Germany: ‘Decapitating’ Freedom of the Press?

If it was indeed the authorities' plan to censor the news and keep the information of the beheading under wraps, then it backfired. Due to the reports about the raid, thousands of people have seen the video, and hundreds of thousands have heard about the


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Canada is Funding and Supporting Terrorism Front Groups with Taxpayers’ Money

The government of Canada plans to funnel $23 million to combat "Islamophobia," Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid announced last week. The money is an outgrowth of Canada's M-103 "Systemic racism and religious discrimination" bill that called on the


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Germany: Migration Deal Keeps Merkel in Power, For Now

"No country in the world can take in refugees indefinitely. Successful integration can only succeed with a limitation of immigration. This is the core message of the coalition agreement...." — Introduction to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's 63-point


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Dar al-Hijrah, Turkish Government Mosque, Rally for Tariq Ramadan

Two Washington, D.C. area mosques hosted programs last weekend calling for the release of celebrity Islamist Tariq Ramadan, who has been in a French jail since February on rape charges. He is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.


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Refugees placed in rough neighborhoods, not so sure it was a good idea to come to America

“I wanted to come here, have a nice house, a car, but they kill your son,” she said. “They broke my heart. They killed me, too.”

(Mother questioning why she ever came from the DR Congo to Chicago)

 

Stories are increasingly showing up in the media about refugees placed by federally funded resettlement agencies in to cheap housing in dangerous neighborhoods.

Darlis killed in Milwaukee

17-year-old Darlis was shot and killed in Chicago

Yesterday I posted this story from San Antonio, and reader ‘ganjagrandma’ sent another story from last week about Milwaukee, Chicago and Rockford, Illinois where not only were refugees placed in slum housing, but were targets of violence and murder in the neighborhoods where they were placed.

(I suspect those refugees in a Boise housing complex are feeling like Darlis’ mother.)

Of course, I am a little suspicious about this spate of stories because I think what it is leading to is a demand for more federal money for refugee agencies and an opportunity to blame Donald Trump yet again for being heartless.

You need to know a couple of things before I go on with this latest news on the subject.

First, this business of placing refugees in slum apartments has been going on for as long as I have followed this issue—11 years—long before Donald Trump arrived at the White House. I know that because it was one of the first things that caused me to wonder what the heck was going on with this program when refugees were placed in the worst neighborhoods in Hagerstown, MD, near where I live.

And secondly, NEVER FORGET, the Refugee Act of 1980 declared this program to be a PUBLIC-PRIVATE partnership that has morphed into a program almost completely funded by your tax dollars.  The private donations on the part of the refugee contractors*** has, over the years, dried up. And why not! The federal money flowed like water, and it is hard work to raise private money.

In fact, I have on many occasions asked why, for instance, rich Catholics (Lutherans, Episcopalians, Jews, and mainstream Protestants) aren’t putting more of their own money in to caring for the poor people brought here in many cases under false pretenses—-they thought they were coming to streets paved with gold (or at least they would have a house and car) and they get slum apartments in violent neighborhoods, and if they are lucky a job gutting chickens. (And it is called Christian/Jewish charity!)

If there isn’t enough money, it is the fault of the PRIVATE NON-PROFITS for not supplementing the refugees they are only too eager to place!

And, by the way, where is Congress? The US Refugee Admission Program (USRAP) needs to be trashed as it is!  If they want to come up with a new program, fine, let’s have that debate, but clearly the 1980 law is failing.

I’m posting this story because you need to know this is happening, but, again, beware the contractors*** will promote this as 1) We need more of your tax dollars, and 2) Donald Trump is mean.

From The Trace:

Resettled Refugees, Seeking Peace in America, Find Gun Violence Instead

Da Ku’s 12th birthday party seemed a lifetime away from the ramshackle refugee camp on the border of Thailand and Myanmar, where he was born.

Friends and family arrived at his aunt’s house in a steady stream, carrying armfuls of supplies to an increasingly crowded kitchen. The food reflected their past home (Burmese rice noodles, pork meatballs) and their new one in Wisconsin (white-frosted cake, topped with a plastic hunter stalking a toy deer).

But a conspicuous absence in the festivities served to remind Da Ku and his family that America had not proved to be the safe harbor they had hoped. Jay Ro, Da Ku’s father, wasn’t there. He had been killed two years earlier during a botched armed robbery of his family’s home.

[….]

The family was resettled in the Midtown neighborhood on Milwaukee’s northwest side, where affordable homes are in plentiful supply, but where shootings are common.

[….]

Experts, community members, and refugees themselves blame a system hobbled by a lack of funding and conflicting directives. In 2017, the State Department allotted the nonprofit agencies that work with families $2,075 per refugee for resettlement costs. Of that total, $1,125 must be used for direct support of refugees, on things like food and furnishings. The other $950 is available to the local affiliate to spend on its staff and infrastructure.

Agencies are contractually required to secure “decent, safe, and sanitary housing” — and must also take into account pre-existing refugee communities that could make integration into life in the United States easier for new arrivals. There often isn’t enough money, experts say, to finance resettlement in a safe, secure neighborhood. 

Chicago…

Violence is concentrated on the city’s West Side and South Side, but has also at times spilled into northern neighborhoods like Uptown and Rogers Park. That’s where many of refugees are resettled, according to RefugeeOne, the city’s largest resettlement agency.

Darlis Nkolomi, a 17-year-old, who was resettled in Chicago as a child with his mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was fatally shot in the head last April in Rogers Park after surviving a drive-by shooting a year earlier. The death left his mother, Chantal Mulumba, who carried Darlis in her arms as she fled war in her homeland 18 years ago, distraught and questioning why she had ever accepted placement in the United States.

“I wanted to come here, have a nice house, a car, but they kill your son,” she said. “They broke my heart. They killed me, too.”

Back to Milwaukee…

In 2011, they were assigned to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

State Department officials interviewed Jay Ro’s case worker and other officials from Catholic Charities in December 2014, before Jay Ro’s death, as part of a review of its services. The review, released last year, found the organization to be “partially compliant” with federal requirements. “Home visits indicated that refugees are not always living in safe or sanitary environments [sic],” the document said.

So typical, but at least honest!  CC spokesperson won’t comment to the media on a negative story about refugees. We only promote positive, warm and fuzzy stories!

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In an email, Sarah Powers, a spokeswoman for Catholic Charities, said the agency only has “interest in contributing to those articles pieces which inform the public and advocate for the refugee community in a positive and productive way.” She declined to comment further.

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Experts who work at resettlement agencies and researchers who have studied them say the agencies bear some responsibility for not doing more to ensure that refugee housing is safe and secure. But they say those agencies are often in an impossible situation, tasked with finding housing and employment with too little time and too little money.

Refugee worker: So why should we have to raise private money?

“We have been creative with the outside funding, but it should be coming from the government if this is the responsibility that the government is taking,” said one Chicago-based caseworker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about the challenges of resettlement. “Why do we have to get outside sources just to do the work that we should be funded to do?”

Asked about funding complaints, a State Department spokesperson said, “One of the strengths of the program is that it is a public-private partnership in which federal government resources are leveraged with state, private, nonprofit, faith-based, and community resources to support refugees.”

The State Department spokesperson is right, but didn’t go on to say:

These non-profits haven’t been holding up their end of the bargain!

Much more here.

Great American melting post myth!

One last thing… I think that many of the resettlement contractors are so naive that they think they can plunk down minority people from differing cultures around the world into American minority neighborhoods and think that love will blossom all around.

 

***The nine federal contractors you fund are below.

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees, line them up with jobs, and get them signed up for their services (aka welfare, education and healthcare)!  From most recent accounting, here.

There will be no reform of the USRAP until these nine federal contractors/political activist groups are eliminated from the system.


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Germany: Mama Merkel survives for now, but significantly weakened

“Under her continued leadership, Germany will be largely immobilized at home and in Europe.”

(Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, director of the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund)

 

To save herself (HER government) she agreed to border controls for Germany. 

Details are “sketchy,” but she agreed to the creation of transit centers at Germany’s borders to detain incoming migrants.

The migrants will be sorted and those who applied for asylum elsewhere in Europe will be returned to that country. The others??? Will they be deported immediately? Or, is Germany in for many years of housing migrants in camps?

 

Merkel we love you

Will the migrants love her now?

 

This New York Times story on what happened yesterday isn’t bad considering the source and makes the point near the end that Donald Trump is also putting pressure on Germany to pay-up for their NATO defense protection, or else.  The ‘or else’ could be the removal of more of our military from the German state where we have tens of thousands of American servicemen stationed.

When President Trump goes to the NATO summit in a week, he will be meeting a very much weakened German chancellor.

Agreeing to any sort of border controls is a BFD!  One of the founding principles in the creation of the European Union was the idea of free movement of people between its participating countries and Angela Merkel was a leading proponent of that policy.

From the New York Times:

Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants

 

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her government.

It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who has been seen as the standard-bearer of the liberal European order but who has come under intense pressure at home from the far right and from conservatives in her governing coalition over her migration policy.

Although the move to appease the conservatives exposed her growing political weakness, Ms. Merkel will limp on as chancellor. For how long is unclear. The nationalism and anti-migrant sentiment that has challenged multilateralism elsewhere in Europe is taking root — fast — in mainstream German politics.

Ms. Merkel agreed to the latest policy after an insurrection over migration policy led by her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, threatened to bring down her coalition.

Mr. Seehofer demanded that Germany block migrants at the border if they have no papers, or have already registered in another European country.

Ms. Merkel, who supports free movement across Europe’s borders, has been opposed to any moves effectively resurrecting border controls until Monday night, when she made the deal to stay in power.

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It would establish camps, called “transit centers,” at points along the border. Newly arriving migrants would be screened in the centers, and any determined to have already applied for asylum elsewhere in the European Union would be turned back.

Turning them back to the countries where they first arrived is going to cause even more tension between Germany and its neighbors. But, not mentioned here is what about all those who have no legitimate right to asylum, are they going to ship them right back to Africa or the Middle East?

Merkel in the breach—holding back the rise of the right!

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The New York Times story briefly refers to the rape and murder of Maria, a German student, by an Afghan asylum seeker as the beginning of the change in attitude of the German public about Merkel’s welcome to migrants in 2015.

Under Ms. Merkel, Germany has been a bulwark against the rise of the far right in Europe and the increasing turn against migrants. Even as neighboring countries turned away those fleeing war and strife in the Middle East, she has welcomed more than a million since 2015, and lobbied for a collective European solution.

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Anti-migrant feelings helped lead to the rise of a far-right political party, the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, which has put Germany’s more mainstream parties under pressure to change.

Ms. Merkel has been unable to stem the changing tide, with cascading implications for politics in Germany and Europe.

Much more here.

President Trump should find her less cocky (than he found her in Canada at the recent G7 meeting) when he gets to the NATO summit next week in Brussels.

LOL!  Maybe they can share notes on detention centers!  Will German’s separate the children for instance?

Go here for my archive on the ‘Invasion of Europe.’

 


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Palestinians Beat Female Journalists; World “Sees No Evil”

Had an Israeli soldier shouted at these female journalists, representatives of Western human rights organizations and major newspapers would have banged on their doors long ago, demanding that they justify physically abusing peaceful women who were just


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Israeli MPs thank PMW as Israel passes law to deduct terror money from the PA

MP Avi Dichter, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee: "Palestinian Media Watch provided us with authentic data that enabled productive and professional deliberations, nuances that are very difficult to achieve without precise data." (July 3, 2018)


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Another story about refugees living in deplorable housing, this time in San Antonio, Texas

And, this time rather than the International Rescue Committee getting the blame (as they did in California), it is Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Catholic refugee agency worker:

The charity’s “model of resettlement has not really changed for 20, 30 years. They still basically do what they’re required to do, but they don’t do any more.”

Jose Antonio Fernandez

Jose Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities San Antonio says the agency received $7.5 million in 2016 from the federal government to help 1,900 refugees. What! Over $3,900 for every man woman and child!

Sounds like they are taking in more refugees than they can adequately provide for!!!

Not enough decent housing that is also cheap they wail.  But, I have noticed over the years that the answer is never that there might be too many refugees entering the US!

And, with rich agencies like Catholic Charities, maybe they could pony-up with some of their own private Christian-charity dollars rather than depending on the US taxpayer to supply them with more!

As I reported here, just yesterday, Texas is the number one refugee-welcoming state in the nation right now!

Sounds like Texas, and its stable of ‘charities’, are ‘welcoming’ more refugees than they can adequately provide for!!!

 

 

From San Antonio Express:

Refugees flee war-torn homelands for deteriorating apartment complexes in S.A.

The story begins with the usual sympathetic refugee (but be sure to read the whole article, Mohammad may not be the best choice as their poster child).

Mohammad Alshokri came to San Antonio as a refugee from the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whose security forces beat him so severely that both his legs were amputated above the knee. But he has not yet found his happy ending in the Alamo City.

Shortly after his plane landed in April of last year, Alshokri arrived at his new home of Auburn Creek, a 40-year-old apartment complex that is the subject of a long list of city code complaints.

Alshokri’s first year in the U.S. was a stressful one, he said, as he tried and failed to get the complex’s management to fix a broken doorknob, a leaky ceiling and a malfunctioning air conditioner. The complex served him with several eviction notices while he struggled to build a life in a city 7,000 miles from his native country.
While they have found safety in the Alamo City, Alshokri and other refugees contend with grim living conditions and inattentive landlords at Auburn Creek and other apartment complexes, according to interviews with more than 15 refugees and nonprofit advocates who work with them.

Syrian in San Antonio

Alshokri points to spot on kitchen ceiling where a leak had occurred.  Looks like a pretty nice apartment to me!  Photo: San Antonio Express

They complain of leaky plumbing, broken appliances, collapsing ceilings, rat and rodent infestations, and faulty air conditioning that can turn their homes into saunas during San Antonio’s brutal summers.

Many refugees are placed in the Medical Center area on the Northwest Side through a program that local nonprofit Catholic Charities runs on behalf of the federal government.

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“This is not a house. It is a prison,” Alshokri said through an interpreter.

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Refugees have a high risk of ending up in substandard housing because they often don’t speak English, have little formal education and are particularly fearful of challenging authority given their experience in their homelands, charity workers said.

Perhaps, but they don’t pick their apartments, that is what we, the taxpayers, pay Catholic Charities to do.

The refugees frequently have no choice but to live in rundown apartments because few complexes will accept a tenant with no credit, rental history or Social Security number, refugees and advocates said. Some of them can’t read rental contracts, are unfamiliar with their rights as tenants or are afraid to pursue cases against landlords out of fear that they could be thrown out or have their credit damaged, they said.

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The federal government partners with local agencies to find “safe and affordable housing” and help them become self-sufficient.

In San Antonio, that agency is Catholic Charities, the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The charity settles refugees in seven or eight local complexes, many of them in the Medical Center area, President and CEO J. Antonio Fernandez said in an interview. In 2016, it received $7.5 million from the federal government to help 1,900 refugees.

The charity has trouble finding landlords who are willing to take in refugees, Fernandez said.

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The charity has contracts with owners of apartment complexes who agree to take in refugees at discounted rates, Fernandez said. It tries to place the refugees near family members or others from the same communities.

Along with providing furniture, Catholic Charities pays the refugees’ rent for six months, Fernandez said. [Six months? More like three!—-ed].  A worker with the charity acts as a guide for each family, helping them find jobs and navigate social services. [Navigate social services is code for sign them up for welfare—ed]

Before the family moves in, a worker inspects their apartment for mold, frayed wires, peeling paint, smoke detectors and other problems, according to Catholic Charities. Workers are supposed to visit each apartment within 24 hours of the family’s arrival, and again within a month, to check on its members’ well-being.

Some refugees said they were thankful for the help. But others, and some volunteers who work with them, criticized the charity for placing people in shabby complexes and for overloading their case workers, making it difficult for them to devote much attention to each family.

Here we go! It is Donald Trump’s fault!  He isn’t sending CC enough moola!

“Catholic Charities does the best they can do with the resources they have,” said Margaret Costantino, director of CRS, pointing out that the Trump administration has cut federal funding for resettlement.

The charity’s “model of resettlement has not really changed for 20, 30 years. They still basically do what they’re required to do, but they don’t do any more.”

Fernandez defended the case workers. The charity has started inspecting apartments more often and doing more to educate refugees, Fernandez said.

More here.

Time to reform the whole damn program and the answer is NOT to send ‘Religious Charities’ more of our tax dollars!

Let the good Catholics support the refugees entirely!

A reader recently sent us this news story about a new study by Catholic Charities and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops about how economically well their refugees are doing.

So here is what the reader suggested—if the refugees do so well, maybe Catholic Charities and the Bishops could loan the refugees all the money they need to get started on life in America knowing they will be repaid later as the refugees succeed.

One last thing.  It was Syrians complaining about substandard housing in New Jersey recently, see here.  Just saying!


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Merkel’s government on brink of COLLAPSE blares headline

Remember the famous line from the Clintonistas: It’s the economy stupid!  No, it is immigration stupid! It is the issue of our lifetime, of the century and beyond.

 

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Merkel lectured Trump in Canada last month. Sit down Angela!

 

We’ve been reporting on the trouble for the “world’s most powerful woman” for sometime. It is the trouble she brought on herself by opening Germany’s gates to more than a million invaders three years ago and thus creating a magnet for more illegal aliens who necessarily must travel through other countries to reach Merkel’s nirvana.

Merkel’s folly might now (finally) be due for a reckoning and hopefully will serve as a powerful lesson to all political leaders who have a hankering to invite the masses in to a first world country. Invite them and they will come.

If the citizens of the first world have not lost their collective minds they will eventually revolt (Dear Donald pay close attention) as even the Germans are doing now.

From The Sun:

ANG-ING BY A THREAD 

Angela Merkel’s government on brink of COLLAPSE over Germany’s migrant crisis as coalition minister threatens to quit

 

ANGELA Merkel is holding crisis talks today to try and save her political future after her interior minister said he was ready to quit over her handling of the migration crisis.

Horst Seehofer revealed he was poised to resign from his crucial cabinet post and key role as leader of her coalition partners because he believes the German Chancellor is too soft on immigration.

 

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Horst Seehofer is not happy…..

 

The tricky migration issue pits Seehofer and his Bavaria-only Christian Social Union party against Merkel, the head of its sister party, the Christian Democratic Union.

Seehofer wants to turn some asylum-seekers back at Germany’s border, but Merkel is adamant Germany shouldn’t take a unilateral stance that might upset its European partners.

The complete collapse of Germany’s ruling party was only averted after Merkel promised Seehofer she would reach a deal at the EU summit last week which would resolve the problem.

(See my post on that ‘nothing-burger summit. Vague promises about detention centers, speedy processing, and proposals to save Africa financially by 2063 won’t cut it!)

However, Seehofer reportedly argues the new measures still aren’t tough enough and now says he wants out.

Seehofer’s threats to quit make the future of Merkel’s government look pretty bleak, since her party relies on his CSU party to maintain power through a coalition formed three months ago.

Merkel lost votes to the far-right in elections last September, and she has been forced to turn to EU neighbours to help resolve the row over how to deal with migrants trying to enter her country.

Should the CSU decide to nominate a replacement for Seehofer, Merkel’s coalition would continue to remain in power although her credibility would be badly dented.

If the CSU pulls out of the coalition, there are several scenarios that could take place, none of which look good for Merkel.

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Europe as the cradle of Western Civilization is in its death throes, or nearly so.

If, as an American, you are thinking this is Europe’s problem, it isn’t.  In a strange turn of events we are being granted a history lesson before our very eyes and the message is clear…..

Close the borders, build the wall, limit legal immigration and move swiftly to deport all of those not entitled to be here.

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