Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Germany's New 'Ministry of Truth': War against Free Speech

The elites and intellectuals are apparently now counted among the German minorities in need of protection.
Toward the end of last year, Germany experienced a previously unheard-of boycott campaign – funded by the German government, no less -- against several websites, such as the popular "Axis of Good" ("Achse des Guten"). The website, critical of the government, was suddenly accused of "right-wing populism".
The German government's efforts at thought control seem to have begun the with the victory of Donald J. Trump in the US presidential election -- that seems to set the "establishment" off. Germany's foreign minister and the probable future federal president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier -- one of the first to travel to Iran after the removal of sanctions there to kowtow to the Ayatollahs -- called America's future president a "hate preacher".
Germany's newspapers were suddenly littered with apocalyptic predictions and anti-American fulminations.
For hard-core Trump-haters, however, a witch hunt by itself is insufficient; they want activism! Since November, Germany's left-wing parties have had a strong increase in membership, as reported by Der Spiegel. At the same time, the federal government evidently decided, at least regarding the federal elections taking place in 2017, that it would no longer count on journalists' self-censorship. The German government, instead of merely hoping that newspapers would voluntarily -- or under pressure from the Press Council -- refrain from criticising the government's immigration policies, decided that it, itself, would inaugurate censorship.

The Federal Government's "Ministry of Truth"

To this effect, as reported by Der Spiegel, the Federal Interior Ministry, intends to set up a "Defense Center against Disinformation ("Abwehrzentrum gegen Desinformation") in the fight against "fake news on social networks". "Abwehr" -- the name of Nazi Germany's military intelligence agency -- is apparently meant to demonstrate the government's seriousness regarding the matter.
"It sounds like the Ministry of Truth, 'Minitrue,' from George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984", wrote even the left-leaning daily, Frankfurter Rundschau.
Frank Überall, national head of the German Association of Journalists (DJV), bluntly stated: "This smells like censorship."
It seems that all ideas suspected of being "populist" -- or simply those ideas without the blessing of the elites – will now be banned in Germany. This restriction applies to criticism of the government (especially regarding immigration and energy policies), of the EU, of Islam, of government officials and of the media.
The Federal Agency for Political Education -- the information agency of the Interior Ministry – is quite open about it: "Anti-elitism", "anti-intellectualism", "anti-politics" and "hostility toward institutions" are the "key characteristics of populism".

"Fat, Stupid White Men"

Toward the end of 2016, one of the biggest German media scandals in recent memory erupted when Gerald Hensel, undoubtedly a member of Germany's elite, tried to introduce a new form of internet censorship with the help of a team of media agencies and political players. Until recently, Hensel was "Director of Strategy" at Scholz & Friends, one of Germany's two big advertising agencies. The firm counts among its clients multinational corporations such as General Motors, the German federal government and the European Commission; so one might say the company is close to the state.
Apparently in anger over Trump's election victory, Hensel demanded: "Let us freeze the cash flow of the right-wing extremist media!" He had previously written a strategy brief declaring debate to be useless; instead, the political enemy -- the "populists" – needed to be fought, even with questionable methods:
"The liberal center must, especially in these new digital and information-based wars, take off the kid gloves. We have to turn the tables and learn about populism, particularly on the Internet... Thus, we have to respond in a more wide-spread digital manner and with explicitly less sympathy to those people who want to force their own future on us -- and do this long before the next federal election... Political storytelling, targeting the political enemy, influencers, forums, rumours..."
"Measures," he added, have to be taken against the "new right" – measures that:
"are 'Below the Line' and also digital. We need 'good' troll factories in our fight against Frauke Petry, Beatrix von Storch, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and the fat stupid white men behind them. Ideally, as quickly as possible. Starting in 2017, they will continue to dismantle the EU and thus our future and that of our children."

Advertising Agency as Thought Police

Toward the end of November, Hensel appealed to his colleagues in various advertising agencies, under the banner of "no money for the right", to boycott all those who fit the description of his bogeyman -- because they were "hostile towards the EU," or because they might even harbour sympathies for Donald Trump. He was jumping on a bandwagon. A witch hunt was already under way against the American website Breitbart, due to the closeness of its former executive chair, Steve Bannon, to Donald Trump. Without providing any kind of proof, countless German newspapers and broadcasters claimed that Breitbart was "racist", "sexist", "xenophobic", "anti-Semitic" and "Islamophobic", and a "hate site". The state-owned German television station ARD described Breitbart as an "ultra right-wing" platform for "white supremacy". Other journalists followed suit.

Those Not Reading Newspapers are Suspect

Hensel went one step farther. In the style of a prosecutor during the Inquisition, he called to break the "dominance of right-wing micro media". He seems to consider particularly dangerous and subversive, anyone who reads articles that do not originate from one of Germany's media empires:
"While I may satisfy my thirst for information with my subscriptions to ZEIT or Le Mode Diplomatique, the brave new-right freedom-fighter likes to stay informed via online media such as the Axis of Good or Breitbart News."
This alone raises several suspicions. Hensel, whose website (which since December can only be accessed with a password) is graced by the display of a Soviet red star, likes to eliminate his opponents swiftly. Breitbart, for example, is deemed fascist ("salon-fascists"). Why? Because the blog -- and here he, supposedly for simplicity's sake, quotes an article from the Süddeutsche Zeitung -- "covers all the topics of German right-wing populism"; Breitbart reports about "the migrant and refugee policies of the German federal government, as well as of supposed criminal acts conducted by migrants and Islamic activities."
Hensel's solution? Boycott!
"There is freedom of speech in my stupid little world. Undoubtedly, websites such as Breitbart News and the Axis of Good... are legal media. Nevertheless, one could ask brand names whether they... are aware that their banner ads appear on these particular websites and represent their brand there."
This type of "asking", of course, roughly corresponds to the mafia "asking" the pizzeria owner if he has fire insurance.

Alliance for Censorship

Hensel also considerately provided detailed instructions for his readers. Those employed by an enterprise should check whether the websites that he deemed "right-wing" are registered on a blacklist. Employees of advertising agencies should form a team, with Hensel and other authoritarians, for internet censorship:
"If your career in a media agency has propelled you a little higher up the hierarchy, you might be able to bring up the topic at the next media get-together with colleagues. 2017 is an election year. You, dearest colleagues, clearly have a part in determining who receives our advertising dollars."
Hensel also suggests that consumers put direct pressure on companies or approach them via social media, to dissuade them from advertising on "hate publishers" and "destroyers of the future".
This manifesto was only published on a private blog -- one that barely anyone had ever heard of before. But the power of which Hensel boasted -- the networks in the advertising agencies and editorial offices -- is real. On Hensel's command, big newspapers and websites reported on the operation with much sympathy, along with the hashtag #NoMoneyForTheRight.

Companies Submit to Pressure

Large companies such as Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), BMW, Mercedes-Benz and the supermarket chain REWE obeyed straightaway, and promised to place "Breitbart" on the blacklist immediately and never to advertise there again. Der Spiegel cited Hensel's "resistance" (!) and pilloried one business that did not follow suit: A plucky little pizza delivery service that responded to the blacklisting demand by declaring that it was "not the morality police". The company was denounced by Der Spiegel as "inept", and after "protests from customers", it ended up capitulating, as the newspaper reported with much satisfaction.
Breitbart will cope with missing out on a few hundred dollars of advertising revenue from Germany. Hensel, however, was successful in his attempt to motivate his ad agency colleagues against German websites such as the Axis of Good. Within a few days, none of them advertised there anymore. Advertising revenue, equally important for websites as it is for newspapers, came to a halt. Hensel had achieved his goal.

State-Financed Boycott

For this campaign, Hensel also received support from the group Network Against Nazis ("Netz gegen Nazis"), which receives financing from by Germany's federal government, the German Football Association and the newspaper Die Zeit, and which, until recently, also counted Scholz & Friends among its supporters. In the tried and true Orwellian fashion of calling things their opposite, the definition of "Nazi", for Network Against Nazis, encompasses anyone who is "Islamophobic" or "hostile toward the media".
Shortly after Hensel's call for boycotts, the Axis of Good was place on a list of "popular right-wing blogs" by Network Against Nazis -- together with the liberal publisher Roland Tichy and the evangelical civil rights activist Vera Lengsfeld (who is a thorn in the side of communists, because she fought against the East Germany's dictatorship in the 1980s). The Amadeu-Antonio Foundation, which runs the Network Against Nazis website, receives almost a million euros per year from the federal government. Not surprisingly, it demonstrates its gratitude with character assassinations of critics of the government.

"The Trend of Denouncing People as Right-Wingers"

Within a short time, Hensel had put together a kind of mafia, bent on economically ruining whoever rejected his ideological commands, by using libel and slander to scare away their customers.
As the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily newspaper commented:
"It is very fashionable right now to stigmatize people and denounce them as 'right-wing' if they do not share your views. Companies want nothing to do with that label, and, as you can see on Twitter, they quickly change direction if they are aggressively made aware that they support the wrong side with their ads (which are often automatically activated and run on the internet)."
In response to the boycott campaign against it, the Axis of Good showed how a business can defend itself: the editors raised a public alarm about Hensel's campaign in a series of reports and commentaries. Thousands of readers complained on the Facebook page of Hensel's employer, Scholz & Friends, which, after its initial support, began to distance itself from its employee's campaign and finally severed ties with him.
According to Hensel's version, his campaign was "so successful" that he wanted to take his employer "out of the line of fire".
"My former employer and I became the victims of a massive hate storm consisting of countless of tweets, emails and comments on social media... This is a systematic campaign."

Propaganda Offensive ahead of the Federal Election

Of course, it was Hensel himself who initiated a systematic campaign, including dirty tricks, which were waged with an eye to the government's apparent plans to consolidate the population ideologically. As research by the Axis of Good has revealed, Hensel's boycott operation was closely tied to the plans by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs to conduct an advertising campaign in support of an open-door immigration policy in 2017. For this, an advertising agency was necessary, as reported in September by an industry journal:
"As revealed by a Europe-wide announcement, the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth is looking for an agency to advertise the brand 'Living democracy! Actively against right-wing extremism, violence and inhumanity'."
Ad agencies were invited to submit their suggestions by the middle of December. The Axis of Good concluded:
"There is a suspicion that this [boycott] operation was a hurried pilot project for the bid for the million-euro project by Schwesig's Family Ministry. A free trial run for the so-called 'advertising pitch'."
Regarding the question of how much economic damage was caused to the Axis of Good by the boycott campaign, Henryk M. Broder, the website's publisher, told Gatestone:
"It is significant, but how big it really was, we will only know in a few months. After all, it is not the companies themselves that stopped advertising, but the agencies. The damage for Scholz & Friends could be even bigger, but they do not talk about it."
The Hamburger Abendblatt daily referred to Hensel's campaign as an "attack on the freedom of the press," adding: "It seems as if the shot from the activists backfired."
As in communist dictatorships, the more obvious the failings of the government, the more aggressively the establishment attacks those who speak out about them.

Poll: 40 Per Cent of Migrants Think Citizens of Host Country Have Too Much Freedom

A newly released study of migrants in Austria has revealed that whilst the vast majority are pro-democratic, many think Austrians live too liberally and have too much freedom.

The study, conducted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, interviewed 900 asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq on various topics from religion to their political opinions.
The results show the asylum seekers having a positive attitude for the democratic system with 90 per cent supporting the principle of democracy, 40 per cent claim people in Austria live “too liberally”, and the majority define themselves as religious, OE24 reports.
Around 80 per cent of those who took part in the study were men aged 18-30 years old reflecting the huge disparity between the numbers of men who have migrated to Europe over the course of the migrant crisis compared to women and children.
Sixty per cent said that they were actively religious and 30 per cent say they pray five times a day or more. A further 80 per cent say religious clothing, like the burqa or niqab, should be allowed in public places. Only two per cent claimed they weren’t religious.
On the subject of people with a different religion, 45 per cent, mainly those who originate from Afghanistan, viewed other religions as inferior to Islam. Less than half, 40 per cent, would accept their children marrying someone from a different religious background without some kind of reservation like conversion.
Whilst 90 per cent do agree with the system of democracy in principle, 40 per cent say that the laws of the country should be based on religious principles and commandments.
Attitudes towards equality between men and women was also asked, and while 80 per cent say men and women are equal, 20 per cent reject the idea of women working outside the home, 37 per cent call for separation of the sexes in swimming pools and gyms, and 20 per cent are for separate religious education.
Integration Minister, and member of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), Sebastian Kurz used the study to again make the case for integration legislation. Kurz has been attempting to pass the proposed legislation since last year, but the minister claims his efforts have been blocked by the Socialist party (SPÖ) since the summer.
The integration legislation would see the banning of the full-face Islamic veil in public settings, but more recently Mr. Kurz has suggested he would support a ban on headscarves for public sector workers after a government integration expert proposed the measure.
The Austrian stance on integration has been much different than the stance of many German academics and politicians who have gone as far as saying that Germans should be integrating into migrant cultures as much as migrants should integrate into Germany.

German Green party politician Volker Beck, who was arrested last year for crystal meth possession, said that Germans should learn Arabic and stop worrying about migration.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Terrorist Who Killed Lee Rigby Will Pursue £20,000 Lawsuit for Teeth Broken in Prison

Lee Rigby collage

Islamist terrorist Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Lee Rigby, has found a lawyer who will pursue his claim when he lost two teeth after lashing out at prison guards.

Adebolajo had intended to sue the prison service in 2015 but had not found a lawyer to take on his case. The Sun has reported Adebolajo has now found legal representation and is seeking £20,000 in compensation.
Muslim converts Adebolajo and accomplice Michael Adebowale were found guilty of murdering 25-year-old army soldier Fusilier Rigby in broad daylight near his barracks in Woolwich, south east London, in 2013. They mowed him down in a car before hacking him to death with knives and a cleaver.
Following his conviction, the terrorist was sent to Belmarsh prison where he lashed out at prison guards before hitting his face on a window, breaking two teeth. The five guards involved were suspended but later cleared following a six-week investigation. 
The Prison Officers’ Association said at the time the guards were restraining Adebolajo, and they only use force “where necessary”. Adebolajo was later found attempting to radicalise other inmates and was moved to Frankland prison in County Durham.
During the initial attempt to sue, the Ministry of Justice said it would “robustly” defend itself against claims brought by Adebolajo.
“The public will be rightly outraged at the thought of this man receiving compensation from the taxpayer and we robustly defend claims made against the Prison Service,” the ministry said in a statement.
On Sunday Lee’s mother, Lyn Rigby, said, “This is nothing more than blood money. This is the last person on earth who deserves compensation.
“You can replace broken teeth but you can’t bring back the life of my treasured boy.”
Mrs. Rigby added, “It hurts so much that he just won’t go away and leave us to pick up the pieces of our broken lives. It’s almost as if he revels in the limelight of his heinous crime and has no remorse or shame for what he has done.
“Like many killers, he seeks to psychologically control the victims of his crime by toying with our emotions — but we won’t be dragged down again. We are learning to be stronger and hold our heads high out of respect and dignity for Lee.”

Adebolajo was sentenced to a whole life jail term for the murder. Adebowale was jailed for life with a minimum 45 years.


Oh well, third wave Western feminists, you can’t even blame them. If your entire identity is based on being oppressed, without actually being oppressed, the sudden inversion of morality can kick in at any moment.
Combine that with a Rousseauian reverence of cultures whose only virtue is to be non-Western, add some dysfunctional Identity Politics dictating Muslims are now the oppressed proletarians of age, and there you have it: European feminists chanting the Islamist battle cry “Allah Akhbar” protesting the ominous white patriarchy now embodied by Trump, while emanating an aura of righteous rebellion against overwhelming odds, while the only things shooting them are cameras.
As if the Hamas-affiliated Muslim Brotherhood front group Council of American Islamic Relations‘ (CAIR) key role in organising Washington’s Women’s March wasn’t bad enough, after randomly throwing in the Palestinian case, she emphasised that “We are this nation’s moral compass!
Well, for America’s sake, one can only hope that’s not the case. Unless, of course, you want a known sharia and Saudi regime apologist to guide your ethics.


Screenshots from the livestream showing the alleged perpetrators.

In yet another instance of the unravelling of Sweden’s social fabric, three men, 19, 24 and 25 years of age and supposedly from a migrant background, have been arrested for the aggravated rape of a Swedish woman (30), which they yesterday live streamed on a closed Facebook group.
The 24 year old suspect was known to the police, as he had been arrested before on drug and assault related offences. Last April, he was conditionally released from a four-month prison sentence, Expressen reports.
Josefine Lundgren, a young woman who witnessed the live stream and alerted the police, says one of the men pulled out a gun and taunted viewers by daring them to come over to the apartment where the three men resided. “He pulled off her clothes and lay on top of her,” Lundgren recalls.
One of the police officers who intervened was also caught on camera, as can be seen in this video footage (with the perpetrators faces blurred out).
In all, the ‘incident’ seems to add to a long list of reasons why Swedes might want to reconsider the volatile combination of having a lavish welfare state, open borders for Middle-Eastern migrants and a seemingly endless tolerance for foreign delinquency.
But as long as the Swedish government actively obstructs studying the correlation between immigrants and crime, while maintaining “the Swedish model is hotter than ever“, actual change seems unlikely.

US Senator blasts German institute for hosting pro-Hezbollah speaker

Former presidential candidate and US Senator Marc Rubio slammed the German Max Planck Institute on Sunday for providing a platform to the pro-Hezbollah activist Norman Finkelstein, who is slated to give a talk sympathetic to Hamas at the organization in the city of Halle. “It’s shameful that the Max Planck Institute will give a platform to the anti-Israel author Norman Finkelstein, a supporter of the terrorist group Hezbollah,” Senator Rubio (R-FL) told The Jerusalem Post. The Max Planck Institute (MPI) has been engulfed in an antisemitic and pro-terror ideology scandal for a week because of its invitation to US activist Finkelstein, who has ridiculed the Holocaust and is popular among neo-Nazis. Commissioner Steven L. Abrams, from the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, told the Post “I am greatly disturbed that the Max Planck Institute in Halle, Germany would sponsor a speaker who would minimize the Holocaust and support Hezbollah or other terrorist organizations. If the Max Planck Institute in Palm Beach County, with our large Jewish population, including many Holocaust survivors, were to host someone with such beliefs, it would be considered highly offensive and totally outrageous.” He added “In fact, given the good relationship the county has with the local institute, I venture to say that inviting Norman Finkelstein to speak on campus would never even be considered. So, one wonders why the Max Planck Institute would enable him to appear at another of its venues.” Max Planck has an institute based in Jupiter, Florida. Abrams said: “In 2008, Palm Beach County approved the allocation of $86.9 million to the Max Planck Florida Institute to build and operate a 100,000 sq. ft. biomedical research facility on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. The county has paid all but the last payment of $5.3 million, which is due November 2017.” Audrey Goff, a spokeswoman for the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in Jupiter, told the Post: "The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) focuses on neuroscience research and does not work in the field of anthropology... MPFI leadership is only responsible for decisions on the speakers we host locally, and is not involved with whom other Max Planck Institutes host." According to the MPI,“The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience was awarded $522,500 over two years in funding from the National Eye Institute, one of 27 institutes and centers of the US National Institutes of Health.” It is unclear if the Monday talk by Finkelstein titled “Gaza; an inquest into its martyrdom” will affect Max Planck’s funding streams in the US. Finkelstein is banned from entering Israel for ten years because of his advocacy for Hezbollah — a US and EU classified terrorist organization. His pro-Hamas talk has also raised eyebrows because the US and the EU designated the Palestinian Hamas movement a terrorist organization. The MPI said on its website: “The MPI invited Finkelstein because he engages with issues that are highly relevant for anthropology in today's globalized context and are also central for the scientific work of our institute, where the vast majority of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers investigate situations of structural injustice around the world and competition for survival in our globalized societies – situations which are often accompanied by violence.” The MPI added “Today, scientists from more than 100 nations work at the Max Planck Society as well as at our institute, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle. Seventy years after the Holocaust, employees with a Jewish background are now active at Max Planck, too. It is a place where people of different religions, nations, sex and skin color work together on key issues relevant to our society and our future.” Petra Pau, a Bundestag deputy and vice president of the Left Party, told the Post, “Norman Finkelstein has been criticized for years for his antisemitic theses.” She added that because of his “relativization of the Holocaust, he is the chief witness for those who deny the Holocaust.” Pau, a leading Left Party deputy who combats antisemitism and neo-Nazism in Germany, said the Max Planck personnel who are giving him a platform should be aware of Finkelstein’s views. Finkelstein has written previously that "the honorable thing now is to show solidarity with Hezbollah, as the United States and Israel target it for liquidation. Indeed, looking back, my chief regret is that I wasn't even more forceful in publicly defending Hezbollah against terrorist intimidation and attack." Robert Fietzke, a spokesman for the Left Party’s youth organization Linksjugend in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, where Halle’s MPI is located, told the Post, “the MPI should immediately cancel the event with Finkelstein.” He added, the MPI invited “one of the most influential anti-Zionists… who has gained popularity in this country because of his deeply conspiratorial work, The Holocaust Industry, in which he accuses Jews of enriching themselves because of their persecution and physical destruction by the Nazis.” Multiple Post phone calls and emails to Dr. Martin Stratmann were not returned. The tiny Jewish community in Halle told the Post that it hopes Max Planck will cancel Finkelstein’s talk. American Jewish organizations—the AJC and the Simon Wiesenthal Center—sharply criticized Max Planck for its invitation to Finkelstein. The social democratic deputy Michaela Englemeier urged the MPI to pull the plug on Finkelstein's talk. The group "Halle against right-wing extremism” and the anti-fascist student group at the University of Halle are slated to protest Finkelstein’s talk on Monday.