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Watch! Swedish migrant rioters set cars ablaze

By David Frankenhuis
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Swedish police officers were last night forced to fire live ammunition at mobs of masked rioters that hurled stones at them in the Stockholm district of Rinkeby. The vicious attacks in the migrant-dominated neighbourhood followed the attempted arrest of a wanted criminal. Only eight days ago, similar worrying skirmishes took place in Rinkeby.

The authorities had initially reported on “warning shots being fired”, but a few hours ago, police stated that the officers actually tried to hit the stone-throwers, daily Aftonbladet reports. According to police, none of the attackers was hit by the officers’ bullets.

During this night’s riots, that lasted several hours, Rinkeby not only witnessed assaults on police but cases of larceny were registered as well. Furthermore, about a dozen cars have been set alight by the local youths, that subsequently blocked roads in order to prevent fire department units getting through. Shops were plundered and civilians were beaten, some of whom were also robbed, but no arrests have been made so far. Rinkeby is considered by many to be Sweden’s most notorious no-go zone.

George Soros fighting ‘Islamophobia’ by funding political Islam

By Vincent van den Born
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Founder and Chair, Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations George Soros attends 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 2 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 20, 2016 in New York City / Getty

On his weblog, Dutch investigative journalist Carel Brendel yesterday published an article on the first beneficiary of a subsidy, given out by the Democracy and Media Foundation (SDM). Brendel aimed some criticism at the subsidy earlier, writing that while SDM announced it, it is really paid for by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF) and led by Maartje Eigeman, who worked for OSF. Brendel also writes that the subsidy is really another attempt by the OSF to influence Dutch elections: the subsidies, ostensibly to fight discrimination of Muslims, offered a ‘fast-track procedure’ for those that were focused on the elections. From this, Brendel concludes that:

projects that are not affected by election issues have much less chance of getting money, because the subsidies will already be partially drained in order to finance political activities against the PVV and Geert Wilders, or against other parties and politicians that are not to the taste of OSF and SDM.

With the first benefactor now known, it seems Brendel’s prediction was right. The winner is the Foundation Platform of Islamic Organisations Rijnmond (SPIOR). They will organise a National Islam debate in the Netherlands’ largest mosque, the Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam, which has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Wilders has been invited, but he already declined. As he has done before, declining to debate with members of the Dutch branch (FION) of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe (FIOE).

Brendel writes, that this affair seems to confirm his scepticism concerning the subsidies handed out by SDM and OSF.

There is no objection to counteracting, indiscriminately, racism and discrimination. But I do object to this concrete case of OSF support of organisations that shout ‘islamophobia!’ and made presenting themselves as victims the cornerstone of their ideology and propaganda.”

Danish Jihadists still receive “disability benefits”

By David Frankenhuis
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Denmark wants to halt handing out social benefits relating to ‘sickness’ or ‘disabilities’ to Muslim citizens who headed for the Middle East in order to join the ranks of the Islamic State terror group. A bill that, among others, aims to prevent Danes that are funded by the Danish state from fighting overseas, where their actions undermine the interests of Denmark, has therefore been presented in parliament this morning.

The legal initiative was accompanied by a report from the Police Intelligence Service (PET) proving that state-funded Danish nationals were fighting for IS in Syria and Iraq, BT reports. Employment minister Troels Lund Poulsen commented on the issue:

“It is simply an outrage that we’re spending public welfare money on people traveling to Syria or elsewhere in the world and undermine the democracy that we in Denmark for hundreds of years have been fighting for.”

Poulson, who himself acknowledged the absurdity of the situation, has now announced that he’s going to stop the payments as soon as possible. He will also examine possible legal loopholes which enable the jihadists to live off Danish tax payer money:

“Residing in a war zone and directly or indirectly taking part in military operations is in no way in line with receiving disability payments. Those benefits are meant for persons who cannot work.”

Watch! 350 more African migrants storm Spanish border

By Timon Dias
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Fast on the heels of 600 migrants storming Ceuta’s border fence, leaving 15 policemen injured, another batch of 350 Sub-Saharan migrants successfully entered EU territory.  AFP reports:

“Over 350 migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta on Monday, officials said, days after one of the largest rush of arrivals over the frontier in more than a decade.

The young migrants forced their way through the high border fence into the Spanish North African territory, ecstatic to have finally crossed into a European Union state.

Some kissed the ground and shouted “Thank you lord” and “Viva Espana”, although several had bloodied hands and feet as well as torn clothes after making it through the barrier.

Ceuta and Melilla, also a Spanish territory in North Africa, have the EU’s only land borders with Africa, so are entry points for migrants who either climb the border fence, swim along the coast or hide in vehicles.

“356 managed to get in out of a total of around 700” who attempted entry, a spokesman for the local authority said. “They entered after breaking access gates with shears and hammers.”

Their arrival came just days after nearly 500 migrants made it over the fence on Friday, one of the biggest entries since the border barrier was reinforced in 2005.”

Turkish PM speaks in Germany, crowd chants “Allah Akbar” and demand reinstatement of death penalty

By Stefan Frank
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10,000 supporters of Turkey’s president Erdogan gathered in the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, on Saturday to attend a speech by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Yildirim was campaigning for a “Yes” vote to Erdogan’s constitutional reform which is set to abolish the office of prime minister and strengthen Erdogan’s one-man rule. “Those who love their country say yes” was the slogan of Saturday’s event.

Three million Turkish citizens live in Germany. 60 percent of those who cast a vote in Turkish elections support Erdogan and his Islamist party. Campaign stops by Erdogan and other senior figures of the ruling AK Party in Germany have become a political tradition in recent years. In 2010, Erdogan held a rally in Cologne in which he called assimilation a “crime against humanity“.

In other news, Deniz Yücel, a journalist with dual German and Turkish citizenship and a correspondent for the newspaper Die Welt is still in Turkish police custody after he was arrested in Istanbul on February 17th for alleged “support of a terrorist organisation“. German chancellor Angela Merkel reacted swiftly and demanded a “fair and lawful treatment” – a statement which surely will send shockwaves through the Presidential Complex in Ankara.

Just a few days ago, homes of clerics of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (Ditib) in Germany were searched by the police after it had become known that they work as secret agents and are spying on Turkish citizens in Germany.

According to the Berlin-based expert on Turkey, Ralph Ghadban, the primary mission of Ditib is to “install the Turkish government’s official version of Islam” in Germany.

In Oberhausen, “the crowd was in uproar with excitement“, Germany`s newspaper Bild reports:

“Over and over again it cheered ‚Allahu akbar’ (Allah is greater) and even demanded the reinstatement of death penalty.”

UK: Muslim parents threaten to blow up headteacher’s car

By Vincent van den Born
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Yesterday the Daily Mail, based on a story by The Sunday Times, published a piece about violence, intimidation and terrorism. Trish O’Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School in Oldham, has been subjected to harassment and intimidation, taking the form of verbal abuse and threats to blow up her car, forcing her to work from home. The alleged perpetrators are Muslim parents complaining about her ‘unsuitable’ way of dressing, telling her that pictures of her daughters in her office are ‘offensive’.

Clarksfield Primary School has a high percentage of Pakistani pupils, who do not speak English as a first language. Despite this, O’Donnell has managed to improve the school’s rating from ‘needing improvement’ to ‘good’ in the ten years she has worked there. Despite this, the school’s 2013 parent-governor, – a parent who acts as a representative for parents’ interests in the school – Nasim Ashraf, wants her removed, claiming the school is ‘failing’. It has certainly failed to provide a section on ‘British values’ on the school’s website, which merely reads: “coming soon.” Meanwhile, another set of values has ruled the roost.

An Oldham council report attests to Ashraf hosting “Islamic teaching sessions” at the school, while his wife, Hafizan Zaman, “made remarks to Asian staff members that they should be wearing a veil and covering their heads.” They also took exception to Hindi music being played in class and were accused of “intimidating staff and undermining the headteacher.” The report further states they:

they tried to mobilise parents to ‘secure changes at the school to reflect their interpretation of Islam’ but did not suggest they were involved in the violent threats.”

The Daily Mail meanwhile reports that “Ashraf’s sister Shasta Khan is serving eight years in jail for plotting to attack Jews in Manchester.”

Watch! Trump’s EU remarks are a “non-military declaration of war,” says former German US ambassador

By Vincent van den Born
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Wolfgang Friedrich Ischinger, the man in the clip, was a German diplomat. After being Deputy Foreign Minister (1998-2001), he has been Germany’s ambassador to the US and UK until 2008. In the same year, he became Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, while also serving as Global Head of Government Relations of Allianz SE until 2014. He now sits on the Supervisory Board of Allianz, the Advisory Board of Investcorp and the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He is also Honorary Professor at a university and Senior Professor at to the private Hertie School of Governance, where he teaches a seminar on Crisis Diplomacy and Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice, respectively.

One can only wonder, if calling the remarks of a close ally, who also happens to pay for your defence and security, “a non-military declaration of war,” is an example of good crisis management.

9 Iraqis gang rape German woman, trial starts this week

By David Frankenhuis
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In Austria, this Tuesday a court case will start against 9 Iraqi men for drugging, kidnapping, and gang raping a female tourist from Germany nearly 14 months ago in the capital of Vienna. The attack, during New Year’s Eve of 2015, was aimed at Julia S., a 29-year-old teacher who had come to visit her friend Mechthild H., 28, who lived in the Austrian city. Together, they were going to celebrate the New Year.

The women headed into town for drinks and, after becoming slightly tipsy, decided to visit a restaurant because they “felt cold,” Julia tells Kronen Zeitung. She was soon joined at her table in the diner by a group of men that started serving her vodka. Via the drinks, the later victim was possibly drugged.

Mechthild then lost track of her friend in the restaurant, where Julia had been carried away by four of the men to an apartment inhabited by two of them plus some female relatives. There, 5 more men were waiting. After Julia had been stripped of her clothes the gang rape took place, lasting for over two hours. According to the charges, some of the Iraqi migrants violated Julia more than once.

Why Israel’s and Europe’s fates are intertwined

By Timon Dias
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Source: Israeli Defence Forces official Facebook page

It’s a sentiment that only a few contemporary thinkers have touched on. And when they did, it was in a fleeting manner, without elaborating on why it is that if Israel falls, Europe will soon follow. It’s not a new sentiment. A year after the Six Day War, Eric Hoffer, America’s “blue-collar philosopher“, wrote a short paragraph about the matter.

At this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realise how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general. I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us.

More recently, historian Niall Ferguson wrote:

Though holy to all three monotheistic religions, Jerusalem today sometimes seems like the modern equivalent of Vienna in 1683 – a fortified city on the frontier of Western civilisation. (p.93)

If the Polish king Jan III Sobieski and his 60.000 strong Polish-German fighting force, most notably consisting of his Winged Hussars, would not have defeated the Ottoman invaders besieging Vienna, a defenceless Western Europe would have been at their feet. By stating that modern day Israel is the equivalent of 1683 Vienna, Ferguson implies that if Israel falls, so will Europe.

But, just like Hoffer, Ferguson doesn’t expand on why this would be the case. And what actually do they mean?

Contrary to Vienna, Israel’s landmass is not adjacent to Europe. And in 1968, besides being Soviet proxies, there was no substantial threat to the West emanating from the Arab Muslim world itself. The French-Algerian war had ended six years earlier, and the Libyan Lockerbie and Berlin discotheque bombing wouldn’t take place until about 20 years later. And although shocking and deadly, those attacks had little to no impact on Europe’s structural security and social fabric.

Besides his instinctive sympathy towards the Jewish state, Hoffer regarded Israel as a forward base in the struggle to contain the Soviet Union. And indeed, Israel proved itself a solid ally and intelligence hub, for example by lending the US a stolen Soviet-Iraqi MIG-21 fighter to study. But while it is true that the Israeli victories resulting in peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan helped bring the Middle East under US hegemony, it remains unlikely that Israel’s destruction would have entailed a Soviet victory over the West, as Hoffer’s premonition implies.

Anno 2016 however, Israel’s downfall would have very profound effects on the already unravelling social fabric and structural security of Europe. Now more than at any time in its history, the fall of Israel would push Europe to the brink as well. It’s peculiar, but it seems Hoffer’s instincts are truer now than they were 49 years ago.

Here’s why.

Germany: mob of 100 Africans threatens police

By Stefan Frank
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Up to a hundred black Africans threatened and insulted three police officers in Hamburg’s notorious St. Georg district this week. According to the newspaper Die Welt, there were “tumultuous scenes” after the police had arrested a young man from Somalia. The man had refused to leave a betting agency from which he had been barred. Instead, he aggressively threatened the staff. “Even before the arrival of the police, the 18-year-old threatened the two employees with cutting their throats and emphasised this with a gesture“, said police spokesman Ulf Wundrack.

Subsequently, a mob of a hundred Africans then showed up and turned against the police. It was only after backup arrived that the situation was brought under control. The officers were faced with calls to “piss off“. Others yelled: “Here is not America“. This slogan was heard and seen in Hamburg for the first time two weeks ago, when scores of Africans protested against alleged “racist police violence“, carrying a banner which read (in English): “Here is not America. Stop shooting us. Black lives matter.

The cited source of their anger was a police officer who had shot a 33-year-old man from Ghana in the leg, after the Ghanaian had threatened pedestrians with a knife and attacked the officer upon his arrival. The assailant – which the local Hamburger Abendblatt called “the victim” – was transported to the hospital where an emergency operation was conducted. He is in stable condition.

Muslim primary education on the rise in Amsterdam

By David Frankenhuis
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An increasing number of young boys and girls from the Dutch capital of Amsterdam are ending up under the influence of Islamic scholars in publicly funded schools. According to statistics provided by the municipality, some 3000 kids from about 4 years onward have been enrolled in Muslim primary education, which lasts until the age of 12.

The popularity of Islamic schools has been notable for some years now, daily Het Parool reports. In contrast, regular primary schools in Amsterdam battle decreasing numbers of pupils. There are several reasons for this trend, says Yusuf Altuntas, who is the chief of the nationwide organisation of Islamic school boards (Isbo).

“For one, more and more Muslims are inhabiting Amsterdam. Secondly, in a polarizing society parents feel the urge to send their children to schools where they can be themselves. A place where they don’t have to explain stuff about their headscarf or why they’d want a day off during Islamic holidays.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May rejects anti-Trump petition

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British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump walk along The Colonnade of the West Wing at The White House on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC / Getty

Not bothered by mass (media) hysteria, UK Prime Minister Theresa May rejects the petition which called for the U.K. to withdraw an official state visit invitation issued to U.S. President Donald Trump. Her government did recognise “strong views expressed by the 1.8 million signatories”, but choose to respect law and democracy instead, stating that “The president of the United States should be extended the full courtesy of a state visit.”

May announced during a trip to Washington last month that Queen Elizabeth II had invited Trump to the U.K. for a state visit. Trump accepted the invitation. This infuriated the petitioners, who stated that Trump should be allowed into the country, but should not receive a full state visit, including audiences with the royal family.

Although 1.8 million seems a lot, the majority of the country (who seem to receive less media attention) seem to agree with May. May’s popularity is rising, with polls showing that 39 percent even say May is doing a good job, and with those numbers, she is performing better in the public eye than any of her predecessors for the last 20 years.

And although British MPs will still debate the issue February 20, and Trump will probably be received during summer recess to avoid the necessity of a ‘parliament address’, the government went ahead by saying: “We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangements are finalised.” Sounds quite normal actually … weird.

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