It was a week where a government was blamed for the actions of those fighting against it and where an activist who wants a reformed Islam canceled an event in Australia due to security concerns. Where black immigration officers decried a promotion test as being racist¹ after failing it and where the BBC defended their bias¹ regarding Brexit, despite journalistic standards demanding bias not interfere. This and more made up the week, so here we go again.
- In Croydon, a borough of London, an apparent ‘hate crime’ emerged as a group of ‘up to 20¹‘ individuals attacked an ‘asylum seeker’ was beaten supposedly due to being an ‘asylum seeker’. The attack itself left the 17 year old victim in hospital in a critical condition. Though the attack was indeed reprehensible, some very suspicious reporting emerged from the event. Some outlets seemed quick to blame the ‘hate crime’ on Brexit¹, while others still appealed for information without describing any of the attackers¹. Pictures of three of those charged with the attacks have been released¹ and displayed in a number of outlets¹, including one extra image of an individual sought by police¹. Yet far more elusive are images of two others¹ that police are looking for in connection to the attack. Why these others appear to be largely shielded from media display¹ despite police appeals remains unknown.
- Previously, we have spoken about the under reporting of child sex abuse and child sexual abuse gangs. It seems to be an issue which has not been corrected. In Oxford in the UK, a police raid saw seven charged in regards to a child sexual exploitation¹ ring. Police raided 10 homes in connection to the abuse of three victims between 2008 and 2015¹. The raid and following charges appear to be surprisingly under reported. 56 charges¹ have been filed against the men who are all being kept in custody. The charges and names of the individuals are listed on the Thames Valley Police¹ website, and bear a resemblance to previous child exploitation rings mentioned.
- Sticking with the UK (and the EU), the recent triggering of Brexit has raised tensions and accusations. While the EU has agreed on its ‘red lines¹‘ in Brexit talks which call for the UK to pay billions to the EU to leave as well as adhering to EU laws on a number of subjects to continue a productive relationship with the bloc, the EU also gave Spain effective veto power¹ over Brexit trade negotiations due to Gibraltar. Accusations have emerged that the EU is ‘acting like the mafia¹‘ in bullying¹ and trying to hold the UK hostage and force money from the UK for Brexit while using Gibraltar, a UK territory on the southern tip of Spain, as a bargaining chip¹. The chief minister of Gibraltar has accused the EU of acting like “a cuckolded husband taking it out on the kids¹“. Try as they might, the EU is making it difficult to see Brexit negotiations as anything but an attempt to punish the UK for leaving the bloc, adding that Brexit is little more than ‘a catfight that got out of hand¹‘ and that the UK will return to the EU.
While the EU economy may be in trouble when the UK leaves due to a gaping hole in its budget¹, the EU itself has been faced with other questions regarding a report on its transparency¹ regarding NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations) and their relationships with the EU. Concerns are raised when certain NGO’s are the recipients of large portions¹ of tax payer money with little oversight, as well as the potential for funding ideologically based groups, including those which may be contrary to ‘European values’ and national interests¹. ‘The European Commission itself does not appear to place a high priority on transparency’ according to the author¹* of the draft report. Elsewhere in the EU, the Ukrainian Association¹ agreement as well as hundreds of millions¹ in funding¹ for the Ukraine have again emerged, together with a push to further integrate the country into potential EU membership¹. despite continuing issues of war, corruption¹ and a vote against¹. The EU parliament voted to allow¹ Ukrainians to have visa-free short term travel¹ across the bloc, an issue that also raised concerns.
- In Australia where security checks have been raised for flights coming from the Middle East¹ due to new precautionary changes, including random explosive¹ detection tests. other issues are emerging regarding violent ‘teens’ and ‘youths’. African gangs¹ in Melbourne have terrorized home owners in the middle of the night by breaking into their houses armed with machetes¹ and demanding money, phones and car keys. These attacks are nothing new, as riots and violence emerge from communities which have often been granted refugee status. The repeated incidents are causing some residents to leave their once quiet communities¹ or consider their options for self defense. Others¹, as we have previously mentioned, are forming vigilante¹ groups to take back the streets from ‘ethnic’ gangs which the police are often overwhelmed by. Similar situations have emerged all over the West, including hiding details¹ about attackers, though little is being seriously done to end it.
- In South Africa, President Zuma waited for the middle of the night¹ to rearrange his cabinet, removing some ministers, including the finance minister¹, and replacing them with others known to be loyalists to Zuma. The effect was felt in the South African economy as the nation’s currency quickly went into free fall¹. It is a move which will not only harm South Africa¹, but will also likely raise more concerns regarding land appropriation¹ in the region. As we have covered several times in the past in both the weekly articles, governments in South Africa, Zimbabwe and perhaps soon Namibia too, often see white farmers as a cause of poverty and as a result, have taken or planned to take lands of white farmers to ‘redistribute’ the wealth, only to quickly find themselves asking for aid.
- A senior Turkish banker, Mehmet Hakan Atilla¹, has been arrested in the U.S. for violating sanctions¹ against Iran by conducting business through U.S. banks on behalf of the country, a part of which was trading gas for gold¹ (among other things) in order to bring profits for Tehran¹**. Although Atilla has close personal ties¹ to Turkish President Erdogan, Atilla has denied the President’s involvement. Turkey has made it into the news a lot recently, as they have also blocked Turkish bank accounts of “Gulen” supporters who live in the Netherlands¹*, and the opening of voting in Europe for the Turkish referendum¹. On top of that, Germany has opened investigations into the spying activities of Turkey on political opponents in up to 35 countries¹ (something we have covered in part before), as well as spying on Gulen supporters¹.
- A terror attack in St. Petersburg¹, Russia left 14 dead¹ and almost 50 injured¹. The attack took place in the city subway system where a ‘nail bomb’ was detonated by a suicide bomber¹. The attack was declared to be terrorist¹ in nature with links to radical Islamism quickly being found. Several have been arrested¹ in Kyrgyzstan in relation to the attack¹ and a second bomb was later found, though did not detonate¹. Further explosive devices¹ have since been found in the city. The day after the attack, an explosive device¹ was found outside a school in Rostov city, near the border of the Ukraine. A homeless¹ man was injured in the blast, which ‘tore off his hand¹‘ after he inspected the suspicious package. Authorities continue their searches for suspicious devices.
In additional news;
- Italian police raided and dismantled a terror cell in Venice¹ after an attempted bombing of a historic bridge in a tourist hot spot.
- An Irianian man has been sentenced to death for ‘insulting Islam¹‘.
- Over 40 Christians accused of murder in Pakistan were told by a prosecutor¹ to convert to Islam in order to avoid charges.
This has been week 14.
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