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  • Muslim groups bemoan lack of public outcry over string of mosque attacks [Germany]

    03/15/2018 6:41:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies ^ | 15 March 2018 15:50 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Islamic groups in Germany Thursday criticised a lack of solidarity and support over a spate of attacks on Muslims and mosques carried out by right-wing extremists and “terrorist” groups. They said Muslims were being made to feel that “they carry partial blame because, after their mosques have been desecrated by neo-Nazis using pig heads and graffiti of crosses, they are now also being attacked by foreign terrorist groups”. Last weekend saw a spate of arson and vandalism attacks targeting Turkish-German mosques, cultural institutions and businesses, some of which were claimed in online statements by militant pro-Kurdish groups angered by the...
  • With Quebec suddenly up for grabs, Conservatives see an opportunity

    03/15/2018 4:45:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | Mar 14, 2018 11:27 AM ET | Eric Grenier
    In an open letter published in La Presse on Tuesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer invited Quebecers to give his party another look, citing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “incompetence” and the “existential crises” crippling the Bloc Québécois. The Conservatives spy an opportunity in Quebec. And given the party’s growing support in the province, they might be right. Quebec was the only province in which the Conservatives made gains in the 2015 federal election. Their increase in the popular vote there was modest — just 0.2 percentage points, up to 16.7 percent — but their seat haul jumped by seven to 12,...
  • 300 rabbis vow to 'wake EU from its dangerous slumber'

    03/14/2018 3:02:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 03/13/18 20:57 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    300 Rabbis, including the Chief Rabbi of Israel, vowed at a conference of the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) to “wake the EU from its dangerous slumber” by engaging in a concerted campaign of outreach and awareness raising at EU and Member State level, said RCE Director Rabbi Menachem Margolin Tuesday. […] The two-day conference dealt with issues affecting Jewish Law, heard many more voices than usual saying that a line needed to be drawn, and that the EU needed to do much, much more to defend religious freedom across Europe. Rabbi Margolin said in a statement: “Never before have...
  • Rejected asylum seekers at Danish expulsion center missed registration 10,000 times: report

    03/13/2018 8:38:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 13 March 2018 11:52 CET+01:00
    Rejected asylum seekers and other foreign citizens facing deportation due to criminality at the controversial Kćrshovedgĺrd expulsion center failed to meet registration requirements on thousands of occasions, according to a report. Residents at the Jutland center are not incarcerated, but are required to live at the center and register with authorities there up to seven times weekly. But registrations have been missed 10,057 times since the center was opened in 2016, Central and West Jutland Police have confirmed, according to a report by newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Some have absconded completely, while others have absented themselves for long or short periods before...
  • Brexit deadline for firms next week, German industry warns

    03/13/2018 8:22:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 13 March 2018 11:01 CET+01:00 | AFP
    German firms must begin planning for a worst-case “hard Brexit” that would slash trade between Britain and the EU if no deal is reached at an EU summit next week, a powerful industry body said on Tuesday. The Federation of German Industry (BDI) urged British Prime Minister Theresa May and the remaining 27 EU leaders to agree a “status quo” transition period preserving present trade arrangements beyond Britain’s departure date of March 29th 2019. “Otherwise, some companies will be forced to bring their contingency plans into focus for the worst-case scenario, which no one wants, and which will damage everyone,”...
  • German population has grown by two million since 2015 due to immigration

    03/13/2018 8:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies ^ | 13 March 2018 16:50 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Despite a death rate higher than its birth rate, Germany managed to grow by two million people in two years due to high levels of immigration, statistics released on Tuesday showed. While no conclusive number have been released for net migration last year, the federal statistics agency Destatis estimated on Tuesday that it stood at around 450,000 more arrivals than departures from the country. Immigration outstripped emigration by 1.15 million in 2015, slowing slightly to 500,000 in 2016. That accounted for a rise in the total population by around 2 million inhabitants in a three-year period. By the end of...
  • Irish leader Leo Varadkar slams Trump White House on gay rights [barf]

    03/13/2018 4:13:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 13, 2018 06:15 AM | Irish Central Staff
    Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar has criticized the Trump administration for its record on gay rights and says he will bring up the topic with Trump when they meet on Thursday of this week. “What I intend to say is that for the vast majority of people around the world including people from gay lesbian transgender backgrounds, we have always seen America as a beacon of freedom,” the Taoiseach, who is gay, said. “This is the land of the free, the home of the brave. This is where the LGBT rights movement began.” He added: “It is really tough to...
  • UN chief calls himself ‘proud feminist,’ urges men to follow

    03/12/2018 7:56:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 12, 2018 9:50 PM EDT
    U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is calling himself “a proud feminist” and says all men should support women’s rights and gender equality. […] He said changing “the unequal power dynamics” that underpin discrimination and violence against women is “the greatest human rights challenge of our time.” He called that a goal “in everyone’s interests.” …
  • Putin: Maybe Jews or minorities behind US election interference

    03/12/2018 9:18:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Confusion News Network ^ | 6:50 AM ET, Mon March 12, 2018 | Madison Park
    Jewish groups are criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin after he suggested Russian minorities such as Jews or Tatars could be behind alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Putin was speaking with NBC News’ Megyn Kelly as she repeatedly asked him about Russian involvement in the election. Last month, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States. “Maybe they’re not even Russians,” he said. “Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be...
  • Police intervene after security men at Berlin tourism fair harass Israeli stand

    03/12/2018 1:11:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies ^ | 9 March 2018 15:17 CET+01:00
    Police pulled three security guards away on Thursday afternoon after they marched on the Israeli stand at the ITB Berlin tourism fair shouting “Free Palestine.” The men, who were employed at the ITB Berlin fair by a private security firm, surrounded the Israeli tourism board’s stand and shouted “Free Palestine” and “Freiheit für Palästina”, according to Tagesspiegel. Police pulled the men away and they were later suspended from their jobs. According to witnesses spoken to by Tagesspiegel, the three men appeared to be of Arabic background. …
  • New German minister to speed up migrant repatriations

    03/12/2018 12:50:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 11 March 2018 12:18 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s incoming interior minister on Sunday vowed to take a tough line against convicted criminal migrants and speed up repatriations of rejected asylum seekers. Horst Seehofer, from Merkel’s conservative Bavarian sister party the CSU, also promised a broader “zero-tolerance” law and order drive under their new government to be launched Wednesday. Seehofer was long the harshest critic within Merkel’s conservative bloc of her decision to open Germany’s borders to a mass influx of refugees and migrants since 2015. […] In an interview with newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Seehofer said that as the new head of an expanded...
  • France gears up for wave of asset sales in bid to raise funds

    03/12/2018 12:34:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 12 March 2018 08:17 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French President Emmanuel Macron will be putting his investment banking experience to use in coming weeks as his government prepares a new wave of state asset sales to pay for his “disruptive innovations” fund. After his election last year Macron pledged €50 billion ($62 billion) to help modernize the country’s economy, and €10 billion has been earmarked for promoting innovative technologies. To avoid putting further strain on the already stretched public finances, the government will finance the plan by selling stakes in the roughly 80 French companies owned partly or entirely by the state. The process was launched last autumn,...
  • Macron warns Trump all sides would lose in 'trade war'

    03/10/2018 8:16:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies ^ | 10 March 2018 08:07 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday warned his US counterpart Donald Trump against forging ahead with planned tariffs on European steel and aluminium, saying it risked starting a mutually destructive “trade war”. In a telephone call with Trump, the French leader expressed his “deep concerns”, saying the tariffs due to come into effect in two weeks “risk triggering a trade war, in which all affected countries would be losers”, Macron’s office said. He also argued that “such measures against allied countries, who respect international trade rules, would not be effective in fighting unfair practices”, and said the European Union would...
  • EU’s anti-Trump hit list: Everything including the kitchen sink

    03/10/2018 7:28:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Politico Europe ^ | 3/7/18, 12:46 PM CET | Hans von der Burchard and Jakob Hanke
    The EU is set to hit a wide range of American products — ranging from yachts to peanut butter — with duties of 25 percent to retaliate against President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. The products targeted, as shown in a list obtained by Politico, are chosen so as not to harm EU industries, which do not need these imports. Some targets clearly gun for politically sensitive Republican-run states. […] In agriculture, the EU will go after kidney beans, bourbon whiskey, rice, cranberries, orange juice, peanut butter, tobacco and cheroots. […] In the industrial sector, the...
  • Steve Bannon to address France’s National Front

    03/10/2018 7:09:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Politico Europe ^ | 3/10/18, 3:25 PM CET | Hans von der Burchard
    President Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon will address the party congress of France’s far-right National Front in Lille Saturday, the party announced on Twitter. Bannon, who had been working for Trump as chief strategist until August last year, is currently on a tour of Europe, during which he visited Italy for the climax of the country’s election campaign last weekend. The former executive chairman of the right-wing Breitbart News described the success of the 5-Star movement and the far-right League as an “earthquake” and Italy’s version of the Trump vote. …
  • Abortion debate: Dáil told of proposals for free contraceptive service [Ireland]

    03/09/2018 8:10:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 03/09/2018 | Marie O'Halloran, Michael O'Regan
    Proposals are being drawn up on “the nature and scope” of introducing a free contraceptive service, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. He said he would seek approval in a few weeks for a series of measures to further support women and improve access to counseling, contraception and perinatal care. “If our underlying principle is that abortion should be safe, legal and rare, then we must do all we can to reduce the number of crisis pregnancies and to support women in every way,” Mr. Harris added. The Minister was introducing in the Dáil on Friday the Thirty-Sixth Amendment...
  • Forget the “War on Christmas” — now “God Bless You” could be off limits too [college dhimmitude]

    03/09/2018 7:25:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 06, 2018 03:39 PM | Freya Drohan
    Massachusetts college librarians state that wishing someone a “Merry Christmas” or saying “God bless you” if they sneeze is an act of “Islamomisic microaggression”. Librarians at Simmons College in Boston have banded together to write what they have titled The Anti-Oppression Library Guide. While controversial, the guide is intended as a resource to promote equality and limit religious oppression. While the guide is not an official policy of Simmons College, some of its beliefs have already made their way to reports in mainstream media outlets like Fox News. Librarians at the college argue that “Islamomisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or...
  • European Central Bank: Trump tariff move 'dangerous'

    03/08/2018 6:41:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2018 12:44 PM EST | David McHugh
    Europe’s top monetary official criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal to put tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as a “dangerous” unilateral move. Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, said that the “immediate spillover of the trade measures … is not going to be big.” But he said such disputes should be worked out among trade partners, not decided by measures initiated from one side. “Whatever convictions one has about trade … we are convinced that disputes should be discussed and resolved in a multilateral framework, that unilateral decisions are dangerous.” “There is a certain worry or...
  • Drugstore chain Rossmann to become 'Rossfrau' for International Women's Day [Germany]

    03/08/2018 9:31:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 8 March 2018 09:04 CET+01:00
    Thursday is International Women’s Day, leading many people across the world — including in Germany — to reflect on women's rights. One big-name store, however, is using the day of women to rebrand itself — and not everyone is happy about it. Rossmann, Germany’s second largest drugstore chain, will exist under a new name for March 8th only: Rossfrau. Rossfrau, a play on the word Frau, meaning “woman” in German, will replace the male-centric name “Rossmann” on their online site as well as at their largest store in Hanover. The one day gender change for Rossmann’s name was announced on...
  • With Democratic support, Senate eyes rollback of banking law [Dodd-Frank]

    03/06/2018 5:30:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2018 12:18 AM EST | Kevin Freking
    Ten years after a financial crisis rocked the nation’s economy, the Senate is poised to pass legislation that would roll back some of the safeguards Congress put into place to prevent a relapse. The move to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-Frank law has overwhelming Republican support and enough Democratic backing that it’s expected to gain the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate. Several Democratic lawmakers facing tough re-election races this year have broken ranks with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The legislation would increase the threshold at which banks are considered too...