Europe’s disappointing response to Israeli annexation of the West Bank | Opinion


17-05-20 09:46:00,




The all-clear has sounded for those who were worried: Israel can annex the West Bank as much as it wants Europe will not stand it its way. Anyone who thought they could strike fear into our hearts over…

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    Europe’s Green Deal: Same Hysteria, Same Destruction


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    Today’s brand of the left-leaning politician is all about substituting what sounds good for what actually works. Modern politics, whether in the U.S. or Europe, is about taking a chainsaw to everything that produced even a modicum of success to appease the deities espousing progressive orthodoxy. There is no better example of this than fossil fuels, energy sources that have lifted us out of destitution and darkness and given us incredible wealth the world had never witnessed. What is the left interested in doing? Confiscation, cronyism, centralization, and coercion to combat climate change. The European Union will achieve these objectives through the boondoggle-in the-making Green Deal.

    What Is The Green Deal?

    The European counterpart is a bit more realistic than the American version, aiming for net-zero emissions within 30 years rather than in a decade. But that is probably the best thing you can say about this proposal, which was approved by the European Parliament – some policymakers had requested even greater ambitions to be inserted inside the climate change scheme. Overall, the Green Deal is bad economics that will affect the already dreary conditions of Europe and exacerbate the slowdown.

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    One of the fastest growing criminal networks in Europe is now the Nigerian mafia, which is spreading its criminal activities across the continent. It consists of rival groups such as Black Axe, Vikings and Maphite. Most recently, authorities in Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Malta conducted an international operation directed at two of the major Nigerian mafia groups. Police accused the gangs of human-trafficking, drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, sexual violence and prostitution.

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    “Some experts say that as many as 20,000 Nigerian women, some of them minors, arrived in Sicily between 2016 and 2018, trafficked in cooperation with Nigerians in Italy and back home.”

    It is no wonder that the Nigerian group has become so prominent in Italy: the country has been one of Europe’s front doors for migrants entering Europe.

    What distinguishes the Nigerian crime networks is their severe brutality — Italian police have described them as using “urban guerilla warfare” to hold on to territory in Italy — and their use of voodoo rituals. According to a July 2017 report by the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), sex trafficked victims give an oath “sealed with a voodoo ritual or a rite of initiation (the victim is committed to honouring her agreement)” to their traffickers and also harbor “a fear of retaliation by traffickers on the victim’s family members back in their country of origin”.

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    Europe’s Full-Blown ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ In Face Of US Bullying


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    The psychological condition known as Stockholm Syndrome, in which hostages irrationally sympathize with their captors, could well be applied to European leaders when it comes to US bullying.

    The US has always been the dominant –and domineering– party in the transatlantic relationship. But past administrations in Washington have been careful to indulge European states as “partners” in a seemingly mutual alliance.

    Under President Donald Trump, the Europeans are pushed around and hectored in a way that shows their true status as mere vassals to Washington.

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    Europe’s War On Free Speech Continues

    Europe’s War On Free Speech Continues

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    Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,

    A European court has ruled that people can be fined and prosecuted in criminal court for saying things about religious figures. Specifically, saying things about the Muslim prophet Mohammad is verboten, and state punishment is appropriate:

    The European Court of Human Rights has ruled a woman convicted by an Austrian court of calling the Prophet Mohammed a paedophile did not have her freedom of speech rights infringed.

    The woman, named only as Mrs. S, 47, from Vienna, was said to have held two seminars in which she discussed the marriage between the Prophet Mohammad and a six-year old girl, Aisha….Mrs S. was later convicted in February 2011 by the Vienna Regional Criminal Court for disparaging religious doctrines and ordered her to pay a fine of 480 euros plus legal fees.

    The court’s primary reasoning, it appears, is that the woman’s comments ought to condemned because they might “stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace…” Notably, however, Mrs. S is not accused of saying anything that encourages violence either generally or in any specific way.

    In other words, human rights go right out the window if the exercise of those rights might cause other people to feel bad.

    This sort of thing is shocking to Americans, of course, but it’s old hat by now in Europe (and Canada) where one can face large fines , and even imprisonment for saying unpopular things.

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    • A candidate in the European elections was arrested in Britain for quoting a passage from Winston Churchill about Islam.

    • Gert Wilders, a politician in the Netherlands, was tried on five counts including “criminally insulting Muslims because of their religion.”

    • Both Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant were dragged in front of the Canadian Human Rights Commission on charges of being “Islamophobic.”

    Moreover, it reflects a larger disdain for private property that is so widespread in Europe. Consider, that the comments made by the woman in question were apparently made at “two seminars.”

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    2:106 We do not abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten except that We bring forth [one] better than it or similar to it. Do you not know that Allah is over all things competent?

    2:161 Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – upon them will be the curse of Allah and of the angels and the people, all together,

    2:191 And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.

    2:193 Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah . But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors.

    2:216 Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you.

    2:223 Your wives are a place of sowing of seed for you, so come to your place of sowing seed however you wish

    2:282 O you who have believed, when you contract a debt for a specified term, write it down. And bring to witness two witnesses from among your men. And if there are not two men [available], then a man and two women from those whom you accept as witnesses – so that if one of the women errs, then the other can remind her.

    2:98 Whoever is an enemy to Allah and His angels and His messengers and Gabriel and Michael – then indeed, Allah is an enemy to the disbelievers.

    3:140 If a wound should touch you – there has already touched the [opposing] people a wound similar to it. And these days [of varying conditions] We alternate among the people so that Allah may make evident those who believe and [may] take to Himself from among you martyrs – and Allah does not like the wrongdoers –

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