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  1. Canada’s Beach Jihad
    Has the “Islamic Revolutionary Force” been planting glass and needles on Canada’s beaches?
    May 24, 2018
    Robert Spencer

    Brad Hammond lives on the waterfront at Kirby’s Beach in Ontario, and he had never seen anything like it: glass shards and sewing needles had been deliberately planted at intervals along the beach, leading to the beach being closed for the first time in his memory. Another beach area, Bracebridge Bay Park, was closed as well. For the first time, but not likely the last, jihad had come to the beaches of Ontario.

    There is no doubt that the glass and needles had been placed on the beach deliberately. “It was pretty much the width of the beach but it was in clumps, so you could tell it had been seeded in different areas,” Hammond said. Global News added that “Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith said the discovery of the needles and glass goes beyond what municipal staff would typically encounter after a spring melt.”

    But who did this? Global News professed not to know, saying: “What remains unclear is who is responsible.” However, several weeks ago, Toronto-area media outlets received a letter purporting to be from a group called the Islamic Revolutionary Force, vowing to “destroy your beaches from Toronto to North Bay.”

  2. Dem Hate Politics Will Cost Them a Second Election
    The Left bets its political fortune on hating Trump.
    May 24, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield
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    “It is time to stop the pursuit of personal destruction and the prying into private lives and get on with our national life,” President Bill Clinton once declared.

    But switch on CNN or flip through the Washington Post and you will find the non-stop politics of personal destruction accompanied by Fortune 500 ads. Clinton supporters in the media aren’t just obsessed with Stormy Daniels or Russia conspiracy theories, but with destroying the lives of Trump supporters, from cabinet members to a random New York lawyer who once donated $500 to Trump.

    Bill Clinton may have popularized the politics of personal destruction, but practicing its politics cost Hillary Clinton the ’16 election. Hillary’s message was that her opponent was a deplorable bigot who would move the White House to Moscow. Millions of Americans left behind by the crony socialism of the Obama economy and looking to change the change were not impressed with her hateful message.

    And now the Democrats are making the same mistake all over again.

  3. The UK’s FGM Clinics
    When multiculturalism comes to town.
    May 24, 2018
    Jon Hall

    Wales is opening its first female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic to provide medical and psychological help for victims of the abhorrent practice.

    It’s estimated that 2,000 women and girls in Wales live with FGM.

    FGM is often carried out for religious and cultural reasons, usually associated with Islam. In some sects of Islam, FGM is mandatory. It is promoted by the Ulema Council in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country by population.

    According to The Independent, one FGM case is reported every hour in the U.K.

    The practice has been illegal in the United Kingdom since 1985, but British authorities have failed to bring forth one successful prosecution. In 2014, the first FGM clinic opened in London, and four more clinics have opened since then.

    In Wales alone, 123 victims were treated for FGM in 2016 – with 44 of the victims being children under 18.

    In case you were wondering what the concerns of the U.K. police were, they made them abundantly clear this past February. A discussion about FGM led to the authorities responding by denouncing “Islamophobic” abuse. It appears that British authorities are more keen on quashing supp

  4. The Decriminalization Delusion
    America doesn’t have an incarceration problem—it has a crime problem.
    May 24, 2018
    Heather Mac Donald

    In July 2015, President Obama paid a press-saturated visit to a federal penitentiary in Oklahoma. The cell blocks that Obama toured had been evacuated in anticipation of his arrival, but after talking to six carefully prescreened inmates, he drew some conclusions about the path to prison. “These are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made,” the president told the waiting reporters.

    The New York Times seconded this observation in its front-page coverage of Obama’s prison excursion. There is but a “fine line between president and prisoner,” the paper noted. Anyone who “smoked marijuana and tried cocaine,” as the president had as a young man, could end up in the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, according to the Times.

    This conceit was preposterous. It takes a lot more than marijuana or cocaine use to end up in federal prison. But the truth didn’t matter. Obama’s prison tour came in the midst of the biggest delegitimation of law enforcement in recent memory. Activists, politicians, and the media have spent the last year broadcasting a daily message that the criminal-justice system is biased against blacks and insanely draconian. The immediate trigger for that movement, known as Black Lives Matter, has been a series of highly publicized deaths of black males at the hands of the police. But the movement also builds on a long-standing discourse from the academic Left about “mass incarceration,” policing, and race.

  5. The Media’s Bottomless Narcissism Feeds its Trump Hatred
    May 24, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    “It’s exhausting being a reporter in the Trump era. A new documentary captures the toll at the New York Times,” so says, the Washington Post.

    There was a time when incest was illegal, but in the media it’s practically mandatory.

    WaPo is talking up The Fourth Estate, a Showtime doc which attempts to give the failing Carlos Slim joint the full All the President’s Men treatment.

  6. What the Left Thinks the First Amendment Is and Isn’t
    May 24, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    Here’s what the left thinks the First Amendment is. What it protects and doesn’t protect.

    The First Amendment protects media outlets from being criticized by President Trump, but it doesn’t protect media outlets that praise Trump.

    The First Amendment allows corporate media to maintain a monopoly on the media, but if the political opposition runs their own sites, they’re a threat to everything that the First Amendment stands for.

    The First Amendment doesn’t allow Americans to have access to Obama’s rationale for spying on his political opponents, the full text of the Iran Deal or the sources that his political allies have been using to try and reverse the 2016 election. But it does protect the absolute right of Twitter trolls not to be blocked by Trump.

    Now let’s have a few more lectures from the media left on the importance of the First Amendment.

    The picture is Jefferson, Franklin and Adams from the movie 1776. I urge everyone to watch the show.

    Franklin in real life and in the movie: “Revolutions start like Bastard children, part compromise and part improvise.” I think we all need to remember that quote.

  7. ‘Journalist’ Suggests Traffic Fines Should Be Ignored for Poor Blacks

    Larena Bryant must drive.

    To cover the bills on the three-bedroom house she owns. To clothe her three children. To pay for doctor visits, gas and groceries.

    For life to keep moving, Bryant can’t afford to stop.

    So she’s up at 6:45 a.m. to get herself and the kids ready. By 7:30 a.m., she’s driving to her first job at Border Star Elementary, where she is a preschool before- and after-school program teacher. At 8:30, she’ll leave Border Star for her second job, a midtown hair salon where appointments will keep her busy until 2:30 p.m., when she will drive back to Border Star for after-school programming.

  8. Watching Paint Dry – FF to 20:09
    Former sex poodle, gas bag Vice President Al Gore speaks at UMD graduation
    Tech View – May 20, 2018

  9. Elon Musk TORCHES The Mainstream Media, Says He May Launch Journalist Rating Site Called Pravda

    As of this afternoon, the universally loathed and distrusted mainstream media has another high profile critic.

    “The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them,” Musk tweeted:

    Elon Musk

    The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them
    1:25 PM – May 23, 2018

    14.2K people are talking about this

  10. DAILY MAIL – Palestinian ‘hid SIX phones inside his bottom before deliberately getting arrested scaling the security fence surrounding Jerusalem so he could hand them to prison inmates’

    Israeli police arrest a man trying to scale a security fence in Jerusalem
    Before sending him to prison a search found six phones concealed internally
    It emerged the man had been caught by the border police and released before
    The man intended to get arrested so he could disperse the phones to inmates

    Israeli border police have arrested a man who was deliberately trying to get caught so he could disperse six phones to prison inmates – by hiding them in his bottom.

    The man, described by Israeli police as an Arab,[…]

  11. Far-Right Group Atalante Visited VICE Offices in Montreal

    The anti-immigration group sought to intimidate our journalists.

    A half-dozen members of Atalante, a far-right anti-immigration group based in Quebec City, burst into the offices of VICE in Montreal around 4 PM on Wednesday afternoon, in an attempt to intimidate our journalists.

    Most wore masks in the colours of the fleur-de-lis. Their leader, Raphaël Lévesque, wore sunglasses.

    It appears that they made the trek from Quebec City to Montreal for the event, which will soon be on their Facebook page.

    When they entered our offices, they offered flowers to the employee who opened the door. They then tossed leaflets and clown noses all over the floor. The group went to my office to offer me a trophy they had tinkered on which read “VICE media trash 2018.”

    The group reacted to an article published last week that spoke of Atalante’s recent clashes, which are becoming more frequent.
    CBC – Far-right group intimidates Vice journalists in their Montreal office

    Atalante post says it didn’t like how it was portrayed in recent Vice article

    […]The group reproached Vice for what it describes as “provoking an open war” between the far-right and anti-fascists.

    Members of far-right group storm into Vice’s Montreal offices

    The men stormed in “with the goal of intimidating its journalists,” the online publication wrote, but left the premises before police arrived.

    […]Paul Labonté, head of creative at Vice Montreal, told the Montreal Gazette he was in the office and seated next to Coutu when six or more men stormed in. He said one man pretended to be delivering flowers and was buzzed in by an employee before the other men followed. The people at Vice who witnessed what happened believe the man who was carrying the flowers is the leader of Atalante Quebec, a far-right group that opposes immigration to Canada and refers to political leaders like Québec solidaire MNA Amir Khadir as “parasites.” In his article, Coutu reported that the leader was wearing sunglasses. Labonté said the other men were wearing masks.

    […]Montreal police spokesperson Constable Andrée-Anne Picard said that by the time officers arrived at Vice’s offices, the men had left.

    “Six men entered with bouquets of flowers and papers with quotes on them. There was no mischief, nothing was broken and no one was injured. In fact, the people (at Vice) did not want to file a complaint,” she said. “It has been submitted for an investigation. But, in fact, it was one journalist who was (targeted) and he didn’t want to file a complaint.”
    Atalante on facebook

    • Steve Bannon: the full Euronews interview

      ( 22 min 23 )
      Steve Bannon on populism, the media, Nato and the future of the EU.

    • Channel 4 – Steve Bannon interview on Europe’s far-right and Cambridge Analytica

      ( 7 min 43 )

      One man who knows how Donald Trump rolls is Steve Bannon. The former chairman of the hard, right-wing Breitbart News website was appointed by Trump as his chief strategist after helping run the presidential campaign. But while the White House may have broken ties with Steve Bannon he’s still carrying on with the work that brought him to the President in the first place – flying the flag for right wing populism in the US and across the globe. Our Europe Editor Matt Frei went to meet him

    • BBC – FULL INTERVIEW: Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon-

      Donald Trump’s former chief strategist has told Newsnight that the president should not testify in person to the special council investigation into allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

      In an exclusive Newsnight interview, Mr Bannon praised special counsel Robert Mueller as an “honourable guy” and said he should not be fired by Trump – but that his deputy Rod Rosenstein should go.

      Defending Mr Trump and his campaign, he said he believed Martin Luther King “would be proud of” the president for creating jobs for black and Hispanic people.

    • The gun control laws that were passed way back when to disarm minorities are now being used to disarm the whites. Think carefully when you talk about any laws that are supposedly aimed at one ethnic group, eventually it will be used against you.

  12. Obama knew about FBI informant: Tom Fitton

    Judicial Watch Tom Fitton discusses the reports that an informant was placed inside the 2016 Trump campaign by the FBI.

    • FBI, DOJ leaders blinded by political beliefs: Rep. Zeldin

      Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) discusses the corruption that occurred at the FBI and Department of Justice.

  13. UN Denounces Mass Immigrant Expulsions in Algeria (moroccoworldnews, May 24, 2018)

    “The UN has denounced reported mass expulsions of sub-Saharan migrants from Algeria as illegal under international law.

    “We urge Algeria to implement the recommendations made by the Committee on Migrant Workers in April, including to explicitly prohibit collective expulsions and establish monitoring mechanisms to ensure that expulsions of migrant workers are carried out in strict compliance with international standards,” UN Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani asserted in a press briefing Tuesday.

    According to the UN human rights office (OHCHR), raids by Algerian security forces typically occur in construction sites and areas with high migrant populations, although migrants also testified to arrest and detention after encounters with Algerian authorities in the street

    Many of the deported migrants often end up in neighboring Niger or Mali, without money, passports, food, or clothes due to the rapid nature of the deportations, Shamdasani added.

    Following detention in the southern Algerian city of Tamanrasset, detained migrants are moved to the Nigerien city Agadez or smaller border cities, where they are abandoned without food, possessions, or contacts. Surrounded by the Sahara desert, many migrants are often forced to walk for hours in the heat to cross the Nigerien border.

    In its statement, the OHCHR urged Algerian authorities to maintain migrants’ rights to seek asylum, to the principle of non-refoulement (forced deportation), and to due process under international law.

    Reports of Algeria’s mass migrant deportations to Niger first surfaced in August 2017 to widespread condemnation by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The organization denounced the expulsions as blatant violations of international migrant protections granted by the UN and African Union.

    Racism in the country, evidenced by the popular hashtag #Say_No_to_Africans and reports of frequent assaults, feeds migrant vilification and detention; even Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia referring to the sub-Saharan undocumented population as “a source of crime, drugs, and many other plagues” in July 2017.

    Although Algerian officials have discussed the possibility of implementing a regularization program similar to that of Morocco, legislative action has made little progress.

    In April, Algerian interior ministry official Hassen Kacimi reported to Reuters that the North African country “is very concerned by the growing number of illegal migrants.”

    Dismissing condemnation from human rights organizations, the official stated, “Nobody has helped us, we are handling the situation with our own means.””

  14. I am a Muslim, but I fake fasting in Ramazan (tribune/blogs, May 24, 2018)

    “It’s Ramazan and my mother is in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove preparing a big feast. She’s fasting, even though she is a 64-year-old diabetic. As for myself? Earlier in the day, I had a huge fish and chips platter for lunch, but my Muslim family believes I’m fasting with them.

    This has gone on for years…”

  15. Germany’s immigration offices lack technology to scan and compare asylum-seekers’ fingerprints (DW, May 24, 2018)

    “Immigration offices in Germany do not have hardware they need to identify migrants, according to media reports. A lack of fingerprint scanners means authorities cannot keep track of asylum-seekers…”

  16. BREAKING: Horror as schoolboy STABBED to death in DAYLIGHT – Police hunt underway (express, May 25, 2018)

    “A TEENAGER, aged 15, has been stabbed to death in Sheffield, as police launch hunt to find the suspected murderer.

    The schoolboy was knifed at around 7:50 pm on Lowedges Road, Sheffield but died an hour later after being rushed to hospital.

    Paramedics battled to save the teenagers life.

    South Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendent Stuart Barton said: “I fully understand the concern, alarm and fear that our local communities will have on hearing of this crime.

    “I want to offer my utmost reassurance that we are treating this incident as an immediate priority, with a vast number of officers and resources already deployed into the investigation and an absolute determination to apprehend those responsible…”

  17. North Korea says it has completely destroyed nuclear test site

    Reporters at the scene describe powerful explosions at remote Punggye-ri facility as state news says move will ensure ‘transparency’ in disarmament proces

    The explosions deep in the mountains of the hermit state’s sparsely populated northeast were conducted in the presence of foreign journalists and centred on three tunnels leading into the underground site and a number of observation towers in the surrounding area.

    State news agency KCNA said the process would “ensure the transparency of discontinuance of nuclear tests”.

    The planned demolition had been announced by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ahead of his planned summit with US President Donald Trump next month.

    Punggye-ri has been the staging ground for all six of the North’s nuclear tests, including its latest and most powerful one in September last year, which Pyongyang said was an H-bomb.

    South Korean reporters on Wednesday joined a small group of Chinese and other foreign media outlets covering the event.

    But Lee Chun-geun, a senior research fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Sejong, South Korea, said before the demolition that the North must blow up the whole site rather than merely shutting it down to prove its commitment to getting rid of its nuclear weapons.

    “If only the entrance is blown up, it would be classified as a closure and the site may be used again later if Pyongyang decides to proceed with additional nuclear tests,” Lee said.

    The site must be packed internally with explosives and all tunnels destroyed to ensure the facility cannot be reopened, he said.

    North Korea ‘must blow up test site to prove it’s scrapping nukes’

    There are four tunnels at the site, two of which are unused. The eastern tunnel was used for the first nuclear test in 2006, but was abandoned due to contamination.

    The northern tunnel was used for five subsequent tests. The newly built western and southern tunnels remain unused.

    “If the explosions are inside – especially in the unused western and southern tunnels – you can then call this a dismantlement as North Korea won’t be able to reuse the venue again even if they change their minds in future,” Lee added.

    Yonhap news agency, citing South Korean pool reporters at the scene, said multiple explosions were heard throughout the day, beginning at 11am (3am GMT) until 4.17pm.

    A South Korean reporter who had been invited to the site described the scene as reporters and soldiers gathered ahead of the blast.

    “Just before 11am someone asked ‘Are you ready to shoot?’ and the reporters said that they were ‘ready for filming’. They counted ‘3 2 1’ and there was an explosion,” the reporter said.

    “Fifteen seconds later, the station was demolished. Deep smoke accompanied the roar, and the smoke covered the valley. As the smoke broke, fragments from the observatory crashed all over the place.”

    The North’s decision to close the Punggye-ri nuclear test site has generally been seen as a welcome gesture by Kim to set a positive tone ahead of his summit with Trump.

    Even so, it would need to be followed by many more significant measures to meet Trump’s demands for real denuclearisation.

    The prospect of a successful summit between Kim and Trump has been thrown into doubt in recent days as both Washington and Pyongyang traded verbals barbs and raised the threat of cancelling the talks.

    The North has called US Vice-President Mike Pence a “political dummy” and said it was just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.

    Pyongyang was responding to Pence’s comments in a Fox News interview, in which he said North Korea could end up like Libya without a deal.

    Libya’s long-term dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, agreed to end his chemical and nuclear weapons programmes in 2003 but was overthrown and killed in a Western-backed uprising following the Arab Spring in 2011.

    Travellers watch a TV screen showing a satellite image of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the main railway station in Seoul. Photo: AP

    Apart from the possible detente with the US, North Korea has also been moving to improve its sometimes frosty relationship with China this year, with Kim paying two visits this year as the country seeks economic opportunities with its giant neighbour.

    On Thursday it emerged that a North Korean delegation had made an 11-day visit to China. The South’s Yonhap agency reported that the so-called Friendship Visiting Group from the Worker’s Party had visited the northwestern province of Shaanxi, Shanghai and the eastern port of Ningbo in the company of Wang Yajun, from the international liaison department of the Chinese Communist Party.

    The Ningbo Daily reported on the visit to the city on Wednesday, saying that Pak Thae-Song, who led the North Korean delegation, told the local deputy party chief Zheng Zhajie that he hoped to “learn more about China’s experiences … to push forward new and bigger achievements for North Korea’s economic development”.

    Both the US and North Korea have raised the threat of cancelling the summit between Trump and Kim. Photo: AFP

    Ningbo made international headlines in 2016 when 12 North Korean waitresses at the state-run Azalea Friendship Restaurant in the city defected to the South, where they sought asylum.

    But the case came under media spotlight again in recent weeks after the manager of the restaurant claimed that he had lied to the women and blackmailed them into following him on the orders of the South’s spy agency. The North is now demanding their return.

    Meanwhile, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported that a high-level North Korean official had arrived in Beijing on Thursday.

    The official, whose identity was not immediately clear, was picked up by a Chinese government vehicle, Kyodo said.

    He could hold talks with Chinese officials before heading to Singapore, a source told Kyodo.

  18. BREAKING: Large EXPLOSION leaves at least seven DEAD and others injured after Libya bomb (express, May 25, 2018)

    “AT LEAST seven people have been killed by an explosion in Benghazi, according to local news sources.

    The explosion in the Libyan city has also left several people injured.

    It is thought the explosion was caused by a car bomb.

    The bomb exploded close to the city’s biggest hotel, the Tibesti hotel.

    The shopping street was busy with people after a day of fasting until sunset during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Two mosque bombings in the city earlier this year killed at least 35 people…”

  19. EXCLUSIVE: MPs demand police investigation after Amazon is found selling jihadi recruitment material and bomb-making manual on next day delivery (dailymail, May 23, 2018)

    “Amazon is selling terrorist recruitment material and bomb-making manuals including a sadistic novel by Osama Bin Laden and jihadi books banned in British prisons, a MailOnline investigation has revealed.

    The online retailer offers titles by jailed clerics and those expelled from Britain, leading to accusations that it is spreading the jihadis’ message for them.

    Many of the books, which have radicalised thousands of international terrorists, are available for next-day delivery. Some can be downloaded instantly as Kindle editions anywhere in the world.

    The inflammatory titles are sold by third parties using Amazon’s platform, allowing them global reach and lending them an aura of legitimacy.

    Labour MP John Mann demanded a ‘full police investigation’ into the online giant amid fears that the profits from these sales may be going to terror groups.

    ‘This is Amazon giving assistance to terrorists and putting lives at risk,’ Mr Mann told MailOnline. ‘We’ve just had the anniversary of the Manchester bombing. They need to be held to account.

    ‘Amazon is allowing terror material to circulate. Free speech arguments don’t apply when it comes to terrorists trying to recruit. There must be a full police investigation into Amazon.’

    Amazon’s ‘goodreads’ website promotes Bin Laden’s sadistic novel The Islamic Millennium, which envisions a genocide in the West and the severed head of an ‘infidel’ on a spike in Tehran.

    The site’s description of the work fawns over the 9/11 mastermind, calling the mass killer ‘an inspiration to millions’ and ‘a family man, a man of peace and culture’. Amazon also offers an audio lecture by Al-Qaeda pin-up Anwar Al-Awlaki.

    Fiyaz Mughal OBE, the anti-extremism campaigner and founder of charity Tell Mama. told MailOnline: ‘It is madness. These books are literally calling for the West to be attacked and non-Muslims to be butchered.

    ‘Amazon is normalising this hatred and making it part of the mainstream. It is also making it instantly available to anybody with a computer.

    ‘Imagine a troubled Muslim kid in Manchester or Bradford downloading this stuff on his Kindle. Imagine the influence it will have.

    ‘Amazon is effectively peddling hate. You wouldn’t see this stuff in bookshops. How can we be seeing hardened Al Qaeda and ISIS rhetoric on the world’s biggest online book retailer?’ …”

  20. Frosinone, migrant furrious at the Post Office throws carabiniere on the ground. Migrant then tried and released

    The Nigerian 20 years old, sentenced to two and a half years in prison and, as required by the law, set free. He is an asylum seeker and can not be expelled. Salvini: “Soon the matters will change”

    Arrested, tried and immediately freed a migrant who, yesterday morning in Frosinone, after sowing the panic at the post office hit one of the intervening policemen, knocking him to the ground and making him lose consciousness. All within twenty-four hours.

    Godsent Harmony, a 20-year-old Nigerian, an asylum seeker, initially a guest in a center in Piedimonte San Germano and then settled in Frosinone, yesterday went to the post office in Via Fosse Ardeatine, to withdraw money with his Postepay. HIs bank account, however, was empty and at that point the young man, who seems to have the gambling habit, lashed out at the postmaster, kicking the office window, and terrified the clients.

    The intervention of the police has been required and there was a police patrol nearby. However i the twenty-year-old attacked [with an iron bar] and knocked to the ground one of the policemen. Michele De Filippo, the policemen who was knocked down was diagnosed unfit for work for 25 days, and the migrant escaped on foot.

    In Piazza Gramsci, he was finally stopped by other Carabinieri who arrested him on charges of resistance, violence and injuries to a public official. This morning he was tried and sentenced by the Court of Frosinone to two and a half years in prison and, as foreseen by the law, released. As an asylum seeker, Harmony can not be expelled.

    The photo of the carabiniere on the ground become viral and the Lega [Northern League], through social networks, promises punishment. The secretary of the Lega, Matteo Salvini, wrote on Facebook: “Having problems with the ATM, Godsent Harmony, Nigerian twenty years old, yesterday in Frosinone thought he can attack the employees of the post office and to send to the hospital a Carabiniere, even trying to hit him with an iron bar. Sent to court this morning, he was condemned but immediately released, and can not be expelled because he is an “asylum seeker”. Crazy stuff. But the things will soon change! ”

  21. Swedish girls fearing forced marriage told to hide spoon in underwear
    Emma Batha
    3 MIN READ

    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Swedish city is advising girls who fear being taken abroad for forced marriage or female genital mutilation (FGM) to tuck a spoon in their underwear before going through airport security.

    Airport staff in Gothenburg have been told how to respond in such circumstances, said Katarina Idegard, who is in charge of tackling honor-based violence in Sweden’s second biggest city.

    “The spoon will trigger metal detectors when you go through security checks,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “You will be taken aside and you can then talk to staff in private.”

    “It is a last chance to sound the alarm,” Idegard added.

    There is no data on the number of girls taken abroad for forced marriage, but Idegard said a national hotline received 139 calls last year about child marriage or forced marriage.
    Activists will encourage other cities to follow Gothenburg’s lead and adopt the spoon initiative to protect girls, she added.

    The idea comes from British charity Karma Nirvana, which said the tactic had already saved a number of girls in Britain from forced marriage.

    The charity said hiding a spoon in their underwear was a safe way for girls to alert the authorities, which was often difficult if they were constantly surrounded by family.

    Idegard said the advice on hiding a spoon was part of a wider campaign to tackle honor-based violence in Gothenburg, which has a population of 1 million people.

    Schools and social workers have been asked to be extra vigilant in the run-up to the summer holidays when girls from diaspora communities are more likely to be taken abroad.

    “We are doing this now because the risks of forced marriage and FGM increase during the school holidays, especially the long summer break,” said Idegard.

    Forced marriage and FGM are illegal in Sweden, even if carried out abroad, and punishable by prison terms.

    In 2016, a father was convicted of forcing his daughter to marry against her will after tricking her into making a trip to Afghanistan.

    In another case in 2014, a 14-year-old girl whose father had taken her to Ethiopia to marry an older cousin was rescued after asking a school counselor for help via Facebook.

    Idegard said a 2015 study found up to 38,000 girls and women living in Sweden may have undergone FGM – with victims including women born in Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt and Gambia.

    Editing by Kieran Guilbert Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, which covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit to see more stories.

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