Crise des réfugiés: Attention, une distorsion peut en cacher une autre (Politicians and media’s irresponsible coverage of current refugee invasion of Europe sparks online backlash of fake, twisted, edited or taken out of context refugee images)

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Dans les années 1980, les réformes de Mikhaïl Gorbatchev amènent de grands changement au sein du bloc de l’Est. À partir de 1989, les régimes communistes européens tombent tous les uns après les autres. De nombreux troubles politiques apparaissent en Albanie et plusieurs millions d’albanais fuient le pays. Le 7 août 1991, le Vlora décharge du sucre en provenance de Cuba à Durrës. Pendant le déchargement, plus de 20 000 migrants montent illégalement à bord et forcent le commandant, Halim Milaqi, à les amener en Italie. Celui-ci obtempère et demande l’autorisation d’accoster à Brindisi. Les autorités italiennes refusent et lui demandent de se rendre à Bari afin que des locaux soient aménagés pour les immigrants; mais le manque d’organisation lié à l’absence de plusieurs personnes nécessaires pour obtenir les autorisations (la majorité sont en vacances ce jour-là) fait que le navire arrive à Bari avant que les centres d’accueil pour les migrants ne soient prêts. Pour rentrer dans le port, le commandant mentionne des blessés graves à bord et invoque une impossibilité de reculer en raison de la lourde charge. De nombreux migrants se jettent à l’eau afin d’essayer de rejoindre la rive à la nage. Le navire est amarré au quai Molo Carboni, le plus éloigné de la ville, le 8 août 1991. Il s’agit encore aujourd’hui du plus grand débarquement illégal en Italie. Wikipedia
I am illegal, not refugee. In my country, the only thing you can do there is either drugs or crimes. So I was in prison several times, for drugs, also for trying to kill another guy. (…) We flew to Istanbul and then took a bus to Izmir. There we destroyed our passports and just mixed with the Syrian refugees. We then took the boat from Izmir to Greece. From there to Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and now we are in Vienna. (…) It’s really easy now to travel with these refugees. We received food and shelter, and a nice welcoming from people so far. (…) So when someone asks us, where do you live? We say Damascus. Where are you from? Answer Syria. Hamza (27, Algerian)
There are people who are trying to benefit from the situation. I’ve met Egyptians who claimed they were Syrians, but the dialect is Egyptian. I’ve also met people from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia or Libya who all are now flying to Istanbul and then go to Izmir where they destroy passports. I’ve also met Palestinians who live in camps in Lebanon and now claim they were from Yarmouk camp in Syria. Many of them said they have family in Germany and just use this situation to finally get asylum. Most of these people say they’ve lost their passports. The sad thing is that those Syrians who really are fleeing war will be the ones paying the price. Fares
Moving among the tens of thousands of Syrian war refugees passing through the train stations of Europe are many who are neither Syrian nor refugees, but hoping to blend into the mass migration and find a back door to the West. There are well-dressed Iranians speaking Farsi who insist they are members of the persecuted Yazidis of Iraq. There are Indians who don’t speak Arabic but say they are from Damascus. There are Pakistanis, Albanians, Egyptians, Kosovars, Somalis and Tunisians from countries with plenty of poverty and violence, but no war. It should come as no surprise that many migrants seem to be pretending they are someone else. The prize, after all, is the possibility of benefits, residency and work in Europe. (…) Many of the asylum seekers tell journalists and aid workers that they are from Syria, even if they are not, under the assumption that a Syrian shoemaker fleeing bombed-out Aleppo will be welcome, while a computer programmer from Kosovo will not be. It is common knowledge on the migratory route that some who are not from Syria shred their real passports in Turkey and simply fake it. A couple of reporters, one a native Arabic speaker, who wandered through train stations in Vienna found plenty of newcomers whose accents did not match their stories and whose stories did not make sense. Swimming in the river of humanity are shady characters, too, admitted criminals, Islamic State sympathizers and a couple of guys from Fallujah, one with a fresh bullet wound, who when asked their occupation seemed confused. (…) The refugees report that a forged Syrian passport can be bought on the Turkish border for as little as $200. A reporter for Britain’s Daily Mail bought a Syrian passport, ID card and driver’s license for $2,000 in Turkey under the name of a real man who was killed in the conflict. An Austrian security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there are also thriving black markets for Syrian passports in Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria. But most are arriving in Vienna without ever having shown a passport or document to officials, as long as they travel in the stream of asylum seekers. Authorities along the way may ask for names and countries of origin, but they are not scrutinizing documents. Opportunists can easily pass through borders simply claiming to be Syrians, often without offering any proof. (…) Confronting a surge in migrants falsely claiming to be from war-torn nations, European authorities are seeking to bolster screening efforts, particularly at gateway nations such as Greece and Italy. (…) But Greece has been so overwhelmed by the sheer numbers that many are slipping through. Most economic migrants and war refugees in Vienna say they have arrived without being photographed, fingerprinted or subjected to biometric measurements. Some of the new arrivals will make claims to stay based on threat of persecution because of clan or religion; others may seek to be reunited with family already in Europe. And some may never try to become legal residents, but live in the shadows. It will take months to sort out their stories. The NYT
Face à l’hostilité de certains sur l’accueil des migrants, les Européens feraient bien de se souvenir du passé. Voilà en substance le message qui accompagne une photo relayée à des centaines de reprises depuis quelques jours. Il s’agit d’un détournement. L’image est impressionnante : le bateau déborde littéralement de passagers; des grappes de personnes le recouvre presqu’entièrement. « Voilà des migrants européens vers le Maroc ou la Tunisie pendant la Première Guerre mondiale », précise le message qui accompagne l’image sur les réseaux sociaux. Le souci, c’est que cette photo ne remonte pas du tout au conflit de 1914-1918. Elle montre en fait l’arrivée du cargo Vlora dans le port italien de Bari le 8 août 1991. A son bord, plusieurs milliers de migrants albanais, venus tenter leur chance en Europe un an après la chute du régime communiste. Comme le raconte ce rapport du Conseil de l’Europe, Rome décide alors de regrouper ces candidats à l’asile dans un stade de la ville. De la nourriture et des vêtements sont distribués. Mais « les autorités ont considéré qu’ils étaient venus chercher une amélioration de leur situation économique et ne pouvaient donc pas être assimilés à des réfugiés politiques ». La très grande majorité des migrants albanais a donc été renvoyée en Albanie. Franceinfo
Qui arrêtera cette folie ? La prodigue Union européenne (UE) met le destin des peuples à l’encan en applaudissant, derrière l’Allemagne exaltée, à l’invasion des clandestins qui forcent les portes de Schengen. Des libérateurs ne seraient pas mieux acclamés. Or ils sont des millions, dans les pays arabo-musulmans, à vouloir gagner l’UE enivrée de ses vertus. Cette semaine, la petite île grecque de Lesbos était submergée par 20 000 «  migrants ». Les barrières volent en éclats, depuis qu’Angela Merkel a promis de recevoir 800 000 demandeurs d’asile cette année. François Hollande s’est engagé pour 24 000 personnes en deux ans. Peu importe les chiffres : les feux sont passés au vert, sans discernement ni recul. Les commissaires de Bruxelles, qui ont toujours appelé de leurs vœux une immigratAAæion massive, sans se soucier de son intégration culturelle, sont complices du bouleversement identitaire enclenché. La propagande émotionnelle s’est emballée, après la diffusion de la photo d’un corps d’enfant échoué sur une plage turque. Depuis, les « humanistes » de tréteaux, artistes ou politiques, moralisent sur la « fraternité humaine » en exposant publiquement leur grande bonté. Ils accusent évidemment l’Occident d’être coupable des désastres qui frappent l’Afghanistan, l’Irak, la Syrie, la Libye, etc. Persuadés d’avoir raison, ils exigent des excuses de ceux qui ont soutenu, depuis le 11 septembre 2001, les résistances aux offensives du nazislamisme. Ils crachent par habitude sur les États-Unis et leurs alliés, mais ignorent le totalitarisme coranique, responsable du chaos. Combien de soldats de Daech, infiltrés parmi ces exilés ? L’État islamique avait promis, début 2015, d’utiliser la bombe migratoire pour déstabiliser l’Europe. Mais cela fait longtemps que l’aveuglement narcissique berce les beaux parleurs. Il suffit d’observer la jubilation des idéologues de l’égalitarisme, de l’indifférenciation et de l’homme remplaçable pour les tenir comme inspirateurs de la béatitude des dirigeants et les médias du camp du Bien. Ivan Rioufol
Les « humanistes » sont des dangers publics, quand ils ne voient pas plus loin que leurs psychés. Lorsqu’ils se mêlent de diriger des pays, voire l’Union européenne elle-même, ils montrent leur inconsistance en se révélant incapables de prévoir les conséquences de leurs élans compassionnels. L’ahurissante légèreté Angela Merkel, qui a ouvert ses frontières aux « migrants » sous les hourras des belles âmes, restera probablement comme l’aboutissement de la régression politique réduite aux pulsions émotives. La décision de la chancelière, ce week-end, de rétablir le contrôle aux frontières de son pays soudainement envahi signe sans doute la fin des utopies sur l’accueil pour tous, dont elle était devenue l’étendard. Elle justifie sa volte-face par le fait que Schengen a démontré qu’il ne maîtrisait pas l’immigration et laissait passer, à côté des réfugiés politiques, beaucoup de faussaires. Mais cette situation, décrite ici depuis le début, est connue de tous depuis toujours. Elle n’est d’ailleurs pas un obstacle pour la France, qui se flatte d’accueillir et de prendre en charge des « réfugiés » dont rien ne dit qu’ils le sont tous. Il suffit de relire les dithyrambes de la presse française pour se désoler de la capitulation de l’esprit critique dans une large partie de la profession. « L’incroyable madame Merkel », « La dame de cœur », « le futur prix Nobel de la paix », auront été quelques-uns des lauriers tressés par le camp du Bien, dans un manichéisme réservant aux pays récalcitrants, et singulièrement au premier ministre hongrois Viktor Orban, toutes les réprobations morales. Disons les choses comme elles se présentent : le revirement allemand couvre de ridicule les sermonneurs qui ont semé la tempête migratoire. Le ministre de l’Intérieur français, Bernard Cazeneuve, qui entend faire de la « pédagogie » pour expliquer sa politique d’accueil, ne peut que s’enliser dans une propagande irréfléchie qui n’a évidemment pas le soutien de l’opinion. Incapable idéologiquement de concevoir la moindre vertu aux frontières nationales, il parle d’ouvrir en Grèce, en Italie et en Hongrie des « hot spots », en collaboration avec l’Union européenne. Mais cette dernière se dévoile, avec l’Allemagne immature et la France suiveuse, comme autant de dangers pour l’Europe, fragilisée par quarante ans d’immigration de peuplement et de multiculturalisme imposé. Le cynisme mercantile du président du Medef, Pierre Gattaz, qui salue une « opportunité » dans l’arrivée d’une main d’oeuvre docile, est une autre agression pour les Français soucieux de préserver la cohésion de leur nation ouverte. En réalité, l’effet de cet excès de xénophilie est, dès à présent, de replacer au cœur du débat public des sujets évacués : l’immigration, le retour aux frontières, la préférence nationale, l’expulsion effective des migrants économiques et des clandestins. Sans parler de la faillite des partis politiques et de l’Union européenne elle-même. Dans le fond, merci Angela Merkel pour tant de maladresses ! Ivan Rioufol
Si les dirigeants allemands et français n’avaient pas applaudi quand Obama a retiré toutes les troupes américaines d’Irak ; soutenu ensuite les « rebelles » en Syrie ; défini l’État Islamique, alors embryonnaire, comme une équipe d’amateurs ; voulu, après la chute de Ben Ali et de Mouba­rak, celle de Kadhafi, la situation serait différente. (…) Ils ont voulu les causes. Ils ont les effets. Un président des États-Unis avait énoncé un projet stratégique destiné à éviter tout ce qui est en train de se passer, et qui découle de la guerre déclarée par l’islam radical au monde occidental. Il s’appelait George Walker Bush. Les dirigeants européens l’ont détesté. Ils ont à la Maison Blanche un homme à leur goût. Ils goûtent. Tous ceux qui vivent en Europe doivent déguster, hélas… Guy Millière
Of all the irresponsible decisions taken in recent years by European politicians, few will cause as much human misery as Angela Merkel’s plan to welcome Syrian refugees to Germany. Hailed as enlightened moral leadership, it is in fact the result of panic and muddled thinking. Her pronouncements will lure thousands more into the hands of unscrupulous people-traffickers. Her insistence that the rest of the continent should share the burden will add political instability to the mix. Merkel has made a dire situation worse. (…) The distinction between refugee and economic migrant is also being elided. Many of the Syrians making this journey are fleeing war, but many others are fleeing camps in neighbouring Jordan or Turkey. The incentive to do this is growing, because life there is becoming harsher. As Michael Moller, the head of the UN’s Geneva office, warned this week, these millions will ‘get up and leave and come to Europe’ unless conditions in the camps improve. Iraqis are also joining in; extra flights are being laid on from Baghdad to Turkey as people go on the move in the belief that Merkel has created a window of migration opportunity that may not last. It is at this point that the distinction between refugee and immigrant, on which European law is based, breaks down. The economic pull is exacerbated because, unlike in previous times, the residents of the refugee camps have access to mobile phones and information. They know that Germany has said it expects to accept 800,000 asylum-seekers this year (a figure greater than the population of some EU members). They will have heard about — or seen — the welcome being given to refugees arriving there, the reception committees and the politicians holding placards saying ‘refugees welcome’. All of this will encourage many more to embark on the perilous journey to Europe. The European Union’s energies would be far better spent improving life in the camps and finding ways to allow people to work there, as Professor Paul Collier suggested in these pages last month. (…) Another danger of Merkel’s open-door policy is that it may make Syria’s recovery from civil war harder. By accepting those who have managed to make it to Europe, rather than those still in the camps, Germany is, intentionally or not, cherry-picking the more prosperous members of what used to be Syrian society, those who have sufficient resources to pay the traffickers. Without them, their ravaged country is far less likely to make a recovery once the fighting eventually stops. (…) Merkel’s actions, now, will be hard to correct: her words cannot be unsaid. She has exacerbated a problem that will be with us for years, perhaps decades. More than 40 per cent of those who applied for asylum in Germany in the first half of this year came from the former Yugoslavia; the last of its wars ended 14 years ago. Handling all of this correctly will require true statesmanship, which means thinking through consequences. Merkel is failing that test spectacularly. The Spectator
Few people say it out loud, but it’s the image of Germans welcoming “others” on in-bound trains from the east—from Hungary, very telegenically, when I was there—that arrests their attention. What a contrast with the pictures of other Germans in an earlier time shipping “others” to the east, on out-bound trains, to places like Treblinka and Auschwitz. [But] What sort of sound is that other shoe going to make when it finally does drop? Truth be told, the German leadership—and the EU leadership as well, with Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg in the lead—are planting the seeds for long-term agony. That agony will comes in three forms: the economics of the welfare state; the self-blinding politics of multiculturalism; and security. (…) If only a tenth of one percent of these Arabs are now or are later turned toward salafi-based political violence for any number of reasons we can all think of, then Germany will have a problem that will shred its esteemed privacy laws to bits, whether Germans like it or not. (…) Meanwhile, the moral hazard problem is getting out of control. The word is out in Syria, and Iraq, and Lebanon, and among Palestinians in various places: They see the pictures, they send the men, then comes family reunification, and the next thing you know, in as little as a year or two, there could be five million Levantine Arabs (and a smattering of Kurds) clotting about in German cities. (…) Only a tiny percentage of these asylum seekers are well enough educated to hold down a middle-class enabling professional job in an economy like Germany’s.So the sound of the other shoe will consist of gunfire and bombs, most likely, and the telltale sucking sound of cash exiting the coffers of the still very generous but increasingly fiscally fragile German welfare state. And what of the politics?The Left’s normative seizure of Germany is truly amazing. Even the Chancellor, who by German standards is far from a raving leftist, appears to firmly believe that everyone must be a multiculturalist for moral reasons, and that all people who want to preserve the ethno-linguistic integrity of their communities—whether in Germany or in Hungary, Poland, and elsewhere—are acting out of base motives. One even sees self-righteous criticism of the Australians now in the German press. The German leadership’s understanding of its moral obligation is without qualification against contingency; they refuse to limit in any way the number of asylum seekers who can be taken into Germany, or the speed with which they may come. But(…) wanting one’s own community to be a certain way is not aggressively or actively prejudicial against others, any more than declining to give money to a beggar on a city street is morally equivalent to hitting him in the head with a crowbar. It is simply preferring the constituency of a high-social trust society, from which, social science suggests, many good things come: widespread security, prosperity, and a propensity toward generosity being prominent among them.It is, in my view, better morally to respect the dignity of difference than it is to try to expunge it though the mindless homogenization of humankind, which is the unstated premise at the base of the “thinking” of much of the EU elite. What better way to get rid of pesky nationalism than to get rid of nations, eh? One can hardly blame contemporary Germans for this sort of thinking, for their own nationalism turned out to be rabidly illiberal at one point in their history. But it is nonetheless an error of moral reasoning. Asylum seekers distort the moral choice with the intensity of their need, and their innocence; but the point is that what we see in Western Europe is not a case of what is moral versus what is base, but two kinds of rights, incommensurate (à la Isaiah Berlin) as they are, clashing. This basic truth seems to have gone missing in Germany lately, and, unfortunately, its expression in Hungary comes from a man who is toxic morally and opportunistic as well, and so gives that side of the argument a very bad name.(…) All this moral unction reminds me of the reality-challenged 1920s in Europe, which gave rise to the very ugly 1930s (and yes, there will be a sharp economic downturn to speed the effect; it’s already begun, in China, because we have allowed a half dozen major regional business cycles with their own, often balancing-out, dynamics to coalesce into one huge global business cycle), and we all know what happened next. How is the thinking in Berlin now different in essence from the calamity of Kellogg-Briand and Locarno? It is downright Kantian: The ethereal categorical imperative über alles. It also seems to me very Christian in the sense that it represents a tilt of intentions over consequences—and Kant was, remember, a Lutheran Pietist, so we know where his basic intellectual urges came from. Indeed, the denizens of the German Left seem to me a very religious people, only they think they’re secularists just because a clutch of proper names has changed, and they don’t often go to church anymore, but rather collect for the functional equivalent of communal worship in political meetings, university seminars, and protest rallies.For all this we can blame the Nazis, because the moral ricochet over time is clear, and it is in many ways very noble. It’s nice that the Germans want to be moral, charitable, hospitable, generous and kind, isn’t it? But absent a heavy doze of Niebuhrian moral realism, they now risk letting dead Nazis derange living thought from beyond the grave. (…) One fears that if reasonable people do not somehow apply a brake to this wild excess of selfless saintliness, unreasonable people eventually will. And guess who might still be around to cheer, encourage, and perhaps even arm the unreasonable? Yes, Vlad the Putin himself, as he is indeed already doing in a minor key. Putin would love to destroy the European Union and all it stands for, almost as much as he would destroy NATO if he could. There are, regrettably, plenty of European leaders these days who are unwittingly pitching in to help him, and so before very long we could be facing another kind of security problem. That would ultimately be a problem for Americans as well as for Europeans. Doesn’t it always go like that, again, whether we like it or not?  The American interest
Les photographies actuelles sont enracinées dans un héritage visuel ancien, celui des boat people, mais notre regard sur elles a changé pour devenir beaucoup plus ambigu. A l’époque, l’arrivée des Vietnamiens était présentée comme une question momentanée. Aujourd’hui, c’est le début d’un phénomène dont on ne voit pas la fin. On évoque en outre une masse uniforme d’immigrés; les panoplies de raisons qui les poussent à partir sont mises de côté au profit de la gestion de la crise. L’information n’est pas pourquoi ils viennent mais combien ils sont et comment y faire face. On oscille entre peur et compassion. [Avec les Albanais] Nous ne sommes plus dans une logique de Guerre froide puisque le Rideau de fer est tombé. Il n’y a plus de justification à la fuite. L’idée est ici celle du débarquement d’un flux immaîtrisé d’Albanais, avec cette question sous-jacente: «Que venez-vous faire chez nous maintenant que le régime autoritaire de votre pays a chuté?». La multitude est toujours menaçante si elle n’est pas accompagnée d’un discours, et la crainte d’une invasion est très claire dans cette image. On sent le débordement, la déferlante, comme aujourd’hui. [Avec les Africains] C’est une sorte de jeu des voleurs et du gendarme. Il y a un seul policier essayant de maîtriser un groupe dont on peut supposer qu’il est plus nombreux encore. Ces jeunes hommes semblent bien habillés et l’on pense tout de suite à un flux économique et non à des personnes en train de fuir un danger. Ils ne suscitent guère d’empathie; le policier est seul face à eux et s’il brandit sa matraque, il ne l’utilise pas. Evidemment, l’interprétation de cette image basculerait si c’était le cas. Là, on est dans l’idée de la défense de l’Europe face à l’afflux de migrants économiques. [Avec une petite fille dans un camp de réfugiés syriens] On est ici dans la tradition de la photographie humanitaire. L’enfant qui pleure ou qui a faim est une figure attendrissante qui revient depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Cette gamine représente ce qu’il y a de plus inoffensif face à un barbelé qui ne peut être perçu que comme une exagération. Elle suscite forcément de la compassion et exacerbe le drame. On aurait le même sentiment si elle se trouvait face à un policier, tandis que des adultes dans le même cas émeuvent beaucoup moins. Gianni Haver (Université de Lausanne)
Angela Merkel’s humane stance on immigration is a lesson to us all. The German leader has stood up to be counted. Europe should rally to her side. The Guardian
As debate about how to solve Europe’s refugee crisis continues, right-wing groups and commentators are using photos and memes to demonise the desperate people risking their lives to reach the continent. But many of the photos are being faked, twisted, edited or taken out of context in an effort to support the following myths and arguments. (…) In one of the most heartless conspiracy theories circulating online, people are claiming that the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was “staged” on a Turkish beach as part of a political plot to garner global sympathy.  People have seized on an image of a Turkish police officer picking up a child’s body on a markedly different section of beach to argue that the child’s body was moved for a photo opportunity. But the photo used as “evidence” of the alleged forgery is actually of Aylan’s older brother, five-year-old Galip, who also drowned alongside his mother as they tried to cross the Aegean Sea. His body, washed up on a different stretch of beach nearby, is visibly larger and dressed in different clothing and shoes. And far from it being a “staged” shot, the photographer who took the now iconic image of Aylan has told how she was in Bodrum to await refugee arrivals and noticed “lifeless bodies” on the beach by chance. (… ) Although the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe is undeniably huge – with estimates for this year so far hitting 500,000 people – many of the alarmist photos being circulated are fake. Belgian television station RTBF revealed that this image, claiming to show the “invasion of Italy” by “illegal immigrants” actually dates from 1991 and showed “La Vlora” bringing 20,000 migrants to the Italian port of Bari. The Independent

Attention: une distorsion peut en cacher une autre !

A l’heure où après le coup de folie pénitentiel de Mutti Merkel d’il y a deux semaines …

Et, entre le prétendu chef du Monde libre et celui de la chrétienté, l’orgie de bondieuseries des derniers jours…

L’Allemagne et le reste de l’Europe semblent enfin se réveiller …

Face à la véritable invasion de prétendus réfugiés qui à coup de pierres et d’Allah Akbar …

Ne sont pas loin, comme après la chute du communisme en Albanie il y a 25 ans et suite à la vacance du pouvoir à la tête du Monde libre aujourd’hui, de submerger le Vieux Continent …

Comment ne pas voir contre l’actuelle chape de plomb bien-pensante qu’illustre parfaitement l’hebdomadaire britannique The Independent …

Mais aussi, du côté musulman cette fois (?), les prétendues images de « migrants européens vers le Maroc ou la Tunisie pendant la Première Guerre mondiale » …

La flopée d’images fausses, distordues, recadrées ou prises hors contexte qui inondent actuellement l’internet …

Comme autre chose que le contrecoup logique du véritable tombereau d’images et de reportages pro-migrants …

Que taxant toute opinion contraire ou critique de racisme et de xénophobie …

Pour masquer la dimension totalement inouïe de l’évènement et de leur irresponsabilité …

Nous font subir à longueur de journée nos dirigeants et nos médias ?

The fake refugee images that are being used to distort public opinion on asylum seekers
The outpouring of public support for refugees in the wake of the death of Aylan Kurdi has sparked an online backlash
Lizzie Dearden
The Independent
16 September 2015

As debate about how to solve Europe’s refugee crisis continues, right-wing groups and commentators are using photos and memes to demonise the desperate people risking their lives to reach the continent.

But many of the photos are being faked, twisted, edited or taken out of context in an effort to support the following myths and arguments.

‘Isis jihadists are using the crisis to infiltrate Europe’
Several photos have surfaced online claiming to show Isis militants arriving in Europe, comparing images of men in battle dress and pictures of people arriving on the continent.
This man and several others ‘outed’ as Isis militants fought against the group, not with it
But even in cases where the photos do appear to be of the same person, claims that they are members of the so-called Islamic State have been wrong.

A widely shared picture claiming to be of refugees attacking police with an Isis flag actually showed a protest in Germany in 2012 – before the rise of the so-called Islamic State.
This photo is one of the many being wrongly used as ‘proof’ Isis militants are arriving in Europe
Several other images claiming to show refugees fighting for Isis wearing assault rifles and fatigues have also been debunked, with at least two of the men shown actually being part of groups fighting the jihadist group, including Kurdish forces and the Free Syrian Army.

Another meme shared by an anti-immigration group in Croatia claims to show another « Islamist » arriving in Europe. But online analysts said his uniform and equipment identified him as an anti-Isis fighter.

While there is a strong possibility that some of the people migrating to Europe may have been involved in armed conflict or linked with extremist groups, the UN has repeatedly dismissed claims that “thousands” of jihadists are arriving.

Following a Lebanese government minister’s assertion that one in 50 Syrians entering Europe could be Isis members, a  spokesperson for refugee agency the UNHCR said: “This kind of statement is extremely unhelpful.

“A refugee has a genuine fear of persecution, if you have any military connection at all then you lose your status as a refugee. There are over a million Syrians in Lebanon there is no legitimate way of providing figures like that.”

‘Refugees are healthy/rich and don’t need our help’
Pegida UK, a branch of the German group known for its huge “anti-Islamism” protests, has been sharing numerous photos claiming to show “fake” or undeserving refugees.

Many of the assertions are based on the fact people in the pictures appear not to be malnourished.

In one post spotted by news website France 24, photos of a muscular man are sarcastically labelled: “Please help feed and house this poor, defenceless refugee…’I heard we can get free steroids in England – don’t be racist and let me in!’”
But the photos were actually taken in 2013 on Christmas Island in Australia.

In other images taken at the same time, the border police’s blue uniforms can clearly be seen with “Australian Customs and Border Protection” written on them.
Numerous images of mainly Syrian refugees carrying smartphones have also been shared by right-wing blogs and commentators on social media arguing they do not need Europe’s help.

But as James O’Malley wrote in a comment piece for The Independent, possessing a phone is no indicator of how deserving an asylum seeker is of refuge, and middle-income countries like Syria are clearly just as susceptible to conflict as anywhere else.

“The answer to how surprised should we be that many of the Syrian refugees have smartphones is a resounding ‘not very’,” he said.

“The world isn’t a binary split between ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ – and we should adjust our assumptions about the countries in the middle accordingly.”

‘Aylan Kurdi’s dead body was staged to sway opinion’
In one of the most heartless conspiracy theories circulating online, people are claiming that the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was “staged” on a Turkish beach as part of a political plot to garner global sympathy.

So the staged photo of poor little Aylan worked then? 20,000 Syrian. Not so much outcry if they used the original. pic.twitter.com/pLiBfZQIRc

— Lurkio (@alrightlandlord) September 7, 2015
People have seized on an image of a Turkish police officer picking up a child’s body on a markedly different section of beach to argue that the child’s body was moved for a photo opportunity.

“Little Aylan Kurdi, if he is dead, did not drown. He was killed. And the picture is a set-up fake. His body has been arranged in position,” one person wrote on Twitter.

Knights Templar International wrote: “Goulish (sic) propagandists moved and used the dead body of the little boy drowned on a Turkish beach to get pictures that would ‘best’ manipulate public opinion.”

“The media, who buy in to the UN’s politics, can not only advance its ideological aim, they can also financially benefit from twisting the true facts of the death of poor little Aylan Shenu,” a conspiracy blog added.

“And if there ever was a doubt about this being anything else, please, consider this, most telling fact:  before the most heart-wrenching photos of little Aylan were taken, his body was specifically and intentionally posed!”
Aylan Kurdi (L) and his brother Galip both died in the disaster
But the photo used as “evidence” of the alleged forgery is actually of Aylan’s older brother, five-year-old Galip, who also drowned alongside his mother as they tried to cross the Aegean Sea.

His body, washed up on a different stretch of beach nearby, is visibly larger and dressed in different clothing and shoes.

And far from it being a “staged” shot, the photographer who took the now iconic image of Aylan has told how she was in Bodrum to await refugee arrivals and noticed “lifeless bodies” on the beach by chance.

‘Europe is being invaded by swarms of refugees’
Although the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe is undeniably huge – with estimates for this year so far hitting 500,000 people – many of the alarmist photos being circulated are fake.

Belgian television station RTBF revealed that this image, claiming to show the “invasion of Italy” by “illegal immigrants” actually dates from 1991 and showed “La Vlora” bringing 20,000 migrants to the Italian port of Bari.

Zakia Khattabi, co-president of the country’s Ecolo party, reposted the photo on Twitter, writing that she’d had “enough” of the “disgusting political game” being played in Europe.

Another image of La Vlora, showing desperate Albanians climbing ion to the ship before it set off, was shared by Pegida UK on its Facebook page in a post that garnered comments calling for it to be “torpedoed”.

‘If refugees needed protection, they would bring their wives and children’
A much-shared meme posted on Facebook by far-right group the English Defence League (EDL) contrasts photos of British soldiers and male refugees arriving in Germany.
Above the soldiers, the caption reads: “Go to warzone. Leave women and children in safe country.” By the refugees, the writing says: “Go to safe country. Leave women and children in warzone.”

The image, which has been “liked” more than 2,200 times, summed up widely circulating claims that many of the people arriving are male “economic migrants” rather than asylum seekers.

But as Vice pointed out, it appears to have been taken from Reuters footage that shows dozens of women and children of all ages arriving on the same train.

The argument has been made by politicians across the world, including David Davies, the Conservative MP for Monmouth, who told BBC Radio Wales that refugees attempting to reach the UK were “mostly young men, mostly with mobile phones, chancing their luck”.

According to UNHCR figures, around 72 per cent of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe across the Mediterranean are men, with 13 per cent women and 15 per cent children.

Some aid workers have suggested the demographics may be caused by the danger of the journey, causing men to go ahead of their families in attempt to secure refuge in Europe and a home before more vulnerable relatives set off.

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Non, ce bateau n’est pas rempli de migrants européens vers le Maroc
Le vrai du faux numérique

Antoine Krempf

15 septembre 2015

Face à l’hostilité de certains sur l’accueil des migrants, les Européens feraient bien de se souvenir du passé. Voilà en substance le message qui accompagne une photo relayée à des centaines de reprises depuis quelques jours. Il s’agit d’un détournement.
L’image est impressionnante : le bateau déborde littéralement de passagers; des grappes de personnes le recouvre presqu’entièrement. « Voilà des migrants européens vers le Maroc ou la Tunisie pendant la Première Guerre mondiale », précise le message qui accompagne l’image sur les réseaux sociaux.

Le souci, c’est que cette photo ne remonte pas du tout au conflit de 1914-1918. Elle montre en fait l’arrivée du cargo Vlora dans le port italien de Bari le 8 août 1991. A son bord, plusieurs milliers de migrants albanais, venus tenter leur chance en Europe un an après la chute du régime communiste.

Comme le raconte ce rapport du Conseil de l’Europe, Rome décide alors de regrouper ces candidats à l’asile dans un stade de la ville. De la nourriture et des vêtements sont distribués. Mais « les autorités ont considéré qu’ils étaient venus chercher une amélioration de leur situation économique et ne pouvaient donc pas être assimilés à des réfugiés politiques ». La très grande majorité des migrants albanais a donc été renvoyée en Albanie.

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« Un regard ambigu sur les migrants »
Caroline Stevan

Le Temps
01 septembre 2015

L’image des réfugiés a-t-elle évolué des boat people à aujourd’hui? Lectures de photographies avec le sociologue Gianni Haver, spécialiste des images et des médias

Il y a les chiffres, impressionnants. Il y a les histoires, effroyables. Puis il y a les images, saisissantes. Chaque jour depuis des mois, Internet et les médias relaient la tragédie de ces milliers de personnes fuyant la Syrie, l’Irak, la Libye ou l’Erythrée, s’entassant derrière des fils barbelés, crevant en mer ou pourrissant dans un camion. On s’interroge sur le sens et le poids des mots utilisés. «Migrants» n’est-il pas trop neutre face au drame vécu? «Réfugiés» peut-il être admis hors de sa définition en droit international?

Les termes, évidemment, reflètent le regard porté sur une réalité. Et les photographies, que disent-elles? Racontent-elles la même chose que celles qui montraient les boat people il y a quarante ans ou les Cubains dans les années 1990?

Le Temps a soumis six clichés au sociologue Gianni Haver, spécialiste des images et des médias. «Les photographies actuelles sont enracinées dans un héritage visuel ancien, celui des boat people, mais notre regard sur elles a changé pour devenir beaucoup plus ambigu, estime en préambule le professeur à l’Université de Lausanne. A l’époque, l’arrivée des Vietnamiens était présentée comme une question momentanée. Aujourd’hui, c’est le début d’un phénomène dont on ne voit pas la fin. On évoque en outre une masse uniforme d’immigrés; les panoplies de raisons qui les poussent à partir sont mises de côté au profit de la gestion de la crise. L’information n’est pas pourquoi ils viennent mais combien ils sont et comment y faire face. On oscille entre peur et compassion.»

«La terminologie de boat people est née avec la deuxième vague de réfugiés vietnamiens, embarqués sur des bateaux de fortune en 1979. Ceux-là sont ramenés directement par les Etats-Unis. Le cargo est bondé mais semble en bon état, avec la figure bienveillante du soldat américain. Il s’agit ici de sauver des gens du régime communiste, une logique d’accueil qui se monnaie en termes de communication. Cela valorise le système occidental par rapport à l’autre camp et cette politique n’a, du coup, jamais rencontré d’opposition malgré l’ampleur des chiffres. Les Américains ont ramené 200 000 Vietnamiens, les Français 123 000!»

«La logique ici est celle du «Radeau de la Méduse»; il y a même le drapeau qui flotte. On voit les visages, on reconnaît les gens, leur nombre est fini et on peut supposer une variété sociale. Ce n’est pas un hasard si on les présente souriants et tranquilles, c’est l’héritage de l’«exode de Mariel» en 1980, où 125 000 Cubains expulsés par Castro ont été accueillis en Floride. Ils ont directement reçu la Green Card, ce qui serait impensable aujourd’hui. On ne pensait pas aux camps de réfugiés. On était dans la même stratégie d’accueil et de communication anticommuniste que pour les Vietnamiens.»

«Nous ne sommes plus dans une logique de Guerre froide puisque le Rideau de fer est tombé. Il n’y a plus de justification à la fuite. L’idée est ici celle du débarquement d’un flux immaîtrisé d’Albanais, avec cette question sous-jacente: «Que venez-vous faire chez nous maintenant que le régime autoritaire de votre pays a chuté?». La multitude est toujours menaçante si elle n’est pas accompagnée d’un discours, et la crainte d’une invasion est très claire dans cette image. On sent le débordement, la déferlante, comme aujourd’hui.»

«Cette image symbolise les situations d’urgence en Méditerranée qui se succèdent et dont on a trouvé un coupable unique: le passeur. Les régimes que fuient ces gens et les pays qu’ils visent n’ont aucune responsabilité, toute la faute revient aux passeurs. On perçoit le drame mais, étonnamment, on est moins dans la compassion que pour les Cubains par exemple. La photographie est prise
de trop loin, on ne lit pas les visages, on ne se projette pas. La multitude provoque une mise à distance et une déshumanisation.»

«C’est une sorte de jeu des voleurs et du gendarme. Il y a un seul policier essayant de maîtriser un groupe dont on peut supposer qu’il est plus nombreux encore. Ces jeunes hommes semblent bien habillés et l’on pense tout de suite à un flux économique et non à des personnes en train de fuir un danger. Ils ne suscitent guère d’empathie; le policier est seul face à eux et s’il brandit sa matraque, il ne l’utilise pas. Evidemment, l’interprétation de cette image basculerait si c’était le cas. Là, on est dans l’idée de la défense de l’Europe face à l’afflux de migrants économiques.»

«On est ici dans la tradition de la photographie humanitaire. L’enfant qui pleure ou qui a faim est une figure attendrissante qui revient depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Cette gamine représente ce qu’il y a de plus inoffensif face à un barbelé qui ne peut être perçu que comme une exagération. Elle suscite forcément de la compassion et exacerbe le drame. On aurait le même sentiment si elle se trouvait face à un policier, tandis que des adultes dans le même cas émeuvent beaucoup moins.»

La déchéance d’Angela Merkel
Guy Milliere
Les 4 vérités
25 septembre 2015

Je n’ai pu m’empêcher, ces derniers jours, de poser un regard ironique sur la situation de chaos qui règne en Europe.

Angela Merkel, que la gauche médiatique s’empressait de béatifier, a dû revenir sur ses promesses, dans la panique et l’improvisation. Après avoir annoncé que les frontières de son pays étaient grandes ouvertes à tous les gens venus d’Afrique et d’Asie qui voulaient venir, elle a dû prendre une décision inverse et fermer les frontières de l’Allemagne.

Les arrivants se sont faits, d’un seul coup, trop nombreux. Ils ont trop demandé. Des désordres ont commencé à éclater, les gares d’arrivée se sont mises à ressembler à des lieux insalubres du tiers-monde.

Sainte Angela a dû poser les pieds sur terre, avant que les dégâts ne soient irréversibles. Des petits musulmans, venus d’un Proche-Orient où l’on s’étripe volontiers ou d’une Afrique où l’on ne fait pas mieux, a-t-elle semblé découvrir d’un seul coup, ne pourront pas si facilement remplacer les enfants blonds que les femmes allemandes ne font plus.

Des gens venus parce que les assistances sociales sont généreuses, a-t-elle semblé découvrir au même instant, ne permettront pas obligatoirement des gains de productivité mirifiques.

Je ne doute pas, pour autant, que, dès qu’elle en aura l’opportunité, elle renouvellera l’appel : elle veut vraiment, je pense, que l’Allemagne soit le pays où se pratiquera en premier le grand remplacement promis à toute l’Europe.

Hollande, qui suivait la ligne Merkel, et qui avait envoyé des émissaires à Munich pour ramener de futurs nouveaux Français bien sous tous rapports, car priant vers La Mecque, s’est plié à la volte-face de Merkel, et, dès que celle-ci reviendra à sa position initiale, il continuera à sui­vre la ligne.

Pour diluer sa responsabilité, Merkel a appelé à une réunion européenne destinée à mettre en place des quotas d’accueil obligatoire, et à forcer la main des autres pays de l’Union : la réunion s’est achevée par un échec.

Merkel et Hollande ont dû voir la réalité en face : il y a des dirigeants en Europe qui comprennent que davantage de musulmans et d’assistés en Europe, ce n’est pas nécessairement un atout.

Sans doute ces dirigeants n’ont-ils pas vu les reportages diffusés en Allemagne et en France, où on répète que tous ces jeunes hommes qui arrivent sont médecins, avocats, professeurs ou ingénieurs. Apparemment, ils raisonnent plutôt comme Viktor Orban, qui n’est pas un cas isolé et a, sur ce plan, de nombreux équivalents.

L’Europe centrale, dès lors, se hérisse de barbelés et de cordons militaires. Schengen se porte très mal. L’Union elle-même ne va pas bien du tout. Il est aisé d’anticiper que tout cela aura des conséquences politiques, en Allemagne, en France, ailleurs, et si Merkel et Hollande insistent, les conséquences seront plus lourdes encore.

Dois-je le dire ? Ce qui se passe était très prévisible. Merkel n’a pas prévu. Hollande non plus. Ils ont été aveugles et débordés. Merkel a montré son vrai visage. Hollande a montré, une fois de plus, qui il était.

La gauche médiatique a, elle, montré, une fois encore, sa xénophilie multiculturaliste et anti-occidentale et son aveuglement.

Dois-je l’ajouter ? L’appel d’air venu de Merkel (et, accessoirement, de Hollande) va continuer à faire son effet et à se diffuser. La vague qui se porte à l’assaut de l’Europe ne va pas retomber. Barbelés et cordons militaires ne vont pas disparaître de sitôt.

Dois-je l’ajouter aussi ? Si les dirigeants allemands et français n’avaient pas applaudi quand Obama a retiré toutes les troupes américaines d’Irak ; soutenu ensuite les « rebelles » en Syrie ; défini l’État Islamique, alors embryonnaire, comme une équipe d’amateurs ; voulu, après la chute de Ben Ali et de Mouba­rak, celle de Kadhafi, la situation serait différente.

Ils ont voulu les causes. Ils ont les effets. Un président des États-Unis avait énoncé un projet stratégique destiné à éviter tout ce qui est en train de se passer, et qui découle de la guerre déclarée par l’islam radical au monde occidental. Il s’appelait George Walker Bush. Les dirigeants européens l’ont détesté. Ils ont à la Maison Blanche un homme à leur goût. Ils goûtent. Tous ceux qui vivent en Europe doivent déguster, hélas…

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Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea
The incentive is greater for people to risk the perilous journey to Europe
James Forsyth
The Spectator
12 September 2015

Of all the irresponsible decisions taken in recent years by European politicians, few will cause as much human misery as Angela Merkel’s plan to welcome Syrian refugees to Germany. Hailed as enlightened moral leadership, it is in fact the result of panic and muddled thinking. Her pronouncements will lure thousands more into the hands of unscrupulous people-traffickers. Her insistence that the rest of the continent should share the burden will add political instability to the mix. Merkel has made a dire situation worse.

On Tuesday last week, Germany declared that any Syrian who reaches the country can claim asylum there. In the days that followed, 25,000 arrived at Munich central station and that number is growing fast. Some trains from Austria have been diverted to other German cities to ease the pressure. Merkel now wants to use her clout to distribute these refugees around Europe — arguing that EU plans to resettle 160,000 may not be sufficient.

The current wave of migration started about 15 years ago, an unforeseen side-effect of globalisation. It has been vastly intensified by the chaos which followed the Arab Spring, and particularly the civil war in Syria. The EU’s responsibility is laid out in the Dublin Convention of 1990, which decrees that refugees must claim asylum in the first European Union country that they reach. This crucial safeguard was torn up by Merkel when her government declared that it will be ‘responsible’ for processing the claims of Syrians. The Dublin rules were made for a reason: to save lives, as well as to protect Europe’s borders. German panic has imperilled both priorities.

The welcome that has been given to refugees in Germany is remarkable. But encouraging these people to continue their journey is risky. The 71 refugees found dead in a lorry on an Austrian motorway last month might still be alive today had they ended their journey in Budapest. Some 7,000 refugees are estimated to have passed through Vienna during one day this week, but fewer than 100 claimed asylum there, choosing instead to head on north. Austria is rich, but Merkel’s promise exerts such a pull that people don’t want to stop until they reach Germany.

The distinction between refugee and economic migrant is also being elided. Many of the Syrians making this journey are fleeing war, but many others are fleeing camps in neighbouring Jordan or Turkey. The incentive to do this is growing, because life there is becoming harsher. As Michael Moller, the head of the UN’s Geneva office, warned this week, these millions will ‘get up and leave and come to Europe’ unless conditions in the camps improve. Iraqis are also joining in; extra flights are being laid on from Baghdad to Turkey as people go on the move in the belief that Merkel has created a window of migration opportunity that may not last. It is at this point that the distinction between refugee and immigrant, on which European law is based, breaks down.

The economic pull is exacerbated because, unlike in previous times, the residents of the refugee camps have access to mobile phones and information. They know that Germany has said it expects to accept 800,000 asylum-seekers this year (a figure greater than the population of some EU members). They will have heard about — or seen — the welcome being given to refugees arriving there, the reception committees and the politicians holding placards saying ‘refugees welcome’. All of this will encourage many more to embark on the perilous journey to Europe.

The European Union’s energies would be far better spent improving life in the camps and finding ways to allow people to work there, as Professor Paul Collier suggested in these pages last month. The camps should be properly funded. The UNHCR claims it currently has a $795 million funding gap in its Syrian operation. France has given a fraction of what Britain has to this work, which puts a rather different perspective on François Hollande’s insistence that Britain must take on more of the refugee burden. No country in Europe has given more to the refugee camps than Britain.

Another danger of Merkel’s open-door policy is that it may make Syria’s recovery from civil war harder. By accepting those who have managed to make it to Europe, rather than those still in the camps, Germany is, intentionally or not, cherry-picking the more prosperous members of what used to be Syrian society, those who have sufficient resources to pay the traffickers. Without them, their ravaged country is far less likely to make a recovery once the fighting eventually stops. As the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius warned this week, ‘If all these refugees come to Europe or elsewhere, then Isis has won the game.’

Compounding Merkel’s folly is her desire to impose mandatory refugee quotas on the rest of the EU. (Britain won’t be part of this, we are one of the countries with an opt-out.) Forcing countries to accept refugees they don’t want is bound to boost support for populist anti-immigrant parties. German public opinion might be strikingly liberal on these issues — it is important to remember that, before her recent announcements, Merkel was being criticised for not doing enough to help — but opinion in other European countries is far less so. Strong-arming recalcitrant eastern European countries into taking a significant numbers of refugees will push politics to the nationalist right in these countries. In France, Marine Le Pen has already been making political hay out of Merkel’s actions.

Given the disaster unfolding on the continent, it’s odd to see Britain coming under pressure to become more like Germany. The Prime Minister’s decision to accept refugees from the camps, rather than send thousands more into the hands of people traffickers, seems to demonstrate a better understanding of the issue. To criticise the Prime Minister for not taking those refugees who have already reached Europe is bizarre; it seems to play into the hands of the people-traffickers, who would be pushing for their customers — those who have reached Europe — to be given priority over those who are still on the Syrian border.

Many in Cameron’s circle are furious at Merkel. There is a suspicion that, as one of the Prime Minister’s confidants puts it, ‘This has more to do with what happened in Europe 70 years ago than what is happening today.’ There is also anger at the criticism being directed at London from other European capitals. One Downing Street figure says that if Britain were not supporting the camps on Syria’s borders, at least a million more people would be coming to Europe. And we should remember those who aren’t even in the camps, those who have been forced from their homes but remain trapped inside Syria.

To save lives, Europe needs to stop people from thinking that if they take the risk of trying to cross into the European Union, then they will be able to claim asylum. This means turning around the boats that attempt the journey, and paying for processing stations in Turkey and Egypt. This may be hard, but there is nothing compassionate about giving desperate people false hope.

Britain can be the voice of sanity in this debate, while others panic. Cameron can point out that refugees and migrants who are already in Europe are not in imminent fear for their lives. Those gathered at Calais trying to cross the Channel might have once fled Syria, Somali or other war-torn countries — but they are now risking their lives to leave France, which is another matter entirely.

Merkel’s actions, now, will be hard to correct: her words cannot be unsaid. She has exacerbated a problem that will be with us for years, perhaps decades. More than 40 per cent of those who applied for asylum in Germany in the first half of this year came from the former Yugoslavia; the last of its wars ended 14 years ago. Handling all of this correctly will require true statesmanship, which means thinking through consequences. Merkel is failing that test spectacularly.

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Insane asylum
Adam Garfinkle
Germany’s warm welcome to Syria’s refugees is earning the country good press, but it may also be sowing the seeds of long-term agony.
The American interest
September 12, 2015

I happened to be in Germany when the current refugee/asylum crisis struck. Indeed, for about a week I was in Berlin, the capital, in the Kreuzberg section of town, which happens to be about as multicultural as any thirty square block area in Germany. I did a “brown bag” seminar, as they are called, at the Aspen Institute, and also lucked into a fairly long meeting with an old friend who now works as a special assistant to the German President, Joachim Gauck. All anyone wanted to talk about, really, was the refugee crisis, and the first feeling that came to the fore was how proud—indeed astonishingly so—everyone was at the outpouring of welcome encouragement, volunteerism, and outright nobility on display in Munich and elsewhere around (most of) the country. Even columnists in Handelsblatt were blushing with pride.
Sober souls, my old friend among them in the 1994 “disappearing” black office building right next to Bellevueschloss, the President’s sprawling office complex, are counting mounting costs and waiting for the next shoe to drop. They know it will, even as they share in the wonderment that refugees far away in the Middle East could think of Germany as a country of hope. Few people say it out loud, but it’s the image of Germans welcoming “others” on in-bound trains from the east—from Hungary, very telegenically, when I was there—that arrests their attention. What a contrast with the pictures of other Germans in an earlier time shipping “others” to the east, on out-bound trains, to places like Treblinka and Auschwitz.Germans say they have an identity problem, and so they do. It’s mainly because they believe it to be so, in other words. But there are also reasons beyond self-perception. This is neither the time nor place to go into why this is, but certainly what has happened in recent days has transformed the question of Germans’ self-image. It hasn’t answered the question, but it has rephrased it in what most take to be a felicitous way. It goes something like this: We may not know exactly who we are, but whoever we are, we’re better people that we have feared we might be. We believed we could change. Now we see, at an unexpected moment of testing, that we have changed. The earth no long trembles beneath our feet as much as it did even a month ago.That is the sense of things, as I observed it, and it seems to me, further, to be infusing in the German elite a greater sense of self-confidence and willingness to lead within European affairs—at least for the time being. It has certainly transformed Chancellor Merkel from an austerity scold to someone with what we could call, for lack of a better phrase, abundant moral capital in a part of the world that values such a thing far more than it does other virtues of leadership.What sort of sound is that other shoe going to make when it finally does drop? Truth be told, the German leadership—and the EU leadership as well, with Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg in the lead—are planting the seeds for long-term agony. That agony will comes in three forms: the economics of the welfare state; the self-blinding politics of multiculturalism; and security.As to this third matter, DNI General James Clapper’s warning earlier this week, that this surge of Arabs into Europe is a security nightmare in the making, is surely correct. I tried to express this at a dinner in Warsaw on Tuesday evening, with an assortment of Poles, Germans, Norwegians, Brits, a Ukrainian, and some miscellaneous others present. I predicted that within five years Poland will be forced to erect passport control at airports for incoming European flights. (In case you are not aware, dear reader, there are none now. We flew from Berlin to Warsaw by way of Munich, and when one lands there is simply no passport control at all—meaning that any non-EU national who can get into Germany and pay for a ticket to get to Poland can indeed fly to Poland without anyone so much as asking his name or how long he intends to stay.) They all said I was wrong, but just a few days ago look what the Danes did: They basically sealed the border to rail and road traffic from Germany. And they were right to do it. If only a tenth of one percent of these Arabs are now or are later turned toward salafi-based political violence for any number of reasons we can all think of, then Germany will have a problem that will shred its esteemed privacy laws to bits, whether Germans like it or not.I confess I do not understand Juncker’s thinking. With the Schengen Zone in effect, what is to keep arriving refugees in the place to which they are originally assigned—assuming for a moment that some form of his share-the-burden scheme is agreed to? After a year or a month or in some cases even a few days they can pick themselves up and come to Berlin if they so desire, can’t they? Even if they are not supposed to, they will do it anyway—and who is going to stop them now? What Germans, in the mood the country is now in, are willing to shove them on a train against their will heading back east? (Imagine what those photos would look like . . . some ass will surely airbrush “Arbeit macht frei” into the pictures.) Why would a Syrian family want to stay in Poland, where nearly everyone quietly hates them, when they can come to Berlin, where nearly everyone, in public anyway, professes to love them?Meanwhile, the moral hazard problem is getting out of control. The word is out in Syria, and Iraq, and Lebanon, and among Palestinians in various places: They see the pictures, they send the men, then comes family reunification, and the next thing you know, in as little as a year or two, there could be five million Levantine Arabs (and a smattering of Kurds) clotting about in German cities.I do not wish to delve into the economic side of the story. The numbers are too soft in every sense, and I am not very good at the bean-counting business. I will only note that many Germans seem to think that the Levantine Arabs now entering their country by the hundreds of thousands will act like their Gastarbeiter Turks. They are in for a shock. Many also think that they’re getting the cream of the educated crop from Syria. I heard several observers note that the people coming are young men, coming not directly from Syria but from camps in Jordan and Turkey. They are presumed to be engineers, doctors, and the like, and given Germany’s age-cohort imbalanced demographic picture, the consensus among the saintly is that they will boost the German economy in the not-too-distant future. This means that they know not the first thing about the real status of education in the Arab world. Only a tiny percentage of these asylum seekers are well enough educated to hold down a middle-class enabling professional job in an economy like Germany’s.So the sound of the other shoe will consist of gunfire and bombs, most likely, and the telltale sucking sound of cash exiting the coffers of the still very generous but increasingly fiscally fragile German welfare state. And what of the politics?The Left’s normative seizure of Germany is truly amazing. Even the Chancellor, who by German standards is far from a raving leftist, appears to firmly believe that everyone must be a multiculturalist for moral reasons, and that all people who want to preserve the ethno-linguistic integrity of their communities—whether in Germany or in Hungary, Poland, and elsewhere—are acting out of base motives. One even sees self-righteous criticism of the Australians now in the German press. The German leadership’s understanding of its moral obligation is without qualification against contingency; they refuse to limit in any way the number of asylum seekers who can be taken into Germany, or the speed with which they may come. But more in Europe—a place of bloodline nationalisms compared to the U.S. creedal version—than in the United States there is a moral basis, too, for a community’s own sense of self-determination, which presumes the right of self-definition and self-composition. That is not racism in Europe any more than nervousness about immigrants is racism here in the United States. Wanting one’s own community to be a certain way is not aggressively or actively prejudicial against others, any more than declining to give money to a beggar on a city street is morally equivalent to hitting him in the head with a crowbar. It is simply preferring the constituency of a high-social trust society, from which, social science suggests, many good things come: widespread security, prosperity, and a propensity toward generosity being prominent among them.It is, in my view, better morally to respect the dignity of difference than it is to try to expunge it though the mindless homogenization of humankind, which is the unstated premise at the base of the “thinking” of much of the EU elite. What better way to get rid of pesky nationalism than to get rid of nations, eh? One can hardly blame contemporary Germans for this sort of thinking, for their own nationalism turned out to be rabidly illiberal at one point in their history. But it is nonetheless an error of moral reasoning. Asylum seekers distort the moral choice with the intensity of their need, and their innocence; but the point is that what we see in Western Europe is not a case of what is moral versus what is base, but two kinds of rights, incommensurate (à la Isaiah Berlin) as they are, clashing. This basic truth seems to have gone missing in Germany lately, and, unfortunately, its expression in Hungary comes from a man who is toxic morally and opportunistic as well, and so gives that side of the argument a very bad name.What the Europeans are doing, under the aegis of the European Union, but really at the instigation of Germany most of all, will have two basic political effects. First it will split the EU east and west, possibly even more bitterly than the economic woes of the past five years have split north and south. Indeed, it is doing so already. Second, it will reshape politics within most, if not all, West European countries.As to the former effect, think about Poland for just a moment. When Poland re-emerged into independence after World War I, it was a highly heterogeneous place. And that was troublesome for nearly every community involved, to put it mildly. The situation of most other Central and East European states was roughly comparable. Thanks to World War II and then the Russian insistence on a postwar territorial settlement of a westward-displaced kind, far more homogenous states emerged from the bloodbath. Poland today is vastly more homogeneous, both in ethno-linguistic and sectarian terms, than it ever was, and Poles by and large seem quite happy with the current situation—and they are doing well as a post-Warsaw Pact, post-communist society by most measures partly because of it. Why should they jump for joy when Mr. Juncker and the Commission in Brussels tell them that all this needs to end? They clearly are not jumping for joy, and the pressure from without is bound to help President Duda’s party in next month’s parliamentary elections.To Poland’s west we are about to witness the biggest boon for right-wing xenophobes since the 1930s. All this moral unction reminds me of the reality-challenged 1920s in Europe, which gave rise to the very ugly 1930s (and yes, there will be a sharp economic downturn to speed the effect; it’s already begun, in China, because we have allowed a half dozen major regional business cycles with their own, often balancing-out, dynamics to coalesce into one huge global business cycle), and we all know what happened next. How is the thinking in Berlin now different in essence from the calamity of Kellogg-Briand and Locarno? It is downright Kantian: The ethereal categorical imperative über alles. It also seems to me very Christian in the sense that it represents a tilt of intentions over consequences—and Kant was, remember, a Lutheran Pietist, so we know where his basic intellectual urges came from. Indeed, the denizens of the German Left seem to me a very religious people, only they think they’re secularists just because a clutch of proper names has changed, and they don’t often go to church anymore, but rather collect for the functional equivalent of communal worship in political meetings, university seminars, and protest rallies.For all this we can blame the Nazis, because the moral ricochet over time is clear, and it is in many ways very noble. It’s nice that the Germans want to be moral, charitable, hospitable, generous and kind, isn’t it? But absent a heavy doze of Niebuhrian moral realism, they now risk letting dead Nazis derange living thought from beyond the grave. At this point, most sober Germans in the elite strata are worried about money, about what all this will cost. But this is not really about money. It’s about much more important kinds of business, political business ultimately, and politics is trump.I would love to be proved wrong about all this. But the derangement of moral reasoning in Western Europe seems so advanced and deep that it is hard to be optimistic. One fears that if reasonable people do not somehow apply a brake to this wild excess of selfless saintliness, unreasonable people eventually will. And guess who might still be around to cheer, encourage, and perhaps even arm the unreasonable? Yes, Vlad the Putin himself, as he is indeed already doing in a minor key. Putin would love to destroy the European Union and all it stands for, almost as much as he would destroy NATO if he could. There are, regrettably, plenty of European leaders these days who are unwittingly pitching in to help him, and so before very long we could be facing another kind of security problem. That would ultimately be a problem for Americans as well as for Europeans. Doesn’t it always go like that, again, whether we like it or not?Anyway, folks, that’s my slant on this week’s news from Germany and Poland. Darn good beer in both countries, however. So not all the news is bad.

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Thousands of Albanians Flee Aboard Ships to Italy
David Binder
The New York Times
March 7, 1991

WASHINGTON, March 6— For the third time in seven months, thousands of Albanians are fleeing their country, this time by sea as well as by land as the Communist Government sinks into what a resident of the capital called paralysis.

Since Monday, mass departures from the Adriatic ports of Vlora and Durres have been under way, virtually stripping the harbors of seaworthy vessels. A thousand or more ethnic Slavs made their way to the northern frontier, seeking entry to Yugoslavia, while other citizens in the south continue to flee to Greece.

In Tirana, huge crowds tried to storm heavily guarded Skanderbeg Square, site of half a dozen foreign embassies, on the strength of rumors that visas were available. They were driven back by security forces firing warning shots and using tear gas and water cannon, Tirana residents said. Some spoke of casualties, but offered no specifics.

Since May, when President Ramiz Alia began a program of democratization in a country where Communist doctrine held sway for 45 years, Albania has been swept by waves of unrest. The pauses between the waves have grown shorter and shorter. The latest flights are inspired at least as much by severe food shortages as by political fears stirred by arrests in the aftermath of anti-Communist demonstrations that led to bloodshed in the capital last month.

« There is no milk, » a Tirana resident said by telephone this afternoon. A member of the opposition Democratic Party in Vlora said « there is no food in the stores » in that harbor city.

Vlora, a city of about 65,000, is where the latest exodus started several days ago on the basis of rumors that ships were ferrying Albanians 50 miles across the Strait of Otranto to Italy. About 600 Albanians made it across on Tuesday, aboard a rust-spotted tugboat, a Soviet freighter and an Albanian naval tugboat.

Another 600 arrived from the port of Durres this morning aboard a Romanian freighter.

With crowds numbering in the thousands in Vlora and Durres, harbor security forces apparently gave up trying to exercise control, allowing people to swarm aboard vessels and commandeer them for transport to Italy.

Earlier today the vessel Ibridim radioed in midpassage, saying it was crammed with refugees and required assistance. Later, the freighters Tirana and Lirija approached Brindisi purportedly carrying a total of 6,000 Albanians, only to be told by Italian harbor officials to lie offshore until reception centers could be prepared.

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Angela Merkel’s humane stance on immigration is a lesson to us all
The German leader has stood up to be counted. Europe should rally to her side
Will Hutton
The Guardian
30 August 2015

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Saxony state governor Stanislaw Tillich leave after their visit to a refugee shelter that was attacked by far-right protesters over the weekend in Heidenau, eastern Germany. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP
Sunday 30 August 2015 00.04 BST Last modified on Monday 31 August 2015 08.14 BST
The list of horrors swells. Last week, 71 migrants were found asphyxiated in an abandoned truck in Austria to add to the tally of hundreds of migrants drowning almost by the day in the Mediterranean. The few in Calais who die trying to get to Britain are but tragic notes in the margin of an unfolding narrative of death. The migrants know the odds; nonetheless, the UN says in the next few months the numbers will grow to 3,000 every day taking the risk and successfully entering Europe alive.

It is not Britain, the alleged “soft touch”, which is the favoured destination for what is emerging as one of the great movements of people in history, fleeing the mayhem of Syria, North Africa, Afghanistan, Eritrea or northern Nigeria aided and abetted by sinister, organised gangs of people traffickers. Instead, they prefer Germany. In the last 12 months alone, it has received some 300,000 asylum claims, 12 times more than Britain, on top of the immigration it receives within the EU under the freedom of movement rules it defends to the last. During 2015, the number of asylum seekers to Germany is set to rise to 800,000. Germany is becoming a country of immigration, the most popular destination for the global dispossessed.

If this happened here, the hysteria would be overwhelming. Ukip would perhaps have more than 100 MPs in the House of Commons. There would be a huge majority in favour of leaving the European Union. The air would be thick with calls for ever-tighter controls of our borders, the creation of mass detention centres and forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of migrants. British Conservatives and their press allies would be adopting attitudes ominously similar to the darkest periods in European history.

Yet last week, Chancellor Merkel visited a centre for asylum seekers in Heidenau in east Germany where there had been rightwing extremist rioting a few days earlier.

“There can be no tolerance of those who question the dignity of other people,” she said, standing in front of placards accusing her of being the people’s traitor. “There is no tolerance of those who are not ready to help, where, for legal and humanitarian reasons, help is due.”

Confronted by forces that would overwhelm British leaders, the woman the Greek left (and many on the British left who should know better) mistakenly accuse of being the leading advocate of conservative neoliberalism has stood up to be counted. Being the country to which so many want to migrate should be a source of pride, she says. She wants to keep Germany and Europe open, to welcome legitimate asylum seekers in common humanity, while doing her very best to stop abuse and keep the movement to manageable proportions. Which demands a European-wide response. So far, her electorate and her press back her.

Transposed to Germany, British Tories would be adopting attitudes ominously close to the darkest periods of history
She is right and deserving of support from every European. Migration is what we have done since the earliest of times, triggering growth and enlarging our circles of possibility. Whether we’re discussing the Roman or British empires, 15th-century Venice or 20th-century New York or London today, great civilisations and dynamic cities have been defined by being open to immigrants and refugees.

They are, as migration specialist Ian Goldin characterises them, “exceptional people”. Over centuries, as he painstakingly details, it has been immigrants and refugees who have been part of the alchemy of any country’s success: they are driven, hungry and talented and add to the pool of entrepreneurs, innovators and risk-takers. The hundreds of thousands today who have trekked across continents and dangerous seas are by any standards unusually driven. They are also, as Angela Merkel says, fellow human beings. To receive them well is not only in our interests, it is fundamental to an idea of what it means to be human.

But the disruption induced by migration is not all creative: it is disruptive and has downsides. It brings sometimes unwelcome traditions, notably Islamic fundamentalism, although witnesses to the nihilist barbarism of Isis, al-Qaida and the Taliban are least likely to be credulous adherents to global jihad or some mystic caliphate.

Wages are lowered in those low-skill, high-labour turnover occupations that are necessarily migrants’ first port of call; for example, around a fifth of the new jobs in British cafes, restaurants and bars are reckoned now to have been taken by immigrants. Meanwhile, the capacity in schools and hospitals is further stretched. And as immigration sceptic David Goodhart persuasively argues, it makes “host” communities fearful that immigrants are free-riding on social structures built up over decades and for which they have not paid. To ride roughshod over these powerful feelings is to make a cardinal mistake.

Politicians and their electorates now have to make a choice. There is no middle way. The choice is between building walls and electrified fences, creating mass detention centres, organising mass repatriation and conceding to the fear of the other or it is to find a way of sustaining openness while doing the very best that can be done to allay the natural fears and apprehensions of host populations.

Above all, it is to recognise this is a European – even a global – problem. Germany needs Europe to rally to its side. Together with France, Angela Merkel has called for a pan-European response jointly financing appraisal and screening centres in Greece and Italy, co-ordinating reprisals against traffickers and sharing out the numbers of asylum seekers.

Inevitably, the Cameron government has given the initiative the cold shoulder, preoccupied with negotiating a one-sided relationship with the EU in which Britain accepts as few European obligations as possible, but retains all the gains.

If everyone played that game, the whole project would implode. This is a moment for political vision and bravery, not least from the Labour party. Over the years ahead, and in the run-up to the referendum on EU membership, neither Britain or its left can risk having a leader tempted by leaving the EU, the only organisation we have that, however imperfectly, might address this crisis.

Eurosceptic Mr Corbyn, if elected, would have no authority nor place any sustained pressure on the Cameron government to do the right thing at this pivotal moment. He would accelerate our retreat from making common European cause, leaving all the burden to be borne by Germany.

Sustained selfishness in foreign affairs can only work for so long. Britain, within limits, needs to be as open as possible, with a Europe similarly open, and it needs to share the costs. The alternative is too dark to contemplate.

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A look at the numbers behind the stream of refugees flowing into Europe as political leaders struggle to ease the burden. (Jason Aldag/The Washington Post)
The New York Times
September 23, 2015
Moving among the tens of thousands of Syrian war refugees passing through the train stations of Europe are many who are neither Syrian nor refugees, but hoping to blend into the mass migration and find a back door to the West.There are well-dressed Iranians speaking Farsi who insist they are members of the persecuted Yazidis of Iraq. There are Indians who don’t speak Arabic but say they are from Damascus. There are Pakistanis, Albanians, Egyptians, Kosovars, Somalis and Tunisians from countries with plenty of poverty and violence, but no war.It should come as no surprise that many migrants seem to be pretending they are someone else. The prize, after all, is the possibility of benefits, residency and work in Europe.Leaders in Germany and other European states say they are prepared to award asylum to legitimate refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Eritrea, but they are issuing more strident warnings that they will reject many of the economic migrants streaming over their borders.

“What we see here has nothing to do with seeking refuge and safety,” Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said Monday. “It is nothing but opportunism.”

Many of the asylum seekers tell journalists and aid workers that they are from Syria, even if they are not, under the assumption that a Syrian shoemaker fleeing bombed-out Aleppo will be welcome, while a computer programmer from Kosovo will not be.

It is common knowledge on the migratory route that some who are not from Syria shred their real passports in Turkey and simply fake it.

A couple of reporters, one a native Arabic speaker, who wandered through train stations in Vienna found plenty of newcomers whose accents did not match their stories and whose stories did not make sense.

Swimming in the river of humanity are shady characters, too, admitted criminals, Islamic State sympathizers and a couple of guys from Fallujah, one with a fresh bullet wound, who when asked their occupation seemed confused.

“Army,” said one. His friend corrected him. “We’re all drivers,” he said.

The refugees report that a forged Syrian passport can be bought on the Turkish border for as little as $200. A reporter for Britain’s Daily Mail bought a Syrian passport, ID card and driver’s license for $2,000 in Turkey under the name of a real man who was killed in the conflict.

An Austrian security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there are also thriving black markets for Syrian passports in Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria. But most are arriving in Vienna without ever having shown a passport or document to officials, as long as they travel in the stream of asylum seekers. Authorities along the way may ask for names and countries of origin, but they are not scrutinizing documents. Opportunists can easily pass through borders simply claiming to be Syrians, often without offering any proof.

There are enough pretenders that true Syrians complain about ersatz Syrians.

Syrian war refugees said Europe offered a welcome to them but that opportunists will quickly wear out the continent’s welcome, if they haven’t already.

“Look at these people, what are they doing here? We are the ones who are fleeing from war and slaughter, and now these men are taking away our space,” said Mustafa, 62, from Syria. He had stopped to help a woman who had fainted, letting a group of Afghans use the opportunity to cut in line.

“I don’t understand — we thought the Europeans invited Syrians like us to come,” said one of Mustafa’s companions.

Blending in with real refugees

At Vienna Westbahnhof railway station, a tight clutch of men lined up at the ticket windows. Days of rough travel lay behind them. All had one aim: Germany.

When asked by a reporter where they were from, the men answered, “We are from Syria.”

When a reporter switched to the North African dialect, the men laughed nervously. “We are Algerians,” they admitted.

Hamza, 27, is from Algiers. “I am illegal, not refugee,” he said. “In my country, the only thing you can do there is either drugs or crimes. So I was in prison several times, for drugs, also for trying to kill another guy.”

Hamza and his mates went to Turkey because the smuggling route to Sardinia has been shut down.

“We flew to Istanbul and then took a bus to Izmir. There we destroyed our passports and just mixed with the Syrian refugees. We then took the boat from Izmir to Greece. From there to Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and now we are in Vienna,” he said.

Did Hamza feel guilty? Not at all.

“It’s really easy now to travel with these refugees. We received food and shelter, and a nice welcoming from people so far.”

He said he has met Tunisians, Moroccans and Libyans playing the same game.

“So when someone asks us, where do you live? We say Damascus. Where are you from? Answer Syria.”

An Austrian aid volunteer at the train station, Hisham Fares, is of Libyan descent and has worked as an interpreter helping asylum seekers find their way in the present confusion.

“There are people who are trying to benefit from the situation. I’ve met Egyptians who claimed they were Syrians, but the dialect is Egyptian. I’ve also met people from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia or Libya who all are now flying to Istanbul and then go to Izmir where they destroy passports,” Fares said. “I’ve also met Palestinians who live in camps in Lebanon and now claim they were from Yarmouk camp in Syria. Many of them said they have family in Germany and just use this situation to finally get asylum.”

“Most of these people say they’ve lost their passports,” Fares added. “The sad thing is that those Syrians who really are fleeing war will be the ones paying the price.”

Another group of men, standing in line for free food, spoke English among themselves but with an Indian accent.

One said his name was “Hassan.”

“We grew up in Syria; our fathers worked there for many years,” Hassan said.

He had worked in Syria, in a bank, in Damascus, he said.

When a reporter spoke to them in Arabic, the men smiled and said, “No Arabic, only English.” Asked where they lived in Damascus, they couldn’t really say.

They excused themselves and wandered away.

Screening out impostors

Confronting a surge in migrants falsely claiming to be from war-torn nations, European authorities are seeking to bolster screening efforts, particularly at gateway nations such as Greece and Italy.

Ewa Moncure, a spokeswoman for Frontex, the European Union’s border agency, said officials are deploying interpreters to assess accents and are using geographic and other questions to weed out pretenders.

“You have interpreters working with officers, and they are asking questions,” she said. “If someone claims to be from Syria and he can’t say what the currency is or what the main street is in Damascus, there are going to be questions about his claim.”

Frontex, she said, is moving to double its staff in Greece in the coming weeks to at least 140 people, an effort that may help the agency identify more false refugees. Those identified as such, she said, should be detained and processed for rapid deportations.

But Greece has been so overwhelmed by the sheer numbers that many are slipping through.

Most economic migrants and war refugees in Vienna say they have arrived without being photographed, fingerprinted or subjected to biometric measurements. Some of the new arrivals will make claims to stay based on threat of persecution because of clan or religion; others may seek to be reunited with family already in Europe. And some may never try to become legal residents, but live in the shadows.

It will take months to sort out their stories.

Anthony Faiola in Berlin contributed to this report.

5 commentaires pour Crise des réfugiés: Attention, une distorsion peut en cacher une autre (Politicians and media’s irresponsible coverage of current refugee invasion of Europe sparks online backlash of fake, twisted, edited or taken out of context refugee images)

  1. jcdurbant dit :

    WHERE ALL THOSE GREETERS FROM THE TRAIN STATIONS ? (The local press is forbidden to write about it, so we know about it through email)

    Many Muslims are refusing treatment by female staff and, we, women, are refusing to go among those animals, especially from Africa. Relations between the staff and migrants are going from bad to worse. Since last weekend, migrants going to the hospitals must be accompanied by police with K-9 units.

    Many migrants have AIDS, syphilis, open TB and many exotic diseases that we, in Europe, do not know how to treat. If they receive a prescription in the pharmacy, they learn they have to pay cash. This leads to unbelievable outbursts, especially when it is about drugs for the children. They abandon the children with pharmacy staff with the words: “So, cure them here yourselves!” So the police are not just guarding the clinics and hospitals, but also large pharmacies.

    Truly we said openly: Where are all those who had welcomed them in front of TV cameras, with signs at train stations?! Yes, for now, the border has been closed, but a million of them are already here and we will definitely not be able to get rid of them.

    Until now, the number of unemployed in Germany was 2.2 million. Now it will be at least 3.5 million. Most of these people are completely unemployable. A bare minimum of them have no education. What is more, their women usually do not work at all. I estimate that one in ten is pregnant. Hundreds of thousands of them have brought along infants and little kids under six, many emaciated and neglected. If this continues and German re-opens its borders, I’m going home to the Czech Republic. Nobody can keep me here in this situation, not even double the salary than at home. I went to Germany, not to Africa or the Middle East.

    Even the professor who heads our department told us how sad it makes him to see the cleaning woman, who for 800 Euros cleans every day for years, and then meets young men in the hallways who just wait with their hand outstretched, want everything for free, and when they don’t get it they throw a fit.

    I really don’t need this! But I’m afraid that if I return, that at some point it will be the same in the Czech Republic. If the Germans, with their nature cannot handle this, there in Czechia it would be total chaos. Nobody who has not come in contact with them has any idea what kind of animals they are, especially the ones from Africa, and how Muslims act superior to our staff, regarding their religious accommodation.

    For now, the local hospital staff has not come down with the diseases they brought here, but, with so many hundreds of patients every day – this is just a question of time.

    In a hospital near the Rhine, migrants attacked the staff with knives after they had handed over an 8-month-old on the brink of death, which they had dragged across half of Europe for three months. The child died in two days, despite having received top care at one of the best pediatric clinics in Germany. The physician had to undergo surgery and two nurses are laid up in the ICU. Nobody has been punished.

    The local press is forbidden to write about it, so we know about it through email. What would have happened to a German if he had stabbed a doctor and nurses with a knife? Or if he had flung his own syphilis-infected urine into a nurse’s face and so threatened her with infection? At a minimum he’d go straight to jail and later to court. With these people – so far, nothing has happened.

    And so I ask, where are all those greeters and receivers from the train stations? Sitting pretty at home, enjoying their non-profits and looking forward to more trains and their next batch of cash from acting like greeters at the stations. If it were up to me I would round up all these greeters and bring them here first to our hospital’s emergency ward, as attendants. Then, into one building with the migrants so they can look after them there themselves, without armed police, without police dogs who today are in every hospital here in Bavaria, and without medical help.

    http://therightscoop.com/must-watch-whistleblower-doctor-explains-horrific-reality-dealing-with-muslim-invaders-in-germany/#ixzz3oFFWMwaI


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    WHERE ALL THOSE GREETERS FROM THE TRAIN STATIONS ? (The local press is forbidden to write about it, so we know about it through email)

    Many Muslims are refusing treatment by female staff and, we, women, are refusing to go among those animals, especially from Africa. Relations between the staff and migrants are going from bad to worse. Since last weekend, migrants going to the hospitals must be accompanied by police with K-9 units.

    Many migrants have AIDS, syphilis, open TB and many exotic diseases that we, in Europe, do not know how to treat. If they receive a prescription in the pharmacy, they learn they have to pay cash. This leads to unbelievable outbursts, especially when it is about drugs for the children. They abandon the children with pharmacy staff with the words: “So, cure them here yourselves!” So the police are not just guarding the clinics and hospitals, but also large pharmacies.

    Truly we said openly: Where are all those who had welcomed them in front of TV cameras, with signs at train stations?! Yes, for now, the border has been closed, but a million of them are already here and we will definitely not be able to get rid of them.

    Until now, the number of unemployed in Germany was 2.2 million. Now it will be at least 3.5 million. Most of these people are completely unemployable. A bare minimum of them have no education. What is more, their women usually do not work at all. I estimate that one in ten is pregnant. Hundreds of thousands of them have brought along infants and little kids under six, many emaciated and neglected. If this continues and German re-opens its borders, I’m going home to the Czech Republic. Nobody can keep me here in this situation, not even double the salary than at home. I went to Germany, not to Africa or the Middle East.

    Even the professor who heads our department told us how sad it makes him to see the cleaning woman, who for 800 Euros cleans every day for years, and then meets young men in the hallways who just wait with their hand outstretched, want everything for free, and when they don’t get it they throw a fit.

    I really don’t need this! But I’m afraid that if I return, that at some point it will be the same in the Czech Republic. If the Germans, with their nature cannot handle this, there in Czechia it would be total chaos. Nobody who has not come in contact with them has any idea what kind of animals they are, especially the ones from Africa, and how Muslims act superior to our staff, regarding their religious accommodation.

    For now, the local hospital staff has not come down with the diseases they brought here, but, with so many hundreds of patients every day – this is just a question of time.

    In a hospital near the Rhine, migrants attacked the staff with knives after they had handed over an 8-month-old on the brink of death, which they had dragged across half of Europe for three months. The child died in two days, despite having received top care at one of the best pediatric clinics in Germany. The physician had to undergo surgery and two nurses are laid up in the ICU. Nobody has been punished.

    The local press is forbidden to write about it, so we know about it through email. What would have happened to a German if he had stabbed a doctor and nurses with a knife? Or if he had flung his own syphilis-infected urine into a nurse’s face and so threatened her with infection? At a minimum he’d go straight to jail and later to court. With these people – so far, nothing has happened.

    And so I ask, where are all those greeters and receivers from the train stations? Sitting pretty at home, enjoying their non-profits and looking forward to more trains and their next batch of cash from acting like greeters at the stations. If it were up to me I would round up all these greeters and bring them here first to our hospital’s emergency ward, as attendants. Then, into one building with the migrants so they can look after them there themselves, without armed police, without police dogs who today are in every hospital here in Bavaria, and without medical help.

    http://therightscoop.com/must-watch-whistleblower-doctor-explains-horrific-reality-dealing-with-muslim-invaders-in-germany/#ixzz3oFFWMwaI

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  2. jcdurbant dit :

    La réponse à l’invasion musulmane de l’Europe:

    Portez des boxers et dormez nus !

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  3. jcdurbant dit :

    26 YEARS BEFORE MERKEL (‘Schabowski moment’: East German official who accidentally sparked the fall of the Berlin wall dies)

    It’s hard to give an assessment of his significance, because the truth is he became a world-historical figure by accident. He stumbled into a place in history. Schabowski enriched the German language with the idea of a “Schabowski moment. After Merkel said in September than refugees could be accepted, some people were asking whether she had fully understood the consequences of her statement, and whether she had had her own “Schabowski moment ».

    Josef Janning (Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations)

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  4. jcdurbant dit :

    BACK HOME ONLY PROSTITUTES DO THAT (Flesh, alcohol and public affection: Norway teaches Muslim migrants not to rape women)
    « To force someone into sex is not permitted in Norway, even when you are married to that person.”

    Norwegian manual

    « Many refugees “come from cultures that are not gender equal and where women are the property of men. We have to help them adapt to their new culture.”

    Per Isdal (clinical psychologist)

    « People from some parts of the world have never seen a girl in a miniskirt, only in a burqa. When they get to Norway, something happens in their heads.”

    Henry Ove Berg (police chief)

    Norway, like most European countries, does not break down crime statistics by ethnicity or religion. A 2011 report by Norway’s state statistical bureau notes that “immigrants are overrepresented in the crime statistics” but suggested that this was not due to cultural differences but because many of the immigrants were young men …
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/world/europe/norway-offers-migrants-a-lesson-in-how-to-treat-women.html

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  5. jcdurbant dit :

    WHEN GOOD INTENTIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH (How Merkel’s grand, liberal gesture wrecked the European dream)

    ‘Pray for me that I can take revenge on these infidels and go to paradise.’

    Riaz Khan Ahmadzai (aka Muhammad Riyad)

    We have tried to do our best for people like Khan. But already the attitude to migrants is changing. Now we know that atrocities can happen not just in other parts of Europe, but in Germany, too. It is sad for our town, but who can blame the residents for feeling this new way?’

    Sebastian

    ‘A lot of the migrant kids have no identity papers. They say they are aged 14 or 15, but it isn’t true. They are older, with full beards, but pretend to be teenagers. When we workers get suspicious, we tell the people who run the hostel. But they order us to keep quiet because each “child” is worth money to them, paid by the German government to look after unaccompanied minors. It makes you feel a fool. Among Germans there is a huge sense of disappointment about what is happening. We feel we are being taken for a ride by the migrants, and the migration system is making that worse. Of course, not all migrants are bad. But some are here under false pretences and could be dangerous. The Syrians are well-behaved: they learn the language and are focused. But some grown-up Afghans claiming to be migrant children have been here for a year and don’t know one word of German. »

    Migrant hostel worker

    The Germans have no true idea of the type of people who were allowed into their country as a result of their leader Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s doors wide during the biggest migration crisis in Europe since World War II. Certainly, the German Chancellor’s highly controversial move provoked a headlong rush, not only from terror-ridden Syria but from the rest of the troubled Middle East, Africa, South Asia and the Balkans, too. At the time, critics warned — presciently — that Merkel’s eagerness to welcome migrants could wreck the European project. (…) Many migrants to Germany, pretending to be Syrian refugees fleeing for their lives, turned up with no documents and succeeded in slipping into the country because officials were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers at the border. Thousands, including Syrians, lied about their age, saying they were under 18 and without relatives. It was a ruse to get themselves at the front of the queue to claim asylum. At one stage, ten ‘unaccompanied minors’ per hour were entering Germany and the rest of Europe. But one thing is sure: the vast majority of arrivals were from countries with links to Islamic State (IS), which peddles a hatred of the West and its lifestyle.

    in Ochsenfurt, where train attacker Riaz Khan lived in a 36-bed migrant hostel until two weeks ago, many residents are asking why their leader was so foolish as to let someone like him settle among them. For quickly after the attack, it turned out that Khan was a fraud. He said he was 17, but investigators believe he was much older. And though he claimed to be an Afghan refugee fleeing violence, it is thought he was a Pakistani economic migrant. But in the overwhelmed German migration system, his asylum application was not processed, which could have established his identity. He was simply allowed in — and given sanctuary — with few checks made, Bavarian officials have admitted. He had moved from the hostel to live with Roman Catholic foster parents at their detached home in a village near Ochsenfurt earlier this month. There, police have discovered a hand-painted Islamic State flag and a note in an exercise book saying: ‘Pray for me that I can take revenge on these infidels and go to paradise.’ A Pakistani document was found that gave advice on areas to head for in Germany — once he had crossed the border — which were accepting more migrants than others. And a home video showed him brandishing a knife and boasting he was an IS soldier preparing for a suicide mission. Crucially, it gives clues to his true origins. When speaking of Syria, Khan used ‘Sham’ — a word used in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. He chose the term ‘Fauj’ for Army, which is common in Pakistan, but unheard of in Afghanistan …

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3704112/Terrifying-price-Merkel-s-decision-teenage-refugee-s-axe-attack-German-train-passengers-Munich-massacre-grand-immigration-plan-isn-t-looking-grand-days-writes-SUE-REID.html

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