Declaration of Geert Wilders before the Court

Mr. President, members of the Chamber,

I have the right to a fair trial. That is why I am here.Not to ask you a favor. But to ask you what I am entitled to.A fair trial. And the right to defend myself in the best possible way.If you do not give me that chance then this trial will be a farce.

During the first meeting, the investigative judge told to me, “You should have a fair chance; the law will be interpreted broadly.” But the opposite has happened. All my 39 requests, all the requests from the defendant have been rejected.Apparently, I am not allowed an adequate defense.


Israel or Palestinians, the World Gets No Voice

Beyond the Cusp

The Arabs invented the Arab Palestinians with the assistance and mission statement and plan of assault by the KGB bringing the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) placing two holocaust deniers, Yasser Arafat as the titular head and Mahmoud Abbas as the financial administrator, planning organizer and any other required challenges needed addressing to perform any terror attacks in any position required which eventually made Abbas to take over the lead role after Arafat died mercifully in a French Hospital. The PLO was founded in 1964 with its charter calling for their to make a Palestinian State on the occupied lands from the 1948-9 War of Annihilation which failed to rid the Arabs of this Jewish State which was their chosen nemesis despite the Jews repeated pleadings to live in mutual efforts for the improvement and enrichment of both Arab and Jew. Such did turn out to be a workable effort inside…

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Sweden’s Muslim Christmas Show

From the night of the Paris attacks until Tuesday, when Sweden’s government announced it was reversing its open-borders policy, Sweden was in a state of turmoil. No matter what the government said, it accomplished nothing — other than making the Swedes increasingly livid.

When Prime Minister Stefan Löfven accused his people of being naïve about radical Islamism, anger exploded on social media. You could read comments such as: “No. Some of you have been naïve. The rest of us have been labeled fascists and other ugly things.”

The shock and horror of the Paris attacks — in which one Swedish woman was among the 130 dead and another among the 350 wounded — had barely subsided when the Swedish people received another blow. On November 18, a grim Security Service Chief, Anders Thornberg, held a press conference during which he revealed that a combat-trained ISIS terrorist was suspected of having entered Sweden and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Because of this, Thornberg had raised the threat level in Sweden from three to four on a scale of five — meaning the country was now facing the highest “threat level” since the scale was introduced in 2010.

The Security Service Chief, as well as various Ministers, then urged people not to be alarmed. The suggestion had little effect. Rumors ran rampant on Facebook and other social media that police in Stockholm had told their family members to “stay away from the inner city for the next four or five days as the threat was a lot more serious than what had been made public; apparently they are looking for more terrorists, about 20 people; you need to decide for yourselves. In any event, the threat is bigger than what was shown on the news.”


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

David Cameron seems to be struggling in his EU renegotiation mission, after getting into a communications mess over a briefing suggesting that he was preparing to water down his central demand – that EU migrants wait four years before claiming benefits – when he meets other European leaders over dinner on Thursday at the European Council summit. The Eurosceptics are on the march, with Bill Cash’s Commons European scrutiny select committee set to criticise Cameron this week for failing to claw back enough from Brussels, while grassroots Conservative activists are being urged to tell their MPs to campaign to leave the European Union. And now Boris Johnson has waded in with an idea that could give the Prime Minister what he wants: a Danish –style opt-out.

Writing in today’s paper, the London Mayor suggested that the UK could emulate Denmark, which has a special exemption from EU rules allowing it to ban non-residents from buying homes, in order to clamp down on benefits for migrants. “If we are going to stay, we need reform; and if the Danes can have their special circumstances recognised, so can Britain,” he says. Cameron’s team hasn’t tabled the idea formally yet, we report, although the Prime Minister’s Europe adviser Mats Persson mentioned the Danish property rule when attempting to persuade the Czech government to accept Britain’s plans. Some Eurosceptics would still view the impasse over welfare as a confected row, after Sir Stephen Nickell, of the Office for Budget Responsibility, said that clamping down on benefits for EU migrants would be “unlikely to have a huge impact” on the number of migrants coming to the country. Meanwhile, the Front National flopping in France’s regional elections will relieve Europhiles, as it suggests the appeal of anti-EU voices does have limits.

The Prime Minister faces further EU problems at home, as the House of Lords’ continued attempts to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the referendum has delayed its passage into law. The Commons blocked votes for under 18s last week as an issue of “financial privilege”, which is meant to stop the Lords from standing in their way. However peers, emboldened after derailing the government’s tax credits cuts, are pushing another amendment today which would seek to extend the franchise. “We believe there is a real appetite among young people to be involved,” said Labour’s shadow foreign minister Baroness Morgan.

Assuming the Lords’ amendment passes, the legislative “ping-pong” continues as the EU referendum bill returns to the Commons. MPs are onto this, and are itching to strike down their latest amendment. Peers could theoretically keep tabling amendments again and again, but they know they’re under pressure to not string this out. However, they know they have time on their side, as the Commons rises for the Christmas recess on Thursday, while peers keep going to next Tuesday. Ministers are hoping to chip away at resistance in the Lords after the Electoral Commission backed their plans to block votes for 16 and 17 year olds, and gave proposals put forward by Labour and the Liberal Democrats short shrift. A continued back-and-forth risks stopping the government from getting the EU referendum, a key plank of its agenda, into law, so many will wonder how long this ping-pong match will go on.

“If we are going to stay, we need reform; and if the Danes can have their special circumstances recognised, so can Britain.”

National Compulsory Service
Andy Coulson has called on David Cameron to make the National Citizen Service scheme compulsory to stop British teens being radicalised by Islamic extremists and leave a “lasting legacy”. Writing in today’s paper following his own stint in prison, Coulson warned the prime minister that some Muslim inmates operate “protection rackets” inside British jails – forcing vulnerable young men to grow beards, change their names and attend prayers in return for safety.

The SNP’s Next Opposition?
The Scottish Conservatives can overtake Labour to become Holyrood’s official opposition party by snatching more of the parliament’s regional seats in May’s election, David Mundell has said after they unveiled the rankings for all their list candidates. This comes as David Cameron will today warn Nicola Sturgeon she will endanger Britons’ lives if she allows SNP MPs to fight the ‘snoopers’ charter’ giving the police and intelligence agencies more powers to monitor terrorists online.

Arise Lord Livingstone?
Jeremy Corbyn is facing a growing backlash among his own MPs amid claims he is planning to promote Ken Livingstone to his shadow cabinet by making him a peer. A party source said Mr Corbyn wants to sure up his position by sacking some of his top team and promoting more of his own supporters to fill the gaps. Meanwhile, it has emerged that MPs – including the Labour leader – have collectively earned more than £100,000 over the past three years answering polling questions for cash.

A possible breakthrough has emerged in the deadlocked case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange which is set to lead to him being questioned by Swedish authorities while he remains inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Queen Of Green
Caroline Lucas fears that her resignation from Stop the War has become a “stick to beat Jeremy Corbyn”. Speaking to Mary Riddell, the Queen of Green admitted she left as she was “troubled by some statements after the Paris atrocities”. She also praised her “magnificent” successor, Green leader Natalie Bennett, and refused to rule out running again to replace her.

In Loco Parentis
Social workers and child protection staff should behave more like “parents” to children in their care, David Cameron says today. The Prime Minister made an emotional appeal to childcare professionals as he set out plans to allow the Government to take over immediately poorly performing councils children’s services.

Naughtie’s Corbyn Challenge
Jim Naughtie, the Today programme presenter, has urged Jeremy Corbyn to stop avoiding the Radio 4 show, telling the Labour leader: “A good batsman always prefers fast bowling.” Mr Corbyn has only appeared on Radio 4’s flagship programme once since being elected Labour leader, in an interview at his party’s conference, in September. Naughtie, who leaves Today on Wednesday, after 21 years on the show, warned the politician that he would not gain from avoiding tough questioning.

US Angry But Impotent Over Second Iranian Missile Violation

The US is silently fuming over an Iranian test on November 21 of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The test is the second of its kind to violate United Nations Security Council (UNSC)resolutions.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said on Tuesday, “The US is conducting a serious review of the reported incident.” She stated that if the reports are confirmed, the Obama administration would bring the issue to the UNSC and seek appropriate action.

A Western diplomatic source told Reuters said last week on condition of anonymity that the test of a Ghadr-110, a spin-off of the Shahab-3 missile, was held near Chabahar, a port city near Iran’s border with Pakistan. He said it was a liquid-fueled missile with a 1,900 km (1,180 mile) range and was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

In October, the US, Britain and France called on the UNSC’s Iran sanctions committee to take action over a similar Iranian ballistic missile test that they said violated UN sanctions. No action was taken in connection to that complaint, though the subject is scheduled for discussion this week. If the US takes unilateral action, it would be seen as a violation of their agreement with Iran.


Trump and the Joys of Hatred

TabletTabletUnited StatesTrump and the Joys of HatredExplaining the nihilist candidate’s brutish appealBy Paul BermanTabletUnited StatesTrump and the Joys of HatredExplaining the nihilist candidate’s brutish appealBy Paul BermanDecember 7, 2015 Facebook 914 Twitter Pinterest Google Plus PinterestDonald Trump’s supporters turn out to be (as discovered by the statisticians, as reported by the political analysts) 55 percent white working-class, many of them males from age 50 to 64, without college degrees. And, in the analysts’ view, a political logic accounts for these people’s sympathies. The white workers are submerged in economic insecurity, and they blame their circumstances on illegal immigrants from Mexico, and they appreciate their candidate’s forceful anti-immigrant hostility. Nor do they want the United States to accept refugees from Syria. Their feelings on this matter draw them to Trump yet again. Such is the explanation. It makes sense. But I worry about explanations that make too much sense.

The whole phenomenon of people being upset over the Mexican immigration, to begin with—isn’t there something odd in this? We are right now experiencing an unemployment rate nationally of 5.5 percent, which really isn’t bad. Naturally people feel insecure economically, but the grounds for this are multiple: the competition from other countries (e.g., from Mexicans who do not immigrate); the fact that technological advances are always rendering one craft or another obsolete; the likelihood that one of these days the entirely American banks or the stock market will bring about still another financial crisis. And so forth. Why the emphasis on Mexican immigrants, then?