Sunday, September 30, 2018

‘An Outrageous Attack’ – Politicians Apoplectic After Vandals Spraypaint the Word ‘Bacon’ on UK Mosque

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Local politicians have expressed fury and vowed to offer all the support they can after the word ‘Bacon’ was spraypainted on a mosque in Newcastle, England.

The graffiti was discovered on the side of the Heaton Mosque and Islamic Centre on Friday morning, ChronicleLive reports.

“This is an outrageous attack on our community,” thundered local councillor John-Paul Stephenson, of the Labour Party.“Heaton is well-loved for its diversity,” he added.

“This attack goes against everything we stand for. Councillors will be meeting with the mosque to discuss this and offer the support we can. Attacks like this will not be tolerated in our community.”

Newcastle City Council moved swiftly to remove the graffiti that very morning, explaining that they “aim to remove all offensive, racist, and sexist graffiti within two working days. Where this is not possible, it will be obscured.”

Similar incidents involving Islamic religious institutions and pork products, which the publicly-funded BBC and other British media outlets have taken to calling “bacon hate crime”, are usually prosecuted with particular severity.

35-year-old Kevin Crehan, for example, was sentenced to a year in prison for leaving bacon sandwiches outside the Jamia Mosque in Bristol in 2016.

He was found dead in his prison cell partway into his sentence, after what investigators deemed to be a suspected drug overdose.

WATCH: Refugees allegedly use cemetery as toilet

In the Serbian city of Loznica emotions are running high: In the Serbian city of Loznica, the weather is blowing: a video posted on Facebook shows migrants walking around in underpants around a cemetery, provisionally camping, washing themselves at the well next to it and allegedly using the cemetery as a toilet. The video spread like wildfire and was seen 20,000 times. The reactions are angry and horrified: The user Jadranka D. wrote:
In Kosovo Serbs under police escort visit the cemeteries... what would happen if we walk across their cemeteries in underpants... this will soon also happen in the churches, there is also water...
Ljiljana M. confirmed what can be seen on the video and posted: was just at the cemetery, what you can see on the video is true.... Why do they let that happen, why don't they go to the parking lot in front of the town hall...? Ljiljana M. confirmed what can be seen on the video and posted: was just at the cemetery, what you can see on the video is true.... Why do they let that happen, why don't they go to the parking lot in front of the town hall...? Another user, Aleksandar S., demands self-protection from the citizens, because no help can be expected from the state anyway. The situation around the cemetery area is not unknown. For months migrants have been coming and going there. Despite complaints of many citizens the authorities did not find a solution so far. After publication of the video it occurred a Shitstorm on Facebook. 20 city dwellers then wrote to the authorities to finally put an end to this condition. In Loznica the influx of migrants has been continuing for months. They settle in the parking areas next to the railway station and at the bus stop and sleep outside. They are mostly groups of young men. There is no information on the part of the authorities regarding the origin and number of migrants. In any case, the migrants are very relaxed, have awesome mobile phones, make a lot of phone calls or listen to music, report the media. Loznica is not the final destination of the migrants. The city lies on the Drina River, which separates Serbia from Bosnia-Herzegovina. That's where they want to go and then on to the EU. In the nearby village of Brasina, also on the River Drina, similar conditions exist. Migrants arrive every day. Residents report that the arrivals have detailed routes on their mobile phones and know exactly where they want to go.

Marine Le Pen warns: France is becoming a totalitarian state, our judges are politicised

Marine Le Pen reacted to the ordering of a psychiatric evaluation by the French legal system saying it is becoming a “totalitarian system”. This is her translated statement to broadcaster CNEWS on the treatment she’s received.“You know the judicial floor depend on the political powers and they receive orders from them. The political powers gave the order to prosecute me because I denounced Daesh’s atrocities by tweets in 2015.”“The judges didn’t find any articles to prosecute me, instead they sought an article about sexual infractions to protect minors from sexual crimes! It’s a true scandal (…) That’s why I fell off my chair when I received an ordinance for me to undergo psychiatric evaluation.”

Of course, none of the media care about what she was saying and instead told her that it was a “normal procedure” and even compared her treatment to how Alexandre Benalla was treated (Macron’s ex bodyguard who is under several lawsuits and scrutiny over several crimes, including his beating down of protesters).

“I’m not Alexandre Benalla thank you very much Madam, I was a candidate in two presidential elections, a European deputy and a president of France’s first opposition party!”

“They want to prosecute me under an article which was used against sexual workers, psychopaths, perverts and sexual predators!”

“Every action against the opposition is taken, to try to harm it, to slow it, humiliate it (…) they are marks of an undemocratic system. They are marks of a totalitarian state!”

Leadership Challenge? Boris Declares ‘Unlike Theresa May, I Fought for Brexit and I Believe In It’

Boris Johnson has issued his strongest challenge to Theresa May to date, branding her Chequers plan “deranged” and “preposterous” before declaring: “Unlike the Prime Minister, I campaigned for Brexit… I believe in it”.

In his first newspaper interview since resigning from the Cabinet over the Chequers blueprint for a ‘Soft Brexit’ — which would, he believes, render Brexit Britain an EU “vassal state” — the former Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary reiterated his warning that the May plan “surrenders control”.

He was particularly vocal on the esoteric but much-discussed topic of the Northern Irish ‘backstop’ — a proposal to keep the British province of Northern Ireland as well as the rest of the United Kingdom inside the EU’s Customs Union, if this is the only way the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can be kept free of customs checkpoints.“I remember going in to see [Theresa May] and her advisers and being absolutely reassured that [the backstop] was just a form of words that was necessary to float the negotiations off the rocks,” recalled Johnson.

“What has happened is that the issue has been allowed to dominate in a way that we were expressly promised would not happen.”

Asked by his Sunday Times interviewer what he thought about Theresa May’s suggestion that people who did not back her Brexit plan were simply playing politics with the issue, the former two-time Mayor of London bristled: “Well, unlike the Prime Minister, I campaigned for Brexit,” he said.

“Unlike the Prime Minister, I fought for this, I believe in it, I think it’s the right thing for our country and I think that what is happening now is, alas, not what people were promised in 2016.”Johnson also appeared to attack her policy platform as excessively left-liberal, warning that the Tory Party should not “caper insincerely on socialist territory.”

“You can’t beat Corbyn by becoming Corbyn,” he said, referring to 69-year-old Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“On the domestic agenda, for me Brexit should be part of a really self-confident and glorious campaign to revitalise the UK economy, invest in infrastructure, invest in housing, invest in skills for young people,” he added.

One of the more striking infrastructure projects he backs is a bridge linking Northern Ireland to the wider British mainland via Scotland.

“What we need to do is build a bridge between our islands. Why don’t we? Why don’t we?” he asked insistently.

“There is so much more we can do, and what grieves me about the current approach to Brexit is that we are just in danger of not believing in ourselves, not believing in Britain.”

Again: Migrant injures a victim life-threateningly with a knife in Germany

These reports reach us daily, this time the drama is taking place in Bayreuth. From a group of Arabic-speaking people, an 18-year-old was stabbed last night and injured in a life-threatening manner. Only an emergency operation was able to save him. The perpetrator, a migrant of the same age, was arrested by the police after his escape.On the bridge to the Rotmain-Center two groups of "young adults" had got into conflict, reported Martin Prechtl, speaker of the police headquarters Upper Franconia. At the request of the newspaper Nordbayerische Kurier, he also confirmed the migration background of the perpetrators. An eyewitness had previously reported a loud, aggressive roar in Arabic.The police have not yet been able to determine what the dispute was about. One thing is certain: once again, a human being became a victim of the always-prepared knives of immigrants. A stab in the belly injured him life-threateningly. Nothing is yet known about the nationality of the seriously injured. The stabbed man had been able to drag himself from the bridge to a nearby residential area, where he collapsed. In the clinic, the doctors saved his life.

UK: Over 100,000 Pounds of Onions Destroyed After Illegal Migrants Found in Delivery Lorries

British authorities were forced to destroy over 100,000 pounds of onions which were “contaminated” by illegal migrants discovered hiding in delivery lorries.

Border Force officials discovered more than twenty illegal migrants who identified themselves as being from Afghanistan, Albania, Iran, and Iraq — all Muslim-majority countries — in two separate incidents in the Port of Poole, the Dorset Echo reports.

“In June 2017 and January 2018, a total of 47,000 kilograms of onions were surrendered at the Port of Poole following the discovery of clandestine migrants in two vehicles that were being used to transport the goods,” explained Peter Haikin, the Borough of Poole’s Regulatory Services Manager.“As a result of the discoveries, all of the produce was disposed of to ensure that no contaminated goods would end up in any restaurants or supermarkets.”

He added: “Borough of Poole continues to work closely with authorities to ensure that produce being provided to restaurants, supermarkets and distributors is safe for consumption.”

The high street value of the destroyed onions was estimated at over £35,000.

The fate of the illegal migrants is not entirely clear.

A Home Office spokesman told the Dorset Echo that they has been “dealt with by the Home Office in line with the immigration rules” and that “Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, action is taken to remove them”.

However, EU rules which require member-states to deport illegal migrants to the very first EU country they entered, rather than the last one they come from — usually France, in Britain’s case — mean that very few are removed, so long as there is no record of their point of entry and they will not reveal it.

In 2014, for example, only 49 out of several thousand illegal arrivals from France could be sent back across the English Channel.

EU: Politicizing the Internet

In March, the European Commission -- the unelected executive branch of the European Union -- told social media companies to remove illegal online terrorist content within an hour -- or risk facing EU-wide legislation on the topic. This ultimatum was part of a new set of recommendations that applies to all forms of supposedly "illegal content" online. This content ranges "from terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products and copyright infringement."
While the one-hour ultimatum was ostensibly only about terrorist content, the following is how the European Commission presented the new recommendations at the time:
"... The Commission has taken a number of actions to protect Europeans online – be it from terrorist content, illegal hate speech or fake news... we are continuously looking into ways we can improve our fight against illegal content online. Illegal content means any information which is not in compliance with Union law or the law of a Member State, such as content inciting people to terrorism, racist or xenophobic, illegal hate speech, child sexual exploitation... What is illegal offline is also illegal online".
"Illegal hate speech", is then broadly defined by the European Commission as "incitement to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin".
The EU has now decided that these "voluntary efforts" to remove terrorist content within an hour on the part of the social media giants are not enough: that legislation must be introduced. According to the European Commission's recent press release:
"The Commission has already been working on a voluntary basis with a number of key stakeholders – including online platforms, Member States and Europol – under the EU Internet Forum in order to limit the presence of terrorist content online. In March, the Commission recommended a number of actions to be taken by companies and Member States to further step up this work. Whilst these efforts have brought positive results, overall progress has not been sufficient".
According to the press release, the new rules will include draconian fines issued to internet companies who fail to live up to the new legislation:
"Member States will have to put in place effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties for not complying with orders to remove online terrorist content. In the event of systematic failures to remove such content following removal orders, a service provider could face financial penalties of up to 4% of its global turnover for the last business year".
Such astronomical penalties are likely to ensure that no internet company will run any risks and will therefore self-censor material "just in case".
According to the European Commission press release, the rules will require that service providers "take proactive measures – such as the use of new tools – to better protect their platforms and their users from terrorist abuse". The rules will also require increased cooperation between hosting service providers, and Europol and Member States, with the stipulation that Member states "designate points of contact reachable 24/7 to facilitate the follow up to removal orders and referrals", as well as the establishment of:
"...effective complaint mechanisms that all service providers will have to put in place. Where content has been removed unjustifiably, the service provider will be required to reinstate it as soon as possible. Effective judicial remedies will also be provided by national authorities and platforms and content providers will have the right to challenge a removal order. For platforms making use of automated detection tools, human oversight and verification should be in place to prevent erroneous removals".
It is hard to see why anyone would believe that there will be effective judicial remedies and that erroneously removed content will be reinstated. Even before such EU-wide legislation, similar ostensible "anti-terror legislation" in France, for example, is being used as a political tool against political opponents and to limit unwanted free speech. Marine Le Pen, leader of France's Front National, was charged earlier this year for tweeting images in 2015 of ISIS atrocities, includingthe beheading of American journalist James Foley and a photo of a man being burned by ISIS in a cage. She faces charges of circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity", and that can be viewed by a minor. The purported crime is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of €75,000 ($88,000). Le Pen posted the pictures a few weeks after the Paris terror attacks in November 2015, in which 130 people were killed, and the text she wrote to accompany the images was "Daesh is this!" In France, then, simply spreading information about ISIS atrocities is now considered "incitement to terrorism". It is this kind of legislation, it seems, that the European Commission now wishes to impose on all of the EU.
The decision to enact legislation in this area was taken at the June 2018 European Council meeting – a gathering of all the EU's heads of state – in which the Council welcomed "the intention of the Commission to present a legislative proposal to improve the detection and removal of content that incites hatred and to commit terrorist acts". It sounds, however, as if the EU is planning to legislate about a lot more than just "terrorism".
In May 2016, the European Commission and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft, agreed on a "Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech online" (Google+ and Instagram also joined the Code of Conduct in January 2018). The Code of Conduct commits the social media companies to review and remove, within 24 hours, content that is deemed to be "illegal hate speech". According to the Code of Conduct, when companies receive a request to remove content, they must "assess the request against their rules and community guidelines and, where applicable, national laws on combating racism and xenophobia..." In other words, the social media giants act as voluntary censors on behalf of the European Union.
The European Council's welcoming of a legislative proposal from the European Commission on "improving the detection and removal of content that incites hatred" certainly sounds as if the EU plans to put the Code of Conduct into legislation, as well.
At the EU Salzburg Informal Summit in September, EU member states agreed to, "step up the fight against all forms of cyber crime, manipulations and disinformation". Heads of member states were furthermore invited, "to discuss what they expect from the Union when it comes to... preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online" and "striking the right balance between effectively combating disinformation and illegal cyber activities and safeguarding fundamental rights such as the freedom of expression".
At the same time, however, the European Commission, under its Research and Innovation Program, has a call out for research proposals on how "to monitor, prevent and counter hate speech online," with a submission deadline in October.
In the call for proposals, the Commission says that it is "committed to curb the trends of online hate speech in Europe" and underlines that "proposals building on the activities relating to the implementation of the Code of Conduct on countering hate speech online are of particular interest".
The Commission states that it is specifically interested in funding projects that focus on the, "development of technology and innovative web tools preventing and countering illegal hate speech online and supporting data collection"; studies that analyze "the spread of racist and xenophobic hate speech in different Member States, including the source and structures of groups generating and spreading such content..."; and projects that develop and disseminate "online narratives promoting EU values, tolerance and respect to EU fundamental rights and fact checking activities enhancing critical thinking and awareness about accuracy of information" as well as activities "aimed at training stakeholders on EU and national legal framework criminalising hate speech online".[1] One just wonders which member states and what "hate speech" will be held accountable -- and which not.
The EU seems fixated, at least for the internet, on killing free speech.

[1] The European Commission writes in its call that it would like the funded projects to have the following results:
  • Curbing increasing trends of illegal hate speech on the Internet and contributing to better understanding how social media is used to recruit followers to the hate speech narrative and ideas;
  • Improving data recording and establishment of trends, including on the chilling effects of illegal hate speech online, including when addressed to key democracy players, such as journalists;
  • Strengthening cooperation between national authorities, civil society organisations and Internet companies, in the area of preventing and countering hate speech online;
  • Empowering civil society organisations and grass-root movements in their activities countering hate speech online and in the development of effective counter-narratives;
  • Increasing awareness and media literacy of the general public on racist and xenophobic online hate speech and boosting public perception of the issue.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

During the state visit of the Turkish dictator Erdogan in Cologne, a young Iranian woman who carried an Israeli flag was insulted and threatened by Turks.

During a visit to Cologne by the Turkish dictator Erdogan, who is highly esteemed by Mrs. Merkel and her followers, a young Iranian woman carrying an Israel flag across Cologne was attacked, insulted and threatened by Turks. Here is the translation of her post: 

Today I walked through Cologne as an Iranian woman with an Israel flag. I am absolutely finished with my nerves. We were attacked from all sides by Arab-Islamic-Turkish men as well as women. I would be insulted as a "whore" "landless" " prostitute" and so on. Not only I was given the middle finger a hundred times, but death threats were also made. On the way back we were followed by three men who only left when the police arrived.Kurds and Alevis gave us a warm welcome. If the police had not been there, the Erdogan supporters would have attacked us. I am absolutely shocked by the anti-Semitism in this country. Especially when one experiences it first hand.I can understand Israelis leaving the country because of this massive bullying.

Turks in Cologne, Germany

If I recall correctly, a few years ago, Erdogan claimed he could basically just flip a switch and make many parts of Europe under his rule. I can’t see how he would be wrong.

French Media Attacks Father of Bataclan Victim for Being Too Close to ‘Far Right’

A French mainstream newspaper has attacked Patrick Jardin, father of 31-year-old Bataclan massacre victim Nathalie Jardin, for being too close to anti-Islamisation figures and groups deemed “far right”.

While other parents of victims of the 2015 massacre have called for people to rally against hate, 65-year-old Jardin has been defiant and says he will never forgive the radical Islamic terrorists who murdered his daughter, saying: “Me, I hate.”

In an article released this week by French newspaper Le Monde, Mr Jardin was attacked for associating with groups like the anti-Islamisation youth activist organisation Generation Identitaire, as well as figures like author Renaud Camus, who coined the theory of the “Great Replacement.”Jardin has come to the forefront in recent weeks due to his involvement in a campaign to have rapper Médine’s October concert at the Bataclan cancelled.

The announcement of the concert earlier this year sparked controversy due to the fact that one of the rapper’s albums was entitled ‘Jihad’. Earlier this month the campaign proved a success when Médine announced the cancellation of the concert.The French paper also claims that Mr Jardin was of interest to the far-right group Action des Forces Opérationnelles (AFO), saying that the leader of the group attempted to recruit Jardin at one point.

Several AFO members were arrested back in June after the French domestic intelligence service, the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI), found members to be making homemade hand grenades and undergoing various kinds of weapons training. The AFO was allegedly also plotting attacks against radical Muslims.

It was later revealed that one of the AFO members arrested had, like Jardin, lost a daughter at the Bataclan.

The 65-year-old said he did not look at himself as an extremist or a “racist” but rather as a patriot, a nationalist, a Gaullist and a father who lost his daughter.

According to the paper, Jardin still pays for the mobile phone bill of his daughter to this day so he can call the number to hear her voice on the answering machine.

Meet the Killer Burqa: Burqa woman stabs man to death in Essen, Germany

A 34-year-old woman stabbed her husband in Essen. The victim died at the scene of the crime. A woman in Burqa was arrested. A family drama apparently occurred during the night of Saturday in an apartment in the Essen district of Altendorf. According to police, the emergency call was received at 0:35 am. The emergency services had been called into an apartment in Helenenstraße for a stabbing. On site, the rescue forces found a severely injured person who had died on site despite immediate resuscitation measures. Two persons were temporarily arrested: the 17-year-old son and the 34-year-old wife of the victim. Investigations into the background to the crime are ongoing.

Taharrush at Munich's Oktoberfest: Afghans harass women and beat policemen

On Thursday around 11 p.m. civilian police officers noticed three young men, who repeatedly approached women and harassed them. When the three Afghan men (21, 23 and 28 years old) approached a Oktoberfest visitor again, the woman's life partner intervened and forbade them to dare to approach. During the quarrel there were physical clashes.The civilian police officers stepped in at that moment and clearly identified themselves as police officers. Nevertheless, the three men did not stop and hit the woman's life partner. The civilian police officers were also attacked by the men with hits. The police officers finally managed to stop the aggressive actions and arrest the three perpetrators. During the arrest an officer was hit several times in the face and suffered bruises. He was cared for by the rescue service. The perpetrators were taken to the prison of the Munich Police Headquarters and brought before the magistrate.

A few hours later after the knife attacks in Ravensburg: A Syrian attacks three senior women and seriously injures them.

Brutal scenes took place on Friday evening in the Vienna district of Alsergrund: A 41-year-old Syrian first attacked three women aged 65, 67 and 75 at a tram stop and injured them, sometimes severely, before he began to riot a little later in a street and smashed windows. In the Fluchtgasse street the police put an end to the aggressive doings of the suspect, after the use of pepper spray the raging could be overwhelmed. First the 41 years old Syrian had begun to rage apparently in the Währinger street. At a stop he suddenly attacked three women with fists and hit them. The victims all went to the ground, suffered kicks and were sometimes seriously injured. The police reported, for example, concussions, bruises and haematomas. Then the attacker fled, apparently to freak out again in Pichlergasse street.   He smashed several panes of glass into the street and sustained serious injuries, according to the executive, but this did not stop the suspect from raving in the Fluchtgasse street. When he threatened several passers-by there again with fists, the police were finally alerted. Only a short time later, officers arrived on the scene. But the perpetrator also went after the policemen, tried to attack them and shouted loudly in Arabic, so the operation did not go unnoticed for long: The raging man as well as the appearance of the officers "caused a great stir, whereby several filming and photographing onlookers had to be directed away from the scene", as the National Police Headquarters reported. With reinforcements, the police finally managed, with the help of pepper spray, to overwhelm and arrest the suspect. Due to his injuries, the Syrian had to be admitted to hospital first. He is now under constant surveillance, according to the police.After his release from hospital, he was transferred to pre-trial detention. The 41-year-old was charged with grievous bodily harm, resistance to state authority and damage to property.