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Obama says nations vow to take in twice as many refugees, by Darlene Superville

Oh good, lots more refugees! Of course, US military and foreign policy is responsible for creating many of them in the Middle East. From Darlene Superville at bigstory.ap.org, h/t reader Mike O’Conner:

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders gathered at the United Nations pledged Tuesday to take in 360,000 refugees next year, President Barack Obama said, roughly doubling the previous year’s allowance in a bid to mitigate the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

The United States said 52 countries taking part in a U.S.-led summit were stepping up to accelerate resettlement and boost financial support for refugees. The White House did not release a full list of participating countries or a breakdown of their pledges, making Obama’s boast of major headway impossible to confirm.

Obama, in an emotional event designed to invoke empathy for the plight of refugees, called it a “crisis of epic proportions” that tested both the international order and the world’s humanity. He drew a parallel to the Holocaust, calling the U.S. move to turn away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany a stain on America’s collective conscience.

“I believe history will judge us harshly if we do not rise to this moment,” Obama said.

The commitments announced Tuesday fell far short of what aid groups say is needed to address the crisis. Some 65 million people around the world have fled their homes because of war or persecution or to seek a better life, including about 21.3 million considered refugees by the U.N. Refugee Agency. Millions of Palestinian refugees are registered with the U.N.

The key driver of the modern crisis has been Syria’s long-running civil war, though large numbers have also fled instability in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In an oblique reference to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has suggested temporarily banning Muslim immigrants, Obama said buying into the notion that Muslim immigrants pose an inherent risk would reinforce terrorists’ propaganda. He said that would send the message that countries like the U.S. were “somehow opposed to Islam.”

“It is an ugly lie that must be rejected in all our countries,” Obama said.

Last week, the White House announced that the U.S. would resettle 110,000 refugees in the coming year, a 30 percent increase over the 85,000 allowed in this year. Obama called on wealthier nations to step up, adding that “we all have to do more.”

The U.S. said countries taking part were also pledging to increase humanitarian aid by $3 billion. China said it was pledging $300 million, while the United Kingdom said it would resettle 20,000 and provide almost $2 billion in aid — a roughly 10 percent bump. Argentina vowed to resettlement of Syrian refugees but said the exact figures would depend on how much global assistance was provided.

“Your compassion will really help these helpless people,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders. “If not us, who can do it?”

Private companies were stepping up, too. The White House said more than four dozen U.S. businesses had pledged $650 million, including Facebook, Twitter, MasterCard, Johnson & Johnson and yogurt maker Chobani.

Meeting with CEOs of some of the companies and actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal, before the summit, Obama welcomed the pledges as more than an “extraordinary gesture of compassion.”

“I want to emphasize that from their perspective this isn’t charity. This is part of their overall mission. It makes good business sense,” he said.

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Associated Press writers Michael Astor and Josh Lederman contributed to this report.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/462623c56c174b9f985f0994331bc919/white-house-51-companies-pledge-650m-refugee-support

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Refugee Crisis: Using Chaos to Build Power, by Alex Newman

From Alex Newman at thenewamerican.com:

BERLIN — A European Union military force with power to intervene in member states. A new “Marshall Plan” to radically redesign whole regions of the world and impose regional government. A United Nations empowered to manage it all. Christendom under siege. And the end of nationhood as it is understood today. That is where the “refugee crisis” is heading, as the engineered disaster wreaks havoc across Europe and beyond. Despite the appearance of chaos, though, it is all by design, with a series of radical goals in mind.

While the establishment’s demands on Europe to accept millions of Middle Eastern refugees have been couched in “humanitarian” rhetoric, the real agenda is nothing of the sort. Rather than helping out their fellow human beings, globalist forces actually created the refugee crisis and the suffering behind it. And they are using it to advance multiple, related agendas — primarily globalism and statism. That the crisis is being exploited to undermine Western culture, national sovereignty, and even nationhood itself is now beyond dispute. Top globalists are openly bragging about it.

“I will ask the governments to cooperate, to recognize that sovereignty is an illusion — that sovereignty is an absolute illusion that has to be put behind us,” declared former Goldman Sachs chairman Peter Sutherland, an ex-member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee who currently “serves” as the UN special representative of the secretary-general for international migration. “The days of hiding behind borders and fences are long gone. We have to work together and cooperate together to make a better world. And that means taking on some of the old shibboleths, taking on some of the old historic memories and images of our own country and recognizing that we’re part of humankind.”

Billionaire globalist and open-borders zealot George Soros, in denouncing European officials trying to control the human tsunami coming across their borders, similarly declared, “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”

In essence, then, the engineered refugee crisis was created and is being used, at least in part, to advance what globalists often refer to in public as “global governance” and their “new world order.” As part of that, even the idea of nationhood is under fire — everybody is just part of “humankind,” as Sutherland put it. And as such, people must be governed by the “Parliament of Humanity,” as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to the dictators club known as the UN last year.

Already, the UN manages a global refugee program via the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This agency decides which refugees will be settled where, including those destined to be settled in the United States at U.S. taxpayer expense. Further clues about the agenda can be found in the fact that the UN refugee outfit was until very recently led by António Guterres, the former president of the powerful global socialist-government-promoting Socialist International, as senior editor William Jasper documented in an October 19, 2015 cover story for this magazine.

There are several elements to the globalist plot as it relates to the refugee crisis.

To continue reading: Refugee Crisis: Using Chaos to Build Power

Be Careful What You Wish For, Angela, by Raúl Ilargi Meijer

From Raúl Ilargi Meijer at theautomaticearth.com:

“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
– Groucho Marx

What is perhaps most remarkable about the deal the EU is trying to seal with Turkey to push back ALL refugees who come to Greece is that the driving force behind it turns out to be Angela Merkel. Reports say that she and temp EU chairman Dutch PM Mark Rutte ‘pushed back’ the entire EU delegation that had been working on the case, including Juncker and Tusk, and came with proposals that go much further than even Brussels had in mind.

Why? Angela has elections this weekend she’s afraid to lose.

It’s also remarkable that the deal with the devil they came up with is fraught with so many legal uncertainties -it not outright impossibilities- that it’s highly unlikely the deal will ever be closed, let alone implemented. One thing they will have achieved is that refugees will arrive in much larger numbers over the next ten days, before a sequel meeting will be held, afraid as they will be to be pushed back after that date.

They may not have to be so scared of that, because anything remotely like what was agreed on will face so many legal challenges it may be DOA. Moreover, in the one-for-one format that is on the table, Europe would be forced to accept as many refugees from Turkey as it pushes back to that country. Have Merkel and Rutte realized this? Or do they think they can refuse that later, or slow it down?

Under the deal, Turkey seems to have little incentive to prevent refugees from sailing to Greece. Because for every one who sails and returns, Turkey can send one to Europe. What if that comes to a million, or two, three? The numbers of refugees in Turkey will remain the same, while the number in Europe will keep growing ad infinitum.

Sweet Jesus, Angela, we understand you have problems with the refugee situation, and that you have elections coming up this weekend, but what made you think the answer can be found in playing fast and loose with the law? And what, for that matter, do you expect to gain from negotiating a Faustian deal with the devil? Surely you know that makes you lose your soul?

You said yesterday that history won’t look kindly on the EU if it fails on refugees, but how do you think history will look on you for trying to sign a deal that violates various international laws, including the Geneva Conventions? You have this aura of being kinder than most of Europe to the refugees, but then you go and sell them out to a guy who aids ISIS, massacres Kurds, shuts down all the media he doesn’t like and makes a killing smuggling refugees to Greece?

To continue reading: Be Careful What You Wish For, Angela

2016 Refugee Level is Eight Times the Rate Witnessed During Same Period Last Year, by Michael Krieger

From Michael Krieger at libertyblitzkrieg.com:

Although everyone watching has been convinced that Europe’s disastrous economy and related debt crisis would be the spark to unravel the European Union project, it appears history has its own plans.

While EU technocrats have demonstrated an uncanny ability to scheme, threaten, kick the can and lie their way around the debt crisis, the migrant crisis will prove to be a much graver threat to the project. Strikingly, all it took was a few weeks of unrelenting migrants crossing into EU borders to put an end what is essentially the only achievement of the European Union — the Schengen system of borderless travel.

Without that, what is the EU really? A collection of nation-states forced by bureaucrats to pretend they are part of an artificial fantasy superstate called Europe? An amalgamation of debt serfs and technocratic overlords? See what I’m getting at?

– From the post: Does the Migrant Crisis Represent the End of the European Union?

Conventional wisdom told us that refugee levels would plunge to a manageable level over the winter months before picking up again in the spring and summer. While they certainly have come down, they appear to be much higher than expected at a shocking eight times the level compared to the same period last year.

The Telegraph reports:

More than 100,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe so far this year – more than eight times the rate seen during the same period in 2015.
Humanitarian organizations have already raised concern about the “huge” numbers and their implications as border controls continue to tighten on the long route to western Europe and the political will to welcome asylum seekers wanes.

Governments and aid agencies hoped that winter weather would slow the tide of flimsy smugglers’ boats being sent from Turkey to Greek islands but Greece alone has received more than 97,000 arrivals since the start of 2016, according to International Organisation for Migration (IOM) figures.

Following several days with no arrivals mainly due to rough seas, a total of 940 migrants were rescued on Monday off the coast of Sicily, most of whom had fled violence in Sub-Saharan Africa and Libya.

Libya. So who can we thank for that debacle? Oh yeah, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Hillary “we came, we saw, he died” Clinton.

To continue reading: 2016 Refugee Level is Eight Times the Rate Witnessed During Same Period Last Year

Coming to a City Near You, by Monty Pelerin

From Monty Pelerin at theburningplatform.com:

Coming to a city near you are Muslim refugees. We know what they are doing in Europe despite attempts to cover up or downplay the incidents. The very fabric of Europe and the EU is threatened by the political insanity of accepting these refugees. (See AP Report.)

Compassion is important, but committing cultural suicide is not a proper way to handle this matter. This confrontation is a clash of civilizations, although in reality there may be only one civilization involved.

The political bet, if it is even thought out as such, appears to be that newcomers can be converted to the 21st Century before they turn Europe into the 7th Century.

This video link shows rioting in Australia. It is not a pretty sight. The sound is difficult, but the rioters are clearly shouting Obama’s name. Best I can tell they are shouting “I love Obama.”

It is easy to say that most Muslims are peaceful. But so are most pit bulls. When there is no way of differentiating between good and bad pit bulls, you keep pit bulls away from yourself and your family. That is only common sense, a commodity that appears to be missing from the political elites around the world.

There is great danger in what is happening. The danger is twofold. First, it manifests itself as terror against peaceful citizens. Second, it will produce a backlash that will turn peaceful citizens into monsters seeking retribution. When government does not provide justice and protection, the demand for these services does not go away. It is met in other ways. Vigilantism has a long history around the world. It will return unless governments deal with this crisis properly.

No one, particularly the Muslim community, should wish for that. Justice is too easily displaced by revenge and innocent Muslims will be targeted for the sins of the barbarians.

The politicians who want to flood their countries with uncivilized hordes will be held accountable. Their decisions are wrongheaded or made with the expectations of improving their own political fortunes. If they think so much of these refugees, they should support them, including having them move in with themselves and their families. Of course that will never happen. Few politicians even live in areas where they come into contact with the rabble they mine for votes.

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2016/02/20/coming-to-a-city-near-you/

 

Sweden: Death By Immigration, by Ingrid Carlqvist

Click through to the article and read the Q&A between The Gatestone Institute and the official at the Swedish Department of Justice, for a chilling example of a bureaucrat blinkering herself. From Ingrid Carlqvist at The Gatestone Institute via theburningplatform.com:

• The atmosphere on Swedish social media is now almost revolutionary. People post videos of themselves accusing the government of murder, of filling Sweden with violent people.
• When Alexandra Mezher was murdered, she was alone in the residence with ten asylum seekers. She was stabbed by one of the “children” she cared for.
• When National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson appeared on the “Good Morning Sweden” TV show, the day after Mezher’s murder, he expressed sympathy for the murderer, but barely mentioned the victim. This sparked frenzied outrage on social media.

Mass immigration is continuing to claim victims in Sweden. Murder, assaults and rape have become everyday occurrences in this small country, with a population just short of ten million, which last year opened its doors to almost 163,000 immigrants. The latest victim is 22-year-old Alexandra Mezher. She was stabbed to death last week by a so-called unaccompanied refugee child at the asylum house where she worked.

Although the massive influx of asylum seekers has decreased drastically since January 4, when Sweden implemented border controls on the Swedish/Danish border, the people who are already here pose a giant problem to municipalities, police and citizens. The police are fighting a losing battle against street crime, as well as daily incidents at asylum houses – general disturbances that include fights, rapes and threats.

The asylum houses are in a state of anarchy. On January 27, police were dispatched to a home for teenagers in Lindås, where a riot had erupted. Policeman Johan Nilsson told the local paper, Barometern:

“One [of the youths] was refused when he tried to buy candy, and got angry with the staff. He gathered some 15 friends, and the staff was forced to lock themselves in while the mob smashed windows and other things. The instigator, supposedly 16 years old, is suspected of having started the riot, and another one is suspected of making unlawful threats and of violent rioting.”

That suspect was later released, after producing a document that stated he was under 15, and thus not criminally responsible.

Another, more serious incident occurred at the asylum house Signalisten in Västerås on January 20. Ten policemen arrived at the facility due to reports of the repeated rape of a 10-year-old boy. The policemen were met by a large mob standing in a corridor, shouting and shaking their fists. The situation escalated to the point where the police were forced to flee for their lives. One of the officers later wrote in his report that it was only due to the presence of a police dog handler that he and his colleagues were able to escape:

“Even more people appeared behind us. I was mentally prepared to fight for my life. We were 10 police officers in a narrow corridor. And I heard someone yell that there is an emergency exit. I felt that we could easily have been outmaneuvered, considering the environment and the number of counterparties.”

The policeman also wrote in his report that he hoped for more training in the future, on “how to handle crowds in confined spaces.”

That the Swedish police are no longer able to do their duty is evident. National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson recently demanded 2,500 more officers and 1,600 more civilian employees for the police, to handle the heightened terror threat and the increased influx of refugees. Considering the length of time needed to train policemen, it will probably be a while before the police can increase its numbers. Eliasson also demanded a budget increase of between 1.8 and 2.8 billion kronor ($214 million – $332 million), because the “migrant situation means a significantly higher workload for the police.”

To continue reading: Sweden: Death By Immigration

The Euro Crisis Is Only Just Beginning, by Harry Dent

From Harry Dent at davidstockmanscontracorner.com:

I’ve been shocked over how much QE and stimulus the central banks have signed on for in the last seven years, but they’re finally starting to reach their limit.

The U.S. already did in 2014 when the Fed finally tapered. And this week, the markets are betting on a rate hike – never mind the trouble brewing in China, other emerging markets, and now Europe.

Good luck with that.

There’s just too much going on in the world suggesting deflation is the real fear, yet the Fed’s betting on 2% inflation to justify a hike. Give me a break!

There’s a reason the Fed has put off raising rates time and time again, and it hasn’t gone anywhere.

The fall in commodities prices is nowhere near its conclusion. That will only continue to ravage emerging nations as those prices continue to fall for several years.

And now Europe has its own troubles that are only getting worse… and could potentially signal the end of the euro and the economic bloc itself.

Recently I explained why the attacks on Paris were such a major issue. It was like the 9/11 wake-up call over here. Sure, our attack was larger. But Europe’s came after the recent terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, and while a massive refugee crisis was already calling everything into question.

This recent escalation in terrorist events, including the Russian Metrojet being bombed, only creates an atmosphere within the euro zone of individual nations re-asserting their own sovereignty over one another. And that includes controlling their own borders and trade flows.

That’s been the major flaw of the euro and the euro zone from the beginning.

These very diverse nations with long histories of shifting alliances and wars don’t really trust each other – they never did. And they’d never fully submit to a fiscal and political union. Greater trade and migration flows were just fine – until something went wrong. Something like the Paris attacks… Russian aggression in the Ukraine…

Or 800,000-plus refugees from Syria and the Middle East, with three million or more still expected to come.

It’s a giant mess! And the refugee crisis specifically is a huge expense to the many European nations accepting them, all while they’re teetering on the verge of recession again.

To continue reading: The Euro Crisis is Only Just Beginning

See also: Europe Is Toast, SLL, 12/2/15