Thursday, May 31, 2018

It’s done! Italy forms strong anti-establishment and anti-migration coalition

Italy’s anti-establishment political leaders Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio have agreed to form a coalition government between Lega and the Five Star Movement.
In a joint statement from Di Maio and Salvini, they said: “The conditions for a political government have been found.” Lega leader Salvini and M5S leader Di Maio have agreed on a list of ministers which have been sent to President Sergio Mattarella.
Salvini said on Facebook: ““Commitment, coherence, listening skulls, hard work, patience, common sense, head and hearts for the good of Italian.“We are finally there, maybe, after so many obstacles, attacks, threats and lies. Thanks for your trust, my friends. I love you and know I will need you.”

POLLS: Populist Support Surges in Italy, Nationalist Lega Closes Gap on Five-Star

Italy’s populist parties would win an outright majority in parliament if new elections were held, according to the latest polls.

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and nationalist Lega parties’ first attempt to form a coalition fell apart last week when President Sergio Mattarella vetoedtheir choice of finance minister, Paolo Savona, because of his eurosceptic views — but a populist government appears to be back on the cards now, with the two parties ready to put fresh proposals to the unelected president following polls showing fresh elections could make them even stronger.
Lega, which obtained 17.4 per cent three months ago, has rapidly caught up to M5S, having gained eight percentage points in an IPSOS poll published this week and risen to 25.4 per cent.
The survey, conducted for the Corriere Della Sera newspaper, also showed support for the M5S holding firm at around 32.6 per cent.
A separate poll, published on Monday, showed Lega surging by 10 points to 27.5 per, with M5S slipping only slightly, down three points to 29.5 per cent.
In either case, the two parties would easily command a majority in parliament if they agreed to join forces again.

The Mike Shedlock global economics blog has been tracking the polls throughout May, and claims that an “anti-Establishment landslide in Italy looks increasingly likely”.Lega leader Matteo Salvini was been sounding understandably emboldened before today’s deal was announced, appearing to look forward to a second vote.
“The earlier we vote the better because it’s the best way to get out of this quagmire and confusion,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
The movement in the polls appeared to contradict claims by Germany’s EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger earlier this week, that the markets would “teach the Italians to vote for the right thing” and reject populism.
The remark was widely seen as a threat, and the M5S called on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to “defend democracy” and “respect” Italian voters.
Mr. Juncker later distanced himself from the comments and Mr. Oettinger was forced to apologise.
M5S leader Luigi Di Maio has also slammed the Italian establishment for acting in an anti-democratic way, commenting on President Mattarella’s use of his veto:
“We were a few steps away from forming a government and we were stopped because in our cabinet there was a minister who criticised the EU. This is not a free democracy.”
The polls’ accuracy could be tested soon is President Matterlla risks rejecting the populists’ latest coalition proposal, forcing fresh elections.

BTW 'Rosanne'

'Rosanne' canceled due to Barr's "racist" tweet. Anyone remember this tweet from Wanda Sykes, who worked on the show? No? @Wifewithapurpose‍ @WhiteArtCollective‍

‘Youths’ Stab Father-of-Three to Death, 69th Murder Victim in Sadiq Khan’s London in 2018

A father-of-three has been stabbed to death by a group of ‘youths’ after refusing to hand over his money to them — the 69th suspected murder victim in Sadiq Khan’s London this year.

The man, thought to be a delivery driver, died of his injuries on London’s ‘millionaire row’ in Chelsea, formerly home to left-liberal actor Hugh Grant and boasting an average house price of around £.1.6 million, according to MailOnline.
“A young black man has just been stabbed to death outside my flat,” tweeted Mika Simmons, an actress who appeared in the long-running BBC hospital drama Casualty.
“I’ve been told he was working as a delivery driver and refused to give some other youths some money.”
Neighbour Angus Hulme told the MailOnline: “A woman was on the street when it happened. A girl who’d been looking after him as he lay there said that he’s tried to get up but she told him to stay where he was and stay still.

“She tried to get him talking while waiting for an ambulance. That’s when he said he had three kids.”“We walked past a black SUV car at just after 10.30 p.m. The driver’s door was left open and there was loads of blood on the driver’s side inside. Someone else was looking inside at the same time and ran to get the emergency services,” added local teenager Ellen Maatta, 19.
“We saw armed police officers and went back indoors. It was so scary. We were really shocked. We couldn’t believe it,” added friend Saga Granberg, also 19.
A male witness who did not wish to be named described the scene of the crime in more detail, saying how he found the victim “drenched in blood on the road”.
“He’d been stabbed in his chest and in the top of his leg. He was unconscious but still breathing.
“He was obviously in shock as his leg was kicking out. Two men and two women had put a tourniquet around his leg but there was loads of blood coming out,” he said.
“But by the time [paramedics] got to us this man’s eyes were rolling back. They tried to treat him in some way right there in the street. I couldn’t sleep last night. I’m really shocked after seeing something like that.”

Farage on current state of law in the UK and Soros’ role in the degradation of the West

(What I find interesting about Soros is the constant stream of evidence of total sociopathy of the man. For example, in any question he is asked about the horrors he has committed, he gives the sociopath’s answer. “If I had not done it someone else would have”, or, as he said on 60 Minutes, I cannot think about the moral consequences of my actions”. Paraphrasing on both quotes from memory, but I am confident I have the correct sentiment. So we have a man who was in fact a Nazi, and claimed it was the best time of his life, and has literally zero remorse for his actions as a Nazi in Hungary, but is in an extremely calculated fashion, capitalizing on the guilt felt by those who do in fact have a working conscience of the horrors of the Holocaust to destroy Europe. He has, Mr. Soros did, managed to weaponize the more noble human reactions to actions George Soros himself was a gleeful part of, as a tool against the Western world as a whole. A true super villain. A man who’s thought process is so monstrous that trying to understand it for a few minutes makes one need a shower.)

‘Save the Internet’ – EU Moves to Monitor Uploads, ‘Censor’ Memes, ‘Tax’ Website Links

The European Union (EU) is less than a month away from voting to introduce aggressive new online copyright laws and “widespread censorship” measures, which critics say could strangle new media websites and stifle satire and online meme culture.

Unelected European Commission bureaucrats have drafted legislation which detractors say could force online platforms to monitor and control all uploads to some platforms with “content recognition technologies”. They are also said to have proposed what has been termed a ‘link tax’, which could compel blogs and other websites to pay just to reference content.The full effects of the legislation are still unclear, but critics allege that memes, remixes, and other types of user-generated content could be put at risk, as these could technically be seen as breaches of copyright — and so could sharing content on popular websites like Reddit, Tumblr, and Gab.
Others believe that the laws will hand well-resourced mainstream media firms an advantage over smaller alternative media groups that will struggle to comply with the sweeping new regulations. It is not clear how small news providers and even non-profit groups will be protected from harm.
The European Parliament is to vote on the copyright proposal late next month, namely Article 13 of the ‘Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market.’
The ‘link tax’ was proposed in March by German Christian Democrat MEP Axel Voss, who has admitted extra copyright for news sites was “maybe not the best idea”.
“Whether the ancillary copyright laws will ultimately be the remedy, I do not know. It’s just an attempt to somehow improve this imbalance that prevails at the moment,” he said in an interview in February.
Julia Reda, a German Pirate Party MEP, has written that “these proposals are pandering to the demands of some news publishers to charge search engines and social networks for sending traffic their way, as well as the music industry’s wish to be propped up in its negotiations with YouTube.
“These proposals will cause major collateral damage – making many everyday habits on the web and many services you regularly use downright illegal, subject to fees or, at the very least, mired in legal uncertainty.”She claimed in a separate article: “On the topic of copyright, you NOW have the chance to have an influence – a chance that will be long lost in two years, when we’ll all be ‘suddenly’ faced with the challenge of having to implement upload filters and the ‘link tax’ – or running into new limits on what we can do using the web services we rely on.” website and campaign have been launched, encouraging EU citizens and even those living outside the bloc to write to and tweet at MEPs, and demand the legislation is reconsidered.
“The European Commission and the Council want to destroy the Internet as we know it and allow big companies to control what we see and do online,” the website claims.
“Should Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposal be adopted, it will impose widespread censorship of all the content you share online,” they add.
Similarly, a #savethelink campaign and website is pushing back against the ‘link tax’ as well as the copyright laws, claiming: “MEPs are about to cast their crucial votes on rules that could undermine the foundations of the web: the ability to link across the Internet, and the freedom to create online.”
They add: “The proposed law includes powers for media giants to charge licensing fees for posting links, through a new type of copyright, aka the link tax. It would also demand websites install bots to monitor your posts and censor them if copyrighted content is detected.”
The EU’s efforts to control and censor the Internet have been accelerating this year, with the unelected Commission last month ordering social media and tech firms like Facebook to delete content it considers “illegal” within one hour, threatening a new law.
Back in 2016, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft voluntarily agreed to more rigorously censor “illegal online hate speech” by signing up to a so-called ‘Code of Conduct,’ parts of which the bloc wants to legally enforce.
In the code, the tech firms also promise to help the EU “criminalise” alleged perpetrators, as well as re-educate them by “promoting independent counter-narratives” that Brussels favours.

Tommy Robinson's Arrest Is Attack On Working Class

German teen girl needs surgery after being violently raped by a Syrian refugee in a cellar

A brutal rape of a German teen has shocked the city of Chemnitz. A Syrian refugee attacked and raped a 15-year-old German girl in a cellar. The young girl was so badly injured that she needed surgery, tabloid Bild reports.
The contact started on Facebook and after a while the two met in the city centre of Chemnitz, where the 18-year-old lives in an apartment. In the cellar, the young man is said to have attacked the girl at around 1:30 pm, raping her and severely injuring her. He then fled.
The 15-year-old, who normally lives in a youth home, managed to return and alarmed a caregiver. “In the hospital she needed surgery and wasn’t heard until Sunday,” the chief prosecutor says.
A neighbour of the Syrian, from the Karl-Immermann-Straße, tells Bild: “Once a woman was with him and there was a dispute. He seemed to hold on to her, probably beat her as well. I have to admit: I did not call the police.”
The 18-year-old Syrian came to Germany three years ago. Authorities say he is registered as an asylum seeker. Formerly, he was only known to the police for minor offenses such as driving in the dark.

Attorney General: “He was arrested at his home and brought before the magistrate who issued arrest warrants for fleeing.”

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Tommy Robinson: Trials, Protests, a Media Blackout, and Global Attention

The imprisonment last week of citizen journalist and right-wing activist Tommy Robinson came to worldwide attention and resulted in protests outside 10 Downing Street, with half a million people signing a petition for his release.

However, a temporary media ban, which was lifted after legal challenges by the left-wing Independent website and local news outlet Leeds Live on Tuesday, prevented details of his arrest and sentencing hearing from being reported in the United Kingdom.In the early hours of May 10th 2017, Tommy Robinson — real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon — was arrested in his home in Luton, Bedfordshire, for contempt of court.
On May 8th, the citizen journalist and two cameramen from Rebel Media had filmed at Canterbury Crown Court, looking to interview one of four male suspects accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Ramsgate, Kent.
(The four suspects, Tamin Rahmani, 37, Shershah Muslimyar, 20, Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, and Hamid Mohamadi, 18, were all found guilty of gang-raping the teen three weeks later.)
Crown Courts are open to the press, but any filming and recording in court buildings is illegal under section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925 and the Contempt of Court Act, with judges now claiming that this can extend to “court precincts” — although mainstream press regularly congregate outside court buildings without sanction.
Robinson was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, with the sentence suspended for 18 months.
One year later, Robinson was detained outside Leeds Crown Court on Friday 25th of May 2018 after using social media to broadcast details of an ongoing trial which had been reported by the local press initially, but was later subject to blanket reporting restrictions.
The activist pleaded guilty to contempt of court on Friday and was handed a 13-month prison sentence: 10 months for contempt of court, and a further three months for breaching the suspended sentence — to be served consecutively rather than concurrently, which is unusual.
In what Leeds Live called a “rare move”, Robinson had been arrested, brought before a judge, and sentenced within five hours.
– Media Silence –
However, details of Robinson’s arrest and imprisonment had all but been wiped from the British media after publications such as Breitbart News, the Scottish Daily Record, local press Birmingham Live, the left-wing Mirror, and others were forced to delete their articles throughout the day.
Leeds Crown Court had issued a UK media ban following the 35-year-old’s arrest, the reporting restriction put in place, the judge said in the order, to avoid “a substantial risk of prejudice” in the proceedings of the case the right-wing activist was reporting on. This ban was to be active until the end of the trial.However, media outlets outside Britain began to report on the strange case of Tommy Robinson falling down the memory hole, with social media becoming an alternative news platform for Britons to access details of the case.
Breitbart London posted a copy of the reporting restrictions — heavily redacted, in what the U.S. Gatestone Institute said “proved to be a perfect illustration of Western Europe’s encroaching tyranny”.
– Worldwide Reaction –
The story came to prominence on a global scale after being covered by right-wing U.S. news network Fox News, Alex Jones-owned Infowars, and was featured as the lead article on the highly-influential news aggregator Drudge Report on Saturday. The case also came to the attention of President Donald J. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
Support came from figures including anti-mass migration Australian political firebrand Pauline Hanson and German populist MP Petr Bystron, who told Breitbart London he wanted to try to help Robinson claim political asylum in Germany.
Robinson’s former employer, Canada-based Rebel Media chief Ezra Levant, accusedBritish authorities of hypocrisy for imposing such a lengthy sentence in prison, claiming other reporters on the left had received lighter sentences for Contempt of Court.
Within Britain, UKIP leader Gerard Batten tweeted about the arrest, asking: “What kind of police state have we become?”
Maajid Nawaz, founder of the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam which Robinson joined after leaving the English Defence League, did not defend Robinson, but said: “I just wished those young girls [victims of predominatly Pakistani-Muslim grooming gangs] had seen justice served for them as fast as the judge served Tommy Robinson justice in this case.”
However, others, including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, believed that “Robinson, frankly, was out there asking for trouble, and I don’t think it was a very bright thing do.”
The Brexit campaigner did add that there was a wider issue with police clamping down on those who “make certain criticisms in society”, however.
– #FreeTommy –
On Saturday the 26th, thousands of supporters of Tommy Robinson gathered down Whitehall to peacefully protest his imprisonment and the media blackout, in what they considered an attack on free speech, press freedom, and a targetted assault on right-wing thought.
Protesters chanted towards the direction of 10 Downing Street, calling “shame on you” and holding “#FreeTommy” signs.
One woman held a cardboard sign which read: “Free the truth teller. Free Tommy”.
The protest later moved down Parliament Street, past the Houses of Parliament to the Victoria Embankment Gardens along the River Thames, where speeches by right-wing activists and free speech campaigners continued.
A second protest took place at Speaker’s Corner — the home of British free speech — on Sunday 27th May, and a third is planned for the 9th of June on Whitehall.
Supporters urge the release of Robinson, fearing that the prison sentence could be an effective death sentence, should he fall into the hands of Islamist inmates.
UKIP leader Gerard Batten said that one of the party’s members of the House of Lords, Malcolm Pearson, had written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Sunday, tweeting: “If Tommy is murdered or injured in prison he [Lord Pearson] and others will mount a private prosecution against Mr Javid as an accessory, or for misconduct in public office.”