ARMED POLICE TO ESCORT JOGGERS IN SWEDISH CITY FOR PROTECTION

“People are influenced by events around the world and feel unsafe when it’s dark.”

By Chris Tomlinson

Oskarshamn police inspector Peter Karlsson said the programme was designed to ease the insecurities of those who wish to go jogging after dark. Karlsson, who came up with the idea for the programme, said police would form jogging groups and all those who were interested in joining the officers were welcome, SVT reports.

“We will adjust the pace entirely to those who come,” Karlsson said, noting the officers would jog as well as walk with residents who wanted to join.

Karlsson said that he had heard of many residents feeling insecure in the city: “It does not happen so much here, but people are influenced by events around the world and feel unsafe when it’s dark.”

The police inspector’s comments mirror a report from 2016 which stated that close to half of women in Sweden felt “very unsafe” at night alone in Swedish cities. According to the report, conducted by newspaper Aftonbladet, a further 43 per cent felt uncomfortable in Swedish cities even in the daytime.

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The issue is particularly bad in troubled heavily migrant-populated suburbs which are often labelled no-go zones. A survey conducted by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) claimed that around half of the residents of problem areas were too afraid to leave their homes in the evenings.

Brå has expressed support for Karlsson’s jogging programme, as has the municipal government in Oskarshamn.

Karlsson said the officers will be carrying handcuffs as well as weapons as they jog with residents. “We have tried and found a vest that we can fix the equipment to and that works to run in,” he said.

As Sweden’s violent crime rate has increasingly become the centre of national attention, more and more unorthodox solutions to the problems have been proposed. Last month, members of the Moderate Party even proposed deploying the military in no-go areas to aid police.

Suspected ISIS members from Syria detained in Germany, reportedly plotted Christmas market attack

Six Syrian asylum seekers suspected of being ISIS members and plotting an attack against a “public target” have been detained in a large-scale operation by police in Germany. Local media report that the suspects had targeted a Christmas market.

Some 500 officers took part in a joint raid on eight apartments in the cities of Kassel, Hannover, Essen and Leipzig early on Tuesday morning, police said in a statement.

The operation, led by Hessen Criminal Police and the attorney general’s office in Frankfurt am Main, targeted six Syrian nationals, aged between 20 and 28, who were asylum seekers in Germany since 2014-2015. These people “are suspected of being members of the foreign terrorist group, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).”

They are now being investigated over suspicion of plotting an attack “with weapons or explosives” on “a public target” in Germany, police said. While the official statement did not disclose a specific target, reports emerged in local media suggesting that the Syrians could have been eyeing an attack on a Christmas market in the city of Essen.

The location of the market had been marked on a map found among the confiscated items during the raids, Hessenschau reported. Photos showing the city’s central shopping mall are also said to have been found.

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The International Christmas market in Essen starts on November 23 and will continue until December 23, according to the data on Essen tourism website. It was considered to be among top 10 Christmas markets across the country by the Local back in 2016.

Germany has already a grim record of a similar case after an IS sympathizer deliberately drove a truck into the Christmas market in Berlin last year, leaving 12 people dead and dozens injured. The perpetrator, Anis Amri, turned out to be a rejected asylum seeker from Tunisia. He was killed days later in a shootout with police near Milan, Italy.

Last October, Germany arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspect who nurtured “concrete plans” to carry out an attack by detonating an explosive device with the aim of killing as many people as possible.

German secret services have recently warned that the country is likely to see more terrorist attacks carried out by IS. Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) chief, said back in July: “Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing the BfV and we see it as one of the biggest threats facing the internal security of Germany.” 

FRENCH POSTAL SERVICE REFUSES TO DELIVER TO MIGRANT ‘NO GO ZONE’ CITING ‘DANGER TO STAFF’

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The company announced the measures last week saying that residents of the Paris suburb will have to travel to pick up locations to get their packages

French courier Chronopost has announced that it will not deliver any packages to the heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis suburb on the outskirts of Paris because the area is too dangerous.

The company announced the measures last week saying that residents of the Paris suburb will have to travel to pick up locations to get their packages. They said that the danger to their delivery drivers was simply too high in the area which has been described as a no-go zone, radio broadcaster France Info reports.

Though Chronopost has refused to deliver to certain neighbourhoods it has deemed to be too dangerous since last year, this is the first time an entire district has been designated as off-limits.

Last year, 51 of its delivery drivers were attacked while doing their rounds. The number of violent robberies in the Île-de-France region, where Seine-Saint-Denis is located, has risen by 40 per cent in the last two years alone. Across France, the number has increased by 60 per cent.

Laurent Russie, Communist Party mayor of Seine-Saint-Denis, expressed outrage at the company’s decision: “It is totally abnormal that a part of the city so small is no longer delivered to by what I continue to consider as a public service.”

Chronopost is a subsidiary of La Poste, which is 73.7 per cent owned by the French government.

“The disappearance of public services leads to insecurity,” Russie added.

Postal workers are not the only ones who have been attacked in the troubled Paris suburbs.  Earlier this year, police were attacked in the area during riots following allegations that officers sexually assaulted a local man with a truncheon.

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In July, around 900 cars were burned and one officer severely attacked in the area during a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump who attended the annual Bastille Day celebrations.

Seine-Saint-Denis has also been tied to radical Islamism and Islamic terrorism. Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron admitted that the Paris suburbs had become havens for Islamism and vowed to tackle the issue.

“Radicalisation has taken hold because the French Republic has given up,”  Macron said and added: “And we allowed, in too many cities, too many districts, representatives of a distortion of a religion who are full of hate and disenfranchisement to provide solutions that the Republic no longer gives.”

‘Situation unseen in decades’ – German president on failed coalition talks

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Germany is facing a situation unseen in decades after coalition talks failed. He warned of “great concern” across Europe if the “strongest country” in the EU can’t form a government.

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“We are facing a situation which [we] did not face in the Federal Republic of Germany for almost 70 years,” Steinmeier said.

Steinmeier said that he will be holding talks with the leaders of all parties involved in the discussions, along with German institutions. He also stressed that all parties have a responsibility to try to form a government in the near future.

“All political parties elected to the German parliament have an obligation to the common interest to serve our country,” Steinmeier said. “I expect from all a readiness to talk to make agreeing a government possible in the near future.”

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked out of marathon talks shortly before midnight on Sunday, with its leader, Christian Lindner, saying there was “no common basis of trust” between the FDP, German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s center-right CDU party, and the Greens. He said it was “better not to govern than to govern badly.”

The walkout effectively led to the breakdown of the coalition talks and a potential attempt to form a majority government.

Explaining the motives behind its walkout, the FDP pointed to what it sees as a lack of compromise from other parties on key issues including tax cuts, curbing red tape and education policy, according to the party’s negotiator, Joachim Stamp.

The current major partner of Merkel’s CDU, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), had earlier signaled it would not engage in another grand coalition. On Monday, SPD leader Martin Schuls reiterated the decison.

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Schulz also said that German voters, whom he referred to as “the sovereign,” should be given the chance to “reassess what is going on” following the failed talks. He added that his party is not afraid of new elections, should they take place.

Merkel’s CDU received the largest percentage of votes (32.9%) in the September election, with the SPD placing second with 20.5% of the votes. Die Linke (Radical Left) and the Greens both received around 9%, while almost 11% went to the FDP.

The CDU’s 32.9% was a significant drop from the 41% of votes it received in the 2013 elections. The SPD also lost votes, after gaining 26% in 2013.

Meanwhile, the right-wing and anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party made a historic gain in the September election, becoming the third-largest power in the Bundestag after winning over 13% of the vote. The result made it the first overtly nationalist party to have a place in the German parliament in 60 years. Support for the anti-immigrant movement rose following the 2015 refugee crisis, which saw Germany accept more than one million asylum seekers.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced massive criticism for her open door policy ever since, with numerous rallies featuring banners like “Merkel Out” and initiatives teaming up under the hashtag “not my chancellor.”

Maximilian Krah, a former member of Merkel’s CDU, told RT that the refugee issue was rather central to the collapse of the coalition talks.

“If you read the declaration of the liberals when they broke up the coalition talks yesterday night, the migrant crisis was just one word among a lot of others but no one believes that they broke up because of the debate on ‘Industry 4.0’ or digital industry,” he said.

SWEDEN INSTALLS MICROPHONES IN MIGRANT AREAS TO PICK UP WOMEN’S SCREAMS

Sexual assaults have increased since ‘refugee’ influx

 | Infowars.com – NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Police in Sweden are installing microphones in migrant ghetto areas to pick up the sound of women screaming as the country’s rape crisis continues to escalate after the mass importation of Muslim “refugees”.

The Stockholm County Administrative Board will use both surveillance cameras and sound detectors to pick up “tell-tale” sounds such as explosions, gunfire, the clatter of broken glass and the shrieks of women being attacked.

“I know that police in New York have long been using microphones with success. From what I know, however, this is the first time a police authority has received permission to do this sort of thing in Sweden,” Joakim Söderström told the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

The first rollout of the technology will be in Järva, where a gay pride parade organized by right-wingers to highlight the intolerance of Muslims was cancelled last year after death threats towards conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos.

The new program follows the rollout of surveillance cameras that were recently installed in the notorious migrant areas of Rinkeby, Tensta and Husby.

The microphones will partly act as a stand in for actual police officers given that Järva’s only police station is set to close despite crime figures continuing to rise in no-go migrant suburbs, where cops, firefighters and ambulance workers are routinely attacked.

The number of gang-related shootings has surged 43% over the last three years in Sweden, while rapes have increased by 14% since last year. A recent poll also found that half of young women in the country felt insecure walking the streets.

The figures back up veteran Swedish police officer Peter Springare’s assertion that crimes he processed, which include rape, assault, violence against police, drug trafficking and murder, were almost exclusively committed by someone named “Mohammed” or a variation of that name and the culprits were invariably from Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Somalia, or Syria.

Sexual assaults on women at music festivals in Sweden have also risen by 1000%, with feminists and organizers responding by proposing that all men be banned from such events.

Low level urban terrorism and grenade attacks are also now commonplacein Sweden’s migrant areas, with a whopping 16 explosions in the last 28 days alone.

As we reported earlier this week, while the Swedish government and its subsidiaries seem to be extremely concerned with milk being used as a symbol to radicalize racists, actual ISIS recruitment propaganda is being broadcast on Swedish radio stations.

EUROPE REVOLTS AGAINST EU: AUSTRIA TACKLES IMMIGRATION, MERKEL FACES OUSTER

Globalists hit road block as Europeans reject mass migration

 | Infowars.com – NOVEMBER 17, 2017

The tide is turning in key parts of Europe as the issues of immigration and national security have reached critical mass, prompting political upheaval across the continent sparked by backlash against open borders.

Austria’s Interior Ministry is reporting that applications for asylum have decreased by 43% this year, while the rate of deportations has increased by over 50%.

Applicants admitted to the asylum program in 2016 nearly maxed out Austria’s cap of 37,500 as over 36,000 were accepted. However, only half of this year’s capacity of 35,000 has been filled – a sharp decline.

The future is even more promising for Austria, as two anti-open borders parties – the dominant People’s Party (OVP) and the surging Freedom Party (FPO) – are working to form a new governing coalition, which could see the admission of migrants drop even more sharply.

If the Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, had their way, Austria would move towards zero or negative immigration flow by way of eliminating its ‘asylum’ program, while deporting many of the tens of thousands of migrants who have settled in the country in recent years.

“We do not need an upper limit, nor a halving of the upper limit – we need a zero-migration, in fact, a minus-migration, because of all the illegals and criminals who are in the country,” Strache said earlier this year. “Let us put an end to this policy of Islamisation… otherwise we Austrians, we Europeans will come to an abrupt end.”

In Germany, Angela Merkel – upon whom many place the most blame for the flood of millions of illegal immigrants into Europe from Africa and the Middle East – is facing the possibility of either being ejected as Chancellor, or the prospect of a second election after her party’s failure to form a coalition, with immigration quotas being a central issue of contention.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union missed a critical deadline yesterday while trying to stitch together a three-party “Jamaica coalition,” which could force new elections – or her ouster.

“It’s not just the chancellor’s fourth term that depends on the success of Jamaica, but her entire political career,” reported Bild ahead of the deadline, calling it Merkel’s “most dangerous night.”

Despite the arbitrary cutoff date, talks are expected to continue into the weekend.

Merkel’s party has slipped to its lowest popularity in the polls in 17 years – while the populist, pro-border control Alternative For Germany (AfD) makes record gains.

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“With coalition talks ongoing and Merkel’s position under question, it marks another low point an increasing backlash against her insistence on mass open door migration,” reports Westmonster. “With the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany on the rise having gone from 0 seats in the Bundestag to over 90, it is clear that the shape of German politics is now changing radically.

Western MSM ‘shocked’ at 60,000-strong nationalist march in Warsaw – but are they really?

A rally to mark 99th anniversary of Polish independence in Warsaw, November 11, 2017 © Agencja Gazeta / Reuters

The mainstream media coverage of the annual nationalist march in Poland was far more critical this year than on previous occasions. Considering how similar events were previously covered, analysts wonder if the change results from Brussels’s feud with Warsaw.

Something terrible happened last Saturday in Poland. A crowd of 60,000 neo-Nazis, fascists, white supremacists, far-right nationalists, anti-Semites and religious fanatics marched in the streets of the capital Warsaw in the biggest display of bigotry and hatred the world has seen in years. And like-minded radicals from all around Europe sent their delegations to the rally. And the Polish government not only failed to condemn this march of the right, but dared to call the event “beautiful.” The terror!

At least, that’s what one could read in the aftermath. The indignation and outrage was expressed on Twitter from both sides of the Atlantic, and by both conservatives and liberals

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Media coverage was likewise critical. The Independent reported with horror that one of the marchers said he wanted “’to remove Jewry from power” in Poland, and that one banner held by demonstrators read: “White Europe of brotherly nations.” The Daily Mail said the march was “the largest in recent years” and lamented the presence of “xenophobic banners” and the decades-old far-right symbol “falanga.” The Washington Post ran a piece by Anne Applebaum, which depicted a “shocking surge” of “neo-fascists” in Poland, partially blaming it – surprise! – on Russia. The Washington Post erroneously attributed one of the slogans used by the marchers, “We want God” to Donald Trump, later specifying that the US president had simply cited a traditional Polish song during a speech in Poland. Al Jazeera dug into anti-immigrant messaging of the rally and the ties between Polish nationalism and the Catholic Church.

The indignation in reaction to the Polish Independence Day march may be justified, but it should not come as a surprise. A similar nationalist-organized event in 2016 had 60,000 to 75,000 participants, according to different estimates. And guess what, some of them carried anti-Muslim banners, the falanga symbol, and a banner that read: “Death to enemies of the fatherland.” The rally in 2015 numbered some 70,000 and was hailed the some Polish media as a major breakthrough for not being violent, unlike in previous years.

In each of the four years prior to that, nationalists clashed with the police, resulting in dozens of injuries and arrests during the events. In 2013, several dozen nationalists marked Poland’s independence by attacking the Russian embassy. That year, some 20,000 took part in the big march, by the way. As for this narrative about Poland becoming a magnet for far-right groups from all over Europe – in 2012, Polish police arrested over 200 people during the march, almost half of them German nationals. So, probably, there is no shock now for people who have been paying attention.

CaptureThere is no denying that Polish nationalism is no bastion of some of the values and goals promoted by EU functionaries. The people on the march were showing support for their government’s opposition to policies like admittance of refugees from the Middle East or legalization of same-sex marriage – which goes against Catholic tenets. But would all of the 60,000 marchers endorse Jewish pogroms or a Nazi Germany-style ‘final solution’ for the Muslim population in Europe, which would justify the names they had been called? Doubtful.

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Western mainstream media have to a certain degree changed the way they covered the annual march and Polish nationalism, said Justin Dargin, geopolitical expert at the University of Oxford. “I would say that there has been a shift in how many Western media outlets are covering the marches in Poland. Previously, when there were similar marches and protests involving organizations that were anti-refugee in focus, media coverage tended to be much more restrained,” he told RT.

While right-wing sentiment has been taking a stronger root in Poland lately (as well as in some other European countries like Hungary), it alone does not explain the change of mood in the media, according to Gábor Stier, senior foreign policy analyst at Hungarian conservative daily Magyar Nemzet and an expert from the Russia-based Valdai Club. “The nationalist moods indeed get stronger in Poland, but I wouldn’t call it overreaching or dangerous. But the moods towards Poland in the West have changed too. These two trends overlapped, so the criticism of the march was very loud this year,” he told RT.

The change from the previous years is apparent. The Independence Day marchers were“members of far-right groups” and “radical nationalists” for the media just a year ago. The media didn’t refer to them with loaded terms like “fascists,” even when the rallies turned violent.

What apparently changed over the past year is that the EU has decided to escalate the conflict with Warsaw over a number of issues such as controversial media and judiciary reforms. Just days after Independence Day, the EU Parliament passed a damning resolution, which said the Polish government must condemn the “xenophobic and fascist march” and “suspend large-scale logging” in the Bialowieza forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, among other things.

The EU is currently planning action to suspend Poland’s voting rights at the Union’s governing bodies as punishment for Warsaw’s policies, including a reform of its judiciary and taking more control over the national media. Brussels sees those actions as breach of European values and a slide towards autocracy.

Warsaw and Brussels have been increasingly at odds with each other since 2015, when the conservative Law and Order party (PiS) came to power on a platform of euro-skepticism and traditional Catholic values. It became the first party since 1991 to successfully form a majority government in Poland. Incidentally, the first Independence Day march unmarred by violence happened weeks after the PiS landslide victory.

The ongoing conflict finds its reflection in how events in Poland are reported, said Oleg Nemenskiy, leading research fellow from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. “We could say there is a new trend in the Western media and political circles for an acute conflict with Poland, for damaging its image, for telling the European public that the Polish state is improper,” he told RT.

It’s not that the ability of mainstream media to juggle terms when describing nationalist groups is new. One fresh and vivid example is Poland’s neighbor Ukraine, where the ties of right-wing radical groups to Nazi ideology was downplayed or simply ignored.

“There has been a complete media cover-up of the explicitly Nazi activity of the paramilitaries in Ukraine during the coup of 2013-14 against the elected government,” said Elke Fimmen, vice chair of the German anti-globalist minor party Civil Rights Movement Solidarity. “British, US, EU officials and NGOs promoted that coup as being pro-democracy and pro-European values. But in fact intelligence agencies of these countries… were involved in encouraging and training of these groups for decades.”

Not that the Western public knows it, but in today’s Ukraine, right-wing militant groups may serve as gangs-for-hire for shady businessmen or be legalized as part of the nation’s military and police forces. Some commanders have seats in the Ukrainian parliament and even its speaker, Andrey Parubiy, started his political career by co-founding the Nazi-themed Svoboda party. Polish nationalists may not be happy that Kiev treats people responsible for slaughtering Poles in the 1940s as national heroes, but, hey, they can overcome their differences by blaming Russia for whatever minor incident upsets Polish-Ukrainian friendship, right?