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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 5 January

by The Participator – 6 Jan 2019

Cologne Cathedral

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.


BREXIT NEWS – 82 DAYS TO GO

The year when the UK should be leaving the EU begins, already we are down to only 82 days left to go.

The Express had these claims:

Philip Hammond ‘HOLDS BACK’ vital Brexit funding in catastrophic blow for UK

They quoted MP Henry Smith:

Brexit WARNING: ‘Powerful forces at play’ to STOP exit and further SHACKLE UK to Brussels

However, Peter Bone MP claimed that momentum for a no-deal Brexit is growing among MPs:

BREXIT BREAKTHROUGH: Shock momentum behind no deal Brexit REVEALED as May’s deal CRUMBLES

Less than a quarter of the British public support May’s deal, according to a poll:

Brexit CRISIS: May’s deal faces HUGE public backlash as PM enters crunch year, poll finds

The grassroots membership of the Conservative party was also found to be against the deal according to another poll:

READ THE ROOM! May BREXIT BLOW as Tory members demand NO DEAL over exit agreement – poll

Comments from David Davis were mis-reported elsewhere, according to order-order:

David Davis Hasn’t Urged May To Delay Meaningful Vote

The UK government came up with what almost sounded a bit like a plan to deliberately cause congestion on the roads. From Breitbart:

UK Govt to Perform No Deal Brexit Dress Rehearsal with 150 Trucks

Gatestone Institute had this assessment of the European Union project:

The European Union: An Authoritarian Body with a Humanitarian Face


YELLOW VESTS – UK

From the Express:

Yellow vests protest hits London: Smoke bombs detonated outside Parliament, roads blocked

Steven Woolfe MEP (formerly of UKIP now Independent) declares that:

‘I’m feeling militant’ Brexiteer calls on nation to MARCH against May wearing yellow vests

From politicalite:

BREAKING: Police ARREST 13 y/o Girl At Yellow Vest Protest In London

Also reported in this Express article:

Yellow vest protests: EU flag BURNED by pro-Brexit demonstrators in London

Yellow Vest protestors stop the traffic in London:

#YellowVestsUK blocking road outside Parliament. Central London in CHAOS!!!

Get this TRENDING!!! pic.twitter.com/7llcdg2C9f

— Unity News Network (@UnityNewsNet) January 5, 2019

Some scuffles with police:

#YellowVestsUk #London Police attack peaceful protest #YellowVest pic.twitter.com/nU8QK2zJSZ

— stephen (@LFC_blano) January 5, 2019


YELLOW VESTS – FRANCE

A leader of the movement called Eric Drouet was arrested:

Expect mass mobilisation of the #GiletsJaunes after the arrest of a key figure – Eric Drouet – by the French police. Macron now taking political prisoners. How very 2019#GiletJaunes pic.twitter.com/1GACQm0cre

— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 2, 2019

Katie Hopkins comments on the lack of media coverage of the protests in France:

Ask yourself. Why aren’t your Western media covering the total collapse of Macron’s impotent ‘En Marche’. #GiletsJaunes in action in towns and cities across the whole of France. And our media refused to report. pic.twitter.com/pFXvp691C5

— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 6, 2019

From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Yellow Vest Protests Act 7

The EU was accused of favouritism in their reaction to Macron’s handling of the protests:

EU accused of favouritism after ignoring Macron’s ‘BRUTAL’ treatment of ‘Yellow Vests’


UK CRIME WAVE

Just a random fatal stabbing of a complete stranger apparently on a train on route to Waterloo station. From the Express:

Train stabbing: Two arrested after passenger knifed to death in front of 14-year-old son

In Burnley, Lancashire, from the Express:

Horror as girl raped in broad daylight outside shopping centre

Quote:

described as in his 30s or 40s, with short dark curly hair, a short beard and tanned skin

A man was later charged. From the BBC:

Man charged with raping teenage girl in Burnley


CRIME OR JIHAD?

From Jihad Watch, a story about an attack on a UK soldier which apparently the police were insisting was not racially or politically motivated:

UK: Eyewitness confirms that Muslims ran over non-Muslim because he was a soldier

A stabbing in Manchester on New Year’s Eve. From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Euronews comparison with reality on Manchester jihad attack

Some young men were trying to get into a party, a doorman died, probably not jihad then although Abu Hamza’s son was questioned about the incident for some reason. From the Telegraph:

Abu Hamza’s son questioned over doorman’s Mayfair murder as he is charged with gun crimes


FUNDING JIHAD

Remember Theresa May’s big achievement from her 6 years in the Home Office? She managed to get Abu Qatada deported to Jordan. According to the Times since then (via Jihad Watch):

UK government spends $250,000 to protect jihad preacher and give him medical care in Jordan


GEORGE SOROS IS THE FT’S PERSON OF THE YEAR

The Financial Times named George Soros as their “Person of the Year”:

FT Person of the Year: George Soros

Quote:

The philanthropist has become a standard-bearer for liberal democracy, an idea under siege from populists


UK ARMY RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN TARGETS SNOWFLAKES

One ad says the army needs their compassion. What could possibly go wrong on the battlefield? From the Guardian:

UK army recruitment ads target ‘snowflake’ millennials

The soldier wasn’t very happy about his picture being used in the campaign without his knowledge, according to the Metro:

Soldier ‘to quit Army’ after his face is used in snowflake advert


MIGRANT CRISIS – UK

Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed his plans for immigration and Lord Green from the Migration Watch think-tank reacted by saying they would send immigration sky-high. From the Sun:

‘WORSE THAN USELESS’ Sajid Javid’s post-Brexit immigration plan branded the ‘longest suicide note’ in Tory history

Sajid Javid explained his view on immigration to the BBC:

The UK is "a lot stronger and richer because of immigration", Home Secretary @sajidjavid tells @kamilashamsie. "I'm a big fan of immigration and what it means for our country" #r4today https://t.co/k7Nv3FO5eQ pic.twitter.com/xrbpJJfosU

— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) December 26, 2018

After previously saying that deploying border force boats in the channel would just encourage more migrants to attempt the crossing, Javid arranged for more border force boats to be deployed in the channel. From the Express:

Migrant crisis: Border Force boats recalled to Channel in bid to tackle dinghy crossings


ECHR RULING ON SHARIA COULD OVERRULE PREVIOUS RULING?

From Breitbart:

Legal Expert: European Court Ruling Could Open Door to Sharia in EU


MIGRANT CRISIS – GERMANY

3 years on from the events in Cologne 2015 NYE outside the railway station, what is the situation now? It seems as though a much more significant police presence has deterred a recurrence of such a large-scale display of lawlessness. However there seems to be a not too pretty picture going on everywhere the mainstream media camera crews prefer not to tread. From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Stunning footage of war in Berlin between Arabs and German police on NYE

Some footage shows young migrants letting off fireworks within a train station and shouting Nazis at the locals as a generic term of abuse:

New Years Eve in train station outside Koln Germany Part I

From Gates of Vienna, part 2 is a video report with a transcript. They mention signs in Arabic advising Arabs not to touch women in the genital area. There is talk of “Nazi sluts”. There is talk of a “protection zone” in the cathedral square:

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Part 2

An account from someone who spoke to a policeman. Includes a claim that in one region alone 38 police were injured on NYE:

Cologne: Not Your Father’s Silvesternacht

Quote:

Hundreds of colleagues were mobbed, spit on, insulted, beaten and kicked. Even firefighters and rescue workers were victims of almost exclusively “Muslim, Arab and Turkish hordes, which have created in many places civil war-like conditions.” And not only on the so-called Kölnberg.

The AfD party suffered a bomb attack, fortunately nobody was hurt. From Breitbart:

German Populist Party Office Targeted By Bombing


MIGRANT CRISIS – NETHERLANDS

From the Express:

Dutch REFUSE to take migrants, laying bare UTTER CHAOS at heart of EU refugee plan


MIGRANT CRISIS – SWEDEN

From Voice of Europe:

Sweden invests big in sentencing people who criticise migration: Convictions increase tenfold


MIGRANT CRISIS – ITALY

Times are changing, the Italian government is cracking down on those who profited from the migrant crisis. From Voice of Europe:

“The party is over for the left-wing mayors who benefited from migrant business” - Italy’s Salvini


STRENGTHENING TIES OF EUROPE’S PATRIOTIC MOVEMENTS

The idea that the EU is a bulwark against dangerous nationalism is undermined perhaps by the growing ties between Europe’s patriotic movements. From Breitbart:

Italy’s Salvini to Meet Polish Conservative Leader to Discuss Potential Alliance


US – UNUSUAL USE OF LANGUAGE BY NEW CONGRESSWOMAN

Newly elected “proud” Muslim congresswoman refers to the President as a:

Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib tells cheering crowd that Trump impeachment coming

“We’re going to go in and impeach the motherfucker” pic.twitter.com/oQJYqR78IA

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 4, 2019

The President responded:

How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2019


US AND ISRAEL QUIT UNESCO

From the American Thinker:

Israel and the US officially quit UNESCO


VENEZUELA INFLATION HITS 80,000%

From Jonathan Turley’s blog:

Venezuela’s Inflation Rate Hit 80,000 Percent In 2018

Perhaps not surprisingly, pirates are appearing in the Caribbean again apparently. From the Telegraph:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Venezuelans stalking open seas as socialist economy collapses


BRAZIL NEW PRESIDENT SWORN IN

From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Hungary’s Viktor Orban attends the swearing in of Brazil’s Bolsonaro


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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