The grant aims to use digital platforms to help integrate immigrants and counter violent extremism
By Alex Pfeiffer
A grant from the U.S. embassy in Belgium designates $200,000 for a group to promote positive narratives about refugees and immigrants in Europe.
The grant aims to use digital platforms to help integrate immigrants and counter violent extremism. It was announced on May 12 and applications for the year-long grant can be submitted until May 29.
Non-government or non-profit groups have to achieve at least one or more of the grant’s objectives. These are: “counter narrative, preventative outreach, and capacity building.” A document outlining the grant describes “counter narrative” as: “Dispel the narratives of extremist groups that incite violence and provide alternative narratives. Provide positive narratives concerning refugees and immigrant populations.”
The other objectives consist of outreach to “at-risk youth and communities” and providing alternatives to “ordinary citizens susceptible to recruitment into violent extremism.” While the grant is being doled out by the U.S. embassy in Belgium, the project can be completed anywhere within Europe. Belgium is one of many countries that President Trump has yet to appoint a new ambassador to serve in.
Over 1 million refugees poured into Europe in a migrant crisis in 2015, mostly hailing from Syria, Afghanistan and other Muslim-majority nations. At the same time thousands of European individuals have left to fight with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and terror attacks have plagued Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Nations are now worried about the prospect of these terrorists returning to Europe.
The grant hopes to “reduce violent extremism and terrorism by promoting a comprehensive approach to address violent extremist challenges in Europe.” (RELATED: U.S. Interfered In Macedonia’s Political Process, Documents Show)
“Our office seeks to promote positive narratives and tolerant perspectives as well as directly dispel violent extremist messaging; reduce violent extremism through education, critical thinking, and structured dialogue; and enhance and amplify community-based resiliency efforts focused on women and youth,” a document describing the project says.
The grant-winners will continue the work of the U.S.’ “Peer 2 Peer” program, which aims to use the work of university students. The document states, “The idea is to produce larger scale communication content and innovative solutions to challenge extremism that can be used and shared broadly.”
The program says grant-winners can promote positive narratives about refugees and immigrants through “TV, radio, online, and social-media campaigns.” The embassy aims for the program to be “be sustainable beyond the life of the grant.”
Progressive leftists suddenly lose their humanitarianism when faced with reality
MAY 5, 2017
With the French election just days away, pro-migrant Parisians expressed their vehement support for bringing in more refugees yet when asked to personally house one, their humanitarianism suddenly disappeared.
France W9 television channel sent a man out on the street to ask well to do French leftists what they thought of the “massive arrival of migrants in Europe and in France.”
Every single one asserted that it was a good thing, with one woman exclaiming “It’s positive! They deserve it!”
Asked if they would welcome a migrant in their own house, every single person interviewed enthusiastically said yes.
However, when presented with a homeless “refugee” named Slobodan in the flesh, enthusiasm levels suddenly tanked.
The leftists in the video immediately trotted out a bunch of excuses as to why they couldn’t house the migrant, with one claiming he was sleeping in a hotel that night.
When asked if he would welcome Slobodan for lunch or for a shower, another man agreed only to give him 20 euros in cash.
Perhaps the people featured in the clip should be grateful that they even have a choice. In some European countries, governments are literally requisitioning property to forcibly house migrants against the wishes of the property owner.
The video once again illustrates how liberals will virtue signal until they’re blue in the face about how “progressive” they are until it comes to dealing with the actual practical reality of what they’re advocating.
This is not the first instance of vehemently pro-migrant westerners being exposed as complete hypocrites.
New Yorkers who supported Barack Obama’s plan to bring in hundreds of thousands of refugees were asked if they would sign up to personally house migrants. They all said no.
Studies show that despite how much liberals virtue signal about how caring and humanitarian they are, conservatives are significantly more generous when it comes to charity.
The Philanthropy Chronicle analyzed the itemized charity deductions on the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans between 2006 and 2012 and found that poorer conservatives gave more money to charity than wealthy liberals.
North Korea has promised to bolster its nuclear arsenal “at the maximum pace,” while blaming America for bringing the region to a brink of a nuclear war with “aggressive” joint US-S. Korea drills.
On Monday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry branded the US “the chieftain of aggression and war, and harasser of peace who is escalating tension.”
While the confrontation “between the DPRK and the US has lasted for more than half a century… the US aggression hysteria has never reached such a height and the situation on the Korean peninsula has never inched close to the brink of nuclear war as in the period of the recent drills,” a spokesman for the country’s Foreign Ministry said, as quoted by official North Korean news agency KCNA.
“Now that the US is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called ‘maximum pressure and engagement,’ the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence,” the statement reads.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry praised its country’s “powerful nuclear force,” which said is the only thing preventing the US from committing “the same brigandish aggression act in Korea as what it committed against other countries.” Meanwhile, the North’s two most recent missile tests ended in failure, according to the US and South Korean militaries, which track such activities.
The new comments come as the US is mulling the possibility of renegotiating the cost of stationing its THAAD anti-missile systems in South Korea, for which Washington is currently footing the bill.
US-South Korea relations were overshadowed by comments President Donald Trump made during an exclusive interview with Reuters last week, when he suggested that South Korea should pick up the $1 billion tab for the THAAD deployment that has greatly contributed to the current escalation in tensions on the Korean peninsula.
“I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It’s a billion-dollar system,” said Trump.
“It’s phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky,” he added.
While Trump’s suggestion is in line with his electoral promises to make US allies pay for Washington’s protection, it met with firm rejection in South Korea, which flatly denied there was any possibility it would pay for the system.
South Korean media then reported that US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster had called his counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, allegedly to assure him that the US would fork out for the THAAD system. However, McMaster denied “contradicting the president” when speaking on Fox News Sunday.
“The last thing I would ever do is contradict the president of the United States, you know? And that’s not what it was. In fact, what I told our South Korean counterpart is, until any renegotiation, that the deal is in place. We’ll adhere to our word,” McMaster said.
This new comment caused another round of harsh blowback from South Korea, as the country’s Defense Ministry insisted that the THAAD deal won’t be renegotiated, as it is part of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which regulates the stationing of the US’ whole military contingent in the South.
“The issue of funding for THAAD is part of an agreement reached between South Korea and the United States, and is stipulated in the agreement on the status of US forces in South Korea,” Minister of National Defense Moon Sang-gyun said, as quoted by Yonhap news agency.
“Our view is that it can’t be an issue for renegotiation,” he added.
North Korea held massive live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military
By Ekin Karasin
Kim Jong-Un‘s army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea‘s ‘largest ever’ live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.
Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.
Kim saluted the military as he watched the exercises on Tuesday, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks.
Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.
Leader Kim Jong-Un saluted his military from the top of a private car as they drove through the demonstration
More than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces were fired in the drill, called a ‘Combined Fire Demonstration’
The exercises involved submarine torpedo-attacks on mock enemy warships, causing huge explosions
Hundreds of weapons were fired across the sea in Wonsan, North Korea, in the military demonstration
And in a defiant bit of timing, South Korea have announced that key parts of a contentious US missile defense system have been installed.
The South’s trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered US military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.
On the same day, a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea.
And the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is also headed toward the peninsula for a joint exercise with South Korea.
The exercise took place as a US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles program.
Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army.
Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength celebrating 85 years since the North Korean army was created
North Korea fired dozens of missiles across the sea to mark the anniversary of the military’s creation
Hundreds of flag-bearing soldiers saluted as they stood next to weapons
The Korean People’s Army positioned tanks along the coast as planes soared overhead
The South’s Yonhap news agency cited a government source as saying the exercise was the North’s ‘largest ever’.
Meanwhile, a senior analyst warned that the back-and-forth threats between the US and North Korea could cause a needless stumble into war.
On Monday, President Donald Trump said dictator Jong-Un isn’t as strong as he claims to be, and he blamed the international community for not doing more to rein him in.
The ‘status quo’ on North Korea is ‘unacceptable,’ Trump told members of the United Nations Security Council at the White House.
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Senior analyst, Jonathan Pollack, at the Brookings Institution says the back-and-forth threats between the US and North Korea ‘raises the stakes’, according to CBS.
‘We could stumble needlessly into what would be the biggest crisis in East Asia since the United States intervened in the Korean War in 1950,’ Pollack warned.
‘The situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula is so tense that a nuclear war may break out due to the frantic war drills of the US imperialists and their vassal forces for aggression,’ Gen Pak Yong Sik told a meeting of thousands of senior military and civilian officials.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was closely watching North Korean military action in the Wonsan city area, where it said the drills were being held.
The exercise involved 300 to 400 artillery pieces, but an official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry couldn’t confirm the details.
Flower-laying and bowing at statues and portraits of the leaders is a regular routine on major anniversaries. People also gathered in open spaces to take part in organized dancing, another common way to mark holidays.
‘Our great leaders founded and wisely led our revolutionary army, and just like that, now our respected Marshal Kim Jong-Un is leading wisely, so even though the situation is tense, we are celebrating the day,’ said Choe Un Byol, who came with his family to the bronze statues of the former leaders.
The USS Michigan (pictured), a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived at the South Korean port of Busan in what was described as a routine visit to rest the crew and load supplies. Cmdr Jang Wook from South Korean navy public affairs said there was no plan for a drill
A US nuclear submarine armed with guided missiles has made a port call in South Korea, while Pyongyang is reportedly holding massive long-range artillery drills amid muscle-flexing in the region and rising tensions between Washington and North Korea.
The USS Michigan nuclear submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday “during a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific,” according to a statement issued by the US Pacific Fleet.
The submarine is one of the four Ohio-class nuclear vessels, one of the largest in the world “measuring more than 560 feet long and weighing more than 18,000 tons when submerged.”
The US military praises the sub as a weapon to “provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities.”
The move comes at a tense time in relations between Washington and Seoul on one side and North Korea on the other.
On Tuesday, Pyongyang celebrates the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army. The jubilee was marked by massive – yet conventional – drills, which featured some 300-400 long-range artillery pieces and were supervised by North Korean leader Kin Jong-un, according to Yonhap News agency citing South Korean Army sources.
In a fresh stage of escalation between the US and North Korea, President Donald Trump early in April promised to send a “very powerful armada,” led by the aircraft carrier ‘USS Carl Vinson,’ to press Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.
Despite the threats, North Korea went on to test new ballistic missiles, although the launch failed.
The “armada” should arrive in the waters surrounding the peninsula “within days,” US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, without giving specific details.
Pyongyang has repeatedly urged Washington stop its “military hysteria” and come to its “senses” – or face a “merciless response.”
North Korea called the deployment of the ‘Carl Vinson’ carrier group “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade,” and even vowed to sink the carrier with a “single strike.”
Kim In Ryong, North Korean ambassador to the UN, accused the US of using “gangster-like logic” and being “hell-bent on dangerous saber-rattling in South Korea,” while speaking at a press conference in New York last week.
“The United States [is] introducing in South Korea, on the Korean Peninsula, the world’s biggest hotspot, huge nuclear strategic assets, seriously threatening the peace and security of the peninsula and pushing it to the brink of war,” Kim told reporters.
While Pence last week announced an “end of strategic patience” from the US towards North Korea, stating that “all options are on the table,” US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said Monday that they were not “trying to pick a fight with him [Kim Jong-un].”
“We are not going to do anything unless he gives us reason to do something,” she said.
“But right now, we’re saying, ‘don’t test, don’t use nuclear missiles, don’t try and do any more actions,’ and I think he’s understanding that,” Haley added.
“And China’s helping really put that pressure on him.”
Pyongyang was alarmed by the US deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea earlier this year, warning that such actions might lead to further escalation and ultimately to a nuclear war.
Russia and China have also opposed the deployment, which Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described as “disproportionate.”