Austria’s anti-immigration Freedom party (FPÖ) won a convincing victory in the first round of the country’s presidential election – a direct result of the deleterious effects throughout Europe of the so-called “refugee crisis”. FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer won more than 35 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s poll, far exceeding all other candidates. Hofer had campaigned on a nationalistic platform of strict limits on immigration, tough rules for asylum seekers and the break-up of the two-party system, that, as in the U.S., has dominated Austrian politics since the second world war. Continue reading
The Danish People’s Party wants Muslim extremists to have their citizenship revoked and be deported from Denmark back to their home countries.
According to the Danish newspaper Extrabladet, there are many indications that the immigration-critical People’s Party’s bill is destined to get support from fellow parliamentary parties.
The background to the new bill is a documentary series that was aired by the Danish TV-channel TV2 earlier this month. In the documentary, two Danish Muslims visited mosques with a hidden camera. The film series featured secretly filmed imams boasting how Islam is about to conquer Europe and urging Muslims not to work, but instead grab as many benefits as possible.
“Just tell the Danes you don’t own anything. If you do that, it becomes a problem,” one of the Muslim leaders was quoted as saying.
An imam was notably caught on film preaching to his congregation not to absorb the Danish culture because of the rapid growth of Islam in the country. Another one called on his fellow Muslims to stone unfaithful women in accordance with sharia law. Another one said it was okay to hit their children if they did not worship Allah.The documentary series has received considerable attention in Denmark, and a proposal to revoke the citizenship of Muslim leaders who teach Muslim extremism was presented by the Danish People’s Party (Danske Folkepartiet).
“It should be possible to withdraw citizenship,” the DF’s integration policy spokesman Martin Henriksen said.
According to him, Denmark should be able to sentence imams and Muslim leaders to jail or fines if they preach doctrines contrary to the laws of Denmark and Danish values.
“There are situations, when you with the constitution in hand can say that something is at odds with the fundamental values of Danish society,” Henriksen argues.
The proposal has already received support from the ruling Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, as well as the oppositional Social Democratic Party, which means that the DF’s bill will most likely get through the parliament. The recent Islamist bombings in Brussels are believed to have increased support for the bill.
Teddy bears, tears, candles, cartoons, murals, mosaics, flowers, flags, projections, hashtags, balloons, wreaths, lights, vigils, scarves, and more. These are the best solutions the Western world seems to come up with every few months when we are slammed by another Islamist terrorist attack. We are our own sickness.
In October 2010, Chancellor Angela Merkel stood before an audience of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Potsdam and delivered her famous speech on the failure of multiculturalism in Germany.
“[At] the beginning of the 60’s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country. We kidded ourselves a while, we said: ‘They won’t stay, sometime they will be gone’, but this isn’t reality. And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other . . . has failed – utterly failed.” Continue reading
Continuing a lengthy tradition of political treachery, the lickspittle Left of France partnered with Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative Republican Party (formerly UMP) in the second round of French regional elections to block the Front National’s (FN) entry into the French parliament in yesterday’s voting. Terrified of a possible victory of the FN following the party’s impressive showing in the first round of France’s regional elections, the Socialists immediately jumped in bed with their de facto political allies of the institutional Right, just as they did in 2002 when the Socialists and Communists exhorted their supporters to vote for Jacques Chirac after FN founder Jean Marie Le Pen reached the second round of the French presidential election. Continue reading
The Front National (FN) made history by winning the opening round in 6 of 13 mainland French regions. The projected score is the highest vote ever secured by the party in a local election which has never before held the leadership of a French region and, if it is able to prevail in this week’s second round, it is poised to become a force majeure in French politics. Continue reading
A poll conducted by French polling agency Ifop and published today in this week’s issue of Marianne magazine has Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s Front National party, the frontrunner ahead of the country’s 2017 presidential election. Continue reading
- In Germany, where traffickers are now dropping off illegal immigrants on Autobahns, authorities have reacted — not by trying to intercept or discourage traffickers, but by putting up new road signs alerting drivers of potential pedestrians on the highway.
- Last month alone, more migrants landed on the shores of Greece than in the whole of 2014.
- If the mainstream media keep reminding everyone how the rioting immigrant youths in France or Britain are driven by economic inequality now, imagine the scale of unrest once European welfare states cannot finance “half the planet” anymore and are forced to cut welfare benefits.
- No one, however, especially the media, blames migrants for their own actions.
- This is the real tragedy of the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe: apart from those fleeing combat zones, most migrants swarming European borders and coastlines do not appear to be in any real or dire need.
|African migrants camp out on the beach in the northern Italian town of Ventimiglia, along the French border, as they wait for the opportunity to cross into France. (Image source: AFP video screenshot)|
With the European Union surrendering its immigration policy to people smugglers, the immigration crisis in Europe keeps reaching staggering new heights. The word has gone out that Fortress Europe is scalable. From Morocco to Turkey, people smuggling has turned into an irresistibly big business.
From small-time thugs to the terror outfit Hamas — for $2500-$3000 per person smuggled — many evidently want to seize a slice of this lucrative business that was created by the EU’s collective inaction.
In Germany, where traffickers are now dropping off illegal immigrants on Autobahns, authorities have reacted — not by trying to intercept or discourage the traffickers, but by putting new road-signs alerting drivers of potential pedestrians on the highway.
Even before this year’s mass immigration began, Germany was struggling to deal with roughly a quarter of a million asylum applicants — without even accounting for the illegal immigrants already in the country. The recent wave of migration would push those figures to record heights.
The trend in Germany merely reflects the overall scale of the European immigrant crisis. In July 2015, an estimated 50,000 refugees entered Greece, a surge of 750 percent. Last month alonemore migrants landed than in the whole of 2014.
In Germany, the head of Lower Saxony’s Municipal Federation, Marco Trips, told local reportersthat the “system has already collapsed.” This sentiment is apparently shared by municipalities across Germany. In a historic move, the German federal government has now called in the military to assist in setting up new tent cities and providing basic amenities for ever-rising number of refugees.
The majority of those entering Europe illegally seem not to be fleeing armed conflicts, but seeking a better life in a welfare paradise. Europe’s answer is to throw money at the problem — money Europe does not have. Britain’s Defence Secretary has suggested that the UK’s £12 billion ($19 billion USD) foreign aid budget can “discourage” mass migration.
The European welfare system, funded increasingly by governments’ debt in recent decades, is showing signs of an impending collapse. There is no end in sight for Greece’s debt crisis, despite repeated bailout packages to the tune of €326 billion ($375 billion USD). Slow economic growth, high youth unemployment and an aging population makes the European welfare model increasingly untenable.
If the mainstream media keep reminding everyone how rioting immigrant youths in France or Britain are driven by economic inequality now, imagine the scale of unrest once European welfare states cannot finance “half the planet” anymore and are forced to cut welfare benefits.
Europe’s answer to this imminent financial doom is to create still more welfare dependents or, even better, “invite” them by failing to secure the borders.
EU bureaucrats not only refuse to implement basic border controls but rebuke any EU member state moving to secure its borders. European politicians and the mainstream media are up in arms against Hungary’s move to erect a border fence along its southern border. American public broadcaster PBS ran a report telling its viewers about Hungary’s “new Iron Curtain.” The Associated Press quoted unnamed “critics” who compared the Hungarian fence to “Communist-era barriers like the Berlin Wall.”
The EU bureaucrats in Brussels want to force a single asylum policy on all 28 member states, asking that they take in more migrants. According to this common asylum policy proposed by Brussels, asylum seekers entering EU would be divided among EU members.
Hungary, with 60,000 migrant arrivals so far just this year, entering mainly from Serbia, remains the most vocal opponent of the EU’s proposed policy.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been virtually ostracized by European politicians and media, for not complying with EU’s immigration policy. Contrary to the EU’s position, he has called for a “distinction” between EU member-state citizens moving within Europe and non-EU foreigners. “There are economic immigrants who are just in search of a better life… Unfortunately in Hungary we can’t give jobs to all of these immigrants,” Orbán said, and called the EU’s proposal for member states to take in more refugees “absurd, bordering on insanity.”
Europe, itself reeling under a financial crisis, cannot provide housing, employment and social benefits to the thousands who each day land on European shores and cross over borders. German newspapers are full of countless reports of immigrants disappointed after arriving in Europe, almost always followed by a reporter’s plea for urgent action to address the said grievance. These “disappointments” often turn into violent clashes. Police across Germany have their hands full just to keeping rival migrant gangs from turning on each other or on officials.
No one, however, especially the media, blames migrants for their own actions. The mainstream media in Germany apparently refuse to connect the dots, so as not to “feed into negative stereotypes.” A columnist for Germany’s Tageszeitung even wrote of an elaborate government conspiracy that drives immigrants to turn violent — allegedly just to give them a bad name.
Tageszeitung also ran a story lamenting the “alarming conditions” of refugees landing on Greek islands. The article was accompanied by a photograph of smiling, well-fed, sturdy young men, posing for “selfies” on their smartphones while holding cigarettes in their hands. One of them was thoughtful enough to bring along a selfie-stick for his smartphone, to capture the moment he fled a “war zone” or acute “economic misery.”
This, however, is the real tragedy of the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe: apart from those fleeing combat zones, most migrants swarming European borders and coastlines do not appear to be in any real or dire need. Economic disparity on other continents should not oblige Europeans to open its own floodgates for mass migration.
This crisis seems to be one of Europe’s own making — that seems to be the logical conclusion of Europe’s debt-driven welfare system and the EU’s contempt for national boundaries.
by Vijeta Uniyal, Aug 25, 2015
Following long years of being villified as neo-Nazis and ostracized by the ruling parties within the Riksdag, the nationalist Sweden Democrats have become the largest party in Sweden according to a recent opinion survey by polling agency, YouGov. The results of the poll underscore the rise of nationalist groups across the traditional Nordic stronghold of social democracy. The YouGov poll has the Sweden Democrats receiving 25.2 per cent August, almost double their score in last September’s parliamentary elections and ahead of the governing Social Democrats on 23.4 per cent and the leading centre-right Moderates on 21 per cent. Continue reading
“Islamophobia studies” is the latest addition to the academic pantheon of politicized, esoteric, and divisive “studies” whose purpose is to censor criticism of differing views by stigmatizing critics as racist or clinically insane. The University of California, Berkeley’s recent Sixth Annual International Islamophobia Conference—organized by the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP)—was titled, “The State of the Islamophobia Studies Field.” The fact that this “field” doesn’t yet formally exist in the U.S. may explain why speakers the first day of the conference barely mentioned it. As in years past, the conference featured victimology, academic jargon, and anti-Western rhetoric. Continue reading
Four years ago I was taken to court in the Netherlands on hate-crime charges. After a trial that lasted almost two years, I was finally acquitted. But the case cost me a lot of time and energy that, as an elected politician, I would rather have devoted to my parliamentary work. Continue reading
The string of beheadings of American and British hostages at the hands of the Islamic State has drawn horror and intense media scrutiny the world over, redoubling international determination to defeat the extremist group.
But with IS dominating headlines, it is easy to forget that Saudi Arabia, a member of the UN’s Human Rights Council and a close ally of America in the war against the Islamist fighters, is itself routinely carrying out the practice of beheading. Continue reading
- The Yorkshire town where 1,400 girls have been sexually abused by Asian men is a byword for depravity – all because people wouldn’t rock the multicultural boat
- In Rotherham, South Yorkshire Police “regarded many child victims with contempt” Photo: Ross Parry Agency / rossparry.co.uk Continue reading
France’s National Front (FN) party has made another breakthrough in French politics winning its first two seats in the French Senate.
The Front National (FN), which also has two MPs in the National Assembly, was jubilant on Sunday evening after its first Senate victory since the party was founded in 1972. “These results are beyond what we hoped for,” said FN leader Marine Le Pen. “Each day that passes, our ideas are increasingly being adopted by the French people . . . We have great potential.” “There is only one door left for us to push and it is that of the Elysée,” said newly elected National Front Senator Stéphane Ravier, referring to the French presidency. Continue reading
A woman has been buried up to the neck and stoned to death by Islamist militants in the Somali town of Barawe. It lies in an area controlled by the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab insurgents.
Witnesses in Barawe said on Saturday that a crowd of hundreds had watched Friday’s execution. Safiyo Ahmed Jimale had been accused by an al-Shabab “judge” of multiple cases of adultery. Continue reading
|In an article appearing in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat titled “9/11 Has Not Yet Happened!”, Hashem Saleh, a Syrian intellectual residing in Morocco argued that the Muslims have learned nothing from those events. Claiming that 9/11 had generated no change in Muslim thought that would give rise to a renaissance in it, he added that the emergence and activity of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) are a direct continuation of the terrorism of 9/11. Both of these, he says, are the product of Muslim religious thought and of the school curricula in Muslim countries which teach that anyone whose thought deviates from the accepted norm is an infidel. He bemoaned the fact that the terrorist takfiri ideology i.e. the practice of accusing others of heresy, that gave birth to 9/11 is still alive and well in Arab and Muslim society, while enlightened thought is considered fringe.The following are excerpts from Saleh’s article:
Hashem Saleh (image: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat)
The successive atrocities committed by the Islamic State (IS, previously called the Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham – ISIS) have diverted the discussion away from an understanding of this organization’s political program, creating the erroneous impression that it is simply a more vicious version of Al-Qaeda. According to this view, this organization presumably intends to attack the West by means of its foreign militants who hold Western passports and could return to Western countries to carry out terror attacks – and hence it is paramount to destroy the IS forthwith. Saudi King ‘Abdallah bin ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz promoted this approach when he said that he was certain that those jihadists “would arrive in Europe within a month and in America within two months”. Continue reading
- Amidst the political fog that has settled over European societies during the past several decades, carrying with it an inertial pathology of institutionalized political correctness, “hate speech” laws and politically saturated prosecutions directed at those who have exposed the insinuation of the Islamic plague into every feature of society – one person, Aymeric Chauprad – a French Member of the European Parliament and the International Affairs advisor to Marine Le Pen, has had the courage, clarity and brutal honesty to deliver a lightening strike into the halls of the Strasbourg Parliament. Continue reading
Speech in the Netherlands Parliament by Geert Wilders September 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm
During the past ten years and two days, the ostrich cabinets did nothing. Every warning was ignored. They lied to the people.
Do not prevent jihadists from leaving our country. Let them leave. I am prepared to go to Schiphol [airport] to wave them goodbye. But let them never come back.
Madam Speaker, war has been declared against us. Continue reading
Chickens coming home to roost: How the Labour Party and the political left in Britain generated a culture of political correctness which led to epidemic sexual abuse of British girls by Muslim Pakistani gangs
A report released on Tuesday detailing incidents of sexual abuse occurring within the English city of Rotherham, many going back as far as 1997, found that about 1,400 English girls (considered by the report to be a conservative estimate) — some as young as 11 years old — were beaten, raped and trafficked by Muslim Pakistani gangs, while the local authorities ignored the pleas and complaints of victims and their parents. Continue reading
LONDON — It is likely that there are now more British Muslims fighting for the Islamic State than for Britain’s military. Britain’s Ministry of Defense confirmed to USA TODAY that there are approximately 600 British Muslim service members in its armed forces of almost 200,000 people. Official government estimates put the number of British Islamic State fighters operating in Syria and Iraq at 500 to 800. The Foreign Office cautioned Thursday that it is difficult to provide precise numbers. Continue reading
Since its seizure of large areas in Iraq and its proclamation of a caliphate, the Islamic State (IS) has stepped up its efforts to enforce the Islamic shari’a in the areas under its control. In Mosul in the Ninawa Governorate, Iraq’s oldest and second-largest city, Christians fled their homes after the IS gave them three days to leave the caliphate’s territory. According to the IS, it issued this order after the heads of the Christian community in the city refused a summons to discuss their status and respond to the organization’s demand that they either convert to Islam, pay the jizya (poll tax), or “face the sword.” The Christians’ exodus from the city, which has 13 churches and monasteries, is said to be the first case in Iraq’s history where an entire Christian community has fled en masse. Continue reading
ISIS Selling Christian Women as Sex Slaves as Militants Overrun Qaraqosh; Iraqi PM Blamed for Crisis Refuses to Resign
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By M. J. Rosenberg.
MWC News – The last item Congress voted on before going on vacation for five weeks was a $225 million appropriation to “replenish” Israel’s Iron Dome system. That makes sense. The system is protecting Israelis from rocket assault Of course we want to replenish Israel’s arsenal? Continue reading
The Palestine Chronicle – Israel’s shocking war on Gaza has done more than any of its previous onslaughts to shake loose the stranglehold its lobbyists have exerted over the mainstream media. Criticism that would never have been countenanced before is now seeing the light of day. For those who watch its atrocious behavior, the Zionist settler state has gone too far since the day it was born but now it has gone too far even for those whose interest in the Middle East is peripheral. The killing of Palestinians day after day, the deliberate targeting of children, the obliteration of entire families, the joyous reaction of Israelis watching the missiles fall and the hatred coursing through the veins of Israeli society bear witness to a sick state born of a sick ideology. Continue reading
In May of this year a 25-year-old Pakistani woman was stoned to death by her father and family for registering to marry a man of whom they did not approve. Three months pregnant, Farzana Parveen was on her way to the courthouse to contest an abduction charge her family filed against her husband, Mohammad Iqbal. A group of nearly 20 family members, her father and brothers included, accosted the couple in front of the courthouse and tried to pull them apart. When Farzana resisted, they fatally beat her with batons and bricks from a nearby construction site. Continue reading
Last week, the European Jewish Congress (EJC), headed by Russian-Jewish billionaire Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, announced its intention to file suit in a Paris court against Jean-Marie Le Pen, honorary president of the Front National (FN) on the grounds that he allegedly “incited hatred against and defamation of the Jewish people.”
The purported defamatory utterance was a comment Le Pen made during a video interview in which he wryly responded to various public denunciations of the Front National’s recent success in the May 25 European Union parliamentary elections by his political opponents. (The FN received the highest number of votes (25%) in France and soundly defeated all other major parties, including the ruling Socialists and the UMP). Continue reading
Despite the political vacillations and opportunism of Nigel Farange the formation of a Bloc is Inevitable
National Front (NF) leader Marine Le Pen told a Sunday paper she expects her party to get enough votes in the May 22-25 European elections to form a bloc with other Eurosceptics that can stop the European Union’s progress toward imposition of superstructual laws and regulations on individual European states. Continue reading
On April 4 2014, in Malmo District Court in Sweden, the provocative artist Dan Park was sentenced to three months in jail for hate speech (“hets mot folkgrupp”) for his works of art. The prosecutor even wanted the artist examined for mental illness, similar to the way Communist dictatorships have treated dissidents. The court did not support this suggestion, however. Park and his defense lawyer have indicated that they will appeal the verdict. Continue reading
At the time he entered office President Francois Hollande pledged growth reforms, but rammed through austerity measures; he promised to create jobs, but unemployment has risen for 19 of his 20 months in office; he vowed to end France’s neo-colonialism in Africa, but intervened in Mali and the Central African Republic. France’s conservatives may not benefit that much, because Hollande has already adopted their usual economic and foreign policies. Continue reading
Just over three months from the European elections, a major new poll in the Netherlands shows that Geert Wilders’ right-wing Freedom Party is now the country’s largest political party – and would be in a strong position to form a government if an election were held tomorrow. Continue reading
An annual survey conducted on behalf of French newspapers Le Monde, France Info and Canal+ by the agency TNS-Sofres reveals that one-third of the French people support the policies of the Front National. Popular support for the party (often impugned by the popular media as “far-right), has risen steadily from 22% in 2011, when Marine Le Pen assumed leadership of the party, to 34% in January of this year. Continue reading
Anti-EU parties already expected to do well in European Parliament elections in May claim the Swiss vote to curb immigration vindicates their stand. “What the Swiss can do, we can do too,” said Geert Wilders, leader of Holland’s extreme-right PVV. Continue reading
According to one estimate, 75% of all babies born in Spain on January 1, 2012 were born to immigrant parents, primarily from Morocco.
A radical Islamic preacher in Spain has been arrested for calling on Muslims to use physical and psychological violence to “discipline” errant wives who refuse to submit to Islamic Sharia law or obey their husbands. Spanish public prosecutors say Abdeslam Laaroussi, (left) a charismatic imam from Morocco who preaches at a large mosque in Terrassa, an industrial city situated 30 kilometers north of Barcelona, is guilty of “incitement to violence against women” for “providing concrete examples of the manner in which wives should be beaten, how to isolate them inside the family home and how to deny them sexual relations.” Continue reading
The top watchdog for U.S. spending in Afghanistan testified Wednesday that the counternarcotics situation there is “dire” and warned of the emergence of a “narco-criminal state” after the drawdown of international forces, painting a picture of failure for a 12-year, $7 billion effort to control drugs in the country. Continue reading
EU has deprived its people of territorial, economic, and legislative sovereignty – Marine Le Pen (Voice of Russia)
While in France all eyes are fixed on the Elysée palace today for François Hollande’s first press conference of the year, Marine Le Pen, a French politician, leader of the Front National, the third-largest political party in France, granted an exclusive interview to the Voice of Russia where she talked about EU, problems of national identity, French sovereignty, upcoming elections and many other economical, political issues. In her interview, Ms Le Pen highlighted that in the recent years, the “EU has shown to be ineffective” and “cannot lead Europe to its golden age”. According to the politician, the Union is founded upon an inherent flaw that deprives the European people of their right to democratic process.
VOR: In one of your speeches, you stressed the importance of the Nationalist Party working closely with its electorate. Why are you and all those who share your opinion sure that you will be able to bring renewal to Europe?
Le Pen: I think that the European Union has shown to be ineffective and can’t lead Europe to its golden age, can’t protect the safety and identity of the people of Europe. The past has clearly shown that peoples can use the national structure to their best advantage. I think the winds of history are now inflating the sails of patriotic movements that want to preserve the sovereignty of different peoples. This sovereignty today is completely destroyed, because the European Union has deprived us of territorial sovereignty, economic sovereignty, fiscal sovereignty, and legislative sovereignty.
I defend liberty and democracy. I think that freedom and democracy go hand in hand with the sovereignty of the various European nations. I am sure that the European elections will demonstrate a surge in patriot movements, as has been the case in Austria, Sweden, Belgium, France and Italy.
I think that the European Union is similar to the Soviet Union in that it cannot be transformed, because it is based on an inherent flaw, which is the abolishment of the sovereignty of the various European nations. It is impossible to build an empire on depriving people of their independence because it simultaneously deprives them of the very democratic process. And I believe in democracy.
I do not know if the European Union would agree to any of the necessary changes which must be introduced. I talked about four major reforms that are essential for the European Union: to re-establish law-making sovereignty of every nation and place national laws above the European Directives; to give peoples their economic freedom back and let them pursue “economic nationalism” as well as protect their economic interests at the border; to restore territorial sovereignty and once again give countries absolute control over their national borders, to re-introduce monetary freedoms, which imply bringing back national currencies.
I am totally convinced that the European Union will never agree to these changes, which means it is beyond reforming. So the only way out is to leave it alone and watch it collapse. Afterwards, we will restore the Great Nations of Europe and European cooperation.
Le Pen: My goal is to win these European elections. My other goal is a sweeping victory of our party, of patriotic movements, patriotic deputies in the European Parliament. We are able to build a blocking minority in order to prevent the European Union from going ahead with its policy of federalism. We don’t see any improvement in any sphere of life of our people. So it is essential to block this federalism and do our best to re-establish nations in their borders and restore them in their own glory.
Le Pen: Thousands of problems are caused by mass migration, both legal and illegal. First, we need to talk about economic problems. When you let thousands of foreigners into your country, where there is already a number of unemployed people, they either become join the ranks of the unemployed and bear down on the economy or compete with the natives. After all, they are often willing to work for less money, thereby creating unfair competition.
Secondly, the system of social benefits also gets affected. The family reunification project for the newcomers means that they come with their wives and children and then enjoy the bounty of the country’s social assistance. In France, for instance, there are free schools, free health care … It is free for them, not for the French!
Next is the problem of culture barrier. When immigrants arrive massively, they bring their codes of conduct, customs and culture that are different from our own. Many neighborhoods have seen a revolution of sort followed by demands to change our country, our laws and traditions. So, these requirements are aimed at altering our national identity.
VOR: Europe often accuses Russia of human rights violations. But France stands slightly above Turkey on the human rights list. It has jailed more people than the United States. Can you comment on this?
Le Pen: I did not need any proof from the Committee on Human Rights that French democracy is far from perfect, especially when it comes to freedom of speech. It seems to me that the recent ban of the show [by playwright and satirist Dieudonne, NdT] has highlighted a deeper problem. I believe that freedom of speech is a right we must fight for every single day.
It is also true that France has been targeted for its human rights issues more than Russia. And I think France is not in the best position to criticize anyone. Both countries have to fight for more freedom of expression, as it is the most important component of democracy. This is one of the components, which distinguishes democracy from a censorship regime.
I often hear French leaders accuse Russia of violating basic democratic rights. In response, I have to admit in front of television cameras that France, which likes to teach everyone around the world, should “look at itself”.
Le Pen: I think that any abuse of freedom of expression is still better than excessive censorship, regardless of the price you have to pay for it. This is the price of democracy. I believe that this is true for all countries, first of all, for my country, because I care for it most of all.
Le Pen: How can I call Russia an example when it follows us in the list? I believe that everyone should do their best. The only difference is that it’s not Russia that is chastising France but vice versa, despite its precarious position.
VOR: According to some experts, the reaction of the French Republic on the Snowden revelations was not clear enough. What, in your opinion, is the reason behind this precautious stance? And what do you think about Snowden?
Le Pen: I was the first person who suggested France should grant political asylum to Mr. Snowden. It is quite simple. You are right when you say that the position of France in this area is worth criticizing. France was very cautious and mindful of the US.
The problem is that France as well as the European Union is dependent on the United States. It has been backing the US under any circumstances and on all levels, including the international one, for several decades. It has been playing into the US hand in all its geostrategic decisions. It’s time for France to become a free, sovereign country and find its own path and stop obeying the US.
That is why I was against a free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. I believe that it does not meet our economic interests. Rather it can bind us forever to America in terms of the economy, the monetary system and policies.
VOR: Let’s talk about the Republic’s President and the scandal that is unfolding before our eyes right now. How do you expect it to develop? What’s your take on Hollande’s possible resignation following the alleged affair? Is a snap election likely?
Le Pen: I don’t think the President is going to step down! I believe that every French citizen has the right to privacy, which won’t of course stop the French from discussing his personality. We can’t possibly prohibit the people from taking a stand on their leader. And yet I’d like to repeat that controversy had surrounded Mr. Hollande long before this incident, because the First Lady of France, who lives in the Élysée Palace, spends taxpayers’ money and even has a secretary, doesn’t have a legal status. It has been a problem since the first days of his presidency. They say in France that President Hollande doesn’t know how to make a choice. And this affair has proven as much.
VOR: You have been criticizing the Hollande and Sarkozy administrations about their stance on Syria. You condemned their support of Islamist fundamentalists, calling it a moral and historic mistake. Could you expand on that? What’s your idea of Russia’s current role in the region?
Le Pen: I see that I was right back then! It’s now evident that the rebels, who were portrayed as “protectors” of democracy, have exposed themselves as members of predominantly al-Qaeda-linked groups. I was right about both Syria and Libya. I was right when I said that we let ourselves to be dragged into a conflict to bring Islamist fundamentalists to power and that we will pay the price for this. As much has happened. The weapons that re-emerged in Mali were the same weapons we had delivered to Libya. I see more and more evidence that my guesses were accurate with each passing day.
It’s self-evident that we must thank Russia’s wisdom, its stance and the glorious comeback that it made to the political arena for stopping a military invasion from taking place. I believe that Russia saved us from a new disappointment. I hope that there’s still time to resolve this situation, because we certainly care for the Syrian people that are still gripped by a civil war.
The war raging in Syria has recently passed its thousandth day with over 120,000 people killed, hundreds of thousands wounded, and millions left homeless. The war has destroyed the country’s social and economic infrastructure and has also caused irreversible damage to some of the country’s most famous sites, which are included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites, such as the old cities of Damascus and Aleppo. On July 2, 2013, UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova expressed deep concern for Syria’s cultural heritage, noting that its loss represented a loss for all mankind. Continue reading
Turkey is coming apart. The Islamist coalition that crushed the secular military and political establishment—between Tayip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party and the Islamist movement around Fethullah Gulen—has cracked. Continue reading
A poll conducted by the Greek Sunday newspaper “TO ETHNOS” reveals that despite the arrest of several of Golden Dawn’s elected members of parliament, the perpetual vilification of the party in Greece’s mainstream press and the murder of two party members in Neo Iraklion, the party’s popularity among Greeks has risen from 7.6 % to 10% in the mere period of one month. Continue reading
Internationally Renowned French Actors, Alain Delon and Bridgette Bardot, and Comedian Jean Roucas, Endorse Front National
Alain Delon (Actor)
French film legend Alain Delon who starred in over 100 films, including such films as Faibles Femmes, Purple Noon (based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, The Talented Mr Ripley), Borsalino, and Monsieur Klein, (the latter earning him a César award, the French equivalent of an Oscar) and who has been described as the “male Brigitte Bardot,” has politically endorsed France’s Front National (FN) party. Continue reading
National Front candidate Laurent Lopez won a hotly-contested cantonal by-election in the southern town of Brignoles on Sunday, in a vote seen as a test of the party’s popularity ahead of the 2014 municipal elections.
France’s National Front (FN) party won a resounding electoral victory in the southern town of Brignoles on Sunday, defeating a centre-right candidate supported by the left and sending shockwaves across the entire political spectrum. Continue reading
On July 4th, the day after the Egyptian military liberated the nation of Muslim Brotherhood rule, Christian Copts were immediately scapegoated and targeted. All Islamist leaders—from Brotherhood supreme leader Muhammad Badi, to Egyptian-born al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri, to top Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi—made it a point to single out Egypt’s Copts as being especially instrumental in the ousting of former Islamist president Morsi, ushering in a month of pogroms against the nation’s Christian minority. Continue reading
The Netherlands has had enough of Islam. More than three quarters of the Dutch (77 percent) believe that Islam is no enrichment for our country. More than two-thirds – 68 percent – say that there is enough Islam in the Netherlands. It is striking that a majority of voters from all political parties (from PVV to VVD, CDA, D66, PvdA, SP and 50plus) share this view. Continue reading
(Reuters) – France’s far-right National Front, buoyed by improving poll numbers, is aiming for big gains in municipal elections next year and the top spot in the European parliament ballot, its leaders said at the party’s annual convention. Continue reading
Following is an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski for The National Interest, an American bi-monthly international affairs magazine
Zbigniew Brzezinski is former White House national-security adviser under Jimmy Carter and now a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a senior research professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
The interview was conducted by Jacob Heilbrunn, TNI senior editor.
Here we are five years into the Obama administration, and you’re stating that the West is engaging in “mass propaganda.” Is Obama being drawn into Syria because he’s too weak to resist the status quo? What happened to President Obama that brought us here? Continue reading
A recent article by Prof. Nonna Mayer of the center-left thinktank, Policy Network, shows that greater than one third of French voters agree with the policies of the Front National. The results of the poll highlight what has been referred to as the “Droitization” of the French political landscape since 1980 and what Mayer describes as the “normalization of the radical right” within mainstream politics in France.
Coptic Christians bear the brunt of violent backlash against military crackdown
On Aug. 14, as Cairo erupted in a massive military retaliation, one of the worst in Egypt’s modern history, 150 miles south in the city of Minya, a man with a megaphone stepped out from Khodeiry Mosque and entered Palace Square, a few blocks from the governorate’s security headquarters.
Shouting into the microphone, witnesses said, he began to deliver a simple and chilling message: The bloodshed being unleashed on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi — who had been encamped in the capital’s Rabaa el-Adaweya square for six weeks — was the fault of Egypt’s Christian minority.
“Tawadros, you coward,” he said, referring to the pope of the Coptic Church, “call off your dogs from the Continue reading
How the Political Left Lost its Way and Wandered into the Muslim Snakepit: The Unlearned Lessons of the Indonesian Holocaust of 1965
The Rise of the Indonesian Communist Party
At the height of its development in 1965 the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) constituted the third largest communist party in the world, outside those of the Soviet Union and China, with approximately 3 million members and an estimated 15-20 million supporters and sympathizers. The party was deeply entrenched in the urban and rural working classes, controlling the largest Indonesian labor federation, the All-Indonesian Central Labour Organization (SOBSI), and among rural workers and farmers, the Peasants Front of Indonesia.
Decapitating the Islamic Snake: Egyptian Military Continues Round-Up of Top Muslim Brotherhood Leaders
Arrest Warrants Issued for 300 Brotherhood Members
Egyptian security forces arrested Saad El-Katatni, the head of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the former speaker of parliament and Rashad al-Bayoumi, one of the Brotherhood’s deputy leaders on Wednesday, an FJP official and security sources said, after the army toppled Mohamed Mursi from the presidency. Continue reading
Military Coup Underway in Cairo: President Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Held. Tanks in Cairo
DEBKAfile Special Report July 3, 2013, 7:27 PM (IDT)
Morsi and leading Members of Muslim Brotherhood Arrested.
Tanks were moving on the October 6 Nile Bridge in the heart of Cairo Wednesday, July 3, shortly after President Mohamed Morsi was removed from his palace and taken to a military base. Muslim Brotherhood leaders are also believed under arrest. Security travel bans have been issued against Brotherhood leaders. Sources in Cairo report that they will be tried for “crimes” committed during their year in office. Continue reading
Six of nine people detained over two days said to have “willingness to engage in terrorism”, according to minister.
French police have detained three suspects, adding to the previous six detained, according to the country’s interior minister. French security experts said on Tuesday the three were part of a group sending Sunni fighters to Syria. Continue reading
The United States is silent as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) passes its most recent UN Resolution that unravels global consensus to support freedom of speech. From 1999-2010, the OIC succeeded in passing its “defamations of religions” resolutions, which ostensibly would protect Islam from all criticism, including true statements of fact. Though the name of the resolutions indicated that it would pertain to all religions equally, in the OIC’s interpretation, it applied to Islam only. Continue reading
A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other. We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world—much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian—came into being. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.” Continue reading
On March 26, the Belgian federal police’s counterterrorism force, or Special Units, conducted a felony car stop on Hakim Benladghem, a 39-year-old French citizen of Algerian extraction. When Benladghem reacted aggressively, he was shot and killed by the police attempting to arrest him. The Special Units chose to take Benladghem down in a car stop rather than arrest him at his home because it had intelligence indicating that he was heavily armed. The authorities also knew from their French counterparts that Benladghem had been trained as a paratrooper in the French Foreign Legion. Continue reading
The Lebanese city of Zahle sits high in the Bekaa valley, on the ancient highway that connects Damascus to Beirut and the world beyond. To reach it from the coast by road in December you climb sharply through a series of hairpin bends – every few minutes you catch a glimpse of the steep highland scenery as a gap appears in the raw, foggy air. Zahle – a Christian city – has known dark times. It became a dangerous frontline as the armed forces of Syria intervened in Lebanon’s long, complex and bitter civil war in the 1980s. Continue reading
By Sharon Otterman, New York Times/International Herald Tribune, Published: December 10, 2012
Sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long been hidden. Victims who came forward were intimidated into silence; their families were shunned; cases were dropped for a lack of cooperation.
But on Monday, a State Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn delivered a stunning victory to prosecutors and victims’ advocates, convicting a 54 year-old unlicensed therapist who is a prominent member of the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg of repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl who had been sent to him for help. “The veil of secrecy has been lifted,” said Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney. “The wall that has existed in parts of these communities has now been broken through. And as far as I’m concerned, it is very clear to me that it is only going to get better for people who are victimized in these various communities.” Continue reading
Egyptian Uprising Dominated by Islamists from its Inception
In the early days of social upheaval throughout Egypt and the Maghreb, liberal apologists in the Western media were in a delirious scramble to legitimize what they instantly christened the ‘Arab Spring’ as a “movement aspiring toward democracy.” Continue reading
Close observers of Pakistan have voiced concern that the country is witnessing a gradual genocide of its minorities, the extent of which remains unrecognized by international human rights organizations. In April 2012, Nitin Pai, founder of the New Delhi-based think tank Takshashila Institution, expressed concern over the “systematic” killing of Pakistan’s minorities, saying: “[The attacks] are called sectarian violence, gang warfare, ethnic cleansing, kill-and-dump or counter-insurgency. It is perhaps because there are individual names for these crimes that we are missing the possibility that they might amount to a bigger one – genocide.” Continue reading
On Sept 20, during a televised broadcast in Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton excoriated the “anti-Islam” film “Innocence of Muslims” which has elicited a predictably barbaric reaction from every corner of the Muslim world, stating: “Let me state very clearly, and I hope it is obvious, that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message.” Continue reading
Greece’s political barometer for September has revealed that 54 percent of Greeks do not trust any political party. The measure of the popularity of political parties has shown a dramatic swing in the favor of Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi). Continue reading
By obsessing over the 14-minute YouTube Muhammad video and its maker, the mainstream media ultimately exonerates the inexcusable and murderous response of the Islamic world. There is only one question: Did those who make this movie break any law? No, they did not—and so the matter should end there, and the media should move on. Focusing on those who did not break any American laws as a way to take the focus off those who murdered and initiated an act of war against the United States is not only misleading; it validates and gives Islamic blasphemy laws precedence over American freedoms. Continue reading
Contra Yiannis Baboulias: The Myth of Parliamentary Legitimacy Amidst the Worst Economic and Cultural Crisis facing Greece in this Century
In a recent article appearing in the September 4, 2012 issue of the Guardian, Yiannis Baboulias markets a twofold thesis regarding Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn), the politically rightist party which recently secured 18 seats in the Greek parliament (Syntagma). For a party which, until the last few years, had only a marginal political presence, Chrysi Avgi’s strong entry into parliament is a strident demonstration of its political ascendancy. Continue reading
Chrysi Avgi Spreads its Rosey Fingers: The Birth of Direct Action in Response to the Greek Government’s Political Inertia
The Orestiada region which spreads out along the banks of the Evros River remains the principal access point into Greece and, ultimately, Europe for millions of migrants and refugees. Immigrants are regularly dropped at this border area by smugglers operating within Turkey and with full knowledge of the Turkish authorities. Continue reading
Wearing a face somewhere between constipation and that of an electrocuted laboratory frog, Jean-Luc Melenchon has made his cause celebre hurling a slobbering litany of ad hominem insults at Marine Le Pen and the Front National (FN). Mr. Melechon’s politics, if angry denunciations of the FN contorted into a programmatic agenda can be imprimatured “politics,” find him comically posturing as the “left of the left” candidate in the French presidential election. Continue reading
Child victim of Pakistani Muslim sex grooming ring told by her assailant while being raped – ‘Don’t cry – I love you’
(Manchester Evening News – 02-22-2012) A man at the centre of a child sex exploitation ring raped a sobbing under-age girl before telling her: “Don’t cry – I love you,” a court heard. He allegedly plied the vulnerable schoolgirl, who had run away from home and was under 16, with vodka to make her “comfortable and relaxed” and showed her pornography before he is alleged to have sexually attacked her on a bare mattress in a room above a takeaway shop.
MARSEILLE — Screen legend Brigitte Bardot backed French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in a handwritten note published Wednesday in regional daily Nice-Matin. Continue reading
The Prussians are Coming: Fearing a Victory by Le Pen, Chancellor Merkel Comes to the Rescue of Sarkozy
In 1871, Adolphe Thiers, the provisional president of France following its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the overthrow of the Second Empire, called on Prussian troops to release captured French troops so they could be deployed to Paris and crush the uprising of what Bismarck referred to as “the canaille” (pack of dogs, i.e. the working masses). And so Prussia came to the defense of the “monstrous gnome” Thiers and the popular uprising was ruthlessly suppressed. Continue reading
High unemployment and economic instability has brought a surge in public support for the party and its leader.
At the foot of the bronze statue of an armour-clad Joan of Arc, outside the Front National headquarters on the outskirts of Paris, someone had laid two wreaths of perfect white lilies to mark the 600th anniversary of the martyr’s birth. Continue reading