Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fake News CNN Editor Led New York Times Investigation of Trump-Russia

CNN pushed out three people in its fake news scandal. One of them was its Investigative Editor, a guy by the name of Eric Lichtblau who has a Pulitzer prize.
Lichtblau's name appeared on plenty of CNN hit pieces targeting Trump, including multiple Comey pieces. Then there was the attack on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He had his name on a semi-retracted piece on Comey's testimony which carries the following stamp.
CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.
So it's not as if there hadn't been problems before.
Lichtblau's name has appeared plenty of times on anonymously sourced Trump pieces.
Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question.

Here's how CNN described him before.
So let's go to his assistant managing editor of CNN's Investigative Unit Eric Lichtblau, who has been reporting on Comey for more than a decade. In his prior role, he's led "The New York Times"' reporting on the relationship between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.
So the Fake News scandal predictably drags in more of the media.
At the Times, Lichblau had his name on pieces like, "CIA had evidence of Russian effort to help Trump earlier than believed".
The irony is that Lichtblau got his Pulitzer for attacking the Bush admin over surveillance claims.

State of ‘Collapse’: Italy Overwhelmed as 13,500 African Migrants Arrive in Past Two Days

Italy’s migrant welcome centers are in a state of “collapse” as huge waves of African migrants take advantage of the temperate climate to make the crossing from Libya to the Italian peninsula.

On Tuesday, 8,500 African migrants are reaching Italian shores aboard 14 different ships, adding to the 5,000 who arrived on Monday. The massive arrivals have led local media as well as politicians to speak of an authentic immigrant “invasion” exceeding the country’s capacity of assimilation.
Officials reported on June 15 that more than 65,000 migrants had arrived since the beginning of the year, but that was prior to the latest influx. Figures for the year now stand at 73,380 migrants into Italy, or a rise of 14.42 percent over the same period in 2016, when then-record arrivals had reached 64,133.
The exodus from Libya to the Italian coast has continuing unabated with no visible action on the part of the Italian government or the European Union to halt it.
The illegal immigrants who reach the Libyan coast from all parts of Africa (most recently, from the West), embark in the Mediterranean on makeshift boats. The majority of these are picked up either by NGOs or humanitarian organizations or official Italian Coast Guard or naval vessels.
Despite their intention to travel up through Italy into northern Europe, the vast majority of migrants end up remaining in Italy, mostly because the northern borders with France, Switzerland and Austria are closely watched.
According to the Interior Ministry, the region that has taken in the most migrants is Lombardy (13 percent), followed by Lazio (9 percent), Campania (9 percent), Piedmont (8 percent), Veneto (8 percent), Emilia Romagna (8 percent), Tuscany (7 percent), Puglia (7 percent) and Sicily (7 percent).
“The government continues to show a worrying powerlessness in the face of a situation that becomes more and more dramatic every day,” said Paolo Romani, president of the senators of Forza Italy. Romani urged Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni to “safeguard national interests, even if necessary by blocking the access to Italian ports.”
Romani has also called on the UN Security Council to intervene, urging “shared strategies to stop the departures” from Libya, as well as a ban on NGOs whose shuttle service to Italy only serves to “aggravate the situation.”
Romani’s counterpart in the House, Forza Italia’s Renato Brunetta, has petitioned Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti to block migrant ships heading to Italy and instead to request European Union (EU) Officials to have the vessels diverted to other Mediterranean ports.
The head of Italy’s Northern League party, Matteo Salvini, expressed his exasperation in a tweet to his followers, noting that Tuesday’s arrival of 8,500 illegal immigrants onto Italian soil was “fucking enough.”
“This complicit government will do nothing,” he wrote, “so it’s up to us to use every (licit) means we can,” while adding the hashtag #stopinvasione.
Italy’s national anti-mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor, Franco Roberti, has acknowledged that this new wave of landings poses its own dangers, and constitutes “a threat to national security.”
Meanwhile, on Sunday 52 would-be West African emigrants were found dead in the desert area north of the river Niger, on the border with Libya, while 24 of their companions were rescued.
The prefect of the northern region of Bilma, Fatoumi Boudou, confirmed that a “group of about 70 people traveling from Agadez [Niger] to Libya aboard three vehicles had been abandoned in the desert without food or water” by traffickers.


Court Investigating Pro-Migrant NGO for People Smuggling

Dresden-based migrant rescue NGO “Mission Lifeline” is now under investigation from Saxony prosecutors who allege they group may be participating in people smuggling.

The members of “Mission Lifeline” have yet to set sail into the Mediterranean and are already under investigation by the prosecutor’s office in Dresden. The NGO has so far raised 190,000 euros with a target of 240,000 to crew a boat to the Libyan coast where they plan to rescue migrants Tagesspiegel reports.
A spokesman for the federal police in Pirna confirmed that the group was under investigation for people smuggling. Lorenz Haase, spokesman for the Dresden prosecutors office said that a criminal complaint had been filed against the NGO and the prosecutor was investigating the matter to “clarify the facts.”
Axel Steier, the head of Mission Lifeline, said he thought the letter he received telling him to appear before the Dresden police was a fake. He called the accusations of people smuggling “absurd” and accused the Dresden judiciary of “persecuting” the group.
A few days ago the NGO, along with several others who perform rescue operations in along the Libyan coast and bring the migrants back to Europe, wrote a letter denouncing the Libyan coast guard. They accused the Libyan’s of “hindering the work” of the rescue boats and called for the European Union to stop giving the Libyan government money.   
A Libyan coastguard vessel almost collided with a ship belonging to the NGO “Sea-Watch” last month after accusing the NGO of operating within Libyan territorial waters. Coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said: “An international rescue organisation called Sea-Watch tried to hinder the work of our coastguard … in a bid to take the migrants, claiming Libya is not safe for migrants.”
Sea-Watch has also weighed in on the Dresden case. Spokesman Ruben Neugebauer said of the prosecutor’s office, “Dresden has no seaport, and you have to expect a certain ignorance of the international maritime law.”
Many have accused the various NGOs, many of which are based in Germany, of working with people smugglers directly including several Italian prosecutors. 
Some, like the European Union border agency Frontex, has said that the presence of the ships, which always take the migrants to Europe, only furthers to encourage more migrants and the people smugglers. 
Government officials are not the only ones attempting to call out the NGOs for people smuggling. The hipster-right Identitarian youth movement recently blocked the passage of an NGO ship that was leaving Sicily for Libya last month.
After the action, the group declared that they would raise money to buy a seaworthy ship and track the NGO’s activity to investigate whether they were working with people smugglers. The group raised over 65,000 euros but had their PayPal and bank accounts shut down after outrage from pro-migrant groups.

Female Migrant Shelter Employees Faces Prison for Sex with ‘Refugee Children’

Two women who worked at a home for so-called unaccompanied minors in Denmark have been charged with engaging in sexual relations with young migrants living at the accommodation.

Accused of having sex with 17-year-old migrants the women, aged 52 and 36, face up to four years in prison each for breaking a law which forbids employees working in various public institutions from having sexual relations with clients.
According to the prosecution, the older of the two women had sexual intercourse in her car with one of the migrants living at the now-disused Tullebølle Children’s Centre, on several occasions in January and February 2016.
The younger woman, who the prosecution wants barred from working with people under 18 years of age, is accused of having engaged in a month and a half long sexual relationship with a so-called unaccompanied minor from mid-May to the beginning of July last year.
In this period, the migrant centre worker and the “child refugee” were said to have had sexual intercourse a number of times, in a variety of locations including inside the 36-year-old’s home and in her car, according to the indictment.
The trials were supposed to begin last week and the week before but have been postponed for practical reasons until August and October this year.
Tullebølle Children’s Centre was shut down in October 2016, following a string of serious incidents including brawls and sexual assault.
In August, five people were transferred away from the accommodation after police charged two of the youths with the rape of a Danish girl at Langelandsfestival and three of sexual harassment at the large, annual family festival.
Shortly before the centre’s closure, a member of staff was beaten with a pipe after attempting to intervene in a brawl between 30 to 40 youths, none of whom would tell police about what the altercation concerned.
Former employees of the Langeland home for migrant youths said management warned staff to ignore their charges’ criminal behaviour, stressing that a police report “could have serious consequences on refugee children’s future.

State Schools Sent Thousands of Anti-Tory Letters to Parents During General Election

Headteachers at state-funded schools may have breached purdah rules by appearing to campaign against the Conservative party before the general election.

Parents and families received a series of politicized messages during the general election campaign, delivered in letters and on some school’s social media platforms.
One letter, seen by the Daily Mail, was sent about by more than 3,000 schools on the 19th of May, warning of the “dreadful state” of education funding under Theresa May’s government.
According to Purdah rules, which apply in the pre-election period, schools “should not issue any publicity which seeks to influence voters” or “produce publicity on matters which are politically controversial.”
Conservative MP Henry Smith told the paper: “To be engaging in the party political fray using official letterheads and Twitter accounts is unacceptable.
“It’s largely driven by some of the personal political opinions of some heads and teachers rather than the facts. It is a source of considerable concern and would have had an influence among some voters.
“Parents tend to trust what their schools are telling them. If funding is such a tight issue, what are they doing spending money on these letters?”
The letter was co-ordinated by a group of campaigning headteachers called ‘Worth Less?’.
It was sent to parents in Brighton, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devon, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Peterborough, Suffolk, Surrey, Thurrock, Wokingham and West Sussex.
Another school in South London, Margaret Roper Catholic Primary School, urged parents to sign an anti-Tory petition on a website run by the far-Left National Union of Teachers (NUT).
A school in Mr. Smiths constituency, St Wilfrid’s Catholic School, also sent out anti-Tory tweets during the campaign.
On the 21st of April, they wrote in a now-deleted Tweet: “What about education, mental health services, the NHS, social care, still voting Conservative?”
Defending his government’s stance on the issue, Mr. Smith said Crawley schools would pick up an extra 8.4 per cent funding under Tory reforms.
“There would have been people who received the letters and took them as fact”, he said.
“Some of my colleagues weren’t re-elected. Similar campaign tactics in those seats may well have made a difference.”

Returning Islamic State Fighters Given ‘Protected Identities’ To Start New Lives in Europe

Hundreds of Swedish residents who went to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have now returned to Europe and the Swedish government has given several of them “protected identities” to keep locals from finding out who they are.

The vast majority of the returning jihadist fighters keep a very low profile once they get back to Sweden as many have committed terrorist offences while in the Middle East. 27-year-old Walad Ali Yousef is one returnee that the government has given a special status protecting his identity, normally given to people under serious threat Expressen reports.
Mr Yousef, originally from the heavily migrant-populated city of Malmo, spoke to the newspaper complaining he had difficulty finding a job. “I am looking for many jobs but can not get one because my pictures are out there,” he said.
Yousef joined the Islamic State in 2014, travelling to the ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. Formerly a small time criminal, Yousef sent pictures of himself in Syria posing with Kalashnikov rifles to encourage his friends in Sweden to join the terror group.39-year-old
39-year-old Bherlin Dequilla Gildo, also from Malmo, is now back in Sweden living under an entirely new identity. In 2012 he posted images of himself posing with dead bodies, who he claimed were “Assad’s dogs” and participated directly in killings of Syrian regime soldiers.
It is assumed that the remaining 100 or so Swedes still in the Middle East fighting for the Islamic state are the most radical. Some fear that as Kurdish troops push further into Raqqa, the Swedes will attempt to return home.
Terror expert Magnus Ranstorp said, “the really dangerous ones have not come back yet,” and added, “The vast majority may not do anything, but they are still a danger to the authorities and it must be managed. It is important for the police to be able to prioritise this area so that they do not become dangerous for society.”
While several of those returning are free, many others like Sultan Al-Amin, 31, and Hassan Al-Mandlawi, 33, have been sentenced to life in prison for their crimes committed in the city of Aleppo.
Swedish authorities have been heavily criticised for welcoming Islamic State fighters returning from the Middle East and claiming to be able to integrate them back into Swedish society.
Others have slammed the government for the fact that many fighters have been collecting state money even after they have left to go to the Middle East. One man, a former “Islamophobia expert” was able to collect thousands from the Swedish government while living in Raqqa.


Rees-Mogg Slams 'Colonial' EU Plan to Keep Court Power in UK After Brexit

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, an unlikely Conservative Party rising star, has slammed the EU’s insistence their courts retain supremacy over British courts in some areas after Brexit as a form of “colonialism.”

The European Union (EU) has demanded the European Court of Human Rights (ECJ) oversees “directly enforceable vested rights” for EU nationals in the UK after it leaves the bloc.
Some have claimed this will create a two-tier legal system, with EU citizens entitled to more rights, and say it is almost unprecedented for a foreign court to hold such power over a sovereign nation in the modern era.
The Prime Minister has rejected the plan, whilst making offers to allow all of the three million EU migrants in the UK, as well as their families, to stay after Brexit.
Speaking in Parliament Monday, Mr. Rees-Mogg said he backed Theresa May’s approach, arguing: “No reasonable person could oppose what she has proposed. The only people who do never wanted us to leave in the first place.
“The idea that a foreign court should rule on the rights of people living here is akin to the outdated colonial approach taken towards China in the unequal treaties of the 19th century.”
Mrs. May welcomed his words, responding: “I always bow to my honorable friend’s historical knowledge and references that he makes.
“The point is a clear one, which is that what we want to see when we leave the European Union is that citizens here in the UK have their rights guaranteed by UK courts and enforced by UK courts.”
Mr. Rees-Mogg’s arguments echo those made by Professor Franklin Dehousse, an expert in EU law at the University of Liège, at the beginning of June.
He said Europeans living in the UK would be “a super-privileged caste” if the EU got its way, and described their plans as a form of “colonialism”.
According to the plans, Europeans would have the right to bring non-European family members to the UK, send welfare and pension benefits to family abroad, and retain full access to public services and employment on the same terms as Brits.
“This could create an incredible legal vipers’ nest,” the professor wrote in a paper for the Belgian Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations.
“It is hard to justify that EU migrants, through the maintaining of many European regulations, will become some sort of a super-privileged caste in the future UK.”
Furthermore, “the UK would… become the only [non-EU] state submitted to the full and direct jurisdiction of the ECJ,” he wrote.
The extent to which the EU is pushing for European nationals to have superior rights to Brits was made apparent in an EU legal opinion issued in June, as reported by The Times.
It said an Algerian illegal had the right to live in the UK with his wife, who has Spanish and British nationality, without proving her income. Currently, a Briton wanting to do the same and bring a non-EU spouse into the UK needs to prove they have an income of at lead £18,600.

'There will be CONSEQUENCES' German industry chief issues warning shot to Merkel on Brexit

A GERMAN industry chief today urged Angela Merkel to think about the “very negative consequences” of a no-deal Brexit and slammed both sides of the negotiations for failing to grasp the severity of the situation. In an impassioned intervention Karl Haeusgen, who is vice-president of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, implored EU leaders to start taking Britain’s exit from the club more seriously. He warned that the economic price of failing to strike a trade deal with the UK “will be bad for all of us” and said German manufacturers were concerned for the future of their businesses. Mr Haeusgen, who is one of Germany’s most senior industrialists, made the remarks during a panel discussion on Brexit hosted by the specialist EU news website Euractiv. They come after Mrs Merkel upped her rhetoric against Britain and branded Brexiteers “delusional” for believing the UK can enjoy a similar trade relationship with Europe outside the EU. In a speech back in April which caused widespread controversy, the German chancellor said: “A third state, and that's what Britain will be, cannot and will not have at its disposal the same rights as members of the EU.” And in a dig at Theresa May she added: “I must say this clearly here because I get the feeling that some people in Britain still have illusions - that would be a waste of time.” Mrs Merkel has taken an increasingly hard line towards Brexit and appears prepared for German taxpayers and businesses to pay whatever cost is necessary to keep the EU political project together. Her commitment to the four “indivisible freedoms” of the Single Market - goods, services, capital and people - has so far kept the country’s powerful industrial lobby broadly behind her position. But Mr Haeusgen, who represents more than 3,000 precision engineering manufacturers across Germany, broke with that line today to offer a thinly veiled criticism of both Mrs Merkel and the British. He warned that a hard Brexit with no trade deal in place would lead to “very detailed…and very negative consequences” for both the UK and the EU and urged the two parties to reconsider the course they have set in the negotiations. The respected industrialist said: “I think really people on both sides underestimate the effects of such a large economy leaving the EU and building up new protectionist frontiers between the rest of the EU and the UK. “And there will be very, very detailed consequences on the people and I would like to make clear those negative consequences.” Mr Haeusgen raised concerns amongst German manufacturers that they would no longer be able to sell heavy machinery to the UK - one of their biggest customers - in the event of a no-deal scenario. He said: “Think about machines. We [Germany] build big excavators, there are regulations that regulate safety rules and it took decades to make those rules common rules in Europe, so that when you run an excavator you can be sure and safe what it does. “So now when we have the UK going a different way from the EU, which regulations count? Will EU regulations still count in the UK, yes or no? Will there be different regulations, and how is this going to be handled? “There is an enormous bureaucracy behind that and if the UK wants to build their own bureaucracy, it will be bad for all of us.” His remarks come after a shock report by consulting firm Deloitte, published last week, warned the German car industry will lose £6 billion a year in sales and have to shed 18,000 jobs in the event of a hard Brexit.

A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Britain: May 2017

by Soeren Kern
  • "The whole system failed and that is what has been happening for the last 30 years. And it is PC. People are just too, too afraid to, you know, just too, too afraid to speak the truth." — Mohan Singh, founder of the Sikh Awareness Society.
  • MI5, Britain's domestic security agency, revealed that it has identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in the country.
  • Manchester bomber Salman Abedi used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, according to the Telegraph. Abedi is believed to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run-up to the attack even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training. It also emerged that the chief imam of Abedi's mosque fought with militants in Libya. The mosque was also reported to have hosted hate preachers who called for British soldiers to be killed and non-believers to be stoned to death.
  • "It is no secret that Saudi Arabia in particular provides funding to hundreds of mosques in the UK, espousing a very hardline Wahhabist interpretation of Islam. It is often in these institutions that British extremism takes root." — Tom Brake, Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman.
May 1. Army cadets in Scotland were warned not to wear their uniforms in public because they could be targeted by jihadists.
May 1. Three female teenagers were arrested in East London on terrorism charges. The arrests were in connection with an anti-terror operation in London on April 27 in which a woman wearing a burqa was shot by police. Police said that an active terror plot had been foiled.
May 2. Samata Ullah, a 34-year-old jihadist from Cardiff, was sentenced to eight years in prison for five terror offenses, including membership of the Islamic State, as well being involved in training terrorists and preparing for terrorist acts. Ullah, a British national of Bangladeshi origin, was a key member of a group calling itself the "Cyber Caliphate Army" and gave other members of IS advice on how to communicate using sophisticated encryption techniques.
May 3. Damon Smith, a 20-year-old convert to Islam, was found guilty of making a bomb filled with ball bearings and leaving it on a subway train in London. Jurors at the Old Baily court were told that Smith had downloaded an al-Qaeda article entitled, "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom," which contained step-by-step instructions on how to make a homemade bomb. The court also heard that Smith had a keen interest in Islam, guns and explosives, and had collected pictures of extremists, including the alleged mastermind of the 2015 Paris terror attacks. Smith, who suffers from autism, admitted to making the device but claimed he only meant it as a prank.
May 3. The trial began of four Muslim men who gang-raped a 16-year-old girl in Ramsgate, Kent. The girl was attacked when she got lost after a night out and asked for directions at a Kebab shop. Restaurant owner Tamin Rahani, 37, Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, Shershah Muslimyar, 20, and an unnamed teenager are accused of taking turns raping the girl in an apartment above the restaurant.
May 9. Aine Davis, a 33-year-old British convert to Islam, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison by a court in Turkey for being a member of the Islamic State. The BBC reported that Davis was one of a four-man IS cell nicknamed "The Beatles" responsible for beheading more than two dozen hostages in Syria. Davis, the only one of the group to face a trial, had denied the charges against him. Davis left his home in West London in 2013 to join the Islamic State. His wife, Amal El-Wahabi, after a trial at the Old Bailey court, was jailed in November 2014 for funding his terrorism.
May 11. A mother and daughter, along with another woman, appeared at Westminster magistrates' court on charges of plotting a jihadist attack near the British Parliament. Mina Dich, 43, her daughter Rizlaine Boular, 21, and Khawla Barghouthi, 20, are accused of plotting a random knife attack. Dich and Boular appeared in court wearing burkas covering their faces. Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot asked them to lift their veils to reveal their eyes when they were identified in the dock. Barghouthi wore a niqab with her face showing. All three are accused of conspiracy to murder.
May 12. Female drivers in Stockport were warned about a gang of young Muslim males who have been attempting to get into cars stopped at intersections. Several women in the area reported that they had been approached by the men while waiting for traffic lights to change.
May 13. A divorce practice that allows Muslim men instantly to terminate an Islamic marriage simply by repeating the word talaq, meaning divorce, three times to his wife, has been described as "really common" among Muslims in Britain, according to the Times. Women cannot use the method, known as "triple talaq." Under civil law in Britain, Islamic marriages are not acknowledged, leaving women with little power to escape an unhappy or abusive marriage, or to defend their interests in court when a marriage breaks down. Women often face homelessness and a loss of financial support after divorce. Campaigners have called for an update to Marriage Act 1949 to demand the civil registration of all religious marriages. Christian, Jewish or Quaker marriages must be registered under the law, but Muslim, Hindu and Sikh unions do not. Qari Asim, an imam at the Leeds Makkah mosque, suggested that talaq should initially be uttered just once, and only spoken a second and third time after cooling-off periods of at least three months.
May 14. Mohan Singh, founder of the Sikh Awareness Society, said that Muslim grooming gangs have been allowed to prosper in Britain because the authorities are afraid they will be labelled racist if they speak out. In an interview with Katie Hopkins at LCB radio, Singh said that political correctness had allowed the gangs to succeed:
"I think it is due to political correctness, but it is also down to nobody wants to be called a racist.... Nobody really is grabbing the bull by the horns and saying 'No, abuse is abuse.' But they do not want to be labeled that we are after one community, we are targeting one community. We can see all the reports coming out Rotherham, the failings of the police, the failings of the local councilors. The whole system failed and that is what has been happening for the last 30 years. And it is PC. People are just too, too afraid to, you know, just too, too afraid to speak the truth."
May 15. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which represents more than 18,000 school principals and college leaders, published a 12-page paper providing practical advice for schools during Ramadan:
"Observing Ramadan may bring many benefits to individuals and communities, but also has the potential to cause the individual temporary hardship through hunger and lack of liquids during fasting hours which may impact on physical wellbeing and cognitive performance.
"Young Muslims and families, particularly those sitting exams this summer, will need to balance their obligations as Muslims with their studies and the importance of examinations for their future, noting that the pursuit of education is also a religious and moral duty for Muslims of both genders.
"Islam encourages critical reasoning and while individuals may seek advice from religious leaders, they have the right to make their own decision. It is intended that the information in this paper will be used as a positive opportunity for engagement with students to make these important decisions for themselves."
May 17. The first episode of the BBC's drama on Muslim rape gangs in Rochdale called "Three Girls" was broadcast with widespread approval by the mainstream media. The program did not, however, reveal that the perpetrators were Muslim or that Islamic doctrine sanctions such treatment of non-Muslim women, according to a review published by Breitbart London.
May 17. Muhammad Rabbani, the international director of Cage, a controversial group critical of British anti-terrorism laws, was charged with willfully obstructing or seeking to frustrate a search under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which gives border officials sweeping search powers. Rabbani was detained at Heathrow Airport under counter terrorism stop-and-search powers and refused to give police his computer passwords. Rabbani said he intends to fight the charge, which he regards as a test case of privacy versus surveillance.
May 18. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella group with 500 affiliated mosques and Islamic bodies, released a list of key issues affecting Muslims before the election. It also circulated a suggested sermon for imams to deliver during Friday prayers that declared: "Muslims need to be more politically active." An Ipsos MORI poll found that 53% of eligible Muslims did not vote at the 2010 general election.
May 19. Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, 27, the terror suspect who was arrested with a backpack full of knives on April 27 near the Houses of Parliament, told the Old Bailey court that he does not need a lawyer because he is represented by Allah. Listing Ali's case for trial on November 6, Mr. Justice Holroyd said: "It may be in your interests to have a professional lawyer in this case."
May 21. Mr. Justice Keehan, a senior judge of the High Court in London, warned that girls in Britain are at risk of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). He outlined his thoughts in the forward of a new book entitled, Female Genital Mutilation Law and Practice, written by Zimran Samuel, a specialist in legislation relating to FGM. Keehan wrote:
"The risk to girls and young women living in this jurisdiction is not limited to being taken abroad to be subjected to FGM, but includes the risk of having the mutilation performed in this country. It is vital in order to prevent FGM that health and social care professionals, local authorities and law enforcement agencies have a clear understanding of the socio-cultural reasons for the practice of FGM, the factors which may indicate a girl or young woman is at real risk of being forced to undergo FGM and of the effective legal steps which can and must be taken."
According to Samuel, British law is "ineffective and inadequate" in tackling FGM. He said that despite a criminal law being in existence for more than 30 years, there has been no successful prosecution of an FGM offense.
May 22. Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British-born jihadist of Libyan descent, detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande music concert in Manchester. Twenty-three people, including Abedi, were killed in the attack and more than 100 others were injured. The attack was the deadliest on British soil since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. The American FBI had warned British authorities in January 2017 that Abedi was planning an attack in the UK, but was not judged by the British to be a threat.
May 23. Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the armed forces would be deployed on British streets to boost security after the Manchester bombing. May said that military personnel would be positioned at key sites to free up police for patrols.
May 23. The Manchester-born singer Morrissey criticized British politicians for their reaction to the bombing in his hometown, saying they were too politically correct to admit that the concert bombing was the work of an Islamist extremist. "In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private," the singer wrote on his Facebook page. "Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections." Criticizing the prime minister, he claimed that "her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues."
The Manchester-born singer Morrissey criticized British politicians for their reaction to the bombing in his hometown, saying they were too politically correct to admit that the concert bombing was the work of an Islamist extremist. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Firefly)
May 24. Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said that Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was "a terrorist who had nothing to do with Islam":
"The message that I would want to get over — and this is how the vast majority of people feel — this man was a terrorist, not a Muslim. He does not represent the Muslim community. We've got to keep that distinction in mind all the time. This was an unspeakable act. The worst thing that can happen is that people use this to blame an entire community, the Muslim community."
May 25. BBC anchor Katty Kay said that Britons should "get used to" jihadist attacks after the Manchester blast:
"Europe is getting used to attacks like this. We have to because we are never going to totally wipe this out. As ISIS gets squeezed in Syria and Iraq we are going to see more of these attacks in Europe. Europe is starting to get used to that."
May 25. The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) released a manifesto that pledged to tackle radical Islam. Party leader Paul Nuttall said there was no magic formula to "turning back the tide of radical Islam," which he described as a "cancer that needs to be cut out." Nuttall said that other parties had been too cowardly to address the problem. UKIP, he said, would beef up security by hiring 20,000 extra police officers, 20,000 extra troops, 7,000 extra prison officers and 4,000 extra border guards. He added that anybody who left Britain to fight for the Islamic State should forfeit their passport and never be allowed to return:
"It is not good enough to light candles and proclaim that extremists will not beat us. Action is required on multiple fronts and I am proud UKIP is setting out its patriotic agenda for defending our country and our way of life."
May 26. MI5, Britain's domestic security agency, revealed that it has identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in the country. About 3,000 people from the group are judged to pose an immediate threat and are under investigation or active monitoring in 500 operations being run by police and intelligence services. The 20,000 others have featured in previous inquiries and are categorized as posing a "residual risk." The number was more than seven times higher than previously known.
May 26. A police helicopter swooped in on a garden party in Cherry Hinton when a song mocking the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden was played. The helicopter and ten officers were deployed after a complaint from neighbors that people were allegedly shouting anti-Islamic abuse. Mark Donovan, a father of two who was at the party, said:
"This is music which is well known which was put on YouTube when Bin Laden was killed by the British and American army. In the music there is no reference to color, race, or religion. The police then threatened to arrest everyone if we didn't hand over our karaoke machine and mobile phone.
"It just seems a bit extreme to have ten police officers and helicopter attend over a song which is approved by YouTube which we never actually put on. It came on by the shuffle list, and now being investigated as a racial offense, the only person who took offense was the female police officer and it's not even a racist song."
May 27. Manchester bomber Salman Abedi used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, according to the Telegraph. Abedi is believed to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run-up to the attack even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training. It also emerged that the chief imam of Abedi's mosque fought with militants in Libya. Mustafa Graf appeared in a video describing battle preparations against the forces of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi near Tripoli in 2011.
May 28. A 23-year-old Libyan "trainee pilot" was arrested in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, as part of the investigation into the jihadist network behind Manchester bomber Salman Abedi.
May 29. Didsbury Mosque, the mosque attended by Manchester bomber Salman Abedi and his family, admitted to the BBC that it did not report him to British authorities for being a suspected Islamic extremist. The mosque was also reported to have hosted hate preachers who called for British soldiers to be killed and non-believers to be stoned to death.
May 29. Paul Nuttall, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), said that suspected jihadists should be detained without trial. "I think we've got to look at ways of ensuring that our people are safe, whether that is a return to control orders, whether that is tagging these people, who knows in the future maybe a return to internment," he told the BBC. Given the "vast" costs of monitoring a reported 23,000 extremists, he said: "I'm not saying now is the time to return to this, but I wouldn't rule it out. Nuttall also backed waterboarding for terrorist suspects if there was "going to be an immediate attack and people's lives were on the line" and said he would support the return of the death penalty in some circumstances.
May 30. Five senior school leaders accused of involvement in the Trojan horse controversy in Birmingham were allowed to return to the classroom, after the government's case against them was found to involve an "abuse of justice" by government lawyers. The teachers were accused of allowing undue Islamist influence in the running of three Birmingham state schools, but an independent disciplinary panel discontinued the proceedings against them, citing a repeated failure on the part of government lawyers to share crucial evidence.
May 31. A new book, Talking about Terrorism, urged schoolchildren as young as seven to "write a letter to a terrorist" to help understand their motives. The book describes the indiscriminate mass murder of innocent members of the public as a "type of war." It tells children of primary school age that terrorists kill people because they believe they are being treated "unfairly and not shown respect." Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said the letter task would confuse and potentially upset pupils:
"This a crackpot idea based on the misguided notion that primary school children must engage with, and show 'respect' for, religious fanatics who are seeking to kill them. It is part of the 'British Values' agenda that is being forced on schools by Ofsted and the educational establishment. The primary school classroom is not the place to humanize terrorism by 'pretend dialogue.'"
May 31. The findings of an investigation commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron into the foreign funding and support of jihadi groups may never be published, according to the Guardian. The inquiry into revenue streams for extremist groups operating in Britain is thought to focus on Saudi Arabia. The Home Office confirmed that the report had not yet been completed and said it would not necessarily be published because the contents are "very sensitive." In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Tom Brake, the Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman, wrote:
"As home secretary at the time, your department was one of those leading on the report. Eighteen months later, and following two horrific terrorist attacks by British-born citizens, that report still remains incomplete and unpublished.
"It is no secret that Saudi Arabia in particular provides funding to hundreds of mosques in the UK, espousing a very hardline Wahhabist interpretation of Islam. It is often in these institutions that British extremism takes root."


Czech Election Favourite on Mass Migration: ‘We Have to Fight for What Our Ancestors Built Here’

Andrej Babis, tipped to become the next Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, has backed the government’s decision to fight the European Union’s attempts to impose a compulsory migrant quota on the country.

“The biggest added value of the European Union is the national identity of each country,” said the Slovakia-born businessman, who was Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister as leader of the junior party in a coalition led by the Social Democrats until recently.
“We have to fight for what our ancestors built here. If there will be more Muslims than Belgians in Brussels, that’s their problem. I don’t want that here. They won’t be telling us who should live here.”
The bloc’s attempts to spread the migrant burden across Europe have met with fierce resistance in Central Europe, whose governments contend it is unfair for Brussels to expect they should pay the price for a migrant crisis encouraged by Germany despite their objections.
The Czech president, Milos Zeman, used his Christmas message in 2016 to say he was “profoundly convinced that we are facing an organised invasion and not a spontaneous movement of refugees”, and has also warned that, “By accepting the migrants, we strongly facilitate Islamic State’s expansion to Europe.”
Zeman has also proposed that Czech citizens – who enjoy unusually liberal gun rights, by European standards – arm themselves, so they can protect themselves in the event of an Islamist attack, after cities across Western Europe were rocked by terrorism.
“I really think that citizens should arm themselves against terrorists. And I honestly admit that I changed my mind, because previously I was against [citizens] having too many weapons. After these attacks, I don’t think so [anymore]”
Andrej Babis shares President Zeman’s strong Euroscepticism as well as his opposition to mass migration, with Bloomberg reporting that he also spoke out against the bloc’s single currency.

“No euro. I don’t want the euro. We don’t want the euro here,” he said. “Everybody knows it’s bankrupt. It’s about our sovereignty. I want the Czech koruna, and an independent central bank. I don’t want another issue that Brussels would be meddling with.”

Germany and Islam

By Mike Konrad

Germany has a bizarre historical connection with Islam that lies beneath much of the present day crisis in Europe. One could argue that these connections are just the product of historical coincidences, but with Germany the coincidences seem to add up regularly.
When one studies the age of European imperialism, Germany came late to the game, almost as an afterthought.  Bismarck, for all his authoritarian faults, felt that imperialism would do Germany no good, and wanted no part of it.  He was overridden by public opinion, and Bismarck's policy was later repudiated by Kaiser Wilhelm II, who wanted Germany to take her “Place in the Sun.”
Imperialism would not have destroyed Germany, per se; smaller and weaker nations such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and even backward Spain all had empires.
But what set Germany apart was a concerted love of Arabs and Islam. There was something deeper and darker to this than mere German MachtPolitik.  One of his first acts, upon assuming power as Kaiser, was to visit the Ottoman Empire in 1889,  He wore a fez. He offered to arm the Turks.
Sultan Mehmet V greets Kaiser Wilhelm upon his arrival in Constantinople
The Kaiser’s Islamic enthusiasm was fired by an 1889 visit to Turkey, which Bismarck opposed on the grounds that it would gratuitously alarm the Russians. Wilhelm met the murderous Sultan Abdul Hamid II and enjoyed the sinuous gyrations of the Circassian dancers in his Constantinople harem.  - New York Review of Books
The Turks were astounded.  The Ottoman Empire was on a death watch, and the only reason the European powers did not carve Turkey up is because they feared an intra-Christian war over the pieces.  Now, the Kaiser was promising to make Islamic Turkey great again. Kaiser Wilhelm had resurrected the Islamic corpse.
It would only get worse.  In 1898, during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Kaiser made the insane insinuation that were he not already Christian, he would be a Muslim.
A later visit to Jerusalem [in 1898], then under the auspices of the same flattering sultan, left the impressionable Kaiser declaring that, had he arrived agnostic, “I certainly would have turned Mahometan!” Soon the Kaiser was styling himself “Hajji Wilhelm”, the Protector of Muslims.  - The Express
He also made this public speech:
In Damascus, the Kaiser visited the grave of Saladin, who recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187. In his speech delivered on Nov. 6, 1898, the German monarch declared: "May his majesty the Sultan and the 300 million Muslims who live scattered across the globe ... rest assured that the German Kaiser will be their friend at all times." - Der Spiegel
Historians claim that the Kaiser was merely trying to foment trouble among the Muslims in the British and French Empires, and there is, no doubt, truth to this.  To see a scary German documentary about this (Click Here) - You will have to set auto translate.
There was some method in Wilhelm’s half-madness; the Kaiser was savvy enough to understand that the “Mahometans” might be a secret weapon in his game against a “certain meddlesome Power!”, whose Empire he lusted after. - The Express
Those of us who are older were never taught this in school.  Until the 1980s, the Islamic world was an afterthought – and those insane actions of Kaiser Bill were considered historically inconsequential at the time.  But the trouble that the Kaiser fomented is coming home to roost now.  Imperial Germany subsidized and encouraged worldwide jihad, as an extension of German policy.  It is not until now that the West fully appreciates what the Kaiser had wrought. Only now are books being written about it.

Hitler and Mussonlini would later indulge and encourage jihad.  Many are familiar with Hitler's support of the Mufti of Jerusalem, and the formation of an Islamic SS division, the Hanschar Division. Less well-known is that Hitler preferred Islam to Christianity.
The Mohammedan religion too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. - Inside the Third Reich as quoted by WikiIslam
And herein lies a bizarre key.  There is something in the German psyche that actually admires Islam and Arabic culture.
Around the turn of the 20th century, it became fashionable among the British elite to fancy themselves as the lost tribes of Israel.  Foolish or not, it demonstrated a Judeophilic world view. However, at the same time, the Germans were glorying in their recent acquisition of the ancient temple at Pergamon, and the Famous Babylonian Ishtar gate.  The Pergamon Museum in Berlin, built between 1910 and 1930, was constructed to display these “archeological treasures.”
Truly scary is that the Bible declared that very Pergamon altar as the throne of Satan.
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,
‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. - Rev 2:12-13
The Germans had embraced the throne of Satan as their national prize, their answer to the British Museum.  The Pergamon Museum is still in operation.

Before and after WWI, some European intellectuals embraced Islam. Idiocy is universal; but the German boasted of being better at it.
The secular French government spent lavishly on ostentatious mosques, while Germany sought to demonstrate its superior treatment of Muslims, when compared to France and Britain.  - Foreign Policy
Some more coincidences pile up.  The fact is that, for centuries, the Germans have been fascinated with Islam. Goethe and Hegel praised Islam.  Frederick the Great gave the Ottoman ambassador a glorious welcome.
[O]n Nov. 9, 1763 the first Turkish envoy, Ahmed Resmi Efendi, arrived in Berlin with an exotically dressed entourage of 73 aides who were greeted by the cheering inhabitants of the city. Deeply impressed and evidently slightly confused by this emphatic reception, the diplomat wrote to Sultan Mustafa III that "the people of Berlin recognize the Prophet Muhammad and are not afraid to admit that they are prepared to embrace Islam."  Der Spiegel
Martin Luther, thank God could be critical of Islam; but undergirding German civilization is a bizarre legend, coming from the oldest city in Germany: Trier.  According to legend, the founder of the German City of Trier was an exiled Assyrian prince named Trebeta, who migrated to the area.
Legend has it that Trier was founded ... by Trebeta, the stepson of the Assyrian Queen Semiramis.
Ante Romam Treveris stetit annis mille trecentis which means "Trier stood 1300 years before Rome".
This inscription can be found on the facade of the Red House, and it was also mentioned in the Gesta Treverorum, the history deed from the Middle Ages. - Germany Insider Facts
For those who subscribe to Biblical history and eschatology, that is a frightening pedigree.  For those who think the story is made up – as most moderns do – why would the Germans even claim such an Assyrian lineage?  Yet, they do, and Trier boasts of it. 
Of course, the Germans are not Arabs.  They are orderly and disciplined, unlike Arab civilization. But through much of history, the Islamic “virtue” of jihad violence to impose a worldview found a mirror in the German psyche, which gave the world the word MachtPolitik (Power Politics).  This is not a recent phenomenon.  Hitler had it. Kaiser Wilhelm II started the modern jihad. Frederick the Great indulged it; and the city of Trier boasts of it.

I leave it to the reader to ponder how deep this goes.  Germany is schizophrenically half Western; but the other half of its psyche is Eastern, and part of it gravitates to the methods of Islam. Scratch beneath the surface of Christian Germany and one finds a love affair with Islam, if not the religion itself, then with certain aspects of Islam's totalitarian practices. This is not a recent development.