- In the same 24 hour period in the UK¹, U.S.¹ and Germany¹ saw several unrelated incidents involving cars driving into crowds. The main reason for the attacks in the U.S. and UK seems to be drunk driving, though no motive has been released over the incident in Heidelberg, Germany. About the only information that has been released over the incident in Germany, which claimed the life of a 73 year old and injured two others, is that the driver was a 35 year old student who was shot¹ by police after fleeing the scene and producing a knife after the crash and that the driver was ‘without migration background¹‘.
The incident in London saw 5 injured, with two being in critical¹ condition while the driver was apprehended by an off duty officer¹. In the U.S., the incident took place in New Orleans where a Mardi Gras parade was hit. Anywhere from 12¹ to 30¹ individuals were injured by the driver who was also arrested¹ at the scene. After seeing the damage, a firefighter on the scene believed that it was a miracle¹ that nobody was killed.
- The subject of land expropriation without compensation emerged again in South Africa¹, as President Zuma stated in his state of the nation address¹. The ANC leader stated that he wants to ‘fast track¹‘ the expropriation of land in order to ‘take the land back to the people¹‘. Concerns grew last year¹ when the law was passed (though not signed), and have again grown as another party, the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters), have pushed for the law to be enacted and offer no compensation to the previous owners¹, despite the fact that it goes against the South African constitution. The ANC has since rejected the EFF’s offer¹ of ‘voters for fast-tracking land appropriation’, stating that it goes against the ANC’s beliefs, while the statements made in Zuma’s state of the nation address was simply a “blooper¹“.
- What started as a reasonable request¹ from the U.S. for nations within the European Union to pay the 2% GDP¹ goal for NATO has turned into something quite strange. The reaction from Brussels seems more like a response to coercion¹ than anything, as Commission President Juncker claimed the EU should resist “bullying¹” on paying for NATO¹. NATO allies have previously agreed¹ to meeting the 2%, though the agreement is not legally binding. The EU has previously¹ expressed interest more than once in the building¹ of an EU army¹, a prospect with many detractors¹. At the same time, there have been accusations that the EU is spending lavishly¹ on itself.
With upcoming European elections and Euroscepticism rising, the EU’s Juncker has also released the ‘white paper¹‘. The paper lays out 5 potential futures¹ of the EU being; continue ‘as is’, market only, nations voluntarily doing more on policy, being essentially an overseer while nations within settle their own agreements, and federalization. The idea of ‘an ever closer union¹‘ has more often than not. And despite Juncker’s request to stop bashing the bloc¹ for things it cannot control, it often seems there’s little accountability for what it does.
- An offer of $2,000¹ USD has been accepted by journalist Tim Pool to investigate the ‘no go’ zones in Sweden¹. Some media outlets have been following the reporting which started last week, reaffirming main stream media opinions that there are no ‘no go¹‘ zones in the country. However, many of these reports came prematurely, or without verifying situations. During the end of the video series, Tim Pool claimed they were being “escorted¹” (his emphasis, not mine) from a ‘no-go’ zone after filming, a claim which Swedish a police spokesman later rejected stating that “Our understanding is that he didn’t receive an escort. However, he followed the police who left the place¹“.
During the last week, there have been grenades¹* found in Stockholm, and used in an attack¹ in Malmö, Sweden. Previously, another investigation has been done into the problem areas (where even ambulance personnel require police escorts¹ to function) in Sweden which had also led to the journalists¹ being attacked¹ when police left the area. The biggest surprise in all of this, is how attacks with weapons of war are not making more headlines, as these attacks are frighteningly more common¹ than many believe. On top of that, grenades seem so easy to come by in Sweden that you can have them delivered to your door¹*.
Despite Sweden’s plans to bring back conscription due to ‘increased tensions in the Baltic¹‘, at least one politician has raised the idea of sending the military¹* into Sweden’s ‘no go’ zones to regain control and uphold the law.
-Tim Pool’s video investigation can be found on his youtube channel here.
- Turkey has imprisoned a German journalist for ‘spreading terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred¹‘. The incident is just the latest in a long line of attacks against media reporting unfavorably¹ on President Erdogan in the wake of the alleged coup (and subsequent pre-planned purges¹) and the build up to a referendum which would give Erdogan unparalleled power. Turkey is seeing more and more control being placed on all forms of media¹ and campaigns for the upcoming referendum where livelihoods can be threatened for campaigning against Erdogan¹. Journalists have also been threatened with retribution for writing negatively about Erdogan¹ or the referendum, and debate is largely not possible¹. Still, no sanctions or action outside of ‘stern words’ is being taken against Turkey, who is also campaigning for Turkish communities abroad¹ to vote in the referendum which seems to have little to do with democracy when the opposition often loses their positions¹ or is demonized¹.
Update: A Turkish political ‘meeting’ or rally has been cancelled in Gaggenau, Germany. Since then, the city has received a bomb threat¹ and has evacuated the city hall. The bomb threat was a direct response¹ to the cancellation of the Turkish political rally. The rally was apparently cancelled due to ‘lack of space¹‘ and Germany has been warned by Turkey that it must “learn how to behave¹“.
This has been week 9.
*Alternate language source