Monday, May 22, 2017

Gibraltar to Replace EU Flags with Commonwealth Colours After Brexit, Reveals Rock’s Chief Minister


The Chief Minister of the British sovereign territory Gibraltar, the two and a half square mile outpost on the southern tip of Spain, has announced the Rock, as it is known, is to mark Brexit by replacing EU flags in the territory with Commonwealth ones.

Until now it has been common practice in Gibraltar to have three flagpoles on government buildings and in prominent places, displaying the Gibraltar, British, and European Union flags side-by-side. With Britain — and consequently Gibraltar — in the process of negotiating a withdrawal from the European bloc, the decision has apparently been taken not to take down the spare flagpole vacated by the European Union’s ring of stars, but to fly a new flag instead.
Speaking to the 47th Regional Conference of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting in Gibraltar Monday, chief minister Fabian Picardo said the Commonwealth flag would replace the EU’s.
“Gibraltar has long been a member of the Commonwealth family at many levels”, said Mr. Picardo. YourGibraltarTV reports his comments at the meeting when he said: “Those relationships across the Commonwealth are what’s going to make Gibraltar strong and enduring in trade […] As we leave the European Union, Gibraltar will find itself with three flagpoles and only two flags to fly.
“I thought today would be an appropriate moment to inform you all that, on the day that we leave the European Union, that third flagpole will be taken by the flag of the Commonwealth.”
The flag of the Commonwealth flies in London / Getty Images
The Commonwealth, a 52-state membership group predominantly made of former members of the British Empire, emerged in the form it knows today in 1949. The symbolic Head of the Commonwealth is Queen Elizabeth II, but the position is not hereditary. Upon the Queen’s passing, the membership of the Commonwealth would have to decide whether to recognise Prince Charles as the new head or to select a different leader.
The nations that make up the Commonwealth presently account for a fifth of the globe’s whole landmass, and nearly one-third of all people on earth.
Gibraltar herself has been a subject of intense debate during the opening stages of Brexit negotiations, as Spain appears to be using the United Kingdom’s departure from the bloc to push their claim for ownership of Gibraltar. Hitting back at the EU, Picardo said: “Mr Tusk, who has been given to using the analogies of the divorce and divorce petition, is behaving like a cuckolded husband who is taking it out on the children.”

The Rock became a British possession as part of the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, which saw it signed over from Spain to the United Kingdom.

The Murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby: Four Years on

Lee Rigby

Monday the 22nd of May marks the fourth anniversary of the death of 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby who was brutally murdered by two Islamists near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south-east London. Tributes to Lee included a parade and a memorial motorcycle ride by the Rigby Guardians.

On the 22nd of May 2013, Drummer Lee Rigby was attacked and killed by Islamists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ran over him with a car before attacking him with knives and a cleaver, attempting to behead him.
Immediately following the attack, one of the terrorists, who was filmed by a witness, addressed the camera saying: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth.”
Both Adebolajo and Adebowale were apprehended, tried, and received life sentences.
Lee was a drummer and machine-gunner in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Originating from Middleton, Greater Manchester, he had served in Cyprus, Germany, and Afghanistan before becoming a recruiter and assisting with duties in the Tower of London. He was engaged to be married and was a father to a son now aged six.
Today, our broken hearted family mark a four year anniversary since his murder. The Lee Rigby Foundation is our lasting legacy to him. đŸ’”
On Sunday, a group of bikers, the Rigby Guardians, travelled from across the country and rode from Rochdale Town Hall through Heywood and Middleton – a ride they take each year in memory of the young soldier.
The Rigby Guardians then joined the Manchester Pipe Band who led a parade to Middleton Memorial Garden, where they were joined by Lee’s family and the community for a service in his memory, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Lee’s mother Lyn Rigby said the family will soon launch the Lee Rigby Lodge – a house for bereaved families of servicemen and women.
A short video of the marching band from the Lee Rigby Memorial Parade earlier today
She said: “The service in Middleton and support from the Armed Forces and wider community provides strength to our family as we remember Lee and what an amazing person he was. We miss him every day and for those who have lost loved ones you will understand that anniversaries are particularly hard to deal with.
“This year is particularly poignant as we deliver the Lee Rigby Lodge a house for bereaved families, a positive legacy for Lee. This will be a place to get away from it all and to support our Armed Forces Families at their time of most need.”
The house in Staffordshire will provide a place of quiet for those who have lost a loved one whilst they were serving their country.
Breitbart London reported that Lee’s memorial had been vandalised just days before the anniversary of his death.

Lee’s parents Ian and Lyn Rigby established the Lee Rigby Foundation which supports families following the loss of military personnel who died in the line of duty. To support the Lee Rigby Foundation please click here.

Ugandan Election Observers Sent to Watch Ballot in Birmingham Ward Known for Voting Fraud


Election observers from Uganda and Guyana will be monitoring voting in one of the most multicultural constituencies in the UK, which is known for having played host to a series of huge electoral fraud scandals.

The delegation of foreign MPs and politicians is being sent to check for foul play in the Birmingham constituency of Ladywood by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA), the Birmingham Post reports.
The seat returned a massive Labour majority in 2015, but observers found activists illegally campaigning inside polling stations. Couples and extended families were also found to be going into voting booths together in apparent effort to influence voters.
In 2005, five Labour councillors in Aston and Bordesley Green – areas of Ladywood – were banned from standing and a by-election was triggered following allegations of massive voting fraud, death threats, intimidation, and bribery in the 2004 elections.
Three candidates – Mohammed Islam, Muhammed Afzal, and Mohammed Kazi – were found to have run a “vote-rigging factory” in a disused factory where fraudulently acquiring postal voting slips were processed.
Upholding allegations of vote rigging, Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC concluded there had been “massive, systematic and organised fraud” that would “disgrace a banana republic”.
Uganda herself has a poor record for upholding democratic processes, with the president recently extending his 30-year reign after allegedly keeping his opponent under house arrest during an election.
Parliamentary Association UK chief executive, Andrew Tuggey, said: “This is a vital element of CPA UK’s commitment to enhance openness and transparency in parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth.
“Assessing elections upholds the core values of the Commonwealth. I warmly welcome parliamentarians and election officials from across the Commonwealth and thank them for their commitment.
“Their assessments will add value to the UK’s electoral processes, and I know they will find the Mission extremely interesting and worthwhile.”
A total of eight UK constituencies are to be monitored by the CPA this year, with a delegation from Jamaica, Australia, Kenya, and Tonga heading to East Devon and one from Sierra Leone, the Seychelles, and Antigua and Barbuda going to Darlington.

Failed Asylum Seeker and Convicted Robber Jailed for Kidnap and Attempted Rape in Canterbury

 asylum seeker

A failed asylum seeker and a member of a “hugger mugger” gang has been jailed for attempted rape of a woman in Canterbury who was only saved thanks to the intervention of three local men.

Eighteen-year-old Moroccan Housny Boulaiz was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault and sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court, reports KentOnline.
Boulaiz, a known drug user whose asylum application was rejected by the Home Office, sexually assaulted the woman on 5 November 2016 before being stopped by three Canterbury men who heard her screaming.
One of the rescuers, Edd Withers, 30, was working for his cake delivery firm when he spotted the girl being dragged to a car park.
Mr. Withers and two other local men, Charlie Vanstone and Sam Eagleson, approached the Moroccan who then ran away.
“We went over there and he was literally in the process of assaulting the young woman,” Mr. Withers said. “He was lying on top of her and no one knows really what might have happened.”
“It’s frightening, but I’ve been in Canterbury 10 years now and nothing like this has ever happened to anyone I know,” he added.
The young woman had been celebrating Bonfire Night with her friends in the cathedral city, labelled as one of the safest university towns in the country, before she was kidnapped.
Judge Heather Norton described the failed asylum seeker of no fixed abode as “well-practised and predatory”. Sentencing him to serve his time at a young offender’s institute, she told the Moroccan: “It is likely at the end of your sentence you will be deported – but that’s not a matter for me.”
The judge then praised the good Samaritans and recommended they receive a High Sheriff’s Award for their actions.
Boulaiz, who came to the UK illegally in the back of a lorry at the age of 10, was previously part of a “hugger mugger” gang along with two other failed asylum seekers who robbed a Taiwanese student of her mobile phone in the city.
The migrant youth was convicted for robbery along with the other members of the gang, Moroccan Yassine Hamadoni and Algerian Adil Nazar.
Hamadoni, who was on bail at the time of the mugging, had previous convictions for burglary and 10 shoplifting offences. He was also convicted in 2016 of a sex offence in London.
Canterbury Crown Court is this month also hearing the case of four men of Afghani heritage, including an asylum seeker, who are accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old girl in Ramsgate.
Last week, founder and former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson was arrested for contempt of court for allegedly filming the accused on the court’s steps.
The judge in the gang rape case is due to sum up proceedings early next week.

Sweden: Men of Foreign Origin Responsible for 90 Per Cent of Shootings

Almost all murders and attempted murders in Sweden using firearms are carried out by people with foreign backgrounds, according to a new study.

According to research carried out by Dagens Nyheter, 90 out of the 100 offenders and suspected offenders examined by the liberal daily newspaper have at least one foreign-born parent, the vast majority having roots in the Middle East and North Africa.
In around half of the cases, the men were born in Sweden whilst others migrated to the country at a young age. The study looked at 53 convicted and 47 suspected perpetrators involved in shootings in public places which have taken place since 2013.
“The fact is that street gangs, and violence are phenomena that occur in some areas, and most of the people who live in these areas are of foreign descent,” said Amir Rostani, a sociologist at Stockholm University.
Around 80 per cent of the men have roots in the Middle East and North Africa, with offenders having roots in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Somalia, and Eritrea.
“This is well in line with a study I previously conducted, on members of criminal networks,” Amir Rostami told Dagens Nyheter.
The newspaper noted that whilst Sweden’s Crime Prevention Council (BrĂ„), which is responsible for compiling official crime statistics, have released a number of reports on gun-related violence, none of these have looked at the background of perpetrators.
“[The background of offenders] is not something that the government has ever asked us to examine,” said Lars Korsell, co-author of the 2016 report ‘Criminal Networks and Gangs’.
BrĂ„ Director General, Erik Wennerström, said he is now open to the idea of examining offenders’ ethnic backgrounds in future.
“I think we could discover some interesting things if we investigate this data,” he told Dagens Nyheter.
“We already knew that the new arrivals are generally overrepresented in crime, but we don’t know how long will it take before these trends start to slow down.
“We try to keep an eye out for patterns we can study so as to gain new insight into crime, this could be the one. This could well be one such pattern.”
At a two-day rally to protest rampant violence in Rinkeby, where 90 per cent of residents were either born abroad or to two foreign parents, speakers blamed racism, colonialism, and politicians for crime in the suburb.
The rally, ‘Suburb of Violence’, was held after Rinkeby saw 22 murders take place in less than two years.

Austrian victim (15) of migrant gang rape speaks out, now cuts herself to cope with the pain

The Austrian newspaper ‘Krone’ yesterday published an interview with the 15-year-old victim of the Tulln gang rape, which took place at the end of April 2017. An Afghan and a Somali asylum seeker have been arrested in the case, while a third suspect is still at large.
The victim is opening up on Facebook:
Yes, I am the victim. I am glad, that there are people who give me strength and help me rebuild myself again and again. I thank you.
The girl furthermore relates that she now engages in self-harm through scratching and cutting her arms, in order to relieve her psychological pain.
But above all else, because the perpetrators have “destroyed her life”, she voices one wish:
I want to see my tormentors severely punished.
While messages of sympathy pour in for the young victim, the rumour mills are turning again. Were there attempts to cover-up the whole affair?
The accusations levelled at the police are harsh. The possibility of a ‘cover-up’ is discussed in the media. Clear above all else, is that the triple rape of the young Austrian citizen was not made public immediately after it happened at the end of April, but only in May, during the course of investigations, requiring samples from 59 men for comparison with samples found on the victim.
The police has defended its conduct by pointing out that it was necessary for the investigation. According to the spokesman for the police, Johann Baumschlager, “information was withheld from the public in order to not endanger the first phase of inquiries.” In particular, the police were anxious not to alert the perpetrators and scare them into running off while DNA-samples were collected. Baumschlager also states that police:
responded immediately by posting more officers around the container villages were the asylum seekers are accommodated.
But even after this first phase of investigations, the police was not forthcoming with information about the case, and for good reason: Because while two of the suspects are apprehended, the third is still at large. Seemingly in order not to stimulate his willingness to escape even further, the police remain reluctant to give out more information.
The severity of the case has lead to a response in politics. In view of the upcoming elections in October, it is clear that this case will be at the forefront of the tough battle on immigration which is to play such a pivotal role. In the words of FPÖ politician Hafenecker:

Countless cases already show, that the mass-immigration of predominantly Muslim men under the cover of seeking asylum is becoming an uncontrollable danger. (…) Even for ‘tactical’ reasons, accepting this kind of security risks for women is unacceptable.