas the campaign agrees with, such media has a right to exist (sort of; and, gee, thanks).
I doubt they actually believe that anyone who disagrees with them has a right to exist, but they need to inch their way forward into hell bit-by-bit, dragging us all along with them. And as they drag us along, we find that the conservative-media-has-a-right-to-exist meme has at least one exception (more, no doubt, to follow): Breitbart News has been singled out as an entity that, apparently, does not have the right to exist.
“Breitbart is something different,” she says. “They make Fox News look like a Democratic Party pamphlet. They’re a different breed altogether — not just conservative but radical, bigoted, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic conspiracy peddlers who never have been and never should be anywhere near the levers of power in this country.”
One of the goals of Clinton’s campaign, Reynolds says, is to ensure Breitbart is destroyed.
“It goes without saying that we have to beat these people. But I want to beat them so decisively that their kind never rises again,” she says.
Reynolds’ aggressive attack was sparked by Republican nominee Donald Trump’s decision to shake up his campaign by bringing on Breitbart executive chairman Stephen Bannon to serve as his campaign CEO.
And just how will we be beaten “so decisively?” And how will the left ensure our “kind” never rise again? And who is our “kind?” And how will Breitbart (and inevitably others) be destroyed? And how will Americans react? And how will reactions be tolerated (or not)?
And so on.
We are teetering on the edge of a precipice. I pray that God has not removed his hand from America.

France: The Religious War Few Wish to Face

The remains of St. Denis, the patron saint of Paris, who was decapitated in the year 250 during the brutal pagan persecution of Christians, lie north of the French capital in the basilica that bears his name.
The church is historically noteworthy as the first proper work of Gothic architecture, a style influenced by the Crusades. The basilica is now a rarely visited Parisian landmark, lying as it does within the profoundly Islamized enclave of Seine-Saint-Denis.
"You Christians, you kill us," were the words of the ISIS knifeman who slit the throat of 85-year old Father Jacques Hamel. The elderly priest officiating at the altar of the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray -- a mere three kilometres from the centre of Rouen in Normandy -- was slain on July 25, as the two terrorists also took nuns hostage. The terrorists were then shot by police.
On August 5, police swept down on a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ["Allah is the Greatest"] on the Champs-Élysées, the famous central thoroughfare of the capital of France. Video of the arrest shows passers-by: veiled Muslims, tourists, and presumably indigenous French men and women.
Both of these incidents, when aligned with recent mass outrages across France, including the Bataclan Theatre slaughter on November 13, and the mass carnage caused by a jihadist plot in Nice on July 14, point to a startling reality.
Despite the rhetoric by the government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls on removing dual nationality from those guilty of terrorism offences and closing extremist mosques (20 of France's 2,500 alleged mosques have been closed down to date), the violent consequences of jihadism are a daily reality and concern stalking the heart of most French metropolitan districts.
At 7.5% of the population, Muslims in France make up the highest concentration of Muslims of any country in Europe, according to Pew Research.
For decades, those warning of the inevitable consequences of mass Muslim immigration, during a time in history when Islamic fundamentalist doctrine was on the rise worldwide, have been maligned, prosecuted, imprisoned or assassinated.
With the security infrastructure now proving inadequate to cope with the sheer scale of enthusiasm for religious war amongst those Islamists born in France, and those able to enter the country -- thanks to the open border policies of the EU -- the threat continues to increase day by day.
Close to the Champs-Élysées, which runs between the Louvre museum and the Arc de Triomphe, lies the official residence of the president of France.
Presently occupied by the Socialist François Hollande, who closely courted the Muslim vote to gain power in 2012, many French people are looking towards the presidential elections scheduled for April and May 2017, to provide a new occupant of the Élysée Palace in the form of Marine Le Pen.
Le Pen leads the Front National, a party with deeply disturbing roots in the form of its anti-Semitic founder Jean-Marie Le Pen (father of Marine Le Pen), who in the wake of the Bataclan attack called for the return of the guillotine.
The form of execution made infamous during the French Revolution preceded successive Republics in France that were rigorously antithetical to the inclusion of religious matters in political affairs.
Until a few years ago, the unique recipe for secularism adopted by the French seemed able to guarantee the assimilation of the country's burgeoning number of Muslims, something now, by criminal and terrorist activity in the country, proven a resolute failure.
People in France intimately link the ascendancy of the Front National with the increased incidence of terrorism in France, given the rigorous unwelcoming line the party has taken on Islamic immigration.
In response to the Nice massacre, in which a Tunisian resident of France named Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel ploughed a truck into revellers enjoying fireworks, the leader of the Front National called for the resignation of the French Interior Minister.
"In any other country in the world, a minister with a toll as horrendous as Bernard Cazeneuve -- 250 dead in 18 months -- would have quit," she added.
Marine Le Pen also went on to excoriate, "the same old solemn declarations," from France's present government, which appear to follow every terrorist outrage -- a situation that led Le Pen to remark:
"The war against the scourge of fundamentalism hasn't started, it must now be declared. That is the deep wish of the French, and I will put all my energy so that they are finally heard and the necessary fight is finally undertaken."
In a telling move, the president of the regional council of Nice, Christian Estrosi, added to the chorus of criticism of the government. He questioned whether, despite being in a state of emergency, France had either the policing numbers or expertise to face its terror threat.
After a cascade of terrorist massacres that began with the slaughter of the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, the most terrorism-scarred country in Europe has erupted into successive outpourings of grief. Now, admits Time magazine, this grief is turning into anger.
In order for the Front National to prove successful at next year's Presidential Elections, it will need to defeat the other right-wing force in France, and survive through two rounds of voting.
The Union pour un mouvement populaire party (UMP) is led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who exclaimed after Nice that, "Someone who shoots at French people, someone who kills, someone who wants jihad, does not have a place in France."
Yet, for many, as the president of France from 2007-12, Sarkozy bears significant responsibility for creating the conditions in which fundamentalism was able to take root and prosper in France.
If Le Pen proves the eventual victor in the next presidential elections in France -- a nation increasingly focused on religious affairs, occasioned by the country's radically altering demography -- a significant change in its political direction will undoubtedly arise.
The election results might signal the beginning of the end for laïcité, the long-held French principle of strict prohibition against religious influence in the determination of state policies.
A rising star of the Front National is Marion Marechal-Le Pen, Marine Le Pen's niece, who has stated that, "Christians must stand up to resist Islam." The 26-year old has also urged her fellow countrymen to join the military adding that, "Either we kill Islamism or it will kill us."
In response to the Nice massacre, 2,500 young French people have joined the nation's reserve forces.
A conservative Catholic favouring the "traditional family," Marion Marechal-Le Pen has repeatedly spoken of "true French" identity, and demanded that Muslims adopt values rooted in Christianity, according to the BBC.
Echoing her niece's views, Marine Le Pen erupted in fury at the sight of French riot police dragging a priest and his congregation from the church of St Rita in Paris on August 3, prior to its scheduled demolition to make way for a parking lot.
"And what if they built parking lots in the place of Salafist mosques, and not of our churches?" she said.
It is not necessary to speculate about the scenes on French streets that would result from similar footage if the same treatment were meted out to an imam and his congregation.
A new focus on religious minority issues in France, in the fraught desire to create some sort of harmonious balance in an increasingly divided nation, seems probable.
How successful such efforts are likely to be, however, remains to be seen.
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German GDP Growth Slows Dramatically In Second Quarter 1 0

Germany’s economy, Europe’s largest, grew by 0.4 percent in the second quarter, federal statistics office Destatis said in data released on Wednesday. Gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.4 percent between April and June, adjusted for seasonal, calendar and price effects — slower than the unexpectedly strong 0.7 percent expansion in the first quarter.
 Breitbart London

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Swedish Gun Control Works, Muslims Forced to Use Grenade

 
Gun control works. Unfortunately irrational gun-loving Americans refuse to recognize that we should be more like Europe. Take Sweden for example.
A few weeks ago, Vox ran a story boasting, "Sweden may have the answer to America’s gun problem".
How's that answer working out? Great.
Muslims in Sweden have so much trouble getting guns that they have to settle for throwing around grenades.

An eight-year-old killed after a grenade exploded in an apartment in Sweden was reportedly a schoolboy from Birmingham.
The boy was visiting family in Gothenburg when the blast - linked to a gangland feud - hit their third-floor apartment around 3am on Monday, Swedish police said. He died of his injuries on the way to hospital.
The youngster was named in reports as Yuusuf Warsame, a pupil at Nelson Mandela Primary School in Sparkhill, Birmingham.
His father, Abdiwahid Warsame, confirmed his son had died in the grenade attack, which is being treated as murder by Swedish police
But it turns out that they can get guns too.
Two people died and eight were injured in the shooting at a restaurant at the Vårväderstorget square in the Biskopsgården area of Gothenburg in the evening of March 18th last year.
Customers had gathered at the pub called 'Vår Krog Och Bar' to watch a Champions League game when masked gunmen burst in at around 10.20pm firing automatic weapons.
"It was a pure massacre," prosecutor Johan Udén told the court on the final day of the two-month trial.
Five men had been charged with murder, but only 28-year-old Adam Abdulahi and 25-year-old Ahmed Warsame were handed a lifetime sentence at Gothenburg District Court on Monday morning.
Gun control. It works.
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Germany: If We Ban The Burqa, We’ll Have To Ban Father Christmas Too

The German regional interior minister who shot to prominence over his alleged role in the failure to handle, and subsequent cover-up of the Cologne New Year’s Eve migrant rape attacks has spoken out against Germany introducing a French-style Burqa ban, saying to do so would mean banning all religious clothing — including Santa Claus outfits. Ralf Jäger, interior minister of migrant crime-hit German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) made the remarks amid intense discussion in Germany following calls by the national interior minister Thomas de Maiziere  for a partial burqa ban.
The left wing politician rejected the rationale for banning the Islamist garment, and said it was purely motivated by right-wing parties trying to shore up their poll positions. Speaking on Bavarian radio, Jäger said: “A burqa ban brings no security, but [is driven] only by election campaigns in some [German] states”, reports Focus.
Continuing his point, the minister said that if the German state was going to ban the burqa, it would have to ban “people that dress up as Santa Claus” as well. It may be that the popular Christmas-time costume’s bushy white beard would offend, in Mr. Jäger’s view, any prohibition against religious face coverings.
Mr. Jäger made it clear he was against the ban in any case. While he told radio he believed the wearing of the burqa by Muslim women was a “sign” that their community displayed a “lack of integration” into German community, he disagreed that the burqa was a security risk.
Breitbart London has reported at length on NRW interior minister Jäger, who was fast to pin the responsibility for the Cologne New Year’s Eve sex attacks — which saw over 1,000 people molested, raped, assaulted, and robbed — onto police.
The interior minister fired the chief of Cologne police, forcing him to take earliy retirement, in a move he said was to restore public faith in city policing. However, it was later revealed that police chief Wolfgang Albers had foreseen trouble for the night, and had appealed directly to Jäger’s Interior ministry for extra officers to help patrol the city. That request was turned down.
Further revelations from a leaked cache of confidential emails and between the state government and local police showed how the Interior ministry had attempted to cover up the attacks. One message showed “a request from the ministry” that police reports were to “cancel” the use of the word “rape” when dealing with the events.
 breitbart

50 Afghans Brawl, Attack Police In Famous Vienna Park

Over 50 Afghan migrants fought among themselves and with police in one of the Austrian capital’s most famous parks and the site of several past migrant crimes. Police were alerted to a massive fight between Afghan migrants at the Venidiger Au, a park across the street from Vienna’s famous Praterstern amusement park over the weekend. In the late hours of Friday night the migrants attacked each other in the small park and when police tried to calm the situation the migrants attacked them as well.An amateur martial artist also helped authorities and was lauded on social media for helping the authorities
An amateur martial artist also helped authorities and was lauded on social media for helping the authorities reports Kurier.
Just after 11pm on Friday night amateur martial artist Florian Klapetz witnesses the start of the mass brawl between the migrants. Through an acquaintance he was able to call the police who arrived on the scene shortly after.
When police arrived the migrants, who witnesses say numbered at least 50, began to also attack the officers. Mr. Klapetz offered his help to the police who he said looked upon him as a colleague.
An eye witness described the scene noting that 38-year-old Klapetz had gone up against the Afghans by himself saying, “The guy went off alone against this group.” The witness noted that many of the Afghans then began to flee the scene. Several dozen police arrived a short time afterward and arrested 16 migrants on suspicion of assault and battery.
Vienna police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer said that during the ordeal only one or two of his officers had been injured and that of those injured their wounds were very minor.
While Florian Klapetz was lauded by many on the internet some criticised him for his actions. Responding to his critics he amateur martial artist said, “I want to make it clear straight away that it would not have mattered to me if there were Austrian, Liechtenstein or even Afghans. Courage is a must. Nevertheless, I would recommend to others, to be careful to act.”
The Praterstern area of Vienna has become increasingly more dangerous as a result of the influx of migrants over the last year and is a favourite hot spot for migrants to congregate.  Earlier this year in January the area was the scene of a brutal rape of an Austrian girl by an Afghan migrant and had to be rushed to hospital.
In April another young woman was raped at the Praterstern by several migrants from Afghanistan while she was using the toilet. The incident sparked outrage among Austrians and some claimed helped Freedom Party candidate Norber Hofer win the first round of the Austrian presidential elections which was voted on only two days later.  Hofer will once again face off against pro-migrant rival Alexander Van der Bellen on October 2nd after the results of the second round of voting were annulled due to large scale issues with postal ballots.
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Migrants Set Fire To Asylum Centre While Smoking Hookah Pipe

Two migrants set fire to their asylum accommodation in Germany after smoking a hookah water pipe which resulted in the hot coal setting the home ablaze. An asylum home in the German town of Gößweinstein in Upper Franconia has been completely destroyed. The fire that cause the destruction of the asylum home is said to have been started by a pair of Syrian migrants who had been smoking a middle eastern water pipe, known as a hookah. The hookah, which uses hot exposed coals is said to have started the fire which led to an evacuation of the asylum home reports Die Welt.
the fire, which erupted in the early hours of Saturday morning has left the eight asylum seekers who lived there without a home. According to police all eight migrants, including three children were able to escape the fire before anyone was seriously injured. Over 200 emergency personnel from fire fighters to police and paramedics were needed on the scene due to the severity of the fire and to prevent it from spreading to nearby buildings.  Authorities have estimated that the total cost in property damage could amount to more than 100,000 euros.
Authorities say that the fire first started in a storage area on the ground floor. Two Syrian migrants were suspected of starting the fire and arrest warrants were issued for the pair.
Once arrested each had a conflicting story as to what happened. Police had first suspected possible “xenophobic” motives behind the blaze. Breitbart London has previously reported that many of the so-called “xenophobic attacks” on asylum homes are as little as a rock thrown at a window or a “propaganda attack” in which anti-migrant slogans are posted on the buildings.
Police have confirmed that they suspect the two Syrians of arson due to negligence and unlike many migrants who commit crimes they will not be released before their trial.
Breitbart London reported on a high profile case of arson  by migrants that occurred earlier this year in Dusseldorf. The migrant who set fire to his asylum is understood to have done so because he had not been woken up in time to eat before fasting for Ramadan. During the Ramadan holiday Muslims must fast during daylight hours and many eat before sunrise as well as at night.
Another arson at an asylum home earlier this year in Germany appeared to be a more clear cut case of right-wing extremism. An asylum home that was burned down in Bingen am Rhein was found to have had swastika graffiti on the walls. Investigators later discovered that the man who carried out the arson was in fact a Syrian asylum seeker who had planted the swastikas on the walls to frame neo-Nazis and fool the police.
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Austria Considers Terminating Asylum Status Of Criminals

The Interior Minister of Austria has announced he wants to see tougher laws on asylum seekers including the stripping of asylum for the committing of criminal offences. Interior Minister of Austria Wolfgang Sobotka has put to bed any doubt that he will go easy on criminal asylum seekers. Sobotka, who earlier this year took the reigns from former Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, announced that he wishes to see an increased toughness on asylum seekers who commit crimes.Sobotka, of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), said that the government should even consider stripping asylum seekers of their claims if they commit crimes
A minister of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP),he said the government should even consider stripping asylum seekers of their claims if they commit crimes reports Die Presse.
Speaking to Austrian media the Interior Minister said, “The question is whether someone who is violating the law automatically loses the status of asylum in a final conviction. For me that would be a conceivable measure, it is necessary to consider it.” When asked by the press what kind of crimes would qualify for the loss of asylum status Sobotka answered, “There must be proportionality.If anyone desires asylum and he has a final conviction, it’s clear to me that we have to stop the asylum procedure.” Sobotka added that such a law would apply to those in the process of seeking asylum as well as those who had already been approved.
“If anyone desires asylum and he has a final conviction, it’s clear to me that we have to stop the asylum procedure.” Sobotka added that such a law would apply to those in the process of seeking asylum as well as those who had already been approved.
Interior Minister Sobotka joins with his ÖVP colleague  and Austrian foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in the new harder line toward illegal migrants and asylum seekers who commit crimes. Kurz in particular has been in the forefront of calling for more planning for future waves of migrants.
He stirred controversy in Europe after suggesting that migrants could be processed on Greek islands in the same way as Australia processes asylum seekers. “Whoever boards a boat and tries to enter Europe illegally has ruined his chances of gaining asylum in Europe and will be sent back,” he said.
The announcement of Sobotka was met with criticism from the pro-migrant Green Party. Spokeswoman for the Greens Alev Korun said that the tightening of the rules wouldn’t make any difference and that the suggestion was, “neither reasonable nor helpful.” Former Green party leader and present Presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen said earlier this year that migrants were “an opportunity” for Austria and soundly rejected Kurz and Sobotka’s ideas.
Van der Bellen will face off against anti-mass migration Freedom Party (FPÖ) candidate Norbert Hofer once again on October 2nd after the results of the last election in May were annulled. Hofer’s party are supportive of the tougher measures with leader Heinz-Christian Strache expressing that he was glad the ÖVP had started to emulate the positions of the FPÖ.
 breitbart

Merkel urges Turkish-rooted residents to be loyal to Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged people with Turkish roots who are longtime German residents to be loyal to Germany, while pledging in comments published Tuesday also to listen to their concerns. Merkel's comments come during a tense period in German-Turkish relations and amid concerns that domestic political arguments in Turkey could spill onto German streets. Ankara was angered by the German Parliament's vote in June to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide. It also has bristled at criticism of the scope of its crackdown following a coup attempt, and complained of a lack of support from the West. Germany is home to roughly 3 million people with Turkish roots. "We expect of people of Turkish origin who have long lived in Germany that they develop a high degree of loyalty to our country," Merkel was quoted as telling the daily Ruhr Nachrichten. "We try to have an open ear for their concerns and to understand them," she added, noting that the government "keeps in close contact with immigrant organizations." On July 31, up to 40,000 people rallied in Cologne to denounce the failed coup in Turkey and show support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. That show of support, though it was peaceful, caused unease among some in Germany. With two state elections due next month and a national election next year, some politicians in Merkel's conservative bloc have advocated a rethink of rules approved in 2014 — at the insistence of Merkel's center-left coalition partners — that made it easier for immigrants' children to hold dual citizenship. The change largely affected Germany's Turkish community. Merkel said that everyone who lives in Germany enjoys freedom of opinion and freedom to demonstrate, but they must deal with differences of opinion peacefully. While her current coalition has eased rules on dual citizenship, she already has said that she won't go any further toward liberalizing them.
 charlotteobserver.com

Despite Extra Security, Sex Attacks Double at Swedish Festival

 by Virginia Hale

Despite a big increase in police presence, the number of sex attacks at a popular Swedish music festival in 2016 has more than doubled from last year’s figure. At We are Sthlm, Sweden’s biggest youth festival, police say there have been 50 reports of sexual harassment. The figure for the five day festival is more than double the 21 recorded last year.
Writing on Facebook about the festival, Gothenburg-based journalist Joakim Lamotte expressed dismay at conditions there and confessed to feeling worried for his daughter’s future.
Mr Lamotte noted that while there is more surveillance and security than ever at the outdoor festival, girls have not been protected from groping. The writer reported that young girls he interviewed testified that large numbers of men “paw at them”, and a number of teens cried having just been “sexually harassed by several guys in front of the stage”.
Police expelled from the festival or took into custody 60 people for offences such as theft and knife crime. Police spokesman Mats Eriksson emphasised there was a larger police presence at the festival than ever before as well as more surveillance cameras and increased lighting.
The police report notes that all the attackers were foreign, with Afghanistan and Morocco particularly well represented among those caught for sex offenses.
Police spokesman Mats Eriksson told reporters: “The difference this year is that we have a greater presence on the ground, not only police officers but also security guards who are in the environment.”
Olga Persson of women’s shelter charity Unizon said men and boys should be targeted with anti-rape messages. Ms Persson said women have been talking about rape and sexual assault for fifty years and that boys need to be held to account.
Svenska Dagbladet reported that the majority of the victims were aged between 15 and 17.
Sweden regards itself as a “humanitarian superpower”, and the nation of less than 10 million people takes in more than 100,000 migrants each year. A Turkish newspaper last week warned travelers against flying to Sweden, warning that the Nordic country has an incredibly high rate of rape.
Last month Breitbart London reported that at Bravalla, Sweden’s largest music festival, police recorded nearly 40 sex attacks including five rapes. The perpetrators are thought to be foreign men.
 breitbart

Turkey's Exhausting Zigzagging Between East and West

Turkey has been a republic since 1923, a multi-party democracy since 1946, and a member of NATO since 1952. In 1987, it added another powerful anchor into the Western bay where it wanted it to remain docked: It applied for full membership in the European Union (EU). This imperfect journey toward the West was dramatically replaced by a directionless cruise, with sharp zigzags between the East and West, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist AKP party came to power in 2002. Zigzagging remains the main Turkish policy feature even at this day.
Until the summer of 2015 Turkey was widely known as the "jihad highway," because of its systematic tolerance for jihadists crossing through Turkey into neighboring Syria to fight Erdogan's regional nemesis, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey supported various jihadist groups in the hope that they would help Ankara unseat Assad. Then, under pressure from its NATO allies, it decided to join the U.S.-led, international campaign to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria. Feeling betrayed, ISIS started to blow up Turkish cities.
At the end of 2015, Turkey risked tensions with Russia in order to advance its pro-Sunni Islamist agenda in Syria. Russia, together with Iran, provided the lifeline Assad needed to stay in power while Turkey stepped up its anti-Assad campaign. In November, Turkey once again zigzagged toward the West when it shot down a Russian military aircraft, citing the violation of its airspace along its border with Syria. Turkey also threatened to shoot down any Russian aircraft that might violate its airspace again. It was the first time in modern history that a NATO ally had shot down a Soviet or Russian military airplane.
An angry Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, imposed punishing economic sanctions, which cost the Turkish economy billions of dollars. Turkey started zigzagging again. In July 2016, Erdogan apologized for downing the Russian plane, and in August he went to Russia to shake hands for normalization. Once again, Russia is trendy for the Turks, and the West looks passé.
Erdogan and his men are now accusing NATO and, in particular, the United States, of roles in the failed July 15 coup, which they claim is linked to a reclusive, U.S.-based Islamic scholar, Fethullah Gulen. According to Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik, NATO should sit down and think where it went wrong in response to the coup attempt in Turkey. According to Turkey's justice minister, Bekir Bozdag, the United States would be sacrificing its alliance with Turkey to "a terrorist" (Gulen) if it refuses to extradite him.
Turkey's newfound love affair with Russia will inevitably have repercussions in Syria, and that pleases Iran. "Not only will Turkey have to 'digest' that [Russian-Iranian-Syrian] line, it will have to join it, entering into a pact with Putin and the ayatollahs. Clearly, this is where Erdogan has decided is the best place to pledge his allegiance," wrote Meira Svirsky at The Clarion Project. There are already signs.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey and Russia have similar views on the need for a ceasefire in Syria, the provision of humanitarian aid, and a political solution to end the crisis. That must have caused shy smiles in Moscow: the Turkish John Wayne on his knees begging to work on Syria only months after he threatened to shoot down any Russian aircraft and kick the Russians out of Syria. Now Turkey is calling on Russia to team up and carry out joint military operations in a bid to crush ISIS in Syria.
After the last Turkish zigzag, Turkey and Russia found where they converge: Putin accuses the West of violating agreements by expanding NATO to Russia's borders and fomenting unrest in nearby Georgia and Ukraine, while in Turkey, the pro-Erdogan media accuses the U.S. of orchestrating the coup. There are more alarming signals from Ankara. Cavusoglu, the foreign minister, said that Turkey may look outside NATO for defense cooperation.
Fuad Kavur, a prominent London-based film director and producer, described the Turkish zigzag in a private letter (quoted with permission):
"Erdogan's recent manoeuvrings remind me of how Hitler hoodwinked the West. Until four days before he invaded Poland, the West, ever sleepwalking, were utterly convinced Hitler was going to attack USSR, because he had come to power on an anti-Communist ticket. The West had a rude awakening only when, on 23 August 1939, Von Ribbentrop signed the Non-Aggression Pact with Molotov; and on Sept. 1, Hitler took half of Poland. Few days later, Stalin took the other half.
"What is the moral of the story? Until a few weeks ago, the West was comfortably day-dreaming that, despite his foibles, Erdogan was a staunch U.S. ally and an eager EU candidate. After all, had he not, only recently, downed a Russian jet? Then, suddenly, what do we see? Putin and Erdogan kissing and making up ... It is a matter of 'my enemy's enemy...'"
From the beginning, Russia was too big for Turkey to bite. A few billion dollars of trade losses and friendly reminders from Western allies that Turkey should keep up to better democratic standards were sufficient to get Ankara kneel down -- and perform another act of zigzagging. This, in all probability, will not be the last such act.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Sharia UK: Muslim jumps out of his car to knock out Muslim for hugging his girlfriend

This is the Britain Tony Blair, David Cameron, and Theresa May have made. This is the Britain of the future, a Sharia Britain, thanks to all there who have stigmatized opposition to jihad and mass Muslim migration as “bigotry” and “Islamophobia.”
Michael Coe
“Muslim convert ‘attacked schoolboy for cuddling his girlfriend,’” Court News UK, August 22, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
An Islamic convert jumped out of his car to knock out a Muslim schoolboy for hugging his girlfriend in the street, a court heard.
Michael Coe, 35, attacked the 16-year-old near Upton Park tube station in East Ham and then threw teacher Boutho Siwela to the ground when he tried to intervene.
Coe asked the cuddling couple if they were Muslim before calling the girl a whore and grabbing the boy around the neck, it is said.
Jonathan Polnay, prosecuting, said: ‘It is about what started as, we would say, unpleasant bullying with religious overtones in the street.
‘It was followed by an attack by this 35-year-old man on a 16-year-old schoolboy followed by a further assault on a teacher, a nearby bystander, who went to come to his aid when he saw what was going on.
‘The first one is more serious than the other, we say, because it caused some injury.
‘It was an older man completely unjustifiably losing his temper and laying hands on a 16-year-old boy.’
Mr Polnay said the teenager and his girlfriend were on the pavement cuddling when Coe pulled up in his car.
‘They had the misfortune, we would say, of all people to drive by was this defendant.
‘They are strangers to each other.’
Coe pulled over and said: ‘Let that schoolgirl go,’ the court heard.
He added: ‘How would you like it if your sister was cuddling?’
The teenager assured Coe that he and his partner were the same age, jurors heard.
He told Coe his sister ‘Does what she pleases.’
Coe then asked the pair if they were Muslim and they lied, claiming they were not, the court heard.
He added: ‘Why am I wasting my time with you if you are not Muslim?’ the prosecutor added.
Coe called the girl a whore and when they boyfriend took offence he grabbed him around the neck.
‘That’s the last thing that he remembers because next thing he woke up on the floor and he was bleeding,’ Mr Polnay said.
The prosecutor described the alleged attack as ‘unpleasant and utterly unwarranted’.
‘This is a grown man on a child – on a 16-year-old.’
At this point Mr Siwela intervened having seen the incident, jurors heard.
‘As he sees the defendant, Mr Coe, get back into the car he thinks: ‘I had better take a photograph’.
‘The defendant was not having that because he gets out and he comes over to Mr Siwela saying give me that phone.’
Coe then grabbed the teacher and threw him to the floor, jurors heard….

 jihadwatch.org

Europe on the brink of COLLAPSE as 'divorce' is needed to prevent economic doom

THE European Union is on the brink of imploding, destroying the Euro and causing economic doom, according to a Nobel Prize winning economist.Joseph Stiglitz thinks Brexit changed the face of the Eurozone, leading to overt criticism of the common currency and making the overall break-up of the Union more likely. Italy could prove to be the next nation to leave the Brussels bloc, according to Mr Stiglitz, a former chief economist at the World Bank and senior advisor to president Bill Clinton. The country’s banks are weighed down by more than £300billion of bad debt but cannot be bailed out under EU rules unless creditors take a financial cut first. Embattled prime minister Matteo Renzi says he will resign if he loses the October referendum on constitutional reform, which could allow the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which has promised the public it will hold a vote on whether or not to remain in the Euro.The expert says an “amicable divorce” must be considered to avoid a “political cataclysmic event like Brexit”. In his new book, 'The Euro: How A Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe' Stiglitz also advises Germany and Greece should pull out as member states. Mr Stiglitz said: “In other words, the Eurozone’s member countries are democracies and one sees increasing hostility to the Euro, which is unfortunately spilling over to a broader hostility to the broader European project and liberal values. “That’s going to be the end.”Despite only coming into operation in 1999, the quality of the Eurozone has been called into question on numerous occasions, especially following the Great Recession. Eurozone countries were not able to devalue their currency to remain competitive on the international market during the crisis, meaning the ever closer union with member states had terrible consequences for the financial state of the continent. Mr Stiglitz said: “What’s going to happen is that there will be a definite consensus that Europe is not working. "The diagnosis will be to shed the currency and keep the rest, or that Europe is not working and a broader rejection — like in the UK.”Stiglitz gave his warning as leaders of the EU's three biggest countries met for crisis talks in Lazio to discuss saving the Brussels project from unravelling after Brexit. Italian Prime Minister Mr Renzi invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to Ventotene, a tiny island off the coast of Naples, to discuss their strategy ahead of next month's summit of all nations.Stiglitz gave his warning as leaders of the EU's three biggest countries met for crisis talks in Lazio to discuss saving the Brussels project from unravelling after Brexit. Italian Prime Minister Mr Renzi invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to Ventotene, a tiny island off the coast of Naples, to discuss their strategy ahead of next month's summit of all nations. The summit in Ventotene is the first in a number of intense meetings of talks between European leaders, who will now push for a response to Brexit. As Britain gears up to trigger Article 50 to begin the official break the member states must begin to piece together their place in the divorce.
 express

Colin Powell: Hillary's 'People Have Been Trying to Pin' the Email Scandal 'on Me'

In an interview with the New York Post on Sunday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell accused Hillary Clinton's team of trying to blame him for the Democratic presidential nominee's email scandal.
"Her people have been trying to pin it on me," Powell told the Post. Last week, the New York Times reported a story from journalist Joe Conason, whose upcoming book Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton includes an account of Powell advising Clinton to use a private email account. Powell has repeatedly said he has no recollection of the event, but he did email Clinton about his email practices as secretary of State. Hillary Clinton reportedly also pointed to Powell's email practices when questioned by the FBI.
"The truth is she was using it (her personal email) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did [during my term as secretary of state]," Powell told the Post. This should invalidate any attempt to pin Clinton's use of a private, home-brew server on Powell and his advice.
When asked why Clinton's team was attempting to blame him, Powell reportedly said, "Why do you think?" If Hillary can pin her email practices on Powell, not only do they seem less reprehensible, but she can say, "Look, the Republican did it first!"
But there are many key differences between Powell's use of a private server (through the company AOL), and Clinton's dangerous employment of a home-brew server operated out of her home in Chappaqua, N ew York. The Clintons employed outside contractors to set up the server, leaving it extremely vulnerable to hacking. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that due to this setup, foreign powers like the Russians and the Chinese likely hacked into Hillary's emails.
Also, while Powell did receive two emails with classified information (retroactively classified at the lowest level of classification), Clinton's server included at least 1,600 classified emails, some at the most sensitive level of intelligence, the beyond-top-secret SAP classification. Indeed, the State Department has determined that as many as 29 emails had information too sensitive to release in any form, even with redactions.
The Post mentioned a few of these crucial distinctions. "Powell did not have a server at his house or use outside contractors, as Clinton did, the Times reported. Plus the rules governing electronic communication got more strict during Powell's time in office and Clinton's."
 pjmedia

Germany Faces €67 Billion Bill For Child Migrants

 by Nick Hallett

Children granted refugee status in Germany will cost the country an extra 67 billion euros (£58bn/$76bn) to educate, according to an assessment of the costs of the migrant crisis. Around 40 per cent of the million+ people who arrived in Germany last year are believed to be 20 or younger, meaning the country could need up to 25,000 new teachers while migrant children are denied places because schools are already full.
Dieter Dohmen, president of the Research Institute for the Economics of Education and Social Affairs, said the report showed the challenge facing German authorities.
“We have done some new calculations which put the full cost of refugees coming to Germany at €67 billion through their whole education pathway,” he said.
“If we look at the numbers so far some 200,000 have to go to kindergarten while another 300,000 will have to go to school. Then there is vocational education and training and higher education.
“If you look at someone who is three, they have to go to childcare, primary, secondary and higher education so this is a figure for the next 20 years.”
The Times reports that Germany had been expecting the number of schoolchildren to decline as the number of Germans having children continues to drop.
Education union president Marlis Tepe said: “The school system was not prepared for this number of new students.
“We have 16 federal states and these 16 governments have to hire something like 25,000 new teachers, but there are not enough teachers and in some regions they are difficult to find.”
Meanwhile, education journalist Armin Himmelrath said schools will have to hire other support staff as well as teachers.
“Almost every school in Germany will have to deal with refugees because of the way they are distributed around the country.
“As well as teachers, schools need social workers and psychologists — the idea of a social worker at a school is not very common in Germany.”
Germany faces another round of state elections next month, with the anti-mass immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looking likely to take up to 20 per cent of the vote in Angela Merkel’s home state.
 breitbart

London’s LGBT Police Are Harassing Non-PC Twitter Users, Naming Family Members In Tweets

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 by Liam Deacon

A politically incorrect Twitter user has been “harassed” and by an official London police account which he alleges stalked his social media presence and/or scoured police databases to identify his family members by name and threaten them on the social media site. The police account claimed to “focus on hate crime and responding to trollers” and publicly labelled the user a “racist” and “homophobe”. The user said he felt intimidated and is demanding an apology, insisting he has been “slurred” by the police, who say they take “concerns such as this seriously”. 
The incident began when Paul Perrin, a former IT consultant and founder of RadioFreeUK.org, tweeted out a Daily Mail article focusing on the sexuality of two athletes.
“Is the whole of teamgb gay/or ethnic?” asked Mr. Perrin, who told Breitbart London that the tweet was merely, “a comment on ‘gay’ being included in the media at every opportunity”.
UK police consider anything that is “perceived” as “offensive” as a possible hate crime, and London’s Metropolitan Police (Met) announced plans just last week to spend millions of pounds on a new “online hate crime hub” to target “trolls” who offend “communities” on the internet.
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However, instead of attempting to charge Mr. Perrin with any perceivable so-called ‘hate crime’, one officer decided to take matters into his own hands and began trolling, insulting and even threatening a member of the public.
The Twitter account for the “MET LGBT Network” – which the force confirmed with Breitbart London “is a recognised staff association account for Met employees” – picked up on Mr. Perrin’s tweet, quoting it and accusing him, vaguely, of an “undercurrent of homophobia, racism and just general nastiness”.
The network was launched in June of this year at London’s gay pride celebrations and is described in a statement as the “Met’s newest Staff Support Association, representing… (LGBT) officers and staff.”
Their Twitter account encourages people to report so-call “hate crimes” if they are offended by anything. It runs provocative online polls and indulges in other online activist work.
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Startled, Mr. Perrin responded: “Are you presenting yourself as an official officer”.
“We’re a staff support [association] within [the Met] but we also focus on hate crime and responding to trollers”, replied the police account.
“We’re very welcoming of straight people. My mum is straight and she loves gay people”, they added.
Mr. Perrin responded angrily before things took a dark turn. “Delighted you’ve taken an interest in us. We’ll take an interest in too. Open source is a goldmine. Give my love to [a named member of his family]”, wrote the officer.
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“Someone naming a member of my family is an early warning sign that it is a genuine nutter tweeting me”, Mr. Perrin told Breitbart London in a statement.
“As this person is a police officer I am sure he has plenty of additional tools to dig for information on me – this is surely what he was implying in his tweet”, he said
Mr. Perrin then filed a complaint with the Met’s Police Professional Standards service. When he didn’t receive a response and discovered the trolling police account had blocked him, he filed a criminal complaint with his local force about the “malicious communication”.
A spokesman for the Met’s Press office told Breitbart London: “We have received a complaint regarding activity on one of our staff association’s Twitter accounts and are investigating this matter.
“We expect the highest standards from our officers when interacting with the public and we take concerns such as this seriously.”
Mr. Perrin has now received a response but is not satisfied.
“The police naming me, an identifiable individual using a perfectly legal tweet and branding me ‘racist, homophobic and nasty’, is out of order and disgusted me”, he said.
Adding: “It is a slur – and if [the police] are significantly slurring me it needs to be fixed (an anonymous troll I can just block and ignore)”.
He also insisted that he didn’t “believe I have ever said anything against homosexuality… what adults do in private is their business”. However he also said: “I reject all ‘minority’ rights. There are only ‘human rights’ applicable to all…”
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Following the Brexit vote, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told AP he had, “asked our police to be extra vigilant for any rise in cases of hate crime”, adding: “We will have a zero-tolerance approach to any attempt to hurt and divide our communities.”
The new Met “hate crime hub” he launched last week will be staffed by “a dedicated police team” backed by “volunteers” who will monitor social media full time for so-called “hate crimes” and “trolls” to criminalise.
The officers and civilians will be tasked with, “filtering and identification of online hate crimes” and “identifying the location of the crime and allocating to the appropriate force…”
“The purpose of this programme is to strengthen the police and community response to this growing crime type” is was announced, and will be “delivered in partnership with social media providers”.
This June, it was reported that the number of people arrested in London for so-called “online crimes of speech”, mainly made on social media, had already shot up by nearly 40 per cent in the past five years.
 breitbart

Germany Won't Deport Muslim Migrants Who Refuse to Fasten Their Seat Belts

 
Angela Merkel has been making noises as of late about increasing deportations. That threat is as meaningless as it could be. Because this is how easy it is for Muslim migrants to avert deportation.
Germany hasn’t been able to execute hundreds of deportations because migrants refuse to take flights, government figures show.
The country, which has taken 1.5 million refugees since the start of 2015, is desperately trying to deport more rejected asylum seekers to ease pressure on authorities. The government plans to reach 100,000 deportations by the end of the year, but hundreds of refugees have managed to stay by resisting to fly to their home countries.
More than 330 deportations have been abandoned since January 2015, because the migrants have shouted, refused to fasten their seat belts or told the pilot they are not traveling on their own free will, according to figures from Germany’s interior ministry.
 Yes, all they have to do to resist deportation is to refuse to fasten their seat belts. Not exactly a difficult change for the sorts of people likely to be deported in the first place.
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Britain Will Jail Islamic Extremists Separately From Other Prisoners

Britain has announced plans to house Islamist extremists in separate units in prison after a review found that some charismatic prisoners were radicalizing the wider Muslim population while incarcerated. The government-ordered study concluded that “cultural sensitivity” among National Offender Management Service staff toward Muslim prisoners went too far and “could inhibit the effective confrontation of extremist views.” The findings of the review released Monday recommended introducing the specialized units in order to stop a small number of individuals from being able to “proselytize” to other inmates. Some 12,633 Muslims were in prison in England and Wales at the end of June, compared to 8,243 a decade earlier. Of the 147 people in prison for terrorism-related offences at the end of March, all but 10 considered themselves to be Muslim.
 Breitbart London

Germany’s Insurgent Party Leader: Islamist Attacks Require Germans Arm Themselves In Self-Defence

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 by AWR Hawkins

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party’s leader, Frauke Petry, has stressed that Islamist attacks and the July 22nd Munich shooting rampage stand as proof that German citizens need to be allowed to arm themselves for self-defence. Petry said she opposes new controls on weapons in the country as proposed by officials. She has intimated that it should easier for citizens to own guns for self-defence.
According to Reuters, Petry said, “Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends. We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated places.”
Of course seconds count, even in densely populated areas where police response time is short. Breitbart News highlighted this following the July 22 Munich attack, when an eye witness who spotted the attacker said, “If I had a gun I would have shot him.”
Germany has some of the strictest gun control laws in Europe, including universal background checks and bans on entire categories of firearms.
The New York Times reports that would-be gun or ammunition owners must also obtain “a certificate that proves you know how to handle both the weapon and its ammunition. You must prove that you can store it safely, in a place to which only you, as the owner, have access.”
As a result of all these regulations, the process of acquiring a gun takes “several months.”
Yet many European leaders reacted to the Munich shooting by calling for even more stringent gun controls. Petry stands against this. She says more controls would only “affect respectable citizens and not those who acquire weapons in the so-called ‘dark net.'”
Petry has previously spoken out against the what she sees as top-down policing policy that prevents officers from using force necessary to fight crime. Reuters reports that she specifically “called for German police to be allowed to use firearms against illegal migrants.”
 breitbart

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Germany Tells Citizens To Stockpile Food And Water In Case Of Islamist Terror Attacks

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday. Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism. “The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” the newspaper quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defence” – which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry – as saying. The paper said a parliamentary committee had originally commissioned the civil defence strategy in 2012. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the plan would be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday and presented by the minister that afternoon. He declined to give any details on the content. People will be required to stockpile enough drinking water to last for five days, according to the plan, the paper said. The 69-page report does not see an attack on Germany’s territory, which would require a conventional style of national defence, as likely. However, the precautionary measures demand that people “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” the paper cited the report as saying. It also mentions the necessity of a reliable alarm system, better structural protection of buildings and more capacity in the health system, the paper said. A further priority should be more support of the armed forces by civilians, it added. Germany’s Defence Minister said earlier this month the country lay in the “crosshairs of terrorism” and pressed for plans for the military to train more closely with police in preparing for potential large-scale militant attacks.
  Breitbart London

Merkel And Holland Meet To Discuss Preserving Their Power, ‘Brexit Contagion’ And Dutch Euroskepticism



The leaders of Germany, France and Italy will meet on Monday to discuss how to keep the European project together in the second set of talks between the premiers of the euro zone’s three largest economies since Britain’s shock vote to leave the bloc. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on an island off the coast of Naples ahead of September’s EU summit called to discuss reverberations from the Brexit vote. Officials in Brussels and Berlin fear the June 23 vote could lead to a referendum in the Netherlands – a founding member of the union – on whether to also leave the bloc. “Monday aims to show the unity of Europe’s three biggest countries, but not to create a specific club,” a French diplomatic source said, noting that the aim was to prepare for the groundwork for the forthcoming Bratislava summit. Faced with existential risks, Merkel wants to cement “a better Europe” rather than forge ahead with “more Europe”. Renzi wants Italy to have a strong voice in how the bloc’s future is shaped after Brexit and, according to the French diplomatic source, Hollande wants an EU-wide investment plan to be doubled. The three leaders differ over how to boost economic growth – which slowed across the 28-nation bloc in the second quarter and stagnated in France and Italy – and cut unemployment. France supports Renzi’s push for expansionary measures and against austerity, Germany is likely to oppose any undermining of Europe’s deficit and the debt constraints that Italy and France have struggled to comply with. Italy is eager for greater European consolidation in the wake of Brexit, but Merkel is more concerned about preserving the integrity of the eventual 27-member bloc. For her it will be the beginning of a whirlwind week of meetings with other European governments that will see her travel to four countries and receive leaders from another eight. “The goal must first of all be to preserve the status quo and to prevent a further disintegration of the EU-27,” said one EU diplomat. Renzi chose to meet on the island of Ventotene because of its symbolic significance as the place where two Italian intellectuals, held there in World War Two, wrote an influential manifesto calling for European political unification. One of the two, Altiero Spinelli, is buried on the island and the three leaders will lay a wreath on his tomb. Lingering threats to the union that emerged long before the Brexit vote are also likely to be on the agenda, including internal and external security after Islamist militant attacks and Europe’s migration crisis. Emboldened by the Brexit vote, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called a referendum on Oct. 2 on whether to accept any future EU migrant settlement quotas as his government steps up its fight against the EU’s migration policies. In another symbolic choice of venue, the three leaders will hold their closing news conference on the Italian aircraft carrier, the Garibaldi, which is the flagship of the EU’s “Sophia” mission in the Mediterranean. The naval operation has a mandate to tackle migrant smugglers, help enforce an arms embargo off Libya, and train the Libyan coast guard. The EU plans to offer incentives to African governments to help slow the flow of migrants who have poured into Europe over the past three years, but disagreements on how to handle the situation have laid bare divisions between member states. Italy, the main entry point for Africans but rarely their planned destination, is struggling to house migrants turned back from neighbouring countries including France, and has disagreed with Germany over how to finance the response.
  Breitbart London

Huma Abedin worked at a radical Muslim journal for 10 years



Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female US president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.
One of Clinton’s biggest accomplishments listed on her campaign Web site is her support for the UN women’s conference in Bejing in 1995, when she famously declared, “Women’s rights are human rights.” Her speech has emerged as a focal point of her campaign, featured prominently in last month’s Morgan Freeman-narrated convention video introducing her as the Democratic nominee.
However, soon after that “historic and transformational” 1995 event, as Clinton recently described it, her top aide Huma Abedin published articles in a Saudi journal taking Clinton’s feminist platform apart, piece by piece. At the time, Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-First Lady Clinton.

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Headlined “Women’s Rights are Islamic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.” In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped
“A conjugal family established through a marriage contract between a man and a woman, and extended through procreation is the only definition of family a Muslim can accept,” the author, a Saudi official with the Muslim World League, asserted, while warning of “the dangers of alternative lifestyles.” (Abedin’s journal was founded and funded by the former head of the Muslim World League.)
“Pushing [mothers] out into the open labor market is a clear demonstration of a lack of respect of womanhood and motherhood,” it added.
In a separate January 1996 article, Abedin’s mother — who was the Muslim World League’s delegate to the UN conference — wrote that Clinton and other speakers were advancing a “very aggressive and radically feminist” agenda that was un-Islamic and wrong because it focused on empowering women.
“‘Empowerment’ of women does more harm than benefit the cause of women or their relations with men,” Saleha Mahmood Abedin maintained, while forcefully arguing in favor of Islamic laws that have been roundly criticized for oppressing women.
“By placing women in the ‘care and protection’ of men and by making women responsible for those under her charge,” she argued, “Islamic values generate a sense of compassion in human and family relations.”
“Among all systems of belief, Islam goes the farthest in restoring equality across gender,” she claimed. “Acknowledging the very central role women play in procreation, child-raising and homemaking, Islam places the economic responsibility of supporting the family primarily on the male members.”
She seemed to rationalize domestic abuse as a result of “the stress and frustrations that men encounter in their daily lives.” While denouncing such violence, she didn’t think it did much good to punish men for it.
She added in her 31-page treatise: “More men are victims of domestic violence than women . . . If we see the world through ‘men’s eyes’ we will find them suffering from many hardships and injustices.”
She opposed the UN conference widening the scope of the definition of the family to include “gay and lesbian ‘families.’ ”
Huma Abedin does not apologize for her mother’s views. “My mother was traveling around the world to these international women’s conferences talking about women’s empowerment, and it was normal,” she said in a recent profile in Vogue.
Huma continued to work for her mother’s journal through 2008. She is listed as “assistant editor” on the masthead of the 2002 issue in which her mother suggested the US was doomed to be attacked on 9/11 because of “sanctions” it leveled against Iraq and other “injustices” allegedly heaped on the Muslim world. Here is an excerpt:
“The spiral of violence having continued unabated worldwide, and widely seen to be allowed to continue, was building up intense anger and hostility within the pressure cooker that was kept on a vigorous flame while the lid was weighted down with various kinds of injustices and sanctions . . . It was a time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve.”
Huma Abedin is Clinton’s longest-serving and, by all accounts, most loyal aide. The devout, Saudi-raised Muslim started working for her in the White House, then followed her to the Senate and later the State Department. She’s now helping run Clinton’s presidential campaign as vice chair and may end up back in the White House.
The contradictions are hard to reconcile. The campaign is not talking, despite repeated requests for interviews.
Until now, these articles which Abedin helped edit and publish have remained under wraps. Perhaps Clinton was unaware she and her mother took such opposing views.
But that’s hard to believe. Her closest adviser served as an editor for that same Saudi propaganda organ for a dozen years. The same one that in 1999 published a book, edited by her mother, that justifies the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation under Islamic law, while claiming “man-made laws have in fact enslaved women.”
And in 2010, Huma Abedin arranged for then-Secretary of State Clinton to speak alongside Abedin’s hijab-wearing mother at an all-girls college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. According to a transcript of the speech, Clinton said Americans have to do a better job of getting past “the stereotypes and the mischaracterizations” of the oppressed Saudi woman. She also assured the audience of burqa-clad girls that not all American girls go “around in a bikini bathing suit.”
At no point in her long visit there, which included a question-and-answer session, did this so-called champion of women’s rights protest the human-rights violations Saudi women suffer under the Shariah laws that Abedin’s mother actively promotes. Nothing about the laws barring women from driving or traveling anywhere without male “guardians.”
If fighting for women’s rights is one of Clinton’s greatest achievements, why has she retained as her closest adviser a woman who gave voice to harsh Islamist critiques of her Beijing platform?
 nypost.com

Tony Blair Praises Sharia State UAE As Model Nation, Slams ‘Uneducated’ Brexit Voters

 by Liam Deacon

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has slammed the “catastrophe” Brexit vote as “pushing back against globalisation”, whilst also praising an autocratic Sharia state as a role model for the rest of the world. Mr. Blair said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “is leading the way” and called on the UK to copy their education system in a lecture in the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, the UAE’s The Nation reports.
The UAE is an undemocratic theocratic monarchy, where Sharia courts regularly sentence Muslims and non-Muslims to flogging and imprisonment for “crimes” such as of drinking, adultery, and prostitution.
In 2015, it was reported that the oil-rich Gulf state was paying his consultancy firm, Tony Blair Associates, to advise on Columbia mining deals.
The former Prime Minister is reckoned to be worth between £50 million and £100 million, with several houses and a country estate among his assets.
“Brexit is a catastrophe for Britain,” Mr. Blair also claimed in the lecture, insisting that people only voted against the European Union (EU) because they were uneducated.
“[Education is] the single most important way to prepare societies for globalisation. We need a commitment to it like the one we have on climate change”, he said.
He also suggested the Brexit vote was pushed by an unholy alliance of the far left and far right, both of which were increasing their political influence in the West.
“Both are against free trade, immigration and an opening of their societies [and] are pushing back against globalisation. They see the change and feel powerless to stop it.”
In the lead up to the referendum, in March, Mr. Blair was characteristically dismissive of the negative effects of globalisation and mass migration.
He told unemployed British workers “not to blame migrants for having taken your job” and instructed them to get a better education instead so they can “operate in the modern world”.
 breitbart