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  • Anyone one else doing this: [ Liberal Exodus suggestions ] ~ Vanity

    02/18/2017 6:47:02 PM PST · by GraceG · 19 replies
    GraceG
    So I have had a few discussions with idiot liberal acquaintances over the last few months since Donald trump won and then became our President. Many of them revolve around how horrible Trump is and how they feel like everything is going to hell. I just humor them as I tried to get a feel how they were before the election and they were either for the old dirtbag hag Hillary or some of the real fruitcakes were for Jill Stein. When they say that they want to move out of the United States I always recommend the following countries:...
  • Macron causes uproar by saying France's colonization of Algeria was 'crime against humanity'

    02/16/2017 10:12:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 16 February 2017 15:09 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local, Ben McPartland
    French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron has drawn a storm of criticism from his rivals after calling France’s colonization of Algeria a “crime against humanity”. In a TV interview in Algiers this week, the centrist said French actions in Algeria, which achieved independence in 1962 after eight years of war, were “genuinely barbaric, and constitute a part of our past that we have to confront by apologizing”. His visit also included a stop at the Martyrs’ Memorial in Algiers, saying he wanted to promote a “reconciliation of memories” between the two countries. The violent history between France and Algeria is still...
  • Nigerian Migrant Arrested for Stabbing Female ‘Refugee Helper’ to Death

    02/16/2017 6:25:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 16, 2017 | Chris Tomlinson
    A 27-year-old Nigerian migrant has been arrested in Switzerland after murdering a 22-year-old asylum home worker in Germany and then fleeing the country.
  • Syrian asylum seeker is jailed for life in Sweden after horrifying footage emerged [tr]

    02/16/2017 6:59:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria. The Stockholm District Court ruled that 46-year-old refugee Haisam Omar Sakhanh joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle.
  • PARIS ON FIRE: Riots reach capital's centre TONIGHT - buildings set ablaze & cops attacked

    02/15/2017 9:04:51 PM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    The Express ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Peter Allen
    Officers were forced to unleash tear-gas on angry crowds as buildings and rubbish bins were set on fire around the Barbes Metro station, which is just around the corner from the Eurostar hub at Gare du Nord.   As fire crews went in to extinguish the blazes, lines of riot police were attacked, and shops were looted.  A policeman at the scene said: “Windows have been smashed and officers attacked.   “Small groups of protestors wearing hoods to hide their identities are causing trouble and then running away.
  • Brussels proposes changes to EU decision-making process

    02/15/2017 7:45:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EUbusiness ^ | 15 February 2017, 00:40 CET
    The EU Commission proposed Tuesday changes to the EU’s decision-making process, in a bid to increase transparency and accountability in procedures for implementing EU legislation. The EU executive wants to change what is known as the Comitology Regulation, which gives it responsibility for the required implementation of Community legislation in many areas. It exercises these delegated powers by working with national civil servants appointed by Member States in different committees. These committees, which are a forum for discussions and the voicing of opinions, are chaired by the Commission. …
  • Germany picks Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be president

    02/12/2017 8:10:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2017 10:47 AM EST | Kirsten Grieshaber
    A special assembly elected former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier by an overwhelming majority Sunday to be the country’s new president. Steinmeier was elected in Berlin by the assembly made up of the 630 members of parliament’s lower house and an equal number of representatives from Germany’s 16 states. He received 931 of the 1,260 votes. Steinmeier succeeds Joachim Gauck, a 77-year-old former pastor and East German pro-democracy activist who did not seek a second five-year term because of his age. […] “Isn’t it actually wonderful that this Germany, our difficult fatherland, that this country has become an anchor of...
  • Germany says 91 mosques were attacked in 2016

    02/11/2017 7:44:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2017 10:43 AM EST
    The German government says 91 mosques were attacked in the country in 2016. The interior ministry said in a report sent to The Associated Press late Friday that most attacks — 21 of them — took place in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is the country’s most populous state with a high number of Muslim immigrants. …
  • Merkel Will Pay Migrants Millions To Leave Germany

    02/11/2017 7:47:14 AM PST · by davikkm · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | JACK MONTGOMERY
    Chancellor Angela Merkel is setting aside €90m (£76m) in taxpayers’ money to create a fund which will pay migrants to withdraw their asylum applications and leave Germany voluntarily. The handouts will form part of a 16-point plan to speed up the removal of rejected asylum seekers, after Tunisian migrant Anis Amri murdered a Polish lorry driver, hijacked his vehicle and drove it into a Christmas market in Berlin while awaiting deportation. U.S. president Donald Trump told The Times that Merkel made a “catastrophic mistake” when she opened the doors to an unlimited number of migrants in 2015. Her vice-chancellor, Sigmar...
  • Liberal Teacher Takes in Muslim ‘Refugee’, His Friend Finds What’s Left…

    02/11/2017 4:13:20 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 48 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 2/10/2017 | Angry Patriot Movement Staff
    If liberals need more proof about just how important proper vetting is, they need to read this gruesome report about what just happened to a kindhearted teacher in Germany. A German math teacher living in a postcard perfect hamlet wanted to further his desire to aide fleeing migrants. After befriending four refugees while making locations at a migrant center and even opening his home to them, one of them brutally beat him and left him to die in a pool of his own blood. The 55-year-old German-Iranian teacher lived in Celle, a small town near Hanover, Germany. The popular teacher...
  • FGM in Germany: A 30% Increase in Less Than Two Years

    02/09/2017 6:41:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 2/9/17 | Baron Bodissey
    As might be expected, the incidence of female genital mutilation (FGM) has increased dramatically in Germany since the current migration wave began two years ago.Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this article from Pharmazeutische Zeitung Online: Genital Mutilation: Almost 50,000 victims in GermanyThere are approximately 47,300 victims of female genital mutilation living in Germany. This emerges from the first survey of the national prevalence of the phenomenon, introduced by the Federal Ministry for Families today. The 6th of February is an action day for the United Nations and several rescue organizations opposing the practice, which is widespread mainly in...
  • EU commission drops anti-corruption report

    02/06/2017 8:58:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2 Feb 2017 18:37 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The EU commission scrapped plans to publish a report on anti-corruption efforts throughout EU states. When pressed to explain why, EU commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas on Thursday (2 February) refused to speculate. […] The Commission was also supposed to look at the EU institutions, but dropped the internal assessment because they “realized that this is something we will have to come back to in a future EU anti-corruption report.” With the 2016 report already past the due date, the transparency campaigners were hoping for a late release. But commission vice-president Frans Timmermans has dashed those hopes. …
  • "With Open Gates"

    02/03/2017 1:58:11 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Nov 15, 2015
    This restored version of the film "With Open Gates: The Forced Collective Suicide of European Nations" - Extended Cinematic 1080p os the best version available right now on YouTube! The original film contained music by a French composer who didn't want it included. I have restored music and sound to the first part of the film where the French composers piece had been. It has a full music and sound track. I am not the maker of this film. The clips included were not my choice and I had no say in how this was edited. I have only added...
  • Sweden Extends Border Controls Until Spring 2017

    02/02/2017 9:35:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 1 February 2017
    Sweden will extend border controls and ID checks in the south of the country by a further three months, the country's government has confirmed. The border controls at ports in the south of Sweden and on the Swedish side of the Öresund Bridge to Denmark were brought in during the autumn of 2015, a year where Sweden received a record 163,000 asylum applications. ID checks on trains crossing the Öresund Bridge were introduced soon after. The measures in the passport-free Schengen zone are only supposed to be temporary and originally designed to last six months, but they were extended by...
  • Program paying asylum applicants to leave Germany voluntarily begins

    02/02/2017 7:32:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.01.2017 | se/sms (dpa, AFP, epd)
    A program to pay asylum applicants in Germany to return to their home countries, often before a decision is made on their status, has begun. The government wants to increase the number of people who choose to leave. The program “StartHilfe Plus,” which loosely translates to “start help plus,” began on Wednesday. Administered by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the initiative aims to financially reward asylum applicants if they are willing to return to their homelands. About €40 million ($43 million) has been set aside for payments. “In...
  • Italian Muslims sign anti-extremism pact

    02/02/2017 6:36:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 2 February 2017 08:44 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Italy’s Muslim community signed a pact with the government on Wednesday pledging to “reject all forms of violence and terrorism”, with prayers in mosques to be held in Italian. “It’s a very important document which concerns the present and future of our country through inter-religious dialogue, starting from a basic principle: We may have different religions… but we are all Italian,” said Interior Minister Marco Minniti. He added: “One of the essential points is that all the signatories have committed to reject all forms of violence and terrorism.” Only a handful of Italian residents are known to have joined jihadist...
  • French Court Rejects Palestinian Demands

    02/01/2017 7:47:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 1, 2017 | Michael Curtis
    A new sheriff arrived in town with the appointment of Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In her first speech, she indicated the disproportionate contribution by the United States -- 22% of the UN budget and 28% of UN peacekeeping operations -- to the world organization. The UN budget should be subject "strategic cutting," and sometimes withholding of dues. In picturesque language, Haley spoke of the need for a strong U.S. role at the UN. She had already made clear during her testimony on January 18, 2017, to the Senate Foreign Relations...
  • Green party demands travel ban for Trump to Germany

    01/30/2017 10:37:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 January 2017 11:22 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Germany’s Green party has suggested drastic consequences for the US President after he ordered a temporary travel block for refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. […] “If the USA does not immediately rescind this insane travel block for representative Omid Nouripour and other German citizens, then we should block Donald Trump’s trip to the G20 summit in Hamburg. It is not possible to have serious discussions under these circumstances,” Green party parliamentary spokesman Dieter Janecek told Handelsblatt at the weekend. Trump accepted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s invitation at the weekend to the July summit, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said....
  • 'Mistakes' during refugee influx, says Germany's Schäuble

    01/29/2017 6:28:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.29.2017 | ipj/sms (dpa, AFP)
    Wolfgang Schäuble, a veteran ally of Angela Merkel, has admitted the cabinet made “mistakes” during Germany’s large intake of refugees in 2015. He wants lower standardized​ EU welfare payments for asylum-seekers. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told a citizens’ panel brought together the “Welt am Sonntag” newspaper that the situation “got out of control” when Germany kept open its border to 890,000 refugees, mostly people who had fled violence in the Middle East and trekked through the Balkans to reach Germany. “We politicians are people and we also make mistakes,” said Schäuble, a former German interior minister, adding that “one can...
  • Enda Kenny urged to withdraw from St Patrick’s Day meeting with Trump

    01/29/2017 6:04:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | January 29, 2017
    Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan has called on the Taoiseach to withdraw from his scheduled St Patrick’s Day meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House. Mr Halligan, a member of the Independent Alliance, told The Irish Times it was his personal view Enda Kenny should not travel to Washington for the traditional ceremony where a bowl of shamrock is presented to the president. “Unless he changes his views on issues like immigration, and his attitude to women, we should have as little as possible to do with the president,’’ he added. Mr Halligan said...
  • German Chancellor Merkel Slams Trump’s Travel Ban – Calls It “Unjustified”

    01/29/2017 9:08:21 AM PST · by ColdOne · 51 replies
    gatewaypundit.com ^ | 1/29/17 | Jim Hoft
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel released a New Year’s message earlier this month calling on Germans to “use love and compassion” to battle the Islamist extremists in their communities. Islamists extremists murdered 22 people in Germany in 2016 in seven different attacks.
  • French leader chides US populism, urges European unity

    01/28/2017 9:28:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2017 11:33 AM EST | Barry Hatton
    French President François Hollande on Saturday urged Europe to present a united front against populist movements which, he said, are being encouraged by political developments in the United States. “Europe is facing a moment of truth,” Hollande said. “The issue is populism. What we are hearing from the U.S. encourages populism and even extremism. They are saying that Europe should not take immigrants, shouldn’t stay together, not believe in climate change.” European Union countries should stick to their principles and defend their interests — and stand firm in talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, Hollande said. “Europe should be true...
  • France, Germany unite in face of Trump refugee ban

    01/28/2017 6:27:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2017 8:57 AM EST
    France and Germany formed a united front Saturday in the face of President Donald Trump’s halt in the U.S. refugee program, with the German foreign minister noting that loving thy neighbor forms part of America’s Christian traditions. After meeting Saturday, the foreign ministers of both nations, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Germany’s Sigmar Gabriel, said they want to meet with Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state who is still awaiting confirmation. Ayrault said Trump’s order on Friday that bars all refugees from entering the United States for four months — and those from war-ravaged Syria indefinitely — “can only worry...
  • Trump to hold first presidential phone call with Merkel

    01/27/2017 10:39:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 January 2017 17:02 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    The US leader has already told Angela Merkel what he thinks of her — albeit mainly through Twitter. What could their first presidential talk hold? US President Donald Trump will hold telephone talks Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the White House said. Trump is hosting British Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House on Friday to discuss post-Brexit trade ties and inject new momentum into the “special relationship” between the United States and Britain. […] Trump was often critical of Merkel throughout his election campaign, targeting in particular her...
  • Politicians Admit Migrants To Cost Germany More Than 30 Billion Euros A Year

    08/04/2016 5:46:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 4, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Politicians have admitted that Germany’s recent migrant influx is set to cost taxpayers at least €30 billion a year. In addition to forking out for the day-to-day living costs and of more migrants, the German government will sharply increase spending on its police and security services after an unprecedented influx of migrants entered the country.
  • Trump Mexico wall will destroy lives, Berlin mayor warns(Barf alert)

    01/27/2017 2:39:30 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 55 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27th January 2017 | BBC News
    Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller has urged US President Donald Trump "not to go down the road of isolation" with his planned border wall with Mexico. Mr Mueller warned such divides cause "slavery and pain" and would "destroy the lives of millions". The German city was divided by the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989. Mr Mueller's statement came as Mr Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed to "work out their differences" over the issue. The planned wall was one of Mr Trump's key election campaign pledges, but it has cast a shadow over the US's relationship with its...
  • German authorities 'lose sight' of three Islamists flagged as threats

    01/20/2017 7:09:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.19.2017 | nm/gsw (Reuters, dpa)
    Authorities in Germany have reportedly lost track of three radical Islamists who have been deemed a security risk. The government is under pressure to prevent a repeat of last month’s deadly attack on a market in Berlin. Burkhard Lischka, a parliamentary spokesman for the Social Democrats, said three of the nearly 550 individuals identified as Islamist threats in Germany could not be found. Speaking after a meeting of the internal affairs committee in Berlin, Lischka held up as a warning the case of Anis Amri, a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia who fell off the authorities’ radar despite long being...
  • EU Votes To Grant "electronic Personhood" To Cyberdyne T 800s

    01/17/2017 12:10:18 PM PST · by TBP · 36 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 13 January 2017 | Graeme Burton
    AS EXPECTED, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee voted in favour of extending rights to robots, granting them what the committee called "electronic personhood", by 17 votes to two, with two abstentions. The robot 'bill of rights' is intended to cover such issues as liability, such as when automated or robotic systems are involved in accidents or go postal, as well as ethical issues, such as should it be legal to beat your robot? Socialist worker Mady Delvaux, a Luxembourgois politician and vice-chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs, said that the EU "urgently need(s) to create a robust European...
  • Der Silberjunge: Opening the Borders Was Against German Law — And it Was Planned in Advance

    01/16/2017 6:54:01 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 16 Jan, 2017 | Baron Bodissey and Thorsten Schulte
    Thorsten Schulte is a German economist and financial expert who runs a website known as Silberjunge (Silverboy). In the following exposé of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s machinations during (and before) the “refugee” crisis, Silberjunge focuses on two major points: 1. The chancellor’s opening of the borders to uncontrolled migration without a directive from the Interior Ministry was a clear violation of German law. 2. The entire migration wave should not even be called a “crisis”, since it was planned in advance. Mr. Schulte provides ample documentation for his assertions. The links are shown in the video, and may be found on...
  • EU opposes shift of US Embassy site in Israel

    01/16/2017 10:15:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2017 11:33 AM EST
    European Union foreign ministers on Monday opposed any plan by President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and warned that it could ratchet up tensions with the Arab world. “It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after chairing their talks in Brussels. “We hope that there can be reflection on consequences of any move that is taken,” she said. …
  • Donald Trump slams Angela Merkel's refugee policy

    01/15/2017 10:36:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.15.2017 | aw/kl (dpa, AFP, Reuters)
    US President-elect Donald Trump labeled German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance on refugees a “catastrophic mistake.” He said the policy would lead to even more countries leaving the European Union after Britain. President-elect Trump heavily criticized Chancellor Merkel’s open-door policy on refugees in a joint interview published on Sunday with German tabloid newspaper Bild and British newspaper The Times of London.“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from,” he said. “And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think...
  • France warns Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as capital

    01/15/2017 9:55:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 15 January 2017 21:06 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France warned on Sunday of “serious consequences” if Donald Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians were represented at the conference, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed as “futile”. Opening the meeting, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the international community wanted to “forcefully reiterate that the two-state solution is the only solution possible” to the seven-decade-old conflict. …
  • Vulnerable people are being 'radicalized in refugee centers' [Eurabia]

    01/13/2017 10:19:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 January 2017 10:37 CET+01:00 | [Central European News]
    An undercover reporter who visited 35 asylum centers throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland says security is so bad that they risk fomenting terrorism as radicals can easily infiltrate them and convert vulnerable people to their cause. Investigative reporter and terrorism expert Shams Ul-Haq, 41, was only 15 years old and unable to speak a word of German when he came to Germany from Pakistan, much like many refugees nowadays. He warns that the registration of asylum seekers and conditions found at shelters are so bad, that they could easily lead to dangerous situations across Europe. […] Ul-Haq explained that some...
  • Most Germans don't think racial profiling is a problem: poll

    01/13/2017 10:12:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 January 2017 16:46 CET+01:00 | Julius Haswell
    A YouGov poll released on Thursday found that the majority of Germans said racial profiling was not problematic, amid criticism of police checks on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Sixty-three percent of Germans in the YouGov poll said they did not find racial profiling generally problematic. Another 27 percent said that it was problematic when police checks are not conducted based on concrete suspicions, but rather on general appearances, including perceived ethnicity or skin color. However, the poll also exposed disparity between age groups, with 46 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds saying they thought racial profiling wasn’t problematic, compared with...
  • Germany's Merkel calls for 'cross-border cooperation' on EU security

    01/12/2017 5:32:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.12.2017 | ls/sms (dpa, Reuters, AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged EU nations to work together to improve security across the bloc by increasing the exchange of data and creating a register of people entering and leaving the Schengen area, a European visa-free travel zone. “Everyone sees the urgency and everyone knows that if we do not succeed, each country will introduce its own border controls and free movement won’t be possible,” Merkel told a joint press conference with Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel. “It makes me optimistic that a lot of countries have sadly had the experience that terrorism is a big challenge...
  • German minister accuses Social Democrats of failing to cooperate over security

    01/09/2017 8:18:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.08.2017 | Kate Brady
    German Interior Minister and Christian Democrat Thomas de Maizière has accused the CDU’s Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners of failing to cooperate when it comes to security and terrorism. In an interview with German weekly Bild am Sonntag, de Maizière said he was not sure whether “everyone in the SPD is ready to take tough measures.” “We could be much farther ahead,” de Maziere added. “Especially regarding the concrete improvement of deportation possibilities.” SPD General Secretary Katarina Barley, however, said de Maizière’s criticism of her party was only to “distract from his own failures.” She added that the interior minister...
  • Why 5,000 Jews emigrated from France to Israel last year

    01/09/2017 7:31:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 9 January 2017 17:24 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Another 5,000 French Jews emigrated to Israel last year, figures showed Monday, continuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting the community. The Jewish Agency of Israel issued the update as France marked two years since attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, where four shoppers were shot dead. Daniel Benhaim, who heads the Israeli-backed group in France, said that insecurity had been a “catalyst” for many Jews who were already thinking of leaving. The 5,000 departures in 2016 add to the record...
  • Germany's Islamist scene growing: security chief

    01/09/2017 7:15:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 January 2017 09:48 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany’s domestic security chief warned on Sunday that the country’s radical Islamist scene is not only growing, but becoming more decentralized, posing greater challenges to surveillance operations. In an interview with national news agency DPA, Hans-Georg Maaßen also defended security officials under fire after it emerged that Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri had slipped through their net, saying they had done everything they could. Overall, the number of Salafists — or fundamentalist Sunni Muslims — in Germany has risen to more than 9,700, sharply up from 3,800 people in 2011, said Maaßen. “It’s of great concern to us that...
  • Muhammad and Freya top new baby names on Irish passports in 2016

    01/06/2017 1:32:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 03, 2017 08:00 AM | Irish Central Staff
    Muhammad and Freya are among the most popular first time baby names on Irish passports in 2016, the Irish government has revealed. The rise in Arabic names is a reflection of the increasing multicultural nature of Ireland and where new immigrants are coming from. The 2011 census showed 50,000 Muslim migrants living in Ireland, up from 36,000 in the census taken in 2006. Freya means “beloved” in Arabic, while Muhammad means “praiseworthy” and is also, of course, the name of Islam's founder. They ranked at numbers 42 and 117, respectively. …
  • Sweden rejects less than a quarter of asylum seekers

    01/01/2017 9:06:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 1 January 2017 14:17 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Sweden’s Migration Agency accepted 77 percent of the record 112,000 asylum claims it processed in 2016, it has revealed in its end of year figures. The agency processed twice as many decisions in 2016 as it did in 2015, putting on track to clear the backlog built up during Europe’s refugee crisis. Some 17,000 asylum seekers were registered as refugees, 47,000 were given a permit due to “alternative needs of protection”, and 5,880 withdrew their applications. “We’re handling it,” the agency’s General Director Mikael Ribbenvik told Sweden’s TT newswire after issuing the figures in a press statement. “In the autumn...
  • Swedish police brave rockets, grenade and axeman on NYE

    01/01/2017 8:43:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 1 January 2017 11:59 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Swedish police faced a hand grenade attack, youths firing rockets and throwing powerful bangers at them, and an axe attacker in an unusually busy New Year’s Eve. […] In Western Sweden alone, there were more than 50 cases of youth shooting rockets at police, the rescue services, or public transport. At close to the strike of midnight, a suspected hand grenade was thrown at a police station in Katrineholm, 150 km southwest of Stockholm, shattering the station’s entry door and window, and damaging four cars parked outside. At around 5.30am, Malmö police shot a 28-year-old man wielding an axe and...
  • Merkel urges Germans to meet terror with freedom and openness

    01/01/2017 8:23:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 December 2016 07:42 CET+01:00
    Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans on Saturday to hold firm to democratic values in the face of jihadist terror, urging them to counter “murderers who are full of hate” with compassion and cohesion. In her New Year’s address delivered less than two weeks after a Tunisian suspect rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people, Merkel acknowledged it was “bitter and sickening” that the attack and others in July were carried out by asylum seekers. Nevertheless, she defended her decision in September 2015 to let in tens of thousands fleeing war from mostly Arab...
  • Merkel tells Germans their country is stronger than terror

    12/30/2016 3:37:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2016 6:01 PM EST | Geir Moulson
    Chancellor Angela Merkel is telling Germans in her New Year message that their country is stronger than terrorism and the government will do everything to ensure “security in freedom.” Merkel said in her annual televised address being broadcast Saturday that 2016 had been “a year of severe tests,” the toughest of them Islamic extremist terror. She added, however, that she is “confident for Germany.” On Dec. 19, 12 people were killed in a truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that rampage, as it did for two attacks in Bavaria in the summer...
  • Merkel: Islamist terror is 'greatest threat' to Germany

    12/30/2016 9:29:57 PM PST · by Innovative · 79 replies
    BBC News ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | BBC News
    Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year message. Referring to the deadly truck attack in Berlin by a Tunisian asylum seeker, she said it was "sickening" when acts of terror were carried out by people who had sought protection. She said 2016 had been a year of "severe tests". But she also said she was confident Germany could overcome them. "As we go about our lives and our work, we are saying to the terrorists: 'You are hate-filled murderers, but you do not determine how we live and want to...
  • France raises 'terror tax' to support victims of attacks

    12/29/2016 11:03:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2016 10:08 AM EST
    French citizens will contribute an extra €1.60 ($1.67) on their property insurance policies to help finance a fund for victims of the extremist attacks that have recently hit the country. The measure comes into force on Sunday and requires policy holders to contribute €5.90 instead of €4.30. French government officials said in October when they revealed the scheme that about 90 million insurance policies are floating the fund, which currently has reserves of €1.45 billion. …
  • EU stands by 2-state solution for Palestinian-Israel peace

    12/29/2016 9:25:42 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    ap.org ^ | 12/28/16 | ap
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has joined the outgoing U.S. administration in defending the two-state solution as the best way to achieve lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. A spokeswoman for the 28-nation bloc reiterated the EU's support for the two-state solution on Thursday, the day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel for settlement-building.
  • Copenhagen to ring in New Year under increased security

    12/29/2016 7:38:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 29 December 2016 14:45 CET+01:00
    When thousands of revellers stream into the area around Copenhagen Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) to count down the final minutes of 2016, they will do so under increased security. Copenhagen Police told broadcaster DR on Thursday that the Christmas market attack in Berlin and the general terror threat level in Denmark will mean a number of new safety initiatives on one of the absolute biggest party nights of the year. […] The move is a direct response to the December 19th terror attack in Berlin, where Tunisian national Anis Amri allegedly hijacked a truck and drove it into a Berlin...
  • EU Chief: Borders Must Stay Open Despite Deadly Terror Attacks

    12/27/2016 10:04:36 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 24, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    The best way to fight terror is with “openness”, European Union (EU) head Jean-Claude Juncker has said, stressing that Europe must continue to receive migrants in the wake of the deadly truck attack in Berlin. Speaking to Funke Mediengruppe on Saturday, the president of the European Commission warned that the “rhetoric of exclusion” strengthens terrorists, and called for more EU involvement in nations’ internal security. Standing firm on the idea that liberalism is the best response to repeated attacks on Europeans, the EU chief said: “Our values, our way of living together in freedom, coexistence, and openness are the best...
  • Most Germans favor additional security measures — poll

    12/26/2016 11:17:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.26.2016 | mm/kl (dpa)
    Sixty percent of Germans want more video surveillance in public spaces, according to a new YouGov poll published on Sunday. The public call comes in the wake of the Berlin Christmas market attack. Appearing to support government plans to change the law to allow increased video surveillance, 73 percent of Germans polled supported the idea of having larger police forces. The YouGov survey for the German news agency dpa was carried out days after Tunisian national Anis Amri plowed a truck into a Christmas market, killing 12 people and wounding nearly 50 others. Amri, who was the prime suspect, was...
  • Christmas banned from being mentioned on menu over fears it would offend Muslims

    12/22/2016 7:32:52 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 37 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Dec 22, 2016 | JON ROGERS
    CHRISTMAS treats have been taken off a menu and replaced with 'winter delicacies' over fears the phrase would offend Muslims. A function held at the Austrian embassy in Germany still served traditional festive fare such as Lebkuchen but rebranded them as 'winter delicacies'. The event was a presentation by the Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, who has written the book What Do Muslims Do at Christmas?: Islamic Faith in Everyday Life in Germany. The invitation to guests, from ambassador Nikolaus Marschik, was described as a “cosy get-together with winter delicacies.” A reporter attending the...