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  • Jack 3:24 am on November 21, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , , , german unrest, oliver jj lane, snap election   

    Snap Election? 

    Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked away from coalition talks Sunday night after weeks of tense negotiations, leaving Germany without any viable options for forming a new government for the first time since the Second World War.

    The discussions come after the poor election result for Germany’s traditional mainstream parties in September which saw the votes shares of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and left-wing Martin Schulz’s Social Democrats (SPD) plunge to historic lows. Small insurgent parties benefitted most, with the right-wing populists Alternative for Germany (AfD) surging to third largest party.

    The difficult electoral result for Mrs. Merkel and the refusal of her previous ‘grand coalition’ partner the SPD to enter coalition again left just one option with enough seats to command half the Bundestag — the so-called Black-Yellow-Green ‘Jamaica coalition’ of Merkel’s party supported by the FDP and Greens.

    Yet the yellow portion of this potential group — the FDP — walked away from the table Sunday night, days after the informal cut-off date for the end of negotiations passed. Party leader Christian Lindner said the talks had failed to find a common cause on how to run the country, and that at least was the bare minimum for a stable government, reports Die Welt.

    Speaking Sunday night, Merkel told press: “As chancellor, as acting chancellor, I will do everything to make sure this country continues to be well governed through the tough weeks ahead.”

    Christian Lindner, head of the Free Democratic Party Photo by: FDP

    The situation now leaves Germany with just a handful of options on how to proceed in finding a government now the first preference of coalition has failed and the leader of the second largest party, the SPD, has again insisted he would not join a grand coalition.

    The federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier could choose to ignore the result and crown Merkel chancellor for a historic fourth term anyway, allowing her to rule a minority government — although this could collapse and seriously undermine public trust and even destabilise the European Union. The euro currency has already reacted to the failure of coalition talks by falling against Sterling Monday morning.

    Another option, which is both feared by establishment politicians who see them as a “disaster” waiting to happen, and yet considered by many as becoming more likely with every passing day, would be for the president to call a snap election, which would have to take place within 60 days.

    Polls suggest that if there were to be another election soon, Merkel’s party would fall in vote share again, and the populist AfD would enjoy another boost, potentially gaining dozens of more seats.

    Whatever the result, it seems increasingly likely that Angela Merkel’s time as Chancellor — presently acting chancellor — of Germany is limited, spelling the end of 12 years of power.

    There is a clear frustration with the present situation, with a majority of Germans when asked saying they would prefer to have another election soon, to settle the future governance of their country.

    German media has clearly identified the migrant crisis as a key causational factor in the collapse of support for Angela Merkel, and for the failure of these talks, with Die Welt reporting: “The fate of these discussions was already sealed on 5th September 2015. Merkel’s decision to keep the German border open for refugees for a variety of reasons led to the closing of the door [on this] Sunday for the first German multi-party coalition”.

    The 5th of September date cited by the German newspaper refers to the day Angela Merkel spoke to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a private telephone conversation about the migration crisis then building along the Balkan route. Later that day, Merkel announced through a government spokesman that Germany would not turn refugees away.


  • Jack 5:33 am on November 20, 2017 Permalink |
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    There are pictures one cannot forget — for instance, of Russian troops hoisting their flag over burning Berlin in 1945. It was the end of Nazism but the rise of Communism. Another photo is of U.S. Marines raising the American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima.

    Today the West faces another totalitarianism: radical Islam. One place that witnessed the new horror is Mount Sinjar in the Nineveh province of Iraq, once a home to religious minorities, especially Christians and Yazidis. Thousands of years of history changed when the jihadists of ISIS invaded Sinjar in August of 2014. They slaughtered men and enslaved girls and women. Christian churches were razed to the ground, and houses of worship, looted.

    In 2016 alone, 90,000 Christians around the world were murdered for their faith, according to a report from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. Between 2005 and 2015, 900,000 Christians were martyred. According to Open Doors, another Christian advocacy group, one out of every 12 Christians today experiences extreme persecution for their faith; the total comes to 215 million around the world.

    “The persecution of Christians is real. It is global in scope, brutal in its nature, daily in its occurrence, and growing worse than ever”, said University of Notre Dame Professor Dan Philpott. A recent report by the World Council of Churches put the number of Christians left in Iraq at fewer than 250,000. “Christianity is finished“, said Canon Andrew White, the great vicar of Baghdad.

    Christians have also been fleeing Sinai: the Egyptian branch of ISIS has been slaughtering them in a campaign of “religious cleansing”. ISIS released a video calling on its supporters to target Christians across Egypt, describing them as its “favourite prey”. The Islamists then targeted two packed Egyptian churches, where they slaughtered 47 Christians. From Cairo to Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in northern France, churches now appear Islamists’ preferred targets.

    There is, in all this bad news, a beam of hope; the valiant Kurdish Peshmerga fighters liberated Sinjar and rescued tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians. On Easter Sunday, an unidentified soldier planted a cross on the soil where a Mount Sinjar church had once stood. It was a declaration of the resurrection of life after the onslaught of the Islamic State. This cross was like the flag raised in Iwo Jima.

    Yet, no Western newspaper, which could help the public rally for their Christian brethen, published this extraordinary photograph. Why? Our general unwillingness to address any threat indicates a Western impotence in the face of of barbarism. An editor at the Daily Mail, Piers Morgan, has commented that while terror attacks in the Western capitals all got “huge attention,” the ones against Christians did not.

    “They want Christianity eradicated, and they want to convert all Muslims to their crusade. They want it to be a holy war. And they want Christians gone. And I don’t think that narrative is getting the attention it should get in the American media and, I have to say, in other media as well around the world”.

    “The Western world has long gotten used to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as if their bad lot is inevitable and simply has to be accepted,” noted a Canadian philosopher, Mathieu Bock-Côté, in Le Figaro. “Christianity is destined to die or have no more than a residual existence in what used to be its cradle”.

    While natural disasters such as tsunamis or earthquakes spur solidarity throughout the West, the disappearance of entire Christian populations and their ancient civilizations never seems to disturb anyone. Perhaps it is a sign of denial by the West. Perhaps it is the result of rejecting Judeo-Christian history and humanistic values — those that cause the demonization the foremost victim of jihad, Israel, instead of the jihadists trying to destroy it. In 2014, we saw tens of thousands of people marching in the streets of European capitals in favor of the Palestinians, even as they were carpeting Israel with missiles and shouting “death to Israel and the Jews”. We have seen how unspeakable Christian agony in Islamic lands has led to only a few hundred people turning out on the streets of London and Paris.

    Our media and intelligentsia are always on the alert to defend everything coming from Islam, whether women’s veils or the “right not be offended” by cartoons. The same establishment, however, lies in a coma when Christian symbols come under attack. Wilfred McClay, in an essay, “The Strange Persistence of Guilt“, notes that while religion is in retreat in the West, guilt seems as powerfully present as ever, and a cult of being or protecting a victim proliferates. People rush to nurture the perfect victim: threadbare, with no identity, who has run away from “war”. Christians under Islam are not part of that group. Muslims are.

    The West today keeps on hiding its deepest secret: that there is an Islamic war going on against our own Judeo-Christian civilization. Few people in the West see in the media the houses of Christians in Mosul marked with an “N”. The Islamic State painted it for “Nasrani” (“Nazarene”) — Arabic for “Christian”. A genocide symbolized by one letter. But no one sees it or cares.

    American television networks devoted six times more air-time to covering the death of a gorilla, Harambe, than they did to the Islamic State beheading 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya, according to a study by the Media Research Center. How is it possible that the killing of a gorilla moves the Western public more than 19 Yazidi girls burned alive in a cage? Few people saw the photograph of Khaled al Asaad, the brave archaeologist who refused to lead ISIS to the antiquities of Palmyra. The henchmen of ISIS beheaded him and hung him upside down. We turned away in horror.

    A famous 9/11 picture by Thomas Hoepker, taken at a restaurant in Brooklyn, shows a group of young New Yorkers sunbathing, relaxed and calm, observing the smoke rising from the Twin Towers on the other side of the East River. Since then, the only enemy we ever point to is us. We censor the existential threat Western civilization is facing — whether on an Iraqi mountain or Paris’s Champs-Élysées. If Eastern Christianity can be extinguished so easily, Western Europe will be next.

    Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.


  • Jack 3:48 am on November 13, 2017 Permalink |
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    Media Frenzy 

    Roy Moore...

    Roy Moore in the stocks.

    The News can kill you. The News of the day is now a weapon as deadly as any other.

    “Who, What, Where, When and Why” the 5-Ws the News was weaned on are now: “TAKE HIM (HER) DOWN!”

    Does “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it“, sound familiar to you?

    It’s Rule Number 12 in Lucifer-loving Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

    It was Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton who most recently put Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals into play, and we all know that the Establishment plays forever. Rule 12 further advises followers to “cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.”

    It can easily be added that the far left already owned the institutions anyway.

    Irrefutable proof of how the powers that be own, manufacture and weaponize the news can be found in just one sentence on senatorial candidate Roy Moore’s Wikipedia bio:

    “According to Vox, if Moore is elected, he is likely to be the most far-right Senator, “far afield from even the most conservative Republican currently in the Senate”.

    But the mainstream media wants you to believe Moore’s going down because of his alleged indiscreet sexual misconduct with teens when he was a 30-year-old, single Assistant District Attorney.

    It’s not that Moore was a sexual predator in his callow youth, it’s not even that one of his accusers supposedly works as a housekeeper at the Obama’s new D.C. house, or even that another accuser supposedly worked the Hillary Clinton campaign as a sign language interpreter.

    They are the juicy tidbits that hide the real reason the left is targeting Moore and keeping the masses distracted until after December 12:“If elected, he is likely to be the most far-right Senator,far afield from even the most conservative Republican currently in the Senate”.

    The MSM manipulate the masses into thinking what the MSM want them to think: If you Google a person’s name, their Wikipedia bio comes up first. If you Google for a news item, CNN comes up first!

    Former judge, Roy Moore is the latest victim of the Alinsky freeze , polarize and personalize it target , but it was only made to look like it happened overnight.

    But Moore became the far left’s Enemy Numero Uno back in the days when he was a judge: the judge who dared to have nailed on his courtroom wall, a plaque imprinted with God’s Ten Commandments.

    Forced to take the plaque down by a posse of leftists and atheist fellow travellers back in 2003, he’s been a moving target with a Giant X on his back ever since.

    Add to the irony of this controversy the immortal words of Jesus who said “If you love me, keep my commandments” and that Commandment No. Nine reads: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.

    When truth is barred from argument and debate, its defenders are left dead in the water.

    The truth didn’t matter anymore by the time Obama came into power. Standbys in place for centuries like the hand-on-the-bible oath sworn by all those testifying in a court of law to “ tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” were now passé because some recite the oath, but go on to lie in testimony anyway.

    Telling the truth means nothing to politicians who got to where they did by lieilyingng to the people they were elected to serve.

    There’s a curious timeline on how Moore became the News du jour for anyone still pondering “what happened”?
    Continued below…
    The News Can Kill You is the debut of ‘Character Assassination by Allegation’

    Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, still holding saturation status in the mainstream media, was outed by mainly female Hollywood sexual harassment victims 20 years on, within a week of Stephen Paddock killing 59, and injuring many others in Las Vegas on October 1st.

    This week, Roy Moore fell victim to allegations of being a child molester—some 40 years on.

    Was Hollywood setting the scene? Did 20 years later, pave the way for the credibility of 40 years later?

    The News Can Kill You is the debut of ‘Character Assassination by Allegation’. And it certainly won’t stop with Roy Moore.

    It seems that with help from Hollywood, atheists and the mainstream media, social justice warriors and assorted RINOs, the progressive left is on a kill-off-the-enemy roll.

    By suppressing it to keep it hidden, social media will move to kill off this story. But that couldn’t stop me from writing it.


    See Also:

    (1) Roy Moore vs. the Swamp

  • Jack 3:06 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: , don quijones, , political revolt, , , wolf street   

    Catalonia Threat 

    Today was one of the strangest days of my life. I woke up in a constitutional monarchy called Spain and will go to bed, the same bed, in a newly proclaimed republic. Catalonia’s impossible dream has finally come true, but it could be extremely short lived, and it could have very damaging long lasting consequences.

    Spain’s Senate responded to the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence this afternoon by ratifying the activation of Article 155 of Spain’s Constitution, the nuclear button everyone has been waiting for. This will allow the central government to take full rein of the region’s institutions and levers of power, including parliament, the police force, the exchequer (already done), public media, the Internet, the education system, and telecommunications — at least in theory.

    There is no telling just yet how Mariano Rajoy’s government intends to stamp its authority on 2.5 million of the Catalans now in open rebellion, or for how long. Given the law’s ambiguity, there are few constraints on its application, but trying to subdue a region where most of the 7.5 million-strong population are hostile to the basic notion of direct rule from Madrid is going to be a tall order, especially if the EU, which refuses to recognize Catalonia, expects Rajoy’s government to bring Catalonia back into line through “the force of argument rather than the argument of force.”

    The force of argument is not exactly Rajoy’s forte. In all likelihood, his government’s first act will be to try to arrest the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, suspend his ministers, and assume direct authority over the regional government. To do that, it will probably have to take full control of Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra. But what if some officers resist? What if there are clashes between Mossos and members of Spain’s National Police Force or Civil Guard?

    Right now, Catalonia and Spain are in very dangerous uncharted territory. Emotions are running high on both sides of the divide. There have already been calls for a general strike on Monday that could last for over a week. The goal is clear: to inflict as much harm as possible on the Spanish economy so that investors begin to question the wisdom of being exposed to Spanish assets. It’s a tactic Catalonia’s Vice President Oriol Junqueras warned of using during a speech in Brussels way back in 2013:

    Given that Catalonia represents a quarter of all Spain’s fiscal revenues and that we have the means to mobilize two million people onto the streets of Catalonia, does anyone seriously believe that we are not capable of halting the Catalan economy for one week? If we did this, can you imagine what kind of impact it would have on Spanish GDP? Or what foreign creditors would suddenly think of Spanish debt and what that would mean for the risk premium of Spanish bonds?

    Four years on, and this doomsday scenario has become a very real possibility. But how will today’s markets react?

    If today’s response is any indication, perhaps less severely than may be expected. Spain’s benchmark index, the IBEX 35, ended Friday’s trading 1.5% lower, making it the only Western stock market to finish the day in the red. Catalonia’s second biggest bank, Banco Sabadell, which is hurriedly packing its bags for more stable pastures (Alicante and Madrid), shed 4.85% of its market cap while the region’s biggest bank, Caixabank, ended the day 2.75% lower.

    So far the real blood in Spain’s economic tug of war with Catalonia is not on the bourse; it’s on the ground. Since the constitutional conflict began four weeks ago, a staggering 1,700 companies, representing an estimated 30% of Catalonia’s entire GDP, have changed their registered address from Catalonia to some other part of Spain. Some have even changed their fiscal address.

    As WOLF STREET reported a couple of weeks ago, the move is only on paper — something that is not being reported as clearly as it should be in much of the Spanish and foreign press. For the moment most of the companies are not moving their operations, head office, or for that matter any of their workers. All they have done is change their legal address, and what’s more with minimal fiscal fanfare — in most of Spain (with the exception of the Basque Country and Navarre), all corporate tax is paid into the central coffers.

    In the meantime, the growing boycott of Catalan goods in other parts of Spain continues to bite. So serious has it become that in a televised interview earlier this week, the former Spanish minister Josep Borell urged Spanish consumers to stop the boycott straight away because it is “destroying the economic ties” between Spain and Catalonia:

    I keep receiving messages from small business owners in Catalonia whose livelihood is on the line and they say to me, ‘please stop this, it’s going to ruin us’… There’s going to be an economic fracturing of Spain if we’re not careful.

    The fracturing is not just economic though. It’s political, geographic, and social. Communities and families throughout Catalonia are being torn asunder by a conflict that was wholly avoidable, had Madrid shown the slightest interest in reaching a negotiated political settlement.

    This comes just when the ECB has announced that it will be paring back its bond purchases. QE pushed down the once sky-high costs of borrowing for the Spanish government, banks, and industry and has kept the economy afloat in the last five years. But if an amicable solution between Catalonia and Spain is not found — and by now, it’s hard to imagine how it can be — Spain’s fragile economic recovery could soon be at risk, and at the worst possible moment.

    By Don Quijones.

    Independence would be “horrific” and amount to “financial suicide,” said Spain’s Economy Minister. But financial suicide for whom? Read… Catalonia’s Political Crisis Snowballs into an Economic Crisis


    See Also:

    (1) Catalonia president Carles Puigdemont will ignore Spanish court order to answer rebellion charges

    (2) EU reactions to Spanish crisis in Catalonia signal uncertain approach

    (3) How Catalonia’s crisis is turning into a European problem

  • Jack 3:21 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink |
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    Islamist Takeover 

    End of August, Madrid: At the Turkish government’s request through Interpol, Spanish police arrested a famous Turkish writer, Dogan Akhanli, who was on vacation in Spain. A few days earlier, in Barcelona, Spanish authorities had arrested the Turkish writer, Hamza Yalcin, a reporter for the left-wing newspaper Odak. Meanwhile, in Turkey, another writer, Ahmet Altan was on trial. Turkish authorities prevented yet another Turkish novelist, Asli Erdogan, from flying to Europe to receive the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize in the German city of Osnabrück.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey has already made headlines for jailing dozens of journalists in a round-up that has transformed Turkey into “the world’s biggest prison for reporters“. Perhaps even more objectionable is Turkey’s persecution of novelists who do not even take part in the political debate. They are hated by Erdogan’s Islamist government simply for conveying Western ideas and fighting for freedom of speech. What is happening in Turkey is even more urgent than what is happening in Iran and Saudi Arabia, two other Islamic countries that persecute and jail writers: Turkey is, at least rhetorically, a democracy as well as the Islamic world’s purported bridge to Europe.

    In August, at the Turkish government’s request through Interpol, Spanish police arrested a famous Turkish writer, Dogan Akhanli (pictured), who was on vacation in Spain. (Image source: © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

    Nazis used to burn books; Turkey’s Erdogan is following the Soviet Stalinist method of burying the books, often along with their authors.

    In the last month alone, four great Turkish writers made headlines not for their novels, but for their arrests, trials and persecution. Erdogan’s plan, however, goes beyond these writers’ fate. Turkey is purging culture. The purge has been called an “intellectual massacre” that “has hit faculties from physics and biology to drama and politics at some of Turkey’s best universities, chilling teachers and students alike”. After a failed coup, last year, Erdogan fired “21,000 teachers” and “1,577 university deans“. It is the beheading of Turkey’s academic culture. Shamefully, Europe has kept silent about this ideological massacre.

    In an unprecedented move, Erdogan is now promoting a plan to review the school textbooks, with the announced deletion of Darwin’s theory of evolution and the insertion of Islamic holy war. At the same time, Erdogan is also asking to remove from the Turkish vocabulary words with a “Western” influence. The word “arena” will therefore be removed from sports stadiums. It is a typical totalitarian maneuver to change the language to control the population. Turkish authorities this week also removed Chopin’s music from funeral marches and replaced it with an Ottoman era composition based on Koranic verses.

    “In the past, Kemalists or leftists were merely suspicious of the political intentions of Western powers against Turkey”, wrote the journalist Mustafa Akyol. “In the latter-day AKP narrative, however… Western civilization, with all its values, institutions, culture and even science, became something that must be doubted, if not outright rejected.”

    Fazil Say, a famous Turkish pianist, has been put on trial for “blasphemy”. In one message he retweeted a verse from a poem by Omar Khayyám in which the 11th-century Persian poet attacks pious hypocrisy:

    “You say rivers of wine flow in heaven, is heaven a tavern to you? You say two huris [companions] await each believer there, is heaven a brothel to you?”

    Nedim Gursel, a professor of literature at the Sorbonne in Paris, was persecuted for his novel, The Daughters of Allah. The publisher Irfan Sanci was put on trial for “obscenity” for publishing The Exploits of a Young Don Juan, an erotic novel by Guillaume Apollinaire. In today’s Turkey, everything that culturally conveys social and sexual freedom is seen as suspect.

    A few months ago, Turkey decided to replace plays by foreign authors, such as Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht, with those of Turkish authors. Turkey also censored The Soft Machine, a novel by an American, William S. Burroughs, whose books had always been translated into Turkish. Of Mice and Men, an American classic by John Steinbeck, was also threatened with censorship.

    Sevan Nisanyan, an Armenian, just escaped from jail a few days ago and fled. “Turkey has turned into a veritable madhouse,” he said.

    He had been sentenced to 16 years and seven months for having made ironic comments about the Prophet Muhammad.

    Two verses of “Table” poetry, written by the Turkish poet Edip Cansever were omitted from high school textbooks because they included the word “beer”. Songs written by the poets Yunus Emre and Kaygusuz Abdal — hundreds of years ago — have also suffered the heavy hand of censorship. The novel Samarkand by Amin Maalouf, a Lebanese laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature now living in France, was investigated for being “vulgar and insulting Islam”.

    Erdogan’s Turkey today looks like Maalouf’s East, where the rulers tell the population: “If you want to keep your eyes, ears, and tongue, forget that you have eyes, ears, and a tongue”.

    Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.


    See Also:

    (1) Why is Turkey’s Erdogan being hailed as a US ‘partner’ when his paranoid purge targets our consulate?

  • Jack 2:44 pm on October 29, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: , anaïs llobet, mikhail ustinov, russian czar, , yahoo.com   


    Moscow (AFP) – Mikhail Ustinov’s ancestors were executed in 1917 for supporting the tsar but a hundred years later the 68-year-old yearns for the return of monarchy to Russia.

    “Russians are monarchists in their soul, even though the Soviets tried to destroy our soul,” Ustinov, who is a self-proclaimed spokesman for the Moscow monarchist community, told AFP in his small apartment on the outskirts of the Russian capital.

    Since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ustinov has dressed in stylized military fatigues in a nod to the officers of the Tsarist army who were fiercely loyal to the monarch and heavily persecuted after the October Revolution.

    Executed with his wife and children by the Bolsheviks in 1918, the last Russian tsar Nicholas II was rehabilitated and buried in Saint-Petersburg in 1998 and canonised in 2000 by the Orthodox Church.

    “I want to die wearing my uniform and declaring love for the tsar, like my grandfather, great-grandfather and all of my family,” said Ustinov, a portrait of Nicholas II behind him.

    Ustinov said his family was decimated during the revolution, which he calls a “coup d’etat.”

    More than 28 percent of Russians are in favour of the country becoming a monarchy again one day, according to a study by VTsIOM, a state pollster, released in March. That figure increased from 22 percent in 2006.

    Monarchy sympathisers are especially prevalent among the younger generation: 33 percent among those between 18 and 24 years old and 35 percent of 25-34 year-olds.

    “We see clearly that the ‘Soviet’ generations resist this idea more than the younger people, for whom monarchy is one possible system of governance,” said sociologist Stepan Lvov who helped organise the poll.

    “It’s as if the Soviet vaccine doesn’t work on them,” he added.

    On the contrary, for young Russians monarchy is “rather attractive for its rationality and effectiveness,” Lvov said, adding they no longer see it as the antithesis of liberty and democracy.

    • ‘Tsar Putin’ –

    Born after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Pavel Markov is someone who sees monarchy as a “more adequate and balanced system” than the current political regime in Russia.

    “Democracy doesn’t suit Russians, our mentality needs authoritarian and centralised power,” said the young history teacher from Nizhny Novgorod, a city some 400 kilometres east of the capital.

    “A constitutional monarchy allows us to consolidate our traditional values to give strength to the people, who are struggling today,” he said.

    Being a monarchist is “inseparable” from the Orthodox faith, the predominant religion in Russia, he added.

    And for others, Russia has already become a monarchy of sorts, with President Vladimir Putin reigning over the country for 18 years and widely expected to extend his rule by another six years in a 2018 vote.

    “Vladimir Putin is already a tsar, he acts like a tsar,” said Yelena Melnikova, who studies Orthodox icon restoration.

    The 22-year-old believes that eventually the monarchy will replace the “political hypocrisy” of today’s Russia and mark the return of “real Russian values”.

    • ‘Need monarchy to save Russia’ –

    Putin himself has flatly dismissed any comparisons to a monarch, saying in 2005 that the title of tsar “doesn’t suit” him.

    But he made overtures to the powerful Orthodox Church, which has never opposed the Kremlin on political matters in public.

    Critics accuse Putin of paying lip service to the constitutional separation of church and state by giving clerics ever more influence over secular institutions.

    Sociologist Lvov said younger Russians tend to romanticise monarchy and view it as an alternative that offers “order and predictability” in an unstable world.

    “A return of monarchy remains largely unpopular and improbable,” he added.

    The figure of Nicholas II remains a source of intense debate, with the new biopic “Matilda” about his love affair with a ballerina sparking a violent backlash from radical Orthodox activists.

    “The film insults the feelings of Russians for whom the tsar is like their father,” said Andrei Kormukhin, head of the ultra conservative group Sorok Sorokov, sporting a T-shirt with the image of Nicholas II.

    “We need monarchy to return to save Russia,” he told AFP.

    Back in his apartment, Ustinov plays a song in honour of the last Russian emperor.

    “I am awaiting the tsar’s return like some people await the Messiah,” he said.


  • Jack 3:19 am on October 21, 2017 Permalink |
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    Human Rights Activists Decry “False Legitimacy to Brutal Regime”

    GENEVA, October 19, 2017 – The non-governmental human rights group UN Watch joined NGOs worldwide in expressing “grave concern” at the U.N. health body’s appointment of Zimbabwe’s dictator as a goodwill ambassador on health, even as his policies have devastated Zimbabwe’s once-prosperous economy, leaving a crumbling health system while Mugabe obtains his own medical assistance outside the country.

    “The government of Robert Mugabe has brutalized human rights activists, crushed democracy dissidents, and turned the breadbasket of Africa — and its health system — into a basket-case. The notion that the U.N. should now spin this country as a great supporter of health is, frankly, sickening,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

    “Amid reports of ongoing human rights abuses, the tyrant of Zimbabwe is the last person who should be legitimized by a U.N. position of any kind,” said Neuer. Over the past decade, UN Watch has brought numerous Zimbabwean human rights activists to testify on the sidelines of UN conferences.

    Speaking on October 18 in Uruguay,  WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was “honored to announce that President Mugabe has agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassador.” He praised Zimbabwe for “placi[ng] universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies to provide health care to all.”

    Tedros in August also thanked Mugabe for his “strong commitment to health.”

    Rights activists are outraged.

    “Given Mugabe’s appalling human rights record, calling him a Goodwill Ambassador for anything embarrasses WHO and Doctor Tedros,” Iain Levine, program director at Human Rights Watch, commented on Twitter.

    A coalition of 24 NGOs present at the conference are “shocked and deeply concerned to hear of this appointment, given President Mugabe’s long track record of human rights violations and undermining the dignity of human beings. Given these systematic abuses and his approach to NCDs and tobacco control in the past,” said the coalition, “President Mugabe’s appointment as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs cannot be justified.”

    “When Mugabe flies to Singapore for special medical treatment, he leaves behind poorly funded health services, which most of their citizens have to rely on,” said Neuer. “It’s a disgraceful show of support — and a terribly-timed award of false legitimacy — for a brutal, corrupt and authoritarian regime.”

    In Zimbabwe, state-run hospitals and clinics often run out of basic medicines like painkillers and antibiotics, according to Zimbabwean health watchdog Citizens Health Watch. It says that the public health care system “continues to deteriorate at alarming levels” with lack of money being the main problem.

    “Zimbabwe’s healthcare system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe’s authoritarian regime, with most hospitals out of stock of essential medicines and supplies, and nurses and doctors regularly left unpaid,” reports AFP.


    Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi hailed the appointment as “a major health diplomacy coup for Zimbabwe.”

    “New feather in President’s cap,” blared the headline of Zimbabwe’s Herald, one of many local newspaper to extol the U.N. appointment.

    “It’s outrageous that the UN is allowing itself to be used like this as a propaganda tool,” said Neuer, “The decision to honor Mugabe despite his long history of human rights abuses brings discredit upon the UN.”

    “The good name of the world body is being used to legitimize Mugabe’s massive abuses of civil liberties which contravene U.N. human rights conventions. How can someone who violates core U.N. principles be elevated as a kind of example to the world?” Neuer asked.

    He added: “If this is the stance of the United Nations, then where else can Zimbabweans turn to for human rights protection?”


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  • Jack 1:26 pm on October 9, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: , culture clash, , , , , , , ,   


    The European Union’s official statistics on terrorism are dramatic:

    “In 2016, a total of 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks were reported by eight EU Member States. More than half (76) of them were reported by the United Kingdom. France reported 23 attacks, Italy 17, Spain 10, Greece 6, Germany 5, Belgium 4 and the Netherlands 1 attack. 142 victims died in terrorist attacks, and 379 were injured in the EU. 1,002 persons were arrested for terrorist offences in 2016”.

    These countries all tried to integrate Muslim communities, but all came to the same dead end. “As long as that continues, the failure of integration will pose a mortal threat to Europe”, the Wall Street Journal wrote after a suicide bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester. According to a new book by the French reporter Alexandre Mendel, Partition: Chronique de la sécession islamiste en France (“Partition: A Chronicle of the Islamist Secession in France“), multiculturalism is leading to the separation of European societies.

    It is also leading to constant waves of terror attacks. Last August, on a single day, Islamists killed 20 Europeans in Barcelona and Finland. A month later, they slaughtered two girls in Marseille, and in Birmingham a Shiite boy was brutally wounded. That is the deadly harvest of Europe’s multiculturalism. It is the most romanticized, seductive European ideology since Communism.

    There is an “increasingly permanent chain of ‘suspended communities’ nesting within nations throughout the West”, the American historian Andrew Michta recently wrote.

    “The emergence of these enclaves, reinforced by elite policies of multiculturalism, group identity politics, and the deconstruction of Western heritage, has contributed to the fracturing of Western European nations”.

    Only twenty minutes separate the Marais, the elegant quarter of Paris where Charlie Hebdo‘s offices were located, and Gennevilliers, a suburb that houses 10,000 Muslims, where the Kouachi brothers, who gunned down Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists, were born and raised. In Birmingham there is a suburb, Sparkbrook, which has produced one-tenth of the England’s jihadists. All of Europe’s biggest cities have separated enclaves where Islamic apartheid now proliferates.

    There, Burqas and beards mean something. Dressing has always symbolized loyalty to a lifestyle, a civilization. When Mustafa Kemal Atatürk abolished the Caliphate in Turkey, he forbade beards for men and veils for women. The proliferation of Islamic symbols in Europe’s ghettos now demarcates the separation of these suburbs. The new leader of England’s UK Independence Party (UKIP), Henry Bolton, recently said that the Britain is “buried” by Islam and “swamped” by multiculturalism.

    “Multiculturalism,” according to the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, “has led to honour killings, female genital circumcision and the establishment of sharia law in inner-city pockets throughout the UK.” Under European multiculturalism, Muslim women lost many rights they should have had in Europe. They face “honor crimes” for refusing to wear an Islamic veil; for dressing up in Western clothes; for meeting with Christian friends; for converting to another faith; for seeking a divorce; for resisting being beaten and for being too “independent”.

    It is one of the great ironies of multiculturalism: five European NATO members are now fighting in Afghanistan against the Taliban who enslave women, while in Europe the same thing is taking place in our own ghettos.

    Under multiculturalism, polygamy has increased, along with female genital mutilation (500,000 cases across Europe). Multiculturalism is, in fact, based on the legalization of a parallel sharia society, which is founded on the rejection of Western values, above all equality and freedom.

    In addition, the fear of “offending” Islamic minorities has been leading to wishful blindness. That is what happened in Rotherham, a city of 117,000 people in northern England, where the mass-rape and grooming of at least 1,400 children by “rape gangs of Pakistani origin” was allowed to go on for many years.

    Under multiculturalism, anti-Semitism has also skyrocketed, especially in France. The French weekly L’Express just devoted an entire issue to the “new malaise of the French Jews“.

    All Europe’s recent political earthquakes are a consequence of the failure of multiculturalism. As the British Historian Niall Ferguson said, the main reason for Brexit was immigration.

    “Many people in the UK looked at the refugee crisis in Europe and thought: if they get a German passport, they will come to Britain and we will not be able to stop them. This was a key issue for voters, and legitimately, because the Germans had opened the doors to a vast influx from the Muslim world. If you looked at these things from the United Kingdom, the reaction was: wait a moment, what if they come here?”

    In the Netherlands, the rise of Geert Wilders is the direct result of the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Dutch Islamist and the anti-multiculturalism backlash that followed it. In France, Marine Le Pen’s political ascent coincided with two years of major terror attacks, in which 230 French citizens were murdered.

    Moreover, the extraordinary success in the recent general election of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is the consequence of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fatal decision to open the doors to over a million refugees and migrants. Beatrix von Storch, an AfD leader, just said to BBC that “Islam does not belong to Germany“. She explained that it is one thing to allow Muslims privately to preach their Islamic faith, but another to appease political Islam, which is trying to change German democracy and society.

    The European establishment has closed its eyes while Muslim supremacists were violating the rights of its own people. Many Islamists then knocked at the doors of Europe with ever more determination. Multiculturalism has been killing and destabilizing Europe as only Nazism and Communism have done before.

    Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.


    • Jack 2:47 pm on October 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One of the best columns I’ve read on multiculturalism and the dangers inherent in it when we listen to know nothing politicians pandering the party line. Don’t miss it.

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