Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fake News: Wilders Slams Foreign Criminals, Media Twists Words Into Attack on All Moroccans

Mainstream media outlets in Britain such as the BBC and the Guardian have falsely implied that poll-topping, populist firebrand Geert Wilders made an attack on all Moroccan migrants in the Netherlands when he blasted foreign criminals, in headlines on their websites.

“There is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe” said Mr Wilders, who leads in the polls ahead of the March 15 parliamentary vote, to kick off his campaign on Saturday.
“And that should change”, the Party for Freedom (PVV) figurehead said, emphasising that “not all are scum” as he attempted to take a stroll through a market.
But despite Wilders making clear his remarks referred only to Moroccans who “make the streets unsafe”, both the headline and first paragraph of the Observer’s report of the exchange make the claim that the would-be Prime Minister called all migrants from the North African country “scum”.
Entitled “Far-right leader Geert Wilders calls Moroccan migrants ‘scum’”, the Observer article begins: ‘The Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders sparked outrage on Saturday when he launched his election campaign with a stinging attack on the country’s Moroccan population. The anti-immigration MP called them “scum” and said he wanted to make the Netherlands “ours againone-third’
It’s not revealed until the third paragraph, in which the left-wing newspaper quotes the populist politician in full, that Mr Wilders specifically singled out criminal migrants in his speech.
Sky’s coverage of Wilders’ remarks is similarly misleading. Under a headline which declares that “Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders attacks ‘Moroccan scum’”, Sky News uses the piece’s lede to tell readers: “The MP begins his election campaign by blaming the “Moroccan scum” for “making the streets of Holland unsafe.
“Dutch MP Geert Wilders has launched his campaign for Holland’s top job with an attack on the country’s Moroccans”, begins the article in a clear implication that the PVV figure attacked everyone living in Holland who hails from the North African nation.
Britain’s public service broadcaster makes the same inference, its headline blaring: “Dutch populist Geert Wilders talks of Moroccan ‘scum’”.
The populist politician, who has promised to shut mosques and bring an end to mass immigration from Muslim countries if elected, was speaking in his party’s blue-collar stronghold of Spijkenisse, just south of Rotterdam.
“If you want to regain your country, if you want to make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands, your own home again, than you can only vote [for the PVV],” Wilders told supporters and the press. “Please, make the Netherlands ours again.”
De Volkskrant reported in 2013 that Moroccan criminals were convicted four times more than Dutch suspects.
According to the country’s 2011 census, there were more than 167,000 Moroccan-born people in Holland, a figure that does not take into account second or third-generation Moroccans.
A report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior found that most of the Moroccan youth involved in criminal activities were born in Holland.
According to the Gatestone Institute, 65 per cent all Moroccan male youths between the ages of and 12 and 23 have been detained by police at least once, with one third of this group having been detained five or more times.

Mr. Wilder’s comments come as he rides high in the polls at the Netherlands approaches election day. Although other Dutch political parties have vowed to not enter into a coalition with Mr. Wilders’ Freedom Party, present polling suggests he should lead the largest party on March 16th, which may force others to soften their stance.

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Angela Merkel's migrant failure exposed as up to ONE FIFTH VANISH as Germany UNPREPARED

EMBARRASSED officials in Germany are hunting for over 3,000 refugees in one state alone who have vanished off the radar.The migrants were part of a wave of arrivals who came to Germany in 2015 via the so-called Balkan route. Now there are fears a number of those who have gone underground may be sleepers for Islamic State (ISIS), biding their time until their Middle Eastern paymasters give them orders to commit acts of terror. The missing migrants were reported in the state of Brandenburg next door to the capital Berlin.The public prosecutor's office has begun retroactive checks on the asylum seekers. "Fifteen to 20 percent of 18,000 refugees are obviously submerged," said prosecutor Ulrich Scherding. Officials admitted that during the chaos of the crisis the data of thousands of migrants was "inadequately captured".Brandenburg's Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schröter said the technology to fingerprint all 47,000 refugee arrivals in the state in 2015 simply did not exist. The hope among security officials is that a sizeable portion of the missing simply wandered away to other places. But the fear is that ISIS almost certainly controls a number of them.Yesterday Angela Merkel said it was Europe’s duty to take in more refugees, despite public outcry after 1.1million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015 alone. She also said Islam was not a source of terror after jihadis carried out terror attacks in Berlin, as well as Paris and Nice. Speaking at the Munich security council, she said: “The joint fight against Islamic terrorism is one area where we have the same interests and we can work together.”

Germany: mob of 100 Africans threatens police

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.

A journalist and local politician from the radical Left Party, Martin Dolzer, then started an incitement campaign against the police, calling the officer’s act of self-defense an “attempted execution motivated by racism“. Dolzer now faces libel charges and was even criticised within his own party.
The Ghanaian knifer was identified as a member of the so-called “Lampedusa refugees, a group of Sub-Saharan African travelling from the Libyan coast to the Italian island Lampedusa by boat in 2013, they were granted asylum in Italy. However, they decided to illegally proceed to Germany. Since then, about 200 or 300 “Lampedusa refugees” in Hamburg have tried over and over again to blackmail the authorities to grant collective asylum to the whole group. They refuse to partake the due procedure or even to give their IDs. Instead, they and their supporters from the radical left have staged frequent street protests which sometimes turn violent, illegally erected a permanent tent in St.Georg and even briefly occupied the headquarter of Hamburg’s Social-Democratic Party (SPD).
A former area of entertainment with hotels, theatres and music halls, Hamburg’s St. Georg district near the central station now is heavily Islamic. It hosts numerous mosques, one of which was the al-Quds Mosque where some of the 9/11 terrorists used to meet (it was closed by the authorities in 2010). Plus, it has turned into a hotbed of drug trafficking, prostitution and other crime. St. Georg is “reigned by fear”, writes the Hamburger Abendblatt. Last year, no less than 6,780 suspects of crimes (9 percent of the total) in Hamburg were persons with a “refugee status“, according to the police. Frequent charges include assault and shoplifting. A particular heinous crime was committed in St. Georg just last month: By crying for help, five African men lured a 28-year-old nurse into a park where they raped her, robbed her and beat her unconscious.
Against that backdrop, the German public should not be expected to have plenty of patience for thugs who masquerade as “victims of racist police violence“.

Asylum Seeker Unemployment Up 33 Percent Since 2016

Asylum seeker unemployment numbers are up 33 percent in Austria despite the fact that the number of total migrants coming into the country has declined.

The number of unemployed asylum seekers has risen to 28,720 in Austria, and the capital Vienna is home to the vast majority of the unemployed migrants with two-thirds of asylum seekers in the city being without work. According to the Vienna employment Service (AMS), 67 percent registered with them to find work while many others were simply not available to work Kronen Zeitung reports.
AMS statistics note that the most qualified migrants tend to come from Syria, Iran and Iraq. Afghans seem to be the worst educated of the migrant groups with some 25 percent not having completed any schooling at all.  Only 20 percent of the Afghan nationals had either university education or had graduated high school.
AMS chief Johannes Kopf said that it was a big challenge to get migrants into the labour force, primarily because they needed to learn German first. “We have the impression that we can work well with people who attended school for twelve or thirteen years,” he said.
Afghan migrants are likely to be a bigger problem than their Syrian counterparts according to Kopf who said, “We have no experience with people who have never been to a school,” and noted that at least ten percent of Afghans were totally illiterate.
The AMS divides migrants into three categories, young people who will likely learn German and receive an education through the normal school system, qualified adults who will be sent to vocational schools and unqualified adults. The last category will find it the hardest to find work and may be limited to manual labour in construction or agriculture.
Many economists in the early days of the migrant crisis promised that migrants would be a net boon to the economies of European countries. Since then studies, like the one carried out by AMS, have shown that many migrants are not as qualified as previously thought.
Even school children are said to be lagging behind their Austrian counterparts due to the massive language barrier.  One teacher said that many migrant children will end up becoming a “lost generation” who will likely be taken care of by the welfare state as they won’t be ablet to find work.

The situation is no better in Germany where many migrants are also finding it exceedingly difficult to find jobs. Some migrants, however, prefer not to work at all, claiming they don’t have to because they are “guests” of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany Election Frontrunner Schulz Accused in EU Fake Job Scandal

Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz could be facing a possible scandal as details have emerged regarding unusual contracts he made for friends when European Union President.

The allegations of potential misconduct by the former European Union president revolve mostly around a man named Markus Engels, a long-time confidant of Schulz and his current campaign manager for the German federal elections later this year.
According to reports, Schulz gave Engels a lavish contract in 2012 to represent Schulz interests in Berlin, though he was registered in Brussels — allowing him to avoid large amounts of tax, Der Spiegel reports.
Engels was given a base salary of 5.200 euros a month and a tax-exempt international surcharge of an additional 820 euros for his work at the Berlin Information Office. Also included in the contract was an expense account worth 16 percent of his gross salary — and he claimed 16,621 euros in reimbursement costs as his residence in Berlin was considered a “mission,” despite any actual EU missions having occurred.
The SPD has defended the actions of its new leader, Claiming the contract and payments were legitimate. Yes records reveal that such contracts are relatively rare with only 13 people being placed on long-term missions out of 7,600 parliamentary workers since the beginning of 2016.
The Engels case may not be the only time Schulz has attempted to make similar deals with other close confidants. A European Parliament internal note from 2015 claims that Schulz attempted to give possibly illegal career advantages to four more people within his Presidential cabinet.
The note claimed that the actions were, “incompatible with the personnel regulations,” though officials of the EU parliament have declined to speak to media on the case.
The case has some similarity to the scandal rocking the campaign of French Republican presidential candidate Francois Fillon. Fillon is accused of using taxpayer money to hire family members, specifically his wife, to non-existent jobs.Reports have claimed that his family has taken
Reports have claimed that his family has taken over a million euros in public money and the scandal has severely harmed him in the polls.
Martin Schulz took over the leadership of the SPD earlier this year from former leader Sigmar Gabriel and has given the party a huge boost in the polls against current Chancellor Angela Merkel beating her Christian Democratic Union.

Currently, the left parties are only a few percentage points away from being able to form a similar left-wing coalition to that presently ruling the city government in Berlin.

A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Germany: January 2017

by Soeren Kern
  • "If we are serious about the fight against Islamism and terrorism, then it must also be a cultural struggle." — German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.
  • German authorities issued 105,000 visas for so-called family reunifications in 2016, a 50% increase over the 70,000 visas issued in 2015, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The 105,000 visas for family members were in addition to the 280,000 new asylum seekers who arrived in Germany in 2016.
  • Police say Sudanese migrants, many of whom were allowed to enter Germany without having their fingerprints taken, have "created a business model" out of social security fraud. Local officials have been accused of covering up the fraud.
  • An employee at a social security office handed her boss a file with 30 cases of suspected fraud. After he refused to act, she contacted the police. She was fired for "overstepping her authority."
  • Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble revealed that the migrant crisis would cost German taxpayers €43 billion ($46 billion) during 2016 (€21.7 billion) and 2017 (€21.3 billion).
  • The Bishop of Regensburg, Rudolf Voderholzer, said there could be no reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. Islam is a "post-Christian phenomenon, with the claim to negate the core content of Christianity," he said.
January 1. Some 2,000 "highly aggressive" migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East gathered at the central train station in Cologne and the square in front of the iconic Cologne Cathedral, where mass sexual assaults occurred on New Year's Eve 2015. A massive police presence consisting of 1,700 officers deterred mayhem. Police reported three sexual assaults on New Year's Eve 2016, compared to more than a thousand on the same day in 2015.
January 1. In Berlin, at least 22 women were sexually assaulted during New Year's Eve celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate, despite the presence of 1,700 police officers. Police initially reported six assaults, but after inquiries from local media raised that number. In Hamburg, at least 14 women were sexually assaulted. Police arrested three Iraqis, three Syrians, two Afghans, one Eritrean and one German-Russian.
January 2. Greens Party Leader Simone Peter accused the Cologne Police Department of racial profiling after a tweet referred to North African migrants as "Nafris." The head of the DPolG, Ernst Walter, explained that "Nafri" is not derogatory but rather a technical acronym used by the police to refer to "North African intensive offender" (nordafrikanische Intensivtäter). "If a North African person is suspected of committing a crime, he is a 'Nafri,'" Walter said. Cologne Police Chief Jürgen Mathies added: "From the experiences of the past New Year's Eve, from experience gained by police raids as a whole, a clear impression has emerged here about which persons are to be checked. They are not gray-haired older men or blond-haired young women."
January 2. Police in Saarland arrested Hasan A., a 38-year-old asylum seeker from Syria who solicited €180,000 ($192,000) in funds from the Islamic State in order to carry out a high-casualty terrorist attack in Germany. The prosecutor's office in Saarbrücken said the man asked the Islamic State for the money to purchase eight vehicles (€22,500 each) which would be camouflaged as police cars, loaded with 400-500 kilos of explosives, and exploded into a large crowd. Hasan said he wanted the money to support his family in Syria, not to carry out attacks in Germany.
January 3. Amnesty International called for an investigation of the police in Cologne for the alleged "racial profiling" of North African migrants who were suspected of promoting violence on New Year's Eve.
January 3. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière called for a "reorganization" of the security structures in Germany in order to confront the challenges of terrorism, large influxes of asylum seekers and cyberattacks. He said the federal government should be given more powers than it has now.
January 5. North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Regional Criminal Police Director Dieter Schürmann revealed that Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian Salafist who carried out the jihadist attack on the Christmas market in Berlin on December 19, 2016, was known by authorities to be a threat to security as early as February 2016 but that they had found no evidence to arrest him. Schürmann also said that Amri had also used a total of 14 different identities under multiple names to collect social welfare benefits.
January 6. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel called for a "culture war" to defeat Islamism. "If we are serious about the fight against Islamism and terrorism, then it must also be a cultural struggle," he said. "We must strengthen the cohesion of society and ensure that neighborhoods are not neglected, villages are not degenerated and people are not becoming more and more radicalized," he added. Gabriel also said that "Salafist mosques must be banned, the communities dissolved and the preachers deported, as soon as possible."
January 7. A group of five "Black Africans" (Schwarzafrikanern) sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman in Hamburg. The woman, a nurse at the Asklepios-Klinik St. Georg, was walking to her car after her shift ended when she heard someone screaming for help in an adjacent park. When she went to lend a hand she was ambushed by the men, assaulted and robbed.
January 7. Asif M., a 26-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan, appeared in court on charges he raped one woman and attempted to rape five others in Berlin-Steglitz. He insisted that he was the victim: "As a refugee, it is difficult to find a girlfriend."
January 7. An Emnid poll for Bild am Sonntag found that 58% of German women believe that public places have become less safe due the migration crisis. Nearly half (48%) say they avoid certain areas in their place of residence when it is dark, and 16% now carry pepper spray when they are on their own after dark.
January 7. Intelligence Chief Hans-Georg Maaßen warned that Germany's Salafist scene is not only growing, but also becoming more decentralized, thus making it more difficult to monitor. He said the number of Salafists in Germany was 9,700, up 500 from 9,200 in October 2016.
January 11. The Interior Ministry reported that a total of 321,371 migrants arrived in Germany in 2016, compared to 1,091,894 in 2015. Of the new arrivals in 2016, 280,000 were asylum seekers, compared to 890,000 asylum seekers in 2015. As if the statistics were not sufficiently complicated, a total of 745,545 people applied for asylum in 2016, compared to 476,649 who applied for asylum in 2015. The 2016 figure includes migrants who arrived in Germany in 2015 but did not apply for asylum until 2016. Around 35% of the asylum seekers in 2016 were from Syria, 17% from Afghanistan and 13% from Iraq.
January 11. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said that Germany's security apparatus must be updated in order to combat Islamic terrorism. "Our security architecture dates back to the fifties and sixties when we were dealing mostly with regional crime," he said.
January 12. Germany's largest Islamic association, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), admitted that some of its preachers acted as informants for the Turkish government. DITIB is financed by the Turkish government's Directorate for Religious Affairs, known in Turkish as Diyanet. DITIB has been described as the "extended arm" of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who uses it to promote Turkish nationalism and to prevent integration among the Turkish diaspora. The spies sent information about followers of Fethullah Gülen, a 78-year-old cleric based in the United States and whom Turkey accuses of plotting a failed military coup in July 2016.
January 13. A YouGov poll found that 52% of Germans believe that police in Cologne did a good job on New Year's Eve. The poll also showed that 63% of Germans do not find racial profiling problematic, compared to 27% who do. The poll followed criticism of a police operation in Cologne on New Year's Eve in which hundreds of "Nafris" — a term for North African criminals — were arrested.
January 14. A "southerner" (südländischer Typ) assaulted an 80-year-old woman in Leipzig-Neulindenau. The woman was working in her garden at 3 o'clock in the afternoon when she noticed that a man was loitering nearby. He lunged at the woman and beat her so badly that she was hospitalized. Before getting into the ambulance, she asked someone to take a photograph of her bloody face to draw public attention to rising migrant crime. Her picture was published by Bild, the largest-circulation newspaper in Germany. "It cannot be that you have to be afraid of being on the streets even during the middle of the day," she said. The perpetrator remains at large.
January 18. Member of the German Parliament Burkhard Lischka revealed that German authorities lost track of three of the 547 jihadists who are being monitored by German intelligence.
January 18. A 27-year-old Kosovar was sentenced to one year and ten months of probation for sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman in Freiburg. The man followed the woman into a restroom at a night club, told her that he was a narcotics detective, forced her to undress and then tried to rape her.
January 19. German authorities issued 105,000 visas for so-called family reunifications in 2016, a 50% increase over the 70,000 visas issued in 2015, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Almost all the visas were issued to Syrians and Iraqis. Family reunifications — individuals whose asylum applications are approved are subsequently allowed to bring additional family members to Germany — are not included in asylum application statistics. In other words, the 105,000 visas for family members were in addition to the 280,000 new asylum seekers who arrived in Germany in 2016.
January 19. Germany took back some 12,000 migrants from other European countries, in accordance with the so-called Dublin Regulation, a law that requires people seeking refuge within the EU to do so in the first European country they reach. Germany took 3,700 migrants from Sweden, 1,686 from the Netherlands, 1,277 from Switzerland, 1,109 from Denmark and 763 from Belgium, according to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. The migrants involve asylum seekers who submitted asylum requests in Germany but moved on to other European countries before the requests were processed by German authorities.
January 19. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel threatened to cut development aid to countries which refuse to take back asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected. The threat applies mainly to North African migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. "It cannot be that a country takes the development aid, but not its own citizens, if they cannot get asylum with us because they simply have no reason to escape from their country," he said.
January 20. The trial began of Abubaker C., a 27-year-old Pakistani man who strangled 70-year-old Maria Müller in her bed in Bad Friedrichshall, and then painted verses from the Koran on her bedroom walls. Prosecutors said the murder was religiously motivated: The Sunni Muslim apparently murdered the woman because she was a devout Roman Catholic.
January 21. A 47-year-old asylum seeker from Syria was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison for raping a 44-year-old mentally disabled woman in Soest. The suspect, who has been living in an asylum shelter in Welver at German taxpayer expense since 2003, had 23 previous convictions for offenses including assault, robbery and fare evasion. A neurologist who tended to the Syrian during his 13-year stay in Germany told the court that the man is "untreatable" (Therapieunfähig). "When he is drunk, he is unpredictable," she said.
January 23. Muslims in Hamburg are finding it difficult to bury their dead: German burial laws are incompatible with Islamic Sharia law, according to Die Welt. "The different burial cultures must be brought together," the paper stated. "The German funeral and cemetery regulations are incompatible with Islam in some respects. Believing Muslims reject cremation. The dead must be buried as soon as possible and in linen cloths. It is important that the earth is 'virgin'...the soil should not be polluted by 'unbelievers.' The dead must also be able to rest for eternity...a re-occupation of the tomb is impossible even if the remains of the deceased are completely disappeared."
January 25. Social security fraud perpetrated by asylum seekers is costing taxpayers in the state of Lower Saxony millions of euros, according to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. Police reported 2,644 known cases of fraud in 2016, including 487 cases by asylum seekers, up from 351 such cases in 2015. The fraud involves migrants using multiple identities to collect social welfare benefits in different cities and towns. In the city of Braunschweig alone, some 240 migrants defrauded the state of €4.8 million ($5 million) in 2016. Police say Sudanese migrants, many of whom were allowed to enter Germany without having their fingerprints taken, have "created a business model" out of social security fraud. Local officials have been accused of covering up the fraud, which came to light after an employee at a social security office contacted the police. In January 2016, she had handed her boss a file with 30 cases of suspected fraud. After he refused to act, she contacted the police in May 2016. She was fired for "overstepping her authority."
January 26. A court in Celle sentenced a 16-year-old German-Moroccan female jihadist to six years in prison for stabbing and seriously wounding a police officer, the first lone-wolf terrorist attack in Germany inspired by the Islamic State. The incident occurred at the central train station in Hanover on the afternoon of February 26, 2016, when two police officers noticed that the girl — identified only as Safia S. — was observing and following them. The officers approached the girl, who was wearing an Islamic headscarf, and asked her to present her identification papers. After handing over her ID, she stabbed one of the officers in the neck with a six-centimeter kitchen knife. According to police, the attack happened so quickly that the 34-year-old officer was unable to defend himself. "The perpetrator did not display any emotion," a police spokesperson said. "Her only concern was for her headscarf. She was concerned that her headscarf be put back on properly after she was arrested. Whether the police officer survived, she did not care."
January 26. Upkeep for the 13,600 unaccompanied child migrants (unbegleiteten minderjährigen Flüchtlingen) in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) will cost German taxpayers €632 million ($670 million) in 2017. Child migrants are arriving in NRW at the rate of 300-400 each month. Each child migrant costs €4,500 a month to maintain, in addition to an annual administrative fee of €3,100 (Verwaltungspauschal). The children are from more than 60 countries, including Afghanistan (37%), Syria (36%) and Iraq (11%). Over 90% of child migrants are male.
January 27. Due to positive net migration (more people entering the country than leaving it), the German population increased by 1.14 million in 2015, and by another 750,000 in 2016, to reach an all-time high of 82.8 million at the end of 2016, according to preliminary estimates by Destatis.
January 27. Muslim students at the Emscher-Lippe school in Gelsenkirchen refused to participate in Holocaust remembrance activities. Some 40% of the 550 students at the school are Muslim.
January 27. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble revealed that the migrant crisis would cost German taxpayers €43 billion ($46 billion) during 2016 (€21.7 billion) and 2017 (€21.3 billion).
January 28. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said that Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian who carried out the December 19 jihadist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, could have been deported in October 2016, but that officials in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) failed to do so. De Maizière's statement contradicted claims by NRW Interior Minister Ralf Jäger, who said he had no legal authority to deport Amri, whose asylum application had been denied.
January 30. Süleyman D., a 25-year-old German of Turkish descent, was arrested for raping one woman and attempting to rape two more at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
January 30. The Bishop of Regensburg, Rudolf Voderholzer, said there could be no reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. Islam is a "post-Christian phenomenon, with the claim to negate the core content of Christianity," he said. "Only those who do not know their own faith or do not take it seriously can consider a comprehensive integration of Islam as possible."
The Bishop of Regensburg, Rudolf Voderholzer, said on January 30 that there could be no reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. Islam is a "post-Christian phenomenon, with the claim to negate the core content of Christianity," he said. "Only those who do not know their own faith or do not take it seriously can consider a comprehensive integration of Islam as possible." (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/StagiaireMGIMO)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Publishers now hiring 'sensitivity readers' to ensure political correctness

By Rick Moran

If you ever worried about what the student snowflakes at American universities would be qualified to do after graduation, this is the perfect job for them.
Publishers are hiring "sensitivity readers" to check book manuscripts to make sure they adhere to politically correct standards.
These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as "dealing with terminal illness," "racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families" or "transgender issues."
"The industry recognizes this is a real concern," said Cheryl Klein, a children's and young adult book editor and author of "The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults." Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.
Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate – fueled in part by social media – in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group.
Last year, for instance, J.K. Rowling was strongly criticized by Native American readers and scholars for her portrayal of Navajo traditions in the 2016 story "History of Magic in North America." Young-adult author Keira Drake was forced to revise her fantasy novel "The Continent" after an online uproar over its portrayal of people of color and Native backgrounds. More recently, author Veronica Roth – of "Divergent" fame – came under fire for her new novel, "Carve the Mark." In addition to being called racist, the book was criticized for its portrayal of chronic pain in its main character.
This potential for offense has some writers scared. Young-adult author Susan Dennard recently hired a fan to review her portrayal of a transgender character in her "Truthwitch" series.
"I was nervous to write a character like this to begin with, because what if I get it wrong? I could do some major damage," Dennard said. But, she added, she felt the voice of the character was an important one that wasn't often portrayed, so she hired a fan, who is a transgender man, just to be sure she did it right.
"Just to be sure she did it right"?  By whose standards?  Using what criteria?  Self-censorship is still censorship and represents a threat to free speech.  Certainly, portraying a black person as a shuffling, lazy character who eats fried chicken and watermelon is inappropriate.  But beyond avoiding racial stereotypes, what responsibility does the author have to "marginalized" groups?
Can he portray a black man as a villain?  Can he portray a woman as an airhead?  Portraying "marginalized" characters as anything except heroic, smart, and beautiful is where "sensitivity readers" are driving the publishing industry.
The flip-side of this is, of course, the portrayal of white people as evil.  How long before showing white people to be anything except racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. becomes the norm?
Here's some of what "sensitivity readers" do:
Her upcoming book, tentatively called "Breakout," focuses on three girls coping with a prison escape in their small town. Messner has enlisted multiple sensitivity readers to help her work out the class and race issues affecting the town and her characters. A reader has called out when her language doesn't ring true, and has questioned when her character does something that seems inauthentic and provides her perspective on why that is. Messner said it's been encouraging to hear when she's gotten something correct, but also she's had to make adjustments.
These people are "experts" not because of their extensive study and knowledge of the issues, but because they belong to one of the "marginalized" groups.  Incredible.
I gave up on fiction years ago when the overwhelming majority of authors published were liberals and couldn't help but insert their political beliefs in their writing.  Nonfiction has its problems, but at least you can easily recognize poorly sourced information or selective bias in the writing.  And now, with sensitivity readers vetting books to make sure they adhere to the deadly conformity of political correctness,  I definitely won't be spending my money to support authors and publishers who give in to this nonsense.

Merkel: Europe Must Take More Migrants, Islam Is Not The Cause Of Terrorism

Angela Merkel claims that the European Union still has a “responsibility” to take in more so-called refugees, and pleaded to Islamic governments to help convince people that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.

The 62-year-old German chancellor began her speech by acknowledging that “the European Union right now is in a very difficult situation due to the result of the British referendum … which is very regrettable”.
While calling on the bloc “to do more to integrate our military capacity”, she also confessed it could not fight terrorism without U.S. president Donald Trump’s assistance.
“Let me address this very openly. The Europeans alone could not cope with fighting international Islamist terrorism. We need the strength and the power of the United States of America, and their support,” she said.
“I say this because the external borders of the European Union, in a way, are the border that actually separates us from Islamist terrorism, and that very much has an influence on Europe.
“So co-operation with the United States of America is most important for us, but what’s also very important to me is that Islamist, Muslim states have been incorporated in this coalition, because I think those countries, first and foremost, have to give a contribution.”
According to Chancellor Merkel, however, working with such states is the only way “we will be able to convince people that it is not Islam that is the problem, but a falsely understood Islam, and the religious authorities of Islam have to find strong language in order to delineate themselves and distance themselves from this fundamentalist and terrorist [version of] Islam.”
“We cannot do this, we Christians,” she said. “It has to be done by the Islamist clergy and by the religious authorities.”
Having claimed that Western institutions have no authority to tackle extremist ideology, however, the chancellor went on to insist that Europe does still have a duty to absorb more migrants.
“We have a responsibility. The European Union has a responsibility to bear, accepting those refugees.
“Just think, Cyprus, after all, is a neighbouring state to Syria, so you see the external borders of the Union are the borders that separate us from those areas where people amass in great numbers … [W]e cannot simply say it’s got nothing to do with us; we have to deal with this issue.”

Cyprus does not in fact share a land border with Syria, being an island nation some 315 miles from the Syrian coast.


German broadcaster Welt24 reports that a few days ago, German politician Wolfgang Bosbach met a Christian Iraqi family in Nordrhein-Westphalia, his constituency, who had recently applied for asylum in Germany.
Bosbach heard them tell how they had fled their country for fear of Jihadist violence. Eventually, they reached the part of their story, in which they filled in they asylum application, in one of the foreign offices of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). There, they faced a BAMF employee with a headscarf, who was going to decide whether or not they, Christians, would get protected status.
Last year, 97.000 Iraqis submitted an application for asylum in Germany. In January, 64.6% of Iraqi asylum applications were successful. The family Bosbach met, however, was rejected and told him they felt they were at a disadvantage because of the official who handled their case. Bosbach understood their reasoning:
“I understand the applicants’ concern that their application may not have been decided upon solely on objective and prejudice-free considerations, (…) when they are Christians telling a headscarf-wearing Muslima that they have suffered persecution by Muslims.”
To Bosbach, it doesn’t matter so much, whether or not the official in question really was prejudiced, but merely that “the applicants have reason to fear that their application might not be objectively decided.” And Bosbach is of the opinion that this fear
“is not entirely ungrounded. Therefore, I cannot understand, why only Muslims in BAMF get to decide whether or not Christians, who fled from radical Muslims, get the right to stay in the Federal Republic of Germany.”
When asked to comment, a spokesperson for BAMF seemed to miss the point when she declared that:
Constitutionally, women are allowed to wear a headscarf in their place of work, and the employer can only limit that right when there are objective grounds to do so, for example, health and safe issues, when it is detrimental to the peace in the working environment etc.”

Bosbach is not convinced by this line of reasoning:
Apparently, it is not an ‘objective ground’ for BAMF, when asylum-applicants fear, that those doing the interviews and making the decisions at BAMF do not view their application in a way that is unprejudiced, neutral and free from preconceived ideas. I can’t follow their reasoning.”
The Ministery of Internal Affairs meanwhile, seems to agree with the BAMF. It simply does not consider the headscarf, unlike the Christian cross, to be “a religious symbol in and of itself.” Only in context can it have a comparable meaning. And even that is not considered a problem, as there is no law or regulation against the wearing of religious symbols by civil servants.
The Iraqi family has been urged by Bosbach to make a complaint against the BAMF’s decision. But according to him, they’re afraid that “their complaint will again be judged by someone wearing a headscarf.”

Priceless! Watch as Dr. Sebastian Gorka calls out BBC bias to snarky, condescending interviewer’s face

By Thomas Lifson 

Dr. Sebastian Gorka has a PhD, big vocabulary, huge knowledge base and even a British accent  -- all the markers of an elitist establishment, if not leftist, thinker. But he seems to be in complete sync with his boss, President Trump.  The BBC interviewer, with his fashionable three-day beard, open collar, and heavy ‘tude, probably was not expecting what he got when he led off his live shot interview from the White House lawn with a snarky dig at President Trump’s sanity.

Soros Groups Attack Plan to Strengthen National Democracy

The Visegrád Group of Central European states – Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic – are putting together proposals to take back powers from the European Union’s institutions and return them to the bloc’s national governments. But the group is facing attacks from NGOs funded by globalist billionaire George Soros.

EurActiv reports the four countries are drafting a common contribution to the Rome Declaration, the document which will be unveiled on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome in March.
Poland and Hungary, in particular, have had a number of recent clashes with Brussels, and worked to increase Visegrád co-operation in response.
Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), believes the EU’s mishandling of the migrant crisis risks the “liquidisation of the civilisation that grew out of Christianity” in Europe. He also sees Brexit as an opportunity to push for treaty changes which will “strengthen the nation-states and reduce the jurisdiction of the Union”.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, meanwhile, pledged to lead a “cultural counter-revolution” alongside the PiS leader in late 2016.
“There is a saying in Hungary that if you trust somebody, we say ‘you can steal horses together’,” Orbán said at a public conference in September.
“There are a few stables, and one particularly large one called the EU, where we can steal horses with Hungarians,” replied Kaczyński.
EurActiv cites a number of civil society figures who are opposed to the Visegrád’s plans to enhance national sovereignty within the EU, however.
Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, director of the Open Europe Programme at the Stefan Batory Foundation in Poland, is quoted as complaining that “strengthening the sovereignty of member-states will be harmful for the Polish position in Europe”.
The Stefan Batory Foundation was established by George Soros and receives funding from his Open Society Foundations organisation. Soros, the billionaire financier advocate for European integration and open borders, achieved infamy in the United Kingdom as ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank of England’.
In Hungary, Central European University visiting professor Róbert Csehi is cited as saying that “in most cases, the blame [for problems in the EU] can be put on intergovernmental institutions and member-states”. Csehi advises that Orbán should attempt to build a coalition within the European Council if he is dissatisfied with EU decision-making.
The Central European University was also founded by George Soros.
Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó complained in January 2017 that it was “very clear” that “[Soros] would like this government to fail, he would like to kind of ‘fire’ this government because he doesn’t like our approach, doesn’t like our policies – but, it’s not George Soros who has to make that decision… it’s the Hungarian people. We find it very anti-democratic”.
More recently, Prime Minister Orbán used his state of the nation address to warn Soros-funded NGOs were seeking to exert direct influence on politics in countries with anti-globalist governments:

“Here there are large predators swimming in the water,” he said, “and this is the transnational empire of George Soros.”

Hungary: NGOs Should Reveal Amount, Aim of Foreign Funding

Hungary’s governing party says that it will propose legislation forcing non-governmental organizations reveal the source, amount and aim of foreign funding they receive. Lajos Kosa, parliamentary faction leader of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, said Friday that the intention is to shed light on how the groups financed from abroad are trying to influence Hungary. Kosa said that draft legislation would be submitted to parliament next month. Orban has repeatedly criticized groups funded at least in part by Hungarian-born financier and philanthropist George Soros, describing them as “foreign agents” seeking to undermine the authority of elected officials. Corruption watchdog Transparency International’s local office, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee are those among named and targeted by the government for their activities.

'Merkel is FINISHED' Comedy sketch mocks Nicola Sturgeon idolising German Chancellor

A SKETCH mocked the relationship between Nicola Sturgeon and Angela Merkel bashing the Scottish First Minister for copying the German leader. In the funny clip on the Tracey Ullman's Show, the comedian ridiculed the Scottish First Minister for idolising Ms Merkel. The sketch was praised online as Ms Sturgeon was seen fighting over the German chancellor’s assistant after copying her fashion sense. The character of Ms Sturgeon was quick to fight back after the assistant insisted that the German leader was the most powerful woman in Europe. Ms Sturgeon replied: “And soon the world will need someone else. You and I know that nothing last’s forever. More...

Poland Wants to Oust EU President Tusk

Poland’s most powerful politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, says it’s not in his country’s interests for Donald Tusk to serve a second term as head of the European Council, a key European Union leadership position. Poland is the only EU state openly opposed to a second 2½-year term for the former Polish prime minister, whose current term ends in May. The European Council brings together leaders of the 28 member states to determine the bloc’s political priorities, and the question of a second possible term for Tusk is expected to be taken up at an EU summit in early March. Kaczynski, the head of the conservative ruling party and a longtime political rival of Tusk’s, noted Tusk had backed an EU proposal to fine countries that wouldn’t accept refugees in a settlement plan. That proposal failed in part due to Polish opposition. Kaczynski said in an interview on state television Thursday that such fines would have cost Poland 3 billion euros. “It is not in Poland’s interest for someone like that” to head the European Council, Kaczynski said. Tusk was Poland’s prime minister in 2010 when Kaczynski’s twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, died in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia, along with 95 other Poles, many of them high-ranking state and military officials. Kaczynski has long maintained that Tusk bears some moral responsibility for that tragedy, accusing him of not assuring better security procedures for the president. He spoke after the Financial Times reported, based on unnamed EU diplomats, that Kaczynski recently told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Poland might issue a “European arrest warrant” against Tusk for his role in the Smolensk tragedy. There was no immediate response from Tusk’s office to Kaczynski’s comments on Polish television. But in an apparent reference to Kaczynski’s reported comments to Merkel, Tusk wrote on Twitter on Thursday: “Is it nice to report on a Pole to the Germans like that?” His message, in Polish, ended with a smiley face. Poles would understand the reference to Poland’s history of being under German occupation during World War II, when reporting to the Germans would be considered the worst form of betrayal. The comment took a dig at Kaczynski’s own Polish nationalism, which is often infused with a dose of anti-German sentiment.

Welcome to Sweden, Eldorado for Migrants!

In 2016, Sweden received 28,939 asylum seekers. Sweden is a predominantly Christian country in northern Europe, and yet most asylum seekers to Sweden came from three Muslim countries in the Middle East: Syria (5,459), Afghanistan (2,969) and Iraq (2,758). Why is it that people from these three Muslim countries choose to cross Europe to come to Sweden? What is it that Sweden offers that attracts people from the other side of the world?
It is not the major metropolises in Sweden that attract these people. 56% of Sweden's land area is covered by forest. Besides the Swedish capital Stockholm, there is no Swedish city with more than 1 million inhabitants. Sweden's average annual temperature is around 3°C (37.4°F), so it is not the weather that attracts tens of thousands of people from Muslim countries to Sweden.
What Sweden provides is economic and social benefits for all who come. Sweden is a country where the state pays newly-arrived migrants to encourage them to enter the community and seek jobs. If you receive a residence permit as a refugee, quota refugee or person with "subsidiary protection," you get up to $35 (308 SEK) a day, five days a week, if you participate in a so-called "establishment plan." So, the newly arrived migrant does not even have to work to get this money; the only thing he or she needs to do is to accept the help that the Public Employment Service provides. The newly-arrived migrant receives an "establishment allowance" (etableringsersättning) during his first two years in Sweden. After two years, the migrant is still entitled to all the benefits of the Swedish welfare state.
The migrants who receive this kind of establishment allowance can also get a supplementary establishment allowance (etableringstillägg) if they have children. They will get $91 a month (800 SEK) for each child under the age of 11, and $170 (1500 SEK) for each child who has reached the age of 11. A newly-arrived immigrant can get this supplementary establishment allowance for three children at most. If a newly-arrived immigrant has more than three children, then only the three oldest children count. The newly arrived immigrant can receive a maximum of $509 dollars (4500 SEK) a month through this supplementary establishment allowance.
So, if somebody lives in poverty in an Arab country and has several children, there is every reason to try to get a residence permit in Sweden. From the perspective of a poor migrant, that seems a lot of money to cash in, and one does not have to work a single day to get it. This makes Sweden a paradise for the migrants of the world who do not want to work. The Swedish taxpayer pays for this party.
If you accept the help of the Public Employment Service and start looking for a job, as a newly arrived migrant, you will also get help to pay the rent. If a newly arrived migrant has a rent of $396 (3500 SEK), the state pays $192 (1700 SEK). This is called the housing allowance (bostadsersättning).
It is not, however, only newly-arrived migrants with residence permits that receive economic and social benefits. Migrants who do not have residence permits also receive economic and social benefits. Since July 2013, immigrant children who live illegally in Sweden have the right to go to school.
In addition, also since July 2013, illegal immigrants have the right to state-funded health care, dental care, contraception counseling, and maternity care, as well as care in case of abortion. The illegal immigrant is also entitled to transportation to and from health care facilities, and also an interpreter. All children, in fact, who are living illegally in Sweden are offered the same health care and dental care, and under the same conditions, as children who are Swedish citizens.
The strange thing is that illegal immigrants pay lower fees for their medical and dental care than Swedish citizens pay. This is something that has upset many Swedish senior citizens, as 355,000 Swedish senior citizens live below the European Union's poverty line. It is not certain that these senior citizens can afford dental care at all, while at the same time, illegal immigrants receive dental care by paying a fee of $6 (50 SEK). In Malmö, Sweden's third largest city, the children of illegal immigrants receive full income support, and illegal migrants who have children have their entire rent paid by the municipality.
Since January 1, 2016, Sweden also has a law that offers children free medication. This law also applies to children seeking asylum in Sweden and children in Sweden illegally.
Children who come to Sweden and receive a residence permit further have the right to a "survivor pension" (efterlevandepension) if their parents have died. If the parents have never worked or lived in Sweden, the child will receive $167 (1477 SEK) per month, or $335 (2954 SEK) per month, if both parents are deceased. This is paid by the Swedish Pension Agency (Pensionsmyndigheten).
These are just some of the economic and social benefits that both legal and illegal migrants receive as soon as they set foot on Swedish soil.
So, if you live in an African country and want your child to go to school, Sweden will provide free education for your children, whether you have permission to stay in Sweden or not. If you are sick and cannot afford to go to the hospital, Sweden will provide free health care, whether you have the right to be in Sweden or not.
Recently, the city of Malmö bought 268 apartments with the taxpayers' money, so newly arrived migrants would have a roof over their heads. But at the same time, Swedish citizens have to wait more than three years in line to rent an apartment in Malmö. The reason that people from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq cross the entire European continent to come to Sweden is because Swedish politicians have given them every reason to come. From the day that a newly arrived migrant enters Sweden, the authorities at all levels of government throw money at him, with access to free health care and education. Why shouldn't he come? Sweden's current policies offer a free ticket to a better life for all poor migrants who come to Sweden, and the Swedish taxpayer foots the bill.
While migrants get all these benefits, there are not many obligations. Sweden is a multicultural society. This means that many of the migrants do not feel any loyalty to the Swedish culture, but retain their own culture within Swedish society. While Swedish taxpayers are forced to fund all these benefits for illegal and legal migrants, the migrants do not have to adapt to Swedish way of living. Instead, the Swedes not only have to pay for the migrants, but also seem required to adapt to them.

Meanwhile, Sweden has a critical shortage of police officers, which means that it is easy to commit crimes and get away with them. If one would, against all expectations, get caught, the punishment in Sweden is not harsh. If someone is convicted of rape, he would be incarcerated from two to six years. In 2015, the proportion of rapes where the police actually found the suspect was 14%. This means that in 86% of the rapes, the rapist got away. The police could simply not do their job because lack of resources and poor leadership.
Many might say that it is racist to associate migrants with sexual crimes. The Swedish police published a report in June 2016 which gave a status report of sexual abuse. In the report, one can read the following quote:
"In cases where the crimes were carried out by offenders in a larger group in public places and in public swimming pools the perpetrators have been mainly youngsters who have applied for or have recently received asylum in Sweden."
Although Sweden has a more restrictive immigration policy than the liberal migration policy it had before the migration crisis began, Sweden continues to have a welfare and integration policy towards newly arrived immigrants that functions as a magnet and draws less-educated immigrants to Sweden. Those who come to Sweden seem to be seeking a country that provides many entitlements but not many obligations. People seeking success go to the UK, Canada or the United States, while it often appears as if people who want to break the rules choose to come to Sweden.
As long as Sweden gives migrants all these benefits and demands so little back, Sweden will be the ideal country for the world's opportunists and freeloaders. The benefits of immigration, such as a well-educated workforce, economic growth and increased entrepreneurship, will not contribute to Sweden, because through its welfare and integration policies Sweden is attracting migrants who are either unwilling or unable to make an effort.
According to Eurostat figures from 2015, the unemployment rate among foreign nationals in Sweden was 20.1 percent, while Swedish citizens had an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent. Only three other countries in the European Union -- France, Spain and Greece -- had a higher unemployment rates among their foreign nationals than Sweden.
Among foreign nationals who were citizens of a non-EU country, Sweden had an unemployment rate of 29.3 percent. Only two other countries in the European Union -- Spain and Greece -- had a higher figure than Sweden. If you look at the unemployment rate among Sweden's own citizens, Sweden has EU's second-lowest unemployment rate.
Many would say that this might indicate that there is discrimination in the Swedish labor market. A major investigation (Långtidsutredningen 2015) by the Swedish Ministry of Finance, published in 2015, made the assessment that the Swedish labor market mainly rewards individuals' skills, and as a whole does not seem to be characterized by ethnic discrimination. The investigation also made the assessment that in many instances, persons who are born outside Sweden and have higher education from their countries of birth, need further education in Sweden to become established in the Swedish labor market.
The problem therefore is not discrimination; it is that migrants who come to Sweden lack the proper education to enter the Swedish labor market.
A restrictive immigration policy is not enough for Sweden. As long as Sweden has all these benefits for illegal immigrants and newly-arrived migrants, the most opportunistic and sometimes the most unmotivated migrants will make every effort to come.
Migrants who stay in Sweden even though they do not have permits should not be rewarded. Migrants should not get paid because they are accepting support from the government to find jobs. These kinds of benefits need to be phased out and eventually eliminated.
It needs to become clear that the responsibility for becoming integrated into the Swedish society rests entirely on the newly arrived migrants. Migrants who do not receive a residence permit should go home or somewhere else. If this does not happen, it could lead to a crisis for the Swedish welfare state and the social rights of the Swedish people. Many Swedes would say that this welfare crisis has already begun.