Netherlands to Withdraw Government Welfare from ‘Asylum Seekers’…Cue Leftist Outrage

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When a scared, destitute stranger and his entire family from a foreign country enter your home uninvited and demand you take care of them for the unforeseeable future (like feeding them, housing them, providing their medical care etc.) surely you comply. You must! Because compassion. Wait, you don’t let strangers into your house and provide for them for all of time? RACIST.

The Netherlands have gotten realistic about these “asylum seekers” and how long they can stay free of cost. Why? A number of reasons. Obviously because the Dutch are racists who don’t have hearts and cannot show any kind of goodwill towards these poor people flooding across their borders from Syria and Libya. The other reason is because, well, the Netherlands can’t afford to let foreigners mooch off the government dole. But you won’t see the second reason in the leftist media much. Remember, facts are secondary to feelings.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has defended the measures, saying it was “crazy” to offer indefinite assistance to those who failed to qualify as refugees.

“We are talking about the group that can go back, whose governments would take them back, but they don’t want to go back,” he said.

The Dutch have probably seen what’s happened to Germany, so in an effort to protect their treasury and their citizenry, they’re telling “asylum seekers” the free welfare train stops at Platform Realism. All passengers must disembark. Please, mind the gap. Right, that British reference was there for a reason:

In Britain, more than 60 per cent of asylum applications are rejected. Most people then have a right to an appeal, but the majority still receive negative decisions. The cost of then ejecting people forcibly is expensive, leading to accusations that the Government is deliberately making life as difficult as possible for failed asylum seekers to force people to leave.

Of course the UN, who doesn’t let foreigners in their symbolic houses either, has said all of this Netherlands not allowing a free flow of immigrants into their country and mooch off the government stuff, is just wrong. Because, you guessed it… racism. What else?

But the changes have been criticised by charities and the UN itself, whose Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said the basic needs of migrants should be provided unconditionally.

“As long as they are in the Netherlands, they have to enjoy minimum standards of living,” said Ion Diaconu, who helped write a UN report criticising the Dutch policy proposal.

That’s right. Not giving foreigners free stuff is racist. Remember that when a foreigner breaks down the door to your home and demands asylum.

If you defend your household? Well that’s double-secret racism. Because, tolerance.

Refugee & migrant flows must be managed honoring people’s dignity – UN chief’s spokesman to RT

The unprecedented flows of refugees and migrants to the EU must be managed in a way that respects people’s dignity and international law, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Stephane Dujarric, told RT, calling for a fair distribution of the burden between states.

RT:The UN has been pretty critical of Europe’s approach to this crisis. What more do you think the EU could be doing?

Stephane Dujarric: First of all, I think the focus right now needs to be on saving lives and on treating people with dignity. You have tens or hundreds of thousands of refugees and some migrants who are making track either across the Mediterranean or across Europe. There are international conventions in play that need to be respected.

The flow of refugees needs to be managed. And I think what we are seeing now is an unfair burden being carried by some countries while others are carrying a smaller share. We need to see the more equal sharing of the burden. You are seeing Italy, the former Yugoslav Republic and Macedonia, Greece carrying so much.

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And also we hate to remember where these people come from. They are coming from Syria, Iraq, and from the bordering countries. There is lot more people can do in terms of managing the flow while respecting people’s rights and their dignity.

RT:Has the time come for the UN to intervene?

SD: It’s not so much the UN intervening. We have the legal aspect, the convention on refuges has been in place since 1951. Countries know what the law is and it need to be applied. People who have legitimate refugee claims, those need to be applied.

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But what we also need to do is address the root causes – the conflict in Syria, the fighting in Iraq. And also the other part of this equation is lack of funding of the humanitarian operations in Syria, Lebanon, in Jordan and Turkey. We are not able because of lack of funds to provide adequate housing and shelter to the Syrian refugees.

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RT:Your organization aims to maintain peace, protect human rights, obey international law and deliver humanitarian aid. Seems that you’ve got your hands full. In real world terms what can you do to ease the suffering?

SD: In practical terms we have our colleagues at the UN High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, who are in the field. We are on the Greek islands, on the borders in the Balkans and in Italy trying to help and trying to manage this flow and trying to bring some relief in terms of food and water, working with local organizations. What we are trying to do is ensure that the member states who have responsibilities step up to those responsibilities, share the burden and treat people with dignity.

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We are seeing young children, women who have walked hundreds of miles for safety, who have a real fear of persecution, and they need to be treated correctly.

RT:There must be doubts on whether all these people are genuine refugees. How important is it to distinguish between who is a refugee and who is what some are labeling a migrant, somebody who just wants to move to another country for a better life?

SD: They are two very different categories. Every case needs to be examined. Refugees are fleeing violence, persecution. They are people who know if they go home they will be killed or persecuted. These people have rights under the international convention on refugees. The have right to be settled and be taken care of.

Migrants are a different issue. Migrants need to apply through general immigration procedures that are different in every country.

And this is where the UN is coming in: on the sideline of the General Assembly we’ll be holding a special meeting on

We need to figure out how to manage these flows. We need to bring together the countries where people come from, the countries they are transiting, and the countries they are trying to reach, together.

Because it can be managed. We cannot see anymore all these pictures of overloaded boats in the Mediterranean, people being taken advantage of by criminal gangs because the only way through they know is to be smuggled. And that gives more money to criminal gangs.

RT:Is that practical, though? You have got thousands of these foreigners turning up. How could you distinguish who has got genuine reasons to be there and who hasn’t. Is that just logistically possible?

SD: People are interviewed, cases are examined. It’s been done in the past, it happens in many countries. Obviously certain countries in Europe are being overwhelmed, like Greece and Italy to mention just two. They need help from other European countries. We are encouraged by the EU meetings that will come up, so that some sort of coherent EU-wide policy is put in place. But I think every country has a role to play.

You know we focus right now on the Mediterranean, but we are seeing also there is another crisis going on in Asia with people fleeing Myanmar, and being smuggled through Bangladesh to Thailand and Indonesia though horrendous conditions. Countries need to step up to the plate and do what is right in terms of treating people with dignity.

RT:You pointed out the significant difference between the words refugee and migrants. Is it worrying to hear senior EU politicians constantly using “migrant” as a collective term for everybody?

SD: I think we all have a role to play. Whether you are a journalist or a politician, we must ensure that we use the right words. Words matter. First of all, we are talking about men, women and children, each deserving of human dignity.

The difference between migrants and refuges is a critical one. Refugees have rights. There is a body of international law which describes those rights. Refugees are people fleeing war, fleeing persecution.

What we are seeing in the Mediterranean should force the international community to redouble the effort to settle the conflict in Syria, to deal with the threat of Daesh [Islamic State, formely ISIS, ISIL] and other extremist groups. This is what is pushing the vast majority of people we are seeing in Europe to flee.

It takes a lot of courage to leave your home. It’s not an easy thing to do. People aren’t putting their families through great risks because they just feel like. They are doing it because they fear for their lives.

RT: And yet when they come across fences put up by some European countries and troops are coming in to control them. What do you make of those responses?

SD: All countries have a security issue to deal with. But then I go back to the issue of dignity: we don’t want to see people trapped behind barb wire. We want to see people treated fairly and according to the rights that we have. Countries have rights and responsibilities themselves. There needs to be a better way to manage the flow of people. Humans have been on the move since we started to walk. Through the ages we have seen that walls didn’t work out that well. We need to sit down and make sure that the right policy is applied, the law is respected and the flow of migrants and refugees is managed properly.

New sanctions: US targets scores of Russian, Chinese, Syrian firms over Iran

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The US is set to impose sanctions on a number of Russian, Chinese, Syrian, Turkish, Sudanese and Iranian companies, thought to be involved in activities which, according to Washington, go against its Nonproliferation Act in regards to Iran and Syria.

According to the list, due to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday and currently available on its website, such prominent Russian companies as Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), Rosoboronexport (ROE) and Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) MiG fall under the punitive measures, just to name a few.

The US has imposed a number of sanctions on Russia since August 2014 over the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Crimean reunification, accusing Moscow of being a protagonist and participant in the ongoing hostilities.

Russia has repeatedly denied Western allegations of any involvement in its southern neighbor’s internal affairs whatsoever. It responded with counter-measures, banning imports from the EU, US and others. In June, Moscow extended its embargo on food imports from Western countries until August 2016 due to the prolonged anti-Russia sanctions.

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Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that retaliatory measures will follow, noting that they won’t necessarily be identical. According to the Ministry, US sanctions contradict Washington’s own signals concerning interest in cooperating with Russia on solving a number of acute international problems.

Chairman of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, Viktor Ozerov, has slammed the new sanctions against Russia’s defense industry complex.

“This is a hidden form of competition, because today our weapons and military equipment are in demand on the international arms market, and thus the US wants to weaken the economy of these businesses,” TASS quoted him as saying.

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Among the Chinese and Iranian companies is China’s BST Technology and Trade Company, Tianjin Flourish Chemical Company, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force and Rock Chemie (Iran). Syrian Air Force, Turkey’s Multimat Ic ve Dis Ticaret Pazarlama Limited and Sudan’s Vega Aeronautics are also mentioned in the list.

“No department or agency of the United States Government may procure or enter into any contract for the procurement of any goods, technology, or services from these foreign persons, except to the extent that the Secretary of State otherwise may determine,” the notice on the behalf the US State Department states.

“No United States Government sales to these foreign persons of any item on the United States Munitions List are permitted, and all sales to these persons of any defense articles, defense services, or design and construction services under the Arms Export Control Act are terminated,” the document adds.

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“No new individual licenses shall be granted for the transfer to these foreign persons of items the export of which is controlled under the Export Administration Act of 1979 or the Export Administration Regulations, and any existing such licenses are suspended.”

The measures are set to remain in place for two years, “except to the extent that the Secretary of State may subsequently determine otherwise.”

The Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000, which was signed into law on March 14, 2000, authorized the US president to take punitive action against individuals or organizations “known to be providing material aid to weapons of mass destruction programs in Iran.”
In November 2005, it expanded the scope of the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 to include Syria and a year later China. The law bans supply of goods, services and technology, subject to international control regimes and the corresponding lists, to these countries.


Schengen recoil could turn EU travel back 20 years

Published on Sep 1, 2015

European Union border control systems are under an unprecedented strain with the asylum seeker crisis. The EU bloc’s external borders have physical boundaries and passport and customs checkpoints like anywhere else in the world, basically. Most of the borders inside the bloc no longer have this.

On June 14th 1985, European Economic Community Member States (Belgium, France, Germany (as it was then, pre-reunification), Luxembourg and the Netherlands) decided to get rid of internal borders — all…

Islamic State Terrorists Caught Crossing Into Europe Posing As Refugees…



Five men have been arrested as they attempted to cross the Bulgarian-Macedonian border with decapitation videos and Islamic State propaganda on their phones. The terrorist suspects had been posing as refugees.

Bulgarian authorities near the Gyueshevo border checkpoint detained the five men, aged between 20 and 24, late on Wednesday, Bulgarian broadcaster NOVA TV reported.

The men were stopped by a border guard, who they attempted to bribe with a “wad of dollars.” However, they were searched and Islamic State propaganda, specific Jihadists prayers and decapitation videos were found on their phones.

In a move that suggests how seriously authorities are taking the case, the Bulgarian State Agency for National Security (DANS) has now taken control of the investigation under the supervision of the regional prosecutor’s office in Kyustendil.

The men chose to cross in a wooded area, local media have reported, and took a car from an accomplice who had crossed legally from Macedonia with the vehicle.

Bulgaria has recently completed a 15-foot high razor wire clad fence along 50 miles of its south-eastern border with Turkey to control the mass movement of migrants from the Middle East and Asia into Europe via the so-called Balkans route.

However, the Gyueshevo border checkpoint where the men crossed sits on Bulgaria’s western border with Macedonia. It is likely the men chose to enter there to avoid the new strict border controls on the other side of the country.

Following the recently foiled terror attack on an Amsterdam–Paris train, where the heavily armed terrorist was able to travel freely, European governments have been considering amending the Schengen border code, which eliminated systematic border controls across most of Europe.

In February, the Turkish intelligence service warned police in an internal memo that up to 3,000 trained jihadists are seeking to cross into Turkey from Syria and Iraq, who could then travel through Bulgaria and Hungry into western Europe. And in May, a Libyan government adviser warned Islamic State operatives were being “smuggled to Europe in migrant boats.”

At the time of the comments, UKIP leader Nigel Farage warned: “When ISIS say they want to flood our continent with half a million Islamic extremists they mean it, and there is nothing in this document [Common European Asylum Policy] that will stop them.

“I fear we face a direct threat to our civilisation if we allow large numbers of people from that war torn region into Europe.”




U.S. stocks plummeted Tuesday as continued signs of weakness in China and concerns about the Federal Reserve weighed heavily on investor sentiment. ( Tweet This )

The major averages ended in correction territory, down nearly 3 percent in their third-largest daily decline for 2015. Stocks failed an attempt to cut losses in choppy trade prior to the close.

In their worst start to September in 13 years, the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 had their worst first trading day of a month since March 2009. The Nasdaq had its worst first trading day of a month since October 2011.

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The Dow closed about 470 points lower, off session after falling as much as 548 points. The Nasdaq composite wiped out gains for 2015, joining the other averages in the red for the year so far.

“Today is just a continuation of last night’s sentiment, plain and simple. Concerns continue to erupt about China’s economy and the growth (as well as the) decline in energy and WTI today,” said Ryan Larson, head of equity trading at RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.).

Crude oil settled down 7.7 percent, down $3.79 percent, at $45.41 a barrel, giving back much of Monday’s 8.8 percent surge.

Traders also continued to digest policymaker comments and U.S. data that could impact the timing of a rate hike.

“I think that is clearly the center of the weakness but I don’t know why people expect China to get any better,” said David Kelly, chief global strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds. “China has its problems but it’s not a big driver for the U.S. or earnings of U.S. corporations.”

“Nothing happened yesterday to affect the people’s perceptions of the Fed,” he said.

Other analysts attributed the volatility to a hawkish read on Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer’s comments over the weekend ahead of Friday’s key jobs report and the FOMC meeting later this month.

“The markets were counting on him to be more dovish and he wasn’t. That in conjunction with the weak PMI (in China)” pressured stocks,” said Krishna Memani, chief investment officer at Oppenheimer Funds.

Earlier, stocks extended losses in afternoon trade after Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said in a speech that the central bank’s jobs target to raise rates has largely been met, but that its inflation target is not as clear cut. Rosengren is a nonvoting member.

“Regardless of whether you’re a voting member or not, if you [say] September’s on the table, that’s going to, in part, drive us lower,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities.

Two sets of key Chinese data disappointed traders on Tuesday. The official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) edged down to 49.7 in August from 50 in July, while the final Caixin/Markit manufacturing PMI came in at 47.3 in August, the lowest reading since March 2009.

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Even more worrying, China’s services sector, which has been one of the lone bright spots in the sputtering economy, also showed signs of cooling, a similar business survey said.

“Services PMI was a little weaker than expected,” said Ben Pace, chief investment officer at HPM Partners. He noted that many analysts were expecting the services sector to offset weakness in the manufacturing sector.

“I think it’s continuation of the volatility we’ve been seeing. Our thought is this kind of volatility (is present) particularly because we’re in the summertime. We’re also in a news vacuum. No (major) earnings out there,” Pace said.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, has held stubbornly high near 30 since last Monday’s plunge in stocks. The index approached 33 in the close.

“Granted, volatility tends to be more negative than positive in markets in general,” said Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab.

After the Dow futures fell more than 400 points ahead of the opening bell, the New York Stock Exchange invoked Rule 48 for the fourth time in two weeks.