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Updated 16 February 2019
Jihadists returning to UK have skills and connections to be 'very dangerous', says MI6 chief
Independent, 16 February 2019.
Isis remains a potent threat despite the imminent loss of the last
enclaves of its caliphate, and the terrorist group will continue to attempt
vicious attacks in Britain and elsewhere in the West, the head of MI6 has
Alex Younger said that western jihadists coming back from
the Middle East were a source of deep concern amid ongoing debate about
Shamina Begum, who ran away to Syria to join Isis four years ago aged 15,
and now wants to return to Britain.
Speaking to journalists at the
annual Munich security conference, Mr Younger said that returning Isis
members could be very dangerous.
Asked about the security threats
to the UK posed by the returning fighters and jihadi brides, Mr Younger
said: "We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us
that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are
likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them
potentially very dangerous."
They also, he said, experienced
extreme radicalisation. "That fact needs to be uppermost in our minds," he
said. "So as we approach this admittedly extremely complex and difficult
problem, public safety is the first thing that we will consider."
UK's 'most dangerous extremist group' regenerating after terrorist prisoners released
Independent, 16 February 2019.
Britain's "most prolific and dangerous extremist group" is
regenerating following the release of several convicted terrorists from
prison, it has been suggested.
Supporters of Anjem Choudary's
al-Muhajiroun group carried out atrocities including the London Bridge
attack, 7/7 London bombings and murder of Lee Rigby, and many have fought
for Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban abroad.
Choudary is among
several activists released from prison in the past six months, as well as
men who canvassed support for Isis on Oxford Street and members of a terror
cell that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
head of national counterterror policing said officers were working to
disrupt terrorist activity by al-Muhajiroun, which has shown itself to be
adept at surviving past crackdowns. ...
Chief executive Nick Lowles
told The Independent: "The release of some of their more prominent
activists, albeit on strict controls, appears to be galvanising some
younger supporters into re-establishing street stalls and other public
"While a mere shadow of its former self, al-Muhajiroun
still has the potential to cause havoc." ...
Dr Kenney, author of
The Islamic State in Britain, predicted some recently released
extremists will restart their activities when licence conditions expire.
This isn't your home anymore, Shamima
Spiked, 14 February 2019.
To see the staggering narcissism and sense of entitlement that
exists among certain sections of British youth today, look no further than
the comments made by Shamima Begum. This is the young woman from London who
ran away to join ISIS. Who turned her back on liberal democracy in favour
of life in a 7th-century Islamic caliphate. Who rejected Britain and ran
into the arms of a vicious and backward movement that despises Britain and
everything it stands for. Who turned her back on her family, her community
and her nation and shacked up with a fundamentalist army that has massacred
British citizens, whether by slitting their throats in the Syrian desert or
killing their children with homemade bombs packed with nails and screws.
And yet there is Ms Begum today, on the front page of The Times,
saying she wants to come 'home'. Well, I'm sorry Shamima this isn't
your home anymore.
... Begum says she just wants to 'come home and
live quietly with my child' (she is reportedly nine months pregnant) and
she says she's confident her and her child will be 'taken care of'. There's
the casual, implicitly arrogant assumption that it is absolutely fine that
she holds values that run directly, violently counter to British values.
She says she has no regrets about joining ISIS and that the sight of
severed human heads in dustbins 'didn't faze me at all', seemingly unmoved
by the fact that the vast majority of Britons will find such views morally
and dangerously repellent.
Politics Conservative Party
The Conservative Government is planning the largest immigration amnesty in history
Bow Group, 11 February 2019.
"Using the distraction of Brexit the UK Government is in the
process of sneaking through the largest immigration amnesty in history"
Cllr Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman, The Bow Group
On Monday 28th January 2019 Home
Secretary Sajid Javid stated to Parliament that he was abandoning the
Conservative Party's longstanding manifesto commitment to cut levels of
migration to the UK to the "tens of thousands".
Both a Bow
Group study in 2016 & a Migration Watch study in 2018 found that over
80% of newly created British citizens were either foreign born or born to a
foreign parent. Immigration will therefore be the most significant aspect
of population growth in the UK over the coming decades.
the past 15 years immigration has consistently ranked as one of the top 3
concerns for the electorate, with 40% of the public considering the issue
to be the most important.
Gross migraton figures into the UK
have consistently exceeded 500,000 over the past 10 years, equivalent to
the addition of a city the size of Manchester each year.
the run up to the 2010 general election the Conservative Party committed to
"cutting immigration figures down to the tens of thousands", this has
featured in the Party's manifesto for the last 3 general elections, in all
of which they have been elected to government.
commitment, and the Conservative Party's longstanding official opposition
to mass migration, former Chancellor George Osborne said upon leaving
office that Cabinet Ministers in Government since 2010 had never taken the
The Governmnet has created a situation
with its instructions to civil servants, proposed Brexit Withdrawal Bill,
& Immigration White Paper, that would grant a migration amnesty to
up to 500,000 EU students & their families. ...
on the Government to:
1. Maintain the pledge to cap migration
at a maximum of 99,000, with a view to reducing numbers gradually to 30,000
over a 10 year period.
2. Use gross rather than net figures when
tracking migration, to ensure the British public are aware of the number of
people entering the country to live and work.
3. Clarify that they
will not be granting the largest migration amnesty in British history to EU
students & their families.
Office has eased the path to residency and citizenship by applying a don't
ask don't tell policy to EU students post Brexit. Waiving checks for
compulsory insurance means lifetime access to benefits, social housing, NHS
and the voting rights of citizenship. This could distort outcomes in future
elections and referendums, and arguably the most important point is that
the British public are not aware of what the Government is doing, nor did
they vote for it"
Dr Jon Stanley, Senior Research Fellow, The
Diversity Islamophobia, free speech
My diversity targets for the BBC
The Spectator, 16 February 2019.
Meanwhile, I have written to Lord Hall, the director-general of the
BBC, to demand that the corporation introduces targets to ensure that
Britain's Islamophobic community is adequately represented on air. /.../
But I will concentrate my efforts at first on gaining justice for the UK's
beleaguered Islamo-phobes, such as myself. We face the most appalling
discrimination, the latest of which comes from Oxford City Council.
The council has unanimously passed a motion outlawing all forms of
Islamophobia. This includes, but is not confined to, anyone who propagates
'the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and
claims of a demographic "threat" posed by Muslims or of a "Muslim
Well OK, I might quibble about the word 'unique'
I think 'remarkable' or 'vibrant' might fit better in that sentence. But
otherwise, they've got me down to a tee. The next one prohibits people from
'accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or
exaggerating Islamophobia'. I think I'm off the hook on that one as I don't
believe that Islamophobia exists at all: it is instead a rational response
to a singularly belligerent ideology. And then comes these two little
'Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the
"Ummah" (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin,
or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of
their own nations.'
'Denying Muslim populations, the right to
self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent
Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.'
So people in Oxford
are no longer to say of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary that he is more
loyal to the Muslim Ummah than he is to his own country when that is
precisely what Anjem Choudary would tell you, unequivocally, if you asked
him (and perhaps thousands of other Muslims in the UK would say the same).
In other words, speaking the truth is verboten in Oxford. ...
in fairness, Oxford City Council is merely following the path taken by
other city councils, enjoined to do so by the All Party Parliamentary
Group's definition of what constitutes Islamophobia. A few years ago the
Metropolitan Police decided that merely to criticise Islam was to be found
guilty of Islamophobia. This conjecture was based upon an earlier
definition of Islamophobia from the reliably deranged Runnymede Trust,
which insisted that to describe Islam as 'sexist' or 'separate' was also
Islamophobic, as was venturing to suggest that from time to time
just occasionally the religion has been used to justify acts of
terrorism. To suggest that your own Christian faith was superior to Islam
is Islamophobic a bizarre conclusion, because presumably if you
elect to follow a faith, you surely believe it to be superior to all the
other faiths out there in the great faith marketplace.
Population social cohesion
If only my wife had been Hungarian... our four sons would have slashed the family tax bill
Daily Mail, 15 February 2019.
For as long as I can remember, Conservative politicians have
paraded as champions of marriage and the family, proclaiming these to be
the most precious of all institutions and swearing to uphold and support
They have a mighty funny way of showing it. Indeed,
throughout my 65 years on this Earth almost two-thirds of them under
Tory-led governments state support for traditional families has been
steadily whittled away. ...
If you don't believe me, go to the
Government's own website and feed the figures into its child benefit
No wonder so many mothers these days feel forced to go
out to work including many whose every instinct tells them they'd be
far happier bringing up their own children at home, instead of handing them
over each morning to (fantastically expensive) child-minders. ...
Today I ask you only to compare Whitehall's attitude to the family
with the remarkable policies announced this week by Hungary's Prime
Minister, Viktor Orban.
Under plans he outlined in his state of the
nation speech, mothers who raise at least four children will get a
lifetime's personal exemption from income tax. But that's only the start of
Families with three or more children will also qualify for a
subsidy of 2.5 million forints (£6,900) towards buying a seven-seater
With all 28 countries in the EU now experiencing
fertility rates below the level needed to balance deaths with births (in
Hungary, 131,00 died in 2017, while only 94,000 were born), you don't have
to be an Orbanista to see that migration is in many ways an unsatisfactory
Like it or not, it is simply a fact of life that
homogeneous nations whose people share a language and loyalty to a
common culture, history and traditions are easier to govern than
more diverse populations.
Indeed, the paradox is that the more
liberal an immigration policy, the more illiberal a government has to be to
maintain law and order.
Speaking for myself, I don't care a jot
what colour my fellow subjects happen to be, or what creed they profess, as
long as they respect our laws and system of government, try to learn our
language and don't foment hatred of our way of life.
majority of migrants to this country fulfil all these criteria, making a
hugely valuable contribution to our society. But there's no denying that
All right, I grant you that being born in the UK is no
absolute guarantee of loyalty to Britain. ...
But the citizenship
we are born with is as good a start as we can get to feeling patriotic
affection for our country and its people. That aside, the self-reliant
family is the most cost-effective and humane welfare system known to man.
For the sake of Britain's future, let's have more babies and
Asylum European Union
EU asylum applications fall to below half crisis peak
Reuters, 13 February 2019.
The number of people seeking asylum in the European Union fell for
a third straight year in 2018 to less than half the peak during the
2015-2016 migration crisis, data released on Wednesday showed.
bloc's asylum agency reported 635,000 applications in 2018, still more than
double the figures typical before the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprisings spread
war and instability across North Africa and the Middle East.
2018 figure was slightly below 641,000 asylum applications filed in 2014,
the last year before a surge in arrivals by the Mediterranean sea created a
high-profile humanitarian and political crisis.
The asylum figures
peaked at 1.4 million and 1.3 million in 2015 and 2016. One of the main sea
routes used by asylum seekers to reach Europe - from Turkey to Greece - was
largely shut in 2016, and another - from Libya to Italy - was sharply
curbed last year.
Before the "Arab Spring", around 300,000 people
typically sought asylum in the EU each year. ...
rates are falling in the EU, with rejections outnumbering approvals two to
one last year, the report by the bloc's asylum agency EASO showed. In 2015,
more than half of applications were successful.
The highest number
of applicants still came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq last year,
although there was a sharp spike in the number of Colombians and
Politics Conservative Party
Retraction of our paper on post-Brexit migration levels
Migration Watch UK, 13 February 2019.
We have decided to withdraw the paper issued today on post-Brexit
migration levels. There was an error in the calculations which was
unfortunately overlooked at the final stages of preparation. We apologise
for the error and will rectify it in the course of producing a revised
Bias BBC, ITV
BBC dodged immigration debate, says John Sergeant: Veteran broadcaster claims 'sensible discussion' on subject was shelved for fear of outcry
Mail, 12 February 2019.
The BBC and ITV were too scared to tackle the 'taboo' subject of
immigration in news bulletins, John Sergeant has claimed.
former political correspondent, who has worked on both channels, said TV
news tended to avoid the issue as it is too 'controversial'.
led to a lack of serious debate on the topic as 'sensible discussion' was
shelved for fear of provoking outcry.
'In my years [at] the BBC and
ITV, I was fully aware of the immigration taboo,' he wrote in Radio Times.
'There is an old journalistic rule that says 'if in doubt, leave it out'
and, looking back, we were guilty of not encouraging more serious debate on
The veteran journalist, 74, warned that British
democracy will suffer for years to come unless the topic is discussed
He said of introducing a new immigration system: 'I am not
suggesting that this can be done without a high level of controversy. That
'But at least we could try to reduce personal
attacks on the integrity of those who put forward the case for a proper
system of immigration control. It is not racist to talk openly about this
'It is yet another difficult issue that we have to grapple
with. And if we fail to do so, this country and our democracy will suffer
for many years to come. But as with all serious political issues, brushing
it under the carpet is also dangerous and it leads to widespread
misunderstandings that we fail to address at our peril.' ...
Sergeant was the BBC's chief political correspondent for eight
years from 1992 before moving to ITN to become its political editor for two
Immigration abroad America, USA
Some 42 million Latin Americans say they want to move to the US - and 5 million plan to do so WITHIN 12 months, new poll shows
Daily Mail, 11 February
Some 42 million Latin Americans want to migrate to the United
States, according to a new Gallup poll.
The survey was taken to
gauge the opinions of some 450 million residents of the 33 countries in
Latin America and the Caribbean.
Of those who participated in the
survey, 27 per cent said they would like to permanently move to another
country if they could.
The 27 per cent represents about 120 million
people, according to Gallup.
When the respondents were asked where
they would like to move, 35 per cent - or 42 million - said they preferred
to come to the U.S.
Gallup also found that 5 million people from
Latin America and the Caribbean say they would like to relocate to America
within the next 12 months.
Repatriation/deportation legal aid
Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
The Sun, 11 February 2019.
Members of a paedophile gang have received more than £1
million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.
four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual
offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.
Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and
Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in
order to deport them breached their human rights.
They were granted
legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed who made girls he raped call
him "Daddy" was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human
Rights from jail.
The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his
convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to "scapegoat"
Muslims. He lost.
Alleged stalling tactics at appeals by the four
were described as "weakening the rule of law" by Mr Justice Bernard
McCloskey, the UK's most senior immigration judge.
Aziz, Khan and
Rauf finally lost their fight last August when judges upheld a decision to
strip them of citizenship.
But they and Ahmed have so far received
£1,003,783 in legal aid, The Sun's Freedom of Information requests
Repatriation/deportation legal aid
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief receives £800k in legal aid to appeal his conviction
The Sun, 11 February 2019.
Al-Qaeda's top ranked boss jailed in Britain has received almost
£800,000 legal aid to appeal his conviction.
43, got life in 2008 for plotting attacks in the UK.
Ahmed, said to
have had links to the 7/7 London bombers who killed 52 in 2005, was found
with notebooks listing details of terror contacts written in invisible ink.
He was also suspected of having contact with extremists behind the
failed bomb plot in the capital two weeks later.
Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan.
He was the first person convicted
in the UK on a charge of directing a terrorist organisation.
has received £782,407 in taxpayer-funded hand-outs, a Sun on Sunday
freedom of information request found.
It includes £589,667 to
pay for a barrister and lawyers in court, plus £121,892 for a failed
appeal against conviction in 2011.
He also got £60,435 towards
a civil action against police as well as a further £306 for "legal
He has a parole hearing next month and MP David Davies
branded the payments "an outrage".
He said: "He shouldn't be
walking the streets yet he is receiving vast amounts of taxpayers' money in
order to enable him to do so."
Man wearing burqa and dress steals £7k Rolex watch in knifepoint robbery
Leicestershire Live, 11 February 2019.
A man who robbed a shop at knifepoint while wearing a dress and
made off with a Rolex watch worth thousands has been jailed.
Patel appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (February 11) following an
incident on January 5 this year in which he threatened a shop worker in
Haymarket, Leicester city centre.
The 42-year-old entered the shop
at 9.40am wearing a dress, a burqa and with a scarf across his face.
Immigration abroad European Union, Turkey
When Angela Merkel upset Donald Tusk over immigration
The Observer, 10 February 2019.
Donald Tusk was enraged when Angela Merkel held private talks with
Turkey to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into the European Union,
warning the plan would be "a catastrophe", a new documentary reveals.
"I couldn't believe it was true. These were my closest partners,"
Tusk tells a BBC2 documentary, Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil, about
the migration crisis to be aired on Monday.
The controversial deal
was stitched together at an unofficial Sunday night meeting in 2016 held
between Merkel, the German chancellor, Holland's prime minister Mark Rutte
and the Turkish premier, Ahmet Davutoglu, ahead of an EU summit in
It saw Turkey agree to take back Syrian refugees in
exchange for the doubling of financial aid and a renewed chance to be
considered for membership of the EU.
Rutte explains his decision to
go to the source of the people-smuggling problem when negotiations about EU
migration quotas stalled. ...
Merkel and Rutte agreed nearly all
the items of Davutoglu's wishlist, the programme reveals. "I regarded it as
a win-win deal," the former Turkish premier explains. ...
official deal with Turkey was signed two weeks later.
Politics Labour Party, Brexit
Tony Blair triggered Brexit with CRAZY policy on unchecked immigration - Brexiteer
Sunday Express, 10 February 2019.
Tony Blair "propelled Britain out of the European Union" with his
failure to create a regulated immigration system after the bloc extended
freedom of movement rights to new member states, Brexiteer Patrick Minford
Patrick Minford suggested former Prime Minister Tony Blair
contributed to the Brexit vote with his decision not to fall in line with
other EU member states and regulate migration from new bloc members. During
Mr Blair's tenure, the European Union extended freedom of movement rights
to 10 new member states in what is to date the largest single extension of
the union. The Brexiteer economist argued the British Prime Minister failed
to create an appropriate migration policy in a deliberate bid to lure EU
newcomers into the Labour Party.
... Prof Minford said: "The Blair
Government let in all people from Eastern Europe straight away and this was
a terrible mistake.
"It certainly was a contributing factor to the
Brexit debate. There's not much more to be said other than Blair should not
have done this and he was crazy to do it. He had an agenda." ...
Prof Minford continued: "The reason he did it was he thought they
would all be Labour voters and so he thought, politically, it was a smart
thing to do.
"Get a lot of new immigrants into the UK, all of whom
would change the demographics of the vote. This was an irresponsible and
foolish thing to do. Of course, what it did is propel us out of the EU."
Politics Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn wanted 'unrestricted immigration' when he first arrived as a new MP at Westminster in 1983 and believed anyone who disagreed with him was racist, book
Mail on Sunday, 10 February 2019.
Dressed in a dirty jacket and creased trousers, Jeremy Corbyn
arrived in Westminster as a new MP in the summer of 1983.
immediately told friends that Parliament was 'a waste of time' with no
relevance to his Islington constituents, especially the immigrant
To meet them, he set up offices in the Red Rose Centre
in Holloway where his door was always open to a tide of human misery:
Cypriots, Jamaicans, Indians, Pakistanis, South Africans, South Americans,
Somalis, West Saharans and Kurds all sought his help.
procession of petitioners reinforced his conviction that Britain should
allow unrestricted immigration and offer the world's destitute an
open invitation to share our wealth.
In his opinion, all immigrant
communities were victims of white imperialists, and the British state owed
them a financial obligation. Anyone who disagreed was racist.
years later Corbyn was back in Westminster for another first day of the new
To celebrate a new era, Britain's first three black MPs
all Labour marched into the Commons chamber together.
Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott and Bernie Grant, together with the
Asian Keith Vaz, each dressed in their parents' national costumes, created
an unprecedented spectacle as they walked towards the Speaker to take the
Acting as part-supplicant and part-valet, Corbyn walked
immediately behind, pleased to have a place as the honorary white man for
the black caucus.
'Look at Jeremy,' said Brian Wilson, a new
Scottish MP, to George Galloway, who had also been newly elected. 'He would
black up if he could.'
Immigration abroad Islamism, Canada
Will Canada be the battleground between 'progressives' and Islam?
Conservative Woman, 9 February 2019.
The Islamic Party of Ontario registered last year for the
province's elections and advocates a theocracy for Canada governed by
Sharia law. ...
Islamist political parties in the West are not a
new phenomenon. The Islamic Party of Britain, which advocated Sharia law
and the death penalty for homosexuals, was operative from 1989-2006.
Respect the lovechild of Islamism and socialism
managed to get George Galloway elected to Parliament before it too
disbanded in 2016 after a misogyny scandal. The Australian Muslim Party
lasted only a year before its founder was arrested for fraud.
this was before Islamism became all the rage in Western Left-wing political
circles. /.../ How much of a success the Islamic Party of yet to be seen.
It certainly has competition not only from the socialist NDP but also from
the Liberals. During his tenure Trudeau has approved policies and made
decisions that would make the most vehement Islamist proud. ...
The notorious M-103 motion, passed by Canada's House of Commons in 2017,
makes criticism of Islam illegal and outlaws 'Islamophobia'. Sponsored by
Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, M-103 makes no mention of any other faiths despite
claims that it protects against all forms of religious discrimination.
Worryingly, Islamophobia is now illegal in Canada but a political party
promoting destructive Sharia law is accepted.
A phobia denotes an
irrational fear. There is certainly nothing to fear from most Muslims, but
there is something to fear from Islamists given that they are the greatest
perpetrators of terrorism in the world today. ....
is another Western country with an out-of-touch and weak leader who is
paving the way for Islamism to thrive. /.../ The fight for the survival of
the West's Enlightenment values may well take place in Canada when the
seemingly unstoppable force of progressive intersectionality finally meets
the immovable object of Islamism.
Politics Labour Party
Labour Backing Free Movement After Brexit Would Be A Betrayal Of Our Voters And Principles
HuffPost, 8 February 2019.
[Brendan Chilton is general secretary of Labour Leave]
During the 2017 election, Labour made a specific manifesto
commitment was given to end freedom of movement. This week's intervention
by Sir Keir Starmer signals a change in the Labour leadership's stance. Sir
Keir's comments suggesting Labour ought to explore "qualified free
movement" after Brexit is at odds with existing Labour party policy and the
manifesto which secured us the endorsement of almost 13 million voters.
It is widely accepted that the issue of immigration was at the
forefront of the referendum campaign in 2016. The reasons for this are
plain to see for anyone who understands the concerns of working-class
communities. For years unmanaged immigration exclusively from the EU into
the UK did fundamentally change the makeup of communities and increase
pressures on the employment market and public services. Free movement is a
policy which works solely for the interests of large multinationals and
corporations providing them with an endless supply of cheap labour.
The Labour Party has always championed an internationalist
immigration policy over a regionalist one. ...
Labour has always
been a radical force in the world that has campaigned with other
international liberation movements to advance the lot of peoples from the
developing world. How the Labour movement ever managed to find itself in a
position where it supported a structure of white privilege is beyond
comprehension. What is more astonishing is that there are still those
within the Labour and trade union movement who wish to see this
neo-imperial model continued even after we have left the European Union.
Taking back control was the overarching message of the Leave
campaign. Leaving the EU means the British government is once again in a
position to determine our immigration policy. Maintaining qualified free
movement from the EU will not allow a future Labour government to develop a
policy that is truly inclusive and fair to all nations. ...
primary objections to the current immigration arrangements are that people
do not feel their government is able to control our borders. There is
nothing racist or xenophobic about wanting to be able to determine the
numbers of people arriving in your country, whatever Chuka Umunna or Anna
Soubry tell us.
Immigration abroad crime, Switzerland
Foreigners Make Up 80 Percent of Swiss Prison Inmates
Breitbart, 8 February 2019.
The number of prisoners in Switzerland has soared in the last 30
years with foreigners now accounting for 80 per cent of the prison
population, according to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.
study shows the rate of incarceration has gone from 72 per 100,000
residents in 1988 to 82 in 2017, Radio Télévision Suisse
During the 30-year period, Switzerland saw its prison
population increase from 4,621 to 6,907, a 50 per cent increase overall.
In the first decade from 1988 to 1998, Swiss citizens made up
around 31 per cent of the prisoners compared to 28 per cent who were
foreigners living in Switzerland and 41 per cent who were foreigners
residing overseas. In 1989, Swiss citizens made up as much as 44 per cent
During the next two decades, the number of Swiss
citizen prisoners fell to only 20 per cent, with foreigners residing in
Switzerland going up to 37 per cent in the second decade and back down to
28 per cent in the third.
Foreign prisoners who live overseas
rapidly grew in the third decade to where they now account for over half of
the prisoners in the Swiss prison system.
The statistics come only
months after it was revealed that Switzerland had deported 1,000 migrant
criminals in 2017, including 348 from the Balkan region and 250 from
Immigration civilisation, Hungary, Europe
Hungary Shows the West the Path to Survival
American Conservative, 8 February 2019.
A specter is haunting the European Union the specter of
Eastern Europe. ...
... The glossy French center-right weekly Le
Point warns with alarm that Hungary's president Viktor Orbán
"outlines the shape of another Europe." ...
It might be difficult
to place Orbán's government precisely on a political freedom scale.
/.../ Overall, I would conclude that Orbán isn't a model democrat or
technocratic open economy exemplar, but he also isn't any sort of aspiring
Orbán's notoriety ultimately has little to do with
his arcane transgressions against what Western Europe's rulers consider
good government. It exists because he addresses, in language stunningly
clear for a politician, the key civilizational questions facing Europe,
those that richer countries are loathe to hear.
... The government
has also sent out questionnaires asking Hungarians whether they think the
solution to Hungary's demographic crisis is stronger support for families
or higher immigration. Katalin Novak, Orbán's minister of family and
youth, explained unabashedly that the purpose of this was "to send a clear
message to Brussels: the renovation of Europe is impossible without support
for families and Hungary wants neither immigration nor a modification of
its population." This sort of frankness from leaders in the wealthier West
is inconceivable. ...
Of course, the other half of the demography
subject is immigration. In an address during the fall of 2016 that still
resonates, Orbán proclaimed that Europe is "in mortal danger":
The danger is "not attacking us the way wars and natural
disasters do... mass migration is a slow stream of water persistently
eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its
true nature is the occupation of territory. And what is gaining territory
for them is losing territory for us. Flocks of obsessed human rights
defenders feel the overwhelming urge to reprimand us.... [A]llegedly we are
hostile xenophobes but the truth is that the history of our nation is also
one of inclusion, of the intertwining of cultures. Those who have sought to
come here as new family members, as allies, or as displaced persons fearing
for their lives have been let in to make a new home for themselves. But
those who have come here with the intention of changing our country, of
shaping our nation in their own image, have been met with resistance."
... The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus,
wrote a short but excellent book, Europe All Inclusive, about the
migration crisis in which he charged that Europe's western elites were
supporting mass immigration explicitly to smash the remaining power of
nation states so full European unification could be achieved. Poland has
likewise refused EU demands to resettle refugees from the Mideast and North
Perhaps we are in for a reprise, when the people of the
west learn once again from the east what is true and essential about their
own societies. Of course, there are parallels between the communists'
aspirations and the open borders diversity project. Both are genuinely
revolutionary in their desire to destroy and remake Western societies
according to models that have little viable precedent in human experience.
Immigration exploitation, Africans
Exploiters and Exploited: Of Italy, the EU, and African migration
City Journal, 7 February 2019.
The friendly feelings that Europeans harbor for one another were
well illustrated recently by some remarks by Luigi di Maio, one of the two
deputy prime ministers of Italy. He said that European countries that had
helped to bring about the flux of migrants from Africa France most
importantly among them should be penalized. France, he said, was
still colonizing and exploiting many African countries, so it was hardly
surprising that so many Africans were driven to leave the continent. ...
The claim that France is to blame for so many African would-be
migrants is, however, not only wrong but dangerous. Di Maio said that the
source of France's wealth is the exploitation of Africa: the latter is poor
because the former is rich, and the former is rich because the latter is
poor. Though this is clearly absurd, it is actually the theory held by a
considerable number of development economists Raúl Prebisch,
Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among them who
influenced thinking on the subject of economic development for a long time,
usually to disastrous effect. By giving his imprimatur to this way of
thinking, di Miao can only contribute to the flow of migrants, who will
come to see their admittance to Europe as restitution for wrong done to
them. It will also undermine Europe's will to resist, for the same reason:
it has no right to resist.
Asylum children, local councils
Why councils can't cope with the huge numbers of children seeking asylum in London
My London, 6 February 2019.
There are so many young immigrants coming to London seeking asylum
that literally every council in the capital has reached its limit for
looking after them.
One council is even warning that some of these
children are already recorded as missing as the system struggles to cope.
Kensington & Chelsea Council is among those calling for help
from the government as it warns councils outside London are refusing to
take on the extra arrivals. ...
Council staff told the family and
children's services scrutiny committee on Monday (February 4) that every
council in London reached their quota caps in November for the number of
asylum-seekers they are required to care for.
A voluntary Home
Office national transfer scheme is meant to allocate arrivals to regional
local authorities around the UK to relieve pressured border arrival
hotspots in the south-east and central London.
However staff told
councillors some regional councils are refusing to take on more of the
young asylum-seekers, although they did not say why, with one saying: "It's
just not working." ...
Following the meeting, Home Office did not
clarify which areas were declining to take asylum-seekers and why. ...
"Since we launched the National Transfer Scheme in July 2016, it
has transferred 790 unaccompanied children to local authorities who have
offered placements to care for them.
"We are currently reviewing
the funding arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in
partnership with local authorities."
It added that a funding review
was ongoing, but the Government was providing local authorities with
£41,610 a year for under-16s and £33,215 a year for those aged 16
and 17, as well as £200 per week for former UASC who go on to attract
leaving care support. ...
Nationwide, there has been a boom in the
numbers with 1,950 UASC counted in the UK in 2013, rising to 4,560 in 2017.
Crime knife crime, London
Children and teenagers behind half of London knife crime, police figures reveal
Evening Standard, 6 February 2019.
Half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or even
younger children, new Met figures have revealed in a stark illustration of
the scale of youth violence in the capital.
The police statistics
show that 41 per cent of those being caught for knife crimes across
London's boroughs are now aged between 15 and 19.
Another 8 per
cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to 14, in a further sign of
how carrying and using blades has become part of life for a minority of
troubled young people.
The new figures came as a Scotland Yard
chief warned that attacks in the capital were also becoming "more
ferocious" as offenders who were "more and more young" tried to kill or
injure by "getting up close and stabbing someone several times". ...
Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, the head of the Met's Violent
Crime Task Force, added that police were striving hard to tackle the
problem and "making some progress" by upping stop and search and using
other tactics, including the deployment of "embedded" plain clothes
officers to work with uniformed counterparts in the worst hit communities
to help police intervene before stabbings occurred. ...
per cent were aged between 20 and 24, meaning that the under-25s account
for two thirds of all knife crime in the capital.
On ethnicity, Mr
Adelekan said that 73 per cent of knife offenders and 53 per cent of
victims were from a black or ethnic minority background.
Racism preferences, discrimination, dating
'Why is it OK to ban certain races on your dating profile?'
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 February 2019.
Lately, my single, female friends have been telling me about the
extraordinary messages they receive on sites like Tinder, OkCupid and
I image the scenario playing out like this: the messages are
written on cardboard signs which men hold up like this actual line
on the profile of a sun-kissed Liam Hemsworth lookalike: "Looking for love.
Pls no foreigners."
Or this: "Only keen on Aussie chicks". Or this:
"No Blacks or Asians". ...
You'd never find a job ad that
discriminates against applicants based on race. That's against the law. Why
is it okay, then, to announce a ban against engaging with a race of people
on your dating profile?
Some openly announce "NO ASIANS/ NO
BLACKS". I wonder how harmful this might be to an Asian, like me, or black
person, to see this regularly how this might diminish our self-hood
and dignity. ...
People are entitled to date whomever they want.
Could it be possible, though, that the "sign holders" have received
cultural signals that "black people are undesirable and possibly even
dangerous", "Asians have nothing interesting to say", and those whom
English is a second language can't offer anything of value?
sexual preferences are shaped and altered by forces we seem, on the whole,
to be very reluctant to critique. ...
The recently-appointed Race
Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, told me, "Online, as in all other
aspects of life, racism and racial discrimination is never acceptable.
"Dating apps must reflect the same standards of non-discrimination
as those expected in the broader community. I urge them to act quickly to
remove users who do not comply with these guidelines and to effectively
resolve complaints where racism is brought to their attention." ...
William Ward, a lawyer who specialises in discrimination law at
Meyer Vanderberg Lawyers, says, despite the existence of racial
vilification laws, when it comes to dating apps there's a difference
between stating a preference, and vilifying a race. An individual user
would need to express racially vilifying, offensive statements to breach
these laws. ...
I wouldn't like to judge someone based on these
imagined ideas. They are stereotypes, and stereotypes are often wrong.
I'd want to grant a stranger the dignity to be treated as an
Diversity Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dutch City: Street Names Too White, Will Be Made More Diverse
Breitbart, 5 February 2019.
The local government of Rotterdam has decided to name all new
streets in the city after women and minorities after complaints by some
local politicians that the current names are too male and too white.
The Dutch city's government announced that it would be accepting
the proposal to make the city's street names more "diverse" a year after
the initiative was put forth by left-wing party Democrats 66 (D66), the
GreenLeft, and the Labour party, Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reports.
Councillor Nadia Arsieni, of the D66 party, was the one to
initially recommend the proposal and said she was happy the local
government had accepted it saying, "A sample showed that a large number of
the streets were named after men of Western origin. That does not fit in
the Rotterdam of today."
Deputy Mayor Bert Wijbenga explained that
diversity was the main motivation for the move and said, "In order to give
substance to more cultural diversity, the policy rules stipulate that the
attribution of names of women and other underrepresented groups from
society should be preferred for personal names," and added, "diversity is
at the forefront."
Wijbenga also announced that there were no
intentions to rename existing streets stating that, "there will always be
room for the great men of Rotterdam."
Immigration family reunions, chain migration
Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
The Guardian, 5 February 2019.
The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to relax
family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK.
immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or
civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents,
parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.
In addition, children who are in the UK alone and have refugee
status do not have a right to be reunited with even their closest family
MPs and campaigners want the rules to be changed, either
through amendments to the government's flagship post-Brexit immigration
bill or through a private member's bill put forward by the SNP MP Angus
This week, Oxfam will call on its supporters to step up
pressure on ministers by contacting their MPs and supporting the changes.
Last week the immigration bill was debated in the House of
Commons and numerous MPs raised the issue of family reunion.
Fraud and corruption citizenship
Citizenship test cheats: Migrants 'pay criminals £2,000 to feed them the answers through tiny earpieces' so that they can win the right to stay in Britain
Daily Mail, 4 February 2019.
Migrants are paying fixers to help them cheat in citizenship tests
to win the right to stay in Britain.
Undercover footage shows how
lax security lets criminals feed their 'customers' the right answers via
The scam, exposed by BBC London News, is the latest
in a string of frauds designed to help migrants pass the much-maligned Life
In The UK test.
Critics of security at test centres say elaborate
schemes may have allowed thousands to fraudulently win British citizenship.
In the exposé, broadcast tonight, an undercover reporter
meets with Abdul Reza Masud, director of the Ideal Learning Academy in east
London. Instead of offering tuition to pass the test, Masud is seen asking
the reporter for £2,000 to help him cheat.
Handed a tiny
earpiece, the undercover reporter is not searched before he sits the
multiple-choice test in a west London centre. Once inside, he is allowed to
choose whether he reads the questions, or listens to them via headphones.
He picks the latter option and his small earpiece then picks up the
sound from the headphones, relaying the questions to the waiting
accomplice. This allows them to tell the reporter which answers to choose.
Former immigration officer Jay Sudra told the BBC: 'The Home
Office need to look into this urgently. How many citizens do we have in the
UK that have fraudulently obtained a test certificate? It potentially runs
'You have to question the security of the entire
'For them to get to a stage where they obtain permanent
residency, where they obtain a British passport, it's truly, truly
Immigration numbers, GP registrations
How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?
Full Fact, 4 February 2019.
A post claiming that according to the Lancet medical journal, 6.5
million migrants have registered with GPs in the last 10 years, has been
shared almost 29,000 times on Facebook.
That's correct looking at
the number of GP registrations in England and Wales where the person's
previous address was probably outside the UK.
But this is not a
very good way of measuring how much the population has grown because of
For most of the period it covers, this measurement
could have double counted some immigrants who registered at one GP, moved
homes within England and Wales, and then registered at another. But NHS
Digital, which collects the figures, doesn't know the extent of that double
counting and the figure doesn't factor in how many of these registrations
will be from people who only stayed for a short period.
doesn't come from the Lancet, it comes from data collected by NHS Digital
and published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
were 6.5 million GP registrations between 2007 and 2017 in England and
Wales, where the person's previous address was recorded as being outside of
the UK and it was the first time they were registering for a GP here.
But those records don't always accurately show whether someone's
previous address was outside the UK.
The records of these GP
registrations have something called a "flag 4" attached. ...
Digital told us that until March 2016, "it was possible for a patient to be
registered in one area as flag 4 then move to another area and be
registered again as a flag 4", so migrants who moved around may have been
NHS Digital also told us that until 2016 if a UK
citizen had left the UK for more than three months then came back and
registered with a new GP in England and Wales, they would also be counted
as a flag 4.
The ONS says: "A person may register with a GP if they
are staying in the UK for at least three months and so flag 4s may include
some short-term migrants, which are not included in the population
estimates." Short-term migration is defined as between a three and 12 month
stay for work or study.
Because of that, this measure is not a very
good way of finding out how much the population has grown because of
Looking at long-term migration, if you add up the
difference between the estimated number of non-British people who arrived
in or left the UK in the ten years ending June 2018, it's about three
million. Although because of issues with the data up to 2011, that figure
is likely to be an underestimate.
This is a completely different
measure to GP registrations, and looks at a larger area (the UK, rather
than England and Wales) and a slightly different time period (the ten years
up to June 2018 rather than the ten years up to 2017), than the GP
registrations figure did. ...
A different measure also makes the
6.5 million figure look too steep. Looking at the UK population by
nationality, the number of non-British residents has grown by an estimated
2.2 million between 2007 and 2017. This figure comes from a survey of UK
households, and there's also reason to think this may be a slight
Diversity racism, employment, Republic of Ireland
Guinness Sorry for 'Racist' Ad Linking Ancestry to National Pride
Breitbart, 4 February 2019.
Guinness has dropped a number of rugby sponsorship adverts in
Ireland after complaints that they could cause "offence or confusion" to
The world-famous dry stout company, which is a sponsor
and the official beer of the Six Nations rugby tournament, apologised for
any "offence or confusion" caused by the billboards, which read: "You Don't
Pick A Side. Your Grandparents Have Done That Already."
announced it would remove the adverts, which were placed around Dublin
ahead of Ireland's rugby match against England, following outcry from the
Immigrant Council of Europe, which complained that the campaign "doesn't
celebrate the strength of the Irish team (& wider society) or the huge
benefit our diversity brings".
Commenting that "Irish society is
richer in its diversity," chief executive of the taxpayer-funded NGO, Brian
Killoran, added the slogan seemed like "a misstep in Guinness'
A spokesman for drinks company Diageo, which owns
Guinness, said the campaign "was meant to show the competitive nature of
the Guinness Six Nations", and that the company "regret if the billboard
caused offence or confusion". ...
Asserting that "diversity and
inclusion are core values of our business", and pointing to its partnership
with the Immigrant Council of Ireland on so-called 'diversity programmes',
the spokesman added that Diageo was grateful for the feedback. ...
Guinness, whose world-famous product originated in a Dublin brewery
in 1759, was hailed by the United Nations' (UN) refugee agency last year
for its work employing and holding training programmes for asylum seekers
at its iconic Storehouse headquarters in the Irish capital.
managing director of the Guinness Storehouse, Paul Carty, was highly
supportive of rule changes allowing asylum seekers to work, telling local
media last March that staffing was "going to be the biggest challenge" for
the hospitality sector in the coming years.
Diversity free speech
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Spiked, 4 February 2019.
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]
On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English
and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for
several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the
free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of
understanding truth. And yet, stories of speakers being No Platformed have
continually made headlines in recent years.
... To this end, the
guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions,
including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.
detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is much
easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to protect
it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is highly
attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the guidance will
have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...
The discourse of
diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the Labour
government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this
legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on
campus. ... ...
But those who identify with the politics of
diversity see it differently. They know that by making a fuss they can
readily persuade a university that they have been offended, shocked or
disturbed. They claim, with the force of law, that if the speaker is not
banned or the debate is not cancelled then the university may be breaching
its legal duties. Forthright individuals and robust institutions may seek
to tough it out. But the force of law is always there pushing gradually and
incrementally in the same direction. By constantly pushing in favour of
diversity, the Equality Act exerts a powerful influence against those who
would seek to raise challenging issues.
The guidance also suggests
that the Equality Act may require student organisers to timetable a series
of speaker events so that they do not fall during Islamic Friday prayers.
Fairly obviously, if Muslims are empowered by law to influence when debates
are scheduled, then the same law gives them even greater rights over the
content of debates that they consider to be offensive or shocking.
... On each occasion, the protesters can claim legal backing. They
connect with a protected characteristic such as being trans, gay, female,
black or Muslim and claim that speech must be curbed in favour of the
greater good of diversity. ...
Asking the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, an organisation created to promote equality law, to draft
guidance to protect free speech was never going to work. But at least it
has advised faithfully on what the law actually requires. It sends a clear
message that free speech on campus must yield to the politics of diversity.
And until the law is changed, those who hold views that bien
pensants on campus find 'unfashionable and controversial' will need
considerable fortitude to express them.
Politics universities, free speech
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns
Sunday Telegraph, 3 February 2019.
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on campuses
in favour of "rule of the mob", the former equalities chief has warned, as
he says vice-Chancellors must stop behaving like "frightened children" and
take a stand.
Trevor Phillips, who wrote the National Union of
Students' (NUS) original "no platforming" policy in the 1970s, said that it
is now being used in an "ugly" and "authoritarian" way. ...
week the Government published guidance for universities on free speech,
which said that speakers should not be banned from campus just because they
"offend, shock or disturb" students.
It is the first time in 30
years that ministers have intervened to protect free speech at
universities, and follows widespread concern about censorship of
It says that universities have a legal duty to
uphold free speech, and that the starting point should be that any event
can go ahead, so long as it is within the law. ...
Mr Phillips, who
is the former chair of the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, said the erosion of free speech on campus must not be solely
blamed on students.
"It is weakness of faculties and university
authorities who in many cases just cannot seem to bring themselves to stand
up for higher education values," he said. ...
Mr Phillips, who is
the chair of Index on Censorship, an pro-free speech organisation, said
that university culture is worse than thought police and is more like the
Stasi, where "the expression of a non-sanctioned opinion becomes a crime -
and that's where we have got to on some campuses".
He said: "The
debate becomes not the most persuasive argument but who can gather the
loudest shouting voices. What you are really talking about is the rule of
the mob - that has come to campuses. I find all of those things incredibly
Egalitarianism universities, degrees
Govt: Universities Must Close Ethnic Achievement Gaps or Face Sanctions
Breitbart, 3 February 2019.
The Government has ordered British universities to achieve equality
of outcome between ethnic groups, warning of sanctions for institutions
which fail to make "good progress" towards this goal.
announced that universities would be held to account on disparities in
academic attainment between different ethnic groups after data showed gaps
in the proportion of students awarded top grades for their degrees.
The latest figures show that 79 percent of white students received
a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) degree in 2015/26, compared to 72
percent of Chinese students, 71 percent of Indian students, 62 percent of
Pakistani students, and 51 percent of "Black Other" students.
powers given to universities watchdog the Office for Students (OfS) will
see institutions forced to publish data on admissions and attainment,
broken down by ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background, in order
to "shine a spotlight on those making good progress and those lagging
behind" on equality of outcome between different demographics.
government did not mention possible causes behind disparities, but the
Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which published the figures, placed
responsibility on universities rather than students to correct the supposed
problem, stressing that "action needs to focus on institutional barriers
and inequalities, rather than 'improving' or 'fixing' the student."
"Traditionally the language of the attainment gap has focused on
students' underachievement or lack of attainment, whereas it should focus
on the institutional culture, curriculum and pedagogy," it added. ...
Measures announced by ministers this week came as part of the
Government's 'Race Disparity Audit' an initiative commissioned by
Prime Minister Theresa May to measure differences between ethnic groups in
a range of areas, from stop-and-search and arrest rates to home ownership
levels, with a promise to bring in measures which would stamp out
Professor Edward Byrne, President of King's
College London, where Mr Skidmore launched the initiative this week,
appeared to contradict the minister's claim that equality measures are a
bid to ensure universities reflect the demographic make-up of the United
Kingdom, stating he was "proud" that 49 percent of undergraduates at the
institution in the previous academic year "were from black, Asian and other
ethnic minority backgrounds" which is actually far above their share
of the general population.
Breitbart London previously reported how
non-white students are now a majority at 23 higher education institutions,
and data shows white school pupils were significantly less likely to go on
to higher education than those from other ethnic backgrounds.
the lowest entry rate of all ethnic groups, just 29 percent of white pupils
commenced higher education in 2017, with figures revealing young white
people from the most wealthy socio-economic group were less likely to
attend university than Chinese pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
Illegal immigration Ireland, UK
Photos illustrate some of the 900 attempts by migrants to stowaway on Ireland-bound ferry foiled by Spanish police
Owen Conlon and Ann Mooney
Irish Sun, 3 February
These are the photos which illustrate some of the 900 attempts by
migrants to stowaway on an Ireland-bound ferry which were foiled by Spanish
Cops in the northern port of Santander say they have
intercepted an average of 130 illegal boardings on lorries since the
sea-link to Cork opened last May. ...
The vast majority of those
caught are Albanian authorities in both countries believe the
bi-weekly Brittany Ferries service was specifically targeted by trafficking
gangs seeking a back door to the UK via the North.
There is no
suggestion of any involvement on the part of Brittany Ferries or its staff.
The gangs charge those seeking to use their 'service' a minimum of
3,000 per person.
A source said: "The detection rate on the
Spanish side has resulted in small numbers arriving in Ireland. Since the
service began about 20 illegal immigrants have been found.
main nationality trying to gain entry in this way into Ireland is Albanian
but they only see Ireland as their route into Britain so they don't contact
the immigration authorities here because they want the British to be their
first point of contact when seeking asylum."
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values
Dr Joel Rogers de Waal
YouGov, 3 February 2019.
YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of Elders to
conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the West and
Middle East/North Africa region, in support of an interfaith meeting
between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Shaikh
Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 5th February.
included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the United States,
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ...
As findings show, substantial portions of Western respondents in
the survey perceived a clash between Islam and the values of society in
This included nearly half of respondents in France
(46%) and Germany (47%), and a plurality in the United States (36%) and
Britain (38%) who chose this statement. Notably smaller portions chose the
alternative statement that Islam is generally compatible with the
values of society in their country including 22% in France, 20% in
Germany, 17% in the United States and 24% in Britain.
In a separate
survey experiment for the purpose of comparison, only 14% of US respondents
perceived such a clash with Buddhism, with similar or matching results for
Sikhism (15%) and Hinduism (14%). Likewise, only 6% of British respondents
perceived a values clash with Buddhism, while just 8% said the same for
both Sikhism and Hinduism. ...
Nearly half of French respondents
(49%) said they felt either fairly (18%) or very (31%) unfavourable towards
Islam, compared with 19% who were unfavourable towards Judaism, 13%
unfavourable towards Hinduism, 14% unfavourable towards Sikhism, 9%
unfavourable towards Buddhism, and 15% unfavourable towards Christianity.
53% of German respondents were unfavourable towards Islam, compared
with a range of only 10% to 22% who were unfavourable to the other
The United States and Britain showed a similar
trend but with smaller portions overall who felt unfavourable towards Islam
(37% and 32% respectively).
Clear majorities of Western respondents
in the study also described themselves as either very or fairly concerned
about the possible rise of extremism in Islam, including 72% in both France
and Germany, 66% in Britain and 56% in the United States.
Is it society's job to stop people singing racist jokes?
The Spectator, 2 February 2019.
Where would you rather come from, Pakistan or Liverpool? ...
This was the question posed, in an extremely offensive truncated
form, by a minuscule sub-section of Millwall supporters during the side's
otherwise heroic victory over Everton in the FA Cup last Saturday. ...
That it was a vanishingly small minority singing what used to be,
until comparatively recently, a very familiar chant does not seem to matter
to them. A certain hyperbole takes over. An Everton fan was slashed in the
face with a Stanley knife during the same game, but this outrage gained far
less coverage. ...
There remain a few isolated pockets of people
who wish to express themselves in a racially offensive manner at football
matches, and I'm not sure that it is society's job to tell them that in
reality there could be nothing better, more enriching, than having a
provenance in Lahore or Sefton. ...
The game has to a large degree
been gentrified now, but reservoirs of enormously vituperous and socially
unacceptable spite remain, and I suppose it discombobulates the middle
classes when these are brought to light. We thought that had all gone! No,
not quite, not yet. But it will.
Immigration abroad USA
Louis Farrakhan calls for separate state for Black Americans, says that's 'what God wants'
Fox News, 2 February 2019.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a separate state
for Black Americans in an Instagram video posted on Thursday, saying that's
"what God wants" while those opposed he described as "slaves." ...
"That's not just my goal. That's what God wants. Most of our people
don't want it here," Farrakhan said. "You love your enemy. You want to stay
with your enemy. You're in love with his wealth. I understand the
fascination, slaves. I understand that. But God has something else for us."
The preacher went on to reiterate that neither he nor his group has
changed its goal of a separate state since its creation in the 1960s. ...
"Black Power. Black Power to do what? To integrate a lunch counter?
Black Power to build a nation for 40 million now near 50 million
black people," he added.
Farrakhan's post appears to be a
clip from an interview on "The Rock Newman Show" in 2015. It remains
unclear what prompted him to post the video again.
Illegal immigration fake documents
Crooks selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to land care jobs working with elderly and vulnerable
The Sun, 1 February 2019.
Crooks are providing illegal immigrants with fake passports and
documents to land jobs caring for the vulnerable in a plot exposed by The
The criminals were able to supply our investigators with a
"full package" of bogus documents under a false name including a
Kenyan passport, UK residency permit, National Insurance letter and utility
bills for just £400.
A staff member at Reliable Care
Services, based in Chadwell Heath, East London, acted as a fixer
supplying our investigator with details of cohorts who could provide the
The agency supplies staff to charities and
organisations including Mencap, homeless group St Mungo's, housing body
Metropolitan Thames Valley and The Westminster Society, which supports
those with learning disabilities. The scam means their vulnerable clients
could have been cared for by staff whose criminal backgrounds were
And it could mean workers who arrived in the UK
illegally were able to dodge spot checks by Immigration Enforcement
officers with their bogus paperwork. ...
The Sun's probe into staff
at RCS began six months ago following an anonymous tip-off.
as a migrant without papers, one of our investigators visited the firm
having been promised a staff member would explain how to create a fake ID.
He was introduced to consultant Julius Muturi, 32, who said: "It
costs about £400-500 to get the papers we can use. Once we get the
papers done we can help each other." ...
As well as the passport,
the package included a Jobcentre National Insurance letter and a UK
residency permit, plus BT and Scottish Power bills registered to the
address we provided.
Muturi then got in touch and asked for money
to be transferred to RCS to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check
which would come back clean under the new, fake name.
"James" was then booked in for two days training with RCS before
starting work as a carer, but did not attend.
Our investigator also
spoke to RCS carer Kennedy Njoroge, who admitted working for the company
under false documents.
Illegal immigration visas, fake colleges
Grinning 'bogus college' scam boss poses in bed with £65,000 in cash - all made on the back of illegal immigration
Manchester Evening News, 1
Posing on a bed full of cash, at least £65,000 worth, it looks
like Muhammad Babar Bashir was celebrating a lottery win as he boasted of
the wealth he had created for himself.
Police also found about
£90,000 in cash hidden in the loft of his co- defendant, Tashina
Nayyar, and a further £29,500 in a safety deposit box.
this was not wealth created by an honestly run business - they were making
money on the back of illegal immigration.
Now Bashir is on the run,
a fugitive who failed to show up for his sentencing hearing. Nayyar has
Bashir, 38, from Moss Side; Nayyar, 51, from Chorlton;
and another man, Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, were running 'bogus colleges'.
These fake colleges had nothing that you would expect from a
legitimately run institution.
There were no books, equipment or
teachers giving lessons.
Instead, they were ran as a way of
profiting from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK, who
were otherwise ineligible.
Their 'cash for visas' scam clearly
proved to be lucrative.
It worked by taking over failing further
education colleges, which were previously legitimately run, and using them
as a cash cow. ...
People would hand over cash to the pair in
exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study
(CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa. ...
majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but
used it as a way of securing their immigration status.
The scam saw
£2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further
£856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College, both over a two
In total 955 'students' were granted a CAS letter
through St John College, with 352 at Kinnaird.
Esha Gupta: Has Instagram exposed everyday racism in India?
BBC, 1 February 2019.
Up until Monday, Esha Gupta was just a Bollywood actress with a
passion for Arsenal football club.
That changed after the actress
decided to share a screengrab of a WhatsApp conversation in which a friend
mocked the team's Nigerian star, Alex Iwobi, as a "gorilla" and
"Neanderthal" who "evolution had stopped for".
"Hahaha," wrote the
actress, who helped Arsenal unveil its 2017 away kit, as she shared the
screengrab with her 3.4m Instagram followers. ...
quickly, but the post hints at a long-known - but little acknowledged -
problem of racism towards people of African descent in Indian society. ...
You don't have to look far to see examples of prejudice towards
people of African descent in India: just look at how Bollywood treats its
black characters. ...
But it is not just black people who find
themselves being judged for the colour of their skin in India. Darker
skinned Indians also find themselves struggling against prejudice.
Immigration abroad fence, Pakistan
As Trump Wall Stalls, Pakistan Builds 2,600-km Border Fence
AMI Newswire, 1 February 2019.
While President Trump is having trouble adding a few miles of fence
to America's incomplete border with Mexico, Pakistan is busy building one
of the world's longest border fences.
Climbing over some of the
world's toughest terrain, Pakistan's border fence will stretch more
1,800-miles and ascend more than 12,000-feet above sea level. ...
Built to divide Pakistan from Afghanistan, the logistical
difficulties of the wall are enormous. ...
Despite the perils and
pains of construction, a frozen few are working through the winter months
to complete the border fence. Pakistan's fence is projected to be completed
in the coming year.
The border fence is supposed to stop terrorists
from carrying attacks in one country and fleeing to safety in the other. In
the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the terror attacks flow both ways.
... Pakistan projects completion of the long-delayed project, which
has cost an estimated $550 million, by the end of 2019. Last year despite
the Trump administration's move to cut some military funding to Pakistan,
Islamabad reportedly appealed to the Trump administration for more funding
to finish the ambitious project.
Nations as diverse as Estonia,
Greece, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, and Spain (around its small African
enclaves) have thrown up border walls to slow illicit migration. Though
none are as long as Pakistan's or involve conquering such inhospitable
... When completed the chain-link fence anchored in
concrete, is largely meant to slow intruders long enough for border guards
or soldiers to arrive.
Immigration abroad voting, noncitizens, USA
Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote
Rowan Scarborough and Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 30 January 2019.
A top Pennsylvania lawmaker called on the state Wednesday to
immediately expunge the names of 11,198 noncitizens whom the state
confirmed are registered to vote, despite not being eligible.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican and former chairman of a House government
oversight panel, said the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat,
belatedly acknowledged the large number of noncitizens in communications
over the past two months.
"I believe that we need to take action
and have those people removed immediately from the rolls," Mr. Metcalfe
told The Washington Times. "They were never eligible to vote."
days earlier, officials in Texas announced they had found nearly 100,000
noncitizens on the state's voter rolls. ...
Texas Secretary of
State David Whitley used state driver's license records, which include
immigration status, and compared those with voter rolls. He found that
about 95,000 people whom the state says weren't citizens were among the 16
million registered voters.
Of those, about 58,000 had voted at some
point since 1996.
State officials followed a similar process in
Pennsylvania after admitting that a glitch in state motor vehicle bureau
computers allowed noncitizens to register to vote easily. They, too,
matched driver's license records with voter rolls and came up with nearly
11,200 names. ...
No state requires proof of citizenship to
register to vote. A U.S. District Court judge last year struck down a law
championed by then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require
citizenship documentation. Kansas took the ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals. ...
The noncitizen debate reached the national
level in 2014 when Jesse T. Richman, a professor at Old Dominion
University, and two colleagues began publishing estimates of thousands and
perhaps millions of illegal voters.
Mr. Richman based his numbers
on the comprehensive Cooperative Congressional Election Study conducted by
YouGov polling and a consortium of colleges. It is one of the few polls
that attempts to find noncitizen voters.