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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 09:06 AM   #11
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An interesting read on the migrant crisis facing the EU, in particular Germany:

Why Germany is taking in so many refugees - the benefits and risks
Germany had emerged as the leader in accepting these refugees. Why so generous?
Domestically there has been a growing consensus that Germany cannot sit idle watching the humanitarian catastrophe unfold. Germans welcomed refugees with compassion and an outpouring of generosity. There's been a lot of discussion by German opposition parties and media outlets about moral imperatives resulting from the Holocaust and Germans' own experience with massive post-war migration.

It's also a reaction against the xenophobic backlash in recent months.

Added to that is Germany's controversial role in the Greek debt crisis and the negative portrayal of Merkel because of austerity measures imposed on Southern Europe.

So, Germany's decision to accept up to 800,000 refugees this year was seen as an opportunity to demonstrate that it can lead by example.
How is Germany in a better position than other European countries to absorb these refugees?
Germany has done very well since the economic crisis of 2008. It has the financial and administrative resources to deal with these enormous numbers of newcomers.

The country also needs immigrants because of serious demographic challenges, especially within the labour force. The German economy could actually benefit from refugees.

Still, housing them and providing them with work will be a major logistical challenge and Germany isn't sufficiently prepared yet.

Already, there is a backlog of more than 250,000 applications for asylum at the ministry in Berlin. On average, it takes more than six months to process them.

Germany's commitment to taking in such high numbers of refugees in 2015 and in the coming years is expected to exceed three billion euros annually. There is also a chance of a backlash against these migrants in the not-too-distant future.
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 11:23 AM   #12
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How is it that the Onion is becoming ever-more believable?

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States


A recent al-Qaeda video shows a militant training to carry out his mission
of lying back and watching America’s status as a superpower erode
WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds.

“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.”

“And unfortunately, based on information we have from intelligence assets on the ground, this plot is already well under way,” he added.
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Old Sep 15th, 2015, 11:37 AM   #13
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The Onion is not believable--just funny.
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Old Sep 16th, 2015, 12:24 PM   #14
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Where's the hue & cry? Why aren't feminists the world over addressing this human rights violation?

Iranian Female Soccer Star Faces Husband-Imposed Travel Ban

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It’s a man’s world for Niloufar Ardalan, one of Iran’s best female soccer players and known as Lady Goal for her on-field exploits in international women’s Islamic tournaments.

Ardalan says she will not be able to compete in an upcoming tournament in Malaysia because her husband has refused to grant her permission to travel abroad as required by Islamic laws enforced in Iran.
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Old Sep 17th, 2015, 11:10 AM   #15
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The fake refugee images that are being used to distort public opinion on asylum seekers


The outpouring of public support for refugees in the wake of the death of Aylan Kurdi has sparked an online backlash
As debate about how to solve Europe's refugee crisis continues, right-wing groups and commentators are using photos and memes to demonise the desperate people risking their lives to reach the continent.

But many of the photos are being faked, twisted, edited or taken out of context in an effort to support the following myths and arguments.

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A widely shared picture claiming to be of refugees attacking police with an Isis flag actually showed a protest in Germany in 2012 – before the rise of the so-called Islamic State.

Several other images claiming to show refugees fighting for Isis wearing assault rifles and fatigues have also been debunked, with at least two of the men shown actually being part of groups fighting the jihadist group, including Kurdish forces and the Free Syrian Army.

Another meme shared by an anti-immigration group in Croatia claims to show another "Islamist" arriving in Europe. But online analysts said his uniform and equipment identified him as an anti-Isis fighter.

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Pegida UK, a branch of the German group known for its huge “anti-Islamism” protests, has been sharing numerous photos claiming to show “fake” or undeserving refugees.

Many of the assertions are based on the fact people in the pictures appear not to be malnourished.

In one post spotted by news website France 24, photos of a muscular man are sarcastically labelled: “Please help feed and house this poor, defenceless refugee…’I heard we can get free steroids in England – don’t be racist and let me in!’”
." Please help these defenceless women and children"!
Posted by Pegida UK /Reclaim Britain/Save England Now on Monday, 7 September 2015
But the photos were actually taken in 2013 on Christmas Island in Australia.

In other images taken at the same time, the border police’s blue uniforms can clearly be seen with “Australian Customs and Border Protection” written on them.
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Old Sep 17th, 2015, 11:23 AM   #16
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Faked photos do not change the skewed percentage of young men from Syria attempting to gain access to Western countries. Where are all the elderly, the women & children which would be more representative of the demographic?
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Old Sep 17th, 2015, 11:56 AM   #17
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Sums it up for me.

What refugee crisis?

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If their neighbours, who have commonality of language, religion & social customs, aren't extending a helping hand... shouldn't that raise a few red flags?
Emphasis from the link.

It should...
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Old Sep 18th, 2015, 05:06 PM   #18
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Closely related to my two above posts.

Germany: Migrants' Rape Epidemic

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A growing number of women and young girls housed in refugee shelters in Germany are being raped, sexually assaulted and even forced into prostitution by male asylum seekers, according to German social work organizations with first-hand knowledge of the situation.

Many of the rapes are occurring in mixed-gender shelters, where, due to a lack of space, German authorities are forcing thousands of male and female migrants to share the same sleeping areas and restroom facilities.

Conditions for women and girls at some shelters are so perilous that females are being described as "wild game" fighting off Muslim male predators. But many victims, fearing reprisals, are keeping silent, social workers say.
Emphasis mine.

Yes, Justin, by all means. Let's let more of these bastards into Canada...
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Old Sep 21st, 2015, 09:21 PM   #19
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So, Jeremy Corbyn was recently promoted to leader of the Labour Party in Great Britain. Curiously, as in Alberta, the honeymoon is faltering.

Corbyn: Wow, that was fast!

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An important lesson for citizens in all democracies is unfolding in Britain where Jeremy Corbyn, arguably the most left-wing leader in the history of the Labour Party, is not pretending to be anyone other than who he truly is. Polls are now showing what Britons think of this unrepentant Leftist
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This should be a good education for voters in Canada & America as to why NDP'ers, Liberals, and Democrats pretend to be moderates before elections. Then when they get into power, they claim a "clear mandate from the voters" and proceed to destroy economies and the lives of people within.
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Yep.

Sound familiar?
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Old Sep 24th, 2015, 12:29 PM   #20
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This stands on its own.

US military in Afghanistan told troops to 'ignore child abuse by Afghan soldiers'

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The US military has been accused of encouraging troops to turn a blind eye to sexual abuse committed by local army commanders that it trained in Afghanistan.

Former soldiers claim that they were ordered to ignore the long-established habit of local Afghan commanders for taking young boys as sexual playthings while serving on military bases.

The practice, known as bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” is common in religiously conservative Afghanistan, where extra-marital sex and female prostitution is frowned upon.
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