Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Push To Hire Foreign Citizen Police Officers To Fight Migrant Crime

 by Virginia Hale

The German state of Bavaria is currently running a campaign to employ migrant police officers in order to help solve crimes involving migrants. The Bavarian Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann, made the announcement this week, stating “Our experience has shown that employees with foreign roots are more successful at finding a better approach to migrants” as they speak the same language, know how they think and can develop a “direct line” to them.
Announcing that it “would be no bad thing” to have “more foreign colleagues,” Augsburger-Allgemeine reported that the move had been considered for some time.
The force has been recruiting foreigners since 1993 and says it will not prioritise Germans over those without a passport. “I’m optimistic that in this way we can improve our ability to solve crimes and reduce conflict,” the Interior Minister said.
The Bavarian force has hired 160 police officers who don’t have German citizenship over the past 23 years including 57 Turkish citizens, 17 Italians, and 13 Croatians. They hope to hire as many as 1,000 new officers in the next few years.
This week, Breitbart London reported that in hiring unqualified translators, many migrants currently employed by the German state have maliciously falsified “translations” in order to negate abuse of Christian and Yazidi migrants, taking the side of their Sunni Muslim persecutors.
Bavaria has been one of the states most fiercely opposed to Chancellor Merkel’s “open-door” policy towards welcoming third-world migrants into the country, the majority of whom are unskilled and will cost Germany €100 billion in the first few years alone.
The sister party of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), runs the state of Bavaria and its president, Horst Seehofer, in January threatened to sue Ms. Merkel unless she acted to introduce an annual limit of 200,000 migrants to the country and “effective border controls”.

Hungary Angered Over New Austrian Chancellor’s ‘Fuhrer’ Remarks

 by Chris Tomlinson

The Hungarian government has expressed considerable outrage over remarks by new Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern that Hungary is an “authoritarian state.” The Foreign Minister of Hungary, Peter Szijjarto, has expressed outrage over comments made by the new Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern who said that Hungary is an “authoritarian state,” and specifically used the word “Führerstaat”— a term used by the Nazis to describe the state under the authoritarian principle of leadership, or “Führerprinzip.”
Mr. Kern made the remarks on Tuesday in an effort to appeal to Hungary to change its policy toward migrants, Die Presse reports.
Mr. Szijjarto hit back saying that the attitude of Vienna when it came to migrants and refugees was “bigoted and borne by frustration,” in an interview with Hungarian media.
The Hungarian minister added that the government in Budapest are under no illusions that the change in Chancellor, or any other of the ministerial positions in Austria, will lead to a different policy on migrant issues.
He said that the only reason the previous chancellor, Werner Faymann, enacted border controls was because of pressure from public opinion rather than a political desire to do so.
The new Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) leader is sending the same message as his predecessor, Mr. Faymann, when it comes to rhetoric against Austria’s eastern neighbours.
In the past Mr. Faymann repeatedly criticised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn over his migrant policy, and compared the actions of the Hungarians to the deportations that occurred under the Third Reich.
Mr. Kern also gave his opinion on the photo-finish result of the Austrian presidential elections and victory for former Green party leader Alexander Van der Bellen. He warned that just because the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) candidate won half the vote of Austrians, it was no reason to adopt authoritarian policies in regards to migrants:
“To believe you can wipe out the problem of the asylum process by giving the impression that reforms will transform Austria into an authoritarian führerstaat is an illusion,” Mr. Kern commented, adding that not even Mr. Orbàn could “beam away” migrants in his “authoritarian state” of Hungary.
President elect Mr. Van der Bellen took a more nuanced approach, regarding the FPÖ as a protest vote:
“Many people have an anger and fear for their jobs,” and claimed: “Obviously, many people feel they are not seen and heard in this country.”
Mr. Van der Bellen has been criticised because of his past in the Green party when a poster campaign was created that claimed “whoever loves Austria is sh*t.” He also boldly claimed that he would not recognise an FPÖ government even if they won the upcoming elections in 2018.
The new president, who is set to take office in July, is also a noted cheerleader for the European Union (EU) and continued European federalism.
He said that the FPÖ was “playing with fire” when it came to its anti-EU stance, stating that being anti-EU meant that the FPÖ was not fit to govern Austria.

Austria Ramps Up Border Controls Around Brenner Pass

 by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D

Austrian authorities have more than doubled the number of police officers monitoring traffic in the immediate vicinity of the Brenner border, to prevent unauthorized migrant entries into Austria. Fifty new police have been added to patrols, bringing the total number to 80. The officers have begun carrying out systematic stops of vehicles along the highway, major arteries and on trains for the purpose of document checks, according to the Police Directorate of the Tyrol region in southern Austria.
The authorities have also deployed policemen near the Schönberg toll station, where motorists traveling on the highway must stop to pay a toll some 20 miles from the border before crossing the Europa bridge. Others are stationed on the main road running from Gries am Brenner, the first stop after the Italian-Austrian border, to Innsbruck to monitor passing vehicles.
Police authorities have insisted that strictly speaking the new measures are not checkpoints or border controls, but systematic surveillance in accord within the Schengen agreements. The additional controls carried out on international and regional trains are meant “to curtail the number of people who enter Austria irregularly, according to statements from the Tyrolean police.
In presidential elections this week, Green Party candidate Alexander “Sasha” Van der Bellen narrowly defeated the Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer, in a deeply divided country. The final runoff was held after Austria’s two mainstream parties—the center-left Social Democrats and center-right People’s party—were voted out of the elections for the first time since the Second World War.
Van der Bellen trumpets his status as a child of immigrants, and announced that as president he will champion the idea of a fence-free “United States of Europe.”
Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has said that he understands the message of the polls and the growing hostility toward Europe’s immigration policy, but he is still pushing forward a plan to grant work permits to immigrants after only three months, as is currently done in Germany. The Chancellor has, however, reiterated Austria’s declared annual asylum quota of 37,500 new entries into the country.

Charity Dismisses Muslim on Christian Violence in Migrant Camps

 by Chris Tomlinson

 A charity has come out against accusations of persecution of Christians in migrant homes saying that religion had nothing to do with any attacks. The Workers’ Samaritan Federation, a charity which runs a migrant home in Berlin, has come out against a report by the Christian Open Doors foundation.
Open Doors claims that Christians in the Berlin migrant home have been the subjects of violence and threats from their Muslim counterparts, and released a report showing that 204 of the 231 migrants in the home had been attacked or threatened for religious reasons.
The Worker’s Samaritan Federation told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) that the allegations of religious motivation were nonsense, Die Presse reports.
The charity claims that it’s not as cut and dry to find out the motivation of attacks against Christians in the home. The Managing Director of Open Doors, Markus Rode, has countered by accusing churches in Germany of covering up the extent of the violence in the migrant homes they operate.
Mr. Rode’s comments echo the allegations of Christians and Yazidis who claim that translators in migrant homes often lie or outright deny the existence of Muslim on Christian/Yazidi violence.
The Westphalia Provincial church, an evangelical protestant group, has also spoke out against Open Doors and has called the group “untrustworthy.”
The church says that the group is trying to inflame anti-Islamic opinion within the Christian community and that they and their study should be “rejected.” They called the methodology used by Open Doors as “PEGIDA-reasoning,” likening them to the Dresden-based protest group who reject what they see as the Islamification of Europe.
The claims that Christians are not subject to sectarian violence, and especially new converts to Christianity from Islam, flies in the face of evidence and reports that come not only from Germany, but from countries like Austria as well.
A migrant in the Austrian capital of Vienna expressed his concern that he could be the target of Islamic retaliation for his conversion and called his new found faith a potential “death sentence,” saying he feared walking alone in certain Muslim neighbourhoods because of the risk to his safety.
The FAS and the charity do not deny that violent acts and threats are being carried out against Christians but rather question the motivation behind them.
Paul Kurt of the Central Council of Eastern Christians in Germany (ZOCD) endorsed the findings of Open Doors saying: “These are not isolated cases, I do not know any accommodations from Germisch to Hamburg where we did not come across such cases,” adding: “I’ve seen families who have returned voluntarily” to their home countries “because of threats.”

Austrian far-right party member claims electoral fraud cost Norbert Hofer historic victory

A LEADING member of Austria's Freedom Party claimed postal vote electoral fraud cost their candidate Norbert Hofer the presidency. Norbert Hofer lost by less than one per cent as the postal vote swung the vote in his Green rival Alexander Van der Bellen’s favour. If elected the anti-immigration candidate would have become the European Union’s first far-eight head of state and supporters have been quick to cry fall at the close result as some areas reported turnouts of a whopping 598 per cent and 149 per cent. Claims of election fraud have been backed up in two rural communities who were found to have recorded a turnout higher then the number of registered voters.Freedom Party secretary Herbert Kickl said: "Accomplices of the current political system could potentially use the opportunity to adjust the result in favour of the system's representative, Alexander Van der Bellen." On his Facebook page Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache highlighted alleged inconsistencies in Linz and Waidhofen. Although there were only 9,000 people registered to vote in the tiny rural community of Waidhofen and der Ybbs, in Lower Austria, those recording the numbers claimed a voter turnout of 13,000 (149.9 per cent).The mistake happened, according to Interior Ministry officials, because of double counting and did not influence the final result. There were also irregularities reported in part of the results in the Austrian city of Linz, where there was a 598 per cent voter turnout for people authorised to vote on behalf of others unable to do so themselves, according to local media. There were 3,580 people registered to take advantage of this service, designed for Austrians who were too ill to get to the polls themselves, and who had therefore assigned their votes to others.However, 21,060 ended up voting and election officials explained that this was because of voter secrecy and those who did not disclose the location were assigned to a separate category. Robert Stein, head of vote counting at the Interior Ministry, said: "In fact it is possible for there to be more than 100 per cent turnout but it would only happen in areas where for example there are thermal baths and many tourists who will exercise their voting rights locally. But that was unlikely to be the case here." Stein added that there was no indication that a similar mistake had been made anywhere else. Eurosceptic Hofer himself admitted there was "something a little bit strange in the way the postal vote is counted" but later distanced himself from the comments saying ”we should all pull together, there are no signs of electoral fraud”.

The Muslim World is a Permanent Refugee Crisis: It’s never going to stop unless we shut the door

by Daniel Greenfield 

Forget the Syrian Civil War for a moment. Even without the Sunnis and Shiites competing to give each other machete haircuts every sunny morning, there would still be a permanent Muslim refugee crisis.
The vast majority of civil wars over the last ten years have taken place in Muslim countries. Muslim countries are also some of the poorest in the world. And Muslim countries also have high birth rates.
Combine violence and poverty with a population boom and you get a permanent migration crisis.
No matter what happens in Syria or Libya next year, that permanent migration crisis isn’t going away.
The Muslim world is expanding unsustainably. In the Middle East and Asia, Muslims tend to underperform their non-Muslim neighbors both educationally and economically. Oil is the only asset that gave Muslims any advantage and in the age of fracking, its value is a lot shakier than it used to be.
The Muslim world had lost its old role as the intermediary between Asia and the West. And it has no economic function in the new world except to blackmail it by spreading violence and instability.
Muslim countries with lower literacy rates, especially for women, are never going to be economic winners at any trade that doesn’t come gushing out of the ground. Nor will unstable dictatorships ever be able to provide social mobility or access to the good life. At best they’ll hand out subsidies for bread.
The Muslim world has no prospects for getting any better. The Arab Spring was a Western delusion.
Growing populations divided along tribal and religious lines are competing for a limited amount of land, power and wealth. Countries without a future are set to double in size.
There are only two solutions; war or migration.
Either you fight and take what you want at home. Or you go abroad and take what you want there.
Let’s assume that the Iraq War had never happened. How would a religiously and ethnically divided Iraq have managed its growth from 13 million in the eighties to 30 million around the Iraq War to 76 million in 2050?
The answer is a bloody civil war followed by genocide, ethnic cleansing and migration.
What’s happening now would have happened anyway. It was already happening under Saddam Hussein.
Baghdad has one of the highest population densities in the world. And it has no future. The same is true across the region. The only real economic plan anyone here has is to get money from the West.
Plan A for getting money out of the West is creating a crisis that will force it to intervene. That can mean anything from starting a war to aiding terrorists that threaten the West. Muslim countries keep shooting themselves in the foot so that Westerners will rush over to kiss the booboo and make it better.
Plan B is to move to Europe.
And Plan B is a great plan. It’s the only real economic plan that works. At least until the West runs out of native and naïve Westerners who foot the bill for all the migrants, refugees and outright settlers.
For thousands of dollars, a Middle Eastern Muslim can pay to be smuggled into Europe. It’s a small investment with a big payoff. Even the lowest tier welfare benefits in Sweden are higher than the average salary in a typical Muslim migrant nation. And Muslim migrants are extremely attuned to the payoffs. It’s why they clamor to go to Germany or Sweden, not Greece or Slovakia. And it’s why they insist on big cities with an existing Muslim social welfare infrastructure, not some rural village.
A Muslim migrant is an investment for an entire extended family. Once the young men get their papers, family reunification begins. That doesn’t just mean every extended family member showing up and demanding their benefits. It also means that the family members will be selling access to Europe to anyone who can afford it. Don’t hike or raft your way to Europe. Mohammed or Ahmed will claim that you’re a family member. Or temporarily marry you so you can bring your whole extended family along.
Mohammed gets paid. So does Mo’s extended family which brokers these transactions. Human trafficking doesn’t just involve rafts. It’s about having the right family connections.
And all that is just the tip of a very big business iceberg.
Where do Muslim migrants come up with a smuggling fee that amounts to several years of salary for an average worker? Some come from wealthy families. Others are sponsored by crime networks and family groups that are out to move everything from drugs to weapons to large numbers of people into Europe.
Large loans will be repaid as the new migrants begin sending their new welfare benefits back home. Many will be officially unemployed even while unofficially making money through everything from slave labor to organized crime. European authorities will blame their failure to participate in the job market on racism rather than acknowledging that they exist within the confines of an alternate economy.
It’s not only individuals or families who can pursue Plan B. Turkey wants to join the European Union. It’s one solution for an Islamist populist economy built on piles of debt. The EU has a choice between dealing with the stream of migrants from Turkey moving to Europe. Or all of Turkey moving into Europe.
The West didn’t create this problem. Its interventions, however misguided, attempted to manage it.
Islamic violence is not a response to Western colonialism. Not only does it predate it, but as many foreign policy experts are so fond of pointing out, its greatest number of casualties are Muslims. The West did not create Muslim dysfunction. And it is not responsible for it. Instead the dysfunction of the Muslim world keeps dragging the West in. Every Western attempt to ameliorate it, from humanitarian aid to peacekeeping operations, only opens up the West to take the blame for Islamic dysfunction.
The permanent refugee crisis is a structural problem caused by the conditions of the Muslim world.
The West can’t solve the crisis at its source. Only Muslims can do that. And there are no easy answers. But the West can and should avoid being dragged down into the black hole of Muslim dysfunction.
Even Germany’s Merkel learned that the number of refugees is not a finite quantity that can be relieved with a charitable gesture. It’s the same escalating number of people that will show up if you start throwing bags of money out of an open window. And it’s a number that no country can absorb.
Muslim civil wars will continue even if the West never intervenes in them because their part of the world is fundamentally unstable. These conflicts will lead to the displacement of millions of people. But even without violence, economic opportunism alone will drive millions to the West. And those millions carry with them the dysfunction of their culture that will make them a burden and a threat.
If Muslims can’t reconcile their conflicts at home, what makes us think that they will reconcile them in Europe? Instead of resolving their problems through migration, they only export them to new shores. The same outbursts of Islamic violence, xenophobia, economic malaise and unsustainable growth follow them across seas and oceans, across continents and countries. Distance is no answer. Travel is no cure.
Solving Syria will solve nothing. The Muslim world is full of fault lines. It’s growing and it’s running out of room to grow. We can’t save Muslims from themselves. We can only save ourselves from their violence.
The permanent Muslim refugee crisis will never stop being our crisis unless we close the door.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Report: Swedish Police Excuse Migrant Rape, Blame ‘Nordic Alcohol Culture’ And ‘Ignorance’ 1113

 by Liam Deacon

A Swedish police report into rape and sexual assault committed by migrants has blamed “Nordic alcohol culture,” “ignorance” and the “non-traditional gender roles” of European women for the growing problem. The report notes that Sweden has the worst rates of physical and sexual violence committed against women in the European Union (EU), according to a survey by the EU’s rights agency.
Titled: The Current Situation of Sexual Molestation and Proposals for Action, the document seeks to explain these statistics, and concludes on page 34:
“Sweden tops the new EU Statistics on physical and sexual violence against women, sexual harassment and stalking. The conclusion is that the results are a consequence of Nordic alcohol culture, but also of non-traditional gender roles.”
It explains, on page 20, that the “background to the men who commit sexual molestation is multifaceted.”
Migrants, it says, might not be able to “handle the alcohol,” simply feel “horny,” have “ignorance of the consequences for the girls,” “have misplaced feelings,” be “expressing anger in this way” or be acting due to “peer pressure.”
“Some argue that sexual molestation is part of bullying, or the means for men to demonstrate their power over girls,” claims the next paragraph.
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The report also documents how girls in Sweden have been called “whores” and abused for “their clothes,” leaving many fearful to walk the streets.
The explicitly feminist analysis places a strong emphasis on the “problem” of “masculinity,” rather that the non-Western values held by many migrants. Part of the conclusion reads:
“Studies have shown that the use of violence in intimate relationships can be a means of strengthening the perpetrator’s sense of masculinity and forcing the victim to submission.
“Control is exercised over women through violence, thus shaping her according to the man’s idealised vision of femininity. During the exercise of violence, men can feel they embody a typical ‘male.’  Attributes: aggressiveness, strength and control.
“In other words, the violence makes possible what is considered masculine and can provide ‘benefits’ for the perpetrator.”
The report opens by mentioning the mass “planned” sex attack by migrants on New Years’ Eve seen across Europe, and the gang molestations committed by Afghan migrants at the “We Are Stockholm” teenage festival in 2014 and 2015.
“For these reasons, it was decided by the National Commissioner that the vulnerability to sexual molestation among young people would be investigated,” the report explains, noting that “the majority of the victims are girls who are younger than fifteen years old.”
Shortly after the German police were accused of attempting to cover up the Cologne sex attack, it began to be reported that Swedish police had been obscuring the nature of sex attacks in Stockholm for years.
Festival organisers had identified the sex mob phenomenon two years ago, but claimed it would have been “irresponsible” to have spoken out. The police, too, refused to reveal the perpetrators were all Afghan youths, and arrests were only made after this was reported last year.
This morning it was reported by Fria Tider that Swedish police have begun to routinely patrol buses after reports of “Arab gangs” systematically harassing women in Holmsund. The Police have again refused to discuss the perpetrators’ backgrounds.

Austria Gets The Extremist President It Didn’t Deserve

 by James Delingpole

The Austrian presidential election result has been a triumph for the cause of extremism in Europe. We were continually assured by the left-liberal media how awful it would be if the (supposed) “far-right” candidate Norbert Hofer won.
But actually the victory of Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen – on, likely, a rigged ballot – is far, far worse.
It’s bad for democracy: Hofer lost by just 31,000 of the 4.64 million votes cast. Suspicions are bound to fall on the 700,000 votes cast in the postal ballot, which appears to be what swung it for Van der Bellen. But postal votes as we know – especially from the experience of Muslim-dominated constituencies in the UK – are prone to rampant fraud. Austrians who voted for Hofer are talking about “betrug” – fraud – and this may well be more than sour grapes. In some areas there was a remarkable 146.9 percent voter turnout. This stinks of a stitch up by the bien-pensant elite in unholy alliance with the immigrant bloc vote. As with the EU, so it is increasingly in national elections: the social democratic ruling class refuses to listen to the people.
It’s bad for social cohesion. Figures from Der Standard newspaper, show that university-educated voters split 81-19 for Van der Bellen, while lower-skilled workers split 86-14 for Hofer. What does this tell us? That the native working class in Austria – as in the US and across much of Europe – are angry about immigration and feel unrepresented by the liberal political elite. That academe is now such a hot bed of left-wing indoctrination and political correctness that the “educated” would rather keep drinking the Kool-Aid than think for themselves. This cannot end happily. Indeed, it was under similar circumstances in the 1930s that another Austrian-born citizen, considerably more “far-right” than Norbert Hofer, began his rise to power.
It’s bad for Europe. Of course the elite had to make sure Hofer lost. If he’d won it would have given succour to all those other European populist, anti-immigration parties such as France’s National Front and Germany’s Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) who are similarly keen to keep Europe European before it’s too late. What this poll sends to the world is a signal: already Europe has reached the stage where the anti-immigration vote is not permitted to win at the ballot box. For those Muslims whose ultimate game plan is turn Europe into Eurabia this is fantastic news. For the increasingly frustrated native Europeans who have to put up with this, it may be a sign that democracy has failed them.
It’s bad for Austria. Does Austria really need a president who once declared “Whoever loves Austria must be shit?” Forget the “far-right” slur used against Hofer. What about Van der Bellen’s party, the Greens? As anyone even remotely familiar with the environmental movement knows, these are Europe’s Watermelons – green on the outside, red on the inside. They’re anti-freedom, anti-capitalist, politically correct, pro-immigration, anti-Western. Only the university-educated could be stupid enough to see the label Green and imagine it stands for some kind of cosy, consensual, bunny-hugging centrism. Voting Green today is the equivalent of voting for the Communists in the 1950s or the Nazis and Fascists in the 1930s.

European Commissioner Flies to Poland Over ‘Democratic Standards’

by Virginia Hale

The European Commissioner who said no European Union (EU) country could escape having “diversity” imposed on them has flown to Poland in the wake of a leaked document claiming the country “does not adhere to democratic standards.”
Frans Timmermans is expected to negotiate with the Polish government over a dispute concerning constitutional reforms that the right wing Law and Justice (PiS) party are in the process of making.
Mr. Timmermans was last week given a mandate by the European Commission to deliver a formal diplomatic note on the matter to Warsaw by next Monday unless Poland makes “substantial progress” in addressing the issues raised by Brussels.
The report states that government changes — which would make it more difficult for Poland’s Constitutional Court to strike down laws — are a threat to Poland’s rule of law. Die Welt reports that the Commission has asserted that “values such as respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy and the rule of law” could not be protected “as long as the Constitutional Court was not able to act.”
Since the Eurosceptic PiS party was voted into power last October — the first party in the post-1989 era with a mandate to govern the country unilaterally — the European Union and globalist Western media have attacked Poland’s government relentlessly.
International commentator on Poland’s political affairs and Polish citizen Matthew Tyrmand wrote in Breitbart London that the real anti-democratic and unconstitutional crisis in the nation was the previous government’s “illegal packaging of the judiciary.”
The former ruling party, Civic Platform (PO), appointed two new justices at the same time as retiring two before their terms were up shortly before they lost the election. Pointing out that PiS’s reforms add necessary balance to a corrupt and “hyper-partisan” judiciary, Mr. Tyrmand noted that the Western media and European Union, who are now feigning concern about democracy, were silent on PO’s move which:
“Was akin to Obama appointing two new United States Supreme Court Justices while forcing the retirement of two conservative justices before their terms were up by executive order without Senate confirmation.”
In September, Mr. Timmermans said Central European countries like Poland must get used to imposed demographic changes, accepting “diversity” as “the future of the world.”
In a sinister speech on rising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, the vice president of the European Commission warned that unless every country in Europe embraces mass migration and “diversity,” Europe will “not remain a place of peace and freedom for very long.”
Poland’s Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, last week vowed not to “yield to any ultimatum” from Brussels.
Together, with populist opposition party Kukiz’15, PiS politician Szydlos Wutrede has produced a document on “the defence of the sovereignty of the Republic of Poland and the rights of their citizens.”
It includes a clear rejection of EU interventions, stating that solutions to the conflict of the Constitutional Court can only be found in the Polish parliament.
Discussing the migrant crisis, the paper states that EU institutions are attempting to impose decisions on Poland concerning the “immigrant question,” which it says constitutes a “threat to the social order in Poland, the security of citizens, the civilisational heritage and national identity.”

SHOWDOWN: EU Vows To Use New Powers To Block All Elected ‘Far Right’ Populists From Power

 by Liam Deacon

The President of the unelected executive arm of the European Union (EU) has vowed to block all right wing populists from power across the continent, shortly after acquiring the power to exert “far-reaching sanctions” on elected governments. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, promised to exclude Norbert Hofer, the leader of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), from all EU decision-making if elected ahead of yesterday’s presidential vote.
“There will be no debate or dialogue with the far-right,” the liberal bureaucrat told AFP. 
The FPÖ has been Austria’s top-polling political force for some time. However, after leading the pack for most of the presidential race, the right-wing candidate lost out by 0.6 per cent to the Green party, after the inclusion of postal votes, and months of Europe’s mainstream media calling the centre-right populist “far right”.
Right wing populists are periodically topping the polls across the continent – in France, Sweden, Holland, and now Austria – and anti-migrant populists are already in power in Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Mr. Junker’s definition of “far right” is somewhat broad, noted by him previously describing Hungary’s conservative president, Viktor Orbán, as a “fascist.”
With the continent-wide democratic surge to the right, the anti-democratic Commission could be in for a challenge in their attempt to exclude each and every elected government they deem to be “far right.”
However, as of 2014, the Commission was handed a batch of new powers that it could plausibly use to do just this – powers already being mobilised against Poland’s elected, conservative leaders.
The Commission can now trigger a “rule of law mechanism” (Article 7 TEU) against nations it perceives as deviating from “the common constitutional traditions of all Member States.” Ultimately, “far-reaching sanctions” can be exerted, and a country can be stripped of all voting rights in the EU and have funding blocked. 
In January this year, Frans Timmermans, the first ever unelected Commission “vice president,” who is in charge of “human rights,” triggered the mechanism for the first time against Poland’s government which came to power in a record-breaking, landslide election in 2015.
The new government has subsequently become embroiled in a showdown with their constitutional court over the appointment of new liberal judges and the organisation of Poland’s state broadcaster.
Mr. Timmerman and Commission gave Poland an ultimatum and deadline to back down by, which expired yesterday. As reported by Breitbart London today, the commissioner has now travelled to Poland to “negotiate” with the government there. There is no precedent to indicated what will happen next.
However, the backlash has already begun against the new, explicitly anti-democratic EU powers. Hungary’s Victor Orbàn has vowed to help Poland fight the Commission, and other Eastern, Visegrad nations are likely to join the growing coalition.
“In the future, please have more restraint in instructing and reprimanding the parliament and the government of a sovereign, democratic country,” Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro wrote to Mr. Timmermans in January.
“This is not the union, not the kind of membership that we have agreed to,” said Witold Waszczykowski, the Polish foreign minister.

Austrian Freedom Party: Victory in Defeat

Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has been narrowly defeated in his bid to become Austria's next president.
Alexander Van der Bellen, former leader of Austrian Greens party, won 50.3% of the vote, compared to 49.7% for Hofer. The margin of victory was 31,026 out of nearly 4.5 million votes cast.
European political and media elites have been quick to hail the election of Van der Bellen, who campaigned on a pro-immigration, pro-EU platform. They seem to believe his razor-thin win validates their uninterrupted pursuit of European multiculturalism.
But Hofer can claim victory even in defeat. By winning half the ballots cast, Hofer has exposed Austria's gaping political divide on immigration and relations with the European Union. Hofer's rise, which has effectively upended Austria's political system, has also inspired anti-establishment parties in other parts of Europe.
Hofer had been in the lead after polls closed on May 22, with 51.9% of the vote to Van der Bellen's 48.1%. In the end, however, the race was decided by 700,000 mail-in votes, accounting for 14% of eligible voters. Van der Bellen won 2,254,484 votes to Hofer's 2,223,458, according to the Interior Ministry.
In what amounted to a political earthquake, Hofer won 36% of the vote in the first round of voting on April 24. Hofer — who campaigned on a platform calling for strict limits on immigration and tough rules for asylum seekers — defeated all of the other candidates, including those from the two governing parties, the Social Democrats and the Austrian People's Party, which have dominated Austrian politics since the end of World War II.
Although the role of president in Austria has traditionally been largely ceremonial, Hofer had suggested that he would try to remove the current government led by newly appointed Chancellor Christian Kern and force new parliamentary elections. Opinion polls suggest that if parliamentary elections were held today, the Freedom Party would win. The next polls are scheduled for some time in 2018.
Van der Bellen, a 72-year-old economist, was gracious in victory, pledging to be "non-partisan president for all of those living in Austria." He added: "All Austrians are equal. Austria consists of two halves. The one half is just as important as the other half."
An analysis in the German newspaper Die Welt warned that Van der Bellen will not have it easy:
"It will be up to Van der Bellen to find the right tone and to show that he not only embodies the Austria of the city dwellers, but the whole country. He will have to bear in mind that according to the polls, 40% of those who voted for him did so only because they wanted to prevent a president from the Freedom Party."
Conceding the election, Hofer wrote on Facebook: "Of course, it is a sad day. But please do not be discouraged. The effort in this election campaign is not wasted. It is an investment for the future."
Hofer's meteoric rise has focused the minds of the establishment parties. On April 27, just three days after Hofer's initial electoral victory, the Austrian Parliament adopted what may be one of the toughest asylum laws in Europe.
Under the new law, Austria will declare a "state of emergency" on the migration crisis. This will allow Austrian authorities to assess asylum claims directly at the border. Only asylum seekers with immediate family members already in Austria, or those who can prove they are in danger in neighboring transit countries, will be allowed to enter the country. Other migrants will be turned away. The new law also limits any successful asylum claim to three years.
Austria received 90,000 asylum requests in 2015, the second-highest number in the European Union on a per capita basis, but this pales in comparison to what may lie ahead. In a radio interview on April 28, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka warned that up to one million migrants are poised to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe.
Mass migration to Austria has been accompanied by a spike in migrant-related rapes, sexual assaults and other crimes across the country, and has contributed to the rise of the Freedom Party.
Reflecting on the outcome of the presidential election, Hofer's campaign manager, Herbert Kickl, said: "This is a huge achievement. Hofer managed to convince half of the population in defiance of the system."
In France, where polls show that the leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, is leading polls for presidential elections in 2017, party secretary general Nicolas Bay wrote on Twitter: "Despite the disappointment, a historic score for our ally from the Freedom Party. The future belongs to patriots!"
Meanwhile, European elites have expressed relief at Hofer's defeat. Their reactions would indicate that they unaware that they are largely responsible for the rise of anti-establishment parties in Austria and other parts of Europe.
The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said anti-EU parties should be completely shunned: "Neither a debate nor a dialogue is possible with right-wing populists."
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "The election result removes a heavy burden for all of Europe." Ralf Stegner, the deputy director of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) commented on Twitter: "This must serve as a warning that we can never again allow it [the rise of anti-establishment parties] go this far and that we have to combat this threat to our democracy with full force!"
But the leader of the Alternative for Germany party, Frauke Petry, said the vote was "an important day, not only for Austria, but for all of Europe." She added:
"Europe has been polarized for years by misguided policies pursued by the old major parties, not only in Germany but in many European countries. The fact is that it must be our task to preserve freedom, democracy and the rule of law across the continent. And the policy of open borders does exactly the opposite."
The outcome of the Austrian presidential election will not be official until June 1, the deadline for legal challenges to the vote count. Some Freedom Party members have expressed anger at the opaque manner in which mail-in ballots are counted.

Germany: Die Linke's antisemitism

Via Political Critique (h/t glykosymoritis):

Not uncommon, and unequivocally worthy of criticism is the party’s anti-Semitism. There has been a certain unwillingness among the party’s leaders to address anti-Semitism within their ranks, even more so since long-time leader Gregor Gysi stepped down as parliamentary leader in 2015. Gysi has always been much more careful about accusations of anti-Semitism than most of his fellow party members. It’s particularly odd that an allegedly democratic socialist party would have members organizing a pro-Hamas demonstration, including chants of “Death to Jews,” glorification of Adolf Hitler and Nazi crimes, as well as swastikas and Al-Qaeda flags.

But that’s just a fraction of the anti-Semitism within Die Linke. There’s Inge Höger, member of the Bundestag, who publicly wore a scarf upon which a map omitting Israel was printed (denying Israel’s right to exist is widely considered as anti-Semitic in Germany), on another occasion the party refused to join a multi-party appeal against a call to boycott Israeli products. Such a call is reminiscent of Nazi campaigns against patronizing Jewish shops in the 1930s.

Occasional transgressions – like a swastika entangled with a Star of David on a local party website ­– can be put down to singular individuals, but in 2008, eleven members of Die Linke in the Bundestag refused to support a resolution against anti-Semitism, a dangerous decision for any German party to make. There are numerous party members who have shown that they have highly problematic stances on various issues – and then there’s Diether Dehm. Why this particular party member is worth special attention becomes clear with an appraisal of some of the dubious things he’s said and done. Dehm was involved in the so-called vigils of peace, a movement out of which the xeno- and Islamophobic Pegida evolved, and where anti-Semitic, right-wing populist sentiments are more than common. One of his friends at those demonstrations was Ken Jebsen, Germany’s leading conspiracy theory devotee, who once said the “Holocaust was invented as a PR stunt”. He is friends with Kathrin Oertel, founder of Pegida. His assistant in Parliament is a former Red Army Faction terrorist, and he has compared the choice between the current and previous German president to choosing between Hitler and Stalin. To be fair, Diether Dehm is only one of 64 of Die Linke‘s Members of Parliament, but the fact that none of his controversial outbursts has provoked even one comment from the parliamentary leadership suggests that these issues may have their roots deep within the party.

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Netherlands: Jewish woman stabbed in kosher restaurant

Via i24News:

A Dutch-Jewish woman was injured in a stabbing attack at a kosher restaurant in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam Monday night.

She suffered lightly to moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Ronnie Eisenmann, president of the advisory board of the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a Dutch monitor, told VIN News that the attack took place at approximately 8 PM local time, when an unidentified English speaking man walked into the Rimon Grandcafe in the city’s Jewish Quarter.

According to Eisenmann, the man left ten minutes later, crossing the street and going into a grocery store.

Amsterdam’s AT5 News reported that the man purchased a knife at the store before returning to Rimon.

The man then ordered a coffee and entered into a discussion with two women seated nearby, before pulling out a knife and stabbing one of the women in the back.

He then told restaurant staff to call the police and turned himself in without resistance.

Waitresses in the restaurant said that the man appeared to be confused and did not speak Dutch.

While the motive for the attack appears unknown, members of the local Jewish community are concerned for their safety.

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Mass brawl breaks out between Yazidis and Muslim refugees in German town

A REFUGEE hostel was rocked after a mass brawl took place between Yazidis and Chechen Muslims.The skirmish, which took place in the German town of Bielefeld, saw five members of the Iraqi religion hospitalised. The incident started on Sunday when a gang of Chechens ambushed a group of Yazidis at about 6pm. Police believe the Chechens came prepared and attacked the Yazidis with knives and sticks.Two men ended up with head injuries, with another fracturing his hand and another receiving cuts. However, the Yazidis, who are believed to come from Iraqi Kurdistan, gathered together and as many as 100 of them tried to storm the refugee hostel where the Chechens were staying. Police and security guards were able to stop the men from gaining entry. A police spokesman said: “The situation was very confusing.” After the attack, the Yazidis organised another 100 people to support them on social media. The newcomers, who came from the nearby town of Oldenburg, were turned away at a police roadblock.Police say there have been tensions between the Muslims and the Kurds in the town, in the Westphalia region of the country, for "several days". At around 11pm, a group of official vehicles parked outside the migrant base and turned their lights on in a bid to keep the peace. The Police are now trying to find a way to keep the two groups apart. Two Chechen men, aged 24 and 42, have been arrested, and police are investigating claims of a breach of the peace and grievous bodily harm on both sides.Yazidis are a religious group mainly based in Kurdistan, who believe in One God who entrusted the care of the earth to the Peacock Angel, who allows both good and evil to befall humanity. Because of the similarities between the Peacock Angel - or Melek Taus - and Lucifer, they are often falsely referred to as devil worshippers. Yazidis in Iraqi Kurdistan have been heavily persecuted by ISIS.

Belgium:Anti-racism activist blames Israel for Muslim hatred of Jews, compares Zionism to ISIS ideology

Dyab Abou Jahjah is an extremist antisemite.  He's also a minority-rights activist, a distinguished columnist in one of Belgium's top papers, and a respected partner for Belgium's anti-racism organizations.  The ones tasked with fighting antisemitism.

Belgians find it perplexing when Jews say he's antisemitic, because he only wants to kill all Jews in Israel (a sentiment he's shared quite a few times).   A decade ago he also organized pogroms in Jewish neighborhoods in Belgium, but apparently that doesn't make him an antisemite either.

Yesterday, Abou Jahjah posted a post in English on his Facebook in which he blamed Israel for Muslim and Arab antisemitism.  He then went on to compare Israel to Islamic State (also a recurring sentiment by him).  Except Israel is much worse, because most Jews support Israel, while only a fraction of Muslims support ISIS.

When young Arabs and Muslims express hatred towards Jews it is 99% of the time an echo of Israel portraying itself as the Jewish state and them believing it. This is very regrettable but it is not antisemitism. It is a lack of politisation and can only be remedied by explaining Zionism to them as a political racist movement that hijacks the identity of the Jews just like "Daesh" hijacks that of the Muslims.

With the clear difference that support for Israel and Zionism is unfortunately mainstream among jews. While support for Daesh is marginal among muslims. Not only that, Arabs and muslims are waging war against Daesh. But either way, yes young people say stupid uninformed things often out of emotionality.

I wrote about this Belgian hypocrisy in the past, but it's worth repeating. 

It is not surprising that a Hezbollah activist in Belgium hates Jews.  It's not surprising that he led riots in Jewish neighborhoods in which protesters burned Jews in effigy, or that he posted Holocaust cartoons accusing Jews of making it all up, or that he supports Holocaust deniers, or that he supports the genocide of Jews in Israel.

I really don't expect much from people like Abou Jahjah.

What is surprising is that the Belgian establishment supports him, including those people whose job it is to protect Jews from antisemites.   The city of Ghent invited him to speak about racism, as did Amnesty International and the Belgian Human Rights League.   He also has a weekly column in De Standaard.

The Belgian Human Rights League got really upset at me for calling them out on their support of antisemites.  Because the people whose job it is to fight antisemitism in Belgium prefer to team up with a Hezbollah terrorist, rather than to listen to Jews who complain about it.

It really doesn't matter how many times Belgian politicians say that they are serious about fighting antisemitism.  As long as Belgian society and Belgian anti-racism organizations accept Abou Jahjah as one of their own and as an acceptable voice in society - they are sending a clear message to the  Jews in Belgium: You are on your own.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

No wonder they want us to Remain: Germany fears Brexit because they would lose £35BILLION

A GERMAN bank has predicted Britain leaving the EU will cost the German economy almost £35BILLION - plunging the country into financial disrepair. Restlessness and anxiety is said to be growing across top companies in Germany as next month’s historic EU referendum draws closer. The future of German companies will be thrown into doubt in the event of Britain freeing itself from the shackles of Brussels as 2,500 businesses have branches across the UK. As Remain and Leave camps drum up support for their campaigns here in the UK, DZ Bank says Brexit would cost the Germany economy £34.8bn by 2017 alone and the country could fall into recession. German experts predicted Britain leaving Europe would act as a “slow poison” to their countries economy. Germany's businesses employ around 370,000 people, with more than one per cent of British workers. Meanwhile, the UK is also said to be an important export market – in 2015 Germany exported goods of a value of £70bn to Britain. Markus Kerber, CEO of Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Industrie (BDI-federal association of German industry) warned a negotiation process, in the event of Britain severing ties with the EU, would take years. He said: “I believe the damage caused by Brexit would be big for both sides. “A fierce competition will ensue.” Mr Kerber warned companies would be competing against each other to access market and regulatory standards if Britain opts to Leave the 28-member bloc.The bank issued the warning as it revealed bilateral trade between both sides of the Channel has more than doubled in the past 25 years. More than 2,500 German companies have branches in the UK, while around 3,000 British companies have branches in Germany. Ahead of the UK are only USA, China and France who are serving Germany as export countries. Meanwhile the CEO of German Stock Exchange DAX said Brexit would lead to distortion, despite it being unclear whether it will have trade benefits and new regulations for goods, human resources and profits. In Germany it is also feared a withdrawal will lead to more expenditure, more bureaucracy, higher costs, worse access to trade market. While businesses hope Britain leaving the EU would happen in stages, to lessen the shock and impact of a sudden exit. But there is one business sector that would definitely profit from Brexit - advisors and solicitors would have to prepare companies for the new market and could be included to charge a lot of money for their advice. The intervention comes as no surprise after sources close to German Chancellor Angela Merkel revealed she had branded the EU referendum as an unnecessary risk. Mrs Merkel privately said Britain backing Brexit would be the “ultimate disaster” but has chosen to remain quiet so as not to infuriate Remain campaigners.

REPORT: Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany While Media And Govt Focus on ‘Far Right’ Thought Crimes

 by Raheem Kassam And Chris Tomlinson

A massive, migrant crime wave is surging across Germany according to figures buried in a new report released by the country’s Interior Ministry. The data reveals that without migrants considered, crime rates in Germany would have remained roughly static since 2014. But, in fact, the country recorded an extra 402,741 crimes committed by migrants. While much of this criminality concerned illegal border crossings, German authorities instead talked up a “record surge” in crimes by “right wing radicals”.
Concerning statistics from the 135-page report reveal that 70 per cent of pickpocketing, one of the crime types on the rise, was committed by non-Germans. Of this figure, 34 per cent was committed by recent asylum seekers, with the rest committed by “non-Germans”.
Foreign nationals are thought to account for around 11 or 12 per cent of the total population of Germany, but were over-represented in every area of crime.
Illegal immigrants and asylum seekers account for around 2.5 per cent of Germany’s population, but were also massively overrepresented.
Amongst total offences, non-Germans accounted for 27.6 percent while illegal immigrants and asylum seekers accounted for 5.7 percent. Of homicides, the figures are 29.3%/8.2%, and of sexual assaults, the figures were 20.5%/4.8%.
In all of these cases as well as those indicated in the chart below, non-Germans and illegal migrants outstripped their proportions of crime to their representation in German society.
Non-Germans accounted for 38 per cent of all robberies, 38 per cent of thefts, and 43 per cent of thefts that involved a level of aggravation such as assault or force.
They accounted for 40.2 per cent of burglaries, 43.5 per cent of shoplifting, and a whopping 75.7 of pick pocketing or purse snatching.
In the chart below, non-Germans are in light red while asylum seekers and illegal migrants are in deep red.
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And of migrant crimes specifically, Syrians top the list of migrant crimes that are not related to border controls, with a total of 10,348 individual offences in 2015. They also led assault cases among migrants, with 3,186 offences in 2015.
Thefts were most committed by Albanians, with 6,689 offences and Algerians coming close with 5,611. Algerians almost tie with Serbians when it comes to fraud. Balkan nationals were accountable for 2,834 cases, barely above North Africans’ 2,774.
Algerians top the list for smuggling goods (2,449) and also top the list for drug selling offences (976).
Even when border control breaches are exempted from the data, the situation is still stark. Male crime is stagnant amongst Germans, but when migrants are added, male crime goes up 12 per cent, with female crime rising just 6 per cent. This reflects the fact that most migrants into Europe in 2015 were young men.
Crime rates amongst “non-Germans” outside the residence act are up 13 per cent, whereas crimes committed by Germans are down 5 per cent.
And the report shows that offences against the Residence Act, the Asylum Procedures Act, and the Freedom of Movement Act are up by 157.5 per cent, with shopliftings up by 7.1 per cent, pickpocketing up by 7.0 per cent, burglary up by 9.9 per cent, and drug offences up by 2.1 per cent.
Presenting the report to journalists however, Mr. de Maiziere insisted in focusing on “politically-motivated crimes by the far-right” which he said had risen 35 percent in 2015 to nearly 23,000.
“The sharp increase in politically motivated crime points to a dangerous development in society,” de Maiziere told reporters at a news conference. “We are witnessing a growing and increasingly pronounced readiness to use violence, both by right- and left-wing extremists.”
But while attacks on refugee centre rose to 1,031 compared to 199 in the prior year, most of the offences committed appear to be what could be called “thought crime”, or what police describe as “evidence that they aimed to eliminate certain constitutional principles”.
Of a total of 38,981 political crimes committed in 2015, some 29,681 (76.1 per cent) were classed under this category.
Of real incidents, 1,031 were attacks on asylum centres, but just 177 of these were thought to be “violent”, with most of the rest believed to be “propaganda” offences or vandalism.
And according to the statistics, identified left wingers have had more confrontations with police (3,507 incidents), according to the statistics, than right wingers have (1,203 incidents). Left-wing activists have confronted more right wingers (4,276 incidents) than vice versa (1,406 incidents). These incidents include public protests like those of the PEGIDA movement.
Nonetheless, the reporting from Western news agencies has focused on a “right wing” wave of violence.
Earlier this month, when Republican Party presumptive nominee Donald Trump alleged “[L]ook at Germany, it’s crime-riddled right now”, organisations like Politifact were quick to crow about how immigrants accounted for fewer crimes than native Germans.
But today’s statistics reveal that as a percentage of the population, non-Germans and illegal immigrants account for a massively disproportionate amount of crime in Germany.

Germany’s largest Muslim organization gets Muslim prof fired for saying violent Qur’an verses not valid for all time

Islamic apologists routinely claim that violent Qur’an verses have no validity beyond Muhammad’s time, but this story illustrates that this is not the mainstream view in Islam. The persecution of Mouhanad Khorchide also shows the uphill battle that genuine Muslim reformers face: branded as heretics and/or apostates, they’re often shunned (or worse) by the very community that needs their ideas the most.
Mouhanad Khorchide
“Opinion: A German Islam must be liberal, self-critical,” by Susanne Schröter, DW, May 23, 2016:
When the theologian Mouhanad Khorchide, who teaches at the University of Münster, published “Islam Is Compassion” in 2012, he received a variety of diverse reactions. Many non-Muslims celebrated the work as the revelation of a humanistic Islam: an Islam that no one needs to fear. This feeling arose in part because the author created a picture of God that is not “interested in the labels of Muslim or Christian or Jewish, believer or nonbeliever.”
Korchide threw out the idea that Koran verses that appear violent or hostile toward women or non-Muslims may be valid for all eternity. He wanted them to be viewed as the words of a bygone era.
It seemed that the professor, with the swoop of his pen, managed to brush aside all those reservations that made people wonder whether Islam really “belonged to Germany,” as former President Christian Wulff said famously in a 2010. One might even have thought that Muslims would offer Khorchide a pat on the back.
On the website for DITIB, Germany’s Turkish Islamic union and the country’s largest Muslim organization, one can read that Khorchide’s statements were a “rejection of the teachings of classical Islam” and an “insult to Muslim identity.” For this reason, the professor was removed from his post at the university. As if that weren’t enough, the coordinating body of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims (ZMD), a cooperative made up of a number of large organizations, produced a nearly 100-page assessment document to discredit him further, but luckily was not able to get far with it….
“Jihad,” when used in the sense of a real war, is a term that is used in the Koran and in Islamic heritage. There are clerics who claim jihad is an appropriate instrument for avenging insults to the Prophet Muhammad – such as an act of revenge for a nation’s foreign policy. These clerics are even lent the pulpit at some mosques, though the official leaders of the houses of worship issue apologies to the community if religious youths clamor after extremists. But Salafism is a youth movement, and it draws in so many teenagers and young adults that the psychologist Ahmad Mansour speaks of a “Generation Allah.”
Mansour isn’t only referring to those youths who join radical groups and potentially fight in such places as Syria, but also those whose beliefs vacillate between extremism and orthodoxy. “Generation Allah” refers to youths who find meaning in life by subjecting themselves unquestioningly to God and his rules, who ask constantly what is halal (allowed) or haram (forbidden) because their perspective is that they can be winners in paradise. I have spoken to such young men. Living in contemporary German society is dangerous for these young men, full of sin, and as a result they reject any relationships with so-called unbelievers. They go beyond what is normally required of their faith.
Some Muslim organizations encourage such segregation. Nearly every mosque has soccer teams that play against other sides from other mosques. Islamic day care and cultural centers are being founded; Islamic NGOs are working with underprivilileged [sic] people and youth. Parallel structures are being developed that would allow Muslims to avoid contact with non-Muslims from the cradle to the grave….


‘Whoever Loves Austria Is Sh*t’ – Austria’s New President Hates His Own Country


 by Raheem Kassam

They called it an “election gimmick” and a “campaign gag”, but the new president-elect of Austria once presided over his party’s campaign that declared: “Anyone who loves Austria must be shit”. Alexander Van der Bellen – who appears to have defeated the Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer by around just 30,000 of nearly five million votes – has a track record of opposing the nation state as a concept, and his own as a reality.
In 2007, while he was leader of the Austrian Greens, the party published a picture of a dog with the Austrian flag in its mouth. The poster read: “Take your flag for your gag”, followed by the declaration that anyone who loves the country “must be sh*t”.
The flag “joke” was a play on a campaign urging dog owners to place their dog’s excrement in bags and trash cans. The Austrian greens replaced the bag with a flag of Austria in the image (right).
And while, of course, efforts were made to distance Van der Bellen from this 2007 Green Party initiative, the issue re-emerged on the run up to this weekend’s final round of presidential election voting. Far be it from a “gag” or one-off incident, critics say, this attitude against borders and nations runs deep through the Austrian Green Party which is now in charge of the presidency of the country.
Newspapers drew attention to another more recent incident, whereby a leading Green activist declared: “Austria [is a] lousy piece of shit!” when discussing the country’s recent border controls to deal with Europe’s migrant crisis. “These are facts, not subjective opinion,” Georg H. posted to his Facebook page.
Perhaps it is unsurprising that the son of Russian aristocrats would have little affinity to his country of birth, but Van der Bellen’s politics have taken an extreme turn over the course of his life.
He now opposes nation statehood in general, instead arguing that European Union member states should move towards full EU federalism. This means a ‘United States of Europe’ made up of ‘states’ in a loose, American sense.
And just like his German counterparts, Van der Bellen argues that refugees are an economic opportunity to integrate “young, intelligent workers”. This is despite masses of evidence emerging over the past year that shows most migrants into Europe are not intelligent workers, but rather, completely illiterate and scarcely skilled.
While people are quick to point out that the office of the president in Austria is mostly ceremonial, he still has the power to swear in the head of the federal government, the Chancellor. And on this point Van der Bellen has been pretty clear: he wouldn’t do it.
Speaking to the, he said: “One should not underestimate the political position of President. He is elected by popular vote with an absolute majority. My position is that coordination at European level is more important than ever. The big questions about refugees can only be resolved at EU level. A party which has the EU’s destruction in mind is not appropriate, in my view, to serve as Chancellor.”
Pressed further, he added: “The issue was not that the FPÖ would not be able to govern. It’s about whether [HC] Strache could be the Federal Chancellor. Here I am clearly of the opinion, with the information currently available and the statements of Strache and Kickl: [It is] Hard to imagine.”
No doubt this would cause a major constitutional crisis in the country, if the president refuses to swear in the Chancellor of the most popular political party.
In his own party’s words: “Anyone who loves Austria must be shit”… if he swears in Strache and FPO, in his own frame of thinking, he would be putting a turd in charge of the country.
The next Austrian legislative elections are in 2018.

Claim: Muslim Translators Lie, Deny Muslim Harassment Of Christian And Yazidi Migrants

 by Virginia Hale

Desperate Yazidi and Christian migrants in Germany have attempted to report harassment and violence at the hands of Muslim migrants, only for Sunni Muslim translators to lie and deny sectarian attacks. Muslim translators, from whom the minorities sought help, “threw their support behind the attackers” and denied to authorities that harassment and violence is happening.
After an influx of more than a million migrants last year, German authorities are unable to find sufficient numbers of qualified and reliable translators of Arabic to meet demand.
The country’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) now recruits translators with a pamphlet which says that “in this work you will take on a great responsibility and we expect from you neutrality and reliability.”
But an investigative report by German broadcaster ARD uncovered that there is a “gaping void between demand and reality,” which causes a “nightmare” for numerous migrants.
A Yazidi migrant from Iraq told the public broadcaster that other migrants from the Middle East had verbally abused his group and threatened to beat them.  When he went to a translator, a Muslim, for help, the translator “negated it all” and “claimed that none of this even happened.”
The Iraqi Yazidi said that in the supposed translation, the Sunni Muslim “translated that we merely brushed against each other on the street.”
Gian Aldonani, a Cologne-based Yazidi student whose family fled to Germany when she was a child and who works with minority migrants, said this isn’t an isolated incident:
”There is a deliberate effort to fallaciously translate. First we thought that this was a single incident from Cologne, but we have recognised now through the documentation of all cases that this is the case all over Germany.”
Ms. Aldonani then related the story of harassment of her cousin in the town of Dunningen. The incident was recorded on his mobile phone, and the attacker threatens: “I will cut out your tongue! Your tongue, I will cut it out! Do you understand or not?”
The young Yazidi called relatives in Germany for help. His cousins, Ms. Aldonani and her sister, then made a phone call to Dunningen.
The translator asked the pair whether either of them spoke Arabic, to which they both said “no” even though Gian’s sister does. The translator asked the Yazidi if he was beaten, to which the cousins said they heard their migrantcousin state yes “very clearly”, then the translator proceeded to tell them that “no, he wasn’t beaten.”
The fearful Yazidi then fled Dunningen. His cousins said:
“We met with him at an anonymous location. He showed us his refugee ID, and he told us, we quote: ‘I had this feeling from the very beginning that the translator wasn’t translating correctly. I wanted to file a report, but that didn’t happen any more.'”
The ARD reported that social workers rely on these translators who then exploit this situation and, very deliberately, translate inaccurately  — “basically doing exactly the same thing as is being done to these minorities in their countries of origin.”
In Iraq, Yazidis were betrayed by their own Sunni Arab friends and neighbours who assured them that, as nearby villages fell to Islamic State, they would be safe. However, their Arab neighbours turned on them, and countless Yazidis died as a result of treachery.
Numerous survivors who fled reported that they later heard their trusted friends had actively collaborated with Islamic State, even helping them “hunt” Yazidis.
Christian migrants from the Middle East are also filing complaints against dishonest translators. A Syrian mother, whose two children had head lice, asked a Muslim female translator for medication. She requested it three times, but to no avail, so went to another translator telling him her girls were “scratching themselves terribly.”
He told her the other translator claimed she had inspected the children and that there was nothing wrong.  In front of the mother he asked the female translator: “You looked at the children’s heads, there was nothing, right?” and she answered: “I’ve seen nothing and heard nothing.”
Eventually, another migrant who speaks English helped her.
The family asked the broadcaster to not “make waves” over their ordeal, fearing retaliation.
A lawyer with Christian and Yazidi migrants among her clients says: “This is something that multiple refugees reported to me, not just my clients. Again and again they point this out, but no one listens to them.”
The lawyer accused the authorities of naïveté, neglecting to react to the allegations at all or claiming to know nothing about them, despite the numerous filed reports.

Leftist Green Candidate Snatches Austria Victory From Anti Mass Migration Populist Right By 0.6 Per Cent

Green party candidate Alexander Van der Bellen is the new Austrian President, reports Austrian media as the closest electoral contest in living memory comes to an end. While the right-wing candidate was ahead by over one per cent at the close of play on Sunday, the count of postal votes today placed the office of President in the hands of the Green party. The final count has shown Green Van der Bellen with 50.3 per cent, and the Freedom Norbert Hofer with 49.7 per cent.
In total, the candidates received 2,254,484, and 2,223,258 votes each respectively, reports the best-selling daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung.
Although defeated, Mr. Hofer remained gracious and hopeful. He said that while this particular election was over, all was not lost and the enormous popular support built for the party was “an investment for the future”.
The election has been considered unusual not only for the so-called “photo finish” seen with a perfect 50-50 split expected, but for the candidates. After the first round in which all but the two highest scoring contenders were knocked out for a second vote, neither of the would-be presidents were from establishment parties.
Going head to head were the Green party’s Alexander Van der Bellen, and the Freedom party’s Norbert Hofer, the first time since the Second World War where a mainstream candidate wasn’t featured in the race.
The election, regardless of result will be a shock to Europe’s political elite, who have seen their sister parties beaten into also-ran position by a populist-right, anti mass migration movement, and a left-green political party. Discontent with the mainstream has been observed to be a driving force behind this move to insurgent political movements, with the migrant crisis having been a polarising force in Europe.

Most Brits Think Islam ‘Incompatible’ With UK, Third Say It Is Violent

 by Liam Deacon

The majority of British people believe Islam is incompatible with British values, and one in three say the ideology promotes acts of violence. More than 56 per cent of respondents to a new ComRes poll disagree with the view that Islam is compatible with British values. In fact, it was found that more Britons believe Islam is a violent religion (31 per cent) than those who regard it as compatible with British values (28 per cent).
A marginally larger proportion of Brits, 43 per cent, agreed that Islam is a negative force in the UK compared to those who see it as a positive – 40 per cent. Older Britons, however, were more likely to see Islam as a negative force, while younger people were more likely to have a politically correct, positive view.
The generational divide was pronounced in several areas. Around ten per cent fewer of those over 25 believed Islam is both peaceful and compatible with British values compared to those aged between 18 and 24.
Younger people also regard themselves as more informed about Islam. Forty-one per cent of adults aged between 18 to 24 said they had a good understanding of the traditions and beliefs of Islam, compared to 27 per cent of those aged over 45.
The results tally with those of recent polls conducted in both France and Germany. A majority of the French, across the entire political spectrum, believe Islam is incompatible with their society. And in Germany, there has been a sharp shift in opinion with a rejection of Islam now a majority opinion for the first time.
The British poll was conducted on behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, an Islamic sect that is brutally persecuted in the Muslim world and increasingly the West as well.
The community’s plight was brought to national attention when a locally well regarded Ahmadiyya shopkeeper in Glasgow was brutally murdered for his beliefs in March of this year, with the Muslim Council of Britain officially classing Ahmadiyyas as “apostates” shortly after.
In Pakistan, the national constitution has been specifically amended to officially declare Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims, a charge with grave consequences in the fundamentalist nation.
The results of the survey are due to be revealed today at a ‘Caliphate in the 21st Century‘ conference in Kensington, London. The leader (or Caliph), Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, of the international Ahmadiyya community has been based in London since 1984 due to persecution in his native Pakistan.
However, the word “caliphate” is marred by suspicion and fear in the UK. Forty-three per cent associate it with extremism and Islamic State; 41 per cent say it is incompatible with the British political system; 38 per cent say it is “dangerous”; and 33 per cent say it is a “threat to the UK”.