French PM prohibits ‘gender neutral’ government texts

The French government has dismissed “inclusive writing”, an attempt to make French grammar more “gender equal” and less male-oriented by putting the feminine and masculine forms of nouns in the text.

French Prime Mininister Edouard Philippe made the government’s stance clear on “inclusive writing” for the first time by telling ministers he refuses the usage of it in official texts, AFP reported.

In an official circular to be published last month, Philippe issued a ban on such language.

He justified his decision, by saying that their should be an adherence to grammar and syntactic rules. “State administrations must comply with grammatical and syntactic rules, especially for reasons of intelligibility and clarity,” said Philippe.

“Chers lecteurs” means “Dear (male) readers”, but in the French version the phrase is traditionally taken to include female as well as male readers, under grammatical rules that give the masculine form of a noun precedence over the feminine.

He echoed the Academie Francais which recently stated that the gender pronouns put the French language “in mortal danger for which our nation will be accountable to future generations”.

A small but vocal section of the population have lobbied for “inclusive writing” while the Academie Francais – the guardians of the French language – issued a “solemn warning” stating that such moves to meddle with classic French were an “aberration”.

Supporters say its aim to “make women more visible” in texts. They want to alter the grammar rule in French that says “masculine form must prevail over feminine form” to promote gender equality and reduce sexist stereotypes.

In 2015, guidelines drawn up by the Haut Conseil à l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes (HCE) [High Council for equality between women and men] inclusive writing was encouraged to counter “sexism”.

Since the guidelines have been issued, ungrammatical expressions have been creeping into written forms of the language, to curb “masculine dominance”.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo notably preferred to be called Madame la Maire – Mrs mayoress – and not Madame le Maire – Mrs mayor.

But a group of parliamentarians from Les Républicains party wrote to the education minister demanding the practice be banned, comparing it to a form of totalitarianism imagined by George Orwell in his novel “1984”.

The prime minister has written to ministers demanding that ministries avoid inclusive writing, to boost “intelligibility and clarity”, and to make sure that traditional terminology be used in public services because the masculine form is a neutral term applicable to women too.

Édouard Philippe’s office has said the aim is to “end the controversy”.

 

Philadelphia bans bulletproof plexiglass for shop fronts

Philadelphia 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass said that having to see plexiglass represents an “indignity” to her African American constituents and should therefore be banned. Bass is the driving force behind the bill.

Fox News reported that Philadelphia is one step closer to getting rid of bulletproof glass in many of its small businesses. The ban on protection against looters and rioters is being presented “as part of a larger effort to crack down on loitering, public urination and potential drug sales”, but it remains unclear how the ban could contribute to the crackdown.

The city’s Public Health and Human Services Committee passed the bill on Monday enabling the Department of Licenses and Inspections to regulate the bullet-resistant barricades that stand between customers and cash registers, according to FOX29.

According to the bill: “No establishment required to obtain a Large Establishment license … shall erect or maintain a physical barrier that requires the persons serving the food either to open a window or other aperture or to pass the food through a window or other aperture, in order to hand the food to a customer inside the establishment.”

It also calls for larger stores to have bathrooms for customers, creating an additional security problem. The ban has triggered a fierce backlash from worried shopkeepers.

Store owners told FOX29 they feel discriminated against, and numerous shopkeepers are among those protesting the bill.

“If the glass comes down, the crime rate will rise and there will be lots of dead bodies,” Rich Kim, owner of a food outlet said. “The most important thing is safety and the public’s safety.”

But Cindy Bass is more worried about fighting possible “microaggressions” against African Americans than ongoing violent attacks against shop owners. The New York Times recently reported that microaggressions may cause elevated blood pressure.

Philadelphia consistently ranks above the national average in terms of crime, especially in the occurence of violent offenses.

It has the highest violent crime rate of the ten American cities with a population greater than 1 million residents. The city has been included in real estate analytics company NeighborhoodScout’s “Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America” list every year since it has been compiled.

Much of the crime is concentrated in the North, West, and Southwest black areas of the city.

“The highest motive we’re seeing is arguments between people … which can be difficult to anticipate,” Philadelphia police spokesman Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said.

He told NBC news that these arguments were not necessarily between friends, relatives or even people who knew each other. They were “disputes that turn violent,” he said.

During the presidential campaign season, President Donald Trump accused Philadelphia of skyrocketing crime rates, but Mayor Jim Kenney bristled, calling Trump a purveyor of fake facts. But murders in the city were up by 20 percent this year.

 

Only 31 percent of Americans back Jerusalem as Israeli capital

“Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said in a speech.

The international community was almost unanimous in condemning his move. By moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, many negative reactions have followed, as both Palestinians and Israelis claim Jerusalem as their capital.

Trump may be alientaing his 50 million-strong evangelical voter base in the US too. Before his announcement, Trump’s team disseminated the “Jerusalem Prayer” in order to shore up support for the controversial decision, but the announcement to move the embassy does not have popular support across the US population as a whole. A Brookings Institution survey found recently that it has the backing of only 31 percent.

Trump may also actually be hastening America irrelevance in the Middle East, as his decision means that no Arab or Muslim leader can be seen supporting it without risking street riots and major upheavals.

Without victories, without being able to enforce political settlements, and thus without any hopes or enforceable policies to enhance peace, the American/Israeli axis, has no power to negotiate a favourable outcome in the region.

Condemnations came not only from the Arab and Muslim Worlds, but also from the EU with the French President Macron and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier. Both voiced their shock and disappointment.

All 28 EU foreign ministers warned the US chief diplomat Rex Tillerson against moving the US embassy in a face-to-face meeting the day before the president made the announcement, the European Commission revealed.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the EU backed a two-state solution to the long-standing Palestine-Isreal conflict, with Jerusalem as the capital of both parties along 1967 lines.“That would be a gift to the extremists and to those that are not interested in peace,” she said.

The announcement had “the potential to send us backwards to even darker times than the ones we are already living in”.

The South African Council of Churches has described Trump’s announcement as a monumental geopolitical move that could trigger lasting repercussions. The council warned that this move would deepen the Israeli-Palastinian conflict with the US forfeiting its role as a peace broker.

The council’ reverend Malusi Mpumulwana said, “We believe Jerusalem should be resolved as part of the resolution of the two states solution.”

Russian officials and politicians described the move as extremely dangerous and warned of possible aggravation of the Middle East crisis. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that Trump’s decision could destroy the very idea of a peaceful coexistence of the Israeli and Palestinian states.

Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen leader, has described the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the US president as a stab in the back for those who tried to reach a settlement in the Middle East, and a step towards a new war.

Kadyrov said Trump’s decision was in violation of the resolutions passed by the United Nations and several international organisations. He added that the decision deprived Palestinians of the last chance to get an autonomous state.

“How shall we understand the US president’s policy? It is simple – now we lost our last doubts about who had created this terrorist base on the territory of Iraq and Syria in order to establish their ‘new world order’,” he wrote on VKontakte, his Russian socila media page.

“I can state with certainty that by this, to put it mildly, crude decision Trump throws the state of Israel into the abyss of bloody confrontation and puts in under threat of a new, more powerful and organized Intifada. Which means a large-scale war,” Kadyrov concluded.

On Friday, Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces clashed in Jerusalem and the West Bank amid heightened tensions. Violent riots broke out in about 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza.

A 30-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed during clashes in eastern Gaza, Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health said, with more than 300 people injured across the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, 50 of whom needed hospital treatment.

In Gaza, a 54-year-old Palestinian man died from injuries sustained during an Israeli airstrike, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, quoting the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Fifteen people were injured, the news agency reported.

The international community has not recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and no foreign countries have based their embassies in the city.

 

World Supremacist George Soros Funding and Colluding with Treasonous Amnesty International to Break Irish Law in Abortion Referendum

Globalist Amnesty Intl. risks a criminal probe after taking Soros funds for pro-abortion campaign in Ireland and could face criminal charges after an Irish regulatory body found that it broke the law by accepting a donation from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation for an abortion rights campaign.

Having recently pumped 18 Billion dollars into his anti democracy Open Society, for the anti Nation State war chest, one must ask the question about how much money is being spent on subversive activities in Western Nation States by this World Supremacist? 

Ireland’s Standards in Public Office Commission informed the human rights organisation that it had breached Irish law by accepting funds from a foreign donor and may face criminal investigation, Amnesty International Ireland said in a statement.

The organisation defended its traitorous actions by claiming that the €137,000 grant received from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) last year was used to support a campaign to ensure abortion laws in Ireland comply with human rights.

In a self appointed role of Judge and Jury and Lawmaker, Amnesty has claimed the law is draconian and defiantly stated it would not comply with the order to return the funds. Clearly they are a foreign organisation trying to influence politics in Ireland – classic George Soros modus operandi. In fact it appears they will be getting more money from Soros to spend on lawyers:

“Amnesty International will not be complying with the instruction from the SIPOC and will deploy every means at its disposal to challenge this unfair law,” traiterous Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, Colm O’Gorman said acknoledging their willingness to break the law of the land..

Pro-life campaigners have expressed outrage at Amnesty’s refusal to comply with the law tweeting that “Amnesty say they will break the law and take funds from George Soros to push abortion referendum.  ”

Life Institute Tweeted:

and adding his voice to the outrage was John McGuirk who put it in a nutshell:

Earlier this year, it emerged that three organisations including the Abortion Rights Campaign and Amnesty International had received funds from the Open Society Foundation.

The Abortion Rights Campaign were ordered by SIPO to return the funds or face criminal investigation – an order they duly complied with, however, no such order was made against Amnesty International.

The organization said it was using the grant to carry out opinion polling and “research into models of abortion law reform that might bring Ireland into compliance with its international human rights obligations” – an explanation apparently accepted at the time, reported The Irish Times.

Anti democratic and Treasonous Amnesty International is now calling on the Irish government to urgently amend the Electoral Act as it restricts their access to funding.

Soros’ Open Society Foundation is the second largest charity in the US and said to be the most influential around the globe. It has been accused of undermining democracy in several countries over the last few decades…

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See also: Youngest World Leader Bans George Soros’s Foundations From Austria


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The rise of ‘new realism’ in the Low Countries

Both the Netherlands and Flanders have seen big political changes over the last decade or so. The theme of immigration has come to define the dividing line of politics in the Low Countries, with most establishment parties defending a laissez-faire policy towards immigration while the newer parties are implacably opposed to it.

Geert Wilders’ support grows

Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party (Partij Voor de Vrijheid) has become world-famous as a staunch opponent of Islamic migration to the West. The Dutch are a frank people who speak their minds, and therefore Wilders has never made any bones about his opposition to Islam. In February this year, he told the newspaper USA Today:

– Dutch values are based on Christianity, on Judaism, on humanism. Islam and freedom are not compatible. You see it in almost every country where it dominates. There is a total lack of freedom, civil society, rule of law, middle class; journalists, gays, apostates — they are all in trouble in those places. And we import it.

Geert Wilders. Photo: Wiki

Due to his outspoken criticism of Islam, Wilders has received literally thousands of death threats. He is constantly protected by six plainclothes policemen and lives in a bullet-proof house provided by the state, which includes a panic room. He is driven from his home to the Dutch parliament, or Tweede Kamer, in an armoured police vehicle and has to wear a bullet-proof vest at all times while in public.

Terror brought to your home

There have been two high-profile assassinations of public figures in the Netherlands, which until that time was seen as a tolerant, safe, easy-going society. In the early nineties, government ministers could still be seen commuting in The Hague by bicycle. However, the assassinations changed all of that and made the authorities take death threats seriously. The first was that of Pim Fortuyn on 4 May 2002. The flamboyant Fortuyn was the father of the “new righ” movement in the Netherlands, an ex-Marxist sociologist, homosexual and prolific author of some nine books. The second high-profile case was that of film maker Theo van Gogh, on 2 November 2004.

Geert Wilders’s right-hand man and sometime speech writer, Martin Bosma, told me recently that especially Van Gogh’s murder had a profound effect on him.

– I grew up in a left-wing, Labour Party-supporting home. Until that moment, I was inclined not to question things too much. But he was killed by a Muslim on the sidewalk in the Linnaeusstraat, not even a hundred metres from where I live. It brought the reality home to me.

Over the past few years, Bosma has written at least two books, one on Dutch politics and one on South Africa. He is also working on a Ph.D. thesis describing the Dutch role in fostering a “people’s war” in South Africa that killed 20 000 people.

The Freedom Party is now the second biggest party in the the Dutch parliament Tweede Kamer, the equivalent of the British House of Commons under the monarchy. The party has twenty seats out of a total of 150. The largest party is the centre-right VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy), with 33 seats. The VVD was barely able to form a new coalition government after 225 days of protracted negotations — the longest in Dutch history. The so-called Third Mark Rutte Cabinet came finally into being on 26 October. In order to exclude the Freedom Party from government, Rutte had to form a coalition with the left-wing D66 party, as well as two small Christian parties.

The traditional Labour Party or Partij van de Arbeid is following the general downward trend of most European socialist parties. During the elections in March 2017, it crashed to only nine seats in the Second Chamber, its poorest score in recent memory.

Thierry Baudet attracts the youth

One of the rising stars in Dutch politics is the youthful Thierry Baudet, 34. With his good looks and French-Huguenot name, he took the plunge, formed his own party, the Forum for Democracy, and got two MPs elected in March. However, a recent Ipsos poll showed his party rising in popularity to the equivalent of twelve seats in parliament.

Thierry Baudet. Photo: Wiki

He specifically targets the youth, writing books and holding rallies or debates on campuses. During an interview in Amsterdam in the end of November, he claimed that his party had 20 000 paid-up members:

– The other parties do not have members and no income from their supporters. They depend on government hand-outs for money. We took a different route and recruited members who pay a subscription. We publish books and, where necessary, we even give books away to young people to set them thinking.

According to his recent book, Breek het partijkartel (“Break the party cartel”) the mainstream parties form “cartels” so as to exclude competition. He supports the idea of referenda to “re-establish political balance”. In his book he writes: “We must broaden the possibilities for direct popular influence in the Netherlands.”

The Dutch Freedom Party defines its ideology as “new realism”, which it described during its first election campaign as “a new and stronger liberalism, with more attention to culture, tradition and morality”.

In the Netherlands, it is still possible to speak your mind

As in France, the rise of right-wing parties in the Netherlands is sustained by an extra-parliamentary, intellectual movement. An article in the magazine Vrij Nederland named five blogger intellectuals as the “chasers of the new right”: Sietske Bergsma, Wierd Duk, Timon Dias, Geerten Waling and Machteld Zee. All of them have a strong online presence, and write books on topics such as Islam, immigration and Dutch identity.

Another prominent literary and political figure is Joost Niemöller, 60, a seasoned journalist and author of at least twelve books. Although a mainstream journalist during most of his career, he has in recent years gone over to the alternative movement and is supportive of Geert Wilders’s positions. On Twitter, he has also expressed his admiration for Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán.

What distinguishes the Netherlands from many other countries in Europe, is that figures on the right have not been ostracised or banished from the mainstream media. Martin Bosma of the Dutch Freedom Party regularly appears on television, for example, or writes opinion pieces in daily newspapers. He has also been appointed by the Second Chamber as chairman of the interparliamentary commission of the Taalunie, an umbrella organisation that manages Dutch language interests in both the Netherlands and Flanders.

Amsterdam City Center. Photo: FWM

 

Unlike for the Vlaams Belang in Belgium, there has been no cordon sanitaire around the Freedom Party or the Forum for Democracy, although the party “cartel” excludes the newcomers from any influence. The Netherlands has a long tradition of tolerance and free speech which has helped the “new realism” of the Freedom Party to establish itself.

Vlaams Belang did the hard work – now run over

In Flanders, historically known as the “Southern Netherlands”, things have not been so easy. Belgian socialists watched the formation of the original Vlaams Blok (Flemish Block) in 1978 under its founding leader Karel Dillen with alarm and sought ways to curtail its participation in Belgian politics. The Vlaams Blok campaigned on two major issues: Flemish nationalism, which would lead to Flemish autonomy within a confederal Belgium, as well as anti-immigration. The Vlaams Blok made a breakthrough dubbed by its opponents as “Black Sunday” in the 1991 general election. In that election, the Vlaams Blok went from two to twelve seats in the Chamber, and from one to five seats in the Senate, prompting the Belgian political establishment to seek reasons to ban it. A so-called cordon sanitaire agreement had already been signed by the major parties in 1989 agreeing never to enter into a coalition with the Vlaams Blok and also “never making immigration a political issue”.

During the 2004 parliamentary elections, the Vlaams Blok became the most popular party in Flanders, with one in four members of the electorate supporting it. However, shortly afterwards a Belgian court ruled that some of the NGOs associated with the Vlaams Blok had violated Belgian anti-racism laws in the 1990s because they had suggested in their publications that immigrants should be sent to separate schools and that employers preferring to use non-European workers should pay a special tax. As the party was at risk of losing its state funding and rights to be heard on public radio and television during elections, it chose to disband on 14 November 2004. The current Vlaams Belang was formed five days later under essentially the same leadership, with Filip Dewinter as its chief ideologist and Frank Vanhecke as chairman.

Belgian politician Filip Dewinter. He is one of the leading members of Vlaams Belang. Photo: FWM

 

From 2010 onwards, the Vlaams Belang became a victim of its own success. Having largely changed public opinion among the Flemish in favour of more autonomy and less immigration, it was outflanked on the right by the newly formed Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (New Flemish Alliance). The latter party adopted the main elements of the Vlaams Belang ideology and program, but couched it in slightly softer tones, so as to appeal to the mainstream media and electorate. The result has been that the New Flemish Alliance has now grown to be the biggest party in Flanders under the leadership of Bart de Wever, the current mayor of Antwerp. It also participates as a coalition partner in the current Michel government in Belgium, with three ministers in the federal cabinet.

The main difference between the Vlaams Belang and the New Flemish Alliance is that the former is a Euroskeptic party opposed to the current EU system, whereas the latter is pro-Union, preferring to see Flanders’s future as a gradually more autonomous region within a federal Europe that will weaken the central Belgian state.

One Flemish Nation

The Dutch language has 22 million speakers in Europe, with 16 million in the Netherlands and 6 million in Flanders. As an economic unit, the area is already strongly integrated with interministerial cooperation between the Netherlands and the Flemish Area of Belgium. The Language Union is but one example. There is also a “General Delegate of the Flemish Government in the Netherlands”, a diplomatic post currently occupied by Axel Buyse. During the World Wars, there was a strong movement for a “Greater Netherlands” which would unite the two territories under one state and which might even include portions of Northern France or French Flanders that used to be Dutch-speaking as well and where the architecture of some towns still betray a common history. Many people at the time hoped that Germany would support the idea but the Nazis opted for a “Germanization of the Netherlands and Belgium” which would have included adopting High German as language.

Thierry Baudet has already come out in support of an independent Flemish state that would be free to choose its destiny, including greater integration within the Netherlands.

Another common theme that has arisen over the past year or more among members of the New Right or New Realist movements in the Low Countries, is concern over the situation of South Africa’s Afrikaner minority who speak Afrikaans, a language derived from seventeenth-century Dutch. Both Martin Bosma of the Freedom Party and Thierry Baudet of the Forum for Democracy have recently made statements on Twitter suggesting that their human rights should be respected, amid reports of farm murders and other atrocities in South Africa. The Vlaams Belang in Belgium has always maintained strong relations with Afrikaners, with Filip Dewinter often receiving Afrikaner delegations in Brussels.

 

Brussels to sue Czechia, Hungary and Poland over quotas

Brussels announced in September 2015 that a 160 000 migrants stranded in Italy and Greece, already struggling with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants that year, would be relocated to other EU members. The decision was forced through despite the objections of four member states.

But the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have refused to take in great numbers over the last two years. The EU’s executive Commission has sought reasons for their refusal, but maintain that it has been given no “satisfactory explanations” Fox News reported.

The Commission has escalated its legal action against the governments of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic Their cases are now being referred to the European Court of Justice.

It announced on Thursday that the three “remain in breach of their legal obligations” and have not been forthcoming in pledging assistance.

“The replies received were again found not satisfactory and three countries have given no indication that they will contribute to the implementation of the relocation decision”, the Commission stated.

Since the quotas were introduced, Hungary has not participated in relocation, Poland has made no plegde since December 2015, while the Czech Republic has not relocated anyone since last August.

Earlier this year, the ECJ dismissed Hungary and Slovakia’s complaints that the quota system was illegal.

The ECJ, the EU’s highest court, has launched two other controversial legal matters against Hungary: its higher education law against a Soros institution as well as its law on foreign-funded NGOs, also aimed at Soros-funded meddling.

The Commission’s legal proceedings over Hungary’s asylum law came after they issued a formal request for Budapest to comply with EU law. It said Budapest’s response to a Commission letter expressing concerns about the law was “found to be unsatisfactory as it failed to address the majority of the concerns”.

 

Every 2 US migrants bring 7 relatives study shows

Previously unreleased data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show that the number of foreign relatives who enter the US thanks to a family member, has resulted in what is known as “chain migration”.

Breitbart quoted data showing that chain migration is the largest driver of legal immigration, with every two new immigrants bringing seven foreign relatives with them into the country, which amounts to more than 70 percent of the current influx of foreigners.

Between 2005 and 2016, some 9.3 million foreign nationals entered America as chain migrants for no other purpose than to reunite with extended family members. In that same time period, a total of 13.06 million foreign nationals officially arrived through the legal immigration system.

Currently, the number of immigrants to the US allowed on the basis of their skills and employment, are very low. Only one in 15 foreign nationals are admitted in this way. Even though 150 000 employment-based Green Cards are allotted every year, half of those Green Cards actually go to the foreign relatives of employees.

It is the first time that the agency has ever released DHS data on chain migration statistics, which has been broken down to show the country of origin from which foreign nationals arrive to the US.

Mexico sends more chain migrants to the US than any other country. In the last decade, 1.7 million chain migrants have entered the country via Mexico, with the average Mexican immigrant bringing roughly six foreign relatives with him or her.

“After President Trump announced the end of the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, both political establishments have scrambled to come up with a plan that gives amnesty to nearly 800 000 to 3.5 million illegal aliens who have been shielded from deportation or are eligible for the DACA program,” Breitbart noted.

The amnesty deal could trigger even more chain migration over the next decade, if an end to chain migration is not a part of the deal.

It could potentially bring up to 19 million new foreign nationals to the US if the loophole is not covered soon.

A study from 2016 census data by the Center for Immigration Studies found that the average illegal immigrant household receives $1 261 more in welfare than the average American household.

Some 51 percent of all immigrant-headed households received some form of federal welfare, a rate 21 percent higher than native households, 30 percent of which received some sort of benefit. But immigrants from Central America and Mexico draw the most from the welfare system: $8 251, a sum 86 percent higher than average native households.

The greater consumption of welfare dollars by immigrants can be explained in large part by their lower level of education and larger number of children compared to natives. Over 24 percent of immigrant households are headed by a high school dropout, compared to just 8 percent of native households. In addition, 13 percent of immigrant households have three or more children, vs. just 6 percent of native households.

 

UK: Dangerous contradiction towards returning jihadists

According to Micheal Heaver, of the 850 estimated ISIS supporters who have gone from Britain to Syria or Iraq, half or some 425 are said to have returned.

“To put this into perspective, whilst over 1 900 have gone from France to support the Islamic State, far less, 271, have been allowed to return,” says Heaver.

Germany has registered an estimated 915 jihadists leaving the country to join the side of the now largely crushed Islamic State’s positions in Syria and Iraq. Around 300 have returned.

This means that Britain has seen fewer jihadists leave this country to go and support Islamic State abroad, but more have allowed back into the country.

“As it stands, the UK now has more returning ISIS jihadis in our country than any other in Europe,” Heaver said.

“We know this thanks to a report authored by Richard Barrett, a former Director of counter-terrorism at MI6, who is now at the Global Strategy Network. It is his report, ‘Beyond the Caliphate: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees’, that brings all of the numbers together in one place.

“The report makes an obvious judgement call: ‘While returning Foreign Fighters have not as yet added significantly to the threat of terrorism around the world, the number of attacks inspired or directed by the Islamic State continues to rise. All returnees, whatever their reason for going home, will continue to pose some degree of risk.’

“To have a handful of battle-hardened jihadis come back to Britain would be one thing. An argument could be made that some, in truly exceptional cases, could be genuinely turned and could be willing to hand over critical information that could help crush ISIS.

“But that isn’t what’s happened here. Instead hundreds and hundreds of jihadists who hate Britain’s way of life to such a degree that they were willing to risk their lives to go and support a bunch of sadistic religious fundamentalists who abuse children, rape women and torture innocent people to death on an industrial scale have, for some reason, been allowed back into the country.”

It is not known how many jihadis have been prosecuted, and authorities are not able to give a clear indication.

MI5 have revealed that during the last 12 months alone, 9 Islamist plots have been stopped, while the number of terrorism-related arrests has surged to 400 in one year, a record.

Only one of the five jihadis who had carried out the attacks on London Bridge, at Westminster and Manchester was under active investigation. Two had been previously investigated and the other two were not even under surveillance.

By allowing more than 400 ISIS jihadis back into the country, Heaver says the terror risk has dramatically increased.

Beyond the obvious danger, security service will presumably have to track these dedicated ISIS supporters, wasting valuable resources.

Few politicians have addressed the issue, apart from Rory Stewart. Stewart briefly served as an infantry officer as well as a former diplomat.

As a Deputy-Governor for two provinces in southern Iraq following Britain’s intervention, the MP has some experience of the war theatre.

Stewart currently serves as a Minister of State for the government. “I’m afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people (British citizens fighting for ISIS abroad) are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them.”

The new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, has a similar point of view. He insists that not only should terrorists not be allowed back into the country, but that “a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain”.

Whilst Theresa May’s government has allowed more returning jihadis back into the country than any other country in Europe, government Ministers are insisting that they are so dangerous that they should be killed.

But May has never been asked directly how this had been allowed to happen, Heaver says. “Have the government allowed these terrorists back in – or is it the sheer incompetence of pathetically weak borders that is now putting the British public at such staggering risk?”

He concluded: “As politicians continue to duck the issue and the threat continues to grow, there is a fatal contradiction at the heart of our government. Our political leaders are insisting jihadi terrorists should be killed. Yet so many have been allowed to return.”

 

Catalans flood Brussels to demand EU impartiality

Police in the Belgian capital estimates that around 45 000 people attended the rally where ousted Regional President Carles Puigedemont addressed a huge crowd on the European commission’s failure to act against the Spanish government.

Independence supporters flooded Brussels on Thursday morning chanting in train carriages and on station platforms, as well as in the Brussels metro system.

Many were draped in Catalan flags, with some carrying placards criticising the European Union for not putting pressure on Madrid. Others wore yellow in support of jailed separatist leaders. Puigedemont himself is likely to be detained if he returns to Spain.

Puigedemont switched to French addressing the marchers in a direct message to EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker. “Is there any place in the world that holds demonstrations like this to support criminals?” he said. “So maybe we are not criminals. Maybe we are democrats.”

Supporters marched through the European quarter of Brussels on Thursday in support of Catalan independence. The demonstration was held in the wake of Puigdemont calling for the Catalan people to vote on EU membership.

Puigdemont, despite international pressure, held a referendum on the 1st October on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain – a vote deemed illegal by Spain’s constitutional court.

The European Commission sided with Spain against the region in the dispute, saying it would not interfere in Spain’s internal politics.

Fresh elections are to be held on 21 December after Spain dissolved the regional government and imposed direct rule at the end of October.

Spain’s supreme court withdrew an international arrest warrant for Puigdemont this week to secure Spanish jurisdiction, leaving the Catalan leader without an international legal stage to drive an independence campaign.

Puigdemont signalled on Wednesday that he would remain in Belgium for the time being.

 

Geert Wilders: ‘Russia has a point about NATO advancing’

The PVV leader said that he understands Russia’s feeling of being surrounded by the advancing NATO. “I am a big fan of NATO and the Americans, but here Russia has a point.”

Wilders said he needed to be a counterweight to the “hysterical Russophobia” which exists in parts of the Netherlands.

The popular politican said he has already been in talks with the Russian ambassador in The Hague about a potential programme for his trip.

“Russia is not an enemy and we should not turn it into one,” he said. Moreover, Russia is an important ally in the war on terrorism and mass African immigration, he told the magazine.

The Netherlands can learn a lot from Russia about patriotism, he said. Not everything Russia does is good, according to Wilders, but he sees interests and similarities between Russia and the Netherlands.

In particular, Wilders said he wants to visit the Russian parliament to “show that we have patriots here as well”.

However, he made it clear that he would never accept loans from the Russians. “No rubles roll through the corridors of the PVV.”

Last week Dutch home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren warned about Russian attempts to “influence public opinion and spread fake news” in the Netherlands.