by The Participator – 4 Nov 2018
Our weekly roundup of news and opinion articles that we thought were important, mostly UK news but foreign news stories of interest to us as well.
This brave lady has persistently refused to give in to the violent attacks on herself and her family. Throughout her 9 year long ordeal she has refused to convert to Islam. From the BBC:
Asia Bibi: Pakistan acquits Christian woman on death row
Theresa May when questioned about the verdict at PMQs spoke only of her government’s opposition to the death penalty, she said nothing about the blasphemy law under which Asia Bibi was originally convicted and sentenced to death. Our Prime Minister has not been nicknamed “Theresa the Appeaser” for nothing. From Premier:
Theresa May calls for abolition of Pakistan death penalty but fails to welcome release of Asia Bibi
“Our longstanding position on the death penalty is well known. We call for its abolition globally.”
This article from the BBC includes a video clip of her pathetic response (question from Conservative MP Fiona Bruce):
Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict
Violent riots took place in Pakistan following the verdict. From the Guardian:
Asia Bibi: anti-blasphemy protests spread across Pakistan
Jamaat-Ulema-e-Islam, announced that they would join the TLP protest on Friday, in what could become an unmanageable conflagration
From British Pakistani Christians:
Militant mob demands Asia Bibi as her family waits for asylum
As the day of Asia Bibi’s release draws nearer the family fear that delays with an asylum application to a western Embassy could result in the heightened risk of Asia Bibi being slain in an extra-judicial killing. Already hundreds of thousands of Pakistani Muslims have taken to the streets to protest against her release and calling for her death.
France had previously awarded her honorary citizenship, from Dawn:
French mayor awards honourary citizenship to Asia Bibi
We remembered that in Pakistan, they do virtue signalling differently. From OpIndia (last month):
Pakistani pop singer wanted a Dutch MP killed for blasphemy, this is where she learnt bigotry from
she tweeted “Making cartoon of the Prophet (Mohammad) is the worst act of terrorism. The sketch makers must be hanged immediately”
Anyone doubting that these same attitudes are becoming more prevalent in the UK should read our related post:
What Is The Right Punishment For The BBC?
Does a nation have a right to defend its borders? These days many people seem to think the answer is no they don’t. Even if migrants are prepared to use violence then still we have to let them in, that seems to almost be the prevailing attitude today. Some migrants apparently did use violence on the Mexico-Guatemala border:
Violence In Mexico-Guatemala Border After Hundreds Of Migrants Force Their Way Into Mexico | TIME
This week President Trump made it plain that rock throwing would be considered on a par with using a firearm:
President Trump LIVE on border security and immigration
Quote from President Trump:
“We will consider throwing rocks at our forces, as a firearm”.
Many concluded that this was giving the green light to the use of lethal force against rock throwing migrants. President Trump apparently later clarified these comments:
“What they did to Mexican military is disgrace. They were throwing rocks in their face. They do that with us, they’re going to be arrested. There’s going to be a problem. I didn’t say shoot,” he said. “They do that with us they’re going to be arrested for a very long time.”
From the Guardian:
‘Migrants are not a threat’: US aid groups brace for fight with Trump
many thousands of active duty US troops are making their way to the border in armored vehicles.
Also, from the Express:
Donald Trump ‘would not be surprised’ if George Soros is FUNDING migrant caravan
A related article claiming the same from Influence Watch:
Pueblo Sin Fronteras
From Voice of Europe, a claim that:
UN, EU and Soros provide migrants with prepaid debit cards to fund their trip to and through Europe
the information comes from a source within the Croatian police, which states that the migrants are well-equipped with newly purchased, high-quality boots, hiking clothes, smartphones and even weapons.
We found some links that appear to substantiate these claims. From the UNHCR website:
Vulnerable refugees get ATM cards under new UNHCR scheme
Vulnerable persons fleeing persecution and seeking asylum in Moldova can now use debit cards under a new UNHCR initiative to expedite the distribution of the agency’s monthly subsistence allowances.
UNHCR Regional Winter Assistance Plan 2017 – 2018
Increasingly European nations are rebelling against the UN migration pact. From Voice of Europe again:
Czech Prime Minister wants to withdraw from UN migration pact and suggests to join other countries
Austria’s Populist Leader On Migrant Pact Pullout: We are Only Committed to Our Own People
Salvini Announces New Plan to Deport at Least 2,700 Illegal Migrants from Italy
The Brexit negotiations continue to be shrouded in rumours. The final deal is going to be finally announced on 21st November (honest). From order-order:
Raab: Expect Brexit Deal By 21st November
A rumour that Theresa May could announce her resignation next week if things don’t go her way:
MAY TO QUIT? ‘Theresa May will ask Cabinet to sign off Brexit deal or RESIGN on TUESDAY’
Rumours of plots also continued:
BREXIT LIVE: MPs plot to knife May in the back the moment she announces Brexit deal
DUP Blocks Latest Brexit ‘Compromise’, Rejects May Keeping UK Tied to EU Courts
Meanwhile the EU’s woes appear to be increasing. From the Express:
‘EU is suicidal!’ Italy urged to LEAVE before ‘uncontrolled collapse of eurozone’
According to one source at least, our MPs will not be able to stop a “no deal” Brexit. From The Independent:
MPs do not have ‘legal veto’ to stop no-deal Brexit, Commons officials say
More Brexit related court cases were in the headlines. The producer of “Brexit The Movie” is in the dock on £500,000 fraud charges:
Top Tory Activist Charged With Fraud
Arron Banks is facing another probe:
Arron Banks faces Brexit referendum spending probe
The National Crime Agency is investigating Arron Banks and his Leave.EU campaign for alleged offences committed at the 2016 EU referendum.
From Gates of Vienna:
Tommy Fights Back
He announced that he has funds from donations and he is going to use those funds to take legal action against the media, the prison system, and the police.
There’s a good interview of Lord Pearson by Ezra Levant here (via Vlad Tepes blog):
Lord Pearson talks Terrorism and rape gangs , Islam, Trump and Brexit | Ezra Levant
From The Times:
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary must go on anti-extremism course
Given the UK government’s determination to ignore the source of Islamic extremism however we don’t expect this “anti-extremism” effort will have a good outcome.
The chronic denial and appeasement has been going on for a very long time now. For example, as far we know Muslim Brotherhood members can still claim asylum in the UK. From the Middle East Eye (2016):
UK: Muslim Brotherhood members can claim asylum from Egypt
So, if you risk persecution from your government because you are a threat to peace and stability in your country, you can flee to the UK.
This is in spite of the fact that the group is widely regarded as a terrorist organization. From the Middle East Forum (2017):
The Muslim Brotherhood, Fountain of Islamist Violence
Continuing her “social justice” agenda is a high priority for Theresa May’s government, this week saw this announcement from the government:
Government launches new national hate crime awareness campaign
The discredited government funded group “Tell MAMA” was one of several groups mentioned:
Along with the CPS, the Home Office consulted with the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, which includes groups such as Stop Hate UK, Tell MAMA, Community Security Trust (CST), Stonewall and Galop.
Some cited examples seem to be at variance with what the law actually says.
TOP COP: We’re not the Twitter police
From the BBC:
Focus on violent crime not misogyny, says police chief
Chief Constable Sara Thornton said forces were too stretched to deal with “deserving” issues, such as logging hate incidents against women.
The social media site gab got put out of business this week by the combined withdrawal of the services of Paypal and internet service providers apparently. This seems to be a pretty good assessment of what happened and why, from Off Guardian:
gab.com & the Great Purge on the Horizon
The gab website now contains a single page explaining the situation to users:
Gab has spent the past 48 hours proudly working with the DOJ and FBI to bring justice to an alleged terrorist. Because of the data we provided, they now have plenty of evidence for their case. In the midst of this Gab has been no-platformed by essential internet infrastructure providers at every level. We are the most censored, smeared, and no-platformed startup in history, which means we are a threat to the media and to the Silicon Valley Oligarchy.
Gab isn’t going anywhere.
From the Express:
Merkel QUITS: ‘I am RESPONSIBLE” German Chancellor admits PRESSURE as EU awaits successor
Surely Merkel is now a lame duck Chancellor? She intends to waddle on until 2021 however.
Merkel HUMILIATION: CDU haemorrhages votes in Hesse election as opposition make HUGE gains
The result seemed to have at least something to do with Merkel’s decision to welcome in around a million migrants, but strangely many voters were turning to the green party:
Merkel punished in German state elections as Greens double share of vote in Hesse
The AfD did also make significant gains however. Quote:
And the far-right Alternative for Germany was on course to enter the last of Germany’s 16 state parliaments with more than 12 per cent.
Meanwhile, a gang of Merkel’s migrants gang-raped an 18 year old girl in Freiburg last month and the case is progressing. From Vlad Tepes:
UP TO 15 MEN INVOLVED IN group rape of the 18 year old girl in Freiburg
Apparently the largest mosque in Belgium that has been run by Saudi Arabia is being taken over by the Belgian government. From Euro News:
Saudi Arabia hands back Belgian mosque
From Vlad Tepes blog:
Tom Quiggin, Court verified terrorism expert: ‘Trudeau is knowingly funding islamic terror groups’
Apparently funds are also going in the opposite direction in the UK, according to Breitbart:
UK Labour Leader Corbyn Took Cash From Palestinian Group Linked to Hamas
From Gatestone Institute:
The Annihilation of Iraq’s Christian Minority
Referring to the retreat of the Islamic State:
.. since that terror group’s retreat from Iraq, the situation for Christians has barely improved. As the archbishop said, Christians continue to suffer from “systematic violence” designed to “destroy their language, to break up their families and push them to leave Iraq.”
Meanwhile in the UK (includes video clip):
From The Guardian (this article looks at the neighbourhood where the school riot we mentioned recently occurred):
A time bomb’: how social tensions are rising in a corner of northern England
Roma and British Pakistani communities are increasingly divided over problems of crime, litter and antisocial behaviour
Note - Please remember this is not intended to be a comprehensive news round up, these are just the items that particularly caught our eye this week, and (where indicated) they are not always about recent events.
Note - Please note that we are dependent on the veracity of news reports provided by other news sources. It is not our intention to knowingly quote “Fake News” (except where stated as satire), but we do sometimes quote the BBC when other sources are unavailable.
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