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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

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      • It has nothing to do with Race.

        Everything to do with rejecting ‘the father.’

        Whites, and moreso Jews have a father in the home where the imprint on the child, girl or boy, is first to try on mommy’s shoes, and then daddy’s and like the way they fit.

        With father absent or timid or supermacho, his voice is missing through nelect, perceived inferiority or silence through resentment; and by their teenage years this inner voice recoils and cannot respond to criticism or constructive reasoning.

        White men represent the male culture that built the West. They are a legacy of its success.

        This is what the debate is all about.

        It is real. Afterwards, they don’t shake hands and laugh at the finer points of the rational debate to sharpen their wits. No objectivity. No brain to use. They are arguing with mama why they stayed out late and next time she will bolt the door. Ad hominem attack, bitch.

        So replace with a feminist, a Bla… no we’ve done Black, a homosexual, (any variety on the Kinsey Scale of describing no man at home), a Muslim (any scale with no G_d at home); and the same young White Males or Jews, – if not able to be made to submit – are asked to defend why they should not die.

        To pose the argument the other way would run to the Human Rights Courts.

        The last thing anyone of non-colour should do. Or its game over, as a slave of a Democrat:


    • So this is how Harvard Debate Teams practice? Sad that the students are not very good at debating…they are just spouting old arguments. Not very intelligent debating for Ivy League…

      • Since the left took over the IVY league the level of scholarship dropped, it did this quickly and will take many decades to recover once the schools are cleansed of the virus of Marxism.

  1. General says Army at high risk in war against China, Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army’s top general says military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale conflict against a power such as Russia or China.

    Testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley says years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, constrained budgets and troop cuts have had a cumulative effect on the service.

    Milley says the Army is ready to fight the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations.

    But what Milley describes as a “great power war” against one or two of four countries – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – would pose greater challenges.

    Milley says the Army’s readiness is not at a level that is appropriate for what the American people expect to defend them.

    • When the Soviet Union broke apart the left started their mantra that we didn’t need a military capable of fighting a large conventional war, they have been whittling away at the military since then and have finally reduced the US military to the point where we can’t fight a large conventional war. Now Both Russia and China are pushing hard on opposite sides of the world and we are discovering that we need the old US Army that could fight two large scale wars on the opposite sides of the world.

  2. Secret Crimes: How the Dept. of State Is Classifying and Covering Up Violent Crimes Committed in the U.S.

    If your neighbor tried to kill someone, would you want to know? What if they were charged with child abuse, domestic violence, felony assault, drunk driving or fleeing police?

    According to the U.S. Department of State, that’s classified and secret information if it involves foreign diplomats working on American soil.

    “It should make people angry,” said Nate Jones at the National Security Archive. “They’re using a classification stamp to keep this stuff secret. It’s not national security but people being sloppy with secrecy.”

    The News4 I-Team has been embroiled in a seven-year battle to access the names of foreign diplomats accused of violent and dangerous crimes. It began in 2008, when we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the State Department, asking for a list of diplomats charged with our nation’s most serious driving offenses.

    In 2014, six years into our fight, we received a partial list of offenders pulled over by police between 2001 and 2009. We found one-third were caught drinking and driving, some going more than 100 mph, while others were charged with hit-and-run and trying to elude police.

  3. International law says that diplomats aren’t subject to the laws of the nation they are assigned to, the fact that so many feel that they are they aren’t morally bound not to commit crimes is another sign of the collapse of civilization.

  4. Turkey’s Erdogan pushes parliament to make praise of violent acts a ‘terror crime’

    ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan pressed Turkey’s parliament on Wednesday to broaden an anti-terrorism law without delay, saying those who support killers of innocent people were no different from terrorists themselves.

    His comments, which drew swift criticism from rights groups, followed the deaths of 37 people in a suicide bombing in Ankara on Sunday that security officials blamed on Kurdish militants. It was the second such attack in the capital in a month.

    Rights advocates fear that anti-terrorism laws already used to detain academics and opposition journalists will now be used in courts to stifle discussion of issues such as a Kurdish conflict in the media and on other public platforms.

    “Those who support directly or indirectly people who destroy innocent lives are not in the slightest different from terrorists,” Erdogan said in a speech. “We must immediately revise the definition of terror and terrorist. In line with this new definition, we must immediately change the penal code.”

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    The day after the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot to death 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday luncheon for the county department of public health, an FBI Evidence Response Team descended on the couple’s townhouse in nearby Redlands.

    They recovered, among other things, 12 pipe bombs, thousands of rounds of ammunition of several different calibers, and three cell phones: two from a dumpster behind the townhouse and one from the center console of a black Lexus IS 300 parked outside. The two phones in the trash had been crushed by the terrorists, but for whatever reason–maybe an oversight, maybe there was nothing useful on it, who knows–the third phone was intact. It was placed in the care of the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. When investigators booted it up–it was an iPhone 5c running iOS 9, on the Verizon network, serial number FFMNQ3MTG2DJ–the phone asked them for a four-digit pass code.

  6. The real, no-kidding reason Putin is pulling forces out of Syria

    It’s rare for me to think Ralph Peters has misapprehended the strategic context of a situation. But in the case of Russia’s military pullout from Syria (which will not be total, but does signal a reduction in the scope of Russian engagement), I do think Peters isn’t zoomed out far enough.

    His proposition is basically that Vladimir Putin is pulling out because he has realized he can’t trust Iran’s intentions.

    But, of course, Iran’s purpose in Syria has never been to “defeat ISIS.” It’s always been to consolidate an imperial outpost for Iran. That’s the function the Assad regime fills for the mullahs in Tehran, and it’s why they’ve been bolstering the Assads, and backing Hezbollah in Lebanon, for more than three decades.

    It would be uncharacteristic of Putin to not realize that going in. Besides the fact that Iran’s purposes in Syria are blindingly obvious, Russia and Iran have common interests there. They both see a need to flank Turkey and keep her in a box. And they both see a need to control frontage on the Eastern Mediterranean coast, which is a key factor in preventing the Mediterranean from being a pathway into their interests wholly controlled by the “Atlantic” European powers. Syria is either going to be held, made a client-buffer, or turned against them. Russians, qua “Russians,” have perceived that for at least three centuries, and Persians for well in excess of twenty-three.

    • Everyone who wants to understand what is happening needs to read this article, Putin is playing chess in the Middle East and proving he is a master at the game. The west on the other hand seems to be playing go fish and at a level any kindergartner could win against.

  7. reuters – Russia can make powerful Syria comeback within hours – Putin

    Vladimir Putin said Russia’s military success in Syria had allowed him to order a partial draw down of forces, but stressed the Kremlin could scale up its presence again within hours and would continue to carry out air strikes there.

    Speaking in the Kremlin three days after he ordered Russian forces to partially withdraw from Syria, the Russian president said the smaller strike force he had left behind in his closest Middle East ally was big enough to help forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad keep advancing.

    “I’m sure that we will see new and serious successes in the near future,” Putin told an audience of over 700 servicemen and military officers at the Kremlin ceremony. In particular, he said he hoped that Palmyra would soon fall to Assad.

    Russian forces would continue to carry out air strikes against Islamic State, Al Nusra and other terrorist groups, he added, and would keep providing a wide range of aid to Syrian government forces.

    Although he said his preference was for a negotiated diplomatic solution to the conflict with those opposition groups who had signed up to a ceasefire, he made clear Russia could easily scale up its forces again.

    “If necessary, literally within a few hours, Russia can build up its contingent in the region to a size proportionate to the situation developing there and use the entire arsenal of capabilities at our disposal,” said Putin.

    He sought to dampen any speculation of a rift with Damascus, saying Moscow’s partial withdrawal from Syria had been agreed with Assad.

    Putin on Monday ordered the bulk of the Russian military contingent in Syria to be pulled out after five months of air strikes, saying the Kremlin had achieved most of its objectives.

    Russia would finish withdrawing most of its Syria aviation strike force “any day now” and no later than by the end of this week, Viktor Bondarev, the head of the Russian air force, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in an interview published on Thursday.

    That tallies with an updated Reuters calculation based on state TV and other footage, which shows that as of Thursday morning 18 or half of Russia’s estimated 36 fixed-wing military jets had flown out of Syria in the past three days.

    On Thursday, the Rossiya 24 channel showed three Su-24 bombers landing at their home bases in the Urals.


    Russian forces could be redeployed in Syria in a matter of hours if the situation required, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a ceremony honouring staff of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Kremlin in Moscow, Thursday.

    SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “The decision on the withdrawal of the main part of our military forces was made in accordance with Syrian President Bashar Assad who had been informed about our plans in advance and supported them. I would like to add that that it was stressed in the joint Russian-US statement [on the cessation of hostilities in Syria] that the fight against organisations recognised as terrorist by the UN Security Council will be continued. Moreover, military operations of the Syrian government forces against armed units of the Syrian opposition who stated their readiness for truce won’t be continued.”

    SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “Among the main tasks of the Russian military staff that will remain in Syria are the following: monitoring the compliance of the ceasefire, and creating basis for inter-Syrian political dialogue. Military personnel will continue their service at our military bases Tartus and Hmeymim which are firmly secured from ground, sea and air. All components of the stationed air defence missile system including close-in system ‘Pantsyr F’ and long-range system ‘Triumph S-400’ will be on permanent service.”

    SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “All partners have been informed and all know that our air defence missile systems will be used at any targets which will be defined as threat for Russian military staff. I want to stress – at any targets.”

    SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): “Moreover, due to our support of the Syrian army, I’m sure that we will observe new significant successes in the fight against terrorists. You know that heavy hostilities are taking place in Palmyra now. I hope that this pearl of world civilization or what has remained from it after militants will be returned to the Syrian people and the whole world. And of course if needed, Russia is able to mobilise its forces in the region according to the situation in less than a few hours and use the whole military potential. We would not like to do it. Military escalation is no our answer and that is why we count on common sense of all sites, on the commitment to peaceful process by both Syrian authorities and opposition forces.”

    • Russia: Troops arriving home from Syria given hero’s welcome

      Arriving back from Hmeymim air base in Syria, Russian troops were given a heroes welcome and awarded military honours at the Shagol military base in the Chelyabinsk Region, Thursday.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to begin the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria on Monday. “I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defence Ministry to have generally been accomplished. That is why I order the start of the withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow,” stated Putin during a Moscow meeting with Shoigu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

      SOT, General-Major Sergei Poletuchiy, Deputy commander of the Central Military District (Russian): “All the goals set by Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin have been completed successfully. You gave hope to the Syrian people.”

      SOT, Russian Sukhoi Su-24 pilot (Russian): “In the conclusion I would like to say that with this operation we have shown that our pilots are able to carry out any military task at the high level with high quality and in any part of the world. Thank you.”

    • Russia: Islamic State-linked group plotting explosive attack arrested

      Footage released by the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee on Thursday purports to show a large cache of explosives uncovered by the authorities at an abandoned house in the Khasavyurt region of Dagestan.

    • Syria conflict: Kurds declare federal system (BBC, Mar 17, 2016)

      “Kurdish parties have declared the establishment of a federal system in areas they control in northern Syria.

      The Kurds already operate “autonomous administrations” in three enclaves bordering Turkey: Afrin and Kobane in Aleppo province and Jazira in Hassakeh.

      The new federal region will also include mainly Arab and Turkmen areas captured from so-called Islamic State.

      The declaration was dismissed by the Syrian government, which insisted that it would have no legal basis.

      The US and Turkey, which is wary of anything that might encourage separatism by its own Kurdish minority, have also warned against such a unilateral move…”

    • Syrian Kurds Declare Federal Region Amid Wide Criticism (abcnews, Mar 17, 2016)

      “The main Syrian Kurdish group on Thursday declared a federal region in Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, a move that was immediately rejected by both the government in Damascus and the opposition.

      The announcement came as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that despite the Russian forces drawdown, Moscow can again build up its forces in Syria “in a few hours” if necessary, and will continue striking extremist groups.

      The nature and the timing of the move — which came as U.N.-brokered talks on resolving the Syrian conflict are underway this week in Geneva — might make it seem like a way forward after five years of civil war, but they have also triggered fears a federal unit would lead to a partition of the country.

      Nawaf Khalil, an official with the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, told The Associated Press that the announcement was made at a Kurdish conference being held in the town of Rmeilan in the northeastern province of Hassakeh.

      Syria’s Foreign Ministry rejected the move, describing it as “unconstitutional and worthless” and warned against any attempt to encroach upon the integrity of Syrian territory.

      The Syrian National Coalition, one of the main Syrian opposition groups, also said it rejects such unilateral declarations and warned of any attempt to form autonomous regions that “confiscate the will of the Syrian people.”

      Khalil said participants in the Rmeilan meeting have approved a “democratic federal system for Rojava-Northern Syria.” Rojava is a Kurdish word that refers to three distinct enclaves, or cantons, under Kurdish control in northern Syria: Jazira, Kobani and Afrin.

      Khalil said participants who include Turkmen, Arabs, Christian and Kurds in northern Syria said after they approved the draft that they are now preparing a final statement that will be read later Thursday.

      “Federal and Democratic Syria is a guarantee of coexistence and brotherly relations between people,” read a banner posted online from inside the room of the Rmeilan conference.

      Salih Muslim, the co-president of the PYD, said by telephone that those meeting “are setting up the basis on how constituencies will deal with each other.”

      Also in Syria, 61 trucks loaded with aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the U.N. are waiting to enter four area besieged by the government and insurgents, said ICRC spokesman Pawel Krzysiek.

      The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA said on its Twitter account that health, nutrition, hygiene and emergency items are on the way to the rebel-held towns of Madaya Zabadani, near the border with Lebanon, and the government-held villages of Foua and Kfarya in the northwestern Idlib province.

      Meanwhile in Russia, Putin, who ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian warplanes from Syria earlier this week, said that Russia has kept some forces in Syria to support the Syrian army’s action against the Islamic State group, the Nusra Front — which is al-Qaida’s branch in Syria — and other extremist groups.

      He emphasized that the Russian military will be ready to use an array of air defense missile systems it has in Syria “against any targets that would threaten our servicemen.”

      Putin’s statement underlined Russia’s intention to maintain a strong military presence in Syria to keep its gains after a five-and-a-half-month air campaign that has helped turn the tide of war and allowed Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces to make significant advances….”

  8. Greece: Refugee children demand ‘Dignity Now’ from EU-Turkey summit

    comment on the youtube page : Title should have been “Confused Illegal immigrant children in Greece are told to stand next to a sign made by Left-wing hippies”?

  9. Germany – Anti-Spit Masks to protect police officers from spitting Muslims

    Tüten gegen Speichelattacken auf Polizisten

    Spuckattacken auf Polizisten sind ekelhaft und gesundheitsgefährdend. Die Polizei in Schleswig-Holstein hat jetzt 900 Masken angeschafft, die Angreifern über den Kopf gezogen werden können, um die Beamten vor Speichel zu schützen. In Einzelfällen kamen die sogenannten Spuckschutzhauben schon zum Einsatz.

  10. SYRIA – Hostage video of missing Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda raises fears of ransom

    An apparent hostage video emerged Thursday showing missing Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, sparking speculation of behind-the-scenes contact between his kidnappers and the government.

    But Tokyo was quick to say it is unaware of any ransom demand having been made.

    […]the hostage-takers informed him that they might sell Yasuda to the Islamic State group if negotiations with the Japanese government were fruitless.

    He said a range of people have been attempting to negotiate Yasuda’s freedom, dealing with an intermediary organization named Jamiyat Annour al-Nour. However, he said the group rejects the negotiators when it learns that they do not carry the authority of the Japanese government itself.

    […]Yasuda went missing after crossing into the Idlib province of northwestern Syria, which was now controlled by Nusra Front. But many other armed groups existed in the area, and security was unstable.

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  11. Kerry Finds Islamic State Group Commits Genocide

    Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he acted to meet a U.S. Congressional deadline. (March 17)

    • Islamic State ‘committed genocide’ says US (BBC, Mar 17, 2016)

      “The US says the Islamic State (IS) group has committed genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims.

      US Secretary of State John Kerry said IS was “genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions”.

      He also said the group was responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq.

      “Naming these crimes is important, but what is essential is to stop them,” Mr Kerry added.

      Mr Kerry admitted that a lack of access to IS areas meant the US did not have a “complete picture” of the atrocities that had been carried out.

      He said the “full facts” must be sought, and the US would “strongly support” efforts to collect evidence of IS atrocities and brings those responsible to account.

      “The fact is that Daesh kills Christians because they are Christians, Yazidis because they are Yazidis, Shia because they are Shia,” he said.

      “This is the message it conveys to children under its control. Its entire world view is based on eliminating those who do not subscribe to its perverse ideology.”

      Genocide is defined by the UN Convention as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”.

      It is understood by most to be the gravest crime against humanity it is possible to commit.”

  12. Germany: Muslim woman concedes to unveiling in German court

    Muslim woman consented to unveiling in front of a judge in a German courtroom in Munich on Thursday.

    SOT, Heinrich Karl Haarmann, Solicitor (German): “She filed a complaint and as a witness she was heard one more time at the local court in Munich. In November the accused was discharged and condoned after apologising in tears. To our surprise there was another hearing in the second instance. The background was that the prosecutor wanted my client, the witness, to report with an uncovered face without burka. It did not concern the accused person but with the fact that the witness had to take off her burka as she did. In the beginning we thought that she would make problems. But today she took off her burka in front of the judge, the prosecutor, lawyer and the defendant, and her face was uncovered, of course not for the public which is strictly religious, and she has been wearing the burka for many years even though she grew up in Germany. Consider that today it was very very hard for her as a witness to testify with an uncovered face.”

  13. Rebel Media – Muslim refugee’s graphic pro-terror rap video a HIT in Germany

    I’m always scanning for stories that are too politically incorrect for the other media to cover, but that ordinary folks are interested in. I find some of these stories on YouTube by looking at the most shared videos, not just in Canada and the U.S. but around the world.

    Yesterday one of Germany’s most shared YouTube videos caught my eye: “Charlie Hebdo.” But this song isn’t condemning the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks. It’s praising them. The artist’s name is SadiQ — he’s Muslim, of course. Born in Afghanistan; fled as a refugee to Germany with his family. This video is what he did with his new, free life.

    I’m going to show you the whole video. If you have a queasy constitution, skip it. You won’t see this anywhere else in the pro-migrant media. But it’s trending in Germany, and the album is on sale now, along with SadiQ’s line of t-shirts. When you bring in a million Muslim men a year to Germany, that’s a big market…

    NEXT: Ben Shapiro joins me to talk about Trump’s big wins last night and what these victories mean for the Republican nomination.

    THEN: Have you heard about “energy poverty”? Dr. Kenneth Green from the Fraser Institute has shocking new numbers showing just how much Canadian families are spending on home energy, partly because of government “green” policies.

    FINALLY: Your messages to me, positive and negative!

  14. Switzerland: ISSG humanitarian task force aims to reach 1.1 million Syrians by May

    Following a meeting of the International Syria Support Group’s Humanitarian Access Task Force, Jan Egeland, the special adviser to the UN special envoy to Syria, briefed press in Geneva, Thursday.

  15. Germany: Justice minister outlines plan to combat ‘extremist violence’

    German Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection Heiko Maas held a press conference in Berlin on Thursday where he expressed the importance of tackling ‘extremist violence’ and ‘radicalisation.’ This meeting was part of a summit between the justice minister and his counterparts from each German state.

    SOT, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Justice of Germany (German): “We have seen an increased rate of extremist violence in Germany, which have, in some categories of crime, risen by over 200%. This is a disgrace. And therefore state law and justice must provide consequences and harsher responses.”

    SOT, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Justice of Germany (German): “We will also have to decisively deal with the issue of online hate crime</strong, because this can be the starting point for extreme-right violence. Also, there is still a need to better protect the victims of online hate crime through the question, ‘How can we establish who the culprits are? How can we find out their identities?’ Victims have a right to this. And also that is extraordinarily important for the criminal investigations.”

    SOT, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Justice of Germany (German): “Another issue is the radicalisation strategies which exist within the federal states. And there are also wide-ranging programmes across the country to combat this, to aim for an end to radicalisation. This is happening in places such as Hessen but also in other German states. There is also a nation-wide group that is concerned with this issue, which will produce yet more results, while working in cooperation with imams who are integrated; it has already worked so often in the last few months that this programme has also been implemented. We will, as the Federal Ministry for Justice, also make provisions in regards to training across the country, in the whole justice system to increase our training, so that racially-motivated crimes can be recognised and then be dealt with accordingly. This is so that we have a comprehensive programme so that we can further intensify our work, with the states, with the justice ministry but also with the jurisdiction, the public prosecutors and the general federal prosecutors. This is necessary due to the increased rate [of extremist violence] that we have here.”

  16. ‘Nobody is illegal’ Thousands protest in Europe against EU-Turkey refugee deal

    Thousands of people have demonstrated in Spain and other countries in protest against the draft agreement between Brussels and Ankara which could see the bulk of ‘illegal’ immigrants stuck in EU sent back to Turkey in exchange for ‘genuine’ asylum seekers.

  17. Only 600,000 refugees stayed in Germany in 2015 (thelocal, Mar 17, 2016)

    “Last year only around around 600,000 refugees stayed in Germany, around half the number that the media have previously reported, new government figures show.

    The Interior Ministry has often referred to the number of refugee arrivals in Germany in 2015 as reaching 1.1 million.

    But new numbers released by the government show that the actual number is around half that figure at roughly 600,000, TAZ newspaper reports.

    A parliamentary answer to Die Linke (the Left Party) shows that at the end of 2015, there were 1.25 million refugees in Germany.

    But this number includes 627,000 who were already registered at the end of 2014, meaning that the number only rose by around 600,000.

    The numbers showed that around 950,000 of the total had either been offered asylum, were awaiting an answer or were officially ‘tolerated’ although their application had been rejected.

    A further 300,000 meanwhile had not yet lodged an application, largely because the government is overburdened with the applications it is currently processing.

    The huge discrepancy in figures is likely explained by the fact the 1.1 million arrivals reported for 2015 comes from the government’s EASY registration system, Die Zeit reports.

    But this system records every asylum seeker who arrives in Germany, including those who travel on to other countries.

    Sweden took in 160,000 asylum seekers last year, many of whom would have first travelled through Germany.

    Other asylum seekers may have also been registered twice, or have left Germany to return to their homeland.

  18. Swedish journalist accused of smuggling Syrian teenager (thelocal, Mar 17, 2016)

    “A Swedish correspondent has been called for questioning by police following claims he helped a 15-year-old Syrian travel to Scandinavia.

    Fredrik Önnevall, a reporter for Sweden’s state-funded broadcaster SVT, is facing a trafficking charge after two witnesses alleged that he had helped the boy travel to the Nordic country from Greece.

    The journalist previously suggested he had assisted the teenager during a television programme about the refugee crisis broadcast a year ago.

    “A boy just asked us to save him from the situation he was in. He was trying to smuggle himself out of Greece by jumping onto a moving truck,” the reporter explained.

    “I know what we did and I would have had done the same today. How can you regret helping a terrified boy pleading for my help,” he told SVT afterwards.

    Önnevall, the teen, and the film crew all travelled back to Sweden together via train. The Syrian was then able to reunite with members of his family who were already living in the Nordic country. He was later granted permanent residency and given a place at school.

    Robert Olsson, the director of the SVT programme, Fosterland, said at the time that the move was brave and added that the production staff well aware of the potential consequences of their actions.

    “It’s definitely not a certainty that Fredrik and the team have done something illegal. But I’m not a lawyer,” he said.

    People smugglers in Sweden can face up to two years in prison.

    However the crime is on the rise, especially in the south of the country, where growing numbers of people have been helping refugees to cross over the border from Denmark.

    A total of 98 cases of suspected human trafficking were brought to the regional police division’s attention in 2015 – up by 700 percent on the year before when just 14 incidents were reported.”

  19. Teacher warns of ‘lost generation’ of migrant kids (thelocal, Mar 17, 2016)

    “A teacher in Vienna has spoken out again about the lack of German skills among students at her school, despite the Education Ministry suggesting she keeps her opinions to herself.

    Vienna school director Andrea Walach had warned of “a lost generation” of children of migrant families at her school due to their difficulty learning German.

    She estimated that a third of those who do not speak good German would struggle in later life because they are “not employable” and would rely on further state support.

    After she gave an interview to the Kurier newspaper at the weekend, the headteacher received a letter that had been sent from the Education Ministry to the school inspector, where they suggested the inspector might like to offer her some guidance.

    “And, if I had so few ideas, I should take care not to make my views known publically,” she said, describing what the Ministry wrote in the letter that was forwarded on to her.

    The ministry told the newspaper that they wouldn’t enforce a gagging order on the teacher, although the Education Minister has not commented on the issue as she is away on a state trip.

    Walach says that around 98 percent of students at her middle school don’t see German as their mother tongue, including both refugees who have recently arrived to Vienna and children who are born in Austria to migrant families.

    “There are children who were born in Vienna, whose parents have already lived in Vienna for many years, but who have been brought up in their mother tongue for the first six years, barely know a word of German, haven’t read any picture books or watched German language TV. That means if they come to school they begin with language acquisition,” she said in an interview with the ORF this week.

    Nationwide, around one in five children speak a foreign language at home and in Vienna’s Kindergartens around 58 percent of children don’t speak German as their mother language.

    The headteacher added that her teachers are already stretched providing extra lessons and support should come from other areas, such as social workers, as the circumstances some of the children live in “are so complicated”.

    “I know that the teachers need vigorous support from support staff. It shouldn’t be the teacher calling the house early in the morning, waking up the child and saying ‘you should come to school now’. For that, I would like to have support staff, for example social workers,” she said.

    Bolstering the support from social workers in Vienna schools is already under discussion in the city council, which has pledged to set aside €24 million for this purpose.

    Walach added that she believes making it mandatory for children to attend kindergarten for at least two years before school is one solution.

    Many opposition parties have criticised the apparent attempt by the Education Minsitry to silence the teacher, with the Green party submitting a question to parliament asking if that was the usual way they responded to teachers’ concerns.

    Green Party chairman David Ellensohn said: “We should not allow Vienna teachers to be silenced. We need to hear this information first hand in order to respond appropriately.””

  20. EU take note – Australia’s strict immigration policy sees 600 DAYS without asylum boats (express, Mar 17, 2016)

    “A CONTROVERSIAL policy to stop migrant attempts to enter Australia has been hailed a success after the government announced it had gone 600 days without any refugee boats arriving.

    Canberra issued the hardline guideline to turn back incoming sea vessels after 1,200 people died trying to get to reach the country between 2008 and 2013.

    Since the policy, which Australia said was designed to stop migrant deaths at sea, no successful attempt had been made and 25 boats have been turned back or taken to remote Pacific Island camps.

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said: “Tomorrow marks 600 days since the last successful people-smuggling venture to our country and the government’s absolutely determined to make sure that it stays that way.”

    Under the policy even genuine refugees on boats are not allowed to settle in Australia.

    Instead they are kept on Pacific island camps, including the Christmas Island which suffered major riots last year.

    The guidelines have been criticised by human rights groups who say the offshore migrant camps should be closed.

    But Dutton declared it as a victory against people smugglers….”

  21. Muslim mother refused to immunise her children because she said vaccines contained PORK (express, Mar 17, 2016)

    “FOUR children will be immunised despite their Muslim mother refusing to consent because she said the vaccines contained pork gelatine.

    Judge Carol Atkinson said the youngsters – boys aged six and nearly eight months and girls aged four and two – had a “variety of outstanding immunisations”.

    She did not say what diseases the immunisations related to.

    The judge, who made the immunisation decision following a family court hearing in London, concluded that the woman had a “paranoid view of the world”.

    Social workers had asked her to make rulings on a number of welfare issues – including where the children should live….”

  22. MIGRANT CRISIS: Europe should brace for ANOTHER refugee influx, Cameron tells EU leaders (express, Mar 17, 2016)

    “DAVID Cameron will today warn fellow European Union leaders of a fresh wave of migrants from Libya this summer.

    The European Council will seek to finalise a deal with Turkey over the migrant crisis at a summit in Brussels today.

    But the Prime Minister is poised to warn fellow leaders – including Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande – not to take their eye off the ball further west.

    He believes more boats from the north African state will arrive on the continent as the weather and sea conditions improve.

    Libya’s new United Nations-backed government, led by prime minister Fayez Sarraj, was announced at the weekend.

    The country faces the growing threat of Islamic State terrorists but there are no plans for the UK to send troops to the north African state.

    Yet Mr Cameron yesterday pledged to seek the approval of the House of Commons for any deployment of “conventional” troops.

    The Prime Minister will use today’s conference to stress the importance of defeating people-smugglers, according to Downing Street sources.

    A Nato mission involving the Royal Navy ship RFA Mounts Bay has already intercepted some small boats south of Lesbos.

    And Mr Cameron – who has been widely slammed for his handling of the crisis – will say it is important to ensure it has the resources it needs….”

  23. Five soldiers killed in North Sinai explosion: Medics (ahram, Mar 17, 2016)

    “Five Egyptian soldiers were killed and at least eight others injured in an explosion in the northern Sinai town of Rafah, eyewitnesses and medics said.

    Eyewitnesses told an Al-Ahram Arabic news reporter that the attack took place early Thursday when suspected militants fired mortar shells at an army camp in Rafah.

    Medics at the local Al-Arish Hospital said they received five bodies of army personnel following the incident. At least eight others were wounded, they added.

    There was no immediate confirmation from Egypt’s army spokesman of the deaths or how the attack took place.

    Egyptian forces are grappling with an Islamist insurgency based in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, which spiked following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

    Hundreds of police and troops have since been killed in militant attacks.

    The Egyptian army said in statement earlier Thursday it had killed three “terrorists” in an exchange of fire with forces in two separate incidents in northern Sinai.”

  24. Russia, Tajikistan begin ‘large-scale’ military drills near Afghan border (khaama, Mar 17, 2016)

    “Russia and Tajikistan have launched ‘large-scale’ military drills near Afghan border.

    The ex-Soviet allies practice defending a possible spillover of militants from Afghanistan.

    “Joint groups of paratroop forces from Tajikistan and Russia are being airlifted to possible points of incursions by terrorist groups on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border.” Faridun Makhmadalizoda, a spokesman for Tajikistan’s defense ministry said.

    Around 50,000 Tajik and 2,000 Russian troops are taking part in the drills which would continue for six days and will be carried out in more than 1,000 kilometers of the 1,400 kilometers joint border.

    “Drills involved about 50,000 Tajik troops and 2,000 Russian troops, including paratroopers flown in from Russia.” Faridun added.

    “The maneuvers involve around 1,000 armored vehicles, artillery, and 32 combat and transport aircraft.”

    Meanwhile, Russia’s defense said that: “The personnel of the Russian and Tajik armies will practice cohesion, common approaches for neutralizing illegal armed formations, destroying bases, depots and other facilities of a simulated enemy,” adding that, “During the drills, the army aviation will provide reconnaissance and cover for the routes of military hardware convoys, support motor rifle units and special forces, airdrop a tactical paratrooper task force in hard-to-access mountainous terrain and practice the evacuation of wounded personnel.”

    The drills come as the ex-Soviet allies worry incursion of armed groups from the Afghan side of the border.

    About 10 days before a Tajik border guard and a gunman were killed in a border area. Tajik authorities claimed that the gunman had crossed border into Tajikistan along with his group from Afghanistan.”

  25. 7 ISIS loyalists, 3 public uprising forces killed in Nangarhar clash (khaama, Mar 17, 2016)

    “At least seven loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during a clash with the public uprising forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

    According to the local government officials, clashes between the two sides broke out after a group of ISIS militants launched an attack on security posts of the public uprising forces.

    The officials further added that the incident took place in Achin district which was once a stronghold of the terror group in this province…”

  26. Key Taliban leader involved in major attacks arrested in Ghazni (khaama, Mar 17, 2016)

    “A key Taliban commander involved in major terrorist activities has been arrested in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

    The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Qari Khalil-ur-Rehman was a senior Taliban commander was involved in organizing suicide attacks and other terrorist activities in Ghazni city.

    NDS further added that Qari Rehman was arrested during a special military operation conducted by the intelligence operatives…”

  27. 54 Taliban militants killed amid surging violence in Helmand province (khaama, Mar 17, 2016)

    “At least 54 Taliban militants were killed in the latest wave of violence in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the defense authorities said Wednesday.

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 3 militants were also wounded during the operations conducted in Khanshin and Nad-e-Ali districts.

    According to an operational update by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), the Afghan army artillery and ground forces pounded the Taliban insurgents in the two districts during the past 24 hours.

    This comes as reports emerged earlier this week that the Taliban militants have taken control of Khanshin district following a coordinated attack.

    According to the local authorities, the Taliban militants have overrun some security posts which were providing security to the district administrative compound.

    The official further added that clashes still continue between the Taliban militants and the security forces after the control of the security posts were lost.

    Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

    The Taliban militants have repeatedly launched coordinated attacks to capture key districts in Helmand province during the past several months.”

  28. Hijabi ballerina: Aussie teen Stephanie Kurlow melds grace and modesty (CNN, Mar 17, 2016)

    “Aspiring ballerina Stephanie Kurlow says she received hate mail after she danced.

    The only thing setting the Australian 14-year-old apart from every other ballet dancer? Her hijab.

    Ignoring the haters, she’s seeking to become the first professional covered ballerina.

    “Being Muslim makes me dance different,” she explains to CNN. “Islam is really truthful and I feel more connected to God now.”

    Kurlow put on a tutu for the first time at the age of 2.

    Growing up in the suburbs of Sydney, she dreamed of being a professional ballerina, of twirling onto the big stage.

    Dancing through one pair of ballet shoes after another, she was on her way to realizing her dreams.

    Then, when she was 9, Stephanie and her family collectively converted to Islam. Her Australian father, Russian mother and two brothers embraced the Quran and started praying five times a day.

    Though it was a positive, unifying step for the family of five, Stephanie stopped dancing while she navigated her new faith.

    That didn’t last long, though. She missed the art of the dance, and she fell back into its rhythm.

    Dressed in long tulle skirts and matching head coverings, she practices 30 hours a week.

    “I’ve gone through four pairs of pointe shoes in three years,” she says with a trace of pride in her voice.

    When Stephanie came back to ballet, she became a regular at her mother’s performing arts academy, which caters to Muslims, minorities and other people who simply want to dress modestly.

    Rather than seeing her religion or covered head as a hindrance, the teen says she feels she is better prepared to achieve her goals as a professional dancer….”

  29. Trump Presidency Is a Global Threat, Economist Intelligence Unit Warns (nbcnews, Mar 17, 2016)

    “A British research organization has warned that a Donald Trump presidency could have a dangerous impact on the world economy, increasing the potential of Islamic terror attacks and of a trade war with Mexico and China.

    The Economist Intelligence Unit released its updated global risk assessment, ranking the election of Trump a 12 on a scale of one to 25 — the same number it assigned to the possibility that jihadi terrorism would destabilize the global economy.

    The firm pointed to a number of reasons, including Trump’s hostility toward free trade, his accusing China of being a “currency manipulator, his advocating the killing of terrorists’ families, and his proposal to move troops into Syria to fight ISIS and take its oil.

    This appeared to be the first time the EIU had rated a presidential candidate’s election as a global risk, the firm told Politico.

    “His militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East (and ban on all Muslim travel to the U.S.) would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups, increasing their threat both within the region and beyond,” the EIU said.

    The organization ranks risks by impact and probability. A Trump presidency bore high impact, but moderate probability, the EIU said.

    “Although we do not expect Mr. Trump to defeat his most likely Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton, there are risks to this forecast, especially in the event of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil or a sudden economic downturn,” the authors wrote.

    Trump also will likely face stiff opposition in Congress, both from Democrats and Republicans, the EIU said.

    That “internal bickering,” however, could weaken the country’s policymaking, the firm said.

    Other global threats on the list included a “sharp economic slowdown in China,” a collapse of investment in the oil sector, the break up of the European Union, the further rise of jihadi terrorism, and Russian actions in Ukraine and Syria leading to “a new ‘cold war.'”

    The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment….”

  30. Germany closes its Turkish embassy over fears of ‘imminent’ terror attack (express, Mar 17, 2016)

    “GERMANY has closed its embassy and a school in Ankara over fears they will be targeted by terrorists after a suicide bomber killed 37 people.

    The Germany foreign ministry said this morning it has also closed down its general consulate in Istanbul and the German school, also in Istanbul, due to indications of a possible “imminent attack”.

    On Tuesday, Germany had issued an alert to its citizens in Ankara warning of an “imminent attack”.

    The UK Foreign Office said this morning the British embassy in Ankara and the consulate general in Istanbul both remain open.

    Germany’s decision to close the three buildings in Turkey’s two main cities comes after a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for the suicide car bomb attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday….”

  31. Turkey deports British academic because he was invited to Kurdish parties (express, Mar 17, 2016)

    “A BRITISH academic is being deported from Turkey after being found with invitations to Kurdish New Year celebrations.

    The computer sciences lecturer at Bilgi University in Istanbul was detained on Tuesday at a court where he was supporting three fellow academics charged with making terrorist propaganda.

    He said police arrested him after security guards searched his bag and discovered the invitations.

    Chris Stephenson said that there had been “no offence, no trial, just an administrative decision to deport me after 25 years of residency in Turkey”.

    A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing assistance to a British national who was arrested in Istanbul on March 15 2016, and will remain in close contact with the local authorities.”

    Mr Stephenson’s lawyer said that his client had been accused of “making terror propaganda”’ and said they plan to appeal the decision to deport him.

    The lecturer, who is married to a Turkish national and has a 13-year-old daughter, said he was “gutted” and denied helping terrorism.

    He said: “In no way was I supporting terrorism. I was supporting a peaceful solution.”…”

  32. Soros planning 10-day anti-Trump protests

    The same anti-Donald Trump protesters who scheduled violent demonstrations in Chicago are plotting their most ambitious plan yet.

    Funded by billionaire liberal George Soros and big union thugs, they’re organizing a mob of thousands of radicals into “one of the largest civil disobedience actions” in American history.

    Their goal: march across the East Coast in the thousands and spark a “fire that transforms the political climate in America” by taking over the U.S. Capitol Building.

    The new left-wing group is calling itself Democracy Spring, is receiving help for their plan of “action on a historic scale” from the usual suspects. Leading the charge is noted liberal group, an organization funded by Soros that recently played a key role in shutting down the Trump rally at the University of Illinois.

    They’re not alone. The country’s largest labor union, the AFL-CIO, has announced they’re “all in behind Democracy Spring.”

    • How many Democrat Mayors are going to help this action? You know Rahm Emanuel had to be behind the lack of proper police presence at the Trump Rally.

      • Newt is one of the smarter men who have ever held elected office, he was talking truth to power and the power are for the most part too egotistical to understand what he is saying. The only two people the Republican base will accept as the nominee are Cruz and Trump. And despite what some push polls are saying the vast majority of the Republican base will vote for which ever one is chosen. If Hillary is chosen the voter turnout on the Republican side will increase by orders of magnitude because of the fear and hatred she has created with her callous disregard for the rule of law, the national safety of the US and the lives of the soldiers of the US. Just as Obama is the greatest gun salesman that ever lived she is the greatest incentive to vote. The polling places will run out of ballots because of people voting against her.

  33. Cologne Had Just 80 Police Officers On Duty During New Year’s Eve Sex Attacks
    The scandal over the small number of police officers on duty during the New Year’s Eve migrant crime wave in Cologne is to intensify after is transpires there were fewer on the beat than initially reported.

    New figures made public just days before tomorrow’s opening of the parliamentary inquiry into the public order and policing failure have shown far from the 140 officers initially reported to have been available on New Year’s Eve, there were actually just 80.

    Where the Cologne force found an extra 60 imaginary police officers on the night has not yet been explained, but a force spokesman blamed “misinformation in the early stage of reporting” for the misunderstanding.

  34. European leaders arrive in Brussels for EU-Turkey summit

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has told reporters outside an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels that they have to reach an agreement.

    As leaders arrived for the two-day meeting, he said the EU is ready to grant Turkey visa liberalisation but with conditions.

    He said there are some obstacles to a final agreement between the EU and Turkey, including what he described as legal questions.

    “”We have to come to a deal, otherwise the situation in Greece will stay very difficult

  35. BRAZIL – Judge suspends swearing-in of former president Lula to Cabinet post

    A Brazilian federal judge has suspended, on a preliminary basis, the controversial swearing-in of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

    “Lula,” as he is known, was sworn into the Cabinet post earlier Thursday amid protests by opponents, who claim the move is an attempt to shield the former president from a corruption investigation.

    State-run news agency Agencia Brasil reports that the Brazilian attorney general has said that he will appeal the judge’s decision.

    According to the ruling by Judge Itagiba Catta Preta Neto of the Judicial Section of the Federal District, Lula’s appointment as chief of staff interferes with the “free exercise of the Judiciary Power, the operation of the Federal Police and of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.”

    The injunction was filed at the same time as Lula was sworn in.

    Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in Thursday as President Dilma Rousseff’s chief of staff , in a controversial move that Rousseff’s critics say is an attempt to shield Lula da Silva from a corruption investigation.

    The swearing-in took place amid chaotic scenes in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, with protesters at the ceremony shouting “shame,” and government supporters singing “Lula” — the former president’s nickname, by which he’s widely known — to the tune of a football chant

    […]Rousseff’s Workers’ Party has been engulfed by a scandal involving Lula, her predecessor as president and close political ally, who is under criminal investigation for alleged bribery and money laundering involving state-run oil company Petrobras — an operation known as “Car Wash.”

  36. ‘Westernised’ Migrant Girl Publicly Executed For Refusing To Marry Cousin

    A second-generation Kurdish migrant living in Germany has been publicly executed after refusing to marry her cousin. The westernised young woman was the victim of a “treacherous tradition”, her father said.

    The girl’s cousin is currently on the run, and police have obtained a warrant for his arrest.

    The 21-year-old was shot dead at a wedding in Hanover in Germany this week. Her father posted a shocking image (above) of her lying in a pool of blood surrounded by distraught guests on Facebook.

  37. ISIS ‘Caliphate Cyber Army’ Posts ‘Hit List’ of Minnesota Cops
    The list was shared through Telegram mobile messaging app similar to Whats App. Minnesota police confirmed their site had been hacked.

    The Islamic State’s Caliphate Cyber Army posted a “kill list” of names, addresses and other personal details of 36 policemen in Minnesota.

    The FBI confirmed the list included full names, phone numbers, home and email addresses. The agency is investigating how the information came to be posted online.

    The website Vocativ, which conducts investigations on the “Deep Web,” says individual cards with the information on them were shared through the mobile phone app Telegram, an encrypted messaging service (similar to Whats App).

    “It is troubling to have that type of information online for the public to see,” FBI spokesperson Kyle Loven said.

    Officer safety is the agency’s first concern, Loven added.

    “We’re not going to look into whether or not this is a legitimate threat or an illegitimate threat,” he continued. “We’re going to take it and move forward with respect to what it is that we have to do in addressing this matter.”

    Minnesota police officers confirmed their site had been hacked and the officers listed were those employers who had requested a quote for auto insurance,CBS local news in Minnesota reported.

    The FBI advised officers on the list to maintain a heightened state of awareness “in case there would be someone who, unfortunately, would be inspired by this type of information being available,” Loven said.

  38. Morocco asks 84 U.N., AU staff to leave within three days: U.N.

    Morocco wants 84 United Nations and African Union international civilian staff working with the world body’s Western Sahara mission to leave within three days, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday.

    “All of these measures would seriously impede the functioning of MINURSO (the U.N. Western Sahara mission),” said Dujarric. He said about three of the people on the list submitted by the Moroccan mission to the United Nations were with the African Union and the rest were U.N. staff.

    U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman is due to brief the Security Council on the situation later on Thursday.

    Morocco threatens further measures in row with UN over W. Sahara

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) – Morocco threatened Thursday to take further measures in retaliation for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s description of Moroccan rule over Western Sahara as an “occupation”.

    Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar told reporters that “decisions will be announced” but said this would depend on the outcome of a Security Council meeting called for later in the day.

  39. ISIS Genocide Designation Should Result in War Crimes Charges for Obama, Others
    By Erik Rush March 17, 2016

    Secretary of State John Kerry stated Thursday at the State Department that the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS, is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, after facing pressure from lawmakers and rights groups to make the designation official.

    “In my judgment, Daesh [ISIS] is responsible for genocide against groups in territory under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims,” Kerry said, also accusing ISIS of “crimes against humanity” and “ethnic cleansing.”

    This is a good thing, not only because it calls a spade a spade, as it were, but because it opens the door to members of the Obama administration, including the President, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and even a few high-ranking Republicans being charged with war crimes and the aforementioned crimes against humanity.

    These are, as we know, executable offenses under international law.

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