Sounds good to me.

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Samaria Regional Council chief Gershon Mesika praised the actions of the IDF soldier. “I want to bless the soldiers who responded appropriately to the terrorist this evening. Unfortunately, we already know what awful results occur from rocks and firebombs thrown in the name of terror.

Palestinian killed by IDF after throwing firebomb at Israeli vehicle

IDF force shoots, kills one suspect and lightly wounds second suspect following brief manhunt, after the two Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli civilians.

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An IDF paratroopers force shot and killed a Palestinian on Saturday night after he threw a Molotov cocktail towards an Israeli vehicle traveling in the West Bank. Another Palestinian, who had also thrown a firebomb, was shot in his leg by the IDF force after a short manhunt.

Palestinian security officials named the casualty as Ahmad Ibrahim Najar, a 19-year-old from the village of Burin in the West Bank.

The second Palestinian suspect was lightly wounded. A road in the region of the Yitzhar settlement was closed for traffic following the event. Paratrooper soldiers in the area initiated the operation against the attackers. The IDF noted that the soldiers were operating according to the rules of engagement.

 More here. H/T: Ami Cammerella

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Manfred Gerstenfeld

Dr.Manfred GerstenfeldOn Thursday, January 29th, the first phase of the election campaign ended. The 26 parties participating in the elections for the 20th Knesset handed in their list of candidates to the Central Elections Committee.1 This happened against a background of tension on the northern border. On Wednesday, two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven others wounded by fire from Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon.2

Only eleven lists have a realistic chance of passing the new election threshold of 3.25%. There were developments and conflict within various parties until the last moment. The continuing Likud saga about the 20th place on their list came to a conclusion. After it had been decided to hold a recount, MK Tzipi Hotovely obtained a decision from the Tel Aviv District Court that the 20th place was hers, and the recount was stopped. Former minister Avi Dichter then appealed to the Supreme Court, which overturned the District Court’s decision. It ordered that the recount be continued.3 At its end, Hotovely was found to have won by 101 votes. Dichter will now be in the marginal 26th place, as the places from 21-25 are mainly reserved for regional candidates.4

Netanyahu had the right to appoint two candidates of his own choosing to the 11th and 23rd places on the Likud list. He chose former minister Bennie Begin for the 11th place and terrorism expert Anat Berko for the 23rd. In this way, the number of women among the first 25 candidates of the Likud increased to 5.5

There was major upheaval in Bayit Yehudi, when at the last moment, party leader Naftali Bennett inserted former soccer star Eli Ohana into the party’s top ten candidates. It led to furious reactions from various MKs and others within the party. Ohana then decided to withdraw his candidacy.6

The Central Election Committee decided that the candidacy of Tsega Melaku for the third spot on Moshe Kahlon’s Koolanu list was not valid. The journalist was on leave but had not resigned from her post at the Israel Broadcast Authority in time, and it is illegal for a government employee to run in the elections.7

Earlier in the week, party leader Yair Lapid announced the list of candidates of Yesh Atid. He brought in two new candidates and left the remainder of the list more or less entirely in line with the current Knesset representation, except for the 3 candidates who did not seek re-election.8

At the Zionist Camp, Livni filled the four remaining slots of Hatnuah with former Kadima MK Yoel Hasson, retired army general Eyal Ben Reuven who left Meretz, journalist Ksenia Svetlova, and environmentalist Yael Cohen Paran.9 The Zionist Camp now has 9 women among its first 25 candidates on its list, and according to current polls, all these candidates may be elected.

In the meantime, the polls are giving the joint Arab list 12 seats, as against 11 in the 19th Knesset. That would mean that the Taal party, which is only represented by Ahmed Tibi, the best known Arab MK, would get a second seat.

Several MKs of Yisrael Beitenu and the Likud plan to submit petitions to ban MK Haneen Zoabi from running for the next Knesset, as she openly supports Hamas. In previous elections, similar petitions were made, but they all failed.10

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Japan should raise up an army of ninjas to take out these bastards.

ISIS executes second Japanese hostage

Islamic State militants said on Saturday they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, after the failure of international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap.

The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released a video which seemed to show the beheaded body of Goto and threatened further attacks on Japanese targets. Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the video appeared to be genuine.

Islamic State had said Goto, 47, was held along with a Jordanian pilot. Efforts to win their release had focused on the possible release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber jailed in Jordan 10 years ago. The video did not mention the pilot.

Japan condemned the actions of the militants and said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet would meet in response to the video, which showed a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body.

More here.

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And all that Finland does is ‘monitor’ returnees.

Israel knows that battle hardened jihadis pose a major risk for its society, as well as the existing UN Security Council resolution demanding all member states to take similar actions.

Security forces arrest Arab-Israeli from Nazareth for fighting with ISIS


 AN ISIS member rides on a rocket launcher in Raqqa in Syria two months ago. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Security forces arrested an Arab Israeli resident of Nazareth earlier this month who allegedly traveled to Syria and Iraq and fought for the Islamic State [IS], the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency] said Sunday.

According to the domestic intelligence agency, the suspect, Maharan Yussuf Khaladi, who was born in 1995, was arrested upon his return from Ben Gurion Airport, and subsequently confessed during questioning to fighting alongside the Islamic State.

Before deciding to join the terror organization, the suspect viewed Islamic State videos on the internet which “influenced him deeply,” the Shin Bet added.

In October last year, he flew to Turkey, and contacted an Islamic State operative on Facebook, where he received instructions on how to cross over into neighboring Syria with the help of an Islamic State smuggler.

More here.

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One would think that it’s as obvious (Hamas a terror org) as the streaks of blood and flesh left on the streets of Gaza City.


Hamas no longer accepts Egypt as Israel mediator, source close to group says

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Hamas members at an anti-Israel rally in Rafah in southern Gaza, November 13, 2014. . (photo credit:REUTERS)

Hamas on Saturday dismissed  an Egyptian court’s decision to declare its armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, a terrorist organization.

“The court ruled to ban the Kassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group,” Judge Muhammad al-Sayid of the special Cairo court that deals with urgent cases said earlier in the day. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The ruling came two days after a series of terrorist attacks killed 30 Egyptians and wounded 45 others in Sinai.

Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip condemned the decision as “dangerous and unacceptable.”

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the ruling serves only the interests of Israel. “This is a dangerous political ruling,” he said.

Abu Zuhri said that Hamas is opposed to any attempt to involve its members in the internal affairs of Egypt.

“The Kassam is the address for confrontation with the Israeli occupation and a symbol of the dignity of our nation,” he added.

Salah Bardaweel, another senior Hamas official, described the court ruling as a “dangerous precedent.” He too claimed it was politically motivated.

More here.

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We’re more willing to crack down on ourselves than on the real problem in our midst, the Islamic fifth column, but most of all, the statist political elite who have engineered the entire debacle.


The Heart of Europe’s Problem with Islam

By Steve Sailer

A commenter on the Michel Houellebecq thread replies:

Jaakko Raipala says:
January 29, 2015 at 11:59 pm GMT • 500 Words

Replying to @Whiskey:

[“There will be nothing but say, Pakistan writ large all over Europe. FundamentallyEuropean men lack the will to fight and kill to keep what is theirs from about 1.5 billion Muslims who want it — and most European women will happily go along at least they get domination.]

 It would be hard to come up with sillier nonsense. If history has proven anything at all it has proven that European men certainly do not lack the will to fight and kill. That is why our states keep mainly cracking down on native men, they’re much more afraid of the European man than the Muslim and for a good reason. Unfortunately these things tend to turn into self-fulfilling prophecies and trying to ignore growing problems because you’re scared of the people offering solutions will often just give you a more radical solution in the end.

The root of the conflict is that European ethics restricts fighting and killing to the state monopoly of violence, Islamic ethics does not. If, say, a bunch of Englishmen had attacked Charlie Hebdo for mocking something important to Englishmen (it is a French satirical, after all), it would be expected for the Prime Minister and the Queen to show up on TV to condemn the atrocity and promise action against whichever faction pulled it off. Most Englishmen would be disgusted as Englishmen will never approve of shooting Frenchmen for some English cause outside the context of a European war with European cultural rules of engagement – but then, if such a war were to happen most Englishmen would be perfectly OK with shooting at Frenchmen for the sake of some English cause.

With Islam nothing works like this. No Muslim organization shows up to assume the responsibility for policing extremists. Islamic terrorists hide behind the fact that Islam isn’t organized in a European way of assigning responsibilities. Islam deliberately obfuscates the difference between combatant and civilian. This is all a perfect inverse match for a Europe that’s now phobic about assigning “collective responsibility” to minorities. We are in the uncomfortable situation that we see that a war is being waged and a lot of us would fight in it but the enemy doesn’t act like a European state power.

Our leaders are reluctant to even acknowledge the conflict because they don’t know what to do about it. If no one figures that out in time Western Europe will just fall into a similar situation as much of Eastern Europe with unclear national identities and loyalties and a lot of men who will just choose to fight, damn the consequences. It’s not the end of Europe but it’s the end of nice clear identities that much of Western Europe had finally figured out (only to demonize them because well-being makes people stupid and they start attacking the ideas that made them successful).

More here. h/t Fjordman

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Suppose Islam Had a Holocaust and No One Noticed

While Western newspapers were debating whether or not to reprint the Mohammed cartoons, in Nigeria as many as 2,000 people were massacred by the Islamic State in Nigeria, also known as Boko Haram, in what is being called the deadliest attack by the Muslim group to date.

Survivors described the Islamic State setting up efficient killing teams and massacring everyone while shouting “Allahu Akbar”. “For five kilometers (three miles), I kept stepping on dead bodies until I reached Malam Karanti village, which was also deserted and burnt,” one survivor said.

There’s a word for that. It’s genocide.

The Islamic State in Nigeria had reportedly managed to kill 2,000 people last year. This year they did it in one week. But we don’t pay much attention to what happens in Nigeria unless there’s a hashtag. No one has yet thought up a clever hashtag for the murder of 2,000 people. #Bringbackourdead doesn’t really work.

The Islamic State’s next target is Maiduguri, the largest city in Borno with a population of over a million. Known as the “Home of Peace”, if Maiduguri falls, the death toll will be horrific.

The Catholic Archbishop, Ignatius Kaigama, warned that the killing wouldn’t stop in Nigeria. “It’s going to expand. It will get to Europe and elsewhere.”

Of course it already has, but not on the same scale.

“We will conquer Europe one day. It is not a question of (if) we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen,” an Islamic State spokesman had warned. “The Europeans need to know that when we come, it will not be in a nice way. It will be with our weapons.”

“Those who do not convert to Islam or pay the Islamic tax will be killed.”

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Obama hates Netanyahu, how much more proof do we need?

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Story that Boehner blindsided Obama on Netanyahu invitation was manufactured agitprop

By Ed Lasky

A correction appearing in the New York Times quietly unravels what has become a major story as phony agitprop, intended to discredit the leaders of Israel and the House of Representatives.  Of course, the story is still believed by many, and has well served those in the White House and media who created and disseminated it. Omri Ceren spotted the correction and explained on Twitter:

 NYT tries to promote anti-Netanyahu talking point that #Israel blindsided Obama. They got just 1 tiny detail wrong.

Correction: January 30, 2015 

An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.

In 2011, Boehner sent a notice to the WH stating his intention to invite Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress. The White House never responded (spite? incompetence?) and Boehner proceeded to extend the invitation to Netanyahu. Netanyahu accepted the invitation and spoke. The White House did not express any outrage in 2011. That was before the 2012 reelection, of course, so Obama did not want to run the risk of losing any support.

But that was then and this is now. And as Barack Obama has reminded us, he will never be on a ballot again so he can do whatever he wants now and go “full Bulworth,” as he told close aides he wanted to do in his second term.

Boehner clearly assumed the same series of events was occurring when the White House failed to respond this time to the notice given to the White House before he sent an invite to Netanyahu.  (Hat Tip: CJL and LR).

The White House deliberately created this “crisis” to impugn Netanyahu and undercut support for him and Israel. No less than Senator Harry Reidblamed this diplomatic faux paus entirely on Boehner and Netanyahu for undercutting support for Israel among Democrats . The media, or much of it, has been relentlessly attacking Israel over a lie promoted by people in the administration.

More here.

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‘Pig in a poke: ‘Something sold or bought without the buyer knowing its true nature or value, especially when buying without inspecting the item beforehand.”


Inside the stain-glassed windows of the Pico-Union Project, a multi-faith synagogue in East Los Angeles, the pews were pushed to the side, against the walls, and long strips of cloth were spread out on the floors. These would serve as prayer mats for the hundred or so Muslim women congregants who would fill the room for the first ever Friday prayer at the Women’s Mosque of America.

More than 100 women began filling up the room at noon, and by 1 p.m., the men were asked to leave, the doors were closed, and the all-women program began. Edina Lekovic, the director of policy and programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, inaugurated the space with the first Friday sermon.

Today is not a departure from our tradition as Muslim women,” said Lekovic in her address. “It’s a continuation of the proud legacy of Muslim women, throughout 14-plus centuries, who have participated in the spiritual life of their communities at all stages and in all places—inside of their mosques, inside of their homes, and in their broader societies—as scholars, as teachers, as leaders, and, fundamentally, as partners.”

More here. H/T: Doris Wise Montrose

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

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Under the guise of ”tolerance” and inclusion, the stealth jihad strips away our identity, and eventually, our liberty.


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Small potatoes, but still…..

ISIS seizes oil facility in Kirkuk producing 10,000 bpd

Last year, ISIS began selling crude oil and gasoline to finance their operations after seizing at least four small oilfields. (File photo: Reuters)

A small crude oil station has been seized by ISIS militants in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, security and oil officials told Reuters news agency on Saturday, adding that 15 employees were missing.

“We received a call from one of the workers saying dozens of Daesh fighters were surrounding the facility and asking workers to leave the premises. We lost contact and now the workers might be taken hostage,” an engineer from the North Oil Co told Reuters, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Khabbbusaz is a small oilfield 20 km southwest of Kirkuk with a maximum production capacity of 15,000 barrels per day. It was producing around 10,000 bpd before the attack, according to Reuters.

Last year, ISIS began selling crude oil and gasoline to finance their operations after seizing at least four small oilfields when it overran large areas of northern Iraq.

More here. h/t: Fjordman

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H/T: Don Laird: “The beauty of Canada…..a few feet of film shot yesterday in British Columbia, a few dudes with a video camera or two standing on a beach and a few friends dropped by to rub themselves on the beach rocks, like they have done for centuries in places like Robson Bight….


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Yet another blow to the myth that free trade develops democracy.

One the home front, this is an example (and reason) why we can’t afford to allow any ideology, held to be religiously or secularly sacred (to others), to be above any kind of criticism,  be it disparaging or even outright mockery. How soon we forget about the Soviet dissidents who were sentenced to years of slave labor in the gulag archipelago for offending the communist regime.

NOTE: This is exactly what Islam demands, and our weak-in-the-knees political immoral leadership caves to it time and again.



For him, “slander[ing] the leadership of the Communist Party of China, smear[ing] socialism or violat[ing] the country’s constitution and laws must never appear or be promoted in college classrooms”.

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

Beijing (AsiaNews) – Chinese universities should shun textbooks that promote Western values, maintain political integrity and keep criticism of China’s leaders or political system out of the classroom, said Chinese Education Minister Yuan Guiren in a recent statement widely covered in local media.

Yuan’s comments came at an educational forum, Xinhua reported. According to the news agency, the Education minister said that tertiary education institutions should “never let textbooks promoting Western values appear in our classes”.

For him, “slander[ing] the leadership of the Communist Party of China, smear[ing] socialism or violat[ing] the country’s constitution and laws must never appear or be promoted in college classrooms”.

Late last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping himself called for greater ideological supervision in universities, urging the Communist Party to step up its “leadership and guidance”, and “improve the ideological and political work” that it must perform in society.

Clearly, Xi means what he says. Under his rule, ideological repression has intensified compared to Hu Jintao’s ten years of power. Educators have especially borne the brunt.

More here. H/T: The ever watchful Fjordman

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Saudi Arabia, a place where on can still visit the 7th century and not be in a museum.


Where flower men are violent, anti-socialite, psychopaths, drink camel piss for supposed medicinal purposes, and regardless of their attempts to smell good, still stink.

Hey infidel! Wear moss on your head to cover your stench!

Restorative: Garlands made exclusively for medicinal purposes, such as the one this man is wearing, are less pretty and stuffed with herbs

Meet the flower men of Saudi Arabia: They’ve lived in a remote mountain fortresses for 2,000 years (but don’t be fooled by the head-dresses – they are so violent even the police are scared of them)Ancient traditions: The flower men of the Habala Mountains are part of a tribal group that has lived in the area for more than 2,000 years 

  • The tribe live in the foothills of the Habala Mountains in Saudi Arabia’s southern Asir province
  • Men wear colourful floral garlands in a bid to look good and smell nice in the intense heat
  • Despite their love of flowers, the tribes are notoriously violent and engage in cross-border battles
  • So dangerous are some of the tribes, the Saudi Arabian police refuse to enter some of the villages
  • Their villages are fortified with the tribesmen so far resisting all attempts to develop their land 

They live in the Habala Mountains that straddle Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen but take orders from neither government, instead living their lives under the dictates of tribal law.

Meet the ‘flower men’, a tribe of people descended from the ancient Tihama and Asir groupings and whose traditions, most strikingly the garlands of herbs and blooms they wear, date back more than two millennia.

But as photographer Eric Lafforgue discovered, they are the source of much unrest in the region, conducting cross-border battles and reacting violently should any outsider stumble into their turf – including to Lafforgue himself.

More here. H/T: Gaia

Proud: Despite their colourful garlands, the tribe are proudly independent and have fought for centuries to keep control of their land

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He’s exactly right.

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Works for me.

Reduced to chemical vapors.


ISIS chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike, US officials say

An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed last week in a coalition airstrike in Iraq, U.S. officials said Friday.

Abu Malik, who the U.S. Central Command said worked at Saddam Hussein’s Muthana chemical weapon production facility before affiliating with Al Qaeda Iraq in 2005, was an engineer for the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, or ISIL. He was killed on Jan. 24 in the vicinity of Mosul.

“His past training and experience provided the terrorist group with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability,” CENTCOM said in a statement. “His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL’s ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people.”

More here.

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I say that he’s ”switch hitter”

Walks like a queen but acts like a sultan.


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Turkey’s Erdogan says he’s no sultan — but more like British Queen

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he’s trying to amass sultan-like powers, saying he really just wants to be more like Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Erdogan told state-run TRT channel on Thursday that his desire for an expanded presidential role would not undermine democracy — and he pointed to the UK as an example.

“In my opinion, even the UK is a semi-presidency. And the dominant element is the Queen,” Erdogan said.

The UK is a constitutional monarchy, governed by a parliamentary system, but its hereditary monarch wields only symbolic power.

More here. H/T: Ege Berk Korkut

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The idiocy of Norway, for allowing him into the country in the first place.

What angers me is that this piece of human waste is still allowed to be in Norway, while my buddy Fjordman is forced to live in exile for security reasons.


Norway should have created a GITMO of their own, way up in the far reaches of Norway towards the Arctic Circle, where turd buckets such as mullah Krekar could make small ice boulders out of much bigger ones.

Norway attempts to relocate Islamic hate preacher to remote village 300 miles north of Oslo

Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar and the original leader of an Iraqi jihadist group with links to al-Qaeda, says the move will separate him from his family

Krekar was released in Norway after serving time for making death threats against a politician and intimidating witnesses.  Norway seeks to force Islamic hate preacher to relocate from Oslo

Krekar was released from prison in Norway after serving time for making death threats against a politician and intimidating witnesses.  Photo: PA

The Norwegian government is facing a court battle over an attempt to force an Islamic hate preacher to relocate from the capital, Oslo, to a remote village of 2,500 people for national security reasons.

If the government has its way, Kyrksæterøra, a sleepy village set among the fjords of Norway’s rugged coast, some 300 miles north of Oslo, could soon find itself hosting the country’s most notorious Islamist.

Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, was the original leader of an Iraqi jihadist group with links to al-Qaeda, and once called Osama bin Laden a “jewel in the crown of Islam”.

The Norwegian Supreme Court has declared him a threat to national security, but Norway cannot deport him because he faces a potential death sentence in his native Iraq.

The Norwegian government came up with a novel solution to the problem, ordering Krekar’s relocation to Kyrksæterøra, where it believes he will be able to do less harm.

More here. H/T: Fjordman

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Inter-faith dialogue = force feeding Islamic dawa. 

Arab crybabies

How about their beheading people just like the Islamic State, doesn’t that qualify as reason enough to withdraw support for anything involving the Sowdies?

Saudi Arabia ‘not pleased’ with Austria

Saudi Arabia 'not pleased' with Austria

The KAICIID headquarters in Vienna. Photo: APA/Neubauer

Published: 29 Jan 2015 12:53 GMT+01:00

Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann (SPÖ) has said he is in favour of withdrawing all support from the centre, after it failed to condemn the public flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and chose to remain silent on other human rights issues.

However, the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz warned that Saudi Arabia might relocate the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ headquarters away from Vienna if Austria does decide to close down the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID).

Kurz’s warning was highlighted in a special report prepared by the Foreign Ministry at the request of Faymann.

Kurz stressed that Austria would face a series of negative repercussions due to its important economic and political relations with the Arab world, and that Vienna’s reputation as a venue for international organizations could suffer.

More here.

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Like I’ve said, Sweden is beyond parody.


Sweden will make ‘demands’ on Palestine

Sweden will make 'demands' on Palestine

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking in Cairo this month. Photo: TT

Published: 30 Jan 2015 07:57 GMT+01:00

The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is set to visit Stockholm on February 10th and Sweden’s Foreign Minister has said she will use the trip to “place demands on the Palestinians.”

Speaking to Sveriges Radio, she added that Sweden would also “be sure to use the opportunity to prepare for a resumption of the peace process.”

Wallström said it was essential that Palestine “renounced violence” before any constructive work between the two nations could take place.

“The visit of president Abbas, by invitation from the prime minister, is confirmed for February 10th,” Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman Ulla Jacobson confirmed to the AFP news agency.

“He will also meet the foreign minister, the king and the archbishop.”

She said the agenda would include the Arab-Israeli peace process and “what Sweden can offer after (its) recognition” of Palestine in October.

The UN General Assembly approved the recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state in 2012, but the European Union and most western countries do not refer to Palestine as a separate state.

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