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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Two Killed & 4 Injured in Mass Shooting in Malmo, Sweden

Swedish police not trained or properly equipped to handle the growing violence

Malmo, Sweden June 18, 2018. © Johan Nilsson / Reuters

Two young men were killed and four people were wounded in a shooting in the Swedish city of Malmo. Up to 20 rounds were fired, according to witnesses, and police are still looking for the perpetrators.

The attack happened around 8pm local time (6pm GMT) in the Drottninggatan area of the city, which has been described as "quiet" place by local media. Two of the six people wounded in the shooting – men aged 18 and 29 – later succumbed to their injuries in hospital, police said in a statement. 

Witnesses told the Aftonbladet newspaper that they heard what sounded like up to 20 gunshots at around 6pm in the center of the city. The paper also reported that the shots had been fired outside an Internet cafe close to a police station, and that officers were therefore quick to arrive at the scene.

Police are currently investigating the attack. Investigators suggest that automatic weapons were used, and are searching for a dark car that was seen leaving the scene at high speed, Aftonbladet reports. At least three of the wounded were previously known to police in relation to criminal activity, according to Sydsvenskan daily newspaper.

Malmo has seen a wave of crime in recent years, which has included shooting attacks. It has “significant” potential for violence, Chief of the Swedish National Police Dan Eliasson said in January, as cited by The Local.

Last year, the country saw more than 300 confirmed shooting incidents, which left 41 people dead and 135 injured.

“Things move fast when criminal networks start shooting each other. We do not want to see that. We want to stop it,” said Eliasson.

The police lacks adequate resources to combat the scourge of crime that is sweeping parts of the country, Swedish Democrats party member Nima Gholam Ali Pour told RT. He also said that the influx of migrants has badly affected the social and criminal situation in the country.

“We have new kinds of criminals in Sweden that are much rougher, and the Swedish police are not trained enough, they don't have the equipment or the resources to do their job adequately,” he said.

'Ideological Sex Clubs': Alberta Gay-Straight Alliance Law Faces Court Challenge

War on Christianity and Families in NDP Alberta

Parents want right to know when their children join GSAs
The Canadian Press 

Education Minister David Eggen speaks with teens after the passing of Alberta's controversial gay-straight alliance bill in Edmonton, on Nov 15, 2017. A Court of Queen's Bench judge in Medicine Hat is to hear arguments on the ban Wednesday. (Canadian Press)

Alberta's law banning schools from telling parents when their children join a gay-straight alliance faces its first legal challenge.

A Court of Queen's Bench judge in Medicine Hat, Alta., is to hear arguments Wednesday filed on behalf of 25 faith-based schools and others to put the law on hold pending a constitutional challenge.

Education Minister David Eggen said he wants the issue cleared up as soon as possible, because legal wrangling leads to confusion and concern on the part of students.

"Uncertainty created by a court case like this ... seeks to counter a lot of the progress that we've made to create safe and caring environments for kids and I find that pretty disturbing," Eggen said in an interview.

The lawsuit was filed in April in response to a law passed by Premier Rachel Notley's government late last year.

Gay-straight alliances are peer support networks organized by students to help gay kids feel welcome and to prevent bullying or abuse.

Parents kept out of loop

Leading the legal challenge is the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The group argues in court documents that keeping parents out of the loop violates multiple charter freedoms, including freedom of religion and expression.

It also says gay-straight alliances are "ideological sex clubs" where graphic information on gay sex is available.

The group also says the law has "stripped parents of the ability to know fully where their children are, who they are involved with, and what they may be encouraged to think or do."

Schools have until the end of June to file information to the government showing they are complying with the new legislation.

The lawsuit asks the judge to put that order on hold pending the full airing of concerns over the law's constitutionality.

The government, in its legal filings, says the applicants have misstated the role of the alliances and adds that charter freedoms have not been infringed.

"[The applicants] speculate that GSAs are clubs aimed at providing children with sexually explicit material and at making children vulnerable to being preyed upon," says the government.

Safe space

"In fact, GSAs focus on creating a safe space where students can socialize, be themselves, make friends and help other students understand the importance of being respectful to LGBTQ people."

The peer groups have been the subject of heated political debate for years.

Notley's government made the change to the law last year after Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said he believed parents, in cases where their children's safety was at risk, should be told when they join a gay-straight alliance.

Kenney has never explained how teachers should be able to effectively judge when a child's safety is at risk.

Entering a gay lifestyle, even the increased probability of experimenting with a gay lifestyle, is putting a child's safety at risk. That should be obvious! For Christians, it is far more serious than the threat of HIV-Aids; it is a threat to the child's Eternal destiny, and to the continuity of the family line.

Advocates say children can tell their parents any time they want about being in a gay-straight alliance. They say even the possibility that parents could be told would keep kids from joining.

The United Conservatives have a troubled relationship with GSAs. At the party's founding convention last month, rank-and-file members clashed with Kenney after they voted in favour of having the party endorse the principle that parents always be told when their children join the group — no matter the circumstance.

Kenney said he wouldn't include that in the party platform, because it must reflect the needs and values of all Albertans.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Italy's Salvini - Italy's Saviour or Europe's New Mussolini?

Specter of Mussolini evoked as Italy’s Salvini orders full census & expulsion of Roma ‘illegals’

FILE PHOTO: Italian Roma meet the right-wing Lega Party leader, Matteo Salvini, in the camp of Via Germagnano on February 1, 2018. © Lapone/Fotogramma/Ropi / Global Look Press

Italy’s interior minister and leader of the right-wing Lega party, Matteo Salvini, has told his officials to “prepare a dossier” on the country’s Roma and plans to expel the undocumented among them. The move has provoked outrage.

“At the ministry, I have them preparing a dossier on the Roma issue in Italy,” Salvini, who is one of the leaders of the ruling Eurosceptic coalition, told the regional TeleLombardia broadcaster. He then added that the dossier would involve a “census of Roma in Italy,” which will help the Interior Ministry to “see who, how, how many.”

The minister went on to vow that all Roma who have no valid documents and reside in Italy illegally would be “expelled,” under agreements with other states, while Italian Roma “unfortunately have to be kept at home.” He also rushed to explain that his initiative has nothing to do with racial profiling.

“We will have a register and not a profile,” Salvini said, adding that the ministry has “no intention” of “profiling [these people] or taking the fingerprints of anyone.” He then explained that the major aim of the census is to monitor the situation in the Roma camps across Italy, including the illegal ones, as well as to “protect … thousands of [Roma] children, who are not allowed to attend school regularly because their kinfolk prefer to involve them in delinquency.”

“We also want to control how the millions of euro that come from European funds [to help Roma in Italy] are spent,” the minister said, as he listed the goals of his initiative.

‘Outrageous racism’

The move was immediately slammed by Italy’s left-wing politicians, who branded it “ethnic cleansing” while describing the idea of a dossier on the Roma community “chilling.”

“We cannot allow a census for a race,” Emmanuele Fiano, an Italian MP from the center-left Democratic Party said, as cited by La Repubblica daily. “People can be divided … by their behavior, by their choices but not by their birth. It did not end well 80 years ago,” the politician said, apparently referring to the times of the Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and calling on the current government “not to try it again.”

“The way is short from a census to a concentration camp. Salvini apparently decided to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the racial laws,” Chiara Gribaudo, an MP from the Democratic Party, wrote in a tweet, in another reference to the Mussolini era.

“The majority of the Roma are EU citizens,” Nicola Fratoianni, another MP and the leader of the Italian Left Party, said, adding that conducting such a census would be akin to “profiling the French people living in our country.” He also went as far as to implicitly call Salvini a “racist and [an] idiot.”

The Interior Minister’s actions were also sharply criticized by the former Italian Prime Minsiter Paolo Gentiloni, who tweeted: “Yesterday refugees, today Roma, tomorrow guns for everyone. How hard it is to be bad.”

Various Italian NGOs were equally critical of Salvini’s initiative. "The interior minister does not seem to know that a census on the basis of ethnicity is not permitted by law," Carlo Stasolla, president of the Associazione 21 Luglio, a group which defends the rights of the Roma community, pointed out. He also added that the data on those who “live in formal and informal settlements already exist while the few undocumented Roma are effectively stateless, and therefore cannot be expelled.”

The controversy soon moved beyond the Italian borders; the Party of European Socialists (PES), an umbrella group uniting left-leaning parties from the EU and Norway, also lambasted the initiative. “Disgusted by Salvini's announcement of a Roma census. We can't tolerate this shameless profiling,” the group said in a Twitter post.

Kenneth Roth, the CEO of Human Rights Watch, an international humanitarian NGO, also assailed the Italian minister with criticism. “Outrageous racism is the honest way to describe an interior minister (and party leader) who says it's "unfortunate" that Italy cannot deport its Roma citizens,” he said. 

New ‘Hitler’ or ‘effective’ minister?

People on social media were mostly critical of the interior minister’s initiative; many accused him of having “no heart,” called him racist and even compared him to the German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Others, however, praised Salvini’s “effective” actions in tackling migration and expressed their support for his policies. Some people also cited the results of an opinion poll conducted by the Italian SWG market research company for an Italian private TV Channel La7, which showed that public backing for Salvini’s Lega party is on the rise. “Anti-immigration stance is paying off,” they said.

Salvini had obtained more results regarding the migrants issue in two weeks as a minister of the Interior, than Mogherini in 4 years as High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs. That's the proof that  national states have much more power than the weak EU.

Salvini had already provoked controversy with his policies earlier in June, when, apparently in line with his election promises, he refused the docking of the migrant rescue ship ‘Aquarius’ with 629 people on board and redirected the vessel to the Island of Malta. The move was followed by a spat between the Italian government and the EU, with Rome accusing Europe of “not showing solidarity” with Italy on the migration issue.

The Roma people living in Italy account for 130,000-170,000, or 0.23% of the total Italian population, according to data provided by the Catholic University of Milan (UCSC). About 50 percent of them are Italian citizens.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Doctors Group: Trudeau is Making Canada a ‘Totalitarian State’

War on Christianity - State Attack on Christian Doctors in Canada

NEWFOUNDLAND, (LifeSiteNews)An international doctors’ group has asked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop persecuting doctors for their religious beliefs.

Trudeau’s policies are transforming Canada into a “totalitarian state” and corrupting the integrity of its medical profession, MaterCare International executive director Dr. Robert Walley told the prime minister in a June 8 open letter.

The Newfoundland-based MaterCare is an international association of obstetricians and gynaecologists working to improve maternal health in developing countries, presently in Kenya.  

Walley's letter castigated Trudeau for his “overbearing attitude against religious people and their employment in our country.”

And it urged the prime minister to “end the discrimination of religious people and support equality in the workforce” in Canada.

“We want Trudeau to lift the lid on this pressure cooker he has created around our profession,” Walley elaborated in an email to LifeSiteNews.

“We are asking that he, at the very minimum, not actively pursue and persecute people who have religious beliefs and live them.”

Walley told Trudeau in his letter that the prime minister’s “dictatorial policies” have led to active discrimination against doctors who believe in the sanctity of human life.

“Medical students, residents, and physicians have begun to experience discrimination through denial of their right to practice according to their consciences if they do not accept your government’s dictatorial policies,” he wrote.

As a consequence, “fewer young doctors are entering certain specialties and others sadly compromise their moral integrity in order to sustain their careers,” wrote Walley.

“The covenant relationship that used to exist between doctor and patient, second only to religious advisors, is being corrupted such that doctors are now becoming simply technicians with contractual agreements as service providers.”

And Trudeau is responsible for this state of affairs, having “created a climate in this country that encourages discrimination of those with open religious beliefs,” Walley told LifeSiteNews.

Canada is “quickly becoming, ethically and morally, a totalitarian state, created in the image of Justin Trudeau,” he contended.

The prime minister has also “transformed the Liberal Party into something of a hate group that deliberately targets, among other faiths, the practice of Christianity,” added Walley.

That began with Trudeau’s 2014 edict as Liberal leader that all party candidates must support abortion. It continued with the Liberal policy denying Canada Summer Job funding to groups that refused to sign an attestation supporting abortion, as well as gender ideology.

“Organizations across the country are following his lead, coercing professionals to cooperate with his ideals and, in essence, renounce their faith or fear loss of their livelihood,” Walley told LifeSiteNews.

Notably, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) issued a policy requiring physicians and surgeons make “effective” referrals to an accessible colleague willing to do the act “when their consciences will not allow them to cooperate with a particular procedure or treatment.”

A group of Christian doctors challenged the CPSO policy, but Ontario Superior Court upheld it, ruling that although the policy infringed Charter rights, it was justified to allow equal access to healthcare “services.” The doctors’ groups are appealing the ruling.

“Healthcare workers will either become initiated into this climate through the process of gradualization, or they will leave to find somewhere where they can practice their faith and medicine freely. Healthcare will lose its credibility among patients,” Walley observed.

“Justin Trudeau is trying to change our profession, which he knows little or nothing about, including the practice of abortion. He simply has no legitimate authority to speak to these issues,” Walley told LifeSiteNews.

“It is a profession that some feel called to take on because they want to help people and save lives.”

Friday, June 15, 2018

Anti-Terrorist Squad Next Door to Bataclan Told to Stand Down, Not Intervene

Families of Paris attack victims sue France
over 'don’t intervene' order

Families of Bataclan victims have filed a lawsuit against the French government, after it emerged that anti-terrorist soldiers were right outside one of the attack sites but were ordered to hold back and give their guns to police.

The coordinated attacks on November 13, 2015 led to the deaths of 130 people across the French capital, 90 of whom were shot dead at the Bataclan music venue. But a parliamentary inquiry later revealed that eight anti-terror soldiers who were outside the venue had been told not to intervene or to pass their weapons to police.

Eighteen families of victims have now filed a lawsuit against the French government, demanding answers.

"They were described in the media as the force specially created against the threat of terrorism, so why was this force which had the chance to intervene told not to?" Oceane Bimbeau, a lawyer for one of the families.

"The question we want answered is why it took 2.5 hours for the order to engage to be given, when the officers were there from the beginning."

Jean Sannier, another lawyer for one of the families, said the allegations reportedly come from a member of the National Gendarmerie, who wishes to remain anonymous.

"On the night of the Bataclan attack, there was a squadron of gendarmes assigned to protect the house of then-Prime Minister Manuel Valls," he explained, adding that they were alerted immediately. However, he said they were then given a "very curious order – they were told to stand down."

Sannier also said that another unit was equally ready and equipped with emergency medical supplies, but it was also not deployed to help the victims.

"If this equipment had been available to help victims hurt while the decision to intervene was being taken, it's possible more people would have survived," he said, questioning why so much money was spent on anti-terror forces if they were not going to be deployed.

He questioned whether it was just a "political masquerade to make people believe they are protected," bearing in mind that "we clearly see people were massacred with Kalashnikovs just a few meters from this unit and that they had terrorists in their sight but were told not to pull the trigger."

Not literally, I don't think!

The French army, meanwhile, insists soldiers took all measures possible to assist in the situation, securing the area around the Bataclan and protecting fleeing victims.

There is a degree of logic to not getting in the way of the initial rush of fleeing victims by entering the theatre, but as soon as the way was even partially clear, soldiers, police should have been entering the building and engaging the Islamic lunatics. That they didn't, if they didn't, while shooting was still going on, is unforgivable.

"The military intervened spontaneously. They arrived while police were already present. The military secured areas around the Bataclan in coordination with, and at the request of, the internal security forces," Patrik Steiger of the French Armed Forces said in a statement, as quoted by France 24.

Meanwhile, officials say the terrorism threat in France – which has been on high alert since January 2015 - will not end anytime soon, with the Paris public prosecutor stating in January that the threat in the country remains "very high."

Of course, it's the new normal. It will only cease to be 'high' after Sharia is in effect in France.

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Taliban Leader Who Ordered Hit on Malala

U.S. drone strike kills Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazullah
By Sara Shayanian 

Mullah Fazlullah (C) pictured here at an unknown location near the Pakistan-Afghan border, was killed in U.S. drone strikes Wednesday, military officials said. File photo by TTP HO/EPA-EFE

UPI -- The leader of Pakistan's Taliban, who's believed to have ordered the attempted assassination of activist Malala Yousafzai, was killed in a U.S. drone strike this week, authorities said Friday.

Mohammad Radmanish, a spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry, said Mullah Fazullah died in the strike Wednesday, after having led the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan group since 2013.

Officials said the strike was launched in the mountainous Marawara district, which connects Afghanistan to Pakistan. Four other Pakistani Taliban commanders were also killed in the attack.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell said American forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike close to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border that targeted a "senior leader of a designated terrorist organization."

O'Donnell did not name Fazullah.

U.S. officials say Fazullah ordered numerous high-profile attacks against American and Pakistani targets, including a 2014 school massacre that killed 141 people, mostly children.

Fazullah was also accused of ordering the attempted assassination of Nobel Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for the right of girls to have access to an education.

The U.S. State Department began offering a $5 million reward for Fazullah in March.

Wednesday's drone attack occurred during a cease-fire between the Afghan Taliban and government security forces marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

"The cease-fire does not include U.S. counter-terrorism efforts against [the Islamic State], Al-Qaida, and other regional and international terrorist groups, or the inherent right of U.S. and international forces to defend ourselves if attacked," Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, said.

German Police Search Apartments for Ricin in Anti-Terror Raids

The New Normal - Terror Plots in Germany
By Sara Shayanian 

Police officers stand guard in front of an apartment block in the Chorweiler district of Cologne, Germany, on Wednesday. Photo by Sascha Steinbach/EPA-EFE

UPI -- Police in Cologne, Germany, searched several apartments in a high-rise complex Friday after finding ricin earlier this week.

Authorities found the highly toxic substance in the apartment of Sief Allah H, a 29-year-old Tunisian man, on Tuesday. He is suspected of planning a biological terror attack. There was enough ricin found for up to 1,000 toxic doses.

Ricin is 6,000 times more powerful than cyanide and can cause organ failure and death within 36 to 48 hours.

The substance can take the form of a powder, a mist, pellet or can be dissolved in water. There is no known antidote.

German police believe the man may have stored more ricin in empty apartments in the same building and searched the area with assistance from the Robert Koch Institute, a German agency responsible for monitoring public health as well as diseases and infections.

The man bought over 1,000 castor seeds, which ricin can be made from, and an electric coffee grinder on the Internet.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, said the organization was tipped off about the suspect purchasing the seeds.

"It's very likely a terrorist attack was possibly thwarted," Maassen said.