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Updated 14 November 2018
Illegal immigration Iranians
Seventeen migrants who stole French trawler and crossed the Channel arrested in Dover
Henry Samuel and Alexandra Ward
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2018.
UK border police have arrested 17 migrants who stole a French
fishing trawler, crossed the Channel and reached the UK coast overnight in
an "unprecedented operation".
The migrants, all Iranian and
including three minors, broke into the 12-metre (40ft) boat in the northern
French port of Boulogne-sur-mer on Monday night. ...
"The motor had
a forced start, which proves it was indeed stolen," said Pascal
Marconville, who added that no French crew were on board and that their
complicity had been "ruled out". ...
According to French
authorities, the number of operations to either arrest or save migrants
attempting to cross the Channel from France has almost doubled in 2018
compared to last year to 23 - up from 12 last year.
Crime police, racism
As a cop I always used to stop and search, but now police live in fear of being called racist
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2018.
[Andrew O'Hagan is a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University]
The controversial debate over stop and search is back, as violence
spirals out of control on our streets. London is locked in a grim ritual of
gang-fuelled stabbings and its knife crime rate is at a seven-year high
but the bloody footprints of this epidemic are spreading outside the
capital too, as sophisticated "county lines" drug criminals push out
small-time dealers in the provinces. Shockingly, a person is now more
likely to be stabbed in Bedfordshire than in Manchester. ...
former detective sergeant who spent more than three decades serving in the
police force, I am sceptical that twiddling with the rulebook for stop and
search will make any difference at all. The police's current powers are
perfectly adequate. The problem is they are too afraid to use them.
Part of my current job is to teach prospective uniformed officers
stop and search. Every time I meet with them I ask the same question: "Have
you used stop and search powers while on patrol since our session?"
Depressingly, they shrug: "No, it's not worth the hassle." ...
After a bit of grilling, I usually get to the bottom of the
excuse-making: they feel it is not worth the inevitable onslaught of
accusations of being heavy-handed or racist. They don't want to deal with
the draining scrutiny that they are inevitably subjected to when a
disgruntled stop-and-search target lodges a complaint. They worry about
being disciplined or even losing their jobs. ...
public and "getting in amongst it", as they say on the force, not liberal
sensitivities or a disciplinary-free track record, is the backbone of
proper policing and it's being lost.
Immigration abroad Sikhs, Canada
How a trickle of Sikhs fleeing India for Canada became a torrent
National Post, 13 November 2018.
Justin Trudeau's visit to the sub-continent earlier this year has
become a political punch-line, even among Liberals.
didn't go to India," is the response when the subject is raised internally.
But Trudeau did and there were substantive reasons why the
visit went so badly.
Trudeau was snubbed by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, because it was felt he was soft on the Khalistan movement that wants
to establish an independent Sikh homeland in the Punjab region.
What is more likely is that Trudeau is soft on whatever policy
might appeal to a key voting block Canada's politically-active Sikh
community. Punjab, where Sikhs make up a majority, is the largest source of
Indian migrants to Canada and Trudeau has boasted about having more Sikhs
in his cabinet than Modi.
A refugee claims analysis report for the
first six months of this year compiled by the Intelligence and Analysis
Section of the Canada Border Services Agency, and obtained by the National
Post, offers some clues as to why Modi's government is at odds with
The report showed that there was a 39 per cent increase in
refugee claims by mid-2018, compared to the same period a year earlier.
Much of the increase is the result of the well-documented claims by
Nigerian nationals crossing from the U.S. at Roxham Road in Quebec a
rise of 300 per cent year over year.
But there has also been a 246
per cent increase in claims by Indian nationals a surge projected to
continue in the second half of the year. ...
The number of visa
applications from Indian citizens soared 70 per cent to 490,552 in the
first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2017, and the number
of visas approved increased 61 per cent to 295,867 year on year, according
to Immigration department statistics.
Border controls illegal immigration
Migrants sneak into UK by exploiting understaffed border checkpoints where guards are too stretched to check car boots or open tinted windows, report warns
MailOnline, 13 November 2018.
Migrants are getting into the UK illegally because border
checkpoints are so understaffed officials are not searching inside car
boots or behind tinted windows, a report has warned. ...
warnings were outlined in an assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness
of immigration and customs operations at south coast seaports. ...
The report examined the seaports of Dover, Newhaven, Portsmouth,
Southampton, Poole and Plymouth, as well as coverage of smaller ports,
harbours and marinas along the south coast.
Staff numbers were
raised at each of the four seaports visited in person.
managers were concerned that Border Force was 'resourced to fail', the
report said, adding: 'Meanwhile, officers told inspectors that there were
not enough of them to meet increasing operational pressures, and one group
commented that 'the border is not secured by any stretch of the
Officers at Portsmouth told inspectors that
migrants were 'were well aware of Border Force's limited resources', and
would split up and hide in different trailers in the belief that if one was
detected the agency would not have the capacity to search the other
trailers as thoroughly.
Staff were 'certain' that illegal migrant
groups co-ordinated their entry attempts, and commented that 'their intel
is a lot better than ours'.
Managers at Portsmouth and Poole
reported that migrants were quick to change their tactics to avoid
This included moving from one freight vehicle to another
to minimise the build-up of carbon dioxide, frustrating checks. ...
The number of clandestine detections at south coast ports fell from
1,119 in 2016-17 to 882 in 2017-18, including a drop from 792 to 503 at
But there were rises at Portsmouth and Poole, suggesting
that irregular migrants looking to enter the UK had been displaced from
northern France to ferry ports in Normandy and Spain. ...
Elsewhere, the report described the system for imposing fines on
owners, hirers and drivers of vehicles found to have carried a clandestine
entrant into the country as 'broken'.
It cited figures showing a
total of 343 penalty notices were issued at south coast sea ports in the
last two years, with 27 fines imposed in 2016- 17 and zero in 2017-18.
Asylum Greece, Europe
NGO exposed teaching migrants how to trick 'f***ing stupid' EU border guards
RT, 13 November 2018.
A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into
Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum
seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution.
Ariel Ricker, the executive director of Advocates Abroad, a major
non-profit NGO which provides legal aid to migrants, has been caught on
tape openly discussing how she teaches refugees to lie to border agents.
The video was released by Canadian right-wing activist, author and internet
personality, Lauren Southern, and will be a part of her new documentary
film project 'Borderless,' which takes on the European migration crisis.
On its website, Advocates Abroad claims to have helped as many as
15,000 migrants cross the Greek border, and 2,500 more outside of Greece.
The organization is massive, taking volunteers from major universities, and
was even featured in a documentary film by the International Bar
In the footage, Ricker describes how the organization
provides training sessions for migrants seeking entry into Europe, in which
they are taught how to act during interviews with border agents:
I tell them this is acting, all of this is acting... for them to
get through, they must act their part in the theater.
calls EASO (European Asylum Support Office) personnel tasked with screening
the migrants "f***ing stupid," and describes a formula that the
organization has created to exploit them in screening interviews.
One method she teaches migrants is to exploit the presumed
Christian sympathies of the predominantly Eastern Orthodox Greece by
pretending to have been persecuted for being Christian. She even describes
telling them how to pray during interviews, ironically because doing so
At first, the organization responded to
the initial release of the video, tweeting: ...
however, the group's Twitter and Facebook page with over 140,000 followers
have both been deleted in the wake of the revelations. ...
Ironically, some of the real victims of the NGO's tactics are the
refugees themselves the real refugees who were forced to compete
with fake candidates trained to game the system. Ricker's "acting school"
even instructed its pupils to feign the emotions of trauma survivors,
seemingly without a thought for those seeking asylum who don't need to
pretend to be suffering from trauma.
Benefits and costs wages
Poorest 'worse off due to unskilled EU migrants'
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2018.
Britain's poorest families are almost £300 a year worse off as
a result of unskilled migration, a major study has claimed.
Impoverished communities where unskilled migrants tend to settle
pay more than average for unskilled EU immigration because the costs in
public services fall directly on those regions, according to a report
published today by Economists for Free Trade (EFT).
Smith, the former work and pensions secretary, called on the Government to
treat unskilled EU immigrants the same as unskilled non-EU immigrants in
any post-Brexit immigration system in the wake of the study. ...
The report found that it costs the UK £3.5 billion to support
unskilled EU immigrants or £3,500 per year per adult immigrant.
Illegal immigration data sharing, NHS, Home Office
NHS Pulls Out Of Data-Sharing Deal With Home Office Immigration Enforcers
HuffPost, 12 November 2018.
The NHS has pulled out of a controversial data-sharing arrangement
with the Home Office which saw confidential patients' details passed on to
In May, the government suspended the
'memorandum of understanding' agreement between the health service and the
Home Office after MPs, doctors and health charities warned it was leaving
seriously ill migrants too afraid to seek medical treatment.
Tuesday, NHS Digital announced that it was cutting itself out of the
"NHS Digital has received a revised narrowed
request from the Home Office and is discussing this request with them," a
spokesperson for the data-branch of the health service said, adding that
they have "formally closed-out our participation" in the previous
memorandum of understanding. ...
Meanwhile, the Home Office
confirmed it was working to agree a new deal with NHS Digital which would
only allow it to make requests for data about migrants "facing deportation
action because they have committed serious crimes, or where information
necessary to protect someone's welfare".
The move has been
welcomed by campaigners, with Migrants' Rights Network director Rita Chadra
saying that many migrants had missed out on "the right to privacy and
access to healthcare" because of the data-sharing mechanism.
'Hostile environment' in Britain hasn't put off irregular immigrants but it's increased their suffering
Franck Düvell and Iryna Lapshyna
Conversation, 12 November 2018.
But our new research has found little evidence that internal
immigration controls in the UK have brought down irregular migration.
Instead, they have increased the suffering of migrants living on British
Over the course of four years, we interviewed 175 irregular
immigrants from Australia, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine. By
irregular immigrants we mean people who have no right, or who have revoked
their right, to be in the UK and would be issued with a removal order if
apprehended by the authorities. We also interviewed 29 immigration
officers, staff from public services and voluntary sector organisations, as
well as 18 employers.
Overall we found a mixed picture. About half
of the irregular immigrants we interviewed didn't worry about immigration
controls or only worried at the beginning of their stay in the UK. One
interviewee, a young woman from Ukraine, pointedly argued: "It is still
better to be illegal in the UK than legal in my own country." Several
others made similar remarks.
But the other half of our respondents
was rather anxious, and some had even developed psychosomatic stress
symptoms such as sleeplessness. As a man from Ukraine told us: "Fear ...
you catch it from others like a virus."
The much-criticised hostile
environment policy, introduced by Theresa May in 2012 when she was home
secretary, was rebranded as the "compliant environment" in spring 2018 in
the wake of the Windrush scandal. But many of the checks it requires
be that by landlords or universities remain in place.
notoriously difficult to collect data on the number of irregular immigrants
in any country. But they don't seem to be leaving the UK in any significant
Irregular immigrants develop various strategies to
cope with the looming threat of detection. ...
If they do have jobs
in larger companies, they avoid morning shifts as they know that
immigration raids are normally conducted around dawn. And they generally
avoid any kind of crowd events. Some communities arrange WhatsApp groups
and in some towns and neighbourhoods minicab drivers alert certain
communities if immigration enforcement officers are in town.
of those we spoke to were less than impressed by immigration enforcement.
As one Brazilian man put it: "The worst that can happen if they catch me is
that they will send me back home, isn't it?"
Of our 175
interviewees, only 29 encountered immigration enforcement during their stay
in the UK. Of these 11 were detained, but only one was deported, and that
person was back in the UK within a month and a half. And only one person we
spoke to decided to leave the UK and go back to Pakistan because of
unviable living conditions. ...
A new market has grown up for the
documentation that can be used to circumvent immigration controls. About a
quarter of our interviewees said they had used false documents. This in
turn has created networks which did not exist in the late 1990s and early
2000s, when one of us conducted a similar study.
All this means
that the hostile environment is actually counterproductive: it has provided
new opportunities for criminals, probably mostly people who are in the UK
legally, to falsify documents.
Why we need borders more than ever
Conservative Woman, 12 November 2018.
Migration is a basic part of how nations and peoples interact.
People relocate for a variety of reasons: out of desperation, in search of
work or opportunity, for love, for a job, or for something else entirely.
Immigration brings benefits, as cultures and peoples mingle, and it brings
costs, as people bring needs, leave gaps at home, and cultures collide. ...
Yet, even so, immigration must be controlled, and the integrity of
nation states respected. It isn't a matter of all or nothing, but of rate.
A spring of water can be welcome when a torrent would be devastating. So it
is with immigration. Not too many at once, and only those who can fit in
and will pull their weight.
... We live in times when the
commanding heights of culture have been colonised by ideologues steeped in
doctrines antithetical to the deep truths of human nature. The consequences
can be seen all around us, in the chaotic societies that now pass for our
civilisation, and in the rise of popular movements and parties set on
turning the tide. But will the establishment elites themselves, and not
just the plucky outsiders, come round to see sense before it's too late? We
have to hope so.
Some have suggested that morality is wholly on the
side of the open borders brigade, and that immigration controls can be
defended only by appeal to a kind of necessary self-interest. I think this
is wrong, and fails to appreciate the full moral impact of immigration and
its relation to other important human goods such as the nation and the
There are in fact a number of reasons why defending national
borders by controlling immigration (among other things) is the morally
correct thing for a state to do. Here are some of them.
there is the effect on the native workforce. Uncontrolled immigration
reduces the availability of jobs for resident workers and exerts downward
pressure on pay. ...
Second, there is the pressure on public
services and housing. ...
Third, there are problems of
Fourth, there is the breakdown in social
cohesion. Uncontrolled immigration generates ever larger enclaves of
foreign cultures which erode social cohesion and trust and aggravate ethnic
tensions and violence. These tensions in turn spawn intrusive laws and
expensive (and ineffective) government programmes designed to curb them, as
well as socially corrosive grievance industries and identity politics.
Fifth, there is the existential threat to the nation state itself.
Uncontrolled immigration fails to respect the importance of the concept of
a national homeland in which a national people group forms a dominant
majority that enables their native culture to prevail over those of other
nationalities and people groups. This is an idea which is commonly affirmed
for non-European peoples but often denied for European peoples, an
asymmetry that can elicit resentment.
Sixth, there is the global
impact. Uncontrolled immigration can have a strongly negative effect on
immigrants' countries of origin, as many of their most enterprising people
relocate to more prosperous shores.
Lastly, there is the birth rate
multiplier: most of the above issues are accentuated where, as is often the
case, the immigrants' birth rate is substantially above the native birth
Immigration abroad Germany
Green party chief Winfried Kretschmann causes offence with migrant call
The Times, 12 November 2018.
A row over migration has broken out in the top ranks of Germany's
resurgent Green party as a poll showed that it had achieved its highest
level of popularity in seven years.
The leadership distanced itself
from the Greens' most successful elected politician, who described "hordes
of young, testosterone-driven men" from overseas as "the most dangerous
thing human evolution has produced".
The dispute overshadowed the
party conference in Leipzig, which is celebrating state election results in
Hesse and Bavaria where it emerged second strongest behind Angela Merkel's
Yesterday a survey put the party on 22 per
cent nationally ...
Crime violence, ethnic minorities
'This is black children killing black children': Former Equality Commission chairman TREVOR PHILLIPS says white liberals need to 'tell the truth about violence in UK
Mail on Sunday, 11 November 2018.
[The author is a Former Chairman Of The Equality Commission]
Last week, the heartbroken family of another young victim returned
to their home in Romania after just a few weeks living here in Britain.
London, they said, was a dangerous place where 'terrible things can
happen in the blink of an eye. If you say the wrong thing to the wrong
person you could end up dead'.
Their own son, Beniamin Pieknyi, was
in the wrong place at the wrong time and was stabbed to death in an East
London shopping centre just one more victim of a vicious urban
conflict that has already cost hundreds of lives, five in the past week
Violence is nothing new. /.../ But the battles now
taking place are different.
The primitive weaponry of my day has
been replaced by a lethal armoury of knives, swords, handguns and,
occasionally, automatic rifles some in the hands of children as
young as ten. ...
I'm the son of poor immigrants and have no doubt
that, were I a teenager today, I too would be caught up in the carnage.
This epidemic of knife crime has not appeared from nowhere. It has
been gathering for some time, yet the warnings from me and others were
ignored. Even now, the political response has been pathetic, focusing
irrelevantly, in my opinion on police numbers.
fact there is no evidence that having bobbies on the beat will deter
teenage thugs. The chances of a policeman being on the right corner at the
right time are probably less than the same officer being struck by
But there is plenty that we can do, and urgently.
First we need to be clear about who is dying and who is doing the
killing, and we must be honest that there is a racial component to the
The deaths are taking place in the urban semi-ghettos of
London, Manchester and other big cities, especially those which have become
home to refugees from war zones in Eastern Europe, Africa and elsewhere.
Membership of a gang brings protection and a sense of belonging
and the promise of a slice of the profits of the illegal drugs trade.
So the forlorn attempts by politicians and media to ignore this
truth to avoid 'stigmatising' minority communities has been
counterproductive, a hand-wringing dereliction of responsibility. It might
make 'right-on' white liberals feel better. But the price of their smugness
is an ongoing bloody massacre of black children with a casualty list that
seems to lengthen by the day. ...
We need to stop the blood flowing
by following the example of the American police and identifying the
high-risk zones, based on data from police, hospitals and schools. Police
should be empowered to flood these areas, using stop-and-search powers as
freely as they wish. ...
... In areas where the gangs are primarily
black or from another ethnic group, police might even be permitted to apply
for exemption from race discrimination laws for a limited period. This
could free their hands to act against specific targets and few would
be more pleased than minority parents who constantly worry that their
children may never come home.
Extremism political correctness, blasphemy
The plight of Asia Bibi should have everyone in the West trembling
Sunday Telegraph, 11 November 2018.
Watching the horrifying crowds of men in Pakistan calling for the
death of Asia Bibi seemed like watching another, medieval world. Bibi, a
Pakistani Christian woman, spent eight years on death row, after allegedly
insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours. Last week, the
Supreme Court acquitted her, and she secretly left her prison, causing
violent protests from Islamists, who said she should be hanged for
blasphemy. The Foreign Office has said that she is still in the country,
meaning her life is at tremendous risk. Even the judges who allowed her
release are in danger now, after an Islamist leader said all three
"deserved to be killed".
Many of us will rightfully feel far
removed from Bibi, a victim of one of the most oppressive mobs this decade
has seen. But, while the secularisation of the West may have led us to
believe that the violence and authoritarian nature of Pakistan could not be
replicated here, history shows us that societies twist and turn, and new
movements are quite capable of replacing religion. What happened to Bibi
should serve as a lesson as to what happens when censorship is allowed to
engulf a country.
Indeed, there are troublesome parallels here. The
UK has been slowly moving in a dangerous direction of late, steered mostly
by the politically correct Left, which has become evermore authoritarian
about what people can say, and therefore believe. Their behaviour is
alarmingly akin to that of the religious fanatics in Pakistan: monitoring
words for any sign of evil sentiment, sometimes misquoting them as proof of
wicked deeds. Heavily applied political correctness is no different from
religious extremism. It is the same thing: believing that evryone is
blaspheming against you.
The news is littered with examples of this
sweeping fanaticism, which paints a picture of a new religion a
belief system with its own absolute truths, revealed only when someone
offends against them. /.../ And let's not forget the existence of dubious
laws that can punish people for "insults" that cause "distress". ...
We must learn from the lessons from other parts of the globe
of the importance of the liberties we have taken far too much for granted.
We've covered SIXTEEN carjackings in a month - at rate of four a week
Birmingham Mail, 11 November 2018.
Violent masked hammer gangs running riot, innocent drivers knifed
and petrified women left screaming after being dragged from behind their
The city of Birmingham has endured a surge in
carjackings and, according to those who have suffered, it is ruining lives.
In the past month alone, BirminghamLive has reported SIXTEEN
carjackings ranging from a 15-year-old boy stabbing a driver in Selly Oak
to a man being battered for his £400 Ford KA in Kings Norton.
On Friday, BirminghamLive reported how nurse Jill Waliszewski was
ambushed by a gang of 50 "savages" who hurled bricks at her Toyota Yaris
while attempting to yank her out from the car.
It followed another
carjacking attempt just 24 hours previously after dad Lee Brown was
battered in a car park off Shannon Road.
Just last weekend,
shoppers at Princess Alice Retail Park in Sutton Coldfield were subjected
to ten minutes of terror after masked carjackers armed with knives and
hammers stole an Audi A3 and VW Golf in broad daylight.
How Immigration Changes Britain
National Review, 11 November 2018.
Almost nothing is discussed as badly in America or Europe as the
subject of immigration. And one reason is that it remains almost impossible
to have any sensible or rational public discussion of its consequences. Or
rather it is eminently possible to have a discussion about the upsides
("diversity," talent, etc.) but almost impossible to have any rational
discussion about its downsides.
When I wrote The Strange Death
of Europe, I wanted to highlight the sheer scale of change that
immigration brings. /.../ For instance, as I noted then, an internal
document from the Ministry of Defence that leaked a few years back said
that Britain would no longer be able to engage militarily in a range of
foreign countries because of "domestic" factors. It takes a moment to
absorb this. We're used to wondering about how immigration changes domestic
politics. But foreign policy as well?
All of this is to say that
the latest news from the U.K. is both thoroughly predictable and deeply
disturbing. Readers of National Review will be familiar with the case of
Asia Bibi. She is the Christian woman from Pakistan who has been in prison
on death row for the last eight years. Her "crime" is that a neighbor
accused her of "blasphemy." ...
... The case has amply demonstrated
the type of country that Pakistan is these days. But who would have guessed
that her case would also throw so much light on the type of country Britain
There are clearly international efforts underway to get
Bibi out of Pakistan. If anybody in the world deserves asylum it is her.
And any civilized country should be queuing up to give asylum to her and
her family. Among those reported to have done so is the Netherlands.
But today there are reports that the British government has said
that it will not offer asylum to Asia Bibi. The reason being "security
concerns" that weasel term now used by all officialdom whenever it
needs one last reason to avoid doing the right thing. According to this
report, the government is concerned that if the U.K. offered asylum to Bibi
it could cause "unrest among certain sections of the community." And which
sections would that be? /.../ The "community" that the British government
will be scared of is the community that comes from the same country that
has tortured Asia Bibi for the last eight years.
The government is
right to expect a backlash. There have been cases before of this
"community" expressing its views. From the book-burnings and protests over
The Satanic Verses affair in 1989 to the mass protest against
cartoonists, which was the "community's" response to the Charlie Hebdo
massacre in 2015, the Pakistani Muslim community in the U.K. has never been
shy of expressing its views. ...
In any case, if it is true that
the British government has declined to offer Asia Bibi asylum for this
reason, then it should lead to a huge national and international outcry.
Among other things, it suggests that the British government has got its
priorities exactly the wrong way around. For it is not Asia Bibi who should
not be in Britain. It is anyone from the "communities" who would not accept
Asia Bibi being in Britain who should not be in the country. Though I
wouldn't expect any British politician to express that simple truth any
Asylum housing, cost
I'll stop city being deluged by asylum seekers, vows Manchester mayor
Daily Express, 10 November 2018.
Mayor Andy Burnham sparked an immigration debate yesterday by
vowing to stop Greater Manchester being swamped by any more asylum seekers.
The ex-Labour MP has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid warning
of "catastrophic failure" over the "disproportionate" number of asylum
seekers his region receives. One in six people in the UK waiting to find
out if they will be given refugee status is placed in Greater Manchester,
which supports 6,681 asylum seekers - a 102 per cent increase since 2003.
But 180 areas across the UK - including Prime Minister Theresa May's local
authority of Maidenhead - house none at all.
Mr Burnham is
threatening to withdraw his region from voluntary placement programmes
unless asylum seekers are distributed more equally.
He also said
the current Home Office approach jeopardises the Asylum Accommodation
Support Transformation dispersal contracts set to launch next year.
The new contracts - worth more than £4 billion over 10 years -
are currently out to tender.
Mr Burnham wrote: "For too long,
asylum dispersal has been imposed on Greater Manchester with little heed
paid to cohesion or large numbers.
"It cannot be right that towns
have more asylum seekers clustered in a handful of wards than entire
regions in the rest of the country.
"The prospect of this
continuing for another 10 years is completely unacceptable.
will harm communities and be of no benefit to those who are asked to live
The Home Office said it was working with local
authorities in the North-west "to deliver on our statutory obligation to
house destitute asylum seekers whilst asylum claims are determined".
10 Questions About the Compatibility of Islam with America
American Thinker, 10 November 2018.
[The author is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and Associated Press foreign correspondent]
Wikipedia defines Islamophobia as the fear, hatred of or prejudice
against the Islamic religion or Muslims, especially when seen as a
geopolitical force or the source of terrorism. Yes, many people around the
globe who identify with Islam are good, hard working, loving people. But
that's a separate issue from Islam itself. ...
... The generally
accepted values of modern America stress a wide range of freedoms involving
speech, sexuality and life styles as well as equal rights for women,
minorities and a long list of others. None of this fits with the program of
the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that affirmed Sharia law as
supreme, with the death penalty for those leaving Islam, punishing women
who are victims of rape, allowing men to be polygamous, permitting wife
beating and censoring speech that insults Islam.
... Yet Mohammad
said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Those who reject
Islam must be killed." Islamic law enforces dhimmi status on non-Muslims,
prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, raising
their voices during prayer, ringing church bells or saying anything
considered "insulting to Islam." /.../ There's a lot more, but you get the
"When Muslims claim Islam is a religion of peace and love,
are they lying to the non-Muslim world?" Ask Hicham Nostik, a former
Muslim who now lives in Germany. He understands the prophet Muhammad's
famous quote, 'War is deceit.' Lying is permitted to deceive an "enemy."
The Qu'ran defines the 'enemy' as "disbelievers." There is no way to cover
up the meaning of that. In fact, apostates who leave Islam are subject to
the death penalty. Apostasy is a crime in 16 out 49 Muslim majority
countries /.../ It is subject in some countries, such as Iran and Saudi
Arabia, to the death penalty.
Has there ever been a period in
history fully characterized by peaceful co-existence between Muslims and
non-Muslims? Apparently not, based on details in Robert Spencer's new
book, 'The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS" as well as
Raymond Ibrahim's "Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen centuries of war between
Islam and the West," Pamela Geller's "Stop the Islamization of
America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance" and similar books written
by Jamie Glazov, David Horowitz, Brigitte Gabriel and Amil Imani.
... Growing problems caused by Muslims in France, Italy, Belgium,
Holland, Germany, Sweden and Britain continue to be well documented. The
Muslim takeover of Britain is so far along I fear only a bloody civil war
could reverse the tide. Douglas Murray has spelled this out in detail in
his book, The Strange Death of Europe. After 25 years of intense
Muslim immigration, Islam features 3,000 mosques, 130 Sharia courts, 50
Muslim Sharia Councils and dozens of 'no go zones' where Moslem 'Sharia'
patrols ensure no one disobeys Sharia Law.
Police should be held to account over grooming gang scandal, says magistrate
ExaminerLive, 10 November 2018.
West Yorkshire Police has been asked whether any of its officers
will be punished for failing to deal with child sexual exploitation in the
Huddersfield area between 2004 and 2011.
Roger Grasby, a
magistrate, put the question to Chief Constable Dee Collins and the
county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, at a meeting
in Wakefield on Friday.
Mr Grasby said the behaviour of some
officers towards victims had been strongly criticised by the Crown during
the recent trial at Leeds Crown Court which led to jail sentences for a
gang of 20 men, all British Asians mainly of Pakistani heritage.
The court heard that victims and their families repeatedly told
police what was happening but it had fallen on deaf ears. ...
asked whether officers who had failed to take action would be "held to
After the meeting, Mr Grasby told ExaminerLive: "I want
to know where these officers are and if they now hold senior positions
within the Force." ...
Responding to Mr Grasby's question, Mark
Burns-Williamson said the independent review in Kirklees had yet to decide
if the behaviour of officers would form part of the inquiry.
Rapists and murderers among hundreds of foreign criminals missing from Home Office monitoring, records show
Independent, 9 November 2018.
Rapists and killers are among hundreds of foreign criminals who
have dropped off the Home Office's radar.
also lost track of overseas nationals convicted of kidnap, weapons
possession and robbery.
They had been living in the community while
facing removal from the UK.
Figures showed 450 foreign national
offenders (FNOs) absconded in the 30 months up to the end of June.
Some were later located but the whereabouts of more than 200 were
unknown up to two years after contact with officials ceased.
Conservative MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons Home Affairs
Committee, described the findings as "horrifying".
He said: "These
are very concerning figures and confirm a worrying trend that we are a soft
touch when it comes to dealing with foreign national offenders.
is a mystery to me why we do not immediately deport these criminals, some
of them highly dangerous, back to their country of origin, and let their
authorities deal with them.
"The fact that these people are
escaping the watchful eye of the Home Office and are back on our streets is
"Innocent people going about their daily lives could be
at risk." ...
Figures obtained under freedom of information rules
show 251 foreign national offenders absconded in 2016, followed by 164 last
year and 35 in the first six months of this year.
As of the end of
June, 223 male FNOs had not been found.
Eleven females who
absconded in 2016 are yet to be tracked down, and an unspecified number
up to five absconders disappeared in each of last year and
the first six months of this year.
Offenders convicted of murder,
manslaughter, rape, kidnap, weapons possession, robbery, conspiracy to
defraud, theft, burglary and death by dangerous driving were among those
Exact figures are not known for most offence
categories including murder, manslaughter and rape as the
Home Office does not disclose data where the number is five or fewer
people, to protect individuals' identities.
The department also
refused to provide details of the nationalities of absconders on the basis
disclosure could hamper efforts to deport or remove FNOs by undermining
border controls and agreements with other countries.
statistics were given, they showed nine offenders previously convicted of
violent crimes were yet to be located in June, after absconding in 2016.
The Home Office said some of the absconders recorded as unfound
in June may have been traced since. ...
Many absconders are traced
at overseas locations and can be prevented from returning to the UK,
officials said. ...
A Home Office spokesperson said: ...
"We have removed more than 44,500 foreign national offenders since
2010, and this week, like every week, more than 100 foreign criminals will
be removed from the UK.
"In 2017-18, we removed more than 2,000
FNOs direct from prison under the early removal scheme."
Gang of insurance scammers jailed for fake claims on scale 'never seen before'
Sky News, 9 November 2018.
Five men have been sentenced to a collective 14 years in prison
after committing one of the UK's biggest cases of commercial property
The organised crime group defrauded insurers out of £1m
after making fake claims of property damages at bars and restaurants across
After hitting 14 different insurers, it is the biggest
case of commercial property fraud handled by City of London Police's
insurance fraud enforcement department (IFED).
The force said the
scale of the investigation had "never been seen before in the insurance
Following a six-week trial, the five men were sentenced
for a mix of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.
... Tarquinn Orgill, ... Nyron Hughes, ... Ramone Carty, ... Kashif
Bhatti, Jurelle Hayles, ...
It emerged they had faked issues such
as burst pipes at businesses in Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire,
Lancashire and London. ...
The gang gained £944,206 through
New head of CPS under fire for refusing to use phrase 'Islamist terrorism'
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2018.
The new head of the CPS has been accused of adopting "deeply
unhelpful" language about terrorists after spending 90 minutes with CAGE,
the group that described ISIS executioner Jihadi John as "a beautiful young
The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) has criticised Max Hill QC's
appointment as the Director of Public Prosecutions, claiming he has "aped"
the rhetoric used by CAGE and its supporters.
Mr Hill, who replaced
Alison Saunders last week, held a 90 minute meeting with CAGE last autumn -
a month after the organisation's international director, Muhammad Rabbani,
was convicted of a terrorism offence ...
It came after the group
had held a press conference following the February 2015 killing of ISIS's
chief executioner Mohammed Emwazi describing the brutal killer as
"beautiful" and "extremely gentle". ...
Accusing the QC of being
"influenced, inaccurately, by the Islamist group's agenda", the HJS pointed
out similarities between Mr Hill's refusal to refer to "Islamist terrorism"
and CAGE describing the use of the word "Islamist" as a smear on the
In February, Mr Hill - then head of the Government's
terror watchdog - declared that it is "fundamentally wrong" to use the
phrase "Islamist terrorism" to describe attacks carried out in Britain and
He said that the word terrorism should not be attached
"to any of the world religions" and that the term "Daesh-inspired
terrorism" should be used instead. ...
In his 2018 independent
review of terror legislation, published last month, Mr Hill refers to "the
perception and experience of racism and stigmatization in the workings of
Schedule 7 and Prevent, whether repeat stops at borders or undue focus on
Islamist extremism". ...
According to the HJS, Mr Hill has also
held meetings with other organisations which have been outspoken in their
criticism of Prevent including MEND, Just Yorkshire and The Cordoba
Foundation, once described by David Cameron as a "political front for the
Muslim Brotherhood". ...
MEND were once described as "Islamists
masquerading as civil libertarians" while Just Yorkshire is an anti-Prevent
group funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which has also funded
Emma Webb, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society
said: "In the wake of negative publicity damaging the CPS, Max Hill has
vowed that through his appointment he will "restore trust". But it is
difficult to see how this will be possible given his habit of meeting
disproportionately with extremist and intolerant groups.
with such groups is bad enough, but his apparent aping of their divisive
rhetoric is a step to far. Their fingerprints are all over his own
"He has shown himself to have bad taste and judgement in
the company he keeps. This is certainly not a man who can be trusted to
ensure justice is done when it comes to Islamist extremism."
Population birth rates
'Baby bust': Watershed as birth rates in UK and nearly half of world's countries plunge, forcing more reliance on immigration, report warns
Independent, 9 November 2018.
The world is reaching a "watershed" where nearly half of its
countries, including the UK, are in the midst of a "baby bust" with birth
rates below levels needed to maintain population size, a major
international report has found.
The annual Global Burden of Disease
Study, published in The Lancet, shows that 91 of 195 countries now
have fertility rates below replacement level currently 2.05 births
on average for every woman. ...
"These statistics represent both a
'baby boom' for some nations and a 'baby bust' for others," said Dr
Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and
Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, which led the
The study shows that in 2017 the UK's
fertility rate stood at 1.7 births per woman. Of 104 nations still in baby
boom there are 59 where birth rates are above three children per woman on
Countries in Africa and the Middle East, where women's
education and employment opportunities key drivers of fertility
reductions, along with infant mortality account for 47 of the 59.
"Migrants use less from the health system, they tend to be
younger and healthier, and they also help provide essential replacement for
retiring care workers in these roles," Dr Nando Sigona, an expert on
international migration from the University of Birmingham, told The
But he warned that these arguments are being
undermined by increasingly outlandish anti-migrant rhetoric and conspiracy
Crime knife crime, police
Knife crime policing
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]
The Home Secretary calls for the police to crack down on knife and
violent crime, particularly in London.
I have been a serving
Metropolitan Police officer since 1991. The impact that the office of Home
Secretary has had in this time, no matter who has been in post, has been
pivotal in the cataclysmic upsurge in violent crime, due to politicisation
of a problem where robust action is the answer.
used to great effect for decades, but was degraded relentlessly as it was
Street robbery and knife and gun crime are committed
almost without exception by black men on black men. Consequently the
majority of people stopped in connection with these ghastly crimes fit that
For crying out loud, when will the police be allowed to
concentrate scant resources on accepted perpetrators rather than bow their
heads politically and focus on so-called hate crimes and cyber crime which,
frankly, rarely bother the majority of society?
Extremism violence, Islam
UK 'Won't Offer Asylum To Asia Bibi Amid Security Concerns'
HuffPost, 9 November 2018.
A Pakistani Christian woman's appeal to Britain for asylum has been
denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest, HuffPost
UK has been told.
Asia Bibi, a Christian farm labourer, was
released from prison in Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of
blasphemy. She had spent eight years on death row after an argument with a
group of Muslim women in June 2009.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan
overturned Bibi's 2010 conviction for "insulting the prophet Mohammed" last
week, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.
her acquittal sparked violent protests led by Islamic religious hardliners,
and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.
On Saturday her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he
feared for his life. Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, has also released a
video message saying he too fears for his family's safety. ...
Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian
Association, said two countries had made firm offers of asylum, but Britain
was not one of them.
"I've been lead to believe that the UK
government had concerns that her moving to the UK would cause security
concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also
be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by
"Asia and her family have now decided to take
up one of the offers for asylum from a western country." ...
Chowdhry, who once lived just streets away from recently released
hate preacher Anjem Choudary, pointed to a number of incidents of Pakistani
Christians being violently assaulted.
Tajamal Amar, 46, fled to the
UK from Pakistan 10 years ago after being targeted in a drive-by shooting
by Islamists who wanted to convert him. He was working as a delivery driver
in Derby in October 2017 when he was attacked by "young local Muslim men".
Amar told HuffPost UK that it was the third time in 12 months he
had been targeted in the UK because of his Christian faith. ...
No-one has been arrested for the attack on Amar, which left him in
a coma and with lesions to his brain, but he believes he knows his
Chowdhry did say "the majority of the British Muslim
population are fine with us", and said it was a small extremist fringe who
were against Pakistani Christians.
New Book Finds Deep Roots for West's Nationalism and Immigration Fears
VOA, 9 November 2018.
A new book examining the rise of populist nationalism across
Western countries faults traditional, establishment parties for ignoring
for too long popular fears about immigration and globalization.
failing to grapple with public alarm early, they allowed both issues to
become toxic and build widespread distrust of established elites, the
For mainstream politicians, especially on the
center-left, the fact-laden, forensic book National Populism: The Revolt
Against Liberal Democracy, by British academics Matthew Goodwin and
Roger Eatwell, published just weeks before America's mid-term elections,
will make for uncomfortable reading.
The authors, one a sociologist
and the other a historian, argue that national populism is here to stay and
that the populist revolts in Europe "were a long time in the making." ...
Since 2016, Europe and the United States have seen a surge of books
and studies on the rise of populist nationalism, but few have caught as
much immediate attention as Eatwell and Goodwin's highly-researched book -
or been cited as much by politicians. The book reached Britain's Sunday
Times top 10 bestseller list two weeks after publication.
Unlike many other authors, they say they do not write to condemn or
praise, but to understand a movement that seeks, they say, to restore "the
primacy of the nation over distant and unaccountable international
organizations" and to reassert "the importance of stability and conformity
over the never-ending and disruptive instability that flows from
But the authors have attracted criticism and
accusations that they are seeking to 'normalize' a dangerous movement.
Immigration world's biggest challenge
Migration, not climate, is world's biggest challenge
The Scotsman, 8 November 2018.
What today is the biggest long-term challenge we face? Climate
change is certainly one; debt and poverty reduction another.
both are dwarfed by a phenomenon already widely evident across Europe and
which has already forced governments into policy change unthinkable barely
a decade ago.
It is the mass movements of populations from poorer
countries to richer ones: movement on a scale that is set to dwarf the
migrant crisis of 2014-16.
The abject misery of thousands of
fleeing migrants from the 7,000-strong 'caravan' heading to the
Mexican-US border to the continuing arrivals of desperate people from
Africa and the Middle East is seldom far from our television screens
and newspaper headlines. ...
Small though these incidents may be in
number, the desperation they reveal is colossal. A sharp decline in refugee
numbers arriving at European borders from the levels of two years ago might
suggest that this phenomenon has largely gone away and is no longer an
issue. That would be naïve. Population statistics and in
particular those from economically impoverished areas make clear
that we may be only at the beginning of a massive global shift of peoples.
Existing trends make this development startlingly clear. The
population of Africa has already risen sharply from around 140
million in 1900 to one billion in 2010. But where to from here? According
to authoritative 'medium scenario' projections from the UN, the populations
of 26 African countries will rise to 2.5 billion by 2050 and climb to four
billion in 2100.
Since 2014, more than 1.8 million migrants have
entered Europe, some 919,000 of these from Syria applying for asylum. ...
... It is no exaggeration to say that immigration is a potent issue
across many EU countries, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France and the
Netherlands prominent among them.
... But there can be little
doubt, not only that population numbers are growing fast, but also
expectations of a better life that can be achieved by migration. And it is
this combination, leading to a movement en masse, that speaks both to the
desperation of millions of people and the power of expectations.
The world we know is set to change dramatically. The population of
Nigeria alone, currently the world's seventh largest country, is expected
to surpass that of the US and become the third most populous country in the
world before 2050. ...
Where are we currently in the UK? The latest
net migration statistics show that in the year ending March 2018, net
migration to the UK was 271,000. ...
In this, Scotland may consider
itself in an advantageous position. Immigration has barely surfaced as a
political issue. /.../ But that should not blind us to the scale and depth
of the geo-political upheaval that lies ahead. Millions are already on the
move. And tens of millions are set to follow. In the desperate search for
basic food, clothing, medicines and shelter, the world should prepare for a
population upheaval without precedent.
Politics European civilisation
The Coming Battle for European Civilization
American Conservative, 8 November 2018.
The intellectual debate about immigration, diversity, and
multiculturalism in Europe is generally richer than in the United States,
reflective of the fact that theirs is a genuine civilizational crisis,
considerably more dire than ours.
Two books are especially
outstanding: Christopher Caldwell's Reflections on the Revolution in
Europe, published nine years ago, and Douglas Murray's The Strange
Death of Europe, which came out last year. Both are exemplars of subtle
analysis, extensive research and reporting, and reasoned fair-minded
argument. Both get to the essence of the problem of a weary and
self-doubting secular civilization trying to accommodate a sudden and very
large influx of people with a completely different sense of identity and
often a theologically infused sense of the purpose and meanings of life.
Both lay considerable blame on West European political leaders and academic
and media elites who have a long record of hiding the nature of the problem
from their publics and perhaps also from themselves. ...
later, Spectator editor Douglas Murray published a book in many ways
as impressive as Caldwell's but that includes recent developments that have
brought the immigration issue nearer to full boil. ...
believe that the European people's desire that Europe remain home for them
is the most natural and defensible of human political longings. I also
believe that the elite globalist consensus, that China can be China and
India can be India but Europe can be turned into a repository for anyone in
the world who can get there, if it comes to full fruition, will destroy
what has been one of mankind's most fruitful and innovative civilizations.
I, of course, say this with full cognizance of the dark points in Europe's
past, some of which have been very dark indeed.
... To prevail in
the coming years, Europeans will have to elect governments that are able to
say "no," that are willing to distinguish between genuine refugees and
economic or welfare-seeking migrants, that will deport some or all of the
latter as they see fit, and that will institute measures that make
immigrating illegally to Europe as unlikely as immigrating illegally to
China (to take one example of a society that has no impulse to commit
The Europeans may yet succeed but the outcome is very
much in doubt. On one hand, there are literally hundreds of millions in
Africa and the Mideast and the Asian subcontinent who believe that their
situations would be improved by moving to Europe and who increasingly have
the means to set such plans in motion. They are enabled by a deeply
entrenched European globalist elite that, out of a combination of guilt,
civilizational weariness, and a genuine belief that borders are obsolete,
wish to pose no serious obstacle to their entry. ...
As any reader
of Caldwell's and Murray's books knows, this battle has deep and complex
intellectual roots, profoundly linked to questions of belief, secularism,
and the meaning of life. ...
It's my hope as a journalist that I
can add something to the American understanding of this battle by reading
what I can of the European press, describing the main events and debates,
quoting and linking liberally, and probably traveling to Europe as I've
done previously to report on critical elections and events. In any case,
that's the plan.
Savage gang jailed after stabbing man with 12-inch machete in front of his mum
Birmingham Mail, 8 November 2018.
A brutal gang who ran a man off the road before stabbing him with a
machete has been jailed for 43 years.
Amir Hussain, 23, knifed the
victim twice after charging at him with a 12-inch blade on Coventry Road,
The victim had been driving his mother to a doctor's
appointment when three men launched their vicious attack on May 22.
Hussain and his accomplices, Zain Islam and Hussan Yousaf - who are
brothers - first chased the victim in a stolen pick-up truck.
the victim climbed out of the crash wreckage and tried to get his mother
out of the back seat, he was set upon. ...
Drugs were also
recovered from the room plus almost £6,500 in cash.
refused to answer any questions during interview but they were charged with
On Monday (November 5) all three were sentenced
for a total of 43 years.
Immigration abroad terrorism, USA
WALSH: Antifa Is A Terrorist Organization And Should Be Treated Like One
Daily Wire, 8 November 2018.
This is not a protest. It is not free speech. These are not
activists. These are terrorists engaged in an organized campaign to harass
and threaten their political enemies. And this is far from the first case
we have seen. We've seen them shut down whole city blocks, assaulting
innocent bystanders and vandalizing property. We've seen them swarm
politicians and chase them out of restaurants. We've seen them riot in
stupid ski masks, wielding baseball bats and clubs. There's a reason the
Department of Homeland Security considers them domestic terrorists. This is
politically-motivated violence, incitement, and harassment. That's what
terrorism is, by definition.
The problem is that they aren't
generally treated like terrorists. Usually they're allowed to carry on
unimpeded, even if they're accosting the elderly and the wheelchair-bound.
They're given immense leeway when they should be given none at all. ...
... They want us to see them as a threat. They want us to know
and are very explicit about the fact that their political
opponents aren't "safe." I say we finally take them at their word.
Immigration border security
For all our outrage over Trump, the West simply cannot take any more mass immigration
Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2018.
Let's get the obligatory caveats out of the way from the outset.
Donald Trump's invective about the caravan of central American migrants
winding its way through Mexico towards the US border is grotesque. ...
But other than the egregious language, how does Mr Trump's policy
actually differ either from that of his predecessor or from the approach
taken by other developed countries? For all his self-righteousness, Barack
Obama's administration operated the same immigration laws, stopping
hundreds of thousands of would-be arrivals at the Mexican border.
Mr Trump just takes that to its logical conclusion by proposing to
replace an easily breached fence with a hard-to-cross wall.
would we react in this country if 5,000 people were heading across France
determined to make it to the UK and demand asylum? ...
already seen some of the political consequences that followed Angela
Merkel's ill-judged open-door policy three years ago, not least to her own
... But so great is population growth in some
countries that it will be hard to sustain with existing resources. By 2050,
the Middle East and Africa will be home to around 3.4 billion people
more than the populations of China and India combined. It is an
unprecedented boom with ramifications yet to be felt.
Eleven children found in refrigerated lorry in Newhaven
BBC, 7 November 2018.
Twenty-one people, including children as young as 12, have been
found inside a refrigerated lorry entering the UK.
thought to be from Vietnam, was concealed among a load of sparkling water
at the port of Newhaven in Sussex on Thursday. ...
A Romanian man,
believed to be the driver, has been charged with assisting unlawful entry
into the UK. ...
A spokesman said the group included 17 people
claiming to be aged between 12 and 17 who "presented themselves as
"A total of 11 were later confirmed to be minors. They
were passed into the care of social services," he said. ...
the children were placed with foster carers or in supported housing.
One of the children had since absconded from council care, he said.
The adults - five women and five men - were interviewed by
immigration officials, the Home Office said.
An 18-year-old man and
a woman aged 27 have been removed from the UK.
The eight other
adults, aged between 21 and 28, have been told they must report regularly
to the Home Office while their cases are assessed.
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
Asylum seekers from just one German refugee shelter commit 1265 crimes in 9 months
Voice of Europe, 7 November 2018.
At the request of the AfD, by André Wendt the Interior
Minister of Saxony Roland Wöller of the CDU, has provided police
records from January until the end of September.
recorded a total of 1265 crimes by 642 residents of the refugee shelter at
the Hamburg Street in Dresden. ...
The offences include 364
violations of residency permits, 299 thefts, 175 embezzlement of low value
items as the police call it, 97 grand larcenies and 69 drug offences, 41
fare dodgings, 33 aggravated assaults, 20 assaults, 13 gang robberies with
weapons, 12 predatory thefts, four robberies, two attacks on enforcement
officers, one extortion and one person was arrested for manslaughter. ...
Wendt called the numbers terrifying and issued the following
statement: "It becomes clear here that there are many criminals among the
asylum seekers, who threaten our safety and have no place in our nation
because of this."
Politics Brexit, 'Norway' option
The 'Norway' option means one thing uncontrolled immigration
Conservative Woman, 6 November 2018.
If the government is to be believed, we are into the final straight
of the Brexit negotiation, despite the negotiations appearing to have
turned into a peat bog. While the talking continues, we hear 'Norway,
Norway' from the political sidelines. Now, what's all that about?
'Norway' is of course short for European Economic Area (EEA), which
comprises the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. EFTA is something
different again and includes the aforementioned countries plus Switzerland.
But let's leave EFTA out of it for now. Let us focus on 'Norway'.
variety of politicians from all the main parties in the Commons and the
Lords, as well as cross-bench peers, commentators and academics have
proposed temporary membership of the EEA to allow for an acceptable divorce
arrangement to be negotiated. Others have called for long-term membership
of the club. I do not intend to go into all the ramifications of EEA
membership; I will just focus on what it means for immigration. We at
Migration Watch UK have today published a paper in which we conclude that
the 'Norway option' would keep our borders wide open to an unlimited flow
of workers from the EU. Let me flesh this out.
Both those who see
the EEA as an interim solution and the proponents of a permanent
arrangement gloss over the fact that a consequence of EEA membership would
be uncontrolled immigration from the EU continuing. What will this mean?
Well, even at current annual levels of net EU migration of about 90,000
(down from 190,000) it would mean an additional 450,000 population over
five years, roughly the size of Leeds or Cardiff. Consider the number of
hospitals and GP surgeries needed for a city of 450,000. Are we going to
build even some of the extra hospitals and dental schools needed and train
the additional doctors, midwives, nurses and GPs? No. Which of course will
mean even more pressure on existing resources. Will we build the extra
houses required? I very much doubt it. Is it any wonder that people are
seriously concerned about immigration levels? ...
membership would effectively mean we had thrown away the opportunity to
stem the uncontrolled, and uncontrollable, flow of EU migrants. This would
not go down well with the vast majority of the electorate.
Extremism anti-racism, Labour Party
Labour invites notorious Islamic extremist to speak at anti-racism meeting
Ben Lazarus, Hugo Gye and Natasha Clark
The Sun, 6 November 2018.
Labour were today blasted for inviting an extremist Muslim preacher
to an anti-racism event.
Imam Shakeel Begg is due to appear at the
Lewisham Labour Against Racism public meeting tonight alongside Labour MPs
Janet Daby and Vicky Foxcroft.
Begg, who is head of the Lewisham
Islamic Centre attended by Lee Rigby's killers, lost a libel action in 2016
against the BBC after it called him an "extremist".
previously called for Muslims to wage "jihad against the Jews". ...
The Lewisham Labour Against Racism event in South East London was
organised by the local party with the help of trade union activists. ...
Begg sued the BBC after Sunday Politics presenter Andrew Neil
referred to him as "extreme and intolerant".
But Mr Justice
Haddon-Cave ruled against him, describing Begg as "an extremist Islamic
speaker who espouses extremist Islamic positions". ...
on a platform alongside Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of Lee Rigby's murder.
A Labour spokesman said: "Communities and faith groups coming
together is an essential part of the fight against the scourge of racism."
Crime drug smuggling
Chesham man caught smuggling £124k-worth of heroin into the UK at Heathrow Airport hidden in his trainers is jailed
Bucks Free Press, 6
A Chesham man who was caught red-handed trying to smuggle
£124,000 worth of heroin into the UK at Heathrow Airport has been
jailed for five years.
Afran Khalid was caught with the drugs by
Border Force after he arrived on a flight from Islamabad in June 2018. He
told officers he had been in Pakistan visiting family.
Racism on the Rise
American Thinker, 6 November 2018.
It's obvious that in a post-Obama America the anti-white zeitgeist
is out of pandora's box. Whether it was always lurking beneath the language
of multiculturalism and diversity is for historians to figure out. What's
obvious is that when mainstream media personalities like Don Lemon or New
York Times employees like Sarah Jeong freely spew textbook anti-white
racism the world takes notice, the Overton window shifts and the
temperature rises in the frog-pot. Over in Canada, in Europe and Australia
whites are under attack. Due to unprecedented immigration and fatalist
progressive experiments, there is no country where anti-white cultural
currents are not rising. It wasn't supposed to be this way, weakness,
wealth transfers, preferential treatment, open borders and accommodation
were supposed to invite warm feelings, equal outcomes and racial blindness.
It's not the older conservatives but younger ones and future
generations who are facing an unpleasant and unprecedented future if this
trajectory continues. Not without reason are Millennials questioning the
byzantine social codes and power dynamics they inherited from Boomers.
Unlike Cold Warrior conservatives who were raised in communities with high
social trust whose unifying threat was Eastern communism, Millennials were
the first guinea pigs in the "racial blindness" experiment their elders
enlisted them into.
By the 1990s the entire constellation of
Christian morality and civic responsibility in the public space had been
secularized and compressed into a singular mandate. Millennials were taught
from childhood that the highest moral good was serving the self-esteem of
non-whites. In prior ages virtues such as courage, modesty, chivalry, valor
and faith were ways young adults were encouraged to distinguish themselves
but for Millennials it was an adeptness and willingness to navigate the
mercurial minefield of knowing when and how to serve the self-esteem of
non-whites that mattered.
According to the implicit demands of the
experiment, whites and by extension what could be perceived as "white
culture" was selected for strategic downsizing. ...
So where have
three decades of feverish placation and encouraging our sons and daughters
to take a backseat landed us? Statue toppling, knock out games,
self-self-segregated graduations, implicit this, privilege that, people
being fired for thought-crimes, higher taxes on struggling families to
subsidized race-based transfers, racialized comic book warriors, real
historical heroes defaced with graffiti, suppressed speech, our national
anthem undermined, and an endless torrent of millions of new immigrants
adding more complexity to a difficult situation. Americans of all colors
report race relations as having been worse over the last 10 years than
... Is it not obvious that every group on the planet
both within and outside the West is encouraged to embrace the legacy of
their ancestors except for whites? ...
... Diversity is no
transcendental virtue it's a political program with one denominator "less
white". No champion of Diversity is decrying China for being too Chinese,
Sudan for being too black or that Detroit's backwards for a lack of whites.
Immigration EU immigrants, Brexit
Immigration Minister admits Britain WILL have to keep freedom of movement after a No Deal Brexit
The Sun, 6 November 2018.
Britain will have to keep EU free movement after a No Deal Brexit
the Immigration Minister admitted yesterday in a humiliating U-turn.
Caroline Nokes signalled the Home Office would have no way of being
able to differentiate between those EU nationals already here and those
arriving for the first time after 'Brexit Day'.
She added employers
would NOT have to carry out checks on EU nationals in the event of a No
Deal to see if they had a right to work in the UK.
In a car crash
Commons appearance last week she said they would have to.
yesterday, Ms Nokes said: "We will not be asking employers to
differentiate, even if there is no deal."
Challenged that she was
saying free movement allowing unlimited EU immigration - would
essentially remain in place, she said: "We are seeking a sensible
transition period which will enable the Home Office to make sure these
cases can be case-worked clearly." ...
Home Secretary Sajid Javid
last week said free movement may have to remain in place in the event of No
Deal as he sought to clear up Ms Nokes' testimony to the Home Affairs
Select Committee (HASC).
Crime murder, manslaughter
700 foreign killers found to be living in the UK
Jon Austin and Matthew Davis
Daily Express, 5 November 2018.
More than 700 foreign killers were found to be living in the UK in
a two-year period, it has emerged. Rapists and child abusers were also
discovered in computer checks by the Criminal Records Office.
Freedom of Information figures found between 2015 and 2017 there were 700
foreigners living in the UK with murder or manslaughter convictions in
foreign countries, mainly eastern Europe.
There were 741 people
with rape convictions and 362 with child sex criminal records.
criminal checks have exposed how easy it is for migrants to enter from
European Union nations and live in the UK, despite their horrendous
Romania topped the criminal list during the
two-year period with 510 people, followed by Poland with 301 and Lithuania
David Spencer of the Centre for Crime Prevention think
tank said: "These shocking figures show that Brexit cannot come quick
enough for the safety of the British public.
"Once Brexit happens
it is to be hoped that the flow of felons will stop immediately, proper
criminal checks will be carried out before anyone is allowed into the
country, and those European criminals that are already here will be swiftly
But the true figures could be even higher as they came
to light only when checks were made on suspects arrested on suspicion of
committing new crimes in the UK.
Tory MP Phillip Hollobone said:
"It is nothing short of a national disgrace that thousands of foreign
convicted criminals are allowed freely to enter and live in the UK despite
having horrendous criminal records in their own country.
enhancing our domestic security, our membership of the EU and adherence to
freedom of movement has made it even easier for these EU nationals to slip
into our country undetected."
Extremism Islam, blasphemy, free speech
The abandonment of Asia Bibi [part 1]
Spiked, 5 November 2018.
Where are the West's solidarity marches for Asia Bibi? Where are
the t-shirts? Why aren't 'Free Asia Bibi' flags flying on campuses? ...
Bibi, after all, comes across as an ideal person for those of a
genuinely liberal or leftist persuasion to get behind. She's a woman. She's
a farm labourer. She is part of a persecuted minority (Christians in
Pakistan). And she has been subjected to awful punishments and deprivations
merely for saying something.
In a different era, Asia would have
been a cause célèbre in certain Western circles. But
not today. Why? Because many in the West now agree that the thing Bibi is
alleged to have done, and for which she has been so severely punished, is
indeed immoral that is, mocking Muhammad.
Bibi is a Roman
Catholic and a former farm worker from the Sheikhupura district of Punjab.
In June 2009 she was harvesting berries with other women in Sheikhupura
when she picked up a cup to take a drink of water. Some of the other women,
Muslims, accused her of polluting the cup, given she is a Christian and
therefore unclean, or 'filthy', as they branded her. And they allege that
Bibi fired back with some swipes at Muhammad. Bibi has always denied this.
Nonetheless, a mob visited her house and beat her up. She was then
arrested, charged with blasphemy, and, in November 2010, sentenced to death
by hanging. ...
Last week, however, Pakistan's Supreme Court
overturned Bibi's sentence. It accused the women who made the accusations
against her of lying their story was 'concoction incarnate', it said
and it decreed that Bibi was 'free to go'.
Only Bibi has not
been free to go. In response to the Supreme Court's acquittal there have
been massive and violent Islamist protests across Pakistan. 'Kill Asia',
they have demanded in their thousands. They have burned rickshaws, cars and
lorries. The protests are thought to have caused damage in the region of
And in response to this intolerant mob uprising,
Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan has agreed to refuse Bibi's right to
leave the country. In the words of Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani
Christian Association, this is akin to 'signing her death warrant'. ...
Of course there has been much disquiet in the West over the past
eight years, from human-rights outfits and most notably from Christian
Yet something has been notable by its absence amid the
admirable pro-Bibi efforts of Pakistani and Western Christians: the full
and loud raising of the Western liberal voice.
This silence is
depressing, but it isn't surprising. Because many in the West now actually
agree with the Islamists who have rampaged through Pakistan in recent days.
No, they wouldn't kill someone who insulted Muhammad or slagged off Islam,
but they would definitely punish them whether by No Platforming them
from public life, getting them sacked from their job, or in some cases
reporting them to the police.
They differ from Pakistan's
extremists only by degree. Morally and philosophically they are on the same
page the page that says blasphemy against Islam is unacceptable.
Only in the West we don't call it blasphemy. We call it
'Islamophobia' or 'hate speech'. Across Europe, blasphemy laws, most
enthusiastically aimed at those who blaspheme against Islam, have been
rehabilitated in the guise of clamping down on 'phobic' speech.
Extremism Islam, blasphemy, free speech
The abandonment of Asia Bibi [part 2]
Spiked, 5 November 2018.
Witness the European Court of Human Rights' recent agreement with
the Austrian court that fined a woman 480 Euros for calling Muhammad a
paedophile. This means that, morally, Europe is indistinguishable from
Pakistan. Sure, we only fine people for mocking Muhammad, where Pakistan
sentences them to death but both territories have formal strictures
against insulting Islam.
And as a consequence both territories
inflame Islamist intolerance. Pakistan's liberal politicians cannot be
surprised that intolerant Islamists are still demanding Bibi's murder when
Pakistan maintains laws that provide for the execution of blasphemers
against Muhammad. And Europe cannot be surprised that it is witnessing a
serious rise in Islamist violence and intolerance when it has new, sly,
Orwellian restrictions on the questioning or ridicule of Islamic beliefs
We express horror at the massacre at Charlie
Hebdo, yet that vile act was only a more bloody, extreme enforcement of
the same diktat that is issued by Austrian courts, the ECHR, student
radicals who No Platform 'Islamophobes', and so on that is, the
diktat that says Thou Shalt Not Mock Muhammad. The Charlie Hebdo
barbarism was the extrajudicial enforcement of a now mainstream prejudice
in Europe that it is wicked to 'punch down' at the Islamic faith.
This is why Western progressives cannot give full-throated support
to Asia Bibi because, at root, they agree that what she did was
wrong. Their embrace of the victimology of identity politics, where they
obsessively task themselves with the protection of certain groups from
offence or slight, means they have abandoned freedom of speech in favour of
maintaining the 'multicultural' order.
Illegal immigration Croatia, Europe
20,000 armed migrants attack Croatia's border to move into the EU, official warns
Voice of Europe, 5 November 2018.
The Bosnian-Croatian border is under continuous attacks by an armed
mob of more than 20,000 migrants, an official tells Austria's Kronen
The border at Velika-Kladusa is only 224 kilometres from
Austria and more than 20,000 migrants hope to break it to move into Central
Europe, the expert states.
According to him almost all migrants
"are armed" as "almost all have a knife". "The Croats are really trying to
handle this alone. They have also positioned Special Forces at the border,"
the expert says.
There are barely any women and children in the
group, 95 per cent are men and a border policeman has already been stabbed.
"The majority of them come from Pakistan. And there are many
Iranians, Algerians, and Moroccans. Their goal is not Austria," the
According to him the migrants want to go to Germany
or one of the Scandinavian countries.
"Most of the young men have
prepaid credit cards supplied by the United Nations' High Commission on
Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency
Fund (UNICEF)," the official adds.
Immigration abroad United Nations, Poland
UN migration plan collapsing as Poland is FIFTH country to REJECT pact
Sunday Express, 4 November 2018.
Poland has announced it is likely to reject a United Nation's
migration pact, making the country the fifth to shun the plan to set
international rules for migration in what is a major blow to the UN.
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki yesterday revealed that
it is "very likely" the country will back out from the Global Compact for
Poland follows the United States, Austria, Hungary
and the Czech Republic in abandoning the plan.
Mr Morawiecki said
Poland was assessing the pact, which is due to be implemented next month,
but added its own migration controls are its priority.
Prime Minister said: "Our sovereign principles on securing our borders and
controlling migration flows are absolutely the priority for us."
comes after Poland clashed with the European Union over national quotes for
asylum seekers earlier this year.
Ms Merkel, who has faced heavy
criticism for her decision to allow one million refugees into Germany in
2015, voiced her support for the UN pact that Germany has worked
"intensively" on. ...
And this week Austria said it would not agree
the deal over fears it would lead to the recognition of a "human right to
migration" and a blurring of the lines between legal and illegal migration.
Multiculturalism social tensions
'A time bomb': how social tensions are rising in a corner of northern England
The Observer, 4 November 2018.
It was an unusually heavy response to a fight in a school canteen:
a police helicopter, police dog and 15 police vehicles all rushed to Fir
Vale Academy in Page Hall, Sheffield, one Tuesday in late September. ...
Five years ago, David Blunkett, serving his final years as an MP,
warned that Page Hall, a multicultural district of Sheffield which had
become one of the city's most deprived areas after the decline of the steel
industry, was a "boiling pot" waiting to spill over. Describing tensions
between the more established Pakistani community and an influx of Slovakian
Roma people, whom he said needed to make more of an effort to fit in, he
told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We have to change the behaviour and the culture
of the incoming community, the Roma community, because there's going to be
an explosion otherwise. We all know that." ...
Though they wouldn't
say so publicly, officials from communities all over the country with a
sudden high concentration of Roma residents recognised the tensions
Blunkett described. In Rotherham, Doncaster, Derby, Peterborough, Glasgow
and Luton, the local authorities continue to grapple with the challenges
brought by their new Roma residents since EU expansion into eastern Europe
in the 2000s. ...
The last, most scientific, attempt at estimating
the UK's Roma population, by Salford University in 2013, put it at just
under 200,000. That has almost certainly ballooned. As EU citizens, mostly
from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Romania, Roma do not
have to register on arrival. ...
Like many new arrivals, the Roma
have tended to stick together. They rent poor-quality private accommodation
in the cheapest areas and toil in the sort of unskilled, low-paid jobs many
Britons snub. Big families cram into two-bed terraced houses.
many rapidly changing neighbourhoods, tensions over noise, antisocial
behaviour and litter quickly surfaced with the more established residents.
Usually of immigrant background themselves, many of them had worked in the
same minimum-wage jobs on arrival as the Roma but had managed to buy their
Six miles north-east of Page Hall is Eastwood, a
suburb of Rotherham. Ever since she was elected to represent the town in
2012, Sarah Champion MP has been receiving complaints about litter,
fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour, blamed on Roma arrivals. For a long
time, the complaints came from white British and British Pakistani people
who had bought their homes before EU enlargement, said the Labour MP.
"There are people who put all their savings into their homes and find how
they are worth less than they paid for them. They are stuck. They can't
leave the area. It's a nightmare," she said. ...
postal workers said they were so frightened delivering in Eastwood after
being mugged for their parcels that they no longer went out alone. "They
are terrified because of the level of intimidation,'" said Champion. She
went out on a round with two postal workers: "If I wasn't with two post
people, I would have been running away. I was really shocked how bad it
Immigration travellers, Roma
Travellers are warned to collect papers to prove their identity or face being deported after Brexit
MailOnline, 3 November 2018.
Travellers have been warned to collect papers proving their
identity or risk being deported after Brexit.
The Government has
promised all EU nationals who live here legitimately will be able to
qualify to stay permanently.
But they will have to prove their
right to stay and pay a £65 fee to get their 'settled status' in
The Traveller Movement national annual conference was
warned this week the process could lead to deportations of travellers
unable to pass the tests. ...
Charity worker Sarah Zawacki added:
'Our work found that there was also a very low awareness of the need to
apply to secure their position in the UK.
'Now they know there is
this application, but it's £65 - many are on very low incomes and have
very large families and it's just unfeasible.
'Then there is the
language barrier - many speak some English but it's not the level needed to
access this application.'
Around 300,000 members of the Roma
community are believed to live in the UK.
Politics national populism
The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk about immigration
Open Democracy, 3 November 2018.
[The author is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bath]
In National Populism: the Revolt against Liberal Democracy,
Matt Goodwin and I examine the factors which lie behind major political
developments such as: the Brexit vote, Donald Trump's victory, and the
growth of political parties like the French National Rally (formerly
National Front), the Austrian Freedom Party, the Alternative for Germany
and the League in Italy, whose entry into government in 2018 has been
followed by its rise from third to first place in opinion polls. ...
However, this polarised debate glosses over an important further
factor namely, attitudes towards mainstream parties and liberal
democracy generally. Liberal economic and political elites are frequently
blamed for the onset of recession and austerity in many countries. There is
also a widespread belief that mainstream politicians have failed to conduct
an open discussion about immigration, that they have even lied about
numbers and impacts. A 2017 Ipsos poll found that in Britain politicians
were the least trusted profession, with just 17% expressing faith in them,
while once-derided weather forecasters were trusted by 76%.
start by looking briefly at recent trends in Britain. Certainly immigration
has been at historically high levels. It has also encompassed what
academics call 'hyper-diversity', including the arrival of new groups which
some voters fear cannot be assimilated. In the case of Muslims, this
xenophobia is reinforced by fears about terrorism.
There are clear
examples where recent voting has been influenced by such changes. /.../ If
we look at opinion polls, we see that the percentage of British people who
believed that immigration was a major issue rose from 7% at the turn of the
new millennium to 48% in 2016, making it top of the list of voters'
concerns at the time of Brexit. ...
The National Conversation
survey found that only 15% of British people thought that governments had
managed immigration competently and fairly, a dismal figure which reflects
a widespread failure of communication.
Since the beginnings of
large scale immigration in the late 1940s, mainstream politicians have
typically been loathe to speak openly about it. This partly reflects fears
that this could involve taking potentially vote-losing positions and/or
worsen community relations. ...
A common response to the rise of
parties like UKIP is to brand them as 'racist', even 'fascist'. These
charges do not just come from self-styled 'anti-racists'/'anti-fascists'.
Symptomatically, in 2006 David Cameron dismissed the rising ranks of UKIP
as full of 'fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists'. Some national populist
supporters undoubtedly wear the racist badge with pride, but most see
themselves as raising legitimate issues and resent the extremist charge. As
a result, they often react by becoming further alienated from what they see
as overweening liberal elites and their Politically Correct agendas.
Illegal immigration Belgium, UK
Belgian Police Chief Asks Why He Should Stop Illegal Migrants from Going to Britain
Breitbart, 3 November 2018.
The chief of police in the Flemish municipality of Kruibeke has
questioned why he should keep migrants from travelling to the UK when they
do not want to remain in Belgium.
Already in August, police chief
Wim Pieteraerens said that his officers would not seek to detain migrants
who were travelling through his country and instead only took their
fingerprint information before letting them go.
Now, according to
Pieteraerens, the situation has further deteriorated, with more migrants
arriving and becoming more determined to reach Britain, RTL reports.
"Migrants in transit do not want to stay here and we do not want
them either, maybe it's a bit of a short-term solutioon, but why do not we
let them go to England?" Pieteraerens asked.
The comments were met
with criticism from Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo
Francken, who highlighted the fact that the government opened a reception
centre for migrants in Steenokkerzeel meant to hold 200 migrants.
Pieteraerens said that the centre simply was not enough and noted
that "there is only room for 10 people when 30 migrants are intercepted,
most are released and reappear two days later."
'Wild West' Britain: Children as young as nine fuelling knife crime epidemic warn police
Daily Express, 2 November 2018.
Primary school pupils as young as nine are picking up deadly
weapons because they are frightened of others. They are then being groomed
into violence, the police chiefs said.
The Association of Police
and Crime Commissioners and the National Police Chiefs' Council summit was
told younger brothers and sisters of gangsters must be targeted in a new
public health approach to serious crime.
Assistant Chief Constable
Jacqueline Sebire told the conference: "Is this like the Wild West? Yes it
"I worry, if we can't get this right and we know how to
get it right I do worry the violence will continue." ...
Durham's chief constable Mike Barton told the Westminster
conference: "I think it is the younger siblings. ...
"I think we
need to look at seven and eight-year-olds, not 10 to 11-year-olds.
Increasing numbers of primary school children are being excluded and we
need to look at what has happened before and learn from it.
isn't going to go away. It is certainly an epidemic. It feels like a
One in four of all knife possession convictions and
cautions are now given to under 18s. And startling figures presented to
yesterday's summit revealed 69,000 children were wounded by stabbings or
beatings last year.
The shocking statistics also showed 29,000
youngsters were robbed, meaning they were exposed to violence.
the number of youths caught carrying blades has also increased by 64 per
cent, compared with 22 per cent of adults. ...
campaigners told the Daily Express at least 247 people had been stabbed to
death on Britain's streets so far this year. ...
Violent crime has
escalated in recent years, with 719 killings recorded in the year to June
and robberies rocketing 22 per cent.
Crime border security, Ireland
'Britain's FBI' Reveals Soft Border Exploited by Dangerous Criminals, Illegal Migrants, Traffickers
Breitbart, 2 November 2018.
The supposedly all-important 'soft' border between the Republic of
Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland is being exploited by
dangerous criminals, gangsters, and illegal migrants, according to the
National Crime Agency (CTA).
"The Common Travel Area (CTA) is open
to exploitation by criminals, illegal immigrants and extremists who use the
border to facilitate and enable criminality," revealed the NCA the
British equivalent of America's FBI in its National Strategic
Assessment of Serious Organised Crime for 2018.
significant interaction between OCGs [Organised Crime Groups] operating on
both sides of the border, working together across a number of types of
organised crime including drug trafficking, excise fraud, human
trafficking, environmental/waste crime, burglary, firearms
purchases/movement, plant theft, agricultural crime, and money laundering,"
the report reveals.
"Recent analysis identified that almost half of
OCGs managed and investigated by [the Police Service of Northern Ireland
(incorporating the Royal Ulster Constabulary), or PSNI] are known to have
strong links and associations with OCGs based in the Republic of Ireland
The NCA assessment notes that the PSNI is current "sighted"
on 83 organised gangs in total.
Abuse of the 'soft border' between
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland impacts mainland Britain as
well as the Province, with the NCA noting that abuse of the Common Travel
Area is "evident in Scotland at the ports of Loch Ryan and Cairnryan", for
Perhaps most seriously, it admits that a number of "high
harm foreign national offenders" have been detected attempting to re-enter
Great Britain via Northern Ireland after being deported.
Politics racism, Islamophobia, identity, guilt
An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt A Review [part 1]
Quillette, 2 November 2018.
A review of An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt by
Pascal Bruckner. Polity (November 2018), 204 pages.
embarrassingly easy to write about the collapse of the Left in the
twenty-first century. The explosion in identity politics that has led to
the automatic use of "white" as an ethnic insult in condemnations such as
"white privilege" and "white, straight men" has made race as defining a
factor in left-wing politics as it is in extreme right-wing politics.
Meanwhile, the willingness to excuse antisemitsm, misogyny, tyranny, and
obscurantism, as long as the antisemitic, misogynistic, tyrannical
obscurantists are anti-Western, has called into question whether leftists
or at least the noisiest voices on the Left have lost all
connection to their better values.
I have said as much many times,
and in his new book the French political theorist Pascal Bruckner says it
again. Bruckner once struck me as the best the French intelligentsia had to
offer. In 2007, he provoked an intellectual scandal with the "Racism of the
Anti-Racists", an essay for Sign and Sight, in which he excoriated
liberals who denied Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other Muslim dissidents the rights
they took for granted. Meanwhile, I admired his Tyranny of Guilt: An
Essay on Western Masochism enough to call it "a brilliant defence of
liberalism and a deservedly contemptuous assault on all those intellectuals
who have betrayed its best values."
The title of Bruckner's new
polemic ought to have warned me that betrayal is not an exclusively
left-wing vice. Far from being a principled defence of liberal and secular
values, An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt is an
unconscious illustration of how easily those who profess to hold
enlightened ideals can slip into the ethnic favouritism and intellectual
double-standards of the counter-Enlightenment. ...
... If all
Bruckner wanted to do was to criticise the use of the term "Islamophobia"
to incite violence against freethinkers and feminists who challenge
clerical power, he would be performing a useful service albeit one
that has been performed many times before. But his book is representative
of our debased times because it's far from clear that Bruckner can extend
his opposition to Islamism to cover the purveyors of anti-Muslim bigotry.
To be sure, he says that to insult a veiled woman in the street or
to set fire to a mosque is to "spit in the face of the [French] Republic."
But it is hard to shake the suspicion that these noble words are little
more than back covering. Once they are out of the way, Bruckner can move on
to his main purpose, which is to describe Islam as a civilisational threat
to the West and European Muslims as a potential fifth column. The veil, the
burqa, and the burkini are not just symbols of a patriarchal culture
against which liberals should argue, but crimes that threaten the existence
of the state itself. They are "tools for taking control of the public
space, they are tracts calling for sedition." Foreigners controlling the
parks and boulevards of Paris like troops from an occupying power? Clothes
turning into acts of sedition? ...
Politics racism, Islamophobia, identity, guilt
An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt A Review [part 2]
Quillette, 2 November 2018.
Left-wing identity politics dumps hundreds of millions of people
into a bloc labelled "whites," and instructs its adherents to scorn them as
if they were villains in a cartoon conflict. No phrase marks the Left's
break from the working class it was founded to represent more than "white
privilege." There is something remarkably repellent about the Oxbridge or
Ivy League graduates who utter it. They display a conscious failure to
imagine or find out about the lives of white men and women who are anything
but privileged. It's not just class politics that is disappearing from
left-wing thought, but also an interest in the individual circumstances of
the damned "whites." And when concern for individual circumstances goes,
concern for individual rights soon follows.
The new Right and its
fellow travellers display the same failure of imaginative sympathy.
"Muslims" are as much as a bloc for the Right as "whites" are for the Left.
Their circumstances, opinions, and individuality are crushed into the same
false uniformity by the urge to sloganeer and besmirch. Bruckner writes as
if populism never happened. He appears intellectually unable to face it.
... Sam Harris and other secular liberals (myself included)
predicted years ago that, if the liberal Left did not develop a political
and moral case against Islamism, the Western Right would, and the result
would be ugly. The notion that the "root cause" of the far-Right is the
Left, however that politically correct bullying, language policing,
and obsession with minute faults and micro-aggressions, pushes voters into
its arms is a self-serving cop out unless laden with caveats.
It may be true in individual cases. I look with despair at the
American Left, and ask why they insist on punishing tiny deviations from PC
orthodoxy with such ferocity. ...
In better days, Bruckner himself
made the argument that Westerners do not understand the seductive power of
Islamist utopianism, and he did so with great brio. The post-Christian
notion that the "eternally guilty West" is the world's original sin has
left it unable "to judge or combat other systems, other states, other
religions," he wrote in The Tyranny of Guilt. When faced with the
existential question, "Who is to blame?" many intellectuals' standard
spontaneous response is: "We are." There is "no monstrosity in Africa, Asia
or the Near East" for which, when you get down to, the West is not
Bruckner emphasised the narcissism of Western guilt:
despite the loss of Empire, our crimes ensure that we are still the centre
of the world's attention. It is as important to notice its fatuity. As an
explanation of why a majority of Islamists embrace radicalism, it makes no
sense. Surely, the notion that liberalism is responsible for Trump, Orban,
and le Pen deserves the same searching analysis. At a bare minimum, one
must be willing to accept that a portion of the followers of the white
Right are not pushed into the arms of demagogues by the sins of liberals
but are there because of their own appreciation of racism and
... To condemn the identity politics of the Left,
while accepting the identity politics of the Right or to replace the
slogan that "the West is the root cause of all evil" with "the Left is the
root cause of all evil" is worse than intellectually dishonest: it
is a threat to very values "enlightened" thinkers purport to defend.
Illegal immigration funding
UN, EU and Soros provide migrants with prepaid debit cards to fund their trip to and through Europe
Breitbart, 2 November 2018.
How illegal migrants cope financially during their long journeys to
and through Europe has been revealed by the Slovenian site Nova24.
According to the site, UNHCR and the EU, in cooperation with
MasterCard and Soros, generously hand out prepaid debit cards to the
The cards are equipped with both EU and UNHCR logos. No
identity documents are required to obtain or use the cards instead
of the name of the cardholder, "UNHCR" and a number is printed on the card.
According to Nova24, the information comes from a source within the
Croatian police, which states that the migrants are well-equipped with
newly purchased, high-quality boots, hiking clothes, smartphones and even
During the stopover in the Eastern European countries,
they withdraw cash from ATMs to stock up on supplies.
announced in 2016 that they issued prepaid debit cards to "give refugees
mobility, flexibility and dignity".
In a press release last year,
MasterCard also announced a cooperation with George Soros with the aim to
"catalyse and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable
groups in the world, especially refugees and migrants".
release further stated that George Soros had earmarked up to $500 million
for private investment that will increase capacity to meet the challenges
faced by migrants, including refugees, and their host communities across
Immigration EU residents
The number of EU migrants living in the UK has DOUBLED in a decade to almost four million as Britain's population surges toward 73 million
1 November 2018.
The number of EU nationals living in Britain more than doubled from
1.6 million to 3.8 million between 2007 and 2017, a new population survey
Those born on the continent rose from 1.9 million
to 3.7 million in the same period - reflecting how some people change
nationality after moving here.
The Office for National Statistics
figures are part of a regular population survey forecasting there will be
72.9 million people living in Britain by 2041. ...
In 2017, the
UK's net migration was around 282,000, with around 631,000 people
immigrating and around 349,000 emigrating.
The number of EU
nationals arriving in Britain has fallen since the Brexit vote in 2016 -
but arrivals are still running at net 87,000 a year according to the latest
Organised and serious crime kills more UK citizens than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined
Sky News, 1 November 2018.
Organised and serious crime have a more significant impact on the
UK citizens than all other national security threats combined, new research
The activities of around 4,600 serious and organised
crime groups cost the country at least £37bn every year, according to
the National Crime Agency, up from £25bn five years ago.
new figures were released ahead of the announcement of a new serious and
organised crime strategy and £48m in funding to tackle the most
These criminal networks are targeting the most
vulnerable and controlling communities with violence and intimidation,
according to the Home Office. ...
The £37bn figure is a
combination of direct cost - the impact of drug use, fraud, cybercrime,
blackmail and extortion on big business - and secondary cost.
is when somebody is left with a serious mental health issue because they
were seriously abused as a child, or when somebody who is a drug user
shoplifts or harms themselves.
The £48bn investment announced
in response to the numbers will seek to boost funding for a crime centre
focused on organised crime, recruit more officers and invest in data and
Immigration abroad USA
Mass Migration: Mortal Threat to Red State America
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan, 1 November 2018.
Moreover, in challenging birthright citizenship, Trump has some
constitutional history on his side.
The 14th Amendment, approved in
1868, was crafted to overturn the Dred Scott decision of 1857 and to
guarantee citizenship and equal rights under law to freed slaves and their
Did it guarantee that everyone born on U.S. soil is a
No. In the 1884 Elk v. Wilkins decision, the Supreme
Court ruled that John Elk, a Winnebago Indian born on a reservation, had
not denied his constitutional right to vote, as he was not a U.S. citizen.
Not for 56 years, when Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act
of 1924, did Native Americans become U.S. citizens.
Also, the 14th
Amendment confers citizenship on those born in the U.S. and "subject to the
jurisdiction thereof." Children of foreign diplomats, though born here, are
not citizens. ...
Only Canada and the United States, among advanced
nations, have birthright citizenship. No European country does. And the
Conservative Party in Canada is moving to end it. Does it make sense to
grant all the honor, privileges and rights of lifetime U.S. citizenship to
anyone who can fly to the U.S. or evade the Border Patrol and have a baby?
Nor is this a small matter. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that
6 percent of U.S. births (250,000 per year) are to undocumented immigrants.
Yet that 250,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the total
number of immigrants now coming. In 2016, President Obama's last full year,
1.75 million legal and illegal immigrants arrived, a record.
two months to go in 2017, the estimated arrivals of legal and illegal
immigrants is 1.61 million. ...
According to the Center for
Immigration Studies, there are 44.5 million immigrants in the U.S. today,
legal and illegal, a number that far exceeds the total U.S. population,
North and South, at the time of the Civil War.
While almost all of
our immigration before 1965 was from Europe, only 1 in 10 immigrants now
comes from the Old Continent.
Mexico, Central and South America,
and the Caribbean provide a plurality of migrants, legal and illegal. They
have displaced East Asia and South Asia China, Korea, the
Philippines, India as the primary contributors to the burgeoning
We are assured that the greater the racial,
ethnic, religious and cultural diversity we have, the stronger a nation we
shall become. Whether true or not, we are going to find out.
the European population of America, 90 percent of the country in 1965, will
have fallen to about 60 percent by 2020, and whites are headed for minority
status about 20 years after that.
Of America's most populous states
California, Texas, Florida and New York the first two are
already minority-majority and the latter two are not far behind.
Yet the gaps between Asian and white Americans, and Hispanic and
African-Americans in income and wealth, crime rates and
incarceration rates, test scores and academic achievements are
dramatic and are seemingly enduring.
To the frustration of
egalitarians, the meritocracy of free and fair competition in this most
diverse of great nations is producing an inequality of rewards and a
visible hierarchy of achievement.
Politics Indians, ethnic minorities, Conservative Party
Theresa May risks losing vital British Indian votes
The Conversation, 1 November 2018.
Despite being internally diverse in terms of migratory background
and religious affiliation, much of Britain's Indian population would be
considered "natural Tories". They are generally family-oriented,
aspirational, business-minded and often financially well-resourced.
According to recent government figures, 31% of UK Indians are
salaried professionals higher than any other ethnicity. ...
This entrepreneurial spirit is more readily associated with voting
Conservative than Labour or at least, so the party would claim. And
indeed, 2010 data show that 16% of British Indians do identify with the
Conservatives. That's a higher rate than any other ethnic minority group.
However, that's still a small proportion. The majority (55%) identified
with Labour. To put this in perspective, 67% of people of Black Caribbean
origin were Labour identifiers. Only 5% identified with the Tories.
Aware of his party's need to improve its record, former prime
minister David Cameron sought to establish the Conservatives as an
attractive political option for economically successful British Indians.
His charm offensive included an early trip to India and a significant
effort to diversify the parliamentary party in the 2010 election using a
"priority list" of candidates. As prime minister, Cameron famously
organised a very high profile state visit, using an event at Wembley to
praise the contributions the British Indian population makes to the UK.
And indeed, figures from a post-election survey suggested that the
Conservatives performed particularly well among British Hindus and Sikhs in
the 2015 general election.
But what was really essential in
transforming the Tory brand for British Indians was Cameron's desire to
tackle discrimination. According to 2010 figures, a substantial proportion
of Indians hold feelings of relative deprivation. When asked about life
prospects, 65% felt that minorities needed greater opportunities, with four
in ten feeling that non-whites living in the UK were held back by
prejudice. British Indian graduates continue to suffer ethnic penalties in
the labour market, finding it more difficult to obtain employment than
similarly qualified white British counterparts.
Cameron sought to
introduce a more level playing field by launching the blind CV equality
initiative. Large employers signed up to the name-blind recruitment drive,
including the BBC, HSBC and KPMG. ...
... Despite data showing that
UK Indians were more likely to vote Leave than other ethnic minorities,
they were still more likely to support remaining in the EU than the white
After the EU referendum, May sought to broaden
the party's appeal among socially conservative white working class voters
in traditional Leave-voting Labour heartlands. The importance of building
on British Indian support appeared to be downgraded as a result.
Following the inroads made by Cameron with British Indians (and
BAME people in general), the 2017 general election was a major setback.
According to post-election internal polling, Tory support among ethnic
minority people dropped to a 16-year low.
Politics local politics
On one of the key political issues of the day, local politics has been running scared
Open Democracy, 31 August 2018.
Corby is one of the most rapidly growing towns in the UK. ...
... The local referendum result therefore came as a shock: 64% of
Corby's population voted leave (well above the national average).
The causes of the referendum result are complex. But it is clear
that in places like Corby immigration played a pivotal role. Before 2004
the town had hardly any experience of immigration from outside the UK
pre-2000 (the town attracted thousands of Scots during the first steel
boom). Since then, the size of the foreign population has doubled. In 2016,
almost 25% of births locally were to parents from another EU country. ...
The job centre in Corby provides an important clue. Despite all the
evidence that claims about benefit tourism and welfare dependence were out
of step with reality, welfare was a key focus well before the referendum.
/.../ Yet it seems that dispelling the welfare myth had not been at the
forefront of local policymakers' concerns.
When I raised this
question with an official in Corby Council he blanches. With hindsight, he
responds, that seems like a good idea. But years of experience had taught
the local authority that it was better to keep issues related to
immigration under the radar. Talking to local officials from Derby to
Boston, with few exceptions (most of which are in London), it is clear that
local authorities have come to understand that nothing good can come of
talking about immigration. ...
The attitudes of local officials
mirror those in national politics. By and large, the local leaders I have
spoken to displayed all the hallmarks of remain supporters. Most welcomed
the fact that the local area felt more cosmopolitan, pointing out all the
great things that were going on in the community the salsa night run
by Cuban refugees or the Church group that sponsored families from Syria.
The more contentious issues regarding welfare, work and places at the
overstretched local primary school simply felt too uncomfortable. ...
"All politics is local" states one of the adages of American
politics. But on one of the key issues of the day, local politics has been