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  • French probe reveals 'no history of radicalization' in Antwerp driver

    03/24/2017 3:28:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 24 March 2017 09:13 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A Tunisian man resident in France who was arrested for driving a car at a crowd of people in Belgium on Thursday had not been previously flagged up as radicalized, a French investigation source said. The incident in the port city of Antwerp came less than 24 hours after a man killed three people in London outside parliament, hitting two pedestrians with a car and then stabbing to death a policeman. The man in Antwerp, identified only as Mohamed R., 39, lives in the northern French city of Lens, not far from the Belgian border. He had a criminal record...
  • ‘Without Schengen we would be less protected from terror’ [Switzerland’s justice minister]

    03/24/2017 3:07:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 24 March 2017 10:09 CET+01:00
    Justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga has said Switzerland’s membership of Schengen is vital in the fight against international terrorism and that those who seek to end the Schengen agreement are “irresponsible”. Sommaruga was speaking in an interview with Blick following the terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. […] Though Switzerland is not in the European Union, since 2008 it has been a member of the Schengen zone, which allows people to move freely between its 26 member countries without a passport. […] “Without Schengen, we would be less protected from terror. We would not get any...
  • UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime

    03/24/2017 2:25:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 24, 2017 3:05 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes. The resolution approved by the U.N.’s most powerful body expands previous measures which were limited to the illicit trafficking in looted cultural items to fund terrorism, and focused on Iraq and Syria where Islamic State extremists have destroyed ancient sites including Palmyra. The newly adopted measure targets not only IS, al-Qaida and its affiliates but all parties to conflicts. It condemns and urges prosecution of those...
  • Germany's Dilemma in Dealing with Islamist Threats

    03/24/2017 9:25:53 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 23 Mar, 2017 | Spiegel Staff
    German police believe there are 602 Islamists living in the country who could be capable of perpetrating a terrorist attack. Politicians want to crack down on possible extremists, but many of the measures under consideration are ineffective or legally dubious. The man thought to have once provided security for the world's best-known terrorist is short and stocky -- just 1.65 meters (5' 5") tall, as Sami A. told a journalist in an interview last year. "And I'm supposed to be dangerous?" But that's what the security authorities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia believe. They paint a dark picture...
  • ALERT: Man arrested trying to drive into crowd in Belgium’s Antwerp

    03/23/2017 7:26:50 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    breaking911.com ^ | 3/23/17 | breaking911.com
    A man has been arrested after trying to drive a car into a crowd on a busy street in Antwerp in Belgium. According to initial reports, the suspect is of North African origin and weapons were reportedly found in the car.
  • BREAKING NEWS: At least two dead and several 'catastrophically injured' [Photo of Perp]

    03/22/2017 9:48:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 140 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2017 | Richard Spillett, Tim Sculthorpe, Alexander Robertson, and Mark Duell
    At least two people are dead after a terror attacker brought carnage to central London today, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attacking police with a knife in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament. More than 12 people are said to have been hit by a vehicle on the bridge after a 4x4 drove into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into the gates of Parliament. An intruder, described by a witness as 'middle-aged and Asian', then managed to break into the grounds of the Parliament and stabbed a police officer before he was shot. The policeman is thought...
  • UK watchdog probes Nigel Farage over Sweden rape comments

    03/21/2017 6:14:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 21 March 2017 12:17 CET+01:00 | Lee Roden
    UKIP politician Nigel Farage is being investigated by the UK’s broadcasting standards authority OfCom over an edition of his LBC radio show where he claimed there had been a “dramatic rise in sexual crime” in Sweden due to the intake of refugees. Farage made the comments on the February 20th edition of his LBC show, where he also claimed that Malmö had the highest number of rapes in Europe thanks to “EU migrant policies”. “Sweden has taken in more young male migrants than any other country in Europe and there has been a dramatic rise in sexual crime in Sweden,...
  • Teen Islamists given six years' jail for Sikh temple bomb attack [Essen, Germany]

    03/21/2017 5:11:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 March 2017 12:19 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Three teenagers were found guilty on Tuesday for a bomb attack at a Sikh Temple in Essen last year that injured three people. Prosecutors had argued that the three 17-year-olds — who were 16 at the time of the act — had attacked the temple out of radical Islamist motivations to kill “non-believers”. The youth court on Tuesday agreed that their motive had been hate for other religions. The trial uncovered no evidence of the three having direct contact with terror group ISIS. Two of the three adolescents had set off the bomb in front of the entrance to the...
  • Iowa mosque gets threatening note calling Muslims 'vile'

    03/20/2017 4:26:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2017 5:54 PM EDT
    FBI agents have met with leaders of an Iowa mosque about a threatening note it received in the mail. Dr. Samir Shams, the president of the Islamic Center of Des Moines, says he found the handwritten note Sunday morning. It said Muslims were a “vile” people and that President Donald Trump would “do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.” The note was signed only “Americans for a Better Way.” Shams says Muslims must take such notes seriously. …
  • FLASHBACK: Bernie Sanders: We Need a "New NATO" that Includes Russia to Defeat ISIS (2015)

    03/20/2017 9:43:59 AM PDT · by tellw · 9 replies
    RT ^ | 11/20/2015 | Anonymous
    What is Democratic socialism? Bernie Sanders, often criticized for endorsing this political philosophy, explained that his view is in sync with America’s development. He also called for shifting foreign policy and creating a “new NATO” including Russia. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) spoke in front of an auditorium full of supporters at Georgetown University on Thursday, arguing that his endorsement of the much-vaunted political philosophy of democratic socialism makes him the genuine heir to long-held traditions of the Democratic Party, not a radical. In doing this, he invoked the name of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom Sanders said initiated programs to...
  • Hezbollah says U.N. 'weak' after critical Israel report pulled

    03/18/2017 5:21:49 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | Mar 18, 2017 | Ellen Francis and Nidal al-Mughrab
    The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement denounced the United Nations on Saturday as weak after the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians.A senior U.N. official resigned on Friday after the secretary-general asked her to remove the report, published by the United Nation's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), from the internet.U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said she was leaving after "powerful member states" had pressured the world body and its chief with "vicious attacks and threats". Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech...
  • EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter

    03/18/2017 8:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 17, 2017 | 10:09am EDT | Julia Fioretti
    Social media companies Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Twitter Inc. will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday. U.S. technology companies have faced tight scrutiny in Europe for the way they do business, from privacy to how quickly they remove illegal or threatening content. The Commission and European consumer protection authorities will “take action to make sure social media companies comply with EU consumer rules,” the official said. The comments confirmed a Reuters report from Thursday. Germany, the most populous EU...
  • Pope's Egypt visit offers chance to improve Catholic-Muslim ties

    03/18/2017 8:14:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Mar 18, 2017 | 10:45am EDT | Gavin Jones
    Pope Francis will make a trip to Egypt next month, the Vatican said on Saturday, giving the pontiff another opportunity to promote better relations between Catholics and Muslims. Francis has accepted an invitation to Cairo on April 28-29 from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Catholic bishops, the pope of the Coptic church of Alexandria and the country’s highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, the Vatican said in a statement. Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, account for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. Sectarian violence sometimes erupts over disputes on issues related to church building, religious conversions and interfaith relationships....
  • Construction of German mosque is halted after right-wing activists hammer ten giant crosses.....

    03/18/2017 7:43:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 18, 2017 | Joe Sheppard For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Construction of German mosque is halted after right-wing activists hammer ten giant crosses into building site Right-wing extremists in Germany have hampered the construction of a mosque by erecting ten large crosses at the site. The group, planted the wooden structures in the small village of Marbach, near Erfurt, in the central eastern state of Thuringia, in early March. The owner of the site has said he plans to take legal action against the activists, named as 'Citizens for Erfurt'.
  • Islam Is Ireland’s Fastest Growing Religion

    03/17/2017 9:52:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | March 17, 2017 | unknown
    Happy St. Patty’s Day via Islam Is Ireland’s Fastest Growing Religion. h/t TROP The Republic of Ireland may be intimately associated with the Roman Catholic Church, but the fastest-growing faith on the emerald isle is Islam — at such a rapid rate that Muslims are projected to replace Protestantism as the second-most popular religion by the year 2043. Ireland’s Central Statistics Office reported that between 1991 and 2011, the percentage of Irish residents who were Muslim jumped from 0.1 percent to 1 percent (equating to about 49,000 people). By 2020, Ireland’s Islamic population will more than double to at least...
  • Judge: Iran-backed company behind NYC office tower

    09/16/2013 7:55:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2013 10:42 PM EDT | Larry Neumeister
    An office tower is subject to forfeiture because revenue from it was secretly funneled to a state-owned Iranian bank in violation of a U.S. trade embargo, a judge ruled Monday. … The U.S. government had said the Alavi Foundation’s sole partner in the ownership of the 36-story Manhattan building was a shell company fronting for a secret interest held by the state-owned bank of Iran, Bank Melli. The Iranian government has been designated by the U.S. as a sponsor of international terrorism, an allegation it has repeatedly denied. …
  • Plaintiff behind Trump travel ban runs Muslim Brotherhood mosque

    03/16/2017 8:14:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 85 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 03/16/2017 at 10:05 PM | Leo Hohmann
    The main plaintiff in the Hawaii case blocking President Trump’s revised temporary travel ban is an imam with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is hard to miss: Trump has talked about declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and now it is a Brotherhood-backed imam who is playing a key role in blocking his executive order on immigration. Imam Ismail Elshikh, 39, leads the largest mosque in Hawaii and claims he is suffering “irreparable harm” from the president’s executive order, which places a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from six countries.
  • Glenn Beck defends Muslims in wake of new travel ban

    03/16/2017 4:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 16, 2017
    Former Fox News firebrand Glenn Beck said of President Trump’s newly revised travel ban that he agrees that an Islamist threat exists, but he criticized the White House, Congress and the media for failing to explain the difference between Islamists and Muslims. In an interview with Alex Wagner on CBSN Thursday, Beck, a prominent never-Trumper who supported Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy, said that the vast majority of Muslims in America are “no different than Catholics or Mormons.” An Islamist, on the other hand, believes “that the Koran supercedes the Constitution or any country” and the country must be run by...
  • Swiss senate refuses nationwide burqa ban

    03/16/2017 3:48:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 9 March 2017 11:41 CET+01:00
    The upper house of parliament has rejected the idea of a nationwide ban on the Islamic face veil and other face coverings. The draft bill, which was narrowly passed by the lower house last September, was opposed by the senate after a debate on Thursday, reported news agencies. The proposal by hardline Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP Walter Wobmann called for a federal ban on the burqa, niqab and other full face coverings in public, along the same lines as a cantonal ban that came into effect in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in July last year. …
  • (Video) Woman staggers away with her face in her hands after racist Asian thugs break her nose (Tr)

    03/15/2017 6:32:01 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-14-2017 | Mark Duell
    The 34-year-old white victim was caught on CCTV with her face in her hands after the men broke her nose before trading blows with her boyfriend. She had been walking home with her partner after a night out at the Skydome in Coventry when she was racially abused by three men. Police have released the CCTV footage and want to speak to the three Asian men who are seen brawling in it. A force spokesman today confirmed that 'three men shouted a racist comment at [the victim]'. 'When she tried to confront them she was assaulted and sustained fractures to...
  • Palestinian Terrorists Have Killed at Least 64 Americans Since 1993; Finally, US Indicts a…[tr]

    03/15/2017 7:25:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 15, 2017 | 4:46 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    At least 64 Americans have been killed in Palestinian terror attacks since 1993, but U.S. authorities up until now have never prosecuted any of the perpetrators in U.S. courts. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment and warrant of arrest for an Arab terrorist involved in a 2001 suicide bombing in a Jerusalem pizza restaurant in which two Americans were among 15 people killed. The indictment against Ahlam Aref Ahmad al-Tamimi, who has been living freely in Jordan since her 2011 release in an Israeli-Hamas prisoner exchange, has been under seal since July 15, 2013. …
  • Tennessee Sues Feds Over Refugee Resettlement, Cites 10th Amendment

    03/15/2017 6:52:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 14, 2017 | 12:44 PM EDT | Andrew Eicher
    The State of Tennessee filed a lawsuit on March 13, becoming the first state in the nation to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement on the grounds of the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment, The Tennessean reported. Tennessee argues that the federal government has forced the states to pay for the refugee resettlement program, thereby violating the 10th Amendment, which says the federal government possesses only the powers granted to it by the U.S. Constitution and that all other powers are reserved for the states. While other states have sued the federal government over refugee resettlement, this lawsuit is the...
  • Anti-Israel Activist Linda Sarsour Says Zionists Can’t Be Feminists

    03/14/2017 3:19:16 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 38 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 14, 2017 | Madeleine Weast
    Prominent Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, a leader in the feminist movement, said in an interview published Monday that Zionists cannot be feminists. Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, spoke with Collier Meyerson of the Nation about the relationship between feminism and Zionism, the movement to reestablish and maintain a Jewish nation in Israel, the Jewish people's ancient homeland. Sarsour was dubbed a "champion of change" by the Obama administration and has been active in the feminist movement, serving as co-chair of the Women's March on Washington the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration and helping...
  • UN chief warns women globally are suffering 'new assaults'

    03/13/2017 7:50:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 13, 2017 7:53 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Secretary-General António Guterres warned Monday that women are suffering “new assaults on their safety and dignity” around the world, pointing to extremists subjugating women and governments curtailing women’s freedoms and rolling back laws against domestic violence. He told the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women that educating and empowering women will unleash their potential and prevent “challenges that arise from violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia and other threats.” While Guterres didn’t name any countries or groups, his message was clearly aimed at the Islamic State extremist group which sells women and girls as sex slaves....
  • Hamas blasts 'Muezzin Law' [silences Islamic call to prayer in Israel]

    03/10/2017 7:06:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 03/10/17 22:31 | Elad Benari
    Hamas on Friday denounced the “Muezzin Law”, which passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset this week, warning the law would face “stiff resistance”. “This decision will not pass,” deputy Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said after Friday prayers in Gaza. “Our people and nation will raise the Azan all over the world,” he said, using the Arabic word for the Muslim call to prayer, according to AFP. The “Muezzin Law” was originally to have been applied during all hours of the day, but haredi parties objected to its original wording, fearing that it could be used to silence the Shabbat...
  • Hamas said set to recognize Palestine on 1967 borders, but not Israel

    03/10/2017 6:59:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 8, 2017, 8:40 pm | Dov Lieber
    Hamas is reportedly planning to endorse a state of Palestine along the 1967 borders — a move that would be a monumental shift from the group’s long-held policy of reclaiming all of historic Palestine — though it won’t recognize Israel’s legitimacy. […] Talk of “the 1967 borders” generally refers to the pre-1967 lines between Israel and the territory it captured in that year’s Six-Day War from Jordan (in Jerusalem and the West Bank), Egypt (Gaza and the Sinai) and Syria (the Golan Heights). The amendments to the charter were reportedly worked out during a meeting in Doha, Qatar, which was...
  • Danes ’more generous than ever’ to refugees

    03/10/2017 3:07:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 10 March 2017 09:16 CET+01:00
    Danish people have become consistently mere generous over the last four year when it comes to donating money to refugees, a new survey shows. Carried out by Voxmeter on behalf of the Danish Red Cross, the survey shows that 9.4 percent of Danes state that they would give money to refugees today compared to 4.5 percent in 2016 and 2.3 percent in 2013. The results reflect a significant change in the attitudes of Danes towards helping others, according to the secretary general of the Danish Red Cross (DRC). Anders Ladekarl, DRC’s general secretary, told news agency Ritzau that Danes have...
  • Trump Invites Palestinian President to White House in First Phone Call, Abbas Spokesman Says

    03/10/2017 11:31:27 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 33 replies
    Haaretz.com ^ | Friday, March 10, 2017 | Jack Khoury and Amir Tibon
    U.S. president stresses his commitment to bring about real peace between Israel and Palestinians, Palestinian spokesman says. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone in the Oval Office. Alex Brandon/AP U.S. State Department confirms Obama's last-minute aid to the Palestinians Defense Minister Lieberman tells Pence: I expect to see U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem soon President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time on Friday, and invited him to the White House, a Palestinian spokesman said. The call was the first contact between the two leaders, coming after complaints by Palestinian officials...
  • Lynne Stewart, lawyer who represented blind sheik, Black Panthers, dead at 77

    03/08/2017 11:04:46 AM PST · by DFG · 51 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 03/08/2017 | AP
    An outspoken New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small-time criminals to radicals and was released early from prison three years ago because she was expected to die of cancer has died. Lynne Feltham Stewart was 77. Her husband, Ralph Poynter, says Stewart died Tuesday in the Brooklyn home where she lived after receiving a "compassionate release" from prison in January 2014. Stewart was disbarred after she was convicted of helping a terrorist client communicate with followers.
  • Four states suing to block Trump's new travel ban

    03/10/2017 3:11:46 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2017 | Reid Wilson
    Democratic attorneys general in four states announced Thursday that they will try to block the Trump administration's revised executive order on travel in court, pushing for the temporary restraining order that halted the first order to remain intact. In early February, U.S. District Judge James Robart issued an order blocking the first version of the ban, which applied visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries and all immigrants. Robart’s ruling was upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, leading the Trump administration to issue the new order on Monday. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) said Thursday his office will...
  • Pelosi: I Think The Press Helped Undermine The Election

    03/09/2017 4:21:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 09, 2017 1:05 PM | Matt Vespa
    Let’s go down the checklist here. Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump because of misogyny, racism, sexism, the FBI, the Russians, and now the media. Seriously, the media that was banking heavily on her to beat Trump was part of the problem, says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Reportedly, the Clinton campaign is angrier with the Obama White House than Russia or FBI Director James Comey concerning the interference campaign that the Kremlin waged against the former first lady, which was primarily done through state-funded media apparatuses peddling propaganda and social media trolls. That is not the same thing...
  • Top UN court dismisses Bosnian appeal against Serbia

    03/09/2017 9:59:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2017 12:02 PM EST
    The United Nations’ top court on Thursday dismissed a request by Bosnia to reconsider its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of blame for genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. The International Court of Justice told Bosnia’s tripartite presidency that it could not allow the appeal of its ruling because the request to do so was not formally endorsed by relevant state bodies. The request was filed two weeks ago at the request of the Muslim Bosniak member of the presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic. The Serb member, Mladen Ivanic, did not consent to the appeals request and demanded that it be dismissed...
  • Intelligence chief warns: Germany increasingly a target of ISIS

    03/09/2017 9:04:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 March 2017 12:05 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    The head of Germany’s domestic security agency, the BfV, said on Wednesday that Germany has become a priority target for terror group ISIS over the past year. “Germany became significantly more prioritized as a target of ISIS over the course of 2016,” said BfV President Hans-Georg Maaßen, adding that the level of danger continues to be high. The country was shaken by several terror attacks in the name of ISIS last year, most notably the December 19th Berlin Christmas market attack in which 12 people were killed. …
  • Israel moves to mute mosques' call to prayer over loudspeakers

    03/09/2017 7:17:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 9, 2017 | 9:54am EST | Jeffrey Heller
    A law to muffle mosques’ amplified calls to prayer in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem won preliminary approval on Wednesday in a charged parliamentary session where Arab legislators denounced the measure as racist. Supporters of the bill say it is aimed at improving the quality of life of people living near mosques who have been losing sleep. The calls usually begin sounding a little before 5 A.M. through loudspeakers mounted on minarets Opponents say the legislation, sponsored by right-wing parties, impinges on the religious freedom of Israel’s Muslim minority. Arabs make up almost 20 percent of the population and have...
  • Germany No Longer World’s ‘Best Country’ After Rising Jihadist Activity

    03/08/2017 9:51:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 8, 2017 | 11:13 PM EST | James Carsensten
    Germany has fallen from its former top position from among 80 countries surveyed by U.S. News & World Report, achieving fourth place this year in a drop at least partly attributed to security concerns. “The nation was rocked by a range of events — from growing public anxiety over an influx of refugees to a string of deadly terror attacks,” the “Best Countries” report said. The news comes shortly after release of a report from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) saying a growing number of individuals have left Germany to fight in Iraq and Syria...
  • Unite behind human rights and vote yes to divest

    03/08/2017 8:37:52 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 10 replies
    Daily Illini ^ | 3/8 | Muhammad Yousuf
    Alleging divestment is anti-Semitic depends on the conflation of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Our critiques of Israel’s practices are not attacking people of the Jewish faith or heritage.
  • Germany deports Tunisian terror suspect to 'likely torture'

    03/08/2017 6:05:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.08.2017 | Ben Knight
    Germany has been accused of allowing Tunisia to “do its dirty work” after deporting Tunisian Charfeddine T., alias Ashraf Al-T., despite concerns he would be jailed and tortured on arrival. The 24-year-old, deported on Wednesday morning, was arrested in Berlin last November, when federal state prosecutors first said he was an IS member. “Current investigations suggest the suspect had contact with an IS member in Syria who was responsible for operations abroad,” a prosecutor’s statement read. “From there he is thought to have had permission to plan an attack on people in Germany.” At the time, German media reports followed...
  • Swedish police fear for undocumented immigrants [barf]

    03/08/2017 5:26:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 8 March 2017 08:36 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Police in Sweden fear that there could soon be an increase in undocumented immigrants in the country, leaving them vulnerable to crime and exploitation. “These are people who live outside of society, people who are vulnerable to crime and who can’t go to the police. People who work illegally and risk being exploited as cheap labor, and who have to pay too much for accommodation,” Swedish Border Police chief Patrik Engström told radio station Sveriges Radio P4. “But there are also people who can be enticed or driven towards crime in order to support themselves,” he warned. Engström explained that...
  • Italian region bans women in face veils from entering hospitals [Liguria]

    03/08/2017 5:01:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 8 March 2017 09:46 CET+01:00 | Catherine Edwards
    The northern region of Liguria on Tuesday announced plans to ban the Islamic face veil from hospitals and other public institutions, in a bid to “defend women’s freedom”. Regional president Giovanni Toti, of the Forza Italia party, described the burqa as “the worst symbol of the oppression of women”. He defended the ban against accusations that it is discriminatory and possibly anti-constitutional. “Those who live in Italy need to grasp and respect at least the minimum rules of equality between men and women,” said Toti, who proposed the measure together with Liguria’s health councillor, Sonia Viale of the far-right Northern...
  • Hollywood savant demands: Divide Jerusalem, end 'occupation' [Richard Gere]

    03/07/2017 8:44:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 03/07/17 12:29 | David Rosenberg
    Hollywood A-lister Richard Gere, who portrayed King David in the eponymously titled 1985 film and is perhaps best remembered for his lead roles in An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, is set to land in Israel later on Tuesday. But while the actor’s past visits to the Jewish state received warm welcomes, Gere, whose expertise and qualifications justifying his telling Israel what to do consist of his being a movie actor, may be greeted by a far chillier reception, following political comments made on the eve of his trip. Gere’s visit, planned ostensibly for the premiere...
  • Khizr Khan’s claim that the U.S. is restricting his travel may be unraveling

    03/07/2017 4:07:53 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 40 replies
    Washington Post / MSN ^ | 03/07/2017 | Max Bearak
    Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father whose impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention in July called on Americans to reject a ban on Muslims entering the United States, claimed that his “travel privileges are being reviewed” by U.S. authorities, forcing him to cancel a scheduled speech in Toronto. As questions about his motivations for making the claim swirl, Khan has refused to elaborate on his initial statement to The Washington Post and other publications. A more detailed request for clarification did not receive an immediate response Tuesday afternoon.
  • Hungary's leader calls migration 'Trojan horse' of terrorism

    03/07/2017 9:32:27 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Migration is the “Trojan wooden horse” of terrorism and the current lull in the migrant flow is only temporary, Hungary’s prime minister said Tuesday Prime Minister Viktor Orban, an early supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, has ordered the reinforcement of fences on Hungary’s southern borders to keep out migrants. Orban says the migrants, many of whom are Muslims, are a threat to Europe’s Christian identity and culture.
  • Report: Jump in number of jihadis traveling from Germany to Iraq, Syria

    03/06/2017 7:21:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.05.2017 | Brandon Conradis
    A report has found that more than 900 extremists traveled to the Middle East from Germany. The revelation comes amid growing concern from German officials over domestic terrorism. Weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported the increase in the number of homegrown jihadis in their latest issue, not long after Germany’s domestic intelligence service warned that Islamic extremism was spreading in the country. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said that 910 suspected jihadis had left Germany to travel to Iraq and Syria, a noticeable increase from the roughly 800 extremists reported about a year ago, Spiegel...
  • Report: Germany planned to close border at height of 2015 refugee crisis

    03/05/2017 9:10:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.05.2017 | rs/sms (AP, KNA)
    As thousands of refugees walked to Germany in September 2015, Merkel’s government was ready to close the border, a report has found. The plan was stopped at the last minute only because no one wanted the responsibility. “Wir schaffen das,” or “We can do this” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the peak of the European refugee crisis in the fall of 2015. It’s a phrase the chancellor has held on to since those decisive months and repeated like a mantra. It’s a phrase that advocates have praised and critics have abhorred — but it’s also a phrase the chancellor...
  • Islam on Track to Overtake Christianity, Become the World’s Biggest Religion [says Pew]

    03/04/2017 4:57:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 3, 2017 | 4:31 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    By the middle of this century, the number of Muslims worldwide will roughly equal those of Christians and by the century’s end will exceed them, making Islam the world’s largest religion. That’s according to projections in a new analysis by the Pew Research Center, which identifies Islam as the world’s fastest-growing religion, owing to higher fertility rates and the fact Muslims have the youngest median age of all religious groups. In 2010, 1.6 billion Muslims accounted for 23.2 percent of the total world population; Pew says that proportion could grow to 29.7 percent by 2050, and to 34.9 percent by...
  • Obama admin. sent taxpayer money to campaign to oust Netanyahu

    03/04/2017 4:15:32 PM PST · by boycott · 14 replies
    WashingtonTimes.com ^ | July 12, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday. Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign — all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations...
  • 'Fake news': Minister does U-turn on comments about Sweden's sex crimes

    03/04/2017 9:31:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 4 March 2017 16:44 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Sweden’s Integration Minister Ylva Johansson has done a U-turn after she told the BBC that the number of reports of sex crimes in Sweden was dropping. During a recent interview with the BBC, the minister said: “If there has been a rape towards her and a sexual harassment, we can see that the level is going down, and going down, and going down.” However, this isn’t the case. The latest stats actually show a 13 percent increase in reported sex crimes in Sweden in 2016, and a general increase over the last ten years. […] The Moderate Party’s labor policy...
  • Ex-CIA Officer Abandoned by Obama: Without Trump Admin, I Would Be In An Italian Prison

    03/04/2017 7:54:17 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3 Mar 2017
    Former CIA case officer Sabrina De Sousa thanked the Trump administration for intervening to save her from extradition to Italy and imprisonment in a statement on Friday. “I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the Trump administration for all their efforts on my behalf. Without their support I would be spending tonight in an Italian prison,” said De Sousa, in a statement quoted by Fox News. “The Obama administration and former CIA Director John Brennan abandoned De Sousa the last seven years, and in six weeks, the Trump team made her freedom possible,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) told Fox...
  • Debate rages in Sweden over Muslim Brotherhood report

    03/03/2017 7:53:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 3 March 2017 17:30 CET+01:00 | Lee Roden
    A report commissioned by Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) to look into the influence of the Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood in the country has sparked debate, with a number of researchers disputing the methodology used and conclusions reached. The report suggests that the Muslim Brotherhood is secretly leading Islamists in building a parallel society in Sweden by infiltrating organizations and political parties in the country. It also claims that there is an “established structure of values among the country’s political elite which stipulate how as a citizen you should approach ‘minorities’”. But in a blog post signed by 22...
  • Star Wars Actor: Put Muslims on TV or They Will Join ISIS

    03/03/2017 12:27:32 PM PST · by drewh · 46 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 3, 2017 12:23 pm | Andrew Kugle
    Star Wars actor Riz Ahmed gave some advice on how to fight the terror group ISIS. During a Thursday speech to Channel 4's annual diversity lecture in Parliament, Ahmed urged television producers to embrace diversity and have more Muslim representation, or young people will feel alienated and will be more vulnerable to joining extremist groups. "If we fail to represent, we are in danger of losing people to extremism," Ahmed said. "In the mind of the Isis recruit, he’s the next James Bond right? Have you seen some of those Isis propaganda videos, they are cut like action movies," he...