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  1. CBC – EU leaders reach migration deal, now the hard part begins

    …. In Germany for example there is anxiety about the potential immigrant crimes

    ….statistically, fears of a crime wave seem overblown

    ….crime in Germany hits its lowest level in 25 years

    …. not an immigration crisis … a political one

    • ….crime in Germany hits its lowest level in 25 years

      REPORTED crime in Germany hits its lowest level in 25 years.

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      [/Swedish Chef]

  2. Iran: Sanctions threaten human tissue regeneration practice

    A company at the heart of Iran’s flowering biotech industry has said that foreign sanctions are putting research at risk, in an interview filmed on Kish Island this Thursday.

    SOT, Dr. Saeed Bayan Al-Hagh, Managing Director of Tissue regeneration corporation (Farsi): “The collection of products made at this science-based company are called allograft bio-implants. What does that mean? It means they can be implanted in the body of another person, and they have been donated from the body of a person that has suffered brain or cardiac death, and then these products have been generated through the science of tissue engineering. These products have so far been given to 800,000 Iranian patients.”

    SOT, Dr. Saeed Bayan Al-Hagh, Managing Director of Tissue regeneration corporation (Farsi): “These products are in fact used as replacement for damaged tissues. The entire surgeons in orthopaedics, jaw and face, mouth, throat, and spinal cord surgeons and neurosurgery are among people who can use this collection of products, as well as cardiac surgeons.”

    SOT, Dr. Saeed Bayan Al-Hagh, Managing Director of Tissue regeneration corporation (Farsi): “The collection of this science-based company’s products fall into four groups. One, the skeletal or bone products, from which the group is divided into about 200 different products, ranging from bone powders in various sizes to big bone shafts and bone pieces with clearly defined shapes. The second group of the products are the products that are related to cardiac surgeons. For example aortic valves among the products that can be mentioned. The third group are soft tissues which for example include tendons and ligaments, of which you have heard a lot in people, in accidents, in sportsmen, they have been damaged and the products from this collection can be used as replacement for them. And the fourth group is epithelium products, which we can call skin products, as they are commonly known.” *LOOSE TRANSLATION AT SOURCE*

    SOT, Dr. Saeed Bayan Al-Hagh, Managing Director of Tissue regeneration corporation (Farsi): “Our products, speaking in terms of single shipments, have been exported to all regional countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, and Oman, as well as European countries and all European countries which boast of such technology, such as Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, in single shipments in order to introduce the complex’s scientific achievements, and they have been grafted into the bodies of various citizens of these countries.”

    SOT, Dr. Saeed Bayan Al-Hagh, Managing Director of Tissue regeneration corporation (Farsi): “Sanctions, speaking generally, had some influence, since they impact the imports of special equipment which are used in this complex as part of the technology to produce the complex’s products. For example, we see some machines which sterilise the special atmosphere of this complex; and some machines which are used in the final stages in the freeze-drying process, they are directly put under sanctions. And when there are sanctions, in the end the health sector suffers significant damage. Although this complex relies on domestic know-how, but because there are ties with oversees in terms of equipment and technology, the sanctions ultimately have an impact on this sector and in the end, there is vulnerability in the health sector, especially in the field of allograft bio-implant.”

  3. Germany: Black Lives Matter holds march through Berlin

    The Berlin branch of the Black Lives Matter activist group organised a march through the German capital on Friday evening.

    • Black Lives Matter holds march through Berlin

      Boy howdy, will this jack up popularity for non-European racial issues.

      The weisenheimer that puzzled this out is up for the Nobel Prize. Eh?

  4. Video Shows Shooting Suspect Being Apprehended

    Amateur video footage obtained by The Associated Press shows the moment that police apprehended the suspect in the shooting that left five people dead at a Maryland newspaper on Thursday. (June 29)

  5. Afghan President Declares End to Taliban Truce, Renewal of Operations – Reports (sputniknews, Jun 30, 2018)

    “Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has declared the end of a truce with the Taliban movement, saying that the operations of the country’s armed forces will resume, the TOLO news broadcaster reported.

    “The nation has shown they are ready for peace, this is the greatest achievement. The ceasefire was a controlled experiment. The government is ready whenever the Taliban wants a ceasefire. The ceasefire was 98 percent successful,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, as quoted by the TOLO news broadcaster, adding that many members of the Taliban are seeking peace and the truce has proved that the movement is tired of war.

    Many members of the Taliban are seeking peace and the truce has proved that the movement is tired of war, the president added.

    Commenting on the media reports about Kabul plans to establish so-called safe zones for the radical movement, the president said that there would be no such areas.

    “Safe areas for the Taliban is not in the government’s plan, there will be one government with a single flag… [but] Taliban women should have the right to go to a hospital,” Ghani said, as quoted by the broadcaster.

    The efforts to reach peace are continuing, with Kabul trying hard to achieve results, the president underlined…”

  6. Christianity CRACKDOWN: Crisis in Nigeria as THOUSANDS killed in ‘pure GENOCIDE’ (express, Jun 30, 2018)

    “THOUSANDS of men, women and children have been killed in Nigeria in what the country’s Christian community are condemning as “ethnic cleansing”.

    Last weekend 238 Christians were killed in a number of attacks by militia in Plateau State, a region in the heart of the country.

    Campaigners are warning it is just the latest example of “pure genocide” in a country ravaged by religious division.

    A joint statement issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria said more than 6,000 Christian worshippers – “mostly children, women and the aged” – had already been killed this year.

    They said: “There is no doubt that the sole purpose of these attacks is aimed at ethnic cleansing, land grabbing and forceful ejection of the Christian natives from their ancestral land and heritage.

    “What is happening in Plateau state and other select states in Nigeria is pure genocide and must be stopped immediately.”

    They said those responsible were being allowed to “go scot free” and said the Nigerian government was wrongly trying to paint the attacks as “farmers/herdsmen clashes”.

    The statement said: “How can it be a clash when one group is persistently attacking, killing, maiming, destroying and the other group is persistently being killed, maimed and their places of worship destroyed?

    “How can it be a clash when the herdsmen are hunting farmers in their own villages/communities and farmers are running for their lives?”

    They said the police service was “skewed” against Christians and even accused the government of being “lukewarm” in its attempts to free the Chibok schoolgirls.

    Nigeria is one of the world’s most dangerous countries to be a Christian with anti-persecution organisation Open Doors ranking it 14th on its annual watchlist.

    They said Islamic extremism, especially in the north of the country, was leading to “hostility towards Christians”.

    Open Doors said: “Believers experience discrimination and exclusion, and violence from militant Islamic groups, resulting in the loss of property, land, livelihood, physical injury or death. This is spreading southwards.

    “Corruption has enfeebled the state and made it ill-equipped to protect Christians. Rivalry between ethnic groups and raids by Fulani herdsmen compound the persecution.

    “Converts face rejection from their Muslim families and pressure to recant.””

  7. Iran’s top leader alleges US, allies behind recent unrest (abcnews, Jun 30, 2018)

    “Iran’s Supreme Leader has accused the United States and allies of fomenting unrest in Iran.

    State TV Sunday quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying the U.S. has formed a coalition with other regional countries that is unable to defeat Iran.

    Khamenei didn’t name any specific nations in the so-called coalition but alleged it is imposing economic pressure on Iran to “separate the nation from the system.”

    He says: “If the U.S. was able to overpower the Islamic system, it would not have needed to form a coalition with notorious countries of the region to create chaos, unrest and insecurity in Iran.”

    Last week, online videos showed police firing tear gas at protesters angered by Iran’s cratering economy. It was the first such confrontation after similar demonstrations rocked the country at the start of the year.”

  8. U.S. intelligence believes North Korea making more nuclear bomb fuel despite talks: NBC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC News quoted U.S. officials as saying.

    In a report on Friday, the network said what it described as the latest U.S. intelligence assessment appeared to go counter to sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after an unprecedented June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

    NBC quoted five unidentified U.S. officials as saying that in recent months North Korea had stepped up production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, even as it engaged in diplomacy with the United States.

    The network cited U.S. officials as saying that the intelligence assessment concludes that North Korea has more than one secret nuclear site in addition to its known nuclear fuel production facility at Yongbyon.

  9. Teen suspects in MS-13 murder in Maryland are unaccompanied ‘children’ from El Salvador
    By Daily Caller News Foundation June 30, 2018

    A pair of teenage brothers charged in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old in Maryland are nationals of El Salvador who arrived in the U.S. as unaccompanied minors, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

    Lenin Mancias-Callejas and Bryan Mancias-Callejas, both 16, were arrested and charged Wednesday with first degree murder in the killing of Herson Mejia-Alvarez, Prince George’s County Police said.

    Both Mancias-Callejas brothers are illegal immigrants from El Salvador, a senior Department of Homeland Security official familiar with the matter told TheDCNF on Friday.

    “DHS can confirm that Lenin Mancias-Callejas and Bryan Mancias-Callejas are natives of El Salvador who entered the United States as an Unaccompanied Alien Children [UAC] and are illegally present,” the official said on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

  10. Why Fox News can’t say it’s radical for de Blasio and Gillibrand to call for ‘abolishing ICE’
    By J.E. Dyer June 29, 2018

    What you have to love about this news is the Fox News headline announcing that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have jumped on the “abolish ICE” bandwagon.

    ‘Abolish ICE’ goes mainstream as Gillibrand, de Blasio back calls

    But that’s not really what has happened. You can’t make something mainstream by having “mainstream” politicians embrace it.

    The idea itself – abolishing ICE, as if it’s a cancerous tumor – is absurd. When mainstream politicians embrace absurd ideas, they make themselves absurd. That’s how it actually works.

    Immigration enforcement and customs enforcement have been standard functions of government in one form or another for centuries. The U.S. has had a federal immigration bureau since 1891, when the United States Bureau of Immigration was created (we had some provisions for immigration policy at the federal level prior to that, as well, but not a formal agency). The follow-on Immigration and Naturalization Service was created in 1933.

  11. IT vendor: Imran Awan asked for bribe in exchange for contract with former Dem Rep. Gwen Graham
    By Daily Caller News Foundation June 29, 2018

    Democratic IT aide Imran Awan solicited a bribe from an IT vendor in exchange for contracting opportunities with the office of then-Rep. Gwen Graham, the vendor alleged to The Daily Caller News Foundation, adding that Imran spoke to him in detail about his alleged financial fraud schemes in the House.

    The Department of Justice knows of the source — the longtime owner of a major House IT company — and what he is prepared to testify, a high-level official in Jeff Sessions’ DOJ with knowledge of the investigation confirmed. But the vendor said no law enforcement ever even tried to interview them.

    Imran worked as an IT aide for the congressional office of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz before he and various family members began appearing on the payrolls of other members, particularly from Florida. The House Inspector General found that the Awans made “unauthorized access” to congressional computers in 2016, but the House has been extraordinarily mum about why little action has been taken since.

    The FBI arrested Imran at Dulles International Airport while attempting to fly to Pakistan in July 2017, but he has been charged only with bank fraud.

  12. Magistrate, 67, who defended his family against an armed gang who stormed his £2million mansion was ARRESTED himself… and accused of racially aggravated assault
    Nigel Stringer allegedly defended himself against men with guns and knives
    JP and millionaire property developer is pursuing his own case after his arrest
    His wife Cindy, 55, said she still lives in fear of the attack at their Norwich home

    PUBLISHED: 17:18 EDT, 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 EDT, 29 June 2018

    Nigel Stringer (left) defended his wife Cindy (right) and their three children when burglars broke into their home near Norwich earlier this year. He found a knife (pictured) used by the attackers +7
    Nigel Stringer (left) defended his wife Cindy (right) and their three children when burglars broke into their home near Norwich earlier this year. He found a knife (pictured) used by the attackers

    A magistrate defending his family against an armed gang who stormed his home ended up being arrested himself – and accused of a racially aggravated assault.

    Police detained Nigel Stringer for three hours and he remains under investigation while the gang – believed to have been armed with a gun, knives, metal bars and a crossbow – were allowed to leave.

  13. Smirking after gang raping a teenage girl: Sickening trio laugh off brutal park attack on helpless 19-year-old student they lured from a night club and dumped in a street – as judge jails them for 27 years
    The victim was seen leaving the bar in Canterbury city centre on April 13
    Visibly intoxicated she was led to a car park where the men all raped her
    Sali Amet, 23, Omer Engin, 24 and Salih Altun, 25 were jailed after a trial today

  14. The 19-year-old Jean-Francois was murdered by a migrant in the night of June 25th in Mons, Sudinfo reports. The victim’s sin? He tried to protect a waitress who was being harassed by the North African migrant.

    Ahmed S was drunk and harassing a waitress in a bar near Capucins street and the Leopold Place. He was asked by the waitress to leave the place. At this point he caught the attention of a the young Jean-François, a 19 year old Belgian native.

    The migrant, who arrived in Belgium only a year ago, switched his attention to the young man who was trying to protect the waitress and asked the young Belgian to buy him a drink.

    Jean-François refused. As both men walked out of the place and headed to the train station, the migrant stabbed the 19 year old multiple times and sliced his throat.

  15. Three immigration and civil judges are among nine people due to appear in court charged with an alleged £12.6 million bogus legal aid scam.
    The charges follow a two-year review by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) into what they called a “big and complex” investigation by a Scotland Yard fraud team.

    Part-time immigration judges Kareena Maciel, 46, and Rasib Ghaffar, 48, are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, along with part-time civil judge Razi Shah, the Law Gazette reports.

    The others charged are legal clerk Gazi Khan, 49, barrister Shahid Rashid, 57, and solicitors Joseph Ameyaw-Kyeremeh, 67, Azhar Khan, 46, Lloyd Moody, 48, and Samira Bashir, 46.

    The group, all residents of London and the Home Counties, are alleged to have committed fraud by false representation or conspiracy to commit an offence of fraud by false representation. The offences have a maximum ten-year jail term.

  16. United States President Donald Trump is a divisive figure to say the least, but an Indian man has gone a step further by actually worshipping the former reality TV star, according to The Hindustan Times.

    Bussa Krishna, 31, who is farmer from the remote Konne village in Telangana’s Jangaon district has setup a photograph of Trump in his puja room and worships it every day along with other Hindu gods. Bussa offers vermillion, turmeric, flowers and at the end of his prayer does “aarti” to the photograph.

  17. Captured Islamic State Fighter Reveals Buried Kalashnikovs, Plot To Attack French Nuclear Power Plant (breitbart, Jun 30, 2018)

    “Captured Islamic State jihadist Jonathan Geffroy has made even more startling revelations, claiming terrorists buried multiple Kalashnikov rifles around the city of Toulouse, France and plotted to attack a nuclear power plant.

    Geffroy was captured in 2017 and handed over to French authorities in September by the Turkish government, and for several months was interrogated by the French intelligence service, the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI).

    While in Syria, Geffroy claims to have become close with the Clain brothers, the most senior French-born Islamic State members in the organisation, and said that they had ordered Islamists in France to bury Kalashnikov rifles around the city of Toulouse, L’Express reports.

    “I do not have any more information about the localization, I tell myself that if they buried this Kalashnikov [in his declarations, he alternates the singular and the plural -Ed], it is that they had perhaps planned to do something,” he said.

    Geffroy also shed light on the 2016 Brussels attacks, saying they were not planned and were a result of the arrest of Bataclan terrorist Salah Abdeslam, who this week said he felt no remorse for the 2015 massacre and tried to justify the attack..:”

  18. French Newspaper Claims as Many as One Million Illegal Migrants in Libya (breitbart, Jun 30, 2018)

    “The Libya correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde has claimed the country could be playing host to as many as 700,000 to one million asylum seekers, with many waiting to come to Europe.

    The claims came from journalist Frédéric Bobin who took questions from readers on the current situation in Libya and the status of the migrant crisis which has engulfed the country.

    According to Bobin, “across all categories, it is estimated that between 700,000 and 1 million migrants and refugees are present in Libya. That was at least the situation in 2017.”

    The journalist added that most of the migrants flowing into Libya who hope to reach Europe used to come primarily from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia, but now they have been joined by large numbers of migrants from West Africa…”

  19. Germany: ‘Colourful Augsburg’ rally rejects AfD party conference

    Augsburg became a sea of colour on Saturday as thousands took to the streets to protest against the AFD party conference taking place in the Bavarian town over the weekend.

    Protesters carried banners decrying racism and exclusion as they celebrated ‘Colourful Augsburg.’

    The demonstration kicked off in front of venue hosting the AfD conference, before marching on to the city hall’s square.

  20. FBI and DOJ won’t let Congress see files suggesting Lynch intervened in Hillary email probe
    Paul Sperry, Real Clear Investigations June 30, 2018

    [Ed. – This is the “Russian hacking” intelligence I have written about extensively here and here. The short story is that intelligence gained by the Russians, and seen by U.S. agencies, suggested Lynch promised a Hillary aide not to let the probe “go too far.” Comey has alluded to that supposed intelligence on multiple occasions, but it was redacted from the DOJ IG report, and so far DOJ/FBI have stonewalled congressional attempts to view it. Paul Sperry’s excellent write-up doesn’t really contain anything new — i.e., beyond what I’ve written up before — except for this crucial tidbit: confirmation that the intelligence was “TS/SCI.” Actually, there should be no issue with allowing members of the intelligence committees to see that. Meanwhile, for those of you who know — now you know.]

    Here’s One Unverified File the Feds Won’t Leak: About Loretta Lynch

    The FBI had little problem leaking “unverified” dirt from Russian sources on Donald Trump and his campaign aides – and even basing FISA wiretaps on it. But according to the Justice Department’s inspector general, the bureau is refusing to allow even members of Congress with top security clearance to see intercepted material alleging political interference by President Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch.

    That material – which has been outlined in press reports – consists of unverified accounts intercepted from putative Russian sources in which the head of the Democratic National Committee allegedly implicates the Hillary Clinton campaign and Lynch in a secret deal to fix the Clinton email investigation.

    “It is remarkable how this Justice Department is protecting the corruption of the Obama Justice Department,” said Tom Fitton, president of Washington-based watchdog Judicial Watch, which is suing for the material.

    Lynch and Clinton officials as well as the DNC chairman at the time, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, have denied the allegations and characterized them as Russian disinformation.

  21. Scholars blast decision to cut 8,000 years from AP World Histor

    Students and scholars are up in arms over a decision to cut thousands of years from the Advanced Placement World History curriculum, with some historians fretting it will make the course too “Western-centric.”

    “The College Board wants to remove over 8,000 of those years, and start the course in 1450 CE,” declares a petition seeking to prevent the change, which had already exceeded 11,000 signatures by press time.

  22. Turkish Radio and Television – TRT- Austria-Turkey Relations: Austrian politician makes anti-Turkish remarks

    Austrian politicians have recently criticised Turks there who voted for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the recent Turkish elections. It’s just one of several issues which some Turks say is making life increasingly uncomfortable in Austria.

    • The poor bablies, the Austrians are fighting back against the invaders and the invaders are crying because their victims won’t accept 2nd class citizenship.

  23. Very good article at the Daily Mail June 30, by Dominic Sandbrook, says he voted remain but…..
    Article: “Europe’s Elites so blinded by their own sanctimonious piety”
    Sorry I don’t know how to make the link, good explanation of the problem.

  24. JUNE 30th 2018 – Speech by Stephen Harper at Free Iran The Alternative Gathering 2018 – Villepinte , Paris

    Iranian opposition convention in Paris supporting Maryam Rajavi,
    President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

    [....not sure about the great religion and the MEK , though...]

  25. MAY 2018 – NYT – Why John Bolton Wants a Fringe Group to Rule Iran

    As talks with North Korea approach, the new national security adviser, John Bolton, has long pushed for regime change in another country with nuclear ambitions: Iran. One of his chosen replacements is the dissident group Mujahedeen Khalq, known as M.E.K.

  26. Richard: Looks like the investigation into the FISA abuse is getting close to something.

    “IT MUST STOP” Eric Holder Demands GOP Lawmakers Halt FISA Abuse Investigations by Obama Deep State

    On Friday, former Attorney General Eric ‘Fast and Furious’ Holder demanded “unprincipled” House Republicans halt their investigations into FISA abuse and Spygate, warning the probes “must stop.”

    House Republicans held two hearings this week, demanding answers from Peter Strzok, FBI Director Wray and DAG Rosenstein about government surveillance during the 2016 election.

    GOP lawmakers grilled Peter Strzok Wednesday in a closed-door deposition. According to Chairman Goodlatte, FBI counsel instructed Strzok not to answer many of the questions.

    Wray and Rosenstein appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday for a Congressional hearing. House Republicans torched Rosenstein over his conflicts of interest in the Mueller probe and demanded he fork over classified documents on Trump-Russia.

    Later Thursday afternoon, House Republicans passed a resolution giving DAG Rosenstein 7 days to turn over requested documents or face impeachment and or contempt charges.

  27. Why Britain’s Deradicalization Programs Are Failing

    by A. Z. Mohamed
    June 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

    The vast majority of deradicalization programs in the UK are at best ineffective and at worst counter-productive, according to a recent study by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT, also known as the “nudge unit”), a social purpose company partially owned by the UK government, but that works in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

    As the Times reported recently, BIT examined 33 deradicalization programs across Britain, in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes. Most of these are part of Prevent — a strategy presented in 2011 to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for the Home Department — designed to keep vulnerable citizens from becoming terrorists or supporting any form of violent extremism inspired by radical Islamist or right-wing ideologies. BIT found that only two of the programs have been successful.

    The main reason for the failure of the other 31 programs, according to the Times’ report on the study, is:

  28. Germany: AfD’s Gauland calls for Merkel’s head at party conference

    Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader Alexander Gauland said “Merkel must go” in a fiery opening speech to party loyalists at the two-day conference in Augsburg on Saturday.

    Gauland compared German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the former General Secretary of East Germany Erich Honecker, likeneing her growing list of enemies in Europe to the GDR regime.

    “Merkel falls, no matter how long she will try to catch herself. She divided her party, she divided our country and she isolated Germany within Europe,” Gauland added.

    AfD spokesperson Joerg Meuthen stated that Germany needs allies in Europe to avoid the “creeping suicide” of Europe. He wanted Germany to ally itself with the new European populist right, such as Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Hugarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Lega leader Matteo Salvini.

  29. Out of EU, out of mind: ‘Merkel-saving’ EU deal on migrants leaves many open questions

    Human-rights activists have voiced concern over the creation of migrant processing camps, a move decided upon by EU leaders on Friday. They fear such facilities could effectively become detention centres and lead to human rights violations.

  30. Deutsche Welle – Chancellor Angela Merkel unveils immigration plan to allies

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has circulated a letter to coalition partners outlining the deal. The letter also calls for the creation of large “anchor centers” at Germany’s borders to process asylum seekers.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has secured the consent of 16 European Union member states for the rapid return of migrants who first arrived in other countries, according to a document seen by German news outlets on Saturday.

    The countries listed are Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.

    Austria, whose chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, is an immigration hardliner, is noticeably absent from the list.

    Hungary and the Czech Republic contradict Merkel

    Following reports of the deal, a spokesman for the Hungarian government denied that Budapest has agreed to a migrant repatriation system with Germany.

    “No such deal has been reached,” Zoltan Kovacs said.

    Soon after, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis also denied there was a migrant deal with Berlin.

    “This alarming news is complete nonsense,” he said. “Germany did not approach us, and in this moment I would not ratify such an agreement.”

    Subsequently, a spokesman for the German government responded by saying that “the Czech side had expressed willigness to negotiate an administrative deal on improvement of cooperation for returning the migrants in the future.”

    “We regretfully accept today’s comments from Prague,” the official added.

    Merkel calls for ‘anchor centers’

    The document also calls for large “anchor centers” to be set up at Germany’s border to process migrants. According to German news agency DPA, another facet of her plan is to send German police to Bulgaria to assist in patrolling the EU’s outer border. A deal has reportedly already been reached with Sofia.

    “We must also be prepared to help support Slovenia and Croatia with border control if necessary,” she said.

    The chancellor also intends to reinforce Frontex, the EU border security forces, active on Greece’s borders with Macedonia and Albania, before the end of August..

    Immigration has been one of Merkel’s biggest challenges since the refugee crisis of 2015, when her decision to keep Germany’s borders open was met with widespread acclaim and equal amounts of criticism. More recently, it has presented her with the biggest challenge she has yet faced from within her own ranks.

    Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the former minister president of Bavaria, has been pressuring Merkel to close Germany’s borders and has even implied that he may pull his party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), from the governing coalition. Though he later said he did not want to ‘topple’ Merkel over migration.

    DW’s Chief Political Editor Michaela Küfner said Merkel was meeting with Seehofer on Saturday night. Merkel was expected to argue the deal with 14 EU nations was enough to meet the CSU’s demands:

    Spain, Greece already on board

    The chancellor had already announced some progress at a summit of EU leaders on Friday, when Spain and Greece agreed to take back migrants who are already registered in those countries.

    Although migrants are supposed to be processed in the first EU nation in which they arrive according to the Dublin Agreement, studies show that only 15 percent of asylum seekers have been sent back to their first port of entry.

    Merkel insisted on Saturday that the deals were “more than equivalent” to the CSU’s demands, and denied interpretations that this allows the Bavarians to close the border.

    “Unilateral measures at the expense of other countries are not what is meant,” said a government spokesman, adding that no special “internal” measures were included either.

    SPD welcomes deal, skeptical of camps

    Merkel’s coalition partners the Social Democrats (SPD), said on Saturday that they welcomed most of the chancellor’s plan.

    But, SPD chief Andrea Nahles said, they would not stand behind “closed” refugee camps, and that they were skeptical of sending migrants to camps outside of the EU, citing concerns over humanitarian conditions in centers.

    While CSU head Seehofer did not immediatelly comment on the Merkel’s letter, his close ally Markus Söder, the premier of Bavaria, signaled his approval.

    “It absolutely goes in the right direction,” he said of Merkel’s suggestion and the EU migrant agreement from earlier this week.

  31. Sanctuary Philadelphia Releases Illegal Alien Wife Beater

    The local government’s goal of making Philadelphia a sanctuary city will not deter us from our mission…

    (Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) An illegal alien convicted of assaulting his wife was released by the city of Philadelphia, and shortly thereafter rearrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Guillermo Leon-Sandoval, 35, was charged by Philadelphia police with unlawful bodily injury, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and false imprisonment.

    A federal judge then signed an active detainer and a criminal arrest order, but city authorities did not honor it.

    After he was released, ICE rearrested Leon-Sandoval, who had been previously convicted of illegal entry in September 2014.

    “The local government’s goal of making Philadelphia a sanctuary city will not deter us from our mission of making communities safer nationwide and honoring immigration laws,” Gregory Brawley, acting field officer director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Philadelphia, said in a statement. “In this case, the individual has been charged with recent violent crimes. We will continue to pursue individuals such as this for arrest and removal.”

    Philadelphia said it would turn over immigrants to ICE only if the agency has a warrant signed by a judge, but now it refuses to respect even that.

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