Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles on NATO’s doorstep

An Iskander-E short-range ballistic missile launcher
An Iskander-E short-range ballistic missile launcher

Russia is again deploying nuclear-capable Iskander missiles into its Kaliningrad outpost that borders two NATO members, Lithuania said Saturday, warning the move was aimed at pressuring the West into making concessions over Syria and Ukraine.

Poland also reacted angrily to Moscow’s move while Lithuania added that it could breach a key nuclear weapons treaty.

“Russia is holding military exercises in Kaliningrad, and its scenario includes deployment of Iskander missile systems and the possible use of them. We are aware of it,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told AFP.

He said modified Iskander missiles had a range of up to 435 miles which means they could reach the German capital of Berlin from the Russian exclave, which is sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania.

Russia’s defense ministry on Saturday confirmed deployment of the Iskander hardware but dismissed Western concerns, saying that “contingents of missile troops have been moved many times and will continue to be moved to Kaliningrad region as part of a Russian armed forces training plan.”

Moscow sent Iskanders to Kaliningrad in 2015 as part of a series of mammoth military drills as tensions with the West reached their worst point since the Cold War, triggered by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its military campaign in Syria a year later.

Judy Dempsey, a Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe, told AFP Saturday that Moscow’s latest Iskander deployment to Kaliningrad is “a way to divide the West” just weeks before the US presidential election.

“These types of moves by Russia are making the Europeans and the US nervous. Putin is pressing all the buttons,” Dempsey said.

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German Government is Watching ‘Far Right’ Citizens, Not Islamic Invaders!

Members of the Identitarian Movement climbed the historic 18th-century Brandenburg Gate to drop a large banner stating “secure borders – secure future” in protest against Germany’s open border policy. They are identified as “a far-right group opposed to immigration in Germany,” and “anti-Immigrant.”
Brandenburg Gate banner stating 'secure borders – secure future'
Brandenburg Gate banner stating ‘secure borders – secure future’

However, the group is not against immigrants, it’s against the “Islamization of the West” including German society.

The Identitarian Movement demonstrates in Dresden.
The Identitarian Movement demonstrates in Dresden.

The Identitarian Movement Group posted on Facebook that Europe should be a fortress to fight against “uncontrolled mass migration” to Germany. They assert:

“We send a signal to the Identitarian youth of Europe: Defend yourselves against the rampant immigration in your countries and against the Islamization moving more and more [sic].”

Now, however, the Local reports that the main German federal intelligence agency is watching this “far-right group” viewing them as having “an extreme stance against foreign nationals.”

Hans-Georg Maaßen
Hans-Georg Maaßen

Hans-Georg Maaßen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution – Germany’s domestic security agency, isn’t addressing Germany’s migrant rapists rampaging throughout Germany. Instead he says,

“We are seeing in the Identitarian Movement indications of efforts to undercut the democratic order. Immigrants with Muslim backgrounds or people from the Middle East are being slandered by them in the most extreme fashion. Therefore we are also surveilling this movement.”

The Local adds, “state level spy agencies are already surveilling the organization in nine states including Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia.”

Where is the surveillance of migrant Muslim men attacking German women and children?

Berlin's Mayor Michael Muller
Berlin’s Mayor Michael Muller

Berlin’s Mayor Michael Muller said their protest was “disgusting,” that they are “enemies of democracy,” and that “Berliners will not allow the Brandenburg Gate [to be] misused as a symbol of exclusion.”

What is wrong with German leaders? And why are they not listening to or protecting their own people?

German police capture man suspected of planning bomb attack

Police officers secure a road in the eastern city of in Chemnitz, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.
Police officers secure a road in the eastern city of in Chemnitz, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.

German police said on Monday they had captured a man suspected of planning a bomb attack who had slipped through their grasp during a raid two days ago.

Police had been looking for 22-year-old Syrian refugee Jaber Albakr since he evaded them during a raid on an apartment in the eastern city of Chemnitz, where they found several hundred grams of explosive.

“Tired but overjoyed: we captured the terror suspect last night in Leipzig,” Saxony state police said on Twitter.

Spiegel Online, without citing a source, reported that police captured Albakr after a tip-off from another Syrian living in Leipzig.

Albakr approached the man at Leipzig railway station and asked if he could sleep at his home. The man agreed and later called police, who arrested Albakr at the home at 00:42 local time on Monday, Spiegel Online reported.

Albakr had been in Germany since last year and was officially recognized as a refugee, police said at the weekend.

A spokesman for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office told broadcaster SWR on Sunday: “The overall picture of the investigation, in particular the amount of explosive found, suggests that the person was planning to carry out an Islamist-motivated attack.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The suspicion that a refugee was planning a bomb attack will prove unwelcome news for Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have lost support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party over her open-door migration policy.

Merkel, who said last month she wished she could “turn back the time by many, many years” to better prepare for last year’s influx of almost 1 million migrants, has yet to say whether she will seek a fourth term as chancellor in elections next year.

In July, the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for attacks on a train near Wuerzburg and at a music festival in Ansbach that wounded 20 people.

Sex Crimes Soar as Oktoberfest Attendance Plummets

oktoberfest-1The world’s biggest beer festival has recorded its lowest turnout for 15 years amid heightened security fears, while at the same time experiencing an increase in reported sex crimes.

The Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany had around 5.6 million visitors this year, down 300,000 since last year and the lowest number since just after the September 11th 2001 terror attacks.

The drop in the number of attendees follows a series of attacks in the German state of Bavaria.

In July, German-Iranian student David Ali Sonboly went on a shooting spree in Munich, killing nine people at a shopping center before turning the gun on himself.

In the same week, an Afghan migrant attacked a train in Würzburg with an axe, injuring at least four people, and a failed asylum seeker blew himself up at a bar in the town of Ansbach, injuring 12 people and killing himself.

However, despite an overall fall in crime at the festival, the number of reported sex crimes increased this year from 21 to 31.

The group “Safer Wiesn for Girls and Woman” also said 215 women came to security checkpoints for help this year compared to 197 last year, of whom 18 reported suffering violence.

A number of large-scale public events have reported an increase in sexual assaults since the massive influx of migrants began entering Europe last year.

The most notorious example was the New Year’s Eve attacks in the German city of Cologne, in which gangs of mainly North African migrants committed mass sexual assaults against women revelers.

Police received over 1,500 complaints of sexual assault, mugging, pickpocketing and even rape, although it took the local government six months to admit the majority of perpetrators were recently arrived migrants.

Figures showed that 70 per cent of the suspects had been in Germany for less than a year, despite repeated denial by authorities.

The majority of Germans think refugees should be forced to attend language classes

Germany - mapA new poll has found that 75 percent of Germans want refugees in their country to be required to attend publicly funded language classes.

The poll, conducted by the Munich-based Ifo Institute for Economic Research and released Wednesday, also found that clear majorities favored additional taxpayer funding that would make it obligatory for refugee children to start school at age 3.

It’s unclear exactly how much this would cost German taxpayers. The country welcomed more than 1 million refugees in 2015 alone, stretching the hospitality of an initially receptive public. A recent report from the Institute for the World Economy (IfW) suggested that the German government would spend 20 billion euros on refugees in 2016 – more than $22 billion.

And while the influx of refugees may result in more consumption and investment, IfW estimated that it would be $5.6 billion below the cost to the government.

The Ifo poll showed that many Germans were concerned about the education level of refugees – three-quarters described refugees’ education levels as low, while a small majority, 53 percent, said that they did not believe refugees would help reduce the shortage of skilled workers in the German economy.

When asked about a number of other scenarios, there was widespread support for government efforts to help increase education levels of refugees. Some 58 percent said that compulsory schooling should be extended to age 21 for refugees, while 50 percent said that refugees should be granted a two-year right of residence if they completed an apprenticeship – even if their claims of asylum were ultimately denied.

But Germans were more divided on other issues. Forty-five percent favored public spending for the training costs incurred by private companies for refugees and 41 percent opposed it. Despite support for proposals that could cost considerable sums, a slim majority said that the amount of public education spending per refugee should remain unchanged, with a quarter favoring increasing the budget and another quarter wanting less spent.

In July, Germany’s authority for employment, the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), published a report that suggested that the 300,000 refugees registered as job-seekers in the country had lower levels of education and training than expected. Seventy-four percent of refugees had never completed any job training, the report found, and just over a quarter had the equivalent of the German Abitur, a diploma that qualifies students for college, Deutsche Welle reported.

Germany is Considering Deporting HALF of their Afghan Refugees

germany-afghanistan-flagsThe German government is considering deporting half its Afghan refugees as part of a deal with Kabul.

Nearly 80,000 Afghans have applied for asylum from Germany, which has welcomed more than a million refugees in the past year alone. Now, the government is thinking about returning about 40,000 of them back to Afghanistan, reports the Mirror.

The deportations would not include women and children — the vast majority of refugees are men — but would include those whose asylum applications have already been rejected three times. Some of the “deportations” would include refugees who agree to return willingly, and the government plans to use chartered flights to return the refugees.

Voters delivered a stunning rebuke in a recent election to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has firmly stood by her policy of embracing more and more refugees. Her party, the Christian Democratic Union, suffered its worst defeat ever at the polls, and fell to third behind a nationalist party with a platform of limiting refugee intake.

Now candidates from a sister party, the Christian Social Union, are vowing not to back Merkel for a fourth term. Although Merkel has acknowledged her refugee policies have been a source of trouble for the country, she is adamant that the lack of support is based on flawed implementation rather than the principal behind the policies.

“There are political issues that one can see coming but don’t really register with people at that certain moment,” Merkel said in a recent interview, blaming failure to act sooner for the unrest regarding the refugees. “In Germany we ignored both the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution.”g

Car of Germany’s anti-immigrant AfD party leader set ablaze

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) attends a pre-election meeting in Berlin, Germany
Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) attends a pre-election meeting in Berlin, Germany

Unidentified attackers set fire to the car of Frauke Petry, the leader of Germany’s anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, police said on Saturday.

“We are currently assuming it was arson,” a police spokeswoman in the eastern city of Leipzig said, adding that investigators were still collecting evidence at the scene.

The attack happened late on Friday and there has been no claim of responsibility so far, the police spokeswoman added.

Petry wrote on Twitter: “An arson attack was committed on my car yesterday. Is this what we have come to…”

Last year unknown attackers set fire to the car of AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch in Berlin.

The right-wing AfD has gained support as voters become uneasy with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy toward refugees. Around one million migrants arrived in Germany last year, many fleeing conflicts in the Middle East.

The AfD won a shock 20.8 percent in an election in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern two weeks ago, knocking Merkel’s conservatives into third place.

Merkel’s party looks set to suffer a second electoral blow in a Berlin city election.