Monday, December 31, 2018

Manchester Victoria Station stabbings: Three people 'knifed by man' in frenzied attack

At least three people have been stabbed by a man with a 'long knife' in frenzied attack at Victoria Station in Manchester. British Transport Police [BTP] were called to the scene just before 9pm this evening as a man wielding a knife stabbed members of the public. Two members of the public, a man and a woman, and a BTP officer were taken to hospital with stab injuries. The incident happened at Victoria Station which is just metres away from the Manchester Arena where 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing terror attack on 22 May 2017. Sam Clack, a producer at the BBC, tweeted how he nearly jumped on the tracks to get away from the knifeman. He said: "Just been very close to the most terrifying thing. Man stabbed in Manchester Victoria station on tram platform.
mirror.co.uk

So, after all, car jihad in Recklinghausen, Germany ! Prosecutor assumes intent to kill

The Bosnian, who raced his car into the bus stop on Hertener Street in Recklinghausen on Thursday last week and killed an 88-year-old woman and seriously injured several people, remains silent about the accusations. According to the Bochum public prosecutor's office, he has not yet made any statements on the matter.Prosecutor's assumption now is intent to kill.
recklinghaeuser-zeitung.de

Syrians attack German couple with knives at Crimmitschau railway station


Yesterday, Sunday afternoon, two Syrians and a German couple from Crimmitschau had an argument at the railway station. Nobody was injured. According to the spouses, the 42-year-old husband was threatened with a knife for unknown reasons by a 21-year-old Syrian at the  station while validating the train ticket, whereupon he pulled out a self-defense spray. Thereupon, a second 19-year-old Syrian is said to have jumped into the track bed and grabbed a ballast stone, with which he in turn threatened the 40-year-old wife. The confrontation ended with the entry of the train to Zwickau, which was used by both the Syrians and the Germans. Federal police officers summoned to the Werdau station arrested both Syrians - supported by five police officers from the Werdau police station - for the time being and took them with them to the Zwickau federal police station on charges of the threat. There they found on the older of the two men - who, according to his own information, was under the influence of drugs - a clip bag with just under one gram of marijuana and 8 hemp seeds. The illegal narcotics were collected by the police and the man was reported to the police. A kitchen knife with a blade length of about 8 cm and a cutter knife were also seized from the accused.  After all necessary police measures had been completed, both suspects - the 21-year-old living in Crimmitschau and the 19-year-old without permanent residence - were released from custody.
https://fredalanmedforth.blogspot.com/2018/12/syrer-gehen-auf-dem-bahnhof.html

Pat Condell: The Anti-American Dream

Germany’s Merkel Calls For ‘Management of Migration’ in Globalist New Year’s Address



Chancellor Angela Merkel has closed a difficult year in German politics which has seen political embarrassment at the polls and her own departure from the top job announced but deferred, with an address to the nation pushing key globalist themes.

Speaking in her annual New Year’s Eve address recorded on Sunday, the architect of Europe’s migrant crisis made oblique swipes at nationalism and called for more cooperation “across borders” to tackle what she identified as the key challenges of 2019, among them terrorism and global warming.Inevitably German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments on mass migration gathered much attention in the domestic press, with Deutsche Welle reporting her having identified “governance and order of migration” as an issue to be addressed. Dr Merkel said: “We will only master the challenges of our time if we stick together and work together with others across borders.”

Her comments were clear references to the UN Migrant pact and the difficult relationship between globalist Germany and Presdient Trump’s America first policies. The UN compact, conceived in the wake of the migrant crisis Angela Merkel helped create and was subsequently revealed to have been launched with much assistance and encouragement from the German government.The compact, which has now been adopted by the UN and most member states would have the impact of making the open-borders policies pursued by the Merkel government the status-quo the world over, with the likely impact of reducing migratory pressures on Germany itself by shifting human traffic to other nations.

The implications of the compact were realised after the text of the agreement had been reached in 2017, with President Donald Trump leading the United States out of the UN plan for migration. Emboldened by that action, several other states including Australia, Israel, Austria, and Hungary also withdrew.The timing of Merkel’s remarks are significant. New Year’s Eve celebrations became perhaps indelibly associated with the migrant crisis Dr Merkel unleashed upon Europe in 2015, when mass sexual assaults took place in a number of German cities, most notably Cologne.

While the attacks, which saw over 1,000 criminal complaints of rape, sexual assault, and theft were played down by police and initially not reported in German media they later caused a significant scandal and gained global attention. Protests that took place after the attacks clearly featured large numbers of protest signs associating Merkel’s leadership with migrant crime and sex assaults, and the chant ‘Merkel Must Go’ became common at demonstrations.Speaking at odds with reality as many will perceive it, the Chancellor was also at pains to emphasise in her New Year’s speech that per difficult year politically, highlighted by internal party struggles over migration politics and with a number of poor elections results, was not actually the reason for Dr Merkel announcing her forthcoming departure from Germany’s top job.

Instead of the series of votes in Hesse, Bavaria, and the national election in 2017 which took six months to form a working government from, Dr Merkel insisted she was planning on announcing her departure all along. Her 13 year leadership had already been long enough, she said, and would have stepped down “regardless of how unsatisfactory the past year was”.

Rather than leaving immediately, however, Merkel has announced her intention to stay on as Chancellor — although she has already been replaced as leader of her party — until 2021, effectively preventing a coup against herself while extending her leadership until the last possible moment.

Merkel’s speech will be broadcast in full Monday evening.

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/31/germanys-merkel-calls-for-management-of-migration-in-globalist-new-years-address/

The West's Big-Ticket Power Grabs -- Why Should People Respect the Social Contract when Politicians Do Not?

The assertiveness of supra-national organisations with a focus on global policy-making is direct threat to the sovereignty of the nation state, and a dilution of the power of the individuals within it.

Most alarmingly, as MEP Marcel de Graaff neatly surmised from the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: "Criticism of migration will become a criminal offense." At what point have we left all pretext of democracy and moved into the sphere of dictatorship, manifest at a supranational level?

"It's very simple: the globalist political elite doesn't respect nation-states, nor does it give a damn about the views of ordinary people. Indeed, it despises them so much that it would much rather make their views illegal than listen to what they have to say." — James Delingpole, Breitbart, December 9, 2018.

French President Emmanuel Macron's recent dismissal of nationalism as "selfish" and a "betrayal of patriotism" is at odds with strengthening populist movements sweeping across Italy, Germany and Spain. Pictured: Macron shares a laugh with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the European Council leaders' summit on June 28, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

It is a strange time to be a citizen in a Western democracy. Our society is based on exchange -- we transact in the free market, we share ideas online, and most significantly we give up some of our natural liberty in exchange for a civil society and a vote.
But increasingly, the freedoms supposed to be protected by civil society are being eroded away. At the level of the individual, our freedom of speech is under attack. Criticism of migration is apparently about to become "hate speech" and a prosecutable offence.
When the authority of the nation state is ceded to a supra-national body, such as the United Nations, our power as citizens is diluted.
Based on the contractual theory of society and the works of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau from the 17th and 18th century, real power is supposed to sit with the people; in order to retain moral character, government must thus rest on the consent of the governed, or the volonté générale ("general will"):
"What man loses by the social contract is his natural liberty and an unlimited right to everything he tries to get and succeeds in getting; what he gains is civil liberty and the proprietorship of all he possesses." (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract)
What happens if you start to interfere with this contract? What happens, for instance if clauses within this contract are removed, or the contract ripped up altogether?
In the United Kingdom, the people were asked to decide between Leaving or Remaining in the European Union. 17.4 million people voted to Leave -- 52% of the total votes cast and a clear majority. The general will of the people was Leave.
It appears increasingly likely, however, that this vote is being frustrated, either by legal obfuscation, a potential second referendum or other political manoeuvring. The possibility of a leadership contest in the U.K. over the coming weeks adds further uncertainty for Brexit supporters.
The powerful elite made it clear their preferred outcome was to remain in the EU.
Boris Johnson correctly called thwarting the results of a vote "treasonous".
According to "social contract theorists":
"... when the government fails to secure their natural rights (Locke) or satisfy the best interests of society (called the 'general will' in Rousseau), citizens can withdraw their obligation to obey or change the leadership, through elections or other means including, when necessary, violence".
Perhaps this helps explain the recent protests by the "Yellow Vests" (Gilets Jaunes) in Paris. Many had voted for Macron based on his promises to improve the lives of the ordinary French. They were outraged by his subsequent cut to the "wealth tax", while increasing taxes for fuel.
Macron's message seems: Global before national, wealthy before poor. But his dismissal of nationalism as "selfish" and a "betrayal of patriotism" is at odds with strengthening populist movements sweeping across Italy, Germany and mostly recently Spain.
Today, dissatisfaction with Macron's Quixotic globalist aspirations -- concerning the seriously disputed policies of "climate change" rather than with the economic and other concerns of the people who elected him -- is increasingly widespread.
"Macron launched and shaped the movement as a bottom-up, revolutionary political organisation offering change, but since his presidential victory, LREM [La République En Marche!] has proved unable to evolve. It's not just a party – it's "Macron's party", a unique political creature whose only public face and leading figure is the president."
Away from the anarchy on the streets in France, and the threat to democracy itself in Britain, other clear power grabs are in progress across our Western democracies.
The assertiveness of supra-national organisations with a focus on global policy-making is direct threat to the sovereignty of the nation state, and a dilution of the power of the individuals within it.
A useful example is the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was "adopted in Marrakech on 10 December by 164 Member States." The word "regular" should jar.
The United Nations intends to make it easier for migrants to relocate to new countries -- with safeguarded routes, medical and financial assistance, and open access to public services and a means of income on arrival.
The document includes details on the "harmonization" of borders, rejects the right to detain illegals, and the options for facilitating the transfer of welfare payments back to the migrants' country of origin.
Many countries with strong national political parties did not attend the meeting or sign the agreement; including Australia, the Netherlands, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia and Italy. And for good reason. The US has made clear its opposition to the document:
"In addition to our broad concerns regarding emerging attempts to 'globalize' migration governance at the expense of State sovereignty, the United States has specific objections to Compact text and objectives that run contrary to our law and policy... the Compact strikes the wrong balance. Its pro-migration stance fails to recognize that lawful and orderly immigration must start and end with effective national controls over borders."
Most alarmingly, as MEP Marcel de Graaff neatly surmised from the Global Compact; "Criticism of migration will become a criminal offense."
Objective 17 of the Global Compact seeks to:
"Eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration
"We commit to eliminate all forms of discrimination, condemn and counter expressions, acts and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, violence, xenophobia and related intolerance against all migrants in conformity with international human rights law. We further commit to promote an open and evidence-based public discourse on migration and migrants in partnership with all parts of society, that generates a more realistic, humane and constructive perception in this regard. We also commit to protect freedom of expression in accordance with international law, recognizing that an open and free debate contributes to a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of migration.
"To realize this commitment, we will draw from the following actions:
"a) Enact, implement or maintain legislation that penalizes hate crimes and aggravated hate crimes targeting migrants, and train law enforcement and other public officials to identify, prevent and respond to such crimes and other acts of violence that target migrants, as well as to provide medical, legal and psychosocial assistance for victims..."
This censorship of dissenting views appears to go hand in hand with insanely expensive power grabs by supra-nationals. If opposition cannot he expressed, acceptance can be asserted. Acceptance must be made mandatory. This method was used to create the EU itself. Many in Europe were obliged to keep voting until they "got it right" -- the way the elites wished.
At what point have we left all pretext of democracy and moved into the sphere of dictatorship, manifest at a supranational level?
If we know we are to be censored at the supranational level, to what extent does that awareness coerce self-censorship at the individual level? Given the disappearance of so many voices from Twitter, together with the vitriol of the on-line mob who demand that those with opposing views be "de-platformed" or forced from their jobs, many in Western Europe now fear to express an opinion outside of their own homes.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in the US Declaration of Independence that people are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights," which refers to the Enlightenment idea of natural rights -- rights that the government cannot take away. Jefferson wrote that "among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
If our governments sign us up to supranational bodies, such as the United Nations, the European Commission, the European Union, or the European Court of Human Rights -- with their rules about the curvature of cucumbers, or their ambitions regarding migrants or policing speech -- to what extent are we free? Our rights are being steadily eroded away.
The Declaration of Independence says:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
When a government does not protect the inalienable rights that are due to its constituents, the people have the right to change or get rid of it and to start a new government that will bring about their safety and happiness.
Given that these rights will be denied to those countries the leaders of which now support the Global Compact -- including Germany, the U.K., Ireland and Canada -- to what extent do the politicians deserve to remain in power?
A poll conducted across all 28 nations in the European Union in 2018 revealed:
  • "78% of respondents are worried about illegal immigration in their countries"
  • 73% think that "handling immigration will pose a huge financial burden on receiving countries."
  • 81% agreed that immigrants should be helped in their own countries, with almost half (48%) agreeing that "The EU should provide substantial financial support to countries with the highest number of immigrants currently residing (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey)."
The governments that signed the UN's Global Compact appear to be acting in direct opposition to the general will of the people.
James Delingpole writes:
"It's very simple: the globalist political elite doesn't respect nation-states, nor does it give a damn about the views of ordinary people. Indeed, it despises them so much that it would much rather make their views illegal than listen to what they have to say."
The real question, is for how much longer will the people continue to respect the social contract when the political elites do not?
Just how much power will be ceded to supra-nationals, how censored will our voices be by law, how meaningless will the "general will" become before we exercise Jefferson's Right of the People to rip it all up and start again?

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13441/power-grabs

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Morocco tourist murders: Swiss-Spanish national arrested


A dual Swiss-Spanish national has been arrested in Morocco for alleged involvement in the killings of two Scandinavian tourists. The man, who has not been named, was detained in Marrakesh for allegedly trying to recruit Moroccans "to carry out terrorist plots", a statement said. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were murdered in December. Their bodies were found in the High Atlas mountains near a tourist spot. Norwegian police have said a video appearing to show one of the tourists being beheaded was likely real.Morocco's Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations said on Saturday the Swiss-Spanish national was suspected of "teaching some of those arrested... about communication tools involving new technology and of training them in marksmanship". The Swiss-Spanish national followed an "extremist ideology", the statement said. Police said four main suspects in the killings had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, although investigators believe there was no contact with groups in Syria or Iraq.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46714293

German police arrest Syrian for terror plot in the Netherlands

Police in Mainz have arrested a 26-year-old Syrian suspected of planning a terror attack in the Netherlands.

The arrest followed an extradition request by Dutch authorities. The man is under strong suspicion of being involved in planning a terror attack.

German courts and the Attorney General of Koblenz will make a decision on the extradition to the Netherlands some time after Sunday.

The apartment in which the suspect was found was not his and searched but police did not give any further details on the result of the search as Rotterdam has jurisdiction.

Prior to this arrest, Dutch police announced the arrest of four terrorists in Rotterdam. They were also planning a terror attack.

The Dutch police managed to spoil another terror plot in September, arresting seven suspects in Arnhem and Weert. The men were charged with planning an attack on a large public event.

Dutch police found large amounts of bomb making materials, including hundreds of kilograms of fertiliser in September’s arrests.

German police issued a statement of working closely together with their Dutch counterparts to investigate the case.

https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/12/german-police-arrest-syrian-for-terror-plot-in-the-netherlands/

Germany: Mass brawl amongst Arabic-speaking -- two seriously injured


Yesterday Saturday evening, several men near Cologne's main railway station got into a violent argument for unknown reasons. Two 29-year-olds suffered severe injuries from knife wounds to the leg and blows to the head. According to witnesses, the suspects, presumably speaking in Arabic language, ran away from Breslauer Square in various directions. Around 11.15 p.m., witnesses dialed 911 and described a brawl by a larger group of men.Some were trying to tear barrier posts out of the ground and bottles and stones were also thrown. On site, the police met two injured men (29 years old) of Afghan origin. One of them had a stab wound on his leg and a cut on one hand. The other had a laceration on his head. According to their own statements, the two had first got into a verbal argument with their fleeting acquaintances a few minutes earlier. From this a brawl developed, where one of the opponents stabbed him with a knife and another hit him with a bottle. Ambulances took the injured to a hospital. The criminal investigation department has started the investigation. Witnesses are requested to contact the Criminal Investigation Department 51 with information under the telephone number 0221/229-0 or by e-mail at poststelle.koeln@polizei.nrw.de.
https://fredalanmedforth.blogspot.com/2018/12/koln-massen-messern-unter-arabisch.html

Germany: Nine people injured as asylum seekers randomly attacked passers-by


Rioting youths have randomly attacked passers-by in downtown Amberg and injured nine people in the process, reports BR24. The four young people were finally arrested by the police. The perpetrators are young people between the ages of 17 and 19 who are seeking asylum. On Saturday evening, the four had hit passers-by at the Amberg railway station for no apparent reason, but later they moved on to the city centre and attacked passers-by again. A total of nine people were injured, some had to go to hospital for outpatient treatment, according to the police. In the meantime, an arrest warrant has been applied for against the four young people.
https://politikstube.com/neun-verletzte-bei-pruegeltour-von-asylanten-in-amberg/