Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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National Review

Turkey jails German journalist on terrorism charges

A court in Istanbul on Monday ordered provisional detention for a correspondent of the German newspaper Die Welt, a move that drew a stern rebuke from Chancellor Angela Merkel. The newspaper said Deniz Yücel, 43, had been charged with spreading terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred. He has been held since February 18th in connection with news reports on an attack by hackers against the email account of Turkey's energy minister. The minister, Berat Albayrak, is a son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Die Welt said the emails also pointed to efforts to control Turkish media groups and to manipulate public opinion via fake social media accounts. In a statement, Merkel called the court's decision "bitter and disappointing". "The government expects that in handling Yücel's case, Turkey's justice system will keep in mind the significant importance of press freedom in all democratic societies," she added. Relations between Berlin and Ankara have been strained by a series of disputes since the failed coup attempt to oust Erdogan in July 2016. Turkey has since clamped down on the press, arresting hundreds of journalists without trial. About 170 media outlets have been closed and nearly 800 press cards cancelled, according to journalists' associations.

Germany: Berlin truck jihadi frequented mosque that was Islamic State recruitment center

He frequented a mosque? What? And that mosque was an Islamic State recruitment center? Inconceivable! Didn’t Anis Amri know that Islamic jihadis are “not religious people”? George W. Bush said so!
“Berlin truck attack: Police raid properties linked to mosque,” BBC, February 28, 2017:
German police have carried out raids across Berlin on properties linked to a mosque used by the Christmas market truck attacker, Anis Amri.
A 460-strong police deployment searched apartments and two commercial premises. Six prison cells were also searched.
The organisation which ran the mosque has been closed down.
Twelve people were killed and more than 50 injured by Amri, a Tunisian asylum seeker, in December. He was shot dead by police after fleeing to Italy.
Police say the raids follow a decision to ban the organisation, known as Fussilet 33, in mid-February. The properties targeted were used by those who ran the organisation, police said.
German prosecutors say that Amri visited the mosque frequently, including on the day of the attack.
It is alleged to have been a centre for radicalising Muslim recruits for so-called Islamic State in Syria and collecting funds for IS attacks.
Police said they had kept watch on the building with a camera positioned opposite the entrance. The mosque closed down a week ago….


Knife-wielding migrant holds pregnant woman HOSTAGE in Germany

A REFUGEE wielding a knife has gone on the rampage in a migrant centre in Germany and taken his pregnant girlfriend hostage.The armed and dangerous migrant took hostages and barrackaded himself into the centre in Hammerbrook, Hamburg. A spokesperson for the migrant centre said he had trapped at least one woman inside with him and that was believed to be his pregnant partner. Armed officers stormed the building with police dogs and what appeared to be heavy duty weapons. German police said they believed the incident was taking place due to "a dispute over accommodation" and has now been resolved.The man's pregnant girlfriend was seen leaving the terrifying ordeal, escorted by police. The attacker was whelled out of the migrant centre on a stretcher with injuries he is believed to have caused himself.


A float featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and the Statue of Liberty drives in the annual Rose Monday parade on February 27, 2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany / Getty
Many German journalists ridiculed President Trump for his comment that Sweden which, as he correctly pointed out, “took in large numbers” [of Muslim migrants], is now “having problems like they never thought possible.
Two days later mob violence broke out in the predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb Rinkeby after police had arrested a drug crime suspect. Rioters threw rocks at police, set cars on fire, looted shops and attacked and injured a photographer. Actually, those who had picked on Trump for allegedly “making up a terrorist incident” should now apologise and admit that he had been right all along.
Needless to say, this doesn’t happen.
The German news magazine Focus even has the nerve to turn this news against Trump and suggest that his remarks may have triggered the violence. The article‘s headline read:
“Riots after Sweden speechHow a few words by Trump affect the world”
The article continued:
“This weekend, US President Donald Trump talked about an incident in Sweden which had never happened. He cited it as an example for problems with refugees and crime. In the night before Monday ten cars were burning in a migrant neighborhood in Stockholm, shops were looted. Is the connection between the speech and the riots a coincidence? What power do Trump’s words possess? FOCUS Online asked Prof. Dr. Jo Reichertz, a scientist of communication. “He’s the president of a super power, he can decide over lives, has military and financial power’, says Reichertz.””
Fast forward to the conclusion:
“Does Trump have sufficient power to incite an insurrection in the migrant neighborhood? The expert of communication, Reichertz, doubts that: ‚It could be a pure coincidene, it might have happened without Trump’s speech. Or it was calculated, because the world was just looking at that spot due to Trump’s speech. Then it would have been a smart PR move.’”
It’s unclear what the scientist of communication means. A smart PR move on Trump’s part? Does choosing that particular date make the rioters smart? Or are the migrant hooligans and the White House somehow colluding with each other? The journalist and his mad scientist probably don’t know themselves. What matters is that the proof that Trump said the truth about Sweden, doesn’t make him less guilty but more.

Security Service: Sympathies for Islamic Extremism in Sweden Growing

The Swedish domestic intelligence agency has warned the Swedish public that despite there being fewer people travelling abroad to fight for groups like Islamic state, the number of radical Islamist sympathisers is on the rise.

Anders Thornberg,  Director General of the Swedish Security Service (SAPO), said there are fewer Swedish nationals who are travelling to Syria or Iraq to fight for extremists groups; but those who are returning are sharing their ideology and recruiting Islamists within Sweden.
“We see that there are individuals who come home who contact young people. There is a kind of logistics – a network in Sweden to try to encourage younger and new members to join the cause. It goes on all the time,” he said in an interview with Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio.
Over the past few years, the SAPO estimates around 300 individuals from Sweden have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join groups like the al-Nusra Front or Islamic State. Around half of them have already returned to Sweden and the SAPO says that the number of fresh people leaving has substantially fallen over the last year.
Many in Sweden were outraged when one Swedish city decided to give returning jihadists multiple benefits including free housing, drivers lessons, and debt forgiveness.
In one particular case, a known Islamic State sympathiser was paid more than £4,300 in welfare payments by the Swedish government while he was fighting for Islamic State in Aleppo, Syria.
“There are more and more people that we need have knowledge of,” Thornberg said claiming that the number of domestic sympathisers was rising and many of them are unknown because they have not yet committed any crimes.
“There are individuals who collect money, who quietly sympathise and are involved in various ways but then it is a lot of rhetoric. It’s not forbidden to talk about things; it’s only when you commit a crime as it gets serious,” he said.
Support for groups like Islamic State has also been seen in some of the highest levels of the Swedish government. In 2015, one of the county’s top immigration officials Samiyah M. Wasame said that joining Islamic State was a “beautiful” decision in one case.

An editor for a major Swedish newspaper also came under fire after saying he would rather see Sweden “filled” with Islamic State soldiers if it meant being able to get rid of anti-mass migration right-wing voters.

Hundreds of German Police Swoop on Banned Mosque Linked to Christmas Market Attack

Hundreds of German police have launched raids across Berlin, targeting a mosque and Muslim association linked to radical Islamists and the Islamic State Christmas Market attacker.

The now banned “Fussilet 33” association is thought to be linked to Anis Amri, the Tunisian migrant who drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market in December last year, killing 12 and injuring 50.
A total of 460 police officers swooped on a Fussilet 33 mosque/prayer room, reportedly frequented by Mr. Amri, as well as 23 other locations around the city, authorities told AFP.
The dawn raids also hit two businesses and six cells in two prisons in the German capital to gather evidence against radical Islamists. No arrests were reported.
Fussilet 33 was formally banned on the 15th of February, a week after the mosque preemptively shut its doors.

Mr. Amri worshipped there before he launched his deadly rampage. Islamic State later claimed the attack, describing the driver as “a soldier of” of their jihadi terror group.It was Germany’s worst terror atrocity since the 1980s, and followed 21 months of Islamist suicide bombings, shootings, and axe attacks.
The terrorists responsible have included numerous “refugees” from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Algeria, as well as several German citizens of Turkish descent indoctrinated in radical Islam.
Germany’s domestic intelligence service warned last week the number of radical Islamists in the country has grown enormously in the last four years.
A survey reported this weekend revealed 66 per cent of Germans are now afraid of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack, with 10 per cent perceiving an “acute threat” to their safety.
Of the female respondents, 74 per cent said they sometimes feel unsafe in crowded places, and nine per cent felt permanently threatened and scared.
The authors stated: “A large part of the population doesn’t feel safe anymore when visiting crowded places. The fear of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack with a high number of casualties is considerable.
“A total of 45 per cent of respondents feel uneasy when visiting crowded locations like stations, festivals or even in the downtowns.
“Three percent of the population feel permanently unsafe when visiting a public place along with many other people.”

Denmark Prosecutes Koran-Burning After Giving Pass to Bible-Burning

The state prosecution service of Denmark is bringing blasphemy charges against a man who burned a copy of the Koran in his garden and then posted a video of the act on a Facebook page.

“Such an act may be a violation of the blasphemy section of the Criminal Code which concerns public mockery or scorn with reference to a religion,” said Jan Reckendorff from the public prosecutor’s office in Viborg.
Religious liberty proponents were quick to point out an inconsistency in the Danish decision, since in a virtually identical case involving the public burning of a Christian Bible in 1997, prosecutors opted to let the case pass without bringing charges.
On that occasion, Søren Mosegaard burned a copy the Bible on the 6:30 evening news on a state television channel, and yet was never indicted.
Jacob Mchangama, a Danish lawyer who founded Justitia, a human rights and free speech think tank, said that the double-standard represents a kind of “jihadist veto” on acts of desecration against Islam and its symbols, which do not apply to other faiths.
Some observers have suggested that Danish authorities fear violent reprisals if they do not prosecute the 42-year-old man who burned the Koran, something that would clearly not happen in the case of a Bible-burning.
In December 2005, Muslims staged deadly anti-Danish riots throughout the world, attacked Danish embassies and instigated boycotts on Danish exports after a Danish newspaper published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
In 2010, Kurt Westergaard, who had drawn a cartoon for the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten depicting Muhammad dressed in a black turban and holding a bomb, barely escaped an assassination attempt by a young Somali armed with an axe and a knife. In 2013, Lars Hedegaard, a vocal critic of Islam and a defender of Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who had ridiculed the Prophet, was shot outside his home in Copenhagen.
The deadly jihadist Paris attacks of January 2015 were also carried out in retaliation for cartoon drawings of Mohammad published in the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine. As one commenter astutely observed at the time, the attacks were not merely meant as revenge but also as a warning. “The revolting terrorist assault on Charlie Hebdo today is designed to intimidate for the future as much as to ‘punish’ for the past,” wrote Andrew Stuttaford.
Whereas the responsibility for the murders lies uniquely with the criminals who butchered the innocent, Stuttaford noted, “it’s hard not to think that they went about their killings knowing that intimidation has been shown to work.”
Although Denmark is one of the least religious countries in the world, it still has anti-blasphemy laws in section 140 of its penal code, as do four other European countries. Other member-states have sometimes used hate-crimes legislation as de facto anti-blasphemy law.
This is the first Danish indictment for blasphemy, however, since 1971, when two program managers were prosecuted for playing an anti-Christian song on Danish radio. The two were eventually acquitted.

In the prosecutor’s words, “the circumstances of this case are of a such a nature that the matter should be prosecuted, in order to enable the courts to assess the case.” Now judges will have to decide whether to dismiss or uphold the charge, slated to be tried in June.

Europe: Laughing at the Messenger

by Douglas Murray
  • Once again, an American has pointed to a failing in European society, and instead of focusing on the problem identified or even admitting that there is a problem, the European response has been to point at the American and blame him for creating the problem he has in fact merely identified.
  • We are being given an accurate representation of a serious problem.
  • If the response to every problem is denial, and the response to anyone pointing to the problem is opprobrium, legal threats or hilarity, it suggests that Europe is not going to make the softer-landing it could yet give itself in addressing these issues.
  • It might make us feel better, but every time we attack or laugh at the messenger, rather than addressing the message, we ensure that our own future will be less funny.
How can one excavate the minds of so many European officials and the extraordinary mental gymnastics of denial to which they have become prone?
One of the finest demonstrations of this trend occurred in January 2015, after France was assailed by Islamist gunmen in the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and then in a Jewish supermarket. In the days after those attacks, Fox News in the U.S. ran an interview with a guest who said that Paris, and France, as a whole, had "no-go zones" where the authorities -- including emergency services -- did not dare to go. In the wake of these comments, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, chose to make a stand. She announced that she was suing Fox News because the "honour of Paris" was at stake.
It appeared that Mayor Hidalgo was rightly concerned about the image of her city around the world, presumably worrying in particular about the potential effects on tourism.
Of course, Mayor Hidalgo's priorities were all wrong. The reason Paris's public relations suffered a dent was not because of what a pundit said on Fox News one evening, but because of the mass murder of journalists and Jews on the streets of the "City of Light." Any potential tourist would be much more concerned about getting caught up in a terrorist firefight than a war of words. Mayor Hidalgo's manoeuvre, however, turned out not to be a rarity, but a symptom of a wider problem.
Consider the almost precise replay of that 2015 episode after U.S. President Donald Trump referred in a speech to "what's happening last night in Sweden." Much of the press immediately seized the opportunity to claim that Trump had asserted that a terrorist attack had occurred the night before in Sweden. This allowed them to laugh at the alleged ignorance of the president and the alleged concoction of what has become known as "fake news." Except that it swiftly became obvious to anyone who cared that what the president was referring to -- a documentary film about the situation in Sweden that had aired the night before on Fox News -- showed the extent of the lawlessness in parts of Sweden. While every authority in Sweden was laughing at Donald Trump, a day after his comments. residents of Rinkeby, a suburb of Stockholm, obligingly had a car-burning riot and attacked police.
The troubles that Sweden has gone through in recent years, since mass migration began in earnest, are hard indeed to ignore. These troubles include the setting up of what the American scholar of Islam, Daniel Pipes, most accurately referred to as "semi-autonomous sectors." Although non-Muslims can enter, the areas are different from the rest of the country. These are areas where, for instance, police, fire and ambulance services refuse to enter because they and other authority figures representing the state frequently come under attack. The filmmaker, Ami Horowitz, experienced the downside of some of these areas. On a recent visit to Sweden he was attacked for taking a film crew into a suburb of Stockholm when some of the locals objected. We are being given an accurate representation of a serious problem.
Car-burnings and riots do break out in Sweden today with considerable regularity, and sexual assaults have sky-rocketed in the country (although these figures are the subject of heated debate over whether they represent a rise in incidents or a rise in reporting). Either way, rapes carried out by immigrants remain a real and underreported issue. The authorities – including the Swedish media – have refused to run stories about these unpleasant facts
In Sweden, more than in perhaps any other European country, the media is homogenous in its support for the left-wing status quo in the country, and this includes a support for the views of recent governments on immigration policy. Anything which could give ammunition to critics of that policy is -- as in Germany -- deliberately underreported or actively covered over by the majority of the media.
The response to Trump's comments unfortunately demonstrated this yet further. The desire to pretend that the president had specifically claimed that there had been a terrorist attack the night before was one trick. Another was to simply mock and belittle him and his claims. Former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt took to Twitter to say, "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?" The European press gleefully took up tweets by members of the Swedish public who responded to Trump's claims by sending photos of people putting IKEA furniture together. A joke which would have been funnier had a failed asylum seeker from Eritrea not stabbed and killed a mother and son in an IKEA store in Västerås in 2015. Elsewhere, the present Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallström, in her familiar preaching tones announced that diplomacy and democracy "require us to respect science, facts and the media."
In response to US President Donald Trump's recent reference to "what's happening" in Sweden, Swedish Twitter users mocked him by posting photos of people putting IKEA furniture together. The joke would have been funnier had a failed asylum seeker from Eritrea not murdered Carola Herlin (left) and her son in an IKEA store in Västerås, Sweden, in August 2015.
So, once again an American has pointed to a failing in European society, and instead of focusing on the problem or even admitting that there is a problem, the European response has been to point at the American and blame him for creating the problem he has in fact merely identified. Such behaviour is a psychological affliction before it is a political one. It must stand somewhere along the continuum of the famed stages of grief. But it bodes exceptionally poorly for Europe's future. If the response to every problem is denial, and the response to anyone pointing to the problem is opprobrium, legal threats or hilarity, it suggests that Europe is not going to make the softer-landing it could yet give itself in addressing these issues. It might make us feel better, but every time we attack or laugh at the messenger, rather than addressing the message, we ensure that our own future will be less funny.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Women's March Organizers include Homophobic, Anti-Semitic, Racist Killers #ShePersisted

The anti-Trump Women's March events were supposed to represent a call for human rights. Instead you can't seem to have one without a celebrity meltdown and a murderer.
Here's the last monster to speak at the previous Women's March.
The Women’s March on Washington last week featured as a speaker convicted felon Donna Hylton who, along with several others, kidnapped a man and then tortured him to death.
Hylton, along with three men and three other women, kidnapped 62-year-old real-estate broker Thomas Vigliarolo and held him for ransom, before eventually killing him. As noted in a 1995 Psychology Today article, when asked about forcibly sodomizing the victim with a three foot steel pole, one of Hylton’s accomplices replied: “He was a homo anyway.”
Speaking about Hylton, New York City Detective William Spurling told Psychology Today: “I couldn’t believe this girl who was so intelligent and nice-looking could be so unemotional about what she was telling me she and her friends had done. They’d squeezed the victim’s testicles with a pair of pliers, beat him, burned him.”
Here's the next monster from the next Women's March

organizers have in mind a “general strike” called the Day without a Woman. In a manifesto published in The Guardian on Feb. 6, the brains behind the movement are calling for a “new wave of militant feminist struggle.” That’s right: militant, not peaceful.
The document was co-authored by, among others, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a convicted terrorist. Odeh, a Palestinian, was convicted in Israel in 1970 for her part in two terrorist bombings, one of which killed two students while they were shopping for groceries. She spent 10 years in prison for her crimes. She then managed to become a US citizen in 2004 by lying about her past (great detective work, INS: Next time, use Google) but was subsequently convicted, in 2014, of immigration fraud for the falsehoods. However, she won the right to a new trial (set for this spring) by claiming she had been suffering from PTSD at the time she lied on her application. Oh, and in her time as a citizen, she worked for a while as an ObamaCare navigator.
Oh and of course...
Another co-author, Angela Davis, is a Stalinist professor and longtime supporter of the Black Panthers. Davis is best known for being acquitted in a 1972 trial after three guns she bought were used in a courtroom shootout that resulted in the death of a judge.
So the Women's March organizers include a homophobic killer, an anti-Semitic killer and a racist killer.


Secret Recording: BBC Licence Fee Agents ‘Want To Get As Much As We Can Out Of You Because We’re Greedy’

Agents working on behalf of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to collect TV Licence Fees are encouraged to use ruthless methods by a system of aggressive financial incentives, suggest secret recordings.

An undercover reporter posing as a jobseeker for the Daily Mail broke the story after recording interviewing managers at Capita, the outsourcing firm paid £59 million a year to collect the £145.50-a-year licence fee on behalf of the BBC.
Caught on tape, Capita area manager Ian Doyle made it clear to his faux interviewee that maximising that revenue remains a primary concern.
“We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy,” he told the reporter.  “Cash, debit, credit card, we’ll take anything. I tell people I’ll take shirt buttons.”
Doyle explained that Capita was “looking to get 28 licence sales per week from each officer. As soon as you hit that magic 28, there’s a bonus – a commission scheme.”
This scheme could be worth “another thousand, fifteen hundred pounds a month” to agents, who are encouraged to use underhanded methods to trick householders into incriminating themselves through informal chats and take no notice of “sob stories”.
“You can only get the sale with a conviction statement so basically you’ve got to take 28 conviction statements before you can start hitting extra money,” he said. “The more you get, you earn more money. That’s all it is.”
The Daily Mail noted that a number of individuals pursued by the agents have been vulnerable. One notable example was that of an RAF veteran, who, after an agent forced entry into his home, was hauled before magistrates for missing a payment despite having a terminal brain tumour, spinal tumours, and early onset dementia.
Another individual staying at a woman’s refuge was also taken to court because her room’s previous resident had left a television set behind. She was in the refuge for just six days.
Non-payment of the licence fee can result in a criminal record, a fine of up to £1,000, and even imprisonment. All in all, 38 people were locked up for non-payment in 2015, a majority of whom were women.
Responding to the recordings, an unnamed BBC spokesman said the corporation was ” very disappointed by the conduct of Capita’s interviewing managers in this particular case which is not in line with the high standards we expect and does not reflect the policies in place. We have asked Capita to investigate urgently and ensure swift and appropriate action is taken.”
The licence fee,  a “Television Tax” levied on anyone who watches broadcast programming live – whether on a television set, computer, games console, or other device – or BBC programming on catch-up services such as iPlayer.
Former anchor Jeremy Paxman – despite receiving a reported salary of £1 million from the corporation at the height of his earning power – has publicly confessed that “the idea of a tax on the ownership of a television belongs to the 50s”. He asked: “Why not tax people for owning a washing machine to fund the manufacture of Persil?”

The BBC takes in £3.7 billion from the licence fee a year.

French Election Turns Ugly as Political Attacks Mount

Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of “near civil war.”

This isn’t America’s especially bitter presidential election campaign last year, but France’s in 2017.
The latest comments from conservative Francois Fillon, who accused the Socialist government Sunday of failing to ensure security for candidates, underline the increasingly ugly tone of France’s campaign.
“I solemnly accuse the prime minister and the government of failing to create the conditions for the peaceful exercise of democracy,” Fillon said in a statement late on Sunday.
“They carry a heavy responsibility for allowing a climate of near civil war to develop in the country,” he added.
He referred to clashes in the western city of Nantes at the weekend during a demonstration against right wing leader Marine Le Pen which degenerated when anarchists and vandals attacked police and property.
Seven officers were injured including one with serious burns, and shop windows were broken.
Fillon, the former frontrunner whose bid has been thrown into turmoil by a corruption investigation, also said his campaign events were being disrupted “every day” by far-left activists.
Both Fillon and Le Pen have also attacked investigations of their use of allegedly fake parliamentary aides as an attempt to influence the election by outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande.
Fillon has described an inquiry launched in January as an “institutional coup d’etat” and has accused journalists of trying to carry out a “lynching” and an “assassination”.
The 62-year-old former prime minister faces allegations he paid his wife for 15 years as a fake assistant, while one of Le Pen’s aides was charged last week over allegations the party defrauded the European parliament.
Both deny any wrongdoing but their attacks have questioned the independence and neutrality of the justice system ahead of a two-stage presidential election on April 23 and May 7.
“To imagine that investigations could have been ordered on Fillon or Marine Le Pen is completely absurd because it’s illegal,” Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas told a newspaper on Sunday.
Le Pen went ahead with her rally in Nantes on Sunday where she delivered a speech laced with criticism of how French democracy had been corrupted by the political establishment, the media and financial interests.
She refused to be questioned by anti-corruption investigators last week, saying she would not respond to summons during the presidential campaign.
Faced with Fillon’s and Le Pen’s mounting defiance and attacks, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve responded on Monday.
“In politics, especially during campaigning, you need a certain dignity, a high-mindedness, and respect for the truth,” he said during a visit to a farm show.
Urvoas went further in an interview on France 2 television, accusing Fillon of trying to divert attention away from his legal problems.

“Really, a ‘near civil war’? … Before he was talking about an ‘institutional coup d’etat’, what will he say next? ‘An extermination of the programmes’? ‘A Holocaust of the candidates’?” he said.

German Minister Rejects Austria’s Idea of Mass Migrant Camps

Austria’s foreign minister called Monday for setting up mass holding camps in North Africa for migrants, a plan dismissed by his German counterpart as unrealistic. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany and Austria’s Sebastian Kurz both praised the neighborly ties between their countries and joined in calls for reducing surplus EU bureaucracy while focusing on values of the 28-nation union. But Gabriel, on his first trip to Austria as foreign minister, was blunt in rejecting Kurz’s vision of creating mass refugee centers in countries like Libya or Sudan “sooner rather than later.” At a joint news conference, both also agreed on the need for a new formula that reduces child support payments from German and Austrian levels for workers coming from low-wage EU countries who opt to leave their children in their home nations. “We don’t want to pay hundreds of millions of euros in family support for foreign children a year who don’t even live in Austria,” Kurz said. “It is unfair to pay out these sums to the same extent when the costs of living are substantially less elsewhere.” Kurz is popular in Austria for his hard-line views on mass migration and has cited the success of the EU-Turkey deal in reducing the influx of migrants from outside Europe as something that can serve as a model for possible EU pacts with Libya and other North African countries. Gabriel, however, suggested the comparison was flawed, arguing that the chaos and anarchy gripping Libya doomed such an agreement. “We have a state in Turkey, whatever one’s opinion about it is,” he told reporters. “Not so in Libya.” Gabriel also dismissed expectations that Tunisia would be able to host mass concentrations of migrants, warning that could be “destabilizing” in a North Africa country that is struggling to nurture its fragile democracy.

Establishment Admits Le Pen Might Just Win Presidential Election

Several French politicians, pollsters, and commentators have conceded that Marine Le Pen may win the French presidential elections in May.

A Le Pen victory would continue the populist trend set by Brexit and the election of Donald J. Trump as U.S. President last year, neither of which were forecast by insiders and industry pundits.
With polls consistently placing Le Pen out in front for first round voting, the former Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned France’s establishment of the “danger” of assuming she cannot win, Euractiv has reported.
Valls pointed to Trump’s victory, unforeseen by the political establishment, to add: “What has changed in the world and Europe since Nov. 8 is that it’s possible.”
The former conservative Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, too, admitted this month: “I think Madame Le Pen could be elected.”
Le Pen has maintained a strong lead in first round polling since 2013 and is therefore widely expected to top the preliminary vote on 23 April with around a quarter of the vote.
Polling for the second round on 7 May, in which the top two candidates go head to head, currently shows her losing out to her main rival, former socialist Emmanual Macron, by a margin of about 20 per cent.
But pollsters say that even a narrow shift, from 60-40 to 55-45 in Macron’s favour, could throw the final result into doubt.
Ifop’s Jérôme Fourquet told AFP that if by early May the polls still place Le Pen at 40 per cent to 60 per cent for her rival, “the gap is too big for there to be a surprise.
“But if it’s 55-45, it could be a different matter,” he said, adding that her performance in the first round would be crucial if she is to gain enough momentum to snatch a win in the second round.
When canvassed by L’Opinion newspaper in mid-February, pollsters were reluctant to give any certainties.
Bernard Sananes of the Elabe polling group remarked it was “both possible and improbable”. Others were more forthright, with Jérôme Sainte-Marie of Polling Vox saying: “Against Macron, she has a chance of winning.”
The race so far has been marked by allegations of fraudulent behaviour levelled at both Le Pen and the Les Republicains candidate François Fillon, with both candidates being accused of wrongly using Parliamentary expenses and funds, in Fillon’s case, to hire family members as staff.

But while Fillon’s campaign has been hard hit by the allegations, sending him sliding to third place in the polls, Le Pen’s support has held firm.


On February 17, the German Presseportal reported that a violent incident had taken place at a refugee centre in Staufen, a small town in the South of Germany:
“As the first investigations revealed, three residents of Syrian nationality, aged 19 and 21, had had an altercation with two security guards. The Syrian nationals used iron rods and a knife. In the course of the dispute, the 19-year-old is said to have attacked the 27- and 29-year-old guards – both Turkish nationals – with the knife. Both guards suffered injuries. The 27-year-old cannot be excluded of involvement. 
A total of 5 people were injured, two of them by rods or bars. One of the injured persons is in critical condition.”
The Badische Zeitung suggests the guards and residents might have had prior disputes and that they belonged to rival ethnic groups, being Syrian and Turkish.
Today, the video above emerged, with the Daily Star Sunday claiming it shows footage of the attack that was reported on earlier.
Official sources have yet to confirm or deny this video does indeed portray the Staufen incident.


A woman in the Austrian city of Linz had to be rescued by police this weekend from the clutches of a sex offender from Afghanistan. The migrant had lured the victim, who is slightly mentally challenged, to his car and took her to his home in the Ebelsberg district, where he raped her.
After the sex attack, the woman managed to gather her belongings and flee to the bathroom, where she called the emergency number. “I don’t know where I am,” the shocked victim said by phone. The operator then advised her to open a window and call for help, which she did, Kronen Zeitung reports.
A passer-by soon noticed the woman’s screams and alerted the police. The victim was subsequently freed and the Afghan was arrested. He denies all charges.
Previous attacks
These past few months Austria witnessed an array of sexual assaults committed by Afghans and other people coming from the Islamic ‘civilisation’, even spawning calls for curfews for refugees.
One of the most shocking recent attacks in this series occurred in Vienna on February 7, when a 17-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan tried raping a 31-year-old woman who was in the company of her two young children. The violent molestation attempt took place on Danube Island, where the young mother had to fight for her life in order to avoid rape. After she bit the refugee in the face, he fled, but could nevertheless soon thereafter be detained by the authorities. The young migrant may have made more victims, police fear.
Vienna gang rape
A week ago, the court case started against 9 Iraqi immigrants for kidnapping and raping a German tourist in Vienna during New Year’s Eve nearly 14 months ago. The Arab-Muslim abusers, who are all relatives, had fled to Austria in 2015. Some of them have already been recognised by Austria as refugees, while others are still in the legal procedure of obtaining a permanent resident status. Chances of the rapists being deported to Iraq are slim, at best.
More violence, rapes
A judge in the Austrian town of St. Pölten last week sentenced a 17-year-old Afghan to a conditional sentence for intentionally wounding no less than six people, including a guard and three policemen in an asylum centre in Oberndorf. One of the battered officers was in the hospital for several weeks and afterwards, he had to wear a splint.
Another inhabitant of Oberndorf was recently locked up for 6 years after taking part in gang raping a female foreign exchange student in Vienna.