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Asylum seekers sexually assaulted women at concert in Germany

Paging Amal Clooney.

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From Evening Standard: A group of asylum seekers sexually assaulted women at a music concert in the German city of Darmstadt, said police.

Three Pakistani men are already under arrest after 18 women filed complaints that they had been improperly touched, fondled and groped during the festival in the city of Darmstadt. Police have said the number of complainants could rise.

Between two and three more men were still being sought by police as victims received counselling and authorities tried to dampen rising tensions against migrants.

All the complainants said they were “surrounded” by their tormentors before being “touched and fondled” improperly at the annual free Schlossgrabenfestes music festival.

The three arrested men are aged between 28 and 31 and are Pakistanis seeking asylum in Germany. All have been charged with sexual crimes as the hunt continues for their accomplices.

Media reports said that at least 15 more women are expected to come forward to file criminal complaints after they were groped at the festival on sunday where around 100,000 people were in the crowds over the four-day event.

The attacks mirror those in Cologne on New Year’s Eve – when large groups of men sexually attacked hundreds of young women.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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Associated Press cooperated with Nazi propaganda machine

Shocker, not.

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Via NY Post: The Associated Press news agency formally cooperated with the Hitler regime in the 1930s — providing US newspapers with material produced by the Nazi propaganda machine, a German historian has revealed.

When the Nazi party rose to power in Germany in 1933, it sought to crack down on both the German press and the international media in the country.

British-American agencies such as Keystone and Wide World Photos were soon forced to shutter their offices in Germany after being attacked for employing Jewish journalists, reported The Guardian, which itself was banned in Germany at the time.

The Associated Press was the only Western news agency allowed to remain in Hitler’s Germany, where it continued to operate until the US entered the war in 1941.

To retain its access, the New York City-based agency entered a mutually beneficial relationship with the Nazis, historian Harriet Scharnberg wrote in an article published in the journal Studies in Contemporary History.

The AP adhered to the so-called Schriftleitergesetz (editor’s law), promising not to publish information “calculated to weaken the strength of the Reich abroad or at home,” Scharnberg wrote. And the news outlet was required to hire staffers who also worked for the Nazis’ propaganda division, The Guardian reported.

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One of the AP’s four photographers in the 1930s, Franz Roth, belonged to the SS paramilitary unit’s propaganda division, whose photographs were personally chosen by the Fuhrer. AP has removed Roth’s images from its website since Scharnberg published her findings, but thumbnails remain visible due to “software issues,” the paper reported.

The news agency also allowed the Nazi regime to use its photo archives for anti-Semitic propaganda.

Scharnberg, a historian at Halle’s Martin Luther University, argued that AP’s cooperation with the Nazis allowed them to “portray a war of extermination as a conventional war,” according to The Guardian.

The study also calls into question the AP’s current relationship with totalitarian regimes, according to the Guardian, which said questions have been raised about the neutrality of its office in North Korea. “As we continue to research this matter, AP rejects any notion that it deliberately ‘collaborated’ with the Nazi regime,” an AP spokesman told The Guardian.

“An accurate characterization is that the AP and other foreign news organizations were subjected to intense pressure from the Nazi regime from the year of Hitler’s coming to power in 1932 until the AP’s expulsion from Germany in 1941. AP management resisted the pressure while working to gather accurate, vital and objective news in a dark and dangerous time.

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Germany cannot account for 130,000 registered migrants

What could possibly go wrong?

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Via Yahoo: German authorities do not know the whereabouts of 130,000 asylum seekers, the government said in a parliamentary document seen by AFP on Friday.

Out of some 1.1 million asylum seekers registered in 2015, “about 13 percent did not turn up at the reception centers to which they had been directed,” the government said in a written reply to a question from a lawmaker of the Left Party.

Some may have returned to their home countries, travelled on to another country, or gone underground, it said, adding that there may also have been repeated registrations of the same individual.

A spokesman for the interior ministry said a package of new measures approved by parliament on Thursday is expected to help address the problem. These include plans for an identity document to be issued upon the arrival of a migrant, which would allow authorities to store personal data under a common database and thereby help to avoid repeated registrations.

The new rules, which include restricting family reunions for some migrants, also lower the hurdles for the expulsion of convicted foreigners — a key measure proposed after the New Year’s rampage in Cologne, where hundreds of women reported being sexually assaulted and robbed in a crowd of mostly migrant men.

Too little, too late Germany.

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Across Europe, gay refugees facing abuse in asylum shelters

Shocker, not.

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Alaa Ammar fled Syria to escape not just civil war but also the threat of persecution as a gay man. Yet when he arrived in The Netherlands last spring, he did not find the safe haven he craved. He and four other gay travelers had to face newly arrived asylum seekers at a migrant center in the remote northern town of Ter Apel.

As reported by Fox News, Ammar said, “After five minutes, they started looking. After 10 minutes, they started to talk. After one hour, they came to us. After three hours, they started fighting with us.

Across Europe, gay, lesbian and transgender migrants say they suffer from verbal, physical and sexual abuse in refugee shelters, and some have been forced to move out. The AP found out about scores of documented cases in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, with the abuse usually coming from fellow refugees and sometimes security staff and translators.

The cases suggest a possible cultural clash (gee, ya think?): Many migrants are coming from conservative Muslim countries where homosexuality is taboo into European societies that are more open to it. In Syria homosexuality is illegal. The militant Islamic State group has killed more than 30 gays in Syria and Iraq over the past two years, activists say.

The number of migrants accused of gay abuse are just a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming into Europe. However, most abuse is likely not reported because of European privacy laws and the stigma felt by gay migrants, and there is no official tally across the continent.

In Germany, the Lesbian and Gay Federation counted 106 cases of violence against homosexual and transgender refugees in the Berlin region from August through the end of January. Most of the cases came from refugee centers, and 13 included sexual abuse.

Charities and private shelter operators say they’ve simply been too overwhelmed by the huge influx of migrants to attend to some refugees’ special needs. Swarms of people often live in one big hall, without lockable rooms or gender-separated washrooms.

The German Red Cross said it had a code of conduct banning violence at its shelters (I’m sure that will work!). And the Arbeiterwohlfahrt, or Worker’s Welfare charity group, said it is trying to create safe spaces in new centers but cannot implement the highest standards it would like. “We’ve been somewhat overrun by reality,” said spokeswoman Mona Finder.

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The situation for homosexual refugees is difficult all over Europe. In Spain, for example, two migrants from Cameroon and a third from Morocco were physically abused after their sexual orientation was discovered by others at shelters, according to the Pueblos Unidos nonprofit. The men now have asylum petitions pending before the Spanish government citing their homosexuality as a reason why they deserve refugee status, the nonprofit said.

In Sweden, a court sentenced an asylum seeker to five months in prison last summer for making death threats, along with spitting in the face and grabbing the throat of a fellow refugee in a center in Jonkoping. When the victim collapsed onto the floor, the attacker kicked him unconscious. Witnesses and a surveillance video backed the claims. The motive was the victim’s homosexuality. The attacker was “outraged that Sweden protects homosexuality and all should be killed by slaughtering,” according to court documents.

In Finland, cases of gay harassment and downright abuse have also been recorded at refugee centers, according to SETA, a nationwide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group. As a result, some of the centers have separated a secure section for those afraid of sexual harassment.

Earlier this month, a Finnish court gave an asylum seeker a three-and-half-year prison sentence for raping another migrant man at a southern Finnish center. In Denmark, there have been at least 10 cases of harassment.

In the Netherlands, a Dutch human rights group reported earlier this month on regular abuse of gays and lesbians at a large camp that can house up to 3,000 asylum seekers near the city of Nijmegen.

Read the whole story here.

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Onlookers cheer as German refugee home burns

Can you blame them? After all, women and children are being murdered and raped by migrants all over parts of Europe.

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In Berlin, onlookers celebrated as a suspected arson fire damaged a former hotel being converted into a refugee home in eastern Germany, police said Sunday. This has raised new concerns about violence against migrants in a nation that registered more than a million asylum-seekers last year.

The NY Post reports that the blaze in the roof of the building in Bautzen, in the eastern state of Saxony, broke out overnight. Police said no one was injured, but a group of people gathered outside, some “commenting with derogatory remarks or unashamed joy” at the fire.

While most Germans have been welcoming toward refugees, a vocal minority has staged protests in front of refugee homes, especially in the east. Germany last year saw a surge in violence against such lodgings.

Police ordered three people to leave the fire scene because they were hampering firefighters’ work and then temporarily detained two of them, whom they described as intoxicated 20-year-old locals, after they ignored the order.

Investigators found traces of a fire accelerant at the scene and believe the fire was caused by arson, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the building can be restored.

Saxony is home to the anti-Islam and anti-immigration group PEGIDA, and incidents there have caused concern before. In August, a mob in Heidenau, outside Dresden, hurled bottles and fireworks at police protecting a shelter being set up for refugees.

 

The Bautzen fire came after a mob in the small town of Clausnitz, also in Saxony, on Thursday screamed “We are the people!” and “Go home!” as they blocked a bus carrying asylum-seekers outside a new refugee home.

Police drew criticism in that case for roughly hauling some migrants off the bus and into the building — which they insist was necessary to prevent the situation from escalating — and for saying that some of the migrants had made provocative gestures.

Saxony Governor Stanislaw Tillich called the two incidents “appalling and shocking” and described the perpetrators as “criminals.” “This is abhorrent and disgusting,” Tillich told the Funke newspaper group. He pledged that authorities will investigate and “bring everyone responsible to account.”

Read the whole story here.

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German police were ordered not to prosecute migrants two months before New Year sex attacks

The officials in charge in the town of Keil, Germany have gone full-blown insane.

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Police in a German town were ordered not to prosecute migrants for certain crimes – just two months before the New Year’s Eve sex attacks in Cologne, it has emerged.

The Daily Mail reports that documents show officers in Kiel, northern Germany, were told to forego prosecuting migrants for theft and criminal damage amid fears there was little chance of succeeding.

The guidelines were issued by the police directorate in the town in October 2015 just months before hundreds of women reported being robbed and molested by migrants in Cologne on December 31. German police have now been accused of ‘surrendering’ in the face of refugee crime.

Documents published by the Bild newspaper show that an official guideline issued by the police directorate in Kiel in October 2015 let asylum seekers effectively live outside the laws of the land when it comes to minor theft and criminal damage.

Officers were told there was little chance of success because so many of the arrivals in Germany do not have papers, and often if they do, they are false. 

Kiel decided that the costs of pursuing asylum seekers for these low-level offences were too high, the chances of success in court too low. Kiel’s police authority stated that its guidelines should become a ‘statewide applicable rule’ whereby ‘simple/low-threshold offences (shoplifting/vandalism)’ by migrants should not be followed up because of the low chance of identifying suspects and gaining a successful prosecution. But ‘higher order’ offences are to be treated the same, ‘especially serious cases of theft and personal injury,’ regardless of whether the perpetrator is a German citizen or a refugee.

The guidelines were sent as a circular to all police stations in Kiel urging restraint if the ID of a migrant suspect could not be ascertained within 12 hours of a crime being reported.

Under pressure after the document surfaced, Kiel’s police authority said a new circular dated December 23 last year made the earlier one ‘outdated’ – but media reports that it contains no references to petty crimes.

Read the whole story here.

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Dear Bill Gates: Open your home to refugees or shut up!

Bill Gates told the the BBC that the United States “should set a better example” by taking in more refugees. He said his home country “had the capacity” to follow the examples of Germany and Sweden, who were “to be congratulated.” GAG. Read all the details here.

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I doubt the victims of the New Year gang assaults carried out by refugees in Cologne, Germany share the same sentiment as Gates. And I’m guessing neither do the victims of sexual harassment by refugees at the We Are Stockholm youth festival in Sweden.

Course Mr. Gates hasn’t opened up his home to refugees like Fat Boy offered. And he has the capacity to shelter refugees. Gate’s home is an astounding 66,000 square feet. Plenty of room for some refugees there, wouldn’t you agree?

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Hey Bill: Just be sure that any refugees you invite into your home receive the proper training so they won’t rape your wife or children.

h/t Twitchy

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