Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Via Before It's News: “Look at Iraq. The situation is terrible. Look at Libya and what you did there, that got your Ambassador murdered. Was it us that did this? You must do the opposite. Rise above the endless desire to dominate. You must stop acting out of imperialistic ambitions“.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Via The Local: Swedish residents remain the fourth wealthiest people in the world, according to a global report released on Tuesday. But the study also highlighted inequality in the Scandinavian country. Swedes came behind the Swiss, the British, and the Belgians in the world's top ten rich list, included in a major global wealth study by insurer Allianz. According to the report, which measured wealth on a per capita basis, Swedes are the fourth richest people on the planet, with net financial assets averaging €82.920 (782.425 kronor, $93.175). While residents of the Nordic nation followed closely in the footsteps of those in the UK and Belgium, where average assets totalled €86.230 and €84.770, the Swiss were way ahead with a figure of €157.450, up 5.8 percent on 2013. Sweden scored the same spot in the rich list a year ago. Along with Denmark, it was praised for bouncing back to pre-crisis economic levels, along with the UK and Switzerland. The Allianz report also noted a growth in personal debt in Sweden, in contrast to a global pattern of subdued growth in this area. Per capita personal debt was up 5.1 percent, with Norway and Denmark also reporting similar above average rises. In addition, Allianz looked at growing inequalities within western nations by using the Gini coefficient - a measure of income distribution of nations’ residents where zero is perfect equality and one (or 100 percent) is maximal inequality. It found that income inequalities are greatest in the US (80.6 percent), followed by Sweden (79.9 percent). "The Gini coefficient remains very high, which certainly does not fit with the image of the 'Folkhemmet', a welfare state for the people", the report concluded. "Following the real estate and financial crisis back in the 1990s, developments over the past ten years can be better described as an arduous return to normal 'Swedish' conditions", it noted, in contrast to the US. In America, the report's authors said that "the crisis and the sluggish economic recovery that followed have caused a dramatic deterioration in wealth distribution". Across the globe, the gross financial assets of private households in 2014 were up by 7.1 percent on 2013, reaching a record €135.7 trillion. "This means that the robust growth witnessed in previous years continued, albeit to a lesser extent, not least thanks to households moving up a gear with their savings efforts", it stated. But it also concluded that this would be enough to settle the planet’s sovereign debt and still have two-thirds of the total left over.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Via Disclose.tv: After five years in a cramped refugee shelter in southern Germany, Ashkan finally found a room to rent. It is newly renovated and cheap, if on the small side and a bit out of town. The 22-year-old chef, who fled Afghanistan after the Taliban killed his father, immediately set about decorating it with an Afghan bedroll, a Persian rug, and an Afghan flag. The low building that flanks his new home looked unremarkable to him. But to a German, the distinctive, elongated shape is rather unsettling, and for good reason. Ashkan’s new home is in a part of Dachau, a former concentration camp where the Nazis murdered 41.500 people, some in agonizing medical experiments. Under the Nazis, the complex of buildings where Ashkan lives was used as a school of racially motivated alternative medicine, surrounded by a slave-labor plantation known as the “herb garden”. Asked if he feels uneasy about the site’s history, Ashkan replies with a resigned smile: “I just wanted a roof over my head”.
Via Before It's News: India considers its own free energy program a matter of national pride, and is very much willing to risk antagonizing Petrodollar countries with its support on Reactionless AC Synchronous Generator (RLG) invented by its own Paramahamsa Tewari, an electrical engineer and former Executive Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India. Years ago, Tewari has also proven the theories inside Bruce de Palma’s homopolar engine which first exposed this writer to the world of free energy technologies. Obviously, a country cannot implement its own free energy program without considering all possible consequence including a military response from Petrodollar countries, e.g. Saudi Arabia, UK, US. That’s why India has been aligning its own military program with that of Russia which at present is standing up, together with the BRICS countries, against the Nazionist cabal imposing all sorts of sanctions to destroy it. The BRICS alliance has in the past promised to release all suppressed technologies, e.g. free energy, for our responsible utilization. It looks like they are keeping their word.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Via The Washington Post: Donald Trump accused his Republican presidential rivals on Friday night of wanting to "start World War III over Syria", and suggested that the United States should instead let Russia deal with the problem. Trump has recently faced criticism for not providing details on what sort of foreign policy positions he would take as president. That lack of specifics is purposeful and strategic, Trump said during a 50-minute speech at the Great State Fair of Oklahoma on Friday night. He said Republicans who publicly share their strategic foreign policy plans are "crazy". "You know, I have a good chance of winning", Trump said to a cheering crowd of several thousand. "I don't want to say: 'Well, if I were President, I would do this, I would do that, I would go here, I would attack here, I wouldn't go here.' No, I don't want to do that. I really don't. I don't want them to know what I'm thinking, does that make sense? I want people to be guessing … I don't want people to figure it out. I don't want people to know what my plan is. I have plans. I have plans! But I don't want to do it". Trump then used a child-like voice to imitate those who have questioned the depth of his global expertise. He switched to a deeply serious voice to imitate his rivals who have provided details: "If I'm President, I will engage the sixth fleet. I will do this, I will do that, I will attack Russia and Syria". "This is what they say", Trump said. "They want to start World War III over Syria. Give me a break. You know, Russia wants to get ISIS, right? We want to get ISIS. Russia is in Syria — maybe we should let them do it? Let them do it". Earlier in the evening, Trump made clear that while he wants to strengthen the military, he does not want to send troops into war. Trump said he was opposed to the Iraq war, even though he considers himself "the most militant person here ... the most militaristic person you'll ever meet". Trump said that war ended as he predicted: trillions of dollars spent, thousands of lives lost and a destabilized Middle East. "We're going to make our military so strong", Trump said. "Nobody's going to mess with us. They're not going to mess with us. We're not going to use our military".
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Via Ynetnews: Prof. Jan Tomasz Gross believes that Hungary, Slovakia and Poland's stubborn refusal to take in more refugees stems from their failure to engage in a conscientious, national and personal self-examination of their conduct during World War II; whether he is right or wrong, the facts are on his side. Ministri rerum externarum terrarum sociarum Unionis Europaeae, suffragio inter sese habito, decreverunt civitates UE accepturas 120 milia migrantium-profugarum e terris Proximi Orientis. Contra sententias dixerunt ministri Slovaquiae, Bohemiae, Hungariae et Rumaniae; Finlandia recusavit quominus sententiam daret.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Via The Local: The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into 19 countries for violations of asylum laws, including Sweden, France, and Germany. The Commission has accused the member states of infringing laws regarding the recognition of refugees, minimum standards for asylum procedures and inadequate conditions for receiving refugees. "The pieces of legislation concerned focus on fairer, quicker and better quality asylum decisions (the Asylum Procedures Directive); ensuring that there are humane physical reception conditions (such as housing) for asylum seekers across the EU (the Reception Conditions Directive); and clarifying the grounds for granting international protection", the Commission said in a statement. A total of 40 violations are being investigated among the 19 countries, which also include Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, and Hungary. "In Europe everyone must uphold the commonly agreed standards, in the way we receive asylum seekers", said Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos in a statement. "These standards need to be fully implemented and respected, while always respecting the dignity and human rights of the applicants". The countries under investigation will first receive a letter of formal notice from the Commission and then will have two months to respond. If they do not properly implement existing EU laws, they will be threatened with an indictment in the European Court. Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are not facing scrutiny because they do not take part in EU asylum legislation. The commission's investigation comes as EU leaders are meeting on Wednesday for an emergency summit about the ongoing refugee crisis across the continent, where they will be discussing border security, aid resources and a plan to redistribute 120.000 refugees among member states. On Tuesday, EU interior ministers voted on a plan to share responsibility for refugees across Europe through a quota system. Sweden, which takes in the second-largest number of asylum seekers after Germany, has long supported introducing such a mandatory relocation scheme. “It would then mean that you force countries to do things they do not want. On the other hand, that's a situation we all sometimes experience, that you sometimes have to do things you don't want to do, just because the circumstances actually call for political leadership”, Swedish Migration and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told Swedish Radio earlier this month while calling for the EU to exercise its political leadership. The Nordic nation has a global reputation for helping refugees, but it has faced some criticism within Sweden following complaints from asylum seekers about long waiting times and access to housing. The Local was not immediately able to reach the country's migration board (Migrationsverket) for comment.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Via Before It's News: CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, rebuilt its Large Hadron Collider, making it twice as powerful. Experiments with the giant collider have already led to the discovery of the God Particle, the building block of all reality. But now the CERN scientists are using the machine to search for ‘dark matter’ – a previously undetectable substance that many scientists believe makes up most of matter in the universe. They also are looking for a force called “dark energy”. These experiments may create black holes right here on Earth. Eminent physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that black holes can create gateways to alternate universes. If CERN’s Large Hadron Collider creates a black hole, many fear they might open a portal to a parallel Universe or another dimension. Or maybe even the Gates of Hades? Google Earth still thinks the door will open to Hell. Type in ‘Gates of Hades’ in the Google Earth search bar and Google Earth takes you to CERN’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. And if you type in September 23 2015 or 23 September 2015 or 23 9 2015 or 2015/9/23, Google Earth takes you to CERN headquarters as well. Some people think that Google uses an algorithm that connected the date ‘September 23, 2015’ from various cosmic disaster predictions on the Internet with the CERN location. According to this theory, once that connection was made, it created a reinforcing, positive feedback loop. But other people are convinced s really a secret Doomsday message. Will there be a “false flag” nuclear attack on NYC on September 23, 2015? The Internet has been buzzing with predictions of a “false flag” nuclear attack on New York City on September 23, 2015. This would be an attack on New York City by our own government. But someone else would be blamed, such as a foreign power or terrorists. According to false flag theorists, the nuclear attack would be used as an excuse by the government to impose martial law and revoke civil liberties. No one knows if a nuclear attack on New York is less than 24 hours away, or who would be behind it. But if you think New York City may get nuked in the near future, you’re in good company. So does President Obama. Last year the President caused an uproar when he identified a nuclear attack as the number one national security threat to the United States. “I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan”, he said. And then Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly went on the record. He said the threat of a nuclear attack on New York City is very real. “I don’t think we should sugarcoat the threat. We’ve had 16 bomb plots against the city since September 11, (2001),” he said. “This is where they want to come. It’s seen as the cultural capital — the economic capital of the world — and we’re at risk”. Will an asteroid hit Puerto Rico on September 23, 2015? A series of online predictions that an asteroid will hit Puerto Rico on September 23, 2015 have caused so much alarm that both NASA and astronomical societies in Britain have issued statements urging people to be calm. Paul Chodas of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office said “There is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth. In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century”. The story began when the Rev Efrain Rodriguez claimed to have received a divine vision of a gigantic asteroid colliding with Earth. The space rock in his vision was 2.5 miles wide and will hit the Earth near Puerto Rico, causing a 300 foot tsunami and “magnitude 12” earthquake. Up to 30 million people will be killed by the impact. According to the vision, 40 million more will die from “plagues and civil disorder” in the following months. Will the “Super Shemitah” herald worldwide economic collapse on September 23, 2015? The Shemitah is the last year of a seven-year cycle of debt forgiveness described in the Old Testament. The term was popularized by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn in his best-selling book The Mystery of the Shemitah. Rabbi Cahn says nations that ignore the principles of the Shemitah will be judged by God. As proof, he cites how the Shemitah has coincided with crashes in the stock market, including the start of the Great Depression. The current Shemitah year ended on September 13, 2015. Now we are entering the Year of Jubilee, which is a “Super Shemitah”. A Super Shemitah is the year following seven Shemitah years, that is, 7 sets of 7 years. Rabbi Cahn believes the Year of Jubilee could bring God’s judgment on America. What will happen on the September 23, 2015 Day of Atonement? This year the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur, begins on the evening of September 22nd and ends on September 23, 2015. It is also the start of the Shemitah Jubilee. The Day of Atonement is considered the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a time to ask God’s forgiveness for sins. Across the world, Jewish followers observe the solemn day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer. The Day of Atonement ends with the sound of the shofar, a traditional instrument made from a ram’s horn. That will be the signal that the world has survived September 23, 2015.
Via The Local: EU interior ministers have voted to distribute 120.000 refugees within Europe at emergency talks on Tuesday amid deep divisions over how to handle the continent's worst migration crisis in decades. The ministers agreed by a large majority to the plan with just four EU members voting against it. The UN and other international organizations warned it was the "last chance" for increasingly overwhelmed European states to agree on how to cope with the tide of people fleeing conflict in countries like Syria and Afghanistan. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, who was chairing the meeting, said: "We have a text on the table which should deliver an agreement. It is very balanced. I think it will have a good influence on all the delegations so we can reach a result this evening". But central and eastern European states strongly resisted plans to force EU member countries to take a share of the new arrivals from front-line nations. "I want to confirm that both the interior minister and myself... will unequivocally reject any effort to introduce a permanent mechanism of refugee redistribution", Czech Prime Minister Sobotka told reporters in Prague. "We also reject the introduction of quotas", he added. Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary voted against accepting mandatory quotas while Finland abstained. According to the deal agreed by the Commission, which must be ratified by EU leaders at a meeting tomorrow, a total of 4.469 refugees would be relocated to Sweden. Sweden, which takes in the second-largest number of asylum seekers after Germany, has long supported introducing a mandatory relocation scheme. “It would then mean that you force countries to do things they do not want. On the other hand, that's a situation we all sometimes experience, that you sometimes have to do things you don't want to do, just because the circumstances actually call for political leadership”, Swedish Migration and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told Swedish Radio earlier this month while calling for the EU to exercise its political leadership. Close to 480.000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea this year according to the UN. The growing crisis has seen countries such as Germany, followed by Austria, and Slovakia, announce they would introduce border checks after revealing they could no longer cope with the record influx. But Sweden has insisted it will not follow suit in the near future. “We are not close to such a situation”, said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a joint press conference with European Parliament President Martin Schultz last week. Sweden is expected to recieve at least 74.000 asylum applications by the end of 2015.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Via The Local: A Russian court has sentenced a former military intelligence engineer to 14 years in jail for treason, after he wrote to a Swedish organization seeking a job. Gennady Kravtsov was accused of passing state secrets to Sweden by sending his resume in 2010. He was arrested on charges of treason in May 2014 as part of a classified case. Kravtsov's defense team has said he worked for the Main Intelligence Directorate, the intelligence branch of the Russian military, for 15 years and quit in 2005. In a statement sent to Russian news agencies, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said that Kravtsov applied for work with the “Radio-technical centre of the Swedish defense ministry” in which he “passed information about activities of the Russian space intelligence”. This information contained “state secrets”, thereby threatening Russia's security, FSB said. The Swedish defense ministry controls an agency called the National Defense Radio Establishment (Försvarets radioanstalt, FRA), though it was not clear whether this was the organization where Kravtsov sought employment. FRA was in the international spotlight two years ago after leaked documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden accused it of helping the United States National Security Agency (NSA) spy on Russia. The trial of Kravtsov was closed to the media and the judge sentenced him to serve 14 years in a strict penal colony on Monday. His lawyer Ivan Pavlov said the prosecution based the case on classified regulations that were not shown to the defense, some of which went into effect after his client quit the military, and that he had been forced to “work blind”. Kravtsov was not given his own case materials due to their “secret” nature, Pavlov wrote on his Facebook page ahead of the verdict. “We prepared over a hundred questions to expert witnesses… but were not allowed to ask them, they denied any experts to the stand”, he wrote. Russia has charged an increasing number of its citizens with high treason in recent months amid heightened tensions with the West over the Ukraine conflict. Among other high-profile treason cases was that of a provincial housewife and mother of seven who phoned the Ukrainian embassy worried that soldiers stationed in her town may be sent there. The charges were later dropped after a public outcry. Sweden-Russia relations have been under increasing strain in the past year, over a number of incident including submarine hunts and aerial incursions. According to Sweden's Security Service Säpo, the biggest intelligence threat against Sweden in 2014 came from Russia.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Via The Local: Despite the recent media focus on the Sweden Democrat’s primary campaigning issue, immigration, Sweden’s right-wing nationalist party has seen its support remain steady in the latest Sifo poll, while left-wing parties have seen their approval ratings rebound. The Sweden Democrats have moved forward impressively in a series of opinion polls recently but in a new Sifo survey, published on Sunday in the Swedish newspapers Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs Posten, the party’s support remains virtually unchanged at 17.7 percent, compared to 17.8% last month. Meanwhile the Left Party has seen a mini-surge in support to become the fourth largest party on 7.3%, up from 6.5%, the Feminist Initiative enjoyed small gains from 1.7% to 2.4%, and the governing Social Democrats also saw their backing rebound slightly from 26.3% to 27%. The main opposition party, the center-right Moderates, were the biggest losers, dropping to 22.8% from 24.5%. “It is surprising that the Sweden Democrats’ support has not improved”, political scientist Ulf Bjereld told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. “Many Sweden Democrats members had probably hoped for a surge when the refugee issue received so much attention as it’s their main issue”, Bjereld said, referring to the current European refugee crisis. Meanwhile, the figures indicate that the Sweden Democrats is still the largest party among men in Sweden - one in four men would vote for the Sweden Democrats if the election were today. The Moderates and the Social Democrats would receive 22.8 and 22.4 percent of male voters' support, respectively. The Sweden Democrats, which is critical of Sweden's generous immigration policies, has been gradually rising in popularity since it scored 12.9 percent in the country's last general election in September 2014.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Via The Local: Hundreds of Finnish protestors demonstrated on Saturday morning at the Swedish-Finnish border in northern Sweden against an influx of refugees, while on the Swedish side of the border many Swedes were demonstrating their support for the refugees. “There are an estimated 600 protestors on the Finnish side of the border in Tornio, linking arms at the border”, says Fredrik Linder, duty officer at the police in Norrbotten told Swedish newspaper, Expressen. “The Finns have signs such as ‘Go home Isis’ ", photographer Bob Olovsson told Expressen. The police tried to keep order on the border between Sweden and Finland, which is situated at the top of the Bothnian Gulf where the towns of Haparanda (Sweden) and Tornio (Finland) sit side-by-side. Linder told Expressen, “There are a few on the Swedish side, and roughly 600 on the Finnish side. But it is a passive demonstration at present to not to let refugees cross the border”. According to Olovsson, “There are lots of Finnish flags, Finnish hockey shirts and signs with messages in English such as ’Go home Isis’ and similar things”. "That's enough now, close the borders", was written on one of the banners. Peter Waara, the Social Democrat mayor of Haparanda, said, “There were right-wing extremists gathered at the bus station in Haparanda. When I left, the place was quiet, but police were still there”. According to the police, the demonstrations have been conducted without violence - at 1pm, the police presence was removed as most of the demonstrators had left. Finnish Broadcasting Corporation (YLE) has estimated that around 1.000 refugees a week are crossing into Finland at the border at Haparanda. The Finnish government said on Friday that more than 11.000 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq, have come to Finland so far this year, compared to 3.600 in the whole of 2014. Last week, Finland agreed to accept its two percent share of the 120.000 asylum seekers to be relocated across European Union states, but said it remained opposed to a mandatory quotas.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Via Before It's News: In June 1936 Max Hahn and his wife Emma were on a walk beside a waterfall near to London, Texas, when they noticed a rock with wood protruding from its core. They decided to take the oddity home and later cracked it open with a hammer and a chisel. What they found within shocked the archeological and scientific community. Embedded in the rock was what appeared to be some type of ancient man made hammer. A team of archeologists analyzed and dated it. The rock encasing the hammer was dated to more than 400 million years old. The hammer itself turned out to be more than 500 million years old. Additionally, a section of the wooden handle had begun the metamorphosis into coal. The hammer’s head, made of more than 96% iron, is far more pure than anything nature could have achieved without assistance from relatively modern smelting methods. In 1889 near Nampa, Idaho, whilst workers were boring an artesian well, a small figurine made of baked clay was extracted from a depth of 320 feet. To reach this depth the workers had to cut through fifteen feet of basalt lava and many other strata below that. That in itself does not seem remarkable, until one considers that the very top layer of lava has been dated to at least 15 million years old! It is currently accepted by science and geology that coal is a by-product of decaying vegetation. The vegetation becomes buried over time and is covered with sediment. That sediment eventually fossilizes and becomes rock. This natural process of coal formation takes up to 400 million years to accomplish. Anything that is found in lumps of coal or in coal seams during mining, had to have been placed or dropped into the vegetation before it was buried in sediment. In 1944, as a ten year old boy, Newton Anderson, dropped a lump of coal in his basement and it broke in half as it hit the floor. What he discovered inside defies explanation based upon current scientific orthodoxy. Inside the coal was a hand crafted brass alloy bell with an iron clapper and sculptured handle. When an analysis was carried out it was discovered that the bell was made from an unusual mix of metals, different from any known modern alloy production (including copper, zinc, tin, arsenic, iodine, and selenium). The seam from whence this lump of coal was mined is estimated to be 300.000.000 years old! The origin of the human race is a total enigma. No one, anywhere, actually knows how old humanity is or how and where it originated. It is a complete mystery.
Via The Local: European Council President Donald Tusk has called an emergency summit of European leaders to try and tackle the refugee crisis, it was announced on Thursday. Tusk made the announcement through Twitter and set the date for Wednesday 23rd of September at 6pm. The ex-Polish premier consented to a demand made by Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting of EU interior ministers on Monday failed to reach an agreement on relocating 120.000 around EU member states. On Tuesday Merkel called for a special summit saying "it is a problem for the entire European Union and therefore we argued for a special EU summit to be held next week. Donald Tusk will look into that". At the meeting on Monday in Brussels, ministers could only agree on quotas for a more modest relocation of 40.000 refugees from Italy and Greece which was proposed in May. Germany had reacted to the failure furiously with vice-Chacellor Sigmar Gabriel saying Europe had disgraced itself. Swedish Migration and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told Swedish Radio after the meeting that he would continue to push for a mandatory relocation scheme. “It would then mean that you force countries to do things they do not want. On the other hand, that's a situation we all sometimes experience, that you sometimes have to do things you don't want to do, just because the circumstances actually call for political leadership”, he said. “The EU has to be able to exercise that political leadership now”. Monday's meeting came after Germany, followed by Austria and Slovakia, announced it would introduce border checks after revealing it could no longer cope with the record influx. But Sweden, which takes in the second largest number of asylum seekers in the EU, said it would not follow suit in the near future. “We are not close to such a situation,” said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a joint press conference with European Parliament President Martin Schultz. However Finland announced it would increase checks at its Lapland border with Sweden after growing numbers of asylum seekers crossed into its territory from Sweden's far north in recent weeks. Sweden is expected to recieve at least 74.000 asylum applications by the end of 2015.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Via The Local: Figures from Sweden's Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) show that more than 5000 people formally sought asylum in the Nordic country over the past week, as the refugee crisis continues to dominate the political agenda across Europe. Sweden's Migration Agency also revealed that an immigration reception centre in Malmö had been forced to close temporarily on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning after it became so overcrowded that staff deemed it to be unsafe. Around 800 refugees turned up at the temporary accommodation in the Jägersro area of the southern Swedish city. "Very many people came at once, for safety reasons we could not let everyone come inside. It is only designed for one hundred people," Matilda Niang, a spokesperson for the Migration Agency's press office told the TT newswire. The agency said that Malmö alone had processed 1533 asylum seekers over the last seven days, with thousands more seeking asylum in other Swedish towns and cities. ' It added that it had transported asylum seekers unable to find shelter in southern Sweden to different parts of the Nordic nation where there was space in emergency housing, such as Örebro in central Sweden. To put the latest figures into context, Sweden's Migration Agency received a total of 11.743 applications for asylum during the whole of July, up from 6,619 in June. Last week alone there were 5.200 new arrivals. Refugees have been rushing to get to the Nordic country over the past seven days amid scenes of chaos in neighboring Denmark, which offers fewer benefits to asylum seekers. Germany has closed its borders after regional officials said that they had been overwhelmed by the latest influx of people fleeing violence in the Middle East and Africa, with Hungary also stopping any refugees from entering its territory. Sweden, which over the past few years has taken in the second largest number of asylum seekers in the EU after Germany, has vowed to keep its borders open for the time being. “We are not close to such a situation”, said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a joint press conference with European Parliament President Martin Schultz on Monday. However Finland announced on the same day that it would increase checks at its Lapland border with Sweden after growing numbers of asylum seekers crossed into its territory from Sweden's far north in recent weeks. Sweden is expected to receive at least 74.000 asylum applications by the end of 2015. The International Organization for Migration has said that more than 430.000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, with 2.748 dying en route or going missing.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Via The Local: Sweden's King Carl XVI focused on the plight of refugees as he reopened parliament on Tuesday amid a day of pomp and circumstance. Sweden has 349 members of parliament (MPs) and they were summoned for a roll-call at 11am on Tuesday morning at the historic Riksdag building in Stockholm, following a service at the city's cathedral. At 1pm there was fanfare from the Royal Swedish Army Band and traditional dances performed by Sweden's Folk Dance Society, Folkdansgillet Kedjan, on the concourse outside parliament. Members of Sweden's royal family then headed to the Riksdag, where King Carl XVI Gustaf declared parliament open for its 2015-2016 session. In his address to MPs, the King focused on Europe's refugee crisis. "In recent weeks the number of people displaced has increased dramatically. It is a tragedy that has touched all of us emotionally", he said. "Not Since the end of World War Two have so many people been on the run....What will the world look like in 70 years? For our children and grandchildren?" he added. The opening of parliament marks the start of a second year in power for the Nordic country's Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, after his party became the biggest in Sweden in the last general election in September 2014. He wore a Swedish flag on his lapel in the chamber, and also focussed on refugees in his speech. "I believe in a Sweden that we create together, which is something bigger than just a gathering of people in a geographic area, which is a community where we feel responsible for one another", he said. In recent weeks the Prime Minister has been increasingly vocal about the refugee crisis and called for other EU member states to take in larger numbers of asylum seekers, while promising to keep Sweden's borders open. The Swedish leader also used his appearance to talk about growing tensions with Sweden's eastern neighbor, Russia. "The Russian aggression and destabilization of Ukraine is the most serious challenge to European security arrangements since the Cold War", he argued. But he remained firm on his view that Sweden "should not seek Nato membership", arguing that Sweden's "military alliances still serve our country well". On Tuesday evening MPs and their guests were set to attend a performance of the ballet Raymonda at Sweden's Royal Opera in Stockholm. Sweden's Royal Court confirmed that Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel would be present, alongside country's newest royal couple, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, who got married earlier this summer. Sweden's Princess Madeleine flew in from London to attend the opening of parliament, having recently relocated to the UK. But she was scheduled to fly home before the ballet so she did not have to spend a night away from her son Prince Nicolas, who was born in June. "It is not possible to participate in the evening event because Prince Nicolas is only three months old", Margareta Thorgren, Head of Media Relations for the Royal Court, told Sweden's Expressen newspaper on Tuesday morning. Madeleine's British-born financier husband Chris O'Neill did not attend any of the day's activities due to business commitments.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Via The Local: Europe's interior ministers spent Monday afternoon in Brussels holding key talks on the continent's refugee crisis, after Germany brought back border checks over the weekend in a shock move. Facing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, ministers from EU member states started their talks at 3pm as part of ongoing efforts to try to heal deep divisions in the bloc over migrant policy. The meeting comes after Germany - which is expecting 800,000 migrants this year - revealed it could no longer cope with the record influx. Europe's top economy had previously signalled it would throw open the country's borders to Syrian refugees but ministers explained that regions could no longer cope with the rising number of arrivals. Sweden, which takes in the second largest number of asylum seekers in the EU, has given no indication that it will follow Germany's lead. As the refugee crisis has escalated, the Nordic nation has said it will continue to offer help to asylum seekers, while at the same time backing EU rules which suggest the first country of entry is required to deal with an asylum seeker's request for protection. Last week Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said he strongly supported plans by the European Commission - the EU's executive - to redistribute 160.000 migrants across the continent to relieve pressure on "frontline" states such as Italy, Greece, and Hungary. However, this idea ran into stiff opposition from several Eastern European states such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia. On Monday Löfven reiterated his thoughts at a joint press conference with European Parliament President Martin Schultz following separate talks between the two men in Brussels. "No country can handle this alone. We must come to a common solution", Löfven said. "Migration is not really a European problem, it is a global problem", added Schultz. Chancellor Angela Merkel's dramatic reinstatement of checks on Germany's frontiers has marked a new phase in the continent's migrant crisis and struck at the heart of the EU's cherished Schengen agreement, which allows border-free travel throughout most of the bloc. The European Commission stressed that the German border decision "underlines the urgency to agree on the measures proposed by the European Commission in order to manage the refugee crisis". Germany's ally France also rushed to Berlin's defense. Merkel "is not shutting the door, she is re-introducing checks to ensure that those who enter Germany have the status of refugees and that the countries up the chain have respected the rules of Schengen", Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told RTL radio. The German Chancellor, whose country expects to receive at least 800.000 asylum seekers this year, bluntly warned last month that the passport-free Schengen zone of 26 countries was under threat if the EU failed to work together on coping with the inflow. "If we don't arrive at a fair distribution then the issue of Schengen will arise - we don't want that", she said. Britain, which is not part of the zone, on Monday appointed a minister to deal specifically with the 20.000 Syrian refugees the country has agreed to resettle over the next five years from camps bordering the war-torn country. The International Organization for Migration has said that more than 430.000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, with 2.748 dying en route or going missing. Sweden is expected to recieve at least 74.000 asylum applications by the end of 2015.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Via The Local: Sweden and Norway are locked in a tug-of-war over dozens of lorries that cross the border each day carrying loads of precious cargo: garbage. Sweden is conscientious when it comes to sorting and recycling its waste and is in the rare position of lacking garbage for its incineration centers, which produce enough electricity for 250.000 homes and heat for 950.000 homes. As a result, it has to import around two million tons of waste per year, primarily from neighboring Norway but also from Britain, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, and Ireland. "It's like a market", explained Weine Wiqvist, head of the Swedish Waste Management and Recycling Association which represents the industry. "Transporting waste from countries to other countries is a business driven by the balance of supply and demand". It is however an atypical market where the exporters, comprising municipalities and industries, pay the importers, incineration companies, to burn their "products". Incineration companies have popped up like mushrooms in Sweden in recent years, pushing fees down, which has enticed Norwegian municipalities with strained budgets to look across the border to get rid of their waste. This has led to some absurd situations. The municipality of Voss on Norway's west coast sends its waste to Jonkoping, around 800 kms away in central Sweden, even though there is an incineration center in Bergen just 100 kms away. Norwegian industry officials accuse their Swedish counterparts of dumping prices, preventing not only their nascent industry from growing but also hindering efforts to develop an eco-friendly district heating network. "Beer and tobacco aren't the only things that are cheaper in Sweden. Waste management is also cheaper over there", said Odd Terje Dovik, the head of the Returkraft incineration center in the southern Norwegian town of Kristiansand. "The Norwegian centers that could have burned this waste have to in turn import from Britain", he added. The transportation of the waste has an environmental cost, although the Swedes defend their practice. "There have been a lot of calculations and research on this. And they found out that the transportation itself is almost negligible", Wiqvist insisted. "It's very little compared to the savings you make when you take waste away from a country, where it would otherwise have been landfilled, and you use it as a fuel because when you use it as a fuel, you replace other fuels like coal or natural gas", he added. Three tons of waste provide the energy equivalent of one ton of petrol or two tons of coal, according to Sweden's waste management association. While landfill methane emissions, one of the worst greenhouse gases, pose a real threat to the climate, Norway insists that the argument does not hold water since it, contrary to Britain for example, banned landfills in 2009. "It has become so advantageous to burn waste in Sweden that the incentive to sort and recycle in Norway is eroding, so much so that the statistics are going in the wrong direction", lamented Dovik. According to official figures, the recycling rate of Norwegian household waste dropped last year to 37 percent from 44 percent six years earlier. "The environment stands to gain a lot if the Swedish incineration centers went to pick up their waste in Eastern Europe, where the only alternative is landfills, rather than in Norway", Dovik said. Despite a European Union directive aimed at limiting the volumes of waste sent to landfills by 2025, more than 100 million tons are still being dumped every year. "A lot of waste is being wasted in Europe", noted Helge Ziolkowski of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Via The Local: Refugees who board a train and have do not have enough money for the entire journey will not be thrown off the train, according to to an internal e-mail from Sweden’s state-owned train operator, SJ. “We will not force any refugees to get off a train”, SJ's communications director Monica Berglund said in an e-mail to employees. “If in doubt, let them stay on”, the e-mail continued. “In the current circumstances, where many people are in difficulties, it is better if we show our humanitarian side”. According to Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, most SJ employees reacted positively to the e-mail. “It is good because we now have the tools to act - it takes away the uncertainty when faced with such a situation”, said one. SJ is laying on extra trains from Malmö to Stockholm over the weekend to accommodate the influx of refugees. Sweden, one of many European countries struggling with the worst migration crisis since World War Two, has become a top EU destination for refugees by issuing permanent residency to all Syrian asylum seekers. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven meanwhile has called for Sweden’s entire public sector to unite to ensure the swift resettlement of the latest influx of refugees.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Via BBC News: Scientists have discovered a new human-like species in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa. The discovery of 15 partial skeletons is the largest single discovery of its type in Africa. The researchers claim that the discovery will change ideas about our human ancestors. The studies which have been published in the journal Elife also indicate that these individuals were capable of ritual behavior. The species, which has been named naledi, has been classified in the grouping, or genus, Homo, to which modern humans belong. The researchers who made the find have not been able to find out how long ago these creatures lived - but the scientist who led the team, Prof Lee Berger, told BBC News that he believed they could be among the first of our kind (genus Homo) and could have lived in Africa up to three million years ago.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Via The Local: Danish police closed roads and stopped rail traffic in Denmark on Wednesday, as hundreds more refugees attempted to make their way to Sweden. Denmark has been faced with a complicated and chaotic situation this week after an influx of Sweden-bound refugees - numbering over 1.000 - arrived on various ferries from Germany to the southern town of Rödby. Many of the refugees are afraid to be registered in Denmark, preferring to make it to Sweden which takes in more asylum seekers and where some of them have relatives. Danish police tried to step up their game on Wednesday, stopping three separate trains containing a combined 500 refugees, according to the AFP news agency. While most passengers refused to get off the trains, around 30 jumped off and fled from officers, but most of them were detained by police and sent to a refugee center. Police ensured afterwards that all train traffic between Denmark and Germany was ground to a halt, Sweden's Sydsvenskan newspaper reported. Later on Wednesday, Danish police closed part of a motorway near the German border as around 300 migrants set off on foot to Sweden. They had been housed in an old school building after arriving in Padborg, a town in the western region of Jutland that borders Germany, but headed for the motorway, saying they wanted to go northward to Sweden. The distance on foot is 300 kilometers (180 miles) to Copenhagen, then a train ride from the Danish capital to the southern Swedish city of Malmö. The school "is not a prison and there is no fence around it. When 300 people at once decide to leave the school we take a dialogue-based approach", local police said in a statement. "Police have chosen not to intervene with force" but was "following the group", it said. Overnight, 42 refugees arrived in Sweden, significantly less than the 230 who made it to Sweden on Monday night. A spokesman at the Malmö branch of the national migration board, Migrationsverket, couldn't be sure what to expect on Wednesday night. "We don't know how it will go, it all depends on the developments in Denmark and Germany", he said. While Sweden has become a top EU destination for refugees by issuing permanent residency to all Syrian asylum seekers, Danish authorities have sought to reduce asylum claims by issuing temporary residence permits, delaying family reunifications and slashing benefits for newly arrived immigrants. On Tuesday Denmark sent back a first group of refugees who arrived from Germany, with others expected to follow. But Sweden has urged Denmark to register the latest raft of refugees. "Denmark is a rich country and is able to take care of the refugees. According to the existing rules there is also the opportunity for family reunification if the refugee has family in either Denmark or Sweden. How Denmark chooses to interpret the rules is up to Denmark", Sweden's justice ministry told Danish public broadcaster DR on Tuesday. Meanwhile Danish Integration Minister Inger Støjberg told Danish television network TV2 she had spoken to Swedish officials about the possibility of a deal that would allow Sweden to receive the refugees. But she said that “no agreement” had been reached.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Via The Local: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven have welcomed European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to relocate refugees from overstretched EU states. "There is another step that needs to be taken because neither Germany nor Sweden can determine the number of refugees given that it stems from the situation (on the ground)", said Merkel at a press conference in Berlin following her discussions with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Merkel added that "we need an open system to share out those with a right to asylum". Löfven told reporters: "We have agreed to continue to push for a reformed European refugee policy. All countries must take full responsibility to help people who have been displaced". According to Juncker's proposal for mandatory quotas for EU states which is set to be unveiled Wednesday, Germany and France would take about half of the 120.000 refugees to be relocated from frontline states. While asylum seekers generally enter Europe through Greece and Italy, nearly half of all asylum requests in 2014 were presented in Germany and Sweden. Merkel said the so-called Dublin 3 rule -- which requires the first EU port of entry to process asylum claims -- "no longer works" as it means that both Italy and Greece are left to take in the bulk of Europe's refugee influx. "We must discuss a new asylum policy", she added. Berlin has already stopped applying the rule for Syrians, and is allowing citizens of the war-torn country to apply for asylum in Germany regardless of their first port of arrival in the EU. "I'm seldom so convinced that this task will also determine Europe's future and whether the continent really accepts the value...of individual freedom", Merkel said. "On this question, the whole world is watching. And we're not just saying Syria is so far away from us. Rather, we're simply taking care of the problem", she added. Löfven had said ahead of the talks that he was "concerned" that some EU countries were still "shirking their responsibility" to take in refugees. "Sweden and Germany are the countries in the EU that take in the largest share of refugees and advocate a common system of binding quotas, which all EU countries must follow", he said on Monday. But at the press conference on Tuesday he warned against squabbling between European countries. "We should not primarily seek to punish or attack the other member states", he said. Sweden's Prime Minister has announced that he will hold talks on the refugee crisis on Wednesday with all of the country's political parties, except for the nationalist Sweden Democrats.
Monday, September 07, 2015
Via The Local: Up to 150 refugees who began marching towards the border with Sweden, known for its more generous asylum policies, have finally agreed to be taken to police stations to register, as required under EU rules. The group was among around 300 refugees who landed Sunday in Rødby in southern Denmark, which has Scandinavia's busiest ferry crossing to Germany. But scuffles broke out with police when some ran off to avoid having their fingerprints taken in fear they would be registered as seeking refuge in Denmark and unable to go on to Sweden, where many said they had family. Police said up to 150 had begun walking towards Sweden, which refugees typically reach by taking the train across a bridge linking Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö. The bridge is not open to pedestrians. Laila Saied, an engineer from Syria, said she had traveled through Europe with her husband and two children for one month in the hope of reaching Sweden. "I slept on the street, I was on the sea with my children", she told broadcaster TV 2 News. Police had said they wanted to resolve the situation "through dialogue" and after hours of talks most of those marching finally agreed to board buses taking them to a police station. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said at a press conference that around 400 refugees had entered Denmark over the past 24 hours and that none would be allowed to continue to Sweden. "We cannot just ignore our obligations and send them to Sweden without its consent, because then we would be doing the same as many other countries, which is the reason the European asylum system is under massive pressure", he said. Rasmussen said he had told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Denmark was willing to accept 100 refugees from Germany "given the very special situation Germany and Europe is in". While Sweden has become a top EU destination for refugees by issuing permanent residency to all Syrian asylum seekers, Denmark has sought to reduce the influx by issuing temporary residence permits, delaying family reunifications and slashing benefits for newly arrived immigrants. On Monday, the Danish government ran adds in four Lebanese newspapers publicizing those cuts.
Sunday, September 06, 2015
Via Before It's News: Chronicles from the Future tells a remarkable story about a bizarre and incredible event experienced by Paul Amadeus Dienach, the author, who lived during the beginning of the previous century in central Europe. Dienach claims that during his one-year comatose state, brought about by a serious illness, his consciousness traveled to the future in a different body and stayed there for the entire duration of his coma. When Dienach awoke from his coma, he recorded in his diary that he had been awake and aware the entire time, but not in the year nor the place in which his body lay. Dienach reported that his consciousness traveled into the body of another man, Andrew Northam, in the year 3906 AD. According to Dienach, individuals in the year 3906 AD realized that a different consciousness had entered the body of Andrew Northam, and so they showed him and explained to him everything about their era, as well as exactly what had occurred from the 21st century up until their present year, showing the path that humanity had followed. Dienach reported that a new species of human being, named Homo Occidantalis Novus, will follow today’s Homo sapiens, and in his memoires he traces the steps, both good and bad, that will take place over the millennia.
Saturday, September 05, 2015
Via RT: France is considering carrying out strikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Saturday citing an anonymous “high-level source”. President Francois Hollande will give a news conference on Monday to clarify the matter, but government officials are refusing to comment on the report yet. The issue was allegedly discussed at a defense meeting with the president on Friday, and over the last few days unnamed top officials hinted to the French paper that the decision had been made. In the coming months, an “informed source” said, reconnaissance missions could be conducted in Syria by the Dassault Mirage 2000 jet fighters based in Jordan. Currently, France provides advice and arms to what it describes as "moderate" rebels in Syria. Previously, French leaders ruled out the possibility of participating in the US-led coalition, despite having been the first state to join the US in their attacks on IS in Iraq. Le Monde added that the change of policy could be caused by Europe’s refugee crisis, and the inability of pushing back Islamic State.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Via Disclose.tv: Local news reports said the corpse with a "mysterious skull" was found by two residents next to the River Kovashi, on Sunday, in the Russian town of Sosnovy Bor, a town built in 1958 to serve the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant. It is said that the locals, who spotted it by chance, initially believed it could be a mutant chicken embroyo that had been discarded. However, local experts have been so far unable to say what it is. One researcher was quoted as saying: "It seems that this body is neither fish nor fowl - this creature has a mysterious skull, no neck and wings". The body was also looked at by experts from the Institute of Biophysics in Krasnoyarsk, who said it was impossible to make a quick identification. "Biologist Yegor Zadereev said: "Extensive studies are needed to determine what kind of creature or organism it is". It is thought it will be sent to Moscow for further tests. But Alien investigators are already convinced it is of extra terrestrial origins. Scott C Waring, who edits UFO Sightings Daily, said: "This tiny alien body was found near a river in Russia and has no resemblance to any animal known. Russian scientists are confused over what it could be and said they need to wait for the results of the tests, which are probably DNA I assume".
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Via Before It's News: Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell disclosed recently that “we have been visited…” and that he knows aliens exist and look pretty much like the short, thin ones in the movies. Towers, some several miles high, and complex constructions were photographed on the Moon and blurred before release to the public. But did Aliens warn to not come back to the Moon?
Via The Local: A Swedish gaming billionaire who made global headlines after complaining of loneliness, has apologized to people with "real problems". Last week Minecraft founder Markus Persson caught the attention of the world media when he published a series of tweets in which he said he felt isolated. Persson’s comments come almost a year after the computer programmer sold Mojang, the Swedish company behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion (17.9 billion kronor). Speaking at the time, the Persson, also known as Notch in the gaming community, explained that he wasn't into game-making for the fame. "I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world", he wrote in a statement. "I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand", he added. "I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter". Persson added that he plans to go back to conducting small web experiments. "If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately", he wrote, adding that the sale wasn't about the money, rather about his sanity. Last December the billionaire reportedly outbid the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce with his half billion kronor offer ($70 million) for a 2.000-square-meter Beverly Hills mansion.