The Bilal family seems decent enough, but why is infidel America supposed to rescue Muslims when other members of the all-embracing ummah (like wealthy Saudi Arabia) have taken Zero fellow members of the faith? In fact, the oil-rich Gulf States cite the security threat as the reason for not accepting Syrian refugees.
MELISSA FRANCIS: America opened her arms to more than 12,000 Syrians this year as they escape the violence and the civil war in their home country. A great many ended up living in California, so what can they expect and what can we do to help them settle in? William La Jeunesse takes a look at their first 90 days, and he is live in our Los Angeles Bureau — William.
WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE: Well, Melissa, that’s what we were curious about. What is it like to be dropped into a country — broke, you don’t speak the language and find out a lot of people don’t want you there. And yet it’s a lot better than what you left behind.
SAMIR BILAL: The situation in Syria is very bad. Here I find peace for me and my family.
And Third Worlders searching for a better life aren’t looking for better recycling opportunities; they come to get lots more stuff, like a bigger fancier car. Any true environmentalist understands that mass immigration to America of whatever legality is a big drain on scarce resources like water, and it increases worldwide pollution. That was essentially the argument of the Sierra Club reformers a decade ago who wanted the organization to return to its earlier stance of immigration restriction, but it turned out that the club was bought out for $100 million in donations with open-borders strings attached.
California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, forcing one of the world’s largest economies to squeeze into a dramatically smaller carbon footprint.
“What we’re doing here is farsighted, as well as far-reaching,” Brown said at a signing ceremony at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in downtown Los Angeles. “California is doing something that no other state has done.”
The legislation, SB 32, requires the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, a much more ambitious target than the previous goal of hitting 1990 levels by 2020.
Cutting emissions will affect nearly all aspects of life in the state — where people live, how they get to work, how their food is produced and where their electricity comes from.
“We’re going to have to make the change about three times as fast as we’ve done so far,” said James Sweeney, director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University.
The state has already been ramping up solar power generation, handing out subsidies for drivers to buy electric cars and prodding developers to create denser communities connected to mass transit.
But research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that current policies may get the state only about halfway to the 2030 goal. Right now the state is inching closer to 1990 emissions levels, a target set a decade ago by an earlier law.
That means Californians can expect to feel more of what Brown has called the “coercive power of government.” Businesses will likely face more restrictive rules, and taxpayer and ratepayer money will be needed to subsidize cleaner technologies.
“You name it, we’re going to need it,” said Snuller Price, senior partner at E3, an energy efficiency consulting firm that has worked with state regulators.
Reaching the goal set by SB 32 could be a difficult task in a growing state. California has 38 million people now, with a gross domestic product of almost $2.5 trillion, making it the sixth-largest economy in the world.
By 2030, estimates from the Public Policy Institute of California and the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy show, the state could have 44 million people and an economy of nearly $3.5 trillion, but carbon emissions would need to be dramatically reduced. Continue reading this article
This year, the 15th anniversary of Islam’s jihad attack on New York City and Washington falls on the same day as Eid al-Adha, (aka the feast of the sacrifice) as a result of the lunar calendar. The Muslim media squad has jumped on the coincidence, pretending to be frightened of gangs of angry Americans looking for payback: Backlash!
As if! We all remember who murdered 3000 Americans on that awful day, but lynchings or other violence against the perp tribe by citizens are unlikely because we are a law-abiding people.
Monday’s Washington Post front page had a cheerful headline: “In France, immigration restriction finds rising support.” (The Nice truck killer was a Tunisian immigrant who appeared assimilated, i.e. he drank alcohol and ate pork until recently.)
Islamic immigration diversity brings death, as France was reminded last week. Allowing historic enemies inside the gates remains an unwise policy choice.
Liberals are strongly attached to their failed ideology of diversity that posits hard-wired human tribal identification can be rejiggered by elites to suit the current political style. Maybe the failure to assimilate hostile Muslims — a policy soaked in blood — is seeping through. We can hope, even though the Post has to maintain its neurotic attachment to other Diversity tenets, like Backlash against innocent Muslims.
NICE, FRANCE — With this coastal city reeling from the Bastille Day attack by one of its Tunisian-born residents, one sentiment is growing stronger and stronger: Keep the immigrants out.
Across France, it is voiced by the far-right National Front party, which counts Nice as a stronghold. It is embraced by the center-right politicians dogging French President François Hollande ahead of elections next year. And though Hollande has preached tolerance and unity every time terrorism strikes France, his allies are also trying to tamp down immigration.
Leaders of Nice’s Muslim community say they fear that a backlash could make people such as the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, even more disconnected from French society, sharpening the risk of more attacks. But there are now few mainstream voices in France’s political establishment advocating a welcoming policy toward migrants. Hollande’s center-left Socialist party appears likely to limp to a third-place finish in the presidential race next year behind the far-right National Front, which long had ties to Holocaust deniers.
The dynamic comes as voters around the world seek to bar the way to immigrants amid persistent economic challenges and wars in the Middle East that have displaced millions of women, children and men. British voters last month voted to sever ties with the European Union in a referendum widely seen as motivated by fears over migration. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, plans to build a wall to keep out Mexicans. And just over France’s coastline border with Italy, the anti-immigrant Northern League is also strengthening.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian-born émigré was behind the wheel of a truck that barreled into Bastille Day revelers and claimed at least 84 lives.(Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post) Continue reading this article
The liberal press loves to assist hostile Muslims by telling us citizens that night is day regarding Islam, as in, “Who you gonna believe — me or your lyin’ eyes?” The media insist: Muslims are peace-loving — everybody knows that! The Bastille Day mass murder in France is no exception.
So it goes after every monstrous atrocity performed as an act of devotion to allah — “nothing to do with Islam, honest!” The more horrendous the murders, the more absurd are the declarations of innocence for the Religion of Pieces. Meanwhile the Koran and other Islam scriptures are dripping with blood and exhortations to violence.
Dutch politician Geert Wilders angered many with his short film Fitna that showed Islamic violence with corresponding scripture:
Islam has been spread by the sword for 14 centuries: convert or die has been a successful strategy for them. Sophisticated Europe is falling into line just like the backward tribes of the Arabian Peninsula.
A recent example of Islo-denial needs a closer look — is it a gag? An actual statement by an Islamic cleric to show his disrespect of the victims? He certainly has no fear that his family will be mowed down in response — nope, westerners have been cowed into perfect dhimmi submission by political correctness. There’s no danger of any sort of physical backlash. The French won’t even demand that the hostile tribe who believes in the murder of infidels be deported to a more agreeable nation.
Is the following serious? Or the jihadist version of a crude joke on the stupid westerners…
You can always count on the New York Times to present the anti-American view while clothing it in liberal journalistic propriety. Wednesday’s front page included the headline “Muslims stung by indifference to their losses” — referring to the apparent disinterest of the West to terror attacks in dar al-Islam. That observation is odd because the ummah (community of worldwide Muslims) is regarded by Islam as the ultimate uber-tribe, with all others categorized as unworthy underlings.
The sons of Allah have learned the victimhood tapdance from the West though, so reflexive complaints are part of the predictable political dialogue. A Baghdad resident grumbles that #PrayForIraq isn’t trending on Twitter, for example.
Not that there isn’t real suffering however, particularly during Ramadan, the holiday that celebrates killing infidels, including those caught up in the Sunni/Shia division. But mass slaughter is a cultural/historic norm of Islam, since the Koran commands the faithful to kill those who will not submit; e.g.“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” — Koran 8:12.
Below, Bangladeshis remember those lost in the terrorist attack on Dhaka (from the Times report),
The Times castigates Americans for not being sympathetic enough to suffering Muslims during instances of jihad violence, but when Bin Laden attacked this country on 9/11 and nearly 3000 were killed, Muslims celebrated those deaths in Gaza and elsewhere.
The Times piece gripes about global “atavism” (a proper educated word, so much nicer than “racism”), using examples of Brexit and Donald Trump’s candidacy. But the tribal urge is one of humanity’s strongest, reaching far back into our primitive history. Everyone prefers the safety of their own clan — the people who speak our language, share our values and understand our jokes.
Muslims bring none of those attributes. Plus many of them are busy trying to kill us infidels. Nevertheless, the NYTimes insists on an unrealistic standard of diversity appreciation from Westerners.
PARIS — In recent days, jihadists killed 41 people at Istanbul’s bustling, shiny airport; 22 at a cafe in Bangladesh; and at least 250 celebrating the final days of Ramadan in Baghdad. Then the Islamic State attacked, again, with bombings in three cities in Saudi Arabia.
By Tuesday, Michel Kilo, a Syrian dissident, was leaning wearily over his coffee at a Left Bank cafe, wondering: Where was the global outrage? Where was the outpouring that came after the same terrorist groups unleashed horror in Brussels and here in Paris? In a supposedly globalized world, do nonwhites, non-Christians and non-Westerners count as fully human?
“All this crazy violence has a goal,” Mr. Kilo, who is Christian, said: to create a backlash against Muslims, divide societies and “make Sunnis feel that no matter what happens, they don’t have any other option.”
This is not the first time that the West seems to have shrugged off massacres in predominantly Muslim countries. But the relative indifference after so many deaths caused by the very groups that have plagued the West is more than a matter of hurt feelings.
One of the primary goals of the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups is to drive a wedge between Sunni Muslims and the wider world, to fuel alienation as a recruiting tool. And when that world appears to show less empathy for the victims of attacks in Muslim nations, who have borne the brunt of the Islamic State’s massacres and predatory rule, it seems to prove their point.
“Why isn’t #PrayForIraq trending?” Razan Hasan of Baghdad posted on Twitter. “Oh yeah no one cares about us.”
Hira Saeed of Ottawa asked on Twitter why Facebook had not activated its Safety Check feature after recent attacks as it did for Brussels, Paris and Orlando, Fla., and why social media had not been similarly filled with the flags of Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. “The hypocrisy is the western world is strong,” she wrote.
The global mood increasingly feels like one of atavism, of retreat into narrower identities of nation, politics or sect, with Britain voting to leave the European Union and many Americans supporting the nativist presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. Continue reading this article
The city’s Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday to sort out whether the current coddling of illegal aliens should be changed following the shocking death of Kate Steinle last July at the hands of a five-times-deported criminal. Unsurprisingly, the supes only clarified the enormous extent to which illegal aliens, including convicted criminals, are protected in San Francisco: the supervisors specified that only defendants charged with a violent crime and convicted of a violent crime within the past seven years can be referred to ICE for deportation. That is a rather limited category, one that protects foreign criminals rather than public safety.
Fox New reported on the San Francisco supervisors’ decision:
MARTHA MCCALLUM: San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voting to uphold their so-called sanctuary city policy despite coming under fire this past year when 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot and killed by a convicted felon who was living in the United States illegally, her accused killer protected by that controversial policy. Adam Housley, live in San Francisco where it seems like nothing is going to change because of all that. Good morning, Adam.
ADAM HOUSLEY: Yeah Martha, nothing’s going to change in that unanimously approved legislation which upholds the sanctuary city law. Remember the backlash, you touched on it, with Kate Steinle who was killed here last year. The man who she was killed by was wanted by ICE and was not turned over because of the sanctuary city law in San Francisco. Now what this measure does basically is it clarifies the protections available to illegal immigrants here, the measure calling for law enforcement officers to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE only if a defendant is charged with a violent crime and has been convicted of a violent crime within the last seven years. That would be the only time city workers, including police officers, could disclose immigration status. Supervisor John Avalos sponsored the legislation.
JOHN AVALOS: What it would do is make sure that we’re very clear about who is responsible for any part of the workaround detaining people and notifying people, notifying ICE.
HOUSLEY: The San Francisco sheriff is resisting the limitation, says she wanted more say in the whole situation. She was elected here, of course, and would not necessarily have to follow this new city rule.
MCCALLUM: It’s got to make people think twice about the safety of that city, given what’s happened.
Austria is holding an election on Sunday, and the immigration restrictionist candidate Norbert Hofer is polling well. The media calls him far right for having such unliberal views, but Europe is reaping what its elites, particularly German Chancellor Merkel, have sown, namely the open borders offered to the West’s 1400-year enemy of Islam.
Muslims are behaving normally, i.e. raping and pillaging among the infidels, but that barbaric conduct appears to be a surprise to the government suits in big offices. Elites imagine that historic enmity will disappear just because they want it to, even as “Rapefugees Not Welcome” signs are a common sight at citizen demonstrations.
A totally predictable result of open-borders anarchy is the growth of pro-borders patriots, such as in Germany where the AfD party made noteworthy gains in March, showing voter dissatisfaction with Merkel’s suicidal policy of inviting the hostile Muslim world.
An interesting sidebar is a recent report by the New York Times of the imported violent crime problem. Normally the paper just ignores the genuine havoc created by Muslim diversity loosed upon Europe. But a piece in Saturday’s paper took the suffering seriously and cited it as a factor in the Austrian election.
To be sure, the usual weasel words and phrases are used, like “anti-immigrant sentiment” being “whipped up” for political purposes. Still, the human cost of Merkel’s Muslim infatuation is examined by a look at the victims, particularly the grandmother who was raped by a migrant and now experiences anxiety and needs more care. The Afghan convicted of the crime received a sentence of only 20 months imprisonment because he claimed he was a minor — a common ploy among the invaders to get better treatment.
VIENNA — By any measure, the string of crimes has been terrible. A grandmother of three, walking her dog, raped along a riverbank. A 10-year-old boy sexually assaulted at a public swimming pool. A 21-year-old student gang raped near the giant Ferris wheel at Vienna’s famed Prater park. A 54-year-old woman beaten to death on the street.
The fact that the crimes were committed by recent migrants from war zones and an immigrant who had lived illegally in the country for years added an especially volatile element to the political climate ahead of the presidential election on Sunday, when Austria could become the first European country to elect a far-right candidate as head of state since the end of Nazism.
Nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment had already been whipped up by the surge of refugees who streamed into Austria last year. Now, the assaults and the coverage of them in the tabloid press could help the far-right presidential candidate, Norbert Hofer of the Austria’s Freedom Party, in what appears to be a tight race against Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green Party leader.
The Freedom Party has assailed crime and migrants for years, but the backlash against the latest influx of asylum seekers has been especially fierce in this election season. Chancellor Werner Faymann, the leader of the coalition government, was forced out on May 9 after the two centrist parties that have dominated Austria for decades were trounced in the first round of presidential voting.
Sunday’s runoff between Mr. Hofer and Mr. Van der Bellen could turn on concerns that the country’s leaders lost control under the tide of refugees and migrants who reached Europe last year.
At least 90,000 people applied for asylum in this country of 8.4 million before Austria’s government shut its borders and persuaded all the Balkan states, through which the migrants trekked from Greece, to follow suit.
Since then, the challenges of integrating the refugees have become clearer as concerns about crime, sexual mores and cultural clashes come into stark relief across Europe, highlighted by the New Year’s Eve assaults on German women by Arab or North African men in Cologne.
A link between the increased numbers of asylum seekers in the country and any rise in sexual assaults and other crimes has not been established statistically, the Interior Ministry and the Vienna police say.
Over all, the agencies said, crime has declined in the Austrian capital over the past decade.The number of criminal offenses nationwide also declined, to 417,000 in 2015 from 427,000 in 2014, although a slight rise was recorded in the first quarter of this year, the Interior Ministry said.
But especially grim acts, starting with the rape of the grandmother in September, have been hashed over with increasing intensity, feeding the anti-migrant sentiment that helped propel Mr. Hofer to first place in the first round last month.
Sylvia Bubits, 54, walked a path her mother once took daily before she was raped last September.
“Is it just a feeling? Or actually the shocking reality?” the biggest-circulation daily, Kronen Zeitung, asked in early May, reporting on sex crimes and robberies in three Austrian cities. The newspaper asserted that women increasingly fear some public spaces, and questioned whether “one really cannot detect a trend in the statistics.”
Sylvia Bubits, 54, is living the conflicts dividing Austria. She is a longtime resident of Traiskirchen, the town just south of Vienna that hosts Austria’s largest center for refugees. Displaced people first arrived from the conflicts of the Cold War, then from the Balkans and now from the Middle East and beyond.
Ms. Bubits is also the daughter of the woman, now 72, who was raped while walking her dog on Sept. 1. Since the attack, Ms. Bubits said, her mother has gone from being healthy to ridden with anxiety and requiring close attention.
Worse, our government has reduced its refugee screening program from two years to three months. However the latest iteration of “good enough for government work” probably doesn’t matter anyway: FBI Director Comey admitted last October in a House hearing that the US cannot adequately check Syrians for jihad affiliation because Washington cannot access Syrian databases. There is no way to do background checks without records, so even the three-month screening is a farce.
Nevertheless, refugees are being dumped in American communities, many of which do not understand the extent to which they are being endangered. President Obama is determined to unload 10,000 Syrians into the country within this fiscal year no matter what the threat. Last September, Secretary of State Kerry announced the US would “significantly increase our numbers for refugee resettlement” despite the danger to Americans, and he noted, “And in the next fiscal year, we’ll target 100,000, and if it’s possible to do more, we’ll do.”
Mike McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, observed last year, “Many Americans are understandably concerned about the threat posed by inadequate security screening procedures for refugee seeking entry into the United States. ISIS themselves have stated their intention to take advantage of the crisis to infiltrate the west. We have to take this threat seriously.”
Senator Jeff Sessions, Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, has expressed his concern about increased numbers of refugees. Within the context of how immigration of various categories is running at record highs, he noted the diminished ability of the nation to cope with the influx, which is worsened by overcrowded schools, the weak jobs economy and other factors. In September, the senator called for a long-term strategy to deal with Islamist ideology, and that did not include inviting thousands more of them to live among us. Instead, he emphasized the strategy of containment, which America used successfully in the Cold War.
Europe shows the horror Washington is rushing willy-nilly to imitate. For those of us who value women’s rights and safety, the mass sexual attacks that occurred on New Years in Cologne and other cities were a reminder of how bad Muslim diversity can be. On February 15, the AP reported that of the 73 suspects arrested thus far out of more than a thousand criminal complaints, the “overwhelming majority” were refugees, according to Cologne prosecutor Ulrich Bremer.
It’s no surprise then that a word has sprung up to describe the new social reality brought by unrestricted Muslim immigration: Rapefugee. A Google search of that descriptive term can be quite illuminating.
German citizens were assured by Chancellor Merkel that by opening their borders to Muslim “refugees,” it would be a rewarding act of humanitarian generosity. But there were far more foreigners than had been forecast by the government, and instead of good vibes, Germans got rapefugees, crime and chaos. So there have been various responses showing the citizens’ rejection of immigration anarchy, from the electoral success of the pro-sovereignty party to the burning of refugee housing.
Still, Merkel’s government has been largely deaf to citizen complaints because the suits think they know best about how the little people should behave.
History shows that when government fails to perform its prime directive of protecting public safety, the people will step up and do it themselves. One example is the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance, a group of concerned citizens who organized to combat the corruption and crime during the Gold Rush.
German authorities on Saturday reported an increase in the number of arson fires at shelters for refugees who flooded Germany last year, raising concerns about anti-migrant violence.
“This year, there have already been 45 arson fires,” said Holger Muench, head of the federal criminal police (BKA).
“What is particularly worrisome is the increasing scale of the violence,” he said in an interview with the Funke newspaper group.
In 2015, when Germany opened its doors to 1.1 million migrants mostly from war-torn Syria, 92 arson fires at centres for asylum seekers were reported, compared with only six in 2014, according to BKA statistics published in late January. Continue reading this article
Tuesday was International Women’s Day, but European women aren’t feeling very empowered since the continent has been opened to misogynist Muslim barbarians. Normal standards of safety have been wiped out in months by gangs of allah’s enforcers who want Islamic sharia law forced upon Europe. Under Muslim rules, women stay home and out of public spaces because they are believed to be subhuman. Free western women who act like citizens are seen as whores who deserve to be raped.
Police in Östersund in northern Sweden have warned women about being out on their own after dark, but the city’s mayor has trashed the idea.
Officers in Östersund first advised women not to walk around on their own at night, during at press conference on Monday, explaining that there had been at least six reports of violence against women in the area since February 20th.
“Now the police are going out and warning women against travelling alone in the city. We have seen a worrying trend,” regional police chief Stephen Jerand told Swedish media.
How is this not an invasion? Millions of foreigners have entered, captured territory (no-go zones) and enforced their culture (sharia) upon citizens of the receiving nation.
America should learn from Europe’s mistakes and forget about admitting unscreenable Syrian “refugees” and end Muslim immigration altogether. President Roosevelt didn’t issue Nazi visas during WWII.
More on Sweden’s anarchy below. It foolishly invited all of Syria to come live there in 2013. Generous liberals should be careful of what they wish for. A society can have women rights and safety, or it can have Muslim diversity — but not both.
“Almost every Swedish woman feels very or somewhat unsafe when they exercise alone in the dark”, finds new research by the Aftonbladet newspaper in the wake of the migrant rape crisis.
Combining a wide-ranging study of attitudes of women towards being outside in the evening on their own and personal interviews, the findings show that the statement of 34-year-old Ellinor Andersson that she carried a bunch of keys in her hand at night, ready to strike out, are quite normal.
Talking to Aftonbladet, the woman said: “I would never go running by myself on a Friday or a Saturday night”. Another said she would never go out alone after seven in the evening.
The survey finds that now 46 per cent of women aged 16 or over felt either very or somewhat unsafe when they are alone in the dark, compared to just 20 per cent for men. Even during the daytime many are uncomfortable, the results also show 43 per cent felt insecure while in a city on their own, and around a third were “afraid” of Swedish cities”.
Many women were so afraid of trying to get home in the dark, they would go to lengths to avoid it. Almost one third said they’d rather stay at a friend’s house overnight than try and get home, should they be caught out by the falling sun. Continue reading this article
It’s hard not to think the Swedes are getting their just desserts with the current wave of migrant violence and chaos. It’s Sweden’s snotty arrogance that got them into this mess, calling itself a “moral superpower” because of its stupid generosity in welcoming dangerous people inside the gates.
In 2013, Sweden granted blanket asylum to any and all Syrian refugees, surely one of most foolish policy choices ever made by a government. Liberals seem not to accept the concept of Enemy, even though Muslims have been beheading infidels for 1400 years, which reveals a persistent pattern of hostile behavior.
Even the PBS Newshour noticed that open borders diversity has brought trouble to the (alleged) socialist paradise. But the network upheld its liberal cred when its reporter asked a Swedish patriot whether he was a Nazi because he expressed concern about public safety. And PBS managed not to use the word “Muslim” a single time but utilized the phrase “right wing” four times, suggesting that citizens resisting the chaos are the problem.
Things are so bad that the “moral superpower” is considering deportation! But wait, isn’t diversity always enriching?
JUDY WOODRUFF: Sweden is struggling to accommodate 165,000 people who’ve applied for asylum there amid the refugee crisis. Now, in a reversal of its open door policy, the government says as many as half could face deportation.
A growing right-wing reaction to the migrant influx has fueled tensions.
From Stockholm, special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.
MALCOLM BRABANT: Sweden fashions itself as the world’s humanitarian conscience and safe harbor for more refugees per capita than any other European nation, but it has been shaken by a series of incidents that have ruptured that image.
MAGNUS RANSTORP, Sweden National Defense College: I would say that Sweden’s social structures are under severe stress.
MALCOLM BRABANT: Magnus Ranstorp is an expert on extremism in Scandinavia.
MAGNUS RANSTORP: It’s a cocktail of various ingredients which makes society extremely polarized. And the government is having a really difficult time dealing with this.
TINA MORAD, Refugees Welcome Stockholm: As a refugee here, I would say it’s pretty hostile.
MALCOLM BRABANT: Tina Morad is a Kurdish political scientist who fled from Northern Iraq as a child, and now advocates on behalf of fellow refugees.
TINA MORAD: We have noticed a lot of activities for the past week at least where you have Nazis and racists crossing the street and demonstrating against the refugees arriving in Sweden.
MALCOLM BRABANT: These are right-wing vigilantes, including football hooligans, apparently attacking immigrants. This precinct is where young Moroccans hang out. Many have acquired a reputation as petty criminals and troublemakers.
The attack happened a few days after a murder at a young asylum seeker’s hostel in Western Sweden. A 22-year-old worker, Alexandra Mezher, originally from Lebanon, was stabbed to death, allegedly by a young Somali, after trying to intervene in a fight. The murder intensified pressure on Prime Minister Stefan Loven, whose popularity has slumped despite U-turns over his open door migration policy.
STEFAN LOVEN, Prime Minister, Sweden (through interpreter): I believe quite a few people here in Sweden now feel a great worry there will be more similar cases, as Sweden accepts so many unaccompanied minors. Many of those who come here to Sweden have had traumatic experiences, and there are no simple answers.
MALCOLM BRABANT: Fredrik Hagberg is a leading member of a far-right activist group called Nordic Youth. He admits to feeling sympathetic towards the vigilantes.
FREDRIK HAGBERG, Nordic Youth: It’s chaos in Sweden. It’s getting worse by the minute. It’s like the gates of hell is open. More and more immigrants than we can take care of is coming every day. The violence is getting more and more. Hatred against Swedes, people are getting bigger and bigger. The women and children are getting harassed every day.
The police can’t be everywhere at once. The people need to do something by themselves if something is going to change.
MALCOLM BRABANT: It sounds like you might be advocating violence?
FREDRIK HAGBERG: No, not at all, not at all. Our movement has always stood against violence, political violence, but I believe in self-defense.
MALCOLM BRABANT: And this is one of his organization’s videos.
Are you Nazis?
FREDRIK HAGBERG: No, not at all.
MALCOLM BRABANT: How can you prove that?
FREDRIK HAGBERG: It’s proved by my actions, or you just walk around. Look at our Web site. We have a program there, manifest.
MAGNUS RANSTORP: I think the greatest threat Sweden is facing is that we have an equal amount of extremism. We have a lot of right-wing extremism and, of course, left-wing extremism. There’s a sort of reciprocal radicalization going on. They are feeding and fueling each other. Continue reading this article
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